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Chiwetalu: Military operation is targeted at Biafra supporters – Kanu’s lawyer

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Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel for detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that the aim of the ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’ recently launched by the Nigerian Army in the South-East is to “whisk away” prominent supporters of the Biafran struggle.

The lawyer also condemned the “inhumane treatment and degradation” of veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu, by security agencies, saying the actor has not been granted access to his lawyers.

Ejiofor demanded the immediate release of Agu from the custody of the Department of State Services, saying Igbo lawyers “shall take appropriate steps permissible under our laws, to ensure that such occurrence is nipped in the bud.”

The PUNCH had earlier reported that soldiers on Thursday arrested the actor around Upper Iweka Bridge in Onitsha for wearing an outfit with Biafra inscriptions.

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The Army in a statement had said that the actor was arrested “while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.”

Chiwetalu: Military operation is targeted at Biafra supporters – Kanu’s lawyer

The Army had also said the actor “dressed in a very well-known attire of the proscribed group”, adding that he was being questioned.

In a viral video, Agu had denied the allegations, saying his attire was a civil dress with an image of a rising sun and not Biafra.

“I was sharing 10,000 worth of bread when he (soldier) came, no campaign, nobody was doing any demonstration or carrying people along. Even people who were hawking, I was giving them bread,” the actor had added.

The Army subsequently handed over the actor to the DSS on Friday.

DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya, who confirmed that Agu is in the custody of the secret police, said the law would take its full course.

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Reacting, however, in a statement on Saturday, the IPOB leader’s counsel condemned the arrest of the Nollywood actor, alleging that the true motive of ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’ launched on Monday by the 302 Artillery Regiment General Support in the South-East was being uncovered.

Ejiofor’s statement was titled, ‘Arrest of Chief Chiwetalu Agu by lawless Nigerian soldiers, release, and subsequent re-arrest by the operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and his continued illegal detention without access to his lawyers and relatives’.

“It is worthy to note that the suspected motives behind the real mission of these untamed soldiers who are presently occupying our land under the guise of ‘Operation Golden Dawn’ is being uncovered, and will be ultimately uncovered in the coming days,” he said.

“Hear it today, that this is another round of ‘Operation Python Dance’ in disguise. There is no illusion about this.

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“Intelligence available to us is irresistibly alluding to the fact that some prominent persons from this side of the divide, ostensibly those not in the good books of the Establishment are on the radar of these invaders, awaiting to be whisked away at any slightest opportunity, during this coded operation and under the guise of providing security.”

Ejiofor also said that he has intelligence advise to stay away from the South-East “pending when the dust settles because they can do and undo”.

He advised his “brothers and sisters” to be law-abiding and apply caution and restrain.

“Hence, I am most candidly advising our dear brothers and sisters to thread with utmost caution during this trying period. Please do not take any opportunity for granted, as these untamed men are here on a special mission,” he said.

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Tundun Abiola: I Pray They Dont Kill Kanu same Way They Killed My Dad

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Tundun Abiola, daughter of late politician and business mogul, late Chief MKO Abiola has decried the incarceration and pains the Department of State Services (DSS) inflicts on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Ms Abiola also begged Nigerians to desist from utterances that could aggravate Kanu’s sufferings adding that the Buhari administration was not different from a military regime the country experienced in the 1990s.

Tundun disclosed all these during an interview with AriseTV on Monday while responding to questions on how the pro-Biafra agitator had been subjected to solitary confinement as revealed by his lawyers last week.

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Tundun Abiola: I Pray They Dont Kill Kanu same Way They Killed My Dad

Tundun, a United Kingdom-trained lawyer said, “I have first-hand experience of this, and all I can say like this for Nnamdi Kanu is I hope he doesn’t go through this for four years as my father did. Four long years, that was his (Abiola) reality. And the next thing is that this report came out and would make the federal government look bad.

“The next thing is that they could stop people from seeing him at all. He would just be there all by himself, no access even to a doctor, to a lawyer, certainly, no family member there as he goes through all this.

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“I saw Nnamdi Kanu during his court appearance, as he was trying to put a brave face on things. You know men and their pride; he doesn’t want to show it. He doesn’t want to weaken people who really believe in him and support him. He was trying to look normal but what he’s going through is the exact opposite of normal.

“And it is just very sad, here we are in 2021 after my dad died for democracy, we’re still having this conversation in 2021 of somebody being treated appallingly like a kind of a serious killer. Under what circumstances should somebody be treated like this?

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“I mean really, Putting someone in solitary confinement is a kind of torture, putting him in a tiny cell is a form of torture. I mean this is sickening.”

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IPOB Vows To Deal With Distributors Of Mkpuru Mmiri In Southeast

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The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has vowed to go after distributors of methamphetamine, otherwise known as ‘mkpurummiri’ in the South-east.

It said it cannot allow peddlers of the illicit drug to destroy the future of the youths of the region.

The increase in consumption of the drug is said to be partly responsible for the recent violence and criminality in the region among the youths.

Some communities in the South-east recently declared war on distributors and consumers of the banned substance.

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A clip circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook showed some consumers and distributors of the drug being tied and flogged as punishment. They were eventually compelled to make a vow not to engage in the sales and consumption of the drug.

IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement, described the situation as “ugly and disturbing.”

He hailed the communities for taking action against the sales and consumption of hard drugs.

IPOB Vows To Deal With Distributors Of Mkpuru Mmiri In Southeast

Mr Powerful said the consumption of hard drugs by some Igbo youths was “very strange and completely unacceptable.”

“We won’t allow that to happen here in the region, we encourage every community to have departments to checkmate those selling and taking Mkpuru Mmiri.

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“IPOB hereby declares war against this nonsense. We shall go after those taking or distributing this harmful, illicit drug. Henceforth, anyone found peddling, consuming or in any way involved in the distribution of this illicit drug shall be decisively dealt with.

“Biafran youths are known for their enterprising spirit, entrepreneurship and diligence. IPOB will not allow evil men and unpatriotic elements to ruin or destroy the future of our youths with Mkpuru Mmiri.

“While we commend communities who have already risen to curb this evil, we solicit useful information about those behind the distribution of this illicit drug so we will teach them in the language they understand,” the IPOB spokesperson said.

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Don’t give-in to pressure to release of Nnamdi Kanu – CNG warns Buhari

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The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has rejected Igbo leaders call on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Igbo leaders had visited the president at Aso Rock on Friday, demanding that Kanu should be released.

Buhari, who described their request as heavy, had said he would consider it.

But CNG has described the request as an attempt to subvert the course of justice, saying those who made it should be treated as “accomplice and sponsors of the atrocities and crimes Kanu committed against humanity and the Nigerian state.”

At a press conference in Kano on Monday, spokesman of the coalition, Abdul-Azeen Suleiman, criticised Buhari’s response to Igbo leaders, saying “the North would hold Buhari responsible for the blood of its people unlawfully shed through the activities of Kanu in the event he succumbs to the Igbo pressure to release him.”

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Suleiman said the coalition on the ground research in the South East showed hat from 2017 to 2020, IPOB under the leadership of Kanu triggered the “killing of more than 1,230 northern Nigerians living in parts of the South East.

“Several millions worth of businesses, properties and valuable assets belonging to northerners and citizens of other regions were destroyed across the South eastern cities on the instructions of Nnamdu Kanu within the same period.”

The coalition said it observed that “the demand (by the Igbo elders) and Buhari’s disturbing promise to consider it without minding the number of soldiers, policemen and thousands of other innocent Nigerians already murdered and presently physically threatened by IPOB militants on the express orders of Kanu suggest a lack of sense of responsibility on the part of those in power.

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Don’t give-in to pressure to release of Nnamdi Kanu – CNG warns Buhari

“Buhari’s response to the Igbo leaders’ demand could also signal a dangerous endorsement of the amassing of the huge number of arms already imported by IPOB terrorists and their sponsors, which are already being used to cause mayhem across the country.”

“This has also further exposed the extent of complicity and docility of our clerics and other community leaders who were in the forefront of urging tolerance from northerners when they came under incessant attacks, but could not find the voice to speak today.”

Suleiman said the coalition, therefore, resolved among others that any attempt to release Kanu “will inadvertently reduce Nigeria to a completely lawless state where criminals of all shades will commit crimes against the country, and then ask their traditional rulers and other regional or tribal leaders to press for their release.”

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The coalition also warned Buhari to reclaim his statesmanship by “refusing to be cajoled into interfering with the standard principle of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary.

“Warn that the North would no longer remain idle when its people are deliberately targeted and massacred while the perpetrators are shielded by criminal tribal bigots who pose as leaders.

“Warn President Buhari that the North has today realized that he places more premium on the pursuit for votes and political popularity for his party, than he does for the sanctity of lives of northerners and security personnel who stake their lives and welfare of families in the service the nation.”

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