Residents Flee as Army, ESN Clash in Abia, Soldier Shot

Residents Flee as Army, ESN Clash in Abia, Soldier Shot

  • Members of the Eastern Security Network have clashed with personnel of the Nigerian Army in Ohafia
  • Also, according to reports, a military man was unfortunate to get shot during the clash between Army and ESN
  • Meanwhile, the report added that residents of Ohafia are reported to have escaped into the bush when the clash started

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In another big blow to the security situation of the country, the military and gunmen suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network have engaged in another gun battle.

In fact, a soldier attached to the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Ohafia was hit in the process.

Gunmen suspected to be Members of Eastern Security Network ESN battled Nigerian Army
Abia state has also witnessed a clash between Army and ESN

According to Punch Newspaper, it all started when the gunmen stormed the popular Ebem motor park in the Ohafia local government area of the state and shot indiscriminately.

The soldiers from the Army Headquarters in Ohafia were reported to have been attracted by the shooting.

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On getting there, they engaged the suspected ESN members in an exchange of gunfire, Daily Trust added.

This consequently forced many residents of Elu, Amangwu, Ebem and Amaekpu to flee to neighbouring villages to avoid being caught up in the crossfire.

Speaking on the development, a source was quoted to have said:

“We learnt that some boys believed to be members of the Eastern Security Network came to the popular Ebem motor park and started shooting and later left. Soldiers from 14 Brigade, Ohafia, whose command headquarters is located in the area, later came and went after them.
“We learnt that the unknown gunmen shot a soldier with a double-barrel gun but (he’s) not dead. He’s currently at Federal Medical Center Umuahia, currently receiving medical attention and since that time, there have been sporadic gunshots from all corners.”

IPOB native doctor arrested

In another report, the Imo state police command has arrested a native doctor who prepares charms for members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

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The command also arrested nine persons in connection with the attack on the country home of the state governor, Hope Uzodimma. gathers that the spokesman of the command, Bala Elkana, made this known in a statement on Wednesday, June 9. Elkana said police operatives arrested the 65-year-old native doctor named Ezeugo Ordu, on Tuesday, June 8 at Ukwuorji in Mbaitoli local government area.

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Maurice Iwu blames all Imo indigenes over insecurity

Meanwhile, Maurice Iwu, the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has blamed all the indigenes of Imo for the current insecurity situation in the state.

Iwu who is also from the state claimed that the silence and complicity of Imo indigenes allowed the insecurity to fester.

He also noted that "no matter who is causing the problem from outside, there must be some participation by Imo people for that to happen".


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