Southeast rejects proposed Python Dance III

Southeast rejects proposed Python Dance III

- A former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association has rejected the commencement of Operation Python Dance III in the southeast

- Ben Okoko said the exercise is a show of the military’s incompetence in internal affairs

Condemnations have tried the announcement by the Nigerian Army that it would commence the third phase of the Operation Python Dance in the southeast region of Nigeria.

Among those who have condemned the military's proposed operation in the region include a former chairman of the the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Idemili, Anambra state, Ben Okoko.

Oko said the exercise is a show of the military’s incompetence in internal affairs.

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Speaking with some journalists at his chambers in Nkpor, Okoko said, the military has come of age and should shift from using muscle to intelligence gathering and under-cover operations.

“To announce to the world that you will be having Operation Python Dance or Snake Dance is to say the least, letting the cat out of the bag, as such activities would definitely bring the military into direct confrontation with the civilians they should protect," Okoko said.

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“Previous outings of these operations have resulted in huge casualties on civilians. There have been instances where military might have been required, but they failed woefully. The resources they are trying to put on ground for Operation Python Dance III, if channelled to flash points of the country, where insecurity is at its highest, would send a nunc dimitis to the sects and get them eradicated.

“It will amount to adding salt to injury for the military to come to the Southeast under the guise of Operation Python Dance III, where the population is already saturated with heavy police presence in peace time," he said.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo also condemned the Nigerian Army's plan to commence the Operation Python Dance III in the southeast.

The group said the deployment of soldiers to the region is a move to intimidate resident under guise.

Ohanaeze also said the troops should be deployed to to farms, road construction sites and engage them for city beautification purposes if there are no more defence jobs for them.

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