The Joint Task Force South East, operating under the banner of Operation UDO KA II, achieved a substantial victory on Sunday, October 1, 2023.
The Security operatives successfully cleared four notorious camps associated with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their armed affiliates, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
This operation happened at Ihube, Aku, and Umulolo, situated within the Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State, according to military statement.
Throughout the clearance operation, the troops encountered a multitude of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along their path to the camps.
Despite these challenges, their superior firepower compelled the militants to retreat into the adjacent forests, bearing gunshot wounds. A thorough investigation revealed that these camps were being employed for abhorrent activities, including cannibalism, occult rituals, and ritualistic killings, all intended to instill fear among law-abiding citizens in the region. The stark evidence of these horrifying acts became evident with the discovery of numerous recent and older corpses during the clearing process.
The residences of two spiritual leaders and herbalists, known as “Dibias,” who had fled the scene, were systematically destroyed. Furthermore, the shrine of the wanted terrorist Amobi Chinoso Okafor, alias Temple, where human sacrifices were carried out, was also dismantled. In the course of the mission, the Joint Task Force successfully neutralized two members of IPOB/ESN and apprehended four other criminals.
Among the items recovered from the camps were diverse denominations of the Biafra currency, a brand-new power bike, four motorcycles, solar panels, POP cements, and a petroleum tanker suspected to have been seized from diligent Igbo owners striving to make an honest living.