Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has apologized to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi over attack by the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, in Madrid, Spain.
In a statement made available to ORIENTAL TIMES on Monday, the OYC condemned vehemently the alleged attack on Amaechi, promising the Minister and other South-East leaders that Igbo youths would guarantee the safety of all government officials in future while discharging their official duties abroad.
The OYC President-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, revealed that such will not happen again.
Recall that Amaechi was attacked by a group of IPOB members in Madrid, while attending a climate change conference in the country.
Confirming the incident, Amaechi said: “I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on national assignment at a climate change event in Madrid, Spain. They were quickly repelled by the Spanish Police before they could do any harm. I am fine, I was not hurt. Thanks for your support and prayers”.
However, Ohanaeze Youths said in the statement in reaction to the purported attack on Amaechi, “We had met in Mumbai India with Igbo leaders and some Coalition of Biafra agitators from different countries in Asia with the view of halting further embarrassment of Government officials and dignitaries especially Igbo leaders.
There was displeasure and aggressive issues concerning perceived maltreatment meted out to Igbos which was expressed by those who were present at the meeting but resolutions were reached and will be communicated to the Secretary-General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dim Uche Okwukwu, who oversees the office of the Ohanaeze Youths and South-East Governors forum.
“We want to assure our Governors and Ministers that there’ll be no further embarrassment in Asia, this Consultative dialogue and meetings will be replicated in America, Europe and African countries in nearby Future. We will continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and South-East governors and protect them both at home and in Diaspora from further embarrassment and humiliation”.
Facebook Shuts Down Nnamdi Kanu’s Page
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday said the Facebook page of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been shut down.
The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, alleged that the action was taken by Facebook Nigeria who, it said viewed the page as a platform to exposing the ills in government.
It warned that Biafra had suffered greatly as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s, saying it could not afford to allow same to continue in the 21st century.
The statement reads in part: “We can confirm that Facebook Nigeria has shut down the page of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“This is not unconnected with the fact that our leader’s page has become a rich resource for those determined to expose the evil regime in Nigeria and enthrone a better life for the masses.
“We mince no words when we say that Facebook Nigeria is more corrupt that the corrupt government they are seeking to protect.
“Biafra suffered immeasurably as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s a situation we are not prepared to allow in this 21st century.”
Amotekun: Osinbajo, South West Governors In Closed-Door Meeting
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting with South-west governors in his office in Abuja.
The details of the meeting have not yet been made public. However, a source said the meeting would focus on the newly-formed South-west security outfit, Amotekun.
The federal government has declared the outfit, set up in December to combat rampant insecurity in the region, illegal. The announcement was made by the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The declaration has been greeted with disapproval among groups and across southern Western part of the nation
Mr Malami and the Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Abubakar, are attending the meeting.
Mr Osinbajo had earlier on Thursday chaired a meeting of the National Economic Council, which has all governors and some ministers and top government officials as members.
Armed Robbers Invade MTN Office In Kebbi
The Kebbi Police Command has confirmed the invasion of MTN office in Tudun Wada area of Birnin Kebbi by three armed robbers on Wednesday.
The Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.
“Yes, the robbery took place and investigation has since begun,” he said.
Earlier, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the MTN Manager in the state told NAN that the robbers stormed the shop around 2.pm on Wednesday and took away about N4.5 million.
“The armed robbers carried out the operation in less than five minutes when they stormed our office at around 2 pm, and carted away nothing less than N4.5 million , ” he said.
He explained that the three masked armed robbers arrived the office in a Toyota saloon car with Bauchi state number plate.
“On arrival, the robbers, armed with AK 47 ordered all the people outside the office to lay down while wielding their guns.”
He said that one of the robbers was left outside holding those laying down hostage at gun point.
Dasuki explained that the remaining two shot into the air immediately after they gained entry into the office and demanded for money.
He added that the robbers must have trailed one of the staff members from a bank, where he withdrew money for office transactions.
“As soon as they got into the office, they demanded for the money by asking where is the money, where is the money?
“They carted away the money in less than five minutes’ operation; they stole over N4.5 million,” the manager said.