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Friday, 30 June 2017

We’ll reject restructuring done by Buhari govt – Ohanaeze youths

OHANAEZE Ndigbo, the apex-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, yesterday, took a swipe at the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for allegedly ordering that the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State should not be conducted.
This came as Stakeholders of Willie Obiano 2nd Tenure Organisation expressed worry over the threat, pleading with IPOB to rescind its decision.

This is even as Ohanaeze Youths Council, OYC, said it would reject any restructuring of Nigeria carried out by the  administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it would not reflect equity and fairness.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, who led other national leaders of the organisation to the Anambra State House of Assembly, warned leaders of groups championing self-rule for the Igbo nation not to arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igboland.

He said though it was obvious that Ndigbo were suffering marginalization in the affairs of the country, Igbo was still part and parcel of Nigeria, adding that in seeking mitigation of the injustice being meted to Ndigbo, civilized approach should be adopted.
He lashed out at the leader of IPOB for, according to him, making unguarded utterances that Anambra State governorship election slated for November would not hold, explaining that such utterance had already drawn the attention of the Inspector General of Police who, he stated, had deployed more police personnel to patrol Anambra State.
Kanu’s utterance, Nwodo stated, had breached the undertaking he took before him (Nwodo) when he was released from detention.

IPOB threat worries Obiano group
Earlier, Governor Willie Obiano, speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters, Chief Chiedozie Ezeugwa, said the state government was committed to the Igbo cause and would continue to do everything to support the Ohanaeze in protecting the interest  of the Igbo.

In their speeches, Speaker of Anambra Assembly, Mrs Rita Maduagwu and a former national chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, said the Igbo should avoid being divided in whatever cause they would pursue in the prevailing circumstance, adding that the time to listen to the Igbo had come.

Chief Enefe, of Stakeholders of Willie Obiano 2nd Tenure Organisation, who spoke at Akwu Ukwu town in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state during a town hall meeting of Obiano support group in the area, yesterday, said such directive by IPOB was not good for the development in Igbo land.
About 1,500 members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and people from other political parties had gathered to give their support for Governor Willie Obiano’s second term bid during the town hall meeting.

We’ll reject restructuring done by Buhari govt —Ohanaeze youths
Also, Ohanaeze youths said they would rather prefer a restructuring exercise to be overseen by an Igbo leader or a leader from the South but not from the North.
According to them, any restructuring conducted by the Buhari administration would definitely favour the North, thereby leading to continuation of the agitations.
Secretary General of the Council, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, who said this, explained that restructuring of Nigeria overseen by a leader from the South would definitely ensure equity and fairness to all parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the council has alleged plan by unnamed Igbo leaders to plan the arrest and detention of its leader, Maxi Okechukwu Isiguzoro over statements the group has been issuing in support of Biafra agitation.
Youth leaders to hold confab on Biafra, restructuring
In another development, plans have been concluded by youth leaders in the Niger Delta region to hold a conference on the current agitations for the realisation of Biafran state and calls for restructuring with a view to coming up with a position.

A statement by the chairman of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum and former governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Mr. Moses Siasia, said the gathering, which would hold in Port Harcourt, was informed by the current debate on restructuring.
The statement read: “60 carefully selected young leaders across the Niger Delta will be meeting in Port Harcourt next week over  calls for the immediate restructuring of the country by prominent Nigerians and geopolitical groups on the basis of a growing national consensus to redefine the connections that bind the country and the disturbing hate comments from many groups.”
“The roundtable meeting was born out the current national discourse on the need to restructure the country and redefine our existence as a people.

“The meeting will also address internal issues in the region, such as the need for political leaders who are occupying public trust to be more accountable to the people. It will fashion out economic solutions that will aid the much need growth and development in the Niger Delta so that those who are into productive ventures in the society would be encouraged with the aim of moving out of the old order, where miscreants are celebrated.”

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Trump launches personal attack on ‘crazy, low IQ’ female journalist

President Donald Trump on Thursday launched a brutal personal attack on MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski, after she sharply criticized his administration’s dysfunction in a segment on her show.

President Donald TRump and Mika Brzezinski
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump wrote, referring to a morning news show featuring Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough.

“Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” Trump tweeted.

The president, an avid cable news watcher, appears to have been responding to sharp comments by Brzezinski during Thursday “Morning Joe” program on the left-leaning MSNBC cable network.
“Everybody in Washington,” Brzezinski said, “in the administration, needs to look at this from… a point of view where they’re not lobotomized because you’re sitting in there and you’re so scared of him, and you think you need to suck up to the president.”

If a boss at NBC — MSNBC’s parent company — “started tweeting wildly about people’s appearances, bullying people, talking about people in the competition, lying every day, undermining his managers, throwing them under the (bus) — that person would be thrown out.

“It’s just not normal behavior,” she said. “In fact, there would be concerns that the person who runs the company is out of his mind.”
Brzezinski appeared to be uncowed by Trump’s Twitter attack. She responded to his tweet with a post of her own, a photo of a young child reaching for Cheerios cereal.

“Made for little hands,” the picture caption read — a schoolyard taunt that has been leveled against the image-conscious Trump since the days of his candidacy.
Scarborough re-tweeted a comment from CNN reporter Jake Tapper: “This reminds me: how is @FLOTUS’s campaign against cyber-bullying going?” it said, referring to First Lady Melania Trump.

Trump was often interviewed on “Morning Joe” during the 2016 presidential campaign, but as the White House relationship with much of the US media has soured he has recently favored interviews with friendly right-wing outlets.

Brzezinski, 50, is the daughter of the late Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was president Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor.
Scarborough, 54, is a Republican former congressman who represented a Florida district in the 1990s.
The two are engaged to marry.

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Politicians condemn Kanu’s call for boycott of Anambra governorship election

Some politicians have condemned the call by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, on the people of Anambra to boycott the Nov. 18 governorship election in the state.

The stakeholders in an interviews with newsmen described the call as an attempt by Kanu to derail democracy in the state and expose the people to anarchy.

Chief Sam Oraegbunam, Chairman of Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Anambra chapter, said although Kanu’s call for repositioning of Nigeria was popular, he must not use it to cause confusion in Anambra.

“There is also need for economic restructuring, we have to empower the states and the regions to develop resources they have and look beyond oil that is causing disaffection in the country.

“Kanu has done enough to draw the attention of Nigeria and the world to the type of injustice in this country and the plight of the Igbo man too.
“But in terms of boycott of elections and issuing deadline for referendum, I think it is an overreaction on his part.

Overall Leader of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
“If Anambra does not hold election in Nigeria in November, it means that there will be a vacuum and what happens to the state in terms of administration?

‘’Kanu is from a state and there is an elected governor there, so he should allow us have our election because we are still a component of Nigeria.
“My advice is that Kanu should consult, listen more and talk less, there are others who share his point of view, he should not derail democracy in Anambra,” he said.
Also, Chief Jude Emecheta, National Chairman of Willie Obiano Support Group (WOSG), described the call as reckless and uncalled for.

Emecheta said such call was why the South-East poorly participated in the 2006 population census and had not recovered from the disadvantage it got as a result.
The APGA chieftain said Kanu’s call on boycott of Anambra election was capable of plunging the state into political crisis.

“This call is not needed, it is undemocratic and it is a show of youthful exuberance. That is why sometime I get worried about this issue of empowering the youth.
“We have a supreme council of IPOB elders who should speak for the group, Kanu is the head of the publicity by virtue of being the head of Radio Biafra.

“We are just talking about restructuring, we have not articulated our demand in that restructuring, and there is need for the Igbo man to come back fully into the Nigerian project.

“The statement did not come from the hierarchy of the party; we know those we can take seriously on Anambra elections.
“We have not recovered from the disadvantage this type of call caused us in 2006 during the population census.

“And now they are talking of Anambra boycotting election; if we don’t hold election here government will just declare a state of emergency because there cannot be vacuum,” he said.

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Kidnap kingpin, Evans goes to court again, claims N300m

Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (a.k.a. Evans), has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over his alleged illegal detention.
Evans, notorious kidnapper
In the new suit filed on Thursday, Evans is claiming N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial.

Joined as respondents in his new originating motion are the Nigeria Police Force, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.
Evans had on June 28 filed an ex parte application with reference number FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, before the same court, seeking an order directing the respondents to charge him to court.
He had also in the alternative, sought an order directing the respondents to release him unconditionally where no charge is preferred against him.

In an affidavit deposed to by his father, Mr Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.
Onwuamadike further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing before a court of law.

Evans contended that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail , is an infringement on his fundamental rights.
In his new suit also marked FHC/L/CS/1012/ 2017 and with the same persons as respondents, the applicant is seeking a declaration that his continued detention since June 10 without arraignment, violates his fundamental rights as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution.

He is also seeking a declaration that his parade on June 11 before journalists in Lagos, at the Lagos Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, without any court order, is unconstitutional and illegal .
He is consequently, seeking an order, compelling the respondents to immediately arraign him before a law court, or release him from custody forthwith.
‘Evans’’ is also seeking an order, compelling the respondents to jointly and severally, pay him the sum of N300 million as exemplary damages for illegal detention and alleged harm caused by the alleged media trial.

The suspect is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further arresting, detaining, harassing, investigating or inviting him in relation to the facts of his case.
He is also seeking further orders as the court may deem fit, to make in the circumstances.
No date has been fixed for hearing in his latest suit. (NAN)

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I don’t believe in restructuring of Nigeria, says Nnamdi Kanu

SEVEN pro-Biafra groups, yesterday, agreed to work together under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, with the aim of achieving faster, their quest for referendum that will lead to the formation of the Republic of Biafra.
The groups said they decided to work together so that they would be speaking with one voice, seeking one objective of securing the Republic of Biafra.

This came as IPOB, yesterday, accused the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra State of jealousy over its comments that its leader, Kanu, should stop parading himself as an Igbo Emperor, adding that APGA will cease to exist as a political party after November 18 gubernatorial election in the state.
This is even as National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees BoT, Sen.Walid Jibrin, said the only answer to the agitation by the Igbo for Biafra independence is referendum and not quit notice.

Meeting with Kanu
Rising from a closed door meeting with Kanu, attended by over 5,000 people from various groups in Afaraukwu, Kanu’s native home, to witness his appointment as the overall leader of Biafra, Comrade Uchenna Madu, who addressed journalists , said the decision was to work together and speak with one voice under a central leader, saying, however, that all the groups still exist but would be speaking with one voice as the quest for referendum hots up.

“ Distinguished members and great people of Biafra and supporters of divine mission of emancipation of the land of Biafra from the oppressive Nigeria State, we salute you. Today, we stand in this holy land of Biafra in unique and brotherly gathering to honour our own brother, who distinguished himself in the self-determination struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration.
“Today in honour of our supreme leader, Chukwu Okike Abiama and in remembrance of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, we the people of Biafra under the representation of all the pro-Biafra groups, hereby, adopt and declare our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as the new leader of Biafra Nation, under whose leadership, through the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama, the people of Biafra shall  rest.

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s leadership shall bring unity, peace, progress and brotherly love among the esteemed people of Biafra through the instrumentality of mutual and intimate understanding among the pro-Biafra groups.”
The groups are Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB; Biafran Revolutionary Organisation, BRO; Eastern People Congress, EPC; Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra, JRCB; Biafra Liberation Crusaders, BLC; and Salvation People of Biafra, all of whom agreed to work indiscriminately with the Kanu-led IPOB to pursue the Republic of Biafra.

Kanu reacts
In his reaction, Nnamdi Kanu said he was humbled by the decision of the various groups and assured that he would not let them down.
He said: “I am humbled by this decision of the groups. We started together and we have all ended up together because we are sincere and purposeful. I am not in the habit of letting my friends down.
“Everybody will be carried along; if I am invited for any meeting, I will take some people along. Today is a great day for Biafrans all over the world. Today, we have shamed our enemies that think that we cannot come together, who think that if we get Biafra, we will kill ourselves, we have shamed them.”

Answering question, Kanu said he does not believe in the restructuring of Nigeria being called by eminent Nigerians, saying that Nigerian Government would not keep any agreement reached in the restructuring exercise.
According to him, it is referendum or nothing. He said Aburi agreement was reneged on by Nigerian Government and that the 2014 National Conference was dumped where it was coated by dust until the Biafra agitation became intense and it was remembered.
On whether the IPOB has formerly written to the United Nations demanding referendum, Kanu said the best letter was the continuous civil disobedience, which he said serves as “handwriting on the wall for the government. They wake up to see it everyday.”

UN observer
A United Nations observer, Prof. Nwaimo Emma, was around, yesterday, to see what was going on.
According to Nwaimo, who said he is a professor of religion, he was overwhelmed with the crowd he saw and said he would report back to the United Nations the true position of what he observed.
We’ve lost confidence in IGP
Meanwhile, the leader of Afenifere Youths, Eric Olawale, has said the Afenifere youths have totally lost confidence in the leadership of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over his failure to arrest the Arewa youths, who gave the Igbo quit notice from the North.
Olawale also said they have lost confidence in the Northern governors over the same issue, saying that with their action, they have failed to provide leadership.
Olawale who said he was in Umuahia in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra groups, said that they are also keenly interested in having Oduduwa Republic.

No more APGA after Anambra polls —IPOB
Responding to the alleged letter written by APGA in Anambra State threatening a showdown with IPOB for allegedly giving an order of no election in all South-East, starting from Anambra gubernatorial election come November 18 this year, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful said: “We are not deterred by the noise coming from APGA because after November 18, 2017 guber election in Anambra, APGA will cease to exist as a political force because they killed innocent Biafrans fighting for the liberation of all of us.
“We stand strongly to tell the whole world the position of IPOB under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that we will not be participating in any party politics or electioneering in Anambra State or elsewhere for that matter. All we are asking for is a date for referendum, not war, so the people of Biafra can decide their fate in this abominable entity called Nigeria.

“The political vampires who are APGA members and other politicians in Biafraland claiming to be lovers of Biafra and her freedom should know that if Nigerian government fails to give Biafrans a date for referendum to ascertain the will of the people in no distant time, there will be no more elections in Biafraland.
“We the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its leadership worldwide view the childish antics of APGA as a jealously laden, derisory attempt to divert attention away from the fact that APGA, as the governing party in Anambra State, has been responsible for the death of innocent Biafrans numbering over 2,000 since the formation.”

Ezu River dead bodies
IPOB also alleged that the infamous Ezu River bodies and the heinous massacres at Nkpor and Head Bridge Onitsha were perpetrated by APGA on different occasions.
It said: “The party employed wholesale slaughter of our people as a way of stopping the agitation for restoration of Biafra, not knowing that we are prepared to keep dying until Biafra is restored as we swore.”
Referendum, only way to Biafra agitation —Walid Jibrin
In his address to newsmen in his country home, Nasarawa, Jibrin said the solution to the current wrangling in the country is to conduct a referendum where all contentious issues will be addressed, noting that quit notice from any quarter will not help the Nigeria situation.

He said: “I will not support anything by any group to bring division in the country. Peace and unity are the necessary requirements for the development of any nation.
“If truly the Igbo want their country, Biafra independence, it is only referendum that will grant Igbo the independence. Everybody has his/her opinion to express as Nigerians. If public opinion through referendum wants  the Igbo to have their country or the North their own, so be it.”
We need national truth and reconciliation commission —Monarch

In a related development, Obong Etim Charles Daniel Abia, paramount ruler of Eket, Akwa Ibom State advocated a truth and reconciliation commission to address the various regional and ethnic differences in the country.
He attributed the agitation by the Igbo for independence state of Biafra to the refusal of the north to genuinely reconcile and reintegrate the Igbo into the national scheme of things years after the civil war.
Obong Abia, who spoke to Vanguard in his palace, yesterday, said the north was still angry with the lgbo and has continued to discriminate, victimize and deprive them of national recognition 50 years after the Nigerian/Biafra war.

Meantime, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, has weighed in on the recent quit notice, saying the Igbo in his state and “everybody is now an indigene of Kano.”
Ganduje said: “Nobody has quit Kano; they said they are not going anywhere and we too, we told them that they were not going anywhere. So, it is an issue that we in Kano want to be an example of national integration.

“Therefore, in Kano, we are dialoguing with the people and, in fact, we have even abolished the issue of indigene versus settlers. Everybody in Kano is an indigene of Kano but there are some indigenes of Kano with primordial claims elsewhere which is a fact.”

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Evans sues Police, says charge me or free me, dad files 27-point affidavit in support

Kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, has dragged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and three others before the Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged illegal detention.
Joined as respondents in the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State Police Command.
In the rights enforcement suit filed on his behalf by a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, Evans is praying for the order of court to direct the respondents to immediately charge him to court if there is any case against him in accordance with Sections 35 (1) (c) (3) (4) (5) (a) (b) and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In the alternative, he is praying the court to compel the respondents to immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence that will warrant his being charged to court.
Evans is further contending in the suit that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, 2017, without being charged to court or released on bail is an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
He argued that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.
It was further argued that the alleged offence committed by the applicant (Evans) are correspondingly intertwined with the constitutional safeguards as provided under Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

Evans’ dad deposes to affidavit in son’s support
To support Evans’ case, his father, Stephen Onwuamadike personally deposed to a 27-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit.
In his affidavit, Evans’ father averred that his son (applicant) has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.
He further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing and trial before a court of law.
He added that since his son’s arrest, all his family members have been denied access to him while media practitioners have been granted unfettered access to him.

The matter has not been assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing.
We have court order to hold him for 3 months — Police
Meanwhile, reacting to the suit, spokesman for the Police High Command, Jimoh Moshood said that the Police had obtained a court order from a Federal High Court, Abuja, to detain Evans for three months, in order to allow them carry out proper
investigation on the suspect.
The investigation, according to the police will take operatives to Ghana, South Africa and many parts of the country before he could be arraigned.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Administration, in the Lagos Command, Dasuki Galandanci had told journalists last Friday that the Police is in the midst of a thorough investigation on Evans.

He said: “Evans has been a kidnapper for a long time and has been on the wanted list of the Police in Anambra, Abuja, Enugu, Edo and Lagos States. He also has a criminal gang, some of whom have been arrested in Enugu and Lagos.
“But there are still more out there. Therefore, this needs a painstaking investigation. Besides, we need to understudy him as well as debrief him properly. By so doing, we intend to use his tactics to get others. He will eventually be charged to court after investigation is concluded.”
‘He is innocent before the law until proved guilty’
Also, reacting to Evans suit, a lawyer and Don, Gbenga Ojo, said, “It may surprise Nigerians that he had to approach the
court, however, in the eyes of the law, he is presumed innocent until pronounced guilty by a competent court. However, as it is, I don’t think any court will grant him bail considering the allegations levelled against him.
“It is the same law that gives him fundamental human rights to seek redress in court that provides that no one can kill other persons unlawfully or kidnap and subject victims to unbearable conditions. So, the court will look at all these before considering to do anything. In my opinion, no court will allow such application to fly.

“However, if the prosecution is not ready to arraign him now due to their investigation, they should take him to the magistrate court to get a remand order, pending the conclusion of their investigation.”

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Seeking self-determination not declaration of war – IPOB

THE Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said yesterday that the ongoing agitations in the country are as a result of the rot in the Nigerian state.
The Sultan stressed the need to dialogue with sections of the country to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.

He spoke when the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal, paid him Sallah homage in his palace.
This came on a day All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Awka, Anambra State, slammed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, leader, Nnamdi Kanu, over call on Anambra people to shun the forthcoming gubernatorial poll in the state.

This is even as the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, said yesterday that the group’s demand for self- determination or a referendum did not amount to declaration of war as some people erroneously insinuated, describing such posture as the figment of the imagination of some politicians in the North.

The Sultan said: “In the past, a lot of things were done by some people with impunity and nothing was done. That is why you find shortage of good governance now weighing us down in the country. ‘’However, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut and throw it away. We must stick together.’’
In his remarks, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wik,e said the people and government of Rivers State did not believe in the break-up of the country, adding that the people and government of the state believed in the unity of Nigeria.

“Rivers State and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand. We Sultan is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in Nigeria and beyond,” he said.

Answering questions from journalists at Government House, Wike observed that there were better ways to solve the agitation and problems of Nigeria, rather than seeking a break up of the country.
“My message to Nigerians is for us to call for the unity of Nigeria and continue to work for its unity. For all those who have one problem or another, there are many ways through which we can sit and resolve those problems and not to call for the break-up of Nigeria.

“The other time the Sultan of Sokoto was in Rivers and today I have come to pay homage to him and the governor. That shows you that we believe in the unity of this country.
‘’We don’t believe in the break-up of this country. We call on our people to pray for peace and unity of Nigeria and not to say something that will divide us,” Wike stressed.
Meanwhile, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has slammed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, leader, Nnamdi Kanu over call on Anambra people to shun forthcoming gubernatorial poll in the state.

APGA, in a letter to Mr. Kanu, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ifeatu Obiokoye, in Awka on Monday, said the call was irresponsible and devoid of intellectual focus.
The party also said that Kanu had no authority to speak for the Igbos of the South-East, although APGA acknowledged him as the leader of IPOB.

It explained that Biafra’s concept was a metaphor for the demand for equity and fair play in the Nigeria state and not a separatist movement.
According to the letter, “Nnamdi Kanu’s call for a boycott of elections in the South-East, beginning with the governorship polls scheduled for November 18, 2017 in Anambra is irresponsible, irredentist and totally devoid of any focus.

“You must appreciate that for different logical reasons and perception, the Biafra concept has attracted favourable comments among our people, ostensibly borne out of the marginalisation of Ndigbo in the Nigerian state.

“While youths of the East are agitating for Biafra, the Arewa youths are equally restive; the same goes for Níger Delta youths and youths from Oduduwa states.
“In this popular agitation for Biafra, Ndigbo have not instituted a separatist movement or a terrorist gang as it were. We are more concerned about the continued existence of Nigeria under the present structural arrangement,” it said.

APGA said that it stood for restructuring and implementation of the 2014 National Conference resolutions “as a certain way to peaceful co-existence among ethnic nationalities and for dousing tension.
It urged Mr. Kanu not to be carried away by the success of the May 30 sit-at-home call, which was attributable to many reasons, including fear.

It demanded a re-visit and implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference, which arguably addressed the parameters for the restructuring of the nation.
The party reminded Mr. Kanu that the right to vote and be voted for was a universally declared right under the United Nations Charter of People’s and Citizenship Right, and in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

It advised the IPOB leader to drop his “emperor” perception of himself “and humble yourself to the true leadership of Ndigbo for a proper and better articulation of the Biafra struggle”.
Meanwhile, as the ripples over the quit notice handed the Igbo in the north begin to simmer, Arewa youths yesterday berated Igbo leaders for not chastising Nnamdi Kanu for threatening to disrupt the 2019 general election and cause confusion in the country.

The northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum, (AYF), condemned in strong terms the refusal of Igbo leaders to denounce the self acclaimed IPOB leader for asking Igbo to boycott the next general election starting with the Anambra governorship poll later this year until a referendum on Biafra was determined.
In a statement signed by its President, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, and made available to Vanguard in Abuja, the youths also called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Kanu for threatening national peace and stability with careless statements.

The group said it was disturbed that Kanu made issued the election boycott threat not minding the tensed atmosphere in the land arising from the recent threat issued by Arewa youths to the Igbo to quit their land on or before October 1.
The youths justified the quit notice on the provocation caused them by Kanu’s persistent and unwarranted calls for Nigeria’s disintegration without any justification.

Seeking self-determination doesn’t amount to declaration of war –IPOB
A statement by the IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said such ignorance about what IPOB stood for was the reason Nigeria could not meet the basic needs of the people, including provision and distribution of electricity and creating job opportunities for the teeming unemployed, despite the abundance of coal, palm oil, gas and crude oil in the country.

The statement specifically faulted a statement credited to a foremost Northern politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai to the effect that IPOB’s demand could result to war, arguing that it was due to such a stance that the problem of Boko Haram had persisted in the country.
The statement said: “They always see civilized debate as a call to war. Such people and the values they represent can never be reconciled with the civilizing effects of genuine democracy that allows for freedom of expression.

“It is fair to assume, going by the utterances of certain corrupt segments of the Nigerian society, that most of what
IPOB is saying and stands for is lost in translation because anybody with basic understanding of rudimentary English and constitutional law will know that self determination does not mean war and that referendum is not hate speech.
“We would like to use this opportunity to clarify once again that IPOB is asking for self determination as recognized in both the United Nations charter on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the African charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

“Before these Northerners threaten us with war that IPOB hasn’t called for, let them spend a bit of their valuable time acquainting themselves with these charters and declarations. The only instrument IPOB has at its disposal is civil disobedience, which is entirely legal. Civil disobedience, it must be understood, has nothing to do with armed conflict.
“Furthermore, people should better be advised to study and assimilate the subtleties and nuances of English language before engaging in any public discussion regarding Biafra independence.

“Our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is a peaceful man that constituted IPOB with peaceful foundation and the sole aim is to liberate his people from humiliation and bondage. If some oil revenue dependent Northerners wish to misunderstand him and IPOB aims and objectives, that should be their business.

“We also understand that some people console themselves with the constant reference to a war fought over 50 years ago by saying that those asking for Biafra did not see war. Ignorantly, they forget that the generation fighting today to defend Israel was not born when Hitler’s Nazi regime murdered six million Jews during the Second World War.
“The fact that our fathers were defeated in a war which Britain, defunct USSR, Egypt and other Arab world fought against our people during that war of genocide between 1967 and 1970 does not mean we cannot ask for our freedom in this 2017.

“More so, we would like to remind the likes of Tanko Yakassai and co to know that if not for the support of Britain and its allied forces, there was no way Nigeria would have defeated Biafra in a battle field.
“In fact, gloating over the outcome of the Nigeria/Biafra war is a source of motivation for us, contrary to what people might be thinking. We are not asking for war; rather what we are requesting for is referendum or plebiscite for Biafrans to decide if they want to remain in Nigeria or not.”

IPOB also said no politician or elite had ever contributed any money to it and would never, adding that most of IPOB finances came from monthly and voluntary contributions from members worldwide.
It also described as laughable the alleged notion by the embattled chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu that IPOB was being sponsored by corrupt politicians and looters in Nigeria, describing it as the latest joke designed to keep the chattering classes happy.

Praying for Nigeria means continuous killings, oppression of Igbo – MASSOB
In a statement issued in Abakaliki, the Leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu insisted that the prayers must stop now “because the God of Bible can never answer prayers that oppose his divine will.” adding that such prayers would also amount to continuous islamisation agenda of the Hausa Fulani who want to be enthroned and impose Islamic religion that openly declared hatred on the followers of Jesus Christ.

The statement read: We demand that the weekly prayers offered on the alters of Christian churches every Sundays for Nigeria should stop now; Praying for existence and continuation of Nigeria simply means praying for continuous killings, oppression, marginalization, subjection and unprovoked killings of Christians in Nigeria mostly the Igbo Biafrans. It also mean continuous islamisation agenda of the Hausa Fulani to enthroned and impose Islamic religion that openly declared hatred on the followers of Jesus Christ.

“The continuous prayers for Nigeria that literally hates Christians will spiritually energise the Islamic fundamentalists including the Fulani herdsmen to continue their religious killing of Christians in Nigeria. MASSOB draws the attention of Igbo Christian church leaders to Hosea 4:6-7 where the God of the Christians lamented that “My people (Christians) are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

“As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame (Destruction by Islamic fundamentalists). MASSOB want the Igbo Christian leaders in Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian churches and all Pentecostal churches in Biafra land to see the impending doom and spiritual dangers of continuous prayers for Nigeria.

Aso Rock, the seat of power that controls the physical affairs of Nigeria is dedicated to a demon that resides in Zuma Rock, this spiritual being controls the spiritual affairs of Nigeria in the spiritual realm. This spiritual being has a relationship with the Islamic religion.

“MASSOB also advice the Biafra Christian leaders to heed to the clarion call of God Almighty on Revelation 18:4 that commanded thus; “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her (Nigeria), my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. We advised Biafra Christian leaders to stop romancing with the politicians now. MASSOB also warns on the proliferation of Yoruba churches in Biafra land, MASSOB is not happy that Yoruba church leaders are using Igbo land as a fertile land for economical adventures through plantation of churches owned by them in Biafra land.

“To our amazement, these churches which include Mountain of Fire, Redeemed Christian church of God, Christ Embassy, Winners Chapel do not appoint Igbo man as a pastor in charge even in Igbo land. The leadership of these churches in Igbo remote villages also appoints their Yoruba kinsmen as local presiding pastors. All their States, zonal, regional and provincial pastors and superintendents are Yorubas posted to Biafra land to represent the monetary interest of their General Overseers.

“MASSOB warned these Yoruba church leaders to stop these religious colonialism against the people of Biafra now or ….”
CAN, youth group caution against doom
Also yesterday, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Bomadi, Delta State warned against doom of the country if the Arewa Youths did not back out of their stance against the Igbos living in northern Nigeria, just as a Niger Delta youth group, Izon Movement for Positive Change and Youth Development, IMPCYD, discribed Arewa Youth’s position as babaric and an abuse of human rights.
Chairman of CAN, Bomadi local government chapter, Snr Apostle Sunday J. Ekeremor, and the president of IMPCYD, comrade Ebiotu S. S. Ebareotu, stated this weekend in separate interviews at Bomadi, headquarters of Bomadi council area of Delta State.

Snr Apostle Ekeremor said that Nigeria was governed by laws and that the constitution protected every citizen’s right to live in any part of the country without being molested and at such, urged the Arewa Youths to make public withdrawal of their threat without any further delay.
He said the action was a violation of the constitution of the federation and also called on federal government to act accordingly to avoid doom of the country, stressing the Christian body condemned the threat in its entirety.

He cautioned that failure on the part of the authorities concerned would spell unimaginable doom for all with the unfortunate support for the youths by some leaders from the north, noting that anybody reasonably serving God would not plan such attack.
Comrade Ebareotu, on his part, noted that the statement had already heated up the polity and advised government to act fast before it was too late.

He warned that if the ultimatum was not openly retracted, it would not augur well for the nation, stressing IMPCYD was of the view that it was premeditated which portended bad omen for the well-being of the nation.

He said, “it is an abuse of human rights, it is heartless for them to have given the quit notice. Since the northern governors are not in support, they should take serious action to call them to order. Federal government should take a more drastic action to arrest the situation to avert doom”.

Biafra National Guard, carpet Obasanjo over comments on civil war
Meantime, the Biafra National Guard, BNG, yesterday described as afterthought and a face saving statement, coming after a long wait for Biafra extinction which refused to happen, the alleged statement credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo that then Nigerian Military government did not plan to wipe out the entire Biafrans in the 1967 to 1970 Nigeria Biafra Civil war, but rather, it was a brotherly war to retain the Biafrans in Nigeria.

BGN also dismissed as “belated and too late for us to listen to” the alleged call by Acting President Yemi Oninbajo, for the Biafra agitators particularly, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnandi Kanu to drop Biafra agitation and join hand with the present administration in the country in rebuilding Nigeria.

BGN in a statement by its leader Mr. Innocent Orji, made available to Vanguard through its Public Relations Officer, Mazi Okoro Ruben, said “we will accept Obasanjo’s apology and Osinbajo’s appeal on condition that they resurrect all Biafran children starved to death, and all our parents, our over six million Biafran civilians, soldiers and heroes, killed during the Nigerian Biafra war and those killed in recent agitations and still being kill up to date.

“We totally and vehemently reject all apologies and calls for us to drop Biafra agitation, it is too late for us to listen to you all making the calls, unless you will miraculously resurrect all our 6 million Biafran civilians, especially our children whom you starved to death and all our parents, including gallant Biafran soldiers and heroes killed and still being killed till date by Nigerian government.”

“We wonder how the Federal Government of Nigeria will convince us that they are sincerely regretting the civil war, need Igbo in Nigeria after the genocidal war against Biafrans from 1967 to 1970, while they are still incarcerating our 22 Biafra freedom agitators at Onitsha, and Awka prisons since over ten years now and are still waging court war against IPOB leader Mazi Kanu and other IPOB members held at Kuje prisons Abuja.

“You better allow us to separate and go our ways peacefully; through conducting referendum to be supervised by the United Nations, so that Nigeria will have peace, that is the only panacea to all these self determination agitation going on now in Nigeria.”

BGN and however thanked all citizens and the Indigenes People of Biafra, all tribes of Ijaw, Itshekiris, Isokos, Efiks Ibibos, Urhobos, Ogonis, Ogojas, Calabaris, Izons, Igedes, Igalas, Kiamas and Igbos, in the former Eastern Nigeria, for observing the Sit-at-home order by the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“You all made us the Biafra agitators proud by your total compliance worldwide on May 30th2017 Sit-at-home call by the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and if truth is to be told, the Sit-at-home is sufficient to us as our own last Biafra referendum result, what we need is sovereign state of Biafra.”

He lashed out on those who are calling for the re-arrest of Mr. Kanu describing them as “mischievous funny and jokers of the years” warning that any more action against Kanu and other Biafra agitators will lead to pathetic and regrettable situations for Nigeria and its leaders.

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Biafra: You’re not Igbo Emperor, APGA warns Kanu, writes IPOB

The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA,  has slammed the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB , Nnamdi Kanu over his call on Anambra State people to shun the forthcoming governorship poll in the state.
This came as the Arewa youths yesterday berated Igbo leaders for not chastising Kanu for threatening to disrupt the 2019 general election and cause confusion in the country. The northern youths, under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum, (AYF), condemned in strong terms the refusal of Igbo leaders to denounce the self-acclaimed IPOB leader for asking Igbo to boycott the next general election, starting with the Anambra governorship poll later this year until a referendum on Biafra was determined.

This is even as IPOB, yesterday said that the group’s demand for self determination or a referendum did not amount to declaration of war as some people erroneously insinuate, describing such posture as the figment of the imagination of some politicians from the North.
APGA, in a letter to Kanu, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ifeatu Obiokoye, made available to the media in Awka on Monday, said the call was irresponsible and devoid of intellectual focus.
Nnamdi Kanu
The party also said Kanu has no authority to speak for the Igbo, although it acknowledged him as the leader of IPOB.
It explained that Biafra’s concept was a metaphor for the demand for equity and fair play in the Nigeria state and not a separatist movement.

According to the letter, “Nnamdi Kanu’s call for a boycott of elections in the South-East, beginning with the governorship polls scheduled for November 18, 2017 in Anambra is irresponsible, irredentist and totally devoid of any focus.
“You must appreciate that for different logical reasons and perception, the Biafra concept has attracted favourable comments among our people, ostensibly borne out of the marginalisation of Ndigbo in the Nigerian state.
“While youths of the East are agitating for Biafra, the Arewa youths are equally restive; the same goes for Níger Delta youths and youths from Oduduwa states.
“In this popular agitation for Biafra, Ndigbo have not instituted a separatist movement or a terrorist gang as it were. We are more concerned about the continued existence of Nigeria under the present structural arrangement,” the party said.

APGA said it stood for restructuring and implementation of the 2014 National Conference resolutions “as a certain way to peaceful co-existence among ethnic nationalities and for dousing tension.
It urged Kanu not to be carried away by the success of the May 30 sit-at-home call, which was attributable to many reasons, including fear.
It demanded a re-visit and implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference, which arguably addressed the parameters for the restructuring of the nation.
The party reminded Mr. Kanu that the right to vote and be voted for was a universally declared right under the United Nations Charter of People’s and Citizenship Right, and in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
It advised the IPOB leader to drop his “emperor” perception of himself “and humble yourself to the true leadership of Ndigbo for a proper and better articulation of the Biafra struggle.”

Arrest Nnamdi Kanu now,Arewa youths tell FG
In a statement signed by its President, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, and made available to Vanguard in Abuja, the youths also called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Kanu for threatening national peace and stability with careless statements.
The group said it was disturbed that Kanu issued the election boycott threat not minding the tensed atmosphere in the land arising from the recent threat issued by Arewa youths to the Igbo to quit their land on or before October 1.
The youths justified the quit notice on the provocation caused them by Kanu’s persistent and unwarranted calls for Nigeria’s disintegration without any justification.

They said they were taken aback by Kanu’s threat at a time the presidency led by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is meeting with stakeholders across the country to strengthen the bond of unity and cohesion.
Gujungu said: “But it is unfortunate that the Federal Government and even leaders of thought and politicians, especially those of Igbo extraction have not deemed it necessary to condemn Nnamdi Kanu or call him to order.

“We are also amused that while the call for the arrest of Northern youths is still on, nobody is saying anything about Kanu’s provocation of other Nigerians. To add salt to injury, this is someone who has severally and serially violated his bail conditions with reckless abandon and he is walking free.”
Seeking self determination not a declaration of war –IPOB
A statement by the IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said such ignorance about what IPOB stood for was the reason Nigeria could not meet the basic needs of the people, including provision and distribution of electricity and creating job opportunities for the teeming unemployed, despite the abundance of coal, palm oil, gas and crude oil in the country.
The statement specifically faulted a statement credited to a foremost Northern politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai to the effect that IPOB’s demand could result to war, arguing that it was due to such a stance that the problem of Boko Haram had persisted in the country.

The statement said: “They always see civilized debate as a call to war. Such people and the values they represent can never be reconciled with the civilizing effects of genuine democracy that allows for freedom of expression.
“It is fair to assume, going by the utterances of certain corrupt segments of the Nigerian society, that most of what IPOB is saying and stands for is lost in translation because anybody with basic understanding of rudimentary English and constitutional law will know that self determination does not mean war and that referendum is not hate speech.
“We would like to use this opportunity to clarify once again that IPOB is asking for self determination as recognized in both the United Nations charter on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the African charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
“Before these Northerners threaten us with war that IPOB hasn’t called for, let them spend a bit of their valuable time acquainting themselves with these charters and declarations. The only instrument IPOB has at its disposal is civil disobedience, which is entirely legal. Civil disobedience, it must be understood, has nothing to do with armed conflict.

“Our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is a peaceful man that constituted IPOB with peaceful foundation and the sole aim is to liberate his people from humiliation and bondage. If some oil revenue dependent Northerners wish to misunderstand him and IPOB aims and objectives, that should be their business.”
Praying for Nigeria means continuous killings, oppression of  Igbo – MASSOB
In a related development, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has urged against continued prayer for Nigeria in Churches. In a statement issued in Abakaliki, the Leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu insisted that the prayers for Nigeria must stop now “because the God of the Bible can never answer prayers that oppose his divine will.” adding that such prayers would also amount to continuous islamisation agenda by those who want to enthrone and impose Islamic religion and have openly declared hatred on the followers of Jesus Christ.
The statement read: “We demand that the weekly prayers offered on the altars of Christian churches every Sunday for Nigeria should stop now; praying for the existence and continuation of Nigeria simply means praying for continuous killings, oppression, marginalization, subjection and unprovoked killings of Christians in Nigeria mostly the Igbo. It also means continuous islamisation agenda by those who want to enthrone and impose Islamic religion and have openly declared hatred on the followers of Jesus Christ.
“The continuous prayers for those that literally hate Christians will spiritually energise the Islamic fundamentalists, including the herdsmen to continue their religious killing of Christians in Nigeria. MASSOB draws the attention of Igbo Christian church leaders to Hosea 4:6-7 where the God of the Christians lamented that “My people (Christians) are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

CAN, youth group caution against doom
Also yesterday, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Bomadi, Delta State warned against doom in the country if the Arewa youths did not back out of their stance against the Igbo living in northern Nigeria, just as a Niger Delta youth group, Izon Movement for Positive Change and Youth Development, IMPCYD, described Arewa youth’s position as babaric and an abuse of human rights.
Chairman of CAN, Bomadi local government chapter, Snr Apostle Sunday J. Ekeremor, and the president of IMPCYD, Comrade Ebiotu S. S. Ebareotu, stated this weekend in separate interviews at Bomadi, headquarters of Bomadi council area of Delta State.
Snr Apostle Ekeremor said that Nigeria was governed by laws and that the constitution protected every citizen’s right to live in any part of the country without being molested and at such, urged the Arewa youths to make public withdrawal of their threat without any further delay.
Group carpets Obasanjo over comments on civil war
Meantime, the Biafra National Guard, BNG, yesterday described as an afterthought and a face saving statement, the alleged statement credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the then Nigerian military government did not plan to wipe out the entire Biafrans in the 1967 to 1970 civil war, but rather, it was a brotherly war to retain the Biafrans in Nigeria.
BGN also dismissed as “belated and too late for us to listen to The alleged call by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, for the Biafra agitators particularly, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu to drop Biafra agitation and join hand with the present administration in rebuilding Nigeria.”

BGN in a statement by its leader Mr. Innocent Orji, made available to Vanguard through its Public Relations Officer, Mazi Okoro Ruben, said “we will accept Obasanjo’s apology and Osinbajo’s appeal on condition that they resurrect all Biafran children starved to death, and all our parents, our over six million Biafran civilians, soldiers and heroes, killed during the Nigerian Biafra war and those killed in recent agitations and still being kill up to date.”

“We totally and vehemently reject all apologies and calls for us to drop Biafra agitation, it is too late for us to listen to you all making the calls, unless you will miraculously resurrect all our 6 million Biafran civilians, especially our children whom you starved to death and all our parents, including gallant Biafran soldiers and heroes killed and still being killed till date by Nigerian government.He said the action was a violation of the constitution of the federation and also called on federal government to act accordingly to avoid doom of the country, stressing the Christian body condemned the threat in its entirety.
He cautioned that failure on the part of the authorities concerned would spell unimaginable doom for all with the unfortunate support for the youths by some leaders from the north, noting that anybody reasonably serving God would not plan such attack.
Comrade Ebareotu, on his part, noted that the statement had already heated up the polity and advised government to act fast before it was too late.
He warned that if the ultimatum was not openly retracted, it would not augur well for the nation, stressing IMPCYD was of the view that it was premeditated which portended bad omen for the well-being of the nation.

“We wonder how the Federal Government of Nigeria will convince us that they are sincerely regretting the civil war, need Igbo in Nigeria after the genocidal war against Biafrans from 1967 to 1970, while they are still incarcerating our 22 Biafra freedom agitators at Onitsha, and Awka prisons since over ten years now and are still waging court war against IPOB leader Mazi Kanu and other IPOB members held at Kuje prisons Abuja.
“You better allow us to separate and go our ways peacefully; through conducting referendum to be supervised by the United Nations, so that Nigeria

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Kanu’s call for boycott of election in Anambra is irresponsible, irredentist and totally devoid of focus – APGA

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has said that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s call for boycott of election in Anambra was irresponsible, irredentist and totally devoid of focus.
APGA made this known in a letter to Mr. Kanu, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ifeatu Obiokoye, and made available to the media in Awka on Monday,

The party said that he has no authority to speak for the Igbo of the south-east.
“His call for a boycott of elections in the south-east, beginning with the governorship polls scheduled for November 18, 2017, in Anambra is irresponsible, irredentist and totally devoid of any focus. APGA letter read.
Further the party said “You must appreciate that for different logical reasons and perception, the Biafra concept has attracted favourable comments among our people, ostensibly borne out of the marginalisation of Ndigbo in the Nigerian state.

“While youths of the east are agitating for Biafra, the Arewa youths are equally restive; the same goes for Niger Delta youths and youths from Oduduwa states.
“In this popular agitation for Biafra, Ndigbo have not instituted a separatist movement or a terrorist gang as it were. We are more concerned about the continued existence of Nigeria under the present structural arrangement.”
APGA also caution Nnamdi Kanu to drop his “emperor” perception of himself “and humble yourself to the true leadership of Ndigbo for a proper and better articulation of the Biafra struggle”.

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won’t allow Kanu, IPOB supporters create another problem for future Nigerian children – Adeyanju

Former Director of New Media of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Convener, Concerned Nigerians, Prince Deji Adeyanju has taken a swipe at the Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu saying he does not have an iota of respect for the IPOB leader and that he would not allow Mr. Kanu to create another problems for the future Nigerian children just like former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ex-Head of state, General Yakubu Gowon and the Ex-late Biafran leader, Gen. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu have done.
In a series of tweets, Mr. Adeyanju also said that he won’t continue to watch Kanu and his Biafran supporters insult other tribes and their religion but will speak up to condemn any such insult even those targeted at the Igbos.
Deji Adeyanju & Nnamdi Kanu
Prince Adeyanju said this while reacting to an alleged video showing the IPOB leader Mazi Kanu addressing a crowed of Biafrans in front of his father’s compound and saying, “Anyone against Biafra will not be alive.”
“We are starting with Anambra come November this year. There will be no governorship election in Anambra State. In 2019, the whole of Biafra land will not vote for any President. There will be no Senator, there will be no House of Reps, there will be no House of Assembly and there will be no councillorship elections in Biafra land if they (federal government) fail to call for a referendum,” Mazi Kanu was quoted saying.
But Mr. Adeyanju who took to the offensive at such comments also condemned the IPOB leader for asking Easterners to boycott the coming Governorship elections in Anambra state.
According to him, “Can you imagine this boy. Inasmuch as I am in support of self-actualization, I don’t have an iota respect for Nnamdi Kanu. The guy is just a whimp! I can’t continue to watch Kanu & his followers insult other people’s tribes & religion. If anyone insults the Igbos I will condemn him too.”
The generation of Obj, Gowon & Ojukwu created problems 4us. These are inherited problems. We won't watch Nnamdi Kanu do same to our children

“Those who divided Nigeria along ethnic lines in the past are wrong and they got us in this mess. Those who also do same today are wrong.”
However, the Ex-Director of new media for PDP said he supported the restructuring of Nigeria especially to give an Igbo man a chance to become president of Nigeria saying equity in Nigeria will only start when an Igbo man emerges president of the country.
“I have always supported Igbo Presidency & will always continue to. I can never understand a situation where the Igbo man can’t be president.
“Our generation must solve all the marginalization the Igbos have experienced in Nigeria after the Biafra war. I support Igbo Presidency”
“Equity starts from an Igbo man becoming president. Then the rest will follow. Then restructuring, etc.”
However, Mr. Adeyanju’s swipe at the IPOB leader drew some pro and con response from many Nigerians. While some supported his stand, others criticized him for attacking the freedom fighter.
A tweeter user, @busaur82 said, “Suddenly Adeyanju became #Biafra enemy..but he was #Biafrans luv when he spent time, money & energy to roll up the street of ABJ 4 kanu.”
Another, @Sir_CrossDeEmma , also asked, “Since when did kanu became your headache?”
But Adeyanju replied, “I have never supported #Biafra & will not support it. I only said it’s wrong 4 soldiers 2 kill those supporting it. I have being consistent in saying when citizens ask for referendum or self determination, nations don’t kill them. Nations engage them because it’s an intellectual debate. Also I opposed Secret Trial of Kanu bcos it’s injustice.”
Also, @nzenwobi said, “Buhari spoke to Nigerians after close to 50 days in Hausa language yet Nnamdi Kalu is your problem.”
@dr_ezeh equally said, “Pls try and respect the pains of a nation. When Abiola was denied his mandate Yorubas throu NADECO & radio KUDIRAT talked a lot of rubbish. And nobody castigated their actions even as Yorubas then demanded a separation from Nig.Pls respect the pains of Igbos in Nigerian state now.”
But again, Adeyanju replied, “Many of you who support all the lawless talks of Nnamdi Kanu will come tomorrow to say you want to be leaders in this country. We wait 4u.”
And to a tweeter user who is pro-IPOB, Adeyanju said, “We are all to blame for remaining silent while Kanu was brainwashing you but no more.”
Yet, to another user @BiafrXit , who said, “@realFFK Then allow my god to ask/demand BiafrExit which process has been declared lawful by the court. He’s is my god OK,” Adeyanju replied, “Your God can continue agitating his #Biafra but he must do it within the ambit of the law. Simple as ABC.”
And so the debate continued.
Recall that the Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, granted bail to Mazi Kanu on health grounds. Part of the bail conditions were that the IPOB leader would not grant press interviews and that he must avoid being seen in a crowd of more than 10 people. Kanu was thereafter freed after meeting the bail conditions given to him by Justice Binta Nyako.
Recall that Kanu had perfected the bail after the South East Senate caucus and former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu signed the bail bond.
Recall that Adeyanju was arrested by the Nigerian Police at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on April 21 over a planned peaceful protest against the secret trial of Nnamdi Kanu.
However, two months after the IPOB leader was freed, he has welcomed multitudes and granted press interviews, saying he is a prince in his community and being that his father is a king, it is a common occurrence that many people who are the king’s subjects would visit the home on different occasions.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ohanaeze accuses security agencies of working in tandem for second pogrom against Ndigbo

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed concern over the inability of the security agencies to arrest any of the northern youths who threatened Ndigbo living in the north with quit notice some weeks ago irrespective of the directive from both the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nsair El-Rufai
Nnia Nwodo
It said that the action of the security agencies which were firmly in the hands of northern officers amounted to double standards which could lead to the second pogrom against Igbo in the north.
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo made this known while inaugurating the Planning and Strategic Committee of the pan-Igbo group led by the former Governor of the Central Bank, CBN, Prof Chukwuma Soludo in Enugu Saturday day.
He said that the threat by the northern youths with obvious backing from some northern elders amounted to threats to declare war or mop up operation against Ndigbo.
Nwodo said, “What remains worrisome is the incapacity of the police to make needful arrests in this situation, pointing to double standards from our security forces.
“A desire and public proclamation for the state of Biafra cannot be too different from a quit notice which amounts to a declaration for a new state of Nigeria without the Igbo.
“In the latter case, an obvious violation of our constitution points to treason and a declaration to take inventory and acquire property not belonging to one amounts to conversion and declaration to commence mop up action if the quit notice is not complied with at a certain date is a declaration of war.
“We have as Ohanaeze maintained absolute restraint in our public utterances. The Acting President by his interactions with concerned groups shows he is prepared to engage everyone in order to ensure that justice is done.
“His proclamations that government will guarantee the security of life of all Nigerians and their properties wherever they live is reassuring.
“What worries us however, is whether the Arewa youths are acting out a plan that may spiral out of control. Why have disclosures that some soldiers are talking with politicians not led to any arrest?
“Why have none of the Arewa youths been arrested in spite of the orders of the Inspector General of Police and the Chief Security Officer of Kaduna State, Mallam El-Rufai?…
“If our security forces, formally in command and control by mainly officers of Northern Nigeria fail to carry out lawful and needful arrests of criminals among Arewa youths, or coup plotters in the army and their civilian collaborators, how can we expect them to heed to the orders of the Acting President to protect our people in the north?
“What should we advise our people in the North to do in the circumstance? Are the rhetoric’s of today not similar to the rhetoric between 1966 pogrom? If there should be a repeat performance, what explanation can we make to our people?
“Against this background, our young men and women are spiralling out of control. The jury is still out in Igbo land regarding the choice between self-determination and restructuring as a solution to our current impasse.
“Whereas a lot of the elderly, the business class and the professionals want to preserve our continued existence as one indivisible, united and restructured Nigeria, a number of the young ones are resolute about self-determination.
“How do we resolve this duplicity that gives the impression that we all are on one of the sides depending on who is making the assessment…?”
Nwodo, however, asked the committee which has 10 former governors as members to design an economic blue-print that would foresee the following, “An integrated railway network linking all the seven Ohanaeze States; annual growth of one million palm trees in each of the seven states within the next five years as well as a corresponding growth of attractive processing industries for palm produce but on high, medium and small scale levels.
He also, asked them to design a policy “for the maximisation of our coal resources for power generation, and another geological inventory of all our resources and carefully scripted plan for engaging the Federal Government in their exploration.”
Furthermore, Nwodo asked the committee to develop plan for a refinery for petroleum resources as well as plan for a paradigm shift to greenhouses methodology for vegetable production using the Netherlands experience as a typology.
“There must be a deliberate policy for development of ICT hubs in our states to encourage our human capital development;
“An educational curriculum geared to development of skills among our young men and women; recommendation of appropriate policies to our government to improve the educational standards in our schools at all levels and growth of reliable financial institutions for mortgage, small scale business financing and research,” among others, he added.
Prof Soludo who spoke later promised that the members would do their best to meet the expectations of Ndigbo, especially at this period of “our history.”

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Anambra 2017: I want to bring out the best in my people – Ezeemo, PPA aspirant

Ahead of the November 2017 Anambra State governorship election, many aspirants will be seeking the mandate to the coveted seat including known names in  politics. In this interview, one of the aspirants, Godwin Ezeemo, an industrialist, who is contesting for the second time on the platform of Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA), speaks on his vision for the state.
Why are you running for the governorship election?
I am in the race for the Anambra Government House to serve my people, to give them direction and build a solid political mind-set so that they can stand on their feet. I will bring out the best in my people, use the natural endowment the state possessed to reposition her in the world map and also mend the broken wall in Anambra. My people suffer because no one with true intention of changing their misfortune has been at the helm of affairs in the state. I want to lead my people to the path of progress, development and inculcated in them true zeal of patriotism. I will teach my people how to fish, make wine and merry in place of political rascality.
Are you confident that Ndi-Anambra will give you the mandate and do you think your party (PPA) stands the chance of taking over from the incumbent’s party, APGA?
I would say that I am confident because I work and plan my political activities with people. I believe in going to the grassroots and there was never a time that my people have not shown me love judging from my proven humanitarian attachment to them. I am certain that Ndi Anambra is begging for a sincere leader to pilot their affairs but my worry has been this politics of ‘bag of rice’ that some corrupt politicians use to manipulate the unsuspecting electorates in the state. Besides, I am a man of the people with heart for service. Anambra State will be positively transformed by me.
My party the Progressive People’s Alliance PPA has all the ingredients to win the election. PPA is the only political party in the country as of today that is stable, that has a guiding manifesto and their internal democracy is unbeatable. Political culture of our people remains worrisome and that is what PPA is preaching about, money politics and political inducement must be criminalised so that sanity would be recorded in our polity so it would afford room for technocrats to come out to give their services free for the common good of all.
What are those convincing manifestos that will attract Ndi-Anambra to your side?
I have demonstrated my sincere love to Ndi Anambra at a lager extent by my patriotic contributions towards the development of the state in areas like promotion of Igbo values and culture through supports given to ‘Otu Subakwa Igbo’, an Igbo language forum since year 2000, holding a 5-day workshop on the re-discovery of lost Igbo values. In supporting effective security in the state I have partnered with state police command, for traders comforts. I have also partnered with traders of Tools and Allied Market Onitsha. I have sponsored some politicians at governorship level, Senatorial and House of Representative candidates including Local Government Chairmen and Councillors. I have partnered with the media by providing a befitting complex block to discharge their duties.
My core manifestos fall under a 7 point agenda which I titled ‘ SHAPE ’, an acronym that depicts Security, Health, Agriculture, Power, Education, Empowerment and Environment.
With the prevalent security situation in the country today, my government will build on the existing security infrastructure with a view to achieving a much better and safer environment for our people and their businesses to thrive.The security infrastructure to be deployed will be built on the tripod of community policing, equipment provisioning to the Nigerian police force and Vigilantes, and prompt response to distress signals. Traditional rulers will be the chief security officers of their communities. But much more important is my belief that if the youths are engaged meaningfully in economically productive activity that the appetite for crime will be greatly reduced.
On health, a better Anambra State will be achieved by equipping the existing Tertiary, Secondary and Primary Health Care centers with state of the art equipment and well trained and responsive personnel. We will also build a first class world health center facility in Anambra to stem the tide of expensive medical trip abroad. Pregnant Women and Children will have immediate access to free and wholesome primary health care.
While in agriculture, with my experience as a farmer, we will build Anambra into a food sufficient state and make it a one stop shop for raw and processed food and Agro products in Nigeria and beyond. My government will build an Agricultural research center and provide farmers with the improved seedlings for planting and Agric extension officers will be trained, equipped and deployed to the rural areas. Access to micro credit for Agro related ventures with very low interest will be among the primary responsibilities of our government in ensuring growth and opportunities in the Agro Sector.
On power, we will put the enabling infrastructure in place to generate our electricity from the abundant gas and oil reserves in the state to drive industry and commerce. We will aggressively pursue greener rural electrification projects through the deployment of massive cocktail mix of solar, wind and biomass technology.
Education will definitely have a face-lift.  We will overhaul the educational facilities in the state and rebuild Anambra  State as world center for learning and technological breakthrough. We will model our educational facilities to look like the Israeli Educational System capable of meeting and surpassing the 21st century demands. Special Education Centers like skill acquisition centers, football academy, special science schools and ICT institutes will receive a very big attention. Youths and girl-child will be carried along in our economic rearmament through quality educational provisioning that is tailored to the needs of the learner.
Our empowerment strategy will cut across the entire demographic divide. Equal opportunities will be created for each strata of the demographic divide while more emphasis will be paid to the youth segment. Key enablers like access to cheap investment funds, ease of doing business, tax incentives, skill development through continuing education, and secured environment will be emplaced and activated for maximum success.
Our rural roads will be maintained by trained youths in the various communities making up our state, while broad band wireless internet access will be provided for our people in the rural communities to improve access to information and opportunities. We intend to leverage on all these in our journey in rediscovering old Igbo values of hard work, integrity and financial independence among our people.
On environment, a visit to the State capital Awka and other urban centers will immediately depict our State as a slump and unhealthy for human habitation. My government will re-open closed drains and build new ones. Proper sanitation will be ensured in adequate and efficient municipal solid waste management system to be deployed. Our roads will be fixed and erosion menace tackled with every resource my government can muster.
Therefore if our electorates are very sincere and honestly desire a true leader they should not look elsewhere no matter the distraction.
What is your popularity rating like in Anambra State?
I can say now that my second outing is far better than what happened in 2013, I just felt we are politically matured that people should assess  candidates based on pedigree. Now I know better, I have gone to the stakeholders, interacted with them, went to grassroots robbed mind with them shared their success and failures so I am well grounded and at home with Ndi Anambra. My nearness  to the people had given my more courage to go on even in the remotest parts of the state I can say I am on ground.
For some time now, South East has been crying of marginalisation from the ruling party. What is your take on that?
My take on the issue of alleged marginalisation either from the ruling party or those that had ruled is simple, first if I may ask, ‘Is South-East zone truly marginalised or are they living in denial? I would have chosen to wait for an answer but it is like an open ended issue. I can simply say that the South East, if ever considered marginalised, are the ones marginalising themselves.
A glaring point in hand is why Anambra Central Senatorial zone is not being represented in the upper chambers today. When it was said that the Senate President had been zoned to them, why did they lose it? Who worked against who? Was it the ruling party or past leaders? These are questions to answer before considering being marginalised. South East zone should learn to trust and believe in each other. The zone need to pull their capabilities together and whose ever that comes stronger should go while the runner up shows spirit of sportsmanship and wait for another round of quality proof.
How can you rate the current incumbent and APGA in Anambra State?
I have always believed that no administration is same with another because different people with different ideology must have worked for the administration. Government is a continuum. My methodology of governance is largely different from what is on ground today in Anambra, coming from my background as an industrialist, entrepreneur, farmer and a philanthropist I feel the pulse of the people. I cannot rate the current leadership because their background is totally out of my design. I do not believe in propaganda. My Think-home philosophy can vividly be seen when you visit Umuchu. Politics should not be seen as a means for making quick money rather it is a call for service, where people with exceptional endowment with the help of other experts in various field of life would come on board to offer quality service to the common man.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

How my girlfriend caused my downfall —EVANS

JUST like a thriller typically involving crime and mystery, the story of arrested Kidnap Kingpin, Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, aka, Evans has remained captivating. Like a Hollywood movie with an exciting plot and phenomenal characters, the issue begets interesting and surprising angles each day.
When you think Evans had narrated nearly all his escapades, more sensational and suspenseful narratives would emerge, producing new angles to the most intriguing criminal case in Nigeria’s recent history.
Frankly, only the Lawrence Anini case of the 1980s could rival the Evans episode given that like the former, the latter was also the king of the underworld. Interestingly, the same kind of tragic flaw ended their respective episodes given that women were key to their downfall. At an exclusive encounter with SaturdayVanguard, during the week, Evans pondered on the events leading to his arrest and concluded that visiting his girlfriend, Amaka was the weakness that led to his fall.
An unassuming Evans, whose expression was a mixture of sobriety and impenitence, summarized the pre-arrest events thus: “I f***ked up.”
At the latest meeting with Evans at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, where he is being detained, the Nnewi-born kidnap kingpin made fresh revelations amid regrets about not leaving the country with his family.
I failed to follow my instincts
He told Saturday Vanguard that he knew the Police had identified the area he was living, a discovery he made on May 23, 2017, when the officer-incharge-of the IRT, Abba Kyari, visited Magodo Estate and held a meeting with the Divisional Police Officer and some residents of Magodo Estate.
Evans revealed that one of the residents, who was part of that meeting alerted him to the Police presence in the area. The person, he said, informed him, who the Police were looking for and how they planned to carry out their operation.
Evans said he quickly moved his family out of Magodo and relocated to a hotel in Ikeja. He said his failure to follow his instincts and leave the country immediately, having known that his girlfriends, sister and gang members had been arrested, gave him out.
How my problems started
Narrating the new angles to his story, the Junior Secondary School dropout said: “My problem started on Friday, May 12, 2017, when one of my captives, Mr. Donatus Dunu, a Pharmacist, who I abducted at Ilupeju area of Lagos escaped.
I got a call from one of my boys looking after my victims at my den at 6: am that Mr. Dunu escaped from that den at 4:30 am. They looked for him without success.   At that time, I knew trouble had come. The next news I heard was that the Police had visited the place and my AK47 rifles, pistols and over 40 loaded magazines were recovered by the Police.
‘’ I was worried and I called my gang members wanting to know what actually transpired. They all blamed Uche, who was in charge of the den. I told them that I was going to deal with him. At that time, my mind started racing and I was trying to think of what to do because I knew that the Police would come after me with force.
I read a story in Vanguard
“ Five days later, I read a story in Vanguard Newspaper that the IGP had deployed, Abba Kyari and his men to Lagos State, to track my boys and 1 and they have also visited the den, where Mr. Dunu escaped from.   That was about the same time they placed a bounty of N30million for information that could lead to my arrest.
Some of my men, who got news started panicking, but I assured them that I was on top of the situation and that the police would not get me. My Second-in-Command, Felix called me and expressed fears, but I assured him that the Police can’t arrest me and I was also making preparations to kidnap one other person.
I then informed him that I would commit suicide rather than allow the Police to arrest me. When Suoyo, who lives in Beyelsa State, called me and expressed fears, I also assured him that nothing was going to happen. I told him I was making plans for another operation and needed him to go into the creeks and buy a new set of arms and ammunition for me.”
The shock of my life
“But in the afternoon of May 23, 2017, I got the shock of my life when a call from a man living in our estate informed me that Abba Kyari and his men, held a meeting with the estate security and the local police. He said they had information that the man kidnapping businessmen in Festac Town and Amuwo Odofin, receiving $1million as ransom from his victims was residing in Magodo Estate.
The man also informed me that the estate and the Police have agreed to shut one of the gates leading into the estate to enable them to track me down through the vehicle I was using.
He also told me that some of Abba Kyari’s men would disguise as LAWMA officials cleaning the streets and some of them would operate as PHCN staff to enable them to have access to people’s home within the state. The man, who gave me this information didn’t know that I was the one who the Police were looking for. I quickly moved my family out of the house and we relocated to a hotel in Agidingbi, Ikeja, where we started planning on how to relocate to Ghana.
I buy my cars from Beger Motors
“While at the hotel, my mind wasn’t at rest, I didn’t know where the Police would be launching attacks from. I was on hyper-alert and I started thinking of how to make sure the Police didn’t get me.
I quickly sold my Lexus SUVs because from the information I gathered from the man who called me, I learnt the Police were looking for a man, who drives a black and silver coloured Lexus SUVs. Then I got someone to move my mother out of Nnewi because I believed the Police may go after her and would want to use her to lure me.
While I was making these plans, news came in that my Second-in-Command, Felix had been arrested by the Police. Someone from Berger Motors on Oshodi Apapa Expressway where we normally buy our vehicles called and informed me that the Police operatives picked him up at their park.
I trusted Felix so much because he wouldn’t divulge any information about me to the Police. He had told me on countless occasions, that no matter the amount of torture he receives from the Police that he would not divulge any information about our activities.
My girlfriend, Ijeoma
‘’ While I was still contemplating on what to do next, I received another call from one of my girlfriends, Ijeoma, who I was so fond of. She said she wanted to see me. Immediately, I had this feeling that the Police had arrested her.
I told her that she could not see me because I knew she was with the Police, then I dropped the call. I was very worried and needed to hasten our journey out of Nigeria.   I planned to travel with my entire family to Canada but the Canadian Embassy refused to grant me a visa.
So we decided to move to Ghana where I have three houses so we could apply for Canadian visa from Ghana. Two days later, Ijeoma’s twin sister who lives in the east called and informed me that her sister called from the Police station that she was arrested because of me and the Police wanted her to bring the sum of N200,000 as a bribe for her bail. I told her the Police were only deceiving her because the matter at hand was beyond N200,000 bribe.
My instructionto my boys
‘’I asked her to look for a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who could stand for her. I also told her to look for someone who knows the Inspector General of Police, so they can take her case to him. I told her that with such pressure the Police will release her because she didn’t commit any offence that would warrant her arrest.
A few days after that, the Police swooped on my younger sister, Nzube and her husband and they took them to the Police station. I didn’t know how they did it, but I called their numbers for two days and they were switched off.
It was then that I suspected that they have been arrested. Immediately I called my mother in Bayelsa State and told her that the people chasing me had apprehended my sister and her husband. Luckily my sister has never been to my house in Magodo Estate, it would be difficult for her to lead the Police to my place. I became confused. I didn’t know what to do.
For me, I knew I was secured because I know how security agents track their targets but I was scared of my boys some of whom didn’t know how to secure themselves. I sent messages to some of my boys alerting them that security operatives were clamping down on us and they should all be careful. I asked them to stop sleeping in their houses and I also gave them tips on how to stay secured.
My girlfriend, Amaka
‘’One week before my arrest, one of my girlfriends, Amaka, who lives in Okota called me and demanded money. I asked her what she needed money for and she said there was no food in her house, adding that her children were hungry. I was surprised and suspected something must be wrong because I gave her N25, 000 for feeding two days before she made that call. I asked her about the money I gave her earlier, she said she had spent it. From that point, I suspected something was wrong.
Then I switched off the phone she was calling me with. I had one special phone. Whenever the phone is switched off I will receive messages from her asking why my phone was switched off and she would be begging me to come and see her. At one point I called her mother and told her that I was suspecting that something was wrong with Amaka.
I asked her to visit her house to confirm. Her mother sent someone there and after spending about two hours with her, I was informed that she was alright but she only needed money and they gave her N3000. That confirmed something was wrong. Amaka is the one that gives them money, not the other way round. They couldn’t be giving Amaka N3,000 because I know what I give to her.
I became very drunk
‘’That singular action confirmed my suspicions that policemen were with her. I called her and told her that I had a feeling that there were policemen with her and they were trying to use her to arrest me but she denied. I asked her to give the phone to her children one after the other and asked them if there was any stranger in their house.
They all said there was none. I wasn’t convinced because I knew how the Police do their job and how they think. I also knew that for a high-profile target like me, the Police will do everything possible to get at me. A few days later, my wife and children left for Ghana. Amaka was still calling and begging me to send money to her. The night before my arrest, I lodged in a hotel in Okota, close to her house and I could not sleep.
I was busy drinking all night and I became very drunk. At 4:am I summoned the courage to see her. Her house is close to the road. When I got close to her gate, I stopped on the road and called her, when she picked I asked her not to drop her phone. I said she should stay on the call and meet me outside. She came bare-footed and was still on the call.
I opened the door, she came in and I drove off with her. When we got far from the house, I took her phone and switched it off. I asked the identity of the people in her house but she said there was nobody in the house. I became angry, held her neck and I tried to kill her. She screamed and confessed that the policemen had been with her in the past one week and they were trying to use her to lure me. Instantly I pushed her out of my car and I zoomed off.
I was stupid
‘’While at Iyana-Ipaja, I saw some vehicles trailing me seriously and thought that they were policemen. At a point, I lost control of the vehicle and rammed it against a culvert on the expressway. I quickly abandoned the car and took a trycicle to where I could get a cab that could take me to my hotel. While in the hotel, I decided it was over and I needed to leave the country as soon as possible. At 7:am I checked out of the hotel and called someone to pick the car from where I left it. I took another taxi home.
While in the house, I called an Uber taxi driver to come and pick me from the house. The driver was to take me from my house to Seme Border, where I would connect to Ghana, but while in the house and I was packing my things into the Uber taxi, the police showed up at my place and arrested me. I regretted going to see Amaka .
I knew Amaka was used to hunt me down, but I was stupid, I f**ked up. Going to see Amaka was my biggest mistake. It made me fall. It brought my downfall. I ought to have been at the front of that vehicle that took my family to Ghana.”
How I beat security operatives
When SaturdayVanguard inquired from Evans on how he was able to evade arrest during his reign, he said he knew the dangers associated with kidnapping. Evans revealed that he maintained multiple identities, adding that he ensured there were no pictures of him in circulation.
He said: ‘’I beat security operatives over the years because my system is a sensor that detects problems. I don’t use charms of any kind but I developed the ability to detect danger since my early days as an armed robber. That was why I was able to know that the Police were close to me even when they haven’t informed me. I don’t snap pictures. In fact, I don’t have any picture.   Nobody on earth had my picture before now.   Even those who are very close to me don’t have my picture.
I don’t snap pictures
‘’My mother doesn’t have my pictures. My wife and siblings don’t have them as well. My pictures are not in my house and that made it difficult for security agents to apprehend me because they don’t know how I look like.   Another issue you may have to take into consideration is the fact that I have numerous names for different people. My wife knows me as Somtochukwu, while all my girlfriends knew me as Mike. My neighbors at Gowon Estate knew me as George.
‘’I was also known as Sunny in Benin while in Portharcourt, I was known as Richard. These are the reasons it was difficult for policemen to track and arrest me. No one has my pictures and the names I bear in Lagos weren’t the names I had in other states. Ifeanyi (calling our reporter’s name), I would have been worse than this if I had proper education. With education, I could have done worse things and be elusive. But thank God it’s over and I have been stopped.
I don’t collect ransom abroad
‘’ I don’t give bank account to my victims because it could be traced. Whoever made the allegations that he paid part of his ransom in South Africa isn’t sincere. I would have been arrested and they should bring the account number they paid the money into. The Interpol can trace the account and know the owner. I collect my ransom in Nigeria and after collecting it, I also do not travel abroad. I usually ask the people keeping my victims to tell them that I have traveled abroad. I usually call my victims’ relatives with my satellite phones and inform them that I was out of the country. This would make them relax a little and after some time, I will ask my boys to release the victims and drop them where they could locate their people.”
I was fair to my victims
Evans further disclosed that he treated his victims fairly, adding that the only wrong things he did were to chain, blindfold and detain his victim for months.  He said he was doing these because he wanted his victims to meet his demand.
He added that the only victim, who he treated wrongly was Mr. Cosmos Ojukwu, who he said he collected an extra sum of $200,000, from after receiving an initial payment of $1million.
Evans said he threatened Ojukwu into paying the additional ransom of $200,000 because members of his family paid the $1million he demanded swiftly without wasting time.
He said: “After he paid the $1million I demanded swiftly than I expected more. I informed him while he was being released that I would be collecting another ransom from him. I told him he would have to pay me an additional $200,000 because the $1 million he gave me earlier were in old currencies. I asked him to bring my balance.
He felt I was joking, then I informed him that I was not just going to kidnap him again, but would hunt his entire family. He panicked and called me that he had raised the money. I asked him to bring the money to Awka. When he got there I asked him to lodge in a hotel, he obeyed me. At night I asked to bring the money to where I was. He obeyed me and paid me the money. From that time I left him alone.’’

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