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MASSOB insists on September 13 celebration

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Despite police clampdown, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) has declared there is no going back on the September 13 Biafran Day celebration across Igboland.

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered the immediate arrest of any person or group inciting violence and social disorder across the country.

Ebonyi South Zonal Leader of MASSOB, Mr. John Nwifuru told newsmen in Abakaliki yesterday, that the movement would not be dissuaded or cowed by various federal might which he said were all aimed at intimidating them to abandon the struggle.

He warned there could be reprisal on the side of MASSOB if the Federal Government did not stop further attack and intimidation of their leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and members of MASSOB.

But Arase explained that there is an operational order that empowers the police to arrest anybody fomenting any act of violence or disorder, or any act inimical to the security of the nation.

He said: “So far the following arrest have been made; Anambra State – four ; Imo – six ; Delta – 11 and Abia – one.”

The IGP further warned that persons so arrested for inciting violence, irrespective of their class or status in the society would be charged to court accordingly.

Meanwhile, scores of members of the movement, on Tuesday staged a protest in Warri, demanding for the unconditional release of their leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and over 20 members of the body arrested Sunday in Owerri Imo State by security operatives.

The embittered members who marched through some streets in warri metropolis, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the matter before it gets out of hand.

The protesters who carried placards with several inscriptions “Release our leader (Uwazuruike) and 20 other members arrested along with him”, We are a non-violent group, rather, we are fighting for our right peacefully”,

“We detest oppression”, Buhari should intervene in the matter to save an imminent unpleasant situation”.
Addressing newsmen later, leader of the protesters, Joseph Odikpo, condemned the arrest of their members and alleged that they  have been taken to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, an Asaba Magistrate Court, Delta State yesterday, remanded 11 suspected members of the movement  in prison custody till October 23.

The accused persons were arraigned on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, taking arms against government, treasonable felony, unlawful society and publishing rumor to cause false alarm.

Their plea was not taken when the charges were read before the case was adjourned to October 23.

The court directed that the case file should be sent to the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice.

Spokesperson of Delta State Police Command, DSP Celestina Kalu said the 11 accused persons were the ring leaders of the unlawful group, adding that other suspects including women and children were cautioned and released.

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DHQ clarifies identities of arrested Owo church attack suspects

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Irabor Orders Troops to Smoke Out Unrepentant Bandits

The Defence Headquarters Wednesday gave details of the suspects arrested in connection with the June 5 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church Owo in Ondo State.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, had on Tuesday during a parley with media executives and editors revealed the names of the terrorists who masterminded the Owo attack.

Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, in a statement yesterday, said the clarification became necessary because of the conflicting feedback on the earlier announcement.

Akpor said Irabor had confirmed the arrest of four suspects through the collaborative efforts of the military and DSS personnel at Eika, in Okehi Local Government Area, Kogi on Aug. 1.

“Those arrested included Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.k.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal”

“The Defence Chief said, preliminary investigation revealed that Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza was the mastermind of the terror attack on the Owo Catholic Church.

“As well as the attack on a Police Station in Adavi Local Government Area, Kogi State on 23 June 2022, during which a policeman was killed and weapons carted away,” he said.

Akpor said Irabor also mentioned the arrest of another terrorist, Idris Ojo, aged 32, who was apprehended at Ayetoro Osi, Ondo State through the combined effort of military and DSS personnel on August 7. 

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Pope not against my appointment as DG of Tinubu’s campaign – Lalong

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Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization, Simon Lalong, says he will not resign as the party DG campaign organisation.

Mr Lalong said that even Pope is not opposed to his appointment

Mr Lalong, who is also the Governor of Plateau, an ardent Catholic, said the Pope had not told him that accepting to lead the Muslim-Muslim APC presidential ticket was against the tenets of Christianity.

Some groups had staged rallies in Abuja, calling on Mr Lalong to reject the offer to serve as the DG of APC presidential campaign organisation.

However, the governor said he would not reject his new appointment just to satisfy the wishes of certain individuals or groups.

”The Pope is not angry with my decision to be the DG of the Muslim-Muslim presidential campaign.

“I came back home and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) welcomed me at the airport.

”The next day I addressed stakeholders of Plateau and I told them why I’m accepting and then there was jubilation, all of them accepted.

“So, if you see people talking about me rejecting, I have already accepted – is not an issue. Some of them have already keyed into it – I’m a Christian. If you watch my TVC interview I saw, I was born a Catholic, baptized a catholic, confirmed a catholic.

“Today, I went through missionary schools. I was taught by missions that I respect my being a Christian.

“I have been given the highest award by the Pope, I still hold that award – the highest Papal Award, I want people to know, Knight of Saint Gregory the Great, I have it and one day if you want I will wear my uniform and come here. So those who are talking about it I don’t even know where they are.

“I hold a Papal Knight and as a catholic everything we do, we do it and send the advice to the Pope.

“The Pope has not told me that what I’m doing (to accept Director General) is bad – As a catholic, we take that direction.

“But, generally as a governor of a State, I’m not responsible to only my faith. I’m responsible to other people who belong to other faiths, who are not even Muslims or Christians’’

He urged Nigerians to grow up from ethnic or religious sentiments.

Mr Lalong said that he had already accepted the job and there was nothing anybody could do to dissuade him from performing his responsibilities.

Mr Lalong said he was in the Presidential Villa to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the University of Jos as a national cancer centre as well as granting presidential pardon to the former Governor of the state, Joshua Dariye.

According to him, the people of the state will remain grateful to the president for delivering a lot of democratic dividends to the State.

“My visit to the President is to come and show him appreciation because of what he has done for Plateau State in the last few months.

”Just a week or two ago, we just got approval to make the University of Jos a Cancer Centre.

“I saw over N3 billion approved for the institution as a special centre for cancer. So, it’s not a small achievement.

“Recently, the President approved the establishment of an orthopaedic hospital in Jos, Plateau; the only one in North-Central.

“He also approved the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre in Wase. Another one is the Federal Polytechnic Shendam, which is almost starting this year in October to be precise.

“The president has also approved the conversion of the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, to a Federal University of Education and immediately approved the establishment of another Federal college of Education in the State.

“We were just celebrating that one then we also heard of the establishment of a Zonal campus of the Nigerian Law School for North-Central in Jos.

“We cannot have all these achievements and not come and show appreciation to the President,” he said. 

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PHOTOS: Oluwo of Iwo visits Olubadan

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The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, on Wednesday visited Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Olalekan Balogun Okunmade Alliwo II.

Oluwo said his visit was symbolic as he has a maternally relationship with the Alliwo Lineage, the source of Olubadan.

Oba Akanbi is maternally related to the Alliwo Compound where he was said to have lived for many years.

Oba Akanbi described the visit as a friendly father and son meeting.

He prayed for a successful reign for Oba Olalekan Balogun Okunmade

Here are pictures of the visit:

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