How Troops Uncover Shallow Graves at IPOB/ESN Violent extremists/terrorists Camp in Mother Valley, Imo

The Nigerian Military on Sunday has revealed how troops cleared  hideout/residence office, logistic base, temple and shrine IPOB/ESN violent extremists/terrorists in Mother Valley, Orsu LGA of Imo State

On 7 March 2024, the combined troops of Operation UDO KA with Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps conducted a raid/clearance operations to the IPOB/ESN violent extremists/terrorists in Mother Valley, Orsu LGA of Imo State.   

The team according to Director Defence Media Operations,  Major General Edward Buba cleared about 50 IPOB/ESN hideout tents in the valley including terrorists Supreme Headquarters and their Command and Control Centre as well as its Military Council Headquarters. 

Troops also, cleared Buteuzor’s hideout/residence office, logistic base, temple and shrine. The hideouts was well concealed with foliage that affords the criminals cover from air surveillance in order to prevent monitoring and detection.

The Valley had sufficient power supply for the camps. The terrorist hibernating there, reared animals and also owned farms in order to be self sustaining to live and fight.  During the operations, troops also encountered several command IEDs and ditches  along the axis to the camp. 

All were detonated and ditches covered with excavator  before reaching  the camp. The location is identified to be the supreme headquarters, command and control centre as well as the Military Council Headquarters of IPOB/ESN. 

During the operations, troops made contact with terrorists. Following a fire fight, troops neutralized 20 terrorists and recovered several quantities of assorted weapons such as G3 rifles, AK47 rifles,  auto pump action guns, double barrel guns,  locally made pistols and RPG bombs. 

Troops also recovered assorted ammunition which include 226 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 216 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 172 live cartridges, 4 AK47 magazines and 3 G3 magazines. Others items recovered  include: several quantities of IEDs (OGBUNIGWE), POS devices, baofeng radios, mobile phones,  handheld IEDs, CCTV cameras, inverter and batteries. Additional items include,Biafra flags amongst others. 

Troops destroyed all camps, hideouts and shrines in the location. The location was also litter with shallow graves indicative of Idol worshipping and ritual killings. The ritual killings at the camp accounts for the several cases of missing persons in the region. 

The recovered items are being processed and analysed for their intelligence value. Nevertheless, troops are sustaining the momentum and going in pursuit of the terrorist and their cohorts, dislodging them from their enclaves. 

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