THE Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, announced today that the South-East sit-at-home order had been lifted.
He made the remarks in Abuja during the COAS combined second and third quarter conference.
According to him, the threat was eliminated as a result of increased troop efforts in coordination with relevant partners.
“We have equally heightened our efforts in containing criminalities perpetrated in the South East Region by the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network. Through Operation Udoka, our troops have, in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, put an end to the infamous sit-at-home order that has almost crippled socio-economic activities in the Region,” Lagbaja said.
“Law-abiding citizens of the region now go about their businesses and everyday life. Similarly, our joint efforts with various government agencies have quelled attempts by criminals to disrupt economic activities in the South West region.”
Concerning insurgency, the army chief stated that Boko Haram and other terrorists’ operations have been curbed, adding that residents of the troubled areas have begun economic activity in the states.
He also stated that the Nigerian Army has formed Special Forces groups to combat insecurity across the country.
Meanwhile, Lagbaja promised that the welfare of soldiers and their families would be prioritized under his leadership.
“In addition to providing befitting living quarters for our personnel, we shall ensure the newly introduced ‘Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers Scheme’ designed to provide affordable and high-quality post-service homes for our soldiers,” Lagbaja said.
The original purpose of the sit-in was to seek the release of pro-Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu from prison.
However, the move, which has recently taken on deadly dimensions, has severely harmed the region’s economy and resulted in the loss of lives and property.