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Attacks on security agencies in Anambra have semblance of emerging terror group – Experts

On February 24, 2021, ‘hoodlums’ attacked a patrol crew of the Nigeria Police in Ekwulobia, Anambra State. Within the course of, a police officer was killed and their patrol automobile burnt.

Because the February incidence, what has change into a pattern continued virtually unabated, with a number of cops killed and police stations attacked, with some burnt and armed carted away.

In what seems like calculated and deliberate assaults, not solely the police has come underneath assault by the but to be recognized ‘hoodlums’, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) have additionally tasted the fury of this new pattern.

Three Naval rankings and two NCS officers have been killed in Anambra whereas six cops had been additionally killed. Equally, 4 police stations have been attacked in what has been termed unprovoked assaults, with arms carted away.

The attackers had been mentioned to be properly armed with weapons and different harmful weapons, with the assaults coming at a time of heightened insecurity within the nation, with nearly each a part of the nation reeling underneath one type of insecurity or the opposite.

The event has additionally raised contemporary considerations, because the assaults, which seem coordinated and focus primarily on safety companies bear the footprints and resemblance of an rising terror group within the South-East geopolitical zone. It needs to be famous that the assaults, although extra frequent in Anambra, has additionally been skilled in Imo and Abia states too.

Specialists and analysts are fearful that the brand new assaults have the appearance of the early days of the Boko Haram insurgency, when safety companies and formations got here underneath assault in elements of Borno State.

Based on consultants and analysts, the South-East could also be witnessing the early levels of a home-grown terror group, which guarantees to be lethal and unwavering. Although this may increasingly for now be within the realm of conjectures, the indicators are ominous {that a} group is behind the latest assaults. What their motives are is, nevertheless, but to be identified.

A safety professional, Chigozie Madu believes the indicators are usually not good in any respect and if issues are usually not nipped within the bud quick, Nigeria could have one other terror group to take care of within the fast future.

Based on him, there may be a lot anger within the land, a lot that some persons are prepared to hold weapons at each little provocation.

“What is going on in the intervening time are preliminary indicators of a budding armed group, a terror group testing the waters and sending out warning alerts. And naturally, relying on the main target of the attackers, safety brokers naturally turns into their first targets. Keep in mind that safety brokers had been initially the goal of the Boko Haram terrorists of their early days, particularly in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital earlier than they had been pressured out of the town after the killing of their chief, Mohammed Yusuf.

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“For me, a brand new terror group possibly rising within the South-East, with Anambra as the bottom and if care is just not taken to deal with it whereas nonetheless in infancy, this attackers could also be able to wreak even larger havoc within the nation, particularly on the financial entrance. Authorities safety and intelligence providers should do all they’ll to establish these behind these assaults, single them out and neutralise them earlier than they begin recruiting followers and your entire factor take a lifetime of its personal,” Madu Mentioned.

Olawale Daud, a safety marketing consultant, believes that the present spate of assaults on safety brokers in Anambra is a fallout of the face-off between the Jap Safety Community (ESN) established by the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) and the Nigerian navy.

Based on him, for the reason that ESN operatives had been smoked out of the Orlu space of Imo State, there had been assaults in Imo, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River states amongst others. He additionally insisted that the assaults are usually not accidentally however coordinated and orchestrated by the ESN as their very own reply to navy aerial and floor assault on their places.

“I’m tempted to conclude that IPOB’s ESN is behind the most recent assaults in Anambra State. ESN is bitter with the way in which they had been attacked by the navy regardless of their preliminary purpose of securing the South-East geopolitical zone and defending the area from assaults by herdsmen and different criminals.

“The worry, nevertheless, is that if ESN really turns into the armed department of IPOB, then we could also be in for an additional extended insurgency that guarantees to be brutal, as its members will likely be keen to struggle on till their aims are realised. And naturally, they’re simply merely displaying indicators of what they’re able to doing and what we must always count on as a nation.

“As an pressing manner ahead, authorities has the choice of absolutely unleashing its full would possibly on these individuals, degrade their potential to hold out assaults and arrest them or discover a method to pacify their grievances, which in its personal is harmful and inspiring for others that need to take up arms towards the nation. Nevertheless, all the pieces that may be performed to cease the ESN from resorting to full arms battle have to be performed as Nigeria can’t afford one other terror group bobbing up once more,” Daud mentioned.

A political commentator, who, due to the sensitivity of the problems on floor, selected to not have his identify revealed, is of the opinion that the Nigerian authorities pushed the ESN or every other individuals behind the present assaults. Based on him, the Nigerian authorities, by the navy has at all times descended closely on unarmed peaceable protesters and agitators within the South-East whereas on the identical time treating insurgents and bandits with ‘child gloves.’

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“The federal government went after a neighborhood safety initiative goals at securing the South-East from the murderous incursions of herdsmen, bombing ESN members and turning the Orlu space right into a struggle zone whereas these which were killing, kidnapping and destroying communities within the North-West and North-Central are left roaming about within the forest to proceed their legal enterprise. And also you count on these guys which have at all times been on the receiving finish to not react?

“There’s a lot injustice within the land and in case you do not need anybody to struggle for you, you don’t have any possibility than to struggle for your self. IPOB, ESN and by extension, easterners have endured a lot injustice within the nation, they usually could have determined to say sufficient is sufficient!

“My solely prayer is that these assaults don’t snowball right into a full-blown arms battle within the zone, as it will likely be harmful to deal with. Insurgency anyplace within the South is nothing however the starting of the ultimate disintegration of Nigeria,” he submitted.

For Chukwueze Obi, crucial factor in the intervening time is how you can finish these assaults in order that it doesn’t take a lifetime of its personal. Based on him, the Federal Authorities should have interaction essential stakeholders within the South-East, together with state governors, conventional rulers, neighborhood leaders and associations to finish this harmful pattern.

“There isn’t a doubt that there are emotions of injustice however then, attacking safety brokers is just not the way in which out of it. And the sooner the federal government perceive that there are potential risks forward and transfer to cease it, the higher. The best way to go is just not by committing additional injustices by finishing up arbitrary arrests and clampdowns, as it will worsen the scenario, however by reaching out essential stakeholders in communities within the South-East who can dealer peace and rein in these aggrieved people.

“For me, a present of drive will solely result in extra anger and assaults because the Orlu navy motion have proven. Let authorities method leaders within the zone for the sake of peace and stability of the nation. Additionally, the numerous injustices which were dedicated towards the zone have to be addressed to discover a lasting peace”, he mentioned.

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