An intelligence officer of the Nigerian troops has revealed that the military and the police foiled an attempted attack last night by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The revelation, contained in a statement released on Friday to PRNigeria alleged that the secessionists were heading to Orlu town in a convoy of ‘stolen vehicles’ to attack some police stations when they were ambushed by the security men.
The report claimed that IPOB had initially sent a notice to some of its members of their plan to attack some Police Stations in the state. It was further alleged that some of the slain men took part in previous attacks on security facilities in the state.
The military source revealed that the communications of the gunmen were intercepted last night and that the security men ambushed them before they could accomplish their mission, WIKIRISE reports.
The statement reads partly: “The gunmen, who believed in the power of their charms, were overpowered when the troops including soldiers, policemen, and other security operatives engaged them in a battle. While some of them were killed, others escaped with grievous injury from the exchange of gunfire. We also recovered all the stolen vehicles they used for their operations.
“In the last one month, the gunmen have attacked several police stations and killed dozens of security personnel for no reason. We are able to identify them as members of IPOB from their ID cards and other incriminating items recovered from them.
“Some of them were involved in previous coordinated attacks using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades when they targeted a prison and police facilities and freed the inmates were while carting away arms and ammunition in the process,” a senior intelligence officer narrated.
The corpses of the IPOB members were recovered and vehicles including sophisticated weapons were taken to the Police Command in Owerri, the state capital, WIKIRISE learned.