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Release Kanu, Igboho on political grounds, Afenifere urges FG

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Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho

Pan–Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to use the same political considerations former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, applied in releasing MujaheedAsari Dokubo, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, to free leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and Yoruba self-determination agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho.

It said: “Afenifere calls on all men and women of conscience, particularly the international community to which human rights and freedom are abiding faith, to prevail on the governments of Nigeria and Benin Republic to release Sunday Igboho forthwith.

“Not only that, the Federal Government should also pay Sunday Igboho the damages awarded to him by the court upon the savage attack on his person and property.

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“We also call on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu, even if on Political consideration as happened in the case of Asari Dokubo under the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.”

The call formed part of the resolutions reached by the organisation, yesterday, after its general meeting at the country home of its acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, at Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.

A communique signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Jare Ajayi, also reiterated its position that the only way Nigeria would overcome the prevailing security and economic challenges is through restructuring and implementation of true federalism.

It said the restructuring and implementation of true federalism must be done before the 2023 general elections and that it could be achieved if the report of the 2014 national conference and All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai-led Committee on True Federalism, are implemented with desirable modifications where necessary.

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Terrorism Charge: Court shifts Nnamdi Kanu’s trial till June 28

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leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has deferred the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, till June 28.

The court had on March 18, slated Thursday to continue further proceedings on the treasonable felony charge the Federal Government preferred against Kanu.

However, lead counsel of the IPOB, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who hitherto headed the defendant’s legal team, in a statement on Wednesday, disclosed that the case would no longer proceed as earlier scheduled due to the unavailability of the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako.

“Please be informed that we have just received communication from the Federal High Court’s Registrar, notifying us that the Court will no longer be sitting tomorrow, 26th May, 2022, on Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case.

“According to the Registrar, this is because His lordship, Justice Binta Nyako is indisposed, and as such, the matter is now adjourned to the 28th day of June, 2022 for Ruling/Hearing.

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“We most respectfully, urge you all to maintain restraint, as you have always done. Keep your eyes on the ball, which is the freedom of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“Also, please note that Justice delayed is not justice denied. We are aggressively cruising to victory, it is only a matter of time.

“We profoundly appreciate your solidarity, unflinching support and prayers, which have been sustaining us thus far. Please do not relent in your prayers, we do not take it for granted.

“We shall continue to keep you all informed as events unfold”, Ejiofor stated.

It will be recalled that the court had on the last adjourned date, declined to release the embattled IPOB leader on bail pending the determination of the charge against him.

The court maintained that Kanu must explain the reason why he breached the previous bail that was given to him, before he could enjoy another favourable discretion from it.

“Until the issue of the absence of the defendant for his trial, with all the bail conditions breached, is determined, the instant application of the defendant for bail will at best be premature and it is refused.

“However, the defendant is at liberty to refile the application”, Justice Nyako held.

Nevertheless, the court adjourned to rule on an application Kanu filed to challenge the revocation of the bail the court earlier granted to him

He is equally praying the court to set aside the order it made on March 28, 2019, which not only issued a bench warrant for his arrest, but also gave FG the nod to try him in absentia.

The IPOB leader told the court that contrary to FG’s allegation that he jumped bail, he said he fled for his life after his home town at Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, was invaded by soldiers, which he said led to the death of 28 persons.

He attached eight exhibits that included photographs, as well as an affidavit he deposed to from Isreal after he fled from the country.

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Soldiers Kill Kidnappers In Benue

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Soldiers of Operation Whirl Stroke have reportedly killed suspected kidnappers in ZakiBiam town of Ukum Local Government Area in Benue State.

The three suspects were gunned down while they were taking their victims away in a Toyota Corolla vehicle.

Special Adviser to the Benue Governor on Security Matters, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd), told journalists in Makurdi that the incident happened about 3:30 pm on Tuesday.

“On May 24, 2022, at about 1530hrs, one Ordue Kanga aka Ordada and his gang kidnapped one Omemma Chimobi in Zaki Baim Town. Based on a credible tip-off, the troops of sub-sector 2, Zaki Baim trailed the bandits through the yam market road as they were looking for an escape route.

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“On sighting troops, the bandits opened fire from inside the red Toyota Corolla but the troops returned superior firepower and neutralise three of the bandits.

“The kidnapped victim, Omemma Chimobi, was rescued. However,
items recovered are one Ak-47 rifle, three magazines loaded, one Toyota Corolla wagon, one desert camouflage, one woodland camouflage and handsets,” Hemba stated.

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Woman, 4 Kids Murdered By IPOB Buried In Anambra

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Burial of pregnant woman killed alongside her four children

The pregnant woman killed alongside her four children have been buried in Anambra State.

Militants of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) gunned them down at Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state, on Sunday.

Sarki Kabiru Bakari, leader of the Hausa Community in Orunba South of Anambra, told Daily Trust in an interview that the corpses of the victims were recovered on Tuesday evening.

He, however, said the plan to take them to their hometown in Adamawa for burial was cancelled because the corpses were not taken care of in the mortuary, and could not withstand the travel to the North.

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“We have now decided to bury them in Awka Wednesday (today). The mortuary attendant did not treat the corpses, no preservation measure was done; hence we cannot travel with the corpses as they have already started decomposing. We have no other option than to take them to Awka and bury them there,” he said.

“We have now decided to bury them in Awka Wednesday (today). The mortuary attendant did not treat the corpses, no preservation measure was done; hence we cannot travel with the corpses as they have already started decomposing. We have no other option than to take them to Awka and bury them there,” he said.

Natives of Anambra State and the South East, in general, have not also been spared by the IPOB terrorists who have been wreaking havoc for a long time amid agitation for secession.

The killing of the northerners was perpetrated by the outlawed group a few days after the discovery of the head of an Anambra State lawmaker who was abducted by the terrorists.

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