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IPOB Picks New Commander For Eastern Security Network After Murder Of Ikonso, Mocks Nigerian Army |RN

■ IPOB Secretary also denied ESN’s involvement in Saturday’s attack on Governor Hope Uzodinma’s residence.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday says the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the military wing of the group, has got a new commander.

This is coming barely 24 hours after men of the Nigeria Police Force and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and State Security Service (SSS) in a joint operation stormed the operational headquarters of ESN in Awomama Village, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo state, killing Commander Ikonso and other members of the group.

The group however declined to make his name public.

Speaking on Sunday Politics, a Channels Television programme, IPOB Secretary, Emma Powerful also denied ESN’s involvement in Saturday’s attack on Governor Hope Uzodinma’s residence.

“ESN are not the ones that attacked Uzodinma’s house. They cannot come for an operation and tell you they are ESN,” he said.

When asked to explain the group’s operational activities, he said, “We pursue Fulani herdsmen from the region.”

Speaking on the new instituted security outfit by the South East governors, ‘Ebubeagu’, Powerful said, “They are a ghost security outfit. There is no group like Ebubeagu.”

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the group, had in December 2020 launched ESN to protect the people of South-East and South-South regions from terrorists and bandits allegedly trooping in from the North.

The IPOB leader described the outfit as a replica of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun, earlier launched by the South-West governors to curb insecurity in the region.

“The sole aim and objective of this newly formed security outfit known as Eastern Security Network are to halt every criminal activity and the terrorist attack on Biafraland,” Kanu had said.

“This outfit, which is a vigilante group like the Amotekun in the South-West and the Miyetti Allah security outfit, will ensure the safety of our forests and farmland, which terrorists have converted into slaughter grounds and raping fields.” (SaharaReporters)

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Hope Uzodinma Will Pay Dearly For Killing ESN Commander, IPOB Vows |The Republican News

Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

By Godsgift Onyedinefu

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has confirmed the killing of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) unit commander, and vowed that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma will “pay dearly.”

Police operatives and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services earlier killed the commander known as Ikonso and six other militia members in Imo.

The IPOB men were killed during an early morning raid on their hideout at Awomama village Umuokwe, Oru East Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

Reacting in a statement signed by its spokesman Emma Powerful on Saturday, IPOB said, “The killing of the heroic innocent Biafrans protecting our communities and towns from Fulani terrorists herdsmen masquerading as cattle herders in cold blood is very painful.”

Arms, ammunitions, machete others claimed to have been recovered by security agencies.

The statement added, “The Supreme Court Administrator of Imo State Hope Uzodinma and all those who had a hand in this wickedness will pay dearly.

“Hope Uzodinma and his cowardly Nigerian security agencies that cannot confront Fulani terrorists but only flex their muscles when they see Biafra agitators. For murdering Ikonso, the ESN (Eastern Security Network) unit commander in cold blood, Uzodinma has stirred the hornet nest! He should get ready for a sting.

“Uzodinma decided to kill Ikonso because he refused his offer to head Ebubeagu ghost security outfit formed by South East governors. Uzodinma has tried but without success to lure ESN operatives into Ebubeagu. He had made irresistible offers to them which were turned down, hence his resorting to elimination of these patriotic heroes who vowed never to betray Biafra.

“Hope Uzodinma sent a lot of emissaries to beg Ikonso and other ESN officers to join Ebubeagu security outfit. So, because of their refusal to betray Biafra agitation and our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the hopeless governor mobilized joint security forces to attack them today.

“Contrary to claims by the cowardly security forces who flee from terrorists but kill innocent citizens, they were not able to penetrate into the camp of Eastern Security Network. They only ambushed Ikonso but we promise them hell for this cowardly act!

“Hope Uzodinma has murdered sleep, so he should be ready to stay awake! Fulani terrorists pretending as cattle sellers in Enugu destroyed Police van and attacked Government officials on lawful duty with AK-47 but no Army, police or DSS attacked them till now. But ESN operatives defending our communities against the terrorists are being hunted like games every day. The world has kept quiet over this atrocity until we begin our own madness.

“Hope Uzodinma as the body of Ikonso was paraded by Fulani Jihadists in police and Nigerian army, so shall it be your portion one day.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Imo Governor’s House Set Ablaze By Angry Youths After Killings By Soldiers, DSS In Awo-Omamma [Video] |RN

Front view of the burning Governor’s House in Omuma Oru East LGA

By The Republican News

The Imo State governor’s house has been allegedly set ablaze by angry Imo youths after killings by joint operation by DSS and Nigerian soldiers in Awo-Omamma in Oru East LGA.

The town, Awo-Omamma is just few kilometres away from the Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s own hometown, Omuma, which is also the headquarters of their Local Government Area, known as Oru East LGA.

Last night and throughout the night the combined contingent of DSS and soldiers invaded a village known as Umuokwe in Awo-Omamma in search of a youth known as Ikonso, who is allegedly a member of IPOB.

Charred body of youth killed and set on fire by Nigerian soldiers

The DSS and soldiers went to the house of the alleged IPOB member and found him absent but they turned on his family members and killed allegedly five of them and burnt two bodies and took others with them.

Badly charred body of Awo-Omamma youth killed and set on fire by Nigerian soldiers

Eye witness who spoke to The Republican News said that the sound of gunshots covered the entire night in Awo-Omamma  and made people wonder what war is going on in their peaceful town.

House of suspected IPOB member where reportedly 3 occupants were killed by DSS, soldiers
Charred body of suspected IPOB member killed in the house and set on fire by Nigerian soldiers

The eyewitness said that after the killings at the house of Mr Ikonso, the DSS and soldiers killed some more youths on their way out which he gave The Republican News some of the videos to back up his account of the ugly incident.

According to the eyewitnesses early this morning ESN operatives arrived and gave the DSS and soldiers a hot pursuit.

Body of other youths killed by soldiers and DSS in Awo-Omamma
Youths made entry into Governor’s House before burning vehicles, others.

After this incident, the youths of Awo-Omamma and Orlu said that since the governor has ordered for deaths and burning of houses of the citizens that they should give him a taste of his own pill. This was when the youths marched to Governor’s House in Orlu and set it ablaze.

As the time of this report, the house is on fire before the fire service personnel arrived with soldiers and other security agencies to bring the fire under control. The house is still smouldering as at the time of this report.

The once peaceful Imo state has now descended into a war zone under the stewardship of Governor Hope Uzodinma, which many now say that it is a bad omen. Some bystander said that Imo state has never had this bad until the coming of Sen. Hope Uzodinma, whose home town is just a stone throw from the said Umuokwe Awo-Omamma where this incident took place.

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We Provide Protection To Those Who Need It, UK Responds To FG On Asylum For IPOB/MASSOB |The Republican News

BY BRIDGET EDOKWE

The United Kingdom has defended its decision to consider granting asylum to members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

According to PUNCH, the British high commission in Nigeria said the UK provides protection to those who need it, in response to the federal government’s criticism of the move.

TheCable had published an exclusive report that the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) had released new guidelines on how to treat asylum applications by members of Biafran secessionist groups.

In the guidelines, asylum is to be granted to “persecuted” members of MASSOB and IPOB, which had been designated as a terrorist organisation in Nigeria.

But Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had kicked against the move which he said amounts to sabotaging Nigeria’s fight against terrorism.

“Against the background of the fact that IPOB is not only proscribed but also designated as a terrorist organisation here in Nigeria, the UK’s decision is disrespectful of Nigeria as a nation,” Mohammed had also said.

In its response to the minister’s comments, the British High Commission said it considers asylum to Nigerians seeking one “on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations.”

“The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it, in accordance with our international obligations under the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights,” PUNCH quoted the high commission to have said.

“Our country policy and information notes are published on the gov.uk website. They are kept under constant review and updated periodically – an update to the Biafra separatist note is expected shortly.

“We publish them since our decisions can be appealed in the immigration courts, which are public, so it is clearer and fairer for all involved (applicants, their lawyers, judges, stakeholders such as the UNHCR) to know what our position and evidence base is.”

Meanwhile, IPOB had said it wants a referendum on self-determination for the Biafran area of Nigeria not asylum.

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Ohanaeze Endorses Ebube Agu, Eastern Security Network, Says Both Work In Tandem To Protect Igboland|RN

Ohanaeze President General, Prof. George Obiozor

■Warns FG: Don’t push Nigeria to disintegrate, Ohanaeze warns FG

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has declared support for both the Ebube Agu security outfit formed by South East governors and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) floated by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to tackle security threats in the South East.

President General of the apex Igbo body, Prof. George Obiozor, stated this at a press conference in Enugu, yesterday, Thursday, April 15, 2021.

“He also assured that there would be no clash between members of Eastern Security Network (ESN) floated by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Ebube Agu as long as they worked for the protection of Igbo,” a report by Daily Sun said.

It quoted Prof. Obiozor as advising the Federal Government against the use of violent means to quell national questions by Nigerians as it could lead to more fragmentation and possible disintegration of the country.

Obiozor, according to the report, said the rise in ethnocentric nationalism has made the dream of national unity to be fading fast in the country.

He was further quoted as saying that Nigerians are passing through “one of the worst times in virtually all aspects of national life” citing the rise in ethnic militias, agitation for secession, self-determination, insurgency, banditry as having “produced the state of insecurity throughout the country.

“The Federal Government,” according to the Ohanaeze President General, “must therefore learn a lesson from history by not fighting an unwinnable war against nationalism, but seek possible peaceful options that are the only solution that guarantees national unity and peaceful co-existence. I urge the Federal Government to reconsider the use of force in resolving the present national crises. Again, history shows that military and violent means to solve the national question is bound to fail as it leads to further national fractionalisation, anarchy and eventual or inevitable disintegration.” (News Express)

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EXCLUSIVE: ESN Release Photo Of Fulani Terrorist Killed In Ebonyi Mass Murder, Blames Northerners |RN

Killed Fulani Terrorist

The suspected Fulani terrorist was one of the several militants who invaded the community to allegedly carry out a reprisal but were gunned down by the ESN operatives.

The Eastern Security Network operatives have released a photograph of a suspected Fulani terrorist killed during the violence which has engulfed Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo Community in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State since Monday.

Sources in the community told SaharaReporters that the suspected Fulani terrorist was one of the several militants who invaded the community to allegedly carry out a reprisal but were gunned down by the ESN operatives.

A top source revealed that the Fulani herdsmen were among those fuelling the crisis in the Ebonyi communities.

“This is one of the Fulani terrorists that came to attack the Ngbo community in Ebonyi province on Monday. Despite the charm tied around his waist, the gallant ESN operatives still sent him to face proper judgment.

“God bless ESN operatives forever. The ESN is our last hope, since Governor Dave Umahi’s best effort after several months of bloodshed is to come up with a toothless outfit called Ebube Agu,” the source stated.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen had in March killed at least 25 persons in Egedegede community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.

The governor later said despite protecting Fulani herdsmen in the state and South-East region, they still killed people of Ebonyi.

Umahi, during a visit to the community, confirmed that AK-47-wielding herdsmen killed at least “15 persons” from the information he got.

He said, “We are in Ishielu where the AK-47 herdsmen came yesterday (Monday) and killed 15 of the members of this community. I remember a year ago that we had an incident of the killing of two herdsmen within this same location. And immediately, the security agencies and local government chairman and community leaders all came together to condemn the attack and killing and we immediately asked the security agencies to fish out the people who did.

“We fished them out and as we talk, they are standing trial in Ebonyi State. The community, government and security agencies appeased the herdsmen and made peace with them. And so, it is very shocking that overnight, all the herdsmen in Ishielu LGA vacated which means that the local herdsmen are part of the conspiracy of the killing of our people.”. (Sahara Reporters)


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Nnamdi Kanu Was Right, I was Wrong, I See Now Why He Formed ESN —Ralph Uwazuruike |The Republican News

MASSOB leader Ralph Uwazuruike, IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

By Gabriel


MASSOB Leader Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has said he will never again condemn Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and what he’s doing.

Uwazuruike said this in an interview with BBC based on the deadly attack that happen in Owerri where unknown gunmen attacked the Federal prisons and Police Headquarters in Imo State capital.

Uwazuruike also said it’s too early for anybody to blame IPOB.

“It was only God that saved Governor Hope Uzodima the attack that happened in Owerri is a sign of security failure and IG of Police is supposed to resign.

“You people want me to condemn Nnamdi Kanu, but i will not because I don’t support violence,Bad system of government brings bad people.

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Miyetti Allah Condemns Killing Of Fulani Bandit Leader, Mohammed Isa By ESN |The Republican News

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has condemned the alleged killing of suspected leader of a Fulani bandits, Mohammed Isa, by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) after he was apprehended in Benue State.

The Secretary-General of the group, Saleh Al-Hassan, questioned the authority of IPOB to carry out such an act, denying that the said ‘Bandit’ is a member of the association.

Hear him…

“To even think that IPOB or ESN has killed somebody, either bandits or no bandits, are they lawful security agents? Who are they? Can’t they go and kill ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ (internet fraudsters) boys? Can’t they go and kill drug pushers that are destroying our image? You see, we must not be encouraging lawlessness because if we encourage lawlessness, I’m telling you this country is gone.”

“See, every tribe is trying to raise a militia like that but is that what we want. There is a way we should help this country to get over its problems by giving stories that create unity and progress. If they killed him, are they keeping the corpse? They should give the corpse, at least, to the police now. Do they carry tags on their heads that I am a bandit?”

“You see, all these things – lawlessness – that is given credibility is sad. It is not good for the country. I’m telling you; you see, I pity those people promoting that kind of statement because at the end of the day if there is a crisis, do you think anybody will benefit? We have Igbos in every nook and cranny of this country. So, it’s not good. We are trying to promote peace. You see, they keep on lumping things together. I think this is political, you people should investigate this.”

“If the crude people are killing themselves in the villages, we the elite should help them because it is our responsibility to give them leadership.”

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Fulani Herdsmen Run For Their Lives, Abandon Cows, As ESN Chase Them Out Of Bush In Enugu |The Republican News

Here is a footage showing the moment some herdsmen ran for their lives after some operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) gave them a hot chase in a Forest In Enugu State, South East Nigeria.

In a video making rounds online, it shows when men of ESN arrived the area and fired gunshots in the air, forcing the herdsmen and their cows take to their heels.

As the herdsmen were running, two of their cows were left behind and unfortunately, Eastern Security Network members gunned them down.

It was gathered that this Enugu community had been pleading for weeks to the herdsmen to stop destroying their farms and yet they refused.

However, while the herdsmen were been chased out of the bush, a serious warning was given to them not to return if they value their lives, because their activities would no longer be tolerated in the bushes of Southeastern states.

In other news, this video is coming hours after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) claimed that the leader of Fulani bandits, Mohammed Isa, whom they nabbed few days ago in Benue State has been killed.

The media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful told SaharaReporters on Thursday that the IPOB does not spare terrorists.

According to reports, Mohammed Isa, who allegedly terrorised Igbo residents in Benue communities was apprehended by the Eastern Security Network last weekend, as revealed by the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Here are some the reactions from the public.

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Nnamdi Kanu Says ESN Is God-ordained And Cannot Be Handed Over To Governors |The Republican News

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), has rejected calls for the South-East Governors to take over the Eastern Security Network (ESN) he formed.

Kanu who was responding to the call by the founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and leader Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), Ralph Uwazuruike, for ESN to be handed over to the Governors described the suggestion by Uwazuruike as a trap and shame.

Uwazuruike had earlier accused Kanu of inciting ethnic cleansing in the South-East zone and parts of the South-South region.

Addressing the press in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State on March 1, the MASSOB founder and leader, Uwazuruike, said Kanu, the IPOB leader whom he recruited “into the struggle” is brainwashing Igbo youths into taking arms against the Federal Government.

Uwazuruike said he will applaud Kanu if only he can repent. He also urged the South-East Governors’ Forum to take over the Eastern Security Network created by Kanu.

Responding, Kanu in a statement signed by the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, challenged Uwazuruike to create his own security outfit and hand it over to the governors.

Kanu added that ESN is created by God with the heavenly mandate to liberate the Igbos and can’t be handed over to any politician to manage.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been drawn to the shameful statement credited to the hotelier and hostel builder in our society who has been parading himself as the leader of a shameless and disgraceful group called MASSOB /BIM, Chief Ralpheal Elebeanya Uwazuruike, that God-ordained Eastern Security Network, ESN, security outfit established by our liberator Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be handed over to South East Governors to manage.

“How on earth did Uwazuruike think that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should handover the heavenly ordained ESN to the slaves installed by the Caliphate in different Government Houses in Biafraland? His intention of making such stupid suggestion is to turn ESN into another Eastern region version of the heavily politicized and now toothless security outfit formed in other regions. IPOB cannot fall for their trap!

“Uwazuruike is not ashamed of himself by trying to use ESN to cover his atrocities in Biafraland. Uwazuruike was the man who boasted that he had more boys than Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that should he unleash his boys no place would contain them.

“We, therefore, challenge Uwazuruike to form his own security outfit and hand over to the South East and South-South governors. IPOB and its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are capable of managing ESN to pursue its mandate.”

Meanwhile, the youth wing of the Ohanaeze group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has called on security operatives to arrest Sheikh Ahmad Gumi immediately.

This is as the youth wing of the Igbo socio-cultural group alleged that the popular Islamic cleric is providing support for terrorists troubling Nigeria and deserves to be arrested with them.

The OYC in its submission also condemned the statement credited to Gumi in a recent interview with BBC pidgin, where he was reported to have compared late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu with the bandits.

However, angered by the comparison, the OYC in a statement by its President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said Gumi should have been arrested for making such an inciting statement.

Nnabuike warned that contrary to what he claims as a negotiator and peacemaker, Gumi is one of the persons responsible for the rising insecurity in Nigeria and the boldness of the bandits and other criminals in carrying out their wicked activities.

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