Operation Python Dance2: More Than 12 IPOB Members Killed By Nigerian Soldiers - Amnesty Int'l

Written By Mazi Edozie
For IPOB Writers

Date :22/02/2018


The reputable Human Rights Organisation, Amnesty International has said that more than 12 members of IPOB(Indigenous People Of Biafra) were shot dead by the Nigerian soldiers on the 14th of September last year. On its Twitter handle, @AmnestyNigeria, at 8:32 am today, the organization tweeted "Unlawful killings: - At least 12 IPOB members were killed by soldiers in Umuahia in Abia state on September 14." Recall that on 14th September last year, the deployed Nigerian soldiers on a Python Dance Operation in Umuahia invaded the palace of Eze Israel Kanu, who fathers the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. In the operation, they (soldiers) shot their way through the palace, killing everything at sight, including a royal dog in the palace. They killed and made away with some of their victims which according to IPOB were more than 22 members carted away. Since the invasion, no one knows the whereabouts of the IPOB boss, neither have his parents been seen either. According to the council to the IPOB leader, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Nigerian soldiers who invaded his client's residence(while his case was still before the court of competent jurisdiction) must have held him incommunicado since the last contact he established with him was when he(Kanu) gave him a "distressing call of the military invasion of his residence on the 14th of September last year". Meanwhile, the military denied invading Kanu's residence but in what could be termed vindication for IPOB's claim, the Nigerian Defence Minister Admitted that army invaded Kanu's home. In a Channel Tv program aired in October last year, Nigeria Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, confirmed that the federal government of Nigeria went after Nnamdi Kanu through the soldiers on the Python Dance on the 14th of September, 2017. He said, "...We are the ones that went for him and we didn't see ...he was not seen and he went into hiding. We are as well looking for him." The interview is below: 'With the question that has been going around, I am taking you back to the IPOB issue and that is the question of the whereabouts of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Where is Nnamdi Kanu?' Dan-Ali: His lawyer or other people should come and tell us. As far as we are concerned, we didn't go for Kanu and that is why I told you that the issue of Python Dance has nothing to do with IPOB. They went there for their normal constitutional duty or training...and that's it. 'Shouldn't the federal government take responsibility for the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu?' Dan-Ali: That's why I am saying that we are the ones that went for him and we didn't ...em...he was not seen ....and then he went into hiding. So we are also looking for him. 'The fact is that Nnamdi Kanu disappeared after the operation Python Dance in the south-east. So, now alot...there is an inevitable link between the two. So what's the federal government's reaction to this?' Dan-Ali: Now they picked you from my office, definitely people would have seen you have been picked and where you're taken to or how you disappeared.



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