A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations [CSOs] have dragged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to court over the upcoming Operation Python Dance III in the South East of Nigeria.
The groups are:
- International Human Rights and Equity Defence Foundation [I-REF]
- Igbo Ekunie Initiative [IEI], and,
- International Societies for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law [Intersociety]
The respondents in the suit are:
- The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami [SAN]
- The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and,
- General Officer Commanding [GOC], 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Boman.
The CSOs prayed the court to declare, among other things, that Operation Python Dance III is a threat to the life and freedom of movement of the South East Nigeria.
The CSOs recalled that exactly one year ago, between September 15, 2017 and October 14, 2017, the Army carried out Operation Python Dance II, and in the penultimate year Operation Python Dance I.
According to the documents filed at the court, “there were several reports of human rights violations ranging from right to life, right to the dignity of human person, right to personal liberty, right to freedom of movement, and other sundry acts constituting human rights violations.
They, therefore, sought the court’s “order of injunction restraining the respondents from taking further steps in connection with the Operation Python Dance III or maintaining status quo pending the determination of this suit.
See the attached suit with the accompanying affidavit below:
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