- The Nigerian army toured some towns and communities in the southeast
- This was ahead of its Operation Python Dance in the region
-It called on the communities to embrace peace
The Nigerian army has confirmed touring some southeast communities ahead of the commencement of Special Military Exercise scheduled for Friday, September 15.
Vanguard reports that the hometown of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was also visited.
This information was contained in a statement signed by Colonel Sagir Musa who is the deputy director, army public relations, 82 division on Wednesday, September 13.
He said ahead of the Operation Python Dance II, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar, led the tour.
Musa said the GOC with the deputy governor went around some towns and called for calmness.
He assured the people of their safety and called for peace.
Musa said: “The GOC who was accompanied by the Commander 14 Brigade, Brigadier General AK Ibrahim first paid a courtesy call on the office of the Commissioner of Police Abia State Mr. O Oyebade.
“Together, they went around Aba town along with Abia State Deputy Governor, Mr. Ude Oko Chukwu.
“During the visit they interacted with members of various communities and their leaders and enjoined them to live in peace. The GOC assured them of their safety and urged them to remain calm and avoid anything that could disturb the peace and stability of the area.
“In Aba, Isialangwa and Umuahia, the GOC also addressed troops wherein he commended them for the work they are doing.
“He charged them to respect the rights of the people and operate within the confines of the Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct in Internal Security Operations.
“The security situation in all the areas visited is calm as people are conducting their routine lawful activities unhindered”
Meanwhile, the police in Rivers state gave details of what happened in Oyingbo, Rovers state when members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly launched an attack in the Hausa community.
NAIJ.com had reported that the attack took place on Tuesday, September 12, when IPOB members allegedly attacked the Hausas in the community.
You can watch this NAIJ.com TV video below of Kanu's lawyer talking about the military invasion of his client's house: