Military Aircraft Searching For IPOB Members Returns To Imo Communities, Causes Panic

Military plane have returned to Orsu, Ihiteukwa communities in Imo State in a recent seek for members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members and its militant arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), inflicting recent tensions within the areas.

SaharaReporters learnt that the army plane frequented the communities on Sunday with residents and church members getting back from providers early and scampering to security because the jets hovered above.

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SaharaReporters obtained a video displaying how one of many army plane flew previous a village in Orsu believably on a seek for suspected IPOB, ESN members.  

“This is happening for the third time within the past one week. Yesterday, our area was bombarded by military helicopters almost immediately after the people of the community ended their church services.

Some could not end theirs because of panic,” a supply informed SaharaReporters.

“Helicopters and armoured tanks threaten communities in Orsu and people cannot go about their livelihood in peace. Due to the panic, some schools send children home, some businesses have shut down abruptly and there is panic everywhere till this very moment,” one other resident lamented. 

In December 2020, the Nigerian army first deployed plane and troopers to communities within the South-East area in quest of ESN members.

Nnamdi Kanu, chief of IPOB, had on December 12, 2020, launched the ESN, saying the regional safety outfit, similar to Amotekun within the South-West, would assist to sort out crimes and criminalities.

SaharaReporters had In May 2021 reported how the Nigerian Army drafted reinforcement troops from a few of its formations preventing insurgency in Borno State to hitch the troops within the South-East area over the army’s conflict with IPOB and ESN operatives.

Military sources had confirmed to SaharaReporters that the reinforcements had been drawn from some battalions together with the 231 Tank Battalion in Biu, Borno State, which is beneath the three Armoured Division, Jos, Plateau State.

President Muhammadu Buhari had additionally in May held a gathering with the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, telling them to undertake sure safety measures within the South-East and the South-South geopolitical zones of the nation.

SaharaReporters had gathered that the police and the military operatives had been nonetheless conducting intelligence operations within the South-East and South-South, and can intensify their attain based mostly on the brand new President’s directive.

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