Barely two weeks after about seven 'suya' sellers were killed separate attacks by some gunmen in Orlu and Umuaka in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo state, again the Hausa community in the state has been thrown into mourning once again, after some unknown gunmen unleashed terror and killed another two 'suya' sellers in the state.
It was gathered that the sad incident which has already raised tension in the affected communities, with many northern traders fleeing the state.
The latest sad incident was said to have occured at Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state, where two suya vendors were killed.
According to information gathered, trouble started after some three men on a motorbike went to the Suya traders and bought some Suya from them at about 9:00pm on Friday.
However, an argument was said to have ensued, after the men instead of paying collected all the day’s sales from the traders.
The assailants then shot the traders, as they died instantly.
Meanwhile, a resident of Owerri, Dr Lawal Yusuf, blamed the attacks on members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He alleged and said:
“Whenever they meet northerners in their business location, they ask whether they have permit to live in Biafra, and if they say no, they (IPOB) will beat you with weapons; many of our people have been killed that way,” he said.
SE Govs, Ohanaeze Are Already Compiling IPOB/ESN Members' Names For Handover To FG - IPOB Alleges
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has raised the alarm that South-East Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and some traditional rulers, head of communities, were already compiling the names of its members and those of Eastern Security Network, to handover to the Federal Government for incarceration.
It will be recalled that since the launch of the joint security outfit, Ebubeagu, by the southeast governors about a week ago, many diverse reactions have been pouring in, especially from the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who had on multiple occasions warned the youths in the region to abstain from joining the security outfit, as doing so may have dire consequences.
However, the governors maintained that Ebubeagu is meant to curb the rising insecurity crisis in the region, the latest being the ones on a correctional service, Police stations, military checkpoints, among others in Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states in particular.
To this end, the agitators (IPOB/ESN) who has vowed never to work with the newly launched Ebubeagu, revealed that intelligence gathering by it men showed that the compilation of the IPOB/ESN members names is being carried out in order to weaken its resolve and that of the ESN from flushing the Fulani herdsmen out of the zone, saying politicians, local authorities and others were sabotaging the efforts.
Emma Powerful, the group's Director of Media and Publicity, made this known on Saturday and added that it was aware that these set of people/group has bargained with Nigerian security agencies to abduct anybody suspected to be an IPOB member or supporter to unknown locations.
Speaking further, he said: "IPOB is, therefore, issuing a stern warning to these Miyetti Allah slaves to be careful because they must answer for their actions."
“We advise Nigeria government and her partners in crime in the zone to desist from this evil agenda because it will backfire. We are aware of their secret file, but we are not going back until Biafra is finally achieved. He added.
Consequently, diverse reactions have continued to trail this development, with many urging the southeast governors, the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government to handle the issue of IPOB/ESN with care, so it won't escalate beyond control.
But in your thoughts, what would be your advise to anyone you know who wants to join Ebubeagu , considering the fragile insecurity situation in that region at the moment ?
FG Suspends Adeboye's Helicopter From Flying:
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has suspended a private chopper belonging to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
It was learnt that the aircraft, AgustaWestland AW139 chopper, with registration number 5N-EAA, was grounded at the Lagos Airport, and suspended from flying over two weeks ago, following the expiration of some of its papers and spare parts.
According to the aviation officials, the suspension was said would also allow the regulator to conduct vital safety checks on its safety-critical components, especially some spare parts that are due for replacement.
It will be recalled that Adeboye, a week ago, had called for drastic action against corrupt practices in all facets of Nigeria, after he revealed that he arrived late for a meeting because someone wanted a bribe before he could be given permission to fly his chopper.
In his words, he did:
“Something must be done about corruption in this nation. All I can say is that I’m this late because somebody wanted a bribe. And you know if you’re expecting a bribe from me, you have to wait forever.
The aviation official was said to have been contacted to give approval for the use of the airspace by Adeboye at that time.
As a result, many diverse reactions have continued to trail the development, with many saying there might be more to the suspension of the renowned man of God's chopper.
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