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Police Desert Streets In South East by MANDIPUTIN: 9:48am On May 02
Policemen posted to the South East are seeking redeployment following the spate of killings of security operatives in the region, Daily Trust on Sunday has learnt.

Tens of policemen have lost their lives in several attacks on police formations across the South East as the region has recorded more than fifty attacks on security formations and killings of operatives in the South East by suspected members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, in recent times.

Most of the cities in the region have also become a ghost town as businesses are forced to close early to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Policemen posted to the South East are seeking redeployment following the spate of killings of security operatives in the region, Daily Trust on Sunday has learnt.

Tens of policemen have lost their lives in several attacks on police formations across the South East as the region has recorded more than fifty attacks on security formations and killings of operatives in the South East by suspected members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, in recent times.

Most of the cities in the region have also become a ghost town as businesses are forced to close early to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Meanwhile, at least seven policemen are facing an orderly room trial for deserting their duty posts in Imo State.

There are strong indications that policemen attached to the Imo State Police Command are currently seeking to be redeployed out of the state following a series of attacks on security personnel by suspected members of ESN, the paramilitary wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Some of the policemen are seeking help from both serving and retired senior police officers as well as from their political godfathers.

Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the officers are seeking to be deployed to Investigating units such as the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit, and special Squad.

It was also learnt that the affected personnel are currently meeting with their contacts within and outside the state and are willing to pay for their prayers to be granted.

While some senior officers believe that the officers should remain in the state to tackle the insecurity, others have already reached out to the police high command in a bid to facilitate the deployment.

A senior police officer who did not wish to be named said he turned down several of such appeals, insisting that those seeking redeployment also sought to be transferred from the North East in a bid to escape from the Boko Haram insurgency in the area.

“If they all leave, who will stay back to help the Command restore peace in the state?” he asked.

“They should remain. After all, they enjoyed it when it was peaceful,” he said.

It was learnt that some of the officers based their request on the need to be reunited with members of their families.

Police desert street, checkpoints disappear
Moving from Garki, in Enugu South Local Government Area to Camp in Enugu North, and heading to the New Market through Trade Fair Complex areas in Trans-Ekulu to Nike Lake Hotel, in Enugu East Local Government Area – all within the state capital – there is no security check-point on any of the roads.

This is unlike in the past when security check-points were mounted for stop-and-search exercises on motorists.

The roads and streets of Enugu, the capital of Enugu State, are lacking uniformed policemen and the usual security check-points. This is not unconnected with the hike in violent attacks on security men and formations in the zone.

It was also observed that police personnel no longer move about freely in their uniform.

“The fear of attack from unknown armed men is the beginning of wisdom now,” said a female police officer.

Mr Amuche Ani, a taxi driver, said the development is a welcome one as he no longer gives out money grudgingly to security men at check-points.

But a passenger, Mrs Amaka Ugwu, quickly interjected: “What you are calling a good development now may turn a bad one tomorrow when armed men will probably attack you and your family and there will be no official security men to call for rescue.

“The situation is as bad as that. We should discourage attacks on security men and their formations. Also, security men should stop killing our youths,” she said.

The same scenario was observed in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State as most checkpoints have been abandoned with no personnel to man them.

A resident who does not want to be named said, “I can confirm to you that there are no checkpoints in Aba again.

“The policemen have all deserted over the fear of possible killings by unknown gunmen. Policemen no longer patrol again.”

Our correspondent observed that most policemen now go to work wearing mufti. They only dress in their official uniforms when they get to their offices. It was also noted that policemen now use unbranded vehicles to effect an arrest and carry out other operations in the state.

Military checkpoints are also deserted, especially in the evening.

Cultists on the prowl
The attacks on security formations have made policemen “withdraw” their services from the streets which have given room to increase in crime-related activities.

Residents of Aba have decried the rapid increase in the number of youths currently getting involved in cult-related activities.

Findings show that some popular areas are now controlled by cultists who reign supreme, with little or no confrontation from security operatives.

Ogbor-Hill is controlled by a group called Supreme Vikings; Over-Rail by Aro-Baga; Osisioma by Aiye; Ndiegoro by Aro-Baga while other areas are controlled by different cults.

A Police sergeant, who first expressed fear talking to our correspondent, said security operatives are no longer safe in the state.

“Why are they killing and attacking us? We do this job with fear. We don’t know if we’ll return home alive after leaving the house in the morning.

“Most of the policemen killed have young children, who will take care of them?” he queried.

“Personally, I don’t have the connection else I would have moved my family out of here. I have to move my family out of Aba for fear of possible attacks,” he added.

Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he won’t disclose efforts and modalities put in place to ensure the safety of their officers and police formations in the state.

Self-imposed curfew in Imo
Residents of Imo State have gone into self-imposed curfew following the spate of attacks on government institutions in the state.

No fewer than 10 police stations have been attacked in the state, including the headquarters of the state police command.

There are also reported cases of indiscriminate killings of citizens, suspected members of ESN by law enforcement agents. Residents now go to bed as early as 8 pm as major streets are deserted from 6 pm.

The ESN members have also been accused of attacking and killing people from the North.

For a city known for its nightlife, Owerri has become a ghost of itself as fun spots across the metropolis witness very low patronage.

Transporters plying Owerri now leave the town before dark, making some travellers remain stranded and scramble to gain a seat in the few ones that dare to take the risk.

Last Monday, three persons were killed in front of the Government House, including a first-year undergraduate of the Imo State University, identified as Divine Nwaneri, and a pig farmer who was shot while carrying some pigs inside his bus.

A day before, a robbery incident along Orji road, leading to Okigwe, left two persons dead, while a serving commissioner was shot. This came 24 hours after the private residence of Governor Hope Uzodimma was attacked and three security agents killed.

The situation was made worse by the fact that there was no single law enforcement officer along the streets.

Many residents, who spoke to our correspondent, said they can’t afford to be caught up in any shooting spree as no part of the state is safe anymore.

Mr Leonard Akudinanwa, a motor parts seller, said he now closes his shop at 5.30 pm in order to get to his Naze home on or before 6 pm.

He said, “Even if the government did not order any curfew, any sensible person should know that these are not the best of times.

“So, you need to devise any means to protect yourself. One of these means is to avoid staying out late. I close my shop as early as 5.30 and get home by 6 pm or thereabout.

“I either retire to bed or watch TV with my children if I am able to buy petrol. For the past one month, we’ve not had electricity in my neighbourhood.”

A hotelier, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it has been bad business for the hospitality industry since the problem started as most hotels are now recording very low patronage.

He said, “This is a 50-room hotel and at best of times, you need to book ahead before you get accommodation, but today you hardly get up to 10 guests. It is as bad as that.”

He said the situation has worsened with the closure of land borders by the governments of neighbouring states.

Popular areas like New Owerri, where ladies of easy virtue stand to solicit for clients are now deserted.

Government buildings fortified
Daily Trust on Sunday learnt that stricter security measures have been put in place in most government-owned establishments. Accessing any of these buildings has become a Herculean task as several blockades are mounted by stern-looking security operatives.

In Enugu, sensitive places such as the Government House, otherwise known as Lion Building located in Independence Layout, the office of the DSS also located in Independence Layout, state Police Command Headquarters in GRA, the Police College on Agbani Road, have had their security beefed up.

“When you hear that a serving governor’s country home was burnt by gunmen and that they attempted to force themselves into the Government House, Owerri, you can now understand why to enter the Lion Building is an uphill task,” said a security man at the Government House who didn’t want his name in print.

The same ‘heavy blockade’ is also placed on the road to the office of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) squad, formerly known as Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, at the New Market area or Trans-Ekulu also within the state capital. You can’t easily access these places without explaining your mission while being thoroughly searched or screened by the security men.

The aides to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who were asked to comment on the reason for the ‘air-tight’ or ‘water-tight’ security in the Government House declined. “Don’t bring me into such security matters,” one of them said. “It’s a very sensitive issue.”

https://dailytrust.com/uneasy-calm-as-police-desert-streets-in-south-east

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by life2017(m): 9:56am On May 02
I pity all d Hotel owners in Owerri. Their business have been destroyed

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by RuddyFusion(m): 9:56am On May 02
Too long

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Burtonj: 9:58am On May 02
We don't need the military or the police to mount any road block in any part Igbo land because we are not at war.

The North are the people that need those tight and numerous road blocks because they are being ravaged by Insecurities.

Igbo land isn't at war and we don't need road blocks. All they do here is to extort the poor masses.

Enough is enough

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by NwaNimo1(m): 9:58am On May 02
Rubbish....



We are at calm....& ready 4 whatever!.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by temptnow: 10:01am On May 02
Useless Zoo Police and Army.

This is what happens when you push people to the wall, but in the Zoo Police and Army case is that they shoot and kill us cos the hate they have for an Igbo blood.

Now that unknown gunmen have same AK47 as you do, why not come out Na,

Ndi Nzuzu

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by shortgun(m): 10:21am On May 02
is that so?

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by SLAP44: 10:22am On May 02
Good riddance to bad rubbish

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Igbochief001(m): 10:24am On May 02
life2017:
I pity all d Hotel owners in Owerri. Their business have been destroyed
Lmao have u been to owerri ? South east is booming like never before ...just don't stay near police or army or allow them near you

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Penguin2: 10:24am On May 02
We were begging them to stop extorting us and they were grandstanding.

Ala Igbo is not a war zone.

Fulani security men should not lay siege on our land.

Leave our roads.

If ESN is gonna kill us let them kill us.

I will die a happy man knowing my fellow Igbo man killed me than that an almajiri from Sokoto who is looking to claim my ancestral land butchered me.

Leave our roads, ndi ala!

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by SLAP44: 10:25am On May 02
life2017:
I pity all d Hotel owners in Owerri. Their business have been destroyed

What is your concern? GO back to your own region and help Bury the dead.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Balkan(m): 10:26am On May 02
life2017:
I pity all d Hotel owners in Owerri. Their business have been destroyed
afonja e pain you say police no longer attack Biafrans

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Igbochief001(m): 10:26am On May 02
When people who hate you start showing care and compression advising u that what you are doing is not good ...know u are doing the right thing

For the first time nigerian state built an airport with 100% locally sorted material ...yet it's not trending

5 years ago most Igbos didn't want biafra ...I me inclusive. ..but today ....ah it's over 90%

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by SLAP44: 10:26am On May 02
Igbochief001:

Lmao have u been to owerri ? South east is booming like never before ...just don't stay near police or army or allow them near you

The police and army are the criminals in the SE

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Akwamkpuruamu: 10:26am On May 02
Enough of Police extortion on our streets and highways. If there's anyone qualified to be on the highways, it is the FRSC.

St UGM more anointing to your evangelism in Biafra land

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Akwamkpuruamu: 10:27am On May 02
Igbochief001:
When people who hate you state showing care and compression advising u that what you are doing is not good ...know u are doing the right thing

For the first time nigerian state built an airport with 100% locally sorted material ...yet it's not trending

5 years ago most Igbos didn't want biafra ...I me inclusive. ..but today ....ah it's over 90%

Any referendum now will give 99% voters against Nigeria.

End Nigeria Now and save the blackrace is a must

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by SLAP44: 10:28am On May 02
Igbochief001:
When people who hate you state showing care and compression advising u that what you are doing is not good ...know u are doing the right thing

For the first time nigerian state built an airport with 100% locally sorted material ...yet it's not trending

5 years ago most Igbos didn't want biafra ...I me inclusive. ..but today ....ah it's over 90%

Over 97% actually. Only government insiders are still playing the ostrich.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Balkan(m): 10:28am On May 02
SLAP44:


What is your concern? GO back to your own region and help Bury the dead.
Daily trust.j

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Igbochief001(m): 10:36am On May 02
SLAP44:


The police and army are the criminals in the SE
In south east ...we know ourselves if u mess up ..we would just bring you out simple

Them say nnamdi kanu would become a dictator...I laugh ...if he tries it his own men would be the ones to bring him down self

We are all kings in igbo land ...as long as your goal match our own ...you are the leader once u go against the goal we go against you

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by NwaAro: 10:41am On May 02
Unfortunately this is the only language THEY understand, for long the major roads and highways in the East have been hot spots for all forms of extortion, harassments and even killings of our people by those trigger-happy demagogues in uniforms, I nearly lost an uncle of mine to those bastards two years ago when be refused to play ball to their extortion demands while traveling to the village, the useless Aboki soldier actually cocked his rifle and threatened to shoot my uncle, you can imagine the terror we experienced that day as we feared the worst ... now they will think twice before acting anyhow or even as much as use the East as their ticket meal to retirement benefits.

God bless ESN
God bless Alaigbo
RIP commander Ikonso

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Obinnau(m): 11:05am On May 02
People were crying to high heavens about the brutality, extortion and killings carried out by police men. Literally there are every checkpoint per 100 meters in all the roads of the southeast, they upgraded from collection of 50 naira to 100 naira and now it is non negotiable 200 naira for transport drivers, higher amounts for privates.
Why would the police that's supposed to protect you be the one killing you?
9f you have a police case, those criminals will milk you dry even when you are the reporter of the accused, the accused is worse off.

If this is what would make them to reform the police then unknown gunmen is welcome.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by OmovuduTheBeast(f): 11:07am On May 02
Aphonja media crew have started their madness again!

Aphonja head slammers always posting fake stories cooked in Aphonja media houses

nerd004:


.mumu if Dem come out now,,,u go dey open ya mouth dey call Donald Trump & Israel.. .. Mumu always starting wat they can't finish

SHUT UP THERE!!!

YOU BETTER HIDE YOUR FACE IN SHAME INSIDE THAT MUD HUT OF YOURS IN IRAGBIJI

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Dreambeat: 11:17am On May 02
Dailytrust, the Fulani mouthpiece

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by edochie12: 11:17am On May 02
I laugh in Swahili,which town is ghost town,here in anambra state everything is going normal and smoothly, businesses,banks,schools,hotels, offices are doing there thing here,so I don't know were they are getting this news

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by Emergingnation(m): 11:21am On May 02
Balkan:

Daily trust.j
The Mouthpiece of marauding fulani herdsmen terrorist !

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by SweetiliciousD: 11:23am On May 02
Igbochief001:
When people who hate you state showing care and compression advising u that what you are doing is not good ...know u are doing the right thing

For the first time nigerian state built an airport with 100% locally sorted material ...yet it's not trending

5 years ago most Igbos didn't want biafra ...I me inclusive. ..but today ....ah it's over 90%

Gbam! the attached caricature picture changed my orientation totally.

As security men leave the roads, Fulani herdsmen will follow suit too. Those guys gave cover for us to be maimed and extorted.

Too bad.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by NarcoPolo: 11:27am On May 02
The south east used to be a very juicy posting for soldiers & policemen because of the hundreds of illegal checkpoints cheesy

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by mikkyjay(m): 11:29am On May 02
edochie12:
I laugh in Swahili,which town is ghost town,here in anambra state everything is going normal and smoothly, businesses,banks,schools,hotels, offices are doing there thing here,so I don't know were they are getting this news

My brother I wonder oo I'm here in the East and I don't know what they mean by everywhere being Ghost town lol, everyone is going about their daily affairs without fear or anything like that,
I noticed no more police and army check points like before, and no more extortions from police army etc.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by SweetiliciousD: 11:33am On May 02
mikkyjay:


My brother I wonder oo I'm here in the East and I don't know what they mean by everywhere being Ghost town lol, everyone is going about their daily affairs without fear or anything like that,
I noticed no more police and army check points like before, and no more extortions from police army etc.

God bless MNK,

"Holy, Holy Holy MNK is another saviour" was never sang in vain.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by orikoku: 11:39am On May 02
Attack comings soon again.
Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by WhatCanIsay(m): 11:40am On May 02
Lol I came down East to spend few moments and go back to Abuja, but I don't think I'm going back o. Here is actually more conducive for me now. My work involves a lot of writing, so I carry lappy. It wasn't as before where I go de calculate how I will deal with the stupid police wahala on top my gwulagwula laptop.

I just read the source and laughed. Dailytrust is the most untrustworthy news media in Nigeria. I think it's run by those boys that write nonsense fake news on blogs and Facebook.

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Re: Police Desert Streets In South East by addictiv(m): 11:42am On May 02
Funny coming from reporters and concerned citizens that never said anything on extortions and harassments on Eastern roads by security operatives. Imagine a situation where you can see the next two check points from one check point. A situation where a police officer will tell you openly "I will shoot you and nothing will happen" and then delay you by seizing your papers because you are driving a new car and refused to part with money during stop and search... A situation where a journey of 1hr is almost 3 hrs because of traffic and holdups caused by police and yet there is still killings and kidnappings going on a daily basis on the same highways.. Now road free like airport runway, even the criminals re scared to come out cos nobody knows who is who... Everybody just de respect theirsef jejely.

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