Biafra: Senators, Reps postpone resumption

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The management of the National Assembly on Wednesday announced the postponement of the resumption of senators and members of the House of Representatives from Tuesday September 19, 2017 to Tuesday September 26, 2017.

He notice of postponement was contained in a statement issued by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.

No reason was given for the decision but it may bot be unconnected with fears that the ongoing clashes between soldiers and members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in the South-East may snowball into the National Assembly and lead to chaos.

The South-East caucus in the House of Representatives had on Wednesday condemned the brutalisation of Igbos by soldiers deployed in the South-East under Operation Pythin Dance II.

The Deputy Minority Leader and Leader South-East Caucus, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, in a statement called for caution in Abia State and the entire South-East. The legislators however expressed their support to a seven-man Committee by the South East Governors to investigate the causes of the current conflict in Abia State. The statement reads: “The attention of the South East Caucus of the House of Representatives has been drawn to the reported fallout from the ongoing military show of force in the South East, codenamed Operation Python Dance II. “Though without convincing explanations, we were informed that a few days ago, some civilians were shot and wounded as they clashed with soldiers at Afaraukwu Village in Umuahia, yet again we have received report of a military invasion of the Umuahia NUJ Office where journalists were molested and their equipment destroyed.

“As a result of the escalating tension, Abia State Governor had to impose a dust to dawn curfew in the commercial town of Aba. “While we appreciate the right to discharge core duties of the Nigeria armed forces as spelt out under section 217 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), there is no gainsaying that internal military operations can only be conducted without doing violence to the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights of citizens.

“To conduct operations that frighten, maim or lead to loss of lives of citizens and property, are clearly unjustifiable and an offence to our democracy and the rule of law. “We therefore call for a de-escalation of “internal military operations” in Abia State and the South East as a whole, while urging our brothers and sisters at home to remain civil and law abiding. “We wish to express our support to the reported setting up of a Seven -man Committee by the South East Governors to investigate the causes of the current conflict in Abia State.”

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