IPOB accuses government of launching military operation against members
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said the launch of Operation Python Dance is a ploy by the Federal Government and south east governors to exterminate pro-Biafra agitators.
The army authorities had through its spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa on Monday announced the intention of the military to commence “Operation Python Dance” from November 27 to December 27 to check criminal activities in the south east.
However, IPOB in a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, expressed fears that the exercise was targeted at Biafra agitators.
IPOB said: “We are going to hold the south east governors responsible if anything happens to any body in the south east because the Federal Government and the Nigeria Defence headquarters cannot afford to deploy its weapons in all the parts of south east without the consent of the state governors.”
According to IPOB, “The governors of Anambra, Imo and Abia are now together with their counterparts in Enugu and Ebonyi States to kill their kit and kin this time because they feel they are no more relevant in the face of general public in the land. We are going to hold you people responsible if anything happens to any person here.”
IPOB insisted that Nigeria is not in a military era. “The governors should go back to their masters in Abuja to tell them to recall and remove all the military equipment stationed in all the parts of south east, whether they call it “Operation Python Dance” or what. We must hold them responsible for these atrocities committed in our land.”
The group urged the international community and other relevant human rights organizations in the world to take note “because our lives are in danger.”