Troops of Joint Security Team have raided a suspected Indigeneous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) hideout located in Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area on 1 November 2021.
During the night operation, two ring leaders of IPOB/ ESN were arrested.
A statement by Major Abubakar Abdullahi,
Acting Deputy Director, Public Relations,
82 Division Nigerian Army.
The statement said that the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation with a security agency.
The statement reads, ” It should be noted that, contrary to IPOB/ESN propaganda video, there was no incident of indiscriminate firing or unprovoked burning of houses during the raid.”
The statement explained that the joint operation in Agwu was conducted in the night and there was no destruction of any private property involved.
The statement maintained that trending videos in circulation claiming to represent the aftermath of the night operation is not portraying the Agwu operation.
” It is meant to whip up sentiment and incite the public against the Army. Meanwhile, Investigation into the video is ongoing to ascertain when and where it was shot and those involved.
The statement warned that any personnel found culpable would be sanctioned accordingly.
” Updates will be communicated when investigation is completed.”
NA enjoined members of the public to disregard such propaganda materials intended to mislead the public.
” We shall continue to support other security agencies in line with our constitutional mandate in a professional manner. Any act of unprofessional conduct among our troops will not be tolerated.”