Nigerian Army has denied soldiers seen in a viral video who shot sporadically into residential buildings in an indiscriminate, insensitive, recklessly, happily, terrorist like manner at the home town of President Muhammadu Buhari spokesperson, Femi Adesina yesterday.
Nigerian Army in a statement issued by Major Abubakar Abdullahi, the acting Deputy Director in charge of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Public Relations, agreed its troops were at Agwu town in Enugu state to raid hide out of suspected members of unknown gunmen but added that, the video going viral in the media did not represent the military operation he said was executed in the night.
In the viral video, the soldiers were seen not in contact with any gun man or men.
The video shows the army personnel were moving comfortably at their own pace.
The video also indicated that the soldiers may have successfully completed their operation before the sporadic shooting into residential buildings.
Nigerian Army promised to investigate the video and any of its men found culpable will be sanctioned accordingly.
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 November 1, 2021.
During the night operation, two ring leaders of IPOB/ ESN were arrested. The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation with a security agency.
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 joint operation in Agwu was conducted in the night and there was no destruction of any private property involved.
The 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.
Any personnel found culpable would be sanctioned accordingly. Updates will be communicated when investigation is completed.
Members of the public are advised 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.
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