The Nigerian Army have disclosed that the gunmen terrorising the residents of the South-east geopolitical zone hide under the cloak of Biafran agitation to commit crimes in the region.
The new General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major General Umar Musa, stated this at the weekend when he visited Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State at the Government House, Awka.
This was contained in a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Christian Aburime.
Musa took over from Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, who is now the GOC, 1 Mechanised Division, Kaduna.
The new 82 Division GOC whose division superintends over Soludo’s Anambra, visited to inform the governor of his assumption of duty.
Musa had also recently visited Governors Okezie Ikpeazu and Hope Uzodimma of Abia and the Imo states, respectively.
The GOC will work with the state governors in the South-east which is under the division on security. This explains his recent visits to the governors in the region.
He commended Soludo for his assistance to the security agencies in their battle against gunmen operating in the state.
The GOC said the army were aware of the security situation in the South-east and promised to partner with the governor and other governors in the region to fight the situation.
“We discovered that Anambra and Imo (States) are volatile and that gives us serious concern. The issue of (Biafra) agitation is there, but people capitalise on it to commit a crime,” General Musa said.
Musa said he has devoted two months of his stay in the division to studying the insecurity in the South-east to fashion out ways of tackling it.