Residents of Orlu in Owerri of Southeast Nigeria’s Imo State, have refuted on-line stories that the Nigerian army carried out airstrikes within the city, purportedly in quest of the controversial Japanese Safety Community (ESN).
Chinwe Nchekwube, a local of Orlu, instructed AllNews on Thursday that she contacted her elder brother who’s a resident of the city, and he debunked the “rumours”.
“My brother mentioned it’s not true, that it’s a hearsay on-line. He mentioned no army is dropping bombs in Orlu city.
“He solely mentioned that there was an armed theft operation two days or so in the past,” Nchekwube mentioned.
One other native, who doesn’t wish to be named for security issues additionally instructed AllNews the stories of the Nigerian army dropping bombs in Orlu had been unfaithful.
“Nothing is occurring in Orlu. It is completely superb,” she mentioned to AllNews.
Movies started circulating on social media on Thursday morning when some customers posted clips displaying jets flying over a Nigerian metropolis and sounds of what appeared like gunfire might be heard beneath.
The individuals taking the video accused Nigerian safety forces of airstrike operation [in Orlu].
ESN, created on December 12, 2020, by Nnamdi Kanu, the diaspora-based chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed group canvassing for the secession of Japanese Nigeria, mentioned it’s intent on ‘defending the territories of the area from terrorism and extra-judicial killings’.
Since its creation, it has confronted aversion from South-East governors, and it has greater than as soon as been publicly tackled by Nigerian safety operatives.
Recall AllNews had reported that the ESN operatives in January had been concerned in a gun duel with the Nigerian Military. Deaths had been recorded.
Efforts by AllNews to achieve Mohammed Yarima, the director of data of the Nigerian Military to touch upon the newest Orlu declare proved abortive.
How pro-Biafra disinformation machine churns out fiction as information
Over 50 years after the civil warfare led to Nigeria, the wrestle to maintain the dream of a separate Biafra state alive continues, together with by a relentless disinformation marketing campaign on social media.
Many had telltale indicators of disinformation: they had been poorly written, nearly by no means attributed sources, and sometimes contained mislabelled or manipulated photographs and movies.