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“When the fight ended in Orlu, the commander said anybody we see, we should fire” —Unidentified soldier

Soldier advised residents of Orlu town to relocate

An unidentified Nigerian soldier has, in an audio, leaked a shoot-at-sight order by his commander and advised residents of Orlu town in Imo State to relocate.

The soldier warned residents who cannot relocate to be vigilant as some personnel had allegedly been given a shoot-at-sight order in the ongoing battle with the Eastern Security Network (ESN) militants.

The soldier, who spoke pidgin English in an audio obtained by SaharaReporters, added that he would not carry out the plan.

He said that he has, therefore, been marked by the army commander to be arrested and possibly killed.

In the audio, the soldier said:

“They first carried us (deployed us) to Maiduguri (Borno State). Then, 25 of us came back hoping that the matter was ended.

“Then they carried us to 302 Artillery, Onitsha. All of us were inside the barracks in Onitsha till 12pm this afternoon.

“When the fight ended in Orlu, the commander now said anybody we see, we should fire them.

“I beg you, because of God, if your person is in Orlu, from now till Monday, try to inform them. Tell them to change the location for now.

“Immediately I left the barracks, the commander said I was going out to expose them and make sure they get me and kill me.

“See the cloth that I am putting on. I didn’t buy these clothes with my money, if you follow this line.

“I was given this cloth and I have kept my uniform.”

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