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IPOB plans Biafran anthem, vows to hunt down traitors

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced a ban on Fulani cows in the South-East region with effect from April.

In a statement on Tuesday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, the group advised those in the animal husbandry business in the region to switch over to the native cow without delay.

The statement also quoted Powerful as saying that henceforth, reciting of the Nigeria National Anthem in schools in the region would be stopped.

IPOB, however, did not give any timeline as to when the ban on the National Anthem recitation would take effect.

The statement read in part, “We want every school to start reading the Biafra anthem and soon every school is going to receive copies of the Biafra national anthem, because Biafra is coming and nothing will stop it.

“The 30th of May every year will be celebrated as the independence anniversary day of Biafra and nothing will stop that; Biafrans must obey to this order for our freedom.

“Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, must be released. Nigeria cannot be releasing bandits and terrorists, but keep freedom seekers behind bars perpetually; it’s an error.”

Powerful, who was silent on the measures to take to enforce compliance, said any school found to be disobeying the order would regret its action.

“We are also warning traitors to stay off our territory, because it won’t be easy for them this time because 2022 will be a hunt down year for them,” he added.

IPOB also denied reports that the Eastern Security Network was involved in the recent killings and kidnapping in the South-East region.

Powerful also said the ESN operatives were not the ones who besieged the palace of Eze Emmanuel Okeke in Amaifeke, Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

He said in a separate statement, “It is true that we criticise some traitors among our people, including politicians, traditional rulers, presidents-general and even fake religious leaders. Our condemnation of their unpatriotic actions against Biafra has not got to the level of going after any of them.

“Maybe, very soon, the group of people behind the bloodletting in our land will start going after religious leaders and blame their abominable act on IPOB and the ESN.

“For the umpteenth time, IPOB and the ESN have no hands in the spate of killings and abductions in any part of Biafra land. Such barbarity is not part of our mandate.

“The security agencies and their criminal recruits are behind it in their desperation to demonise IPOB. The recent confession by Senator Rochas Okorocha has vindicated us. Some wicked people in power in collaboration with the security agencies are the masterminds of the insecurity in our land.

“There is a report that the security agents repelled the ESN operatives who allegedly besieged the palace of Eze Emmanuel Eze Okeke of Amaifeke in Orlu LGA Imo State. This is another blatant lie from the pit of hell. IPOB/ESN operatives have no issues with traditional rulers in Biafraland, but the Nigerian Army and the police are trying to create the wrong impression that we are hunting the monarchs.”

He also stated that some governors had started using the Ebubeagu security outfit to kill and burn down property belonging to their political opponents, adding that they must be made to account for the atrocities.

The statement added, “Any state in Biafra territory operating with the Ebubeagu security must consider itself the enemy of the people, because Ebubeagu is now raping our women and claiming it is soldiers from the North. How could the so called Ebubeagu security outfit decide to be raping our mothers and sisters and think they are our people?

“If they are truly Igbo people, they won’t tamper with our ladies for any reason, but they will focus on pursuing terrorist herdsmen terrorising our people in the bushes and forests. But because these bunch of criminals know that they are not Igbo that is why they will do whatever they like to humiliate our women in the name of security.”

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Reps Committees probes identities of contractors involved in N18.9b bush clearing contracts

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The Public Account Committee of the House of Representatives, PAC on Wednesday, resolved to unmask the real identities of the owners of the companies which took contracts valued the sum of N18.9 billion from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for clearing of bushes, land preparation, rehabilitation of soil plant lab and others during the last COVID-19 lockdown of the country.

The resolution followed the appearance of representatives of two of the 20 affected companies at the resumed investigative hearing of the Committee on queries to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs of the federal government by the Office of Auditor General of the Federation.

The affected companies are: Easy Construction Company LTD and NUKAAG VENTURES LTD respectively while the remaining 18 companies failed to show up.

The Committee being chaired by Hon Wole Oke (PDP-OSUN) said that the two representatives of the Companies (Johnson Philip and Taiwo Idowu), were of the Managerial cadre and as such not competent to appear before the Committee going by the Rules of the House.

Responding to a question posed by the Chairman of the Committee on whether they were familiar with the submission submitted to the Committee on the award and execution of the contractors so as not to mislead it, they both said no.

Consequently, the Committee directed the duo to leave immediately and directed that the Managing Directors or Chairmen of the companies should personally appear before it and speak to the submission before the Committee.

In addition, Hon Oke directed the Clerk of the Committee to write to the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC to furnish the Committee, the detailed information of the affected 20 companies, including year of incorporation, Corporate offices, names of the owners, shareholders amongst others.

According to him, “we are not concerned about who won the contracts, what we are after is to deter value for money paid out and the sites of the projects, and we will carry that mission to the latter.

“The Clerk should also write the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, to furnish the Committee about the financial status of the companies.

Hon Oke assured that the Committee would carry out a diligent investigation into the matter as it was interested in finding out the location of the projects and the significance of such projects to the country.

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Blackout looms as IKEDC stops operations

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The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEC) has announced a shutdown of operations following the issues between the National Union of Electricity Employees and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TUC).

In a statement on Wednesday via its verified Twitter handle, @IkejaElectric, the Disco announced the shutdown of operations.

The statement read partly, “Due to the ongoing nationwide picketing of Transmission Stations by the NUEE, we are currently experiencing disruption of power supply as most stations within our network have been shut down.

“Kindly bear with us as we await an amicable resolution by the relevant stakeholders.”

Organised labour had on Tuesday directed workers in the power sector to shutdown and commence an indefinite strike over pending issues with the TCN.

The aggrieved workers under the aegis of the NUEE were at the Abuja national headquarters of the TCN Tuesday as a prelude to the proposed strike.

The union noted that the strike was in protest of a directive by the TCN Board mandating all PMs in acting capacity going to the Annual General Meeting to appear for promotional interviews.

In a circular titled, ‘Call to Action,’ which was addressed to senior assistant general secretaries and zonal organising secretaries, dated August 15, 2022, the General Secretary of the NUEE, Joe Ajaero, directed electricity workers to ensure total compliance, vowing to paralyse operations of the TCN nationwide over anti-masses activities.

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Electricity workers’ strike throws South-East into blackout

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Power distribution has been halted completely in the entire South-East States.

This follows the industrial action embarked upon by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) power stations.

The development threw the five South-East States into a total blackout, Wednesday afternoon.

Emeka Ezeh, Head Corporate Communications, EEDC, confirmed that that operations across the franchise area of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) have been disrupted.

He said, “as a result of this development all our feeders are out of supply and this has affected supply to our esteemed customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.

“Consultations are ongoing among critical stakeholders in the power sector to address this issue and possibly restore supply.

“The Management of EEDC hereby encourage customers and neighbourhood associations to be vigilant and protect the electrical installations within their environment against elements who might take advantage of this outage to vandalise these installations.”

“We, therefore, appeal for continued patience and understanding while this is resolved,” he noted.

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