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Rivers governor tasks council chiefs, youths to identify IPOB members

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has charged the twenty-three council chairmen and youths in the State to identify members of proscribed separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the State.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has charged the twenty-three council chairmen and youths in the State to identify members of proscribed separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the State.

The Governor warned that any council chairman that allows IPOB to hold processions and hoist its flag within their jurisdiction in Rivers risks sack.

He made this assertion during a meeting with all twenty-three Local Government Chairmen, Community Development Committees and youths leaders at the Government House in Port Harcourt Monday.

The Governor described Rivers as the most accommodating state for all Nigerians, stating that there has never been any historical incident of different ethnic groups clashing in the State as has been witnessed in other parts of the country.

‘We can never be against any ethnic group. We can never do that. We have lived in harmony with the Ibos, the Hausas, and with Edo people. Everybody that comes to this State, we have lived in harmony with. And so, Nigerians must commend Rivers State as a place where you have never had a problem between this group and that group,’ the Governor said.

He maintained that while the people of Rivers believe in the unity of the country, they would not allow criminals under the aegis of IPOB to continue to threaten the stability of the State.

‘There is one terrorist group they call IPOB. I did not declare them a terrorist group. The court declared them a terrorist group. Not me. The Federal Government declared them a terrorist group. IPOB cannot use Rivers State to be a place where they will be launching attacks. If you allow that, your future, your children’s future is gone,’ Wike said.

‘Go to Oyigbo and see what they have done,’ the Governor said, speaking of IPOB hoisting its flag following a violent attack. [They] destroyed the court. What did the court do? See the soldiers they killed and burnt them. See the policemen they killed and burnt them and then you said people will sit and fold their arms.’

The Governor, calling on the people of Rivers to be vigilant, said that the State cannot be colonised or annexed by any group as long as he remains Governor.

He asserted that Rivers can not be annexed to any State or any zone. According to him, Rivers is Niger Delta and would remain in Niger Delta.

The Governor said that while any Nigerian is allowed to reside in Rivers State, but that those who wish to do so must live in peace with the people of the State.

‘Ibos are living and doing their business here and they will continue to live and do their business here. We support that. But, that terrorist group called IPOB cannot determine what happens in our State, to tell us where they own. It will never happen and we must not allow it to happen,’ the Governor declared.

Wike charged all Chairmen of councils, youth leaders and CDCs to go into their various communities and identify all IPOB members.

The Governor stressed that nobody of Igbo extraction legitimately residing and doing business in the State should be harassed.

‘But there are criminal elements that we must not allow, and the criminal elements are those who said they are IPOB members. The Federal Government has proscribed them, I have proscribed them,’ he said.

He called on the people to defend the territory of Rivers State and ensure no part of the State is annexed by a criminal organisation or terrorist organisation.

‘We cannot allow it. All our vigilant groups must be encouraged. Everybody must be at alert. Work with the security agencies to make sure nothing call IPOB exist in this state. No procession. Not even a meeting somewhere. Identify where they hold meeting cells,’ he said.

The Commissioner of Youth Development, Ohia Prince Obi, lauded the Governor for interfacing with the youths, saying it would give them a sense of belonging in the affairs of the State.

The Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria in Rivers State, Chijoke Ihunwo, appealed to Governor Wike for clemency for “wanted” Stanley Mgbere, who led IPOB members to attack the palace of the king of Onne, but was rejected.

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VP Osinbajo, six governors to engage youths, others

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will be heading a committee that has six state governors as members to engage youths, representatives of Civil Society Organisations, religious and traditional leaders on the fallout of the recent #EndSARS protests.

Members of the committee will be engaging the stakeholders on employment, social safety net programmes, and national unity among other key issues of concern.

The decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council chaired by Osinbajo on Monday.

The council, which is chaired by the sitting Vice President, has also state governors, relevant ministers, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria as members.

Members of the committee are six state governors representing the six geopolitical zones of the country.

They are the governors of Sokoto, Borno, Niger State, Ondo, Ebonyi, and Delta states.

The committee, which is to commence work immediately, will develop a comprehensive framework under the auspices of NEC that would coordinate joint actions and steps to be taken by both the federal and state governments to examine the fundamental issues underlining the protests and arrive at effective solutions, including how to enhance Nigeria’s national security.

The council also commended the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies for their handling of the disturbances in some states.

The communique read, “Council agreed to embark on an objective framing of a new security and stability architecture for the country supported by the development of a framework of engagement with the youth, civil society and religious leaders; a framework for national unity; a framework to engage with security agencies that will devolve more control to state governors who are the chief security officers of their states; a framework for federal support to provide compensation for those who have incurred losses in the last few weeks and a framework for social security to deal with the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.

“A joint committee was consequently set up by the Chairman of Council, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to work with state governments represented by the governors of Ebonyi, Ondo, Niger, Delta, Borno and Sokoto States to implement the resolutions of the emergency meeting.”

The council also commended the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies for their handling of the disturbances in some states.

It commiserated with those who have been injured, suffered the death of a loved one or lost property since the hijacking of the #EndSARS protests.

The communique added, “The council observed the low morale of security operatives during the period and members resolved to commend the Nigerian Police and all the security agencies for their handling of what is clearly an unprecedented problem.

“Council affirmed an unequivocal belief and assurance that most members of the nation’s security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order in the country.

“NEC also supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a complete overhaul of the country’s security services by improving the capacity of security officers across the rank and file while providing them with the necessary equipment to carry out their jobs effectively.

“NEC enjoined the CACOVID leadership to come out with an independent statement on the status of the distribution of palliatives donated to States which should clearly explain the circumstances behind the delay in the distribution of food items domiciled in warehouses across the country.

“Council reviewed the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra and other secessionist groups, stressing that these subterranean and violent tendencies must be quickly addressed given that they have continually hijacked demonstrations and caused mayhem and lawlessness across parts of the country.

“Council established that economic issues underlie what the country has gone through in the last few weeks. Good governance and improved service delivery remain the fundamental panacea to social tensions in the country, and social welfare must be given greater priority in the first instance.

“Council decried the irresponsible use of social media in fueling misinformation and increasing social tensions.”

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#EndSARS: Igbo group dissociates self from Nnamdi Kanu’s statement

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has threatened to expose corrupt leaders in the north.

Leaders of Ndigbo in All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos, have condemned the attack on the palace of Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, and the destruction of public, private buildings and monuments in Lagos State, by hoodlums in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

The Ndigbo leaders, led by Joe Igbokwe, who made the remark on Monday after a meeting, told newsmen that “the act is unfortunate, condemnable, unwarranted and should never happened again.”

Other Ndigbo leaders at the briefing include Eze Uche Dimgba (Okpenteba), State Coordinator Ndigbo in APC, Lagos; Dr. Ken Mordi, Board of Trustee, BOT, member; High Chief Kelvin Nworah, Coordinator Lagos East Senatorial Ndigbo in APC Lagos, among others.

While dissociating Igbo in Lagos from the statement made by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, Igbokwe said the Igbo are builders and not destroyers.

According to him, “The Igbo have been living peacefully in Lagos. The investments we have here in Lagos is more than what we have in the East.

“My people couldn’t have been part of that massive destruction. It is not in our character.

“No Igbo man will have such courage to commit sacrilege by destroying the Oba of Lagos’ palace. But if there is any Igbo man who took part in the attacks, he or she is on his/her own and should face the dire consequences.

“We are not party to Kanu’s statement. He can’t and does not speak for Igbo. He does not represent Igbo.

“He should retreat now and tender an unreserved apology to Ndigbo for endangering their lives through inflammatory statements capable of inciting violence. He is on his own.

“We, therefore, condemn, unequivocally, the massive destruction of lives and monumental properties under the guise of #EndSARS protests across Lagos in particular, and Nigeria in general.

“What happened in Lagos is very unfortunate. We dissociate ourselves from this criminal act.

“We, hereby, sympathise with the families who lost their loved ones and those who suffered losses and pray it will not happen again.

“As Igbo, we cannot destroy what we have jointly built in Lagos.”

While declaring solidarity with Sanwo-Olu in this trying time, Igbokwe said: “I, therefore, urge Igbo to continue to support the administration of our efficient governor, Sanwo-Olu.

“We should go about our legitimate businesses in atmosphere of peace and remain calm. We shall join hands in rebuilding Lagos in whatever way we can. Lagos will surely bounce back.”

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IPOB members attack police station in Abakaliki

A protest by the proscribed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), turned violent in Ebonyi on Monday as suspected members of the group launched an attack on the Central Police Station in Abakaliki, the state capital.

The station, located along the Abakaliki-Enugu Highway, and close to the international market, was set ablaze by persons who claimed they were IPOB members.

They also vandalised and torched cars, tricycles and motorcycles within the vicinity of the station.

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had called on his members to embark on a cleanup exercise/protest around major cities in the South East and South-South geo-political zones on Monday.

The exercise was peaceful in Ikwo local government area, where security agents allowed members of the group to move around without any confrontation.

But in Abakaliki, suspected members of the proscribed group launched an attack on the police station around 3 p.m.

They claimed the attack was in retaliation for the killing of some of their members by the police during last week’s disturbances.

According to them, their members were killed in front of the station last week.

Newsmen could not independently verify those claims.

The incident caused pandemonium in the city as residents ran back to their houses for fear of being caught in the crossfire.

Many shops and businesses, especially those at the international market, closed down abruptly.

The governor, David Umahi, was attending a function at the Old Government House when the violence erupted.

On hearing the news, he was said to have left the venue back to the New Government House.

The police commissioner in the state, Philip Maku, confirmed the attack on the station, adding that no casualty had been recorded.

The commissioner also denied that any member of the group was killed in last week’s clashes.

He noted, however, that it was the police that lost one of its police officers who was injured during last week’s disturbances.

“We are the ones being brutalised. One of the two policemen that were wounded last week later died,” he said.

IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said those who attacked the police station are not members of the group.

“I don’t know who those people are,” he said when contacted for comment.

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Governor Wike: IPOB can’t hoist flag in Rivers

Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has charged the 23 local government chairmen in the state and youths to fish out members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra wherever they may be hiding in the State.

The Governor warned that any council chairman that allows IPOB to hold processions and hoist its flag within their jurisdiction in Rivers State, risks sacking.

Wike handed down the warning during a meeting with the council chairmen, Community Development Committees, and youths leaders at the Government House, in Port Harcourt on Monday.

The Governor in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, described Rivers as the most accommodating state for all Nigerians, noting that there has never been any historical incident of different ethnic groups clashing in the State as has been witnessed in other parts of the country.

“We can never be against any ethnic group. We can never do that. We have lived in harmony with the Ibos, the Hausas, and Edo people. Everybody that comes to this state we have lived in harmony with. So Nigerians must commend Rivers State as a place where you have never had a problem between this group and that group,” he said.

Wike, however, maintained that while the people of Rivers State believed in the unity of the country, they will not allow criminals under the aegis of a terrorist group called IPOB to continue to threaten the stability of the state.

“There is one terrorist group they call IPOB. I did not declare them a terrorist group, the court declared them a terrorist group, not me. The federal government declared them a terrorist group. IPOB cannot use Rivers State to be a place where they will be launching attacks. If you allow that, your future, your children’s future is gone,” he told the gathering.

He expressed annoyance that IPOB planned to hoist its flag in Oyigbo and the governor directed the council chairman to ensure there will not be another occurrence of this treasonous act which was perpetrated there.

“Go to Oyigbo and see what they have done. They destroyed the court. What did the court do? See the soldiers they killed and burnt them. See the policemen they killed and burnt them and then you said people will sit and fold their arms?”

While calling for vigilance, he warned the IPOB members not to delude themselves because Rivers state cannot be colonised or annexed by any group, particularly, while he is still the governor of the State.

He asserted that Rivers state can never be annexed to any state or zone, pointing out that Rivers is Niger Delta and will remain part of the Niger Delta in Nigeria.

The Governor explained that while every Nigerian is allowed to reside in the state, those who wish to do so must live in peace and within the law with the people of the state.

“Ibos are living and doing their business here and they will continue to live and do their business here. We support that.

“But that terrorist group call IPOB cannot determine what happens in our state. To tell us where they own. It will never happen and we must not allow it to happen.”

He charged the council bosses, youth leaders, CDCs to go into their various communities and identify all those IPOB members, adding that nobody of Ibo extraction legitimately residing and doing business in the state must be harassed.

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Osinbajo Presides Over NEC Meeting

Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday presided over the National Economic Council Meeting in Abuja.

Some state Governors and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, were in attendance in the virtual meeting.

Osinbajo had last week stated that the decision by the Federal and state governments on police reform will be a game-changer to police brutality.

Part of the plans put in place include investigating police brutality as well as providing compensation to victims of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units.

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Nnamdi Kanu To Pay Nigerian Soldiers, Police Officers Salary, See Condition

Nnamdi Kanu To Pay Nigerian Soldiers, Police Officers Salary, See Condition

The leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has offered to pay Nigerian soldiers and police officers salary amid the outcry by Nigerians on the ongoing police brutality in the country.

Naija News reports that Kanu’s statement is coming at a time protesting youths in Nigeria are agitating for the end to police brutalization and extrajudicial killings of Nigerians. The protesters have been on the streets for more than a week now, protesting the brutalities, humiliation, and extortion of Nigerians, especially the youths.

The protesters demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Anthony Ogbizi, using a hashtag: #EndSARS.

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu disbanded SARS following a widespread protest from Nigerians worldwide.

However, since the announcement that SARS has been scrapped, the protesters refused to leave the streets, which a Presidential Advisory Committee said  might force the Federal Government to take drastic measures against the protesting youths.

On Tuesday, October 20, men suspected to soldiers of the Nigerian Army invaded a peaceful protest at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday evening, October 20, killing #EndSARS protesters in the process.

Apparently displeased with the attacks on peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate, some Nigerians believed to be thugs, went on rampage as they were seen vandalizing several properties across the nation including the burning of police stations and killing of police officers.

Speaking after the unrest in Nigeria, Kanu stressed that as a Nigerian soldier or police officer if the person should “resign from Nigeria Police/Army Irrespective of your tribe, IPOB will pay you two months salary in advance”, adding that his pro-Biafra group will “furthermore pay your monthly salary while you work for your people.”

“If you resign from Nigeria Police/Army Irrespective of your tribe, #IPOB will pay you 2 months salary in advance and furthermore pay your monthly salary while you work for your people,” Kanu said.

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Jeremy Wisten: Ex-Manchester City youth-team player Commits Suicide

Former Manchester City youth-team player, Jeremy Wisten reportedly took his own life at the age of 18, because of depression.

Before his death, the young lad had starred for English Club, Manchester City youth side.

Wisten, a promising defender born in Malawi but raised in the United Kingdom, joined City’s elite development squad in 2016 before recently leaving the club.

Man City posted a tweet over Witsen’s death on Sunday night and revealed that they were “deeply saddened” by the news as senior players Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte were among many who also paid their tributes.

“The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten,” a statement on Twitter read. “We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.”

The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 25, 2020

Although there has been no confirmation on Jeremy Wisten’s cause of death, several reports claim that the teenager took his own life. It is believed that Wisten was suffering from mental health issues and depression which led him to commit suicide.

Jeremy’s mother, Yakosah, was devastted upon hearing the tragic news of her son’s suicide but the Wisten family are yet to release a statement.

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Nnamdi Kanu Reveals Identity Of Masked Men Shooting In Lokoja

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday disclosed the identity of the masked men shooting in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

The IPOB leader noted that the masked men are Middle Belt freedom fighters who would liberate the region from alleged Fulani wickedness.

Recall that masked men stormed Lokoja on Monday morning and started shooting indiscriminately into the air.

The incident took place around 9:30am, at the zone eight area, down to Ganaja junction, Paparanda square, old market road, Nataco.

The event saw restaurants and banks shut down operations.

Kanu in his reaction to the incident wrote, “To me, they are Middle Belt freedom fighters trying to shake off centuries of Fulani wickedness and subjugation.”

“They think men are joking. Nigeria will never be the same again after this revolution. Years of police and army brutality has taught Nigerian youths that resistance is the only option.”

 

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Travel Ban: I Don’t Mind Staying In Nigeria – Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, at the meeting with Army commanders in Abuja on Monday, mocked international organizations threatening Nigerian military officers with a travel ban.

Buratai condemned the bodies calling for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses.

“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better.”

“The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here”, The Cable quoted him as saying.

The COAS noted that the Nigeria Military will not allow any agent in or outside the country to cause lawlessness.

He further stated that “subversive elements, detractors and other enemies of Nigeria” will not be allowed to achieve “their aims and objectives of destabilisation”.

Buratai noted that recent developments in the country has shown that some individuals and group are determined to cause chaos in the country.

These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.”