Abia Police Command Arrest 51 Suspected IPOB Members

The police in Abia State yesterday arrested 51 persons suspected to be members of proscribed  Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), but operating as members of “Judaism’’, in Umuahia.

Spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the arrest in a phone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia.

Ogbonna, a Superintendent of Police, said  the suspects were arrested for allegedly being in possession of insignias of the outlawed IPOB.

He said the suspects comprised 41 men and 10 women, adding that they would be arraigned at the end of the investigation.

NAN reports that the suspects held a procession on major streets of Umuahia, carrying placards with inscriptions written in Jewish language.

They were intercepted by a team of anti-riot policemen, who shot teargas canisters in their attempt to disperse the procession.

The development caused stampede at Isigate market, as traders, shop owners, passers-by and motorists ran in different directions for safety.

The suspects, who were dressed in religious white attires with small caps, similar to those of the Jews, began the procession from Afaraukwu community, where the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, hails from, but were dispersed at Isigate.

One of the members, who identified himself as Israel el-Ibe, told reporters that the procession was organised to “publicly demonstrate our desire to be allowed to have a Jewish state of our own in Biafra land because we are Jews in Biafra land.”

Reacting to the development, the Chief Imam of Abia, Sheik Ali Ukaiwo, decried the procession, describing it as ill-timed and capable of threatening the existing peace in the state.

He said: “It is bad, ill-timed and uncalled for, especially at a time like this, when most communities hold traditional marriages and festivals.”

Ukaiwo warned residents to shun actions that could be perceived by security agencies as “constituting a breach of the public peace during this period’’.

NAN

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Group Seeks Presidential Pardon For Kanu, IPOB

The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide urged pardon for Kanu and the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Deputy President General of the group, Comrade Obinna Achionye, in a statement in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, asked the federal government to grant Kanu pardon to enable him return home.

The group said that if government could release and pardon some Boko Haram members, it should not find it difficult to extend a similar gesture to Kanu.

The group also urged IPOB followers to resist taking to the streets in jubilation to avoid causing tension.

Recall that Kanu, who was widely rumoured to have been killed during the September 2017 invasion of his Afaraukwu Umuahia residence by soldiers, was pictured praying at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel.

Photographs and video of the Jerusalem appearance of Kanu who professes to be Jew, were shared on the internet by his supporters.

Deputy leader of IPOB, Alphonsus Uche Okafor Mefor, said: “fellow Biafrans, friends of Biafra, men and women of goodwill and of good conscience, warm greetings to all.

“We wish to reliably inform you that the Supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, would within an hour be praying in Jerusalem live on Facebook. All are enjoined to hook on. Chukwu Okike is in charge.”

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Security Agencies Conduct Joint Show Of Force In Enugu

Security agencies in Enugu State, on Wednesday, commenced a joint training exercise to sustain the peace and order in the state.

The training exercise comes ahead of the September 14, sit-at-home order of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the alleged killing of its members during 2017 Army Operation ‘PYTHON DANCE II.

Addressing the joint security personnel at the parade ground of the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, the General Officer Commanding the division, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk, said the training became necessary for better understanding among themselves.

“It is better we train together so that we will understand ourselves. If we don’t train together we may not be able to handle some of the threats when they actually show up.

“It is important to tell Nigerians that government is not wasting resource on us,”  Kabuk said.

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Stay Away From Ebonyi Or Face Dire Consequences, Umahi Tells IPOB, MASSOB

Following the seat-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB), the Ebonyi State Government has warned the movements to stay away from the state or face the consequences.

IPOB and a faction of MASSOB had issued an order urging Igbos to seat-at-home on Wednesday, 30th of May, 2018, to commemorate the declaration of Independence of Biafra by late Biafra war lord, Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu.

During a press briefing on Monday, Senior Special Assistant to the governor David Umahi on Internal Security, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, said the state has adopted all necessary security measures and nothing of such would take place in the state.

“You recall that in 2017, there was this idea of sit-at-home by those who call themselves Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and that brought some chaos in some big cities like Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo, but in Ebonyi here we have always been lucky. God has always being with us and with the proactive measures we adopted, we were able to handle the situation.

“You could equally recall that the activities of IPOB have been proscribed by the southeast governor’s forum which our Governor, Engr. David Nweze UMAHI is the chairman.

“Now, we have started gathering security information and reports that people are going to sit-at-home on 30th of May. But the governor has directed us to inform the public that there is nothing like sit-at-home on 30th May. We don’t allow it in Ebonyi state. It can never be observed here. We don’t recognise it and it has nothing to do with Ebonyi stats.

“The activities of IPOB has been proscribed. As government, one of the responsibilities we owe the people is to ensure the protection of lives and property.

“So, everybody is expected to go about their lawful businesses. The security agencies are already on alert and proper security measures have been put in place to ensure that every law abiding citizen of the state go about their normal business without interruption,” he said.

Ugbala said Ebonyi state government would not tolerate any plot to sabotage its efforts in developing the state’s economy.

 

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IPOB Urges Yorubas To Join Sit-At-Home Declaration May 30

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has declared May 30 as sit-at-home day in honour of those killed by herdsmen across the country.

Recall that the group was proscribed by the federal government after engaging in violent activities in some parts of the country.

In a statement issued by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, he stated that the sit-at-home would be observed in about 20 states.

 

It said, “There will be no human, vehicular or animal movement across Biafraland on May 30, 2018.

“There will be total compliance in Biafraland. Middle Belt and Yorubaland brethren are advised to join this historic sit-at-home to honour the memory of all those who died unjustly in Nigeria.

“Churches, mosques, synagogues and temples are encouraged to open their places of worship at midnight on May 29 for special midnight prayers in remembrance of all those who died as a result of violence. The special vigil will be held at the homes of select Biafran heroes.

“We are calling on all the people of Southern Kaduna, Middle Belt, especially Benue, Adamawa, Kogi, those affected by herdsmen terrorism in Ondo and other states in Yorubaland to join the great family of IPOB in observing a day of solemn prayer and sit-at-home to remember those that lost their lives unlawfully at the hands of Fulani terrorist herdsmen and security agencies.

“We shall also remember all the victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks, Boko Haram violence and those that died at the hands of Nigerian security agencies over the years, who nobody remembers.”

Stating that the sit-at-home coincided with the

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You Are ‘Crying Over Spilt Milk, IPOB Tells Danjuma

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday said the call by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen.Theophilus Danjuma(retd.), that Nigerians should defend themselves against killers was belated.

In a statement made available to press men by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group described Danjuma’s statement as “crying over spilt milk.”

It said what Danjuma said was what IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had foreseen many years back.

The group said if people like Danjuma, who vilified Kanu then, had supported the IPOB leader’s view, Nigeria would not have degenerated into a state where life meant little or nothing.

In the press statement entitled, ‘Only if they had listened to him (Kanu) four years ago,’ IPOB said people like Danjuma rather called for the head of Kanu over his call for self defence by Nigerians who were massacred with impunity.

The statement read in part, “What is happening before our eyes today was foretold by our leader many years back and had those in power in Abuja listened to him rather than lock him up without trial, thousands of innocent lives could have been saved across Nigeria.

“We state without any equivocation that all those killed by marauding Fulani herdsmen and the Nigerian military that provides them covert support died in vain because people like Danjuma initially supported the oppressors and vilified Mazi Nnamdi Kanu instead of paying careful attention to what he was saying.

“The same way the likes of Danjuma from the Middle Belt have woken up to the reality of the failed state that Nigeria has become,  so will the South-East governors,  Ohaneze Ndigbo and PANDEF do in the coming months.”

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Buhari Will Not Go Back Alive If He Visits Ebonyi – IPOB

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has issues threat to the planned visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Ebonyi and Ananmbra States.

In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, the group vowed that Buhari will not go back alive if he decides to go ahead with his plans to visit the zone.

According to the group, President Buhari, who was referred to as Jibrin of Sudan, warned the President to stay away from the South-East Zone or else ‘blood will flow.’

Warning the President to stay away, the statement added, “It is with a heavy heart and grave sense of responsibility that we IPOB worldwide under the supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, announce to the world that those who are completely committed to provoking bloodshed in our land may have finally succeeded.

“The consequences of any fallout from the visit of the impostor Jubril to Ebonyi State will rest squarely on the head of Chief John Nnia Nwodo (President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo) governors Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and the rest of the South-East governors.

“Bringing this version of ‘Buhari’ to insult the memory of those killed at Enugu, Nkpor, Igweocha, Aba, Onitsha and lastly Umuahia will not be tolerated by IPOB and every right thinking Biafran.

“Tuesday, 14th November, 2017 will be recorded in history as a very bloody day should that Jubril masquerading as Buhari attempt to land on Biafran soil.

“We have remained passive and peaceful but it appears that the Hausa/Fulani slave politicians in Igboland are hell-bent on provoking us to become violent.

“Whoever advised Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo governors to embark on this suicide mission does not wish them well.”

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You Vote, You Die, IPOB Tells Anambra Residents

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has threatened voters in Anambra State, with death should they go out to vote at the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

The group, who also vowed to disrupt the election marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday, vowing a lockdown on the day of the election, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

“If you vote you will die. Don’t go out, stay in your house. If you vote on November 18, you will die. We are not running around for the zoo.

“There will be no election. We will not participate, we will not vote. Nothing concerns us with any election. We are formidable. “We are in Onitsha to tell the Federal Government to produce Kanu. They should release all the Biafrans in Nigerian prisons.”

IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, noted that the purpose of the demonstration in Onitsha was to show the world that “the threat of bullet” would not stop the group from realising its aim of having Biafra Republic.

He said Igbo people living outside the South-East should contact their families at home to boycott all future Nigerian elections, including the governorship election.

Powerful said, “Today in Onitsha, we broke the python Buratai, Ohanaeze, Obiano and Igbo governors brought to our land. Anybody doubting the resolve of IPOB under the supreme command of Nnamdi Kanu is mistaken

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Abaribe Replies FG, Says ‘I Don’t Know Where Nnamdi Kanu Is’

Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said he is not aware of the whereabouts of the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Recall that Senator Abaribe stood as a surety for Nnamdi Kanu but failed to produce him in court on October 17 for the continuation of his trial.

The government in its counter-affidavit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to oppose Abaribe’s request, told the senator that Kanu was in his custody and he had to produce him for the continuation of his trial.

But the senator in a text message said, “I don’t know where he is.”

“I don’t know where he is. But that is a question that will be resolved by the suit we have instituted,” he stated.

 

 

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Produce Nnamdi Kanu Now Or We Go Into Armed Conflict, IPOB Tells FG

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has on Sunday, insisted that the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari knew the whereabouts of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB accused Buhari and some leaders in the South-East geopolitical zone of conspiracy of silence on the issue.

It asked the government to produce Kanu without further delay in order not to provoke the group to go into armed conflict with the government.

The statement read, “We are asking Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South-East governors to produce Nnamdi Kanu because they or their representatives all participated in countless meetings in Abuja and Enugu where the modus operandi of the genocidal Operation Python Dance II was agreed and ratified.

“It was as a direct result of military invasion of the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and massacre of 28 innocent unarmed civilians with many missing that has led us to once again politely ask that our leader be presented to us dead or alive.

“It is becoming clear to everybody that Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South East governors are desperately trying to draw IPOB into armed confrontation and militancy to justify their genocidal clampdown on innocent people of the South-East and South-South.”

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IPOB Vows To Take Up Arms If FG Fails To Produce Nnamdi Kanu In Court

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said it would resort to into taking up arms if the Nigerian government failed to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court, to continue his trial which commences today.

The group in a press release signed by its publicity secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, stated that since the invasion on Kanu’s home on September 14 by the Nigerian Army, their leader has not been found.

The statement reads in part: “The bare faced lies of Ali  and that of the Muhammadu Buhari regime against our leader and organisation is beginning to unravel before the eyes of the world.

“By admitting publicly that soldiers were sent to Isiama Afaraukwu to look for our leader without any order or warrant from a court of law confirms the contempt in which Nigerian government holds the rule of law and their judicial process.

“It is therefore incumbent upon civilised nations of the world and organisations alike to ask the APC led Nigerian government why they decided to send armed soldiers to invade Kanu’s residence.”

The group spoke further: “It is therefore reasonably expected to conclude that the army is also lying about not having our leader, Kanu, in their custody.

“Is the world waiting for Biafrans to pick up arms to demand for the release of the body of their leader before they know IPOB is serious about ascertaining what the Nigerian government did with him?”

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Biafra Agitations Fueled By Inequalities And Unfair Treatments – Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the recent agitation for a Biafra republic by South Eastern youths was fueled by what he described as “inequalities and feelings of unfair treatments.”

Ikpeazu said this while speaking to reporters in Abuja at the weekend.

The governor, who traced the creation of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to bottled up discontents among a section of the youths in the Southeast expressed concerns that some sections in the country cannot trust the Igbo in the South East to occupy certain strategic positions in the country.

His words: “Fundamentally speaking, I think that if the questions we ask in this country today are whether there are inequalities, there are gaps, there are people who don’t feel that they have been fairly treated, either as an individual or as a family or as a geopolitical zone, the answer is yes.

“There is agitation in the North East, there is a agitation in the South West and of course there is agitation in the South South. But I dare say that there is no other ethnic group in this country that has as much faith in Nigeria as a country, one united country than the people of the South East.

“That is why they are in Sambisa. You can count how many big businesses belonging to the South Westerners that are in Aba. You can count how many big businesses belonging to the people from the North East, North West, North Central that you can find in Owerri. You cannot find a four storey building belonging to somebody from the North East anywhere in the South East.

“But if you go to Kano, you don’t count three hotels before you count that of somebody from the South East. What it means is that we are the people that have demonstrated faith in a united Nigeria”.

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