Soldiers apprehend IPOB members listed by police for arrest

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The Nigerian Army has apprehended two members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) named Ifeanyi Godwin and Uche Onuoha in Anambra State. The suspects were intercepted in a Toyota Highlander SUV near Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area, where they were found in possession of two pump-action rifles, 41 cartridges, a handheld communication radio, and ritualistic items. According to a Nigerian Army statement on Wednesday, both Godwin and Onuoha have been on the Nigeria Police wanted list since 2023, with preliminary investigations linking Godwin to a hotel allegedly used as an IPOB/ESN operations base funded by kidnapping proceeds.

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In a related operation, troops raided the residence of a suspected kidnapping kingpin, Bello Chikidawoje, in Bodija Area of Ibadan North LGA, Oyo State. This raid resulted in the recovery of two AK-47 rifles, loaded magazines hidden inside an animal’s cage, and additional ammunition. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend Chikidawoje and dismantle his criminal network.

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Furthermore, in Katsina State, troops responded swiftly to terrorists blocking roads in Ruma, Yargamji, and Batsari, engaging them in a gun battle that forced the terrorists to retreat. Three empty AK-47 magazines were recovered along the terrorists’ escape route. In Kankara LGA, troops thwarted a potential terrorist attack on villagers returning from the market, neutralizing one terrorist, seizing an AK-47 rifle, and preventing further violence.

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The Nigerian Army continues to conduct operations aimed at maintaining security and dismantling criminal activities across various states in the country.

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