Nigerian Army allegedly invade Nnamdi Kanu’s home, five feared dead, several injured
The Nigerian army on Sunday allegedly invaded the home of the leader
of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, barely 24 hours
after it announced the start of its second phase of Operation Python
Dance II in the South-Eastern states.
DAILY POST, however, gathered that the military personnel, who
stormed Kanu’s home with an armoured vehicle were resisted by some
members of the pro-Biafra group.
Some IPOB were reportedly shot in the process.
According to the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, about five youths were killed and about 30 were injured.
“The Hausa Fulani soldiers and Police Nigerian uniforms came to kill
our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his compound at Afaraukwu Umuahia and
started shooting sporadically and killed five people and up to thirty
people with bullets wounds, after attacking our people they went off,
they came with 5 hilux vans,” he said.
Every effort made to obtain reaction from the Nigerian Army failed as
the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Enugu, Colonel
Sagir Musa did not pick all the calls put across to his mobile line.
Earlier, the Igbo National Council (INC) gave the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai, a 21-day ultimatum to end the recently launched ‘Operation Python Dance II’ and withdraw his men from the Southeast region.
“If this is not adhered to within twenty one days (21) the Igbo
National Council, INC, will petition and also sue the Nigeria Army and
the Federal government, to International Criminal Court, ICC, for
genocide against the armless people of the southeast Nigeria,” INC said.
Northern Govs, Amosun Back Buhari For 2nd Term
Governors from the northern states of the country who are members of the
All Progressives Congress on Saturday said nothing would stop President
Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the 2019 election.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, a close ally of the President, also backed Buhari for a second term.
The development came barely 48 hours after the Minister of Women
Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, vowed to ensure the realisation of the
presidential ambition of a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar,
instead of Buhari in 2019.
El-Rufai said Alhassan did not believe in President Buhari’s political
ideology and that she voted against the President during the APC
The Northern Governors Forum made its position known through the Deputy Chairman of the group, Abdullahi Ganduje.
Ganduje, who is also the Governor of Kano State, said the support for
Buhari was total and unconditional and that in case the President
decided to seek re-election in 2019, Nigerians across the six
geo-political zones would troop out to re-elect him.
The governor spoke through his Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr. Muhammed Garba.
He explained that Buhari’s support base had increased over the last two
years because of the transparent manner he has been handling the
nation’s economy and his administration’s war against corruption and
He said the foundation laid by the current administration would be
consolidated and improved upon should the President decide to offer his
services to the nation again in 2019.
Mohammed said, “The Buhari brand is a unifying factor because Nigerians
across ethno-religious divides have come to see him as a man who walks
“For us in Kano for example, our support for him is 100 per cent. We
know him as an honest Nigerian who thinks Nigeria first before anything
“His performance over the last two years — especially in the war against
corruption, insecurity and terrorism — has been exemplary.
“Should he decide to hear our cry to seek re-election, we will not only
support him but also do everything humanly and legally possible to
ensure his victory.
“For those who have the privilege of travelling outside Nigeria, it is
common knowledge that we are now respected because of the value the
Buhari administration has brought to governance.”
In the same vein, Amosun, who spoke to journalists on Saturday in
Abeokuta, Ogun State, at a book launch, said the President has the right
to a second term.
He said, “The only thing that can prevent President Buhari from contesting is if his health cannot take it.
“If not for this present administration, only God knows where Nigeria
would have been. When the government came on board, it was like jumping
into the pool at the deep end.”
He scored the Federal Government high in its fight against insurgency,
insecurity, corruption as well as efforts geared at economic recovery
through serious diversification drive.
Similarly, the Arewa Consultative Forum has said it will support Buhari in the 2019 presidential poll.
The socio-cultural group, however, gave a condition.
“If President Muhammadu Buhari is able to deliver on his campaign
promises substantially and be as fit as a fiddle to undertake
presidential responsibilities and tasks by the end of his tenure, there
will be no reason not to support him,” the ACF Secretary General,
Anthony Sani, said.
Man Arrested For Setting House Ablaze After Brother Committed Suicide
A man has been arrested in Abuja for setting a nine-room apartment on fire after his brother committed suicide.
The brother committed suicide after allegedly losing N7,000 he staked on sport betting.
Babatunde Bello, a 31-year old generator repairer, committed the arson
at about 8.40 a.m on Saturday at the Bakery area of Kurudu, a satellite
village in the Federal Capital Territory.
The tragedy began on Wednesday evening when Babatunde’s brother,
Ismaila, took seriously ill and started vomiting. He later confessed to
have ingested rat poison because he was tired of life.
Ayobami Oni, a tenant in the neighbourhood who was an acquaintance of
the Bello brothers, said co-tenants quickly gave Ismaila palm oil to
drink as a heavy downpour at the time made it impossible to take him to
an hospital for emergency medical care.
He said they, however, took him to the Karshi General Hospital early Thursday morning where he died at about 9 a.m.
The co-tenants said Babatunde was living alone in one of the rooms in
the apartment until late 2015 when Ismaila, 33, arrived from Ibadan and
the two brothers started living together.
At a point this year, the brothers quarreled and Ismaila, who was unemployed, had to temporary move out of the room.
According to Mr. Oni, one of the tenants, Mr. Chijoke, later introduced
Ismaila to an hotel (Zuma Hotel) in Mararaba where he was engaged in the
“After the hotel did not pay him for three months, he quit the job and I
had to introduce him to a newspaper distributor who engaged him as a
vendor,” said Mr. Chijoke.
“After Ismaila confessed to have taken rat poison on Wednesday, his
brother refused to take part in our efforts tosave his life,” said Mr.
Chijoke, who also runs a small provision shop attached to the razed
“He said Ismaila had decided to commit suicide because he had used
N7,000 he realized from newspaper sales to playNaijabet and had no way
of paying back the money to the newspaper distributor. He said we should
leave Ismaila to die since that was what he had decided to do.
“However, after we returned from the hospital on Thursday and told him
that Ismaila had died, Babatunde started crying,saying he felt
responsibility for his elder brother’s suicide.
“When they took Ismaila’s remains for burial later on Thursday, Babatunde did not follow them.
“At about 8.40 a.m. however on Saturday, we suddenly noticed heavy smoke
emitting from Babatunde’s room. We immediately saw tongues of fire and
heard him shouting that we should remove our children from the house,”
narrated Mr. Chijoke.
“Babatunde had doused his room in petrol and set fire to it. Everyone in
the building scampered out because thicksmoke and fire quickly took
over the whole house.
“I couldn’t even remove a pin from my room. I don’t have anything apart
from this sport pant and singlet I am wearing,”Mr. Chijoke said.
Babajide Coker, the pastor of a church three houses from the apartment,
said he was meeting with members of his church when he heard a commotion
and all of them rushed towards the source.
“Two families who are members of my church live in the building. When I
got there, the fire was all over the building and I saw some people
trying to restrain Babatunde from running into the burning compound.
“We dragged him to the church but he was all the while trying to break
loose. We took him into the children’s room, but when he grabbed the DVD
Player and slammed it on his own head, shouting that he had to kill
himself, we knew we had to quickly call in the police,” Mr. Coker said.
“A police officer living close by called his office on phone and we had
to pin Babatunde down until officers arrived to take him away.”
He was later taken away to the Jikwoyi Police Station about two kilometres away from the scene of the incident.
Police End Kogi Robbery Kingpin’s Terror Reign
Kidnapping and armed robbery kingpin, Lukman Issah, aka Commander, who
hailed from Obeiba – Ihima area of Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi
State, enjoyed a long spell of criminal reign from 2001 when he was
first picked up on crime radar till September 3, 2017, when he met his
He was killed
in a shootout with operatives of the Kogi State Police Command. Police
authorities confirmed that while he held sway in the crime world, Lukman
left many deaths, robberies and arsons on his trail.
For his notorious criminal exploits, he remained a high profile suspect
on police wanted list in Kogi and beyond as he was equally being looked
for by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abuja.
According to the police, he was linked to the murder of two police
officers at Ogori/Magongo – Okene Road and arson on May 5, 2017.
At about 4.40am on that day, Lukman was said to have led members of his
gang to attack a police patrol team on stop and search duty.
During the attack, the leader of the police team ASP Adetoye Okuntade
and Inspr. Ochekpo Amanyi were shot dead while the patrol vehicle used
by the police team was set ablaze.
The AK 47 rifles carried by the two officers were taken away with a
total 60 rounds of ammunition. Before then, precisely on March 29, 2011,
the kingpin led his gang members to attack men of 37 PMF posted on
Special Duty at Adogo in Ajaokuta L.G.A of Kogi State. Four police
officers, namely Inspr. Maxwell Dan-Zaria, Sgt. Moses Usman, Cpl. Sunday
Ogbole and PC. Bulus Linka, were killed during the attack while their
arms and ammunition were taken away.
Lukman similarly attacked worshippers at Deeper Life Bible Church,
Otite, near Federal College of Education, Okene on August 6, 2012 where
the gang shot and killed 19 worshippers while several others sustained
varying degrees of injuries.
Three suspects, Abdulmanna Obadaki, Yekini Isah and Sadiq Jimoh Bello,
were arrested in connection with the attack. Six AK 47 rifles including
the military rifles and one Berretta ammunition were recovered.
The three suspects said the kingpin led the attack. On the killing of
the traditional ruler of Ihima, Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, CP
Wilson Inalegwu said, “The killing took place sometime in February 2012.
Lukman Issah and his gang shot dead the Ohireba of Ihima while relaxing
in the front of his house in the evening. “The killing was linked to
the stoppage of Okiri masquerade outing during the fuel subsidy crisis”.