Ebonyi state government, on Monday, denied setting a vigilante group known as “Bakassi Boys” to destabilise the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB in the state.
There were rumors making the rounds on the social media, spearheaded by a group called The Biafra Restoration Voice, TBRV, who alleged that Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state commissioned the said security group.
The information reads, “Governor David Umahi have just commissioned this group of men called “Bakassi Boys” in Ebonyi; their job and mission is to attack IPOB members and so on”.
The group, TBRV, alleged that the inauguration of the group came after a purported meeting with the state government and former governor of the state in government house.
But while reacting to the alleged statement, Commissioner for Internal Security and Boarder Peace, Mr. Stanley Okoro Emegha, said the state has no other internal security outfit except the Neighborhood watch. He described the information as strange and urged the people to disregard the information.
His words, “This is a strange story as far as the state is concerned. There is no security outfit that can be established in this state without the knowledge of the state government and as such, there is nothing like Bakassi boys.
“There is nothing like Bakassi or ISAKABA, IPOB, MASSOB or whatever you call them. People may stay in their homes based on their agitations and say they are IPOB or MASSOB or they are this or that, but they are not known in Ebonyi state because, their activities are against the law of the land.
“So, there is nothing like BAKASSI in Ebonyi state and there is no inauguration of such group in the state. There is absolutely nothing like that and we don’t condone it. Who did the selection? Who inaugurated them?
“There were some people that came and said they are National Vigilante and the governor said we don’t want to hear anything like that in the state.
What we have, which is constitutionally approved by our House of Assembly, is the state Neighbourhood Watch and everybody know their activities. It is recognised worldwide and security agencies in the state know their activities and that is the only thing we know in the state and we have as a security outfit. Their conducts have limitations; there are certain extent they don’t go. They give tips to police; their activities do not cross this level and they are purely to checkmate pocket of crimes. The general public should, please, disregard that rumour; it is untrue,” Mr Okoro said.
Biafra: We’ve Paid Supreme Price With Our Parents — Nnamdi Kanu’s Family
Family of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, said with the death of its patriarch, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, it had paid the supreme price for the Biafra struggle.
Afaraukwu Eze-in-council comprising the three communities in Afaraukwu in Umuahia North Local Government of Abia State had, at the weekend, formally announced the death of the traditional ruler who was believed to have died in early November.
Speaking with Daily Sun at Afaraukwu, the spokesman of the family, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, said nothing was as painful as the death of their parents, adding that it came as shock to them, but assured they were doing everything humanly possible to absorb the shock.
He said: “Nothing is as painful as what we’ve been through with regard to my parent’s death. It came to us as shock and a very big one for that matter. But we are doing everything we can humanly possible to absorb that shock.
“We fully understand that it’s what everyone has to go through directly or indirectly, but this is a very challenging and difficult time.
“However, in everything, we give God praise. He said when good happens, we should praise Him so as when evil happens. It hasn’t been easy. But we are doing all we can to make sure that what we believe in is achieved.”
Kanu said they would miss their parents in so many ways, including their parental advice, food and even their disagreements to agree on issues, which he said, were always moments of joy instead of bitterness for the family.
He said: “We are going to miss everything about them, there is the parental advice; the way they make us laugh all the time. You need to see my mother and my father disagree with each other.
“When you see them sit down and iron out their differences, of course, it makes us laugh. They agree in everything, sometimes they disagree as well.
What you may not want to say about any situation, my mother will stand bold to say it without giving a damn to whatever happens, that’s who she is. She is a fearless woman, very fearless, indeed”.
Kanu, who equally added that they would miss their parent’s support for Biafra, stressed that they were pillars to the struggle. However, he stated that wherever they may be today, their wish would be for them to see Biafra realised.
He stressed that they, their children and Biafrans alike, know the dream was alive and were doing whatever they could to achieve it without minding whatever opposition on the way.
He reiterated that his parents died as a result of the trauma of invasion of their home in 2017 by the military under the guise of “Operation Python Dance,” but was not categorical on whether the family would take any legal action against the military or Federal Government.
“I may not be in a position to say that (we can take action against government) until we all sit down together and then look at it from a different angle as well.
“But I’m making it clear that the reason my parents died was as a result of the ‘Operation Python Dance’ of 2017; they lived with the trauma until the day they passed on,” Kanu said.
Nnamdi Kanu Releases Names And Faces Of 3 IPOB Members Allegedly Abducted By Army
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has released photos of its members allegedly abducted by the men of the Nigerian Army.
The IPOB leader made the disclosure via his handle on micro-blogging site, Twitter.
According to Kanu, the three pro-Biafra activists were abducted on Sunday, December 8.
He gave their names as Kelvin Odionyenfe Nduka, Nnamdi Obi and Chinemerem Onuorah.
Kanu, however, called on the Abia State government to ensure their safety.
“The @HQNigerianArmy abducted 3 #IPOB activists (Kelvin Odionyenfe Nduka, Nnamdi Obi and Chinemerem Onuorah) on Sunday the 8th of December. @Abiastategov should ensure their safety. @AmnestyNigeria @channelstv @BorisJohnson,” he tweeted.
The @HQNigerianArmy abducted 3 #IPOB activists (Kelvin Odionyenfe Nduka, Nnamdi Obi and Chinemerem Onuorah)on Sunday the 8th of December. @Abiastategov should ensure their safety. @AmnestyNigeria @channelstv @BorisJohnson pic.twitter.com/oFxA9g513U
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) December 9, 2019
“Sowore Should Fight For Oduduwa, Nigeria Is Useless” — Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has urged the convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, to fight for the freedom of Oduduwa republic rather than fighting for ‘one Nigeria’ as “Nigeria is useless.”
Kanu said this during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra, yesterday Sunday, December 8.
During the broadcast, Kanu who described Sowore as the “new face of Yoruba liberation”, stressed that anytime the activist steps out of prison, he would be the next face of Yoruba land.
The IPOB leader expressed optimism that Sowore will come out of DSS custody and that he would lead his people to freedom.
Kanu further stressed that the reign of National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the leader of the Yoruba nation is over because Sowore is the new face of Yorubaland.
His words: “Let me tell Tinubu this, your reign as the leader of the Yoruba people is finished, Sowore is the new face of Yoruba liberation.
“Sowore is the new Yoruba leader. Any day Sowore steps out of prison, he would be the next face of Yoruba land.
“Sowore will come out and he would lead his people to freedom. Sowore should go and fight for Oduduwa, Nigeria is useless.”