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JUST IN: Ohanaeze Hails Nigerian Army For Restoring Peace In South East |The Republican News

by Victor Ndubuisi

President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ambassador George Obiozo has commended the Nigerian Army for its role in restoring peace to South East Region.

He made the commendation in Enugu when he hosted the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja on a courtesy visit on Wednesday.

Ambassador Obiozo expressed his delight for the visit saying “without peace nations cannot progress and without the Armed Forces, we will have more problems. They are the pillars of Nigeria’s unity.”

He described the Nigerian Army among “the best in Africa”. He calls on troops to continue to do their best to ensure peace and security nationwide.

Responding, the General Officer Commanding described Ohanaeze Ndigbo as a key stakeholder in managing the affairs within the Divisions core Area of Responsibility.

He said the “Nigerian Army is an instrument of the state to safeguard peace, security and to ensure economic activities” hence the need to partner all stakeholders to achieve its mandate.

General Lagbaja commended the leadership of the group for their recent pronouncement against the threat of using force in enforcing secessionists’ planned weekly sit at home order.

He assured the entire residents of the region of security and warns troublemakers against any breach of security.

He extended the hand of cooperation of the Division to the group in areas of security in the region.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a socio-cultural organisation designed to provide a platform where Ndigbo, within and outside Nigeria come together for the purpose of nurturing better understanding and harmonious relations amongst themselves and with other ethnic groups in Nigeria and beyond.

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BREAKING: FIFA Hands Out 1-year Ban To Former CAF President, Issa Hayatou |The Republican News

Former CAF President, Mr Issa Hayatou

Issa Hayatou

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Issa Hayatou, former CAF president, former FIFA President ad interim, FIFA Vice-President and member of the FIFA Council, as well as Honorary FIFA Vice‑President, responsible for having breached article 15 (Duty of Loyalty) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and consequently he was banned for one year.

The investigation into Mr Hayatou’s conduct in his position as CAF president concerned his involvement in the negotiation, conclusion and signature of the memorandum of understanding and contractual agreement for the commercialisation of media and marketing rights of competitions organised by CAF with the company Lagardère Sports between 2014 and 2017.


In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Hayatou had breached his duty of loyalty in his position as CAF president, by entering, in the name and on behalf of the confederation, into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardère Sport which was detrimental and caused significant damage to CAF (both financially, in the amount of EGP 200 million, as well as to its reputation).

Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Hayatou had breached article 15 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for one year. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 30,000 has been imposed on Mr Hayatou.

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BREAKING: IGP Usman Baba, Suspends DCP Abba Kyari, Sets Up Probe Panel Over FBI Indictment |The Republican News

Hushpuppi and DCP Abba Kyari

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations surrounding him.

The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.

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In a Press Statement released by Force Police Public Relations Officer [FPRO] CP Frank Mba “The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference”.

The statement affirms that “The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer”.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), according to CP Mba, comprises four (4) Senior Police Officers, and is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

Mba said “The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)”.

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“The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter”.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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BREAKING NEWS: Bukola Saraki Arrested By EFCC Over Renewed Allegations Of Corruption |The Republican News

Mr Saraki, a former Kwara State governor, was detained on Saturday, sources familiar with the development said.

By Taiwo-Hassan Adebayo 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has held a former president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, in custody over allegations of theft and money laundering, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Mr Saraki, a former Kwara State governor, was detained on Saturday, sources familiar with the development said, a situation that may trigger another episode of troubles for the politician.

As senate president between 2015 and 2019, Mr Saraki spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018.

However, in his new case with the EFCC, PREMIUM TIMES understands, Mr Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.

The suspected proxies, who executed purported contracts for Kwara State under Mr Saraki, allegedly made returns, for many years, to the former governor, forming an organised network of dirty money flow.

The funds involved were huge, running into hundreds of millions in naira and hundreds of thousands in foreign currencies at various times, sources said.

Anti-graft investigators have obtained a list of the proxy companies involved and analysed a pattern of suspicious transactions between them and Mr Saraki, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

One of them has been reportedly responsible for funding Mr Saraki’s lifestyle, including paying over a hundred million to settle the bills for rent and renovation of Mr Saraki’s Maitama residence, PREMIUM TIMES’ investigation showed, based on interviews with persons familiar with the property. (PremiumTimes)

More details later…

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BREAKING: El-Zakzaky, Wife Regain Freedom After Years Of Unlawful Detention, Flee Kaduna State |The Republican News

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

By Emeka Okafor


The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have been released from Kaduna Correctional Centre pursuant to the Order of Court mandating their immediate release.

The duo were released from the correctional centre on Wednesday evening, Femi Falana (SAN), their lawyer confirmed.

Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court had on Wednesday acquitted and discharged El-Zakzaky and his wife who have been standing trial since 2015 by security agencies.

Details Soon…

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BREAKING NEWS: Justice Nyako Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Over FG Failure To Produce Him In Court |RN

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

By Unini Chioma


The trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, resumed at the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday without Kanu’s presence in court.

When the matter was called up, the prosecution counsel, M. B. Abubakar, informed the court that the matter was slated for hearing and that they were ready to continue.

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the court that there was a pending application before the court to transfer Kanu from the custody of the DSS to the correctional centre.

Justice Binta Nyako stated that the trial cannot continue in the absence of Kanu since he is not available to stand his trial.

Justice Nyako also called the DSS to produce the IPOB leader in court for trial.

The court adjourned to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing.

In June, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial. He was remanded in DSS custody after he was re-arraigned before the judge.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government over his campaign for a ”Republic of Biafra”.

He was released in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

He later fled Nigeria after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state in November 2017.

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BREAKING: IPOB Members Arrested At Abuja Court For Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial |The Republican News

by Victor Akande


Nigeria Police force on Monday has arrested some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) when they converged on the Federal High Court in Abuja for Nnamdi Kanu’s trial.

The IPOB members were chanting slogans in support of Kanu and demanding his freedom.

Some of them wore Jewish apparel.

There was a commotion as the police tried to disperse members of the group.

Some of them were subsequently arrested while others fled.

Kanu’s trial is scheduled to continue today after he was arrested and extradited to Nigeria in June.

He was re-arraigned and remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) upon his extradition to Nigeria.

The IPOB leader is facing charges of a treasonable felony for his agitation for the independent Republic of Biafra.

Abubakar Malami had reportedly warned members of IPOB not to attend the court hearing.

He said Kanu’s lawyers will be allowed into the court premises, but added that branded IPOB T-shirts or caps will not be allowed.

But in response to Malami’s statement, Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, told Vanguard that members of the group have every right to be in court.

He added that IPOB members will be peaceful and orderly when they arrive at the court.

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BREAKING: Emir Abbas Tafida Orders Fulani Herdsmen, Bandits To Vacate Forests Or Face Revenge [Video] |The Republican News

By The Republican News

Emir Abbas Tafida of Munir has read the riot act to the Fulani herdsmen and bandits and orders them to leave the forests in his community or face outright revenge.

Emir Tafida made this known during the Sallah prayer session and he spoke with anger bellowing from his voice while his hands shook.

“Our Fulani herdmen in the forests you came to this state and we accepted you, why then will you be coming to our towns and kidnap residents, even up to the extent of raping our women, he said.

He orders, “because of this unending menace, every Fulani herdsmen in the state have been given 30 days to vacate the forests without which we will be forced to take the laws into our hands to kill in revenge.

Sallah prayer session

Emir Abbas went on to say, ” from today henceforth, anyone caught conspiring with those hoodlums, his parents, siblings will not be spared, just as we will not allow for the bail of criminals in the police custody.

He concluded that “we are tired of having sleepless nights and the hunger alone in the land is enormous and we will not allow it to continue.

The Minister of Power, Alhaji Saleh Mamman in response defended that the president has been on it and asked all Nigerians to support Mr President. He further claimed that the government of Buhari has made efforts and have recently achieved success. He said, “we believe we going to solve the problem.

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Igboho Arrested Alongside Wife, Cannot Be Extradited To Nigeria —Lawyer |The Republican News

Chief Yomi Aliu, the lawyer to Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho has revealed why his client who was arrested on Monday evening in Benin Republic cannot be extradited to Nigeria.

The lawyer also revealed that the Yoruba nation agitator was arrested alongside his wife,  Ropo Adeyemo by the security operatives in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Igboho has been on the wanted list of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, DSS, since July 1 when his house was raided in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The DSS had accused him of stockpiling arms and attacks of security operatives among other crimes.

There are reports that Igboho may be extradited to Nigeria and handed over to the DSS that had declared him wanted.

But Aliu said the agitator cannot be arrested because he is a political offender.

According to him, there is a treaty between Nigeria, Togo and Republic of Benin that any political offender unlikely to get justice at home should not be extradited to home country.

Aliu said lawyers in Benin Republic would be engaged to defend Igboho’s rights against extradition.

Aliu, in a statement, said: “It is a shocking news that Nigerian Government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho Oosa arrested by INTERPOL in Republic of Benin notwithstanding the political nature of his offense and what the DSS earlier said that they refrained from arresting him so as not to overheat the polity of Southwestern Nigeria.

“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.

“Secondly, that he cannot get Justice or even be killed is apparent in how those arrested in his house were detained for more than 21days now without access to their lawyers. Even the wife among them could not change her undies for 21days! Which inhuman treatment can be more this?

“Again another wife of our client Mrs. Ropo Adeyemo, a German citizen, has been arrested together with her husband in Cotonou. What offence has she committed to warrant this?

“We urge the good government of the Republic of Benin and international community, especially Germany, 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 ICC duly acknowledged.”

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BREAKING NEWS:Oduduwa Nation Agitator, Sunday Igboho Arrested In Cotonou |The Republican News

Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.

Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic by security operatives in the West African country.Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.

A source privy to his departure from Nigeria said he had perfected plans to secretly escape from Nigeria through Cotonou and was heading to Germany.

He was, however, nabbed by security operatives in the neighboring country.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a source privy to the incident, said, “Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou. He was arrested about an hour ago.

“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.

He was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night, a top source familiar with the matter told our correspondent.

Igboho was arrested by the security forces in Benin Republic about three weeks after the Department of State Services declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied.

“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”

Culled from SaharaReporters, Punch

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