— In what might by seen as another Python Dance, the Nigeria Army yesterday (May 21, 2018) conducted “operation show of force” in Igboland, mostly in Enugu, Awka and Owerri.
The 82 Division Troops in Enugu and other security agencies were involved in the operation which they described as “a massive show of force in Southeast”.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director of the Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said that, “Troops of the 82 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies conducted a massive, flamboyant show of force in Enugu and Owerri cities and environs.”
According to Musa, “The exercise started in the early hours of today,(at about 6:30 am to about 2:45pm) yesterday in the two capital cities of Enugu and Owerri respectively.
“The show of force was conducted round the major flash points and strategic areas of Enugu city and environs such as Coal Camp, Emene, Nike, New Market, Independence Layout, New Haven, Trans Ekulu, Awkunanaw, Enugu-Abakaliki road, Enugu-Portharcourt express way among others.
“While in Imo State, troops of 34 Brigade and other agencies moved round the general areas of Heroes Square, 2nd Ward Avenue,New Owerri, Amakoya, Egbu and Orlu roads. Others include Owerri -Onitsha, Owerri-Okigwe and Owerri -Ohaji Egbema roads.”
It will be recalled that a similar exercise (Python Dance II) in September 2017 claimed several young Igbo lives, got IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu missing, and had drawn both domestic and international condemnations.