Defence headquarters, on Thursday, said an unascertained number of criminals linked to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN), have been killed in military operations in the South-east and South-south.
According to the defence headquarters, the operations lasted for two weeks.
Brig-Gen Bernard Onyeuko, acting director of Defence media operations, said the killings came in different military operations between June 3 and 16, to contain IPOB and ESN assaults, including attacks on police stations, killing of security operatives and civilians and destruction of property.
He said on June 4, operatives raided a hideout at Ukpong in Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom on a dislodgement operation.
Onyeuko noted that on the same day, troops engaged and repelled “some IPOB/ESN hoodlums” who attacked Okposi town in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi and the Criminal Investigation Department, Abia police command.
He stated that on June 5, troops repelled “IPOB hoodlum attack” on commuters along Igbo-Etiti – Nsukka Road in Enugu State.
The acting director of Defence media operations stated that on the same day, troops tracked and apprehended some hoodlums who vandalised and stole railroad sleepers at Nkwubor Road within Emene in Enugu East Local Government Area of the state, said Onyeuko.
The Brig. Gen. also said the Federal Government has engaged in an extra-ordinary non-kinetic approach to the seemingly intractable security challenges in the South-east.
Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defence, had on June 11, led a delegation to Enugu for a security meeting with stakeholders in the zone.
“During the summit, a whole range of security challenges were discussed with governors of the Southeast states, religious leaders, traditional rulers, opinion leaders and other stakeholders in attendance,” Onyeuko added.
“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.”