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Army Commander allegedly struck dead by thunder, an act of God, says IPOB 



The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB) has described the purported killing of a military commander recently at the barracks of the 14 Army Brigade in Ohafia, Abia State, by thunder as an act of God in fighting for the oppressed.

The group claimed that the deceased soldier had been involved in grand conspiracy of terrorizing and tormenting the people of the area overtime.

A statement circulated by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB to journalists on Sunday, said that the army authorities were hiding the circumstances surrounding the commander’s death from the public.

The group pronounced more misfortunes against its predators, saying that the anger of God was imminent.

It maintained that most of such security operatives were sent to Biafra land to prosecute jihad.

The statement partly read: “The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Prophet and indefatigable liberator, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, gives praises to Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama for showing Himself Mighty to the 14 Brigade of the Nigeria Army barracks in Ohafia LGA of Abia State.

“God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama, The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, manifested Himself recently by invoking heavenly thunder that struck the Army Commandant Commanding 14 Military barracks in Ohafia dead.

“It’s unbelievable that after God of thunder struck the Army Commander dead, Nigerian Army who are myopic of God’s wrath, went about arresting and abducting innocent Biafrans in Ohafia LGA Abia State as if they were responsible for the divine judgement on their Commander.

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“If Nigerian Army, especially those compromised terrorist officers sent for jihad operations in Biafra don’t repent, thunder will be striking more of them down.

“Nigerian Government and its security agencies should know that the anger of Elohim has come against them for wantom wasting of innocent blood of children of the Rising Sun. The economic and security crises being experienced in Nigeria today is a punishment from Elohim. It will get worse until Nigeria lets go of Biafra.

“It’s a pity that Nigerian government and her compromised security agencies, particularly  the army, police, and DSS agents keep killing Biafrans without questions. Now that the anger of God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama has risen against them, they will answer questions to Chukwu Okike Himself. Soon both Police and DSS will have their own share. Those who enjoy eliminating innocent Biafrans because they were involved in the agitation for Biafra’s freedom will certainly pay for their sins one day.

The pro-Biafra agitators added: “We are warning Nigeria Army to release our people they have abducted, repent and plead with Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama before more calamities will visit them.

“IPOB warns them to stay off IPOB activities and mind themselves because God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama will strike again all the criminal security officers who enjoy killing IPOB members and Biafrans for nothing.

” The revenge from our ancestors and from the throne of God has commenced and they shall avenge the wickedness against Biafrans by the Nigerian establishment and their international collaborators. The liberation of Biafra is assured and the freedom of the children of light is certain.”

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While warning the police, army, Department of State Services (DSS) and allied government operatives to stop homicides in the region, the group noted that its purpose of actualizing a sovereign State of Biafra was a just and divine cause.



PDP demands probe of Supreme Court fire disaster



The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has demanded a thorough investigation into the fire incident that gutted a section of the Supreme Court in the early hours of Monday.

The party raised the alarm over the incident which it described as suspicious giving the fact that a verdict on a sensitive issue of national importance is being expected.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba made the position of the opposition party on the fire incident known in a statement on Monday.

He said, “The PDP is worried over the fire outbreak especially given heightened public apprehension of possible arsonist attack with the intent to cripple and frustrate the Supreme Court from effectively discharging its constitutional duties especially with regard to high profile electoral cases including the Presidential Election Appeals pending before it.

“Our Party demands for an immediate full-scale investigation into the fire outbreak with the view to unraveling the circumstances or possible sabotage in the incident.

“The PDP insists that the outcome of the investigation should be made public unlike those of previous fire incidents in various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies which were characteristically swept under the carpet by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations.

“While calling on the Federal Government to beef up security around the Supreme Court, the PDP also demands that Nigerians must be assured of the safety of sensitive documents and equipment at the Court especially at this critical time.”

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Gov. Mbah tasks FG on New Road Maintenance Model as bridge collapses along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway



Gov Peter Mbah (centre) and some government officials during inspection of the collapsed bridge in Enugu on Monday

…urges FG to concession roads to states

Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has called for a new road maintenance model to guarantee a better condition and longevity of Nigerians roads, regretting that the current model had failed woefully.

Dr. Mbah made the call when he visited the site of the collapsed bridge between the New Artisan flyover and the NNPC Mega Station along the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway.

The collapsed bridge

Fielding questions from newsmen after the first-hand inspection of the scene of the disaster, Mbah who thanked God that no life was lost despite the magnitude of the incident, urged the federal government to consider a concession of all the federal roads in each state to the state governments for proper maintenance in conjunction with the private sector.

“I think the question should be whether the current model of federal road maintenance is working or not; and I think that is the bigger question that we must ask.

“Today, we are here witnessing a tragedy that has just occurred. We are fortunate enough that no life was lost, but this could have been prevented entirely. So, the people can no longer ply this route because of this tragedy. This shows clearly that we do not have a sound federal road maintenance model.

“The bridge collapse didn’t just happen. These threats could have been identified if we had routine or regular maintenance.

“Perhaps the way to go is to find a way to concession these roads to the states. The states need to take charge of the roads within their domains and there has to be a conversation around the funding models”.

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Gov Mbah (R) inspecting the collapsed New Artisan Enugu bridge that collapsed on Monday

The said bridge collapsed on Monday, leaving commuters stranded.

Meanwhile, in a statement signed by the Enugu State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Gerald Otiji, government has advised commuters to use Nza Street through New Haven or ply Ogui Road and Abakaliki Road to their various destinations, while the authorities come up with measures for immediate repair on the failed section of the bridge.

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Flyover bridge collapses in Enugu, no casualty



The collapsed flyover bridge in Enugu
The flyover bridge across the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway at the Enugu New Artisan market in Enugu state capital has collapsed.

The bridge collapsed Monday morning but an eyewitness said there was no casualty as artisans and residents were yet to come out from their homes for the day’s activity.

The eyewitness, an Auto Mechanic who identified himself as Nnamdi, told The Advocate that two lorries conveying goods which were on the bridge when the incident occurred were affected.

According to him, drivers and conductors of the two lorries, however, escaped unhurt.

The Advocate observed that one lane of the Enugu – Port Harcourt dual-carriage way had been blocked by the debris of the collapsed bridge forcing motorists playing the expressway to divert through alternative routes to continue their journey.

Security operatives, officials of the Federal and Enugu State Ministries of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) were sighted within the area to access the situation as well as to assist the road users plying the alternative routes.

Residents of Goshen Estate, Premier Layout, worshippers at the Dunamis Church and traders at the New Artisan market who are regular users of the bridge are likely to encounter serious traffic gridlock on account of the collapsed bridge, if an alternative route is not created as a matter of urgency.

The state government has yet to speak on the development by press time.

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