We will not withdraw troops from Abia state – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army have condemned the press conference released by the Abia state governor that the Nigerian Army will remove troops from the Abia state today Friday. Nigeria Army have said we will not withdraw troops from Abia State.

We will not withdraw troops from Abia state – Nigerian Army

The army, in a statement issued at about 12:42 a.m on Friday, advised Nigerians to disregard the statement by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu which gave the impression that it was withdrawing its troops from the exercise codenamed “Operation Python Dance II.”

“It’s not true that we are withdrawing the troops,” the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said in the statement.

The Governor of Abia State, Mr. Ikpeazu, had said on Thursday that the army from Friday would commence a gradual withdrawal of troops from the streets of Abia.

“This (the governor’s remark) should not be misconstrued as withdrawing of troops earmarked for Exercise EGWU EKE II,” Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said, adding that “The General Officer Commanding 82 Division has not said such thing.”

The army said the exercise will commence as scheduled and would run till the end of the year.

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