28th November, 2021
The Nigerian Army, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, and the police command in Imo have dismissed social media reports of a clash between personnel of the two security agencies.
The Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Capt. Joseph Akubo and the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam both debunked the reports via a joint statement on Sunday.
They said there was no gun duel between personnel of the two agencies, and any reports to that effect remain false, malicious, and a product of the imagination of criminals.
They said that law enforcement and security agencies in Imo would continue to synergize so as to bring to book all criminals and halt their activities in the state.
The statement also called on Imo residents to ignore any sit-at-home order by any outlawed groups adding that security agencies would never get tired of protecting the lives and property of the people.
The statement reads:
“Please disregard as false the report making the rounds on some online media platforms of a gun duel between the personnel of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police in Owerri.
” No stone will be left unturned in ensuring that law-abiding citizens live in a conducive environment and carry out their daily routine without fear or intimidation by miscreants.
”We, therefore, call on all law-abiding citizens to ignore the illegal Monday sit at home call by the proscribed and irredentist Indigenous People of Biafra and its affiliate criminal group, the Eastern Security Network ESN.
”All security agencies in the state will continue to discharge their constitutional mandate and ensure that lives and property are well protected.”