- The Eastern Security Network has been accused by the federal government of killing two policemen in Anambra state
- According to the government, members of the militia group not only killed the policemen but also videotaped it
- The government vowed to track down the killed while paying homage to the police officers brutally murdered
The accusation was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, November 29 by Nigeria's information and culture minister, Lai Mohammed.
The government warned that those who carried out the killings, videotaped their heinous act, and circulated such will be apprehended and brought to justice.
ESN is an armed group affiliated with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a secessionist group in the southeast.
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Part of the statement read:
“We have credible information that ASP Francis Idoko (AP No. 154945); Inspector Emmanuel Akubo (AP No. 222336) and Inspector Rufai Adamu (AP. No. 285009), all serving officers of the Nigeria Police, were abducted by members of the ESN, acting on the instructions of their leader, Chinonso Okafor, aka TEMPLE, on 27 November 2021.
“Two of the officers, Inspectors Akubo and Adamu, were killed in the most gruesome manner and their decapitated bodies videotaped and circulated widely. The leader of the ESN team that killed the two officers is one 'GENTLE'.
“Chinonso Okafor, the most influential commander of ESN in charge of Imo and Anambra states, as well as 'Gentle' and all those who perpetrated the abhorrent act will be made to face swift and sure justice.”
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Alhaji Mohammed said the targeting and killing of security agents, under any guise, is a direct attack on the state and will not be tolerated.
He said the continued attacks on security agents as well as agencies of government by the ESN are diametrically opposed to the call in certain quarters for a political solution to the IPOB issue.
Northern Elders Ask Buhari Not to Release Nnamdi Kanu
In a related development, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on Monday, November 29 urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reject the request of some notable Igbo leaders, demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader.
The forum stated that there were neither safe, constructive nor informed grounds for granting the request, and advised the president not to delay in announcing that the judicial process in the case of Kanu would be allowed to run its course.
The elders said this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, and seen by Legit.ng.
Igbo Leaders Meet Buhari in Aso Rock Over Nnamdi Kanu
Legit.ng had earlier reported that notable leaders from the southeast geopolitical zones on Friday, November 19 met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
The leaders were led by elder statesman, Mbazulike Amaechi and a former governor of Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.
Also in the delegation were the co-chair, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Mr. Tagbo Amaechi, and Chief Goddy Uwazurike.