ENUGU State has become the latest victim of the growing insecurity sweeping across the southeast geo-political zone after armed gunmen attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters at Adani in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state and carted away weapons.
Over recent weeks, the southeast has become a major epicentre of the insecurity that has engulfed Nigeria with police installations being attacked and their arms and ammunition carted away. According to the Nigerian military, about 20 policemen and four naval personnel had been killed by gunmen suspected to be Eastern Security Network (ESN) members in the southeast over the last three months.
ESN, the armed wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), has been accused of mounting all these daring raids to equip itself. Of late, about 16 Ipob members have been arrested, accused of being the masterminds behind some of these attacks, which include mounting raids in Imo State where they killed 10 policemen, a prominent Orlu son Ignatius Obiezu and murdered one Emmanuel Okeke Soludo and collected their Hilux vehicles.
According to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Ipob also shot and killed four Moslems doing their business in Orlu, saying they were looking for herdsmen. He added that he invited soldiers in Orlu to restore calm in the area after Ipob members killed policemen and citizens.
Yesterday, the violence spread to Enugu State, with two on duty police officers killed and several others injured, while a police station was burnt down. Before this Enugu State attack, the latest incident took place on Monday, April 19 as unidentified hoodlums burnt down the zone 13 police headquarters in Ukpo in Anambra State.