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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), said there is no going back on the sit-at-home order it declared on May 30, for Biafra Day celebration in remembrance of fallen heroes of Biafra who died during the civil war of 1967 and 1970.

The group alerted Biafrans, friends and lovers of Biafra freedom about the strategies mapped out by the Federal Government and security agencies to deal with the people of Biafra during the remembrance day celebration.

A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful warned Biafrans to stay at home on that day to avoid security operatives from killing innocent members of the public or IPOB members.

“According to IPOB intelligence unit, there are series of meetings going on between security agencies and saboteurs in our midst who wish to sabotage the remembrance day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines scheduled to hold on May 30.

“Nevertheless, we are calling on every Biafran to stay at home on that day to avoid security operatives from killing innocent members.

“We all are aware that IPOB, under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu doesn’t say something and renege, therefore, we must remember and honour our fallen heroes and heroines who died for us to live.

“Biafra liberation movement, under the leadership of Kanu is a divine project which no man, born of a woman can stop unless God Almighty (Chukwu Okike Abiama) says so.

“This May 30, remembrance day and sit-at-home order will serve as a notice to the world, Nigerians, Federal Government and security agencies, that this set of Biafra generation under the banner of IPOB led by Kanu means business. They are a different set of people who cannot relent in the pursuit for the liberation of our dear nation, Biafra.

“In line with this, we expect every Biafra citizen, both home and abroad to endeavour to honour our soldiers who died on battle field, children who were starved to death and other foreigners who laid their lives during the genocidal war and killings against the people of Biafra between 1967 and 1970. We must remember and honour them, no going back.

“With this, every IPOB member in Biafraland must travel to his or her native community to enlighten the people in our villages to observe the sit-at-home order issued by IPOB and our supreme leader, Kanu. Also, those in diaspora must inform their people in Biafra land to sit-at- home on that fateful day to avoid regrets.

“However, Biafrans and IPOB members outside Biafra land, both those in diaspora must take to the streets in the country of their respective residents in honour and remembrance of Biafrans that died during the war of genocide between 1967 and 1970. They must also let the governments of the countries of their respective residents to be aware of our plight in Nigeria since 1945 till date.

“Furthermore, we must use town criers in all the villages and streets in Biafra land, the priests, pastors, reverend fathers are also expected to announce to their members in their different churches to stay at home on that day…”

in honour and remembrance of our falling heroes and heroines who laid down their lives for us to be alive in this contraption called Nigeria and to be at alert because the Security agencies are out again to kill our people on that particular day, we advise you to stay in your respective homes nothing will happen” Powerful stated.

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2019 Elections: The Army staged a coup against Rivers state – Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that the Nigerian Army staged a coup against Rivers State during the 2019 General Elections, describing their actions as the worst in the nation’s democratic history.

Addressing the Joint House of Representatives Committees on Army, Police, Human Rights and Justice at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the Nigerian Army acted illegally because they were working to impose a pre-determined leadership on Rivers State.

He said: “It is really unfortunate. All of us know that there was a coup in this state, organised by the Nigerian Army. In the history of this country, it has never happened where during an ordinary election, the Army will begin to kill people for no just cause.

“Because they believe a particular person or a particular party must win, it doesn’t matter how many people die. It was shown on National Television. We watched how the Army invaded the whole Electoral Commission “.

He regretted that the Federal Government has never worked to assist Rivers State Government fight insecurity.

“This is the only state the Federal Government has never assisted to fight insecurity. Instead of us to team up and fight insecurity, you politicize it.

“Even if you make recommendations, nothing will happen. I don’t know whether we are in a military regime or Civil Administration”, he said.

The Governor noted that aside the Army, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARs) has been a major anti-democratic force in the state, since the 2016 rerun elections.

He pointed out that the F-SARs murdered a Ph.D. Holder and Chartered Accountant in cold blood simply because they wanted to subvert the will of the people.

Governor Wike wondered why the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army is still unpunished, despite the negative roles he played during the elections.

“The GOC here is a politician. Nothing has happened to him because he was sent. If it was when the country was a country, you cannot be keeping that GOC. He is sabotaging the security network “, he said.

He suggested that urgent measures be taken to rejig the security architecture of the country, in view of the nation-wide security challenges.

The Governor said rather than address the security challenges facing the country, security agencies move against critics of security failures.

Earlier, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Army, Rimande Shawule Kwewum said that were in the state to investigate killings by the F-SARs on the basis of a motion by the Member Representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Mr. Kingsley Chinda on the killing of Dr. Ferry Gberegbe during the elections.

He said that the joint House of Representatives Committees are in the state are on a fact-finding mission.

He said that the Committees will sit down and allow all the stakeholders to state their positions for the committee to arrive at the truth and make relevant recommendations.

The Federal Lawmaker said that there is a correlation between insecurity and under-development. He said that countries that suffer insecurity hardly make progress.

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Dabiri-Erewa lauds Buhari over release of Zainab Aliyu

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for facilitating the release of two Nigerians arrested in Saudi Arabia.

Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who embarked on Lesser Hajj in Dec. 2018, was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly being in possession of banned substances.

Ibrahim Abubakar, another Nigerian, was also detained by Saudi authority for alleged drug-related offence.

However, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Sulaiman on Tuesday in Abuja announced the release of the two Nigerian detainees by Saudi authority

Dabiri-Erewa, who gave the commendation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said Buhari’s timely intervention saved the two Nigerians from being punished for offence they did not commit.

“We thank God and thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his immediate intervention.

“When we brought the matter to him about two weeks ago, he immediately directed the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure Zainab and Ibrahim were released.

“All I can say is, I am happy that this young promising girl did not get punished for an offense she did not commit,” she said.

The presidential aid, however, expressed concern over the authority’s was handling of case of the suspects, who allegedly planted banned substances in Zainab’s bag at the airport.

“My worry is that those who set her up are now on bail. NDLEA must ensure prosecution of those culpable.

“Egypt Air and Ethiopian Air must ensure compulsory baggage identification of passengers.

“All the cases we have had so far have involved only those two airlines. Security surveillance at our airports must also be strengthened,” she said

The permanent secretary had said that the release was as a result of intense diplomatic engagements between the Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

He said that the ministry made great effort to establish their innocence.

Suleiman noted that the government had raised several note verbal with the Saudi Embassy in Abuja and their Consulate in Kano over the matter.

He said that the news of her release was heartwarming to the government and Zainab’s family. (NAN)

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Dangote donates 2,160-bed hostel to ABU

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AFRICA’S foremost businessman and Aliko Dangote Foundation Chairman Alhaji Aliko Dangote donated at the weekend a 2,160-bed space hostel complex to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State.

The hostel, comprising 10 blocks of 360 rooms, built at  N1.2 billion, is coming after similar gestures to Bayero University, Kano and University of Ibadan, Ibadan, where the business mogul donated multi-billion naira business school complexes, respectively as part of his contribution to the education development in the country.

The inauguration of the hall of residence coincided with ABU’s 41st convocation during which the varsity conferred on Dangote and the renowned Labour leader Hassan Sumonu, honourary Doctorate degrees.

Also 15,787 graduating students were also awarded various degrees.

The President of Dangote Group explained that he was moved to build the structure having realised that the students’ population at the universities have recorded significant increase without a corresponding growth in terms of infrastructure.

He lamented that the situation has remained a subsisting and growing major challenge as public varsities grapple with under-funding.

Dangote said: “Thus, I will like to use this opportunity to enjoin the Federal Government to consider allocating special funds to the universities to enable them to improve on research and upgrade their infrastructure. Such special intervention has become imperative given the perennial funding challenges facing our universities.”

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