The Nigerian Army has denied a “vengeance mission” in Abia communities following the death of six soldiers in a clash with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) backed Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Director Army of Public Relations, said this in a rebuttal on Monday.
The spokesman was reacting to reports that the residents of Elu, Amangwu and Amekpu in Ohafia Local Government Area have embarked on mass exodus out of fear.
Mohammed noted that troops only carried out routine clearance operations in line with the rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights.
The Army said the raids were to restore socio-economic activities in places “hitherto disrupted by criminal activities of IPOB/ESN elements who attack security agents and government infrastructures”.
The statement said the military is working with the Police and other security agencies to ensure troubled spots are free of criminals.
Army assured Abia people of the safety of their lives and property and urged them to continue to report suspicious movements and strange individuals or groups.