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query_builder October 12, 2017 15:21:30

By Gloria Anaeze

Onitsha, Oct. 12, 2017 -- The 82 Division, Nigerian Army has  described as ``silly and mischievous’’, publications trending in the social media, that the free medical services to people of South East is aimed at depopulating the region.

A release, signed by the Deputy Director, Public Relations 82 Div. Col. Musa Sagir, said the free medical outreach was not aimed at injecting people with Monkey Pox disease.

It said the exercise was part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) initiative of the force, as part of the ``Operation Python Dance 2,(Egwu Eke 2,)’’, deployed to the South East zone.

The zone is the primary area of responsibility of the 82 Division, NA and also the theatre of the exercise.

According to the statement, the free medical services in the region started on the Sept. 18, 2017 at Nkwaagu Community, Abakaliki Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State. 

The statement said at the commencement of the event, the Deputy Governor, Ebonyi State, Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe, chairman of Abakaliki LGA and some traditional rulers of benefiting community were there at the flag-off of the exercise by Chief of Army Staff, LT.-Gen. T. Y. Buratai.

It added that other areas that the programme was conducted include, Ovim, Isukwuato LGA of Abia State, Mbaise, Imo, Oji River, Enugu and now Ozubulu in Anambra.

The release also noted that in all the mentioned areas, there was no record, of incidences or complaints arising from the `noble humanitarian gesture of the Army’.

``The wicked, ill-motivated rumour/lies is the handiwork of unpatriotic elements’, who can go to any length to discredit the noble services of the Nigerian Army in the region, which will not succeed.

``The 82 Division NA wishes to thank all the good people of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo LGA including the Chairman Mr Ofordeme Ikenna and the Commissioner for Health, Anambra State Dr Akabuike who turned to grace the exercise,’’ the statement said.

It also expressed the appreciation of the Army to the Anambra State National Coordinator, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Dr Okafor for his support to the occasion.