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681  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / 16 killed, 83 injured as security operatives raid MASSOB offices on: 9-06-2012 02:19 AM
A COMBINED team of the police, army and other security operatives yesterday killed about 16 members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and  injured  83 others as they raided the offices  of the group in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State and its environs.

Also arrested during the raid that lasted from Monday night to yesterday morning were over 500  members of the group, including women at different locations in the state.

The MASSOB National Director of Information and the Onitsha Region Four Administrator, Uchenna Madu and Chief Arinze Igbani, who briefed reporters over the incident, declared that the raid on their offices by the security operatives was unwarranted and provocative, saying that it was a renewed plot by the army to resume a systematic clampdown on MASSOB.

Madu said : “At about 5 p.m., a detachment of security operatives, numbering over 50, allegedly broke into MASSOB office along ‘Pam Pam’ lane at the Onitsha Main Market. They vandalized the office, set the Biafran flag ablaze and then ordered all those in the  neighbourhood to lie down in the flood.”

He also alleged that the team  invaded MASSOB’s central office along Kilometre Seven , Owerri Road, Onitsha where a security meeting of the movement was holding and opened fire on the people, arresting and  killing some of the  members on the spot. The team also allegedly made away with the bodies of the dead persons.

The MASSOB leaders urged the immediate and unconditional release of all its members that were arrested or they  be arraigned  in court.

They also urged security operatives to stop further attacks on MASSOB offices, and that they should  respect the sanctity of the Biafran flag.

“MASSOB is non-violent, we have assisted the security operatives in fishing out criminals especially in Onitsha where we have handed over 15 notorious armed robbers and car snatchers to the police”, he said.

They appealed to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Azubike Ihejirika and the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar to call their men to order, suggesting that the state Commissioner of Police and the Onitsha 302 Army Commander should always contact the MASSOB leaders whenever they thought they were going beyond control.

When contacted, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Emeka Chukwuemeka, confirmed the operation but noted that he was yet to be officially briefed on the number of arrests and casualties recorded.
682  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / More than 6, 000 Nigerian Citizens jailed Abroad for drug traffickin​g Offenses' on: 9-06-2012 02:13 AM
More than 6, 000 Nigerian Citizens jailed Abroad for drug traffickin​g Offenses' - NDLEA

Not more than 6,000 Nigerians are serving various jail terms for drug-related offences abroad, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said. According to the NDLEA, Nigeria is the only African country with such a frightening figure.
The agency said that the figure may be higher as the available data could not be said to be totally exhaustive. NDLEA Director General, Mr. Femi Ajayi, told the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters that Iran has 4,000 inmates, Brazil 500, Thailand 500 and Malaysia 300.
He said: "The bulk of those caught for drug-related offences outside the country were from the South-East with majority coming from Anambra State. "I do not know what we can do to the upsurge of our brothers from the South East-who indulges in this kind of business.
Can you believe that of the 500 Nigerians in Thailand prisons, 480 of them are from the South-East and 450 from the figure are from Anambra State".
Ajayi, however, decried lack of adequate funding of the agency's activities, adding that the development has had negative impact on its ability to fight drug trafficking.
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Last Updated ( Friday, 08 June 2012 10:27 )
683  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Cult Group Terrorises Obosi Residents - Nigerian Tribune on: 9-06-2012 02:10 AM
Cult Group Terrorises Obosi Residents - Nigerian Tribune

Written by Chris Agbambu, Abuja                              

   Saturday, 02 June 2012               
People of Obosi in Anambra State now live in fear as another terror group maiming and killing innocent people has sprung up in the area.

Following complaints by prominent indigenes to the Inspector General of Police (IG) Muhammed Dahiru Abubakar, has dispatched a
team of crack detectives from Abuja to arrest all those involved, including some prominent indigenes of the area, who allegedly sponsor them.

In a petition written by prominent indigenes of Obosi, who are scared of going home, it was alleged that the terror group was formed and sponsored with the sole purpose of using them to terrorise residents of the town, once anybody speaks against the backers.

They alleged that the terror group was gaining influence daily, as unemployed youths were being initiated in large numbers.

According to them, this has scared many prominent people of Obosi from going home, as they claimed that the situation in Obosi was degenerating into a national problem.

In the petition signed by Hamilton N. Ogbodo, counsel to some Obosi indigenes, they alleged that the sponsors of the group, initiated the dare-devil hoodlums into a cult and armed them as seen in the above photograph taken  during a recent initiation ceremony of new members.

These hoodlums, the people alleged, were armed by their sponsors with machetes and guns, including two Hilux pick-up vehicles with registration Nos. LSD 75DAJ and LSD 75IAJ mounted with siren to harass, intimidate and unleash mayhem on innocent Obosi residents.

According to them, any person who dares express a view which is contrary to the view of their sponsors will be brutally dealt with “and if he escaped death, they will vandalise his house.”

These hoodlums, it was alleged are so brazen that if their convoy was moving in Obosi and one failed to get off the road for them to pass, one’s vehicle would be battered.

The worst of all is that people are afraid to report to the police because they have so formed a parallel government and seem to be above the law.

“This is because the police have been so compromised and are afraid of the group as they (group) would be immediately informed of the identity of the person who lodged the complaint and they will ensure that the person is thoroughly dealt with.

“An example of this group’s brutality was on April 9, 2012 when one Chukwudi Agwuegbu narrowly escaped death at the hands of these terrorists as they lacerated his chest and abdomen with gun shots and machete cuts.

“However, the policemen who were invited to arrest the suspects received the beating of their lives and their vehicle damaged,” the petitioners stated.

“What surprises us most is that upon all these humiliations suffered by the police, they have not made any further attempt to arrest these hoodlums.

“Again, on April 5th, 2012, the same group of terrorists unleashed mayhem on innocent people in Obosi, they did not report to the police because the police in Anambra appear to be helpless over the situation and the victims, being afraid of compounding their problems went to various hospitals for treatment,” the petitioners added.

While beseeching the IGP to step in and save the law-abiding indigenes of Obosi by stopping the terror group, the petitioners alleged that the hoodlums seized people’s lands and properties with impunity, extorted money from them at will and fired their pump actions guns at random wounding and scaring people

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