The Nigerian Army says its troops of 302 Regiment and security agencies have dislodged camps belonging to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Anambra and Enugu State.
Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Sunday, June 26, 2022; said the raids were carried out in conjunction with operatives of the Nigerian Navy; Department of State Services, and Nigeria Police Force.
Nwachukwu said the IPOB/ESN criminals were dislodged on Saturday at Idara Nnebo; Ihe Mbosi villages, and Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra.
He said the troops cleared IPOB fire positions and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to dislodge the criminals from their hideouts.
According to him, troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, three magazines with five rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition; two pump action rifles, and one locally fabricated gun during the operations.
“Other items include three power generators, among others,” he said.
Nwachukwu also said the troops of 103 Battalion conducted a raid operation on IPOB/ ESN camp at Nkwere Inyi Forest in Oji River Local Government of Enugu state.
He said the encounter forced the criminals to flee in disarray; while troops recovered one Lexus and a Toyota Highlander SUV suspected to have been snatched by the criminals.
“Other items recovered include two motorcycles, one double-barrel gun, and seven live cartridges.
“Members of the public are enjoined to continue to support troops with credible information on the activities of the criminal elements in the region,” he added.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari; according to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); lack the political will to address the “perennial” problems of gasoline subsidies.
“The resurgence of long fuel queues in our filling stations in major cities across the country further explains the lack of political will by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration in solving the perennial subsidy issues,” the PDP said on its social media accounts.
“Nigeria is better with PDP.”
Meanwhile, fuel queues, which have rocked the Federal Capital Territory intermittently in the past few weeks, resurfaced in Lagos on Sunday.
Oil marketers had complained about the price of petrol compared to how much it took to deliver it to the final consumer.
After consulting with several parties, including the Nigeria Labour Congress; the Buhari administration decided to postpone its intention to end subsidies in June of this year.