Military siege causing tensions in southeast - Ekweremadu
- Deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, states that the situation in the southeast region does not warrant a military operation
- The senator says the ongoing military operation in the region is causing problems
- Ekweremadu calls on the people of the southeast to remain calm
The deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called for an immediate end to the ongoing military operation in the southeast region.
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Ekweremadu in a statement on Thursday, September 14, said the situation in the southeast region does not warrant the military operation tagged, Operation Python Dance, The Nation reports.
The deputy Senate president said the ongoing military exercise was causing problems in the region.
He said:“The military siege to the South East is uncalled for because there is no prevailing situation in the region to warrant it in the first place. Instead, it is the Python Dance that appears to be creating problems and raising tension in the region. The agitation in the South East at the moment is best resolved by way of dialogue and a sense of inclusion.
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He called on the people of the southeast to remain calm as he and other leaders of the region were engaging in discussion with the federal government to ensure that the military exercise was called off.
“I want to assure our people that I have been engaging the presidency and security agencies meaningfully on the issue. It is my hope that the Operation Egwu Eke will be called off.
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“Until then, however, I call on the military to respect the rights of the citizens. The various videos and reports of gross human rights abuse making the rounds in the social and traditional media are nevertheless very disgusting and disheartening. They should be thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities with a view to establishing the truth and ensuring that no human rights violator goes unpunished,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that soldiers allegedly stormed into the home of the leader of the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia state.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday evening, September 14, Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said the soldiers forcefully gained entrance into his client's house after shooting for about 40 minutes.
He said the entrance gate of the IPOB leader’s residence was broken-down and forced open.
The lawyer however, appealed to IPOB members to remain calm in the face of unprovoked killings, torture, abduction and malicious destruction of property.
He assured the group that the entire world was watching and urged them not to take up arms, but continue to conduct themselves in the most civilized manner.
In the video below, Legit.ng TV takes a critical look at Nnamdi Kanu and the struggle for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra.