Nigerian troops sack ESN stronghold, recover weapons


The Nigerian government recorded a major breakthrough in the war on terror on Tuesday when its Special Forces comprising troops drawn from the army, airforce and the navy with elements from the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), stormed the camp of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the military wing of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Lilu Forest in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Lilu, a border town between Imo and Anambra States, is the operational base of the ESN. In the joint operations carried out by troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army and the 211 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force and the others, the troops dislodged the dissidents from their forests and recovered a cache of weapons including ten Pump Action Shotguns, two locally fabricated guns, One Revolver pistol, rounds of 7.62 mm special, live cartridges, machettes and IPOB flags. Other items recovered are mobile phones, laptops amongst other dangerous weapons.

Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Awka, capital of Anambra State, Tuesday said the early morning operations of Monday 17, January 2022, “was a well coordinated dawn attack on the fortress, where plans were been perfected to violently enforce the illegitimate sit-at-home declaration by the irredentist groups”.


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