The Nigerian Army had reportedly stated that it had uncovered the antics of the sponsors of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its Eastern Security Network to peddle falsehood and disinformation to remain relevant in the South-East.
This was reportedly made known by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement, titled, “Conspiracy Pretext Employed by IPOB/ESN, a Hoax” on Saturday in Abuja.”
Nwachukwu reportedly stated that, “This unimaginable level of violence is oiled with propaganda and disinformation to whip-up sentiments and draw sympathy from unsuspecting citizens in the region. For the records, the proscribed organisation has in recent times foisted a sit-at-home order to show sympathy for their self-acclaimed leader.”
He disclosed that, “This was greeted with violence, orchestrated destruction of public installations and facilities, arson, as well as looting of shops and malls in the region, to demonstrate their criminal potency.”
Nwachukwu maintained that, “More grotesque is the narrative peddled by these merchants of propaganda, in respect of IPOB/ESN gunmen recently eliminated by troops in a shootout at Ekwulobia Roundabout in Aguata Local Government Area.”
He continued that, “These unscrupulous elements insinuated that those taken out were Fulanis, an outrageous claim that should be disregarded in its entity.”
Nwachukwu however urged the people of South-East to go about their normal business, reportedly stating that efforts had been stepped up to rid the region of criminal elements masquerading as BNG and UGM.
He also said that, “We encourage members of the public to provide actionable information to security agencies as the exercises progress.”