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Enugu IPOB Deaths: Killing Of 21 IPOB Members By Security Forces Callous, Undemocratic —Nnia Nwodo

Ohanaeze President General, Dr Nnia John Nwodo

*Acts of rebellion will not be tolerated—Police


* Explains what led to the bloody encounter

By Senator Iroegbu

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has condemned the reported killing of over 21 young Nigerians of Igbo extraction by Security Agents.

This is following the bloody encounter between the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Department of Security Service (DSS) on Sunday, August 23, at Emene, Enugu State, that left scores of people dead, many others injured while DSS confirmed that two of its operatives were killed as well.

But Nwodo reacting to the bloody confrontation in his tweet, deplored the security agents actions as insensitive and against the tenets of a democratic society.

He tweeted: “Information reaching us says about 21 peaceful IPOB members were killed by security operatives yesterday in Enugu.

“This is callous, anti-democratic and I condemn it strongly. Govt must do better in handling issues related to unarmed civilians. Killing for fun must end.”

However, the Police Public Relations Office, Enugu State Police Command in statement, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, titled: ‘Operatives Arrest Rampageous Proscribed IPOB Members and Rescue a Security Operative’,  gave their own side of the story

The statement read: “Following credible information received on 23/08/2020 at about 0830hrs that suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) numbering over five hundred (500) had gone on rampage, blocking and burning tyres on the road, after abducting Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman MCPSS, MCJ, MNIM immediately deployed Operatives of the Command, led by Enugu Metro Area commander, to rescue the adopted Operatives and restore normalcy.

“On getting to the scene, the Operatives, who were joined by those of DSS, Army and Air Force, came under serious gunfire attacks by the hoodlums. They responded and in the ensuing gun duel, two of the hoodlums were gunned down, while some of them escaped with bullets wounds.”

“The Operatives successfully restored normalcy and rescued one of the DSS Operatives, who were at the said school to disperse the hoodlums from their unlawful assembly, while two others were found lifeless in the scene and later confirmed dead.”

“Five  members of the group were arrested and they confessed to being members of the proscribed IPOB, and had gone to the school to hold a meeting and be trained in martial act and self-defense skills.

Machetes, cut-to-size woods with nails affixed, phones and other items were recovered at the scene.”

Meanwhile, Ndukwe said, before getting to the scene, the hoodlums had macheted and gruesomely killed a young man, set ablaze another, while also attacking Police personnel resident in the area.

To this end,  he said the Commissioner, while warning that acts of rebellion by persons and/or groups (including the proscribed IPOB) capable of truncating the peace and tranquility enjoyed in the State will not be tolerated, made it clear that perpetrators will be made to face the full weight of the law.

“He further warns hospitals and medical service providers against rejecting anyone seeking medical attention from bullet wounds. But they should treat and duly notify the Command of such persons by calling the following hotlines: 08032003702, 08086671202, 08075390883 or 08098880172.”

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Ohanaeze Blasts Buhari For Underrating The Igbo, Calls For Restructuring |The Republican News

By Asogwu Clinton

Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s President-General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, assaulted President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to enforce the community study established by the All Progressive Congress, APC, to restructure the nation.

The APC had set up a committee on restructuring headed by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai and they came up with the report that was accepted by the national leadership of the party.

Nwodo said the President has not been faithful to his manifesto, adding that he (Buhari) is looking for his own personal interest.

Nwodo, speaking on Arise TV, said the military carefully structured the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Ndigbo.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General noted that the constitution was based on extreme discrimination and jaundiced against the Igbo people.

“The military designed a constitution at the end of the war to contain the Igbo.

“We have the smallest number of local governments of all the six geopolitical zones; smallest number of representatives in the National Assembly; the smallest number of local government councils, two states in the North West of Nigeria have as much local governments as we have in the South East,” he said.

“The president was not loyal to his manifesto. His party set up a reorganization committee led by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, after winning the election, and they made this report as approved by his party’s domestic management,” he added.

“And when he faced interviewed by the press, he said that our problem was not structure but process.

“He swallowed his policy platform ; he swallowed his domestic executive committee’s choice, and he says we seek our private interest. Rather, it is the president who seeks his own private interest,” Nwodo said.

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