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Monday 11 October 2021

Unknown gunmen: ESN, we know; who are you?

By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers

October 11th, 2021. 

A couple of days ago, the youth wing of Ohanaeze - a political organization in Southeast Nigeria - called on the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to disband the Eastern Security Network (ESN). ESN is a security outfit launched by the IPOB to "protect, and safeguard the entire Biafra territory from the oppression of Fulani killer-herdsmen".

According to the Ohanaeze youth, the ESN should be disbanded because of the different killings going on in the Southeast which ESN was said to have been involved.

However, there has been several attacks by unidentified thugs whom have been christened  "unknown gunmen" by the masses.

It is on record that the govenors in the Southeast; otherwise, the 'chief security officers' of their respective States, have many a time made empty calls of curbing the seeming security challenges. In the stead of effecting the latter, they went as far as creating Ebubeagu security outfit to rival the activities of ESN. The Southeast political leaders since the formation of ESN have never failed to make clear their aim which is to get rid of the ESN security arm of the Biafran people.

Now the big question; who are the unknown gunmen? The ESN, we know, and have been seen on peculiar times; via video clips driving the dreaded Fulani herders away; but the "unknown gunmen" - as the preceding adjective implies - have yet to reveal their identikit. To that effect; it is, of course, hard to find the sponsors of a group of armed men whose identity is yet to be discovered. But connecting statements and reactions, one could have a hold onto something.

On October 3, 2021, the home of prominent Igbo politician, Joe Igbokwe, was razed (by fire) by these unidentified hoodlums. Within two hours of the incident, IPOB was said to have had a hand in the arson attack; without proof to backing it up. To all intents, it is probable that Joe Igbokwe might have planned the attack on his house, and had cooked up what to say in the aftermath. This is to give IPOB, whom he ridiculed (knelt down in praise to God) when its leader was renditioned by the Nigerian government, a bad name. Joe Igbokwe could be one of the politicians sponsoring this unknown gunmen. 

To kill a great man, you should first kill their name. The political class from Biafraland is on a mission to give Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and IPOB a bad name; in order to them appear rebellious. The reason for creating the character called unknown gunmen is evident in the call by the youth wing of the political group Ohanaeze and the false claim of another politician, Joe Igbokwe.

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Edited By Chikwas Ọnụ Ikpe

Publisher: Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu

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