The Nigerian Army has reacted to an online video showing armed military officers humiliating civilians believed to be supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu at a check point in Abia State.
In a statement by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division Nigerian Army, Sagir Musa, on Thursday, the army said it was investigating the incident and if indeed its officials were involved in the act, they will be punished.
“The issue is being investigated with the view to ascertaining the source and the actors in the clip. Our Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement are quite clear and any officer or soldier that infringed on any of such directive if found guilty, will face the full wrath of the military justice system,” said the statement.
The 82 Division, however, added that is aware of the planned misinformation and propaganda scheme by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which allegedly intends release pre-recorded video clips to discredit the Nigerian Army and cause disaffection in the country.
“We would like to inform the public that 82 Division is also aware of the planned misinformation and propaganda arrangement by the secessionists, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). They intend to churn out pre-recorded video clips aimed at discrediting the Nigerian Army, causing disaffection among the citizens of this country. They will be using bogus, manipulated and photo-shopped photographs as well as video clips. The public should be wary of such mischief, scrutinize and report same to the Nigerian Army or any of security agencies,” the Army division warned.
It assured members of the public of adequate security in its area of operational responsibility, particularly the entire South East, saying it will not condone any act of indiscipline in the conduct of our operations and training exercises.
“We do not condone any act of indiscipline in the conduct of our operations and training exercises. Any claim of rights violation would be investigated and when confirmed, appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the erring personnel,” the 82 Division further warned.