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Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by NwaNimo1(m): 4:13pm On May 04
More South-East villages and communities are presently being deserted, going by the violent clashes between Nigerian security operatives and separatist groups such as the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm, Eastern Security Network.

SaharaReporters spoke to a number of affected persons who have left their villages and communities in Imo and are presently staying put at Owerri, the state capital amidst increasing fatal clashes between the police, the army and the ESN officials or those sometimes generally described as unknown gunmen.

Some victims noted that the affected villages in Imo include Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema communities; others are in Orsu and Orlu local government areas as well as Oru East and Oru West LGAs, and Agwa and Izombe communities where there have been continuous military raids on the suspected hideouts of the militants.

In Anambra, residents are moving from communities in Aguata and Njikoka LGAs to the state capital, Awka or major towns such as Onitsha.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a resident and businessman, Joe Chukwu, said, “I have not been able to go to my village in the past three months. The military has been raiding our youths on a weekly basis, now, everywhere is deserted. Most farming activities have stopped.

“I had to move my things in January and I relocated to Owerri. I have been here since. It is true that people in Orlu, Orsu and neighbouring communities are moving to Owerri.”

“Same in Anambra, people are leaving the villages, because they are becoming the battle ground. You can only remain in the village if you are ESN or IPOB or you are ready to be raided by the army. Attendance in most of the churches and schools in the villages has dropped significantly. For two months, I have been in Onitsha and I don’t plan to visit my village for now,” another source stated.

“Apart from Owerri, there is hardly any other place free from military raids in Imo State. Even people from Mbaise and Okigwe are finding their way to Owerri. The cost of living is now higher and more people are trooping in, daily, including security officials. People cannot sleep overnight without apprehension in any other town,” a resident, Nweze Johnson, said.

SaharaReporters had on April 20 reported that the Nigerian Army deployed its personnel to some Imo State communities to carry out raids, discreet searches and arrests of youths and residents suspected to be linked to the IPOB and the ESN.

Multiple sources had told SaharaReporters that the military personnel, suspected to be led by the 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, since Sunday have been arresting male residents and youths, particularly in Oguta and Ohaji communities, and putting them in vans from where they are taken to unknown destinations.

“We have been getting distress calls from our relatives and people in communities like Ohaji, Osu, Agwa and Izombe surrounded by army personnel. They have been abducting some male youths. It is an abduction because nobody among those arrested knows their offence, where they are taking them to or able to communicate with their relatives before they are taken away. The military are forcing them into their vans,” a source had stated.

“A few women are among the victims being raided too. Some of our women who went to farm have not returned since. People from Oguta, Ohaji communities, who have relatives in Owerri town are fleeing because the army wants to turn our villages into deserts. What is all this search because of IPOB and ESN? Is it by emptying our villages that you arrest IPOB and ESN? Won’t people go to their farms again?” a resident had said.

Imo State has been a hotbed of violence and killings which got to a head on April 5, when the notorious gunmen attacked the state police command headquarters, and freed no fewer than 1,800 inmates at the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Owerri.

The gunmen also attacked the office of the State Criminal Investigation Department of the state police command, freeing suspects there.

The attackers burnt all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters and freed all the suspects in almost all the cells at the SCID.

SaharaReporters had reported that the gunmen went with 10 vehicles, and also attacked soldiers stationed at Umuorji along Owerri–Onitsha Expressway.

Earlier, four police divisional headquarters were attacked in February. They include Obowo, Aboh Mbaise and Ihitte/Uboma, divisions.

Unknown gunmen on March 20 also razed the Isiala Mbano Police Divisional Headquarters located at Umuelemai in Imo State.

The gunmen had invaded the divisional headquarters armoury and freed suspects in the detention facility and carted away arms.

While some have identified the IPOB and ESN as the culprits, the state government had said the gunmen were being used by aggrieved politicians, while the IPOB has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attacks.

SaharaReporters had also on Monday reported that even policemen deployed to the South-East states of Imo, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu states are currently deserting their stations, and now prefer to go to work in mufti the few times they choose to go.

SaharaReporters had learnt that it is also increasingly difficult for policemen to arrest suspects in neighbourhoods or to keep their suspects in cell, as is the custom before cases are charged to court.

It was gathered that most policemen, particularly those who are not Igbo indigenes, are desperately seeking redeployments amidst fear of being caught in the middle of an attack by “unknown gunmen.”

http://saharareporters.com/2021/05/04/residents-flee-villages-communities-south-east-killings-unrest-rise

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by athaboi(f): 4:15pm On May 04
Says who kwanu?? Journalism in Nigeria is a charade...it was a great time on 1st May for my friends wedding in Enugwu ukwu in the same Njikoka local govt area they are reporting that people are moving away in their numbers.. there was so many people in that wedding that rice no reach everybody and here you are writing what you feel like. You will sit in washington in far away america and make a phone call to one or two persons and draw a conclusion then boooom...it has become a news

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by BigSarah(f): 4:16pm On May 04
Too bad
Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by zangaozanga(m): 4:17pm On May 04
This is just the beginning,

Iraq and afghanistan plus somalia is waiting for them

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Asgard73: 4:17pm On May 04
Okay
Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by InteriorGuy: 4:23pm On May 04
It's a big lie

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by mouthofThegod: 4:24pm On May 04
zangaozanga:
This is just the beginning,

Iraq and afghanistan plus somalia is waiting for them
Typing from one slum in ogbomoso...Tfare to Anambra where it is claimed such is happening is a very big problem to you but you can stay behind your keyboard to digest fake news.
If Katsina,Kaduna,Borno dem or Ogun,Osun where people are fleeing to Benin Republic isn't like Somalia yet,I wonder what business you have with the blessed Biafra land.
All these zombies sef grin

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by zangaozanga(m): 4:30pm On May 04
mouthofThegod:

Typing from one slum in ogbomoso...Tfare to Anambra where it is claimed such is happening is a very big problem to you but you can stay behind your keyboard to digest fake news.
If Katsina,Kaduna,Borno dem or Ogun,Osun where people are fleeing to Benin Republic isn't like Somalia yet,I wonder why business you have with SE.
All these zombies sef grin
sense is far from you

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by GentleBone(f): 4:37pm On May 04
cool
Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Abascoh: 4:40pm On May 04
Fakest news ever

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by helinues: 4:54pm On May 04
Toh

Should we say God bless UGM or thunder fire them?

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Factshunter: 4:55pm On May 04
Was just about to post the news before I stumbled on this.
Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by helinues: 4:55pm On May 04
mouthofThegod:

Typing from one slum in ogbomoso...Tfare to Anambra where it is claimed such is happening is a very big problem to you but you can stay behind your keyboard to digest fake news.
If Katsina,Kaduna,Borno dem or Ogun,Osun where people are fleeing to Benin Republic isn't like Somalia yet,I wonder what business you have with the blessed Biafra land.
All these zombies sef grin

See wailing in a new dimension..

Na your darling media Sahara reporter that you people have been swallowing their lies....

You should swallow this too

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by doctokwus: 4:55pm On May 04
athaboi:
Says who kwanu?? Journalism in Nigeria is a charade...it was a great time on 1st May for my friends wedding in Enugwu ukwu in the same Njikoka local govt area they are reporting that people are moving away in their numbers.. there was so many people in that wedding that rice no reach everybody and here you are writing what you feel like. You will sit in washington in far away america and make a phone call to one or two persons and draw a conclusion then boooom...it has become a news
Is Sowore and his Sahara outfit an actual press medium or a blackmail and beer parlor tool?
If you understand that,then you would understand a story that dealth mainly with Imo state,being linked to people deserting Anambra.
The man has never practiced true journalism for one day.Even in the days of GEJ,the number of fake stories they published,with sometimes even photoshopped images,were so numerous,but since majority wanted GEJ out due to his incompetence(now a child's play compared to the cattle rearer now occupying the office),many overlooked the lies SR peddled on a daily basis.
SR is more of a blackmailing outfit, understand that and you understand the context of their stories and you will have peace.

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by adadike(f): 4:58pm On May 04
Those of you shouting fake news up and down should go to izombe and Agwa and see things for yourselves. A family friend is looking for two of her siblings, and they directed her to Abuja.
Unknown gunmen should know that it is covillians that will suffer it most.
Quote me negatively but you will be ignored coz you are not worth my attention at all

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by mouthofThegod: 4:59pm On May 04
helinues:


See wailing in a new dimension..

Na your darling media Sahara reported that you people have been swallowing their lies....

You should swallow this too
The Sahara u hated deeply is now your darling...keep weeping because of Biafra grin

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by kevapet: 5:01pm On May 04
Military fighting internal battle but suddenly there are 'state crimes' which the federal police meant for home security isn't meant to fight but which of the 36 states have its own police to combat so called 'state crimes'? There are state crimes but last time we created Amotekun it was one noise to another. The useless amajiri CJN that was suppose to know better about the power of a federating state was one of the useless wailer. Such a useless entity. Na pa awo i kuku blame.

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Abdul05: 5:02pm On May 04
Seriously, We are expecting more refugees from south east at this period.

Pls,


Leave your homes for some where safer , grin grin

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by helinues: 5:03pm On May 04
mouthofThegod:

The Sahara u hated deeply is now your darling...keep weeping because of Biafra grin

Can't you see you are the one already weeping about SR, your darling media

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Factshunter: 5:05pm On May 04
The news is confirmed by one ibo leader below ;

https://www.nairaland.com/6537686/hunting-esn-personnel-seast-while

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by plaindealer: 5:07pm On May 04
IDP?

Sad

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Factshunter: 5:10pm On May 04
plaindealer:
IDP?

Sad

Obviously. The victims are fleeing their various community, comfort zone to nowhere. As for those ibo boys shouting fake news up and down please keep quiet, some of you are hiding your heads in SW.

Sad indeed.

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Skillsnigeria: 5:14pm On May 04
The military should stop disturbing innocent citizens,they can't win this war. to become a Nigeria is not by force

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Insecurity(m): 5:45pm On May 04
zangaozanga:
This is just the beginning,

Iraq and afghanistan plus somalia is waiting for them
Shut up ! Poor conditions in Benin IDP camp has started inflicting your brain !

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Aufbauh(m): 5:48pm On May 04
The raiding of some youths in those villages is definitely the result of the contact names gotten from the late Ikonso and his commanders phone.

When unknown gun men turns to known get men.
"Unknown Gun Men my foot" - Uwazirike 2021

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by okeyglm: 5:53pm On May 04
The useless ipob can not fight the fight they started. scammer in London is busy siphoning donations from gullible igbos. while the E -warriors are here debunking . shame to all ipob

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by athaboi(f): 6:07pm On May 04
doctokwus:

Is Sowore and his Sahara outfit an actual press medium or a blackmail and beer parlor tool?
If you understand that,then you would understand a story that dealth mainly with Imo state,being linked to people deserting Anambra.
The man has never practiced true journalism for one day.Even in the days of GEJ,the number of fake stories they published,with sometimes even photoshopped images,were so numerous,but since majority wanted GEJ out due to his incompetence(now a child's play compared to the cattle rearer now occupying the office),many overlooked the lies SR peddled on a daily basis.
SR is more of a blackmailing outfit, understand that and you understand the context of their stories and you will have peace.
the problem is that a lot will read it and take it seriously including the international community
Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by edochie12: 6:09pm On May 04
Pure lie,I am from nimo town in njikoka LGA,although I resides in onitsha but I always go to my home town,none of such things are happening.

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by Balogunodua(m): 6:33pm On May 04
doctokwus:

Is Sowore and his Sahara outfit an actual press medium or a blackmail and beer parlor tool?
If you understand that,then you would understand a story that dealth mainly with Imo state,being linked to people deserting Anambra.
The man has never practiced true journalism for one day.Even in the days of GEJ,the number of fake stories they published,with sometimes even photoshopped images,were so numerous,but since majority wanted GEJ out due to his incompetence(now a child's play compared to the cattle rearer now occupying the office),many overlooked the lies SR peddled on a daily basis.
SR is more of a blackmailing outfit, understand that and you understand the context of their stories and you will have peace.
Lolzzzzzz wailing in another dimension cheesy If same SR says 2 million soldiers are killed in Sambisa today you people won’t say it a lie..... cheesy typical IPOB miscreants..... cheesy

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Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by kettykin: 6:35pm On May 04
so soldiers are now kidnapping villagers in the South East , this is pure waste of time and energy what happens to Herdsmen and their collaborators
Re: Residents Flee Villages, Communities In South-east As Killings, Unrest Rise by kettykin: 6:40pm On May 04
zangaozanga:
This is just the beginning,

Iraq and afghanistan plus somalia is waiting for them

This seems an end to a beginning if the military turns this from gun fight to bomb fight. If the couldn't live up to anything in borno then torturing innocent civilians should have been a no no for them.

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