Presidency Accuses IPOB Of Discrediting Nigeria Internationally

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 28, 2017, supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) march through the Osusu district in Aba, Abia State. STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP

 

 

The Presidency has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of working to discredit the Nigerian government internationally.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the allegation in a statement on Sunday.

According to him, the group is leading a campaign on ‘false allegations of persecution’ of Christians in the country.

Shehu alleged that IPOB was running two interconnected campaigns, using the cover of Christianity and calling for the appointment of a United States special envoy to stop the ‘genocide’  of Christians in Nigeria.

He added that the group began the campaigns in October 2019 which he said was being funded with monthly spending of $85,000.

The president’s spokesman, therefore, urged Nigerians and the international community to disregard such campaigns, insisted that they were aimed at destroying the good relationship Nigeria has with the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

Read the full statement below:

IPOB, SELF-PROCLAIMED JEWS, USING CHRISTIANITY TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE NIGERIAN STATE

The Presidency wishes to draw the attention of all citizens and the international community to a most misleading campaign spearheaded by the so-called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) using false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigerian State.

A very deep and wide investigation by an agency of the Nigerian government, working with international partners, has made us become aware that there are two, interconnected campaigns being run concurrently by the IPOB in this regard.

Both are using the cover of Christianity – and calling for a US Special Envoy to be appointed to stop the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria. But the real purpose is to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK/European allies.

IPOB leadership of course self-proclaims as “Jewish,” a position not shared by the generality of the members.

For reasons of convenience, he claims to have an interest in the welfare of Christians – but this is a ruse: the case for independence, the leader believes, is strengthened by “proving” the government of Nigeria is “autocratic”, engaged in a “silent slaughter” of their own citizens along religious and ethnic lines – and that therefore the only viable option for the unique religious and ethnic minority is a sovereign Biafra separate from Nigeria.

Nigerians and the international community are advised to be wary of this divisive campaign, which available evidence shows is being funded with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since October 2019, with no records of the source of this largesse.

The campaign consists of producing articles in the names of the alleged Christian NGOs’ leaders (of campaign groups created at the time this PR contract with a US lobbying firm was signed) and letters to and from members of Congress to the White House.

Unfortunately, some Members of Congress have clearly been persuaded there is indeed a “Christian persecution” underway in Nigeria – and do so quoting the campaign – and they are known to be taking up the case directly with the White House to appoint the special envoy.

The American charity secured a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and has made presentations to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

There is also a UK and European angle of the Campaign, which is more opaque than its US sister campaign – given there is less legal requirement for public filings – but what is known of this at the moment is that their Budget is sufficient to hire four PR firms in the UK, Belgium, France, and the US (the latter additional to the above).

They have founded an “NGO/Charity” and a linked web-based campaign named “Stop the Silent Slaughter” which is well designed and complete with video “evidence”-completely concocted.

Members of the alleged Christian NGO have had multiple Op-Ed articles in conservative news websites promulgating their message of a “Christian Genocide”. Some of those articles have also been used as “evidence” in the sister US campaign.

Two of those conservative news websites were co-founded by the owner of the UK PR firm they have hired to generate their publicity as well as an OP-Ed article in the name of a British MP who may have been convinced by their campaign under false pretences.

They have secured additional coverage in France, EU, and Germany.

They secured a MPs debate on the “Christian Genocide” in the House of Commons in which staff member of the UK PR was referenced as the “private secretary” to the leader of the UK-based Charity.

It is clear from all of the above that the IPOB’s extraordinarily and dubiously well-funded campaign in the US and UK/Europe is misusing the issue of the welfare of Christians purely to further their own political ends, and it seeks to damage inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria as well as to damage the international reputation of Nigeria.

Nigerians and the international community are hereby advised to ignore this campaign as they have disregarded similar past campaigns originated by this group which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian State.

International groups and societies are welcome to send representatives to Nigeria and give a lie to the false claims made by these terrorist groups who are duping them of their money and involving them in conduct and activities disguised to destroy the harmonious relationships existing between their home countries and Nigeria.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

June 7, 2020

PHOTOS: Police Parade Suspected IPOB Members, Cultists In Delta

The Commissioner of Police in Delta, Hafiz Inuwa, parading various crime suspects at the Police Headquarters in Asaba on May 15, 2020.

 

 

The Delta State Police Command has arrested a group of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for attacking some of its personnel in the state.

The IPOB members were paraded along with some other crime suspects by the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, on Friday at the Police Headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.

He revealed that the police have made tremendous breakthroughs with the arrest of over 200 suspected criminals, including child traffickers during the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Other suspects paraded included Indian hemp dealers caught with three bags of the substance, cultists arrested during their initiation in Abraka, and some gun runners.

Inuwa noted that the suspects were being investigated for the various crimes committed and would be charged to court thereafter.

According to him, the police recovered several arms and ammunition among other dangerous items from the suspects.

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Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Sues Police, Demands N2bn Compensation

Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest
FILE PHOTO: Nnamdi Kanu

 

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the leader counsel to the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has formally dragged the Nigeria Police to the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Ejiofor is suing the Nigeria Police over an alleged invasion of his house and alleged killing of four occupants by operatives of the force.

In the legal action instituted on his behalf by his lawyer Maxwell Okpara, Ejiofor is asking the court for an order to compel police to pay him the sum of N2 billion as compensation and damages for the burning of his house and  alleged shooting of his aged mother by the police at his home to in Anambra State on December 2.

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He is also asking the court to restrain the police from further harassing, intimidating, threatening his life and destroying his properties.

He further applied for an order of the court stopping the respondents from threatening him with arrest and torture and to compel them to retract the public notice made on December 3, which declared him wanted and to also tender apology to him in five major newspapers and any other form of reparation.

Meanwhile, police authorities in Anambra State last week declared Ejiofor wanted following an incident in Oraifite town which led to the killing of two police officers by suspected members of the proscribed IPOB group.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang while declaring Ejiofor wanted urged residents in the state to promptly report any information on his whereabouts to the police or other security agencies.

Suspected IPOB Members Kill Two Police Officers, Set Vehicle Ablaze

 

Some suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed two police officers in Anambra State.

The spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He added that the attackers injured some officers while a police patrol van was set ablaze during the incident which occurred in Oraifite town in the state.

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Mohammed explained that the security operatives had responded to a complaint against on Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said to be a lawyer to self-acclaimed IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm, and malicious damage to property.

The police patrol teams led by the Area Commander in Oraifite, Oliver Abbey, then mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest Ejiofor who was said to have declined police invitation.

 

“As soon as police arrived at the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on the police, set ablaze one patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes.

“As a result of the attack, two police officers whose identities are being withheld were killed by the suspected IPOB members while others were inflicted with machete cuts,” the Police Public Relations Officer said.

He added, “The injured personnel were rushed to the hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.”

 

According to Mohammed, the command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters comprising personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and Special Anti-Cult Unit to the area.

He disclosed that this was in conjunction with Nigerian Army troops and other security agencies who cordoned off the area in order to fish out the culprits.

The command’s spokesman noted that the team had begun a joint patrol in the town to prevent a further breakdown of law and order.

He confirmed that some arrests have been made and the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang, has vowed to bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice.

 

Meanwhile, the IPOB leader confirmed the incident in a statement credited to him but gave a different account of what happened.

He claimed that the police and army invaded his lawyer’s house while three IPOB members were killed.

“Confirmed reports indicate that a combined team of Nigeria police and military assassination squad invaded the home of my lawyer in Oraifite, Anambra State this morning Monday in a bid to kill him and his family.

“Sadly three innocent Biafrans were killed by this invading force at his residence. This comes on the heel of yet another killing of two IPOB family members who were peacefully gathering in Arondizuogu on Sunday, December 1,” the statement purportedly authored by Kanu alleged.

IPOB Has Nothing To Do With President Buhari In Japan – Presidency

 

The Presidency has urged Nigerians to disregard all stories circulating in the social media space regarding alleged harassment of President Muhammadu Buhari by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in Japan.

In a statement on Monday, the presidency through Femi Adesina stated that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group has had nothing to do with President Muhammadu Buhari since he arrived Yokohama, Japan, on Monday.

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Mr Adesina said that Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora are urged to disregard concocted stories, backed with spurious visuals, of any protest or harassment of the President and his team.

He said, “It is the stock-in-trade of hate mongers, who do not realize that the rest of Nigerians have left them far behind.

“President Buhari will make his presence at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) count for Nigeria, and no scare-mongering or sabre-rattling will detract from the outing”.

Ekweramadu Returns To Nigeria After Assault In Germany

 

Former Deputy Senate President and serving Senator Ike Ekweramadu has returned to Nigeria after he was attacked by some IPOB members in Germany.

The Senator arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja today.

Speaking to journalists at the airport, Senator Ekweremadu described his assault as the actions of a few misguided individuals and not a representation of the character of the majority of Nigerians.

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He said he will not be seeking the punishment of the individuals who assaulted him and that he has forgiven them.

Members of the proscribed IPOB assaulted the Senator at the second Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg, Germany.

The video of the incident which was uploaded by IPOB on its Facebook page and by some other persons at the scene went viral on Sunday, August 18, sparking various reactions.

‘We’re Very Disappointed’, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Reacts To Attack On Ekweremadu

Ohanaeze President General, John Nwodo

 

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Germany.

Ekweremadu was attacked by IPOB members at an event in Nuremberg as seen in a video that went viral on Saturday, an act that has received condemnation by well-meaning Nigerians.

During a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, President of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, said the apex Igbo cultural body is disappointed by the attack on one of its leaders.

“We are very disappointed that this kind of thing is happening. I have already issued a statement which encapsulates this unfortunate incident,” he said.

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When asked if the attack by some aggrieved Igbos could jeopardise their chances of emerging Nigeria’s President in 2023, Nwodo noted that what is paramount before them is the nation’s restructuring.

While advocating the need for the country to return to the regional system of governance, Nwodo criticised the Constitution which to him didn’t augur well with some people.

“The stand of the Igbos today is not about the President of Nigeria in 2023. It’s about the restructuring of our country.

“Unless we return to the regional structure in which our father initiated at independence, we can have no peace.

According to him, the nation’s myriads of problems lie in the constitution which he describes  as a “military constitution.”

VIDEO: IPOB Members Attack Ekweremadu In Germany

Former Deputy Senate President and serving Senator Ike Ekweramadu has been attacked by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra at an event in Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu was attacked at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival at which he was a speaker/special guest of honour in Nuremberg when he was attacked.

A video of the incident uploaded by IPOB on its Facebook page and by some other persons at the scene have gone viral.

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In the video, a rowdy group of people was seen angrily throwing objects at a man said to be the Senator as he walked away from them.

Amid shouts of ‘bring him out’, the man was later pulled out through the crowd gathered at the entrance of a building before being dragged from the angry crowd into a vehicle and driven away.

The attack has drawn condemnation with the Chairman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, labelling it an embarrassment to the nation.

She urged Nigerians to be of good behaviour everywhere and called on the German authorities to ensure that there are consequences for those responsible for the attack.

Police Arrest Over 20 IPOB Members

File Photo: IPOB Protests

 

The Police have arrested at least 20 members of the proscribed group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Anambra State Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday.

According to him, on the May 21, at about 11:00 pm, the Force got a report that the IPOB members came out in large numbers, moving around with dangerous weapons and hoisting flags of the proscribed group on poles and billboards along the Asaba-Onitsha expressway in Onitsha.

Following the report, Police operatives were then said to have rushed to the scene in order to prevent them from mounting the flags, but they engaged the Police with catapults and stones.

However, 12 suspects were arrested and over fifty flags with different inscriptions of IPOB/MASSOB and Biafran independent movements (BIM) were seized as exhibits.

In the same vain on May 22, at about 7:00 am, there was another intelligence report that some misguided elements suspected to be IPOB Members were sighted at various locations mounting Biafran Flags along Ekwulobia -Uga road in Aguata LGA of Anambra State.

Mohammed said Police patrol teams immediately went after them and arrested another 12 suspects while others escaped.

Other items recovered included: 72 flags and other items with Biafran inscriptions.

According to the PPRO, the case is currently being investigated.

We Will Treat Anyone Associated With IPOB As A Terrorist – Abia CP

The Abia State Police Command has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against any activity capable of truncating the peace and safety of the residents.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ene Okon, gave the warning in an interview on Channels Television.

He said that anyone or group of persons associated with IPOB will be termed as a terrorist and dealt with severely.

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“The Nigeria Police Force In Abia will treat any person associated with IPOB as a terrorist and such a person or group of persons will be dealt with according to the law”.

The commissioner’s comment comes in reaction to the sit-at-home-order issued by the proscribed movement, scheduled to come into effect on May 30, 2019.

He noted that security personnel have been put in strategic places, thereby assuring residents to go about their activities without fear.

“I am assuring the good people of Abia to disregard the illegal order and go about their normal businesses as there is every assurance of protection of lives and properties”, he added.

 

Disregard IPOB’s Sit-At-Home Order, Police Tell Public

 

The Anambra State police command has announced that members of the public should disregard a sit-at-home order by members of the outlawed group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.

The Police command disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. They added that IPOB remains proscribed and all its activities remain illegal.

“Information at the disposal of the Anambra State Police Command has revealed that the outlawed group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are perfecting plans through public announcement and threats in Nnewi and other parts of the State in order to enforce a “SIT AT HOME ORDER” warning people to stay at home and not to come out for any business activities on the 30/5/2019.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is still a proscribed organisation hence all its activities remains illegal,” the spokesperson of the command, Haruna Mohammed said.

Mohammed added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mustapha Dandaura “enjoined all “Ndi Anambra” to disregard alleged calls by any group urging them to sit at home on the 30/5/2019 and go about their lawful businesses.”

The commissioner of police however assured the public of adequate security.

According to the commissioner, adequate security arrangements have been put in place by combined Security forces in the State to proactively nip in the bud any threat emanating from such groups.

“Finally, the Command will therefore not hesitate to deal decisively with and in accordance with the law any individual or groups under any guise that will disrupt Public Peace in the State,” he warned.

Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest

Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the re-arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice Binta Nyako gave the order in a ruling on Thursday after revoking the bail granted to the IPOB leader.

She explained that the court gave the order because Mr Kanu had failed to appear in court after his bail was granted in April 2017.


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The judge also ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader and directed that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest.

She ruled that the trial must continue one way or another and directed that a fresh date for the continuation be given by parties so that the matter would continue in Kanu’s absence.

Justice Nyako, thereafter, adjourned the case till June 18.

She gave the orders while ruling on an application filed before the court by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Magaji Labaran.

Mr Labaran had urged the court to try Kanu in absentia in line with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act since he has failed to make himself available for trial.

He also asked the court to revoke the bail granted to the IPOB leader for failing to comply with his bail conditions which included making himself available for trial.

Justice Nyako had granted Kanu bail on health grounds on April 25, 2017, and asked him to present three sureties, one of whom must be a serving senator, a Jewish religious leader and a highly respected person who must own a landed property in Abuja.

The judge warned the IPOB leader against granting press interviews, holding rallies or being in a gathering of more than 10 persons while on bail.

She had also warned him that the bail would be revoked if he flouts any of the conditions.