Friday, September 22, 2017

IPOB Asks Court To Set Aside Proscription Order

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Friday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the orders proscribing it and designating it as a terrorist group.

The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court , Justice Abdu Kafarati, had on Wednesday, issued the proscription order upon an ex parte application by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

But in a motion filed filed by IPOB’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, before the same judge on Friday, the group contended that the proscription order was unconstitutional.

The motion was anchored on 13 grounds, first of which was that the proscription order was made without jurisdiction “as the order was granted against an entity unknown to law”.

The grounds of the application read in part, “That the Exparte order made on the 20th day of September 2017, by this Honourable Court was made without jurisdiction, as the order was granted against an entity unknown to law.

“That there is a clear suppression and misrepresentation of facts in the Attorney General Affidavit evidence, pursuance to which the Order was granted.

“That the Order is unconstitutional, as it was made in clear violation of the constitutionally guaranteed right of the Indigenous People of Biafra to self determination; Article 20(1) of the Africa Charter on Human & Peoples Rights, now domesticated into our Law under (Ratification and Enforcement Act) (Cap 10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990; Right to fair hearing, Right to freedoms of expression, and the press and Rights to peaceful Assembly and Association; clearly provided for under Sections 36, 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (Amended) 2011.

“That a declaratory order cannot be made pursuant to an Exparte Application, without hearing from the party against whom the order was made.

“The Indigenous People of Biafra who are majorly of Igbo extraction, have no history of violence in the exercise of their right to self determination.


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Video: Criticize Islamic Leaders & Traditional Leaders Also, Not Pastors Alone -Comedian Dares Daddy Freeze

Interesting! A Nigerian Comedy named Jollof has come out to dare OAP Daddy Freeze in a new video.

He called on the campaigner of the Free The Sheeple movement, Daddy Freeze, to not only criticize Pastors but to also criticize Islamic and traditional leaders as well.

He claims that the constant criticism of Pastors by OAP Freeze is something that gets to him cos it is similar to dragging his Christian religion in the mud. He says Daddy Freeze makes it look like leaders of other religion, including the traditional ones are very decent and don’t have shortcomings of their own.

He dares Freeze to start criticizing Islamic and Traditional Leaders as well and that he is ready to offer him the sum of N100k if he can take up the task. He said a awhole lot.. Watch the video below..
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Lagos State Government Restricts Movement On Ikorodu Road

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that there would be partial restriction of movement on Ikorodu Road to enable it replace the dilapidated and disused steel pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop with a new footbridge.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, the government said that in its continuous drive to protect the lives of pedestrians on the highway, the disused pedestrian bridge would be pulled down to give way for a new one worthy of the status of the state.

To effect the removal of the bridge, the State Government said the main carriage lanes of the Ikorodu Road would be closed to traffic for two nights on Saturday, 23rd September, between 11pm and 6am, and Sunday 24th between 11pm and 4am, while the service lanes will be open to traffic.

The Government also said all traffic both inward Lagos and outward Ojota will be diverted to the service lanes.

While soliciting for the cooperation and support of all road users especially motorists plying the corridor to observe all the caution signs on the road, the state government said it had put in place effective traffic management strategies to manage the traffic during the period of closure.

The government said the notice of partial restriction of the road became expedient to enlighten motorists and other road users to utilise alternative routes to avoid delay as well as obey traffic officers deployed.

While regretting the inconveniences the partial restriction would cause, the government appealed for caution, noting that the ultimate goal of the plan was to safeguard lives and improve traffic along the corridor.
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I'm Not Going To Cry Or Count The Days For Pogba To Return -Mourinho Speaks On Man United To Survive Without The Injured Star

The 24-year-old remains an injury absentee for the Red Devils ahead of their trip to Southampton, but the Red Devils boss is not overly concerned

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has admitted that he does not know when Paul Pogba will return, but will not "cry" about the midfielder's absence.

Pogba was forced off injured during United's Champions League opener against Basel, and has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since September 12. The Red Devils have not put a timescale on the 24-year-old's injury layoff, and Mourinho was once again reluctant to indicate when the club's record signing would return.

"No idea," Mourinho told reporters. ''But again, it's a great opportunity for other players to play and I trust them all.

''So I'm not going to cry or count the days for Pogba to return. Until he's back, I trust my players."

United take on Southampton on Saturday, travelling to St. Mary's as they hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season. The Red Devils sit in second place on alphabetical order, behind local rivals, Manchester City, after winning four of their first five games.

Ahead of the clash, Mourinho praised new Saints boss, Mauricio Pellegrino, who he feels is an experienced replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Claude Puel.

"That's why he is there; experience as a player, experience as a coach and working with a coach who is as experienced as Rafa Benitez," the 54-year-old said.

"For sure, he prepared himself well for this challenge in Spain and Argentina. And Southampton, to be fair, I have played them a lot in my second spell in England; I played them and they had Mauricio [Pochettino], then Koeman and then Puel and now Pellegrino. I don't see many changes [in style of play].

"They're stable in how they play, the quality of their players. It's a good team to be a manager of, very good."
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Ghenghen! Shut Your Mouth - Dani Alves Fires Back At Diego Forlan Over Neymar Criticism

The right-back responded to insults from the ex-Uruguay striker as the controversy surrounding the PSG stars rages on

Dani Alves has lashed out at Diego Forlan on Twitter after the striker was critical of Neymar's treatment of Edinson Cavani at Paris Saint-Germain.

The PSG stars argued more than once over set pieces during Sunday's 2-0 win over Lyon. 

Neymar and Cavani were seen discussing who should take a penalty in the second half. Then, as they prepared to take a free-kick, Alves refused to give Cavani the ball and allowed Neymar to step up.

Although Alves insisted he wanted to take the set piece but had the ball stolen from him by his team-mate. Forlan called both Brazilian stars "little boys" for creating trouble with Cavani.

The ex-Uruguay striker said Neymar would never have treated Lionel Messi in the way he did his new strike partner and said it made no sense for Alves to get involved.

However, the right-back has since fired back on Twitter, urging Forlan to mind his own business.

"I don't know what game you all saw but I did not take the ball away from my teammate, they took it from me," the 34-year-old said, linking to a quote from Forlan's interview.

''And just so you know, the last PSG free kick goal was scored by me... So shut your mouth and stop using my name for controversy."

PSG coach, Unai Emery, has said Alves tried to repair the relationship between the players over a meal and clarified that from now on he will designate a first-choice set-piece taker.

The capital club have started the season with six Ligue 1 wins from as many games and face Montpellier on Saturday.


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Court Diissolves Ex-Super Eagles' Coach Adegboye Onigbinde's 30-Year Marriage

A Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, has dissolved the 30-year-old marriage between former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde and Anne due to irreconcilable differences.

Onigbinde had approached the court, asking it to dissolve the marriage because his wife was wasteful while also describing her as a troublemaker.

While delivering his ruling, president of the court, Ademola Odunade, directed the veteran coach to give N5,000 to his former wife to enable her  to move her belongings out of  his  house.

Onigbinde had pleaded with the court that at 79, he could not continue to “die in silence” because of Anne’s problems, although Anne pleaded to the court to allow the marriage to stay.

He said, “My lord, with my 79 years of age, I cannot continue to die in silence of Anne’s litany of problems. Among many other troubles I have encountered in the hands of Anne, I have also suffered uncountable financial losses during the process of trying to give Anne means of livelihood so that she wouldn’t be idle.

“On three separate occasions, I have established business ventures for her and on each occasion, Anne wrecked the businesses. I can’t continue in such wastage. For many years, Anne has been a thorn in my flesh through ceaseless trouble-making as it is one day, one trouble in my home. Can you imagine that it was not until only one week to the wedding ceremony of the only daughter she had with me that she informed me? In fact, Anne has openly turned her daughter against me because she doesn’t take any instructions from me.”

Onigbinde said  Anne no longer had good relationship with his other children, He also accused Anne and her daughter of failing to sympathise with him when he lost his younger brother.

“The list of her misbehaviour is endless, please terminate our union,” said Onigbinde.

In denying the allegations, Anne told the court that the former FIFA instructor changed after he married another wife 10 years ago, stressing that she had made attempts to manage the marital crisis but got frustrated by Onigbinde’s behaviour.

She said, “In the interest of the child between us, I have nowhere to go, please, help save my marriage. I have done everything possible to please my husband, but he is refusing to be pacified. Ever since he got married to another wife 10 years ago, things have changed from bad to worse, as I no longer know how to do things in his presence. My lord, it was never in our agreement to be parting ways in this manner.”


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Scott Disick Makes It Official, Shares Kiss With Sofia Richie On A Romantic Miami Vac (Pics)

It's been reported that they became a couple while they were both in New York for Fashion Week earlier this month.

And it seems Scott Disick, 34 and his younger girlfriend, Sofia Richie, 19, appear to be ready to show off their new romance in public as they put on an affectionate display in Florida on Thursday.
In pictures obtained by Dailymail the duo are seen sharing a sneaky kiss by a hotel pool in Miami as they enjoy some one-on-one time together.
The trip to Miami comes after weeks of romance rumors between the pair, who recently denied they were anything more than friends.

But a source told People on Friday: 'Scott and Sofia are inseparable. They are spending every day together. Sofia seems smitten.
'It’s obvious that she looks up to Scott. She constantly giggles around him,' said the source. 'They are very flirty.

'Scott takes care of her, opens the car door and pays for everything.'
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Kim Kardashian West's Cute Son, Saint, Rocks New Cornrows For Ice Skating Date With His Mom & Sister, North

She is passing down her impeccable style sense to her offspring. And Kim Kardashian was at it again as she was seen carrying her one-year-old son Saint who sported new hip cornrows in his hair in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The 36-year-old reality star flaunted her curves as the stylish duo made their way to an ice skating rink where they were meeting up with the rest of the Kardashian clan.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashian alum carried Saint in one arm as she held the hand of her four-year-old daughter North.
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Beyonce Shares Sexy Intimate Pics From 'Date Night' On A boat With Husband, Jay-Z

They're usually quite reserved when it comes to showing public displays of affection. But on Thursday, Beyoncé took to her official website to share intimate pics with her husband, Jay-Z, as they relaxed on a yacht, writing 'Date Night' along with the pics.
The singer, 36, posted over 20 shots from an undisclosed location where she and Jay, 47, got some time alone time without three-month-old twins Rumi and Sir.
The Die Without You performer posted several shots of herself  as well as a collage featuring nine versions of herself in various poses.
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Naira Depreciates Marginally Against The Dollar

The Naira on Thursday depreciated marginally against the dollar at the parallel market, exchanging at N365.5 to the dollar.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian currency lost 50 kobo from N365 posted on Wednesday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N487 and N436.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira traded at N362 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N487 and N436.

Trading at the investors’ window saw the Nigerian currency closing at N360.33 to the dollar.

Traders said high demand for the Naira led to its slight depreciation at the market.

The Naira remained stable for more than five months, exchanging at N365 to the dollar.

The rise in the nation’s external reserve made the CBN comfortable in its aggressive interventions at the foreign exchange market.
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Gunmen Invade Zamfara FRSC Command, Kill Official

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday invaded the Tsafe Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Zamfara State, killing an official, a witness told the News Agency of Nigeria.

The source said the hoodlums numbering over 20 stormed the premises of the command on motorcycles at about 10am and opened fire on the FRSC personnel.

“There was confusion as sounds of sporadic gunshots rented the air, while the road safety officials around scampered for safety in different directions. However, one of the officials was unlucky as he was shot and killed by the attackers,” he said.

According to him, one of the gunmen was killed by soldiers who quickly mobilised to the scene, while the rest escaped into the bush abandoning their motorcycles.

The FRSC Public Education Officer and spokesman, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the incident.

“It is true that our command in Tsafe, Zamfara, was attacked this morning. A Deputy Route Commander of the FRSC was killed by the hoodlums while other members of staff escaped with one still missing,” Kazeem told NAN.

He said the Police and the Army had taken over the matter.

According to him, the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has condemned the “unprovoked” attack but called for calm among officials and the general public.

Kazeem added, “He is confident that both the police and the army will bring the perpetrators to justice. The corps marshal has also reassured officers and men of the corps of their security and safety anywhere in the country.”
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Woman With Gun & Machete Threatens To Execute The Kardashians And Staff Of DASH (Pics + Video)

A woman reportedly walked into the Kardashian family’s boutique in West Hollywood and held the cashier at gunpoint Thursday. Some time after doing so, the suspect returned to the store with a machete and threatened those outside the store. Nobody was hurt during the incident, which hasn’t been described by police as a robbery.
Authorities say that the incident was reported at around 11 a.m. local time at the DASH store located at 8420 Melrose Avenue. Law enforcement told TMZ that the female suspect walked into the store and “ranted” about Cuba by saying phrases such as “Free Cuba” and, “Stay away from Cuba” while pointing a revolver at a store employee.
The woman's rant on the sidewalk outside the shop in Weho was captured on video. She's seen pacing menacingly while holding the machete in the air and yells ... "The Kardashians will be executed if they step on Communist territory! They'll be f***ing killed!!!"

“The woman then started knocking stuff off the counter and pointed the revolver again at the cashier and then just left the store,” the TMZ report says, but things didn’t end there.
Once news of the incident was reported, news photographers arrived on scene and recorded the same woman returning to the store some time later. She was armed with a machete and allegedly threatened reporters who gathered outside the store.

The unidentified woman was wearing a bandanna and appeared to have a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action T-shirt on underneath a sweater that had numerous skulls.
Witnesses say the woman shouted, “Don’t mess with the Castro family” as she waved the weapon. Nobody was hurt after the ordeal, and the suspect stuck the knife into the DASH door after threatening them and fleeing the scene.

She then threatens to stab a person who tells her to shut up.
Police are looking through surveillance tapes and have launched a full investigation, but the woman hasn’t yet been caught. Law enforcement told TMZ that witnesses saw the woman get into a taxi and leave, and they’re still on the hunt for her.


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President Buhari Arrives London, Set To Spend Some Days Before Returning To Nigeria, But No Reason Given

President Muhammadu Buhari is to spend four days in London before returning to Nigeria, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has confirmed.

From Adesina’s confirmation, President Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Monday, September 25.

The Punch reports that Adesina did not give the actual reason Buhari is in London.

“We just landed in London. The president is in transit; to be back in Nigeria on Monday,” Adesina said.

Buhari recently left Nigeria for New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

TTB had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari,  on Thursday, September 21, departed New York for London.
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Illegal Arms Importation: Nigerian Customs DG Set To Meet Turkish Envoy Today

The Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday announced that the service would be having a diplomatic meeting with the Ambassador of Turkey on Friday (today) to address the spate of illegal importation of weapons into the country.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, (retd.), stated this in Lagos on Thursday where he confirmed the seizure of 470 pump action rifles in Tin Can Island Port.

TTB had reported on Wednesday that the Tin Can Island Command of the Service on Tuesday uncovered another container suspected to contain yet another cache of arms imported from Turkey.

According to Ali, the importer had falsely declared the recent consignment as elbow plumbing plastics.

He explained that this illicit trade had been ongoing for the past seven months, maintaining that this seizure brought to a total of 2,671 rifles seized within the last eight months.

The interception of the 470 rifles came barely one week after the command intercepted a 20-foot container load of 1,100 pump-action rifles.

The seizure is the third in the series of container loads of arms seizure at Tin Can Port alone and fourth in the country within eight months.

He stressed that Nigeria could not afford to allow dangerous weapons into the country especially at a time when it was faced with different security threats.

He said, “Tomorrow, we will be having a diplomatic meeting with the Ambassador of Turkey specifically on this issue, this is one of the steps being taken outside the shores of the country to address this illicit trade.

“We have found out that the people bringing in these weapons are Nigerians. There are syndicates in Turkey who are manifesting these weapons. We are yet to get to the bottom of the whole issue. We will investigate to know if these weapons are meant for commercial purposes or group of insurgents or agitators.”


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Igbos Protest At CNN: 'No Restructure, No One Nigeria' (Video)

From what the first speaker said, they are not demanding for the disintegration of Nigeria, but they are calling for restructuring.. He also talked about Igbos having the ''ONE Nigeria'' spirit as they are mostly the ones who go to other regions in Nigeria to establish.. From his statement, there was no ''hate'' speech, or drums of war.. Watch the complete video below..

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Federal High Court Proscribes Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB

The Federal High Court in Abuja has given  judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the Indigenous People of Biafra and its activities in every part of Nigeria.

The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, granted the order proscribing the group on Wednesday.

It declared that the activities of the group constituted an act of terrorism and illegality.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), with the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, and some other lawyers from the ministry appeared before Justice Kafarati for the Federal Government.

The AGF, argued the ex parte motion in which IPOB was joined as a respondent inside the chamber of the judge.

The Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013, under which the Federal Government’s ex parte motion was brought, permits the judge to choose to hear it inside the chamber.

Malami and Apata arrived at the courtroom on the fifth floor of the Federal High Court complex in Abuja at about 12.15pm on Wednesday.

The duo were immediately led to the judge’s chamber where the proceedings lasted about an hour.

A copy of the court’s enrolled order, sighted by The PUNCH, on Wednesday, declared that the activities of the group in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South -East and South-South regions of Nigeria “amount to acts of terrorism and illegality”.

It also restrained “any person or group of persons” from participating in any form of the activities involving or “concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise” of the group.

The order read, “That the application is granted as prayed.

“That an order declaring that the activities of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria, amount to acts of terrorism and illegality is granted.

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“That an order proscribing the existence of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra), in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria, either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called and publishing same in the official gazette and two national dailies, is granted.

“That an order restraining any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra) under any other name or platform however called or described is granted.”

Speaking with one of our correspondents on the telephone on Wednesday, Malami said IPOB stood proscribed as the court order had sanctioned the presidential approval proscribing the group.

He said, “It is true that IPOB was proscribed by the court today. It was the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Kafarati.

“The presidential approval proscribing the group has been sanctioned, confirmed and affirmed by the court. The group stands proscribed.”

On the next step the government would take, he said, “Gazetting is the final stage and that takes an executive procedure not legislative or judicial.

“As I have said, the executive aspect has been concluded by presidential approval and the judicial aspect has equally been concluded by the granting of the order by the court.

“That means the executive and the judicial processes have been concluded.

“It clearly remains the official gazetting which is the last thing to do.”

Kanu, parents might have been killed –IPOB

Meanwhile, IPOB, on Wednesday, alleged that the Nigerian Army might have killed its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, during the invasion of his house at Afaraukwu in Abia State.

In a statement made available to The PUNCH in Awka, Anambra State, by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the secessionist group said it had been searching for its leader since the attack but had failed to find him.

It maintained that it had reasonable suspicion that Kanu and his parents had died.

IPOB stated that from its record, no fewer than 38 persons were whisked away by soldiers during the attack, adding that up until now, nothing had been heard about them.

The statement read in part, “The Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide, under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to alert the whole world again that our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts is still unknown till date.

“IPOB has gone deep in search of the whereabouts of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and his parents and they are nowhere to be found.

“We are using this opportunity to inform the whole world, including the United Nations, that the Nigerian Army killed our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, during the attack and invasion of his compound in Umuahia, Abia State.”

The group added, “After going through the record of IPOB members in the compound on the day of this heinous attack and invasion, we discovered that about 38 members were arrested and up till now, nobody has seen or heard from them.

“We also discovered that the Nigerian Army left the compound of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in Isiama Afaraukwu, Ibeku, with 22 dead bodies on the same day.

“We are once again raising the alarm for the United Nations and other relevant bodies across the globe to ask the Nigerian government and its security operatives to give details of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and parents, including those dead bodies and those picked up alive during the attack and invasion of our leader’s compound in Isiama Afaraukwu, Ibeku, Umuahia.

“Okezie Ikpeazu, who was mandated by the Federal Government and other South-East governors to lead the fight against Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB members in Abia State, must be held responsible for this action in no distant time.”

It, however, maintained that the absence of its leader would not deter it from continuing its struggle for Biafra independence.
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IPOB Receiving Funding From France + UK Refuses To Shut Down Radio Biafra -Lai Mohammed, Minister Of Information & Culture

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, alleged that apart from receiving money from looters in Nigeria, secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, was receiving a large chunk of its financing from France.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this during an interview with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said it would, however, be difficult to block the funding because some innocent Nigerians were receiving money from France for legitimate reasons.

He said, “We have the records, we know IPOB collects money from many people in diaspora. They collect money from many people in Nigeria, they collect money from some foreign countries, this is clear.

“Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know. But you see, can you, as a government, stop people sending money to their parents? You have to block the sources of finance; that is what I said recently.

“It is incontrovertible that some people in diaspora contribute money to IPOB. Where does he get his money from? We know this as a fact.”

The minister said one of the measures the government employed in tackling IPOB before the deployment of soldiers in the South-East, was to reach out to foreign governments for collaboration.

He, however, said the process was long and not always successful.

Mohammed said, for instance, the Federal Government asked the United Kingdom to help shut down Radio Biafra in London from where Kanu was transmitting hate speeches the UK Government rejected the request based on the need to protect freedom of speech.

The minister added, “In tackling IPOB again, there are a few very naughty diplomatic issues which you need to skip. For instance, who does not know that the IPOB international radio is located in London? We know the diplomatic moves we have been taking and approaching the UK and all the damage it (Radio Biafra) has done but they don’t see it that way; for them, it is about freedom of expression.”

Mohammed rejected the argument that IPOB was not a terrorist group.

He argued that Kanu was caught on video in London in 2015 soliciting money for weapons.

He added, “I think anybody, who has watched Nnamdi Kanu’s videos, knows that anywhere he goes, he openly solicits arms and funds. I have a lot of quotations from him as to the violent nature of IPOB.

“In one of his videos, he said if he was arrested, his boys should burn down the country.

Also, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Project Nigeria First, has expressed support for efforts so far made by the Federal Government and governors to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the South-East.

The National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Uche Nwabukwu, said this at a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said but for the timely intervention of government at the federal and state levels, especially in the South-East, the activities of IPOB would have thrown the country into chaos.


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Another Usher Herpes Accuser Reveals Her Identity (Pics)

One of the women who recently came forward to accuse singer Usher Raymond of giving her herpes has revealed her identity in a new court filing.

Laura Helm of Fulton County, Georgia states in court papers filed on Tuesday that she is the 'Jane Doe' who alleged that Usher infected her with a sexually transmitted disease after the pair engaged in sexual relations on two separate occasions.

She also details these alleged encounters in her updated court filing, stating that Usher took showers before and after their hook-ups and that the singer would rush from the room towards the end so that she was never able to see him ejaculate.

Helm was initially asking for $10million in her lawsuit but upped that to $20million after she tested positive for the Herpes Simplex 2 virus this past July.

Helm claims that she and Usher were friends for years and that their relationship only became sexual in April 2017 after the defendant spent a night with her discussing his 'humanitarian efforts in Africa, [his] concern about the general contamination and impurity of water supply sources, [his] installation of a complete water filtration system in his home to filter contaminants from his drinking and shower/toilet water, [his] lack of nervousness prior to performances, the state of American poliics and current events.'

It was after a few hours of conversing on these subject matters that the two 'began engaging in intimate and sexual relations in [Helm's] bedroom.'

This included 'skin-to-skin contact' and then 'vaginal-penile intercourse' with a condom that Usher had brought with him according to the complaint.

Helm alleges that she performed oral sex on Usher for a while as well without a condom and that 'afterwards, [Usher] immediately grabbed his penis and went into the the bathroom.'
'Defendant's actions prevented [Helm] from being able to observe [Usher's] ejaculate,' states the filing.

The pair met again less than two weeks later at a hotel room in New Orleans.

'When [Helm] arrived in [Usher's] hotel room, [Usher] greeted her emitting a freshly-showered scent,' reads the court filing.

'[Helm] and [Usher] then conversed for an indeterminate period of time, after which [Usher] went upstairs to the bathroom and took a(nother) shower.'

The two then both performed oral sex on another and had vaginal-penile intercourse, this time without a condom according to the filing.

'Immediately after engaging in sexual and intimate relations with [Helm] on April 28, 2017,  [Usher] leapt from the bed, grabbed his penis, ran to the bathroom,and began to shower again,' reads the complaint.

'[Helm], a bit confused by [Usher's] behavior, left [Usher's] hotel room while [Usher] was showering.'

The complaint then notes, once more: '[Usher's] actions prevented [Helm] from being able to observe [Usher's] ejaculate.'

Helm alleges that a few days later 'an unusual bump appeared on the inside of [her] cheek.'

A few days after that, 'an unusual bump the size of a green pea that was painful to the press touch appeared on [Helm's] vagina' according to the filing.

In July, Helm learned that she had been infected with Herpes Simplex 2, and as a result claims to have suffered 'extreme and debilitating mental, emotional and physical distress and anguish, humiliation and embarrassment.'
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Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Sues Gov. Ajimobi, 23 Others For Crowning 21 Kings In Ibadan (Details)

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has sued Governor Abiola Ajimobi and 23 others for crowning 21 kings in Ibadan.

The mass coronation happened on August 27. Also joined in the suit are; the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, the eight high chiefs who were elevated to kings as well as the baales who were conferred with kingship status.

Besides the monarch’s suit, former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, Abdul Jelil Karimu, among others, have also challenged the legality of the coronation in court.

In the suit, which was filed at the High Court of Justice of Oyo State and dated September 19, the Olubadan is claiming that the governor violated the Chiefs Laws Cap 28 and that Ajimobi does not possess the power and authority to confer anybody the right to wear a beaded crown and coronet.

The monarch is claiming that the crowing of the 21 kings is illegal and void, since the governor did not consult with the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs before taking the decision.

He is seeking an order setting aside the Gazette 14 and 15 of Volume 42 of August 23 and 24, 2017, made by the governor and which conferred the right to wear crown and coronet on the elevated high chiefs and baales.

The Olubadan said the governor’s action violated provisions of the CAP 28 of the Chiefs Laws of the state.


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Saudi Arabia Government Lifts Ban On Skype & Whatsapp

Saudi Arabia is lifting its ban on voice calls on Skype, Whatsapp and other applications in the latest in a series of reforms by the kingdom’s new crown prince designed to make the country more attractive for business.

The conservative kingdom has previously banned internet phone calls - known as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) - restricting the ability of Saudis and expatriate residents to communicate with the outside world.

The government justified the ban in 2013 as a way of trying to “protect society from any negative aspects that could harm the public interest”.

In the years since internet calls have become ubiquitous in international commerce and this week the Saudi government said it was lifting the ban as a way of stimulating the economy.
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