The Nigerian Army says it cannot tolerate abuses of human rights violations anywhere in the course of its operations including the ongoing Operation Python Dance in the Southeast.
It emphasized that it had rules of engagement to every participating personnel in the exercise bearing in mind the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians and Ndigbo in particular.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 82 Division Enugu, Col Musa Sagir, stated this in Onitsha while briefing journalists on the ongoing Operation Egwu Eke Two in the South East.
He described the exercise as a normal routine training of the Nigerian Army not only peculiar to the South-East alone but also to other zones of the country, targeted at prevailing security threats in that area.
While maintaining that Operation Egwu Eke Two was not meant to occupy the South East as feared in some quarters, Col Sagir said the exercise was targeted at security threat in addition to army training, stressing that the army leadership had made it a scheduled exercise in conjunction with other security agencies like the Police, Civil Defence Corps, State Security Services, Federal Road Safety Corps, Immigration, Customs among others.
He said despite the initial apprehension of Operation Egwu Eke two, the exercise had been very successful as other non-military lines of operation like free medical services to selected communities across the region, had been infused into the system to make it a worthwhile success.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations however urged the people never to fear, adding that the success of Operation Python Dance One last year made it possible to celebrate Christmas and New Year without any crime recorded in Igbo land.
It would be recalled that Operation Python Dance Two started on 15th of September and is expected to terminate on 14th October 2017.