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Nnamdi Kanu urges supporters to be peaceful as he appears in court January 18

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Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has appealed to his supporters to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during his next court appearance, January 18, in Abuja.

His lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, made this known in a statement after his visit on Thursday to Kanu in detention.

He said the IPOB leader was in a cheerful mood and is confident of victory in the long run.

Ejiofor said: “Onyendu utilised the opportunity afforded by our visit to mandate us to admonish his teeming supporters and followers.

“He advises those of them that would appear in court in demonstration of their unflinching support and loyalty to him to conduct themselves with decorum, be civil in their conduct and comportment, shun violence and deviant behaviour in any manner or form, and exercise restraint in speech.”

The lawyer said he and Kanu discussed “final preparations” ahead of the legal battle.

“We coalesced the product of our individual reflections on the most potent legal strategies henceforth to be adopted, fine-tuned and harmonised them, and then distilled them into a single, conclusive, potent, workable formula.

“We are optimistic that the court outings of Onyendu would be impressive. Onyendu himself is in high spirits. Our discussions with him further reassured him and strengthened his determination to persevere unrelentingly,” the lawyer said.

Ejiofor said the world will behold an “interesting dimension in the harmonised workable formula” Kanu’s legal team has put together, adding that Kanu’s detractors would be put to shame.

“We have caused formal correspondences to issue on responsible, sovereign, democratic governments and other international institutions to prevail on the Nigerian Government to caution uncouth and overzealous security agents.

“We can authoritatively declare to you, that those correspondences are receiving the requisite attention they deserve.

“We are optimistic that there would be a positive transformation in the conduct and general approach of the said overzealous security agents at the next appearance of Onyendu in court.

“We make bold to state for the umpteenth time that Onyendu has not committed any offence known to law. For this reason, he must be released unconditionally.”

Ejiofor said Kanu expressed his appreciation to his followers and supporters within and outside Nigeria.

The IPOB leader was arrested last year in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria to stand trial for alleged treason.

IPOB has been linked to deadly attacks in Nigeria’s South-east and South-south.

The group is seeking an independent state of Biafra to be carved out of the South-east and part of the South-south.

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Photos from Alao Akala’s candle night

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Hundreds of residents of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, on Wednesday, organized a candle night procession in honour of a former governor of the State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Alao-Akala is an indigene of Ogbomoso, the second largest city in the State. The former police officer died in the early hours of Wednesday, 12th January, 2022.

He was the governor of the State between 2007 and 2011.

To pay their last respect for the former governor, youths, women and men in their hundreds organized a candle night procession in honor of the former governor.

The event attracted friends, family and supporters of the late politician.

The procession, which started around 4.pm, took off from Alao-Akala’s residence.

It moved through Takie, Sabo, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Orita Naira, Oja’gbo, Ijeru, Arowomole, Oja Akande and Seminary.

All the participants wore black attires.

They described the former Governor as someone whose legacies cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage

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District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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AMCON MD, Ahmed Kuru, allegedly in EFCC net

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The Managing Director of Assets Management Company of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru, has allegedly been arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Sahara Reporters reports that Kuru, who has been accused of assets diversion and selling of seized assets by businessmen accused of loan default with banks, to cronies at below value prices, was invited by the EFCC on Wednesday, January 19.

A source at the EFCC confirmed to the publication that Kuru was invited by the commission after confirmation of him selling assets worth billions of naira belonging to Atlantic.

“Kuru will certainly spend the night with the commission as he is still undergoing interrogation,” the source said.

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