IPOB Brought Owerri To Standstill, Group Warns Kanu To Steer Clear Of Imo |RN


……Steer clear of Imo, group warns Kanu


Owerri, the Imo State capital, was virtually locked down, as the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters in the state.

This was even as youth groups and ex- militants in the state warned the IPOB leader to steer clear of the state.

While addressing pro – Biafra agitators at the Ware House junction, Kanu reiterated his resolve to die for the cause of Biafra.

 “I will die installing Biafra. It is Biafra or nothing. I am in Owerri to continue with the message of Biafra. Nobody can stop us. We don’t want to restructure; it is either Biafra or nothing. We have said no to those pretending to be representing us. There is no hope in Nigeria; there can never be justice in Nigeria. Biafra has finally come to stay. Don’t be deceived, I told Ohanaeze that restructuring will fail, has it not failed today,” he queried.

Kanu restated his earlier threat that elections would no longer hold in the Southeast,

“There will not be an election in Biafra land in 2019. We are starting with Anambra State. We don’t want elections anymore. It is a referendum or nothing”.

Meanwhile, there was a massive deployment of heavily armed policemen, who were stationed at strategic junctions ostensibly to forestall any clash between supporters of IPOB and coalition of youth organisations, who had earlier occupied the Heroes Square, the original venue for the IPOB rally.

Speaking to newsmen, the National Coordinator of the One Nigeria Group, Comrade Azunna Andrew, said that they believe in the sovereignty of Nigeria and would never support secession.

“We believe in the sovereignty of the Nigerian nation and will never be part of any secession plan. We are in support of one Nigeria even in the face of seeming injustice. Anybody agitating for Biafra or any other thing has the right to do so, but it must be outside Imo State. No Biafra rally will hold in Imo State”.

Similarly, Emeka Igwe, coordinator of the Nigeria Youth Unity Group, said that the youth in the state and members of the group are in support of one united Nigeria.

He stressed: “We have not forgotten what our people suffered during the civil war and we are not ready for a repeat of that. We believe in the restructuring of the country and not secession. We are here to say that Imo State stands for one Nigeria”.

Ohimili Arinze, who spoke on behalf of the former militants, said that they believe in the unity of the country and would continue to support the state governor in his pursuit of a united Nigeria, adding: “We don’t want to hear anything like Biafra in Imo State, we are fully in support of one Nigeria and we will not allow any self-serving group to come and disrupt the peace we are enjoying in Imo State”.

Similarly, the Chairman Board of Trustee (BoT), Imo State Council of Youths, Comrade Jeff Nwoha, stressed that what was most important to oil producing communities in the state, was resource control and not Biafra.

“Our state governor has continued to preach the unity of the country and we are here to support him. We don’t believe in the agitation for Biafra, all we want is resource control. But we must commend the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration because we have never had it this good before,” he said  (The Sun)

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Pandemonium As Police Shoots Air Force Officer In Owerri, Imo State


Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

Douglas Road, the commercial nerve centre of Owerri, the Imo State capital, was on Thursday thrown into confusion as policemen attached to a branch of First Bank clashed with an officer of the Nigerian Air Force, who was at the bank for a transaction.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent at the scene of the incident that the clash started when the air force officer, who was said to be hospitalised, wanted to make use of one of the Automated Teller Machines on the bank premises, but was prevented from doing so by one of the policemen guarding the bank.

It was gathered that the policeman told the air force officer that he was being denied access because he was bearing a firearm.

“The air force man, on hearing the reason he was prevented from using the ATM, got angry and resisted the policeman,” one of the eyewitnesses said.

An argument was said to have ensued, which degenerated into a fight.

It was learnt that the military officer was shot in the process.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the colleague of the injured officer, who later learnt about what befell one of them, mobilised and stormed the First Bank branch premises, shooting into the air. They later reportedly confronted some other policemen found in the area and engaged them in a free for all.

Our correspondent learnt that the development created panic in the area as other banks – Fidelity, Skye, Zenith and Diamond – on the street immediately shut down operations, while traders on the road closed shops.

It took the combined efforts of senior police officers and men of the Military Police officers to restore peace, as the injured air force officer was rushed to a hospital.

The First Bank branch, where the incident occurred, was forced to close for the day, as armed policemen cordoned off the facility and denied customers access to the premises.

The state Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said he had yet to be briefed about the incident.  (

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Be Patient With Buhari, He is Godsend, Says APC Chief |The Republican News

OUR REPORTER‘Be patient with Buhari, he’s Godsend’

Contrary to insinuations in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership style has been that of all motions and no actions, a respected member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, Nze Emmanuel Patrick Onukwugha Ejimonyeabala has said that the President’s style of administration, so far, has shown that there is hope for Nigeria and Nigerians.

Nze Ejimonyeabala stated this while addressing reporters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He said it is too early to evaluate or appraise the performance of President Buhari, saying Nigerians should be patient with him as he unfolds fully his policies and programmes.

Known in Imo political circle as a political strategist, Nze Ejimonyeabala, the Epum of Amaimo Ancient Kingdom, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State described President Buhari as a great, indomitable man with great charisma to lead the country out of her current economic recession, adding that he is Godsend.

“President Buhari is a sagacious leader with big heart. President Barrack Obama of the United State of America, David Cameron and Mrs. Theresa May all of the United Kingdom have very high regard for him. The German Chancellor and Italian Prime Minister both greatly admire his fight against corruption in Nigeria. I see in Buhari qualities of the late great French President Charles De Gaul,” he said.

On the current unfavourable economic situation the country is experiencing, Nze Ejimonyeabala revealed that God as an Omniscient knew that Nigeria will go through economic recession at this time; which was why He positioned a man who has strong will to tackle it with great wisdom and determination so that the country will witness greatness again. And that man is President Buhari.

He expressed his optimism that the economic downturn Nigeria is experiencing currently would be over as it is evident that President Buhari is fully out to address the issue in collaboration with experts in the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“First the anti-corruption crusade of President Buhari is part of the ways to rescue Nigeria from economic recession. The price of oil is looking upwards. Therefore, importation of the product should be curtailed.

On how to tackle the unpleasant economic situation in the country, Nze Ejimonyeabala said the recent economic recession could be addressed by resuscitating the power sector. This, he said, is necessary because without adequate electricity supply, there will be no meaningful industrial development.

He advised the Federal Government to revive the iron and steel industry at Ajaokuta as it is one of the critical sectors of the economy that will boost the country’s economic recovery.

He equally advised the Federal Government to encourage Nigerians to take to farming as profitable venture.

He recalled that “in the yesteryear when Nigeria was operating regional form of government, each of the regions had agricultural products that contributed immensely to its economic growth.

“For instance, the North was known for its groundnut pyramid, the West was known for its production of cocoa that was used to build the Cocoa House in Ibadan and the East was known for rubber and palm oil production.”

He gave kudos to the CBN for leveraging out soft loan to farmers and those small-scale businesses.

Nigeria will overcome her current economic distress very soon, he said. He also advised the Federal Government to rehabilitate roads and rail lines to boost commerce, trade and industry.

On recovery of looted funds, the London-trained economist said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should have special law court for quick dispensation of justice in the process of recovering looted funds.

On religion, Nze Ejimonyeabala noted that Nigeria is a circular state where freedom of worship   is allowed.  He cautioned government at all levels not to sponsor those going on pilgrimage, as such is a waste of resources. He asserted that Nigeria as a nation still exists because of prayers by Nigerians.

Nze Ejimonyeabala regretted that history is being distorted with regard to the first place where Nigeria struck oil. He said it was not true that oil was first found in Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa State. He said the Federal Government should make Ikeduru Local Government Area tourists’ zone because the first oil deposit was found in Iho Ikeduru in 1946 before the Shell BP left Iho for Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa State because large oil deposit was found there. (The Nation)

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