Archive for August 7th, 2017

Femi Fani-Kayode disputes Police Explanation on Ozubulu Killings

 

The horrific events in Ozubulu town in Anambra state that took place today are shocking and barbaric. Dozens of worshippers slaughtered in the Church and at the alter by unknown masked gunmen.

 

I do not buy the Fulani Commissioner of Police’s version of events. He finished his investigation in record time and just a few minutes after the event he told us that those behind the attack were Igbos that were involved in a communal struggle which has its roots in South Africa.

 

I smell a rat here and I suspect that the government is trying to cover up the truth.

Until they show me the evidence I remain skeptical about the Commissioner’s assertion.

 

I believe that the usual suspects are behind these killings and the fact that they were carried out in a Church just one day after the Hausa song that called for the mass murder of Igbos was released all over the north is relevant and noteworthy.

 

Anyone that doubts that should read the lyrics of that shameful song and hear what those it was written by instructed their people to do.

 

This country has become ungovernable and I put the blame squarly on the shoulders of the Buhari/Osinbajo government who have encouraged this godless barbarity by refusing to arrest the Fulani herdsmen that have been butchering innocent people all over the country.

 

They have also refused to apprehend the Arewa youths who have openly threatened the Igbo with genocide if they don’t leave the north by Oct. 1st..

Ozubulu Massacre: Police drug war narrative not adding up

Ozubulu Church AttackThe questions to ask are, how did the police know it was drug people that carried out the attack even when no one was arrested and questioned??

I mean, which investigation was conducted to arrive at this conclusion within less than 2 hours after the incident???

How did the drug story come about in the first place?

Is the police speculating like everyone else???

Do you know the police as honest people especially in matters of this nature????

Before you come in here with tales of how you called your friend who called his friend who confirmed to you that it was a drug deal gone wrong, try answering the questions above.

Ask yourself:

Did the shooter come in shouting “we are drug people, we are here to kill ‘Bishop’?????

Pause and attempt those questions first. When you are done, you can now drop your comment.

Thank you.

And please, miss me with that story of “I am from Ozubulu. My mother’s father’s sister was also killed. Therefore, it is drug war”.

I was at the scene, too. No one knew exactly what happened. Even the security guys stationed beside the church reportedly ran.Not a single person who was inside the church at the time of the attack told governor Obiano that it drug war. I was there when Senator Andy Uba came. No one told him it was drug war.

For the benefit of those with reading comprehension issue, Charles Ogbu is neither denying nor confirming that people who had issues over drug business simply chose to go killing innocent worshippers. I am asking those of you peddling the drug angle,

How did you arrive at that conclusion?

Community Shield: Wenger explains Sanchez, Ozil, others absence

 

Twitter video is loadingThe Gunners boss provided updates on the fitness of his Chilean forward and experienced defender Per Mertesacker following victory at Wembley

Arsene Wenger says he left Alexis Sanchez out of the Community Shield victory against Chelsea because the Arsenal forward was short of preparation.

Sanchez only returned to training on Tuesday, having initially been given a later start date due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Chile, which was then further delayed by illness.

 Wenger explained the absence of the 28-year-old, who has been heavily linked with Manchester City with only a year left on his contract, while also allaying fears over Per Mertesacker’s head injury after he had to come off in the first half at Wembley following an aerial clash with Gary Cahill.

Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, despite being without Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi.

“I left them all out because some are short of preparation like Alexis Sanchez,” Wenger told reporters.

“Per had a cut on his forehead. It is nothing bad. It was just bleeding and open, but it is not bad.”

Ozil (ankle) and Ramsey (calf) are doubts for Arsenal’s opening Premier League match at home to Leicester City on Friday.

Asked if any of the players who missed the Community Shield would play, Wenger added: “Overall, we will see.

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“Let’s just focus on the next game and try to start well. We play Leicester, they have experience and have the same team for four years now and that will be another battle.”

No going back on Computer village relocation – LASG

Image result for ambode pictures In order to actualise the Ikeja Model City Master Plan, Lagos State Government, has vowed to relocated the largest Information and Communication Technology, ICT, hub in the country popularly called Computer Village, to another location in the state. The state government declaration came amid controversy surrounding existence of the market with over 1,000 traders and companies. According to the government, relocation of the market to Katangowa in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, was part of the strategy aimed at addressing infrastructural challenges within the state capital. computers Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, cleared air on controversy surrounding the relocation in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday. Ayorinde stressed that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration was desirous of making Ikeja a model city and would leave no stone unturned in actualizing the dream. He said: “The Ikeja Model City Master Plan designated the present Computer Village for residential use and that the government will adhere to the plans to make the area more organized, serene and habitable.” Ayorinde also hinted that the State Government has not issued permit to any individual or organization for construction of an ICT specialized mall directly sited beside the newly built Ikeja Bus Terminal. The commissioner added that such move is not in line with the state government’s regeneration plan for the capital city. Hinting on plans already embarked upon to ensure quick relocation of the market,

Ozubulu Massacre: Catholic Church, CAN reacts

 

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standingThe Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Anambra, has described Sunday’s attack on worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, by a gunman as regrettable.

The church, in a statement signed by Rev. Hygi Aghaulor, Director of Communications of the Diocese, and available to newsmen, said the Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Jude Onwuaso escaped unhurt.

He described the act as a sign of loss of what is sacred and consoled the families of victims of the attack.

“It is regrettable that our people are more and more losing a sense of what is sacred.

“What on earth would make people open fire on innocent unarmed worshippers including children and women on a Sunday morning?

“We condemn this ungodly act in its totality; we pray Almighty God to console the families affected and assure them that our hearts are with them as we pray for the quick recovery of the wounded.

“For the entire parishioners, we call on them not to be discouraged in their usual practice of faith.

“It is when the forces of darkness attempt to overshadow goodness that the light of God shines even brighter than ever just as it happened on Easter Sunday.

CAN condemns killings, calls for urgent investigations

Reacting, President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, his eminence, Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, described the attack as unwarranted, senseless, and wicked.

He said: ‘’What are these silly gunmen here and there turning our nation to be? Whatever may be the reason or reasons for this dastardly act cannot justify this criminal, jungle justice. Without doubt, the act is a madness all of us must condemn in strong terms.

‘’I urge the Federal Government, through the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in particular, to address the issue of proliferation of arms and ammunitions so as to make our world safer.

‘’The perpetrators of this ungodly act must be brought to book without delay. I call on the Police to fish out those responsible and there must be no cover up. Enough of these killings in the country.”Image may contain: one or more people, house and outdoor

Eye witness account of Ozubulu church massacre

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“We all were in the church during the 6am morning mass today, we saw two cars that drove into the church; because it was a Church premises we over looked it and we considered them to be people that came for morning mass(service). But to the surprise of everyone, the car halted at the center of the gate, meaning you cannot close the gate, since it is open already.

“The driver came out of the car pretending he was fixing a problem; so everyone still ignored the drama happening outside the premises.

“Suddenly, some men came out from the car, fully armed, all in Army uniform. I was lucky because I was sitting at the back, just beside the door, but I was clearly seeing what was happening. The sky was cloudy and everywhere seemed dark; no one saw what they were carrying, whether it was gun, but surely they were fully equipped.

“They immediately rushed to the front door. I was too lucky to jump the fence, but before I had jumped, I heard gun shot everywhere in the building. They obstructed the front gate, because for women that is their only route to escape. That was why women were killed more than men. Children were killed as well, many were seriously injured.

“After I had escaped, I started making calls to link my church members who were in the church, but they were not picking up; not knowing they were dead already.

The gun men were not igbos, because their language were not igbo, the government should stop lying, I heard they said That, they gun Men were flashing touch light on us, but it a lie, because the whole church was so lighted that even from outside you will see who is inside. Even at that, if they were really flashing touch light to know who is their target, those that were killed, are they their target.

Like I said before and I will say it again, I was at the back door, I saw all that happened, they were with Army uniform, face covered, standing at the Front door, holding their trigger, and shooting at anything that moves.

When the police came, I was waiting for them to ask questions of what happened, so that I will explain, but they were busy taking pictures of the dead ones, without knowing the fact

“Not too long after they had gone, I went back to the church. I was shocked with what I saw; my Mother was lying dead! Many people were unconscious but later succumbed to death.

“After about one hour of the killings, the Police arrived the church. Two hours later, the Governor, Willie Obiano arrived too. Everyone was shocked, wandering how the perpetrators stormed in Army uniform. Questions began to arise: “Who gave them the Army uniform?” Who gave them the Army car?”
Surely jihad is here, and everyone have to defend him/her self.

A woman who still survived the mayhem said, “All I could remember is that I was sitting at the front when some people in Army uniform invaded the Church and started shooting at everyone. They just held the trigger and fired at everyone they sighted. I managed to hide under the seat but was shot in the leg.

“A boy was shot in head, his brain bursted, and blood spilled everywhere – even at my face.”

Ejike Ofoegbu

Restructuring: Southern leaders invite North to re-negotiate Nigeria

Nigerian FlagSouthern leaders yesterday invited their colleagues from the North to renegotiate Nigeria, saying the country was approaching a terminal crisis from which it cannot recover unless it is restructured along the paths of the 1963 Constitution.  Noting that the National Assembly’s rejection of the proposal for devolution was against popular demand, the southern leaders vowed to press on with their demand until the issue was brought to a conclusion. The leaders, drawn from the three geopolitical zones of the South, also berated  security agencies for threatening to deal with agitators of the country’s restructuring describing it as empty and ineffective threats.”  The Southern leaders who met under the aegis of the Southern Leaders Forum, in Lagos, included among others, Chief Adebanjo; former Director General of the Department of State Service, Chief A.K Horsfall; former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof Joe Irukwu; Gen Ike Nwachukwu, Secretary of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide; Afenifere chieftain, Dr Amos Akingba and erstwhile chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw. Also present were Vanguard Publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka; former Senate Chief Whip, Senator Stella Omu, Col Tony Nyiam (retd); and Chief Guy Ikokwu among others. Afenifere Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, who read the communiqué of the forum, said: “We do not want a Nigeria where any section will live as slaves of another, but rather we want a Nigeria where all citizens irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliation are able to live their lives to the fullest and in happiness without let or hindrance. We hold dearly that anyone who is opposed to this vision is an enemy of Nigeria of our dream.” Knocks for National Assembly Flaying the decision of the National Assembly to shoot down the proposal on devolution of powers during the recent constitution alteration exercise, he said: “Their decision reflects the deepest disregard for the popular demand for the freeing of more powers to the federating units from our shocking central government. Instead of devolving power, the National Assembly has now given us a stronger centre that will now conduct elections in local governments against extant provisions of the federalism.” “It is obvious that the National Assembly has taken itself out of the resolution of the Nigerian crisis by foreclosing devolution of power. Unknown to the lawmakers, they have unwittingly given more ammunition to self-determination forces by attempting to collapse the restructuring column in the battle for the soul of Nigeria.” “It would, however, be short-sighted for the National Assembly and their sympathisers to think this is the end of the matter. The demand for restructuring cannot end with their decisions as Nigeria has reached a terminal crisis from which it cannot recover except it is restructured.” Vowing to continue on its insistence for the restructuring of Nigeria, the leaders said “for emphasis, the restructuring we demand is a return to principles of federalism in Nigeria as obtained in the 1963 Constitution, which allowed the federating units to have autonomy over their local affairs to create a Nigeria that sustains the principles of fairness, equity, respect for all constituent units of Nigeria.” “We restate in clear terms that this country has gone through war once and it is not likely to survive another one. The only way therefore to have a peaceful Nigeria is to have a country based on justice and equity for all Nigerians. In order to achieve the above, there is need for sacrifices on all sides as the only insurance for peace and justice is equity. Saving Nigeria from destruction and crisis “We, therefore, call for immediate meeting of well-meaning leaders from the South and the North to find a way to save Nigeria from destruction and crisis. An urgent return to the principles our founding fathers agreed as the basis for our independence is the only way out for Nigeria as most sectors of our country have lost faith in the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.” On the threat to deal with agitators of the country’s restructuring, the forum chided the security operatives, saying: “Lastly, we are aware of the threat issued from the recent security meeting in Abuja where operatives of the government were issuing threats against agitators for renegotiation of the polity. We, therefore, say that such threats are not taking into account the realities on the ground,” the forum said. Reacting to the Acting President’s remarks that restructuring agitators were looking for appointments, Adebanjo who spoke on the sidelines of the meeting said: “That is a very unfortunate statement. I would not like it  to appear that we are attacking our acting president. The Acting President was born on the principle of restructuring. Myself and his father were followers of Awolowo since the 1950s.” Speaking further, he said: “He cannot say we are looking for appointment, is it me or Horsfall or Gen. Ike Nwachukwu? It just shows someone in position, but does not understand the problem of the people he is leading. It is an unfortunate statement to make, I am not going to engage in a brickbats with him, it shows the limit of his knowledge of how the country came together. I think he should know better. He is not only a lawyer, he has been an Attorney-General and Vice President.”

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