By Rev. Fr. ChukwuEmekalum Nwosu, OP.
There is a trending news that yesterday, suspected Fulani herdsmen, but Fulani terrorists, invaded Nkalaha Community in Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi. At the end of their heinous violent attack, fifteen people were left dead, and several others seriously wounded. The gruesome pictures (which I will not display here, having had running battles with Prof. Nwosu, on supposed infringements), reminds one of the kind of gruesome images that were shown after similar attacks in places like Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, etc. The patterns are the same.
There have been several warnings that these criminals will not stop their dastardly act in the North and Middlebelt but will extend their criminal atrocity to the East. The attacks at Nkalaha community demonstrates that they have gradually begun their mission of sowing seeds of terror in the SE. They have started in Ebonyi State, the underbelly of the SE, but will they stop there? Certainly not!
The attack on Nkalaha community underscores the importance of IPOB’s security outfit, the Eastern Security Network (ESN). Without the ESN the SE will soon be witnessing the kind of brutal murders that had long been taking place in the North and Middlebelt. It is always foolhardy for anyone to think he or she is immune from violence when it is happening elsewhere. Nnamdi Kanu, hate or love him, foresaw this, just like he foresaw many other things and decided to establish the ESN to secure the SE. Yet, the greatest critics of this initiative are Igbos, especially the self-centered and tunnel-visioned Igbo elites and political misleaders, who are ready to sell their entire family for few pennies. Yes, rather than rally round ESN, many of us were excoriating the outfit and questioned why anyone should establish a security outfit outside the law. I do not understand the madness that has stricken our Igbo elites and businessmen, who think only about their comfort and large business investments outside the SE.
Of course, the Igbo politicians are loathsome houseboys who outdo themselves to please their Fulani masters. Nnamdi Kanu was very right in not ever wanting to dine with them even with the longest spoon. He knew it would be like dinning with Lucifer. They would long have sold him out. He was right in despising them. He knew that these are worthless men who have no single interest of the people. Governor Umahi has been one of the SE governors that have pandered to the whims and caprices of the Fulanis, with the hope of playing the second fiddle in 2023. Under his watch 15 men were brutally slaughtered like cows. Yet, he is among those who would denounce ESN.
And what of the Obi of Onitsha? Where did he get the money to establish a security outfit? What makes the security outfit he rolled out any more legitimate than ESN? Who is the piper to whose music he is dancing? If he is so concerned about the security of the SE, why did he not endorse ESN? Why create a rival security outfit that will only end up causing an internal conflict in the SE, thus paving way for the Fulani invaders to have a free run over of the SE? Who is financing his security outfit? Do we blame IPOB for treating him with contempt and for threatening him? Most of our Igbo leaders or rather misleaders are utterly despicable.
I often wonder when I hear people call on the government, whether Federal or State, to deal with the threat of the Fulani invaders. I wonder if those who make such statements have their brains located in between their thighs. How can you ask the same institution that sponsors and endorses these criminals to stop them from causing havoc? Does that make sense? The stupid question some will ask is: “Do you have any evidence that the Federal Government is sponsoring them?”
What happened at Nkalaha may be the beginning of worse attacks to come. But it is not too late for the people of SE to rally round ESN and ensure that unemployed young men and women are enlisted in ESN. It is our responsibility to ensure that the ESN is well-funded and well-armed. Every Igbo man or woman should contribute financially and otherwise to the ESN. We can continue to pretend to be law abiding citizens in a lawless country and under an utterly lawless government, but that will be the end of us all.
In fact, I will even advocate that anyone who rats on ESN should have a taste of what these brutal invaders do to innocent children, women, and men. Yes, since those who think that ESN is a threat to them and their community and therefore, go on to betray them to the lawless government forces, they and their entire family should have a taste of what it means to come under the attacks of the Fulani invaders.
Finally, I have no fear or apologies, to unequivocally and publicly, express my unqualified support for the ESN, so long as they have taken on the responsibility of safeguarding the lives and properties of the people of the SE. The right to self-defense is a natural law and is consistent with every religious and spiritual value. Since the Federal and State governments have chosen to support terrorists, we the people of the SE have no option than to protect ourselves. We cannot allow foreign or local terrorists to overrun our lands and murder us both in broad daylight and under the cover of darkness. Enough is Enough.
~~Rev. Fr. ChukwuEmekalum Nwosu.
Awurum Eze Not ESN Operative, Says IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has refuted the story that one Awurum Eze arrested in Aba recently and said to be IPOB second in command is a member of Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In a press statement signed by the media and publicity Secretary of the group comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB said the said Ewurum Eze is too old to be ESN Operative.
It described the claim as “cheap propaganda and false claims to imaginary military prowess”.
Part of release read: “The said man is not an operative of ESN. Such a man is too old to be recruited into ESN let alone being Ikonso’s Second in Command.
“The Nigeria security agents should stop making mockery of themselves. Arrest of innocent Biafrans and labelling them ESN operatives cannot make you overpower our gallant ESN operatives”, it said.
It said that its background check revealed that the said Awurum Eze “had issues with his traditional ruler who gave his contact to the security agents alleging that he belongs to ESN. He is not our own”.
IPOB alleged a grand plot by the Nigeria security agencies “to reduce Biafra population through the on-going secret abductions and killings of innocent Biafrans after tagging them IPOB and ESN members.
It added: “This wicked plot which started in Imo State is now gaining momentum across the entire Biafra land through the collaboration of some traitors in the mould of Supreme Court administrator of Imo State Hope Uzodinma and his likes.
“Biafrans of all age brackets are now at the mercy of the double-faced Nigeria security agents as all they need to arrest and kill them off is to brand them ESN operative or sponsor,” the IPOB concluded.
Army Arrests Ikonso’s Second-In-Command During IPOB, ESN Raid In Abia
The Nigerian Army has said it has arrested the Second-in-Command to the neutralised commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Aba town in Abia State during the raid.
The army arrested 48-year-old Awurum Eze, a native of Umoneke Nta in the Isiala-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Director, Army Public Relations, in a release said, Eze had escaped from his village on May 4 when the operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was hiding.
He said, “The Second-in-Command to the neutralised IPOB/ESN Terrorist leader Ikonso, Awurum Eze, has been arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia State.
“The 48-year-old Awurum Eze, a native of Umoneke Nta, Isiala-Mbano LGA, Imo State, had on the 4th of May, 2021 escaped when operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was hiding.
“Intensive manhunt was thereafter launched towards tracing and arresting him. He was eventually apprehended on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Aba after weeks of unrelenting follow-ups by operatives.
“Awurum Eze is one of the main sponsors of the numerous killings in Imo State and has been on the wanted list of security agents for more than 3 months.
“Many of the arrested IPOB /ESN terrorists had earlier mentioned him as their key sponsor, mastermind and Second-in-Command to the late Ikonso. According to them, amongst all their leaders in Imo State, only Ikonso and Awurum have direct communication link with Nnamdi Kanu. He can be seen in several photographs posing with the fugitive terrorist leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“Investigation by the combined team of security operatives continues.”
Vendors Arrested For Selling Newspapers With News On IPOB
The newspaper vendors are accused of circulating newspapers that promote the activities of IPOB.
The Inspector General of Police (IG) Intelligent Response Team (IRT) on Monday arrested five newspaper vendors in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east, for allegedly promoting activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Abutu Yaro, confirmed the arrest but said the operatives were not from his command.
One of the arrested vendors, Onyebuchi Iwundu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a police station that the IRT operatives arrested them at Rotibi Street, a popular newspaper circulation street, off Douglas Road in the early hours of Monday.
Mr Iwundu said they were accused of circulating newspapers that promote the activities of IPOB.
He said he and others were manhandled before being taken to the police station for detention.
The vendor said the operatives confiscated their papers and money, adding that they had been warned not to circulate newspapers that promote IPOB activities.
Other vendors arrested have been identified as Isinwa Blessing, Nelson, Micheal and Sakatan.
NAN reported that the circulation manager of New Telegraph newspaper, Chuck Ugwuibe, was arrested on Tuesday at Banana junction Orlu and has been in police custody.
Eastern Security Network, a security arm of IPOB, appears to have a strong presence in Imo.
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