Did the Governor fail to consult with the leadership of the Nigerian Army?
The Nigerian Army says the public should disregard information credited to Abia governor and GOC 82 Division, Enugu, that soldiers would be gradually withdrawn from Aba and Umuahia on Friday.
The Nigerian Army on Thursday said it would continue Python Dance II (Egbu Eke 11) in the South East and extend it to Cross River.
Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, Director, Army Public Relations, said this in a statement in Abuja.
“This should not be misconstrued as withdrawing of troops earmarked for Exercise EGWU EKE II. The General Officer Commanding 82 Division has not said such thing.
“Consequently, we wish to state that Exercise EGWU EKE II is commencing tomorrow as scheduled.
“Commanders have been instructed to ensure that all hands are on deck to commence the Exercise to its logical completion.
“We wish to state further that the successful completion of the exercise will dovetail into the various states security outfits till the end of this year,” he said.
He called on Nigerians resident in Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo and Cross River states, where the exercise is being held to go about their lawful businesses.
Usman warned that the Army will not allow any individual or group to jeopardize the conduct of the field training through unlawful or criminal activities.
“Hoodlums and criminal elements are once again warned to be law abiding and not cause any breach of peace,” he also warned.
He said troops involved in the exercise would adhere to the rules of engagement.
“Any act of indiscipline by any of our personnel would be decisively dealt with.”