Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and DSS in a joint operation, in the early hours of Saturday stormed the operational headquarters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Awomama village, Oru East LGA of Imo State.
Security sources said six members of the outlawed group and its commander in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander were killed during the raid.
It was gathered that three policemen and one army officer sustained serious bullet injuries during exchange of gunfire during the raid.
PRNigeria quoted the source as saying the IPOB members were responsible for the attack on the Imo State Police Headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service on 5th April, 2021, adding that they have also carried out series of calculated, violent attacks on security personnel and formations in the south east and south south of the country.
The source said, “As the security forces approached the base of the insurgents, they came under rapid fire from the group. In a bold and clinical response, the joint security forces fought back gallantly.
The Forces eventually neutralized the overall commander of the insurgents in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander and six (6) other armed fighters of the insurgent group.
Commander Ikonso is known as the Vice President designate as well as the coordinator of all the militia operations of the group. He was the mastermind and coordinator of the attack on the Imo Police Headquarters and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.
The operation is part of deliberate effort by the Police and other security forces to quel the activities of insurgents in Imo State and other States of the South East and South South region of the country.
After the fierce gun battle, the security team recovered the remains of Ikonso Commander and the six (6) of his fighters. Several sophisticated weapons including six(6) AK47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different caliber and lots of charms including bullet Proof charms were recovered from the insurgents.