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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that security agencies currently carrying-out military operation code-named Operation Python Dance II must be allowed free hand to conduct their constitutional roles of securing lives and property without hindrance and provocation.

The party stated this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, in reaction to the recent reports of violent clashes between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia and Rivers State and the Nigerian army.

The Party, however, said it regrets the incident at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat 
in Umuahia, Abia State capital, where some journalists were assaulted.

The statement reads: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) calls for calm and restraint following recent reports of violent clashes linked to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia and Rivers State.

“The Party also regrets the incident at the National Union of Journalist (NUJ) Secretariat in Umuahia, Abia State capital, where some journalists were assaulted. Commendably, the Nigerian Army has tendered its apology and is investigating the matter.

“While the Party insist that security agencies must adhere with globally-stipulated rules of engagements and laws governing their operations, we must allow our security agencies to conduct their constitutional roles of securing lives and property without hindrance and provocation.

“We also call on citizens, social commentators, media influencers and other stakeholders to be careful and mindful of their utterances on the clashes. Stoking tensions by inciting utterances, hate speech and all other forms of awful propaganda will only push the country to the precipice.

“When we see the devastation of the Country’s North East by Boko Haram, the 1966 Nigerian civil war and similar conflicts in other countries, we are reminded of the effects of internal strife.

“We must not yield to elements beating the drumbeats of war. We owe the peace and unity of our dear country to the present and unborn generations. We must speak and stand up for peaceful coexistence on our social media platforms, places of worship and all other public spaces we belong.


“On the backdrop of recent agitations and actions which have the potential of undermining the unity of our country and our relationship across religious and ethnic divides, the Party cautions that we must ensure that such agitations are peaceful and lawful. The Party reiterates its belief that it is in our collective interest to support and remain steadfast to the cause of a united Nigeria.”

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  1. Well I hope APC can come out to denounce this statement. The police has the responsibility of protecting lives and properties in any country except such country has been invaded by a foreign treat or terrorist group. IPOB is neither.

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  2. Secession has no business with police 🚓 involvement but only military as it is case of territorial integrity. It happened in the united states about 1861 and the result was catastrophic. IPOB should calm their nerve because throwing stones and bottles against the military does not help their struggle in any sense.

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  3. I hope you guys are watching all this videos on how the military are maltreating the ipobs, FG need to call them to order before the lives of innocent citizens are wasted,I don't know if all these maltreatment is for something else or because of agitation,it's not just good the way this country is going with this type of maltreatment.

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    1. Mr. kelechi, not supporting the army but what would you say about the unprovoked attack on the Hausas in Rivers state and the viral video of the IPOB men doing a stop and search on buses, then the various stories of harassment by IPOB members

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