BIAFRA: Army denies shooting IPOB members in church attack *they killed 11 yesterday, 25 today, says witness

The Nigerian Army has denied shooting sleeping members of the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra ( MASSOB) in a Catholic Church in Onitsha. 

According to a report by News Express, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a WhatsApp message that they were attacked first. Hear him; “Information not correct. In fact, it was some MASSOB/IPOB elements that attacked troops and other security agencies while they were on patrol. We will certainly give you further details.”

According to earlier reports by eye witnesses, the army invaded a church at 1 am this morning and started shooting sporadically into sleeping members, killing over 20. Another report put the casualty figure at 8, while a later report, though unconfirmed, said civilian northerners have joined the soldiers and were shooting at the IPOB members. The report said 25 have been gunned down.

The report also said the members who marched out later in the morning to commemorate this year’s edition of Biafra Heroes Day were again atacked and killed at Eke Nkpor market.

Below is the report by an eye witness who begged for anonymity; “Today being the 30th of May 2016, Biafrans all over the world are massively commemorating Biafra Heroes and as well observing the 50th Biafra anniversary. 

“While we made our way down to Nkpor,we sighted a combined team of Nigerian force men were seen harassing upcoming vehicles and seriously searching them. Biafrans who were heading towards the venue of May 30th Heroes Day Celebration with Biafra Flag, Hats, Shirts were arrested and forced into their Hilux Vans to an unknown destination. As a result of the barbaric act of the Force Men, a huge traffic jam was experienced and passengers who could not be patient enough in the traffic,alighted and trekked to their various destinations.

“As at 8pm on the 29th of May 2016,three IPOB members who came in from Aba heading towards Nkpor were shot dead and their corpses were taken away in a police van. The sporadic shooting by the Nigerian combined team of force men that killed the members led to a stampede, leaving 3 dead and several others injured, while others escaped”.

“Today being the 30th of May 2016, as the Indigenous People Of Biafra gathered at the church at about 2am with the intention of proceeding for the remembrance day, the Nigeria combined force team invaded it and started shooting tear-gas canisters, after which they opened fire, leaving 8 dead. They left with 6 of the corpses, while two others were taken to the mortuary and several others were injured and large numbers forcefully taken into Police Hilux vans”. 

“Despite the killings, molestation and harrasment, Indigenous People of Biafra were still sighted moving forward and proceeding to the venue, where the Heroes Day will be observed. At about 9:40am, more Hiluxes and heavily-armed Combined Force Team have been deployed and currently people are been tear-gassed”. 

In another report, over 20 people have also been arrested in Owerri. They were going for the rally when security men apprehended them.

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BIAFRA HEROES DAY: Several killed as soldiers open fire in Catholic Church in Onitsha

Several people have been killed and over 20 injured this morning as men of the Nigerian army shot into a Catholic Church at Nkpor Junction, Onitsha, South East Nigeria.

Jungle Journalist learnt that the incident, which occurred at about 6 am this morning, is likely to be connected to today’s rally to commemorate people kiled during the Biafra War between 1966 and 1970.

However, witnesses say they do not know why the attack took place since worshippers were still in the church for morning mass.

30th of May is marked the world over by Biafrans (South East/South South Nigeria) as Biafra National Holiday to pay tribute to over 3.5 million Biafrans that died during Nigeria Civil War.

The day is celebrated all over the world as Heroes Day.

According to reports, there are rallies currently going on across the major cities of the South East, while in the major countries of the world, the rallies are also heating up.

Since last night, people of the former Biafra region who believe in the struggle for an independent state of Biafra have been posting millions of photos, videos and texts on the social media walls to reflect the celebration.

The celebration this year, coincides with this year’s Democracy Day celebration in Nigeria, which is observing a public holiday today, Monday 30, since yesterday, the main Democracy Day is a Sunday.

Every year, colourful processions are held by these peoples, calling on the Nigerian government to release it’s members in detention, and allow it’s citizens run an independent government of self determination.

Emmanuel Yahgozie, who spoke with Jungle Journalist from London two days ago said the theme for this year is the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has been held by Nigeria’s government since last year.

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Ala Igbo Devt Foundation decries exclusion of SE in Buhari’s Govt

Notable leaders of the South-East geopolitical zone Thursday in Enugu reviewed the place of the Igbo people in the nation’s present political configuration, lamenting that unless the people came together to take their destiny in their hands, the future looked very bleak.

The leaders who spoke at the Anniversary lecture of Alaigbo Development Foundation, a Corporate body comprising eminent scholars, elders, public figures, clergy, youth and women committed to the rebuilding and development of the zone and the rebirth and advancement of the spirit of her culture and civilisation, delivered by the Arch Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri, Dr. Anthony Obinna, entitled “Religion and Culture in the modern Igbo context: the Chukw-Kriti Dynamic”.
Among the notable leaders who lamented the fate of Ndigbo in the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari included former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, Secretary General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nworgu and the organisation’s former President-General, Dozie Ikedife, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, the ADC to late Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu, Bishop Obi Onubuogu, Archbishops of Catholic, Anglican and Methodist Churches and other traditional rulers.
They expressed dismay that the present administration had relegated the Igbos to the backgroud, noting that in the present arrangement, the people of the zone had been shut out from the nation’s security apparatus especially in the military and paramilitary, a development they insisted portends great danger for the people.
 
The Archbishop of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma said Igbos had completely lost out insisting that urgent steps should be taken to address the anomaly.
On his part, former governor, Obi urged both religious and traditional leaders to come together and find a lasting solution to the myriads of problems confronting the people of South-East zone.
“When I was in office, it wasn’t easy to bring even the governors of the south-east together for our parleys but we achieved it, and for two years since we left, they’ve not been able to come together. Our religious and traditional leaders should come together and proffer solutions to this problem.
“Another problem we have is the fact that our means of engagement is very low. The quality of our politicians is very low and as such they can’t proffer solutions.
For instance, in the senate, we need quality people there. Today, we have very important committees in the senate. Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano is heading Planning, Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe is heading Appropriation and Wammako, former governor of Sokoto is heading Education. Can you beat that.
“I’m not just talking about political leaders. Our means of engagement is very low. For instance, is Prof Wole Soyinka an elected person but when he speaks, everybody listens. We have such people here but they have refused to be part of the engagement. Igbos need to work together, I’m urging the church to intervene and bring us together. If we have our best in everything we do, it will augur well for us. For me, governance is about service, when I hear people saying different things at the same time, I simply shudder, I passed through the process and we were able to achieve a lot.
“Our means of engagement is very low, not just those elected, even the followers. We have to come out with the voices of quality. We must up our game,” he noted.
On the Fulani herdsmen/farmers debacle, Obi kicked against the establishment of grazing reserves insisting that owners of cattle ought to establish ranches since it remained private businesses.
 
“People should build their own ranches and stop invading people’s farms, it’s their personal businesses. We don’t even have the land here let alone the one we will give free as grazing reserves,” he noted.
Earlier, the President of the Foundation, Prof Uzodinma Nwala said the mandate of ADF was to provide Research and Planning Support-base including Data Bank for the overall Economic and Social Development of Igbo land, noting that already the foundation is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and has global membership spread in the continents of Africa, Europe and America.
He said the foundation remained committed to promoting the deepest level of peaceful co-existence and corporation of Ndigbo with their neighbours both in Nigeria and throughout the African continent and indeed throughout the rest of the civilised world.
Other speakers including the chairman of the Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Ambassador L.O.C. Agubuzu, Ohuabunwa, Methodist Archbishop of Enugu, Most Rev. Chris Ede and Onubuogu stressed the need for togetherness in Igbo land notung that the people of the area had great potentials to turn around their situation for the better.

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Attacks on oil facilities not ending soon, says Ijaw Youth Congress

Foremost Ijaw youth organisation, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has warned that agitations, including militancy in the Niger Delta region, will never end until President Muhammadu Buhari does the right thing. This, it said, requires the putting of machineries in place for the relevant constitutional amendment to revert Nigeria back to the practice of fiscal and true federalism or immediately began the implementation of the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference.

The group insisted that the only solution to intermittent crisis in the Niger Delta region, which have led to massive bombing of oil installations by militant groups, is for the APC-led government to address the resource control and ownership question which have been the remote cause of crisis in the delta.

IYC’s strongly-worded warning was contained in a communique signed by its President Comrade Udengs Eradiri and spokesman, Barr. Eric Omare, at the end of one-day stakeholders conference to mark the end of the month-long activities in honour of Major Jasper Adaka Boro. The communiqué of the conference which had as theme, “The Ideals of Isaac Boro and the Renewed Militancy in the Niger Delta” reads as follows:

The Way Forward

The conference observed that the renewed militancy in the region were the same issues that gave birth to the Late Major Adaka Boro’s struggles which cumulated into the twelve days revolution in the 1960’s.

It held that whereas the Presidential Amnesty programme of 2009 brought temporary peace to the Niger Delta region, however, after the cessation of hostilities in the region, the crucial issues of resource control and true federalism which formed the basis for the agitation were not addressed.

It observed among others things that most steps taken by the Buhari administration are geared towards antagonising and undermining the interest of the Niger Delta region including the removal of the 10% community development equity share from the Petroleum Industry Bill which it held have contributed to the present hostilities in the region.

IYC in its resolution emphasised that the attempt by the Federal Government to award surveillance contracts to ex-militants would not solve the problem of attack on oil facilities, maintaining instead that once issue of resource ownership and control is addressed, communities and the people would naturally protect oil pipeline situated in their communities as critical stakeholders.

It however added that the award of surveillance contracts, which it said is also a palliative measure, should be for any community chosen as contractors which, it insisted, are to be held liable for any breach of contract.

The conference criticised the APC-led Federal Government for allegedly politicising the issues affecting the region instead of dealing with the stakeholders on how to resolve the already delicate situation, urging the government to start the process of genuine dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.

It urged President Buhari to stop treating the Niger Delta region as a conquered territory, emphasising its belief in a united Nigeria where every part of the country would be treated as equal stakeholders on the basis of fairness, equity and justice.

IYC further said that President Buhari must treat every part of the country as his constituents and equal stakeholders irrespective of their contribution to his electoral victory.

The group however frowned at alleged cancellation of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State which it said form one of the conditions for ex-agitators to accept amnesty in 2009 by Honourable Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, stressing that the purported cancellation of the institution is a breach of the terms of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The conference however condemned the deafening silence of President Buhari on the issue of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State despite protest by stakeholders against the decision of the Honourable Minister of Transport, urging the Federal Government to calm nerves of stakeholders in the region by directing the already constituted university governing

council to commence academic activities without delay.

The communique also noted that the conference resolved that the renewed militancy in the region is partly an indication of failings in the amnesty programme and therefore called on the federal government to review the programme to address all the issues affecting the successful implementation of the programme.

IYC also vowed to resist any attempt to single out former President Goodluck Jonathan for arrest and humiliation over spurious allegations of corruption in the APC-led government anti-corruption fight, urging President Buhari to accord Jonathan the same respect accorded other former Presidents, otherwise demonstrate his sincerity by first probing all former Presidents including Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalam Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo.

The conference maintained that if Buhari’s anti-corruption war was not selective, why has he not probe of the Halliburton scam and bring to justice all those involve including former Presidents.

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Family of missing Civil Defense officer demands his whereabouts from NSCDC

THE family of a civil defence personnel, Mr Howell Obia, who has been missing since last August have  asked his  employers, Nigerian Security and Civil defence Corps, NSCDC, to explain his whereabouts.

In a petition to the state Commissioner of Police in Benin City, Mrs Sandra Nwonye, his elder sister and Judith Agbaje, his fiancee, say that since Mr Obia was deployed to Port-harcourt, the Rivers State capital in August 2015 on special duties, they not seen him in person.

They said, they were in touch with him after his arrival in Port-Harcourt up until March 8th 2016 when he told them that he was on a vessel “onshore”, carrying out national assignment  on the High sea.

They also said that calls, text messages put though to his GSM lines thereafter went unanswered, even as one of his close friends and colleague in Port-Harcourt confirmed that he has not heard from him.

Mrs Nwonye said, “he joined the civil defence 5years ago and was in Benin City before the deployment. In December he sent me some money and promised to visit but he never came”.

“We went to the civil defence offices in Benin City and Port-Harcourt and the authorities did not tell us anything satisfactory about his disappearance except of course to impute blame on him “.

According to Miss Agbeye, “we were going to get married and he said he will be in Benin the weekend we last heard from him. Three of them who were deployed have since returned to Benin except him”.

Meanwhile the family say some of the personal effects of Mr Obia including three cell phones and clothes were returned to them last week by an official of the NSCDC in Benin city without information about him.

At the NCDSC, the commandant was said to be holding a high level security meeting. An official claimed ignorance of the letter concerning the missing Mr Obia and referred our correspondent to the national headquarters at Abuja or Port-Harcourt.

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Okowa Marks One Year In Office With Praise And Thanksgiving(PHOTOS)

IT was a gathering of who is who yesterday (29/05/16) in Asaba as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State celebrates one year in office with a thanksgiving and praise to God.
Former Military Administrator of the state, Navy Captain Walter Feghabor, former Deputy Governors of the state, Chief Benjamin Elue and Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), elected and appointed political office holders; traditional rulers and lovers of democracy were among the guests at the occasion which took place at the Events Centre, Asaba.
Governor Okowa at the occasion which he attended accompanied by his wife, Edith; his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and his wife, Ebi thanked God for a successful one year in office and gave kudos to Deltans for their support.
“One year down the line, we have reasons to thank God; today is thanksgiving and praise day; the times are tough, very tough and we know that the situation is the same nationally, but, we are very troubled in Delta State because our pipelines are being blown up and kidnapping is high,” the Governor observed, emphasizing, “I believe very strongly that God is with us; at these trying times, we are doing our best, projects are being executed everywhere; we will continue to impact on every community and those communities we have not gotten to should be patient with us.”
He urged Deltans not to relent in their prayers for the state and his administration, noting, “if it is well with the government of Delta State, it shall be well with us.”
The Governor admonished Deltans to always be of good behaviour as their actions will always impact on the state either positively or negatively.
According to him, “wherever you find yourself, realize that your actions will have implications to the government and people of Delta State, we thank you for your support.”
Earlier in a sermon titled “His Glory Is REstored”, the Guest Minister,  Rev. Chris Eruemulor admonished nigerians to be patient as thenation would overcome its present challenges and its glory would be restored. He described Governor Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Otuaro as “gifts to Delta State and should always have the interest of the state at heart.”
Shortly after the interdenominational thanksgiving service, renowned gospel musicians Iincluding Elijah Oyelade, Chioma Jesus, Buchi, Sammy Okposo, Frank Edwards, Akpororor and Paul Nams were led the Praise session t sing praises to God at the ceremony.

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Oshiomhole appoints Okosun Pro-Chancellor Tayo Akpata Varsity

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has appointed Rt. Hon Thomas Okosun as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Tayo Akpata University of Education, Ekiadolor.

Rt. Hon Okosun was member of Edo State House of Assembly from 1992 to 1993 and from 1999 to 2003. He was Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly from 1999 to 2000 during which time he was elected Chairman, Conference of Speakers in Nigeria, in 1999.

The new Pro-Chancellor was also Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) from 2010 to 2013.

A Barrister at Law, Hon Okosun is married with children.

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Army kill 2 Boko Haram, injure others near Sambisa forest

Following information of suspected Boko Haram elements crossing point across Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road,  troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, both of 25 Task Force Brigade, staged a deliberate ambush against the terrorists logistics elements on motorcycles and bicycles crossing from Sambisa forest to Alagarno general area around Nyaleri yesterday night. 


During the operation, the troops killed 2 Boko Haram terrorists, wounded several others  and recovered some arms, ammunitions and other items.
 
Specifically, they recovered 1 AK-47 Assault rifle, with registration number  27875, 1 hand grenade,  4 AK-47 magazines loaded with ammunition, assorted food items, sex enhancing drugs, such Viagra, foot wears and bathroom  slippers. Others include 3 motorcycles, 10 bicycles, tool kits and  assorted clothing, 5 rechargeable lamps and 5 litres of Kerosene. As well as military uniforms, amongst other things.

From all indications, the terrorists attempted to resupply and sell the items to other terrorists hibernating elsewhere after being displaced from parts of Sambisa forest. 

The troops have continued with the clearance and rescue operations while others are maintaining blocking positions.   

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Police arrest 5 Fulani in connection to Ukpabi Nimbo killings

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The Nigeria Police Force has announced the arrest of those who carried out the massacre in Nimbo community in Enugu State.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen had on April 25, 2016 stormed Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State killing over 40 persons and injuring many.

According to a statement on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, the suspects were arrested by the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase.

Kolawole said the arrests were made based on credible intelligence.
She added: “The IGP’s IRT, based on the intelligence gathered on the attack, arrested the following suspects viz: Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Sale Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute, and recovered one Gionee L88 mobile phone with memory card containing the video recording of the massacre in the community.”
Kolawole also said the team on May 6, 2016 busted a three-man syndicate of deadly bank robbers/kidnappers and recovered arms, ammunition, dynamites and rifle servicing tools from them.

The gang members – Gogo Daniel Ume, Ikado Michael and Ifeanyi Kalu – had been terrorizing Rivers, Imo and Enugu States respectively.
Items recovered from them included three AK-47 rifles; one LAR rifle; 310 rounds of live ammunition; 12 rifle magazines; rifle servicing tools; cache of dynamite explosive; one Toyota Highlander Jeep; one Toyota Venza jeep; and one Ford Edge Jeep.
The statement equally said in continuation of the IRT anti-kidnapping operations in Kaduna State, the team on May 20, 2016 arrested Babangida Ibrahim, Idris Abubakar and Idris Mai Anguwa in the State for alleged involvement in kidnapping and robbery, while different caliber of weapons were also recovered from the bandits.

The statement added: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, NPM, has observed with satisfaction the high sense of patriotism and professionalism with which the members of the IGP’s IRT have carried out their duties so far. He stated that the IRT relies on vital information made available to the Police by the public and attributed the recent break-through to the growing trust and cooperation between the Force and the public.

“The IGP assured Nigerians that the Police will remain dynamic and creative in formulating new strategies for fighting crimes and criminality and urged Nigerians to continue to support the Force.”

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Vigilante intercept 60 Fulani herdsmen with dangerous weapons in Anambra

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A bloody attack was averted in Oraukwu community in Idemmili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, yesterday, as community vigilante members allegedly intercepted about 60 poisonous bows, arrows and sharp cutlass laced with suspected poisonous elements at Ubana farmland in Dim-Ubana village.

Commander of the vigilante, Mr Dona Enenebeaku, told Daily Sun that some suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed the community in the twilight of Monday with dangerous weapons but were pursued by his team who intercepted their dangerous weapons.

“One of my vigilante members was on patrol. So on getting to Ubana, he saw two Fulani herdsmen. One was carrying a sealed bag and some weapons while the other was carrying bows and arrows. He called me on phone to rush down to the bush with our team.

“They had seen him from a distance. So, while he was making the call, they dumped their heavy weapons and ran away. Before we arrived, they had disappeared into the bush.

“We later combed the bush searching for them but, they had escaped.” We collected the bows, arrows and other dangerous weapons they dumped. There are more than 50 bows and arrows in our custody,” he said.

It is clear to us that those Fulani people intended to attack our community. Those two might be their messengers. What are two of them doing with over 50 dangerous weapons in our farmland at that time? We have warned our people to be cautious.”

The President-General of the community, Mr. Cyril Ejidike, confirmed the incident to our reporter but added that they’ve beefed up security in the area.

Contacted, Anambra Police spokesman, Ali Alphonsus Okechukwu, whispered to our reporter on the telephone that he was in a meeting and wouldn’t talk but didn’t reply to a text message sent to him as at the time of filing this report.

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