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BREAKING: Judge Withdraws From Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

John Tsoho, the judge handling Nnamdi Kanu’s trial, has returned the case file to Ibrahim Auta, chief justice of federal high court, for reassignment. This was sequel to an application by the legal team of Kanu led by Chuks Muoma, claiming that the court was biased in its handling of the matter. “We are only asking the court to hands off; my client has lost confidence in this court,” he said. He claimed that the court was acting in line with the suggestion of President Muhammadu Buhari that Kanu was not going to be released under any circumstance. The counsel said that if they did not get the...
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IPOB faults Kanu’s continued detention, Kabiru Sokoto’s purported release

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has picked holes in the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, even when he had been purportedly released. Kabiru Umar, popularly known as Kabiru Sokoto, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for mass murder in 2013. The group wondered why government was keeping Kanu in custody when he had been granted bail by the court. It noted that Justice Adeniyi Ademola convicted and sentenced Kabiru on December 20, 2013 for masterminding the 2011 Christmas Day bombing of Theresa’s Catholic Church at Madala in Niger State where over 44 persons were killed and 75...
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Emeka Anyaoku Rejects Pro-Biafran Group, IPOB’s Appointment

A former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has rejected his nomination as one of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra’s representatives to negotiate or discuss on behalf of the group. IPOB had on Wednesday listed Anyaoku as one of the “credible Igbo elders” that would represent it in “negotiations” and “discussions”. Also on the list are former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme; Prof. Ben Nwabueze; the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Diocese, Archbishop Anthony Obinna; a Biafran civil war army commander, Alex Madiebo; and an activist, Dr. Arthur Nwankwo. But in an email...
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‘I’m Not Behind MOSOP Crisis’ – Sen Abe

THE All Progressives Congress candidate in the 2015 election for Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, has debunked claims in some quarters that he was behind the current crisis rocking the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. Abe also stated that he had no hand in the clampdown against suspected kidnappers and cultists in the state by soldiers and added that the smear campaign against him was aimed at deceiving the people of the area and steal their votes in the forthcoming rerun. The former secretary to the Rivers State Government alleged that some politicians in the...
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‘Kanu Came Into Nigeria Without Any Passport’ – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the leader of the Independent People of Biafra and Director, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, came into Nigeria from the United Kingdom without any passport and with sophisticated equipment for his radio station. The President said this while fielding questions from journalists during his maiden Presidential Media Chat on Wednesday. Asked why the Department of State Security had continued to detain some people, including form National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and Kanu despite the fact that courts had granted them bail more than once, Buhari suggested that they could...
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Uwazuruike Apologises To The North, Says Biafra Protests Politically Motivated

Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Biafra (MASSOB) Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, yesterday apologised to people of the South-east and northerners living in the region over the recent killings and burning of mosque. Protest by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) last week, led to killing of about five people and destruction of property in Onitsha, Anambra State. Addressing newsmen in Owerri, Imo State, Uwazuruike disassociated members of MASSOB from the protest. He said the group was against violence and that it was the first to speak about Biafra. Uwazuruike described the protest in the zone as...
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Biafra: Igbo On Legitimate Struggle, Says Yerima

Amidst a renewed agitation by pro-Biafra protesters across the South east and South south parts of the country with the subsequent clamp down on them by the Federal Government, a former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmad Sani Yerima, has said that the Biafra agitators were on a legitimate struggle for self determination. The former governor, now a Senator, told newsmen that consequently, the federal government and the security agencies must allow them to exercise their fundamental human rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. Yerima, a politician known for his radical views on national issues, cautioned...
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Nnamdi Kanu To Remain In Prison As FG Seeks To Transfer Case To Another Court

The State Security Services (SSS) has asked a magistrates court to discontinue the hearing of the case against the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. At the hearing today, November 23, the prosecuting counsel said since the arraignment of the defendant, facts have emerged which would necessitate for the case to be taken out of the jurisdiction of the magistrates court. He asked the court for the permission to take the matter to another court. He also said that “coupled with the fact that the accused person has been unable to perfect his bail… the complainant is expeditiously apply for the...
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Members Of MASSOB Lash Out At Fr. Mbaka For Comments On Biafra

Some members of the  Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, weekend, lashed out at Enugu Catholic Priest, Rev.Fr. Ejike Mbaka, saying that his comment on the struggle for Biafra was insensitive and misguided. Their response came after Fr. Mbaka had during last Saturday’s sermon at his Adoration Ministry,  condemned the recent agitation and protests for Biafra nation, describing the action as ‘evil.’ Unhappy about Fr. Mbaka's statement, the Director of Information of MASSOB, Mr. Uchenna Madu said: “How can a reverred Igbo clergy-man descend so low in making such a...
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Great Britain Denies Backing Biafra

Britain has said it does not support the agitation for the creation of a Biafran nation from Nigeria. In a statement issued yester­day, the British High Com­mission, Abuja, explained that the position of the UK govern­ment during the civil war was a matter of historical record. “The UK Government’s posi­tion, which reflected the Char­ter of the Organization of Af­rican Unity, was to recognize the borders laid down at Inde­pendence,” the High Commis­sion’s Press & Public Affairs Officer, Joe Abuku said. “The Biafran War caused great suffering and the UK sup­ported the reconciliation...
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Biafra Recieves UN’s Recognition & Invitation To June Meeting

Supreme Council of the Elders of In­digenous People of Biafra has re­cieved an invitation from the United Nations (UN) to attend one of its meetings in New York in June, the first invitation to such a meeting since the Biafran pressure group came into existence. Deputy Chairman of the or­ganisation, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, disclosed this to Daily Sun in Nnewi at the weekend. He said a delegation of the pro- Biafrans would be leaving Nigeria for the June meeting as soon as the group raised lo­gistics for the trip. Asked what request the group would make at the UN, he said: “We have no other request than the...
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OJUKWU, A LEGEND FOR ALL SEASON – ATIKU

Among the several stories that have been written about Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the piece I found particularly compelling was an archive interview republished after his very unfortunate death on November 26, 2011. Asked how he would like to be remembered, Ojukwu’s reply was poignant: “I would like to be remembered as a statesman; not just as a rebel leader.” Indeed, in a world increasingly obsessed with labels, we could so easily become defined by a single action that is by no means a true reflection of our outlook. So, it was common to find Ojukwu’s name almost always preceded by words...
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