According to Vanguard’s report on the story, Deputy Director, Army Relation and Information of the 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa said no soldiers were deployed to the home of Nnamdi Kanu.
Col Musa said this while he visited the Abia State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) which was attacked by some soldiers.
Speaking of the damage caused by the overzealous soldiers, he said the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Maj. Gen. Adamu Baba Abubakar sent him to tender an apology to the Journalist even as he promised that the soldiers involved in the act would be fished out and sanctioned appropriately.
“It is regrettable that this ugly incident happened to a group of people I have known and worked with since 2010-2011 when kidnapping was at its peak in the state and I would not want that cordial relationship to be spoilt.
“I am in Umuahia on behalf of my boss Mag. Gen. Adamu Baba Abubakar who is the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Enugu, to express our concern over what happened today (yesterday) which is not the normal way we operate.
“I want to assure you that all those who took part in the action against journalists will be fished out and dealt accordingly. The Operation Egwu Eke (Python Dance) will commence from 15th of September to 14th of October and the exercise is not targeted at any group.
“The exercise is targeted at all security flash points in the entire South East geopolitical zone which is the reason behind the army show of force; particularly it is targeted at kidnappings, armed robbery, cultism, insurgency and session agitators”.
Musa further emphasized that there was no military siege at the home of the IPOB leader adding that the Egwu Eke operations were not targeted at Nnamdi Kanu or any person or group.
In response to the clarification, the Vice Chairman of the Council, Ezeogo Boni Okoro responded that it was a shame that the military would invade the NUJ State Secretariat over a flimsy excuse that journalists were taking pictures of the show of force convoy.
Okoro said his Ipad was smashed, gun cocked at him and phone of his colleagues were likewise damaged. He then called out that the those involved in this act should be disciplined adequately.