Nigerian Forces Neutralize IPOB’s Eastern Security Network Gunmen (See Photos)

The Nigerian military said Saturday that troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN neutralized 4 gunmen believed to be members of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network in volatile Southeast, Anambra State.

Nigerian Army soldiers. (Photo by AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Director Army public relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement on the Nigerian Army Facebook page that the assailants believed to be IPOB/ESN members attacked personnel of security agencies deployed at Ekwulobia Round About in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. This prompted troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army to mobilize to the scene.

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Upon sighting the troops, the assailants, believed to be members of the Eastern Security Network took to their heels, he said.

Eastern security network
Bodies of the eliminated Eastern Security Network fighters. Credit: Nigerian Army Facebook Page

Not leaving any room for escape, gallant troops gave them a hot chase along Nnewi – Nnobi road and caught up with the fleeing gunmen and engaged them in a fierce gun duel, eliminating four of the criminals.

Weapons recovered from the neutralized members of the eastern security network.

Nwachukwu said, troops also recovered two AK-47 Rifles, one GALIL Ace 5.56 x 45 Iwi Gun, one Avofeng Hand held radio and one Black Highlander jeep. Sadly, a personnel of one of the security agencies paid the supreme price.

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Black jeep recovered from ESN.
Motorcycles recovered from ESN.

In a similar development, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu also revealed that gallant Nigerian troops foiled another attack by IPOB/ESN gunmen at Umunze Checkpoint, in Orumba South Local Government Area.

The vigilant troops, according to the statement by the Nigerian Army, overpowered the Eastern Security Network gunmen in the gun duel that ensued, forcing them to run away from the scene, leaving behind some of their weapons.

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One Pump Action gun with nine cartridges, one dark blue Ford and four motorcycles, were recovered, Nwachukwu said.

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