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IPOB Restricts Movement Into Onitsha, Nnewi, Markets, closes Shops Over Kanu

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reportedly blocked entrance and exit into and out of the commercial city of Onitsha and the industrial town of Nnewi.

It was gathered that they want residents and visitors to stay at home in honour of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is being arraigned in Abuja today.

Sources in Onitsha said youths suspected to be members of IPOB made bonfire in most streets in Onitsha, while also forcing vehicles entering the city to return.

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Nnamdi Kanu is expected to be in court today (Monday) morning for commencement of trial on his case, after he left the country in 2017.

Kanu had been arrested in Kenya in June through the aid of Interpol and extradited to Nigeria to face trial.

Video circulating on the social media showed that shops, markets and offices were locked in Onitsha, while streets are deserted.

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In Nnewi, it was gathered that youths suspected to be IPOB members were smashing cars belonging to motorists who attempted to enter into the city.

A source who trades in Onitsha Main Market, Mr Lizinus Eze said, “We heard it yesterday as a rumour that there will not be market today, but this morning we found out that people were making bonfire everywhere in the city.

“Nobody has spoken to us about what is happening, but we learnt that it is IPOB that is trying to force people to stay at home in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu who is appearing in court today.”

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In Awka, the capital city of Anambra State, DAILY POST reporter who moved round found that commercial activities were going on without hitches.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Govt Reveals Fresh Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu

Police Public Relations Officer for Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga was not available for reaction as at the time of filing this report.

(DAILY POST)

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Boko Haram: Buhari Govt Won’t Mame Terrorists Sponsors Because They’re Muslims – HURIWA Alleges

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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of concealing the identities of sponsors of terrorist group Boko Haram because they are Muslims.

This is contrary to what it (HURIWA) described as tepid explanation recently offered by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami (SAN), that government won’t disclose identity of sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria because that will imperil or undermine investigation.

HURIWA, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and made available to DAILY POST on Thursday, said the AGF was being economical with the truth because his office had already filed the suit before the competent court of law meaning that investigations are concluded.

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HURIWA said the current government is heavily pro-Muslim North and is just protecting the interest of the region from which key players of the government came from.

HURIWA insists that the claims made by the minister do not make sense, carpeting the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for not allowing accredited journalists to have unfettered access to the records of the indicted persons.

Malami had in New York, United States, said that the Buhari administration will not name sponsors of terrorism at the moment so it won’t jeopardise investigations.

HURIWA further questioned why Malami is being clever by half by dishing out what it described as jaundiced, highly toxic and outrightly despicable “tales by moonlight” in which he thinks he can deceive even the youngest infant with such an illogical and infantile excuse he has offered for not releasing the names of the sponsors of boko haram terrorists.

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“The truth is that 99 percent of those doing the bureau de change business in Kano where the bulk of the suspects were allegedly caught are Moslem North and so it is clear that most of the decisions of this government including granting Amnesty to boko haram terrorists that have killed over 33, 000 citizens, these decisions are highly irresponsible and are just Northern settlement for terrorists and nothing more,” the rights group said.

It continues, “It is unreasonable that a government is much more interested in protecting terrorists and their sponsors than the victims and indeed against the collective interests of the Nigerian public. This is absurd and comical”.

(DAILY POST)

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Malami Explains Why Buhari Govt Will Not Reveals Boko Haram Sponsors

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The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has again reiterated that the Muhammadu Buhari administration will not name sponsors of terrorism at the moment.

According to Malami, this is so it won’t jeopardise investigations.

The AGF stated this while speaking to journalists in New York, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Wednesday.

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The Federal Government has faced a lot of criticisms lately for not naming terror sponsors despite the help offered to Nigeria by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries.

However, Malami insisted they are working hard to ensure financiers of insurgency in the country are prosecuted.

He said, “As per as terrorism funding and financing is concerned, we have succeeded in identifying those that are allegedly responsible for funding same and we are blocking the leakages associated with funding while embarking on aggressive investigation that is indeed impacting positively in terms of the fight against terrorism.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Ex-commander Opens Up On Terror Activities In Nigeria

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“The truth of the matter is that the investigation is ongoing and advancing. For the purpose of investigation, I would not like to be pre-emptive in terms of making disclosures that will have effect of undermining the successes we are recording.”

(DAILY POST)

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Nigerians Charged To Embrace Peace As Amb Ogunsola Bags Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

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The Executive Chairman, Obafemi Owode Local Government Council of Ogun State, Hon. Ogunsola Lanrewaju Adeshina, has bagged the Ambassadorial Eminent awards.

He was awarded at the celebratuon of this year’s International Day of Peace Day held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

International Day of Peace, observed around the world on 21 September every year, was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

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This year’s International Day of Peace was themed: ‘Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.’

The Abeokuta event which was organised by the International Association of World Peace Advocates, a world class organisation with United Nations ECOSOC Consultative status.

Guest lecturer at the event, Ambassador Prof. Chidi Ehiriodo, Director, International Association of World Peace Advocates, charged the participants and the world in general to embrace peace as it is the only way to sustainable development of the countries.

He reminded the participants of the past war and conflict as well as the implication to development in the world.

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On his part, Chairman of the occasion, High Chief Oluwole Matthew, maintained that peace is very paramount in the society, just as he welcomed all participants for gracing the programme.

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Also speaking, representive of the United Nations, Amb. Chief Per Statsen, charged the newly awarded eminent personalities to ensure they represent themselves well in the society by promoting peace and stability of the world.

The awards is not money oriented, we selected our awardees based on their social responsibility and role in maintaining peace within their society,” Statsen said.

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The event had in attendance traditional rulers including Oba Abdul-Fatai Kolawole Sowemimo, Olu of Owode Egba, Oba Adeogun, Olu of Igbore, among other eminent personalities in the state.

Those awarded during the event were, Hon Ogunsola Lanrewaju Adesina, Prof Francisca Bassey, Goodness Osah from Babcock University, Goodness Hosa, Sister Cecilia, Chief Tambo Maddona from Liberia, Pastor Dr Sunny David, Olatunji Oladimeji.

On the awards plague, Ogunsola Adesina Lanre was awarded as Eminent Peace Ambassador and he is qualified to all rights and privileges binding the organisation and also expected to function as a peacemaker in any part of the world with regards to the declaration on the right of people to peace (1984) of the United Nations resolution.

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