In the midst of alleged killings of security personnels, and destruction of public facilities, reports have revealed plans to launch a “major offensive” in the Southeast.
Government buildings were said to have been razed; including the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, police facilities, across the South-East and parts of South-South, which has had a devasting effect in the country.
According to reports disclosed by THE CABLE, President Muhammadu Buhari has given the security agencies, the matching order to curtail what many Nigerians fear could lead to anarchy.
A security operative told THE CABLE, “The Indigenous People of Biafra, has recruited over 50,000 foot soldiers, as it were, into its Eastern Security Network (ESN), and stockpiled arms, most of which were stolen from police armory, during the ENDSARS protests.
“They have been bringing in arms through Cameroon, in partnership with the Ambazonia Governing Council, the separatist movement in Southern Cameroon. IPOB sends out 2000 men and women to Cameroon for training on weapon handling every week.
Another top security officer said, IPOB has stockpiled “bottle bombs, locally made explosive devices pump action rifles as well as swords”. This is “warfare,” the security operatives added.
However, IPOB has denied being violent in its quest for a sovereign state of Biafra.
It was also gathered that Nigeria is expecting delivery of some military equipment, including fighter jets, from the US this month.
Police operations have also been rejigged in the Southeast ahead of the offensive, with three deputy Commissioners of police, and squadrons of anti-riot police being deployed per state.
Whereas, the president had warned that, “whoever wants the destruction of the system, will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time”.
Making reference to the (Nigeria-Biafra) war of 1967-1970, when the declaration of Biafra, was resisted by the Nigerian Government; Buhari said it was going to be difficult to restore peace.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 4, 2021