Seven die as ESN members engage army, DSS in gun battle in Rivers

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– Army authority has reportedly said that seven members of the ESN/IPOB have been killed in Rivers state

– The incident happened on Thursday, May 27, during a joint clearance operation

– According to theA report by PM News indicates that the Nigerian army said that no fewer than seven operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Rivers community were killed in a joint clearance operation it carried out with the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Legit.ng gathered that the Army also said that it also arrested five operatives of ESN, an armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), while arms and ammunition were recovered from them. According to the report, this was contained in a statement issued by the Army authority on the night of Thursday, May 27, saying that the operation took place at about 6:15 pm.

The statement reportedly read: “6 Div in conjunction with Keystone, DSS and NSCDC led by Brigadier-General MD Danja conducted clearance/raid operations at suspected IPOB/ESN camp in Agbochia Forest along Pipelines Road Ogali/ Kom-Kom boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers state.” The Army was also quoted to have said that the team came in contact with the IPOB/ESN members during the clearance/raid Operations. It further stated that during the firefight, seven IPOB/ESN members were neutralized and 5 suspects were arrested.

 

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