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Sit-At-Home: Tension, Anxiety In South East, South South |The Republican News

BIM backs out

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha, Petrus Obi, Enugu, George Onyejiuwa, Owerri,  Paul Osuyi, Asaba, Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

Residents of major cities and towns in the South East and the South South, are gripped with fear of the unknown, following sit-at-home order declared today, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The order was called by IPOB, to honour Biafran fallen heroes who died during the civil war between 1967 and 1970.

Some residents of Anambra, Enugu and Owerri are apprehensive of what may happen, if they violate the order, while others, have interpreted the order to mean declaration of war.

But, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)/ Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) has backed out of the sit-at-home order.

To that effect, Police  Commissioners in the regions have urged citizens to ignore the order.

They urged citizens to go about their normal businesses  without fear of harassment and molestation by anybody, saying they are ever ready for eventualities.

In Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State, since there is the likelihood that markets may not open for business, investigations by Daily Sun revealed that traders from far and near flooded various market to buy goods and travel back to their various places  to avoid being stranded on that day.

Also, the food stuffs and condiments market, Ose Okwodu Market, was crowded with buyers.

There was security beef-up in Onitsha as both the Police, Army, Navy and Civil Defence Corps were on ground to ensure the security of lives and property in case of eventualities. Security agents were stationed at various strategic places with  combined patrol teams moving round the town in show of force.

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okuala, while urging residents  to ignore the sit-at-home order, asked them to go about their normal businesses  without fear of harassment and molestation by anyone, assuring that the police is ever ready for eventualities.

While threatening to deal ruthlessly with any person causing breach of peace, he warned parents to ensure that their children and wards remain calm and ensure peaceful movement.

Owerri, Imo State residents engaged in frantic purchase of food items and other necessities as a result of the order.

A visit to Ekeukwu and Relief Markets both  in Owerri, also showed that there were panic buying among residents.

This was just as both public and private schools in the state capital have reportedly been asked to remain at home to avoid any untoward development.

But, the Imo State police command, in a statement issued by the Commissioner of Police,  Chris Ezike, advised members of the public to disregard publications and posts circulating in the social media by pro Biafra agitators directing law abiding citizens to sit-at-home on May 30 in remembrance of the struggle for Biafra independence. He said the publications are not only inciting, but, represent unpatriotic and hostile propaganda against the sovereignty of Nigeria.

Similarly, the Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu,  said it would not disturb anybody who voluntarily decides to obey the order, but warned that it would not tolerate any attempt to coerce innocent citizens to comply.

In Abia State, the Nigerian Police helicopter has been flying round the city of Umuahia, the state capital, at almost roof top level.

It was also gathered that the concentration of the air patrol is not unconnected with the fact that the founder of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, hails from Umuahia.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Abia, Mr Geoffery Ogbonna, could not be reached on phone, but an officer at the Central Police Station (CPS), told Daily Sun that it was a “Show of Force to remind IPOB boys to maintain peace and order and reassure innocent citizens of their safety.”

MASSOB/BIM) stated it had already celebrated Biafra anniversary on May 22, 2017 and maintained that Biafra anniversary which was May 30 during the era of late Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu was changed to May 22, when Ralph Uwazuruike succeeded Ojukwu.

The group’s Elders’ Counci, in Asaba, Delta State, yesterday, lamented the mix-up, and said  history has bestowed the leadership on Uwazuruike, after Ojukwu’s death.

Also, MASSOB/BIM has threatened to storm Anambra Police State Command Headquarters with millions of their members if the police delays in releasing their members arrested during their Biafran independence rally celebration on Monday last week.

MASSOB-BIM leader for Anambra South Zone, Chief Arinze Igbani who sounded this warning in Uga, Aguata Local Government Area after their zonal meeting, alleged that eight of the group members have been in police custody since their recent peaceful rally which shook Onitsha city.

Also, Archbishop of Enugu Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma,  has said the clergy are not in support of the order.

Chukwuma made this known during the Democracy Day celebration and second year anniversary of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in Enugu, yesterday.

The cleric, called on people in the South-East  to “go about their legitimate businesses,” and insisted the clergy were against the declaration.

Uchenna Ike who spoke to Daily Sun said he was at the Ekeukwu Owerri to buy food stuffs for his family as they have been told that the markets would not be open on Tuesday (today) as IPOB has asked everybody to stay at home.

It was the same for Mrs. Ijeoma Okere who deals in food items that she had to open at least to make some sales as they have been informed that all markets should be closed on Tuesday because of Biafra Day.

“We advise the people of the state to go about their normal businesses without any fear of attack and molestation, we will provide enabling environment for peaceful movement. We shall deploy patrol teams on the roads to ensure that nobody would be harassed,” the CP assured.

But, Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful expressed readiness for the sit-at-home exercise to remember and honour the fallen heroes and heroines.

“We must remember and honour those who died for our freedom during the war of genocide against Biafrans by Nigeria Government in 1967 and 1970. Those our fathers and mothers who fought gallantry for our freedom but still alive today, must also be remembered in two minutes prayer immediately it is 12 noon on that day.

“Also, we must remember, honour and pray for those who died during our peaceful protests and rallies in Aba, Nkpor/Onitsha, Igweocha, Ahaba (a.k.a Asaba).

“The sit-at-home order issued by IPOB leadership still stands, no business, no movement both human and vehicular, no protest or rally, if you come out on the streets whatever you see don’t blame anybody, a word is enough for the wise. Security operatives are prepared to deal with anyone seen outside from 6:00am till 6:00pm in the evening.

“We also pray to Almighty God (Chukwu Okike Abiama) to guide and protect every Biafran who abides to this clarion call today and all the journalists both home and those foreign observers who arrived to monitor or cover this memorable event. More especially, the journalists in Biafraland who will be moving around to cover the event of our fallen heroes and heroines in front of Nigeria security operatives, may God Almighty bless and guide you people.” he stated.

Meanwhile, IPOB yesterday raised the alarm over alleged incessant rains of bullets by the combined forces of security operatives.

The group alleged that soldiers and police were yesterday shooting sporadically in Aba, where IPOB members were evangelising over the honour and remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines scheduled to hold today.

“We want to put the whole world on notice of the plan of Nigeria and security agencies. Also, Nigeria Air force were also hovering around Umuahia near the house of our supreme leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu which made the people living around Afara Ukwu Ibeku  to be ruining helter-skelter and scampering for safety.

“We are calling on men and women of good conscience across the globe, United Nations, European Union, African Union, Amnesty International and other relevant human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch to call the government and security agencies to order because we are only remembering the 50 years of Biafra declaration by Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu”.

“Biafrans and IPOB members worldwide must honour and remember those killed and starved to death during the war,” Powerful stated.  (The Sun)

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BIAFRA DAY: IPOB Extends Sit-At-Home Order To 14 Cities In Nigeria

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Aloysius Attah, Onitsha and Petrus Obi, Enugu 

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has extended its sit-at-home order declared on May 30, 2017 to other parts of Nigeria where Biafrans and supporters reside.
The order was extended to states like Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Makurdi, Ibadan, Benin, Abuja, Lagos, Lokoja, Gigawa, Jalingo, Mubi, Yola, Lafia, among others.
Despite several warnings by security agencies against the order, IPOB insisted that the order must hold to honour Biafran fallen heroes who lost their lives during the civil war between 1967 and 1970.
A statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful said its leader, Nnamdi Kanu had written to all governors, market, religious and community leaders in Biafraland to help ensure that May 30 would be memorable in the history of  this country.
“This sit-at-home order/remembrance and honour of our fallen heroes slated to be observed on May 30, will be the best thing to happen to the people of Biafra since 50 years.
“It will be  monitored by international observers, after which the struggle for Biafra freedom, will move to another level.
“Therefore, everybody, both old and young, man and woman must stay indoors, no protest, no human or vehicular movements in Biafraland from 6:00 am to 6:00pm on that day.
“Biafrans world over must honour and remember our fallen heroes and heroines who died for our freedom between 1967 and 1970, those who died during our peaceful rally and protest from August 30, 2015 till date.
“Biafrans and IPOB members worldwide living outside Biafraland should present a written letter containing the plights of our people to the authorities and governments of their respective countries.
“The people of Biafra will not fail to honour and remember those who contributed immensely to fight and save the lives of our children, some of whom were starved to death by the policy of the then government.
“We will celebrate and honour Mr. Mathew Tawo Mbu from Ogoja, he was the Biafran foreign minister from the beginning to the end of the war, Captain Willy Murray Bruce, this man was second in command of the Biafran Air force, this Ijaw man fought to the last to defend his country Biafra, Ambassador Ignatius Kogbara, this man from Ogoni was a Biafran envoy to London, he was the very last man to surrender during the war of genocide against our people.
“Again, we will not forget to remember the efforts of Col. Willy Achibong (one of the bravest officers in Biafra Army), Col. Nsudo, Col. Etuk, Bob Egbiko and the efforts of few Yoruba men who fought on the side of Biafra will never be in vain like Adeleke, Fola Oyewole, Major Wale Ademoyega and many others.
“We must remember them in two minutes prayer immediately it is 12 noon on that day. We must remember them in prayer, both the dead and those still alive today,” Powerful said.
It’s to honour Ojukwu –MASSOB
Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has described the sit-at-home as an honour to the late Biafra leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu.
In a statement issued by MASSOB Director of Information, Edeson Samuel called on all Igbo to observe the sit-at-home as a mark of honour to the late Ikemba of Nnewi and all the Biafra soldiers who died during the Nigeria Civil war of 1967- 1970.
The statement urged all pro-Biafra agitators to support the sit-at-home, describing it as part of civil disobedience which is necessary in the struggle for self rule.
“The sit-at-home is not for the interest of any particular group but for the interest of Biafrans. MASSOB and IPOB are urging all schools, markets, transporters and companies in Biafra land to support.
“Also, all biafrans in diaspora should observe the sit- at -home. It is important for us to make it clear that Nigerian security agents have planned to shoot at sight anybody they see that day, to be on the safe side, it’s better we stay at home to avoid this blood suckers.
In a related development, the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra (CG-IPOB) has announced a three-day golden jubilee celebration as a mark of respect and honour to gallant Biafra soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their precious lives while fighting for freedom.
In a statement signed by  Ndubuisi Anaenugwu, Director of Information, CG-IPOB said May 28, 2017 has been declared a day of  prayer  for the souls of all those that died.
He said Biafrans are directed to book masses in their various churches with praying for the repose of the souls of all those who sacrificed their lives fighting for the freedom of the indigenous people of Biafra  that their sacrifices will not be in vain.  (The Sun)

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Kanu Appoints Mefor As His Deputy, Edoziem As Directorate’s Head

Nnamdi Kanu, The Republican News

•IPOB anniversary to hold in 120 countries as Lion Squad march in Onitsha

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha  and  Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday, reaffirmed the appointment of Uche Mefor as his deputy and Chika Edoziem as head of the Directorate.

Kanu said the duo would be responsible for communicating his thoughts and views to IPOB membership and the rest of the world, through Radio Biafra.

He added that no other person  has the right to issue press release without their permission.

Kanu, who spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in a statement said the structural setup of IPOB world administrative headquarters will now be situated in London, United Kingdom and Germany, respectively.

He noted that Radio Biafra broadcasting from London was duly registered under United Kingdom Regulatory  Laws, fully licensed and censored under relevant regulatory frame work where Kanu remains the founder.

“It is in the face of the ongoing misconception and rumour making the rounds regarding the status of a new renegade channel floated in America that it has become necessary to issue this statement.

‘‘At the same time, all the members of IPOB and general public are hereby informed that the position of coordinators of all coordinators has been abolished following the reorganisation carried out by the leadership of IPOB and anybody parading himself as a coordinator should be treated as a criminal.”

He, however, urged members of IPOB and Biafrans to observe the sit-at-home order to honour the fallen heroes who were killed during civil war between 1967 and 1970.

Meanwhile, the group has confirmed that the 50th Biafra anniversary celebration will be held in over 120 countries and territories around the world.

IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement in Awka, said Kanu had directed that the event be given the serious attention it deserves.

He  said the event will also be used to prove to the world that Biafrans were ready for the upcoming referendum for its sovereignty. In a related development, IPOB Ontisha Lion Squad, yesterday, took to the roads and streets of Onitsha, Anambra State, to sensitise traders and residents to comply with the sit-at-home order. The squad, numbering about 100, kicked off the sensitisation march from Ozomagana, off Ochanja Market through Old Market Road, Main Market and terminated at Central School Road, Onitsha.

The members, mainly young boys and girls held Biafran flags and placards with inscriptions: ‘We should all comply with May 30 sit-at-home order, ‘No going back on May 30,’ ‘we must honour our fallen heroes, no market, bank, parks, school should open,’ no movement on that day…” They sang and chanted Biafran songs and marched peacefully without any disturbance and harassment by security agents but maintained orderliness along the roads and streets throughout the march.

that lasted for hours.

One of the members of the group who doesn’t want to be named said they were advised not to speak to anybody including the press, told our reporter that the road march was to enlighten the members of the public on the forthcoming May 30 Biafra Day to honour those that lost their lives in the struggle.

He said IPOB is known for its non-violent approach for the struggle and will continue to maintain law and order in carrying out its activities but lamented that in the previous rallies and protests, their members were maimed and killed for no just cause.

He further stated that no security agent attacked them throughout the road march and urged  traders and residents of Onitsha and all Biafrans to comply with the sit-at-home order on May 30 to avoid security agent’s attacks and harassments.

According to him, “what we are doing is to tell members of the public the need for them to stay at home on May 30 to honour our fallen heroes who died in the struggle. We don’t want our members to be killed again by security agents. We are not going to march or protest or do rally on that day, we should be at home throughout the day to respect those who shed their blood for the restoration of Biafra.”

Meanwhile, IPOB confirmed that the 50th Biafra Anniversary celebration would be held in over 120 countries and territories around the world outside Biafraland.

It said the event would also be used to prove to the world that Biafrans were ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty. Emma Powerful, the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka said IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu had directed that the event be given the serious attention it deserves.


50TH BIAFRA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO HOLD IN 120 COUNTRIES – IPOB

·         -Plans Referendum for Biafra

 Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

 The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday confirmed that the 50th Biafra Anniversary celebration coming up on May 30, 2017 would be held in over 120 countries and territories around the world outside Biafraland.

IPOB said the event which was for the honour and remembrance of the heroes and heroines that died in in the cause of fighting for the liberation of Biafra would also be used to conclusively prove to the whole world that Biafrans were ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty.Comrade Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka said the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had directed that the event be given the serious attention it deserves.

He said, “We have been directed by our leader to demonstrate our formidability and resoluteness in our respective countries of residence across the globe in such a manner that our heroes, wherever they lie, even in unmarked graves in forgotten battlefields, will be proud of what they achieved 50 years ago.

The image maker of the group however decried what he described as very pathetic and downright criminally unpatriotic actions of certain individuals he said hide under the banner of Biafra but serve a Northern Nigeria agenda. 

He said “These elements and their groups, not content with duping people in the name of Biafra, have now gone to bring shame and infamy to themselves and their group by attempting to discourage our people from honouring our heroes and much worse even shaming the memory of their own members that died in the course of Biafra agitation.

“IPOB and it’s leadership will prove to the Nigerian agents in our midst that the historic event of the 30th of May 2017 Remembrance Day celebration and Sit-at-Home order issued by our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be a watershed in the struggle for the liberation of Biafra and a remarkable one in the history of our nation. After this sit-at-home, which is a mini referendum for us, comes the real referendum later this year. IPOB is the largest most potent freedom fighting outfit anywhere in the world right now and we stand to prove this on the 30th of May 2017.

His statement reads in part, “…Biafrans both home and abroad must honour and remember our heroes and heroines that died to stop the total Islamization of the sacred land of Biafra and perpetual enslavement of the children of God. The exceptionally gallant soldiers of the class of 67-70 and the fearless IPOB family (including MASSOB members killed over the years) during numerous protests and rallies to free Biafra, paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives that we may live. It is therefore the patriotic duty of every right thinking Biafran (man, woman and child) to respect the sacrifice these brave men and women made for our survival as a race.

“All IPOB family units outside Biafraland, in over 120 countries and territories around the world, are expected to partake in street demonstrations, rallies, lectures and prayers to ensure the remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines on 30th of May 2017 goes down in history as one of the greatest events the world would ever witness. IPOB will use this event to conclusively prove to the whole world that we are ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty.

“We commend IPOB families in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and many others across the world that have managed to secure marching permits from their relevant authorities because of this historic 30th of May event. The leadership of IPOB are also aware that almost all countries where IPOB has presence, including Angola, Mozambique, Congo DRC, Namibia and Tanzania have respectfully perfected their own arrangements to honour our heroes and heroines on that particular day.

“IPOB family members in the UK have secured their venue at Trafalgar Square London for a rally. It is however interesting to note that when the Deputy National Coordinator of IPOB UK contacted the British Metropolitan Police for permission to march on Trafalgar Square on the 30th of May 2017, they were informed by the officer responsible for issuing permits that since 2014 IPOB under the leadership of  Mazi Nnamdi Kanu started its street protests in London, there had never been any breach of public peace compared to similar protests by other groups that have always degenerated into scuffles and altercations with law enforcement agencies in the London area.”

The statement noted that Britain being a civilized country and having recognized the very civil approach of IPOB granted permission to IPOB to proceed with the rally without undergoing the tedious application process for a permit.

“In Biafraland and certain parts of the British created country known as Nigeria, Biafrans are required to stay at home and not venture outside. There will be a complete lockdown of Biafraland and major cities where Biafrans have a significant population concentration like Sabon Gari in Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Zaria and Abuja.”

Further on those he described as saboteurs, IPOB said, “They have collected money from their Hausa Fulani sponsors to try and disrespect our heroes that fought and died for us. These charlatans without shame or honour have forgotten that MASSOB members died at the hands of the same people they have gone to collect money from to stop a remembrance that includes honouring their own members that died in service to Biafra

“This is the height of evil and betrayal of the very worst kind. To shamefully make such open and unguarded statements concerning the Remembrance Day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines who died that we may live is indicative of the hopelessness and criminal mindset of these Nigeria sponsored criminals masquerading as Biafrans.”


From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

Nnamdi Kanu appoints leaders, insist on Sit-at-home order on May 30

The Leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mr. Nnamdi Kanu yesterday reaffirmed the appointment of Mr. Uche Mefor as Deputy Leader of IPOB and Mr. Chika Edoziem as the Head of the Directorate of State of IPOB.

He said that the duo would be responsible for communicating his thoughts and views to IPOB membership and the rest of the World through Biafra Radio, saying that no other person  has the right to issue press release without their permission.

Kanu who spoke through his lawyer Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor in a press statement said that the structural setup of IPOB World Administrative Headquarters will now be situated in London United Kingdom and Germany respectively.

He noted that Radio Biafra broadcasting from London was duly registered under United Kingdom Regulatory  Laws, fully licensed and censored under relevant regulatory frame work where Kanu remains the founder.

According to him, “it is on the face of the ongoing misconception and rumours making the round regarding the status of a new renegade channel floated in America that it has become necessary to issue this statement. At the same time, all the members of IPOB and general public are hereby informed that the position of Coordinators of all Coordinator has been abolished following the reorganization carried out by the leadership of IPOB and anybody parading himself as Coordinators should be treated as criminal”.

He however urged the members of IPOB and Biafrans to observe the sit-at-home order to honour the fallen heroes who were killed during civil war in 1967 to 1970.

“Rights of Indigenous People of Biafra to self determination is not only inalienable but unquestionable. Sit-at-home order must be peaceful as it is sacrosanct. People are directed to remain law abiding and use the opportunity to pray for the repose of the soul of the Biafra fallen heroes” Kanu stated.   

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May 30 Biafra Day: IPOB Lion Squad embarks on peaceful road march in Onitsha

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha  and  Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ontisha Lion Squad, yesterday, took to the roads and streets of Onitsha commercial city, in Anambra State to sensitise the traders and residents to comply with the sit-at-home order it declared on May 30, to honour the Biafran fallen heroes who died between 1967 and 1970 civil war.

The squad, numbering about 100 took off their sensitisation march from Ozomagana, off Ochanja Market through Old Market Road, Main Market and terminated at Central School Road, Onitsha.

The members, mainly young boys and girls held Biafran flags and placards with the inscriptions, “We should all comply with May 30 sit-at-home order, ‘No going back on May 30,’ ‘we must honour our fallen heroes, no market, bank, parks, school should open,’ no movement on that day etc”.

They sang and chanted Biafran songs and marched peacefully without any disturbance and harassment by security agents but maintained orderliness along the busy Onitsha roads and streets throughout the march that lasted for hours.

One of the members of the group who doesn’t want to be named said they were advised not to speak to anybody including the press, told our reporter that the road march was to enlighten the members of the public on the forthcoming May 30 Biafra Day to honour those that lost their lives in the struggle.

He said IPOB is known for its non-violent approach for the struggle and will continue to maintain law and order in carrying out its activities but lamented that in the previous rallies and protests, their members were maimed and killed for no just cause.

He further stated that no security agent attacked them throughout the road march and urged  traders and residents of Onitsha and all Biafrans to comply with the sit-at-home order on May 30 to avoid security agent’s attacks and harassments.

According to him, “what we are doing is to tell members of the public the need for them to stay at home on May 30 to honour our fallen heroes who died in the struggle. We don’t want our members to be killed again by security agents. We are not going to march or protest or do rally on that day, we should be at home throughout the day to respect those who shed their blood for the restoration of Biafra.”

Meanwhile, IPOB confirmed that the 50th Biafra Anniversary celebration would be held in over 120 countries and territories around the world outside Biafraland.

It said the event would also be used to prove to the world that Biafrans were ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty. Emma Powerful, the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka said IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu had directed that the event be given the serious attention it deserves.

Also, Kanu yesterday, reaffirmed the appointment of Mr. Uche Mefor as deputy leader of IPOB and Mr. Chika Edoziem as the Head of the directorate of state of IPOB.

He said the duo would be responsible for communicating his thoughts and views to IPOB membership and the rest of the world through Biafra Radio, saying no other person  has the right to issue press release without their permission.

Kanu who spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in a press statement said the structural setup of IPOB World Administrative Headquarters will now be situated in London, United Kingdom and Germany respectively.

He noted that Radio Biafra broadcasting from London was duly registered under United Kingdom Regulatory  Laws, fully licensed and censored under relevant regulatory frame work where Kanu remains the founder.

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50TH BIAFRA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO HOLD IN 120 COUNTRIES – IPOB

·         Plans Referendum for Biafra

 Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

 The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday confirmed that the 50th Biafra Anniversary celebration coming up on May 30, 2017 would be held in over 120 countries and territories around the world outside Biafraland.

IPOB said the event which was for the honour and remembrance of the heroes and heroines that died in in the cause of fighting for the liberation of Biafra would also be used to conclusively prove to the whole world that Biafrans were ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty.Comrade Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka said the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had directed that the event be given the serious attention it deserves.

He said, “We have been directed by our leader to demonstrate our formidability and resoluteness in our respective countries of residence across the globe in such a manner that our heroes, wherever they lie, even in unmarked graves in forgotten battlefields, will be proud of what they achieved 50 years ago.

The image maker of the group however decried what he described as very pathetic and downright criminally unpatriotic actions of certain individuals he said hide under the banner of Biafra but serve a Northern Nigeria agenda.

He said “These elements and their groups, not content with duping people in the name of Biafra, have now gone to bring shame and infamy to themselves and their group by attempting to discourage our people from honouring our heroes and much worse even shaming the memory of their own members that died in the course of Biafra agitation.

“IPOB and it’s leadership will prove to the Nigerian agents in our midst that the historic event of the 30th of May 2017 Remembrance Day celebration and Sit-at-Home order issued by our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be a watershed in the struggle for the liberation of Biafra and a remarkable one in the history of our nation. After this sit-at-home, which is a mini referendum for us, comes the real referendum later this year. IPOB is the largest most potent freedom fighting outfit anywhere in the world right now and we stand to prove this on the 30th of May 2017.

His statement reads in part, “…Biafrans both home and abroad must honour and remember our heroes and heroines that died to stop the total Islamization of the sacred land of Biafra and perpetual enslavement of the children of God. The exceptionally gallant soldiers of the class of 67-70 and the fearless IPOB family (including MASSOB members killed over the years) during numerous protests and rallies to free Biafra, paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives that we may live. It is therefore the patriotic duty of every right thinking Biafran (man, woman and child) to respect the sacrifice these brave men and women made for our survival as a race.

“All IPOB family units outside Biafraland, in over 120 countries and territories around the world, are expected to partake in street demonstrations, rallies, lectures and prayers to ensure the remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines on 30th of May 2017 goes down in history as one of the greatest events the world would ever witness. IPOB will use this event to conclusively prove to the whole world that we are ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty.

“We commend IPOB families in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and many others across the world that have managed to secure marching permits from their relevant authorities because of this historic 30th of May event. The leadership of IPOB are also aware that almost all countries where IPOB has presence, including Angola, Mozambique, Congo DRC, Namibia and Tanzania have respectfully perfected their own arrangements to honour our heroes and heroines on that particular day.

“IPOB family members in the UK have secured their venue at Trafalgar Square London for a rally. It is however interesting to note that when the Deputy National Coordinator of IPOB UK contacted the British Metropolitan Police for permission to march on Trafalgar Square on the 30th of May 2017, they were informed by the officer responsible for issuing permits that since 2014 IPOB under the leadership of  Mazi Nnamdi Kanu started its street protests in London, there had never been any breach of public peace compared to similar protests by other groups that have always degenerated into scuffles and altercations with law enforcement agencies in the London area.”

The statement noted that Britain being a civilized country and having recognized the very civil approach of IPOB granted permission to IPOB to proceed with the rally without undergoing the tedious application process for a permit.

“In Biafraland and certain parts of the British created country known as Nigeria, Biafrans are required to stay at home and not venture outside. There will be a complete lockdown of Biafraland and major cities where Biafrans have a significant population concentration like Sabon Gari in Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Zaria and Abuja.”

Further on those he described as saboteurs, IPOB said, “They have collected money from their Hausa Fulani sponsors to try and disrespect our heroes that fought and died for us. These charlatans without shame or honour have forgotten that MASSOB members died at the hands of the same people they have gone to collect money from to stop a remembrance that includes honouring their own members that died in service to Biafra

“This is the height of evil and betrayal of the very worst kind. To shamefully make such open and unguarded statements concerning the Remembrance Day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines who died that we may live is indicative of the hopelessness and criminal mindset of these Nigeria sponsored criminals masquerading as Biafrans.”

(The Sun)

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Biafran Leader Nnamdi Kanu: The Man Behind Nigeria’s Separatists

Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu steps out of the courtroom after being granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja, on April 25, 2017                           Image copyrightAFP/GETTY

After spending more than a year-and-a-half in a Nigerian jail without trial on treason charges, Nnamdi Kanu is now free on bail. The BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty explains who Nwannekaenyi “Nnamdi” Kanu is and why he attracts so much controversy

Nnamdi Kanu founded the Indigenous People Of Biafra (Ipob) in 2014.

The movement wants a group of states in south-east Nigeria, made up mainly of people from the Igbo ethnic group, to break away and form the independent nation of Biafra.

The plan is not new. In 1967 Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state, but after a brutal civil war, which led to the deaths of up to a million people, the secessionist rebellion was defeated.

But the idea of separatism has bubbled away since then and Mr Kanu is the latest in a line of Biafran activists taking up the cause.

Pro Biafra protesters in southern Nigeria on Sunday 8 November, 2015
Image captionIpob activists held frequent demonstrations over the detention of Mr Kanu

He was a relatively obscure figure until 2009 when he started Radio Biafra, a station that called for an independent state for the Igbo people and broadcast to Nigeria from London.

Though he grew up in Nigeria’s south-east and went to the University of Nsukka, Mr Kanu moved to the UK before graduating.

Soon after setting up Ipob, he spoke to gatherings of the large Igbo diaspora, calling for Biafran independence. In some of his comments, he urged Biafrans to take up arms against the Nigerian state.

“We need guns and we need bullets,” he said in one such address.

And that is what brought him to the attention of Nigeria’s security services.

‘Frivolous’

However IPOB spokeswoman Amarachi Chimeremeze told the BBC this was not a literal call to arms: “That was a metaphor, to tell the people we are going to fight for this.”

If his trial, currently due to begin in July, does actually get underway, that is the question the judge will have to rule on.

In October 2015, soon after arriving in Nigeria for a visit, he was arrested in his Lagos hotel.

He was charged with “criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organisation” – charges that could amount to treason.

His lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the BBC that the charges were “frivolous”.

“They were concocted to ensure his detention in prison. These are smoke-screen charges that will never see the light of day.”


Biafra at a glance:

States claimed by Ipob for an independent Biafran state
Image captionIpob claims these existing states would make up an independent Biafra
  • First republic of Biafra was declared by Nigerian military officer Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1967
  • He led his mainly ethnic Igbo forces into a deadly three-year civil war that ended in 1970
  • More than one million people lost their lives, mostly because of hunger
  • Decades after Biafra uprising was quelled by the military, secessionist groups have attracted the support of many young people
  • They feel Nigeria’s central government is not investing in the region
  • But the government says their complaints are not particular to the south-east

Since his arrest, groups of Ipob supporters have gathered in protest around Nigeria and the movement has gained momentum.

They believe that the British vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election in the US are evidence of growing international support for the “right to self-determination” which they espouse.

Some have said they are now seeking “Biafrexit”.

Organised pro-Biafran protests have almost always been broken up by police, with Ipob saying their followers were injured or even killed, something the authorities vehemently deny.

An Amnesty International report also claimed that at least 150 people were killed by Nigerian security forces in the course of pro-Biafra protests between August 2015 and August 2016.

The violence has led to increased publicity and Cheta Nwanze, a political analyst who has done extensive research on the pro-Biafra movement, says Mr Kanu’s “arrest was a mistake because it played into his hands”.

“When the 2015 election happened, there was a slowdown in the popularity of his radio station and that’s when he decided to come to Nigeria to get arrested.”

Biafra protesters
Image captionWas it a mistake to arrest Nnamdi Kanu?

Mr Nwanze believes Mr Kanu is an opportunist and points to a video of him speaking at an anti-Boko Haram rally in London just months before he set up Ipob, where he spoke about the need to protect Nigeria from breaking apart.

But the Ipob spokeswoman disputes this. She says Mr Kanu simply went to Nigeria to show his commitment to the struggle.

“He came to prove to them that he meant everything that he said. The Nigerian administration were acting as if according to a script and arrested him,” Ms Chimeremeze told the BBC.

‘Lost tribe of Israel’

Putting his separatist ambitions aside, human rights groups and some senior politicians have been calling for Mr Kanu’s release, arguing that his many months of detention without trial was unlawful.

As is common with the Nigerian legal system, the case has been plagued by delays. After a year-and-a-half, no significant progress has been made.

The government ignored several court orders calling for Mr Kanu’s bail before bowing to a court order last week, and granting it “on medical grounds”.

Pro-Biafra supporters in Nigeria - November 2015Image copyrightAFP
Image caption It is hard to judge the strength of pro-Biafra activists

But the bail conditions are harsh: The Ipob leader is banned from public speaking, granting interviews or being in a group of more than 10 people.

As a condition of that bail Mr Kanu had to bring a prominent Igbo leader, a wealthy resident of Abuja and a senior Nigerian Jewish leader to provide 100m naira ($260,000; £200,000) each as surety to the court.

The Ipob leader says he is an Igbo Jew, part of a group who believe they are descendants of the lost tribe of Israel who settled in West Africa.

It is hard to judge the real strength of a movement like Ipob and its leader.

While the misery of the Biafran war put an end to the separatist ambitions of many Biafrans, a lot of Igbo people still feel that they are not fairly treated in Nigeria.

And some argue that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing little to help that. After all, he was a soldier in the army that defeated the separatists in 1970.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on the other hand, was recently celebrated for opening a conversation on what happened during the Biafran war.

What happens to Mr Kanu and Ipob next is not clear.

The movement may go the way of Massob (Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra), an earlier separatist movement. Massob lost some of its influence after its leader was jailed in 2005 and released two years later.

This year marks 50 years since the Biafran war began.

What the interest in Mr Kanu and his movement shows more than anything else is Nigeria’s 50-year failure to put the idea of Igbo separatism to rest.    (BBC)

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Release Dasuki, Kanu, Others Without Condition, Fayose Tells Buhari

From Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant unconditional release to former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, Fayose urged Buhari to reciprocate the mercy of God upon his life by showing mercy to Sambo, Kanu and others.

He also said it will not be right to turn back the hands of the country’s clock, and noted that the current peace in the Niger Delta and the slight improvement in the economy must be improved upon.

Thanking God for the president’s return in good health, which he said was all at the mercy of God, and particularly, as a result of the prayers of Nigerians who have made this to happen, the Ekiti governor told Buhari: “It is, therefore, incumbent on you to show mercy on Nnamdi Kanu and Sambo Dasuki, who have been granted bail already by courts of competent jurisdiction, and such other Nigerians who are suffering unjust, punitive, illegal, and unconstitutional incarceration.

“Allow all those who have been granted bail by the court to enjoy their bail while their trial continues. This is the right, just, and merciful thing to do, especially now that your good self is looking up to God for mercy.

“Those of us in authority must not be seen to be using our God-given powers to oppress the citizens placed under our care.

“The citizens’ fundamental human rights must not be taken away.

“In the spirit of Nigerians praying for your full and quick recovery, kindly show mercy as it will only cost you humility to show mercy to those people who deserve it.

“If we do not forgive, we ourselves will not get forgiveness. If we do not pardon, we will not get pardon. President Buhari, I enjoin you to please pardon Kanu and others, so that Nigeria can move forward.

“If you heed to this advice, I can assure you that it will yield positive dividends to your government and I want you to know that I am speaking the mind of Nigerians on this matter,” the governor added.

Fayose then condemned some Igbo leaders, who he said were playing politics with Kanu’s continued incarceration, and warned that the continued incarceration of Kanu by this administration can be interpreted to mean hatred for the Igbo as a people.  (The Sun)

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IPOB Holds Solidarity Rally For Trump’s Inauguration On Friday |The Republican News

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on  Biafrans and other family members all over West Africa to join in a peaceful solidarity rally for President-elect of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump.
The rally is scheduled for  Friday, January 20, at Igweocha, Port-Harcourt, River State.
The group said the solidarity rally will be in support of Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th US president and for the release of its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally in all the Department of States Services (DSS) cells and prisons across Nigeria.
A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful said the rally will also be for Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom world wide.
“This peaceful rally for Trump in Igweocha on Friday,  will feature display of pictures of our able leader, Mazi Kanu, those detained illegally with him and pictures of president Donald Trump.
“As usual, IPOB will maintain strict discipline of non-violence and non-engagement with army and police.
“However, we must reiterate that should soldiers fire at peaceful protesters, heaven will fall.
“The non-violent position of our great movement will be revoked with immediate effect.
“Our only interest is to exercise our right to peaceful protest and lawful assembly as recognised in the law.
“(Rivers) Governor Nyesom Wike is hereby reminded of his responsibility to protect the lives of those on peaceful rally.
“He should not allow himself to be used.
“We have not forgiven him for his past actions, so, he must be careful not to allow a breakdown of law and order or  any provocative behaviour by the army.
“Peaceful rallies and marches are recognised in law all over the world, so, we can’t stop exercising this because of intimidation and brutality.
“IPOB appreciates the wise counsel and support of our friends.
“Freedom is not negotiable because right to self-determination is inalienable,” said Powerful. (The Sun)

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