The Nigerian Army has raised alarm over alleged planned revenge on its military personnel by the Indigenous People Of Biafra IPOB a few days after the military force shot about ten protesting members of the group on the 31st of March.
Abacityblog recalls that the IPOB members held a peaceful protest in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State demanding the release of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The protesters, in a video that had gone viral on social media, sang and danced along the streets of Aba, while demanding the release of their leader, Kanu who has been in DSS detention since June 2021.
According to Sahara reporters, in an internal memo passed to commanders, the army urged soldiers to be more wary of movements outside barracks.
They were also warned to watch their language in public and avoid making any inflammatory remarks that could escalate tensions.
The memo partly reads: “I am directed to inform All Officers and Men of the Command of a planned attack by the aggrieved group (IPOB) on security agencies in the South East. Intelligence revealed that the aggrieved group claimed that several of their members were killed in Abia on 31st March, 2023.
“To ensure your safety and security of our formation and officers; it is advisable to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
“It is also essential to watch your language in public spaces and avoid making any inflammatory remarks that could escalate tensions.
“Please follow the instructions given in the message, including remaining vigilant, carrying your rifles while on guard duty, and refraining from wearing your uniform outside of the office premises/ barracks.
“Please follow the instructions given to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Thank you for your continued dedication.”