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Nnamdi Kanu: Sit-at-home Order Only Slated For Thursday, Not Monday – IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has debunked reports that it declared a sit-at-home order for Monday, saying it only made the declaration for Thursday, 21 October, when its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is expected to be in court.

The group made this known in a statement issued by Emma Powerful, its Media and Publicity Secretary, on Saturday.

According to IPOB, the claim of a sit-at-home order on Monday is a fabricated statement by mischief-makers.

The statement read: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, ably led by our great and indefatigable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the fabricated statement being circulated by mischief makers and paid agents of darkness that IPoB had directed Biafrans to sit-at-home on Monday, October 18; Tuesday, October 19; and Thursday, October 21, 2921, for our leader, and one year anniversary of #EndSARS protest.

“We want to make it categorically clear that the purported statement did not emanate from IPoB, and we completely dissociate ourselves from such falsehood.

“IPoB did not issue any sit-at-home except on October 21, when our leader is expected to appear in court.

“We, therefore, urge members of the public to ignore the purported statement and utter falsehood being peddled to create confusion and demarket IPoB.

“Their intention is to portray IPoB as a violent and insensitive movement, but we know their antics, and shall beat them to it’’.

“For the sake of clarity, IPoB has not called for any sit-at-home except on Thursday, October 21 when our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will appear in court in Abuja.

“Biafrans will solidarize with him by staying indoors on that day because we are all in the struggle together. He did nothing to deserve any persecution by the federal government.

“We warn all those behind this rumour to retrace their steps and stop tarnishing the good image of IPoB.

“As a responsible and responsive movement, we stopped Monday sit-at-home in the interest of our people, when we discovered that hooligans and paid agents of death wanted to hijack the opportunity to unleash mayhem on our people.

“Anybody sitting at home on Mondays does so out of one’s volition and not on the orders of IPOB.

“We also urge the   public to ignore the fake news that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been taken away by a foreign government.”

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Unknown Gunmen: Buhari reveals plan to Imo Gov. Uzodimma

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Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State says President Muhammadu Buhari has assured him of boosting security in the southeast state ahead of the yuletide.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that police operatives in the South-east and South-south have been the target of deadly attacks by gunmen suspected to be members of IPOB, a pro-Biafra group.

The group, which has been proscribed by the Nigerian government, has denied their involvement in the attacks while its supporters online continue to blame the mindless killings in southeast on ‘Unknown Gunmen’. The high rate of insecurity in that region informed the launch of Operation Golden Dawn by the Nigerian military.

On Tuesday, Buhari met behind closed doors with Governor Uzodinma in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Giving an update on his meeting with Buhari, the Imo Governor said he updated the president on security and socio-economic developments in his state.

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“In my commitment and determination for a secured and peaceful Imo State, today I paid a working visit to President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR with report on our prevailing circumstances, while seeking further assistance to boost our security ahead of the yuletide season.

“Mr President graciously heeded to my supplications and assured of a satisfying attention deserving of my requests. My administration would continually align the State for interventions that complement on our policies for the development we desire,” a Facebook post by Uzodimma reads.

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Sylvester Oromoni: Four more Dowen College students interrogated by police

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The Lagos State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Bureau (SCIIB) Panti, Yaba, has invited four more students of Dowen College, Lekki Lagos, for questioning over their involvement in the death of Sylvester Oromoni, their 12-year-old colleague allegedly beaten to death by some of his mates.

The four students were invited on Tuesday to the SCIIB, Panti for questioning over their purported involvement in Sylvester’s death.

POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that three students of the college were interrogated on Monday by the Police over Sylvester’s death taking the total number to seven.

It was learnt that the Police obtained a court order to detain the arrested suspects pending when investigations into the matter is concluded.

Oromoni, Jnr died of complications last week as a result of injuries sustained from an attack by a group of five senior colleagues for allegedly refusing to join a cult group in the school.

The Chief Coroner has fixed December 15 for a meeting on the inquest into the death of the deceased.

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Two Brothers Arraigned For Alleged N5m Land Scam In Uyo

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The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned two brothers, Mfon Paul Ekpeowo and Augustine Paul Ekpeowo before Justice A. A. Okeke of the Federal High Court Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on a three-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.

The brothers allegedly obtained the said sum from one Daniel Nelson James as payment for a piece of land which had been sold to another buyer by the defendants. James said he only came to the realisation that he had been duped by the duo, when he tried to commence the development of the plot, but was confronted by the previous buyer who showed up with a Power of Attorney.

One of the charges against the defendants reads: “That you Mfon Paul Ekpeowo and Augustine Paul Ekpeowo between February and September, 2020 in Uyo, conspired among yourselves to obtain money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Another charge reads: “That you Mfon Paul Ekpeowo with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of Four Million and Fifty Thousand Naira (N4,050,000:00) from one Daniel Nelson James with the pretence that the money was payment for a piece of landm while you Augustine Paul Ekpeowo on or about the 12th day of September, 2020 in Uyo with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000:00) from one Daniel Nelson James under the pretence that the money was payment for a piece of land, the pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

They pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge. In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, A. S. Abuh, prayed the court to fix a date for trial and remand the defendants in the Correctional facility.

But the defence counsel, N. C. Ikono, made an oral application for the bail of his clients but the Court insisted on a formal application.

The matter was adjourned till February 14, 2022, for hearing while the defendants were remanded in the Correctional Centre.

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