The 14 Brigade Nigerian Army in Abia, on Saturday conducted free medical outreach in Afaraukwu-Ibekwu, the hometown of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the services rendered included medical consultation, laboratory investigation, eye care, distribution of eyeglasses, and treated mosquito nets.
Others were check up on diabetes, blood sugar, and blood pressure, voluntary HIV testing and counseling, provision of free drugs, and malaria prevention awareness, and treatment, among others.
The Brigade Commander, Brig-Gen Adegoke Adetuyi, said the free medical outreach was part of civil-military cooperation under Exercise Golden Dawn II.
He said it was aimed at assuring the people of Afaraukwu and Abia in general of the Nigerian Army’s readiness to provide adequate security for the people and support their wellbeing.
The commander added that the outreach was intended to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the people of Abia and the Nigerian Army. “You are our people, we will always love you,” he added, and urged the community to support the military in the discharge of its constitutional duties.
According to Adetuyi, the Nigerian Army is ever ready to perform its constitutional role of giving necessary support to the civil authority.
He said this includes providing a conducive environment for electioneering activities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The medical outreach is targeted more towards the less privileged, the aged, and children in the community by providing succor to them at a time like this.
“It is a demonstration of the brotherly love that exists amongst us Nigerians,” he said.
Eze Edward Ibeabuchi, the traditional ruler of Okwulaga Afaraukwu-Ibekwu Ancient Kingdom, appreciated the commander, officers, and men of the Brigade for extending the gesture to the community.
Also, Eze Philip Ukaegbu, the traditional ruler of Enyi Ukwu Autonomous Community, Afaraukwu-Ibekwu, thanked the Army for the gesture.
“We are happy with the relationship we are establishing today with the Nigerian Army because we have never had it so good.
“We are highly delighted that we are getting this kind of pleasure from the people we thought were our enemies,” he said.
A beneficiary, Mrs Bridget Emeruwa, urged the Nigerian Army to render more of such services to the community in the future.
Traditional Ruler of Obudi Agwa in Oguta council area of Imo State, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor has been killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The assailants who raided the Eze’s palace on Monday also killed two aides of the monarch and a member of the community’s vigilante group.
Imo Command spokesman, CSP Micheal Abattam, in a release confirming the incidence said, the command has intensified efforts aimed at apprehending the culprits.
The release reads, “sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa, in Oguta LGA of Imo State, on the 14/11/2022 at about 1230 hours, that, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) are attacking the Palace of His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor (fcin), the Udi 1 of Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State.
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), joined by the Command’s Tactical Teams immediately, raced to the Eze’s Palace, where on arrival it was discovered that the hoodlums has fled the scene.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in company of a woman, disguising themselves as persons in distress and have come to report an emergency situation to him.
The unsuspecting Royal father allowed them into his palace, sat down with them, in the process of explaining the reason for their visit, they brought out guns, shot and killed the Eze and two of his aides, and hurriedly fled the palace.
“On their way, they attacked the office of the Agwa vigilante group, shot one person and made away with three (3) motorcycles.
The police operatives armed with information from eyewitness traced the escape route in pursuit of the hoodlums.
Meanwhile, the corpse has been removed and deposited in the mortuary, and the community fortified with enough police operatives.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc(+), who condemned the dastardly act, appealed for calm.
He assured the good people of Agwa in particular and Imo State in general, that investigation has commenced and the Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday prayed the Supreme Court to set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal staying the execution of the judgment discharging him.
The prayer is contained in court papers obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria dated Nov. 3. Kanu noted that the court erred in law when it proceeded to hear and determine an application for stay of execution of judgment in a criminal appeal, brought under Order 6 Rule 1 of the Court of Appeal Rules, 2021, and Section 17 of the Court of Appeal Act of 2004, and thereby occasioned a miscarriage of justice.
Both the Court of Appeal Rules 2021 and Court of Appeal Act, 2004, did not make any provisions for stay of execution of a Court of Appeal judgment in a criminal appeal.
He said that court erred in law when it failed to properly assess or evaluate or appraise the evidence led by and on behalf of the Appellant and consequently arrived at a wrong conclusion.
He sought for an order restoring the efficacy of the judgment of the court below which has not in any way been set aside by a higher court.
And for such further order or orders as the court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of the appeal.
NAN reports that the appellate court had on Oct. 13, freed Kanu of the terrorism and treasonable felony charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.
The three-member panel had in the judgment set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which quashed eight out of the 15 counts of the charge preferred against Kanu. In the unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie, the Appeal Court declared as illegal and unlawful the abduction of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria and quashed the entire seven charges retained by the trial court against him on the ground that the Federal Government breached all local and international laws in the forceful extradition of Kanu to Nigeria, thereby making the terrorism charges against him incompetent and unlawful.
The Federal Government applied for a stay of execution order, urging the court not to release Kanu as he was seen as a flight risk and security threat to the country.
The court granted the federal government’s application for stay of judgment discharging Kanu, of terrorism charge
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday, stopped the execution of its judgment that quashed the terrorism charge and ordered the release of leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the appellate court had on Oct. 13 delivered a judgment which faulted the rendition of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria and also set aside the terrorism charges against him.
The federal government not satisfied with this judgment said that it would explore every legal avenue to quash the judgment of the appellate court and headed to the Supreme Court.
The government after appealing the appellate court’s judgment, filed a stay of execution on the grounds that releasing Kanu would not be in the interest of national security.
After taking arguments from counsel, a three-member panel of justices led by Justice Haruna Tsammani on Monday, reserved ruling in the matter.
Delivering the ruling on Friday, Justice Tsammani held that the Federal Government’s application for stay of execution had merit and ordered that the execution of the judgment be put on hold.
Justice Tsammani, in the brief ruling held that the counter affidavit filed by Kanu’s legal team in opposition to the government ‘s application was misleading.
The judge said that Kanu’s counsel did not properly state the facts of the matter as to warrant the court granting a stay of execution.
The court also ruled that the record of proceedings in respect of the Oct. 13 judgment be forwarded to the apex court within seven days to ensure expeditious hearing.
The Federal Government had applied that the execution of the judgment be suspended pending the hearing and determination of it’s appeal at the Supreme Court.
NAN reports that the apex court has however, not fixed a date to hear the federal government’s appeal against the appellate court’s ruling that discharged Kanu and quashed the terrorism charge against him.
The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has filed a N100 billion fundamental rights enforcement suit against the Federal Government over his continued detention by the Department of State Services, (DSS).
In the suit filed at the Federal High Court Abuja, Kanu is seeking his immediate release from the facility of the DSS and payment of N100 billion reparation for the violation of his rights to liberty and dignity of human person.
Kanu said the suit became necessary following the continued failure of the Federal Government to obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal, delivered on Oct.13, which discharged him of the terrorism charge brought against him.
The originating court process, filed by Mr Mike Ozekhome, SAN, on behalf of Kanu, dated Oct. 21 has the suit number 19452022.Kanu said the suit was predicated on provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
“By virtue of Section 46(1) of the 1999 Constitution and Order 1 Rule 2(1) of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, any person who alleges that any of the Provisions of Chapter 4 of the constitution to which he is entitled to, has been, is being or is likely to be contravened in any state in relation to him, may apply to the High Court in the State for redress.
”By the suit, Kanu wants a declaration that his continued detention by the government from Oct. 13 till date, is illegal, unlawful, oppressive, unconscionable, and unconstitutional.
“It violates my fundamental rights to dignity of human persons, personal liberty and right to freedom of movement as guaranteed by sections 34, 35, 36, 39, and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.
Kanu is also seeking an order directing the respondents to unconditionally release him from their custody forthwith.
The applicant is also praying for an order restraining the respondents from further interfering with his rights or dealing with him in a manner inimical to his fundamental rights guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.
In addition, he is seeking a compensatory and exemplary damage of N100 billion against the respondents for the violation of the his rights.
The Court of Appeal says the transfer of 21 justices to various divisions has nothing to do with the judgment of the court that discharged and quashed the terrorism charges against the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.Contrary to some media reports, the appellate court said that the postings of 21 out of its 81 justices was a routine exercise aimed at reinvigorating the justice delivery of the court.
This is contained in a statement by the Chief Registrar of the Court, Malam Umar Bangari.
The appellate court said the three justices who delivered the Oct. 13 judgment that ordered the release of Kanu from detention were not transferred.
Bangaru said that only one justice out of the three that handled Kanu’s matter was affected by the transfer.
“The attention of the Court of Appeal has been drawn to a publication in the media on Oct. 24 with a caption “Nnamdi Kanu: 3 Justices on Appeal Court Panel Transferred.
“The publication in question conveyed the innuendo to the effect that the recent posting of justices of the Court of Appeal was in connection with or in response to the judgment of the Court of Oct.13 in Nnamdi Kanu versus the Federal Government.
“We wish to state categorically that the general posting of the justices of the Court of Appeal under reference was routine and aimed at reinvigorating the justice delivery system of the court.
“In fact, 21 out of 81 justices including 6 presiding justices of the court were affected by the general postings.
“It is therefore incorrect to insinuate that the justices who delivered the judgment in the Nnamdi Kanu appeal were the target of the routine posting exercise.
”The chief registrar said that the court had an open door policy of providing easy access to the media to make inquiries and seek clarification on any matter of interest to the media for the benefit of the general public.
The South East Council of Traditional Rulers and Representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops have joined the call on the Federal Government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
They made the call in a statement issued in Awka on Tuesday signed by Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Chairman, Anambra Traditional Rulers Council and Most Rev. Dr. Chibuzo Opoko, Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia.
Others that signed the statement are Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, Chairman, Enugu Traditional Rulers Council and Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke, Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha.
The joint body said it welcomed the judgment of an Appeal Court which discharged Nnamdi and described it as an “unprecedented opportunity to overcome the challenge of trust that has obstructed the path to peace”.
The joint body said it had been consistent in calling on all stakeholders for peacebuilding and resolution of security challenges in the South East based on justice, equity, fairness and love.
“We have also supported the call for the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government to douse the current tensions across the Southeast and create an atmosphere for collaboration towards a constructive resolution of issues.
“The judgment of the Appellate Court presents a timely and unprecedented opportunity to overcome the challenge of trust that has obstructed the path to peace; and opens the window to winning the hearts and minds of the people.
“We, therefore, unequivocally support the call for the immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in line with the unanimous judgement of the Court that his extradition and subsequent trial was illegal,” he said.
The traditional rulers and bishops said they had undertaken extensive consultations with all stakeholders to broker a permanent, regionally coordinated restoration of the South-East. It said the march towards peace and the restoration of normalcy in the society and economy required the collective action of all people.
According to them, we are confident that all Nigerians will rise to the summons of history and act with courage, conviction and integrity.
Other stakeholders including Ohaneze Ndigbo and the elder statesman in Delta, Chief Edwin Clarke had earlier appealed to the Federal Government to release Kanu as the court directed in the interest of peace.
The National Security Council says it ordered the reopening of the Obajana Cement Company for the sake of peace and Nigeria’s economic prosperity.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the cement company was initially closed down following disagreements between the Kogi government and management of the company, headed by Aliko Dangote.
NAN, however, reports that, at the course of the week, the meeting of the security council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, ordered the reopening of the company after agreement was reached between the two disputing parties.
Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, confirmed that an agreement had been reached to ensure the re-opening of the Company to give room for peace in the state.
“An agreement has been reached between the Kogi government and the Dangote Cement in Kogi on the need to re-open the factory and ensure that there is peace in the state.
”Government is committed to the provision of employment to its citizens rather than closing factories that will make people unemployed.
”We do hope that the parties involved will respect this agreement and come to terms with the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties involved,” he said.
Dingyadi said the agreement was reached under the supervision of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
He said the Council also reacted to the Thursday’s ruling of the Court of Appeal , which discharged the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu of the terrorism charges levelled against him by the Federal Government.
The minister said that council was briefed and it observed that Kanu was discharged and not acquitted.
The meeting also noted with delight the successes being recorded from ongoing onslaught against terrorists and other criminals across the country.
NAN reports that the security agencies have been recording what has been described as ‘impressive results’ against terrorists and other criminals in the North East, North West and other parts of the country.
A terrorist kingpin, Ali Dogo, popularly known as Yellow and 30 of his fighters were neutralised in airstrikes by the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch on Oct. 8, 2022 at a location in Kaduna State.
Yellow and his fighters fled military onslaught from their location in Niger, to take refuge in one Alhaji Gwarzo’s house at Yadi in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna state, when they were bombed.
Similar fruitful results were being recorded by the military in the fight against terrorist groups and oil thieves in other parts of the country in recent times.
President Buhari had earlier on Tuesday conferred National Honours on 450 Nigerians and non-Nigerians, noting that the affected citizens distinguished themselves in the service of the nation and humanity.
According to him, citizens who contribute to national development deserve to be encouraged and appreciated.
He also assured that he would hand over a ”Nigeria that is free from insecurity to the next generation of leaders,” assuring that his administration would continue to root out all forms of banditry, criminality, terrorism and insurgency in the country.
On Oct. 11, Buhari administered judicial oath of office on Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria at the Council chamber of the State House, Abuja.
The swearing in of Ariwoola followed his confirmation by the Senate on Sept. 21 three months after his appointment by the president.
Ariwoola, an indigene of Iseyin in Oyo State, was appointed as acting CJN on June 27, following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad, on health grounds.
On the same day, the president also presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.
The Council approved N11.8 billion for the procurement of equipment and setting up of a fire fighting trucks maintenance centre in Katsina State and an aircraft maintenance centre in Abuja.
It also endorsed the completion of the ongoing construction of Enugu-Onitsha expressway by MTN Nigeria PLC, telecommunication company, at the cost of N202.8billion via the Tax Credit Scheme of the federal government.
The President participated in a virtual meeting of the Heads of State and Government of member states of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC), on Oct. 13. The meeting was convened to review progress on efforts to deal with the maritime challenges in the region.
GGC is an international body that was established by the Treaty signed in Libreville, Gabon, on July 3, 2001, comprising Angola, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and Sao Tome and Principe.
Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo joined the Gulf of Guinea Commission in 2008. At the GGC meeting, Buhari appealed member states to remit their outstanding Annual Assessed Contributions to the Secretariat to meet the Commission’s objectives.
According to the president, the continued non-payment by the majority has greatly affected the ability of the Commission to fulfill the mandate for which it was established in 2001. President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China also commiserated with President Buhari on the recent boat mishap in Anambra.
Over 40 people were reported to have died in the accident which happened on Friday, Oct. 7, at Umunankwo in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra.
The National Security Council has ordered nation’s security agencies to ensure the immediate stoppage of all illegal mining activities across Nigeria.
The Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, which gave the order at the end of its meeting in Abuja on Friday also directed the National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno to investigate cases of oil theft in the Niger Delta areas.
Ministers of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and his Police Affairs counterpart, Maigari Dingyadi disclosed these when they briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting held in Abuja on Friday.
According to Dingyadi, security and intelligence agencies have also been directed to enforce the order on the total ban on illegal mining activities in the country.
He said: “All security agencies have been ordered to check illegal mining all over the country.
”Illegal mining operations and activities in the country are ordered to be stopped and all security and intelligence agencies are to enforce this.
” Aregbesola further maintained that the Security Council was committed to ensuring a free and transparent electoral process as Nigeria prepares for its general elections next year.
He, therefore, urged politicians to pursue their democratic ambitions with decorum and in accordance with the laws of the land.
“That is the decision of the council.
We are committed to ensuring a transparent free and fair electoral process in the coming elections and all the processes leading to it.
”So, we enjoin all political parties, individuals and Nigerians to pursue their democratic rights and interest with decorum.
All security forces and agencies are advised to maintain the law,” he said.
On cases of crude oil theft, the Minister said the National Security Adviser was advised to put together a strong team in conjunction with the Secretary to Government of the Federation, to investigate all reported incidents of vandalisation of gas and oil pipelines in the country, According to him, the team is to determine the rate of illegalities involved and perpetrators of such acts that are grossly affecting the economy of the nation and report back to the council.
Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, who also briefed the correspondents, stressed that the military would sustain its tempo of fighting oil theft and other criminals in the country.
“Activities of the Armed Forces and other security agencies within the oil and gas base were also commended but with the directive to sustain the pressure and it is our resolve to deal decisively with those who have been involved in those illegal acts,” he said.
He revealed that a total of 101 combatants comprising members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) groups have been moved from detention facilities for de-radicalization.
“Council was also briefed that a total of 101 ex-combatants were taken to Operation Safe Corridor and are currently undergoing the process of de-radicalization at the centre.
”These were people that have been in detention for several years; some of whom had served their jail terms.
”Others were awaiting trial but because of the long time they have been detained and in line with the procedures for handling anyone who have been involved with terrorism, they have to be moved to the centre,” he said.
The Minister of police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, who also addressed the correspondents after the meeting, said an agreement had been reached to ensure the re-opening of the Cement Company in Ogbajana, Kogi, to give room for peace in the State.
He said: ”An agreement has been reached between the Kogi State government and the Dangote Cement in Kogi on the need to re-open the factory and ensure that there is peace in the State.
”Government is committed to the provision of employment to its citizens rather than closing factories that will make people unemployed.
”We do hope that the parties involved will respect this agreement and come to terms with the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties involved,” he added.
Dingyadi said the agreement was reached under the supervision of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
He said the Council also reacted to the Thursday’s ruling of the Court of Appeal , which discharged the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu of the terrorism charges levelled against him by the Nigerian Government.
The minister said that Council was briefed and it observed that Kanu was discharged and not acquitted.
He said: “The issue of Kanu has also been raised and council was briefed on the state of things on the matter.
”And it was observed that Kanu was discharged but he is not acquitted.
”So, government is considering the appropriate action to be taken on the matter and Nigerians will be notified of the position that will be finally taken on the matter in due course.
Some Stakeholders in Abakaliki, Ebonyi capital, have reacted to the freedom granted to Nnamdi Kanu by the court of appeal in Abuja on Thursday.
Kanu, Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was set free of the 15-count terrorism charges brought against him by the federal government.
The federal government had reacted that Kanu was not acquitted but only discharged.
Mr Christopher Okorie, Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Ebonyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that Kanu’s discharge was a welcome development to the entire nation, especially to the southwest.
According Okorie, the discharge is a thing of joy, which every defender of human right should be happy about.
“The country’s judiciary have come of age and it indicated that our judges are respecters of human right.
I believe now, there will be peace in the land, especially in the Southeast.
“I call on the courts, federal and state government to also look into the matter of every other detained citizen and give them justice.
Mrs Chinelo Emmanuel, a Lawyer, said that the ruling was good and commended the apex court for upholding the appeal of the detained leader of the IPOB.
Mr Jacob Nweke, a Political Analyst, told NAN that he was happy over the Appeal court ruling and noted that the move would go a long way in restoring more peace in the south-east and country at large.
“We thank God that justice has been done in the judgment and his freedom will further help to achieve lasting peace in the South-East. Miss Amaka Igwe, a youth, commend the Judges of the Court of Appeal.
According to Igwe, the court and the Judges have proved that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man.
“I believe more peace will return to the region and country at large.
Some businesses that have left the South-East will return.
“Some of the difficulties we have been into will now come to an end.
In fact, I am happy about the release of Kanu,” she said.