- The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has debunked media reports claiming that Orlu residents were attacked by the Nigerian military
- Igboayaka, the group's president, said the military was only conducting a routine check by combing Orlu forest to fish out criminals
- The group, therefore, urged the public to disregard such reports which it described as false and misleading
Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has spoken on the presence of military men in Orlu town in Imo state.
PR Nigeria reports that the OYC's national president, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka described as entirely false and misleading some media reports of a military bombardment and killing of inhabitants in Orlu town.
Legit.ng gathers that the OYC president made this known in a statement signed by his media aide, Chukwuemeka Chimerue.
Igboayaka urged the members of the public to disregard such reports and not take them seriously.
He explained that the military is merely conducting a routine check by combing the bushes in the area to ensure it was crime-free and devoid of armed criminal gangs who may be hanging around to foment trouble or cause disorder.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian military had commenced operations in Imo in search of the camps occupied by the personnel of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) linked with the proscribed group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The operations, however, caused panic in Orlu and Orsu local government areas of Imo state.
The army spokesperson of the 34 artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo state, Babatunde Zubairu, who confirmed the operation, said the locals were not being harassed.
In other news, Nigeria's immediate past chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd), has revealed that the country’s next warfare and crisis will be in the forests.
Olonisakin made the disclosure on Thursday, February 18, during his screening for an ambassadorial position at the National Assembly.
The retired military chief who resigned as the chief of defence staff was nominated as a non-career Ambassador-Designate by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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