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Ohanaeze declares overwhelming support for Tinubu, calls for Kanu’s release to restore Southeast stability



Ohanaeze declares overwhelming support for Tinubu, calls for Kanu's release to restore Southeast stability

In a groundbreaking declaration, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, announced the widespread acceptance of President Bola Tinubu by the Igbo community, asserting that members across the country now consider him their president. Iwuanyanwu expressed this support during an exclusive interview with Arise Television on Sunday, December 17, 2023, shedding light on the sentiments of the Igbo people and addressing critical issues impacting the region.


Emphasizing his role as a leader of Ohanaeze, Iwuanyanwu disclosed that one of his mandates is to advocate for the release of Nnamdi Kanu. He revealed that he has sought an appointment with President Tinubu to facilitate Kanu’s release, citing its potential to help differentiate between criminals and honest, dedicated Nigerians within the region.


“We are part of Nigeria, we are committed to Nigeria, we believe in Nigeria, we have, over the years, made contributions to the building of Nigeria. So, if we cry to our leader, the president, to say this is our problem, I believe he will definitely listen to us,” affirmed Iwuanyanwu.


Highlighting the unity of the Igbo people behind President Tinubu, he declared, “Igbos in all the various states in Nigeria have now accepted Tinubu as our president, and we have pledged, and I say that on behalf of our people, that we are going to give Tinubu every support. But we expect Tinubu to look at this problem we have. We expect him to solve this problem which all of us are talking about.”


In a strategic move to address security concerns in the Southeast, Iwuanyanwu emphasized the importance of Nnamdi Kanu’s release. He articulated that the release would aid Nigeria and security agencies in distinguishing between criminals and dedicated Nigerians, fostering a more accurate assessment of individuals within the region.


The Ohanaeze leader also touched upon the issue of criminals exploiting Kanu’s detention, noting, “Some people stay outside Nigeria and, from time to time, mobilize armed robbers, gunmen, even declare sit at home” in the region. This veiled reference, likely alluding to Simon Ekpa, highlighted concerns about external influences affecting the stability of the Southeast.


Iwuanyanwu went on to address the adverse impact of the sit-at-home order on businesses in Igbo land, describing it as a significant contributor to economic hardship in the region. He firmly asserted that the restoration of normalcy in the Southeast hinges on the release of Nnamdi Kanu.


As Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo openly declares support for President Tinubu and calls for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the region’s political landscape takes a noteworthy turn, emphasizing the importance of unity and effective leadership in addressing complex challenges.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft



The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.



The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.




Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.



Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.




In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.




He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.



Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna



Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.


A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.


The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.


Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.


In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members



The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.



The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).



Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.



Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.



He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.




Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.



Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.



Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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