Herdsmen Flee As IPOB’s Eastern Security Network Invades Fulani Camp In Abia, Kills Many Cows
Some Eastern Security Network (ESN) operatives have reportedly invaded the Fulani herdsman’s camp in Isiukwuato, Abia State, according to reports by SaharaReporters.
They were chased away by ESN operatives, killing dozens of their cows.
ESN operatives have been seen burning houses and cows allegedly belonging to herdsmen in a video shared by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and seen by Ejes Gist Nigeria.
“Kanu captioned the video shared on his Facebook page, “Video of men at work last night across all the towns and villages of the old Bende Division, particularly Isiukwuato.
ESN began combing parts of the Isiukwuato forests last night and engagement with the enemy is ongoing and will continue until our communities along that axis are no longer at risk.
“So far, our intel has revealed that those terrorizing Isiukwuato in the Nigerian Army & Police are rogue elements who pass on their victims to Fulani killer herdsmen. #ESN will find these murderers and kidnappers and neutralize them in the coming days, rest assured.
In the video, a lady was also heard accusing the Fulani of being behind the increasing insecurity in the region of the East.
These idiots, these stupid Fulani, we are here to say that this place is not for them, that they must leave our land. We’re awesome, we’ve dealt with them, their cows are dead, we’ve been chasing them away,’ she said.
They ought to leave our land, and there is no room for them. We can’t let you stay on our land, you’re going to kill our people, you’re going to rape our women, you’re going to go scot free, there’s no place for you. These are their houses, (sic) we set fire to them. They ought to leave our land.’
ESN was launched by Kanu in December 2020 to protect the people of the South-East and South-South regions from terrorists and bandits allegedly trooping in from the North.
The outfit was described by the IPOB leader as a replica of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun, previously launched by South-West governors to curb the region’s insecurity.
Kanu had said, “The sole objective and objective of this newly formed security organization known as the Eastern Security Network is to stop all criminal activity and terrorist attacks on Biafraland.”
“This outfit, which is a vigilante group like the South-West Amotekun and the security outfit of Miyetti Allah, will ensure the safety of our forests and farmland that terrorists have turned into slaughtering grounds and raping fields.”
SaharaReporters reported that the military search had been going on for days and that there was no time frame, because the army acted on “orders from above.”
A video captured the Nigerian Army helicopters and their vehicles and soldiers searching for the ESN camp to make arrests, from drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN.
However, there have been clashes in Orlu, Imo State, between the military and ESN operatives, leading to the deaths of at least five individuals.
It has also recently been learned that some Nigerian soldiers have resigned and joined the ESN on the grounds that the ESN, financed by both international and local donors, has better welfare packages than the military for its officers.
The boys of the Kanu ESN are not a bunch of rookies and untrained guys brandishing weapons. I personally know five guys who left the Nigerian Army to join ESN from my hometown in Anambra State. Two of them had previously served in Operation Lafiya Dole, State of Borno, before they quit.
A military source told SaharaReporters, “We are being reliably informed that there are other soldiers, particularly those from the South-East Extraction, who will soon leave for various other reasons and are likely to be recruited into the fold.”
In July 2012, approximately 356 soldiers resigned from the army in the North-East and other operational theaters, some on voluntary retirement, while others cited loss of interest as their reason for disengagement.