Operatives of the Nigerian Army and unknown gunmen engaged in a gunfight at the Orlu Local Council of Imo State in Nigeria during the Easter celebrations.

The first report says that the Nigerian army stormed a community in Imo State in search of suspected agitators of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, allegedly responsible for the violence in the state and southeast region of Nigeria. 

  • Reports say that this raid by the Nigerian army resulted in the death of at least 4 residents of the community.

On the other hand, another report says members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the security agency of IPOB, allegedly engaged in a gun firefight with security operatives in Orlu and Orsu Local Government Areas of Imo state. 

  • The report says security operatives, including the Nigerian army, strongly repelled ESN, during the latter manhunt for a security group called Ebubeagu Security Network. 

What they are saying 
The Nigerian Army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu speaking on Monday confirmed its operatives neutralized an IPOB member while resisting the gunmen from enforcing the suspended sit-at-home order. 

  • Several frightening videos surfaced on social media showing a gun battle between the Nigerian army and the unknown gunmen with the hashtag #orluisbleeding. 

IPOB is a separatist group in Nigeria under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, agitating for the five southern states to gain independence from Nigeria. 

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