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IPOB tackles Amnesty Int’l over killings in S’East

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned international human rights organisation, Amnesty International over allegation of being responsible for the killings in the South East.

The group said the allegation by AI was unfounded and unsubstantiated, insisting that the statement credited to Amnesty International was very disappointing for a group of that standing.

In a statement by the spokesperson of IPOB, Emma Powerful, the group said: “It is baffling that a reputable global organisation like Amnesty International will condescend into making statements without investigations. How did Amnesty International arrive at its conclusion that IPOB is responsible for the killings in South East?

“In case Amnesty International has forgotten, let it be reminded that IPOB had suspended its earlier order for Ghost Mondays before hooligans sponsorsed by politicians hijacked the exercise to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens under the guise of enforcing the suspended order just to implicate IPOB and we still stand by that order and decision that Monday sit at home has been suspended.”

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The group said anybody purporting to enforce Sit-At-Home on Monday was not from IPOB, and that last week’s murder because of enforcement of sit at home by angry mob in Mbaise Imo State was not by IPOB family members, insisting that Amnesty International must verify information before making pronouncements to the public.

IPOB also said that Amnesty International was not aware that Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State has accused his fellow South East governors of sponsoring the killings in his state.

He said: “How will it be IPOB that is behind the killings and the governor with all the intelligence at his disposal will still be pointing accusing fingers at his fellow governors? Or is Amnesty International suggesting that South East governors are now members and sponsors of IPOB?

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IPOB tackles Amnesty Int’l over killings in S’East

“Why is Amnesty International beginning to drift away from its respected position as fearless Rights defender? We understand its predicament having come under fire and pressure by the oppressive Fulani controlled federal government of Nigeria over its critical stance against the government’s excesses. But it’s not enough to jolt the reputable organization into making unsubstantiated utterances.

“Amnesty International were you not seeing the numerous attacks and killings going on in Awka Etiti Community, how Nigeria army murdered brother and sister who were coming back from mortuary where they deposited the lifeless body of their mother, Nigeria security agents shot them dead and one innocent young man at Izombe Community who stood at the front of his compound was murdered today by Nigeria army and burnt his house at Izombe village in Oguta LGA Imo State.

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“Nigeria Army burnt down more than 50 houses and property worth of #500m at Izombe Community in Oguta LGA, Amnesty International never seen the barbarity going on in Imo State now, they will come out and talk unsubstantiated statement about IPOB that we are behind the killings and attacks going on in South East. Nigeria army burning properties in that area, IPOB will never succumb to their threat because we knew that they are not Nigeria army but fulani jihadists soldiers disguised as Nigeria army and they are here for mission we know their antics.”

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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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