- The military siege in the southeast geopolitical zone by the Nigerian military has officially ended
- The military exercise was carried out due to the activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)
- The military exercise code named Operation Python Dance II sparked controversy in the region and beyond
The Nigerian army has officially ended its military operation in the southeast code named Operation Python Dance II.
This was made known by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar.
Abubakar who made the announcement on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, formally declared the end of the operation on Saturday, October 14, in Sector 1 Tactical Headquarters at Umuahia, Abia state.
The traditional activation of camp fire to formally signify the successful completion of the exercise was lit, a statement by Colonel Sagir Musa, deputy director public relations 82 Division, on Sunday, October 15, said.
General Abubakar commended all the officers, soldiers and personnel of paramilitary organizations that collaborated, synergized and worked throughout the period of the exercise.
He noted that: “the achievements recorded in the areas of attainment of the mission specific training objectives, improvement in peace and security, curtailing the menace of violent irredentist groups in the theatre of the exercise is remarkable."
Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the prosecution of the Nigerian soldiers who assaulted journalists in Abia state.
The CPJ made the call while reacting to the Nigerian army's statement that its personnel who assaulted journalists at the Nigerian Union of Journalists secretariat in Abia state, will be disciplined.
CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. They defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
The group has been been defending and fighting for press freedom in the last 35 years of its existence.
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