There was an extensive raid by military operatives in Imo state communities, in discreet search and arrest of residents over membership of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
According to sources, the military was said to have been led by the ’34 Artillery Brigade,’ Owerri, since on Saturday; arrested male residents, youths, particularly in Ohaji and Oguta communities, forced them into a van, and took them to an undisclosed location.
It said: “We have been getting distress calls from our relatives and people that the army sent its men to surround communities in Ohaji, Osu, Agwa and Izombe. They have been abducting some male youths. It is an abduction because nobody among those arrested, knows his offence, where are they taking them to, one of the victims was able to communicate to his relatives, before he was taken away, the military are forcing them in their vans”.
“A few women are among the victims being raided too. Some of our women who went to the farms are not returned since people from Oguta, Ohaji communities, who have relatives in Owerri town are fleeing, because the army wants to turn our villages into desert, what is all this search because of IPOB and ESN? Is it by emptying our villages that you arrest IPOB and ESN? Won’t people go their farms again?” a resident queried.
Since the inception of violence pervaded in Imo state from April 5, where notorious gunmen attacked the state police, command headquarters and freed no fewer than 1,884 inmates, at the headquarters of the Nigerian correctional service, Owerri; the State’s security conditions has tremendously increased on a daily basis.
The gunmen had also attacked office of the criminal investigation department of the State police command, freeing suspect. All the vehicles parked at the criminal headquarters were burnt by the attackers.
Obinwannem News had reported Hoodlums raid Imo prison, free hundreds of inmates
IPOB has occasionally denied its involvement in the said attacks as Imo State government had said, the gunmen were being used by politicians in the opposition.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News