Southeast Murders Tripled After IPOB Launches ESN – The Cable
Hours after the attack, IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu tweeted that no one in Nigeria deserves to be jailed.
However, his position is contrary to the Nigerian constitution, which recommends imprisonment for several crimes.
“If Mietti Allah terrorizes pastors and other #Fulan assassin groups, including the Boko Haram rebels, can be arrested, released and rehabilitated by this neo-colonial Fulanized president @NGR, then no soul deserves to be in any prison in Nigeria. If you know, you know! #UGM, he tweeted.
Several attacks have recently been carried out in the southeastern region, resulting in loss of life and property. No one seems safe as the attacks have targeted prominent citizens, security personnel and other Nigerians in the region.
TheCable examined media reports and Council on Foreign Relations data and found an increase in violent attacks after IPOB launched its regional security organization, codenamed Eastern Security Network (ESN).
This has sparked speculation that the security group has become a militia leading a Boko Haram-like insurgency in the northern region.
IPOB ESN CONFIGURED TO “STOP CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, TERRORIST ATTACKS”
On December 14, IPOB announced the launch of ESN for the Southeast and Southeast regions, a replica of Amotekun in the Southwest.
Emma Powerfull, a spokesman for IPOB, said the purpose of the safety net is to protect the southeast and south-south from “criminal activity.”
“The sole purpose and mission of this new security group, known as the Eastern Security Network, is to stop all criminal activity and terrorist attacks on Biafraland,” He said.
Although the security service was created to protect lives in the southeast, there has been an increase in criminal activity in the region since the inauguration of ESN.
THREE MONTHS BEFORE AND AFTER ESN LAUNCH: WHAT DOES THE DATA SAY?
TheCable tracked attacks and deaths in the southeast before and after ESN’s launch. Attack data for five states in the southeast – Abia, Anambra, Ebony, Enugu and Imo – were collected for September, October and November 2020.
Based on examined media reports and Council on Foreign Relations data, TheCable realizes that a total of 34 attacks and 50 deaths were recorded in the three months prior to ESN’s launch.
In December, when the security team was launched, there were 13 attacks and 17 deaths in five states.
Meanwhile, in January, February and March, the first three months of 2021 and the first months after the launch of ESN, the number of violent attacks increased and the number of deaths increased.
The southeastern region recorded 54 attacks, an increase of 59%, and 222 deaths, with the death rate increasing by 344%.
These figures do not include violent incidents in five states in April, such as the attack on the police headquarters and correctional facility in Imo.
SOURCE OF ATTACKS ON SECURITY OPERATORS
An important development since the launch of the IPOB security group has been the peak in attacks on police officers.
On March 31, three police officers were killed when gunmen attacked Chukwuma Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in Anambra.
About two weeks ago, three police and four naval officers were reportedly killed by gunmen in separate attacks.
In February, alleged perpetrators attacked the Umuoba police station in the Isiala Ngwa local government area, north of Abia State, setting it on fire and setting vehicles on fire on site.
Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said two officers were killed in the attack – Vincent Gonze, Assistant Superintendent of Police, and Emmanuel Okoronkwo, Sergeant.
Militants set fire to another police station in Imo state on Tuesday, the second attack on a police station in two days.
TheCable realizes that the cops stepped on their heels when the station was taken over by militants, who also freed people detained at the police station.
The attack on the police station came just hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the state to assess damage from the previous attack.
IPOB: VIOLENCE IS NOT A PART OF OUR CULTURE
Amid allegations leveled against IPOB for criminal attacks in the southeast, an IPOB spokesman said it was not part of the group’s “mandate” to commit such crimes.
Powerful said the information linking the group or its security group to attacks in the region is false.
The group denied the attack on security agents, saying the IPOB, outlawed as a terrorist organization, “was created for peace and we still live.”
“IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri-Imo State and the recent attack on the Onitsha-Owerri road at the Ukvuorji junction. It is not our responsibility to attack security or prison personnel, ”he said.
“The unknown bandits are different people who don’t know them, and they are not IPOBs or ESN security services.”
Source: – Cable