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Police arrest 25 in raid on Uwazuruike’s house

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A detachment of policemen from the Imo State police command early on Sunday stormed the house of the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and allegedly arrested over 25 members of the group on guard duty.

The policemen said to be combat-ready arrived at the MASSOB leader’s premises in over 10 Hilux vans. A MASSOB member, who did not want his name mentioned, told our correspondent that the policemen had condoned off the house of their leader and adjoining buildings, as they arrested all their members on duty, who were not armed.

He said the policemen had contemplated breaking into Uwazuruike’s house, but that their leader advised against it, say-ing that he was convinced that the MASSOB leader was not at home.

MASSOB’s Assistant National Director of Information, Comrade Sunny Okereafor, alleged that the mission of the police was to assassinate the MASSOB leader in order to instigate crisis in the zone, wondering why armed policemen would storm the House at an ungodly hour of 1.45am, if not to kill him.

“The mission of the Nigeria Police that stormed the house of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike leader of MASSOB at 1.45am, heavily armed was just to assassinate him in order to make the South-East ungovernable, which the Hausa/Fulani-led Nigerian government will use as an excuse to invade the region.

Continuing, he said: “Armed policemen rounded up our members and seized about 17 walkietalkies of those on duty, but no amount of intimidation from the Nigerian authorities can make us abandon the struggle for the actualisation of the Biafra nation.”

Okereafor, who demanded the immediate release of their detained members, warned that the Nigeria authorities should not push the movement to the wall.

When contacted, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, said the police only arrested five members of the movement, who were protesting and chanting anti-establishment songs and not 50 members as claimed.

The Imo police chief equally denied seizing over 17 walkie-talkies from those arrested, saying that nothing was seized from the five members that were arrested by his men.

“You know that Uwazuruike and his movement thrive on propaganda. We arrested only five members who were protesting and chanting inciting songs against the Nigerian government, but if he claims that 25 of his members were arrested, I challenge him to mention their names.

And I can also tell you categorically that nothing was seized from those arrested, so their claims were false.”

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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