Operation Python Dance Is An Act Of Terror – Legal Practitioner


A legal practitioner, Mr Chuks Nwachukwu, has described the operation by the military including its show of force near the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State as an act of terrorism.

Nwachukwu said during an appearance on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’, that what the military was doing in the South East was not backed by the Constitution.

He said, “This Operation Python Dance is unconstitutional, it is illegal, it is an act of terror. It is defined as an act of terror by the Nigerian Terrorism Prevention Act.”

He added, “I disagree with the person who said where there is suspicion of unrest, the army can be deployed. That is absolutely incorrect.

“You have the civil forces – the police, the DSS, what is their job? The civil forces are to engage any situation of breach of the law by anybody. The army should not have been there in the first place.”

The clash between the military and members of IPOB in Abia on Sunday had sparked a debate with both parties disagreeing on what happened and who was at fault.

On its part, the military said troops were only going through the streets of Isiama Afara, Umuahia area of the state, the hometown of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu in a show of force, when IPOB members attacked the troops with stones and sticks, injuring a soldier and a civilian in the process.

Mr Kanu, however, told journalists that the soldiers were trying to force their way into his home.

He said, “I was sleeping this evening (Sunday) when suddenly I was woken up by the blaring of sirens. Initially, I thought it was the Commissioner of Police who lives in the neighborhood that was returning home. But the blaring persisted and was followed up by sporadic gun shots.

“The soldiers wanted to bulldoze their way into the palace but IPOB members formed a human shield and resisted them. They wanted to break the shield and fired at three persons and wounded others before leaving. Everybody including children was running away in confusion.”

But the Director, Directorate of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, has since denied the allegation, accusing the IPOB members of attacking the soldiers.

“The truth is that they (troops) were just on their normal operation, patrolling, and some chaps who were later identified to be IPOB members came, blocked the road and said they should not pass.

“And they denied them access and started throwing stones at them; missiles, stones and things that are hard objects to the extent of injuring a soldier on his head and then a passerby by – one lady.

“That was what happened,” Enenche had said during an appearance on Sunrise Daily on Monday.

Face Off: Legal Practitioners Debate Legality of Sanusi’s Suspension

It was mixed reactions when when the news broke that the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been suspended by the President.

Since then, many schools of thought have risen discussing either how wrong the president is or how correct he is. They all seem to subtly agree that something had to be done about his action but the “how” has been the main concern.

The president is the Chief custodian of the laws of the land. Is he given room to interprete these laws for himself? Can he act within the confines of that interpretation? Would he have erred after taking such an action?

On this edition of Face Off, two legal practitioners- Chuks Nwachukwu and Olufemi Ibiayo- debate on the provisions of the Central Bank Act which President Jonathan acted upon.

While Mr Nwachukwu supported the action of the president based on the “words of the CBN Act and the theories of constitutionalism and presidentialism supports the (action of the) president”, Mr Ibiayo maintains that the president’s action “most likelyy didn’t comply with the provisions of the constitution or relevant provisions of the CBN Act”.

Watch the video below for more.