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We arrested Chiwetalu Agu for inciting Nigerians to join IPOB – Army

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The Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrest of popular Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu in Anambra State.

DAILY POST had reported that Chiwetalu Agu was manhanled and molested by the Nigerian Army troops for wearing Biafra clothing.

The movie legend was walking within the Upper Iweka Bridge when two soldiers suddenly accosted, wrestled him to the ground and dragged him.

Agu was reportedly sharing food to the less privileged persons when government forces stopped him.

However, a statement by Onyema Nwachukwu, issued Brigadier General Director Army Public Relations said Agu was arrested while inciting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Nwachuwku said he was picked up for questioning while inciting members of the public to join the proscribed group.

Nwachukwu denied that the actor was assaulted or brutalized but said he attempted putting up some resistance when troops made effort to take him into custody.

”While the NA recognizes the inalienable rights of the citizenry to freedom of movement and expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is apparently a violation for any individual or group to incite the public to cause mayhem or break down of law and order.

”It is therefore pertinent to state that while exercising such freedoms, it must be done within the confines of the law, bearing in mind the imperative for peace, and national security.

”For the avoidance of doubt and emphasis, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) remains proscribed . Therefore, any individual or group seen to be projecting and advancing the cause or activities of the group is viewed as brazenly challenging the constitutionality of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

”More worrisome, was the fact that considering the prevailing security situation of the region, coupled with the ongoing Exercise GOLDEN DAWN , his action could be a tacit endorsement and support for the proscribed group. We have all witnessed the activities of the group take a violent dimension in recent times,” he said.

The Army accused Agu of demonstrating uncharitable disposition to negate peace and security in the region, adding that he was taking into custody for preliminary investigation.

Nwachuwkwu stressed that the Army would not allow IPOB and its sponsors to hold the region captive and allow the security situation to degenerate.

He warned Individuals or groups who fan the embers of violence to desist or face the consequences of their actions.

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‘End SARS protest now a thing of show-off’ – Bello Shagari

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Bello, grandson of late former President Shehu Shagari has said a lot of Nigerians who identify with the End SARS movement are doing it to a show-off

According to him, most End SARS protesters are claiming to be activists and have little understanding of socio-political system.

On his Facebook page, Shagari wrote: “A lot of the young people who identify with the#EndSARS protest are doing so because it has become fashionable.

”This has become a thing of show off; that everyone is now an activist. Whereas most of them have little understanding of the socio-political system.”

He admonished youths to focus and mobilize votes for 2023 election rather than protest, adopt a progressive approach which will yield meaningful result.

“However, my advice has always been that we shouldn’t focus too much in protests when we can do better by mobilizing young people’s votes to achieve a change in the entire political system, or to change our present realities, or at least to be in charge of them.

“We must adopt a more progressive and strategic approach rather than the usual disruptive one which hasn’t yielded any meaningful results. You cannot be doing the same thing and expect a different result.

“Use this same energy and reinforce it into a political power at the polls,” his post read.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Group condemns denial of Ezeife, Ubah entry into courtroom

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An Igbo interest group, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has condemned the denial of former Anambra State governor, and elder statesman, Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah entry into the Abuja courtroom for the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday.

COSEYL in a statement by its President General, Goodluck Ibem, said the denial of the two and other Igbo leaders entry into the courtroom was an insult on Igbo people.

The body said it was enraged by the unprofessional conduct of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for barring such respected Igbo leaders from gaining access into the courtroom, and described the action of the DSS as desecration of the temple of Justice.

The release stated in part that: “The DSS operatives threatened to shoot lawyers and Igbo leaders who dared to enforce their right by approaching the entrance to the courtroom. They said they were acting on orders from above.

“Does the order from above also include ordering them to assassinate great Igbo leaders in broad daylight at the court premises? Is the Nigerian Court now the court of the North, where no Igbo man is allowed access? It is so pathetic. This present administration has destroyed all our democratic ethos,” it lamented.

It further stated that: “What played out at the court today is the height of insult against Ndigbo and we condemn it in its entirety. It is very clear that the present regime enjoys insulting the sensibility of the Igbo race.

“Dr. Ezeife, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and other great Igbo leaders were representatives of the Igbo Nation, they were denied access to the court in a matter involving their own son and brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in a supposed democratic administration.

“Only a society that has no respect for elders and fundamental human rights will stop highly respected statesmen in the society who are great and respected personalities from gaining access to the courtroom. Dr. Ezeife is a former Governor and Senator Ubah is a serving Senator but they were denied access because they are of the Igbo tribe.”

The group said the DSS was a part of the executive arm of government that executes its orders and that they had no powers under a democratic government to dictate who enters the courtroom that is totally under the Judiciary arm of government.

“It is an aberration and a travesty of the law for the DSS operatives to stand at the entrance of the courtroom to dictate who enters and who does not enter the courtroom.

“What happened today in court at the hearing of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case clearly shows that we are not in a democratic administration but a military regime that has no respect for fundamental human rights and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which the President swore to protect.

“There is nowhere in the world where the president in a democratic administration dictates what happens in the court. The Judiciary is an independent arm of government separated from the executive arm. The Judiciary is the last hope of the common man and everyone is entitled to approach the court.”

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Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB gives conditions to dialogue with Buhari govt

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday gave the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government conditions for dialogue.

IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful said the group would listen to the Federal Government when its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally.

Powerful also noted that the Federal Government should set a date for the referendum of Biafra.

In a statement he signed, Powerful insisted that Kanu committed no crime to warrant being arrested and prosecuted.

He maintained that Kanu should not be detained while terrorists are roaming the streets freely.

According to Powerful: “Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu committed no crime to deserve persecution by the federal government that is openly hobnobbing with real terrorists and Fulani bandits but crushing peaceful agitators.

“We demand unconditional release of our Leader. He should not be in detention while real terrorists and mass murderers are parading freely on the streets.

“Nigeria government should prepare a date for the referendum on Biafra for people to decide where to stay either in Biafra or Nigeria.Those who want to sabotage Biafra freedom should wait for the referendum date.

“IPOB demands nothing other than unconditional release of our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi KANU, and a date for the Biafra referendum.

“We are not interested in any dialogue unless our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi KANU is released before we can sit with anybody for discussion.”

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