IPOB members bury explosive devices on different routes in South-East

Simeon Onigbo

File Photo: IPOB's bomb maker Simeon Onigbo arrested in Imo

The Nigerian Army said members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) have buried explosive devices along different routes in the South-East.

Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu confirmed the development on Thursday in Enugu.

Nwachukwu said the devices were buried along troops’ patrol routes in the South-East.

He noted that some of the buried devices exploded and inflicted injuries to some of the IPOB members, while they were trying to escape attack from Nigerian troops.

According to him, at least two members of the outlawed group were severely injured by the IED.

Nwachukwu said that the incident occurred along Eke Ututu – Orsu Road in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo on June 1.

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He, however, called on people in the South-East to provide relevant information concerning the explosives buried in other areas.

He said:

“The dissidents inadvertently stepped on the IED which they had earlier planted along several routes in Orlu, Orsu Local Government Area, while they were attempting to evade troops’ onslaught against terrorists in the area.

“The outlawed group has severally planted IEDs along troops’ patrol routes in a failed effort to bring harm to the troops.

“We urge all peace-loving people of the South-East to please inform troops of possible areas where these explosives have been buried for proper evacuation and disposal.”


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