PHOTOS: Heavy Security Presence As Kanu’s Supporters Stage Protest At High Court

 

There was palpable pressure in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial.

Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) was scheduled to be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja, following his rearrest on June 27.

The IPOB leader was expected to stand trial on an 11-count charge bordering on “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.”

Ahead of his appearance in court today, there was a heavy security presence and the atmosphere became more charged as supporters of the embattled IPOB leader staged a protest at the entrance of the Federal High Court headquarters.

READ ALSO: UPDATED: DSS Fails To Produce Nnamdi Kanu In Court, Judge Adjourns Trial Till October

 

For the protesting supporters, the call was simple, all that was requested was to produce Nnamdi Kanu and grant his lawyers and family access to see him.

Their push was not so different from that of the defense who argued that Kanu cannot get a fair trial if he remains in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Kanu’s lawyer also sought an order to grant him access to his medical doctor for the purpose of carrying out a comprehensive independent medical examination on him.

In her verdict, Justice Nyako ordered that the DSS should allow access to Mr. Kanu, although it won’t be a free-for-all. The judge further ordered that the IPOB leader will remain in the custody of the DSS despite a request to transfer him to Kuje correctional centre.

Upon failure of the DSS to produce the Pro-Biafra activist in court today, the judge adjourned the trial to October 21.  The DSS said Kanu’s absence in court was due to logistics reasons, an excuse that did not sit well with his supporters.

Below are more photos from the scene of the protest in Abuja where proponents of Kanu asked that the IPOB leader be given a fair trial and granted all rights due to him.

READ ALSO: Nnamdi Kanu To Remain In DSS Custody, Judge Rules

 

Nnamdi Kanu To Remain In DSS Custody, Judge Rules

This photo released by Nigerian authorities on June 29, 2021 shows Mr Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs.
This photo released by Nigerian authorities on June 29, 2021 shows Mr Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs.

 

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu will remain in the custody of the Department of State Services despite a request to transfer him to Kuje correctional centre.

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court gave the order on Monday during the resumption of Kanu’s trial in Abuja.

In an application to the judge, Mr Kanu had argued that he cannot get a fair trial if he remains in the custody of the DSS.

He also sought for an order to grant him access to his medical doctor for the purpose of carrying out a comprehensive independent medical examination on him.

In her verdict, Justice Nyako ordered that the DSS should allow access to Mr Kanu, although it won’t be a free-for-all.

With Mr Kanu absent in court, the judge adjourned the trial to October 21.

The DSS said Mr Kanu’s absence in court was due to logistics reasons.

Rearrested for trial

Mr Kanu was first arrested by Nigerian authorities in 2015 on an 11-count charge bordering on “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.”

He had fled Nigeria in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons.

Before his re-capture by Nigerian authorities, he had been sighted in Israel and had continued to rally his supporters in Nigeria to employ violence in achieving secession.

Kanu was intercepted on June 27 and was repatriated to Nigeria in a shadowy operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners.

The Nigerian government has promised to grant him a fair trial.

Tight Security As Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Resumes In Abuja

 

Security was increased around the Federal High Court on Monday ahead of the resumption of the trial of Nnamdi Kanu.

According to a Channels Television correspondent, major entrances to the court were blocked.

Mr Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group seeking the breakaway of a significant chunk of southern Nigeria, to form a Republic of Biafra.

Policemen sighted along the road to the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 26, 2021.
Policemen sighted along the road to the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 26, 2021.

 

He was first arrested by Nigerian authorities in 2015 on an 11-count charge bordering on “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.”

The Federal Government is expected to bring new charges against him on Monday.

Rearrested for trial

Mr Kanu had fled Nigeria in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons.

He fled after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.

Before his re-capture by Nigerian authorities, he had been sighted in Israel and had continued to rally his supporters in Nigeria to employ violence in achieving secession.

Kanu was intercepted on June 27 and was repatriated to Nigeria in a shadowy operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners.

The Nigerian government has promised to grant him a fair trial.

Nnamdi Kanu Will Be Given A Fair Trial, FG Assures

Nnamdi Kanu

 

The Federal Government has assured that the embattled leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu will be given a fair hearing.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said the IPOB leader, who was recently re-arrested and re-arraigned in Abuja, will face the full wrath of the law for challenging Nigeria’s sovereignty and assured that he will not be denied a fair hearing.

“While the investigation continues, we assure you that none of the collaborators, irrespective of their standing in the society, will be spared. They will all face the full wrath of the law for their activities that challenge our nation’s sovereignty and threaten its unity. No one, no matter how highly placed, is bigger than the country.

“It is interesting that many are suddenly calling for a fair trial for Kanu as if he didn’t get one before he decided to jump bail and flee. However, I can assure you that the fair deal that Kanu denied many of the victims of the violence which he wilfully instigated through his broadcasts and tweets will not be denied him,” Mohammed said.

 

 

See his full statement at the press briefing below…

 

TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, ON THE RE-ARREST OF IPOB LEADER NNAMDI KANU….IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 1 JULY 2021

Good morning gentlemen and welcome to this press conference. As you are aware, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has been rearrested and repatriated to Nigeria to resume his trial. This was made possible through the collaboration of Nigerian security and intelligence agencies.

  1. Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country. On Tuesday, Kanu was re-arraigned in court and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS, while the case was adjourned till July 26-27, 2021
  2. Gentlemen, the Federal Government wishes to commend the Nigerian security and intelligence agencies, who collaborated to re-arrest the proscribed IPOB leader in one of the most classic operations of its type in the world. We commend the professionalism, diligence, patriotism and painstaking efforts of our security and intelligence agencies. We also thank the sister international agencies that collaborated with us to pull off this arrest.
  3. It will interest Nigerians to know that for over two years, our security and intelligence agencies were on the trail of the proscribed IPOB leader as he lived a five-star life across several countries, travelling on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments and turning out in designing clothes and shoes. Of course, as we all saw, he was wearing an attire made by Fendi, a luxury Italian fashion brand, when he was arrested.
  4. We can tell you that the forensic investigation carried out so far has revealed a treasure trove of information on the proscribed IPOB leader and his collaborators. While the investigation continues, we assure you that none of the collaborators, irrespective of their standing in the society, will be spared. They will all face the full wrath of the law for their activities that challenge our nation’s sovereignty and threaten its unity. No one, no matter how highly placed, is bigger than the country.
  5. It is interesting that many are suddenly calling for a fair trial for Kanu as if he didn’t get one before he decided to jump bail and flee. However, I can assure you that the fair deal that Kanu denied many of the victims of the violence which he willfully instigated through his broadcasts and tweets will not be denied him.
  6. Finally, there have been speculations on how this re-arrest was pulled off and in which country the hitherto fugitive leader of the proscribed IPOB was nabbed. What we can tell you, once again, is that the re-arrest was made possible by the diligent efforts of our security and intelligence agencies, in collaboration with countries with which we have obligations. We continue to respect and honour the obligations.
  7. Gentlemen, we thank you most sincerely for your kind attention.

Nnamdi Kanu Lived A Life Of Luxury Abroad – Lai Mohammed

 

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday accused leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu of living a life of luxury while on the run outside the country.

Mr Mohammed, speaking at a press conference in Abuja, said the IPOB leader, who was recently re-arrested and re-arraigned in Abuja, will face the full wrath for the law for challenging Nigeria’s sovereignty and unity.

“It will interest Nigerians to know that for over two years, our security and intelligence agencies were on the trail of the proscribed IPOB leader as he lived a five-star life across several countries, travelling on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments and turning out in designing clothes and shoes,” Mr Mohammed said.

“Of course, as we all saw, he was wearing an attire made by Fendi, a luxury Italian fashion brand, when he was arrested.

“We can tell you that the forensic investigation carried out so far has revealed a treasure trove of information on the proscribed IPOB leader and his collaborators.

“While the investigation continues, we assure you that none of the collaborators, irrespective of their standing in the society, will be spared.

“They will all face the full wrath of the law for their activities that challenge our nation’s sovereignty and threaten its unity. No one, no matter how highly placed, is bigger than the country.”

Collaboration with international agencies

According to Mr, Nnamdi Kanu is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others.

Kanu had earlier jumped bail in 2017 and left the country before he was re-arrested “through the collaboration of Nigerian security and intelligence agencies” and “sister international agencies.”

Mr Mohammed commended the professionalism and patriotism of the security agencies involved in the operation.

However, he declined to confirm speculations on how the re-arrest was pulled off.

“What we can tell you, once again, is that the re-arrest was made possible by the diligent efforts of our security and intelligence agencies, in collaboration with countries with which we have obligations,” he said. “We continue to respect and honour the obligations.”

Fair trial

Mr Mohammed said Nnamdi Kanu will be granted a fair trial.

“It is interesting that many are suddenly calling for a fair trial for Kanu as if he didn’t get one before he decided to jump bail and flee,” he said.

“However, I can assure you that the fair deal that Kanu denied many of the victims of the violence which he willfully instigated through his broadcasts and tweets will not be denied him.”

Nnamdi Kanu Rearraigned In Abuja, Remanded In DSS Custody

This photo released by Nigerian authorities on June 29, 2021 shows Mr Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs.
This photo released by Nigerian authorities on June 29, 2021 shows Mr Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs.

 

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has been rearraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He has also been placed in the custody of the Department of State Services by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami revealed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mr Kanu’s re-arraignment comes after he was re-arrested by Nigerian authorities and brought back to the country.

According to Mr Malami, Justice Nyako granted the application for the accelerated hearing of his trial to July 26 and 27 as against the earlier adjourned date of October 20.

He is expected to face charges of treason in court.

On October 2015, Mr Kanu was arrested by Nigerian authorities on an 11-count charge bordering on “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.”

He was granted bail on April 2017 for medical reasons.

However, Mr Kanu fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.

Since then he has been sighted in Israel and has continued to rally his supporters in Nigeria to employ violence in achieving secession.

“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions,” Mr Malami said on Tuesday.

“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.”

Suspected IPOB Members, Others Arrested Over Attacks On Police, INEC Facilities In Ebonyi

A screengrab taken on June 21, 2021, shows the suspects paraded at the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

 

Dozens of suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been arrested in connection with the attacks on police stations and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi State.

The Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Aliyu Garba, paraded the suspect alongside others on Monday at the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He noted that police operatives acting on credible intelligence burst suspected IPOB/ ESN members numbering 39 at a meeting with a native doctor in the Agubia Ikwo.

Garba explained that in the course of an investigation, the police discovered that the group was responsible for the attacks on some security formations during which some police and military operatives were killed, and their arms were stolen.

He also paraded others involved in the attacks on some of the offices of INEC in the state, as well as suspected armed robbers, car snatchers, among others.

A screengrab taken on June 21, 2021, shows guns and charms recovered from the suspects paraded at the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

 

Read the full text of the police commissioner’s briefing below:

PRESS BRIEFING/PARADING OF 60 SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR DIFFERENT OFFENCES BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE EBONYI STATE CP. ALIYU GARBA PSC+ HELD AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS, ABAKALIKI ON MONDAY 21ST JUNE, 2021.

Gentlemen of the press, it is with great honour and sense of responsibility that I welcome you all on behalf of the officers and men of Ebonyi State Police Command, to yet another press briefing today Monday, June 21st, 2021.

The briefing is an account of my stewardship and to highlight the recent successes recorded in our crime-fighting efforts through Operational strategies emplaced to achieve the goals of Operation Restore Peace (RP) as inaugurated by the Inspector General of Police. Without wasting much of your time, permit me to X-ray some of the achievements as follows:

CONSPIRACY/MURDER/ ARMED ROBBERY AND THE ARREST OF SUSPECTED SELF-CONFESSED ESN/IPOB MEMBERS;

At about 1830hrs of 23/5/2021, while acting on credible information suspected ESN/ IPOB members were meeting at Agubia Ikwo in the resident of one Ebube Ivom ‘m’ age 31yrs, their suspected ESN/IPOB Sector Commander.

The said meeting had in attendance a Cross River State-based native doctor (Ezemuo), who was invited to fortify members of the group with marks on different parts of their bodies, as antidotes to bullets in preparation to attack Onueke Divisional Headquarters and INEC office both in Ezza South Local Government Area of the State by 8:30pm of the same day, 23rd May, 2021.

On the strength of the information, the command swiftly deployed a team of Police Operatives in collaboration with Neighbourhood Watch of Ikwo, in the process thirty-nine (39) male suspects, made up of indigenes of Ebonyi State and two non-indigenes from neighbouring Abia State were arrested and large quantities of juju charms were recovered from them together with living creatures such as Tortoise and hawk.

Eight (8) of these suspects made useful statements to the Police, while one of them, Elom Daniel ‘m’ age 17 years took Police Operatives to their hideout at Agbaja-Izzi community in Abakaliki Local Government Area of the State, where the owner of the house escaped leaving behind his wife and a child. Upon intensive search of the house/premises, the following items were recovered:

o One (1) Ak 47 Riffle with Thirty-five (35) live ammunitions

o Two (2) AR Riffles with Eight (8) live ammunition, Eight (8) magazines.

o Two (2) locally fabricated Improvised Explosive (tested and certified).

o Five (5) Machetes.

o One Police belt.

o Some Juju charms.

Elom Daniel narrated that he specialized in drawing the map of any planned area to be attacked by the group before execution; he further admitted that the meeting at their State Sector commander’s resident was to attack Onueke Divisional Headquarters, INEC office and Ebube-Agu Security Outfit on the date mentioned above.

Elom further stated that his group was responsible for the attack on the Army checkpoint at Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area on 26th March 2021 where two Army officers were killed and their rifles taken away.

He also claimed that his group was responsible for the attack on Central Police Station Abakaliki during the #ENDSARS protests, where a Police Inspector and one other were killed, and the inspector’s rifle carted away.

One of the AK 47 rifles recovered when crossed checked was found to be the same Police Rifle that was stolen by the hoodlums from the late Inspector at the Central Police Station Abakaliki during the said #ENDSARS protests.

Elom Daniel further narrated that his gang were also responsible for the attack at Onueke Police Station on 8th January 2021 which claimed the lives of three Policemen and the attack on Nigeria Police Force Animal Branch Personnel attached to the Agricultural Quarantine checkpoint, along Donkey Market Ezzangbo in Ohaukwu L.G.A of the State on 23rd March 2021 where two (2) Assault rifles were carted away by the hoodlums. The two rifles are among the recovered rifles.

In a follow-up investigation, Elom Daniel led the Operatives to another Kingpin hideout who on sighting the Police took to flight, and in an attempt to maim him, was grievously wounded, the suspect was rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) where he gave up the ghost and his remains deposited at the same hospital mortuary for preservation.

In this screengrab taken on June 21, 2021, guns and charms recovered from the suspects are paraded at the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

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Again, following the attack on Ugbodo Police Divisional Headquarters in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the State on the 22nd May 2021 which our officers gallantly repelled and two of the hoodlums including a dismissed soldier by name Israel Onyibe a native Mmbamili-Nkaliki in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the State were shot dead and one AK-47 rifle was recovered from him while two (2) Policemen paid the supreme price.

Police operatives from this Command on credible intelligence arrested four (4) male suspects in connection with the attack, namely;

–> Joseph Nwali

–> Ozigbo Jonah aka Ojukwu

–> Nwankwo Jacob

–> Nwali Chibueze, all of Amachi-Igbegu in Izzi Local Government Area of the State.

Jonah Ozibo aka Ojukwu admitted to the crime and led the Police operatives to their hideout at Amachi-Igbegu to apprehend their gang members, in the process, one Ebuka Urehu and other members, on sighting the Police engaged them in a gun duel and during the encounter, Ebuka Urehu met his water-lo while others escaped with bullet wounds.

One Ak-47 rifle with thirty (30) around of ammunition and other incriminating items were recovered.

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In yet another development, a notorious hoodlum by the name Nwite Okechukwu aka (More Money) was arrested and led the Operatives to their hideout at Mile 50 Abakaliki wherein the following items recovered.

o One AK 47 rifle,

o One (1) Assault rifle (AR),

o One (1) locally made Pistol,

o One (1) machete,

o Two (2) Jack-knives and

o Assorted charms.

The AK 47 Rifle breech number was crossed checked and found to be the same Police Rifle that was carted away by the hoodlums from Mobile Police Personnel killed at Ugbodo Divisional Headquarters, on 22nd May 2021.

In a follow-up investigation, Ozibo Jonah aka Ojukwu further led the Operatives to another hideout at Umuezeoka Community in Ezza North Government Local Area and Amike-aba in Ebonyi Local Government Area, both of the state where the gang members opened fire on sighting the Police.

During the exchange of firing one Obinna Uwah was fatally wounded while others escaped with bullet injuries. However, Rev Pastor Louis Okoh a native of Oziza in Afikpo North LGA, Jude Mbam, Amos Ofoke and Jude Onyibe were arrested and undergoing investigation.

The following items now Exhibits were recovered; Two (2) AK 47 rifle,

o Two (2) Assault Rifle (AR),

o Three (3) Pistols, one English brawny and two locally made.

o Eastern Security Network (ESN) Oath of allegiance form.

o Ten red/white Customize native caps with names and phone numbers attached to each.

o Two remote control Improvise Explosive Device (IED).

o Two dangerous wooden sticks with blood stain and

o Two Jack-knives.

One of the suspects Mbam Jude aka “Stanza” admitted and confessed that his gang members were responsible for the attack and burning of INEC offices in Ebonyi and Ezza North Local Government Areas of the State on 18th May 2021.

The suspect among others at large also claimed responsibility for burning Brass Filling Station located at Ogoja Road Abakaliki on 19th May 2021, maintaining that it was out of annoyance as their plan to attack INEC Headquarters Abakaliki was not successful due to heavy security presence.

The suspect concluded that the attack/burning of Fulani Herdsmen settlements located at Agharaozara-Iboko in Izzi LGA and Ozibo Echiaba Community in Ebonyi LGA were also executed by them.

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In a related development, one Sampson Eze was arrested at Umuezeokaoha in Ezza North Local Government Area of the State and confessed that he and others now at large were responsible for the attack and burning of the Federal High Court Abakaliki on 27th April 2021.

One (1) English pistol loaded with eight (8) .9mm ammunition was recovered from him.

Similarly, you will recall that on 14th April 2021 the Policemen attached to Safer Highway Patrol stationed along Ogoja/Abakaliki Expressway were attacked and some fatally wounded.

Ozibo Jonah aka Ojukwu and others confessed that they were responsible for the attack on the said date which was further corroborated by the recovery of AK-47 rifle belonging to Police personnel from the suspects.

The gang led the Police Operatives to arrest a native doctor One Nwifuru Chukwuebuka aka “Double gang switch” as he claims to be a pastor and a Native (who specializes in both spiritual healings and juju invocations) who fortifies them against bullet penetration by giving them marks on their both shoulders. The said native doctor was arrested, his shrine destroyed, and the following items were recovered from him.

o One live tortoise

o Two IPOB flags

o Large quantity of juju charms.

o Some Bibles (different version).

The native doctor had since been charged to court and remanded in prison custody for aiding and abetting as a ‘criminee-participee’.

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In the same vein, you will recall that on 18th May 2021, at about 1700hrs following intelligence report on the movement of arms and ammunition and the report of armed robbers terrorizing Isu in Onicha LGA, in swift Police action One Eluu Ekpehu Emmanuel was arrested.

He made useful statement to the Police and led the Police Operatives to the house of their gang leader popularly known as “Blood” other names unknown who is alleged to have been terrorizing the area and the mastermind of the various attacks on Police Divisional Headquarters in the area, namely; Onicha, Abaomege and Ohaozara.

“Blood” and his cohorts on sighting the Police, opened fire on the Operatives who gallantly fought back, in the process “Blood” was apprehended with gunshot injuries while others escaped into the nearby bush with bullet wounds. Blood’s house/premises were immediately searched, and the following items were recovered.

o  One (1) Double Barrel English Gun, with eleven live cartridges,

o  One (1) locally made Single barrel Gun,

o  One (1) Riot Police Smoke Gunner stolen from Ohaozara Police Divisional Headquarters on 6th May 2021, when it was attacked by the hoodlums.

o Three (3) Police Bartons

o One (1) Hand Grenade

o One (1) Canister of Teargas

o Two (2) Police Belts

Two (2) Police Radio Communication Handsets with Chargers all robbed from Onicha Divisional Headquarters when it was attacked and burnt down on 4th Feb. 2021, and

o One (1) Box filled with assorted charms.

The gang are also responsible for the attacks on some government facilities and the killing of security agents in the area.

CONSPIRACY/MURDER AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM:

On 31st May 2021 while personnel of Ebube-Agu Security outfit were on township patrol at Nkaliki Road behind Ebonyi State House of Assembly complex, they intercepted one tricycle popularly known as Keke, with three occupants. They were accosted and in an attempt to escape, one of the suspects, Itumo Nathaniel ‘m’ age 24yrs pulled out a locally made pistol and shot one of the Ebube Agu personnel, Idike Agwu ‘m’ on the chest and escaped.

Idike Agwu was rushed to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital for medical treatment but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty and the body deposited in the same hospital mortuary for preservation and Autopsy.

The two (2) other occupants of the keke were arrested, namely;

o Ikperi Chidimma ‘m’ 22yrs and

o Nwali Amarachi ‘f’ 18yrs.

The suspects made useful statements to the Police which aided the arrest of the fleeing murder suspect, Nathaniel Itumo.

The suspect confessed to the crime and narrated how he shot and killed Idika Agwu with a berretta pistol (locally made) to avert arrest and that he acquired the said pistol in Lagos State for self-defence in the ongoing crisis between Ikwo and Izzi indigenes.

The said pistol with one live ammunition was recovered from him. The suspect had since been charged to court for unlawful possession of firearm and murder.

A screengrab taken on June 21, 2021, shows guns and charms recovered from the suspects paraded at the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

 

ARREST OF SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBER/RECOVERY OF SNATCHED VEHICLES:

In continuation of the aggressive manhunt to rid the State of criminal elements, on 11th June 2021 one Chijioke Oke, a suspected armed robber and car snatcher was arrested at Onueke in Ezza South Local Government Area of the State.

The following items were recovered from him; Ten (10) AK 47 live ammunitions, One Nissan Bus with Reg No FJJ.869ZV, One Toyota Camry (Spider) with Reg. No. KPE60AA, two (2) expanded cartridges and One Super Cub Motorcycle.

The suspect confessed that the Two (2) vehicles were robbed by two of his gang members, Ferdinand and one other in Imo and Anambra State respectively. The said gang members were alleged to have fled the scene on sighting Police on the day he was arrested. Chijioke Oke denied taking part in the Car snatching and armed robbery but confessed to being a member of Ayes Confraternity and had taken part in many cult clashes that have claimed many lives in the State.

I, therefore, call on the general public particularly those whose vehicles match the description of the stolen vehicles to come along with proof of ownership for possible claim of their vehicle(s).

Meanwhile, frantic effort is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

At this juncture, I wish to commend the gallant efforts of the officers and men of the Command who took the fight to the hoodlums while putting their lives on the line with these mega achievements to restore peace and tranquillity in Ebonyi State, I also appreciate the collaborative support of other Sister Security Agencies, the Military, DSS, personnel of Ebube-Agu Security Outfit, local Vigilantes and other law-abiding Citizens in the State.

I must extend my profound gratitude to our amiable Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc+, NPM, fdc for his huge support to the command since his assumption of office.

I wish to thank immensely His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Engr. David Nweze Umahi for his gigantic support and robust assistance to the Command without which these achievements would have been a mirage and the good people of Ebonyi State for their support and undiluted trust in the ability of the Police to restore peace and sanity in the State.

On a final note, I wish to use this medium to call on persons or group of persons in possession of weapons either stolen from Security Agencies or illegally acquired, to return same to the nearest Police Station or any appropriate authority and would be granted amnesty.

I equally enjoin the residents of the state to remain vigilant, law-abiding and do not hesitate to call on the Police if any illegal act/suspicious movement or breach of peace is noticed in any part of the State “If you see something, say something”. The Command can be reached through Police Emergency numbers 07064515001 or 07034232135.

Thanks for the audience and God bless.

ALIYU GARBA psc+

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,

EBONYI STATE COMMAND,

ABAKALIKI.

President Buhari Initiating Dialogue With South-East Leaders – Ngige

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that dialogue is the way to go to resolve the security situation in the south-east.

This is according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, alongside the President’s Chief Of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Addressing state house correspondents after the meeting, Senator Ngige said the President has also enabled series of dialogues to be held with leaders in the region.

He added that discussions at the meeting equally encapsulated what the south-east is demanding from the Federal Government as well as what the government plans to do for the region to assuage the feelings of the people.

He further disclosed that complaints from the national labour union regarding a breach of agreement had reached the President and they have begun plans to halt any further friction in the midst of the fragile situation within Kaduna State.

 

 

Meanwhile, members of the South East Governors’ Forum have condemned the activities of secessionist groups in the region and other parts of the country.

They distanced themselves from the agitations of such groups and frowned on the violence that ensued which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties.

In a bid to tackle the security challenges and restore peace in the region, the governors went beyond their political differences and met on Saturday in Enugu State.

“We condemn in totality, the activities of violent secessionist groups in the South East and elsewhere; we firmly proclaim that we do not support them, they do not speak for South East,” said the Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, at the end of the meeting.

Secession Agitation: To Say We Are Silent Is Not Correct – South East Leaders

A file photo of youths during a demonstration for Biafra in the south-east region of the country.

 

Leaders in the South East have faulted the notion that they have been unbothered about the agitation for secession by some youths in the region.

Amid the continuous call for a breakaway from Nigeria by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the leaders said they have risen to the occasion at various times in the past and recently.

Ebonyi State Governor and the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, David Umahi, briefed reporters at the end of a meeting of governors, ministers, as well as religious and traditional leaders in the region on Saturday in Enugu State.

“The impression that South East leaders are silent over some of our youths’ agitation for secession is not correct; South East Governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations,” he said.

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The governor added, “We condemn in totality, the activities of violent secessionist groups in the South East and elsewhere, we firmly proclaim that we do not support them, they do not speak for South East.

“In order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, South East leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address such fears.”

He explained that arising from a meeting held on Friday last week with a presidential team led by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, they hold a further discussion to articulate their position.

Governor Umahi affirmed that the people of the South East were committed to one united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equity of rights, fairness, love, and respect for one another.

According to him, the leaders have noted the threats by some groups against the people of the South East and will protect them and everyone from other regions.

The governor, however, pleaded with leaders of other regions to protect the Igbo people living in their regions.

He also called on members of the National Assembly from the region to support the creation of state police in the ongoing constitutional amendment.

“We condemn the killing of security agencies, burning of strategic infrastructure, and killing of civilians in South East and other regions. We request our security agencies to please discharge their duties within the rules of engagement and the law.

“Meeting directed our governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to liaise with indigenes from the northern part of Nigeria and indigenes of other regions of the nation Nigeria to assure them of their people’s safety in South East,” Governor Umahi briefed.

Anglican Bishop Advises FG To Hold Talks With IPOB Agitators

 

The Bishop of Anglican Church of Kaduna Diocese, Rt Reverend Timothy Yahaya has advised the Federal Government to hold talks with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as part of efforts to quell agitations by the group.

He blamed the agitations on the marginalisation and segregation of the South East people by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and asked that they should be brought to a discussion table for the government to listen to their grievances and possibly resolve them for the interest of peace and stability of the country.

While stating that IPOB has genuine reasons to agitate due to the politics of imbalance against the southeast, the cleric, however, noted that the situation must be handled with caution in order not to throw the country into crisis.

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On the rising insecurity in the country, the Bishop also expressed concern that the unfortunate increase in the attacks, with increasing targets at schools in remote communities in the North West and North East geographical zones, will likely pose a major setback in the development of education and future of young people who might be forced to drop out of school.

He, therefore, called for the full implementation of the safe school initiative that was introduced in 2014 to safeguard the schools and students, while also asking the National Assembly to urgently investigate the utilisation of funds meant for the initiative.

Security Agencies Carrying Out ‘Genocide’ In South-East – Igbo Elders

Chairman of the Igbo Elders Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, addressed journalists on June 11, 2021 in Abuja.
Chairman of the Igbo Elders Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, addressed journalists on June 11, 2021 in Abuja.

 

The Igbo Elders Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday accused security agencies of indiscriminately killing Igbo youths in the South-East, in the guise of fighting IPOB and ESN, two separatist groups.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Chairman of the group, a former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said dozens of young people, mostly male, are being extrajudicially executed on a daily basis by security operatives in the region.

“We condemn without any reservation the destruction of public properties in the South-East, because it is not in our character to indulge in arson, brigandage,” Ezeife said.

“We believe however that it is not fair and just to use a sledge hammer to kill harmless flies.

“Security agencies now indiscriminately invade private homes at odd hours, in the same guise of fishing out presumed IPOB and ESN members.

“They arrest men and sometimes shoot innocent and hapless youths.

“We therefore call on President Muhamamdu Buhari, the United Nations, the European Union, African Union, ECOWAS, to take urgent and necessary action to stop the current genocide against the Igbos in the South-East and parts of the South-South.”

‘In the language they understand’

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this month threatened to deal with IPOB “in the language they understand”, a statement that sparked angry reactions from many Nigerians as it referenced Nigeria’s bloody civil war.

Millions of Igbos died during the civil war.

However, the Muhammadu Buhari administration has since doubled down on its decision to go on the offensive against IPOB members, who have been designated as terrorists.

IPOB is advocating the breakaway of a chunk of the country’s southern region to create the Republic of Biafra.

“A terrorist organisation (IPOB) poses a significant threat to the safety and security of Nigerian citizens,” the Presidency said in a statement on Saturday.

“When the President said that they will be treated ‘in a language they understand,’ he merely reiterated that their force shall be met with force. It is a basic principle of security services response world over.

“This is not promotion of hate, but a pledge to uphold citizens’ right to freedom from harm. The government cannot be expected to capitulate to terrorists.”

Gulak’s Death: A Clear Case Of Political Assassination – Gov Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has expressed shock over the killing of APC stalwart, Ahmed Gulak, describing the incident as an unfortunate clear case of political assassination. 

Addressing Imo people in a broadcast at the Government House in Owerri the Imo State capital, the governor said he is really saddened by the gruesome murder which underscores the ugly security situation in Imo State in recent times.

Uzodinma in his oration on Monday stated that the events of the last few weeks do not represent the true character of the Imo people and he assured the people that the government will not leave any stone unturned in going after and apprehending anyone or group perpetrating all the criminal activities in the state.

The governor sympathized with the families of those who lost their lives within the recent period of unrest, most especially the family of late Ahmed Gulak.

He also used the opportunity to debunk rumors making the rounds on social media that his convoy was attacked, noting that nothing of such has occurred.

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In a similar vein, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has condemned the killing of Ahmed Gulak and urged security operatives to ensure that all those involved are made to pay for their gruesome deed.

The President of the Senate described the killing of the former Speaker of the Adamawa House of Assembly and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one crime too many.

Gulak was killed by gunmen on Sunday morning in Imo State, a crime for which Lawan has called for a swift investigation to bring all who are involved to justice.

Lawan in a communique by his special media aide, Ola Awoniyi, noted that there can be no justification for the brutal murder of a human being and fellow citizen.

File photo of the late Ahmed Gulak.

He, however, appealed for restraint on the part of those calling for revenge, saying they should allow the relevant authorities to serve justice on the matter as the injury of the crime was inflicted on Nigeria as a whole.

The Senate President condoled with the family and friends of the departed as well as the government and people of Adamawa State on the incident.