On Thursday 15th April 2021, some unknown Gunmen attacked residents of Abagana community in the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state in the south eastern part of Nigeria. They also destroyed two vehicles after hoisting a Biafran flag. According to the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), the gunmen went to a commercial first bank in the community where they shot sporadically into the air, dispersing bank customers and passersby.
“The gunmen, numbering about ten, who drove in black Honda Pilot Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), equally hoisted Biafran flag at the gate of the bank, set fire on a Nissan Pathfinder SUV and smashed glasses on a Honda car parked in front of the bank,” a resident and eye witness stated. It is however not clear if anyone sustained gunshot injury.
The incident comes a few hours after Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of plotting to sponsor criminals to carry out attacks on banks while disguising as Eastern Security Network (ESN) operatives.
Speaking through the spokesman for IPOB, Emma Powerful, Nnamdi Kanu claimed that the propaganda was aimed at blackmailing ESN and tarnishing the image of the security outfit before the world.
He alleged that the money to be realized from the operation would be used to purchased arms, maintaining that the security outfit has no plan to attack banks in the South-East. The IPOB leader however assured residents and institutions including banks in the region of their safety.