In a combined effort by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security Services and the Nigerian Army on Saturday, April 24, the operational headquarters of IPOB Militias in Awomama Village Oru East LGA of Imo State was stormed, leading to the elimination of the overall Commander of the insurgents in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander and 6 other armed fighters of the insurgent group.
Sources claim, the militia group were responsible for the attack on the Imo State Police Headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service on April, 5, 2021.
According to PRNigeria, the joint security team came under fire as soon as they stormed the base, however, they returned fire killing 7 IPOB militias, of which one was the overall Commander of the insurgents in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander.
An intelligence source told PRNigeria that, “Commander Ikonso is known as the Vice President designate as well as the coordinator of all the militia operations of the group. He was the mastermind and coordinator of the attack on the Imo Police Headquarters and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.”
“The operation is part of deliberate effort by the Police and other security forces to quel the activities of insurgents in Imo State and other States of the South East and South South region of the country ”
Meanwhile, Several arms including 6 sophisticated AK-47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different caliber and lots of charms were recovered from the insurgents.
It was gathered that 3 Police officers and a Soldier sustained gunshot wounds during the gun battle, however, as of the time of filing this report, they are said to be receiving treatment in an undisclosed Hospital.