THE entire five South Eastern states of Ebonyi, Anambra, Abia, Imo and Enugu appear to be evaporating and there is pressure in most of the communities, there is no appreciations to the renewed insecurity challenges in the zone.
From the Beginning of 2021 , there has been alot of bloodrush in most of the states and there it appear to be no solutions and hideout from the reports gotten.
The latest incident involving the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Chukwuma Soludo in which gunmen swooped on the venue of a town hall meeting of the Professor of Economics and governorship aspirant of APGA Party, for the November 6 election in Anambra State and killed three policemen and took their weapons and cars, it was the beginning of the frightening situation.
During the attacks on the police at the checkpoint, the Nigerian Police men start going to work without there uniform and only dress in their home base wears when they get to their offices. Indeed, there need to be afraid in the zone.
While most of the attack had been traced to the activities of herdsmens who invade many south east villages with AK -47 rifles and heavy weapns in their quest to occupy the forests, the rest were by criminals including armed robbers. There are also members of Indigenous People of Biafra controlled Eastern Security Network, ESN, who have been defending the various communities from the menace of the herdsmen.
In early January, 2021 there was a bloodrush clash between the PSN, and a combined team of security operatives in 2 communities of Imo State, which led to the loss of a number of lives, while many buildings and vehicles were burnt down.
During the Orlu attack, people living around the Banana junction close to Orlu local government area headquarters had a raw deal and their houses and businesses were heavily torched. The shooting was heard as far as neighbouring communities of Umutanze, Akata and also happened in 2 more communities.
The Nigerian militaries who carried out the operation against ESN came from Obinze Community of Abia State and the aftermath of the attack was heavy presence of the military base at the various checkpoints erected on roads, with its attendant hardship on businessmen to travel with there goods. The military claimed it was revenging the death of their colleagues who were allegedly killed by members of the ESN set-up by the BIAFRA Leader.
The incident made the Governor of Imo State to impose dust-to-dawn curfew in the entire Senatorial zone to halt the spread of the unwanted crises bloodrush.
In the past weeks some men with heavy weapons killed 8 people at Uzo -Uwani local government area of Enugu State and the following day, suspected herdsmen also killed 18 persons, including some Methodist priest at Amuzu communities in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State, The car belonging to the Methodist priest was also burnt by the herdsmen.
Ishielu local government area Chairman Mr. Sunday, and The State Commissioner for Business Development, Dr. Stephen lead a team of security agents to the communities and condoled the families of those killed in the invasion and assured that government would take proactive measures to investigate the attack.
Following the incident, the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police delegated the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, and others to go for on-the-spot assessment to enable security agencies get the root of the matter.
Reacting to the killings, Governor Dave Umahi, who was visibly angry, visited the affected communities, regretting that the attack took place despite an understanding the herdsmen had with the state government.
Umame said: “We feel so sad that this kind of thing should happen in our state. I am going to report this to the highest authorities in the country to ensure these people don’t get away with this.”.