The Nigerian army, worried over the rising cases of attacks on its personnel and other innocent Nigerians by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) terrorists in the Southeast, have sent warning to them that the officers will soon launch forceful counter-attack.
A military intelligence operative who pleaded anonymity said: “very soon, we will unveil strategies on curtailments that will address the current embarrassing situation once the people in the affected communities cooperate with us.”
It was learnt that the anxiety of the military has been heightened after the beheading of a Local Government Chairman in Imo State, on Sunday, by suspected IPOB terrorists who have repeatedly boasted that they won’t allow elections to hold in the southeast zone.
In the video showing the beheading of the Sole Administrator of Ideato North local government area, Christopher Ohizu, the gunmen said: “Hope (Uzodinma, the state governor), hope you have seen this man kneeling here. You know this man. The way I am killing this man is the way I am going to kill you. You think hiring soldiers will save you.
“We are a group of people that see what is happening in the land and we are saying no. We must fight to make sure that Biafra is restored. Biafra must be restored. As far as the Eastern region is concerned no election.”
The video that went viral saw Ohizu whose hands were tied backward in a thick forest putting on only trousers and was filmed by the gunmen while slaughtering him.
It can be recalled that even after collecting a ransom of N6 million from the victim’s family, they also set Ohizu’s houses ablaze.
The Nigerian Military top brass responded to a series of atrocities being perpetrated by unknown gunmen in the Southeast, by expressing worry on the worsening security situation in the region, stressing that drastic measures might be taken to curtail the excesses of the terrorists.
“It is disturbing that while our troops are working to ensure peace and security in the society, the gunmen not only abduct their own people they also attack our personnel and destroy other facilities.”