The activities of Unknown Gunmen suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the prescribed Indigenous People of Biafra, across the South-East region and Imo State in particular, has become a source of concern to every well-meaning Nigerian irrespective of ethnicity, or religion. The group which started as a local vigilante to protect the whole of the old Eastern region against herdsmen attacks have recently been accused of carrying out deadly attacks on security formations in the region.
The alleged involvement of the IPOB and its ESN in the attacks in the South-East and parts of the South-south region has seen the deployment of the Nigerian Military and Special Police Squad to the affected areas particularly Imo State where many Police Stations have been attacked and set on fire by the Unknown Gunmen. Despite the heavy presence of security personnel in Imo, the gunmen have continued to launch various degrees of attacks in the State.
According to the report by Vanguard Newspaper, the group once again attempted to carry out another attack on the Imo State Police Command in Owerri but ran out of luck as the charms that they so much believed in failed them, leading to the killing of the group’s newly appointed commander in the State who is popularly known as Dragon.
As reported by the Vanguard News, one of the gang’s member captured alive who has been identified as Stanley Osinachi, an indigene of Mbieri in Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo State, has revealed that the charms used by the group are prepared by Native Doctors in Aguleri, Anambra State. This can be argued to be a pointer to the fact that these unknown gunmen so much believe in the efficacy of the charms.
With the failure of those charms from protecting Dragon and other members of his gang who have been killed by security operatives, it can be argued that the reliance on the efficacy of charms could be deceitful. The death of Dragon who was only appointed as the ESN commander following the death of Ikonso Don should serve as a lesson to other members of the unknown gunmen that have been terrorising the State and the South-East as a whole.
Charms can not be relied upon to carry out attacks on security formations as they can easily fail. This is why everyone who believes in it must have a rethink after the death of Dragon, and embrace peace. These incessant attacks and killings are not helping matter. Instead, innocent lives are being wasted for nothing. Even though your charms work today, they could fail you tomorrow. This is why you should learn from the death of others who equally had the same charms.