The Commanding Officer of the Army 14 Brigade Ohafia, Brigadier General Lawrence Fejokwu is quoted as saying that the Army has concluded plan to relocate its command headquarters to the city in order to contain protest by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB).
According to statement made at 144 Battalion, Asa, Ukwa West, Fejokwu stated as follows:
“I have gone around to familiarize myself with my location and men. My decision is that Aba have continued to be a hot spot especially on the activities of IPOB and MASSOB and the issue of kidnapping. To this effect, I have decided to, after due clearance with my boss, the GOC, to relocate our tactical headquarters from Ohafia to Aba to see how far we can go in arresting the situation.
“In doing so, I urge the IPOB and MASSOB to rescind their decision to bear arms and stop acts of violence and channel their grievances to the appropriate authorities.”
On the reports of the killing of pro-Biafra protester who gather at Ngwa High School area, Brigadier Fejokwu said, “We did our own investigation and discovered that no soldier was involved in shooting IPOB and MASSOB members.”
“I don’t mind dialoging with the pro Biafra groups if that will bring peace. If they want to pray; at the end of it, they should quietly go back to their houses. But in a situation where prayers lead to procession which will disturb the peace of the state, no security agency will sit and watch that happen. We will continue to appeal to them to tow the path of peace. As at today, there is no pro Biafra protester in our custody.”