Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Former Ericsson exec Qureshi lands at Verizon

Rima Qureshi, former president and CEO of Ericsson North America, is joining US operator Verizon as its new executive vice president and chief strategy officer (CSO).
According to a release from the operator, Qureshi will start her new role 6 November and will be responsible for the “development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, including business development and strategic investments”. Qureshi will report directly to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who deemed her hire a “game changer”.
The addition of Rima is another game-changer for Verizon,” McAdam said in a statement. “She’s a visionary leader, with a global perspective and a thorough understanding of our industry and where it’s headed.”

Fight corruption within the ambit of the law, Wike tells FG

R-L: Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Primate of Anglican Church, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, his wife, Nkasiobi, wife of Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Mrs Beatrice Kattey and Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey during the visit of Anglican Archbishops to Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday. 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has urged the Federal Government to fight corruption within the ambit of the law.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Primate of Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh accompanied by Archbishops and Bishops of the church at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said that the fight against corruption must not be vindictive in nature.
Governor Wike said: "The fight against corruption must be holistic and it should not be vindictive in nature ".
The governor added: "Those of us who are privileged  to serve should know that it is by the Grace of God  that we serve. Therefore, we must serve to the Glory of God ".

Chidoka blasts S'East governors, army's tag of IPOB as terrorists

Candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP) in the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka has slammed the governors of the south East states for what he termed failure of leadership in their handling of issues relating to the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the region.
Chidoka, who spoke while fielding questions during a national radio interview monitored on Monday also rejected the military’s declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group, saying the military was not in the position to do so without passing through laid down legal and constitutional provisions.
The UPP governorship candidate carpeted the governors for going beyond their constitutional and legal limits to announce a proscription of IPOB, which, according to him, remains a futility under the law.

NSCDC sets up special squad for Bama

Following the directive by the  Federal Government to Security Agencies to relocate to the North East, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has set up a Special Squad for Bama, Christened the Special Bama Squad (SBS).
The Corps helmsman made this disclosure while addressing the Corps Management team, Zonal Commanders and State Commandants.
Gana noted, that the Federal Government directed the Army, the Civil Defence and the Police to provide 1,500 personnel each from their respective organizations, which the NSCDC has complied fully with, and has also prepared logistics to cater for the Civil Defence personnel who will be stationed inside the Bama community to receive the Emir and other returnee from the Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP). They are to provide also, adequate protection for the Civil Populace of the Bama community.
The Commandant General disclosed that, aside the 1,500 personnel already donated by the Corps, the NSCDC has set up a special  squad known as the Special Bama Squad (SBS).

South-East APC group hails Shetima, Oyegun, others, mobilize for Nwoye’s victory

South East APC group  on Tuesday condemned what it called the fatuous attempt by some politicians and youths to insult the intelligence of Anambra people and scorn the dignity of Governor Kashim Shetima, Dr. Hassan Lawal and other members of the Anambra All Progressives Congress (APC) Election Planning and Strategy Committee.
The leaders praised the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for submitting the name of Hon Tony Nwoye to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its candidate for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Hon Tony Nwoye for his victory as the APC flag-bearer.”
A statement on the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary in Anambra State, issued Tuesday in Awka, condemned those asking the National Working Committee of the party to reverse the will of the people as expressed by the delegates.

Several billions of US dollars in investments announced during the Morocco - Gabon 2017 Forum


RABAT, Morocco -- The Morocco - Gabon Forum which has just ended in Rabat was the occasion for the Moroccan companies and investors to announce their intention to invest several billions of
 US dollars in Gabon in the sectors of Infrastructures, the numerical Economy, Agro-industrial industry and the sanitary facilities, in particular.

Bringing together nearly 300 participants in the buildings of the chancellery of the Embassy 
of Gabon, in Rabat and intended to promote the direct investments and to instigate the exchanges between the two countries, the Morocco - Gabon Forum made it possible to the Moroccan 
investors to discover the opportunities offered by Gabon.

Nokia on-board with boosting plane connectivity

Nokia is “ready for take-off” with its plans to bring affordable LTE to the skies, with the company stating that affordable broadband on aircrafts could be the first step towards “connected planes”.
In an online presentation held today, Thorsten Robrecht, VP of advanced mobile network solutions, talked through some of the benefits of using an LTE solution based on the ground to provide connectivity in planes, over today’s existing satellite infrastructure.
Nokia has been developing its “LTE air-to-ground” for five years, and is now set for launch across Europe this year.
The demand for on board connectivity is the biggest ask from customers, he said. “Very clearly, passengers are really expecting on board connectivity, and the ability to stay connected. They want the service they have all over the world, while moving in the air.”
Citing a study, he said only 13 per cent of non-US airspace has access to inflight connectivity, and only 6 per cent of that is suitable for video, which is where the demand will “continue to increase”.
Nokia’s solution is the first of its kind, he said, and has been developed by the vendor’s Bell Labs unit almost 55 years after the business developed a similar satellite solution.

Ekiti Probe Panel: Group warns Fayose, Ayenimo over alleged service extension plot

Integrity Leadership Group, a civil society coalition against corruption and defenders of civil rights, has warned Governor Ayodele Fayose and retired Chief Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, over alleged plot to manipulate Ayenimo's service records to enable him stay longer in service to qualify to continue sitting on the judicial commission probing the administration of former Governor Kayode Fayemi over alleged misappropriation of the state's funds.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesdayby its State Coordinator, Lekan Oyediran, the group said media reports on the allegation of service elongation plot for Ayenimo to enable him to continue sitting on the probe panel after retiring from service was worrisome against the background of Fayemi's suit challenging Ayenimo's suitability to sit on the panel over alleged partisanship.
The group noted that what qualified Ayenimo for the job according to the rule governing panel membership was his headship of the Magistrate Court and so must vacate the panel after retiring from from service.

Kogi inaugurates committee for the implementation of Judicial Commission of Inquiry's Report White Paper

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya  Bello, has expressed the resolve of his administration to recover the resources of the state, looted by previous government. The decision, which he explained was not a ploy to witch hunt anyone, is intended to entrench the culture of transparency and accountable in governance.

Governor Bello disclosed this today, 19th September, 2017, while inaugurating the newly constituted a seven-member  committee for the implementation of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry white paper from the committee set up last year to look into how the resources of the state were expended between May 2003 to January 2016.

The committee, which has a retired Army Major General Mobolaji Koleoso as Chairman, is expected to help track and recover all looted funds and assets of the state.

IPOB members storm 72nd UN General Assembly to protest military invasion of S'East

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, stormed in front of the United Nations office in New York to protest against president Muhammadu Buhari who is in the country for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.. According to them, they are agitating against the killings and destruction of properties during the military invasion in Abia state.

IPOB operates like terrorists-- FG

The Federal Government Tuesday said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) operates like a terrorist group.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said this on Tuesday on a live TV programme “Good Morning Nigeria” on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
According to Mohammed’s , “IPOB formed the Biafra Secret Secret Service and Biafra National Guard which could be called terrorist organisations.
There are a lot of arguments regarding the constitutionality of the action of the military and the South East governors.
People must realise that we are dealing with issue of national security and I do not think that the military and the governors should fold their arms while the country is set ablaze.

Tell Nigerians to eschew tribal consciousness & imbibe spirit of nationhood—Northern Governors

Five Governors from the Northern part of the country, Alhaji Kashima Shettima (Borno State, and Chairman Northern Governors’ Forum), Simon Lalong (Plateau State), Atiku Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) met with their Imo State counterpart, Owelle Rochas Okorocha onTuesday September 19, 2017 at the Government House Owerri. preaching unity and condemning tribal consciousness among Nigerians.
The governors had come to preach peace and to assure the Igbos and  Hausa people living in both parts of the country to stop the songs of war and disunity and sing the songs of peace, love and harmony.
In his speech, Governor Rochas Okorocha said “Nigeria’s problem has remained largely lack of communication and not being able to socialize with each other.   Even in families with husbands and wives, when we don’t have communication breakup is inevitable. It is necessary that we communicate amongst ourselves as governors. We should equally communicate with the ordinary citizens on the streets.”

Wike urges Surveyor-General of the Federation to resolve Rivers,Bayelsa boundary conflict

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (m), Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu (l), Chairman of the Forum of Surveyors-General , Michael Abiodun (2nd L), Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo (2nd R) and Surveyor-General of Rivers State, Noel Elenwo during a courtesy visit by the Forum of Surveyors-General of States on Tuesday at the Government House Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged the Surveyor-General of the Federation to resolve the lingering  boundary dispute  beteen Rivers and Bayelsa States. 
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Forum of Surveyors-General of States on Tuesday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the Surveyor-General of the Federation is in the best position  to address the boundary conflict. 
He said: "I call on the Surveyor-General of the Federation to help in resolving the dispute between Rivers State and Bayelsa States.  

What Buhari told the world at the 72ND UN General Assembly

Nigeria's prsident,  Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday addressed the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Read his full speech below:
Mr. President,
Fellow Heads of State and Government,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation. You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement.
Mr. President,
2. The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern, the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Ndigbo in Germany condemn killing of Igbo youths

The leadership of Ndi-Igbo Germany, the umbrella Association of all Igbo Unions in Germany yesterday condemned the killing of Igbo youths in Abia by the military.
According to a statement signed by Peter Eze, Co-ordinator, Ndi-Igbo Germany Inc. Frankfurt, Germany, the group condemned what it called the invasion of the Igbo territory of South-Eastern Nigeria by the fully armed military of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The satement read:
We take cognizance of the provocation, intimidation, brutalization and killings of the Civilian Population of largely Igbo ethnicity carried out by the fully armed Military of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria;
We note with apprehension the possibility of a resultant breakdown in law and order due to unpredictable and uncontrollable angry reactions by a provoked Civilian population that fears itself to be facing state-sponsored destruction, coupled with the attendant unnecessary conflicts that could be triggered off between different ethnic nationalities;

Nnamdi Kanu and his parents missing – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Monday in a statement alleged that its leader Nnamdi Kanu and his parents are missing since the military invaded the home of the IPOB leader in Afara-ukwu, Umuahia.
The statement read:
We the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to bring to the notice of the whole world that the whereabouts of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and parents are still unknown to mankind since the attack in his compound last week. IPOB have been searching for our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and parents no where to be found since last week, we are challenging the Nigerian army and police to produce our leader Mazi Nnamdi since it is a prerogative right for him to make statement inform his confidants and teeming members all over the world about his condition.

One million women march for Okorocha

About one million women from the twenty-seven Local Government Areas of Imo State marched through the major roads in Owerri, Imo State Capital in solidarity for Governor Rochas Okorocha on the Celebration of his 55th birthday.
The solidarity march, Monday, September 18, 2017 saw the women stopping at the large premises of the Victory Chapel Government House, where the governor addressed them, thanking them for the wonderful role they have been playing in the success story of his administration.
The governor stated “I am so happy because the strength of this government lies on the massive support it enjoys from the women. That this government is been talked about positively in the world is because of women”.

National Unity: Northern Governors Forum visit Wike

L-R: Sokoto State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Northern Governors Forum Chairman and Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Katsina State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong and Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu after the visit of the Northern Governors Forum to Rivers State on Monday.

A high-powered delegation of the Northern Governors Forum on Monday visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, commending him for taking urgent steps that led to the protection  of Nigerians living in the state. 
The Northern Governors Forum delegation led by its Chairman and Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima had 
Katsina State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri, Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu,  and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong as members. 
Shettima said that the Northern Governors were in Rivers State  to identify  with Governor Wike and commend the governor  for nipping the unfortunate  conflict  that erupted in Oyigbo Local Government Area. 

IPOB using fake videos to hoodwink international community--FG

The Federal Government has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of using fake videos of mass killings, harvested from other parts of Africa and doctored to look current, to mislead the
international community and win their support.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he addressed Online Publishers in Lagos on Monday.

''We must warn the nation against IPOB's next line of action, which is to externalize their lies and propaganda. Now they are writing to the governments and the national parliaments of some Western nations to give the impression that they are victims of an ethno-sectarian violence orchestrated by the government, hence they need protection.

''Some of the tools that have been employed by IPOB include blatant lies and cheap propaganda, and the medium of choice for the organization is the Social Media. IPOB has harvested gory videos and pictures from other lands and the distant past, which they are now circulating via the Social Media, to deceive the international community into believing that the people of the South-east are being subjected to state-sponsored, ethno-religious violence.

Listen to Obasanjo’s wise advice, group tells Buhari, says, referendum is the best option

A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to turn deaf ear into the wise advice of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that the Federal Government under his watch should dialogue
with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on their agitation, saying that only genuine referendum were the best option to put the matter to the rest once and for all,adding that Nigeria government should learn from Brexit in 2016.
The rights group strongly condemned the militarization of the zone by President Buhari’s Soldiers, describing the action as the act of dictatorial tendency on the part of Buhari government as a way to
return the country back to the dark days of Military era, which people of good will should not allow it to stand.
CHRSJ in a statement issued and signed by its executive chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman and copies were made available to newsmen on Monday, maintained that the member of the group (IPOB) did not commit any offence that could warrant invasion of IPOB leader’s house by the military, frowning at the way and manner the Nigeria Army declared IPOB as a terror group.

FG 'll make final decision on declaration of IPOB as terrorists organization- Army

The military on  Monday, said its last week's declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was not the position of the country, saying the power to declare an organization as a terrorists one lies with relevant federal government agencies. 
Buratai said that even as it has labeled the separatist organization as terrorists one and the subsequent proscription by governments of the South East region , the Federal Government would take a final decision on the  pronouncements. 
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, who said this, at the occasion of  the Nigerian Army Chief of Army Staff, COAS, 2nd and 3rd Quarters Conference 2017, held in Abuja, noted that there were guidelines as provided in the country's Terrorism Act which conferred such powers exclusively on some relevant government agencies.
"As regards the proscription, this is what I want to give, the federal government will take a final decision on that. There are guidelines as provided in the Terrorism Act and I am sure the relevant government agencies am talking will take appropriate steps whether to arrest or whether to do any other actions and we will receive the appropriate directives from the authorities, "he said.

APC warns Wike over planned closure of over 5,000 private schools

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has warned Governor Nyesom Wike not to proceed with his planned closure of over 5,000 private schools in the State, as the consequences for the State would be grave.
The party issued the warning in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and released on Monday in Port Harcourt, the State capital.
Rivers APC said: “We have been reliably informed that Governor Wike has concluded plans to close down over 5,000 private schools by this October. The offence of the proprietors of these schools, both indigenes and non-indigenes (mostly of Igbo and Northern extradition) is that they are members of APC, so they must be ruined by declaring their educational institutions, which they have been operating all these years without any problem, illegal and marked for destruction.”
The statement disclosed that the recent dissolution of the State Executive Council by Wike was as a result of the dissenting opinions expressed by some cabinet members who cautioned the governor against the closure but rather advised that the State should embark on a holistic approach to standardise the operations and facility upgrade of the affected schools. “Governor Wike accused those against his evil plot of being fifth columnists (or APC men in PDP garb) and resolved that the best strategy is to tactically dissolve his cabinet and reconstitute it with those who will support his drive to deal with these APC sympathisers,” Rivers APC said.

CJN swears-in 29 new SANs

Cross section of new silks during the investiture ceremony of 30 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Samuel Ononghen at the Supreme Court Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja

Pandemonium  broke out Monday at the Supreme Court among security operatives after persons in the entourage of Governor Yahaya Bello, were denied entry into the hall where 29 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, were being sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria,  CJN,  Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The governor was temporarily delayed at the door but had already entered inside the apex court when the fight broke out.
Also locked out by the operatives included some Judges and SANs that were already at the apex court by 9:30am for the event that commenced at exactly 10am.

IPOB not an illegal or terrorist organization--Senate

President of the Senate,Dr. Bukola Saraki, Monday said that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by Governors of the South-east states and the categorization of the group as a 'terrorist organisation' by the Defence Headquaters are unconstitutional and does not follow due process.
Saraki made this assertion in a statement he personally signed and circulated by his media aide.
The senate president pointed out that "Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect. I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process. This will go a long way in demonstrating to the world at large that we are a country that operate by laid down process under every circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool"
He also stressed that the National Assembly will investigate the crisis that erupted in the South-East following the clash between the military and IPOB members and urged all Nigerians to maintain peace and show brotherly love.
The full text his statement read:

Sunday, 17 September 2017

IPOB members will be treated as terrorists – Police

Commissioner of Police in Abia state, Anthony Ogbizi, has said arrested members of Indigenous People of Biafra will be prosecuted for murder, arson and other related crimes.
Ogbizi disclosed this during a press briefing and parade of seven suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria police station in Aba.
He also confirmed the arrest of 59 IPOB members in the South-East.
He confirmed that they would be prosecuted under the anti-terrorism Act to ensure they were properly dealt with.
He said that between Sept. 10 and Sept 14 the Ariaria police station was attacked by suspected members of IPOB who destroyed everything at the station.

Army /IPOB clashes: Plateau govt relaxes Jos curfew

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has relaxed the curfew in Jos, the state capital.
A curfew had been imposed to avoid reprsial attack on Igbo residents, following the clash between suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Hausa community in Rivers.
In a statement on Sunday, Samuel Nanle, Lalong’s spokesman, quoted the governor as saying the relaxation of the curfew was due to improved security in the state.
The statement said the curfew would now be from 10pm to 6am.
The executive governor wishes to appreciate the swift response of security personnel and the wide spread community consultative meetings held by various community and religious leaders, which have come out with renewed commitments and resolves of all and sundry to be law abiding and peaceful,” it read.

Verizon set for “big” content deal, abandons cable talks

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam (pictured) told investors to expect the company to announce a big content deal soon, while confirming talks on the potential acquisition of a cable company were now dead.
In a wide-ranging question and answer session at Goldman Sachs’ annual Communacopia Conference in New York, McAdam said he “would not be surprised” if its next content deal was announced to the markets by the end of the month.
Its drive to expand outside of its core telecoms business stepped up earlier this year, with the consolidation of its acquired AOL and Yahoo! business units into new division oath during July  following the final completion of its Yahoo deal.
McAdam highlighted Verizon’s continued focus on content assets, but quashed speculation it was set to acquire a large US cable company  – saying the company had now “moved on” from discussions in the area in favour of other priorities.

No hiding place for IPOB members in Anambra –Obiano

Governor  Willie Obiano of Anambra Sunday said there would be no hiding place for members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.
Obiano said this in a statement by his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Tony Nnacheta on Sunday.
The governor said he has aligned himself with the decision of the South-East Governors Forum, adding that he would implement the decisions of the southeast governors to the letter in Anambra State .
The statement read in part:

Buhari meets with Northern governors before jetting off to US

President Muhammadu Buhari on  Sunday held a closed-door meeting with some northern governors before departing to New York to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nation General Assembly.
The governors that were in the meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja were Kashim Shetima of Borno State,  Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
Although the meeting was not made open, it was gathered that it may not be unconnected with the tension in some parts of the north where people from a section of the country were reportedly being attacked and their shops burnt as a reprisal attack to the recent development in the South East.
The Special Adviser to Governor Tambuwal on Media, Malam Imam Liman, confirmed the meeting of the governors with the President on his Facebook page, on Sunday, in Abuja.
Besides,  the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,  Femi Adesina, also confirmed the departure of President Buhari to New York, through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

IPOB: Fmr President Jonathan sues for peace, asks council of states to intervene

Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has called for  peaceful coexistence amongst the different ethnic nationalities.The former President stated this on his Facebook wall yesterday in reaction to the deployment of military personnel to Abia State to quell the alleged violent agitation by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Dr. Jonathan also called on well- meaning Nigerians to live in peace among themselves even as he called on the Council of State to wade into the crisis in the interest of the nation.
"The reports I have received about recent developments in the country lead me to appeal to all men of goodwill to use whatever influence they have to push for peaceful coexistence and restraint on all sides. Perhaps it is time for the Council of State to intervene and offer its wise counsel. 
"Irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other(sic). Even in the face of difficult circumstances, we must have faith that God in his infinite wisdom will guide us to finding a way out that is fair and just to all concerned," he wrote.

Army has no constitutional power to declare us a terrorist group--IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has described as illegal and unconstitutional the alleged declaration by the Nigerian Army that it is a terrorist group.
IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said the Nigerian Army lack the constitutional power to declare any group as terrorist group, saying that it will ignore the declaration by the Army and any other group and continue its agitation for Biafra restoration.
We in IPOB condemn the illegal declaration made by Nigerian army labeling the peaceful freedom fighting organization as IPOB as a terrorist organization. We found the statement made by Nigerian army a laughable and caricature the Nigerian Army is making of itself, we will continue doing what we are doing which is peaceful agitation for Biafra freedom.
Whatever be the case Nigerian Army has no right or power to labeling IPOB a terrorist group while the case still in the court. It is the duty of Nigerian court to decide the case between the Nigerian government and IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
We urge the Nigerian government and her security operatives to stop their barbaric and unprovoked attacks to unarmed and innocent civilians who have not been involved in any act of crime or violence since the inception of this struggle for Biafra independence championed by IPOB.
It's very appalling that south East governors will always stoop so low to allow our general enemies to continue to  teleguide them in their meeting at Enugu in collaborating with security operatives to eliminate their people whom they suppose to protect because they want re election of political office in 2019.

Tension in S'East: Senate will meet security chiefs--Saraki

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said the Senate would meet with security chiefs to chart a path for resolution of contentious issues engendering tension in the South-east.
The senate president in a statement on Sunday in Abuja said that security agencies, political and religious leaders must work for the promotion of dialogue as means for tackling agitations, to ensure peace in the country.
In the statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, he urged all Nigerians to maintain peace and avoid statements or actions capable of aggravating the tension in parts of the country.
The president of the senate said that the crises in the country were not unconnected to the economic challenges being faced by citizens.
The statement read:

Financial Action Task Force warns on Nigeria’s Egmont Group suspension on NFIU

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has reiterated the earlier threat of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units to suspend Nigeria from the group if it fails to meet its commitment to qualify for membership. 
The latest warning to the Federal Government coming from FATF is that failure to implement the Egmont Group requirement will have serious consequences as it will begin by suspending its planned high level mission visit on November 20th-21st, 2017 to determine whether Nigeria has met the FATF standard.
However, the Federal Government is not resting on its oars to do the needful to attain the FATF demand on the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to qualify it for membership under the Egmont Group of FIUs.
To achieve this, then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN had constituted a powerful adhoc-committee chaired by Senator Chukwuka Utazi, the chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes with specific terms of reference to ensure the nation meets the requirements as demanded by Egmont Group and FATF.

Operation Python Dance would take place in S’east every year – Army

The army said on Sunday that Operation Python Dance would be staged in the South-East every year.
Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Public Relations 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, , disclosed this in a statement entitled ‘The objectives of exercise Egwu Eke 11 (Python Dance II).
Musa maintained that the military campaign was not targeted at anybody, or group.
Exercise Egwu Eke II (Python Dance II) is now a scheduled Nigerian Army Exercise to be conducted annually in the South-East Region and is not targeted at any individual or group.
Law abiding citizens need not to fear and are advised to freely go about their normal businesses,” Musa said.
The first exercise Python Dance was successfully and commendably conducted in the South-East from 27 November to 27 December 2016.

Presidency replies Obasanjo's call on Buhari to meet with Kanu

The presidency has replied former president Olusegun Obasanjo over his call on President Buhari to meet with the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The president’s special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said on the call:
It is an opinion that he has proffered and when you proffer an opinion, it is not a law or a rule”, he said.
It is now left for the person who was given the advice to consider it.”



Politically-disgruntled, looters are IPOB sponsors - FG

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Middle), addressing a press conference in Lagos on Sunday. The Minister is flanked (L-R) by his two Special Assistants (Mr. Williams Adeleye and Mr. Segun Adeyemi)

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is being sponsored by certain disgruntled elements to sabotage the Buhari Administration, under the guise of fighting for the rights of the people of the South-east.
''Nigerians must understand that IPOB was not set up to fight for the right of anyone or group, but as a tool to destabilize the nation, divert attention from the efforts of the Buhari Administration and obliterate the laudable achievements of the Government,'' the Minister told a press conference in Lagos on Sunday.

Osinbajo says armed forces must continue to evolve, contain contemporary threats and challenges of nation-building

Given the nature of contemporary warfare and the changing roles of militaries across the world, the Armed Forces of Nigeria must evolve with speed and urgency in  dealing with emerging threats and challenges of nation-building especially asymmetric warfare, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof Osinbajo at the combined Nigeria Defense Academy Passing Out Parade of the cadets of the 64 Regular Course of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the 65 Regular Course of the Navy and Air Force, and the Short Service Course 44 of the Army, in Kaduna where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

He said: ``the world has changed a great deal, today we speak of non-State Actors and of asymmetric warfare, and are confronted by enemies whose identities are as nebulous as their motivations.’’

According to him, ``this swift evolution in suicide bombings is a perfect illustration of the nature of the threats that nations face today – unpredictable, asymmetric, constantly adapting to changing conditions, driven by a compulsive need to inflict maximum damage with minimal effort.’’

BIAFRA: Gov Sani-Bello warns against reprisal attacks

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has issued out a stern warning to anybody or group of miscreants and troublemakers against any attempt to breach the relative peace and tranquility in the state, insisting that Niger state is for all Nigerians.
The Governor said that the unfortunate  security challenges in the South East of the country fueled by hate speeches, violent agitation, rumour and sentiment on social media,  should not be basis  for any attempt at reprisal attack on innocent citizens.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, Governor Sani Bello noted that it was the duty of the state government, first, to protect lives and property of its citizens and would, therefore not compromise in carrying out its constitutional responsibility.

The Governor stated that the state security apparatus have been mobilised to immediately commence patrol, particularly within the areas identified as hotspot, to nip in the bud any attempt to cause civil disobedience and unrest in the state.

APC accuses Fayose of funding Biafra secession

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of allegedly funding the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and his organisation (IPOB), to distabilise Nigeria for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra.
The party said the governor's counsel in his press release at the weekend urging dialogue in the resolution of the Biafran crisis is an afterthought after the Nigerian Army swung into action to perform their constitutional role of preserving the unity of Nigeria and bringing all secessionists and their backers to justice.
Fayose had at the weekend urged the Federal Government to embrace dialogue in the resolution of the Biafran agitation after the Nigerian Military had declared IPOB a terrorist organisation.
In a statement by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party dismissed Fayose's counsel as afterthought, stressing that the governor's actions and utterances had shown that he was "solidly behind any activity that will bring Nigeria down".
He said: "On April 26 and as published by The Nigerian Tribune Newspaper and its Tribuneonline publication on April 27, 2017,  Fayose said he was working in conjunction with Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to raise funds for Kanu, stressing that he was taking his support for Kanu beyond showing solidarity in court by raising funds that would be deposited in an account opened in Kanu’s name."

Buhari departs for UN General Assembly in New York


After his meeting with northern governors Sunday,  President Muhammadu Buhari has departed the shores of Nigeria for the United States of America where he will be attending the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Buhari would also join other world leaders at a reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
He is also being expected to hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe as well as a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders.


The president, who was being accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States as well as key cabinet ministers, would transit through London on his way back to the country.

SERG kicks against labelling IPOB terror group, calls for immediate withdraw of troops

The South East Revival Group (SERG) has said it was wrong for the Nigerian military to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terror group in a bid to justify an unwarranted invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s home.
While calling on the federal government to immediately withdraw troops from Igboland to allow the leaders to conclude their dialogue with the young people engaged in self-determination, the group condemned the leaders in the region for their hasty ban on the activities of the group at a time its efforts towards resolving the current security challenges in south eastern Nigeria were yielding fruits.
The SERG in a statement by its National Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu urged the Nigerian government to be mindful of the danger inherent in retaining the deployed troops in the region as it has been misunderstood by the agitators, saying that the IPOB should be engaged in dialogue as the government did with the Arewa youths after their quit notice to Igbos in the north. 
"For us, there is no alternative to dialogue. Proper communication and enlightenment remain important tools to ensuring harmony in the country at this time as every part of the country is feeling marginalised in one way or the other.

Speed up revitalisation of Ajaokuta, ALSCON, Mining Council urges FG

The Federal Government has been urged to speed up the revitalisation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd and Aluminium Smelting Company of Nigeria (ALSCON), as well as revive several moribund steel plants scattered across the country in a bid to grow the country’s steel sector and promote private sector participation in Steel development.
The National Council on Mining and mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD) which stated this also urged government to, as a matter of urgency, compile a nationwide inventory of miners, active mining sites, processing companies, personnel and machinery in order to create an all-encompassing data bank to be used in advising potential investors and for investment planning.
Also, the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development is to start forwarding the list of licence holders in every state of the Federation to their respective State government on quarterly basis for proper documentation.
These are part of the decisions reached at the three-day maiden meeting of the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD), as contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting.
The NCMMRD’s inaugural meeting was attended by Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries of Minerals and Mining ministries across the 36 states between September 12 and 14 in Abuja. The council meeting was haired by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
According to the communiqué, the meeting which did a comprehensive review of the mining sector agreed that some major steps must be taken in order to increase the current growth being experienced in the sector.

IPOB not a terrorist organization---Ohanaeze

L-R: Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Bar. Uche Okwukwu, President General Chief Nnia Nwodo,  Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife at the Imeobi meeting of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu, Saturday night.  

Pan Igbo socio-cultural group,  Ohanaeze Ndigbo has faulted Nigeria army's declaration of the Indegenous People of Biafra, IPoB, as a terrorist organisation.
Ohanaeze said that indeed IPOB is not a terrorist organization going by extant national and international laws, especially the terrorist prevention Act 2011, as amended in 2015.
It‎ however commended the South east Governors for their role in dousing the escalated tension over army's siege of the region.
Rising from Imeobi meeting in Enugu, Saturday night, the apex Igbo body said it stood for a united Nigeria under a restructured federal system of government that guarantees justice, equity and fairness.

Buhari should meet with Nnamdi Kanu – Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that President Muhammadu Buhari must meet with Biafran secessionist leader Nnamdi .
Speaking to Newsweek in London, Obasanjo—who served as Nigeria’s first elected head of state from 1999 to 2007—says that the heavy-handed tactics of the Nigerian state against pro-Biafra activists, a secessionist movement that is pushing for an independent state, have not succeeded, and a more conciliatory approach is needed.
I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu]. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it,” Obasanjo tells Newsweek.
“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, [and ask:] ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the southeast but from all parts of Nigeria.”
Nigeria has witnessed an uptick in pro-Biafra sentiment in recent years, resulting in deadly clashes between the military and secessionists.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Nnamdi Kanu laments military invasion of S'East, petitions UN, US, others

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has petitioned the European Union, UN over what he called the military onslaught on the Igbo of south east Nigeria.

In the petition dated September 14 and signed by his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu accused the Nigerian military of intimidation, torture, arrest, abduction and killing of people of the South East.
The letter was addressed to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the European Union High Commission, the Presidents of United States of America, Russia and Israel.
In the petition, the IPOB leader urged the UN, EU, US and other countries on the invasion of the military in the region.
Kanu stated that while innocent blood are being wasted in the region, the 1999 Constitution as amended did not allow the deployment of soldiers in the region in a manner presently done by the federal government.

S-East Govs demand for restructuring, disown IPOB, others

After a crucial meeting with GOC 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, governors of the South East geopolitical zone proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other aggrieved and agitating groups in the region but stood their ground for a restructured Nigeria, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw troops in the region.
Also at the meeting held in Enugu Friday were the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, chairman of the Governors forum, said that the IPOB leader was invited but failed to attend the meeting.
In view of the prevailing security situation in the zone and it's attendant consequences, the governors decided to proscribe all activities of IPOB and other aggrieved groups.
IPOB and other aggrieved groups were ‎advised to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the zone through the chairman of south East Governor's forum.

S-East Govs demand for restructuring, disown IPOB, others

After a crucial meeting with GOC 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, governors of the South East geopolitical zone proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other aggrieved and agitating groups in the region but stood their ground for a restructured Nigeria, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw troops in the region.
Also at the meeting held in Enugu Friday were the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, chairman of the Governors forum, said that the IPOB leader was invited but failed to attend the meeting.
In view of the prevailing security situation in the zone and it's attendant consequences, the governors decided to proscribe all activities of IPOB and other aggrieved groups.
IPOB and other aggrieved groups were ‎advised to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the zone through the chairman of south East Governor's forum.

S-East Govs demand for restructuring, disown IPOB, others

After a crucial meeting with GOC 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, governors of the South East geopolitical zone proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other aggrieved and agitating groups in the region but stood their ground for a restructured Nigeria, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw troops in the region.
Also at the meeting held in Enugu Friday were the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, chairman of the Governors forum, said that the IPOB leader was invited but failed to attend the meeting.
In view of the prevailing security situation in the zone and it's attendant consequences, the governors decided to proscribe all activities of IPOB and other aggrieved groups.
IPOB and other aggrieved groups were ‎advised to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the zone through the chairman of south East Governor's forum.

S-East Govs demand for restructuring, disown IPOB, others

After a crucial meeting with GOC 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, governors of the South East geopolitical zone proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other aggrieved and agitating groups in the region but stood their ground for a restructured Nigeria, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw troops in the region.
Also at the meeting held in Enugu Friday were the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, chairman of the Governors forum, said that the IPOB leader was invited but failed to attend the meeting.
In view of the prevailing security situation in the zone and it's attendant consequences, the governors decided to proscribe all activities of IPOB and other aggrieved groups.
IPOB and other aggrieved groups were ‎advised to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the zone through the chairman of south East Governor's forum.

S-East Govs demand for restructuring, disown IPOB, others

After a crucial meeting with GOC 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, governors of the South East geopolitical zone proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other aggrieved and agitating groups in the region but stood their ground for a restructured Nigeria, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw troops in the region.
Also at the meeting held in Enugu Friday were the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, chairman of the Governors forum, said that the IPOB leader was invited but failed to attend the meeting.
In view of the prevailing security situation in the zone and it's attendant consequences, the governors decided to proscribe all activities of IPOB and other aggrieved groups.
IPOB and other aggrieved groups were ‎advised to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from the zone through the chairman of south East Governor's forum.
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