The Supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has described Eastern Security Network (ESN) as an army of the people, by the people and for the people.
Nnamdi Kanu made this statement today in commemoration of the 2021 Biafra Day.
IPOB before now, had issued a sit-at-home order between Saturday, May 29, to Tuesday, June, 2021.
ESN, the paramilitary arm of IPOB was established by Nnamdi Kanu on the 20th of December, 2020 as a reaction to the perception that Igbo’s are targeted by Muslim Fulani herders who go about grazing on their farmlands and committing crimes against local residents.
The movement later graduated into a security outfit with broader functions.
The Federal Government of Nigeria saw ESN as a threat and deployed the army to locate and destroy their bases.
In January this year, a serious fight broke out in Orlu, Imo State Between ESN and Nigeria Army.
Days after the clash, IPOB gave all the southeast governors a 14-day ultimatum to ban open grazing, threatening to deploy ESN to enforce a ban if they fail to do so.
Before the 14-day ultimatum elapsed, suspected ESN operatives attacked a Fulani camp in Isuikwuato, Abia state and allegedly killed their livestock and burnt down their houses.
Following the raid, the southeast governors responded by banning open grazing.