There may be palpable rigidity in Enugu as residents of Akpawfu, Amagunze and Akpugo communities abandoned their properties following alleged navy operation within the communities.
Metropolis Spherical gathered that the invasion was because of an assault on a police checkpoint at a neighbouring group of Obeagu Uno within the Enugu South Native Authorities Space the place six policemen have been killed by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday.
Sources within the communities advised our correspondent that the troopers numbering over 40, stormed the communities in 4 armoured autos and stationed at strategic roads connecting to the communities.
One of many sources, who spoke on situation of anonymity from Agudene village in Akpwafu, mentioned that the troopers claimed that they have been on the lookout for members of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra’s Japanese Safety Community alleged to be camped in forests there.
He mentioned that some homes belonging to group members whom they alleged have been used to harbour criminals and plan assaults on safety infrastructure have been demolished.
One other villager who additionally spoke on situation of anonymity advised Metropolis Spherical that the troopers have been interested in the areas upon discovery of a burnt Hilux van deserted close to St Philip Catholic Church, Akpawfu. He added that the van was mentioned to be one of many autos the gunmen used to assault the police checkpoint on Wednesday.
One other supply in one of many communities advised our correspondent that youths fled the communities fearing that the troopers purportedly hooked up to the 82 Divisional headquarters of the Nigerian Military, Enugu would possibly use the chance of the cops’ killings to brutalise them.
A villager in one of many communities recognized as Onyekachukwu Onovo, mentioned, “Proper now, younger males in the neighborhood and even ladies have fled the group because the troopers claimed that these homes being searched have been used as camps by the gunmen.
“For me, I don’t know if that’s true. Why troopers are punishing us is what I don’t perceive. Our youths are working away to different cities as a result of we all know that the troopers see the youth as targets.”
The standard ruler of Adamagu Akpawfu, Igwe Christopher Nnamani, confirmed the invasion to our correspondent on phone.
He mentioned, “Persons are calling me that there are troopers within the villages in my group. I don’t know who they’re on the lookout for. I’ve advised my topics to stay calm till they arrest anybody. To one of the best of my information they haven’t arrested anybody however persons are calling me and they’re working away from the villages. Some are working to my very own village.”
On whether or not the military advised the explanation behind the invasion, he mentioned “No one has advised me something as the explanation for the invasion. I’ve not even seen the troopers with my eyes, solely that persons are working and that troopers are of their villages. I’m a standard ruler and if there ought to be navy operations in my group, I ought to be knowledgeable. On this case no one advised me why the troopers invaded my group.”
Try to talk with the Deputy Director Military Public Relations, 82 DV, Enugu, Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, was not profitable as his cellphone rang out. He additionally didn’t reply to textual content messages despatched to his cellular on the time of submitting this report.
The state police spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, when contacted on phone mentioned that the police weren’t concerned within the operation.
He mentioned, “I can’t converse on the matter as a result of it’s a navy operation.”
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