The Nigerian Army has placed its 82 Division troops in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria, on high alert after a reported recent clash between the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, and Igbo Youths, said to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Emene, Enugu.
The said clash reportedly claimed many lives, including two DSS officers said to be on patrol before they were allegedly attacked by IPOB members holding a meeting in the area.
Fearing reprisal, the army authorities asked troops to avoid going out alone in uniform outside the barracks to avoid attack by IPOB members.
The army gave the warning in a signal dispatched to different formations and unit commanders.
It further warned soldiers not to lose their weapons to criminal elements, adding that commanders must sensitive their men to maintain high alert.
The signal read, “Following the killing of two DSS personnel at Emene and subsequent attack on Keystone Station at Awgu LGA by suspected IPOB members in Enugu State, I am directed to place troops on a high state of alert.
“This is necessary to avert any attack by IPOB members on troops location in the AOR (area of responsibility). Furthermore, on no account must troops allow their weapons to be taken away by criminal elements.
“Commanders at all levels must make deliberate efforts to sensitise troops under command to maintain alertness and avoid individual movement in uniforms outside the barracks for now. Please treat very important and act.”