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‘It is a Lie”- IPOB Denies Plans to Attack Lagos
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‘It is a Lie”- IPOB Denies Plans to Attack Lagos

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied claims that its members are planning to attack Lagos State. On Monday, May 10, the Lagos state police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu at a security meeting with the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the command has received intelligence that some members of the secessionist group were planning to attack the state as some of the members have done in some states in the South-South and South-East regions. “The threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos is equally being put on the radar of the command intelligence gathering and other security services in the State. Strategies are being put in place to neutralise their activities. The Command is using this medium to solicit the support of all and sundry to be vigilant at all t...
Biafra group, Cameroon forces exchange gunfire at Bakassi Peninsula
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Biafra group, Cameroon forces exchange gunfire at Bakassi Peninsula

Biafra Nations League, BNL and a troop of the Cameroon Brigade d’Intervention Rapide, BIR, were on Saturday engaged in a fierce gun battle at Isangele, Bakassi Peninsula area. The gunbattle reportedly left some members of the BIR dead. The BNL Chief Head of Operations, Henry Edet, confirmed the attack in a brief statement saying, “Militant group loyal to BNL and Cameroon forces exchanged fire in Isangele, Bakassi Peninsula.” He claimed the “Two Cameroon BIR dropped dead during an exchange of gunfire in Bakassi Peninsula.” Recall that the BNL had recently revealed its plans to completely shut down the Gulf of Guinea, threatening to hoist the Biafran flag. The group said it would carry out its threat of hoisting the Biafran flags in Bakassi Peninsula to mark the Biafra Day mem...
Bandits are our Children, we Should Empower them – Gov Umahi
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Bandits are our Children, we Should Empower them – Gov Umahi

Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, has reportedly called for the empowerment of bandits saying that they are '‘our children’' and need to be looked after as well. PM news reports that the governor said this during the presentation of 40 Toyota Sienna vehicles and 20 Hilux vans to security agencies for enhanced operations in the state on Friday, April 30. At the ceremony, the governor declared his intention to negotiate with bandits to ascertain their grievances and the way forward. The governor directed local government chairmen and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to identify the bandits and present them for debriefing. “I want to talk to the bandits and empower them as we cannot continue to kill ourselves and destroy public infrastructure. The bandits are our children a...
Ebubeagu not Formed to Fight IPOB, ESN – South East Governors
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Ebubeagu not Formed to Fight IPOB, ESN – South East Governors

Governors of the South East region have said the zone’s joint Security outfit known as Ebubeagu was not formed to confront the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) or it’s Security arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN). The statement by the South Eastern governor's forum comes after the killing of ESN commander Ikonson in April by the Nigerian military which led to IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu alleging that Ebube Agu works with the DSS and their aim is to track and destroy the ESN. While distributing 40 Siena buses and 20 Hilux Vans to members of Ebubeagu on Friday, April 30,  Chairman of the South East Governors forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi said the outfit was not created to fight the IPOB and ESN" “Ebube Agu is not after the Eastern Security Network (ESN) ...
We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah
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We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has urged security agencies to deal with “terrorists killing” Fulani herders in the South-East. Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, disclosed this while reacting to the killing of one of the commanders of Indigenous People of Biafra gunned down by security operatives last Saturday. Police operatives and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services had killed an IPOB leader, one Commander Ikonso and six other militia members in Imo state. The IPOB men, who were members of the secessionist group’s security arm, the Eastern Security Network, were killed during an early morning raid on their hideout at Awomama village, Oru East Local Government Area of the state las...
IPOB is Moving Bombs and Explosives From Lagos to Imo – DSS
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IPOB is Moving Bombs and Explosives From Lagos to Imo – DSS

The Department of State Services has raised an alarm of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network acquiring bombs and explosives which they are moving from Lagos to Imo to destabilize the South-East state. The information was conveyed in a letter with reference number, S.238/5/1538 dated April 26, 2021 and signed by I. Abdullah on behalf of the Imo State DSS Director. In the letter addressed to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, the DSS said the explosives are being moved in articulated trucks from Lagos to a hideout in Orlu, Imo State. It read; “Intelligence revealed that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network has acquired bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices with which to further their subv...
IPOB Names Imo Government House After ESN Slain Commander, Ikonso
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IPOB Names Imo Government House After ESN Slain Commander, Ikonso

The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has named the Imo State Government House at Douglas road, Owerri, after Ikonso, the commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) allegedly killed by security agencies. The group which announced this in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said Douglas Road Owerri and Awomamma Junction would also be named after the late Commander. It explained the decision which was with immediate effect, was one of the ways its members and Biafrans globally wished to immortalise the fallen leader and his men. The statement reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Biafrans worldwide, wish to announce to the world, our unanimous decision to rename the Imo State Government House, Douglas Road...
Northern Coalition Warns UK To Stop Protecting IPOB
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Northern Coalition Warns UK To Stop Protecting IPOB

Following several attacks in the South East region and other parts of the country, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has warned the international community, especially the British government to stop covering the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. Daily Trust reports that there have been several attacks on security agents across the South East and South South of the country. IPOB has been blamed for the attacks. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday by the spokesman of CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the Northern coalition said the United Kingdom has continued to accommodate the IPOB leader despite his atrocities. ”Since Nigeria remains committed to peace and global order, yet, our friends in the international communi...
Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG
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Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately reverse the arbitrary, unconstitutional and illegal decision to suspend Channels Television, and to impose a fine of N5 million on the station purportedly for breaching the broadcast code.” According to reports, the Acting Director General of the Commission, NBC, Professor Armstrong Idachaba in a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television referred to Channels 7pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, 25th April, 2021, in which it accused the TV station of interviewing a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly without “caution or reprimand.” But SERAP in a statement today by its de...
NBC Suspends Channels TV For Speaking With IPOB, Slams N5 Million Fine
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NBC Suspends Channels TV For Speaking With IPOB, Slams N5 Million Fine

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has suspended Channels Television with a fine of N5 million for breaching the broadcast code. In a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television signed by the Acting Director General of the Commission, NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the Commission referred to Channels 7pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, 25th April, 2021, in which it accused the TV station of allowing a leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB to make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without caution or reprimand by the station contrary to the broadcast code. It also accused the station of allowing the guest speaker to make derogatory, false and misleading statements about the Nigerian army, despite being proscribed by a court of law.
Igbariam: IPOB Accused Of Killing 19 Fulani People In Anambra (Graphic Photos)
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Igbariam: IPOB Accused Of Killing 19 Fulani People In Anambra (Graphic Photos)

Suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have slaughtered 19 Fulani herders in the Igbariam community of Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the hoodlums invaded a storey building housing the Fulani herders in the community around 2a.m on Sunday. The criminals killed 12 women, seven men and an undisclosed number of children. It was also gathered the criminals brought out the victims, stripped them naked, tied and slaughtered them. Our correspondent obtained some gory pictures of the dismembered bodies of the victims. In these pictures, some vital parts of the victims’ bodies were missing. A member of the community who wanted his identity covered told our correspondent that the criminals beheaded three me...
Another ESN Commander Has Taken Over – IPOB
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Another ESN Commander Has Taken Over – IPOB

Following the death of the leader of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, Commander Ikonso, yesterday, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Sunday said that the military wing of the group has gotten a new commander. A tactical team of the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, and Department of State Services (DSS), in a joint operation early Saturday, stormed the operational headquarters of the ESN in Awomama, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, killing Ikonso and six members of the group. Barely 24 hours after Ikonso’s death, IPOB announced new commander but declined to make his name public. Disclosing this when he appeared on Channels Tv, Sunday Politics, IPOB Secretary, Emma Powerful also denied ESN’s involvement of yesterday’s attack on Hope Uzodinma’s house. “ESN are no...
‘Hope Uzodinma has murdered sleep so he should be ready to stay awake — IPOB reacts to killing of ESN top commander by security operatives
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‘Hope Uzodinma has murdered sleep so he should be ready to stay awake — IPOB reacts to killing of ESN top commander by security operatives

The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), has reacted to the killing of a top commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) identified as Ikonso by a combined team of the Nigerian army, DSS and Police. In the early hours of Saturday morning, April 24, a combined raid by troops of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) attacked the Operational Headquarters of the ISN in Awomama Village, Oru East LGA of Imo State after getting Intel on the exact location of ISN top commander popularly known as Ikonson Commander. According to a statement by the army, upon approaching Ikonson, multiple gunfire ensued resulting in the death of Ikonson, six other ESN members and the death of four Nigerian securit...
IPOB Already ‘Sentenced’ South-East Governors To Death – Ikpeazu
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IPOB Already ‘Sentenced’ South-East Governors To Death – Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has said the issues of marginalisation and inequality raised by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, are valid. The governor, however, faulted the strategy being employed by IPOB, advising the secessionist group to explore dialogue and a peaceful ways to seek redress. Ikpeazu, who stated this during a visit to the Osasu Igbinedion pan-African television studio in Abuja on Thursday night, said IPOB had placed all the governors of the South-East under fatwa (death sentence). He said, “People are beginning to think now that some of the issues raised by Nnamdi (Kanu) are valid, if they were issues of injustice, marginalisation and inequality, any part of society has a right to begin to feel cheated or unwanted. “So, s...
Civil War: Ikpeazu Demands Apology Over Crimes Against Ndigbo
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Civil War: Ikpeazu Demands Apology Over Crimes Against Ndigbo

Fifty-one years after the war ended, the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has demanded an apology over the wanton destruction of lives and properties of Ndigbo during the civil war. Dr. Ikpeazu, who spoke during a studio visit to TOS TV Network, a digital Pan-African news network in Abuja, however threw his weight behind the agitation by the indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB. The governor who faulted the strategy being deployed by IPOB noted however that that the Ndigbo has not been fairly treated in the country. He insisted that the destructive strategy of IPOB was a recipe for the breakdown of law and order in the South East geopolitical zone. He said, “Who is going to tell us what happened during the civil way, who did what and why? Why can’t some people come and ...
British Government Pulls Down Notice Announcing Asylum Policy for Pro-Biafra Groups
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British Government Pulls Down Notice Announcing Asylum Policy for Pro-Biafra Groups

The British Government has pulled down a notice it published regarding its asylum policy for pro-Biafra groups like Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of Biafra (MASSOB). In an email sent to Radio Now and signed by Hannah Dawson, senior communications officer-Newsdesk at the Home office, the British government said the policy is being reviewed and will be uploaded once it is ready. "Out note on Biafra separatists has been taken down for review, an update is expected shortly" the statement reads. The UK government did not give a time frame as to when the updated policy will be uploaded to their website.
Asylum To IPOB: We Provide Protection For Those Who Need It – UK Tells FG
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Asylum To IPOB: We Provide Protection For Those Who Need It – UK Tells FG

The United Kingdom has said that all asylum and human rights claims from Nigerian nationals are considered on their individual merits in accordance with its international obligations. The British government states that it has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it, in accordance with its international obligations under the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights. The British High Commission stated this on Wednesday, in response to inquiries by The PUNCH on the Federal Government’s allegations that the UK’s asylum offer for persecuted members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra undermined Nigeria’s security. The UK Visas and Immigration had released new guidelines to ...
Biafra: “Publish Names Of Those That Asked For Money” – IPOB Tells FG
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Biafra: “Publish Names Of Those That Asked For Money” – IPOB Tells FG

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted to the allegation by the Presidency that the renewed agitation for self determination in the South East was because the federal government had refused to share money to those behind the agitation. Recall the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Wednesday, April 21, shrugged off threats of Nigeria’s balkanisation by advocates of Biafra and Oduduwa Republics, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be bullied into giving in to their demands. “President Buhari will pay no one. He is not going to pay and now it is clear that having ignored all of that, reasonable opinions are coming from those states and from those regions,” Garba Shehu disclosed. Reacting, the IPOB’s m...
Asylum To IPOB: Buhari Govt Must Review Relationship With UK – Arewa youths
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Asylum To IPOB: Buhari Govt Must Review Relationship With UK – Arewa youths

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, on Wednesday, faulted the decision of the United Kingdom, UK, to grant asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Yerima Shettima, National President of AYCF, said the Nigerian government should review its relationship with its UK counterpart, following such a move. Reports had surfaced yesterday that the UK government plans to grant asylum to members of IPOB and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB. The Nigerian government had frowned at the news which it claimed would undermine the fight against terrorism and insecurity However, Shettima, in a chat with DAILY POST wondered if Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB and his members are more important than that of Nigeria. Shettima...
We Want Referendum Not Asylum, IPOB Tells UK
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We Want Referendum Not Asylum, IPOB Tells UK

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it wants a referendum on self-determination for the south-east of Nigeria not asylum. A referendum is a vote on which the citizens of a country give their opinion or decide an important political question. Territorial referendum could lead to breakaway of a region from a country. TheCable had reported that the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) released new guidelines on how to treat asylum applications by members of Biafran secessionist groups. In the guidelines, asylum is to be granted to “persecuted” members of the proscribed IPOB and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). But in a swift response, the federal government said the plan by the UK to grant the group asylum undermines Nigeria’s se...
Army Raids Imo Communities, Arrests Youths, Residents Over IPOB, ESN Membership
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Army Raids Imo Communities, Arrests Youths, Residents Over IPOB, ESN Membership

The Nigerian Army has deployed its personnel to some Imo State communities to carry out raids, discreet searches and arrests of youths and residents who are suspected to be linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network. Multiple sources told SaharaReporters that the military personnel, suspected to be led by the 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, since Sunday have been arresting male residents and youths, particularly in Oguta and Ohaji communities and clamping them into vans and taken to unknown destinations. “We have been getting distress calls from our relatives and people that the army sent its men to surround communities in Ohaji, Osu, Agwa and Izombe. They have been abducting some male youths It is an abduction because nobody a...
IPOB/MASSOB Members’ Asylum: FG May Summon British Envoy
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IPOB/MASSOB Members’ Asylum: FG May Summon British Envoy

The Federal Government on Tuesday expressed anger over a plan by the United Kingdom to offer asylum to “persecuted” members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said the plan was disrespectful to Nigeria as a nation. Mohammed stated this as there were indications on Tuesday that the Federal Government might summon the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, over the asylum offer. But socio-political groups including the Middle Belt Forum, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, supported the asylum offer by the UK and berated the Federal Government over th...
IPOB condemns Miyetti Allah’s decision to deploy 5000 vigilantes to the South East
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IPOB condemns Miyetti Allah’s decision to deploy 5000 vigilantes to the South East

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB has condemned plans by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to deploy 5,000 vigilantes to the South-East region. The Miyetti Allah group had recently announced it will be deploying the vigilantes to protect herders and their cattle in the South East. In a statement released by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, IPOB said it was ready to resist the plan by Miyetti Allah, adding that the position of the cattle breeders association was an insult on Igbo land. “The attention of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra has been drawn to the threat by Miyetti Allah to deploy 5,000 jihadists to Biafra land to protect their cows and herders following the floating of Ebube Agu security outfit by South-East gover...
Secessionists Will Be First To Run Away When Problem Starts – Lai Mohammed
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Secessionists Will Be First To Run Away When Problem Starts – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Sunday said that secessionists will be the first to run away when any problem starts. The minister assured the Federal Government was working hard to improve national security and prevent all secession tendencies. Mohammed, who spoke on Sunday in Lagos when he appeared on Bond FM radio programme, “Ibi Abasede”, urged Nigerians not to listen to promoters of secession. “Those who support separation and secession will be the first to run away when any problem starts. “We should not listen to them as many of them have about four passports of other countries,” Mohammed said. Speaking specifically on issues around security, Mohammed said that Federal Government’s efforts in that respect necessitated the Town Hall...
We Don’t Buy Arms, We Produce Locally – IPOB To DSS
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We Don’t Buy Arms, We Produce Locally – IPOB To DSS

The Indigenous People of Biafra has said it produces its arms locally. The secessionist group stated this on Thursday while debunking allegation credited to the Department of State Services that IPOB was plotting to attack banks to get money to purchase arms. The Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, described the allegation as a poor script. He said, “We are not looking for money to buy arms because we produce our arms locally. While assuring banks in the area of safety, the pro-Biafra publicist said IPOB members were freedom fighters and not criminals. The group’s statement read in part, “The DSS is propelling this wicked propaganda to blackmail Eastern Security Network and IPOB, and dent our global reputation. “IPOB and ESN are not criminals an...
Register With New Security Outfit & Join Your Ancestors – IPOB On Ebubeagu
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Register With New Security Outfit & Join Your Ancestors – IPOB On Ebubeagu

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have warned youths in the Southeast against joining the newly established security outfit for the region, known as Ebubeagu to spy its own Eastern Security Network, ESN. IPOB gave the warning on Tuesday via a statement issued by its spokesman, Emma Powerful. IPOB, in the statement, condemned the formation of another security network by the Southeastern Governors, stating that the establishment of Ebubeagu was against the already existing ESN. The statement reads in part: “Biafrans will not be deceived by this purported EBUBEAGU security outfit which is a huge joke. South-East governors set up the outfit probably to fulfil all righteousness or to spy on ESN to curry favour from their Fulani slave masters. “We, therefore, warn...
OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau
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OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau

  The immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdul-Rahman Dambazau (rtd), on Friday said the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are extremist groups like Boko Haram. Dambazau said this at Army War College in Abuja while delivering a lecture to participants of course 5/2021. He alleged that the two groups were sponsoring a new wave of extremism that could ignite ethnic conflict so as to achieve their aims of dividing the country. Dambazau said the Police have a critical role to play in quelling recent agitations across the country, “instead of leaving everything for the military”. “The two groups have been making efforts to ignite nationwide inter-ethnic conflicts through their violent attacks on northern resid...
“I Will Tell You How I Handled IPOB If You Consult Me” – Okorocha To Uzodinma
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“I Will Tell You How I Handled IPOB If You Consult Me” – Okorocha To Uzodinma

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said that poverty and injustice were fueling insecurity in the country. On the insecurity in Imo State, Okorocha advised the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, to consult him. Okorocha disclosed that as a Governor of the state for eight years, he was able to consult widely. According to a statement issued by Okorocha’s media office in Owerri, the state capital, Okorocha spoke in Jos, Plateau State, when he paid a condolence visit to the family of late Mrs. Felicia Biskanga. According to the statement, insecurity would continue to persist until the political leaders come together to solve the problems of poverty and injustice in the country. Okorocha, who now represents Imo West at the senate, said, “The security situation ...
Panic As Bombs Hit Gunmen’s Hideouts, FG Goes After IPOB
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Panic As Bombs Hit Gunmen’s Hideouts, FG Goes After IPOB

There was panic among residents of the Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday as the military bombarded the Ikot Akpan forest in the area. The PUNCH learnt that the military operation was aimed at flushing out hoodlums who had been attacking police formations in the state. Residents, who share boundaries with hoodlums’ hideouts, told one of our correspondents that the bombing of the forest started at 8am and ended at 12 noon on Tuesday. The military exercise came barely 24 hours after gunmen attacked the Imo State police command headquarters and the Nigerian Correctional Service in Owerri, the state capital, where 1,844 inmates were freed. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media ...
Crush IPOB, ESN Members, IGP, Muhammed Adamu Orders
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Crush IPOB, ESN Members, IGP, Muhammed Adamu Orders

The Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu has ordered operatives to be ruthless against members of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). The IGP gave the order when he visited the burnt Imo Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Service on Tuesday. Adamu said the police officers must use their weapons against the IPOB members and crush them to the last man.
Imo Attackers Are Members Of IPOB’s ESN – IGP
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Imo Attackers Are Members Of IPOB’s ESN – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, says operatives of the Eastern Security Network carried out Monday attacks in Owerri, the Imo State capital. Adamu condemned the alleged act by the security arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra. IPOB, however, has since denied been behind the attacks. The IGP in a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force and other Police Tactical Squads in Imo to strengthen security in the state and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the state. The PUNCH had earlier reported that gunmen attacked the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison. S...
IPOB May Not Be Responsible For Imo Attacks – HURIWA
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IPOB May Not Be Responsible For Imo Attacks – HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has said members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, may not be responsible for the attacks on the police headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The rights group has alleged that some persons working with the Federal Government may be behind the attacks. Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen had also broken into the Correctional Centre in the city, freeing hundreds of inmates. The gunmen who operated from 1 am to 3 am, freed suspects in almost all the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command. However, HURIWA claims some officials out to destabilize the Southeast are responsible for the attacks. The group said this in a statement sent to DAILY POST by its National Coordinator. ...
We Didn’t Attack Imo Police Headquaters, Correctional Centre – IPOB
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We Didn’t Attack Imo Police Headquaters, Correctional Centre – IPOB

The proscribed Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied responsibility for Monday’s attacks on Imo Police Headquarters and Correctional Centre where over 2,000 inmates were freed. Its Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful said the attacks were not carried out by operatives of Eastern Security Network (ESN). He said: “The attention of IPOB has been drawn again to the fallacious and fabricated news that IPOB and ESN are involved in the attack of prison and police headquarters in Owerri Imo State. “IPOB and ESN are known groups not unknown gunmen. ESN is in the bush chasing Fulani terrorists, why linking IPOB and ESN to this attack. IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri Imo State. and the recent attack on Onitsha Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction. It i...
Army Says Report Of Military Attack On ESN Camp In Abia Is Fake
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Army Says Report Of Military Attack On ESN Camp In Abia Is Fake

Both the Nigerian Army, and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, have dismissed as fake, report in some sections of the media that the military attacked the camp of Eastern Security Network, ESN in Aba, killing no fewer than 16 personnel of the security outfit. Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Captain Iliya Dauda, told our Correspondent in Aba that there was no military operation against any ESN camp in Abia. He rather explained that unknown gunmen attacked an Army checkpoint at Osisioma junction Aba but were repelled. He said there were no casualties on the part of the Army but begged for more time to receive report from their men at the scene investigating and assessing the incident. The Army Spokesman urged members of the public to disregar...
I Will Submit Myself To Hague – Nnamdi Kanu
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I Will Submit Myself To Hague – Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has declared his readiness to stand trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC, in Hague, if defending Biafrans against unprovoked genocidal attacks by killer herdsmen and terrorists would warrant his appearance at the ICC. Kanu who made the declaration on a live broadcast on Radio Biafra Sunday night, regretted that harassments and extrajudicial killings by security agencies have continued unabated across Biafra land. The IPOB Leader said that the world had maintained criminal silence over the plight of Biafrans despite complaints and petitions by IPOB as well as indicting reports against the Nigerian Authorities and security agencies by some reputable global agencies including the UN reporter on human right...
ESN Receives Funds From Members In 120 Countries – IPOB
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ESN Receives Funds From Members In 120 Countries – IPOB

THE Indigenous People of Biafra said on Monday that there was enough money to fund its security arm known as the Eastern Security Network. The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, stated this in a press statement, adding that ESN was funded by IPOB members resident in 120 countries. Powerful was reacting to a statement credited to the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, who allegedly said that IPOB had no capacity to fund a viable security outfit. IPOB described Uzodimma’s claim as fallacious, amusing and shameful. It said the governor resorted to what it called cheap blackmail following his attempt to infiltrate ESN. The group said it was unnecessary convincing about those behind the setting up of ESN as it was in the public domain, insisting that it did...
We Have Killed Mohammed Isa, Captured Fulani Terrorist – IPOB
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We Have Killed Mohammed Isa, Captured Fulani Terrorist – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra has said that the leader of Fulani bandits nabbed in Benue State, Mohammed Isa has been killed. The media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful told SaharaReporters on Thursday that the IPOB does not spare terrorists. Isa, who allegedly terrorised Igbo residents in Benue communities was apprehended by the Eastern Security Network last weekend, as revealed by the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. “I want to commend men and women of the Northern Command of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) for the successful capture of Mohammed Isa, the notorious leader of Fulani bandits and killers in Lower Benue,” Kanu said on Monday. Reacting, the Chairman of Ado Local Government Area in Benue State, James Oche said some people had been arrested in...
I Begged Buhari To Help Me Deal With IPOB Militants In Imo – Uzodinma
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I Begged Buhari To Help Me Deal With IPOB Militants In Imo – Uzodinma

Imo state governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, says he invited the Federal Government to help him deal with militants disturbing the peace in the state. A recent military operation in Orlu district of Orlu Local Government Area of the state has attracted criticism from many who condemned it as a heavy-handed approach. Uzodinma said on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, that he begged President Muhammadu Buhari for assistance because of the threat posed by the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a security outfit set up by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He said the outfit was responsible for a reign of terror in the Orlu area, including the killing and raping of women. The governor said the problem was too much for his government to handle, prompting him to demand federal assistance....
20 IPOB Members Arrested In Orlu Over Attacks On Soldiers
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20 IPOB Members Arrested In Orlu Over Attacks On Soldiers

Nigerian security operatives in an operation involving the Army, Air force and the Police in Orlu community of Imo State have arrested 20 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, according to PRNigeria. According to the website, the arrest of members of the secessionist group followed recent attacks on soldiers and civilians in Orlu town. IPOB members who were using Orlu as their base had reportedly ambushed and killed our soldiers who were on the escort of the Director Civil Affairs, Brigadier General HE Nzan and his team on inspection of the Civil-Military Project at a nearby Nkwerre community, PR Nigeria reported quoting an unnamed intelligence source. The IPOB militias also allegedly took away weapons and a vehicle belonging to the troops. “Since the...
ESN Operatives Are Hoodlums And We’ll Treat Them As Murderers – Hope Uzodimma
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ESN Operatives Are Hoodlums And We’ll Treat Them As Murderers – Hope Uzodimma

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma has described the operatives of Eastern Security Network (ESN) as hoodlums terrorising the state. The governor stated this while reacting to the Air Strikes and joint (Police/military) operation in Orlu in Search of the ESN in the state. The government also confirmed that it nvited the military to “flush out” members of the Eastern Security Network an offshoot of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Orlu and Orsu. Speaking to IgbereTV in Owerri, Friday, through the Imo state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cyprian Akaolisa, Gov Hope Uzodimma said that the Eastern Security Network operatives were hoodlums and would be treated as murderers by the state government. According to him, the leader of IPOB Nnamdi Kanu was en...
Why I Invited Soldiers To Orlu – Uzodimma
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Why I Invited Soldiers To Orlu – Uzodimma

Following the ongoing military action in some parts of Orlu Senatorial District of Imo State, the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has insisted that his administration would not yield to pressure from those calling for withdrawal of soldiers from the crisis-ridden area. The governor stated that he invited soldiers in Orlu to restore calm in the area after members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), killed several policemen and innocent citizens in the area. Uzodimma, who gave the explanation through the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Cyprain Akaolisa, at a press briefing in Owerri, said the narrative that innocent people were being killed by the military was intended to shift attention from the despicable activities of IPOB in Or...
Six Children Killed In Attack By IPOB On Anambra Community
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Six Children Killed In Attack By IPOB On Anambra Community

Six children have been killed in an attack on a community in Anambra State. The children, all under 10 years old, were killed during an attack on a Fulani community in Oba, Idemili Local Government Area. Residents said the attack was carried out by suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), amid escalating ethnic tensions in Nigeria. Members of the community told PREMIUM TIMES they would not retaliate as they are trusting the security authorities to deliver justice to them, with the host community and state assuring of solidarity and assistance. The attack happened on Tuesday evening but the facts were slow to emerge and PREMIUM TIMES just confirmed on Thursday evening. Horrific photographs obtained by PREMIUM TIMES show the deceased childre...
Army Confirms Joint Operation With Police In Orlu LG, Imo State To Root Out IPOB
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Army Confirms Joint Operation With Police In Orlu LG, Imo State To Root Out IPOB

The 34 artillery brigade Obinze of the Nigerian army has confirmed an ongoing Joint military and Police operation in Orsu local government area of Imo state and its neighboring communities following an intelligent report of the existence and establishment of illegal camps allegedly built by suspected members of the Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB eastern security network ESN. Confirming the joint operation, the Public relations officer of the brigade, Lieutenant Babatunde Zubairu says available intelligence reports reveal that some unknown armed men suspected to be members of the Eastern security Network of IPOB have built illegal training camps in the areas with the intention of causing breach of security and destabilizing peace in the area. In an effort to ensure that there’s ...
Air Strikes In Orlu: “They Have Finally Brought The War Upon Us” – IPOB
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Air Strikes In Orlu: “They Have Finally Brought The War Upon Us” – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to the air operations on camps believed to have been occupied by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) by the Nigerian military in Imo State. The operations sent residents of Orlu and Orsu local government areas of Imo State scampering for safety. Reacting to the air strikes, IPOB in a statement made available to MCI  said the Federal Government of Nigeria have brought war upon the Biafran people. The statement signed by Mazi Chika Edoziem, the Head of Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) reads; “The Nigerian government through its military has finally declared open confrontation with the Biafran people in their bid to harass, intimidate and cow us into submission to relinquish our ancestral lands to for...
Our Members Are In Serious Danger In Nigeria – IPOB
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Our Members Are In Serious Danger In Nigeria – IPOB

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have raised the alarm over alleged threats to life of its members by suspected Nigerian security agents. It said while some of the members have been marked for elimination, others were being hunted by the security personnel. In a statement issued by the Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB added that the threat had compelled many to flee to other countries, while others were being trailed for arrest and torture. The group regretted that those who fled the country were passing through trauma and emotional stress as they were being prevented from visiting their homes to attend the burial of their beloved ones. The statement read in part, “We the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under the command of our great leader, Mazi Nnam...
IPOB Reacts After Facebook Blocked its Leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s Page
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IPOB Reacts After Facebook Blocked its Leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s Page

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the blocking of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu's Facebook account following his live broadcast on Tuesday night February 2. Like they did to ex-US President, Donald Trump, Facebook blocked the account of Kanu. The social media platform is yet to disclose the reason for blocking his page. In a statement released this afternoon, the spokesperson of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said Facebook only succeeded in "partnering with perpetrators of human rights abuses and other criminal activities masterminded by the Nigeria State against innocent citizens."   He stated that no matter how hard the message of its leader was suppressed, the struggle for Biafra liberation would not be slowed down, urging its teeming audience to follo...
IPOB defends Eastern Security Network’s clash with soldiers in Orlu
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IPOB defends Eastern Security Network’s clash with soldiers in Orlu

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has defended the clash between its security outfit, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the miitary on Monday January 25 in Orlu, Imo state.   IPOB’s spokesman Emma Powerful in a statement released on Tuesday January 26, accused Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state of working with the Army to attack and flush out ESN officers from the bushes where they are operating from.   While the Nigerian Army said only one person died in the crossfire that ensued, IPOB insisted that five people were killed and several others were injured in the skirmish between ESN and soldiers drawn from the 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze.   “ESN personnel are in the bush and forest chasing…terrorists and herdsmen who are over there terrorising o...
IPOB Tantrums Can’t Distract Us From Presidential Bid – Ohanaeze
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IPOB Tantrums Can’t Distract Us From Presidential Bid – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra to stop distracting it. It said the Ohanaeze had a focus of producing a president of Igbo extraction in 2023 and not secession. It maintained that IPOB would not be allowed to lead the Igbo at a time like this in Nigeria. The National Vice-President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State. Describing the Igbo project of producing a president of Nigeria from the South-East geopolitical zone as a serious business, Okeke-Ogene asked IPOB to key into Ohanaeze plan instead of being antagonistic to the leadership of the socio-cultural organisation. IPOB had in the attack vowed not to recognise Obi...
Bomb Attack: Why Nnamdi Kanu May End Up Like Maina – Ohanaeze Attacks IPOB
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Bomb Attack: Why Nnamdi Kanu May End Up Like Maina – Ohanaeze Attacks IPOB

Apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has condemned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over a recent bomb attack on a church in Port-Harcourt owned by the father of State governor, Nyesom Wike. Three suspects arrested over the attack confessed to being members of IPOB adding that they carried out the attack to gain status within the proscribed group. On November 29th 2020, the suspects, identified as Progress Owudinjo, 37, from Etche, Rivers State; Apuro Victor, 25, from Ebonyi State; and John Okorie, 38, from Abia State, detonated dynamite within the premises of the Christian Universal Church Incorporated owned by Mr. Nlemanya Wike. In a statement sent to us on Friday evening signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President-General of Ohanaeze Youth Council, the leade...
Church Explosion Targeted At Governor Wike – Vigilante Says, Fingers IPOB
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Church Explosion Targeted At Governor Wike – Vigilante Says, Fingers IPOB

Over 24-hours after an explosive device was detonated at the Christian Universal Church Incorporated located on No. 25 Azikiwe Road, Mile 3, Diobu in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, has yet to make any statement on the incident. The church, also known as God’s Power House, is believed to be owned by the governor’s father, even as the police fingered members of the Indigenous People of Biafra for the attack. As of the time of filing this report on Monday, neither Wike, nor any government official had reacted to the attack on the church. Residents of Azikiwe and adjoining streets expressed fears that the state government might impose a curfew on the area as a result of the attack. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Diobu Vigilante, Prince Amatari, has alleged t...

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