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Aba Killings: We’ll descend heavily on IPOB — Army

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Following the killing of five military personnel by the members of the outlawed Indigenous People Of Biafra on Thursday in Aba, the economic hub of Abia State, the Nigerian army has said it will descend viciously on the group over the unfortunate incident.

Newsband reported that gunmen suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network, the militia wing of IPOB on Thursday launched brutal attack on military operatives at Obikabia area of Abia State.

The criminal elements numbering over 20 said to be enforcing the May 30th sit-at-home announced by the rogue group to commemorate Biafra heroes and heroines day, killed the military personnel and set their operational van ablaze.

In a video exclusively obtained by NewsBand, the masked gunmen who came in an SUV jeep and Sienna vehicle were seen shooting sporadically after taking the military officers at the junction off guard.

But while reacting in a statement, Major General Edward Buba, Director Defence Media Operations said the army will descend heavily on the group to ensure their total defeat.

The statement reads, “Troops of OP UDO KA deployed at Obikabia Junction Checkpoint in Obingwa Local Government Areas adjourning Aba metropolis in Abia State were attacked and sadly killed by terrorist of IPOB/ ESN.

“The troops deployed to enforce peace in the area and protect the citizens were massed attacked by the terrorist. The terrorist in 3 tinted Prado Toyota SUVs and others from builtup areas surrounding the checkpoint, sprang a surprise attack on the checkpoint.

“The attack sadly took the lifes of 5 personnel of the armed forces killed in action. The armed forces mourns the death of these troops as each and every soldier lost in battle is a terrible loss. Meanwhile, investigation are ongoing concerning the attack.

“Overall, it must be reinterated that the lifeline of the terrorist is the people and this situation is no exemption. Winning the war without the support of the people is close to impossible. The IPOB capitalised on this to perpetrate attacks on the troops. The situation leaves more to be desired.

“Accordingly, it is absolutely imperative that the military retaliate against this dastardly act against troops. The military would be fierce in its response. We would bring overwhelming military pressure on the group to ensure their total defeat.”

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