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South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by EcoBrick: 2:10pm On Apr 03
THE entire five South Eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo appear to be boiling and there is tension in most communities, no thanks to the renewed insecurity challenges in the zone.

Since the beginning of 2021, there had been bloodbath in most of the states and there appears to be no solution in sight.

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 All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the November 6 election in Anambra State and killed three policemen and took their arms, was the climax of the frightening situation.

Following the attacks on the police at the checkpoint, policemen now go to work wearing mufti and only dress in their official uniforms when they get to their offices. Indeed, there is fear in the zone.


While most of the attacks had been traced to the activities of Fulani herdsmen who invade many south east villages with AK -47 rifles 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 January, 2021, there was a bloody clash between the ESN, and a combined team of security operatives, in Orlu, 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 Okporo, Akata and Umutanze.

The soldiers who carried out the operation against ESN came from Obinze and the aftermath of the attack was heavy presence of the militaryat the various checkpoints erected on roads, with its attendant hardship on travellers. The military claimed it was revenging the death of their colleagues who were allegedly killed by members of the ESN set-up by the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu – led IPOB.

The Orlu incident made Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State to impose dust-to-dawn curfew in the entire Orlu Senatorial zone to halt the spread of the crisis.

Last week, gunmen killed eight people at Adani, Uzo -Uwani local government area of Enugu State and the following day, suspected herdsmen also killed 18 persons, includinga Methodist priest at Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu communities in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State, The car belonging to the Methodist priest was also burnt by the herdsmen.

Chairman of Ishielu local government area, Mr. Sunday Eze, and Ebonyi State Commissioner for Business Development, Dr. Stephen Odo led 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.

Umahi 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.”.

The governor also said that following the unabated killings and destruction of properties in Effium and Ezza-Effium communities in Ohaukwu local government area, the stakeholders arrested in connection with the crisis would remain in detention until peace returned to the area. He said: “The killings should stop; if they continue, I will hunt for the leaders and charge them for murder. Enough is enough. You have a lot to lose if the crisis continues. You can’t call for genocide against the people.

“When you see evil, you have to speak out. I commend those of you who have done that. I’m pleading with you, I am begging you. There’s a way you will continue to kill, the state will rise against you. I feel so sad. Let us stop these killings.

There was also an attack at Aba, Abia State during which a police station was razed. Some people suspected to members of ESN were arrested.

At Npkor near Onitsha, Anambra State, unknown gunmen drove to a police checkpoint and disarmed the security operatives. An eye witness said: “In my area, gunmen with white hummer bus, stopped at Nkpor Junction and disarmed five security men attached to TECNO plaza. There was no noise, no gunshot. The gunmen ordered the security men to just respect themselves and submit their guns. They did and they left smoothly”

From Npkor, the gunmen descended on police checkpoints at Omogho in Orumba South, killed three policemen and set ablaze the police patrol van.

Two days later, gunmen also attacked another checkpoint at Neni in Anaocha local government area and killed three policemen on the spot. Elsewhere at Awkuzu, gunmen also attacked a naval checkpoint and killed some of the ratings on duty. Later, there was another attack at Ekwulobia during which some gunmen attacked a bus conveying some prison inmates to court and killed two warders, a man and a woman. They also attempted to set ablaze the Ekwulobia police station recently reconstructed after it was burnt down during the #endsars protests of last year.

Those incidents made Governor Willie Obiano to read the riot act, warning that ‘enough is enough’. While the state government was still unfolding plans to contain the situation in parts of the state, there was the attack on the foremost APGA aspirant for the November election, Professor Soludo.

So far, four people have been arrested in connection with the attack and, according to the police, the first suspect was traced through his telephone which was left at the scene of the incident in Soludo’s community.

Reacting on the incident, Soludo said in an interview on Channels Television, that he did not want to link the attack to his political aspiration. Narrating the incident, the former CBN governor said: “We were having an interactive town hall meeting. We had finished the diocesan crism mass at about 2 pm and by 4 pm, we began the interactive session with Isuofia youths.

“Isuofia is my hometown. I am a village boy and this is where I feel safest anywhere in the world. I walk the streets and I mean everywhere as a village boy. With the interactive session, which had over 1000 youths seated, I was just making preliminary remarks to open up the interactive session with other dignitaries from the community, commissioners and members of the House of Assembly, former commissioners, former members of the House of Assembly and other dignitaries.

“And just as I was about to wrap up and for them to now open up comments, questions and answers, I heard gunshots. At first I thought, maybe the policemen were shooting in the air and concurring with the kind of exuberance in the hall itself.

“And until I began to hear people screaming and all of that and everybody scampering to safety, it was all over. It took several minutes, about 10 to 15 minutes of continuous battle, going back and forth, stopping and starting again.

“By the time we all came back, we saw three dead bodies lying in the pool of their blood – they were the three policemen – and like I said earlier, may God grant their soul eternal rest. We will continue to pray and support their families.

“And then, the Commissioner for Environment was abducted. I understand that when they ran and jumped the fence, some people grabbed and took him away.”

According to him, the security operatives, including the DSS, police, army and civil defense are already in his house, assuring that he is unhurt.

Soludo refused to link the attack with his political ambition adding, “I think there are all kinds of theories. I do not want to prejudge or preempt the investigation that is ongoing because I understand some persons have been apprehended and also providing useful information.”

In the meantime, reactions have continued to trail the attack on Soludo. The United Anambra Youth Assembly, U-AYA and United Anambra Women Assembly, U-AWA, described the attack as disgusting, anti-democratic and obviously a threat to the nation’s democratic consolidationin all its ramifications.

Founder and national president of the association, who is the member representing Anambra East and West Federal Constituency in the National Assembly , Hon Benjamin C Obidigwe frowned at the incident, adding that the attack was an abuse of the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.

Ex-presidential aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan and APGA governorship aspirant, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo strongly condemned the attack. In a telephone conversation, Nwankpo commiserated with Soludo over the death of his police escorts. He encouraged the former CBN boss not to be deterred by the antics of the enemies of the state and thanked God that he was not hurt and for saving him from the dastardly act.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/04/as-s-east-boils-police-disappear-from-roads-go-to-work-in-mufti/

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by kettykin: 2:10pm On Apr 03
What is really happening in the East bikonu

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by IgweOfNnewi: 2:11pm On Apr 03
ok

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by kettykin: 2:12pm On Apr 03
At Npkor near Onitsha, Anambra State, unknown gunmen drove to a police checkpoint and disarmed the security operatives. An eye witness said: “In my area, gunmen with white hummer bus, stopped at Nkpor Junction and disarmed five security men attached to TECNO plaza. There was no noise, no gunshot. The gunmen ordered the security men to just respect themselves and submit their guns. They did and they left smoothly”

This made me almost laugh but on a more serious note , i think enough of police oppression , lets see if the boys can rest

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by IgweOfNnewi: 2:13pm On Apr 03
grin

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by kettykin: 2:16pm On Apr 03
The federal Government should just disband the present police force , which is actually the most useless police in the world and constitute another police force, while the Soldiers particularly the non commissioned soldiers would all be retired and given their retirement benefits depending on the Number of years they have served , a new Police and Military should be constituted and the present milita that has produced stupid useless rogues should be disbanded

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by CodeTemplar: 2:19pm On Apr 03
Lol. . . but borno police are on uniform

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by heendrix(m): 2:28pm On Apr 03
whatever you do in life always remember say Table dey turn o

So na Police come dey fear and hide now no be young guys again. shocking

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Ladumaa: 2:30pm On Apr 03
Why are the police hiding

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by tsinzu: 2:32pm On Apr 03
Nigerian police is very useless. The only thing giving them any semblance of respect is the guns they carry. Even with the guns, they are not a match for any group that manage to arm themselves.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by hollah123: 2:34pm On Apr 03
kettykin:


This made me almost laugh but on a more serious note , i think enough of police oppression , lets see if the boys can rest
when soldiers come for unknown gunmen hope u will still keep laughing?

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Tranquillity360: 2:41pm On Apr 03
Nigeria police is of no use in East.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by SlayerForever: 2:48pm On Apr 03
kettykin:


This made me almost laugh but on a more serious note , i think enough of police oppression , lets see if the boys can rest



You almost laughed? Me I laughed out loud!

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by DubaiLandLord: 2:53pm On Apr 03
Asgard13 and gidgiddy are more concern about Yorubas in Benin republic grin

Kettykin com and celebrate this news with me o... Rashidi and the military will keep on showing you pepper in yeebo land.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by catfrog10: 2:53pm On Apr 03
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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Asgard13: 2:54pm On Apr 03
Observe Yoruba people coming to tell us how east will be another Borno without police.

Always wishing evil... and na dem still Dey collect.

Esn is here to stay. No transfer no leave..

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by franchasng: 3:18pm On Apr 03
Before 2025, there will be a civil war in Nigeria.


If you know you can't fight, find way leave Nigeria because Fulani people have already prepared for war and have invited all Fulani militants from all African countries to help them conquer Nigeria.


Buhari prepared the grounds for them the moment he became President in 2015 by appointing mostly Hausa-Fulanis to all key security positions in Nigeria without respecting federal character. Igbos screamed and screamed, but Yorubas shut them up saying it's because Goodluck lost election, now see the outcome.



Southern Nigerians, prepare for war, its coming closer. Fulani militants have encycled the entire Southern and Middle-Belt Nigerian forests

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by jamjo: 3:22pm On Apr 03
kettykin:
The federal Government should just disband the present police force , which is actually the most useless police in the world and constitute another police force, while the Soldiers particularly the non commissioned soldiers would all be retired and given their retirement benefits depending on the Number of years they have served , a new Police and Military should be constituted and the present milita that has produced stupid useless rogues should be disbanded



The federal government have refused to decentralize the police force because they want to control the architecture of policing in Nigeria my solution is that let the federal government continue until we can get an administration that will have the political will to decentralize the police but till then let every police officers be transferred to their state of origin in that way at least the officers will police their own. Look I know my suggestion will not in any way eliminate the problems of policing in the country but it will solve some of the problems because achieving effective policing, familiarity is the key when you understand the area, the people, language, and culture it makes it easy in policing.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Perfectdanny(m): 3:38pm On Apr 03
Help us replicate this in bayelsa/rivers. Policemen are touts here. Illegal checkpoints, towing of vehicles to stations, severe extortion from drivers. It has to stop

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Nigeriabiafra82: 3:46pm On Apr 03
Perfectdanny:
Help us replicate this in bayelsa/rivers. Policemen are touts here. Illegal checkpoints, towing of vehicles to stations, severe extortion from drivers. It has to stop
Bayelsa ke
Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by AmuAwusa: 4:00pm On Apr 03
I have a cousin who recently joined the NPF, I severed my relationship with him immediately I got wind of it. undecided

The death of a Nigerian policeman means nothing to me weda related by blood,marriage or otherwise, absolutely nothing.
undecided

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by funkybroyouknow: 4:03pm On Apr 03
Perfectdanny:
Help us replicate this in bayelsa/rivers. Policemen are touts here. Illegal checkpoints, towing of vehicles to stations, severe extortion from drivers. It has to stop
I concur, can't even drive a km without a police checkpoint extorting money near omagwa airport

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Charmingrascal(m): 4:05pm On Apr 03
EcoBrick:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/04/as-s-east-boils-police-disappear-from-roads-go-to-work-in-mufti/



Mynd44
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If Buhari and his Fulanis security operatives try to harass Igboho, I doubt if we wouldn't have the replica of what is happening in South East in the South West.

This failed regime is making security operatives easy targets.
The security operatives are already overwhelmed with fight against Boko Haram and bandits, it will be very unwise for them to have additional enemies.
They already have ESN to battle with they should tread cautiously not to have another ESN like group in the South West that will be attacking security operatives.

Any attempt to harass Sunday Igboho or kill him will lead to another armed group springing up in the West.

Yorubas are quiet but they are not cowards.


Infact this is a bad time to be a uniform personnel in Nigeria.

Targeted by bokoharam, bandits, ESN and maybe another group is still coming up. To make the matter worse the government and their superior do not value them.

Imagine loosing two pilots inside Nigeria territory and up till this moment, the NAF has failed to tell Nigerians what happened, they are just guessing and presuming that their flight might have crashed.

ESN did nothing wrong before soldiers and Police (Abba Kyari team) were sent after them to kill and maim them, that is why ESN operatives are retaliating by killing uniform personnel.

When has it become a crime to protect your people from killer herdsmen when the government fail to protect them.
That is what ESN was doing before Buhari sent his Fulani Army after them.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Chatflick(m): 4:11pm On Apr 03
Mbanu now they should still wear their uniform with dignity. They can't face Herdsmen but show strength in the East. The day of reckoning will come.

They should stop involving ESN in every calamity that befalls the east na.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by CSTRR: 4:32pm On Apr 03
The most peaceful region in Nigeria is gradually turning into a war zone.

This is what happens when you have highly incompetent leadership.
An unsophisticated leadership. A leadership of one way and an all size fits all.

Other countries are marketing their countries for tourism, while in Nigeria, war zones are springing up by the day.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Totilopussylick(m): 4:34pm On Apr 03
The definition of Hunter became meat for the bush meat...

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Tranquillity360: 4:37pm On Apr 03
Chatflick:
Mbanu now they should still wear their uniform with dignity. They can't face Herdsmen but show strength in the East. The day of reckoning will come.

They should stop involving ESN in every calamity that befalls the east na.
ESN are not targeting them,they are in the bush minding their business,but they will not allow nigeria police and army to intimidate them.

Unknown gun men are not ESN.

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by OfoIgbo: 4:53pm On Apr 03
funkybroyouknow:

I concur, can't even drive a km without a police checkpoint extorting money near omagwa airport

We had exactly the same problem in the SE just a few weeks ago. But since the military and police attacked ESN in Orlu, the unknown gunmen have intimidated the police and the army out of SE roads.

It may get to SS roads especially now that ESN is now in Eleme forests. Little by little

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by spy24(m): 5:24pm On Apr 03
franchasng:
Before 2025, there will be a civil war in Nigeria.


If you know you can't fight, find way leave Nigeria because Fulani people have already prepared for war and have invited all Fulani militants from all African countries to help them conquer Nigeria.


Buhari prepared the grounds for them the moment he became President in 2015 by appointing mostly Hausa-Fulanis to all key security positions in Nigeria. Igbos screamed but Yorubas shut them up saying it's because Goodluck lost election, now see the outcome.



Southern Nigerians, prepare for war, its coming closer. Fulani militants have encycled the entire Southern and Middle-Belt Nigerian forests


You have said it all

There is a systematic attack on the south by herdsmen

What I still fully don't understand yet is why buharis government is against any individual who wants to protect his people

I don't like Nnamdi Kanu but it seems the man was right all along

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Re: South-East: Police Disappear From Roads, Go To Work In Mufti by Meridien09(f): 5:55pm On Apr 03
Oka

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