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25 December, 2019

24 December, 2019

Gunmen kidnap Oba Akinramade’s wife and two daughters, demand N60 million ransom



Gunmen kidnap Oba Akinramade
The kidnappers of Olori Regina Akinrinmade, the wife of a monarch, Oba Rufus Akinrinmade, the Orunja of Odigbo kingdom and her two daughters, have demanded N60 million ransom for their release.

Chief Olu Akinsawe, the Odofin of Odigbo kingdom confirmed this development to journalists in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State saying the monarch’s wife, her two daughters and their drivers, were abducted by some unknown gunmen on Saturday along Owo-Oba-Ikare Akoko road while heading to Akungba Akoko.
“They are still in the kidnappers’ den as I speak; the security agencies are yet to know their whereabouts.  
“The abductors have reduced their ransom from N100 million to N60 million. We have been praying for their safety, we, therefore, appeal to the abductors to release them unhurt,” Akinsawe said.
He, however, called on the state government and security agencies within and around the area to help rescue the monarch’s family from the unknown gunmen.


23 December, 2019

Ekiosa Market Erupted with fire in Benin City (Video)



Facebook user, Zion Ose who shared a video from the scene of the incident, alleged that the State’s Fire Service who were notified of the incident said they didn’t have water. 
He wrote; 



Ekiosa market, Benin, on fire. Over 1hour and there’s still no sign of fire service men. They said they don’t have water. Yet, over 30billion has been budgeted for the renovation of a building for fools! 
Truth is, Nigeria is a mess. A joke. A murderer! You need to hear the sound of this raging fire like it’s war. 
Fire razes Ekiosa market in Benin (video)
However the Edo State government who confirmed the incident, said they are investigating allegations of suspected arson over the market fire. 
According to the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy Mr. Crusoe Osagie, the increased fire incidents in markets around Benin metropolis may bear political connotation.
The statement reads;

“The state government has commenced investigation into the Ekiosa fire incident as we have received preliminary information indicating that the fire may have been caused by arsonists, who are bent on painting the government in bad light.
“The information we have show that the arsonists may be working on the instructions of the disbanded Edo Peoples Movements (EPM), who are shopping for avenues to discredit the Governor Obaseki-led government.
“It is also curious that when officials of the Fire Service and other stakeholders in emergency response mobilised to the site of the fire at Ekiosa market, they were attacked and chased away by the arsonists. This is a serious offence and government will not condone the action of these persons, as anyone found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Relevant stakeholders are being rallied around to carry out the investigations into the incident to establish the case of arson, even as government agencies and departments responsible for emergency response are being debriefed on what transpired when they responded to the incident. 
“We will provide support to the affected traders to enable them return to their businesses. We are mindful that these traders would have stocked wares for the festive season. The state government will ensure that they’re fully compensated.”


12 December, 2019

04 December, 2019

They Want To Kill Me Because I Am Defending IPOB- Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Speaks From Hiding

They Want To Kill Me Because I Am Defending IPOB- Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Speaks From Hiding
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has come out to state his own side of the story on how his home in Oriaifite, Anambra state was ”invaded” by police officers on Monday December 2nd.
The police had reportedly gone to his house for a search after it got information that some kidnap victims were being held in his compound. During the search, a fight ensued and two police officers were killed and their remains burnt. Ejiofor has since been declared wanted by the police over the clash and the death of the police officers.
In a video he made and posted online, Ejiofor said some persons are after his life because he is standing up for IPOB members and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

“On Sunday being the first day of December 2019, I was called at about 8pm to 9pm by the DPO and he never passed any message to me. Then in the morning, at about 6am, I got a call from my elder brother that police have invaded my premises led by the area commander himself. I requested to speak with the area commander and he obliged which conversation was so recorded. 
“I requested to know why they were in my house because I wasn’t around. He said they came to arrest one of my wards who participated in a local conflict. He demanded to see me and I said I will be back around 10:30 in the morning. I told him I will come to see him at the station when I am back. 
“He said okay, but he emphasised that time is of essence. That I should keep to time. Then I became worried, because I came back on the 24th of November 2019 for my brother’s burial and I have been around. I never had any issues with anybody, I never stepped out of my house. When I came back around 10, I told my mother I want to go see the area commander, but on a second thought I decided to go see my uncle who will accompany me.
“When I left the house for my uncle’s place, that served as a saving grace. We were on our way to the commander’s office taking an unconventional way when I got a call from my junior brother that the police were in my house and they opened fire on all living object, including persons in my house. So, I was like someone came about 6 in the morning, had a conversation with him on an offence I don’t even know anything about and I promised him as a lawyer that I am going to be in his office, then what happened in my house took me by surprise.
“I was confused about what was going on. As I speak now, I am homeless. They have burnt down the house. Many people who were running for safety were also killed. Over 20 person have been killed. My mum was gunned, and now receiving treatment. What is my offence for being IPOB lawyer?
“I decided to take refuge within the neighbourhood. The reports kept coming in as to the atrocities they were committing in my house including roping people around the area. At the end, they took away the bodies of those they killed in my house in their own van to a place along Onitsha-Owerri express road, burnt all of them and left. That is all I know that transpired.”
“I’ve committed no offence known to law. They are actually interested in getting me out of the way. They are interested in killing me because they have seen me as thorn in their flesh. Because I am defending members of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu. Any place they arrest any IPOB member, they will always see me there. And I have defeated them in virtual all of the cases. The terrorism tag on IPOB is being challenged at the court of appeal and we are awaiting judgement,” he said. 

They Want To Kill Me Because I Am Defending IPOB- Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Speaks From Hiding

 They Want To Kill Me Because I Am Defending IPOB- Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Speaks From Hiding
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has come out to state his own side of the story on how his home in Oriaifite, Anambra state was ”invaded” by police officers on Monday December 2nd.
The police had reportedly gone to his house for a search after it got information that some kidnap victims were being held in his compound. During the search, a fight ensued and two police officers were killed and their remains burnt. Ejiofor has since been declared wanted by the police over the clash and the death of the police officers.
In a video he made and posted online, Ejiofor said some persons are after his life because he is standing up for IPOB members and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

“On Sunday being the first day of December 2019, I was called at about 8pm to 9pm by the DPO and he never passed any message to me. Then in the morning, at about 6am, I got a call from my elder brother that police have invaded my premises led by the area commander himself. I requested to speak with the area commander and he obliged which conversation was so recorded. 
“I requested to know why they were in my house because I wasn’t around. He said they came to arrest one of my wards who participated in a local conflict. He demanded to see me and I said I will be back around 10:30 in the morning. I told him I will come to see him at the station when I am back. 
“He said okay, but he emphasised that time is of essence. That I should keep to time. Then I became worried, because I came back on the 24th of November 2019 for my brother’s burial and I have been around. I never had any issues with anybody, I never stepped out of my house. When I came back around 10, I told my mother I want to go see the area commander, but on a second thought I decided to go see my uncle who will accompany me.
“When I left the house for my uncle’s place, that served as a saving grace. We were on our way to the commander’s office taking an unconventional way when I got a call from my junior brother that the police were in my house and they opened fire on all living object, including persons in my house. So, I was like someone came about 6 in the morning, had a conversation with him on an offence I don’t even know anything about and I promised him as a lawyer that I am going to be in his office, then what happened in my house took me by surprise.
“I was confused about what was going on. As I speak now, I am homeless. They have burnt down the house. Many people who were running for safety were also killed. Over 20 person have been killed. My mum was gunned, and now receiving treatment. What is my offence for being IPOB lawyer?
“I decided to take refuge within the neighbourhood. The reports kept coming in as to the atrocities they were committing in my house including roping people around the area. At the end, they took away the bodies of those they killed in my house in their own van to a place along Onitsha-Owerri express road, burnt all of them and left. That is all I know that transpired.”
“I’ve committed no offence known to law. They are actually interested in getting me out of the way. They are interested in killing me because they have seen me as thorn in their flesh. Because I am defending members of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu. Any place they arrest any IPOB member, they will always see me there. And I have defeated them in virtual all of the cases. The terrorism tag on IPOB is being challenged at the court of appeal and we are awaiting judgement,” he said. 
Source: NAIRA TIME