Soldiers Invade Abia NUJ Secretariat, Smash Phones, Laptops etc.; Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe states thrown in complete darkness; Nnamdi Kanu’s houme not under siege by Nigeria army; EFCC traces Abuja posh assets to Jonathan’s wife; Nigerian Army allegedly holds Nnamdi Kanu hostage, shoots sporadically . . .
Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe states have been thrown into darkness following a fire outbreak which engulfed the Jos Transmission Station.
The Nigeria Army has denied that the home of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was under siege. The video didn’t actually show the alleged siege.
Two more assets have been traced to former First Lady Patience Jonathan, who is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering. The latest development has brought the number of Mrs. Jonathan’s assets under investigation to 15. The list does not include the six choice plots traced to her in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), it was learnt yesterday.
The commission said it suspected the assets were allegedly bought through three firms – Ariwabai Aurera Reachout Foundation; Finchley Top Homes Limited; and AM-PM Network Limited.
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was reported to have been held hostage at his Umuahia residence by personnel of the Nigerian Army. Reports say that the soldiers invaded Kanu’s residence as early as 6am Tuesday and started shooting sporadically. IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, confirmed the incident.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has declared that he would fight corruption like never before if he’s given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the country. He challenged those he described as his “self-righteous political enemies” who have been accusing him of corruption to either prove the corruption allegations against him, or keeping quiet. He made the remarks yesterday at a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in the Jabi area of Abuja.
Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation to the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. Onyeama made this known in Abuja on Tuesday when he briefed the newsmen.
The umbrella body of the Igbos, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has asked the federal government to direct the military to call off its military operation in the South-east code-named Python Dance 11, describing it as an invasion in the region aimed at intimidating the people. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in a statement signed by its President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Tuesday said: “Nigeria at this moment does not need such deliberate and proactive escalation of tensions and crisis.”
About 20 soldiers of the Nigerian Army Tuesday morning invaded the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abia State Council in Umuahia, the state capital. The angry and well armed soldiers, who were taking part in Operation Python dance, beat up journalists and destroyed their phones and tablets. They alleged that the journalists took pictures of a convoy of troops marching through the city. As the operation lasted, journalists holed up at the Press Centre on Aba road were horrified as the soldiers ordered them at gun point to surrender their phones and tablets. There was panic and apprehension as passersby scampered for safety around the Abia Tower roundabout where the Press Centre is located.
The Commander of the 14 Brigade Nigeria Army, Ohafia, Brigadier General Abdul Kalifah Ibrahim has condemned the military invasion of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Umuahia on Tuesday. Oyegoke Badamosi, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army 14 Brigade in Ohafia, said “What happened was that while the soldiers on patrol near the Abia State NUJ Secretariat, they noticed some people filming them. “Unfortunately, they seized and damaged their recording devices; an iPad and 2 mobile phones. Preliminary investigation shows that the items belong to journalists on their legitimate duties.
The soldiers who participated in the assault on journalists in Umuahia onTuesday, will face disciplinary actions for their “unfortunate” misconduct, the Nigerian Army has said.
At least two journalists were reportedly assaulted by troops in the Abia State capital in the afternoon. Oyegoke Badamosi, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army 14 Brigade in Ohafia, said preliminary investigation has revealed that soldiers indeed launched aggression against the reporters who were on their legitimate duties. “Consequently, the Commander 14 Brigade and Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division waded into the matter which has since been resolved amicably.”
Thousands of IPOB members are seen in buses, cars, trucks and lorries trooping to the residence of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, following reports of him being held hostage by soldiers in Umuahia, Abia state. IPOB members could be seen in tippers, buses and other cars from different parts of South-East heading to Kanu’s residence in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
Two persons are feared dead, and several others injured following a clash Tuesday afternoon between Nigerian Soldiers and members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
Following the tension in Aba, Abia State, the State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has declared a three-day curfew in the commercial city. This followed clashes between soldiers and IPOB members.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says his client has been placed under house arrest by the Nigerian army. Soldiers surrounded Kanu’s home in Umuahia, Abia state on Tuesday, two days after they had clashed with his supporters in the area. In a statement issued shortly after the incident, Ejiofor said he got a distress call from Kanu but that he couldn’t confirm whether he is alive or dead. He also accused the soldiers of killing four members of IPOB in the area. “Just to notify the world that my client’s (Nnamdi Kanu) house is presently under siege by the trigger-happy soldiers acting under the direct instruction of chief of army staff,” the statement read. “He has been placed under house arrest at the moment while shooting sporadically into the air . . .”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has revealed when he would exit as the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. According to him, after “four years” he will exit as head of the upper legislative chamber, but that the institution will remain. Saraki was speaking on the need to strengthen democratic institutions in a statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his media aide, on Tuesday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed the recall process for the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye. An INEC National Commissioner and member of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, said in a statement on Tuesday that the commission would release a revised timetable and schedule of activities on September 18, 2017 in compliance with the orders of the court. Haruna said with the ruling of the court on the issue of the recall process against Melaye on September 11, 2017, all the legal impediments to the recall process against the senator had been removed for the recall process to resume.
Just back from Kaduna state where he commissioned the Olam Farms, President Muhammadu Buhari Chas received his Ghana counterpart, Nana Akufo-Addo, in Aso Rock Presidential Villa. The Ghanaian president said he came to see for himself that Buhari was back and healthy.