Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm over the clampdown of innocent citizens in South East and South-South by security operatives in the name of Operation Python Dance 3.
The group alleged that innocent people that never committed any crime against anybody or state were being slaughtered and their burnt bodies once again were thrown into a borrow pit along Aba- Umuahia expressway near Magazine Fuel Station in Aba, Abia State.
The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement alleged that since the announcement and beginning of this latest version of Operation Python Dance 3 by the Nigerian government and its security forces, some residents of the city were missing.
He said that some people no more attending to their legitimate businesses for fear of being kidnapped by the army, police, and DSS alleging that many kidnapped victims are languishing in secret police cells and army detention facilities in Obinze near Owerri in Imo State.
Powerful said: “We, the global family of the IPOB and its leadership wish to alert the civilised world of recent savage statement and covert order to continue the killing of Biafrans in the guise of ‘clampdown on IPOB’ from the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Buratai and other heads of security agencies. This order has resulted in the shoot-on-sight operation now going on across Biafraland especially in Abia and Ebonyi states.
“It’s on record that IPOB is a peaceful but determined liberation movement. It is equally known that our method is non-violent, civil disobedience. That we have chosen to sit-at-home on February 16, 2019, does not in any way constitute a breach of the peace; it is only in the warped mind of Buratai.
“These ongoing killings of innocent Biafrans, some of whom are kidnapped from their homes in the middle of the night or snatched in broad daylight from our streets is an act of war.
“Those who are silent in the face of this relentless provocation will have themselves to blame when the time comes. This is a renewal of the genocidal strategy this same army carried out in 2017 with the active connivance of Igbo governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo.
“That Biafrans have decided not to participate in Nigeria’s presidential elections by sitting at home does not in any way constitute election disruption. How Buratai and his handlers could have construed peaceful sit-at-home exercise to mean disruption of elections defies logic and common sense.
“Our decision to boycott next week’s election is set in stone. No amount of cheap propaganda by professional political e-rats, Nigerian Army or Fulani slaves in Biafraland can alter our resolve to boycott this coming presidential election unless our simple demands are met,” Powerful stated.