De-escalate military operations in Abia, south east lawmakers tell FG
– The House of Representatives have called on the federal government to de-escalate military operations in the south east region of the country
– The lawmakers said the military operations in the region is unjustifiable
– They also called for caution by federal government and security operatives in Abia State and the entire south east zone
Members of the House of Representatives have called on the federal government to de-escalate military operations in the south east region of the country.
The lawmakers – of Igbo extraction – said the military operations in the region which has frightened, maiimed or lead to the loss of lives of citizens and property in the region is unjustifiable.
Noting that the current military operation in the region is an offence to the principle of democracy and rule of law, the lawmakers called for caution in Abia State and the entire south east zone.
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In a statement signed by the deputy minority leader and the leader of the south east caucus of the House of Representatives, Chukuwka Onyema, the lawmakers also expressed their support for the seven-man committee inaugurated by the south eats governors.
Onyema said: “The attention of the South East Caucus of the House of Representatives has been drawn to the reported fallout from the ongoing military show of force in the South East, code named Operation Python Dance II.”
“Though without convincing explanations, we were informed that a few days ago, some civilians were shot and wounded as they clashed with soldiers at Afaraukwu Village in Umuahia, yet again we have received report of a military invasion of the Umuahia NUJ Office where journalists were molested and their equipment destroyed.
“As a result of the escalating tension, Abia State governor had to impose a dust to dawn curfew in the commercial town of Aba.
“While we appreciate the right to discharge core duties of the Nigeria armed forces as spelt out under section 217 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), there is no gainsaying that internal military operations can only be conducted without doing violence to the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights of citizens.
“To conduct operations that frighten, maim or lead to loss of lives of citizens and property, are clearly unjustifiable and an offence to our democracy and the rule of law.
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“We therefore call for a de-escalation of “internal military operations” in Abia state and the south east as a whole, while urging our brothers and sisters at home to remain civil and law abiding.
“We wish to express our support to the reported setting up of a seven-man committee by the South East Governors to investigate the causes of the current conflict in Abia state,” Onyema concluded.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Army had promised to investigate the viral video of some soldiers of the force tutoring members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia state.
The promise was made by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) for the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu Major General A.B. Abubakar.
Abubakar made the promise during a meeting with the governor of Abia state and some traditional ruler at the Government House on Wednesday, September 13.
You can watch this NAIJ.com TV video of Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer reacting to the alleged invasion of his client’s house by the army: