DHQ speaks on IPOB leader's whereabouts and ongoing military operations
- Defence Headquarters says ongoing military operations across the country would be sustained
- According to the DHQ, the various military exercise are not only to deal with the various security challenges, but also to train personnel
- Defence Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu is not in the military's custody as being insinuated
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said the various military operations going on across the country to deal with the various security challenges would be sustained.
Defence Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
Enenche also said that the exercises were being carried out by the armed forces not only to tackle the challenges but to train personnel, adding that they were being done in line with best international practices.
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He declared the unalloyed loyalty of the military to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Responding to questions, Enenche urged the citizens not to be alarmed in the face of the presence of the military in almost all parts of the country.
He explained that they were assisting civil authorities to tackle emerging security threats.
The defence spokesman noted that the emerging threats were not unexpected as the nation passes through various stages of development.
According to him, some of the advanced countries have also passed these stages where their armed forces are called in to assist civil authorities to tackle security challenges.
On the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Enenche maintained he was not in custody of the military as being insinuated in some quarters.
On the quit notice issued to the Igbo by Arewa youths to leave the Northern part of the country on or before October 1, he said that the issue had been addressed by the political leadership.
According to an earlier report by Legit.ng, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, said that the ongoing military show of force in the southeast region of the country, is capable of putting the country on fire if not checked.
Comrade Frank's position was made known in a statement he sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, September 14.
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He stated that the current approach of the military in the region need to be checked, even as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the political implications of unleashing the military on an entire region.
Watch Legit.ng TV interview with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer, about the military invasion: