On Tuesday, the fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force carried out Operation Udo Ka II's air component and destroyed the armories and hiding places of IPB fighters in the states of Anambra and Imo.
The air operations were carried out in response to an intelligence report that the fighters had concluded plans to unleash mayhem on the residents and other states in the region, according to a statement made on Wednesday by the NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.
He claimed that several airstrikes were made against the IPOB fighters' bases in Mother Valley Orsumughu in the Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State and at Aku Ihube in the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Some of the places that had been bombed, according to him, were their armories.
“Acting on credible intelligence that IPOB/ESN terrorists had perfected plans to disrupt civic activities lined up in the coming days in Anambra State and other states in Southeast Nigeria from their concealed bunkers or hideouts at Mother Valley Orsumughu, air strikes were authorized in conjunction with ground troops and other security agencies on the location believed to also house some of their weapons and ammunition. The strikes hit the target and were deemed successful following the ball of fire, fleeing terrorists at the location, as well as feedback received,” Gabkwet said.
He also explained that air strikes destroyed the IPOB fighters’ camps, where they were billed to hold their meeting in Imo.
“Air strikes were also conducted on the same day in close coordination with surface forces at IPOB/ESN hideout camps in Aku Ihube, Imo State, after a detailed analysis of intelligence on the terrorists converging for a likely rendezvous at their hideout. Consequently, air strikes were also authorized to strike the hideout. The targets were acquired and attacked in succession, with a high degree of success,” the statement added.