Tension in Ebonyi as army commences ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’
There is tension in the capital city of Ebonyi State, following the activation of the military exercise code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Smile VI,’ by the Nigerian army. The latter had launched their annual exercise on October 20, 2020 until December 31, 2020; to “identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace”.
A report obtained by Obinwannem News reveals that the State capital is currently uneasy as the army has laid siege in Onu-Ebonyi and other parts of the town, shooting sporadically, and harassing civilians going their normal activities.
“The city is gradually turning to a ghost town as many civilians are abandoning their businesses to seeking refuge in their various villages due to military occupation of the salt city,” the report says.
The report continued by stating that, “movement of vehicles has eventually ceased in Abakaliki, following the quagmire that emanated from the series of army, and police attacks; and killings of the unarmed #ENDSARS protesters across the State.
The protest, aimed at ending police brutality, and by extension bad governance in Nigeria, kicked off in Edo state; and advanced to several parts of Nigeria.
“Just yesterday, Monday, October 26, 2020, the Nigeria army and police opened gun fire on the innocent #Endsars protesters very close to Central Police Station at Inyimagu in Abakaliki. Not less than five protesters were shot dead by the soldiers; scores sustaining gun wounds.”
Confidential information from a reliable source has it that the Nigeria government has concluded arrangements to deploy thousands of soldiers to the Eastern part of the country (Biafraland), including Ebonyi where they had started operations, “to unleash mayhem on the innocent citizens that have committed no crime apart from seeking better future for themselves and their future lives”.
Meanwhile, the police had attacked some EndSARS protesters in Abaiiliki yesterday, an act that made the protesters to set ablaze, the Abakiliki central police station.
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Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News