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Terrorism: Don’t Sell South-East Lands To Herders – IPOB Warns

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Wednesday warned people of the South-East against selling their land to government and Fulani agents for alleged agricultural purposes.

IPOB said Fulanis buy the lands under the guise of agriculture but invite terrorists to invade the South-East.

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Emma Powerful, the spokesman of IPOB, warned that whoever is caught in the act would forfeit the land forever.

A statement by Powerful reads partly: “The global movement and noble family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is illegally detained in the DSS custody and solitary confinement in Abuja wish to remind Biafrans, friends of Biafra, Lovers of Biafra freedom, all the Traditional Rulers and President-General in Biafraland to desist from any plan or pressure to either sell or hand over our ancestral lands to any government or Fulani agents for any purported agricultural purposes or anything else.

“This warning has become very necessary and is mainly for all Igbo Traditional Rulers, Politicians, Real Estate Agencies and other political jobbers in Biafraland to desist from any attempt to secretly allocate community lands to Fulani herdsmen in the name of Agricultural investment or any project.

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“The marauding Fulanis are not coming for any agricultural business rather to occupy the land with their cattles and subsequently invite their terrorist relatives from Sahel to occupy our ancestral lands in their land grabbing agenda.

“Anyone after these warnings that goes ahead to sell lands to these invaders, and we get wind of it, should bear it in mind that we cannot allow Fulanis or their agents to operate on such land. The owner of the sold land will forfeit that land forever.

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“If you have any ongoing negotiations on land sale to Fulanis or their cronies, we advise you to cease forthwith with such arrangements. We cannot hand over our ancestral lands to Fulani invaders whose agenda is land grabbing in disguise and violent takeover in future.”

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Insecurity: Nigerian Army Conducts Mechanised Training For Cadet Officers

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In order to overcome security challenges in the country, the Nigerian Army has trained 106 cadet officers of the 69 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on mechanised operations in Bauchi State.

Speaking on Thursday evening during the closing ceremony of the training exercise at Victor Kure Armoured Range, Maj.Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said that the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was to tackle the insecurity challenges facing the country.

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According to him, the week-long training which was tagged ‘Exercise Battle Crime’, was to expose them to various mechanised operations in tackling security challenges.

“This exercise here today is the final phase of mechanised operations which is phase four of the Cadets exercise.

“The objective of the exercise is to expose the Cadets to mechanised operations in order to prepare them for dealing with the current security threats,” he said.

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DAILY POST gathered that the cadets would be graduating from the academy in October, 2022, adding that there were seven female officers amongst them.

The commandant also stated that the exercise was a joint operation and a collaboration between the Armoured Corps, the Corps of Artillery as well as the Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force.

He also revealed that before the training, cadets were at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, where they participated in an assault river crossing operations across River Benue and proceeded to the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Jos, Plateau State, where they went through the adventure phase of their training.

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Yusuf, however, commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for his resolve in making the training possible.

“All these couldn’t have been possible without the overwhelming support from the Chief of Army Staff. All the tanks, the Artillery guns that took part in this operation were courtesy of the CAOS.

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“We appreciate Army Headquarters for this outstanding support and I also want to appreciate the Chief of Air Staff that has authorized the Air Force to provide close air support during this phase of the operation,” Yusuf said.

Also speaking, the Commandant, Armoured Corps, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Idris, said that this is the first time that the NDA cadets would be coming to Bauchi state to have this kind of training exercise.

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Nigerian Govt Takes Position On Ekweremadu’s Organ Harvesting Case In UK

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has insisted that the Nigerian government will not interfere in the legal battle involving a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is facing trial in the UK for alleged organ harvesting.

Malami disclosed this while speaking to journalists on Thursday at the 46th Session of the State House Briefing at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

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It has never been the tradition of the Nigerian government to interfere in anything judicial, local or international. And that stands the position of the government.

“On the intervention of Senator Ekweremadu, I have stated in the course of my presentation, that there has been in existence, a mutual legal assistance request and collaboration between Nigeria and other countries across the world. We will address it if there is such a request on the part of the senator,” Malami said.

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Ekweremadu was charged by the UK Metropolitan Police with conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting.

The 60-year-old and his wife, Beatrice, 55, allegedly arranged the travel of a 21-year-old man from Nigeria to the UK.

The prosecutors claim the couple were planning to have his kidney removed, so it could be given to their ailing daughter.

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Why 2023 Census Will Help Tackle Insecurity – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said the 2023 census would help to identify the location of Nigerians in the bid to tackle insecurity.

He spoke at the national stakeholders’ summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

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According to Buhari: “The nation requires a new data set to drive the implementation of the recently launched revised National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development and other government policies.

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“The 2023 Census data is also needed to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the country as it will give an overview of the population, where we are and who we are.”

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The president noted that the census is the responsibility of every national Government.

Buhari said the National Population Commission must not be left to conduct census alone.

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