…four AK47 rifles, four magazines, one pump action, live ammunition, and others

Juliana Francis

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng said that joint security forces, comprising police and military, today 10th of May stormed camps of suspected members of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN), mowing down five persons.

Echeng, who made these revelations while briefing journalists, said the battle against the insurgents in Anambra State was focused and will remain sustained until such a time security stability is fully restored in the state.

According to him, there were major positive developments today following credible information to the Police Command from the residents of Anambra, we have identified some of their criminal hideouts and camps.

Echeng said: “The Police operatives attached to Rapid Response Squad, Akwuzu in the earlier hours of today while in an attempt to rescue two kidnapped victims stormed into a camp at Ifite, Ogbunike, Oyi Local Government Area, neutralised two of the armed men, recovered a black Lexus SUV with a lot of security uniforms which comprises of Police and military.

“In another development today by 3:pm joint security forces in a village, Akwaihedi, Nnewi south, a border town between Imo and Anambra State accosted a deadly gang of five operating on motorbikes suspected to be members of proscribed IPOB and ESN, who were enroute to Anambra for a planned attack/operation.

“The operatives engaged the assailants, neutralise five of the gang members, and recovered two rocket launchers, four AK47 rifles, one automatic pump action, four magazines eight live ammunition, police berets, charms, and other incriminating items.

“We want to state categorically that the synergy of Police, Military, other security agencies, and vigilantes has helped immensely in the tackle and fight against the insurgents in the state. For us today, this is a big positive one that happen to avert a major planned attack in the State.

“I urge everyone to cue in and continue to support the security agencies and the State government to bring security stability to the state. Kudos to all the security agencies who have been in the constant onslaught against these criminal elements in the state.”

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