The Eastern Security Network, an armed wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have reportedly clashed with Joint Security team as killings continue in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.
NewsBits reports that the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area is in the Enugu North Senatorial District, or Nsukka Senatorial Zone, the Senatorial Zone which Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is campaigning with the PDP ticket to represent in the next general election. The clash which was said to have happened on Wednesday is the result of recent but frequent herdsmen violent attack in the area.
NewsBits recalls that there was a recent massacre by suspected herdsmen which compelled Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the GOC 82 Army Division and other Security Chiefs in the state to visit the area and reassured the people of their security and safety.
However, it was learnt that killings and further violent attacks continued afterwards, necessitating IPOB to send in members of the ESN to defend and protect the natives. But there are mixed up or conflicting reports which alleged that more soldiers were drafted to the area to launch attack on the suspected ESN members leading to heavy shootings and killings.
Another version said that the ESN who stormed Eha-amufu started attacking and killing policemen and soldiers in the area thus the attack on the IPOB security outfit (ESN). All the same, the natives have repeatedly accused security operatives of not being professional in handling the Eha-amufu/herdsmen crisis which has become prolonged. The natives accuse d the security men of appearing rather “biase and helpless” in the face of continuous attacks on the community by armed herdsmen.
NewsBits reports that details of casualties and other vital information on the said clash were not quite clear as at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile, the authorities at 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu and the Enugu State Police Command have not commented on the issue for now.