The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, has allayed the fear of Nigerians living in the Southeastern part of the country over possible infiltration of the region by members of the Boko Haram sect.
He said that the few security threats recorded in the region may not be the handiwork of the insurgents, who have maintained a stronghold in some parts of Northeast Nigeria.
The COAS, who made this known during his visit to the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, as part of his familiarization tour of 82 Division, Enugu, on Thursday, noted that the two incidents in Imo and Abia States allegedly linked to the terrorist group may have been the handiwork of some mischievous elements within the zone, who wanted to take advantage of the insurgency in the country to foment trouble.
“What happened at the Winners Chapel Church in Imo and the arrest made in Abia cannot be totally blamed on the insurgents because some mischievous elements can be making bombs to cause trouble and make it look like Boko Haram.
“Some elements within the states may want to cause problem, some mischief makers might want to take advantage of the insurgency in the country to foment trouble but the Military is ready to check all forms of security threat”, Minimah said.
The Army Chief, who seized the opportunity to commission the modern officers’ mess at the barracks, affirmed that his tour to all the army divisions across the country would help strengthen the morale of his men as well as provide ideas for the protection of the nation.