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Hold Kalu responsible if anything happens to Kanu, IPOB warns
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Hold Kalu responsible if anything happens to Kanu, IPOB warns

By: Awesome Ekene Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised alarm over the life of its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu following what it termed unsolicited visit of former Abia State governor, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu to him at the DSS custody. The lawmaker had on Monday, visited the pro-Biafran group leader where he was quoted as saying, "Nnamdi has an insane amount of people rooting for his (sic) back home and I encouraged him to consider the consequences of certain actions and utterances for the sake of the same people." IPOB, in a statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said it was not comfortable with Kalu's visit, warning that he should be held responsible if anything happened to its leader. It also said those who permitted him to see its leader w...
Court grants Nnamdi Kanu maximum comfort, change of clothing — Lawyer
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Court grants Nnamdi Kanu maximum comfort, change of clothing — Lawyer

A special counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, has given an insight into the court hearing of the IPOB leader on Wednesday. According to Ejimakor, the court stated, “That Mazi Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in the detention facility. That he be allowed a change of clothing.” The lawyer in a statement he signed, noted that during the hearing, there was a total absence of security operatives in the court and around the outer perimeters. Previous appearances of the IPOB leader were greeted with heavily armed security operatives. Also, Ejimakor stated that Kanu was not in court and there was no officer from the Department of State Service to explain why. However, from what he surmised, both the court and the...
Kanu’s appearance in court Thursday won’t affect business activities in S’east – IPOB
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Kanu’s appearance in court Thursday won’t affect business activities in S’east – IPOB

By: Awesome Ekene Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would be appearing in court tomorrow, December 2, 2021 in Abuja. The group urged members resident in Abuja and its environs to come out enmasse in solidarity with the leader. In a statement by its Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, IPOB however announced that there would be no lockdown tomorrow in any part of the region, stressing that only members and friends in Abuja and its environs were expected to be at the court premises. It asked security operatives to refrain from infringing on the fundamental rights of those who would be at the court to cheer the pro-Biafran leader. The statement reads in part, "We wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that our Lea...
IPOB denies plans to change legal team
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IPOB denies plans to change legal team

By: Awesome Ekene Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has denied reports alleging that it was shopping for a senior lawyer to lead its legal team handling case of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Abuja. It said it had no issues with its legal team led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor which it boasted had done the group proud in all ramifications. In a statement from its Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, IPOB described the report as a figment of the peddlers imagination, urging the public to disregard such. The statement reads, "The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB under the leadership of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been drawn to ridiculous and misleading media reports that IPOB is shopping for a senior lawyer to lead our legal team handling the case of our Le...
IPOB: Lekki massacre findings incomplete without Obigbo genocide report
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IPOB: Lekki massacre findings incomplete without Obigbo genocide report

By: Chuks Collins, Awka The Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)has expressed shock that “while the Lekki toll gate massacre report, and the reactions trailing it, that nobody is mentioning the Obigbo massacre which happened about the same period and time last year”. IPOB in a press statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful “wonder why there is no report on the Obigbo genocide and ethnic cleansing which was sponsored ....” The statement fingered a named governor, the Army, police and other security agencies in the ugly incident in Rivers State, against the hated tribe in Nigeria “and our people must bear that in mind always”, Mr Powerful added. According to him, “Innocent Igbo youths were killed in cold blood last year .....M...
Sit-at-home: Come up with a different strategy — Bishop Udeh tells IPOB
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Sit-at-home: Come up with a different strategy — Bishop Udeh tells IPOB

Bishop Abraham Chris Udeh of the Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministries (a.k.a By Fire By Fire), Nnewi, Anambra State has advised the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to discontinue the sit-at-home order in the South East. Bishop Udeh gave the advice at the end of his ministry's forty days and forty nights fasting and prayers for the freedom of the Igbo. The prelate urged IPOB to apply a better strategy that would not hurt their own people, "having seen that the Federal Government is deliberately keeping Nnamdi Kanu in detention for the Igbo to remain in agony." "Those abroad are the architects of this sit-at-home order. People who come to do business in Onitsha now divert to Lagos. The worst that has happened to South East is destroying our business. The sit-at-home ord...
Soludo’s emergence blessing to Ndigbo, says CG-IPOB
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Soludo’s emergence blessing to Ndigbo, says CG-IPOB

Pro-Biafra activists under the platform of Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra (CG-IPOB) have assured Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of their support. Leader of the group, Barr. Emeka Emekesiri in a felicitation message described Soludo's emergence as a blessing to the Igbo nation. He said the CG-IPOB believed in the struggle for self-determination by the rule of law, politics and diplomacy. Emekesiri who doubles as chairman of the Governing Council of the pro-Biafra group said the CG-IPOB was delighted to congratulate Prof. Soludo on his victory at the polls to emerge as the Executive Governor of Anambra State. The lawyer said the CG-IPOB saw it as a well-deserved victory, adding that the activists would have been surprised if Soludo did n...
Obiano hails IPOB over sit-at-home cancellation
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Obiano hails IPOB over sit-at-home cancellation

Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano has commended the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for not only rescinded its decision to prevent people from voting in the election but also urged voters to come out in droves. Obiano made the commendation in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, The secessionist group had called off its earlier one week sit-at-home order slated from November 5 to 10, 2021, citing intervention of elders, traditional and religious leaders, as well as appeals by mothers who earned their daily living from proceeds of their businesses as reason. The governor requested registered voters in the State to turn out not only in large numbers for the Saturday gubernatorial election in the state but do so e...
IPOB makes ‘U’ turn, cancels one week sit-at-home
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IPOB makes ‘U’ turn, cancels one week sit-at-home

Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, has cancelled its earlier one week sit-at-home order slated from November 5 to 10, 2021. The group said the cancellation followed intervention of elders, traditional and religious leaders, as well as several appeals by mothers who earned their daily living from proceeds of their businesses. In a statement from its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB urged people of Anambra state to go out and exercise their franchise on the November 6, 2021. The group however noted that it was still interested in referendum to determine declaration of sovereign State. The statement partly reads, "Following the genuine intervention of our elders, esteemed traditional Institutions /Rulers and Religious Leaders, and after a due consideration of the...
Anambra Guber: Chidoka, Abaribe, Amadi, Others Call For Peaceful Elections
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Anambra Guber: Chidoka, Abaribe, Amadi, Others Call For Peaceful Elections

…Say Election Is Major Affirmation Of Self-Determination Two days to the Anambra governorship election, key voices in the Igbo determination cause, former aviation minister, Chief Osita Chidoka, minority leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Law Professor and activist, Dr Sam Amadi have called for an immediate halt to violence and hostilities in Anambra state and a peaceful conduct of the Saturday’s election. The position of the eminent Igbo leaders was contained in a press statement signed by Ikechukwu Okafor, Special Assistant (Media) to Chief Chidoka. This stance according to Okafor was part of the outcome of Wednesday night’s extensive online conversation initiated and anchored by Chidoka on practical ways to push through the agitation of the southeast people, p...
Army didn’t capture top ESN commander, says IPOB
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Army didn’t capture top ESN commander, says IPOB

The Publicity Secretary of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Comrade Emma Powerful has debunked reports that the Nigerian Army arrested one of the top commanders of the Eastern Security Network, ESN. Powerful in a statement on Sunday said the army arrested and shot one Udubuan Sage Chubueze, who he described as ‘only a member of IPOB’ and not a top commander of ESN in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to the fallacious statement from Fulani controlled military and police that they arrested a commander of ESN in Ekwulobia Aguata Local Government Area Anambra State. “We declare without equivocations that there’s no iota of truth in the said fallacious statement.” Explaining that “What transp...
Kanu: IPOB raises alarm on alleged plot to eliminate her lawyers, top officials
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Kanu: IPOB raises alarm on alleged plot to eliminate her lawyers, top officials

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has sent out a worrisome alarm over what they saw as clandestine plot by the Federal Government through the instrumentality of its security agents to the lead lawyers in their defence team including Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor; and Barrister Aloy Ejimakor. The plot, according to a statement released to journalists by the Media and Publicity Secretary Of IPOB -Emma Powerful, noted that “the frustrated Government of Nigeria has concluded a wicked plot to secretly eliminate our resilient lawyers, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor; and Barrister Aloy Ejimakor over their committed efforts in the defense of our leader who was renditioned from Kenya. “The Nigeria Government is not happy with the expertise and professional prowess of these veteran lawyers a...
We haven’t called for Anambra election boycott – IPOB
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We haven’t called for Anambra election boycott – IPOB

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that its directives on lockdown of the Southeast from November 5 to 10, 2021 over federal government's failure to release its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had nothing to do with Anambra election. The group said it had never made any official statement nor called for the boycott of November 6 governorship election in Anambra State. In a statement from its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said it was wrong for people to speculate falsehood against it, describing it as unnecessary. It warned politicians to stop dragging the group into their election, just as it cautioned media houses against publishing lies against the group, stressing that its interest remained the unconditional release of its leader. The statement reads ...
Anambra election: Corps members threaten to withdraw from poll
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Anambra election: Corps members threaten to withdraw from poll

Some members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, serving in some parts of Anambra State have expressed fear over threats by the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, to disrupt the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Their is palpable tension in Anambra State following threats by the IPOB to disruptthe election exercise. Corps members serving in some local government areas of the state, have however explained that they are not interested in taking part in the exercise. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the conduct of elections relies on corps members who serve as Adhoc staff in the elections in all parts of the country. They are often used as Presiding Officers, PO and Assistant Presiding Officers, APO 1, 2 and 3 in most polling units during ...
Sit-at-home: Opportunity for enemies to ‘cook’ election results – Igbo elders warn
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Sit-at-home: Opportunity for enemies to ‘cook’ election results – Igbo elders warn

Following the five-day sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB which is expected to commence on November 5, a day to the Anambra governorship election, a socio-political organisation under the aegis of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has warned that if not reversed, would give the enemies of the people the opportunity to ‘cook’ the results of the election scheduled for November 6. In an interview with the Punch in Abuja, Secretary of the group, Charles Nwekeaku, noted that by sitting at home, people who do not mean well for the Igbos would simply ‘cook’ the election results and impose any person of their choice on Anambra State as dully elected Governor. He said, “The sit-at-home order, if observed, will hurt the Igbos generally and Anambra State specifically, as it...
IPOB lockdown: We’re winning the war – Police
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IPOB lockdown: We’re winning the war – Police

The Anambra State Police Command has reassured people of the state of its readiness to protect their lives and property. This assurance is coming on the heels of a 6-day lockdown threat of the entire Southeast zone by the Indigenous People of Biafra if the federal government failed to release its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on or before November 4, 2021. The group had, in a statement from its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said failure to release Kanu would attract a one week Sit-At-Home from November 5, 2021 till November 10, with exception of Sunday, November 7, 2021 But the Police, in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu said the Command had been bold in confronting all security challenges and threats and had recorded several succ...
Anambra Poll: INEC expresses worry over IPOB Sit-At-Home Order
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Anambra Poll: INEC expresses worry over IPOB Sit-At-Home Order

The Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji has expressed worry over the week-long sit-at-home order declared by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as the November 6 governorship election in the state approaches, noting that the group’s fresh order may threaten its preparations for the poll. The Commissioner also noted that attacks on INEC facilities in the state on May 23 were a source of worry to the commission, especially as it strives to achieve huge success in the poll. Orji, however said, so far, about 25,000 Adhoc staff have been recruited and mobilised to man the 5,720 polling units in the state. The State Commissioner spoke during the opening ceremony of the Election Monitoring...
Release Nnamdi Kanu before November 4 or risk Anambra poll – IPOB tells FG
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Release Nnamdi Kanu before November 4 or risk Anambra poll – IPOB tells FG

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened a 6-day lockdown of the entire Southeast if its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was not released unconditionally before November 4, 2021. The group, in a statement from its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said failure to release Kanu would attract a one week Sit-At-Home from November 5, 2021 till November 10, with exception of Sunday, November 7, 2021 Meanwhile, the Anambra governorship election is slated for November 6, 2021, which the federal government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have insisted must hold. But IPOB on Saturday said Kanu could not continue to stay in detention having committed no offense known to any law. The group regretted the inconveniences the lockdown would cause on the ...
Nnamdi Kanu reveals why Nigerian courts can’t try him
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Nnamdi Kanu reveals why Nigerian courts can’t try him

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has urged the Federal High Court to decline its jurisdiction to adjudicate over the alleged charge of treasonable felony filed against him by the Federal Government. MNK as he is popularly called yesterday pleaded not guilty to the seven-count amended charges against him. He noted that from the seven count amended charge, the only element requisite to constitute and found liability for incitement allegedly occurred wholly and entirely in London, United Kingdom, and not anywhere within Nigeria. In his notice of preliminary objections filed against him, he argued that the alleged broadcasts were not shown to have occurred at sea or on the international waters abutting Nigeria, adding ‘that I know as a fact that L...
Anambra Poll: Take charge now, Buhari orders security agents
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Anambra Poll: Take charge now, Buhari orders security agents

Ahead of the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to take charge, dominate and beef up security in the state. Disclosing this to State House correspondents at the end of the Security Council meeting presided over by the President in Abuja, the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi said the meeting deliberated mainly on the election. Dingyadi said after the deliberation they arrived at a definite conclusion on how to ensure a credible exercise in Anambra state. He explained that massive deployment of security personnel to the state would help build voters’ confidence, and equally flush out criminals from there. The minister was however asked if the deployment of troops to the zone within t...
Kanu’s trial: Barring Ezeife, Ubah, others from court insult to Ndigbo
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Kanu’s trial: Barring Ezeife, Ubah, others from court insult to Ndigbo

A group of youth in the South East have condemned the barring of some highly respected Igbo leaders from gaining access to the courtroom of the Federal High Court, Abuja during the trial of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu on Thursday. The Igbo leaders led by former governor of Anambra State governor, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife were reportedly denied access by Department of State Security Services (DSS). But the youths, under the agies of The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), described what played out in court as show of shame and height of insult against Ndigbo. The group, in a statement signed by its President General, Goodluck Ibem also expressed disappointment over the alleged barring of certain journalists to the court room. It accused t...
BREAKING: Court denies Kanu’s application, grants him conditional privilege
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BREAKING: Court denies Kanu’s application, grants him conditional privilege

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has on Thursday rejected the application filed by Council to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu seeking to transfer his client from the Department of State Services DSS holding facility to the Kuje correctional center. The Court however held that three persons of the IPOB leader’s choice will be allowed to pay him visit at the DSS facility  The case has been adjourned to November 10 for hearing of Kanu’s application challenging the competence of the suit. Details later…
Just In: Nnamdi Kanu pleads not guilty to 7-count charge
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Just In: Nnamdi Kanu pleads not guilty to 7-count charge

Trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has commenced at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The Daily Vendor Newspaper reported that operatives of the Department of State Security produced the IPOB leader in Court this morning to continue his trial. Kanu is being tried before Justice Binta Nyako of the FHC, Abuja over charges of treasonable felony and terrorism. Recall that last week, the Federal Government slammed an amended seven-count charge against the IPOB leader. Kanu has however pleaded not guilty to all 7 Count charges against him Counsel to Kanu has presented an application for his client to be transferred to Kuje Correctional center. Details later
Just In: Photos of Kanu in Court, hopeful of victory emerge
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Just In: Photos of Kanu in Court, hopeful of victory emerge

As the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu appeared in the Federal High Court in Abuja today, Thursday October 21, here are some pictures coming out from the FHC in Abuja. The first picture shows Kanu in high spirit and hopeful of victory. Nnamdi Kanu in Court
BREAKING: Drama as Nnamdi Kanu appears in Court on a black SUV
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BREAKING: Drama as Nnamdi Kanu appears in Court on a black SUV

Finally, the Department of State Security DSS has brought the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday amidst heavy security presence. Kanu was brought to the Court on a black Sports Utility Vehicles at about 8am, although sitting had yet to commence as of the time of this report. The Daily Vendor Newspaper reports that Journalists, lawyers and even staff of the FHC were denied access into the Court premises. It was however observed that there was heavy presence of a combined team of Police, Army, Department of State Security operatives estimated to be over 3,000 stationed from Transcorp Hilton to the Ministry of Justice down to Abia House. It would be recalled that during the last proceedings, Kanu who is being...
BREAKING: American Lawyer drags Nigeria to UN Human Rights over Nnamdi Kanu
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BREAKING: American Lawyer drags Nigeria to UN Human Rights over Nnamdi Kanu

A United States Counsel to detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Bruce Fein has dragged Nigeria before the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHC) demanding his immediate release and the quashing of all charges filed against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Fein described abduction of Kanu from Kenya and subsequent detention in Nigeria as unlawful, illegal and a gross abuse of his fundamental human rights just as he averred that “it is clearly impossible for the Federal Republic of Nigeria to invoke any legal basis for the continued detention of Kanu. According to the letter addressed to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office in Ge...
Ohanaeze working tirelessly for Kanu’s release
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Ohanaeze working tirelessly for Kanu’s release

By: Onwuasoanya Jones On the 21st of this month Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be brought to court and re-arraigned on charges preferred against him by the Federal Government. This is following his re-arrest and repatriation to Nigeria in circumstances that are yet shrouded in controversies and the failure of the Nigerian Secret Service to bring him to Court earlier. It had been feared that the Afara Ukwu born leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra will not be brought to Court, as the Federal Government might want to plead "inadequate logistics", especially following a recent warning by the United Kingdom Government to its citizens in Nigeria to be careful with their movements in Nigeria on the week of MNK's resumed trial. One could fear that there would be outbreak of violence or that...
More trouble as details of amended 7-count charge against Nnamdi Kanu emerge
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More trouble as details of amended 7-count charge against Nnamdi Kanu emerge

Ahead of trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu which is slated for Thursday, October 21. The Federal Government has filed fresh charge (amended charge) The Daily Vendor Newspaper had reported that the amended charge, filed by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, borders on treasonable felony and Kanu’s alleged involvement in acts of terrorism. In the amended charge, the federal government included a fresh allegation that Kanu had in furtherance of an act of terrorism, issued a deadly threat that anyone who flouted his sit-at-home order should write his or her will. That as a result of Kanu’s directive, banks, schools, markets, shopping malls, fuel stations were not opened for businesses, with vehicular mo...
BREAKING: FG files 7-count amended charge against Nnamdi Kanu
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BREAKING: FG files 7-count amended charge against Nnamdi Kanu

The Federal Government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice filed an amended seven-count charge against the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. The amended charge borders on treasonable felony and Kanu’s alleged involvement in acts of terrorism. The embattled IPOB leader will be re-arraigned on Thursday, before trial Justice Binta Nyako. The Daily Vendor Newspaper recalled that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja had adjourned the trial of the IPOB leader at the resumption of proceedings on Monday July 26. The trial had suffered a setback after the Department of State Services (DSS) failed to produce Kanu in court. Justice Nyako however faulted the action of the DS...
Bandits are simple criminals, unlike IPOB, Boko Haram – Lai Mohammed
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Bandits are simple criminals, unlike IPOB, Boko Haram – Lai Mohammed

Speaking during a television interview on Monday, the Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated that bandits are just criminals who don’t have an ideology unlike groups such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Boko Haram insurgents. He made this assertion when he appeared on TVC morning program ‘This Morning.’ Lai however explained that the bandits are not known for either a religious or ideological motive. Stressing that bandits, unknown armed groups that have wreaked havoc across some Northern parts of the country are just simple criminals who believe in Nigeria’s unity and sovereignty. He said, “The difference between IPOB, Boko Haram on one side and bandits is that, while IPOB and Boko Haram are driven by ideology, a belief that t...