The attack by the troopers was said to be a reprisal after members of the ESN engaged them in a shootout last Friday.
Operatives of the Nigerian Military on Monday again attacked residents of Okporo, Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, killing about 5 persons.
Matters Arising gathered that many individuals have been additionally injured when the soldiers stormed the group suspected to be the operational base of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) security outfit, Jap Safety Community (ESN).
Matters Arising learnt that one individual died on the group market sq. in the course of the safety operation final Friday.
Additionally, about 10 buildings, together with a church, Blessed Holy Trinity Sabbath Mission, have been allegedly set ablaze by the troopers
“They got here again at present and began killing our folks, I can’t verify the variety of casualties now however they’re greater than 5. They have been right here final Friday and killed one individual on the market sq.. About 10 buildings have been additionally burnt by these masked safety brokers on Friday.
“Imo State is not secure presently; Governor Hope Uzodinma shouldn’t enable troops to kill all his folks,” a source told SR.
IPOB chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had in December 2020 launched ESN to guard the folks of South-East and South-South areas from terrorists and bandits allegedly trooping in from the North.
Kanu described the outfit as a replica of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also called Amotekun, earlier launched by the governors of the South-West to curb insecurity within the area.
“The only real intention and goal of this newly shaped safety outfit generally known as Eastern Security Network is to halt each felony exercise and terrorist assault on Biafraland,” Kanu had said.
“This outfit, which is a vigilante group just like the Amotekun within the South-West and the Miyetti Allah security outfit, will guarantee the security of our forests and farmland which terrorists have transformed into slaughter grounds and raping fields.”
He added that the institution of the security outfit turned vital following what he described because the “failure” of the governors of the South-South and South-East to put in place measures to guard the folks in these areas.
SR earlier reported that the Nigerian Military had deployed fight helicopters, gun vans and troopers to go looking some forests within the South-East states the place the ESN was suspected to be tenting.
SR reported that the military search had been ongoing for days, and had no time-frame, as the military was performing on “orders from above.”
From drones and hidden cameras believed to be put in by the ESN, a video captured the Nigerian Military helicopters and their autos and troopers trying to find the camp of the ESN to make arrests.
Lately, it was learnt that some Nigerian troopers resigned and joined the ESN, on the grounds that the ESN, being funded by both international and local donors, had higher welfare packages for its officers than the army.
“The Kanu ESN boys usually are not a bunch of rookies and untrained fellows brandishing weapons. I personally know 5 guys from my hometown in Anambra State who left the Nigerian Military to affix the ESN. Two of them have been previously serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, Borno State, before they stop.
“We’re being reliably knowledgeable that there are different troopers, significantly of the South-East extraction, who will quickly depart for different numerous causes and they’re more likely to be recruited into the fold,” a navy supply informed SaharaReporters.
In July 2012, about 356 troopers within the North-East and different theatres of operation had resigned from the military – some on voluntary retirement, whereas others cited lack of curiosity as their cause for disengagement.
The troopers had written to the military chief, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on July 3, 2020, underneath Reference NA/COAS/001, quoting the Harmonised Phrases and Situations of Service troopers/score/airmen (Revised) 2017.
The approval of the voluntary disengagement of the 356 troopers was contained in a 17-page round from Buratai, AHQ DOAA/G1/300/92, signed by Brig Gen T.E. Gagariga for the military chief.
Once more, this January, one other batch of 127 troopers resigned from the Nigerian Military and are as a result of depart by Might.
They comprised one Grasp Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 22 Employees Sergeants, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, seven Lance Corporals and one Non-public.
SaharaReporters had additionally reported how a cross-section of Nigerians criticised the Nigerian Military for deploying plane and gun vans to find Kanu’s ESN camp, saying it was a misplaced precedence within the safety challenges dealing with the nation.
Just a few others, nonetheless, supported the navy saying the ESN may grow to be a regional safety menace for the reason that South-East governors had additionally dissociated themselves from the outfit.
On Twitter, a number of Nigerians believed that the navy motion was a misplaced precedence and such enthusiasm and power weren’t seen within the North-East in opposition to the Boko Haram terrorists nor in opposition to the bandits within the North-West.