APGA Asks FG To Release Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, APGAThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has asked the Federal Government to release the detained leader of the Independent People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu.

The National Chairman of APGA, Mr Victor Oye, made the call on Thursday at a media briefing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Oye based his stance on the court rulings which granted Mr Kanu bail on three occasions.

He maintained that the Federal Government should obey the rule of law in the prosecution of the case.

Agitation For Sovereign State Of Biafra Is A Vehicle Of Frustration – Chukwueke

Jerry Chukwueke on Sovereign State of BiafraA member of the ruling party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress and an indigene of Imo State in south-east Nigeria has described the increasing agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra as a vehicle of frustration due to economic marginalisation.

Mr Jerry Chukwueke told Channels Television on Wednesday that the youths from the south eastern part of Nigeria and members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) agitating for the Biafran State, were doing so to vent their frustration about the state of the notion.

Members of MASSOB and IPOB had on May 29 held demonstrations in some states in south-south and south-east, to mark the proclamation of Biafra that led to Nigeria’s civil war in the late 60s.

But Mr Chukwueke said there was no ideology behind the business of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

‘Unfavourable Body Language’

“It ought not to be news to us because for decades we have been warned by the United Nations and the World Bank that 35 to 40 million unemployed youths is an existential threat to Nigeria and this is what we are dealing with today.

“It is obvious that because of insurgency, hundreds of thousands of youths from the south-east and south-south, business people, petty traders have moved out of the region, looking for ways to restart their lives and with no opportunities and support. This is largely, in my view, what is clearly a bust of frustration and economic marginalisation perception.

“There is this perception in the south-east and south-south of what many young people perceive as President Buhari’s ‘unfavourable body language’ and they look at the appointments within the presidency and what happened in the National Assembly in terms of leadership and they feel that the south-south and the south-east are not adequately represented,” he told Channels Television.

“About Bread And Butter”

The APC member further stressed that the government should be looking at creating opportunities for the youths, prioritising youth empowerment, employment, economic opportunities.

“This is about bread and butter. The youths feel marginalised.

“You need the Federal government and the state to focus on this issue,” he insisted.

Mr Chukwueke also attributed the situation to what he called communication deficiency, emphasising that the youths were not being engaged.

“We need to find a new language. We need to find new approaches of engagement.

“When people become desperate, it is largely attributed to a loss of hope.

“We must be able to tell Nigerians and the youths what we are doing, where the light is at the end of the tunnel and how we intend to get there, so that they can see employment and food on their table.

“In fact some of them go further to say that they have been categorised as Jonathan’s people and that perception must be cleared,” he stressed.

The south-east Nigeria indigene also pointed out that the situation was not President Buhari’s issue, stressing that for some years now the youths had been abandoned.

He insisted that the youths are major stakeholders in the polity and should be carried along.

Asked what his opinion was about some Nigerians in the Diaspora who had held demonstrations to push for the Sovereign State of Biafra, he insisted that they were sympathisers, pointing out that there were no leaders or people of substantial standing among those pushing for the state of Biafra.

Nnamdi Kanu Questions His Continued Detention In Court

nnamdi kanuThe detained leader of the Independent People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu has questioned his continued detention by the Department of State Service despite an order of a magistrate court granting him bail since October 19.

In a motion on the enforcement of his fundamental human rights argued before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, lawyer to Mr Kanu, Vincent Obete, prayed the court to set aside an earlier order of the court granting the Department of State Service (DSS) leave to detain his client for 90 days, pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation of terrorism and terrorism financing.

Mr Obete also prayed the court to strike out the case against his client pending the outcome of the criminal charge preferred against Mr Kanu at the Chief Magistrate Court.

The lawyer to Mr Kanu further asked the court to admit his client to bail and direct the DSS to comply with the orders of the Chief Magistrate Court which earlier granted him bail in October.

Having listened to the grounds of the application as canvassed by Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Justice Adeniyi adjourned the suit to December 14 to enable the lawyer to the Federal Government respond to the application.

Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Stalled

nnamdi kanuThe trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of Radio Biafra, suffered another setback at the Wuse Magistrate Court in Abuja due to the absence of the judge.

Counsel to the accused person, Mr Dim Udebuani told journalists that the court registrar confirmed that the magistrate is bereaved and would not be able to proceed with the ruling on the application filed by the prosecutor, the Department of State Service (DSS) to transfer the case to the Federal High Court.

Mr Nnamdi Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society which he has pleaded not guilty to.

The prosecutor had challenged the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Court to hear the matter in an earlier application, requesting for the transfer of the case to the Federal High Court.

Magistrate Shuaibu Usman, after listening to arguments for and against the application for discontinuance, adjourned the case till December 1, 2015 for ruling.

DSS Seeks Withdrawal Of Case Against Nnamdi Kanu

DSS Seeks Withdrawal Of Case Against KanuThe Department of State Service (DSS), has filed an application before a Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja seeking to withdraw the case of criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation preferred against the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the prosecutor told the court that the DSS had uncovered fresh facts against the accused person who is also being tried for unlawfully belonging to an illegal society.

He added that the ‎facts against the accused person requires further investigation.

Lawyer to the accused person, however, opposed the application on the ground that the State Service had refused to comply with the order of the court granting the accused person bail since October 19, 2015.

He further prayed the court to order the DSS to transfer the accused person to prison custody for easy access by his lawyers.

Magistrate Shuaibu Usman, after listening to arguments for and against the application for discontinuance, adjourned the case till December 1, 2015 for ruling.

The leader of the IPOB arrived the Abuja Chief Magistrate Court to answer criminal charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

The court had ordered the DSS to produce Mr Kanu unfailingly before it on Monday.

Police Arrest 43 MASSOB Members In Anambra

massobForty-three persons suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) have been arrested by the State Joint Security Operations and paraded at the Headquarters of Anambra State Police Command in Awka.

The suspects who have been arrested in Nnewi and Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state are said to be on a mission to wreak havoc, but intelligence report filters helped the police.

Twenty-eight of them were arrested at Nnewi where they attacked a Police patrol team while 15 were nabbed at Okpoko, a territory that could be referred to as their stronghold.

Items found on them included MASSOB ID card, tellers used for payment into the group’s account and charms.

Some of the suspects who did not deny their involvement with the group, said they went for thanksgiving to mark the 16th year of existence of MASSOB.

Speaking on the development, the Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor, Chikodi Anara, reiterated the readiness of the state to stamp out any form of criminal activity by any group that would hold the people of the state to ransom.

Though the suspects were arrested, they still maintained that they are a non-violent group that are only committed to the cause of the Igbo nation, maintaining that ‘no matter what happens, Biafra is like a sun that cannot go dim’.

However, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma, said the Joint Security Operations will stop at nothing to ensure that the state is safe for its citizenry, while surveillance operations aimed at supporting what the state government wants to achieve for the state, in terms of security, will continue.