Soldiers Patrol Ebonyi Over Possible Politically Motivated Crises

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“Based on credible intelligence of likely impending politically motivated violence in the build up to elections/electioneering campaigns by contending parties/actors, troops of Sector 4, in 24 Support Engineer Regiment AOR, – Ebonyi State, have jointly been conducting robust patrols in major identified flashpoints across the state.” Col Sagir Musa (Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army)

The Nigerian Army has revealed that the patrolling of major flashpoints in Ebonyi State is consequent to credible security reports of likely politically motivated violence in the buildups towards next month’s general elections in the state.

Making this known yesterday, in a statement, the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col Sagir Musa said that, “Based on credible intelligence of likely impending politically motivated violence in the build up to elections/electioneering campaigns by contending parties/actors, troops of Sector 4, in 24 Support Engineer Regiment AOR, – Ebonyi State, have jointly been conducting robust patrols in major identified flashpoints across the state.

“Consequently, there is an increased presence of security agencies on patrols and snap checkpoints in some areas such as Afikpo, Ekpoamaka, Alike Achara and Nwankpa communities in Afikpo and Ikwo LGAs of the state. “Similarly, key areas like Ikwo junction, Enugu road, Presco Roundabout and Vanco Water Works, witnessed an increased presence of security personnel.

“These efforts are aimed to provide a conducive environment for socio-economic and political activities by proactively checkmating anticipated crisis before, during and after the 2019 general elections in line with the directive of the Chief of Army Staff.”

According to Musa, the deployment of soldiers on the Operation Python Dance 111 (Egwu Eke 111) to the troubled area was aimed at ensuring peace before, during and after the election period.

 

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