The Owerri Correctional Facility attacked by suspected ESN member
Within the last two months no fewer than six police divisional headquarters in Imo State were attacked by heavily armed group suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, the armed wing of the separatist organisation, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The latest of such attack happened in the early hours of yesterday when gunmen attacked the Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters situated in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state. The gunmen struck around 1am and immediately released the suspects held in the police facility. During the attack one police officer was kidnapped and two were injured. Police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu who confirmed the attack said while one police officer was missing, two others where injured owing to the resistance put by the policemen on duty.

Earlier in the week, the Owerri Correctional Centre was attacked by suspected members of the ESN, and 1,884 inmate freed from the facility. Some 50 vehicle were burnt during that incident. Within the same period, a military base at Ukwuorji was attacked and a soldier was burnt in his vehicle. Four other operational vehicles of the Nigerian Army in the area were burnt.

The pattern of these attacks are the same, the suspected ESN gunmen have been targeting security facilities in the state. The Federal Government of Nigeria which is now fighting wars on different fronts while responding to the Owerri Correctional facility incident sacked the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu. The acting IG appointed by President Mohammadu Buhari, Usman Alkali Baba was welcomed into office by the ESN with this latest attack.

In the northeast and northwest of the country the terrorist group Boko Haram is unrelenting in its 11 years terrorist war which has been compounded by mass kidnapping, killings and pillage by marauding Fulani herdsmen. Tension is also building in the southwest were people like Sunday Adeyemo alias Igboho have risen to challenge the incursion the Fulani herdsmen in the region.