Nigerian Army had on Wednesday said the operation would pursue kidnappers, Badoo group and other criminal groups in the Southwest.
Director, Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, explained that the military operations – Egwu Eke II and Crocodile Smile II – are not directed at “any particular ethnic group or group of individuals”.
Reacting, Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin expressed concern within the planned deployment of troops.
He said, “There is no basis for it (troops deployment); there is peace in the South-West and calm in the South-South as of now except there are fifth columnists within the administration who just want to provoke crisis where there is none.
“If they say they are looking for kidnappers, even in the South-West, where they say they want to deploy troops, it was the police that arrested the notorious kidnapper, Evans. They arrested him without firing shots or carrying out any major operation, they simply used intelligence and arrested him.