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Imo Prison Denies Maltreating Remanded 112 IPOB Women |RN

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

 

There was an outrage in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Tuesday after the authorities at the Owerri Federal Prisons denied family members access to the 112 women who were arrested and remanded in custody for demanding to know the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The women, who protested on the streets of Owerri last Friday before they were arrested and arraigned in court on Monday, also asked the Federal Government to conduct a referendum for the creation of the Independent State of Biafra.

They threatened that the 2019 general elections would not hold if the referendum was not conducted.

But briefing journalists on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of Owerri Federal Prisons, James Madugba, said the prisons authorities did not allow family members of the detained women to visit them because of ‘prevailing circumstances’.

Madugba described as untrue the allegation that the prison officers received an order from “above” not to allow the remanded women access to their loved ones.

The prisons spokesperson said the Armoured Personnel Carrier parked in the front of the prison and the presence of policemen and soldiers were not to scare off the relatives of the remanded pro-Biafran women protesters.

He said, “We did not ordinarily deny family members access to the pr0-Biafran women who are in our facility. There is no order from above asking us not to allow relatives of the women access to them. It is not also true that we exposed the women, especially the pregnant ones, too the cold and inhuman environment.

“It is taxing to admit and register 112 people in any prison facility in Nigeria. You don’t just bring people into the prisons and the next minute you want people to start visiting them. Prison is a regimented environment. There are regulations. The responsibility of interviewing, admitting and registering such a number of women would take four days. It is after these processes that you now allow family members to start visiting.”   (Punch)

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Nnamdi Kanu Kept In Nigerian Naval Warship Off The Coast Of Bayelsa – Fani-Kayode

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IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is being kept on a Nigerian naval warship far off the coast of Bayelsa.

Fani-Kayode made this known in a post on his Tweeter handle on Monday, saying that ‘intelligence reports suggest that my friend and brother Nnamdi Kanu is being kept on a Nigerian naval warship far off the coast of Bayelsa and that Buhari intends to keep him there until 2019 and then drop him in the Atlantic ocean after “winning” the February election…

Know this: the incarceration, torture and murder of Nnamdi Kanu will not go unavenged or unpunished. The God of Justice will serve His judgement on all those involved in this sinister, gruesome and homicidal initiative. Buhari will soon know that God rules in the affairs of men. (Vanguard)

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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s Home Place For Our Sabbath Worship, Dares Police |RN

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Vow not to leave Nnamdi Kanu’s home

■ Say their persecution will attract religious war

From Okey Sampson, Aba

Lady Ima Hallelujah Nwachukwu is the leader of the Jewish worshippers, who some of her members were arrested by the police in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

In this interview, she spoke about her group, denying that they are terrorists as police would want the world to believe.
While saying that Nnamdi Kanu’s home is their place for the keeping of the Sabbath, she equally warned the Abia State Commissioner of Police not to do anything that would trigger a religious war in the state. Excerpts:

Let’s know your name and why you are in Umuahia
My name is Mrs Ima Hallelujah Nwachukwu, leader of the Jewish worshippers in Umuahia. We are in Umuahia to keep the Sabbath, to worship God.

We decided to do that in Nnamdi Kanu’s home because he is a Jewish man, one of the leaders in our kingdom. This palace (Kanu’s house) is our home and we cannot run away from our home. Over 100 of us came from different parts of the country for this Sabbath keeping.

Is it true that while you were observing the Sabbath, police arrested some of you?  

Yes, they (police) beat some of our brothers mercilessly in our place of worship and tore their clothes before arresting them. Nine of our members were arrested by the police and tortured.

What did police say was your offence? 

They said we are terrorists that we came to terrorise the Commissioner of Police (Anthony Ogbizi). We are not carrying any gun or dangerous weapons, but police in Abia State said that our Kapa and attire frighten them.
They said our attire is the gun we are using to terrorize the commissioner of police. I don’t know when somebody’s attire has become a dangerous weapon that can be used to terrorize the commissioner of police. How can we terrorize the commissioner of police when we don’t know him or his address?

They say we are terrorists, if that is true, how could we have come with our children whom they attacked and some of them are still in the hospital? Can terrorists go to terrorize a place with men of over 90 years? Since we are terrorists, why did they not arrest all of us when we went to the state police command headquarters for the release of our arrested members? I ask this question because we all are in Abia for the same purpose.

Could it be that your people were arrested because you came to Nnamdi Kanu’s home to worship?

Jewish religion, is it a new thing in this country? I think when Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail; the court ruled that one of his sureties must be a Jewish religious leader, that means the court recognises the existence of that religion. The funny part of the whole thing is that when we went to the SCID, a day after the arrest of our members, they said we were no longer terrorists, but surprisingly, the same day, they clamped them into prison.

Would these arrests deter you from accomplishing what brought you to Abia State?

Not at all, at present we do not have any other place of worship except here (Nnamdi Kanu’s home), so, this place will continue to be our place of worship. We have our Synagogue here; it is truly our worship centre. If the police like let them arrest all of us, it will not deter us, but all we want the world to know is that we are not terrorists, but worshippers of Yahweh.

What’s your take on the arrest of your members by the police?

Well, the commissioner of police knows the consequences because what he is attracting is a religious war. He tagged us, terrorists, he has to prove it, he will prove it. The CP ordered for our arrest because of hatred, anger and envy. But there will be no retreat and no surrender.

What’s your advice to your members?   

They should be courageous and not be dismayed for Yahweh Elohim of Hebrew is with us and we shall conquer at the end.  (The Sun)

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Why We Oppose Ohanaeze Summit – IPOB |The Republican News

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Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka and Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday, gave reasons why it is opposed to the planned Ohanaeze Ndigbo summit on the restructuring of Nigeria, slated for May 21 in Awka, Anambra State.

Stating it has nothing against those who genuinely believe restructuring would best address the myriad of problems afflicting the masses in the country, IPOB said it would not allow those who allegedly connived with Nigeria soldiers to attack and kill its members, including its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The group also feels strong against those it described as traitors and collaborators using the cloak of restructuring to advance their personal political ambitions, at the expense of the masses.

IPOB accused the apex Igbo body of trying to use the cover of a restructuring summit to hoodwink the people, when, according to it, the actors in the body are against restructuring and “act against the interest of IPOB whose activism made restructuring widely acceptable.”

A statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said: “We feel the need to clarify why we are opposed to this particular Ohanaeze Ndigbo jamboree, slated for Awka on May 21. Anybody or group who attends the event will be seen as an enemy of the people, and a direct supporter of Operation Python Dance, which was instigated by the organisers of the said Ohanaeze Ndigbo summit, to eliminate Kanu and his family, thereby, leaving our land open to Fulani dominance in perpetuity.

“To associate with Nnia Nwodo’s summit is tantamount to an endorsement of mass murder of innocent agitators fighting for the freedom of everybody.

“IPOB is not against those who hold the legitimate view that restructuring will best address the myriad of problems afflicting the masses. We are firm believers in democracy, a plurality of opinion and divergence of views; so, if during a referendum, a majority of the people vote to adopt restructuring as the preferred option to outright break from Nigeria, we would be bound by it.

“We have issues with traitors and collaborators using the cloak of restructuring to advance their personal political ambitions at the expense of the well being of the masses.”

Meanwhile, the newly sworn-in leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, National Youth wing, has said it will not succumb to intimidation and threats of truncating the May 21, Igbo summit.
They stated this during their maiden meeting, held in Owerri, on Tuesday, where they said any attempt to stop the meeting, would undermine their fundamental human rights to speech, association and assembly.

In a communique they issued at the end of the meeting, signed by the Deputy National Leader, Dr Kingsley Dozie, and 10 others, the youths said they recognise and uphold the fact that Ndigbo are industrious, enterprising and law-abiding people, with incontrovertible sense of conviviality, “but, we advise members of IPOB to embrace peace, dialogue and constructive reasoning as the best medium for the common good.”

“In as much as we condemn the unjust killing of our people and proscription of IPOB, we will not succumb to intimidation and threats of truncating the Igbo summit holding in Awka on May 21, 2018.”  (The Sun)

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Army Wanted To Meet Kanu’s Father Before Invasion, Says Eze Ajomiwe |RN

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●Monarch told us he decided to rest following invasion – Eze Dick

 

The controversy surrounding the health and whereabouts of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Eze Israel Okiru Kanu, and father of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is yet to settle. The monarch has not been seen since September 14, 2017, when soldiers invaded his palace in search of his son. While the chairman of Abia State and South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Eze Eberechi Dick, said that Eze Kanu is alive, the chairman of Umuahia North Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Philip Ajomiwe, insisted that the whereabouts of IPOB’s leader’s father is unknown, adding that nobody knows the state of his health too.

Since the invasion of the palace apparently in search of the leader of the IPOB last year, neither the monarch, his son nor wife had been seen nor heard from. Eze Dick who spoke to Saturday Telegraph on the telephone regarding the whereabouts of his colleague said: “We wanted to see him in person; we inquired and found that he is alive.”

However, the traditional ruler of Oriendu, Eze Ajomiwe, who said the last time he spoke with him was early on the day of the invasion, also revealed that the army had scheduled a meeting with Eze Kanu to which he had already agreed before his palace was invaded on that fateful day.

“After speaking with him the army invaded the place later that day and that was the last till today,” he said. According to the chairman of Abia and South East Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Dick, “Eze Kanu told us that the stress of the operation was too much on him that he decided to rest.” Eze Dick, however, observed that: “The local government traditional rulers council where he belongs has not told us he is missing. They have not told us anything happened to him, otherwise, we would have raised the alarm at the state and south-east zonal council of traditional rulers.”

The council chairman said that Eze Kanu spoke to the chairman of the advisory council of Umuahia North council of traditional rulers, who happens to be Eze Ajomiwe, about his health in response to the inquiry. Though he said that the Afaraukwu monarch was alive he, however, admitted that the monarch’s whereabouts are not known. He could not say where he was taking the rest.

He also reaffirmed the position of the traditional rulers over their colleague. “We don’t dabble in the problem of the son, but only about our colleague. Our traditional ruler is dear to us, whatever the son is doing with the Federal Government is not our concern. His son is a man and should be held responsible for his actions.” But Eze Ajomiwe said that the last time he spoke with Eze Kanu was the day of the invasion.

“The last time I spoke with Eze I. O Kanu was on the day of the invasion. I spoke with him earlier that day to discuss the decision of the traditional rulers who sent me to invite him to a meeting.” According to Eze Ajomiwe, he was sent by the chairman of the Abia and South East Council of Traditional Rulers as the chairman of the Umuahia North Council of traditional rulers under which Eze Kanu operates, to Eze Kanu for a meeting with the governor and the Commanding Officer of Ohafia Brigade. “When I spoke with him he said he was ready to abide by the position of the traditional rulers. Unfortunately, before the day of the meeting the army struck and since then I have neither heard from him nor spoken to him.”

He confirmed that a number of people were killed during the invasion but could not say whether the monarch, his wife and son were among the dead. He said he reported to the traditional rulers his discussion with Eze Kanu and his response on the day of their meeting but that was after the army had gone to destroy the place.

Eze Ajomiwe said that all the efforts made as Eze Kanu’s colleagues in Umuahia North Council as to his whereabouts and health had not yielded the desired result even as the army has refused to say anything. “As I am speaking to you I don’t know where he is. We have appealed to the army to tell us. If he is in their custody they should let us know, if he is dead they should release his corpse to us. It’s only in Nigeria this kind of thing can happen. I lived in the French capital for 15 years, you hardly see the army on the streets as you have in Nigeria. It’s only in Nigeria that somebody can be sent to do what is against the law. How can the army send me to Eze Kanu only to invade his palace before the day of the proposed meeting? Why did they send me if they knew they would invade the palace? A traditional ruler of my reputation and honour.”

Eze Ajomiwe said Nigeria needs prayer of deliverance just like the Esther in the Bible fasted and prayed against the destruction of Mordecai and the Jews by Herman. He said the army should be held responsible for the health and whereabouts of the traditional ruler. “Nigeria is in a dilemma; Nigeria needs prayer of deliverance,” he said.

The Umuahia North traditional rulers’ council chairman expressed disappointment with the turn of events. “Now look at what they are doing to Eyinnaya Abaribe, (who stood as one of the sureties for the IPOB leader), asking him to produce Nnamdi Kanu. What kind of country is this? They knew that Kanu would come to court and they would do to him what they wanted yet they invaded the palace and turned around to ask Abaribe to produce him, this is unthinkable.” On the efforts being made to know the condition of their colleague, Eze Ajomiwe said: “As traditional rulers, we can’t fight the army. We don’t have AK 47, but we have appealed and are still appealing to them to tell us the whereabouts of Eze Kanu.

They are in the position to know.” Eze Eddy Ibeabuchi, the traditional ruler of Okwulaga Afaraukwu and the immediate past chairman of Umuahia North Council of traditional rulers, Eze Kanu’s neighbour, corroborated Eze Ajomiwe’s position. He said efforts made so far to know the whereabouts and health status of the traditional ruler had not yielded a positive result. He disclosed that the efforts made so far by the people of Afaraukwu over the monarch’s health and whereabouts have failed but they have not given up. Also, like Eze Dick, Eze Ibeabuchi could not find any connection between the disappearance of the traditional ruler and the activities of the group which his son led.

“We are making effort, we have written an open letter and communique to Mr President, written and published by Afaraukwu concerned citizens and I know I signed that communique. And we don’t really know where our king is and we don’t know what the Federal Government is doing because we know Nnamdi Kanu is our son. I was watching him when he was carrying on with IPOB and I never saw him one day with arms. Generally, the constitution allows people to express their feelings and that was what I saw Nnamdi Kanu doing.”

“The way the Federal Government handled the matter, as far as I am concerned, was not quite good. Moreover, he was on bail, if the Federal Government wanted to do anything they would have allowed him to come to the court, probably, they had one reason or the other not to grant him bail, not to come and kill so many people in that place. They killed so many people there. I know. I went to that compound after the episode and I saw where so many people were killed and you cannot say where the corpses are today.”

Eze Ibeabuchi said: “As for the state of his health, we don’t know. I don’t know, if I know I will tell you. The question should be asked from the army that invaded that place, they should tell us the whereabouts of that man. If the man is hiding, I don’t know, I have not seen him since that time. We have written an open letter to the president which was published by so many newspapers requesting to know the whereabouts of Kanu himself and the father and mother. We don’t know their whereabouts.” He lamented that there had been “no response from any quarters till today.” “We have not given up, we are consulting. We want to approach the state governor because that’s the chief security officer here.

We are making effort to approach him, I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome though we have booked an appointment with him several times; probably he has been very busy. He has not granted us the appointment, so we are still waiting. I know if we meet him, definitely that’s one of the things we are going to confront him with, he should tell us.” Eze Ajomiwe added that he as the chairman of Umuahia North Council of traditional rulers, comprising traditional rulers from Ibeku and Ohuhu clans, he led them to the palace of Eze Kanu after the invasion to demand his release from the army either dead or alive. “The media even helped us to publish the demands contained in the communique.”  (New Telegraph)

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Produce Nnamdi Kanu Or We’ll Begin Civil Disobedience Campaign On The Streets -IPOB

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Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has demanded that the Federal Government should produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and unconditionally release four others standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja, over alleged lack of evidence and incessant adjournment of the case.

The group said either the federal government produces Kanu and release four others standing trial, namely Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi, Bright Chimezie Ishinwa, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, or it will intensify the campaign of civil disobedience on the streets of Biafraland and beyond.

IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, alleged plans to adjourn today’s sitting.

He said: “Either they release our brothers tomorrow unconditionally or we, Biafrans, will intensify our campaign of civil disobedience on the streets of Biafraland and beyond.

“We have truly endured this injustice for far too long and enough is enough.

“We shall not allow this to continue unchallenged.  The incessant adjournment of this court case must be put to a stop today. Self-determination is enshrined in the United Nations Charter of rights of indigenous people and African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights which was ratified by Nigerian government and domesticated into the laws of Nigeria.

“Therefore, it is within the legitimate right of IPOB to agitate for self-determination, using the same law as provided by the United Nations and the African Union, which Nigeria is a signatory to.

“We, hereby, place the judiciary of Nigeria and the world at large on notice that less than 24 hours to the commencement of trial of those charged with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, they are still to be served an amended charge as ordered by the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako, at the last hearing over four weeks ago.  (The Sun)

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Nnamdi Kanu, Wife Allegedly Spotted By Security Agents In Ghana – TheCable Reports

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File photo: Nnamdi Kanu and wife Uchechi

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and his wife, Uchechi, have been spotted by security agents in Ghana, TheCable is reporting.

According to reports, Kanu usually disguises in fez caps and has been seen with his wife on several occasions at bars and salons.

Prominent among the places they visit are Kenzo Bar, IBG Salon and suya spots, all in Accra. It was also gathered that Kanu lives in Arabella Estate in Cantonment area of Accra.

A former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, had last year said he understood Kanu had fled to the United Kingdom.

Kalu told The PUNCH that he understands Kanu was in London, having gone through Malaysia.

In the interview published on October 1, 2017, Kalu said: “Kanu was not taken away by the military.

“Kanu went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom. Nnamdi Kanu is in London right now as we speak.
“He was not arrested by anybody. He left the country on his own.

“One of his relations has spoken to me and explained everything because I wanted to see him and talk to him wherever he was and see how I could meet some Federal Government officials on his issue. (New Telegraph)

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