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General News of Saturday, 3 September 2022


Army denies IPOB, ESN allegation of working with herdsmen, bandits to terrorise Igbo land

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The Nigerian Army has debunked reports that it is working with some terrorists, armed herdsmen, and bandits to destabilize the southeastern part of the country.

A group called the International Society for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law (Intersociety) had alleged that the Nigerian military, especially the Nigerian Army, is working with criminal elements to terrorize the Southeast and Benue State.

But a statement issued on Saturday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the army described the allegations as fake news, stating that it was sponsored by Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network, ESN, with the singular purpose of destabilizing Nigeria.

Nwachukwu opined that a cursory look at the content revealed “a business-as-usual pattern of propaganda by the well known, paid jobbers and fifth columnists christened INTERSOCIETY, who after several failed attempts, still unrepentantly and shamelessly continues to dissipate its energy in mudslinging, all in a futile effort to drag the image and reputation of the NA in the mud, while promoting irredentists, lawless and outlawed organizations.

“Intersociety’s unprofessional posture is crystal clear and evident in its biased and unbalanced submissions and reportage, as it has never openly condemned the atrocious activities of IPOB/ ESN, for which it is fronting.

“InterSociety would rather turn a blind eye, when these groups illegally deny law abiding citizens their rights to freedom of movement and association through their illegal sit-at-home order, the attack on military, police, paramilitary personnel and other security agencies, the attack and callous beheading of Nigerians including ndigbo, the destruction of government facilities and infrastructure, amongst myriads of other nefarious activities.”