Cops’killings: Soldiers on alleged revenge mission invade Enugu communities, youths flee - Punch Newspapers

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Cops’killings: Soldiers on alleged revenge mission invade Enugu communities, youths flee - Punch Newspapers

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24 July 2021There is palpable tension in Enugu as residents of Akpawfu, Amagunze and Akpugo communities deserted their homes following alleged military operation in the communities.City Roundgathered that the invasion was as a result of an attack on a police checkpoint at a neighbouring community of Obeagu Uno in the Enugu South Local Government Area where six policemen were killed by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday.

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Sources in the communities told our correspondent that the soldiers numbering over 40, stormed the communities in four armoured vehicles and stationed at strategic roads connecting to the communities.One of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity from Agudene village in Akpwafu, said that the soldiers claimed that they were looking for members of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network alleged to be camped in forests there.

He said that some houses belonging to community members whom they alleged were used to harbour criminals and plan attacks on security infrastructure were demolished.Another villager who also spoke on condition of anonymity toldCity Roundthat the soldiers were attracted to the areas upon discovery of a burnt Hilux van abandoned near St Philip Catholic Church, Akpawfu. He added that the van was said to be one of the vehicles the gunmen used to attack the police checkpoint on Wednesday.

Another source in one of the communities told our correspondent that youths fled the communities fearing that the soldiers purportedly attached to the 82 Divisional headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Enugu might use the opportunity of the cops’ killings to brutalise them.

A villager in one of the communities identified as Onyekachukwu Onovo, said, “Right now, young men in the community and even women have fled the community as the soldiers claimed that those houses being searched were used as camps by the gunmen.“For me, I don’t know if that is true. Why soldiers are punishing us is what I don’t understand. Our youths are running away to other towns because we know that the soldiers see the youth as targets.”

The traditional ruler of Adamagu Akpawfu, Igwe Christopher Nnamani, confirmed the invasion to our correspondent on telephone.He said, “People are calling me that there are soldiers in the villages in my community. I don’t know who they are looking for. I have told my subjects to remain calm until they arrest anyone. To the best of my knowledge they have not arrested anyone but people are calling me and they are running away from the villages. Some are running to my own village.”

On whether the army told the reason behind the invasion, he said “Nobody has told me anything as the reason for the invasion. I have not even seen the soldiers with my eyes, only that people are running and that soldiers are in their villages. I am a traditional ruler and if there should be military operations in my community, I should be informed. In this case nobody told me why the soldiers invaded my community.”

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Attempt to speak with the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 82 DV, Enugu, Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, was not successful as his phone rang out. He also did not respond to text messages sent to his mobile at the time of filing this report.The state police spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, when contacted on telephone said that the police were not involved in the operation.

He said, “I can’t speak on the matter because it is a military operation.”Copyright PUNCH.All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

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Genocide being committed by Buhari administration. Is sad. Zoo soldiers flexing guns with unarmed civilians....while bokoharam are begging them to come to sambisa forest There's a major invasion in Nigeria and the question is, who is invading your side - bandits, terrorists, herdsmen or soldiers? Las las, e go go round

Must every issue be addressed with violence? They should carry their mission to bandits territory . Useless elements How many communities have they invaded in Zamfara, kaduna, Yobe and Bornu? We are witnessing what a tribal leader does to a country 13 police men killed in Zamfara early dis wk,d army didn't invade d community around dat area,in Plateau yesterday army officers wz killed yet nothn happened but anytime similar happens in d East so many innocent young Igbo men wil b extrajudicially killed. One Nigeria my foot

Bandits have been killing the Military since ages but there has been no revenge mission from the military, when it comes to bloody civilians they will embark on a show of weakness.. Zoological Republic.. Take to your heels because zombie no dey think unless you tell am to think Useless country, they should invade north where killings are happening everyday.

This is evil how can Nigeria soldiers be licensed to kill innocent citizens. Someone should drag the military to count and put an end to this menace. So called bandits killed 13 cops in Zamfara the other day

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Lazy soldiers, go for bandits and bh, we are peaceful in south.. Our girls should quit marrying both the police and army hence they are trained to work on bloody civilians. Enough should be enough. Will someone tell them to face the Bandits in the North. Let the Sleeping Dog lie. Igbo youths must protect themselves from terrorist.

Let dem swear say Dey don’t know them?!! They went for revenge to unarmed peoples that do not know what happened to killed cops. That is unprofessional and not acceptable. And that is a provocation. It will not change anything rather it creates more hatred for military from the populist. Our problems is yet not solve.

Is there no governor in Enugu state? Enough of this nonsense!!! These killings of policemen and burning of police stations is a set up to kill south east youths ….they want to reduce resistant when the time comes… And who invaded the town that brought down their fighter jet? Fulani terrorists are having a field day in the north smoothly why the government terrorist wing named HQNigerianArmy and NigerianPolice are in the southern region clamping down on nationalists who want to quit from that contraption called Nigeria.

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They usually get strengthen and Thirst for blood whenever it's in the South East/ Christian dominated States but up there in the north the Army General was killed but nothing happened, 13police men killed they haven't heard of it till 4eva , Jet shot down they said it was bandits Why can't they go to zanfara state

Zombies 🧟‍♂️ Stupid and useless Nigeria army na south east una for get power me while boko haram and bandits Iswap has take over the north senseless and shameless Nigeria army Soldiers revenging on their fellow citizens they are meant to protect? Banana republic is Nigeria Nigerian soldiers are only trained for revenge.

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