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Army debunks claims of mass killing in South-East

THE Nigerian Army today, refuted reports of mass killings by its forces in Nigeria’s South-East geopolitical zone.

Simon Ekpa, a self-proclaimed leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), stated there was widespread murders.

However, the Director of Army Public Relations, major General Onyema Nwachukwu, refuted this in a statement, saying that, contrary to Ekpa’s accusations, which have gone viral on social media, the Nigerian Army conducted a comprehensive investigation and discovered no evidence to corroborate the allegations.

General Nwachukwu further stated that the troops in the video clip are from the Nigerian Navy, not the Army, and were conducting a routine test firing of a weapon system.

Ekpa had raised an alert in a viral video, stating that Nigerian Army personnel were mass slaughtering innocent Igbos and dumping them in a river.

General Nwachukwu further emphasized that the incident occurred in the South-West zone, not the South East, and that there was no proof of anyone being shot or killed in the river.

Last Thursday, the Army reported that non-state actors from IPOB’s armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), brutally murdered five soldiers in Abia State.

When the troops were slain, it was said that non-state actors were implementing a sit-at-home order throughout the South East.

Both Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo President Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is now incarcerated, have distanced themselves from the troops’ death.

The military has promised to respond against the action.

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