The Imo State Government has urged residents of the state not to panic over the heavy presence of soldiers in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, assured that the military officers who were in the state for the 2022 Army Day celebration were of no threat whatsoever to the residents.
He said the event would last for one week.
In a statement issued in Owerri, Emelumba said the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, thanked the army for choosing to hold the event in Owerri because of its security, social and economic benefits to the state.
The commissioner noted that though the army had a week ago informed Nigerians of their impending presence in Imo, some residents were still apprehensive.
He, therefore, urged such people not to be afraid as the military was on a legitimate assignment in the state for the overall benefit of the country in general and Imo people in particular.
He also urged all residents to go about their legitimate duties without any fear of molestation