The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Wednesday, confirmed the arrest of 15 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign States of Biafra in the state.
They were arrested in a bush at Amasiri Community in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of the State, on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, by a combined team of the men of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.
The suspects were allegedly planning how to hold their 2019 summit in the state.
The groups’ annual meeting, our correspondent gathered, was billed to take place between Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in the state.
The Punch reports that the arrest of members of the separatists’ groups, came, 24 hours after the Ebonyi State Government, led by Governor David Umahi, maintained that the IPOB remained a proscribed organisation and warned members of the public against its activities in the state.
In a statement signed by the Command’s spokesperson, Loveth Odah, “The Ebonyi State Police Command, in active collaboration with other security agencies in the state, while acting on credible intelligence report that IPOB/MASSOB members will have their 2019 convention in the state, on 13 and 14 August, 2019, embarked on massive “show of force” covering the entire length and breadth of the state with particular focus on identified flashpoints.
“The exercise dominated the entire state and frustrated the activities of IPOB/MASSOB members, thereby denying them the opportunity to hold their meeting in the prearranged venue.
“They were however traced to a hideout in the bush around Amasiri community, in Afikpo North LGA of the state where fifteen (15) members led by one Rev. Ogonna Nnachi ‘M’, about 70 years of age were arrested. Items recovered from them include Biafra Currency (2 pounds), branded Biafra T-Shirts, caps and bangles.
“Upon interrogation, their leader Rev. Ogbonna narrated that they were planning the burial of one of their members who died in Lagos, but was to be buried in Ohaozara LGA of the state and also planning the building of a monument in honour of late Odumegwu Ojukwu at Owerri Imo State. The arrested members were handed over to SCID for further interrogation and profiling.”
Odah added, “Ebonyi State Police Command will continue to explore all crime-fighting tactics by combing all hideouts of criminals/criminal-minded persons with the view to deny them the space to carry out their acts.
“The general public is as usual enjoined to assist the police and other security agencies by providing credible information on any suspicious activity and movements of persons or goods.”
Cabals Are Not Controlling My Govt — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has struck out claims of a cabal influencing decisions in his government.
First Lady, Aisha Buhari has been claiming for a while now that a cabal is controlling her husband’s government.
President Buhari in an interview with The Interview Newspaper stated that he’s the only one that took an oath for the office of the President and can exercise the power that comes with it.
He said: “I was the one who went round the country on campaigns, and I was the one voted into office as President, twice. No one else did, and no one else took the oath of office, and can exercise the powers of a President.”
Reps Ask Service Chiefs To Resign Immediately
Members of the House of Representatives today passed a vote of no confidence on all the service chiefs, asking them to either resign their positions immediately or be sacked by President Buhari.
The lawmakers made the call during its plenary in Abuja Wednesday, January 29th.
While debating on the nation’s rising insecurity, a member of the House, Abubakar Fulata, informed his colleagues that the service chiefs had outlived their usefulness and that it will be to the detriment of the country if these men keep doing the same thing repeatedly and expect a different result in tackling the security challenges Nigeria is grappling with.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, thereafter put the question to the lawmakers whether the service chiefs should resign and leave their offices or be sacked. Although there was a divide among the members in their response, majority of the lawmakers answered in the affirmative and the resolution was passed.
The service chiefs include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar. They were appointed in July 2015.
NYSC Approves N33,000 Monthly Allowance For Corps Members
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has increased the monthly allowance of corps members to N33, 000.
Corps members were getting N19, 800 until the latest review.
Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, announced the increase during a working visit to the NYSC secretariat in Bauchi.
He said the increase is in line with the new minimum wage approved by the federal government.
In a statement on the official Facebook page of NYSC, Ibrahim informed provisions for the new allowance have been made in the 2020 budget and “payment would commence as soon as funds are released by the appropriate authorities”.
The DG had pledged the monthly allowance of corps members would be increased “immediately the federal government starts the payment of the new minimum wage”.
“Your monthly allowance would be increased immediately the Federal Government starts the payment of the new minimum wage to all public servants nationwide,” he said in an address delivered at the NYSC orientation camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
“Efforts are in top gear at all levels to ensure adequate welfare for all corps members.”
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law in April 2019.