Both the Nigerian Arny and therefore the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, have dismissed as fake, report in some sections of the media that the military attacked the camp of Eastern Security Network, ESN in Aba, killing no fewer than 16 personnel of the safety outfit.
Assistant Director Army PR, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Captain Iliya Dauda, told our Correspondent in Aba that there was no operation against any ESN camp in Abia.
He rather explained that unknown gunmen attacked a military checkpoint at Osisioma junction Aba but were repelled.
He said there have been no casualties on the part of the military but begged for longer to receive reports from their men at the scene investigating and assessing the incident.
The Army Spokesman urged members of the general public to disregard the said report which he insisted was a pure falsehood.
Similarly, IPOB dismissed the said report as cheap propaganda by those that planted it.
IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful, during a reaction, said no ESN camp was attacked in Abia.
He rather claimed that the military indiscriminately arrested innocent Igbo young men and tagged them ESN personnel and executed them to make an impact that they had inflicted casualty on ESN.
Powerful said ESN was formidable and will not be easily dislodged by the Nigerian security agencies, adding that the outfit is within the forest to urge obviate terrorists.
“They gathered innocent people last night and tagged them ESN operatives. allow them to tell the planet which ESN camp they attacked. Nigeria soldiers in their normal ways removed some young men’s clothes and saw marks on their body, then they arrested and tagged them IPOB and ESN members”.
But during a swift response, Captain Dauda denied any involvement of the military within the allegation, saying it had been concocted to whomp up sentiments.
He said the alleged photos of corpses within the said story were photoshopped, insisting that the military didn’t perform any operation in any part of Abia.
IPOB which explained that “mark is one among the customs in Igboland”, said, “Nigeria army must stop killing innocent people and tagging them IPOB and ESN operatives”.
Powerful said the preoccupation of ESN is to safeguard the whole Biafra land against conquest by rampaging terrorists and bandits