The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, said the launch of “Operation Python Dance” by the Nigerian Army was a plot by the Federal Government and the governors of the South-East zone to wipe out all its members in the zone.

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) protests in Onitsha.

It demanded immediate withdrawal of the army in the South East.

The army had while launching the operation in Awka, Anambra State noted that its area of target were armed robbery, kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clashes, communal clashes and secessionist groups in the zone. The army warned that it would not hesitate to apply the rule of engagement to deploy troops on internal security operations and deal with secessionists and others as appropriate.

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Sequel to the launch, soldiers had mounted road blocks at strategic points and also patrolled roads and communities in the zone.

The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, condemned the deployment of army in the zone after they alegedly shot and killed its members during its anniversary and in Aba during a prayer session this year.

“The Federal Government and the defence headquarters have stationed military in every part of the South East to eliminate  IPOB members and Biafra agitators in the South South and South East zones.

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“However, we are going to hold the South East governors responsible if any thing happens to any person in the region because the Federal Government and the Nigeria defence headquarters cannot afford to bring the military equipment to the South East without the consent of state governors.

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“More so, in Abia State they perfected the killing of unarmed IPOB members on February 9, 2016 in Aba and dumped their bodies at the borrow pit in Anambra State,  they perfected the killing on August 30, 2015 at Uga junction and  May 30, 2016 during the remembrance of Biafra heroes at Nkpor and gave them mass burial, feeling that they will go scot free,” Powerful alleged.

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“We are not in a military era and the governors should let them know this and tell the Federal Government to remove all the military men and equipment stationed in the South East, whether they call it operation python dance or what? We must hold them responsible for these atrocities committed in our land.

“We are calling on the international community and other relevant human rights organisations in the world to take note.  because our lives are in danger.”

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