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Cow Ban: Arewa Forum Declares War, Ohaneze Seeks Peace

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The pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Thursday said that Indigenous People of Biafra’s banning the transportation of livestock to the South-East was a declaration of war.

The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, stated this in an interview while commenting on the plan by   Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria to ban movement of foodstuffs from the North to the South-East.

But the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, appealed to the northern traders to shelve the plan.

There were reports on Monday that the secessionist group, IPOB had banned the slaughtering of Fulani cows and the recitation of the Nigerian national anthem in Biafraland -South-East.

According to the reports,  IPOB, in the New Year message by its  Director of State, Chika Edoziem, said only the Biafran anthem should be taught in schools.

The group also said only “native cows” would be permitted for consumption in Biafra Land.

On Wednesday,  the  Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria expressed its readiness to stop the transportation of livestock and foodstuffs to the South-East.

The  Chairman of Northern Traders, Muhammad Tahir, said members of the association would stop sales of cattle, grains, onions and other foodstuffs in the Southeast.

In a statement he signed, Tahir said, “For us, we would always support the indivisibility of Nigeria; but if IPOB wants to secede, then so be it.

“Bilateral trade between us and them is all about wealth creation for the two regions; the cattle we take to them is food and not poison.”

But on Thursday, the ACF said the order by the IPOB was unnecessary as Nigeria was not at war, urging well-meaning Nigerians to call the Biafra agitators to order.

Yawe also said in an interview with The PUNCH in Kaduna that it would be difficult for the forum to appeal to the Union this time around.

The ACF noted that the fear and concerns of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff & Cattle Dealers of Nigeria were justified following the threat by the IPOB

The ACF’s spokesman said, “We have appealed to this union in the past when their members were attacked and some killed and their property destroyed due to no fault of theirs.

“At that time, they mounted a blockade and stopped the supply of foodstuffs to the East. Prices skyrocketed and there was an outcry. Due to appeals by the ACF, they lifted the blockade.

“The recent actions by IPOB amount to a declaration of war. It is difficult for the ACF to appeal to the union to resume supplies to the East with the pronouncements of the IPOB.

“The concerns of the union and their fears are justified. Somebody should call IPOB to order. We are still one country and not at war. Their pronouncements amount to an open declaration of war.”

But Ohanaeze Ndigbo regretted that Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria would issue a threat to stop transportation of livestock and foodstuffs to the South-East without getting its (Ohanaeze) position on IPOB’s directive.

Ohanaeze spokesman Chief Alex Ogbonnia, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “The Igbo are the most out-reaching and adventurous ethnic group in Nigeria. We are welcome in every state in Nigeria by all the ethnic groups and to that extent, we welcome other ethnic groups in Igboland. It is exchange of values; mutual reciprocity. The issue of banning goods for which an ethnic group is known is not acceptable. For example, we have goods for which the Igbo are known and are marketed in other zones in Nigeria, the same way we welcome goods for which other ethnic groups are known and marketed in Igboland.

“So, Ohanaeze Ndigbo philosophy is peace onto all. Is only when we identify any source of conflict we try to manage it but for Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in fact, Igbo in general we welcome goods anybody will sell in Igboland.

“Importantly, the people who are acting on what IPOB said, they should know that we have many aspirations in Igboland, but Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the umbrella associations of all the Igbo groups. So efforts should be made to listen to Ohanaeze Ndigbo before some final decisions will be taken on issues affecting entire Igbo.”

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JUST IN: “I will kill you” – Asari Dokubo threatens IPOB members [VIDEO]

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Asari Dokubo, leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force (NDPSF), has threatened to kill any member of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) should he encounter them.

In a recent Facebook Live, monitored by POLITICS NIGERIA, where Dokubo was discussing the Biafra agitation, supporters of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained IPOB leader, had flooded his page and opposed his antagonism of the proscribed group. Abuses, curses and threats to Dokubo were dominant in the comments section of the ex-militant’s page. But the political figure responded with fire: “I told you, that I am one hundred percent with Wike [Nyesom, Governor of Rivers State]. And we killed you (referring to the killing by Nigerian forces of IPOB/Eastern Security Network, ESN fighters in Rivers State in May 2021),” he said.

“We hear that you are in Ubima, in Amaechi’s (Rotimi) place. Wait for me, I am coming. I know, that you are at Ubima. That you went and got some Ijaw people to give you protection. No Ijaw protection will work when I come. Because I will talk directly to those powers, and they will leave you and run, and I will kill you.

“You can’t have healthy moments with these fellows (IPOB proponents), the next thing, abuse. So, the best thing is to take them up.

“Now you have me to contend with. I will be killing you everywhere I find you.”

Furthermore, Dokubo criticised Igbo people for “not having the courage” to condemn IPOB proponents for “killing their own people”.

“Every Monday, I deal with you people (IPOB sit-at-home enforcers). Ask your ESN people, they will tell you. Ask your cannibals, they will tell you,” he said.

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Security Operatives Recover Over 500 Animals From Bandits In Niger

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Security Operatives in Niger State, have recovered over 500 animals after killing dozens of bandits in communities in Munya and Shororo Local Government Areas of the state.

The operations was said to have led to the interception of over 500 animals at Kuchi, Galadiman- Kogo, Allawa and Erena communities of Munya and Shiroro local governments areas of the state.

The animals were conveyed to Minna, the state capital, in company of local hunters.

Five of the cows died before arriving Minna due to the congestion in the truck and the distance covered.

The Commissioner of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Emmanuel Umar, said the animals recovered consisted of over 300 cows and over 100 sheep.

He said they would be kept under the care of the State Ministry of Livestock.

He said while many bandits were neutralized, some security operatives also lost their lives though he declined giving the number of security men who lost their lives.

He said arrangements had been made to take care of the families of the slain security operatives.

The Commissioner noted that the state government had also concluded plans to establish a committee to fashion out modalities to identify the real owners of the intercepted animals or otherwise auction them and remit the proceeds to the state treasury.

Mr Umar noted that the onslaught on bandits in the state would be sustained until the state was rid of bandits, animal rustlers, kidnapping and other criminal elements.

 

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Presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, according to report, has travelled outside the country.

According to a source who claimed anonymity, hinted that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu travelled overseas to rest and strategise.

“He (Tinubu) travelled abroad to rest after going around the country for consultations,” a source told Punch.

However, Tinubu’s spokesman said the APC stalwart would return to Nigeria next week.

He said: “Asiwaju’s trip to the UK (United Kingdom) is not to rest or because of any illness.

“While abroad, Asiwaju is maintaining a vigorous schedule of meetings and consultations on a range of important matters.

“Whether at home or abroad, the daily schedule of Asiwaju is vibrant and full. Most people couldn’t sustain his high level of activity. This speaks to his exceptional intellectual energy and his commitment to achievement.”

“Asiwaju will return to Nigeria next week once this set of meetings and talks abroad is completed,” he added.

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