By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Security sources have confirmed the killing of seven alleged members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, the security arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, during a joint operation by the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services in the early hours of Saturday.
According to a PRNigeria report, Security operatives were said to have stormed the IPOB’s operational headquarters in Awomamma village, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where they engaged the gunmen in a firefight, leading to the killing of one Commander Ikonso, identified as the Vice President-designate of IPOB, alongside six others.
Commander Ikonso was said to be the field coordinator of all the operations of the group in the South-East and South-South, including the attack on the Imo Police Headquarters on April 5 and other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.
The operation was 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.
While several sophisticated weapons and charms meant to ward off bullets were recovered from the gunmen, three policemen and one army officer are said to be receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries during the exchange of gunfire.