Troops kill notorious IPOB commander, 2 others 

Troops of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with personnel of other security agencies have eliminated a notorious IPOB/ESN Commander, known as Tochukwu or  Ojoto, and two others in an encounter at their camp at Ihiteukwa in Imo state.

The Nigerian Army said in a post on X Tuesday that the operation was conducted with personnel of the Nigeria Police, State Security Service (SSS), and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDCDC).

It said the troops conducted a successful special clearance operation across the general areas of Udda, Ihiteukwa, and Orsumoghu, along the borders of Orsu and Ihiala local government areas of Imo and Anambra states.

The army added that the troops encountered members of IPOB and ESN who had been using the area as a sanctuary.

The army said the insurgents, on sighting troops, employed guerrilla tactics, lobbing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from concealed positions and riddling the roads with booby traps.

The army said in spite of the terrorists’ guerrilla tactics, troops maintained their resolve and countered the attacks with tactical precision, employing superior firepower to neutralise Tochukwu and two others.

“The operation led to the recovery of firearms, communication devices, narcotics, and personal effects of the terrorists. Notably, two undetonated IEDs, six detonated IEDs and bomb-making materials were captured by the gallant troops.

“The operation has dealt a significant blow to the terrorists’ networks in the region.

“The IEDs and bomb-making materials were safely destroyed,” it said.

 (Premium Times)