Don’t Violate Human Rights, Abia Govt Tells Nigerian Army
As the Nigerian Army, Operation Python Dance II deploy more troops in Umuahia, Aba in Abia State to forestall any impending riot, the State Government has called on the soldiers to discharge their duties within international standard.
In a statement signed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, the government said while it would agree that the operation of the Army is intended to check kidnapping, secessionist activities banditry and assassination, within the south east region, it would expect the soldiers to respect the rights of the residents.
The statement read in part that the Abia State remains a component of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subscribes to the supremacy of the Constitution of the country and all other extant laws.
However, it urged the Nigerian Army to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and properties of Nigerian citizens within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace.
Meanwhile, the recent faceoff between the army and some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra had made the state government to declare three-day-curfew on Aba.
“The Abia State Government is committed to the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens and others residing and doing business within the geographical entity called Abia State,” the statement said.