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Reverse Proscription Order and Terrorist label – IPOB asks Court

The Indigenous People of Biafra asked the Federal High Court, on Friday, in Abuja to reverse its orders proscribing it and labelling it as a terrorist group. IPOB made the request in a motion filed by its lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, before the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati. This comes barely 48 hours after Justice Kafarati had granted an ex-parte application by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for the proscription of the group and its categorisation as a terrorist group. IPOB, which has insisted that it is a non-violent movement, based its motion on 13 grounds. One of them was that the court did not have the jurisdiction to proscribe the group as it is “an entity unknown to law”. IPOB, in its motion, is a...

North Korea’s foreign minister calls Trump’s UN address ‘sound of dog barking’

North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho, called US President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations “the sound of a dog barking”, brushing aside Trump’s remarks that the United States may be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea. “There is a saying that goes: ‘Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on’,” said Ri in televised remarks to reporters in front of a hotel near the United Nations headquarters in New York. “If Trump was thinking about surprising us with dog-barking sounds then he is clearly dreaming.” When asked by reporters what he thought of Trump calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man”, Ri quipped, “I feel sorry for his aides.” Ri is slated to make a UN speech on ...

How much did you spend on treatment in London? – Group asks Buhari

The Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI) wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding the details of his medical bills. The president had spent 104 days in London for medical treatment and according to The Punch, the group demanded that the president release the financial details of his medical treatment. In the letter signed by its executive director, Adeolu Oyinloye, the group also wanted Buhari to disclose how much was spent on parking the presidential aircraft at Stansted Airport for the entire 104 days that he was in the UK. The group said: “Who defrayed the parking charges of the aircraft that conveyed you to the United Kingdom? How many crew members accompanied you and the aircraft? For how long were the crew members stationed in the United ...

NNPC extends crude oil search to Sokoto

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Wednesday, said it has extended the search for crude oil to the Sokoto Inland Sedimentary Basin. Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, stated this when he received a delegation from Sokoto State, led by the Governor, Aminu Tambuwal in Abuja. Baru was responding to an appeal by the governor, calling on the NNPC to activate oil and gas exploration campaign in the Sokoto Basin with a view to establishing the volume and value of hydrocarbon deposits there. He stated that the NNPC, has since embarked on properly and professional exploration of all inland basins in the country including the Sokoto basin. Baru disclosed that the NNPC had already procured aeromagnetic data on the Sokoto basin from the Nigerian Geophysical Surv...

UN seeks to rally foreign backing for new Libyan peace plan

The United Nations (UN) is seeking to marshal international support this week for a new push to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising. The world body’s Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, is expected to set out an “action plan” on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Wednesday that will propose amending a 2015 peace deal that quickly stalled. The U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) set up under the December 2015 deal has never fully established itself in Tripoli, leaving Libya with three competing governments aligned with rival armed alliances. Restricted by internal splits in its nine-member leadership, or Presidency Council, the GNA has been unable to tackle Libya’s acute ...

South Africa’s court to hear state’s appeal against Pistorius in November

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will hear the state’s appeal against the six-year murder sentence handed to Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius on Nov. 3 2017, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday. The state will argue that six years in jail is too lenient a sentence for the murder by Pistorius of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, in 2013. “The state, in the papers, we stipulate clearly that the sentence imposed is shockingly low,” said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku. “The presiding officer has the discretion to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence when compelling and substantial circumstances exist. But, with this matter, the presiding officer exercised that discretion in a very lenient manner.” Women’s ri...

IPOB uses fake videos to mislead and win support– Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of using fake videos of mass killings, harvested from other parts of Africa and doctored to look current, to mislead the international community and win their support. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he addressed Online Publishers in Lagos on Monday. ”We must warn the nation against IPOB’s next line of action, which is to externalize their lies and propaganda. “Now they are writing to the governments and the national parliaments of some Western nations to give the impression that they are victims of an ethno-sectarian violence orchestrated by the government, hence they need protection. ”Some of the tools that have been employed by IPOB include blatant lies and cheap prop...

Iran nuclear deal faces tough scrutiny in UN talks

The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers faces a stern test at the United Nations this week as Europeans try to persuade a skeptical Trump administration to keep it, while Israel lobbies to turn up the pressure on its regional rival. U.S. President Donald Trump, who must make a decision by mid-October that could undermine the agreement, repeated on Thursday his long-held view that Iran was violating “the spirit” of the deal under which Tehran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear programme. The Republican president has called the agreement, struck under Barack Obama, “the worst deal ever negotiated.” The prospect of Washington reneging on the agreement has worried some of the key U.S. allies that helped negotiate it, especially as the wor...

Merkel vows to restrict trade with Turkey over arrests

Germany will have no choice but to restrict its economic ties with Turkey to pressure its NATO partner into releasing German citizens it imprisoned on political grounds,Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks published on Saturday. Relations between the two countries are strained by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on opponents after a failed coup last year. Germany and its partners in the European Union say the crackdown undermines democracy. Turkey and Germany are also at odds over Berlin’s refusal to extradite asylum seekers Erdogan accuses of involvement in the botched coup against him. “We will have to further cut back our joint economic cooperation with Turkey and scrutinise projects,” Merkel told the Passauer Neuen Presse newspaper in an intervie...

Gov. Lalong declares dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jos over erupted clash

Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jos over reported clash in the state’s capital. According to newsmen, the tension had arisen in Jos as Igbo traders allegedly closed shops for fear of a reprisal attacks following reported clash between Igbo resident in Rivers state and the Hausa community. The director of press and public affairs to Governor Lalong, Emmanuel Nanle Samuel, who gave the statement, also said that the governor was dismayed at the tension that was building up in the state. According to the statement, “Consequently, the governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6pm – 6am) within the Greater Jos-Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice. “The deployment of security personnel to all flash points within the met...

Nigerian army reacts to viral video of IPOB boys being tortured by soldiers

The Nigerian army has reacted to a disturbing viral video of some of its officials torturing members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). In the 3-minute video, the soldiers flogged some of the men before ordering all of them to sleep in the mud by a roadside. While reacting to the video, the acting director of army public relations, Brigadier General Sanni Usman, said the army will take necessary steps to investigate the origin of the video. Usman said: “We are aware of certain video being circulated. “We have gotten complaints of the said video, and have commenced an investigation into the matter and the report would be made public. “The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar, is investigating it and whatever it is, we will definitely let the public kn...

North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan, reduce US to ‘ashes and darkness’

A North Korean state agency threatened, on Thursday, to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test. The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles the North’s external ties and propaganda, also called for the breakup of the Security Council, which it called “a tool of evil” made up of “money-bribed” countries that move at the order of the United States. “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the committee said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency. ...

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