IPOB: Nigerian Army Acted within Ambit of Law, Buratai Says

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

By Paul Obi in Abuja

Following the condemnation by the Senate that the Nigerian Army acted outside the purview of the Nigerian Constitution in the clampdown on Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the invasion of the South-east region, the Army has insisted that it acted within the ambit of the constitution.

Opposition and criticisms have continued to trail the Army’s deployment in the South-east and the crackdown on IPOB members.

Constitutional lawyers have also lampooned the Nigerian military and the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) for abusing the 1999 Constitution, and derogating the provisions of Section 217 of the constitution and the Terrorism Act 2014.

But speaking in Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff (CAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai, said Monday that the military acted constitutionally and within the purview of the law.

Buratai contended that the military is under compulsion to uphold the constitutional responsibility and protect the lives and properties in the face of internal and external threats to territorial integrity of the nation.

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  • Rick Eson

    Can Kanu/IPOB sign a bail condition say in London , then break all condition of that bail, went further setup IPOB military team in addition to hate speech. Nigeria will be a zoo if Kanu action’s since bail remain unchallenged.
    Any one criticising the Military action is an enemy of Nigerian. The law of the land is supreme. The sovereignty of our Nation unchallengeable. God bless Nigeria God bless our Gallant army.

  • Paulocaesar

    I didn’t see buratai’s pythons dancing when attahiru bafarawa declared sokoto a sharia law state and the governors of all northern states followed suit to secceed from the law that applied to all other citizens.

  • Admonisher

    What this man implied was DHQ made a recommendation of IPOB as a terrorist organization with formalization and formal declaration in process

  • Toby

    Dumb leadership. Very archaic.

  • Biafra Bueze

    You see why we Biafrans,call you gys Animals in the ZOO. You guys act too dumb,your ASS will soon end up in ICC

    • Admonisher

      Actually all the tapes of Kanu’s speeches in all countries and IPOB rallies and “sits at home ” are being compiled.

      I am very sure DSS has numerous telephone intercepts and even verbal statements in transcript form.

      I think you may be surprised that the FG side that released him on bail and did nothing when he was over ranging have cards to play.

  • PureWater1985

    Buratai, the head of Nigerian army should know that the blood of defenceless innocent civilians who are mostly Igbos he ordered his soldiers to murder in COLD BLOOD in south eastern part of the country is on his head. I have seen the gory pictures and videos of how Nigerian soldiers slaughtered defenceless civilians in Aba and Umuahia in the south east of the country, I was appalled and wondered why this should be happening in the 21st century. The perpetrators of such horrible crime against their fellow citizens should be brought to justice. I think they should be taken to International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.

  • Sarah

    Our Army is constitutionally charged with the responsibility of defending Nigeria’s territorial integrity from all threats, internal or external.
    Kanu/Ipob/BSS are a threat to Nigeria’s territorial integrity similar to Boko Haram. They have gone as far as carving out Nigerian territory under a Name totally foreign to our Constitution.
    Therefore our Army was acting within their constitutional role by acting promptly to suppress the growing criminal secessionist movement.
    Saraki or whomever else is not happy is welcome to proceed to our Supreme Court for an interpretation of our Constitution.
    Q.E.D

    • Egie Joseph Odiase

      Saraki fully supports the action of the military. Actually when a lot of our so called leaders where sitting on the fence, Saraki released a press statement that the unity of Nigeria is non negotiable. An overwhelming majority of Nigerians support the military.

    • Paulocaesar

      Dear Sarah, you weren’t saying all this when attahiru bafarawa declared sokoto a sharia law state and the governors of all northern states followed suit,…an act of secession against Obasanjo. No dancing pythons then were there?

    • josvinco

      @Sarah. They are charged “constitutionally to go after IPOB” and allow the Fulani herdsmen a laissez-faire attitude to wantonly murder innocent people and the constitution forbids them to go after them ? May i ask why is it lawful for the fulani herdsmen to carry AK-47 ? If everybody carries AK-47 do you think our army can perform their duties easily ? What is good for the goose is equally good for the gander.

  • Daniel Obior

    What law empowers the military to declare any group as terrorist organisation, in a democracy? This army goon thinks we are running a military government. Ignorant people running the military.

  • KWOY

    A VAGABOND WHICH LAW DO YOU KNOW EXCEPT THE SHARIA?! As far as we are concerned you will continue to act within the law! WE WILL CONTINUE TO OBLIGE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY OF ACTING WITHIN THE LAW!

  • Agba

    Nigeria army left important job in Bornu state,today boko haram killied 15 people,they are wasting their time in peaceful enviroment in ABIA STATE