Ipob Commander, the alleged leader of militia arm of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been killed in a joint operation between operatives of the police, Department of State Services and Army in the early hours of Saturday.
Security sources confirmed the incident to Beadysworld Tv adding that two other members were also arrested in the joint operation.
Among those killed is one suspected Commander Ikonso, identified as the Vice President-designate of IPOB.
Six other fighters of the militia group were also killed in the operation at the alleged operational headquarters of the militant group in Awomama Village, Oru East LGA of Imo State,
According to the report, sophisticated weapons include six AK47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different calibre and lots of charms, including bulletproof charms were recovered from the insurgents.
Security operatives were said to have stormed the IPOB’s operational headquarters in Awomamma village through a tip-off, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where they engaged the gunmen in exchange for fire.
Commander Ikonso, alongside six others of his colleagues, eventually fell to the superior firepower of the security operatives.
The operation is part of deliberate efforts by the police and other security forces to quell the activities of IPOB in Imo State and other states of the southeast and South-South region of the country.
The security forces allegedly came under rapid fire as they approached the camp of IPOB group.
“In a bold and clinical response, the joint security forces fought back gallantly.
The Forces eventually neutralized the overall commander of the insurgents in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander and six other armed fighters of the group.
After the fierce gun battle, the security team recovered the remains of Ikonso Commander and the six of his fighters.
However, three policemen and one army officer are said to be receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries during the exchange of gunfire.
Imo State has been experiencing series of attacks recent with sources blaming the attacks on Fulani herdsmen but IPOB has been on the receiving end.