JUST IN: Southeast Senators, Ohanaeze React As Nnamdi Kanu’s Hometown Boils Over Invasion By Security Operatives
The warning was issued on Thursday, September 12, as the senators claimed that the military engaged in an invasion of the rights of Kanu and other supports of the Biafran agitation.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the chairman of the caucus, condemned the action of the military in a statement on behalf of the group.
According to the statement, the action of the security operatives is deliberate abuse of the people’s fundamental rights.
He expressed sadness that the military dediced to carry out their actions at a time senators from the region were battling to resolve contending issues concerning the agitation.
On its part, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the government was courting with chaos following the action of the operatives under the ‘Operation Python Dance’.
The Sun reports that in a short statement. President-general of the organisation, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, said: “Nigeria at this moment does not need such deliberate and proactive escalation of tensions and crisis.
“There are more civilised and established practices to resolve our democratic and security challenges.”
According to the group, if the intimidation does not stop immediately, it would be left with no alternative than to “conclude that this is a containment policy aimed at the southeast to intimidate our people from freely expressing their anger and angst at their marginalization and treatment as second class citizens.
“In a democracy the level of disenchantment expressed by the people of the southeast of Nigeria ought to have provoked a serious dialogue between our people and the Federal Executive and the legislature.
“History teaches us that the continuous use of force to silence dissent and free speech will only accelerate the growth of dissent and dissatisfaction.
“Fundamental rights of freedom of expression are critical for a successful democracy.
“Our people were shamelessly intimidated and harassed at these check points.
“Operation Python Dance 1 procured no arrests of criminals that were prosecuted for any of the criminal activities that Operation Python Dance II is supposed to address.
“Instead it witnessed reckless and indiscriminate murder of self-determination agitators in Asaba, Aba, Nkpor, and Porthacourt numbering up to 191 by the estimates of Transparency International and shattered public confidence of southeasterners in the Nigerian Army and police," the statement added.
A soldier and a police officer were also injured in the incident.