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Police arrested 59 IPOB members and to be tried as terrorists


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.
Police feed ipob members with fried rice and chicken

This came as President Muhammadu Buhari,
yesterday, held a closed-door meeting with
some northern governors before departing for
New York where he will be attending the 72nd
Session of the United Nations General
Assembly, UNGA.
This is even as former President Goodluck
Jonathan has called for peaceful coexistence
among the different ethnic nationalities.
In a related development, President of the
Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said the Senate
would meet with security chiefs to chart a path
for resolution of contentious issues
engendering tension in the South-East.
IPOB members to be tried for murder
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.
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.”
Ogbizi called on citizens to volunteer
information on the whereabouts of Nnamdi
Kanu, leader of IPOB and denied the rumours
circulating in the state that security agents
arrested Kanu’s father.
Buhari holds closed-door meeting with
Northern govs
The governors that were in closed-door
meeting with the President at the Presidential
Villa, Abuja were Kashim Shettima of Borno
State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and
Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
It was gathered that the meeting may not be
unconnected with the alleged skirmishes in
some parts of the north where people from a
section of the country were reportedly being
attacked and their shops burnt as a reprisal
attack to the recent development in the
South-East.
Special Adviser to Governor Tambuwal on
Media, Mallam Imam Liman, confirmed the
meeting on his Facebook page, yesterday, in
Abuja.
…departs to New York
Besides, the Special Adviser to the President on
Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, also
confirmed the departure of President Buhari to
New York, through the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja.
Adesina on his Facebook page posted:
“President Buhari departs Abuja to New York
for 72nd Session of the United Nation General
Assembly on Sept. 17, 2017.”
The president, who was accompanied by the
governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States
as well as key cabinet ministers, would transit
through London on his way back to the
country.
Buhari would also join other world leaders at
the reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary
General, Antonio Guterres.
He is also being expected to hold a bilateral
meeting with the UN scribe as well as a lunch
meeting with President Donald Trump of the
United States of America, along with other
world leaders.
Jonathan sues for peace
The former president stated this on his
Facebook wall, yesterday, in reaction to the
deployment of military personnel to Abia state
to quell the violent agitation by members of
IPOB.
Worried by the sad turn of events, Jonathan
called on well-meaning Nigerians to live in
peace among themselves even as he called on
the Council of States to wade into the crisis in
the interest of the nation.
He said: “The reports I have received about
recent developments in the country lead me to
appeal to all men of goodwill to use whatever
influence they have to push for peaceful
coexistence and restraint on all sides. Perhaps,
it is time for the Council of States to
intervene and offer its wise counsel.
“Irrespective of whatever provocation,
Nigerians must never turn on each other. Even
in the face of difficult circumstances, we must
have faith that God in his infinite wisdom will
guide us to finding a way out that is fair and
just to all concerned.”
Senate to meet security chiefs
According to Saraki, the meeting would
address the tension in the South-east and the
skirmishes in Plateau.
Saraki said in a statement, yesterday, in
Abuja that security agencies, political and
religious leaders must work for the promotion
of dialogue as a means of tackling agitations,
to ensure peace in the country.
In the statement by his Special Adviser on
Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, he
urged all Nigerians to maintain peace and
avoid statements or actions capable of
aggravating the tension in parts of the
country.
The president of the senate said that the
crises in the country were not unconnected to
the economic challenges being faced by
citizens.
Army, S-East govs can’t declare us terrorist
group—IPOB
Following its declaration as a terrorist group,
IPOB has described as illegal and
unconstitutional the declaration by the
Nigerian Army that it is a terrorist group.
IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity
Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said the
Nigerian Army lacked the constitutional power
to declare any group as a terrorist group,
saying it will ignore the declaration by the
Army and any other group and continue its
agitation for Biafra restoration.
It said: “We in IPOB condemn the illegal
declaration made by Nigerian army labelling
the peaceful freedom fighting organisation as
IPOB as a terrorist organisation. We found the
statement by Nigerian Army a laughable
gesture. We will continue doing what we are
doing which is peaceful agitation for Biafra
freedom.”
…SERG too
Also, yesterday, South East Revival Group,
SERG, said it was wrong for the Nigerian
military to declare IPOB as a terror group in a
bid to justify an unwarranted invasion of
Nnamdi Kanu’s home.
While calling on the Federal Government to
immediately withdraw troops from Igboland to
allow the leaders to conclude their dialogue
with the young people engaged in self-
determination, the group condemned the
leaders in the region for their hasty ban on
the activities of the IPOB at a time its efforts
towards resolving the current security
challenges in South Eastern Nigeria were
yielding fruits.
The SERG in a statement by its National
Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu, urged the
Federal Government to be mindful of the
danger inherent in retaining the deployed
troops in the region as it has been
misunderstood by the agitators, saying that
the IPOB should be engaged in dialogue as the
government did with the Arewa youths after
their quit notice to Igbo in the north.
It said: “For us, there is no alternative to
dialogue. Proper communication and
enlightenment remain important tools to
ensuring harmony in the country at this time
as every part of the country is feeling
marginalised in one way or the other.
“We imagine what would have happened if
troops were deployed to the north after the
eviction notice to the Igbo in the 19 northern
states despite call for their arrest by some
citizens.
“The Nigerian government gave the leaders in
the region the opportunity to exhaust all
possible dialogue windows for the resolution of
the issue, even at a time the Arewa youths
adamantly insisted that the Igbos in the north
must go.
“Why the hasty deployment of troops to South-
East and invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s home
town, under the guise of a military training
exercise, at a time dialogue with the youths
and consultations were on-going?”
No hiding place for IPOB members in Anambra
—Obiano
Also yesterday, Governor Willie Obiano of
Anambra State, said his government has
aligned itself completely with the decisions of
the South-East governors in the proscription
of the activities of IPOB.
The governor who spoke in a statement by his
Commissioner for Information and Strategy,
Mr Tony Nnacheta, said there would be no
hiding place for mischief makers and anyone
who would wish to distort the prevailing peace
in the state.
Obiano maintained that he would implement the
decisions of the South-East governors to the
letter in Anambra State.
He enjoined the people of the state to be
vigilant, adding that the security and welfare
of the people the area were paramount to his
government.
The governor said maximum security cover
would be provided for places of worship of all
faiths; for housing settlements of non-
indigenes, motor parks and all other public
places to guarantee the peace and safety of
all.
The statement read in part, “Sequel to the
decision of the South East Governors forum
which met on the 15th of September , 2017, at
Enugu, where amongst other decisions, was the
proscription of the activities of Indigenous
People of Biafra, the Government of Anambra
State wishes to state as follows: Government
aligns itself with the clarion call from the
South East Governors advising all persons with
grievances and anxiety to transmit their
position through prescribed channels of elected
representatives to the forum.
“Government is also firmly in support of the
restructuring agenda as announced by the
Governors Forum and encourages Ndi Anambra
to articulate their thoughts to follow through
on this issue.
“The safety of Ndi Anambra and all residents
in Anambra, the security of their lives,
properties and environment are cardinal
priorities of the Willie Obiano Administration
which has ensured that everyone goes about
freely within our environment without let or
hindrance.”
Source- vanguard 

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