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Uzodinma Distances IPOB From Gulak’s Killing, Says It Has Political Undertone
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State says the killing of Ahmed Gulak, a former presidential aide, has political undertone.
Addressing a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Monday, Uzodinma countered police claim that he was killed by members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). He said he could not go to church when he heard about Gulak’s assassination.
“Alhaji Ahmed Gulak was in Imo State for a national assignment. He came to Owerri with the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendment. Being a humble man, he chose to travel incognito according to his friend who was with him. Someone must have trailed him from the hotel to the airport. That is exactly why his gruesome murder appears to be a clear case of political assassination,” he said.
Experts Warn Of Anarchy As IPOB Locks Down South-East
Analysts and social commentators on Monday rang the warning bell over what they described as setting in of anarchy in the South-East region following total lockdown of the five southeastern estates in compliance with the stay-at-home directive issued by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Our correspondents report that streets were completely deserted in all major cities as residents shelter at home for fear of drawing the ire of the IPOB militiamen who patrolled key areas ahead in the past three days.
IPOB through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful hailed governors from the South-East in a press statement for “supporting” the stay-at-home directive to commemorate the lives of those killed in the area during the Nigerian Civil War.
Security analysts and social commentators who spoke with Daily Trust on Monday warned of impending anarchy. A political scientist and public affairs commentator, Prof Jibrin Ibrahim said there appears to be a “unity of purpose” between the secessionist agitators and political leaders from the region. He however predicted the relationship to be short-lived. Prof Ibrahim said the proscribed group has, by now, “engaged in a total attack against the Nigerian state” through years of “effective pursuance of its agenda”.
Governor Matawalle Suspends Dansadau Emir, Dissolves Executive Council
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has approved the suspension of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Dansadau, Alhaji Hussaini Umar, with immediate effect.
Governor Matawalle further approved that the District Head of Dansadau, Alhaji Nasiru Muhammad S/Kudu, would oversee the affairs of the Emirate.
In a statement by his Special Adviser Public Enlightenment, Media and Communication, Mallam Zailani Bappa, the governor also suspended with immediate effect the District Head of Nasarawa Mailayi, Alhaji Bello Wakkala.
Abductors Of Jangebe Schoolgirls Behind Tegina Students’ Kidnap
A bandit group which masterminded the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, earlier this year, is behind the mass abduction of students from Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area in Niger State, Daily Trust can report.
Members of the gang had moved en masse to Niger State penultimate Saturday, a reliable security source had told Daily Trust at the time. There was no reason adduced for the migration.
The bandits’ group, headed by a notorious bandit called Na-Sanda, operated from Jangebe forest in Zamfara’s Talata Mafara Local Government for years. Na-Sanda is himself originally from Jaja in Zurmi Local Government.
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