Joint Nigerian Army And Police Killed 16 IPOB’s Eastern Security Network Soldiers In Aba, Abia State (Photo)
There was serious tension in Ariaria junction side in Aba on Tuesday night after a joint operation of the Nigerian Army And Police invaded the base of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), killing at least 16 members.
SaharaReporters has it that the Nigerian Army had deployed combat helicopters, gun trucks, and soldiers to search some forests in the South-East states where the ESN was suspected to be camping.
A joint operation of the Nigerian Army and police has led to the death of about 16 operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a military source told SaharaReporters on Wednesday.
The source said hundreds of security operatives on Tuesday night launched a heavy attack on the camp of ESN in Aba, Abia state, killing about 16 of them and injuring others.
It was gathered that the operation was in response to a series of attacks against security personnel in the South-East.
Not less than 20 security operatives have been killed in the region by unknown gunmen in the last three months.
Police stations are also not left out in the assault as three of them have been razed in 2021.
The officers were killed while on a ‘stop and search’ operation in Abiriba town.
The gunmen were said to have ambushed them and carted away their rifles not long after they arrived in the town for a routine operation.
The slain police officers were identified as Austin Ugwu, Longinus Ugochukwu, and Ama Ifeanyi.
IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had in December 2020 launched ESN to protect the people of South-East and South-South regions from terrorists and bandits allegedly trooping in from the North.