Tue. May 21st, 2024

soldier, officer killed in gun duel

Ngozi James

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its Troops have killed four Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network gunmen at Ihiala town in  Anambra State.

The Army in a statement signed by its spokesperson Brigiader-General Onyema Nwachukwu,  the gunmen were killed while enforcing the “illegally imposed” sit-at-home order. It disclosed that gunmen fired sporadically in and around a filling station in Ihiala town.

” On receipt of a distress call, troops of the Nigerian Army launched out to the location to restore normalcy. On intercepting the dissidents, a fire fight ensued and the gallant troops neutralized their leader, Ejike and three others,” the statement read.

“Items recovered from the gunmen during the encounter include one motorcycle, two pump action double barrel guns, 12 live cartridges and substances suspected to be cannabis amongst others”, it added.

However, the Nigerian Army disclosed that one combat vehicle conveying troops was involved in an accident during the operation following a technical fault resulting in death of  officer and a soldier, while two sustained injuries.

“The injured are currently responding to treatment at a military hospital. While we pray for the repose of the souls of deceased personnel,  the general public are enjoined to continue to support the military and other security agencies through the provision of timely and accurate information that could enhance ongoing operations and ultimately, restore peace and stability in the region,” the Army stated.

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