The southeastern region has been characterized in recent times by the unlawful activities of the unknown gunmen that have been allegedly associated with the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and their agitations. Recall that there have been series of attacks both on the lives and properties of southeast residents which have caused fear, panic, and anxiety in the region.
First of all, the IPOB group had mandated a compulsory weekly sit-at-home exercise to protest the detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is currently facing charges before the federal high court in Abuja. This IPOB sit-at-home order has been characterized by violence on residents on the southeast who had disobeyed the sit-at-home. There have been reports of harassment on residents of the southeast with a typical example being when a trailer loaded with motorcycle spare parts was set ablaze in Enugu State, and this attack led to the loss of innocent lives.
Consequently, there have also been series of attacks within the region like the recent attack that led to the killing of Dr. Chike Akunyili and his driver. There have also been incessant attacks on police stations and even INEC facilities which have been feared could lead to low participation of electorates in the forthcoming Anambra State gubernatorial election. These are just a few out of the nefarious attacks that have occurred in the region.
Hence, peace and security are set to be restored to the southeast with the recent announcement of the Nigerian Army. According to a report, the Nigerian Army is to flag off new training and operational exercises in four geo-political zones of the country beginning today 4th of October 2023. The reason for this military exercise is to checkmate rising insecurity across the country and curtail the activities of kidnappers and bandits.
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According to the statement released by the Nigerian military, one of the military operational exercises is the exercise Golden Dawn Ihich is replacing the exercise Python Dance for the South East.
Therefore, this is indeed a piece of goodnews to residents of the southeast who have lived in fear and panic over some time. It has been recorded in past times that the tactical approach of the Nigerian Military has always yielded positive results. This is also a call to residents of the southeast not to panic due to the presence of the military because the military is there to tackle only those with criminal activities and not innocent residents of the region.
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