IPOB militia kidnaps new-born children in Southeast of Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria - The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militia have kidnapped five new-born babies on the Nigeria’s South East. IPOB attacked Stanley Hospital, Nkpologwu in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state.
They also took the wrappers and clothes of the women who had delivered the babies. Residents expressed concerns that the incident could be for ritual purposes.
The gunmen did not kill anyone neither did and did not burn any police station or attack facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission, their usual targets.
A patient at the hospital said that “They didn’t shoot as usual but they drove to the hospital early morning, took the newly born babies and drove off. We were told that they threatened to kill anybody who opened his or her mouth in that hospital. Everybody is living in fears now in Anambra.”
Muhammadu Buhari-Nigerian President expressed shock over the kidnapping and has directed the military to ensure that the rising crime rate in the areas be tackled with speed.
IPOB have pledged to make Anambra ungovernable because the governor stepped up security in order to stop mayhem being perpetrated by the secessionist group and its Eastern Security Network (ESN) which is the militia arm group.
The proscribed IPOB and its ESN have continually engaged in violent campaign in the Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia states in the south east which they excised from Nigeria and declared it a sovereign country of Biafra, similar to what happened in 1967.
The leader and founder of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has been in detention since 2020, facing trial for treason, felony and murder but his followers have continued the campaign.