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Updated: Tension in Imo as military conducts air strikes to dislodge Eastern Security Network ops

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 18, 2021, 06:49:25 PM
Hundreds of military operatives yesterday launched heavy attacks on the camps of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, in some parts of the forest Umunna in Orlu and Orsu local government areas of Imo state.

Vanguard investigation into the clashes was told that the military launched the attacks on hearing that the members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, had set up a base in the forest from where they would execute their operations.

Insider source who would not want his name mentioned explained how the operation started: “The military first visited the camp of the ESN, in Umunna in Orlu local government area and before they get there our men got the information and relocated. Not only that they also visited another camp they did not see anybody. So the military destroyed the camps of the ESN. Nobody was killed in this operation. But our people are living in fears.

Residents of the affected areas said to Vanguard that the military started with a show of force.

Another villager who introduced himself as Chief Thomas Ndudi, gave his own side of the story, “On Tuesday we saw over 30 trucks of military vehicle moving in their convoy moving in and out of Orlu in search of the members of the Eastern Security Network, they keep searching for them throughout Wednesday and on Thursday they discovered their camps and they started destroying them.

“The first day they even used a helicopter to hover around the forest locating the camps of the Eastern security network.

“The truth is that villages close to the forest are living in fears as the sound of guns have made them even running inside their houses and some of them abandoned their homes out of fear of being hit by a stray bullet.”

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Re: Updated: Tension in Imo as military conducts air strikes to dislodge Eastern Security Network op

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 18, 2021, 07:04:17 PM
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Another villager who introduced himself as Chief Thomas Ndudi, gave his own side of the story, “On Tuesday we saw over 30 trucks of military vehicle moving in their convoy moving in and out of Orlu in search of the members of the Eastern Security Network, they keep searching for them throughout Wednesday and on Thursday they discovered their camps and they started destroying them.

For perspective, keep in mind that this is the same military that cannot commit these types of resources to finding kidnapped school children in Niger state numbering up to 1000 according to some accounts.

Also keep in mind that just yesterday, the Nigerian defense minister accused Nigerians of being cowards and charged them to fight back against the terrorist "bandits" whom the Kaduna state governor admitted were Fulani herdsmen. He blamed Nigerians for not fighting back.

But guess what, a modicum of resistance that emerged in the Eastern region in the name of Eastern Security Network is now attracting airstrikes and other military asset commitment to flush them out.
What do all these add up to?

You can guess whatever you like, but FACTS will remain unchallenged and self explanatory.

However, my candid feeling is that the ESN (and whatever of its evolution forced by the system) has popular support in the East and, given that they seem to have learned from the lessons of the last civil war, won't be an easy meat to chew. Just a candid hunch.

It would seem that the greatest mistake Igbos made after the last civil war was to believe that Nigeria can change for the better. History has proven otherwise.

Nigeria wasted 54 years and still remained in the same position. In other words, Nigeria's future can be accurately predicted, because it has already happened.

Who bequeaths such a future to his children?

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