Imo Gov. Aspirant Frank Nneji visits Nalis Plant, Preaches invest in Imo State

The Imo State Governorship Aspirant in 2019 General Elections under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance Mr Frank Nneji (OON) has visited Nalis Pharmaceutical Plant in Owerri Imo State.Frank Nneji is a Frontline All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA candidate for the 2019 Gubernatorial elections.
Obinna Onwunali, Frank Nneji and Asian Consultant

In his visit  today to NALIS PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING PLANT congratulated the proprietor, Mr Obinna Onwunali.
Mr Onwunali had taken the advice given to him by Mr Frank Nneji OON two years ago to site his factory in Imo State instead of his earlier plan to site same plant in Lagos State.

Mr Frank Nneji used the opportunity to encourage other Imo industrialists to heed  to his call to bring their investments home to Imo state especially now that the state is expecting an industrial revolution through the APGA Rebuild Imo initiative of Mr Frank Nneji.

Frank Nneji from Owerri Senatorial zone is the Founder of ABC Transport and Rapido. ABC Transport is the only transport company quoted in the Nigerian stock exchange.

Jihad: Fulani Herdsmen attack Catholic Christians in Taraba State, Nigeria

Armed Fulani Militia popularly called Fulani Herdsmen have attacked a Christian Catholic Seminary in Jalingo Taraba State, Nigeria. The attackers shot a Catholic Priest and injured others.

The Sacred Heart Minor Seminary was attacked by Fulani Islamic Militia on  Monday May 28, 2018 in Jalingo.

 The Fulani herdsmen numbering about 5 stormed the seminary at about 1:00 am in the midnight in search of Rev. Fr. Cornelius Koba who they claimed had been preventing them from grazing their cattle on the school premises.
When they eventually got hold of Fr. Koba, who is one of the three priests in the seminary, one of the herdsmen attempted to shoot him in the head but was said to have been prevented by his colleagues who insisted that he should not be killed.
Sacred Heart Minor Seminary Jalingo
 But after being warned to desist from preventing them from grazing their cattle in the school and were about leaving, one of the herdsmen turned round and shot Koba in the leg.

Narrating his ordeal, Fr. Koba told journalists, who visited him where he was receiving treatment, that the attackers stormed the seminary and came to his room where he was attacked.

“They came around 1:00am and got a student whom they ordered to take them to my room. I came out and met them all armed numbering over five. As soon as I came out one of them said ‘see him, kill him’, but one of them objected.

“They struck me with their sticks and when I fell down, one of them shot me in the leg and they left. They also shot and blew the windscreen of my car. One of them opened fire at my window and destroyed my television set and other properties.

 “My offence is that I often ask them to stop invading our school for grazing and stop cutting down our trees to feed their cows,” he said

Meanwhile, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, The Most Rev. Dr. Charles Hammawa Hammawa, has condemned the attack and ordered the temporary closure of the seminary.

Hammawa described the attack as regrettable saying the incident is an indication that the security situation in the country has gone extremely very bad just as he urged government to be more serious in handling security issues in the country.

According to him “It is regrettable that as a church, we are only modeling the children to be good citizens of the country, but we are now being attacked unprovoked.

“We thank God no life was lost in the incident, though my priest Rev. Fr. Cornelius Koba was shot in the leg. This is one attack too many. Fr. Koba had only told the Fulani herdsmen to stop grazing on the school premises and they came after him in the dead of the night.

“For the Fulani herdsmen to attack us in Jalingo, is an indication that our security situation in this country has become extremely bad. The primary responsibility of government is the protection of lives and property and we will continue to call on government to sit up,” he said.

He however disclosed that all the students that ran into the bush for safety during the attack had all returned and expressed gratitude to God for their safety.

 Less than a week after the burial of two priests and seventeen parishioners killed in Benue State by herdsmen.
The Fulani Herdsmen have been responsible for the death of many Christian in the farming communities of Benue, Taraba, Plateau and Adamawa States with death toll hitting to 10,000.  The United States has designated Fulani Herdsmen as the fourth most deadly Terrorist Group in the world taking after ISIS, Bokoharam, Alshabah.

Jihad Against Christians in Nigeria: Fulani Herdsmen mock Killed Christians

After massacring Christian Worshipers and priests, here are Fulani Herdsmen with Ak47 automatic weapons making mockery of those they killed, wearing choir robes and playing music instruments they stole from the Church they invaded in Benue State, Nigeria.
This is nothing but a clear case of Islamic Jihad against the Nigerian Church and Christian Communities.
There has been several calls from well-meaning Nigerians including Nobel Laureate Soyinka, former President Obasanjo to proscribe the Fulani Herdsmen or Fulani Militia as a Terrorist Group just as was done by the United States of America but President Buhari has refused to do.

Fulani Herdsmen have killed more than 5,000 ( Five Thousand) Christians within the Benue, Southern and Middle Belt axis of Nigeria.

The Christian Worshipers were Killed in April, 2018 during an early morning church service which the Armed Fulani Herdsmen invaded killing 2 Catholic Priests and murdering other 17 worshipers. The slain worshipers were buried last week and their burial sparked off Protest by Christians especially the Catholic Church in different parts of Nigeria.
The Agatu massacre of Benue State Nigeria where about 2000 Christian Farmers were Killed and their properties stolen, the Nimbo killing in Enugu State where about 100 Igbo Christians were Killed, the unending Killings in Southern Kaduna, the Numan massacre in Adamawa State Northeast Nigeria and many more are just a few of the genocide and jihad against Christians in Nigeria being perpetrated by the Fulani Herdsmen.
Fulani is an ethnic in Northern Nigeria and are being projected to be the 6th largest ethnic group after the Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Ijaw and Tiv ethnic groups.
President Mohammadu Buhari is a Fulani man and many have attributed the recent bolden atrocities being perpetrated by the Fulani Herdsmen as a product of the fact that Buhari who is a Fulani man is the president of Nigeria.
In the 1800 the same Fulani led a Jihad against the non Fulani populations of northern Nigeria in what was termed the Othman Dan Fodio Jihad of 1804.

Detailed News of the Christian Worshipers killed in Benue State Nigeria.

Prof. Awuzie set to battle Okorocha for Senate Position in Imo East

As the build up to Nigeria's 2019 General Elections gathers momentum, former Vice Chancellor of Imo State University Owerri Professor Aloysius Ukachukwu Awuzie has declared his intention to run for the Senatorial seat to represent Orlu Senatorial Zone popularly called Imo East in the Nigerian Senate.
Professor Aloysius Ukachukwu Awuzie
Professor Awuzie who is equally the Former National President of Academic Staff Union of the Universities ASUU declared his  intention under the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA.
Insider information has it that the incumbent Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha is gearing up for the post of Senate for the same Orlu Zone at the end of his tenure as governor in 2019. Rochas Okorocha who is a member of the All Progressive Congress APC is in a battle to reclaim the control of his party in Imo State after he lost out in the just concluded ward and local government Congresses.
Professor Awuzie hails from Umuzike in Orlu Local Government Area while Rochas Okorocha hails from Ogboko in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State. The rift between the duo dates back to 2015 when Governor Okorocha relieved Professor Awuzie of his duties as Vice Chancellor of Imo State University over certain congratulatory publications.
Prof. Awuzie placed advertorials in two national newspapers congratulating Onu over the recent award of an honorary doctorate degree given to him by the Abia State University.
Awuzie’s action was said to have enraged Okorocha, who is at loggerheads with Onu over the latter’s bright chances of emerging as the secretary to the government of the federation. The governor is said to be positioning his in-law, Professor Anthony Anwuka, who is also the secretary to the Imo state government, for the position.
Our reporter also added that Awuzie got to know of his sacking when his replacement, Prof. Adaobi Obasi, came to start work while Awuzie was still at the office. Okorocha’s camp has also alleged that Awuzie may be ‘sabotaging’ the free education programme of the governor following his allegations that the governor was underfunding the university.

Professor Awuzie and the All Progressive Congress APGA has assured the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and his All Progressive Congress APC of total defeat in the 2019 general elections.

Autobiography of Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie:

Professor Ukachukwu Aloysius Awuzie, fnia , of Umuzike, Orlu, Orlu Lga, Imo State.
Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University on January 17, 2013.
Professor Ukachukwu Aloysius Awuzie attended St. Martins School, Owerri Ebeiri, Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu College of Immaculate Conception; Enugu University of Nigeria, Enugu, Campus and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, U.S.A. From these Institutions, he gained his FLSC with Distinction, WASC with Division One Distinction, B. Arch. 2nd Class Upper Division and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA).
Apart from the outstanding brilliance from His academic records, it is most remarkable that from His primary School through to His Master’s Degree (B. Arch and MLA) he read on Scholarships, Umuzike Town Union, Isu County Council scholarship, to the Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship for His Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies. He was a foundation Scholar of University of Nigeria and Recipient of University of Massachusetts Scholarship for Academic excellence.

Imo State APC Crisis: Okorocha meets Buhari behind closed doors

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Rochas Okorocha and Mohammadu Buhari
Okorocha’s meeting with the President which lasted for about an hour, came few days after he met the president in his country home, Daura, Katsina state, where he complained about the conduct of the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress APC in Imo State.
Okorocha, who was accompanied by the former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, declined to comment on the outcome of his meeting with the president.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) however gathered that Okorocha might have again lodged a fresh complaint about the way and manner the ward and local government APC congresses were conducted in Imo State.
It would be recalled that Okorocha had on May 7 in Daura told newsmen after closed door meeting with President Buhari that there was no ward congress in Imo State.
He said ; “We expect internal democracy and internal democracy is the way to go. Those kind of funny politics that were played must stop, where people want to carry ballot boxes, steal results looks so primitive.
“I intimated Mr President and we will make sure that such things must stop.’’
Okorocha and his supporters also boycotted the local government APC congress and insisted that a fresh date for ward congress should be fixed before the local government congress.
The governor, while addressing his loyalists, announced that there would be no local government congress in the state until the crisis of the ward congress was rectified.
The Imo state APC Chairman, Mr Hillary Eke, however, told NAN in Owerri on May 14 that the ward and local government congresses were concluded successfully in the state.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had last two weeks attempted to reconcile the governor with the rival faction of the APC in Imo.

Trump Pardons Black Boxing Champ Johnson Convicted of Racism

US President Donald Trump has pardoned boxing's first black heavyweight champ, convicted in 1913 of taking his white girlfriend across state lines.

Joined in the Oval Office by actor Sylvester Stallone and boxer Lennox Lewis, Mr Trump said the move corrected a historic US wrong to Jack Johnson.

According to the BBC Johnson was arrested in 1912 with Lucille Cameron, a white woman who would later become his wife.
He was world heavyweight title holder from 1908 until 1915.

Mr Trump shook hands with current and former heavyweight champions at the White House during the announcement of the full pardon on Thursday.
Trump, Stallion, Lexus Louis, Deontay. Right (Jackson, with his white girlfriend, Jackson in a Boxing Match)
Johnson's story was dramatised in Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Great White Hope.
Linda Bell Haywood, the maternal great-great niece of Jack Johnson, was also present, as was current heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

What did Trump say?
"I've issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon posthumously to Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world," Mr Trump said.

"He served 10 months for what many view as a racially motivated injustice."

"Keep punching, Jack," said Mr Stallone at the Oval Office announcement.
Mr Trump had said he was considering pardoning Johnson back in April, after Mr Stallone brought the case to his attention.

"Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson," Mr Trump said last month on Twitter.

"His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial."

Jack Johnson , of the USA, and world heavyweight title holder since 1908, fought against Jess Willard of the USA at Havana, Cuba in 1915. Willard took the title with a knock-out in the 26th round and held onto it until 1919.
Jack Johnson lost his title in 1915 to Jess Willard in a 26th round knockout.
During the announcement, Stallone - who famously depicted a boxer in the 1977 film Rocky - lifted his head upwards and said: "Keep punching, Jack."

"Thank you all! Justice has been done!" he tweeted after the announcement.

Mr Trump also jabbed former president Barack Obama, saying that many people "thought it was going to be signed in the last administration, and that did not happen, so it was disappointing for a lot of people".

Mr Obama had declined to pardon Johnson, in part due to allegations of domestic abuse, according to the New York Times.

Who was Jack Johnson?
Born in Galveston, Texas, to former slaves, he became the first African American to win the world heavyweight crown in 1908, defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.

He held on to that title until 1915 when Jess Willard, a white cowboy from Kansas, took the title with a knockout in the 26th round in Havana, Cuba.

In 1910, when Johnson defeated "great white hope" Jim Jeffries in the so-called Fight of the Century in Reno, Nevada, race riots erupted across the nation, claiming more than 20 lives.

Johnson's story was dramatised in Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Great White Hope, starring James Earl Jones in 1969.

Why was he arrested?
He was charged with violating the 1910 Mann Act, a so-called moral purity law that made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

US prosecutors argued that Johnson's relationship with Lucille Cameron was a "crime against nature", and an all-white jury took less than two hours to convict him.

His career in ruins, Johnson skipped bail and fled to Europe to live in exile.

He spent years fighting overseas before surrendering to US authorities in 1920. He served 10 months in prison.

In 1946, he died in a car crash.

He was world heavyweight title holder from 1908 until 1919.

Nobel Laureate Calls on USA and others to help end Killing of Christians in Nigeria

Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has called on the United States and the rest of the International Community to help see to end of the ethnic cleansing against Christian Communities in Northcentral and Southern parts of Nigeria by Armed Fulani Herdsmen.
Professor Soyinka made this known in Makurdi Benue State when he paid a condolence to the Benue State Government over the killing of Christian worshipers in a Catholic Church in April who were buried on May 23, 2018. While addressing the group of writers that paid him a condolence the governor said the killing of the people of his state has continued unabated and he equally informed Professor Soyinka that 3 Persons way killed along Naka road on their way back from the burial of the Catholic Professor Soyinka in his own words said what was happening was a clear case of genocide against the people of Benue and by extension Christians.
President Buhari and Professor Soyinka

2 priests and 15 worshipers were Killed in a church in Benue when armed Fulani Herdsman invaded the church Killing several worshipers.

Reacting further, Governor Samuel Ortom said what was happening in his state Benue was a clear act of Jihad being carried out by the Muslim Fulani Herdsmen against the Christian Communities of Benue, Northcentral and Southern Nigeria.
The embattled Governor said there was nothing they could do to defend themselves because they have been disarmed by the Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Mohammed Buhari who coincidentally happens to be a Fulani man.

Nigerian Court declares Innoson Motors Chairman wanted

The Chairman and Founder of Innoson Motors, Anambra State Nigeria  Mr Innocent Chukwuma was today May 24, 2018 declared wanted by a court in Lagos for failure to appear it for the fifth time. A Special Offences Court Sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has declared the Chairman of Innoson Motors Nig Ltd, Innocent Chukwuma, wanted following his continuous refusal to attend court proceedings for his alleged fraud trial.
Innoson Motors Innocent Chukwuma

Justice Mojisola Dada issued the bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear in court for his arraignment for the fifth time.
Mr Chukwuma who is standing trial in a matter between his company and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had previously failed to make an appearance in court for his arraignment on Jan. 17, Feb. 9, March 14 and April 25.
He was arraigned alongside his company for allegedly forging documents to facilitate the clearing of some goods at the port.
Specifically, he was alleged to have forged documents purportedly emanating from GTB Bank.
Innocent Chukwuma and Nigerian Army
The issue, however, degenerated as Innoson alleged victimization and harassment by the EFCC and GTB Bank.
During the proceedings of March 14, it was revealed that Innoson had petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over Justice Mojisola Dada, the judge trying the case.
At today’s proceedings, the EFCC Counsel, Anselem Ozioko said, “this appears to be the fifth time this matter is coming up before your Lordship for arraignment.
“The learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria representing the second defendant (Innoson) is still insisting on taking his application without ensuring the defendant is physically present in court.
“The question is, where is the second defendant? Is he too big for the court? Is he too big for the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Is he too big because he has money? Where is he?
“What my learned friends, the defence counsel are doing is contemptuous.
“We shall be applying for an order to declare the second defendant wanted,” he said.
In granting Ozioko’s request, Justice Dada said, “The second defendant is hereby declared wanted and the case adjourned until June 22 for possible arraignment.”

Nigeria 2019 Elections: Prof. Moghalu Declares For President under YPP Party

Professor Kingsley Moghalu has officially declared his intention to contest for the office of President of Nigeria in the 2019 General Elections. Professor Moghalu made his declaration on the platform of the Young Political Party YPP.
Moghalu was a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN. Addressing newsmen and party members Professor Kingsley said it was time to re-engineer Nigeria for change and greatness. Kingsley Moghalu who was very confident and optimistic of winning the 2019 Elections and becoming Nigeria's President said both the ruling All Progressive Congress APC and the major opposition party PDP have failed Nigerians.
Professor Kingsley Moghalu and YPP Party Logo
Professor Moghalu called PDP a party that failed Nigerians while APC is a party that thrives on evil propaganda, deceit and lies.
He said APC's broom logo has swept away the future and development of the Nation through propaganda and deceit. He further criticised President Mohammed Buhari led government of failing to provide security but has allowed nigerians to be killed non-stop.
For PDP he said the umbrella has failed to shelter Nigerians and provide hope.
He accused President Buhari of playing politics with the fight against Corruption stating that if elected as president he will start the probe with his cabinet members. 

AutoBiography of Professor Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu:

Early Life
Professor Kingsley Bosah Chiedu Ayodele Moghalu was born in Lagos on May 7, 1963. He is the first of five children. His father, Isaac Chukwudum Moghalu (now deceased) was a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer, one of a small group of promising young Nigerians inducted into the Ministry of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs after Nigeria's independence in 1960. His mother, Lady Vidah Chinelo Moghalu, was a schoolteacher at the Breadfruit School on Lagos Island who later became a professional dietician. Shortly after his birth, his father was posted to Geneva, Switzerland.

The Moghalu family spent a year in Switzerland and then moved to Washington, DC in 1964 when Isaac Moghalu was posted to the Nigerian Embassy there. In 1967, the family returned to Nigeria and Isaac Moghalu transferred to the Eastern Region Civil Service as the Nigerian political crisis gathered strength and later snowballed into a full-scale war. Isaac Moghalu joined the Cabinet Office of the Eastern Region, and later the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Biafra. The family remained in Eastern Nigeria after the civil war ended in 1970 and Prof. Moghalu's father later rose to become a Permanent Secretary with a strong reputation for probity. This background influenced Chiedu Moghalu's strong value system — a sense of family honor and a family tradition of public service.

Education & Early Career
After his secondary education at Eziama High School, Aba, Government College, Umuahia, and Federal Government College, Enugu, Chiedu obtained a degree in law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. Nation Youth Service under the National Youth Service Corps as a Legal Officer at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Ltd in Lagos followed. So did a subsequent three-year stint that combined law and journalism as General Counsel of Newswatch, the leading newsmagazine in Nigeria at the time, a prolific contributor to the opinion pages of The Guardian newspaper, and a special correspondent in Nigeria for several US and European newspapers including Africa News Service (forerunner of AllAfrica Global Media), South, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Chiedu left Nigeria again in 1991 for his post-graduate education at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, turning down an offer from a friend to remain in Nigeria and become the company secretary of a new generation bank that was being set up in Lagos. His sights were set squarely on a loftier dream, one that called for delayed gratification. That goal was a career in the United Nations. Moghalu was awarded the Joan Gillespie Fellowship at The Fletcher School. He obtained a master's degree in international relations from there in 1992.

Kingsley Moghalu shaking handsKingsley Moghalu with
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (2006)
United Nations
Armed with interdisciplinary knowledge in international economics, international law and diplomacy, and a global network of contacts, Chiedu was ready to play on the world stage. He was appointed into the UN Secretariat in 1992 by then Secretary-General Boutros-Boutros Ghali on the basis of individual merit. In the UN, Moghalu worked hard and rose through the ranks from entry level Associate Officer to the highest career rank of Director. Along the way, he handled legal, strategic planning and executive management assignments at UN Headquarters in New York and in Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania, and Switzerland.

In 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Moghalu as one of five members of the high-level Redesign Panel on the UN Internal Justice System that overhauled the regulatory compliance, accountability, and dispute resolution framework that governs the global workforce of the UN. This was a core aspect of UN management reform. This six-month special assignment was at the nominal level of Under-Secretary-General, the highest political rank in the UN below the Secretary-General.

Return to Education
Chiedu had deferred his plan to study for a Ph.D. when he was appointed into the UN after his master's degree in 1992. A decade later, he returned to his quest for knowledge. By now a senior officer in the UN system in Geneva, he enrolled and studied part-time and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in international relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2005. Chiedu completed his 450-page doctoral dissertation in a record-breaking 12 months and his overall degree in 18 months.

Immediately after this, he studied for and obtained the International Certificate in Risk Management at the UK Institute of Risk Management in London. Later, he received further education in macroeconomics, financial policy, and corporate governance at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute

Transition to Private Sector
In the course of his UN system career, Chiedu helped design a comprehensive risk management system for the $20 billion Global Fund in Geneva, an international development finance fund established under UN auspices. There, he was also the Head of Global Partnerships and Resource Mobilization and a member of the Risk Committee.

As his passion for risk management grew, Chiedu's interests shifted to the private sector. He resigned his permanent appointment in the UN in January 2009 and established Sogato Strategies in Geneva with the minimum capital of 100,000 Swiss francs required to set up a Societe Anonyme (limited liability) corporation in Switzerland. The risk advisory firm soon won profitable mandates from global corporations such as the Swiss bank UBS and Syngenta, the Swiss agrochemicals multinational.

Central Bank of Nigeria
His expertise in risk management, and what turned out to be a fortuitous move into the private sector, eventually led to an invitation and his appointment as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by the President of Nigeria, Umaru Yar'Adua in 2009. Risk management skill and knowledge was much in demand after the global financial crisis of 2008.

For five years at the Central Bank of Nigeria from November 2009 to October 2014, Chiedu Moghalu managed the systemic risks to Nigeria's financial system, made sure the system remained stable, and led the team that executed the controversial banking sector reforms initiated by then CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

It was a demanding and stressful time. The nation's financial system was negatively impacted by the global financial crisis of 2008. Nigeria's banks were hit by their lending exposures to oil and gas companies after oil prices crashed. The oil revenues, which government deposited in banks, dropped to a trickle, and the stock market, to which banks were also exposed through margin lending, nearly collapsed in 2008. As Deputy Governor in charge of Financial System Stability (FSS), he was also a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and the Bank's board of directors.

Professor of Practice
Chiedu completed his five-year tenure at the CBN meritoriously in November 2014. A versatile intellectual, he was subsequently  appointed Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a premier US university in Boston, Massachusetts. Premier American universities only confer the title of "professor of practice" on selected, highly accomplished individuals who combine intellectual achievements with high-level real world experience beyond the ivory tower.

Prof. Moghalu teaches the course "Emerging Africa in the World Economy" in the Economics and International Business Program of The Fletcher School, and is a Senior Fellow at the institution's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises. The Emerging Africa course is based on Moghalu's widely acclaimed development economics book Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy's 'Last Frontier' Can Prosper and Matter, published worldwide by Penguin Books in London in 2014. Prof. Moghalu is also the author of several other books including Bretton Woods: The Next 70 Years, Global Justice, and Rwanda's Genocide.

Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum
The former CBN Deputy Governor was also appointed to the global Advisory Board of the London based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) immediately after his tenure at the CBN. OMFIF is an influential think tank and network of global institutional private investors and monetary policy experts. Prof. Moghalu is a Senior Advisor to OMFIF, one of eight members of an elite group, including:

Norman Lamont (Lord Lamont of Lerwick), Former Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom
Fabrizio Saccomanni, Former Minister of the Economy and Finance of Italy and Former Governor of the Bank of Italy
Dr. Edwin Truman, Former United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
Dr. Mario Biejer, Former President of the Central Bank of Argentina

Public Speaking & Media
Speaking at the Wilson Center
Prof. Moghalu also is a much sought after speaker at global forums, and is a frequent commentator on global media such as CNN, BBC World TV, Bloomberg, and the London Financial Times. As world attention focused on Nigeria's presidential elections in 2015, CNN turned to the ex-central banker for commentary and analysis on the country's economy and politics in several interviews with the CNN global business and economy anchor Richard Quest.

Institute for Governance & Economic Transformation
A man with a vision to influence the future, Prof. Moghalu founded the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET) in 2016. IGET is a public policy think tank focused on contributing evidence-based solutions to help Nigeria and other African countries achieve inclusive growth and prosperity. Chiedu Moghalu was inspired to meet a need created by the absence of credible think tanks to nudge his native Nigeria towards becoming a policy-oriented society.


Other Accomplishments
Professor Moghalu is the recipient of several honors, including the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) conferred by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB) of Nigeria, and the Rotary International Distinguished Service Award.   He is also a member of the American Economic Association, American Bar Association, Academy of International Business, Global Association of Risk Professionals, and the Nigerian Bar Association.

Professor Moghalu is married to Mrs. Maryanne Moghalu, a lawyer and social entrepreneur, who is the Executive Director of the Isaac Moghalu Foundation that the Moghalu family established in 2005 in memory of the family patriarch Isaac Moghalu. IMOF supports educational institutions and disadvantaged children and youth with educational infrastructure such as libraries as well as scholarships. The Foundation was inaugurated at Nnewi in December 2005 by Gen. Yakubu Gowon, a former Head of State of Nigeria. Kingsley and Maryanne Moghalu have four children.

Prof. Moghalu has four siblings: Nancy Ijeoma Ijemere is a Senior Information Technology Specialist and holds a Master of Science in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University; Chris Moghalu, educated at Howard University, is a security expert and previously served in the US Army Military Intelligence; Robert Odi Moghalu is a US High School educator who is also an author of three books; and Chikezie Moghalu, a petroleum engineer with Chevron Corporation, and who holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.

USA President Trump Cancels Historic Meeting with North Korea Leader Kim

News just breaking has it that the United States President Donald J. Trump has canceled the much celebrated historic meeting with the North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un slated for June 12, 2018 in Singapore.
Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un
A tweet just released by the United Stated President Donald Trump reads:

Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un.
According to the memo released by the United States White House the meeting was called-off due to the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in Kim Jung Un's most recent statements which did not go down well with President Donald Trump. However, Trump still kept the window of the dialogue by telling Kim that if Kim changes his mind as regards to this most important summit he should not hesitate to inform him as the world waits in expectation.
Trump's Letter to Kim Jung Un Cancelling the Summit in Singapore
Trump's Letter to Kim Jung Un Cancelling the Summit in Singapore

The cancellation meeting came as a shock to many especially those that hoped the meeting will improve United States relations with North Korea and vice-versa.

Nigerian Police Arrest Murderous Kidnap Gang and Killers of Lecturer Mailafia

The Nigerian Police from the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team IRT have arrested a 14 man notorious, deadly and murderous armed robbery and kidnap gang that operate along the Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway.
The gang has been responsible for several Armed Robbery cases including the kidnapping and murder of Dr. Ibrahim Mailafia, a senior lecturer with the Nasarawa State University which the gang leader has confessed to it. 
14 man armed robbery and kidnap gang in Kaduna

Dr. Ibrahim Mailafia was kidnapped on 3/11/17 Between Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway by deadly kidnappers/armed robbers while on his way to Kano to visit his family after obtaining a doctorate degree on Artificial Intelligence from United Kingdom
The arrested suspects were listed as follows:

1) Sunday Jatau 'M' 35yrs, native of Kaduna State, the leader of the gang who confessed to have personally shot and killed Dr. Mailafia

2)Solomon Jatau 'M' 40yrs, brother to the gang leader

3) Ayuba Jatau 'M' 32yrs, also younger brother to the gang leader,

4) Ishaku Luka aka Dogo, who sells arms and ammunition to the gang, 'M' 42yrs native of Kujama LGA Kaduna,

5) Bature Adamu 'M' 38yrs,

6) Bello Abdullahi 32yrs,

7) Mamuda Mohammed 'M' 27yrs,

8) Ibrahim Daniel 'M' 27yrs native of Chad Republic, who was found in possession of the late Dr Mailafia's phones and

9) Emmanuel Garba 'M' 27yrs native of Ekot-Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State.”(

10) Alhaji Usman Mohammed 'M' 35yrs, receiver of their robbed goods

11) Alhaji Ibrahim Baba 'M' 49yrs, receiver of robbed goods,

12) Bello Aliyu 'M' 36yrs, receiver of robbed goods,

13) Surajo Mohammed 'M' 35yrs, receiver of robbed goods and

14) Hassan Ibrahim 'M' 55yrs, receiver of robbed goods.”

“They were all arrested in Kaduna and Zaria respectively. Suspects confessed to several armed robberies, kidnappings and murders within the highways of Kaduna, Kano and Niger states,” the statement added.
“Two AK47 rifles loaded with ammunition, 1 Baretta pistol and several robbed vehicles and phones, including the iPhone of late Dr. Mailafia, were recovered from the suspects.” 
The Police added that serious efforts to arrest more gang members and recover the remaining operational weapons were in progress.

Table showing the List of the Kaduna-Kano Highway Kidnap Gang
No. Name Gender Age Role
1 Sunday Jatau M 35 Native of Kaduna State, the leader of the gang.
2 Solomon Jatau M 40 Native of Kaduna State, and brother to the gang leader.
3 Ayuba Jatau M 32 Native of Kaduna State, and younger brother to the gang leader.
4 Ishaku Luka alias Dogo M 42 Years Native of Kujama Kaduna State, and he sells arms and ammunition to the gang.
5 Bature Adamu M 38 Years N/A
6 Bello Abdullahi M 32 Years N/A
7 Bello Abdullahi M 27 Years N/A
8 Ibrahim Daniel M 42 Years Native of Chad Republic, and was found in possession of late Dr Mailafia's phones
9 Emmanuel Garba M 27 Years Native of Ekot-Ekpene in Akwaibom State
10 Alhaji Usman Mohammed M 35 Years Receiver of their stolen and robbed goods
11 Alhaji Ibrahim Baba M 49 Years Receiver of their stolen and robbed goods
12 Bello Aliyu M 36 Years Receiver of their stolen and robbed goods
13 Surajo Mohammed M 35 Years Receiver of their stolen and robbed goods
14 Hassan Ibrahim M 55 Years Receiver of their stolen and robbed goods

31 Travellers Kidnapped by Gunmen in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

The Security challenges facing Nigeria seems to lack solutions following the kidnapping of Passengers travelling along the Birnin-Gwari Kaduna.

Map of Kaduna State

Thirty one persons travelling at two different times along the Birnin Gwari- Kaduna road have been abducted by yet to be identified gunmen.

The first incident involving a Sharon bus happened around 7 pmon Tuesday where nine passengers and a driver were stopped by the bandits at a town known as Ladi, close to Buruku and led into the bush.

As early as 7: 00 am on Wednesday three Golf cars carrying six passengers and the drivers, travelling together for security reasons, were also stopped and both the passengers and the drivers led into bush.

The female passengers in the vehicles were said to have been asked to take off their clothes before being led into the bush by the gunmen.

Chairman of the Taxi section of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Birnin Gwari, Malam Danladi Idon Duniya who confirmed the abductions said the villagers found clothes belonging to female passengers in the cars.

“They probably stripped the women among them of their clothes before taking them away but up till now nobody has contacted us,” he said.

He said the bandits no longer hide in the bushes but sit by the roads ‘as if they are policemen’ and flag down any oncoming vehicle they see.

The NURTW chairman said because of the frequency of attacks on the road from Birnin Gwari to Funtua, no commercial vehicle has plied that route for two months now.

The police public relations officer in Kaduna State, Hussain Muhktar Aliyu said he will confirm the details and get back to our correspondent

Kidnappers abduct wife and children of Zamfara State Commissioner in Northwest Nigeria

The Security situation in Nigeria continues to degenerate especially in the North as the wife and six children of Zamfara State commissioner for youth, sports and skills acquisition, Abdullahi Gurbin Bore, were abducted in the early hours of Tuesday May 22, 2018.
The abductors reportedly attacked the home of the Commissioner of Youths, Sports and Skills Acquisition, Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin Bore in the village located in Zurmi Local Government at about 1:30am.
Map of Zamfara State Northwest Nigeria
Map of Zamfara State Northwest Nigeria
The commissioner, who confirmed the attack to newsmen in Gusau, said the abductors took away his wife and their three children, and three other relatives.
“They have not yet demanded for any ransom from us. In fact, we have not discussed anything with them, but we have reported the matter to security agencies,” he said.

Zamfara State has witnessed several security issues with increasing rate of killings, arms banditry and cattle rustling along its Birni-gwari boarder. Hundreds of people have been killed in the process and reports has it that armed Fulani Militia brandish sophisticated weapons with impunity and security agencies have not being able to curb the situation.  

Security analysts have said that the peculiar nature of Zamfara State being a boarder state with Niger makes the security situation more complicated.

Resolutions of Igbo Summit on Restructuring of Nigeria

The Igbo Summit was held on Monday 21 May 2018 at the Ekwueme Square Awka Anambra State Nigeria. The aim of the summit which was organised by Ohaneze Ndiigbo was to articulate the position of the Igbo People on the issue of the restructuring of the Nigerian State towards equity justice and fairness for all. The summit which had prominent sons and daughters of Ndiigbo including the members of the Indegenous People of Biafra IPOB came up with the following resolutions which was presented by the chairman of the Organising Committee Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.
John Nwodo and Senator Ike Ekweremadu
  • Constitution of a national conversation for all Nigerians to discuss on how they want to live in Nigeria.
  • new constitution.
  • review of Nigeria’s democratic structure, demanding regional government and a review of the nation’s constitution.
  • enthronement of the principles of equity and fairness noting that this will help Nigeria achieve all-round development and solve its political and economic challenges.
  • convocation of a constituent assembly.
  • six-years single tenure for the president of Nigeria.
  • vice-presidentsdents from each of the geopolitical zones except the zone from which the president emerged from with the vice-presidents holding key ministries.
  • Rotation of the president among the geopolitical zones that make up Nigeria which includes the Southeast, Southsouth, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest and Northcentral.
  • Scrapping of local government system.
  • resource control by states.
  • removal of the state of origin clause and the creation of a merit and equal opportunities commission to replace the federal character commission.
  • Creation of additional state for the South East Geopolitical zone before considering creation of more states in the country among other demands as the position of the Igbo.
Prominent Igbo sons and daughters who were present at the summit include:
Host Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who was chairman of the event, President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Senator Victor Umeh; renowned economist, Professor Pat Utomi, former Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chikioka, Dr. Joe Nawaogu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Rita Maduagwu, representatives of Igbo in Diaspora, among many others.
While addressing the summit Deputy Senate President Professor Ike Ekweremadu together with other Igbo Lawmakers ratified the resolutions of the summit as presented by Professor Charles Soludo as the official legal position of the Igbo People of Nigeria.
In addition, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President during his address condemned the classification of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by federal government and demanded for the reversal of the tag.
Ekwerwmadu enjoined all to support the restructuring of Nigeria saying that the day was a historic day in Nigeria, and that the National Assembly would continue to network with other members in other parts of the country as no zone can effectively champion the restructuring campaign alone.
He said restructuring was for the benefit of all, and that no zone can truly claim to be the biggest beneficiaries of the restructuring campaign, as doing so would be a win, win situation for all zones of the country.
President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo stated that all the arms of Ohanaeze accepted the recommendations by the various committees that drafted the stand of Ndigbo on the restructuring, adding that Nigeria needed a constitution because “the present constitution was dead.”
In his speech, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, stated that in the life of any nation, there should be a time to pause and reflect into the past, reflect on the present and peep into the future, adding that though Igbo had a great past and great people that championed Nigeria’s Independence, they have not had a fair deal in Nigeria.
He said: “Today, things are no longer the way we want them. In as much as I believe that the future of the Igbo is great, there are some concerns. In 1966, Igbo didn’t know about the coup, but they were slaughtered in the civil war that lasted 30 months.
He said: “We have made the most sacrifices and more often than not, we have also paid the supreme price for the unity of this country. But we have made these sacrifices in the belief that in the contemporary history of mankind, the road to nationhood is often paved with the blood of patriots. Indeed, Ndigbo have paid the price for Nigeria’s greatness. We paid in blood. We paid in full!
“The future summons us to a brighter dawn! And we must walk in the shadows of our fathers. Yes, our fathers played a major role in Nigeria’s long road to independence. And today, we have gathered to dream a balanced federation into existence for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“I have combed the pages of history and our contemporary times. And I boldly declare that I did not find a perfect human society anywhere. Every nation on earth is a work in progress. Citizens of both advanced and developing countries continue to ask their countries hard questions that will lead them to a better federation, a better nation and a better society. And Nigeria cannot be an exception to this rule. So, we must ask Nigeria hard questions too!
“The question on everyone’s mind today is ‘what kind of country do Nigerians want Nigeria to be?’ This is the question that will determine Nigeria’s promise; Nigeria’s future and Nigeria’s greatness. Happily, different ethnic groups and geo-political zones have made bold efforts to ask this question in recent times. And today, Ndigbo will ask their own!
“As governor of Anambra State, I was born and raised in Nigeria and I have lived in Nigeria for the better part of my life. I have lived the Nigerian Dream and felt Nigeria’s Heartbreaks. I know what my people want from Nigeria and the question we must ask of Nigeria. We must ask what every forward looking people want from any socio-political arrangement – life, liberty and a chance to raise happy families. We must ask for a just, fair and equitable federation where every citizen is guaranteed the freedom to be the best they can be and to aspire to the highest position in the land regardless of their tribe, culture or religion. And this is what Nigeria in its present structure, has not given to us!
“We have answered the call of history. And hopefully, history will be kind to us. If our fathers invested their youthful hopes and the power of their intellect in the Nigeria of their time, we have invested our wealth, our enterprise and our emotion in remaking Nigeria.

Bomb Explosion Injures 6 Persons in Aba, Abia State Nigeria

Bomb Explosion Injures 6 Persons in Aba, Abia State Nigeria, Army Arrest 1Person.
Residents of Aba Abia State, Nigeria thrown into panic over the weekend when a bomb blast seriously injured six traders at the popular Yam Market in the Osisioma-Aba axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway. It was gathered that three young men were riding a commercial tricycle popularly called Keke Napep along the expressway when, on approaching the market, two of them at the back threw an explosive device believed to be a bomb into the market.
Map of Abia State Nigeria
Although no life was lost immediately, however, six traders were said to have been seriously injured as a result of the impact of the explosive, which destroyed stalls and goods within the vicinity.
After the incident, the two men were reported to have, in the midst of the melee that ensued, escaped from the scene, while one person said to be the operator of the tricycle was later arrested by soldiers.
The injured traders were taken to a private hospital in the city, where they are said to be responding to treatment.
Efforts to reach army authorities in the state over the incident proved abortive, as they were yet to respond to a text messages sent to them at the time of filing the report.
However, a soldier, who did not want his name in print, said on phone: “Yes, something like that happened, but we are yet to get the details from the boys in town.”
Investigation by this reporter showed that the man arrested by soldiers was merely a commercial tricycle operator who picked the two men involved in the incident along the road to drop them somewhere and was not a member of the gang.
“The man arrested by soldiers in respect of the incident was not a member of the gang. The thing is that he picked the two men who posed as genuine passengers along the road and told him to drop them somewhere.
“But as they got to the Yam Market, the two men threw the explosive into the market and as people were scampering for safety, they too jumped down from the tricycle and escaped, leaving the tricycle operator to his fate,” the source said.
The Sun Nigeria.

Man Kills Woman For Ritual in Lagos Nigeria ( Warning: Very Graphic)

There was pandemonium in Balogun Area of Lagos State Nigeria when residents of the area caught a man who killed his neighbour for Ritual.

The man from the information available killed his female church member and wrapped her in a bucket in the night before he was intercepted by passers-by.
Lagos State has been notorious for increasing ritual killings including the notorious Badoo Gang that has killed many people for rituals.

An eyewitness account of  the incident wrote:
This is balogun street in Oshodi Lagos State where a man  killed and butchered his female Church member.
He had already cut off the lady's head, breasts, and her intestines. He did  all these bcos of money and spiritual powers ,  but he was caught early yesterday morning at 4: 50 a m when he was trying to dispose the corpse of the innocent lady.
Watch the videos and confirm it urself.  May God continue to guide us and keep us away from harm and  Evil people.

Paraguay Moves Embassy To Jerusalem After United States and Guatemala

Paraguay on Monday May 21, 2018 officially moved its Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem thereby becoming the third country after the United States of America and Guatemala.
Paraguay President Horacio Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Guatemala opened its Embassy in Jerusalem on May 19 few days after the historic opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.
President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay was in Jerusalem to dedicate the embassy and he was received by his Israeli counterpart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Paraguay operated an embassy in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion until closing it in 2002. It reopened an embassy in Israel in 2014, this time in a suburb of Tel-Aviv.
Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras have said they are also considering doing the same.
Jerusalem is the host to the seat of Government of Israel, housing the Israeli Parliament, Judiciary. The May 14 USA movement of its Embassy to Jerusalem sparked violent protests from Palestinians on the Gaza border leading to the death of about 50 Palestinians with close to 2000 injured.
Israel was formed in 1948 after the second world war following a resolution by the United Nations Security Council. But in 1967 Israel annexed East Jerusalem during the Arab-Israel War popularly called the six days war.
Israel and Palestine have been at conflict with each other especially as regards East Jerusalem which the Palestinians hope to use as the capital of a future independent Palestinian State.
No country in Africa has made an official statement if it will move its Embassy including Nigeria.

Nigeria: Radio Biafra Named Radio Biafra International Now Operates on 105.3FM

Another  Radio Biafra known as Radio Biafra International RBi now operates on Frequency Modulation 105.3 FM in Nigeria. The Radio Station operates in Eastern Nigeria and has a good reception in Port Harcourt River State, Nigeria.
Radio Biafra International Logo RBi
Radio Biafra International Logo RBi

 This new Radio Biafra makes it two the number of Radio Biafra Stations operating in Eastern Nigeria. The first  station is Radio Biafra London RBL which operates on 102.3FM while the second one is Radio Biafra International which operates on 105.3FM.
Information gathered has it that both stations are owned by the two main factions of the Indegenous People of Biafra IPOB.

The RBL faction from what we understand is led by  Nnamdi Kanu while the RBi faction are made up of Nnamdi Kanu's former associates and are led by the Directorate of State DOS.
Both sister stations have a similar modus of operations both in their news, and mode of analysis as well as the propagation of Biafra ideals.
Radio Biafra International Satellite Configuration and Frequency

The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB are a mass movement fighting for an independent state of Biafra from Nigeria. The group is led by Nnamdi Kanu and it has presence in about 88 countries of the world.

Biafra, which officially was called the Republic of Biafra, was an unrecognized secessionist state in West Africa which existed from 30 May 1967 to January 1970; it was made up of the states in the Eastern Region of Nigeria.
1967 Map of Biafra
1967 Map of Biafra
Biafra's attempt to leave Nigeria resulted in the Nigerian Civil War. The state was formally recognised by Gabon, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Zambia. Other nations, which did not give official recognition but provided support and assistance to Biafra, included Israel, France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Rhodesia, South Africa and the Vatican City. Biafra also received aid from non-state actors, including Joint Church Aid, Holy Ghost Fathers of Ireland, and under their direction Caritas International, MarkPress and U.S. Catholic Relief Services.

Its inhabitants were mostly Igbo, who led the secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria. Other ethnic groups that were present were the Efik, Ibibio, Annang, Ejagham, Eket, Ibeno and the Ijaw among others.

After two-and-a-half years of war, during which almost two million Biafran civilians died from starvation caused by the total blockade of the region by the Nigerian government and the migration of Biafra's Igbo people into increasingly shrinking territory, Biafran forces under the motto of "No-victor, No-vanquished" surrendered to the Nigerian Federal Military Government (FMG), and Biafra was reintegrated into Nigeria. The surrender was facilitated by the Biafran Vice President and Chief of General Staff, Major General Philip Effiong who assumed leadership of the defunct Republic after the original President, Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu fled to Ivory Coast.

Ohaneze Igbo Restructuring Summit, Nigeria and IPOB - by Charles Ogbu


By Charles Ogbu.

As OHANEZE NDIGBO is set to hold a Restructuring Summit tomorrow, the 21st day of May 2018 in Awka amidst opposition from the Indegenous People of Biafra IPOB, let me quickly put down my thought for the sake of posterity.
Nnia Nwodo (President of Ohaneze Ndigbo), Charles Ogbu and Nnamdi Kanu (Leader of IPOB)
Nnia Nwodo (President of Ohaneze Ndigbo), Charles Ogbu and Nnamdi Kanu (Leader of IPOB)
First, let me categorically state here that no Igbo group has the right to disrupt the activities of another Igbo group anywhere in Igbo land. It doesn't matter if the other group is holding a gathering in support of Buhari. There is no "but". There is no "if" here. We must never subject our "Egbe beru Ugo beru" value system to ridicule. Above all, we must never give our traducers the weapon with which to hang us.

Back to the matter:
I find the feud between the Restructuring group represented by Ohaneze and the Biafra group represented by IPOB as a needless distraction.

Restructuring and Biafra are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, both Concepts are natives of the same village who share the same fate and faith.

The feud between the two groups are caused by 2 main factors :

1.A misunderstanding of what the two terms (Restructuring and Biafra) entail,

2. Lack of trust between IPOB and the Igbo Leadership Collective. The former sees the latter as some insensitive self serving lots with no concern for the masses. The latter, on the other hand, view the former as a bunch of genuinely aggrieved but misguided youths who are seeking Biafra with intent to use same as a tool for vendetta against them. I do not know how this trust gap can be bridged but it must be closed somehow or Ala-igbo will be doomed into a future that has the Igbo Nation erased from it.

Without the Igbo youths which IPOB constitute very high percent of, Igbo leaders CAN NOT succeed because no leadership anywhere in the world has ever succeeded without being on the same page with most of the followers. Without these leaders, IPOB CAN NOT succeed because no people anywhere in the world has ever secured a referendum for secession without being on the same page with their leaders at the local, state and federal levels. This is why I believe we must swallow our ego and find a common ground or we will all fail.

Personally, I believe the ArewaNorth will never allow for a TRULY restructured Nigeria through the existing constitutional framework/institutions unless there is a reasonable threat of imminent break-up of the Nigerian state and this threat can easily come through the activities of the secessionist groups. I also believe they will not allow for outright secession especially now that they control all the instruments of State Coercion. This is not to say it is up to them to decide our fate. Not at all.  If the different youth groups of all the Southern and Middle Belt leaders who went with the Ohaneze PG to deliver the restructuring speech at the NASS few weeks ago were to collectively put MAXIMUM pressure on the Caliphate controlled FG, Nigeria would have since been GENUINELY restructured.

As we''d recall, when the Political Economist turned IPOB leader (Kanu) was here commanding thousands on the street of Ala-igbo with his Biafra song, the Caliphate seemed a bit scared. They started holding restructuring talk and seminar all over the place. Even governor El-rufai went to Chatham house to talk restructuring. He came home to head the APC voodoo restructuring committee. But the moment the non-venomous snake disappeared Kanu, the govt Restructuring talk conducted a referendum and seceded into oblivion. This is why I think groups like IPOB remains very vital to make GENUINE restructuring a reality. Igbo leadership will do well not to dis-remember this.

In the likely event that we succeed in actualizing a TRULY restructured Nigeria which must come with a new constitution, not amended one, (This current 1999 law book is an Apertheid document) it will equally be a win-win for the Biafra group because then, each region/state will have its own constitution, its own Police Force and absolute control over her resources with a little percent contribution to keep the weak Central govt running. Under this arrangement, less than 60-70% of the things we expect in an independent Biafra Nation will be present coupled with full right to self-determine our future. With that, we stand a far better chance fighting to secede than we do now that we don't even have control over our Vigilante groups.

My point is, both the Restructurist and the Biafra group are not of a distant relation. One does not stop the other. Both groups can pursue their agitation without infringing on the right of the other. The two group need to understand this. This is of extreme importance.

So rather than threatening to disrupt the Ohaneze restructuring Summit, what we should be looking out for is the type of Restructuring Ohaneze is proposing on our behalf and their seriousness in pursuing it to fruition.

Governor Wike of River State Accuse Nigerian President Buhari of Assassination Plot

Port Harcourt - The River State Governor Barrister Nyesom Wike has accused the Mohammadu Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria of plotting to assassinate him.
Governor Nyesom Wike made this allegation on Sunday May 20, 2018 at a church service at the Winners Chapel Church in Port Harcourt.
Governor Nyesom Wike, Rotimi Amaechi and President Mohammadu Buhari
Governor Nyesom Wike, Rotimi Amaechi and President Mohammadu Buhari

Governor Wike while addressing the congregation said the planned assassination will take place in a crowded gathering and will be termed accidental discharge.
The Governor pointed accusing fingers on the Inspector General of Police IGP Ibrahim Idris and the Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi.

Reacting to the allegation, the media aide to President Mr Femi Adesina said the governor is just making frivolous and unguided comments which is typical of opposition politics.

On the part of the Inspector General of Police, Governor Wike said the IGP ignored the constitutional immunity he enjoys and tried to search his house until he was stopped by the court.

You will recall that sometime last year Governor Wike made a similar allegation of plans to assassinate him. When interviewed Wike said the plotters of the assassination had to drop the plan last year because their agenda was leaked to the public but he insisted that the intelligence available to him proves that the plan has been re-initiated.

The governor refused to mention the source o the intelligence and information saying it was not in the interest of the whistle blower.

The Ruling All Progressive Congress APC has reacted to the allegation by saying that it was a false alarm.

Fulani Herdsmen Kill 5 Soldiers, Kidnap 2 in Benue State, Nigeria

About 5 soldiers have been reportedly killed and 2 other soldiers kidnapped after suspected Fulani Herdsmen clashed with some personnel of the Nigerian Military in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, Northcentral Nigeria on Sunday May 20, 2018.
Armed Fulani Herdsman
Armed Fulani Herdsman

The attackers also burnt down Army patrol vehicles during the clash.

According to DAILY POST the Herdsmen had wanted to attack a village in Logo but where foiled by the Army.

The confrontation resulted into fire exchange of gunfire between the herdsmen and military personnel.

A resident of the area said that the herdsmen overpowered the soldiers and whisked away two soldiers.

Earlier six teachers were killed in Benue State by the same Fulani Herdsmen as the teachers went to inspect their rice farm.

Benue State has come under series of attacks by armed Fulani Herdsmen resulting in the death of thousands of innocent people including the killing of church worshipers in late April.

The security agencies appear helpless with the situation in Benue State while other Nigerians have called on the President Mohammadu Buhari led administration to proscribed the Fulani Herdsmen as a Terrorist Group.

The killings and destruction of properties including farmlands by Fulani Herdsmen led to the Benue State Government enacting an anti-open grazing bill.

The security situation in Benue State has continued to degenerate.

Armed Bandits Kill 1, Kidnap 9 Persons in Birnin-Gwari Kaduna State, Nigeria

Armed Bandits have killed 1 person and kidnapped 9 others in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

Birnin-Gwari Kaduna State Nigeria
This recent incident which occurred Saturday, May 19, 2018 adds to the series of insecurity and attacks in Birnin-Gwari that has continued unabated.
Just last week more than 10 Persons were equally killed with several houses destroyed in the same Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State by the same armed bandits. The bandits whose identity is still unknown attacked four villages. 

The Armed Bandits overran Mashigi, DakwaroSabon gida, and a last village killing at least ten people, a resident said. “Ten bodies of people killed were recovered, while many are unaccounted for.

British Lawmaker Calls For Sanction Against Israel Over May 14 Gaza Conflict

A member of the British Parliament in the House of Representatives Emily Thornberry has called for sanctions against the State of Israel over the Gaza clash between Israeli Defence Forces and Palestinian Civilians that left about 58 Palestinians dead with another 2000 injured.
The unfortunate incident occurred on Monday  May14, 2018 during the official opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. Emily while speaking on the floor of the house accused Israel of massacre of unarmed Palestinian Protesters who posed no threat to the forces on the Gaza border although some of the protesters hauled stones at the Israeli security forces. She said the attack by Israel was a six weeks plan of crackdown and not a spontaneous reaction to a day's riot. She accused Israel of using very lethal and dangerous weapon ( 7.6 mm and 5.5 mm bullets) against Palestinian men, women and children. The United Nations Secretary General has called for an investigation into the incident. A similar call by the Government of Kuwait for an independent investigation was vetoed by the United States. She further called on the British Government to initiate a new United Nations Statement on the violence and for Israel to widthraw from all occupied territories and those found culpable in the breach of International Laws be brought to justice.

The United States Embassy in Jerusalem was officially commissioned on May 14, 2018.
President Trump who absent at the event however addressed the audience through a video call. In his address Trump said:
The United States under President Harry Truman became the first nation to recognize the state of Israel. Today, we officially open the United States embassy in Jerusalem. Congratulations. It's been a long time coming.  Almost immediately after declaring statehood in 1948, Israel designated the city of Jerusalem as its capital. The capital the Jewish people established in ancient times. 
So important. Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's government. It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court and Israel's prime minister and president. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital.  Yet for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious: the plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem. 
On Dec. 6, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel.Today, we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem. And we're opening it many, many years ahead of schedule.  As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace. 
The United States remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement, and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites, including at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif. This city and its entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people. The United States will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace.
We wish Ambassador Friedman good luck as he takes up his office in this beautiful Jerusalem embassy, and we extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there. And may God bless the United States of America. Thank you.

The movement of the United States Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem by the Trump administration marked the fulfillment of a campaign promise and end to years of the United States plans to recognise Jerusalem as the true and eternal capital of Israel. The Israelis and Palestinians both lay claim to Jerusalem as their capital.

Otokoto Ritual Killing: Nigerian Supreme Court Frees Suspect 22 years after

After 22 years the Nigerian Supreme Court, on Friday, May 18, 2018 discharged and acquitted Alban Ajaegbu one of the suspects in the Imo State Ritual Killings of 1996 popularly called "Otokoto Ritual Killing". Mr. Alban Ajaegbu a gardener at Otokoto Hotel Owerri was among the accused persons in the 1996 scary ‘Otokoto’ ritual murder of 11-year-old Ikechukuwu Okoronkwo.
Innocent Ekeanyanwu (Top Right), Justice Chioma Nwosu Iheme (Bottom Center), Mr Duru alias Otokoto (Bottom Right)

Little Okoronkwo was on a groundnut selling errand when he was on September 19, 1996 lured into a hotel called Otokoko in Owerri, Imo State and gruesomely beheaded by Innocent Ekeanyanwu. Investigations had revealed that the victim became unconscious in the hotel after he drank a bottle of Coca-Cola that was spiked with drug, before he was killed.

 The crime was discovered when 32-year-old Innocent Ekeanyanwu left the hotel to deliver Okoronkwo’s head in a polythene bag to a client. An motorcycle rider popularly called "inaga" who was conveying Ekenyanwu to his destination discovered the fresh human head and alerted the police. Among those arrested over the ritual killing included the owner of the hotel, one Vincent Duru, who was popularly referred to as Chief Otokoto.

Besides beheading the victim, the suspects were said to have removed vital organs from his body, including his genitals, before burying the mutilated corpse in a shallow grave. All the seven suspects fingered in the ritual killing were all found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. Meanwhile, Ajaegbu who was discharged and acquitted of the crime by the Supreme Court on Friday, was said to have worked at the hotel as a gardener.

The apex court, in a unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of Justices, held that circumstantial evidence the high court and appeal court relied upon to convict and sentence him to death by hanging, was not sufficient.

In a landmark ruling, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun who prepared the lead judgment, said; “It must be restated here that the appellant was charged with murder and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond reasonable doubt that it was the act of the appellant that caused the death of the deceased. “The appellant does not have the burden to prove his innocence. The lower court held that the defence of the appellant raised a lot of suspicion.

“The law is well settled that suspicion, no matter how grave, cannot take the place of proof.” She said that the assumption of the lower courts that because the appellant worked in the hotel for 17 years, he should have known who owed the farm that Okoronkwo was buried in, was fallacious. According to the apex court, “Suspicion cannot take the place of legal proof.

That the appellant worked in the hotel for 17 years and didn’t know who owed the farm cannot make him guilty. “The law is settled, that an accused person told lies does not make him guilty.” The apex court held that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond every reasonable doubt. Consequently, it set aside the judgment of the Owerri Court of Appeal of 2012 which upheld the death sentence of the trial court and acquitted and discharged Ajaegbo. The decision of the apex court was read by Justice Ejembi Eko.

Otokoto Ritual Saga and How it all started. The full story:

Governor Tanko Zubairo and Governer Aneke
In 1996, the police in Owerri, Imo State, Eastern Nigerian arrested a man, Innocent Ekeanyanwu, with the head of a young boy, Ikechukwu Okonkwo.

In the course of investigation, the police traced the buried torso of Ikechukwu to the premises of Otokoto Hotel, owned by a business man, Chief Vincent Duru, and uncovered a syndicate that specialised in ritual killing and the sale and procurement of human parts.

The Protests:

The horrifying discoveries sparked off violent protests in Owerri, which led to the burning and looting of properties belonging to suspected killers.

Following the protests in which both the police and the state’s military administration were accused of aiding and abetting the crime of ritual killing, the state government set up a panel headed by Justice P.C Onumajuru, to investigate the case.

The panel at the end of its assignment recommended the trial of the Otokoto syndicate members. The two sets of trials that went on for many years represented all that the state military administration had been able to do with the implementation of the Justice Onumajuru panel of inquiry.
Map of Imo State, Nigeria
Map of Imo State, Nigeria

But other important recommendations of the panel, especially the aspects that required trial of some highly placed people were discarded. Among those indicted by the panel was James Aneke, a navy captain and former military administrator of the state and David Abure, a former state commissioner and Onu Egwu Nwoke, the chairman of Imo council of traditional rulers whose palace was damaged by rioters.

The panel indicted the Imo council of traditional rulers, as one of the remote causes of the riot. It said: “Chieftaincy titles which hitherto were veritable means of according recognition, and to some extent, giving reward for hard work, honesty and selfless service became bastardised and were conferred indiscriminately on all manner of persons, backgrounds and antecedents. Some were said to have encouraged fraudsters (419) and other anti-social activities for material gains, while others even engaged in such practices, thus lending social and traditional legitimacy to corrupt and rotten enrichment in society.”

The biggest challenges before Colonel Tanko Zubairu, Aneke’s successor as military administrator of Imo State was what to do with Aneke, his predecessor. The Onumajulu commission identified several alleged malpractices and fraudulent acts carried out by the Aneke administration. It said:”The immediate past administration of Aneke was very unpopular with the people of Imo State.”

The trials:

Vincent Duru, the proprietor of Otokoto Hotel, Owerri, and five others were put on trial over the Otokoto saga. They were detained at the Owerri federal prisons and charged with the murder of 11-year-old Okoronkwo whose headless corpse was exhumed in the premises of his hotel.

The other suspects are Leonard Unaogu, Alban Ajaegbu, Sampson Nnanito, Ebenezer Egwueke and Lawrence Ebo. Nine people initially testified before Justice S. O. Ekpe, who took over from Justice Gabriel Ojiako, the retired chief judge of Imo State, in the course of the trial. The trial started on December 9, 1996, with Hillary Ngozi Opara, the first prosecution witness. The court admitted the confessional statement of Innocent Ekeanyanwu, a gardener with Otokoto Hotel who later died in police custody. Ekeanyanwu was arrested with Okoronkwo’s head at Ikeduru. In his statement, Ekeanyanwu was said to have confessed to killing Okoronkwo and also implicated his boss, Duru, in the murder.

Ekeanyanwu’s statement, according to Ambrose Nnah, a police sergeant who recorded it, was voluntarily made in Igbo. Nnah, who testified in court, June 17, 1998 as a witness, said that the statement was recorded in English and read over to Ekeanyanwu in Igbo before he thumb-printed it.

Counsel to Duru and Unaogu objected to the admission of the statement on the grounds that the late Ekeanyanwu was said to have made it in Igbo, as there was nothing on the face of the statement to show that it was interpreted to him in Igbo, after being recorded in English.

Tony Mogboh, SAN, and counsel to Unaogu, further objected on the grounds that the document was different from the one attached to the proof of evidence served on his client. He said the Igbo version ought also to be attached to avoid distortion.

Ekpe over-ruled the objections. “There is no evidence before me that the statement was not made voluntarily. And if a statement is made voluntarily, it is admissible in evidence. The objections are therefore overruled. I rule that the statement is admissible in law and should therefore be admitted as exhibit II,” he ruled.

Statements from the nine witnesses who testified thus gave insights into how the crime was committed. From the evidence of the prosecution witnesses, it was not a wine tapper who reported seeing Ekeanyanwu by a stream, cleaning up his palms stained by blood from the fresh human head. It was Opara, a motorcyclist who alerted the police about the possession of a fresh human head by Ekeanyanwu.

Opara told the court that he took Ekeanyanwu to Eziama, Ikeduru, on his motorcycle. He said Ekeanyanwu told him that he was visiting a relation. Opara said he discovered in the course of the journey that what Ekeanyanwu carried in a polythene bag was a human head, so he alerted the police at Eziama when Ekeanyanwu alighted.

Ekeanyanwu was intercepted by the police on his way back in a 504 car and the human head was found in his bag. A receptionist in the hotel Margaret Acholonu told the court that Duru was actually in the hotel on September 19, 1996, the day Okoronkwo was beheaded. She also said two spots were dug at the hotel premises, adding that it was in the second spot that the body of Okoronkwo was exhumed. She also said that she saw Ekeanyanwu on the 19th of September with a black bag and that Ekeanyanwu told her that he was going to his village in Eziama.

Sunday Onwuchekwa, a police sergeant, further told the court that he was in the office at the police headquarters, Owerri, on September 20, 1996, when Ekeanyanwu was brought with a fresh human head by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Iho police station, in Ikeduru. He said Ekeanyanwu was taken to Ifeanyi Anozie, an assistant police commissioner, at the CID, Owerri. According to him, Anozie directed that Onwuchekwa, ASP Aguobi, ASP Obasi Chukwu, leader of the team, DSP, C Nmezi and other ranks should investigate the matter.

Onwucheka told the court that before the police took Ekeanyanwu to Otokoto hotel, he confessed to killing the boy at Mba River in Ikeduru and dumped the body inside the river. The police search team did not find anything at Mba River, according to Onwuchekwa. They returned to Owerri at about 7 p.m. September 20, 1996.

The following Monday, the police team continued with their investigation, taking Ekeanyanwu to Otokoto hotel. The headless body of the boy had already been identified at the hotel before the police team arrived.

Onwuchekwa said the corpse was covered with red mud, emitting offensive odour and that the mud was not fresh, but rather looked like it had stayed up to four or five days since it was dug. He also said that part of the sand had been removed and that one of the police officers used a stick to feel the inside, in the process of which he found a shallow grave where a headless body in a decomposing state was found. He said also that they discovered a stick tied with a cloth and that it was Ferguson Okoronkwo, a guardian of the deceased who identified the corpse to be that of Okoronkwo.

When the case resumed, February 18 1998, J. C. Uwazuruonye, counsel to Duru objected to the admission of the stick with a cloth as exhibit in court. He said that he objected on the ground on pages 13A and 13 D of proof of evidence, the purported stick was not listed as one of the exhibit to be tendered. “The stick had doubtfully validity which cannot be tendered,” he said. The court agreed with him, so the stick was not tendered.

On March 24, Onwuchekwa was cross-examined by F. A. Onwuzulike and B. N Chukwu, both defence lawyers recruited by the legal aid council for some of the accused who could not hire private lawyers. He admitted that Ekeanyanwu made a statement; he also made an oral statement. He said also that an investigation team came from Lagos while they were still investigating.

The police officer said Duru came out while he was standing with Ekeanyanwu and shouted at Ekeanyanwu, “Have you implicated me?” Uwazuruonye reminded him that it was not for him to say whether it was reflected or not.

Asked if he drew the attention of Anozie to Duru’s statement, he answered “yes.” Asked again if Duru’s statement was contained in the report of the police investigation team, he said ‘no’, explaining that he only saw the report after the case was charged to court.

A number of other witnesses testified for the prosecution. They included Laeticia Okoronkwo, mother of Ikechukwu, Sulaiman Idris Ibe, a retired inspector of police who claimed to have been on duty at Eziama police station when Opara reported the matter. A police photographer who took the shot of the head and body testified as PW7. He tendered negatives and photographs of the head as exhibit D and D1. He also tendered photographs and negative of the headless body as exhibit F1 and F2. Ralph Nwaiwu, the doctor who performed the autopsy on Ikechukwu testified as PW8. He admitted on cross-examination that he was not a specialist on pathology.

On August 20, 1997, a different trial also began at a senior magistrate’s court in Owerri. In the dock are nine police officers accused of complicity in the murder of Ekeanyanwu. They are Ifeanyi Anozie, an assistant commissioner of police and Chukwu Obasi, an assistant superintendent of police. The others are Kevin Ezirim, Christian Nnazi, Clifford Odiaka, Felix Nnorom, Christopher Aguobi, Ignatius Igwe, James Ibezere and Josephat Nwosu. The white paper on the Otokoto crisis had recommended their dismissal and trial.

In 1997, six persons were executed by firing squad following a judgment of Justice Emmanuel Nnodim. Duru’s son, Obidiozor, was one of them.

In 2002, Justice Lawrence Alinor also sentenced three police officers to death by hanging at the Owerri High Court for roles they played in the death of Innocent Ekeanyanwu, principal witness in the Otokoto case.

From the time the matter was taken to court on October 14, 1997, a year after the incident, the case suffered many adjournments, ranging from occasional absence of lawyers, the suspects, the presiding judge and even the transfer or retirement of judges. The then federal solicitor- general wrote a letter dated May 16, 1997, to the Imo State attorney-general ordering the accused persons to be released. He claimed that no prima facie case had been established against them.

But Imo indigenes that got wind of the plan to release the suspects raised the alarm and another tension enveloped Owerri city before it was put under control, through the assurance by the state government in a radio broadcast that all the suspects would appear in court.

The first appearance of the seven suspects in court was greeted by criticism from human rights activists in Owerri. Unaogu was given VIP treatment. He was conveyed in a new station wagon from the prison to court. Vincent Duru and other suspects were handcuffed into Black Maria from the prison to the court. Duru protested Unaogu’s VIP treatment. Imo indigenes attributed the VIP treatment to the influence of his brother, Laz, who was a minister then.

Several judges handled the case. First was Gabriel Ojiaku, who later went on retirement in 1997. Simeon Ekpe, who replaced him continued. In fact, the prosecution was almost closing its case when Ekpe was elevated to the Court of Appeal. The case was stalled. Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme finally took over April 28, 1999.

Final judgement:

And finally, an Owerri High Court presided over by Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, sentenced seven persons including Chief Duru, alias Otokoto and Chief Leonard Unaogu to death, for their involvement in the brutal murder of Okoronkwo on September 19, 1996, at Otokoto Hotels Owerri. Also condemned to death for the same offence were Alban Ajaegbu, Sampson Nnamito, Ebenezer Egwuekwe, Rufus Anyanwu and Lawrence Eboh. In her over three-hour judgement, Justice Nwosu-Iheme described Chief Duru as “a hardened and unrepentant murderer.”

Nwosu-Iheme said she found it extremely difficult to believe the stories told by Chief Duru to the effect that Chief Unaogu and himself did not know each other before this ugly incident nor ever regarded themselves as close friends.

On judgement day, It took the presence of a special squad of combat-ready police men to keep the huge crowd that gathered within the premises of the Owerri High Court, in check. The atmosphere was charged.

Justice Nwosu-Iheme’s judgment lasted for about three and half hours and was summed up this way: “The soul that sinneth shall die,” as she sentenced the seven men to death by hanging.

The judge explained that the weight of evidence was heavily against all the accused. “This is a typical case when a circumstantial evidence has proved a case of murder with the accuracy surpassing that of mathematics. It has left no one in doubt, of the connection between one accused person and others. It is to me a syndicated arrangement with clear division of labour,” she said.

Singling out Unaogu, she said: “the sixth accused person, Leonard Unaogu could be described as essential part of the actor who orders for the heads of human beings as if he is ordering for goat heads. It is indeed an unfortunate case, a very intelligent man who chose to channel his intelligence the wrong way. The blood of Ikechukwu Okonkwo must be a very strong and powerful one that cried to God in high heavens.”

“It is indeed condemnable, even God Himself condemned it when he said in Ezekiel chapter 8 verse 20 that “the soul that sinneth shall die.” The accused have demonstrated specie of wickedness surpassing those of Jezebel. The law is very clear on the consequences of these acts and the perpetrators will go in for it,” the judge proclaimed.

Nwosu-Iheme said the prosecution had proved the case against all the seven accused persons and therefore found each of them guilty. The state counsel and defence lawyers concluded their addresses in October last year. The prosecuting counsel maintained that all the accused persons were principal offenders and should be convicted of murder as charged while defence lawyers especially J. C. Uwazuruonye for Vincent Duru and Amadi Obi for Leonard Unaogu, prayed the court to free their respective clients.

Unaogu hurriedly told newsmen following the death sentence passed on him: “I am dying because I helped the less-privileged and widows in the society.” Then Duru said: “This is not a thorough judgment,” As for Anyanwu, “History will see the judgment as it is.”

The death sentences ended the Otokoto saga. Relations of the condemned men burst into tears. But some other persons were happy.

Unaogu’s two wives wept uncontrollably while Rufus Anyanwu’s wife fainted and was carried out of the scene by sympathisers. Uche Durueke, chairman of the South- East branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, which monitored the court proceedings said: “the course of the law might be slow. The day of judgment cometh. Today it has come.”

But Uwazuruonye, defence counsel to Duru, said his client would go all the way to the Supreme Court to ensure that justice was done.

The verdict brought the number of convicts on the Otokoto saga to 16.