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Imo: Troops raid ESN camp, recover decomposing bodies of kidnapped victims

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As part of it’s efforts to uproot criminal elements masquerading as agitators in the Southeast region, troops of Operation UDO KA raided and cleared the notorious Oluchi Ogu camp also known as B44 camp of Eastern Security Network of the Indigenous People Of Biafra—IPOB in Imo State.

According to a statement by the military headquarters, during the clearance operations, gallant officers came in contact with the ragtag criminals but they were overpowered by the superior fire power of the troops.

The terrorists were forced to flee into the nearby bushes with various degrees of injuries and gunshot wounds.

The army said some innocent civilians abducted were gruesomely murdered and buried in shallow graves in the camp of the insurgents without any form of dignity.

It further noted that as part of the Nigerian Army Civil Military Cooperation Relations, forensic analysis of some of the exhumed corpses will be done for a proper burial.

Part of the statement reads, “The Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA in continuation of its operations to stamp out the criminalities of IPOB/ESN from the South East Nigeria has raided and cleared the notorious Monday Oluchi Ogu Camp also known as B44 Camp in Imo State.

“The raid operations which commenced on Thursday 28 March 2024 was aimed at clearing known Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate the Eastern Security Network (ESN) Camp located at the border of Njaba River bothering Awo-Omama Community in Oru East Local Government Area and Ezoiha community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State.

“During the clearance operations that continued on Friday troops came in contact with the criminals. Due to the superior fire power, the terrorists were forced to flee into the nearby bushes with various degrees of injuries and gunshot wounds. Troops further encountered and detonated some of the planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) meant to hinder troops movements.

“It is disheartening to discover that some innocent Ndigbos some reported kidnapped were gruesomely murdered and buried in shallow graves in the Camp without any form of dignity. As part of the Nigerian Army Civil Military Cooperation Relations, forensic analysis of some of the exhumed corpses will be done for a beffiting burial.

“Other items recovered include, Three IEDs, One RPG bomb, One motorcycle, Seven Baofeng handheld radios, local jewelries, a foreign ATM card, two SIM cards, two voters cards, Plate numbers of stolen vehicles and a toolbox.

“The Force Commander Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA; Maj Gen HT DADA wish to assure all citizens of the NA’s committments to ensure peace and stability in the region. The general public are enjoined to continue providing timely, reliable and credible information through its Toll free line *193* and press Option 2 to speak directly to a representative.”

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