Kanu Won’t Appear In Court On October 4 – Lawyer

A file photo of Nnamdi Kanu.

 

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, won’t be in court on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, saying the Federal High Court Umuahia, Abia State, will hear the case involving the IPOB leader.

As a result, the lawyer asked the public to disregard any sit-at-home order, saying Kanu did not approve of it.

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Noting that residents of the South-East should go about their normal business activities on Tuesday, Ejiofor said the public would be properly informed when Kanu is scheduled to appear in court.

“Let the members of the general public be properly informed and appropriately guided, that we have the firm instruction of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to inform the public, lovers of freedom, that Nnamdi Kanu will not be coming to Court on the 4th day of October 2022,” the statement read.

“As such, Onyendu neither directed, approved nor authorized anyone to declare a sit-at-home on that date.

“Members of the general public are advised to go about their normal business activities on this said date.”

Kanu’s Lawyer Expects Justice As Court Hears Case Oct 4

A file photo of Nnamdi Kanu.

 

The Federal High Court, Umuahia, will hear the case involving the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on October 4.

Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying Kanu’s extraordinary rendition suit was filed before the court in March.

In the statement, Ejimakor faulted the extradition of Kanu from Kenya, saying it violates “fundamental rights under Article 12(4) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, as well as Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution”.

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He stated that the “suit is sui generis (of a special class) and it is primarily aimed at redressing the infamous unlawful expulsion or extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu was re-arrested on June 25, 2021, re-arrested and brought back to Nigeria from Kenya to face his trial. Kanu and his co-defendant are facing treasonable felony charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He has been in the custody of the Department of State Services for 15 months.

See the full statement below:

RE: Court to hear Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s extraordinary rendition case on 4th October

On 4th October 2022, the Federal High Court, Umuahia will hear Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s extraordinary rendition suit which I had filed before the court in March this year.

The Suit is sui generis (of a special class) and it is primarily aimed at redressing the infamous unlawful expulsion or extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu, which is a clear violation of his fundamental rights under Article 12(4) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, as well as Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution.

In addition to the rendition, I am asking the Court to redress the myriad violations that came with the rendition, such as the torture, the unlawful detention and the denial of the right to fair hearing which is required by law before anybody can be expelled from one country to the other. I am also seeking to halt his prosecution and restore him to the status quo before he was rendition on 19th June 2021.

You will recall that on 19th January 2022, the High Court of Abia State decided that portion of violation of Kanu’s fundamental rights that occurred in 2017. Even as I had made claims that bordered on rendition, the Court declined jurisdiction on grounds that rendition, being related to extradition, lies within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal High Court. This is what informed my decision to initiate the suit before the Federal High Court.

To be sure, the extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu triggered myriad legal questions that cut across multiple jurisdictions in Nigeria and even triggered the international legal order, to boot. In other words, the rendition has expanded the matter of Kanu far beyond the realms of the Abuja trial and opened up new legal frontiers that must be ventilated to the hilt before other courts and tribunals within and without Nigeria.

Thus, this very case before the Federal High Court, Umuahia is one of such that is aimed at seeking a definitive judicial pronouncement on the constitutionality of the extraordinary rendition. The ones in the United Kingdom, Kenya, African Union and the United Nations are in addition.

I would like to seize this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to the highly competent and hardworking team of lawyers that I am leading in the prosecution of this complex suit. Special mention must be made of Barristers Patrick Agazie, Ifeyinwa Nworgu, Tochukwu Arugbuonye, Franklin Amandi, Ohaeto Uwazie and Mandela Umegborogu.

For ease of reference and avoidance of any doubt, the following are the specific reliefs that I requested in the Suit:

1, A DECLARATION that the arrest of the Applicant in Kenya by the Respondents’ agents without due process of law is arbitrary, and the Respondents’ enforced disappearance of the Applicant for eight (8) days and their refusal to produce the Applicant before a Kenyan Court for the purpose of Applicant’s extradition is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right against arbitrary arrest, to his personal liberty and to fair hearing as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.

2, A DECLARATION that the detention of the Applicant in a non-official secret facility in Kenya and the torture of the Applicant in Kenya by the Respondents’ agents is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right against unlawful detention, torture and to a fair hearing, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter).

3, A DECLARATION that, pursuant to Article 12(4) of the Charter, the expulsion (or extraordinary rendition) of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria by the Respondents without a decision taken in accordance with the law of Kenya is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right to a fair hearing and not to be expelled from a State Party to the Charter except by virtue of a decision taken in accordance with the law, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.

4, A DECLARATION that any criminal prosecution of the Applicant the purpose of which the Respondents unlawfully expelled the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right to a fair hearing, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.

5, AN ORDER OF INJUNCTION restraining and prohibiting the Respondents from taking any further step in any criminal prosecution of the Applicant enabled by the said unlawful expulsion of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria.

6, AN ORDER mandating and compelling the Respondents to forthwith restitute or otherwise restore the Applicant to his liberty, same being his state of being as of 19th June 2021; and to thereupon repatriate the Applicant to his country of lawful domicile (to wit: the United Kingdom) to await the outcome of any formal request the Respondents may file before the competent authorities in Britain for the lawful extradition of the Applicant to Nigeria.

7, AN ORDER mandating and compelling the Respondents to issue an official Letter of Apology to the Applicant for the infringement of his fundamental rights; and publication of said Letter of Apology in three (3) national dailies.

8, AN ORDER mandating and compelling the Respondents to pay the sum of N25,000,000,000.00 (Twenty-Five Billion Naira) to the Applicant, being monetary damages claimed by the Applicant against the Respondents jointly and severally for the physical, mental, emotional, psychological, property and other damages suffered by the Applicant as a result of the infringements of Applicant’s fundamental rights by the Respondents.

It is our humble expectation that, sooner than later, justice shall prevail for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

 

Signed:

Aloy Ejimakor, Esquire

Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB

 

Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Demands IPOB Leader’s Release On Health Grounds

A photo conbination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Nnamdi Kanu.

 

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has called again for the unconditional release of his client.

Kanu was re-arrested on June 25, 2021 re-arrested and brought back to Nigeria to face his trial. Kanu and his co-defendant are facing treasonable felony charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He has been in the custody of the Department of State Services where he is still being held in solitary confinement for 15 months.

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In a statement, Ejiofor said the secret police cannot properly longer manage Kanu’s health conditions.

“We are no longer in doubt that the DSS has run out of medical options in managing Kanu’s debilitating health condition. Hence, our passionate plea is for the unconditional release of Kanu to enable us to seek proper medical attention,” the lawyer said after his routine visit to Kanu in DSS custody,” he said.

“Otherwise, we should be allowed to provide the required funding to the DSS to  enable them to purchase the complete prescribed medications for Kanu, or we could procure them ourselves in order to ensure that Kanu leaves the DSS facility in good health condition upon regaining his freedom soon.”

See the full statement issued below:

UPDATE ON OUR ROUTINE VISIT TO OUR INDEFATIGABLE CLIENT – ONYENDU MAZI NNAMDI KANU AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES (DSS) ABUJA, TODAY, BEING THE 26TH  DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2022:

The Court-Ordered routine visit to our indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was conducted today at the DSS Headquarters Abuja, where Onyendu is still being held in solitary confinement for over 14 months.

I spent quality time with Onyendu today, during which period he confirmed to me, that following the public outcry and wide condemnation that trailed the lack of proper medical attention in addressing his worsening health condition, the DSS in a feeble attempt at improvisation, in order to cure a serious health condition such as the one confronting Onyendu, only succeeded in procuring two doses, out of the full dosage of seven bottles of the prescribed medications.

The two doses were exhausted on Saturday, 24th September 2022. The effect of the prevailing situation is that, the limited dosage of the prescription Onyendu was provided with, is just a drop in the ocean, which did not achieve the desired result.

We are no longer in doubt that the DSS has run out of medical options in managing Onyendu’s debilitating health condition. Hence, our passionate plea is for the unconditional release of Onyendu to enable us to seek proper medical attention.

Otherwise, we should be allowed to provide the required funding to the DSS to  enable them to purchase the complete prescribed medications for Onyendu, or we could procure them ourselves in order to ensure that Onyendu leaves the DSS facility in good health condition upon regaining his freedom soon.

Onyendu was profoundly elated on the outpouring of prayers, good wishes and solidarity on his special day on earth. He requested the expression of his heartfelt gratitude to you all, UmuChineke, followers, friends, families, and all lovers of freedom across the globe for massively celebrating him on his birthday. He does not take this for granted.

Onyendu assures you all, UmuChineke, that he will emerge stronger and victorious in the end, and which freedom will greatly impact positively on the lives of UmuChineke.

May I also use this medium to clarify that Onyendu is not appearing in court on the 4th of October, 2022. UmuChineke will be informed vide this platform or other approved channels of communication, whenever Onyendu will appear in Court. Kindly ignore the false rumour currently in circulation.

We wish to reiterate that our defence team, eminently led by the indefatigable Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, is not relenting in all legitimate actions necessary to bring every forms of infractions on Onyendu’s rights being flagrantly violated by the DSS even in custody, to a halt. Thankfully, our efforts are yielding the desired results.

Forward ever and backward never, UmuChineke.

Thank you all, Ezigbo UmuChineke and remain blessed, even as you continue to remain law-abiding.

We appreciate you all.

We move!

 

Signed:

Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Esq.

IPOB’s Lead Counsel

26th September 2022.

Appeal Court Reserves Judgment In Nnamdi Kanu’s Suit Challenging Charges Against Him

A file photo of Nnamdi Kanu (second left) at the court in Abuja. Kola Sulaimon/AFP

 

The Court of Appeal Abuja has reserved judgment on an appeal filed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, seeking to quash the terrorism and treasonable felony charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

The IPOB leader, who is currently facing trial before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had approached the court of appeal to query the legal competence of the charge pending against him.

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He is praying the court to review the April 8 ruling of the trial court which struck out only eight out of the 15-count charge.

Insisting that the charge FG entered against him had no basis in law, he is also urging the appellate court to order his release on bail, pending the determination of his appeal.

Though the appeal was initially fixed for October 11, following an application the embattled IPOB leader filed for abridgment of time, the appellate court brought the matter forward for hearing.

Igbo People Committed To Nigerian Project, Ohanaeze Tells Buhari

The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor speaks during a press conference in Abuja on April 19, 2021.

 

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Tuesday, reiterated the commitment of the Igbo people to the Nigerian project.

The apex group, however, said Igbo people seek justice and fairness and a platform where they can contribute their quota to Nigeria’s development.

“I wish to reiterate and speak on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide both at home and in the diaspora that our people are committed to the Nigerian project. That we desire a country that provides a platform and an opportunity to contribute our utmost best to the growth of our fatherland.

“We seek justice, equity, fairness, and going by our antecedents, we are in every part of Nigeria and therefore claim to be the most federating of all Nigerian,” the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, told President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday when he was hosted in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Buhari had earlier inaugurated the 36km dual carriageway of Owerri-Orlu road in Imo. Buhari subsequently met with South-East leaders. However, other governors of the South East were conspicuously absent.

Obiozor’s comments come at a time when some Igbos seek the secession of the South-East geopolitical from the Nigerian State. One of the arrowheads of the agitation for secession, Nnamdi Kanu, of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, has been in court facing terrorism-related charges.

Troops Neutralize IPOB/ESN Elements In Imo, Recover Rocket Launchers

 

Troops of Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army, made up of troops of 34 Artillery Brigade, in conjunction with troops of Nigerian Navy, Air Force and other security agencies on Tuesday 30th August, neutralized two combatants of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing Eastern Security Network (ESN).

They were eliminated along Eke Ututu – Ihitte Nansa road in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said the troops encountered the dissidents while carrying out a raid operation around the general area of Orsu Ihitte Ukwa and Ihitte Nansa.

The neutralized members had taken position to launch one of their primed rocket launchers, when they were engaged and taken out by the vigilant troops.

General Nwachukwu said “the fearless troops were unhurt, as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) deployed by the irredentists exploded at Eke Ututu Market, destroying some of the shops in the market”.

According to him,  Eke Ututu market has recently become a flash point as dissidents often ambush troops using explosives and fire arms from within and around the market, while troops are on routine patrol.

After the incident, the Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team recovered several Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) planted along the road, as well as locally fabricated rocket launchers.

General Nwachukwu said the troops will continue to ensure there is no safe haven for all criminal elements operating around Orsu and Orsumoghu general area.

Insecurity: Nnamdi Kanu Calls For Peace In South East

A file photo of Nnamdi Kanu (second left) at the court in Abuja. Kola Sulaimon/AFP

 

The embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday, sued for peace in the southeast of the nation amidst the rising state of insecurity.

Kanu had been denied bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja over what she described as a gross abuse of the court process and an attempt to continue to litigate on issues that have already been ruled on.

Speaking after the ruling, the 54-year-old condemned the wave of violent crimes, including murder and arson that have practically plagued the South Eastern region of the country.

“I want our people to be very calm. I want Biafraland to be calm and peaceful; calm and very very peaceful,” Kanu said.

He also reiterated that the agitations were aimed at securing and defending the lives of his countrymen.

“We are fighting to  defend our people not to kill them; not to kill them, that is why I am here and I will continue to do so until we get victory.”

Kanu is facing treason and other charges which are connected to his call for the secession southeastern region of Nigeria.

He was first arrested in October 2015 by the Nigerian government and was granted bail in April 2017.

Troops Clear IPOB/ESN Camps In Anambra, Enugu, Recover Dangerous Weapons

 

A joint security team consisting of troops of 302 Regiment of the Nigerian Army, operatives of the Nigerian Navy, Department of State Services and Nigeria Police Force have dislodged camps belonging to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Idara Nnebo, Ihe Mbosi villages and Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu stated this on Sunday in a brief communique.

He explained that in a clearance operation conducted in the early hours of Saturday 25 June 2022, troops cleared IPOB fire positions and Improvised Explosive Devices to dislodge the criminals from their hideouts.

During the operations, troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, three magazines with five rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, two pump action rifles and one locally fabricated gun. Other items include three power generators, among others.

Similarly, troops of 103 Battalion conducted a raid operation on IPOB/ ESN camp at Nkwere Inyi Forest in Oji River Local Government of Enugu State.

The encounter forced the criminals to flee in disarray, while troops recovered one Lexus and a Toyota Highlander SUV suspected to have been snatched by the criminals.

Other items recovered include two motorcycles, one double barrel gun and seven live cartridges.

General Nwachukwu on behalf of the army urged members of the public to continue to support troops with credible information on the activities of the criminal elements in the region.

See photos below




Buhari Rules Out Bail Option For IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Nnamdi Kanu.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has ruled out the bail option for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

Instead, Buhari insisted that the IPOB leader should “justify all the uncomplimentary things he had been saying against Nigeria in Britain”.

“He felt very safe in Britain and said awful things against Nigeria. We eventually got him when he stepped out of the United Kingdom, and we sent him to court,” Buhari said during a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

“Let him defend all that he has said there. His lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how are we sure he won’t do it again if he’s admitted to bail?”

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According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari also ruled out seeking a third term in office, claiming the person who attempted it did not end well in what many believe is a subtle reference to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“Another term for me? No!” he maintained. “The first person who tried it didn’t end very well.”

Aside from this, Johnson and Buhari also discussed security issues in Nigeria with the Nigerian leader linking the renewed wave of crimes in Nigeria to the crisis in Libya.

Buhari said the keenness of the PM to help Nigeria tackle insecurity is a good step but reiterated that since the fall of Muammar Gadaffi after 42 years in power, armed guards have been unleashed on countries in the Sahel.

These people, he said “are causing havoc everywhere, as the only thing they know how to do is to shoot guns”.

He, however, said the country is making progress in the fight against Boko Haram and other groups.

One of the steps being taken by the Nigerian government, he added, was educating that people that only an unserious person could kill innocent people, “and say Allah Akbar (God is Great). God is justice. You can’t take innocent souls, and ascribe it to God. And the education process is working, the people now understand Boko Haram as anti-God, and not about religion”.

Buhari Asks US, UK, Others To Ban IPOB

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and a group of persons holding the Biafra flag.
A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and a group of persons holding the Biafra flag.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the nation’s western allies to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist organisation.

He made the remarks in an interview with Bloomberg.

The President was responding to a question about his administration’s record on fighting insecurity and corruption.

According to Buhari, the country is safer than he met in 2015 and proscribing IPOB, a group seeking secession of parts of Southern Nigeria, will improve the situation.

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“We leave Nigeria in a far better place than we found it,” the President said. “Corruption is less hidden for Nigerians feel empowered to report it without fear, while money is returned; terrorists no longer hold any territory in Nigeria, and their leaders are deceased; and vast infrastructure development sets the country on course for sustainable and equitable growth.

“In 2015, Boko Haram held territory the size of Belgium within the borders of Nigeria. Today they are close to extinct as a military force. The leader of ISWAP was eliminated by a Nigerian Airforce airstrike in March. The jets acquired from the US and intelligence shared by British were not provided to previous administrations and stand as testament to renewed trust re-built between Nigeria and our traditional western allies under my government.

“We urge those same international partners to take additional steps costing them nothing, by proscribing another group – IPOB – as a terrorist organization. Their leadership enjoys safe haven in the West, broadcasting hate speech into Nigeria from London, spending millions lobbying members of the US Congress, and freely using international financial networks to arm agitators on the ground. This must stop.

“My administration is the only in Nigeria’s history to implement a solution to decades-long herder-farmer conflicts, exacerbated by desertification and demographic growth. The National Livestock Transformation Plan, putting ranching at its core, is the only way to deplete the competition for resources at the core of the clashes. Governors from some individual states have sought to play politics where ranches have been established; but where they have been disputes have dramatically reduced.”

As Nigeria’s President, I Will Consider Political Solution For Nnamdi Kanu – Prof. Umeadi

 

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Prof. Peter Umeadi says he will consider a political solution for the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (Biafra) Nnamdi Kanu if he becomes Nigeria’s leader. 

Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since last year, is being tried for treasonable felony.

And the former Chief Judge of Anambra State believes a political solution, which he likened to amnesty, can resolve the matter.

“I will consider a political solution. When you consider a political solution, you don’t just release him,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday.

“You have to put everything into place, after all, we had the issue of amnesty and you know how much Nigeria spent on amnesty. That’s a political solution. We will fashion something akin to that.”

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‘A Misconception’

A photo combination of Nnamdi Kanu and Prof Peter Umeadi.

 

Umeadi, who was on Wednesday elected as the party’s flagbearer, also dismissed insinuations that APGA does not have a structure strong enough to contest for the country’s number one position.

He argued that APGA has a nationwide spread with leaders across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Don’t forget, APGA is a very organised political party,” the Professor of Law at the University of Nigeria said.

“APGA has 37 chairmen in the 36 states and the FCT. Down the line, they have local government apparatus down to the wards and they are very committed.”

Prof. Umeadi also refuted claims that the party is a regional one, insisting that it “is a misconception in terms of how APGA is arranged”.

According to him, it will be hasty to conclude that APGA is a regional party, saying they will “return a good and surprising result” after the 2023 general elections.

Army Says IED Planted By IPOB Blows Up Members

This photo, released by the army on June 1, 2022, shows IED said to be planted by members of the outlawed group, IPOB
This photo, released by the army on June 1, 2022, shows IED said to be planted by members of the outlawed group, IPOB

 

The army says an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) has exploded, causing severe injuries to two members of the outlawed group.

According to a statement signed by army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, the incident occured along Eke Ututu – Orsu road in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state on 1 June 2022.

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“The dissidents, inadvertently stepped on the IED which they had earlier planted along several routes in Orlu, Orsu Local Government Area, while they were attempting to evade troops’ onslaught against terrorists in the area,” the statement said.

“The outlawed group have severally planted IEDs along troops’ patrol routes in failed effort to bring harm to the troops.

“We urge all peace loving people of the South East to please inform troops of possible areas where these explosives have been buried for proper evacuation and disposal.”