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FBI, South Africa Police Arrest Eight Nigerian Black Axe Cult Members For Internet Fraud, Money Laundering |The Republican News

Seven leaders of the Cape Town zone of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, also known as “Black Axe,” and an eighth man who conspired with a Black Axe leader, were charged with multiple federal crimes relating to Internet scams they perpetrated from South Africa, Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig, has announced.

Seven leaders of the Cape Town zone of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, also known as “Black Axe,” and an eighth man who conspired with a Black Axe leader, were charged with multiple federal crimes relating to Internet scams they perpetrated from South Africa, Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig, has announced.

According to the US Department of Justice, Perry Osagiede, aka “Lord Sutan Abubakar de 1st,” aka “Rob Nicolella,” aka “Alan Salomon,” 52; Enorense Izevbigie, aka “Richy Izevbigie,” aka “Lord Samuel S Nujoma,” 45; Franklyn Edosa Osagiede, aka, “Lord Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” aka, “Edosa Franklyn Osagiede,” aka “Dave Hewitt,” aka, “Bruce Dupont,” 37; Osariemen Eric Clement, aka, “Lord Adekunle Ajasi,” aka, “Aiden Wilson,” 35; Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, aka, “Lord Jesse Makoko,” aka, “Philip Coughlan,” 37; and Musa Mudashiru, aka “Lord Oba Akenzua,” 33; all originally from Nigeria, are charged by superseding indictment with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, spanning 2011 to 2021. One defendant remains at large.

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Perry Osagiede, Franklyn Osagiede, Clement, and Izevbigie were also charged with wire fraud. Perry Osagiede, Franklyn Osagiede, and Otughwor were charged with aggravated identity theft.

Toritseju Gabriel Otubu, aka “Andy Richards,” aka “Ann Petersen,” 41, also originally from Nigeria, is charged by separate indictment with wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering conspiracy, spanning 2016 to 2021.

“Americans are too often victimized by criminal organizations located abroad who use the Internet to deceive those victims, defraud them of money, and, many times, persuade the victims to wittingly or unwittingly assist in perpetuating the fraudulent schemes,” Acting U.S. Attorney Honig said.

“The public should be on guard against schemes like these. And, more importantly, anyone thinking of engaging in this kind of criminal conduct should understand that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners will find them and bring them to justice, no matter where they are.”

Secret Service Office of Investigations, Assistant Director Jeremy Sheridan, added, “Transnational organized criminal networks continue to victimize U.S. citizens and threaten the financial infrastructure of the United States.

“The Secret Service, alongside our partner agencies, work tirelessly in its global investigative mission to dismantle these groups and arrest those who lead them. We are proud to be a part of the international law enforcement mission to combat all forms of financial crimes and thank all those involved in this investigation. The U.S. Secret Service extends its gratitude to the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service for its assistance.

“Foreign nationals who think they can hide in another country or cyberspace while preying on our citizens need to know one thing.

“The FBI has a global footprint and will use every resource available to protect the American people. The strong working relationship among our federal and international law enforcement partners allows us to reach across geographical boundaries. In other words, anyone who thinks they can avoid American justice simply by operating outside the United States should rethink their strategy.”

According to documents filed in these cases: Perry Osagiede, Izevbigie, Franklyn Osagiede, Clement, Otughwor, and Mudashiru (the “Black Axe defendants”) were all leaders of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, also known as “Black Axe,” an organization headquartered in Benin City, Nigeria that operates in various countries.

The Black Axe is organized into regional chapters known as “zones,” and the defendants were all leaders within the Cape Town, South Africa, Zone. Perry Osagiede founded the Cape Town Zone of Black Axe and worked as its zonal head, along with Izevbigie. The Black Axe defendants and other members of Black Axe took part in, and openly discussed, fraud schemes amongst their membership. 

From at least 2011 through 2021, the Black Axe defendants and other conspirators worked together from Cape Town to engage in widespread internet fraud involving romance scams and advance-fee schemes. Many of these fraudulent narratives involved claims that an individual was traveling to South Africa for work and needed money or other items of value following a series of unfortunate and unforeseen events, often involving a construction site or problems with a crane.

The conspirators used social media websites, online dating websites, and voice-over-internet protocol phone numbers to find and talk with victims in the United States while using many aliases. 

The conspirators’ romance scam victims believed they were in romantic relationships with the person using the alias and when requested, the victims sent money and items of value overseas, including to South Africa. Sometimes, when victims expressed hesitation in sending money, the conspirators used manipulative tactics to coerce the payments, including by threatening to distribute personally sensitive photographs of the victim.

The conspirators used the bank accounts of victims and individuals with U.S.-based financial accounts to transfer the money to South Africa. On certain occasions, the conspirators convinced victims to open financial accounts in the United States that the conspirators would then be permitted to use themselves. In addition to laundering money derived from romance scams and advance-fee schemes, the conspirators also worked to launder money from business email compromise schemes. In addition to their aliases, the conspirators used business entities to conceal and disguise the illegal nature of the funds.

Otubu also engaged in romance scams and used the victims of those scams to obtain money and to launder the proceeds of business email compromises back to South Africa. Otubu conspired with an individual identified in the criminal complaint as Co-conspirator 1, who was a founding member and leader of the Cape Town Zone of Black Axe. 

The wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud charges each carry a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The money laundering conspiracy charge carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greatest. The aggravated identity theft charges carry a mandatory term of two years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed on a defendant.       

Seven defendants were arrested in South Africa yesterday by the South African Police Service. Those defendants had their initial appearances in South Africa and are awaiting extradition to the United States on these charges. Both cases are before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court. (Sahara Reporters)

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2023: Nigeria Will Have 2 Presidents If North Insists On Retaining Power —Group |The Republican News


South does not need the consent of the north to be president of Nigeria — Gani Adams, Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Elder-statesman and frontline Yoruba leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and the Aare Onakankanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, have tackled the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on its plot to retain power beyond 2023.

Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the group, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, had insisted that North has the votes and would not play second fiddle to any other part of Nigeria.

The Arewa group said it had no apologies for rejecting the demands of the Southern Governors Forum that the 2023 presidency be zoned to the South.

Speaking on Arise TV Morning Show, Ahmed, who was responding to the backlash by prominent southerners and groups said no one has the constitutional right to compel any part of the country on how to vote and that if northerners chose to elect a northern president in a free and fair election, people should have to live with it.

“The approach of the southern governors and some organised groups in the south in speaking from both sides of the mouth is wrong. Even as we speak, certain southern governors who are saying we must do this or that are secretly negotiating and jostling for positions for themselves for 2023. They know all the options that are available and are actively involved in this. They know the politicians from the northern part of the country including their colleagues but they come out and create a bipartisan fallacy and start making demands that they know are inconsistent with the democratic process. This should stop because it is not helping. What we are saying is to allow a democratic process to determine who will become our president and we should ensure that we pick someone better than President Buhari,” he said.

Reacting to Chief Edwin Clark who faulted the claim that the population of the north is an advantage, Hakeem said: “For people like Chief Adebanjo and sometimes, Chief Clark to say things like, ‘if you don’t do this, there would be no elections in 2023’, (they) have no control over what happens in 2023. These kind of statements are what cause tension in the country.

“With due respect, there are many elderly people like Chief Clark and Chief Adebanjo who speak in a language which elders should not be speaking. They have no business leading groups. These are people who create more problems for politicians and politicians become hostages of rhetorics that people have.”

However, Adebanjo, in his reaction said: “I agree with him that we are not patriots because we don’t agree to the subjugation of the South to the Fulani in the North. If that is why we are not patriots, we agree. On the issue of power shift, what he said about retaining power in the North is part of the arrogance of their leaders, who want Nigeria to remain one, but on the condition that they have the rulers. It will not work. We had discussed that with his forefathers; so, we are not going to argue that with him again. If that is why we are not patriots, we are not going to agree on that. We knew we wouldn’t need their agreement before we said that we are not going to have presidency in the North in 2023. That is why we are insisting on changing of the constitution, which they gave to us through the military in 1966. And until that one is done, there can be no peace in this country. We are not going to stay in Nigeria where they will be the rider and we will be the horse. I don’t want to go into any argument with him. When did he come into existence? We’ve had these arguments with his forefathers. We don’t need to argue that again.”

In his reaction, Adams said other regions of the country were fully aware of the antic of the North to continue to dominate them and were ready to turn the table around.

The Yoruba generalissimo who spoke at Ibeju, Lagos during the maiden edition of Egbe Festival organized by the Olokun Festival Foundation (OFF), lambasted said NEF’s statement only exposed the domineering agenda of the north and was capable of setting the nation on fire.

He held that Nigeria was not property of any region and any attempt by the North to force its domineering agenda on others would be resisted.

This is Igbo youths under the aegis of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, (COSEYL) warned that the South East would produce its own president if that happens.

Ahmed, while speaking at the maiden Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series organized by the students wing of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, said anyone who did not want a northerner as president in 2023 can leave the country.

However, in a statement by it president general, Goodluck Ibem, the group described the utterance by the northern statesman as unfortunate and disapointing.

“It was the support of the south that made President Buhari to win his elections in 2015 and 2019. We are very surprised that Hakeem has suddenly forgotten so soon how President Buhari emerged as president. History doesn’t lie, he should go back to history to refresh his memory. We, as the youth leaders of South East geopolitical zone, stand by the decision of the southern governors that the office of the Nigerian president be zoned to the South for equity and justice. Enough said,” Ibem stated.

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41% Of Nigerians Living With HIV —Report |The Republican News

By Cynthia Alo

A report has revealed that about 41 percent of persons from Lagos, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Oyo and Kano  states in Nigeria are now living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV.

This is even as Nigeria is reportedly the country with the second largest  number of persons living with the infection totaling 1.9 million according to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA.

In a statement  made available to Vanguard by the Hacey Health Initiative,  in collaboration  with the United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform, UNFPA YPP, it was gathered that over 100,000 youths were empowered in four states in the southwest region  through the “Beyond Treatment for Us” (BT4U) Project.

The BT4U project aims to raise awareness, train, and grant young people access to available sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS services.

The statement further explained that globally, HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of mortality among young people and according to UNAIDS, adding that in 2020, 37.7 million people were living with HIV, “and of these people, 36.0 million are adults, while 1.7 million are children between ages 0–14 years.”


The Coordinator at UNFPA/YPP, George Adjete, said: “Apart from reaching over 100,000 people through social media, the project provided Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS counselling services to 100 young people. In addition, BT4U trained over 300 adolescents on menstrual hygiene.

“The project also provided 63 young people with free HIV testing services.”Fifty young people trained on evidence-based SRH policy advocacy, 100,591 young people reached with information and support via social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).”


The project was initiated in July 2021 in response to the new political declaration on AIDS 2021 and the emergence of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.(Vanguard News)

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BREAKING NEWS: UAE Names Six Nigerians Among 38 World Sponsors Of Terrorism |RN

The decision was made when the Emirate federal cabinet met in the capital Abu Dhabi on Monday, according to state-run WAM news agency.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday designated six Nigerians as financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal activities.

The decision was made when the Emirate federal cabinet met in the capital Abu Dhabi on Monday, according to state-run WAM news agency.

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Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were the six Nigerians placed on the Middle-East giant’s watch list.

According to Peoples’ Gazette, the decision came about a year after the Nigerians were indicted for sponsoring Boko Haram.

A Nigerian government official said to be involved in sponsoring the dreaded sect that has killed over 100,000 civilians and security forces and inflicted untold economic damage on the country since its campaign began in 2009.

The government official has yet to be publicly identified by the Emirati authorities, amidst claims that some elements in the Nigerian government were mounting diplomatic pressure not to publish the name.

At least 47 other foreign nationals and entities were also added to the watch list by the UAE on Monday.

Following is the full list of added individuals:

1.      Ahmed Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alshaiba Alnuaimi (UAE)

2.      Mohamed Saqer Yousif Saqer Al Zaabi (UAE)

3.      Hamad Mohammed Rahmah Humaid Alshamsi (UAE)

4.      Saeed Naser Saeed Naser Alteneiji (UAE)

5.      Hassan Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

6.      Adham Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

7.      Mohammed Ahmed Musaed Saeed (Yemen)

8.      Hayder Habeeb Ali (Iraq)

9.      Basim Yousuf Hussein Alshaghanbi (Iraq)

10.     Sharif Ahmed Sharif Ba Alawi (Yemen)

11.     Manoj Sabharwal Om Prakash (India)

12.     Rashed Saleh Saleh Al Jarmouzi (Yemen)

13.     Naif Nasser Saleh Aljarmouzi (Yemen)

14.     Zubiullah Abdul Qahir Durani (Afghanistan)

15.     Suliman Saleh Salem Aboulan (Yemen)

16.     Adel Ahmed Salem Obaid Ali Badrah (Yemen)

17.     Ali Nasser Alaseeri (Saudi Arabia)

18.     Fadhl Saleh Salem Altayabi (Yemen)

19.     Ashur Omar Ashur Obaidoon (Yemen)

20.     Hazem Mohsen Farhan + Hazem Mohsen Al Farhan (Syria)

21.     Mehdi Azizollah Kiasati (Iran)

22.     Farshad Jafar Hakemzadeh (Iran)

23.     Seyyed Reza Mohmmad Ghasemi (Iran)

24.     Mohsen Hassan Kargarhodjat Abadi (Iran)

25.     Ibrahim Mahmood Ahmed Mohammed (Iran)

26.     Osama Housen Dughaem (Syria)

27.     Abdurrahaman Ado Musa (Nigeria)

28.     Salihu Yusuf Adamu (Nigeria)

29.     Bashir Ali Yusuf (Nigeria)

30.     Muhammed Ibrahim Isa (Nigeria)

31.     Ibrahim Ali Alhassan (Nigeria)

32.     Surajo Abubakar Muhammad (Nigeria)

33.     Alaa Khanfurah – Alaa Abdulrazzaq Ali Khanfurah – Alaa Alkhanfurah (Syria)

34.     Fadi Said Kamar (Great Britain)

35.     Walid Kamel Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

36.     Khaled Walid Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

37.     Imad Khallak Kantakdzhi (Russia)

38.     Mouhammad Ayman Tayseer Rashid Marayat (Jordan)


Following is the full list of the added entities:

39.     Ray Tracing Trading Co LLC

40.     H F Z A Arzoo International F Z E

41.     Hanan Shipping L.L.C

42.     Four Corners Trading Est

43.     Sasco Logistic L.L.C

44.     AlJarmouzi General Trading LLC

45.     Al Jarmoozi Cargo & Clearing (L.L.C)

46.     Al Jarmoozi Transport By Heavy & Light Trucks (L.L.C)

47.     Naser Aljarmouzi Ceneral Trading (L.L.C)

48.     Naser Aljarmouzi Cargo & Clearing LLC

49.     Wave Tech Computer LLC

50.     NYBI Trading – FZE

51.     KCL General Trading F Z E

52.     Alinma Group

53.     Al-Omgy & Bros Money Exchange.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Biafra: Ex-Nigerian Athlete, Simon Ekpa Denounces Nigeria, Promises To Return Medals, Warns Against Further Award Nominations|RN

Dr Simon Ekpa

I will be returning every award given to me in Nigeria by Nigeria state or organisation within Nigeria acting in the capacity of representing Nigeria, including medal given to me by Nigeria will be returned to the Ministry of Sport Abuja in the nearest future.

STOP NOMINATING ME FOR ANYTHING NIGERIA!

I REJECT YOUR NOMINATION IMC-NIGERIA!!

I HAVE DENOUNCED NIGERIA LONG AGO AND I AM WORKING WITH MAZI NNAMDI KANU AND OTHER WELL MEANING BIAFRANS AND ODUDUWAS TO DISSOLVE NIGERIA

“This is the highest grade of the Institute’s Membership and is reserved for accomplished professionals of your level and status in the profession.”

I reject your nomination publicly, this is the second time the IMC-Nigeria is nominating me whatever reason. I am not interested in your nomination, I am not interested in your award, I am not interested in anything that will move Nigeria forward because Nigeria is not structured nor created to move forward, so anybody trying to move Nigeria forward is already a failure.

Let me give you a brief brake down on these failures:
Awolowo, Zik, Ahmedu Bello, Abiola, Obasanjo, Jonathan and every other person that have held any political position in Nigeria from 1960 to 2021 has all failed because they didn’t realise that Nigeria were never created to move forward.

I am now putting everything I have to the disintegration of Nigeria and restoration of Biafra as that is the only way to move forward, anything outside this, don’t bring my name.

Finally I will be returning every award given to me in Nigeria by Nigeria state or organisation within Nigeria acting in the capacity of representing Nigeria, including medal given to me by Nigeria will be returned to the Ministry of Sport Abuja in the nearest future.

I am Simon Ekpa, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Disciple on Biafra Restoration.

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United States To Help Nigeria Identify Boko Haram Sponsors |The Republican News

President Joe Biden and President Muhammadu Buhari

The United States has expressed its readiness to help Nigeria to identify sponsors of terrorism in the country.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, disclosed this on Monday during a meeting with journalists in Abuja.


The envoy was asked if the US was ready to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria.

She, however, said talks were ongoing on the matter.

Leonard said, “That is something we are very eager to partner Nigeria on. I have had at least three conversations in the last two months on this subject. I won’t like to go into details.”

She also allayed fear that the US partnership with Nigeria might end up like that of Afghanistan.

According to her, Nigeria has had a strong bilateral relationship with the US, saying that the situations were not the same.

The Commander, US Air Forces in Europe, General Jeffrey Harrigian, said the purchase of Tucano fighter jets was an opportunity to cement the US relationship with Nigeria as well as curbing insecurity.

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Nigeria Misled Kenya To Bring Nnamdi Kanu To Nigeria Instead Of UK —Lawyer |The Republican News

Muhammadu Buhari, Uhuru Kenyatta, Nnamdi Kanu

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Aloy Ejimakor, lawyer of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has lamented that Nigeria misled Kenya to expel the separatist to the country.

In a statement on Sunday, he explained that pro-Biafra agitator is “technically still in Kenya.”

Ejimakor noted that since Kanu travelled to Kenya on a British passport, he should have been expelled to the same country and not Nigeria.

Ejimakor, in a statement he signed entitled: “Kanu is technically still in Kenya,” said it was dubious that Kenya attributed Kanu’s citizenship to Nigeria because it’s his place of birth.

The statement read in part, “Yes, that’s right: In the purest interpretations of foreign relations law, as applied to Britain and Kenya, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is technically speaking, still in Kenya. How? Dual national or not, Kanu departed Britain and travelled to Kenya as a British citizen and Kenya admitted him as such. That’s the starting point.

“So, after his admission to Kenya, it happens that Kanu must be expelled from Kenyan soil (with or without due process), the next natural and legal thing to do is for Kenya to expel him to Britain, not Nigeria. Choosing to expel him to Nigeria means that he could’ve also been expelled to any other country than Nigeria.

“Why? Because Kanu presented himself to Kenya as a British citizen, not a Nigerian citizen or even a dual citizen. In international law, it was clearly a three-way immigration contract between Kanu, Britain and Kenya. Nigeria was not a party to it; and Nigeria was never in reckoning at the Kenyan port of entry when Kanu presented himself for admission. Lawyers call it the privity of contract.

“Counting from the time of Kanu’s abduction to the infamous rendition, Kenya sighted no other travel document that could’ve, in addition to Britain, attributed another nationality to Kanu, including that of Nigeria. Or, was Kanu admitted to Kenya on a Nigerian birth certificate?

“So, it’s dubious that Kenya attributed Nigerian citizenship to Kanu because sponsors of the abduction and rendition presumably told Kenya that Kanu was born in Nigeria.”

Kanu, 53, was arrested in late 2015 after calling for a separate homeland for the Igbo people in South East Nigeria.

In 2017, he jumped bail, reappearing in Israel and Britain, after attempt was made on his life by the Nigerian army.

On June 29, Nigeria’s justice minister and attorney general, Abubakar Malami, announced Kanu had been “brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing.”

The government said last month that Kanu was “brought back” to Nigeria in order to face justice, but gave no details. His family and lawyers say he was taken in Kenya.

His charges include “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal posession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others,” Malami said.

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IPOB Sue US Secretary Of State, Defense Secretary, Over Sale Of Super Tucano Aircraft To Nigeria |RN

US. Secretary of State, Mr Antony Blinken

By William Ukpe

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, sued the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin over the sale of A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria which they say would be used on their supporters.

This was revealed in a report by Bloomberg on Monday after Constitutional lawyer, Bruce Fein filed the case on behalf of IPOB and 10 unidentified persons in a federal court in Washington.

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IPOB is seeking a judge to order the Secretary of State and Defense Secretary to block the transfer of six A-29 Tucano aircraft to Nigeria.

According to the report, IPOB’s lawyer said the U.S, by allowing Nigeria to receive six Super Tucano planes on July 21 violated laws that are supposed to “shield citizens of foreign sovereigns from harm caused by United States weapons in the hands of security forces guilty of gross human rights violations.”

What you should know
Nairametrics reported last week that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) announced that the first batch of the twelve A-29 Super Tucanos ordered by the FG has arrived, as six Tucanos arrived in Nigeria from the United States.

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The Super Tucano Aircraft, which has been described as devastatingly effective against covert insurgents was approved for sale to the Nigerian Government by the Trump-led US administration to support Nigeria’s military operations against terrorist organizations, Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa, and Nigeria’s efforts to counter illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.

This deal came after the Obama-led US government reportedly refused to help Nigeria with military equipment to fight insurgency in the country.

Insecurity: Six A-29 Super Tucanos arrive Nigeria
A-29 Super Tucano aircraft project on track to be delivered on schedule – Air Force
Nigeria to receive 6 Super Tucano aircraft from US in July 2021 to fight insurgency. (Nairametrics)

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“I Dare You To Come After Me, Now It’s War” Tunde Bakare Dares Muhammadu Buhari |The Republican News

President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Tunde Bakare

“I dare you to come after me since that is the usual style now. You might have done it to others; you are about to learn a lesson if you touch me.

“If you know what I have done in secret, bring it to the open. I dare you to come after me if you can. I worked with you; I worked for you; I supported you to get there (where you are). When I talk now, I now have a smelly mouth.

“I’m not interested in meeting you any longer; no more visits. Now, it is war, because Nigeria must be set free.

“Have you forgotten that you vowed never to contest again. I said ‘not so’. I showed you how you can win the next election and you agreed to run and you won. I was not considering myself but concerned about how Nigeria can become great.

“Winning an election is a different thing; doing the right thing is another. No one must behave as if Nigeria is a personal property. Nigeria must be set free and any obstruction along the way must be removed; it must get out of the way.

“I declare to you ‘Nigeria-for-Nigeria Movement’. I’m prepared to lead this movement. Nigeria is not a one man property. This movement will liberate Nigeria.

“I don’t support any act of violence, taking up arms against the country and killing people. Those are in the realm of criminality and anybody doing that must be brought to book,

“However, we must realise that what has given rise to the agitation is lack of justice and equity. When there is justice, when there is equity, agitation will die down.

“How can you be expending so much energy on Igboho and Kanu? Igboho and Kanu are not Nigeria’s problems.

“Nigeria must restructure and no one can stop that.” (Punch)

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United Kingdom Ask Nigeria To Explain Circumstances Behind Nnamdi Kanu’s Abduction |The Republican News

IPOB leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain has asked Nigeria to explain where and how Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist leader who holds British citizenship, was arrested after Kanu’s lawyer alleged he had been detained and mistreated in Kenya before being sent back to Nigeria.

Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group which wants part of southeastern Nigeria to secede, was on the run outside Nigeria for four years until he was brought to court in Abuja on June 29 and told he would face trial. read more

“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” said Tariq Ahmad, a junior minister at Britain’s Foreign Office.

The Nigerian authorities have refused to say where Kanu was arrested, while Kenya’s ambassador to Nigeria has denied his country was involved. read more

Responding to a question about Kanu’s case from a lawmaker, Ahmad said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stood ready to provide consular assistance.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s Department of State Services, the security agency that is holding Kanu, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in Nigeria.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged he was abducted by Kenya’s special police force and held for eight days before being turned over to Nigerian authorities. read more

Kanu faces 11 charges including treason, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms. His case is due to resume in court in Abuja next week.

IPOB wants a swathe of the southeast to split from Nigeria. The region attempted to secede in 1967 under the name Republic of Biafra, triggering a three-year civil war in which more than a million people died, mostly from starvation.

The Biafran enclave was reabsorbed into Nigeria after the war, but despite an official “no victor no vanquished” policy adopted at the time, discontent has continued to simmer in the region.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and William James in London, Camillus Eboh in Abuja; Editing by Alison Williams

(Reuters)

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