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Anger In South East As The Military Plans For Python Dance 3 In The Region |RN

“The Operation Python Dance III should be sent to the areas where there are massive killings like in the northern part of the country…”

David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

Anger and condemnation have greeted the proposed relaunch of the third round of Operation Python Dance also known as Operation Python Dance III by the Nigeria Army in the South East region.

The first and second rounds of the military exercise, according to a report by the Amnesty International (AI) led to the killing of 250 and 150 Igbo youths respectively.

A human rights group, Campaign for Democracy (CD) has condemned the planned operation, alleging that it is another ploy to unjustifiably kill defenceless Igbo youths.

National Publicity Secretary of CD, Dede Uzor A. Uzor said in a statement that another Operation Python Dance in Igboland where there is no crisis amounted to a deliberate plot to provoke Igbo and slaughter their youths.

Also reacting, former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Idemili branch, Ben Okoko, said the operations were a huge and monumental waste of public funds.

According to him, the exercises also showed the incompetence of the Nigerian military in handling the internal affairs of the country, adding that the military in Nigeria has come of age and should have a paradigm shift from “physicalism” to intelligence gathering and undercover operations.

“To announce to the whole 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 in direct confrontation with the civilian populace who they are supposed to protect.

“Previous outings of this operation have resulted in huge casualties of civilians. There have been instances where military might may have been required but where they failed woefully. The resources they are trying to put on the ground for this Operation Python Dance III, if channelled to the flashpoints of the country, where the Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram sects are wreaking havoc, would send a Nunc Dimittis to the sects and get them eradicated.

 

“It will amount to adding salt to injury for the military to come to the South East under the guise of Operation Python Dance III where the population is already saturated with heavy police presence at peacetime. So, it will be superfluous for the military to add their presence to the South East and also very provocative.

“Since people are still recovering from the effects of the military/IPOB skirmishes in the recent past, my candid advice is for the military to allow the sleeping dog lie and to take their might to where it is needed in the North East and Middle Belt sections of Nigeria,” Okoko submitted.

 

In his own reaction, General Overseer of Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministry Inc. (a.k.a. By Fire By Fire), Nnewi, Anambra state, Bishop Abraham Chris Udeh, declared that South East zone and its people did not need anything called Operation Python Dance for any reason whatsoever.

He warned that anyone fronting such a move is making a mockery of Igbo in totality and at the same time “reminding us of the civil war massacre against us.”

He added: “Enough of that remembrance and marginalization of Ndigbo. They must be put to a stop without further delay else, the wrath of God will visit them individually and collectively.

“The Operation Python Dance III should be sent to the areas where there are massive killings like in the northern part of the country where Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents are disturbing the peace of the country and not in the South East where there are peace and quietness.”

He said the intimidation must be stopped, adding that if they insisted on relaunching the Operation Python Dance for the third time, they would see the wrath of God in action.

“Do you know that it is Ndigbo in the military that is being sent to the North to be killed by the Boko Haram insurgents. They think we don’t know all these things and that is why they still want to remind us of the harmful effects of the civil war and last year’s killing of Ndigbo. The current disagreements between Boko Haram insurgents and Fulani herdsmen are the effect of last year’s killing of innocent Igbo sons and daughters.”

Also reacting, Vincent Ezekwueme, Anambra State chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) declared: “I reject in its entirety, the proposed relaunch of the third Operation Python Dance in South East zone because the zone is yet to recover from the shock and damning effects of the first and second exercises carried out in the past which were very disastrous in nature.”

 

Ezekwueme noted that instead of Python Dance, the South East zone was in dire and desperate need of infrastructural developments, particularly the resuscitation of moribund Onitsha Sea Port, Onitsha/3-3/Otuocha road, Enugu/Awka/Onitsha road, Nnewi/Uga/Akokwa/Arondizuogu/Okigwe road, Akanu Ibiam Airport, appointment of easterners into sensitive and strategic positions.

Ezekwueme noted that with these developments in place, the people of South-East would rather stage a Dance of Smile and at the same time, have a sense of belonging, instead of the dreaded Dance of Python.  (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Osinbajo Orders Immediate Overhaul Of SARS |RN


Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered an immediate re-organisation of the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The Acting President gave the order following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

The allegations border on human rights violations.

Osinbajo ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS.

The IGP, according to a statement by Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Acting President, would ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven.

Such unit, he said, should be restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging Unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.

The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty.

Meanwhile, the Acting President has directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Special Panel that will conduct an investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.

(NAN)

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Nigerian Man Brutalised By Indian Neighbours For Alleged Theft, India Police Drags Its Feet

By Chibiko Ikenna Offor

A very brutal video of a Nigerian man being brutally thrashed by his South Delhi neighbours, who accused of theft has emerged.

The man in this video, (click the link below) is a Nigerian young man, whose name has not been known by the time of this report had his legs tied by his Indian neighbours, who took turns to brutalise him with whatever their hands could reach. Some of them had long lumber and base-ball-bat like sticks and they actively took turns to beat the hell out of him while he begged for mercy.

 


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While some folks described this as sheer racism, some claim it is a normal jungle justice culture found in developing countries, where mobs always mete out jungle justice on any suspect without recourse to the law.

It is clamied that brutal mob justice is unacceptabe in India and the Indian police has said that it will commence investigation and arrest one of the mobs, whose face was clearly seen in the video. Initially, the South Delhi police denied that no such thing like this happened in the area under its jurisdiction.

The file number for this case is going to be filed under culpable homicide with IPC section code number 308, against those involved in this mob attack.

In another development, the Public Relation Officer of the Indian police, Mr Deependra Pathak said that “initially a case of attemped robbery was reported and they are coroborating evidences and no action was taken after due medical examination.

But now, since the emergency of this video, judging from certain portions of the video, new evidence has emerged and the Delhi police has taken that into account and necessary legal action been taken.

A human rights activist, Brinda Adige, described the video attack as very, very brutal and horrific.

She said that in the video, it could be seen that bystanders, passerbys were indifferent and none dared to call the police. She said that someone should have called the police for suspected crime than the mob taking law into their hands.

She also said that being an African, the mob were also emboldened due to the fact, that he is most likely not going to register or file for a complaint. And people would take turns to beat him and walk away from there after.

So, she is not very sure if the victim of this bruatl attack has gone to the police to report those who brutally assaulted him. Also, the police has not registered a crime and so she is not statisfied that this case has been handled properly by the police.

Brinda Adige said that human rights violations because someone has been alleged to have committed a crime is not acceptable.

It is also reported that if the Indian police does not take action, it simply means that the police is complicit in the action shown in the video.

There was complaint made with regards to attempted theft, and the neighbours said that the victim they brutalised fell from the stairs and that was how he got the injuries he sustained during the brutal thrashing by the mob. Allegedly, two of the suspects have been arrested.

 

 

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JUST IN: IPOB Raises Alarm Over Plot To Incriminate Group By Security Forces |RN

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has raised alarm via their press release claiming that the Nigerian security forces intend to carry out criminal activities and blame it on the group, in order to frame them as truly a terrorist organisation.

Allegedly, the federal government has big task and problem to prove to the international community that IPOB is indeed a terrorist group, which its flimsy court decision has failed to do so far even within Nigeria.

So, IPOB claims that there is a plot by Nigerian security forces to manufacture evidence by carrying out gross criminal activities within South East and blame them on IPOB members. And they would use it as an excuse to carrying out widespread attacks and killings in the disguise that they are fighting terrorists.

Here is the press briefing:
IPOB press release
Date: 22/09/3017
We the family of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to urgently draw the attention of the civilised world to the dastardly plot being perfected by the APC Hausa-Fulani led Islamic government of Nigeria against peaceful unarmed members of IPOB residing in Biafra land in the next few weeks.
IPOB Intelligence Unit have uncovered elaborate plans by the Islamic APC government of Buhari to incriminate IPOB members in order to justify their controversial and unpopular proscription of IPOB with the attending laughable tag of the terrorist organisation against a world recognised peaceful movement.
This Islamic Hausa-Fulani controlled and dominated security apparatus in Nigeria led by Muhammadu Buhari have resolved to commence another round of their periodic genocidal massacre of innocent civilians across South East and South South within the next few weeks under the cover that IPOB is a terrorist organisation.
They have concluded in their sadistic minds to kill as many people as possible.
They want to spread terror, intimidation and instil fear in the minds of those that will survive this massacre and cause our people to renounce or abandon their legitimate quest for freedom.
The plan is to bring the people of old Eastern Region to submission before 2019 presidential elections.
In the meeting where they concluded this devilish line of action, they boasted that they have succeeded in bringing some South East and South South politicians, especially South East governors under their control, what was left for them to complete the conquest and subjugation of entire Biafraland are the youths.
Tagging IPOB a terrorist organisation and having such authenticated by a court of law was the first crucial step towards setting the stage for the impending genocide.
The wholesale massacre is scheduled to begin in precisely three weeks time.
The military, police and the DSS exclusively staffed by Hausa-Fulani Islamic extremists would carry out murderous simultaneous raids across South East and parts of South-South to eliminate tens of hundreds of young men under the guise of hunting for IPOB sympathisers.
They assumed that having successfully bought over the conscience of South East governors to join them in their genocidal plot with promises of second tenure in office, they can proceed to execute their plan with nobody standing in their way.
To justify and make this genocidal act against the people look real, the Nigerian Army will take condemned criminals from prisons, dress them in military uniforms, then execute them during an unprovoked attack to make it seem that IPOB killed Nigerian soldiers.
They will then call a world press conference to show the media corpses of ‘solders’ killed by IPOB in order to justify their decision to tag IPOB a terrorist group and hopefully dent the standing of IPOB in the eyes of lovers of freedom all over the world.
This evil plan will also involve burning down some police stations in the Eastern Region with the claim that it was done by IPOB sympathisers loyal to the leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
It is presently clear that a special squad has been trained to spearhead and carry this plot to the letter.
The plan is to trigger an ethnoreligious crisis of immense proportion as a prelude to unleashing what they termed the final solution to the Igbo question in Nigeria.
South East governors who till date could not defend their states against wave after wave of Fulani herdsmen murderous invasion have gladly volunteered, in exchange for a second term in office, to collaborate with Arewa North to inflict another genocide on the people of Biafra.
South-South is not left out of this plot because the plan also is to instigate crisis of confidence so that South East and South South can never come together to forge a common position.
After all the only resource that sustains the economy of Nigeria, crude oil and gas, are found only in South East and South South both of which make up Biafraland.
So dividing them makes it easier for Arewa North and their co-conspirators to continue the ruthless exploitation and subjugation of Biafrans.
In the pursuit of this divide and conquer agenda, there is a plan to appoint a person from “South-South” into “a powerful” office in the Federal government either into the office of Chief of Defense Staff or Secretary to the Government of Federation.
This individual will be given the responsibility of ensuring that the people of South-South do not rise in opposition when the massacre of Igbos gets underway.
The idea is to highlight, magnify and amplify perceived differences between South East and South South by Hausa-Fulani controlled North as they did during the war and with abandoned property afterwards.
Further, it would make the unsuspecting “South Southerners” think that they have to save their brother’s appointment by dissociating themselves from the Biafra restoration project.
Furthermore, to seal this well-orchestrated evil plot, the Arewa North will soon appoint a Yoruba to replace the present Inspector General of Police to give the impression that the fight against Biafrans in general and Igbo, in particular, was being spearheaded by the South West and the South-South in collaboration with the North.
Needless to say that these plans will never work because there are more than enough men and women of good conscience in South-South and South West to allow such ploy to take hold.
This divide and conquer of Biafraland effectively deployed in the past, that handed Nigeria over to core Arewa North as their estate will not be allowed to repeat itself because we are IPOB and God Almighty Creator is always on our side.
The world is put on notice that should this impending genocide commence, South East governors, Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum, the Presidency and entire Islamic Core North should be held responsible because IPOB is not and can never be a terrorist organisation.
We do not kill, we abhor lawlessness and till date, nobody can point to a breakdown of law and order incident attributable to IPOB activities.
We are too civilised a people, from time immemorial, to want to dabble into the primitive destruction of lives and properties.
That is the exclusive preserve of the Arewa North, not IPOB.
All we are asking for is a referendum so that our people can decide if they want to be free in Biafra or remain as slaves in Nigeria.
COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL

MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

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UNGA: Buhari Condemns Killings in Myanmar, Says Palestinians Suffering |RN

Nigerian President Buhari addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killings in Myanmar which have been targeted at the Muslim-majority Rohingya population.

The President also asked the United Nations not to forget the people of Palestine who have been suffering for decades.

Buhari said this while delivering his speech before over 150 world leaders at the 72nd United National General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

Related: President Buhari’s Complete Statement To United Nations General Assembly |RN

He said the killing of the Rohingya people was reminiscent of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

While expressing fear over the possibility of a nuclear war due to the activities of North Korea, the President urged the UN not to forget United Nations Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis which remains unimplemented.

Related: UNGA: U.S. May Have To ‘Destroy’ North Korea, Donald Trump Warns |RN

Buhari said, “New conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts. For example, several UN Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis remain unimplemented. Meanwhile, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the blockade of Gaza continue.

“Additionally, we are now confronted by the desperate human rights and humanitarian situation in Yemen and most tragically in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994.

“The international community cannot remain silent and not condemn the horrendous suffering caused by what from all indications is a state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the basis of ethnicity and religion.

“We fully endorse the call by the Secretary-General on the Government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their homes in safety and dignity.”

The President thanked the UN for assisting Nigeria to tackle its humanitarian crisis in the North-East.

He also commended the UN’s role in helping to settle thousands of innocent civilians caught in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“In particular, we must collectively thank the government of the Federal Republic of Germany under the commendable leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governments of Italy, Greece and Turkey for assisting hundreds of thousands of refugees.”

Buhari said his administration was fighting corruption but would need the assistance of the international community to succeed.  (Punch)

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BREAKING NEWS: Soldiers Invade Nnamdi Kanu’s Family House, Kill 18 |RN

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…….Ransacked and desecrated his father’s palace

From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia.

Soldiers, in operation Python Dance II, this evening invaded the family House of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at Afaraukwu, Umuahia, ransacked every part of the house and desecrated the palace of his father, the traditional ruler.

They were said to have shot themselves through to gain entry into the highly secured and fenced compound having dislodged the human barricade that is always present at the gate and house of the IPOB leader.

An unconfirmed family source said that about 18 people lost their lives during the invasion which occurred between the hours of 4 and 5 pm on Thursday.

Another source said that only 4 people were killed by the troop, which opened fire at the palace for more than 30 minutes.

Daily Sun observed that between the time mentioned above, the heavy shooting was heard coming from Afara area of the Umuahia, the state capital, which made residents run for safety.

Meanwhile, the where about of the IPOB Leader is not known as efforts made to obtain information about him did not yield any fruit.

It is not actually known the number of people that lost their lives during the attack.    (The Sun)

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Nigerian Army To Deal With Soldiers Maltreating Biafra Agitators |RN

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By PHILIP NWOSU

The Nigerian Army said it will punish any soldiers or officer found guilty in the maltreatment and dehumanization of some alleged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state in South East Nigeria.

The Army in a statement on its website said: “Our Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement are quite clear and any officer or soldier that infringed on any of such directive if found guilty, will face the full wrath of the military justice system.”

A video which had gone viral had shown the several Nigerian Army soldiers whipping with stick and clubs some youths allegedly belonging to IPOB.

There were some others where young people rounded up and laid or stacked side by side on the bare ground was commanded by soldiers and compelled to brutalize themselves in twos.

The video also showed the soldiers ordering the youths to rolls in muddy waters and some died as a result of the torture and inhuman treatment by the Nigerian Army troops.

The Army statement signed by the spokesman in Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa reads in full: “The attention of the Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip trending on social media and other platforms purportedly showing troops humiliating some people at a checkpoint in Abia State, Nigeria.

“The issue is being investigated to ascertain the source and the actors in the clip. Our Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement are quite clear and any officer or soldier that infringed on any of such directive if found guilty will face the full wrath of the military justice system.

“We would like to inform the public that 82 Division is also aware of the planned misinformation and propaganda arrangement by the secessionists’ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“They intend to churn out pre-recorded video clips aimed at discrediting the Nigerian Army, causing disaffection among the citizens of this country. They will be using bogus, manipulated and photo-shopped photographs as well as video clips.

“The public should be wary of such mischief, scrutinize and report same to the Nigerian Army or any of security agencies. The Division wishes to reassure the public that it is determined to ensuring the safety of lives and properties in its area of operational responsibility, particularly the entire South East geopolitical zone as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We do not condone any act of indiscipline in the conduct of our operations and training exercises. Any claim of rights violation would be investigated and when confirmed, appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the erring personnel. ”  (The Sun)

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