7/28/2021

[GIST] Biafran Struggle Now On Autopilot – Sacked IPOB Radio Host, Simon Ekpa

[GIST] Biafran Struggle Now On Autopilot – Sacked IPOB Radio Host, Simon Ekpa

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A Finland-based member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Simon Ekpa, has said the Biafran agitation is no longer within the reach of the members and supporters.

The recently sacked Radio Biafra broadcaster declared that the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra was now in its “dangerous phase.”

Ekpa made the disclosure on Wednesday via a post on his official Facebook page.

Kanu, who is facing the trial of treasonable felony and terrorism, was slated to appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday but could not be produced by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) as a result of alleged logistics reasons.

The incident has resulted in widespread criticisms and anxieties among concerned Nigerians who accused the Nigerian Government of deliberately delaying the trial to keep the separatist leader in detention.

Simon Ekpa, a Finnish who has been silent for a while, said he is set to change the narrative of the current struggle.

The post reads, “The Biafra struggle has entered the AUTOPILOT phase, a very dangerous phase that we have no control of what happens. To your tent oh Israel.

“I am Simon Ekpa, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s disciple on Biafra restoration. Changing the narrative of Yesterday.”

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[GIST] DSS Operatives Harass Premium Times Journalist For Taking Pictures Of Activists Arrested At Dunamis Church

[GIST] DSS Operatives Harass Premium Times Journalist For Taking Pictures Of Activists Arrested At Dunamis Church

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Operatives of the Department of State Services on Wednesday at Mpape Magistrate Court, Abuja, harassed a journalist with online medium, Premium Times, Ameh Ekwonyilo, for taking the pictures of five activists arrested at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre for wearing T-Shirts with the inscription #BuhariMustGo. 

The reporter, who was in court to cover the proceedings of the trial of the activists, was harassed and had his mobile phone seized by the gun-wielding officers who were stationed within the premises.

Trouble started when the journalist made attempt to take the pictures of the activists shortly after they had been granted bail by the court.

One of the hooded DSS officers drafted to the court quickly dragged him and snatched his mobile phone.

A heated altercation ensued as the officers pounced on him and threatened to arrest him while the leader of the team deleted all the pictures in the phone.

The journalist maintained that he had not committed any offence by taking the pictures of the defendants on the premises of the court, adding that he had no obligation to take permission from the officers before carrying out his constitutional duty as a journalist.

It took the intervention of the lawyer of the activists who appealed to the officers to release the phone to the journalist.

SaharaReporters had reported how the activists were charged on five counts bordering on criminal conspiracy with intent to cause a breach of the peace and disturb the public peace, an offence contrary to Section 114 of the Penal Code Law CAP 89 LFN 1990 and punishable under the same law.

The activists namely; Ben Mannaseh, Emmanuel Larry, Victor Udoka Anene, a blind Saxophonist, Samuel Gabriel Iwatonaiye and Henry Nwodo had spent 25 days in illegal detention.

They were denied access to their families and lawyers.

The Chief Magistrate, Mohammed Zubairu, had admitted the activists to bail of N500,000 with one surety in like sum who must submit his/her National Identity Card to the court.

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[GIST] Bandits Kill Kaduna All Progressives Congress' Chairmanship Candidate

[GIST] Bandits Kill Kaduna All Progressives Congress' Chairmanship Candidate

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Some unknown gunmen, believed to be bandits, have killed the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship candidate for the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Alamkah Dominic Usman.

The APC leader was shot dead along Keffi-Akwanga road in Nassarawa State on his way to Benue State on Monday.

The deceased was until his death the APC flag-bearer in Kachia for the local government council elections set to hold on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

A condolence message to Cashman Alamkah Cashman’s Family reads, “Alamka Dominic Usman (Aka Cashman) was brutally murdered after winning a controversial Chairmanship primary election in Kachia LGA.

“This gentleman was full of energy and resilience, loved by many and he was a hero on blood donation mobilisation, a lifesaver, and a motivator. Your killers will the traced for justice.

“Accept my condolences and may Allah protect us from this cruel world. What a loss.

“I supervised him on a United States funded project in Kaduna; he was super-efficient and delivered his job well. Rest on friend,” a Facebook user, Mansur M Tukur posted.

The deceased is expected to be laid to rest on Thursday, July 29.

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[GIST] There’s Likelihood Of Britain’s Connivance In Trial Of Nnamdi Kanu – IPOB Leader's Lawyer

[GIST] There’s Likelihood Of Britain’s Connivance In Trial Of Nnamdi Kanu – IPOB Leader's Lawyer

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Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said that the British authorities are not rendering enough help to his client who was picked up in Kenya and repatriated Nigeria to face charges bordering on terrorism and treason.

Ejiofor added that there was “every likelihood of connivance” in Kanu’s ordeal.

The lawyer stated these on Wednesday while speaking during an interview with Arise TV.

Ejiofor wondered why the commission had not visited Kanu since he was brought to Nigeria.

He noted that unlike Kanu’s 2015 arrest when the commission was regularly visiting him while in detention, the British Commission was paying lip service to helping him this time around.

He said, “I can confirm to you that the British High Commission is not doing much about this case. I can confirm to you that there is every likelihood of connivance in what happened to my client.

“Because some times in 2015 when my client was arrested I know how they were keeping in constant communication with him and visiting him regularly both when he was in DSS custody and when he was transferred to prison.

“But as at yesterday, a British national was arrested and till date, they have not visited him even when we have officially notified them of the situation.

“As at the time he was arrested, he was arrested as a British national because he had renounced his Nigerian citizenship over 5 years ago. And they are still talking about offering him consular services.”

Ejiofor warned the media to stop labelling Kanu’s travail in Kenya as an arrest, arguing that it was a clear case of abduction, illegal imprisonment, torture and extraordinary rendition.

“We are fully aware that the DSS of Nigeria has a history of gross violations of court orders. And the fact that Nnamdi Kanu was brought to court on June 29, 2021 without reference to us as lawyers that was being taken to court that day was part of that.

“They have the court order to produce him on 26th July, 2021. It is immaterial that the court would go on vacation that day. They should have produced him but didn't produce him and they have that history. It is a clear violation of court orders,” Ejiofor said.

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[GIST] Nigeria Under Buhari At Mercy Of Bandits, Terrorists – UK Parliament

[GIST] Nigeria Under Buhari At Mercy Of Bandits, Terrorists – UK Parliament

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The United Kingdom Parliament has said Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari administration are at the mercy of non-state actors who unleash attacks on individuals and communities at will.

Members of the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the parliament; Caroline Cox, Rowan Williams, David Alton, Mervyn Thomas and Ayo Adedoyin; expressed their fears in a protest letter to the UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab.

The parliamentarians cited a recent event where bandits shot down a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet, as they expressed worry that the country was now under the control of non-state actors unleashing terror at will, particularly in the North-East and North-West. See Also Military How I Survived Military Jet Shot Down By Bandits – Nigerian Air Force Pilot

“An intense gunfire from bandits caused an aircraft returning to base from a mission on the Zamfara-Kaduna border to crash.

“We fear that Nigerian citizens are now at the mercy of non-state actors who have been allowed to evolve and now have the capacity to shoot down a fighter jet, as has recently occurred in Kaduna.

“These non-state actors are currently unleashing terror at will, particularly in the North-East and North-West,” the letter said.

Meanwhile, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State had raised an alarm over the displacement of many residents by the insurgents around Munya and Shiroro, adding that the terrorists hoisted their flag in Kauri.

Also, there have been several media reports of bandits’ attacks on soldiers particularly in the Northern region. 

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