Security agents in Imo frustrate attack on police, kill 11, says Army
Charles Nwoke, Owerri, Nigeria
May 7, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources. Robbers and militants plague Nigeria.
A team of security agents has foiled another attack on Police Area Command in Orlu, Imo, by suspected separatists of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says Nigerian Army.
Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the Director, Army Public Relations, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Brig.-Gen. Yerima said that a gang of a secession group mounting on vehicles, stormed Orlu town on the 6th of May, intending to raid the premises housing the Area Command and Police Station in Orlu Local Government Area Council.
He stated that the assailants were resisted by gallant police officers at the command, adding that they were completely extirpated when reinforcement and a joint team of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force arrived at the scene of the incident.
Yerima said, the attackers, who have been on the radar of the Joint Technical Intelligence Team, were said to have come from a Forest Camp in Ideato North Local Government Area of the state from where they mobilized, strategized, and planned the failed attack.
He said, “Following the encounter, 11 IPOB/ESN Terrorists were neutralized while four AK47, one G3, and one Pump Action Rifles, as well as a Berretta Pistol, charms, and assorted ammunition, were recovered.
“All the 11 operational Vehicles used for the attack were demobilized and as such the remaining terrorists escaped on foot with various degrees of injuries.
“There were no casualties on the side of the security forces.”
However, the Army Media Director advised every law-abiding citizen in that part of the state to look out for strange persons with gunshot wounds and report the same to the nearest security operatives for the safety of their communities.
He reiterated the assurance that the Nigerian Army would remain resolute and committed to a united Nigeria that is safe for all law-abiding citizens and will continue to work with men of the Nigerian Police to maintain internal security.
Yerima enjoined the general public to assist the security troops with useful and timely information and intelligence that would help eliminate the security threats in their localities.