The Nigerian Army spokesman from the 82 division in Enugu, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu has attributed the brutal killings, kidnappings, attacks and the general insecurity ravaging the South East to the handiwork of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), The Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the Biafra National Guard (BNG).
The army spokesman said the groups have continued to make life unbearable for law-abiding citizens in the region. The army spokesman has also debunked rumours making the rounds that its ongoing exercises in the region are aimed at the military occupation of the region.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who made this known during a press conference, said, contrary to this insinuations, the Nigerian Army is deployed in other troubled parts of the country, particularly in the North West and North East, where troops are conducting major operations to tackle more threatening national security challenges.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, speaking at a media briefing on troop activities and operational successes recorded in three major ongoing Nigerian Army Exercises across the country, said the exercises were yielding positive results, as soldiers have arrested over sixty IPOB members, bandits and their informants, drug dealers, oil thieves, kidnappers and other criminal groups terrorizing the peace of the country.
He said the troops have foiled several kidnapping attempts and rescued over 30 kidnapped persons, killed about ten of them and recovered several weapons from the criminals. He stated that two soldiers lost their lives during the operations.
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