Biafra: IPOB Reacts To Airstrike In Orlu
Latest development as the leadership of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has raised alarm over todays airstrike in Orlu, Imo state calling on its members worldwide to grid their loins and be prepared for the long drawn out battle ahead
In a press release issued out today February 18, 2021, signed by Head of Directorate of state of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Chika Edoziem, IPOB insist that it must defend every inch of its ancestral land.
Part of the press release reads:
‘The Nigeria government through its military has finally declared open confrontation with the Biafra people in their bid to harass, intimidate and cow us into submission to relinquish our ancestral lands to foreign Fulani terrorists.
“Every IPOB family member should be very conscious of the time we have entered and exhibit the highest level of discipline and be ready to follow every directives as will be issued by Onyendu Mazi Nnemdi Kanu the leader of IPOB.
Report gathered that a Military fighter jets believed to be deployed by the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force are conducting aerial strikes in Orlu communities in Imo State, which has worsened the already built-up tension in the areas.
It was learnt that the airstrikes started on Thursday noon, and are connected with the military’s resolve to dislodge the Eastern Security Network operatives said to have strongholds in the forests.
The ESN operatives in January had a bloody clash with the Nigerian Army from Obinze barracks, where four soldiers were reportedly killed.
A video of the aerial bombardments on Thursday surfaced with fresh tension and anxiety building in the communities.
“Nigerian soldiers are currently conducting aerial strikes in our areas. Many innocent lives may be lost. They are probably looking for ESN operatives who are checking the activities of killer Fulani herdsmen,” a community head told Newsmen.
“People’s homes and market places may be affected. We don’t need aircraft in Orlu. They should go and find the stolen school pupils in Niger State,” another angry resident said.
“I have the video. There was an aircraft firing shots possibly in a nearby bush. Very reckless of the airforce; civilians are all over the place,” another person said.