The Nigerian Army has issued a strict warning to people from the Southeast region to desist from confronting soldiers on Operation Python Dance 111 (Egwueke 111).
The recent warning is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col Sagir Musa.
The army has also refuted the report that three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were shot by some soldiers in Aba, Abia State while allegedly trying to paste inciting material against the Federal government.
Dismissing the report, the army disclosed that two soldiers on duty fired warning shots into the air, nobody was wounded or killed during the incident, he added that six IPOB members arrested were handed over to the police for further investigations.
These were contained in a statement titled “Re: Python Dance: blood bath in Aba as soldiers storm market, open fire over Biafra referendum posters.”
“The Division wishes to state that although there was an incident involving 144 Battalion patrol team with some traders at Asa – Nnentu Spare Parts’ Market, in Ugwunagbo Local Government Area of Abia State, at no time was anybody shot at, wounded or killed as lopsidedly noted and therefore wrongly reported by the medium,” the army stated.
The statement continued: “However, six members of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, were arrested and handed over to the Nigerian Police, Abia State Command.
“The Division hereby sounds strong warning to any individual or group to desist from confronting troops on legitimate duty. Nigerian Army personnel will not tolerate violent secessionist agitation, are apolitical, neutral, professional and responsive in the discharge of our constitutional roles in line with the vision and policy directive of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
“Members of the public are please requested to disregard the wrongful publication as there has not been genuine report of any major fracas, rights abuses, shooting, wounding or killing of anybody by soldiers since the commencement of exercise EGWU EKE 111.”