No soldier killed in Abia, troops not on revenge mission – Army

The Nigerian Army has dismissed reports that troops on revenge mission in some communities in Abia following the killing six soldiers clash with /IPOB terrorists.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, statement on Monday, said contrary to reports, no soldier was killed in Ohafia Local Government Area the state.

Yerima also said the denied the allegation that residents Elu, Amangwu, and Amaekpu in Ohafia LGA had embarked on mass exodus out fear.

He described the allegation as baseless fabrication aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian army as well as creating distrust between the public and agents in the state.

Yerima explained that troops only carried out routine operations in the area in line with the rules of engagement and respect for the fundamental rights of citizens.

The director explained that the operation was aimed at restoring socio-economic activities which had been disrupted by criminal activities of IPOB/ elements who had attacked agents and destroyed government infrastructure.

According to him, troops, in conjunction with personnel of the Nigeria Police and other agencies leveraging on timely and accurate intelligence provided by patriotic citizens, are working tirelessly to restore normalcy to troubled spots and to rid the state of criminal elements.

“Consequently, we wish to reassure the good people of Abia of the safety of their lives and property.

“We also urge them to continue to report suspicious movements and activities of strange individuals or groups in their vicinity to the nearest security agency for prompt action,” he said. (NAN)