Igbo governors warn Kanu his demands can’t be absolute – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The south-east governors have told IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu that confrontation is not the way go about his agitation for a state of Biafra.
The Igbo governor met with Kanu in Enugu on Wednesday and told him his demands must not be absolute.
The two-and-a-half-hour meeting also resolved to engage the entire leadership of IPOB in further dialogue to address their demands.
Kanu arrived Enugu Government House around 1.30 p.m. in the company of a constitutional lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, who is also the leader of Igbo Leaders of Thought,
ILT, and Eliot Uko, deputy secretary of ILT.
The Chairman of the South-east Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi; Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; and Anambra Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, were present at the meeting.
The Imo and Abia governors, Rochas Okorocha and Okezie Ikpeazu, were said to have travelled outside the county.
Umahi read the communiqué after the meeting.
The federal government is planning to re-arrest Kanu on alleged violations of his bail condition.
The separatist leader has been charged with treasonable offences.


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South-East govs, Nnamdi Kanu meet in Enugu, call for dialogue – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

IPOB supreme leader, Nnamdi Kanu (L) versus Arewa Youths

Nnamdi Kanu (centre) with South-East governors.

GOVERNORS of the South-East geopolitical zone have begun moves to persuade the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to drop his struggle for an independent state of Biafra.

The governors met Kanu at the Government House, Enugu, behind closed doors for several hours on Wednesday, where issues such as Biafra Republic and the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election were said to have been discussed.

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, said they had noted the demands and concerns of IPOB.

“The South-East governors today met with the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, together with Professor Ben Nwabueze and Evangelist Elliot Uko.

“The meeting deliberated on the demands of IPOB and noted their concerns accordingly.

“However, the meeting agreed that these demands by IPOB should not be absolute, rather the South East governors shall immediately engage the leader and the entire leadership of IPOB in further meetings and dialogue, with a view to quickening the resolutions of all issues amicably,” the communique read.

Nigerian Tribune observed that the Radio Biafra director, who was in a Jewish attire, arrived the venue of the meeting in a white Toyota Venza with inscription ” Eze S I Kanu,” accompanied by an ash color Toyota Sienna at about 1:20 p.m. amid tight security and was later driven off immediately after posing for a group photograph with the governors.

Meanwhile, the governors and some Igbo leaders, including the president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, commenced another round of meeting after Kanu had left.

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Who is Lagos Police Commissioner? – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

By Ifeanyi Okolie

Uncertainty, yesterday, trailed the reported redeployment of Fatai Owoseni out of Lagos State as the Commissioner of Police by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as Owoseni told newsmen at the Police Officers Mess, Ikeja, that he remains the substantive CP of the state.

The Inspector General of Police had, through a police wireless message with number DTO: 29817/18/2017, ordered Owoseni out of Lagos State.

Owoseni & Imohimi

He was posted to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, where he will work at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FCIID. The signal also ordered the posting of Imohimi Edgar to take over as the new Commissioner of Police, Lagos State.

However, Owoseni told newsmen at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, that he was yet to receive any directive concerning a new Police Commissioner in the state.

He was quoted as saying: “When we get the information, we will let you know.”

When asked about the development, Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, refused to comment, but a highly-placed officer, who pleaded anonymity, hinted that Owoseni had been recommended for a course by the Police Service Commission.

The rumour over Owoseni’s redeployment has raged for a while.

Profile

Edgar, the supposed new CP is a seasoned police officer, who was until his promotion, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge-of Operations in Lagos State. He was instrumental to curbing the activities of the dreaded Badoo cult and militant kidnappers within Ikorodu axis.

He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police, on February 2, 1986, serving in various commands and formations in several capacities, spending most of his days at the Lagos State Police Command.

A 1984 graduate of Art at the University of Jos, who went on to bag a master degree in Public and International Affairs at the University of Lagos in 2004, Edgar is highly trained on Community and Intelligence Gathering Policing, and organised the first Community Policing summits in Ikeja GRA, Lagos State.

It is on record that Edgar, who served as the Divisional Police Officer of Shomolu Police Division, Seme Police Division, Ikeja and Surelere Police Divisions, between 2003 and 2011, as a Chief Superintendent of Police, before he was promoted and appointed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Area ‘A’ Command, Lagos, obtained a diploma degree in Police Science.

Education

He also obtained a certificate of National Security for Nigeria Defense Intelligence at the Centre of Strategic Studies, Galilee International Management Institute, Israel, and the Defense Intelligence College, Abuja, in 2015, which necessitated his appointment as the ACP in-charge-of the Intelligence at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

An expert in Community Policing, Edgar attended several courses organised by the Department for International Development, DFID, United Kingdom, in Lagos, Awka, Anambra States and Staff College Jos, Plateau State.

In 2010, Edgar, as DPO, Ikeja Division, launched the first Community Policing in Ikeja Lagos State. He hosted security stakeholders in Ikeja, and lectured participants on how to assist the police on Community Policing.

Achievements

Following his promotion to the rank of a DCP and his appointment as DC Operations, Lagos State, Edgar, through his community policing experience, mobilised a joint security operation, involving members of the Oodua Progress Congress, OPC; Ikorodu Local Vigilante, Oyebo, the Department of State Services, DSS; Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps, traditionalists and some local chiefs in Ikorodu, in tackling the menace of the Badoo cult group, which had killed several persons in Ikorodu and Ogijo areas of Lagos and Ogun State.

He was also said to have played a huge role in the successful rescue of the six kidnapped students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted on May 25 by gunmen, who invaded the school.

Edgar was said to have mobilised policemen from the Anti-Robbery and Kidnapping units of the Lagos Command and their counterparts at the Marine Police in attacking and killing members of the kidnap gang, when they attempted to snatch some police gunboats, from the Marine Police Post in Ajah.

The leader of the kidnap gang, known as America, was killed in that operation, his death and the subsequent arrest of relatives of his gang members compelled members of gang to release the kidnapped students in Ondo State.

Edgar hails from Eme-Ora town in Owa West Local Government Area of Edo State, while his mother is an indigene of Usi in Ekiti State.

 

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