Nigerian Army has given an update on Chiwetala Agu Controversial arrest at Upper Iweka, Onistah.
Bennievibez reports that the Nigerian army has confirmed the arrest of veteran Nigerian actor, Chiwetala Agu for allegedly inciting the public and soliciting support for the indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Onitsha, Anambra state.
Bennievibez had earlier reported how the Troops of the Nigerian Army arrested the veteran actor who was draped in the Biafran flag at Upper Iweka Road, Onitsha, in Anambra state earlier on Thursday.
According to the Nigerian Army, Chiwetala Agu’s actions negates the peace efforts in the region given the security situation in the state that has degenerated in the past few months leading to wanton killings and kidnappings.
In a statement signed by the Director of Army public relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Nigerian army says contrary to reports of brutalization, the veteran actor was merely taken into custody for further investigation.
He said, “Troops of the Nigerian Army(NA) have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while inviting members of the public and soliciting for support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“Dressed in a very well-known attire of the proscribed group, Chiwetalu Agu was picked up for questioning while inviting members of the public to join the proscribed group. Though he attempted putting up some resistance when troops made effort to take him into custody, he was not assaulted or subjected to brutalization.”
The Nigerian Army, however, acknowledges the rights of individuals of expression but stressed that such rights “must be done within the confines of the law, bearing in mind the imperative for peace, and national security.”
“While the NA recognizes the inalienable rights of the citizenry to freedom of movement and expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is apparently a violation for any individual or group to incite the public to cause mayhem or break down of law and order. It is therefore pertinent to state that while exercising such freedoms, it must be done within the confines of the law, bearing in mind the imperative for peace, and national security.
“For the avoidance of doubt and emphasis, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) remains proscribed. Therefore, any individual or group seen to be projecting and advancing the cause or activities of the group is viewed as brazenly challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“More worrisome was the fact that considering the prevailing security situation of the region, coupled with the ongoing Exercise GOLDEN DAWN, his action could be a tacit endorsement and support for the proscribed group. We have all witnessed the activities of the group take a violent dimension in recent times.
The Army noted that Chiwetalu Agu was not brutalized as reported in sections of the media but was merely taken into custody for further investigation.
“Chiwetalu Agu has clearly demonstrated an uncharitable disposition to negate peace and security in the region, hence, he is taken into custody for preliminary investigation. It is important to once again place on record that the allegation that he was brutalized is false and should be disregarded accordingly.
“While the NA would not allow IPOB and its sponsors to hold the region captive and allow the security situation to degenerate, it is instructive to restate that national interest supersedes any parochial consideration. Individuals or groups who fan the embers of violence are warned to desist or face the consequences of their actions. The ongoing Exercises are on course and will rid the region of all forms of criminality.
“The peace-loving and law-abiding people of the South East are enjoined to please
go about their normal activities, as efforts are ongoing to bring perpetrators of violence to book. They are equally urged to continue to support the security agencies to restore normalcy to the region in furtherance of peace.
BREAKING: US Breaks Silence On EndSARS Panel Report, Tells FG What To Do
US has broken silence on EndSARS panel report.
Bennievibezreports that the the United States government led by President Joe Biden, has welcomed the conclusion of work by the Lagos State Panel for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters in Nigeria.
This online news platform understands that the judicial body investigated petitions on Police brutality as well as Army’s invasion and shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 during End SARS protests.
The EndSARS panel chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi (retired) submitted the report at the Lagos House in Ikeja, the Lagos state capital, on Monday, November 16, 2021.
The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the findings, recommendations and set up a four-member committee.
The team led by Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), will come up with a White Paper in two weeks.
Responding to the #EndSARS panel report, the US Mission in Nigeria in a statement on Tuesday, November 16, said America awaits the response from President Muhammadu Buhari government and Lagos authorities.
The US Embassy said official actions are part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the EndSARS protests and the events at the tollgate.
“Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces”, the statement reads.
“We look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.”
Borno Deputy Speaker recounts how ISWAP terrorists burnt down his elder brother’s house
Abdullahi Musa Askira, the Deputy Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, has recounted how suspected fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Provinces (ISWAP) burnt down his elder brother’s house during a recent attack.
Askira said the incident took place after ISWAP terrorists carried out an attack on Chan Chan Dana Community in Askira Uba’s local government area of the state on Wednesday, November 10.
He also stated that before the terrorists came to his village, troops had gone to their enclave to dislodge them.
The Deputy Speaker told Daily Trust;
“There was an attack by insurgents in my hometown yesterday, they razed down the house of my late elder brother who was the village head before he died almost a year ago.
“I’m the one who built it for him; but it’s not my house… Before they came to attack my village earlier in the day, troops had gone to their enclave and dislodge them. So, it is unfortunate that they still struck. However, we shall continue to support our troops who are working to ensure there is peace in our domain.”
With NIN, the identity of any Nigerian on the internet will be known -Isa Pantami
The minister of communications and digital economy Isa Pantami has revealed what he hopes to achieve with the National Identification Number (NIN).
Speaking during the Nigeria International Partnership Forum in Paris, meant to strengthen ties between Nigeria and France in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic he said NIN will ensure that the identity of citizens and legal residents who log into the internet is known.
“Some of these initiatives that happen to be the foundation of even our economy is the introduction of the national identification number. Nigeria has joined the global community by making the use of national identification numbers for both citizens and legal residents mandatory,” he said.
“This is going to be the foundation of our economy and also the foundation of our security that whoever happens to go online, his identity will be known by the federal government and also by our security institution.
“As in our constitution 1999 as amended section 14(2)(b), that the primary responsibility of government is security and safety of its citizens, it is because of this that President Muhammadu Buhari is very passionate about that and he has been pushing that we establish the foundation of our economy and the foundation of our security on the national identification number so that identity of our citizens and legal residents will be known,
“As it is today, the enrollment has been over 67 million and most importantly we are able to capture the most important category of people that come out to do businesses.”
“So it becomes a prerequisite to enjoying government services and I believe this will bring more peace of mind to potential investors to know that the government has been doing something significant in that regard,” he said.
“Recently the country has also launched and commissioned a national center for artificial intelligence and robotics that focuses more on research and coming up with innovative solutions in the area of security and now the center in collaboration with security institutions is in the process of developing robots and many more that are going to be deployed to make our country safe and sound.”
Latest NPower News For Today Wednesday 10th November 2021
Latest Npower news for today Wednesday 10th November 2021 can be accessed below.
Good day applicants, below are the latest N-Power Batch C news headlines update for today as compiled by BNVBlog.
FG has finally commenced Npower batch C payment for October 2021.
Bennievibez reports that the National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) says it has Npower batch C payment for October 2021.…Read More….
The Federal Government via the National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) has intensified efforts to ensure that the Stream 1 beneficiaries of the Batch C Npower Programme receive their October Stipend without further delay..…Read More….
Npower Knowledge Recruitment 2021 application form is out. Registration for the programme is N-knowledge portal where you can sign up and be a beneficiary of the Npower knowledge programme. Read all the updates on N-Knowledge application below....Read More…
Npower Management has added ‘Payroll’ to Npower batch C 2021 via NASIMS profile dashboard. This online news platform understands that this is indicating the commencement of the Npower batch payment date……Read More….
Npower News, Nasims has given an important update on pending and pass status. Bennievibez reports that the Npower Management has given an important update regarding beneficiaries Nasims verification status. According to them, Do Not Report To PPA If Your Nasims Status Has Not Changed To Pass or still show pending. Read details below…Read More…..
Npower news, FG has cleared air on Npower batch D application.
Bennievibez reports that reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria has quashed reports about N-Power Batch D application….Read More…..
Npower batch C payment date for Npower batch C has been disclosed.
Bennievibez reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has made know that the N-power batch C beneficiaries will have their payment every 25th of the month….Read More…..
Npower batch C payment date and amount FG will pay beneficiaries can be accessed below.
BNVBlog reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has announced that the N-power batch C beneficiaries will have their payment every 25th of the month….Read More…..
That is the Npower news for today, check back tomorrow for more Npower news on Bennievibezblog.
‘Stop Wasting Your Time’ – IPOB ‘Repel Fulani Terrorists’ Attack In Enugu
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has claimed to have frustrated an attack on some communities in Enugu state by killer Fulani herdsmen.
In a statement by Emma Powerful its spokesperson, IPOB alleged that the Fulani Terrorists’ tried to take advantage of the Anambra governorship election to attack the state on Saturday.
Although the communities allegedly attacked by the herdsmen were not revealed, Powerful said the attack was foiled by members of its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In the statement titled, “While Anambra Election Was Going, On Jihadists Came to Attack Biafra Communities In Enugu But Were Repelled By ESN – IPOB,” the group asked sponsors of the terrorists to “stop wasting their time.”
The statement read, “We are the Indigenous People of Biafra under the command and leadership of our liberator and prophet Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We wish to reiterate that the mandate of the Eastern Security Network, ESN is to pursue Fulani terrorists, bandits, and killer herdsmen hiding in the bushes and forests of Biafraland.
“ESN was created to ensure these bloodsuckers are not allowed any breeding space in Biafra land. This security outfit has been living up to its responsibility, and Biafrans home and in the Diaspora are very proud of our gallant men and women serving in ESN.
“The enemies and their sponsors thought they could take us unawares but unfortunately for them, our gallant ESN operatives keep vigil over the entire Biafra land 24 hours.
“While the election in Anambra State was going on, the enemies deployed terrorists disguising as herdsmen to Enugu State to attack unsuspecting Biafrans but the vigilance of our ESN operatives paid off as these agents of death and sorrow were repelled.
“No matter how hard they try we will not allow any inch of Biafra land to be invaded by terrorists again. Never again shall ESN and IPOB allow Biafran women and girls to be raped by uncircumcised terrorists. We shall continue to defend our ancestral land no matter the price!
“We warn the sponsors of these jihadists and their foot soldiers to stop wasting their time because no part of Biafra land will be occupied by terrorists.
“We again call on the Fulani-controlled Federal Government of Nigeria to organize a referendum for Biafra people to decide on whether or not they want to continue to belong to Nigeria or have their own country. The forced marriage by Britain can no longer work.
“Biafrans are tired of staying together with mass murderers. We can’t continue to live in a country where the lives of our people have no values. We will no longer belong to a country where cows are valued above human lives. We want to stay on our own where we can guarantee the lives and safety of our people.
“We assure Biafrans that ESN operatives will continue to stand on the watchtower since the hypocritical Nigerian security agents have refused to protect our people against Fulani killer squad masquerading as herdsmen.”
Nigerian Newspapers Daily Front Pages Review | Monday, 8 November 2021
Bennievibez looks at the top happenings making headlines on the front pages of Nigeria’s national newspapers today Monday, November 8th 2021.
Some of the people kidnapped at the University of Abuja Senior Staff Quarters and rescued by the police, The PUNCH reports, have recounted their ordeals in the kidnappers’ den
The Guardian leads with the Anambra Governorship Election, it says APGA’s Charles Soludo leads as INEC set to hold a supplementary election on Tuesday to conclude the polls.
While Professor Chukwuma Soludo is in the lead, the winner of the Anambra State 2021 governorship election may be decided by the outcome of the poll in Ihiala LGA, which the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has rescheduled for November 13. Vanguard says.
In line with its diversification policy, the Federal Government has pledged to continue to strategize and collaborate with security agencies to reduce the illegal importation of rice through land borders, Daily Sun reports.
According to Daily Trust, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) said it had lost up to 800 of its members to the insurgency in the North East.
The Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are presently perfecting the next move as regards devaluing the nation’s currency, according to analysts who averred a stealth devaluation is possibly underway, Daily Independent reports.
Thank you for reading, that all for today, see you again tomorrow for a review of Nigerian newspapers.
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