The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm over an unprovoked attack by the Army against operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Enugu.
It alleged a combined team of soldiers and security operatives on Friday, July 23, 2021, unleashed an attack against innocent ESN operatives at Akpofu Nkanu forests in Enugu State.
In a statement by the Media and Public Relations, Emma Powerful, the group described the attack as unwarranted, stressing the ESN operatives did nothing to deserve the unprovoked action.
It maintained the ESN had only been defending the communities in the area against incessant attacks and destruction of their farms by killer herdsmen.
The statement reads in part: “The hypocritical Nigerian security agents have failed to protect Biafrans against the incursions by Fulani jihadists.
“Yet instead of allowing ESN to defend our ancestral land against terrorists invasion, the Nigeria Army and other security agencies have been unleashed against innocent volunteer security outfit safeguarding the lives of Biafrans.
“This is the height of wickedness. NIGERIA is aiding and abating terrorism. Fulani-controlled federal government gives tacit support to terrorists but crushes peaceful agitators. This is wickedness and hypocrisy which God must judge.
“The same Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen have for years been kidnapping, raping and killing locals in Nkanu and other communities in Biafra land until December 2020 when ESN was set up to flush them out of our forests.
” Now their real sponsors have come to defend them against ESN by combing the forests in hunt of ESN operatives instead of the terrorists.
“Since herdsmen started their killing spree in Biafra land, has any of them been arrested let alone prosecuted by any security agency?
“Yet every other day the Army and other security agencies have been hunting for ESN like wild animals.
“The cowardly southeast Governors and the evil political elite will still protect them. We aware of security operatives were not ESN. The police officers were not killed by ESN.”