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Military Confirms Killing Of Five Soldiers In Aba as Otti, Security Chiefs hold Closed-Door Meeting



The military has confirmed an attack on its troops by the terrorists of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), in Abia State on Thursday, killing five personnel.

A statement by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, said the attack took place at Obikabia Junction Checkpoint in Obingwa Local Government Areas adjourning Aba metropolis, where troops of Operation Udoka were deployed to enforce peace in the area and protect the citizens.

He said the terrorists who attacked the troops in the surprise assault, came in three-tinted Toyota Prado SUVs and others, from built up areas surrounding the checkpoint.

The military also confirmed that six civilians were killed in the crossfire that ensued between the terrorists and the troops.

According to Major General Buba, investigation are ongoing concerning the attack. The military also promised to retaliate the attack on its troops, vowing that their response would be brutal.

“Troops of OP UDO KA deployed at Obikabia Junction Checkpoint in Obingwa Local Government Areas adjourning Aba metropolis in Abia State were attacked and sadly killed by terrorist of IPOB/ ESN.

“The troops deployed to enforce peace in the area and protect the citizens were massively attacked by the terrorist. The terrorists, in three-tinted Prado Toyota SUVs and others from built-up areas surrounding the checkpoint, sprang a surprise attack on the checkpoint. The attack sadly took the lives of 5 personnel of the armed forces killed in action.

“The armed forces mourns the death of these troops as each and every soldier lost in battle is a terrible loss. Meanwhile, investigation are ongoing concerning the attack.

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“Overall, it must be reiterated that the lifeline of the terrorist is the people and this situation is no exemption. Winning the war without the support of the people is close to impossible. The IPOB capitalised on this to perpetrate attacks on the troops. The situation leaves more to be desired.

“Accordingly, it is absolutely imperative that the military retaliate against this dastardly act against troops. The military would be fierce in its response. We would bring overwhelming military pressure on the group to ensure their total defeat,” the statement read.

The IPOB/ESN terrorists launched the attack on the soldiers while enforcing a sit-at-home order across the south-east.

Iwuanyanwu distances self, Kanu

Meanwhile, the President of Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has distanced himself and the detained leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, from the killing the of soldiers in Aba.

He described the incident as saddening, stating that Kanu was not behind the order for the sit-at-home.

Iwuanyanwu appealed to President Bola Tinubu to use his political power to free Kanu.

He was speaking shortly after he visited the detained leader in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday. He also called for the restructuring of the country.

Last week, IPOB declared May 30 as a sit-at-home in the south-east to honour “our heroes and heroines” who died in the civil war between 1967 and 1970.

The “Biafran Heroes Day” sit-at-home declared by the outlawed group paralysed commercial and economic activities in parts of Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi States as banks, schools, markets, motor parks, and fuel stations and other public places were shut on Thursday.

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Otti, Security Chiefs In Closed-Door Meeting

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, is currently in a closed-door meeting with all the security chiefs, and other members of the Security Advisory Council in Abia State.

Dailytrailnews gathered that the meeting is being held at his residence in Umuehim, Nvosi, Isialangwa South Local Government Area of the state.

Although the details of the meeting are still sketchy, it may not be unconnected to the reported killings of five soldiers by gunmen, while ensuring peace and protecting citizens as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) issued a sit-at-home order across the south-east, to mourn “our heroes and heroines” who died in the civil war between 1967 and 1970.