The romance between the clamour for Biafra and the government’s efforts to contain it has taken a new dimension.
The Army will raid, cordon and search homes in south eastern Nigeria, in a new operation aimed at checking violent criminals and agitators.
“Operation Ogbu Eke II” – “Python Dance II” is what the new strategy is called and it will be implemented between September 15 and October 14.
Major General David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, announced the plan at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
Operation Python Dance was initially launched between November 27 and December 27, 2016 in the zone to tackle kidnapping, armed banditry and other crimes, Ahmadu said.
He added that the second phase of operation would also focus on patrol road blocks and some “show of force’’.
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“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 these 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 bedevilled the region.
“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,” Ahmadu said.
He said the exercise would be conducted in conjunction with other security organisations.
“During the operation, emphasis will be placed on raids, cordon and search, anti-kidnapping drills, road blocks, check points, patrols, humanitarian relief activities such as medical outreach and show of force to curb the rising threats to national security in the south eastern part of the country.’’
He explained that the safety and security of law abiding citizens in the area of the operation, comprising Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Abia and Ebonyi states is guaranteed as they have been “adequately factored into the exercise.”
This operation strategy is coming days after the court refused to stop the Indigenous People Of Biafra and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from disrupting the November 18 Anambra governorship election.
The group said it would boycott the election and ensure that people do not vote.