Abia: Houses still being burnt in Ohafia despite dismissal of six soldiers’ death
Posted by News Express | 14 June 2021 | 281 times
•Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya
By UCHE NWOSU, Umuahia
Despite the confirmation by the Nigerian Army that no soldier was killed in Ohafia, Abia State, there are indications that residential buildings and shops are allegedly burnt by in some parts of the town men in military uniforms.
Reports from the town spoke of wide range of assaults on innocent civilians even as the rumour that some unknown gunmen had killed six soldiers at the weekend was dismissed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima on Monday.
At the Old Soldier Roundabout at Ebem, Ohafia LGA, houses were allegedly burnt by military men at that roundabout as some youths were randomly picked up by soldiers and taken to the Goodluck Jonathan Barracks (14th Battalion), Nigerian Army, Ohafia for ‘questioning’.
However, calm has returned to Asaga, Elu, Amangwu and Amaekpu Communities of Ohafia as shops were seen opening and people going about their normal businesses unmolested.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Umuahia on Monday, Brigadier Yerima described as baseless fabrication that some gunmen killed six soldiers, saying that the report was aimed at not only tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian Army, but create distrust between the public and security agents in the state.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a story making rounds in the social media that troops are on vengeance mission in some communities in Abia State following the death of six soldiers in a clash with ESN/IPOB operatives.
“The story further alleged that as a result, residents of Elu, Amangwu and Amaekpu in Ohafia LGA have embarked on mass exodus out of fear.
“The NA wishes to debunk the allegation as baseless fabrication aimed at not only tarnishing the good image of the NA but to create distrust between the public and security agents in the state.
“The true position is that troops carried out routine clearance operations in line with the rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizens aimed at restoring socio-economic activities which were hitherto disrupted by criminal activities of elements who attack security agents and government infrastructures.
“Troops of the Nigerian Army working in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Police and other security agencies leveraging on timely and accurate intelligence provided by patriotic citizens, are working tirelessly to restore normalcy to troubled areas and to rid the state a of criminal elements.
“Consequently, we wish to reassure the good people of Abia State of the safety of their lives and property and 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”. (Daily Trust)
Source: News Express
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