Ex-SSS director faults military operation in South-east

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. [Photo credit: Daily Times Nigeria]
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. [Photo credit: Daily Times Nigeria]

A former director of the State Security Service, SSS, Mike Ejiofor, has faulted the ongoing military operation in Nigeria’s South-east, describing it as having the potential to compound the security challenges in the country.

The commencement on Sunday of the military operation codenamed “Operation Python Dance” led to a violent skirmish in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, between the army and the supporters of the separatist group, IPOB. Some journalists were also brutalised by the rampaging soldiers.

“Now, we’ve seen it – this Operation Python Dance – it has a great consequence to our national security,” Mr. Ejiofor said Wednesday on Channels Television in a programme monitored by PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Ejiofor said what was happening (military siege) in the South-east was “very disturbing”.

“My fears are that these situations, if not checked now, can conflagrate into a more serious national security situation,” he said.

“I have witnessed the civil war. No country survives a second civil war. We must do everything to avoid this.”

The former director of the country’s secret police said ”not every Igbo man was in support of Nnamdi Kanu,” the separatist leader who has been campaigning for the independent nation for Biafra – to be made up mainly by the states in the South-east region.

Mr. Ejiofor, who appealed to the army to withdraw troops from the region, advised the federal government to pursue its case against the IPOB leader, Mr. Kanu, in the court.

“He has been charged to court. He was given bail conditions that are overtly seen to have been breached. So, we should wait for him to appear in court. He has a date in court.

“The court will now be in a position to decide either to revoke the bail condition because he has flouted it. The army going to confront Kanu with his group is going to throw us into a serious problem,” he said.

Mr. Ejiofor said even the codename for the military operation is fundamentally flawed because it “didn’t sound conciliatory.”

“Let’s look at Operation Python Dance. What is a python? A python conscripts the victim before it swallows it. That is not conciliatory at all. At this stage of our national life where we have a lot of national security challenges, we should try and see how we can solve some of the problems instead of adding more to our problems.

“That dance is not necessary. It’s uncalled for. I am using this opportunity to appeal to the military authority and the federal government to stop that dance,” Mr. Ejiofor said.

Meanwhile, as the stalemate continues, the Abia State government has extended the recently declared three-day curfew in Aba until Friday.


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  • Abdussalami Yaro

    I always find it amusing and outrightly disgusting, when prominent people tend to be palpably silent when any unpleasant issue affect other people, but they are quick and violently critical when an issue affects their own. This exactly when this former spy master is doing. I could remember, when the issue of Boko Haram activities intensified in the North East, our brothers from the South, started accusing our political and religious leaders for been silent. Now, Mr. Ejiofor is telling us that “not every Igbo man was in support of Nnamdi Kanu”, but if one may ask, where were he and those who don’t share with IPOB agitations? Why were they silent when Kanu was spewing hate speech against Hausa/Fulani and even Yorubas, with an open threat to life and even the use of “nuclear bomb”? Did Mr. Ejiofor ever, openly condemn Kanu and his supporters? It is even interesting here to say, as a former spy master, I believe you are in a better position to understand what national security entails, without succumbing to sentiments and bias.


      Look at your name, and then look at your comment.

      It all ultimately comes down to Christian versus Muslim when it comes to Nigeria. The battle must happen.
      The only question is when? Who will win is not in doubt.

      Christians una mumu don do! It’s time to defeat these people. All that’s needed is international diplomacy work to get USA to stop Britain, Saudi and ISIS from interfering, and getting the job done. Enough is Enough!

      • Abdussalami Yaro

        Trust is bitter. You lack the gut to swallow it.

        • AFRICANER

          Truth isn’t even in your lexicon.

          • Abdussalami Yaro

            Now, let me be spiritual to your uncouth reply to my comment, because I don’t engage in hate and abusive comments, it is not in character. I will therefore, leave you with what your Holy Book says in, Matthew 13:13-14 as well as Matthew 5:20. Have a nice day.

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    When one looks at the targeting of Hausa’s by IPOB members in the SE, then the present military operations is imperative to stop the breakdown of law and order.


    Years of spreading ethnic based hate against Northerners and Yorubas is starting to be acted upon in the SE. The military must stay in the SE and beef up its presence further in order to prevent a descent into ethnic based killings which will surely spread.


      I agree with you. But what must quickly follow is a 1966 style MUTINY in the army, except this time, the factions should be all aggrieved states and regions on one side, and the aggressors on the other.