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Friday, 13 December 2019

The gospel of Biafra preached in the holy land of Israel.

IPOB reacts to Ecowas court judgment on Nnamdi Kanu vs FRN

IPOB PRESS RELEASE | December 13, 2019


It didn't come to IPOB as a surprise that a Kogi born Judge delivered an ECOWAS Court judgment after nearly 4 years of prevarication. Our leader went to ECOWAS Court in the hope of avoiding the judicial complicity of the bench in Nigeria in the reign of lawlessness of this APC regime but to our horror, we ended up with a timid frightened judge from Kogi delivering a truly timid judgment that carefully circumvented all our prayers before the court.

1. The ECOWAS court found, after purportedly scrutinising avalanche of evidence presented during the hearing, that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was unable to prove infractions on his fundamental rights. Bizarrely the judge wanted video evidence of where the DSS were torturing our leader. The question therefore is, how can any reasonable human being let alone a judge think that the victim of state-sponsored torture can film the event in real-time? The beggars' belief.

2. Regrettably, it is the same manner the likes of Dasuki and Sowore were granted bail by several courts of competent jurisdiction and Nigeria Government continuously disobey the court orders, was the same manner NNAMDI KANU was severally admitted to unconditional bail by both the Federal High Court Orders and Magistrate Court, still, the Nigeria Government failed to obey the court orders to the effect of these bails. This very prayer that formed the fulcrum of this case were completely ignored by the Kogi judge. In essence, the reign of constitutional impunity, disobedience of court judgments and general disregard for the rule of law by this APC regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari has received legal endorsement from the ECOWAS Court. It means that across West Africa governments can lock up and torture at will in the full knowledge that ECOWAS Court will back them up.

READ ALSO: Human Rights Abuse Report: We are not answerable to the US, UK or the EU

3. It is very pertinent to note that the infractions mustn't be physical assault alone but the moment there was no existing court order legitimizing the continued detention of NNAMDI KANU, his further detention in the absence of any valid orders of court amount to gross violation of his fundamental human rights to freedom of movement, dignity of human person and liberty. Even this basic legal right was lost on ECOWAS Court.

4. Overwhelming evidence were presented before them but due to the Federal Government of Nigeria pressure, they nominated a Kogi State-born Judge to be the lead judge while forcing the only Igbo judge on the panel to recuse himself. With this ruling, ECOWAS Court have decided to turn justice on its head. Various court orders flagrantly disobeyed by the Nigeria Governments and specifics pronouncement of Major-General Muhammed Buhari, where he expressly stated that NNAMDI KANU cannot be released, were rather not considered by the court. The highly compromised Panel turned a blind eye to these compelling infractions.

5. In view of the chequered history of the case, it is unconventional and legally not permissible under the extant rule of ECOWAS Court to assign a case such as this to a Nigeria born Judge from Kogi State to be presided over, talkless of writing and reading the lead Judgement. Feelers has it that the rubber-stamped judgment was a product of compromise. Governor of Kogi State single-handedly undertook to see to it and consequently bribed the vulnerable Judge to arrive at that bizarre judgment.

READ ALSO: THE PUNCH: The power of Nnamdi Kanu’s admonition of complicit Nigeria media begins to sink in

6. Necessary steps will be taken to apply for a review before the Appellate division of the ECOWAS Court. If this judge thinks they can get with this travesty of justice then they don't know IPOB very well. Nigeria is a finished state, it is a place where the rule of law has been relegated to the background. The establishment now applies coercive powers to ensure that they get it all in the manner they wish.

Henceforth ECOWAS Court will also be on trial because we know the bulk of their funding comes from Nigeria so the proverbial he who pays the piper dictates the tune is visibly at play here. We shall appeal this verdict manufactured in Aso Rock.


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THE PUNCH : The power of Nnamdi Kanu’s admonition of complicit Nigeria media begins to sink in

December 13, 2019 | The Biafra Times

On December 11, 2019, the Punch newspaper took a tough and admirable editorial position against what it called “autocracy and military-style repression” and “insufferable contempt for the rule of law” of the Cabal that is ruling in the name of Buhari.

While we commend the Punch for this courageous act, we must not fail to go down the memory lane to recall how Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has, in his broadcasts, vigorously criticized what is generally referred to as the ‘Lagos-Ibadan axis’ media in Nigeria.

The Punch’s editorial shows that what Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been saying about the complicity and docility of the so-called Yoruba media in this era of Fulani impunity is beginning to sink in. We can only hope that the editorial board of Punch will stay the course and reject any financial inducement like Ray Ekpu did at the Newswatch after Dele Giwa was killed with a parcel bomb.

We also hope that the Punch did not belatedly adopt this stance just because Yoruba people are now feeling this serial tyranny that had started with the Igbos and Biafrans since 2015. To demonstrate its sincerity, Punch should walk-back and begin to chronicle all the horrid acts of impunity of this regime. It should go beyond the current travails of Sowore.

Many people are still being detained and killed illegally, of which IPOB continues to bear the brunt of it. It has now been extended to Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, whose home was illegally invaded and burnt down, with many innocent souls extra-judicially executed in the process.

READ ALSO: We have no hand in the video you were slaughtered like fowl - IPOB replies Army

Going forward, Punch must follow-up on its new toga by revisiting its shameful coverage of the horrible events of 14th September 2017. It was and remains a pivotal date in the history of journalism in Nigeria because that was the day Nigeria media sold their conscience to Satan by reporting garbage and outright lies while innocent people were being killed in cold blood.

It was so sad to see the entire mainstream media using their platforms to propagate damaging falshoods and anti-IPOB narrative issuing from the murderous Fulani cabal that has been controlling the Buhari presidency since its inception in 2015.

It’s disgraceful that the media helped to propagate the false narrative that a call for referendum is a call for war or armed secession. This dangerous and cowardly journalism emboldened the Army to abandon Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorists to instead pursue IPOB as the prime enemy of the State.

Today, the Yoruba race is being humiliated like never before and Punch appears to have realized this and finally got around to listening to the long-running admonition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. It is hoped that from now onwards, the rest of the Yoruba media, including Channels Television, Tribune, The Nation newspaper and particularly Sahara Reporters will toe the same path.


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Thursday, 12 December 2019

We have no hand in the video you were slaughtered like fowl - IPOB replies Army


By Anayo Okoli, Kingsley Omonobi and Chimaobi Nwaiwu

The Nigerian Army has described a trending video purporting that Boko Haram terrorists captured and killed several troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East, as false and the handiwork of members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.

It said the video is aimed at discrediting the Army and sowing seeds of discord among troops of South East extraction in the Nigerian Army.

This is contained in a statement signed by Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations titled, “Video Clip Portraying The Alleged Capture and Killing of Some Nigerian Soldiers By Boko Haram Terrorists on 10 December 2019 is False”.

It read: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral, unsubstantiated and apparently fabricated video clip circulating on the social media portraying the stage-managed/so-called capture and killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram terrorists on the 10th of December 2019.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to emphatically state that there was no incident that involved the “capture and killing of tens and tens of Nigerian soldiers on the 10th of December 2019” as mischievously and wickedly portrayed in the video.

“Similarly, preliminary observation of the video clip (even by the amateur) will reveal that the video was doctored and that the entire events captured in the footage was not an occurrence that took place at any point in time within the shores of Nigeria.

”To this end, the Nigerian Army is hereby calling on the members of the general public and indeed personnel of the Nigerian Army especially those in the North East theatre of operation to disregard the sinister, very inciting and divisive video concocted and peddled by the outlawed IPOB members whose main objective is the disunity and fragmentation of Nigeria as clearly shown or espoused in the video.

“Accordingly, the call by one Simon Ekpa, (the principal actor in the clip), calling on soldiers of South East extraction presently serving in the North East to desert the Army and return to Biafra as well as calling on South Easterners not to join the Nigerian Army is an obvious indication of the essence and objective of the masterminds of this fake video which should be discountenanced by the public.

“Meanwhile the leadership of the Nigerian Army wish to also reiterate its unflinching commitment to sustain the war against terrorism and shall not be deterred by the evil machinations or propagandist activities of mischievous persons whose main interest is the disunity of our beloved nation.”

We have no hand in the video where insurgents slaughtered you- IPOB

But responding to the allegation by the military, the  Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,  denied the claim that it doctored and circulated recent video where member of the Boko Haram killed several Nigerian soldiers, describing the claim as laughable.

IPOB said it was a shame for the Army to involve the group in their futile attempt impotence and failed effort to fight Boko Haram.

Reacting to the allegation, IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful berated the Army, saying they belittled themselves by involving IPOB in the issue of doctoring a video.

Powerful said that IPOB have more important things to do than engaging in doctoring a video where soldiers were killed.

“This recent statement from the thoroughly disgraceful, undignified institution called Nigerian military accusing IPOB of being behind the recent trending video where Boko Haram members torturing and humiliating Nigerian army personnel is laughable.

“This unguarded, shameful and thoroughly unsubstantiated accusation is very typical of an army that specializes in attacking civilian populations in the south but cringe at the sight of a well-armed opposition in the north.

“It is quite pathetic how the  Nigeria army would belittle themselves so shamelessly in the eyes of the world by involving IPOB in their futile attempt to deflect attention from their impotence and failed effort to fight a terrorism menace they themselves created in Nigeria. The Nigerian Army must understand that Biafra is not Nigeria.

“IPOB have more important things to do than engaging in doctoring a video that is so clear for all to see. Maybe Nigerian the Army think the world is as undiscerning as their typical Nigerian. Rather than coming out in public to make a complete fool of themselves; Buratai and his Nigerian Army should invite forensic experts to corroborate their claim if they are confident they are speaking the truth.

“The video of Boko Haram torturing and humiliating the cowardly Nigerian Army that specializes in committing crimes against unarmed populations in Biafra is real and verifiable. IPOB has nothing to do with the trending video and cannot involve itself with this brotherly spat between Boko Haram and Nigeria Army because they have the same Fulanisation agenda for Nigeria.

“Nigeria Army and Boko Haram are both terrorist organisations pursuing the same goal with the only difference being that Nigerian army specialise exclusively, in attacking civilians in the east.

“This shameful statement from Nigeria Army proves that the Nigeria Army and her sisters security outfits in Nigeria have lost control of their phony war against Boko Haram and as usual are looking to blame IPOB for their pitiful plight.

“Northern elders (allegedly) formed and sponsored Boko Haram to perfect their plans to islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and to make Jonathan’s government ungovernable which they succeeded in doing. We must not forget that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was named the chief negotiator by Boko Haram for the failed talks in Saudi Arabia in 2014.

“Nigeria soldiers should leave IPOB alone and focus on fighting the monster they created.

“We pity Nigeria Army and gullible Nigerians who cannot see the inevitable violent collapse of Nigeria. What is happening today in Nigeria is the worst form of organized state-sponsored hypocrisy.

Recruiting Boko Haram members and other terror groups into the Nigerian Army, Police, DSS and other security formations in Nigeria is a recipe for disaster which IPOB is rightly sensitizing the world about.

“Nigeria is imploding gradually and no amount of lies against IPOB will avert the impending doom of the failed British contraption”, Powerful said.

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Human Rights Abuse Report: We are not answerable to the US, UK or the EU

December 13, 2019 | The Biafra Times

Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, says as a sovereign nation, Nigeria is not be bothered about the reports from the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union as regards abuse of human rights issues.

Adesina spoke when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday, December 10, 2019.

While reacting to the reports by the international community that Nigerian has a high record of human rights abuses.

The presidential spokesperson asked the US, UK and EU to focus their energy on their own issues.

He added that the presidency is not bothered about the minority’s perception that there is an abuse of the rule of law and repression of freedom of speech.

“We are not answerable to the US, the UK or the EU. We are Nigeria, a sovereign country,” he said.

” Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them. If the perception is not right, why do you need to get worried? The perception is not right.

“It doesn’t get anybody worried. The president knows the truth about what is happening in the country, so no need for any worries or agitation.”

He also added that the ultimatum issued by 14 civil society groups as well as the editorial by The PUNCH was not the mind of the majority of Nigerians.

“But the question is who are these people and how many are they among about 200 million people? Who are they?” he asked.

“A tiny but vocal minority who will always complain. If they mistakenly get to heaven, they will complain about the conditions in heaven.

“So why do you worry yourself about those set of people? When you talk of the media, you are speaking as if there is a unanimity among them. No, you have a minimum of 15 major newspapers in the country and you have other smaller ones, 100 of them.

“There is no unanimity that there is repression in the land, disregard of the rule of law. So, if one of them comes out to say that, it is just an opinion. It has a right to it, nobody will begrudge them.

“How many people do they amount to? We can’t begin to take the minority to represent the majority.”

Asked if the federal government would review some of its activities and actions, he said only genuine issues would be considered.

“Only if they are genuine issues, they will always be looked into,” he said.

“We have had instances in which the government had to reverse itself because there were concerns raised. It shows that the government is responsive but you cannot listen to a babble of voices and want to answer everyone. It will distract you from what you are doing. You let them have their say.”

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

US group releases report on Boko Haram, persecutions of Christians, multiple checkpoints in S'East, others

L-R International Human Rights Lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe, US Congressman Chris Smith
and Amnesty International staff Adotei Akwei in a Human Rights Day photo at Capital Hill (December 10, 2019)

December 11, 2019 | The Biafra Times

A US bases group has released a report of its latest findings in Nigeria.

The report made available by the US Nigeria Law group indicted the Federal Government over its silence on the persecution of Christians and multiple security checkpoints in the South East region of the country which have become oil well for security agencies who have resorted mainly to extortion of the hapless citizens.

The report read thus;

USNLG: Annual Human Rights Report on Nigeria: PART 1: GEN. BUHARI BUILDS A WALL

Last week, we concluded a fact finding mission to Nigeria and are releasing this report in commemoration of International Human Rights Day today.



During our visit to Nigeria, Boko Haram announced its abduction of several Nigerian Security agents and “eight Christians” in a renewed genocidal campaign of religious persecution.

This is a resurgence of it’s rogue roadblocks that claimed the lives of over 170 people in 2013 as terrorists dressed as soldiers checked IDs and beheaded Christians in a chainsaw massacre.

Also during our mission, a lecturer Dr Bitrus Zakka who teaches Christian Religious Knowledge was abducted at a checkpoint upon the discovery of a bible in his luggage. Educators are also targets of the terrorists. It is unclear if Dr Zakka is amongst the captives reported by the terrorists.

Boko Haram also claimed the capture of two “Christian” aid workers for the Red Cross.

Bearing in mind the execution of their Red Cross co-worker Hauwa  Liman last year and aid workers Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham this year, the recorded number of aid worker fatalities in Nigeria over the past decade is now in excess of 40. This averages one per quarter for 10 consecutive years!

This does not include UNICEF midwife Alice Ngaddah and 16 year old Christian heroine Schoolgirl Leah Sharibu held hostage for 649/659 days respectively and the

recent hostages from Action Against Hunger.

We note once more our prior alert that Boko Haram has again relaunched clear targeted attacks on the basis of religious identity. This is all the more worrisome given their impersonation of military personnel more so during the high risk Christmas season.


Last Easter, the spouse of a relative of this researcher was abducted for ransom in northern Nigeria by Herdsmen.

Last month the husband of a relative of this researcher was also abducted in southern Nigeria by criminals. The statistical odds that this would occur to one individual within a six-month timeframe is highly indicative of the geometric rise in these sorts of crimes. Incidentally a justice of the court of appeal was also abducted. All instances cited above resulted in releases however British aid worker, Faye Mooney was killed in northern Nigeria also in a botched kidnapping.

Apart from the multi-state Herdsmen syndicates, kidnapping has become an opportunistic crime around the country in what can only be described as a resurgence of “localized slave trading.


Members of the Separatist Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) group reportedly burnt to death two police officers in Nigeria’s southeast while we were in country. Although the group had not engaged in terrorist activity before it was outlawed for terrorism, this rare violent incident reportedly resulted in reprisals for the killing of half a dozen of its members.


While there were no major massacres while in country, continuing low grade altercations occurred with Herdsmen grazing on farms or even simply burning farmers’ crops.                                     



While in Nigeria, the regime’s secret police released activists Sowore and Bakare from 125 days of detention but brazenly invaded a courtroom to rearrest them the next day in violation of the law, desecration of the court and disregard for court orders. The DSS had unlawfully invaded the Legislature last year and its boss was fired by Nigeria’s VP Osinbajo who was acting President at the time. However, the unlawful invasion of the court by the DSS has received no reaction from President Buhari besides justification.


There are credible reports of indiscriminate air bombings that claimed the lives of innocent civilians gathering firewood in Northeast Nigeria. In addition, at least one known victim of a helicopter firing on defenseless voters during the “elections” in Kogi is battling for her life in hospital. The use of lethal air munitions on defenseless citizens on the ground has become a recurring phenomenon since the mass casualty attacks on a Rann IDP Camp.


There were also reports of the killing of at least six members of IPOB in southeastern Nigeria. Postings to the southeast are reportedly at a premium as policemen prefer to be at the numerous lucrative checkpoints that extort motorists. There were reports of a driver killed for not giving a 50 naira bribe (seven cents). A Nigerian American journalist visiting reported that his taxi was stopped by a policeman who demanded money from him (the journalist) and not the driver. Uber drivers complained that they had to remove their Uber stickers due to targeting and harassment by policemen.


There were further signs of the manipulation of the judiciary in the handling of election appeals challenging Gen. Buhari’s dubious elections.                         

I. Contrary to long-standing procedure, the Supreme Court did not constitute a panel of the most senior justices to hear the case.                 

II. A senior justice with familial ties to the opposition party was not allowed to sit on the case while another justice with ties to the ruling party was allowed to.                                       

III. A senior justice who had given a dissenting judgment contradicting the bizarre Osun case where the governorship was spuriously awarded to the ruling party was also not on the panel.     

IV. A justice who was approached by a government minister to award governorship of a state to the ruling party but refused and was then arrested by the government was on the panel.                               

V. The new CJN who was foisted on the judiciary after the unlawful ouster of Chief Justice Onnoghen was also on the panel.         

VI. The court dismissed the election challenge without hearing it.

9. The state of Gombe in northern Nigeria is the latest to fail to confirm a female Christian, Justice Beatrice Iliya, as Chief Judge of the State pursuant to the constitution. Like Justice Elizabeth Karatu of Kebbi State, earlier this year, she has been replaced by a junior male Muslim judge of debatable pedigree after having acted as Chief Judge. This is the third high profile female Christian Judge to face obstacles to confirmation in northern Nigeria. Justice Patricia Mahmoud was similarly denied Chief Judgeship in Kano State on account of her Christian Faith. The case of Justice Beatrice Iliya is not yet final but the unfortunate precedent by Gen. Buhari’s illegal removal of Nigeria’s first southern Chief Justice in 30 years and his replacement with a northern Muslim does not inspire confidence. There is palpable public concern at a systematic northernization and Islamization of government at both federal and state levels. While the expired tenures of numerous northern Muslim officials have been illegally extended, those of southerners are abruptly cut short or not renewed.

10. CENSORSHIP and REPRESSION - the Nigerian Government is institutionalizing repression as statecraft. A wall has been built around the Unity Fountain in Abuja that had become a recognized staging ground for protests. Parliamentarians from the US and Europe are amongst foreign dignitaries who had addressed activists such as Bring Back Our Girls Group there. After over a year of the stationing of police to harass protesters, a wall has been built to further shut down civic dissent and citizen activism.                           Where other leaders build walls to protect their citizens, Gen. Buhari has built a wall to prevent his citizens.   The building of the wall is symbolic of repression under the Buhari regime which has now outdone his prior military junta for its crass demolition and denudation of Democracy. Like his first coming 36 years ago, Buhari’s second coming is also synonymous with the destruction of democracy in Nigeria again.

A Hate Speech Bill in the parliament appears to be a reiteration of his draconian Decree 4 of 1984 which even then did not prescribe capital punishment for outlawed speech.

To be continued.


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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Hate Speech Bill: The Story of the Dead Broom President and his Mimicking Handlers

Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers

December 10, 2019

In Nigeria, from 2017 till date, there have been many unanswered questions, caliginous situations denied of tangible ventilation, intentional lack of investigative journalism and overwhelming inappropriateness on the side of the military. These years have been characterised by unguided statements from the presidency that if x-rayed, is not typical of the president the people used to know from 2015-2016 – the one who promised to be a changed person.

President Buhari of 2015-2016, though blunt with words, never disrespected Nigerians when found outside the shores of the country. But his utterances took a different dimension from 2017 when the news of his death was announced by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The president who suffered brain cancer and was operated upon, reported to be intravenously fed by many Nigerian news outlets, was said to have triumphed against all the odds and came back alive.

The implicating statement from the wife where she reminded the people of the first two years of his husband in power which, according to her, were good, and her assertion that few people have hijacked the seat of power, lends credence to the narrative of the President being dead and replaced by a body double. The seven scientific evidences provided by the Biafran leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, about the death of the president are yet to be disputed. These are necessary questions that were conspiratorially swept under the carpet in the guise of protecting national honour.

To ascertain if truly the person in Aso Rock is still the President Buhari that was sworn into office in 2015 or a body double impersonating him, the actions ensuing from the office of the presidency since 2017 need to be scrutinized.

In his first two years of reign – 2015-2016 – the president brought national disgrace to the country. We saw a president who was struggling to adapt to modern day technology in Germany as he was fighting with the headset given to him. We saw a president who got terrified at the sight of German military parade organized in his own honour. We saw other national embarrassments from the then President Buhari.

But from February 2017 onwards, the people met the worst version of the president – one that insults his people calling them ''lazy'' before the world. It is very clear that only a foreigner can present the people he is leading as lazy at the intentional scene. It therefore seems like the president is being mimicked by a few men – those the wife referred to.

The most glaring evidence before everyone is the resurrection of capital punishment on hate speech. No one will ever believe that a president who promised to change his old records is still returning to the actual laws and actions that nearly cost him his political career. The mimickers have gone too far in copying the character of the late president in this one. They know truly that the capital punishment on hate speech cannot be admissible in the country but are using it to fake the presence of the dead President Buhari.

The Biafra Times
Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah

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