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Biafra, Yoruba nations agitators warned against demanding Nigeria’s break up

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.

For the reason that February incidence, what has develop into a development 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 development.

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

The attackers have been stated to be effectively armed with weapons and different harmful weapons, with the assaults coming at a time of heightened insecurity within the nation, with just about 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 businesses bear the footprints and resemblance of an rising terror group within the South-East geopolitical zone. It ought 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 illusion of the early days of the Boko Haram insurgency, when safety businesses and formations got here underneath assault in elements of Borno State.

In line with 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 recognized.

A safety knowledgeable, Chigozie Madu believes the indicators will not be good in any respect and if issues will not be nipped within the bud quick, Nigeria might have one other terror group to deal with within the instant future.

In line with him, there’s a lot anger within the land, a lot that some individuals 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 indicators. And naturally, relying on the main target of the attackers, safety brokers naturally turns into their first targets. Do not forget that safety brokers have been initially the goal of the Boko Haram terrorists of their early days, particularly in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital earlier than they have been compelled out of 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 just isn’t 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 companies should do all they’ll to determine these behind these assaults, single them out and neutralise them earlier than they begin recruiting followers and your complete factor take a lifetime of its personal,” Madu Stated.

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.

In line with him, for the reason that ESN operatives have 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 will not be 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 newest assaults in Anambra State. ESN is bitter with the best way they have been attacked by the navy regardless of their preliminary goal 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 one more extended insurgency that guarantees to be brutal, as its members will probably be prepared to battle on till their aims are realised. And naturally, they’re simply merely displaying indicators of what they’re able to doing and what we should always anticipate as a nation.

“As an pressing manner ahead, authorities has the choice of absolutely unleashing its full may on these individuals, degrade their capability to hold out assaults and arrest them or discover a solution 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 things that may be achieved to cease the ESN from resorting to full arms wrestle should be achieved as Nigeria can’t afford one other terror group arising once more,” Daud stated.

A political commentator, who, due to the sensitivity of the problems on floor, selected to not have his title revealed, is of the opinion that the Nigerian authorities pushed the ESN or every other individuals behind the present assaults. In line with him, the Nigerian authorities, by means of the navy has all the time 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 an area 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 warfare zone whereas these which have been killing, kidnapping and destroying communities within the North-West and North-Central are left roaming about within the forest to proceed their prison enterprise. And also you anticipate these guys which have all the time been on the receiving finish to not react?

“There may be a lot injustice within the land and in the event you wouldn’t have anybody to battle for you, you don’t have any choice than to battle for your self. IPOB, ESN and by extension, easterners have endured a lot injustice within the nation, and so they might have determined to say sufficient is sufficient!

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

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

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

“For me, a present of pressure 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 have been dedicated towards the zone should be addressed to discover a lasting peace”, he stated.

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