Recent assaults in the southeast area of Nigeria are being blamed on the Eastern Security Network, a group affiliated with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
When briefing press on the current military action in the southeast on Monday, November 1, Army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu stated this.
Chukwunonso Iherue, the reputed head of a group responsible for the assaults on police stations in Imo State, is believed to be behind the latest violence in the state’s Izombe town, according to him.
He said Iherue was among the prisoners who fled during the April raid on Imo prison, when gunmen stormed the facility.
In the months of May and August, gunmen targeted police stations in the local government areas of Orsu and Oguta, killing a number of policemen in the process.
As Nwachukwu put it, on October 1, Iherue and his gang members were observed harassing and intimidating residents of the neighborhood while flying the Biafra emblem.
“Until he was later neutralised when he confronted the forces with fire from his handgun in a frenzied effort to flee,” the man claimed of the army’s attempt to detain him.
Two soldiers were killed when the gang opened fire on them, he said.
“Troops strategically retreated from the area to minimize civilian casualties and collateral damage.”
Houses and other property belonging to persons who were considered as being against IPOB were set fire by the accused IPOB members.
“After deploying a reinforcement team to Izombe, the security situation was quickly stabilized, and calm has since returned to the village.
But when they got there, they saw that the criminal group had also set fire to a military vehicle, as well as other public and private property. the statement went on to say