At least five soldiers of the Nigerian Army have reportedly joined Nnamdi Kanu’s Eastern Security Network (ESN).
According to Sahara Reporters, more soldiers from the South-East, particularly those in the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, are currently being wooed to resign and join the Eastern Security Network.
It was learnt that some of the soldiers who resigned did so on the grounds that the ESN, being funded by both international and local donors, has better welfare packages for its officers than the military.
“The Kanu ESN boys are not a bunch of rookies and untrained fellows brandishing guns. I personally know five guys from my hometown in Anambra State who left the Nigerian Army to join the ESN. Two of them were formerly serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, Borno State before they quit.
“We are being reliably informed that there are other soldiers, particularly of the South-East extraction, who will soon leave for other various reasons and they are likely to be recruited into the fold,” anonymous sources said.
Earlier than now, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), announced the formation of the Eastern Security Network as a regional force to protect the South-East and South-South from banditry and attacks from Fulani herdsmen.
Weeks after IPOB’s Kanu launched the ESN on December 12, 2020, the Nigerian Army reportedly deployed combat helicopters, gun trucks and soldiers to search some suspected forests in the South-East states where the ESN, was said to be camping.
Nnamdi Kanu’s reaction
“Slowly, it is dawning on them that we are not joking. The #Zoo is in one almighty mess,” Kanu wrote.
“People of conscience are waking up to the redeeming gospel we have been preaching for years. I commend those that have come over to join us and hope that those left behind will have the courage to join the new upcoming revolution sooner rather than later.
“The cowardly terrorists in #NigerianArmy uniform terrorising innocent people of Orlu since early this morning in support of Miyetti Allah Fulani terrorists raping our mothers across Imo are now on the run. We shall find them wherever they are hiding in Imo State. After today they won’t come out of Obinze barracks again. Idiots!
“I am holding Hope Uzodinma personally responsible for what happened in Orlu earlier today.”