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IPOB: Jonathan Condemns Deployment Of Soldiers, Slams Lai Mohammed
 Former President Goodluck Jonathan has criticised his successor,
President Muhammadu Buhari, for planning to extend the military show of
force to the South-South and the South-West.

Jonathan said this in a Facebook post on Tuesday which was signed on his behalf by his aide, Reno Omokri.

The former President was emboldened by the statement by Senate President
Bukola Saraki who had said the military had no right to declare the
Indigenous People of Biafra as a terror group.

He said, “However, we want to advise the Buhari administration, which
has announced plans to extend the military show of force to the
South-South and the South-West through Operation Crocodile Smile, to
tread with caution.

“Nigeria is no longer under military rule. In a democracy, you separate
the military from the police. The military is not meant to fight
criminality within a nation because they are trained to fight a nation’s
external enemies.

“It is the police that are trained to fight crime internally. When the
military starts doing the job of the police and starts fighting or doing
what they call a ‘show of force’, the effect will not be to reduce
crime. The effect will be to intimidate people.”

Jonathan also lambasted the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, for saying the activities of IPOB started because he lost the
2015 election.

Mohammed had said looters and disgruntled elements in the opposition were the chief sponsors of IPOB.

The former President said, “The insinuations in the press conference
given by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday,
accusing the opposition of sponsoring the IPOB and the fact that he
mentioned that Nnamdi Kanu preached Nigerian unity during the
administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan is another clear
indication that the present administration has not left propaganda mode
for proper agenda mode two and a half year into their tenure.

“If the government, in which Lai Mohammed serves, knows which opposition
members are sponsoring IPOB, then they should identify them, arrest
them and then prosecute them.”

Jonathan wondered if Saraki, who is a member of the All Progressives
Congress, could be said to be a sponsor of IPOB since he had come out to
say the proscription of the group was illegal.

While commending the South-East governors for their efforts in restoring
peace, Jonathan said Mohammed had no moral right to cast aspersions as
the minister had once criticised him for declaring Boko Haram a
terrorist group.

He added, “It is our suspicion that Lai Mohammed is talking from history
seeing as he criticized the Jonathan government for banning Boko Haram
in a statement he released on June 10, 2013, even though the Jonathan
government had gone through due process before proscribing that
murderous sect. Perhaps Lai Mohammed thinks everybody is like him and
those he represents.”

He asked the minister to concentrate more on serving the nation than on propaganda.

INEC Issues Fresh Timetable For Melaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued an
amended timetable and schedule of activities regarding the recall of
Dino Melaye, an All Progressives Congress senator representing Kogi West
at the National Assembly.

The commission disclosed this in a statement by its secretary, Augusta Ogakwu.

In fixing the new timetable, the INEC said enough time had been given
for the senator to study the petitions and other attachments to enable
him to prepare for the exercise.

The table showed the notice of verification will begin on October 3,
while the last day of submission of application by observers will be
October 5.

The publication of the list of accredited observers will be on October
9, following which there will be a stakeholders meeting at both the
senatorial district headquarters and the local government headquarters
on October 10.

The last day for submission of names of polling agents for verification
by the lawmaker to be recalled and representatives of the petitioners
will be on October 12.

The final verification will hold on October 14, according to the INEC timetable.

Man Arrested For Turning BOYS Into Sex Slaves

An ex-convict, Ibrahim, 43, has been arrested by officers of Katsina State Police Command for allegedly luring two 15-year-old-boys with N200 and turning them to sex slaves.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the
development yesterday, said Ibrahim played phonographic video for the
teens before sodomising them.

Isah, who revealed that Ibrahim was once arrested for a similar offence,
added that one of the boys reported the suspect to his mother, who
later reported the case at the Central Police Station, leading to his
arrest.

DSP Isah said investigation into the matter was ongoing and that he would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

According to him, “Ibrahim had been convicted of a similar offence
before. The mother of one of the victims reported the incident to his
father after the victim told her.

 “The father consequently reported the incident at the Central Police
Station. Ibrahim will be arraigned soon after our investigation.”

 In another development, a 30-year-old man, Mohammed of Barhim Estate
Quarters, Katsina, is to be arraigned in court soon for allegedly having
anal sex with an under-aged boy.

DSP Isah said the victim’s mother (name withheld) reported the incident
to the Police. The Police spokesman said the victim’s anus was badly
torn during the sexual encounter, adding that the development had forced
the victim’s mother to take him to various hospitals, including Mallam
Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, for treatment in the past one and
half years.

4 Killed As Explosion Rocks NNPC Lagos Depot
 Tragedy struck on Monday at the Petroleum Wharf, Apapa, Lagos State, after an explosion at the jetty killed four people.

Punch Metro
learnt that a vessel, identified as Histria Ivory, was discharging
Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) around 3am when some hoodlums besieged it
to scoop fuel spilling from the vessel.

The activities of the hoodlums were to have caused an explosion, which resulted in the death of four people.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, men of the
Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Ports Authority
and the Nigerian Navy were said to have been called when the jetty’s
in-house fire unit could not handle the inferno.

Ijaw People Are The Most Marginalized – Gov Dickson

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has described Ijaw people of the Niger Delta as the most unfairly treated in the entire country.

Dickson in a statement signed Monday by his new Chief Press Secretary,
Mr. Francis Agbo, spoke when the Roland Oweilaemi-led Ijaw Youth Council
(IYC) visited him in his office in Yenagoa.

He asked the youths to continue projecting issues of economic marginalization and environmental pollution affecting the region.

Dickson urged them to collaborate with the government in addressing the
age-long problems of underdevelopment of the Ijaw nation by successive
administrations at the federal level.

“The Ijaw nation is oppressed in Nigeria, and those of us in positions
should fight and protect the Ijaw interest. The weapons and strategy for
the struggle must change,” he said.

“For 60 years, there is no road to Bonny and Brass, where crude oil is
lifted daily. No airport in the Ijaw nation, no oil company operating in
the state pays taxes to contribute to the economy.”

“The IYC must continue to raise the legitimate issues without fear of
intimidation. I expect you to mobilize and raise the consciousness of
the people about the precarious situation we are in”, said the governor.

He lamented the state of the region despite its huge contributions to the economic growth of the nation.

He called on political leaders and persons in positions of trust to protect the collective interest of the Ijaw people.

But Dickson said that the struggle to emancipate the Ijaw nation was no
longer about carrying weapons, “but through intellectual and persuasive
means”.

Police Arrest 59 IPOB Members, To Be Tried As Terrorists

The Abia State Police Commissioner, Anthony Ogbizi, has said that with
the proscription of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, by governors in
the South-East and its declaration as a terrorist group by Defence
Headquarters, arrested IPOB members would be tried as terrorists and anybody found with Biafra materials would be arrested and prosecuted.

Mr. Ogbizi disclosed this at a media briefing where he paraded seven of
the suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria police station in Aba.

The police said they have arrested 59 suspected members of IPOB, in Abia
State. They also confirmed the death of an officer after an attack by
members of the now outlawed group.

He said the suspects would be prosecuted under the Anti-Terrorism act to ensure they were properly dealt with.

While restating what the army had earlier said, Ogbizi said. IPOB had
shown itself to be a “terrorist group,” which must be dealt with as
such.

Mr. Ogbizi said the army recovered several exhibits, including the coat
of arms of Biafra from the suspects, adding: “As I  am talking to you
now, information reaching me said they have started gathering at Nnamdi
Kanu’s house.”

Mr. Ogbizi called on citizens to volunteer information on the
whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB and denied the rumors
circulating in the state that security agents arrested Kanu’s father.

MURIC Condemns Alleged IPOB Attacks On Muslims, Asks Yoruba Leaders To Speak Up

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has condemned reported attacks on
Muslims in some parts of the South East and at the popular Abraka Market
in Asaba, Delta State.

MURIC, in a statement issued by its President, Ishaq Akintola, described the attacks as wicked, cowardly, and unjustifiable.

The Delta Police Command had last week arrested two persons in
connection with the attack at the popular Abraka market in Asaba in
which four persons were allegedly killed.

The command had in a statement in Asaba by its spokesperson, Andrew
Anamika, given the names of the suspects as Abraham Ndudi from Kwale,
Delta State, and Okereke Ifeanyi from Ogbaru in Anambra State.

“The suspects were nabbed for their alleged involvement in the dastardly
shooting and killing of four persons at the popular Abraka Market in
Asaba on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at about 10:45 pm,” the police
spokesperson said.

He added that the command has intensified efforts to arrest the third
suspect, known simply by his alias, “Last Burial.” Mr. Aniamaka said the
armed suspects, who are suspected members of the Indigenous People of
Biafra (IPOB) or secret cults, had at about 10:45 p.m. on Friday night
fired indiscriminately into the market.

MURIC in its statement, Sunday, said that an irate IPOB mob also
attacked a Yoruba Mosque in Umuahia, Abia State, and “destroyed the
mosque, tore copies of the Glorious Qur’an and defecated inside the
mosque.”

Some Yoruba Muslims caught up in the mayhem were manhandled and robbed of their laptops and handsets, the group said.

“It is well known that most Northerners who live in the South East and
South West are poor citizens who engage in menial works like
shoe-mending, shoe-shining, gate-keepers, etc. What crime has this poor
and innocent class committed to warrant such a deadly attack? They are
neither politicians nor civil servants,” MURIC said.

The group said that the attacks are a direct product of hate speeches
delivered by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed separatist group,
IPOB.

“It is not surprising, therefore, that IPOB terrorists have started
killing innocent Hausa people and attacking Yoruba mosques. Objective
and pragmatic leaders of thought in the South East should prevail on
Kanu and IPOB members to stop their terrorist activities henceforth,”
Mr. Akintola said.

“We are irked by the silence of Yoruba leaders on IPOB’s attack on the
Yoruba mosque. Are Yoruba Muslims no longer part of the Yoruba nation?
Are they not the majority group in the South West? Are the elitist
Yoruba leaders still bent on marginalizing the majority Yorubas in their
midst just because the Muslims are not vocal?”

“MURIC demands proper prosecution of the two IPOB members arrested in
connection with the terrorist act. We implore the Delta Police Command
to fish out their accomplices. The law must take its due course.”

“We appeal to Muslims in and outside the South East sub-region not to
take the law into their hands. Two wrongs do not make a right. We advise
disgruntled groups to channel their grievances through their state
governors. The federal government should, as a matter of urgency, set up
a commission to dialogue with such groups.”

“However, we reject the idea of a meeting between President Buhari and
the IPOB leader as this will bestow a false illusion of officialdom and
encourage lawlessness among other groups. Idolisation of criminality in
itself is a crime,” it said.

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