On 7th October 2021, a renowned Nollywood Actor, Chiwetalu Agu was apprehended in Anambra state by the Military, adorned in IPOB/Biafra regalia. According to the Military, the iconic Nollywood figure in the entertainment industry was allegedly arrested after he was caught soliciting support for one proscribed group identified as IPOB, as well as inciting the public against the authority. It is noteworthy that the arrest is coming few days after the Military commenced an operation tagged “Golden Dawn” in the South East, following incessant attacks and killing of security operatives and innocent residents in the region. Apart from the killing of operatives, cases of armed robbery, car snatching, attacks on POS operators, raiding of markets, mounting of illegal roadblocks as well as extortion of motorists have been reported. The question now is, did the Nollywood actor commit any crime to warrant arrest? YES. In September 2017, a federal high court proscribed IPOB and declared it a terrorist organization. The declaration followed an application by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice. The following year, IPOB appealed the declaration/judgement. Fortunately or unfortunately, the appeal was not upheld. Rather the court affirmed its earlier declaration. Consequently, in the face of the law, IPOB remains a terrorist group. Some of the characteristics of terrorist organizations include coercion, targeted assassination, kidnapping, violent confrontation with government forces, violent agitation for secession, armed robbery, using the instrumentality of fear to subjugate people, and so on.
INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY-FIRST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2021. Citizens of Nigeria. It is with full gratitude to God that today, we celebrate Nigeria’s sixty-first Independence Anniversary. For 1st of October 1960 to happen, all hands were on deck. East, West, North all came together to celebrate freedom. Today should not only serve as a reminder of the day the British handed over the reins of power to Nigerians, but also unified Nigerians from all ethnic groups, religions and regions.
The Federal Government has approved a 14-day paternity leave for male civil servants to enable them to bond with their newborn babies. The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOS), Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan announced this during a press briefing after the Federal Executive Council Meeting presided by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.
Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has on Sunday appointed Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya. The appointment was announced by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Usman Alhaji, saying "Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, by the power conferred on him by the Kano Emirate law 2020 as amended has approved the appointment of Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.
Mrs. Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of late Head of State, Major General Johnson T.U Aguiyi-Ironsi has died on Monday. The former first lady was 97 years, would have been 98 in November. Her husband was the Supreme Commander of the National Military Government for six months before being overthrown and killed in the 1966 Nigerian counter-coup on July 26.
The uproar surrounding the arrest and detention of 3 Israeli filmmakers in Nigeria by the Department of State Services is unnecessary and misconceived. The desperate move exhibited by the trio in hastily releasing a video to paint the country and the intelligence agency in bad light further justifies an innate motive to cast aspersions.
The National Judicial Institute (NJI) has announced the appointment of the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Salisu Garba as the Administrator of the institute. According to reports, Justice Garba voluntarily retired in order for him to take over as the Administrator of NJI.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on a two weeks trip to London to attend the Global Education Summit and later for a medical check-up. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina made the disclosure in a statement, saying the president will return in the second week of August.
It has been reported that the former Special Adviser on Political Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak has been killed by unknown gunmen in Imo State.
It is regrettable that while many Nigerian patriots are assiduously banding together on the workability of the Nigerian nationhood through national cohesion and unity. However, some unpatriotic citizens whom we can refer to as Merchants of War, are deepening contradictions of the Nigerian state, promoting micro-nationalism, parochial ethnic identity. It is worthy to note, that the fight for growth and development of any country in the world usually encounters ill-willed obstacles aimed at hindering its actualization of nationhood and greatness. History is replete with records of struggles of nationhood for all countries globally.
The Senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity Garba Shehu has announced the passing away of Sa'idu Afaka, the official driver to President Muhammadu Buhari after a prolonged illness.