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Operation Python Dance: Army Denies Killing Traders in Abia State

The Nigerian Army has denied media reports stating that some soldiers of the 144 Battalion on routine patrol shot on traders and killed one in a market in Aba, Abia State.

They warned that the Army would not spare any group that confronted troops on lawful and legitimate duty anywhere in the Nation.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai had directed heads of formations to deal ruthlessly with any group that could pose threats to the conduct of the forthcoming elections in the country, referring particularly to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra he said.
The leader of the separatist IPOB group, Nnamdi Kanu, state in his recent broadcast which directed his followers to boycott the elections and went ahead to fix February 16 for a referendum for Biafra Republic.
Since onset, soldiers had been reportedly molesting Igbo youths especially in Aba, Abia State where some persons were said to have been shot and one killed according to reports.
An army in a statement signed by the Deputy Director in 82 Division Col. Sagir Musa, who said that the report was not true and intended to portray Nigerian soldiers in bad light which he condemn .
He stated that six members of the proscribed IPOB were arrested and handed over to the Nigeria Police, Abia State Command for prosecution.

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