Biafra: Police, IPOB clash in Anambra leaves one dead

One person was feared dead, yesterday, at Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State during a clash between security operatives and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The heavy presence of security operatives, including the police, the army and the navy, made the people wonder what was amiss, until they learned that the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was scheduled to visit the area. Several truck loads of security operatives were sighted at Upper Iweka in Onitsha and were said to be heading to Ekwulobia for reinforcement. Despite the heavy presence of security operatives, the IPOB members were still seen parading major roads in the area, singing and waving Biafra flags. An eye witness said security men confiscated the Biafran flags, caps, shirts and other items being sold by the youths, which apparently angered the IPOB members, who allegedly tried to attack the security operatives. It was at this point, the eye witness said, the police used teargas to disperse them, adding that it was the stampede that led to the death of one person. Though the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mrs. Nkeiru Nwode, denied the death of any IPOB member, she confirmed that there was presence of security in the area, which was to avoid breach of peace. She said: “The presence of the security men was to secure the place from being attacked by hoodlums. People should not take laws into their hands; the security operatives in Anambra are working day and night to secure the environment and are not ready to allow miscreants take over the society.” While urging the people to go about their normal businesses as Anambra was secure, she insisted that security operatives would not hesitate to deal with anybody or group that tried to cause trouble. Apparently due to the problem, Kanu was not seen in the area as at 4.00 pm, even as the security men were still patrolling the area. Vanguard recalls that it was at the same Ekwulobia that suspected IPOB members tried to disrupt church service while Governor Willie Obiano was worshipping at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the area. Kanu’ll return to Ekwulobia on Sunday—IPOB Reacting to the clash at Ekwulobia, IPOB described the action as a brutal murder. A statement by the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said  the police officers in Anambra State were acting on the orders of the Inspector General of Police. It said despite the intimidation, IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, would be at Ekwulobia on Sunday to condole with the family of yesterday’s victim. He said: “The now seemingly regular deployment of a certain kind of Nigeria Police in Biafranland, especially in Anambra State since the announcement of election boycott in Biafranland starting from the gubernatorial election come November 18 this year is becoming alarming. ”IPOB intelligence unit discovered that those posted to Nigerian Army and Police formations all over Biafranland were ordered to kill as many civilians as possible in the hope of causing chaos in the country. “We want to alert Biafrans, men and women of good conscience across the globe that the Federal Government of Nigeria has decided to kill yet another innocent person in Anambra State, in the name of holy war against IPOB. “It has been reliably gathered also that Hausa- Fulani settlements in Biafraland are awash with police and army uniforms, which makes it possible for Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists to kill with impunity. “There is a disproportionate number of Hausa-Fulani police and army officers in Anambra State and other parts of Biafranland who were posted on a mission to kill innocent Biafrans. “The order to shoot at innocent Biafrans in Ekwulobia today (yesterday) came from authorities in Abuja because there is no justification for the barbaric savagery frequently exhibited by the army and police in Nigeria against the Ekwulobia incident. “The entire police and army personnel in Anambra State today are now staffed and manned by exclusively handpicked by Inspector General of Police and Chief of Army staff. “We are also aware that the new terrorists group posted to Anambra State with the Police and Army uniforms by Nigeria Government is sent to terrorize Biafran population in the hope of intimidating us into silence.

BTS Photos: Islamic singer, Alhaja Rukayat Gawat Oyefeso set to release Araba video

Winner of the Best Islamic Artiste of the year 2017 at recently held City People Music Awards, Islamic singer, Alhaja Rukayat Gawat Oyefeso has shut the video of one her hit songs, ‘Araba’. The video was directed by Dare Zaka.IMG-20170817-WA0001IMG-20170817-WA0005IMG-20170817-WA0004IMG-20170817-WA0003IMG-20170817-WA0006IMG-20170817-WA0002

9ice set to release 9th album, ”Goat”

IMG_5248All is now set for the release of the 9th titled album by Nigerian Afro-Pop legend, 9ice. According to information at our disposal the album which contains 20 new tracks and 5 bonus tracks is titled ‘GOAT’, (Greatest Of All Time) and is expected to be released in this September. The album also featured notable artistes such as #2Baba #Olamide #Kisss Daniel #Davido #Reminisce #Tekno.

Charly Boy group suspends Resume or Resign protest

Anti-Buhari protesters, led by popular musician and entertainer, Charles Oputa a.k.a Charly Boy, yesterday, suspended their protest indefinitely. The suspension is coming a day after members of the group escaped lynching in the hands of pro-Buhari protesters at Wuse market, Abuja. This came on a day hundreds of youths from the Niger Delta staged a protest in Abuja in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying those pressuring the President to resume or resign as a result of ill-health were only playing a political script as the President has not committed any crime or breached any constitutional provision. ‘Resume or Resign’ and ‘Our Mumu don do,’ leaders, Deji Adeyanju & Charly Boy Leader of the anti-Buhari protesters, acting under the aegis of “OurMumuDonDo” movement, Charly Boy, told newsmen at Unity Fountain in Abuja that “the next line of action would be made known in the days ahead.” He said some members of the group had received death threats but vowed that such threats would not deter the group from carrying out its plans. He said: “We are not deterred by the intimidation and harassment by the sponsored thugs and we cannot be cowed by a few group of people. What government want to do is to ensure that we have a clash with the hired crowd and we will not allow that to happen.” It took the intervention of the police to halt the attack, which eventually led to the sudden closure of the market by the authorities. However, some Nigerians who reacted to the attack, described the action of the attackers as unwarranted and barbaric. Wuse market reopened Also, yesterday, Wuse market, shut in the wake of the clash, was reopened, following directives from FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello. Buhari’s poor health not a crime—N-Delta youths Meanwhile, hundreds of youths from the Niger Delta, yesterday, staged a protest in Abuja in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying those asking him to resume or resign as a result of ill-health were only playing a political script. According to the protesters, the President has not committed any crime or breached any constitutional provision by falling ill. The pro-Buhari youths, who converged on the Unity Fountain, venue of the ‘Resume or Resign’ protest, carried several placards with inscriptions such as “Niger Delta youths in support of President Muhammadu Buhari”, “Niger Delta, PMB we know”, “Leave PMB alone”, “Sickness is not a crime” and “Buhari is only sick, not corrupt.” The protesters said it was understandable that the absence of the President was a cause of concern to people, but noted that no one must be punished for being ill. Leader of the protesters, Chief Michael Johnny, while addressing journalists at the venue, said:  “Granted that the absence of the President due to ill health is a cause for concern to every well-meaning Nigerian, our concern is that he should regain his full health speedily, but beyond that, we see no other issue, legal or constitutional, regarding his health challenge. “Our constitution does not punish anyone (and for that matter, the President) for being sick. Indeed, there is no requirement that a President should either be removed from office or himself be required to voluntarily resign from office because he is sick, no matter the length of the sickness.” The protesters advised Nigerians to support the anti-corruption efforts of the administration, rather than listening to politicians whose major grouse was that they had lost power.

Gbenga Olowo to speak @ 13th Akwaaba Travel Marke

The President /CEO, Sabre Network NMC, West Africa, Mr Gbenga Olowo has confirmed his participation to speak at the second edition of Akwaaba Travel Market Aviation Day scheduled to hold in Lagos at Eko Hotel and suites Victoria Island from Sept. 10-12 2017.

Olowo who is also the President of Aviation Round Table (ART) and the guest speaker at the event will be speaking on the topic: “2016: Commercial Aviation Accident Free Year. What Did Africa Do Right”, a topic that is germane to the African aviation sector. Olowo is an Economist and Business Administrator with uninterrupted cognate experience in Aviation sector.

According to IATA “Last year some 3.8 billion travelers flew safely on 40.4 million flights. The number of total accidents, fatal accidents and fatalities all declined versus the five-year average, showing that aviation continues to become safer. The good news is that in 2016 Africa had no air crash. This is against the backdrop of decades of problematic safety level in Africa.

Mr Olowo’s who is erudite professional in the sector will be bringing his versatility in the global aviation industry to bear on the topic at the 2017 Aviation Day. Gabriel’s deep and wide aviation industry experience has made him an acknowledged expert in airlines and aviation business management. He has provided varied consultancy services in these areas and is an author of many aviation industry related publications. He’s currently the President Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative.

He has attended several professional training courses and served on several expert groups, committees, and panels including the Ministerial Committee on Restructuring of Nigeria Airways Limited in September 2001, Ministerial Technical Committee on the Establishment of a new Flag Carrier in August 2003, Chairman of the Agency Investigation Panel (A.I.P) for Western Africa, and Member of Ecowas Parliament Committee on Implementation of Yammousoukro Treaty.

The event aim to stimulate valuable discuss from renowned industry players that will add impetus to the sector and improve and sustain the safety level in the industry. This year’s Aviation Day event is expected to have aviation professionals from global aviation organisations, like the International Air Transport Association, IATA, African Civil Aviation Commission, AFCAC, African Airlines Association, AFRAA and Chief Executives of airlines in the continent.

The 12th edition of the travel and tourism conference with the theme ‘The State of Aviation in Africa Why do Airlines Fail’ which was well attended by travel experts examined the challenges bedevilling African carriers with a view to proffer solutions to the problem inhibiting the growth of airlines in the continent. At the event it was revealed that 37 Airlines collapsed in Africa within a decade.

The 13th edition of Africa Travel and Tourism Conference is aimed at transferring knowledge covering travel, hospitality and aviation sectors from globally rated experts. Apart from the annual Exhibition which offers participants the opportunity to expose their Product to the Travelling Public and travel trends in a face to face format, the 13th AKWAABA African Travel Market will be imparting knowledge to its various participants through Seminar, Networking, Exposure and Provision of new Skills.

The CEOs of Successful African Airlines have been invited to share their experience in running a successful Airline in Africa. Other speakers and Panelists invited will include Representatives from IATA and AFCAC. Leading Aviators from exhibiting countries are expected from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Togo, Dubai, Tanzania, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa, Seychelles, Namibia and Nigeria.

Also, Nigerianflightdeck.com, NigerianFranknewsng.com, Afritraveller.com, and Thetravelport.com.ng have been named as official partners for the 2017 Akwaaba Aviation Day.

UCL: Liverpool records away win over Hoffenheim

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Trent Alexander-Arnold scored as Liverpool earned a fine 2-1 first-leg win at Hoffenheim in Champions League qualifying.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s first Liverpool goal set Jurgen Klopp’s men on their way to a 2-1 Champions League play-off round win away at Hoffenheim in Tuesday’s first leg.

The Reds, again without wantaway star Philippe Coutinho, dug in against tough opponents and found inspiration in the unlikely form of their teenage right-back, before James Milner’s effort – deflected in off Havard Nordtveit – widened the margin and Mark Uth hit back.

For 35 minutes, European debutants Hoffenheim delivered the type of high-energy display so readily associated with Klopp, who could hardly have complained had Andrej Kramaric’s penalty handed the hosts the lead and not invited a simple Simon Mignolet save.

But Alexander-Arnold, with a confidence belying his tender years, swept an exquisite free-kick into the corner of the Hoffenheim goal 10 minutes before half-time and Julian Nagelsmann’s side never really recovered.

Liverpool squandered numerous further chances and looked set for a nervy finish until Milner’s cross-cum-shot drifted over Oliver Baumann via Nordtveit to seemingly secure victory at a stadium where Hoffenheim were unbeaten in the Bundesliga last season.

However, substitute Uth drifted in behind the visitors’ defence with three minutes remaining to lash a superb effort past Mignolet and keep the German side in the tie going into the second leg next week.

Liverpool’s back line, as in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday, looked shaky from the off and Dejan Lovren had already survived one penalty appeal for handball when he clumsily clipped Serge Gnabry in the area and referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot.

But Kramaric’s tame penalty bailed out the Reds defender, allowing Mignolet to firmly palm clear, and Mohamed Salah should have then put the visitors in front as he ran from the halfway line and prodded a tired finish past the right-hand post.

The frantic early pace soon slowed but Hoffenheim’s relentless pressing did not, with Jordan Henderson caught out and Kerem Demirbay crossing for Pavel Kaderabek to lash wildly over the top.

However, a moment of outstanding quality from Alexander-Arnold halted the hosts in their tracks, the 18-year-old firing a magnificent 25-yard free-kick beyond Baumann.

The response was strong and Mignolet blocked well from Gnabry before Sandro Wagner drilled the rebound against the outside of the post.

But back came Liverpool and Lovren nodded just wide on the stroke of half-time, with Roberto Firmino, against his former club, and Sadio Mane each then testing Baumann after the restart.

Predictably, with the clock winding down, Hoffenheim’s efforts to preserve their fine home run became increasingly desperate and further chances instead fell the visitors’ way as Baumann saved first from Salah’s shot and then from Lovren’s header.

With 16 minutes remaining, though, the second goal did arrive; Milner, in space on the left, appeared to look for a team-mate with his right-footed cross but instead found Nordtveit’s chest and subsequently the far top corner.

A fine late Mignolet block kept Demirbay at bay, but Uth then thrashed past the goalkeeper to halve the deficit and keep Hoffenheim in the hunt in the closing stages of this home leg.

And the hosts should have equalised in stoppage time when Benjamin Hubner nodded Demirbay’s set-piece inches over the crossbar, but Liverpool held on.

 

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce to its valued customers that it has fully refurbished its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet and availed for service on its India, Middle East and Africa destinations. The newly refurbished airplane is fitted with brand new full flat-bed seats in Cloud Nine, modern IFE with high resolution 17 inches screen and in-seat power outlets (inflight entertainment), lighting and other modern cabin products. Customers in the main cabin will also enjoy new seats, multiple channels of inflight audio and video entertainments accessible with their own mobile devices /tablets.

Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked; “As a customer focussed and market driven airline, we are always committed to avail unmatched travel experience for our customers. We have invested more than USD 6 million to retrofit our B-767-300 ER fleet, which will surely provide more choice and greater comfort to our customers. By December 2017, all our B767 fleet will be fitted with flat-bed seats in Cloud Nine with access to a range of video programming available for wireless streaming in all cabins. I would like to congratulate our engineering and maintenance team at Ethiopian MRO for the job well done and wish to pledge to our customers that we shall always strive to ensure their extra comfort every time they fly with us.” Availing the right fleet mix for the mission, Ethiopian Airlines has currently deployed 92 of the youngest (five years average fleet age) and most modern fleet, with future plans to receive nineteen A350-900s, four B787-900s and five Q400s.

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