The Nigerian Army (NA) on Friday said a female soldier, Lieutenant PP Johnson who was abducted by some so-called ‘Unknown Gunmen’ and taken to a forest in Nigeria’s southeast region is yet to be released or rescued.
A statement by Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, sent to POLITICS NIGERIA, said Thursday’s information on the purported rescue of the soldier did not emanate from it.
It added that a video showing the arrest of the alleged suspects is old.
The statement by Nwachukwu reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to some publications circulating in the social media insinuating the rescue of Lieutenant PP Johnson, a female officer who was abducted 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.
“A video footage of her abduction had emerged in the social media where her abductors claimed her abduction 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.
“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 NA.”