By Abiodun OBA
An enclave of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN)at Asaba, Delta State, has been destroyed.
Troops of the Nigerian Army’s 63 Brigade Garrison under 6 division and the Department of State Services, in a sustained effort to rid Nigeria of criminality, on Saturday conducted a clearance operation, of a fortified enclave located in the middle of a forested High ground.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said, “The gallant troops overpowered the IPOB fighters in the exchange of fire that followed the encounter, compelling them to abandon their hideout in disarray.
“The troops captured one of the fleeing fighters and recovered five AK 47 Rifles, three Pump Action Semi-Automatic Rifles, one G3 Rifle and one single barrel gun.
“Other items recovered, include Live Cartridges, Electric Saw, Machetes, an Axe and IPOB flag.
“The troops have destroyed the enclave and are exploiting the forest in pursuit of the fleeing fighters.”
The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja has commended the troops and other security agencies for their effort in the ongoing operations and has charged them to sustain the momentum to restore sanity in the region.