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    MASSOB resurfaces in Anambra, defies Ngige
         Members of the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have resumed operations in Anambra State despite repeated warnings from the state Governor, Dr Chris Ngige. Ngige had in a statement last month warned that his administration would not tolerate any act capable of breaching the peace in the state. The governor had also directed the law enforcement agents in the state to ensure that members of MASSOB in the area are arrested. Despite this, the Biafran flag that had earlier been confiscated by the police fluttered in the air in Onitsha while MASSOB members in military fatigue were seen around Nkpor junction and Onitsha main market.
         At Ekwulobia town in Aguata Local Government Area, most commuter buses bore Biafran stickers on their windscreens while vendors in Awka, Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Nnewi now make money from selling MASSOB calendars, newspapers and handbills. MASSOB members in Onitsha seen wearing military uniforms declined to speak on the development when contacted. "I am not answering any question. I am sorry to tell you this. One day, all questions will be answered as much as we want to express ourselves. The day is coming when no one can stop us. I know you are a Biafran but you go about writing all sorts of things about your people," one of them ventured. It was gathered that the MASSOB campaign is gaining ground as more members of the public are daily getting enlisted into the movement. The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Kolapo Shofoluwe, and the Onitsha Police Area Commander were not available for comment. -Culled from Daily Independent Online Issue of Wednesday, June 02, 2004

    CAN threatens war in Zamfara
         The Secretary-General of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern zone, Elder Saidu Dogo has warned that a religious war is imminent in Zamfara state if a new law directing Christians to conform with the Islamic code of dressing is not reversed .
         In an excclusive interview with SATURDAY INDEPENDENT in Lagos, Elder Dogo said all christians in the state were poised for a showdown with the state governor, Sani Ahmed Yerima.. “The governor’s order is an open invitation to anarchy. Christians have resolved to resist this new law, and we are all ready for battle. It is wrong for the governor to impose Islamic code of dressing on everybody,” he said. Dogo who insisted that it was both morally and constitutionally wrong for Governor Ahmed to have given his approval to such a law said only God can predict the end of the crisis which the new law will trigger. “I foresee crisis coming. But nobody should hold christians responsible. for Governor Ahmed to have given his approval to such a law, only God could predict the end of the crisis which the new law would trigger. “I foresee crisis coming. But nobody should hold Christians responsible for whatever happens in Zamfara, and this is why we are crying out now,” he declared.
         Meanwhile, tension has gripped residents of Kano over a proposed rally slated for today by on Islamic sect. Anxious of the possibility of a violent attack by Islamic fanatics, several non-indigenes are taking refuge in police stations, while others have mobilised for counter-attack. A similar rally by another sect three weeks ago, had resulted in the killings of hundreds of non-indigenes. -Culled from Daily Independent Online Issue of Wednesday, June 05, 2004
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    We are either one country or no country -Achuzia
         IRIN reported that Colonel Joe Achuzia, a former military commander for the Igbo breakaway state of Biafra in Nigeria’s civil war from 1967-70, said he is ready to fight if there are further massacres of Igbo northerners. But he also thinks it is time for a national conference. “We are either one country or no country,” said Achuzia. -Culled from SacObserver.Com wire of Wednesday, June 09, 2004

    Latest Violence Pushes Nigeria To Brink
         After the latest outbreak of ethnic and religious violence in Nigeria, religious, civic and tribal leaders are calling for a “Sovereign National Conference” to rewrite the constitution and preserve the nation, according to a wide range of news sources. The current outbreak began last February with the killing of 48 Christians who had taken refuge in a church in Yelwa of Plateau State. In reprisal, Christian militants killed 67 Muslims of the Hausa and Fulani tribes in Yelwa. That in turn triggered attacks on the Christian minority in Kano resulting in at least 70 deaths. In a nation on edge, many want to convene a conference of Nigeria’s more than 300 ethnic nationalities. For the first time, northern Muslims have joined in calling for the conference.
         According to African Abroad, a Nigerian publication with an office in Flushing, New York, Nigerian President Olusgun Obasanjo is to blame for the crisis. They say Obasanjo is ill-served by an “over-sized ego” and poor leadership skills. African Abroad said Obasanjo first ignored the introduction of Sharia or Islamic law in the northern states. He also failed to address opposition party charges over alleged fraud in the last presidential election and problems underlying strikes and political assassinations. Meanwhile, people of the Niger Delta are rising up to demand more of a share of the country’s wealth, 90 percent of which they produce. “Obasanjo’s inaction on these issues has taken the nation to the precipice,” said African Abroad.
         In the Daily Champion of Lagos, Political Editor Simon Ibe wrote that the Ethnic Nationalities Forum first called for the SNC to not only address the immediate problem of the plight of minorities and the violence but the establishment of just administration of the law and free and fair elections. They also listed the issue of the power of local governments in a federal system. They want the convocation of the SNC to produce a new constitution. Ibe said that the Forum said if the country is to “escape from the irony of being an abundantly-endowed, yet, underdeveloped nation,” the people must rethink the political structure and enjoy a long period of able leadership, democracy and social stability. IRIN, the United Nations humanitarian unit news service, said Obasanjo opposes a national conference arguing that the present constitution written in 1999 after the death of the corrupt and brutal dictator, General Sani Abacha, set up a two-chamber parliament capable of dealing with the problems facing the nation. -Culled from SacObserver.Com wire of Wednesday, June 09, 2004
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    Nigeria seen on brink of violent implosion
         Nigeria is heading for a violent implosion that would dwarf the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, Nobel literature laureate Wole Soyinka says. A wave of mass killings in May this year was just a precursor to the balkanisation of Africa's most populous nation and major oil exporter, he said, as rival ethnic and religious groups vie for dominance.
         "I consider that Nigeria is on the verge, on the brink of a massive implosion that will make what's happening in the Sudan child's play," Soyinka said in an interview at his home in a tropical woodland about 50 miles (80 km) north of Lagos. "We know there are movements for secession in this country. We know that everybody is preparing for the contingency of breaking up. International organisations are also studying the situation," said Africa's first Nobel Prize winner for literature, who will celebrate his 70th birthday next week. -Culled from Rueters online publication of Thursday, July 8, 2004
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    Rebel group seeks independence from Nigeria
         The old, colonial buildings dotted around Tombia hark back to its former prosperity in the 19th and early 20th century when this town in the Niger delta was an important stop in the palm oil trade that fed Europe's soap and margarine industries. But today these one-time glories are scorched and ruined wrecks on the battleground of an increasingly violent struggle for control of Nigeria's current economic lifeblood - crude oil.
         The man in charge at Tombia is Asari Dokubo, a self-styled revolutionary who dropped out of university and converted from Christianity to Islam. Accompanied by scores of heavily-armed gunmen, he cruises through the winding creeks of the densely forested delta in a flotilla of speed boats. During the past few months, Dokubo's Niger Delta's People Volunteer Force (NDPVF) has battled repeatedly with government forces for control of Tombia and the surrounding area. Tombia lies just 20 km from Port Harcourt, the main operating centre for Nigeria's oil industry.
         Dokubo is a member of the Ijaw tribe, the largest ethnic group in the delta, and he has long been associated with their fight for a better economic deal. He says he is fighting for the autonomy or independence of the Niger Delta, so that its people can draw greater benefit from the 2.5 million barrels of oil produced each day on their doorstep. "We want to achieve self-determination and be able to control our oil resources," Dokubo told IRIN in an interview at his stronghold. -Culled from IRIN News of Friday, July 16, 2004
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    In pictures: Fighting for Nigeria's oil
         A recent report commissioned by the oil giant Shell compared the level of conflict in Nigeria's Niger Delta to Colombia and Chechnya.
         Much of the fighting is caused by armed gangs of militant youths who roam the swamps and creeks. -Culled from BBC News Online publication of Thursday, July 29, 2004
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    Biafra: The sun rises again?
         Before the emergence of MASSOB, the Oodu’a Peoples Congress (OPC) that espoused the same hope of pulling the Yoruba nation out of Nigeria into an Oduduwa Republic had emerged. As a result of what they called injustices some Yoruba had felt were being meted out to them under the various military governments, reaching a climax with the annulment of the presidential election won by MKO Abiola on June 12 1993, some Yoruba activists under the direction of Dr. Frederick Fasheun formed the OPC to achieve the goal of actualising the sovereign state of Oduduwa Republic. The OPC was to later fractionalise, giving rise to a more violent faction led by an illiterate carpenter, Ganiyu Adams. MASSOB equally claims to be non-violent – as it indeed originally was – in the hue of Fasheun’s OPC. However, investigations indicate that MASSOB can no longer sustain that claim, especially as it has started to arm itself after claiming incessant harassment by the police. Furthermore, to ensure what its leaders and promoters outside the shores of Nigeria say is the safety of its members in the hands of Nigerian authorities, MASSOB has signed operational agreements with other organisations which have never hidden their proclivity for violence to achieve their goals. These groups are mostly based in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria – a region that forms the integral part of the hoped-for new state of Biafra. The map of the new Biafra is displayed on the Internet and widely circulated by vendors everywhere in Nigeria, MASSOB claims that the area covered by the new republic is all the five core Igbo states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. Then, there are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers as well as the Igbo speaking local government areas of Delta State. In MASSOB’s eye, Biafra is much more than an Igbo aspiration.
         With the claims of deliberate marginalisation by the former Eastern Nigerians by the Obasanjo administration, the MASSOB message has begun to resonate with the people, especially amongst the traders, young unemployed youths and students in Igboland and also among Igbos in the other cities in the country, notably Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Kano and many other cities across the land. The government noticed the permeating influence of the group and commenced a belated clampdown, which involved the killing of its members at its headquarters at Okigwe (Imo State) in February 2001 and Onitsha the following month. MASSOB claims that hundreds of its leaders and members are languishing in police cells across the country. MASSOB complains of Obasanjo’s double standard in tacitly accepting the OPC while ruthlessly dealing with its own organisation. It was previously fashionable for the Igbo political elite to castigate MASSOB and the moves for the actualisation of Biafra in public, but with the passage of time, our sources tell us that “these days most Igbo families make it a duty to educate their children on Biafra, and some even make their children learn and memorise the Biafran anthem, downloaded from the more than 34 active Biafran websites on the Internet”. There are more than 160 other websites maintained by individuals and groups that espouse the Biafra principles. In effect, this means that the Biafra movement is waged more on the international arena than on the local scene in Nigeria.
         According to the same source, the poorly produced Biafra actualisation literature, which used to be distributed clandestinely, has become one of the fastest selling commodities on the newsstands in the South East. MASSOB is said to have cells of hundreds of students in all the institutions of higher learning in Eastern Nigeria. We also hear that the market for short-wave radio sets has become enormous as the millions of Eastern Nigerians across Nigeria and the continent secure the instrument to listen to the weekly broadcast of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) that comes live every Saturday night from 10 pm Nigerian time. Families all over the country gather around their radio sets at that time for the regular ritual. -Culled from Leadership Confidential Volume 1 Number 23; June 14, 2004
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    MASSOB: Apga, others hail protest - Okorie warns that a calamity of a greater proportion than the last civil war awaited the country
         He said the MASSOB protest clearly indicated the determination of different peoples and groups in the country to ensure that equity and justice reigned in the land, adding that the absence of such values has continued to fuel agitations for autonomy and independence across the country. The protest, he said, had laid to rest the long held notion that the Igbos were not united and would never agree on any issue, adding that it should serve as a signal for the government of Nigeria that all was not well with the country and that it needed to do something urgently to pacify the different ethnic and geopolitical blocs in the country.
         Okorie, however, warned that a calamity of a greater proportion than the last civil war awaited the country in no distant time if the people were not allowed to discuss their situations and the future of the country under a formal platform.
         “The MASSOB protest is a clear indication that the Igbos are coming together again and they are determined to get their due share in this country. If they do not give the Igbo people what they deserve, then separation becomes an attractive option. The protest also highlights the urgency of a national conference that would settle all the outstanding issues among different ethnic and geopolitical groups in the country. If we don’t hold such a conference, I can assure you that a calamity of a greater magnitude than the last civil war will befall this country,” he said. -Culled from Vanguard issue of Saturday, August 28, 2004
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    Ojukwu alleges govt plot to kill him, MASSOB boss, reiterates support for MASSOB
         The Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, turned down, yesterday, an invitation from the State Security Service (SSS), Abuja and alleged that the Federal Government planned to kill him and the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike. The invitation was extended to him on Wednesday and he promised, weekend, that he might honour the invitation yesterday. But addressing newsmen in Enugu, the Ikemba Nnewi said he no longer had an obligation to honour the invitation because, according to him, it was spurious. Chief Odumegwu-Ojukwu reiterating his support for MASSOB which recently ordered a stay-at-home by Igbo, said he was strongly in support of the organisation and all it stood for.
         He congratulated Uwazuruike for holding “the large organisation without arms, without fund, and without authority together,” adding: “This morning (yesterday), the SSS presented me with a one-way economic ticket to Abuja. You can now read your own meaning to this –– It is intended that I go to Abuja without honour and never to return. Consequently, I wish to state before all of you that I have no intention whatsoever of going to answer this spurious call of the SSS in Abuja.” Displaying a Sosoliso Airline’s economy ticket number 551273 from Enugu to Abuja, issued in the passenger name of Dim Ojukwu and dated September 13, 2004 (yesterday), Ojukwu said the ticket was brought by an officer of the SSS, who identified himself as Mr. Duru. “You will remember that in the very recent past, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Muhammadu Buhari declined repeated invitations to appear before the Justice Oputa Violation of Human Rights Commission and the heavens did not fall nor were they compelled to do so. As a law-abiding citizen, a respecter of law and order and a Nigerian patriot, I will wait in my modest abode to receive and exchange views with properly designated agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
         Continuing, Ojukwu said: “Already, it has come to my notice that the government has detailed people from the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) to assassinate the leader of MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, and myself. I do not know where this orgy of blood letting would lead us to.” His refusal to go to Abuja based on the invitation, he said, was because of the prevalent killings, particularly of political figures such as Chief Bola Ige, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, Chief Marshal Harry, Professor Chimere Ikoku, Chief Victor Nwankwo, Chief A.K. Dikibo, Chief Ogbonnaya Uche, Barrister Barnabas Igwe and his wife, Chief Andrew Agom, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Chief Alfred Rewane, General Tunde Idiagbon and Chief (Mrs.) Kudirat Abiola. “All these men and women were leaders of our various communities who have been gunned down right under the public gaze, yet no culprit has been found. What we have is the Police but no culprits.”
         “Suffice it to say that I offer, at my age of 70 plus, to receive the Director-General of the SSS or any officer properly mandated by him for discussion in my house. All I require, and still do, is for things to be done properly in accordance with democratic norms under the rule of law,” Ojukwu who was the presidential candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last general election said. He said it was a historical fact that “I proclaimed the Republic of Biafra and remained the Head of State till the end of the war. I went into exile as Head of State of Biafra; I returned to Nigeria with a total and free pardon signed by a democratically elected President of Nigeria; I have remained in Nigeria since 1982 and participated fully in all national elections as a member of one of the national political parties; “As a citizen of Nigeria, I state unequivocally that I not only support Biafra but also that I am proud of my activities as the Head of State of Biafra; I state that the only democratic process to which I subscribe is democracy which guarantees every citizen the right of speech and the right to hold opinion.” -Culled from Vanguard issue of Tuesday, September 14, 2004
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    Soldiers, police storm Enugu for Ojukwu arrest
         Hundreds of security personnel, including soldiers, anti-riot policemen and SSS operatives, have been drafted to Enugu town in preparation for possible arrest of former Biafran warlord, Ikemba of Nnewi, Dim Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu,. P.M.News gathered that the soldiers and policemen were deployed to the area after Ojukwu insisted that he had no intention of going to Abuja to honour the SSS invitation. Dozens of soldiers in battle gear were noticed at the Independence Layout and along Hillview Road leading to Ojukwu's house this morning. Some soldiers and policemen were also stationed on the road leading to the Enugu Government House, located within the layout. Apart from the thick concentration of soldiers at the Independence Layout, well armed policemen were also sighted in strategic parts of the city. Some residents of Enugu also complained of seeing many strange faces in the city since the face-off between Ojukwu and the SSS began.
         More SSS operatives were said to have been posted to Enugu to monitor the movement of visitors to Ojukwu's residence. "The mood here is one of fear of the unknown. Many residents believe Ojukwu could be picked up, but nobody is sure of when this would happen or what would result from it," a resident of the city told P.M.News today. Meanwhile, hundreds of sympathisers and supporters of Ojukwu have continued to pay him solidarity visits over his current face off with the government. Among those who had visited him to pledge their support were Senator Uche Chukwumerije and Col. Joe Achuzia (retd.), Secretary-General of Ohaneze, the pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation. It was also learnt that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and some prominent supporters of Igbo presidency in 2007 have visited the Ikemba to demonstrate their support.
         A delegation of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), which had Ojukwu as its presidential candidate in the 2003 general election also visited the embattled Biafran warlord yesterday to show solidarity. The team was led by Chief Maxi Okwu, Deputy National Chairman of the party. Ojukwu told the delegation that it was irresponsible of the SSS not to have arrested him if his support for MASSOB constituted a threat to national security. He said his decision not to honour the SSS was due to the manner he was invited by the service, adding: "I will not take insults." Meanwhile, report said 53 MASSOB members were arrested early this week at Technical Secondary School premises, Abule Ado, while holding an illegal meeting to discuss the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra. Security report said MASSOB identity cards, invitation cards, MASSOB vests, three amplifiers, generator, wires, loud speakers, keg of fuel, funnel and empty kegs were seized from them. All the suspects are being detained at the State CID, Yaba for interrogations. Meanwhile, other members of the MASSOB are being closely monitored for arrest. -Culled from Vanguard issue of Saturday, September 18, 2004
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    It 'll be War to Arrest Ojukwu, Says APGA
         The National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (AGPA), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has warned that any attempt by the State Security Service (SSS) to arrest the party's former presidential candidate, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, will be seen as a declaration of war. Okorie who spoke with newsmen in Enugu at the weekend warned that if the Federal Government go as far as arresting Ojukwu "what will happen would be beyond everybody's control." Ojukwu shunned an invitation by the SSS to discuss the activities of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and dared the agency to arrest if he had committed an offence.
         "The Igbo see Ojukwu as a symbol of their struggle for survival in Nigeria. They feel that arresting him is a humiliation. If Ojukwu is arrested on the opinion he expressed, while some of us elders might take recourse to constitutional means of seeking redress, I can't guarantee that the youth will see it like that. They will see it as a declaration of war," said Okorie weekend. According to him, "the Igbo youth population is composed mainly of those born after the war and they are tetchier since they did not experience the civil war." He was, however, quick to point out that it was the government that "is constantly pushing the people to the edge and it would only take a little provocation like what they are trying to do" for conflagration to erupt. -Culled from ThisDay issue of Sunday, September 19, 2004
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    Nigerian rebels to widen conflict
         Nigerian rebels battling troops in Africa's top oil exporter have declared they will extend their uprising across the whole of the country's oil-producing southern delta. "We have decided to declare Operation Locust Feast which will cover the whole Niger delta. It is going to be an all-out war against the Nigerian state. Now the whole Ijaw nation will be fighting against the Nigerian state," Asari told Reuters by satellite phone.
         Asari says he is fighting to improve the lot of the Niger delta people, most of whom live in abject poverty despite having all the nation's oil reserves. The government calls him a gangster fighting for control of smuggling routes used by oil thieves. -Culled from Swissinfo publication of Sunday, September 26, 2004
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    Nigeria rebels to declare war Oct. 1st
         Nigerian rebels fighting for sovereignty of the oil-producing Niger delta told oil companies in the world's seventh largest exporter to shut production before they begin an "all-out war" on Oct. 1. The Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force, in a communique issued late on Monday after a meeting of its central command, also advised all foreigners to leave the delta, according to the group's leader Mujahid Dokubo-Asari.
         "Operation Locust Feast will commence on Oct. 1 marking the 44 years of dubious independence of the Nigerian state," Asari quoted the communique from the group as saying. The offensive is aimed at escalating the conflict, currently focused around the regional capital Port Harcourt, to the whole delta region, Asari said. It will be sustained until the government agrees to negotiate self-determination for the Ijaw people, who form a majority in the delta, he added. The meeting nominated the Ijaw National Congress as the mediator for any talks with government.
         Asari said the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force would take no responsibility for any harm to foreign nationals. "All foreign embassies should withdraw their citizens from the Niger delta until the resolution of the fundamental issues," he said. "That means they have to close their facilities." -Culled from Reuters publication of Monday, September 27, 2004
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    Niger Delta groups reject FG peace deal with Dokubo
         Scenes of jubilation at the return of Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, the leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), to Port Harcourt on Sunday appear to be premature with the warning of yet more despair sounded on Monday by groups opposed to the deal he co-signed with the federal authorities. Seven Niger Delta groups have rejected the ceasefire agreement the Federal Government reached with Dokubo-Asari and Tom Akete, the two rival militia leaders behind the security problems in Rivers State.
         The groups include: Coalition for the Liberation of Ikwerre People (COLIP), Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Egi Ethnic Coalition (EEC), Bonny Indigenous Guide (BIG), Chikoko Movement (CM) Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL) and Rivers Coalition (RC). These are largely ethnic-based self determination or civil rights groups; and their grouse is mainly the issue of representation. They contended that the issues at stake in the struggle are beyond the persons of Dokubo-Asari and Ateke and the organisations they lead. They insisted that representative organisations of the Niger Delta ethnic nationalities and others involved in the peaceful resistance to the violence of the Nigerian state and multinational oil companies will continue with their struggles. -Culled from Daily Independent Online Issue of Tuesday, October 5, 2004
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    Rebels attack Nigerian police station
         Rebels have attacked a major police patrol and taken a number of captives in a remote area of north-eastern Nigeria near the Cameroon border. Borno state police commissioner Ade Ajakaiye said he could not yet confirm the number of casualties among the 60-man squad which was attacked on Friday, but that some policemen were known to have been taken prisoner. "We received information that members of the Taliban group attacked our men on patrol around Kala-Balge bushes," he said by telephone.
         Nigeria's self-styled "Taliban" are a small group of Islamists who were inspired by their Afghan namesakes and who claim to be fighting to create an independent Muslim state in the arid north-east of the country. "The nature of the attack and the fact that our men were taken hostage clearly show that this must be the handiwork of the Taliban," Ajaikaye said. Ajakaiye said military and police reinforcements backed by two military helicopters had been dispatched to the area to investigate. -Culled from Aljazeera Online Issue of Sunday, October 10, 2004
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    Plot to kill Dokubo uncovered, NDVF warn FG
         Fresh tension has returned to the Niger Delta region as militant youths discovered an alleged syndicated plot to assassinate Alhaji Asari Dokubo, the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF). The plot is alleged to be part of efforts to bring an end to the agitation for self-determination in the region. Reports reaching Saturday Independent has it that the militant youths have now been placed on red alert to foil the plot. Speaking in Port Harcourt, the General Commander of the NDVF, Columbus British Ebipade, who confirmed the threat to the life of Asari Dokubo since he left the Federal capital Territory (FCT) into the region, revealed that some foreign agents have been deployed to the region with specific instructions to fish out Dokubo and have him killed. Thus, Saturday Independent gathered at the weekend, all the militant youth commanders and progressive leaders of the Niger Delta region have placed their members on red alert to set the region ablaze if Alhaji Dokubo’s life is tampered with.
         This red alert is coming at the time NDVF has signed a peace accord with the Federal Government to end the civil unrest in the region based on the implementation of the conditions put forward to the government. On Friday last week, Dokubo on his own part handed over 188 dangerous weapons to Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State at the Bori Camp Army barracks in Port Harcourt through his spokesman, Richman Yinbiri. At the occasion, Yinbiri said the event was the second time the Niger Delta volunteer force (NDVF) has complied with the agreement reached with the government. Governor Odili who received the gun also commended the NDVF leader for making positive steps to comply with the condition already agreed upon.
         But on the alleged threat to assassinate Alhaji Dokubo ,the general commander, Ebipade, who declined to give further details, noted that there were combined domestic and foreign facilitators with economic interest in the region who have concluded plans to assassinate their leaders. According to him, ”we have it on good authority that there is a high wired sinister plot to eliminate our leader, Dokubo. We have been noticing strange faces lately trailing the movement of our leader and we consider it appropriate to alert Rivers people and indeed the Ijaw nation on the threat.” He however warned that if Dokubo is killed the nation would see no peace no matter the numbers of soldiers that would be deployed to the region as all of Dokubo’s plans would be implemented He said the NDVF agreed to the peace process with the Federal Government pointing out that there was need for all the parties to work for its success. He said Dokubo has denied any link to Osama bin Laden adding,” he is an Ijaw and would remain so -Culled from Daily Independent Online Issue of Saturday, October 30th, 2004
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    Nigeria’ll break up if… Gowon, Adebayo cry out
         Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon has warned that Nigeria is on the brink of disintegration because his successors have failed to build on the national unity and similar values achieved through the civil war. “If we are not careful, this country will break up”, he insisted on Wednesday.
         He spoke at the public presentation of his biography titled First Call: An Account of the Gowon Years written by his former Chief Press Secretary Moses Ihonde, which took place at the MUSON Centre, Lagos.There, he underscored the importance of dialogue on cogent national issues. Such discussion and its outcome should be backed by an Act of Parliament, Gowon suggested. His words: “There is nothing wrong with having a get-together to discuss issues of this country. But how it is organised is what matters. Let us not call it a sovereign conference, because sovereign conference has been organised by our forefathers, the great nationalists, to discuss issues of structure and future of this country. But let us have conferences to discuss pressing problems of this country. “It is, therefore, important, if we have opportunities to discuss the problems of this country, a lot of disturbing situations would be resolved. When we convene the conference to discuss issues carefully itemised, those who are elected into the National Assembly would take over and legislate the resolutions into law. They would, of course, be invited to the meetings”. Former Military Governor of Western State Adeyinka Adebayo agreed with Gowon that much of the gains of the past have been overlooked. “While somebody is blaming the past, the present is even worse than the past, especially in the social services provided for the common people. We all find that there is no trust, no togetherness, no assistance for one another in Nigeria of today,” he noted.
         In his view, nothing is likely to expedite the break up of the country more than the neglect of able-bodied youths. “Most of the problems of Nigeria today are self-made. The solutions must be found immediately before they escalate. -Culled from Daily Independent Online Issue of Thursday, November 11, 2004
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