Troops of the Nigerian Army, on Saturday destroyed an enclave of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN)at Asaba, Delta State.
The Army’s 63 Brigade Garrison under 6 division and the Department of State Services while conducting a clearance operation raided a fortified enclave located in the middle of a forested High ground in the early hours of the day.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said the gallant troops overpowered the IPOB fighters in the exchange of fire that followed the encounter, compelling them to abandon their hideout in disarray.
The troops captured one of the fleeing top fighters and recovered five AK 47 Rifles, three Pump Action Semi-Automatic Rifles.
They also recovered one G3 Rifle and one single barrel gun.“Other items recovered, include Live Cartridges, Electric Saw, Machetes, an Axe and IPOB flag.
Nwachukwu added that the troops are exploring the forest in pursuit of the fleeing fighters.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja commended the troops and other security agencies for their effort in the ongoing operations and charged them to sustain the momentum to restore sanity in the region.
Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare