10 Dead, Scores Missing, Houses Razed As Soldiers, Youths Clash

Barely 24 hours after soldiers and youths clashed in Izombe, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State which left many dead, no fewer than 10 persons have again, been reported killed and many houses burnt as soldiers from 14 Brigade, Nigeria Army, invaded Amangwu community in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State in search of their missing colleague.

Consequently, over 1,000 residents of communities in Ohafia clan are now living in Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps, following continued attack by soldiers.

Also yesterday, gunmen allegedly attacked a popular police checkpoint located along the Onitsha-Owerri road in Ihiala, Anambra State.

Similarly, a soldier, identified as Saeed Sabo, of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, is now cooling off in police cell for allegedly stabbing a middle-aged man to death in Umuahia.

10 killed, scores missing

Following the military raid of Amangwu community, scores of locals were also reportedly arrested and are yet to be sighted.

The community has been reportedly deserted as locals fled to different locations, abandoning their homes just to stay out of trouble.

Vanguard gathered that the invasion was in the aftermath of an alleged abduction of a yet-to-be-identified soldier, said to be ” on pass in the area”.

The soldier, according to reports, was said to be on leave, and visited his village in nearby Ikwun in Cross Rivers State but got missing at the border between Amuma Ohafia and Amangwu.

It was learned that troops from 14 Brigade were deployed for a rescue operation on the missing soldier.

The soldiers allegedly burnt over 50 houses in the community, while 10 persons were killed, with many others missing.

Sources told Vanguard that the soldiers had also invaded Okon and Amuma with heavy shooting and broke into houses to arrest some youths.

His words: “The problem was with our neighbouring community, Amangwu, but the Army invaded Okon yesterday and burnt 5 houses. They were shooting everywhere. Some of them were using drones to take pictures of the community.

”They returned by 2 am today and burnt another house. They broke into houses and dragged youths into their vehicles. Any youth arrested is tagged a member of IPOB.

”The youths arrested are yet to be seen since their arrest. People are fleeing their homes to the IDP camps. We are now IDPs in our place. We are afraid they may storm the IDP camp in search of youths.”

A resident of Amangwu who spoke on the condition of anonymity, alleged that the number of youths killed in the community was above 20, contrary to the 10 reported by the media.

He said: “What soldiers are doing in Amangwu community amounts to ethnic cleansing. If any youth has committed an offence, the soldiers should arrest him, not burn houses and kill people.

”Everybody arrested is tagged a member of IPOB. Many youths have been killed. Even families who fled Amangwu have been searching for their loved ones. Those whose houses were burnt couldn’t save anything because the soldiers came in the early morning when the residents were still sleeping.

”Some people were lucky to escape through the bush path because the Army blocked the area searching for people. Amangwu is now a ghost town.”

Efforts to contact the Army Public Relations Officer, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Lt. Innocent Omale, were unsuccessful as he did not respond to calls and a text message was sent to his mobile number unreplied.

However, a top military source in the Brigade told Vanguard that soldiers were currently on operation in Ohafia, fighting the rising insecurity in the area, but denied burning houses and killing innocent people.

The source, who pleaded not to be quoted, confirmed that there was a military operation in the community in search of the missing soldier, and against criminal elements who had allegedly taken over the area.

The source denied the killing of locals and destruction of houses, explaining that only shrines used by criminals were destroyed.

Said the source: “There is an ongoing operation in search of a missing soldier in Amangwu general area. Only shrines belonging to the criminals in the enclaves were affected.

”The Nigerian Army is a professional Army that respects law-abiding citizens and fishes out those with criminal intent disrupting the peace-loving people of Ohafia and its environs.

“We must fish out the criminals in our immediate society for peace to reign.”

On the justification for the alleged invasion, the source said: “But the criminals being executed in the criminal enclaves are irrelevant. Human skulls in different shrines? Mini Barracks in the bushes by these criminals? Missing innocent souls is (sic) of no concern? The Nigerian Army must fish out criminals in our society.”
Source – Vanguard

Nigeria needs leaders that will inspires young ones, Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, says Nigeria needs leaders that will groom the young ones to take over leadership responsibilities from them as they leave office or move to other spheres of life.

He said the absence of such a transition in leadership has remained a setback for the country’s growth.

The Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

According to the statement, Gbajabiamila made the call at the graduation of the first 74 trainees of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) held at the National Assembly on Saturday.

Afenifere Crisis : Yoruba Group Blames Tinubu, Says He’s Agent of Division

A pan-Yoruba Youth socio-economic group, the Southwest Renaissance Group (SRG), has berated the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the current crisis rocking the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.

In a release signed by the Convener of the group, Hon. Olaitan Abdul Salam, at the weekend, the group referred to the APC candidate as a divider-in-chief, a chronic agent of division and destabilization, warning Yorubas to be wary about giving their support to Tinubu in next year’s presidential election.

For a very long time, the Pan Yoruba socio cultural organization, Afenifere served as an umbrella and a rallying body for the Yoruba race.

I Dropped My Ambition to Back Peter Obi after consulting Obasanjo, Other Yoruba Elders – Doyin Okupe

A former aide to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Doyin Okupe has disclosed why he jettisoned his 2023 presidential ambition to support Peter Obi.

Recall that in 2021, Doyin Okupe declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the PDP but he later withdrew from the race to support the aspiration of Obi who was at the time in the PDP. The duo eventually defected to Labour Party where Obi is now the presidential candidate and Okupe the director-general of Obi’s presidential campaign council.

In an interview with Channels TV, Okupe said he decided to join the presidential race because he was angered by the various problems in the country but after having consultations with some Yoruba elders including Obasanjo, he decided to step down and support Peter Obi. He said he stepped down for Obi because he wanted the southeast to have a good shot at the presidency and because he believed that the former Anambra governor would perform better than him as president.

About 2:30 minutes into a video shared on YouTube by Channels TV, Okupe said “I was angered by the developments in the nation especially this banditry, closing over 700 schools in the country. You know it was as if nobody can actually bring things under control, I’ve been very close in government and past circles and I know that it is not true. So I made a statement that if in the next three or four months it doesn’t appear as if this is going to abate, then I am going to run for president. So when it didn’t abate I made a declaration to run but somewhere along the line, I felt that it was unjust to deprive the Eastern part of Nigeria of an opportunity to have a shot at the presidency.

“Therefore in consultations with some elders in Yoruba land including chief Obasanjo and a host of others, I said I will drop my ambition and support an eastern candidate. The best of all was Peter Obi who I consider could do much better than I could ever have done as a president so I supported him.

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Obafemi Awolowo outstanding merit still exists in Prof. Christopher Imumolen, Says Student

The students of Christopher Imumolen has attest of the outstanding merit led by Late. Cheif Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo GCFR, was a Nigerian Nationalist and Statesman who played a key role in Nigerians independence movement, the students of JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology are commending his attributes in Nigerian education and legacy that is still runs among the students.

These disclosure was made by one of student Chukwudi Timothy Samuel, a Publisher and Chief Editor of ApexReporters Magazine, during the matriculation into the JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology,  he referred to Professor Christopher Imumolen as the Awolowo of our time, because of his education patriotism.

Mr. Chukwudi further applauds Prof. Christopher Imumolen , President of JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology, as a great tertiary citadel, who shares the educational ideologies of late Obafemi Awolowo, whose objectives are to ensure that average children in Nigerian acquire a considerable experience in education.

Samuel emphasised that the mission of Professor Imumolen on earth is a humanitarian one that pursues general good, and he sincerely express his gratitude for
the scholarship awarded to him by Prof. Christopher Imumolen to further his  Mass Media and Communications in JPTS Institute of Management, Science and Technology.

Chukwudi commending Prof. Christopher for his charitable works for several years to student’s and less privileges, because of his excellent performance in given help to the masses, these gesture resulted the stakeholders in his communities to pray that almighty God will emerge Accord party the winner of 2023 3 Presidential seat, because of his attributes to humanity.

In the recent time, the community and the members of public has attested at his excellent supports to the destutes once, impacting knowledge to iletracy, which is a fundamental vision that will abate crime to the barest minimal, and also bring peace and orderliness in societies at large, education has been described as a light and power that will liberate nation with a better goal.

Incase you don’t know JPTS Institute of Management science and technology is University proud Alumnus of Global Wealth University In partnership with South Amazon University Coastal Rica &Pan American College California where you can acquire a standard academic degree in various courses.

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Chukwudi Samuel

Obi and PDP cannot stand against the fury of Jagaban of APC.

The former minister of aviation and the Director New Media for the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has in a tweet on his verified Twitter account a few minutes ago, tweeted that Peter Obi is moving fast and strong, but Obi and PDP cannot stand against the fury of Jagaban of APC.

History has it that since 1999, the bid for the presidency has always been between two major political parties. However, there are indications and belief that this 2023 election is going to be different as we now have a third force and arguably by some people, we also have a fourth force.

Femi Fani Kayode, who may have also considered the emergence of a third force and its potential ability, wrote,

” Peter Obi is moving fast and strong. There is a spiritual dimension to his rise. At this rate, he and his Obidients may soon topple the PDP to become Nigeria’s main opposition party. Yet the two of them (Labour and PDP) put together cannot stand against the fire and fury of the JAGABAN of the APC.

I’m privileged to be Nigeria’s President, says PMB

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday in New York, United States, told African leaders that fighting corruption was no longer a choice but a necessity for the continent’s prosperity.

Buhari, who stated this at an event co-hosted by the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve as the AU Champion on anti-corruption since 2018.

He spoke at a high-level side event on ‘Food Security Response: Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development’, on the margins of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

He said, “As you are all aware, this will be my last official participation at the United Nations General Assembly as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I remain honoured and privileged to be the President of Nigeria for two terms and I am grateful to the African Union for making me the continental organisation’s champion on efforts to eliminate corruption nationally and continent-wide.

This fight is a necessity and not a choice to give our citizens a better life through economic prosperity, social peace and security.”

A statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the President, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘At UN, President Buhari rues corrosive effect of corruption in Africa, urges leaders to fight it 24/7’, quoted him as telling fellow African leaders that fighting corruption was no longer a choice, but a necessity for the continent’s prosperity..

Buhari lamented that the continent remained at the far end of the global development index because of the effects of corruption.

He stated, “Over the years, we came to the painful realisation of how deeply embedded corruption has become in our countries and continent, as well as how corrosive it can be.

“Corruption has dwarfed our growth and tainted our nations and continent. Africa remains at the far end of the development index and concerted efforts made in the last few years need to be sustained, deepened by good governance and accountability that are guided by the rule of law.

I have strong faith that Africa and our national governments can do this with strong resolve and commitment to eliminating illicit financial flows.”

He challenged his counterparts that for the continent to rise to its full potential, ‘’we must work tirelessly to get rid of corruption or by fighting it 24/7.’’

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“Our national resources must not find safe-havens around the world. This fight is a necessity and not a choice to give our citizens a better life through economic prosperity, social peace and security,” Buhari added.

Buhari also told his Irish and Grecian counterparts that Nigeria was on the way to overcoming its security challenges.

“In the past few months, with new platforms and boosted morale among the security forces, Nigeria is moving steadily in the direction of overcoming its insecurity. We will continue to partner with nations across the globe, especially in the use of technology, so that Nigeria can learn something useful,” Buhari said during an audience with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Michael Martin.

According to a separate statement by Adesina, the President added that insecurity in Nigeria would soon be a thing of the past seeing the renewed efforts of the military.

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, Buhari told Martin that the world was better off working together rather than independently.

This, he said, would enhance progress for humanity with the hope that the lessons from the pandemic would impact on other areas so that Nigerians and indeed the world could have sustainable peace.

The President assured his guest that Nigeria would continue to do its best to sustain the relationship with Ireland and improve on it, especially on the level of education, knowing that many Nigerians were doing well in Ireland, schooling and working there.

GOVERNOR SANWO-OLU REITERATES COMMITMENT TO RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE, HARMONY IN LAGOS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has assured that his administration will continue to provide and sustain a conducive environment for religious tolerance and harmony which Lagos is well known for.

The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the Launch of Ten Billion Naira Endowment Fund by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), today at Oriental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, stated that meaningful development can only take place in a peaceful environment.

Sanwo-Olu therefore commended the efforts of religious leaders who have contributed to the peaceful existence within the state in ensuring that Lagosians continue to live in peace despite religious differences.

He appreciated the cooperation of the different religious organizations stating that his administration has always enjoyed the timely intervention in proffering apt solutions to issues.

He however urged the Ummah to continue to pray for the Government to succeed in the task of providing leadership under challenging circumstances.

Speaking on the Launch, the Governor noted that the purpose of the launch is to build an International Resource Centre which would be of immense benefit to all Muslims and the members of the community.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated that the project upon its completion will be a unifying center that will encourage a healthy sharing of ideas and development of mutual respect for the community at large.

He added that “the project will create access to resources such as finance and education which is very relevant in view of the intolerance that has been observed within the country in recent times”.

The Governor also appreciated the leadership of the MUSWEN for their foresight, generosity of spirit and for allowing the teachings of peace and brotherliness to dictate their thoughts and actions.

While speaking on the 2023 general election, Governor Sanwo-Olu charged Nigerians to ensure that they enlighten, educate and encourage members of their families, friends, and others on eschewing electoral violence, negative tendencies and pursue peace at all times.

In his address, the Chief Host, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji, Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III admonished the Muslims to continue to advocate the need for a united Islam and not allow any intrusion particularly during the election period.

Speaking further on oneness, the Sultan stated that “Muslims have no business with poverty if we are helpful to one another, there is no need for Muslims to be poor, if we follow the standard of Islam, help one another, pay Zakat and other instructions of Allah”.

He noted that the International Resource Centre project is for the entire Ummah and not just the Ummahs in the South West because a lot of people will definitely benefit from it, as it will elevate the standard of lives of Muslims and non-Muslims.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman, Muslim Ummah of Southern West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Alhaji Dr. Sulaymaniyah Adegunwa stated that the endorsement fund will help strengthen Muslims of the South West and bequeath enduring legacy to the future generation which will enable them compete favorably with their peers anywhere in the world.

He added that the fund will enable MUSWEN implement its purposeful researches, identified programmes and projects.

Similarly, in his sermon, the National Missioner, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Imam AbdurRahman Ahmad admonished everyone to trade with Allah and invest in projects that can never crash, drop and stable.
He stated that “individuals who want their accounts to be perpetually credited even in graves should trade with Allah

DPO Tells Gowon Estate Residents to Observe Security Measures and Report Suspicious Movement

The increasing crime rate in Lagos is a nut that requires continuous attention and commitment of the government and all stakeholders to crack if we must have a crime free Lagos.

Crime rates has been abated in Lagos, especially those involved in drugs, vandalism and theft. Corruption, bribery, scam, assault, armed robbery and Kidnapping is a general threat in the Country at large and not limited to only Lagos.

Most urban metropolis of the state have been faced with several criminal records, but recently Gowon, Abesan Estates and it’s environs have not recorded any form of menace or robbery incident, because of the swift response of security personnel in these area have proven to be effective in combating criminal elements in the area.

The Police officer in Charge of Gowon Estate Division, CSP Sulaiman Kabir and his team have always responded to emergency crime incidents in the area and several achievements have been recorded in recent weeks.

The synergy between various security agencies and the use of technology as directed by the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi have proven to be the best way to tackle crime in the area and this is possible due to the donations of crime fighting equipments and patrol vehicle to the Police Division by various stakeholders of Gowon Estate and environ.

The recent donation of Patrol vehicles to the  Gowon Estate Division of the Police force is an attestation and compliment to the synergy and rigorous work of ensuring a peaceful and secure environment being exhibited by dedicated and selfless police officers.

Recent report by some columnist on the increase in late night robbery perpetrated by criminals in Gowon estate and its environs is baseless and unfounded, as there have been no credible report of such incident.

The DPO of Gowon Estate Division, CSP Sulaiman Kabir vehemently debunked the rumored report of increasing rate of armed robbery in his area of jurisdiction.

He said, increased patrol and surveillance have destabilized and frustrate any heinous act to be perpetrated by some criminal elements in the area.

Grassroot reporters can authoritatively report that the swift response of Police to emergency criminal issues in Gowon estate and environ have led to several arrests and this action have made the area an unsafe place for criminals to operate.

The residents of the estates and it’s environs have also appealed to the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration to continuously equip the police to fight crime, and also enforce a total ban of motorcycles across the state to compliment the relative peace the state have enjoyed since the ban of motorcycle on the high way and some local government areas across the state.

The DPO of Gowon Estate Division, CSP Sulaiman Kabir appreciates the selfless leadership of the state Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, and all the relevant stakeholders of the community who have supported the Police in tackling criminal elements in the area.

He warned residents to observe security measures at all time and report any suspicious movement of items or persons to the police.

The DPO released a free toll line for the residents to reach him any time of the day in case of emergency situations.

The Police presence in Gowon and it environs has curbed crime to the barest minimal, the Police team led by the DPO, Sulaiman Kabir and his team have been applauded by relevant stakeholders in the community,  his excellent performances, and effective emergency response to any crime scene in Gowon axis has been applauded in recent time and encouraged to do more in maintaining the relative peace similarly enjoyed in his jurisdiction.

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Airview News.

Labour Party is negotiating with me, because they know my worth and political magic wand to emerge 2023 presidential election

Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers state has stated that the Labour party is trying to convince him so that he can help them win the presidential election.

He made this remark on Friday while speaking during a media briefing. According to him, other parties like the labour party knows his political value and how he can determine the outcome of the presidential election next year.

He however emphasized that he is not ready to leave the PDP and that he is ready to fight till the end. One of his major priorities now is for Ayu to resign as the party chairman so that a southerner can take over.

His words: “Aside from Tinubu, who is from the APC, other political parties are talking to me as well including Labour Party because they all know my worth and how I can ensure that they win the 2023 poll”

Source: People Gazette

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