IPOB- NIGERIAN ARMY DENIES MAN-HANDLING OF CIVILIANS IN IMO OR ABIA
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
The Nigerian Army has debunked claims by the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), that the Nigerian army allegedly shot two men in Owerri recently and also went on “abduction spree of Biafrans in Aba”.
The publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful had in a press statement alleged that the Nigerian Army was “conducting a stealth genocidal war against Biafrans”, saying it is the duty of the world to take note.
His statement read in part, “We have been made to feel that a Biafran life is worthless. Let these facts be chronicled for posterity because we shall reference them at the appropriate time. Any day we start, let the world not blame us. Those that gave the Nigerian army license to kill our people will regret it, them and their families. Nigerian Army must release those they abducted including a husband and wife they kidnapped this morning.”
However in a swift reaction the Nigerian Army has dismissed the statement, saying that at no time did the soldiers either in Abia or Owerri mal handle, shoot, abduct or wound any anybody on the said day(s).
The Deputy Director, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sagir Musa in a statement, said “As a professional and responsible organistaion, the NA under the leadership of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has variously and sufficiently (both in deeds and actions) made it clear that it will not encourage or condone any form of professional misconduct especially human rights abuses.”
According to the statement, the NA would not ordinarily join issues with an illegal organization, but just to set the records straight against the kind of divisive, selfish and wicked propaganda and misinformation mischievously being perpetrated by the “proscribed IPOB”.
It further said that for clarifications and awareness, civilians are not detained in the conventional army detention centres except under exceptional situations such as on charges of terrorism, insurgency or any form of armed insurrection among others, adding that anyone arrested by the NA during the ongoing Exercise “EGWU EKE111 has been handed over to the civil police for further necessary action.
It finally enjoined the public to disregard such divisive and inciting statement from IPOB and its likes.