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Biafra Not Realisable Now, But Big Referendum Is Coming – Primate Ayodele |RN

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Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele

By Olakunle Olafioye

The agitation by the secessionist group for the Republic of Biafra may not be actualised anytime soon.

One of Nigeria’s leading seers, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele made this known in an interview with Sunday Sun shortly after the press presentation of the 2017/2018 and beyond edition of a book, “Warnings to the Nations- (a collection of divine signals).

The book, a compendium of divine warnings to Nigeria and nations across the world, chronicles revelations and warnings to governments, institutions, organisations and notable individuals in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

The cleric revealed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, might just be wasting his time on the struggle for Biafra as a result of what he described as his (Kanu) wrong approach.

“Kanu is just wasting his time because he is not approaching the struggle the proper way.

“Nigeria as a nation needs a lot of prayers to survive. Biafra may not be actualized now. The struggle will face challenges. It is not the time for Biafra now; it will take a longer time.

“The government must take the issue of agitation seriously and ensure they take the right steps so that things can work out accordingly. A big referendum is coming. So the government must not take the issue of Biafra with levity. They must give it the all the seriousness it deserves.” he revealed.

The over 300-page book, in addition to revealing hundreds of events, happenings and personalities that would shape Nigeria in particular and the world at large in the next few years also highlights over 100 past prophecies by the man of God that have come to past

Recent among these revelations are the prophecies on the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the fire outbreak in a palace in Lagos and invasion of schools by kidnappers.

The new edition of the book gives revelations on politics in Nigeria and countries in the world, politicians, political parties, government parastatals and agencies, the economy, traditional rulers, local governments, sports both international and local and much more.  (The Sun)

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Biafra: Ex-Senate President Petitions UN Security Council Over Proscription Of IPOB

Former Senate President, Ameh Ebute, has petitioned the United Nations (UN) Security Council, over proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Ebute wasSenatee president in the Third Republic.
In his petition, the former lawmaker appealed to the security council to investigate IPOB, which he alleged is capable of causing “mass genocide” in Nigeria.
Ebute also alleged in the petition that IPOB is the latest of various terrorist organisations which Nigeria has had to contend with since 2009, when Boko Haram insurgency escalated in the North East.
He added that the Federal Government was almost bringing Boko Haram under control, only for the country to be “woken up by sounds of unpleasant drums of war chanted by emerging terrorists sects, garbed in ethnic separatist movements.”
Ebute also alleged that Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB spread bile and hate campaigns against other ethnicities in Nigeria, and adopted inciting or indecorous language laced in distasteful violent acts, with intent on provoking another civil war in Nigeria. We are sure the UN is aware and, indeed, monitoring the precarious security situation in Nigeria, heightened by terrorist sects and other violent insurrectional groups…
“The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), under President Muhammadu Buhari, has been battling the scourge of terrorism and allied insurgencies in parts of Nigeria, in the last two years.
“But as the insecurity situation in Nigeria is gradually being normalised, the country is again woken up by sounds of unpleasant drums of war chanted by emerging terrorists sects, garbed in ethnic separatist movements which have perfected plots to unleash more heinous atrocities on Nigeria.
“We wish to notify your office that investigations by the appropriate security authorities in Nigeria have identified the latest and budding terrorists sect in the country as the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)…
“It is, therefore, imperative for the UN, through its organ of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to invoke the suitable laws, and intervene in an apparently smouldering crisis in Nigeria.
“Permitting the progression of this crisis to the level of explosion would be devastating and definitely affect peace and security on the African continent as a whole and create humanitarian crisis of international dimension.”
Ebute also urged the UN security council to investigate IPOB activities and also, initiate actions that would save Nigeria from “this pending catastrophe arranged by IPOB, in order to safeguard international peace and security.”    (The Sun)

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

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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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Military/IPOB Clash: Police Beef Up Security In Asaba, Delta State |RN

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From PAUL OSUYI, Asaba
With the fear of a possible spillover of clashes in parts of the South-East to Delta State in the South-South, the state police command has deployed patrol teams to strategic areas.
The clashes which started earlier in the week is between military personnel and members of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The situation in Asaba is however calm and devoid of any form of hostility as residents went about their normal activities unhindered.
Saturday Sun observed the presence of the detachment of mobile and regular policemen particularly in Okwe area of the capital city.
Okwe is considered as a settlement for IPOB and other Biafra agitators obviously for its proximity to the River Niger which is the boundary between Delta State and states in the South-East.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Zanna Ibrahim could not be reached to speak about the development as he was said to be attending a conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka told our correspondent on the telephone that the deployment of officers was a proactive measure to forestall breakdown of law and order.
He said the presence of uniformed policemen in strategic locations was not intended to cause tension but provide adequate security for law-abiding citizens.
“It is our duty to ensure that people feel free and secure. However, if there is an incident in your neighbour’s area, while you are trying to bring it under control, you also take deliberate steps to ensure that such incident does not spill over to your area.
“So basically our duty is to ensure there is order. Part of what we promised the people is civil policing, democratic policing and policing with a human face. People should, therefore, be reassured that there is no cause for alarm,” he said.   (The Sun)

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IPOB: We Must Not Repeat The Mistake Of Boko Haram – Masari |The Republican News

 

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Katsina State Governor,  Aminu Masari

 

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari, has advised Nigerians not to repeat the mistake of ignoring the activities of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), just like they did about Boko Haram.

He explained that if this is done it will consume the whole country just like the Boko Haram.

The governor who was in the presidential villa to observe the Ju’maat prayer, called for support for President Muhammadu Buhari as well as security agencies in handling the IPOB issue.

Repeated clashes between Nigerian soldiers and IPOB agitators led by Nnamdi Kanu, forced Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to declare a three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.

The governor said the state will continue to subscribe to the supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution and work with the federal government to forestall secessionist threats.

The governor also noted that the clash is directly linked to the deployment of soldiers across South-East as part of the rejuvenated Operation Python Dance.

Masari who spoke to State House Correspondents after the prayers said, “As regards the tension in the country, we in Katsina State have put in necessary measures to ensure that the people living in the state irrespective of where they come from, their safety, their lives and their properties.

“On the general note on what is going on in the country, I think there is the need for Nigerians to be very responsible in terms of dealing with issues of this kind in this country.

“When we heard the problem of Boko Haram in this country when it started we all looked the other way and it nearly consumed the nation. So under this circumstances any agitation that is likely to lead the nation to the kind of problem we had, I think all Nigerians should support the government and put a stop to it.”  (The Sun)

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Nigerian Army To Deal With Soldiers Maltreating Biafra Agitators |RN

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By PHILIP NWOSU

The Nigerian Army said it will punish any soldiers or officer found guilty in the maltreatment and dehumanization of some alleged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state in South East Nigeria.

The Army in a statement on its website said: “Our Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement are quite clear and any officer or soldier that infringed on any of such directive if found guilty, will face the full wrath of the military justice system.”

A video which had gone viral had shown the several Nigerian Army soldiers whipping with stick and clubs some youths allegedly belonging to IPOB.

There were some others where young people rounded up and laid or stacked side by side on the bare ground was commanded by soldiers and compelled to brutalize themselves in twos.

The video also showed the soldiers ordering the youths to rolls in muddy waters and some died as a result of the torture and inhuman treatment by the Nigerian Army troops.

The Army statement signed by the spokesman in Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa reads in full: “The attention of the Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip trending on social media and other platforms purportedly showing troops humiliating some people at a checkpoint in Abia State, Nigeria.

“The issue is being investigated to ascertain the source and the actors in the clip. Our Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement are quite clear and any officer or soldier that infringed on any of such directive if found guilty will face the full wrath of the military justice system.

“We would like to inform the public that 82 Division is also aware of the planned misinformation and propaganda arrangement by the secessionists’ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“They intend to churn out pre-recorded video clips aimed at discrediting the Nigerian Army, causing disaffection among the citizens of this country. They will be using bogus, manipulated and photo-shopped photographs as well as video clips.

“The public should be wary of such mischief, scrutinize and report same to the Nigerian Army or any of security agencies. The Division wishes to reassure the public that it is determined to ensuring the safety of lives and properties in its area of operational responsibility, particularly the entire South East geopolitical zone as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We do not condone any act of indiscipline in the conduct of our operations and training exercises. Any claim of rights violation would be investigated and when confirmed, appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the erring personnel. ”  (The Sun)

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IPOB: Senior Lawyer Condemns Dehumanising Treatment Of Biafra Agitators By Soldiers

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Nigerian soldiers dehumanise Biafra agitators in Aba

‎From: Godwin Tsa, Abuja

A constitutional lawyer, Sebastine Hon (SAN) has condemned the dehumanising treatment of persons suspected to be Biafra agitators by the Nigerian Government.

He submitted that watching the video which has gone viral on the Internet, showing most dehumanising treatment of persons suspected to be Biafra supporters, is horrible and horrifying, to say the least.

The lawyer said it is unbelievable that the Nigerian Army, once respected globally, would condescend to the level of flogging its hapless captives and compelling them to submerge themselves in thick mud.
He, therefore, called on the Federal government to dialogue with the group and adopt the carrot and stick approach in dealing with the matter instead of embarking on naked force.
The lawyer further urged Igbo leaders, political and traditional, to not only just speak up against separatism, but should also engage constructively with the agitators on the need for them to see the futility of their actions.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, Hon said; “I didn’t believe my eyes when I first watched the video, and I almost became a psychological wreck when I attempted to watch it again.
What that video has depicted personnel of the Nigerian soldiers doing is condemnable in all ramifications. Not even prisoners of war are treated that way!
The promise by the army to investigate is salutary, but I must caution that this should not be a fluke.
For goodness sake, even though the renewed Biafra agitation is, responsibly speaking, not well thought out by its protagonists, but the dismissive aloofness of the Federal authorities is not good either. I can’t fathom why, in a democracy, the Federal Government is blatantly refusing to meaningfully engage dissidents threatening dismemberment of that same Federation, but rather derisively threat them as mere noisy elements. It is never done this way.
For the avoidance of any doubt, I do not support any separatist agitation in Nigeria now; but at the same time, I do not support the Nigerian Government’s demeaning response to the smouldering crisis.
I warned the other day that Nigeria is haemorrhaging and even hanging on the cliff. I also advised that President Muhammadu Buhari should use the carrot and stick approach of the President Obasanjo era – which deservedly beat the Niger Delta agitators to their game.
The actions of the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army are capable of being misinterpreted as anti-Igbo.
In conclusion, however, I wish to strongly plead for caution, especially on the part of the Federal Government. The apparent depicting of Biafran apologists as arch enemies is improper, with due respect.
Igbo leaders, political and traditional, should also not just speak up against separatism, they should also engage constructively with the agitators on the need for them to see the futility of their actions.
A stitch in time saves nine!    (The Sun)

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