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Anambra Police raid insurgent camps, uncover explosives in ongoing crackdown

Joint security force dismantles hideouts of gunmen targeting police stations, assures public safety amidst escalating threats

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The Anambra State Police Command has intensified efforts to counter the growing menace of armed insurgents, announcing a series of raids on militant camps believed to be responsible for recent attacks on police installations.

In a statement released by the command’s spokesperson, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the coordinated operation, directed by Commissioner of Police Aderemi Adeoye, targeted suspected insurgent strongholds following assaults on police stations in Awgbu and Neni.

“The police-led joint security force, acting on directives from Commissioner Adeoye, conducted a thorough sweep of identified insurgent camps within the state,” Ikenga disclosed.

The operation, conducted on Friday, March 29, unearthed scattered encampments in the forests of Ogbunka, Orumba South LGA, where insurgents had sought refuge. Despite the perpetrators’ attempt to evade capture, authorities managed to recover six Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), two walkie-talkies, and essential supplies intended for sustaining their activities.

“The decisive action led to the destruction of these bases, depriving the insurgents of safe havens from which to launch further attacks,” Ikenga affirmed.

Emphasizing the ongoing nature of the crackdown, Ikenga reiterated the commitment to eliminating the threat posed by these “terrorists,” emphasizing the rescue of abducted victims and the recovery of firearms and stolen vehicles still in their possession.

In a message of reassurance to the citizens of Anambra, Commissioner Adeoye extended Easter greetings, invoking the peace of Christ to prevail across the state. He pledged the unwavering dedication of the police force to safeguarding the populace, urging cooperation in identifying insurgent hideouts to preempt future threats.

Adeoye emphasized the police’s commitment to protecting the confidentiality of informants, assuring the public of their safety in providing vital intelligence to combat insurgency.

As the security landscape evolves, Anambra residents are urged to remain vigilant and collaborate with law enforcement agencies in safeguarding their communities against destabilizing forces, as the police reaffirm their pledge to uphold public safety at all costs.

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