Army Invades Nnamdi Kanu’s community for the 3rd Time

 The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on yesterday, granted bail to 10 members of the Indigeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, who have been in detention since February 2, 2018. Some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, making brisk appearance along some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State, yesterday, in what it called Show of Force in its determination to carry out its Sit-at-Home directive against Operation Python Dance 3.
The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, dismissed a five-paragraphed affidavit the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, filed for the Defendants/Applicants to be allowed to remain in prison custody. The AGF had in the affidavit dated June 19, maintained that charges against the Defendants- Charles Okpo, Uchechukwu James, Azunna Nwankwo, Otobong Davies, Paul Mgboo, Anya Arosi, Onyemuche Omesu, Jeremiah Okora, Emmanuel Nnanna and Ikechukwu John- bordered on acts of terrorism. Specifically, the Defendants who are all from Umuchiakuma Ihechiowa in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, were docked on a three-count charge before the court, alleged to have on January 4, 2018, conspired with others at large and committed an act of terrorism, by setting houses belonging to one Princess Ikodiya Otta and one Chief Michael Ikpe, on fire.

The prosecution told the court that the aim of the defendants was to endanger the lives of residents of the houses and other members of the community and thereby committed an offence that was contrary to Section 17 of Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Besides, they were in the third count of the charge, accused of belonging to a proscribed organisation, the IPOB and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 16(3) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and punishable under the same section of the Act. When the matter was called up for hearing, counsel to the Defendants, Chief Ibe Igwe, said he filed a motion pursuant to section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, praying the court to release the defendants on bail pending the determination of the charge against them.

The Defence lawyer told the court that contrary to allegations in the charge, the defendants were arrested at their village football field and subsequently transferred to the office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. He said their arrest followed an allegation by Princess Otta, who he identified as “a very big politician” in the community.

He told the court that the Princess was involved in the extra-judicial murder of one Engr. Chimezie Anyaoha. The defence attached as an exhibit, a petiton that members of Ihechiowa community wrote to the Inspector General of Police concerning the murder. In an 11-paragraph affidavit that was deposed by one Mr. Emmanuel Ikpe, a member of the community, he told the court that “Policemen attached to the Princess had on January 4, shot and killed the deceased and also wounded one Mr. Okoro Okpo. “That owing to this extra judicial killing, there was a spontaneous reaction from the villagers who besieged the residence of the nominal complainant and in the midst of commotion that ensured, the house of the nominal complainant was torched.”

AGF urges court to deny IPOB members bail Meanwhile, the AGF who was represented by Mrs. Judith Obatomi, urged the court to deny bail to the defendants who were on June 6, transferred to Kuje Prisons on the order of trial Justice Binta Nyako. The AGF contended that the charge against the defendants is punishable by death upon conviction. “We have evidence of several threats issued by the defendants to the nominal complainants and members of their families”, the prosecution submitted. In his ruling, Justice Dimgba who is sitting as a vacation Judge, held that the charge against the defendants contained bailable offences.

The Judge stressed that the essence of bail is to ensure the attendance of a defendant to trial. Consequently, he granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety. The court held that the surety must be a civil servant in federal employment not below grade level 14. Alternatively, the court held that the surety could be a business man that owns a landed property in Abuja that is worth the bail bond.

The defendants were ordered to surrender their travel documents to the court. “The defendants must be of utmost good behaviour and maintain peace and decorum in their community. Any breach of this condition will attract automatic revocation of the bail”, Justice Dimgba held.

The case was adjourned till October 18 for trial.

Army warns over sit-at-home, urges trouble-makers to steer clear of S-East

In a related development, the 82 Division of Nigeria Army has warned trouble makers to steer clear of South East region.

General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division Enugu, Major General Emmanuel Kabuk gave the warning while addressing a joint security team patrol within Enugu metropolis and its environs, yesterday. The joint security team comprised of personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air-Force, Nigerian Police, Department of State Security and Police Mobile Squadron 3.

Others are Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Immigration Services, Nigeria Customs Services and Anti-Cultism Unit of Enugu State Police Command. “We are observing this training together to further improve our efficiency and proficiency in the internal security duties as well as understand each other better in the line of duty.

“With this exercise, we are clearly sounding a note of warning for trouble-makers to steer-clear of the entire South-East and other places of 82 Division Areas of Responsibility,” he said. “The law will surely take its course on criminals that want to disturb the peace in South-East and Nigeria,” he added.

The joint patrol team comprises over 50 vehicles that patrolled major roads and streets in Enugu and its environs.

 In a similar vein, fresh reports have revealed that the military allegedly invaded Nnamdi Kanu’s community in Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State.

The invasion which was said to be the third time, happened yesterday ahead of the September 14 sit-at-home order by IPOB.

A combined team of Navy, Army, Police, Immigration and Civil Defence Corps invaded the community in a show of force in Afaraukwu with military hardware which lasted for hours, as the scared villagers wondered why security agents were parading intimidatingly at Kanu’s village. IPOB condemnsinvasion IPOB has condemned the alleged invasion of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s community, describing the show of force as “another military overreach’ by the Fulani controlled hierarchy of the Nigerian defence establishment..”

A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful said: “This is clear confirmation that the entire east is under siege for no apparent reason other than the need for the Fulani caliphate to prove their dominance over the rest of Nigeria. “Isiama Afaraukwu it seems is now the favorite exercise range of the Nigerian military. What this confirms is that Nnamdi Kanu is the one person the Fulani caliphate is most terrified of. “It is a shame the corrupt political class, blinded by their own selfishness and petty jealousy cannot see it.

We are alerting the world that this blatant provocation is one of the many reasons why we have called for a nationwide strike on the 14th of September 2018 to protest this Arewa Islamic military occupation of Biafraland.”
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