Yerima said that the troops, assisted by the Police Special Forces eliminated a top IPOB/ESN operational commander, Joseph Nnachi, alias King of Dragons.
He said that Dragon had been orchestrating attacks against security agencies and government establishments in the South Eastern States.
According to him, Dragon has been at the centre of several heinous attacks since the death of Ikonso, who gave up the ghost, during an encounter with security forces on April 24, at Awomama Village of Orlu East Local Government Area of the state.
He added that four other members of the gang were neutralised along with Dragon, while one was captured alive and had been assisting security forces with useful information.
According to him, troops recovered four AK-47 Rifles, a Toyota Hiace Minibus used as an operational vehicle by the assailants as well as several assorted ammunition and charms.
“Recall that IPOB/ESN Terrorists attacked the Imo Police Command on April 5, and since then, the security forces had been on the trail of the assailants leading to the successful elimination of the key figures involved.
“The NA wishes to place on records its a profound appreciation to the peace-loving citizens of Imo and the entire citizenry for their support towards combating security challenges in the South East and the rest of the country.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, particularly noted this as a patriotic gesture and appealed to the public to do more while assuring them of the NA’s resolve to end the reign of terror in the country,” he said.