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General News of Thursday, 25 November 2021


IPOB activities reducing in South East – DHQ

Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said on Thursday that there has been a drastic reduction in attacks and activities of members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) on innocent citizens in the South East and its environs in the last two weeks.

It said even though there were still pockets of incidents being recorded in some locations, the general security situations in the region has improved with the arrest of some key members of the group and the recovery of assorted ammunitions and minutes of meeting book, containing some names of IPOB members all of which have since been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for further action.

This is just as the DHQ, said soldiers on counter-insurgency operations and other internal security operations across the country killed 268 terrorists and bandits and arrested 176, other criminals comprising terrorists, bandits and their informants, weapons and drug suppliers among other criminal groups.

Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, made this known at a media briefing on military operations conducted between November 11-25.

He said that within the period under review, a total of 996 Boko Haram terrorists and their families comprising 203 males, 302 females and 491 children surrendered to soldiers at different locations in Borno State, while 12 kidnapped persons were rescued and reunited with their families.

Gen. Onyeuko said that the military working in conjunction with the various security agencies have increased its operations and destroyed several terrorist strongholds including their arsenals and recovered several arms, ammunitions and weapons used in carrying out illegal bunkering and other criminal activities in the nation’s waterways.

He said the military would continue to remain steadfast in the fight against all forms of criminalities across the Country and appeal to the public to the general public to continue to support the military with credible and timely information that will facilitate its engagements.

Giving an update of military operations conducted within the period, Gen Onyeuko, said “Our troops have continued to execute various kinetic and non-kinetic operations in conjunction with other security agencies across the Nation. Although a few setbacks were experienced in the course of these operations within the last 2 weeks, however, troops remained undaunted and determined in their quest to attain sustainable peace in the Country through kinetic and non-kinetic operations, which yielded attendant results in the past 2 weeks. Thus, today’s brief will cover a summary of our operational activities from 11 to 25 November 2021.