Army Denies Asking Non-Indigenes To Quit Ibadan
THE Nigerian Army yesterday described as “absolute lies” reports that it has asked non-indigenes to vacate its land at Letmauck Barracks in Mokola, Ibadan, Oyo State. Rather, the Army said that in response to current and anticipated threats to security by Boko Haram insurgents, it identified terrorists who pose as food vendors, people doing menial work and destitute who are squatting on Nigerian Army lands and property to vacate immediately. Col. Anthony Antigha of the Directorate of Army Public Relations said in a statement that rather than obey the directive requesting squatters and other illegal occupants of Nigerian Army property to vacate, they have resorted to blackmail following the expiration of an ultimatum requesting them to vacate Nigerian Army land. “Rather than comply with the ultimatum which had been extended several times, squatters in Letmauck barracks have resorted to blackmail by alleging that the Nigerian Army has ordered them to leave Ibadan and return to their respective states. This is completely false. “The Nigerian Army has never directed anyone to vacate any part of this country.
It has become very necessary and urgent to make this clarification in order to prevent the willful misinterpretation of the intention of the Nigerian Army. Obviously, the squatters deliberately want to confuse a clear directive of the Nigerian Army with the purported discrimination against Nigerians in certain parts of the country. “Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard the blackmail perpetrated by these squatters, as the Nigerian Army is only evicting illegal occupants from its property in keeping with the demands of a recently concluded security assessment of military installations.