Seven suspected members of a militia group of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have been killed during a joint operation by the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services in the early hours of Saturday.
Security sources confirmed the incident to our Correspondant, adding that among those killed is one Commander Ikonso, identified as the Vice President-designate of IPOB.
The late IPOB leader was also said to be the coordinator of all the operations of the group in the South-East.
Security operatives were said to have stormed the IPOB’s operational headquarters in Awomamma village, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where they engaged the gunmen in exchange for fire.
Commander Ikonso, alongside six others of his colleagues, eventually fdied the superior firepower of the security operatives.
The operation is part of deliberate efforts by the police and other security forces to quell the activities of insurgents in Imo State and other states of the southeast and South-South region of the country.
However, three policemen and one army officer are said to be receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries during the exchange of gunfire.
Imo State have been experiencing series of attacks of recent with sources blaming the attacks on IPOB.