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.
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.
Sequel to the launch, soldiers had
mounted roadblocks 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 allegedly 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
“However, we are going to hold the
South East governors responsible if anything 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.
“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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, IPOB has lambasted
former chief security officer to late Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha for saying that the Igbo were not
united during the Ojukwu memorial ceremony in Owerri last weekend.
The Igbo are united with IPOB for
this fight for the restoration of Biafra even the riverine areas of Biafra are
united with the quest for the liberation of Biafra and no going back.
“We IPOB also want to let Al
Mustapha know that we condemn the statement credited to him that poverty was
high in the South East and South South. We are not a poor tribe but we want to
inform him that if we have poverty in our land up to 20 per cent, he should
know that the whole of North have 80 per cent poverty in their own place, so,
he cannot compare South East with the North in any aspect of life.
“The Igbo are very strong and hardworking
people and they can adapt to any condition you might bring to them and they
will get Biafra with the wide knowledge they have without a gun again,”