The Igbo National Council (INC) on Sunday, gave the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai 21 days to withdraw his men from the Southeast region.
This was stated in a release signed by the National President, Comrade Chilos Godsent and issued to Vanguard in Owerri.
The release read, “In view of the above, the Igbo National Council (INC), has analysed the state of the Southeast and the Nigerian state and hereby state the following.
“The Nigeria state is not at war with the people of South-East Nigeria, and therefore wish to call on the president and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces.
“The leadership of the National Assembly to mandate the Minister of Defence, Chief of Army Staff, to immediately withdraw the military arbitrarily deployed to Southeast to murder innocent civilians.
“If this is not adhered to within twenty-one days (21) the Igbo National Council (INC), will petition and also sue the Nigeria Army and the Federal government, to International Criminal Court (ICC), for genocide against the armless people of the southeast Nigeria.”
The Nigerian Army had on Saturday inaugurated a crackdown on violent agitators, kidnappers, and other bandits in the South-East geopolitical zone. The crackdown will be prosecuted through “Exercise Egwu Eke II” (Python Dance II) in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States.
The exercise is to be conducted in 82 Division Area of Responsibility covering the five states of the South-East, and will last from 15 September to 14 October.