The Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF) yesterday called for immediate withdrawal of military personnel from all the roads in the South-East geopolitical zone. This came amidst complaints from commuters over an alleged harassment and extortion by soldiers deployed for the Army ‘Operation Atilogwu Udo 1.’
The group also alleged that cases of petroleum tanker explosions in the area were terrorist attacks, positing that the tankers were wired with explosive devices. In a statement by BZF President, Benjamin Onwuka, the group asked the Army to suspend the operation immediately. Army had on 1st November, 2019 launched another operation patterned in line with the Operation Python Dance which generated controversy last year. Onwuka in his statement described the ongoing exercise as a further subjugation of the Biafran people, insisting that the recent petrol tanker fire at Onitsha was ‘a well-planned terrorist attack.’
He said: “The Nigerian Government is here once again with their oppressive tendencies against the good people of Biafra land. We recall vividly all the terrible things the Army did here last year in the name of Operation Python Dance. “Now, they have come up again, this time with a deceptive acronym, Atilogwu Udo or whatever they call it. We don’t care about whatever name they give their attack dogs, but our stand is that their troops should be withdrawn forthwith from all our roads. “We are already receiving disturbing reports about their activities across all the zones in our area.
Drivers, passengers and innocent people are already been harassed and dehumanized, even for answering phone calls. “To this end, we demand suspension of the said exercise and immediate end to the militarization of the Biafra land. We are not fighting another war, neither are Boko Haram elements residing here. We reject any form of Army invasion of our territory under whatever Uchenna Inya ABAKALIKI About 31,000 civil servants in Ebonyi State and their family members would benefit from health insurance guise, or whatever acronym. “The Army cannot come here to be searching our people for any form of identification; they know where to find Boko elements.
“We have already reported them to the United States and Israel and our demand is simple- they should take their exercise to the North-East and leave innocent Southerns alone. “This is the fourth time that a gas-laden tanker exploded in Onitsha Anambra State; it is not an accident in any form, but a well-coordinated attack on innocent traders. How come it does not happen along the Highways but in densely populated areas?