Why we struck Enugu community, by Nigerian Army

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By Valentine Amanze

 

The 82 Division of Nigerian Army, Enugu, has denied involvement in the shooting and burning of houses in Mgbowo Community, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The army, which was reacting to videos circulated online on Monday, November 1, 2021, showing soldiers indiscriminately shooting at civilian homes in the community, said that the soldiers only struck at the suspected hideout of Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN).

“We only carried out a night raid at a suspected Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) hideout located in the community, and that two ringleaders of IPOB/ ESN were arrested,” the army explained

The Acting Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, who disclosed this on Tuesday, pointed out that some suspects arrested during the raid were currently undergoing interrogation.

His words: “Contrary to IPOB/ESN propaganda video, there was no incident of indiscriminate firing or unprovoked burning of houses during the raid. The joint operation in Awgu was conducted in the night and there was no destruction of any private property involved.

“The trending videos in circulation claiming to represent the aftermath of the night operation is not portraying the Awgu operation. It is meant to whip up sentiment and incite the public against the Army”.

He added that investigation of the video was ongoing to ascertain when and where it was shot and those involved, assuring that any personnel found culpable would be sanctioned accordingly.

 

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