Military men are currently in some parts of Onitsha, Anambra State, in search of Eastern Security Network operatives who have been alleged to wreaking havoc in the state.
There were claims that military personnel were sighted on Monday evening on Atani Road, Upper Iweka in Onitsha, and on Onitsha-Owerri Road with roadblocks for possible stop-and-search.
Recall that gunmen a few days ago attacked some police station in the state, killing policemen and carting away heavy arms and ammunition from police stations.
The gunmen killed policemen in Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area at a checkpoint, while three weeks ago, they killed about four policemen in Nkpologwu in Aguata.
The armed men also killed soldiers at an outpost in Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area in Anambra.
“There is a heavy military presence in Onitsha. Some roads have been blocked and areas cordoned off by the troops. It is obvious they are looking for ESN and other militias. The military is enraged over the continuous killings by gunmen in Anambra.”
“There is no movement around Enamel Junction, and also on Onitsha-Owerri yesterday evening as the soldiers blocked everywhere. The shooting was much,” a source said.
“I also got information from my driver that Atani and Obodo Ukwu roads were affected,” another resident narrated.”
“The ESN militias are alleged to be behind the attacks on army and navy units in Awkuzu and Onitsha. The military even lost some of their weapons during the attacks. The troops deployed are looking for ESN and Indigenous People of Biafra members,” another source stated.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday noted that he is for peace, not war.
The IPOB leader in a post on his Twitter account noted that the actualization of Biafra would be done without violence.