Four notorious camps of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliates, Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been busted in Imo State by Troops of the Joint Task Force, South-East, code-named Operation UDO KA II.
According to the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army for the operation, Jonah Unuakhalu, on Monday, two IPOB/ESN members were neutralized while four others were arrested.
The PRO, in a statement on Monday, said the criminals were arrested on Sunday, Oct. 1, in three communities – Ihube, Aku and Umulolo – in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State.
The suspects were said to have deployed many Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) en route the camps, but added that they fled into neighbouring forests with gunshot wounds due to superior firepower.
“It was discovered that the camps were being used to perpetuate atrocities such as cannibalism, occultic practices and ritual killings to instill fears into law-abiding citizens.
“These were evident from many fresh and old corpses discovered while clearing the entire camps.
“Also, the houses of the two spiritual leaders and herbalists that took to their heels were destroyed.
“Furthermore, the shrine of the wanted terrorist, Amobi Chinoso Okafor, alias Temple, where human sacrifices are being made was destroyed,” he said.
Unuakhalu said the items recovered from the camps included different denominations of the Biafra currencies, one new power bike, four motorcycles and solar panels.
Other items recovered are POP cement and a petroleum tanker suspected to have been hijacked by hard-working Igbo owners (indigenes) trying to make a living.
“Operation UDO KA II will continue combating crime and criminality in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations.
“All law-abiding and good citizens of the South-East are enjoined to act against these devilish terrorists by providing timely, credible and reliable information which will lead to ending the menace of insecurity occasioned by activities of the terrorist group in the region.
“Do not be a victim of this sacrilege. These criminals are desecrating Igboland,” he said.