Nigerian govt blames IPOB/ESN for Lagos #EndSARS assaults, looting of Oba’s palace, other crimes


The Nigerian authorities on Friday blamed the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous Folk of Biafra (IPOB) and its military soar, the Jap Security Community (ESN), for some violent assaults in Lagos and other factors of the nation in the course of the October 2020 #EndSARS suppose.

Abubakar Malami, the justice minister, said Mr Kanu, by his online proclaims, instigated the excellent scale destruction of public sources in the course of the #EndSARS suppose notably in Lagos, as smartly because the South-east and South-south regions.

The AGF addressed journalists in Abuja on the replace on investigations on Mr Kanu and one other separatist, Sunday Adeyemo, in general identified as Sunday Igboho.

He said Mr Kanu space up the ESN, an armed soar of IPOB, to enact “subversive actions” in opposition to Nigeria.

Violent actions of IPOB own continuously been identified to be restricted to the South-east, where the ESN violently enforces a sit down-at-house sing on Mondays, and the South-south bellow.

Friday will seemingly be the first time well-known violent assaults would be linked to the proscribed neighborhood initiate air the 2 regions.

Mr Malami said the IPOB chief, who is currently standing trial on an amended seven-count fee sooner than the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, desecrated and looted the Oba of Lagos Palace beneath the quilt of #EndSARS anti-police brutality suppose in Lagos in October 2020.

Abubakar Malami [Source - The Guardian, Nigeria]
Abubakar Malami [Source – The Guardian, Nigeria]

The net became awash with video clips and photos of the invasion and looting of the palace by these conception of as to be hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS suppose on the 2d

Some the marauders made away with the Oba’s workers of situation of commercial, shoes and other paraphernalia of situation of commercial.

The Oba himself, Rilwan Akiolu, became rescued and evacuated from the palace by security brokers.

“The EndSARS protests of October 2020 played into the spoiled plans of Nnamdi Kanu, whereby he seized the protests by subversive and inciting online proclaims and actively commanded and directed assaults on security personnel and products and services,” Mr Malami said on Friday.

Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu
Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu

He added, “That there were quite quite a bit of IPOB/ESN assaults and destruction (arson) of public and deepest properties in the course of the EndSARS and Biafra agitations everywhere in the nation, especially in the South-East and South-South regions, notably the Palace of the Oba of Lagos where twelve (12) residences had been entirely looted and vandalized.”

He blamed the IPOB/ESN for an analogous assaults in Lagos.

“Lagos Affirm DNA and Forensic Centre, Metropolis Hall Bustle Route, First Monetary institution Branch Lagos, Lagos Affirm Public Works Rate, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Marina, Lagos, Excessive Court docket Igbosere, Lagos, had been all burnt, amongst other corrupt crimes committed.”

He added that “the nation house of the Governor of Imo Affirm, Senator Hope Uzodinma, became burnt, over a hundred and fifty (150) buses burnt on the Lagos Bus Terminal, Sen. Ndoma Egba’s house in Calabar Municipal, Injurious River Affirm, became entirely looted and vandalised.”

Mr Malami blamed the neighborhood for 10 assaults in the three regions of the southern fragment of the nation.

IPOB [Photo Credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

“As a results of these proclaims, participants of IPOB attacked and killed security personnel and burnt down police stations, correctional centers, INEC offices, bus terminals, the Palace of Oba of Lagos, banks, hospitals, taking a glance malls and autos, amongst others,” the AGF alleged.

Mr Malami said the clicking convention became supposed to intimate Nigerians on the findings of a presidential advert-hoc committee investigative that became space up to demand into the causes of widespread violence in Nigeria’s South-east bellow, following Mr Kanu’s re-arrest and repatriation from Kenya to Nigeria final June.

Giving a listing of prominent Nigerians who were allegedly killed by the ESN operatives on orders of Mr Kanu, the AGF named the grotesque killing of All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak, on Could perchance additionally merely 30 in Owerri, Imo Affirm.

He highlighted other violent killings to consist of: Obi 1 of Okwudor self sustaining community, Eze E. Anayochukwu Durueburuo and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre self sustaining community as smartly because the killing of Chike Akunyili, who became the widower of the slack Dora Akunyili, and eight others.


The separatist, Mr Kanu, who became granted bail in April 2017, fled the nation after the invasion of his house in Afara-Ukwu, terminate to Umuahia, Abia Affirm, by the military in September that 365 days, a bellow of affairs one of his lawyers, Alloy Ejimakor, described because the “rule of self-preservation.”

A heart of attention on subsequently revoked his bail for ditching his trial, and ordered his trial to be separated from the remainder of the co-defendants’.

Whereas the trial of the remainder of the defendants has made some growth, Mr Kanu’s has been stalled since 2017.

On June 29, 2021, the Felony educated-Extraordinary of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, announced that Mr Kanu had been rearrested and introduced support to Nigeria to proceed going by his trial.

He said the IPOB chief became “intercepted” days earlier however failed to give fundamental factors.

Though there became no legit disclosure about where and the contrivance in which Mr Kanu became arrested, household participants and lawyers to the IPOB chief, own described how he became “kidnapped” in Kenya beneath controversial conditions.

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