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BIAFRA: Tension In Enugu Over Sit-At-Home Protest, SARS Officers Get Ready

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Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

There was tension in Enugu, and other major cities in the South-East, on Monday, over the sit-at-home protest planned by pro-Biafra agitators to mark the Biafra Day on May 30.

Pro-Biafra groups, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, have ordered the closure of markets, and restriction of movement, to honour the memory of Biafra war heroes, and slain activists.

However, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed the Commissioners of Police to place their men and equipment on red alert to deal “decisively” with the Biafra agitators.

Our correspondent observed the deployment of anti-riot policemen at strategic locations in Enugu on Monday evening.

Combat ready police teams were cited around major markets in the metropolis, as well as the federal and state civil service secretariats.

In the same vein, the Enugu State Police Command, on Monday evening, said it would deal decisively with anybody or group that attempts to stop people from going about their normal activities.

The spokesman, Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who gave the warning in a statement, said the police is working with other security agencies to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

“Ahead of the planned sit-at-home order being circulated by IPOB, MASSOB, amongst others, the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has advised members of the public to disregard such order and go about their normal lawful business.

“The Command is also advising law-abiding members of the public to watch out for any person or group of persons under any guise who will come to intimidate, threaten or force them to shut down their offices or shops and report such threat to any nearby police station.

“The Command in partnership with other sister security agencies and relevant bodies have put in place adequate machinery as security apparatus have been mobilized to fish out those in this habit and bring them to book.

“The Command has advised those intending to carry out this unpatriotic and unlawful act to change from this, as the Command working in partnership with other sister agencies in the state, will not sit and fold its arms and see innocent and law-abiding citizens of the state being molested or threatened by any person or group of persons,” Amaraizu said in the statement.

The police spokesman also released phone numbers, and social media platforms, through which members of the public could reach the Command to report any breach of law and order on May 30.   (Punchng.com)

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Biafra: MASSOB Vacates Freedom House

From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

The factional leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, said the group has vacated its headquarters, Freedom House in Okwe, Imo State and closed down all other camps as part of its internal reorganisation for strategic growth.

He also said in the spirit of Biafra brotherhood, the group had forgiven its founder, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and that he was now free to return to his father’s compound in Okwe which is the headquarters of the pro-Biafra movement.

This was just as the movement noted that Uwazuruike’s expulsion and three years exile from his father’s compound which houses the MASSOB headquarters were enough punishment for trying to derail the Biafra cause.

In a statement by Samuel Edeson, national director of information, yesterday, said MASSOB, under the leadership of Madu, had forgiven its former leader, Uwazuruike.

According to him, the decision to vacate MASSOB headquarters at Okwe and to close down all other camps was taken after the meeting of the national leadership of the movement under Madu. He said the movement would continue with its non-violent agitation until the independent state of Biafra is actualised.

“The national leadership of MASSOB has forgiven Chief Ralph Uwazurike, former leader of the movement who ran away from Okwe on March 15, 2014, and was subsequently expelled from the movement on  November 30, 2015. He is now free to return to his family house in Okwe which incidentally houses MASSOB headquarters.

“We considered  Uwazuruike’s three years exile from his father’s compound as enough punishment for trying to derail the agitation for selfish interest.  MASSOB has handed over Uwazuruike’s atrocities against the people of Biafrans into the hands of  Chukwu Okike Abiama and  Igbo ancestors.”

MASSOB, under the leadership of our leader, Madu, would continue to operate non-violently from our new office, no more camps with respect and regards to other genuine pro-Biafra groups,” Edeson said.

“It is part of our internal reorganisation for strategic growth and positive functions.”

MASSOB wishes to inform Imo State government, security agents and  Okwe,  host  community that starting from March 5, 2017, MASSOB ceases to operate in Okwe and any group of persons or individuals found  within the family compound of Uwazuruike or inside the former MASSOB Freedom House, Okwe, are  not MASSOB members but  criminals.”  (The Sun)

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2018 Census: MASSOB Demands Data On Ethnicity, Religion

2018 census: MASSOB insists on ethnicity, religion

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Bi­afra ( MASSOB), have demanded that biometric data like ethnicity and religion should be included in the 2018 national census.
MASSOB in a press statement by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu however, regretted boycott­ing the 2006 exercise, an action it explained was taken to draw inter­national attention to the struggles for Biafra restoration.
They said it was the interven­tion of unnamed prominent Igbo leaders that made them soft-ped­al on their stand against Igbo par­ticipating in any Nigerian census.
The body, therefore, pledged full support for next year’s cen­sus but made a strong case for the inclusion of vital statistical indi­ces, which it stressed would help put to rest the contention in the polity arising from the errors and manipulations of the previous exercises.
MASSOB regretted that Ndig­bo and other ethnic nationalities in the defunct Biafra Republic were grossly shortchanged during the last census, and said it would not want a repetition of such in­justices, hence its support for the next exercise.
The statement reads in part: “As every revolutionary struggle for independence has its meth­odology and can adapt to any op­portunity that will yield positive results, MASSOB is considering allowing next year’s national cen­sus because of the intervention of some prominent Igbo leaders.
“We demand the inclusion of Religion as part of the data to be captured in the census, to ascer­tain the actual number of Chris­tians, Muslims, Traditionalists. The inclusion of Religion will also enable us to know the number of Oriental Sects in Nigeria.
“Another condition is the in­clusion of Ethnicity, which will immensely assist in knowing the total number of indigenous peo­ple that comprises their tribe in Nigeria. It will also help in putting to rest the ethnic arguments of the largest Nigerian ethnic group or the major and minor tribes.
“MASSOB also insists that during the coming census exer­cise, every citizen residing out­side his/her state of origin must be allowed to leave for his/her state for the counting. This also will en­able us to know the exact popula­tion of each state”.
Speaking further on the 2016 boycott ordered in the South East by MASSOB, Madu noted that “it was very unfortunate that Ndig­bo misunderstood our position during the 2006 National Census where MASSOB urged Biafrans to boycott the exercise which lat­er recorded a very low turnout.
“The 2006 National Census exercise was part of the yard­sticks for MASSOB to showcase our strength, popularity and ac­ceptance by Ndigbo.
“Also our primary aim of op­posing the last census is to draw the attention of the internation­al community, including United Nations, to the plight of Biafrans.
“Though the low turnout of South East during the last census exercise was used by our enemies and the Nigerian government to undermine and shortchange the status of Ndigbo in Nigeria, it is part of our sacrifice for Biafra and MASSOB is not regretting it.
“MASSOB therefore, enjoin all pro-Biafran groups to support the forthcoming census and mo­bilise all Biafrans to be counted so as to determine their actual popu­lation and disprove the erroneous impression that the populations of the South East and South South people are the least in Nigeria”.  (Authority)

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Ohanaeze Condemns Killing Of MASSOB, IPOB Members |The Republican News

From Chris Anucha, Port,  Harcourt

The Apex social-political organisation in Igbo land, Ohanaeze has condemned the killing  and  maltreatment  of  members  of   the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of  the  Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)  by  Federal Government agencies.

The group also   called  for  a  true  fiscal federalism, saying  it  is  the only way to  solve  Nigeria’s political problems.

Briefing  newsmen in Port  Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, the President-General of  Ohanaeze, Chief  John  Nwodo  recalled  how  members of  the two agitating  groups  were killed  in  Anambra, Asaba, Aba and Port Harcourt, among others, and   some of  the victims  thrown  into the river.

According to him,   security  agencies  have  refused  to  release bodies of  killed IPOB and MASSOB  members  to  their respective  families.

Nwodo wondered why  members of IPOB and MASSOB  are  maltreated by security agencies, unlike members of  Boko  Haram, Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) and  Avengers, among others.

He said Federal Government’s  continuous   maltreatment  of  IPOB and MASSOB m embers  would   only  end up making  Biafra inevitable.

Nwodo  was  in Port  Harcourt   to  meet  with   the Igbo living  in the state  and   to pay  a  courtesy  visit  to Governor Nyesom Wike. He  said anything short of true federalism, where federating units are given a level of independence to  develop at  their own pace and contribute their quota to the centre would make the political crisis in Nigeria to linger.

He lamented  the   marginalisation of   South East and South-South in the areas of  political appointments, as well as  occupying  key positions in   the  security agencies. According to the President-General, the federal character principle has been grossly violated   in  favour  of  a section of the  country, noting that the Igbo   are  also qualified  to occupy key and sensitive positions  in the country.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo boss insisted that Nigerians should write their own constitution, as against   the current  one  written by the  military.

 “Today, under this makeshift federation, people are grumbling. We call for fiscal freedom in Nigeria for things to move forward,” Nwodo said.

He, however,  urged the Igbo to bring back their wealth and invest at home, to give the youths hope and sense of belonging. He also  lauded IPOB and MASSOB for going  about their  agitation peacefully.

,  pointing  out that despite the high level of insurgency in the North, no insurgent has been charged of treason or detained.

“What the Federal Government is doing is unfair, unfriendly and unusual. I, therefore, call on the northern elite to speak up against this unfair treatment meted out against the South. Time has come for the negotiation of the Nigerian federation and there is no going back.

“Some have declared war on the Nigerian state tearing our national flag to shreds and planting their own while embarking on mass killing of  our nationals and they are not arrested or detained. Others from the Niger Delta break pipelines and kill people and are rather called for negotiation and dialogue but for the  Biafran agitators, they are killed even when they are holding lawful meetings,” he  said.

 The organisation,  whose  new Executive  was elected on January  10, 2017 and  led by Chief John Nnia Nwodo,  had earlier visited Lagos and Abuja,  two cities that have largest Igbo  population outside the seven Igbo dominated states. The states include,  Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu , Imo and Rivers.

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has insisted that it wants Biafra restoration and not Igbo presidency as agitated in some quarters.

The group noted that any Igbo man or woman that presents him or herself as a presidential candidate of any party will become an object of public ridicule. It added that it no longer talks about the Igbo alone, but Biafrans beyond the Igbo speaking parts of the South East and South South.

The Head of Directorate of State (DOS) of IPOB, Mr. Uchenna Asiegbu, in a statement yesterday, warned Igbo politicians who were going round seeking support for either 2019 or 2023 presidency to desist from it or be ready to face the music.

“We are aware that some Igbo politicians are working tirelessly to impose their master in Abuja on our people, by defending Muhammadu Buhari. They say his administration loves and favours our people, we are not worried because they are defending their office and the little crumbs they are getting from Abuja.

“Therefore, we warn those calling for a president from Igbo extraction to beware because Biafra is at the corner and we are not interested. The Igbo elite have disappointed the entire race since after the civil war.

“Very soon, those saddled with the attitude of a governor and a minister will no longer be considered serious players or relevant in the scheme of unfolding events that actually matter in the lives of our people.

“There will be no election in Biafraland, not just in Igbo speaking territories but all across Biafraland in 2019 because enough of the same old, discredited, washed out and corrupt individuals recycling themselves in political office year after year with nothing to show for it.

“Biafra is on the verge of being restored and we won’t trade it for anything in the world, not even an Igbo presidency of the United States of America. Very soon, the world will understand how serious we are about Biafra. People should relax and watch events as they unfold,” Asiegbu declared.

Meanwhile, a faction of the pro-Biafran group known as  Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (CG-IPOB)  has disassociated itself from the statement credited to Emma Powerful that IPOB would never be part of Nigeria politics and cannot support Anambra State election. 

The group, in a statement signed by its Director of Information,  Ndubuisi Anaenugwu in Onitsha yesterday said  it has increasingly become necessary to reiterate that IPOB stands for ‘Indigenous People of Biafra, and there are about 70,000,000 of these indigenous Biafrans living everywhere across the globe.

 “All of these people are referred to as indigenous persons of Biafra. The public should, however, note that the IPOB being referred to by Emma Powerful are people who pay allegiance to a company called IPOB Limited, registered in the UK.

 The Customary Government of IPOB being administered by Anthony Aniebue under the leadership of Retd Justice Eze Ozobu and Dr Ikedife has been in the Federal High Court, Owerri with the government since 2012 and the case is still progressing with positive results.

 “But the whole world will understand how massive IPOB is and the yearning of ordinary people for freedom before 2019”.

“These Igbo political contractors parading themselves as some sort of an elite, are endlessly strategising on new supposedly beneficial political permutations to no avail”.

“Every one of these politicians always have one spectacular move or strategic maneuver that will turn the Igbo fortune around but in the end nothing ever materialises. Same old Abuja slaves, same old story, so there is nothing new for us to reckoned with”

“As the British would say, “no brainer”. Thereby warn Biafrans choosing president  of Nigeria from Igbo extraction is like taking purgatory than heaven, darkness than light, hope than despair. We are IPOB, we exist solely for Biafra restoration, nothing more nothing less. Igbo presidency would not solve anything, instead it would make matters worse”.

“Even the Goodluck Jonathan administration was considered more beneficial to the North than any part of Biafraland. Jonathan did not complete one major landmark infrastructural project anywhere in Biafraland but he built a modern railway line between Kaduna and Abuja in the hope that the North will love him, which never happened. That is how Biafran politicians behave” Asiegbu stated.

“The neglect of Biafraland by Goodluck Jonathan tells you even Igbo man enter there as president of Nigeria the person will stand with the north, you need to know about these politicians and their mindset. Our people believes in charity always begin in the North and that is why they are in the fine mess they find themselves in today’s Nigeria politics” he stated 

“Biafra is on the verge of being restored and we won’t trade it for anything in the world, not even an Igbo presidency of the United States of America. Very soon the world will understand how serious we are about Biafra. People should relax and watch events as they unfold,” Asiegbu declared.    (The Sun)

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