Atilogwu Udo 1: Not meant to intimidate Ndigbo-Buratai

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By Obinna Uchendu, Abakaliki
As the Nigeria Army commences the ‘Atilogwu Udo ‘ which replaces Operation ‘Python dance 3’ in the South East region of the country, the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai has said that the operation is not targeted at intimidating Ndigbo but to curb kidnapping, armed robbery and farmers/headers clash especially as the yuletide period approaches.
General Buratai spoke in Enugu at a two-day Civil-Media-Military Relations Summit organized for journalists, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the zone with the theme ‘Galvanising citizens support for Military operations in Nigeria through the Media’ which held at 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.
It would be recalled that the Proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had recently claimed the exercise, which replaces the Exercise Egwu Eke’ was targeted at its members.
Egwu Eke (Python Dance) which held for three editions in the past witnessed clashes between the Army and IPOB members.
General Buratai who was represented by the Director Training and Operations, Major General Enobong Udoh said the summit was organized to enlighten journalists on the upcoming operation and the need to educate the public to go about their normal businesses.
He noted that the operation which would be done with the support of other security agencies would curb the danger associated with kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes adding that the operation would ensure crime free yuletide period in the zone.
“We are not targeting any good citizen of the zone rather we are targeting the criminals. The operation would help our brothers from the zone to come back and enjoy their yuletide period. The fear of being kidnapped would no longer be there. People will come home without fear of any kidnap or robbery attacks.”
General Buratai who frowned at the rate Nigeria Army are painted in bad light by a section of the media called on the media to always support and encourage the military to carry out their activities.
He stated that the military has a taskforce which checkmates the activities of its men along the expressways adding that military personal on road blocks that extort money from motorists has constantly been arrested and punished. Ends.

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