S’East Region Lockdown: IPOB declares ‘sit-at-home’ on Tuesday, same day as Buhari’s trip to Imo

The banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says there will be a sit-at-home protest in the South-East on Tuesday. In an issued statement yesterday, IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said the sit-at-home order is in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who will appear in court the same day. The spokesperson said it is in line with its existing order that the region should be on lockdown any day the IPOB leader is scheduled to appear in court and warned residents of the South-East States to desist from defiling the sit-at-home…

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2023: “Peter Obi will get substantial votes in South-East, but Tinubu will win” – Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, cannot defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 general election. Speaking yesterday, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the governor said although Obi will get substantial votes in the South-East, Tinubu will win the presidential election. According to him, the “acceptability” the former Anambra governor has received does not mean he has what it takes to defeat the structure of the ruling APC.…

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Insecurity: Killing of Northerners in South-East must stop – NEF spokesman

The spokesman of Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has issued a caution against killing Northerners in the South-East region. Baba-Ahmed, who said targeting and killing Northerners in the region was dangerous, pointed out that such an action could worsen community relations in other parts of Nigeria. In a tweet, the NEF spokesman said politicians looking for votes should openly condemn such acts. He stressed that such action against Northerners must stop. Baba-Ahmed wrote: “Targeting and killing of Northerners, particularly in the South-East, should be condemned, and must stop.…

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Insecurity: “Cancel your planned South-East visit”, IPOB tells British envoy

…Warns of assassination plot The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has advised the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, to cancel her planned visit to the south-eastern part of the country. IPOB made the call after it raised the alarm over an alleged plot to assassinate Laing during her visit to the region. According to an issued statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, yesterday, the proscribed group claimed it got the information through its intelligence arm, the M-Branch, revealing that the idea is to assassinate the envoy in the…

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Enugu: 748 ballot boxes, 240 cubicles burnt, as IPOB hoodlums again set INEC office ablaze

Hoodlums have razed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Igboeze-North local government area of Enugu State. This came barely weeks after the INEC State Headquarters was attacked and vehicles and other valuables torched. INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye disclosed this in an issued press statement yesterday in Abuja. According to him, the attack occurred on Sunday night, destroying about 748 ballot boxes and 240 voting cubicles in the process. The statement partly reads: “Recall that on May 23, 2021,…

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2023 Presidency:
S/East zone kicks, as PDP set to screen Wike as Atiku’s running mate

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today, Thursday, screen the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as the running mate of Atiku Abubakar, who is the presidential candidate of the Party. This revelation emerged shortly after the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) held yesterday at the party’s National Secretariat. This is even as political pundits from the South-East geo-political zone are demanding that running mate to Atiku be given to them in the spirit of equity, fairness and balance. Recall that there has been some kind of controversies on…

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2023: “We would no longer allow campaign for Igbo presidential candidates in North” — Arewa Group to Ohanaeze

The Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), an Arewa Group, has vowed to disrupt campaign events of Igbo presidential candidates in the North after a similar threat was issued by a prominent Ndigbo group ahead of the 2023 general polls. President of NYCN, Comrade Isah Abubakar, was reacting to the threat of the apex Igbo socio-political and cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide to oppose Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on which platform the former vice-president recently emerged as its presidential candidate. Reacting to Atiku’s victory, Ohanaeze, had,…

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South-East Unrest: Buhari reads Riot Act to IPOB, others over killing of woman, 4 children in Anambra

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised criminals responsible for the gruesome murder of a pregnant northern woman, identified as Fatima, along with her four children in Anambra State, that they will face a tough response from the security forces. According to an issued statement from the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, warned the perpetrators of the dastardly act to expect a tough response from the security forces. He, however, cautioned against any knee-jerk reactions, the creation of panic, disruption of lives and livelihoods, or even retaliatory…

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Anambra IPOB murder: Northern Elders condemn killing of pregnant Fatima, 4 kids

…Warns against reprisal attack The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has urged northerners not to avenge the killing of a pregnant northern woman and her four children in Anambra State. The statement reads: “In the last few weeks, gruesome killings of people in States of the South East have escalated to a point which suggests that some factions of IPOB/ESN are now operating with unfettered freedom to wrought mayhem. “In addition to killings of soldiers, policemen, public servants and other citizens, these killers are now embarking on targeted killings clearly intended…

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2023: Ohanaeze cautions Igbos against endorsing aspirants outside S/East region

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned the Igbos against endorsing any presidential aspirants from outside the South-East geo-political zone ahead of the 2023 general elections. The Ohanaeze warning followed the purported endorsement of the presidential aspirant and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by an Igboman named Miracle Nwosu. Reacting swiftly to the news report, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Okwu Nnabuike, in a press conference, said the fellow behind the said endorsement does not exist in Igbo-land. Okwu…

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