Security agents have attacked a camp of a militia group linked to the proscribed IPOB
Seven militants were killed while four security agents suffered injuries
The militia group were blamed for attacks on police formations in the southeast zone.
A joint operation by the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, and Department of State Services has led to the killing of one Commander Ikonso, identified as the vice president-designate of proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Channels TV reported that six other fighters of the militia group linked to the IPOB were also killed, while two other members were arrested in the joint operation. Security agents said the late IPOB commander coordinated all the operations of the group in the southeast. He was said to have spearheaded the attack on the Imo police headquarters on April 5 and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.
Meanwhile, the Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, said the IPOB has placed some southeast governors under the death sentence for yet-to-be-disclosed reasons.
The Punch reported that the governor, who made this known, said he is one of those under the IPOB death sentence. He noted that the issues of marginalisation and inequality raised by the leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, are valid.
PM News reported that the operation on the IPOB camp was executed on Saturday morning, April 24, in Awomama Village, Oru East local government area of Imo state. However, three policemen and one army officer are said to be receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries during the exchange of gunfire. Several sophisticated weapons including six AK-47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different calibre, and charms meant to ward off bullets were recovered from the gunmen.