Just In: Nigerian Army, Air Force engage suspected ESN/IPOB members in gun battle
Military fighter aircraft, Nigerian Army and police personnel are currently in the Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, engaging the operatives of the Eastern Security Network in a fierce gun battle, SaharaReporters writes.
Frightened residents in the area say attack helicopters are hovering round their locations in search of the ESN operatives.
Some residents who spoke to SaharaReporters say the gunshots have been continuous leading to palpable tension in the LGA as some of them had not been able to go about their normal business since morning.
“The gunshots keep reverberating. Military and police personnel are trooping in large numbers and surveillance helicopters are flying in the air. I am still in my bedroom,” a resident said.
The offensive comes bare hours after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered men of the force to deal ‘ruthlessly’ with IPOB members following the attack on the Owerri Prisons and police headquarters.
The clash is ongoing as of the time of filing this report.
More to follow…