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Fresh reports reaching the Akpawfu community in the Nkanu East local council of Enugu State has reportedly come under some of heavy bombardment as land and air troops had stormed and raided the community in a bid to destroy some secret camps of suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and armed bandits in the area.
The raids, which some of sources said had commenced Thursday came to a head Saturday morning with some of the military helicopters dropping explosives in forests within Ajeme Akpawfu village where the hoodlums had been terrorising parts of Nkanu land and Enugu city are believed to be hiding.
It had been learnt that the hoodlums had also engaged the troops in a shoot-out within the forests but some of the details of the raid could not be ascertained during the press time.
A resident who claimed to have fled the community Saturday evening with members of his family said that he had to relocate temporarily to Enugu for safety following heavy shootings.
“As I am speaking with you, people of neighbouring communities of Oruku and Akpugo said they are hearing deafening sounds of explosives and sporadic gunshots and so many people have relocated to these communities for fear of being cut down in the operation. In fact, Akpawfu is not safe right now.
“The entire Ajeme Akawfu community has been under fire since Thursday and everybody has been running helter-skelter for safety. Truly speaking, there are many hoodlums claiming to be IPOB members and we have been living in fear.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Nnamani had also confirmed the military operation in the area, saying though he was out of the community at present, several persons had called to inform him of the development.