Python Dance: Ohanaeze to sue Nigerian Army over extra-judicial killings of Igbo Youths

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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said it will sue the Nigerian army for alleged extra-judicial killings of Igbo youths during the September 2017 “Operation Python Dance II” in the states of the South-East zone.

ABACITYBLOG reported that the Nigerian army had last year carried out a military operation code named: “Egwu Eke (Operation Python Dance 2)” to quell what they described as growing insecurity and insurrection by pro-Biafra agitators, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the zone.

During the operation, it was also reported that many were killed especially the youths, as gory images of soldiers maltreating young men and women from the zone flooded the social and mainstream media prompting general outrage, international condemnation and the appeal by the South-East governors on President Muhammadu Buhari to call off the operation.

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Speaking during the monthly lecture series of the Centre for Memories, tagged“Nkata UmuIbe”, at the Enugu Sports Club, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo said that the organisation had on two occasions made presentations and demanded the military to investigate and prosecute soldiers that were involved in the operation, which he said violated the international rules of military engagement.

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He said; “After that military operation, Ohanaeze went to the leadership of Nigerian military and showed the army the international rules of military engagement document which that operation violated. They promised to investigate and court marshal those that were involved. They gave the assurances on two occasions, Ohanaeze reminded them and they kept promising that those involved would be court marshalled.

“But till date nothing has been done and the officers and men of the military who carried out the heinous act are still going about their business. At the moment, Ohanaeze is considering a court action to get redress.”

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Nwodo concluded that Ndigbo are ready for restructuring of the country, noting that the economic and political committee set up by the group headed by former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo had developed a template which would form the Igbo position for restructuring.

He regretted that some youths from the zone had been calling him names like “saboteur” because of his support for restructuring as against their call for self-determination, which according to him, both concepts are the same, but they don’t know.

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