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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Bus full of children set on fire by angry driver

International News | The Biafra Times

March 20, 2019

Italian bus driver of Senegalese descent was arrested on Wednesday after hijacking his own vehicle and setting it on fire, allegedly threatening to kill more than 50 children on board whose hands he had bound.

The 47-year-old man said he was acting in revenge for the thousands of migrants, many of them African, who have drowned in the Mediterranean in recent years while trying to reach Europe from Libya.

“No one will survive,” he said, according to police.

“He shouted 'Stop the deaths at sea, I'll carry out a massacre',” said Marco Palmieri, a police spokesman.

The man, named as Ousseynou Sy, was driving 51 children from their middle school near the city of Cremona to a sporting event when he started making threats, brandishing a knife.

In an ordeal that lasted around 40 minutes, he started driving towards nearby Milan.

He rammed the bus into cars on a busy highway before it came to a stop at a roadblock set up by police.

He then doused it in petrol and set it on fire.

Police smashed the windows of the vehicle to allow the children to escape.

Television footage showed thick black smoke and flames billowing from the bus, which was reduced to a burnt-out hulk.

“It was a miracle, it could have been a massacre,” said Francesco Greco, a prosecutor from Milan. “The carabinieri (police) were exceptional in blocking the bus and getting all the children out. They broke the windows and managed to get all 51 kids out.”

One of the children told reporters that the driver had threatened to pour petrol on them and set them alight.

The wreckage of the bus CREDIT: REUTERS

“He handcuffed us and threatened us. He said that if we moved he would pour out the petrol and set fire to it.

“He kept saying that people in Africa are dying and the fault is Di Maio and Salvini's” – a reference to Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, the leaders of the two parties that make up the populist coalition.

A 12-year-old boy who was interviewed by Italian television said the driver claimed that three of his children had drowned at sea while trying to reach Italy by boat from North Africa.

“He said he had lost three children, that many children die at sea, so we should die too, by being burned. I was afraid I would die,” the boy said.

Mobile phone footage taken by passing motorists showed children screaming in panic as they ran away from the vehicle.

At least 12 children were taken to hospital for bruises, smoke inhalation or because they were suffering from shock.

Police said the suspect had a criminal record, with convictions for sexual molestation and driving while drunk. He obtained Italian citizenship in 2004.

Mr Salvini, the interior minister and head of the anti-immigration League party, asked why a person with a criminal record was allowed to drive a school bus.

Interior minister officials said they were studying the possibility of revoking the driver’s Italian citizenship.

The driver is likely to face charges of kidnapping, attempted mass murder, causing a fire and resisting arrest.

Firefighters and police officers stand by the gutted remains of the bus in San Donato Milanese, near Milan

Firefighters and police officers stand by the gutted remains of the bus in San Donato Milanese, near Milan CREDIT: ANSA

Prosecutors said he could also be charged with terrorism offences.

Thousands of migrants, many of them West Africans, have drowned in the Mediterranean in recent years.

So far this year, the death toll is 282, but that comes after a dramatic reduction in the number of migrant boats setting out from Libya.

The traffic has slowed considerably after the EU beefed up the Libyan Coast Guard – which has been accused of human rights abuses – and Italy’s populist government decreed last summer that it was closing its ports to NGO vessels that rescue asylum seekers.

Last year, nearly 2,300 migrants and refugees died, according to the UN.

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Nigeria: America condemns Nigerian Government, says it uses state agents for unlawful killings

March 18, 2019 || The Biafra Times

The United States has accused the Federal Government of Nigeria and it agents of committing “arbitrary and unlawful killings.”

US made this known in a recent report titled, “2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” available on the Department of State website.

The report, which took a look at Nigeria’s human rights record alleged that the government had breached some human rights laws.

“Human rights issues included unlawful and arbitrary killings by both government and nonstate actors; forced disappearances by both government and nonstate actors; torture by both government and nonstate actors and prolonged arbitrary detention in life-threatening conditions particularly in government detention facilities; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions including civilian detentions in military facilities, often based on flimsy or no evidence; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights; criminal libel; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.

“There were several reports the government or its agents committed arbitrary and unlawful killings. The national police, army, and other security services used lethal and excessive force to disperse protesters and apprehend criminals and suspects and committed other extrajudicial killings. Authorities generally did not hold police, military, or other security force personnel accountable for the use of excessive or deadly force or for the deaths of persons in custody. State and federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths generally did not make their findings public.

“In August 2017 the acting president convened a civilian-led presidential investigative panel to review compliance of the armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, and the panel submitted its findings in February. As of November, no portions of the report had been made public.”

The report, however, added that the government took steps to “Investigate alleged abuses but fewer steps to prosecute officials who committed violations, whether in the security forces or elsewhere in the government. Impunity remained widespread at all levels of government. The government did not adequately investigate or prosecute most of the major outstanding allegations of human rights violations by the security forces or the majority of cases of police or military extortion or other abuse of power.”

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Nigeria 2019 Election: a Soft Military Coup by the Cabal

March 17, 2019

By Johnson Chukwudifu | For Biafra Writers

This article would have been aptly titled, “The Success of Buhari’s Second Military Coup,” but then, Buhari is dead. The fellow currently paraded as Nigeria's number one citizen is a body-double from Sudan named Jubril Aminu Al-Sudani.

It has now dawned on Nigerians that the so-called 2019 election was, in reality, a military coup orchestrated by Fulani hegemony. The Fulani are historically a people with innate desire to colonize and subjugate all the indigenous people inhabiting the geographical expression referred to as Nigeria. The realities of the recent sham dubbed election speak volumes of the Fulani ill desires. With the just concluded election, the Fulani have succeeded in birthing a political turf that allows them exclusive grip on Nigeria's power frame.

Today, the country is as quiet as a graveyard following the outcome of the elections and the haunting realizations it bestowed on the citizenry. Of course, Nigerians are not new to disorderliness and election thuggery, but the sight of soldiers - equipped as if in war - marching the streets abducting, harassing, and killing opposition candidates and supporters shattered any hope left in getting Nigeria to work.

In the cities, the ruling APC considered stronghold of the opposition, armored cars, and other military hardware were deployed, duly backed up in the air by the airforce. The helpless masses witnessed the military break into INEC collation centers, scare the people away and force electoral officers to announce doctored results.

With over sixty lives driven to their early grave by the military in a concerted effort to rig the current APC government back to power, uneasy calm has settled over the country.

The Fulani is found pushing on his normadic lifestyle in several other West African countries as well as Central Africa. In these other parts of Africa, the Fulani exist as minority. In Nigeria however, although still in minority, the Fulani lives as lords. Othman Danfodio having successfully conned the indigenous Hausa settlers into helping him conquer the established Hausa thrones had gone on to establish his own dynasty, a historical fact that authored the boastful and provocative terse of the Fulani, "we are born to rule." Having set their feet fully and permanently in the North, they filed out from there to conquer the rest of the geographical area today referred to as Nigeria.

The despicable activities of the military in the recent elections as dictated by the ruling APC government were to forestall the emergence of another government which might be open to restructuring of the Nigerian political construct.

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Edited By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
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Thursday, 14 March 2019

2019 Elections: The Disappointment of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

March 14, 2019

By Johnson Mgbadu | For Biafra Writers

Severally in the past (during the slave-trade era), Africa was raped by powers outside powers with the full cooperation of some selfish, conniving Africans.

In later years, those Africans were replaced by another set of African connivers, such selfish politicians with semi-literate soldiers like a certain Umaru Dikko and Muhammadu Buhari. Others include the likes of Yakubu Gowon, Sani Abacha, Olusegun Obasanjo, Theophilus Danjuma, Ahmadu Bello, and Babagana Kingibe. They connived with outside powers, receiving assistance such as arms and ammunition from them, and using same to devastate the people they swore to protect just to remain in the saddle of leadership; even when they obviously lack the capacity to function as leaders.

Painfully, that rape has continued till this present day in different forms and different guises, and yet with new set of connivers, some even complementing those mentioned above.

As a result of this situation, many people had felt that redemption would come when highly-educated individuals grow to take over the position of power and authority. The thinking was that such individuals would be highly informed, and would, therefore, understand the plight of Africa in view of the intricacies of international power-play, and so would be able to act right.  In addition to that belief, many in some quarters believed that when women, especially those with high education, occupy important positions in government and in the society, that things would improve tremendously.

This was a major reason great joy swept over many people in the West African sub-region when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, became the President of Liberia. She was seen as highly educated woman – being a Professor.

READ ALSO: Atiku Abubakar, the Current Most Important Actor in the Fulani Secret Agenda

Incidentally, when she concluded her two-term tenure as president and left, many people did not bother to appraise her stint as a leader in Liberia. It was assumed she had done well despite series of protests over some missing funds under her watch.

In the same manner, when she became a member of the ECOWAS observer committee at the just concluded general elections in Nigeria, little eyebrows were raised. It was believed she was educated and sophisticated and would not dance with the shenanigans of desperate people in government over the election.

Oh! How wrong the people were. Indeed, they believed in vain, for her report on that Presidential election of February 23, gave nobody joy. The old woman (born in October 29, 1938) has proven to be even far worse than the ill-educated military men people hoped they would help to retire into political ignominy. She joined observers from outside the continent to claim that the election was free and fair when irrefutable records of violence, enforced disenfranchisement of eligible voters in Rivers, Lagos and other states, vote-buying, stuffing and snatching of ballot boxes and destruction of ballot papers, including killings and abduction of electoral officers and voters. How careless can she be?

Does it mean she was never deployed in Nigeria to witness the carnage and election violence perpetrated by the desperate politicians in power? Didn’t she witness the unleashing of rampaging soldiers on the populace in a supposedly democratic election? Does she not know that Buhari was dead, and that the man standing for the election as Buhari was an impostor – Jubril from Sudan?

Was Mrs. Sirleaf not aware that more than 50 Nigerians were killed by the police and military men across the country in their bid to scare voters away from the polling booths so that the party in power, the APC would continue with its rigging plans unchallenged? Is she also not aware that Card-readers did not function properly in some polling units which led to the disenfranchisement of many voters? Does she not know that APC paid people to buy their voters’ cards? Does she not know that children(underaged voters) were registered to vote in Northern states were APC had many supporters?

It was a pity how Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disappointed Africans in Nigeria. It was indeed a shame that she declared an election that was adjudged as the worst in strategy and execution in the history of Nigeria, free and fair. Such are the leaders we see in Africa.

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Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Published by Charles Opanwa

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Atiku Abubakar, the Current Most Important Actor in the Fulani Secret Agenda

By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu Anyanwoke | For Biafra Writers

March 5, 2019

The banner headline, “Atiku Abubakar goes to court,” comes across as the most comical joke of the year. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is a man well-versed, astute and with a savoir-faire in political turfs that hardly grovels before any other in Nigeria. With his high standing and understanding of Nigeria's political terrain, it's rather preposterous that he would seek redress for a supposed stolen mandate in a court owned and controlled by the APC government. Even dullards could tell what APC was up to when the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Samuel Onnoghen, was unceremoniously and illegally removed and replaced weeks to the elections. Heading to court, therefore, is a waste of time, energy and resources. It, however, lays bare the intrigues behind the scene and, of course, the important roles Atiku plays for his tribe.

Studying the developments so far, it becomes obvious that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar returned to PDP to shatter any effort to lure power away from the North. Fearing that former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan might stage a comeback, the Fulani Oligarchy used Atiku as a detraction. He was propped up to seize the PDP presidential ticket, thereby holding down the chances of a Southerner wrestling power out from them. Atiku's decision to go to court is, therefore, nothing but a public stunt calculated to pacify his unsuspecting supporters, making them think that he actually meant business.

READ ALSO: Biafra: We Shall be engaging in high profile & clandestine arrangements to ensure the speedy restoration of Biafra in coming months - IPOB

History reminds us that Atiku Abubakar opposed restructuring in Goodluck Jonathan's dispensation, an act that perfectly aligns with the "no restructuring" stance of the Fulani, exposing, therefore, his total commitment to Fulani agenda. The idea to run his campaign on "restructuring" was predicated on buying the loyalty of the South.

Have Atiku not been role-playing, he would have been positioning himself towards forming a parallel government rather than head to court which he knows, in addition to being more decayed than the electoral system itself, is a tool in the hand of the opponent.

Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
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Monday, 4 March 2019

Biafra: We Shall be engaging in high profile & clandestine arrangements to ensure the speedy restoration of Biafra in coming months - IPOB

March 4, 2019


We the worldwide family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it's leadership wish to reaffirm our position clearly to all and sundry, in Nigeria and beyond, that Biafra freedom and sovereignty is non negotiable regardless of the political permutations in Nigeria. Idle minds and hired hands can chatter and speculate to their heart's content on social media, but one obvious and inescapable fact remains that our stance that voting in Nigeria is useless has been vindicated by the result of the shambolic rigging fest they call elections. The unacceptable levels of humiliation, intimidation, killing, announcement of fake results, coupled with sponsored propaganda against our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and entire peaceful movement like IPOB by strategy deficient perennial losers, cannot stop our total resolve to restore Biafra sovereignty in the shortest possible time.

Only a moron and worker of iniquity will pretend not to know what transpired in the colonial contraption called Nigeria during the recently concluded presidential elections. Using the military, police and armed thugs to rig in favour of the ruling Jihadi APC was clear for all to see. That the result has been sanctioned by some weak minded apathetic Nigerians as welk as the Fulani loving British colonial masters, despite the horrors of that elections, is proof, if one is needed, that poor masses of Nigeria are like tormented caged animals stripped of every dignity and lacking in courage.

One inescapable fact is that this all encompassing, globally recognised and respected IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu remains the only good thing that has happened to Biafrans in 50 years possibly forever. Irrespective of your tribe, group or religion, there is undeniable universal acknowledgement that IPOB is the only ray of light in an otherwise dark and murky political landscape in Nigeria.

It is a pity and downright unbelievable that their so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and it's agents would allow themselves to be used by the executive the same way they used the judiciary in the country to subvert the will and desire of the people. Thankfully such brazen display of primitivity will never obtain in Biafra.

Before now, IPOB have always maintained, through its various press statements and our leader's broadcasts via Radio Biafra, that Nigerian Government headed by Jubril-Buhari and his kinsmen, will never willingly relinquish power in a peaceful process and will always use INEC, Army, Police, DSS to intimidate the masses during elections. Biafrans both home and abroad will within the coming months be engaging in a series of high profile and clandestine arrangements to ensure the speedy restoration of Biafra.

We are not unaware that some Fulani slaves in Biafraland, particularly Igbo politicians are still nursing the misguided hope of becoming president of Nigeria in 2023.  We are calling and advising them to retrace their steps and join the movement for Biafra restoration because Biafra sovereignty is sacrosanct. If they were ignorant of the fact that current Nigerian system will never allow them to come near Aso Rock, events of February 23 in Lagos and northern Nigeria has brought home the stark reality that Biafrans are not needed at the heart of Nigerian politics. Another Fulani man will in all likelihood rig himself into power in 2023 with the help of Yoruba Muslims and the British. All the people will say then is, let us live in peace and move the country forward.

Therefore, politicians, artisans, traders, academics, professionals, businessmen and women in Biafraland and all over the world must support IPOB in this noble quest for Biafra liberation or we are doomed to be enslaved in Nigeria along with our children and generations unborn.

With or without your votes, Fulani terrorist soldiers and police in Nigeria uniforms including INEC will continue to rig elections and publicly  disenfranchise Biafrans. A new equation has been successfully introduced which is the use of INEC Collation Officers to allocate figures to their preferred candidates under the watchful eyes the Nigerian janjaweed military. We are not bothered who becomes president of Nigeria from May 29, 2019 because our focus is on Biafra restoration.

Our people must understand the way Fulani constitution of Nigeria was written and the country structured gives the core north undue advantage over the rest of the South, especially with Yoruba support which the north can always count on. Nigeria is not a country and will never be. INEC, Army, Police, DSS and other security apparatus are now regular instruments used by the Nigerian Government to disenfranchise citizens from discharging their civic rights in Nigeria.

One thing we know for sure is that in the end IPOB will win and Biafra sovereignty will be fully restored.


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Friday, 1 March 2019

CNN and the Harvest of Lies in Nigerian Elections

By Johnson Chukwudifu | For Biafra Writers

March 1, 2019

The Cable News Network, CNN, prides itself as the leading news outlet worldwide. That may not be contested anyway. It however does seem that the said leadership leans much more in the dissemination of fake news, little wonder President Donald Trump often refers to them as a major fake news channel.

The Fake News channel was on its element recently as it reported the charade called election which took place in Nigeria on Saturday, February 23. In the news reported by the eccentric Richard Quest, CNN attempted to deceive the world by painting an atmosphere of a free and fair election. It conveniently ignored the fact that not only was the election not peaceful by any standard, it as well was neither free nor fair. The cabal handlers of the Sudanese impostor, Jubril Aminu Al-Sudani, deployed every arsenal within their reach to rig themselves back to power.

The exercise saw not less than 20 people dead, ballot boxes snatched, votes exchanged for money, underage voting, selective disfranchisement, and a whole lot more. CNN conveniently turned a blind eye on these anomalies.

In Rivers State, the minister of transport, Rotimi Chibike Amaechi, who is of the ruling party, APC, was widely reported to have led a detachment of soldiers who unleashed terror on voters, shooting to death about fifteen law-abiding citizens and injuring many more. Amechi it was gathered, declared war on his political rivals in the buildup to the election with a native war song that translates roughly, "It is time to show strength, let the coward not come close to where a show of strength is taking place. The warrior’s eyes are bloodshot”. One would have thought it all a mere political stunt, but video evidence soon surfaced after the election showing that Amechi's war song wasn't for fun after all.
The state Coalition Officer, Mary Emawonya Efeturi, on Monday, February 25, gave graphic details on how the military came to the state INEC headquarters to drive away the ad hoc staff, and then went on to destroy the electoral materials. CNN overlooked all the evidence to tell the world huge lies.

In Imo State, the Returning Officer, Prof. Ibeabuchi was kidnapped by Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing governor who ran for Senate. According to Professor Ibeabuchi's report, he announced Okorocha as the winner under duress. Ibeabuchi made this known to the public through a radio broadcast.

It's worrisome therefore that in spite of all these available shreds of evidence to the contrary, a giant media outfit like CNN went ahead to declare the election peaceful. The APC government sure has the money to change the narratives, but would a giant media outlet like CNN have made itself so cheap?
It's a shame!

Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
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