The National Bureau of Statistics says South-East residents paid the highest average price for Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, in October. The NBS said this in its “Premium Motor Spirit Price Watch for October 2021’’, released on its website on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to it, the highest average price was recorded in the South-East zone at N167.32 while the North-East had the least average price at N164.46 in the month under review. “The average price paid by consumers for petrol increased by 2.75 per cent on year-on-year basis to N165.60 in October when compared to the value in October 2020 (N161.17).
“The value also increased on month-on-month basis to N165.60 in October from N164.85, showing an increase of 0.46 per cent when compared to the value recorded in September. “States with the highest average price of petrol are Plateau (N172.43), Nasarawa (N170.45) and Abia (N170.25), while states with the lowest average price of petrol are Yobe (N159.86), Kwara (N160) and Lagos (N162.67).”
Monarch, archbishops and bishops from the South-East on Sunday listed conditions that should be pursued by the Federal Government inorder to restore peace in Igboland.
They demand demilitarisation of the zone, deproscription of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, as well as the government taking practical steps to end the marginalisation of the Igbo from the scheme of things.
The signatories to the document include chairman, Ebonyi State Traditional Rulers Council and Chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Charles Mkpuma; Chairman, Abia State Council, Eze Joseph N. Nwabeke; Chairman, Anambra State Council, Obi Nnaemeka Achebe (CFR); Chairman, Enugu State Council, Igwe (Ambassador) L. O. C. Agubuzu (OON) and Chairman, Imo State Council, Eze (Dr). E. C. Okeke. Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Reverend (Dr) Anthony J.V. Obinna; Anglican Archbishop of Enugu, Most Reverend (Dr) Emmanuel O. Chukwuma (OON); Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, Most Reverend (Dr) Chibuzo R. Opoko; Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend (Dr) Valerian M. Okeke; past Principal Clerk, Presbyterian Church Nigeria, Most Reverend (Dr) Uma A. Onwunta; Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Obi Onubogu and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-East, Reverend (Dr) Abraham Nwali.
Their intervention on the worrisome trend in the South-East is coming against the heightened tension ahead of the governorship election slated for this weekend in Anambra State. The traditional rulers and clerics announced a plan to have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari on the worsening insecurity in the South-East with the aim of bringing succour to the people of the area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that their biggest fear in the North-West region is Boko Haram relocating to the zone because they are being chased out from the north-east by ISWAP.
Speaking at the inaugural edition of the ‘Fountain Summit’, an event organised by the Ekiti government, the Kaduna state Governor stated that there is need to collaborate and work on improving security or more than that.
The South-East Governors and traditional rulers on Tuesday, October 5, condemned the Indigenous People of Biafra over the Monday sit-at-home order, saying it has had negative effects on the economy of the region.
Joe Igbokwe, an APC chieftain and Special Adviser to Lagos state governor on Drainage and Water Resources, has said that members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, are responsible for the bloodshed in the South East.
We have Amotekun. Why is Sunday not operating with Amotekun? This is a question that should be asked but he is operating a separate thing different from Amotekun and of course, having all kinds of weapons
The spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunaya, who confirmed the raid in a press conference in Abuja said a total of seven AK 47 rifles were recovered, alongside pump action guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition including other weapons.
He noted that nine of Igboho’s boys attacked security operatives, adding that they were overpowered, leading to the death of two persons.
Many Nigerians and major groups in the Southwest region of the country have reacted to the admittance by the State Security Service (SSS) that its operatives invaded the home of a leader of a group clamouring for a Yoruba nation, Sunday Adeyemo (also known as Sunday Igboho), in a bid to effect his arrest.
The SSS also admitted that two of Igboho’s men were killed in the process while a security agent was shot on the right hand and is currently responding to treatment.
“He might have attacked security operatives as his strength carried him. But this will be the end of his shenanigans. Soon, he will not have a hiding place. His strength will sure fail him,” Afunaya added.
He said security operatives recovered the weapons after a “hot gun duel between them and Igboho’s guards”.
This development has, however, triggered reactions from major groups and individuals in the Southwest. A Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, said the invasion of Mr Igboho’s house “is a sad indicator that we are fast returning to the era of the late Sani Abacha when anyone who expressed opinions contrary to the government’s position would be fatally attacked.”
The group, in a statement by its spokesperson, Jare Ajayi, said it found no wrong in canvassing for self-determination so long as such agitation is devoid of violence.
Mr Igboho’s house, located in Soka, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State was invaded around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday
His vehicles, including his G-wagon, Prado Jeep, and some valuable properties including furniture, and windows were reportedly destroyed.
The attack occurred barely 72 hours before the planned rally in Lagos by Mr Igboho and others to further canvas a Yoruba nation.
The constitution the country is running guarantees the right of every Nigerian to express an opinion and even carry out rallies as long as such is done without violence. To the best of our knowledge, none of the rallies that Sunday Igboho has led in his campaign for the Yoruba nation could be said to be violent nor was he implicated in illegal activities. Why then should he be subjected to the kind of treatment his household received on Thursday morning?”
Another body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), in a statement by its leader, Banji Akintoye, said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has “declared war against the peace-loving people of Yoruba Land.
“We have been peaceful from the inception of this struggle. We have adhered with both the Nigerian and International Laws guiding the agitation for Self-Determination. All our agitations have been peaceful, orderly, and lawfully executed. We have commended the officers of the Nigerian Police many times for being professional in their modus of operations in relating to our protests and rallies for Self-Determination in Yoruba cities.
Therefore, I say on behalf of the Yoruba people that this attack on Chief Ighoho’s house was unnecessary, unfortunate, wicked, callous, cruel, irresponsible, illegal, and atrocious. We are holding the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration responsible for this barbaric attack. This is a declaration of war against peace-loving people.”
Mr Akintoye said that despite the warning from the Yoruba nation rally would hold on Saturday.
“The action of the DSS is preemptive and it is also a warning to all those who have been stockpiling arms in different parts of the country,” he said in reaction to a raid carried out by DSS operatives on Igboho’s house in Ibadan on Thursday
With all those loaded magazines, that means he is ready for war and I don’t think that is the way to go. If people are going for self-determination, there are peaceful ways of going about it.”
The secret service explained the long arm of the law will still reach Igboho, urging the agitator to turn himself in or be tracked down.
Igboho rose to prominence earlier in the year after he issued a quit notice to herders in Oyo State accused of crimes.
The raid comes less than a week after the arrest of prominent pro-Biafran independence leader Nnamdi Kanu.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group, which supports the secession of the south-east of Nigeria, Kanu was arrested abroad after four years on the run and brought to Nigeria, where he will go on trial for “terrorism” this month.