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Operation UDO KA II, conducted by the Joint Task Force in the South-East, saw the successful clearance of four notorious camps that were being used by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Imo State.
While conducting the clearance operation, the troops eliminated two individuals linked to IPOB/ESN and successfully arrested four other individuals involved in criminal activities.
This information was officially disclosed in a statement from Jonah Unuakhalu, the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations for the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, and was released on Monday in Enugu on behalf of the Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II.
According to Unuakhalu’s report, the cleared camps were situated in the Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State, specifically in three communities: Ihube, Aku, and Umulolo.
According to Unuakhalu, the clearance and recovery operation took place on the date of Sunday, October 1, 2023.
The army spokesperson disclosed that troops, as part of the clearance operation, confronted a considerable number of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that had been placed along the path to the camps.
He did note, though, that due to the superior firepower employed, the members of the irredentist group retreated into the neighboring forests, carrying gunshot wounds.
‘It was discovered that the camps were being used to perpetuate atrocities such as cannibalism, occultic practices and ritual killings to instill fears into law-abiding citizens.’
‘These were evident from many fresh and old corpses discovered while clearing the entire camps.’
‘Also, the houses of the two spiritual leaders and herbalists that took to their heels were destroyed.’
‘Furthermore, the shrine of the wanted terrorist, Amobi Chinoso Okafor, alias Temple, where human sacrifices are being made was destroyed,’ he said.
Unuakhalu disclosed that the recovered items from the camps included diverse denominations of Biafra currencies, a new power bike, four motorcycles, and solar panels.
Unuakhalu also included in the list of recovered items POP cement and a petroleum tanker, with suspicions arising that it might have been taken over by hardworking Igbo owners (indigenes) striving to make ends meet.
‘Operation UDO KA II will continue combating crime and criminality in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations.’
‘All law-abiding and good citizens of the South-East are enjoined to act against these devilish terrorists by providing timely, credible and reliable information which will lead to ending the menace of insecurity occasioned by activities of the terrorist group in the region.’
‘Do not be a victim of this sacrilege. These criminals are desecrating Igboland,’ he said.