Thousands of youths, women, and leaders of Yoruba race are currently occupying some streets in Ibadan in a self-determination awareness rally organised by Banki Akintoye, leader of Ilana Odua and a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The rally to demand for Oduduwa Republic has reportedly suffered setback as armed policemen and armour personnel carrier from the state command have taken over the venue of the rally, Mapo Hall in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital There are more than 20 police vehicles including patrol vans in Mapo Area.
Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, yesterday, reiterated that there was no going back on the presidential directive to shoot-at-sight anyone found bearing AK-47. Irabor disclosed this at Asaba while addressing journalists after a courtesy visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House. While noting that Nigeria as a country forbade illegal bearing of arms, he cautioned that anyone found with such weapons was an enemy of the state and would be treated as such. Irabor said: “The mandate of the President for dealing with everyone holding AK-47 illegally is a mandate that must be enforced because we are a state that does not condone illegal bearing of arms.
The Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, David Umahi, has raised the alarm on plots to incite war in the South East. He urged the people not to fall for such plans. He spoke on Channels programme Sunrise Daily breakfast show, yesterday. The governor while reacting to the rising insecurity in the Southeast, where gunmen have attacked several police stations and killer-herders have sacked communities, especially in Ebonyi, said bandits were committing crime in the Southeast under the guise of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a security arm set up by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He emphasized that governors would not allow what he termed illegality to reign in the region, which was why they launched the Ebube Agu vigilante outfit. The governor claimed there was a plot to incite war in the Southeast, asking the people not to fall for such plans.
President Muhammadu Buhari has yesterday said, his services Chiefs are doing their best to keep the country safe amidst the insecurity that is troubling the country. Buhari stated this while speaking to Journalist shortly after he arrived from his London Medical trip that lasted for two weeks, where he also gave insight on issues surrounding the appointment of the new Inspector general of Police (IGP).
The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Yesterday criticized southeast governors over the newly established security outfit Ebube Agu, calling it a waste of resources. IPOB insisted that the Eastern Security Network (ESN) is the duly formed outfit for the zone. IPOB’s spokesperson Emma Powerful, who made the pronouncement on Tuesday said the governors, “belatedly announced the formation of an abstract security outfit called Ebube Agu to secure the zone” “How can you launch a security outfit without first assembling the personnel and equipping them? “When Amotekun was formed, it was not abstract. The personnel and their equipment were handy. When our leader floated the gallant ESN, the men were on the ground. Describing Ebube Agu as a huge joke and waste, IPOB encouraged youths and others in the zone to disregard and distance themselves from the security outfit.