Maj-Gen Umar Musa, Controversial 82 Division GOC, Replaced

By NewsBits

Maj Gen Umar Musa, erstwhile General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu has been replaced by Maj Gen Aminu S. Chinade. Before this redeployment, Chinade was GOC, 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan.

NewsBits learnt that the immediate past GOC 82 Division, Musa was reportedly entangled in a series of controversies with stakeholders and members of the civil society community in his area of jurisdiction demanding his urgent redeployment for purported complicity and ineffective handling of several cases of insecurity in the region.

In a report, for instance, published on December 24, 2022, Sahara Reporters quoted this allegation from the Indegenius Peoples of Biafra (IPOB):

“From eyewitnesses’ accounts, Nigerian soldiers invaded the community and destroyed the gate leading to the community and beat up some people. Soon after the Nigeria military destroyed the community’s gate, Fulani herdsmen armed to the teeth invaded the community, killing, burning, and looting properties.

“The Nigeria Army Commander of 82 Division Enugu State, Major Musa Umar, deployed the soldiers who created a way for the terrorists to invade a peaceful community. This military commander has been intimidating and killing the people of Biafra and IPOB members more especially the people of Eha Amufu, for resisting Fulani takeover of their ancestral land.”

“IPOB therefore stated that the general public should ask the Nigerian Army why they destroyed the keys used to lock the community’s gate before the Fulani herdsmen invaded the community.”

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