First Republic Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, has advised members of the Eastern Security Network to defend themselves if attacked.
Mbazulike has hinted at the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s Eastern Security Network, ESN, defending themselves.
He said IPOB’s ESN should defend themselves if they are attacked while going about their activities in the Southeast.
ESN is controlled by the Indigenous People of Biafra which has been proscribed by the Federal Government.
The security outfit recently lost a commander, Ikonso, during an operation involving the police, army and operatives of the Department of State Services.
This is as the South-East region has been troubled by attacks on police formations and operatives including a prison in Imo State.
The nationalist, however, cautioned both IPOB and ESN to steer clear of violence in the Southeast.
Amaechi, in a statement, accused security agents of igniting insecurity in the Southeast.
The elder statesman suggested that security agents may be igniting insecurity in the region to tarnish the image of IPOB and ESN.
“I will advise IPOB to steer clear of what is happening in the South East and let the truth be revealed. Let them maintain the sanctity of their innocence. If the ESN people are attacked, let them defend themselves. I don’t want IPOB to go into violence because they have neither the arms nor the wherewithal and capability to do that.
“Who is investigating these attacks? The Police are investigating the IPOB. Can the police investigate the government or themselves? What is happening now is like what Hitler did against the Jews, sent their secret service men to commit certain crimes and got back to accuse the Jews.
“I believe they are sending them to commit these attacks and burning of properties so that the impression will be that IPOB is behind it in order for them to either kill them or declare a state of emergency in Igbo land or to do whatever they like or completely kill the Igbo the way they like,” Amaechi’s statement read.
There have been series of violence in the Southeast as unknown arsonists have been attacking both private properties and government institutions.
Gunmen have also attacked some police formations in the Southeast. On Monday, unknown gunmen razed down a police station in Uzuakoli, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.