Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has warned that any commanding officer of the Nigerian security agencies that kills the members of his group will not go scot-free. The IPOB leader stated that the uniform or rank of such a soldier or policeman will not shield him from the punishment, adding the group keeps records and takes time to act. Kanu said this in a statement sent by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, to SaharaReporters on Sunday. SaharaReporters has earlier published that a yet-to-be-identified Nigerian soldier has warned residents of Orlu town in Imo State to either relocate or be vigilant as some personnel had allegedly been given a shoot-on-sight order in the ongoing battle with the Eastern Security Network operatives. The soldier, who spoke pidgin English in an audio obtained by SaharaReporters, added that he would not carry out the plan, and therefore, he had been allegedly marked by the army commander to be arrested and possibly killed. The soldier, who is attached to the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Anambra State, alerted residents of the town to relocate based on their commander's alleged order. In the audio obtained by SaharaReporters, the soldier said, "They first carried us (deployed us) to Maiduguri (Borno State). Then, 25 of us came back hoping that the matter was ended. Then they carried us to 302 Artillery, Onitsha. All of us were inside the barracks in Onitsha till 12 pm this afternoon. "When the fight ended in Orlu, the commander now said anybody we see, we should fire them. "I beg you, because of God, if your person is in Orlu, from now till Monday, try to inform them. Tell them to change the location for now. Immediately I left the barracks, the commander said I was going out to expose them and make sure they get me and kill me. "See the clothes that I am putting on. I didn't buy these clothes with my money, if you follow this line, I was given these clothes and I have kept my uniform." Reacting, the Biafra separatist group leader said, “If you’re a commander of troops in the Nigerian army or police, hear this: That you’re wearing a uniform and adorned in a rank does not make you invincible. If any #Biafran is killed on your orders, you will be hunted and punished, sooner than later. We’re taking stock and bidding our time.” By SaharaReporters, New York Source:
There is an ongoing crisis in Karu, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as commercial motorcyclists (also known as Okada riders) take to the roads to protest the killing of their colleague by the police. SaharaReporters learnt that the riot started around 11am on Sunday, forcing some churches in the area to lock their gates and conclude their services abruptly as the rampaging motorcyclists went about destroying vehicles. The clash between the police and the motorcyclists affected people staying in Karu, Jikwoyi, Kurudu, Orozo, Karshi, among other areas. The Okada riders embarked on the protest after one of their colleagues was allegedly shot and killed by the police. As at the time of filing this report, there is restriction of movement and many people who went for church services are still trapped in their various churches. By SaharaReporters, New York Source:
President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented that there is madness going on in some parts of the country, while condoling with those who lost family members to the ravaing insecurity in the country. In a veiled reference to the attack on police stations and security institutions in the South-East region, the President, according to a release by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he wondered who would protect the people. “The President, in addition, takes this opportunity to condole with all who lost family members due to what he described as the 'madness' going on in parts of the country. “The President calls on all local leaders to talk to their youths and warn them against being used to incite and foment violence. 'If we attack institutions guarding us,' the President wonders, 'who will protect us in future emergencies?'" Shehu’s release on Sunday partly reads. Earlier, Buhari stated that he would be modest with the forthcoming Salah celebrations and that no visitor would be expected in the Aso Rock Villa. “As Muslims in Nigeria join others globally in preparations towards Eid Al-Fitr, a day that is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, President Buhari directs that all celebrations be limited due to the global Coronavirus crisis. “To this effect, the President, First Family, his personal aides, members of cabinet and Service Chiefs who choose to remain in Abuja will congregate in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to observe the Eid prayers. Time fixed for the prayer is 9:00am. “Thereafter, there will be no traditional Sallah homage to the President by religious, community and political leaders. As was the case last year, the President encourages such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home in view of the pandemic. “President Buhari specially thanks the Ulama (Islamic Clerics) and all other religious (Muslim, Christian) leaders who continue to pray for the wellbeing of the nation and its people,” the statement added. By SaharaReporters, New York Source:
The Christian Association of Nigeria has said that no Christian leader in the country has kept quiet over the situation of Nigeria. CAN noted that it had no comment for popular Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, more commonly called Sunday Igboho, who insinuated that some elders in Yoruba land did not support the agitations for secession and establishment of the Yoruba nation. Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the Special Adviser to the CAN President, Rev Supo Ayokunle, stated this in an interview with SaharaReporters on Sunday. Earlier today, Igboho had appeared in an interview, saying he would not offer his condolences to Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, over the death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye, because the cleric refused to support agitations for the Yoruba nation. Sunday Igboho had added that he would not sympathise with Adeboye or anyone who refused to champion the course of Yoruba nation. When asked for his opinion about Igboho’s comment, Pastor Oladeji said, “I am sorry. No comment. If that is how you all see it, let it be. If CAN has been keeping quiet over the happenings in the country, if that is how you see it, too bad. We are not ready to reply Sunday Igboho.” Igboho in the interview did not mince words when he hurled curses at leaders or pastors who refuse to support the secession agenda, saying God would kill their children and wives. He said this during a live Facebook broadcast with his media aide, Olayomi Koiki, on Saturday night. Koiki had asked the activist to send some words to Adeboye through the live video, to sympathise with him over the death of his son. But, Sunday Igboho appeared infuriated by Koiki’s request as he asked if the man of God had declared his support for Yoruba nation. He said, “Has Baba supported Yoruba nation that we will now be greeting him? We don’t need to greet Adeboye. What is my own with that? We are not doing church here. This is not religion. “Pastor Adeboye didn’t speak about Yoruba nation. Look at the number of crowd in Baba Adeboye’s church. Is he not supposed to tell all of them to join Yoruba nation? We don’t need to greet him.” By SaharaReporters, New York Source:
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of seven of its cops by gunmen who attacked police stations in Elimgbu, Obio/Akpor and Rumuji, Emuoha Local Government Areas of the state respectively on Friday night. The gunmen also lost two of their gang members after policemen engaged them in a shootout and prevented them from gaining access to one of the police stations. The State Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, confirmed the attacks and killings in a statement by the command’s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, on Saturday. The statement read, “The Rivers State Police Command can confirm the unprovoked and mindless attack on policemen and vehicles. The incident which led to the death of seven policemen occurred last night around 8.30pm, where unknown gunmen driven in two branded Hilux vans, attacked the special checkpoint at Choba bridge (near Port Harcourt), killed two policemen on duty and set ablaze a private car belonging to one of the policemen. “A similar attack was launched on Rumuji Police Station (Emuoha LGA) by the same hoodlums who killed two policemen on duty and burnt a police patrol vehicle. However, a stiff resistance by the police prevented the hoodlums from gaining access into the police station. In the course of exchange of fire, two of the attackers were fatally wounded and died on the spot. “The third attack at Elimgbu Police Station (Obio/Akpor LGA) was equally resisted by the Police, though three officers were killed in that attack but the serious fire engagement made them to abandon their bullet riddled Hilux van, while they escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds with a snatched Sienna bus. “It is pertinent to note that in all three attacks carried out last night, no police station/formation was burnt. Regrettably, a total of five assault rifles were lost in the incident.” By Dennis Naku Source: