Enugu: Maj Gen Umar Musa, erstwhile General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigerian Army Enugu has been replaced by Maj Gen Aminu S. Chinade.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.
The erstwhile GOC 82 Division, Musa was embroiled in several controversies with stakeholders and members of the civil society community in his area of jurisdiction asking for redeployment for complicity and ineffective handling of several cases of insecurity in the region.
For instance, in a report 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.“