The Nigeria Army is set to launch a major offensive operation in the south-east according to Infoxclusive
This is a result of the violence taking place in the region.
Recall that lately there has been a destruction of government buildings and killing of police officers in the south-east and parts of south-south.
The most targeted are offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), prisons, police stations, and police checkpoints.
Many securities closed sources has informed Infoxclusive that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Nigerian military the marching order to put a stop to what many Nigerians fear is a descent to anarchy.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has recruited over 50,000-foot soldiers, as it were, into its Eastern Security Network (ESN) and stockpiled arms, most of which were stolen from police armoury during the End SARS protests,” a security operative told TheCable.
“They have been bringing in arms through Cameroon in partnership with the Ambazonia Governing Council, the separatist movement in Southern Cameroon. IPOB sends at least 2,000 men and women to Cameroon for training on weapon handling every week.”
Another top security official said IPOB has stockpiled “bottle bombs”, locally made explosive devices, Pump Action rifles “as well as swords”. wounded in previous attacks, operations of IPOB camps, doctors treating wounded colleagues, installation of CCTV camera at their training camps in Udi, Emene and Nsukka and how to attack police cells.
“This is warfare,” the security operative added.
The Indigenous people of Biafra has denied being violent in their separatist campaign, but it has also said it assembles arms and ammunition locally.
Nigeria is expecting delivery of some military equipment, including fighter jets, from the US this month.
Infoxclusive understands that police operations have also been rejected in the southeast ahead of the offensive, with three deputy commissioners of police and squadrons of anti-riot police being deployed per state.
Buhari warned on Tuesday that whoever wants the destruction of the system “will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time”.
Buhari Making reference to the Civil War of 1967-1970 when the declaration of Biafra was resisted by the Nigerian government, said it was going to be very hard to restore peace in the country especially in the southern part of Nigeria.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later,” he added.
Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour, has hinted at the impending security offensive, tweeting on Tuesday: “I hope some elites who couldn’t find their voices to rein in their wards when their region burnt, will not suddenly find their voices against Mr President! Those who screamed that Mr President has to maintain law & order should NOT try to teach him how to do his job now.”
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