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BREAKING: Ahmed Gulak Shot Dead In Owerri By Unknown Gunmen

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Former presidential aide Ahmed Gulak has been killed in Owerri, Imo State.

He was reportedly ambushed and shot early hours of Sunday morning enroute the Sam Mbakwe airport after concluding a visit to the state.

Sources who preferred not to be named said he was scheduled to board the 8:30am flight to Abuja when the incident happened.

Gulak was a Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Goodluck Jonathan prior to his defection to the All Progressives Congress APC in 2014.

He was also the chairman of the Imo State APC governorship primary in which Hope Uzodinma emerged the party’s candidate.

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BIAFRA DAY: There will be movement on May 30, Sit-at-Home will be May 31, says MASSOB

Comrade Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB marches with other Biafran activists

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)has  reinstated that Biafra Day Anniversary for this year will be a unique and special because it falls on a Sunday.

‘Observing the Biafra day anniversary celebration on a Sunday makes it more Christianized because the people of Biafra are predominantly Christians’, MASSOB said in a statement.

The statement which was signed by Comrade Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB, Biafra was declared on May 30th, 1967 by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. According to him, May 30th is sacrosanct and sacred in the history of Biafra.

He further said in the statement “The ordinances of our greatest leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu must be jealousy and eloquently adhered to.

“MASSOB directs all the churches in Biafra land to observe a special prayers and supplication for the fallen Biafra heroes during the Nigeria –Biafra war and our comrades that were killed by Nigeria security agents including the people of Biafra that died in the hands of Islamic Boko Haram and Fulani terrorist herdsmen. Our religious and church leaders should stop praying for the betterment of Islamic Republic of Nigeria.

“There will be movements and normal social activities on May 30th being Sunday because of Christian worship but there will be a sit at home exercise on May 31st being Monday for the people of Biafra as a mark of a solidarity and honor Biafra land. MASSOB directs all markets, schools, banks and all other public offices in Biafra land to observe the sit at home exercise as a mark of respect for our fatherland

“In the spirit of brotherhood and Biafranism,   MASSOB and other pro Biafra organizations have unanimously agreed and resolved to jointly observe, commemorate and celebrate together, the 54 years anniversary of Biafra declaration by our foremost leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on 30th May, 2021.                                    

“This year’s anniversary will be celebrated by the people of Biafra in a unique style,  it is a mark of respect and honour to our father land, it is also a reminder to the visions and commandments of our great ancestors that we are not Nigerians but Biafrans.

“We enjoin our people to get ready for the celebration of  this great anniversary which will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration.”

Chief Igbinedion after my life, lands! Patrick Eholor cries out, says Esama trying to intimidate him to abandon his landed property

Eholor, Igbinedion, Acting IGP Usman, AGF Malami

Foremost human rights defender and founder of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has sent out a Save Our Soul message over alleged attempts by Edo-born billionaire, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion to intimidate him out of his landed property and arrest him.

Eholor also alleged that Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin kingdom had sent persons to physically attack him, a development which could have resulted in serious bodily harm, or death on his part.

In a petition addressed to the Assistant Inspector General of Police

Zone 5, Benin City, with reference number TA/04/05/21/VOL.II, and dated 04/05/2021, Chief Eholor through his lawyers, T. A. AKAHOMEN ESQ, of T. A. Akahomen & Co, Notaries Public accused Chief Igbinedion of trying to use his political influence and financial muscle to push him out of the vast, choice land located at One, Benin City and take over the property.

The petition, which was made available to journalists, is hereby reproduced in parts below:

Sir,

A CASE OF THREAT TO LIFE, LAWLESSNESS, OPPRESSION AND ACTS

CAPABLE OF CAUSING BREACH OF PEACE: CALL FOR URGENT

INTERVENTION.

We write as solicitors to CHIEF PATRICK OSAGIE EHOLOR, also known as

“Ultimate Equal”, the Founder and President, “One Love Foundation; a Non –

Governmental Organization, who we shall refer to as our client in this petition.

It is our instruction that our client is the owner in possession of a vast land

situate at Obe Community in Benin City. On or about the 23rd day of April, 2021,

following destruction on our client’s crops and property on the land by one MR.

FRIDAY, who claimed to be acting for an undisclosed person at that time;

ISMAILA SULE MOHAMMED, an employee of our client made a report at

Etete Police Division. Our client’s employee made an entry on the criminal acts

of the said FRIDAY. One policewoman at Etete Division made a call to FRIDAY

to report and answer to the allegations against him.

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every day in the country”, T. A. Akahomen stated in the petition, on behalf of Chief Patrick Osagie.

Also speaking about the matter, Eholor alleged “They are boasting that they want to use thugs, they want to use police, they want to use soldiers to silence me. The world should be aware that if anything happens to me, Igbinedion should be held responsible.

‘His son in law, Osunde has a corruption case on his neck, where people lost over 23 billion to him. The EFCC arrested him, and the case is still there.

“There is also the case of his son, Lucky Igbinedion who was tried for corruption in Edo State.

“Igbinedion is not God. He has been sending non uniform police to my house, he has been sending some unknown soldiers to my house, as a matter of fact, he has been sending people to my children’s school to go and look for them. I am crying out so that the world will know that my life is at stake with Igbinedion over a piece of land.

“This is a man who have operated an airline, a man who has houses everywhere in the world, this is a man who is so blessed by God, but this man now wants to curse God. But he cannot curse God because God is almighty. God will fight for me.

“If I speak, I will die, if I don’t speak, I will die, so let the world know that Esama is threatening to kill me and my family”, Eholor said to journalists.

Attempts to speak with the Esama of Benin to get his own side of the story were unproductive, as he was said to be away in South Africa.

How to document human rights violation cases in Igboland- Civil Society Coalition

On behalf of the Eastern Rights CSOs and Intelligentsia Coalition (a coalition of 40 Rights CSOs and Intelligentsia bodies), Intersociety hereby appeals and invites members of the public in the East including town union, human rights and Christian faith activists or leaders particularly in Igbo Land part of Benue, Kogi and Edo and Eastern Nigerian States of Delta, Anambra, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi to report to us any human rights violation in their areas by the following: Army, Navy, Air Force (i.e. killing of unarmed and defenseless citizens through air bombings), SSS, Police and its various operational squads.

Others are joint military and police special squads, jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and their ‘Banditry’ counterparts, etc. This appeal is authorized by Emeka Umeagbalasi and Barr Chidimma Udegbunam, Board Chair and Publicity Head of Intersociety

The human rights violations being focused on include: late night abductions and disappearances involving unarmed and defenseless citizens, burning down or destruction of living houses and sacred places of worship and learning, arrest and detention of civilians by army, navy and air force, police long detention of citizens without trial, sexual violence against women including abduction, rape and death-rape; extrajudicial shooting and killing (i.e. instant or custodial killing of unarmed citizens), false labeling and trumped up charges, indiscriminate late night invasion of dwelling houses and broad day light shooting of unarmed citizens, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and torture; Fulani Herdsmen and Fulani Bandits’ killings or destruction and seizure of farmlands and abduction, disappearance, rape and broad day and captivity murder of women and others.

Details concerning the victims of human rights violation include: full name of the victim and his/her gender, age, religion and number of kids borne (if she is a married woman), victim’s community, local government area and state of origin; time, date and location of the rights violation and type of rights abuse perpetrated; whereabouts of his/her body if killed and disappeared or name of security agency responsible for his/her body’s disappearance; name and contacts of victim’s next-of-kin; number of victims (if group victims) and name of the state actor or non state actor entity that perpetrated the human rights violation.

The purposes of this clarion call are to document and expose the atrocities perpetrated and their perpetrators for global attention and accountable-justice including trial at ICC and others as well as to safeguard the unarmed and defenseless citizens from remote and immediate operational atrocities of the Nigerian security agencies-noted globally as serial abusers and violators of human rights.

We are also determined at documenting and exposing the atrocities of the jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and their ‘Banditry’ counterparts across the East particularly in Igbo Land; being perpetrated for purpose of advancing the Government backed jihad project but deceitfully camouflaged as “rural cattle grazing”. We must not allow the ongoing grisly or ‘industrial scale’ human rights abuses and violations in Igbo Land and the rest of Eastern Nigeria to continue!

Please send your verified and verifiable details to our contacts below:

Phone/WhatsApp: +2348174090052

Email: info@intersociety-ng.org

Our Website is: intersociety-ng.org

Dated: Wednesday, 19th May 2021

BREAKING: Eholor finally drags Gov Obaseki to court for refusing to appoint commissioners

Founder of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has summoned the Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki to the Federal High Court, Benin Division, to explain why he has refused to appoint commissioners and have a properly constituted executive council, several months after he wok elections.

In an Originating Summons, Eholor, through his counsel, TA Akahomen asked the Court to compel the Edo State Government and the Governor of Edo State to explain if the governor is empowered to run the government without the appointment of Commissioners, and Statutory Board Members for State Corporations and Agencies.

In the originating summons, Eholor sought an order for the governor to be compelled to appoint commissioners, not at his discretion, but as a matter of constitution which he must obey; a constitution he swore t to protect and obey.

He argued that’s it’s more than six months after Governor Obaseki was sworn in on November 12, and commissioners according to the constitution, help the governor bring out the best for effective governance. He emphasized that the attorney general and Commissioner for Justice were missing, and were very strategic to good governance.

He therefore asked the court to issue Mandatory Orders to compel the Governor to make the appointments.

In his words, Chief Eholor, also known as the Ultimate Equals decried the development, saying that its very sad that Edo State is the only State in Nigeria with out a State Executive Council.

“We voted for a Governor not a sole Administrator or Emperor “, he told journalists.

MASSOB commends Southern Governors, says moves would end Islamists’ terrorism agenda

MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu addresses members at a gathering

Leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) says it acknowledged the eloquent and bold steps being taken by the governors of southern Nigeria.

MASSOB in an electronic mail to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, described Southern Nigeria as ‘comprising territorial lands of Biafra and Oduduwa Republics’, arguing that the move by the governors will protect the political interest and future survival of southern Nigeria regions from domination by the Hausa Fulani.

Signed by MASSOB leader Comrade Uchenna Madu, the release said the indigenous peoples are happy with the moves, and warned that people in power are colluding with Fulanis across the globe to ‘islamize Nigeria’, kill off the indigenous peoples and take over their ancestral lands, using terrorists and bandits.

It read further “The unanimous decision of the southern region governors in banning the open grazing by Fulani herdsmen and insistence on national dialogue have suddenly aroused and stirred up the frustrated anger and insensitivity of the northern leaders through Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) that opposed the position of the southern region governors Forum in banning open grazing and call for national dialogue. The ACF spits poisonous venoms against the southern region governors and declares war against the southern region.

“MASSOB encourages the southern region governors and other leaders to sustain the southern unity and brace up for the defense of their indigenous people. The Hausa Fulani people are fearful cowards, they only depend on the indigenous people of Middle Belt region to carry out their political, subjective domination, religious and economical wars against the southern region.

“MASSOB advises the indigenous people of Middle Belt region to unanimously oppose every external pressure of the Fulani oligarchy to subject them as political tools of waging war against the southern region. The indigenous people of Middle Belt region must join the southern region in their quest for political emancipation from the subjective domination of Fulani oligarchy”, Comrade Madu said in the release.

FULL COMMUNIQUE: 17 Southern governors meet in Asaba, ban open grazing, ask Buhari to address Nigerians, convoke ‘national dialogue’


The governors of the 17 southern states in Nigeria on Tuesday called on the federal government to “convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency.”

They also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity…”

The governors also resolved to ban open grazing of cattle in all their states.

The three resolutions were among 12 reached by the governors at their meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Below is a full list of the resolutions reached by the governors:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNORS OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ASABA, DELTA STATE, ON TUESDAY, 11TH MAY, 2021

At its meeting, held today, 11th May, 2021, the Southern Governors Forum reviewed the situation in the nation generally and focused
on the current security situation, agitations/restructuring,
prospect for inter-state collaboration and partnerships as well as on the incidence of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rising from the meeting, the Forum:

i) affirmed that the peoples of Southern Nigeria remain
committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice,
fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence
between and among its peoples with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economíc development and prosperity;

ii) observed that the incursion of
armed herders, criminals
and bandits into the Southern part of the country has presented a severe security challenge such that citizens are not able to live their normal lives including pursuing
various productive activities leading to a threat to food supply and general security. Consequently, the meeting resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across
Southern Nigería;

iii) noted that development and population growth has put pressure on available land and increased the prospects of conflict between migrating herders and local populations in the South. Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban on open grazing in the South (including
cattle movement to the South by foot);

iv) recommended that the Federal Government should support WILLING States to develop alternative and modern
livestock management systems;

v) agreed that the progress of the nation requires that urgent and bold steps be taken to restructure the Nigerian Federation leading to the evolution of state police, review
of revenue allocation formula in favour of the sub-national
governments and creation of other institutions which legitimately advance our commitment to and practice of true federalism;

vi) recommended that in view of widespread agitations among
our various peoples for greater inclusiveness in existing
governance arrangements, the Federal Government should
convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency;

vii) recommended that in deference to the sensitivities of our
various peoples, there is need to review appointments into Federal
Government Agencies (including Security Agencies) to reflect federal character as Nigeria’s overall
population is heterogenous;

viii) resolved to foster cooperation among the Southern States
and the nation at large. In this connection, Secretaries to
the Governments of the Southern States are to work together to develop and institutionalize a mechanism to foster this cooperation which will advance the comparative economic advantages and other interests of the Southern
States;

ix) expressed concern on the continued gridlock on the
Oshodi – Apapa Expressway and the chokehold it has exerted on the nation’s economy being the sole outlet from Apapa Wharf. The meeting therefore recommended the activation and establishment of ports in other States of the
federation to create new jobs and promote socio-economic
activities in the country;

x) the meeting expressed concern on the economic implications of another lockdown on the country, and therefore suggested greater coordination and cooperation
between Federal and State Governments in evolving
strategies for dealing with the pandemic;

xi) expressed very grave concern on the security challenge currently plaguing the nation and strongly urged that Mr. President should address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the confidence of our people; and

xii) expressed gratitude to our host, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
for his generosity and hospitality.

Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN
Governor, Ondo State

His Excellency
Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor, Abia State

His Excellency
Chief Emmanuel Udom
Governor, Akwa Ibom State

His Excellency
Senator Diri Duoye
Governor, Bayelsa State

His Excellency
Willie Obiano
Governor, Anambra State

His Excellency
Prof. Ben Ayade
Governor, Cross Rivers State

His Excellency
Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
Governor, Delta State

His Excellency
Engr. David Umahi
Governor, Ebonyi State

His Excellency
Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State

His Excellency
John Olukayode Fayemi
Governor, Ekiti State

His Excellency
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Governor, Enugu State

His Excellency
Senator Hope Uzodimma
Governor, Imo State

His Excellency
Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Governor, Lagos State

His Excellency
Dapo Abiodun
Governor, Ogun State

His Excellency
Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola
Governor, Osun State

His Excellency
Oluwaseyi Abiodun Makinde
Governor, Oyo State

His Excellency
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
Governor, Rivers State

Excels
Asaba, Delta state.

BREAKING: FG Announces Another COVID-19 Lockdown, To Begin Tuesday (Tomorrow)

The Federal Government has announced Phase IV of the COVID-19 lockdown across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This new directive is to take effect by midnight of Tuesday, a member of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed, declared.

Mohammed, who is the Head of Technical Secretariat of the PSC, made the announcement while briefing reporters on Monday in Abuja.

With the lockdown imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time.

Access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.

According to Mohammed, the government has directed that bars and nightclubs should remain closed and the nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice.

He added that only essential international travels would be encouraged, and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to.

The PSC member, however, stated that there was no limitation to intra-state travel.

Alleged shun of Southern officers, deployment of Northern commander to S’East not true – Army

Some men of the Nigerian special forces

The Nigerian Army has dismissed cloaks that it ignored Southerners and deployed only Northern commanders to the South East of Nigeria to quell insecurity.

The Army, in a Press Statement sighed by its Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, it descieber the report from Sahara Reporters as one full of errors and ignorance on the side of the reporter, arguing that at least, two southerners were in charge in the South West and South East commands.

The Statement reads “The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to an online publication anchored by SAHARA REPORTERS and cohorts titled “NIGERIAN ARMY SHUNS SOUTHERN OFFICERS, DEPLOY NORTHERN COMMANDERS TO QUELL TENSION IN SOUTH EAST”.

“Ordinarily, the NA would have ignored this illogical narrative by the online media but for the good of members of the public. The NA condemn this report targeted at steering discord and disunity among peace loving Nigerians who have refused to be drawn into supporting the senseless attacks on security apparatus in the South East and South South geopolitical zones of the country. The NA being a national body does not promote or post its personnel along ethnic or religious lines. Postings in the NA are routine exercises and are based on professional competences not as portrayed by the baseless publication. For the records, let be clear in everyone’s mind that the NA does not train, deploy or operate along ethnic, religious, tribal or regional divides. Senior officers are posted to command units based on their capability and competence taking into consideration their posting history.

“Furthermore, Officers are the most frequently posted personnel of the NA. However, because of the bias and seed of discord that the author of the report wanted to sow, it did not allow him to do a thorough background check of his report. Part of the poorly scripted article states that NA’s deployment is based on ethical line. This is one of the dumbest opinions of the writer. To put the record straight, while it is true that the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Enugu, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja is from South West, the Commander 34 Brigade Owerri Brigadier General Raymond Utsaha is from the North Central. Major General Gold Chibuisi is of the South East extraction and is also the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Ibadan which is the largest in number of states under command including 4 Brigade in Edo State. Equally, Brigadier General Farouk Mijinyawa was never the Commander of 16 Brigade as misrepresented by the writer. It is therefore clear that the concocted story lacks everything in terms of credibility and exists only in the pigment of the author’s imagination.

“The NA urge the general public to know that in the past months, several subversive elements have attempted to discredit the formidable security network in the South East and the NA in line with her constitutional roles of aiding the civil authority deployed officers and men to checkmate the activities of these bad elements who are bent on wrecking havoc in the region. The amateurish article presented in a self-styled fictitious movie like scenario devoid of even the basic rudiments of a news report is simply unacceptable.

“The uncoordinated and poorly written article exposes the real intent albeit the very low IQ of the author and that speaks volumes on the motive of the publisher.

“Furthermore, the NA would like to request all peace loving Nigerians to disregard the content of the said article in its entirety as it lacks common logic. The NA under the able leadership of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru remains committed to the defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria as well as protecting lives and properties of all citizens and residents in Nigeria. The NA further solicits for the continuous support of all patriotic Nigerians in stamping out activities of criminals including subversive and divisive elements for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria”.

Breaking: Abducted ABSU Student Regains Freedom

The only student of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, still left in the custody of a criminal gang which abducted some persons while journeying along the Okigwe-Uturu Road, has been released.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made this known this evening via his official Twitter handle@GovernorIkpeazu.

The Governor who thanked God, security agents and management of ABSU for the release of the abducted student, expressed joy at the development and vowed that he will surely take justice to those involved in the kidnap and will not share the State with criminal elements.

His full tweet reads:

“It is with exceedingly great joy and a very pleasant sense of relief that I announce that the only kidnapped ABSU student who was still in custody of the hoodlums that abducted some people few days ago along the Okigwe-Uturu Road has been freed. I spoke with her and …her mother minutes ago and want to thank God, our security agents and the management of ABSU for a job well done leading to this good news.

“Our administration has since taken measures to strengthen security around the area where the incident happened and even beyond it ensure security of lives and property which remains my number one assignment as Governor and it is one duty I will never take lightly. We will surely take justice to those who abducted our student as we will not cohabit this state with criminals.

“To God be the glory!”