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IPOB warns Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu in the best interest of Nigeria

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The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu to avoid making a mistake that may be detrimental to the country.

This was contained in a statement on Sunday signed by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful in reaction to President Buhari’s comments during an exclusive with Channels Tv on Thursday, January 6.

Buhari in the interview had vowed never to release the IPOB leader who has been in detention since June, last year saying that there was no political solution to it and that his case was for the judiciary

However, IPOB in the statement urged Buhari not to be deceived by the fake information about them

“Federal government should not be deceived by blacklegs and sacked members of the Movement who are feeding it with fake information about IPOB and ESN outfit for pecuniary interests”.

IPOB in the statement also claimed its intelligence captured what transpired in an alleged meeting “between these saboteurs and their host in Aso Rock”.

READ ALSO: Nnamdi Kanu lays curse on politicians who blame IPOB for their crimes

“But we want to tell Buhari and his cohorts that he is going to make a mistake capable of affecting Nigeria should he fail to release Nnamdi Kanu because those he had meeting with were not giving him correct information about IPOB and ESN outfit.

“Why should the federal government be releasing bandits and terrorists wrecking havoc across the country but fail to release freedom seekers.”

“Nevertheless, Federal Government and Buhari should understand that Nnamdi Kanu is capable of defending himself in the court. But Buhari and his government must be careful, neutral and allow the court to flow freely because, they have no case against our leader Nnamdi Kanu. If they have case against him, let them come straight to the court not from the backdoor.

“Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB will defeat them in both local and international court, the only thing that can save him is referendum date for the people of Biafra because the world is keenly watching.”

“Nobody can defeat ESN and IPOB. We will fight for the struggle for freedom of Biafra till the last man. Biafra restoration is a divine mandate and nobody can scuttle it”, the statement concluded.

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Udom Emmanuel to chair Ekiti PDP primary election committee

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The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel has been selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to serve as Chairman of the Ekiti State electoral committee to conduct a ‘special congress’ for the governorship election in the state.

The nomination of Emmanuel was announced on Tuesday in Abuja by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Umar Bature, who disclosed that the committee was saddled with the task of electing a credible governorship candidate for the June 18 gubernatorial election in the state.

READ ALSO: PDP will resist any attempt to rig Ekiti guber election – Segun Oni

Bature also announced other members of the committee as approved by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to include Toby Okechukwu who will be the Secretary of the committee, as Olusola Obada, Michael Mku, and Ibrahim Khalid, will serve as members.

According to Bature, the Ekiti State congress is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

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Hislop condemns ‘depressing’ conduct of MPs in spiky committee session

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Ian Hislop says standards in British public life are “very depressing”, as he denounced the lobbying culture of MPs in a standards committee session this afternoon.

Asked by the standards committee chair, Chris Bryant, how MPs were doing on standards in British public life, Hislop complained they were “not good”.

The editor of Private Eye added the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal was proof the “system failed.”

In a tense exchange with liaison committee chair Sir Bernard Jenkin, Hislop was pressed on whether better dialogue was needed around understanding rules on lobbying.

Hislop complained: “Why do you have to explain to a new MP why he shouldn’t lobby for a company that’s taking government contracts?

“Why isn’t that blatantly obvious?”

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Uzodinma invited Nigerian Army to arrest innocent Biafran youths —IPOB

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The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, of inviting the Nigerian Army to arrest “innocent Biafran youths who are now languishing in several detention facilities across the country.

The group, in a statement on Tuesday issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said Uzodinma instructed the Army to go from house to house in Mbaise and Obowo communities in the state to arrest the innocent youths.

In the statement made available to Ripples Nigeria, IPOB accused the Imo Governor and security agencies of spreading falsehood against them and their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The Igbo separatist group also debunked a statement by the Army that its militia wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), run several camps in Imo and other states in the region, saying they were “lies fed to Nigerian on a regular basis by the military, ably supported by Uzodinma and the Commissioner of Police in the state.”

“The Nigeria Army Commander as well as the Police Commissioner in Imo State derives pleasure in dishing out fake information and falsehood to disrepute IPOB and ESN operatives,” the statement reads.

READ ALSO: Uzodinma came to kill, destroy Imo; lacks capacity to lead a state —Okorocha

“We, therefore, want to once again, declare that contrary to fabricated lies by the security agencies, ESN has no camp in Lilu, Orsumoghu in Anambra State and Mbaise, Obowo in Imo State.

“The claims by the Nigeria security agencies that they discovered IPOB/ESN camps in the affected communities are all lies concocted to blackmail us and justify further destruction of more Igbo communities by security agents.

“Hope Uzodinma, the APC and some evil politicians in Imo State are busy trying to eliminate their political opponents with the intent to blame IPOB for such atrocities. But we want the world to know that we have no hands in what is happening in Imo State.

“IPOB and ESN have no camps in these communities. We are not militants nor cannibals. Criminals can never be said to be IPOB/ESN members. We are not cultists. Our mission is the restoration of Biafra, and that has nothing to do with cannibalism and abominable things allegedly going on in such camps.

“Nigerian security agencies and government of Imo State created these criminals thinking they can demonise IPOB and ESN members but unfortunately they turned against innocent members of the society.

“Hope Uzodinma instructed soldiers to go from house to house searching for IPOB members. Many innocent youths including members of IPOB were abducted, and some unaccounted for while many others are still dumped in many detention facilities across the country.

“We still call for the release of these victims. Why should innocent Igbo and other Biafra youths be languishing in cells for committing absolutely no crime while Fulani terrorist Herdsmen are roaming free and cause more horrific crimes?”

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