“Operation Python Dance Is An Act Of Terror” – Legal Practitioner Tells Channels TV

A legal practitioner, Mr Chuks Nwachukwu,
has described the operation by the military
including its show of force near the home
of the leader of the Indigenous People of
Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State as an
act of terrorism.Nwachukwu said during an
appearance on Channels Television’s
‘Sunrise Daily’, that what the military was
doing in the South East was not backed by
the Constitution.

He said, “This Operation Python Dance is
unconstitutional, it is illegal, it is an act of
terror. It is defined as an act of terror by
the Nigerian Terrorism Prevention Act.”
He added, “I disagree with the person who
said where there is suspicion of unrest, the
army can be deployed. That is absolutely

“You have the civil forces – the police, the
DSS, what is their job? The civil forces are
to engage any situation of breach of the
law by anybody. The army should not have
been there in the first place.”

The clash between the military and
members of IPOB in Abia on Sunday had
sparked a debate with both parties
disagreeing on what happened and who
was at fault.

On its part, the military said troops were
only going through the streets of Isiama
Afara, Umuahia area of the state, the
hometown of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi
Kanu in a show of force, when IPOB
members attacked the troops with stones
and sticks, injuring a soldier and a civilian
in the process.

Mr Kanu, however, told journalists that the
soldiers were trying to force their way into
his home.

He said, “I was sleeping this evening
(Sunday) when suddenly I was woken up
by the blaring of sirens. Initially, I thought
it was the Commissioner of Police who lives
in the neighborhood that was returning
home. But the blaring persisted and was
followed up by sporadic gun shots.

“The soldiers wanted to bulldoze their way
into the palace but IPOB members formed a
human shield and resisted them. They
wanted to break the shield and fired at
three persons and wounded others before
leaving. Everybody including children was
running away in confusion.”

But the Director, Director of Defence
Information, Major-General John Enenche
has since denied the allegation, accusing
members of the IPOB of attacking the

“The truth is that we were just on their
normal operation patrolling and some
chaps who were later identified to be IPOB
members came, blocked the road and said
they should not pass.

“And they denied them access and it was
peaceful and they started throwing stones
at them, missiles, stones and things that
are hard objects to the extent of injuring a
soldier on his head and then a passerby by
– one lady.

“That was what happened,” Enenche had
during an appearance on Sunrise Daily on


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