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Nigerian Army Clears Suspected IPOB Camps Amid Allegations of Cannibalism and Ritualism



Nigerian Army Clears Suspected IPOB Camps Amid Allegations of Cannibalism and Ritualism

In an ongoing security operation, the Nigerian Army has successfully dismantled camps suspected to be associated with the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliates, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

These camps, located in Ihube, Aku, and Umulolo within the Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State, were allegedly involved in disturbing activities, including cannibalism and ritualism.

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The operation, conducted by the Joint Task Force South East under Operation UDO KA II, was executed on Independence Day and resulted in the clearance of four notorious camps in the area. The Army reported that its troops encountered numerous Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along the way, but due to their superior firepower, the insurgents fled into nearby forests with gunshot wounds.

During the operation, disturbing evidence emerged, suggesting that the camps were being used for heinous acts such as cannibalism, occult practices, and ritual killings, all aimed at instilling fear in law-abiding citizens.

The gruesome findings included both fresh and decomposed corpses scattered throughout the camps. Additionally, the residences of two spiritual leaders/herbalists (known as Dibias) who had fled were demolished.

The Army further revealed that a shrine associated with a wanted terrorist known as Amobi Chinoso Okafor, popularly referred to as “Temple,” was destroyed during the operation. This shrine was suspected of being the site of human sacrifices.

In their official statement signed by Lieutenant Colonel Jonah Unuakhalu on behalf of Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II, the Army noted that two IPOB/ESN members were neutralized. At the same time, four criminals were apprehended during the operation. The recovered items from the camps included various denominations of the Biafran currency, a new power bike, four motorcycles, solar panels, POP cement, and a petroleum tanker believed to have been hijacked by hardworking Igbo owners.

Operation UDO KA II reaffirmed its commitment to combatting crime and criminality in line with existing rules and regulations governing its operations. The Army urged law-abiding citizens in the Southeast region to play their part by providing timely, credible, and reliable information that could help end the insecurity caused by the activities of these alleged terrorist groups in the region.

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