The Nigerian Army says troops have recovered improvised
explosive devices (IEDs) on the Orlu-Owerri road in Imo state.
In a statement on Monday, Onyema Nwachukwu, army
spokesman, said the soldiers also foiled an attempt by
gunmen to attack two communities in the state.
The army accused the Eastern Security Network of the
proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of planting the
devices, adding that the IEDs had been safely detonated.
“Troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn Sector 3 have
thwarted an attempt by members of the outlawed Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security
Network (ESN), to unleash mayhem on residents of Mgbidi
and Awo Mmamma communities in Oru East Local
Government Area of Imo state,” the statement reads.
“The group targeted terrorising the people for lawfully refusing
to observe the illegal sit-at-home order foisted on them on
Monday 6 November 2021.
“The swift response of troops compelled the attackers,
mounted on two Sienna Buses and a Toyota Hilux truck, to
abandon their mission and withdraw in disarray. Troops are
currently on the trail of the criminals.
“In a separate development, troops have uncovered four
Improvised Explosive Devices planted by members of the
proscribed IPOB/ESN, in their desperate effort to inflict harm
on unsuspecting motorists and other road users along Orlu-
“The vigilant troops, who were on a reinforcement mission to
Mgbidi/Awo Mmama detected the IEDs planted at about 15
meters apart on both sides of the road and safely defused
them. No casualty was recorded during the defusion.”
The army also said “four wraps of unexploded ordnances,
one motorcycle battery, two vehicle alarm devices, one
detonator, wires and batteries” were recovered during the
The troops also urged residents to go about their normal
businesses, and appealed to the public to report suspicious
activities to relevant security agencies