The Nigerian security forces on Saturday allegedly decimated the groups responsible for the series of attacks on security personnel, police stations and correctional facilities in the south east and south south.
The leader of the group, named Commander Ikonso and six members of his gang were allegedly eliminated.
It would be recalled that the home of the Governor of Imo State in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area was early on Saturday razed by hoodlums who also killed two officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
According to PRNigeria, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army and Department of State Service (DSS) in a joint operation in the early hours of Saturday, stormed the operational headquarters of the insurgents, who were described as IPOB Militias in Awomama Village Oru East LGA of Imo State.
The insurgents were fingered as being responsible for the attack on the Imo State Police Headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service on 5th April, 2021.
They have also carried out series of calculated, violent attacks on security personnel and formations in the south east and south south of the country.
An intelligence source told PRNigeria that when the security forces approached the base of the insurgents, they came under rapid fire from the group.
“In a bold and clinical response, the joint security forces fought back gallantly. The Forces eventually neutralized the overall commander of the insurgents in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander and six other armed fighters of the insurgent group.
“Commander Ikonso is known as the Vice President designate as well as the coordinator of all the militia operations of the group. He was the mastermind and coordinator of the attack on the Imo Police Headquarters and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.
“The operation is part of deliberate effort by the Police and other security forces to quell the activities of insurgents in Imo State and other States of the South East and South South region of the country,” the source said.
It was learnt that the security team recovered the remains of Ikonso Commander and the six of his fighters.
Several sophisticated weapons including six AK47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different caliber and lots of charms, including bullet proof charms were recovered from the insurgents.
Three policemen and one army officer, who sustained injuries during the operation were said to be receiving treatment.