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Army confirms abduction of female officer in Imo

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The Army spokesman appealed to Imo people to provide credible and reliable information that could lead to the officer’s safe rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.

By Jeffrey Agbo

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The Nigerian Army has debunked the rumour that the newly-commissioned female officer, Lt. PP Johnson, who was abducted in Imo has been released.

Johnson was taken captive on December 26 while visiting her grandmother in Aku-Okigwe, Imo State, Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said on Friday in Abuja.

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According to him, the abduction took place shortly after the completion of her cadet training and subsequent commissioning as a lieutenant into the Nigerian Army.

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Nwachukwu stated that the , footage of her abduction emerged on social media where her captors claimed her abduction was in line with their fight for Biafra.

“The officer’s circumstance as a woman and a Nigerian citizen of South-Eastern extraction did not dissuade her abductors from dehumanising her in their mindless attempt to commit atrocities under the guise of fighting for Biafra,” he said.

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“This evidently is another pointer to the myriad 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 and ESN are terrorists.

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“They are masquerading as freedom fighters and do not deserve the support of anyone, particularly the good people of South-East Nigeria.

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“The Nigerian Army states that the information making the rounds that Lt. Johnson had been released or rescued from her abductors is unsubstantiated as the officer is yet to be released or rescued.”

Nwachukwu stressed that the , footage being circulated and associated with the rescue claim was an old , of the arrest of a suspect.

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“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 Nigerian Army.

“The Nigerian Army will leave no stone unturned in its effort to rescue the officer and bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.

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The Army spokesman appealed to Imo people to provide credible and reliable information that could lead to the officer’s safe rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.

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