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Armed, masked Eastern Security Network Comb Farmlands, Bushes, Others (Video)
Operatives of the just-launched Eastern Security Network has kicked off its maiden operation within the South East region on Tuesday 15 December 2020.
In circulated footage on social media earlier indicted several armed men with AK47 riffles walked through communities, across farmlands, living houses in search of criminals.
The internal safety outfit, which was officially unveiled on Sunday, 13 December 2020 via a signed statement by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and made available to SCANNEWS24 by the group’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, has spike controversy.
Kanu stated that the establishment is inline with other regional security outfits like Amotekun, Miyetti Allah and Hisbah to strengthen security architecture in the South.
He noted that forests and farmlands of most communities are turned into killing and rapping fields and would no longer fold arms to watch Fulani Herdsmen destroy lives and properties.
IPOB leader added that volunteers will ably guide the region and cellphone numbers would be provided for the public to call in against criminal activities.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Apex and Youth wings have given their support for the set-up of the security body.
Speaking on Saturday via a telephone call with BBC, the outgoing President, Chief Nnia John Nwodo, through his spokesperson, Emeka Attama, said the creation of ESN will return hope and security in the region.
While regretting that IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu failed to reach out to them before setting up of ESN, Nwodo cautioned not to deviate from its main purpose of the establishment into victimizing other regions.
On the other hand, the junior branch, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) said they support any group that will protect life and property.
The OYC president, Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka, speaking through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Chukwuemeka Chimerue warned mischief makers against misinforming the public.
He, however, warned the general public in a disclaimer, to disregard publications making rounds that OYC is against IPOB and ESN, adding that it did not officially and unofficially come from them.
He also threatened to establish a court case against any median or organization that will report a statement that is not from the OYC office or has the intention of the group.