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

From Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fifty pro-Biafran Groups Reunite, Declare Support For Nnamdi Kanu

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo and Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

Fifty freedom groups pledged  to collapse their umbrellas and form a single front to pursue their life-long goal of achieving Biafra.

This was part of the communique released after a unity meeting of Biafran agitiators which held at the weekend in Anambnra State.

The pro- Biafran groups also unanimously agreed that Nnamdi Kanu, currently in Kuje Prison, Abuja  has paid his dues and must be supported by all freedom fighters.

The unity meeting which was convened by the Supreme Council of Elders of IPOB and presided over by the Vice-Chairman of the Elders’ Council of their group, Dr Dozie Ikedife, held in Nnewi, hometown of the late head of state of the defunct Peoples’ Republic of Biafra, Lt Col Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

In an  address, Mr. Anthony Aniebue, administrator of the customary government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), described the unity meeting as a milestone and charged members to work for the realisation of Biafra.

Dr. Ikedife, in his address titled ‘A Call for End of Discordant Tunes, A Call for Synergy’, said “there is need for  unity  if really we are pursuing the legal legitimate entitlements of our people, right to self -determination, as supported by United Nations Acts, African Union, and even the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

While acknowledging that all the groups were following the path they felt was the right due to the republican nature of the average Biafran, Ikedife, said it was time for all to close ranks and stop all in-fighting. “Let the misunderstandings of yesterday be forgiven and forgotten. Anyone who kills his brother or sister cannot be declared a hero. Let us focus synergistically on our goal,” he appealed. 

He rained  curses on those who have turned the Biafran struggle into a money-making venture, saboteurs and others who deliberately oppose unity, Uchenna Madu, current leader of MASSOB, while addressing the gahering, told them to eschew  personal interest and embrace collective responsibility.

Some of the groups, drawn across the South-East and South-South, included Movement for the Actualisaton of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (CG-IPOB), Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), Afra Descendants Movement (ADM), Eastern Veterans Social Welfare (EVSW), Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI) and Biafra Descendants Movement (BDM).

Others include Radio Biafra, Biafran Central Council (BCC), Eastern Peoples’ Movement (EPM), Customary Government of IPOB  and Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN).

Ochie Igbo, Anang Front, Igbozurume, Biafra Liberation Council (BLC), Wakawaka Biafra, Anioma Biafra, Biafra Reporters and Biafra Voice International (BVI). Also represented include Bonny Indigenous Group, Biafra Women Leaders and Great Commonwealth of the Niger Delta among others.

Meanwhile, IPOB, under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu has blasted  the Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano over his alleged comment that the group was ‘a toothless bulldog’.

The group stated that in a report credited to Governor

Obiano was said to have described IPOB as ‘‘a toothless buldog’’ capable of words and incapable of action’’ in a national daily.

He was also quoted to have said that  the group was being used by a few to enrich themselves under the guise of fighting for Igbo freedom.

The governor was quoted as having also described IPOB as being “populated by youths who are at best misguided, “if they dare us, we shall tell them that blood is thicker than water and that rear tires can never overcome the front ones.”

But the IPOB spokespersons Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, while reacting to his comment wondered why Obiano should be attacking IPOB who was instrumental to his being the governor of Anambra State and could stop his second term ambition in November.

“We repudiated All Progressives Congress (APC) represented by Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige and we still do repudiate them till today.

“Secondly, we brought the entire Biafraland to a standstill on September 23, 2016 with our successful sit-at-home protest. The test of IPOB’s popularity and efficacy is never in doubt.

“We ask Obiano, how come we are in the business of enriching ourselves. It is common knowledge that IPOB funds itself through monthly dues contributed by members and though the money which comes in paltry amount, we beat our chest to proclaim that we don’t touch blood money from evil men.

“On the threats of further genocide on Biafrans by Obiano, we want the world to take notice so that he will be held accountable for his atrocious crimes against humanity. We promise Obiano that though we abhor and repudiate Nigerian politics, we shall do to him what we did to Dr.  Ngige in 2013 Anambra gubernatorial election.”

 

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50 pro-Biafran groups unite in self-determination agenda

IPOB blasts Obiano over comment as toothless bulldog

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo and Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

A unity meeting of Biafran agitators was held at the weekend in Anambra State with over 50 freedom groups pledging to collapse their umbrellas and form a single front to pursue their life-long goal of achieving Biafra.

The pro- Biafran groups also unanimously agreed that Nnamdi Kanu, currently in Kuje Prison, is a success in the struggle, who has paid his dues and must be given all the support he deserves by all freedom fighters.

Some of he groups, drawn from across the present South-East and South-South, included Movement for the Actualisaton of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (CG-IPOB), Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), Afra Descendants Movement (ADM), Eastern Veterans Social Welfare (EVSW), Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI) and Biafra Descendants Movement (BDM).

Others include Radio Biafra, Biafran Central Council (BCC), Eastern Peoples’ Movement (EPM), Customary Government of IPOB  and Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN).

Ochie Igbo, Anang Front, Igbozurume, Biafra Liberation Council(BLC), Wakawaka Biafra, Anioma Biafra, Biafra Reporters and Biafra Voice International(BVI). Also represented include Bonny Indigenous Group, Biafra Women Leaders and Great Commonwealth of the Niger Delta among others.

The unity meeting which was convened by the Supreme Council of Elders of the IPOB and presided over by the Vice-Chairman of the Elders’ Council of IPOB, Dr Dozie Ikedife, was  held in Nnewi, hometown of the late Head of State of the defunct Peoples’ Republic of Biafra, Lt Col Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

In an  address, Mr. Anthony Aniebue, administrator of the Customary Government of the IPOB,  described the unity meeting as a milestone and charged the members to realise that  wherever they are coming from,  the sole objective is Biafra which they are working for its actualisation.

Dr Ikedife, in his address titled ‘A Call for End of Discordant Tunes, A Call for Synergy’, said “there is need for  unity  if really we are pursuing the legal legitimate entitlements of our people, right to self -determination, as supported by United Nations Acts, African Union, and even the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

While acknowledging that all the groups were following the path they felt was the right due to the republican nature of the average Biafran, Ikedife, in his speech solicited that it was time for all to close ranks and stop all in-fighting. “Let the misunderstandings of yesterday be forgiven and forgotten. Anyone who kills his brother or sister cannot be declared a hero. Let us focus synergistically on our goal,” he appealed.

He pronounced curses on those who have turned the Biafran struggle into a money-making venture, saboteurs and others who deliberately oppose unity, while pronouncing unquantifiable blessings upon those who have continued to fight for Biafra without plans to enrich themselves.

Uchenna Madu, current leader of MASSOB, while addressing the gathered agitators, told them to eschew  personal interest and embrace collective responsibility.

Meanwhile, The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu has blasted Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State over his alleged comment that the group was ‘a toothless bulldog’.

The group stated that in a report credited to Governor Obiano in a national daily, he described IPOB as ‘a toothless bulldog’ capable of words and incapable of action. He said the group was being used by a few to enrich themselves under the guise of fighting for Igbo freedom.

The governor was quoted as having also described IPOB as being “populated by youths who are at best misguided, “if they dare us, we shall tell them that blood is thicker than water and that rear tires can never overcome the front ones.”

But the IPOB spokespersons Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, while reacting to his comment wondered why Obiano should be attacking IPOB who was instrumental to his being the governor of Anambra State and could stop his second term ambition in November.

“We repudiated All Progressives Congress (APC) represented by Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige and we still do repudiate them till today.

“Secondly, we brought the entire Biafraland to a standstill on September 23, 2016 with our successful sit-at-home protest. The test of IPOB’s popularity and efficacy is never in doubt.

“We ask Obiano, how come we are in the business of enriching ourselves. It is common knowledge that IPOB funds itself through monthly dues contributed by members and though the money which comes in paltry amount, we beat our chest to proclaim that we don’t touch blood money from evil men.

“On the threats of further genocide on Biafrans by Obiano, we want the world to take notice so that he will be held accountable for his atrocious crimes against humanity. We promise Obiano that though we abhor and repudiate Nigerian politics, we shall do to him what we did to Dr.  Ngige in 2013 Anambra gubernatorial election.”

(The Sun)

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Family Petitions USA, EU, Others Over Secret Plans To Kill Nnamdi Kanu

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Nnamdi Kanu and co-accused, lawyer exiting the court

The family of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has petitioned the United States of America and the European Union to intervene in the alleged maltreatment of their son by the prison authorities and security agents.

They alleged that the Federal government was planning to kill Kanu without traces.

In a statement signed by a brother of the IPOB leader, Mr Emmanuel Kanu, on behalf of the family and made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra state, the family alleged that their son and other Biafra agitators detained with him at Kuje were being humiliated by the prisons authorities and the officials of the Directorate of State Service.

They said the IPOB leader with his fellow IPOB detainees were being stopped from receiving visitors.

Others petitioned were Amnesty International and Human rights Watch.

Their petition read in part, “We observed with great dismay the conspiracy by the DSS and the Prison authorities through their prison wardens to stop Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from receiving visitors in Kuje prison Abuja.

“The leader of the indigenous people of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally alongside with him were only allowed to receive visitors for one hour a day from Monday to Friday in a week while other inmates were always allowed to receive visitors five hours in a day from Monday to Sunday, seven days a week.

“It is a huge embarrassment on the side of the British government who have been denied access to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje prison by the security agents and prison authorities through the prison wardens.

“The security agents and prison wardens stopped the British people who intended to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the prison to see the leader of the
indigenous people of Biafra IPOB.”

They added that the denial of IPOB leader from receiving visitors was a decoy by the federal government to killed the IPOB leader, secretly.

They said, “Nevertheless, we observed that the security agents and prison authorities through the prison wardens are planning to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu without anybody knowing when it will happen, that is why they are making sure nobody visits him again”.

“In line with this, we are calling on international community, USA, EU, Amnesty International, Human right Watch, Men and Women of good conscience and other relevant Human right organisations around the globe to caution the federal government of Nigeria and her security agents to stop their barbaric attitude towards my brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”.     (Punchng.com)

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Ojukwu Would Have Gone To War Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Detention, Says MASSOB

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Tony Okafor, Awka

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra on Wednesday said the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu would have waged another war against the country should he be alive over the continued detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, Anambra state.

The MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, Anambra state.

He blamed the Nnia Nwodo-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo for not finding time to visit Kanu in prison.

Madu wondered what had kept Nwodo and other Igbo leaders from visiting Kanu even when it had become visible that they had been gallivanting about, paying solidarity visits to those who did not deserve such courtesies.

His statement read in part , “If truly these men in Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership love our people knowing fully well that 90 percent of Ndigbo prefers Biafra to staying in Nigeria, what has kept Chief Nnia Nwodo, his executive and Ime Obi from visiting or showing solidarity to Nnamdi Kanu, the most loved Igbo man today?

“What has been keeping the leadership of Ndi Eze in Igbo land from visiting Nnamdi Kanu in prison or his father, a fellow member of the southeast traditional council?

“ Why is it that Igbo National Assembly caucus has never shown any sign of affection to the travails of Nnamdi Kanu and others?”

The group which said it was missing the father figure of the late Ojukwu, asked the Nwodo leadership of Ohanaeze to emulate the likes of late Senators Uche Chukwumerije, Ikechukwu Obiora, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Joy Emodi, Annie Okonkwo who would “storm the court in solidarity during my detention, Uwazuruike and others.

He added that “During my three years, six months and two weeks detention in Suleja, Keffi and Kuje prisons from 2006 to 2009, Senator Uche Chukwumerije and others severally visited me and others in prison.

It added,“What is still holding the Southeast CAN and other Religious leaders from showing solidarity to our brother, Nnamdi Kanu and others in prisons.

“If Gov Fayose of Ekiti state were to be Igbo, he would have visited Nnamdi Kanu in prison, if Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu is still alive, he would have fought for the release of Nnamdi Kanu.”  (Punchng.com)

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BREAKING: Court Strikes Out Six Out Of Eleven Charges Against Kanu, Others

Breaking News: Court strikes out six charges against Kanu, others

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Trial Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, struck out six out of the eleven count criminal charges the Federal Government preferred against the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr Nnamdi Kanu and three others.
In a ruling, Justice Nyako held that the six charges were not supported by the proof of evidence the prosecution adduced against the defendants. The court, however, sustained five other charges against Kanu and three other pro-Biafra agitators, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. The sustained charges, to which all the defendants entered a fresh plea of not guilty, borders on conspiracy, treasonable felony, publication of defamatory matter and Kanu’s alleged importation of goods contrary and punishable under section 47(2) (a) of the Customs and Excise Management Act, Cap C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. In her ruling, Justice Nyako said there was no evidence before the court to prove that IPOB which was allegedly managed by the defendants, was an unlawful society. In count three of the remaining charges, FG alleged that Kanu had in a broadcast he made in London on April 28, 2015, through Radio Biafra, referred to President Muhammadu Buhari as “a paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot and an embodiment of evil”. Meantime, the court has fixed March 20 and 21 to commence full-blown trial of the defendants. More details soon.  (Authority)

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Igbo Will Never Produce Nigeria’s President- MASSOB, Soludo, Utomi, Igbo Leaders Demand Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

 

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Former CBN governor, Dr Charles Chukwuma Soludo

 

Friday Olokor, Abuja

A pan-Igbo socio-political organisation, Nzuko Umunna, in Abuja on Tuesday demanded the immediate release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, from detention.

They argued that his continuous incarceration, despite subsisting court orders, was a violation of his fundamental human rights.

The organisation, which parades prominent Igbo leaders, including a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo and renowned economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, also condemned the recent killings of IPOB members. They said the perpetrators of the killings should be punished accordingly.

A former chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Anselm Odinkalu; Law Mefor, Rev. Fr. Jude C., Dr Udenta Udenta, Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Ferdinand Agu, Tony Nnadi, Sam Amadi, Innocent Chukwuma, Collins Ugwu and Andy Wabali, also signed the text of the press conference read by Soludo.

According to Soludo, the group visited Kanu and his associates in detention as part of a worldwide consultation process on the peace and development of Alaigbo/Nigeria.

Soludo said, “We demand the urgent release of Nnamdi Kanu, his colleagues and all prisoners of conscience, as part of the process of the search for national cohesion and building a new Nigeria. There is a legitimate debate among Nigerians on the Biafra question, and there are indeed many Igbo who, like many other Nigerians, do not agree with Nnamdi Kanu’s objective or means.

“It needs to be stated, however, that no citizen of Nigeria deserves the kind of treatment meted to him and his colleagues. The government has declined to obey the orders of properly constituted courts in Nigeria for his release. Nnamdi Kanu is not above the law; but nor should he be put beneath it.

“A situation where the state refuses to obey clear and legitimate court orders for his release and holds him until it gets a favourable order; moves the goalposts endlessly through endless amendment to the charges against him; and now seeks to try him in secret clearly constitutes circumstances that would fall well short of the constitutional guarantees of due process.”

The group  also condemned “the use of disproportionate force and live bullets by law enforcement agencies resulting in the killing and maiming of unarmed protesters generally, especially the killing of IPOB/MASSOB members under whatever guise and call on the law enforcement agencies to take steps to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.”

According to Soludo, the charge of treasonable felony, which has now being levied against Nnamdi Kanu, had previously been used against the late Joseph Tarka and the late Obafemi Awolowo.

Kanu’s trial, he said, reminded Nigerians of the travails of “these historic figures in our country and, indeed, of the more recent military era treason trial of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.”

The group stressed that despite its mantra of change during the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress had not been able to deliver on its most fundamental contract with the Nigerian people.  (Punchng.com)

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Former CBN Governor Soludo, Utomi, Igbo Professionals Meet Nnamdi Kanu In Prison

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A group of prominent Igbo professionals led by a former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Charles Soludo today met up with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in prison and would later converge for a press conference at Chelsea hotel in Abuja by 3pm today, to relay the feedback of their visit. Also part of the group is Pat Utomi, a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert.

Also part of the group is Pat Utomi, a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert.

Kanu was arrested in October 2015 and subsequently detained by the Buhari led Federal government for treason. He was arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola at a Federal High Court in Abuja. The judge granted him bail which the federal government refused to implement. The IPOB leader has since been held in a prison in Abuja despite several court ruling in favour of his release from detention.

Many prominent Nigerians and clergies have also spoken up for his release. (SaharaReporters)

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