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Nnamdi Kanu Granted Bail With Strict Conditions And On Health Grounds.

The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has been granted bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail on health ground.
The IPOB leader is also expected to provide three sureties one of who must be a serving senator, a Jewish religious leader and highly respected person and must own a land in anywhere in Abuja
The bail bond is N100 million for each surety.
He was also ordered never to grant any press interview pending the outcome of his trial
He will not be in a gathering of more than 10 persons
The judge on the matter Justice Binta Nyako said Kanu’s bail will be revoked if any of the orders are flouted.
However, the other accused persons were denied bail.
According to the judge, treasonable felony – the charges against them is a serious offense against the state.
Also, the judge refused the application by Kanu to vary her previous order on protecting witnesses in the matter.
Nyako said the witnesses who have been identified as security operatives cannot be exposed in the course of the trial.
She further held that the witnesses will be identified with alphabets during the trial.
Meanwhile the  Federal High Court, Abuja, was  abuzz with the multitude of Biafrans from far and near, gathered to show solidarity with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The court premises was heavily barricaded by armed Nigerian security agencies comprising of the Army, DSS, Police, Civil Defence and others who have continued to deny Biafrans access to the court premises.
When The Republican News reporter arrived he was stopped and searched by the heavily armed security men before ordering him to follow another path leading to the court.
Nevertheless, the atmosphere changed when the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra stormed the court premises in grand style, alongside the other 3 accused, BenJamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi, and Chidiebere Onwudiwe.
Shortly after the arrival of the accused, there was a loud ovation as Gov. Fayose of Ekiti stormed the Abuja federal high court in support of Nnamdi Kanu. In a chat with Kanu, he applauded his great courage and urged him to be resolute. He also assured him of his unwavering support in his case against the Buhari-led government of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, on the hand, Biafrans including a catholic priest, children and traditional rulers of different ethnic groups are all gathered both inside and outside the court premises in solidarity with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before his trial started.
The appearance of the Ekiti State Governor in court today was a good omen, a proof that Nnamdi Kanu has endeared himself to many, including the Nigerian politicians.

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Igbo Groups Elect Nnamdi Kanu As New Leader |The Republican News

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IPOB leader and Radio Biafra director, Nnamdi Kanu

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

A coalition of pan-Igbo groups, the Eastern Consultative Assembly, on Tuesday, elected the detained Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu, as its new ‘leader’.

Kanu, who also heads a pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, is currently in detention at Kuje Prison, Abuja.

He is being prosecuted by the Federal Government over alleged offences that border on treasonable felony.

Kanu was elected leader of the ECA in absentia at a special session which held in Enugu.

Others elected at the event include Rev. Fr. John Odey, publicity secretary; Evang. Elliot Ugochukwu-Ukon, secretary; and Dede Uzor, assistant publicity secretary.

Foremost Igbo women leader, Mrs Maria Okwor, is the deputy leader of the group.

In a communique issued after the election, ECA insisted on the restructuring of the country.

ECA, in the communique signed by the deputy leader, Okwor, and the publicity Secretary, Odey, insinuated that the national census figures were rigged to give the impression that the northern part of the country had a larger population than the South.

The group noted that the South-East states were actually more populated than the northern states.

ECA said the census figure released by the National Population Commission was one of the reasons it was demanding the restructuring of the country.

 

It also noted that the Federal Government’s failure to restructure the country was one of the factors that revived the agitation for the actualisation of Biafra.

The communique read in part, “The fraudulent and oppressive census figures is one of the reasons the East can no longer accept Nigeria as presently structured.

“The deliberate asphyxiation of our people with a very wicked state and local government creation based on land mass is another reason.

“The refusal to peacefully restructure Nigeria is the reason the demand for secession is growing louder and louder.

“The demand will only grow louder until justice is done.”

The group equally condemned statements credited to elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, who reportedly expressed annoyance over the agitation for Biafra.  (Punchng.com)

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South-East Governors Have Shown Courage On Nnamdi Kanu, Says IPOB

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Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Monday, commended the South-East governors for calling for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The Federal Government is prosecuting Kanu, alongside some other Biafran activists, over alleged offences that border on treasonable felony.

The Biafran activists and other stakeholders in the South-East had accused the governors of the region of not showing concern about Kanu’s travails, saying that the governors did not show any interest in the renewed agitation for the Biafran cause.

They accused the governors of not being “committed to the interests of their people.”

However, the governors, at a meeting of the South-East Governors Forum, in Enugu on Sunday, resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to press for Kanu’s release.

The governors equally resolved to engage the Federal Government over the pro-Biafran agitation spearheaded by IPOB and the Movement for Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

Reacting to the development, IPOB said the South-East governors had ‘summoned courage at last’.

“The Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide commend the South-East Governors Forum for summoning the courage at last to call for the release of our leader from illegal detention in Abuja,” the group said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr. Emma Powerful.

IPOB said it was the first time the governors would align with the interests of the people they govern.

But the secessionists equally noted that things would have been better in the South-East if the governors had been speaking out for their people all along.

IPOB urged the governors to speak out against the violent activities of Fulani herdsmen in the region.

“This is the first time in recorded history that South-East governors have stood boldly to align themselves with the interest of the masses, which, in this case, is the call for Buhari to end the injustice against the people of Biafra by releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.

“If they had summoned the courage like Governor Fayose of Ekiti State, and former Anambra State governor, Dr. (Chukwuemeka) Ezeife, the South-East wouldn’t have been in such a moral mess it is today.

“We hope this new-found boldness will extend to them speaking up for the victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks in our rural communities,” IPOB said.    (Punchng.com)

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South East Governors To Meet FG Over Nnamdi Kanu, Projects, Other Issues

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Nnamdi Kanu and co-accused and their legal counsel

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

Governors of the South-East states, on Sunday evening, resolved to hold talks with the Federal Government on the continued detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and the ongoing pro-Biafran agitation in the zone.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the South-East Governors Forum in Enugu.

The meeting, which held at the Enugu State Government House, was attended by Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Willie Obiano of Anambra State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, was absent.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, Umahi, who spoke on behalf of the governors, said other issues the governors intended to discuss with the Federal Government included ecological problems, uncompleted projects as well as power and security challenges in the South-East.

Umahi stated, “On the issue of IPOB, MASSOB, Kanu’s detention, ecological problems of the South-East; various water dams that have been abandoned in the South-East; our challenges of power; our challenges of security; and several other concerns of our people; the South-East governors today agreed to meet with the various and appropriate authorities of the Federal Government to address these problems.

“We are very committed to these and actions have already started on these issues.”

Besides the planned parley with the Federal Government, the governors also announced plans to hold talks with various stakeholders in the zone.

The proposed talks will centre on issues that are of interest to the people of the South-East, according to Umahi.

The governor added, “South-East governors also agreed to meet with all stakeholders in the South-East to discuss and address all issues that are of interest to our people.”

The governors, at the meeting, also established an ‘economic committee’ that will develop a road map for the economic integration of the zone.

The committee, which is to commence work immediately, is made up of two members from each of the five states.

“We approved a total of two representatives each for our Economic Committee of South-East Governors and we have mandated the committee to immediately meet and fashion out a road map towards our economic integration and this we will do in coming weeks.

“They (committee members) will present a road map for our economic indices and development in our next meeting,” Umahi said.

Umahi added that the Forum had established a functional secretariat, domiciled in the Enugu State Government House.

“Let’s announce to you that our secretariat here in Enugu is now fully functional.

“If you have a need to contact the South-East Governors Forum, you do that through our secretariat. Fortunately it is also in the Government House, Enugu,” he said.

The governor dismissed reports that fire gutted parts of the Ebonyi State’s Government House in Abakiliki.

Umahi stated, “Let me digress a little to say that there was no fire incident at the Government House of Ebonyi State. That is not correct.

“What happened at the Office of the Chief of Staff was over usage of the air conditioner and it had a little problem.”  (Punchng.com)

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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.”

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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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