Richard Ginika Izuora
The Police in Imo State have Killed some IPOB members who were suspected to be on their way to attack Orlu Police Station.
They were reportedly ambushed and killed on Thursday, May 7, in a joint counter-attack by the military and Police operatives
Security sources also confirmed that several stolen vehicles used by IPOB militants in their operation were also recovered.
This comes about two weeks after a joint operation comprising the Nigeria Police Force; the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services killed IPOB’s Number 2 man; Commander Ikonson, and six other members of the group.
Ikonson was killed in the early hours of April 24, with two other members arrested.
The late IPOB leader was also said to be the coordinator of all the operations of the group in the South-East; including the attack on the Imo Police Headquarters on April 5 and several other attacks on security and military personnel/facilities.
Security operatives were said to have stormed the IPOB’s operational headquarters in Awomamma village; located in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State where they engaged the gunmen in exchange for fire.
Commander Ikonson, alongside six others of his colleagues, eventually fell to the superior firepower of the security operatives.
Ikonson is said to have carried out series of violent attacks on security personnel and formations in the South-East; as well as the South-South axis of the country.
The operation is part of deliberate efforts by the police and other security forces to quell the activities of insurgents in Imo State and other states of the southeast and South-South region of the country.
Several sophisticated weapons including six AK-47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different calibre, and charms meant to ward off bullets were recovered from the gunmen.