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FBI, South Africa Police Arrest Eight Nigerian Black Axe Cult Members For Internet Fraud, Money Laundering |The Republican News

Seven leaders of the Cape Town zone of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, also known as “Black Axe,” and an eighth man who conspired with a Black Axe leader, were charged with multiple federal crimes relating to Internet scams they perpetrated from South Africa, Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig, has announced.

Seven leaders of the Cape Town zone of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, also known as “Black Axe,” and an eighth man who conspired with a Black Axe leader, were charged with multiple federal crimes relating to Internet scams they perpetrated from South Africa, Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig, has announced.

According to the US Department of Justice, Perry Osagiede, aka “Lord Sutan Abubakar de 1st,” aka “Rob Nicolella,” aka “Alan Salomon,” 52; Enorense Izevbigie, aka “Richy Izevbigie,” aka “Lord Samuel S Nujoma,” 45; Franklyn Edosa Osagiede, aka, “Lord Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” aka, “Edosa Franklyn Osagiede,” aka “Dave Hewitt,” aka, “Bruce Dupont,” 37; Osariemen Eric Clement, aka, “Lord Adekunle Ajasi,” aka, “Aiden Wilson,” 35; Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, aka, “Lord Jesse Makoko,” aka, “Philip Coughlan,” 37; and Musa Mudashiru, aka “Lord Oba Akenzua,” 33; all originally from Nigeria, are charged by superseding indictment with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, spanning 2011 to 2021. One defendant remains at large.

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Perry Osagiede, Franklyn Osagiede, Clement, and Izevbigie were also charged with wire fraud. Perry Osagiede, Franklyn Osagiede, and Otughwor were charged with aggravated identity theft.

Toritseju Gabriel Otubu, aka “Andy Richards,” aka “Ann Petersen,” 41, also originally from Nigeria, is charged by separate indictment with wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering conspiracy, spanning 2016 to 2021.

“Americans are too often victimized by criminal organizations located abroad who use the Internet to deceive those victims, defraud them of money, and, many times, persuade the victims to wittingly or unwittingly assist in perpetuating the fraudulent schemes,” Acting U.S. Attorney Honig said.

“The public should be on guard against schemes like these. And, more importantly, anyone thinking of engaging in this kind of criminal conduct should understand that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners will find them and bring them to justice, no matter where they are.”

Secret Service Office of Investigations, Assistant Director Jeremy Sheridan, added, “Transnational organized criminal networks continue to victimize U.S. citizens and threaten the financial infrastructure of the United States.

“The Secret Service, alongside our partner agencies, work tirelessly in its global investigative mission to dismantle these groups and arrest those who lead them. We are proud to be a part of the international law enforcement mission to combat all forms of financial crimes and thank all those involved in this investigation. The U.S. Secret Service extends its gratitude to the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service for its assistance.

“Foreign nationals who think they can hide in another country or cyberspace while preying on our citizens need to know one thing.

“The FBI has a global footprint and will use every resource available to protect the American people. The strong working relationship among our federal and international law enforcement partners allows us to reach across geographical boundaries. In other words, anyone who thinks they can avoid American justice simply by operating outside the United States should rethink their strategy.”

According to documents filed in these cases: Perry Osagiede, Izevbigie, Franklyn Osagiede, Clement, Otughwor, and Mudashiru (the “Black Axe defendants”) were all leaders of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, also known as “Black Axe,” an organization headquartered in Benin City, Nigeria that operates in various countries.

The Black Axe is organized into regional chapters known as “zones,” and the defendants were all leaders within the Cape Town, South Africa, Zone. Perry Osagiede founded the Cape Town Zone of Black Axe and worked as its zonal head, along with Izevbigie. The Black Axe defendants and other members of Black Axe took part in, and openly discussed, fraud schemes amongst their membership. 

From at least 2011 through 2021, the Black Axe defendants and other conspirators worked together from Cape Town to engage in widespread internet fraud involving romance scams and advance-fee schemes. Many of these fraudulent narratives involved claims that an individual was traveling to South Africa for work and needed money or other items of value following a series of unfortunate and unforeseen events, often involving a construction site or problems with a crane.

The conspirators used social media websites, online dating websites, and voice-over-internet protocol phone numbers to find and talk with victims in the United States while using many aliases. 

The conspirators’ romance scam victims believed they were in romantic relationships with the person using the alias and when requested, the victims sent money and items of value overseas, including to South Africa. Sometimes, when victims expressed hesitation in sending money, the conspirators used manipulative tactics to coerce the payments, including by threatening to distribute personally sensitive photographs of the victim.

The conspirators used the bank accounts of victims and individuals with U.S.-based financial accounts to transfer the money to South Africa. On certain occasions, the conspirators convinced victims to open financial accounts in the United States that the conspirators would then be permitted to use themselves. In addition to laundering money derived from romance scams and advance-fee schemes, the conspirators also worked to launder money from business email compromise schemes. In addition to their aliases, the conspirators used business entities to conceal and disguise the illegal nature of the funds.

Otubu also engaged in romance scams and used the victims of those scams to obtain money and to launder the proceeds of business email compromises back to South Africa. Otubu conspired with an individual identified in the criminal complaint as Co-conspirator 1, who was a founding member and leader of the Cape Town Zone of Black Axe. 

The wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud charges each carry a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The money laundering conspiracy charge carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greatest. The aggravated identity theft charges carry a mandatory term of two years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed on a defendant.       

Seven defendants were arrested in South Africa yesterday by the South African Police Service. Those defendants had their initial appearances in South Africa and are awaiting extradition to the United States on these charges. Both cases are before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court. (Sahara Reporters)

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Beninese Court Returned Sunday Igboho To Jail, Appears In Court Again Today |The Republican News

Sunday Igboho Adeyemo

By Sodiq Oyeleke


Cour De’Appel De Cotonou has returned Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popular known as Sunday Igboho, to police custody pending further investigation.

The activist was returned to cell after a 13-hour hearing, which ended around 11:20 pm on Monday.

The case was heard behind closed doors as the court limited attendance to lawyers, Igboho’s wife, Ropo, and a few others.

Journalists and Igboho’s supporters who thronged the court in their large numbers were denied access.

Details of the judgment are sketchy as of the time of filing this report.

The PUNCH had reported that police dispersed the supporters and journalists from the premises of the Cour De’appel De Cotonou.

But some of the supporters reconverged at Marina Roundabout some minutes after, awaiting judgement.

Igboho and his wife were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on their way to Germany

When they were arraigned last Thursday, the Beninese court adjourned the case till Monday (today) after Igboho’s five lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.

The lawyers had after Thursday’s hearing said that prosecutors claimed Igboho was on a watchlist for alleged trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.

On what Igboho is to be tried for today, Communications Manager, Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, said, “We reiterate that Chief Ighoho is not under any immigration-related probe in Benin Republic.

“Chief Sunday Adeyemo will appear in court this morning in Benin Republic to face the likely extradition charges to be brought against him by the Nigerian Government.”

Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou, Benin Republic-based lawyers of Sunday Igboho had said on Saturday that extradition charges were been expected from the Nigerian government.

The counsel insisted that only a Nigerian passport was found on the Yoruba rights activist, adding that he was not being tried for possessing a fake passport.

Following the bloody raid on his Sooka residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, the Department of State Services had earlier claimed local and international driving licences in his name. ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name, and a passport were allegedly recovered.

The lawyer had said, “When he left Nigeria, he took the backdoor into Benin. It was at the airport that security operatives stopped him that he was on the watchlist. He didn’t go against any law in Benin Republic. They didn’t find any Beninese passport on him. He had a Nigerian passport with a German residency card. He needed no visa at that point.

“He was arrested because of Nigeria’s request, and there is no proof to show that he is a criminal.” (Punch)

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Igboho’s Extradition: Buratai Behind Push, Activist’s Team Meets Benin’s Officials, Fights Process |The Republican News

Sunday Igboho Adeyemo

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

■How Igboho escaped, lured back to airport by travel agent, arrested on return

■FG more active in arresting peaceful agitators than bandits, declares Afenifere

Facts on Tuesday emerged about how Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), was instrumental in the arrest of the Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.

A top security source in the Benin Republic confided in The PUNCH that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote the government of the small West African country and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho.

It was gathered that Buratai was at the forefront of the ongoing move to extradite the activist.

A few hours after Igboho’s arrest on Monday, his Beninese lawyers and other experts met with some Benin Republic government officials and called for the halting of his extradition.

Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff between July 2015 and January 2021, was deployed as Nigeria’s envoy in the Benin Republic in June 2021.

Before then, President Muhammadu Buhari had presented Buratai’s nomination to the Senate and the upper chamber of the National Assembly had confirmed the ex-COAS’ nomination despite public outcry of some crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Nigerian Army under Buratai’s leadership.

A top security source in Benin Republic, who spoke to one of our correspondents said that Buratai through the Nigerian Embassy in the small West African country sent a secret letter to the Benin government to be on the lookout for Igboho.

The PUNCH gathered that the letter was instrumental to the arrest of Igboho and his wife, Ropo, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the largest city in the French-speaking country.

Recall that three weeks ago, the Department of State Services declared Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he had since denied.

Before then, the DSS on July 1, 2021 raided his house at Soka area of Ibadan, killing two of his aides and arresting 12 others.

Later that day, the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, at a press briefing in Abuja, paraded Igboho’s associates and detained them thereafter, denying them access to their lawyers and not charging them to court.

The DSS also paraded some passports, AK-47 rifles, rounds of ammunition, African bulletproof vests, among others as exhibits. The secret police claimed that the items were recovered from Igboho’s house during the bloody raid.

The Federal Government subsequently placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop Igboho from leaving the country.

It was gathered that government beefed up security at Iwajowa, Saki West and Ibarapa local government areas of Oyo State which were adjoining areas to the Benin Republic.

Igboho, who rose to prominence in January 2021 after he issued an ultimatum to ‘killer herders’ in parts of Ibarapaland was said to have escaped the security apparatus in the areas to the Benin Republic where he was scheduled to catch a flight to Germany.

According to a top source familiar with the matter, the Nigerian government foresaw the possibility of Igboho flying to Europe through Benin Republic and planted a landmine for him there through Buratai.

Benin Republic immigration stops Igboho from boarding flight to Germany
The source said, “He (Igboho) was arrested in Cotonou on Monday night while he tried to travel. He was already at the airport with a passport. The immigration officers suspected the passport and so they stopped him. In the process, they discovered he was the one. He was able to escape in the course of discussion and we were grateful to God for that.

Igboho initially escapes, but lured back by travel agent, arrested by Interpol on return
“But the travel agent called back saying the matter had been resolved. But on going back, he was arrested. He was trying to travel to Germany when he was apprehended.

“A lot of people made effort to resolve the matter but we discovered that the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic (Tukur Buratai) was already aware and he said that he (Igboho) must be extradited.”

A security source present in Benin Republic also told The PUNCH that the International Criminal Police Organisation, at the behest of the Nigerian Government, arrested Igboho and his wife at the airport around 8pm on Monday.

The source said, “Interpol at the airport came and arrested him saying he was wanted in Nigeria. He was together with his wife.”

When asked whether the ex-COAS and current Nigerian envoy in Benin Republic was aware of the development, the source said, “Of course, he (Buratai) knew about the case. On July 7, 2021, the Nigerian Government through the Ambassador sent a secret letter to Nigerian Embassy, Nigerian Embassy sent a letter to Ministry of External Affairs in Benin Republic, External Affairs sent to Internal Affairs, Internal Affairs sent to police to arrest Sunday Igboho.”

The source added said Igboho and his wife had been detained in “Benin Republic Criminal Police cell”, adding that “Buratai should have gone to the police station because he was the one that told them to arrest him.”

The source said though the German Embassy was intervening in the matter because Igboho’s wife is a German citizen, the Nigerian Government could have its way and extradite Igboho today (Wednesday).

“I was told they are coming tomorrow. My prayer is that he should remain in Cotonou or be allowed to go to Germany because I don’t know what would happen to him in Abuja,” the source said.

Igboho’s legal team reaches out to Benin govt to stop activist’s extradition

Meanwhile, the activist’s lawyers have reached out to the Benin Republic government to halt his extradition.

It was gathered on Tuesday that the legal team in Benin met with some senior officials in the Francophone country to thwart moves by the Federal Government to repatriate Igboho.

A member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajengbesi, confirmed the development to The PUNCH in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking on the circumstances of Igboho’s arrest and moves by the FG to repatriate him to Nigeria, Olajengbesi explained that the legal team representing the activist had said they would do all that was necessary to prevent their client’s extradition.

He said, “The lawyers we engaged in Benin have met with some officials of the country to prevent the extradition.

“Igboho’s lawyers in Benin have already reached out to senior officials in Benin to ensure that he is not brought back to Nigeria. They (legal team) have assured us that they are doing all that is necessary to keep him in Benin.

“The Federal Government or Benin Republic won’t be able to circumvent the law to bring him to Nigeria. He is currently a prisoner of conscience in Benin Republic and the entire world is watching how the Benin government would manage the matter.”

Olajengbesi stated that the Federal Government would not be allowed to give Igboho “the Nnamdi Kanu treatment.

“When Nnamdi Kanu was arrested, nobody was aware and the Federal Government has refused to admit that he was arrested in Kenya. Since we have been informed of Igboho’s arrest, there have been a lot of legal interventions that the law is followed.

“The lawyers we engaged in Benin are especially discussing with the Benin Republic government. We are very confident that they won’t be able to repatriate him.”

Security sources said the Federal Government would go to any length, including offering juicy concessions to the Benin Republic to get them to release Igboho to Nigerian security operatives.

An official disclosed that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation may charge Igboho with unlawful possession of firearms, attempted treason, conspiracy and disturbance of public peace, among others.

Igboho’s lead counsel, Yomi Alliyu (SAN), in a statement obtained by The PUNCH on Tuesday, confirmed that Igboho and his wife were arrested in Benin Republic.

He stated that the Nigerian Government treated his client unjustly and committed “savagery acts” by “invading” the activist’s house in the middle of the night, destroying his property, detaining and killing his associates.

Alliyu argued that “The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. It also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution the host country should not release the fugitive.

“Now, Article 20 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signatories made agitation for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected by all countries. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a political offender who cannot be deported and/or extradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason.”

The senior advocate, who described the arrest of his client as shocking, urged the government of Germany, Benin Republic and the international community “to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian government by refusing any application for extradition of our client who already has application before the International Criminal Court duly acknowledged.”

Reacting to Igboho’s arrest, the leader of the umbrella body of the Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Oodua, Banji Akintoye, in a statement, said Yoruba patriots, who were immediately available, were working to provide assistance for Ighoho to prevent his extradition into Nigeria, saying “Benin Republic is a land that respect the rules of law”.

In the statement made available to journalists on Tuesday by his Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, Akintoye called on all Yoruba People within and beyond the shores of Nigeria to come out and ensure that their ancestral land is not defeated by invaders.

“I and other Yoruba patriots who are immediately available are now working to provide the assistance necessary to ensure that nobody will be able to do to him anything unlawful or primitive and to prevent him from being extradited into Nigeria which is strongly possible.


“Fortunately, Benin Republic is reliably a land of law where the authorities responsibly obey the law. We have secured the services of a leading and highly respected lawyer whom we can confidently rely on.

“What the situation now calls for is that the Yoruba nation at home and in Diapora must stand strong, resolved that neither Sunday Igboho nor any other Yoruba person will henceforth be subjected to inhuman or dehumanizing treatment of any kind.

“We know that some people are trying to suppress or even eliminate him only because he stood up to defend his kinsmen, women and children who are being massively killed and raped in their ancestral home land; who are having their assets and means of livelihood destroyed, and who are facing ethnic cleansing and even genocide without having the benefit of protection by the rulers of their country.”

Also, a Diaspora group, Yoruba UK Governing Body, urged the German Ambassador in Cotonou, Hans-Jorg Neumann, to stop the governments of Benin Republic and Nigeria from extraditing Igboho to Abuja. The letter co-signed by the Executive Council Chief Officer, Adebayo Odusanya; and the Independent Council Chief Officer, Isaac Okebiorunkosi.

The Middle Belt Forum described the arrest as another testimony that Buhari’s regime was out to subjugate other Nigerians who were not from his northern region or faith.

The National President of the MBF, Dr Bitrus Pogu stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Jos.

But the Spokesperson for the Coalition of Northern Groups, Abdul-azeez Suleiman, in a statement on Tuesday, called for a peaceful referendum on secessionist issues.

He said, “From the outset, we wish to be categorical that the arrest of Igboho and Kanu should not be mistaken as bringing about the end to the uprisings and disturbances over self determination perpetrated by Southern Nigerian elites and governments. We insist that rather than seeing the arrest as an end in itself, it should be the beginning of the processes for self-determination by any unit that wants to go.”

Also, a socio cultural group, Kiriji Heritage Defenders, in a statement by its Director General, Dr Ademola Ekundayo, called on royal fathers in Yorubaland not to allow government or its agents to kill Igboho.

A former National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Lai Olurode, in an interview with journalists in Iwo, Osun State warned the Federal Government against maltreating Igboho.

The Yoruba Council of Elders Secretary-General, Dr Kunle Olajide, in an interview with The PUNCH, said Igboho should not be treated like a criminal.

FG collaborating with bandits, terrorists, says PANDEF
The Pan Niger Delta Forum took a swipe at the Federal Government over the arrest of Igboho.

The National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson stated this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Tuesday.

“Well, as several persons have pointed out. It is unfortunate that the Federal Government is putting all its forces to pursue Sunday Ighoho and of course, and Nnamdi Kanu and then overlooking the bandits in the North-West and terrorist in the North-East.

“We have a situation where bandits have been emboldened enough to shoot down a military plane and burning, decimating communities, kidnapping people at will and nothing is happening to them.

“But they are pursuing an innocent man who is only saying that our people should decide how they govern themselves, how they run their affairs.

“That is all Sunday is saying. And there is nothing wrong, it is not crime to say that my people want to decide their destiny, you know how things go for them,” Robinson stated.

He said the development boils down to nepotism that this government was now known for.

“And it boils down to the nepotism that this government has become known for and the discriminatory ways it conduct the affairs of government.

“So, we condemn this attitude of government. We are saying that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

“So if you are putting all your resources to pursue one man and then you have a bunch of criminals in the North-West terrorising even in the President’s home state, Katsina.”

The Yoruba Global Alliance on its part said was daily retreating into a dangerous dictator who was bent on grounding Nigeria in shame among the comity of nations.

The group, in a statement by its Director of Public Communication, Taju Tijani, said it was monitoring the alleged ‘seizure’ of Igboho.

The statement partly reads, “Nigerians are witnessing ‘a muscular form of democracy’ under General Muhammadu Buhari who it said is daily retreating into a dangerous dictator bent on grounding Nigeria in shame among the comity of nations.”

FG more active in arresting peaceful agitators than bandits – Afenifere

When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Jare Ajayi, said that the news of the arrest was a surprise but the body was still studying the situation before making a formal statement as details of the arrest was still sketchy.

He was however quick to add that security agencies appeared to be more active in hunting those who were peacefully agitating for the rights and better deals for their people than they appeared to be in dealing with bandits and terrorists who had deprived thousands of innocent Nigerians of their lives and properties.

Ohanaeze condemns Igboho’s arrest, urges FG to address agitations
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide also condemned the concerted efforts of the Federal Government in hounding separatists agitators without addressing the basis of the agitation.

It said that unless the government addressed the basis of the agitation, the concerted efforts in search of the Kanus and the Igbohos would be an effort in futility.

Ohanaeze stated this in a statement issued on Tuesday, titled: ‘concerted effort on Kanu and Igboho is a search for peace without justice”, signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia.

It said “The question on every mouth is whether they can apply similar zeal in treating the Boko Haram Kingpins; Fulani Herdsmen; the North West Bandits, etc.

Ohanaeze maintained that “If you want peace, then work for justice”, adding that it was an age old maxim founded on reason, experience and truth that the only way for peace to reign in a society “is for justice to be seen to be served to all.”

Ohanaeze stated that Igboho emerged in the scene because he could not endure the daily menace of the Fulani Herdsmen in the Yoruba localities for a very long time.

“The herdsmen would kill, maim and rape women at random. All entreaties to the Presidency for a swift action against the AK-47 wielding herdsmen appeared to fall on deaf ears.

“Then Igboho in a patriotic heroic zeal intervened to save the rural farmers, women and children from the daily menace of the herdsmen.”

Ozekhome, HURIWA slam FG

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, and the Human Rights Writers Association, also condemned the Federal Government’s selective enforcement of laws in handling agitations across the country.

In separate statements issued in Abuja, on Tuesday, Ozekhome and HURIWA noted that the Federal Government was effective in arresting Igboho and Kanu, but railed to capture bandits and kidnappers ravaging the country.

Ozekhome’s position was contained in a statement titled ‘The reported arrest of Yoruba Nation crusader: Pursuing the shadow, not the substance.’

He said “The same government that is suddenly effective in the case of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho have never been able to capture kidnappers, bandits and Boko Haram that are daily ravaging us, turning Nigeria into a sprawling field of human carnage.

“They take ransom. Innocent school children are paid for. Where is the same government when kidnappers are demanding that the parents of kidnapped children should now be feeding them in their kidnap dens?

“But it suddenly becomes effective and audacious when it comes to arresting and even ambushing and attacking in their very homes, self-determination activists and crusaders. I am not impressed with this at all. The government may thump its chest for temporary gains. But, does this solve the problem?”

Igboho chained in cell despite injury sustained during arrest – Counsel

The lead counsel described as inhuman the treatment his client was being subjected to in the custody of the police in Benin Republic.

The counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu ( SAN) said this while speaking with one of our correspondents on Tuesday night.

He said his wife, Ropo, who was arrested together with Igboho was also kept in a separate cell by the police in the neighbouring country.

They chained him in the cell where they put him in Cotonou. There was a fracas at the airport yesterday when he was arrested. They hit him in the hand and that same hand was handcuffed, he is in pains and he was weeping like a child when I called, I heard him.

The wife too was put in a separate cell but they didn’t chain the wife. He was crying, the wife was crying too cease he was writhing in pains seriously. We only pray they don’t pay anybody to kill him. You don’t out somebody in cell and still chain the person.

You know he sustained injury and they didn’t take him to hospital for treatment. We heard that he is appearing in court tomorrow but I don’t know whether that will carry it out.”

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Nnamdi Kanu: Biafra Group Unveils Plans To Attack Nigeria, Cameroon Governments, Destroy Economy |RN

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Biya

By John Owen Nwachukwu

Biafra Nations League, BNL, a separatist group in Bakassi Peninsula has vowed to commence militancy operations in the oil rich region.

The BNL threatened that it will not spare any ship found entering Nigeria or Cameroon through the Peninsula coastal line.

This was contained in a statement by the National Leader of BNL, Princewill Chimezie Richard and Chief of Staff, Linus Asuquo Essien.

He said that its members were already losing patience and might do something that would throw the nation into panic.

The separatist group was angered by comments made by President Mohammadu Buhari and Cameroon President Paul Biya during a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nnamdi Kanu: Cameroon reacts to rearrest of IPOB leader by Buhari govt

Biya had through his special envoy commended the Nigerian government for the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

BNL threatened to sabotage Cameroon and Nigeria maritime security in Bakassi, which will affect the economies and security of both countries.

“[Our] militias in Bakassi will start intercepting vessels and apprehending all crew members onboard like we did in 2016/2017.

“We’ll deprive Cameroon from enjoying full sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, [we are] ready to return Bakassi back to full insurgency,” the group said.

They claimed responsibility for the February 2016 interception and capturing of a merchant ship belonging to Benin Republic in the Peninsula, by an unknown Biafra militant group, which had then demanded the release of Nnamdi Kanu, and warned that such actions were likely to occur again.

BNL warned Paul Biya to desist from making the same mistake as former Cameroon leader Ahmodou Ahidjo.

BNL further accused Buhari and Biya of making plans to attack separatist groups operating at the borders and in the Gulf of Guinea as contained in the Maroua agreement between Yakubu Gowon and Ahmodou Ahidjo.

“Cameroon is afraid of losing control over Bakassi as a result of the Biafra independence struggle which might lead to insurgency in the Bakassi Peninsula.

“They want to renew their alliance under the Maroua Agreement, they want to gang up against us, but this time they have failed.

“Our members and supporters in Bakassi and other areas are getting angry, those in Bakassi are already making moves to return to the creeks and show this government pepper.

“They are playing with fire, they should be ready to arrest all of us because nothing has changed since the arrest of Kanu”.

The BNL reminded Paul Biya that unlike IPOB, it is directly involved in the fight against Cameroon due to their presence in the oil rich Peninsula. (Daily Post)

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We’ve Proof Buhari’s Government Promised Kenyan President, Kenyatta Money, Oil, To Betray Nnamdi Kanu —IPOB |RN

According to IPOB, the Nigerian Ambassador to Kenya negotiated the deals with Kenyatta on how to abduct Kanu and extradite him to Nigeria.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya formed an alliance with the Nigerian government to abduct the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu.

According to IPOB, the Nigerian Ambassador to Kenya negotiated the deals with Kenyatta on how to abduct Kanu and extradite him to Nigeria.

IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful revealed this in a statement he made available to SaharaReporters on Monday.

In the statement, Powerful insisted that Kenyan President was offered money to betray the pro-Biafra separatist leader.

“The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been drawn to the lame denial by the Kenyan Ambassador to Nigeria, Wilfred Machage, of Kenya’s involvement in the criminal abduction of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“This denial is another smart but belated attempt to cover up their atrocity but unfortunately for them, we already have incontrovertible evidence of how the dirty deal between Nigeria and Kenya was struck. Our intelligence gathering has revealed all those involved in this heinous crime.

“The fact remains that Kenyan security forces abducted our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the Nairobi International Airport and tortured him for eight days. Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was travelling with a British passport.

“Contrary to claims by the Nigerian Government, our leader was not travelling with any Nigerian passport because he is not a Nigerian. He was born in Biafra and he has since publicly renounced any connections with Nigeria.

“From our intelligence, Kenya betrayed our leader because of financial inducement and an offer of oil by Nigeria. The negotiations were midwived by the Nigerian Ambassador in Nairobi who bargained with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Kenyan Immigration Authorities. Uhuru Kenyetta was blinded by the oil money offer and he consented to this wickedness,” the statement read in part.

The group also stated that Kenya Police officers tortured Kanu for eight days without giving him food, adding that boycotting products and services from the East African country is still valid.

Powerful, in the statement, recalled how the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe helped President Kenyatta’s father when he was fighting against colonialism in his days, but the son paid back by betraying Kanu and IPOB demanding their freedom.

He, then, vowed that Kenyatta would be paid back in his own coin for an act of betrayal against the IPOB leader.

“We have it on good authority that Kenya police tortured our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for eight days without food. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ambassador to Nigeria should be ashamed of themselves for betraying an innocent man because of money. But we assure them that they will pay heavily for this treachery!

“Our earlier directive to Biafrans to boycott Kenya Airlines, any business involving Kenya citizens or products made in Kenya or by Kenyans subsists. Kenya and her government have shown Biafrans that they supported the 1967 – 1970 genocidal killing and annihilation of the Biafran people.

“Kenyan citizens must rise up now and convince us that they are not in support of their President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Government in this treachery. They must take action against Uhuru Kenyatta to prove to us their disapproval of this evil.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta has bitten the finger that fed him. How quickly he has forgotten that his father Jomo Kenyetta ran to the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe for refuge when he was fighting for his own freedom during their own colonial freedom. But today he is paying us back by choosing to support a terrorist Government against Biafra. He will never escape the reward of Judas!” Powerful added in the statement. (SaharaReporters)

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BREAKING NEWS: President Idris Deby Of Chad Fatally Shot By Rebels |The Republican News

President of Chad, Idris Deby

President Idris Deby of Chad has died from injuries sustained in a battle against extremists. The Chadian army is currently combating rebel forces who…

President Idris Deby of Chad has died from injuries sustained in a battle against extremists.

The Chadian army is currently combating rebel forces who have launched an assault on the capital, N’Djamena.

Deby, who was in power for 30 years, was reelected for a sixth term on April 11.

Deby was re-elected with 79.32 percent of the votes cast, according to provisional results from the electoral commission.

Former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacke came in second with just 10.32 percent in the presidential vote, while turnout was 64.81 percent, Independent National Electoral Commission chairman Kodi Mahamat Bam said.

The first female president candidate in Chad’s history, Lydie Beassemda, came third with 3.16 percent.

The provisional results still need to be approved by the Supreme Court after it studies potential legal appeals.

After more than three decades in power, the victory of 68-year-old Deby was never in serious doubt after a campaign in which he faced a divided opposition lacking a major rival candidate and demonstrations were banned or dispersed.

Officially nine candidates were running against Deby, but three withdrew and called for the vote to be boycotted — though the Supreme Court kept their names on the ballots.

Deby campaigned on a promise of peace and security in a region that has been rocked by jihadist insurgencies.

Chad’s army said Monday it had killed more than 300 rebels following a heavily armed group’s incursion in the country’s north after election day. (AFP)

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Benin Republic Ready To Become Part Of Nigeria As ’37th State’ |The Republican News

Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama

By  Hamisu Kabir Matazu

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, had expressed readiness for his country to be part of Nigeria.

Onyeama, who stated this shortly after a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci, said the Beninoise president gave the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks back.

“The President of Benin said as far as they are concerned, they want (not just saying it like that) but in reality, Benin should be the 37th state of Nigeria,” he said.

“We should really be one. They charged us to come together at ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable relationship.”

Onyeama said, at the visit, both presidents discussed agreements between the two countries on how to put the issue of smuggling to an end, once and for all, as a follow up to the presidents’ meeting. (Daily Trust)

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Appointed Member Of South Africa’s Presidential Economic Council |The Republican News

By Oluseyi Awojulugbe

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister, has been appointed as a member South Africa’s presidential economic advisory council.

Clarification sought by TheCable from close parties to the economist revealed that she is a member of the council, not the head as reported by some platforms.

The council is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president.

Pictures shared on Twitter by the official handle of South Africa’s presidency and Okonjo-Iweala showed the latter in a meeting with local authorities.

The pictures were captioned “With President Ramaphosa, members of cabinet, and members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council in Pretoria discussing sources of growth for the South African economy and win-win economic interactions with the continent.”

Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president, appointed the council on September 27, 2019.

In a statement published on its website, the presidency said the council will “ensure greater coherence and consistency in the implementation of economic policy and ensure that government and society in general is better equipped to respond to changing economic circumstances”.

The council, which is made up of local and international economic thought leaders, is expected to “advise the president and government more broadly, facilitating the development and implementation of economic policies that spur inclusive growth.

“The council is a non-statutory and independent body chaired by the president and brings together prominent economists and technical experts drawn from academia, the private sector, labour, community, think tanks and other constituencies. The members, who will volunteer their time and be compensated for subsistence and travel, are appointed to serve a three-year term.”

The council held its second meeting on Friday in Tshwane.

South Africa’s economy is currently in a recession; its second in two years.

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ECOWAS Countries To Rename Common Currency, Calm France Worries Over CFA Withdrawal|The Republican News

New ECOWAS currency, Eco

Eight West African countries Saturday agreed to change the name of their common currency to Eco and severed the CFA franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.

The CFA franc was initially pegged to the French franc and has been linked to the euro for about two decades. Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo currently use the currency. All the countries are former French colonies with the exception of Guinea-Bissau.

The announcement was made Saturday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and France’s former largest colony in West Africa. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, speaking in the country’s economic capital Abidjan, announced “three major changes”. These included “a change of name” of the currency, he said, adding that the others would be “stopping holding 50 percent of the reserves in the French Treasury” and the “withdrawal of French governance” in any aspect related to the currency.

President Macron hailed it as a “historic reform”, adding: “The eco will see the light of day in 2020.” The deal took six months in the making, a French source said. The CFA francs value was moored to the euro after its introduction two decades ago, at a fixed rate of 655.96 CFA francs to one euro.

The Bank of France holds half of the currency’s total reserves, but France does not make money on its deposits stewardship, annually paying a ceiling interest rate of 0.75 percent to member states. The arrangement guarantees unlimited convertibility of CFA francs into euros and facilitates inter-zone transfers. CFA notes and coins are printed and minted at a Bank of France facility in the southern town of Chamalieres.

The CFA franc, created in 1945, was seen by many as a sign of French interference in its former African colonies even after the countries became independent. The Economic Community of West African States regional bloc, known as ECOWAS, earlier Saturday urged members to push on with efforts to establish a common currency, optimistically slated to launch next year.

The bloc insists it is aiming to have the Eco in place in 2020, but almost none of the 15 countries in the group currently meet criteria to join. ECOWAS “urges member states to continue efforts to meet the convergence criteria”, commission chief Jean-Claude Kassi Brou said after a summit of regional leaders in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

The key demands for entry are to have a deficit of less than 3 percent of gross domestic product, inflation of 10 percent or under and debts worth less than 70 percent of GDP. Economists say they understand the thinking behind the currency plan but believe it is unrealistic and could even be dangerous for the region’s economies which are dominated by one single country, Nigeria, which accounts for two-thirds of the region’s economic output. Nigeria’s Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed told AFP “there’s still more work that we need to do individually to meet the convergence criteria”.

ECOWAS was set up in 1975 and comprises Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo — representing a total population of around 385 million. Eight of them currently use the CFA franc, moored to the single European currency and gathered in an organisation called the West African Monetary Union, or WAMU. But the seven other ECOWAS countries have their own currencies, none of them freely convertible. CPS

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African Union Asks United Kingdom To Leave Chagos Islands After Deadline Expired On Friday |The Republican News

Chagos Islands

By Pauline Bax

**UN deadline for U.K. to end its adminstration expired Friday

**U.K. clings to last African territory for ‘security reasons’

The African Union urged the U.K. to comply with a United Nations resolution calling for it to withdraw from the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which is considered part of Mauritius.

The U.K. is under increased international pressure to give up its last territory in Africa since the International Court of Justice ruled that the 1965 excision of the islands from Mauritius had been unlawful. The UN General Assembly affirmed the ruling in May and set a six-month deadline that expired Friday.

Almost all African nations support the resolution. AU Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat “requests the international community to continue its support to the Republic of Mauritius for a complete decolonisation of the Chagos Archipelago,” according to a statement on the website of the organization.

The U.K. argues it can’t give up the Chagos Archipelago for security reasons. It’s leased the biggest island to the U.S., which runs a military base there that supports operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.  (Bloomberg)

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