Who is killing security officers in the Southeast? Why have security officers and their establishments suddenly become targets for invading gunmen, who disappear with their rifles? What are the motives of those behind the attacks and how far do they intend to go?
These and many others are perhaps the unanswered questions on the lips of many residents of the Southeast, as several arrests mount over the attacks. While many have feared it could be a calculated attempt to lay bare the security apparatus in the zone and then launch an attack on the ordinary masses, others insist it could be a dress rehearsal towards this year’s Anambra State governorship election.
The fears have been heightened by the fact that no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, as both the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have denied involvement.
According to MASSOB: “We are a non-violent group and would not kill our own people simply because they are wearing Nigerian police or army uniforms to achieve Biafra.”
So far, the police in the zone have failed to make any arrests or gun down any of the attackers in what could help provide a lead to the development that is unsettling the region.
Efforts to get the reaction of the spokesperson for IPOB, Emma Powerful, failed. But an official, who craved anonymity, insisted: “IPOB is a non-violent group and has not been carrying arms. They should go and look for the people killing their security officials, not our members. When they arrest them, we shall confirm where they are coming from.”