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Edo Prison Escapee Arrested In Ogun

One Obehi Ogbeh, an alleged escapee from the White House prison yard in Edo State, Southsouth Nigeria has been re-arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command. Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun State Police  Public Relations Officer disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital. He explained that Ogbeh was arrested in the Agbado area …

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Edo Election: Citizens Worried About Threats Of Violence By Candidates

As citizens in Edo State prepare to elect a new governor on September 19, 2020, they are worried about threats of violence by candidates in the contest. There are 14 candidates in the election but the people have their attention on the two major parties in the race – APC and PDP – , which …

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COVID-19: Edo Schools, Parents Struggle To Meet School Resumption Requirements

Despite the Federal Government’s directives that exit classes in secondary schools should reopen on August 4, preparations are on low gear in Edo State as stakeholders harbour mixed feelings. The Ministry of Education, on Tuesday, said the decision was reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education and  the 36 state …

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Prospects of Biafra Independence (Part 2)

Any news-savvy individual not ensconced under the rock, not living in another planet in the last couple of years will attest to the strident publicity, increasing appeal of the Biafra independence movement. In addition to the #BiafraAt50 Anniversary cum a very successful sit-at-home order by Biafra campaigners which took place on May 30, 2017 and completely shut down the entire southeast and parts of the south-south, on Aljazeera, July 5, 2017, Aljazeera’s The Stream featured a programme titled – #Biafra50YearsOn: Is Nigeria’s secessionist movement re-emerging? Coincidentally, the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, also did a broadcast on July 5/6, 2017 titled –Biafra at 50: The war that changed Nigeria. As the global awareness ramps up…the plot thickens and Nigeria increasingly looks like a country on the brink. Similar to his gung-ho military approach to the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta which subsequently petered out through deft diplomacy, President Buhari’s miscalculation and whimsical incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu transformed him into a folk hero with an impressive global cult following. ‘’Treat the surrendering Biafrans  well or risk their children rising’’ – General Philip Effiong, Biafra Second-in-command, 1970 SBM BIAFRA INTELLIGENCE’ SURVEY  May 25, 2017; SMB Intelligence, a market intelligence and communications consulting firm affiliated to Stratfor, a United States-based geopolitical intelligence firm founded by George Friedman, published a report/survey titled ‘’Prospects of Biafra 2.0’’. The report aimed to gauge the PERCEPTION and PROSPECT of Biafra in southeast and south-south Nigeria. SBM Intelligence’ says it sent correspondents to interview people in South-East and South-South geopolitical zones and also conducted an online survey open only to indigenes of those zones. SBM Intelligence’ submitted conclusively that, ‘’in general terms there is rising support for a Biafra in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones. However, those who support secession are not yet in the majority. More people are inclined towards a restructuring within a united Nigeria’’. I BEG TO DIFFER WITH SBM INTELLIGENCE Given inter-alia, the abysmally narrow data set (489 valid responses out of a population set of tens of millions of Igbos scattered around the world), the poor geographic spread or spatial arrangement of the survey, I humbly dispute the conclusion of the aforesaid survey that, ‘’there is rising support for a Biafra in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones. However, those who support secession are not yet in the majority…’’. I think SBM Intelligence’ submission is hypothetical, debatable, fallible, conservative hence not a silver bullet. As an information and social media savvy writer/blogger, voracious reader, a security analyst cognizant of up-to-date events, goings-on, my personal interactions with Ndigbo (grassroots and abroad), feedback from sources, open-source intelligence research, I wish to infer that if a free, fair straightforward “Yes” or ‘’No’’. Biafra referendum is conducted under this prevailing ambiance of rage fertilized by the Buhari administration’s apparent marginalization and subjugation of Ndigbo, a Yes vote for Biafra independence would trounce a no vote.   PROSPECT OF SOME SOUTH-SOUTH STATES BEEN PART OF BIAFRA If there is anything the Nigerian establishment is adept at, it is deploying and entrenching divide and rule schemes. Some apparently sponsored Niger Delta folks, groups have voiced out that they don’t want to be part of Biafra. Biafra independence is not an Igbo affair. Prominent south-south persons have overtly voiced support for Biafra independence. Daily Post newspaper of July 2, 2017 reported that ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, reiterated his support for Nnamdi Kanu, declaring that he is not a Nigerian but a Biafran. Also, Niger Delta environmental and human rights activist, Ms. Ankko Briggs believes it is rather too late to restructure Nigeria, says Nigeria should split. Common sense, cultural, religious affinity and compatibility suggests that if Niger Deltans are given a choice between been part of Biafra or remaining in Nigeria, they will be better off , opt for Biafra independence than to be yoked, henpecked and stifled by the Muslim Hausa-Fulani oligarchy. Recall that His Royal Highness Chief Frank Opigo Dawai 111, Amananaowei of Angliama in present day Bayelsa State was the person who reportedly suggested the name “Biafra’’ and it was subsequently adopted. History also tells us that General Philip Effiong, the second in command to General Odumegwu Ojukwu, hails from present day Akwa Ibom state.  Recall that SBM Intelligence’ conservative survey result cautiously adduced that 42.5 percent of respondents consider southeast and south-south as constituting Biafra. On the disinformation that Biafra would be a landlocked country with little promise if Niger Delta states opt out, Wikipedia tells us there are 49 landlocked countries in the world; 16 of them in Africa. Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Ethiopia, Botswana, among others are landlocked. Nigeria with its vast shoreline is not better than all the aforementioned countries. Ndigbo are survivors and will thrive anywhere.   BIAFRA REFERENDUM, VESTED INTERESTS, AND ‘INTERFERENCE’ As is always the case, there are overt and covert vested interests in international affairs, diplomacy. Interference that could influence the outcome a political process or a referendum include inter-alia: disinformation, psychological warfare (threatening Igbos with the prospect of losing their investments in Nigeria (or a damaging scandal), psychographics, outright hacking of poll/election or referendum result. Amid deafening calls for Balkanization of Nigeria by separatists groups such as the IPOB et al, the United States ambassador to Nigeria recently opined that Nigeria is better off together. Will the US government go all out to foster and sustain the ‘forced marriage’ called Nigeria or will they switch sides if Biafra guarantees their interests? The Buhari administration stridently supports independence for Palestinian territory and Western Sahara. The game-plan of hedging actualization of Biafra through civil disobedience/referendum is not a walkover. Keep our eyes on the ball.   BIAFRA INDEPENDENCE AGITATION NO LONGER A PASTIME FOR RIFFRAFF’S Prior to now, the Biafran Cause was deemed a pastime of uneducated and no-good Joe Bloggs in Igboland. The dynamics have changed. Scores of enlightened, educated Igbos and non-Igbos though not as virulent, are joining the difficult conversation which Nnamdi Kanu and other intransigent Biafra campaigners amplified and foisted on

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