Bayelsa Times

IPOB/ESN Clash: I flee from my community for safety – Opara 


Mr Joseph Opara an indigene of Umuokwe, Awo- Amu community in imo state has said he recently flee his community over clash between Indigenous People of Biafra( IPOB)  and Eastern Security Network, alleging that he was accused by IPOB of leaking information to Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Joseph who narrated his ordeal,
recount that the attack
took place on April 12, 2022, after having dinner with his family in the Village house.

He said, ”the attack by the IPOB was around 2:39 am midnight when I noticed some motorcycles stormed my house, thought it was dark, but could hear their voices,

”They set my family house on fire and ran away, and was helpless trying to rescue my aged parents, wife, and children from the inferno.”

He added , “I cried and shouted, but nobody heard me, I managed to rescued my wife and kids, but unfortunately, I lost my father in the inferno and also got burnt severely”.

He further  disclosed that he was uncautions for some days owing to the degree of burns and injuries sustained  from the fire.

He also said, “I spent months at a traditional facility where I was treated locally, saying upon recovery gradually, I ran away with my family to a safe place and I have been on hiding since my life is in danger.

”My life and that of my family is still threatened then I escaped to where I met an Agent who flew us and brought us to this place.”

He lamented at the level of insecurity in South East (precisely Awo-omama, Oru East Local government area) that has degenerated to kidnapping, killing, extortion, malicious damage and stealing whilst  they came for my life for no reason.

He said he later findout  that he was  accused by IPOB that he is giving out information to ESN (Eastern security network) to enable them to identify IPOB members,

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