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| Published Sunday, August 19, 2018 | 23:07 GMT

 IPOB condemns illegal detention and barbaric torture of grandmothers threatens mass protests across Biafraland

- Says this is an invitation to anarchy



OWERRI - Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned in its entirety the illegal arrest, detention and torture of grandmothers by the Nigerian soldiers in Owerri, Imo State, describing it as sacrilegious and barbaric.

The group also threatened to call for a mass protest on Monday, August 20, in the south-east if the women are not released by the authority.

In a statement issued by the IPOB Media/ National Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, made available to Nigerian Tribune in Enugu on Sunday, alleged: “the women are held in military custody by Nigerian soldiers and police under the most appalling conditions.” over 100 women are said to be detained, stuffed in a tiny cell room and constantly tortured by the Nigerian police


The Statement thus reads:

We condemn the sacrilegious arrest, illegal detention and barbaric torture of grandmothers arrested and held in military custody by Nigerian soldiers and police under the most appalling conditions. It is unheard of anywhere in the world that old women, some of them grandmothers, were arrested by army or police, teargassed, locked-up and tortured for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful assembly.

If there were any doubts before that Ala-Igbo and the rest of Biafraland is a Fulani conquered territory, the abominable treatment of elderly women on a peaceful March, arrested, tortured and interrogated like common criminals, have all but dispelled it. That Imo State government gave the go-ahead to northern Islamic army and police formations across Imo State to abduct and torture our mothers, is a clear confirmation that Rochas Okorocha and his government has no regard for us as a people.

Picture of arrested IPOB women currently being detained by the police department


The intention of the Islamic APC government is to intimidate and humiliate our people, women and the elderly. The abduction of grandmothers, some of them in their late 70s, is the worst kind of abomination. It is an invitation to anarchy because if by the close of business on Monday, August 20, 2018, IPOB will call for a civil uprising against the oppressors and their agents in Ohaneze Ndigbo and government houses across Biafraland.

This level of desecration and sacrilege will not happen in Arewa North neither will it be condoned in Yorubaland. It is happening in Biafraland because those that parade themselves as leaders (SE governors and Ohaneze) are cowards, appointed by the caliphate to act as their agents.

When Fulani terrorist herdsmen rape our mothers in the farms, destroy our crops and means of livelihood, you don't see any army or police rushing to protect them. No Fulani terror herdsmen have ever been arrested by the Nigerian army or police. but the same long-suffering mothers, with nobody to protect them, are the ones being arrested, detained and tortured for exercising a constitutionally guaranteed right.

As with other conspiratorial atrocities in Biafraland perpetrated by the Nigerian army, DSS and police, Igbo governors as the chief security officer of their states alongside Ohaneze Ndigbo, must be held responsible. Even in the North where Rochas Okorocha comes from, they don't arrest elderly women on a protest march.

It's a pity that Nigeria security who cannot afford to stop or curtail Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists rampaging and killing people in every part of the country, only demonstrate their might against elderly women who only came out to demand their right. IPOB will not hesitate to alert the world that Okehi Police Station in Etche Rivers State is where the torture of Biafran women is taking place.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

Edited & Published by IPOB WRITERS PRESS
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| Published Sunday, August 19, 2018 | 18:47 GMT

BIAFRA: 44 Biafran women stuffed in a 16ft prison room, Undergoing torture - IPOB cries out

-Alfred Umoye 
Photo of arrested Biafran women jampacked in police cell room

The Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB)  has raised alarm with grave concerns for arrested Biafran women who were protesting for the release of their leader Nnamdi Kanu, The Nigerian Police used tear gas to disperse the protests last Friday in Owerri Municipal, whisked away hundreds of Biafran women to the state CID and allegedly collected their cell phones and personal belongings.

A report has it that they are being detained and tortured lawlessly by the  Nigerian police, about 44 IPOB Biafran Women jam-packed in a 12by 16 ft room after their abduction and are being held by Imo State CID against their fundamental human rights for peaceful protesting in Owerri, said an IPOB principal officer.

Also,  information gathered this morning  from a witness who pleaded anonymity for security reason said this morning at around 4am some of the women who were found with Biafra materials are being secretly moved to an unknown location where he claimed they will be mercilessly tortured and maltreated for State disturbances urged the group to alert the public concerning this new development which he said is very alarming.

IPOB has called on the attention of the International community towards this grave human rights abuse, saying Biafran women reserve the right to free speech and expression, in a new press release the group issued a  warning to the federal government on a planned "Operation Python Dance III in the South East, a similar exercise last year that left many of its members dead.
The group warned the Nigerian Military not to embark on the planned exercise.

Recalling that Nigeria has a dark history in human rights abuses and has seen uncountable critics directed towards the current administration, last week 38 bodies of slain IPOB members were discovered in a forest in Abia state where they were dumped by the military after a September 14th military attack at the residence of IPOB's leader. The group is calling for a forensic investigation of the discovered bodies accusing the military of heinous crimes against humanity,

Meanwhile, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire and is being sued by a U.S based lawyer Bruce Fein at the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) on massive accounts of human rights abuses, Buhari who is currently on a sick leave in the United Kingdom visited the ICC last month and gave a controversial speech on human rights abuses in Africa, has been largely criticised both home and abroad, concerned citizens of Nigeria have labelled him a "Sick Dictator" and unfit to govern the country, therefore, calling for his resignation following series of attacks and brutal killings by the Fulani herdsmen on local communities that have left thousands dead since he took over office in 2015.

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| Published Sunday, August 19 2018 | 17:33 GMT

Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80


Late Former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan


ACCRA/GENEVA (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

After rising through the ranks of the United Nations, Annan served two terms as U.N. Secretary-General in New York from 1997-2006 and retired to live in a Swiss village in the Geneva countryside. His 10-year-old foundation promotes good governance and the transformation of African agriculture.

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom Annan had chosen to head the U.N. refugee agency, said in a statement.

Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues.

As head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Annan was criticized for the world body’s failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.

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As U.N. boss he was linked to peace efforts to reunite the divided island of Cyprus, submitting a reunification blueprint which was rejected in a referendum by Greek Cypriots in 2004.

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He staunchly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and later served as the first U.N. envoy at the start of Syria’s war, but quit after world powers failed to fulfill their commitments, saying: “I lost my troops on the way to Damascus”.

“The U.N. can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it,” he told the BBC’s Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday in April, recorded at the Geneva Graduate Institute where he had studied.



“I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist,” added Annan, who often joked about having learned from locals to wear earmuffs against the freezing cold during his undergraduate years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the United States.

Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader and former prime minister, said on Citizen TV: “We didn’t expect Kofi to pass that abruptly. Kofi Annan is a man of integrity; a great African, a great leader of the world.”

Former U.S. presidents praised Annan.

George W. Bush called him “a gentleman and a tireless leader of the United Nations”, while Barack Obama described him as “a diplomat and humanitarian who embodied the mission of the United Nations like few others”.

“Kofi Annan devoted his life to making the world a more peaceful place through his compassion and dedication to service. He worked tirelessly to unite us and never stopped fighting for the dignity of every‎ person,” U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley said.

The Elders, a group of former leaders including Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson, paid tribute to their inspiring chairman, noting his visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in July.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, paid tribute to Annan as “humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace”.

Zeid, who has criticized major powers and other countries during his four-year term that ends later this month, said that whenever he felt “isolated and alone politically”, he would go for long walks with Annan in Geneva.

“When I told him once how everyone was grumbling about me, he looked at me — like a father would look at a son — and said sternly: “You’re doing the right thing, let them grumble.” Then he grinned!”

-Reuters