Army arrests two suspected IPOB, ESN members over invasion of Enugu Community

The Nigerian Army on Monday said it arrested two suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network in an Enugu community.

UGAMATV had reported that soldiers of the Nigerian Army on Monday stormed Imama Mgbowo community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, burnt some houses and allegedly killed an undisclosed number of youths.

But the Army in a statement on Tuesday, signed by the Acting Deputy Director Public Relations 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major Abubakar, denied the incident.

According to the Army’s statement, “troops of the Joint Security Team have raided a suspected Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) hideout located in Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area on November 1, 2021.

“During the night operation, two ring leaders of IPOB/ ESN were arrested. The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation with a security agency.

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“It should be noted that, contrary to IPOB/ESN propaganda video, there was no incident of indiscriminate firing or unprovoked burning of houses during the raid. The joint operation in Agwu was conducted at night and there was no destruction of any private property involved.

“The trending videos in circulation claiming to represent the aftermath of the night operation is not portraying the Agwu operation. It is meant to whip up sentiment and incite the public against the Army.”

It added, “Meanwhile, Investigation into the video is ongoing to ascertain when and where it was shot and those involved. Any personnel found culpable would be sanctioned accordingly. Updates will be communicated when the investigation is completed.

“Members of the public are advised to disregard such propaganda materials intended to mislead the public. We shall continue to support other security agencies in line with our constitutional mandate in a professional manner. Any act of unprofessional conduct among our troops will not be tolerated.”

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