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BREAKING: Court Orders, Sen. Abaribe, Others To Explain Kanu’s Whereabouts |RN

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered Senator Eyninnaya Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

Kanu who was granted bail by the judge on April 24, 2017, was absent from court on Tuesday when his trial was billed to commence.

But his three co-defendants were produced in court by prison officials.

Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home‎ on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant.

A lawyer, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, appeared for Abaribe on Tuesday, informing the judge ‎that his client had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety.

‎The two other sureties, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were absent from court and not represented by any lawyer on Tuesday.

‎But Justice Nyako said Abaribe’s motion could not be heard until Kanu was produced in court.

The judge gave the senator three options.

One of the options was for Abaribe to produce the defendant in court and then apply to be discharged as a surety.

The other option the judge gave was for Abaribe to be ready to forfeit his N100m bail bond.

The third option ‎was for Abaribe to request to be given time to produce the defendant in court.

But Ogunna replied saying, “he (Abaribe) is not in a position to do any of these.”

However the judge insisted tha‎t Abaribe must opt for one of the three options.

With the judge’s insistence, Ogunna opted to be given time to produce him.

The two other sureties were not represented I court on Tuesday.

Earlier, prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, noting that Kanu was not present in court, urged the judge to revoke defendant’s bail, order for his arrest, and direct the defendants’ three sureties “to show cause why the bail bond of N100m entered into by each shall not be forfeited or they be committed to prison.”

The trial was been adjourned until November 20.  (Punch)

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BREAKING: Nnamdi Kanu Absent As Co-defendants Arrive Court |The Republican News

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

Three of the co-defendants facing charges of treasonable felony against the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, have arrived the Federal High Court in Abuja.

They were brought to court by prison officials at about 10am on Tuesday.

But Kanu, whose lawyers said was last seen on September 14, 2017 following a military operation in his hometown in Abia State, is absent from court as Justice Binta Nyako is now set to commence proceedings.

His co-accused already in court are the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu; and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi.

But Bright Chimezie, who became a co-defendant in the case following an amendment of the charges was also absent.

Kanu was on bail before he was declared missing.

Announcing his appearance on Tuesday, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejifor, told the judge that the IPOB leader was still in the custody of the Federal Government.  (Punch)

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IPOB: I Did Not Categorically Say Nnamdi Kanu Was In London, Says Uzor Kalu |The Republican News

 

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Former Governor Abia State, CEO Slok Holdings, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu

 

THE former Governor of Abia State, Dr Uzor Kalu has cleared the air on the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
He said he did not categorically tell anyone during the press interview with The Punch newspapers that the embattled IPOB leader fled Nigeria through Cameroon and Malaysia to London.
He made the disclosure in an interview with African Independent Television which was syndicated by The Sun newspapers.

RelatedOrji Uzor Kalu Tried To Bribe Nnamdi Kanu Through Me – Nnamdi Kanu’s Brother

Asked to reconfirm Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts based on earlier reports that he is London, Dr Kalu said on return from the US he headed for Abia on September 15 having heard about the raging fire between soldiers and IPOB knowing full well what such confrontation with armed soldiers would amount to.

On arriving Abia on that day he made frantic efforts to see Nnamdi Kanu which, of course, did not yield any fruitful dividend having gone underground as of September 15, 2017.

He said: ”I didn’t say categorically that he was in London, go and read what I told The Punch newspaper. When I returned from the United States of America on the 14th of September and on the 15th I went straight to Abia because the thing was escalating then. I consulted some of them (IPOB) I consulted the security agencies, the army, the police, SSS and the rest of them and I tried to douse the tension.

Related: IPOB Berates Uzor Kalu Over Claim Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts, Calls Him Desperate Hausa-Fulani Slave

I started looking for Kanu himself to talk to him. So somebody told me he went to a hotel and I sent people to the hotel and I called one of his relations who came to my house and I asked him where Kanu was, that I really want to talk to him. He said that I should not bother myself and I told The Punch all that transpired including the fact that I was not sure whether the fellow was telling me lies or truth. I said it and it’s in the paper. I didn’t say I discussed with Kanu and he told me he had left for London. His relation told me I should not bother about his safety because I told him that what matters to me is the safety of the man. I wanted to bring the man to my house in Igbere and make arrangements with the federal authorities and persuade them for us to find a common ground.

I never wanted the security agents to bundle him and rough handle him, I only wanted to bring him to my house and wade into the matter, which was what I did when he was in prison. I am surprised at the attitude of Kanu because he knew all the things we discussed; he neglected them because he wanted to play politics. Let me ask you; is it fair on the court that gave him bail? Is it fair on the federal government of Nigeria that the orders of the court were being disobeyed? That order was not that of Justice Nyako at all, it was the law of Nigeria. These are things I reminded him that he must obey our laws.”

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Again, Army Raids Nnamdi Kanu’s Family Home, Claims Acted On Intelligence |RN

 

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IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

 

‘We acted on intelligence, removed technical items’

Three weeks after a detachment of soldiers from the Nigeria Army invaded the Afaraukwu, Umuahia country home of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, his family raised the alarm yesterday evening,  that soldiers invaded the residence, again.
Kanu’ younger brother,  Emmanuel, alleged in an informal interaction with newsmen, yesterday, that the soldiers invaded their home and carted away some household items including the television, generating sets and clothes, among other family property.
“The international community should prevail on the Army to stop raiding our home, again. We have been telling the army to produce my bother, whose whereabouts have remained unknown since after the September 14, 2017, military invasion of our compound…”
On its part, the military confirmed the operation but denied removing any household items from the compound.
Desk Officer in charge of Operation Python Dance II, in Abia State, who declined to be named simply said: “We were there in search of weapons, no household items were removed from Kanu’s home.
The army officer, who asked to be identified simply as ‘Desk Officer for the operation” also disclosed that the operation was a joint exercise with the Police and asked that further enquiries be directed there.
“You can make further enquiries from the police,” he noted and added that yesterday’s operation was based on intelligence report that arms were hidden in the compound.
“The things removed may be technical items. Somebody was also arrested with a weapon in the compound,” he disclosed.
But, efforts to get police reaction was unsuccessful as the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, did not pick calls to his mobile telephone.
Also, he didn’t respond to text messages.
On September 14, a combined team of the army, the police and officials of the Department of State Services allegedly invaded Kanu’s home.
Thereafter, IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful told newsmen the whereabouts of Kanu, his parents and his siblings could not be ascertained.
Daily Sun’s efforts to speak with the Nigeria army headquarters in Abuja were unsuccessful.
Several telephone calls to top officials went unanswered, as at 9:35pm, yesterday.         (The Sun)

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Nnamdi Kanu Has No Means Of Livelihood, Says Nigerian Army |RN

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 The Nigerian Army has said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has no means of livelihood but used “propaganda” to make people believe him.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, stated this in Abuja while rounding off a two-day media conference on the military’s enhancement of human rights.

Related: IPOB Sues Buratai, Demands Kanu’s Whereabout |The Republican News

The army spokesman, who stressed the need for a robust army-media relationship towards enhancing national security, said those people following the IPOB leader were in a “one-chance vehicle.”

Usman said, “There was an allegation that somebody (Kanu) went into hiding. Now, I can’t remember the day but in an interview on Channels TV, one of Nnamdi Kanu’s younger brothers said that he was in hiding and he knew where he was.

Related: IPOB Berates Uzor Kalu Over Claim Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts, Calls Him Desperate Hausa-Fulani Slave

“And one lawyer came up that he has taken the Chief of Army Staff to court. Now, who gave you the brief? You said you do not know where he (Kanu) is. Now, who gave you the brief? And the media is asking us where is Nnamdi Kanu? Why not ask the man that said so who gave him the brief to take people to court when he does not know where the man is?

“…That is why those people following him have entered into a one-chance vehicle. This is somebody standing trial in a criminal case. Sometimes, whether we like it or not, we want to stand against the truth. But no matter how long, the truth will come to pass on October 17. This is an individual without a means of livelihood.

Related: BREAKING NEWS: Soldiers Invade Nnamdi Kanu’s Family House, Kill 18 |RN

“I can speak eloquently. So what? If I can speak like him; I can also have my own group, that’s exactly what is happening. So, what is the essence of our education as a people? You know that somebody is in a criminal case, and you believe in him.”   (Punch)

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Nnamdi Kanu, Qualifies As A ‘Head of State’ – Former U.S Attorney General, Bruce Fein Tells UN |RN

 

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Former US Attorney General, Bruce Fein

 

Former U.S Attorney General Tells UN: Designate Nnamdi Kanu as Internationally Protected Person Controversial former U.S attorney-general Bruce Fein has urged the United Nations Security Council, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter to designate Nnamdi Kanu as an “internationally protected person” as defined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, Including Diplomatic Agents.

Article I of the Convention defines an “internationally protected person as “A Head of State, including any member of a collegial body performing the functions of a Head of State under the constitution of the State concerned, a Head of Government or a Minister of Foreign Affairs, whenever such person is in a foreign state ….”
“The acts and utterances of IPOB were acts and utterances of terrorists, said the federal government after the organization was proscribed, but Fein in a fresh appeal to the world body said that Nnamdi Kanu, qualifies as a ‘Head of State.’ “In sum, Nnamdi Kanu qualifies as a “Head of State” under the Convention. He is one of a group of IPOB leaders who perform the core government function in the South East region of Nigeria of protecting the physical safety of innocent civilian Biafrans from predation or murder by Hausa-Fulani terrorists. He is subject de facto to Nigerian martial law.
He possesses lesser rights than a foreign diplomat in Nigeria. Mr Kanu is a de facto foreigner in Nigeria and a Head of State in a de facto foreign territory in the South East within the meaning of the Convention.” “The United Nations Security Council, through a resolution or otherwise, should designate Mr Kanu as an internationally protected person.

His status falls within the jurisdiction of the Security Council under Chapter VII of the Charter because the Nigerian Government’s threatened force or violence against him threatens international peace and security in West Africa and elsewhere.”

“As an internationally protected person, Mr Kanu falls within the protections of the Convention. Under Article 4, all parties are required to undertake measures to deter the Government of Nigeria from criminal action against him by an embargo on arms sales, financial sanctions, or otherwise. The United States has specifically criminalized the assault, harm, murder or manslaughter of internationally protected persons in 18 U.S.C. ¶¶ 112 and 1116.” “In fact, IPOB is a peaceful political group led in part by Mr Kanu that seeks to restructure Nigeria in conformity with time-honoured principles of self-determination, he alleged. “The United States Government has denied that IPOB is a terrorist organization. It is not listed as such under United States law.

No nation seriously considers IPOB to be anything other than a peaceful political group representing the political interests of a substantial part of Nigeria’s fifty million Biafrans.” Fein is a scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, which is closely connected to AIPAC, the main lobby for Israeli interests. Fein’s business associations largely consist of foreign governments and large oil conglomerates, all of which seem to be strange bedfellows for a “constitutional lawyer” of the United States, Per Second News gathered.

Investigations show that Mr Fein is currently a lead lawyer at the Lichfield Group a law firm that holds many global partnerships in addition to its political and media consulting.

On its own website, it alludes to directing or managing global concerns, including assisting foreign governments to influence the United States Congress. In recent years, Fein has had his ethics called to question over a money laundering scandal involving the Turkish Coalition Of America (TCA) and Republican Representative Jean Schmidt from Ohio. This prompted a House Ethics Committee hearing in August of 2011. Although Fein was representing Schmidt, a U.S Congressman, he had been in collaboration with the TCA and the Turkish lobby for some time. It’s not hard to think there may have been a conflict of interest.

Sibel Edmonds, a well-known FBI whistleblower had this to say about Fein’s character: “With Bruce Fein, you have exactly the opposite stand. He has been a crusty foreign lobbyist making millions of dollars peddling his foreign bosses’ interests and influence in Congress and government agencies. For Fein, it has never mattered who the foreign client or what their agenda. He does not care whether his foreign clients are criminals or terrorists or dictators. As long as they pay him handsomely he’ll sell their agenda and interest no matter what they may be.”

Reports in the U.S alleged that it was Fein who authored the very first articles to impeach former U.S. President Barack Obama, later introduced by Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina.Former U.S Attorney General Tells UN: Designate Nnamdi Kanu as Internationally Protected Person Controversial former U.S attorney-general Bruce Fein has urged the United Nations Security Council, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter to designate Nnamdi Kanu as an “internationally protected person” as defined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, Including Diplomatic Agents. Article I of the Convention defines an “internationally protected person as “A Head of State, including any member of a collegial body performing the functions of a Head of State under the constitution of the State concerned, a Head of Government or a Minister of Foreign Affairs, whenever such person is in a foreign state ….”
“The acts and utterances of IPOB were acts and utterances of terrorists, said the federal government after the organization was proscribed, but Fein in a fresh appeal to the world body said that Nnamdi Kanu, qualifies as a ‘Head of State.’ “In sum, Nnamdi Kanu qualifies as a “Head of State” under the Convention. He is one of a group of IPOB leaders who perform the core government function in the South East region of Nigeria of protecting the physical safety of innocent civilian Biafrans from predation or murder by Hausa-Fulani terrorists. He is subject de facto to Nigerian martial law.

He possesses lesser rights than a foreign diplomat in Nigeria. Mr Kanu is a de facto foreigner in Nigeria and a Head of State in a de facto foreign territory in the South East within the meaning of the Convention.” “The United Nations Security Council, through a resolution or otherwise, should designate Mr Kanu as an internationally protected person. His status falls within the jurisdiction of the Security Council under Chapter VII of the Charter because the Nigerian Government’s threatened force or violence against him threatens international peace and security in West Africa and elsewhere.” “As an internationally protected person, Mr Kanu falls within the protections of the Convention.

Under Article 4, all parties are required to undertake measures to deter the Government of Nigeria from criminal action against him by an embargo on arms sales, financial sanctions, or otherwise. The United States has specifically criminalized the assault, harm, murder or manslaughter of internationally protected persons in 18 U.S.C. ¶¶ 112 and 1116.” “In fact, IPOB is a peaceful political group led in part by Mr Kanu that seeks to restructure Nigeria in conformity with time-honoured principles of self-determination, he alleged. “The United States Government has denied that IPOB is a terrorist organization. It is not listed as such under United States law.
No nation seriously considers IPOB to be anything other than a peaceful political group representing the political interests of a substantial part of Nigeria’s fifty million Biafrans.” Fein is a scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, which is closely connected to AIPAC, the main lobby for Israeli interests.

Fein’s business associations largely consist of foreign governments and large oil conglomerates, all of which seem to be strange bedfellows for a “constitutional lawyer” of the United States, Per Second News gathered. Investigations show that Mr Fein is currently a lead lawyer at the Lichfield Group a law firm that holds many global partnerships in addition to its political and media consulting. On its own website, it alludes to directing or managing global concerns, including assisting foreign governments to influence the United States Congress. In recent years, Fein has had his ethics called to question over a money laundering scandal involving the Turkish Coalition Of America (TCA) and Republican Representative Jean Schmidt from Ohio.

This prompted a House Ethics Committee hearing in August of 2011. Although Fein was representing Schmidt, a U.S Congressman, he had been in collaboration with the TCA and the Turkish lobby for some time. It’s not hard to think there may have been a conflict of interest. Sibel Edmonds, a well-known FBI whistleblower had this to say about Fein’s character: “With Bruce Fein, you have exactly the opposite stand.

He has been a crusty foreign lobbyist making millions of dollars peddling his foreign bosses’ interests and influence in Congress and government agencies. For Fein, it has never mattered who the foreign client or what their agenda is. He does not care whether his foreign clients are criminals or terrorists or dictators. As long as they pay him handsomely he’ll sell their agenda and interest no matter what they may be.
Reports in the U.S alleged that it was Fein who authored the very first articles to impeach former U.S. President Barack Obama, later introduced by Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina.

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Kanu Has No Clear Plan, IPOB Members Are Drug Addicts, Dealers, Petty Thieves – Ikoh

By Chinelo Obogo

Ndukwe Ikoh, a public affairs commentator, was a governorship and House of Representative aspirant in Abia State. He has weighed in on the agitation by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) for secession and the military invasion of Abia, saying that only restructuring and efficient governance could end the agitation. He also spoke on the 2019 election and what it portends for the country.

There have been arguments on whether the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu is constitutionally right to agitate for self-determination. Do you think that he got it wrong recently warranting the military invasion of Abia State?

The Biafra struggle that started since 1957 by Odimegwu Ojukwu has a very serious concept upon which it was built and this concept was and is still very vital to Nigerians, especially those from the Southern part of the country. It had to do with those who were marginalized and not allowed to develop their potentials, and then there was the serious issue of ethnic mistrust between the north and the south which led to the attempt to break away from the rest of the country.

Kanu’s cause is a little divergent from the original because Biafra was a cause that was built on the need for equity and justice. And it involves people from the South East and some part of the South/South that felt that they were unfairly treated, that was what gave rise to Biafra. Kanu has reduced the struggle to an Igbo struggle and painted the Igbo as if they were at war with the rest of the country, that is one of the areas he got it wrong.

If you will remember, Ojukwu was the ‘president’ of Biafra while Brigadier Effiong was his deputy. So you can see that Biafra was not entirely an Igbo cause. He has no clear plan to push the secession drive. There is no way the Igbo can secede from Nigeria without alliance and representation from the global bodies like UN and AU.

I don’t know the plan Kanu put in place to attract the sympathy of such bodies. Locally, he got it wrong because there was no way you can be enemies to the neighbours you want to join to become a republic. For instance, he called Ijaws all sorts of names and once referred to Niger Deltans as cowards. Even calling Nigeria a zoo was an error because if Biafra eventually secedes, Nigeria will still be their neighbour. He also failed to galvanise the Igbo leadership and make sure that they were on the same page with him. At a certain stage, IPOB members became miscreants. People who sell or consume hard drugs in the South East as well as some petty thieves became members of IPOB.

Is there a positive aspect in his audacity in calling for secession?

Through his agitation, we saw what we already know in the country, which is that things are not working well. His voice was heard over the deprival in the Nigerian system.  Nobody would have agitated like he did, because the elected representatives, the governors in their comfort zones could not have come out boldly to raise a voice for deprived Nigerians. But then, the fight like that of Kanu over deprival remains a continuous one. At every stage, there will always be somebody, who will come out to drive the message of maladministration in the country.  Those in the South East and other Nigerians are daily crying out over poor governance and it will continue as long as the country remains the way it is. Despite all the lapses, I think it was right he came. We should listen to the voices of those crying out against marginalization and poor administration in his overall message and do the right thing in the country. This is because there will still be more of such agitations if the country is not fully restructured.

What lessons should be learnt from everything that has happened in the South East, especially the agitation?

The most important lesson is that the country is divided. Politicians may come and tell you all sorts of things about one Nigeria but the truth remains that nation-building in the country has failed. Nigerians are not proud to say that they are Nigerians. If you are born in Lagos, you should be a Lagosian and should have all the rights reserved for Lagos State indigenes but tribal sentiments are still high in Nigeria because we do not like one another. If you have a potential, you should develop it to any level and that remains the essence of humanity, but if you are limited by man-made potentials, you feel very bad as a human being. Maybe that is why Kanu said Nigeria is a zoo.

Another important lesson is that if we fail to heed to the voice of reason and address the imbalance in the country, then Nigeria will continue to struggle and possibly disintegrate. The lesson to the Igbo is to make sure there is good governance in the South East because Ohaneze Ndigbo is a dead body that cannot rise to any occasion. The governors should make sure that South East becomes a very strong region. While the agitation is seen as an anomaly by some people, it is equally a product of a failed system in the country and the South East and the governors should galvanise efforts and address a lot of issues in the region.

In your view, do you think restructuring is the solution to these agitations?

Restructuring means reducing items on the Federal Government’s exclusive list and devolving such powers to the regions or states. Resource control means you develop what you have and maximize it for the use of the country. But in a situation where people are limited, they will not be able to develop fully. With Nigeria’s current structure, even if you bring Jesus Christ to Nigeria to rule, He will fail.

The strongest power at the centre remains finance and the military and realistically, these are the two strongest powers any national government can have and nobody will contest that with them at the centre. That is the way it is done in the United States and other western countries. Apart from those two, every other element of governance should be devolved.

So many Nigerians are already disillusioned by the present administration, what do you think the approaching election year holds for the country?

2019 looks bleak in the sense that we have a government we hoped will do well but not much has been achieved. The biggest tragedy of a nation is going back to its vomit. Just two years after ditching Jonathan and the PDP, people are clamouring for them to come back and all this is because of poor governance. It is not about Buhari but the poor foundation on which Nigeria was built. Nigeria was built on a very wrong foundation. That APC has not been able to do much in over two years is due to structural defects in the country where every contractor or industrialist want to identify with the government in power for their patronage. That is a structural defect. Now Buhari is sick, yet some people are asking him to contest a second term; seriously something is wrong with this country. If we don’t change the structure, 2019 holds little or no hope for the country.

What if Buhari decides to contest the 2019 election?

He has the right to contest, but there are lots of unresolved issues. The ethnic and religious as well as the money questions are very serious. Ethnicity plays an important role in elections in Nigeria and it is the biggest problem the country has now. It is also fuelling corruption because people say, I come from this place and that place, so let me use the opportunity I have in government to grab and help my people. So the chances of the president coming back to power in 2019 are high on the strength of where he comes from. Ethnicity and religion will help Buhari come back to power but in terms of performance and the aspiration of Nigerians that he has failed to meet, it will be a very big injustice to political development.  (The Sun)

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