• B'Haram sponsors on the run as FG orders forensic analysis on phones recovered from Kuje prison inmates

    01/Sep/2016 // 748 Viewers

     

    PARIS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016:  (DGW) - AS the Federal Government orders a forensic analysis of the mobile phones which were recovered in cells where Boko Haram prisoners were being detained.

    One of our correspondents learnt that the analysis would allow the authorities to determine who the inmates had been communicating with while in custody.

    The service had seized about 25 cell phones from the inmates on Monday resulting in a riot, which led to the lockdown of the facility.

    The officers fired gunshots and tear gas to subdue the unruly inmates.

    The NPS’ Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore, told one of our correspondents that the seized handsets would be subjected to analysis after which a full investigation would commence to determine how the handsets found their way into the prison cells.

    Enobore explained that cell searching operation was normal, adding that the prison authorities usually carried out periodic and routine searches of cells, workshops and other places the inmates could hide weapons or prohibited substances.

    He said, “The seized objects will be subjected to analysis after which a report would be collated and necessary investigation initiated; that is the tradition. Indicted officers will also be sanctioned.

    “The analysis of the phones will help us to know who the inmates have been talking with; this will give you a good lead on the investigation. When you hear cases of riots or jailbreaks, it is usually carried out through unauthorised communication. That is why the CG has made it very clear that he will not tolerate trafficking of banned materials in the prisons.

    “Our existence as the prisons service rests on our ability to maintain tight security in the prisons and the CG is bent on ensuring that any trafficking of articles will not be tolerated.”

    Enobore added that any officer indicted for bringing the prohibited materials into the prison yard would be sanctioned.

    “Am not denying that some unscrupulous members of staff may be involved, but there are so many means through which unauthorised articles go into the prisons — from relatives, lawyers and even our members of staff.

    “If you don’t have people compromising standards, where will the inmates have access to these banned articles?” he said.

    The spokesman observed that it was normal for the inmates to resist the search because they were always looking out for things that could aid their escape from custody.

    “From time to time, we carry out searches and remove these things; there is nothing unusual in finding all these things (banned materials). You are keeping people against their wishes, and it is natural for them to want to look for things they could use to escape incarceration,” he stated.


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  • Buhari abandons N'Delta, invites investors, orders more oil search in Benue trough, Gongola, Sokoto, Bida, Dahomey basins

    01/Sep/2016 // 2483 Viewers

     

    The federal government has said that it will provide incentives to investors who are willing to invest in oil and gas exploration in Nigeria’s frontier basins.

    The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Maikanti Baru disclosed this recently when he hosted members of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) in his Abuja office.

    Baru urged NAPE to play a key role in promoting a public private partnership structure in the exploration of some of the green frontier basins. He noted though without clearly specifying what the government would offer, that it would be willing to make provisions for incentives for such prospective investors.

    NAPE was led by its National President, Mr. Nosa Omorodion to the NNPC Towers where Baru explained that the government decided to explore the hydrocarbon potentials of the country’s green frontier basins in order to increase her depleting reserves.

    The country’s frontier basin both the Chad basin and extensively into other sedimentary basins which includes the Anambra, Bida, Dahomey, Gongola/Yola and the Sokota basins, as well as the Middle/Lower Benue Trough.

    Recently, Baru said when he hosted the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, that President Muhamadu Buhari had instructed the NNPC to intensify its exploration for oil in the Chad basin towards the Kolmani River.

    He told Abubakar when he hosted him that president asked the corporation to further explore the reported indicative discovery of hydrocarbons by Royal Dutch oil company, Shell in the Chad Basin and Kolmani River, with a view to making the most of it.

    He also said the presidential directive has been heeded to and the corporation’s Frontier Exploration Services retooled to commence this with the Northern Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) which he noted was already prospecting for oil within the basin.

    Baru equally explained then that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been intimated on the need to assign blocks in the basin for prospective investors to take up.

    He, however, described NAPE as a very important part of the country’s oil and gas industry, especially in promoting policy formulations that have led to the growth of exploration of hydrocarbon resources in the country.

    Similarly, Omorodion said the primary objective of the association has always being to promote excellent ideas in the exploration of hydrocarbon which has contributed to the passage of landmark legislations in the country like the local content law.

    He said the association was happy with Baru’s appointment as NNPC’s head, and will in November confer on him a honourary membership award which is its highest award, due to his outstanding track records in the country’s oil sector.


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  • Economic Woes: Dangote might lose prestigious status as Africa's richest man as his net worth slips by $5.4bn

    01/Sep/2016 // 220 Viewers

     

    Africa’s richest man and Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has lost $5.4 billion in his fortune since this year, according to data obtained, yesterday, from Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

    Using an average exchange rate of N250 to a dollar, Dangote’s $5.4 billion loss translates to about N1.35 trillion.
    The Bloomberg Billionaires Index traced the sharp drop in Dangote’s net worth to the slump in commodity prices and the devaluation of the naira in June by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

    The report put Dangote’s net worth at $9.9 billion, a 62 per cent drop since January 2014, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

    However, the report stated that Africa’s second-wealthiest person, South African Christo Wiese, trails Dangote by $2.8 billion with his fortune climbing 12 per cent this year on the index.


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  • Tension looms in Ekiti as Fulani herdsmen reject Fayose's law, insists on carrying light weapons

    01/Sep/2016 // 1644 Viewers

     

    Fulani herdsmen from Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, but resident in Ekiti State under the aegis of Jamu Nate Fulbe Association of Nigeria have criticised the new grazing law signed by Governor Ayodele Fayose.

    The law titled, “ Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016,” provides that grazing activities must be from 7am to 6pm on a daily basis.

    According to the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, any herdsman caught with firearms and any weapons whatsoever during grazing shall be charged with terrorism.
     
    The law also provides that any farm products destroyed by the activities of any caught herdsman shall be estimated by an agricultural officer and the expenses of the estimate shall be borne by the culprit.

    Under the law, anyone found violating the bill, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to six months in prison without an option of fine.

    But the legal adviser to the herdsmen, Mr. Umar Imam, on Wednesday argued that herdsmen who carried light weapons such as cutlasses, knives, catapult and arrows within the time stipulated by the new law should not be charged with terrorism.

    He added that this contradicted the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.

    Imam said, “The law of the federation on terrorism is very clear and no one can be charged for terrorism for carrying lesser arms like cutlasses, catapults and knives during the grazing period as contained in the Ekiti new law.

    “I have made it in my submission during the public hearing on the bill in the Ekiti  State House of Assembly that these Fulani herdsmen used to use these lesser weapons for certain purposes that can make grazing easier.

    “I also told them that movement at night while relocating from one place to another was to ensure that they don’t wreak havoc on the people during the day while relocating to other towns. I expected the state government to have taken care of these in the new law rather than total banning.

    “What the state government ought to have done is to allow whoever wants to relocate at night to take permit from a certain government’s authority or inform their Seriki (their leader), but banning them from moving at night may not help the situation, it will make their job difficult,” Imam said.

    Also, the Seriki of the association in Ekiti, Alhaji Ahmadu Mahmoud, appealed to the governor to amend the new law, to allow his members to carry lesser arms to ward off attacks during grazing.

    Mahmoud, who agreed with the time for grazing, however, criticised the outright banning of night movement, saying it would make their jobs difficult and create more confusion.

    “We agree with the governor on the grazing period of between 7am and 6pm, but we should be allowed to carry lesser arms and relocate at night.

    “How can somebody who wants to carry his cattle numbering hundreds from Ekiti to  places  like Lokoja, Ibadan or Ilorin moves  during the day? These places are densely populated and it will create traffic congestion and confusion everywhere. The government must look into all these,” he added.


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  • We are not involved in the struggle for Biafra – Ohanaeze Youths

    01/Sep/2016 // 521 Viewers

     

    DAILY POST - Socio-political group, the Ohaneze Youth Council, OYC, has declared that it is not involved in pro-Biafra agitation and was not mobilising Igbos for anybody.‎
    This was as it denied responsibility for the crises currently rocking the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, which had led to the emergence of two splinter groups, Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra, RE-IPOB, and the Re-branded Indigenous People of Biafra, TRIPOB.

    Insinuations in certain quarters fingered some top officials of OYC as being responsible for the crises.

    But the group in a statement said that neither the entire body nor its President General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro are responsible for the crises.

    The statement which was signed by chairman of all the chairmen of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth wing, Mazi Okemiri Alex, described the report linking OYC to IPOB crises as a “naked lie.”

    The statement reads, “The attention of the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide is drawn to a publication in some media which claimed that the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro is behind the break away faction of IPOB called TRIPOB.

    “This is a naked lie. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide has nothing to do with TRIPOB neither is it involved in the crisis rocking IPOB. We warned one Elliot Uko and the spokesperson of IPOB Clifford Iroanya to stop blackmailing the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide or we will declare them enemies of Igbo.

    “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide is the apex Igbo Youth body and does not involve itself in any pro-Biafra agitation and is not mobilizing for anybody including President Buhari on October 1, 2016, but will be at the forefront of calling for the release of all Biafran detainees.

    “We believe in restructuring of the country according to 2014 Constitutional conference and call on President Buhari to look into it. We advise IPOB to please, not involve Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide in their propaganda.”


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  • Stop provoking the north, we'll die of hunger if they cut off food supplies to S'East - Okorocha warns Igbos

    01/Sep/2016 // 76438 Viewers

     


    PARIS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016: GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has warned the Igbos the dire consequences of playing with fire if the north abandons the region and cut off food supplies to the southeast over what he describe as ingratitude to the north.

    The governor said the north has been the food basket to the south-east and to engage them in a cold war will not pay the region any good in the long run.

    He made the disclosure while speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

    According to the governor, “As we talk, the food we consume in the state, like rice, yam, tomatoes, pepper and beef, all come from the North.

    “If the farmers in the North cut food supply to the South East, we will face a serious challenge,” the governor said.


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  • Gov Okorocha on the run as militants threaten him, blow up Agip pipeline in Imo

    01/Sep/2016 // 9342 Viewers

     

    Three months after it attacked its first target, Niger Delta Red Squad (RDRS), the new militant group operating in the oil bearing communities of Ohaji/Egbema council area of Imo State, said it has blown another facility belonging to Agip Oil Company at Umuonei in Awara community.

    The group, which announced the attack in a Facebook posting, warned Agip personnel to keep away from the pipeline, as anybody found within the vicinity would be beheaded.

    The group in the post by one General Don Wannie, claimed it struck because it has nothing to show for the operations of Agip, and other oil companies in their community since the creation of Imo State.  “We have seen enough marginalisation and it has to be stopped,” he said.
    The militant group said it was forced to resume hostility as a result of the continued criminal neglect of the oil-bearing communities by oil companies.

    “We are not happy with Agip because they have continued to neglect our communities. Since they have refused to change, we have equally resumed the attack on their pipelines and we are going to blow until they do the right thing. “

    The group, which vowed to chase out the oil company from Ohaji/Egbema council area said if the state government failed to compel the oil company to do the right thing, it would have no option but to also attack the offices of the Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission  (ISOPADEC), the Niger Delta Development Community (NDDC) among others in the state.

    It also threatened to attack Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Ogboko village if government deployed any military to their community.
    “To Imo State government and their security agencies, we ask you to give our people what rightfully belong to them. You think the best thing you can do is to plan how to deploy security men to our area. No problem… we are assuring you that no security agent will come to any part of Awarra and go without being beheaded,” it threatened.

    After it hit a facility operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company in Awarra, Ohaji/Egbema local council area of Imo State in June, the group vowed to inflict maximum damage to oil facilities, if Ohaji/Egbema communities were not given due benefits from their oil resource.

    Following the initial attack, the group said: “Oil companies started operation in our community since 1957, but up till date, we have nothing to show as benefit. For Imo State government, we will make sure you make no further gains from Ohaji/Egbema. “Since God’s creation, neither Imo State government nor oil companies have remembered us. 

    We have been neglected and abandoned. No electricity. No tarred roads. No drinking water. No hospital. No youth employment or empowerment. We shall destroy everything in Imo State that was built with our oil money.”

    Neither the state government nor the police was willing to confirm the attack, at press time.


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  • I like Buhari but he's failed, many things have gone wrong, if Nigeria must break up, let it be in peace - Senator Rufai Hanga

    01/Sep/2016 // 7017 Viewers

     

    PARIS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016: (DGW) A prominent Kano politician and founding member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, (CPC) disclosed in his interview with THE SUN newspapers that there is no denying the fact that a lot of things have gone wrong under Buhari-led Federal Government.

    The Kano politician spoke on a wide range of national issues ranging from  the agitations in the southeast to the renewed militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

    He faulted Buhari's approach which, he said, has heightened tensions in the region and capable of precipitating a political crisis in the country if care is not taken.

    Below is the abridged version of the interview culled from THE SUN newspapers: 

    Excerpts 

    *From your personal assessment, how has the 8th National Assembly fared in terms of its responsibilities and functions as a lawmaking organ of the country?

    I am not happy with what is happing because there is a lot of rumbling between the executive and members of the National Assembly, which is affecting the country. I am not too impressed with the performance of these lawmakers. I don’t know whether their failure is as a result of the circumstance in which they found themselves, but what they have done so far is nothing to write home about. I can’t point at any significant thing they have done this time around. Rather, they are more concerned with protecting their personal interests.

    *On the side of the executive, how would you assess the support base for the Buhari administration since he assumed power vis-a vis his popularity before the election?

    Certainly, it is diminishing by the day. That is the home truth. I like Buhari, I support him, but unfortunately, the support base for his government is dwindling by the day. I think this has to do with ill-advice by those people around him. I don’t know whose advice he is listening to, but there are so many things that are wrong. There are so many things that are done wrongly. There are so many things that need to be addressed. Presumably, may be those around him are not advising him well. Some of the people around him are analogue; they have no proper understanding of the present reality. Therefore, he needs to broaden his reach so that things can move on well. People like him, he means well, but then, there is a need for him to open up.  I believe he is sincere and he is doing what he is doing in good fate, but like people say, ‘a single tree can never make a forest.’ There are certain things you may feel are not good for him to do, but as a leader, he must take a risk.
    The renewed violence in the oil producing region by the Niger Delta Avengers is part of the problems the government has had to grapple with, especially its crippling effects on the economy.

    I won’t attribute what I have just said to the Niger Delta crisis.  There is a great degree of sabotage in that part of the country. I think some people who are under the watch of the anti-corruption agency are trying to cover up their asses. That is why they are trying to divert attention. Right now, President Buhari is dealing more with Northerners in his anti-corruption war than any other group. More northerners are affected by his anti-corruption war. And as we all know, more of these atrocities were committed in the Niger Delta region. That is where bunkering activities involving several millions of dollars were done. President Buhari is yet to reach out to these people; so, they are doing this to divert the attention of government or sabotage him to make sure he fails. And they are succeeding. They are succeeding because the oil revenue is down so much that confession was made recently by Secretary to the Government of the Federal (SGF) that government cannot implement the 2016 budget because of the dwindling revenue accruing to the federation account. By all economic analyses, if we continue like this, Nigeria will be in a serious recession. And the major cause is the Niger Delta violence activities.

    *In the light of this, would you support government’s dialogue with the militants?

    I think the government has already decided on dialoguing with them from what I read in newspapers. Another story I read is that they are being dealt with. So, I don’t know how you can blow hot and cold, and at the same time expect to get the same result. I read that the military is determined to deal with them. And I also read another version saying that the government is dialoguing with them. So, I don’t know which is which. But if it is true that government is dialoguing with them, the government must be careful not to be blackmailed. Whichever of the group rises up, the government can sit and dialogue with it, but there is a tendency for some people to confuse the government because there are several other groups which may also emerge after reaching an agreement with them. If I were in government, I will say, ‘sit down, we are not going to discuss anything with you because you’ve already negotiated with the previous government. This is a new government and you know government is dynamic, let us maintain the agreement you had with the previous government and then we will give you moratorium for so and so months. When everything is calm, then we can come back and continue further negotiation. But if you continue doing what you are doing, then there is nothing for you”   This is one of the measures I would have taken if were in government.

    *You must have also read different opinions on the issue of restructuring which is now on the front burner of national discourse. What is your take on this agitation?

    People are not telling the truth. When you are talking about a restructuring, let them lay it on the table. What kind of restructuring do they want? Restructuring can mean a lot of things. Most of the people clamouring for restructuring are just saying so without breaking it down. Let them break it down so that we can know the kind of restructuring they want. Let them come out. For me, I don’t know what they mean and I cannot give an opinion on something I am not conversant with. Let them define it and then I will give my own opinion. Right now, when I see some people talking of restructuring, I look at them as   non-conformists, I see them as hypocrites who want cheap popularity among the people that are disgruntled. I see some of them as just merely following the train of bandwagon because they hear people saying restructuring.

    Let whosoever want the country restructured come out and put it in black and white the way they want the country restructured. I have once given my opinion on this. Even if they want the country divided, I welcome it. True to God, I welcome it because I will rather prefer we separate peacefully to fighting ourselves. One thing I will never support is fighting ourselves, especially over religious division. Religious crisis is the most dangerous thing in all aspects of life because when it comes to religion, nobody reasons. Whether educated, illiterates, semi-illiterates, big, young or old, nobody reasons when it comes to religion.  I don’t want any problem with the country. Rather than having an internal crisis like religious or ethnic, I will prefer everybody goes his way. It will be better for everybody to go and start afresh.

    There are lots of countries that have separated and they are doing fine. If that is what they mean by restructuring, then it is welcome. I personally welcome it than fighting ourselves. I don’t want any crisis. People who are agitating and instigating people don’t know the implication of what they are doing. We should not let such people drag us into a crisis because it is dangerous.


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  • We'll blow up Nigeria if El-Zakzaky dies in detention - Islamic Movement of Nigeria spits fire

    01/Sep/2016 // 4609 Viewers

     

    PARIS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016: (DGW) The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shi’ites, has warned that it would blow up Nigeria if its leader, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky ,  by a twist of fate dies in prison.

    El-Zakzaky has been detained by the Buhari-led administration since 2015.

    In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, on Wednesday in Kaduna, north central Nigeria , he said they do not wish to continue with two of Zakzaky lawyers namely Sadau Garba and Bello Ibrahim standing for Zakzaky before Department of State Services (DSS).

    The statement reads: “We demand that our Leader and the wife must be released unconditionally without delay.

    “It will be a tragedy of monumental proportions should our leader go blind in detention or suffer further physical disability due to him being denied access to adequate medical attention,” the movement said without giving details.

    “We understand those that sanctioned his detention and those detaining him want to humiliate him and make sure that he goes completely blind before he is eventually released thereby rendering him powerless the moment he is released from unconstitutional and illegal detention.

    “The health of our leader and the wife continues to deteriorate on a daily basis and those holding him in custody are playing politics with his detention and that of his wife.

    “We urge the Nigerian people and the international community to intervene in this crude violation of the fundamental rights of our leader,” the IMN said.

    On the lawyers, IMN said, “The Islamic Movement in Nigeria wants to make it clear that the said Sadau Garba and Bello Ibrahim can only be solicitors to the Department of State Services, with who they are in constant contact, and not that of the Movement or our revered leader.”
     
    “It is the Department of State Services that briefed the two and are giving them access to their facilities and encouraging them to pose as solicitors to our revered leader and urging them to write letters begging the Department to release our leader on compassionate grounds.

    “On the basis of this dubious alliance the Department has been giving the two unrestricted access and have been sending out dubious feelers that they will release our revered leader to the family the moment they are begged by the two to do so.

    “We recall that the said Sadau Garba has in the past attempted to swerve the course of the case involving Sheikh’s fundamental rights by claiming that that Sheikh told him that the DSS should be excluded from the matter as one of the respondents in the case which turned out to be contrived by those that briefed him,” said the IMN.

    It went on: “We want to make it abundantly clear that that the said Sadau Garba and Bello Ibrahim are not solicitors to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and have not been briefed by our leader to represent him in any of the cases pending in court.

    “The said Sadau Garba and Bello Ibrahim are acting a script carefully contrived by those holding our revered leader and their claim to being our solicitors and that of our leader is baffling, erroneous, and mischievous and amounts to professional misconduct.

    “The two solicitors have been set up by the enemies of the Movement to give the impression that there is doubt as regards the true solicitors of the Movement and Shaikh and further prolong the detention of our leader.

    “The Islamic Movement in Nigeria therefore makes it abundantly clear that Femi Falana, SAN is the leader of the Legal Team and ably assisted by Festus Okoye Esq and Maxwell Kyon Esq”.


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  • Breakaway IPOB goup does not exist, created by Buhari to fool the world - Igbo groups

    01/Sep/2016 // 1260 Viewers

     

    DAILY POST - As crisis rages in the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, several South-East groups have described the development as a plan by faceless individuals to truncate the ongoing agitation by Ndigbo.
    The groups that spoke differently on the matter include the Igbo Women Assembly led by Chief (Mrs.) Mariah Okwor, Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), Igbo Students Union, Igbo Traders Association and South East Christians Network.

    Both TRIPOB and REIPOB, suddenly emerged to disown the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

    While TRIPOB said they would publicly burn the Biafra flag on October 1st, the REIPOB nominated some persons to negotiate with the FG, while warning Kanu to seize from parading himself as the IPOB Leader.

    This is also as the big names among the REIPOB’s list have since denounced the group and promptly dissociated themselves from their activities.

    In a reaction, Chief Mrs. Mariah Okwor of IWA told DAILY POST: “The funny games being played by the FG is a further confirmation of the arrogance of this government in their stubborn refusal to address the problems from the root by restructuring Nigeria along six regions without delay.

    “Only true fiscal federalism can save Nigeria now. Creating non-existent factions of IPOB will not stop the agitation. Government should stop amusing the public with childish plots.


    “There is clearly no crisis or factions amongst these gallant boys, they are united under Nnamdi Kanu and they are committed to their struggle.

    “I personally thought that Kanu will go the way of Uwazurike, but he has surprised everybody by his righteous, sincere and total comment to the struggle; we are all impressed; accordingly the IWA will honour Kanu in October for his honesty and transparent leadership, that boy is a hero”.

    Also speaking, IYM founder, Evang. Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, stated that those who claimed there was crisis in the IPOB were the very people who were being used to create the impression of a crisis.

    “I don’t want to get down to the level of such shameless characters, by responding to their vomit. Ndigbo knows that IPOB is intact; why would I comment on non-existent TRIPOB and REIPOB? I don’t want to dignify fake groups with a response.

    “The FG should do the needful, which is- begin to address the foundational reasons why millions of youths have lost faith in Nigeria. Creating artificial factors will not stop the agitation. Only a restructuring of the polity will restore hope. Time is running out”.

    On his part, Comrade Chimezie Ubani, President of Igbo Students waved off the groups thus: “Nobody knows the fictional characters, Philip Effiong Osuji and Ikemba Biafra or Nzeogwu Biafra; Let them publish their photographs and tell us their home town and local government of origin, if they truly exist.

    “These fictional characters, are only a creation of the oppressor, in order to deceive the public and waste Tax Payers money. There is no crisis whatsoever in the great and noble IPOB. We will honour Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in all the Campuses in Eastern Nigerian soon, he is our eternal hero, a prophet and a legend.

    “He destroyed our oppressors with the power of truth. IPOB is intact and we are all proud of them.”

    Bishop Mike Ibeneme, coordinator of South East Christians Network, while reacting, said “we all know, Nnamdi Kanu; we know he is from Afara, Umuahia, Abia State.

    “Nobody knows these names Ikemba Biafra and so called Philip Effiong Chima, they probably do not exist.

    “It is clearly an attempt by certain forces to give the impression that there is division within the IPOB. It means the IPOB have become a very formidable force that is strong enough to frighten the authorities.

    “Nobody believes there is any crisis within the IPOB, those alluding to factions in IPOB are only those who are afraid of IPOB, they have failed in their attempt to deceive the public. There is no crisis whatsoever within IPOB.”

    Chief Chris Obikwelu, Chairman of Igbo Traders Association had this to say: “We are all surprised to hear of strange names breaking away from IPOB; If they had said that Emma Powerful, Clifford Iroanya or Emma Nmezu broke away, it probably would have been believable, but for totally strange names, unknown to anybody to publish a list of laughable characters to negotiate on behalf of Ndigbo, simply means that these TRIPOB and REIPOB are fake, non-existent groups, created by the enemy in their foolish attempt to weaken IPOB.

    “I can tell you that they have only succeeded in making Kanu and IPOB more popular and respected by all. It means he is giving them sleepless nights; if Kanu is a sell-out, they would not create fake splinter groups to counter him”.


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