The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has disclosed that the sit-at-home order imposed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South-East has ended. He made this revelation Tuesday during the COAS combined second and third-quarter conference.
He said, “We have equally heightened our efforts in containing criminalities perpetrated in the South East region by the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network. Through Operation Udoka, our troops have, in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, put an end to the infamous sit-at-home order that has almost crippled socio-economic activities in the region.
“Law-abiding citizens of the region now go about their business and everyday life. Similarly, our joint efforts with various government agencies have quelled attempts by criminals to disrupt activities in the South-West region”
Speaking on progress made in the fight against Boko Haram, the COAS said, “It is heart-warming to note that our activities in Operation Hadin Kai in the North East have effectively curtailed Boko Haram and other terrorist activities in the region.
“Overall, our efforts have resulted in the large-scale surrender of members of the terrorist groups and the submission of a large cache of arms and ammunition.
“The good people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states are steadily picking up their livelihood as the military, in collaboration with the government, is helping to restore governance to the hitherto deprived areas.”
He further revealed that the Nigerian Army has set up several Special Forces units nationwide with the view of tackling different forms of criminalities across the country.