The Nigerian military says it will carry out another round of Operation Python Dance in the Southeast, in response to the sudden reappearance of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu resurfaced on Friday in Israel, just over one year after the military operation in his hometown in Abia state, Nigeria, appeared to have forced him into hiding.
The IPOB leader, whose outlawed group is pushing to secede the southeast region from the Nigerian state, is on trial over treasonable felony.
He was granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja in April, 2017. But Kanu’s trial was discontinued due to his disappearance in September last year.
Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen John Agim, said the conduct of Python Dance in the area was necessary to prevent any form of kidnapping and armed robbery.
“Our responsibility is to ensure that there is peace and security in the South-East region and that is the essence of Operation Python Dance,” he told Punch.
“We are going to have another operation this year. It is to ensure that we don’t allow what happens in the North-East to happen again.
“We are having multiple operations. The court will now know the true situation of things. We said at that time that Kanu ran away, but people said the military kept him in custody. It was propaganda.”