No more sit-at-home in S-East, govs, Igbo leaders vow -GCFRNG
Obiano again absent from the meeting
• DSS operational trigger on Imo
• Yahaya visits Anambra and asks the troops to focus on the objectives of “Exercise Golden Dawn”
• We will deny the IPOB and bandits freedom of action in Abia – Army
• Designate the IPOB as a terrorist organization, American Academic tells us.
By Chidi Nkwopara, Dennis Agbo, Ikechukwu Odu and Steve oko
Southeastern governors, Igbo political and religious leaders have pledged to ensure that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s suspended sit-at-home order is no longer observed in the region and that people move freely.
The leaders also said that they will involve the federal government for an amicable solution to all the problems that agitate the minds of Ndigbo, particularly its young people.
In addition, they resolved that the Southeast regional security team, EbubeAgu, will be launched in all states if the area passes habilitation laws before the end of the year.
The leaders spoke at the time when an operative from the Department of State Service, DSS, was shot dead in Imo and the Nigerian army launched Operation “Golden Dawn” in the southeast.
The Igbo leaders made the resolutions at a meeting of southeastern governors, southeastern leaders, traditional rulers, members of the National Assembly and the clergy in Enugu yesterday.
However, neither Anambra State Governor Willy Obiano, nor his deputy Nkem Okeke, were present at the security meeting despite the uproar in the state.
In recent times, Anambra State has been constantly without representation at official meetings such as the Southern Governors Meeting, the Southeast Governors Forum, among other strategic meetings.
Bianca Ojukwu, in a message she made public on Monday, pleaded with Governor Obiano to attend Tuesday’s meeting, but the Anambra Governor was not present.
Surprisingly, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, who had been absent for some time, was present at the meeting, along with Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, who were absent from the last southern governors meeting in Enugu.
Governor Umahi, who read the statement, said they condemned the killings in the southeast and agreed to join security agencies in stopping the killings.
According to him: “The meeting condemned the order to sit at home, which is issued mainly by our people in the diaspora who do not feel the pain. In light of the information that even the IPOB canceled the sit-at-home, the meeting resolved that the governors and all people in the Southeast do everything within the law to ensure that there is no more sit-at-home. home in the southeast and that people can move freely in the area.
“The meeting received a report on various issues that affect the southeast, especially on the issue of security and marginalization of the people of the southeast, and resolved to study the reports for their immediate implementation and the commitment with the federal government for a friendly solution for all. the problems that agitate the minds of our people, especially the young.
“The meeting resolved to support the elections in the state of Anambra and ordered the security agencies to ensure a peaceful election in the state of Anambra on November 6, 2021.”
The meeting ordered the clergy, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and traditional rulers to continue their dialogue with the Igbo youth.
Among those present at the meeting were: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (host); Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi; her counterpart from Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma; and the Lieutenant Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu.
Members of the National Assembly of the Southeast Geopolitical Zone, former Governors, former Chief of the Army General Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), Chief Nnia Nwodo, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Bishop Godfrey Onah, other religious leaders and traditional institutions in the area, including the leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo were at the meeting.
The meeting observed a minute of silence for all those who lost their lives due to the security challenges in the country, especially in the southeast.
DSS operational shot on Imo
The pandemonium experienced in parts of the state of Imo, last Monday, was not a coincidence after all, as an active operative of the Directorate of State Services, DSS, Mr. Ezem Ozuzu, was reported dead in the chaos .
The people of Umuoyo, Irete, in the Owerri West local council area of Imo State, are already demanding proper investigations and justice for the death of his son.
Confirming the death of the young man to Vanguard yesterday, an indigenous person from the community, Mr. Eze Eluchie, said: “My town, Umuoyo, Irete, Owerri West local government area of Imo state, lost its first victim to the insecurity imposed in the South East Region.
“Mr. Ezem Ozuzu, who until his death on Monday, October 4, 2021, was staff of the State Service Directorate, DSS, Imo State Command, Owerri.
“The young man was the only DSS staff member to be killed when alleged unidentified gunmen attacked in and around Owerri, allegedly to enforce the sit-in-house order last Monday.”
Continuing, Eluchie said that “the DSS informed the people of the community that Mr. Ozuzu died in the fulfillment of an official duty in an encounter with the so-called Unknown Gunmen, UGM, yesterday” (Monday).
Responding to a question, the villager said: “People are completely perplexed because according to DSS, Mr. Ozuzu was the only fatality in the so-called encounter.
“The people of Umuoyo, Irete, demand adequate investigations to know the exact cause and circumstances of the death or if it was a murder.
“The late Mr. Ozuzu, whose wife recently slept, was the breadwinner of his family. The people demand justice ”.
Vanguard also learned that the remains of the late DSS operative have been deposited in an undisclosed morgue.
COAS Yahaya visits Anambra
The Chief of Staff of the Army, COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, yesterday told the troops of the “Exercise Golden Dawn” to focus on the objectives of the Exercise to curb violence and other criminal activities in the southeast in particular and the country in general. .
Lieutenant General Yahaya also admonished troops to respect the rights of members of their host communities and all citizens, warning that the Nigerian military has zero tolerance for indiscipline.
He made the call when he visited Igbariam, East Anambra Local Government Area in Anambra State, to troops from Sector 5 of the 302 Artillery Regiment and the 14th Field Engineer Regiment, for “Exercise Golden Dawn” as part of his evaluation of the three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises, which he interrupted on Monday.
The Nigerian Army’s three field training exercises include the “Exercise Golden Dawn” for the southeast; “Exercise of calm waters” for the coastal areas and “Exercise of lasting peace” for some states of the North Central Territory and the Federal Capital.
Lieutenant General Yahaya had previously visited the 82nd Nigerian Army Division, Emene Enugu State, and 24th Support Engineer Regiment in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, for operational evaluation and commencement of unit and training leadership in the two states.
While in the state of Igbariam Anambra, where the troops of Sector 5 of the 302 Artillery Regiment and 14 of the Field Engineers Regiment were inspected, the Commander, Colonel Abdulkarim Usman highlighted the realization of “Exercise Golden Dawn” in his Responsibility Area.
Yahaya expressed his satisfaction so far with the completion of the exercise and praised the synergy between the security agencies.
We will deny the IPOB, the bandits freedom of action in Abia – Army
Also yesterday, the Nigerian Army promised to deny members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB; bandits, kidnappers and criminal elements “freedom of action in the state of Abia”.
Ohafia’s 14th Brigade Brigade Commander Brigadier General Mohammed, who took the vote while marking Operation Golden Dawn in Ohafia, warned criminal elements to move out of state.
According to him, the special operation that will be carried out in synergy with other security agencies, is designed to improve the safety of the lives and property of innocent and law-abiding citizens during the “hot months.”
Brigadier Wabili alleged that:
“These criminals are known for robbing shop owners, terrorizing travelers, and murdering innocent people at will.”
Designate the IPOB as a Terrorist Organization, American Academic Tells Us
Meanwhile, Ivan Sheehan, an American academic, has called on the United States government to designate the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization.
Sheehan, who is the executive director of the University of Baltimore’s School of Public and International Affairs, in an opinion piece published in The Washington Times on Monday, gave reasons why the IPOB should be designated a terrorist group by the United States. .
In 2017, the federal government declared the IPOB a terrorist organization.
In recent times, the outlaw group has been accused of carrying out violent attacks in the southeast to achieve its secession agenda, but IPOB has repeatedly denied being behind the attacks.
Speaking about IPOB activities, Sheehan said the establishment of the Eastern Safety Net (ESN) by IPOB marked the end of the group’s “claims to be a peaceful movement”.
The American academic accused Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB, of supporting terrorism and issuing threats through Radio Biafra.
“Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, is clearly not worried. It is concerning that he does not feel the need to even disguise his support for terrorism, ”Sheehan wrote.