FG Gazzettes IPOB Ban, To Write Banks, Embassies, Foreign Missions |RN



President Buhari, IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu


The Federal Government has gazetted the order of the Federal High Court in Abuja which proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra and designated the group as a terrorist organisation.
The gazetting was part of the requirements imposed on the Federal Government by the court to finalise the proscription of the group.
The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, had, on September 20, issued the proscription order upon an ex parte application by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Justice Kafarati, who heard the AGF’s motion in chambers, had, in addition to directing the Federal Government to gazette the order, ordered it to publish it in two national dailies.
With the gazetting, it is left for the Federal Government to publish the proscription order in two newspapers.
Meanwhile, our correspondent learnt on Monday that following the gazetting of the proscription order, the Federal Government, through the Central Authority Unit of the Federal Ministry of Justice, had commenced moves to notify banks, Nigerian embassies abroad and foreign missions operating in Nigeria from further relating with IPOB.
Meanwhile, IPOB, through its lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had, barely 48 hours after the court’s proscription order was issued, filed a motion on September 22 (Friday) before the same court, seeking the nullification of the said order for being made by the court without jurisdiction, among other alleged defects.
However, a copy of the Gazette, sighted by our correspondent on Monday, showed that the five-page document was printed and published by the Federal Government Printer in Lagos on September 20, 2017, the particular date the Federal High Court in Abuja issued the proscription order.
The document was signed by the AGF.
It is titled, ‘Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice, 2017’ is contained in Volume 104 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette.
Apart from its cover, the document has four pages, A69 to A73 and it is the ‘Government Notice No. 85’.
The three orders in the gazette notified the public of the “proscription order”; “liability for participation in proscribed group’s activities”, and the “short title of the order”.
It notified the public of the proscription of IPOB and warned that any person or group of persons participating in the activities of the group “in any manner” would be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended in 2013 and would be liable to be prosecuted.
The Gazette, with a commencement date of September 20, 2017, read in part, “NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that by the Order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/871/2017, dated September 20, 2017 as per the schedule to this Notice, the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra are declared to be terrorism and illegal in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria as proscribed, pursuant to Section 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention)Act, 2011 (as amended).
“Consequently, the general public is hereby warned that any person or group of persons participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intentions or otherwise of the said groups will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 (as amended) and liable to prosecution.
“This Notice shall be cited as the Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice, 2017.”
Also published in the ‘Schedule’ to the Gazette were the orders issued by the court on September 20.
Sources in the Federal Ministry of Justice told The PUNCH on Monday that whichever institution, foreign or local and foreign nation that failed to respect Nigeria’s stance on the group would be designated as “unfriendly to Nigeria”.
Our correspondent also learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari was expected to appoint an Administrator, who would oversee the forfeiture of IPOB’s assets, home and abroad, to the Federal Government.
According to the sources, the forfeiture of IPOB’s assets would no longer require any court order.
They explained that IPOB, having been designated unlawful as stipulated under Section 62 of the Criminal Code Act, the President was empowered to appoint an administrator to oversee the forfeiture of the group’s assets.
One of the sources added, “With the Gazette done, the Central Authority Unit of the Federal Ministry of Justice will notify banks within and outside the country to stop relating with IPOB directly or indirectly.
“Foreign missions operating in Nigeria and Nigerian embassies abroad will also be notified.
“The President is also expected to appoint an administrator for the forfeiture of IPOB’s assets since the group has been declared unlawful in line with Section 62 of the Criminal Code Act.
“The forfeiture will no longer require any court order.”
The Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, confirmed to our correspondent the moves being made by the Federal Government following the proscription of IPOB.
“This is the procedure contemplated by section 2(1)(c) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 as amended in 2013, that the prosecution shall be published in the official gazette of the Federal Government,” Obono-Obla told The PUNCH on Monday.
“This is final that IPOB is an unlawful society, it’s an illegal society. So, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the President will subsequently appoint an administrator to take over all the properties belonging to IPOB in Nigeria and abroad.”
He said the gazetting was a warning to foreigners promoting IPOB, adding that those who continued to subscribe to the group’s membership would be prosecuted.
He stated, “This is a warning not just to IPOB but all the groups that have been threatening national security and corporate existence of Nigeria that the Federal Government will clamp down on such groups.”
Reacting to the contrary stance of some foreign nations on the status of IPOB, Obono-Obla said, “What the foreign countries are talking about is international politics. International politics is no law and it does not have anything to do with Nigeria.
“Any country that is a foreign friend must respect the laws of Nigeria. If you don’t respect the laws of Nigeria, then we treat you like an unfriendly country. There are diplomatic consequences for a country treated as unfriendly.
He stressed that the government would notify Nigerian embassies abroad in order to help to cut off the funding of the group, adding that banks, which violated the proscription order, would be prosecuted.
Earlier in his statement released late on Sunday, Obono-Obla described as inconsequential the refusal of some countries to classify IPOB as a terrorist group, despite Nigeria’s recent proscription and designation of the group as a terrorist organisation.
He added, “So, it is a terrorist organisation! This is also an organisation that was hounding and killing Nigerians in Rivers and Abia states before the military intervention!
“This is a group that were burning police stations; killing police officers, throwing bombs at military convoys, threatening to make the country ungovernable; threatening to stop governorship election in Anambra State!
“Most importantly, a court of competent jurisdiction – the Federal High Court as presided over by the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati – upon an application filed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation hinged on Section 2 (1) (a) & (b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, granted an order proscribing IPOB! So, whatever the European Union or the United States of America or any foreign country says about IPOB is immaterial, irrelevant and of no moment!”
With particular reference to the EU and the US, Obono-Obla said meddling in Nigeria’s internal affair could erode the nation’s sovereignty.
He added that the US might not see IPOB as a terrorist group because it was registered in California, saying without being registered in Nigeria, the group’s operation in the nation was criminal under the Company and Allied Matters Act 2004.
He said, “I want to add the USA may say IPOB is not a terrorist organisation by US Law because it is a registered business concern in the State of California in the United States!
“However by Nigerian law, a foreign company, which is not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission by the provisions of Section 53 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004 and by Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, is operating illegally.
“It is a criminal offence for a foreign company to operate in Nigeria without registration! So, all this while IPOB was operating in Nigeria illegally!? (Punch)

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The Igbo Rebuilt Their Region After War But North Still Has Mud Houses – Atiku |RN



Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku


Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says despite fighting a civil war the Igbo have been able to rebuild their region, but that the north still has mud houses.
He spoke on the background of the need for Nigeria to be restructured.
Addressing a coalition of youth groups under the aegis of Play Forum in Abuja, Abubakar said those afraid of restructuring were lazy.
He said every region in the country should be allowed to control its resources.
“Left for me, I will ask every part of this country to take charge of its resources while the federal government should handle defence, foreign affairs and immigration among others in the exclusive list,” he said.
“It should not be complicated to start with all the recurrent items in the constitution. The president can dialogue with the governors or the national assembly for states to take charge of the roads, hospitals, schools and such other items in the concurrent List while the federal government will continue with items on the exclusive list.
“I would not have gone to school if I were born today. My parents were so poor they couldn’t afford to send me to school. I was born during the era education was free, food was free for me, I was sponsored from primary school to the university. There was even a job waiting for me before I graduated. Yet, there was no oil boom then. I am certainly not a product of oil boom Nigeria.
“So, I don’t know what those who are against restructuring are afraid of. Those afraid must be lazy. We fought the civil war with the Igbo. Today, the Igbo have been completely rebuilt, but we still find mud houses in the north. Is it the fault of the easterners that the north is like that?
“I think that what is most important is the devolution of powers and resources with the various governments whether states or regions. How do the people hold those in power accountable for the resources handed over to them?” (The Cable)

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BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen Open Fires As Olubadan Installs Mogajis, Baales At The Palace

                  Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

Gunmen opened fire at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, during installation of Mogajis and Baales on Monday.

The PUNCH journalist, Olufemi Atoyebi; his ThisDay counterpart, Demola Babalola; a correspondent with Daily Trust, Jeremiah Oke; and a chieftain of Labour Party who was a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Sharafadeen Alli, were among the people who escaped death while the shooting lasted.

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While the activity was going on, the four gunmen in a black Toyota Sienna opened fire sporadically around 11:45am, shattering Alli’s car’s glass windows and other cars parked in front of the palace.

The journalists, who were just arriving at the gate of the palace, were caught in the fire, but they escaped being shot as they ducked for cover in the drainage outlet in front of the palace.

They were there for about 10 minutes until the gunmen sped off towards the Molete end of Popoyemoja.

Alli‎, who is the Asaju Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan land, was also lucky, as he was inside the car when bullets hit his car.

The gunmen stopped in front of the palace, shooting and daring people inside the palace to come out and confront them.

The shooting, however, did not stop the coronation inside the palace.  (Punch)

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Snake Handler Found Dead From ‘Serious Injuries’ Next To A Pet Python |RN

Jessica Morgan
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A police investigation has been launched after an exotic animal lover was found dead next to his pet python which was loose from its cage.

Police said snake handler Dan Brandon was found dead at his home with one of his pet pythons close to him on August 25.

The 31-year-old, who lived with his parents, succumbed to “serious injuries” at his room in the Hampshire home where he kept all of his snakes.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious but officers are investigating whether he was fatally injured by the snake.

The animal enthusiast’s social media accounts show photos of him with his pets, including one of a huge Burmese python, draped over his body.

According to experts, pythons only kill what they eat. Pythons have killed humans before, however, this is believed to be the first ever case in the UK.

A spokesman for the Hampshire Police told The Sun: “We were called to an address in Church Crookham.

“A 31-year-old man had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”    (Evening Standard)

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If You Have Headache After Sex, Here Is Why |The Republican News


Sex is interesting because of its many health benefits.

However, as with every good thing, there are also some downsides to having sex!

Physicians say that at least one out of 100 people who have sex experience sex headaches. And people who are most affected are men!

Medically known as coital cephalalgia, sex headaches are head pain that occurs before, during, or after orgasm.

Neurologist/certified headache specialist, Dr José Biller, says there are two kinds of sex headaches: a dull ache in the head and neck that intensifies as sexual excitement increases; and the second is a sudden, severe, throbbing headache that occurs just before or at the moment of orgasm.

He adds that the condition can also manifest as a headache that occurs after sex, and it can range from mild to extremely painful.

A headache gets worse when the individual stands, and lessens when the person lies down on his/her back, Biller says.

And though experts at the online portal, Mayo Clinic assure that the headaches are usually not dangerous, they quickly warn that sex headaches associated with loss of consciousness, vomiting, stiff neck, other neurological symptoms and severe pain lasting more than 24 hours are more likely to be due to an underlying cause.


“In a small percentage of cases, these headaches can be due to a serious underlying condition, such as a haemorrhage, brain aneurysm, stroke, cervical artery dissection or subdural hematoma,” Biller says.

Sex specialist, Dr Carolyn Dean, notes that men are three to four times more likely to experience this painful phenomenon, possibly because men may exert themselves more during sex.

Risk factors/prevention

Low blood sugar may also help lay the foundation for a sex headache. So can a magnesium deficiency, which is linked to headaches in general. Having a history of migraines is also a risk factor for sex headaches.

As a prevention, eat magnesium-rich foods like almonds and cashews, dark leafy greens, avocado, and whole grains.

“Aim for low blood pressure, and drink less alcohol,” says Dr Ehsan Ali.

The bottom line: If you experience sex headaches, see the doctor, even if you think it’s not serious. The reason is, it’s good to make sure that there’s not a serious underlying cause.

“There are treatments a person can take as needed before engaging in sexual activity or daily,” says Ali.

“I know people might get embarrassed by it, but they shouldn’t hesitate to see a doctor — we hear anything and everything,” Ali says.    (Punch)

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Merkel Gets Fourth Term As German Chancellor |The Republican News


© Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images 3. Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany

Angela Merkel has won a fourth term as German Chancellor, but with her party’s lead in parliament cut and the country facing a surge in support for the far right.

Exit polls predicted the hard-right Alternative for Germany would become the third-largest group in the national parliament, the Bundestag, as German voters delivered a stinging blow to the traditional parties.

According to CNN, Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union and its sister the Christian Social Union had their share of the vote slashed. Germany’s oldest party, the centre-left SPD, which had been in a “grand coalition” with Merkel, was consigned to the opposition.

Addressing her supporters, a subdued Merkel said the result gave her a “mandate” to govern but that the AfD’s success would require a “thorough analysis” to understand the concerns of their voters.

The exit polls showed Merkel’s CDU/CSU group would be the largest in the Bundestag, but with its lead cut to 33.5 percent of the seats, down from 41.5 percent in 2013.

The SPD fell to 21 percent from 25.7 percent, a result met with shock at the party’s headquarters. It was the CDU’s worst result since 1949, and the SPD’s worst since 1945.

Addressing her supporters, Merkel pledged to understand the concerns of voters who lent their support to the AfD.

“There’s a big new challenge for us, and that is the entry of the AfD in the Bundestag. We want to win back AfD voters,” she said.

SPD leader, Martin Schulz, said the result was a “bitter disappointment” and the party would not continue in the coalition.    (Punch)

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Six Family Members Commit Suicide Over Debt |The Republican News


Six members of a family were found dead at their home in the southern Indian city of Madurai in an apparent suicide pact over debt, officials said on Monday.

Two more family members were rescued from their residence in a critical state late Sunday night and were being treated at the hospital, the administration official, Veera Rao, said.

The family which ran a school committed suicide by consuming poison and police found a suicide note that said they were under a huge loan default, Rao added.

The family, in the suicide note, asked authorities to sell their property to help settle the dues, according to the police.

Police were investigating if the family was under pressure from any private money lenders.

Madurai is notorious for unscrupulous money-lenders in spite a state-government ban and local media has reported on a number of cases of harassment by money-lenders.


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