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Fresh Boko Haram Scare Hits Imo Nigeriens, Northerners Flood Owerri.


 

Palpable fear and uneasy calm is gradually enveloping in Imo state following the unprecedented increase in the number of Nigerians and Northerners in the state.
It would be recalled that the PDP in Imo state had at a press briefing few weeks ago raised alarm about possible Boko Haram in Imo when it alleged that people from the Northern part of the country where activities of Boko Haram is dominant were being trained at the state government built ICAPS complex on Egbu road Owerri. Later discoveries indicate that youths from a particular Northern state were undergoing training at ICAPS. The trainees were later sent back to the respective state by concerned authorities in Imo.
However, heavy presence of Nigerians believed to be from the Northern part of the country is being noticed in the state capital especially in Owerri and other developed towns of Orlu, Okigwe Mgbidi, Ahiara junction and Nwaoriebu.
Our reporters who have been monitoring the developments since the beginning of the year, noticed that major corners in the state capital like Douglas/Mbaise Roads, and Ama JK are witnessing beehive of activities swelled by the presence of the foreigners who have turned to itinerant artisans and craftsmen. Apart from textile and petty trading, some of them are involved in cobbler and roadside merchandising.
Trumpeta visit to Ama Hausa, abode for Northerners showed that the quarters have been over filled with people from the Hausa Fulani speaking states and foreigners with little or no space to operate. Same applies to major areas in the state capital where uncompleted buildings and shanties have turned to places of abode for these foreigners and Northerners alike.
The reasons for the influx of foreigners and Northerners could not be ascertained as to press time but reports have it that if might not be unconnected with inclement security conditions in the Northern parts of the country. It was gathered that the heavy military presence coupled with exercises of soldiers searching for Boko Haram suspects sent many Northerners and foreigners from the sect’s infested areas to terror-free zones to avoid either been caught in cross fire or nabbed by the soldiers.
However, their presence has not gone down well with residents of the state who are scared and expressing misgivings over the influx of non indigenes from the North. Apparently aware of the Boko Haram scare in Southern states like Lagos and Rivers state occasioned by heavy presence of Northerners and foreigners, Imo residents are experiencing uneasy calm, palpable fear and tension.
Some residents, who spoke to our reporter on the increasing presence of foreigners and Northerners on Owerri streets, noted that it is a dangerous trend security agencies should delve into, adding that proactive measures must be instituted to check any action likely to cause insurgence in the state.

By peter uzoma.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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Breaking News: 8 Feared Dead In Southern Kaduna Indigenes/Fulani Clash.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

About eight persons may have been killed and several others injured in heavy fighting between Fulani and Southern Kaduna indigenes in the area, a senior security operative has told SaharaReporters.

The security official said the fight occurred in a village close to Manchok area of Kaura local government.

Another source, Boman Peter, confirmed that the area is still tense with hundreds of children and women fleeing the affected community.

The cause of the attacks is still unsubstantiated but our two sources confirmed the attacks.

Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, could not be reached for comment.

Imo lawmakers raise alarm over ‘menace’ of Hausa/Fulani herdsmen.


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OWERRI— The members of Imo State House of Assembly have expressed concern over what they described as the growing menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in the state.

Already, the Donatus Ozoemena-led ad-hoc committee has sent what it called “a clarion call” to the security agencies in the state, complaining about “the menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in Imo State.”

The committee said: “We wish to bring to your notice the brewing tension in some of our communities, which require urgent and concerted effort to stem and avoid an imminent conflagration that will further compound the already charged national security situation.”

Ozoemena, who is the Deputy Speaker, enumerated series of unprovoked attacks on some communities in Owerri West, Ohaji/Egbema and Ngor Okpala local council areas by the nomadic herdsmen, which resulted in the destruction of crops, farmlands, raping of women and girls, as well as killing and maiming of the

villagers.

Ozoemena said: “The herdsmen have so far failed to honour the invitation of the House Committee. For the communities, it has been a tale of woes, anguish, pains, humiliation, loss of economic mainstay and insecurity.”

While informing the security agencies that the communities live in fear in their homeland, the Deputy Speaker equally warned that the youths are getting restive and spoiling for war.

He said: “If nothing is done and urgently, there could be outbreak of hostilities and bloodshed. As a responsible House, we cannot sit by and watch the situation spiral out of control and our communities turned into a theatre of war.”

The Committee expressed concern that these herdsmen go about with sophisticated weapons like AK-47 rifles in clear contravention of the law on possession of firearms, stressing that this complaint should not be treated with levity.

The lawmakers said: “At a time when the nation is grappling with the challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgents, we are worried that a band of terrorists may have infiltrated and hide under the guise of herdsmen to carry out their nefarious and vicious activities.

“We will not allow our communities to be turned into save havens for terrorists.”

The lawmakers warned that they “can no longer condone a situation where our wives and daughters are sexually assaulted and humiliated, our people are maimed, killed and condemned to starvation.”

BY CHIDI NKWOPARA

Source: Radio Biafra.

Femi Fani-Kayode victory or death my stand on Nigeria.


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Jonathan has not offered Sovereign National Conference and that is the problem. Make it “sovereign” and I am on board. I will not replace Hausa Fulani domination, which we have suffered for over 40 years in this country, with ijaw or igbo domination.

As each day passes it dawns on me more and more that the only way to secure and protect the interests of my people, the 50 million Yoruba people of south western Nigeria, is for us to leave Nigeria and establish our own nation.

For us Nigeria has done nothing. She has only held us back. I am not ashamed to say that this is how I feel and I am under no illusion that it may not be the most popular position today even amongst the yoruba themselves.

Yet the truth is that eventually our people will see that I am right and when the time for that idea comes no force or power in heaven or on earth can stop it.

I have been in politics for 23 years and I make bold to say that I have little doubt that ultimately, if our people really want true liberation, we must break off the shackles of a united Nigeria and establish our own sovereign state.

Now go ahead and call me a tribalist or whatever you like. It matters not to me. I have the same feeling for and pride in my people as the Scots in the United Kingdom have in theirs. The only difference is that they are in a civilised clime where they have been given the opportunity to exercise their right of self-determination by the conduct of a free and fair people’s referendum to determine whether they wish to remain in their country or not, whilst we have not been given that opportunity.

As a matter of fact the very suggestion or thought of secession and the exercise of our right of self-determination to leave Nigeria is not only frowned upon and met with utter disdain and contempt by those who would wish to hold us captive forever but it is also despised by their collaborators within our own ranks who have cultivated a slave mentality that is borne out of what is known as the “Stockholm Syndrome“.

Yet regardless of that our time will come because our aspirations are perfectly legitimate and lawful. There is no shame in wanting to be on your own and wanting the very best for your people. I am not a tribalist because I look down on no other but I am a Yoruba nationalist because I believe that the Yoruba are very different to most. We have a date with destiny and if we wish to keep that date I am convinced that we must remove the weights, break the chains, strengthen our resolve and get out of Nigeria.

I do not believe that we should dominate anyone or rule over anyone else. I do however believe, and strongly too, that no-one has the right to rule over us or dominate us any longer and I intend to dedicate the rest of my life to resisting such an agenda either within or without a united Nigeria. I am bound by the hopes and aspirations of the yoruba people and whatever they wish to do or opt to do is the cause that I, together with many other loyal and courageous leaders and men of integrity from the west in the new generation, shall do. For us it is either victory or death.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Mandela On Nigeria’s Crisis By Edo Ukpong.


By Edo Ukpong

There is no denying the fact, that our dear country, Nigeria is in a helpless crisis ridden state. Ordinarily and in my more natural elements, I would have pronounced Nigeria to be a failed state  with the vultures who have pushed us to this sorry state fighting over the carcass. However using the revered name of the great Madiba has had a cooling effect on the boiled ink even in the fiery pen of a seriously disgusted patriot. The name also serves as a fillip which tempers the anguish of disillusionment and puts a brake on the slide into a state of comatose resignation. It is on account of refusing to give up on the possibility of Nigeria as a prosperous democratic Nation for the benefit of all Nigerians that I approached the Madiba sometime ago for advice. The following represents our conversation via Skype.

Me: Greetings Madiba and thank you for agreeing to this chat, I was almost giving up when nothing was heard from my emissary for over one month, I am really grateful sir because I appreciate the demands on your time and moreover you are not getting younger.

Mandela: My friend, you can say that again, I am not getting younger and it saddened me when I was informed of your reasons for wanting to have a chat with me, if am still being consulted in this state it means we have not done well for Africa because the topic should have changed.

Me: I understand your feelings sir, but believe me, the topic has not changed. My country Nigeria is in dire straits, we are fast receding from any prospects of national harmony which is essential for progress and development. There is so much corruption and crude power mongering, which appears to have degenerated into a bizarre competition for who can steal the most, display the worst impunity, be the most outlandish and these politicians will say they are playing politics. Worst of all to get ahead in their ‘playing politics’ they are succeeding in dividing the people along tribal, sectional and religious lines through various sinister propaganda and deceit. These are dangerous times for my dear country.

Mandela: I do not need a lecture on the Nigerian situation which unfortunately is symptomatic of the situation in most of our continent. I am very knowledgeable about the Nigerian situation and am very fond of Nigerians and I have been intervening in Nigerian matters since I came out of prison. What can I possibly do in my condition? honestly Nigeria is too important not only to Nigerians but to Africa and the World to sit by and watch it degenerate into a failed state, but what can one old man do?

Me: Sir, since you know Nigeria well and with the situation on ground what advise can you offer for reversing my dear country’s slide into self immolation.

Mandela: Okay I do not lay claim to a monopoly of wisdom but since you have asked, here are my thoughts – politicians play politics and as has been said, the business of governance and nation building is too important to be left to politicians. So for any progress to be made you must bring in some patriots and the people have to be mobilized to empower these patriots. These patriots must be the ones who represent the psyche of the Nation and give it direction. Of course you cannot have a democracy without politicians but the problem with Nigeria is that the politicians have been given carte blanche over everything and of course politicians will play politics with everything under their control especially as in your case where the people seem to have gone to sleep and the politicians even supervise their own elections – so why are we surprised?

Me: But sir if democracy is driven by politicians and they cannot be entrusted with governance, are we going to have an arrangement whereby governance is run by unelected people? That is confusing sir!

Mandela: No my son, be patient! Do not be like my good friend, Obasanjo! Listen to me. The bane of Nigeria’s problems is that it’s brand of democracy is driven by politicians. Democracy must be driven by the people themselves. The people decide what direction and the politicians follow. Let me use myself as an example, you will be surprised that left to politicians, it is unlikely I would have become president of South Africa, not that I particularly wanted it myself, but the people drove that process. The people set the national mood and had decided that at that point in our history, the best course was for me to serve as president.

Me: (cutting in) Sorry sir, you mean they are black politicians who did not want you?

Mandela: You are interrupting again and why are you Nigerians so interested in asides and intrigues, like my good friend Babangida? Of course there are many politicians who were asking in private whether I was the only person who fought for freedom or the only one who was imprisoned – that’s a typical politician for you, they have  a different calculus, usually selfish! So getting back to my point, at this time in Nigeria’s history a national mood needs to be given gravitas to envelope the whole system. The country needs to heal and determine to move forward as one nation before any progress can be made. A few good men cannot do it, what you need is the people getting solidly behind a few good men. These men must be people who the people either already regard or can be persuaded to regard as not prone to corruption, who are nationalistic in outlook and with a vision of utilizing your enormous resources for a better society for all. In a nutshell people that can be trusted to pursue the peoples agenda. Identify such people and sell them to the people, once the people set a national mood, let me assure you, that train will be unstoppable. Winning the peoples support is not going to be easy but it is absolutely essential for success. It is even a good thing that you have many political parties, so there is no shortage of possible platforms. The politicians cannot overwhelm the people rather it is the other way round and believe me the politicians will fall in line, they will still play their politics, but they will not set the national agenda and that is the difference.

Me: Sorry sir, I hear you but it seems so theoretical – I am not even sure we have the good man or few good men you are talking about? Everybody seems to have joined or waiting to join the band of characters ruining our country today.

Mandela: My son! (as Babangida taught me to say) this is not the time for pessimism, you are in a crisis so think out of the box. Expand your search. Have you heard of  that young Colonel, Abubakar Umar? I got close to him during the June 12 1993 crisis. Whereas the politicians had reduced it into a sectional thing, this was a Hausa Fulani blue blood, I understand, in the army, who risked everything including his life to courageously fight for truth and justice. That is the young man who as  military governor under his supposed godfather, Babangida resigned as governor and declared that he was doing so because the government had deviated from the agreed course when they took over.

Me: Sir, that young man is not so young anymore, he is now in his sixties! And moreover the politicians will rather die …

Mandela: Let me interrupt you, they will not die and you were not listening .. it is not left to them! Sell him to the people! That is the kind of person you need to build the national momentum for a different kind of way of governance. What will any section have against him? Or will they say that he is  a greedy kind and will be corrupt? No way! Not with those antecedents! I had a chat with my friend Babangida last time he came to see me and do you know that inspite of Umar’s opposition and even allegedly plotting to topple him, he is one of the few people Babangida respects genuinely! That is what you get for being consistently straight forward and objective. You say he is no longer a young man, have his views or attitude to life changed?

Me: No sir he still airs his views regularly and is like the conscience of the nation.

Mandela: So what are you waiting for? That is your man! I am not saying he is the only good man or woman but the others are not as well known and as demonstrably ideal as the young colonel. This young lady, the due process lady, I forget her name, but she has been courageously vocal lately and from my sources she is honest and trustworthy.

Me: You mean Oby Ezekwesili!

Mandela: Yes that is the young lady, These two people I have mentioned, is a team not already emerging? You people should go to work and forget pessimism, nothing will be achieved by that. And if they are reluctant tell them that as Aristotle said ‘It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen’ They are good people let them now be good citizens and fight for their country! I have only a short time left on earth, if I am looking at Nigeria from heaven, I want a smile on my face not consternation.

Me: Thank you sir, you are a real father of humanity. God bless you always.

NB All my ‘trigger happy’ learned friends should note, that the above conversation occurred in my dream. I do not have money to defend multiple law suits please!

EDO UKPONG
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
LAGOS

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Kaduna declares curfew in Kafanchan.


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The Kaduna State Government on Friday declared a 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan following bloody fighting between indigenous groups in Southern Kaduna and settler elements of the Hausa-Fulani dwelling in the area.

An online portal, SaharaReporters, said that at least five persons were killed in the fighting.

The agency said the bloody clash was also confirmed by an elderly Yoruba resident of Kafanchan, an otherwise quiescent town that used to be known as a railway hub. The man said the assaults flared up again yesterday, after armed soldiers had earlier quelled a skirmish last Sunday.

The security operative disclosed that indigenes of Southern Kaduna and Hausa-Fulani youths engaged in a free-for-all fight using machetes, spears and a few guns. Apart from the dead, many people reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury.

The source said, “I can confirm to you that attacks started yesterday between the indigenes and settlers. And several people were killed before [the] government declared 24 hours curfew today. As we speak, we are in the streets patrolling and all residents are now indoors.”

The security agent said yesterday’s attack appeared to be reprisals for the death of a young man who was killed last Sunday.

SaharaReporters could not reach the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike. However, a police officer in Kaduna said the commissioner and military authorities in Kaduna had deployed troops to the trouble spots to strengthen security and contain any threats that might escalate attacks.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Breaking News: 24-Hour Curfew Declared In Southern Kaduna As Scores Killed In Indigenes-Settlers Clash.


By SaharaReporters, New York

The Kaduna State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, following bloody fighting between ethnic indigene groups in Southern Kaduna and settler elements of Hausa-Fulani dwelling in the area. In a telephone interview with our New York office, a security source told SaharaReporters that at least five persons were killed in the fighting.

The bloody clash was also confirmed by an elderly Yoruba resident of Kafanchan, an otherwise quiescent town that used to be known as a railway hub. The man said the assaults flared up again yesterday, after armed soldiers had earlier quelled a skirmish last Sunday.

The security operative disclosed that indigenes of Southern Kaduna and Hausa-Fulani youths engaged in a free-for-all fight using machetes, spears and a few guns. Apart from the dead, many people also sustained varying degrees of injury.

The source said, “I can confirm to you that attacks started yesterday between the indigenes and settlers. And several people were killed before [the] government declared 24 hours curfew today. As we speak, we are in the streets patrolling and all residents are now indoors.”
The security agent said yesterday’s attack appeared to be reprisals for the death of a young man who was killed last Sunday.

SaharaReporters could not reach the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike. However, a police officer in Kaduna said the commissioner and military authorities in Kaduna had deployed troops to the trouble spots to strengthen security and contain any threats that might escalate attacks.

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The picture is a previous picture of 2011 post election violence in Kafanchan.

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