Nnamdi Kanu Reportedly Goes Into Hiding
Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has reportedly gone into
hiding days following the Friday’s declaration by the Nigerian Army that
IPOB and other Pro-Biafran groups were terrorists organisations.
According to investigations by Sunday Punch, Kanu and his top
lieutenants movement are unknown. Anonymous sources who spoke to them
also claims they were advised to disappear.
Anyone Found With Biafra Flag Will Now Be Arrested
The State Commissioner of Police in Abia State has said anybody holding
the Biafra flag is to be arrested by the police hencforth.
Making this known in Umuahia while parading some suspected members of
the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, the state Commissioner of
Police Anthony Ogbizi said anybody found with the Biafra flag will be
The new Abia police commissioner warned that anyone found with the
Biafra emblem will be arrested and charged to court because the
proscription of the group by the governors of the south east
automatically make it illegal.
Ogbizi said it has become illegal for anyone to operate under the IPOB
which was declared a terrorist organization by the Nigerian military or
adorn its emblems.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle Asks Buhari To Dialogue With Nnamdi Kanu
The President of Christian Association of Nigeria Rev. Samson Ayokunle,
has advised the Federal Government to invite the agitators for talks
with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis.
said, ‘’The best way to win is to have a dialogue table whereby the
Federal Government should hold on to the superior argument. That is what
can move us forward.”
Ayokunle, who is also the President,
Nigeria Baptist Conference, said violent agitations would further
compound the problems facing Nigeria.
The cleric spoke at the
inauguration of the new gate of the Bowen University, Iwo in Osun State,
and inauguration of a radio station on the campus, 101.9 FM.
therefore urged IPOB and other groups to embrace dialogue, saying that
was the only way their grievances could be made known legitimately.
As Operation Python Dance in the South-East region continues to generate controversy, the Nigerian
Army said on Saturday that it would launch an operation, Crocodile
Smile II, which would cover the South-South region and some parts of the
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani
Usman, said this in an interview with Signature TV on Saturday,
monitored by our correspondent.
The army spokesman noted that
“encouraging feedback” from the South-East after Python Dance I made the
army commence Python Dance lI.
He said, “Look, this is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian military belongs to Nigeria
and they have a duty to exercise in any part of the country. It is so
sad that some people try to politicise these issues. They should have
exercised patience and seen how this exercise would go.
Operation Harbin Kunama II covering the North-West and parts of the
North-Central this year. As soon as we are done with Egwu Eke II (Python
Dance), we are also going on Crocodile Smile II that will cover the
South-South and some parts of the South-West of the country.
Python Dance II came about based on the encouraging feedback we
received as a result of Python Dance I held last year. This is
especially because of the crimes during the ‘ember’ period in the
region. You know that the South-easterners, who are enterprising and
industrious people, have to return to their places at the end of the
“Unfortunately, some criminal elements take advantage of
this period to perpetrate crimes. We have armed robberies, kidnappings,
and communal clashes. But the Christmas of 2016 and New Year 2017 were
the most peaceful in that part of the country, and that is attributed to
the field training exercise, Python Dance I.”
The army spokesman
said the activities of a group of “vocal people, out of mischief or
ignorance trying to create violence” should not be taken as the stand of
the South-East region.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Director, Army
Public Relations, and 82 Division’s spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, while
appraising Operation Python Dance II, told our correspondent on
Saturday that people had been calling the communication lines supplied
by the military to supply information.
Musa said, “There is
no reported friction anywhere so far in the whole of the South-East.
Apprehension has gone down and people are freely conducting their
business. The volume of calls received so far through our dedicated
public information cell phone numbers is unprecedented.”
Also, the Nigerian Navy said on Saturday that it was on a red alert to secure Nigeria’s unity, despite the tension generated by the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, said this in Abuja
during the Navy Route March at the Mogadishu Cantonment, saying he had
ordered the naval personnel to mobilise and secure the maritime domain.
at the event by the Chief of Naval Transformation, Rear Admiral Ibe
Enenwo, Ibas said, “Even without tasking, we are fully deployed in
internal security situations as required by the constitution and for our
own peculiar environment, the maritime environment.
President Buhari Leaves For The USA After Meeting With Some Governors…
After meeting with Governors of Kano, Borno and Sokoto states, President
Muhammadu Buhari leaves State House for Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport on his way to the United States UN summit