The Nigerian Army, on Friday, refuted claims that the abducted female military officer was rescued by the police.
Recall that Lt P.P. Johnson, a female military officer, was abducted by unknown gunmen, on December 26, 2022, while visiting her grandmother, in Aku-Okigwe, in Imo State.
The video of her abduction and torture went viral with a background voice warning all Igbo in the Nigerian Army to resign or face abduction soon.
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However, after it was reported that the abducted female officer was rescued by men of the Nigeria Police.
But, Director of the Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement he issued, on Friday, said no rescue had been made yet, as search operations were already in progress.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to some publications circulating on 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.”
According to the statement, the action of these heartless beings should therefore be crystal clear to those who were 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.
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He said the Nigeria Army noted that the information making the rounds was unsubstantiated as the officer was yet to be released or rescued from her abductors.
Gen. Nwachukwu also said the video footage being circulated and associated with the rescue claim was an old video of the arrest of a suspect earlier effected by troops, adding that the information on the rescue of the officer did not emanate from the Army.
The statement, while pleading with members of the public with useful information about her location to volunteer information, noted that the Army would leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to book.