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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Is Nnamdi Kanu alive or dead ? UK asks Nigeria

The government of the United Kingdom has
asked the Federal Government of Nigeria to
state the whereabouts of British-Nigerian man
and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra,
Nnamdi Kanu, saying “We are seeking urgent
clarification from the Nigerian authorities about
the status and whereabouts of Mr. Kanu, a
British-Nigerian man, who has been reported
missing since September 14,” on Thursday.

This came as the Defence Headquarters, Friday,
declared that it does not know the whereabouts
of IPOB leaders Nnamdi Kanu and asked citizens
not to panic over hitherto October 1st deadline
given the Igbo by a group of Northern youths to
vacate the region, saying the threat was no
longer effective.

The DHQ which said contrary to some reports, it
did not raid the IPOB leader’s home, said it was
not the place of the military to declare Kanu
wanted.

The DHQ equally explained that it was
constrained to move a special military operations
against the dreaded herdsmen because they
were neither visible nor carry out their activities
under an open or known group.

Director of Defence Information, Major General
John Enenche, who addressed the media at the
Defence Headquarters, denied that Nnamdi Kanu
was in military custody.

The United Kingdom Press Officer, to the high
commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku, stated that
the inquiry followed reports that Kanu had been
missing since September 14, 2017 when armed
soldiers stormed his residence in Abia State.

Abuku said this in response to questions from
Saturday PUNCH seeking to know UK’s concern
on the missing IPOB leader.

“We are seeking urgent clarification from the
Nigerian authorities about the status and
whereabouts of Mr. Kanu, a British-Nigerian
man, who has been reported missing since
September 14,” Abuku stated in an email on
Thursday.

On stripping of Nnamdi Kanu’s citizenship Abuku
said: “One of the conditions that can make the
United Kingdom strip its citizen of nationality is
if the person engages in a terrorist activity at
home or abroad. And Kanu has dual citizenship
and therefore a citizen of Nigeria and the UK,”.

He also said: “The Indigenous People of Biafra is
not a proscribed organisation in the UK,” the
mission spokesperson stressed..

Abuku also said, “We do not routinely comment
on whether an organisation is or is not under
consideration for proscription. A decision to
proscribe an organisation must be based on a
belief that it is concerned in terrorism as
defined in the Terrorism Act 2000, and it must
be proportionate.”

But the Director of Defence Information, Major
General John Enenche, who addressed the media
at the Defence Headquarters,on Friday denied
that Nnamdi Kanu was in military custody. ”
Nnamdi Kanu is not in the custody of the
military,”he declared.
“The military did not proscribe IPOB. Due
process was followed to proscribe it.

The job of
the military was to diagnose security issues and
warned the public of consequences and that is
part of our media operations.

“We did our media operations very well,
otherwise that weekend would have been the
longest weekend in this country and we are also
very careful choosing our words and we know the
law very well, “he added.

He also denied that the military troops on
Operation Python Dance raided Kanu’s home.
Hear him:” Nobody raided Kanu’s home and I
stand to be justified, not from the information I
got.

‘I was watching it live, I was monitoring it live
and also speaking with them on the ground. “The
people that came out there that I saw were the
Biafra security service and Biafra National
Guard. ” I think I later confirmed that there
was nothing to actually justify them legally to
mount roadblocks. I saw the militancy, nobody
told me and I saw the action there. We are still
investigating.”

He spoke on the post military operations in the
South East thus:”For the past couple of days
since the operation started, the feedback I have
been getting from that place is that yes, they
are happy.

“Some of them were actually afraid even before
the operation started not from our troops but
from the people that we actually getting them
fighting, people that are actually intimidating
them. But now, they have a lot of relief. “We
have our sources of information as information
outfits of the armed forces.

We also get information from the general public
using our own sources as a form of checks and
balances.” Enenche said the country was not
militarized contrary to the position of some
people. “Other countries passed through this, if
you go into history, before getting to where
they are as developed countries today. “Like in
China, you see one policeman inside a car, you
hardly see a military man outside and it depends
on the developmental process and what you
passed through.

“That’s why in simple terms, I will tell you that
we are not alarmed at all. “For example, the last
terrorist attack in the UK, 24 hours after the
attack, the government asked the military to
take over the area. ” If the UK government can
tell the military to take over, to back up the
Police, I think we are just about 100 years old of
amalgamation and we about 57 years old, it’s not
out of place, “he stressed.

He expressed disappointment over the position of
some legal practitioners on military involvement
in the IPOD issue just as h said some of them
got it right in his assessment of various
contributions to the issue.

“Of course, there will be competing demands on
who is to do what by the military, the executive,
the legislature they are all arms of the
government and they all have responsibilities,”he
said. ”The statement that came through me is
not at par at all with what the Chief of Army
Staff came out to clarify.

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Guardiola reveals Spain ambition

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has
revealed he wants to coach Spain in the future.

Former Spain midfielder Guardiola is in his
second season with City after successful spells at
Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The 46-year-old failed to win a trophy in his
first year in England, but City have emerged as
early pace setters in the Premier League title
race this season.

While Guardiola has no plans to leave City any
time soon, he admitted he is keen to test his
skills at international level.

Asked whether he would like to take charge of a
national team, Guardiola told BBC’s Football
Focus: “Yes, Spain I think.

“I would like to be a manager in a World Cup,
and the European Cup (European Championships),
I would like to feel that.”

After a chastening first season at City,
Guardiola spent big on new signings before the
new campaign.

The early results are promising, but he knows he
must deliver silverware soon to keep City’s Abu
Dhabi-based owners happy.
“I am so happy to be here,” he added.

“It really
depends on the success we have.

“Big clubs like Manchester City, if you don’t win,
you don’t stay.”

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President Buhari congratulates Okorocha at 55

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo on his 55th
birthday, and also lauded his efforts in
promoting peaceful co-existence among various
ethnic and religious groups across the country.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media
and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari’s
congratulatory message was contained in a letter
he personally signed, earlier in the week.

Shehu stated that Buhari extolled the
celebrant’s sterling leadership qualities, selfless
philanthropy and commitment to the nation’s
unity.

The President wished him many more years of
service to his people and to the country.

‘‘On this special occasion, I wish to commend Gov.
Okorocha’s leadership and commitment to the
people of Imo State and the entire Nation.

‘‘His philanthropy has touched many lives in
states across the country, from the south to the
north.

‘‘I also wish to express my deep appreciation to
him for his support and commitment to the
success of this administration.

‘‘Owelle Rochas Okorocha had the vision to look
beyond ethnic bias and align his political interest
and that of his people with that of the ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC), even when many in
his region did not have such foresight.
‘‘Happy birthday, Owelle Rochas Okorocha!’’ the
letter read.

Okorocha, who was born on Sept. 22, 1962 in his
hometown, Ogboko, Ideato South Local
Government Area of Imo, had his earlier
education and business careers in Jos, Plateau.

He attended Juladaco High school, Jos (1976
-1981) before going to the University of Jos
(1990-1991) where he obtained a diploma in
Public Administration.

He also returned to the University (1993-1994)
to obtain an advanced diploma in Public
Administration (1993-1994).

Okorocha’s career positions before joining politics
in 1999 included; President, Nigeria Red Cross
Society, President/Founder, Rochas Foundation
Inc, President, Rochas Group of Companies
Limited, Pro Chancellor, African Business School.

He was also Chairman, Board of Nigerian
Airspace Management Agency.

Okorocha contested for the Imo governorship
position in 2011 under the platform of the All
Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and won the
election; he later defected to the All Progressive
Congress (APC).

Okorocha’s second tenure as governor would be
completed in May 29, 2019.

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US opens channels of communication with N.Korea

The United State has open channels of communication with North Korea and is investigating whether the regime is ready to enter talks on giving up its nuclear weapons programme, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday.

Tillerson’s disclosure follows an escalating war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un.

“We are probing, so stay tuned,” he told reporters after talks with Chinese officials in Beijing. “We ask. We have lines of communication with Pyongyang. We’re not in a dark situation, a blackout, we have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang.”

“We can talk to them, we do talk to them,” he said.

Asked whether China was acting as a go-between for the contacts, Tillerson said: “Our own channels.”

Tillerson spoke after an afternoon of talks with China’s top diplomats and President Xi Jinping centred on the nuclear crisis and preparations for Trump’s visit to Beijing in November.

Before Tillerson revealed the diplomatic opening, a North Korean state body that handles external propaganda lobbed a new insult at Trump, calling the US leader an “old psychopath” on “a suicidal act of inviting a nuclear disaster that will reduce America into a sea of flames”.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

I’m proud of Debbie Rise —Harrysong

ALTER Plate Music CEO and master of timeless music, Harrysong, has expressed optimism that former Big Brother Naija housemate and talented singer, Debbie Rise, would be the next big female singer to watch out for in Nigeria, judging from the audio and visuals to her new single “Here to Stay” which she recently released online. Debbie Rise’s new single is produced by Johnny Drille and directed by Paul Gambit.

Harrysong made this prediction on his IG page, when he wrote, ‘Proud of you girl @debie_rise.’ The prediction came shortly after ‘Beta Pikin’ crooner revealed that his forthcoming album, “King Maker” is 90 per cent ready to hit the airwaves. The title of the album was first confirmed by Harrysong’s manager, Desmond Ike, who also hinted that the album comprises a few or no collaborations with both local and international artistes.

He further revealed that Harrysong would be exploring series of sound, bringing to bear his versatility, creativity and deep knowledge of good music.

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Liverpool recruit Ox excited by Klopp link-up

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is itching to start work with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and could make his debut in Saturday’s Premier League headline clash with Manchester City.

The England midfielder, 24, rejected a new contract offer from Arsenal and an approach from champions Chelsea to join Liverpool in a £35 million ($45.8 million, 38.1 million euros) deal last week.

He said playing in Klopp’s swashbuckling team had been a key motivating factor and he could scarcely have asked for a more high-octane start than a showdown with Pep Guardiola’s big-spending City.

“Watching him, (you see) his passion and how much he cares about the game,” Oxlade-Chamberlain, nicknamed ‘The Ox’, told the Liverpool website.

“The thing that stood out for me was his relationship with the players, how close he seems to bond with the players on and off the field.

“That’s massive and it’s definitely a big plus when you’re looking to progress, having that relationship with the manager.

“And then obviously the way his teams play. That’s definitely inspirational for me and was one of the instrumental (reasons) — if not the main reason — that I felt this place was definitely the place for me.”

Sealing a move for Oxlade-Chamberlain was one of two key pieces of deadline-day business for Liverpool, the other of which was retaining the services of Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho submitted a transfer request on the eve of the season in the hope of joining Barcelona, but Liverpool rebuffed three big-money bids from the Catalan giants.

Having returned to action for Brazil during the international break following a spell on the sidelines with a back injury, Coutinho could make his return to action at the Etihad Stadium.

But while owners Fenway Sports Group were adamant that Coutinho would not be sold at any cost, Liverpool have not missed him in the season to date.

– Deadline-day disappointment –

A 4-0 thrashing of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arsenal on their last outing left them second in the table behind Manchester United and they beat Hoffenheim 6-3 over two legs to secure a Champions League group-phase berth.

City are level on points in fourth place, but they are yet to hit top gear.

They could only draw 1-1 with Everton in their first home game and needed a scruffy 97th-minute goal from Raheem Sterling to snatch a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.

Sterling’s subsequent dismissal, after he was shown a second yellow card for running into the crowd in celebration, means he will miss the reunion with his former club.

But right-back Kyle Walker returns after completing a one-match suspension for his red card on his home debut against Everton.

Despite spending £221 million on new players in the transfer window — more than any other club in Europe — City tasted disappointment on deadline day after missing out on a move for Alexis Sanchez.

City were reported to have agreed a fee of around £60 million with Arsenal for the Chile forward, only for Arsenal’s inability to land Monaco winger Thomas Lemar to scupper the deal.

One player who did make it from Monaco to City was Benjamin Mendy, who is in line to make his home debut against Liverpool, having previously graced the Etihad with Monaco last season.

“Liverpool at home, it’s a huge game,” said the France left-back, who made his debut in the win over Bournemouth after overcoming a muscle strain.

“I’m excited and really looking forward to play my first home match.

“I came to the Premier League to play in matches of this calibre. Above all at home, it will be great to play in front of our own fans.”

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Breaking: Niger Delta agitators withdraw quit notice to northerners, Yourubas

Niger Delta agitators on Thursday formally withdrew the quit notice recently handed down to northerners and Yourubas from the south west resident in the coastal region.

Rising from a meeting Wednesday night, the agitators also declared their support to the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) whose leadership they had earlier disowned to lead the region in the ongoing negotiations with the federal government.

The agitators also announced the suspension of the planned attacks on the oil installations in the region whiling putting aside their intention to declare the republic of Niger Delta on October 1.

According a statement raised at the end of the meeting, a coalition of the agitators led by General John Duku said that the withdrawal of the quit notice amongst other threats was sequel to the intervention of PANDEF and Nigeria Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum (NENYLF) led by its Acting National Chairman, Comrade Imoh Okoko.

The agitators in the statement made available to Vanguard however demanded the removal of the current Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru from office.

Those who signed the statement included General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs and Convener, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators); General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers); General Osarolor Nedam
(Niger Delta Warriors); Major-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw
(Bakassi Freedom Fighters) and Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice).

Others were Major-Gen. Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network); Major-Gen. Inibeghe Adams
(Niger Delta Freedom Mandate); Major-Gen. Abiye Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network); Major-Gen. Joshua Ebere (Renewed Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta); Major-Gen. Jeremiah Athony (Movement for Actualization of Niger Delta Republic); Major Francis Okoroafor (Niger Delta Freedom Redemption Army); Colonel Nelson Okochi Walter and many more Representatives of major groups across the Niger Delta region.

The statement read in full: “After series of meetings yesterday between the high command of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators led by General John Duku and the leadership of the Nigeria Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum (NENYLF) led by the Acting National Chairman, Comrade Imoh Okoko coupled with the intervention of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, which comprises of over 250 groups with their leaders and representatives present at yesterday’s meeting officially withdraw our quit notice issued to the Northerners and Yorubas living in Niger Delta region, call off planned resumption of attacks on Oil & Gas installations across the Niger Delta region and beyond from September 10, 2017; suspend October 1, 2017 declaration of the Niger Delta Republic, declare support to Pan Niger Delta Forum, demand restructuring and removal of Group Managing Director of NNPC.

“We have also resolved to work with PANDEF and give them our maximum support and we urge the federal government to continue dialogue and implement the 16-point demand presented by PANDEF on behalf of the Niger Delta region. This comes after an extensive consultation across the Niger Delta region, which we discover that it is only PANDEF has been working all round the clock to resolve the Niger Delta issues and have the people of proven integrity; it is a clear fact that working with any rival group such as Pan Niger Delta Congress (PNDC) is not for the interest of the Niger Delta.

“The meeting also resolved that the oil/gas companies should relocate their headquarters to Niger Delta region. We also resolved to put on hold the issue of the return of oil blocs own by Northerners and Yorubas to Niger Delta people and demand that the NNPC should revisit their recent appointments, urge the federal government to replace the GMD of NNPC with the indigene of Niger Delta for the interest of peace, equity, fairness and justice.

“We also thank the Nigeria Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum, Pan Niger Delta Forum for the major role they played through series of meetings which result to our withdrawal of the quit notice and we therefore agree that from now on the Nigeria Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum should be our Representatives, mediators and contact point.

“We mandate them to liaise with the Oil, Gas, Marine and Servicing companies operating in Niger Delta region, Government and Agencies, NNPC, NDDC, Amnesty Office to address the issues affecting members of the Coalition in particular and Niger Delta youths in general, most importantly Employment/Empowerment of the Niger Delta youths.

“We also use this medium to declare total support to the current board of Niger Delta Development Commission, as we warn all groups calling for the removal of the MD, His Excellency, Mr. Nsima Ekere to desist from it as such plan is evil and detrimental to the development of Niger Delta region; we therefore appeal to the Federal government to release funds owed NDDC for development, sustenance of peace in the Niger Delta region; NDDC has a major role to play in sustaining peace in the Niger Delta region.

“Finally, we call on all our partners, groups within and outside the Niger Delta region as well as all the agitating groups in the Niger Delta region to support PANDEF and give them all the needed support to enable them continue to dialogue with the federal government in order to move Niger Delta forward. Meanwhile, we wish to appeal to the Pan Niger Delta Congress to work with Pan Niger Delta Forum for the interest of the Niger Delta region; and we want to assure all the indigenes of Niger Delta and the general public that while we await the outcome of the dialogue between PANDEF and the Nigerian government, we shall not fail to respond to any issue that may threaten the collective well-being of the Niger Delta people.”

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

October 1: Stay where you are, CAN tells Nigerians

AS October first deadline given to southerners draws close, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Thursday, called on all Nigerians to stay where ever they reside without fear.
In spite of the withdrawer of the ultimatum given to southerners in the north by the Coalition of the Northern Groups, Vanguard can authoritatively report that there is still tension among the populace.

Consequently, the 19 Northern States and Abuja chapter of CAN (popularly called Northern CAN) said every Nigerian has right to live where ever they desire to live in any part of the country without fear of intimidation.

The Chairman, 19 Northern States and Abuja of CAN, Dr. Yakubu Pam, who stated this while speaking at the opening ceremony of a one day leadership summit organised by the group in Abuja, said they believed in the unity of Nigeria.

He said it is the primary responsibility of government at all levels, particularly the security agencies to ensure adequate security of lives and property of the every citizen, irrespective of their religion, ethnicity and the region.

“We come today as leadership of the northern Nigerian CAN to call our brothers and sisters from the south (Igbos), those at home, those that here (in the north), they should know that we are together, and we believe in the unity of this country.

“As spiritual fathers in the first place, we have prayed, they should be able to remove fear from their heart and relax wherever they are, there is no power that past power of prayer.

“Secondly, we call on the Federal Government, state Governors of various states to call on their people, we need to live together in peace. And security agencies should be up and doing, so that, our people (southern brothers) will not fear.

“We also call on our traditional rulers, particularly, in the areas, where the Igbo minority are found in the north, that the protection of lives and property are largely respected,” Pam said.

The Presiding Bishop of the Dominion Chapel International, Bishop John Praise Daniel also admonished every Nigerian to be a peace maker in any position or level they found themselves.

“Peace is what every community needs, and we must all agitate for peace. Jesus is the prince of peace and the believers are followers of Christ, we must be agitators of peace. We cannot avoid as Christian to insinuate any other thing apart from peace in our nation. We must be peace maker at any levels,” he said.

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Anambra Poll: Hausa community supports Obiano’s re-election bid

Hausa community in Nnewi has declared support for the re-election bid of Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra.

Chief Imam of Nnewi Central Mosque, Alhaji Garba Yusuf, made this known in an interaction with newsmen on Thursday in Nnewi.

He said that the governor had performed well and deserved a second term.

Yusuf described Obiano as a detribalized leader, saying “we, Hausa people, have enjoyed peace in the last four years of Obiano’s governance”.

He said that Hausas in the area had resolved to use the Nov. 18 governorship election as “pay-back time for Gov. Obiano’s goodness.

“We have enjoyed peaceful co-existence with our host community; we are happy that we have never been harassed by anybody since Obiano took over.

“We have been doing our business under conducive atmosphere and we are very happy,’’ he said.

Yusuf commended the governor for his religious tolerance and support for Christians and Muslims in the state.

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Re-arrest threat: Kanu not in hiding — IPOB

INDIGENOUS Peoples of Biafra, IPOB , has denounced reports circulating on social media that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu was on the run amid moves by the Federal Government to re-arrest him following an alleged violation of his bail conditions.

This came as Ralph Uwazuruike, founder of  the Biafra Independence Movement,BIM, said the Federal Fovernment is using Nnamdi Kanu to destroy the struggle for Biafra.

In a press release issued by the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, the group dismissed the rumour of Kanu going into  hiding as a “laughable fabrication designed to demystify our leader (Nnamdi Kanu).

“This wicked lie and malicious fabrication is the work of the enemies of Biafra, who enjoy their perfect slave status and will remain servants to Arewa North all their lives.

“These shameless individuals have allowed themselves to be used to advance the mission of the caliphate in Biafraland which is total submission to Hausa Fulani Islamic hegemonic domination,” the statement read.

The group, in the statement, insisted that Nnamdi Kanu was not ready to go on exile no matter the level of threats issued by the Federal Government, noting that IPOB remains the most vibrant  and intelligent mass movement in the world.

“Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has made it abundantly clear to all and sundry that he is not going on exile as a result of these childish threats.

“IPOB is till today the most vibrant, indomitable and intelligent mass movement in the world.

“IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu cannot be intimidated by anybody or group no matter how highly placed they think of themselves. Our mission is to restore Biafra and nothing under the sun can stop us.”

The statement also revealed that the agitation for the state of Biafra by Kanu shall not stop until a referendum is conducted in a democratic manner.

“Until the Nigerian government fixes a date for referendum to settle the issue of Biafra in a civilised and democratic manner, this raging agitation led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will continue.

“We urge every Biafran, no matter where you are, to remain resolute and strong because Biafra is tantalisingly closer than we expect.”

‘Kanu being used to destroy Biafra —Uwazuruike

But BIM leader, Ralph Uwazuruike  countered IPOB’s position, alleging instead, that Kanu is being used to destroy the Biafra agitation.

Speaking in the current edition of The Interview, Uwazuruike accused the IPOB  leader of waging war against Biafra.

He said it was regrettable that his efforts to achieve a sovereign state of Biafra “through peaceful means” were being ruined by Kanu who has been sabotaged by security services to destabilise the struggle for Biafra”.

Uwazuruike said Kanu intends to ruin the Biafra agitation, starting with the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state which the IPOB leader has advised his followers to boycott.

“Nnamdi is fighting against Biafra. The security agencies have seen Nnamdi as somebody with a high value that they can use,” he said.

“They heard him shouting on radio and they approached him and he accepted to work with them.

“The election in Anambra state is aimed at favouring the All Progressives Congress (APC) to edge out Governor Obiano through destabilisation. That’s the only thing and it’s being arranged by the security agencies, using Kanu.

“I know the mansions that Nnamdi Kanu and people like him have abroad…let Kanu keep disgracing himself like he’s doing now, because I know he’s being funded and I know those funding him.”

Uwazuruike further described Kanu’s arrest and bail conditions as “a  set up,” wondering why the director of Radio Biafra who was bailed on health grounds “has not visited any hospital since his release from detention”.

The MASSOB leader also criticised the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for “lacking the capacity to govern”.

According to him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) won  an election “but didn’t plan” for governance.

He also accused Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of “rigging former President Goodluck Jonathan out of office”.

He said: “If Jonathan had remained the president of Nigeria till today, the US dollar would not have exchanged for more than N50. Nigeria will still beg Jonathan to come back.”

Uwazuruike and Kanu, both Biafra proponents, have been on war paths.

In June, he had said he was disappointed that Radio Biafra which he “handed over to Kanu  has become something else”  other than what it was created for.

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Police arrest 3 over assassination of Hector, Guilder Ultimate search winner

Three suspects have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command over last Sunday’s assassination of Hector Oluwaseun Jobarteh, winner of the 2006 Gulder Ultimate Search, GUS, reality TV, Season 3.

Jobarteh was shot dead by unknown gunmen at his residence in New Oko-Oba, area of Lagos State.

The new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, yesterday, said three persons are being interrogated over the killing of Jobarteh, a father of one, who was reportedly trailed to his house and shot dead.

According to reports, he had just got back from picking up his younger brother from Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, when the incident occurred.

It was gathered that the gunmen reportedly knocked on his neighbour’s door downstairs and asked who the car parked outside belonged to.

When she told them the occupant stays upstairs, they stormed his apartment and shot him.

His wife was reportedly in the United States of America when the incident occurred, but it is not clear if she had been informed of the death of her husband.

The late Jobarteh’s wife is said to be also a former GUS contestant, who just moved to New Jersey to have their second child.

Hector Jobarteh was said to have returned to Nigeria in July.

When late Hector Jobarteh won the 2006 Season 3 GUS, held in Benin, Edo State, he went home with the grand prize of N5 million and a Ford Explorer SUV.

Since winning the reality TV competition, Hector has maintained a low profile.

Edgal

Giving insight into how the incident happened, Edgal, Lagos Police boss told Vanguard: “Some yet-to-be identified hoodlums, pretending to be friends of the deceased, gained access into the apartment of Hector Jobarteh, 38, in the presence of his brother, one Victor Joberteh, at 8, Olufowora Close, New Oke-Oba.

“They shot the said Hector on the chest without any dialogue and fled from the scene.

“The Divisional Police Officer and a team of policemen quickly rushed to the scene after a distress call and the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.

“Nothing was removed from his house. The corpse was taken to Orile/Agege Hospital morgue for autopsy. Enquiries carried out from neighbours revealed that the deceased may have been a victim of business transaction that went sour.

“To us, this is a clear case of murder and all angles are being investigated. I want to use this opportunity to assure the family and indeed, Lagosians that the police will use every asset at its disposal to ensure that perpetrators of this heinous act are not only brought to book, but diligently prosecuted.”

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Igbo Day: Ohanaeze submits agitation, marginalisation, other worries to God

OHANAEZE Ndigbo said it has decided to use the 2017 Igbo Day celebration to submit their worries, agitations and marginalization to God.

The apex Igbo body said Ndigbo had at all times believed in God’s  superintendence in their affairs and urged the  Igbo not to lose faith in God in their tribulations in Nigeria.

The body, therefore, prayed the people in all parts of the world to  use the one week 2017 Igbo Day celebration to rededicate their worries to the Almighty.

Chairman of the National Organising Committee of the 2017 Igbo Day celebration, Dr. Greg Ibe, made this known during a World Press briefing at Enugu, yesterday, when the committee released the timetable for celebration.

Ibe said they were praying over a myriad of challenges currently facing Ndigbo, which they would use the occasion to ask God for intervention.

He said: “Our prayer points are numerous. It ranges from justice, peace, equity and all that will bring us in total belonging to this country called Nigeria.”

Ibe said that in keeping with the tradition of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, activities for the 2017 edition of Igbo Day celebration have been scheduled to hold from Saturday 23, to Friday 29 ,2017 with the theme “Oganiru Anyi Di N’aka Chukwu.”

With the grand finale scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on September 29, the activities will commence on Saturday, September 23 with worship in select Sabbath churches.

On Sunday, September 24,  members will worship in select church denominations across the nation and in the diaspora.

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25 and 26 are for awareness activities by state chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, while September 27 is for prophetic prayers in Abuja.

Thursday, September 28 is a symposium at University of Port Harcourt followed by an  all night vigil, while September 29 is the grand finale in Port Harcourt.

Ibe said Ohanaeze annually organises the Igbo Day celebration as a way of commemorating the unique Igbo traditional heritage.

He said: “Against the backdrop of the current challenges of Ndigbo and as a way of seeking divine solutions to these problems, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decided to use the annual Igbo Day celebration for 2017 to mobilise Igbo across the globe to pray and seek the face of God for Nigeria and Ndigbo in particular.

“All Igbo in Nigeria and in the diaspora are enjoined to be actively involved in the programme.”

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N/Delta group says Buhari unconcerned about genocidal herdsmen, petitions UN

A Niger Delta rights group known as called Niger Delta Roundtable has raised the alarm, over the continued attack by suspected herdsmen in the country, as it says, the herdsmen, mostly from the northern part of Nigeria, are at the verge of committing genocide
against the people of the South-South and the South-Eastern part of the country.

The group said, the alarm, is coming on the heels of various threats, that are currently in circulation and the refusal of the Federal government, to arrest or prosecute, any of the suspected perpetrators of these violence and what looks like a continuous backing of the Fulani herdsmen, particularly in the cause of their violent activities, constant harassment and killings in the South East and the South-South regions of the country. The group also accused the Nigerian Police of inefficiency and cover ups, in cases involving
attacks against farmers, by the herdsmen, in those parts of the country.

The group is therefore asking that the UN, come to the aid of the people of the South South and the South East region of the country, knowing fully well that the current administration of President Buhari, has taken a posture of the unconcerned, in what looks to be turning against the same people in a bid to eradicate them.

The group also faulted the ongoing anti-corruption campaign, as it says, it is a mere propaganda and basically a war against the South-South.

“A critical and objective look of the issue, will reveal to you, that there is actually no region that has looted the country more than the Northerners right from the beginning and until date” the statement said.

“This government has continued to create an impression. that the South-South are the looters and believing that going after them will weaken their economic strength which is also a strategy”

The group said it is calling on the world not to overlook these incidents, as it is dangerous, considering the lives being lost and that any genuine effort to promote peace and human rights and desires to protect people irrespective of their country, should include actions that can assist and ensure the safety of the people of the
South-South and the South-East.

The group added that if nothing is done they would have no choice than to protect themselves and their own lives by themselves in whichever way they deem fit.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Igbo leaders endorsed hate speech by rewarding Nnamdi Kanu’s bad behaviour — ACF

The Secretary General of the sociopolitical group, Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, has said that recognising Nnamdi Kanu is rewarding bad behaviour.

Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
Anthony Sani made this known in an interview he gannted Punch’s Bayo Akinloye.

He said Igbo leaders have tacitly endorsed hate speech by the Indigenous People of Biafra through their reticence  and despite their knowledge of dire experiences of civil war.’ and that do we now reward bad behaviours with recognition and concessions by playing up Danegeld in Biafra.

On Nnamdi Kanu rearrest he said: This is a legal matter of which I am not an authority. You would note that Nnamdi Kanu was arraigned on charges of treasonable felony and was granted bail on medical grounds with clearly spelt out conditions which he accepted of his own volition.

But Kanu has observed the bail conditions more in the breach. This has tested the will of the Federal Government which has gone to court to either enforce the bail conditions or have him rearrested.

But some other people believe that Kanu’s rearrest will make him a political factor in the polity. To this group, it is better to ignore Kanu, while some others are of the view that the Federal Government should dialogue with Kanu and bring about a political solution.

But, do we now reward bad behaviours with recognition and concessions by playing up Danegeld in Biafra? To me – unless it is impossible – I would prefer that the law should take its course.

Sani said it was very difficult for him to share the view that the South-East is the most marginalised (region)

He said he recalled President Goodluck Jonathan once said, when he was the governor of Bayelsa State, he thought the Ijaw were the most marginalised.

But, when he became the president, he discovered every ethnic nationality in Nigeria claimed to be marginalised, and he began to wonder who was marginalising who.

We better note that since 1970, the Igbo have been part and parcel of the Federal Government as the vice president; senate president; speaker of House of Representatives; secretary to Government of the Federation; coordinating minister; ministers; governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; service chiefs; and as national chairman of the ruling party.

He also said: ‘The South-East held sway under Jonathan for five years. For them to still play victim may be understood but not acceptable. Nigeria has about 371 ethnic nationalities, most of which have not enjoyed ingress to the Federal Government compared to the Igbo.

‘The Hausa, whom the Igbo malign so much, have produced only Gen. Murtala Mohammed as head of state who ruled for only six months and died in the same circumstances like the Igbo’s Gen. (Johnson) Aguiyi-Ironsi – who also ruled for six months.

‘Yet, the Hausa do not play the victim of marginalisation like the Igbo. Nigeria is going through hard times. But hard times should bring about national grandeur; bring about purposeful leadership at all levels and the best of everyone across the nation.

‘I also believe the Igbo should note that the certain benefits of our togetherness in a big country are far more than the uncertain gains of the split. No country is without challenges – was there such a country, there would be no need for government. Our situation is not beyond redemption.”

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Rooney charged with drink-driving

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink-driving, British police said Friday.

Rooney, England’s all-time record goalscorer and former captain, was stopped by police near his home in Cheshire, northwest England, in the early hours of Friday.

“The man was arrested shortly after 2.00am (0100GMT) today, Friday 1 September, after officers stopped a black VW Beetle,” said a police statement.

Police said 31-year-old Rooney “has since been charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit.”

Rooney had been released on bail and is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on September 18.

He was seen posing in a selfie with cricketer Jack McIver in a bar in the upmarket town of Alderley Edge, near his home, on Thursday, August 31.

McIver shared the photo of the pair in the Bubble Room on Instagram at around 10:00pm (2100 GMT) that day with the comment: “International Break #legend”.

Rooney announced his retirement from international football last week, having scored 53 goals in 119 appearances.

He made his decision despite England manager Gareth Southgate offering to recall him for the World Cup qualifier against Malta on Friday.

Rooney re-joined boyhood club Everton in the pre-season after a successful 13-year spell at Premier League rivals Manchester United.

He has seemed rejuventated by the move to the Liverpool-based club and scored in his first two Premier League games of the 2017/18 campaign, a 1-0 win over Stoke City and a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

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Breaking: FC Ifeanyi Ubah bus in road accident, two players unconscious, others injured

A bus conveying FC Ifeanyi Ubah team players and some officials to to Ijebu Ode to honour the NPFL Matchday 36 fixture with Sunshine Stars billed for this Sunday, 3rd of September, 2017 has, Friday, involved in a road accident. Two of the players became unconscious while some others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

The bus involved in a head-on collision with a passenger bus along Ijebu-Ode road just before noon.

A statement signed by the clubs Chairman, Mr. Chukwuma Ubah confirmed the incident.

According to the statement, “We wish to confirm that FC IfeanyiUbah team bus conveying players and officials was involved in a car accident along Benin/Ore expressway while on our way to Ijebu Ode to honour the NPFL Matchday 36 fixture with Sunshine Stars billed for this Sunday, 3rd of September, 2017.

“Six of our players sustained varying degree of injuries and two that are unconscious hitherto have regained consciousness and are receiving treatment presently at the closest medical facility near the site of the accident. We wish to express our felicitations for your concern, support, outpour of emotions, deepest thoughts and prayers at this sad times.”

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Calls for Biafra response to socio-economic imbalances in Nigeria – IDA

Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) has said that recent outburst in favour of the establishment of the state of Biafra a response to the socio-economic imbalances in Nigeria.

IDA, after a three-day meeting in Abuja, asked the the federal government to drop the idea of revoking Kanu’s bail.

The group in a communiqué signed at the end of the meeting by Chi Nwogu and ‎Austine Ifedinezi, president general and secretary of the assembly, respectively, urged the federal government to take urgent steps to put Nigeria “on a path of peaceful co-existence, through equitable distribution of patronage and infrastructural development.”

IDA argued that the recent outburst in favour of the establishment of the state of Biafra was simply a response to the socio-economic imbalances in Nigeria which, they added, would give way once the imbalances are genuinely addressed.

The group added that “together as a people and persuade the federal government to put in place a framework for equitable existence in the Nigerian project.

“This should be done through the convocation of a sovereign conference, of the component ethnic nationalities, or an adoption of the reports of the 2014 National Conference.”

Speaking on the withdrawal  quit notice giving to the Igbo in the North by Arewa youths, the IDA  hailed prominent northerners who worked for peace as well as the courage of the Coalition in backing down.

“It is on this note that we appeal to security agencies to be on guard throughout the period to prevent any breakdown of law and order in any part of Nigeria, especially in the north,” it said.

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