The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has ordered for an immediate crackdown on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over threat to disrupt the forthcoming elections in the South East.
Speaking at the Chief of Army Staff Operations Conference, in Abuja, Mr Buratai said the Nigerian Army was working closely with the Police and other security agencies to ensure an enabling environment for the citizens to exercise their civic rights.
In order to achieve that, the chief of army staff added that he had ordered smooth execution of Operation Safe Conduct, which he noted, was aimed at assisting in the smooth conduct of the coming elections.
Mr Buratai also disclosed that the Nigerian Army had information at its disposal 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 that these detractors must immediately mend their ways.
“The activities of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra and their splinter groups in the South Eastern part of the country is gaining momentum as the group is threatening to disrupt the 2019 electoral process.
“Their excesses must therefore be clamped down immediately.”
He added:”Furthermore, the political clashes in Taraba State and a few other states call for enhanced liaison between commanders, the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in order to de-escalate tension as quickly as possible.”