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IPOB berates Yoruba, Hausa over Kanu’s detention

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has flayed the West and the North for not condemning the detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The group in a statement credited to its spokesman, Emma Powerful stated that the Yoruba and the Hausa were not speaking against the injustice, saying that that was why God was angry with Nigeria. The group maintained that its leader committed no crime and should not suffer undeserved punishment.

The statement reads: “The indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide and the Directorate of State (DOS) want to use this medium to let Nigerians and the world understand that the leader of the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the director of Radio and Biafra television, Prophet Nnamdi Kanu, committed no crime against the government of Nigeria and her citizens.

“Nevertheless, the people of Arewa and Oduduwa nations that are supposed to condemn the illegal detention of mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the persecution of the people of Biafra, but refused to speak against it because it does not concern their people, will soon get to know how God works, and in no distant future they will hear the actual message from God with the plan he has for the people of Biafra.

“The arrest and the illegal detention of the leader of IPOB worldwide is the worst thing that can happen to Nigeria today, because it is Nnamdi Kanu’s anger that made God Almighty to be angry with the government and the country as well. “Nnamdi Kanu is a peaceful man that knows the law and how to use diplomatic way to get what he wants without shedding blood in the quest to restore God’s nation, Biafra.

“The quest for the restoration of the ancient nation of Biafra led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is now getting kudos from the people of northern and western Nigeria, mainly the northern Christians and some Muslims who believe in justice in this contraption called Nigeria.

“God Almighty (Chukwu Okike Abiama) creates nations not man. How can ordinary man come in from a far and join nations of different value system together with the consultation of our fathers you call it a country?

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Army withholds salaries of 45 soldiers in Borno

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Authorities of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, have withheld the salaries of 45 soldiers, according to sources.

The soldiers, who were among the 149 troops of the 153 Task Force Battalion withdrawn from Marte, Borno State, after spending three years in counterinsurgency operations, were accused of for abandoning their duty posts.

The battalion came under attack on three occasions during which several soldiers were killed while a range of weapons, equipment and vehicles were either carted away or destroyed.

The battalion was overhauled after the last attack in February.

A source said necessary changes were made and troops who served with the battalion were moved to different formations in Maiduguri before a new deployment was made.

“Some of the soldiers who were not seen at their new units were believed to have gone on AWOL (Absence Without Leave). Their salaries accounts were not credited in April,” he said.

But one of the affected soldiers said the allegation of desertion against them was untrue.

“We were not given our salaries and when we asked our supervisors in the 7 Division, we were shocked to hear that we had forfeited all our entitlements over desertion.”

Attempts to get the response of army authorities were not successful.

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EFCC goes after top officials of PDP over N10bn scandal

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The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has invited officials of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for questioning over alleged criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of funds and fraud.

This is coming barely a month after a chieftain in the PDP, Kazeem Afegbua, petitioned the anti-graft agency to scrutinise the Secondus-led National Working Committee on financial misappropriation.

In the letter of invitation dated May 17, 2021, and addressed to the Prince Uche Secondus, the EFCC said the need to obtain certain clarification from the party has become imperative.

The agency, however, requested the party’s National chairman to release the National Auditor, National Organising Secretary and Director of Finance to report at the EFCC headquarters from May 19th to 21st 2021.

The agency also requested the national officers to honor the invitation with relevant documents relating to sole of forms into the party’s elective positions from January 2017 to date.

Kazeem had in his petition alleged that much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus has been shrouded in mystery, accusing the leadership of deliberate attempt to shortchange the party in the build up to the 2023 general elections.

However, Secondus had since denied the allegation and filed a N1 billion suit against the petitioner, Kazeem Afegbua.

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Nigeria’s drug control agency approves new COVID-19 vaccine

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has granted approval for the conditional emergency use of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is the third vaccine recommended for administration in the country.

The director-general of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojiola Adeyeye, in a statement on Tuesday, said information on the vaccine shows it met the criteria for efficacy, safety and quality.

She said, “The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a single dose. Results from a clinical trial involving people in the United States, South Africa and Latin American countries found that Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was effective at preventing COVID-19 in people from 18 years of age.

“The Phase III clinical trial involved over 44,000 people. Half received a single dose of the vaccine and half were given placebo (a dummy injection). People did not know if they had been given Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine or placebo.

According to her, the trial showed a 67 per cent reduction in the number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases after two weeks in people who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

The most commonly reported side effects were pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle aches and nausea. Most of these side effects were mild to moderate in severity and lasted 1-2 days.

On the vaccine safety, Adeyeye said NAFDAC, in line with its pharmacovigilance and safety monitoring plan for COVID-19 vaccines, will closely monitor and subject the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to several activities that apply specifically to COVID-19 vaccines.

The AstraZeneca vaccine which Nigeria has been giving out has garnered many sceptics internationally after some recipients of the vaccine died.

At least 16 countries including Germany, France and Sweden have suspended the use of AstraZeneca, which put on the Nigerian government to suspend it.

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