Rivers: Travelers stranded, as soldiers block road after IPOB clash

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Several trucks, petroleum tankers, and vehicles are trapped around the Oyigbo axis of the Port Harcourt-Aba expressway in Rivers State, as security operatives block the Imo-Rivers border yesterday. This followed the killing of some soldiers by suspected members of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia State, who were enforcing the sit-at-home order in commemoration of the May 30th ‘Biafra Day.’ Following the long queues, hundreds of passengers were stranded, as movement to the neighbouring Abia State is restricted. According to a resident, who spoke to newsmen on…

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S’ East: IPOB threatens to shut down Enugu DisCo over poor power supply

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has sent a warning message to the management of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, (EEDC). The group, in an issued statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, accused EEDC of not providing adequate power supply in the South-East region and warned the company to ensure steady power supply or risk being kicked out of the region. Part of the statement reads: “Following the abysmal power supply from Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) in the South-East, we the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of…

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​​IPOB declares May 30 ‘sit-at-home’ in South-East

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared Thursday, May 30 as sit-at-home day in South-East to honour those who fought in the civil war. A statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, stated: “The sit-at-home is an annual event held on May 30th to remember the men and women who died during the Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970. “IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, urged all Biafrans, friends of Biafra, and residents in Biafra Land to observe the sit-at-home and reflect on the sacrifices made by…

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Ipob: Court rejects Nnamdi Kanu’s fresh request for bail

Leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was yesterday denied bail by Justice Binta Nyako, of the Federal High Court Abuja. However, the court mandated an expedited hearing in the case involving the controversial IPOB leader, who is accused of crimes that might be considered treasonous. Since his arrest in June 2021, Kanu has been under the care of the Department of State Services (DSS), and he was brought before the court yesterday. Delivering ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Nyako, held that the court would only…

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Alleged unlawful arrest, detention: Court dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal against Police, DSS

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the appeal brought before it by Felix Okonkwo, one of the lawyers to the detained leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu over his unlawful arrest and detention by the Police and the Department of State Security Services, (DSS). Justice Okon Abang dismissed the appeal for want of merit and substance. Delivering judgment on the appeal yesterday, Justice Abang held that the appellant failed to establish a miscarriage of justice in the judgment of a High Court of…

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Imo: Security agents kill 20 IPOB fighters, destroy 50 hideouts 

Security forces in Imo State have neutralised 20 Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) fighters during a joint operation on March 7. The mission, the second in Orsu Local Government this month and the third in the State, resulted in the destruction of 50 camps, including IPOB’s Supreme Headquarters, Command and Control Centre, and military council headquarters. Earlier operations on March 5 and March 2 saw the Nigerian Army and Navy eliminate five and one IPOB fighter, respectively, recovering various weapons and vehicles. However, in an issued statement yesterday, the Director,…

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Army raids IPOB/ESN Headquarters in Imo, kill scores  

Nigerian Troops have raided the Supreme Headquarters of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB situated in the Mother Valley area of Imo State. In an issued statement on Thursday, Troops of the South-East Joint Task Force (OP UDOKA) neutralised several members of the group while other fled into the deeper parts of the Forest with various degrees of injuries. The statement read in part: “In continuation of the sustained operations, the JTF OPUK troops has on 7 March 2024 cleared and destroyed the notorious Supreme Headquarters of the terrorists…

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Provocative Statement: ACF tackles Ohanaeze Ndigbo, IPOB for demanding apology from Gowon

Apex Northern socio-cultural group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has expressed deep offense and pain over what it called highly provocative statements recently credited to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Indigenous People of Biafra against former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd). The ACF said it took time to digest a statements credited to Mr. Okechukwu Isiguzoro, of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as well as the one from the IPOB calling on General Gowon, its Grand Patron, to tender apology for what the Forum referred as a nebulous “sin” against…

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“Desist calling us a terrorist organisation” – IPOB tells FG

The banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the Federal Government to desist from addressing it as a terrorist organisation. IPOB made this known in a statement issued by media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, adding that the FG has refused to appear before the appellate court to defend their proscription order. Recall that Justice Abdul Kafarati had, on September 20, 2017, granted an ex-parte order proscribing IPOB as a ‘terrorist’ organisation. But the pro-Biafra group said the proscription order had been appealed at the Appeal Court since 2018 by…

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Biafra: “We’re ready for talks on referendum” – IPOB

The banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that it is now ready to negotiate with the Federal Government on peaceful exit of Biafra from Nigeria through a United Nations (UN) supervised referendum. The pro-Biafran group, which stated this in a press statement issued by group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, yesterday, said the peaceful agitation for Biafra Independence started in 2012 without any violence or criminality, but that the Federal Government has continued to attack its members. According to Powerful, IPOB has lost over 5,000 members and properties worth over…

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