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No Insecurity In Southeast, Take Operation Python Dance 4 To North — IPOB Tells Nigerian Army

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said there was no insecurity in the South-East geopolitical zone, to warrant the launch of the ongoing Operation Python Dance 4, in the region, by the army.

The pro-Biafra group alleged that what appeared like insecurity situation in the zone, had been caused by “land grabbers” who were reportedly working with leaders in the region.

The group stated this in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, made available to journalists, on Saturday.

IPOB maintained that the Nigerian Army should focus on the northeastern part of the country, that had almost been ravaged by the activities of Boko Haram and other forms of insurgency, rather than in the South-East zone, where it’s men were allegedly “harassing defenceless innocent Nigerians.”

The group said, “There is no insecurity in Biafraland save for those introduced by land grabbers.

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“There is peace except for where terror herdsmen are wreaking havoc in some parts in South-East. It is therefore unacceptable that Nigerian army should be running around in armoured vehicles and tormenting innocent civilians when they should be combating insecurity in core North.”

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Orji Kalu: Abia Groups Ask FG, EFCC To Return Loots To State Govt

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Two socio-political Organizations, Abia Good Governance Initiative and Ndi-Abia United, have insisted that the loots recovered from ex-governor Orji Uzor Kalu be returned back to the state’s coffers.

Recall that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday found Kalu guilty of 39 counts of N7.2 billion fraud and money laundering.

Kalu was charged alongside Jones Udeogo, the state Commissioner for Finance during his tenure as the governor.

Addressing newsmen on behalf of the groups on Monday in Aba, Emeka Kanu and Chidi Nkume asserted that it would be a gross injustice if the Federal Government diverted the money to the centre, noting that such action would also be another form of corruption.

They said, “The money belongs to Abians and should be returned to Abia. We want the anti-corruption agency (EFCC) to look deeper into the activities of other past and even present political office holders in the state, as a lot of money belonging to the state was looted by her political rulers.

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“They bought houses, estates, factories, cars, shops, malls all over Nigeria and outside. Some are even building Universities in Ghana and other places.”

Meanwhile, a group, a Coalition of Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria, (COSCON),has commended the EFCC and the Judiciary for the jailing of Kalu after twelve years of trial.

Reacting to the 12-year jail term slammed on Senator Kalu, who represents Abia North district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Director of Programme of the Coalition, Nelson Ndukwe on Monday, opined that the anti-graft commission, and the judiciary had further proved they were not rubber stamp to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of Nigeria.

It commended the President for being neutral in the matter despite Orji Kalu being a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Sowore’s Re-arrest, DSS Court Invasion Reason I Rejected Soyinka Centre Award — Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has frowned at the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow and for this reason has rejected an award from the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.

The Vice President who was a keynote speaker in the United Arab Emirates explained why he refused to accept the award for his achievements in the justice system of Nigeria.

In statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, “I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.”

Osinbajo then went on to thanks the organizers of the event for considering him for an award.

“I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me.

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“The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.

“However, two reasons explain my absence. First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker.

“Second, in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.

“Please accept my heartfelt apologies and extend the same to the other members of the organizing team. God bless you,” the statement read.

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The Rights Of Every Nigerian Is Guaranteed Under My Watch, Says Buhari

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Amidst repression of press and alleged victimisation by secret police, President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the commitment of his administration to guarantee promotion and protection of human rights of every Nigerian, respect for rule of law and sanctity of human lives.

This was contained in a speech delivered by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Mr. Dayo Akpata who represented the President at the 2019 National Human Rights awards ceremony held in Abuja.

Akpata disclosed that President Buhari has demonstrated that he is committed to protecting the rights of every Nigerian by being part of all important international human rights instruments.

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme, Edward Kellon urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to come up with policies that would protect and secure lives of Nigerians.

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