You are weak, don’t link ESN with unknown gunmen, IPOB warns Chief of Naval staff
The proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has berated the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo for accusing the personnel of Eastern Security Network of being responsible for the attacks unleashed on security agents in the southeast and south-south region of Nigeria.
The group said it also takes exceptions to what it described as insinuations and some biased media reports linking ESN and IPOB with the recent attacks.
IPOB in a statement by its publicity secretary Emma Powerful said that the group is not surprised that the Government of Nigeria is pointing accusing fingers at them. It said the government is only looking for another justification to launch fresh military operation in the South East and South South to slaughter more innocent and unarmed civilians.
It further said that the Naval Chief who is too weak to mobilise his men to confront Bokoharam and Fulani bandits that are daily slaughtering both security operatives and civilians in the North and different parts of the country, Kidnapping for ransom and rapping women in farms, is now threatening to launch military operation against ESN and IPOB.
Powerful said, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been drawn to the unfounded allegation by the Nigeria Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, that the personnel of the Estern Security Network, ESN, are responsible for the series of attacks on security agents in South East and South South in the recent times. We also take exceptions to insinuations and some biased media reports linking ESN and IPOB with the purported attacks.
“We are however not surprised that the Nigeria Government will easily point accusing fingers at us. We know their antics. They are only looking for another justification to launch fresh military operation in the South East and South South to kill more innocent and unarmed Biafrans.
“The Naval Chief who is too weak to mobilise his troops and confront Boko Haram and Fulani bandits that are daily slaughtering both security operatives and civilians in the North and different parts of the country, Kidnapping for ransom and rapping women in farms, is now threatening to launch military operation against ESN and IPOB.
The group also wondered the offense the Eastern Security Network has committed. And when has resisting terrorist transcend to attacking operatives? It added that ESN and IPOB have nothing to do with unknown gunmen
“What offense has ESN committed other than flushing terrorsts out of our lands? When has resisting terrorist in the forest translate to attacking security operatives?
“We have severally stated that ESN is not after security agents but terrorists rampaging our communities. ESN operate in the bushes and not in the cities. Anyone looking for them should go to the forests.
“Neither ESN nor IPOB is involved in the purported attacks against security agents. This is another fabricated lie by the Nigeria military to blackmail the security outfit and have another excuse to attack innocent people.
“ESN is not ‘unknown gunmen’ reported to be responsible for the said attacks. ESN is identifiable and has a mandate. Its mandate is to protect the Eastern region against terrorists and the killer herdsmen. Unless the military is telling us that they are coming to defend the terrorsts occupying our forests, otherwise ESN has no business with security agencies.
“ESN is not a terrorist group and cannot be treated as such. The security outfit is a child of necessity born out of the compelling need to protect our people against terrorists’ invasion following the shameful failure of South East governors to float a regional security outfit. There’s no way IPOB would fold hands and watch terrorsts on evil agenda decimate our communities while the Government maintained criminal silence. This gave rise to the setting up of ESN by our proactive Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. No amount of blackmail can coerce us into disbanding ESN. It has come to stay just like Amotekun and the Miyetti Allah Security Network.
“We therefore want to place the Eastern people on alert over the evil plot of the Nigeria military to declare another special military operation in the region using the purported attacks which of course are not peculiar to the region as an excuse. The hypocrisy of the Fulani-controlled Nigeria Government has been exposed. They deploy Southern soldiers to the North to face Boko Haram and Fulani bandits with almost empty hands. In the end they get ambushed and slaughtered like chicken. The military has never invaded any Northern community where these Southern soldiers were attacked, yet they are threatening special military operation in the East over the said attacks on security agents.
“The critical questions are: Who are the said unknown gunmen, and their sponsors? Who are they working for? Who recruited street urchins to sabotage#EndSARS protests? Can this be another strategy to create confusion and carry out another genocide in the Eastern region.
“But the so-called Igbo Leaders and the political elite will never reason this way. They will rather be willing to collude with the enemy to kill their own people because of political gains.
“Why is the Nigeria military not bothered about the revelation about the existence of 300 Fulani camps with stockpile of AK-47 across South East? Why not take quick action against the Fulani militia waiting for orders to invade our communities? When shall our people wake from their stupidity and understand the game of the Fulani caliphate? Any attempt to invade Eastern region again under any guise will be stoutly resisted!”