The Defence Headquarters, has on Thursday, said that an unascertained number of terrorists and criminals have been killed in several Military operations in the South-East and South-South regions of the country, in the last 14 days, Page learnt.
The Defence Headquarters disclosed that the terrorists and criminals killed are linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and their Eastern Security Network, ESN.
The Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said that the killings came in different Military operations between June 3 and 16, to contain several IPOB and ESN activities, including attacks on Police Stations, killing of Security Operatives and civilians, and destruction of property.
On June 4, the Operatives raided a hideout at Ukpong, in Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom State, on a dislodgement operation.
On the same day, the Troops engaged and repelled “some IPOB/ESN terrorists ” who attacked Okposi town in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, and the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, Abia Police Command.
On June 5, the Troops repelled an “IPOB hoodlum attack” on commuters along Igbo-Etiti, Nsukka Road, in Enugu State.
On the same day, they tracked and apprehended some hoodlums who vandalised and stole railroad sleepers at Nkwubor Road, within Emene, in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, said Onyeuko.
The Spokesperson also said that the Federal Government had engaged in an extra-ordinary non-kinetic approach to the seemingly intractable security challenges in the South-East.
On June 11, the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, led a Delegation to Enugu, for a security meeting with Stakeholders in the zone.
He said: “During the Summit, a whole range of security challenges were discussed with Governors of the South-East States, Religious Leaders, Traditional Rulers, Opinion Leaders, and other Stakeholders in attendance.
“The discussions and decisions reached at the end of the Security Summit were far reaching, and would go a long way in bringing peace to the region.”
Onyeuko stated that in the South-West zone, the Troops of Operation AWATSE had sustained their operations against criminal elements, to restore law and order to the troubled areas.
He stated that the troops repelled armed herdsmen attack at Igangan community, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, on June 5.
According to him, the Troops mobilised to the scene and engaged the herdsmen, during which some of them were neutralised, while others fled with gunshot wounds.
He maintained that the Troops raided some criminals hideouts at Ona-Ara Local Government Area of the State, and arrested suspects, on June 7.
Onyeuko disclosed further that the suspects have been handed over to the appropriate prosecuting Agencies, for further action.