The Federal Government has opened up on how it has cut down the agitating members of the Indigenous People of Biafra down to size.
The Nigerian Government says the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, has been cut down to size, adding that with its proscription by the South-East governors, the group is already running out of oxygen.
According to Punch Metro, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this during a chat with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Mohammed said IPOB had metamorphosed into a band of thugs and had perpetrated several acts of violence which no reasonable government in the world could condone.
He said, “Let me state clearly that it is within the rights of individuals or groups to seek self-determination. But this pursuit has to be non-violent. Where any group crosses the line by engaging in violence, it risks being cut to size and that’s exactly what has happened to IPOB.
“I am not interested in the semantics or legality of troop’s deployment or the proscription of IPOB. All I know is that IPOB has engaged in terrorist activities such as: Setting up parallel military and paramilitary organisations, clashing with the national army and attempting to seize rifles from soldiers, using weapons such as machetes, molotov cocktails and sticks and mounting roadblocks to extort money from people, among others.
“To those who have engaged in semantics or legality, I ask: Which country in the world will tolerate those activities I have listed above? Which national army will look the other way when it is being attacked by a band of thugs?”
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Today, Federal High Court in Abuja granted an order filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, declaring the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as “acts of terrorism and illegality.”
The order also proscribed the existence of IPOB throughout Nigeria, with particular attention paid to the South-East and South-South regions.
The approval of the AGF’s motion came after the Nigerian military backtracked and insisted that it had not declared IPOB a terrorist organization.
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Marcus Rashford scored twice as holders Manchester United overpowered Burton Albion at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Championship Burton made nine changes and were 1-0 down when Rashford dinked the ball over keeper Connor Ripley.
England forward Rashford made it 2-0 with a 20-yard finish before Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot found the net.
Anthony Martial added the fourth from a Rashford assist, Lloyd Dyer scoring a stoppage time consolation.
Who was your man of match???
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A corps member was yesterday laid to rest.
The late corps member, identified as Uduebor Johnson, was said to have died in a boat mishap after drowning.. This was because he was not putting on his life jacket.
According to his friend, identified as Nelson Osemudiamhen Arebanmhen, revealed that he was just a month away from completing his programme.
I’m pained dat my paddy is no more. Just one month to complete d Nysc scheme and death snatched u away.
Rip Uduebor Johnson keep resting till we meet again. Biochemistry class of 2015 missed u.
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Arsenal moved into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup as Theo Walcott’s first-half goal saw off League One Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners, who made 11 changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, hit the crossbar early on through Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick.
But Walcott put the hosts ahead when he collected Alexis Sanchez’s cross-field pass and dinked a shot over Ian Lawlor.
Doncaster’s Matty Blair headed against the bar late on, but Arsenal advanced.
Who was your man of match??
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Michy Batshuayi scored a hat-trick as Chelsea eased past Championship side Nottingham Forest to book a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Brazilian winger Kenedy tapped home to make it 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Forest were overpowered, Belgium striker Batshuayi doubling the lead before Charly Musonda made it 3-0.
Batshuayi added a fourth before completing his hat-trick on 86 minutes, Tendayi Darikwa scoring a late consolation for Forest.
Chelsea could even afford the luxury of giving former Exeter City defender Ethan Ampadu, who has only just turned 17, his debut in the 55th minute.
Who was your man of match??
Atletico Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano stadium will host the 2019 Champions League final.
Atletico played their first league game in the 67,000-capacity venue when they beat Malaga 1-0 on 17 September.
The 2019 Europa League final will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, while Budapest in Hungary will host the Women’s Champions League final.
Istanbul’s Besiktas Stadium will stage the 2019 Uefa Super Cup.
Madrid will become only the second city to have held five or more European Cup finals after London – Real’s Bernabeu Stadium hosted the finals in 1957, 1969, 1980 and 2010.
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Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau has denied reports of threatening to kill the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Dambazzau, in a statement obtained by PoliticsNGR, signed by his press secretary, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, the report which was reportedly published by several online news medium, was False. The statement read;
“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt General (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, has been drawn to a fabricated, malicious, ridiculous and false report posted on Linda Ikeji’s blog and other social media platforms, in which the Minister is falsely accused of threatening to kill Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB.
The statement which reads in parts “if we can imprison Awolowo, killed Ken Saro –Wiwa, murdered Abiola and his wife without Nigeria breaking apart, we are moving to kill Nnamdi Kanu” attributed to the Interior Minister is untrue and quite unfortunate, because the perpetrators of the falsehood and gross innuendoes ought to know that Gen Dambazau (Rtd), a former Chief of Army Staff and a renowned, seasoned security expert with over 30 years PhD degree in criminology cannot conceive such ideals, nor take the credit for such.
It will also interest the perpetrators of this ungodly accusation to note that Dambazau is a Fellow at Harvard University, senior Fellow at Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, University of Massachusetts and Chairman, University Advancement Center, University of Ibadan.
He is also a Fellow and Member, Board of Trustees, Society for Peace Studies and Practice, and also Visiting Professor, Strategic Studies, Igbinedion University, Okada Edo State among others.
I therefore admonish the authors of this misleading publication to juxtapose the above mentioned intellectual prowess of General Dambazau (Rtd) with his untainted Military record while in service and see if they will not come to repentance, for laying such weighty allegations against the Interior Minister.
The Interior Minister who is currently on President Muhammadu Buhari’s entourage to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in the United States of America, where the Nigerian President has brilliantly articulated Nigeria’s commitment to peace and stability in Nigeria, Africa and the World at large, urges well meaning Nigerians to disregard the ill intention statement.
The perpetrators of the malicious statements are out to cause disaffection, disunity and insecurity while creating public unrest, detrimental to the well-being of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the Country. He therefore called on Nigerians to disregard their antics, as government is committed to the good and prosperity of every Nigerian.”
Nigeria’s minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that Nigeria would have been in crisis if President Buhari was ‘Overly concerned’ about the legality of ‘Operation python Dance’.
Mohammed, while speaking to Statehouse correspondents on Wednesday had this to said that President Buhari’s ‘intervention’ saved the country from collapse. In his words;
“Before I proceed, let me state clearly that it is within the rights of individuals or groups to seek self-determination. But this pursuit has to be non-violent. Where any group crosses the line by engaging in violence, it risks being cut to size. And that’s exactly what has happened to IPOB,” he said.
“I am not interested in the semantics or legality of troop deployment or the proscription of IPOB. All I know is that IPOB has engaged in terrorist activities, viz: setting up parallel military and paramilitary organizations, clashing with the national army and attempting to seize rifles from soldiers, using weapons such as machetes, Molotov cocktails and sticks and mounting roadblocks to extort money from people, among others.
“To those who have engaged in semantics or legality, I ask: Which country in the world will tolerate those activities I have listed above? Which national army will look the other way when it is being attacked by a band of thugs?”.
The minister also revealed that President Buhari has authorized the proscription of IPOB. It will be recalled that the president approved the deployment of troops to the south-east under ‘Operation Python Dance II’ where they clashed with members of the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB).
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