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  The Nigerian Army has debunked the allegation that 82nd Division troops invaded the Amangu community in Abia for the kidnapping of a soldier who was on official leave The Director of Public Relations of the Army Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu debunked the allegation in a statement Wednesday in Abuja Nwachukwu said army authorities felt it necessary to clear the air about the incident considering the important nature of the allegation He said that the operations carried out in the area were to rescue a soldier Sgt Bassey Ikunugwan who was officially on leave but was abducted on November 2 from the Okwu Ebem Ohafia road in Abia According to him on November 3 troops acting on credible intelligence embarked on a search and rescue operation in the village and forest of Amangu a confirmed enclave of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Eastern Security Network Nwachukwu said troops came into contact with members of proscribed armed groups during the operation resulting in an exchange of fire He added that another operation on November 4 in Okon Aku led to the murder of one of the criminals and the recovery of an AK 47 rifle with a magazine loaded with seven 7 62mm Special rounds and a mobile phone According to him in a follow up operation on November 5 the troops raided another enclave of the groups around the village of Amangu and neutralized two of the criminals while some fled with gunshot wounds LP Troops recovered two locally made AK 47 rifles four pump action pistols one locally made pistol one sniper rifle six magazines 13 7 62mm NATO cartridges and a motorcycle Other items recovered from the dissidents are two CCTV cameras a solar panel flags a walkie talkie two mobile phones two Biafra anthem pamphlets an INEC box 12 masks machetes pairs of boots combat and rain boot pairs Other elements recovered are camouflage uniforms a transistor radio two jungle hats two knee pads a power bank an INEC image capture machine and a PVC Sadly during these clashes a soldier paid the ultimate sacrifice he said Nwachukwu said the Nigerian military will leave no stone unturned in the search for the kidnapped soldier He ensured that all operations will be conducted within the scope of the law and in accordance with global best practices the Rules of Engagement and the Code of Conduct that govern Army operations According to him it should be clear to everyone that the criminal attack and kidnapping of service personnel is an act against the state that will not go without consequences Recourse to the use of propaganda elements will not dissuade the Army from fulfilling its constitutional mandate Law abiding citizens of the Amangu community are also advised to conduct their legitimate business without panic as the military is always on the ground to protect lives and property he said Edited Source Credit NAN
Army debunks allegation of invasion of Abia community

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The Nigerian Army has debunked the allegation that 82nd Division troops invaded the Amangu community in Abia for the kidnapping of a soldier who was on official leave.

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Director of Public Relations of the Army

The Director of Public Relations of the Army, Brigadier General. Onyema Nwachukwu debunked the allegation in a statement Wednesday in Abuja.

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Nwachukwu said army authorities felt it necessary to clear the air about the incident considering the important nature of the allegation.

Bassey Ikunugwan

He said that the operations carried out in the area were to rescue a soldier, Sgt. Bassey Ikunugwan, who was officially on leave, but was abducted on November 2 from the Okwu-Ebem Ohafia road in Abia.

Indigenous Peoples of Biafra

According to him, on November 3, troops, acting on credible intelligence, embarked on a search and rescue operation in the village and forest of Amangu, a confirmed enclave of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Eastern Security Network. .

Nwachukwu said troops came into contact with members of proscribed armed groups during the operation, resulting in an exchange of fire.

Okon Aku

He added that another operation on November 4 in Okon Aku led to the murder of one of the criminals and the recovery of an AK 47 rifle with a magazine loaded with seven 7.62mm (Special) rounds and a mobile phone.

According to him, in a follow-up operation on November 5, the troops raided another enclave of the groups around the village of Amangu and neutralized two of the criminals, while some fled with gunshot wounds.

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“Troops recovered two locally made AK 47 rifles, four pump action pistols, one locally made pistol, one sniper rifle, six magazines, 13 7.62mm (NATO) cartridges and a motorcycle.

“Other items recovered from the dissidents are two CCTV cameras, a solar panel, flags, a walkie-talkie, two mobile phones, two Biafra anthem pamphlets, an INEC box, 12 masks, machetes, pairs of boots. combat and rain boot pairs

Other elements recovered are camouflage uniforms, a transistor radio, two jungle hats, two knee pads, a power bank, an INEC image capture machine and a PVC.

“Sadly, during these clashes, a soldier paid the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.

Nwachukwu said the Nigerian military will leave no stone unturned in the search for the kidnapped soldier.

Rules of Engagement

He ensured that all operations will be conducted within the scope of the law and in accordance with global best practices, the Rules of Engagement and the Code of Conduct that govern Army operations.

According to him, it should be clear to everyone that the criminal attack and kidnapping of service personnel is an act against the state that will not go without consequences.

“Recourse to the use of propaganda elements will not dissuade the Army from fulfilling its constitutional mandate.

“Law-abiding citizens of the Amangu community are also advised to conduct their legitimate business without panic as the military is always on the ground to protect lives and property,” he said.

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Source Credit: NAN

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