Air Force bombs IPOB, ESN hideouts in Imo, Anambra

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the air component of Operation Udo Ka II has destroyed several hideouts of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Imo and Anambra states.

ESN is the paramilitary outfit of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Edward Gabkwet, NAF’s public relations and information director, said the strikes were carried out on Tuesday at separate locations — Mother Valley Orsumughu in Nnewi south LGA of Anambra and Aku Ihube in Okigwe LGA of Imo.

According to Gabkwet, prior to the operation, the troops had received intelligence of the planned disruption of civic activities across the south-eastern states by ESN fighters.

The NAF spokesperson added that the air team, in conjunction with ground troops, targeted certain locations, including those housing the group’s armoury.

“We acted on credible intelligence that IPOB/ESN terrorists had perfected plans to disrupt civic activities lined up in the coming days in Anambra and other southeastern states,” NAN quoted Gabkwet as saying.

“The air strikes were authorised in conjunction with ground troops and other security agencies on the location believed to also house some of their weapons and ammunitions.

“The strikes hit the target and were deemed successful following the ball of fire, fleeing terrorists at the location, as well as feedback received,” he said.

He added that NAF, alongside other agencies, will continue to ensure a terrorism-free society.

“While the determination of the security agencies is unwavering, the support of all Nigerians to the security agencies remains critical to defeating these criminal elements whose only intent is to sow fear and division among the citizenry,” he said.