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How FBI, Nigeria Police Violated Rights Of Disgraced DCP Abba Kyari With Hasty Actions —Northern Group |The Republican News

Disgraced DCP Abba Kyari

It, therefore, asked the police authorities to review the suspension of the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police and former Head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Kyari.

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) and other Arewa Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Nigeria Police Force breached the right of the disgraced police chief, Abba Kyari, to a fair hearing.

It, therefore, asked the police authorities to review the suspension of the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police and former Head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Kyari.

The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant against Kyari for his alleged links to the suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for various offences that include internet fraud and money laundering.

Hushpuppi has since pleaded guilty to the charges and, if convicted, risks a 20-year-jail term, three-year supervision upon completion of jail term, and monetary restitution to the tune of $500,000 or more.

US court documents outlined a dispute among members of the Hushpuppi conspiracy, which allegedly prompted him to arrange to have an individual identified as ‘co-conspirator’ Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, jailed in Nigeria by DCP Kyari.

According to the affidavit, “Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.

“Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”

He was suspended by the Police Service Commission last Sunday and replaced as Head of the Intelligence Response Team of the force.

At its meeting on Sunday, the coalition demanded an immediate transfer of Kyari’s case to the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA).

The communique read to journalists at the end of the meeting on Sunday said the joint CNG, CSOs and NGOs meeting was called out of concern about the deteriorating security situation, threats to education and personal integrity and liberty of eminent northerners.

Reading the communique signed by leaders of CNG and eight other organizations, the CNG spokesman, Abdulazeez Sulieman said, “Participants at the roundtable critically reviewed the events that have unfolded since the reports of a purported indictment of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari by a United States Court for involvement in charges filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) against a suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas Hushpuppi.

“The Roundtable specifically noted several procedural lapses bordering on breaches of international protocol in the supposed FBI attempt to wrap DCP Kyari in the Hushpuppi affair, as well as the obvious haste by the Nigeria Police authorities to strip him of his position with an immediate replacement.

“That the FBI, an acclaimed American security agency, might invariably have breached the global standard legal and diplomatic practice by neglecting to contact either the Nigerian High Commission in the US or the Nigerian authorities through the FBI liaison offices based in Nigeria before going ahead to file an indictment of a top Nigerian Security Officer.

“That the FBI might have breached another fundamental criminal justice procedure by not according Mr Kyari the benefit of being heard before going ahead with the purported indictment by an American Court in the US for an offence purportedly committed in Nigeria, triable under Nigerian laws, by Nigerian courts and on Nigerian land.

“A breach of decorum and negligence of procedure might have also occurred when the FBI hurriedly published the purported indictment online without first intimating the Nigerian authorities.

“The Roundtable also raised questions on the apparent haste with which Kyari was suspended and an immediate substantive replacement named by the Nigerian police authorities, an outright breach of Mr Kyari’s fundamental right to fair hearing by both the FBI and the Nigerian police authorities by not allowing him the benefit of being heard before the hasty actions against him.” (Sahara Reporters)

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DCP Abba Kyari’s Hate Against The Igbo, Biafra Ended His Career —Simon Ekpa |The Republican News

Ekpa, who is also former host of Radio Biafra, said Kyari’s alleged roles and injustice in suppressing the Igbo paved the way for the expose of the fraud he ventured into.

Finland-based ardent member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Simon Ekpa has said the alleged hatred of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, for the South-East region and the Biafran agitations ended his career.

Ekpa, who is also former host of Radio Biafra, said Kyari’s alleged roles and injustice in suppressing the Igbo paved the way for the expose of the fraud he ventured into.

He stated these on his Twitter page while reacting to the indictment of the top police officer in $1.1million fraud involving serial fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, as revealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.

This led to the suspension of Kyari on Sunday by the Police Service Commission for an investigation.

Ekpa wrote, “I was very sure Abba Kyari’s life and career will end in Biafraland, but I didn’t see it coming this way. All the same without our outcry, the criminal government will shield him. Today, his injustice and hate against a Biafra in the name of Vincent has ended his career.”

Hushpuppi had told FBI about a deal with Kyari that led to the arrest of another suspected fraudster, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent.

The US wants Kyari extradited to answer questions on the allegations.

However, Kyari has denied the allegation, saying he only introduced Hushpuppi to a tailor. (Sahara Reporters)

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Abba Kyari’s Indictment In The US, The Unmasking Of The Nigeria Police Force —by Emeka Ugwuonye Esq |The Republican News

Emeka Ugwuonye, Esquire, President, Eculaw Group, Founder and CEO, DPA)


(By Emeka Ugwuonye, Esquire, President, Eculaw Group, Founder and CEO, DPA)

The criminal indictment of Nigeria’s most decorated Police Officer is the best thing to happen to Nigerians and the worst thing to happen to The Nigeria Police Force!

Nothing could have saved Nigeria from The Nigeria Police without some external involvement, especially by the most powerful nation on earth. In that respect, the indictment of Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari in the United States comes as a divine intervention.

Victims of The Nigeria Police are totally powerless to seek a meaningful redress within Nigeria. This is because The Nigerian Police controls everything and every stage in the criminal justice system. They run private prisons where they detain thousands secretly for years outside the rule of law. They run their own court system where they try and condemn suspects, and even carry out executions of those they condemn, all outside the purview of the constitution. To find oneself against even a moderately powerful Nigeria police officer is to find oneself against the gods. They control everything – they control what the press report about you. They control the judiciary in many subtle ways. They intimidate lawyers. They control the witnesses. They control the evidence. You are dead and finished if anyone of them has been paid highly enough to get you out of the way.

There is no major crime pattern in Nigeria without it being engineered and directed by The Police. Kidnapping could not abate because there is a way for the police to reap from the ransoms. And as has been illustrated in the US case against the most decorated and most celebrated Nigerian police officer, the spate of international scam, internet fraud and money laundering could not have been possible without the involvement or permissive dispositions of Nigerian police officers.

ABBA KYARI, THE SUPER COP

As the then head of SARS in Lagos and until now the head of the IRT, Abba Kyari sat at the peak of the worst of the Nigerian police system. And as evidence of the incurable decadence of the Nigerian police, he is “the best” of them. He even controlled his own rise in the force. He was untouchable. He played God. By the way, IRT stands for Intelligence Response Team, an oxymoron used to cover the false truth about law enforcement in Nigeria. As head of SARS Lagos, he had the unfettered power of life and death over anyone. According to the few reports that dared come out against him, he traded on that power to a level never seen before. As the head of IRT, he elevated his game by running a monopoly of police violence. He became too powerful on the national scale.

Abba Kyari is the biggest showman Nigerian police have ever seen. He played the press and became a master in publicity. Just to give one example. Recall the case of Hamisu Bala, known also as Wadume. In that case, police officers working under Kyari had an encounter with some soldiers that led to the soldiers killing three of the police officers. Recall the official narrative pushed by Abba Kyari, which told the nation that Wadume was a kidnapping kingpin that had soldiers in his payroll, and that those soldiers killed the police to free Wadume. What Nigerians did not know is that after a joint police-military investigation, those soldiers performed their work well. It was Abba Kyari’s boys that were at fault. Also, there was never any kidnapping offense involving Wadume. The proof of that is in the fact, that in the end, the only charge the police could file against Wadume and all those arrested in his case was unlawful possession of firearm. Wadume’s case is pending now before Justice Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Anyone can confirm the charge Wadume is standing trial for. So, it meant that Abba Kyari alone could declare a person a kidnapper and Nigerians would believe it. Thank God the involvement of soldiers in that case prevented the extrajudicial execution of Wadume in police custody.

Nothing pleases man more than to witness the defeat of a false god. Do not mistake the feelings of Nigerians, as they watch Abba once go down. If Abba Kyari loses the ability to control the public narrative of his activities, the truth that will come out will shake the now numbed nation to its foundation.

THE IMPACT OF ABBA KYARI INDICTMENT ON THE NIGERIAN POLICE

Now, let us assess the impact of Abba Kyari’s indictment on The Nigeria Police. The impact will come as a part of the process of the US Justice Department. To develop the case against Hushpuppi, the US District Attorney for the Central District of California understood that the massive money laundering scheme presided over by Hushpuppi would not be possible without someone powerful in the law enforcement being involved and providing protection to Hushpuppi. The logic was clear. If every official that Hushpuppi came across had enforced the law, Hushpuppy would not be so successful in his criminal enterprise. So, to solve the crime, you have to locate the state actor who has been aiding and abetting the criminal enterprise.

When Hushpuppy was identified, the US Justice Department is interested in unmasking that state actor probably in Nigeria or Dubai. The speed with which the officials of UAE cooperated in extraditing Hushpuppy to the US without an extradition hearing in UAE was enough to show the Americans that the official aider and abetter was not in Dubai, must be in Nigeria.

How significant is the role of a state actor in an organized criminal activity of the nature at hand? Very significant indeed! It takes state actors to help the criminals in maintaining order among themselves and settling scores among themselves without anyone member of the gang breaking out to report to authority. Hushpuppi needed Abba Kyari to keep his crime partner, Vincent Chibuzor, under control and to send a message to others in the gang who might try to double-cross him in the future. So, Abba Kyari can be said to have played the role of a stabilizer, a coordinator of the gang. He stopped the gang from falling apart. Hushpuppi knew that he could use Abba Kyari to deal with any obstacle in his path. The US Disrtict Attorney knew this and was determined to expose it. In fact, according to the affidavit by the FBI agent, Abba Kyari used unlawful detention of Chibuzor to facilitate the defrauding of the victim. That makes Abba Kyari an active participant in the fraud. Also, the position of the US Justice Department, further buttressed by the plea agreement by Hushpuppi, is that part of the proceeds of that fraud was paid to Abba Kyari. These are significant claims that have gone partially beyond mere allegation.

When this story broke out in the press, Abba Kyari made the worst mistake of his life by trying to deflect the story with his personal rebuttal on his Facebook profile. In that purported rebuttal, he committed something akin to a suicide. He admitted that he knew that Hushpuppi filed a false police report against Vincent Chibuzor over a very serious allegation. He admitted that despite being aware of that, he went ahead to befriend Hushpuppi and associate with him at personal level. That was suicidal. It was shocking that a supposedly intelligent police officer would be so naïve and so desperate to offer such as his explanation and defense. Indeed, Abba Kyari ought to have known that what happened was actually a confession. He clearly underestimated the FBI and the Justice Department.

HOW ONE SHOULD EXPECT THE CASE TO PROCEED HENCEFORTH

Looking at the investigative track of this case, the following must have happened:

(1) During the interrogation of Hushpuppi, there would have been several officers representing the Office of the District Attorney, the FBI, the Treasury Department, etc. They would have gathered with huge amount of information at their disposal and interrogated Hushpuppi against such information. They would normally start from the belief that Hushpuppi was a suspect and fraudster who would lie and who would try to blame others for his actions in order to shift criminal responsibility to others. So, they would not believe anything he said unless it clears the doubts they already had.

(2) They had obtained by subpoena every WhatsApp and Instagram message and post made by Hushpuppi. They would have obtained every information UAE has on Hushpuppi and his travels, immigration and residential records, banking records, ATM and credit card records. They would have seen all WhatsApp communications between Hushpuppi and Abba Kyari even before they started interrogating Hushpuppy. In fact, it is highly likely that it was out of those records that the US agents would have been the first to ask questions about Abba Kyari.

It is reasonable to assume that even before the arrest of Hushpuppi, the FBI had the following:

(a) Every relevant communication sent or received through WhatsApp, Instagram, etc by Hushpuppi.

(b) Every relevant communication sent or received through WhatsApp, Instagram, etc by Abba Kyari.

(c)) Every relevant communication sent or received through WhatsApp, Instagram, etc by Vincent Chibuzor, the victims, girlfriend of Chibuzor, and down the line.

So, it is very easy to confirm the exact communication that occurred between Abba Kyari and the relevant personalities.

(3) Very likely, it was not Hushpuppi that offered to implicate Abba Kyari. Vicent Chibuzor is already identified as a codefendant, next to Hushpuppi. The US agents saw communications between Hushpuppi and someone in Nigeria called Abba Kyari, concerning the arrest and detention of Chibuzor. It is natural that the US agents would want to know the role of the Abba Kyari in the dealings between the gangleader and a gang member. Interrogation of Hushpuppi was merely to confirm what the US agents already knew about Abba Kyari.

(4) The US agents would have conducted focused investigation on Abba Kyari’s WhatsApp accounts and other social media accounts and they would have discovered other activities or similar activities between Abba Kyari and others. This is where the bomb is waiting for Abba Kyari and his contacts within The Nigerian Police. Every similar event whereby a powerful person engaged the services of Abba Kyari to silence or suppress a person or where Abba Kyari reported to those who engaged him that he has carried out the instructions and any evidence of payment and acknowledgement of payment would have been seen by the FBI. So, the interrogation of Abba Kyari by the FB and Justice Department lawyers will be explosive.

EXTRADITION OF ABBA KYARI

It is expected that Abba Kyari will resist extradition. He will do it in three different ways. We are already seeing the first part of it – the mobilization of the same type of crowd used to frustrate the EndSARS protest. That crowd is already protesting at the US Embassy in Abuja against the extradition of Abba Kyari. But this is not going to help Abba Kyari. Rather, it will worsen his position. What makes him a special defendant to the Justice Department is because of his high position and level of influence. The use of this crowd confirms that belief and will lead to the hardening up of the US position. If you want to understand how such protest influences the American government, study the situation in Iraq.

Also, you are seeing the noises from Arewa Consultative Forum, opposing the extradition of Kyari. The second stage is that Abba Kyari will definitely have secrets on several powerful people in Nigeria. Police atrocities and human rights abuses are often carried out on the requests of civilians and politicians. So, Abba Kyari must have maintained a list of very powerful people he did favours to. He may well go to them and say: “If I go down, I may go down with you”. And those may try to help resist his extradition.

And finally, Abba Kyari will deploy every financial resource at his disposal, which must be quite a lot to hire the best lawyers in Nigeria to fight his extradition in courts all the way to the Supreme Court of Nigeria. So, we are looking at such fight lasting till the next 3 years.

But in the end, Abba Kyari will be extradited or the Americans may take him out of Nigeria by force. The Americans believe that the menace caused by Nigerian-connected internet fraud and scams all over the world could be tackled if only they could identify the state actors that aid the fraudsters. America has suffered numerous internet fraud cases that are linked to people connected to Nigeria. It is a major concern for the Justice Department. And the Justice Department seems to have decided that the only way to deal with this problem is to go for the state actors that aid and abet in these crimes. In this context, Abba Kyari is an ideal defendant with which to show the long arm of the American justice. The Americans I know will not back down on this.

Therefore, getting Abba Kyari will be to the Americans equivalent of getting 1000 Nigerian fraudsters at once. So, this case must be so important to the US Justice Department that nothing we have seen so far will dissuade the Americans from pressing forward with the extradition of Abba Kyari. It is reasonable to predict that Abba Kyari will be facing the American justice very soon.

INTERROGATION OF ABBA KYARI IN AMERICA

When Abba Kyari appears before the US District Court in California, he will have two stark options early in the process. He will either enter into a plea deal or he will deny the allegations and go for trial. His American lawyers will advise him that there is 100% chance that he will be convicted and sentenced to over 45 years in prison. His conviction on trial is a sure banker because both Hushpuppi and Vincent Chibuzor will be pleading guilty and entering into plea agreements that will require them to testify for the state against Abba Kyari. So, Vincent will be there to explain to the government how he was arrested by Abba Kyari and why and how much both sides paid in bribe. (Shocker: Vincent Chibuzor may reveal to the US some shocking details of what he observed in Abba Kyari’s cells in Abattoir (a place where IRT detains suspects).

On the other hand, if Abba Kyari enters into a plea deal, he may get 20 years in prison.

There are banana peels everywhere for Defendant Abba Kyari. First, he is the big fish in this criminal investigation. He is the state actor that made everything possible. That is how the US sees him. Smaller flies are offered favourable plea deal in order to enable them surrender some big fish. And Hushpuppi and Chibuzor shall have surrendered Abba Kyari. There is no other big fish that Abba Kyari can use as his bait for favourable plea deal. The US has nothing to benefit from offering Kyari any plea deal. What serves their interest right now is to lock him up and throw away the key as a way to send a message to other Nigerian police officers. And this is what they may do.

However, who knows: Abba Kyari may try to make things easy for himself by offering some other top Nigeria Police officers and politicians to the US, either in this case or other cases where the Americans have interest. So, Abba Kyari may bring down the house on the heads of many. A man like him knows a lot and may decide not to go down alone.

So, other Nigerian police officers and politicians have a lot to fear. But nothing they can do will be enough to stop America from going forward, given how far they have gotten.

POSTSCRIPT
The case of money laundry against Abba Kyari may be a relatively small case when compared to information that will emerge about Abba Kyari the moment Nigerians feel safe enough to say the truth they know about the Super Cop. So, Nigerians must prepare for the tsunami about to occur once Abba Kyari has been discovered to be out of the way. Once he is seen to have lost control of his network of coercion and terror, Nigerians will be shocked by what they will learn about Abba Kyari’s activities.

By Emeka Ugwuonye, Esquire, President, Eculaw Group, Founder and CEO, DPA

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IGP Usman Baba Appoints DCP Tunji Disu As Replacement For Suspended DCP Abba Kyari |The Republican News

DCP Tunji Disu

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Tunji Disu as the new head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The posting of Disu, the IGP said, is on the heels of Management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the Unit for better service delivery.

DCP Abba Kyari, who occupied the post, was suspended at the weekend following his alleged involvement in the sharing of $1.1m loot by internet fraudstar Hushpuppi, according to an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

A statement on Monday by the Force Police Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has today, 2nd August, 2021 approved the posting of DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

“The IGP has charged the new Head of the IRT to demonstrate his professional competence in his leadership of the Unit.

“He also assured citizens that the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its duties in line with national statutes and international best practices.

“Prior to his appointment as the new Head of the IRT, DCP Tunji Disu, a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“He had also previously served at the State CID, Rivers State as the Deputy Head of the Unit. He was also a former Commander of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the African Union (AU) Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, Sudan.

“DCP Disu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Lagos State University (LASU) and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State.

“He has also attended several professional courses both at home and abroad: Small Arms Smuggling Training in Botswana, Internet Fraud Training at the Cambridge University, UK, Strategic Leadership Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Forensic Investigations and Criminal Intelligence Course at the University of Lagos, amongst others.

“He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and Chattered Institute of Personnel management, amongst other professional bodies”.

The posting, Baba said, is with immediate effect.

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Hushpuppi Narrates How He Paid DCP Abba Kyari To Jail Disloyal Fraud Gang Member |The Republican News

Hushpuppi and DCP Abba Kyari

A report on the ongoing investigations into the crimes of Mr. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, by the FBI released by the Department of Justice, in California, USA has linked Nigeria’s super cop DCP Abba Kyari to the activities of international fraudsters.

The report, which claims that ‘Hushpuppi’ had admitted to committing money laundering in a school financing scam and a additional cyber and business email compromise schemes, links DCP Abba Kyari to the activities of 4 other Nigerian in the execution of an international scheme to defraud a Qatari school founder of over $1 Million.

US Court Orders FBI To Arrest DCP Abba Kyari Over Ties With Hushpuppi |The Republican News

The report accused DCP Kyari of collecting monies from Hushpuppi to arrest one Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, an accomplice of Hushpuppi, in Nigeria after he (Vincent) betrayed Hushpuppi and informed a victim that he was being scammed after having a dispute with his gang.

“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.” The report said.

Hushpuppi Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering, Risks Maximum Jail Term Of 20 yrs |The Republican News

The report further described Abba Kyari as “a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”

Hushpuppi a Nigerian Instagram influencer who attracted over 2.4 million followers with pictures of a glamorous jet-setting lifestyle was arrested by Dubai police, in June, 2020, amid claims of a £350m cyberscam scheme.

Hushpuppi is currently facing criminal charges in the United States of conspiracy to launder money obtained from business email compromise frauds and other scams, including schemes that defrauded a U.S. law firm of about $40M.

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I’ve No N1.5m To Give Police, My Husband Is Not IPOB Member, Release Him —Pregnant Wife Cries Out |RN

Pregnant Chioma Chukwudi

Chioma said her husband, Chukwudi, is still being held at the IRT because the family had not given N1.5million to the IRT police in Abuja as demanded.
An eight-month-old pregnant woman, Chioma Okoro, has cried out to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to direct the Intelligence Response Team to release her husband, Chukwudi Okoro.

Chioma told SaharaReporters on Saturday morning that her husband, Chukwudi, is still being held at the IRT because the family had not given N1.5million to the IRT police in Abuja as demanded.

SaharaReporters gathered that the four other South-Easterners who were raided alongside Okoro had regained their freedom after parting with at least a N1million as bribes to the police officers.

The men were raided by the joint team of the police and the Nigerian Army on May 24 in Owerri, Imo State, and labelled as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the unknown gunmen.  See Also Corruption EXPOSED: After Taking N1million Bribe, Inspector General of Police Team In Abuja Releases South-East Youths Framed For Being ESN Members.

Chioma Okoro, who is due to give birth in July, begged the police top echelon to release her husband, who is a struggling tricycle driver and the first in his family.

She said, “He is the only one in detention among the five of his set right now. The police told us to pay N1.5million to secure his release. He is the eldest brother. He has only two younger brothers who are in school. They don’t have such an amount.

“My husband needs help. He does not have such an amount. The tricycle he is riding is on hire purchase, and he has not even completed the hire purchase. I am not doing anything for now. I am eight months pregnant. I am a hairdresser. Things are very difficult for me and the family.

“He has been arrested since May 25. He was labelled as an unknown gunman. We last spoke on Wednesday and what my husband said was I should try and find a means. We are all tired.”

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the IGP Intelligence Response Team in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, collected at least N1million bribes as bail before releasing South-East youths and artisans raided as members of the IPOB’s Eastern Security Network.

SaharaReporters had learnt from the families of the victims, who did not want their names in print to avoid police victimisation. They paid the huge sums through their nose before securing the release of their relations.

SaharaReporters gathered that the victims were raided in the South-East and brought to detention at the IGP’S IRT office in Abuja.

“The Investigating Police Officer at the IRT’s team holding them is one Inspector Daniel. They were five in number taken to the IRT office, formerly called Abattoir.

“We paid about N1million to secure Chigaemezu (one of the victims). In June, he was released in June by the police in Abuja,” one of the family members had said. (Sahara Reporters)

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Igbo In Lagos Condemn Joe Igbokwe’s False, Mischievous, Incendiary Claim On Attack On Lagos |The Republican News

Joe Igbokwe

In the press statement released by the Igbo in Lagos, they condemned what they called an incendiary, false and mischievous claim by one of their controversial sons, Joe Igbokwe over imminent attack by IPOB on Lagos.

This claim has also been condemned by Oodua Koya group, Chief Gani Adams and other pan Yoruba groups as a ploy to create conflict between the Igbo and Yoruba by the authority, which made such claim.

The press release is below.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDIGBO LAGOS REFUTAL TO JOE IGBOKWE’S INCENDIARY FALSE CLAIMS

We at Ndigbo Lagos have just listened to the video making the rounds in the Social Media today 9th May 2021. In the said video Mr. Joe Igbokwe, a Political appointee of Lagos State Government and Special Adviser Drainage and Water Resources claimed insider knowledge of a clandestine plot by some Igbo youths who he believes are IPOB members, to kill, to burn down police stations and public infrastructure in Lagos.

NDIGBO LAGOS the umbrella body of all Igbo organizations in Lagos, wish to state as follows:

  1. That we are saddened by the claims of Mr. Igbokwe, which we believe are mischievous, false, baseless and inciting.
  2. That the governments of the South Eastern States of Nigeria and various security agencies in the country have initiated investigations to unravel the persons behind the killings and destruction of properties in the South East, and we believe strongly in their competence and ability to unravel the masterminds and bring them to justice.
  3. That as usual with such serious investigations the Police and other Security Agencies expect support through information from responsible citizens of which Joe Igbokwe being a government insider is very much aware of and in a good position to comply with.
  4. That rather than do this, Mr. Igbokwe irresponsibly went to town with his personal conclusions on who these perpetrators are and what evil they are planning for Lagos, notwithstanding the ongoing official investigations. This probably goes to suggest that Mr. Igbokwe knows more than the ordinary eyes could see, and should be invited by the relevant security agency to clarify his source which he claims is credible.
  5. That the Lagos State government had initiated and conducted investigation on what happened during the EndSars protest, and are well equipped with relevant information on the perpetrators of that heinous act.
  6. That the Igbos were not the cause of the Biafran war, and have no intention to engage into any acts as may suggest any intention of such in the foregoing circumstance.
  7. That we condemn in clear terms the killings going on all over the country, including in the South East, and sympathize with the families of officers and civilians, who have had to endure the loss of their dear ones. We pray their soul to rest perfect in the bossom of our Lord!
  8. We wish to reiterate that Igbo youths are NOT killers, neither are they arsonists, but are positively recognized as hardworking contributors to the development of our country. We have been victims rather than perpetrators of killings, burnings and looting in Nigeria.
  9. That it has become expedient for us to issue this rebuttal, in the light of the hightened tension in the country, being convinced that some malevolent minds may take advantage of Mr. Joe Igbokwe’s recklessness with unsubstantiated rethorics to spread mistrust, cause disunity and escalate mischief in such manner and disguise, as may cause fingers to be wrongly pointed at the Igbos in Lagos. We therefore call on Mr. Joe Igbokwe to desist from reaching hasty conclusions, and spreading of falsehood.
  10. We enjoin Ndigbo across Lagos to go about their normal buisness. And should not engage in any unlawful acts that would endanger the good relationship we enjoy with the people of Lagos State.
  11. Finally, we want to remind Mr. Igbokwe that respect for the elderly is one of the cornerstone of Igbo values and civilized behavior. Hence, we call upon him to retrace his steps and apologize to Chief Mbazulike Amechi for the unconscionable remarks he made against him.

Prince Tony Eze
Director of Communication and Strategy

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BREAKING: We Have Killed Commander Of Insurgents In Imo, Police Sources Claim (GRAPHIC) |The Republican News

Suspected commander known as Ikonso

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and DSS in a joint operation, in the early hours of today 24th April, 2021 stormed the operational headquarters of Insurgents (IPOB Militias) in Awomama Village Oru East LGA of Imo State.

The Insurgents are responsible for the attack on the Imo State Police Headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service on 5th April, 2021. They have also carried out series of calculated, violent attacks on security personnel and formations in the south east and south south of the country.

As the security forces approached the base of the insurgents, they came under rapid fire from the group. In a bold and clinical response, the joint security forces fought back gallantly.

The Forces eventually neutralized the overall commander of the insurgents in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander and six (6) other armed fighters of the insurgent group. Commander Ikonso is known as the Vice President designate as well as the coordinator of all the militia operations of the group.

He was the mastermind and coordinator of the attack on the Imo Police Headquarters and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.

The operation is part of deliberate effort by the Police and other security forces to quel the activities of insurgents in Imo State and other States of the South East and South South region of the country.

After the fierce gun battle, the security team recovered the remains of Ikonso Commander and the six (6) of his fighters. Several sophisticated weapons including six(6) AK47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different caliber and lots of charms including bullet Proof charms were recovered from the insurgents.

At the time of filing this report, three policemen and one army officer are receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries during exchange of gunfire with the insurgents. (Vanguard News)

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#OccupyLekkiTollgate: Police Acted Professionally, Nobody Got Hurt —Lauretta Onochie |The Republican News

Lauretta Onochie, aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has commended the police over the way it handled the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest in Lagos on Saturday.

In a tweet on Sunday, Mrs Onochie gave kudos to the police, saying nobody was hurt during the protest.

She said: “Kudos to the @PoliceNG for the professional manner it operated at Lekki yesterday. Nobody was hurt.

“Best of all, no police officer was killed nor roasted and eaten. We must applaud you for doing well so that you can take our criticisms of your shortcomings in good faith. Thank you.”

The #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest was staged against the decision of a Lagos judicial panel of inquiry to have the Lekki toll gate reopened under the control of the Lekki Concession Company.

Several persons were arrested and later granted bail including comedian Mr Macaroni.

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Police Occupy Lekki Tollgate To Stop Planned Second Protest Scheduled For Tomorrow |RN

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Police officers at the Lekki tollgate

By Ike A. Offor

The Nigeria police officers set to foil the intended protest at Lekki tollgate scheduled for tomorrow. They dressed up and ready for any situation. The officers seem to have come mainly from the Lagos state Rapid Response Squad, RRS

The officer are seen armed with teargas cannisters, guns and other weapons and riot gears. How they are planning to stop the protesters is something that is yet to be seen.

The police officers gathered at the intended venue for the protest and have  their trucks for carrying prisoners in case there is violence or they found it worthy to make arrests.

It s still very unclear if that would deter the Nigerian youths who were determined in the last #EndSARS protest and defied all odds to express their anger against the special police squad known as SARS.

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