Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Anxiety over IPOB’s sit-at-home order today

Anxiety over IPOB’s sit-at-home order today

NWAFOR POLYCARP 

31 MAY 2017

…Schools announce closure in Anambra
…Military helicopters hover around Kanu’s home —IPOB
…We’ll clamp down on any breach of peace — Police
…Police disrupt IPOB members’ meeting in Rivers
…Army, police roll out tanks in Onitsha
…Avoid repression of Biafra day protests —AI
…All Biafrans should obey IPOB — Achuzia

By Chioma Gabriel, Emeka Mamah, Emma Amaize, Emma Nnadozie, Vincent Ujumadu, Anayo Okoli, Davies Iheamnachor, Peter Okutu,  Chinonso Alozie, Nwabueze Okonkwo  & Chimaobi Nwaiwu

A woman holds a Biafran flag during a service at the St. Martin Catholic of Tours Church on May 28, 2017 in the Aba-South district in Aba.
The Nigerian civil war’s 50th anniversary will be commemorated on May 30. The war was triggered when the Igbo people, the main ethnic group in the southeast, declared an independent breakaway state, the Republic of Biafra. / AFP PHOTO

Awka—ALL private and mission schools in Anambra State would remain closed today in obedience to the sit-at-home directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

This came as the police authorities announced clamp down on any breach of peace in the south east and south south states.

Various churches in Anambra announced to their congregation on Sunday that all schools managed by them should remain closed to enable them remember all those who died during the Biafra war.

Similarly, private schools authorities gave their pupils a free day and urged them to remain in their homes.

Also out of fear, many banks announced that they would not open to public, although they would work in their offices.

Many people made panic purchases of their household requirements, yesterday, as the various markets prepare to lock up in obedience to the IPOB sit-at-home order.

Military helicopters hover around Kanu’s home

Meanwhile, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said information reaching the organisation showed that about 70 truck loads of soldiers with ammunition were heading to Umuahia, the home town of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, from Enugu.

He also said military helicopters were hovering around Umuahia to the discomfort of the inhabitants of the town and urged Biafra supporters to be on the alert and to start heading to Umuahia at short notice.

“The soldiers are spoiling for war in a serious bid to eliminate our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,” Powerful alleged.

Police warn IPOB, MASSOB

The  Police commands in South-East states have  warned members of IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, against forcing the people to stay at home today.

The Police in Anambra State, yesterday, cautioned the people of the state against going out on the streets to undermine the rights of others, warning that it will clamp down on any group or persons that toe the part of criminality in the guise of any protest in the state.

The state police boss, Sam Okaula, who spoke over the planned sit-at-home protest by Biafran agitators stated that the police will not allow miscreants and hoodlums to operate under any guise in the state and will do everything within its power to suppress them.

According to him, “anybody who has any axe to grind with anybody should take the rightful steps and possibly go to established system to settle that and not going to the streets, undermining the rights of others.”

IPOB members on solidarity marchIPOB

Abia

In Abia State, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade said no one has the right to tell Abians to stay at home and not to go about their lawful businesses.

He said the constitution of Nigeria was very clear on the issue of freedom of association and movement of people.

According to him, the constitution only restrains anyone when such a person must have gone foul of the laws of the land and “such person will be dealt with according to the laws of the land, no more, no less.”

Ebonyi

In Ebonyi, the state Police command has vowed to arrest IPOB and MASSOB members should they go ahead to force people to sit-at-home today.

In a phone-in programme at the Ebonyi State Broadcasting Service, EBBC, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Jude Madu, called on members of the public to report the activities of IPOB and MASSOB to the police for appropriate action, adding that the police will arrest anybody or group who go about forcing people to stay indoors against their wish.

“IPOB and MASSOB  are techniques developed by some individuals to gain public interest and recognition as the former is even a breakaway organ of the latter. These groups have not provided amenities or other forms of social security for the people they are directing to stay at home; it shows that their intentions are not sincere and must be rejected by all,” he said.

Imo

In Imo State, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, said the police have started show of “force” to build public confidence, ahead of the planned sit-at-home order. The CP also described the act as unpatriotic and inciting, through a release issued to newsmen in Owerri, by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem.

Delta

In Delta State, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, yesterday, read the riot act to the IPOB and MASSOB members, warning them not to carry out any protest in the state today.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Delta Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, in a statement, said the commissioner “advised proponents and organisers of the planned IPOB/MASSOB protest to have a change of heart and urged parents and guardians to restrain their children and wards from joining any unlawful group to protest as security agents have been fully mobilised to deal severely with groups or individuals who engage themselves in any unlawful assembly or protests.”

Enugu

The Enugu State police command, yesterday, warned IPOB, BIM and MASSOB against forcing members of the public to carry out their sit-at-home order  and asked the people to report any person or persons asking them to do so through the following distress call lines: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 and 08098880172 .

Police disrupt  IPOB members’ meeting in Rivers

Similarly, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, disrupted members of IPOB, who were in a meeting  around Rumuolumeni Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

A source who related the development to Vanguard alleged that some supporters of IPOB have been arrested during the incident.

It was learnt that the incident started on Sunday night when security operatives stormed a venue in the community where IPOB members were meeting.

The IPOB members, who were enraged over the police action, had engaged the policemen in serious argument when police tried to find out the essence of the gathering.

When the argument stiffened, the police started shooting in the air even as they used teargas to disperse the meeting.

Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, noted that there was an order directing commissioners of police in the states of the federation not to allow such gathering.

Army, police roll out tanks in Onitsha

It was all tension and apprehension, yesterday, in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State as soldiers and policemen stationed Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, in strategic locations in the city, apparently to confront members of IPOB, should they make any attempt to disrupt peoples’ movements in a move to enforce their today’s sit-at-home order.

Some of the strategic places where the APC were seen included Dennis Memorial Grammar School, DMGS roundabout, Onitsha; Niger bridge, among others, while a combined team of soldiers, policemen, Navy, civil defence corps, Department of State Services, DSS, NDLEA and Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, were seen patrolling around the city in a long convoy.

All Biafrans should obey IPOB — Achuzia

Former Biafra warlord, Col. Joe Achizia (retd) known during the Biafra War as “Air raid” yesterday told Ndigbo to obey the sit-at-home directive, as a mark of respect and solidarity to fallen Igbo heroes and heroines, who lost their lives and property during the war, since, according to him, the action would help to draw the attention of the world to the injustices meted to Ndigbo, as an ethnic group.

Achuzia, who  spoke on Sunday at All Saints’ Anglican Church Cathedral, Onitsha when a group of persons who identified themselves as patriotic Igbos organised a 90th birthday anniversary for him, contended that the activities for all agitating groups for Biafra should be supported by all true Igbo as such activities were born out as a result of perceived injustice meted to Ndigbo, adding that unless the injustice is corrected, several agitating groups would continue to emerge.

Avoid repression of Biafra day protests—Amnesty International

Also yesterday, Amnesty International advised Nigerian security forces to exercise restraint when policing demonstrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Biafra war, today, to avoid a repetition of the bloodbath caused by their heavy-handed response last year when more than 60 people were gunned down.

Director of the organisation in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said in a statement that last year’s heavy-handed response against pro-Biafra activists further stirred up tensions in the South-East of Nigeria.

According to him, “the reckless approach to crowd control favoured by the security forces when policing peaceful pro-Biafra protests has left more than 150 dead since August 2015, not to mention cases of enforced disappearance and unlawful detention. We urge the Nigerian security agencies to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure public order without resorting to force.”

Ohanaeze youths warn FG

Also yesterday, the youth wing of the pan-Igbo socio political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo,  vowed to hold the Federal Government responsible should anything happen to pro-Biafra agitators.

In a statement signed by the groups’s Deputy National President and the National Secretary, Dr. Arthur Obiora and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, respectively, the Ohanaeze youths said: “Ndigbo shall hold Osinbajo responsible as the Acting President of Nigeria should anything happen to any of our youths.”

“We shall not take lightly the spilling of the blood of any Igbo man today because these are non-violent agitators and their agitation is protected under every known law.

“As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is very much aware of the constitutional rights of these agitators and he should therefore not allow himself to be used as an instrument to suppress lawful expression of opinion.”

   

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BBNaija Winner Efe Announced as “Youth Ambassador of Nigeria” 

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#BBNaija Winner Efe Announced as “Youth Ambassador of Nigeria” 

30.05.2017 at 9:34 pm By Meme9ja

Big Brother Naija winner Efe Ejegba was has been announced as the “Youth Ambassador of Nigeria” by Youths and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung.

The announcement was made on Tuesday when Efe paid a courtesy visit to the minister.

“‘Who I be?’ the popular saying of the Big Brother Naija Winner Efe Ejegba is today a voice that reminds every young person that no matter your humble beginning, your dreams are valid! On this note, Efe Ejeba the winner of Big Brother Naija is today pronounced & decorated Nigeria Youth Ambassador. Congratulations and we wish him well. God bless #NigerianYouths,” Dalung said in a Facebook post.

In another post, Dalung said Efe has been selected among the Nigerian youths who will participate in the Berlin Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in Germany. He wrote:

“Based on logistics” I have directed the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports to include the newly decorated “Youth Ambassador of Nigeria” Efe Ejeba the winner of Big Brother Nigeria on the list of youths that will participate in the Berlin Youth Entrepreneurship summit taking place in Germany next month.


Watch their meeting:


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sebastian Vettel Extends Lead Over Lewis Hamilton after Monaco Grand Prix Victory

Sebastian Vettel Extends Lead Over Lewis Hamilton after Monaco Grand Prix Victory

29.05.2017 at 6:58 am By Meme9ja

Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to 25 points.

According to BBC Sport, Vettel led home team-mate Kimi Raikkonen after passing theFinn by running longer to their only pit stops.

Reports say the strategy was planned by Ferrari to get their leading driver into the lead but the team denied that was the case.

Hamilton could only finish seventh after a difficult race from 13th on the grid.

Mercedes knew they would always struggle to make up too much ground with Hamiltonafter starting 13th because of a messy qualifying session, including a series of driving errors and problems with tyres.

They decided to run him long and hope to gain from his speed once he got some clear air, as cars pulled in to make their pit stops.

He ran until lap 46 before stopping, by which time he was sixth and lost only one place, toToro Rosso‘s Carlos Sainz by finishing the race seventh.

“The battle’s not over, boys,” Hamilton said over the radio in the closing laps. “We’ll take these points.”

 

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It's Official Davido Unfollows Wizkid...see what happened on Meme 


It's Official Davido Unfollows Wizkid...see what happened
Meme 5/27/2017 11:08:00 pm

Davido has unfollowed one of his rival in the music industry, Wizkid on Instagram.. This comes after a fan, @chrisballerr notified the DMW Boss that Wizkid who was previously following him unfollowing him on Instagram.

Get our English? Let’s try again.

A Fan went on Instagram to notify Davido that Wizkid has unfollowed him (Davido) on Instagram.

The Fan wrote; “Wizkid unfollow you, unfollow him too, f**k him ,no more buying of wizkid song for me!!! #unfollowwizkid.” and Davido replied the fan with;  “@chrisballerr life ain’t that serious bro! It’s all love Lol..”

Immediately after this mild drama, we went to Wizkid’s Instagram page, to do a quick check to see if what the fan claimed was indeed true..’Cos to our understanding, Wizkid was previously following Davido on Instagram… and BAM! It was.

Then we noticed that Davido has unfollowed wizzy too

A mild war has begun??? Let’s watch out and hope not



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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Chris Brown celebrates His Daughter Royalty as She turns 3 Today

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Chris Brown celebrates His Daughter Royalty as She turns 3 Today

27.05.2017 at 4:27 pm By Meme Leave a Comment

Pop star Chris Brown’s daughter, Royalty is celebrating her third birthday today. The proud dad took to his Instagram page to share an adorable photo of the little princess along with a loving message:

MY BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL IS OFFICIALLY 3 YEAR OLD!!!!. HBD RO RO! I LOVE YOU


Photo Credit: Instagram – @chrisbrownofficial

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Ecological Fund: You are a Liar – Jonathan tells El-Rufai

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Ecological Fund: You are a Liar – Jonathan tells El-Rufai

27.05.2017 at 12:36 pm By Meme9ja

Goodluck Jonathan

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has responded to Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai‘s claim that he distributed N2bn each from the ecological fund to only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) states in 2013.

El-Rufai, the chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) Ad-Hoc committee on ecological fund stated this while briefing state house correspondents after the NEC meeting on Thursday.

“What President Goodluck Jonathan did was to take N2bn each from the Ecological Fund and gave to some PDP states. Any PDP state that was not his friend, like Kano and Kwara, didn’t get,” El-Rufai said.

El-Rufai, who led the 11-man committee added:

The committee established beyond all doubts that in 2013, the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan gave N2bn to certain states of the federation but excluded other states.

The states that got it were all PDP states and states of other parties that were sympathetic to the PDP like Labour Party in Ondo and APGA in Anambra state. 19 states and the FCT did not get the N2bn from the ecological fund. These states are Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Kwara and Lagos.

Others are Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara and the federal capital territory.


In a response by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan described El-Rufai’s statement as a “sinister narrative”.

“It is so easy to expose Malam Nasir El-Rufai as a liar as Akwa-Ibom, a PDP state governed by the then Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and a close confidante of the then President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, did not get the monies alluded to by Mallam el-Rufai from the Ecological Fund as did multiple other PDP states including Ekiti state, a state governed by a thoroughbred patriot and Jonathan supporter,Ayo Fayose.

Also, it is false that non-PDP states did not get monies from the fund. Nemesis catches up faster with liars than any other agent of evil.  El-Rufai was probably led by the gods against his own sinister plot to confess in another breathe that states under non-PDP parties like APGA and Labour party also benefitted.

The fact remains that the Ecological Fund is a specialised fund with certain constitutional requirements which must be met before a state can access the funds. Every state benefited from the fund under President Jonathan, who bent over backwards to accommodate states that had difficulty meeting the criteria for accessing the fund,” Jonathan said.


The former president added that El-Rufai was silent on the over N10bn specially deployed to fund the Great Green Wall project in some northern states, in view of the need to work with the rest of Africa on the African initiative to check desert encroachment in the Sahel.

“These states included Zamfara, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Adamawa. Others are Yobe, Borno and Kano which belong to Mallam El-rufai’s class of ‘non-friendly’ states that he alleged never benefitted from any discretionary fund.

Similar principle applies to the conditions for accessing the Universal basic Education fund where some states have not had access to what is due them, because they are yet to fulfill the mandatory criteria for allocation. Would it then be right in the name of El-rufai’s position on equity to blame the failure of those states to access their UBEC funds on Jonathan?”

It is really sad that judicious presidential interventions to tackle emergencies and other pressing national needs are being interrogated in a rather facile manner, by those who never get tired of playing dirty politics.

Nigerians may recall that this is not the first time that El-rufai has vented his known passion for lying against the former President.

The public will recall that in October 2015 he falsely alleged that former President Jonathan spent a whopping N64 billion on Independence Day celebrations, during his tenure when in fact only N333 million was spent.

Nigerians may also recall that this same El-rufai falsely accused former President Jonathan and former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of founding and funding Boko Haram to the tune of N50 billion.

We can only wonder what new false accusation El-rufai may come up with tomorrow, as with him it is a case of one day, one lie. We therefore urge Nigerians to ‘be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath’ whenever this notorious liar opens his mouth,” Jonathan said.


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Mo Abudu, Don Jazzy join other Global Influencers at 2017 Monaco Grand Prix | Photos


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Mo Abudu, Don Jazzy join other Global Influencers at 2017 Monaco Grand Prix | Photos

27.05.2017 at 10:39 am By Meme9ja

Mo Abudu

Mavin Records’ boss Don Jazzy and Ebonylife TV Chiarwoman Mo Abudu touched down at the Nice Cote D’Azur International Airport. They joined other global influencers including Spanish supermodel Jon Kontajarena; Fashion Blogger, Andy Torres and Bollywood Superstar, Sophie Choudry.

The 3-day luxurious experience at 2017 Monaco Grand Prix started with a drive around the coastline of French Riviera with a quick stop at the McLaren and Johnnie Walker #JoinThePact event – a campaign designed to promote ‘never drink and drive’. They got up close to McLaren Honda cars and some of its drivers – Sergio Perez, Jenson Button and more.

They then headed to a Welcome Drinks Reception at The Automobile Club de Monaco for a taste of Johnnie & Ginger as the sun sets on the principality. At 8:45pm, they headed to the stunningly sophisticated Song Qi Chinese fine dining Restaurant – a favourite of celebrities and elites of Monaco.

See photos below:

Mo Abudu and Don Jazzy

Andy Torres, Rebecca Laurey

Jon Kontajarena

Mika Hakkinen

Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Friday 26 May 2017.
World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Images
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Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Friday 26 May 2017.
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Sharemadean Reid

Sophie Choudry

Tom Jones (Johnnie Walker Global Brand Ambassador) (Left)

Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/LAT Images


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