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Troops of the Nigerian Army, in a joint operation conducted with other security agencies, have dislodged a stronghold of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN), at Lilu Forest in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The operation was jointly conducted on Monday by troops of 82 Division, Nigerian Navy, 211 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Department of State Services, and the Nigeria Police.

Lilu is a border town between Imo and Anambra States and became an operational base of the groups.

“The operations conducted in the early hours of Monday 17 January 2022, led to the neutralization of some gunmen in a firefight that ensued. It was a well-coordinated dawn attack on the fortress, where plans were been perfected to violently enforce the illegitimate sit-at-home declaration by the irredentist groups,” the Director Army
Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Also, the troops recovered ten pump-action shotguns, two locally fabricated guns, one revolver pistol, rounds of 7.62 mm special, live cartridges, machettes, IPOB flags, mobile phones, laptops, and other dangerous weapons.

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