MILITARY RAID AT AKPAWFU ENUGU: Army, Police silent , IPOB laments

By AdvocateNews on 25/07/2021

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Biafra supporters and Nigerian army
Biafra supporters and Nigerian army

• Army urges public to disregard video denigrating troops

The Nigerian Army and the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were engaged in war of words Saturday as the latter accused the army of unprovoked attack against the operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) the militant arm of IPOB, in Enugu.

IPOB alleged that a combined team of soldiers and security operatives on Friday, July 23, 2021 unleashed attack against innocent ESN operatives at Akpawfu Nkanu forests in Enugu State. 

The Nigerian Army has yet to speak on its operation in the Enugu community last Friday. It however accused IPOB of circulating a fake video portraying some soldiers as destroying crops in a farmland, describing it as an attempt to denigrate the Army and urging the public to disregard the viral video.

IPOB, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, had described the attack on ESN as unwarranted, stressing that its operatives had done nothing to deserve the “unprovoked attack”.

It said the ESN had only been defending the communities in the area against incessant attacks and destruction of their farms by killer Fulani herdsmen.

The statement reads in part: “The hypocritical Nigerian security agents have failed to protect Biafrans against the incursions by Fulani jihadists.

“Yet instead of allowing ESN to defend our ancestral land against terrorists invasion, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have been unleashed against innocent volunteer security outfit safeguarding the lives of Biafrans.

“This is the height of wickedness. NIGERIA is aiding and abating terrorism. Fulani controlled federal government gives tacit support to terrorists but crushes peaceful agitators. This is wickedness and hypocrisy which God must judge.

“The same FULANI terrorists masquerading as herdsmen have for years been kidnapping, raping and killing locals in Nkanu and other communites in Biafra land until December 2020 when ESN was set up to flush them out of our forests.

“Now their real sponsors have come to defend them against ESN by combing the forests in hunt of ESN operatives instead of the terrorists.

“Since Fulani herdsmen started their killing spree in Biafra land, has any of them been arrested let alone prosecuted by any security agency? Yet every other day the Army and other security agencies have been hunting for ESN like wild animals.

“The cowardly South East governors and the evil political elite will still protect them. The police officers were not killed by ESN. The criminals who killed police officers ran into the bush where ESN operatives were staying.

“ESN and IPOB members were not involved in the attack against security agents. Nigerian government and her army group of terrorists should leave IPOB and ESN alone because we do nothing wrong by protecting our people from Fulani terrorists herdsmen who have been crossing Akpawfu community bushes to Ebonyi State and other parts of Biafraland.

“We are calling on the governor of Enugu State, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to call commander 82 division Enugu to know that ESN and IPOB did not kill any police.

“Nigerian Army and police should not out of hatred and envy attack ESN because we’re Igbo.”

Meanwhile, neither the Nigeria Army nor the Nigeria Police Force has issued any statement regarding the raid on ESN camp at Akpawfu last Friday which some fleeing residents of the area described as "very bloody".

The Nigerian Army Saturday  urged the public to disregard the viral video of soldiers destroying crops in a farmland, describing it as attempt to denigrate the Army.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement, maintained that the ‘doctored’ video was a deliberate propaganda by Eastern Security Network (ESN) to portray the personnel of the Nigerian Army as enemies of the people.

According to the statement, “the attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to a doctored video footage released by secessionist sympathisers on YouTube, featuring blurred images of some persons dressed in green camouflage destroying a farmland in an undisclosed location, recently.

“In an attempt to denigrate the reputation and image of the NA, authors of the video mischievously attributed the action of the persons to the military by falsely claiming they are soldiers and invariably personnel of the Nigerian Army.”

It added: “However, following  a fact finding investigation on the video by subjecting it to credible reverse image, it was discovered that the video was first published on YouTube channel “BIAFRA BOY”

“The investigation also revealed that the image of the men in green camouflage was deliberately blurred to conceal their identity from viewers.

“Similarly, the authors failed to identify the location, community or local government area the incident occurred.

“Given these facts, it is apparent that the video footage is a deliberate propaganda by ESN to bring the reputation and image of the NA into disrepute by portraying personnel of the NA as enemies of the people.

“Members of the general public are please urged to be wary of such negative propaganda materials and subject them to thorough scrutiny.

“We therefore urge the public to please discountenance the propaganda video as it is the machination of mischief makers targeting the Nigerian military.

“We reassure the general public that the Nigerian Army will continue to operate professionally regardless of all divisive propaganda. We assure all peace loving Nigerians of our commitment to aid civil authorities in the containment of security challenges in line with constitutional provisions.”

Posted 25/07/2021 07:52:48 AM


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