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BREAKING NEWS! Biafra & Ambazonia groups hold talks for freedom from Nigeria and Cameroon

By Dennis Agbo (Vanguard)

THE Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has formed an alliance with Southern Cameroon’s separatist group, Ambazonia, in pursuant to secession from their respective countries to become independent nations.

Arising from BNYL’s convention in Enugu, during the weekend, attended by representatives of Cameroon’s Ambazonia, BNYL leader, Princewill Chimezie said that the collaboration of the two agitating groups had been on for a long time but was being re-engineered to give stronger voice for their self-determination pursuits.

Chimezie disclosed that the Enugu convention was predicated on how to re-strategize and encourage self-defense mechanisms for Biafrans and Ambazonians in the escalating security challenges facing the people of Eastern Nigeria and Southern Cameroon.

He noted that BNYL was a multi-national pro-Biafra group whose membership were drawn from all the ethnic nationalities in the former Eastern Nigeria that were parts of the defunct Republic of Biafra led by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu between 1967 and 1970.

Chimezie said: “We resolved to defend ourselves by any means possible and we are not afraid to say that because we can’t continue to sit down and watch enemies massacre our people. I am afraid we may resort to guerilla movement.

We have been most prominent in the Bakassi areas where we developed partnership with Ambazonia because we found out that Biafra has a similar problem with southern Cameroon.

“Ambazonia needs our help just as we need theirs. We have both had affinity to achieve independence in different ways and the collaboration is meant to hear one another’s cry.”

One of the Ambazonia’s representatives and President of Universal Negro Improvement Association, UNIA in Calabar Cross River state, Comrade Enow Arrey said he was a refugee in Nigeria because of the horrible killings of Ambazonians in Southern Cameroon.

Arrey said: “I found out that my brothers in Nigeria have the same problem with Southern Cameroon people.

My mission is to speak that Africa has the right to decolonize their place. We’ve decided that our people must be one as they were before colonization.

“UNIA will support the Biafra movement before we can deserve respect. We are fighting for peace in Cameroon and if that peace needs a separate state, we will do that.

The peace is either for federalism or separation, just like we are in support of self-defense.”

Edo schools to resume 1st term Sept 28, while Enugu resume 3rd term same date

The Edo State Government has approved Monday, September 28 for the resumption of primary and secondary schools for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The state Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Benin City, the state capital.

He said to observe social distancing safety protocol in the classrooms, secondary schools would operate with JSS 1-3 from 8 am and 11 am while SSS 1-3 would receive classes from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Ijegbai further said that parents and guardians were expected to provide face masks for their children and wards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

He said, “Schools’ heads and proprietors are to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocol guidelines.“They must collect copies of the 2020/21 academic calendar from the office of the Chief Inspectors of Education in the 18 local government areas of Edo State.”

Ijegbai also said that the sale of forms for examinations into the six model schools in the state was still on, while the entrance examination had been moved from September 26 to October 3.

In a related development, the Enugu State Government has announced the phased re-opening of all primary and secondary schools in the state, for 3rd term academic activities, on Monday, September 28, 2020.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, the decision was reached “following the Enugu State Education sector stakeholders’ consensus and gracious approval of His Excellency the Governor”.

Prof. Eze pointed out that “it is important to note that necessary measures have been put in place in our schools for safe re-opening”.

He added that “teachers/students/pupils are therefore requested to ensure that they abide by the approved guidelines on COVID-19”, stressing that “no person will be allowed into any school without appropriate facemask/shield”.

According to the commissioner, “strong monitoring teams at state and Local Government Areas have been constituted to monitor compliance with the approved guidelines for the safety of all that operate in our schools”.

He therefore noted that “Primary six and Junior Secondary three students have completed their examinations and are not expected to be back to school”.

Ogui Nike Youth Council reject Enugu govt committee on Ugwuaji land crisis

Ogui Youth Council, in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State have rejected the six man panel set by the State Government to investigate the Ugwuaji land dispute as the land in question is a subject of litigation in court between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities.

The youth body instead called on the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to use his good offices to effect the immediate cessation of trespass and intrusion into Ogui Nike land by the Ministry of Housing, Awkunanaw Communities and illegitimate entrants.

In a letter to the Governor, titled, RE: AGUOWO OGUI NIKE COMMUNITY LAND: HISTORY, FACT AND A CALL FOR GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION AND JUSTICE, signed by it’s Chairman Oluchukwu Fidelis, the youths faulted the setting up of a committee to only investigate issues of contention among Ugwuaji communities even where the said land in question do not belong to Awkunanaw.

They requested for the immediate implementation of the boundary decision between Ogui and Awkunanaw communities as established by a 1942 Inter-tribal Boundaries’ Settlement Ordinance No. 49 of 1933, which was further affirmed by the former Deputy Governor, who was the then Chairman, Enugu State boundry Committee , Ezenwata Okechukwu Itanyi, the then Surveyor General of Enugu, C C Isife and others.

The youths who claimed that various key institutions and offices of the State are in the custody of some of the facts, evidences and credible documents regarding the Ogui Nike land boundry with Awkunanaw communities said, government should be proactive in order to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order which could be born in the course of the land dispute adding that it is now like a gathering storm which may snowball into a hurricane of sort if good measures are not taken.

According to them, some of the facts annexed in there letter to the governor as it relates to the land predate Nigeria independence which were recognized by the previous successive governments of Eastern region, East Central state, old Anambra, old and the present Enugu States of Nigeria.

They include, “The 1942 enquiry into a land dispute between Ogui Nike and Awkunanaw which was headed by Geoffrey Horne, A.D.O under the inter-tribal boundaries’ settlement ordinance No. 49 of 1933 to decide boundary between Awkunanaw and the Nike Clan in the then Agbani District of Udi Division of the Onitsha province.

“Through this Ordinance, the boundaries of Ogui Nike/Awkunanaw as well as Nike/Ngwo were determined and it established that the Aguowo land which includes the dispute area has been in exclusive possession and farmed by Ogui Nike without any challenge whatsoever.

“Also in 2002 following the acquisition of Independence Layout phase 11, Enugu State Government had set up a committee headed by the then Deputy Governor of Enugu State; Ezenwata Okechukwu Itanyi.

“The Committee after deliberations resolved the problem of boundry between Ogui and Awkunanaw communities by adopting a three-pronged approach viz; reconnaissance, field operation, GIS mapping and coordination as well as invoked the decision of the national boundary commission that adopted boundary for Enugu North and Enugu South, which by extension served as the boundary for the two communities.

The Youth council noted that, both Ogui Nike, Amaechi and Ugwuaji communities were both represented by professional surveyors as witnesses in addition to State Government Surveyor General and Zonal surveyor. The following surveyors were nominated by the communities,
L.C Eneje- Ugwuaji
R.C Chukwu-Amaechi
N.J Igwebike- Ogui Nike.

They further stated that following a request by Ogui Nike, Awkunanaw communities the government of Enugu State after careful assessment and evaluation confirmed that 33% of the land used for the development of the independence layout phase II housing estate project, was originally owned by
Ogui Nike, while 66% fell in the land originally owned by Awkunanaw (Amaechi and Ugwuaji). Consequently, both Awkunanaw and Ogui Nike received compensatory plots which were ceded back to them by government in 2005.

The youth council also attached a letter from Bar E.E Egbo, a native of Ugwuaji and Company dated 23 May 2012 which equally confirms and recognises the indisputable fact that 33% of the land used for the Independence Layout, Phase ll belongs to Ogui Nike wherein he pleaded to the Enugu State Government to recognise Ugwuaji as beneficiaries to the compensation due to the Awkunanaw communities.

Also included in the letter is a court case filed in 2005 by Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw seeking the nullification of the government final decision in respect of the report of the boundary between Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw and Ogui Nike.

“After series of court appearances for about fourteen years from 2005 to 2019 without credible evidence or fact, Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw on 5th June 2019 pleaded with the Court to discontinue the matter thereby accepting previous decisions of the colonial administration (1942) and government of Enugu State on the land. The plea for discontinuance was granted on 28th January 2020 by Hon Justice A.O Anidi.

“While recognising the report of the boundary dispute between Obeagu Ugwuaji Awkunanaw and Ugwuaji Awkunanaw communities all in Enugu South Local Government, (ESLN No 16); and the Technical Report of the Enugu State boundary dispute between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities comprising (Amaechi and Ugwuaji) part 1 and II (ESLN No 17 and 18), the Enugu State Gazette published on 24, December 2015, Government therefore affirmed and confirmed that the boundary between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities remain consistent with 1942, 2002 and 2005 decisions by the successive colonial and democratic government at the times in question.

The youth council while expressing dismay that Ogui Nike Community have been visited with outright violence, torture and intimidation, added that there’s been consistent trespass in their land with impunity which has consequently resulted in the disruption of viable and legitimate economic activities in the Area.

Part of the letter reads: “Over the past few years, there has been consistent trespass into the Ogui Nike Community land by members of Ugwuaji Awkunanaw community including: disruptions of viable and legitimate economic activities of Ogui Nike community members, attempts to illegally usurp and manage properties in the said location, sales and allocation of land belonging to Ogui Nike by Ugwuaji Community, physical torture, intimidation, violation of rights of people of Ogui Nike Community and flagrant abuse of court orders and Executive instructions.

“As we are no longer suspecting that the act is being supported by state authorities which is evident in the presence of State Ministry of Housing in the dispute area,
we therefore call on government to leave our only remaining land and do a wholistic inquiry into not just Ugwuaji land problems but to also determine and recommend effective implementation of existing boundry demercation between Enugu North and South local government areas which include the land in dispute between Ogui Nike and Awkunanaw communities as established by both Enugu state boundry committee and the National Boundry Commission”, they stated.

Society of Professional Igbo Journalists (SPIJ) holds meeting in Enugu

The Society of Professional Igbo Journalists (SPIJ), has announced that it will be meeting in Enugu, the Enugu state capital over the weekend.

In a notice signed by its Convener, ThankGod Ofoelue, and Secretary, Chidipeters Okorie, the meeting was fixed in order to discuss the challenges facing Ndi Igbo in Nigeria, with emphasis on the media industry.

The notice also revealed that major issues like security, Ndi Igbo and 2023, infrastructural development, international seaports and airports, and the media industry will form major topics during the meeting.

Speaking to journalists on the matter, SPIJ Secretary Chidipeters Okorie also said that the organization will be welcoming new members “a lot of people have indicated interest to join the SPIJ, including publishers, reporters, photojournalists and bloggers. We are inviting them all, to be available at the meeting so that we together can move Igbo land forward with the power of our pen”, he stated.

According to the notice, venue is Pentagon Luxury Suites,
Market Garden, 41 By Ebeano Tunnel Road, Round About G.R.A, GRA, Enugu, and the date is Sunday, 30th August, 2020, and time is 12 pm.

Horror as cult killings resume in Enugu

For the residents of Bunker, old UNTH Enugu, Wednesday night was like a horror movie as two rival cult groups attacked each other in the area leading to the death of one while another is missing with his blood spattered everywhere.

The two cult groups, Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt, are Ayes and Baggars whose members unleashed terror on one another, leading to the mowing down of a member of Baggars confraternity by Ayes cult group.

According to the report, a member of Ayes group is still at large, but the Bunker site where the attack took place is currently littered in human blood.

An eye witness who narrated the incident described it as a “horrible incident” that forced them to run for safety.

“We were relaxing last night when we heard that someone has just been killed in a place called ‘F Line’ and there was pandemonium everywhere.

“The person killed belongs to Baggars cult group and his assailants were wearing masks.

“His name is Iruka from Ezza area of Ebonyi State and his remains has been deposited at Colliery mortuary, Enugu.

“One of Ayes member who allegedly led the attack popularly known as Chibuzo from Nsukka area of Enugu State was traced to his girlfriend’s house in the middle of the night, his girlfriend jumped the fence while the body of Chibuzo is still missing but his blood was found everywhere,” the witness who craved anonymity narrated.

A member of the local vigilante in the area, Okuiyi Amalgamated Neighborhood Watch gave a vivid account of the incident; “What happened yesterday was a result of the protracted cold war between the rival groups. Members of Baggars beat up a member of Aye one Sunday in July and the Ayes in retaliation, went in their numbers to beat up any member of Baggars on sight.

“The circle continued until the members of Baggers saw this Chibuzo that his body is missing now and beat him to pulp. We even reported these incidents to the police but the boys keep evading arrest.

“It’s these clashes back and forth that gave rise to what happened yesterday and it was purely a revenge mission and painfully, one person has been confirmed dead and we can’t even confirm if the Chibuzo is still alive.”

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Release IPOB members now, they are innocent, Enugu Group urges security operatives

An Enugu based sociopolitical human rights organisation, Transparency Watch (TW) has condemned the clash between the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Nigerian security operatives in Emene Enugu yesterday.

In a statement signed by the group’s spokesperson, Ambassador David C Ani, and made available to newsmen, Transparency Watch condemned the attack on the group, describing it as ‘an unwarranted attack innocent and harmless youths’.

Ambassador Ani further argued that the group have freedom of association as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He further advised that the arrested 22 members be released unconditionally by the DSS.

The TW Spokesperson then urged President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the issues of IPOB in the country with his high security experience to avoid creating another security issue in the Southern part of Nigeria, which will not go well for the country at this critical time.

Ani also tasked the Governor of Enugu State, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to make sure peace is restored in the state to make Enugu more conducive for the residents.

7 suspected internet fraudsters arrested by EFCC in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that it arrested seven internet fraudsters.

This was made known to pressmen in the city in a Press Statement by the Head, Media & Publicity of EFCC, Dele Oyewale.

According to the Statement, they were arrested at Loma Linda Extension Enugu, Enugu State.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd gathered that their arrest followed intelligence signalling them as a syndicate of fraudsters that specialise in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, especially foreigners through the internet.

Items recovered from the suspected fraudsters include: three exotic cars: Lexus ES 350, Benz C300 and a Toyota Camry. Other incriminating materials recovered from them are several mobile phones and laptops.

The suspects have given useful information in the course of interrogation and will be charged to court soon, the release also stated.

Police arrest 10 suspects, recover arms, ammunition in Enugu

The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it arrested 10 suspects in July for various criminal offences within the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Abdurrahman, said the offences included conspiracy, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and cultism.

Abdurrahman said the items recovered from the suspects included six arms, 15 ammunition of 5.56mm caliber, 36 live cartridges and 12 expended cartridges.

Other items recovered were a television set, one mobile phone, one cutlass and other miscellaneous items.

The commissioner said the arrests and recovery were made possible by intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies, and local security outfits like the Neighbourhood Watch Group of the state.

“We also have to thank our partners, stakeholders and the general public as well as the dedication and diligence of the officers and men of the command,” he said.

The Commissioner said two suspects were arrested at Ugbawka, Nkanu East Local Government Area on July 26 and Onueke Izza South Local Government on July 30 through a combined operation.

Abdurrahman said: “Their arrest is sequel to intelligence gathered that the duo and other members now at large, allegedly attacked and killed one Onyebuchi Aninwagu, the Chief Security Officer of Amodu-Awkunanaw Community on July 19.

“They were also alleged to have on July 21 at about 6am attacked police officers attached to Ozalla Division of the Command and carted away two assault rifles, after killing one of the police officer, ASP Ominiyi Chukwu, while the other, Inspector Princewill Ebiriem, sustained severe degrees of bullet wounds.

“The deadly gang was further alleged to have attacked one Alhaji Ibrahim Yaro at Isiaji Road in Nkanu West LGA, shot him on the leg and made away with his unregistered Bajaj Motorcycle.”

Abdurrahman said on July 26 at Premier Layout, Enugu through a combined effort of police operatives and Neighbourhood Watch Group, two armed robbers, who forcefully took possession of valuables of residents on gun point, were arrested.

He said the command also arrested two suspects on July 17 and recovered some home items, phones, wristwatch and a belt belonging to residents of Independence Layout, Enugu.

“This group specialises in using cutlass and other dangerous instrument to rob,” he said.

The commissioner, however, said investigation was ongoing on the nefarious activities of the various suspects as well as manhunt for their other members that were presently at large.

“The command will not leave any stone unturned until these criminals are apprehended and given appropriate punishment for their actions so far,” he said.

US – based philanthropist inaugurates Foundation for the indigent in Enugu

A US based philanthropist, Mr Afamefuna Atu on Sunday launched an empowerment foundation to cater for the needs of the indigent in Enugu State.

Atu, who is the president of the organisation called Kings Care Empowerment Foundation, said that he was motivated to launch the foundation due to unpleasant personal experiences he had while growing up.

The president while speaking during the formal inauguration of the Nigeria office, said that the foundation was aimed at addressing the health, education and material needs of the people.
He said that three events in the history of his family shaped his passion for humanitarian works leading to the present intervention.

“Three events in my family history shaped my passion for humanitarian works. First is the death of my grandmother, who died during childbirth because of malnutrition and lack of food.

“The baby boy she was delivered of also died too. She left my mother aged two and her four years old sister behind.

“Shortly after my grandmother’s death, an eye disease which we know as ‘apollo’ broke out in our community and my grandfather was one of those that were affected,” he said.

According to Atu, his grandfather did not have money for medical treatment due to poverty and went for a local remedy.

“He squeezed a local herb into his eyes to clear the infection but he lost his eyes leaving my two-years old mother and her four years old sister motherless and with a blind father,” he said.

Atu said his father also lost his younger sister to liver cancer “and the tragedy affected all of us. After hearing the story of my grandparents, I vowed to make sure that no other parent will experience such suffering.

“Realising that when we leave this world we will not be remembered by the volume of our wealth but by our good deeds.

“Standing on those ideals, I established the Kings Care Empowerment Foundation whose primary aim is focused on our people to avoid another parent losing their eyesight as a result of poverty.

“I will not also like to see another woman dying at her birth stool like my grandmother,” he said.

Atu said that the foundation would focus on rural communities in order to create a future the people could touch and feel; a future where everyone is valued, every voice is heard and every life counts.

“As we formally open our headquarters in Nigeria, we look forward to engaging communities on challenges of health and community development, youth outreach and women empowerment,” Atu said.

Earlier, the Director of the foundation, Mr Ikechukwu Nwobodo, said that the organisation which was founded in 2017 had engaged in charitable works and growth of indigent families through medical outreach and others.

In a goodwill message, Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Manfred Nzekwe, said that the state government would partner with the foundation in any way possible to address the challenges of indigent members of the society among others.

Nzekwe commended the founder of the foundation for the initiative.

Highlight of the event was testimonies from beneficiaries of the foundation’s empowerment schemes.

See what Prince Lawrence Ezeh said FG must do, if it wants to lockdown the country again

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State and Enugu East Senatorial candidate in the 2019 elections, Engineer Lawrence Ezeh has okayed plans by the Federal Government to lockdown the country again.

Ezeh however, gave a condition upon which another lockdown will be acceptable to Nigerians, in the face of the rising cases of COVID-19.

Responding to questions in Enugu earlier today, he stated that the increase in index cases is a source of worry and there was need for strict measures to be taken in the overall interest of the people.

He said “It’s been a continuous and steady rise. So instead of flattening the curve, it a been on steady rise. If they take that decision, it may not be out of place.

“Total lockdown is not the only measure that could curb the spread. But it will go a long way in containing it. This is what has worked in most other parts of the world.

“The problem in Nigeria is that they copy a part but don’t copy it in full. If they had copied this lockdown thing the way other nations had done, you would have seen most Nigerians happily staying at home. Nobody wants to go and endanger his life for nothing on the streets. But if you sit at home and someone says there is Covid-19 and you are faced with hunger trying to snatch your children and even yourself, you decide to gamble into the street because the life of your children is important. The reson things are like this is because you look out there, there is death. You look inwards, there is death.

“So the man says, all due na die. So he goes out to struggle for survival.

He continued “The government knows how they got votes during elections. They know how many polling units are in the community, they know how many villages, so they should be able to structure this thing in a way that these number of people are reached through the same mechanism by which votes are got during election.

“Nobody should be asking questions on how to reach out to the people. If nobody tells politicians how to harvest votes, I don’t expect them to ask advise on how to reach out to the people who voted for them.

“By the way, as government is working hard on its part, I believe this is not time for too many projects. We should centre on the people. It takes a man that is alive to live to enjoy infrastructure. A dead man cannot enjoy infrastructure. So we need government to do their best to keep the people alive before they can continue with the good works they have been doing in terms of infrastructure” he stated.