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Only Criminals in the South East Are Afraid of Operation Python Dance - Gov. Obiano

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All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Obiano has offered his support to militarization of the South-eastern region to weed out security threats.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has said that
contrary to insinuations in the social media, the Operation Python Dance recently launched in the five South East states by the Nigerian Army was not an army of occupation, arguing that it was done with the good intention of wiping out crime in the zone. 

Pro-Biafra agitators, including the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and some human rights groups in the zone had condemned the operation, saying that it was targeted against the agitators. 
They also argued that it would inflict hardship on the people of the zone, especially during the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations. But receiving the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Tukur Buratai at the headquarters of the exercise located at the Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, Obiano said those condemning the exercise missed the point as the exercise was to assist the state in fighting crime.

He said: “They are not Army of occupation as being labeled on the internet. Two and half years ago, our people were not coming home because of security issues and we formed Operation Kpochapu, which cleared the state of crime, such that today, Anambra is the safest state in Nigeria.

“The Army had always assisted the Joint Task Force we set up and they have not disappointed us.” While urging the people to cooperate with the operators of the exercise to sustain the relative peace in the state, the governor observed that it was only criminals and criminally- minded people that would be afraid of the military presence. 
In his speech, General Buratai said the exercise was part of the military training programme, which had been launched in other parts of the country.


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