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Okwudilichukwu: A Letter From the Grave

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A poetic open letter from Okwudilichukwu, a young man killed in Umuahia. It is time for Ikpeazu to pay for his crimes.

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Addresses Buhari's Lack of Qualifications to be Nigeria's President

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In this address Nnamdi Kanu speaks on Buhari’s lack of qualifications stemming from his not being born a Nigerian and also his lack of WAEC certificate.

Hardo Adamu, was a nomadic Fulani trader from Niger Republic and later became a bodyguard in the Emir of Daura’s palace, which made him settle in Daura, Katsina. He was borne in Niger Republic, not Nigeria.

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According to the Nigerian Constitution (Section 25) to be considered a Nigerian citizen by birth the following conditions must be met.

(a) every person born in Nigeria before the date of independence, either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents belongs or belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria;

Provided that a person shall not become a citizen of Nigeria by virtue of this section if neither of his parents nor any of his grandparents was born in Nigeria.

(b) every person born in Nigeria after the date of independence either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria; and

(c) every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria.

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IPOB Press Release on Nwoko

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If the motive behind the sponsored news announcing the unfortunate demise of the Enugu based freelance "prophet" Anthony Nwoko and his previous association with our leader, is to dampen or deflect attention from the earth shattering worldwide broadcast scheduled for

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Saturday April 20, 2019 on Radio Biafra, then they better be informed that their plans have failed woefully. Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will broadcast, that mankind may know the evil that Nigeria has become. This diversionary tactics of planting a sensational story in APC sympathetic newspapers is meaningless and will never work. Who ever it was within the Nigerian security apparatus that dreamt up this ruse is a colossal failure because we IPOB have faced worse and come out stronger.

Should independent autopsy confirm any foul play in the reported death of Anthony Nwoko, then DSS and Army will be held accountable. Their recent spate of abductions and killings across Biafraland is proof, if any is needed, that they would commit whatever atrocity they can, in the hope of implicating IPOB.

We mourn the loss of every Biafran and in this regard we remember those shot dead in Asaba a few days ago on Monday 15 April, recent victims of Fulani terrorist attacks in Anambra, Delta and Abia. Our heart also go out to those unlawfully incarcerated for the unspeakable crimes at a Catholic Church in Ozubulu who have only two days ago regained their freedom.

IPOB is well aware that Nigerian government and her security agencies will go to any length to stain our unimpeachable reputation in the hope of using it as a cover to continue their ongoing unreported war against IPOB. The media should be mindful not to prejudice the uninvestigated circumstances surrounding the passing of Anthony Nwoko in order not to become unwitting agents of dark forces that wish to tarnish the image of IPOB at any given opportunity.

As a movement rooted in the principles of democratic values and all it entails, IPOB will always welcome criticisms from all quarters because the Biafra we are seeking to build will be an open tolerant society.

We must however caution that Biafrans should be mindful of the opportunities their perceived hostility towards Biafra liberation might present to those seeking to exploit it for the benefit of the Fulani 'One Nigeria' caliphate agenda.

Enemies of Biafra within and outside the East will seek out every available avenue to damage the stellar standing of IPOB and her leadership and they will never ever stop until we recognise the danger they pose to us all. Without the benefit of any official police report on the cause of death, or a cause of death determined by a medical examiner, some journalists of Igbo extraction have already filed a report to their Yoruba bosses in Abuja and Lagos indicting IPOB. Those whose headline screamed "butchered in his house" failed to tell us why no single trace of blood was found in his house or his clothes.

If this APC demonic dictatorship had their way, they would have blamed IPOB for the sacking and conviction of Onnoghen in order to engineer enmity between South East and South South. Nothing is beyond them in their desperation to subdue every opposition.

We will flush out Jubril Al-Sudani the great impostor from Aso Rock. He must provide his DNA and face charges of high crimes and misdemeanours alongside Abba Kyari and the rest. Nothing our enemies does, even with the help of a media that doesn't investigate stories, will stop IPOB from liberating Biafra from the shackles of damnation and iniquity that Nigeria has come to represent.

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Nigeria Will Not Survive the 2019 Election

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The following was written by Femi Aribisala and published on at Vanguard:

What we witnessed in the recently concluded election was the death knell of democracy in Nigeria.

For those of us who had hoped against hope, the 2019 presidential election has proved to be the last straw. We are now convinced that Nigeria is a hopeless case. This country is not just a major disappointment; it is decidedly seemly on the trajectory of a future break up.

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Today, the silence in the Nigerian political space is deafening. Just look back to 2015 and before, when there was vibrant debate about almost everything under the sun. But now it is “siddon look.” We just had an election that was no election and more like selection. It was even more a mini civil-war, characterized by killings, voter-suppression and intimidation, ballot-snatching and falsification of results.

There was even a case where the electoral umpire claimed he was made to declare a false result at gunpoint. But in spite of the bogus outcome of the elections, nobody is fighting anymore. Nobody is burning tires today or demonstrating in the streets. Instead, people are watching and waiting to see
what will happen. Surely, this cannot be the end of the matter.

Phyrric victory

The so-called victors are jubilant, reading the eerie silence as mission accomplished. However, the omen is bleak and dire. It is always better when people express their feelings freely. That way, you know exactly where they stand. But when everything is bottled up as it is now, then you know we are in for trouble. Sooner, rather than later, the dam will burst. There is definitely a cold war currently going on in Nigeria today, and it is a lull before the storm.


Only those who have been bought, or political sycophants looking for scraps of the stolen pie, are talking. They are giving back-slaps and high-fives to the phyrric victors. Meanwhile, wisdom and reason have concluded that Nigeria is a lost cause. No point waiting for another farce in 2023. Now is the time for all good people to leave the country; either physically or psychologically It is now clear that those who believe they have a future have no part in this failed and discredited state called Nigeria. To your tents, O Israel!

Those who make peaceful change impossible, make forcible change inevitable. But that is not to suggest military intervention is the answer. We have already done that and got the t-shirt. All the military did, in all their years in power, was to drag Nigeria through the mud. There is no point putting any hope in them again, after all, it is the same military men who hijacked the democratic system simply by taking off their uniforms and putting on agbadas.

Things fall apart
Seeing the template established in this fraudulent 2019 election, the inevitable conclusion, at least to me, is that this Nigeria cannot survive. The message of the 2019 election is that Nigeria is doomed to disintegration. Things have fallen apart and the center cannot hold.

The message is that the powers-that-be are determined that we must be satisfied willy-nilly with incompetence. They say we must put up with economic failure. They insist our new status as the poverty capital of the world is to be commended. They tell us returning Nigeria to major debt status is next-level achievement. They tell us to celebrate abject failure as glorious success.

If you were to believe the lie, our leaders have resuscitated the naira. They have nullified power blackouts. They have removed the petroleum subsidy. They have reduced the pump price of petrol. They have created millions and millions of new jobs. Our hospitals are no longer consulting clinics. Life and property is now secure in Nigeria. Our agricultural sector has been suitably revamped. Our leaders have achieved self-sufficiency in food production in Nigeria. They have killed corruption in the land. They have rebuilt our roads and bridges. They have defeated Boko Haram and rescued the Chibok girls. They have restored the reputation of Nigeria in the comity of nations. As a result of these glorious achievements, the current government not only won re-election, it did so with a resoundingly bigger majority than before.

Dashed hopes

All this makes 2019 a major watershed in Nigerian political history. For some reason, hopes were rekindled during the campaigns; only to be dashed ruthlessly.The times are so bad, our situation so worrisome, that many presidential hopefuls came out of the woodwork. It was time to rescue Nigeria. It was time to change the dismal trajectory of the nation’s history.

Surely, even the blind can see that we cannot go on like this. Surely, these crop of current Nigerian leadership will be thrown out by a despondent electorate. It was time for a new page; a new departure. What we needed was our very own Mercutio proclaiming a plague on both the houses of our delinquent political establishment of the APC and the PDP.

So out came a new panoply of ambitious political mavericks, talking up public policy, debating the issues, offering new ideas for the renewal of the national mandate. Among these were Kingsley Moghalu, Oby Ezekwesili, Tope Fasua, Fela Durotoye and Omoyele Sowore. I shared their delusion in thinking the Nigerian political system was amenable change. I believed with them that we are all fed up with the status quo.

So they formed new parties, toured the country, pumped fresh, marshaled new agendas; only to meet their Waterloo at the discredited polls. They obtained, or were awarded, an insignificant fraction of the millions of fabricated votes. So completely were they crushed that there is even talk now of making it difficult, if not impossible, for other parties to contest in future elections apart from the Tweedledee and Tweedledum of the APC and the PDP.

Failed Nigeria

The message of our Caesars in Abuja is without ambiguity: there is no room for change in the politics of Nigeria. Under no legal circumstances will those who have ceased power by deception and subterfuge willingly relinquish it for the sake of some nebulous construct called democracy. To hell with power to the people, they insist in one accord. Power belongs to the professional politicians in Nigeria, and forever so shall it be.

The Nigerian electorate itself is no better inclined. God says in the scriptures about the Israel of old: “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so.” (Jeremiah 5:31).

The 2019 elections show that a substantial number of Nigerians, especially in the North, are convinced this failed country called Nigeria is the best that Nigeria can be. Indeed, if the verdict of the doctored polls were to be believed, then most Nigerians are very much in love with this malignant Nigeria.

They love a Nigeria that is poverty-stricken, where our leaders are thieves, armed-robbers and pen-robbers, where beggars and vagabonds roam the streets, where the illiterate and the uneducated are the champions of public policy, where human life is worthless and people are massacred in numbers every day. Nigerians, according to INEC, adore a Nigeria where truth has fallen in the streets and justice is an orphan.

Death-knell of democracy

Never again. If there is anything to be learnt from the experience of the failed new idealists who ran for president in mushrooming parties this time around and lost their shirts; it is that Nigerian politics is a complete waste of time. The electorate has apparently never believed in the polls. They know their votes will not count.

They know the only time politicians have any regard for them is during election campaigns.

So, if they can get a small bag of rice or garri from the charlatans running for office, or maybe even just 1,000 naira for their thumbprint, that will do just fine. If you can give them even more so they can attack polling booths in opposition strongholds and make away with the ballot boxes, they are ready. If you can give

them lunch so they can incite a riot so an election being lost is declared inconclusive, they will do it. Thereby, the victor becomes the vanquished.

As a result, we will not see the idealism of 2019 come 2023, should this misnomer we call Nigeria still exist by then. The newcomers are once bitten, twice shy. Even now, by the time we came to the gubernatorial elections, after the farce of the presidential, Nigerians had lost all interest in democracy. Most people did not even bother to come out to vote again.

Of course, this did not prevent states like Kaduna from recording more fabricated votes in the gubernatorial election than even Kano did fictitiously in the presidential. In short, what we witnessed in the recently concluded election was the death knell of democracy in Nigeria.

So what is the answer?

Goodbye Nigeria

More and more people are going to vote with their feet. The industrious and the enterprising are going to seek greener pastures elsewhere, having concluded Nigeria is a lost cause. They will go to Canada, to Australia, to those countries where merit is rewarded and excellence is the watchword. The smart ones who stay behind will start insisting on the dismemberment of this bogus contraption called Nigeria.

What the 2019 election tells me, in no uncertain terms, is that the future of Nigeria lies in the breakup of Nigeria. It is not what I want. It is not what I desire. But it is there in the cards.

I have written severally that Nigeria should remain united. I said again and again that Nigeria cannot do without the Igbo. I have shouted in the wilderness that Nigeria cannot do without the North. But I have now reached the conclusion that, under the present circumstances, the breakup of Nigeria is inevitable. It is just a matter of time.

This is not a prediction: it is a warning. It is a call to arms. It comes from the realization that the Nigerian political system has now been programmed so that every election will now be decided by those whose votes can be bought with 30 pieces of silver.

The system has been rigged so that every election in Nigeria will now be determined by those who have filled the voting register with underage voters. So doing, your chances of being elected to high office are excellent if you are incompetent, a crook, or a thief to boot. Otherwise, you don’t stand a chance.

I congratulate all those who won infamous victories in the just concluded elections. But “send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

Biafrans in Asaba Remain Resolute

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Anioma people in Asaba remain resolute as they show their continuing support for an independent Biafra.

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Addresses the Jibril / Atiku Court Battle

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu addresses the legal struggle between Jibril (representing Buhari) and Atiku over the 2019 election. He also comments on the ironic complaint by Jibril and the APC camp that Atiku is not Nigerian. He also suggests that DNA tests be conducted in order to reveal publicly that Jibril is impersonating Buhari.

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Theft of Building Material at Hero's Square

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Building materials such as steel rebar are apparently being stolen in Hero's Square, Owerri. Witnesses at the scene say many vehicles have arrived at odd times of the day, men have moved materials from piles at the construction site to trucks, and departed. Witnesses also say that Rochas Okorocha was also on site recently.

Nigerian Officials Attempt to Embarrass Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

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In an attempt to embarrass the Supreme Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, an old video has been recently in circulation. Deputy Leader Uche Mefor issued the following statement:

"The video making rounds about the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not new, it has been in circulation since 2013/2014 and as such nothing to be surprised about."

“Be advised accordingly, though, that this is a video of husband and wife (Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and our own Mrs Uchechi Okwu-kanu)."

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“We note that employing of this cowardly conduct remains in the circumstances the only response-and-panic-control strategy from the already destabilized, panicky Aso Rock cabals and their e-rats to try to regain their battered and tattered image..."

It comes as no surprise that the cabal will go to this extent, but it serves to further demonstrate the solidity of Biafra’s case that our enemies are running out of options.

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Fulani Herdsmen Storm Anambra West Local Government

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An eyewitness, Mr Orjiako Nnaluo (Ideh Anam) who spoke to journalists said that the herdsmen stormed farm settlements known as Agweopia Camp, Iyiogbu Camp and Iyinkolo, respectively around 5:40a.m and started killing people, burning houses and raping many women.

Mr Nnaluo said before people of the area could know what was going on, the herdsmen had killed six people, leaving about 30 others with various degrees of injuries.

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The injured, he said, are currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

He called on the Anambra State government to quickly come to their rescue, saying that all the local farmers had all deserted the area.

He said that the farmers were trying to recover from a previous attack by the herdsmen, which he said claimed three lives.

He said the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, was aware of the case and had promised to resolve it.

Speaking on the incident, the Anglican Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Henry Okechukwu Okeke, condemned the killings by the attackers, describing it as unfortunate, obnoxious and inhuman.

“This is a very unfortunate incident because these are core farmers. They are the food basket of Anambra State. Definitely, it is going to affect not only the economy of our state, but the country generally. It has been confirmed, I got the news this morning about the killings. Now, following the incident, farmers have left their farmlands. The Fulani people are also on the run. So, it is an unfortunate situation. I want to say it clearly that the Federal Government has the key. They must not sit down and watch people being killed by the herdsmen and their farms being destroyed. But Fulani men have been around here for some years now, but the recent destruction of farms has brought about unhealthy situations.

“The Federal Government actually has to do something. They should summon the leaders of the herdsmen and the rest of them. I think with that this fire can be quenched now. The government of Anambra State instructed farmers through their Igwes to allow herdsmen graze their cattle, but the word ‘allow’ must be interpreted because when you say allow, what do you mean? Is it to allow them to graze and destroy farms crops? Is it to allow them to continue to cause trouble? If you allow someone to stay in your land and do his business, there must be restrictions, there must be a border line, of course, you know that 99.9 per cent of Anambra West are farmers. They are farmers or do you expect farmers to fold their arms and watch the herdsmen kill them and destroy their farms? Anambra West is a hospitable environment people who are so much accommodating. They have accommodated the herdsmen over the years, who have turned against them, killing and maiming their hosts,“ the bishop said.

Bishop Okeke, however, advised the youths of Anambra West not to take the laws into their hands even as he called on the stakeholders to intervene, adding that Anambra West was vibrating as the youths have now prepared themselves against sudden attack by the herdsmen.

He further decried the lack of presence of security men in the council.

In the same vein, the Anambra West Youth President, Mr John David called on the youths to remain calm and law-abiding, noting that the issue would soon be resolved.

When contacted on phone, the Anambra State Police Command Spokesman, Mr Haruna Muhammed (SP) said: “How do you know they are Fulani herdsmen. The attackers are not confirmed yet. There was an incident at Anambra West Local Government Area and police are still investigating it.”

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Kanu Speaks on Nigerian Judiciary and Constitution

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In this address Mazi Nnamdi Kanu explains, using references in the Nigerian constitution, how in fundamental ways his trial has not proceeded according to Nigerian law. He also reveals that agitating for self-determination is not a crime according to Nigerian law.

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Treasonable felony is defined in Chapter 6 Section 41 of the Nigerian Criminal Code as:

Any person who forms an intention to effect any of the following purposes, that is to say-

 (a)            to remove during his term of office otherwise than by constitutional means the President as Head of State of the Federation and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces thereof; or

(b)            to likewise remove during his term of office the Governor of a State; or

(c)            to levy war against Nigeria in order by force or constraint to compel the President to change his measures or counsels, or in order to put any force or constraint upon, or in order to intimidate or overawe any House of the National Assembly or any other Legislature or legislative authority; or

(d)            to instigate any foreigner to make any armed invasion of Nigeria or of any of the territories thereof; and manifests such intention by an overt act, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life.

Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB have openly discussed Buhari’s lack of qualification but have not attempted to forcefully remove him. The same applies to Nigeria’s governors in Biafraland whose removal Kanu advocated according to the electoral process. This eliminates definitions (a) and (b). IPOB’s nonviolent campaigning for Biafra Restoration eliminates (c) and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has never instigated foreigners to invade Nigeria, which eliminates (d).

Agitating for self determination is not listed as a definition of treasonable felony. Ironically Nigerian Law recognizes the rights of all peoples to self determination. Chapter A9 Article 20 of the laws of the Federation of Nigeria says:

  1. All peoples shall have right to existence. They shall have the unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination. They shall freely determine their political status and shall pursue their economic and social development according to the policy they have freely chosen.

  2. Colonized or oppressed people shall have the right to free themselves from the bonds of domination by resorting to any means recognized by the international community.

  3. All peoples shall have the right to the assistance of the States Parties to the present Charter in their liberation struggle against foreign domination, be it political, economic or cultural.

Self determination is recognized by even Nigerian Law.

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Nigeria security forces extort N100 billion in Southeast in three years

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The following report was published in Premium Times

A report released on Monday has accused Nigerian security and law enforcement agencies of pocketing as much as N100 billion in roadside bribery and extortion in the South-eastern part of the country alone over the last three years.

In a Monday morning statement to PREMIUM TIMES, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law said findings into the report began in August 2015. It accompanied the report with pictures that seemed to show officers receiving bribes at checkpoints.

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A breakdown of the questionable operation showed that Nigeria Police Force pocketed N78.02 billion, the military (Army, Navy and Air Force) received N6 billion and paramilitary formations (Customs, Road Safety, NAFDAC and NDLEA) took N16 billion. These totalled N100.02 billion ($330 million).

The report reinforces fears that the controversial culture has worsened despite decades of condemnation even amongst top security chiefs. Successive police leadership over the last two decades have ordered the removal of checkpoints, but compliance is sparsely enforced and hardly are errant officers punished.

Emeka Umeagbalasi, a senior official at Intersociety who coordinated the report, said it was released to coincide with this year’s Yuletide, during which bribery and extortion by security agencies are said to be at their peak as millions embark on holiday trips to the Southeast.

“We hope this would help those travelling home to celebrate Christmas be aware of the tactics of security agencies, and the disastrous economic impact on the region,” Mr Umeagbalasi said.

 

The Nigerian Army and the Federal Road Safety Corps immediately dismissed the report, telling PREMIUM TIMES their respective personnel operate with strict ethical standards and those identified for misconduct are usually promptly disciplined.

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The research for report, titled: Welcome to Southeast Region: Nigeria’s Headquarters of Official Highway Robbery; was conducted in all the South-east states and some parts of Delta State with predominantly residents of Igbo origin.

Intersociety found that the security agencies have designed specific levies for different categories of motorists across the South-east, and enforcement sometimes turns deadly.

“For every shuttle or Mitsubishi L300 bus loaded with passengers (only) in Anambra State, it is N50 at every police roadblock, and extra N200 is paid if loaded with goods and passengers,” the report said.

“For every commercial motorcycle or tricycle or Datsun or medium range truck loaded with goods, it is N200 at every police roadblock, and for every private vehicle owner accused of “incomplete” vehicle particulars, the least demanded sum is N4,000 or more, which must be paid randomly or on the spot to avoid being dragged to police station and have his or her vehicle impounded and indented as ‘stolen vehicle’,” the report said.

Some motorists are detained and bailed with illegal bail fees, ranging from N10,000 and above, the report found.

The questionable conduct, which has continued despite decades of condemnation even amongst top security chiefs, also differs from state to state in the region.

“Police extortions in Enugu and Ebonyi States, and to an extent, Imo State, are not as “lucrative” as those of Anambra and Abia States,” it said.

“Such extortions are majorly concentrated on critical federal and state roads as well as few commercial areas of the three states, such as Ogbete, Abakpa, and Nsukka in Enugu State; Abakiliki and Afikpo in Ebonyi State, Orlu and commercial parts of Owerri in Imo State.”

“The same non-uniformity applies to many roadblocks in the five Southeast states, as well as those in Agbor, Asaba and their environs, all in Delta State,” which has estimated 40 per cent Igbo population, the report found.

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According to the report, there were 250 police roadblocks in Anambra State between August 2015 and August 2016, and each made an estimated N40,000 per day. The 250 police roadblocks on Anambra roads between August 2015 and August 2016 illicitly collected N10 million per day, which translated to N300 million per month and N3.6 billion per year.

According to the report, at N40,000 per day, the 200 police roadblocks in Abia State during the period unlawfully milked the people of the South-east a total of N8 million per day, N240m per month and N2, 88 billion per year.

Also, at N30,000 per day for each of the 150 police roadblocks then in Imo State, a total of N4.5 million was reportedly realised per day, N135 million per month and N1, 62 billion per year.

Also with N25,000 per day for each of 100 police roadblocks in Enugu in the same period, N2.5 million was unlawfully collected per day, N75 million per month and N900 million per year, the report stated/

In Ebonyi, there were 50 police roadblocks, and each earned an average of N25,000 per day, totalling N1.25 million or N37.5 million per month and N450 million per year.

Between August 2016 and August 2017, at N40,000 per day, the 500 police roadblocks on Anambra roads collected N20 million per day, N600 million per month and N7, 2 billion per year.

At N40,000 per day, the 400 police roadblocks in Abia State received N16 million per day, N480 million per month and N5.76 billion per year.

With N30,000 per day for each of the 200 police roadblocks then in Imo State, a total of N6 billion was earned per day, N180 million per month and N2.16 billion per year.

Also with N25,000 per day for each of 200 police roadblocks in Enugu in the same period, N5 million was unlawfully collected per day, N150 million per month and N1.8 billion per year.

The 150 police roadblocks in Ebonyi State allegedly made N25,000 per day, totalling N3.75 million per day, N112.5 million per month and N1.35 billion per year.

Between August 2017 and December 2018, at N40,000 per day, the 800 police roadblocks on Anambra roads must have by the end of December 2018 collected N32 million per day, N960 million per month and N15.36 billion in sixteen months.

At N40,000 per day, the 700 police roadblocks in Abia State must have by the end of December 2018 unlawfully earned N28 million per day, N840 million per month and N13.44b in sixteen months.

In the same period, the 500 police roadblocks in Imo State earned N30,000 per day each, totalling N15 million per day, N450 million per month and N7.2 billion in sixteen months.

At N25, 000 per day for each of 400 police roadblocks in Enugu in the named period, N10 million must have been unlawfully collected per day, N300 million per month and N4.8 billion in sixteen months.

Finally, at N25, 000 for each of the 400 police roadblocks in Ebonyi State, a total of N10 million was illegally collected per day, N300 million per month and N4.8b in sixteen months.

Intersociety estimated 3,000 police roadblocks, including about 200 in different Igbo parts of Delta State (from Agbor to Asaba) as well as those manned by “police-stop-and-move” teams using Hilux or other pick-up vans usually manned by police special anti-robbery squad.

At an average of N20,000 per “police-stop-and-move” roadblock since August 2015, N4 million was realised per day, N120 million per month and N4.8 billion in 40 months, August 2015 to December 2018.

Military, paramilitary cornered N22 billion

Intersociety, which was established in 2008 as a non-governmental organisation based in Onitsha, also found that military personnel deployed in the region earned N6 billion since 2015, while officers of the Nigerian Customs Service, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the National Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and others grossed N16 billion in illicit income.

Although the Nigerian Air Force was also mentioned as having been a part of the suspected extortion, its collection was negligent. Mr Umeagbalasi clarified to PREMIUM TIMES that the institution was added because Air Force personnel often collect bribes near their bases around the region, but whatever they received was deemed inconsequential largely due to the limited bases in the region.

The bulk of the N6 billion bribes allegedly went to soldiers, who could be seen in dozens of roadblocks across Southeast.

White-collar, blue-collar

The report further found that some patterns of police roadblock extortion in the South-east bear blue-collar outlook. This involves direct extortion using stationed police personnel. In this case, vehicles bearing goods with passengers are made to “pay” double (i.e., for loaded wares and persons). For instance, each load-carrying L300 bus with passengers is forced to part with at least N250 at each police roadblock.

In the case of drafted soldiers and other military personnel, as well as paramilitary bodies like Road Safety, patterns of their extortion are different; bearing white-collar outlook. This could be categorised as indirect extortion using hired third party or civilian touts or points-men, the report found.

Report sweeping, exaggerated

The police and Customs did not immediately return PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for comments Monday morning, but the Nigerian Army and Road Safety strongly denied allegations of fraud amongst their personnel.

“It is a sweeping statement, they need to be specific,” FRSC spokesperson Bisi Kazeem said, but added nonetheless that the agency “does not condone corruption or corrupt tendencies.”

“Bribery is not institutionalised in the corps. Whoever is caught is dealt with by dismissal after trial by FRSC disciplinary committee,” the spokesperson said.

“We have monitoring and surveillance team from unit level to sector level to zonal level ending at the headquarters,” he said. “FRSC officers and men have name tags, the vehicle has body codes and registration numbers.”

Sani Usman, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, also absolved military personnel from all acts of bribery, and slammed Intersociety as propagating falsehood.

“It is not true. The Nigerian Army is very professional and has clearly established rules of engagement and code of conduct,” Mr Usman, a brigadier-general, said. “Therefore, it cannot be associated with such tissue of lies.”

 

A worsening menace

The culture of checkpoint corruption has been a recurring feature amongst Nigerian security and law enforcement agencies, even as their respective leaderships continue to speak stridently against the practice with threats of harsh consequences.

The first Intersociety report into the conduct of officers on the road was first published in 2011. Even though the South-east weighed heavily in the report, its elements were gathered across the country at the time, and the final outcome revealed that the controversial practice was milder at the time.

 The naira note benchmark used as ‘toll fee’ then was N20 denomination as against today’s N50 and N100 notes. The group found that between 2009 and 2011, police officers earned N53.4 billion in three years from 3,500 roadblocks across the country at the time. The South-east accounted for the lion’s share of N32.2 billion, followed by Southwest and South-south with N8.2 billion each.

Motorists in the North-Central coughed out N2.1 billion in bribes to the police. North-east and North-west were N1.2 billion each at the time. That nationwide investigation was built on the report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) published on August 17, 2010, which looked at corruption and abuses in the police.

The HRW’s report, titled: Everyone is in on the Game: Corruption & Human Rights Abuses by the Nigeria Police Force,’ combined with further findings by Intersociety prompted Mohammed Abubakar, then police inspector-general, to order the urgent dismantling of all roadblocks. But that directive, like several before and after it, saw compliance for only a few days before fizzling out.

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Nnamdi Kanu Addresses Nyako's Arrest Warrant Against Him

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu addresses Nigerian Justice Binta Nyako’s issuing of an arrest warrant against him without questioning the circumstances of his disappearance.

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Binta Nyako is Culpable for DSS Targeting IPOB members

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There are emerging apparent revelations concerning the inhumane and degrading treatments meted on Biafrans detained under the custody of the Nigeria Department of Security Services (DSS). These heartbreaking revelations emanated on the resumption of the ongoing trials of the family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), namely: Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Mmadubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie Ishinwa. Their trials at Justice Binta Nyako's presided Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, kicked off on Tuesday 26th March 2019.

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Recall that there exists treasonable felony charges preferred against the above mentioned Biafran citizens by the Nigerian government, principally based on their rightful and peaceful agitation for  the independence of the territories known as Biafra, within the West African sub-region, that has existed well over centuries before the advent of colonialism. Their uncompromising agitations for Biafra independence attracted their illegal arrests and prolonged dehumanizing incarcerations by the Nigerian security police known as Department of Security Services (DSS), on trumped up charges.

As Chidiebere Onwudiwe (1st defendant) was testifying during his trial in the court, he emphatically revealed how he was severely abused and tortured by the officers of the DSS. He stated that he was electrocuted on his laps in their mad bid to forcefully have him sign a doctored document designed to implicate him, few days after his arrest. Mazi Onwudiwe clearly stated that the statement presented before the court against him, was actually signed by him but under duress at a gun point. He was under the threat of being killed by the DSS officials if he resisted compliance. He went on to tell the court how he was completely denied access to his lawyers, relatives, IPOB family members, food and water for over a month. The only available alternative left for survival was the water he drank from wall-fixed tap in the tiny cell he was confined, under chains.

It is important therefore to state here that the body language of the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako in particular and Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) in general, is breeding human right abuses, lawlessness and blunt rascality of the Nigerian security agencies which consists of the Department of Security Services (DSS), Army and Police, against the family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). It is on this premise that it becomes needful that Justice Binta Nyako, should redeem her already battered judicial career by firmly standing against acts of lawlessness being exhibited by the DSS in handling IPOB members yet in detention. In case she is feigning ignorance of the law, it is absurd to even mention that officials of the DSS, shamelessly doctored a written document which the accused was forced at a gun point, to sign.

Now that the trial has earnestly commenced, it is time to really administer justice to whom it is totally due. Regarding the officials of the Department of Security Services (DSS), Justice Binta Nyako must to know that, she will unavoidably descend into the valley of infamy should she fail to carry out thorough and unbiased investigation into the human right abuses meted on Mazi Chidiebere Onwudiwe and his other three co-defendants who are equally standing trial in her court. The bizarre degrading treatments carried out against them by the Nigerian Security Operatives before their eventual forceful transfer to Kuje prison after their arrests, must never ever be treated with levity.

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Director Nnamdi Kanu Addresses Biafrans on State-level Elections

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Director Nnamdi Kanu addresses Biafrans on state-level elections in Biafraland

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Addresses the Military Siege of Biafraland

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Director Nnamdi Kanu details the military siege unfolding in the coastal region of Biafraland. Rivers, Bayelsa, and Akwa Ibom. Numerous Biafran homes have been attacked (names listed on air). The intention is to use soldiers to suppress voters. In Rivers alone 15 people have died. Governors in Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Cross Rivers must remain in office.

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Also mentioned is Anambra. Obiano has entered an agreement with Jibril to be rigged into the governors office and in exchange be a loyal servant of the caliphate in Anambra. Land in Anambra East local government, where oil was found in commercial quantity, has also been gifted to Jibril. Obiano has also deployed paramilitary forces throughout the state.

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Addresses Biafrans

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The Director Nnamdi Kanu addresses Biafrans concerning the next steps in the restoration movement, particularly the removal of certain governors in Ala-Igbo: Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Rochas Okorocha, Willie Obiano. He also lists the those that were recently hired to rig gubernatorial elections in Biafraland

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IPOB Press Release

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We the worldwide family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it's leadership wish to reaffirm our position clearly to all and sundry, in Nigeria and beyond, that Biafra freedom and sovereignty is non negotiable regardless of the political permutations in Nigeria. Idle minds and hired hands can chatter and speculate to their heart's content on social media, but one obvious and

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inescapable fact remains that our stance that voting in Nigeria is useless has been vindicated by the result of the shambolic rigging fest they call elections. The unacceptable levels of humiliation, intimidation, killing, announcement of fake results, coupled with sponsored propaganda against our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and entire peaceful movement like IPOB by strategy deficient perennial losers, cannot stop our total resolve to restore Biafra sovereignty in the shortest possible time.

Only a moron and worker of iniquity will pretend not to know what transpired in the colonial contraption called Nigeria during the recently concluded presidential elections. Using the military, police and armed thugs to rig in favour of the ruling Jihadi APC was clear for all to see. That the result has been sanctioned by some weak minded apathetic Nigerians as well as the Fulani loving British colonial masters, despite the horrors of that elections, is proof, if one is needed, that poor masses of Nigeria are like tormented caged animals stripped of every dignity and lacking in courage.

One inescapable fact is that this all encompassing, globally recognised and respected IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu remains the only good thing that has happened to Biafrans in 50 years possibly forever. Irrespective of your tribe, group or religion, there is undeniable universal acknowledgement that IPOB is the only ray of light in an otherwise dark and murky political landscape in Nigeria.

It is a pity and downright unbelievable that their so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and it's agents would allow themselves to be used by the executive the same way they used the judiciary in the country to subvert the will and desire of the people. Thankfully such brazen display of primitivity will never obtain in Biafra.

Before now, IPOB have always maintained, through its various press statements and our leader's broadcasts via Radio Biafra, that Nigerian Government headed by Jubril-Buhari and his kinsmen, will never willingly relinquish power in a peaceful process and will always use INEC, Army, Police, DSS to intimidate the masses during elections. Biafrans both home and abroad will within the coming months be engaging in a series of high profile and clandestine arrangements to ensure the speedy restoration of Biafra.

We are not unaware that some Fulani slaves in Biafraland, particularly Igbo politicians are still nursing the misguided hope of becoming president of Nigeria in 2023. We are calling and advising them to retrace their steps and join the movement for Biafra restoration because Biafra sovereignty is sacrosanct. If they were ignorant of the fact that current Nigerian system will never allow them to come near Aso Rock, events of February 23 in Lagos and northern Nigeria has brought home the stark reality that Biafrans are not needed at the heart of Nigerian politics. Another Fulani man will in all likelihood rig himself into power in 2023 with the help of Yoruba Muslims and the British. All the people will say then is, let us live in peace and move the country forward.

Therefore, politicians, artisans, traders, academics, professionals, businessmen and women in Biafraland and all over the world must support IPOB in this noble quest for Biafra liberation or we are doomed to be enslaved in Nigeria along with our children and generations unborn.

With or without your votes, Fulani terrorist soldiers and police in Nigeria uniforms including INEC will continue to rig elections and publicly disenfranchise Biafrans. A new equation has been successfully introduced which is the use of INEC Collation Officers to allocate figures to their preferred candidates under the watchful eyes the Nigerian janjaweed military. We are not bothered who becomes president of Nigeria from May 29, 2019 because our focus is on Biafra restoration.

Our people must understand the way Fulani constitution of Nigeria was written and the country structured gives the core north undue advantage over the rest of the South, especially with Yoruba support which the north can always count on. Nigeria is not a country and will never be. INEC, Army, Police, DSS and other security apparatus are now regular instruments used by the Nigerian Government to disenfranchise citizens from discharging their civic rights in Nigeria.

One thing we know for sure is that in the end IPOB will win and Biafra sovereignty will be fully restored.

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Disenfranchisement and Election Violence against Biafrans

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Biafrans in both Lagos and Biafraland experienced disenfranchisement of varying characters. In the video on the lower left and right show Biafrans in Lagos being disenfranchised as their votes are burned in front of them.

 

The following videos show violence in both Lagos and the Rivers states areas of Biafra as well as Igbo property being burned in Lagos.

A Christian woman was butchered almost to death after voting for the opposition political party. A Muslim Good Samaritan drove her to safety. In this video he gives his account.

A voter in Lagos laments that many Biafrans were denied right to vote in Lagos

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Delivers a Warning

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu delivers a warning to South East Governors Okezie Ikpazu, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, Dave Umahi, that are planning to oversee the tampering with election results in their respective states to forge votes and give Buhari more than he actually receives.

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Addresses Biafrans

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In this broadcast Mazi Nnamdi Kanu sheds more light on the lifting of the boycott and makes it clear that Nigeria’s politicians in Biafraland such as Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano, Rochas Okorocha, and others will be removed in due time.

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