Military To Launch Major Operations Against “Insurgency” In South-East


The military is set to launch a major offensive operation in the south-east according to TheCable.

 This comes as a result of the violence taking place in the region. There has been a sustained campaign of arson on government buildings and killing of police officers in the south-east and parts of south-south since the turn of the year. 

Targeted are offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), police stations, prisons and police checkpoints. 

Multiple security sources informed TheCable that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the security agencies the marching order to curtail what many Nigerians fear is a descent to anarchy.

Nigeria is expecting delivery of some military equipment, including fighter jets, from the US this month. TheCable understands that police operations have also been rejigged in the south-east ahead of the offensive, with three deputy commissioners of police and squadrons of anti-riot police being deployed per state. 

Buhari warned on Tuesday that whoever wants the destruction of the system “will soon have the shock of their lives .

We’ve given them enough time”.Making reference to the Civil War of 1967-1970 when the declaration of Biafra was resisted by the Nigerian government, Buhari said he was going to be very hard to restore peace.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later,” he added. 

Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour, has hinted at the impending security offensive, tweeting on Tuesday: “I hope some elites who couldn’t find their voices to rein in their wards when their region burnt, will not suddenly find their voices against Mr. President!

Those who screamed that it’s Mr. President’s duty to maintain law & order should NOT try to teach him how to do his job now.”

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