Buratai Orders Deployment Of Troops To Stop Violent Biafra Agitations

The chief of the Army State, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has ordered the
immediate deployment of troops in the South Eastern states of Nigeria
to stop violent Biafra agitations.

LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that military hardwires and other
armaments have been moved to the South Eastern states for the
operation that has been nicknamed, “Operation Ogbu Eke II’’ – “Python
Dance II.’’

It was further gathered that the operation in the South East will last
between September 15 and October 14. It is aimed at checkmating
violent criminals, agitators and other forms of criminalities.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the Chief of
Training and Operations, Major General David Ahmadu, said the Chief of
Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has asked men and officers of the
Nigerian Army to be more serious in the operation.

Operation Python Dance was launched between November 27 and December
27, 2016 in the South East to tackle kidnapping, armed banditry and
other crimes.

But Major General David Ahmadu said the second phase of the operation
would involve show of force to deal with suspected criminals.

“The operation would also focus on raids, cordon and search, patrol
road blocks. The aim of the first phase of the operation was to
effectively contain kidnapping and other vices common in the South
East during Yuletide.”

“The effect of that exercise yielded tremendous results and law
abiding citizens celebrated 2016 Christmas in safer environment than
what it used to be. Building on this achievements, exercise Ogbu eke
II has become more expedient due to spate of assassinations, even in
religious places, attacks on security personnel and theft of weapons,
kidnapping, armed banditry, violent agitations by secessionist groups,
among other crimes that have recently bedeviled the region” Ahmadu
said.

“The need for troops to be refreshed and imbibe the requisite skills,
to cope with these emerging security challenges within the 82 Division
area of responsibility in aid of civil authority necessitated this
exercise,” Ahmed added.

The operation will be in force in Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Abia and
Ebonyi states and the army has promised that the fundamental human
rights of the people would be protected during the exercise.

“Additionally, exercise Ogbu Eke II has been conceptualised to
transit into real time operations, thereby fulfilling both training
and operational objectives of sharpening operation skills of
personnel, as well as provide avenue to conduct operations against
violent criminals and agitators, when called upon. A Brigade
Headquarters would be established in each of five South East states.
People should not get panic because their safety is sure.

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