The Nigerian Army on Sunday said troops of its 82 Division have arrested a notorious leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Eastern Security Network(ESN), Godwin Nnamdi.

The arrest of Nnamdi was in conjunction with other security agencies while conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN.

Nigerian troops 

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this in statement, said the IPOB leader was arrested in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State during a joint clearance operations at a camp suspected to be the fortress of IPOB/ESN elements located at Akpowfu Forest in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, on Saturday 25 December 2021.  

According to him, during the clearance operation, troops engaged “the dissidents in a fire fight compelling them to take to their heels, leading to the arrest of their leader.”

The army spokesman also said troops recovered various items including one AK 47 rifle, one magazine containing 21 rounds of 7. 62 mm Special, one handset amongst others. 

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Some of the items recovered from the IPOB leader 

He further conveyed the commendation of the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya to the troops for the successes recorded thus far and charged them to comb and clear all suspected hideouts of criminal elements in their Area of Responsibility. 

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