Ohanaeze seeks release of Radio Biafra boss; Defence Hqtrs detains some top brass over missing defense funds; Buhari heads to France from Malta; Jonathan’s kinsmen carry mock coffin for PDP; T.B. Joshua to be prosecuted over church building collapse; Biafra’s agitation is a distraction – IBB . . .
Ohanaeze seeks release of Radio Biafra boss
The apex Igbo organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, rose from its meeting in Enugu and called on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu, the detained Director of Radio Biafra and leader of IPOB – unconditionally.
However, the meeting, which was billed to hold with representatives of MASSOB and IPOB was boycotted by the pro-Biafra groups.
Ohanaeze‘s directive was contained in a communique jointly signed by the National President of Ohanaeze, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey and the Secretary General, Dr. Joe Nworgu.
They said that agitations and public protests over Biafra had been exacerbated by the detention of Mr. Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra.
Defence Hqtrs detains some top brass over missing defense funds
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja may have started recalling some Generals said to have been involved in the purchase of arms and ammunition for the armed forces in its war against insurgency and Islamic fundamentalism in Nigeria. Trillions of Naira are believed to have been filtered away by some top military brass.
Unconfirmed reports say the suspected top military brass were being detained at a military facility in Abuja.
Other reports say that some army, air force and naval officers, who had retired within the last three months, were also being recalled to face an investigating panel probing the purchase of arms to prosecute the war against Boko Haram since 2009 with a view to ascertaining their roles in the missing defence funds.
According to sources, the investigative panel, which was raised by the Chief of Army Staff, is headed by a Brigadier General yet to be disclosed by the DHQ.
Buhari heads to France from Malta
President Muhammadu Buhari was believed to have left Malta where he participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) for Paris, France Sunday evening to join about 150 other world leaders for the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) on climate change.
The president is expected present Nigeria’s statement at the opening session today before participating in the launching of the International Solar Alliance same day, an initiative of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
The alliance which is code-named the International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (InSPA) comprised all African nations located within the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
On Tuesday, the President would also participate in the summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic which would dwell on Boko Haram and other issues on security just as he would also attend another event of the African Union, AU, tilted “Conference on Climate Change and African Solutions”.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) would accompany president Buhari to the meetings.
Jonathan’s kinsmen carry mock coffin for PDP
There was drama at the weekend in Ogbia, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s local government area in Bayelsa State, when youths from the area, carried a mock coffin decorated with the colours and a flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The youths comprising males and females took the coffin into a venue arranged for a rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the December 5 governorship election.
They went to a corner of the venue to place the coffin on a stage, draped it with a PDP flag and inscribed on it: “PDP Rest in Peace.”
The youths also erected a signpost indicating burial arrangements of the party on December 5.
Round the coffin were traditional items used to bury deceased persons based on the tradition of the Ijaw people
The youths who were dressed in traditional black T-shirts first carried the coffin in a procession round the Ogbia town before bringing it to the venue of the rally.
T.B. Joshua to be prosecuted over church building collapse
The trustees of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) will on Monday (November 30, 2015) be arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over the collapse of a six-story building in the church on September 12, 2014, which led to the death of 116 persons.
Senior Pastor of the church, Prophet T.B Joshua is one of the trustees.
The trustees will be arraigned before Justice Lawal Akapo alongside the engineers who constructed the collapsed building.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Bola Akingbade, confirmed the scheduled arraignment.
It would be recalled that Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had dismissed the fundamental human rights enforcement suits filed by the engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey building to stop their planned trial.
Biafra’s agitation is a distraction – IBB
Nigeria’s former military ruler, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has joined other notable Nigerians in condemning the agitation for the creation of the State of Biafra, saying Nigeria does not need such distraction at the moment.
The ex-military ruler who reaffirmed his commitment to a united Nigeria said he would vote for an Igbo president if he finds any coming from the country’s South East.
“We do not need this Biafra distraction now; but I will vote for an Igbo president in 2019 if I find one”, said IBB, who spoke in an interview with ‘The Interview’, a monthly magazine published by the former group managing director of LEADERSHIP, Mr. Azu Ishiekwene.