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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Nigerian govt is culpable of 'End SARS,' and its belligerent aftermath




May 11, 2022

By Eluwa Chidiebere |For Biafra Writers

As former US president John F. Kennedy would say; "those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable".

Police brutality, extortion, harassment and overwhelming shreds of evidence of extra judicial killings by the Nigerian millitary; including the high-handedness, lootings, severe embezzlement of public funds by the political class in Nigeria, gave rise to the far-famed protest called 'End SARS'.

On Thursday, October 8, 2020, a well organized and coordinated nationwide protest started as a result of the youths being fed up with the corrupt nature of the country. The protests were engineered by young Nigerians (mostly scholars) lecturers, businessmen and women, celebrities, the clergy, et cetera.

The aim was to register their resentments through a civil means. They listed their grievances, hoping the government would look into it. It was a nice and the only peaceful approach to changing the corrupt Nigerian system since the young have been denied a seat in the leadership of the country.

In response to their outcries, it was barbarian to have had the government authority crackdown, massacre a good number of unarmed protesters. The latter went back home to nurse their wounds. 

However, that was never the end as thought by the government. Of course, resistance to a peaceful revolution gives birth to a violent one.

The said protesters comprising of many university students and lecturers, some who are science inclined, computer literates and some well read in the field of economics. Imagine the fate of a country when such talents decide to rest their anger on the country. 

It was not a shock when the phenomenon, "unknown gunmen," surfaced just few months after the massacre of unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos, Nigeria. The modus operandi of the so-called unknown gunmen mean a lot.

The Armed Forces of Nigeria are their target. The millitary that massacred them at Lekki Tollgate during the ENDSARS protests. Presumably, it could be a payback time, courtesy of the protesters.

But, as expected, Nigerian government is heaping accusations of the violent activities in the country, upon IPOB. Time shall tell.

PUBLISHED BY: Offor Princewill A.

EDITED BY: Onuikpe Chikwas


Friday, 8 April 2022

IPOB Now a Pretext to Evade the Blame of Nigeria Political Foul Play, Other Corrupt State Activities




IPOB Now a Pretext to Evade the Blame of Nigeria Political Foul Play, Other Corrupt State Activities


By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers


April 9, 2022


There is no gainsaying that dirty political interplay between the two major political parties in Nigeria, All Progressive Alliance (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has destabilized both the government and its security apparatus.

It has become a norm in Nigeria for an opposition party to kill as many innocent citizens as possible to discredit and rubbish the image of the ruling one in the next election. To score a point against each other, a crime must be perpetrated against the citizenry. It is no longer a question of how have your party influenced the lives of the people, it is now how many people were killed in your regime. If five thousand were killed in one’s regime, a political party that recorded 4500 deaths will have upper hand during the next presidential elections.

This has generated the unholy culture of politically sponsored terrorism. Political parties routinely sponsor terrorists to unleash mayhem on innocent people just to paint the opponent in a bad light. APC party has their own terrorist group while PDP has theirs.

It is unfortunate that the Nigerian populace has found themselves in this same mess that Pakistanis have been going through. The Pakistan government is known for this game of terrorism. In fact, terrorism is a big business in Pakistan and l believe that Nigerian political parties borrowed it from them since they are allies.


Of course, for every government sponsored terrorist attack, there must be a concerted stratagem for concealing the truth – the blame game strategy. In Pakistan, the government blames it on the Taliban, ISIS.

In Nigeria, religion was used for many years to excuse the crimes. The perpetrators always blame religion by referring to the attacks as religiously oriented.  Secondly, a serving regime always blames the past regime of being behind the terrorist attacks. This is often accepted even though blaming a past regime is useless because as an elected president, there should not be any excuse for insecurity.

Currently, the name “IPOB” has become a soft landing for political parties who have been behind the terrorist attacks from inception. In fact, IPOB has been accused of being behind all the evils happening in Nigeria today. The question is, is there any difference between the Nigeria before the coming of IPOB and the Nigeria of IPOB era? Of course the answer is none. This only vindicates IPOB and its security apparatus, ESN.

Nigeria as an enclave is designed by the West to be used in reducing the world population. This horrible game has been on and the people are at the receiving end. The truth is that only the people can extricate themselves from this evil. It cannot be achieved individually; it is to be done collectively.

Join IPOB today in calling for a referendum. That is the only solution to this politically sponsored terrorism.

Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Kanu's Trial: Court trashes 8 of 15 count-charge against IPOB leader




Kanu's Trial: Court trashes 8 of 15 count-charge against IPOB leader


Hears bail application

Journalists blocked from media coverage

By Chikwas Onu Ikpe | The Biafra Times

April 8, 2022


An Abuja division of the Federal High Court Friday quashed eight (8) amid fifteen (15) count-charge leveled against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Trial justice Binta Nyako, delivering ruling on the preliminary objections against the fifteen (15) count-charge, case No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, dismissed counts 6,7,9,10,11,12,14, stating that the struck-out charges did not call for trial due to its duplication and failure to disclose vital elements of the alleged offences.

The judge held; "In this instant preliminary objection application, I have read the counts, and counts 6,7,9,10,11, 12,13, 14 have not disclosed any offence.
Counts 1, 2,3,4,5, 8,15 shows some allegations. So, the court shall proceed to try the defendant on those counts.

Justice Nyako further stated that since there had been a bench warrant - to arresting the IPOB leader - renditioning the defendant for the purpose of criminal investigation was allowed.

In count-three alleging Kanu being the leader of a terrorist organisation; in that case, IPOB, the defendant had argued the case was pending before an appellate court. However, the judge maintained that IPOB remained proscribed until the court of appeal says otherwise.

Toward the proceeding, Kanu's team of lawyers led by a Senior Advocate, Mike Ozekhome prayed the court to grant him bail on health grounds, in an application filed before the court.

"Even if it means subjecting him to certain conditions," Ozekhome begged the court to free his client. "Nnamdi Kanu’s health is deteriorating. He should be alive to stand trial. That is why the law would say, 'come and stand trial'. Come and stand trial means (you have) to be well, Hale and hearty. It didn't say come and sit down trial; or come and lie down trial, or come and prostrate trial."

Clarifying what happened regarding Kanu's disappearance, the learned Silk submitted that Kanu almost got killed during a military invasion in his hometown; that was why he fled.

Meanwhile, journalists were barred from media coverage, and recordings of IPOB leader's trial. This was following a press statement credited to the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho. The latter said terrorism-related proceedings would be conducted in secret except when he [Tsoho] grants permission for media coverage.

It further reads that "only the judges; other essential court staff and security agencies involved in the particular case and their vehicles shall have access to the court premises."

Tsoho said in any proceedings the court deems necessary to ensure the safety and or to protect the identity of the victim or witness, may hold its proceedings at any place to be designated by the chief judge with the Code of Conduct Tribunal as the venue for the time being.

"The names, addresses, telephone numbers and identity of the victims of such offences or witnesses in the proceedings shall not be disclosed in any record or report of the proceedings and it shall be sufficient to designate the names of the victims or witnesses with a combination of alphabets," said the chief judge of the court.

Whereas, the presiding judge adjourned until May 18, 26 for ruling on bail application, and continuation of substantive trial.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Objective of African Union and Their Rules over Biafra Agitation




Objective of African Union and Their Rules over Biafra Agitation


April 6, 2022


By Okoafor Odinaka Nwachineke | For Biafra Writers

African Union (AU) is an independent continental union that consists of 55 member state in African continent. There are several other bodies that make up the African Union which include:

African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government (AU-AHSG). This is the decision making body of the Union and their basics functions are as follows: (1) consider membership requests into the Union, (2) decide on what actions to be taken after consideration of reports and recommendations from the other organs of the Union, etc.

Others are Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the Executive council … consisting of foreign ministers of AU member states, and the African Union Commission. The aforementioned bodies are the legislative and Executive branch of the African Union.

The Executive council which are made up of ministers designated by the government of member states has as its major function the responsibility to discuss issues of concern and prepare matters for the Assembly. Their decision making is based on several topics like communication, social security, foreign trade etc. Their basic functions include cultivation of human rights and democracy in Africa; making sure member states adhere to good governance, transparency and accountability, engender peace, security and stability on the continent of Africa etc.

The Commission of the African Union acts as the executive/administrative branch or secretariat of the AU which consists of a number of commissioners dealing with different areas of policy.

The structure of the African Union (AU) that has very diverse committees:
Permanent committees of the Pan-African Parliament (cooperation, international relations, and conflict resolutions, justice and human rights, rules, privileges, and discipline).

Having read about all the objectives, functions, and power of the African Union, one then begins to ask: have their decision making body Pan-African Parliament lived up to their expectations in regards to the issues of Nigeria and the Eastern part of Nigeria called Biafra? If no, what might be keeping them from doing the needful in a situation like this?

If their functions are really cooperation, international relations, and conflict resolutions, justice and human rights, rules, privileges, and discipline, engender peace, security and stability on the continent of Africa etc, have they live up to expectation in Nigeria in regards to this functions above, or are they not aware of what is happening in Nigeria? Maybe they have decided to pay deaf ears like the UN?

Every day in Nigeria there is bad news … killing here, bombing there, conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers, etc. Are you telling me that they are ignorant of all these crimes going on every day? The affected people (Biafrans) and all the ethnicity in Nigeria will no longer fold their hands and watch while their head is being cut off.

This is a call on African Union (AU) to rise up and look into the issues affecting the life and right of the people of Biafra and all other subjugated ethnicity in Nigeria before it’s too late.

Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Sunday, 27 March 2022

ESN does not involve self in land dispute, family problem, business settlement others

 ESN does not involve self in land dispute, family problem, business settlement others  



Beside the long-time cry of marginalization and injustice against Biafra people by the Fulanized Nigeria government, the recent year’s prevalent same government's sponsored insecurity in the region has been another thing of serious concern.

It all started with the tricky influx of Fulani killers, disguised as Herdsmen, followed by series of military operations, since President Muhamadu Buhari took office. The "Operation Python Dance 1, 2, 3" exercises by the Nigeria military saw to the untimely death of hundreds of Biafran youths and fathers of many families.


These military Operation left the region in total unrest because, while the Fulani Herdsmen continued to rape and butcher our mothers and sisters, kill our fathers and sons who went to their farmlands, destroy farm crops and burnt down our villages, the Nigerian soldiers were in the Biafra towns killing, indiscriminately arresting and imprisoning innocent youths as well. And though very unfortunate that politicians of the Eastern region have been the Fulani instruments for perpetrating these mayhems on the innocent Biafran. It is worthy to note that the Indigenous People Of Biafra(IPOB), ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have never taken any violent approach against them.


However, it was uncovered that the Fulani’s' agenda was to completely take over our bushes and forests with their armed herders, then invade our towns with their foot soldiers, leaving us nowhere to run for safety. This led to the formation and launching of Eastern Security Network(ESN) by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on December, 2020. This was done after several calls on Eastern governors to provide protection for our dying people, but they gave a deaf ear.


ESN was formed and mandated to protect Biafraland from invading Fulani armed herders who already took over our land and settled there awaiting jihad announcement to invade our towns


ESN formation was made up of sophisticated die hard believers in the Biafra restoration efforts of IPOB. They are lovers of the motherland. ESN operatives have remained consistent and unwavering in carrying out this hallowed assignment handed to them without fail. That is why our farmers can now farm in their lands freely without the fear of any Fulani terror.


ESN have since inception, carefully avoided interfering in the political, family and land dispute settlements in the region. ESN have minded their duty posts and have not interfered in the politics of any Biafra localities or towns.


It is lately quite surprising, how some politically sponsored criminals have started to terrorize Biafrans, disguising as ESN and getting involved in disputes of all forms in the land including family dispute. And worst so is how Biafra land traditional rulers and communities chairmen were allowing these criminals go unpunished. Some of them are being quick to ignorantly begin to associate the crimes of these nefarious elements to the Noble ESN.


This is why it became so imperative to put up this article and remind the general public, and all Biafran what ESN represents. ESN is for safety and peace of Biafran people, and so will it remain. ESN does not involve themselves in any land dispute, family problem or business dispute.


The dragon flag of ESN has been lifted and will remain up until Biafra is restored. The earlier people accepts this, the better. No amount of blackmails can stop ESN from remaining strong and determined in carrying out their assignments, people should make quick to learn to separate the activities of criminals from that of ESN any time, any day. Do not hesitate to hold and punish any criminal you find guilty of any crime in your communities. Never allow yourself to be deceived into believing they are ESN.


The ESN commanded by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will never be a threat to Biafran people, but possess what it takes to give security to Biafra. So, the people must learn to "differentiate criminals from ESN" and stand strong to deliver judgement on any criminal that may want to impersonate ESN.


Written by Ogah C. S Maduabuchi

For Family Writers Press International


Thursday, 24 February 2022

Free Nnamdi Kanu, free Biafra

 



By Princewill Akubumma|Biafra Writers

February 24, 2022

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a prisoner of conscience and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been in detention for the past eight months under the most severe inhumane conditions.

The Nigerian government through its watch dog, the Department of State Security Services, DSS, has been flouting court orders with impunity and has subjected him [Kanu] to mental and physical torture by denying him access to his personal doctors, access to change his clothes and access to practice his religion, and most recently, have denied him access to see his lawyers.

Despite recurrent court orders to the Nigerian government agencies to allow him access to the above mentioned subjects, yet they have continued the gross violation of his fundamental rights with impunity.

A High Court in Umuahia, Abia state, recently passed a judgement in Kanu's favour; following the invasion and wanton destruction of his family house by the Nigerian army, in September 14, 2017. The court in its ruling awarded him a compensation to the tune of one (1) billion naira for the damages caused; yet, the Nigerian government has fragrantly refused to comply to that judgement. but continued with their human rights abuses on him. 

On the other hand, the prosecution itself appears to have ran out of ideas, and lacks evidence to formally litigate Kanu on the frivolous 15-count amended charge leveled against him by the Nigerian government as the court keeps adjourning the case unprofessionally.

Kanu, a freedom fighter has loyal and fanatic supporters in the cause of the restoration of Biafra. He controls the largest freedom movement ever recorded in the history of mankind with over sixty (60) million followers both at home and in the diaspora - supporters who are ready to lay down their lives for the fruition of the sovereign state of Biafra. 

The Nigerian government and its British ally must understand that everything they have struggled to keep both their political and economic interests in Nigeria, might go down the drain; should anything untoward happened to the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,  because of the volatility of the situation at present in Nigeria. The tsunami that could be unleashed would spill over to the West African sub-region if not properly checked now there's still time for that. 

To say the least, the DSS must desist, henceforth, from violating Kanu's fundamental rights, because it is a legal principle that any accused person is presumed innocent until a court of competent jurisdiction proves otherwise.

Kanu must be released unconditionally, and a compensation paid to him for violating his human rights since his illegal rendition from Kenya to Nigeria; which in itself remains an international crime.

PUBLISHED BY: Offor Princewill A.

Biafra Times

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

BIAFRA: Court hears objection of detained IPOB leader


• Court lacks jurisdiction in this matter – Kanu's lawyer

• Kanu's proposed clothings are 'intimidating' – DSS


By Chikwas Onu Ikpe | The Biafra Times 

February 16, 2022


ABUJA — A Division of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday heard a preliminary objection by the defendant, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The court proceedings began at exactly 01:39pm, shortly after the arrival of the defence counsels, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Mike Ozekhome (SAN); not excluding the Prosecution counsel, Shuaibu. M Labaran. 

In the objection, an application challenging the competence of the 15-count amended charge, was filed by the defence team headed by Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The opposing application was supported by a 34-point affidavit; which cited amongst others, that the charges were "as dead as dodo," adding that "the court lacks jurisdiction" over the accusations against Nnamdi Kanu.

Ozekhome argued that there was no location, in the charge, where his client could have committed the said offense. 

"You are accusing Nnamdi Kanu of making broadcast. You didn't say where this broadcast was made. Was it made in the spirit world? Was it made in the air? Was it made under the ground? You didn't state. That was to run away from the 1st-count charge, which we attacked, when they had mentioned United Kingdom. So they thought that by not mentioning the place, they had ran away from it.

"But, as a matter of fact, they have worsened their case; because the Federal High Court Act states in section 34 that you must state the specific location an offense had been committed. 

"Saying that the 'violent' broadcast he made led to protests in the East, and in Lagos, affecting the Lagos transportation system. Does this court have jurisdiction over matters that happened in Lagos...? In Uli (Anambra State)? No. Does this court have the jurisdiction over matters (if there was an offense) committed, for example, in UK? The answer is 'no,' because this court cannot exercise jurisdiction in matters within a sovereign land - in another country that has sovereignty."

The defence team further prayed the court to quash the charges, and acquit Nnamdi Kanu.

Conversely, the prosecution had no specific dissatisfaction regarding the said application.

Kanu's lawyer also raised issues regarding his client's debarment by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) to change clothings. Ozekhome also pointed that Kanu was developing eye defects as the DSS had seized his eye glasses.

The trial judge, Binta Nyako, asked the DSS's director of legal, why Kanu was disallowed to change clothings.

The director of legal of the Department of State Security Services stated that Kanu's preferred clothes were "intimidating". He added that "the clothes had drawings of lions, which we do not allow".

Nnamdi Kanu, meanwhile, said he desired to wearing the clothes of his people.

Justice Nyako, in her ruling, ordered the DSS to provided Kanu with a new set of eye glasses. The court also issued that Kanu be allowed a change of clothing, but in plain materials.

Resultantly, the court adjourned till April 8, 2022 for final ruling of the trial.


PUBLISHED BY: Offor Princewill A.

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