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Anambra Community Threaten To Sue IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu For Committing Taboo In Their Community
The council of chiefs in Nri community in Aniocha Local Government
Area of Anambra has threatened to institute legal action against the
leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for allegedly
committing a taboo in their community.
The Personal Assistant to the monarch of Nri community, Eze Obidiegwu
Onyesoh, Ifeanyi Onyesoh, who spoke to journalists in the community
today, said Kanu along with his wife and supporters stormed the
community on July 19th without prior information to the monarch. Onyesoh
said on July 18th, some persons said to be supporters of Nnamdi Kano
visited the monarch to verbally inform them that Kanu was coming for a
visit. He said he was the one that received them and he told them to go
back and return with a written letter seeking for an appointment.
Onyesoh said the monarch was surprised to hear the next day that Kanu
had arrived the town and paid a visit to one Mr. Shadarack Mbanefo who
is a subject to the monarch.
“I was the person that received them and so I told them to go and
come back with a written letter so that they will get an official reply
from the palace since the delegation looked unusual, in that there was
no titled person among them. At this point, they all left and what we
saw the next day was Kanu visiting Nri community with a huge crowd of
his supporters. He (Kanu) went straight to the house of one Chief
Shadrack Mbanefo, a subject to the traditional ruler of Nri. The feelers
we later got, was that the said Mbanefo claimed he handed over the
`Offo Nri ’, (symbol of royalty) to Kanu, and even allowed Kanu to visit
the historic “Ohianwehi forest” revered as “forest of life” by Igbo
tradition. This forest is believed to be the place the first burnt
offering was offered by the Jewish Igbo ancestors when they migrated
from Israel more than 2,000 years ago,’’ he said
Onyesoh said Nri people considered Kanu’s conduct as a taboo because
no high profile visitor entered the community without first visiting the
traditional ruler let alone a sacred place without the knowledge of the
monarch. He said Kanu and his supporters later found their way to the
entrance of the palace and tried to force it open.
“It was this unruly conduct that made the traditional ruler to
telephone the security agents who responded promptly and dispersed Kanu
and his supporters. It is a taboo in Nri and equally against the Anambra
State Traditional Rulers’ Council Law for a high profile visitor to
visit a community without first paying homage to the traditional
ruler. The people of Nri and her traditional ruler are not against
Nnamdi Kanu and his agitation/aspiration but what we cannot take is for
Kanu to come and mess up the Nri culture and tradition under whatever
motive. The community will drag him to customary court to ensure that
nobody else gives such insult to the community and its heritage’’ he
3 Soldiers Sentenced To 56 Years For Unlawful Possession Of Arms & Ammunition
The 7 Division, Nigerian Army component of Operation Lafiya Dole,
yesterday sentenced three soldiers to jail for unlawful possession of
arms and ammunition.
The General Court-Martial that tried the soldiers announced a jail term
of 23 years for two of the soldiers, while the third was sentenced to 10
On the judgment, Lt. Colonel Kingsley Samuel, Deputy Director, Army
Public Relations, 7 Division, said: “A General Court Marshal sitting in 7
Division Garrison Pompomari, Maiduguri, Borno State, today (yesterday)
sentenced two soldiers serving in Operation Lafiya Dole to 23 years jail
terms, based on charges that bordered on unlawful possession of fire
arms punishable under Section 27 (1) (a & b) (i & ii) of the
“The convicts, Troopers Eric Nwokere and Macaulay Fortune, at the time
of the arrest were in possession of five empty AK-47 rifle magazines and
20,136 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Jumputu Motor Park, Jimeta, Yola,
while boarding a commercial vehicle to an unknown destination.
“Another soldier, Corporal Garba Saidu, was also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of ammunition.
Defeated Ize-Iyamu Thanks Edo People For Support
Defeated Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who was the governorship candidate of
the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 28, September 2016 election in
Edo State, yesterday in a live television programme in Benin City
thanked all the people of Edo State for their support before, during and
after the election.
Iyamu said, “The love shown to me, my party and candidacy was
unprecedented. Edo people have shown the nation that elections and its
attendant litigations could be done without bloodletting.”
He also commended traditional rulers in the state for their fatherly roles and advice before, during and after election.
NHIS Boss’ Suspension: Reps Threaten Arrest Of Health Minister
For failing to appear before them to clear suspicions on the suspension
of Executive Secretary of National Insurance Health Scheme, NHIS, the
House of Representatives, yesterday, threatened to issue a warrant of
arrest against Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole.
The lawmakers also said there would be no consideration of budget of the NHIS henceforth.
Professor Isaac Adewole Chairman of the House Committee on Health
Services, Chike Okafor, disclosed this after a closed door meeting with
members of the committee.
Okafor said the minister had rather declined the call through a letter,
saying: “The House resolution was communicated to the Health Minister
and if you look through our proceedings, you will see that we were
expecting the minister to come tomorrow (today) to give us an update on
the crisis rocking the NHIS.
“But incidentally, I got a letter from him about an hour ago, saying he
will not be available to appear before this committee. He gave a couple
of reasons, which I would still relate to the committee when we dissolve
into an executive session.
“Suffice it to say that the reasons are not acceptable to me. I was
going to direct that we send a letter back to him as he claimed in his
letter that he has engagements that will take him out of Abuja or that
he is already out of Abuja.”