Early this morning I got this message on my Whatsapp, I don’t know the author of this intelligence report but I must say that I totally believe this report to be true because most of if not all that the author said in this report is verifiable and it’s real in Eastern Nigeria.
This is real from my street intelligence.
On Wednesday 24/1/18, I had course to travel round the State on official assignment. From my village Aguluezechukwu to Judiciary headquarters Awka to Ommor Anyamelum LGA, back through Igbariam, Awkuzu, Ifite Dunu, Abagana to Awka. Then from Awka to Ihiala through Agulu, Adazi, Neni, Ichida, Awka Etiti, Ukpor, Azia, Ihiala and back through Igboukwu, Ekwulobia back to Aguluezechukwu. As a result of my paramilitary background training on intelligence, I was by instincts taking note of movements as a result of the alarm of massive movement of Fulanis into the South in the last 3 weeks. What I noticed baffled me. I was reluctant to share it as many will not take it serious.
But the events and developments of last 72 hours with respect to impending Jihad in the south makes it compelling that I share this:
1. There are increased police presence and checking points.
2. 90% of the police personnel on these roads are Hausa/Fulani from looks, mannerisms and intonations. Since I speak Hausa and Yoruba, I always stop by my own (since I was not stopped due to the official Judiciary Plate number of my vehicle). I keep charting with them at each point in Hausa to confirm. Always very happy that I speak their language they jump at my discussions. I discovered that they were newly posted on special duty. I won’t go further on this.
3. There is massive presence of northerners along all these routes I passed through moving in groups of 3 or 5. Some groups carry framers instruments on their shoulders, some sugar canes, some cobbler tools (Fulani cobblers are not used to move in groups), some little wares for sale like watches, clothes, locally designed caps, footwears etc. I came across increased groups of cattles/herdsmen along the routes.
4. Afternoon and night Suya spots are fast springing up within few kilometers apart in most villages with Hausa or Fulani as owners along the roads of the villages as if there is a festival of suya since January.
5. Most of these spots don’t have suya worth more than #5,000 in each stand unlike the normal suya merchant with daily stock worth about #50,000.
6. There is increased mobile suya merchants moving about with few meats and lantern on their heads, also now in groups unlike before in the day along the village routes.
7. My curiosity made me to go into and around the Eke Awka market today for observation. Behold for every 10 men you pass within the market you notice 1 or 2 Hausa/Fulani roaming the market in a manner you will know that he has no serious business in the market and with funny composure and expression of one who has no destination or business. I charted one up in Hausa. He told me he came from Ilorin to come and see his brother but has not located him.
8. At this point I became incensed that something sinister is going on in the Southern Nigeria right now. 9. Let us be careful to observe this trend and be very vigilant. The ethno-religious war is imminent. 2019 we are talking of may be a mirage with the best chance being the configuration of the national security apparatus in the country right now.
This may be their best time since the outcome of 2019 presidential election is not as sure as the present and a national chaos is a good alibi for State of emergency throughout the nation and postponement of the election with the present status quo intact. We are in a trouble already.