Army Chief Tukur Buratai orders immediate crackdown on IPOB

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Ahead of the coming general elections which starts on February 16, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has ordered instant and total crackdown on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

IPOB, a group in the South Eastern part of Nigeria demanding an independent state of Biafra, has continued to call on its members and the people from the region to boycott the coming general elections.

Buratai who spoke at the Chief of Army Staff Operations Conference in Abuja on Monday, said the Army had hint that there were subversive motives by “some unpatriotic groups aided by foreign conspirators to scuttle the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections in some parts of the country.” He, therefore, warned “such detractors to immediately mend their ways”.

Buratai also announced that the army had launched Operation Safe Conduct to ensure a successful conduct of the coming elections.

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According to him, the Nigerian Army is currently working closely with the “Nigeria Police and other security agencies to ensure an enabling environment for the good citizens of the country to exercise their civic rights.”

He said, “In this regard, GOCs and field commanders at all levels are to deal decisively with any form of security breach.”

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