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ʼAttackers of police formations in Nigeria avenging victims of police brutalityʼ



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AWAKA — Attacks on police formations and officers have worsened since October 2020, when a protest against police brutality in the country turned violent after government forces used force that resulted in the death of some of the protesters.

“#EndSARS”, that was the tag used by citizens calling for an end to police brutality and the dissolution of a notorious police unit known as the “Special Anti-Robbery Squad.”

The incessant attacks on police formations and officers, which have lasted until 2021 since the #EndSARS incident, have left the government concerned, even as many Nigerians continue to celebrate the attacks by those they describe as “unknown gunmen.”

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Attacks on many police formations and checkpoints, mainly in the south of the country, have left many officers dead and others injured.

Most of the country’s citizens believe that the attacks by the unknown gunmen are revenge for the victims of police brutality.

“Good” and “God bless the unknown gunmen” are words often spoken by most Nigerians whenever reports of an attack on police officers and formation emerge.

Some believe the attackers are “angels sent by God to avenge the death of Nigerians” killed by government forces, but few people in the country still condemn the attacks.

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“The attacks are a bit worrying because we don’t know who the attackers are and we don’t know what the aftermath would be. But the truth is that the police here in our country caused this, their brutality drove the citizens crazy to this point,” said Doolenu Ziaka, a nurse in southern part of the country.

“The attackers are avenging the victims of police brutality,” she added.

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Celestine Nwakanma, a teacher, blames the government for the savage attacks on police officers and formations.

He said: “This country has given citizens the option to celebrate these attacks on police because it is favoring them. You don’t have to blame them… When these officers were brutalizing and killing citizens, the government said and did nothing useful about it, now it is hitting them. ”

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Meanwhile, police authorities have asked citizens to help them apprehend those responsible for the attacks, which it said have demoralized many of their officers who “now live in fear.”


We must dialogue with IPOB, they’re not as bad as those in North — Ikpeazu



Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu called for dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader Nnamdi Kanu.

The governor, who said this in an interview with Vanguard, said that members of the separatist group are not terrorists like the violent Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram and other terrorists in northern Nigeria.

“We must engage with IPOB. Yes, we must find a way to talk about the issues at stake. These people are not as bad as the ones in the Northeast or northwest who go to schools and seize the whole population of teachers and students or invade the mosques and churches and kidnap all the worshippers and nobody can find them until ransom is paid,” said the Governor.

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“I believe that there is some ideological sense in what these people in the Southeast are saying. There is something to listen to even though it is criminal to take up arms against the state. There is a message they are trying to pass in the process. We need confidence building among ourselves rather than use words that we should not use even as leaders. Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder but the solution is not too difficult to find.

“I regard Nnamdi Kanu as my citizen but not as leader of IPOB because I am the governor. I am prepared to engage to resolve the issue. I care about his welfare and I care that he should be tried in a just and fair way. I am happy that they want to bring justice to bear by looking at the allegations against him and trying him fair and square but I would not want him to be treated as if he was a convict when he has not been convicted. Not until otherwise, he is still my citizen and as his father it behoves on us to care for him after all the prodigal son had a father.

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“The scenario in the Southeast appears as if we are running away from the foundation of solving the problem of IPOB but you must recognize the fact that the apparatus of security lies heavily on the federal government.

“The problem is further compounded by the fact that there is a proliferation of small arms in the hands of people who should not have them. We also have an ill-equipped, inadequate and underfunded police system in the land,” he added.

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We don’t solicit financial support from politicians, says IPOB



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Biafra’s pro-independence group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has denied soliciting funds from Nigerian politicians.

The group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, who disclosed this on Monday, said the separatist group had not delegated anyone to solicit funds on their behalf.

“We wish to clarify that IPOB has NEVER, and will NEVER ask anybody to beg for such financial support. IPOB under the able leadership of our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu did not send anybody on such shameful errand,” said the separatist group in the statement issued on Monday.

“IPOB is a global movement with members in over 100 countries and we know how we raise our funds. We don’t solicit financial support from politicians. We have nothing to do with Nigerian politicians; we don’t need their money!

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“Therefore, anybody no matter how highly or lowly placed or even related to our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, parading as a representative of IPOB sent to collect financial support from any politician is on his or her own. Such impostors assuming the complaints are correct are scammers. They don’t have the mandate of IPOB.

“We therefore, seriously warn anybody swindling unsuspecting or greedy politicians in the name of IPOB to immediately disembark from such scandalous mission or brace up for the dire consequences. If we catch anybody no matter who such a one is, fronting as IPOB agent before any Nigerian politician, such a person will live in regrets the rest of his or her life if the one is lucky to escape the wrath of God.

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“We also wish to advise gullible and greedy politicians not to deal with, or give money to anyone claiming to have been sent by IPOB. We have not sent or delegated anyone for such a disgraceful mission,” said its spokesperson, Emma Powerful.

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu— leader of the separatist group, still in prison, was seized in Kenya in July 2021 and illegally repatriated to Nigeria.

He faces charges of treason and other baseless crimes for calling for a referendum on the independent state of Biafra in the east of the country.

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‘Military jets supply us with weapons in forest,ʼ says herders caught by vigilante



Fulani jihadists disguising as cattle ranchers have killed at least 5,000 civilians in Nigeria since 2015 after Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani Muslim, became the country's president.

Gerau Dandawo, one of three armed Fulani cattle herders arrested by a local vigilante in a community in south-south Nigeria, claimed that Nigerian military jets provides them with weapons in the forests where they were hiding after carrying out attacks on farmers and villagers.

A vigilante chief who pleaded for anonymity told GAZETTE AFRICA that the armed cattle herders were arrested on Sunday after a tip-off by a hunter who saw them in the forest on Saturday night.

“Last week, Thursday, a girl who went to the farm with her mother was raped by the Fulani herdsmen who also stabbed the mother. So on Sunday, a hunter who saw them in the forest on Saturday night informed us.

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“When we got there, we were shot at but we overpowered and arrested them,” the vigilante chief said.

He said: “They confessed that military jets provided them with weapons and food in the forest.”

Meanwhile, contrary to a report by a resident of the community that the bandits were handed over to the police, the local vigilante chief said the terrorists are still in their custody where their fate will be determined by the elders in community.

“They are still in our custody here in our community (name withheld), we did not hand them over to the police because the ones we caught before and give to the police were released without our knowledge. The elders will determine what will happen to them,” he said.

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Fulani jihadists disguising as cattle ranchers have killed at least 5,000 civilians in Nigeria since 2015 after Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani Muslim, became the country’s president.

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