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Troops of Exercise Golden Dawn Sector 3 has continued their clamp down on Criminal elements in and around Imo State, as they dislodge criminal group parading themselves as "unknown gunmen", and terrorising residents of Mgbidi and Awommama communities in the guise of enforcing illegal sit-at-home order. 

In other developments, the Troops uncovered, recovered and demobilized substances suspected to be improviced explosive devices mounted along Orlu - Owerri road, which could have caused great havoc within the area.

Details of the recorded Troops' operations as contained in a Press Statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu ■END

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Troops conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN Sector 3 have thwarted an attempt by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) to unleash mayhem on residents of Mgbidi and Awo Mmamma  communities in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo state. The group targeted terrorising the people for lawfully refusing  to observe the illegal sit-at-home order foisted on them on Monday 6 December 2021.

The swift response of troops compelled the attackers, mounted on two Sienna Buses and a Toyota Hilux truck  to abandon their mission and withdrew in disarray. Troops are currently on the trail of the  criminals.

In a separate development, troops have uncovered four Improvised Explosive Devices planted by members of the proscribed IPOB/ ESN, in their desperate effort to inflict harm on unsuspecting motorists and other road users along Orlu - Owerri road. The vigilant troops, who were on a reinforcement mission to Mgbidi/Awo Mmama  detected the IEDs planted at about 15 meters apart on both sides of the road and safely defused them. No casualty was recorded during the defusion.

The troops also recovered four wraps of unexploded ordnances, one motor cycle battery, two vehicle alarm devices, one detonator, wires and batteries. The road has been safely cleared and motorists have resumed plying the road.

We urge all law abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses and disregard the illegal sit at home order. We also appeal to the good people of Mgbidi, Awo Mmama and Omuma Communities to report any suspected movement of members of the irredentist group, who may be seeking a safe haven, to relevant security agencies.


Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

6 December 2021

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