We’re formidable, we have now dealt with them, their cows are dead, we have now chased them away.
Operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have reportedly invaded the camp of Fulani herdsmen in Isiukwuato, Abia State, chasing them away and killing dozens of their cows.
In a video shared by the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and seen by SaharaReporters, ESN operatives had been seen burning homes and cows allegedly belonging to the herdsmen.
Video of men at work last night throughout all of the cities and villages of the old Bende Division, particularly Isiukwuato,” Kanu captioned the video shared on his Fb web page.
“ESN has commenced the combing of elements of Isiukwuato forests last night and engagement with the enemy is ongoing and can proceed till they not current a risk to our communities alongside that axis.
“Our intel up to now has revealed that these terrorising Isiukwuato are rogue parts within the Nigerian Military & police who move on their victims to Fulani killer herdsmen. #ESN shall discover and neutralise these murderers and kidnappers within the coming days, be relaxation assured.”
A woman was additionally heard within the video accusing the Fulani of being behind the rising insecurity within the Eastern area.
“We’re right here to inform these idiots, these silly Fulani that this place is just not for them, they need to go away our land. We’re formidable, we have now handled them, their cows are dead, we have now chased them away,” she mentioned.
“They need to go away our land, there is no place for them. We can’t will let you keep in our land, you kill our people, you rape our women, you assume you’ll go scot free, there isn’t any place for you. These are their homes, we’re setting hearth on (sic) it. They need to go away our land.”
Kanu had in December 2020 launched ESN to guard the people of South-East and South-South areas from terrorists and bandits allegedly trooping in from the North.
The IPOB chief described the outfit as a reproduction of the Western Nigeria Safety Community, also called Amotekun, earlier launched by the governors of the South-West to curb insecurity within the area.
“The only goal and objective of this newly shaped safety outfit often known as Eastern Security Network is to halt each felony exercise and terrorist assault on Biafraland,” Kanu had mentioned.
“This outfit, which is a vigilante group just like the Amotekun within the South-West and the Miyetti Allah safety outfit, will guarantee the security of our forests and farmland which terrorists have transformed into slaughter grounds and raping fields.”
SR reported that the army search had been ongoing for days, and had no timeframe, as the military was performing on “orders from above.”
From drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN, a video captured the Nigerian Military helicopters and their autos and troopers looking for the camp of the ESN to make arrests.
However, there have been clashes between the army and ESN operatives in Orlu, Imo State, resulting in the dying of at the least 5 individuals.
Lately, it was additionally 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 are usually 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 hitch the ESN. Two of them had been previously serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, Borno State, earlier than they stop.
“We’re being reliably knowledgeable that there are different troopers, significantly of the South-East extraction, who will quickly go away for different numerous causes and they’re prone to be recruited into the fold,” a army 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 motive for disengagement.