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IPOB feud as Ijaw youths oppose Bayelsa meeting

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, on Tuesday, faulted the Ijaw Youth Council’s position that IPOB should not hold its planned meeting in Bayelsa State.

The IYC, Central Zone, led by Olorogun Kennedy, had, on Monday, asked members of IPOB to steer clear of the state, and looked elsewhere for their planned national meeting or attract the wrath of the IYC.

But reacting on Tuesday, a statement from the Director of Media and Publicity of the secessionist group quoted the Bayelsa State coordinator of IPOB, Igrubia Gbalam, as saying that it was either that the chairman of the IYC, Central Zone, had forgotten his origin or was acting the scripts of his, “Fulani masters.’

The statement read, “Unknown to Mr Olorogun Kennedy, whose first name points to his true origin, Bayelsa State and Ijawland is the birth place of Biafra. Mr Olorogun Kennedy is a DSS informant craving the attention of his Fulani masters by making attention-grabbing comments on the pages of newspapers to attract more financial reward from those that have rendered Niger Delta desolate.

“This is so shameful because it is obvious that those leading IYC central zone knows nothing about Ijaw people, history, struggle, survival and enemies. Yes, it is obvious they don’t know the enemies of Ijaw people because if they had known, they wouldn’t have ignored the Ijaw community, Bilabiri, burnt down by the Nigerian military to come and be threatening IPOB, who are the only voice speaking against such evil in Ijawland. Mr Olorogun is pretending he was not aware of previous and ongoing dialogue between IPOB leadership and prominent Ijaw people in the Disapora.

“The whole world knows that IPOB is the only organisation bold enough to confront the excesses of the terrorist government of Nigeria and if the IYC central zone is standing against IPOB but mute against the evil meted to Ijaw people by the oppressive Nigerian military, then it means that their loyalty is no longer towards the Ijaw people but to those who oppress us.”


Adamawa youths block federal highway in Girei

…says they need security

Hundreds of Adamawa youths on Tuesday, blocked the federal highway passing through Girei community to Yola, the state capital, and other parts of the state to protest against incessant kidnappings in the area.

The youths, who are from Girei Local Government Area, rendered many travelers and motorists stranded. They vowed that they would not open the road until the authorities, particularly the Governor or Commissioner of Police, address them and commit to addressing the menace.

Saidu Hamman-Girei, spokesman of the youth, also the Youth leader, (Sarkin Matasa) of Girei District, said recently about 10 persons in the community lost their lives to kidnappers.

“But what we are hearing now is that, there is an order from the police headquarters that the suspects be released,” he alleged.

He said that between N60 million to N70 million had also been paid as ransom to kidnappers.

“We mobilised and supported the security in arresting about 11 suspects with pieces of incriminating evidence. We want the Commissioner of Police to come and tell us why, because serious tension is brewing here. I had to intervene yesterday to stop youths from burning down Girei Police Station,’’ Mr Hamman-Girei said.

Angry youths block highway in Adamawa over incessant kidnappings, accuse police of complicity (photos)

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for Police Command in the state, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, said the Commissioner of Police had sent an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to Girei to handle the situation.


Nigeria need resourceful youths in ministries, not old people – Nwokolo

…says Ndigbo under seige

The Bishop on the Niger, Anglican Communion, Anambra state Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo has said that what Nigeria needs now is credible, intelligent, resourceful and talented youths to man the ministries, departments and agencies to turn around the country not recycling the same old people who has not done the country any good.

Nwokolo who condemned the new policy on visa on arrival, said that he would only support it if the government has genuine plan to attract investors help to turn around some of the challenging situations in the country, rather than using back door to bring in Islamic fundamentalists.

The bishop who spoke to newsmen yesterday at bishop court in Onitsha saying that Ndigbo were under siege through many security agents checkpoints that litters the entire places in the southeast zone.

He said: “We need credible, intelligent, resourceful and talented people to man the ministries, departments and agencies but we been recycling the same old people who has done the country well. The youths are saying when are we going to be the leaders of tomorrow?, the question the youths are asking us is when are we going to be the leaders of this country?

“This is because we tell them that they are leaders of tomorrow, but it is the same people who have been leading yesterday are still leading tomorrow and they are not bringing any pragmatic change that will turn around the country. So, it’s a problem but as I said we all to be blamed because we cannot exonerate ourselves from the problem.

On new visa policy: “It is because of lack of trust in the leadership of the country, the doubts we have in the way they approach issues, because we don’t trust them. We feel that some of the policies they are bringing out is to favour the Islamic agenda and bringing unwanted people into the country.

“However, I feel that Nigeria is one of the countries that have very tough immigration policy, we hardly allow people to enter our country. Foreigners come here under stringent measures. What I’m saying is that we are yet to trust our leadership, most of their policies are not favourable. They have disappointed us in one way or the other but if not that, I would wish that we have mild immigration policy that allow foreigners to come and invest in our country who are genuine and not Boko Haram people.

“If the policy is to bring in investors that would come and help to turn around some of the challenging situations we have in the country, I will support the government but if it is a back door to bring in Islamic fundamentalists, it is a serious problem and we say no that. I also want the country to look into their immigration policy because it is making other nations to be very harsh to Nigerians especially when they travel.

Bishop Nwokolo

On checkpoints: “Ndigbo are under siege, they type of dirty environment in which this checkpoint are being kept makes a mess of the whole thing as if our country is governed by illiterates and uncivilized persons, how they litter the road with woods that are not even smooth. They bring all manner of things and use it to block all our roads.

“They paint the country in a very bad light. We joined the rest of our people to condemn attitude of police and army in keeping checkpoints on our roads, it’s not good. It’s only in this country we see this type of checkpoints, police can monitor criminals from roadside, they can use aerial surveillance, weapon and communication gadgets to coordinate but coming to expressway and highways to block road is frustrating and condemnable” Bishop Nwokolo stated.


Ondo – Pissed youths set church on fire (photos)

…after rumor says missing baby was found buried in the altar.

Angry youths in Akure, the Ondo state capital, have set ablaze the Sotitobire Miracle Church after the corpse of a one-year-old boy declared missing in the church in November, was allegedly exhumed from the church altar.

Recall that sometime in November, baby Gold Kolawole was declared missing in the church. He had gone to the church with his mother who dropped him off at the children’s department in the church but when she returned to pick him up after the close of church, he was nowhere to be found. The church workers were also unable to give her an explanation as to his whereabouts.

Alfa Babatunde, the founder of the church was arrested following the incident, and has been in the custody of the DSS.

This morning, the youths acting on rumors that the corpse of the child was allegedly exhumed from the altar, besieged the church and set it on fire.

Angry youths set church in Ondo ablaze following rumors a missing baby was found buried at the altar (photos/video)

Angry youths set church in Ondo ablaze following rumors a missing baby was found buried at the altar (photos/video)
Angry youths set church in Ondo ablaze following rumors a missing baby was found buried at the altar (photos/video)