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  1. Joe Igbokwe, an aide to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has alleged a threat to his life by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Igbokwe alleged that IPOB was threatening his life because he is against the philosophy of the group and the Eastern Security Network, ESN. In an open letter, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo chieftain described ESN as bandits bullying, threatening, killing, and destroying people of the Southeast. Igbokwe addressed the letter to the Inspector General of Police, Anambra Police Commissioner, Commander of the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, Igbo governors, House of Representatives members, and other stakeholders in the Southeast. Catholic Prayers The letter reads partly: “A mother chicken says she is crying out to the world that a Kite stole her chick not because she can do anything to retrieve the stolen sibling but to let the world hear her voice. I am sure most of us would have seen the continuous threat to my life and the life of those of us who do not agree with the philosophy of IPOB and ESN bandits on Biafra agitation via armed struggle. “Today they are getting bolder, threatening, bullying, killing, destroying and decimating the economy of Igboland. Today the bandits say they have power over life and death in Igboland. The bandits and Children of hate say they have banned me from coming to Igboland. The latest threat is that I should prepare to die. This is unacceptable in the 21st Century. “Blind people should not lead people with eyes. People we do not know their upbringing, their pedigree, what they do for a living, who their fathers and their mothers we do not know are telling us they are the owners of Igboland. We cannot take this anymore. We will confront history. I will not allow Soap to enter my eyes when I have buckets of water with me. You do not tell the deaf and the dumb that war has started. When he sees others running he will join them.” Recall that a self-acclaimed disciple of IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Simon Ekpa, had warned that Igbokwe should be ready to die because Kanu will soon see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  2. Nigerians have continued to blast the Police after the Inspector General of Police labeled one Glory Okolie, a 22-year-old girl reportedly held by officers of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in the state a spy for IPOB members. Okolie, whose family had been looking for since June was said to have been arrested on June 17 by IRT officers in order to use her as bait to arrest her boyfriend, who is suspected to be a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Below are some of the reactions on Facebook: “Very sad indeed.. Nigerian Police is a shame to the world… Their Shame De shame me. Bunch of unprofessional group.” – Jude Chibueze “They have been keeping the girl as their property, only God knows what they have done to the girl aside using her as made, now that the whereabouts of the girl is known to the public, she has been tag IPOB/ESN spy, what was she for the past two months, nigeria which way.” – Justice Adimoto “I blame the useless so called Imo Elder statesmen, this can never happen to even a verified Boko Haram Northern lady. Truly, Igbo and Imo in particular don’t have leaders. What we have are mere political jobbers with stained backgrounds, thus because they know that their criminal past can be used against them, they can’t boldly challenge Abuja and her invading forces to stop molesting innocent Igbo youths.” – Johnson James “Hold your governor and George Obiozor of Ohaneze responsible first before Nigeria police,” – Innocent Ufoegbulam “Bloody liers nemesis most definitely gets you all.if you don’t let that innocent girl go. you think by tagging her anything can convince us. we are more educated than you all. together with the zoo police.” – Torres Elms “Human right take over, UN, EU, SA, AU, Amnesty International are u watching, divide this is too evil, Biafra will be solution to this, people that say they are protecting live and property, is this the way they protect the life and property, God answer our prayer.” – Awoke Daniel. “Same police didn’t know how to investigate before beating, harassing and locking up imsu students because two female students involved in a fight in their hostel. Mad people everywhere.” – Chukwuebuka Raphael “Their soul aim of this kidnap was for their sexual purpose is very unfortunate they have started kidnapping our young girls at will no consequences.” – Aleke Kingsley “I wonder when the Nigerian police will ever change, because what i see isn’t ever promising and definitely won’t end well, please Nigeria police department change for the better and serve the people and not hurt,hunt and kill them.” – Nestor Opara “We don’t need any uniform men or women in imo state again, before they will finish us all.this is so sad.” – Lilian Patrick Chidinma.
  3. A Nigerian man has taken to social media to berate IPOB leaders for making decisions that adversely affect the Igbo people in their quest for secession. The man identified as, Uloka Chibuikem pointed out that most of the IPOB leaders are living happily abroad with access to basic amenities, yet they are making calls in Nigeria, such as the sit-at-home order, that isn’t favourable for the Igbos. Uloka said he is in pains and was supposed to undergo surgery today, August 16, in Onitsha but that was not possible because hospitals remained closed due to the sit-at-home order. Though IPOB has suspended the weekly Monday sit-at-home order declared over the detention of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, many residents of Anambra state and Kanu’s state of origin, Abia, still stayed off the streets, reluctant to open their businesses. Uloka, who has been affected by the action of IPOB said: “This servitude mustn’t stand”
  4. According to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Federal Government would explore all options within the context of the law to ensure a peaceful and united Nigeria. Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, stated this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday. The AGF’s aide also said it was not true that the government of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), had not been prosecuting terrorists and bandits. Gwandu, however, did not give details of what the government has been doing on the planned extradition of Igboho, who has been in a detention facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic since he was arrested around 8pm on July 19, 2021, by the Interpol at the Cadjèhoun Airport. Sunday PUNCH had exclusively reported last week that the Federal Government was plotting the arrest of Akintoye, Igboho’s partner in the struggle for the secession of Yoruba from Nigeria. The octogenarian professor of History, who has since left Nigeria for neighbouring Benin Republic, ostensibly, to escape plot for his arrest, had said he was not afraid of any arrest. The 86-year-old scholar had said he was in Benin Republic to ensure the release of Igboho and would return to Nigeria as soon as the embattled 48-year-old agitator was freed. Akintoye, the leader of the umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group known as Ilana Omo Oodua; and Igboho, have been seen together at press conferences and rallies championing the cause to secede from Nigeria and establish a Yoruba Nation. The Department of State Services had raided Igboho’s residence around 1 am on July 1, 2021. The secret police had said it killed two of his associates and arrested about 12 others during the bloody raid. Igboho, who narrowly escaped the bloody raid, was subsequently declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria under the pretext of Yoruba Nation. The DSS had also alleged that it recovered seven AK-47 rifles, three pump-action rifles, one stun gun, 221 live rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 1,295 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one jackknife and a walkie-talkie during the raid of Igboho’s house on July 1, 2021. Igboho had denied the allegations. After going underground for 19 days, Igboho found his way to Benin Republic but luck ran out on him and he was arrested around 8 pm on July 19, 2021, by the Interpol at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, when he tried to board a flight to Germany. Igboho was arrested after the Federal Government notified its West African neighbours — including Republic of Benin- that he should be captured. He was arrested with his wife, Ropo, but the Cour De’appal De Cotonou ordered the release of the wife based in Germany saying there were no allegations against her. The Cour De’appal De Cotonou, however, ordered that Igboho be in prison custody in the country while further investigations would be carried out on the case against him. Igboho, who is now seeking asylum in Benin Republic, is facing allegations bordering on trafficking in arms, inciting violence and causing disunity in Nigeria. Some of the other offences said to have been committed by the activist bordered on entering the Benin Republic illegally and alleged planned intent to cause social unrest in the West African country. Though currently in detention, the court granted the 48-year-old agitator access to medical care while his lawyers continue to battle for his release and kick against his extradition to Nigeria. Asked whether the AGF Office had abandoned the extradition of Igboho or otherwise, Malami’s aide said he could not make the “processes” known to the public. Gwandu said, “There are certain things that may not require publicity but the important thing is having a peaceful Nigeria and not discussing all or making public some of the processes so far.” The AGF Office is responsible for matters regarding extradition, repatriation and transfer of suspects or wanted persons. Malami had on June 29, 2021, announced the “arrest” and “extradition” of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, from a foreign country. The AGF Office has since re-arraigned the IPOB leader before Justice Binta Nyako for terrorism-related charges. The trial of Kanu, remanded in DSS custody in Abuja, has since been adjourned till October 21, 2021. In September 2017, Malami and the then Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata, had approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to give judicial backing to the Executive Order of President Buhari, outlawing IPOB and its activities in every part of Nigeria. The then Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, had granted the order proscribing the group. Speaking with our correspondent on Saturday, the AGF Office said options were on the table to deal with Yoruba Nation groups to ensure a united and peaceful Nigeria. “The Federal Government is interested in having a peaceful Nigeria, so, all options cannot be ruled out, all options in order to have a peaceful and serene atmosphere in the country can be explored by the Federal Government,” he said. Asked specifically whether the Federal Government intended to proscribe Akintoye and Igboho-led Yoruba Nation group, the AGF Office said, “Whatever thing that is doable and possible within the context of the law in accordance with extant provisions of the law will be pursued. All options are available at the Federal Government’s end.” Some Nigerians including Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had accused the Buhari government of allegedly pampering bandits and failing to prosecute arrested terrorists while being hard on separatists. However, the AGF Office said it was not true, adding that the government was also prosecuting arrested bandits and terrorists. “That is a lie. There is a department under the Attorney General that is pursuing all the issues. It doesn’t hold water; it is just a mere figment of the imagination of mischief-makers,” Malami’s aide said. FG won’t descend so low to proscribe Yoruba Nation group –Akintoye When contacted, Akintoye’s Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, told Sunday PUNCH on Saturday that the Buhari government won’t want to descend low to outlaw the Yoruba Nation group led by his principal. Adeleye told our correspondent that Ilana Omo Oodua was not a terrorist group but a peaceful self-determination association with a belief in referendum and sensitisation through rallies. He said, “There is no basis for the proscription of Ilana Omo Oodua. The government can only proscribe a terrorist group and not a peaceful group like Ilana Omo Oodua. All our members arrested in Ojota (area in Lagos), were charged with disturbance of public peace but later released. Why weren’t they charged with treasonable felony or murder? “If the government proscribes us, we are going to challenge it in the court of law because we have committed no offence. It is an organisation that believes in peaceful agitation for self-determination. We even released a manual on peaceful agitation for self-determination as authored by our Leader, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye. “I do not think the Nigerian government will descend so low to proscribe a peaceful organisation like Ilana Omo Oodua. Professor Akintoye has released a formal statement that he is not afraid of arrest and that he is coming to Nigeria soon.” The spokesman for Akintoye also said the group had no association with IPOB and does not believe in the sit-at-home order issued by the group in the South-East. “Sit-at-home is never in our plan. Ilana Omo Oodua has no association with IPOB, so comparing IPOB methodology with ours is heretical. Our modus operandi is totally different. With all due respect to the members of IPOB, the only thing we have in common is that they want Biafra Nation and we want an independent Yoruba Nation. “We are for peaceful self-determination; we believe in referendum, we don’t want war, we are not going to shoot a gun or carry a cutlass to attack anyone. We do not have any military wing. We are for peace and we believe the best way to achieve this is by NINAS (Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination) strategy of referendum and that is why we have been holding rallies to sensitise our people,” he told Sunday PUNCH. FG can’t proscribe a right – Agitator’s counsel Meanwhile, Coordinator, Legal Affairs for Igboho, Olasupo Ojo, told Sunday PUNCH that self-determination is a right and the Federal Government can’t proscribe it. “I dare them to do it. Boko Haram is out there killing people and they didn’t proscribe them, they kept quiet. Let them do their worst. They can’t scare anybody. “How many groups do they know? Do they know how many groups are agitating for Yoruba Nation all over the globe? It is too late, they can’t proscribe a right. Until they remove the right from the law, they can’t do that. They should read Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” he told our correspondent. Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights read, “All peoples shall have the right to existence. They shall have the unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination. They shall freely determine their political status and shall pursue their economic and social development according to the policy they have freely chosen. “Colonised or oppressed peoples shall have the right to free themselves from the bonds of domination by resorting to any means recognised by the international community. “All peoples shall have the right to the assistance of the State Parties to the present Charter in their liberation struggle against foreign domination, be it political, economic or cultural.” Move to proscribe group, an act of dictatorship –Afenifere Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Saturday said the government had no right to proscribe any group. The leader of the group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, told Sunday PUNCH that though Afenifere was not a member of Akintoye and Igboho’s group, he added that any attempt to proscribe the group was an act of dictatorship. The 93-year-old Afenifere leader said, “We are not members of the group but the government has no right to proscribe any organisation in as much as the organisation is not involved in any criminal activity. What criminal activities are they involved in? They have a right to exist. Why has (British Prime Minister), Boris Johnson, not proscribed the Scottish Nationalist Party campaigning for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom? “You may not agree with Igboho or Akintoye but they have a right to exist. It is an act of dictatorship for the AGF office to say it may proscribe an organisation in a democracy. Under what right? They have no right to do it.” Adebanjo said it was the refusal of the Buhari government to restructure Nigeria to federalism that birthed the Akintoye and Igboho’s group. “We have been saying it that Igboho is asking for secession because the government does not want to restructure back to federalism. We made that clear. It is the act of the government’s refusal that is encouraging the Igbohos and Nnamdi Kanus. And they (government) know it,” he said. Another member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajegbensi, said the Federal Government should focus on addressing the grievances of the people rather than chasing self-determination proponents. He said, “Why are people demanding for a country of their own? It is because of the reckless injustice affecting the state. It is because people don’t feel comfortable and safe within the Nigerian nation. So, if people are safe and they believe their interest is secured within the political structure called Nigeria, there will be no need for self-determination and Yoruba Nation. “Yoruba Nation is the feeling of the people that if this country cannot work, they deserve a country that can work. “The Federal Government should channel its energy to give the people a country that they will be proud of rather than grandstanding and acting as if the country is all about some people. The Federal Government should channel its energy in addressing the challenges so that people can be willing to associate with Nigeria and call the country their own country because it will shock us one day that even some people from the North and Middle Belt, will begin to demand a country of their own when this government or any government is not doing what it should do. No nation can continue with this level of injustice, it is not possible. Instead of threatening people, the government should build a country that the people can happily associate with.”
  5. Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that the upcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State slated for November 6, 2021, will not hold. Ekpa, in a tweet on his Twitter page, said that a no-election order will be activated by members of IPOB. He boasted that South East leaders do not know what the electorate are ready to do and that they must learn from their Northern counterparts. He wrote, ”No election in Biafraland will be activated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), starting from the Anambra election. ”The leaders in the SE don’t know what the electorate are ready to do. The struggle has entered AutoPilot. The leaders from SE must learn from Northerners.” Few days back, there was a near-total compliance to the sit-at-home order issued by the separatist group in Anambra. Nnewi, Awka, Onitsha, Ekwulobia as well as other areas saw total compliance with the order on Monday. The group made the order, to be carried out every Monday, to protest the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, who was arrested in an African country believed to be Kenya after jumping bail in 2017.
  6. The officials of the British High Commission in Nigeria have demanded to meet the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), SaharaReporters has learnt. Also, there is an arrangement being facilitated by the IPOB leader’s lawyers that [b]some of his family members would see him in detention of the DSS during the next visit. Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, disclosed these to SaharaReporters on Tuesday while reacting to the access of the legal representatives to see the pro-Biafra separatist leader. Though Ejimakor was not present with the team yesterday, he, however, confirmed that his two colleagues visited and came with a fascinating report. SaharaReporters had reported on Monday that Kanu’s counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, visited Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services in Abuja. Ejiofor had said, “After weeks of speculations and uncertainties, we have finally seen our Client-Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We can authoritatively confirm this position to the world. “He is firm and stable, less the burden of solitary confinement and concomitant mental torture arising therefrom. Though the detaining authority is giving him medical attention, he still requires advanced medical care, which formed substantial part of the relief in our application before the Court.” While responding to the visit today, Ejimakor said, “Yes, two of my colleagues saw him yesterday. We are using this opportunity to let people that have not seen him do that. We are working on that. The DSS didn’t make the restriction to only his lawyers. People can see him but it has to be through his lawyers. “I just spoke with his senior brother who lives in Germany; his name is Kingsley. We were talking about the family members that can see him on the next visit. So, his brother here Prince would likely be there. It would feel great to see him.” Ejimakor also emphasised the need for Kanu to be moved from the custody of the secret police to a prison facility in order to guarantee his medical care and social contact. “The people that saw him came with the news that he was in high spirits. But we still insist that he requires special medical care. Also, we are insisting and working on him being transferred to prison. He can have medical care needed and social contact in the prison than a detention facility. “He needs this to heal psychologically from what he passed through. Social contacts with his family, lawyers, supporters and well-wishers will help. A lot of our Igbo leaders are ready to meet him and they will sooner or later. But, I need to say that the DSS environment is too restrictive for that. so, he has to be transferred to the prison facility. “About the British High Commission officials, I spoke with them too. They request to see him too after the Monday experience. So, all of these things we’re working on, and hopefully, we will get them. They are desirous to see him. It was mentioned during my talk with the Consular some moments ago,” Ejimakor added. Sahara reporters
  7. Finland-based ardent member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Simon Ekpa has said the hatred of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, for the ipob family and the Biafran agitations ended his career. Ekpa, said Kyari’s alleged roles and injustice in suppressing the Igbo paved the way for the expose of the fraud he ventured into. He stated these on his Twitter page while reacting to the indictment of the top police officer in $1.1million fraud involving serial fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, as revealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States. This led to the suspension of Kyari on Sunday by the Police Service Commission for an investigation. Ekpa wrote, “I was very sure Abba Kyari’s life and career will end in Biafraland, but I didn’t see it coming this way. All the same without our outcry, the criminal government will shield him. Today, his injustice and hate against a Biafran in the name of Vincent has ended his career.” Hushpuppi had told FBI about a deal with Kyari that led to the arrest of another suspected fraudster, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent. The US wants Kyari extradited to answer questions on the allegations. However, Kyari has denied the allegation, saying he only introduced Hushpuppi to a tailor. Sahara reporters
  8. Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu recently visited Femi Fani Kayode at his residence, IgbereTV reports. Femi Fani-Kayode shared a picture of the visit, and wrote; https://www.instagram.com/p/CR3mDaCjjTb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  9. Timber and building material market in Orlu, Imo state, was on Tuesday July 27 reportedly closed down by soldiers. A source told TheCable that traders were not allowed to open their shops because they closed operations on Monday July 26 in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who was meant to appear at a federal high court in Abuja. However after they turned up to resume trading on Tuesday July 27, they were stopped by soldiers who asked them to “stay at home until Biafra Republic is attained”. Police spokesperson in the state, Mike Abatem when contacted said he cannot speak on the matter and added that questions should be directed to the army spokesperson in the state. According to TheCable, Babatunde Zubiruo, spokesperson of 34 artillery brigade command in Imo, abruptly ended a telephone conversation with the publication after the issue was raised, and subsequent text messages sent to his phone received no response.
  10. Deji Adeyanju, popular Abuja-based rights activist, on Sunday called on Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court to recuse herself from the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Adeyanju pointed out that Justice Nyako is not neutral enough to handle Kanu’s trial. The activist explained that the trial judge’s husband is a Fulani man from Adamawa State, and Kanu was used to insulting the tribe, hence she should recuse herself. Kanu is currently standing trial for charges bordering on treason before Justice Nyako. Justice Nyako had in 2017 granted Kanu bail but the IPOB leader had jumped the bail and fled Nigeria. His lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, however, argued that Kanu did not jump bail, stressing that Nigerian government made him flee the country. However, Adeyanju, in a tweet wrote: “I’m of the view that Justice Nyako is not neutral enough to adjudicate on the Nnamdi Kanu case because her husband is a prominent Fulani leader in West Africa and has hosted African Fulani groups in Adamawa severally. “Kanu has consistently insulted & abused Fulanis. I, therefore, think Justice Nyako should recuse herself from the Kanu’s case honourably. “Let me quote the Supreme Court in FRN v. MKO Abiola (1995): Justice must be rooted in confidence & confidence is destroyed when right-minded people go away thinking: The Judge is biased.”
  11. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have vowed to storm Abuja, the nation’s capital for the trial of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday. The group also told the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to prepare more cells and mortuaries should he want to detain or kill its members, as they prepare to flood the court to show solidarity with their leader. The group's spokesperson, Emma Powerful, disclosed this to SaharaReporters on Sunday while speaking about his expectations regarding Kanu's trial, which is expected to commence on Monday. He, however, cautioned the members of IPOB and Kanu’s supporters to behave appropriately and obey the law. “You should expect Biafrans in Abuja tomorrow and nobody can stop us or prevent us from being in court tomorrow. Nnamdi Kanu is our leader and we cannot afford to abandon him because he did not abandon us. “IPOB members should move to Abuja and those living in Abuja must be there to show solidarity with our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and for Nigeria to know that he is our own. “Malami and his co-conspirators should prepare to kill all of us tomorrow, and every IPOB member must behave well. “This is to show the world that we are coming, (and) for this court to know that we are disciplined and cultured. Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has laid the foundation of IPOB well and we must follow his teachings,” Powerful said. Kanu, the leader of the most popular pro-Biafra group, will continue his trial on Monday at a Federal High Court in Abuja after he fled Nigeria in 2017. He is being prosecuted on allegations bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms, among others levelled against him by the Nigerian government. He has been in the detention of the Department of State Services (DSS) since he was abducted in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria, after his brief appearance before Justice Binta Nyako on June 30. According to Powerful, the Nigerian government is inflicting pain on IPOB members through its actions. He, however, vowed that the group will not keep quiet until the world hears and comes to its aid. “We will be there tomorrow. Let Malami clean his prisons and mortuary for our people tomorrow. The world will see them tomorrow. You cannot beat a child and force the child not to cry, that is what they are trying to do to us and we must cry until the world hears us. Nnamdi Kanu remains our leader, no other person,” Powerful added.
  12. Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige has asked the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to stop linking him to the re-arrest of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Ngige expressed that as the Chief Labour Officer, he lacked the time to meddle into security and diplomatic matters, which clearly fall within the mandate of the Nigerian Security and National Intelligence Agencies. This was contained in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja on Saturday. Ngige described the statement by the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, attempting to link him with the arrest of Kanu as deceitful, mischievous, malicious and wicked. The Minister stated that IPOB and its spokesperson know him (Ngige) very well as a man who calls “a spade a spade” and has no room for “equivocation or speaking from both sides of the mouth” since his days as Governor in Anambra State. “Ngige is occupied, involved and engrossed with his duties as the Labour and Employment Minister, member of Federal Cabinet Committee for Economic Recovery and member of the Economic Sustainability Committee constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari, which is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with the mandate to tackle the challenges and fallouts of COVID-19 and post COVID-19 era. “It is therefore unthinkable that somebody with grey matter in his brain, except if he is hallucinating like the IPOB spokesman, could accuse a very busy Minister like Senator Ngige of being part of a ‘conspiracy’ for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu. “The Minister, being somebody with long-standing experience in the public service, knows the bounds of his office and does not have the time to meddle into Foreign Affairs of Extradition and security matters that clearly fall within the mandate of the Nigerian Diplomatic Missions, national intelligence agencies. “Ngige is neither the Minister of Police Affairs, Justice, Foreign Affairs nor the National Security Adviser, to start discussing issues of extradition or arrest of a fugitive outside Nigeria’s territory, which are clearly outside his mandate.”
  13. The British High Commission and a law firm in London, Bindmans, have sought the consent of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to take up his case. The PUNCH gathered on Thursday that Kanu’s Nigerian lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, delivered two forms to the IPOB leader on Wednesday during a visit to the office of the Department of State Services, where he is being detained. Ejimakor told our correspondent that the development would open up a new chapter in the trial of Kanu, adding that the Nigerian government would be served with summons to bring him to the United Kingdom, where another case would be heard over the manner of his rendition to Nigeria. He said, “I went to visit him on Wednesday and went with two forms. One was the consular consent form that the British High Commission required that he signs to consent to consular assistance. There was also a form from his counsel in the UK. The firm is known as Bindmans, one of the largest law firms in the UK. “The forms will open a whole new chapter of legality, including the filing of a Writ of Mandamus, against the Nigerian government in a UK court to compel it to produce Kanu, because his detention is illegal under the British law. It was an extraordinary rendition, which is an international crime by which a state kidnaps a suspect or a fugitive without the due process of law. “They will be filing all these processes in the UK and there is a prospect of a UK court assuming universal jurisdiction or extra-territorial jurisdiction and reaching into Kenya so that they can arrest every Kenyan official, either authorised or not, and every Nigerian official involved in this case.” The lawyer noted that the DSS collected the forms, saying they must first go through the vetting of its legal unit. He said despite being told that he would collect them on Thursday, he had yet to be contacted by the government agency. Ejimakor said during his three-hour meeting, the IPOB leader gave a vivid account of how the Nigerian government hired agents, who abducted and flew him into the country. While quoting Kanu, he said the IPOB leader was blindfolded and flown on a private jet without any extradition hearing or immigration process. He stated, “Kanu said he was flown to Abuja in a private jet on Sunday, June 27, 2021, from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, and that he was the lone passenger. He was blindfolded and driven to the tarmac very close to the plane without passing through the airport immigration. “The plane departed Nairobi around 12pm and arrived in Abuja in the evening. “Kanu was tortured and subjected to untold cruel and inhuman treatment in Kenya. He said his abductors disclosed to him that they abducted him at the behest of the Nigerian government. The people that abducted him said they were told by their sponsors that Kanu was a Nigerian terrorist linked to Islamic terrorists in Kenya, presumably Al-Shabab. But after several days when they discovered his true identity, they tended to treat him less badly. “Despite that, they told him they felt committed to hand him over to those that hired them. “According to Kanu, no warrant of arrest was shown to him or even mentioned to him. And for the eight days he was held incommunicado, nothing of presenting him before a court or transferring him to an official detention facility was ever mentioned. He was held in a nondescript private facility and chained to a bare floor. “Kanu was interviewed for the first time in my presence by three DSS officers. The interview was revealing as it contained certain new allegations that were never heard of before. But all the questions relate directly or indirectly to his status as the leader of IPOB.” The counsel said despite his client’s ordeal, he was in high spirit.
  14. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the governors of Rivers, Anambra and labour minister of conspiracy to sabotage Nnamdi Kanu. Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra, Chief Emeka Offor and labour minister Chris Ngige were named in a statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful. The proscribed group spokesperson insisted that they betrayed Kanu for business and political interests. “Our intelligence unit, the M. Branch discovered how Emeka Offor of Oraifte coordinated and financed the evil plot. We equally gathered that the Nigerian Government initially refused to commit the extraordinary rendition until Emeka Offor, Nyesom Wike, and Willie Obiano, agreed to bankroll the plot,” Powerful said. Powerful stated that IPOB investigations further revealed that the Nigerian government refused to sponsor the project but some Igbo politicians and businessmen volunteered to fund it. He pointed out that Emeka Offor had told some people that he was ready to provide N250 million to open another Radio Biafra to counter Kanu broadcasts on the official Radio Biafra. “Should anything happen to our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the fate of Judas will be more honourable than what will befall these traitors. “Anybody close to these saboteurs should advise them to quickly go for the release of our Leader the way they trapped him into the net of the Nigeria Government. “Investigation is still ongoing to determine the level of each person’s involvement,” he said.
  15. Security operatives in Kenya who bundled the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to an undisclosed apartment, confessed to him that they were sent by the Nigerian government to abduct him. SaharaReporters learnt that the Kenya operatives chained Kanu to the floor for six days, not knowing who he was, until the news about him began to filter in. SaharaReporters was told that Kanu, by that time, had suffered injuries in his neck and his wrist. SaharaReporters gathered that Kanu, for the first time, was interviewed on Wednesday by the Department of State Services officials in Abuja, in the presence of his lawyers, led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor. It was during the interview that the revelations of what happened to Kanu in Kenya came out. “Kanu was interviewed by DSS agents today in the presence of his lawyers. He had injuries on his neck and wrist from torture. They said they didn’t know who he was. They chained him to floor for six days but they became nice to him once they found out who he was,” a top source revealed. SaharaReporters had on July 7 reported that Kanu told his lawyer, Ejiofor, that he was “mercilessly beaten and tortured” in the East African country before his extradition to Nigeria. Ejiofor had confirmed the words of Kanu during an interview adding that Kanu told him how he was detained not in the Kenya official detention centres, but in a private residence for about eight days, before his extradition to Nigeria. The IPOB leader’s lawyer, Ejiofor, had revealed this in an interview, noting that the Kenya authorities would be dragged to the International Criminal Court to answer for the brutality. The lawyer had said, “There was a clear collaboration between the Kenya government and the Nigerian government and I am happy that they are now denying the fact that Kanu was arrested in there. “But by the time we finish with them at the International Criminal Court, they will never remain the same. He was arrested at the airport there and he was taken to an unknown residence. He was subjected to inhuman treatment. “Kanu was tortured, maltreated and mercilessly beaten, as confirmed by him to us. After spending eight days in their illegal custody, they now beckoned to the Nigerian government. Kanu was lifeless and unconscious by the time they were bringing him to Nigeria. “To tell you the level of their conspiracy and the desperation to get him, they brought him here on a Sunday and the federal government is fully aware that I am his legal counsel. “He was brought into the country and inflicted with several injuries and a he is having a number of medical issues today. It was at the behest of the Federal government that Kenya was doing those things. This is against all international laws. We are going to address an international court at that level.” SaharaReporters
  16. More details have emerged of how Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was rearrested by the Nigerian government. A source privy to the illegal abduction of the IPOB leader has revealed to SaharaReporters how Kanu was abducted in Kenya and brought to Nigeria. Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, confirmed that Kanu had been rearrested. At a joint press briefing with the State Security Service (SSS), also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja, Malami said Kanu was rearrested and returned to Nigeria on Sunday, June 27. He did not, however, give details of where Kanu was arrested and the diplomatic collaborations that may have been involved in the operation. According to him, the IPOB leader was arrested through “collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”. Kanu, who is being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony, was thereafter arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja. It was his first court appearance since he fled Nigeria in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia in Abia State. "Kanu had arrived in Kenya and settled down in a house. On June 19, 2021, he drove himself in a car to the international airport to meet a person arriving in the country for a high-level IPOB meeting. "He drove into the underground parking lot at the airport and was arrested before exiting the car. "He was taken to a house and brutalised for 8 days while the Nigerian authorities perfected how to forcefully relocate him to Nigeria "He was travelling on a British passport, not a Nigerian passport as alleged by Malami. He was brought into Nigeria on a Saturday and arraigned on Monday. "Buhari upon learning of his abduction decided to cancel his trip to the UK to manage the diplomatic fallouts at home instead of going to London. "Kanu was interrogated in the presence of his lawyers in the DSS office in Abuja. The Nigerian government didn’t get his passport, laptop, and three major phones. "He was taken out of Kenya without passing through immigration." There have been reports that INTERPOL was involved in Kanu's arrest but the top dismissed that, saying "INTERPOL wasn’t involved". UK Newspaper, The Guardian, had reported that Kanu got a Kenya visa which was to expire in June, and he had been around in the country before his sudden arrest and extradition. “Evidence seen by the Guardian shows Kanu entered Kenya this year on his British passport on a visa expiring in June. His UK passport remains in Kenya. Kanu was not in possession of a Nigerian passport, his family said, and he has verbally renounced his Nigerian citizenship in broadcasts. “The abduction of a person from a foreign country with the aim of rendition to justice is illegal under international law,” the UK newspaper report says. SaharaReporters had on Wednesday reported that Kanu recounted his experience in Kenya while speaking with his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, saying he was “mercilessly beaten and tortured” in the East African country before his extradition to Nigeria. Ejiofor had confirmed the words of Kanu during an interview, adding that Kanu told him how he was detained, not in any Kenya official detention centre but a private residence for about eight days, before his extradition to Nigeria. The lawyer had said, “There was a clear collaboration between the Kenya government and the Nigerian government. I am happy that they now deny the fact that Kanu was arrested there. “But by the time we finish with them at the International Criminal Court, they will never remain the same. He was arrested at the airport there, and he was taken to an unknown residence. He was subjected to inhuman treatment. “Kanu was tortured, maltreated, and mercilessly beaten, as confirmed by him to us. After spending eight days in their illegal custody, they now beckoned to the Nigerian government. Kanu was lifeless and unconscious by the time they were bringing him to Nigeria. “To tell you the level of their conspiracy and the desperation to get him, they brought him here on a Sunday and the federal government is fully aware that I am his legal counsel. “He was brought into the country and inflicted with several injuries and he is having many medical issues today. It was at the behest of the Federal government that Kenya was doing those things. This is against all international laws. We are going to address an international court at that level.” The Kenyan authorities had denied that they had anything to do with the arrest and extradition of Kanu to Nigeria.
  17. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has said his client would soon be released. He said the allegations against him were not strong enough to convict him, urging his supporters to be patient and prayerful. “We’re in high spirit that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will soon come out of detention sooner than expected, and better too. “It’s one thing for allegations to be made, it’s another thing to establish it. But I don’t think there’s anything strong enough to convict him,” he said. Ejiofor said there was a great improvement in Kanu’s health condition despite an alleged inhuman treatment he was subjected to while in Kenya. “There’s no cause for worry. His health is improving. Only that he has not been allowed access to his family, particularly his wife and children, which I see as another level of mental torture. “But we’re doing all we can to ensure he’s transferred to appropriate custodian pending when his trial commences. We’re also making efforts to get medical experts to ensure his health gets stable,” the lawyer said. On the expectations ahead of the July 26 court hearing, the IPOB lawyer said: “Nothing extraordinary will happen that day. That I can assure you. We’ll be there as usual to entertain applications. If there’s any amendment, we’ll take it up from there.
  18. The United Kingdom Parliament is set to commence a debate on the “abduction” and repatriation of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from Kenya to Nigeria, Peoples Gazette reports. The British government had said that Kanu, who was travelling with a British passport, was not arrested within its shores as controversies trailed the circumstances and where the separatist leader was repatriated from. IPOB had accused the Muhammadu Buhari-led government of abducting its leader in an East African country, a claim confirmed by Kanu’s attorney, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who accused Kenya’s special police force of arresting, detaining and torturing him before he was later handed over to the Nigerian government. Meanwhile, Kenya High Commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Machage, had refuted claims that his country was involved in Kanu’s arrest, stating that it was not involved in the process. Machage described the claims as “deliberately concocted to fuel antagonistic feelings in the minds of certain sections of the Nigerian people against the people of Kenya.” But the UK Parliament, in a parliamentary schedule seen by Peoples Gazette will set aside a debate on Wednesday, July 7, to discuss the British government’s assessment of Kenya’s role in Kanu’s arrest. According to the document, Lord Alton of Liverpool will be raising the issue at the House of Lords and will query the government on the separatist leader’s transfer to Nigeria. “Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the alleged role of the government of Kenya in the detention and alleged mistreatment of Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, (2) the circumstances surrounding the transfer of Mr Kanu to Nigeria against his will, and (3) of any assistance being provided to him by the High Commission in Abuja. HL1665,” the document read. Last week, the Head of Communications, British High Commission in Abuja, Dean Hurlock, confirmed that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office would provide “consular” assistance to Kanu. “With regard to any questions about whether the British High Commission is providing assistance in this case, we can confirm that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office stands ready to provide ‘consular’ assistance,” Hurlock had said. Kanu, also a British national was re-arrested by the Nigerian government last week and faces 11 counts of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others.
  19. "My Client - Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was actually abducted by the accursed Kenya's Special Police Force on the 18th of June 2021 at their International Airport, and consequently taken to an undisclosed residence under dehumanizing conditions. "He was tortured and subjected to all forms of inhuman treatment which worsened his health condition. He was illegally detained for eight (cool good DAYS in Kenya before being transfered to their Nigerian counterpart. "He was purportedly investigated on a bogus charge while in their custody, ostensibly, awaiting to be handed over after their findings proved him innocent of all the spurious allegations. They later beckoned on their Nigerian Counterpart to take over. "Kenyan Government was deeply involved in the abduction, detention and ill-treatment of my Client before the illegal handover to their Nigerian counterpart. "A scan of his heart showed that the heart has enlarged by 13% due to the dehumanizing treatment meted to him. There will be need for immediate proper medical examination and attention for him. "Mazi Nnamdi Kanu conveyed his goodwill message to all IPOB family members worldwide, and craved for your unrelentless prayers. "We are going back to the Court for the needful. Other details cannot be entertained here. "His fortified legal team will address these infractions at the proper forum as we progress. Other details on our legal strategy, may not be made public. "With Chukwuokike Abiama on our side, Victory is assured. For if God Almighty be for us, who can be against us?"
  20. 'I Interviewed Nnamdi Kanu, But I Did Not Lure Him To Kenya To Be Abducted' - David Matsanga, Kenyan-Ugandan Journalist Kenyan-Ugandan Journalist, David Matsanga has stated that he only interviewed IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, but did not lure him to Kenya to be abducted, IgbereTV reports. See video below.
  21. The Special Adviser to Lagos Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe has reacted to the arrest of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Igbokwe took to social media to ‘praise’ God over Kanu’s arrest. He shared pictures of himself kneeling and raising his hands in worship to God accompanied with the statement below; “To God be the glory. May the Souls of hundreds of young men who lost their lives in the South East rest in perfect peace. Amen! An Endless Alleluia!” “THE JUDGEMENT DAY COMETH. MAY THE SOULS OF TGE DEPARTED REST IN PERFECT PEACE.” Kanu appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded in DSS custody till July 26th for a continuation of his trial.
  22. Acclaimed leader of secessionists group, IPOB Nnamdi Kanu, has been arrested. Addressing the media at a joint media briefing of the Department of State Services and the Police, Nigeria's Justice Minister and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, said he was 'intercepted' on Sunday 27 June. Malami said the arrest was by the effort of intelligence services. The Justice Minister said Kanu has been returned to Nigeria to face his 11-count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of firearms, among others.
  23. Social Media Giant, Twitter has yet again deleted another tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s account on Thursday evening. Twitter made headlines on Wednesday after it deleted a controversial tweet made by President Muhammadu Buhari threatening ‘Genocidal’ violence against the Igbos. The development struck a nerve with the Nigerian Government and they wasted no time in condemning the platform. Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed branded the move as ‘suspicious’ accusing Twitter of having ‘double standards’. However, on Thursday the platform also deleted a video of President Buhari making controversial statements about the 1967 civil war.
  24. Governor Hope Uzodinma has described the murder of APC chieftain, Ahmed Gulak as a clear case of 'Political Assassination'. The governor made this comment during a Press Conference on the unfortunate incident on Monday. Uzodinma expressed deep sadness over the occurrence adding that the late Gulak was a close friend. "It is with a very heavy heart that I address you today. The pain of losing a person or loved one, the horror of holding your family member in his or her final moments, the anger of someone being so reckless, so thoughtless that their bullet destroyed your life, are emotions no individual should ever have to endure." "I sympathize with the families of those who lost their lives through stray bullets during thi s period. As you know, the death of anyone diminishes mankind. But the brutal and callous assassination of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak yesterday, Sunday, May 30th, 2021 on his way to the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, is painful because he did not deserve to die that way." "The death of this compatriot is a personal loss to me because he was an invaluable friend and brother whose sense of justice, fairness and uprightness endeared him to me." He disclosed that Gulak was on an official assignment in Imo state. "Alhaji Ahmed Gulak was in Imo State for a national assignment. He came to Owerri with the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendment. Being a humble man, he chose to travel incognito according to his friend who was with him. Someone must have trailed him from the hotel to the airport. That is exactly why his gruesome murder appears to be a clear case of political assassination." "According to reports by the police, he was shot in cold blood and the assailants did not remove a pin from him. It is most benumbing that people chose to waste such an innocent blood in such a dastardly and cowardly manner." He vowed that those responsible for Gulak's death will definitely be brought to book. Uzodinma also revealed that his convoy was never attacked. "Finally, let me also clarify the story trending on the social media platforms, that my convoy was attacked, my convoy was never attacked. That is the wish of those who murdered Gulak," he said.
  25. The moment a truck loaded with bags of onions was hijacked and looted in Imo state.
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