Troops on Operation Mesa have arrested 27 members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and recovered an AK-47 rifle from one of them, Oliver Onyebunachi, in Imo State.
According to the military, the IPOB members, who were 23 men and four women, were apprehended by troops of 144 Battalion, 82 Division, on October 1.
In a statement released by the Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the army said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, had directed all army formations and unit commanders to sustain their operational activities nationwide.
Iliyasu said, “One of the suspects was shot in his right leg as he tried to shoot at own troops. Normalcy has since been restored in that area as troops continued to maintain surveillance in the general area.
“The Chief of Army Staff hereby solicits the support of our citizens in availing the army units and formations nationwide with timely information that will assist them in ridding the communities of criminal elements.”
The Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB has for long been in the Nigerian government’s bad books following its continued agitation for the actualization of Biafra Republic out of the current Nigeria.
The group has since been proscribed by the federal government.