Limit of Pythons’ Dance In Abia
Nigeria News take a look at the operation of the Nigerian Army, Operation Pythons Dance II in Abia State.
Operation Pythons Dance II of the Nigerian Army has agreed to leave Abia State, according to the State Governor Okesie Ikpeazu.
This will douse the tension in the state and of course recede the agitation of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in the area.
The hostility that began between the soldiers and members of IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia about five days ago threw the residents in disarray and crippled the commercial activities in Abia State.
The state Government had to declare two-day-curfew to stabilize law and order as it appealed to the army to discharge their duty without infringing on the rights of the citizens.
Kanu had alleged that the soldiers invaded his residence and shot at some of his members, an allegation the Nigerian Army had since denied.
However, a footage went viral on social media on Wednesday showing how the troops allegedly manhandled some innocent citizens. Another footage also depicted the illegal activities of IPOB members waylaying innocent citizens and attacking them along ethnic lineage.
The irate IPOB members set ablaze a police station in the process while in Port Harcourt, a police officer was killed by the Biafra agitators.
Governor Nyesom Wike of River State alleged that the police officer who was killed was a member of kidnap gangs who was apprehended and murdered in cold blood.
Perhaps, the hostility would not have escalated to blood shed if the troops had not moved closer to Kanu’s residence.
To a constitutional lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, the army had the right to move anywhere in the country, including the road that passes in the front of Kanu’s house.
He said that Umuahia in Abia State where Kanu’s residence is located is within Nigeria and the blockage of the Nigerian troops from using the road by any agitator would amount to a breach of constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
To him, the Nigeria army had used force against members of the IPOB because the agitators were carrying materials like stone, sticks, iron that are regarded as dangerous weapons by the constitution.
But to Human Right Activist, Femi Falana, (SAN), the government has no right whatsoever to deploy soldiers in Kanu residence except it had first declared Abia State as the state of emergency.
Falana posited that the government should have waited for the High Court to revoke the bail conditions granted to Kanu before ordering the police to arrest him.
According to Falana, there is no place in the constitution where Nigerian Army has the authority to arrest, adding, “The police are saddled with such responsibility”.
He posited that what happened in Abia had usurped the power of the police. Falana explained that the army could take such order only if the government had declared Abia as a state of emergency and deploy soldiers in to maintain peace.
And before the state can be declared state of emergency, the president must seek the consent of the National Assembly. “This will be done only if the senate also agrees that the situation at hand cannot be handled by the police.”
Late Thursday, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the situation in Abia.
After the meeting, he told state House Correspondents that more policemen had been deployed in the state as he described what happened in Rivers State as nonsense.