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Ebonyi indigenes raise alarm over fresh killings in Effium community

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Ebonyi indigenes raise alarm over fresh killings in Effium community

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The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) said it is alarmed by the persistent killings ongoing in Effium community, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state, calling on the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene and put an end to it.

The Ebonyi indigenes said The “senseless attacks on defenceless citizens” have claimed hundreds of lives and led to loss of several properties worth millions of naira since January 22nd 2021, when the first incident was reported.

In a statement released Thursday in Abuja by the AESID President, Amb. Paschal Oluchukwu, condemned what he described as buck-passing by the state government while innocent lives, particularly those of Ezza origins.

“We vehemently condemn Wednesday’s slaughtering of scores of Ezza fathers, mothers, sons and daughters including the setting ablaze of many homes by the hired fighting militia men.

“The sad incident could have been averted if the government has ever lived up to its responsibility of protecting lives and properties.

“AESID is deeply saddened that under the present Umahi administration, the lives of Ebonyians are as worthless as a tissue paper.

“We recall advising the state government in January on the urgent and genuine steps it must take to tackle and resolve this crisis tracing it back to the actual root of the conflict. Two months after, the Umahi government obviously seem to have taken sides with those they consider the enemies of Ezza nation like it was the case of Ezillo in 2010 in perfecting what we may call it’s ‘secret war against the majority and dominant clan’ in Ebonyi state- the Ezza nation. We may be right if we conclude that this is part of the politics and mind games ahead of the 2023 elections in the Salt of the nation.”

According to the statement, AESID is generally concerned that the level of widespread insecurity and growing apprehension that has hit Ebonyi state under Umahi’s leadership as the Chief Security Officer of the state is very alarming and quite pathetic that our once peaceful state could almost be compared to Zamfara and other Northern states held hostage by bandits and terrorists.

“We are duty-bound to reflect that when these violent killings that have led to the death of hundreds of many unarmed and harmless Ezza natives who were completely taken unawares started, the first impression the Governor gave was that it was a mere fight between two factions over who controls Effium motor park. But investigations have revealed contrary.”

Oluchukwu said a petition was made to authorities concerned to the effect and Governor Umahi was copied.

“We further write to inform and remind you that the over 15, 000 natives of Ezza nation who have remained displaced as a result of this crisis that has persisted without media reportage are still stranded in different parts of the state without any succour and or support from your inhuman administration while those who have nowhere to run to are being secretly murdered.

“AESID as Ebonyi’s leading governance and accountability platform warns the Ezzas are not cowards. The people should therefore not be blamed the day they rise up to defend themselves and their lands. After all, Ebonyi belongs to all of us. We think and rightly, too that they should not be pushed to extremity of the wall as they would be compelled to resist same and fight back.

“It is further our view that Governor Umahi already knows that the simple solution to this porblem is to order the arrest and uncompromising trial of the said Clement Odaah and keep him behind bars without any form of communication with his ‘local and hired warlords’ who should themselves also be arrested and duly tried.

“We wonder what is so difficult about taking this simple step to end the crises as the Chief Security Officer of the State if not that some powerful persons in government may be behind the carnage.

“AESID makes no hesitation to invite the Federal Government and all its agencies to uncompromisingly wade into this matter in order to nip this crisis in the bud.”

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Enemies trying to turn Iboland into terrorists’ enclave because of Ibo Presidency -Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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Enemies trying to turn Iboland into terrorists’ enclave because of Ibo Presidency -Ohanaeze Ndigbo

President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ambassador Professor George A. Obiozor has indicated that enemies of Southeasterners are working hard to turn Iboland in to a terrorist enclave because the idea of Ibo man becoming a president of Nigeria is gaining ground.
Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Monday, he said the South East has been one of the most peaceful among the six geopolitical zones.
“Now all of a sudden because the idea of presidency coming to Ibo land has come from probability to possibility people want to turn Ibo land into a terrorists’ ground.
“Ibos are builders not nation breakers. We are not a violent people. So we must find out the root cause of the violent spree and kidnapping and all other things. 
He said Nigerians should not use such things to measure the character of the Ibos, as it is not in their character. 
“Of all things you can accuse Ibos of it is not getting money through laziness, like kidnapping an uncle to get money.”
On the fact that Ibos have divergent views he said, Presidency coming to south East is welcome development however, he said divergent opinion is healthy in politics “Politics is not a science of exactitude, it is considerably and consistently a matter of choices, necessity for choices.
“So for the Ibos having different opinions is not a crime. No section of Nigeria has one opinion on any leader.
He pointed out that every group in Nigeria is divided, evenmore divided than the Ibos
“Unless you focus on us South East is the most peaceful section of all other zones.
“Do you have one opinion in North East, North West, South west even South South? 
“My friend Ibos have different opinion and the opinions converge in having Ibo Presidency from South East in 2023 that is the opinion.”
On the level of consultation across the divides by Ohanaeze, he said the result just manifested with a very sound approval with the Edwin Clark’s declaration.
“Consultation has been made and wonderful responses positive have been coming. You listened to Chief Edwin Clark.
“We have given you wonderful example of the support. Edwin Clark is not a frivolous man, he is man of history and he is leading a people who have experienced politics of precarious experience. “They know what it takes to support any group and they have done it.
Asked about whether the gate will be left open for the platforms of the two major parties, he said they will appeal to the political parties as many as they can be from the beginning for each of them to nominate an Ibo presidential candidate from the South east saying it would be wonderful.
“As for who will be President from the South East it is found in the Bible, many are called but few are chosen, why are you bordering yourself, don’t pre-empt us, when the time comes, politics is a matter of selection too, we will sort out so just give us support.”
When asked about the issue of Ibos not speaking with one voice he said speaking with one voice is not political but dictatorial.
He said speaking with one voice is unacceptable in a plural society, especially irrepressible society like Nigeria and among irrepressible individualists like the Ibos. 
“We will not speak with one voice. We are not mumu. Ibos will speak with reasonable different voices, then articulated by leadership that has a sense of direction and knows what matters. 
“This question of one voice, look at where one voice has kept us in 
Nigeria today. No voice anymore.”
He said the Ibo Presidency will bring visible and conspicuous achievements, “capacity to turn this national difficulties into dividends for Nigeria, obstacles in to opportunities.
“Let me tell you the truth, nations are served by two kinds of events either through leadership or through structures.
“None of it has worked in Nigeria, the Ibo man can change the narrative because he is not a greedy man. He is also not a lazy man, forget any perception you may have about the ibos. 
“The Ibos know how to share things and let others take and he will be the last just as we are taking the last of all the zones in Nigeria in the Presidency.
“You will see a difference, the difference will be clear and you will see that the country would be stable because you are getting a Government that will embrace justice equity and fairness, charity to all and Malice towards none we are the ones that can live anywhere.”
According to him, Nigeria failed to identify the immense capacity of the Iboman’s talents.
“The truth of the matter Nigerians don’t want to use their talents in the Ibos, but it is their own loss.
“Look at it, I went to South Korea in the 80s, South Korea was developed within 10 years. One of the economic adviser sent there was Kalu Ndika Kalu, an Iboman, go and ask.
On the idea of asking the Ibos to relocate their businesses to the Southeast on account of the unfavourable situation they found themselves he said,
“Ibos are not looking for Presidency to impoverish other parts of Nigeria, by withdrawing their businesses. I must congratulate all Ibo businessmen all over the country and West Africa for the wonderful successes they have recorded in the difficult situations they found themselves. 
“What we are asking from them is that they should take some parts of their investments to the South East and develope the area also, let your wealth also reach home.
“So the vulnerability is also economic risk that is why we want a stable and peaceful Nigeria. So wherever we are we can also see peace and stability.”
He advised Nigerians to always know that when they are in Rome they behave like the Romans’ as there are certain behaviours that cannot be tolerated.
“That is the problem we are having in Nigeria today certainly in the South East, you know there is nomansland in Ibo land, Land is owned, including the deities, they own some lands so be careful before you challenge the Gods over their lands.”
According to him,Ibos are doing well throught out Nigeria, they should continue.

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Yoruba Group Calls For Increased Security on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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The recent arrest by the police, of three kidnapping suspects along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, is commendable but underscores the need for more work by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to free that strategic corridor of miscreants and violent criminals, the Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative (TYLPI) has said

The group in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho said it was noteworthy that the arrests were made few days after the assumption of office by the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba.

The suspects were arrested at the Fidiwo axis of the road by men of the Ogun State Command of the Police on Thursday, April 8, this year.

TYLPI said the police had before now been in denial of the activities of kidnappers along the highway and that the arrests were pointers to the high level of insecurity on the critical road.

Apart from kidnapping, TYLPI said serious cases of armed robbery, car jacking and other violent crimes were being recorded along the highway almost on a weekly basis.

It expressed dismay that the criminals operating on the road had been emboldened to continue their nefarious activities, creating the inevitable impression by the citizenry that the government which swore an oath to defend and protect them had abandoned them to their fate.

The group warned that if gangsters, robbers and kidnappers were allowed to continue to hold sway on the expressway, road users would lose faith in the ability of the government to protect them and guarantee the right atmosphere for them to live decent lives.

Gradually, it added, the citizenry would succumb to the temptation to engage in self help, which, it warned, would signal the commencement of country’s rapid descent into anarchy.

TYLPI said that because of its strategic role in the movement of goods and commuters from Lagos to other parts of the country, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway should not be allowed to become another theatre in the undeclared war against the nation by the men of the underworld.

“If it does, such an ugly development would greatly abridge the positive outcomes of our national development efforts, create fear and panic in the minds of Nigerians as well as foist an avoidable public relations embarrassment on the nation”, the group warned.
 
It urged to the police authorities to take immediate and visible steps, including the maintenance of regular road and aerial patrols by armed personnel on the road as well as the establishment of watch posts equipped with state of the art communication gadgets at strategic points, to rid the road of criminals.

The group promised that it would assist in mobilizing communities along the corridor to feed the Police with the intelligence required to track and bring the criminals to book.

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Again two suspected traffickers excrete 191 pellets of cocaine, heroin at Lagos airport

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Again two suspected traffickers excrete 191 pellets of cocaine, heroin at Lagos airport

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Just like a Madrid, Spain-bound trafficker, Okonkwo Chimezie Henry, excreted 113 wraps of Cocaine after his arrest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, two others nabbed by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) at the Lagos airport have excreted a total of 191 pellets of heroin and cocaine while under observation.
The director, Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi issued a stam lent to the effect in Abuja on Sunday.

The statement stated that,NDLEA operatives at MMIA on 10th April 2021, during the outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline to Italy, arrested and referred one Chukwudi Destiny for scanning and the scan result proved positive to drug ingestion.

Consequently, he was placed under excretion observation and in the process; he excreted 92 pellets of Heroin with a total weight of 1.300Kg.
Also on 12th April 2021, during the inbound examination of consignments on Ethiopian airline cargo flight from South Africa, operatives at SAHCO import shed made a seizure of 11.550kg of Heroin cleverly packed and concealed in corn flakes cartons. Four clearing agents are in custody in connection with the seizure.

According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, “A sting operation was executed on the address provided by one of the suspects.
In the process, a Congolese, Kayembe Kamba Mazepy was arrested. After his arrest, he mentioned another person who is to receive the parcel from him.
On the strength of the information, another sting operation was conducted in the early hours of Saturday 17th April, 2021 where the person that came to take delivery was arrested.”
In the same vein, on Friday 16th of April, 2021, another trafficker, Ezekiel Chibuzo who arrived Lagos from Brazil on board Qatar airline was also arrested for drug ingestion. He has so far excreted 99 wraps of Cocaine.

Meanwhile,officers at export shed of the airport have seized 822.950kg of khat leaves heading to UK and US.
Reacting to the latest drug haul at the airport, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the officers and men of the MMIA Command for their commitment to the nation’s crusade against illicit drugs.

“While I commend the officers and men of our MMIA Command, let me again warn unrepentant barons and traffickers that the game is up for them because we’ll continue to disrupt their criminal trade as part of efforts to secure our country and protect the future of our youths”, Marwa stated in his message on Sunday.

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