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Those arrested by police with AK-47 riffles are not our members, says IPOB

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Those arrested by police with AK-47 riffles are not our members, says IPOB

Barely 24 hours after Nigeria Police announced that members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were arrested with AK-47 rifles in Delta state, the proscribed group has come out to deny the report.

The denial was contained in a statement released by the IPOB Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful while reacting to the arrest.

Mr Emma Powerful stated that those arrested were not members of the organization.

He said: “It has come to the notice of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, though not by surprise, claims by the Nigeria Police that some persons allegedly arrested with AK-47 riffles in Delta State are IPOB members.

“We do not need to dissipate energy trying to prove our innocence because we already know the antecedents of the Nigeria Security agencies and their bitterness towards us, however, we wish to put the record straight for the sake of the gullible, and perhaps innocent Biafrans the security agents want to hang or waste unjustifiably by branding them IPOB members.

“The fact remains that our non-violent philosophy in our quest to restore Biafra Republic has not changed, and any time we feel like changing that position we shall make it open and also tell the world our next strategy.

“Our Leader, Nnamdi Kanu has continuously made it clear that Biafra will be actualised without firing a shot. And for now, that position has not changed.

“IPOB remains a peaceful movement seeking to restore Biafra without violence. We are not into any arms struggle. If we were to pick up arms against the Nigeria government, thousands of our members killed in cold blood by Nigerian security agents would have defended themselves instead of dying like sacrificial lambs.”

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The statement continues: “If at all any person (s) were arrested with AK-47 in Delta State, those who arrested them should try to establish their true identity. No IPOB family member bears arms for any reason. We know of course that this will not be the first time the Nigerian security agencies will arrest people with or without gun, claim they had guns and try to link them with IPOB all in their desperation to disrepute an unarmed and a peaceful movement.

“Our global record speaks for us. IPOB has never been associated with violence or arms struggle anywhere in the world. The world is today listening to us because it is a proven and incontrovertible fact that we are not violent despite being wrongly tagged terrorist organisation by the Nigeria Government to stop us.

“We, therefore, want to advise Nigeria Security agencies to stop making jest of themselves by trying to associate IPOB with violence. They should try another tact because this one can never fly. Come to think of it, if IPOB were to be armed, what shall we be doing with 13 AK-47?

“If we need to fight with guns and bullets we know where to go for it and get the quantity we need. But we do not need arms and ammunition to achieve Biafra. Nigeria has already been dismantled through the consistent expositions of our great Leader. What remains is the burial of the expired British contraption which will soon take place at the end of the global coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s very shameful that instead of fishing out the killer Fulani herdsmen slaughtering Biafrans in their homes and farms with AK47, the hypocritical Nigeria Security agencies are rather looking for ways to present the innocent people as killers. If the oppressed peoples who the Nigeria security agents have refused to protect against rampaging Fulani herdsmen decided to take their destinies in their hands by perhaps disarming their invaders, they should not link them with IPOB.

“For the umpteenth time, we wish to restate that IPOB is a peaceful movement. Those arrested in Delta with guns are not our members. Again, the suspects should not be tagged IPOB members just to prove a non-existent point. The world is watching. And all the atrocities against innocent Biafrans will one day be accounted for.”

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I was kidnapped by herdsmen, gang-raped, offered blood to drink as water, lady shares tragic story

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Twenty-five-year-old who was kidnapped by suspected herdsmen in the Isa-Ogwashi-Uku area of Delta state, gang-raped and forced to drink the blood of another victim as water, while in her captors’ den has shared her tragic story.

According to the lady identified as Victoria Okocha, she left her home town in Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government of the state last Friday, July 10, and was heading for Asaba, the state’s capital.

She had boarded a bus and while in transit, they sighted a fallen tree across the road at Isa-Ogwashi.

Presuming that the fallen tree was as a result of the heavy downpour the previous day, the driver kept moving towards the direction of the tree until they discovered too late that it was used to barricade the way.

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”By the time the driver attempted to reverse, it was too late as a man armed with a cutlass, hit his side window in an attempt to drag him out of the vehicle. Passengers hurriedly jumped out and ran into the bush in different directions. But I was unlucky because I had cramps and fell. Another one got hold of me and dragged me into the bush, while the driver who was inflicted with matchet cuts managed to escape.

They took me far into the bush and demanded N20 million ransom. When I told them my family could not afford that amount because we are poor, they threatened to cut my breasts and plucked out my eyeballs from their sockets if they did not get the amount. They were five in number and spoke in Fulani dialect. Only one of them could speak English. I was blindfolded and had my hands tied. Five of them took turns to rape me that night.

When they contacted one of my relatives, Afamefune, he begged that they reduce the amount and they agreed to reduce it to N5 million. I stayed with them for two days before my people could raise some money which was dropped at a designated place. They also collected N2000 out of the N3000 cash I had in my bag.

In my weak state, I begged them to give me some water to drink and they offered me blood. The blood was that of a lady they kidnapped and murdered while I was there. They also drank out of the blood.

Leader of the gang, who could speak English, told me that their intention was also to kill me because my family did not give them a reasonable amount. But he intervened by sending other members away and told me to run away, showing me the direction to take. I was able to locate the road, where I saw a vehicle that was heading towards the direction of my village” she said

The victim said her family members informed the state police about the incident.

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The state police command is yet to react to the incident but sources in the command said the command is working to end the alarming rate of kidnap cases in the state.

 

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60-year-old man who allegedly defiled nine-year-old girl arrested in Anambra

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A 60-year-old man who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl has been arrested by the Anambra State Police Command.

Newsmen learnt that the suspect, identified as Okafor Ndubuisi who is a resident of Sun Rise Estates Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi LGA of Anambra State was accused of defiling the minor on different occasions.

The suspect, Ndubuisi was arrested at about 2:30 pm on Sunday, July 12, following a tip-off.

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Reacting to the sad incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed said the Commissioner of Police, John Abang has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Awka for discreet investigation after which suspect would be charged to court for prosecution.

The statement read;

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On the 12/7/2020 at about 2:30: pm following a tip-off, Police operatives attached 3-3 Division arrested one Okafor Ndubuisi ‘m’ aged 60years of Sun Rise Estates Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi LGA of Anambra State.

The suspect had on the same date and on different occasions allegedly defiled a 9 years old girl in his room. The scene was visited by police detectives and the victim taken to the hospital for medical examination.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police *CP John B.Abang, fdc* has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Awka for discreet investigation after which suspect would be charged to court for prosecution, please.

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Ten Nigerian pirates arraigned for hijacking Chinese ship

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Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) have arraigned 10 suspected Nigerian pirates to court for hijacking a Chinese fishing vessel, FV Hai Lu Feng II in international waters off Cote D’Ivoire.

The suspects identified as Frank Abaka, Jude Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adekole Philip, Matthew Masi and Bright Agbedeyi were arraigned on Monday, July 13.

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Prosecution counsel Laraban Magaji said the incident which occurred in May this year, violated Section 3 of Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act, 2019 and was punishment under Section 2 of the same Act.

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Magaji said;

“While armed with weapons, committed an illegal act of violence against the crew on board FV Hai Lu Feng II belonging to Haina Fishing Company by putting them in fear in order to take control of the vessel.”

The defendants who pleaded not guilty were subsequently remanded in the Nigerian Navy’s custody. The case was adjourned till July 15, 2020, for the hearing of the defendants’ bail applications and commencement of trial.

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