The Nigerian Army said its troops of 34 Brigade have recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in Imo State.
According to a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said, the ammunition belonged to elements of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
It said the recovery was made after a gun battle with the group at Amaifeke-Akkatta Road in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state.
Nwachukwu said, “The firearms and ammunition were recovered during troops’ operations to clear separatists’ hideouts in the general area of Amaifeke–Akkatta road.
“Troops uncovered the weapons concealed in a black Toyota Camry, after they successfully surmounted ambushes staged by members of the outlawed dissident group, who, having been overpowered by the gallant troops, abandoned their vehicle and weapons in the heat of the combat and fled the scene.
“After a thorough search, the troops recovered ten Pump Action Shotguns, seven locally fabricated guns, one locally made Revolver Pistol, eighty Live Cartridges, one Baofeng Radio and substance suspected to be gun powder.
“Others include Satchet of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a Toyota Camry Saloon car.
“The Nigerian Army commends members of the public for their continued support to the military and security agencies, as they protect the citizens from atrocious activities of the outlawed dissident groups, who in defiance of law and good order have annihilated innocent Ndigbo and other Nigerians, in their enforcement of an illegal sit at home order, foisted on the good people of the South East.
“The NA urges all to continue to provide timely and credible information in support of ongoing operations to restore peace and security in the South East and other troubled parts of the country.”