Youths and other individuals in the south-east geopolitical zone have been warned by the Nigerian army against confronting soldiers taking part in Operation Python Dance 111 (Egwueke 111).

This warning was given in a statement signed by the deputy director of public relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col Sagir Musa.

This is coming few weeks after three members of the prescribed Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) group were shot by soldiers.

It was gathered that the IPOB members allegedly confronted troops of the 144 Battalion as they tried to stop the passing of alleged inciting materials against the federal government.

In the statement titled; “Re: Python Dance: blood bath in Aba as soldiers’ storm market, open fire over Biafra referendum posters,” Musa, however, said nobody was killed or wounded during the incident, though warning shots were fired into the air by two soldiers on duty.

He said; “The Division wishes to state that although there was an incident involving 144 Battalion patrol team with some traders at Asa – Nnentu Spare Parts’ Market, in Ugwunagbo Local Government Area of Abia State, at no time was anybody shot at, wounded or killed as lopsidedly noted and therefore wrongly reported by the medium,” the army stated.

“However, six members of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, were arrested and handed over to the Nigerian Police, Abia State Command.

“The Division hereby sounds strong warning to any individual or group to desist from confronting troops on legitimate duty. Nigerian Army personnel will not tolerate violent secessionist agitation, are apolitical, neutral, professional and responsive in the discharge of our constitutional roles in line with the vision and policy directive of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

“Members of the public are please requested to disregard the wrongful publication as there has not been genuine report of any major fracas, rights abuses, shooting, wounding or killing of anybody by soldiers since the commencement of exercise EGWU EKE 111.”

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