Gunmen Kill Pregnant Woman, Four Children In Anambra

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Gunmen have killed at least 12 people, including a pregnant woman and her four children in Anambra State, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

The State Governor, Charles Soludo and the police have reacted to the killings but did not specify the number of persons killed.

A community leader told the BBC that the pregnant woman and her children were returning home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the Orumba area of the state.

The killings come about 24 hours after gunmen beheaded a lawmaker in the state, Okechukwu Okoye.

READ ALSO: Troops Destroy ‘IPOB Training Camp’ In Imo

But the latest killing appears to have taken an ethnic colouration.

In a statement on Tuesday, Governor Soludo said “there is no targeted ethnic or religious killings in Anambra State.

“As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings.”

As part of efforts to quell the outrage over the killings, the State Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng has visited the Hausa communities in Amansea to assure them of adequate security and protection.

According to police spokesperson Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga, investigations to unravel the cause of the killings in the State have since commenced.

Much of the violence in Anambra State, as well as the entire south-east region has been blamed on the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which is seeking secession of the region from Nigeria.

Troops Destroy ‘IPOB Training Camp’ In Imo

This photo, released by the Nigerian Army on May 21, 2022, shows troops dislodging a camp in Imo State.
This photo, released by the Nigerian Army on May 21, 2022, shows troops dislodging a camp in Imo State.

 

The army said on Saturday troops of 34 Brigade in conjunction with Department of State Service operatives have dislodged a training camp of the proscribed Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Okporo in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

According to a statement signed by army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, “the troops dislodged the training camp after exchanging fire with the dissidents, neutralizing two notorious members of the group, who have been on the wanted list of security agencies and have been terrorising residents in the general area of Orlu, Orsu and Njaba.”

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The statement added that the troops “equally destroyed the training shed and other facilities used by the separatists, including a shrine, which members of the outlawed group reportedly use for spiritual fortification. A local factory for fabricating weapons was also discovered and destroyed.

“A search of the factory uncovered , three dane guns, one locally fabricated pistol, one live round of 7.62mm, one live cartridge, two used shells of 7.62mm (special) and objects suspected to be charms, among other dangerous weapons.”

Suspected IPOB Members Flee As Troops Clear Hideouts In Imo

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A file photo of soldiers.

 

Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have fled upon sighting troops of the 34 Brigade during a clearance operation in Imo State.

The troops who were on an operation to clear the separatists in hideouts were however met with resistance as the gunmen engaged them in a gun duel.

In a statement on Thursday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the incident happened along Amaifeke-Akkatta Road in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state.

Although he did not state the exact time, he said a cache of arms and ammunition belonging to elements of the dissident group were captured.

The army spokesman maintained that the outlawed IPOB members were forced to flee the scene after being overpowered by the troops.

“Troops uncovered the weapons concealed in a black Toyota Camry, after they successfully surmounted ambushes staged by members of the outlawed dissident group, who, having been overpowered by the gallant troops, abandoned their vehicle and weapons in the heat of the combat and fled the scene,” the statement read in part.

Items recovered from them included 10 pump-action shotguns, seven locally fabricated guns, one locally-made revolver pistol, 80 live cartridges, one Baofeng radio, and a substance suspected to be gun powder.

Others include a sachet of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a Toyota Camry Saloon car.

Nwachukwu also commended members of the public for their continued support to the military and security agencies as they “protect the citizens from atrocious activities of the outlawed dissident groups, who in defiance of law and good order have annihilated innocent Ndigbo and other Nigerians, in their enforcement of an illegal sit at home order, foisted on the good people of the South-East”.

This is even as he asked for timely and credible information to be provided to support the military’s ongoing operations to restore peace and security in the region and other troubled parts of the country.

Police Arrest ‘Suspected IPOB/ESN’ Members In Imo, Recover Live Python

A photo combination of suspected IPOB/ESN members and arms recovered from them
A photo combination of suspected IPOB/ESN members and arms recovered from them

 

The police in Imo on Thursday said they have arrested seven members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

According to a statement signed by police spokesperson Micheal Abattam, the suspects, in the course of interrogation, confessed to have murdered Inspector Felicia Nwagbara who was the second wife to one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba.

They further stated that they are the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them apart from using in perpetrating crimes they sell to robbers and kidnappers.

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The police recovered several items from the suspected criminals, including a live python.

“Sequel to the receipt of credible information that, the native doctor who prepares charms for fortifications against bullets and knives for members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network ( ESN ) and led in the attack and killing of a police officer in Agwa Community has returned after fleeing the Community,” the statement said.

“The Command’s Tactical Teams, on 18/5/2022 at about 0600 hours hastily mobilised and with the positive revelations made in course of interrogating the suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killing, the team was able to locate the criminal hideout in Ubah Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State and immediately cordoned area and tactical went into the den.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives, attempted to escape only to discover that the whole escape routes has been saturated with police operatives hence, they were arrested. They includes, Casmire Mgbugha ‘m’ aged 53 years , Hycent Chimezie ‘m’ aged 30 years, Hycent Azunna ‘m’ aged 28 years, Hycent Ifesinachi ‘m’ aged 26 years, Hycent Chimobi ‘m’ aged 23 years, Chukwuemeka Wisdom ‘m’ aged 22 years and Nnadike Clifford ‘m’ aged 72 years and on searching the terror camp, the following items were recovered they includes ; one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, one live Python, eight locally made Pistols, eighteen rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag , a pair of Police Carmouflage Uniform belonging to late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara ‘f’ who has been declared missing since 2017 by police authorities

“Amazingly, while coming out of the terror camp, one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie for the second time, attempted escaping and was maimed on the leg.”

Gunmen Attack Delta Community, Kill One And Set Four Vehicles Ablaze

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

One person has been dead after suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) invaded the Ugbolu community, an outskirt of Asaba, the Delta State capital. 

Four vehicles, including three articulated trucks conveying cement, were also set ablaze.

The Delta State Commissioner of Police Ari Ali Mohammed confirmed this during a press briefing at the state police headquarters in Asaba on Wednesday.

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According to him, the suspected militant group reportedly blocked the Ugbolu/Illah Road and attacked two Dangote trucks. The driver was killed after he denied knowledge of any sit-at-home order by the group.

Meanwhile, the police have warned miscreants to steer clear of the state, assuring the public of their safety as they go about their usual businesses. The police authorities stressed that there is no-sit-at-home order in the state.

IPOB: No Plan To Suspend Facebook Over Alleged Use To Incite Violence – FG

A file photo of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

 

The Federal Government on Wednesday said it has no plans to suspend Facebook over the alleged use of the platform to incite violence by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

But addressing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said Facebook has assured that it will take action against posts that incite violence on its platform.

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He also reacted to the ministers who declared their intention to seek elective positions but were yet to resign their appointment.

The minister explained that President Muhammadu Buhari has the sole power to confirm the status of the affected ministers.

Suspected IPOB members have launched a series of attacks in the South-East, destroying some security formations as well as killing some innocent persons in the region.

Most recently, an army couple were killed on April 30 in Imo State, a situation that made the military authorities to say IPOB was not promoting the interest of the Igbos.

 

Stop IPOB From Using Your Platform To Incite Violence, Lai Mohammed Tells Facebook

A file photo of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
asked Facebook and other social media platforms to stop allowing the
proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to use their platforms
to incite violence and instigate ethnic hatred in Nigeria.

The Minister made the demand in Abuja on Tuesday at a meeting with a
team from Facebook, according to a statement signed by spokesperson Segun Adeyemi.

He said since IPOB had been proscribed and classified as a terrorist
organization, Facebook has no justification for yielding its platform
to the organization to further its campaign of hate and
destabilization of the country.

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“I have called this meeting to enable us to discuss the increasing use
of Facebook by separatists and anarchists, especially those of them
based outside the country, to instigate violence and ethnic hatred in
Nigeria,” Mohammed said.

“For whatever reason, they seem to have now chosen Facebook as their
platform of choice. And their tools include disinformation, incendiary
statements and hate speech. They use Facebook broadcasts to reach
their followers, who are in thousands. They tag those opposed to their
violent ways as ‘saboteurs’ who must be attacked, maimed and killed.
They use both English and their local language as it suits them.”

He said the actions of the proscribed group have real-life
implications, adding: ”By purveying hate and inciting violence,
people are getting killed while private and public property are being
attacked and destroyed. Security agencies and other symbols of
government are their choice targets.”

The Minister said despite the numerous complaints to Facebook on the
activities of IPOB, nothing has been done by the company to curtail
the group’s excesses on the social media platform.

“Our social media people have been monitoring these separatists,
anarchists and purveyors of hate, and have been reporting their
atrocious actions to Facebook, but all they get are default responses
that their complaints have been received and are being looked into.
Most often than not, nothing is done about such complaints… The
truth is that whatever Facebook is doing to check these people is mere
tokenism and is totally ineffective,” he said.

Mohammed said the government would be monitoring Facebook and
other platforms closely in the days ahead to ensure compliance with
the demand, as it steps up the campaign for the responsible use of
social media.

“We have always advocated a responsible use of social media, and
consistently called on all stakeholders to join us in achieving this.
Some have tagged our efforts as an attempt to stifle social media.
They are wrong, because we have no intention of preventing Nigerians
from using social media responsibly. All we have been advocating is a
responsible use of social media,” he said.

Six Killed As Security Operatives Foil Attack On Palace In Imo

A map of Imo State in south-east Nigeria.

 

Six hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been killed in Imo State, following their attempt to unleash terror at the palace of the state’s Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness Eze Dr E. C Okeke.

Police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam, in a statement on Monday said that hoodlums in their numbers were sighted in three Hilux vehicles shooting sporadically, fiercely advancing towards the palace.

On receipt of the information, the Command’s Tactical Team joined by the military immediately mobilized and rushed to the King’s house.

When the hoodlums sighted the combined team, they the security operatives in a gun duel, throwing petrol bombs.

READ ALSO: Two Killed As Police Engage Gunmen In Anambra

CSP Abattam noted that the “gallant team responded, positioning themselves professionally.

“In the exchange of gun fire that ensued, the hoodlums were overwhelmed due to the superior fire-power of the combined team and in the process, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries”.

According to him, the combined team did not relent in their effort, they chased the hoodlums recovering one pump action gun, three blood stained cutlasses and three Hilux Vehicles suspected to have been snatched from innocent citizens.

The police spokesman said calm has been restored in the area and the corpses of the neutralized criminals have been removed and deposited in the mortuary.

He further revealed that on the side of the combined team, no life was lost, but one of the police vehicles got burnt due to the fire from the petrol bomb.

Meanwhile, the police say efforts are in top gear to arrest other fleeing hoodlums, adding that security in Orlu and its environs have been beefed up to forestall any further attacks in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Imo Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, while commending the combined team for their gallantry, urged them not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements and their cohorts are made to face the full wrath of the law.

CP Barde thanked Imolites for their constant support and advised them to always assist the police and other security agencies with credible and timely information.

He urged them to promptly report any person seen with bullet wounds to the nearest Police Station or call the Police Emergency Control Room numbers; 080347773600 or 08098880197.

The Commissioner of Police called on the peace loving people of Imo State to go about their lawful businesses without fear of any molestation as all the security agencies are working assiduously in synergy to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.

Two Killed As Police Engage Gunmen In Anambra

 

Two persons were killed in the early hours of Monday, following a duel between men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and a yet to be identified group of gunmen in Anambra State.

Police spokesman in the state, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, in a brief statement revealed that the command’s operatives on crime prevention patrol along Umunze, road, Orumba South LGA, engaged armed men who were allegedly enforcing a “sit-at-home order” in the area.

DSP Tochukwu further stated that the operatives neutralized two of the miscreants and recovered a white Toyota Hiace Bus with no registration number.

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DSP Ikenga Tochukwu
Police spokesman, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu says normalcy has been restored in the Orumba South LGA where the gunmen were operating.

According to him, the men were obstructing the movement of innocent road users going about their businesses.

The hoodlums also forcefully collected motorbikes and tricycles, chasing away their rightful owners and setting the vehicles ablaze.

DSP Tochukwu said operatives of the command have intensified patrol within the state, adding that the situation is being monitored.

Purported IPOB Threat: Police Assure Asaba Residents Of Safety

In this file photo, the crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Delta State Police Command is asking residents of Asaba to disregard any sit at home order issued by faceless persons

Commissioner of Police in the state Ari Muhammed Ali in a press statement that was made available to newsmen, declared that there is no “sit at home order either by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) or any other faceless individual or individuals”.

This declaration is coming on the heels of a message by faceless individuals that Asaba residents are warned to observe the ‘Sit At home order’ as declared by the proscribed IPOB.

While urging residents to go about their lawful businesses, the Police Commissioner assured residents of their safety.

He promised that the Command is willing and able to deal decisively with anyone or group of persons who try to cause trouble in the state.

The Commissioner of Police admonished members of the public, particularly residents of Asaba and the entire Delta North district, to remain vigilant, monitor, and report any strange and suspicious movements or persons in their neighbourhood to the Command or other law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, officers and men of the Command have been placed on red alert with the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, Area Commanders, DPOs, and Tactical Commanders to maintain Police visibility across the length and breadth of the state to deploy strategies that will make the State uncomfortable and uninhabitable for hoodlums

Umahi Accuses Ohanaeze Of Delaying Negotiation For Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

 

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has accused the Igbo socio-cultural body, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, of delaying discussions with the Federal Government over Nnamdi Kanu’s release. 

The governor made the claim on Friday when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today. 

“We wished that it should be solved and that’s why I went to Mr President. And our leader, Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi, has also gone to the President and he agreed for a political solution, but it should be us that should initiate it,” he said on Friday.

“And I am asking Ambassador Obiozor (Ohanaeze President), he is very slow about this because I had gone to the DG DSS. I had gone to the Attorney-General of the Federation and they were ready to receive them to discuss. I had excluded myself so that politics is not by any means adduced to it.”

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“So, we should be encouraging the president of Ohanaeze to work with the IPOB leader as Mr President suggested and then let them, you know, bring something before the Federal Government and say, ‘These are what we are bringing on board.’ I think that the President is not averse to that,” the government added.

The governor, who said he foresaw the growing insecurity in the South East, reiterated that that was why his government opposed the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) from the onset.

He, however, said many people misunderstood him and “jumped into and used it for politics”. Umahi lamented that the situation is now  “a pain in everybody’s eye” in the region.

Buhari’s ‘Worry’

President Buhari flanked by Governor Umahi during the inauguration of the project. Photo: State House

 

Umahi’s comment followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state where the Nigerian leader commissioned several projects.

During the visit, leaders of the South East region pleaded with the Nigerian leader for the release of Kanu who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

But Buhari told the Ebonyi State Stakeholders’ Forum at the Government House in Abakaliki on Friday, that only the court can decide the IPOB leader’s fate.

“I have listened carefully to the various appeals from the elders to the traditional leaders, regarding a wide range of options,” he said. “And as I have said previously, this matter remains in the full purview of the court where it will be properly adjudicated.

“My worry is for our hardworking and innocent civilians for whom life is already tough and will like to just go out and earn a decent and honest living.”

We Didn’t Designate IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – UK

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and British Prime Minister, Boris Johnso.
A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and British Prime Minister, Boris Johnso.

 

The United Kingdom has clarified that it did not designate the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation.

The clarification comes after it emerged that the UK sought to exclude IPOB members who have committed human rights abuses from its asylum program.

A statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, had stated that “Nigeria welcomes the decision by the United Kingdom to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.”

But the British High Commission in Abuja, in a statement on Friday, said this was not the case.

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“We are aware of inaccurate reporting circulating in the media and online that the UK Government has added the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the UK’s list of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law,” the statement said.

“These reports are untrue. The ‘Indigenous People of Biafra’ (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK.

“The inaccurate reporting relates to the 13 April 2022 publication by the UK Government of a revised Country Policy and Information note (CPIN) on separatist groups in SE Nigeria, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). CPINs provide country of origin information (COI) and analysis of COI for use by UK Government decision-makers handling particular types of protection and human rights claims.

“All asylum and human rights claims made in the UK are considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights, taking into account relevant background country information and case law.

“The CPIN on separatist groups in the South East, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), provides a general assessment of risks faced by individuals belonging to those groups. These assessments are based on an analysis of publicly available country information obtained from a wide range of reliable sources including media outlets; UK and other governments; local, national and international organisations; and non-government organisations.

“This CPIN also acknowledges that the Nigerian government has proscribed IPOB as a terrorist organisation, some members of IPOB have reportedly used violence against the state and members of the public, and advises that persons who have committed human rights abuses must not be granted protection.”

‘Confiscate IPOB assets’

In his Friday statement, Mr Shehu asked the UK to confiscate IPOB assets, shut down their communication channels and sanction the issuance of visas to IPOB’s funders in Nigeria.

“Such sanctions have played a critical role in combatting other terror groups. And make no mistake: today Africa is a breeding ground for terror, with local and international groups alike gaining strength across the continent, thriving on the economic devastation of the pandemic,” Mr Shehu said.

“Nigeria’s intelligence and security forces are the first lines of defence against such groups, including ISIS and Al Quaeda affiliated Boko Haram. We rely on our allies in the West for their support.

“IPOB’s – and its 50,000 strong paramilitary unit’s – reign of terror has seen villages butchered, school buses set alight and politicians’ homes bombed. Through their international network of radio and TV stations, they threaten further violence if their demands are not met, while inciting violence and religious and ethnic tension between Nigeria’s Christian and Muslim populations.

“Their mouthpieces and their wallets are their most effective tools – it is these assets Nigeria’s allies must target next. And there is no time for complacency.”