The Nigerian Army has said it is investigating the disturbing video circulating on the social media, which shows soldiers assaulting some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba.
In the three-minute video, a Biafra flag could be seen on the ground in front of the men who laid face down. The pro-Biafra agitators were eventually flogged, forced to swim and sleep inside muddy water, with some of them lying dead and others injured.
Though the authenticity of the video is yet to be verified, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sanni Usman, has said the military hierarchy was aware of it. While addressing newsmen on Wednesday, September 13, he said:
“We are aware of a certain video being circulated. We have gotten complaints of the said video, and have commenced an investigation into the matter and the report would be made public.
“The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar, is investigating it and whatever it is, we will definitely let the public know about the outcome.”
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In the meantime, the Nigerian Army has released communication lines to the residents of the five south eastern states where Operation Python Dance also known as ‘Exercise Egwu Eke II’ would be taking place.
The operation which will take off fully and simultaneously in Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states, from September 15 to October 2017, is aimed at checkmating criminal agitators and other forms of criminal activities.
In a statement on Wednesday, September 13, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Army, Musa Sagir called on residents in the states to cooperate with the Army and volunteer information to assist the troops. He said:
“In our efforts to carry members of the public along, Gmail and email addresses, Facebook and Twitter accounts have been created for the exercise.”
The commanders of the operation could be contacted via the following:
Email address: [email protected]
Facebook account: Egwu Eke II
Twitter handle: @egwueke2
“In addition to the Nigerian Army Information and Call Centre Telephone Number 193 (Using all Networks toll free) and Human Right Desk Number 08160134303, the under listed cell phones numbers are also hereby provided as dedicated public telephone numbers to members of the public who might have reason to pass credible information or reasonable complaints to various Commanders of Exercise EGWU EKE II:
Sector 1 (Abia State) Commander – 08023445961/07065013133.
Sector 2 (Imo State) Commander – 07030803546.
Sector 3 (Enugu State) Commander – 08023634672.
Sector 4 (Anambra State) Commander – 07037055354.
Sector 5 (Ebonyi State) Commander – 07039833547/08180605871.
Sector 6 (Cross River State) Commander – 08033865572”, the statement read.
Since the Operation Python Dance II was announced, it has been raising dust among stakeholders and residents in the region.
BuzzNigeria recalls that on Sunday, September 10, during a show of force in Umuahia, Abia state, the Nigerian Army fired warning shots as citizens presumed to be members of IPOB, confronted the soldiers with sticks and stones as they paraded the streets.
The soldiers also clashed with supporters of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu as they attempted to place him on house arrest. They also invaded the NUJ Secretariat in Umuahia, destroying some gadgets.
These incidents have sparked tension among residents, prompting Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to declare a three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.