… says rescue mission ongoing
By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, has on Friday ,said its female officer Lieutenant PP Johnson who was earlier abducted by the criminal elements in the South Eastern Nigeria was not yet rescued from her captivity as wrongly reported on the media space.
Lieutenant Johnson was unfortunately abducted by the Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed security wing Eastern Security Network on Monday, 26 December 2022 while visiting her grandmother in Aku-Okigwe in Imo state shortly after completion of her Cadet training and subsequent commissioning as a Lieutenant into the Nigerian Army.
The Director, while making the clarification on Friday, debunked the claims circulating on the social media that the female officer was rescued by troops.
According to him, there was an ongoing rescue mission to rescue Lieutenant Johnson from her abductors
Recall that there was a video report on social media indicating the abduction of the female officer where the abductors claimed their criminal act was in line with their fight for Biafra against the Nigerian State.
“It is instructive that the officer’s circumstance as a woman and a Nigerian citizen of South Eastern extraction did not dissuade her abductors from dehumanizing her in their mindless attempt to commit atrocities under the guise of fighting for Biafra.
“This evidently is another pointer to the myriads of crimes being unleashed by IPOB/ ESN on Ndigbo, the very people they claim to be fighting for their emancipation.
“It should therefore be crystal clear to those who are still in doubt of the true status of these groups, that IPOB/ESN are terrorists, masquerading as freedom fighters and do not deserve the support of anyone particularly the good people of South East Nigeria.” Nwachukwu stated.
He noted that the information making the rounds is unsubstantiated as the officer is yet to be released or rescued from her abductors. Likewise, the video footage being circulated and associated with the rescue claim is an old video of the arrest of a suspect earlier effected by troops.
“Much as we appreciate the concern and goodwill of the general public for her safe rescue, we also wish to note that the information on the rescue of the officer did not emanate from the Nigerian Army.
“The Nigerian Army will leave no stone unturned in its effort to rescue the officer and bring the perpetrators to book. We appeal to the general public to provide credible and reliable information that could lead to her safe rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.” He adds.