Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed 13 Hausa traders within one week in Enugu and Imo States, in what community leaders and security sources described as targeted killings by members of the outlawed group.
Many police personnel have been killed and facilities torched in escalating attacks on security agents in the south-eastern and south-south regions.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday, preached peace on a visit to Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital where he condoled the people and government of the state over last Monday’s killings in Egedegede, Ishielu Local Government Area.
In the modern-day attack on civilians of northern extraction, 4 butchers have been gunned down through assailants in army camouflage who stormed the Afor Umuaka market around eight:30 pm on Saturday.
In Enugu, ultimate Monday, at the least six men and women have been killed in the course of a focused assault at Adani Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
One of the sufferers changed into a distinguished Hausa dealer, stated to have resided in the vicinity for over 30 years.
“Unknown dozens of gunmen invaded Adani, a major town in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State, opened fire on citizens, particularly targeting the Hausa community, six human beings have been killed and several others unaccounted for as they have been allegedly kidnapped with the aid of the assailants.
“Muhammed Danyunku, a prominent leader, who lived there for extra than 30 years changed into among those kille.
The kingdom’s police command showed the assault but did no longer touch upon the casualty figures.
Daily Trust changed into knowledgeable that hassle started at a place popularly called Presco Junction as a few herdsmen reportedly shot a young farmer from Igga Community, who also became working at Adarice Factory in Adani, on topics of misunderstanding among the 2 events.
The alleged attackers (shooting-herdsmen) had been stated to have blocked the manner of sympathisers who attempted to hurry the victim to the hospital, thereby attracting the members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to the scene. The ESN men then reportedly launched into sporadic shootings and razing of houses alongside other valuables well worth millions of naira.
But another version of the incident claimed that it changed into inside the try to revive the wounded farmer-manufacturing unit employee that a collection of unidentified irritated younger guys driving on motor-bikes arrived at the scene and shot sporadically at those inflicting the blockade and stopping the sufferer from being taken to clinic.
Natives, who spoke on situation of anonymity, claimed that hunters and local vigilantes had encountered a few strange faces suspected to be operatives of ESN, in the woodland around the vicinity, who knowledgeable them that they have been no longer looking for any regulation-abiding residents.
It became accumulated that many residents of the region have reportedly taken a brief flight to neighbouring communities in Nsukka and Igboetiti Local Council Areas, within the aftermath of the attack.
In Imo, seven men and women were killed in 3 separate shooting incidents in Orlu city and Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area. The attacks came about on Wednesday and Thursday in Orlu and on Saturday in Umuaka.
The current killings, according to leaders of Hausa communities within the place, upped death tolls in comparable instances to 12, for the reason that violence that trailed the EndSARS protests within the vicinity, in August 2020.
Narrating the incident to newsmen, an eyewitness, Harisu Umaru Ishiaku, stated that the killers, dressed in navy uniform, stormed the Afor Umuaka market around 8:30 pm and attacked the sufferers.
He said 4 of the sufferers who have been inside the age bracket of 30 t0 forty five years had lived in the location for many years.
While suspecting that the people who carried out the assault are strangers, he stated there has in no way been an problem between the deceased and the humans of Umuaka Community.
According to the Imo State Coordinator of Hausa traders, Mallam Ibrahim Abdulkadir, the first incident passed off on Friday when 3 Suya dealers have been about to shut for the day.
He stated a few gunmen in a Sienna car emerged and sprayed them with bullets.
He said in a similar style, the same set of gunmen attacked 4 Hausa investors at Umuaka in Njaba. Abdulkadir stated Hausa buyers in Orlu now live in fear, including that some of them have relocated to Owerri, the state capital.
“Actually this component started on the second of this month. I changed into referred to as that 3 humans were killed by means of a few guys running in a Siena automobile. They had been Suya dealers.
“Just as we were about to handle the situation, I was referred to as once more that four humans had been killed by the identical humans,” he said.
Our correspondent learnt that the corpses of the sufferers were taken to Owerri in training for burial.
Speaking to BBC Hausa Service on Sunday, a businessman living in Orlu, Alhaji Amadu Ali, stated from August ultimate yr up to now, IPOB participants had killed 12 Hausa human beings aside from the lack of over N42 tens of millions of wealth destroyed with the aid of the IPOB.
“We simply woke up on Wednesday and discovered out that one Hausa man who sells meat changed into shot lifeless whilst walking on the street through participants of the IPOB,” he stated.
He discovered that the incident did not have an effect on only the beef vendor, however another Hausa guy turned into additionally killed on the identical day, including that it changed into sudden due to the fact they had been now not preventing with all and sundry.
“They were killing our people one after the other when you consider that after the EndSARS protest. We in no way had any grudges with all and sundry and we didn’t contact all people but our humans are being killed on a each day basis,” he lamented.
He added that even though the IPOB isn’t always attacking them of their homes but they were launching attacks on their commercial enterprise places thereby killing human beings and destroying their wealth.
He complained that the safety groups are aware about what is occurring because “The police gave us their automobile to carry all the three corpse for burial and the commissioner of police has to intervene for them to provide us the corpses.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Gender, Vulnerable Groups, Northern Affairs (Men), Hon Sulaiman Ibrahim Sulaiman, stated the state authorities, as well as all of the units of protection companies, have waded into the problem.
While calling for peace to reign, Sulaiman stated Governor Hope Uzodimma is disturbed by way of the incidents.
“We have just finished a meeting with government officers and the pinnacle of protection groups in the country.
“They’ve waded into the problem to make certain that peace reigns. We cannot keep like this. We must nip this inside the bud for the peace and protection of our usa.”
While claiming that the killing is politically influenced, he confident the Northern network of the commitment of the authorities of Imo to setting a prevent to the assaults.
Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer in the kingdom, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, had been no longer fruitful as his phones were out of reach.
Enugu CP orders probe
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu has ordered a brief investigation that would depart no stone unturned in unearthing the far off and on the spot purpose of the violence, which claimed the lives of six individuals at Adani, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Daniel Ndukwe, who spoke with our correspondent, stated the incident occurred at about 11 pm and 12 am on Monday.
“Actually, there were acts of violence through hoodlums and there were casualties.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Aliyu had visited the scene of the incident and recommended the natives to stay calm and regulation-abiding even as the police will perform a thorough research to understand the root motive of the problem.
“The Commissioner of Police, has, consequently, ordered an research with a purpose to leave no stone unturned in unravelling the real instances that caused the incident,” said Ndukwe.
The PPRO, however, was silent at the actual parent of casualties but promised to difficulty an reputable announcement on the matter later.
Osinbajo in Ebonyi, begs towards reprisal
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has referred to as at the people of Egedegede in Ishielu local government region of Ebonyi State, and different areas tormented by attacks by means of gunmen not to avenge.
Osinbajo stated the federal authorities would do the entirety viable to beef up safety inside the place and understand the ones crook herders who performed the closing Monday bloodbath in Ishielu.
He maintained that Nigeria might be higher and more potent in peace than staying aside.
“Federal authorities ought to locate all those who completed the killings and justice must be completed. It is our obligation to make sure that all those doesn’t take place basically at the grassroots stage.
“And you as Stakeholders at the grassroots must maintain peace in all the network, we’ve agreed to pork up security in the ones areas, extra infantrymen and policemen have been deployed.
“I trust you there is terrific pain and the trials can’t be healed with avenge however peace, I, therefore, advised you to allow keep peace, justice need to be added to heal all the ones affected,” he said
Earlier, the country governor, David Umahi, who additionally took the Vice President to Egedegede and Effium for assessment, instructed the federal government now not to permit any other herders’ attack in the South-east as being rumoured in a few quarters.
Umahi requested the federal authorities to pay N2 billion repayment to the people of Egedegede.
The governor further known as on the federal government to properly investigate the incident, adding that there was a conspiracy some of the resident headers in Egedegede network before the attack.
Daily Trust collected that over 27 folks misplaced their lives and residences including motorbikes and cars have been destroyed inside the assault which passed off a week ago.
Other place, the vice president visited became Effium network in Ohaukwu neighborhood authorities region of the country in which a communal conflict is offering ravaging the area.
‘End killings now’
In a reaction, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), tasked safety organizations to arrest the killing of northerners inside the South-East and make sure the ones liable for the killings face the wrath of the regulation.
The ACF through its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe said regulation enforcement marketers ought to circulate in unexpectedly to arrest the scenario before it gets out of hand.
“We want to recognise, are these mere crimes, or is it political or ethnic? The regulation enforcement businesses want to rapidly flow in to offer solutions so that human beings do now not harp on it and create extra issues for the society,” he said.
Yawe warned that to douse tension and hysteria, safety marketers have to offer motives as to why those northerners have been killed.
“If they don’t move in unexpectedly and resolve the killings then virtually there can be a number of speculations and narratives.
“If they don’t circulate in, human beings will ascribe it to IPOB, human beings will read a number of that means to it and there could be some kind of hysteria and people will begin reprisal killings.
“All these things will now not help and we don’t need that however as long as the police can provide a proof, then maybe so one can douse tension,” he said.