The United Progressive Party (UPP) on Tuesday called on the National Assembly to probe the activities of the Nigerian Army during its Operation Python Dance II in the South East.
The party alleged that dozens of people were killed and many wounded in “flagrant violation of military rule of engagement with civilians.”
A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of UPP, Ogbuehi Dike, reads: “The news reports and pictures of the military harassment of unarmed people in the South East during the Operation Python Dance II were a sad commentary in army-civilians relations since Nigeria returned to democracy.
“It was the army’s use of force and intimidation of the good people of the South East geopolitical zone that fueled the suspicion and rejection of its medical outreach in the area and beyond.
“We have no objection to the military discharging its constitutional responsibilities. We however insist that strict adherence to military rule of engagement must be followed and those who violate it should be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to others.”
The party also commended its Anambra state governorship candidate, Osita Chidoka, for his earlier call on the National Assembly to investigate the Operation Python Dance II.
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