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I’ll Vote For RUGA If, When It Comes To Senate, Ohanaeze, Igbo Have To Carry Their Own Cross – Orji Uzor Kalu

Former Abia state governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

by Ike A. Offor

The new senator representing Aba North senatorial district and the former governor of Abia state and a very successful businessman, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has caused some uproar in the South via his utterances in suport of the RUGA. He openly has said that he will support RUGA is the bill comes to the red chamber.

He further claimed that he has fought for the Igbo and lost businesses and now being witch-hunted by EFCC due to his stand against president Obasanjo of which EFCC was set after him. One wonders why he is still being pursued if the charges against him were made-up by Obasanjo under his government?

So, it is like since he has lost businesses supporting his people, he is now going to go against his people in order to regain what he lost.

Addressing pressmen, he had these to say:

“I know what I have lost to politics, defending Igbo and fighting to see Igbo take what belongs to them. This cost me my bank, airline, oil blocks and many other businesses. I lost friends in politics, business and my social friends both at home and abroad. Do you think I would have quarrelled with Obasanjo if not for the Igbo? Do you think that I would have left PDP? Do you think I will have been on the EFCC list?

“Returning to a ruling party is one dream I have longed to realise. I’ve not just come back, I am a senator. I don’t think I will make the mistakes I did when I was a governor. Ohanaeze and co can do Igbo as they like, I don’t give a damn. Everyone must carry his cross.

“I am not afraid to speak the truth; I’m trained by an Hausa Fulani, I brought RUGA to the south east. I built a mosque for the Moslems when I was governor. I have business scattered in the northern part of the country. We are one Nigeria. We must support Buhari to implement RUGA across the country.

“Anytime a vote is called for any bill to be passed in favour of RUGA, I, Orji Uzor Kalu will vote in support.”

Judging from his statements he is in it for the political and financial protection and gains for him. To him, it is about this career and money and the Igbo can carry their own cross while he carries his.

What a very selfish politician who now sees himself as a man separate from his people, who he not only claim to serve as a senator, but he now sees it that they have their own cross to carry, which is a lot different from his own cross, which he has to carry without them. One wonders what he comprehends as his duty to his constituents under his senatorial district?

Nigerians must be very careful who they vote into offices to serve and represent them. If not anything else he has proven that his people made a big mistake voting for him or rigging him in.

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RUGA: Abia State To Scrutinise Land Sales Beyond Five Hectares – State Attorney General

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia State Government has said that it has introduced a policy directing relevant agencies to scrutinise and ascertain the purpose behind the sale of any portion land above five hectares in the state.

Mr Uche Ihediwa, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, said this on Wednesday in Umuahia, while briefing newsmen on Abia government’s stance on land-use planning.

He said with the policy, applications for Certificate-of-Occupancy for land above five hectares may be honoured or declined, depending on the purpose the land would be put into.

He said, “With the present dispensation, any request for land will have to be scrutinised.

“The state government’s policy is to scrutinise it and make sure that it is not something that is convertible into Ruga.

“We have gone ahead to sensitise our communities to be sure that nobody sells large quantity of land.

“There is a standing instruction in the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning that sale of any land above five hectares will be scrutinised.’’

Ihediwa said that the Town and Country Planning Law allows the revocation of any piece of land which had not been used for the purpose it was acquired.

He said that there was no truth in the allegations that the state government secretly gave out land for Ruga settlement in Arungwa in Osisioma Local Government Area of the state.

(NAN)

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I Will Do More For Nigerians If Re-elected, Says Buhari In Abia |RN

PresidentMuhammadu Buhari said his administration has pursued, with vigour, its three cardinal points of waging war against corruption, curbing insecurity and the provision of critical infrastructure to the people, with a promise to do more if re-elected.

Buhari said this, yesterday, at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, Abia State, while addressing a mammoth crowd when the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign train moved to the state.

This was even as the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, poured encomiums on the president for the laudable projects the Federal Government is executing in the South East.

The president said when the APC government came to power, the price of oil in the international market was at its lowest ebb, coupled with the activities of Niger Delta militants, which he said forced down drastically the country’s oil production quota.

He said despite all these, the APC government has been able, in the past three and half years, to establish power plants, build roads and railway lines across the country.

Buhari said his government is committing the scarce resources at its disposal to improve on what it has been able to do in the past years and told the people of Abia that with their support, Dr. Uche Ogah will be their next governor.  

National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said the president has seen for himself the number of people who turned out at the stadium, coupled with the testimonies of traders at Ariaria and elsewhere, therefore, he does not need anybody to tell him the people love him.

Oshiomhole alleged that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has ruled Abia State for nearly 20 years without doing anything for Abians and urged the people not to make the mistake they made in 2015, that resulted in non-payment of workers’ salaries and lack of infrastructure today.

He told the people that president Buhari has done well for the state, in particular, and the South East in general, citing the Second Niger Bridge, reconstruction of, hitherto, abandoned roads in the area and the school feeding programme, and urged the people to vote for Buhari.

He informed the cheering crowd that, “the Court of Appeal has finally buried the political ambition of Chief Ikechi Emenike, who is being used by the PDP to destabilise APC in the state.” 

The APC governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Uche Ogah, in his address, informed the president that Abia State has been taking over by APC and the people have decided to vote for him.

Ogah said the people of the state are tired of the PDP government which, he said, has ruled them without anything to show for it, and promised that within seven days of his inauguration as governor, he would bring in Julius Berger to build Abia roads.

He said over 100 companies in Aba alone have closed down, as a result of lack of infrastructure and promised to make sure all of them return if he is elected as governor.           

Earlier at the palace of Eze Isaac Ikonne, Enyi 1 of Aba, the president said Nigerians have exhibited a lot of potential that needed to be fully harnessed, and promised that his administration will continue to provide the needed infrastructure to enable them thrive in all sectors.

Eze Ikonne, while receiving the president, thanked him for executing projects that have impacted positively on the lives of the people.

He called on the people of the state to vote for President Buhari in the February 16 presidential election.

In his remarks, Okwukwu denied claims that the group had endorsed the presidential candidate of any political party for the February 16 election, as was reported by the media last week.

“I’m the secretary and custodian of the secretariat of the Ohanaeze, and I know we’ve not adopted the candidate of any party for the presidential election. It is not true at all,” he said.

The secretary thanked president Buhari for showing love to the Igbo, by implementing projects that have touched their lives.

He praised the president for visiting the two main commercial cities in Igboland, Onitsha and Aba, during his campaign tour. 

“President Buhari has done what no other candidate has done. He has visited Onitsha and Aba, our main commercial cities.

“That is what no other person has done. We thank you our President. Imela,” he said to the admiration of all present.  (The Sun)

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Ikpeazu Will Be Last PDP Governor In Abia – Nwankpa, APC State Chairman |RN

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From Marcus Nkire, Abuja

Chief Donatus Nwankpa is the Abia State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview, he said Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration will be the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in the state.

We learnt APC is planning to hold a mega rally in Abia State. Can you tell us when this rally will hold?
The rally is expected to hold on the 9th of January 2018

 What do you intend to achieve with the rally?
The aim of the rally is to propagate and sensitise the people about APC. It is also a platform to receive new members who have come into the party. The rally will give us the opportunity to open our new secretariat at no 38,Azikiwe by adelabu. For some time now the national members have not had the opportunity of coming to interact with the party members in Abia State, it will afford the national chairman, the president and leadership of the ruling party in Nigeria the opportunity to come to Abia. It will also give us the opportunity of letting them know the state of affairs in Abia State for the purpose of making Abia a better place.

 There have been claims that the political situation in Abia State is a bit hazy especially considering the agitations for secession, what do you think?
Abia State was not restive; what actually happened was that there was conspiracy among the opposition governments in the south-east, trying to score cheap political point by using some people for the purpose of creating an opposition under the cover. The idea of secession and referendum is not easy to canvass. If the south-east is interested in referendum; which of these south-east leaders have met to discuss it and under what forum? What is the structure of the leadership and to what extent has there been a consensus? Has there been a legislative process? You saw for example the situation in Spain, with the people of Catalonia, who to a reasonable extent operate almost a Confederal system of government. So, what we just saw in the whole thing is that our people are interested in agitating for true federalism and increased participation of the state in developmental programmes, increased funds for the state levels and the autonomy of the various levels of government. That is where we stand. There is nothing like political restiveness.
Admittedly, there was a little period where some people for one reason or the other were brain-washed into instigating activities that created political tension in the state. But that has been arrested and the fact remains that it was not the collective will of the people. It was just a kind of personal vendetta, that was now capitalised upon by the PDP government and when the chips were down, they could not stand their ground and defend their action.
In that regards, we do not want to say that there is political uncertainty in Abia. Abia is a peaceful state. The police, the state security service and the Army are doing very well and all they need is the support of the government in Abia State to achieve better security and a more secured environment.

Prior to the Anambra elections there were talks of the APC slowly gaining popularity in the south-east. Don’t you think the party’s loss at the election has shown that it is not as popular as people thought?
There is what we call geometric progression and arithmetic progression. What happened in Anambra State showed reasonable level of progression; because in 2015, APC couldn’t have come third in Anambra, but by 2017 APC came second in the governorship election.
What really happened in 2017 was that President Muhammadu Buhari was able to win a democratic war. He scored high political points to show that he is one man, who believes in the will of the people; who is democratic. He never attempted to manipulate the election in any manner even when out of over-zealousness, the security of the governor was withdrawn; which is normal because during election period the governor is a normal candidate therefore, his security needed not be too domineering. Under normal circumstances, if the election were actually free and fair, if it was not manipulated by the opposition party, the governor and the electoral body he couldn’t have won in all the local governments.
Going back to your question, APC did not do badly. It was a reasonable progress. It shows that APC is the fastest growing party not just in the south-east, but the whole of Nigeria.

 Many people in the south-east still feel that the zone is marginalised in terms of infrastructure and appointments. What is your take on such claims?
Well, my take is what Apostle Paul said ‘come let us reason together’. Politics is not given. It is a struggle for power. It determines how the resources are allocated and you must be part of that allocation, why do we say so? The south-east is the major opposition block zone, now the leaders from the south-east have come into the national politics. Recently, the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s son joined the party and today he is heading a body and we know that in no time,  if there are areas in appointment that the south-east deserve and the people who are there have shown their commitment, the south- east will not be left behind.
Talking about infrastructure, most of the things we emphasise on when we talk about infrastructure have to do with power, road, and transportation and so on. The south-east is now connected to the rail system, the road rehabilitation of the second Niger bridge project has just commenced. Then look at the judgement passed by the ECOWAS Court.  This is a suit that was filed during the reign of Yar’Adua and Jonathan was in government for six years; it took the intervention of the president, who delegated the federal government lawyers to go and discuss with the agitators for the compensation of the south-east and at the end of the day over N86 billion was accepted, which included people who suffered disabilities during the war and other land mine threats, this is something that the south-east should appreciate.
Recently, the government announced the payment of gratuities and pensions to Biafra’s policemen, those policemen who lost their position because of the civil war; I think it is also a very welcomed development. If you get to the Umuahia express road, NDDC is doing a lot in Abia north. It is not as bad as people paint it but like Oliver Twist, we need more.

 The PDP government in Abia State recently said that they have done very well, they claimed that have done exceptionally well so far. What is your opinion on that?
What the PDP government is doing is called the ‘theory of the lizard’, the lizard fell from the roof top and landed on the floor, when the lizard landed on the floor it looked right, left and center, when it found out that nobody was looking, it now nodded its head and concluded that it had done well. So, whether we like it or not the PDP government in Abia have not done well. The government of PDP for a long time has not favoured the people of Abia State and come 2019, the progressive government of APC will take over the state, because the out-going government in Abia is the last PDP government in the state.
Abians are fed up with whatever you call PDP and the wind of change cannot be blowing in other places and Abians will be an exception. The game is over for them. All they are doing is engaging in self celebration. If you go to the streets and get the opinions of the masses, you will understand that the PDP government is merely living on borrowed time.

 The President recently said that Nigerians are insatiable. Do you think that is the true reflection of the nature of things in the nation?
Yes, I do. During the regime of General Yakubu Gowon, the general said that ‘money is not our problem but it is how we spend it’ and if you watch the income drive in Nigeria whether in recession or in abundance we have not lacked funds. What we have lacked is the discipline to manage those funds and the discipline to manage those funds will determine how far those funds will benefit the people and that is what President Buhari is speaking about.
The President has seen the books, records and has noticed the flaws in the system. Take for example; we are making a budget of N30 billion to maintain a hospital, at the end, the hospital does not get five percent of that budget when it is released, where does the money go to? If the problems that ought to have been solved had been solved without funds being diverted we will not be where we are now.
So, if the President is able to successfully combat corruption, it will be a much appreciated feat in the country. The major point of what the President is emphasising on is the need for Nigerians to have conscience; the need for Nigerians to show discipline and concern for their nation.
There has been this negative atmosphere as regards to corruption in the country. People have placed their personal interests over and above the nation. Let us have the national drive; the national attachment and the national concern towards our country, so that we can maintain our crown as the greatest country in Africa. Nigerians need to develop a spirit of nationalism and respect towards their fellow man;  put the welfare of the people before their own personal interest.

 Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar recently left PDP for APC, Do you think that APC is slowly losing its grip on its top members?
This is a laughable situation. What do you think about a woman who has married several husbands and leaves the latest for another, it certainly will not surprise anyone to hear that. It is in the character of Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president of Nigeria to move from one party to another. He was in PDP, then he went to ACN from there he went back to PDP then to APC and now he has gone back to PDP.  And we are even waiting to see if he will go to Labour Party very soon. With that aside, he is a great man. He believes in mobility in politics. Secondly, this is a man with aspiration and there is nothing wrong if he feels that his aspirations can be achieved in another party. Politics is dynamic. There is no permanent friend and no permanent enemy, only a permanent interest. Apart from his political mobility, he is a great man, he is someone who has vision and interests and definitely feels that his aspirations could be achieved in PDP. But if PDP gets too hot for him, he will move to another party. For the APC, in order for the ship that was carrying Jonah to reach its destination, Jonah had to be offloaded. For us to get to our destination, a lot of Jonahs will be offloaded. We are not afraid of anybody leaving the party. We want to come together and build this party. Let’s not forget that a lot of people did not just come to APC because they like the name, they joined as a result of their personal interest and when their interests are not fulfilled, you cannot force them to stay. Politics is a game of adults and you cannot fault anybody for leaving a party in search of greener pastures. (The Sun)

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Ohanaeze Youth Council Slams Group For Opposing Ikpeazu’s Second Term |RN

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Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), yesterday, came down hard on World Igbo Youth Council (WIYC), for ruling out Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for a second term in office.

Few days ago, WIYC had called on Abias not to  re-elect Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

However, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, OYC said it was time faceless groups stopped stoking embers of crisis in Igbo land.

The group noted that it knows the people behind the media attack on Ikpeazu and described the discourse on 2019 Abia governorship election as premature, sponsored by desperate politicians to distract the governor.

“We have followed closely, the World Igbo Youth Council and so we know those behind the mask; we know their paymasters. However, we want to make it categorically clear that this is not the time for any form of politicking, more so as the Independent National Electoral Electoral has not lifted the ban on political campaigns.

“In addition, the World Igbo Youth Council has no locus standi to decide the political fate of governor Ikpeazu in 2019. Only the people of Abia state reserve that right and nobody can take if from them.

“It is, therefore, not just illegal but criminal for any group to start talking about who will occupy the Abia Government House in 2019.

“We caution that we will not allow desperate politicians, who want power through the back-door to destabilize Abia State. If they don’t stop fortwith, we shall in the next 7 days publish names of all the people behind that and other media attacks aimed at distracting Governor Ikpeazu from focusing on continuing to deliver laudable dividends of democracy to Abians.

“While the Ohanaeze Youth Council lauds Ikpeazu for his efforts at industrialising Abia state, promoting Made-in-Aba brands and unmatched infrastructure development efforts in the state, we urge political calm in the state, especially after the politically-motivated military assault on the state which threatened to snowball into a national catastrophe, if not for the crises management dexterity of the governor.

“It is important to note that we also undertook discreet investigation of the deployment of various intervention  funds received by Abia government and we found out that Abia state received the following intervention funds from FG: Bailout fund-N14.2 billion;  Paris Club debt refund (Tranche 1) N10.6 billion and Paris Club debt refund (Tranche 2) N5.7 billion

“Abia state government constituted a committee made up of the different labour Union leaders; namely NLC, TUC, NULGE, NUP, NUT and Joint Negotiating Council. The committee took charge of the disbursement of the funds to various areas of greater needs and exigencies.

 “Overall, Abia received N16.3 billion from the Paris Club refund and deployed N11.6 billion to service workers/pensioners wage bill.

“This translates to commitment of more than 71 percent of total receipt to service workers’ salaries and pension.

“The transparency of the exercise was applauded by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, which singled out Abia and two other states for their transparency in the disbursement and utilisation of the fund. So, we believe that Ikppeazu is on course.”

“At the appropriate time, we shall make our ratings public, not just on Ikpeazu but other governors in the South-East.”  (The Sun)

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2019: Igbo Youths Urge Abia Citizens Not To Re-elect Ikpeazu |The Republican News

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                              Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu

From: Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia

The World Igbo Youth Congress (WIYC), has said that Abia people should not make the mistake of re-electing Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for a second tenure, stating that he has not done anything for Abians to guarantee him a second tenure in office as the Governor the state.

They noted that rather than make concrete efforts towards the development of the State, paying salaries of workers and providing dividends of democracy to Abians he claim to be governing, he has been busy aiding and abetting Biafra agitators.

According to them, even “civil servants in Abia State have never had it so bad since the return to democracy in 1999, and the man at the saddle at this point in history, appears unready to bring to table any attempt to strategise and make their lives better”.

This is contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of WIYC, Mazi Alex Okemiri .

Okemiri said that Ikpeazu has done nothing to guarantee him a second term in office.

“Apart from civil servants, pensioners are also groaning with several months of pension arrears. All these are happening despite the several bailout funds and Paris Club refund, as well as the monthly statutory allocation and internally generated revenue that comes into the state.

“It only shows that the Governor is either insensitive to the plight of workers or lacks the wherewithal to govern Abia State.”

“May we also point out that the state of infrastructure in Abia State has remained everything but pitiable. We get embarrassed each time picture of terrible state of roads in different parts of the state surface on the social media.

Most of the Governor’s aides are even richer than the Governor and Abia, we know that Ikpeazu as a person is a good man with intention to promote made in Aba products, but his aides countermands his policies and procedures for governance, one of his aides on special duties and personal aide from his wife’s village have bought almost all the landed properties in Umuahia and Aba, it appears Ikpeazu lacks the capacity to discipline these aides Who are richer than him, we have no option to drag Ikpeazu’s aides to EFCC with all the evidence against them , for them to refund all the looted funds from Abia treasury”, WIYC alleged.

“We have observed the pains and sadness in the faces of Abia people, we have asked what have the government has done with the borrowed funds which the Abia house of assembly approved for him which runs into billions of Naira, Obingwa people are regretting having their son as Governor, there’s no single road done in Ikpeazu LGA, he has no road to his village, there’s no Youth Empowerment, there’s high rate of crime in Aba, kidnapping has returned to Aba, there’s multiple taxation on traders ,it has taken Ikpeazu 28months to build drainage from  Osisioma junction to Aba main park, a 2kilometres road, yet there’s no hope to complete it, the Igbo Youths decried.

“This has continued because the current administration is not prepared for governance. As such, it will be a disservice to the people to think of re-electing the governor in 2019.

“We believe and indeed urge the people of Abia State to begin the process of searching for a competent hand that would pull the state out of the doldrums of poverty and bag governance. Time has come for the good people of Abia state to do away with god-fatherism. We have seen the adverse effects and cannot continue in such a manner”, we hereby declare Abia Government house vacant, and warn PDP to replace Ikpeazu or be ready to lose Abia State Government house for the first time since 1999 to APC or APGA ,APC /APGA should field candidates from Abia South, to beat PDP if they field Ikpeazu at last the group concluded.

It could be re-called that same group had few days ago accused Ikpeazu and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of plotting the escape of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and called for the immediate arrest of Abaribe.

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I Don’t Know Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts, Says Ikpeazu |RN

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It’s duty of security agents to locate him, he says

From JulianaTaiwo-Obalonye and Sunday Ani

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, declared, again, at the presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday,  he does not know the whereabouts of leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The governor told State House Correspondents,  after he met Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, behind closed doors, that those looking for Kanu may have information about his whereabouts.

“Kanu is my brother but, he is not in the custody of Abia State Government.

“Those who are looking for him may have better knowledge and have the capacity to determine the location of anyone in Nigeria. There are people who are trained to track people and it is their responsibility, not mine,” the governor said.

Following the invasion of Kanu’s family house in Abia State in September, by the Nigerian army, his whereabouts has remained unknown.

Soldiers of Operation Python Dance II invaded his family residence, following alleged escalation of his group’s lawlessness.

After the incident, Kanu’s relatives accused the military of being in custody of the IPOB leader, while the army equally denied knowledge of his whereabouts.

Since the September invasion of Kanu’s family residence, various accounts of his whereabouts have emerged, with some claiming that he has escaped to the United Kingdom (UK), where he is also a citizen.

There are yet other Nigerians, who believe that he might have been killed by the soldiers during the attack on his home.

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, reportedly said Kanu’s brother told him that the IPOB leader had fled the country to the UK, through Malaysia.

Kanu is facing trial for alleged treason and he was supposed to appear in court last Tuesday.

Consequently, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe  who stood as surety for him, is also at a crossroad.

Abaribe has been asked to produce Kanu but he also does not know his whereabouts.

Kanu is facing trial along with three others, and a fourth co-defendant, Bright Chimezie, who is yet to be added to the list of defendants.

The governor also spoke on the investment and trade potentials created by his renewed vigour to boost business in the state, pointing out that the shoe and textile industry, which the state is famous for, had already recorded N1.4 billion turnover in the past year.          (The Sun)

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IPOB: I Did Not Categorically Say Nnamdi Kanu Was In London, Says Uzor Kalu |The Republican News

 

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Former Governor Abia State, CEO Slok Holdings, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu

 

THE former Governor of Abia State, Dr Uzor Kalu has cleared the air on the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
He said he did not categorically tell anyone during the press interview with The Punch newspapers that the embattled IPOB leader fled Nigeria through Cameroon and Malaysia to London.
He made the disclosure in an interview with African Independent Television which was syndicated by The Sun newspapers.

RelatedOrji Uzor Kalu Tried To Bribe Nnamdi Kanu Through Me – Nnamdi Kanu’s Brother

Asked to reconfirm Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts based on earlier reports that he is London, Dr Kalu said on return from the US he headed for Abia on September 15 having heard about the raging fire between soldiers and IPOB knowing full well what such confrontation with armed soldiers would amount to.

On arriving Abia on that day he made frantic efforts to see Nnamdi Kanu which, of course, did not yield any fruitful dividend having gone underground as of September 15, 2017.

He said: ”I didn’t say categorically that he was in London, go and read what I told The Punch newspaper. When I returned from the United States of America on the 14th of September and on the 15th I went straight to Abia because the thing was escalating then. I consulted some of them (IPOB) I consulted the security agencies, the army, the police, SSS and the rest of them and I tried to douse the tension.

Related: IPOB Berates Uzor Kalu Over Claim Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts, Calls Him Desperate Hausa-Fulani Slave

I started looking for Kanu himself to talk to him. So somebody told me he went to a hotel and I sent people to the hotel and I called one of his relations who came to my house and I asked him where Kanu was, that I really want to talk to him. He said that I should not bother myself and I told The Punch all that transpired including the fact that I was not sure whether the fellow was telling me lies or truth. I said it and it’s in the paper. I didn’t say I discussed with Kanu and he told me he had left for London. His relation told me I should not bother about his safety because I told him that what matters to me is the safety of the man. I wanted to bring the man to my house in Igbere and make arrangements with the federal authorities and persuade them for us to find a common ground.

I never wanted the security agents to bundle him and rough handle him, I only wanted to bring him to my house and wade into the matter, which was what I did when he was in prison. I am surprised at the attitude of Kanu because he knew all the things we discussed; he neglected them because he wanted to play politics. Let me ask you; is it fair on the court that gave him bail? Is it fair on the federal government of Nigeria that the orders of the court were being disobeyed? That order was not that of Justice Nyako at all, it was the law of Nigeria. These are things I reminded him that he must obey our laws.”

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Police Arrest 59 Suspected IPOB Members In Abia |The Republican News

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IPOB members in a rally

The police have announced the arrest of 59 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state.

The police have also confirmed the death of an officer after an attack by members of the now outlawed group.

Anthony Ogbizi, the state police commissioner, who stated these, also said the suspected members of IPOB, recently arrested, would be prosecuted for murder, arson and other related crimes.

Ogbizi disclosed this at a media briefing where he paraded seven of the suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria police station in Aba.

He said with the proscription of the group by governors in the south-east and its declaration as a terrorist group by the Nigeria defence headquarters, anybody found with Biafra materials would be arrested and prosecuted.

He said the suspects would be prosecuted under the anti-terrorism act to ensure they were properly dealt with.

While restating what the army had earlier said, Ogbizi said IPOB had shown itself to be a “terrorist group” which must be dealt with as such.

He said, between September 10 and September 14, the Ariaria police station was attacked by suspected members of IPOB who destroyed everything at the station.

He said they came with petrol bombs which they used to gain entrance, destroy property and took three pump-action guns.

“Even some policemen were seriously injured. In fact, as I am talking to you, one of the injured police officers is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life,” he said.

“Now we have lost a soul and you know what it takes to train a police officer. You know the vacuum that creates. It takes a minimum of one year to train a police officer.”

Ogbizi said they also destroyed the property of lawful citizens too, adding that their demonstration was not peaceful.

He also alleged that the group attacked a nearby bank to get money to acquire more weapons.

The police boss said about 30 IPOB members were arrested when they attacked soldiers at Isiala Ngwa and about 29 were arrested in Umuahia.

He said suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of the commissioner of police and AIG zone 9 in Umuahia.

Ogbizi said the army recovered several exhibits including the coat of arms of Biafra from the suspects.

“As I am talking to you now information reaching me said they have started gathering at Nnamdi Kanu’s house”, he said.

Ogbizi called on citizens to volunteer information on the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB.

He denied the rumours circulating in the state that security agents arrested Kanu’s father.

(Source: Today)

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The Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayo Fayose has described the invasion of the South East by the army and killings as ethnic cleansing and unacceptable.

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