A human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has slammed the deployment of soldiers around the home of Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu and the attack of Journalists at the NUJ center, Umuahia, Abia State on Tuesday.
Adegboruwa talking to the Nation said the the military must submit itself to civilian authority in a democracy and that “clampdown on civilians by the military” in a democracy cannot be justified.
He said: “The military quelled the Shiites’ peaceful rally in Zaria, sacked civilian communities in the Niger Delta, supervised elections in Rivers and other places, mowed down peaceful gatherings in the Southeast and even took over Premium Times’ office in Abuja a while ago, in a supposed democratic government led by civilians
“I’ve read people and even comrades and enlightened ones prodding them on, defending the military to carry on ‘python dance’, in the midst of civilians and locals.
“The next phase of this hidden agenda is a takeover of civilian authority, because when the ‘python’ has finished ‘dancing’, it must surely swallow something, to quench its usually large appetite.
“And by the way, why is the ‘python’ not ‘dancing’ in Kaduna, where a quit notice was handed down to Igbos to vacate? Why is the ‘python’ not ‘dancing’ in Yenagoa and Ibadan, where separatist agitations are also on the rise? Are pythons found only in Igboland?
“Let the military go back to their barracks and submit to civilian authority. There is no insurrection going on in any part of the Southeast now, to warrant the display of military force or deployment.”
There has been tension since the shooting on Sunday near Kanu’s residence, which led to a clash with IPOB members, culminating in the state government imposing a curfew.
The soldiers reinforced and came back on Tuesday, this time with 10 armoured carriers and again clashed with IPOB supporters. The group claim that 15 of its members, who were heading to the home of their leader in Umuahia, in solidarity, were ambushed by soldiers and killed.
The Punch also reported how a welder in Umuahia who had nothing to do with the clash was shot in his shop three times by a Nigerian soldier.
Meanwhile, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu on Tuesday declared a three day curfew in Aba in a bid to calm down tension.