Aba Shooting , sixteen Ipob Security Network ESN shoot dead in Aba Abia State
According to Sahara Reporters, a military source revealed on Wednesday that about 16 operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) were killed in a joint operation of the Nigerian Army and police.
According to the source, hundreds of security operatives attacked the ESN camp in Aba, Abia state, on Tuesday night, killing about 16 people and injuring others.
According to sources, the operation was launched in response to a series of attacks on security personnel in the region’s south-east.
In the last three months, unknown gunmen have killed at least 20 security personnel in the area.
Three police stations were demolished in 2021, indicating that they are not immune to the attack.
On Monday, three police officers were killed in a new assault in Abia state’s Ohafia LGA.
The officers were killed in Abiriba town during a’stop and search’ operation.
Shortly after they arrived in town for a routine mission, the gunmen ambushed them and carted away their rifles, according to reports.
Austin Ugwu, Longinus Ugochukwu, and Ama Ifeanyi were the three officers killed.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the chief of IPOB, launched ESN in December 2020 to protect the citizens of the South-East and South-South regions from terrorists and bandits allegedly invading from the north.
Kanu identified the group as a clone of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun, which was established by governors in the area to combat insecurity.
Kanu had said, “The sole goal and objective of this newly established security outfit known as Eastern Security Network is to halt any illegal activity and terrorist attack on Biafraland.”
“This vigilante party, similar to the Amotekun in the South-West and the Miyetti Allah security outfit, will ensure the protection of our forests and farmland, which terrorists have turned into slaughter grounds and rape fields.”
He went on to say that the security outfit was needed because of what he called the governors of the South-South and South-“failure” East’s to put in place measures to protect the people in those areas.
The Nigerian Army had sent battle helicopters, gun trucks, and soldiers to search several forests in the South-East states where the ESN was accused of camping, according to previous reports.
Some Nigerian soldiers recently deserted and joined the ESN, claiming that the ESN, which is supported by both foreign and domestic donors, had better health packages for its officers than the military.
“The Kanu ESN boys aren’t a bunch of incompetent and untrained thugs with guns. I personally know five men from my hometown in Anambra State who joined the ESN after leaving the Nigerian army. Before leaving, two of them had previously served in Borno State’s Operation Lafiya Dole.
“We have reliable information that other soldiers, especially of the South-East extraction, will soon leave for various reasons and will most likely be recruited into the fold,” a military source said.
Around 356 soldiers resigned from the army in the North-East and other theatres of operations in July 2012, some on voluntary retirement, while others cited a lack of confidence as the reason for their departure.
On July 3, 2020, the soldiers wrote to Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, the former army chief, with reference NA/COAS/001, citing the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers/rating/airmen (Revised) 2017.
A 17-page circular from Buratai, AHQ DOAA/G1/300/92, signed by Brig Gen T.E. Gagariga for the army chief, approved the voluntary disengagement of the 356 soldiers.
Another batch of 127 soldiers resigned from the Nigerian Army in January and are expected to leave by May.
One Master Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 22 Staff Sergeants, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, seven Lance Corporals, and one Private comprised the group.
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