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Army denies constructing Ruga settlement in Enugu

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
13 October 2021   |   1:51 pm
The Nigerian Army has denied allegations that it is constructing a Ruga settlement at Igbo-etiti community, Udi local government council, Enugu State. It stated that those making the speculations were doing so to cause disharmony, stressing that the construction in the community was a training facility. Army's Acting Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Enugu,…

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The Nigerian Army has denied allegations that it is constructing a Ruga settlement at Igbo-etiti community, Udi local government council, Enugu State.

It stated that those making the speculations were doing so to cause disharmony, stressing that the construction in the community was a training facility.

Army’s Acting Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Enugu, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, urged members of the public to discountenance the report said to have emanated from a radio station.

He said, “The 82 Division Nigerian Army has noted with utmost concern, a baseless allegation aired through an outlawed online radio that the Division of the Nigerian Army is currently constructing a Ruga Settlement at Igbo-Etiti community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State.

“Though this inciting broadcast emanates from a source bereft of any credibility whatsoever, there is need however to present the facts clearly for the sake of posterity. It must be emphasised that Nigerian Army Engineers are not constructing any Ruga Settlement in any part of Nigeria.

“Rather, the Engineers are currently constructing a military training facility at Igbo-Etiti Community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State. Upon completion, the facility will accommodate troops during training and aid to improve their efficiency in protecting law abiding citizens across the South East. Any counter narrative aired on the project is a malicious falsehood aimed at inciting the public against the Nigerian Army.

“Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard such untrue and false information emanating from this aforementioned media or any information source. The Nigerian Army remains a credible institution that unites the country and has no place for ethno-religious sentiments.

“We shall continue to carry out our constitutional tasks objectively across the country and remain totally apolitical.”