The Nigerian army has refuted media reports that they manhandled and arrested a number of women during a meeting of a section of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group.
The army said its men on patrol in the area that the said meeting was happening had confirmed that no such incident as manhandling or arrest took place on Friday.
Most local media sources and pictures circulating on social media suggested that the women who were meeting to protest in Abiriba, located in the southern Abia State had been dispersed by some soldiers, hence their decision to undress and walk the street.
The allegation, just like others before it, is false, sheer IPOB’s propaganda to discredit the Nigerian Army, which at the moment, they will not succeed.
The army in a response to the claims by IPOB described the claims as a false and criminal representation, adding that the group only wanted cheap propaganda to discredit the army.
“Let me make it clear that the drama and the allegation that followed were deliberately staged by IPOB. The allegation, just like others before it, is false, sheer IPOB’s propaganda to discredit the Nigerian Army, which at the moment, they will not succeed,’‘ Col Sagir Musa, an army spokesman said.
South Africa has deported 90 Nigerians on Friday for committing immigration-related offences.
The 90 deportees were dropped off from Johannesburg by a South African Airways flight at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) confirms.
The Lagos Airport Police spokesperson DSP Joseph Alabi told NAN that most of the all-male deportees were living in South Africa without valid documents.
This is the second mass deportation after a February 28 exercise when 97 Nigerians including two females were deported from South Africa, NAN reports.
There is a growing number of Nigerian communities in South Africa. Some of them have suffered a series of xenophobic attacks in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria since 2008.
The attackers blame the Nigerians and other African nationals of involving in criminal activities in the country.
Mass deportation of Africans within the continent is rare.
This month, 258 Nigerians returned home from crisis-hit Libya as part of a voluntary repatriation exercise facilitated by the Nigerian government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
253 migrants had been repatriated earlier in April.