• News - South East - Anambra
  • Updated: October 01, 2022

Army Says Gunmen Hiding Under Biafra Agitation To Kill

The Nigerian Army has revealed that the so-called unknown gunmen terrorising the Southeast are people hiding under Biafra Agitation to commit crimes.

Major General Umar Musa, the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, said this on Friday when he visited Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo in Awka.

Musa took over from Taoreed Lagbaja who is now the GOC, 1 Mechanised Division, Kaduna.

The new 82 Division GOC visited Soludo to inform him of his assumption of duty as the state falls within the division's area of responsibility.

The GOC commended Soludo for his assistance to the security agencies in their battle against gunmen operating in the state.

He said the army was aware of the security situation in the Southeast and promised to partner with the governor and other governors in the region to fight the situation.

“We discovered that Anambra and Imo (States) are volatile and that gives us serious concern.

"The issue of (Biafra) agitation is there, but people capitalise on it to commit crime,” Musa said.

Musa said he has devoted two months of his stay in the division studying the insecurity in the Southeast to fashion out ways of tackling it.

Soludo, while welcoming the new GOC, expressed happiness over his visit to the state.

He also congratulated him on his new assignment in the region.

The governor told the new GOC to pay special attention to the Anambra-Imo Boundary, pointing out that the gunmen mostly attack from communities where the state shares boundaries with the other Southeast states.

“If you cordon off the boundaries between Anambra and Imo in a joint operation, you squeeze and take them (gunmen) out.

"Anybody in any camp in Anambra State is a criminal.

"We consider the person as a kidnapper and we treat the person as such.

"There is no way light and darkness can co-exist. Without law and order, nothing else will work,” he said.


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