July 23, 2024

Abia: Military arrested over 100 suspects over killing of soldiers — DHQ


The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, says troops have arrested over 100 suspects in connection with the attack by the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network, IPOB/ESN, on a military checkpoint in Abia State that claimed the lives of five service personnel.

Disclosing this on Thursday, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, said troops also released those not culpable in the attack following preliminary investigations.

Buba revealed that nine soldiers were killed in June alone by non-state actors across the country.

He, however, did not provide the exact number of suspects in custody which he said are assisting the military in their operations.

DAILY POST recalls that suspected IPOB/ESN separatists had on 30 May 2024 attacked a military checkpoint at Obikabia Junction in Obingwa local government areas adjourning Aba metropolis in Abia State.

The military high command later in a statement confirmed the death of five soldiers and six civilians in the attack and vowed to retaliate fiercely.

General Buba briefing newsmen two weeks after the attack, said troops conducted several intelligence-based operations that led to the discovery and destruction of several IPOB/ESN terrorist camps across the region such as at Igboro Forest in Arochukwu LGA of Abia State among others.

He said, “Several arrests were made from the raids with those found to be culpable still in detention. Surely, there is intelligence value to the raids and arrests that were made. Those in detention are assisting troops to locate other camps, sleeper cells and high-profile individuals involved in the activities of the terrorist group.”



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