TUKUR Buratai, chief of army staff, on Monday, stated that the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, did not declare the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB a terrorist organization in the country. The Army Chief made the denial in Abakaliki during the official launch of Operation Python Dance II, he argued that what the Defence Headquarters did was a pronouncement on IPOB added that the statement of the military gave room for the right steps to be taken on the matter. According to Buratai, the action of the Federal government concerning IPOB was right and that the military did not over step its bound towards the protection of lives and properties in the country. “You have to get it very clear. First of all, what the Defence Headquarters did was to make pronouncement. It wasn’t a declaration per se. But this has given room for the right step to be taken. I think the government is doing the right thing. “It is not that we are overstepping our bounds. We are still within the limits. And I ensure you that what the military said was to set the ball rolling and to bring the awareness to the public that this is what this organization is all about. I’m happy that the government has done the right thing right now. The Chief of Army staff, General Tukur Buratai further assured the people of the Southeast that the Army will abide by the rule of law and rules of engagement in carrying out the Exercise Egwu Eke II which kicked off on Saturday in the region. Also in a courtesy to Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, the Chief of Army Staff noted that the exercise was targeted at improving the security situation of the zone which according to him, was very strategic to the security of the country. According to him the exercise will help to bring about the much needed peace and security and also be used to train the Military in basic internal security. “They army have taken into cognizance the security of the people in deployment of it’s personnel for the operation”. He said the army in carrying out the operation will liaise and work with other security agencies in the region. “The army is very sensitive to the cultural norms of the people and will abide by all the rules of engagement and code of conduct that have been laid down which is quite in tandem with the Constitution”. According to him, some of the activities of the exercise will include Patrols, indoor battle exercises, Civil-Military cooperation activities like medical outreach, sanitation, donation of books to schools etc. He therefore appealed for understanding.View items...
Facts emerged recently why Dr. Olisa Agbakoba filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja .He filed the suit challenging the non inclusion of the South East Zone of Nigeria, in appointments to the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of Nigeria. In a statement made available to Promnewsonline, Agbakoba alleged that the appointment made by the Federal Government of Nigeria, contravenes the provisions of S.14 of the Constitution and also the Federal Character Commission, Act and the provisions of Sections 42 of the Constitution of Nigeria that prohibits discrimination of any of Nigeria’s ethnic groups such as, in this case, the South East. He has therefore approached the Federal High Courts to declare the lopsided appointments of Board members of the South East Zone, unconstitutional, null and void. No date has been fixed to hear the suit. In August, fifty five management staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC were affected in a massive reshuffle ordered by Group managing director, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Under the new arrangement, Roland Ewubare, formerly MD of the Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL was moved to the National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS as the new Group General Manager while Diepriye Tariah, former GGM and Senior Technical Assistant to the NNPC GMD takes over from Ewubare as MD of IDSL. Malami Shehu, Executive Director Operations, of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC, was appointed Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC while Adewale Ladenegan, former MD of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC was moved to KRPC to assume duty as MD. In the same vein, Muhammed Abah, until recently, the Executive Director Operations of WRPC succeeds Ladenegan as MD of Warri Refinery. With the retirement of Alh. Farouk Ahmed as the MD of the Nigerian Products Marketing Company, (NPMC), Umar Ajiya, former GGM in charge of Corporate Planning and Strategy, (CP&S) now assumes duty as MD of NPMC while Bala Wunti, former, General Manager, Downstream, GMD’s Office takes charge as GGM CP&S. Other changes include: Usman Yusuf who takes over as GGM/STA to the GMD, Adeyemi Adetunji confirmed as MD NNPC Retail alongside Dr. Bola Afolabi who now functions as GGM in charge of Research and Development Division of the Corporation. Also on the list is Mrs. Ahmadu-Katagum appointed GGM (Shipping) in the Downstream Autonomous Business Unit while Kallamu Abdullahi takes over as the GGM in charge of the Renewable Energy Division in the Downstream ABU. Dr. Shaibu Musa was promoted MD of the NNPC Medical Services Limited while Ibrahim Birma is the new GGM in charge of the Corporation’s Audit Division now renamed Governance, Risk and Compliance Division.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has ordered the immediate unfreezing of about 24 bank accounts belonging to the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and some of its members and trustees. Recall that the accounts of the Corps were frozen in February by the order of the Nigerian Police following an altercation with the corps and the arrest of the National Commandant of the Corps, Dickson Akoh and 49 others. The Nigerian Police had approached the courts to get legal backing to the freezing of the accounts of the Corps. However, the Police approached the court on June 23rd with an experte motion, to seek court’s backing on the already frozen accounts. Peace Corps of Nigeria therefore, filed a counter motion, accompanied by 28 paragraph affidavit, urging the court to declare null and void, the ‘post no bill’ on the various accounts of its members. While ruling on the motion on notice of 5th July by the PCN, Justice John Tsoho, set aside a preliminary injunctions earlier granted by his court and a Magistrates Court in Wuse. Justice Tsoho frowned at the rationale behind filing such applications in two different courts of competent jurisdictions. “The order from the Magistrate Court and this Honourable court have the same effect”, Tsoho said, describing it as “an abuse of court process”. On the argument that the Police had “illegally” frozen the Peace Corps accounts long before seeking an injunction in the court, Justice Tsoho said, the Police did not deny the applicant’s submission. Justice Tsoho also berated the counsel to the Nigerian Police, Barrister Idachaba, for continuing to file motions when the matter had already been taken up by the Attorney-General of the Federation. “The Attorney-General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and holds the right to prosecute state matters. “The motion filed by Idachaba (Esq.) did not have the support of the Attorney-General of the Federation and it is tantamount to abuse of court process”. “A situation whereby, a criminal charge is being prosecuted by the Counsel assigned by the AGF and Idachaba also comes up to prosecute some motions in respect of the suit is highly complicated and confusing”. He, therefore, gave the Attorney-General of the Federation up to the next adjourned date, to clarify the misconceptions on the appropriate channel of services by the parties involved in the matter.
A 25-year old Nigerian has been killed during a police raid in Vaal near Johannesburg, South Africa. Ibrahim Badmus was killed on Tuesday, barely one week after 35-year-old Jelili Omoyele was shot dead in Johannesburg over an alleged 300 Rand (about N7,500) parking lot debt. According to eyewitnesses, the victim was allegedly handcuffed, tortured and suffocated while being questioned by about three policemen at his home. One of the witnesses, a flat-mate of the deceased and a Congolese, Steve Lumbwe, said, “I found Omo (the deceased), my tenant on handcuff. There was a plastic where they put paper spray on him.” “I asked the police ‘why are you doing this to him’? They said he’s a drug dealer, he must take out the drug and I was like ‘no, he doesn’t sell drugs’. “My tenant was on handcuff and he started calling ‘Steve, I can’t breathe’. I started fighting with them and tried to help the guy but the other one (police officer) took me out as well. “So when I went back inside, Omo was sleeping, looking at them and the police officers were like ‘he just fainted’ that they would call the ambulance,” Lumbwe added. The Nigerian Consul General Godwin Adama and the Police Commander of the local police station Brigadier Nikiwe Hoeane were at the scene, calling for calm while investigations were ongoing, Channels Tv reports. s
The brother to the leader of the Biafra restoration project under the auspices of IPOB [Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra], Prince Emmanuel Kanu has tagged the sacked lawyer to Prince Nnamdi Kanu a saboteur and a sell out who compromised his integrity for monetary and political gains. Barrister Obetta whose competence to handle a case of such magnitude was questionable, exposed himself through various integrity and competence tests at the start of the case. This and many other revelations about Barrister Obetta was made known to the media by the brother of the IPOB leader, Prince Emmanuel Kanu. He further posed challenging questions to the lawyer whom he alleged mortgaged his integrity to political and material fortune. Vincent Egechukwu Obetta…… Why did you refuse to file form 48 or contempt of court against the federal government of Nigeria when the order to release IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was severally disobeyed? Because you sold IPOB to the Nigerian government and soon after you bought a new car and a house in Enugu state from your blood money. Vincent Egechukwu Obetta….. You told one Mr Emmanuel from Benue state , a DSS officer in Asokoro, Abuja that the only reason you agreed to represent Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was for pecuniary gains which you have today shamelessly confirmed. Vincent Egechukwu Obetta……. You refused working with other Biafran lawyers simply because of your greed and evil intentions. When IPOB ran a back ground check of who you are, it was discovered you were born in the North, lived in the North and studied in the North before your relocation to Enugu Biafra land. Today you secured a job as SSA to Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as part of your reward towards attempting to destroy Nnamdi Kanu's case. Before you took the case, who knew you on the political field? Vincent Egechukwu Obetta….. What’s the difference between you, Nnia Nwodo, 5 south east governors, Orji Uzor Kalu, Rochas Okorocha and president PMB? Biafra land bleeds. Universe is on the side of justice………….. Remember that IPOB sacked you because of your incompetence, unprofessional practices and emptiness of character. The same character with the Biblical Judas will yield the same end like the Biblical Judas.
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has insisted that forthcoming governorship election in Anambra will not hold. The group has ordered its members and other freedom fighters in the area to stay at home on voting day November 18. The group’s publicity secretary Emma Powerful said the voting was a test case for IPOB and its allies in Biafra territory and that boycotting would send a statement to the international commmunity about the seriousness of the agitation for Biafra. The body maintained that it must teach corrupt Igbo politicians that money cannot buy IPOB as they are special breed untainted by the corrupt tendencies of Nigerian politics. “Every genuine Biafran desiring of freedom for Biafra from this Islamic bondage of Hausa Fulani caliphate called Nigeria, must not only stay at home on that day, but must also make sure those around them do not vote. November 18, 2017 is a date with history,” he said in a statement in Awka, Anambra. “If we Biafrans succeed in demonstrating before international observers that we are serious about our freedom by locking down Anambra State on that day, the world will be in no doubt that Biafra is unstoppable. “Locking down Anambra State will pave the way for IPOB to announce a date for substantive referendum later next year with or without the approval of Nigeria. “Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan have pointed the way forward for we Biafrans because it was clearly demonstrated by both nations that we can call for and conduct our referendum with or without the cooperation of Nigeria. Powerful added, “Election boycott is the only legitimate tool left in the hands of we oppressed people to register our displeasure with the ongoing genocide in our land, arbitrary arrests, torture and reign of saboteurs in government houses across Biafraland. If we vote, Nigeria will never again take Biafra agitation serious. The whole world is watching to see how serious we are towards the realisation of this great nation of Biafra. The successful boycott of the election come November 18 will prove to the entire world how determined we are towards having our own new nation where all men will be equal before the law. “For the sake of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was abducted and presumably murdered by the Hausa-Fulani rulers of Nigeria and their co-conspirators in Igboland, especially Igbo governors and Ohaneze leadership, we must as a people boycott the elections. “For the sake of the blood of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters murdered in cold by Buhari, Buratai, Willy Obiano and Okezie we must boycott the elections. For the sake of our hope and collective aspiration as a people unfulfilled and down trodden in Nigeria, we must boycott this every other election in Nigeria. “The Nigerian government, Igbo governors and certain sections of Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership have been pouring billions of Naira into a well prepared media propaganda to try and tarnish the clean image of IPOB and that of our leader with no success. “Every lie and fabrication have been cleverly deployed by these conspirators through their well paid and compromised media houses to sell fear and anarchy to the people of Anambra State. The truth remains that corrupt Igbo politicians want to destroy IPOB by all means because they know we represent the people and will never take money from Abuja to compromise the struggle as they have all done. “They were the people that begged Buratai to bring his Islamic army into our land to kill our brothers and sisters because they value the crumbs they are getting from Abuja over our well-being as a people.
A Nigerian, Jelili Omoyele, 35-year-old cellular phone technician, was allegedly shot dead in Johannesburg on Saturday, the Nigeria Union, South Africa, has said. Its President, Mr Adetola Olubajo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Johannesburg that Omoyele, a.k.a Ja Rule and native of Ibadan, Oyo State, was killed at a parking lot at Doornfontein, Gauteng Province. He said a fact-finding team to the scene led by him and National Welfare Officer, Mr Trust Owoyele, met an eyewitness, Mr Sipususo Mkalipi, a South African taxi driver, who confirmed the killing. “The deceased and the son of the caretaker of a parking lot had an argument over an unpaid R300 (N11,400) rent. “The witness said that the deceased decided to leave his car in the parking lot till Monday because he had no money to pay, but the caretaker’s son shot him on his way out of the building. “Omoyele gave up the ghost a few minutes later,” he said. Olubajo said Mkalipi was the driver, who brought the victim to the parking lot. According to him, a murder docket has been opened at Jeppe police state near Johannesburg while the case has been forwarded to the union’s legal adviser, Mr Omoreige Ogboro, for a follow-up. The Nigeria Union President also said the incident had been reported to the Nigerian Mission in South Africa. “We implore the mission to give necessary support to the union in order to ensure that justice is served. “Omoyele is survived by a pregnant wife also in South Africa and his parents in Nigeria,” he said.
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged the members of the Indegenous People of Biafra(IPOB) to embrace peace and change the group's name to the Indegenous People Of Brighter Nigeria in the interest of the continued enjoyable coexistence of all the Nigerian people. The Spiritual leader of the Yoruba race said this on Friday at the Government house in Umuahia, Abia state while paying a courtesy call on the state Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. He told the governor and the state's traditional rulers who were on hand to receive him that he was in the state in furtherance of his peace and unity project that he has moved within and outside the country saying this will guarantee socioeconomic development as Abia state has the capability to impact positively on Nigeria and solidify the nation's bond. He said that peace and oneness remained the greatest achievement of any society, adding that the strength on Nigeria’s unity was in its diversity. The Ooni added that he was also in Abia to support the state government because of its passion for things that were positive. “The earlier we realise that we are all spiritually linked the better for us. We must chart a positive course for our teeming youths and make this country a better place. The members of IPOB are our children, we love them, I want them to change their name to Indigenous People Of Brighter Nigeria in the interest of our coexistence as one people ". “We are praying for you and we don’t want any war or disintegration of the nation. We know that the youths of Abia will stand together to chart a proper course to make things better. I commend the culture of Igbo people, they are blessed with beautiful tradition especially the aspect that signifies that anyone who brings kola brings life" Ooni Ogunwusi linked the kola nut breaking in Iboland to the strength of the typical Igbo man and woman. He expressed joy that the Igbo's Culture remains sustained irrespective anywhere the people live in the world saying he is always at home in Iboland and noted that Nigerians are spiritually linked and must work together because their strength lies in their diversity. Ooni who is the Co-chairman of National Council Of Nigerian Traditional Rulers concluded his speech calling on relevant agencies in Nigeria to evolve reorientation programmes that would change the thought process of youths because they were the future and energy of Nigeria. In his response, Ikpeazu said that Nigeria had the potentials to be one of the biggest countries in the world because of the human and natural resources that abound in the country. The governor said that the state government was committed to empowering Abia youths to enable them become self-reliant. “The state government has created an office dedicated to providing empowerment for youths with a a minimum loan of N250,000 to start small business. “This is our way of practically supporting our youths that are interested in eking out a living. I believe that is how we can curb youth restiveness ,” he said. Ikpeazu thanked the traditional ruler who he called his father for offering prayers for the state, adding that his leadership style was commendable, saying he is encouraged by the leadership style of the Ooni especially in ensuring the unity of Nigeria and enabling inter-ethnic harmony within and outside the country. The African foremost monarch who was accompanied to the Governor's house by the Secretary of South West Council of Traditional Rulers and Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Oba Adeleke Aderemi, Her Majesty, Queen Dambi of Kasai Kingdom in Congo Republic, HRM Eze Philip Ajomiwe Ndu 1 of Oriendu, Chair Umuahia North LGA Abia state, Eze Ngozi Mathias Nwoko, Ome UDO II of Mgboko Obia Efula Obingwa LGA, Abia state and Eze Ugochukwu Jeromi Ezeneche Eze Ndigbo Mekong River Asia later attended Iriji Yam Festival at Mgboko Ngwa Amaise Ancient Palace at Obingwa Abia State hosted by the Chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Dr Eberechi N Dick
Rallies are expected in Spain against Catalonian independence, after Sunday’s disputed referendum. Demonstrations are planned in the capital Madrid and other cities, with supporters calling for a similar rally in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona. Meanwhile, Spain’s government representative in Catalonia earlier apologised to those hurt during police efforts to stop the referendum. But Enric Millo blamed the Catalan government for holding an illegal vote. In the first apology by a Spanish government official over the violence during the referendum, Mr Millo said he could not help but “regret it and apologise on behalf of the officers that intervened”. Hundreds of people were injured as police, trying to enforce a Spanish court ban on the vote, attempted to seize ballot boxes and disperse voters. Thirty-three police officers were also hurt. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont now plans to address the Catalan parliament on Tuesday at 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT), the speaker of the parliament in the autonomous north-eastern region says. Spain’s Constitutional Court had earlier suspended the Catalan parliament session that had been planned for Monday, BBC reports.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has demanded that the retirement of teachers of primary and secondary schools in the country be raised from 60 to 65 years. Mr Michael Olukoya, the National President of NUT made the call at the 2017 World Teachers’ Day celebration in Abuja on Thursday. The theme of this year’s day is: “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers’’. Olukoya said that the retirement age for tutors in the Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Universities was extended to 65 and 70 respectively. He said that doing the same with the primary and secondary schools would remove the segregation since they all belonged to the same teaching industry. “The more years a teacher spends on the job, the better he delivers his service to the learners given the benefit of the experiences gathered over the years and the wisdom of age. “The older the teacher, the more caring and tolerant he is to the students with improved dexterity in the pedagogy of teaching required over time. “It is for this and other similar reasons that the retirement age of lecturers and professors in the tertiary institution was extended to 65 and 70 years,’’ he said. The NUT president also called on the Federal Government to look into the plight of primary and secondary school teachers across the country arising from the non payment of their salaries and allowances for several months. He said that as at the end of September, primary and secondary school tutors were owed between two and 11 months salaries in 17 states in the country. He decried that this was becoming worrisome. “Some state government has since adopted the inhuman act of paying monthly salaries in fractions without any guarantee that the remaining part of the salaries will be paid to the teachers. “In the same vein, promotions are yet to be implemented for teachers for two to eight years in some states. “This situation has brought untold hardship to the affected teachers and has expectedly taken its toll on public education with its attendant effect on the under-privileged children’’. He called on state and local government to effect payment of the backlogs of salaries and other entitlement owed teachers without further delay. On the issue of grade level of graduate teachers, Olukoya said that graduate teachers in the primary and secondary schools were meant to terminate on GL 14 and 16 respectively in some states of the federation. He said that this was an act of discrimination which was unacceptable, while calling for justice, equity and fair play. He called on relevant authority to extend the terminal grade level of graduate teachers of both primary and secondary schools to grade levels 17 as obtainable with other graduates of public servants. He, however, urged the Ministry of Education to facilitate the development of a comprehensive scheme of service for primary and secondary school teachers.
Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly-Boy on Wednesday filed a suit at the FCT High Court, Maitama, against the Commissioner of Police in FCT for alleged violation of his rights. Oputa is demanding the enforcement of his fundamental rights pursuant to Sections 34, 39, and 40 and 46 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). He is asking the court to declare that the use of teargas, canisters, water cannon and wild police dogs to harass and disperse his group was contrary to the provisions of the constitution. Oputa through his counsel, Mr Inibehe Effiong, is also seeking the order of the court compelling the respondent (Nigeria Police Force) to pay him N100 million as general damages. He is also asking for an order directing the respondent to pay him N400 million as exemplary damages. Oputa said that he and his group, known as Our Mumu Don Do Movement, staged a peaceful demonstration on Aug. 8 at Unity Fountain, Maitama Abuja, when they were attacked by the police. The group had demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari return from his medical leave in London to resume work or resign. The suit has yet to be assigned.