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Protesters Attack Bayelsa Governor-Elect, Diri’s Residence, Destroy Property

The residence of Bayelsa State Governor-elect, Douye Diri, on Imgbi Road, Amarata, Yenagoa, was attacked on Friday morning by protesters.

Parts of the building and some vehicles in the compound were vandalised during the attack.

The attack occurred moments after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a certificate of return to Mr Diri in Abuja.

The Supreme Court had on Thursday nullified the election of David Lyon, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on the account of forged certificate presented to INEC by his running mate.

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Phones, Electronic Devices Hold Clues To Crash Of Bryant Helicopter

Transportation Safety Board, on Friday are turning to the travelers’ personal electronics
for potential answers with no black box recorder aboard the helicopter that crashed on January in Calabasas, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, investigators with the National.

Investigators hoped the passengers’ cellphones and the pilot’s iPad could help them better understand the chaotic last moments of the flight before the chopper slammed into a hillside in foggy conditions.

Experts said the helicopter was flying low enough that the activities of the electronics were likely captured by cellphone towers.

The pilot of the Sikorsky S-76B, Ara Zobayan, made his last communication with air traffic control as he climbed to 2,300 feet heading toward Camarillo in heavy clouds on Jan. 26.

Investigators are seeking to reconstruct what led him to suddenly bank left and descend rapidly just before the crash.

The NTSB is increasingly using personal electronics to help understand aviation disasters, and collecting the devices has become part of investigative protocol.

According to NTSB member, Jennifer Homendy, shortly after the crash, NTSB immediately swung into action looking for electronic devices, as we always do.

“We were able to recover an iPad and a cellphone. In the days that followed, investigators recovered additional personal devices and determined that the iPad belonged to Zobayan.

The NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway, said though, it could be a while, before ascertaining whether there was recoverable data on the devices.

Investigators will also examine any potential communications from those devices during the flight from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, where the helicopter took off from.

Meanwhile, the group were heading to Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game.

According to coroner’s reports, when the chopper went down about 40 minutes later, everyone on board died.

They include: Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, Mamba coach Christina Mauser, player Payton Chester and her mother, Sarah Chester, player Alyssa Altobelli and her parents, John and Keri Altobelli, and Zobayan.

The helicopter had neither a cockpit voice recorder nor a flight data recorder, better known as a black box, for the NTSB to analyse. However, Federal Aviation Administration regulations did not require the chopper to have such recorders.

But the pilot did have an app loaded on his iPad that allows a pilot to plan a flight and check on weather, terrain, position and potential hazards in real time from the cockpit.

The ForeFlight app can provide in-flight alerts of changing conditions, and it monitors GPS, speed and other dynamics of the aircraft.

The NTSB, however, said it was unclear whether Zobayan was using the iPad because of the level of destruction during the crash.

A former FAA insp, Gary Lackey, who for years has inspected choppers at Island Express, the operator of the helicopter that went down, said it was not uncommon to see iPads with ForeFlight mounted for use by pilots.

Veteran aviators, however, said the devices could provide insight into a flight but could also prove to be a distraction.

Meanwhile, information from electronic devices gathered by NTSB investigators had previously helped investigators better understand why aircraft crashed.

According to the agency Cellphone records are crucial in determining the cause of a fatal crash of a Bell helicopter in New Mexico in Sept. 2017. The helicopter was flying over open ranch land when it went down.

NTSB determined there was no mechanical failure or malfunction, but the pilot’s cellphone, which was recovered and reviewed, showed he had called a car rental agency during the flight.

However, the car rental clerk said she could tell the pilot was in a helicopter and that he seemed “busy or distracted.’’

“They were talking about a future rental when the phone disconnected mid-sentence,’’ she said.

“Based on available information, the pilot was likely using his cellphone during the low-altitude flight and became distracted, which resulted in the controlled flight into terrain,” NTSB said.

Similarly, the likely cause of the fatal crash of a single-engine Cessna airplane near Watkins, in May, 2014, was revealed by a GoPro camera recovered from the wreckage.

While the crash itself was not captured, the video revealed the pilot and various passengers had been taking selfies with their phones during a night flight, sometimes using a flash.

The NTSB, however, said that the pilot probably became disoriented and “it is likely that the cellphone used during the accident flight distracted the pilot and contributed to the development of spatial disorientation and subsequent
lack of control.

In addition to personal electronics, investigators are also likely trying to extract data from the helicopter’s flight management system.

A veteran pilot of Sikorsky helicopters with two decades flying as well as training pilots, Doug Solbrekken, said he suspects the system would not yield much more than what officials already know from local radar.

“There is still a slim chance that a passenger’s mobile phone or iPad could have been recording at the time of the crash.

“Some pilots also use GoPro-type cameras suction-cupped to the windows, either pointing outside or back into the cockpit or cabin during flight,” he said.

The FAA in 2014 banned airline pilots from using personal electronic devices, citing them as a distraction.

But general aviation pilots are allowed to use devices such as tablets with programs like ForeFlight. With pilots who are approved to fly passengers and cargo, the FAA can authorize operators to use electronic devices that can assist pilots.

The U.S. Department of Transportation in 2014 examined the safety of electronic flight devices and personal electronics used in the cockpit.

However, pilots complained of trouble scrolling and zooming with sometimes incorrect data and said the devices can be a distraction and sometimes lead to misinterpreted or erroneous aircraft performance parameters.

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India Builds Wall To Shield Slum Ahead Of Trump’s Visit

A wall is being built along a slum area to serve as a shield to the sight of slum to U.S. President Donald Trump when he visits the city of Ahmedabad in India.

However, officials on Thursday said the wall would serve as part of beautification along the route that Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be taking during the visit.

A senior government said the wall was being built for security reasons, not to conceal the slum district.

But the contractor building it told Reuters that the government did not want the slum to be seen when Trump passes by on the ride in from Ahmedabad’s airport.

“I’ve been ordered to build a wall as soon as possible, over 150 masons are working round-the-clock to finish the project,’’ the contractor said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The government official conceded that the wall was part of a “beautification and cleanliness’’ drive.

Whatever the reason, the 400-meter-long and seven-feet-high wall will prevent the U.S. leader from getting a glimpse of a slum district that houses an estimated 800 families.

Trump, who has made a pledge to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico a feature of his presidency, will visit India on Feb. 24-25 to reaffirm strategic ties that have been buffeted by trade disputes.

He is expected to attend an event dubbed “Kem Chho Trump’’ (How are you, Trump) at a stadium in Ahmedabad along the lines of the “Howdy Modi’’ extravaganza he hosted for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston in September 2019.

Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump quoted Modi as saying “millions and millions of people’’ would attend the rally.

The event provides Trump, who was impeached in December by the House of Representatives but was acquitted by the Senate in February, with the opportunity to woo the support of thousands of Indian-American voters ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November.

But some slum dwellers whose homes will be cordoned off by the wall in Ahmedabad, the largest city in Modi’s home state of Gujarat said the government was wasting tax-payer money to hide the poor.

Parvatbhai Mafabhai, a day worker who has lived in the slums with his family for more than three decades said “poverty and slums are the reality of our life, but Modi’s government wants to hide the poor.’’

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BREAKING: Court Grants Agba Jalingo Bail

The Federal High Court in Calabar has on Thursday, granted N10 million bail to journalist, Agba Jalingo, a journalist, charged with treasonable felony among others.

Justice Sule Shuaibu admitted Mr Jalingo, a publisher of CrossRiverWatch who was arrested on Aug 22, over a report of alleging that Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

Justice Sule Shuaibu also said that Jalingo’s surety must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.

The Cross River State Government recently took over the case from the Federal Government.

Leakers.ng recall that Jalingo, was denied bail twice.

He is also said to be in support of the #RevolutionNow Movement by Omoyele Sowore.

Details later….

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BREAKING: Court Grants Agba Jalingo Bail

The Federal High Court in Calabar has on Thursday, granted N10 million bail to journalist, Agba Jalingo, a journalist, charged with treasonable felony among others.

Justice Sule Shuaibu admitted Mr Jalingo, a publisher of CrossRiverWatch who was arrested on Aug 22, over a report of alleging that Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

Justice Sule Shuaibu also said that Jalingo’s surety must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.

The Cross River State Government recently took over the case from the Federal Government.

Leakers.ng recall that Jalingo, was denied bail twice.

He is also said to be in support of the #RevolutionNow Movement by Omoyele Sowore.

Details later….

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BREAKING: Court Grants Agba Jalingo Bail

The Federal High Court in Calabar has on Thursday, granted N10 million bail to journalist, Agba Jalingo, a journalist, charged with treasonable felony among others.

Justice Sule Shuaibu admitted Mr Jalingo, a publisher of CrossRiverWatch who was arrested on Aug 22, over a report of alleging that Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

Justice Sule Shuaibu also said that Jalingo’s surety must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.

The Cross River State Government recently took over the case from the Federal Government.

Leakers.ng recall that Jalingo, was denied bail twice.

He is also said to be in support of the #RevolutionNow Movement by Omoyele Sowore.

Details later….

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BREAKING: Court Grants Agba Jalingo Bail

The Federal High Court in Calabar has on Thursday, granted N10 million bail to journalist, Agba Jalingo, a journalist, charged with treasonable felony among others.

Justice Sule Shuaibu admitted Mr Jalingo, a publisher of CrossRiverWatch who was arrested on Aug 22, over a report of alleging that Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

Justice Sule Shuaibu also said that Jalingo’s surety must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.

The Cross River State Government recently took over the case from the Federal Government.

Leakers.ng recall that Jalingo, was denied bail twice.

He is also said to be in support of the #RevolutionNow Movement by Omoyele Sowore.

Details later….

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Nigeria, Ethiopia Sign Visa Waiver For Officials

Nigeria and Ethiopia have signed a visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and official passport holders, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the field of Defence.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed witnessed the signing of the agreement on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.

The signing was performed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, and his Ethiopian counterpart, Gedu Andargachew, during the State Visit of the Nigerian leader.

Earlier, while meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, President Buhari had discussed how to explore new areas of collaboration to further enhance and expand Nigeria-Ethiopia bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefits of the two countries.

The visa waiver agreement is expected to ease travels by officials and contribute to further strengthening of bilateral relations.

The Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation is important to both countries in the coordination of efforts in the fight against terrorism and securing peace and stability in their respective sub-regions, as well as on the continent of Africa.

The MoU will also enhance bilateral military cooperation in the areas of training and education, technical assistance, exchange of visits and defence technology transfer.

It also entails cooperation in peace support operation issues within the framework of the respective laws of the parties and on a reciprocal basis.

”Both sides agreed to swiftly conclude negotiations on the revised Bilateral Air Services Agreement and the MoU on cultural cooperation.

”The consummation of these two agreements will provide veritable platforms for deepening existing air transport services, tourism and cultural exchanges between the two countries,” the statement said.

The presidential aide quoted Buhari to have expressed gratitude to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia for the warm and generous hospitality extended to him and his delegation during the visit.

The Nigerian leader further extended an invitation to Prime Minister Ahmed to pay a reciprocal State Visit to Nigeria on mutually convenient dates.

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FG Seeks Stronger Economic Ties With UK

The Federal Government said that the forthcoming third UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum (EDF) would foster economic ties and enhance volume of trade and investment opportunities between both countries.

Amb. Marian Katagum, Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja while inaugurating the planning committee for the ministerial meeting of the third UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum (EDF).

The third forum which is scheduled to hold in Nigeria in March 2020 will provide an opportunity to showcase Nigeria’s expanding investment opportunities.

Katagum noted that the goal of the ministerial meeting was to address the challenges faced by both countries to remove critical market access barriers.

Katagum said that the UK and Nigeria had a long trade and investment relationship with a lot of potential to expand.

She, however, observed that there were a number of constraints from outside bothering on investment business environment, high transport and logistics cost and other barriers which affected specific sectors of the economy.

She underscored the fact that United Kingdom accounted for 2.7 per cent of total goods exported from Nigeria and 3.8 per cent of total imports into Nigeria.

Also, the minister explained that Nigeria’s exports were undiversified, as oil and gas alone represented 95 per cent of the country’s export.

She further said that Nigeria’s imports from the UK were more diversified than export to the UK and refined oil alone represented 15 per cent of Nigeria’s oil from the UK.

“That low competitiveness also remains the most major constraints affecting bilateral and other trades and investment opportunities in Nigeria.

“However, despite the tangible evidence of strong economic relations and synergies between both countries, the volume of trade and investment between Nigeria and UK is below our potential,” she said.

She recalled that the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, attended the second ministerial meeting of the UK-Nigeria EDF held in London on Oct. 10, 2019 where the governments of UK and Nigeria restated the strategic importance of their bilateral economic ties.

She highlighted that at the end of the second meeting, positive actions taken by both countries acknowledged trade standards, business linkages, financial and business services, micro insurance and investment promotion.

According to her, both countries agreed to work together to generate maximum benefit as our trade relationship has not realised maximum potential.

She said that based on that it was agreed in the second meeting that Nigeria would host the third ministerial meeting of the UK-Nigeria EDF in the first quarter of 2020.

She said that the Nigeria enlarged stakeholders also met on Jan. 30, to take stock of in-house progress made by relevant stakeholders and recommendations which would form part of the discussions at the forthcoming third EDF meeting.

“As we plan our discussions with the UK it is important to consider the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) as it affects Nigeria.

“We need to plan strategically to ensure that Nigeria benefit positively from its relation with UK.’’

She tasked the committee to ensure proper planning in the area of logistics, protocol, publicity, media coverage, and to establish and facilitate good development contact with UK stakeholders.

In an address, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary of the ministry stated that the UK-EDF would be an opportunity to clearly highlight Nigeria’s expectations from the UK and vice-versa.

“As the country is gearing up to host this event, it is important to acknowledge that the third ministerial meeting of the UK-Nigeria EDF is coming at a significant time when both countries must reaffirm strengthened commitments, especially with the Brexit deal.

“Nigeria’s strategic economic importance to the UK must be constantly reviewed and safeguarded. It is our expectation that such strategic partnership will lead to win-win outcomes for both countries and their citizens,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, at the recently concluded UK-Africa Investment Summit in London called for a review of Nigeria’s trade ties with the United Kingdom to guarantee mutual economic benefits to both nations.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the economic ties are necessary in view of the certainty of Brexit and as Commonwealth Nations, such as Nigeria, would now have to work closer with a post-European Union UK.

He acknowledged the efforts of the UK government and its economic support to Nigeria over the years, and equally expressed hope that the trade ties would continue with tangible deliverables.

Responding, Mr Suleiman Audu, Deputy Director, Permanent Secretary Office (PSO) thanked the Federal Government for reposing confidence in the members of the committee to achieve the aim of the forum.

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Brutal Torture ‘Rampant’ Among Nigeria’s Security Forces – BBC

The BBC Africa Eye has released a documentary exposing torture as a form of information-gathering technique and punishment among security forces in Nigeria.

The 15-minute documentary published on Monday covers both the Nigerian police and armed forces.

BBC Africa Eye said it began the investigation after it noticed multiple videos showing detainees bound in a particular way called ‘tabay’.

“The arms are forced back and tied at the elbows cutting circulation to the hands and immobilising the victim,” it said. “Sustained over hours, this can be agonising.”

The process is followed by variations such as tying the feet back, arching the spine to form a triangle with the victim’s body.

Sometimes, victims including children are suspended in the air or a heavy block placed on their back to intensify the pain.

The investigator said the most brutal variant of all, according to an eyewitness, is called the bicycle ride which is mostly used by the highly-criticised Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

It also said it contacted three Nigerian soldiers who were part of armed forces sent to Sierra Leone and Liberia for peacekeeping mission during civil wars.

The soldiers confirmed that they first saw tabay being practised in Liberia.

One of the soldiers told BBC Africa Eye that the rebels first used it to force information out of their captives before soldiers started using it on the rebels.

However, it is believed tabay originated from Egypt.

Despite the anti-torture act of 2017 banning the use of torture in Nigeria, the documentary says the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are some of the worst offenders.

Human rights lawyer, Justus Ijeoma, told the investigators that “on paper” tabay is a criminal offence in Nigeria.

“There is no circumstance that permits the use of torture under our laws,” he said.

BBC Africa Eye said it alerted the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who said the NSCDC has zero-tolerance towards torture.

The Nigerian army, however, said Boko Haram members sometimes camouflage as Nigerian soldiers to discredit the army and also vowed to look into the footages.

The Nigeria police authorities, it said, did not respond.

Watch the video here

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Panic As Giant Hyena Escape From Imo Zoo

There was serious panic in Nekede, near Owerri, on Monday morning, following the reported escape of a male hyena from the Imo Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park.

The General Manager of the park, Mr Francis Abioye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri.

Abioye said that the animal was caught by wildlife experts in the zoo, six hours after its escape.

He said that the incident caused panic in Nekede, the host community, in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.

The general manager, who led the operation, said that the animal was recaptured through what he called the “Physical Restricted Method”.

He expressed joy that the incident did not record any casualty.

According to him, the animal dug a big underground hole inside the zoo, which made it possible for it to escape from the cage.

“I can confirm to you that a giant hyena escaped from its cage early this morning through an underground hole it dug but was later recaptured by experts.

“The animal was able to escape from the premises through a vandalised part of the perimeter fence within the conservative area of the zoo,” Abioye said.

He said the operation was aided by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the facility.

He advised residents of the area to go about their businesses without fear, saying that the situation had been brought under control.

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Panic As Giant Hyena Escape From Imo Zoo

There was serious panic in Nekede, near Owerri, on Monday morning, following the reported escape of a male hyena from the Imo Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park.

The General Manager of the park, Mr Francis Abioye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri.

Abioye said that the animal was caught by wildlife experts in the zoo, six hours after its escape.

He said that the incident caused panic in Nekede, the host community, in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.

The general manager, who led the operation, said that the animal was recaptured through what he called the “Physical Restricted Method”.

He expressed joy that the incident did not record any casualty.

According to him, the animal dug a big underground hole inside the zoo, which made it possible for it to escape from the cage.

“I can confirm to you that a giant hyena escaped from its cage early this morning through an underground hole it dug but was later recaptured by experts.

“The animal was able to escape from the premises through a vandalised part of the perimeter fence within the conservative area of the zoo,” Abioye said.

He said the operation was aided by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the facility.

He advised residents of the area to go about their businesses without fear, saying that the situation had been brought under control.

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Panic As Giant Hyena Escape From Imo Zoo

There was serious panic in Nekede, near Owerri, on Monday morning, following the reported escape of a male hyena from the Imo Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park.

The General Manager of the park, Mr Francis Abioye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri.

Abioye said that the animal was caught by wildlife experts in the zoo, six hours after its escape.

He said that the incident caused panic in Nekede, the host community, in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.

The general manager, who led the operation, said that the animal was recaptured through what he called the “Physical Restricted Method”.

He expressed joy that the incident did not record any casualty.

According to him, the animal dug a big underground hole inside the zoo, which made it possible for it to escape from the cage.

“I can confirm to you that a giant hyena escaped from its cage early this morning through an underground hole it dug but was later recaptured by experts.

“The animal was able to escape from the premises through a vandalised part of the perimeter fence within the conservative area of the zoo,” Abioye said.

He said the operation was aided by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the facility.

He advised residents of the area to go about their businesses without fear, saying that the situation had been brought under control.

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Panic As Giant Hyena Escape From Imo Zoo

There was serious panic in Nekede, near Owerri, on Monday morning, following the reported escape of a male hyena from the Imo Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park.

The General Manager of the park, Mr Francis Abioye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri.

Abioye said that the animal was caught by wildlife experts in the zoo, six hours after its escape.

He said that the incident caused panic in Nekede, the host community, in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.

The general manager, who led the operation, said that the animal was recaptured through what he called the “Physical Restricted Method”.

He expressed joy that the incident did not record any casualty.

According to him, the animal dug a big underground hole inside the zoo, which made it possible for it to escape from the cage.

“I can confirm to you that a giant hyena escaped from its cage early this morning through an underground hole it dug but was later recaptured by experts.

“The animal was able to escape from the premises through a vandalised part of the perimeter fence within the conservative area of the zoo,” Abioye said.

He said the operation was aided by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the facility.

He advised residents of the area to go about their businesses without fear, saying that the situation had been brought under control.

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Nnamdi Kanu Vows To Go After Commissioner Of Police’s Children If He Gate-Crash His Parent’s Funeral

The leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has vowed to hunt down the children of Abia state commission of police, Ene Okon if there is any killing at the funeral of his late parents’.

The funeral of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents, late HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife, late Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu has been scheduled to take place on 14th of February at his hometown in Afaraukwu.

In a message on Facebook, Kanu downgraded the commissioner and called him ‘Inspector Okon”.

He wrote: “If Inspector Okon and his commanders come to my father’s house to kill anyone on 14th February 2020 at my parents’ burial, we will hunt down their children,” posting Okon’s photograph along.

The IPOB leader’s outburst was due to the statement uttered by the Abia state Commissioner of police when he was interviewed concerning the burial ceremony of the IPOB later.

Okon in an interview on 7 February warned IPOB members to steer clear of the burial.

“Do you think we will sit down here and allow IPOB to participate in the burial? Whoever thinks along that line is fooling himself. IPOB will dance during the burial and the police elephants will dance too.

“I have already reached out to the traditional prime minister of Afaraukwu (Nnamdi Kanu’s community) and told him that if they want the burial to go smoothly and for police to give them security, they should tell IPOB not to near the area not to talk of participating in the burial. If they fail to adhere to what we’ve told them, that means they do not want the burial to go on smoothly because we are going to scatter the place.

“IPOB is proscribed by the Federal Government. I, as the Commissioner of Police in Abia cannot sit here and allow any proscribed group to operate anywhere in this state. I am saying this again for emphasis that there is no way police will allow a proscribed group to participate in the burial of the King and Queen of Afaraukwu simply because they are the parents of their acclaimed leader, we will not allow that and we cannot take anything for granted in the face of abundant intelligence on threat by IPOB.

“If the burial committee writes to police to provide security during the burial, we will oblige them on the condition that they will guarantee us that IPOB will never, ever be part of the burial, IPOB will never get near there, in fact that IPOB will never, ever enter Umuahia. That police will not see any Biafra flag, IPOB insignia or IPOB member disguising as Jewish or Zionist Church members”.

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