The Nigerian Army has claimed that recent killings, arson, and destructions in the south-eastern part of the country Nigeria were orchestrated and executed by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, stated this while briefing newsmen on the ongoing army exercises across the country on Monday in Abuja.
Nwachukwu said the group had engaged in killing of innocent citizens and burning of houses and turned around to accuse personnel of Nigerian Army of perpetrating the acts.
He urged the public to disregard the various videos in circulation depicting army personnel as enemies of the people.
Nwachukwu said that troops of 82 Division operating under “Exercise Golden Dawn” in the region had continued to protect lives and property as well as checkmating the activities of IPOB/ESN in the region.
He said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, had on Oct. 4, inaugurated Exercises Still Waters, Enduring Peace And Golden Dawn in the South-South, South-West, North-Central and South-East zones covering 20 states and FCT.
According to him, these exercises are traditionally scheduled to hold in the last quarter of the year to checkmate all forms of crimes as the yuletide approaches.
“As it stands today, troops have maintained an offensive posture, conducting several kinetic operations in the forms of raids on criminal hideouts and patrols amongst others.
“So far, all the exercises have recorded significant successes. I will go through each subsequently by way of reporting,” he said.
Under Exercise Golden Dawn, Nwachukwu said that members of IPOB/ESN had recently engaged in arson and wanton destruction of property at Izombe Community of Oguta Local Government Area of Imo.
He said the act was perpetrated by one Chukwunonso Iherue, a convict who was among the escapees from the Owerri Correctional Centre on April 5.
He said Iherue masterminded the attack on Izombe Divisional Police Headquarters on May 14, during which four of his gang members were neutralised.
The army spokesperson also noted that Iherue also masterminded the attack on the same Police Divisional Headquarters on Aug. 13 where three policemen were killed.
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