Not less than 20 members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) have been reportedly arrested by the security operatives following the attacks on soldiers in Orlu Imo State.
According to PRNigeria, the members of the outlawed secessionist group were picked up during the joint security operation involving the Army, Air force and the Police raided the forests in Orlu community of Imo State suspected to be the hideout of the the proscribed group.
Quoting an unnamed source, the website (PRNigeria) wrote:
“Since the beginning of the year, the activities of IPOB militias through its untenable and unreasonable demand for secession, has adversely affected the security situation in the area.
“The activities of the threat elements have led to an increase in organized crimes such as armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, raping and sundry violent criminal acts.
“There have been attacks on civilians, police and military personnel on checkpoints and escort duty.
The website also reported that items and equipment including AK-47 rifles, locally-made pistols, dane guns, cartridge ammunition, IPOB flags, water pumping machine, military fragmental jackets, mobile handsets, among others were recovered during raid on IPOB training camps in Imo and Anambra State.
“Recall that troops of 34 Brigade in conjunction with the Imo State Police Command, on Friday 22 January 2021, carried out raids in Okporo/Ezenta and Akata axis of Orlu Local Government Area to recover the corpse of a police officer killed by IPOB elements.
“During the raids, one IPOB member was killed and a vehicle (Jeep) was recovered. Various IPOB training camps were also discovered and destroyed.”
“Similarly, last Wednesday, a raid operation was conducted in a forest close to Lilu village in Ihiala General Area of Anambra State by combined troops of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigeria Police.
“Thereafter, troops exploited further into the IPOB Camps. The militia men were suspected to have escaped with their dead colleagues and varying degrees of gunshot wounds,” the source was quoted as saying.