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IPOB Threatens To Disrupt Any Public Event On Restructuring In South-East

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has threatened to disrupt any public event organized by the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to discuss restructuring in the South East Nigeria.

IPOB’s spokesperson, Mr. Emma Powerful in a statement on Wednesday warned that such public events will be disrupted by members of the secessionist group.

In the statement, the group warned that any gathering of Igbo leaders to discuss restructuring will be disrupted like the recent meeting of the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) in Enugu was not allowed to hold recently.

File photo of IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha.

“What happened at the said event will be nothing compared to what shall become of Ohaneze Ndigbo should they attempt to convene any public meeting anywhere in Biafraland to discuss restructuring or how to keep Nigeria one.

“The spontaneous disruption of the ECA event at Enugu, though regrettable, is what shall become of any gathering where compromised, washed-out politicians gather to sell out our people to their Hausa-Fulani masters from the north. What we want and are being killed for is referendum not restructuring; freedom not continued bondage in Nigeria,” the group said.

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IPOB Says Leader, Nnamdi Kanu And His Wife Are Not In Ghana.

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-Nnamdi Kanu And His Wife Are Not In Ghana.

Spokesperson of outlawed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Emmanuel Powerful, has refuted recent media reports claiming their leader, Nnamdi Kanu and his wife, Uchechi, were spotted hiding in Ghana.

Reports made the rounds recently that Kanu is now residing in Ghana – Nnamdi Kanu has not been seen in public since the military raided his house in Abia state in September last year.

In a statement released by Powerful, IPOB described the news of Kanu being sighted in Ghana as fake news being spread by the Nigerian Army.

It reads,

We are waiting for the next installment of these comical sightings or where they will say our leader is. Hopefully this time around one of the Nigerian security agencies will have guts and decency to come forward to say they have him in their custody.

“The sooner the Nigerian Army and government speaks the truth about the whereabouts of our leader, the better it will be for Nigeria. Understandably and rightfully so, a lot of people are angry about what has befallen our leader and they are beginning to manifest their irritation whenever the name Nigeria is mentioned in a public gathering in Biafraland”.

“How long the high command of IPOB can keep this anger under control is unknown to us but what we do know is that those holding our leader or his body should not let this anger become uncontrollable.

“Yesterday it was a fake non-existent DSS computer generated ‘IPOB leader’ they christened Okwudili Ezenachukwu who nobody has ever seen or heard from, today we are being entertained with yet another tale by the moonlight that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his beautiful devoted wife were spotted in Accra Ghana. The originators of this fake news and their merchants went as far as publishing old pictures of the couple to lend credence to what is in essence a calculated attempt to absolve the federal government of direct involvement in the abduction of our leader…

“No amount of fabrication and idle unsubstantiable speculation will deflect or weaken our resolve in pursuit of freedom for our leader and Biafra. This is not the first, second or third time such frivolous speculation has been placed in the public domain. It started with our leader being spotted around Cameroonian border disguised as a Yoruba woman.

When that failed to be substantiated with pictorial proof or evidence they moved to situating him at a militant camp in the Niger Delta under the protection of our brothers, the Niger Delta Avengers.

“After a few months went by without any shred of proof they alleged that our leader was ferried by boat through the Atlantic Ocean to Ivory Coast. When again that failed to gain traction, they came up with these miraculous sightings in Ghana. These sightings are begining to assume the same dimension as those of Elvis Presley reportedly seen severally over the years around his home in Graceland Memphis USA.”

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Biafra: Buhari speaks tough on penalties

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-Buhari speaks tough on penalties for defaulters

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a stern warning to secessionists in the country, stating that offenders will face the full wrath of the law. Recall that Jayreporters had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari Dare IPoB, Arrives South East On A Two Day Working Visit

He disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Abakiliki on Thursday, 17th November, 2017.

In his words, “I want to seize this opportunity to advice those aiming to sabotage the hard fought unity of this country and derail us from the part of peace to desist from such.  

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“This is such a bad time to be caught in the act of anti-state crusade. Any culprit caught will be brought to book with no clemency”. He added.

The president who was in the Ebonyi state capital to commission some state executed projects commended the state governor, David Umahi for his developmental stride in the state.

“Your Excellency, I must declare that I am impressed with what I am seeing. These are indeed great service to the state”. He said.

In a related development, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris announced that 22,000 police officers alongside 200 armored personal carrier, and 20 patrol boats has been deployed for the protection of lives and properties before, during and after the conduct of the forthcoming November 18th gubernatorial election in Anambra state.

IGP Ibrahim advised citizens to go about their lawful businesses and exercise their franchise. He added that any attempt by any individual or group to disrupt the conduct of the election will be met with stiff force by his men.

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#AnambraDecides: Police Warn IPOB, Deploy 26,000 Officers, 15 Gunboats

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-According to the statement, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations of the Force has been deployed to the state and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police to be in charge of each Senatorial District.

The Nigeria Police Force has deployed 26,000, 15 gunboats and 303 patrol vehicles for the Anambra State gubernatorial election scheduled for 18 November. This was disclosed in a statement by Mr. Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer.

According to the statement, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations of the Force has been deployed to the state and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police to be in charge of each Senatorial District.

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“In order to ensure adequate security and safety of lives and properties before, during and after the elections, the Inspector General of Police has graciously approved deployment of additional 26,000 Police personnel, comprising the Police Special Forces, Police Mobile Force, the Counter- Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU), the Anti Bomb Squad (EOD), the Force Marine Police, Conventional Policemen, the Force Armament Unit, personnel from Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Mounted Troops, the attack and Sniffer Dogs Section, Police Gun Boats, Police Helicopters and Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to Anambra State and most of these personnel are already on the ground,” the statement said.

It added that the deployed equipment will be deployed to cover entire state, including riverine areas and difficult terrains. In addition, other security and safety agencies, which are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state are also deployed to complement the Police.                               

“Four policemen are deployed to each polling unit along with personnel of other security and safety agencies. No armed security personnel will be allowed within the polling units. Armed Police detachments on patrol vehicles are going to patrol the streets and other locations throughout the state to prevent crime and intervene to quell any violence that may occur during the election,” the statement further said.

To further ensure peaceful conduct of the election, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim K. Idris, and Chairman, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) will meet stakeholders and political parties, their flag bearers before the date of the election.

The statement warned that Police personnel deployed for the election must be polite and civil, but firm.        

“They are to provide adequate security for the electorate, INEC officials, election materials, election observers and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles in the conduct of the election, at the polling booths, collation centers, and INEC offices in Anambra State throughout the period of the election,” stated the Police. 

The Police also announced that vehicular movement in the state between 12 midnight on 17 November till after the voting period on the day of the election.  Government agencies and personnel on essential duties and services, however, will be allowed passage within the period.                            

“Security identification tag will be provided for all the security and safety agencies, INEC officials, election observers/monitors and others that have statutory duties to carry out in the election. The security personnel deployed will only operate within the area they are posted for the election,” the Police said.

The statement also declared that  Commissioners of Police and personnel in the states contiguous to Anambra State have been put on red-alert not to allow an influx of miscreants and thugs into Anambra State. Also, a broad-spectrum security threats assessment is in progress.                              

“All the identified flashpoints, trouble spots and other perceived violence/vulnerable areas in the state have been profiled and appropriate pragmatic strategies and tactics have been implemented to checkmate and tackle them ahead of the election.Consequent on the renewed threat by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other affiliate groups to disrupt the election, the Force has deployed Special Police Forces, Police Mobile Force, Specially Trained Counter-Terrorism Unit and other intelligence and tactical Squads to deal decisively with IPOB,” the statement added.

The Police assured voters of adequate security, warning IPOB to stay off polling units. The Force also warned political parties, traditional rulers, community leaders, parents and guardians to advise their followers and wards to be law-abiding or face the full weight of the law.

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