Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, in a petition to the United Nations, the European Union, the presidents of the United States, Russia and Israel, called on the international community to intervene in what he called invasion of the South-East of Nigeria by soldiers.
The Nigerian Army exercise Operation Python Dance II currently ongoing in the five South East states have generated a lot of tension in the country, especially in Abia State where reports of clashes between the soldiers and IPOB members have resulted in loss of lives.
Following the development, Kanu in the petition dated September 14 and signed by his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged intimidation, torture, arrest, abduction and killing of the people of the region by soldiers.
He said except the international community intervenes in the matter that the invasion would continue.
His petition read in part, that “Unarmed civilians largely made up of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra are now being tortured and murdered in cold blood on a daily basis.
“We have no doubt that the undisclosed reason for deploying troops in South-Eastern states by the President (Muhammadu) Buhari-led administration is to attack unarmed and defenseless members of the Indigenous People of Biafra who are merely exercising their constitutional guaranteed rights to self-determination.
“The situation in the South-East of Nigeria is serious and demands your urgent action Sir. The modus operandi of the Operation Python Dance II presently adopted by the military deployed in the South-East offends all known rules of professional engagement even in a war zone,” the petition read in part.
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