IPOB alleged that its members, who took photographs with Kanu in Israel following his reemergence last year, upon return to Nigeria, were been hounded and killed by the Nigerian security agencies.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the secessionist group alerted that the lives of family members of its Israeli National Coordinator, Ibezim Obiorah Augustine and others were in danger, after they took photographs with Kanu.
According to IPOB: “We have made a passionate appeal to Israel and other world governments to prevail on Nigeria Government to stop killing our members as well as other Biafra agitators who visited Nigeria before Christmas and beyond from different countries.
“Biafrans abroad are humiliated and hunted down in their respective families and communities especially since Nnamdi Kanu IPOB leader snapped pictures with Israeli national coordinator and other members in Israel, their families are under serious attack by DSS and other security operatives.
“We alerted the world governments of the danger faced by Biafra agitators family’s in Nigeria since the appearance of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu in the state of Israel on October 2018.”
The group said its appeal became necessary following reports that “some of our members seeking refuge in some foreign countries face threat because of their involvement in the struggle for Biafra freedom.”
“The lives of our members here in Biafraland are in danger of summary execution by security operatives in Nigeria.
We certainly discovered that two of our members who recently arrived from the state of Israel got killed by Nigerian Army and dumped in a boro pit in Aba, Abia State.
“We, therefore, must plead with Governments of the world especially the Israeli Government and other western countries to give any support necessary to save the lives of IPOB members who eventually come to Nigeria.
“It is important we remind the whole world that those who were coming back from other parts of the world including Israel are facing serious persecutions here in Nigeria, particularly those who snapped pictures with IPOB leader.
Just last week two young men who were came back from Israel were killed and dumped along the road and in bush in Aba Abia state.”
“We appeal to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and save the lives of Augustine and families including other members in Israel,” IPOB said.
It however vowed to sustain its agitation for Biafra independence despite what it termed “stiff resistance by the authorities,” adding that “no amount of intimidation or provocation will make it reconsider its non violent approach.”
Siasia Life Ban: Nigeria Football Federation Comes To Ex-Super Eagles Coach’s Rescue
The Nigeria Football Federation says it is reviewing the life ban imposed on Samson Siasia by the world football governing body, FIFA, while waiting to take action after seeking legal advice.
FIFA had on Friday announced the ban of Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, from any footballing activities both national and international after being found guilty of bribery and match-fixing.
The NFF described the life ban as a “massive sanction”, adding that it is shocked by the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Acting President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, in a statement, said, “The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and the subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have, however, now received documents, including one known as the ‘motivated decision’, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.
“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must, therefore, be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”
He added, “While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathize with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”
Sen. Abbo’s trial: What happened in court on Tuesday
At the resumed hearing, the police prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba told the court that the defendant was not in court.
Idachaba told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendant and all his witnesses were in court.
However, Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, counsel to Abbo, told the court that his client was sick.
”My Lord my client is suffering from Acute Febrile (medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature)”, he said.
Adeniyi, who presented a medical report to the court, added that Abbo was on admission at a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.
He, however, told the court that his client’s surety was in court.
He explained that the prosecution served him with the proof of evidence in the morning in court.
Adeniyi prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to put his house in other.
However, the prosecution did not oppose the oral application made by Abbo’s counsel.
The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah adjourned the case until Sept. 24 for hearing.
NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North senatorial zone, was arraigned on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.
The prosecution alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.
He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.
Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR
He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.
Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.
“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.
“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”
In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.
He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.
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