The Defence Headquarters on Friday assured Nigerians of maximum security wherever they reside in the country, advising that they should not panic over the threat of eviction issued by some Arewa youths and its likely backlash because it was on top of the nation’s security situation.
But it advised the general public In its first reaction to the notice to Igbos to quit the north by October 1 from some Arewa youths two weeks ago, the Defence Headquarters, in a statement released to the media by the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, however requested the general public to immediately report any cases of threats to security of lives and property by individuals or group of persons in any part of the country.
The statement said the reassurance of the military came against the backdrop of series of enquiries from some members of the general public following recent threats to the country’s corporate existence.
The statement reads: “There have been so many requests in the recent past, to know from the Military about the safety of Nigerians living in parts of the country, other than their aboriginal habitats.
“As such, it behoves on the Defence Headquarters to reassure the general public that all lives and property in Nigeria are secured and safe at any location they reside.
“Thus, the Armed Forces of Nigeria are constantly on surveillance and in collaboration with other security agencies to curb acts capable of distorting the peace.
“Members of the general public are requested to immediately report suspicious movements and any act that points to creating any situation of insecurity to lives and property to the nearest security agency.
“Other means, such as the Nigerian Army Call Centre, short-code 193 and email: email@example.com should be readily utilised.
“The Armed Forces hereby reaffirms its commitment to protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians living in any part of the country.
“Therefore, all should go about their normal life wherever they are living without fear or intimidation.”