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Insecurity: SHoGDI Wants Stakeholders to Set Aside Party, Religious Sentiments

 

Spring of Hope for The Girl-Child Development Initiative (SHoGDI); a charity – advocacy Non-Governmental Organisation has charged all stakeholders to set aside Party and Religious sentiments so as to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

SHoGDI made this charge in a statement condemning the abduction of students in the University of Agriculture, Makurdi in Bebue State and the recent the attack at an Internally Displaced Persons’ Camp at Abagena, Benue State by bandits alleged to be herdsmen wherein lives of adults and children where claimed.

The statement, authorized by the Executive Director; Mimidoo Uhundu frowned at the increasing rate of insecurity in the country and reminded that security of lives and property of citizens is the obligation of the government and should be treated as priority just as the Group added that it is really pathetic that refugees who ran from their villages to take refuge at the Abagena camp which is meant to be safe was attacked by bandits.

Continuing, SHoGDI recalled that over the weekend, an unconfirmed number of students of the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi (FUAM) in Benue State were reported to have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Insecurity: SHoGDI Wants Stakeholders to Set Aside Party, Religious Sentiments
Mimidoo Uhundu; Executive Director; Spring of Hope for The Girl-Child Development Initiative

“An unconfirmed number of students of FUAM were abducted at gunpoint by unknown persons from the Campus on Sunday 25th April 2021. Though University has reported the incident to the police and all relevant security agencies, the University is yet to hear anything from the students or their captors since the unfortunate incident took place,” said SGoGDI

While lamenting that in the last two weeks, over seventy persons had been killed in Makurdi Local Government alone while various communities across Benue are suffering from same militia herdsmen, SHoGDI revealed that seven dead bodies have so far been counted with many others injured in the armed attack at Abagena community housing Internally Displaced Persons camp in Makurdi Local Area of Benue State.

SHoGDI described the attack on the IDP camp as inhuman, barbaric and unacceptable and called for an urgent action to be taken against the activities of bandits and militia herdsmen. “If the Government and various stakeholders had taken the issue of militia herders and bandits seriously, it wouldn’t had it wouldn’t had escalated to this level.

“It is time for us all to come to together, putting aside party and religious sentiments to protect our territorial integrity. The relevant authorities must act swiftly to ensure the release of the abducted students and further increase the security in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to ensure the safety of students. As citizens, we must remain vigilant as no one is safe until we are all safe!” SHoGDI concluded.


Rise Above Pettiness, Nigeria Is At War With Itself: – HURIWA  Tells NGF: …*Canvasses Weekly Council Of State Meetings

 

“Every strata of the elites in Nigeria must by now transcend above their jealously guided pettiness and pedestrian political and financial contestations to begin to articulate and implement wholistically, a range of fit-for-purpose and functional mechanisms and measures to stop Nigeria from sliding into the precipice of anarchy, doom and gloom. This may take hard-core legal and constitutional reforms”.

With the above affirmation, the foremost Civil Rights Advocacy Group:- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the governors of the 36 states of the Federation to look at President Muhammadu Buhari eyeball-to-eyeball to demand that he takes concrete and statesmanly steps to stop the Country from witnessing imminent war.

The Rights group said the Country is indeed in a state of war against itself.

The Rights group in a media statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, tasked the governors to stop their individual and corporate beggarly etiquettes and tendencies which they always display whenever they visit the President but to conscientiously interface with the President to see to the imperative need to act decisively to arrest the drift before it is very late to rescue the collapsing Nigeria.

“We hereby suggest to President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors to resolve to begin a weekly meetings of the National Council of state devoid of frivolities of entertainments and foods, but to intellectually take bold measures to canvass the immediate constitutional reforms to bring into being, effective State Police and to encourage private sector driven security vigilantes to save Nigeria from anarchy.

“These measures must be measured, immediate and time barred because the time is ticking fast and the nation is sliding irredeemably into a state of war and it is already in a state of nature whereby life has become cheap, short, brutish and uninteresting even as might has become right in Nigeria even when the Country ought to operate as a Constitutional democracy.”

The Rights group adopts the position canvassed by the Nobel laureate; Professor Wole Soyinka that President Muhammadu Buhari should seek for international assistance but the government must first show that it does not support terrorism of any kind by dismissing his Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for expressing sympathy for global Jihadists  movements of AlQaeda and Taliban.”

HURIWA accused the governors of always rushing to President Buhari to beg for financial bail outs from the Central Bank of Nigeria instead of these political elites to accept the present National Security threats as big tasks that each one of them must mobilize stakeholders and the state legislatures to effectively introduce and implement measures to stop the widening frontiers of insecurity all over Nigeria.

“These governors have turned themselves into executive beggars who often come to Abuja to pick up crumbs that fall from the master’s table when they should infact tell the President to up his executive game and do the needful including respecting Federal Character Principle in the appointments of heads of Internal Security architectures because as it is, the ethnically based, and majorly Fulani/Hausa/Moslem Northerners heads of Internal Security have compromised our collective National security”.

The Rights group has also accused governors of abdicating their roles as persons who should localize measures to secure their constituent parts but have continued to spread the pedestrian interpretation that only the President can secure the Country.

“But the governors should then tell their people why they still collect huge security votes and pocket these humongous sums but frequently come to Abuja to beg the President for help as if they have no State Houses of Assembly that ought to make law for the good governance of their states as clearly spelt out in section 4 (7)of the Nigeria Constitution just as this provision specifically empowers the state Houses of Assembly to act decisively to compliment the national security architectures in a bid to protect their people.

“All that the governors need to do is to canvass constitutional reforms to input state security into the Concurrent Legislative List. But as it is, there is no specific provision in the Exclusive Legislative List prohibiting the setting up of armed vigilantes to secure the states of the Federation.

Specifically section 4-(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states: “the legislative powers of the federal Republic of Nigeria shall be vested in a National Assembly for the Federation which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

(2) The National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List set out in Part I of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.”


 

Security: A Collective Business – Hon. Uju

By Peter-Claver Onwudike.

 

Security: A Collective Business – Hon. Uju
Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima

Nigeria in recent times has witnessed an unprecedented level of insecurity. This has made national security threat to be a major issue for the government and has prompted huge allocation of the national budget to security.

In order to ameliorate the incidence of crime in the past, the federal government has embarked on criminalization of terrorism by passing the Anti-Terrorism Act in 2011, installation of Computer-based Closed Circuit Television cameras (CCTV) in some parts of the country, enhancement of surveillance as well as investigation of criminal related offences, heightening of physical security measures around the country aimed at deterring or disrupting potential attacks, strengthening of security agencies through the provision of security facilities.

But despite these efforts, the level of insecurity in the country is still high as Imo State recently witnessed series of attacks especially on security personnel and their facilities.

It was to salvage these menace that the member representing Ohaji-Egbama, Oguta and Oru-West Federal Constituency in the Nigeria’s National Assembly; Honourable Uju Kingsley Chima has reiterated the need for all hands to be on deck in solving the issue of insecurity, stating that the job of security is a collective business.

Hon. Uju stated this in a chat with some youths of Imo State Origin resident in Abuja under the umbrella of Imo Youths Assembly (IYA), during a courtesy call at his Office in Abuja.

He further noted that insecurity is not peculiar to Imo state, but a national issue, stressing that he will use his good office to continue to engage for the development and implementation of policies, projects and programmes that will enable sustainable peace and security of lives in Imo state in particular and Nigeria at large as he has supported a Motion on the floor of the national Assembly on urgent need to equip the security agencies to international best practices to meet up with the security challenges in Nigeria.

Security: A Collective Business – Hon. Uju
Imo Youths Assembly Delegates, with Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima in his Office

Again, Hon. Uju, who expressed joyousness at the group’s initiative and desire in seeing that Imo state regained her lost glory posited that youth development is a major part of his program, stating his willingness to partner with them in all ramifications.

He however, enumerated some of his Bills and oversight functions geared towards youth development in Imo state and the entire South-Eastern region in terms of social amenities, infrastructure and empowerment.

Perhaps, it will be worthy to note that Hon. Uju in his quest to bring infrastructural projects and empowerment has built six blocks of class rooms for the good people of Mgbara Egbema in Ohaji-Egbema LGA, attracted Street lights to communities in Oru West and Oguta L.G.As, construction of Umuapu Women Development center, attracted NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) to abandoned projects in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta L.G.As, amongst others.

Speaking earlier, the Coordinator of Imo Youths Assembly (IYA); Mr. Lucky Opara, who spoke through the Publicity Secretary; Mr. Kennedy Eberechi, hinted that the visit was necessitated by the series of malevolent news coming out of Imo state on daily basis, which is of utmost concern to the group.

Mr. Opara said that the group deemed it necessary to engage Honourbale Uju Kingsley having observed his progressive engagements as a parliamentarian from Imo state, adding that his practical and consistent engagement of the youths in terms of capacity development, empowerment and upgrade is second to none.

He however, showered encomium on Hon. Uju on his notable achievements so far, urging him not to relent in bringing smiles on the faces of his constituents and Imo people at large.


 

Work With IPOB, Others To Uncover Unknown Gunmen:-HURIWA To FGN: …*Says Attacks Against Police, Security Forces Must Stop

By HURIWA.

 

The leading Civil Society Organization in Nigeria: – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the governors of the South East of Nigeria to lobby President Muhammadu Buhari to lift the terrorism tag on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) so the Federal Government can tap on their extensive grassroots knowledge and popularity to uncover the characters masquerading as unknown gun-men who are bombarding Security Institutions.

This is even as the Civil Rights group has told the Federal Government to look inwards and fish out suspected members of the deep State who may be the masterminds of the sporadic attacks in the South East of Nigeria targeting strategic National Security assets.

The group said since the government has consistently displayed open biasness/favouritism towards armed Fulani herdsmen who are also attacking farming communities it will be difficult for the citizens to volunteer intelligence since the Central government is largely seen as pro-armed Fulani herdsmen.

“We in the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) think that external forces are behind these attacks in the South East. The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and the governor of Imo State have been quoted in the media as also exonerating either IPOB or ESN.

“What is the best way out is for the President to remove the blanket declaration of terrorism imposed on IPOB and then adopt law based methodology of dialogue to bring the agitators of self-determination to a round table so their agitations are logically debated and an acceptable decision reached democratically since agitation for self-determination is supported by International Human Rights Law and particularly the international covenant on civil and political Rights article 1 which provides that: ‘all peoples  have the right to self determination.

“By virtue of that right they freely determined their political status and freely pursue their economic,  social and cultural development ‘. Also, IPOB says they are against armed struggle.  This could be intepreted to be that they are open to constructive debates. The unilateral decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to obtain an exparte order from the Abuja Chief judge in his Chambers without right to fair hearing granted to members of IPOB, makes their classification untenable and unconstitutional”.

HURIWA, which condemns the attacks on the police formations in Abia and Anambra states today and the killings of civilians said the Federal Government will gain more if it adopts a less hardline approach towards such self-determination groups such as IPOB amongst others including the Sunday Igboho led Yoruba self-determination agitators even as the Rights group said if the Central government officials are not part of the masterminds of the ongoing attacks by unknown gun-men, then what government should do is to unmake the erroneous  declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group so everyone that is respected in the South East of Nigeria are mobilized to unravel the exact characters who are behind all these attacks against the police in the South East of Nigeria.”

HURIWA deplores the reported bombardments that happened earlier in the day as it was reported that suspected hoodlums reportedly bombed Zone 13 Police headquarters in Ukpo, Anambra state even as not less than four vehicles have also been burnt while fire fighters have arrived to put out the inferno. The development, as learnt, has heightened tension across the State.

The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group said too that it is unhappy with the state of insecurity going by the report also that gunmen have reportedly attacked and razed down a police station in Uzoakoli, Bende local government area of Abia State in the early hours of Monday.

Quoting the media, the Rights group said while details of the attack were still sketchy at the time of filing the report, it was gathered the gunmen overpowered the policemen on duty and released suspects in custody.

The Rights group said the fact that these unknown gunmen are having unfettered movements shows that there is more to it than meets the eye, which is why IPOB and all other stakeholder should be brought on board to restore peace and orderliness.

HURIWA stated thus: “We hope that our conclusions that external forces especially members of the deep state are behind these unwarranted attacks against security institutions based on the South East of Nigeria will turn out to be untrue.

“However, the central government has given us every reason to suspect that some of their officials are the masterminds of these attacks just so they can destroy the economic stability of the South East and as a payback for the apparent popularity that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra has become in the South East of Nigeria.

“The Federal Government’s ill-advised decision to rush to Abuja Court in the Wee hours of the morning to unilaterally obtain exparte order against IPOB so as to tag them as terrorists is the fundamental cause of the unprecedented fame gained so far by IPOB and the way out is for government to untangle this illegal declaration and bring them on board with the aim of making peace.

“Let there be free atmosphere of constructive debates between agitators for self determination and those of us who believe in one Nigeria so ultimately, we will all agree to restructure Nigeria for greater harmony and Inter-ethnic peace because there is no gain in war and the only person who escapes the consequences of war is the man in the grave”.

 


 

With New IGP Pick, Buhari Consolidates ‘Legacy’ As An Unrepentant Nepotist And Bigot:- HURIWA

*Carpets One Sided Top Promotions In Nigerian Customs:

 

By HURIWA.

 

“The recent strange announcement of the appointment of a new Inspector General of Police; Alhaji Alkali Baba rapidly railroaded from the acting position of Deputy Inspector General of Police to that of an acting position of the  Inspector General of Police by President Muhammadu Buhari, a Northern Moslem who has since 2015 consistently appointed only Moslem Northerners  into top internal security positions, the Daura born retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari has sadly consolidated his negative ‘milestone’ as the most nepotistic president ever of Nigeria since 1960”.

Besides, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has raised alarm regarding the violation of the constitutional principle of Federal character principle by the overstayed comptroller General of Customs, retired Army Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali in which all the management officers of the so-called Nigerian Customs Service are all Moslem Northerners.

“Reports reaching us from the Nigerian Customs revealed that the Comptroller General of Custom retired Colonel Hameed Ali who has remained in office beyond the expiration of his tenure without any kind of reappointment by his kinsman President Muhammadu Buhari has just promoted and appointed an all Northern Moslems dominated management for what is called in writing as Nigerian Customs Service but which in practice since five years ago has been illegally transformed to Northern Customs Service. These newly elevated officers were reportedly named as follows: DCG Abdullahi Babani – HRD

DCG Mohammed Boyi – NCS TRADOC;ACG Saidu Galadima – ICT/Modernization; SM Modibbo – Zone ‘B’ HQ; ACG Uba Mohammed – E,I&I;.ACG Hamza Gummi – T&T; ACG Usman Dakingari – Doctrine & Development (TRADOC). And we are Nigeria. Fulani is in charge”.

The Civil Rights Group:- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said with the recent rash of top level appointments by the President which fail to reflect the Federal Character principle as provided for by the constitution, the Rights group says it is inconceivable to believe otherwise other than to conclude that President Buhari’s sole agendum is the total Northernization/Islamization of Nigeria which will continue to breed discord, National disharmony, Civil conflicts, instability and insecurity.

The Rights group suggested that may be those controlling the top echelons of governmental positions are executing the agenda of those Conspiracy Theorists in the west who predicted than Nigeria will implode and collapse Soon”.

“Whilst the President has refused to hearken to the voice of reason and has perdured and endured in implementing Pro-Islamic and Pro-Northern Moslem agenda of Scheming out  other Major ethno-religious Communities from commanding positions in the Core Economic Institutions and the defence, the restoration of normalcy, calm, tranquility and stability may take a long time to be achieved beyond 2023”.

“Since 2015, Moslem Northerners have dominated and controlled unconstitutionally all internal Security Portfolios in Customs, Immigration, Civil Defence, Prisons, Police, Army, just as the Nigerian ports Authority, NIMASA, FIRS, Aviation agencies, Accountant General of the Federation are all in the hands of Northern Moslems of either Hausa/Fulani and a sprinkling of Kanuris”.

HURIWA said the President and most of his appointees practicing toxic nepotism and polarizing the fragile unity in Nigeria,  are also in breach of Sections 14(3) and 42(1) of the Nigerian Constitution.

Specifically, Section 14 in Nigerian Constitution (3) stated thus:

(3)     the composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few States or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.

Section 42 (1) stated thus:

42.-(1) a citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person

(a) be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizen of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups places of origin, sex, religious or political opinions are not made subject; or

(b) Be accorded either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to citizen Nigeria of other Communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religious or political op(2) No Citizen of Nigeria shall be subjected to any disability or deprivation merely by reason of the circumstances of his birth.”

HURIWA said that it is dangerously becoming clearer that President Muhammadu Buhari is actively working to destabilize Nigeria through his divisive appointments and policies.


President Buhari’s Health Tourism To London Is A Global Disgrace -Says HURIWA

By HURIWA.

 

“The continuous patronage of foreign medical services by President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his immediate family is a categorical message that the president; Muhammadu Buhari may be unwilling to bequeath enduring and sustainable legacies in the areas of building enduring and strategic health infrastructures which should put to an end to the wasteful ventures of tourism by government officials who fritter scarce foreign reserves to service their personal health challenges at public costs abroad”.

With the above affirmation, the leading Civil Rights Advocacy Group:- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has described as shameful and regrettable the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to travel to London, United Kingdom at serious costs to the tax payers to take care of his personal health needs.

The Rights group said the unwise choice of the President to patronize foreign health service providers in total rejection and disregard for the Nigerian indigenous health service professionals has shown that his administration is hypocritical about achieving any kinds of mileage in the area of rebuilding the near moribund health care sector of the Nation’s economy.

“For us we see this practice by President Buhari and members of his family and many other members of the political class as parasitic and a show of shame, which demonstrates their lack of commitments to establish functional health care infrastructure to benefit millions of Nigerians.

“This constant medical tourism by the political class and especially by President Muhammadu Buhari shows that he does not mean well for the health care system in Nigeria and also demonstrates a lack of sensitivity to the health needs of millions of Nigerians who most times die from seemingly treatable diseases due to the collapse of public health care infrastructures all across the country”. The media Statement was endorsed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf.

The Right group in the media statement emphasized that the frequent medical tourism of Mr. President shows that the Federal Ministry of Health right under the purview of President Muhammadu Buhari  is simply gambling with the lives of millions of Nigeria’s since the President of the country and the appointing authority of the federal cabinet has nothing in stock on how to revive health care infrastructures.

HURIWA stated that it is is disconcerting that the Head of State and head of government of Nigeria will be showing bad example of glittering public funds abroad for his health challenges whilst pretending to be running a full fledge federal ministry of health with two ministers who draw salaries and allowances off public coffers yet the appointing authority of these ministers of Health has no faith in the capability of the managers of the Nation’s health sector which informs his constants globetrotting in search of health care services from foreign jurisdictions.

“HURIWA wishes to remind the current Federal Government that the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire had on Monday, 7th December, 2020 in Abuja, unveiled the Nigeria’s health sector roadmap which he said was guided by the President’s “Health Sector Next Level Agenda” of 2019.  It is a nine point, medium-term plan, to ramp up the push towards Universal Health Coverage.

“HURIWA recalled also that the health minister enumerated the agenda to include: implementation of Mandatory Universal Health Insurance in collaboration with State governments and the FCT Administration; Operationalization of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in collaboration with partners and agencies; Recruitment and deployment of 50,000 Community Health Extension Workers; Revamping Federal Teaching Hospitals across the country; Collaboration with Private Sector Investors to establish high-quality hospitals in Nigeria;  Reduction of gaps in all health-related SDGs by at least 60%; Reduction in the current imbalance between primary, secondary, and tertiary health care; Active, collaboration with the private sector to create a large number of well-paying jobs for Nigerian youths; and  contribution to the realization of Mr. President’s June 12 promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years. But as at today, what these frequent foreign health tourism by the President Muhammadu Buhari shows is that he has no definite road map for fixing the public healthcare sector hence he kept patronizing the British Health sector whereby Nigeria incurs huge financial burden that is not transparently communicated to the tax payers in Nigeria from where these huge financial obligations for the President’s individual health expenses are met. This is absolutely intolerable and unacceptable “.

The Rights group said the practice of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria always going overseas for medical checks and services is a monumental security challenge and an unmitigated global shame to Nigeria which prides itself as one of the fastest growing economy in Africa. “This medical tourism of the Nigerian President shows that Nigeria is a giant with legs of clay”.

 


COVID19 RECOVERY: Igweshi Augustine Calls for More Measures to Cushion the Effects on African youths

Our Reporter.

 

The Executive Director, Center for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASDAfrica) and President African Transformer Institute (ATI); Igweshi Augustine has charged government at all levels to establish more measure to further cushion the impact of Covid19 on African youths

Mr. Igweshi made this charge not too long ago during a virtual International Conference on Global Impact and Covid-19 Recovery Webinar organized by United Nations Peacekeeping Forces Southeast Asia (UNPKF)

While speaking to UN stakeholders, youths and institutions across the world at the International Conference on the topic; Impact of Covid19 on African Youths and SDG Implementation Approach, Mr. Igweshi revealed that the impact of Covid-19 on African youth ranges from education, loss of job/employment to mental health and their general wellbeing.

Also he stated that the Covid19 has set the achievement of the SDGs backwards and what are needed now are government’s commitment, partnership and resilience for the achievement of the SDGs by 2030

Again, he noted that it has been estimated that about 20 million African youths will lose their jobs as a result of Covid19 and significant number of youths are currently out of school.

“The unemployment rate is currently on the rise as a result of Covid19 and Nigeria recorded about 33% unemployment rate in the last quarter of 2020 as a result of impact of Covid19. There is need for government at all levels to put measures and mechanism that will reduce the impact of Covid19 on African youths. African Union has a significant role to play by ensuring that youths are included in her Covid-19 recovery plans,” Mr. Igweshi explained.

COVID19 RECOVERY: Igweshi Augustine Calls for More Measures to Cushion the Effects on African youths
Mr. Igweshi Augustine

Furthermore, while making reference on the Impact Covid-19 has made on the lives of African youths and recommendations on SDG Implementation Approach, he highlighted the following:

1. Government should strengthen and build young peoples’ resilience in driving the implementation of SDGs

2. Government should be more committed in the achievement of SDGs by 2030

3. There is need for partnership and Collaboration between the government, private sector and CSOs, NGO and CBO

4. There is need for the localization of the SDG and covid19 recovery measure to be a critical part of government plans for the next 10 years and provide more measures to cushion the impact of Covid19 on the citizens

5. Government should develop more alignment of national policy with the SDGs and identify opportunities for policy coherence and also encourage and support efforts of communities and organisations to contribute towards meeting the SDGs, and foster public participation

On the impact of Covid19 on African youth Igweshi Augustine made the following recommendations

1. Government should step up efforts to help MSMEs go digital

2. There should be a continent Response Unit by African Union to include the youth on covid19 recovering plans

3. African Union member states should provide statutory digital citizenship for young people to enable them adapt to the new Normal through digital platform for learning

4. African Union member states should provide soft loans with zero collateral for MSMEs to enable them run their business as the pandemic affected their businesses and there should be cut in taxation for youth entrepreneurs

5. African Union should provide education programming for young people with digital literacy skills to equip with them to overcome future shocks at continent and country level

6. Youth innovative response on Covid-19 should be an integral part to fight against Covid19

7. Government at all levels should set up youth recovery fund with stimulus packages and subsidize good and services for the youth in the informal sector in Africa

 


ATTACK ON BENUE GOVERNOR: HURIWA Expresses Disgust Over Buhari’s Communication By Proxy

The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy platform:- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has condemned the pampering of Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association by President  Muhammadu Buhari even in the face of the obvious fact that the activities of the Miyetti Allah constitute clear and present danger to National Security interests of Nigeria.

The Rights group which absolutely condemned the last weekend’s assassination attempt on the life of the governor of Benue State; Mr. Samuel Ortom, also condemned the communication by proxy methodology of President Muhammadu Buhari in the face of the constant bombardments of soft targets by terrorists and armed Fulani militia all across Nigeria.

The HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has therefore asked President Muhammadu Buhari to speak to Nigerians directly in person and unfold the practicable panacea and measures being put in place by his government to deal with the increased threats of grave dangers to the lives and property of the citizens.

HURIWA, which spoke through the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko expressed disappointment that President Buhari has continued to tolerate the violent and terrorism tendencies of his kinsmen which is why the officials of the organized union of cow sellers have continued to issue threats to governor Ortom and other governments across the Country that have exercised their legitimate, constitutional and legal powers to impose bans on open grazing.

The Rights group said the MIYETTI ALLAH has truly become the agent provocateur that is out to cause civil war in Nigeria and the group has for the umpteenth time asked the government to declare the group especially the faction that openly issues threats against different governors and endorsing killings of farmers as a terrorist organisation.

“The violent attack on the governor of Benue State at the weekend by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen is another dimension in the open threats made by officials of Miyetti Allah association. This faction of the cow sellers have indeed constituted themselves unto a law and their officials who openly endorse attacks and killings of farmers have never been arrested or prosecuted for their role in these incessant killings and Fulani insurgency.

“Rather, these traitors are afforded the highest kind of security cover by the Federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari even as this group continues to cause maximum social disquiet and actively undermining national security objective of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“A year ago Benue Governor; Mr. Samuel Ortom had warned Miyetti Allah over inciting statements.  The national president of the group, Abdullahi Bodejo, was said to have told governors to establish cattle colonies in their states or face crisis.

“Ortom, however, said that anybody who foments trouble in his state would be dealt with according to the law.  Barely one week after the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, representative of herders across Nigeria, apologised to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, over the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state, another crisis has ensued.

“The reports had it that despite the initial apology by the herders, the group threatened that governors must establish cattle colonies or know no peace in their states. It was gathered that while reacting to the threat, Ortom, through his chief press secretary, said that the group was not above the law. He added that he would take necessary sanction against anybody who violates the law of the land.”

HURIWA recalled that governor Ortom had stated that: “We have read with shock a statement in some newspapers credited to the national president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bodejo, in which he threatened that governors who refuse to establish cattle colonies also known as Ruga settlements will not know peace.

The Rights group said the MIYETTI ALLAH official said reportedly thus: “You are a governor and you want to enjoy peace in your state, you don’t need any long meeting, just create a particular area for the Fulani and equip them with modern amenities.”

HURIWA also recalled that a year ago, the governor said that Bodejo’s utterances were inciting and direct invitation for anarchy, noting that no group should be above the law to be dictating to states on how to accord preference to it at the expense of other Nigerians.

HURIWA cited the reported statement by Governor Orton a year ago thus: “We call for the arrest and prosecution of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore national president for persistently making statements capable of causing crises in the country.

HURIWA further recalled that the said Bodejo in the same media report a year ago, had singled out Governor Ortom for vilification, saying the governor has been playing politics with the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law to win sympathy and gain advantage,”

The Rights group said the Governor Ortom had said the statement by Bodejo was not only a threat to peace but also a prelude to another round of attacks on Benue communities by herdsmen militia. The governor was then quoted as saying thus:  “As a state, Benue will not take the current threat by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore lightly. The law of the land is sacrosanct and must be obeyed by everyone. Any individual or group who wants to breed animals in the state should be prepared to ranch them.”

HURIWA therefore wonders why the shedding of Crocodile tears by President Buhari by proxy when this same government openly failed to declare the Miyetti Allah’s threats to National Security as act of terrorism and declare the group as a terrorist group.

The Rights group said the MIYETTI ALLAH OFFICIALS have constantly and consistently threatened national security since the last five years but the Nigerian Government headed by the Fulani born Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has pampered his kinsman and failed to invoke the constitutional provisions against these grave threats to the peace and national harmony of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as constituted by the MIYETTI ALLAH OFFICIALS who still enjoy cosy relationship with the central government in Abuja.

“We seize this opportunity to thank God that the satanic plots to cause Civil war by armed Fulani herdsmen by staging an assassination attack on governor Ortom did not succeed but we are hereby calling on President Buhari to come out of the shadows and speak to Nigerians and to take concrete steps to arrest and prosecute the officials of Miyetti Allah especially those who are in the media quoted as allegedly  threatening to deal with governor Ortom. The government of President Buhari must save Nigeria from Civil war.

HURIWA recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack on Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, saying the brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable.

The president made the condemnation in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday.

But the Rights group dismissed this deceptive approach as the shedding of crocodile tears and has tasked President Buhari to act fast before it is late.

 

 


 

Charity Ambassador Care Foundation Canvases An Equal Future Free From Stigma For Women

By Kennedy Eberechi.

The foremost Care and Advocacy Foundation; Charity Ambassador Care Foundation has called on stakeholders to take proactive steps in tackling the persistent barriers against gender quality and recognize the enormous potentials of women as the society is driven by their existence.

In a Media statement endorsed by Mrs. Jane Obozele; The Founder and Executive Director of Charity Ambassador Care Foundation on the occasion of the 2021 International Women’s Day Celebration, the Foundation stated that given their enthusiasm, managerial abilities in building a formidable home and the society at large, women have the potential to contribute immensely to the socio-economic development of a nation.

“There is need therefore to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of women”, The Foundation added.

Continuing, it frowned at that fact that despite these inherent attributes, women empowerment is still a burning issue in the polity. According to her, this is in recognition of the vast number of women with little or no education and skills to enable them support their livelihoods or to become active in the mainstream economy of the country.

“The problem is further exacerbated by the alarming high number of our women who are either unemployed or under-employed. Again, those who are successful are being looked at from an immoral point of view. Women are pathfinders and they work assiduously to achieve any feat they set out for”, it explained.

While reckoning the challenges facing the contemporary women, the foundation informed that women face limited access to credit to capitalize their micro-informal businesses. “In spite of having brilliant business ideas, the women and girls are sometimes regarded as high-risk clientele group as they do not have the prerequisite collateral.

Charity Ambassador Care Foundation Canvases An Equal Future Free From Stigma For Women
Mrs. Jane Obozele; Founder/Executive Director, Charity Ambassador Care Foundation

“They often cannot access project funding from the formal financial institutions. This has left the women and girls stuck in the vicious poverty cycle as their businesses remain merely aspirational and micro in nature, providing income for subsistence purposes only.

“Certainly, efforts to design and implement practical programmes to generate decent employment, reduce poverty among women and girls and economically empower them to play a more meaningful role in the development and fulfillment of their communities and the nation at large is timely, as it is the catalyst for family and societal values recovery”, she said.

On-the-one-hand, the Foundation, which has been upbeat at discovering and encouraging talented female youths in Nigeria and beyond to participate effectively in championing charity campaigns and development in Nigeria underscored that women are disappointed with the stewardship of our planet, the unabated violence directed against them and the slow pace of change in fulcrum issues like education.

Asserting that policies are needed that will promote equality in childcare responsibilities and provide State support to families, and those who work in the informal economy, she cited as cause for hope, growing support in tackling gender-bias barriers; a ‘driving will’ for change across generations and countries, while adding that the last 26 years “have shown us what is needed to accelerate action for equality.

“We don’t have an equal world at the moment and women and girls are angry and concerned about the future. They are radically impatient for change. It’s an impatience that runs deep, and it has been brewing for years”, the Foundation concluded.

Specifically, the International Women’s Day, celebrated every March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year, the United Nations celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.

“Women’s full and effective participation and leadership in of all areas of life drives progress for everyone. Yet, women are still underrepresented in public life and decision-making, as revealed in the UN Secretary-General’s recent report”, Charity Ambassador Care Foundation concluded.

 

 

 


 

HURIWA Asks Buhari To Arrest And Prosecute Sheikh Ahmad Gumi:

*… Wonders If National Assembly Is Dead That It Can’t Probe Revelations From Armed Bandits’ Kingpin On Who Arms Them; 

 

By HURIWA.

 

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has warned the federal government against open, biased and selective justice manifested in the persistent refusal and failure of President Muhammadu Buhari and his federal government to arrest and bring to trial for aiding and abetting terrorism in Nigeria, the Kaduna based controversial Islamic Cleric; Sheikh Ahmad GUMI.

The Rights group said that President Muhammadu Buhari has not done much to ensure that the TERROR GANGSTERS that kidnapped school children in Zamfara, Katsina and Niger States are arrested even as the Rights group said the measures against terrorists in the North West as announced by the National Security Adviser; Major General Monguno (rtd) on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari is COSMETIC and deceptive and would do no harm to the armed terrorists who are tolerated by the federal government to roam about in the forests armed to their teeth.

HURIWA has also called for the declaration of the armed abductors (known as Fulani militia) of school children in Katsina, Zamfara and Niger State as terror groups and arrest and prosecute them for the serial kidnappings of school children and punish them if we ever hope to have closure to the incessant invasions of schools by terrorists.

In a statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) affirmed thus:

“Here is why GUMI MUST BE ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED-: ACCORDING TO TERRORISM (PREVENTION) ACT, 2011 Section 4(1) A person who knowingly, in any manner, solicits or renders support for. – (a) an act of terrorism; or

(b) A proscribed organisation or an internationally suspected terrorist group. An offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a maximum term of 20 years.

(2) Without prejudice to subsection (2) of this section, where death results from any terrorist act the penalty shall he death sentence:

(3) For the purposes of subsection (I) of this section, “support” includes.

(a) Incitement to commit a terrorist act;

(b) Offer of material assistance, weapons, including biological, chemical or nuclear weapons, explosives, training. Transportation, false documentation or identification;

(c) Offer or provision of moral assistance, including invitation to adhere to a proscribed organization; and

(d) The provision of, or making available, such financial or other related services as may be prescribed in this act.”

HURIWA stated that specifically, Section 5 of the nation’s anti-terrorism law says: “A person whether or not in the armed services who harbours, conceals or causes to be harboured or concealed, a person whom he knew to have committed, or to have been convicted of an act of terrorism or against whom he knew that a warrant of arrest or imprisonment for such an act had been issued commits an offence under that Act and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a maximum term of 10 years”.

Section 6 states thus: “Any person who, knowingly agrees to provide training or instruction –

(a) In the making or use of an explosive or other lethal device; or

(b) In carrying out terrorist act:

to a member of a terrorist group or a person engaging in, or preparing to engage in the commission of a terrorist act, commits an offence and shall on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for a maximum term of 10 years.”

HURIWA has also lamented that the Senator Ahmed Lawan led National Assembly has gone into complete comatose hence it has refused to investigate the persistent confessions by the armed terrorists in the North West that their members were supplied with weapons by government just as the newspapers reported that one of the leaders of the armed terrorists personally accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning them soon after he won election and asked him to personally meet with them for a truce talk.

The Rights group said the current leadership of the National Assembly will regret their acts of cowardice and compromise soon because the citizens will sooner than later demand the dissolution of the two chambers National Assembly which is expensive but largely made up of ‘house BOYS’ of the PRESIDENT.

HURIWA said: “There have been many earthshaking revelations made by the leaders of the different armed Fulani invading terror networks in the North West which in summary accuses the Federal government of arming the terrorists before the 2019 polls and then abandoning them soon after the election was over.

“Why is the National Assembly playing deaf and dumb to these stunning revelations? The failure of the National Assembly headed by surrogates and bootlickers of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe these accusations made by terrorists against the President Muhammadu Buhari,  is against the spirit and letter of Section 4 of the Constitutional provisions contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999(as amended) as stated in the following subsections-:

“(1) The legislative powers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be vested in a National Assembly for the Federation, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

(2) The National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List set out in Part I of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.

(3) The power of the National Assembly to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List shall, save as otherwise provided in this Constitution, be to the exclusion of the Houses of Assembly of States.”

HURIWA BLAMES both the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to arrest, prosecute Ahmad GUMI for frustrating the enforcement of the anti-terror Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by acting as the envoy of armed terrorists who are terrorizing the North just as the Rights Advocacy group said it was treasonous for Ahmed GUMI to encourage armed terrorists to attack members of the armed forces because he clearly told them that the Christian members of the armed forces were the operatives responsible for the military actions they faced in the past and just few days after the Kaduna Cleric made the reckless statement the military jet with only Christian crew members crashed in Abuja and all the crew members died and few days ago a number of soldiers are feared dead after an attack on a military base in Katsina State.

HURIWA specifically quoted the media as reporting that the armed terrorists stormed an outpost in Marina, Safana Local Government Area on Thursday. The troops, according to Daily Trust, were returning from an operation when they moved into an ambush.

The bandits caught the soldiers unaware; they hid near the base and opened fire from different directions.

HURIWA also recalled that the Daily Trust was quoted as reporting that one Halilu Sububu, a bandit leader, listed Katsina as one of the states gangs terrorize. Others are Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna and Sokoto.

Sububu linked attacks to a breach of agreement and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to personally visit them for a chat.”

HURIWA cited the media report as stating thus: “It (agreement) has been breached. An agreement was reached but you left that person in a forest with a gun and nothing to substitute. All the promises made to us, none of it was fulfilled.

“The President should personally come and preside over the talks. When was campaigning, he traveled all over, why would he not do it now? He does not take these peace talks seriously, and everyday people are being killed”.

The Rights group said the failure of the National Assembly to investigate these monumental allegations against the Federal government for arming the terrorists as alleged is the reason terrorists have continued to launch their attacks including the invasion of the Federal Airport located in Kaduna in which scores of staff and their family members were abducted by the invading terrorists who are being appeased by the Federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

HURIWA has stated that because the National Assembly has failed to investigate these claims, the Civil Rights movement in Nigeria will definitely send petitions to major embassies in Nigeria to call their attention to these allegations and to demand international investigative action by the relevant global bodies such as the United Nations, the United States Congress and the European Union commission.


Child Rights Group Canvasses Greater Security For Schools

Our Reporter.

 

The Abuja based FORUM FOR CHILD RIGHTS PROMOTION (FORCHI) has expressed shock that the first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Hajiya Aisha Buhari has remained silent in the face of the sustained terror attacks targeting school children in Zamfara, Katsina and Niger States by armed Fulani militia.

The Rights group said the Wife of the President is needed at this material time to speak up for the respect and protection of the human rights of school children particularly as she is the MOTHER OF THE NATION.

The group; FORCHI is of the opinion that the wives of the political office holders in the Country have frontline roles to play to ensure that their spouses who control the different layers of political powers are encouraged, motivated and challenged to adopt every practical methodology to get the security forces all across the Country to act decisively to provide efficient security of students.

Child Rights Group Canvasses Greater Security For Schools
Mrs. Stacey Ukaobasi Onwuegbuchulam; the National leader of the FORUM FOR CHILD RIGHTS PROMOTION (FORCHI)

“FORUM FOR CHILD RIGHTS PROMOTION (FORCHI) is by this statement publicly urging Mrs. Aisha Buhari to bring together the wives of the governors of all the 36 states and the Nation’s capital of Abuja and wives of Federal and State legislators to put pressures on their spouses to adopt law based anti-terror mechanisms to implement sustainable, durable and result oriented initiatives to keep students safe from all terror attacks”.

Mrs. Stacey Ukaobasi Onwuegbuchulam;  the National leader of the FORUM FOR CHILD RIGHTS PROMOTION (FORCHI) who endorsed the media release further reiterated that the imperative of securing the territorial integrity of the Nigerian school system is no longer in doubt, also expressed fear that should the violence targeting schools be allowed to continue, the constitutional mandate obliging the Nigerian State in section 18 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution to direct its policy towards ensuring that there are equal and adequate educational opportunities at all levels, will be undermined.

Specifically, section 18(2) says:  “Government shall promote science and technology; 18 (3) Government shall strive to eradicate illiteracy, and to this end government shall provide free and quality education”. The Rights group said the different levels of government must demonstrate an elevated level if commitments towards actualizing these constitutional objectives in such a way that the safety of the Students are guaranteed.

“Importantly, THE FORUM FOR CHILD RIGHTS PROMOTION believes that allowing terror attacks in schools amounts to abandonment by government of the fundamental objective for which the public office holders were elected which is to protect lives and property of the citizenry (section 14 (2) (b).

The group is therefore asking the United Nations to wade in and ensure that the Nigerian government protects students and punish terrorists.


 

New EFCC Chairman Must Respect Human Rights: – Says Huriwa….*Wants President To Disclose Ex-Chair’s Status:

By HURIWA.

 

The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group:-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has expressed shock that President Muhammadu Buhari has not told Nigerians the current status of the dismissed acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu  for many months.

The Rights group stated that under the extant freedom of information Act that came into force since 2015, the central government was obliged statutorily to give Nigerians full disclosure of issues of public importance such as the circumstances that necessitated the disgraceful dismissal of Ibrahim Magu the erstwhile Acting Chairman of the EFCC.

“It is itself an act of corruption that the government concealed Vital Information from the citizens such as the circumstances that made Mr. President to dismiss one of his most noisy loyalist in the person of Ibrahim Magu alleged to have been involved in series of corrupt activities.

“The Nigerian citizens are obliged to know because by so doing, the people who donated the constitutional legitimacy for the government to exercise authority will be in the know of how they too can key in actively in the fight against corruption”.

On the newly appointed substantive Chairman of EFCC, the Rights group has charged the National Assembly not to behave like Presidential puppets but to conduct extensive investigations on the background of the nominee so we do not have to be subjected to the public odium associated with the monumental fall from grace to grass that engineered the removal of Ibrahim Magu by the government.

“It is our wish that whenever confirmed, the new Chairman of EFCC Abdulrasheed Bawa will play the game by the rules and refused to be used as the attack dog of the President to embark on witchhunt against political opponents of the President. The EFCC Chairman should desist from the primitive practice of media trials of accused person and must respect the principle of Rule of Law and Human Rights”.

HURIWA recalled that Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, announced the appointment of the new Chairman of EFCC in a statement on Tuesday.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.

“Bawa, 40, is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

“He has undergone several specialized trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005. Bawa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy,” the statement read.

HURIWA praised the President Muhammadu Buhari for entrusting such a high office to a very young man but at the same time urges the President Muhammadu Buhari not to tele-guide the new Chief executive of EFCC but to allow him operate within the bounds of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

 

 


 

Ex-Beauty Queen Tasks Nigerian Leaders, Citizens to Think Nigeria First

By The World Satellite.

 

Mimidoo Williams Tasks Nigerian Leaders, Citizens to Think Nigeria First
Mimidoo Uhundu Williams; Model, Ex-Beauty Queen and Activist

The Founder and Executive Director of Spring of Hope for the Girl Child Development Initiative (SHoGDI); Mimidoo Uhundu Williams has prayed for the greatest love of God to abide in the hearts of our leaders and citizens while tasking them to think Nigeria first so as to make decisions that will promote peace and development and shun all forms of racial and class discriminations.

The Ex-Beauty Queen; Mimidoo made this known while reflecting on the February 14 yearly world’s day of love during when a certain Valentine, purported to have died for love, is remembered and celebrated.

“Every February 14, people across the world exchange candy, flowers and gifts with their loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. It is considered to be the best day to express your love and care for your special one or even express your feelings to the one you love”, remarked Mimi.

While describing Valentine ’s Day as a memorial, which should not just end in a one day show of love to someone, but an everyday ritual, Miss Williams enthused that spreading love shouldn’t be a one-day thing, rather a habit.

“Valentine, dating back to history is all about love, so everything about it would revolve around love both to the less privileged and those who feel less loved; everyone needs love not only the less privileged”.

Mimidoo Williams Tasks Nigerian Leaders, Citizens to Think Nigeria First
Mimidoo; Founder/Executive Director, Spring of Hope For GirlChild Development Initiative

Based on the above, the passionate advocate for the promotion of girl’s empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights highlighted the challenges that girls all over the world especially in Africa face and expressed her desire to continue to use her organization (SHoGDI) together with other stakeholders to celebrate and work with girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights, eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.

According to her, she intends to achieve this through promoting girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life in addition to strengthening the role of the family in improving the status of girls.

“Our plans towards Girl-Child Advocacy Campaigns involve the media, Religious Leaders, Proprietors of Schools, Parents and care givers to sustain efforts at sensitizing the public and creating awareness on the rights of the girl-child so as to eschew violence and discrimination of any sort”, she explained.

Furthermore, Miss Mimidoo recalled The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which has been described as the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls, and called for a world where every girl and woman can realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work.

“No doubt, the progress since the Beijing Declaration is remarkable, but girls around the world – especially those living in rural areas or humanitarian settings and those with disabilities – still need us to stand with them to achieve their full potential.

“Therefore, our Girl-Child Advocacy Campaigns will consolidate on the merits of the Beijing Declaration to continue to equip girls with the power, knowledge and space to continue to voice their passions and concerns, Mimidoo advocated.

 


HURIWA Writes To National Assembly To Endorse Nominations Of Ex-Service Chiefs As Envoys:

….*Urges President Buhari To Build Infrastructures In Nigeria Not Niger:

 

Strongly believing that Nigeria stands to gain global mileage by the appointments of immediate past service chiefs as Nigerian Ambassadors as made by President Muhammadu Buhari, a Civil Rights Body-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the National Assembly to confirm the appointments.

The Rights group said the criticisms from some few vocal persons were misplaced and substantially grounded on hear-say, speculation and rumours lacking empirical evidence just as the Rights group said the National Assembly must not enlist in the assembly of the radical mobs who are opposing these well thought out appointments by the President but should demonstrate patriotism by confirming the nominations of ex-service chiefs as Nigeria’s representatives in foreign jurisdictions.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to be a patriot and statesman by building National strategic infrastructures such as Railways, Bridges,  Roads and other assets within the Federal Republic of Nigeria with Nigerian public fund rather than fritter and waste callously  public resources of Nigeria on building Railway lines to Maradi in Niger Republic.

The group faulted president Buhari’s futile effort to justify this illegal expenditure of over a billion United States dollars to build railway lines to Niger Republic when the entire South East of Nigeria and the major parts of the Niger Delta regions have no functional railways.

In any case, the Rights group said the President is committing illegality by deploying borrowed funds to set up infrastructures in another Country but will force Nigeria to repay the loan from China which was never spent to the benefits of Nigeria.

On the need for the National Assembly to quicken the process of confirmation of the newly appointed envoys, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said since there is no extant law stopping the immediate past security chiefs from being posted out as envoys soon after their disengagement, there is absolutely no Justification for the criticisms of their selection by President Buhari.

In the letter dated February 9th 2021, and endorsed by both the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, The Rights group said if the nominations are not confirmed, it would dampen the morale of servicemen who would now believe that there is no need for them to be absolutely loyal to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Rights group addressed the letter to the leadership of the National legislature. Excerpts from the letter sent to Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, his deputy, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and his deputy reads thus:

“On behalf of our teeming members numbering over eight thousand fees’ paying and dedicated registered members in Nigeria, and thousands of online members and affiliates of all Nations on earth, we write the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Federal House of Representatives  this short letter of our endorsement of the immediate past service Chiefs as Nigerian Ambassadors as made in the discretionary powers of the head of the Executive Arm of government of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari(GCFR).

“As adumbrated by some scholars of international diplomacy, it is a truism that the 21st century has paved the way for greater connection, communication, and trade on a global scale. With a greater connection worldwide, the need for effective, progressive diplomatic relations between countries is of the utmost importance. Specifically, effective ambassadors are needed to promote international relations, trade, and foreign policy.

“It is therefore in the light of the above facts universally acknowledged that the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari had nominated immediate past service chiefs of the country as ambassadors.

“Specifically,  in a media release few days back, we learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari had forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate,” presidential aide Bashir Ahmad disclosed in a tweet.

“The ambassador-designates are retired Defense Chief Abayomi Olonisakin, former Army Chief Tukur Buratai, former Navy Chief Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and former Air Chief Sadique Abubakar. Their nomination is subject to confirmation by the National Assembly.

“The former service chief’s nomination comes nine days after Buhari replaced them – having spearheaded the country’s security agencies for over five years.

“Buhari appointed Chief Maj Gen LEO Irabor to replace Olonisakin in Defense, Maj Gen I Attahiru replace Buratai in the Army, Rear Adm AZ Gambo replaced Ekwe Ibas in Navy and AVM IO Alao replaced Abubakar to lead the Nigeria Air Force.

“As a sign of growing acceptance of the exercise of the democratic Freedoms, some  critics with connection and access to the popular media had  rated the former service chiefs low in the state of security in Nigeria, but the man with the authority to appoint service Chiefs President Muhammadu Buhari said they had an “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country.”

We in the organised civil society community in Nigeria and particularly in the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA HURIWA and over 36 affiliate registered credible groups, we believe that the service chiefs dedicated over 4 decades of their highly productive and professional lives in the services of humanity and Nigeria our fatherland.

Also, recall that the President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement announcing the appointment of the new service chiefs.

Our letter is to urge you to expeditiously approve and confirm these noble nominations so as to pass the message that 100 PERCEBT LOYALTY TO NIGERIA PAYS BECAUSE THESE GENERALS ARE SOME OF THE FUNEST PROFESSIONALS IN AFRICA.

As is universally acknowledged and published in learned journals of diplomacy and international relations, Ambassadors act as the diplomatic representatives of their country abroad.

For instance, a media publication emphatically stated that in the United States, ambassadors are appointed to represent the office of the President in foreign nations. The title comes with a number of duties and responsibilities, including conducting foreign relations, crafting international policies, spearheading negotiations, and aligning on economic conditions such as trade.

With such a wide range of skills required to become an ambassador, it can be challenging to understand how to stand out.

Sir, kindly note the following expert opinion referencing the combined experience and expertise of three former ambassadors now serving as members of Northeastern’s faculty, who in their capacities as scholars had compiled some steps, tips, and industry insights to help any aspiring ambassador achieve success on a global scale. These qualities are amongst a few others (1). Earn a relevant bachelor’s degree.

That University publication in the USA noted that although the U.S. State Department does not list specific educational requirements for aspiring ambassadors, earning a bachelor’s degree can go a long way in landing a role in this field.

In fact, education at this level has become a requirement across industries today, and can increase your chances of making it into further rounds of consideration during job applications.  Judging by this line of thinking, it is not in doubt that as some of the most vastly educated Nigerian Professionals, these retired Officers are top rated citizens competent to represent Nigeria.  These criticisms against the nominations are misplaced because even in the USA, President Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States of America appointed the backers and funders of his campaigns as AMBASSADORS but in Nigeria,  the President appointed top rated military Generals who served Nigeria meritoriously.

Specifically, The Guardian of London reported that Donald Trump had gifted a record proportion of ambassadorial posts to political appointees, rewarding wealthy supporters with minimal experience at the expense of career diplomats, according to the latest figures.

About 44% of US ambassadors nominated by Trump have been political appointees, compared with a historical average of about 30%, according to the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). That percentage is getting higher. Out of the ambassador nominations so far this year, 57% have gone to political appointees.

The dramatic increase of top posts being given to wealthy entrepreneurs like Lana Marks – a handbag designer made US ambassador to South Africa last year – could violate the law, which requires most ambassadorial posts to go to state department diplomats, and for ambassadors to have relevant experience.

Brett Bruen, a former US diplomat and former head of global engagement in the White House, said the number of ambassadorial openings for career diplomats was even smaller in the list of job openings being circulated this summer.

Americans were never known to have protested.

We wish to call your attention to some salient facts adumbrated in a book on management as follows: “Our feelings toward power, then range from attraction (to being strong and potent) to repulsion (out of fear of abuse and of despotism).

Remember that we’re focusing on our feelings, not a rational analysis of what power is and is not. Because power can instill both reactions, there is a natural tension to our feelings about it, like the tension in a rubber band being pulled apart (although we are the rubber band being stretched!).People experience other deep psychological tensions as well.

One is the impulse toward altruism versus the impulse toward self-gratification. Altruism simply means concern for others. Humans are social beings and act out of concern for the greater good on a regular basis. At the same time, we all want to take care of ourselves, to act at times in ways that are not best for society or a particular group-cutting ahead in the line to exit a turnpike, for example.

Yet as individuals we’re able to hold on to the knowledge that if everyone cut in line, anarchy and chaos would rule. We somehow learn to manage that tension.” “Some people, in the face of such tension, attempt to deal with it simply by slipping the metaphorical rubber band off one of their fingers.

Thus one person chooses a life of selfless service to the poor, while another (likely without any conscious deliberation at all) chooses to become wholly selfish in his or her approach to life, taking care of number one. Still another lives life as a kind of Peter Pan, never acknowledging responsibility to anyone else, while his or her neighbor becomes a “young fogy”.    (The 12 Bad Habits that Hold Good People Back by James Waldroop, PH.D. and Timothy Butler, PH.D).”

We therefore state without any fear of contradictions that these men nominated as AMBASSADORS after serving in the military for 40 years are qualified to be so appointed. We so move.”

 

 

 


 

HURIWA, AFRIRIGHTS, Others Applaud Ambassadorial Appointments Of General Buratai, Others:…. *Urges President Muhammadu Buhari To Reconsider Illegal Extension Of IGP’s Statutory Tenure

By HURIWA.

 

HURIWA, AFRIRIGHTS, Others Applaud Ambassadorial Appointments Of General Buratai, Others:…. *Urges President Muhammadu Buhari To Reconsider Illegal Extension Of IGP's Statutory Tenure
Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai (Rtd)

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA), It’s continental body- ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN WRITERS ON HUMAN AND PEOPLE’S RIGHTS (AFRIRIGHTS) and 36 other registered affiliates have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing immediate past Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as well as his other counterparts that just retired service Chiefs as AMBASSADORS DESIGNATE.

HURIWA which endorsed an early morning press statement after a marathon consultative conference of the bodies in Abuja, has resolved to send a letter to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to expedite action in the anticipated parliamentary approval mechanisms so the newly appointed Ambassadors can be assigned to their respective posts to serve the overall interests of Nigeria.

The Rights groups said the Ambassadors nominees who had served the Country with pride for over 40 years of their productive lives, gave their all to advance public good just as the Rights Advocacy groups dismissed criticisms of the appointments saying those who criticise these appointments are free to say what they want in the spirit of constitutional democracy and fundamental freedoms as guaranteed to the citizens but that if the truth be told, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and the other service Chiefs who just voluntarily retired are much more qualified to represent Nigeria in a Non career level because they are all round professionals who will not betray the Country given that they displayed uncommon loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended and loyalty to Mr. President.

HURIWA recalled that the President Muhammadu Buhari in the exercise his Presidential discretions, has just forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate.

HURIWA, AFRIRIGHTS, Others Applaud Ambassadorial Appointments Of General Buratai, Others:…. *Urges President Muhammadu Buhari To Reconsider Illegal Extension Of IGP's Statutory Tenure
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd)

The Rights group said the that in a letter to Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, President of the Senate, the President said: “In accordance with section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed five (5) names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate.”

HURIWA recalled that the nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd ), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd) just as thee President urged the Senate to give expeditious consideration to the nominations.

HURIWA and other Civil Rights Advocacy groups that met in Abuja endorsed the appointments and dismissed the criticisms against the appointments as misplaced and baseless given that there is no empirical evidence to show that these erstwhile service Chiefs have any problems with both local and international human rights and humanitarian laws just as the Rights Advocacy groups said as far as legal records are concerned, the erstwhile service Chiefs have no pending invitations at the International Criminal court in The Hague NETHERLANDS and wondered why a section of the media are spreading misinformation and fake news.

“We are happy with Mr. President; Muhammadu Buhari for exercising authority in a much more decisive manner by poaching these retired officers to immediately commence diplomatic services to Nigeria. We are one hundred percent sure that these professional military Generals will stand their own in international diplomacy and will represent all of us the good citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria creditably and will inevitably make us proud in foreign jurisdictions after serving us locally in a comprehensively meritorious and patriotic manner.

HURIWA, AFRIRIGHTS, Others Applaud Ambassadorial Appointments Of General Buratai, Others:…. *Urges President Muhammadu Buhari To Reconsider Illegal Extension Of IGP's Statutory Tenure
Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd)

“We recognise that in a democracy different people will have their different opinions so those kicking against these appointments can continue but all that we are asking them to do is to base their criticisms on verifiable and concrete facts and not on prejudices and unfounded speculation and rumours peddled about in beer parlour situations and elevated to the public scale by gossip blogs and naysayers.

“To us, these appointments are well placed, rational, logical, decisive and was made in the overall best interests of Nigeria and Africa.  These men are amongst our first eleven so they are qualified to be so appointed and as far as section 36(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is concerned, the ex-Service chiefs should be granted fair hearing by those who do not like their faces”.

Relatedly, the Rights groups said that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately appoint a fresh and substantive Inspector General of Police to step into the office that by law has been vacated after statutory and non-reversible retirement by the immediate past IGP Mohammed Adamu just as the Rights Advocacy group said it was illegal to retain a retired police chief in clear disregard to a law signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It said that unlike the military chiefs whose tenures are not spelt out in the Constitution nor statutes,  the office of IGP has a clear and an unambiguous tenure that cannot be extended without violating extant laws including the Supreme Law of the land.

HURIWA, AFRIRIGHTS, Others Applaud Ambassadorial Appointments Of General Buratai, Others:…. *Urges President Muhammadu Buhari To Reconsider Illegal Extension Of IGP's Statutory Tenure
Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd)

HURIWA said just like many legal scholars had validly argued, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari cannot violate the clear provisions of the Constitution and the amended Police Act 2020 just as the Rights Advocacy groups said under section  215 (1)(a) of 1999 Constitution, the extension of the tenure of the clearly retired IGP, Mohammed Adamu is null, void and of no moment because that section pronounces thus: “There shall be an Inspector-General of Police who, subject to section 216(2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among serving members of the Nigeria Police Force.”

Section 216(2): “Before making any appointment to the office of the Inspector-General of Police or removing him from office, the President shall consult the Nigeria Police Council.” HURIWA recalled that the  Paragraph 27 of Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution provides thus: “27. The Nigeria Police Council shall comprise the following members:

(A) the President who shall be the Chairman;

(B) the Governor of each State of the Federation;

(C) the Chairman of the Police Service Commission; and

(D) the Inspector-General of Police.”

HURIWA argued that no such meeting ever held therefore the extension of the tenure of office of the IGP remains irrevocably irregular, unconstitutional and absolutely devoid of respect for the extant laws of Nigeria.

“HURIWA and our credible partners agree with the sound legal positions canvassed by some of Nigeria’s constitutional eggheads that when the tenure of a serving IGP expires on the ground of completing the mandatory 35 years of service, he cannot be asked to continue in office beyond his mandatory tenure.

“An IGP who has served the mandatory years of service ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force from the date of his completion of his service. In this case, Mr Adamu ceases to be a member of the NPF from February 2, 2021.”

“By virtue of section 215(1)(a) of the Constitution and section 7(3) of the Police Act, 2020, only a SERVING member of the Nigeria Police Force can be appointed as IGP. Mr Adamu having completed his mandatory years of service in February 2, 2021, he cannot be appointed as IGP, from outside the force just as we see this line of legal submission as unassailable.

“HURIWA says in agreement with Mr. Ebun Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) amongst a plethora of legal experts that the President lacks the power to reabsorb a retired police officer back into the NPF through a purported tenure extension, which is not contemplated by law.”


 

 

Ex- Army Chief Buratai Left Indelible Human Rights Milestones: – Says HURIWA

A leading Civil Rights Advocacy group: – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA HURIWA has expressed satisfaction with the indelible Human Rights legacy bequeathed by immediate past Army Chief-: Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai to his successor General Ibrahim Attahiru.

Besides, HURIWA has also expressed appreciation to the new Chief of Army staff-: Major General Ibrahim Attahiru for publicly pledging to uphold the legacies of his predecessor just as the Rights group specifically disclosed that credible members of the organized civil Rights community in Nigeria will key in into the human rights agenda of the new Army Chief just as the Rights group has tasked the new Army Chief Ibrahim Attahiru to publicise.

These were the key points adumbrated in a presentation submitted by HURIWA to the new Chief of Army Staff; General Ibrahim Attahiru dated February 1st 2021 upon his assumption of duty in the nation’s capital.

Excerpts of the presentation endorsed by the National Coordinator of HURIWA on behalf of over eight thousand registered fee paying members Worldwide, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko are as follows:

Ex- Army Chief Buratai Left Indelible Human Rights Milestones: - Says HURIWA
Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Army Staff, Nigeria

“Without sounding immodest, we wish to intimate or rather inform you that our organization has consistently partnered with your Institution in the area of promotion and protection of the Human Rights of all Nigerians for nearly one decade.

Be assured that we are open for collaboration, partnership and relationship that will ultimately result in the promotion and protection of Human Rights of Nigerians”.

HURIWA informed the Army Chief of staff also that: “We humbly draw your attention to some salient facts adumbrated in the following sentences from a well-respected human rights institution: “It is often during armed conflicts that human rights are infringed upon the most. Therefore, over the years, experts have focused much attention on the formulation of instruments aimed at alleviating human suffering during war and conflict.

“Today, three areas of modern international law attempt to provide protection to victims of war: human rights law, refugee law and humanitarian law. While these fields are closely linked, they need to be distinguished systematically. Refugee law has been discussed in Part IV. This chapter focuses on international humanitarian law, which differs from human rights law in that it concentrates on specified conflict-related acts and does not give rise to individual claims.”

“Humanitarian law applies in armed conflict, restricting the actions of warring parties, providing for protection and humane treatment of persons who are not taking part or can no longer take part in the hostilities.

Ex- Army Chief Buratai Left Indelible Human Rights Milestones: - Says HURIWA
Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai; immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Nigeria

“Like international human rights law, humanitarian law protects the lives and dignity of individuals, prohibiting torture or cruel treatment, prescribing rights for persons subject to a criminal justice procedure, prohibiting discrimination and setting out provisions for the protection of women and children. In addition, humanitarian law deals with the conduct of hostilities, combatant and prisoner of war status and the protection of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal emblems.”

“A distinction is generally made between the law designed to protect military and civilian victims of armed conflicts on the one hand, and the laws governing the way war is waged, on the other.”

“The international law of armed conflicts, of which international humanitarian law is a part, was formulated much earlier than international human rights law. Important phases in the development of the humanitarian law of armed conflicts were the (diplomatic) Conferences of Paris (1856), Geneva (1864), St. Petersburg (1868), Brussels (1874), The Hague (1899, 1907) and Geneva (1949 and 1977).”

Citing authority from Icelandic Human Rights Centre, HURIWA reminded the Service chief that: “The international law instruments adopted at these conferences form the basis of modern hu471 Human Rights and Armed Conflict humanitarian law, the most relevant being the four Geneva Conventions (1949) and their two Additional Protocols (1977).

“The principal purpose of the four Geneva Conventions was to set out humanitarian rules to be followed in international armed conflict. The Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (the Fourth Geneva Convention) lists a number of actions which the parties must refrain from in all circumstances.

“These include actions that are recognised as violating the most basic human rights, such as violence endangering life, torture and physical or moral coercion, as well as non-compliance with many due process rights. The Convention forbids in the strongest terms the utilisation of human shields. It also provides that civilians may not be compelled to work for an occupying power unless certain strict conditions are met (Article 51).

“The Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions, which were adopted by the Diplomatic Conference on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law applicable in Armed Conflicts (1977), are major developments in this context”.


 

HURIWA Asks Police To End Discrimination Against Women…*Says Dismissal Of Pregnant Unmarried Police Operative Is Unconstitutional 

By HURIWA.

 

The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group: – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has carpeted the National Assembly for failing to expunge section 127 of the police Act which discriminates against women in the area of their relationship with the opposite sex.

HURIWA wonders why single ladies in police are by the provision of an extant legislation not allowed to become pregnant whereas policemen who are single but who go about putting girls in the family way by way of impregnating them are never sanctioned with outright dismissal.

The Rights groups reacted to the sacking of a female Police Corporal; Olajide Omolola in Ekiti Command of the Nigeria Police Force for getting pregnant while being unmarried just as the Rights group said law makers at the National Assembly should cover their faces in shame for refusing to Jettison section 127 of the Police Act which offends section 42 (1) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution on discriminatory Policies.

The police, in a wireless message with reference number CJ:4161/EKS/IY/Vol.2/236, DTO: 181330/01/2021, said Omolola was dismissed for getting pregnant while unmarried.

The signal originated from the Department of Finance and Administration in Ado Ekiti and was addressed to the Divisional Police Officer at Iye Ekiti, where Omolola was based.

The chief financial officer in Ekiti was asked to relay the information to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System to ensure that her salary was stopped.

The document read, “Section 127 of the Police Act and Regulation against women police getting pregnant before marriage; W/PC (woman corporal) Olajide Omolola passed out of Police Training School on 24/04/2020 attached to yours, contravened above provisions.

“She stands dismissed from the Force. Dekit her. Retrieve police documents in her possession with immediate effect. O/C CFO Ekiti only. You are to relay signal to IPPIS Abuja for the stoppage of her salary with immediate effect.

“DECOMPOLS (Deputy Commissioners of Police)/ACPOLS (Assistant Commissioners of Police)/HODs/DPOs Ekiti State only. You are to lecture women police. Treat as very urgent.”

The Rights group said it was shocking that in the 21st Century Nigeria that law makers who are maintained at exorbitant costs to the public treasury, cannot successfully amend the Police Act to be in compliance with global best practices just as the  Rights group wondered why the National Assembly spent all the resources to amend the police Act last year but left sections that are inimical to Human Rights such as section 124 that was later struck out by a competent court of law but then section 127 was not amended and now constitute a cog in the wheel of progressive enforcement of fundamental human rights of police women in Nigeria. .

HURIWA recalled that Police Act Section 124 that was repealed by the court, not Section 127. Section 127 still stands. Section 124 spoke to the issue of women police taking permission from the commissioner before getting married. Section 127 says any police officer who is unmarried and eventually gets pregnant shall be disengaged from the Force. It is shocking that this discriminatory provision was left intact by the National Assembly when they frittered millions of Naira to amend the police act and regulation. It is totally unacceptable for the the police Service commission to claim that such a discriminatory provision should remain because in the warped imagination of the spokesman or whoever that spoke with the media within the hierarchy of the Police service commission PSC to say police is a regimented organisation and we have our rules and regulations which everyone must comply with.”

HURIWA said further: “Two years ago, it was reported that the Senate had commenced moves to put an end to discrimination against women in the Nigeria Police Force with Thursday’s consideration of the Police Act Amendment Bill, 2019.

“The piece of legislation before the National Assembly essentially sought to expunge the provisions of Regulations 122, 123, 124 and 127 from the principal Act. Sponsor of the bill, Senator Ezenwa Onyewuchi (PDP, Imo East) said the Act under amendment restricts female police officers assigned to general duties in the Police Force to telephone, clerical and office orderly duties.

“According to the lawmaker, the Act also prohibits women police from drilling under arms; mandates female police officers to apply for permission to marry, while the intending fiancé is investigated for criminal records. These provisions were eventually left intact in the amended version of 2020”.

HURIWA  recalled that the Senate had lamented that it amounted to prescribing discriminatory treatment – dismissal from service – for an unmarried police officer who becomes pregnant, the Act also stipulates that a police woman who is single at the time of enlistment must spend three years in service before applying for permission to marry.

“An analysis of the Police Act and other regulatory/policy documents governing the internal and external workings of the Nigeria Police Force reveals a preponderance of discriminatory regulations and workplace practices that reinforce gender discrimination.

“The examination of gender issues covers various spheres of policy and practice ranging from language, recruitment, training and posting; to marriage, pregnancy and child bearing. “Many of the Police regulations particularly Regulations 122, 123, 124 and 127 are overtly discriminatory to female officers,” Onyewuchi said.

HURIWA  recalled that the sponsor of the bill that has yet to be passed stated that: “For instance, Regulation 127 in the Police Act states that “an unmarried woman police officer who becomes pregnant shall be discharged from the Force, and shall not be re-enlisted except with the approval of the Inspector-General.”

According to Onyewuchi, such regulations of the Police Act were enacted in 1968, “at a time when the societal attitude to women in the workplace was very different from what it is today.” He added, “There is no rational justification for the imposition of these discriminatory provisions, since they do not in any manner promote the efficiency or discipline of the female police officer.”

“Women occupy very senior roles in the Police and have shown themselves to be just as competent and disciplined as their male counterparts. “Since a male police officer is not subjected to the same inhibitions, the current regulations are inconsistent with section 42 of the Constitution and Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex”.

The Rights group said that at the debate in the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South), in his contribution to the debate, lamented the level of discrimination against women in the Police Force. He, therefore, called on his colleagues to support efforts by the upper chamber to amend the Act so as to give dignity to women police. The bill, which scaled second reading on the floor, was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs for further legislative work. So we’re these discriminatory provisions still left in the amended version of Nigeria Police Act of 2020?”

HURIWA maintains that since that section 127 of the police Act offends Section 42(1) of the Nigerian Constitution which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, it therefore follows that it is null and void to the extent of its inconsistency with section 42(1) of the Nigerian Constitution.  The Rights group said the Police should immediately reinstate the dismissed police female dismissed in Ekiti for getting pregnant while unmarried.

 


Better To Have Amotekun With Fewer Errors Than Rampaging Armed Herdsmen:- HURIWA

By HURIWA.

 

The foremost civil rights advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA ( HURIWA) has dismissed the trenchant criticisms trailing few instances of human errors in the operations of the south west of Nigeria -based Amotekun security outfit.

The rights group which argues that the few human errors are mere teething institutional problems that will be resolved with better strategic fine-tuning of training and improvement of manpower capacities of Amotekun security platform, urged massive support for the body because it is better to have home-grown institutional mechanism to protect lives and property than to permit the hitherto uncontrollable rampage and killing of citizens living in the south west of Nigeria by the rampaging bunch of determined armed herdsmen whose origin are mired in politics and deceit.

Moreover, the Rights group said the Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice; Abubakar Malami SAN had stated that his office couldn’t prosecute Armed Fulani herdsmen because according to him, there is no case file against them.

In a statement by the National coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA ) said those at the forefront of irrational criticisms of Amotekun because of the few but avoidable human errors, are suffering from ‘intentionally deceitful  amnesia’  because if they think deeply how the south west came under incessant massive attacks and violence by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen , they would have seen that the errors were the less of the two evils.

Besides, the Rights group backs the order made by the Ondo state Governor; Barrister  Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu ( SAN ) on armed herdsmen to quit south west forests, said it expected the rest of the country such as South East, North East, North Central and South South to Embrace the Example set by the South west by replicating similar law- based institutional body to protect the lives and property of their people to complement the efforts of the regular policy institution.

“we also do expect that with Better training, retraining and a purified system of recruitment, Amotekun will become a shining example on how the state legislature working in partnership with the executive Governors should protect the lives of their people.”

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-:HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) affirmed thus: “ We support Amotekun 100% and we think it is better than allowing armed Fulani herdsmen to continue to carry out genocide and be left to operate by the Nigerian police which has so far failed to prosecute a single of those armed Fulani herdsmen responsible for the killing of over 6,000 farmers all over the country in the last five years.

“Those now raising their compromised voices against Amotekun, are they saying they are happy with the constant spilling of blood of the innocent attributed to armed non state actors and particularly the armed Fulani herdsmen?”

The Rights group said the south western state’s legislature were right to pass the law Setting up the AMOTEKUN SECURITY OUTFITS IN THEIR STATES  because it is in total compliance with section 4 (7) of the constitution thus; “The House of Assembly of a State shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the State or any part thereof with respect to the following matters, that is to say:-

(a) Any matter not included in the Exclusive Legislative List set out in Part I of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.

(b) any matter included in the Concurrent Legislative List set out in the first column of Part II of the Second Schedule to this Constitution to the extent prescribed in the second column opposite thereto; and

(c) Any other matter with respect to which it is empowered to make laws in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.”

HURIWA recalled that the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, had asked all Fulani herdsmen in Ondo State to vacate forest reserves within the state. He also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the herdsmen.

The governor gave the ultimatum on Monday while meeting with leaders of Hausa/Fulani and Ebira Communities in the state. The meeting held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Alagabaka, Akure, the state capital.

Mr Akeredolu said the activities of the herdsmen have long been causing a threat to security in the state. He also shared his statement on his official Twitter handle.

“Today we have taken major steps at addressing the root cause of kidnapping, in particular, and other nefarious activities detailed and documented in security reports, the press and debriefings from victims of kidnap cases in Ondo State.”

“These unfortunate incidents are traceable to the activities of some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen. These felons have turned our forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.”

“As the Chief Law and Security Officer of the State, it is my constitutional obligation to do everything lawful to protect the lives and property of all residents of the State. In light of the foregoing, the following orders are hereby issued:

1. All Forest Reserves in the State are to be vacated by herdsmen within the next 7 days with effect from today, Monday 18th January, 2021.

2. Night-grazing is banned with immediate effect because most farm destruction takes place at night.

3. Movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited.

4. Under-aged grazing of cattle is outlawed.

“Our resolution to guarantee the safety of lives and property within the State shall remain utmost as security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.

“In its usual magnanimity, our administration will give a grace period of seven days for those who wish to carry on with their cattle-rearing business to register with appropriate authorities.”

HURIWA said every right thinking citizen of Nigeria should applaud the South West governors for standing up to defend their people.


CAN to Sick, Old People: Stay Away From Churches

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised sick and too old people to henceforth stay away from worship centres. This is part of the guidelines released by CAN to churches following the second wave of COVID-19 ravaging the globe.

CAN further appealed to Christians to continue to adhere to laid down protocols by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to curb the spread of the pandemic. A statement by CAN’s General Secretary; Barrister Joseph Daramola, reads:

“Brethren, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has announced the emergence of the second wave of the pandemic. We appeal to all our churches to observe all the COVID-19 protocols which include the following:

“There should be no entry without facemasks. All worshippers including the worship leaders must wear face masks. There should be no exceptional cases. People who are sick or too old should stay at home. There should be temperature screening at every entry point to the Church.

“Ensure adequate ventilation in halls of worship, open windows, and doors for air to circulate in and out freely and if possible avoid the use of air conditioners. Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers should be provided at point of entries and strategic points within the Church premises.

“Attendance should not exceed 1/3 of the sitting capacity of every Church. Churches can make use of their educational facilities and multipurpose halls to avoid overcrowding in the main church auditorium.

“Church auditorium should be clearly marked such that people sit and maintain two metres distance from each other”.

CAN said that there should be no form of direct contact and practices such as handshakes as peace signs are discouraged, adding that sanitisers should be made available in all the rest rooms.

Source: City News Port Harcourt

 


HURIWA Charges NNPC On Openness

By HURIWA.

 

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has lamented that absence of a vibrant, viable, credible and transparent management of the  Bureau of Public Procurement(BPE) which even got weakened since the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 automatically means that the determination and selection of bidders for any kind of procurement jobs in the nation’s opaque Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will lack OPENNESS and transparency.

Besides, HURIWA has expressed strong doubts that there would be any sort of clean bidding process for selecting the winning company to handle the turn-around maintenance of the Port Harcourt refining facilities by the NNPC because the nation has had a chequered history of heist, CORRUPTION and PERVASSIVE unethical procurement practices which had led to the theft of billions of dollars of public fund invested in the same kind of turn around maintenance of the three or four refineries which after many years have still not started producing optimally.

The Rights group said the announcement that 96 companies from different jurisdictions are bidding to be selected to handle the turn-around maintenance of the Port Harcourt refining facilities is not in any way a cheering news because first, the absence of the National Council on Public Procurement has weakened public engagement and involvement in the procurembeing the focal point of corruption in the publThe Rights group said the fight against corruption since the last five years is at best a comedy or circus show. If we may ask, what has happened to Ibrahim Magu?

It has also eroded and relegated to the background its core function of regulating the activities of the Bureau of Public Procurement responsible for monitoring and over-sighting public procurement and harmonization of existing government policies and practices.

The National Assembly passed into law, the Public Procurement Act 2004 CAP P44 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria with commencement in 2007 and several amendments thereafter, and the latest amendment being promulgated by the Nigeria President on May 22, 2019 to take effect on May 24, 2019 with accompanying amendments.

It is rather worrisome that 13 years after the Public Procurement Act was passed and signed into law, the National Council on Public Procurement has not been constituted thus, contravening section 1 of the Public Procurement Act.

Section 1 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, provided for the establishment of the National Council on Public Procurement to supervise the activities of the Bureau of Public Procurement and carry out other functions such as to consider, approve and amend the monetary and prior review thresholds for the application of the provisions of this Act by procuring entities, consider and approve policies on public procurement.

Also, approve the appointment of the Directors of the Bureau, receive and consider, for approval, the audited accounts of the Bureau of Public Procurement, approve changes in the procurement process to adapt to improvements in modern technology and give such other directives and perform such other functions as may be necessary to achieve the objectives of this Act.

Sadly, this legal requirement and milestone to help check fraudulent practices in the award of public contracts through inflation of contract costs, poor project prioritization, poor budgeting process, and other manipulations of procurement and contract award processes has yet to be enforced by government, but has been usurped by the Federal Executive Council.

In a statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA also doubted that the process that has been put in place for the bidding process by  the about 96 companies from various jurisdictions that had indicated interest in undertaking the rehabilitation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s downstream infrastructure, would be free, fair, transparent,  credible and open.

HURIWA recalled that the NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, said the infrastructure include critical pipelines to depots and terminals, as the firms would rehabilitate the facilities through the build, operate and transfer financing model.

The NNPC official said this was made public at a virtual bid opening exercise that was held at the NNPC headquarters in Abuja for the pre-qualification of companies for the contract.

Obateru said in a statement that the public opening of the bids for the contract was in keeping with the NNPC management’s commitment to transparency and accountability in its processes transactions.

HURIWA has therefore called on the government to set up the proper governance structures for the nation’s Bureau of Public Procurement to stop the extensive and overwhelming cases of procurement corruption amongst top officials in the current administration.

 

 


 

 

KUKAH: – HURIWA Accuses Garba Shehu of Incitement:…*Seeks His Arrest

By HURIWA.

 

KUKAH: - HURIWA Accuses Garba Shehu of Incitement:…*Seeks His Arrest
Garba Shehu; Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity

Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has accused the Senior Special Assistant on Media to President Muhammedu Buhari; Mr Garba Shehu of purportedly issuing a statement that is a direct incitement to violence against the person of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese; Right Reverend Dr. Mathew Hassan Kukah.

In a media statement by the National coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA wonders why neither the department of state services (DSS) or the Nigeria Police force has arrested Garba Shehu and the lead signatory of the direct  threat on the life of Bishop Kukah, one professor Isa Muhammedu Maishenu of the Muslim Solidarity Forum Sokoto.

The Rights group said the decision to pamper individuals inciting violence such as the duo is the reason Nigeria is overwhelmingly violent and the lives of citizens are wasted even as the perpetrators of violence and their sponsors are left to walk free. The Rights group said the Country may not survive for too long should heads of security forces be picking and choosing who to arrest or not no matter their levels of lawlessness and threats to public peace.

The group said the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese of the Roman Catholic church has done nothing wrong other than to exercise his fundamental human rights by criticising failings of government just as the Rights Advocacy group said it was inconceivable that a Presidential Spokesman can descend to the arena of religious extremism by ascribing wrong meanings and interpretation to statement made by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese.

“Why is the Spokesperson of the Nigerian President directly asserting that the constructive criticism of some bad policies of the Federal government as made in the exercise of his fundamental Human Rights by Bishop Kukah, amounts to an insult against a respected Islamic religion, Is Garba Shehu implying that President Muhammadu Buhari is the chief Imam  of Nigeria or is he above criticism?

KUKAH: - HURIWA Accuses Garba Shehu of Incitement:…*Seeks His Arrest
Most Rev. Dr. Mathew Kukah; Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese

“The irrational, insensitive, senseless and pathetic statement in the media credited to Garba Shehu amounts to a call on religious fundamentalists to attack the person of Bishop Bukah and this is definitely a clear incitement to violence which should attract the attention of security services unless these security services have also been transformed into Islamic religious security forces. We call on the relevant heads of the security forces to immediately arrest, investigate and prosecute Garba Shehu and one professor Maishanu inter-religious conflicts in Nigeria”.

HURIWA recalled that Garba Shehu had stated that: “Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.

“On matters such as these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint. Knee-jerk reactions will not only cause the fraying of enduring relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities such as Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as beacon of pluralism and tolerance. The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all faiths. That is why Father Kukah was received on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance”.

HURIWA said the counter statement made by Garba Shehu pretending to be a warning to the Sokoto based Muslim Forum which earlier in a statement asked Kukah to leave Sokoto, are one and the same just as the Rights group said the entire World would hold President Muhammadu Buhari responsible should any physical harm come to the respected religious Icon- Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese.

 

 


 

Adeshola Atande Foundation Donates Wheelchair, Food Items To A Child With Special Needs

Our Reporter.

 

Adeshola Atande Foundation Donates Wheelchair, Food Items To A Child With Special Needs
Chinelo Agwura (M), Mrs Chika Agwura (R)

Adeshola Atanda Foundation (AAF); a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has donated wheelchair and food items to Chinelo Agwura; a 17 year-old child with special needs

Mrs Adeshola Atande; Chief Executive Officer of the AAF said that the foundation was throwing its weight behind  children with special needs in any way they could by easing the stress of their care-givers and also putting smiles on their faces.

“We started this foundation four years ago, anytime my children were celebrating their birthdays we would visit the orphanages and motherless babies’ homes.

“I always feel that they lacked care and didn’t have enough attention, but during the lockdown last year I decided to start it up and since then we have been able to touch so many lives. God has been our backbone,God has been our support ,we haven’t begged anyone to help us so far.

“In the case of the miracle child; Chinelo, I will be very happy if she can go to school and get the opportunity to have basic education like any other child, the gifts that are inherent in her can be harnessed and she would have a good life then.

“I wish to seek the help of good spirited Nigerians, NGOs and the government to help make her dreams of going to school a reality.

Mrs Chika Agwura; mother of the 17 year-old said she was overwhelmed with what the foundations has done to put a smiles on their faces.

Adeshola Atande Foundation Donates Wheelchair, Food Items To A Child With Special Needs
Nicholas Biebiem; CEO, Miss Health International Foundation

“I am overwhelmed, I didn’t expect this, only God can reward them, words cannot fully express how I feel today. I didn’t give birth to her like this. It all started when she was two years and two months old in 2006.

“It first came as convulsion, we rushed her to National hospital, they tried their best but it had disfigured her. A month and two weeks later, they put her in a special room saying that she didn’t need noise, there was a day she gave up, but after about 39 minutes and 40 seconds she came back.

“The hospital discharged her saying she was going to die in about three days so as to avoid us wasting money. The next visit to the hospital, the doctors were surprised to see she was still alive and said she was a miracle child. There must be a reason God is keeping her. The convulsion still comes, when she has malaria if you don’t treat her she starts to convulse.

“She has never been in a school, but once she sees pencil she starts to write. There are mostly private schools and most of them are very expensive. I would be happy if she can go to school.

Mr. Nick Biebem, founder of Miss Health International Foundation, applauded the efforts of the AAF, saying it was remarkable and proved that there are still good Nigerians willing to help lift other up and put a smile on millions of faces.

 


 

Buhari will Enjoy Good Health, Nigeria to Come out of Recession in 2021 – Clerics

The National Interfaith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) on Tuesday, January 5, released its 2021 prophecy for Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.

The group consisting of clerics across various religions in Nigeria made the prophecy at the commencement of their 21-days prayer and fasting session which took place at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.

In the list of prophecies as reported by City News, the group led by Bishop Sunday Garuba said the sponsors of Boko Haram and other criminal activities in Nigeria will be exposed and further put to shame.

In the 21 prophetic declarations, Bishop Garuba prophesied good health for President Buhari; an economic breakthrough for the country and a successful year for the troops of the Nigerian military in their fight against all forms of criminal activities.

Garuba prophesied: “No ailment shall come near his dwelling and that of his family members. I declare that all the evil forces that would in one way or the other make attempts on his life shall be exposed and destroyed by God.”

The cleric declared complete healing in the land (Nigeria) where the wrath of God shall visit all those that have a hand in the festering of acts of terrorism and militancy. He said in 2021, Nigeria would exit recession and experience incredible sustainable growth and development in all sectors of the economy.

The group led by Bishop Garuba also warned that those planning to destabilise the President Buhari-led government would face the wrath of God. He added that the financiers of Boko Haram terrorism will be apprehended in due time within the year 2021.

Garuba declared: “I see a very popular politician in Nigeria openly confessing for his atrocities against President Muhammadu Buhari for the numerous attempts to undermine his government.”

The cleric further prophesied that in 2021 Nigeria’s security agencies would record multiple successes in the war against terrorism and insurgency in the northeast while various militant groups in parts of Nigeria shall surrender and seek for forgiveness from Nigerians.

 


“Do Not Threaten Nigerians With A Second Lockdown But Lead By Example”; – HURIWA Tells Presidency

….*Says Second LOCKDOWN is another Avenue to loot palliatives:

 

A call has gone to the officials of the  Federal and state administrations in the Country, to stop issuing out verbal threats to citizens on the possibility of imposition of a second lockdown measures to stave off the second wave of Covid-19 afflictions but the political elites should show good examples so others can follow their footsteps.

HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) – the front line Civil Rights organization categorically asked the Presidential task force on combating COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA  to originate unique home grown strategies to combat any possible second wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Nigeria and stop the copy- and – paste and borrow pose ‘ tendencies amongst Nigerian government officials who excessively copy foreign solutions from Europe and America rather than depend substantially on local remedies from Nigeria so we can effectively wage a successful war and not media propaganda.

“Why should the coordinator of the presidential task force on Covid -19 be issuing threats as if Nigeria is under a military regime? Why talk down on the citizens who are looking up to the political class for example which is non- existent? These members of the ruling elites in Abuja and the states are the first people to beat with reckless abandon any of the protocols put on ground to combat Covid -19.”

“The politicians such as the government officials of Kaduna and Imo states were the ones that hosted political meetings during the yuletide including the zonal meeting of the National Ruling Party – APC which took place in Owerri Imo State hosted by the governor of Imo State – Hope Uzodima in which many of the participants violated the protocols of wearing face masks and maintaining Social distancing”, HURIWA asserted.

The Rights group said further: “It is the same political class that hoarded palliatives meant for the commoners that usually go out in large numbers with sirens blaring and with persons who neither wear face masks or maintained social distancing. Why is the Federal government compelling millions of telecom subscribers to turn out in huge numbers at the National Identity Management Commission Offices in the urban centers to obtain the National Identity Number to synchronize with their phone lines or be blocked with few weeks’ deadline even amidst Covid-19?”

“This government should redirect the empty threats of a possible lockdown to itself and do the needful to fix the collapsed health sector and prevent poor citizens from getting afflicted from Covid-19 instead of always shifting blame to the voiceless millions of marginalized, hungry and jobless citizen”.

The Rights group said if government imposes a second lockdown what is the guarantee that the foods and medicines that would be donated to be distributed to poor Nigerians as palliatives would not be stolen for the second time like it was done the last time which resulted in a stampede? This government should stop this deadly joke”.

In the media statement endorsed jointly by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Presidential task Force on Covid-19 to transparently give accounts of how the well over N20 billion donations from the organised Private sector in aid of Citizens against Covid-19 were spent.

“We are yet to read from the media of mass communication the result of any forensic audits of the well over N20 billion donations made in cash to Nigerians to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Central bank of Nigeria.

“Even the few noodles donated and redistributed to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory were looted and diverted by governors just as hungry citizens looted the remaining from where the governors hoarded and kept these Covid-19 palliatives diverted from the people of Nigeria”.

HURIWA recalled that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus Control has warned that the Federal Government might impose another lockdown in Nigeria due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases across the country.

HURIWA cited news report said the National Coordinator of PTF; Dr Sani Aliyu, sounded the warning during a programme on a local television on Sunday even as he, Dr. Aliyu noted, however, that the only way to prevent a lockdown is by adhering to the laid down protocols and flatten the curve.

Speaking, Aliyu said: “If you don’t want a lockdown, the only way is to make sure we use our facemasks, avoid mass gatherings. Avoid people who have respiratory tract infections, sanitize our hands and follow those non-pharmaceutical interventions.

“The very vaccines that we currently have are those non-pharmaceutical interventions. If numbers continue to go up, all options are on the table. There are countries in the world that have been able to control this pandemic simply by following these non-pharmaceutical interventions. “They may be inconvenient, but they will not be as difficult as a lockdown”. All I can say is that 33 people died of COVID-19 in the last one week. Are we saying those people died for nothing? We have just recorded 6,000 cases in one week, far more than we ever recorded. COVID-19 exists; anybody who says COVID-19 does not exist is probably living in a completely different world.

“In the last one week, we’ve had a tripling of cases. You can see what’s happening in the United States, you can see what’s happening in the UK. I’m sure most of those who have been following the numbers will realize that what we have now far exceeds what we had in June/July last year.

“In week 52, which is the week we’ve just finished, we’ve seen a tripling in weekly number of cases, compared to what we had three weeks ago. The 6,000 cases per week is really huge. Our hospitals are already starting to get overloaded and we are already starting to feel the pressure within the healthcare system.

“So, talking about the projection, the projection really depends on whether people will start taking this very seriously and start following those non-pharmaceutical interventions that we’ve been talking about for the last one year.

“We’ve been able to demonstrate that it’s possible to flatten the curve, but we need the cooperation of everybody, we need the cooperation of the general public, we need the cooperation of the state governments.”

HURIWA however blamed the Presidential task Force on Covid-19 for its spectacular failures to render proper financial accounts of the humongous amounts of public funds made available to them since last year just as the Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) stated that since these central government officials are not people that Nigerians trust to lead by example,  they have therefore resorted to issuing out threats through public media channels because they have access to slush funds to be Funneled and channeled towards waging mass propaganda war against Nigerians who do not take most of the statistics reeled out from them serious because they failed to show Nigerians what the N20 billion donations and other billions of credit facilities from both the World Bank and the International Monetary fund meant to combat Covid-19 PANDEMIC in Nigeria were utilised since April of 2020 till date.

 


 

CEPASD ANNIVERSARY: Onyegbado, Prof. Bheda, Lampou, Others Recognized for Excellence and Achievements

By The World Satellite.

 

 

CEPASD ANNIVERSARY: Onyegbado, Prof. Bheda, Lampou, Others Recognized for Excellence and Achievements
Media Achievement Award to Kennedy E. Onyegbado; Publisher of Theworldsatellite.com

Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD AFRICA); a Youth-led Non-governmental Organisation has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating its commitment to peace building, quality education, entrepreneurship and leadership development.

This will to continue to implement and carry out programs and projects geared towards sustainable peace and development was evident at an event held over the weekend to mark its two years anniversary celebration during when individuals and organizations where recognized for their excellent works, successes and achievements in their various fields endeavour.

Notable award recipients who excelled in the areas of Leadership, Media, Humanitarian Services, Peace and Security include the CEO of Ken-Gbados Concepts Limited and the Publisher of The World Satellite Online Magazine Website; Mr. Kennedy E. Onyegbado (A Media and Research Strategist) who made a five minutes presentation of the role of the media in advancing NGO works

CEPASD ANNIVERSARY: Onyegbado, Prof. Bheda, Lampou, Others Recognized for Excellence and Achievements

Others included Prof. Mehmood Peter Bheda; Adjunct Prof in Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration, USA, Prof. Jude Ediae; CEO, Global Youth Health Mental Awareness, GYHMA, Australia, Rania Lampou; Director at Greece Ministry of Education, Dr. VER-OR NGUTOR; Executive director, Oral Health Advocacy Initiative, Nigeria, Cynthia Mbamalu; Cofounder and Director of Programs YIAGA Africa, Nigeria, and other volunteers and members of CEPASD.

Specifically, the event was in recognition of the theme: Achieving Sustainable Peace and Development with a keynote speech by Prof. Peter Bheda, who highlighted the need for NGOs such as CESPAD AFRICA to continue to advocate for sustainable peace and development as a part way to economic and infrastructural development. He encouraged the organizers of the event and the Organisation to keep up the good work

Welcoming guests at the event, the Founder and Executive Director of CESPAD AFRICA; Igweshi Augustine who while presenting a documentary on CEPASD informed that the essence of the anniversary ceremony was to celebrate achievement and success the organization has recorded in the past two years, which will pave way to achieving more in the years ahead.

High point of the event was the appointment of Prof. Peter of Boston University and Rania Lampou of Greece Ministry of Education as advisers.

TWO YEARS OF ADVOCACY: CEPASD AFRICA Rewards Excellence and Achievements
CEPASD ANNIVERSARY: Onyegbado, Prof. Bheda, Lampou, Others Recognized for Excellence and Achievements

Though, founded in 2014, CEPASD AFRICA was officially registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) under the company and allied matters acts 1990 as an incorporated trustee in 2018, and has been the frontline for a peaceful Nigeria and Africa at large.

Within two years of its incorporation, CEPASD AFRICA has beyond imparting over 5, 000 people both directly and indirectly, executed over 15 programs and projects on peace, education, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Also it has created real values in the area of peace, education, entrepreneurship and leadership thereby reaching 25 States in Nigeria, 25 countries, nominated as Youth NGO of Year, and built over 15 cooperations with both local and international organizations within two years. More so, the Organsiation is a Member of U.S Youth for Peace Coalition, Nigeria Youth Peace and Security Coalition, West Civil Society E- Directory, Nigeria OSSAP-SDGs.

Additionally, CEPASD has partnered with United Nations Association of South Africa Associate, International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS), International Youth Society, and initiated Global Youth Movement Against Gender Based Violence which is the largest youth movement on GBV with over 500 youth ambassadors and advocates.

 

 

 

 


 

Mixed Reactions Trail Amaechi’s absence at South-South Leaders Meeting in PH

Some concerned Rivers sons and daughters have expressed concerns over the absence of the Minister for Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at yesterday’s South-South Leaders Meeting with a delegation from the presidency in Port Harcourt.

Amaechi, City News had reported was the only Minister from the geopolitical zone missing at Tuesday’s meeting. While some have offered an excuse on the Minister’s behalf, others have described his absence as unfortunate and berated him for failing to play a co-host with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Deputy Youth Leader of the PDP in Rivers State, Joy Oyaghiri-Fagbemi ask: “How can my Minister, His Excellency Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi be absent at this kind of meeting? All the states in the South South are PDP but the respective Ministers were in attendance except the Rivers State Minister”.

Another stakeholder, Sekibo Austin Charles said he is disappointing that Amaechi, a former Speaker for 8 years, a two term former and now a serving Federal Minister in his second tenure would stay away from such an important meeting involving his people.

However, David Oguzierm, national chairman of the National Progressives Coalition Initiatives (NAPROCIN) has called on critics to let the Minister be. He said the Amaechi’s presence at the meeting in the brick house is not as important as his developmental strides, which he said is visible in south south region.

Oguzierm said, “Chief Chibike Rotimi Amaechi is busy with his assignment, which is to connect Nigeria through railway. Over the weekend, a Kaduna -Abuja bound train broke down along the way. A man whose house is on fire does not chase rat.

“That route, especially the forest where the unfortunate incidence occurred is very notorious for criminal activities. As a workaholic, Amaechi has to monitor and ensure that all passengers are safe and that the train is promptly fixed.

“Apologies to South South people on the absence of the minister of transportation”.

He added that majority of those who received the presidency on behalf of south south are failed leaders, wicked rulers and selfish statesmen who he alleged are largely responsible for the deplorable and decayed situation of the region.

 


 

The Primary Objective of EndSARS was to effect a Regime Change – IGP Adamu

The Primary Objective of EndSARS was to effect a Regime Change - IGP Adamu

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, says the primary objective of the EndSARS protests that rocked the nation in October was to effect a regime change.

He also asserted that fake news gave impetus to the protests that culminated in the death of civilians, police personnel and their assets.

Adamu who spoke in Government House, Port Harcourt during a parley between the presidency and leaders of the South South geopolitical zone also alleged that intelligence has confirmed that the EndSARS protest was funded from within and outside the country to achieve an ulterior motive.

He condemned what he described as the mindless and senseless attacks against security operatives in Rivers State and conveyed the heartfelt condolences of the Nigeria Police Force to the families of the deceased Officers who were “gruesomely murdered unjustifiably”.

The IGP promised to stop at nothing until their killers are arrested and brought to justice, while reassuring that the Force will not be discouraged nor deterred but will remain firm and focused in ensuring that lives and property of citizens are protected.

 

Source: City News Port Harcourt 


 

N/Delta Youths, Ex-agitators Issue 11Days Ultimatum, want Petrol sold for N120

N/Delta Youths, Ex-agitators Issue 11Days Ultimatum, want Petrol sold for N120

The Niger Delta Youth Council NDYC and the Coalition of ex-Niger Delta Agitators Forum say they are disgusted with the recent fuel price hike. They have hence issued an 11-day ultimatum to the federal government to peg the pump price at ₦120 per litre or risk a mass action.

National Coordinator of NDYC, Comrade Jator Abido and the Convener, Coalition of ex-Niger Delta Agitators Forum, “General” Ebi Tamuno gave the ultimatum in a joint statement issued in Abuja.

Part of the statement reads;

“We will not hesitate to stand for the rights of the Niger-Deltans in particular and Nigerians in general. It is against this background that we the members of the NDYC issue this press statement demanding the Federal Government to:

“Immediately rescind on this policy by reducing the pump price of petroleum product to the sum of N120 per liter (PMS specifically) within 11 days. Repair and put our refineries to immediate use so as to forestall the incessant price increment.

“That a more robust policy on the petroleum industry aimed at fixing our comatose refineries. We hereby state that oil workers should leave the Niger Delta region within 14 days if government fails to live up to our expectations. Let it be noted that their safety cannot be guaranteed if government fails to revert the pump price to ₦120”.

The groups said government should have been more humane as Nigerians were still confronting the challenges of the COVID-19 lockdown and the recent #EndSARS protests.

“We will not hesitate to declare a national day of action for a nationwide protest as the economy is biting hard on the citizens. We call on all sister organizations and groups to wake to this clarion call. Nigerians cannot take responsibility for government’s incompetence,” the groups said.

Source: City News Port Harcourt

 


 

CSO Calls for Thorough Investigation on Alleged Assault of Etche Woman by Lawmaker

CSO Calls for Thorough Investigation on Alleged Assault of Etche Woman by Lawmaker

The Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has called on the Rivers State Police Command to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged physical assault on Mrs. Love Nwanyanwu by the leader of Etche LGA Legislative arm; Hon. Blackson Nwanyanwu.

Meanwhile, Hon Blackson Nwanyanwu has denied assaulting the woman and has also issued a statement threatening a lawsuit against her.

The Centre however in a statement said only a thorough investigation will unravel the truth and anybody found culpable will be made to face the law. It added that no citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is above the law.

Mrs. Love Nwanyanwu is currently on admission in a clinic where she is receiving treatment for the injuries allegedly inflicted on her by her attacker.

Source: City News Port Harcourt


 

Governor Wike’s Bounties Sum To Nearly N1 Billion In 3 Years

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, first announced a bounty of N200 million for the capture of Don Wani, the alleged mastermind of the New Year attack in Omoku in 2018.

Since then, the governor had announced additional N725 million bounties on other 35 persons, according to media reports analyzed by SaharaReporters.

A breakdown of some of the bounties showed that he had N20 million each on 32 alleged cultists, N30 million on alleged criminal called Bobosky, N5 million on a PDP youth leader and the N50 million on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Rivers State, Stanley Mgbere.

Before he started his series of bounty, Wike in 2016 offered amnesty to suspected cultists and militants. Many of them accepted the offer, including Don Wani, who was alleged to have a connection with Felix Obuah, the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

But Don Wani reneged and allegedly murdered about 23 persons January 1, 2018, in Omoku which prompted Wike to announce the bounty on Wani and his gang. Eventually, Wani and his two associates were killed by Nigerian soldiers five days after Wike announced the bounty.

Subsequently, Wike made a promise to pay N20 million each for information on a list of 32 cultists. Three persons in the Wike’s wanted list: Tompolo, an alleged leader of a cult Greenlander, Mpakaboari Dalabu, and Lucky Miller issued statements disassociating themselves from Wike’s claims.

After Minima and Bukuma communities where Mpakaboari Dalabu and Lucky Miller come from described them as philanthropists, they asked Wike to rescind his decision.

After the list was released, the police command in the state said the governor did not follow the standard procedure for declaring a person wanted. Even as controversial as Wike’s list is, he had sometimes failed to fulfill the bounties.

After Tompolo was arrested following a tipoff by a whistleblower, Bello Echiomuha said that he had risked his life to help capture the alleged Greenlander cult leader, but Wike had so far failed to pay him his N20 million reward.

But he paid the N30 million bounty on Honest Diigbara AKA Bobosky and N200 million on Don Wani, according to the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Tammy Danagogo, who presented the money of that of Bobosky to the commissioner of police in Rivers state last year.

However, security experts are skeptical of Wike’s governance by bounties. A security observer in Rivers State, Charles Nko-Taria, told SaharaReporters that Wike’s mode of operation was a short fix that does little to reduce the violence in the state.

“The Don Wani bounty was successful, yet it didn’t stop insecurity in that area— Omoku,” Nko-Taria said. “The recent one is Bobosky. They caught Bobosky, but there is still criminality and killing. The bounties are working, but they are not solutions to the insecurity in these areas where the targeted persons come from,” he added.

Nko-Taria said that an intentional integration of all citizens into the security apparatus of the country was the way peace could be achieved.

He noted that “policing with persons in uniform is not enough. You must have genuine citizen participation.”

A research firm, SBM Intelligence, in a report on the nexus between politics and cultism in Rivers State, pointed out that locking up and killing cult leaders was not enough to stabilize the volatile security situation in the state.

SBM advised Wike and future governors of the state to treat “the socio-economic issues, the legitimacy issues that make communities turn to gangs in the first place, the justice issues and the myopia of political operatives who prefer to take the shortcut of gang violence to win elections.”

Source: Sahara Reporters

 


 

AHEAD OF 2023: Chief Mathias Ake Calls For Togetherness in Revamping And Moving Nigeria Forward

By Kennedy Eberechi.

 

AHEAD OF 2023: Chief Mathias Ake Calls For Togetherness in Revamping And Moving Nigeria Forward
Chief (Sir) Mathias Ake

Sixty years of nationhood, the most critical challenge confronting the giant of Africa; Nigeria, appears to be credible leadership. Many scholars at one time or the other have queried why Nigeria seems to find it difficult to address her perennial leadership problems inspite of abundant human and material resources available at her disposal.

Some have argued that the leadership challenge of the country could be traced from the emergence of colonial misadventure in Nigeria, while others dismissed such argument on the basis that corruption and lack of vision among past and present leaders of Nigeria culminate to hamper any meaningful effort in the quest for good governance in the country.

While some shallow-minded Nigerians are still wallowing in the blame game, most progressive minded ones are already looking at veritable platforms to explore all possible angles on how best to recruit the most competent, visionary and strategic patriotic leaders for Nigeria to take Nigeria to the next level of technological advancements in the twenty first century and beyond.

One of such progressives is Chief (Sir) Mathias Ake; the Special Adviser to the Cross River State Governor or Renewable and Alternate Energy who recently called on Nigerians; both the leaders and the led to join hands together to revamp and move Nigeria forward as the nation gets prepared to elect the next President, State Governors etc come 2023 General Elections.

Chief Mathias Ake; who is also the CEO of Felimat Energy Limited and a Royal Father in charge of Bebua-Andortan Village, Ipong Ward, Obudu LGA of Cross River State made this call in a recent post on his Facebook page, monitored by The World Satellite Digital Magazine, which he titled NIGERIA PROJECT: DIVINEVERDICT

While urging political elites and stakeholders not to stay aloof, but participate and reclaim the DESTINY of the country’s young graduates/Artisans and unborn generation, the member of the ancient Noble Order of Knights of St. John International added: “After all these STORMS of yearnings by Nigerians for good governance, unpleasant activities by Boko Haram, Bandits, Kidnapers, Bloodsuckers, 419s, COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.

“Prolonged ASSU/Federal Government round table discussion, #EndSARS/EndSWAT peaceful protests, killings of unarmed Nigerians, carnage/wanton destruction of Government/private facilities by angry Nigerians, unlawful/indiscriminate sharing of COVID-19 palliative items by angry Nigerians; the task before us to rebuild the destroyed infrastructures, and the bad blood aftermath of above actions and inactions is one that cannot be overemphasized”.

 

 


 

This Is Our Time For The Best; – High Chief Williams Mkpah Assures Ibeno People

By Jerry Edoho.

The Chairman elect for Ibeno local government area of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria; High Chief Williams Mkpah, has rekindled the hope of Ibeno people, assuring them that the time for the best is now. Williams Mkpah, who reassured the good people of Ibeno of his unwavering commitment to the development of the area called on all stakeholders to key in and align in order to ensure good governance to the people.

In a chat with journalists in Uyo, Chief Mkpah, a one-time transition chairman of Ibeno admitted that there is no way he would have emerged victorious if not for the unanimous support given to him by Ibeno people  and expressed optimism that his administration would work assiduously to ensure the development and the progress of the area.

Mkpah said he will not relent in his effort to ensure development is spread across board just as he advised youths to conduct themselves in an orderly manner as future leaders saying that “development can only strive in an atmosphere where peace and unity take the lead.

This Is Our Time For The Best; - High Chief Williams Mkpah Assures Ibeno People
High Chief Williams Mkpah making assurances to the good people of Ibeno L.G.A of Akwa Ibom State

“It is our time for the best and I am ready and determined to ensure that the living standard of Ibeno people is significantly upgraded. And for us to achieve this; we must exercise patience and all hands must be on deck to attract more government presence to help ameliorate poverty”, Mkpah said.

Speaking further, High Chief Mkpah, appreciated the numerous role of the PDP leadership in Ibeno, which saw to his victory at the poll. He described them as great leaders who are conscious and passionate about progress and peace in Ibeno. “The election was fair, peaceful and transparent. This however shows we can build together and make Ibeno great” Mkpa added.

He maintained that he will partner with all relevant stakeholders for unity, peace and development, while seizing the opportunity to appealed to Akwa Ibom people to support the Udom Emmanuel’s led-administration in order to give the governor smooth pace in his effort to effectively Industrialized the State.


Anyim Pius Anyim To Deliver 2020 Human Rights Lecture: – HURIWA

By HURIWA.

 

Anyim Pius Anyim To Deliver 2020 Human Rights Lecture: - HURIWA
Chief Anyim Pius Anyim

In a concerted effort to brainstorm on the best ways to attain good governance and rapid industrial development of Nigeria, the nation’s foremost Civil Rights Advocacy group:- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) will on Saturday November 7th 2020 hold a public human rights lecture.

The National Human Rights lecture, which will take place in Abuja, would be delivered by the only Nigerian ever to have held the offices of Secretary of the government of the Federation (SGF) enate President at different times-: Chief Anyim Pius Anyin (GCON) just as the theme is on “the leadership challenges of the 21st Century Nigeria.”

In a media statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the Rights group disclosed that the guest lecturer is expected to explore all possible angles on how best to recruit the most competent, visionary and strategic patriotic leaders for Nigeria to take Nigeria to the next level of technological advancements in the twenty first century and beyond.

“Set up nearly fourteen years ago, the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA is known to have held regular national annual human rights lectures even as the year 2020 version is targeted at proffering panaceas to the leadership challenges confronting   Nigeria.”

“The event will also witness the conferments of national human rights recognitions and AWARDS to few Nigerians who have made tremendous contributions to the advancement of human rights including Mr. Patrick Ugbe, the managing director of Hit fm calabar, Cross Rivers State; Kayode Ajulo (PHD) a lawyer and comrade Danladi Boyis Hassan (FIICA), an outstanding trade union leader. These individuals will be named as Icons of HUMAN RIGHTS just as Miss. Obasi Ogechi innocentia will be crowned as the Human Rights Queen of Nigeria 2020/2021.”

Already, many high profile politically connected officials have been invited just as Service Chiefs and the hierarchy of the Independent National Electoral commission headed by Mr Mahmood Yakubu has been invited with a direct commitment on the part of the Electoral chief of Nigeria to attend.


 

HURIWA Backs Army’s Stabilizing Roles…*Cautions against Application of Lethal Weapons

By HURIWA.

 

HURIWA Backs Army’s Stabilizing Roles…*Cautions against Application of Lethal Weapons
Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai

Calling on the Army to be cautious of the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of citizens as encapsulated in the nation’s Supreme law and a plethora of international human rights and humanitarian laws, the Civil Rights Advocacy Platform: – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has thrown her weight behind the strategic national stabilization duties of the Nigerian Army at these critical times.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) stated in a media release endorsed jointly by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf said that as part of their constitutionally assigned roles, the Nigerian Army is obliged to adopt Law-based and Rights-based strategic approaches devoid of undue use of force to restore national stability, peace and security so the Sovereignty of Nigeria is not endangered just as the Rights group said Nigerians desirous of advancing constitutional democracy should support all lawful measures put in place by the Nigerian Army to secure the Country and restore order because if the armed mobsters and hoodlums are allowed free reign all over Nigeria or in any part of the Country, then the fundamental human rights of Citizens would be irredeemably wounded and degraded and the territorial integrity of Nigeria would have been breached.

As a public confidence building steps for a hitch free and successful internal security operations to restore national stability and security, the Rights group said the Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai should direct his Chief of Civil Military Relations to liaise with credible civil society stakeholders and platforms all over the Country to observe the military operations and to file in reports at the end of the exercise to the relevant governmental bodies such as the office of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

However, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has restated her clarion call on the  hierarchy Of the Nigerian Army not to undermine the cumulative efforts it has made in the last five years towards mainstreaming the respect to the fundamental human rights encapsulated in chapter 4 of the constitution including section 33(1) on the freedom to Right to  life just as the Rights group admonished the Army not to apply maximum force in trying to quell the pockets of criminal looting of National, state and private properties by armed hoodlums.

HURIWA lamented that due to widespread professional misconduct and indiscipline on the side of the operatives and officers of the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Army and other segments of the Nigerian Armed forces are being overburdened with internal security operations which ordinarily is the statutory mandate of the Nigerian Police Force just as the Rights group said Nigerians are appreciative of the roles of the gallant soldiers who are fighting both external and internal terrorists networks and at the same time are over laboured with pressing internal security issues that the Police ought to handle if it was able to inculcate the spirits of professionalism and high discipline on their men and officers over the past many decades.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said also: “We recognize the place of the Army to be called in by civilian Authority to restore law and order particularly at these times that public confidence in the Nigerian police force has warned considerably but the group said Army must at all times show restraints so the sanctity of human life is respected.

“HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) is hereby tasking the military authority in Nigeria to fish out the operatives and the commander that led the troops to Lekki toll gate.  These persons who shot at peaceful protesters even when they are totally unarmed and were chanting the National Anthem need to face military prosecution.

“The soldiers who shot the protesters must be investigated, arrested, charged and prosecuted. It is imperative that these steps are meticulously enforced by the army because of the fundamental underpinning and the essence of the Geneva Convention of 1949.

HURIWA recalled that the Nigeria Armed Forces when deployed for either internal or external operations are bound by the laws of war and international law in the conduct of the operations. The laws regulate and limit the conduct of operations by acting as checks against arbitrary use of force. They are intended to minimize unnecessary suffering by combatants and non-combatant during war. 28   The laws of war and international law are therefore sources of military law in Nigeria and include the following:

HURIWA Backs Army’s Stabilizing Roles…*Cautions against Application of Lethal Weapons
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko; National Coordinator, HURIWA

1. The four Geneva  Conventions of 1949; 2.     The two Additional Protocols of 1977 to the Geneva Conventions 1949;3.     Multilateral and bilateral agreements to which Nigeria is a signatory and have bearing on military service or operations.;4.     The decision of:(1) The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague; (2) Ad hoc war crimes tribunals set up by or with the backing of the UN Security Council.(3) The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague.”

“The four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 for the protection of war victims are as follows: a)     Geneva conventions for the wounded and sick in Armed Forces in the field.; b)    Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the condition of the wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea.; c)     Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of war.; d)    Geneva Convention Relative to the protection of Civilian persons in time of War.

The two Additional protocols of 1977 to the Geneva conventions of 1949 are to supplement the 1949 Geneva conventions and modernize the laws of war. Protocol 1 deals with the laws of war international armed conflicts while Protocol 2 addresses the laws of war applicable in internal armed conflicts. It is noteworthy that the four Geneva Conventions and the two additional Protocols of 1977 have been formally given effect in Nigeria by the enactment of Geneva Conventions Act Cap G3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. 30 In sum, the conventions and Protocols which are  now an Act of National Assembly, elaborately spell out the laws of armed conflicts on the use of force and legal implication of disregarding rules regulating the means and method of warfare, among other things. 31 Specifically, section 3 of Act provides for trial and punishment for breach of the Geneva Conventions as follows:a)     In case of grave breach involving wilful killing of a person protected by the Convention, sentence of death.b)    In any other such grave breach, imprisonment for 14 years.

HURIWA recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, had taken a swipe at those threatening Nigerian military officers with a travel ban. He spoke on Monday at a meeting with Army commanders in Abuja on the End SARS protest and violent incidents across the country.

HURIWA recalled that the COAS lambasted international organisations clamouring for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses saying thus: “Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better.“The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here”, The Cable quoted him as saying.

HURIWA recalled that the Army Chief warned that the military will not allow any agent in or outside Nigeria cause lawlessness. The Army Chief stressed that “subversive elements, detractors and other enemies of Nigeria” will not be allowed to achieve “their aims and objectives of destabilisation”. Buratai said recent events have shown the determination of unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos in Nigeria by all means.

“These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.”

HURIWA however has appealed to the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai to continue to ensure  adherence of his officers and men to professionalism and respect for the dignity of their human person just as the Rights group said it will be sending a compilation of complaints from all across Nigerians against some military operatives who breached the Constitutional provisions on the obligations of the Armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to respect human rights and avoid the use of extrajudicial killings of the civilians.


 

WIDESPREAD LOOTING: HURIWA Blames IGP, Demands His Dismissal 

By HURIWA.

WIDESPREAD LOOTING: HURIWA Blames IGP, Demands His Dismissal 
Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu

“The mere fact that from all across the Country, desperate citizens were seen invading public Warehouses and massively looting storages perceived to be palliatives that were meant for the poor during the lockdown that characterized the first wave of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the fact that the men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force were nowhere near those strategic public facilities to forestall the security breaches and the inexplicable withdrawal of police security details from very Important Persons all across the Country as directed by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu goes to show one of the two things or both.

Forst,that Nigeria Police Force is indeed dysfunctional and grossly incapacitated by corruption and professional indiscipline and secondly, that the Nigerian Police Force deliberately withdrew the services of providing security of lives and properties of Nigerians, which is the statutory mandate of the Nigerian Police Force as part of the larger conspiracy by the Federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari to ridicule the #ENDSARS PROTESTS and to paint the protesters graphically before the International Community as essentially made up of hoodlums and lawless thugs and therefore to perfectly provide the precondition for the Federal government not to effectively carry out the stated comprehensive reforms of the policing institution in the Country and to stop the use of torture and extrajudicial killings as policing tactics which generated the nationwide protests in the first instance”.

With the above summation, the Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has blamed the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu for his contradictory statements and directives to the Nigerian Police soon after the October 20th 2020 LEKKI Toll Gates Lagos violent attacks by a combined team of armed police and Nigerian Army just as the Rights group said there is evidence of state collusion in the absence of any sort of effective and efficient policing which gave way to a general breakdown of Law and order all around the Country marked by massive invasions of Warehouses by hungry and desperate Nigerians to loot storages of foodstuffs designated as COVID- 19 PALLIATIVES donated by the Organized Private Sector(OPS) to States across the Country.

Also, the Rights group said the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu should be sacked forthwith for failing to prevent Nigerians from massively invading public and private properties in CALABAR Cross Rivers State, Lagos State, Abia State, Imo State, Anambra State, Kaduna State, Edo State, Plateau State, Adamawa State to steal, destroy and burn down assets of certain politically exposed individuals including some who are just successful private entrepreneurs like Senator Ndoma  Egba; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria whose mansion in CALABAR was invaded, looted and set alight by hoodlums who were not armed but who succeeded only because the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu failed to command and control the operatives of the NIGERIA Police to carry out their job even as the earlier order made by the IGP withdrawing Police protection from VIPs was the tonic needed by these youthful hoodlums to loot and destroy public and private assets of Nigeria and Nigerians.

HURIWA said the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has no legal reason to remain in office with the massive scale of attacks of public and private properties carried out by hoodlums who did not have to worry about the police since the police operatives were nowhere near the crime scenes.

HURIWA stated that the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu violated several sections of the Constitution by his gross dereliction of duty just as the Rights group said the following provisions of the Constitution were violated by the IGP: “Section 214. Establishment Of Nigeria Police Force; 1) There shall be a police force for Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigeria Police Force, and subject to the provisions of this section no other police force shall be established for the Federation or any part thereof.

2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution

(a) the Nigeria Police Force shall be organised and administered in accordance with such provisions as may be prescribed by an act of the National Assembly;

(b) the members of the Nigeria Police shall have such powers and duties as maybe conferred upon them by law;

(c) the National Assembly may make provisions for branches of the Nigeria Police Force forming part of the armed forces of the Federation or for the protection of harbours, waterways, railways and air fields. Section 215. Appointment Of Inspector-General And Control Of Nigeria Police Force; 1) There shall be –

(a) an Inspector-General of Police who, subject to section 216(2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among serving members of the Nigeria Police Force;

(b) a Commissioner of Police for each state of the Federation who shall be appointed by the Police Service Commission.

2) The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector-General of Police and contingents of the Nigeria Police Force stationed in a state shall, subject to the authority of the Inspector-General of Police, be under the command of the Commissioner of Police of that state.

(3) The President or such other Minister of the Government of the Federation as he may authorise in that behalf may give to the Inspector-General of Police such lawful directions with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider necessary, and the Inspector-General of Police shall comply with those direction or cause them to be compiled with.

4) Subject to the provisions of this section, the Governor of a state or such Commissioner of the Government state as he may authorise in that behalf, may give to the Commissioner of Police of that state such lawful directions with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order within the state as he may consider necessary, and the Commissioner of Police shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with: Provided that before carrying out any such directions under the foregoing provisions of this subsection the Commissioner of Police may request that the matter be referred to the President or such minister of the Government of the Federation as may be authorised in that behalf by the President for his directions.

5) The question whether any, and if so what, directions have been given under this section shall not be inquired into in any court and Section 216. Delegation Of Powers To The Inspector-General And The Police; 1) Subject to the provisions of this constitution, the Nigeria Police Council may, with the approval of the President and subject to such conditions as it may think fit, delegate any of the powers conferred upon it by this Constitution to any of its members or to the Inspector-General of Police or any other member of the Nigeria Police Force.”

“We are miffed and shocked that the Nigerian Police Force through the IGP was not appropriately directed to act within the bounds of the law to stop the breakdown of Law and order all around the Country.

Rather amidst the cacophony of looting of public and private properties, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered the withdrawal of all police personnel attached to all VIPs across the nation with immediate effect. This order for withdrawal was contained in a Wireless Message sent virtually to Zonal AIGs and Command CPs with signal number DTO 210900/19/2020.The signal was copied to all Police formations in Lagos, Benin, Enugu, Makurdi, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Oshogbo, Sokoto, Umuahia, Abeokuta, Akure, Awka, Ibadan, Calabar, Kano, Yola, Asaba and Ebonyi, with the IGP warning that any Commander who violates this order will face the consequences.

HURIWA has condemned this show of gross incompetence and/or compromise by the Inspector General of Police which can be gleaned from the order he gave for the withdrawal of police services at a critical time in the trajectory of Nigeria and at a time Mobs were invading public and private properties and then when these massive scale of attacks of public and private properties had successfully been  carried out then the Inspector General of Police gave another order  for AIGs, CPs, others to reclaim public space, restore normalcy just as HURIWA said the National Assembly should investigate these contradictory orders from the police Chief just as the President if he is patriotic should sack the police IGP for these actions that led to the total breakdown of Law and order all around the Country.

“The same Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who had ordered the withdrawal of police services to very important Nigerians which largely motivated mobs and hoodlums to invade facilities owned by these individuals and the states of the Federation to loot and destroy these same Properties and after the destructions have successfully been completed only for the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to give order for his officers to begin what he calls immediate mobilisation of all police operational assets and resources to bring an end to the wanton violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private property, to reclaim the public space from hoodlums masquerading as protesters in some parts of the country.”

HURIWA is therefore calling for the immediate sack of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu who has failed to provide effective leadership skills that would have prevented the total collapse of law and order in Nigeria including the communal conflict in Fagba Lagos state between HAUSA and YORUBA in which scores were killed and properties destroyed without the police intervening to bring these henious acts to an end except when community vigilantes and community elders mediated a truce.

“It is very clear that this IGP has only led this Nigeria Police Force to the cesspool of professional misconduct and gross indiscipline to the extent that the Police could not prevent mobs from invading public and private properties of Nigerians which largely was motivated by the absence of armed police operatives.


 

#ENDSARS PROTESTS: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Broadcast Not Soothing Enough-: Says HURIWA 

By HURIWA.

 

#ENDSARS PROTESTS: President Muhammadu Buhari's Broadcast Not Soothing Enough-: Says HURIWA 
President Muhammadu Buhari

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has dismissed Thursday night’s 7pm national broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari as not soothing enough and amounted to open threats to the aggrieved members of the youthful public just as the speech sounded dictatorial and undemocratic.

HURIWA expressed consternation that the President failed to announce the formation of judicial commissions of Investigations into the killings by SARS to work with the various commissions instituted by state governments even as the Rights group said President Muhammadu Buhari has no respect for the independence of the National Human Rights commission which is why for 4 years he failed to set up the governing board of the commission and has also failed to name the board during his highly disorganised and unedifying speech to a nation waiting for some soothing and constructively reassuring words from their elected President who has opted to behave like a tyrant.  HURIWA has however asked the genuine protesters to adopt plan-B to beat to their game, the various armed hoodlums hired by some officials to infiltrate them.

HURIWA  also expressed consternation that the President Muhammadu Buhari failed to address in sufficient length the all-important issue of the failure of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to effectively fish out the indicted members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for onward judicial reprimand and sanctions just as the Rights group said Nigerians expected that some persons heading the armed security forces such as the failed Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu is relieved of his duty just as the President Muhammadu Buhari wasted the precious time of millions of Nigerians who paused to watch his broadcast with empty rhetorical political propaganda of programmes his government has purportedly earmarked for execution just as he disappointed Nigerians by not stressing the killings that took place at the LEKKI Toll Gates Lagos state blamed on the activities of some rogue armed military operatives in which Amnesty International just confirmed that a dozen youngsters were gunned down by the military operatives rather President Muhammadu Buhari was more concerned about the housing assets of politicians purportedly attacked by some hoodlums.

“PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI showed pure cruelty and a total disconnect between him and the realities of the bottled up righteous indignation and national outrage that have boiled over on to the streets since nearly a Month. We ask the protesters to suspend their actions and re-strategize because from his body language it means this unsympathetic government won’t mind wasting more precious lives under some nebulous ground that those killed violated or threatened national security “.

Furthermore, HURIWA carpeted President Muhammadu Buhari for threatening Nigerians in the following paragraphs of his broadcast as follows: “In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

“23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated. 24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

“25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

“26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.”

“With all due respect, the aforementioned paragraphs of the National broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari constitute egregious errors of judgment because the President Muhammadu Buhari sounded more like an aggrieved military dictator than a benevolent civilian President whose primary duty is to provide security of lives and properties of Nigerians which he has failed to keep to since coming to office.

“Does it mean that President Muhammadu Buhari does not know that the reason why SARS killed many innocent people in Nigeria and especially the youths is because of failure of police leadership? Why is the IGP still being kept in office? Why is the Police Service Commission still being kept in office as if they are working? This speech of President Muhammadu Buhari is a tragicomedy and indeed deeply disturbing as it is so unintelligent and virtually empty. His speech was annoyingly watery, provocative and absolutely devoid of serious messages”.


 

HURIWA Advocates International Sanctions on Federal Government Officials Over State Sponsored Terrorism Against Peaceful Protesters

By HURIWA

Widespread protests against Nigeria’s police brutality and bad governance have turned violent as demonstrators have been attacked by armed gangs in the streets of several cities, according to media reports.

According to Amnesty International, which accuses the police of using excessive force against the demonstrators, since the protests began more than a week ago, at least 10 people have been killed and hundreds injured.

Provoked by these reported killings of protesters by armed thugs clearly sponsored by armed security forces and the central government, the Pro-Democracy and leading civil rights advocacy group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the United States government to designate the current federal administration in Abuja as a State sponsor of terror and take steps to stop the state sponsored terror attacks against civilian protesters.

HURIWA, in a statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko in Abuja on Wednesday frowned that Nigerian government has responded to the overwhelmingly peaceful protests against Police brutality with more violence and abuse.

HURIWA grimaced that in response to the nationwide protests, which had begun on October 8, 2020, calling on the authorities to abolish an abusive police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS); the police have shot tear gas, water cannons, and live rounds at protesters, killing and wounding many just as the right group revealed that sponsored armed thugs have also disrupted protests and attacked protesters.

HURIWA expressed worries particularly over the incident which happened in Abuja on Tuesday wherein armed thugs some of whom were seen bearing sophisticated weapons attacking peaceful protesters were captured on video being ferried by security officials of government and police.

More so, that in many incidents of these attacks, policemen, who had been keeping vigil on the protesters, looked the other way when the hoodlums started attacking demonstrators. “Since last week, protesters in Lagos and Abuja have faced vicious attacks from hoodlums who were usually conveyed in buses. There were reports of severe injuries during these attacks.

“The attacks usually occur in the presence of the policemen and other security agencies that are detailed to monitor the protest, yet failed to intervene to stop the attacks. We demand that the authorities protect protesters from such attacks. Protest is a human right”, the rights group expressed. The Group also called for independent investigation into the Nigerian Army’s alleged attacks that targeted peaceful protesters in LEKKI Toll Gates in which scores of innocent youths were gunned down.

Furthermore, the Group averred that people exercising their right to protest and calling for an end to police brutality are themselves being brutalized and harassed by those who should protect them, while adding that it underscores the importance of the protesters’ demands and the culture of impunity across the policing system, which is in dire need of reform.

“It is hypocritical for the Federal government to use public fund to hire jobless street touts  to attack peaceful protesters who are carrying out their legal civil rights of protests as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other plethora of international treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to. The aim is to create a State of unrest so as to provide an ill-defined platform to declare a nationwide state of emergency.” HURIWA said.

HURIWA Advocates International Sanctions on Federal Government Officials Over State Sponsored Terrorism Against Peaceful Protesters

As well, HURIWA accused  government of deploying these biased practices by paying persons believed to be from the  North to instigate street fights against peaceful marchers who the government and its supporters are  alleging to be against the North.

Broadly, HURIWA remarked that peaceful protests are legal and constitutional based on a plethora of human rights laws and provisions of Chapter 4 of the Nigerian Constitution in Section 39 (1) which provided thus: Every person shall be entitled to freedom to expression, including freedom to hold opinions and receive  and impart idea and information without interference, while Section 40 provides that every person shall be entitled to assembly freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any association for the protection of his interests.

“Also, Section 41 (1) of Constitution provides that every Citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit therefrom.”

Therefore, HURIWA condemned what it described as state sponsored terrorism against peaceful protesters and called on the USA, CANADA, UK and EU to impose travel ban on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and all state officials who are heading all the segment of the security forces for colluding and funding terror attacks against civilian protesters.

According to the group, “unnecessary overheating of  the polity by turning the peaceful processions to violence, lopsidedness against ethnicity or regional sentiments, religious bigotry will lead to regrettable circumstances that can trigger Mali scenarios.

Condeming the reported killings of dozens of peaceful protesters in LEKKI Toll Gates by the Nigerian Army,  the frontline Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) recalled that under the International Human Rights Framework on the Right of Peaceful Assembly, the actions of the Army was atrocious,  illegal and amounts to crimes against humanity which must be adjudicated upon by the municipal legal forum or the International Criminal court in The Hague NETHERLANDS because  Nigeria is a state party to the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 21 governs the right of peaceful assembly, providing that:

The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

Nigeria is not a state party to the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, which allows individuals to petition the Human Rights Committee if they believe the state has violated their human rights as protected under the Covenant.

At regional level, Nigeria is a state party to the 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Article 11 provides as follows:

Every individual shall have the right to assemble freely with others. The exercise of this right shall be subject only to necessary restrictions provided for by law in particular those enacted in the interest of national security, the safety, health, ethics and rights and freedoms of others.

Nigeria is a state party to the 1998 Protocol on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, but has not allowed the right of petition to the Court by individuals and non-governmental organisations.


 

HURIWA Condemns Military Attacks Of Peaceful Protesters In Lekki Lagos 

HURIWA Condemns Military Attacks Of Peaceful Protesters In Lekki Lagos 

Piqued by the emerging video evidence of attacks of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian Army and the reported killings of protesters by armed  thugs clearly sponsored by armed security forces and the central government in Abuja,  HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the United States government to designate the current federal administration in Abuja as a State sponsor of terror and take steps to stop the state sponsored terror attacks against civilian protesters.

Besides, the Rights group said it was suspending forthwith all active partnership with the current hierarchy of the Nigerian Army until all those who opened fire at civilian protesters in LEKKI LAGOS and those who funded the armed attacks of peaceful protesters are arrested, prosecuted and punished just as HURIWA has asked that the USA, CANADA, UK and EU imposed travel ban on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and all state officials who are heading all the segment of the security forces for colluding and funding terror attacks against civilian protesters.

HURIWA  stated that undsr the VIENNA DECLARATIONS on internal military operations the following are unambiguous: “The “hard core” of human rights meaning that certain fundamental rights laid down in International Human Rights Laws  instruments can never be derogated from. In particular, these include the right to life, the prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment or punishment, the prohibition of slavery and servitude, and the principle of legality and non-retroactivity of the law.

“Since IHL applies precisely to exceptional situations, the “hard core” of IHRL tends to converge with the fundamental and legal guarantees provided by IHL. Article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, applicable in non-international armed conflicts, provides a good summary of these “hard core” rights, setting the minimum basic rules regulating the use of force when internal violence attains the threshold of an armed conflicts.

To be effective, international treaties and conventions must be incorporated into national legislation. Becoming a party to international treaties and conventions is only a first step. States have a clear obligation to adopt measures implementing the international regulations they subscribe to. While this is true of any rules, it is even more crucial for rules governing warfare and law enforcement, since the latter are meant to regulate the most intricate and intimate sphere of sovereignty: the use of force.

To prepare an environment conducive to compliance with the law, the political leadership must take a whole range of measures and implement them throughout the chain of command. Some of these measures are relevant to LOAC and IHRL alike, while others are more specific to LOAC. For additional guidance, see Chapter 11, Strategic control of armed conflict.

The process is clearly interdisciplinary and normally involves several ministries, the legislature, the courts and armed forces or law enforcement bodies. It therefore needs careful planning by the highest political authorities and close coordination within several bodies.

1.1.2.2 Measures common to LOAC and IHRL

Political authorities must take a number of measures, some of relatively common sense, others requiring complex implementation processes and specific expertise. The main measures are:

� to have the international treaties and conventions translated into national language(s);

� to spread knowledge of their provisions as widely as possible, both among arms carriers and among the population as a whole;

� to bring national legislation in line with the provisions of the international treaties and conventions and to enact criminal legislation prohibiting them.”


 

HURIWA Condemn Attacks On Protesters In Abuja; Prison Break In Benin City

…*Suspects Fifth Columnists Hired By Central Government:

By HURIWA.

The prominent Civil society body; Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called for judicial commission of inquiry into the prison break in Benin city, Edo State capital just as the group suspects foul play on the part of some reactionary elements paid and hired by either the police or some officials in the central government for the infiltration of the peaceful protesters by paid goons and hoodlums. HURIWA however endorses the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the Edo State governor; Godwin Obaseki to control the uprising by suspected paid agents of the central government.

Similarly, the RIGHTS group has condemned President Buhari’s Government, which on one hand recruited some street urchins to stage counter demonstration at the Central Business District Abuja to instigate street fights with the usually peaceful #END SARS protesters in the city.

“It is disingenuous for the Federal government to use public fund to hire jobless street touts to organise provocative counter demonstrations at the same time that the peaceful #endsars PROTESTS are going on. The aim is to create a State of unrest so as to provide the nebulous ground for the invitation of armed security forces to inflict pains and sorrow on the peaceful marchers.”

HURIWA is accusing officials of the government of funding the government backed protest by the motley crowds of street urchins who wore white and green shirts with the inscription of “ we  support Swat” boldly written in those shirts just as the Rights group said the central government seems to be swimming in unmitigated shambles and organised confusion going by the fact that the same government funding street urchins and armed thugs to destabilise peaceful protests is the same government that had cynically and illegally announced a ban on demonstrations due to the lingering COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA.

This shows that these federal government officials have ran out of ideas on how to constructively engage the youthful protesters on negotiated settlement out of the fiasco brought about by the widespread use of torture and extralegal execution of the citizens by the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“ We urge the authority in Abuja to stop these divide –and – rule tactics of procurement of badly behaved street urchins with the aim of instigating street fights in Abuja and therefore to create the impression that the peaceful protests have been hijacked.

On the reported attack on ENDSARS Protesters by armed security forces in Abuja whereas the government sponsored protesters are allowed to hold their carnivals at the unity FOUNTAINS, the Rights group said these divisive tendencies of the Federal government smacks of childishness and unintelligent strategy to bring the longstanding #ENDSARS PROTESTS to a constructive and peaceful end.

HURIWA  said peaceful #endsars PROTESTS are legal and constitutional because of a plethora of  human rights laws and provisions of Chapter 4 of the Nigerian Constitution in 39 (1) Every person shall be entitled to freedom to expression, including freedom to hold opinions and receive  and impart idea and information without interference.

“Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 provides as follows: Every person shall be entitled to assembly freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any association for the protection of his interests.

Furthermore, Section 41 (1) of Constitution provides that: “Every Citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit therefrom.”

Besides, HURIWA accuses  government of deploying discriminatory practices by paying persons from the  North to instigate street fights against peaceful marchers who the government and its supporters are  alleging to be against the North just as the Rights group said Chapter 4. Section 42 Right To Freedom From Discrimination states thus: “1) A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person:-

(a) be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions are not made subject; or

(b) be accorded either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions.

2) No citizen of Nigeria shall be subjected to any disability or deprivation merely by reason of the circumstances of his birth.

3) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall invalidate any law by reason only that the law imposes restrictions with respect to the appointment of any person to any office under the State or as a member of the armed forces of the Federation or member of the Nigeria Police Forces or to an office in the service of a body, corporate established directly by any law in force in Nigeria.”

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has therefore called for dialogue and peaceful and law based resolutions  of all the issues of police extralegal execution because according to HURIWA there is nothing untoward or unlawful for Nigerian Youths to peacefully agitate for an end to police misconduct and extrajudicial killings of citizens by police.


 

 

Did You Deceive Nigerians On The Disbandment of SARS? – HURIWA Asks IGP  

The prominent CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACY BODY-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the Inspector General of Police; MUHAMMED ADAMU to come clean on his pronouncement disbanding the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) following continuous operation of the dreaded and compromised SARS in different parts Of Nigeria several hours after the publication.

In a strongly worded statement, HURIWA condemned police hierarchy who in the name of President Muhammadu Buhari apparently deceived Nigerians going by the sad reality that a reporter with Arise TV; Mr Francis Ogbonna and some natives and a resident  of Amechi Awkunanaw in Enugu south local government Area of Enugu state were manhandled and arbitrarily detained by operatives under the same auspices of the so-called dissolved SARS.

Besides, HURIWA stated that reports from parts of Imo state and Aba in Abia state, show that police operatives and facilities administered by SARS are still very much intact just as hundreds of Nigerians have encountered Excruciating and horrific experiences with this apparently lawless officials of the Nigerian Police Force who have disrespected the direct orders of President Buhari through the inspector general of Police to disband.

On the matter of the grave human rights violation of the journalist with Arise TV;  Mr Ogbonna Francis by operatives of SARS,  HURIWA condemned the actions of the police as a direct affront to the provisions of chapter 4 of 1999 constitution on the fundamental rights of the citizen Ogbonna Francis and section 22  of Nigerian constitution which mandates the media to work as the conscience of the Nation to monitor activities of governments.

HURIWA lamented that over two dozen practicing journalists have either been brutalized, arbitrarily detained or gravely injured by police operatives since the inauguration of the current President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, which is increasingly becoming authoritarian and tyrannical with each passing day.

“We demand the arrest, prosecution and punishment by the brutes in police uniform who inflicted the horrendous injuries on the Arise TV journalist just as the police must pay a compensation of fifty million to the wounded journalist or be ready to be sued for several billions.

We condemn the reported flouting and flagrant disregard of the instrumentality of the of law by police men in Enugu, Imo and Abia State just as we call on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu to act decisively to assure Nigerians that they have not been deceived.

On the reported arbitrary arrest by SARS  in Enugu,  HURIWA disclosed that a law firm of Chijioke Obinna and Associates has just sent a petition to HURIWA stating thus: A COMPLAINT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY,  INTIMIDATION,  HARASSMENT, INDISCRIMINATE ARREST AND DETENTION AND THE USE OF THE NIGERIA POLICE TO OCCASION THEFT BY INSPECTOR CELESTINE NYIGBA : AND SOS REQUEST.

HURIWA narrated what was contained in the report to be a record of the experiences of the victim of the excesses of disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Enugu State, in the person of Mr Chinedu Ogbodo, who incidentally has also petitioned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to come to his aid and put an end to the continuous detention of his workers by the deadly disbanded unit.

Ogbodo who hails from Amechi Awkunanaw in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, speaking through his lawyer who signed the petition, Obinna Ugwu, explained how one Inspector Celestine Nyigba, led his men to the project site.

He narrated how in the early hours of Sunday, 11th October 2020, at about 4 am, Inspector Nyigba led a team of operatives to raid a project site, smashed through the security house and without provocation or any reason, violently pounced on the security guards who had gone in to shield themselves from the rain. He said the security guards have since been held in the SARS facility, Enugu.

He said one of the unarmed night guards was shot on the legs, while some other sustained various degrees of injuries and were bundled out of the project site like common criminals, even when they were not caught in any violent crime.

“Ogbodo was appointed by his community as the site supervisor for the community’s development project situated in Amechi Awkunanaw. He was entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the entire work on the site.

“In the discharge of his responsibility, our client secured the services of some night guards from a private security service outfit based in Enugu and headed by one Alhaji Ahmed which security outfit deployed about five (5) of their personnel to the project site equipping them with torchlights, whistles and clubs necessary for the discharge of their duty to guide the site and call attention in the event of any ugly situation.

“According to our Client, when he resumed work at about 9 am of the same day, he discovered to his greatest dismay the overwhelming absence of the night guards which left the store unprotected, thereby occasioning the breaking into the same store with several items such as a high voltage electricity conductor (that is, High Tension cable) worth about Thirty-Three Million (N33,000,000.00) Naira, steel reinforcement rods worth over Seven Million (N7,000,000.00) Naira, Eight Hundred and Fifty (850) bags of cement  among other valuables carted away.

“In view of the above therefore, it is our clients’ most humble desire and prayer that you use your good offices to come to his assistance by causing an immediate release of the innocent security guards whose fundamental human rights have been terribly infringed upon for urgent medical attention so as to avoid a possible loss of the lives of innocent Nigerians,” part of the letter read.

HURIWA is shocked that despite the fact that even the President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Ahmed Lawan and virtually the entire leaderships of the different levels of government have continued to applaud the Police following the widely reported public notice on the dissolution by the IGP of SARS, It is clear that the crimes against humanity for which a lot of the SARS operatives were accused of committing,  are being replicated many hours after the celebrated DISBANDMENT OF SARS.

 


 

Rein In The Killer Nigeria Police Now- HURIWA Charges President Muhammadu Buhari

By HURIWA.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has located the blame for the rampant shootings and extralegal killings of citizens by armed Police operatives known as Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on the desk of President Muhammadu Buhari for having a long history of impunity and crass misuse of the armed security forces to quell otherwise peaceful Protests since 2015 thereby leading to the killings of dozens of Nigerians just as the current administration has stifled the Independence of the National Human Rights commission of Nigeria by refusing to constitute the Governing Council thereby denying Nigeria the opportunity of the institutionalization of any form of accountability for the conducts of the security forces.

“HURIWA CONDEMNS the widespread mass killings of citizens by the security forces and tasked the Federal government to deal with this menacing VIRUS of police extralegal execution of the citizens before anarchy sets in because sooner rather than later, the citizens may revolt and take the law into their hands in their attempts for SELF PRESERVATION.

HURIWA said it is legitimate for the citizens to SAFEGUARD THE PROTECTION AND PROMOTION OF THEIR FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT TO LIFE BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE RIGTH TO LIFE IF TAKEN AWAY CAN NEVER BE RESTORED. THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU TAKES CONCRETE STEPS TO FIRST AND FOREMOST, STOP THE DEPLOYMENT OF ARMED SQUADS TO CRUSH PEACEFUL MARCHERS AND THEN DEAL WITH KILLER TENDENCIES  WITHIN THE POLICE FORCE URGENTLY”.

HURIWA which spoke in the wake of the reported gunning to death at the Weekend of some youths in Ugheli in the Crude oil rich Delta State by a team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force just as the dastard incident of police extralegal killing occurred in front of Wetland Hotel, Ughelli in Delta State. The operatives allegedly shot the citizen and left the scene.

“HURIWA is aware of a trending footage which shows the killer police operatives speeding off in the victim’s vehicle – a white Lexus SUV.

HURIWA maintains that the government seems to be deriving some kind of satisfaction from the activities of the dreaded Police unit that has repeatedly harassed and killed Nigerians because if the contrary is the case, the Federal Government which is the direct employer of these operatives could have REIN in these killers but because some persons in government seems to be gaining by the bloody violence targeting mostly young Nigerians in most cases, the culprits within the ranks of the Nigerian Police Force under the authority of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu and the command and control of the Commander in chief and the President are never arrested or prosecuted.

Their activities have triggered protests off and on and there have been extensive social media campaigns tagged (#EndSARS), with many Nigerian clamouring for a scrap of the department. We recalled that in August 2018, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as the Acting President,  made a lame attempt at checking the killer instincts of these dare devil policemen when he ordered then Inspector General of Police (IGP); Ibrahim Idris, to overhaul SARS management and activities.

Osinbajo ordered  that the unit that will emerge from the process, must be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences just as the then Acting President ordered the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects. The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty. Sadly, these lofty ambitions have remained mere illusions because the government benefit from the rot.”

HURIWA  however said the Federal Government lacks the will to check the excesses of these brutes in police uniform because the government has the unholy history and antecedents of deploying operatives of the security forces to kill CITIZENS at will and these licensed mass killers in Police uniform often get away with these Heinous  crimes and so the rest of the killer police operatives embedded within the system are emboldened to continue to unleash bloody violence targeting mostly young Nigerians in the guise of chasing after fraudsters.

We condemn these incessant attacks and murders of citizens by the Police. We urge the Government to constitute the Governing Council of the National Human Rights commission and to allow all the institutional safeguards against extrajudicial killings of the citizens using all available legal frameworks against the assassination of citizens. We also urge Nigerians to begin mass demonstrations against the illegal activities of the Nigerian Police Force.

 


 

DIAMOND JUBILEE: HURIWA Canvasses One Year Mourning Period For Peculiar Political Failures

On the day the Federal Republic of Nigeria marked the Diamond jubilee of the Independence from Great Britain, Nigerians have been asked to rather hold a year long periods of national atonement for the many MISDEEDS of the Political and military elites that have rendered the Nation incapable of being identified as a developed country in spite of the abundance of HUMAN and mineral resources in Nigeria.

HURIWA also disputes the popular cliché that Nigeria is RESOURCE CURSED but agrees that the major challenges crippling the economic and political advancements of Nigeria are Nepotism and poor governance Standards and the lack of the POLITICAL WILL BY THE PRESIDENT TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION DESTROYING THE FABRICS OF GOVERNANCE RIGHT UNDER HIS NOSE.

“The level of abuse of powers and abuse of Office of the current central government has become unprecedented just as it is disturbing that officials of the administration are abusing their powers by allotting illegal employment slots to persons from their sides of the Country against the clear legal frameworks against NEPOTISM and observance of Federal Character Principles just as President Muhammadu Buhari has allowed the use of the publicly funded Presidential Jets for frivolous trips by the Children of the politically connected thereby increasing the costs of governance and thereby destroying the economy.

Making the call in an Independence anniversary media Statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, the Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) also backed the advocacy by millions of Nigerians for the convocation of some forms of national dialogue series all across the Country hosted by the different levels of governments in the Country for Nigerians to reformulate the most workable systems and terms of our continuous existence as a political entity.

“We support the consistent advocacy campaigns by a lot of Nigerians in the diverse nationalities that were cobbled together by Western powers to form Nigeria for a national conference or Sovereign Dialogue of nationalities on way forward or alternatively, the Federal Government should adopt the outcomes of the 2014 National Conference which were transmitted to the current Federal administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We think the key to finding sustainable and workable terms of our coexistence is for President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to unanimously be open to constructive feedback and the compiled outcomes of the 2014 National Conference organised by the then President Good luck Jonathan and handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari on assumption of office on May 29th 2015 because the way the Country is structured at the moment is irregular and dysfunctional and the Country is administered in such a way that certain persons have been made to have the mindset that they are born to rule whereas others are to always operate as second or third class citizens.

“The 60th Independence anniversary as it were should not really be a period of celebration but as we said, Nigerians should be in a MOURNING mood and be ready to atone for the wrongs we have committed to MOTHERLAND.”

The Rights group said it is a shame that whereas the Political and military elites that crippled Nigeria’s economy gathered at the Eagles Square in Abuja to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Nigeria as an Independent Country,  whereas millions of young people are jobless, 14 million Children are out of school and nearly 2 million Children and vulnerable victims of the TERROR attacks in the North East of Nigeria are internally and externally displaced with no hope in sight that the armed terrorists will be defeated soon enough just as the current administration has entered the HISTORICAL BOOK OF INFAMY for granting Amnesty to TERRORISTS even when the over 30,000 innocent souls the TERROR GANGSTERS wasted have neither had closures nor have their killers been brought to justice but are rather trained and reintegrated  into the same society they have destroyed, killed and maimed the innocent citizens. “THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE UNDER THE MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S CIVILIAN ADMINISTRATION IS APPALING.

HURIWA said NIGERIA must address the key sectors of job creation, security of lives and property, the human rights sector and must concretely reform the Nigerian Police Force that have constituted the gravest threats to the unfettered enjoyment of the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms of citizens  yet the President Muhammadu Buhari has continuously undermined the existence of the National Human Rights commission by failing to appoint a governing Council to combat the rampant human rights abuses even as PUBLIC SECTOR CORRUPTION, PROCUREMENT CORRUPTION AND CRIMES HAVE BECOME THE ORDER OF THE DAY.

HURIWA deplored the lack of accountability and transparency and charged Nigerians to evolve the practices of demanding accountability from their elected and appointed officials just as the Rights group said for any sort of progress to be made the Country must also address the insecurity and instability in Nigeria to curb the high rates of irregular migrations by mostly the Youngsters whose future are almost destroyed by the lack of good governance Standards in the Country for decades.

 


ICPC Discovers School Feeding N2.67bn in Private Accounts

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it had discovered N2.67 billion of funds meant for feeding in some schools, stashed away in some private bank accounts.

According to The Nation, the anti-corruption agency disclosed this on Monday during its 2nd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption and Launch of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Chairman of the ICPC; Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, explained the money was meant for some Federal Colleges during the COVID-19 lockdown. He said further the Commission also discovered over N2.5 billion appropriated by a deceased senior civil servant in Ministry of Agriculture for himself and cronies, listing other assets recovered in the Ministry Agriculture to include 18 buildings, 12 business premises and 25 plots of land.

He said under Open Treasury Portal review carried out between January to August 15, 2020, out of 268 Ministries, Departments and Agendas (MDAs) 72 of them had cumulative infractions of N90 million. He said while 33 MDAs tendered explanations that N4.1 billion was transferred to sub-TSA, N4.2 billion paid to individuals had no satisfactory explanations.

According to Owasanoye, “We observed transfers to sub-TSA were to prevent disbursement from being monitored. Nevertheless, we discovered payments to some federal colleges for school feeding in the sum of N2.67 billion during lockdown when the children are not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts. We have commenced investigations into these finding.”

The ICPC chairman also said under its 2020 constituency and executive projects tracking initiative, 722 projects with a threshold of N100 million (490 ZiP and 232 executive) were tracked across 16 states.

The ICPC chairman said in education sector, 78 MDAs were reviewed and common cases of misuse of funds were uncovered. Some of the discoveries include life payment of bulk sums to individuals/staff accounts, including project funds; non-deductions/remittance of taxes and IGR; payments of unapproved allowances, bulk payment to micro finance banks, payment of arrears of salary and other allowances of previous years from 2020 budget, payment of salary advance to staff, under-deduction of PAYE and payment of promotion arrears due to surplus in Personnel Cost, abuse and granting of cash advances above the approved threshold and irregular payment of allowances to principal officers.

On asset recovery, Owasanoye said the commission recovered N16 billion from Ministry of Agriculture paid into individual accounts for non-official purposes. He said: “We have restrained or recovered by administrative or court interim and final orders assets above N3 billion, facilitated recovery of $173,000 by the whistle blower unit of FMFB&P from an erring oil company, retrained £160,000 in a UK-bank in an ongoing interim forfeiture. These figures exclude quantum of recoveries on return or contractors to site as a result of projects tracking initiatives”.

 


CASTRATION OF RAPISTS: HURIWA Blasts Rights Commission, Backs Kaduna State’s Government

CASTRATION OF RAPISTS: HURIWA Blasts Rights Commission, Backs Kaduna State's Government
MODEL: Janet Akor; Queen of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2019

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has condemned the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission; Mr. Anthony OJUKWU for speaking against the decision of the Kaduna State administration to enforce chemical castration of rapists just as the Rights group said the new law by the Kaduna State legislative house should be made a national law while adding that it was unimaginable that a human rights Commission set up to defend rape victims is canvassing soft landing for vicious rapists and sex offenders.

In a detailed media Statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said this tendency to speak for sex offenders by the National Human Rights commission in a season of epidemic of sexual violations of kids by adult predatory brutes should be condemned in its totality.

The statement says thus: “For the avoidance of doubts and to clear any ambiguity, HURIWA backs the call and the law bringing into being the chemical castration of rapists. We hereby restate our earlier position sent to the National Assembly thus; “In Nigeria rape is unlawful carnal knowledge of a female by a male. It could be non-consensual sex with an adult female or carnal knowledge of a female child or minor.

“On the other hand, Chemical castration is the use of anaphrodisiac drugs to lower sexual drive. It does not involve removing a person’s testicles like surgical castration but only the use of drugs delivered by injection to render the testicles irrelevant. According to the American Journal of Criminal Law, 1990, chemical castration “reduces the production and effects of testosterone, thus diminishing the compulsive sexual fantasy. Formerly inconsistent and commanding urges can be voluntarily controlled.”

Jurisdictions with Chemical Castration Law

Chemical castration is legal in 8 States of USA although not all States make the treatment mandatory. In 1996 California became the first US State to legalize it by requiring mandatory treatment for repeat sex offenders but discretionary injections for first time offenders.

Florida and Texas followed suit but in the latter State, the offender must be at least 21 years of age.  In Iowa, chemical castration is allowed in all cases of serious sex offences.  In Louisiana, judges can sentence convicted rapists to chemical castration. The State of Alabama law passed in 2019 requires, as a condition of parole, that convicted sex offender of a child under the age of 13 undergo the treatment which will continue until a court rules otherwise.

In Canada, the courts cannot order offenders to undergo chemical castration – they can only impose psychiatric treatment, which can include the use of anti-libido medication. In 2006, the Canadian Court of Appeal ruled it constitutional for the National Parole Board to require that recidivist sex offenders, if found to be long-term offenders, be chemically castrated as conditions of release.

Most jurisdictions in the European Union do not impose chemical castration as a compulsory punishment but as a discretionary condition for parole or reduced sentence. In Italy is optional because making it compulsory would likely offend against the constitution where it is determined that punishment cannot consists of treatment which go against “sense of humanity”.

In Finland it is only allowed if it will alleviate the subject’s mental anguish over deviant sexual drives while Denmark, Germany and Norway permit it if it can be demonstrated that the subject may be compelled to commit sexual crimes due to uncontrollable sexual urges.

Sweden allows the procedure in the event that the subject poses a threat to society and the practice is completely voluntary and requires that the subject be fully informed of all possible side effects. In Russia a court may order the prescription of chemical castration for an offender who harms a victim of less than 14 years. The only EU State where sexual offenders can be compulsorily sentenced to chemical castration is Poland.

In 2011, South Korea became the first Asian country to legalize chemical castration and it applies to perpetrators of sexual crimes against minors of less than 16 years. Indonesia followed suit in 2016 after the public outcry that greeted the rape and murder of 14 year old school girl, Yuyun, by a gang of 12 men and boys. The Indonesian law grants the court power to order chemical castration of repeat sex offenders and sexual abusers of family members besides the sentence of imprisonment.

The application of chemical castration in South America is similar to that of Europe where it is only voluntary condition for reduced prison term although it is not as popular on the continent as Europe.

Rationale for and Merits of the Procedure

One obvious and major rationale for the treatment is its ability to lower sexual urge and reduce sex offences. During a debate on the bill for chemical castration in Alabama, the sponsor, Representative Steve Hurst, made this profound statement if it “will help one or two children, and decrease that urge to the point that person does not harm that child, it’s worth it”.

The Indonesian President, Mr Jokoko Widodo, was more forceful while defending the law: “Our constitution respects human rights, but when it comes to sexual crimes there is no compromise. In my opinion, chemical castration, if we enforce it consistently, will reduce sex crimes and wipe them out over time.”

The proponents of the procedure posit in this regard that the public interest and safety runs higher and takes precedence over individual and criminal’s rights. This utilitarian approach appears to be the best rationale for the procedure. Closely related is the believe that the concept of chemical castration may have the positive psychological effect of calming the nerves of  people in the society about the horror of the existence of sexual predators and reoccurrence of sexual predation.

Usually recidivism rate of sexual offenders without treatment and cost of imprisonment are so high that it is considered the most appropriate punishment for the crime and alternative to imprisonment.

The procedure is reversible unlike surgical castration, thus convicts can return to living normal lives after they have been certified to have overcome sexual predatory disposition over a period of time.

Criticism and Demerits

Although there is a uniform concern on the alarming rate of sex-related crime and its attendant socio-cultural implications, Chemical castration as a solution to the ugly state of affairs, there is no consensus on the solution. Chemical castration has more opponents than proponents due to some attendant or inherent obvious demerits.

One criticism of chemical castration is its potential side effects which range from phlebitis, gynecomastia, feminization, cardiovascular disease, depression, osteoporosis to Infertility, amnesia, hypertension, among others. According to Michael Seto, Director of Forensic Rehabilitation Research at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre:

“One problem is that there can be serious side effects so some pedophile offenders are unwilling to try them, or try them and then quit or have to quit because of the side effects”.

A classic case was popular United Kingdom computer scientist, Alan Turing, who, on a charge of gross indecency in 1952, accepted chemical castration as a condition for his probationary sentence but later suffered gynecomastia, bloating of the physique and eventually committed suicide.

Worse still is the fact that the side effects are said not be reversible. This is one reason for the opposition of the procedure by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. In 1984 US State of Michigan’s Court of Appeals held as unconstitutional the requirement of chemical castration as a condition for bail on the basis that the drug used in the procedure had not gained acceptance of being safe and reliable.

Again the treatment is not effective in all sex offenders because not all sex offenders have pedophilic interest. Some offenders commit rape because of opportunity while others are attributable to antisocial personality disorder. According to Dr Renee Sorrentino a forensic Psychiatrist in Massachusetts and Medical Director at the Institute for Sexual Wellness, it is only useful for some offenders. Besides, there are testosterone boosting drugs that can counter the effect of castration. In 2002, a convicted pedophile in New Zealand, Robert Jason Dittmer, attacked another victim while he was on the drug.

Furthermore, it is recommended that the treatment to be accompanied by some other forms of therapy and regular care which is not readily available. According to the World Federation Societies of Biological Psychiatry guideline, combined psychotherapy and pharmacological therapy is associated with better efficacy compared with either treatment as monotherapy.

This again reveals some other detriment of the treatment, cost of managing the procedure. In Korea, quarterly treatment of one person cost about USD4, 650 per year while some persons require monthly treatment.

Moreover the procedure is situated between punishment and treatment since it lacks informed consent by the recipient and as such remains an ethical issue among medical practitioners, some of whom consider it out rightly unethical and denounce it.  For instance, the Indonesian Doctors Association is opposed to the law of chemical castration. According to Dr Daeng Muhammad Faqih, Chairman of the Association:

“From scientific view point, this is less effective because the intervention that is happening is hormonal, physically. Whereas according to medical studies, the cause of sexual crimes is not hormonal issue, but a mental disorder. Doctors cannot execute the punishment.

Firstly, according to our code of ethics, doctors must help people or treat them. The chemical castration is meant to ‘punish and hurt’, so to speak. This conflicts with our code of ethics. Secondly, it conflicts with the laws for practicing medicine and its regulation that says doctors must only take that action in context of medical services. Chemical castration is not medical service. Thirdly, (there) is the principle of patient autonomy. The patient must agree to what is being done to them.”

This concern is equally expressed by lawyers in jurisdictions where chemical castration is legal.  Canan Arin, a lawyer in Turkey expressed the view in these words: “Chemical castration is a punishment that will merely assuage the victim’s immediate wish for revenge. It will not address the underlying problems. Sexual abuse not only committed because of a man’s genitals. Sexuality and male-female relationships in Turkey are not healthy.”

Thus, right activists argue that the procedure is most cruel, barbaric and a violation of rights to dignity of the human person and medical choice. However a very a very profound statement, echoing the minds of many, was made by   Larry Don McQuay, a convicted sex offender in Washington Monthly (1994) who said:

“What is barbaric is what I have done to so many children I will molest. [Chemical Castration] … is considered ‘cruel and unusual punishment.’ But no punishment is crueler or more unusual than the pain I have caused my victims. Voluntary castration is not unconstitutional…”

Summary and Conclusion

It is observed that there is increasing awareness of the need for stiffer penalties for sex offenders especially relating to minors in the light of the prevalence and damaging consequences of the offence. Chemical castration is gaining ground as an alternative to imprisonment especially in developed economies. However there is the problem of medical ethics. Also health safety of the procedure remains a serious concern. Violation of human rights is another problem.

There is obviously a craving for a sustainable solution to the menace of rape in Nigeria but chemical castration has a lot of obstacles to its acceptability and legality. Besides the general problem of medical ethics, the procedure is too sophisticated for a less developed economy’s medical facility like ours. There is also a huge cultural barrier of Africanizing an “unnatural” procedure. At best, voluntary chemical castration can be considered in Nigeria in a few years after great strides in the economy, medical practice and health care system.”

HURIWA recalled that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had expressed concern over the recent amendment of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law No.5 of 2017, providing stiffer penalties to the offence of rape, including castration of offenders.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq. who stated this in Abuja while reacting to new Kaduna State House of Assembly legislation on rape and other Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) observed that the said amendments violates Section 2(ix) of Anti-Torture Act of 2017, which outlaws “mutilation such as amputation of essential parts of the body such as the genitalia, ears or tongue and any other part of the body”.

In a press statement signed by the Assistant Director Public Affairs, NHRC, Fatimah Agwai Mohammed, Ojukwu stressed that castration in this regard negates human rights standards and principles and therefore should be jettisoned.

While calling on the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to withhold his assent to the amended Penal Code Law until the State Assembly expunges the aspect of the law that stipulates castration of culprits the human rights boss emphasized:

“This amendment violates principal corpus of international human rights norms, including article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which provide that no one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. “Which means there can be no justification for torture, no exceptional circumstance whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as justification for torture”, he said.

Ojukwu therefore restated that torture cannot be justified even with criminal jurisdiction exercised in accordance with internal law such as the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, otherwise it will be tantamount to legislating torture.”

HURIWA condemns the haste by the National Human Rights commission to speak for criminal rapists just as we strongly recommend the implementation of chemical castration of rapists as a punishment to be created by law and once this is done by way of a passage into law, It can not be erroneously presumed as torture just the same way that capital punishment is permitted for capital offences.


 

HURIWA May Sue President Buhari To Stop The Kano – Niger Republic Rail Line Project

By The World Satellite.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has said that the approval of About $1.96 billion USD Contract for the Development of the Proposed Kano – Niger Republic Rail Line by the Federal Executive Council with borrowed Chinese money is fraudulent and offends our national security interests.

HURIWA in a statement signed by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf on Thursday condemned the project as a misplacement of priority in the face of intractable problems of insecurity and harsh economic conditions arising from hikes in fuels and electricity tariff, adding that it is an invitation to further escalation of chaos and anarchy in Nigeria, which must be halted.

Revealing that it would look for means of instituting a legal challenge so “the illegal rail project is annulled forthwith”, the statement noted that the current regime of President Muhammadu Buhari has “a recurring problem of never getting its priorities right and at the end of the day; Nigerians are the ones who suffer from these poor choices by this government.

“This project is a ticking time bomb and a grave threat to National security. This is because, when completed, it will ease the influx of illegal aliens into Nigeria, which could be used to unleash mayhem and from unfolding incidents in some parts of North, many of these aliens are inclined to violence, a belief that is supported by the fact that many of them are armed.

“Recall that Vanguard Newspaper, in its December 3rd, 2016 report, quoted Kaduna State Governor; Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as saying that his government has traced some violent, aggrieved Fulani to their countries and paid them to stop the killings of Southern Kaduna natives and the destruction of their communities. Among the countries mentioned by the Governor was Niger; same country this regime is building rail links to.

HURIWA May Sue President Buhari To Stop The Kano - Niger Republic Rail Line Project
President Muhammadu Buhari

“We are worried that this project when completed will be express entry for killer herdsmen and terrorists from Niger. We see it also as a plot to flood Nigeria with illegal aliens for purposes of undermining the 2023 polls.

“Therefore, we condemn this venture as wasteful because of the danger of being used to import weapons that will set Nigeria ablaze.   Whereas there are no such Rail lines linking Lagos to Enugu and Port Harcourt or Maiduguri to Enugu, President Buhari is investing almost $2bn to build railways for terrorists and bandits to flood into Nigeria and destabilise the country. Is this government just for the North”? The rights group expressed.

Beyond the security aspect, the Rights Group queried the economic benefit of the project to Nigeria, asserting that the Nigerian economy, as it is today, is not in a state to contain this kind of wasteful spending.

“If we may ask what is the legality and morality of borrowing from china and then turn back to build infrastructures in another sovereign state and then compel Nigerians to cough out taxes to pay back these dubious loans they never benefitted from?” HURIWA queried.

Conclusively, HURIWA took a swipe at President Buhari saying: “Terrorism has become a global trend, and it is thought that the current government of Muhammadu Buhari would seek out practical ways to strengthen our porous borders, instead it is creating easy and accessible means of illegal arms trafficking and immigrants”.

 


Group Commends Code of Conduct Bureau On The Handling of Enugu Housing Commissioner’s Investigation

By The World Satellite.

 

As investigations have begun by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) regarding series of petitions against Hon Vitus Okechi;  Commissioner of Housing Development Enugu State relating to breach of Code of Conduct regulations, Herald for Anti-Corruption and Public Morality; a non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting corruption among public office holders has commended the CCB for diligent investigation of the case.

In a statement by the Convener of the group; John Bassey, ” The speedy approach in the handling of the cases against Hon Vitus is worthy of note”.  He expressed bewilderment as to how a single individual would intentionally encroach into both the land belonging to the old site of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu and that of local community, with impunity.

“It is a clear case of lawlessness, recklessness and violation of the citizenry’s fundamental right to own property. The man ignored the path of peace, sanity and due process.The Transparency Center Network and other patriotic members of the local community that equally sent a petition to the Bureau deserve a special place in the heart of all lovers of Justice, equity and fair play.

“We urge the CCB to accelerate the process for the commencement of a speedy trial since the petitioners have given incontrovertible evidence against the commissioner.

The group further urged the Executive Governor of Enugu State; Rt Hon Ifeanyi Igwuanyi to be careful with people like Hon Vitus as they are hell bent on dragging his name in the mud. “It is unfair for Hon Vitus to stain the time-tested reputation of the Governor because of desperation to annex land belonging to a federal institution on one hand and the ancestral land of the people on the other hand.

Group Commends Code of Conduct Bureau On The Handling of Enugu Housing Commissioner's Investigation

“We deeply believe that the current Chairman of the CCB and his team of dedicated staff are going to ensure that justice prevails, as far as this case on Hon Vitus is concerned.

The group posits that, the CCB as an institution, has acted in a very professional manner, so far, in the handling of the case involving Hon Vitus because they are positive that the era of escaping justice by abusers of Code of Conduct regulations is over.

In a similar vein, the CCB is also investigating another case of breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act by Public Officers in respect of Hon Robson Iniobong Nnamso, Chairman- Esit Eket Local Government Council of Akwa Ibom State.

In a letter dated 11th June, 2020 Reference No: CCB/AK/S/VOL. 2/308 written by office of the State Director, Code of Conduct Bureau, Uyo Akwa Ibom State.

The Director, Amba Ikpeme indicted the said Hon Robson for the submission of his assets declaration form eighteen months after  collection  of the form on 6th June, 2019, for reasons not stated, amongst others. He was subsequently recommend for immediate prosecution at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The CCB is investigating the cases pursuant to the mandate and powers of the Bureau as enshrined in the 3rd Schedule, part 1, Paragraph 3(e) to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended; Section 137 (a) and (b) and 138 (a) and (b) Penal  Code Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and Section 104 of evidence Act 2011.


 

They Will Come With Federal Might, But Do Not Fear – Wike tells Edo PDP Leaders

By City News Port Harcourt.
They Will Come With Federal Might, But Do Not Fear - Wike tells Edo PDP Leaders
mRivers State Governor; Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo to discard fear and threats of violence as they resolve to participate in tomorrow’s Governorship Election in the state. He said though the electoral battle may not be easy, but with God and the people of Edo behind the party, victory is guaranteed.
Governor Wike gave the charge at a meeting organised for leaders and elected representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Benin City. He also charged them to monitor the distribution of electoral materials and be vigilant to protect their votes.
“The electoral battle may not be easy. But God is with us. With the people also on ground, we will win. Let me tell you, God forbid that APC wins. If they do, all of you here would have failed because your political life will be in jeopardy.
“They will come with federal might. But do not fear because we have the electorate on our side. They did the same in Rivers State. The people resisted them by protecting their votes,” he stated.
He said the electorate must be mobilised for the gubernatorial election with a focus at liberating the State and uniting the South-South region. He said it is time for the people of the state to join their kits and kins from other Niger Delta States in the PDP as the state cannot continue to stand alone.
“One man should not be allowed to continue to insult Edo people. The godfather thinks what he says will always be. This is time to stop him. We want all the States in the South- South to be united. So, it is the best time to join your kits and kins from other Niger Delta States. This election is a fight for the destiny of the region. Edo State cannot continue to be alone,” he said.

 

Your Dictatorship Will Be Uprooted; – HURIWA Tells Uzodinma

By Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria.

 

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has described the newly passed Imo State Administration of Criminal Justice Law as Unconstitutional and illegal just as the Rights group said the move by the Imo State’s controversial governor; Mr. Hope Uzodinma is aimed at crippling organised opposition to bad governance and would discourage would be investors from going to Imo State since economic activities hardly thrive in a dictatorship.

The law is to protect thieves in the Imo state government so they can continue to pillage the resources of the State and the intimidated members of the civil society would be too scared to speak so they are not jailed by the blossoming dictator at the Douglas House Owerri.

“HURIWA is by this statement demanding the immediate repeal of this draconian legislation which is targeted at whittling down the CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES OF SEPARATION OF POWERS which are enshrined in Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria just as the legality or otherwise of the new Imo State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, No. 2 of 2020 passed into law by his Excellency, the Governor of Imo State; Sen. Hope Uzodinma on the 11th day of March, 2020 is not tenable since it is a blanket attempt by the executive arm of government to take on the duty of the Judiciary in Imo State even as the Rights group said it is incumbent on the Imo State House of Assembly to annul the rubbish legislation or it would be challenged in the competent Court of law since the provisions are contradictory to the clear provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, especially the FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA OF 1999 AS AMENDED”.

HURIWA affirmed that: “We are also very worried and concerned  about the highly unconstitutional  provisions relating to “PLEASURE”, permitting the State Governor to detain suspects at his will when there are a plethora of constitutional provisions stipulating the obligations of the Nigerian State not to interfere with the democratic Freedoms recognised by the Supreme Law of Nigeria.

The New Imo ACJL by section 484 provides that suspects must obtain License before any Release will be made. Section 484 of the Imo ACJL reads:

“Where any person is ordered to be detained during the Governor’s pleasure he shall notwithstanding anything in this Law or in any other written law contained be liable to be detained in such place and under such conditions as the Governor may direct and whilst so detained shall be deemed to be in legal custody.”

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) noted further thus: “This is highly inflammable and toxic and this and many other irregular  provisions must be struck down by the State Assembly or we assure Nigerians that Human rights practitioners of Imo State origin will head to court soon to invalidate these dictatorial powers conferred on the governor by the rubber stamped Imo State House of Assembly, which has become Imo state House of absurdities, populated by persons with questionable academic credentials.

“We observe that by  section 485, the ACJL states that a detainee may only be discharged if granted license by the Governor just as Section 485 provides:(1) A person detained during the Governor’s pleasure may at any time be discharged by the Governor on license. THIS DICTATOR IN DOUGLAS HOUSE MUST BE CONTAINED”.

In the media statement endorsed jointly by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, the group said it will in the coming days be holding consultative sessions with like-minded civil society stakeholders and civil society leaders  to deliberate on what steps to be adopted to confront this aggressive affront to constitutional democracy in Imo state of South East of Nigeria.


 

We Have Identified Prominent And Respected Individuals Involved In Cultism In Rivers – Police Commissioner

By City News.

 

We Have Identified Prominent And Respected Individuals Involved In Cultism In Rivers - Police Commissioner
CP Joseph Makun

The Rivers State Commissioner for police, Joseph Mukan says the command has identified some prominent members of the society who are involved in the proliferation of cult related activities in the state. He however did not disclose their identities.

CP Mukan who made the disclosure while appearing in a live TV Programme monitored by City News in Port Harcourt on Tuesday promised to bring to book those prominent and respected individuals.

He said: “We have shifted our operation to focus on one notorious cultist, kidnapper and even armed robber who goes by the name VIP. We are on his trail and although our strategies will not be made public, we will get him.

“The issue of cultism as we rightly observed is voluntary and unfortunately, some respectable members of the society are part of these cultists. I cannot mention names but they have been identified and we will take drastic actions to bring them to book”.

The police chief further disclosed that operatives of SARS have destroyed two camps used by cultists in Ogoni land. He said the police mobilizing heavily to eradicate illegal arms and ammunition in the area and is currently in pursuit of fleeing remnants of the late Boboski’s cult group.

He said: “Criminality in that axis is centred around one person. Any deadly operation in that axis cannot be completed without the mention of Boboski. Now that he is out of the scene, the remnants are on their heels.

“They have decided to leave Ogoni. As of yesterday, we destroyed two of their camps. The third camp which is the biggest camp was completely deserted. What we are doing presently is to mop up the arms in that axis. Ogoni people should be assured that peace has finally returned to that axis”.

 


 

Stay Off Edo Elections; HURIWA Tells President Muhammadu Buhari

The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy platform in Nigeria: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the President; His Excellency, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) (GCFR) to be a Statesman and not interfere in the coming election in Edo state to select the governor of the state.

HURIWA said it was completely out of order for President Muhammadu Buhari to be seen extremely concerned about the outcome of the election when in actual fact as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is holding office on behalf of the entirety of Nigeria and not the President of All Progressives Congress.

“The Nigerian President is by his Oath of office expected to be above board and must not be seen actively promoting one sided agenda but should be the CHAMPION OF A PAN NIGERIAN AGENDA. A PAN NIGERIAN AGENDA AS TO CONCERNS ELECTION IS THAT TENDENCY WHICH ENSURES THAT THERE IS ELECTORAL INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

“We have observed with sock and disappointment that the campaign council setup by the All Progressive Congress headed by the governor of Kano State; Abdullahi Ganduje flew into Benin, the Edo State capital on a presidential jet belonging to all of Nigeria. If this trending news report is anything to go by, then we absolutely condemn this reckless display of political rascality and flagrant abuse of power which offends section 15(5) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which states that: The state shall abolish all corrupt practice and abuse of power”.

“We, in HURIWA view this naked show of reckless executive power manifested in the illegal use of the people’s public jet for a partisan affair such as conveying the campaign team of the APC to Benin City as reported which we believe is meant to tell the electoral umpire that the President’s mind is that the electoral process be manipulated in favour of the party that controls presidential power which incidentally is the appointing authority of the INEC.

“We hereby warn INEC to ensure that the governorship poll is free, fair, transparent and peaceful. INEC must not be intimidated by either the federally controlled security forces or should they out of intimidation already displayed by the fact that the presidential jet was deployed to convey campaign team of APC, to then manipulate the electoral process.

We want to caution INEC that any attempt to rig the poll may not augur well for stability of Nigeria. We appeal to both the PDP and the APC as well as other political players participating in the poll to see the election as an opportunity for the good people of Edo state to DEMOCRATICALLY ELECT THEIR FREELY CHOSEN GOVERNOR. THE PEOPLE OF EDO MUST BE ALLOWED TO EXERCISE THEIR FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS TO FREELY CHOOSE WHO SHOULD BE THEIR GOVERNOR.

THERE MUST BE NO INTERFERENCE FROM EXTERNAL PERSONS BE THEY FORMER GOVERNORS, CURRENT GOVERNORS OR THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA. INEC HAS FAILED ON MANY OCCASIONS TO DELIVER FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT AND PEACEFUL POLL; NIGERIANS ARE WATCHING TO SEE IF THE EDO ELECTION WILL BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MORALLY DEPRAVED INEC TO REDEEM THEMSELVES FROM PAST MISDEEDS. WE ASK THE SECURITY FORCES TO STAY OBJECTIVE AND TO ONLY WORK FOR PUBLIC GOOD AND MUST NOT BE USED AS AGENTS BY THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIER TO UNDERMINE THE WILL OF THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE.

HURIWA wants the Edo state governorship poll to be a credible election. As stated by experts, we agree that inclusive elections provide equal opportunities for all eligible citizens to participate as voters in selecting their representatives and as candidates for election to government. This right to participate is a broad concept and can only be subject to reasonable restrictions that are provided by law.

Authorities must take steps to assess and remove any barriers to the participation of all citizens. This includes removing barriers for traditionally marginalized populations such as ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities; women, youth or elderly citizens; and persons with disabilities. Reasonable restrictions on participation should be narrow, like a minimum age for voting and standing as an electoral contestant.

Elections are transparent when each step is open to scrutiny, and stakeholders can independently verify whether the process is conducted honestly and accurately. The principle of transparency is linked to the fundamental right of citizens to seek, receive and impart information (which are elements of the freedom of expression), as well as the right to take part in government and public affairs.

Decision making processes must be open to scrutiny, and reasonable opportunities for public input should be provided. Information relating to all stages of the electoral cycle must be made available and accessible to citizens, including voters and candidates. Nonpartisan and partisan observers should be accredited to observe all phases of the election process and be permitted to comment publicly on the process free from unreasonable restriction.

Accountability in elections refers to the rights of citizens with respect to the conduct of other electoral stakeholders, including the government, election management bodies (EMBs), political parties, candidates and security forces. Elections are a key mechanism through which citizens hold their governments accountable, but there must also be accountability within election processes themselves. There must be effective remedies in place for violations of citizens’ election-related rights. There must also be administrative accountability for those organizing elections and those conducting governmental activities related to elections. In addition, there must be timely procedures to bring to account those who conduct criminal acts that affect electoral-related rights.

Elections are competitive when citizens have reasonable and equitable opportunities to compete to be elected to governmental offices. Political competition is a central component of elections that truly reflect the will of the people. The principle of competitiveness relates to aspects of the election throughout the electoral cycle. The legal framework must allow citizens to come together and register political parties to represent their interests, and provide access to spots on the ballot for parties and/or candidates. Parties and candidates must be able to campaign and voters to cast their ballots free from illegal influence, intimidation or violence.

We condemn the reported posting of soldiers to protect the former national chairman of APC; Adams Oshiomole . This report if proven, amount to a gross abuse of power by the President because soldiers ought not to be posted as gate men. This is against the composition of the Nigerian Arm forces as can be seen from relevant provisions from section 217-220 Chapter 6. Part 3. Section 217. Establishment And Composition Of The Armed Force Of The Federation

1) There shall be an armed forces for the Federation which shall consist of an army, a navy, an Air Force and such other branches of the armed forces of the Federation as may be established by an Act of the National Assembly.

2) The Federation shall, subject to an Act of the National Assembly made in that behalf, equip and maintain the armed forces as may be considered adequate and effective for the purpose of

(a) defending Nigeria from external aggression;

(b) maintaining its territorial integrity and securing its borders from violation on land, sea, or air;

(c) suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President, but subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly; and

(d) performance such other functions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly.

3) The composition of the officer corps an other ranks of the armed forces of the Federation shall reflect the federal character of Nigeria.

Chapter 6. Part 3. Section 218. Command And Operational Use

(1) The powers of the President as the Commissioner-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation shall include power to determine the operational use of the armed forces of the Federation.

(2) The powers conferred on the President by subsection (1) of this section shall include power to appoint the Chief of Defence staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, the Chief of Air Staff and heads of any other branches of the armed forces of the Federation as may be established by an Act of the National Assembly.

(3) The President may, by directions in writing and subject to such conditions as he think fit, delegate to any member of the armed forces of the Federation his powers relating to the operational use of the Armed Forces of the Federation.

(4) The National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the regulation of

(a) the powers exercisable by the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation; and

(b) the appointment, promotion and disciplinary control of members of the armed forces of the Federation.

Chapter 6. Part 3. Section 219. Establishment Of Body To Ensure Federal Character Of Armed Forces

The National Assembly shall

(a) a) in giving effect to the functions specified in section 217 of this Constitution;

b) with respect to the powers exercisable by the President under section 218 of this Constitution, by an Act, established a body which shall comprise such members as theNational Assembly may determine, and which shall have power to ensure that the composition of the armed forces of the Federation shall reflect the federal character of Nigeria in the manner prescribed in the section 217 of this Constitution.

Chapter 6. Part 3. Section 220. Compulsory Military Service

1) The Federation shall establish and maintain adequate facilities for carrying into effect any Act of the National Assembly providing for compulsory military training or military service for citizens of Nigeria.

2) Until an Act of the National Assembly is made in that behalf the President may maintain adequate facilities in any secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Nigeria for giving military training in any such institution which desires to have the training.

COMRADE EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO:

NATIONAL COORDINATOR,

HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA).

September 14th 2020

 


 

HURIWA Tasks Nigerians To Reject The Evil Policies of President Buhari or Be Enslaved For Life

**DESCRIBES ABUJA DEMOLITIONS AS APARTHEID POLICY.

The prominent civil right advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of practicing dangerous apartheid policy through the demolition of houses of the poor and the flagrant abuses of the Abuja master plan by allocating lands in Green Areas to his political friends and stooges in Abuja.

Besides, the Rights group has condemned as despicable, outrageous, uncivil, wicked and reprehensible the evil policy of hiking the rates of electricity supply and pump price of premium motor spirit simultaneously at the time that most Nigerians have lost their means of livelihood due to the covid-19 lockdown and the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to provide humanitarian assistance due largely to the systemic and massive corruption by officials at the ministry for humanitarian Affairs and disaster management.

The Rights group said even when President Muhammadu Buhari read out his inauguration speech last May and stated that THERE are over 100 million citizens in Nigeria; his administration has ended up inflicting pains, penury and agony on a massive scale on Nigerians through the recent rash of anti-people actions and policy implementation.

HURIWA said it was foolhardy for government to hike the purchasing prices of commodities when other nations of the World including even capitalist nation’s like the USA and UK are implementing different types of relief packages and funding aides to businesses in the formal and informal sectors of the economy to keep them operational irrespective of the vicissitudes of the Covid-19 PANDEMIC and it’s attendant consequences on businesses.

HURIWA has therefore canvassed civil protests by Nigerians to reject these enslaving policies of government because all other organised trade union groups and notable Civil Rights bodies have either been bribed to shut up or cajoled with the threats of Company and Allied Matters toxic 2020 amendment Act because most of these civil Rights groups and trade union bodies may have some skeletons in their pockets.

Best bet is for Nigerians not to suffer and smile but to protest against these burdens imposed on the suffering and oppressed masses by government which has transformed from government that should govern to the new slave drivers”.

The oppressed masses should know that it is better to protest at the risks of arrest by the security forces than to be afraid, keep quiet and die in silence. Any government that has failed to provide funding assistance in this perilous period of health emergency but has instead chosen to over tax the people, has lost its legitimacy to govern”.

On the demolition of houses of the poor in Abuja, HURIWA said President Buhari is waging economic war of attrition against the poor at the time that the FCT ministers are allocating lands in the hitherto Green Areas to their stooges in total disregard to the environmental master Plan of FCT thereby exposing Abuja residents to predictable environmental hazards of floods and environmental disasters of unprecedented proportions.

“What is going on now in Abuja is same with the apartheid policy in South Africa just before the new South Africa introduced a new constitution which recognises right to housing as s human right. In Nigeria, the poor are made homeless and the rich helped by the oppressors wearing the garb of a government  to basterdize the master plan”.

HURIWA wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari adopted apartheid typed housing policy of rendering poor people homeless without providing alternative shelters and the National Assembly members are all after their pockets to ratify their insatiable appetite for quick money rather than make necessary legislation to ensure that RIGHT TO ADEQIATE HOUSING FOR THE POOR IS MADE A CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION JUST LIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

HURIWA cited South African constitution recognizing right to housing as binding thus: “The right to adequate housing is an important basic human right which is recognised in the Constitution and International human rights instruments. Housing provides shelter from the elements, a place to eat, sleep, relax and raise a family. The right to adequate housing ensures that people enjoy physical and mental health and live in a safe place in peace and dignity. Human rights are indivisible and interdependent, so the rights to adequate housing cannot be separated from the other rights such as sanitation, water, education, and healthcare.

“The right to housing is also inextricably linked to broader developments in the economy, labour markets, migration, demographic and other trends, which affect access to housing. failure to realise these rights and provide socio-economic goods and amenities in turn compromise the progressive realisation of the right to housing”.

“The right to housing is enshrined in section 26 of the    Constitution of South Africa, which state that:1.    Everyone has a right to have access to adequate housing.2.    The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures within its available resources to achieve the progressive realisation of this right.3.    No one may be evicted from their home or have their home demolished without an order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances. No legislation may permits arbitrary evictions”.

HURIWA accused President Muhammadu Buhari of disrespecting the relevant sections of the Constitution by churning out scorched earth policy of inflicting exorbitant rates and pump price of essential supplies as against what section 13, 14(1)(2)(a)(b)(c) of the Nigerian Constitution which provides thus:

“It shall be the duty and responsibility of all organs of government, and of all authorities and person, exercising legislative, executive or judicial powers, to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of this Chapter of this Constitution. The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State base on the principles of democracy and social justice. It is hereby, accordingly, declared that:

a. Sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this Constitution derives all its power and authority;

b. The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government; and, c.The participation by the people in their government shall be ensured in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution”.

 

 


 

 

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: CEPASDAfrica Seeks Ways To Engage Youths On Sustainable Development

By The World Satellite.

Globally, International Youth Day, which celebrated on August 12 yearly, gives a chance to celebrate and mainstream young people’s voices, actions, and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.

This year’s  theme; “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

In recognition of the above, a pro-peace and youth development advocacy group; Center for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASDAfrica) has urged youths globally to take global action for sustainable peace and development. This call was made during a two day global youth engagement webinar summit held over the weekend to commemorate the International Youth Day.

While speaking at the Summit organized by CEPASDAfrica in collaboration with GYHMA, the Executive Director of CEPASD; Amb. Igweshi Augustine informed that the Global Youth Engagement Summit seeks to highlight ways through which the engagement of young people can foster sustainable development, promote peace building, entrepreneurship, leadership and SDGs while mentoring them on Nations Building, development and sustainable engagement.

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: CEPASDAfrica Seeks Ways To Engage Youths On Sustainable Development
Mr. Igweshi Augustine; Executive Director/International President; CEPASDAfrica

Explaining further, Amb. Igweshi noted that meaningful engagement and participation of young people must be addressed effectively and concerted global action taken. This is because, according to him, young people have the tenacity, capacity, passion and strength to take global action for the realization of UN agenda 2030 and beyond.

“To attain sustainable development, the human capacity development of younger population must be prioritized. Therefore the main aim of Global Youth Engagement Summit 2020 is to bring youth together from different parts of the world on a discourse on building youth resilience for global action to achieve sustainable development both at local and global level. More so, to celebrate the contributions of young people in driving sustainable development around the world”, Mr. Igweshi revealed.

The main point of the Youth Engagement Summit was the an engagement challenge, which involved young people making a two minutes video-pitch explaining how youth engagement for global action will help create a better society.

A total of 7 videos where received and played at the webinar event during when participants voted for the most impactful video. A Zambian youth; Mr. Ngosa emerged winner of the youth engagement challenge video-pitch competition while Riya from India came second.

Amb. Igweshi Augustine charged Ngosa and other participants to begin to take global action for sustainable peace and development at local, national and global levels because youths can create the society they want by meaningfully engaging in both humanitarian works, Peace building, advocacy, policies, leadership, politics, entrepreneurship and SDGs.

 


 

KOGI/IMO GUBER VERDICTS:  For The Judiciary to Regain Her Sanity, Tanko Muhammad Must Go: – HURIWA

By The World Satellite.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called for the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria; Ibrahim Muhammad Tanko based on the Group’s conviction that the present constitution of the Supreme Court of Nigeria under him has become heavily compromised and thus destroying constitutional democracy.

HURIWA in a statement on Tuesday jointly signed by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Director of Media Affairs; Miss Zainab Yusuf premised this conviction on the Kogi and Imo Guber Verdicts coupled with what it described as  the suspicious manners of appointment of judges wherein children and wives of politicians are getting nominated into the bench of the respective courts recognized in section 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on man-know-man basis.

“Increasingly, the Supreme Court appears to be losing its respect. Until now, any judgment by the highest law court in the land was regarded as sacrosanct and swallowed like a sermon from a church pulpit; no questions! Reviewing cases already being adjudicated over was unheard of. But it appears that such era is gone.

“The speedy deterioration of quality of judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the fast erosion of credibility of the state of adjudication of most Courts of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria goes a long way to show the deterioration of the integrity of the bench.

“The suspicious manners of appointment of judges which is based on Man-Know-Man is the reason children and wives of politicians are getting nominated into the bench of the respective courts recognized in section 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Even recently the Vice President of Nigeria; Professor Yemi Osibanjo, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a Professor of Law of Evidence raised alarm on the deteriorating standards of appointments to the bench just as a group of lawyers led by Professor Chidi Odinkalu cried blue murder over the dubious nominations of judges of FCT High Courts made recently in which children of judges were rewarded with elevation to the bench”, HURIWA observed.

KOGI/IMO GUBER VERDICTS: Tanko Muhammad Must Go For The Judiciary to Regain Her Sanity, : - HURIWA
Chief Justice of Nigeria; Tanko Mohammed

While noting that these negative indices will invariably undermine the delivery of justice in accordance with the service direction and the statutes and the Constitution of Nigeria, HURIWA stated that the Supreme Court of Nigeria particularly have contributed to the erosion of the credibility and integrity of the judiciary through many dubious verdicts.

HURIWA cited the verdict on the Imo governorship which promoted someone who came 4th to first position and then the recent governorship verdict of Kogi state in which the apex court validated an election that the Police, police service commission and INEC adjudged to have been marred by violence.

“The bad example of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in those two judgments will haunt the Supreme Court of Nigeria for years to come as stated by Justice Nweze, who gave a lone dissenting judgment in the appeal filed to challenge the Supreme Court of Nigeria’s decision returning Hope Uzodinma as winner”, HURIWA averred.

Furthermore, HURIWA challenged Lawyers and Judges to rise up and stage a revolution in the Court system of Nigeria in order to rescue the Supreme Court of Nigeria from collapse of integrity and ethics, which according to them “characterize the current hierarchy of the Supreme Court which began with the way that Tanko Muhammad became acting Chief of Justice  through an ex-PARTE ORDER obtained from the discredited Code of Conduct Tribunal presided over by the ethically challenged Chairman who at that time had a reported N10 million bribery allegations against him which was brought by the EFCC.

“We state in all strongest possible terms that the ex-PARTE ORDER, which paved the way for the illegal emergence of Tanko Mohammad as the Chief Justice marked the beginning of the decline of quality and standard in the nation’s highest court.

“Therefore we recommend the resignation of Tanko Muhammad and Justice Kekere Ekun accused of pandering to the whims of the APC, which is allegedly and reportedly the political family of her husband. For the Judiciary to regain her sanity, Tanko Muhammad must go”, HURIWA charged.

 


 

 

NDDC PROBE: If We Release List Of Looters Nigeria Will Break – IMC

THE Interim Management Committee (IMC), of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), has said that if it releases the list of those involved in looting the commission, the country will break.

The IMC has also accused members of the National Assembly of plotting to stall the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday last week approved the forensic auditing of about 12 thousand NDDC contracts.

But Dr. Ojougboh alleged that the recent pressure by the National Assembly to probe the activities of the IMC was instigated by the fear of the forensic audit.

He said that the mission of the IMC to the NDDC and the Niger Delta region is to ensure that every naira that had been put into the region through the commission is accounted for and vowed that the committee would dare every odd to ensure that the mission is accomplished; not minding whose ox is gored.

The NDDC Executive Director on Projects took a swipe at the National Assembly for condemning the N51 million monthly imprest for the office of the Acting Managing Director of the Commission and the N18 million imprest for his office, saying that such monies are not personal money but for the upkeep of the place especially in security.

He alleged that a highly placed member of the National Assembly from the South-South whom he accused working against the IMC has a cumulative imprest of about N100 million monthly without the kind of security challenges the NDDC management faces on daily basis.

According to him, “My MD feeds 100 policemen every day and in Port Harcourt as an executive of NDDC, you need security more than anything, till tomorrow, you know of it. When they are sending these policemen, the instruction is fed them, cater for them, that is what is in the letter the police hierarchy sent.

“So people are talking about 51 million of imprest for the MD, it is a security vote, it’s not for his personal pocket, the money does not go to the MD’s account. Myself, N18 million, it does not go to my account, it goes for security and other expenses and it is retired, there is no fraud in it.”

He said when President Buhari nominated them, and they arrived at NDDC office Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the first thing they noticed was that the two Chairmen (NDDC Committee) in the National Assembly, were the “De Facto management, managers and the executive of NDDC.”

He said as a former member of the National Assembly and a former liaison officer to the President, he has been in the Chambers and in all his life he has been in government since 1999 till date. “So I know what time of the day it is in politics and in governance. So we told them it cannot be business as usual, then they said we must leave.”

Asked what was responsible for the sudden interest of the National Assembly in the activities of the IMC, he said,” God bless you. It’s the forensic audit that the President has instituted because the National Assembly is culpable. At the end of the forensic audit, you will see members of the National Assembly…

“A Senator came and said that in the list of 2016 they brought, that he had only six contracts, I said no, that he had more. What he didn’t know is that we did not release the list for 2017 and the one for 2019. If we release it this country will break.”

Also asked why the country should break, he said, ” Oh because of the people looting, the calibre, the names and people looting the NDDC. And who engineers it? The Chairmen of the NDDC in the senate and House of Representatives in the National Assembly.

“So, when I explained, I told Mr. President to look, my job here is very simple. Mr. President looks, even if it is the only thing I achieve in my life to make sure that things are put right for the people of the Niger Delta to have the benefit of the NDDC. You can call me any name, you can do anything, you can say anything, I don’t care but I must do the right thing and the right thing is that no one penny will be missing.”

 


 

Community Policing Is A Smokescreen; The N13 Billion Will Be Stolen-:  HURIWA Tells President Buhari

By Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria.The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-:  HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has lamented that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is seriously not interested in achieving holistic and sustainable reforms of the near moribund Nigeria Police Force just as the Rights group said the so-called community policing introduced by the current administration is a mere SMOKESCREEN to stop the much needed constitutional reforms that would lead to formation of functional State and Local Policing architectures for effective and efficient policing of the Country.

HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has also expressed disappointment that the federal government has quickly thrown up N13 BILLION into the hurriedly choreographed community policing that lacks any legislative or legal frameworks which would have ensured that it is not a project set on quicksand which has then exposed the entire charade as an experiment in futility actually set up as a cash guzzling venture to benefit some few persons with connections to the corridors of power just as there will inevitably not be any constructive and long lasting impacts in stamping out the expanding frontiers of sophisticated crimes of armed banditry, mass killings by armed Fulani herdsmen and terrorism by a motley collection of armed non state actors who are currently holding the Country on its jocular.

In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, the frontline Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) asked Nigerians to demand accountability from President Muhammadu Buhari on why his administration is announcing a N13 billion take off of the community policing project about the same time that the MIYETTI ALLAH CATTLE OWNERS ASSOCIATION has announced the formation of a quasi-national policing outfits all across the Country which absolutely offends the Constitutional provisions that prohibits the setting up of a parallel national policing institution which is what the MIYETTI ALLAH CATTLE OWNERS ASSOCIATION has announced but President Muhammadu Buhari maintained conspiratorial silence in the face of this national provocation which has inevitably unleashed a national outrage from a cross section of the Nigerian society.

“HURIWA has on many occasions suggested the idea of rewriting certain provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 to divest the Command and Control structures of the Police away from the President of the Country to enable the federating units to establish their properly trained and armed policing institutions to protect and safeguard their immediate surrounding but to liaise actively with a loose federal policing structure that will remain under the Command and Control of the Federal Government of Nigeria just like how the policing institutions work harmoniously in other civilized societies like the United States of America from where Nigeria borrowed the Presidential system of government.

“We are aware that the 8th session of the National Assembly indeed passed the necessary amendments to bring into being the creation of State Police but the President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly refused to ratify these amendments but now we are regaled with the drama of setting up what the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari calls community police which lacks legal anchor and is at best an adventure in money wasting enterprise which will not achieve much in terms of the demand by Nigerians for an effective law enforcement architecture to be set up in the Nigeria states to arrest the imminent collapse of law and order which have started manifesting in the North East of Nigeria and the North West of Nigeria with constant violent attacks by Islamic terrorists and the violence unleashed by armed Fulani herdsmen and armed bandits that have resulted in thousands of casualties.

“The fact that emphasis is already on the N13 billion released for this gambit of community police shows where the heart and mind of the formators is and that is exactly on how to share the money. As we were told that much of the N13 billion just approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the take- off of community policing in the country will go into training, sensitization and purchase of equipment, Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu said on Friday.

“And then to show Nigerians the organised confusion that the community police is, the IGP Mohammed Adamu reportedly warned vigilance and neighborhood watch groups against using the community policing programme to get involved in illegal possession of arms. This government at the centre and a lot of other state governments are not really committed to the critical issue of defending their homelands and their people.

“The community POLICE project is a huge joke because if the Nigerian Police Force as currently constituted in which hundreds of billions of Naira have been invested into has turned out as the most ineffective policing institution in the entire World, how do you expect a mere drop in the ocean which is what N13 billion represents to change the status quo when the legal frameworks are not fundamentally tinkered with? This is simply an insane joke which will further expose Nigeria to international odium”.

HURIWA has relatedly backed the call by the Benue state governor to democratize ownership of weapons for self defence just as the Rights group said the RIGHT TO LIFE IS THE ONLY RIGHT THAT HAS NO REMEDY IF TAKEN AWAY and therefore has asked the National Assembly and state assemblies to legalize ownership of guns by sane minds.

HURIWA recalled that the governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State made a fresh case for Nigerians to be allowed to bear AK-47 rifles for self-protection and defence in view of the general insecurity in the country.

His state, he said, has so far arrested 400 herdsmen, prosecuted 130 herders and arrested 9,000 cattle that violated its law prohibiting open grazing.

 


 

 

Aba’s Problems Cannot Be Resolved Without Proactive Infrastructural Revolution; – HURIWA Tells Gov. Ikpeazu

Undoubtedly, anyone from the Southeastern part of Nigeria will easily tell how economically viable the city of Aba is, which dates back to history. Ever before the establishment of a British military post there in 1901, Aba was a traditional market town for the Igbo race.

When the incumbent Governor Okezie Ikpeazu mounted the saddle of governance in the State in 2015, he quickly unveiled his roadmap for the state with special emphasis on industrialization and infrastructural revolution for the commercial town of Aba, the industrial capital and entrepreneur centre of Nigeria.

Despite these lofty promises by the current administration, there hasn’t been sufficient investment in the city necessitating concerns that Aba, which previously was the industrial and production centre for most of the locally manufactured goods in Nigeria and saw buyers from across West Africa trooping in mass to the City is gradually losing its economic attraction due to continuous neglect, poor management and lack of deliberate efforts towards infrastructural revolution.

In recognition of the above concerns, the prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has tasked the Abia State Governor; His Excellency Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to be more pragmatic in acting on the issues bordering on the development of Aba as it will go a long way in justifying the confidence the people reposed in him based on his lofty promises to them.

HURIWA made this charge in letter to the Governor dated August 25th, 2020 wherein the Rights Group frowned at the fact that the state of infrastructure in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State and the industrial hub of the entire South East, which has been variously described as the ‘Japan of Africa’ is very poor despite the commercial activities in the City, which runs in billions of naira on daily basis,

Aba’s Problems Cannot Be Resolved Without Proactive Infrastructural Revolution; - HURIWA Tells Gov. Ikpeazu
His Excellency, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu; Executive Governor of Abia State

Recalling that just as there are many small and medium enterprises and all kinds of engineering fabrications, almost all kinds of commodities, which include shoes, bags, leather wears, clothing, etc, are manufactured in Aba, the letter signed by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, regretted that there are no good roads to transport these manufactured goods and other services adding that more troubling is that streets and roads in the city, which are in deplorable conditions, are pest-ridden with dirt, including artificial marshes and mountainous roadside refuse dumpsites.

“In contrast to what it used to be, almost everything in the city denies its commercial status as basic social and economic infrastructures are elusive. Apart from Faulks Road, newly fixed to link the Ariaria International Market, almost every important road to business and industrial centres in Aba are in awful situations.

“As a result, major industries are now disappearing from the industrial city and relocating to neighbouring states where there are better environments, security, people and business-oriented governments making people to wonder if Abia State has a government because everything is fast decaying”, HURIWA highlighted.

Continuing, HURIWA pointed out that Aba is gradually declining with huge amounts of waste dumped inside drainages and on walk-ways across “the hitherto prosperous city and no visible efforts at managing the growing tons of refuse on the streets of Aba. We are concerned that the situation is getting worse”.

Additionally, HURIWA expressed that the continuous neglect of roads and other infrastructures, which includes the daily dumping of refuse in the city centre and across business districts within Aba is a suggestion that there is need for infrastructural revolution in the City and government should take immediate action

Aba’s Problems Cannot Be Resolved Without Proactive Infrastructural Revolution; - HURIWA Tells Gov. Ikpeazu
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko; National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA)

While noting the possibility of infections from water, land and air pollution because people eat and drink in such environment, HURIWA told the Governor that from available facts if nothing is done and soon, infections of all kinds would be the order of the day, even as people there still pay sanitation fees to the state government, yet they cannot breathe in good air.

Moving forward, HURIWA recommended that Aba’s path to reclaiming its lost glory might be anchored on strengthening its infrastructures especially since the incumbent Governor is from Aba.

“Although, Dr. Okezie Ipkeazu has been boastful about wearing strictly made in Aba clothing since his assumption of office; a gesture geared towards promoting the ‘Made in Aba’ campaign, it’s not only about wearing items of clothing produced in Aba for all his local and international outings; Aba’s problems cannot be resolved without proactive infrastructural revolution”, HURIWA observed.

The rights group therefore advised Dr. Ikpeazu that he would become a phenomenon in Igbo history if he succeeds in turning around the state of infrastructural decay in Aba and build formidable social amenities in no time.

This is because, according to them, in a country that has achieved only modestly in the realms of science and innovation, the Aba economic and industrial power could play an outsized role in the building of national self-esteem and in the achievement of macroeconomic policies.


 

Port Harcourt Ladies React to NDLEA’s Proposed Drug Test before Marriage for Single Ladies

By City News.

Some ladies in Port Harcourt have reacted to the suggestion put forward by the Chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); Mohammed Mustapha Abdalla that single ladies be compelled to get tested for drugs abuse before marriage.

The NDLEA Chairman who spoke while destroying seized illicit substances in Maiduguri had decried the increase in consumption of illicit drugs by ladies across the country.

A good number of those who spoke to City News on Thursday applauded the move and described it as a good development. They confirmed the rising hard drug use among women, especially those that take them as a result of peer pressure.

Stella Amadi, recalled her experience with a single ladies on campus who were addicted to hard drugs.

She said: “When I was in school, there were girls who used to take codeine and tramadol all the time. It affected them badly and I remembered that one of them overdosed and nearly died. Some people don’t know how common drug addiction is among women. That is why I feel that this action should be taken to put some of these women in check. They should not carry drug addiction into their marital homes”.

Another lady simply identified herself as Tina said the high use of drugs even among some married ladies is an area society has been silent on. She claimed ladies indulge in drugs more often than not for fun and to take their minds away from prevailing terrible situations.

“It will shock you how many ladies depend on hard drugs to keep them going. But one thing I can tell you is that it’s continous in-take has always ended in tears. If they conduct drug test on 10 single ladies especially these ones from the universities you will be shocked that 6 might be positive. Many carry the habit and addiction into marriage and it shows when they start raising children that act and behave like them,” she said.

However, a bride-to-be told City News that she does not think the move is a good idea. She said it would be unfair and discriminatory to limit such drug testing to just ladies.

She said: “I saw it in the news and I do not feel the policy is necessary. My fiancée and I are supposed to carry out various tests as required by the church before our wedding, including pregnancy and HIV tests and it is fine because we do them together except the pregnancy.
Personally, I do not use drugs but if they want to introduce this policy, it should be testing both men and women because I feel that men use drugs too, even more than women”.

 

 

 

 



 

 

HURIWA Drags Nigeria To UN Human Rights Council Over Stifling Of Rights Commission’s Independence

By Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria.

The nation’s prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has made good its threat to petition the United Nations Human Rights Council over the prolonged refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the governing board of the National Human Rights commission thereby downgrading the independence and vibrancy of the Rights agency.

Titled:- Petition against Nigeria’s refusal to respect the independence of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since 2015, HURIWA urges the UN to downgrade the status of the Nigerian National Human Rights Institution since Nigeria has breached the Paris principle obliging member states to recognize the operational and funding independence of their national human rights institutions.

HURIWA in a letter dated August 25th August 2020 stated thus: “We write you this letter believing that your urgent intervention can change the tragic dynamics playing out at the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria which relates to the total refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the enabling law setting up the commission.

“This official degrading of the independence and the operational autonomy of the commission is replicated in the outright refusal of the president of Nigeria to reconstitute the governing board of the Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission Since 2015 as you will read as you proceed with your perusal of this communication.

“Kindly note that the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission as is currently administered, does not meet the threshold of an independent National Human Rights Institutions if a comprehensive reading of the import of the independence of the National Human Rights institution is appreciated such as the points enumerated as follows:

“A national human rights institution (NHRI) is an independent institution bestowed with the responsibility to broadly protect, monitor and promote human rights in a given country. The growth of such bodies has been encouraged by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which has provided advisory and support services, and facilitated access for NHRIs to the UN treaty bodies and other committee.

“There are over one hundred such institutions, about two-thirds assessed by peer review as compliant with the United Nations standards set out in the Paris Principles. Compliance with the Principles is the basis for accreditation at the UN, which, uniquely for NHRIs, is not conducted directly by a UN body but by a sub-committee of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC). The secretariat to the review process (for initial accreditation, and reaccreditation every five years) is provided by the National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section of the OHCHR.

“NHRIs can be grouped together in two broad categories: human rights commissions and ombudsmen. While most ombudsman agencies have their powers vested in a single person, human rights commissions are multi-member committees, often representative of various social groups and political tendencies.

“They are sometimes set up to deal with specific issues such as discrimination, although some are bodies with very broad responsibilities. Specialised national institutions exist in many countries to protect the rights of a particular vulnerable group such as ethnic and linguistic minorities, indigenous peoples, children, refugees, persons with disabilities or women.

“However, in general terms national human rights institution have an explicit and specific human rights mandate and a broader mandate, which could include research, documentation and training and education in human rights issues, than the classical ombudsman model which tends to work on handling complaints about administrative deficiencies. While all human rights violations are maladministration, only a small proportion of the workload of an ombudsman deals with violations of human rights standards.

“In most countries, a constitution, a human rights act or institution-specific legislation will provide for the establishment of a national human rights institution. The degree of independence of these institutions depends upon national law, and best practice requires a constitutional or statutory basis rather than (for example) a presidential decree.

“Nations human rights institutions are also referred to by the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.

Already the UN has replied the petition.


 

 

Suspected Thugs Allegedly Disperse NLC Excos Meeting, Another Union Building Gets Sealed

 

Suspected Thugs Allegedly Disperse NLC Excos Meeting, Another Union Building Gets Sealed

 

By City News.

 

The Secretariat of the Medical and Health Workers Union, Rivers State Council was on Thursday afternoon reportedly invaded by suspected thugs. A source said officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by the state Chairperson, Comrade Beatrice Itubo, were having a meeting when the hoodlums struck.

City News gathered that the building was also sealed after the incident though it is unclear which government agency is responsible for the sealing.

Our source reports that the Comrade Beatrice Itubo-led NLC resorted to using the Medical and Health Workers Union office after its official Secretariat at Igboukwu Street in Dline was sealed for Integrity Test in February.

Efforts by City News to get Itubo to speak on the development proved abortive as her lines were switched off. The NLC has been enduring a sour relationship with the State Government as a result of disagreements in the implementation of the Minimum wage in Rivers State.

 

 


 

Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu, Others Extol Hon. Chisom Dike for His Show of Patriotism

By The World Satellite.

 

Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu, Others Extol Hon. Chisom Dike for His Show of Patriotism
Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu

The Speaker of the Second Assembly of Democracy Africa Youth Parliament; Rt. Hon Graham Elendu has extolled the virtues of Hon. Chisom Dike representing Eleme, Oyigbo and Tai federal Constituency in the National Assembly who reportedly rejected an alleged gift of SUV from the Rivers State Governor; Governor Nyeson Wike, stating that the news got to him with joy, coming from a young man.

Hon. Graham who is Pan-African Parliamentarian, representing Nigeria averred that Hon. Dike’s action will go a long way in sending the right message adding that he has indeed shown that he is model to be reckoned with for the youths.

Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu who was reacting to a statement by the President General of Dike’s Associates; Adolphus Golden Ugochukwu, who noted that the case of Oyigbo in Rivers State is not different from the case of Niger Delta in Nigeria. This is because according to him, Oyigbo LGA contributes at least 10-15% or more of Rivers State revenue but little or no attention is been given to the LGA by the state government.

Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu, Others Extol Hon. Chisom Dike for His Show of Patriotism
Hon. Chisom Dike; Member Representing Eleme, Oyigbo and Tai Federal Constituency in The National Assembly

In the statement, Mr. Ugochukwu, while reacting to the development on the rejection of SUV by Hon. Chisom, Adolphus expressed that The National Assembly members did not beg Wike for SUVs and if he (Wike) had asked some of them like Rep Chisom Promise Dike to choose between the construction of road from Oyigbo urban to Obete and a gift of an SUV, he believes Hon. Chisom will chose the road.

“Wike has turned the entire Obio Akpor and PHC LGA into a construction site that some of them are not as important to those residing there as the Oyigbo roads are to Oyigbo people. Works are ongoing in various LGAs that are not even as economically important to the state and federal government as Oyigbo LGA is and yet he has spare change to buy the NASS members SUV showing that it’s not lack of funds that is hindering the construction of Oyigbo road but just wickedness from our Rivers State government and brothers from the days of Okilo, Dr Peter Odili to Amaechi and now Wike.

“They will only know how serious we are when the entire LGA from youths, women, elders, chiefs and pastors in Oyigbo wake up and shut down every company from PHCN to other multi nationals.  Just few days of little struggle with the electric distribution company everybody has felt the impact and I wonder what will happen when all company activities in Oyigbo is shut down completely. Finance is no longer the case here but sheer wickedness”, Mr. Ugochukwu emphasized.


Amaechi and Sylvia Reconcile Differences, Promise to Work Together

Minister of Transportation; Rt. Hon. Chibuike Ameachi and the Minister of State for Petroleum; Timipre Sylva have set aside their differences and promised to work together. They have also agreed to join forces to reposition the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the south-south region.

According to City News, both party leaders were reconciled by the Chairman, APC Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at a closed door meeting which held in the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja on Monday.

reportedly, there had been political differences between Amaechi and Sylva in the recent past, a situation that took a toll on the party’s fortunes in the south-south.

“We have agreed that both of us will work together”, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi told journalists while accompanied by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva after the meeting with Governor Mai Mala Buni.


 

APC Expresses Regret over Chidi Lloyd’s Defection to PDP

By City News Port Harcourt.

 

APC Expresses Regret over Chidi Lloyd's Defection to PDP
Chidi Lloyd

The Rt. Hon. Igo Aguma led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has expressed regret over Monday’s defection of Dr. Chidi Lloyd.

Lloyd, a former Majority Leader of the Rivers state House of Assembly and the Director General of the 2019 Governorship Campaign Council of the APC was a statutory member of the State Executive Committee of the party of the party before his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Aguma in a statement said, “On behalf of the leadership of the APC in Rivers state, I call on all members of our party in the state forming different groups and factions to sheath their sword and come to the table so we can resolve the burning deputations for us to move the party forward”.

He called on APC members in the state to remain calm and resolute as he is working hard to ensure peace and reconciliation among aggrieved members and groups to avoid any further depletion from the party.

 


 

Taxi Drivers Bemoan increase in Petrol Pump Price

Some motorists in Port Harcourt have expressed concern about the increase in Petrol Pump Price to N150 per litre.

The drivers said they are not making as much gain as they used to due to the increment.

A taxi driver named Friday told City News in pidgin that, ”Since they increase fuel price to 150 Naira per litre, the thing dey worry us because no be the way we dey use am before we dey use am now. Gain no too plenty and we still dey carry the price wey we dey carry before. We no add anything”.

Another driver also said ”even as fuel don cost like this, people dey complain. We no even increase price but them dey complain. When we increase the price, wetin dem go do? Everywhere hard we know but an government dey do us like this”.

However, the motorists also expressed hope that the fuel price will come down so their earnings will increase.


All Forms of Charges and Levies have been Outlawed in Rivers Schools – RSG

The Rivers State Government has reacted to a City News report on alleged compulsory N4000 levy collection from SS3 and JSS 3 students by the Birabi Memorial Grammar School in Bori.

Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku in his response reiterated that all forms of charges and levies have since been outlawed in public schools in the state by Governor Wike and as such, collections by any principal is unauthorised, illegal and criminal.

He said, “It has come to the notice of the State Ministry of Education that some Principals in public schools in the state are allegedly compelling SSS 3 and JSS 3 students to pay some form of levy, fees, or charges for the forthcoming WASSCE or BECE or other purposes.

“Parents and Students should please resist such payments and immediately report any such demands to the Ministry of Education via WhatsApp or text message or call to this number: 07030967868.”

The commissioner warned that immediate disciplinary actions will be taken against any erring principals.

 


Wike To Police: Use Edo Election To Restore Your Tarnished Image
Governor Nyesom Wike

Wike To Nigerian Police: Use Edo Election To Restore Your Tarnished Image

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has called on the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to use their conduct during the forthcoming Edo Governorship election to rebuild their tarnished public images.

Wike, who is the Chairman of the National Campaign Council of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) claimed that “we have enough intelligence on what they (APC) want to do with the security in the election, but we will scuttle it.

“Police is supposed to use Edo State election to clear their name and regain people’s confidence in them.”

Wike spoke in Port Harcourt, while reacting to issues raised during the Edo State APC campaign last weekend.

He alleged the APC was bent on causing violence in the polls to make the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) stop and cancel the election till November when Obaseki’s tenure would elapse.

“APC wants to do so, so that there will be enough violence in the election. Like the Chairman of INEC has said that the election will be stopped if there is violence. They want to cause violence so that the election will stop.

“They are not interested in the election so that INEC will stop it and then wait till November when Obaseki’s tenure will end. It is a calculation that they do not want the election to hold because Edo people are tired of the lies from Oshiomhole.”

Wike further stated that the Governor of the state and Candidate of PDP, Godwin Obaseki, was not an ingrate as claimed by the former Chairman of the APC; Adams Oshiomhole and candidate of the party; Osagie Ize-Iyamu, noting that the latter duo are ungrateful individuals.

 

Source: City News Port Harcourt

 


 

Sen. Ashafa and Hon. Jibrin Are Round Pegs in Round Holes – Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila

By The World Satellite.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives; Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has described the appointment of the duo of Senator Gbenga Ashafa and Hon. AbdulMunin Jibrin as the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and Executive Director, Business Development by President Muhammadu Buhari as putting round pegs in round holes.

The Hon. Speaker who made this known in a congratulatory message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Lanre Lasisi noted that both Sen. Ashafa, who represented Lagos East Senatorial District, and Hon. Jibrin, who was the representative for Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, and Director General of Gbajabiamila/Wase Speakership campaign are well equipped with lots of experiences as former legislators and public servants.

While thanking the President Buhari for recognizing both Ambassadors of the National Assembly in giving them the appointments, the Speaker expressed his belief that both appointees would serve in their new positions diligently and patriotically giving their antecedents.

Gbajabiamila further wished the two appointees success in their tenure, saying that President made a good choice.

 


Shun Partisan Politics; Governor Wike Charges New Army GOC As He Seeks Collaboration in The Fight Against Criminality

 The Rivers State Governor; Nyesom Wike has admonished the new General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigeria Army; Major General Olu Irefin to keep his focus on fighting crime in division and avoid getting involved in partisan politics.

Governor Wike who conceded that there are pockets of criminal elements in the state also pledged the readiness of his administration to collaborate with the new GOC to flush them him.

He made the submission on Thursday when the Major General Olu Irefin paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

“Our determination is to keep the State safe but development also attracts criminality, so we can’t say we are totally free. There are still pockets of criminal elements. So, as a professional whose role is to defend the territorial integrity of the country, fight crime and do not involve in politics.

“We are willing to collaborate with you as a government because security is important for us. Just let us know what you require to succeed in the fight against criminality. That way, we will be partners in progress and make the State safe for all residents,” he stated.

Earlier, Major General Irefin commended Governor Wike for his developmental strides, while noting that on assumption of duties his commanders told him that they have enjoyed tremendous support from the state government in the discharge of duties.

He pledged to sustain the existing collaboration in protecting lives and property in the State.

 

 


 

HARASSMENT OF ENUGU COMMUNITY BY POLICE: HURIWA Petitions Rights Commission

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) with a petition against the Nigerian Police over the persistent harassment, intimidation, and arbitrary detention of community leaders in Ugwuaji community of Enugu South Local Government Area Council of Enugu State, South East of Nigeria.

The Rights group said the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu, Enugu State Governor and his Housing Commissioner should be invited to provide clarifications why they allegedly took hold of lands belonging rightfully to the community in gross violations of extant Land Use Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian Constitution.

The Rights group said it has been approached for intervention by a Coalition of Ugwuaji Progressives (hereinafter referred to as our clients) on whose express request and unequivocal instruction they had forwarded this complaint to these institutions believing that the alleged human rights violators are called to order without any further delay.

The petition sent to these federal government agencies read thus: “The Ugwuaji Progressives is drawn from all four villages in Ugwuaji Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area namely; Umunnugwu, Ndiaga, Isaigu and Umunnajingene.

HARRASSMENT OF ENUGU COMMUNITY BY POLICE: HURIWA Petitions Rights Commission
His Excellency, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Executive Governor of Enugu State

“We are constrained to forward this petition to you in order to bring to your knowledge the dastardly act of malicious damage, destruction and vandalization of our community’s  properties which properties are also in their peaceable possession, harassment of members of the coalition with men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), including acts capable of inciting communal war perpetrated ALLEGEDLY  by the Honourable Commissioner for Housing, Enugu State one Vitus Okechi.

“The ALLEGED reckless activities of Vitus Okechi underscore the reason why it is necessary to have articulate and capable hand run the affairs of the ministry as sensitive as the Enugu State Ministry of Housing. It is obvious that this Commissioner is reportedly barely literate enough to acquaint himself with the legal and regulatory requirements for the compulsory acquisition of the land in Nigeria. He also has scant regards for form and procedure.

“Permit us to state unequivocally that from a cursory look at and thorough perusal of the legal and regulatory requirement for the compulsory acquisition of land in Nigeria can be gleaned from the 1999 Constitution of the Feral Republic of Nigeria (FRN) hereinafter referred to as the Constitution as well as other extant laws. The right to own immovable property anywhere in Nigeria is a fundamental right guaranteed under Section 43 of the Constitution. The Constitution is the grand norm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We hereby also affirm that it is also trite law that the Governor of a state in Nigeria holds in trust, all lands comprised in the territory of that state? In that light it can be argued correctly that jurisprudentially, there is invariably a need to understand the fundamental and indisputable source of this right that now inheres in the Governor of a state; rights also connote duties; in this case, the duty of accountability.

HARRASSMENT OF ENUGU COMMUNITY BY POLICE: HURIWA Petitions Rights Commission
Anthony O. Ojukwu Esq; Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission

“In South East of Nigeria and before the Colonialist made their way here historically, the land tenure system was regulated by the traditional conception of land as having, economic, social, political and religious significance. It was conceived of as an institution given by God for the living and unborn. The living empirically hold an ancestral trust for the benefits of themselves and generations yet unborn.

“Recall that whilst testifying before the West African Lands Commission in 1980, Chief Elesi of Odogbolu, a traditional ruler, expounded the traditional conception of land thus: “I conceive that land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living and countless members are still unborn. Also, in Amodu Tijani v. Secretary of Southern Nigeria, Viscount Haldane held that lands belong to the community, the village or the family, never to the individual. It was therefore inconceivable for any individual to claim ownership of land. Lands were owned by communities and families. Communities’ leaders and family heads held lands in trust for communities and families with the concomitant duty of accountability. These are facts of law and history.”

HURIWA has therefore called on the National Human Rights commission and the Public Complaints Commission to immediately step into this matter to compel the relevant authorities in Enugu State to abide by the letters and principles of the Nigerian constitution and to stop forthwith the continuous harassment and persecution of the claimants to the ownership of the land in Ugwuaji community of Enugu South Local Government Area Council of Enugu State which the Housing Commissioner has reportedly taken illegal possession of without due regards to the Rule of law.

 


 

Clampdown On Protesters Is Tyrannical; – HURIWA ….*Calls For Law Suits To Challenge New NBC Code

By HURIWA.

The pre-democracy and leading Civil Rights Advocacy group: Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the forceful clampdown against all protesters just as the group said physically attacking peaceful demonstrators is antithetical to the principles and practices of constitutional democracy, rule of law and the adherence to the tenets of fundamental human rights.

“Civil protests are the essential ingredients for the sustenance and advancement of constitutional democracy without which much that can happen as a system of government is autocracy and tyranny.

“We totally reject the undue resort to brute force by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration against unarmed and absolutely peaceful and constructive demonstrators who are only calling for good governance and adherence to constitutionalism.

“In any event, the federal government is only but the servant of the people who donated the legitimacy for the exercise of political authority by President Buhari for a statutory period.”

HURIWA quoted a plethora of the Nigerian constitution to demand an immediate end to the attacks against peaceful demonstrators by the armed security forces and for an immediate and unconditional release of all the detained protesters.

Section 14(1)(2)(a) (b) and (c) states thus: “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State base on the principles of democracy and social justices.

It is hereby, accordingly, declared that:

a. Sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this constitution derives all its power and authority

b. The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government

c. The participation by the people in their government shall be ensured in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.”

Section 34(1) (a) provides thus: “Every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person and accordingly

1. No person shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment;

2. No person shall be held in slavery or servitude; and

3. No person shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.

Section 35 states thus: Every person shall be entitled to his personal liberty and no person shall be deprived of such liberty save in the following cases and in accordance with a procedure permitted by law

i. In execution of the sentence or order of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty;

ii. By reason of his failure to comply with the order of a court or in order to secure the fulfillment of any obligation imposed upon him by law;

iii. For the purpose of bringing him before a court in execution of the order of a court or upon reasonable suspicion of his committed a criminal offence, or to such extent as may be reasonably necessary to prevent his committing a criminal offence. Any person who is arrested or detained in accordance with subsection (1) (c) of this section shall be brought before the court of law within a reasonable time”.

The Rights group said credible CSOs should challenge the newly introduced National Broadcasting Code which criminalizes free speech under the guise of fighting hate speech. .


 

 

Setting Up Of Nationwide Armed Vigilantes By Fulani Herdsmen Is A Continuation Of War Crimes- Says HURIWA

A Statement Issued By The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) on The war crimes and crimes against humanity Taking Place in Nigeria Against Christians; The Announcement By The Fulani Socio-Cultural Association;-: Miyetti Allah Kautol Hore On The Establishment Of Its Nationwide Security Outfit And President Muhammadu Buhari’s Silence On The Formation Of A Policing Agency By Same Group Who Are Always Known To Offer Explanation Each Time Christian Farmers Were Slaughtered By Armed Fulani Herdsmen.

Introduction

In the past six years, the world has witnessed two clear cases of genocidal atrocities. The first, which occurred in Syria and Iraq, was perpetrated by Daesh against religious minorities such as the Yazidis and Christians. The second took place in Myanmar, and was perpetrated by the Burmese military against the Rohingya Muslims and other religious minorities. Yet, there are evolving situations where mass atrocities may be occurring and that appear to be neglected. One such example is in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, there are two major armed Islamic militant groups terrorizing Nigeria and its defenseless citizens, particularly members of the Christian faith. They are the Armed Fulani Herdsmen and the Boko Haram jihadists.

In 2002, the Boko Haram, formed as a ragtag violent group protesting local inequality, socio-economic downturn and failed political leadership in Borno was later hijacked and radicalized religiously by some Northern radical Islamists and criminals.

On the other hand, the terrorist Fulani Herdsmen, on their part, are the armed terrorist and Islamic jihadist department of Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria; the country’s aboriginal cattle herders. This terrorist and jihadist department of Herdsmen created and funded by extremist Northern politicians and security chiefs became devastatingly active immediately after the return to civil rule in late May 1999.

Initially formed and funded with the mission to wrestle the country’s seat of Presidency power from the south with their campaign terror aimed at making Nigeria ungovernable, which changed to armed terrorism in 2015 has made the group now the world’s deadliest terror group.

This change in its mission could be attributed to the victory and emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari; a Fulani and a member of a conservative branch of the Muslim Faith. President Buari remains the life patron of the mother body of the Association of Nigeria’s Cattle Herders known as the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

Ceaseless killing of Christians in Nigeria since 2015 and burning or destruction of their churches and other worship centers has followed patterns of attacks in Nigeria especially in the North East and North Central of the Country.

It cannot be overemphasized then that the conditions for genocide exist in Nigeria. Christians, non-violent Muslims, and adherents of tribal religions being particularly vulnerable, with increasingly violent attacks and the failure of the Nigerian government to prevent them and punish the perpetrators have called for grave concerns, hence this statement by HURIWA.

The Problem: 

The rising tide of violence directed against Nigerian Christians and others classified as “infidels” by Islamist militants in the country’s north and middle belt regions is alarming and suggests ongoing genocide on Christians in the North of Nigeria.

Over the past one year, 1,000 Christians in Nigeria are reported to have been killed by Islamist militias, with 6,000 murdered since 2015, according to the most conservative estimates from Nigerian Christian sources. In the past five weeks alone

Observably, Christians in Nigeria have become threatened class as the country is under a siege orchestrated by the murderous bloodthirsty and criminally-minded Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani terrorist herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers. More worrisome is the inaction of the government in the face of the escalating conflict and the culture of impunity.

Thousands have been affected by the numerous mass atrocities perpetrated by Boko Haram. We recall that Leah Sharibu; a 15-year-old Nigerian girl, who was one of the 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria, in February 2018 is still under the captivity of the Boko Haram notwithstanding the fact that most of the girls have now been released.

According to the account of one of the released girls, Boko Haram refused to let Leah go because she declined to renounce her Christian faith and that is the reason Boko Haram has continued to enslave her.

Attacking women and girls is a signature tactic of Boko Haram. They subject women and girls to physical and mental abuse, rape and sexual violence, forced labor and much more. However, among its atrocities, those that are of a religious nature are significant too and cannot be neglected.

Additionally, the atrocities perpetrated by Boko Haram are not the only mass atrocities in Nigeria that require urgent attention.

In June this year, precisely on the 5th, the U.K. All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPG), which is a cross-party group of parliamentarians representing both houses of the U.K. Parliament, released a report about the mass atrocities perpetrated in Nigeria by the Fulani militia.

The Report titled: “Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide? Noted that though the exact death toll occasioned by the Armed Fulani Herdsmen is unknown, thousands of civilians are thought to have been killed in attacks led by Fulani herders and periodic retaliatory violence. While the Boko Haram has continued to unleash mayhem in the North East of the Country, Fulani militia continues to perpetrate mass atrocities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.

It is clear that the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari will not address the crime adequately or at all. The rash defensive statements by the Federal Government such as that by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson; Garba Shehu describing the allegations of persecution of Christians as false and a most misleading campaign suggests lack of political will to arrest the suspected mass killers.

If the Presidency and the Federal Government is blind to the issue of religious persecution in the country, it is clear that the issue will not be addressed.

Again, the recent announcement by Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (the group that has always offered explanation each time Christian Farmers were slaughtered in the middle-belt) that it has formed nationwide armed vigilantes and President’s silence is a further sign of lack of political will to confront the war crimes and crimes against humanity in general and Christians in particular taking place in Nigeria.

We wonder why the Presidency is silent when these persons have announced formation of a policing agency under their purview as against the constitutional provisions. If we may ask,   which state House of assembly has authorized the operation of such vigilantes by armed Fulani Herdsmen? State House of Assembly are empowered to make law for the security and good governance of their states as provided for in section 4 of the Constitution but the Constitution does not permit the creation of alternative nationwide policing agency- the type being announced by MIYETTI ALLAH.

Our Position and Demands

The idea of forming a policing Agency by a group that has repeatedly claimed responsibility for the killing of thousands of innocent citizens, majority of whom are Christian farmers is a plain tactic by the Fulani socio-cultural Association; Miyatti Allah Cattle  owners Association or whatever name so-called to continue to promote their wicked and coldhearted activities to another level. We are aware that there is another law abiding segment of Fulani ethnic group also identified as MIYETTI ALLAH but the version that announced the formation of a nationwide armed vigilantes is the same that gas consistently advanced and canvassed explanation for the series of mass killings of Christians by armed Fulani herdsmen.

There are various reports holding core intelligence that this segment of  Miyatti Allah Cattle Association of Nigeria has repeatedly claimed responsibility for the killing of thousands of children, women and other vulnerable people in different states; yet no arrest has been made as the members of the group walk freely in Abuja, holding press conferences and threatening to unleash terror on the people of this country under the guise of forming a vigilante group.

For instance, according to a 2018 article by the Guardian Newspaper on a report of an interview the President of Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria   gave to BBC Pidgin indicated that the Fulani attacks on 1st January 2018 that killed 17 people in Benue State were in self-defense against cattle rustlers (Guardian 6 January, 2018).

Also, The Nation Newspaper of 25 June, 2018 quoted the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria   chairman for the North Central zone as stating the following:

“These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human being(s), the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on a revenge mission. … There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen.

“The people carrying out these criminal activities are well known to the communities but the communities are hiding them. … Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu.”

These are only but a few of the accounts of how the killing of human beings is being justified by an alleged killing of cows by the Miyatti Allah Cattle owners Association of Nigeria

We hereby reiterate our call for the arrest and prosecution of members of the group to end the spate of war crimes in the country. We equally urge the Federal Government to stop looking elsewhere for these Armed Fulani bandits who have been killing innocent Nigerians. The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore members are the alleged coordinators of the armed Fulani banditry in the country, and officials of the group reside in Abuja whose life patron is President Buhari. Let all those who are quoted in the media as providing explanation for the mass killings over the years be arrested and prosecuted and the group declared a terrorists group.

For: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA).

 

COMRADE EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO                            MISS.  ZAINAB YUSUF

National Coordinator.                                             Director, National Media Affairs.

 

 

August 3rd 2020.

 

 


 

 

HURIWA Asks Nigerians To Protest The China’s Enslavement Loans By President Buhari

“A full-blown media and Twitter panic erupted on Wednesday in Nigeria over reports that the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties, Protocols, and Agreements in Abuja chaired by Nicholas Ossai discovered a clause in a Chinese loan contract that supposedly puts the country’s sovereignty at risk in the event of default.

“The clause described as “lethal” by the panel is in article 8(1) of the commercial loan agreement between Nigeria and Export-Import Bank of China, and reads thus: “The borrower (Nigeria) hereby irrevocably waives any immunity on the grounds of sovereign or otherwise for itself or its property in connection with any arbitration proceeding pursuant to Article 8(5), thereof with the enforcement of any arbitral award pursuant thereto, except for the military assets and diplomatic assets”.

In view of the above quote together with the growing concerns on the debt profile of Nigeria resulting into a new form of colonialism foisted by China, being arranged by the APC led Federal Executive Council of Nigeria, the prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged Nigerians to protest the China’s enslavement loans by President Buahri.

HURIWA, in a statement sighted by The World Satellite Magazine Website demanded that the Nigerian Government should within the next 72 hours pull away from what it described as toxic and enslaving loan agreement with China, which threatens the sovereignty of Nigeria as a Nation.

The statement signed by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf stressed that failure to comply, HURIWA in its capacity as a prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group and in a bid to advance the single agenda of building a formidable and economically strong united Nigeria in general and the future of our youths in particular, we will mobilize Civil Rights Advocacy groups in Nigeria to challenge the new form of economic colonialism, while blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for “attempting to foist a situation whereby most Nigerians will not be able opt out of the Future and slave labour camp of China, which is what the loans agreement is all about”.

Describing the China Loans as Greek gifts, HURIWA observed that the Chinese loans, which are disbursed by the EXIM Bank, with interest subsidised by the country’s Ministry of Commerce, assigns Chinese contractors to execute projects tied to the loans.

“This chain barely allows cash to get into the hands of the recipients; rather, the loans are offered in the form of projects. Most of the funds given out actually go back to them by way of supplies, construction contracts with all the equipment brought over from China itself”, the rights group observed.

While noting that the Country’s increasing debt profile is a way the Political leaders are robbing the children and youths to pay for their greed, the Rights Group revealed that it shall write to the United Nations and China to dissociate the entire youths from such a thievery being arranged by the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari just as it added that its shall as well consider protests to the Embassy of China in Abuja if the enslaving loan agreement is not discontinued.

Conclusively, HURIWA called on the United Nations to conduct plebiscite on the loan request just as it warned that if the loans are received and the clause on forfeiture of sovereignty is not legally voided, then it will motivate millions of Nigerians to begin Self Determination agitation or the dissolution of Nigeria.


 

Nuncio, Nwalo, Adesina, Others Eulogize Late Sir Ugwu

By Azunna Obasi.

Nuncio, Nwalo, Adesina, Others Eulogize Late Sir Ugwu
Late Noble Sir Christopher Onyeso Ugwu; former Chairman of Customary Court and Noble of Knight of St. John International

The death of Noble Sir Christopher Onyeso Ugwu; former Chairman of Customary Court and Noble of Knight of St. John International who passed out on June 5, 2020 at the graceful age of 85, has virtually turned his Ozara Mbutu Mbaise, Imo state country home into a mourning chamber for those who have either encountered him or touched by his life.

Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu; Apostolic nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago was among the early callers who condoled with the Ugwu’s family over the death of their husband and father. The titular Archbishop of Aquaviva who wrote to the family from the Port of Spain on July 15, 2020 prayed for all those who have been touched by the demise of the late Sir Ugwu, who laboured much for the Church and the society. The prelate noted that although Sir Ugwu died at the graceful age of 85, he was never old before his family and all who are dear to him. He prayed for his happy repose.

Relatedly, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theophilus Nwalo of Ahiara Diocese has also paid a scheduled visit to the family of the late community leader. The retired cleric while signing the book of condolence observed that Sir Ugwu was exemplary in the Order of Knight of St. John International, his family and community. In his conversation with the wife of the deceased; Lady Justina Ugwu, he relished and relived with nostalgia the efforts made by Sir Ugwu in Ahiara Diocese especially in the land acquisition Committee. Mgsr Nwalo is the Chaplain of KSJI District 5, Mbaise.

Nuncio, Nwalo, Adesina, Others Eulogize Late Sir Ugwu
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theophilus Nwalo of Ahiara Diocese signing the Condolence Book during his visit to the Late Ugwu’s family

The Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity; Mr. Femi Adesina has also joined the queue of sympathizers eulogizing the late Sir Christopher Onyeso Ugwu. Adesina in his letter addressed to one of his sons; Dan Ugwu with reference SH/SA-MP/Con/20 described the deceased as a good family man who raised his children in the fear of God. He eulogized Sir Ugwu as a foremost leader whose life made huge impacts on his children, his people and community.

The torrents of tributes so far received by the family span through individuals from various works of life, who have either encountered the late community leader or touched by his attributes.

Among those who have paid in tributes include the APGA chieftain; Ezinwa Stanley Amuchie, Col. Livinus Agi and Brig. Gen. Kola Olowu, noble scribe and grand master of the Nigerian Temple of the Knighthood; Mr. Peter Claver Oparah, founding member of Sahara reporters; Fan Ndubuoke, Imo state NFF Boss and a host of other dignitaries.

Catholic clerics in their numbers have also thronged the Ugwu’s family home to pay tribute to the late Sir Ugwu and commiserate with his family. Fielding questions with newsmen, Rev. Fr. Fabian Njoku of Ahiara Diocese described the deceased as a man who made a difference with his life.

The late Sir Ugwu was a retired civil servant who made his marks at the Federal Ministry of Finance and Industry as the Chief Executive Officer of Accounts. He was a community leader and a devout member of Knight of St. John International where he rose to the rank of a noble. His remains will be interred on August 13, 2020 after a funeral mass the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Mbutu Mbaise. He is survived by his wife and children.


 

Chairman of EFCC Must Not Be A Police Officer Again; – Says HURIWA

“The best methodology to break the chain of inefficiency and lack of professionalism in the top echelons of the prime anti-corruption institution in Nigeria – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a distinguished serving officer of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) from amongst the course one staff serving or retired or alternatively to appoint a reputable senior staff of the department of State services (DSS) to head the EFCC.

“This is to demonstrate that contrary to the mistaken impression that the anti-corruption agency is a baby of the Nigerian police, it will reposition the institution as an independent body and to wipe out the debris of corruption and serial misconduct that had resulted in the ill-fated tenures of all previous chairman or acting chairman who are all police officers. How can Nigerian State continue to do the same failed experiments of entrusting EFCC to the police and they keep disappointing Nigeria and proving that a Leopard can’t change its colour.

“Only an insane entity will keep doing the same thing and expect phenomenal success.   The Nigerian Government should use the current revolutionary cleansing exercise by the Presidential probe panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami to restore public confidence in the EFCC from the frequent appointments of police officers as heads of EFCC because it is clear even to a two year infant that the police have turned out as spectacular and ethical failures.”

With these words, the prominent civil rights advocacy platform -: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA ( HURIWA) has warned against appointment of another police operative   or the return of the suspended acting Chairman (Ibrahim Magu) to head the EFCC.

The Rights group said it was shocking that the Nigerian Police Force, which has since over the last 20 years has been rated as the most corrupt government agency by top rated assessors and analysts, has ironically continued to produce the head of EFCC which has cumulatively resulted in the conversion of the elite anti-graft body into a glorified police stations whereby financial extortion and human rights abuses have become the new normal.

THE PROMINENT CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACY GROUP- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said it is shameful that the Nigerian government has continued to expect the police head of EFCC to perform magic by working efficiently and in an excellent professional manner as if it is possible for someone to give what he does not have. “We in HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) accept the maxim that “You can’t give what you don’t have”(Nemo Dat Quod Non Habet) as expressed in Latin language”.

“Unfortunately the trends and erroneous trajectories of the appointments of all the past-Chairmen of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as recently claimed by a public affairs commentator and we in HURIWA hereby repeat that this cocktails of mistakes of picking policemen/Woman to head EFCC has now revealed that they are totally and comprehensively unsuitable.

“We observed that as the investigations by the Justice Ayo Salami panel goes on; there have been a groundswell of protests by rational Nigerians that we must rescue the EFCC from the enslavement of the Nigerian Police Force.  Chairman of EFCC must not be a police officer again and rather a civilian and a trained detective who can carry out the functions of the Commission with professionalism and in line with the due process of the law should we appointed”.

Therefore, HURIWA hereby recommended that if the Pioneer course one officers can’t produce the substantive Chairman of EFCC for whatever reason, then the President can look towards EFCC/NDLEA to head EFCC and “we say it here that we are of the firm belief that not only police officer can and or must be appointed as Chairman of EFCC. Indeed there ought to be an official legislative embargo against appointing a police officer to head the EFCC because once beaten, twice shy.”

HURIWA stated that going by the enabling Act, it is not compulsory that the Nigerian Police Force must produce the head of EFCC because the legal frameworks setting up EFCC is unambiguous and states that a person with law enforcement background and not policing background must head the EFCC. Section (1) of the EFCC Act states thus: “The Commission shall consist of the following members-

A Chairman, who shall- be the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Commission; Be a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent. And by subsection 3 of the section 2 of the Act, it provides as follows: (3) The Chairman and members of the Commission other than ex-officio members shall be appointed by the President and the appointment shall be subject to confirmation of the Senate’.

“Emphasis is on a serving member of any government security or retired member of any government security or a serving law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or its equivalent; or a retired law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or its equivalent. According to the classification, an Assistant Commissioner of Police is on level 15, so any law enforcement officer of level 15 is suitable to be appointed as Chairman of EFCC.

HURIWA hereby states that the Chairman of the Commission (EFCC) should and must not be restricted to a police officer as the Act in section 2(1)(b) recommends either a serving member of any government security or any retired member of any government security as can as well be appointed as Chairman of the Commission even as the Rights group said that those constituting the National Security Agencies of Nigeria are listed as only three (3) in numbers under the National Security Agencies Act, 2004 (as amended).

“We note that the Preamble to the National Securities Act provides thus: ‘An Act to disband the Nigeria Security Organisation and to create three security agencies, charging each with the conduct of the relevant aspect of the National Security and other related matters’.

“Section 1 of the Act lists these three security agencies as follows: There shall, for the effective conduct of national security, be established the following National Security Agencies, that is to say-the Defence Intelligence Agency; the National Intelligence Agency; and the State Security Service.

“Our humble submission is that a reputable senior staff of EFCC or a non-police staff of EFCC be appointed as substantive Chairman of EFCC.  The person to be so appointed should have a legal and/or HUMAN RIGHTS backgrounds so the EFCC will operate in strict compliance with the Constitution and to use only rights-based and law-oriented methodologies to wage determined and transparent war against corruption and abuse of office”.

 


 

 

NDDC CORRUPTION LIST: HURIWA Canvasses Immediate Arrest and Prosecution

Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA ) has received with shock and absolute disappointment  the trending news on the corruption  list of some National Assembly members and serving judges of the Federal High Court of Nigeria to be among the alleged failed contractors that ruined NDDC.

“We think that this should be the beginning of a cleansing exercise of the NDDC that is if the President is committed to achieving such a laudable agenda.  The corruption in the NDDC since inception is exactly the reason for some of the worst kinds of criminal negligence and extreme marginalization of the crude oil rich Niger Delta communities.

“We are by this brief media Statement challenging Mr. President not to downplay the very essence and the seriousness of these spectacular allegations made against these so called privileged politically exposed Nigerians and even judge of the Federal High court.

“We are delighted that the list of this corrupt Nigerians who collectively destroyed The NDDC has emerged but at the same time we are unhappy that the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs Mr. Godswill Akpabio had kept all this information to himself until he was prodded by the investigating panel of the National Assembly to so release them either directly or through alleged leakage to the media.

“This is to show that the minister participated in a cover up scheme for this privileged Nigerians so he has to resign or be dismissed with immediate effect.

“We are calling for the arrest of those Nigerians listed to have failed in delivering their contractual agreements to the NDDC. We think that the NJC should suspend Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja division until he is proven not guilty,” HURIWA averred.

HURIWA recalled that the names of Nigerians who allegedly got Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contracts have emerged.

“The list is reportedly different from the one sent to the House of Representatives Speaker; Femi Gbajabiamila, by the Minister for Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio. The new names published by SaharaReporters include a judge, former governors, All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts, government officials, Police, Army officers, EFCC officials and monarchs.

“The fresh list contains project descriptions, local government areas, proposed contractors, contact details (including phone numbers), project sources and dates of award. The alleged beneficiaries are TC/COP Villa/MD, who got several contracts for undisclosed amounts; AIG Operations, Abuja, got contracts worth N186,771,348.75, while DIG/Ochei got contract worth N349,976,919.86; CSO/CNC got contract worth N150,342,858.75.

NDDC CORRUPTION LIST: HURIWA Canvasses Immediate Arrest and Prosecution
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Nigeria; Godswill Akpabio

“Others are Godwin Udoidiong for undisclosed amount; George Moghalu National Auditor/EDP also got contracts worth N198,397,145.63; EDP/Giadom contract worth N663,155,999.63; while Justice Nnamdi Dimgha of the FHC got contract worth N249,555,206.25.

“Dozens of House members would soon appear before the Committee on Ethics and Privileges probing their purported involvement in the N100bn projects awarded by the NDDC in 2018. Gbajabiamila directed the committee to commence probe of those Akpabio indicted.

“Meanwhile, Akpabio’s rejoinder was contained in letter to the Clerk of the House with ref no. MNDA/HM/04/IV/158.

“He said the investigating Committee on NDDC refused to give him the opportunity to explain that reference to most NDDC contracts yearly being awarded since 2001 from the records allegedly to members of the National Assembly in both Chambers were done without the knowledge of the alleged beneficiaries.

“The two Chairmen of the Committees in both Chambers had adequate knowledge. The 2019 budget passed in February and harmonised between the 4th and 5th of March 2020 was received by the Commission in the middle of April, 2020, when same was designated to expire on the 31st of May, 2020.

“He stated that the Clerk of the National Assembly forwarded a letter Ref. NASS/CNA/115/VOL.38/1175, dated 20th March, 2020, without attaching the budget details indicating that the 2020 budget of the NDDC passed into Law was being fonlvarded (copy of the letter is attached as Annexure ‘A’).”

“Akpabio recalled that the anomaly was brought to the attention of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee investigating a purported financial recklessness by the management of the commission in July 2020.

“It has always been known that the two chairmen of the committees on NDDC in both chambers yearly exhibit unusual influence to the exclusion of committee members and even the management of the NDDC in appropriating funds to details embellished in the budget after passage of line items at the plenaries.”

“Akpabio attached documents showing nature of contracts, amounts (in some cases), dates, and beneficiaries, including the ones awarded to the NDDC committees chairmen in the House of Representatives and the Senate”, HURIWA explained.

 

 

 


 

 

 

HURIWA Bemoans Silence of Sultan, Catholic Bishops, CAN on the Ceaseless Killings in Southern Kaduna State

… *Urges President Donald Trump, World Leaders to Step in And Stop the Genocide

By HURIWA

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group -:HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the Sultan of Sokoto; His Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV (a retired military General), His Excellency John Cardinal Onaiyekan (the most senior Catholic clergy in Nigeria), Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to speak out in condemnation of the Federal and Kaduna State governments for permitting the ongoing genocide in the Christian dominated Southern Kaduna State by armed Fulani herdsmen and armed mercenaries.

HURIWA has specifically condemned the Kaduna State government for imposing a curfew in the Southern Kaduna State affected by these attacks but deliberately failed to stop the armed Fulani herdsmen from successfully waging war on the unarmed civilians in their sleeps even as the soldiers and police deployed stand by and do nothing to stop these attacks and arrest the armed Fulani herdsmen.  “why declare a dubious curfew to cage the victims from protecting their homes and saving their lives but their killers are never restrained by these fake curfews?”

Declaring that their silence has become so intolerably loud and callous, the Rights group said it is shameful that Christian faithfuls are slaughtered like goats by armed Fulani herdsmen yet the body of the hierarchies of the organised religions in Nigeria including the Moslems made up of over 65 million Nigerians led by the Sultan of Sokoto; the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria made of over 45 million Nigerian Catholics, the Pentecostal Fellowships of Nigeria made up of over 35 million and the official leadership of Christian denominations in Nigeria- the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are going about their life as if those being decimated by persons clearly licensed by the authorities to kill at will go about their daredevil activities of killing, maiming and destroying lives and property of the people of Southern Kaduna State.

The Rights group said the leadership of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, NETHERLANDS headed by a Nigeria has become so polluted and morally compromised so much so that the President of ICC; Chile Eboe-Osuji has become a frequent visitor to the Presidential mansion in Abuja to see its current occupant; President Muhammadu Buhari and has failed to act on the numerous petitions sent to the International Criminal court in The Hague NETHERLANDS by dozens of NGOs in Nigeria including the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA).

“Is the ICC so blind and weak ethically to have a President who visits a President in Nigeria accused by multiple sources of being guilty of crimes against humanity by not taking any actions to stop the mass killings of the citizens and punish the offenders?” This is ridiculous!

In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, the group stated that it has become imperative to ask the President of the United States of America; Mr. Donald Trump and other World leaders including the Holy See led by Pope Francis to quickly step in to stop the constant decimation of Nigerians by armed Fulani herdsmen and terrorists who are not in any way being stopped from carrying out these acts of infamy and terrorism against the largely Christian dominated Southern Kaduna State by the Nigerian Government led by a Fulani President  and the Kaduna State Governor who is also a Fulani.

“These killings have gone on for far too long, and we have continued to appeal to the consciences of the good people of Nigeria to stand up and demonstrate against the unwillingness of the current Federal government to intervene and arrest, prosecute and punish these mass murderers who are clearly operating like persons thoroughly authorised to go about these meticulous activities of mass decapitation and slaughter of citizens of Nigeria who live in Southern Kaduna State their ancestral hometowns by armed Fulani herdsmen who want to deprive them of the Fundamental rights to own immovable property and their fundamental human right to life as enshrined in Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the plethora of International treaties and global laws including the UNIVERSAL DECLARATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

 


 

Rivers Government Approves N18bn for Construction of 4th Flyover in GRA and Dualization of Roads

 Rivers State Executive Council has approved the sum of Eighteen Billion Naira for the construction of a fourth Flyover Bridge at the GRA Junction along the Port Harcourt – Aba Expressway

The amount also covers the dualization of Tombia Extension Road to Ikwerre Road and Ezimgbu Link Road to Stadium Road.

The approval for the project was made at the State Executive Council Meeting presided over by the State Governor; Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim who announced this while briefing journalists at the end of the Meeting said the project would be executed by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC.

According to him, the length of the roads for expansion is 680 meters while that of the Flyover is 502 meters.

He said government took the decision to further strengthen its infrastructural development drive.

Pastor Nsirim stated that 20 indigenous engineers would be trained by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC during the contract period as part of government’s policy on youth empowerment and skills acquisition.

The Information Commissioner also announced that the State Executive Council approved the building of a new Legislative Quarters for members of the State House of Assembly because the former Quarters was dilapidated.

This, according to him, is in line with Governor Wike’s avowed commitment to ensure that the three arms of government work in synergy for the overall development of the state.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Works, Austin Ben-Chioma said the contract for the Flyover and dualization of the roads was given to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC because of the company’s proven track record.

He said when the project is completed, traffic difficulties experienced at the Ezimgbu Link Road would be a thing of the past.

Mr. Ben-Chioma noted that the project would enhance economic activities and the aesthetics of the state capital.

The Works Commissioner urged Rivers people to show understanding during the construction period for it to be completed on schedule.

 


Arrest Godswill Akpabio, IMC Members and National Assembly Members Cum Contractors of NDDC Now-: HURIWA Pleads with President Muhammadu Buhari; *Wonders Why Niger Delta Activists Are Suddenly Quiet

By The World Satellite.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-:  HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has called for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Niger Delta Development Commission, the Immediate Arrest of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Godswill Akpabio and all the National Assembly Legislative Contractors to ensure all the monies are retrieved to the last penny just as the rights group urged for an immediate investigation of the North East Development Commission, because the Commission is also said to be swimming in massive corruption.

HURIWA, in a statement signed by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onuwbiko and National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf also urged the activists from the Niger Delta to take steps to protest these corruptions so the rest of the organized Civil Society Organisations can key in and escalate the civil actions.

Articulating the issues, HURIWA noted that within the last couple of weeks, Nigerians and the world at large have been left in a state of shock at the rot in the management of the national commonwealth by officials saddled with the duty by the government and how the NDDC has been mismanaged with financial improprieties by its managers.

“In Nigeria’s continued ridiculous drama, mostly in governance, the latest gripping chapter on which all eyes are focused is the sordid details of financial violations at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), by the ongoing inquiry by federal lawmakers.

Arrest Godswill Akpabio, IMC Members and National Assembly Members Cum Contractors of NDDC Now-: HURIWA Pleads with President Muhammadu Buhari; … *Wonders Why Niger Delta Activists Are Suddenly Quiet
Senator Godswill Akpabio; The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

“The drama emanating from the ongoing National Assembly’s probe over alleged Financial recklessness to the sum of N40 billion Naira by the Interim management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission between January and March this year has given Nigeria a bad name in the international community and has once again called for questioning on the sincere disposition of the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, which rode to power on the mantra of integrity.

“The ongoing National Assembly’s probe has made open, allegations and counter allegations of misappropriation and misconducts between a former Managing Director of the Commission; Dr. Joy Nunieh and the Niger Delta Affairs Minister; Godswill Akpabio.

“We are not advocating for the former Acting Managing Director of the NDDC; Joy Nunieh who served from October 29, 2019 to February 17, 2020, but her testimonies are weighty. She is neither an unspecified nor a nameless petitioner; she is the former head of the agency with access to firsthand information and undeniable facts, complete with names of persons, dates, figures and places. And she has been speaking under oath”, HURIWA highlighted.

Furthermore, HURIWA disclosed that the action of the directors, who last week walked out on federal lawmakers probing the commission alleging that the chairman of the committee on Niger Delta is a party in the workings of the commission and therefore not in a position to be an unbiased arbiter in the crisis rocking the commission calls for questioning on the integrity of the lawmakers, while adding that it is not the first time that members of the Senate and the House of Representatives will embark on the investigation of financial recklessness only to be trapped in the same web.

Arrest Godswill Akpabio, IMC Members and National Assembly Members Cum Contractors of NDDC Now-: HURIWA Pleads with President Muhammadu Buhari; … *Wonders Why Niger Delta Activists Are Suddenly Quiet
Joy Nunieh; Immediate past NDDC Managing Director

“Again, the National Assembly is a major problem affecting the delivering of development in the Niger Delta region. Aside the current leadership or chairmen of NASS Committees on the NDDC, the previous ones are equally culpable in terms of negative influence on the Commission”, HURIWA stated.

Describing the NDDC as a very sensitive Commission that should not be treated in isolation when so many financial infractions are been committed on a daily basis, HURIWA expressed worries that with all of the disclosures such as claims of giving monies to the Nigerian Police up to the tune of N475 million to buy sanitizers and face mask, N3.14billion expenditure for Covid-19 pandemic palliatives to selected staff of the Commission when their salaries subsist, the issue of attending graduation ceremony in the united kingdom in the months the entire world was on lockdown and payment of scholarship grant into personal accounts of top officials of the commission and other sundry expenses to the tune of N81.5 billion Naira, nothing was spent for the common man for whose purpose the Commission was set up.

Proposing a way forward for a holistic and unbiased investigation and the recovery of all monies to the last penny, HURIWA called for constitution of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged financial malfeasance at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

“We are of the firm belief that such independent commission will do a more thorough job than any other panel and shall also allow more locals in the south- south to make their contributions to the probe of NDDC.

Arrest Godswill Akpabio, IMC Members and National Assembly Members Cum Contractors of NDDC Now-: HURIWA Pleads with President Muhammadu Buhari; … *Wonders Why Niger Delta Activists Are Suddenly Quiet:
Kemebradikumo Pondei; Acting MD of NDDC

“More so, since the National Assembly has been caught up in the web of the corruption in the Commission, therefore not in a position to be an unbiased arbiter in the crisis rocking the commission”, the Group explained.

HURIWA wondered why the substantive Board of the Commission approved by the Senate on November 5th, 2019 was not allowed to work as they do not see why a forensic auditing cannot take place when you have a regular board in place.

“It is shocking with the revelation that NDDC has not been audited in the last 20 years. This practice alone is a recipe for corruption and mismanagement. All hands must be on deck to empower the office of the Auditor General to do her work of ensuring integrity and transparency in government”, said HURIWA

Conclusively, HURIWA appealed to the President; His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)  to take a close look at suggestions and submissions from his appointees to avoid the numerous flaws in his government as most appointees put their personal interest first and foremost while urging him to allow due process to take center stage from now on

 

 

 


 

HURIWA TO SOUTH EAST LEADERS-: Set Up Regional Security Now, Community Policing Is A Deception… * Condemns Genocide of Southern Kaduna Ethnicity by Armed Fulani Herdsmen; Calls for Emergency Rule in Kaduna State

By The World Satellite.

The Prominent Civil Rights Group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged the Governors, Legislators, Ethnic Leaders and Civil Society leaders from the South East of Nigeria to be proactive in arresting the bad security situation caused by killer herdsmen and other terrorist groups that is now bedeviling the region.

This was contained in statement signed by the Group’s National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss. Zainab Yusuf wherein HURIWA rejected the Community Policing agreed by the Inspector General of Police and the South East Governors and charged the South East Leaders to mount unrelenting pressure on the political authorities to borrow the South West Amotekun Model.

“Given the current security challenges in contemporary Nigerian society, there is a need to revisit this model of community policing for the purpose of preventing and curbing crimes particularly the killings and other forms violence occasioned by Armed Fulani Herdsmen.

“Therefore, responding to the recent governance and security challenges confronting South East Nigeria requires concerted efforts by a multitude of stakeholders in government, business and civil society and interventions at several points intersecting political, economic and security governance.

Taking up the challenge as a foremost Civil Rights Group, with the single agenda of building a formidable and economically strong united Nigeria based on rule of law and respect for rights, equity and justice, do make this statement rejecting the Community Policing template agreed by the Inspector General of Police with  the South East Governors and urging various stakeholders to mount pressure for the South East to adopt the South West Amotekun model”, the statement noted.

HURIWA TO SOUTH EAST LEADERS-: Set Up Regional Security Now, Community Policing Is A Deception… * Condemns Genocide of Southern Kaduna Ethnicity by Armed Fulani Herdsmen; Calls for Emergency Rule in Kaduna State
From L-R: Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Gove. David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State

Continuing, HURIWA expressed worries that the evil activities of the murderous Fulani Herdsmen are taking place in all parts of the South East and despite the cry of the people especially in the face of the emphasis the Federal Government places on Agriculture, none of the herdsmen have been arrested and tried by the law enforcement agencies; yet the evil acts continue unabated.

More worrisome, according to HURIWA is that law enforcement agents posted to the region have continued to conduct themselves in manners that suggest that they are an occupation force preying on the people rather than protecting them.

“The destructive activities of rogue herdsmen on farms in communities in the South Eastern states of Nigeria are becoming worrisome and frightening. With their hordes of cattle, they have been invading farmlands with reckless abandon and making a mess of the crops which the poor village farmers toiled to put in place. Sadly, in some cases, these killer herdsmen even violently attack and kill the farmers if they have the gut to question them”, HURIWA added.

Citing section 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (ad amended), HURIWA stated that Amotekun has the legality and authority of the Houses of Assembly of the South West state which exercised their Constitutional powers as enshrined in the Constitution, just as the group revealed that the resort to Amotekun Model is because government has failed in its primary duty to protect lives and property. “Too many people have been killed and many more are being killed every blessed day, essentially because government has not lived up to the bill of protecting lives and property of Nigerians.

“There are citizens’ rights. In fact, the right to life and safety is paramount and it remains the reason of all other rights. What other right will be useful or necessary if the right to life (Section 33 subsection 1 of the Constitution) is compromised? The governors of the South East should resort to self-help to protect their people just as the South West Governors did.

HURIWA TO SOUTH EAST LEADERS-: Set Up Regional Security Now, Community Policing Is A Deception… * Condemns Genocide of Southern Kaduna Ethnicity by Armed Fulani Herdsmen; Calls for Emergency Rule in Kaduna State
Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.

“Is it not even strange, if not curious, that in spite of the many cases of massacre, pogrom and lethal raid of communities across the country, no one, yes, no one has been arrested, prosecuted or jailed for the sundry heinous crimes against the rest of Nigerians?

Is it that the Fulani herdsmen who have been in the vanguard of the attacks, killings and abductions across the land enjoy unofficial immunity? Is it not clear that they are treated specially, preferentially and with kids’ gloves? They seem to be carrying on with the confidence: “if the president be for us, who can be against us?”

Therefore, HURIWA tasked the Governors of the South East to jettison the Community Policing and take a great and bold initiative of the South West Amotekun Model to checkmate the killing of citizens by armed Fulani Herdsmen and other forms violence in the region.

More so, in a related development, Human Rights Writers Association has condemned the ceaseless and unending violent attacks of the Christian dominated Southern Kaduna State by armed Fulani herdsmen whilst the Kaduna State Governor Nassir Elruffai speaks from both sides of his mouth and does nothing to stop these incessant killings with the latest being the killing of 21 villagers in Kagoro, in Laura local government area council of Southern Kaduna State by armed Fulani herdsmen who were said to be hiding on top of the Kagoro hills.

HURIWA recalled that Laura Youth had last month told the World that there were armed Fulani herdsmen camping on top of Kagoro hills but both the Kaduna State Governor and his commissioner for internal security disputed this claim.

The Rights group said the recent attack today has validated the allegations by the Kaura youths just as the Rights group added that there should be immediate declaration of a State of emergency in Kaduna State so soldiers and armed security forces can continuously comb the forests and hills to decimate and degrade the armed Fulani herdsmen camping in those places even as the Rights group said the citizens should form vigilantes to defend their lands and their lives.

 

 

 


 

 

APC Seeks Lawmaker’s Resignation for Allegedly Abusing President Buhari

The Mashi Local Government Area chapter of the All Progressives Congress in Katsina State has called on the National Assembly to suspend member representing Mashi/ Dutsi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives; Mansur Mashi for allegedly abusing President Muhammadu Buhari

The Chairman of the APC chapter; Armaya’u Doka, who spoke at a press conference, also asked the Lawmaker to resign or risk being recalled for what the party described as untoward comment.

Doka quoted the honourable member to have said that “Buhari had to leave the scene the way the late (late ex-president) Yar’Adua did,’ so that his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, would take over, and that such is the only way Nigeria could make progress at before 2023.

Continuing Doka reveled that “The audio of what the lawmaker said is out there for all to listen to. By the grace of God, the APC will win in the 2023 general elections and the party will continue to grow stronger in followership

“We call on the APC at the state and national level to call him to order and the National Assembly (to) suspend him for making such comments.

“If our call is not heeded to, we, as members of his constituency, have the right to take necessary action that is within the law.”

The party chairman further said the lawmaker had described the APC as a party that “had lost followership.”

He added, “He said that our great party, the APC is like a football team, Barcelona and Madrid. Once the match is over everyone goes his way. That APC may not win in the next general elections.”

Source: Punch

 

 

 


 

TOLULOPE AROTILE’S DEATH LOOKS SUSPICIOUS: – SAYS HURIWA… *Condemns Police Invasion of the House of the Immediate Past MD of NDDC  

By Kennedy Eberechi.

TOLULOPE AROTILE’S DEATH LOOKS SUSPICIOUS: - SAYS HURIWA… *Condemns Police Invasion of the House of the Immediate Past MD of NDDC  

The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has called on the National Assembly and the International Community to investigate the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the death of Nigeria’s first female combat Pilot; Tolulope Arotile whose death was announced on Tuesday, 14th July by the Nigerian Airforce.

In a statement signed by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, the prominent Civil Right Group revealed that the their call for a comprehensive and forensic investigation on the cause  of her death was stimulated by “our suspicion that the official line of story told to us Nigerians About her death does appear like a tale by moonlight and a made up story because it is not scientific and not satisfactory to millions of Nigerians who are already insinuating that she may have been killed for a reason known only to her killers and their sponsors”.

HURIWA informed that in a normal civilized constitutional democracy, when such a suspicious death occurs, it is incumbent that Government must investigate legally just as it added that the kind of story told about her death is not acceptable by any sane person.

“The story of how she died as told by the air force has made Nigeria to look like a banana republic, a place where the sanctity and sacredness of a human person is not respected. We are therefore calling on Nigerian Government to setup a medical/ forensic/ ballistic investigation team to ascertain the actual cause of her death. We also want amnesty international to look into her death”, HURIWA stressed.

TOLULOPE AROTILE’S DEATH LOOKS SUSPICIOUS: - SAYS HURIWA… *Condemns Police Invasion of the House of the Immediate Past MD of NDDC  

Recalling the statement by the Air Force, signed by Air Commodore Daramola Ibunkule; Director of Information, Nigerian Air Force, which explained how Miss. Arotile died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF  Base, Kaduna, HURIWA noted that to survive in Nigeria is both a skill and a miracle, while adding that Nigeria has been made the most dangerous place on earth to live by the ruling Elite.

“Nigeria kills her best everyday due to political corruption that has become a trademark of 98% of powerfully connected politicians in Nigeria. We made $206bn from crude oil in 5 years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime but there is no single national roads infrastructure that is motorable. Insecurity is at its peak and yet the same government goes about borrowing. Also, corruption is systemic and endemic here.

“Professor Chinua Achebe had terrible road accident and could have died if he was treated here but he lived for many years thereafter because he relocated abroad to the USA. Gani Fawehinmi was misdiagnosed here and nearly died much earlier if not for further medical inquiry with better facilities abroad. Dora Akunyili was misdiagnosed too and we know the result and it is not as if our doctors are not good but there are no facilities to treat patients.

“Also, licensing of persons to drive is heavily corrupted because a toddler can be granted driver’s license and so most of those who drive on Nigeria’s badly maintained roads are just ‘hired killers’. We have a very long way to reform Nigeria”, HURIWA explained.

Further in the statement, HURIWA condemned the Police IGP, the Rivers state Commissioner of Police for sending armed operatives early Thursday morning to the house of the immediate past MD of NDDC Joy Nunieh to embarrass, harass and intimidate her person.  “Joy Nunieh must not be killed”, HURIWA warned.

 

 


Court Adjourns Suit Seeking Uzodinma’s Sack Until July 20

The Federal High Court Abuja, has adjourned until July 20, a suit filed by Reform and Advancement Party, RAP, and its 2019 governorship candidate, Okere Kingdom asking the court to restrain Governor Hope Uzodinma from acting as Imo State governor.

When the matter was called on Wednesday, Kingdom told the court that he filed an application praying the court to abridge the time within which the defendants would file their responses.

Under the rule of law, the defendants have 30 days to respond but the plaintiff told the court that he made the application for the court to abridge the time due to the urgency of the matter.

Kingdom, who is also a lawyer, maintained that the matter was of constitutional importance because Mr Uzodinma was occupying the seat of Imo Governor illegally, having not participated in the 2019 election as a candidate of any political party.

All the defendants objected to the application on the grounds that they needed the time given by the constitution to respond.

Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Alhassan Umar, SAN, told the court that in line with the principles of fair hearing, the defendants needed to take sufficient time as allocated by the law to respond.

He argued that the plaintiff could not take the required time to file his processes only to ask the court to abridge the time for the respondents.

The judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter until July 20 to hear the application.

The judge also directed that hearing notices should be served on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the party was not represented in court.

RAP and its 2019 governorship candidate, Okere Kingdom approached the court seeking judicial interpretation on whether the All Progressives congress, APC, indeed sponsored Governor Uzodinma in the 2019 Imo governorship election.

Kingdom said that the suit was predicated on the judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed Uche Nwosu as the duly nominated 2019 Imo governorship candidate of the APC.

He said that one of the issues he wanted the court to determine was whether Uzodinma lawfully participated and was sponsored by the APC to contest the 2019 Imo governorship election in accordance with Section 177 (c) of the 1999 Constitution.

“This is having regard to the tenor, clear and unambiguous legal implications/consequences of the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in appeal no: SC/1384/2019 which upheld the decision of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court and affirmed Uche Nwosu as the authentic and duly elected/nominated 2019 Imo State governorship candidate of APC

 

 


 

OKOROCHA’S PROBE: Imo AG Urges Panels to Suspend Proceedings

By Ade Adesomoju, Abuja.

The Imo State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice; Cyprian Akaolisa, has advised the numerous panels set up by the state government to investigate the eight-year administration of former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to suspend their proceedings.

The AG’s lawyer; Debo Ikeusan, said this on Tuesday at the Federal High Court in Abuja while reporting compliance with an earlier undertaking to halt the proceedings of the panels pending when the court would determine whether or not it had jurisdiction to hear the suit instituted by Okorocha.

Okorocha had, through his lawyer; Oba Maduabuchi (SAN), during the previous proceedings of July 8, 2020, urged the court to make an order of interim injunction suspending the panels’ proceedings.

But Justice Mohammed rejected the request.

He said he would rather go by the undertaking made by Mr. Joseph Mola, who appeared for the AG and members of the various panels at the July 8, 2020 proceedings, to advise the AG to inform the panels to halt sittings in respect for the pending court case.

The judge had then adjourned till Wednesday for a report of compliance with the undertaking and with the court’s directive for the AG and the rest of the defendants to file a formal application challenging the court’s jurisdiction which they claimed the court lacked to hear Okorocha’s suit.

On Wednesday, Ikeusan informed the judge that he had filed the notice of preliminary objection and that Okorocah’s lawyers had responded to it.

He also said he complied with the undertaking made on behalf of the AG on July 8.

He said, “We have advised the panels, especially the 3rd to the10th defendants, who are the members of the probe panel set up by the Imo State Government, to desist from any action or conduct that will overreach or prejudice the determination of the suit.

But Okorocha’s lawyer, Emeka Okoye, insisted that the panel, particularly the Justice E. C Iheaka-led Imo State Probe Panel on awards of Contracts from May 2006 to May 2017, joined as the 3rd to the 10th defendants in the suit, had continued with its proceedings till Monday.

In response, Justice Mohammed asked Okoye to file an affidavit deposing to the fact that the panel continued sitting.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sued as the 1st defendant in the case was not represent by any lawyer on Tuesday.

Ikuesan said his law firm had made futile efforts to have the commission served with the processes his clients had filed against the suit.

But Okoye said he had successfully served the commission with the originating summons and other processes, advised the defence lawyer to engage the court bailiffs instead of his chambers’ staff members.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed advised Ikuesan to explore the suggestion by Okoye, then adjourned till July 21 for a report of service and possible hearing.

He ordered that hearing notice be served on EFCC.

Okorocha, who currently represents Imo West in the Senate, had on May 18, 2020 filed his suit seeking an order stopping the 48 respondents in the suit from to stop probing “purported financial infractions” said to have been committed during his tenure as Governor of Imo State between May 2011 and May 2019.

 

 


 

HURIWA DECRIES THE CONTINUED DETENTION OF EMPEROR OGBONNA … *Describes it As A Sign of Growing Intolerance

By Kennedy Eberechi.

The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group; Human Rights Writers association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has expressed worries over the continued detention of Emperor Gabriel Ogbonna; a lawyer initially arrested by the Department of State Service (DSS) on the orders of Okezie Ikpeazu; Governor of Abia State over a Facebook post.

In a statement sighted by The World Satellite Magazine, jointly signed by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Director of Media Affairs; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA expressed shock that 74 days after Emperor Gabriel Ogbonna was rearrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) he is yet to be charged to court and also still being held in detention.

Describing it as a scandalous disobedience of a court order calling for his release on bail, HURIWA recalled how Emperor Ogbonna who denied being the originator of the post but that he only reshared it, was granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting at Umuahia, the state capital, on April 29 but rearrested hours later by the DSS.

“Emperor Gabriel Ogbonna was initially arrested in his office by operatives of the State Security Service and armed policemen and had been in detention since March 24, 2020. He was first taken to the Abia State Police Command where he was confronted with a petition written against him alleging that he published falsehood against the governor of Abia State, and that the governor swore to an oath at the Ancient Harashima.

“He was eventually arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court which remanded him in custody. He was later charged before the Federal High Court, Umuahia, and was admitted to bail by the said court.

HURIWA DECRIES THE CONTINUED DETENTION OF EMPEROR OGBONNA … *Describes it As A Sign of Growing Intolerance
Okezie Ikpeazu; Abia State Governor

“Ogbonna perfected the conditions of his bail and was released from the Correctional Centre on April 28, 2020, but he was again arrested immediately by the Abia State Director of DSS who later transferred him to the headquarters in Abuja”, HURIWA recounted.

While reacting to the fact that the DSS was reported to have claimed that Ogbonna was re-arrested for another complaint other than the alleged false claims against the Abia State governor, HURIWA restated that even if it where to be true, his continued detention beyond the constitutionally permissible duration still makes it unlawful and a flagrant violation of his constitutional rights to liberty, presumption of innocence, human dignity and due process

“If the DSS believes they have any reasonable grounds to re-arrest him (assuming without conceding that they do have) or credible charges against him, they ought to have promptly handed him over to the police for prosecution, in accordance with due process.

“It is not only illegal, but also malicious and high-handed for the DSS to refuse to release Emperor Ogbonna or charge him to court and to also refuse his lawyers and family access to visit him despite his precarious health condition”, HURIWA explained.

Citing Imo, Abia, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna and Cross River states as examples of where breaches of human rights of activists and journalists have happened, the Group expressed concern over the recent incessant use of the security agencies by the Governors to clamp down on opponents.

HURIWA DECRIES THE CONTINUED DETENTION OF EMPEROR OGBONNA … *Describes it As A Sign of Growing Intolerance
Emperor Gabriel Ogbonna Esq.

“We, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria are concerned that state Governors are now in the race to becoming the most dangerous violators of human rights and disobedience to the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms enshrined in the chapter four of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended and a plethora of other global human rights conventions and treaties which Nigeria is a signatory to including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); International Covenant on civil and political rights; African Charter on people’s and Human Rights and the international instruments prohibiting arbitrary arrests and detention and the use of torture which in this instance have been  unleashed on this Nigerian citizen”.

HURIWA therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to at this time and save our democracy from being derailed by DSS as according to them, the DSS has now established itself as a lawless organisation with an ignoble pattern of engaging in politically-motivated arrests and indefinite detentions incommunicado of government critics and disobedience to court orders just as the Rights Group called for an end to what it described as a show of brute force by the Governor of Abia State.

“Emperor Gabriel Ogbonna is innocent in the eyes of the law until proven guilty by the competent Court of law in accordance with section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is entitled to enjoy the bail granted him by the Court since section 36(5) grants him right to fair hearing in any matter instituted by the government’, HURIWA concluded.

 

 

 


 

Politics Should Not be Focused on Harbouring ill-will Against Anyone; – Senator Abe Decries Detractors

By The World Satellite.

Senator Magnus Abe, has urged some politicians who engage in continuous negative thoughts against other persons to desist from such and channel the energy into focusing on the progress and prosperity of the Nation.

Abe’s reaction followed different publications in the media recently, announcing his physical, political death and burial, which are suspected to be handiwork of his political opponents.

In a statement by his media assistant; Parry Saroh Benson, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the former Senator decried such behaviour, describing it as disheartening, undemocratic, evil and shameful.

He wondered how someone would at all times be shouting announcing physical, political death and burial of someone that is alive, simply because they are political opponents, insisting that politics should not be focused on harbouring ill-will against anyone, but rather on how to grow the nation.

He said: “This kind of burial without end has become shameful to those who conceive and imagine these negative thoughts.

“Every day you bury Senator Abe in the morning, by evening you are shouting about the same man you buried in the morning and then you bury him again and again.”

He recalled that some politicians in collaboration with their allies some years ago carried out a funeral procession with his name on a coffin in Bori to further their political hatred and bitterness against him, yet he is still alive.

“It got to the point where a coffin with Senator Abe was carried on live television in Bori and buried, yet Senator Abe is still here.

“The purpose of our politics should not be the burial of anyone. It should be about the progress and prosperity of our nation.

“I represent the truth; the truth does not die and so it can never be buried.

“Real people cannot bury the truth, hirelings, with real names or pseudo names cannot bury the truth,” he insisted.

He rebuffed those who indulge in such uncanny lifestyle to think positively for their own good.

“Let us focus on what is real; change is always a painful process. But change must come,” Abe admonished.

 

 

 

 

 


 

COVID-19: FG Agrees to Pay Salaries of Teachers in Private Schools

The Federal Government of Nigeria, Monday has agreed to pay the salaries of teachers in Private schools following the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

This was contained in a statement signed by the President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools; Yomi Otubela.

According to him, the association forwarded a proposal to the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, for the government to pay the salaries of the private school owners.

He noted that an approval has been granted to the proposal by the Federal Executive Council.

The statement reads apart;

“We have written to the Federal government to understand that these teachers are teaching Nigerian children and that they need to keep them and their families together during the lockdown.

“So, the Federal government has listened to our request. We requested that the teachers’ salaries in private schools should be taken over by the government during the months of the lockdown.

” We also requested for a single digit loan for private schools to cushion the effect of the COVID19. We requested for support for schools that have existing loans, that the federal government should talk on our behalf with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN and CBN will relate with commercial banks and other financial institutions to ensure that they give them soft landing in terms of moratorium to repay and deduction in the interest loan.”

The statement added that the private schools’ proprietors are already talking to government to know the modalities for the disbursement.

NAPPS however pointed out that it is only private schools registered under its association that will benefit from the Federal government’s bailout.

 

  • Source: City News

 


 

Sack Akpabio, Malami Now; – HURIWA Tells President Buhari

By HURIWA.

 

Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group;  HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has condemned the widespread accusations of massive corruptions trailing the activities of high profile cabinet level ministers and heads of parastatsls under President Muhammadu Buhari just as it is calling on Mr. President to sack his Justice Minister; Abubakar Malami (SAN) and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Godswill Akpabio.

The Rights group said  the Minister of Justice has been unable to sufficiently debunk the information that his son had an extensively lawless social event thereby violating the quarantine act of 1926 which gave  Mr. President the power to impose certain restrictions on number of people to attend a social or religious gathering during this dangerous pandemic period .

However, the Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) averred that the son of the Minister of Justice who is the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria flagrantly violated an extant law invoked by Mr. President. The only other remedy for Mr. President not to sack the Chief law Officer of Nigeria and the Minister of Justice; Abubakar Malami SAN is for him (Malami, SAN) to provide forensic evidence that contradicts the newspaper reports and the avalanches of recorded videos trending on respectable Social media fora including Saharareporters.

However, the Rights group said the Justice minister cannot sufficiently convince rational Nigerians that these series of photographic evidences tendered and circulated by the media of mass communication are not the accurate reflection of what transpired. Besides, at the wedding, there was a violation of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s law prohibiting the defacing of Naira notes and other currencies and bans the spreading of Naira notes because there were abundance of evidence that such a huge disobedience of the law took place and if such will happen in an event of the family of the Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice; Abubakar Malami it therefore means that we have a lawless AGF if the media evidence is anything to go by.

Again, the ground for the resignation of the Minister of Justice; Abubakar Malami SAN is that he failed to properly provide supervisory responsibility on the EFCC Administration headed By Ibrahim Magu who allegedly committed financial atrocities and his supervisor ( Chief law officer of the Country) was unable to detect this unprofessional conduct for good five years.

What this failure shows is gross incompetence and inefficiency and it will.be fatalistic for Nigeria to have a Chief law officer who is unable or incapable or unwilling to provide effective supervisory functions on the agencies under his purview. The AGF has failed by not knowing on time that Ibrahim Magu was absolutely unfit to hold such a high office so he has to quit.

We are calling on the EFCC to carry out proper investigation on NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS Minister; Godswill Akpabio and demanding for his immediate sack, except and unless Mr. President does not care about the people Of Niger Delta.

Since Godswill Akpabio came to power there has been one accusation of fraud/corruption or the other. In NDDC Alone, three months 80 billion naira disappeared allegedly into thin air.

HURIWA is not accusing him of being the thief but the story of corruption around him is becoming unbecoming as if he is the only minister in Nigeria.

Another worrisome reason is the sexual harassment allegation made against him by the immediate past MD of NDDC; JOY NUNIEH.

Sack Akpabio, Malami Now; - HURIWA Tells President Buhari
Senator Godswill Akpabio; The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

He needs to go so that he will not use his office to encumber police investigation. And why is the IGP Adamu Mohammed Suddenly deaf and dumb over Godswill Akpabio’s sexual harassment allegation and was too fast to demand for D’banj’s arrest over similar allegation? The IGP should invite Godswill Akpabio to give his own side of the story on the damaging sexual harassment claim made by a former officer who served under his supervision.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs was also heard delving into personal matters against the former MD of NDDC BY saying people should find out from 4 of her husband’s how she is not behaving well. We think this is so mundane and banal and unbecoming a conduct expected from a holder of the high office the cabinet level minister in Nigeria. This is shameful.

HURIWA recalled that the Senate, had last week, expressed shock over the stunning revelation that the Nigerian Police Force and the staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) shared N3.14 billion as palliatives for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, NDDC officials shared N1.5 billion as COVID-19 palliates while the Police got N475 million to buy face masks and hand sanitizers.

Chairman, Senate ad hoc Committee investigating the alleged N40 billion illegally expended by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC, Olubunmi Adetunbi (APC, Ekiti North), noted the expenditure at the commencement of the investigative hearing at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

This was as the NDDC Director of Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh, accused Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on NDDC of hijacking the 2020 budget of the agency.

Adetunbi pointed out that the expended fund was contained in the document submitted to the committee by the Managing Director of the IMC, Kemebradikumo Pondei.

When invited to the podium to give explanations on the fund, which was captured on the subtitle “emergency payments”, Pondei admitted before the ad hoc committee that N3.14 billion was spent by the NDDC to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on staff of the agency.

He further claimed that part of the money was paid to the Police, youths, men and women to cushion the negative effects of the pandemic and to forestall violence that might erupt in the Niger Delta region.

Giving a breakdown on how the money was spent, Adetunbi said that from the records in the document submitted to the committee by the NDDC, out of the total sum of N3.14 billion purportedly spent on COVID-19, N1.5 billion was shared among the Police and staff of the commission across the nine states of the Niger Delta.

He pointed out that N475 million was paid to the Police from the money to purchase face masks and hand sanitizers. He also said that N10 million was paid to an unnamed top management staff of the commission (believed to be the MD) while N7 million each was given to two other senior staff of the NDDC.

Sack Akpabio, Malami Now; - HURIWA Tells President Buhari
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Abubakar Malami

Adetunmbi further hinted that 148 NDDC staff got N3 million each, 157 staff received N1.5 million each, 497 staff were paid N1 million each while 464 staff were paid N600,000 each as COVID-19 relief.

Reading further from the documents, Senator Adetunbi said: “The NDDC IMC expended on other issues, including COVID-19, to the total of N81.509 billion, from October 2019 to February 2020, and from February to May 30th, 2020, the reason of this investigation.”

He gave the breakdown of the N81.509 billion as follows: “Community relations: N1.3 billion; condolences: N1.2 billion; consultancy: N3.8 billion; COVID-19: N3.14 billion; duty tour allowances: N486 million.

“Impress (October to May, 2020): N790 million; Lassa fever: N1.956 billion; legal services: N900 million; logistics: N31 million; maintenance: N220 million; medicals: N2.6 billion; overseas travel (February to May, 2020): N85.6 million; projects payment: N38.6 billion; public communication: N1.121 billion; security: N744 million; staffing related payment (October to May, 2020), including payment of salaries and other allowances: N20.9 billion; engagement of stakeholders (February to May, 2020): N248 million; and travels: N56.5 million” respectively.

Adetunbi further explained that out of the total N81.509 billion, “the first IMC spent N22.5 billion from October 2019 to February 2020 while the second IMC spent N59.1 billion between February and May 2020.”

He said: “It is on this expenditure that the Senate has called for this investigative public hearing.”

Meanwhile, while defending the spending of the agency, the NDDC Director of Projects, Ojuogboh, posited that the “Commission has not misapplied any kobo” as being alleged by the National Assembly.

Responding to questions from the members of the Assembly, Ojuogboh stated that the IMC inherited a debt of N3 trillion, claiming that the National Assembly hijacked the 2020 budget of the agency.

“We have no problem with the National Assembly, but we have a problem with chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta. No one kobo is misapplied since the coming of NDDC IMC.

“The 2020 budget of NDDC has been hijacked by the two chairmen in the Reps and Senate. We submitted the budget since 2019 and nothing has been done on it,” he said.

On the allegation that the IMC unilaterally and arbitrary sacked some staff of the NDDC, the director said that no single staff was sacked.

“We have sacked no staff and all workers on leave have been paid their full salaries. So, anyone who is claiming to have been sacked should bring the sack letter,” Ojuogboh stated.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said that allegations of financial recklessness and misappropriation of funds levelled against the IMC of NDDC were unacceptable, and that propelled the Senate to investigate the activities of the commission.

“Financial recklessness is not an attribute that anyone can afford, whether rich or pootr. It is even worse with the poor, or for the organisation or a country with limited resources,” Lawan said.

HURIWA is therefore canvassing the sack of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Godswill Akpabio and the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission so they can be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for comprehensive investigations and prosecutions if found to have a prime facie case to answer which the Competent court of law should be called upon to adjudicate but the minister and the NDDC management should be dismissed forthwith.


NDDC Blames COVID-19 for Delay in Paying Foreign Scholarship Beneficiaries

NDDC Blames COVID-19 for Delay in Paying Foreign Scholarship Beneficiaries

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has attributed the delay in meeting its obligations to the beneficiaries of its 2019 postgraduate foreign scholarship programme to the lockdown created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the inquest by the National Assembly.

The NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs; Charles Odili in a statement in Port Harcourt said the commission was making concerted efforts to effect the required payments.

He said contrary to claims in some quarters, the NDDC had not abandoned the scholars describing them as the commission’s ambassadors.

He said: “We are doing everything possible to make sure that the beneficiaries of the scholarship progamme are paid. We have done all the paper work required for the transfer of the funds. The delay in remitting the payments may have been as a result of some bottlenecks at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

“The commission has no intention whatsoever to abandon the scholars who are our ambassadors. We are, therefore, doing everything possible to make sure that the beneficiaries of the scholarship progamme are paid.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown created the problem for the Commission to meet this obligation. Moreover, the current inquest by the National Assembly has not given the commission ample time to work. However, the processes for payment have gone far and the students will be made to smile in the quickest possible time.

“The NDDC foreign scholarship scheme started in 2010, with the objectives to bridge the gap in the management cadre of the oil and gas sector of the Niger Delta region; address the dearth of professional human capital and capacity among the youths and prepare them for leadership and management positions in the oil and gas sector.

“Till date, some 1,634 youths have been trained under the scheme, who turn out as better qualified youths armed to bring new learning to bear in different sectors of the Niger Delta economy”.

Several beneficiaries of the agency’s foreign scholarship in the United Kingdom through different platforms decried an alleged neglect and abandonment, a situation they say has led to hardship and suffering.

 


NDDC: Akpabio Denies Allegations of His Part in Over N40b Scam

NDDC: Akpabio Denies Allegations of His Part in Over N40b Scam
Senator Godswill Akpabio; The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Godswill Akpabio, has denied accusations that he collected N500 million from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and never executed the project it was meant for.

It would be recalled that allegations had been levelled against him by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs; Mr Peter Nwabaoshi in June wherein he stated that the Minister had collected contracts worth N500 million from the NDDC in 2017 alone without execution.

According to reports, the projects include fencing the Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District at the cost of N200 million, fencing of Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene (Old site) Akwa North-West Senatorial District for N100 million and entrepreneurship training on the use of modern farming implement (Youth) in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District at the cost of N75 million.

Others are entrepreneurship training on the use of modern farming implements (Women) in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District at the cost of N75 million and renovation of one hostel facility at the University of Nsukka, Nsukka Campus at the cost of N50 million.

The senate had on May 5 set up a committee that consists of seven people to probe the “financial recklessness” of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission.

The committee are to find out how the commission squandered N40 billion within a few months.

According to the Lawmakers, in the last three months, the commission had spent over N40 billion of the commission’s fund without recourse to established processes of funds disbursement.

Mr Akpabio and other delegates from the NDDC appeared before the committee on Friday. His statement is in reaction to allegations made against him by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Peter Nwabaoshi.

 

 


 

Too Much of Politics with Counter-Terror War Is Dangerous: – HURIWA. 

The prominent civil rights advocacy group-: Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned against the politicization of the ongoing counter terror war just as the rights group has stated that spreading mischief and damaging propaganda against the Nigerian Army and the Army Chief serves no body any good.

HURIWA said the institution of the Nigerian Army is a national pride and does not belong to anyone or region making it imperative that we should not be identified with agents and saboteurs working hard to destabilise the Nigerian Army through the spreading of cocktails of fabricated stories and damaging innuendos aimed at rubbishing the public standing of the institution of the Nigerian military.

In that note, the Rights group has faulted the toxic insinuation going round that the recent voluntary disengagement of over 300 military operatives signposted low morale and lack of motivation to wage war against terrorists.

HURIWA stated that the sinister insinuation is farther from the truth since in every occupation of humanity  there is constant mobility of labour and practitioners migrate from one career to the other based on personal choices, which may not necessarily and always be  negative or does it always signpost the weakness of the institution from which such a person has decided to move away from to try his / her hand  on other thing just as the Rights group said the only Constant development in human history and life is CHANGE.

“It is dangerous and indeed disingenuous politics for politicians or propagandists  who hate the chief of Army Staff; Lt-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai maybe for some self-centered reasons to go to town spreading the poisonous perception that the recent mass disengagement of some operatives means that there is shortage of morale in the current counter insurgency war.

“If we may ask, when doctors such as Chris Ngige, Ifeanyi Okowa, Cairo Ojiagboh decided to cross over into active politics, does that mean that the practice of medicine has collapsed? Does it mean that if a doctor migrates to Journalism due to personal choices and interests that the medical practice has become uninteresting and lacks any utilitarian value?

“If as it were, journalists or religious clerics decide to move over to other Field of human endeavors, does that symbolize the end of media practice or the end of religion?    This dangerous politics we play in Nigeria with virtually everything including our national Security is harmful to our collective wellbeing and should be checked.

“The Nigerian Army has been there probably before most of us were created by God and the Nigerian Army will remain strong long after we are gone and our Children take over the affairs of Nigeria. Why do we have to destroy the institution of the Nigerian Army by spreading false information and wrongful insinuations as if we don’t want the coming generations to inherit the Army and other enduring institutions to be able to live peaceful and prosperous life. Can we please make personal and collective resolution to stop sabotaging the Nigerian Army for the sake of our Children”.

Too Much of Politics with Counter-Terror War Is Dangerous: - HURIWA. 
Chief of Army Staff; Lt-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai

HURIWA said in a statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf that: ” It is poisonous media practice to paint the news of the disengagement of some soldiers to mean that something is wrong with the Army. Some sections of the media interpreted it to mean that in an unprecedented move and sign of protest against the continued killing of their colleagues, over 386 Soldiers of the Nigerian Army have volunteered to disengage from service indefinitely.

This section of the media also insinuated that “many have either deserted, abandoned their positions, on AWOL or about to also disengage if nothing is done quickly to arrest the downward spiral of morale. This the media chose to interpret to mean that it is owing to the fact that most of the soldiers felt betrayed and uncertain about the strategic direction of Nigeria’s Counter-terrorism and Counter-insurgency Operations against Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State in West Africa Province

Recall that the  mass disengagement of the soldiers was acknowledged in a Nigerian Army Circular dated July 8, 2020 and signed by Brig-Gen. TE Gagariga on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS); Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, with subject: ‘Approval for voluntary/medical discharge soldiers: First and Second Quarters 2020 79NA/ MWO OA and 385 others’.

The 386 soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave by December 03, 2020 while their official disengagement from Service takes effect on January 03, 2020.

Gagariga in the circular stated that Buratai in compliance with the provision of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service (Revised) 2017, “has approved the voluntary/medical retirement of the above named MWO and 385 others”. Their names were listed in listed in Annexes A and B sighted by Global Sentinel.

The circular read: “The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave WEF 3 Dec 20 while their disengagement date takes effect 3 Jan 21 in accordance with the NA Administrative Policy and Procedures No 27 paragraph 3 and 4

“Accordingly, I am directed to request formations and units to release all affected soldiers to report at HQ CAR with their unit service documents for documentation NLT 1 October 20 to ensure that: All forms of military controlled items, arms, ammunition and items of combat kits are recovered from the soldiers prior to their disengagement date and certify that they are properly de-kitted.”

HURIWA said there was no need to continue to antagonize the Nigerian Army just as the Rights group said the Nigerian Army has come of age and needed our collective support and goodwill.

 


 

Armed Fulani Herdsmen Are Terrorists- HURIWA Restates:

By Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria.

Armed Fulani Herdsmen Are Terrorists- HURIWA Restates:
Armed Fulani Herdsman

Foremost Civil Rights Advocacy group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has for the umpteenth time called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist group including the MIYETTI ALLAH CATTLE OWNERS ASSOCIATION, which backs the daredevil activities of the killer Fulani herdsmen.

HURIWA also thinks the biased policy of President Muhammadu in appeasing the killer armed Fulani herdsmen is the single most dangerous public relations damage being done to the Nigerian Fulani community because the violent activities of the few who are being backed by some influential power wielders in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is making other multi Ethnic and Religious groups in Nigeria to perceive the Fulani indigenous Nigerians as war mongers and mass killers.

“The best solution to this building up of toxic perception about the Fulani ethnicity is for the current administration to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists so the anti-terrorism law is applied fully to deal decisively with the killer Fulani herdsmen who have clearly declared war on Nigeria and Nigerians including even the peace loving Fulani like those killed by armed Fulani herdsmen in a part of Bauchi State recently”.

HURIWA has for over fifty times since the last five years asked that President Muhammadu should emphatically declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists because of the cocktails of organised genocides and mass murders that they have continued to perpetrate since the last few Years resulting in the killings of over 6,000 innocent people all over the nation with the epicentre being the North Central states of Southern Kaduna State, Benue and Plateau states.

“We are sure that the President who is Fulani has refused to take steps to protect Nigerians who have being under bombardment and attacks from largely foreign Fulani herdsmen recruited by the Local Fulani herdsmen to unleash bloody violence against farm owners and villagers so as to occupy these lands for purposes of illegally grazing their cows instead of establishing ranches to observe the twenty first century compliant agricultural practices of animal husbandry.”

HURIWA has therefore backed the call by the Benue State governor; Samuel Ortom for the classification of armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists as stated in his charter of demand made on Saturday, July 11, when condemning the recent killings in several parts of the state by suspected herdsmen. Benue State governor; Mr. Samuel Ortom had said only a terrorist group would deliberately choose to violate the Benue anti-open grazing law.

HURIWA citing a media statement issued by his spokesperson; Terver Akase, quoted the Benue state governor as accusing herdsmen of violating the 2017 law that prohibits open grazing just as he stated that declaring armed herdsmen as terrorists would end the wave of impunity and guarantee the rule of law in the state.

HURIWA said the statement of the Benue State government is logical and sound but the group asked the Benue State government to take steps allowed by the constitution to enforce the lawfully made legislation by the Benue State House of Assembly since the Nigerian Constitution in section 4 of the Constitution permits a State Assembly to make laws to protect the citizens of the specified state in Nigeria.

Section 4 provides thus: “Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution. 4(1) The legislative powers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be vested in a National Assembly for the Federation which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

Armed Fulani Herdsmen Are Terrorists- HURIWA Restates:
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko; National Coordinator, HURIWA emphasizing the need to proscribe Armed Fulani Herdsmen, a Terrorist group

(2) The National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List set out in Part I of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.

(3) The power of the National Assembly to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List shall, save as otherwise provided in this Constitution, be to the exclusion of the Houses of Assembly of States.

(4) In addition, and without prejudice to the powers conferred by subsection (2) of this section, the National Assembly shall have power to make laws with respect to the following matters, that is to say-

(a) any matter in the Concurrent Legislative List set out in the first column of Part II of the Second Schedule to this Constitution to the extent prescribed in the second column opposite thereto; and

(b) any other matter with respect to which it is empowered to make laws in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

(5) If any Law enacted by the House of Assembly of a State is inconsistent with any law validly made by the National Assembly, the law made by the National Assembly shall prevail, and that other Law shall to the extent of the inconsistency be void.

(6) The legislative powers of a State of the Federation shall be vested in the House of Assembly of the State.

(7) The House of Assembly of a State shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the State or any part thereof with respect to the following matters, that is to say-

(a) any matter not included in the Exclusive Legislative List set out in Part I of the Second Schedule to this Constitution;

(b) any matter included in the Concurrent Legislative List set out in the first column of Part II of the Second Schedule to this Constitution to the extent prescribed in the second column opposite thereto; and

(c) any other matter with respect to which it is empowered to make laws in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

(8) Save as otherwise provided by this Constitution, the exercise of legislative powers by the National Assembly or by a House of Assembly shall be subject to the jurisdiction of courts of law and of judicial tribunals established by law, and accordingly, the National Assembly or a House of Assembly shall not enact any law that ousts or purports to oust the jurisdiction of a court of law or of a judicial tribunal established by law.

(9) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the National Assembly or a House of Assembly shall not, in relation to any criminal offense whatsoever, have power to make any law which shall have retrospective effect.

HURIWA in a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade; Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf said the President is in gross violation of several sections of the constitution including his oath of office by allowing tribal and religious sentiments to becloud his sense of judgment which explains why he unilaterally declared a peaceful group of agitators for self-determination such as the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Religious group of Islamic Movement of Nigeria as terrorists groups only for peacefully advancing and canvassing their democratic views but the same President Muhammadu Buhari  failed to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as a terror group even with concrete evidence of all the bloody attacks traced to them and the mass killings they unleashed all over the Country.

HURIWA said it is incumbent on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to confront armed Fulani herdsmen because the constitution is clear in section 14 that the primary duty of government is security and welfare of the citizens as clearly enunciated thus: “1) The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State based on the principles of democracy and social justice.

(2) It is hereby, accordingly, declared that:

(a) sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority;

(b) the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government: and

(c) the participation by the people in their government shall be ensured in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.”


 

MAGU: HURIWA Asks Presidential Panel to Widen Scope of Investigations

By HURIWA.

A call has gone to the Justice Ayo Salami – led presidential panel probing the embattled and suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu to expand the terms of reference to the period that Mr. Nuhu Ribadu headed the anti-graft body.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) also asked the Presidential panel to publicly invite interested Nigerians who had had one bad experiences or the other about their encounters with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC to send in memoranda and petitions just as the Rights group said the anti-graft commission stinks of professional misconduct and auditing corruptions which should necessitate a more elaborate investigations by the Justice Ayo Salami led Presidential Panel of inquiry on EFCC.

In a media statement made available by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said it has resolved to petition the Justice Ayo Salami – led presidential panel investigating Magu to also look at the extensively damaging allegations made by Chief Emmanuel Nwude, convicted previously over advanced fee fraud by a Lagos High Court, that some of the properties not listed amongst his assets forfeited upon conviction were sold by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and even when he protested over the illegality, both himself and his lawyer were then roped in and charged for a nebulous offence allegedly by the suspended Chairman of the EFCC which they (Emmanuel Nwude and his lawyer)  eventually won at both the High Court and the Court of Appeal against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

HURIWA said: “We are aware of a pending petition filed by Chief Emmanuel Nwude before the Nigerian Bar Association’s disciplinary Committee titled Petition for disciplinary action bordering on fraud, stealing, fraudulent sale of property, initiating fraudulent judicial proceedings and stealing over N5 Billion made against Mr. Ebun Sofunde (SAN), Mohammed Belgore (SAN), Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and against Babajide Ogundipe and Nkadi Osakwe.”

Specifically, on June 4th 2020, the general secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association; Mr. Jonathan Gunu Taldi, wrote Chief Emmanuel Nwude to inform him that Mohammed Dele Belgore has submitted his reply to his petition. He (Nwude) was then asked to reply to the reply by Mohammed Dele Belgore.

HURIWA  submitted that the weighty allegations made against the EFCC and some of their lawyers by the complainant Chief Emmanuel Nwude are  such that should be captured under the terms of reference of the Justice Ayo Salami headed Presidential panel of investigations just as the Rights group said it will also petition the President on the need to carry out a holistic forensic investigations of EFCC so the Aegean stable would be cleaned up thoroughly and for the anti-graft war to regain the needed credible momentum.

HURIWA recalled that the Senior lawyer dragged to the NBA by Chief Emmanuel Nwude, Mohammed Dele Belgore  (SAN) has responded as follows:

With regard to the unnumbered paragraphs that follow paragraph 40, I state as follows:

I was not party to any further charge regarding Plot 38B Mobolaji Johnson Way, Oregun, Ikeja; with regard to the allegation that Plot 38B Mobolaji Johnson Way, Oregun, Ikeja was not covered by the judgement of the High Court, I state that the property never belonged to the complainant but the complainant voluntarily surrendered and was ordered to forfeit “shares in and the entire undertaking” of several companies one of which owned the property;

with regard to the alleged sale of SOOB of Plot 38B Mobolaji Johnson Way, Oregun, Ikeja, the sale price and diversion, I state that I have no knowledge of any impropriety on the part of any person other than the complainant who I understand is presently being tried before the Ikeja High Court on criminal charges relating to the property;

with regard to the alleged prudency of the appeal and the charge before the Federal High Court, I state that I repeat paragraph 15 and its sub-paragraphs above and I also further state that I was unaware of any charge before the Federal High Court, and;

I am unaware of the alleged activities against Rotimi Jacobs and the EFCC;

In conclusion, I deny having committed any of the acts of misconduct alleged.

I should add that the present petition is one further act of harassment by the complainant of myself, my firm and other colleagues who are similarly subject of this petition. To date, Mr. Nwude has initiated scurrilous and unsubstantiated complaints against us before the EFCC in Lagos and Enugu, before the Nigeria Police Force at Milverton Road, Ikoyi, amongst other places, and he appears to be shopping around for a forum that will give credibility to his allegations. None of the places to which he has hitherto petitioned have found any merit in his allegation.”

Chief Emmanuel Nwude however responded thus:

We have noted his veiled attempt to distancing himself from the matter and situating it as a matter that concerned only Mr. Babajide Ogundipe and in reply I wish to clarify the issues as follows.

In reply to paragraph 3, 4 and 5 of Belgore’s, I clarify that the complaint was against the Firm and the partners in the firm of Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore and he is one of such partners.

The complaint was for unethical conduct, fraud and abuse of judicial process and involves initiating fraudulent criminal proceedings made upon financial arrangement with officials of the EFCC a fact which Ogundipe has admitted in his confessional statement to EFCC in the prosecution of Rickey Tarfa in charge No. ID/102C/2005.

Belgore personally argued the suit of Leo Wallace Cochrane & Ors against me in a suit seeking to enforce a foreign judgement against me before the High Court of Lagos State and the suit was struck out by Ipaye J.

He also represented the firm and the partners in my suit against them at the Federal High Court Lagos Division in the case of Rodieeem Investment Vs RFCC & Ors.

He also appealed the decision of Ipaye J to the Court of Appeal. He lied on this.

In respect to paragraphs 5 and 6 of Belgore’s answer, I state that Mr. Ogundipe in his confessional statement referred in the complaint stated that the instruction of the firm was by the London firm, of Peters & Peters and later renewed by William Richey LLP and the instruction was to recover a judgement debt in the sum of $190m. There is no evidence anywhere that he was in fact so instructed and there is no such instruction rather the partners used the information in the civil suit in London to contrive with EFCC officials and in fact tried to drag the court as partners in the crime as contained in the statement of Fredrick Akinrutan to EFCC where they were telling him that they will settle the court.

My persecution which was turned into prosecution as admitted in Ogundipe’s confession was founded not on any complaint by the Brazillians but upon the information from the proceedings in the London High Court Chancery Division. In fact the bank through its internal auditor deposed to the affidavit and other processes confirmed that having recovered their monies in Florida, Switzerland and Judgement of the London High Court could not pursue the matter in Nigeria as the amount of the primary transfers to Nigeria were insignificant. In fact no money was ever remitted to the people from the proceeds of sale of my properties.

In respect of paragraphs 6, 7 and 8, I state that the judegement of the High Court of London and investigations of Switzerland exonerated me of any criminal conduct in the matter and maintained that I earned fees for providing money transfer services through my BDC but entered judgement against others for the entire sum claimed with interest and specifically directed that their properties in UK be attached, sold and the proceeds paid to claimants in settlement of the judgement debt.

So I was convinced of my innocence hence my plea of not guilty. But here I was arrested upon agreement on fee sharing made between Ogundipe and Rotimi Jacob on the directives of EFCC chairman see Ogundipe’s confession, was denied bail despite being charged with bailable offences and for two (2) years the prosecution called only six out of the 46 witnesses listed in the charge.

My Lawyers were hounded and forced out of my case and under immense pressure EFCC coarsed me to engage the services of Ricky Tarfa who then joined in cajoling me to change my plea against my personal conviction. There was never a plea bargain as I was handed the maximum sentence without option of fine and yet the Judge again imposed a fine which is contrary to law under which I was charged hence I immediately engaged the services of Alex Iziyon to appeal that decision immediately.

I have also from affidavit filed in court by EFCC that the judgement has been enrolled and the order of forfeiture only affected four properties belonging to companies that were not charged in the matter.

The court did not make orders on my shares and that of my children and wife and the dividends yet they fraudulently sold same and shared the money. The court did not make orders against any property outside the territorial jurisdiction of the Court yet they sold my properties that are outside the state, no money was paid to Federal Government or any person in Brazil.

If you examine what was said to be further amended information, you will find that same initiated on November 18, 2003 at 9:30am and the judgement was same date. That document was forged and came in long after the judgement and the enrolled order. I was not served with that process and if issue of my property and forfeiture was to my knowledge, I would have objected as the properties were from my legitimate income.

In response to paragraph 9, of Belgore’s answer, I state that the judgement of Court of Appeal decision was also obtained upon fraudulent representation and practice that is strange to criminal law. The representation that 2nd and 3rd respondents were victims named in the charge was false. The person named is Nelson Sagakuchi of Stanton Development Corporation. The name of 2nd and 3rd defendant is nowhere mentioned in the entire Charge and proof of evidence not even as witnesses. I know that party remains state and accused and forfeiture is to the government and not individuals or strangers. So, the claim that Leo Wallace Cochrane & Ors are the victims or complainant is false. The matter is presently before the Supreme Court.”

HURIWA is therefore challenging the Federal Government of Nigeria to look at all these petitions and deal with them on merit so the fight against corruption is not fought with corruption.

 

 


 

 

COVID-19: Igweshi Augustine Wants Young People Included on Decision Making Table

By The World Satellite.

Executive Director/President, Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASDAfrica); Mr. Igweshi Augustine has charged government on the need to include the young people in all aspects of decision making during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Igweshi made this charge on Friday, during a webinar dialogue on the Impact of Covid-19 on Youths and the New Normal, organized by the Track Covid-19 Fund; a project of ActionAid (through its youth organ, ACTIVISTA) and CODE

Speaking to young people across Nigeria at the webinar dialogue on how government has not carried the young people along during this Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Igweshi observed that young people have played significant roles in the fight against Covid19.

“They have been in the front line advocating and creating awareness on the preventive and precautionary measure to curtail and contain the Virus from spreading through social media and obeying the guideline of stay at home and social distancing”, Mr. Igweshi explained.

While engaging participants on the Impact Covid-19 has made on the lives of the young ones and how to overcome the challenges and fit into the New Normal, Mr. Augustine highlighted the following:

COVID-19: Igweshi Augustine Wants Young People Included on Decision Making Table
Mr. Igweshi Augustine; Executive Director/President CEPASDAfrica

1. Government should strengthen and build young people resilience for MSMEs to overcome future shocks

2. Government should step up efforts to help MSMEs go digital

3. There should be a National Response Unit to include young people in the recovering

4. There should Statutory digital citizenship for young people to enable them adapt to the new Normal through digital platform for learning

5. Government should provide soft loans with zero collateral for MSMEs to enable them run their business as the pandemic affected their businesses

6. There should be education programming that will provide young people with digital literacy skills to equip with them to overcome future shocks

7. Youth innovative response on Covid-19 should be an integral part to fight against Covid19

8. Government should set up youth recovery fund with stimulus packages and subside good and services for the youth in the informal sector


 

AGF Designed A Prepaid Plan to Victimize Magu; – Group Claims

AGF Designed A Prepaid Plan to Victimize Magu; - Group Claims
Attorney General of the Federation; Abubakar Malami

A group called the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, (CSNAC), has accused the Attorney General of the Federation; Abubakar Malami of implementing a prepaid plan to get the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Ibrahim Magu, out of office. The coalition of 150 Civil Society Groups claim Malami’s intent is not to genuinely investigate Magu but to get him out of the way.

“It stirs the conscience of Nigerians that an investigative panel meant to interrogate Mr. Magu had same day detained him and the same day purveyors of fake news and public persecution of Magu bandits his removal as the EFCC Acting Chairman. The entire drama is nothing but a prepaid plan to defeat the anti-corruption campaign, “The statement said.

The group said the AGF and his network of persons purposed to malign the anticorruption fight, rushed Magu out of his office without giving him an opportunity to defend himself.

“Mr. Magu was dragged to the panel without adequate notice. He was not given the time and opportunity to prepare his defense. He was not given any chance to call witnesses. He hurriedly called his lawyer who was also not adequately briefed before Magu was brought to the panel in a state of confusion and anxiety” the group stated.

AGF Designed A Prepaid Plan to Victimize Magu; - Group Claims
Embattled Acting Chairman of EFCC; Ibrahim Magu

The accusations against the EFCC boss which were filed by the AGF, accused Magu of alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds. Malami said Magu declared N504bn as recovered funds instead of N543bn found in the CBN recovery account.

He is also accused of insubordination to the Office of the AGF. Added to these allegations, are claims that Magu failed to provide enough evidence for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke and a delay in the investigation of P&ID leading to legal dispute.

“The manner of his arrest and investigation is capable of discouraging every other anti-corruption champions in government from commitment and dedication to service. CSNAC Believes in the imperativeness of security of tenure for heads of the anti-corruption agencies and protection from political interference for the agencies.”

According to the network, Anti-corruption agencies should not be subordinated to any politician or office but the parliament.”

The group asked the president to urgently constitute the EFCC board to ensure the submission of annual reports to the National assembly.

  • Source: Sahara Reporters

 


 

VP Osinbajo writes IGP, wants ‘False’ allegations linking him to Magu ‘Funds’ Investigated

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, over allegations linking him to funds allegedly stolen by anti-corruption chief, Ibrahim Magu.

An online platform, PointBlank News, run by Jackson Ude, a former director of strategy and communications under President Goodluck Jonathan administration, on July 8, published that Mr Magu embezzled over N39 billion and gave Mr Osinbajo N4 billion for soft landing.

The report claimed that unnamed sources within the panel investigating the suspended EFCC boss “exposed the vice president’s involvement in the scandal.”

“Specifically, Magu was said to have mentioned a N4 billion that he released to the VP based on directives the very day the President left the country for the United Kingdom on medical treatment,” part of the report read.

It did not give details of which of the president’s numerous medical trips to the United Kingdom it referred to and provided no evidence to back the claim.

In an earlier statement, Mr Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, described the claims as “false and baseless fabrications.”

Mr Osinbajo in a letter to the IGP through his lawyers, Taiwo Osipitan, on Wednesday said the report was untrue and defamatory.

  • Source: Opera

 


 

Court Declines Okorocha’s Request to Stop Probe of His Administration By EFCC

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has declined a request by former governor of Imo State; Rochas Okorocha for an interim injunction to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and panel of inquiry that was set up by the state government, from further investigating alleged financial infractions he committed while in office.

Okorocha who is currently the Senator for Imo West, in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/558/2020, is praying the court to direct the EFCC to halt its investigation into all the petitions that were submitted against him by Imo State Government.

He applied for a declaration of the court that having reported the alleged financial infractions said to have been committed by him during his tenure as governor of Imo state between May 2011 and May 29, 2019, to the EFCC, and the anti-graft agency had commenced an investigation, “it is unlawful, illegal, null, void and of no effect for the Attorney General of Imo State, which made the report to the EFCC in the first place to also, and during the pendency of the said investigation, set up the Commission or panel of inquiry to investigate the same financial improprieties already being investigated by the EFCC”.

Ex-governor Okorocha contended that allowing both EFCC and the panel of inquiry to investigate him at the same time on the basis of the same set of facts and report, is unconstitutional and against the spirit of double jeopardy.

While EFCC and the Attorney General of Imo State were cited as 1 and 2 Defendants, listed as 3 to 48 Defendants in the matter are 10 members of the Justice B.C. Iheaka-led probe panel on contracts awards from May 2006 to May 2017; members of the Justice Florence Duroha Igwe-led Judicial Commission on Lands and Related Matter; members of the panel to investigate the activities of ISOPADEC; members of the panel to investigate the status of the newly established Tertiary institutions; members of the investigative committee for financial transactions in Imo State; Committee for the Review of appointments recruitments and related matters from 2015 till date and the Committee for the investigation of LGA.

Meantime, when the matter came up before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday, a lawyer that represented the Attorney General of Imo State and members of the probe panels, Mr. Joseph Mathew, challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain Okorocha’s suit.

The 2 to 48 Defendants argued that the court in Abuja was bereft of the territorial jurisdiction to hear the matter.

They drew the attention of the Judge to a recent circular from the Chief Judge of the Court that all matters should be transferred to where the cause of action arose from.

“We are humbly applying that this matter is transferred to Owerri Division of this court where the cause of action arose from”, their lawyer, Mr. Mathew submitted, adding that since he was recently briefed to handle the case, he would need time to file processes.

Okorocha however pleaded the court to reject the application which he said was aimed to frustrate his case.

“My lord their sole aim is to foist on this court a situation of complete helplessness by rushing and completing their probe activities. By the time we come back, they would have finished the process. I urge my lord to make an interim order that all the Defendants should stop all their activities, pending when this motion on notice is heard and decided. The head office of the EFCC is resident in Abuja. Therefore, this court has the jurisdiction”, he pleaded.

Counsel to the 2nd to 48 Defendants however insisted that having raised the issue of jurisdiction, it must be determined first before the court could proceed on the matter.

After he had listened to both sides, Justice Mohammed directed the Defendants to file a formal application for transfer of the case, even as he declined to Okorocha’s request for interim order to stop his probe.

Nevertheless, the court enjoined counsel to the 2 to 48 Defendants to advise his clients not to do anything that could truncate the subject matter of the litigation.
The court directed the service of all the processes and hearing notice on the EFCC, even as it adjourned the case till July 14 for a report of service and hearing.

  • Source: Vanguard

 

 

 


 

 

 

Electricity Workers Union Appreciates National Assembly Over the Suspension of The Proposed Increase in Electricity Tariff

By The World Satellite.

Electricity Workers Union has described as a sigh of relief to its workers, the suspension of the proposed increase in electricity tariff by the National Assembly. Assistant General Secretary, Senior Association of Electricity and Allied Companies South-South Zone; Comrade Innocent Lord-Douglas, who while disclosing this to news men in Port Harcourt, thanked the National Assembly, just as he added that its Union workers would have been badly assaulted and attacked by angry consumers if the tariff increment was implemented.

Continuing, Comrade Innocent expressed that their concern as a Labour Union was not how much profit Disco companies stand to make from the tariff increment, but the safety of lives of its members, who will be on the streets daily to mobilise revenue.

“Initially as a Union, we made a proposal and asked Disco’s to suspend this increase in tariff, the reason is not that we do not want them to make profit or to go against the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) guideline, but considering the COVID 19 period we are, it would have been great disaster.

“The reason being that, the people, the consumers see out there as PHCN or NEPA as the case maybe are our members who are on the streets trying to get funds. The consumers do not know the executives, Management or owners of these companies, they do not also know where NERC and Disco companies are located, so Disco is not the staff out there on the street raising funds.

“It is no more a federal government parastatal, it is a personal business that contract some persons to work for them, but people tend to unleash mayhem on the PHCN staff they see going about to mobilize revenue”.

Comrade Lord-Douglas however thanked the National Assembly for the steps taking to stop the proposed tariff increment, while hoping for an alternative policy as regards the tariff. “I want to thank the National Assembly that have stopped this increment, we express a sigh of relief because our members would be safe within this period of time and we believe between now and the third quarter as proposed something good will happen.

“Either the economy would have revamp which will make consumers over look how much increment in tariff or maybe the federal government will come up with policy as regards to the tariff increment. So far it is good news that it has been suspended for now, our members are safe until when next it will be proposed”

 


 

Lasisi Elenu Versus NBA: HURIWA Cautions NBA

By HURIWA.

The civil rights advocacy body in Nigeria: -HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has warned the national Leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association not to stifle creativity and muzzle freedom of speech by threatening the popular instagram comedian Lasisi Elenu not to make jest of their esteemed profession in his creative enterprise of entertainment.

The Rights Group wondered why a law focused forum like Nigerian Bar Association would attempt to throw her weight around recklessly in a bid to unduly and extralegally stifle and actively  undermine the exercise of the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms by citizen Lasisi Elenu instead  of the organised body of lawyers to fight to upturn the growing rate of professional indiscipline amongst her ranks and to speak out in defense of constitutional democracy and the separation of powers under the constitution which have come under considerable attacks by the tyrannical executive arm of government headed by the Erstwhile military despot Major -General Muhammadu Buhari ( rtd) . The Rights group said the threats to deal with the Comedian as made by the Nigerian Bar Association was misplaced, reckless and unwarranted.

“Where has the hierarchy of the Nigerian Bar association gone to all this while as national security deteriorates at the speed of lightning since 2015 and the rule of brute force is systematically replacing the rule of law under an executive arm of government that has crippled the judiciary and legislative independence? Why is the Nigerian Bar Association afraid of condemning the atrocities of mass killings going on under the current administration but has suddenly woken up from miserable slumber to threaten a creative and productive individual struggling to make a decent living for himself using his innate talents?”

HURIWA has also asked the NBA why it is in an adventure of misusing her overwhelming national influence in a wrong way to attack a hard-worming Nigerian youth who has decided to use his God given talents to entertain his clients all over the world?

“Is NBA not even aware that there are fake lawyers messing up their esteemed profession and it has not gone after them but has joyfully embarked  on this illegal and futile effort to curtail the enjoyment of the constitutional freedoms enshrined in the chapter four of the 1999 constitution and are these lawyers unaware of a cardinal principle and guideline on the right to a fair  trial and legal assistance formulated by the  African Union which states under article  1 (g) as follows:

“Lawyers, in protecting the rights of their clients and in promoting the cause of justice, shall seek to uphold human rights and fundamental freedom recognized by national and international law and shall at all times act freely and diligently in accordance with the law and recognized standards and ethnics of the legal profession.”

Lasisi Elenu Versus NBA: HURIWA Cautions NBA
Multi-Talented Comedian; Lasisi Elenu

“Is the NBA unaware of the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria in Sections 39 (1) of the 1999 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria states that “Everyone shall be entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”.

Sec 40 also stated that “Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for protection of his interests. ”

HURIWA recalled that the Nigerian Bar Association had cautioned popular Instagram comedian, Lasisi Elenu, to stop bringing the noble image of the profession to disrepute through his comedy skits.

HURIWA disclosed that the Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Habeeb Lawal, Monday called out the comedian on Twitter, for making lawyers look ridiculous in his creative work.

Lawal wrote: “Dear @lasisielenu, we’ve been tagged! We beg to use you as a point of reference to all other comedians. Lawyers have an awesome sense of humour, as such we enjoy your jokes & appreciate the creativity. However, if you must represent our profession in your works… Kindly ensure you properly adorn the wig, bip & gown.

The NBA national officer stated too that: “We acknowledge your right of expression, but NOTE that we also reserve the rights to take all NECESSARY steps to guide against the ridicule of our noble profession and @NigBarAssoc shall not hesitate to exercise those rights.”

HURIWA thinks however that the Nigerian Bar Association is simply dancing naked in the market square shamelessly by trying to intimidate, harass or cajole the young comedian Citizen Lasisi Elenu instead of the Lawyers body to properly contributing to the national conversations on how to rescue our Country from the strangled hold of political oppressors and opportunistic politicians destroying Nigeria through arbitrary attitudes and wanton corruption.

 


 

Huriwa Calls for Support Rather Than Antagonism For Nigerian Army;…

*Praises COAS for Upholding Professional Discipline

 

Huriwa Calls for Support Rather Than Antagonism For Nigerian Army;
Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai

A frontline Civil Rights Advocacy group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has endorsed the strict professional and disciplinary postures of the Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai just as the Rights group said tolerating professional misconduct by personnel of the Nigerian Army as an institution established by the Nigerian Constitution would be injurious to the growth, advancement and progressive attainment of service excellence by the Nigerian Army.

HURIWA has therefore faulted the positions espoused by the  Nigerian lawmaker in the second republic; Dr Junaid Mohammed, who called for the immediate release of Lance Corporal Martins, a soldier in the Nigerian Army, who was arrested after making a video carpeting the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and other security chiefs of the country.

HURIWA recalled that the soldier was arrested on the order of Buratai just as the video trended in which the junior operative of the Nigerian Army; Martins said that Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and other security chiefs in the country had failed in their responsibilities to defend the country.

The Rights group said the action of the soldier was unwarranted and unbecoming of a professionally trained soldier. The Rights group said the military of all nations do not joke with the issue of hierarchical order and respectability. HURIWA has therefore told Junaid Mohammed that the Nigerian Army is not the same as the house of commotion and organised confusion that politics in Nigeria represents.

Huriwa Calls for Support Rather Than Antagonism For Nigerian Army;
Dr. Junaid Mohammed; Nigerian Lawmaker in the Second Republic

But Calling for the release of the soldier, Mohammed Junaid said the soldier spoke the ‘simple truth’ about the Nigerian Army and did not deserve to be detained and added that Buratai and the military were treating Lance Corporal Martins in an unfair manner, adding that the soldier should not be detained arbitrarily.

HURIWA quoted the media as stating that the erstwhile legislator Mohammed said, “The simple truth is that the Nigerian Army under Buratai has failed and is also failing.

“Under normal circumstances, the responsibility of the armed forces is to defend the country against the external enemy because the primary responsibility is to make sure that enemies of Nigeria don’t get the opportunity to either destroy the country or facilitate the killings of innocent Nigerians.

“In all these areas, the Nigerian Armed Forces have failed particularly the Nigerian Army under Buratai who is more of a businessman. There is the issue of what is acceptable within the Armed Forces, can a soldier  criticise the army, I think not. But when the internal channels provided for the service are not available or perhaps people who have genuine grievances for themselves or for the service or people of the country are muscled deliberately then other channels can be opened”.

Huriwa Calls for Support Rather Than Antagonism For Nigerian Army;
Lance Corporal Martins

HURIWA however said in as much as it will even write to the Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai to urge him to tamper justice with mercy by pardoning Lance corporal Martins over his needless outbursts which may have come from fatigue of the intensive counter terror war, it is not in agreement with the position canvassed by the Kano born politician that the leadership of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has failed because in the considered opinion of the Rights group, General Buratai has achieved a lot of milestones within the Army and has indeed introduced a lot of innovations and built lots of infrastructures and high valued facilities for the Nigerian Army which will stand the test of time.

The Rights group said it is unfair for Junaid Mohammed to rubbish the comprehensive achievements made by the current Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai just because of the seemingly unending war on terror which for no fault of his has lasted more than it should.

HURIWA reminded the politician that the Nigerian Army as an institution grounded in the Nigerian law is obliged to ensure that officers and men of the Armed forces of Nigeria comply with the rules of engagement and avoid the temptation to rebel against constituted authority rather than use internal mechanisms to ventilate his Personal opinions.

“HURIWA is of the opinion that there are areas of deficiencies in the current war on terror but these fault lines are not necessary due to human failure on the part of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who has risked his life on many occasions to be with his troops in the theatre of war for many Months now. We support freedom of speech but when you are a member of the Nigerian Army you are also bound by internal rules so as not to jeopardize national security “.

 


 

RAPE OF 3-MONTH OLD: Queen Mimidoo Uhundu Calls on CSOs, Media to Heighten Public Engagements in the Fight Against Rape

By The World Satellite.

 

RAPE OF 3-MONTH OLD: Queen Mimidoo Uhundu Calls on CSOs, Media to Heighten Public Engagements in the Fight Against Rape
Mimidoo Uhundu; A Passionate Advocate for Women and Children

Queen Mimidoo Uhundu; the Current Face of Middle-Belt, Nigeria and a humanitarian has called upon the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and various stakeholders, especially the Media to heighten public engagements in the fight against rape and sexual violence in the country, adding that to champion the public engagement crusade, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the media occupy a major role in this respect.

Miss Uhundu made this call in an exclusive Media parley against the backdrop of the news twitted by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps on Tuesday that its Nasarawa state command has arrested a man accused of raping a three-month-old baby in in Adogi Village in Nasarawa State, after a thorough intelligence gathering and investigation.

According to reports, the incident happened on May 27 when the mother woke up at night and discovered that her baby and mobile phone were missing.

“The incident occurred on Wednesday 27 of last month when suddenly I woke up around 3am and found that my baby was missing. I checked my phone which was also close to me before I slept, but it was also missing,” the mother narrated.

She further explained that both men and women of the village went out in search of the baby on foot and motorcycles, and eventually found the child in an uncompleted building bleeding.

“She was found lying in the building with her pants kept aside. Everywhere across her private part was blood and then we rushed her to the hospital,” she said.

The World Satellite gathered that the baby received surgical treatment at Jos University Teaching Hospital as a result of the incident.

Reacting to this, Queen Mimidoo recalled that Child sexual abuse in Nigeria is an offence under several sections of chapter 21 of the country’s criminal code and as such, noted that the role of the CSOs would include sponsoring relevant bills at the national assembly that would toughen current legislature on sexual violence., which according to her may include making rape, a capital offence with protracted prison terms as have been advocated by the African Civil Society Against Rape in Nigeria.

RAPE OF 3-MONTH OLD: Queen Mimidoo Uhundu Calls on CSOs, Media to Heighten Public Engagements in the Fight Against Rape
Quenn Mimidoo Uhundu; Beauty Queen, Model and Humanitarian

“The whole idea is to make the prospect of sexual assault to a would-be perpetrator, as unattractive as possible. The myriads of physical and psycho-social impediments on the victims/survivors of sexual assault in particular and the society in general, would justify any tough legislative measures to curb this monstrous abuse on the integrity of individuals and by extension the entire society”, She quoted the African Civil Society Against Rape in Nigeria.

Continuing, she observed that though human sexuality is not just a matter of instinct as many people believe, it is rather an action which is controlled by decisions and social norms. “It is a decision because no matter the reasons behind sexual activities, the two parties involved should under normal circumstances decide or take a decision to carry out the act. It is also controlled by social norms in the society because there are social sexual norms and ethical standards that guide how humans express their sexuality even though it varies from one culture to another”, Miss Uhundu stated.

She however, stressed that the variation of social sexual norms in different cultures does not rule out the fact that sexual abuse called rape is considered a taboo and strongly condemned and shunned all over the world, just as she added that it is more serious when it involves children (minors) especially children and babies of eight years and below.

“Child rape in Nigeria is a new dimension of rape which has left many mouths agape and eyebrows raised. It is so embarrassing and heart breaking to hear that children who suck breasts are raped by beings who call themselves men. One begins to wonder what type of pleasure such worthless men derive from raping babies and children. How can a man with all his senses insert his manhood in the tender and undeveloped private parts of toddlers? Are these men human or beasts?”, said Queen Mimidoo.

Furthermore, the versatile beauty Queen regretted that despite the fact that individuals and groups, both government and non-governmental organisations are trying to quench the evil fire of child rape, the fire keeps burning faster and wider consuming the lives, future and the education of the innocent female children in Nigeria.

“The news of child rape is worrisomely increasing. It is now usual to hear that a man has raped his biological daughter or that a baby girl of some months old has been defiled carnally by an old man. What lures men into raping children and babies really confuses me”, she added.

Conclusively, she enthused that it is important the Advocacy Community in its attempt to provide victim safety and offender accountability, and more importantly in prevention of sexual assault, should not isolate itself from other relevant stakeholders but rather take into account the criminal justice and treatment efforts to also address sexual offending behaviour.

 


 

HURIWA ASKS HIERARCHY OF AIR FORCE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF INVOLVEMENT OF SOME OPERATIVES IN LAND GRABS IN ENUGU; … *Asked Affected Landlords to Approach EFCC

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has urged the Chief of Air Staff; Air Mershal Sadique Abubakar to investigate the serious allegation of misconduct of some Officers of the Nigerian Air Force of Nigeria accused of being hired by Enugu State Ministry of Housing to allegedly harass and intimidate legitimate land owners with a view to depriving them of their Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights to own immovable property in any part of the Country.

In a media briefing in Abuja, the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko restated the allegations made by some petitioners in Enugu State who approached the Rights group claiming that they are being harassed and physically abused by some alleged officers of the Nigerian Air Force of Nigeria even as the Rights group said it was not proper for the spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force to dismiss these weighty allegations with a mere wave of the hands without first and foremost carrying out discreet probe of the allegations as made even in a letter from the legal representatives of the Landlords that was reportedly served on the office of the Chief of Air Staff.

The group said they were also sent some photographic evidence and video alleged to be the vehicles driven to the site by the alleged Air Force personnel in Enugu.

Relatedly, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the petitioners to seek redress through the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; Mr. Ibrahim Magu because their claims that those parading about as land owners who approached the Enugu State Ministry of Housing to take over ownership of the juicy plots of lands had allegedly sold their lands to investors from all across the Country on the understanding that the allocations bought would be turned into a sprawling Estates in Enugu State.

HURIWA said under no circumstances should any Nigerian be deprived of his/her human and commercial rights to own immovable property in Nigeria unjustly.

HURIWA, which reacted to the claims by some persons who said they are the leaders of the community expressed shock that some Nigerians are still behaving like Nigeria is in the 16th century and have forgotten that in the 21st century Nigeria, Citizens under  a constitutional democracy have the fundamental human rights to ventilate their distress and seek redress whenever they believe that they are about to be deprived of their constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms just as the Rights group said it has the highest respect and regard for the Nigerian Air Force, which is why it has urged the Chief of Air Staff to investigate the allegations made against his officers and if the allegations are verifiable then the institution should adopt the best approach to sanction erring officers who deviated from their constitutional duties and veered off into civil matters of land disputes.

HURIWA told the media that it was in possession of a petition sent to the office of the Chief of Air Staff titled; “The Unlawful Use of The Air Force Personal to Aid and Abet Land Grab Activities: A Cry for Your Intervention.”

HURIWA quoted the petition signed by a Counsel; Obinna Ugwu as stating thus:    “We are a firm of legal practitioners and solicitors and our services have been retained by the representatives of Umunnugwu and Ndiaga villages of Ugwuaji-Awkunanaw of Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State who for the purposes of this letter shall hereinafter be referred to as our clients and upon whose Express mandate and instruction we forward this complaint to you.”

HURIWA recalled that the petitioners said also that; “Having regard to the present state of insecurity regard to the present state of insecurity ravaging the nation and the pressure on the entire Nigerian armed forces towards curtailing the devastating insecurity in line with the deployment of the personnel of the 155 Nigeria Air Force base Enugu to Umunnuguw/Ndiaga layout for the purpose of aiding and abetting a land grabbing activity against our clients, our clients considered it quite expedient and necessary to forward this complaint to you praying for your intervention which has become necessary to put on check the unlawful use of the Personnel of the 155 Nigerian Air Force base Enugu for some purposes which are not only illegal but also unbecoming of the institution of the Nigerian Air force.

“According to our clients, the layout known as Umunnuguw/Ndiaga layout was a subject of dispute between our clients and the people of Ogui Nike who procured the Nigerian Army into occupation of the said land and which dispute eventually dovetailed to a civil litigation leading to the judgement in favour of our clients in respect of the ownership of the said layout and ordering the Nigerian Army to vacate the said layout.

“By the said judgement, the Nigeria Police Force, Enugu state command, which prior to the institution of the suit in court by our clients was an instrument in the hands of our clients’ assailants was restrained from further interference in our clients’ right of peaceful enjoyment of the said land being the subject matter of the litigation.

“Sequel to said judgement, the Nigeria Police force, Enugu State High Court, our clients commenced a peaceful enjoyment of the said land without the interference of either the government of Enugu state, Ogui Nike people and/or any of the security agencies.

“However, on the 18th day of June 2020, our clients in what seemed to be a Hollywood scenery noticed to their consternation the invasion of the said Umunnuguw/Ndiaga layout by gun bearing as well as cudgel wielding fierce looking personnel of the Nigerian Air force who without any notice whatsoever began to whip and chase away the indigenes of the above villages from the said layout.

“The investigation conducted by our clients revealed that the said personnel were deployed to the layout by the Air Officer Commanding the 155 Air Force Base Enugu at the instance of  Hon. Vitus Okechi who about three months ago was appointed the commissioner for housing development,  Enugu state and who even prior to his appointment and after has exhibited more than a casual personal interest on the said layout.

HURIWA ASKS HIERARCHY OF AIR FORCE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF INVOLVEMENT OF SOME OPERATIVES IN LAND GRABS IN ENUGU; … *Asked Affected Landlords to Approach EFCC
Chief of Air Staff; Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

“It is important also to bring to your knowledge the fact that the government of Enugu State does  not have any hand in what your personnel are doing in our client’s villages as your Personnel who obviously are acting out the script handed down to them by the said Commissioner for housing development Hon. Vitus Okechi are only being used to further some personal and selfish interest contrary to their constitutional duty of protecting the aerial territorial jurisdiction of this nation.

“Furthermore sir, it is our humble view an aberration that our client’s assailant will easily resort to the use of Nigerian Air force for his clandestine purposes regardless of the overwhelming presence of the Nigeria Police force, Nigeria securities and civil Defence corps and State Security Services who are more disposed and more constitutionally empowered to handle such sundry civil misgivings like land disputes where one exists.

“It is therefore in view of the above and in consideration of the enviable reputation and professionalism the Nigerian Air Force has built over the years that we most respectfully write to humbly request that you prevail on the Air Officer Commanding the 155 Air Force Base Enugu to withdraw the personnel of the Nigerian Air Force deployed to Umunnuguw/Ndiaga layout particularly as there is no unrest, riot, war, etc in these two villages where your personnel from the 155 Nigeria Air force base Enugu are currently using brute force against innocent citizens of this country.

“In confidence that our client’s request will be granted, we do on behalf of our clients humbly express a heartfelt gratitude to you.”

Specifically, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has denied a publication by a foremost Human Rights group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), who alleged land grabbing activities by some unnamed personnel of the NAF in Enugu State.

In a release made available to Newsmen, which reacted to the publication on June 23, 2020, The Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force; Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola stated that the online publications which alleged that some NAF personnel in the State confiscate land from owners and sell to land speculators is not only laughable, unfortunate and ridiculous but also against all known ethics of Journalism. It shows clearly that the Association was out to smear the good image of the NAF and dance to the tune of whosoever had engaged it, as no effort was made to contact the NAF before going to press.

“For the benefit of the public, it is pertinent to note that a certain person claiming to be “Flight Lieutenant Isaac Akporibo” had been falsely parading himself as a NAF officer and settling land disputes between civilians in Emene whilst collecting large fees from land speculators. The suspect, who has been arrested and is presently being interrogated by appropriate security agencies to determine the extent of his involvement in the scam, may have been mistaken by HURIWA and/or the publishers of the offensive article to be a NAF personnel. Evidently, a little journalistic enquiry by the publishers would have prevented them from associating the suspect with the NAF”, he added.

It would be recalled that the NAF has in the recent past made numerous public arrests of fraudsters masquerading and impersonating NAF personnel.

Dramola advised the public to be wary of suspicious people in uniform and should report such unscrupulous elements to the nearest security agencies.

“The NAF, as a highly disciplined and professional force wishes to reiterate that it does not tolerate or condone acts of indiscipline or violation of human rights of citizens in whatever guise”, he concluded.

Also, the community leaders of Ugwuaji Awkunanaw in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State dismissed the allegations of land grab by the Enugu State Ministry of Housing even as the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has restated the allegations made in the petitions by some landlords of the said proposed Estate and asserted that it has asked the petitioners to file a petition before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as that is the best legal institution to investigate their weighty allegations of land grabs just as HURIWA charged the Nigerian Air Force to undertake a concrete INVESTIGATION and not to dismiss the allegations without proper and open investigations.

“HURIWA has an illustrious record as an organisation that preaches rule of law and has the highest respect for the Nigerian Air Force but will not hesitate to expose allegations of misconduct so the integrity of the Institution  is upheld and maintained”.

 


 

 

HURIWA CHARGES UZODINMA ON ARMED FULANI ATTACKS: …*Doubts Commitments Of FG; National Assembly to Tackle Sexual Offences

By HURIWA.

 

Bothered by the apparent failure of the Imo State Governor; Mr. Hope Uzodinma and the pliant House of Assembly to take steps to check the growing number of attacks by armed Fulani terrorists and herdsmen in parts of Imo State, the Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA)  has condemned the trend and strongly canvassed the passage and enforcement of a legislation to ban outdoor and open grazing of animals all over Imo State and to equip the communities to set up active vigilantes in addition to the community policing mechanism recently unveiled in the state.

Besides, the Rights group has admonished Governor Hope Uzodinma to tone down the anti-opposition party’s rhetorical warfare being waged by his administration against the major opposition platform of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) and to begin proper governance in Imo state, which is seriously lacking, given the widespread discontent and mass dissatisfaction expressed by Millions of the good people of the state who are legitimately worried about the lack of developmental focus by the state administration, which has created the security vacuum that have impacted negatively on the wellbeing of the people as manifested by the growing rates of killings and attacks orchestrated and organised by armed Fulani herdsmen rampaging all around the farming communities in the three Senatorial zones of Orlu, Okigwe and Owerri in the last couple of Months.

In a statement to the media by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA)  said it was unfortunate that palpable tension had enveloped Obudi Agwa community in Oguta council area of Imo State following marauding Fulani herdsmen attacking and killing an indigene of the community in his farm.

HURIWA CHARGES UZODINMA ON ARMED FULANI ATTACKS: …*Doubts Commitments Of FG; National Assembly to Tackle Sexual Offences
Senator Hope Uzodinma; Executive Governor of Imo State

“HURIWA is shocked to learn that for two weeks since after that gruesome murder of Elder Ozoemena Iriaka who had gone to his farm in the morning hours when he saw Fulani herdsmen grazing their cattle on his farm and that he had confronted for grazing their cattle on his farm, the Imo State House of Assembly and Governor Hope Uzodinma are still unable to put pressure on the relevant security forces in Imo State to apprehend the killer Fulani herdsmen and bring then to justice.

HURIWA lamented that the inaction of the Imo State government is the motivating factor to these armed marauders who seem to have upped the ante of their murderous attacks to other sections of the state including the sexual violations and murder of a mother of four, which till date since after two weeks is yet to be resolved.

HURIWA stated that the primary duty and responsibility of government is to secure the lives of the citizens just as the Rights group said it was regrettable that even when it was further learnt that the deceased had tried to chase away the cows from his farm, an action which had angered the herdsmen who attacked him with their machetes, inflicting deep cuts on the back of his head as he tried to escape from them, the Imo State administration seems to be working on the theory that soon the matter would be swept under the carpets.

“We reject this absolute neglect of the primary Constitutional responsibility of government by the current political establishment in Imo state and we call on the governor and the State House of Assembly to pass the Anti-open grazing law in Imo state and to stop the infiltration of the state by killer armed Fulani herdsmen.

“Hope Uzodinma as far as the law is concerned is the chief security officer of Imo state by virtue of the legal fact that he is the governor of Imo State. He must desist from thinking that he owns his allegiance to the Fulani Caliphate going by the circumstances of his emergence through a controversial verdict of the Supreme Court of Nigeria presided over by the Fulani born Sharia jurist; Alhaji Muhammad Tanko of Bauchi State.

HURIWA CHARGES UZODINMA ON ARMED FULANI ATTACKS: …*Doubts Commitments Of FG; National Assembly to Tackle Sexual Offences
Nigeria’s Senate President; Sen. Ahmed Lawan

“Hope Uzodinma must govern Imo State for the benefit of Imo people and the best way to go about it is to eliminate all traces of threats to the security and lives and property of the good people of Imo State for the period of time that he would preside over the affairs of Imo state. Imo state people should organise and not agonize to protect their ancestral lands from being overrun by foreign mercenaries masquerading as Fulani herdsmen. Imo State must never be allowed to become a theatre of terrorism”.

HURIWA has similarly tasked Governor Hope Uzodinma to arrest the suspected killers who allegedly killed a 45-year-old woman; Mrs. Susanna Iwuoha, after raping her. HURIWA recalled that Mrs. Iwuoha; a mother of four from Alaocha, Umuchiaku, in Lowa-Okata autonomous community, Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area, was found dead with her face immersed into a local stream some days after she left home for her farmland.

The Rights group said it is possible that she was killed by the same armed Fulani herdsmen who killed the elderly farmer in Oguta because the woman, whose undergarment was carted away by her attackers, was discovered by a community search party after her children raised the alarm over her disappearance since June 3.

One Bernard Ekeka, who is believed to have seen the unidentified attackers, was also killed. According to Iwuoha’s 15-year-old daughter; Ugochi, they had earlier gone to the farm together for weeding and returned home before her mother decided to return later that day to harvest some crops.

HURIWA is once more charging the Imo State Governor and the State House of Assembly to rapidly pass the anti- open grazing law if there is none to put to a permanent end the rampaging attacks of armed Fulani herdsmen just as the Rights group said the Imo State government should seek for ways of galvanizing a regional approach towards instituting a SOUTH EASTERN ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAW and to set up a regional security network to protect the region from all forms of violent attacks.

HURIWA CHARGES UZODINMA ON ARMED FULANI ATTACKS: …*Doubts Commitments Of FG; National Assembly to Tackle Sexual Offences
Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajiabiamila; Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Nigeria

Relatedly, HURIWA thinks the National Assembly is not committed to the fight against sexual violations of youngsters by rapists who are unleashing venomous attacks on young girls and boys all around the Country.

“HURIWA is apprehensive that all the noises coming from Abuja about the issue of combating RAPE and sexual attacks against younger persons by mostly Men, are just cosmetic and artificial wailing of pretenders who will simply wait for the mass of the citizens to stop talking about these rape cases in the social media and then the Country returns to the business as usual default format that it has been for over 60 years.

“The National Assembly has the knife and the yam and so why are they crying? They are the legislators who can look at all the laws relating to sexual offences and then fundamentally reform this archaic legal framework to bring it in tandem with the demands of the 21st century compliant Nigerian nation.

“The Presidency should stop the public show and the media showmanship over the cases of RAPE and sexual attacks against younger persons in Nigeria. If you are in government, your responsibility is to maintain law and order and punish offenders and not to cry like little babies when the system seems to have failed our children by not protecting them from murderous rapists.

“The Presidency runs the Police, which has failed to prosecute sexual violators. The Presidency is where the Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice works. Law Reform Commission is located in the Presidency and so why is the Federal Government not seen activating measures to strengthen the laws against rapists so as to introduce strong enough sanctions and legal penalties that would serve as deterrence to the violent rapists who are running riots all over the Country?”

 

 


 

DNA TEST RESULT: Man Stabs Wife, Kills Himself In Lekki

A Nigerian man simply identified as Femi, stabbed his wife to death, and thereafter committed suicide in their home in Victory Park Estate in Lagos state on Sunday, June 21.

According to residents of the estate, the couple moved into the estate three weeks ago with their two young children. Not much was known about the couple but just a day before the murder-suicide, they were spotted jogging together on Saturday night June 20.

However, on Sunday, the man who is said to have always questioned the paternity of their second child, stabbed his wife to death, and then took his own life. A neighbor who spoke on condition of anonymity to Lind Ikeji’s Blog, said:

“On Sunday afternoon, neighbors close to the couple’s apartment heard loud music emanating from their home and this lasted for many hours. The neighbors went to the estate office to complain about the loud music and insisted the estate officials go there and caution the couple.

DNA TEST RESULT: Man Stabs Wife, Kills Himself In Lekki

“The estate authorities went to the couple’s compound to appeal to them to turn down the volume of the music coming from their apartment. They however met with the wife’s sister who was downstairs with the couple’s children. The sister immediately went upstairs so she can inform her sister and the husband about the complaint laid by the estate authorities. She knocked several times but got no response.

“After waiting for so long, the sister and the estate officials decided to pull the door down. They were greeted by a horrific sight. Apparently, the man had killed his wife. It is believed it was pre-meditated because when they got into the room, they saw different kinds of knives there.

“The woman’s legs and hands were bound and her mouth shut with a cellotape. The husband used a clipper to shave her hair, stabbed her head, her eyes, stabbed her multiple times with different knives. The scene was nothing short of a horror movie. After stabbing his wife to death, the man committed suicide by drinking sniper”

Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police command; Bala Elkana confirmed the incident to LIB.

 

 


 

Imo State Government to Commence Free Training for Imo People to Access CBN Loan Through NIRSAL Plc.

By The World Satellite.

 

Imo State Government to Commence Free Training for Imo People to Access CBN Loan Through NIRSAL Plc
Hon. Commissioner for For Entrepreneurship & Skills Acquisition, Imo State; Noble Atulegwu explaining his viewpoint to Distinguished Sen. Hope Uzodinma; Executive Governor of Imo State

In line with his shared prosperity mantra, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has taken practical steps to lift off the burden of financial involvements for the compulsory training from Imo People by paying for them to access loan from CBN.

In a recent Press Statement, his Hon. Commissioner For Entrepreneurship & Skills Acquisition; Noble Abiaso Atulegwu informed the good people of Imo State who declared interest through the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition to be among the participants in the compulsory training by a registered EDI with CBN and NIRSAL Plc. as required for accessing CBN loan, on the commencement of the training.

According to the Press Statement, the three zones in the State as properly captured in the Ministry’s database will benefit massively from the training, which His Excellency, the Governor has fully paid for, and the Ministry (Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition) tasked by His Excellency to oversee the training so as to assist Imolites in accessing the loan.

Furthermore, Hon. Atulegwu announced that the training will commence with Owerri Zone for 3 days starting from 29th June to 1st July, 2020, at Ahiajoku Convention Center, New Owerri, Imo State, adding that Okigwe Zone and Orlu Zone will follow suit.

While noting that this move by the Hope Uzodinma-led Administration is a testament of the Governor’s love and wonderful intention for Imolites, the Hon. Commissioner revealed that Gov. Uzodimma fully packaged the training with so many benefits for Imo people, which includes: Access to receive ₦1milion – 10million, daily lunch for participants, T-shirts, Face-caps
Fully paid business proposals for the participants, etc.

 


 

 

HURIWA Calls on the Chief of Air Staff to Stop the Professional Misconduct of his Officers in Enugu State on Alleged Land Grabs

By The World Satellite.

The foremost Civil Rights Group; Human Rights Writes Association of Nigeria has urged the Chief of Air Staff to Step in and stop the abuses and professional misconduct of his officers who are disgracing their esteemed uniform and professional careers, which according to the group, goes against their constitutional mandates as clearly spelt out in sections 217 – 220 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended.

In a statement cited by The World Satellite Magazine Website, the Group’s National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated that HURIWA has been inundated with petitions from all over the country on the apparent professional misconduct of men and officers of some military outfits.

“We are been told that officers of the Air Force of Nigeria are been misused and deployed to chase land owners around Enugu because they (Air Force officers) were allegedly bribed by the Housing Ministry officials to take people’s lands to sell to land speculators”, Onwubiko explained.

Continuing, Mr. Onwubiko revealed that it is not the first time the Group is being alerted that the military are deviating into purely civil matters even when, according to him, there are grave threats to the nation.

“The situation was somewhat contained until Mr. Vitus Okechi was named the substantive Commissioner for Housing. He has, since then, sworn to annex all community lands to himself and a few cronies.

HURIWA Calls on the Chief of Air Staff to Stop the Professional Misconduct of his Officers in Enugu State on Alleged Land Grabs
Chief of Air Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar

“Unsurprisingly, besides the many disappointing moves he has made thus far, he has recently gone as far as engaging the services of men of the Nigerian Air Force, whose focus and objective should have been on external and territorial incursions into the Nigerian Airspace.”

While expressing how it beats the imagination of the ordinary mind on how Mr. Okechi could manage to drag what he described as expected-to-be-highly-disciplined officers to the role of land grabbing, Mr. Onwubiko recalled the many instances of recent invasions of Nigerian Communities by Armed Fulani herdsmen and other forms of attacks on thousands of civilians.

He therefore stated that “the Nigerian Air Force and the military should be rightly deployed to stabilize these places and allow citizens have unfettered enjoyment of their constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms and Rights as enunciated in chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution but instead the Air Force of Nigeria is being deployed for illegality”

In addition to drawing the attention of the Heads of Security Agencies “to wit; the Chief of Air Staff, to this dangerous trend of men and officers of the security architecture, abandoning their core responsibility and becoming undertakers for land grabbers in Enugu”, HURIWA appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to call his Commissioner of Housing; Vitus Okechi to order before hapless citizens resort to self-help and anarchy sets in.

 

 


 

HURIWA URGES PRESIDENT BUHARI TO DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY ON NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE…. * Deplores Professional Misconduct of Officers and Deviation into Land Related Disputes in Enugu by Police: 

By HURIWA.

A civil society organization; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has warned that the Nigerian police Force must be comprehensively and surgically reformed and re-oriented fundamentally to embrace the traditional constitutional mandate of enforcement of law and order, prevention of crimes and criminality and deliver quality security related services for the corporate benefits of Nigeria or the nation stands the risk of falling into anarchy, widespread disorder and  total breakdowns of law and order in the nearest future.

HURIWA specifically condemned the high level of Police professional indiscipline and the ways and manners that the officers of the Police from the office of the Inspector General of Police have delved into civil land related disputes and land speculations in Enugu State, which has become the new normal for some top police officers who regularly invade communities experiencing legal challenges with land ownership in Enugu to exploit some parties against the others rather than allow the due process of the law in line with the Land Use Act of 1978, which vests ownership and authority over all lands in a given state to the governors. The Rights group said it has received a presentation from some Enugu State communities alleging plots to frame up innocent persons with alleged land dispute related fatalities.

HURIWA has also expressed sadness that some police officers have misused their powers to get involved in extortion and other criminality, which has become a hydra headed monster that needed to be confronted with a Presidential Declaration of a State of policing emergency  so the Federal government would implement concrete measures to re-Professionalise the Nigerian Police Force and to make the agencies put in place to check professional misconduct in the Nigerian Police Force  to work effectively and efficiently.

Worried by the rapid decline in professional discipline by officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force, the Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has in a media Statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a national state of POLICING EMERGENCY.

More so, to work with the National Assembly and the organised civil society community in the Country to fashion out the needed legislative amendments to the enabling law setting up the Police Service Commission (PSC) to effectively enable the agency to live up to the mandates of instilling strict disciplinary action against erring police officers and to redirect the Nigerian Police Force towards greater productivity, Professional excellence and development and efficient delivery of security services to benefit the Nigerian people and the Country as a whole.

“HURIWA is worried about incessant complaints from Communities in Enugu State about allegations of MISCARRIAGE OF INVESTIGATION, ABUSE OF POLICE POWERS, INTIMIDATION, OPPRESSION AND THE USE OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AS A CONDUIT FOR ILLEGALITY ALLEGEDLY BY DSP JOHN ONYIMA AND TEAM OF IRT OPERATIVES.

“HURIWA has been briefed by communities and we have received a presentation by a firm of legal practitioners and solicitors whose services have been retained by Umunnugwu and Ndiaga viillages of Ugwuaji-Awkunanaw of Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State both of whom and upon whose express mandate and instruction we forward this complaint to you.”

HURIWA URGES PRESIDENT BUHARI TO DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY ON NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE…. * Deplores Professional Misconduct of Officers and Deviation into Land Related Disputes in Enugu by Police:
Inspector-General of Police, Nigeria; Adamu Mohammed

HURIWA  disclosed that the petitioners informed the Rights group that: ” Their clients have found themselves constrained to forwarding this petition to you to bring to the knowledge of the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu about the alleged dastardly act of the team of operatives from IGP’s Intelligence Response Team under the leadership of DSP. John Onyima who notwithstanding the truth at his disposal vis-à-vis the fact that the said DSP John Onyima has previously concluded investigation into the killing of two people at Isiagu village in Ugwuaji-Awkunanaw community, has allegedly thrown every caution to the wind by embarking on a mass arrest of the people of Umunnugwu and Ndiaga villages under the guise that they are linked with the killing of the said people in Isiagu village.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said it was briefed that  sometime in the year 2012, our complainants jointly mapped out a layout from their ancestral land for the development of a residential estate which layout was mapped out and registered in the Enugu State Land Registry by a Surveyor, (name withheld) who due to the impecuniosity on the part of the complainants  was given some plots of land as consideration for his work.”

HURIWA was also told as follows: “For reasons unknown to the complainants, the Surveyor never developed the plots of land given to him as compensation thereby creating an avenue for encroachment into the said plots by the youths of Isiagu village.

“It was against this encroachment into the Umunnugwu/Ndiaga layout by the youths of Isiagu that the youths of Umunnugwu/Ndiaga youths rose in opposition and which action led to a clash between the youths of Umunnugwu/Ndiaga and the Isiagu villages”.

“In view of the clash between the youths of the aforementioned communities and those of the Isiagu village, the complainants said to be being law abiding by their legal team, reported the incident to the Intelligence Response Team, Asaba which in turn sent their operatives to the scene of the clash for investigation.

“Our clients further informed us and we verily believe them as true that upon the arrival of the said IRT team of investigators from Asaba to Ugwuaji-Awkunanaw community, the youth of Isiagu village did in the broad day light allegedly  attack the team of investigators by sporadically shooting at the said team and which action only left the  IRT team of investigators from Asaba with the sole option of allegedly opening fire on their attackers in self-defence.

“Our client said the lawyers, further informed us that it was during the exchange of gun fire between the youths of Isisagu village and the IRT Team from Asaba that two people from the Isiagu youths were hit by the bullets from the IRT Team resulting to the death of the said duo.”

HURIWA recalled that the communities specifically alleged that the incident has been thoroughly investigated by the team of IRT investigators under the leadership of DSP John Onyima during which investigation the entire incidents leading to the death of the two youths of Isiagu village were presented to the team and corroborated by the officers attached to IRT Asaba, Delta State command who were physically present in the scene during the exchange of fire between the IRT and the youths of Isiagu village.

HURIWA URGES PRESIDENT BUHARI TO DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY ON NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE…. * Deplores Professional Misconduct of Officers and Deviation into Land Related Disputes in Enugu by Police:
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko; National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria

HURIWA said thus, “Notwithstanding the conclusion of the investigation into the cause of death of the two youths of Isiagu village by DSP John Onyima’s led team which included an autopsy on the bodies of the deceased, DSP John Onyima working in concert with the Isiagu village has recently allegedly initiated another round of investigation into the death of the said youths by making a fresh allegation that the elders of Umunnugwu/Ndiaga villages did together with the said sponsored the killing of the said Isiagu youths.

“For this new allegation, DSP John Onyima allegedly instructed another team of investigators from the IRT, Abuja to Umunnugwu and Ndiaga villages to hunt for the elders of the two villages and which hunt has resulted to the arrest of the surveyor and others who were arrested by the said team at the instance or command allegedly of DSP John Onyima on the 10th day of June, 2020 and taken to Abuja on the false and baseless allegation of sponsoring the killing of the two youths of Isiagu village even when the circumstances of the death of the said youths are allegedly  well known to DSP John Onyima”.

“It is therefore in the appreciation of the above development as well as the fact of the concluded investigation into the death of the youth which revealed the cause of their death and also the fact of the manifest neglect by the IRT to investigate the youth of Isiagu village and recover the weapons with which they attacked the IRT operatives from Asaba, Delta State that our clients believe that there is more to the actions of DSP John Onyima than meets the eyes.”

“In view of the above therefore, it is our clients’ prayer that that the investigation into the cause of death of the youths of Isiagu village be taken away from the IRT to another neutral section of the Nigeria Police Force so as to forestall any complexities on the part of the IRT team of investigators led by DSP John Onyima.”

HURIWA stated that the communities wish to inform the IGP that they are also praying that the nation’s police chief should use his good offices to come to the assistance of the entire Umunnugwu and Ndiaga villages who though are innocent of the murder of the youths of Isiagu village have jointly borne the brunt of investigation into the said murder.

“Again and most important is the fact that the cause of death of the said Isiagu youths being the exchange of gun fire with the IRT team of investigators from Asaba, Delta State should not be swept under the carpet as that appears to be the only avenue of establishing the innocence of both Umunnugwu and Ndiaga villages with respect to the death of the said youths of Isiagu vilage.

“Above all, it is also our clients’ humble prayer that DSP John Onyima should be called to order as his activities in these villages are suggestive of some underlying interest which run contrary to his duties as a police officer.   HURIWA is therefore tasking both the IGP and the Police Service Commission to investigate this serious allegation of miscarriage of justice and misuse of Police by the aforementioned police officer to stave off the accumulation of bad blood and bad image for the Nigerian Police Force”.

HURIWA has also asked the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to investigate the mishandling of an allegation of rape made by a young girl who called out the popular Musician; Mr.  D’Banj on Twitter that he raped her in an hotel in Lekki in 2018, and D’Banj’s response was to get the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, headed by ACP Kwari to swoop in.

Information reaching HURIWA stated that there was no certainty if Assistant Commissioner of Police Kwari was together with the team when they arrested the young girl on Tuesday evening and kept her overnight at their office in Shodipo -Ikeja. “We hereby urge the IGP to save the NPF from these huge cases of indiscipline and gross misconduct by the officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force”.

HURIWA WANTS the IGP to investigate the allegation made in a social media posts as follows: “D’Banj and his manager Damien Okoroafor had gone ahead to grab this girl again this morning (Yesterday Thursday) after being released by the police, and they allegedly took her to an address in Lekki. At some point her phone wasn’t going through. The girl didn’t know where they were taking her to, but our colleagues used GPRS to track her phone and get the coordinates. SUCH IMPUNITY.

“If D’banj says he is innocent of the girl’s accusations and call out on Twitter, why go to these lengths. Why “kidnap” this girl? Why not sue her for libel or whatever and have your day in court. Why resort to extra judicial means? The young girl is safe now. In the custody of colleagues. She is so traumatised and just wants all these to end. She wants to leave it to GOD. But NO survivors of sexual and gender-based violence MUST NOT BE MUZZLED. IMPUNITY MUST STOP.”

HURIWA is worried by the emerging reports of the story of the seven policemen that were allegedly involved in armed robbery that were reportedly killed in a gun duel with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Delta state.

HURIWA said that report said a police sergeant in Bayelsa that was attached to the armoury command has also been linked to the incident, and as being arrested and transferred to the police headquarters in Abuja for his alleged involvement in the supply of weapons to the murdered policemen for robbery just as it is alleged that the Commissioner for Police in Bayelsa State, Nkereuwem Akpan, reportedly led a team of policemen to the State Command in Delta to retrieve the bodies of the seven policemen killed during the shootout.

These allegations must be transparently investigated and measures put in place to forestall the frequent involvement of armed police officers in armed robbery and other nefarious activities that have dented the global image of the Nigerian Police Force.

HURIWA is therefore of the considered position that this is the right time for President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to declare a National State of Policing Emergency in Nigeria to curb the growing excesses and declining state of professionalism amongst the Police officers.


 

Rt. Hon. Chinedu Orji Urges Senator Kalu to Take His Rightful Position in Abia State.

By The World Satellite.

 

Rt. Hon. Chinedu Orji Urges Senator Kalu to Take His Rightful Position in Abia State
Senate Chif Whip; Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly; Rt. Hon. Chinedu Orji, has  prevailed on the Chief Whip of the Senate; Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, to take his rightful political position in the state, noting that irrespective of Kalu’s political platform, it was only proper that Kalu assumed his rightful position as father of all in the state.

The speaker, who is the son of the immediate past Governor of Abia state; Senator Theodore Orji expressed this during a courtesy visit to the Abuja residence of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu accompanied by of his uncles; Chief Charles Ogbonnaya, a former Deputy Chief of Staff, Abia State, Chief Godfrey Onyemobi, Abia State Chairman, Elders Council, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Others include: Hon. Benjamin Kalu; Member representing Bende Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Chijioke Chukwu, representing Bende State Constituency.  Also in attendance was Honourable Mascot Uzor Kalu, a former Chief of Staff, Abia State.

While citing that his father had paid similar visit to Senator Kalu, Rt Hon. Chinedu recalled how Kalu single-handedly made himself governor in 1999, just as he stated that without Kalu, himself, his father, won’t be where they are today.

“Whatever I am today, it is because of you, whatever my father is today, it is because of you. But I am sure you must have known Abia State better now and that is why I brought my uncles here to show you that I am here with all my heart.

Rt. Hon. Chinedu Orji Urges Senator Kalu to Take His Rightful Position in Abia State
Rt. Hon. Chinedu Orji, showing respect to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu during the recent courtsey visit in Abuja residence of Sen. Kalu

“These are two elderly men from my community to show you that I came here to pay you allegiance as our leader,” Orji said.

Recalling the past disagreement between the once united family, Orji noted that the current political leaders from the state were all products of Kalu’s political sagacity, even as he said mistakes were made along the line.

“So, irrespective of whatever, the paramount thing is that respect should be given to whom it is due. Now is the time for the family to stay together”, Orji said.

Furthermore, Orji told Kalu that nobody was in competition with him, declaring that Kalu is the authentic leader of the state. “We are not in competition with you for leadership. You are the leader. In the heat of everything, you are the leader. That leader means a lot. You are leading us. Forget about political platform,” Orji explained.

On his own part, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu thanked the speaker for the unusual visit, stating that he had forgiven everybody as he bore no one any grudges.

Rt. Hon. Chinedu Orji Urges Senator Kalu to Take His Rightful Position in Abia State
Rt. Hon. Chinedu Orji; Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly

“I want to thank Mr. Speaker for this uncommon visit. We are one family. Your father will tell you that I bear no grudge. Your two uncles would also tell you that when I was governor, I never bore grudges with anybody. Ask your father, even when something happened, I used to tell him. I will say no, no, no, no. He will say no, he will come with Uzodinma Opara, let us go and fight them. I would say no, leave them, that our fight is in the hands of God. My land in Igbere and your land, Ibeku, is a witness. I never discussed about your father.

“My younger brother who was your father’s chief of staff never for one day discussed your father with me, not even a second. He never discussed your father with any member of our family because he always told me that he was his boss and that the best he could do was for his boss and I to go back together as one family.

“So, I want to thank you for this visit. We are in a new era. I have forgiven everybody that offended me. I am not saying some people, I am saying everybody. I have said this to Mr. President, I have said this to our National Working Committee, I have said this to the Chairman of the party of APC, I have said this to the Senate President and I have said this to fellow senators. I have forgiven everybody because my going into incarceration was a lesson for me and it was the will of God.

“I hold no grudges, even about the judge; Justice Idris. His father was a very close friend to this house – Justice Kutigi, may his soul rest in peace. He was coming to this house until his death. So, I bear no grudges against anybody. But I give glory to God that I was able to go there. If I didn’t go there, I could have died,” Kalu said.

 

 


The Making of Sen. Ajumobi Acting National Chairman for APC

By The World Satellite.

 

The Making of Sen. Ajumobi Acting National Chairman for APC
Sen. Abiola Ajimobi; Acting National Chairman, APC

Following the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, upholding the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole, the National Working Committee NWC of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) recently named Sen. Abiola Ajimobi as its acting National Chairman.

Disciples of Democracy reported that the party in a late statement by its National Publicity Secretary; Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said it has received the news indicating the Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of the Party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by an FCT High Court pending the determination of the substantive suit.

“Guided by advice from the Party’s legal department in line with the provisions of Section 14.2. (iii) of the Party’s constitution, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi will serve as the Party’s Acting National Chairman.

“According to Section 14.2. (iii), of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”, the NWC stated.


 

HURIWA TASKS IGP MOHAMMED ADAMU ON PETITION AGAINST SP IJOMAH… *Says Police Should Fight Crimes and Terrorism Rather Than ‘Assist’ Land Speculators in Enugu

By HURIWA.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has drawn the attention of the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu to the subsisting petition from a law firm representing Amaechi Awkunanaw and Obeagu communities of Enugu South Local Government Area against a senior police officer attached to the IGP ‘s Special squad; Superintendent of Police Chidiebere IJOMAH.

Besides, the Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has charged the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu that as a matter of national priority, his men and officers should focus more on battling the upsurge of terrorism and violent mass killings by all sorts of armed freelance hoodlums and anarchists destroying, maiming and decapitating innocent Nigerians all over the Country than for a uniquely trained squads of the Nigerian Police Force to engage in illegal assistance of land grabs and land SPECULATORS in Enugu State, which has become the new Mecca for land speculations and illicit land grabs.

In a statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, the Rights Group said that  her attention was called to a petition by a legal team of Chijioke, Obinna and Associates reportedly sent to the Police Service Commission and the office of the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu titled:

“FALSE ALLEGATIONS, UNLAWFUL AND INDISCRIMINATE ARREST, AND THE USE OF THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE’S SPECIAL TACTICAL SQUAD, ENUGU AS A CONDUIT FOR ILLEGALITY: A REQUEST FOR THE RE- ASSIGNMENT OF INVESTIGATION OF THE PETITIONS AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF AMECHI AND OBEAGU TO BE INVESTIGATED BY ANOTHER SECTION OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE.”

“HURIWA, being a group that campaigns vigorously for good governance and a professionally policed Sovereign Nation, Nigeria, we are disappointed with frequent reports reaching us about the misapplication of policing resources and manpower to pursue selfish interests and sometimes allegedly allowing themselves to be bought and paid by dangerous land grabbers and speculators just as Enugu is becoming the National epicentre of POLICE ASSISTED LAND GRABS. We urge both the IGP and the PSC to wake up and stamp out these malpractices and professional misconduct if the allegations are found to be credible”.

HURIWA TASKS IGP MOHAMMED ADAMU ON PETITION AGAINST SP IJOMAH… *Says Police Should Fight Crimes and Terrorism Rather Than 'Assist' Land Speculators in Enugu
Inspector-General of Police, Nigeria; Adamu Mohammed

“HURIWA has been told of a pending petition in which the law firm aforementioned affirmed thus: “We are a firm of legal practitioners and solicitors and our services have been retained by the concerned kindred families of Amechi Awkunanaw and Obeagu communities of Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State and both of whom shall for the purposes of this complaint be referred to as our clients and upon whose express mandate and instruction we forward this complaint to you.

“Sir, considering the manifest complexities of your Special Tactical Squad in Enugu in the land dispute between our clients and the Private Estate International West Africa Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as PEIWA) aimed at intimidating our clients in favour of PEIWA, our clients have found it very pertinent to forward this complaint to you humbly praying your intervention.

“According to our clients, following the fraudulent attempt by PEIWA to unlawfully take- over almost the entire lands belonging to our clients for the development of a private estate, SP Chidiebere Ijomah; the current Commander of the Special Tactical Squad (STS) Enugu has consistently brought the institution of the Nigeria Police Force to a public ridicule following the various gratifications he received from the Private Estate West Arica International Ltd. (PEIWA) to wit a plot of land in the disputed land among other things for which reason SP Chidiebere Ijomah has employed the entire STS Enugu for the advancement of the fraudulent activities of Private Estate West Arica International Ltd. against our clients.

“For the purposes of clarity, our clients who have been in a running battle with the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. over their ancestral land and have been able to convince the panel of inquiry set up by the government of Enugu State to investigate our clients’ complaint against the unlawful take-over of their ancestral land by the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. the result of which investigation is that the Government of Enugu State following the panel’s report did in November, 2019 revoke the title over the said land which was fraudulently obtained by the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd..

“Sequel to the above and upon noticing the PEIWA’s unabashed desire to use the security agencies to wit; the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, The NSCDC, the DSS, etc to intimidate and harass our client into abandoning their land, our client filed an action before the High Court of Enugu State against the said the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. and all the security agencies employed by the said PEIWA for the dirty work pursuant to which action an order was made restraining both the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. and the said security agencies from interfering with our client’s rights over the said land as well as the land in issue.

HURIWA TASKS IGP MOHAMMED ADAMU ON PETITION AGAINST SP IJOMAH… *Says Police Should Fight Crimes and Terrorism Rather Than 'Assist' Land Speculators in Enugu
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko; National Coordinator, HURIWA

“It was in the appreciation of the frustration foisted upon the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. by the said order of the court that the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. resorted to making all manner of allegation against the indigenes of our clients whose names appear on the face of the court processes to SP Chidiebere Ijomah the commander of STS Enugu who for his manifest interest on the disputed land has ordered the officers and men under his office to embark on the mass arrest and detention of the indigenes of our client for the benefit and satisfaction of his pay master being the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd.

“It is pertinent to note that not only did the said SP Chidiebere Ijomah work for the Private Estate International West Africa Ltd (PEIWA) during his days as the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Protection Unit (SPU) Enugu, whose base incidentally sits, as a gesture from PEIWA, on the fraudulently occupied land, he has recently worked his posting back to Enugu where he is presently the Commander of your Special Tactical Squad (STS) and he is still using his office to further the fraudulent goals of PEIWA.

“Sir, in the first week of this month, SP Chidiebere in other to earn his worth from his paymasters did travel to Abuja to personally secure your approval for two baseless and concocted petitions one of which was approved to him personally while the other was assigned to the Abuja office of the Special Tactical Squad upon which both the Abuja STS and the Enugu office of the STS under the command of the SP Chidiebere Ijomah have commenced an arrest spree on the members of our clients who are directly involved in the impasse with the Private Estate International West Africa Ltd.

“Being in the full know of the bias being exhibited by SP Chidiebere Ijomah who has built a palatial three (3) bedroom bungalow in the plot given to him on the disputed land by the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. and satisfied that any attempt by SP Chidiebere Ijomah as well as the STS Abuja to investigate these petitions against our client is akin to the entire STS being a judge in their own case, our clients have completely lost confidence in the ability of the STS Enugu as well as that of Abuja to investigate the allegations against their indigenes as brought by the Private Estate West Africa International Ltd. without bias, fear or favour.

“In consideration of the above facts therefore, it is our clients’ most humble desire and prayer that you use your good offices to come to their assistance by causing all the petitions against the indigenes of our clients to be re-assigned to any other section or arm of the Nigeria Police Force for a more discreet and unbiased investigation therein.

“Convinced that our clients’ request will attract a favourable consideration from your office, we humbly wish to express our profound gratitude in anticipation of your much-desired intervention.”

HURIWA said when her attention was called, it sent a team of investigators to ascertain the situation just as the Rights Group said there is the imperative demand for the Inspector General of Police; Mohammed Adamu to step in and investigate these disturbing allegations because the damage that these alleged misbehaving tendencies could bring on the corporate image of the police if found to be credible will be too difficult to redress.

 


 

Undergraduate lovers die during sex romp in Imo

By Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

Undergraduate lovers die during sex romp in Imo

Two undergraduates of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, have reportedly died during a sex romp.

The students, who died on Sunday, were identified as Cynthia Obieshi and Samuel Osuji.

The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said the corpses of the deceased had been deposited in the morgue.

He stated, “On Sunday, June 14, 2020, acting on a report received at the police station, operatives of the Divisional Police Headquarters, Nekede/Ihiagwa Division, moved to Room 19, Vic-Mic Lodge, situated around the JMJ bus stop, broke into the room and found the lifeless bodies of one Cynthia Obieshi and one Samuel Osuji.

“It was gathered that the said Cynthia visited her boyfriend, Samuel on June 13, 2020, and passed the night with him, but unfortunately, both of them could not wake up the next morning.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that they may have died as a result of drug consumption.

“Meanwhile, the corpses have been deposited in the morgue, while investigation is in progress.”

Copyright: PUNCH

 

 


 

 

Why We Sued President Buhari Over Violations Of Federal Character Principle -HURIWA

By HURIWA.

 

HURIWA Deplores Reported Abduction and Forced Conversion of Christian Girls in Kaduna, Katsina And Kano States: … *Condemns Armed Fulani Slaughter of Oguta, Imo State Farmer
foremost Civil Rights Advocacy group

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has offered reasons why it has dragged to the Federal High Court of Justice, President Muhammadu Buhari over violations of the Federal Character Principle as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In a statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, the Group said that the Summary of Issues in Re: Suit No. Fhc/Abj/Cs/534/2020 – The Registered Trustees of The Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) & Ors V. The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria & 6ORS are as follows:

Date of filing: ​​​May 27, 2020.

Court: ​​​​Federal High Court, Abuja.

Coram: ​​​​Hon. Justice A.I. Chikere.

Scheduled Date of Case: ​​ July 6, 2020.

Legal Issues raised in the suit:

1. The core provisions of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act (the Act) violate several provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

(a) The Act establishes a Trust Fund as a juristic person and also a Board of Trustees with wide powers for the management and administration of the trust fund. (Sections 3, 7 and 12 of the Act).

Why We Sued President Buhari Over Violations Of Federal Character Principle-: Says HURIWA
President Muhammadu Buhari

It also establishes a Trust Fund Implementation Committee headed by the Minister of Police Affairs and provides for the Board to identify funding needs through the Ministry of Police Affairs (sections 13 and 15).

However, the Constitution establishes the Nigeria Police Council for the administration, management and supervision of the Nigeria Police Force and all related matters except the operational use of the Force, which is the function of the Nigeria Police Service Commission. (Section 153(1)(l) and (m) of the Constitution as well as items 27, 28, 29 and 30 of the 3rd Schedule to the Constitution.

(b) The Act arrogates to the Trust Fund as source of funds “an amount constituting 0.5% of the total revenue accruing to the Federation Account” (See section 4(1) of the Act.)

That provision of the Act violates section 162(3) of the Constitution which provides that money standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the federal, state and local governments.

It also usurps the powers of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (see section 153(1)(n) and Item 31 of the 3rd Schedule to the Constitution as well as section 6 of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission Act).

Why We Sued President Buhari Over Violations Of Federal Character Principle-: Says HURIWA
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubko

2. The purported appointment of the Board of Trustees of the Police Trust Fund is in breach of the principle of Federal Character. The President appointed a seven-man Board of Trustees of the Police Trust Fund out of which 4 are from the Northwest zone alone.

Among the four (4) from the Northwest zone, two are the principle officers of the Board being the Chairman in the person of Mr. Suleiman Abba (Jigawa State) and the Executive Secretary, Mr Aliyu Sokoto (Sokoto State). Again, the Secretary and the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi hails from the same State (Sokoto).

This is a gross violation of the principle of Federal Character entrenched in the Constitution and subsidiary legislation. The combined effect of Sections 14(3) & (4) and 42 (1)(a)&(b) of the Constitution is that appointment should be strictly in line with the federal character principle and not reflect “predominance of persons from a few States or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies”.

To this end, section 153(1)(c) of the Constitution establishes the Federal Character Commission empowered under Item 8(a) of the 3rd Schedule to the Constitution and section 4(1)(a) of the Federal Character Commission (Establishment) Act to work out an equitable formula for distribution of appointment.

Pursuant to same, section 4 of the Federal Character Commission (Establishment) Act, Subsidiary Legislation provides that where positions available cannot go round the federation, it shall be distributed on zonal basis and where there are only two positions, it should be zoned to the North and South.

Reliefs being sought in the Suit:

The suit seeks, principally, a nullification of the Act or the sections inconsistent with the Constitution or alternatively, a nullification of the purported appointment of the Trustees of the Board by the President for being in breach of the federal character principle.

 


 

 

 

 

HURIWA Deplores Reported Abduction and Forced Conversion of Christian Girls in Kaduna, Katsina And Kano States: … *Condemns Armed Fulani Slaughter of Oguta, Imo State Farmer

By HURIWA.

 

From the foremost Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) came a very strong condemnation of the Kaduna and Kano States’ governments for failing to stop the abduction of Christian girls and their forced conversion to Islam by some unscrupulous persons aided by some lawless security forces just as the Rights group said it was unconstitutional and absolutely unlawful for any citizen of Nigeria to be abducted criminally and compelled to change their religious orientations.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) spoke against the backdrops of a report by the United States of America’s based International Christian Concern (ICC) that seven young Christian girls in Kaduna and Kano were forcefully kidnapped and converted to Islam after been married off against their own Volition.

HURIWA said: ” We are worried to read the report that no fewer than seven Christian women – one of them married – were earlier this year abducted in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina and married off to radical Muslim men and forcibly converted to Islam”. HURIWA learnt that this information is according to persecution.org; the official website of the International Christian Concern (ICC).

HURIWA recalled that the US-based watchdog credited the report to quoting the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO), claiming that the incidents took place “between March 23rd and April 30th” this year. It quoted HACFO as disclosing that “5 girls were kidnapped in Kaduna State, 1 in Kano State, and the already married lady was taken from Katsina State” even as ICC quoted HACFO as saying in its report: “We are saddened to report to you the battles we have been fighting even amidst the lockdown. The Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO) has been working on the following tragic incidences of abduction and forceful Islamization, despite the fact that the lockdown has limited our efforts”.

In a media Statement by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf, the Rights group said the practice of forcing young girls into marriage and then compelled them to convert from their religion to Islam is a grave violation of the Constitutionally protected Freedoms of Religion and Conscience just as it also violate their fundamental freedoms to Right to the dignity of their human person which are guaranteed in chapter four of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended).

HURIWA Deplores Reported Abduction and Forced Conversion of Christian Girls in Kaduna, Katsina And Kano States: … *Condemns Armed Fulani Slaughter of Oguta, Imo State Farmer
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko

Section 38 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria entitles every Nigerian to Freedom of thought, conscience and Religion. Every Nigerian citizen and every individual according to section 34 of the Nigerian constitution is entitled to respect for the dignity of their human person and no person SHALL be held in slavery or servitude; and no person SHALL be required to perform forced or compulsory labour”.

HURIWA said the actions of those who perpetrated the illegality of kidnapping and converting seven young Christian girls in Kaduna Kano and Katsina states, and got them married off and converted to Islam is absolutely abhorrent to the dignity of their human person and amounted to a grave crime that must be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the laws against abduction just as the Rights group said the act of forcing young girls into marriages out of their own Volition is an egregious unleashing of gender based violence which must be resisted and the perpetrators arrested, prosecuted and punished by the competent Court of law.

HURIWA has also warned the Katsina, Kano and Kaduna States governments to put an end to this barbaric practice of abducting  and marrying off Christian girls to Islamic adherents and firing them to convert  because it is a sinister attempt to foist a new identity on those people as against the tenets of the Constitution just as the Rights group said Religion is such a strong bond that if broken illegally and members of a religion compelled to enlist into another religion out of their own Volition,  these actions could backfire and snowball into religious conflicts and conflagration.

HURIWA is aware that word “religion,” which comes from the Latin word religare, means “to tie, to bind fast.”  This etymology according to reputable scholarly works is favored by many based on its ability to explain the power religion has over people and the communities in which they live.  Religion is commonly, but not always, associated with a particular system of faith and worship of a transcendent deity or deities.

In human rights discourse, however, the use of the term “religion” also includes support for the right to non-religious beliefs, such as atheism or agnosticism.  In 1993 the Human Rights Committee, an independent body of 18 experts selected through a UN process, described religion or belief as “theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief.

HURIWA Deplores Reported Abduction and Forced Conversion of Christian Girls in Kaduna, Katsina And Kano States: … *Condemns Armed Fulani Slaughter of Oguta, Imo State Farmer
foremost Civil Rights Advocacy group

“Nigerian State must therefore use lawful means to stop any manifestation of forced conversion because of the adverse effects of such a primitive and unconstitutional compulsion which can elicit equal and opposite reaction and could spark off into violent confrontations”.

HURIWA recalled that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) Article 18 states that: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and Religion. (vii) The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion . . ..

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) states in   Article 18: that; Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.

No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice. Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.

Relatedly, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has condemned the murderous attacks by armed terrorists Fulani herdsmen in Agwa community of Oguta in Imo state in which an elderly farmer was hacked to death by these attackers.

HURIWA Deplores Reported Abduction and Forced Conversion of Christian Girls in Kaduna, Katsina And Kano States: … *Condemns Armed Fulani Slaughter of Oguta, Imo State Farmer

HURIWA citing an eyewitness account, averred that the suspected herdsmen headed straight to the community of the deceased even as residents scampered for safety as the suspected herdsmen unleashed mayhem and caused chaos forcing many residents to be displaced.

In the aftermath of the attack on the “peace loving community of Agwa”, a young man was reportedly seen with severe multiple matchet cut on his head.

HURIWA said: ” We condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuous rampage of the armed Fulani herdsmen around Imo state community of Agwa in Oguta and we strongly ask the citizens of Imo state, the Religious and community leaders, the OHANAEZE and other stakeholders to take the grave threats posed by the marauding armed Fulani herdsmen serious and take concrete steps to protect the South East of Nigeria from ever becoming like parts of North West and North Central whereby armed Fulani herdsmen have unleashed massive scale of horrendous attacks with the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari doing nothing apparently because the armed terrorists are of the same Ethno Religious affiliations.

“The leaders of the South East of Nigeria must stand their ground and never allow their compromised governors to deceive them into inaction which will spell room because the armed terrorists are hell bent on descending on the good people of the South East of Nigeria. These armed terrorists must be resisted by all means”.

 


 

 

AISHA/PA: HURIWA Asks President Buhari To Save Nigeria From International Opprobrium

By HURIWA.

THE Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to take charge of his domestic issues in the Presidential mansion in ASO ROCK, Abuja to check the constant disgraceful infighting and squabbles between his Personal aides and his Wife; Mrs. Aisha Buhari.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has also called for a thorough investigations of the incident in the Presidential mansion in which there where reported use of lethal weapons, which the group said should be viewed as “attempted coup plot”. “Whomsoever fired the shots should be investigated and sanctioned just like a coup plotter “.

The Rights group said the consistent quarrels by members of his household has the capacity to damage the nation’s brand internationally and make us a laughing stock of the International Comity of Nations just as the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) warned that the seemingly uncontrollable disagreements and supremacy battles or what is commonly regarded as power tussle in the Presidential mansion has the near- infinite capacity to paint Nigeria graphically in the global community as a Banana republic.

In the same vein, the Group observed that the perception of Nigeria as a nation with a President that is not in charge of his domestic affairs could have massive impacts in the Country’s drive to attract foreign direct investments. “Serious investors overseas will not be idiotic to take their hard-earned cash in this Covid-19 era of economic recession to a country whose political leader has no control of what goes on within his own home.

AISHA/PA: HURIWA Asks President Buhari To Save Nigeria From International Opprobrium
Aisha Buhari; Wife of the President of Nigeria

“The domestic health of the political leadership of sovereign nations is a basic requirement and indeed the global determinant for knowing the stability of a given nation. A nation whose President is busy settling quarrels certainly cannot be assumed to be a Democratic nation chasing the aspiration of becoming a global economic giant”.

HURIWA in the media statement, endorsed jointly by the National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director; Miss Zainab Yusuf said it was reacting to the development in the Presidential mansion in which it was reported that there were gun shots just as  some key aides attached to the First Lady; Mrs. Aisha Buhari, were reportedly arrested by personnel of the Nigerian Police.

“HURIWA is hereby telling the Nigerian Government that Nigeria needs a leader who will not be distracted with regular disagreements that sometimes spill out into a dramatic PUBLIC SHOW OF SHAME. The Rights group said Nigeria has greater issues that demands the full attention and focus of the President to resolve, such as rebuilding the collapsed national infrastructures of health, education, Water and restoration of security across the Country, than for the President to be weighed down by constant squabbles by his family members and aides over contestation for supremacy”.

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) quoted the media as stating that a dependable source further disclosed that the tension rocking the seat of power’, and midwifed by the sudden arrest of the First Lady’s aides is not unconnected to the ‘power-play game’ between an aide to Mr. President and his wife, Aisha.

AISHA/PA: HURIWA Asks President Buhari To Save Nigeria From International Opprobrium
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

HURIWA recalled that in a Twitter post on Friday, the First Lady called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP); Mr. Mohammed Adamu  to immediately order the release of her close security details even as the sensational but ambiguous tweet reads: “…Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.”

The Rights group said the fact that this latest public spat amongst members of the first family and close Presidential aides is not the first time that it was happening, but it is the opinion of the Rights group that the information that filtered into the media that there was a security breach in the Presidential Villa with gunshots been fired within the living quarters of the first family is a spectacular embarrassment not just to the current administration but the entire disgraceful scenarios have wider implications and a tragic and adverse economic setback on Nigeria because what it conveys is the impression that no one is in charge in the Presidential Villa.

HURIWA expressed shock that these constant infighting between family members of the President and his close aides which have happened about three times now are definitely seeking to validate the claims made by the Director of the Europe based Indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB); the British born Nigerian Mr. Nnamdi Kanu who had stated many times that “there is a vacancy in the Villa”.

“HURIWA is strongly appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to these spectacles of shame going on in his household right inside the publicly funded residential mansion of the first family of Nigeria for the moments”.

 


 

Government Should Ensure A Stable Future for The Vulnerable Child – Queen Janet Akor

By The World Satellite.

 

Government Should Ensure A Stable Future for The Vulnerable Child – Queen Janet Akor
Queen Janet Akor; A Passionate Lover of Children

It is a well-known fact that any society that respects equity and social justice will in the same vein create enabling environment for greater respect to the fundamental human rights of children.

The past few months could rightly be described as some of the toughest in the lives and times of the Nigerian citizenry, especially the younger population who are at the receiving end of absolute poverty, terrorism and other manifestations of violence and crimes that have enveloped the nation, not forgetting the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Spurred by passion and concern for the vulnerable children in the society, Queen Janet Akor; the current holder of Queen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria used the occasion of the commemoration of Democracy Day in Nigeria to call on government and the political class to  ensure a stable future for the Nigerian child by creating an atmosphere of socio-economic stability necessary for them to have an assured tomorrow.

Government Should Ensure A Stable Future for The Vulnerable Child – Queen Janet Akor
Janet Akor (M) and her team at the El_Shaddia Home, Makurdi

Queen Janet, who spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of a charity visit to two orphanage homes in Makurdi, Benue State on Friday noted that children are the leaders of tomorrow and that it takes a heart of love and gratitude to honor one another, especially the vulnerable ones. “Honoring these vulnerable children is the greatest gift I could ever wished for on such memorable day in the life of our country as a democratic nation”, she stressed.

With so much drive about the future of our country, queen Janet expressed: “Until we do the right things for ourselves as a nation and world at large, the possibilities and growth  for tomorrow could be aborted if the necessary measures are not put in place to secure our today for a better tomorrow”.

Beyond the vulnerable, Miss Janet also observed that on a general perspective, grave violations of child’s rights continue to occur in our society with terrifying regularity. According to her: “Children in Nigeria and Africa at large face systematic abuse, discrimination and are regularly denied the right to life and security of person, full legal capacity, health care, education, inheritance, and freedom of movement.

Government Should Ensure A Stable Future for The Vulnerable Child – Queen Janet Akor
Janet Akor (First R) and her team at the Divine Charity Works Organization Children Home International

“Children still do not have full access to economic and political decision-making processes in their families, nations, or international institutions. Too often, governments allow crimes against children to go unpunished, continuing a culture of impunity for family members, State agents, and others who discriminate or commit violence against children”, Queen Janet explained.

Continuing, the Benue born beauty queen and catalogue model decried the situation of the Nigerian child where they are being raped, kidnapped, either for ransom or trafficked for economic reasons. This, she blamed on the lack of adequate security in the Country. she therefore pleaded with parents and guardians to desist from the habit of sending their children to the street to hawk wares which, according to her, exposes the child to unnecessary danger.

As a pragmatic demonstration of her passion for the vulnerable children, Janet Akor and her team took out time to celebrate the democracy day and hand over gifts to the children in the El_Shaddia Home, as well as the Divine Charity Works Organization Children Home International, both in Makurdi, Benue state.

 

 


 

RISING INCIDENCE OF RAPE: FIDA and Partners Advocate for Sexual Referral Centres

By The World Satellite.

International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rivers State and her partners have called for the establishment of sexual referral centres, with rapid response teams attached, comprising of the Police, doctors, lawyers, social welfare officers, psychologist, psychiatrist, to reduce the victim of trauma and aid the preservation of evidence for Prosecution of perpetrators.

Chairperson of FIDA; Ngozi Ighosevbe, who stated this to newsmen in Port Harcourt, equally called on the Chief Judge of the state to designate a special fast track court to handle Gender Based violence matters in the state, while adding that the evil act ravaging lives of young women and children both boys and girls in the communities should be tackled with more holistic and aggressive approach.

“FIDA Nigeria strongly objects to this evil trend of the incessant abuse and sexual molestation of women and children and we demand speedy and decisive action”, Ngozi said.

Also, FIDA urged government at all levels to declare a state of emergency on the incessant killings, sexual molestation of women and children across the Federation. “Government needs to declare a state of emergency in gender-based violence, so it is tackled forthwith, most efficiently and effectively across all states of the Federation.

“Any parent, neighbours relation, guardian, who conceals the act of rape, defilement cases and all forms of violence against children and women, either to protect their marriage, family name, to protect the victim or perpetrator for any reason will be brought to book and be prosecuted by the law”, Ngozi remarked

RISING INCIDENCE OF RAPE: FIDA and Partners Advocate for Sexual Referral Centres
MODEL: Janet Akor; Queen of Federal Republic, 2019

On her part, President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Rivers State; Dr Vetty Agala, noted that medically, sexual abuse causes psychological problems to the child, as well as damage the genital tracts of the child, which may lead to several health complications on the victim.

“Victims of sexual molestation are bound to face psychological problems most especially children because it affects their mental, physical, emotional state, and due to the shock and the severe pains experienced, it may lead them to attempt suicide. It leads to unwanted pregnancy, abortion, bleeding and so many complications during delivery”, Dr. Agala stressed.

Furthermore, she emphasized that Medical Women and her partners are advocating for free medical and legal access for victims of rape and defilement, as most victims can hardly afford money to access medical treatment and legal clinic’s.

Also, Ebikeme Itonyo; Father of the twenty-one-year-old final year student of Law, Rivers State University; Maltida Mark Itonyo who was brutally raped and murdered in her hostel room on December 9th 2019, demanded justice for the gruesome murder of his daughter. He lamented that till date, he is yet to get any vital information from the Police on who is responsible for the death of Maltida after numerous autopsies have been conducted on his daughter’s corpse.

Itonyo called on the support of the state government, in ensuring that his daughters’ killers are apprehended and brought to book.

On one hand, Mrs Blessing Itoro whose ten-year-old daughter was defiled by their family friend, one Eniobong Essien at Ubaama in Oyigbo local government area of the state, also demanded justice for her defiled daughter.

 


 

No Police Officer Has Right to Settle Sexual Molestation Cases – CP Mukan

By The World Satellite.

 

No Police Officer Has Right to Settle Sexual Molestation Cases – CP Mukan
Chairperson FIDA Rivers State; Ngozi Ighosevbe addressing CP Joseph Mukan and his team to caution Officers of the Command

THE Rivers State Police Command has said that no Police Officer has right to settle sexual molestation cases, as it is a serious crime. Commissioner of Police; CP Joseph Mukan, who stated this during an advocacy rally on Gender-Based Violence to the Police Headquarters in Rivers State by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State Chapter, assured that any of its Officers caught negotiating with parties involved in rape cases will severely punished.

On the one hand, CP Mukan reiterated the Command’s continuous partnership with FIDA in ensuring justice for rape victims, adding that the Inspector General of Police is working hard to strengthen Gender Based Violence. According to him: “Anytime we receive report of any our Officer settling rape matters instead of Prosecuting the case, that Officer must be dealt with in accordance to the Command laid down disciplinary actions on such offences.

“It is our core duty to justify tax payers money being invested in the Police, be rest assured on this issue of rape, we already put plans on motion to address the issue properly. I urge you FIDA to avail us the information of any Officer who commits this offence, we know there are bad elements in the police force, every Officer ought to know the seriousness involved in rape matter”.

Earlier, while addressing the Police Commissioner, Chairperson of FIDA Rivers State; Ngozi Ighosevbe, urged the Command not to relent on its duties, as sexual molestation of children and women are being perpetrated on daily basis.

“We want to note that the cause of FIDA receiving these rape complaints and we send the victims to police station, it is so disappointing that Officers of the Police often times constitute themselves to intermediary, asking for settlement amongst parties.

“Why would an officer who is supposed to protect the interest of the general public become an instrument to ensure that is averted? It is the responsibility of police officer to arrest, prosecute and not the contrary. In a society where there is order, things should be done appropriately without anyone telling the other his or her rightful duties”, Ighosevbe remarked.

 


 

PHED Staff Overcomes Challenges of Unjust Treatment

By The World Satellite.

As an aftermath of  myriad of disagreements including a cry out by the Electricity Workers Union alleging plans by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) to sack over one hundred and twenty staffs and failure of the management to sign staff condition of services; PHED staff has been assured of better working relationship, as management issues condition of services.

President General, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies; Comrade Chris Okonkwo, who made this known to newsmen in Port Harcourt shortly after the exchange of staff condition of services between the Union and PHED Management stated that workers of PHED has now been officially employed after seven years working as casuals.

Our Correspondent gathered that PHED Management has before now, been relating to its staff based on Company policy, rather than the condition of services applicable to Labour law, which has deprived Electricity workers their rights; but with the signing of Condition of Services, the Union has broken all obstacles to making sure Electricity workers get the basis of employment.

“Before now, staff have no right and we’re been cheated, the Company was doing things based on their own initiative not based on agreement, because there was no agreement. PHED was using what they call Company policy sacking staff anyhow and no staff right to enforce.

PHED Staff Overcomes Challenges of Unjust Treatment

“It was a battle for these seven years and we believe by signing the staff condition of services today, we have overcome challenges of unjust treatment meted out on the Company workers,” Comrade Okonkwo noted.

Furthermore, while urging Union workers to be steadfast in the discharge of their duties, Comrade Okonkwo revealed that the handover of the condition of services to the Union is a landmark achievement to Electricity workers, as it has taking them seven years to achieve.

Additionally, he stressed that the Union is also deliberating with PHED Management for the reinstatement of the Branch President, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, Comrade Paulinus Aniedi, who was unjustly sacked from work.

Also speaking, Manager Corporate Communications, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company; John Onyi explained that the condition of services guarantees workers better relationship, adding that it is a mutual agreement between the Management and staff.

“It is a remarkable day were the Management of PHED and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC have exchange condition of services and it has been duly handed over. The importance of it cannot be over emphasized, it is a guiding rule that guide’s both the employer and employee.

“We have sent out the condition of services everybody now knows what is right and what is embedded in the condition of service”, Onyi explained.

 


 

 

While we Fight COVID-19, We Won’t Stall Basic Infrastructures – Gov. Wike Assures

By The World Satellite.

 

While we Fight COVID-19, We Must Provide Basic Infrastructure for the People –  Gov. Wike Assures
Governor Nyesom Wike inspecting the Mother and Child Hospital Project

Rivers State Governor; Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured that even if COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the review the state’s 2020 budget, it would not be used as excuse to stall the completion of all ongoing projects in the state.

Governor Wike, who gave this assurance while on inspection tour of a number of projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas of the state noted with satisfaction, the extent of work done already at the Mother and Child Hospital, which has reached the stage of installation of medical equipment.

While observing that furnishing and installation of medical equipment in the hospital have been delayed because the ban on international flights has denied partners from Germany from coming into the State, the Governor said:

“But you can see that everything is set. We believe that in the next few weeks when the federal government lifts the ban on international flight, they will come in and start fixing the furniture and other medical equipment.

“The equipment will be of world standard and we are happy with what we are doing for the people. That is what I have always said that our people deserve the best they can get. I’m happy with the level of work we have seen today “.

The ongoing Rumuogba Flyover Bridge Construction

On the Rumuogba flyover bridge, Governor Wike said skeptics thought it was a mere political statement when his administration promised to construct three flyover bridges simultaneously. He said the progress of work at the sites of the three flyover bridges gives the hope that they would be completed within the stipulated time which is early 2021.

“All of them are ongoing, look at the quality of work done. Look at the people, how they are highly elated. That is what they want and we give them things that will improve their life.

“Yes we are talking about COVID-19, but while we are fighting that, we must try to provide basic infrastructure for the people. At the end of the day, the pandemic will not be here forever but the people can continue to have the infrastructure that will improve their economic life,” he stated.

The governor also announced that another tranche of payment will be made to Julius Berger Construction Company to bring what they have received so far to about 90 percent while 100 percent payment has been made for the Mother and Child Hospital project.

 

 


 

We Want to Open Schools When it is Safe to do so – FG

 By The World Satellite.

 

We Want to Open Schools When it is Safe to do so – FG
Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba; Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday

The Federal Government has said that schools may reopen in the country after the ban on interstate movement has been lifted. Minister of State for Education; Emeka Nwajiuba stated this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

While observing that some countries that opened schools hurriedly had to shut them when their cases spiked, Mr. Nwajiuba that Federal Government is being careful not to lead Nigerians into danger as Nigeria continues to record increased cases. He pointed out that some countries that opened schools hurriedly shut them when their cases spiked.

“We want to open when it is safe to do so. We have heard about neighbouring countries that opened and shut. We have heard about cases spiking with children getting into school. Of all the things I will like to do, I will not like to experiment with your children. We want a situation where once we are sure it is safe; we can then take them into school”, he said.

Continuing, the Minister of State emphasized that government has not published any date for school reopening as being speculated on the social media.

“I have just finished a meeting with the representatives of WAEC and NABTEB and I understand how that worries our parents at the moment and how anxious our children are to know what next. As soon as those in charge of the blockade lift it, because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers can’t come. So, we are looking at somewhere after the interstate lockdown is lifted. This is because we will need that kind of openness for the children to move”, Emeka Nwajiuba stated.

Recall that the Federal Government had in March shut all schools in the country as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

 

 


 

 

HOTEL SERIAL KILLINGS: Court Refuses to Grant a no Case Submission

By The World Satellite.

Justice Adolphus Enebeli has adjourned to the 10th of June, for continuation of Defense witness in the case of involving the serial killer; Gracious David West, who allegedly murdered several ladies in hotel rooms in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital. This was shortly after refusing to grant a no case submission filed by the 2nd Defendant’s Counsel; Lezina Amegwa.

2nd Defendant; Nimi ThankGod, who is a hotel manager facing trial for allegedly dumping a polythene bag along Aggrey, Port Harcourt Township, suspected to contain the corpse of one of the victims murdered by Gracious David West in a hotel room she managed, located at Bende street, Port Harcourt denied before Justice Adolphus Enebeli, of disposing one of the victims’ corpse.

In her defense, Nimi told the court that on 18th September, 2019, she only checked in Gracious West into one of the rooms in the hotel, emphasizing that no lady was murdered in their hotel room.

Testifying further, she stated that a lady, identified as Benita Etim, whom Gracious David West allegedly used bedspread to tie her neck, hand, and leg to the bed in the hotel room he checked into, was rescued and later survived the ordeal.

Nimi told the court that Benita Etim was giving a sum of Five Thousand Naira by the Director of the hotel, to report the case to the police.

 


 

 

RIVERS STATE: Court Sentences Killers of Soboma George to Death

By The World Satellite.

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has sentenced three Suspects in the murder of Ex-Niger Delta militant; Soboma George and a groundnut seller, Joy John Ejims, to death. Soboma George and Joy John Ejims were murdered in a football field at Nembe street, Borokiri axis of Port Harcourt Local Government Area of the state on 24th August, 2010.

Justice George Omereji, who delivered Judgement in the matter that lasted for 10 years on Thursday, ruled that the three Suspects; Dougbra Ogbe, Emmanuel Gladstone’s and Bere Matthew, shall be hanged on the neck till their death for conspiracy and murder.

Also, in his ruling, Justice Omereji noted that the Prosecuting Counsel was able prove his case beyond reasonable doubts with the evidence from an eyewitness; Emmanuel Eniete, who sustained bullet injury on his hand on the day of the incident. “The evidence and testimonies of the eyewitness proved that the Suspects committed the crime”, Justice Omereji said.

Further in his Ruling, Justice Omereji stated that the confessional statement made by the Suspects, claiming that they killed Soboma George because he wanted to kill them for refusing to kill the former Governor of Rivers State; Rotimi Amaechi and the then Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, proved that they were guilty of the crime.

RIVERS STATE: Court Sentences Killers of Soboma George to Death
The Three Murderers being led out of the Court in a Prison Van

While speaking to Newsmen shortly after the Judgement, Prosecuting Counsel; Ipalibo Botoye, expressed gladness that justice has been served after ten years of Prosecuting the matter, adding that he is ever ready to defend his Prosecution should they proceed to Appeal court.

According to our correspondent, the Court premises witnessed the presence of heavy security operatives consequent upon the presence of friends and Associates of the late Soboma George, which was led by Johnson Solomon.

President of Niger Delta Youth for Transparency Democracy, who is also a Friend and Associate of the late Soboma George, while describing the Ex-Niger Delta Militant as a great Niger Delta Leader who fought in the struggle of the Niger Delta, averred that the Judgement was well deserved as Justice has prevailed.

It would be recalled that the Defendants, who are from Bayelsa State committed the crime in Port Harcourt and fled to Ondo State where they were arrested after been declared wanted by the police for killing Soboma George and a groundnut seller Joy John-Ejims.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

NCS Will Obey Court Order to Release Sen. Uzor Kalu – PRO

The Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) says it will release former Governor of Abia, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu within the next two days.

“We’ll release the senator hopefully within the next two days,” NCS Public Relations Officer, Augustine Njoku, told newsmen on Wednesday.

This is coming following yesterday’s order of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordering the immediate release of the Senate Chief Whip.

The NCS said it is only waiting for the court order to be communicated to it formally in form of warrant, to effect the release of the Senator.

According to the PRO, once that is done and acknowledged, all other protocols and procedures would be followed for Kalu’s release.

NCS Will Obey Court Order to Release Sen. Uzor Kalu – PRO
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

Justice Mohammed Liman, who ordered Kalu’s release, had set aside the 12-year jail term imposed on him last December 5 by Justice Mohammed Idris.

He also quashed the conviction of Senator Orji Kalu’s firm, Slok Nigeria Ltd.

Justice Idris had ordered the winding up of Slok Nigeria Ltd and ordered that its assets be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The Supreme Court had earlier ordered the release of Sen. Orji Kalu, while quashing the conviction on the ground that the judge who handled the case, Justice Mohammed Idris, had no jurisdiction to do so.

The senator’s counsel, Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), yesterday prayed Justice Mohammed Liman to order Kalu’s release based on the apex court’s earlier pronouncement.

Fagbemi said: “Our application is brought pursuant to Section 159 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

“This is fallout of the Supreme Court decision delivered on the 8th of May.”

Ruling, Justice Liman granted Kalu’s application as prayed, saying it had merit.

 

 

 


 

 

Court Orders Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s Release from Prison

Court Orders Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s Release from Prison
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the release of Senator Orji Kalu; former Abia State governor, from prison.

Mohammed Liman; Judge of the Federal high court in Lagos, had fixed June 2 to hear of a motion on notice filed by Kalu, seeking release from prison.

In his application, the former governor asked the court to order his release from the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Kuje, Abuja, following the nullification of his conviction by the Supreme Court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Kalu and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account of Abia State on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion.

On December 5, 2019, Kalu was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment while Udeogu got a 10-year sentence.

On May 8, the Supreme Court nullified the trial of Kalu and others. The apex Court held that Mohammed Idris, the trial judge who had been elevated to the Court of Appeal at the time of the case, ought not to have presided over the matter while he was Appeal Court Judge.

Ejembi Eko, who read the lead judgment on behalf of the seven-man panel of Justices, said section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015, on which Zainab Bulkachuwa, former President of the Court of Appeal, relied on to authorize the trial judge to return to the High Court to conclude the trial was unconstitutional.

  • Source: Disciples of Democracy

 

 


 

COVID-19: Rivers State Rolls Out Free Transport Scheme

By The World Satellite.

 

COVID-19: Rivers State Government Rolls Out Free Transport Scheme
Rivers State Commissioner for Transport; Sunny Ejekwu (on red cap), with some of the Bus Drivers (on white shirt, black tie and black trousers) at the Commissioning of the 28 COVID-19 free luxurious buses

In a bid to help maintain social distancing in ordder to prevent COVID-19 cross infection amongst commuters, the Rivers State government has rolled out a total number of twenty-eight (28) COVID 19 free luxurious buses to ply within Eleme, Oyigbo, Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas, from 6:am to 7:30pm each day.

Rivers State Commissioner of Transport; Sunny Ejekwu, while commissioning the luxurious buses to commence operation on the major roads of the city, noted that the free transport scheme comprising luxurious bus of forty-eight-seater capacity will carry only twenty-two passengers, while the twenty-four-seater capacity will carry only twelve passengers.

While adding that any passenger without facemask or running high temperature will not be allowed to board the vehicle, Mr. Ejekwu noted that His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike has done so much to show his love for the people by rolling out twenty-eight luxury buses, which commuter’s will board free of charge to their various destinations in the state.

“To board these buses, it is a necessary condition that passengers must have his or her face mark on, we have sanitizers which the commuters will have to sanitize their hands before entry. The buses will operate according to bus stops, passengers will be picked and also alighted at the designated bus stops, no indiscriminate stopping will be permitted”, the Commissioner emphasized.

COVID-19: Rivers State Government Rolls Out Free Transport Scheme
His Excellency, Barrister Nyesom Wike; Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria

Continuing, Mr. Ejekwu stated that the four local government areas are the city centres and lots of people who do business in Rivers State live mostly in these areas. That is why according to him, the state government deemed it necessary to start from these areas, in order to capture the majority people living in the state.

However, he warned the drivers and conductors of the COVID 19 free bus service, not to collect money from passengers as anyone caught doing so will be punished by the state government, stressing that bus is free for all.

Also speaking, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim; the Commissioner for Information and Communications underscored the importance of the gesture to run a free bus service by the state government as helping to alleviate the suffering of Rivers people in this period of COVID 19 pandemic.

Defining the event as significant and unprecedented in the history of the state and in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19, Pastor Nsirim described that Governor Nysom Wike as one who loves and cares for his people. “His desire is to make sure that Rivers people dont suffer, it is now for people living and doing business in the state to reciprocate the good gesture of the state government by obeying government directives of COVID 19 preventive measures”, Pastor Nsirim noted.

Most of the passengers who were interviewed acknowledged the state government’s initiative to offer free bus services to the people of the state. Others expressed some level of surprise as they expected the COVID 19 transport scheme to operate in a subsidized rate and not to be totally free. Generally, they expressed joy that the free transport service will really help Rivers people, as cost of transportation has doubled ever since COVID 19 pandemic started.

 


 

Threat to Sack PHEDC Staffs; Union Calls on Stakeholders to Intervene

By The World Satellite.

 

Threat to Sack PHEDC Staffs; Union Calls on Stakeholders to Intervene

Against the backdrop of alleged threats to sack over one hundred and twenty staffs of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) by the Managing Director; Henry Ajagbawa,  the Electricity Workers Union has called on the state governments of South-South Zone, all Security Agencies and Stakeholders to immediately intervene.

This was contained in statement by the Acting General Secretary, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, South-South Zone; Comrade Innocent Lord-Douglas while briefing newsmen in in Port Harcourt, during when he informed that the management of PHEDC has concluded plans to serve retrenchment letters to over one hundred and twenty staffs come June 1st, 2020.

“information gathered is that the Managing Director is planning to sack one hundred and twenty staffs, majority of whom are River state people for his personal reasons, which we are yet to ascertain”, Comrade Innocent explained.

Continuing,  Comrade Innocent revealed that the PHEDC has declined responding to several letters written by the union on the issue, adding that the Managing Director has also refused to sign conditions of services for staff since resumption of office, six months ago, but resulted to the use of PHEDC manufactured sanctioned grid code to intimidate electricity workers.

“He cannot send out one hundred and twenty staffs to the public, where does he want them to go even at this of COVID-19 pandemic. in the event of any break down of law and order, the Managing Director of PHEDC should be held  responsible. We are telling the MD and CEO that they are not going to succeed in this venture. I have sent letters to the DSS, Police, State government, House of Assembly in the whole four States of PHEDC operations to call him to order”, he emphasized.

Henry Ajagbawa; MD/CEO, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company

Furthermore, Comrade Innocent directed all staffs of PHEDC not accept nor sign any letter of retrenchment presented to them without knowing the content of the letter, and should not vacate their office if asked to do so.

According to him, we are all stakeholders in the power industry, as such, many of our members have put in over eight years in the PHEDC service and in law any worker that have put up to five years in an establishment is entitled to gratuity. “No staff is going, no staff is going to sign any sack letter”, Comrade Lord-Douglas asserted.

Meanwhile, the sacked Branch President, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies South-South; Comrade Paulinus Aniedi, has appealed to the Rivers state government to intervene on the unjust action melted out to him by Henry Ajagbawa; Managing Director, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company.

Aniedi who made the appeal in Port Harcourt while briefing newsmen on the situation, claimed that his sack came as a result of the confrontation Henry Ajagbawa had with Governor Nyesom Wike, during the lockdown period.

According to him, the matter started when Henry Ajagbawa was arrested by Governor Nyesom Wike, when the Governor was going round to see the compliance of the COVID 19 lockdown, he was unable to identify himself, on that process the Governor asked the security operatives to send him to isolation Centre.

“As a result, the Managing Director had threatened to sack indigenes of Rivers State, Akwa Ibom and all South South staffs from PHEDC as a result of what happened between him and the Governor of Rivers State.

“The information I got from him was that he will avenge the anger on the Staff’s and he will sack over one hundred and twenty staffs. When I asked why he wants to sack the workers unjustly, he filed for my sack, even the Committee set up found me faultless, yet I was sacked for confronting him on the matter”, Mr. Aniedi stated.

 

 

 


 

2020 CHILDREN’S DAY: Queen Mimi Uhundu Pushes for Legislative Framework to Promote The Education of Children

By Kennedy Eberechi.

 

2020 CHILDREN’S DAY: Queen Mimi Uhundu Pushes for Legislative Framework Against Child Right Violations
Mimidoo Uhundu; Current Face of Middle-Belt, Nigeria

Children’s Day is a commemorative date celebrated annually in honor of children; its date of observance varies by country. In 1925, International Children’s Day was first proclaimed in Geneva during the World Conference on Child Welfare.

Since then, it is celebrated on June 1 in most countries. A similar event; Universal Children’s Day, falls on 20 November, which established by the United Nations in 1954 and aims to promote the welfare of children around the world.

In Nigeria, Children’s day is annually observed on May 27, aimed at raising public awareness of problems, that children face. The holiday is celebrated by government and non-governmental organizations during when Children from primary and secondary schools have a day off.

Against this backdrop and in an effort to re-commit to putting children first, the current holder of the Face of Middle-Belt, Nigeria; Queen Mimidoo Uhundu has called on stakeholders and  government  at all levels to take proactive steps at solving the problems connected with children’s rights violations and imperfect system of education, by coming up with programmes and policies that would promote the rights and education of the children.

Queen Mimidoo Uhundu, in a statement ahead of the 2020 Children’s day informed that Nigerian children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, which they require to attain their goals in life.

“About 42% of the Nigerian population are children and 1/3 of children aged from 6 to 14 don’t go to schools. Many children leave schools for different purposes and children’s rights are often violated. Unfortunately, the government of Nigeria do not make much to solve the problems connected with children’s right violation and imperfect system of education”, Miss Uhundu revealed.

Continuing, the Queen, who is so passionate about the vulnerable with particular interest in women and children, noted that in support of the age-long adage that “investing in our children means investing in our future”; concerted efforts must be done by all well-meaning Nigerians to achieve a better tomorrow for Nigerian children.

2020 CHILDREN’S DAY: Queen Mimi Uhundu Pushes for Legislative Framework Against Child Right Violations
Mimidoo Uhundu; A Passionate Advocate for Women and Children

Furthermore, Queen Mimidoo assured that she would always advocate the course of the Nigerian children because they have a lot of potentials that must be carefully harnessed through good education and training.

“The actions or inactions of stakeholders and government impact more on children than any other group in the society. The healthy development of children is crucial to the future wellbeing of any society such as ours. This is because, the children are still developing and are more vulnerable to poor living conditions such as poverty, inadequate healthcare, nutrition, safe water, housing and environmental pollution”, she explained.

While noting that the country cannot set aside May 27 every year to celebrate her children without taking decisive action to better their lives, Queen Mimidoo stated that all policies, including  legislative framework, must be put in place to give qualitative education to Nigerian children so as to reduce the number of out-of-school children.

Conclusively, Queen Mimidoo Uhundu called on parents to be responsible and responsive in taking good care and training of their children so that the country would be better in future.

All around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership, advocating for a more sustainable world for all. It is therefore another defining historical moment of realism, of promoting, protecting, and fulfilling the Child’s rights for a better tomorrow. Today’s decisions have got far reaching implications for our future, both as individuals and as a Nation.

 

 

 

 


 

 

COVID-19: Dr. Simon Uriah Denies Social Media Claims

By The World Satellite.

Dr. Simon Uriah; Chairman Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, has urged the public to always verify what they see on social media and stick to the truth alone. Dr. Uriah made this call against the backdrop of a viral social media video, which had on Friday 22nd May alleged that Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, admitted a suspected COVID 19 patient in a ward close to that of the Female General ward in the hospital.

Additionally,  the video, which further claimed that health personnels in the hospital are being subjected to work under duress to attend to the patient who was perceived to be an important person in the Rivers State government,  added that health workers of RSUTH protested against the behaviour of the Chief Medical Director; Professor Friday Aaron for subjecting them to attend to the suspected COVID 19 patient in the hospital, rather than take the patient to Isolation Centre.

Debunking the allegation, Dr Uriah noted that the alleged protest by medical personnels of the hospital as a result of the suspected patient was untrue, adding that the patient in question was kept in an isolated private ward away from other patients admitted in the hospital, adding

Continuing, he explained that the patient was isolated from other patients in the hospital, and was not in any general ward as alleged and no staff of the hospital protested. Dr. Uriah, who asserted that he was on duty from Friday 22nd May, till close of work, Saturday 23rd May and did not see anyone protest asked for the evidence that medical personnels protested.

COVID-19: Dr. Simon Uriah Denies Social Media Claims
River State University Teaching Hospital Complex

More so, Dr. Uriah informed that the said patient was duly isolated from other patients in a private ward, while awaiting the result of the COVID 19 test which is in keeping with NCDC, Federal Ministry of Health, Rivers State Ministry of Health guidelines. “Any well-meaning person who has the interest of doctors, nurses and other health workers at heart should find a way to assist the hospital in whichever way they can, rather than run the hospital down”, he said.

Dr. Uriah further averred that the encouragement of health care workers who are in the forefront fighting against this pandemic is timely, while advising that whenever people are in doubt, they should come to the hospital to verify. According to him; “the Teaching Hospital is not outside the Town of Port Harcourt. They should do a proper verification before making comments or supporting what somebody puts on social media”.

On the one hand, Dr Uriah affirmed that the Teaching Hospital is functioning fully, discrediting the allegation that patients are being turned down by Doctors or other health workers of the hospital, as contained in the video making round in social media.

“It is untrue that health workers of RSUTH turned down patients, the hospital is working well, you can visit the hospital to see things for yourself that the hospital is not closed. The children department, the Emergency section, labour Wards are all working fully, even patients admitted in Ward’s are being attended to fully, despite the fact that today is public holiday”, Dr. Uriah explained.

Conclusively, he assured that the hospital has well trained specialist and professionals who are abreast with infection and control protocols.

 

 


 

 

IMO: Uzodinma Gives Reasons for Abolishing Ex- Governors Pensions

 

IMO: Uzodinma Gives Reasons for Abolishing Ex- Governors Pensions
Gov. Hope Uzodinma fielding questions from the Media

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has explained that his government sponsored the bill on the repeal of Governors and Speakers’ pensions and privileges law of 2007 because it was illegal and designed to allow a few privileged people feed fat on the commonwealth of the people. He gave the explanation at the government house, Owerri when he signed the bill repealing the pensions law which was passed by the House of Assembly on Thursday

He said the law was against the Pensions Act which stipulates that only those who have put in a minimum of 10 years in public service are entitled to pensions, adding that former governors and speakers stay in office for only a maximum period of eight years. He also wondered how the same people who collect fat severance allowances at the end of their tenure can turn around to be paid pensions as well. With the amended law, former governor Rochas Okorocha and his predecessors would not be able to enjoy the jumbo pension pay.

According to the governor “As a young state grappling with enormous challenges, it dawned on me that the Imo State Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges law No 5 of 2007 was a bad omen. At the age our Governors and Speakers are leaving office it will not be out of place to assume that many of them will be alive and kicking in the next 15 years or more. This will mean that by then the state will have more than 20 governors and speakers qualified for pensions and privileges.

 

 

 


 

Ben Akabueze’s Tenure As DG, Budget Office Renewed

By The World Satellite.

 

Ben Akabueze's Tenure As DG, Budget Office Renewed
Mr. Benjamin Akubueze; DG, Budget Office of the Federation

President Muhammadu Buhari as approved the renewal of the tenure of Mr. Benjamin Akabueze as Director-General (DG) of the Budget Office of the Federation. This was revealed in a statement signed by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi; Special Adviser to Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning on Media and Communication.

According to the statement, Mr. Akabueze, popularly known as Ben, was first appointed as a Special Adviser Planning (SAP) to the President in February, 2016 and later re-deployed & appointed as DG Budget in June 2016 by President Buahri to handle the nagging issues in the Budget Office at that time.

“The Budget Office is currently undergoing several reforms under the leadership of Akabueze towards improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Budget office of the Federation.

“Akabueze has a track record of sterling performance & it is due to his achievements that Mr. President has approved Akabueze’s tenure to be renewed for another term in order to institutionalise the achievements for a sustainable improvement in the Budget Office of the Federation”, the statement noted.

 

 


 

Prof. Gambari’s Experience Would be Handy; – DAYP     

By The World Satellite.

 

Prof. Gambari’s Experience Would be Handy; - DAYP
Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu; Speaker, Second Assembly of Democracy Africa Youth Parliament

Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (DAYP)has noted without doubts that the experience of the New Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria; Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari in NEPAD, AU and UN would come in handy at this time Nigeria is in dire need of experienced and formidable hand to walk it through the numerous multifaceted challenges which require national, regional and global diplomatic interventions.

This statement was contained in a congratulatory message to Prof Ibrahim Agboola Gambari on his appointment and resumption of office as Chief of staff to the president, signed by Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu; Speaker, 2nd Assembly of DAYP wherein he described the appointment the appointment of Prof Gambari, who is a committed friend of DAYP as an act of putting a round peg in a round hole.

Mr. Graham further informed that Prof Gambari’s appointment is a most welcome development citing that it would ease its signature continental engagements.

 

 


 

COVID-19: FG Waives Import Duties for Medical Supplies

 By The World Satellite.

 

COVID-19: FG Waives Import Duties for Medical Supplies
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that import duty should be waived for medical equipment and supplies to strengthen health infrastructure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

The waiver is the latest of the fiscal policies measures that have been introduced by the federal government to combat the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is targeted at critical medical supplies exempted from payment of import duty and value-added tax (VAT).

Announcing the government’s fiscal response to the pandemic, Mrs. (Dr.) Zainab Ahmed; the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, had said that government would engage other corporates to know what they want the most.

“We do not want to go and say that we are reducing taxes for companies. Some of the companies, for example, the pharmaceutical industry, what they would want is to fast track processes to bring in materials to produce more drugs,” she said.

In her words: “We will be giving them import duty waivers, we will be giving them support to air freight their cargo, because supply chains are broken across the world. There is a need to fast track import of materials that are needed to produce drugs within the country, so we have to have those engagements to be more specific.”

Recall that the measures to facilitate the importation of some COVID-19 essential medical supplies was, according to the Honourable Minister, in line with the indicative list recommended by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WCO/WHO recommended list had been reviewed by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Ministry Finance.

COVID-19: FG Waives Import Duties for Medical Supplies
Mrs. (Dr.) Zainab Ahmed; Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning

Then speaking on the items for which the country has capacity to produce, she said; “Those items for which Nigeria has adequate local capacity to produce such as textile face masks, undenatured ethyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide (medical and disinfectant), hand sanitizers and syringes, with or without needles have been removed from the list.”

According to Ahmed, “already most pharmaceutical drugs are currently exempted from import duty and VAT in line with the provisions of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) and the First Schedule to the Value-added Tax (VAT) Act, 2007 as they are considered as essential items”.

These two global organisations had jointly prepared and circulated an indicative list of essential COVID-19 medical supplies and equipment. The list is meant to serve as a guide to governments and Customs Administrations globally, to facilitate the importation and clearance of medicines and medical equipment during the period of the pandemic.

Ahmed, in a request to President Buhari for the approval to implement the fiscal policy measures, had stated:

“The list is envisaged to assist humanitarian actors both in the public and private sectors in the delivery of imported medicines and medical equipment to tackle the coronavirus pandemic… To enable for expeditious clearance of the items on the list, some of them would have to be declared as national essential list of COVID-19 medical supplies….” She had requested that the items be prioritised and exempted from the payment of import duty and VAT.

Apart from the decision that the critical medical supplies be exempted from payment of import duty and VAT for a period of six months in the first instance with effect from 1st May, 2020, it is also decided, among others, that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) should ensure that in line with Standard Operating Procedures for the clearance of humanitarian/relief materials, these items are given expedited release at all times.

The Honourable Minister strongly believes that this measure will greatly assist in the current interventions toward providing essential medical supplies, and that it will also enable health care institutions at the national and sub-national levels and private healthcare providers bridge the gap in healthcare infrastructure and supplies in the country.

 


 

Access Bank Announces Plan to Reopen Suspended Branches

Bassey Udo.

 

Access Bank has confirmed media reports about suspension of operations in some of its branches across the country, although it gave security concerns and regulatory directives by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the action. The bank, however, said it would begin a phased reopening of such branches.

The confirmation was contained in a regulatory filing at the Nigerian Stock Exchange on recently to clarify media reports about alleged plans to close over 300 of its branches in Nigeria and downsize about 75 per cent of its workforce.

In the filing, the bank said as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which culminated in government lockdown in many parts of the country, the bank was compelled to suspend normal operations in some branches at different locations in line with the CBN directive.

Also, beyond compliance with regulatory directives, the bank said the decision was informed by the need to protect the health and safety of its customers and employees at vulnerable locations.

“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, we suspended in-branch operations at different locations as directed by the CBN and in line with business continuity plans at vulnerable spots, whilst we continued to provide services through our alternative digital platforms,” the bank said.

Access Bank Announces Plan to Reopen Suspended Branches
Herbert Wigwe; CEO and Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc

The bank did not say how many of such branches were affected, although it acknowledged concerns raised by reports about the decision, especially among its employees, customers, shareholders and the general public.

Beyond the suspension of operations at the branches, the bank said it was yet to apply for nor obtain the approval of the CBN for the closure of any of its branches. The closure of a bank branch, it explained, is an action that requires the approval of the CBN.

In line with the phased re-opening of the economy, which began May 4, 2020, the bank said it would be resuming normal services at the suspended in-branches in a programmed fashion to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers were protected.

The Company Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, said the programmed reopening in affected branches was necessary to provide relevant contingency to the overall bank operations should there be any incident arising from the pandemic.

Bearing in mind that the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic was not yet averted, Mr Ekwochi said, the bank would do all that is required to ensure the safety of all its branches in line with the protocol advised by the health authorities.

Access Bank Announces Plan to Reopen Suspended Branches
Access Bank Building

He urged the bank’s customers to leverage more of the digital channels for their transactions, to justify the significant investment made to ensure availability of service outlets throughout the crisis period and beyond.

On report about the bank’s plan to sack about 75 per cent of its workforce, Mr Ekwochi described it as “baseless and twisted speculation”, and “malicious and a distraction from a genuine and compassionate plan to protect our staff and help keep jobs in the unfolding macroeconomic environment.”

But, media reports quoted the bank’s Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe, of announcing during its online staff town hall meeting through video conference that his management was planning to dispense with about 75 per cent of the workforce due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Mr Wigwe said with the closure of the bank’s branches following the lockdown period, it would be difficult to keep all of its staff, including the security and other categories of staff.

“Based on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not expect that all our branches will be fully opened for in-branch services until later in the year. This has made it impossible for many of our outsourced workers to perform their duties as usual.

“Based on the above-mentioned circumstances, we have commenced engagement with various stakeholders with a view to ensuring that they provide the relevant services and optimum manpower as may be required by the Bank on an on-going basis.

“As we navigate the new normal occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to assure all our esteemed stakeholders that in our traditional manner the Bank will continue to ensure that its actions and decisions are guided by fairness, justice, equity and good conscience,” the bank said.

 

 


 

COVID-19: 14 Health Workers Infected in Katsina

By Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu.

The Governor of Katsina State; Aminu Masari, has revealed that 14 health workers are among the 75 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Mr Masari told journalists that out of these cases, six have been discharged from the isolation centre in the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina.

He said among the infected health workers, 10 were medical personnel from the Federal Medical Centre while the other four are from private clinics.

The governor said of the 37 recently confirmed cases, “only one is from Daura while the others are from Katsina.”

‘Lockdown’ on Emir’s palace

On Monday, armed security personnel reportedly locked down the palace of the Emir of Daura following the violation of the physical distancing directive observed in the palace.

COVID-19: 14 Health Workers Infected in Katsina
Aminu Masari; Executive Governor of Katsina State, Nigeria

Thousands of residents had trooped to the emir’s palace to receive some palliatives being distributed to cushion the effects of the lockdown.

On the development, the governor said “there was nothing wrong with the action (lockdown) adding that it was done to check the spread of COVID.

He also said the government would strengthen the lockdown in Katsina and Daura “as compliance was negligible”.

He assured that the government would increase spots where residents can purchase food items and medicines and the government will also provide frontline health workers with protective items.

Mr Masari also appealed to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to consider providing a testing centre in the state.

 


 

Coalition says Control of Infectious Disease Bill will promote abuse of people’s rights

By Olugbenga ADANIKIN.

 

A coalition of 41 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on Monday issued a warning that the Control of Infectious Disease Bill currently before the National Assembly (NASS) will promote willful abuse of citizens’ rights.

The coalition said the bill, which already is being referred to as an ‘Act’, would accord excessive powers to the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), if eventually passed.

Members of the coalition include Global Rights, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), Lawyers Alert, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Enough is Enough, Community Life Project and Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).

Others are Centre for Impact Advocacy, Concerned Nigerians, Lex Community NG, Centre For Liberty, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Say No Campaign.

In a document signed by the 41 organisations, they recognised the importance of legislation to contain the global Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) but noted that there are irregularities in the bill such as overlapping functions of the security operatives, abuse of institutional powers guaranteed by the constitution, ambiguity as well as inadequate regard to accountability.

They observed that the speed at which the lawmakers are hurrying to pass the bill into law despite the concerns is worrisome.

“The Control of Infectious Diseases Bill vests overbearing discretionary powers on the DG of the NCDC, while making no provision for reviewing and controlling the exercise of such powers,” the groups stated.

Coalition says Control of Infectious Disease Bill will promote abuse of people’s rights
Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Nigeria

“The Bill empowers the NCDC to restrict fundamental rights and freedoms at will, and abuse constitutionally established institutions and processes, without any form of accountability.”

For instance, the coalition cited as unacceptable Section 10 (3) of the bill, which gives the NCDC DG express powers to employ force to enter any premises without a warrant.

Aside this, the NGOs also expressed concerns about Section 19 of the bill. This confers the DG of NCDC powers to prohibit or restrict meetings, gatherings, and public entertainments. Another portion of the bill that worries the coalition is Section 15(3e), which allows the NCDC boss to authorise the destruction and disposal of any structure, goods, water supply, drainage etc.

“Section 47(1) confers discretionary powers on the Director-General to order any person to undergo vaccination or other prophylaxis. All these powers can be abused for political and economic reasons if not properly checked,” the coalition noted.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the National Assembly resumed legislative activities after a month of recess, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The House of Representatives after resumption, however, considered the controversial bill co-sponsored by the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu.

The ICIR earlier reported how the lawmakers plagiarised the bill originally prepared by the Singaporean lawmakers.

The development has provoked heated debate in the public space as to the rationale behind such an act, despite Nigeria being a democratic nation.

In order to avoid duplication of functions, the coalition charged the House to subject the bill to public scrutiny, by inviting relevant stakeholders to discuss the grey areas and proffer better solution or collective good.

They also advised the House to evaluate all provisions of the bill, they say fosters inter-agency conflicts and abuse of power and thus undermining constitutionally guaranteed rights and are contrary to the rule of law in the country and international human rights treaty which Nigeria is a signatory.

 


COVID-19: Development Control Department gives guidelines to construction workers in FCT

 

By Abeeb ALAWIYE.

 

COVID-19: Development Control Department gives guidelines to construction workers in FCT
Mukhtar Galadima; Director, Development Control, FCTA

THE Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has released guidelines with regards to the easing of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (Corona Virus) lockdown in the FCT.

Mukhtar Galadima; the Director, Development Control, in a press statement on Monday directed all owners of all construction sites (including public institution sites) to ensure full compliance with the guidelines in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the FCT.

The statement said the concerned entities are urged to be guided and ensure full compliance to the guidelines in order to avoid the relevant sanctions which include sealing of sites and possible prosecution.

The guidelines are stated below:

All construction sites must provide facilities for hand washing tor all
workers and visitors, this includes additional provision of alcohol- based
sanitizers.

All workers on construction sites must observe social/physical
distancing of not less than 2 meters, including other relevant safety measures.

All workers and visitors to construction sites are required to compulsory
wash and sanitize their hands prior to entering and leaving the sites.

Construction sites of a single structure (Residential Building) shall not
have more than 8 Numbers  of workers.

Construction sites of a single structure (Commercial Building) shall not
have more than 15 Numbers of workers.

Construction sites of multiple structures (Major Commercial/ Residential
Estate) shall not have more than 35 Numbers of workers or as may be determined by the Council.

The Director however, urged the general public to report any contravention of the provision(s) of these guidelines by any construction site(s) to the Department of Development Control for prompt action.

 

 


 

COVID-19 OIL & GAS INTERVENTION: Kano Receives Package

By The World Satellite.

 Despite the supply chain constraints involved in simultaneous nationwide delivery and distribution of medical items at this period, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)-led Oil and Gas Industry coalition is determined to extend the Industry intervention to all states of the federation, with Abuja, Rivers and states in the South West having benefitted from the initiative.

Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, weekend in Kano, disclosed this while presenting medical consumables, equipment and an ambulance to the Kano State Government, a release today in Abuja by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, has stated.

The release said the items were handed over to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on behalf of the NNPC and its partners – Chevron Nigeria Limited (Upstream) and Bovas & Company Limited (Downstream).

Other items donated to the state included a Toyota ambulance, two full kits ventilators, one smith Rescue Pac ventilator for emergency and transport, ten pulse oximeters, 10,000 nose masks and 5,000 Nitrile examination gloves.

COVID-19 OIL & GAS INTERVENTION: Kano Receives Package
From Left: Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources; Chief Timipre Sylva, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Mallam Mele Kyari at the presentation of Medical Equipment to the Kano State Governor; HE Abdullahi Ganduje in Kano over the weekend

Others are 250 face masks, surgical splash/fluid resistance face shield, 250 N95 respiratory valve, 100 PPE overall full kits, 100 PPE shoe covers, 2,000 PPE disposable caps and 500 Medimec surgical face masks.

Chief Sylva said that the items were part of the USD58million (N21bn) intervention initiative by the Oil & Gas Industry, expressing the hope that they would go a long way to stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources explained that the initiative covers three areas: provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure, disclosing that donations were outside the regular Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative routinely deployed by NNPC and the participating companies.

He said all commitments under the scheme were collected in kind through a clear, well-established and transparent governance framework.

“I commend NNPC, the donor companies and other participants in this initiative for standing up to be counted at these trying times,” Chief Sylva stated.

COVID-19 OIL & GAS INTERVENTION: Kano Receives Package
Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources; Chief Timipre Sylva with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State during visit to the Government House for the presentation of Medical Equipment to the State

Also speaking at the occasion, NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, hinted that the Oil & Gas Industry was planning to build permanent and sustainable medical infrastructure in each of the nation’s geo-political zones.

“We have a plan to deliver permanent medical infrastructure to every state of the Federation and a specific intervention in the six geo-political zones. We are selecting 14 locations to construct the permanent infrastructure.

Kyari added that as a socially responsible corporate citizens, the Oil and Gas Industry operators were focused on bequeathing some of the finest medical infrastructure that would outlive the COVID-19 pandemic.

On his part, Governor Ganduje, who lauded the Oil and Gas Initiative to combat COVID-19, said the intervention would go a long way in fighting the pandemic as well as complement the state government’s efforts.

The Governor stated that the state had three functional isolation centers and that it has commenced distribution of palliatives to 50,000 households in the state.

Led by the NNPC, the Oil and Gas Intervention against the COVID-19 pandemic has membership drawn from International Oil Companies (IOCs), Indigenous Petroleum Producers, Major Oil Marketers, Crude Oil and Products Traders, Depot Owners and Petroleum Products Marketers.

 

 


 

COVID-19: Hon. Uju Kingsley is Known for Progressive Ideology – Ikechukwu Nnadi

By The World Satellite.

 

COVID-19: Hon. Uju Kingsley is Known for Progressive Ideology – Ikechukwu Nnadi
Hon. Uju Chima Kingsley; Member Representing Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West Federal Constituency in the National Assembly

Those who still believe that Nigerian Politicians can and effectively deliver on the promises of their electioneering campaign in a way that promotes service delivery and a better standard of living for the people can proudly point at HonUju Kingsley Chima, whom experts have described as a perfect example of a social reforms advocate and a bridge builder.

In line with his focus driven representative commitment to his constituents, Hon. Uju, who represents the good people of Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West Federal Constituency of Imo State in the House of Representatives, recently distributed food items to his constituents to relieve them of the economic strains of the sit-at-home directive of the government as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to our correspondent, the S. A to Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima on Administrative Matters; Mr. Nnadi Ikechukwu informed that his Principal, who is known for his progressive ideology and passion for wealth creation across the Federal Constituency, distributed the vital food items in all the wards that make up Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West Federal Constituency.

COVID-19: Hon. Uju Kingsley is Known for Progressive Ideology – Ikechukwu Nnadi

According to Mr. Nnadi, some of the food items distributed by the lawmaker to cushion the negative effects of coronavirus on his constituents include a trailer load of rice, a truckload of Noodles; bags of salt, hand sanitizers and cash donations.

Furthermore, Mr. Nnadi revealed that the DG, Omeudo Campaign Organisation; Hon. Henry Igbomezie, who spoke on behalf of Hon. Uju Kingsley, advised the beneficiaries to wash their hands regularly, observe social distancing and obey all regulations has rolled out in the fight against the pandemic.

Igbomezie in his speech described Hon. Uju Kingsley as a man who never fails to live up to his responsibilities and urged the Central and Ward Coordinators to ensure the relief materials get to the poor and Vulnerable in their various wards as instructed by the Federal lawmaker.

COVID-19: Hon. Uju Kingsley is Known for Progressive Ideology – Ikechukwu Nnadi
Nnadi Ikechukwu Gerald; S. A to Hon. Uju Kingsley on Administrative Affairs

The member Representing Ohaji/Egbema in Imo State Assembly; Hon. Heclus Okoro, former Local Government Chairman, Ohaji/Egbema; Hon Ebenezer Amadi and HRH Eze Sylvester Okwuodu, were among the dignitaries who praised Hon. Uju Kingsley for his humanitarian services geared towards making lives better for his constituents devoid of political consideration in view of the hardship caused by Covid 19.

“Some of the beneficiaries, which include Traditional rulers and Clergy men could not hold their joy. They thanked Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima and wife for always coming to their rescue and assured them of their support and prayers”, Mr. Nnadi concluded.

 


 

 

COVID-19: CEPASD Africa Embarks on Community Awareness in Sierra Leone

By The World Satellite.

 

COVID-19: CEPASD Africa Embarks on Community Awareness in Sierra Leone
CEPASD Africa, Sierra Leone Chapter; Roy Robinson (M) during the Campaign

Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD Africa); a Youth-led Non-governmental Organisation has continued to take steps in demonstrating its commitment to peace building, quality education, entrepreneurship and leadership development.

In the group’s bid to complement the effort of the government of Sierra Leone in reaching out to communities with preventive messages against the corona virus, the Sierra Leone Chapter of CEPASD Africa embarked on a two-day community awareness campaign in three communities, which includes Portee Community, Waterloo Community and the Calaba Town Community recently.

While introducing the group, Country Director for CEPASD Africa, Sierra Leone Chapter; Roy Robinson described Center for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD Africa) as a global pragmatic youth focused non- governmental organization working in the area of peace building, education, innovation, youth empowerment through entrepreneurship, leadership, SDG and AU Agenda.

COVID-19: CEPASD Africa Embarks on Community Awareness in Sierra Leone

According to him, CEPASD Africa specifically pushes to redefine the narratives and rekindle the passion for nation-building in the youths. “It is a platform where the youths find a single purpose as patriots and agents of peace and change in Africa.

“CEPASD Africa also strongly believes young people possess the creativity, capacity and the intellect and resilience to solve Africa’s most pressing challenges, thus building capacity in mobilizing and empowering them with the requisite skills and knowledge, which makes them agents of Peace, change and leaders of high intellect”, Mr. Robison informed.

Mr. Roy, who noted that the organization has partnered with CASDER Sierra Leone, Goods Deeds Day Sierra Leone and Chezuba; a Global Organization that is supporting registered NGOs, added that CEPASDAfrica focuses more on creating an impact to NGO through connecting their Global Online Volunteers with different skill sets.

Assistant Country Director; Gefty Renner, while speaking, explained the various measures that should be taken to prevent the disease, which included: hand washing, avoidance of body contact, hand shaking, reduction of gathering to the barest minimum and social distancing etc.

COVID-19: CEPASD Africa Embarks on Community Awareness in Sierra Leone
Members of CEPASD Africa Sierra Leone Chapter

She also admonished residents that in the event of persistent coughing, uncommon fever, extreme fatigue and difficulty in breathing, residents should call 117 for emergency response. Again, she admonished them not to ‘pepper doctor’, as by so doing, if the patient is infected by the virus, it will spread and infect others. She therefore called on the community people to disseminate the message in the community.

Furthermore, CEPASD Africa, Sierra Leone Chapter aptly demonstrated the way to wash hands to prevent contracting the virus and also explained that the waste water used after washing of hands should be emptied in the toilet.

Conclusively, CEPASD Africa encouraged the Communities to observe the necessary personal hygiene explained to them and to adhere to the directives of the government. It also admonished them to follow the process of hand washing demonstrated to them as it will help to keep them safe from contacting the virus

While reacting, the leaders of the three communities welcomed them expressing their satisfaction for being considered by CEPASD Africa in this drive. They assured that their message will be well driven down to every family within the Community.

 


 

COVID 19: Unprofessional conduct at Gudu Cemetery

The Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCT Administration has noted with concern the video trending on social media, showing a man pulling off his Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) unprofessionally after participating in the burial of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Malam Abba Kyari, at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja.

The Public Health Department has since taken necessary action.

The said PPE left over by the individual has been professionally evacuated and the entire cemetery has been decontaminated. In addition, all the individuals including the man in question that participated in the burial and were not properly kitted have been identified and are being isolated.

 

Necessary tests will conducted on all of them to determine their level of exposure and ensure that they do not infect other people.

The Administration has also taken steps to ensure that all future burials of victims of COVID-19 are conducted in line with protocols established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Residents are therefore urged to remain calm and rest assured that the FCT Administration will continue to do all that is necessary to curtail and eventually end the spread of the Corona virus in the FCT.

Dr Mohammed Kawu, 

Ag Secretary Health and Human Services Secretariat

FCTA

 


 

COVID-19: CBCN Grants FG Full Access to Catholic Hospitals and Clinics

By Fr. Zachariah Samjumi.

 

COVID-19: CBCN Grants FG Full Access to Catholic Hospitals and Clinics.
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama; Leader of the CBCN Delegation with Boss Mustapha; Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Committee and other members of the CBCN Delegation

Considering the grave danger posed by COVID-19 pandemic, the world over, and in particular, Nigeria, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), today 8 April 2020, paid a solidarity visit to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Boss Mustapha who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force committee put in place by the Federal Government to combat the spread of the dreaded Corona Virus.

The CBCN delegation, which was led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama; the Archbishop of Abuja, acknowledged the excellent efforts of the Government in curtailing COVID-19.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force committee
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, with Boss Mustapha

He then read the message of the President of CBCN in which the CBCN, in solidarity with the people of Nigeria and the Government, granted the Presidential Task Force committee full access to 435 Catholic hospitals and clinics in Nigeria.

He further presented the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria’s national Health Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Okechukwu, a veteran public health specialist, should they need his services at their committee level and as the liaison person to the Catholic Health facilities in the country. Copies of a booklet cataloguing the addresses of the health facilities were submitted to the SGF.

Continuing, the Archbishop informed the SGF that the Catholic Church has the structures, track record, and the reach in terms of public mobilisation and the expression of solidarity with those under the burden occasioned by COVID-19.

The SGF thanked the CBCN immensely for the show of solidarity, and importantly, for making available about 400 health facilities to contribute to the efforts being put in place to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He further urged the Church to help in disseminating the message of personal hygiene and compliance with Government directives. He assured the CBCN that his committee would discuss the meaningful solidarity expressed by the CBCN and incorporate the offer in its programmes.

  • Zachariah Samjumi the Secretary General; Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.

 

 


 

COVIID-19: Vaccine for Treatment Ready soon – Iwu

By Chris Njoku, Owerri.

The drug for the treatment of the dreaded corona virus will be ready soon if the testing of the vaccine is completed.

The assurance was given by the Chairman of the Imo State Taskforce on COVID-19; Prof. Maurice Iwu in Owerri on Wednesday.

The professor of Pharmacognosy from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), had presented a plant-based patented treatment for COVID-19 to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu which is now been tested in United States.

COVIID-19: Vaccine for Treatment Ready soon - Iwu

While briefing newsmen in Owerri shortly after Seplat Petroleum and Waltersmith Oil Ltd donated COVID-19 preventive material to the state government, Prof. Iwu disclosed that there is a positive sign that it would soon be ready.

“The work on the drug we are developing is still going on. We are encouraged by the result we are getting. We are getting very positive signs.”

He further disclosed; “luckily the drug is a safe one. It is drug already in use. We are repurposing it for this particular purpose. So, when we finish the studying and testing we are doing, I think the drug will come up in line very very soon.”

Most importantly, he added “if the pandemic escalates, the NAFDAC will know what to do, like they did in USA to fast track the use of chloroquine.

COVIID-19: Vaccine for Treatment Ready soon - Iwu
Professor Maurice Iwu, with Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Nigeria

“If we have a need NAFDAC will know what to do. Right now the product is in human use, what we are doing is to repurpose it for this particular event,” he stated.

He said that the state government is doing everything humanly possible to prevent the virus from getting hold in the state.

READ ALSO: SECOND COVID-19 DEATH: Dousing Unnecessary Fears

“We have a vertical integration with the Federal Government whereby our ministry of health is working assiduously with the National Centre for Disease Control. We have equipment centre that is ready and we have configured isolation centres.” According to him “there is no confirmed incident in the state, but that does not mean the fear is not there.”

Source: The Nation

 

 


 

Big Stories for The Week

By Austin.

Here are some of the big stories that shaped the week in Nigeria and beyond.

1. COVID-19: More High-Profile Individuals Test Positive

Big Stories for the Week (13)

The coronavirus pandemic hit the entire world harder in the last seven days with increase in infection rate in Europe, America and Africa with more high-profile personalities contacting the virus.

The US became the country with the largest number of confirmed cases, with more than 85,500 positive tests.

The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s president, Abba Kyari, Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed topped the list of high-profile persons to test positive for COVID-19.

Not forgetting a couple of their aides who also tested positive to the virus. However, panic ensued as many of their contacts rushed to be tested.

The governors are Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) Godwin Obaseki (Edo) Douye Diri (Bayelsa) and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), all tested negative to the disease.

Only Obaseki went into self-isolation after interacting with people who tested positive during the last Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the National Economic Council meetings in Abuja.

2. NASS Will Monitor N6.5 Billion NCDC Fund, Insists Senate President

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has assured that House of Representative Committee will play their oversight role on the N6.5 billion intervention fund given to Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC.

The President of the Senate pleaded with NCDC to establish more testing and isolation centres as soon as more funds were released to it by the Federal Government.”

He stated that the Senate Committees on Appropriation, Finance and National Planning would oversight the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control on the strict application of the N6.5 billion to be released for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“I believe that our Committees on Health, in the Senate and in the House, must be alert to this, when funds are released, so that they (NCDC) don’t just go on jamboree spending the money elsewhere, where we may not achieve this kind of spread that is extremely necessary.”

Big Stories for The Week
Nigeria’s Senator President; Sen. Ahmed Lawan

Lawan, has called on the Federal Government to immediately put in place measures to guarantee relief for poor Nigerians whose daily livelihood would be affected as a result of the restriction on movement ahead of the considered total lock down to combat the spread of the pandemic.

Lawan made the appeal at the end of a meeting between the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly and some Ministers and Heads of Government Agencies on Wednesday in Abuja.

“If we have to eventually shut down our country, then as a government we must be prepared to have some relief for the most ordinary people.

“As a government, we must find our own money to fund something for our people.

“I’m not seeing anything at the moment targeted at providing some relief. If we lock up Nigeria today, then we will wake-up trouble, because the majority of our citizens go to markets every day before they can get something to eat.

“So, you lock them up in their houses with a threat of disease and without food. We need to have something, a plan of some sorts, in addition to making sure we don’t lock up the farmers market for example, where people can easily go and buy something, and of course pharmacies.

3. COVID-19: Buhari Hails Elumelu, Dangote, Atiku, Others For Donations

Big Stories for The Week

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the public-spiritedness of wealthy Nigerians and organisations for, according to him, standing up to be counted in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President  Media and Publicity), in Abuja on Friday, said the president salutes members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, made of people like Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Jim Ovia of UBA, Access, GT, and Zenith Banks, respectively, for contributing N1 billion each, and being in the vanguard of encouraging others in the private sector to do same.

It noted that UBA has equally donated the sum of N5 billion to Nigeria and Africa, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has pledged N50 million, while First Bank is partnering with the government, the United Nations and innovative technology firms to provide e-learning solutions to at least one million children under its ‘Keep Them Engaged, Keep Them Safe’ initiative.

The statement added that the president “extolled every other helping hand that has been lent by individuals, groups and organisations, which may not necessarily be in the public domain, noting that God who sees all things will abundantly recompense.

President Buhari recommends these laudable strides to other high net-worth Nigerians and organisations, stressing that hand in hand, the country will overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic, and chart a new course in nationalism and brotherhood.”

4. COVID-19: Buhari Not Flown Abroad – Presidency

Big Stories for The Week

The presidency has debunked an audio making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari has been flown abroad for treatment over coronavirus.

According to the audio in circulation online, President Buhari and his Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari, have been flown out of the country for treatment.

In the audio, a lady narrated how the alleged trip was arranged, claiming that she got the information about it from her friend whose husband is the pilot contacted to fly President Buhari and Mr. Kyari abroad.

A tweet, however, on the Presidency’s handle, Thursday night, described the audio as “concocted,” adding that Buhari was at work in his office that night.

It, therefore, called on Nigerians to disregard the audio, saying it is “fake news.”

President Buhari had tested negative for COVID-19 while Mr. Kyari had earlier in the week tested positive for coronavirus and is believed to have been infected during his recent trip to Germany where he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

He was said to have returned on March 14, and that he did not show any symptoms of being infected with the virus at the time.

5. FG Approves Use Of Stadiums, NYSC Camps As Isolation Centres

Big Stories for The Week

The Federal Government has approved the use of four stadiums in the country as isolation centres in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

These include the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos; Liberty Stadium Ibadan; M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Abuja and Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

Also, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps nationwide would be used as isolation centres.

This was disclosed on Friday by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare in a tweet on his official handle.

“Mr President has approved for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to open and make available the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, and Kaduna, as well as our NYSC camps nationwide for use as isolation centres as they are needed.

“We are in touch with relevant authorities,” Dare tweeted.

The Federal Government had earlier suspended sporting activities at stadiums nationwide and ordered the immediate closure of NYSC orientation camps nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sports Minister however on Friday, said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-opening of the camps as COVID-19 isolation centres.

 

 

 


 

COVID-19: DAYP Calls on All Segments of the Society to Desist from Causing Panic 

By The World Satellite.

 

COVID-19: DAYP Calls on All Segments of the Society to Desist from Causing Panic 
Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu; Speaker, Second Assembly of Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (DAYP)

It is no longer news that the global pandemic Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is having great impact on the health, social and economic structure of countries around the world.

The latest statistics from the World Health Organization (22nd March 2020) shows a total of 349,676 confirmed cases and 15,303 deaths globally. Thus, there is an urgent need to prevent the occurrence of new cases especially through local transmission, and to maintain the zero-fatality rate.

Against this backdrop, the Second Assembly of Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (DAYP) has stressed the importance of taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease and also desist from causing panic through unverified news, broadcasts and information.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Speaker; Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu, wherein he advised that all segments of the society adhere strictly to all public health directives and regulations provided by the competent authorized agencies such as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal and State Ministries of Health regarding COVID-19.

COVID-19: DAYP Calls on All Segments of the Society to Desist from Causing Panic 

 

Continuing, Hon. Elendu noted that the next few days in Nigeria will be very crucial depending on the results from cases of isolation and health of people who arrived into the country or had high risk contacts in the last one week.

“Concurrently, proper awareness and sensitization about these precautionary steps should be embarked on in all spheres.

“On our own part we would suspend all our physical sittings and focus on online mediums. most countries have shut down schools and are utilizing online platforms and we in Nigeria and Africa must do the same as a measure to curb this and reduce the spread.

It’s our responsibility to make sure in togetherness that nobody feels abandoned as we also maintain the required social distance to curb the spread”, Hon. Elendu stated.

He therefore, called on well-meaning individuals as well as organizations to device means of supporting citizens in this harsh economic realities brought about by this pandemic realizing the fact that there will also be pressure on the little resources of the average citizen at a time of lock down such as this when they are also not able to embark on their usual work to make their daily bread.

Generally, Save Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (SDA) is a 120-member Youth parliament established in 2016 in line with the provisions of the African Youth Charter (Banjul Declaration) of July 2006, which serves as the continental framework that underlines the rights, duties and freedom of the African youths.


 

SANUSI’S DETHRONEMENT: Global Advocacy Frowns at the Politicization of Traditional Institutions

SANUSI’S DETHRONEMENT: Global Advocacy Frowns at the Politicization of Traditional Institutions
Mr. Chrys Anyanwu; Executive Director, Global Advocacy for African Affairs

Nigerians home and abroad were recently greeted with the news of the dethronement of one of the most important Emirs in the Northern Nigeria; Muhammed Sanusi II, who was until recently the Emir of the Kano Emirate in the Northern part of Nigeria.

The Emir who was deposed by the Kano State Government on March 9, 2020 for what it called “insubordination and disrespect” to the Kano State Government Authorities has had frosty relations with Kano Governor; Abdullahi Ganduje since 2017.

While many believe he was sacked for opposing Mr. Ganduje’s re-election last year and for speaking truth to power, Global Advocacy for African Affairs reacting to the incident called for a clear separation of politics from Africa’s well established and respected traditional institutions.

SANUSI’S DETHRONEMENT: Global Advocacy Frowns at the Politicization of Traditional Institutions
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, NIgeria

Speaking to news men at its Abuja, Nigeria office on Tuesday March 10, 2020, The Executive Director of the Africa’s leading development advocacy organization; Chrys Anyanwu queried the rational of the constitutional provisions which confers on the Executive Governor of a state who is clearly a politician and a member of a particular political party the authority to appoint, manipulate and dethrone traditional institutions at will.

He recalled how traditional authority used to be a distinguishing feature in the landscape of contemporary Africa. “In many African countries, traditional leadership remains important in organizing the lives of the people at the local level despite modern state structures.

“Traditional leaders deliver essential modern services that African states do not always succeed in delivering. They act as intermediaries between the government and the local population; and they are often a local force to reckon with; wielding a local and general influence in their own communities due to their control over resources and people,” Mr. Chrys explained.

SANUSI’S DETHRONEMENT: Global Advocacy Frowns at the Politicization of Traditional Institutions
Muhammed Sanusi II

Furthermore, he frowned at the whole politicization of this highly revered institution which he said followed the political independence of many African countries where many African governments saw chiefs as threats to their powers and impediments to the modernization and nation building and tried to curtail their role in local governments and national politics.

According to him, this has gotten worse by the day following the bastardization of our political space. Traditional rulers are now being seen as appointees of the governors who also demands loyalty from them; this according to him ought not to be

The organization therefore advised Nigerian government and by extension other African governments to see the Kano situation as an opportunity to strengthen the traditional institutions in Africa by revisiting the laws setting up and also guiding these institutions with a view to harnessing the full benefit of these very important institutions.

 

 


 

 

Nigeria Has Reached Advanced Stage in Fiscal Transparency; –President Buhari Assures

 

By The World Satellite.

 

Nigeria Has Reached Advanced Stage in Fiscal Transparency; -President Buhari Assures
President Buhari with EFCC Acting Chairman; Ibrahim Magu, Kaduna State Governor; Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Kebbi State Governor’ Atiku Bagudu during the Passing Out Parade of EFCC Detective Inspector Course 5 in Kaduna State.

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that with the various reform agenda implemented by his administration, Nigeria has reached advanced stage in Fiscal Transparency.

The President gave this assurance on Tuesday in Kaduna at the Passing-Out Parade of Detective Inspector Course Five, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The Appropriation Bill is placed online within hours of its presentation in the National Assembly. The Budget Office of the Federation has been engaging interest groups in the budget cycle. A pilot scheme of 10 MDAs has been test running online display of their budgets and expenditure movements.”

“My resolve is to ensure that the reforms are deepened such that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption. My aim is to ensure that no government financial transaction is done in secret and all are subjected to public scrutiny.

“The objective of this administration is to institute a level of transparency in governance through mainly information technology platforms. Just as advanced democracies and some developing countries, I am determined that within a short period, citizens would be able to follow core government operations online,” President Buhari said.

Nigeria Has Reached Advanced Stage in Fiscal Transparency; -President Buhari Assures

While noting that the Federal Government’s commitment to online disclosure of Beneficial Owners of Companies generally within the framework of the Corporate Affairs Commission and in the extractive industries through Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) is on course, the President added: “I am aware that the portals are ready but owners of companies are unwilling to comply with all disclosure requirements. May I use this opportunity to urge all well-meaning Nigerians to fully comply.”

Continuing, President Buhari said that various national reforms and collaborative efforts with international organizations are designed to institutionally strengthen Anti-Corruption agencies in Nigeria.

According to him, the Federal Government have been working within the frameworks of National Action Plan for Open Government Partnership (OGP), National Anti-Corruption Strategy, which is an adaptation of United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR).

“Several of the reforms have been effective for several years with great impact on revenue and expenditure management. These include; the Government Integrated, Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS), Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), Single Treasury Account, and Bank Verification Number (BVN).

“Executive Orders, such as Preservation of Suspicious Assets Connected with Corruption (Executive Order 6), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Act 2018; and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2018 have been operating for a few years and effectively limiting system opportunities for corrupt practices,” He explained.

Nigeria Has Reached Advanced Stage in Fiscal Transparency; -President Buhari Assures
President Buhari presenting an award to the Overall Best Cadet; Agakwu Francis Ikani during the Passing Out Parade of EFCC Detective Inspector Course 5 in Kaduna State, With him is EFCC Acting Chairman; Ibrahim Magu

The President further informed that his administration, right from the inception, aligned with the Open Governance Partnership and Global Forum for Asset Recovery in addition to existing commitments to African Union and Economic Community of West African States’ Conventions Against Corruption, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

Undoubtedly, these frameworks focus significantly on systems reforms in order to prevent corruption, President Buahri noted that Nigeria’s active participation in these global anti-corruption platforms means that the country is subjecting itself to periodic review of its progress in implementing the articles of conventions thus the fight against corruption.

More so, the Nigerian leader remarked that his administration’s war against corruption is attracting international endorsements. “Our fight against corruption is being recognized by the international community as real and effective. The face of the country abroad is also changing as the international community is beginning to see Nigeria making substantial progress in the enthronement of transparency, accountability and good governance,” he noted.

Concluding, President Buhari praised efforts of the EFCC in making the war against corruption effective: “I have listened attentively to the report in the speech presented by the Chairman of EFCC. The report is an attestation that the right policies have been put in place to fight corruption and the fight is becoming much more effective. I make bold to say that Nigeria is winning the war against corruption. I congratulate the EFCC on its good work and I urge that the current level of success be sustained and accelerated,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the EFCC acting Chairman; Ibrahim Magu said that “EFCC on its part is currently developing its Statement of Strategy for 2020 to 2025, in line with the five pillars of National Anti-Corruption Strategy. This, according to him, was preceded by an earlier strategic plan which was successfully implemented.”

Additionally, noted that with the support of development partners, EFCC has built one of the best investigative laboratories in West Africa, which has aided investigators and prosecutors in achieving accuracy and deployment of incontrovertible evidence in courts. He also identified communication as key to the overall success of the organization’s activities.


 

LAW STUDENTS REMAIN THE FUTURE OF NBA; – Barr. Clement

By Kennedy Onyegbado.

 

Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Bwari Branch (Capital Bar); Clement Chukwuemeka Ugo Esq. has described Law Students as the future of the Nigerian Bar Association, saying it is time the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as a body supports the younger ones in need because if their future is not preserved, the future of NBA as a body will extinct.

“As the host NBA Branch of the headquarter Of Nigerian Law school in Abuja , We use this opportunity to  call on the National body of the NBA to urgently assist the Nigerian Law School in whatever way it can to ensure a safe and conducive environment for Law Students and lawyers in the making with the huge savings the President Usoro led  administration has made under his financial prudence and transparency governance,” he informed.

Barrister Clement made this call on behalf of the Capital Bar in Press Release, commiserating with the DG Nigerian Law School, Abuja in general and the DDG Kano Campus in particular over the over the fire outbreak that engulfed the Nigerian Law School, Kano Campus recently destroying valuable properties.

LAW STUDENTS REMAIN THE FUTURE OF NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION; - Barr. Clement
Clement Chukwumeka Ugo Esq; Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Bwari Branch, Abuja.

Describing the incident as a rude shock, the SERVANT ONE as he wishes to be referred to commended the courageous intervention of the students that helped in putting out the fire incident which had suddenly broke out at about 10:30pm and destroyed one of the Students’ hostels.

While giving thanks to Almighty God that no live was lost in the inferno, he further commended specifically the bravery and spartan nature of the Nigerian Law Students in Kano who according to him, brazed the cold in the ancient Kano city to put out the fire in good time.

“We hereby use this opportunity to call on the management of the Nigerian Law School to forthwith equip all the campuses of the Nigerian Law School with Fire Fighting Equipment to forestall future occurrence”, Barrister Clement Concluded.

No doubt, as pundits have described, this intervention by the Capital Bar as a demonstration of its commitment to being to being viable and relevant to issues of national discuss / importance as it affects the Bar and the Bench.

 

 

 

 

 


 

President Buhari Commiserates with Family of Victims of Fire Attack in Maiduguri

President Buhari Commiserates with Family of Victims of recent Fire Attack in Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari

 

By The World Satellite.

 

President Buhari has commiserated with family of victims of attacks in Maiduguri, Borno State, assuring them that his administration will continually frustrate the devilish operations of Boko Haram, and bring it to an end.

President Buhari also condemned the murderous and cowardly attack on innocent passengers by the Boko Haram terrorists near Maiduguri, adding that his administration is ever determined to frustrate their goal to hold Nigeria to ransom’’.

“The commitment of this administration to protect the lives of Nigerians will not be derailed by the cowardly and indiscriminate violence against innocent people by Boko Haram terrorists,’’ he said, while reacting to recent attacks in Maiduguri.

More so, The President Buhari, who further condoled with the government of the state, warned that terrorists are clearly on a back foot and their days are numbered.

“As our armed forces continue to receive more hardware and intelligence to counter our current security challenges; the remnants of Boko Haram will ultimately be crushed. The peculiar challenges of asymmetric warfare notwithstanding, our armed forces are ever determined to defeat these enemies of humanity,’’ President Buhari said.

 


 

30 dead, including pregnant woman and baby, in Nigeria militant attack

By Bukola Adebayo, CNN

30 dead, including pregnant woman and baby, in Nigeria militant attack
Burnt cars from the scene of the attack

At least 30 people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, are dead after suspected Boko Haram militants set fire on sleeping travelers in Borno state, Nigeria, the governor’s spokesman told CNN.

The attacks happened in Auno village, about 20 kilometers from the capital Maiduguri at around 10 pm Sunday night, the Borno State governor media aide Isa Gusau told CNN.

They burnt 18 vehicles, including trucks laden with food products, and other goods that were to be taken into markets in the city the following day, Gusau told CNN.

30 dead, including pregnant woman and baby, in Nigeria militant attack
Images from the scene of the incident showed charred bodies lying beside burned vehicles.

Resident Shehu Tanko told CNN the bodies of a pregnant woman and her baby were among those recovered from the carnage. News of the attack was released after Borno State governor visited the area Monday afternoon.

“They burn everywhere. The fire was still on till this morning. We are still looking for many people around here,” Tanko said.

News of the attack was released after Borno State governor visited the area Monday afternoon.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but Boko Haram militants have fought a decade-long war in the region– burning down villages, attacking military checkpoints and kidnapping residents — amid repeated claims by the government that they have been defeated.

The Boko Haram insurgency has displaced tens of thousands of residents and 112 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the group’s militants in 2014 are still missing.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari told African Union’s security council meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday that his government was working to secure the release of all children and citizens held by terrorists.

”It is for this reason that the Nigerian government has severally condemned, and is combating frontally the dreadful activities of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State,” Buhari said in a statement.

 


All my actions in Edo state are based on Buhari’s advise – Oshiomhole

 

All my actions in Edo state are based on Buhari’s advise – Oshiomhole
Adams Oshiomhole; National Chairman of All Progressives Congress

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Adams Oshiomhole, has explained why being national chairman of the party should not preclude him from local politics in his home state, while noting that he was following President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice to all APC leaders to connect with the grassroots.

Oshiomhole who stated this recently in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government of the state, during a unification rally to receive members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to the APC, said he does not want to be a national chairman who cannot win any election in his own state.

According to him, the rally has reinforced his confidence that he will win the forthcoming governorship election in the state for the APC, adding that with the defectors, no one is left in PDP in Edo North.

“Some people asked me why I am playing local politics as a national chairman and I told them that every politics is local. I don’t want to be an Abuja politician who cannot win his poling unit, local government and state in election.

“I don’t want to be an Abuja politician because I am a national chairman and on the day of election, I can’t win my unit. I don’t want to be a chairman who campaign and win election in other states and on election day I cannot win my unit, ward, house of assembly member and national assembly member. If I don’t win my place, how will I deliver the president and how will I be a useful national chairman,” he said

All my actions in Edo state are based on Buhari’s advise – Oshiomhole
President Muhammadu Buhari

The APC national chairman further disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has told them during NEC meeting to connect to the unit level of politics and listen to the views of all members so as to deliver the party at the grassroots.

He noted that the only permanent position in politics is grassroots while all other positions are tenured, adding that by the time his tenure elapses, he is still coming back to the local politics.

Speaking on the electoral laws, Oshiomhole said President Buhari has said that he will take some steps to correct the lapses observed in the electoral process before he leaves office, so that the next election will be free and fair and there will be no need to go to the court.

All my actions in Edo state are based on Buhari’s advise – Oshiomhole
Engr. Abubakar Momoh

“What that means is that anybody who wants to rig election is not in Buhari’s country and APC’s Buhari said he will not rig election for anybody and he wants electoral process where votes count in the country,” he disclosed.

Earlier, the leader of the decamping PDP members, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, said they were joining the APC to work with the Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki to succeed in the development of the state.

He said: “A minimum of 30,000 members are leaving the PDP to the APC today. There is nobody left in the PDP in Edo North because aside those who left the APC and are coming back, those who had not left the PDP since 1999 are also joining us,” Abubakar said.

Other dignitaries at the unification rally include former Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chris Ogiewonmyi, Lucky Imasuen, Deputy Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Peter Akpatanson, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, Hon. Julius Ihonvbere.

 

 


 

 

DON’T BE AFRAID OF AUDIT IF…;- President Buhari Tells Public Servants

By The World Satellite.

President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished public servants to see audit as a means of improving their performance and not as a threat, adding that no one in government should be afraid of audit if they have done the right thing.

President Buhari who made this statement on Tuesday while declaring open the second edition of the Conference of Auditors-General in Nigeria, challenged auditors to adhere to the professional code of conduct guiding their operations, while ensuring timely and quality review of financial performance of public officers. He also charged Auditors-General in Nigeria to maximize the use of their constitutional powers in the fight against corruption.

According to the statement signed by Femi Adesina; Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, the Nigerian President expressed concern that ineffective audits had contributed largely to governance problems over the years, urging auditors to embrace good governance, accountability and transparency, which are hallmarks of this administration.

”As accountability institutions in the Federal, States and Local Governments, and as the institutions empowered under the Constitution to review the financial performance of public officers even where there has been no petition or allegation, you are uniquely placed to tackle corrupt practices.

”Through your audit findings and recommendations, corrupt practices would be discovered early and loopholes blocked before they are exploited. Furthermore, you have the full range of audit tools at your disposal including financial compliance, performance and Information Technology audits.

Dont be afraid of auditing if.... president buhari
President Muhhamadu Buhari Declaring the Conference of Auditors-General open

”There is literally no aspect of government performance or expenditure you cannot examine. What may be missing is the will to properly deploy the powers that you have. In which case, I will remind you that under-performance by auditors, or ineffective audits, contribute largely to governance problems. Auditors therefore need to decide not to be part of the problem but the arrow to the solution,” President Buahri Said.

While commenting on the 2016 and 2017 Annual Reports of the Auditor-General of the Federation, the President noted that the audit opinion was in line with the reality of corruption, mismanagement and misappropriation facing the nation.

The President however, commended the Auditor-General of the Federation for his efforts, saying: ”I want to encourage you to continue to do your best. It is important that all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are kept on their toes through timely and high-quality audits.”

Continuing, President Buhari told the three-day conference that his administration was fully aware of the value that audit and scrutiny brings to the performance of governance functions.

He, therefore, assured the professionals that regular and constant monitoring of performance would be prioritized as the Federal Government rolls out its Development Plan.

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”We know that MDAs charged with delivery of activities that impact the lives of Nigerians can all monitor and report their own performance, but the most reliable measure is an accurate and independent assessment by external auditors. This is one key reason all tiers of government in Nigeria need a strong external audit function, ” Mr. President explained.

Also, The President used the occasion to highlight some key achievements in the fight against corruption through government anti-corruption agencies, especially the EFCC, the ICPC, the Code of Conduct Bureau and others.

He said: ”These successes include significant arrests, recoveries of cash and properties purchased with stolen funds and the blockage of loopholes through which people siphon public funds. You may also have noted the progress made by the Judiciary in the trials of several cases and the sanctions and sentences being handed out to offenders.

”You will also be aware of this administration’s Financial Transparency Policy and the launch of the Open Treasury Portal at the end of 2019. This again is to improve on accountability, access to information for all citizens and the timeliness of financial information.

”You can see that a lot has been done, but there is so much more to do, as the cancer of corruption has deeply affected our country and our governance practices, and the fight cannot be won until all tiers of government and indeed the generality of Nigerians are determined to join the fight against corruption.’’

Acknowledging that auditors are facing several challenges, the President noted that very few States had the operational and financial independence necessary to deliver high level performance.

Dont be afraid of auditing if... president buhari
Anthony Ayine; Auditor General of the Federation

He therefore assured the auditors that efforts are being made to strengthen the independence of their offices, encouraging them to strive to achieve maximum impact with the powers they currently have.

”My expectation for the future is to see audits conducted at all tiers of Government with more impactful findings. I expect audit institutions to be able to report the amount of financial impacts and savings they have achieved for their government, along with non-financial impacts,” he said.

In his remarks, the Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr Anthony Ayine, identified the absence of an Audit Act, which is a basic requirement for Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of Nigeria, as a major impediment for audit institutions in the country.

Noting that the Audit Ordnance of 1958, which the country was using is no longer in the statute books of Nigeria. Therefore, Ayine called for the enactment of Audit Laws to further strengthen the audit institutions to perform better.

More so, the Auditor-General pledged total support of auditors to the administration’s fight against corruption, acknowledging that the presidential directive in 2015 to MDAs to ensure prompt response to audit queries has been very effective in ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s resources.

Ayine also highlighted other successful initiatives of the Federal Government to promote accountability and transparency in governance including Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and other Electric platforms that ensure blockage of leakages.

A major highlight of the event was the presentation of ”Champion of Transparency and Anti-Corruption” Award to President Buhari by the Conference of Auditors-General in Nigeria.

 


 

 

I Can’t Bear Seeing Children Drop Out of School

By The World Satellite.

i cnt bear seeing children drop out of school
Queen Tor Gloria; the current Miss Charity Ambassador-Royal Queen

The Miss Charity Ambassador Organization has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating its commitments to promoting charity, peace, socio cultural integration, youth empowerment, tourism, investment and sustainable development in Nigeria.

Since inception, the organisation has embarked on a lot of charity campaigns and selfless services. As an organisation registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission, Miss Charity Ambassador Pageant is not just about the funfair of crowning beauty queens, but a platform aimed that discovering and encouraging talented female youths in Nigeria to participate effectively in championing charity campaigns and development in Nigeria.

The will of the Organisation to continue to live up to its mantra was further underscored during the recently held Back-to-School Project at the LEA Primary School and Government Secondary School, Down quarter Kaduna State carried out by the Miss Charity Ambassador Queens, namely: Queen Ruth Edegbo (Miss Charity Ambassador- Head Queen), Queen Joy Ohamba (Miss Charity Ambassador-Tourism), and Queen Gloria Tor (Miss Charity Ambassador-Royal Queen),

I cant Bear Seeing Children drop Out of School
The Miss Charity Ambassador Queens, with the staff and students of LEA Primary School and Government Secondary School, Down Quaters, Kaduna State.

In a chat with The World Satellite shortly after the event, the Miss Charity Ambassador – Royal Queen; Miss Tor Gloria informed that about 20 kids were sent back to school by making adequate provision for their school fees, bags, sandals, socks and writing materials. “We also enlightened some female students of JSS 3 on life from our viewpoint and further admonished them to take their education more serious”, Miss Tor added.

Describing the event tagged: ‘A Chance for A Better Future’ as fruitful and fulfilling, the final year student of Benue State University said: “The Back to School Project gave me an insight on what showing love means and what it feels like putting smiles on people’s face. With the little given, we received more in terms of prayers and gratitude from the families of the beneficiaries. It was fulfilling and gratifying”.

No doubt, every kind gesture has an inspiration. For Queen Gloria; one of Nigeria’s talented models who is being inspired by the maxim; “it is better to give than to receive” noted that the act of giving has been one of her attributes and feels glad doing it when the opportunity calls for it.

I cant bear seeing children drop out of school
Queen Ruth Edegbo; Miss Charity Ambassador- Head Queen (M), Queen Joy Ohamba; Miss Charity Ambassador-Tourism (R), and Queen Tor Gloria; Miss Charity Ambassador-Royal Queen (L)

“If I am in the position to help or reach out and I fail to do that I would forever be restless. Like we all know education is Key and I can’t withstand seeing children at a tender age drop out of school. Being one of the Miss Charity Ambassador beauty queens has created that platform for me to help and touch lives in my own little way and I have to do it with joy’’, Queen Gloria explained.

The Benue-born beauty queen who combines modelling and studies is looking forward to carrying out other projects such as free Medical Outreach, Skills Acquisition programs and Construction of Toilet Seats in secondary schools.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

SUPREME COURT VERDICT ON IHEDIOHA IRREVERSIBLE – Agbakoba, others

By The World Satellite

SENIOR lawyers had said the Supreme Court cannot reverse its judgment on the Imo State governorship election.

It could be recalled that the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the immediate swearing-in of Senator Hope Uzodinma, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the March 9 election. He replaced Chief Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who was in office for seven months.

Consequently, PDP in a statement accused the Justices of compromise and demanded a review of the judgment.

However, Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), including Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, Mr Ahmed Raji, Babatunde Fashanu and Dr Paul Ananaba, said the decision was irreversible.

Adedipe who believes the PDP was “talking politics”, said that the party could not be making “a serious call”.

“The Supreme Court is the final court of the land. Their decisions can only be changed by legislation. The provisions in the Supreme Court Act for a review of judgment has to do with correcting clerical mistakes. Besides that, the court cannot revisit any decision it has rendered. The PDP’s call, with profound respect, is mischievous,” he said.

Adedipe added that such a call from a major political party “is unfortunate”.

For Agbakoba, the demand is unrealistic saying: “The demand is not feasible as it is a final judgment and not amenable to review.”

Raji said while the Supreme Court rules allow for a review in a very limited way, there are other factors to be considered.

“If their case can be accommodated under the rules and the decided authorities on the point, why not? But the greatest challenge will be the 60-day time-limit. The position of the court is that after 60 days from the date of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in an election petition, the Supreme Court ceases to have jurisdiction. That is the hurdle!” Raji exlained.

On his own, Fashanu noted that the Supreme Court was ‘functus officio, in the matter and cannot revisit the case.

“A court can only revisit a case in which it has delivered judgment if the judgment is a nullity e.g. if the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case or if the judgment was obtained by fraud. Nothing like that is being alleged here. So, let the loser wait for another election,” he advised.

While noting that the Supreme Court decision was final Dr Ananaba added that every citizen has a right to request for a judgment to be reviewed and that it is for the Supreme Court to decide whether or not to grant the request.

According to him, there have been previous applications in the past asking the court to review its judgment. “An aggrieved person can make such a request. It is left for the Supreme Court to grant it or not,” he said.

Asked if an apex court can reverse itself, he said: “Yes, why not? But it is only the Supreme Court that can review its judgment. “The Supreme Court in many cases has departed from its previous judgment but most times from another appeal. Because they are human, they can change their minds on a particular principle of thought. “But I don’t know if they would finally want to review in this case. They may agree or may not agree. But by and large, their decision is final,” Ananaba said.

 


 

 

SUPREME COURT VERDICT: A RECIPE FOR CRISIS AND COUP;-Says PDP

By The World Satellite

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, to step down while the six other justices that decided the matter should recuse themselves from the remaining election petition cases pending at the apex court, which include those of Sokoto, Kano , Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue and Plateau states.

The PDP disclosed this in a statement issued against the backdrop of the supreme court declaring Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 9 Gubernatorial Election in Imo State.

Describing the judgment as a miscarriage of justice, the PDP promised to seek a review of the verdict which it described as a “recipe for crisis and a coup” against it and the Imo people.

According to National Chairman of the PDP; Uche Secondus: “The Supreme Court, as presently constituted under Justice Tanko Mohammad has become heavily compromised; lost its credibility and is now annexed to the ignoble agenda of the APC-led Federal Government against the Nigerian people.

“The judgment of the Supreme Court voiding the lawful election of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha (who scored 276,404 votes) and awarding fictitious votes to declare Hope Uzodimma of the APC, who scored 96, 458 votes as governor of Imo State, is highly irrational, unfounded, a provocative product of Executive manipulation and a recipe for crisis, which should not be allowed to stand.

“With the verdict, the Supreme Court executed a coup against the PDP and the people of Imo State as well as other Nigerians, and such must not be allowed to have a place in our democracy.”

Querying the validity of the judgment, Secondus pointed out that the 127,209 votes added to the votes of the APC candidate; Hope Uzodinma, by the apex court could not be justified.

He informed that the votes added to the APC candidate shot the total votes cast at the election above the number of accredited voters, as contained in the record of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Further in his statement, he noted that while the INEC’s figure of accredited voters stood at 823,743, the apex court, through its judgment, shot the number to 950,952. This, according to him, is in excess of accredited voters in the election.

SUPREME COURT VERDICT: A RECIPE FOR CRISIS AND COUP;-Says PDP
Prince Uche Seccondus; PDP National Chairman

Also, The PDP Chairman queried the allotment of the entire votes in the disputed 388 polling units to Uzodinma, saying that going by INEC records, election did not take place in those poling units as a result of violence and other disruptive activities on Election Day.

“The so-called results from the 388 polling units were rightfully rejected, in line with several decisions of the Supreme Court, by the Tribunal and Court of Appeal as they were merely dumped on the tribunal in a Ghana-must- go bags by a policeman who had no mandate of the police to testify at the tribunal.

“The tribunal did not even open the bags as there was no basis to do so. It is one of the great wonders of the world how the Supreme Court opened the bag, counted the results and added them to only the APC candidate.

“What is more perplexing is the fact that INEC produced a schedule of reasons why results were not produced from the 388 units. Indeed, election did not even take place in most of the units for one reason or another, like violence, etcetera and so no result could possibly be obtained from those units.

“None of the candidates or their counsel, except perhaps APC, as we speak, are aware of the number of votes scored by each party from the 388 polling units. The tribunal or Court of Appeal did not mention or ascribe any figure from the units to any party in their decisions. In fact, in the cross examination of the APC candidate, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, he could not read any figure from the ‘Oluwole’ results.

“He said that the figures were not clear. And so it beats our imagination where the Supreme Court conjured and manufactured the figures it used in declaring Uzodinma of the APC as duly elected,” Secondus said.

Secondus further raised questions as to the propriety of the apex court to formulate and allocate votes as election results where such votes were not certified by INEC as required by law.

Consequently on that explained that the Supreme Court, as presently constituted under Justice Tanko, has lost its credibility and no longer commands the respect and confidence of Nigerians.

“If the people no longer repose confidence in the Supreme Court, then our democracy, national cohesion and stability are at great risk. The constitution of the panel that heard the appeal itself was a product of drama. The panel was changed three times and any judge that showed signs of not agreeing to murder democracy in this case was promptly removed by the CJN.

“The result had to be unanimous to satisfy the script of rationality. But can any judge who sat on that panel go home and sleep well? Can any judge who sat on that panel face his Creator and swear that impartial justice was done? We think not.

“We had intelligence before the verdict on the Imo governorship that the hierarchy of APC had decided that they must use the Supreme Court to capture the states won and controlled by the PDP such as Imo, Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa and Benue.

“Can the PDP rightly trust the impartiality and independence of the panel headed by Justice Tanko Mohammed, the CJN, to adjudicate on the remaining cases involving the PDP like Kano, Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau and others?

“Is the same fate awaiting the governors of these states that are controlled by the PDP and other states like Kano where the PDP clearly won and was robbed? Should Justice Tanko Mohammed and his colleagues on the Imo governorship panel not recuse themselves from the remaining cases involving PDP?

“The PDP firmly holds that if the flawed judgment of the Supreme Court on Imo governorship election is allowed to stand, it would be a recipe for anarchy, chaos and constitutional crisis not only in Imo state but in the entire country.

“Our party has it in good authority that Justice Tanko and his panel are working on instruction of certain forces in the Presidency to use the Supreme Court to take over states lawfully won by the PDP and award them to the APC.

“The PDP therefore advises Justice Tanko not to allow himself to be used to push our nation to the path of anarchy and constitutional crisis as any further attempt to subvert justice in the pending petitions on Sokoto, Bauchi, Benue, Adamawa as well as Kano and Plateau states will be firmly and vehemently resisted.

“In other to avoid an imminent breakdown of law and order, the PDP demands that Justice Tanko Mohammed immediately steps down as CJN and chairman of the National Judicial Council as Nigerians have lost confidence in him and a Supreme Court under his leadership.

“Justice Tanko must not head the panel to determine the remaining election petitions before the Supreme Court,” Prince Uche Secondus concluded.

 

 

 


 

Gov. El-Rufai Allows us do our Job;-  Hassan Rilwan

By Kennedy Onyegbado

 

Hassan Rilwan Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board
The Executive Secretary; Hassan Rilwan, with the Sudan-Bound Students

The saying that ‘Not who you know but what you know’ might gradually become a reality in Nigeria. This is due to the new visionary, proactive, and more purposeful leadership of the new Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board; Hassan Rilwan who is being inspired by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai’s vision and leadership.

The Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board is a Government Establishment responsible for the provision of scholarship and loans to Students who are Kaduna Citizens. It reflects the governor’s commitment to challenging young people with leadership positions, giving youths the opportunity to learn public service by doing it.

The Kaduna State Government through the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board offers scholarship which is based on meeting criteria.  This is to serve as a means of relief in payment of tuition fees, accommodation fees, feeding and other needs of the students. It also helps to support the student towards achieving academic excellence.

The expression of the will of the Board to continue to carry out its mandate with no human interference and prejudice was evident during the meeting of the Executive Secretary and the parents of the 7 Sudan-bound students who recently left to join other fourteen students who are products of the partnership between the Board and the Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi Foundation.

Hassan Rilwan Kaduna State Scxholarship and Loans Board
Hassan Rilwan presenting Scholarship Award Certificate to on of the Beneficiaries

At the meeting one of the beneficiaries’ parent recounted how he doubted and nearly punished his child when he told him he got a call to come and collect his scholarship award letter because they do not know anyone as the saying goes.

The meeting, which provided a veritable platform for the parents to meet one-on-one with the Executive Secretary for the first time, afforded the board the opportunity to intimate them on the vision and mission of the board as inspired by the Executive Governor; Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

While speaking at the meeting, the Executive Secretary; Mr. Hassan Rilwan noted thus: “We are simply carrying out our mandate as a Board inspired by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai’s vision for the Education system of the State. We are happy to give our best and being able to choose only the qualified because we have a leader who allows do our jobs without interference”.

Hassan further disclosed that in the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board, what gets one scholarship, bursary or loan is not ‘who you know but what you know’. “We are determined to ensure we reduce human interface and subjectivity”, Mr Hassan added.

Generally, under the partnership agreement between the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board and The Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi Foundation; the Foundation chooses the school of study, provides tuition and Accommodation while the Board selects the students, provides transportation and upkeep.

  • Kennedy Onyegbado is a Publicist and Heads Ken-Gbados Concepts Limited; Email: gbadoka@yahoo.com

 

 


 

Cultural Creativity Lies in Encounters with Different Cultures:– Says Uzoigwe Comfort

By Kennedy Gbados.

 

Cultural Creativity Lies within Constant Encounters
Queen Uzoigwe Comfort Ugochi: CEO, Glamorous Models Africa

Queen Uzoigwe Comfort; the CEO of Glamorous Models Africa and the organizer of the recently held 2019 Face of Glamorous Models Africa pageant has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating her commitments to galvanizing the interest of the youths, especially young girls and strategically re-channel them to national pursuits that will culminate in development and cultural recovery. This was evident on Tuesday in Lagos during a media parley.

Queen Comfort who spoke passionately on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which comprises of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, noted the complementarities between culture and peace. “To build peace that leads to development, it is necessary to have mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures. If people accept cultural diversity and understand cultures other than their own, it will contribute to the prevention of conflict, building of peace and development. Hence, cultural diversity in Nigeria should be seen as an asset rather than a burden,” miss Uzoigwe explained.

Continuing, the Enugu-born Fashion and Runway Model observed that with an estimated population of about 130 million and over 250 ethnic nationalities, Nigeria ranks the most populous country in black Africa. Accordingly the important part of sustainable peace is cultural diversity.

“The emergence of differing culture and maintenance of cultural diversity has raised the possibility of the human race to adapt to environmental change in the future. Additionally, in order for culture itself to retain its creativity and vitality, the existence of other cultures is a must. New ideas are born from other cultures, and the source of cultural creativity lies within constant encounters between different cultures,” she added.

Cultural Creativity Lies Encounters with different cultures
Miss Comfort Uzoigwe

Furthermore, the 400 level Physics undergraduate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka congratulated the winner of the 2019 edition of the Face of Glamorous Models Africa; Miss Ebereuche Fortunate, and re-echoed the strategic importance of her position especially now that the issue of the Girl-Child is on the front burner of global discourse.

“Face of Glamorous Models Africa as a Pageant built on the foundation of decency to bring out the best in models, and upcoming models to limelight tends to break boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at aspiring models. As an Agency, innovators and initiators of global movements, we are creating a world that is relevant and future generations. So, we will use our platform to continue to call on government to start placing values on models so as to recognize the enormous potentials in the Modelling Industry”, she said.

While noting that the Face of Glamorous Models Africa will make use of the media of mass communication as instruments of social mobilization and enlightenment to able to galvanize large army of Nigerian youths, he opined: “the moment the youths of Nigeria are sufficiently educated about the essence of and the philosophy behind Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity, it is easier for the different segments of the complexity that Nigeria is, to now unify and decide to live in peace, harmony, equality and respect for equity, social justice and practice democracy the way it should be.”

Queen Uzoigwe Comfort Ugochi; the first ever Face of Okpanku Pageant concluded by asserting that one of the fundamental objectives of her Agency and the Face of Glamorous Models Africa Pageant is to promote our cultural values. According to her, “to promote cultural values one has to create the enabling environment for the proper promotions of the different cultural activities that we find Nigeria”.

Queen Comfort was in the company of by Miss Ebereuche Fortunate and Miss Prisca John; the 2019 Face of Glamorous Models Africa’s winner and the 2nd runner up respectively.

 

  • Mr. Kennedy Gbados is a Publicist, and heads Ken-Gbados Concepts Limited. Email: gbadoka@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 


 

 

Ebreuche Fortunate Wins 2019 Face of Glamorous Models Africa

By The World Satellite

 

Ebereuche Face of Glamorous Models Africa
Miss Ebereuche Fortunate; @019 Face of Glmorous Models Africa

Identified as the future of the African Modelling Industry, Miss Ebereuche Fortunate is a manifestation of a hybrid cultural upbringing which has directly influenced her emergence as the 2019 Face of Glamorous Models Africa.

The Face of Glamorous Models Africa is a trademark of Glamorous Models Africa; an agency built on decency in bringing out the best in models, and upcoming models to limelight. The 2019 edition tagged: “Finding the Glamour in you” was a one month digital contest, which ended yesterday. It was organized to build young girls as well as empower them to become women of substance.

In a chat with The World Satellite shortly after the announcement, the winner; Miss Ebereuche Fortunate demonstrated a commitment to serve generally, and a career supporting the undeserved, particularly. “I will use the platform given to me by Glamorous Models Africa to touch lives. I believe the best way of investing resources is when people are happy, especially those who can’t pay you back”, she explained.

Also, Miss Ebereuche; a 200 level undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt expressed that the cultural richness, grace, dedication, leadership and strength that the Face of Glamorous Models Africa’s organizers exemplifies will inspire her to us her voice, passion and position to raise awareness on the

Ebereuche Face of Glamorous Models Africa
Ugochi Uzoigwe; CEO, Glamorous Models Africa

issue of the Girl-Child in Nigeria and beyond by promoting entrepreneurship and vocational education amongst young girls to enhance sustainable socio-economic development with emphasis on education and empowering the Nigerian Girl-Child.

Furthermore, the Imo State born queen was convinced that her role as the Face of Glamorous Models Africa will enable her to shine the spotlight on Nigeria and beyond, tell her story, inspire others and most importantly serve humanity.

In her own remarks, the CEO of Glamorous Models Agency; Miss Ugochi Uzoigwe noted that 35 contestants from across Africa participated and were judged based on the strength of their social media followership and most importantly on character and boldness based on their video challenges.

Explaining why she organized such a contest, the first ever Face of Okpanku Pageant said: “As an ex-beauty queen and having listened to young girls, I realized that a lot want to take modelling as a profession but not knowing what right steps to take. So my team and I decided to put together this digital contest to give opportunity for young aspiring models to fulfil their professional dream”.

Continuing, Miss Ugochi; one of Nigeria’s talented Runway and Fashion Models informed that the coronation and victory party will be held in the month of January wherein Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to Nigeria,  Senior Government Officials, business men and women and members of the Modelling and Entertainment Industry will be present.

Conclusively, she congratulated the 2019 Glamour Queen; Miss Ebereuche Fortunate as well as advised her to carry out her face built on the foundation of dignity and decency.

 

 

 

 

 


 

CEPASD AFRICA Celebrates One Year of Peace and Development Advocacy in Africa

By The World Satellite

 

CESPAD AFRICA

Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD AFRICA); a Youth-led Non-governmental Organisation has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating its commitment to peace building, quality education, entrepreneurship and leadership development.

Though, founded in 2014 by Mr. Austin Igweshi, it was officially registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) under the company and allied matters acts 1990 as an incorporated trustee in 2018, and has been the frontline for a peaceful Nigeria.

Within one year of its inorporation, CEPASD AFRICA has carried out and executed numerous programs and projects on peace, education, entrepreneurship and leadership. Also it has created real values in the area of peace, education, entrepreneurship and leadership thereby reaching 6 African countries in one year including Nigeria. Ghana, Zimbabwe, Liberia, South Africa and Gambia.

Notable among its laudable achievements was the successful hosting of the 2019 Nigeria Youth Summit in commemoration of the 2019 International Youth Day of the United Nations wherein over 100 youths attended. The outcome of the summit has informed an advocacy for increase 10% budgetary allocation for education.

CESPAD AFRICA
Austin Igweshi; Executive Director of CESPAD Africa, presenting award to Amb. Kingsley Amafibe; CEO Peace Ambassador Agency

A testament of the will of the Organisation to continue to implement and carry out programs and projects geared towards sustainable peace and development was evident at its one year anniversary celebration recently. The event which held at the Ibrahim Baba Indo (IBI) centre in Abuja was in recognition of the theme: The Role of NGOs in Social Transformation with a keynote speech by Ms. Aderonike Bello, who highlighted the roles NGOs such as CESPAD AFRICA play in social transformation. She encouraged the organizers of the event and the Organisation to keep up the good work

Welcoming guests at the event, the Founder and Executive Director of CESPAD AFRICA; Igweshi Augustine informed that the essence of the anniversary ceremony was to celebrate achievement and success the organization has recorded in the past one year, which will pave way to achieving more in the years ahead. In addition, he stated that it was also to recognize individuals and organizations for their excellent works, successes and achievement they have attained in their various endeavours.

High point of the event was the award presentations to individuals who have excelled in the areas of Leadership, Media, Humanitarian Services, Peace and Security, etc. Notable award recipients include S.A to the Minister of State FCT; Ms. Aderonke Bello, S.A to AMAC Chairman; Mrs. Abiodun Essiet, Amb. Graham Elendu; a pan African youth leader and  Media Guru, Professor Blessing Lawal; founder, GSFEN World Wide, Dr. Macjohn Nwaobiala; Former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Queen Irene Onwuka; founder QIOP foundation, Adesuwa Obasuyi; founder SACC Initiative, Amb. Kingsley Amafibe; CEO Peace Ambassador Agency, and Precious Ajunwa; founder Galaxy4Peace  and many others.

 

 


POLICE SERGEANT COMMITS SUICIDE OVER DELAYED PROMOTION

By Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri

 

Police Sergent suicideTragedy struck at a branch of a new generation bank at the Ahiara junction in the Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State on Wednesday as a police sergeant , Paul Joseph, committed suicide over alleged delayed promotion .

A source told our correspondent that Joseph, who hailed from Taraba State , was long overdue for promotion to the rank of inspector , but had yet to be promoted by the Police Service Commission .

The incident , which happened around 7am , caused panic in the area as residents gathered in groups to discuss what could have led the policeman to take his own life .

“While the bank workers were resuming for work for the day , they heard a gunshot at the security house by the gate . Upon enquiry , it was discovered that

the policeman had shot himself dead ,” a source at the bank said .

Our correspondent learnt that the cop had been venting his anger over the refusal of the police authorities to promote him to the rank of inspector .

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Orlando Ikeokwu , said the sergeant ’s corpse had been deposited in the morgue .

The police spokesperson said the rifle belonging to the police , which Joseph allegedly used in taking his own life , had been recovered .

Ikeokwu said the state Commissioner of Police , Rabiu Ladodo, had ordered an investigation into the incident .

The police spokesperson stated , “We have evacuated the corpse to a morgue and we have recovered the rifle . Suicide is not a crime, what is a crime is attempted suicide . He would have been arrested if anybody had rescued him while he was allegedly trying to commit suicide.

“ The CP ordered a full -scale investigation into the incident . We want to find out why a serving policeman , who earned salaries , took his own life .

There are many assumptions , but we don’t want to be carried away by them . We want to find out what led to the alleged suicide.

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Imo State Government Promises to Rehabilitate Juvenile Offenders

 By The World Satellite

 

Imo State Government Juvenile Offenders
Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha decalring the 3-day retreat open

Imo State Government under the leadership of Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha has expressed its dedication to champion the initiative to reform and reorient juvenile offenders as useful members of the society.

His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha stated this while declaring open the SAVE THE YOUNG 3-Day Reformation & Reorientation Programme for Juvenile Offenders at the premises of the Nigerian Correctional Service Headquarters, Owerri.

The Governor in his speech hinted that the State is reviewing the Law on Children and Young Persons’ Act II, which bears the responsibility of the setting up of juvenile courts. He also disclosed that the state has commenced plans to set up a State Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.

Furthermore, the Governor called on the church and other faith-based and non-governmental organizations to lend a hand in the efforts to make juvenile offenders better members of society.

Imo State Government Juvenile Offenders
Ms Adaora Onyechere; Convener of Save the Young Initiative

In her own remarks, the convener of SAVE THE YOUNG INITIATIVE, and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Information & Advocacy; Ms Adaora Onyechere gave the objectives of the program as Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of juvenile offenders. This according her includes the development of necessary programmes like skill acquisition, civic education, and other facilities to assist underage offenders.

Concluding, she thanked the Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led government for the immense support in ensuring that every section of the society is carried along in the ‘Rebuild Imo’ agenda.

On the Governor’s entourage were the Secretary to the Government of Imo; Barr. Uche Onyeagucha, the Chief Of Staff, Goverment House; Barr. Chris Okewulonu, the Commissioner for Youths; Hon. Umez Eronini, the Special Adviser Security; Mr Raymond Nkemdirim, Chief Ikemba Martin Opara; DG Imo Orientation Agency, among others.

Other guests were Hon. Amarachi Iwuanyanwu; member representing Nwangele and Hon. Philip Ejiogu; member representing Owerri North, while Rev. Fr. Gerald Njoku, represented Archbishop A.J.V. Obinna of the Catholic  Archdiocese of Owerri

 

 


 

Lady Ebere Ihedioha Reacts to a Viral Video Call for Help

 

By Kennedy Eberechi

Lady Ihedioha Viral Video
Sir Emeka Emenalo and Lolo Nwachi from the Office of the Wife of the Governor of Imo State,  with Mr. Philip Okoro (m) and his two sons

The wife of the Executive Governor of Imo State; Lady Ebere Ihedioha has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating the commitment of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha; the Executive Governor of Imo State in the delivery of the ‘Rebuild Imo’ agenda through inclusive growth and development.

The recent immediate and prompt reaction to the viral video made by Barrister Maxwell Opara; a human rights activist in Abuja on the plight of Mr. Philip Okoro’s family of Umudimara, Ekwerazu Town in Ahiazu Mbaise L.G.A of Imo State is a practical expression of the will of the wife of the Executive Governor of Imo State in using her office in ameliorating the plights of the indigents in the State.

Lady Ihedioha viral video
Mr. Philip Okor with his new Tricycle

Senior Special Assistant (Programs and Communications), Office of the Wife of the Governor of Imo State; Mr. Martin Onyegbado who revealed that Her Excellency on hearing the situation of Mr. Philip Okoro sent an immediate evaluation team to the family of Mr. Peter, added that Mr. Philp is a widower who has been laid off from work and is faced with the challenges of fending for himself and his 2 physically challenged sons.

Continuing, Mr. Martin informed that in helping to ameliorate his situation, Her Excellency presented him with a tricycle to enable him fend for his family. In addition, a cash donation was given and through Her Excellency’s Foundation, a medical evaluation and care has been set in motion for the two physically challenged sons.

It would be recalled that not too long ago Barrister Maxwell Opara had made a video of the situation of Mr. Peter Okoro’s family wherein he called the attention of the wife of the Governor on the plight of the family. The video, which showed the grandmother with the two sons of Mr. Philip Okoro went viral on social media.

 

 

 


 

Government Needs To See The Enormous Potentials In The Modelling Industry – Ugochi Uzoigwe

 By The World Satellite

Ugochi Uzoigwe Government Value Modelling Industry
Miss Ugochi Uzoigwe

Miss Ugochi Uzoigwe; one of Nigeria’s talented Runway and Fashion Model has called on government to start placing values on models so as to recognize the enormous potentials in the Modelling Industry. According to her, “In this part of the world our government don’t place value on models which is why we don’t even have a standard Modelling Academy”.

The final year student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, who made this call during a media parley with The World Satellite expressed that becoming a model may seem easy, but a little training and experience can make the world of difference.

“Setting up a standard Modelling Academy will help an upcoming model learn the ropes and acquire skills needed to become a successful and professional model, or just help boost one’s confidence in general. Modelling is such a competitive industry so leaning the basics puts you at the top of the pile when it comes to booking jobs”, she explained.

Describing modelling as a highly vocational business, the CEO of Glamorous Models Africa and Dazdiva Collections revealed there is more to modelling than a quick pose or walk. “Modelling can be a very highly paid profession so you need to be equipped with the correct tools in order to be top of your game and succeed as a model”, Miss Ugochi added.

On the other hand, Miss Uzoigwe who has walked on the Runway for Dazzle Fashion Week, Seantoby Fashion Show and being on a Fashion Magazine for Emvirture Magazine recounted that breaking into the modelling industry is always a hard one as there are thousands of girls who want to be models. She further stated that because of this, most times, those in charge tend to place charges on upcoming models. Such charges could include sex before job.

“I had this same challenge when I first contested for a pageant. Knowing that I had all it takes to be a Pageant Queen, I stood by my ground and won the pageant, which was my first attempt in breaking into the modelling industry. Some are faced with the challenge of going nude for a particular brand, but I believe when one defines what he/she wants in the industry he/she will be able to overcome all odds”, she expounded.

Under the platform of her Glamorous Models Africa, the 21 year old who balances modelling and academics is planning to lunch a project, which will be built on decency, bring out the best in models and upcoming models to the limelight.


 

 

Nigeria Commits To Ending Open Defecation by 2025

By The World Satellite

 

Open Defecation-Free Order
President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed Executive Order 009 entitled, The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order, 2019.

According to Femi Adesina; Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, the Order declares as follows:

  1.     That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation free by 2025.
  2.     That the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.
  3.     a.      There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called “Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat”.
  4.     The Secretariat is authorized on behalf of the President to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.
  5.     All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.
  6.      The National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation with appropriate sanctions and penalties.
  7.     All development projects shall include construction of sanitation facilities as an integral part of the approval and implementation process.
  8.      The Secretariat shall terminate when Nigeria is declared Open Defecation Free.
  9.     All enforcement authorities are hereby directed to diligently collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in implementing this Order.

Femi Adesina further revealed that the Executive Order 009 came into being against the background that Nigeria is ranked second amongst the nations in the world with the highest number of people practicing open defecation estimated at over 46 million people – a practice which has had a negative effect on the populace, and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

“President Buhari had described the statistics on open defecation and access to pipe borne water service and sanitation as disturbing, and had declared commitment to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan;

“The President had declared a State of Emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector, the action being imperative as it will reduce the high prevalence of water borne diseases in different parts of the country which have caused preventable deaths;

“Nigeria has committed to end open defecation throughout the country by 2025 in consonance with her commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, Femi explained.

 

 


 

 

CONSTITUENCY PROJECT: Buhari Strikes Terror, Attacks National Assembly

By Dan Ugwu

 

Conctituency Project President Buahri Strikes
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has said there is little to show for over one trillion Naira budgeted for constituency projects of the National Assembly members in the last 10 years. The President added that the ICPC report on constituency projects confirmed the fears that people at the grassroots had not benefited from the huge money that the National Assembly members had collected for the projects.

Buhari spoke at the National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Sector, which was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in Abuja on Tuesday.

The president has once more struck a right cord, shortly after he lamented the loot of NDDC fund by leaders in the S/South  who allegedly usurped these fund to build mansions for themselves, while neglecting the people to whom such funds are allocated. The much we see in the villages are unserviced solar panel street lights, unfinished road constructions and other abandoned projects labeled as NDDC and Constituency projects. If Buhari succeeds in clamping down on these loot and wreckages, there will be hope for the common man in Mbutu.

 

 


 

By Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

Orji Uzor appeal court winner
Orji Uzor Kalu

An Appeal Court in Owerri , the Imo State capital has affirmed Oji Uzor Kalu as the rightful winner of the February 23 election in Abia North Senatorial district .

The chairman of the panel, R. A Ada who read a unanimous decision, flayed the lower court ( election tribunal ) for ordering a rerun in some electoral wards in Abia North .

The jurist said that the premise on which the Elections Petitions Tribunal cancelled Orji ’s victory was unknown to law .

He contended that the lower court granted the petitioner reliefs it did not ask , saying , “it was unacceptable in law .”

The justice said that the petitioner , Mao Ohuabunwa tendered his documents at the lower tribunal without calling witnesses to tie the documents to their case .

He said “The lower court erred by allowing the dumping of documents on the lower tribunal . In law , the petitioner must establish proof by bringing witnesses who will tie the documents to the substance of the case .”

One of the counsels to Kalu, Mr . Perfect Okorie told journalists that “The relief the petitioner Mao Ohuabunwa asked for was for the nullification of the election in Bende and Isiukwuato, LGAs but the lower tribunal embarked on its own expedition, granted strange reliefs and nullified elections in some polling units in Ohafia and Arochukwu .”

 


 

By The World Satellite

Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating the commitment of his administration to revive the State’s economy through inclusive growth and development.

This was evident with the recent Operation Zero Pothole as another strategy to cushion the deteriorating state of roads in the state.

Disciples of Democracy reports that the development, which has added to the mobilization to site of most contractors engaged to handle critical roads across the state has been applauded as a good measure that will help to ameliorate the plight of motorists and citizens in general, while the massive road reconstruction embarked upon by the new administration begins to yield fruit.

 


 

President Buhari Signs The Amended Deep Offshore Act

By The World Satellite

 

Nigeria Signs Amended Deep Offshore Act
President Buhari signing the amended Deep OffShore Act in London. With him is the Chief of Staff; Malam Abba Kyari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in London signed the amended Deep Offshore Act noting that it is very important for all Nigerians – particularly the young generation.

Garba Shehu; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity revealed this in a statement wherein he explained that with the signing of the amended Deep Offshore Act, Nigeria will now receive its fair, rightful and equitable share of income from our own natural resources for the first time since 2003.

Garba Shehu in his statement quoted the President thus: “In that year oil prices began a steep increase to double – and at times – triple over the following decade. All this time Nigeria has failed to secure its equitable share of the proceeds of oil production, for all attempts to amend the law on the distribution of income have failed. That is, until today.

“Rapid reductions in the cost of exploration, extraction and maintenance of oil fields had occurred over these 25 years, at the same time as sales prices have risen. A combination of complicity by Nigerian politicians and feet-dragging by oil companies has, for more than a quarter-century, conspired to keep taxes to the barest minimum above $20 per barrel – even as now the price is some three times the value.

“Today this changes. For the first time under our amended law, 200 million Nigerians will start to receive a fair return on the surfeit of resources of our lands. Increased income will allow for new hospitals, schools, infrastructure and jobs. Today marks a new and beneficial relationship with our oil company partners: one that benefits all – starting with the Nigerian people.”

The Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, was with him when he signed the Act.

 

 

 


By The World Satellite
Onyejeocha Abia House of assembly
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Senate Minority Leader), Hon [Barr]  Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Deputy Whip, House of Representatives),  Rt Hon Chinedu Orji (Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly) and Members of The Abia State 7th Assembly.
The Lawmakers of Abia State House of Assembly on Wednesday, had a Special Plenary Session in Honour of the Ranking Members of the 9th National Assembly from Abia State.
During the special session, an award of excellence was presented to the Deputy Chief Whip, House of Representatives; Hon. (Barr.) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal  Constituency by the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedu Orji.. this is in recognition of her overwhelming performance in attracting laudable projects and developments to Abia State.
Speaking at the event, the Speaker thanked Ada for her achievements in attracting life transforming developments to Abia state.
Ehile thanking the Abia State Lawmakers fir the award of excellence presented to her, she promised to attract more developments/federal presence to Abia state, urging the Lawmakers to be fervent and not relent in initiating laws that will better the lives of Abians. “Your invitation to us across party lines is an indication that we can work together as Abians”, Hon. Nkeiru added
Also in attendance was Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Senate minority leader)

GOV. IHEDIOHA APPOINTS VISITATION PANELS FOR IMS, IMSUTH

By The World Satellite
Ihedioha
Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha; Executive Governor of Imo State, Nigeria

In furtherance to his resolve to sanitize and reposition tertiary education in the state, Governor Emeka Ihedioha CON, has constituted Visitation Panels for Imo State University, (IMSU), and the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, (IMSUTH) Orlu.

A Press Statement by Chibuike Onyeukwu; Chief Press Secretary to the Governor revealed that Members of the Visitation Panel to Imo State University, IMSU are as follows:
1.      Prof (Ven) Chinedu Nebo                – Chairman
2.      Prof I.K Ogbonnaya                         – Member
3.      Prof Basil Nwosu                             – Member
4.      Prof (Mrs) Florence Nduka              – Member
5.      Prof N.F Ukaigwe                            – Member
6.      Prof Dominic C.Chima                     – Member
7.      Dr. Chilaka E. Nwankwo                  – Member
8.      Mr. Chuck Chukwemeka                 – Member
9.      Dr. (Mrs.) Chineze Eunice Obi        – Member
10. Mr. A.C.A Duru                                – Secretary
Chibuike Onyeukwu further revealed Members of Visitation Panel to Imo State University Teaching Hospital, IMSUTH as follows::
1.      Prof. Frank C. Akpuaka                    – Chairman
2.      Prof. Theodore Okeahialam             – Member
3.      Lady Stella Achunine                        – Member
4.      Prof. Peter Akah                               – Member
5.      Dr. (Mrs) Meg Opara                        – Member
6.      Dr. Emeka Iroegbu                           – Member
7.      Mr. Basil Ngobiri                               – Member
8.      Dr. Kenneth Iregbu                           – Member
9.      Barr. Ekene Bob – Ekechukwu         – Member
10. Mr. Leo Chimezie                              – Secretary
The Panels are empowered to enquire the following:
a.      Identify the strength and problems of the universities and make appropriate recommendations to the Visitor.
b.      Ascertain the operations of various departments/ Units. This is also applicable to Deans of Students Affairs, or Faculties, Directors of Academic Planning, Works, ICT, Procurement. To also investigate other issues such as cliqueism and cultism.
c.      Ascertain the operations of the universities and investigate students’ complaints bordering on various issues.
d.      Conduct internal audits including the Bursary Department, aimed at ascertaining the financial status from 2012, including Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), university Micro finance bank and come up with a comprehensive report.
e.      Investigate award of contracts in the universities and ascertain if due process was adhered to in line with the Procurement Act 2017.
f.        Investigate state of infrastructure, including collapsed or collapsing buildings
g.      Investigate the appointment of the Vice Chancellor, to ascertain if it was in conformity with due process.
h.      Ascertain the welfare of students and investigate allegations of sexual abuse, extortion, issues bordering on allocation of hostels, sub standard books, handouts, SUG election and illegal payments.
i.         The Panels are mandated to capture other issues not listed on the terms of reference and forward to the Visitor not later than one month.

 


 

NIGERIAN ARMY TO LAUNCH INDIGENOUS MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTED VEHICLE

The Nigerian Army is set to launch its first indigenous Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle designed and built by Command Engineering Depot in collaboration with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria. It is named ‘EZUGWU MRAP’

The 4×4 Armoured Vehicle is designed to carry out transportation in smooth and rough terrain. It has capability to assault with high volume of fire.

The primary armament includes a 12.7 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun and a 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun. It is good for counter-terrorism, maintenance of stability and also a perfect vehicle for urban warfare.

The vehicle is characterized by good protection performance, strong cross-country capability, high reliability, easy maintenance, and can operate in severe cold as well as sweltering desert areas.

It carries a crew of 12: commander, driver, two gunners and eight soldiers.

 

 

 


 

 

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT PLEDGES ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR JUDICIARY

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President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, on Monday in Abuja pledged that his administration will continue to adequately fund the judiciary to enable it discharge its responsibilities. The President also said it is the collective duty of the three arms of government to ensure fair justice delivery and safeguard the rights of all Nigerians.

The President spoke at the commissioning of the annex building of the headquarters of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Area 3, Abuja, which also marked the valedictory session of the President of the Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo.

President Buhari said: ”You will all recall that in 2014, the entire budgetary allocation to the judiciary was N68 billion. Today, the judiciary budgetary allocation has gone up to N100 billion. Rest assured that we shall continue to adequately fund the judiciary to ensure it is enabled to discharge its responsibilities.”

The Nigerian leader also used the occasion to appeal to the three arms of government to continue collaborative partnership to ensure that policies, programmes and projects of this administration positively impact the lives of Nigerians.

”Simply put, all Nigerians, regardless of ethnicity, religion and politics deserve peaceful and prosperous lives. Where these basic rights are trampled upon, Nigerians deserve fair justice delivery. It is, therefore, our collective duty to work collaboratively to ensure that such rights are safeguarded,” he said.

President Buhari receiving a presentation from President National Industrial Court of Nigeria Hon. Justice Babatunde Adejumo during the Commissioning of the Annex Building of National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja

Congratulating the President of the Court on his retirement and meritorious service to the country, the President said Justice Adejumo’s numerous contributions are well known and appreciated.

”I am confident his legacy will have a positive impact on those who follow him,” he added.

Speaking on the mandate of the Court, the President recalled that it was established as a specialised Court to adjudicate on disputes arising from and relating to labour, industrial and employment matters.

”Indeed, it is the Court in Nigeria that is constitutionally mandated to perform these functions. Thus, the performance of this court directly impacts Nigeria’s ease of doing business indices,” President Buhari noted.

The President further noted that the completion of the Annex Building will further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of justice delivery by the Court.

”Furthermore, the socio-economic impact of this Court cannot be downplayed as it also provides the platform for employees, retirees as well as the dependents of deceased employees to find justice when treated unfairly,” he concluded.

 

 


KIKI OMEILI CHANGES THE TRAJECTORY OF STORYTELLING IN NOLLYWOOD

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Doctor turned Actor; Kiki Omeili, best known for her roles in Lekki Wives and the crime caper Gbomo Gbomo Express has raised the bar in NOLLYWOOD Storytelling and has changed the game with her debut feature film production: “RUN”.

Changes Nollywood Storytelling

Shot almost entirely at night on the streets of Lagos, RUN tells the story of an uptight young woman who lives a regimented and structured life until she witnesses something one night that throws her life into chaos and had her running from pillar to post and doing things that she has never done before – trying to get back to her normal life.

RUN is written and produced by Kiki Omeili and directed by the prolific Uche Chukwu. It stars brilliant acts which include Kiki Omeili, Owen Gee, Kelechi Udegbe, Rotimi Salami, Rotimi Fakunle and more.

Changes Nollywood Storytelling
Kiki Omeili; Producer, Actor

The movie employs the use of brilliant camera work, excellent cinematography and catchy scores to tell a very compelling story that has a little bit of everything: Action, Drama, Comedy and it thrills you to the very end.

When asked why she embarked on the project, Omeili stated that she was compelled to produce the kind of movie she would want to be in. “I had seen too much of a certain kind of movie in Nollywood and I wanted to go in a different direction” she added.

Undoubtedly she made the difference as ‘RUN’ has been selected to screen at several international film festivals including the Silicon Valley International Film Festival in California and the Slum International Film Festival in Kenya.

More so, it has already won an award at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival in Canada. Furthermore, RUN has several nominations at the Golden Movie Awards Africa to be held in Ghana.

To see what’s different about ‘RUN’ and why it has received so many accolades, it’s showing in cinemas Nationwide.

 


 

ELECTIONS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT, NOT “REVOLUTION” – PRESIDENCY TELLS GROUP 

The President of Nigeria has said that his administration respects and upholds the right of every Nigerian to peaceful protest and civil campaign– whether to raise awareness on issues, and even oppose the government.

The President who made this statement  through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; <M<r. Garba Shehu on the sideline of the planned “revolution march” by the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria with the aim of bringing regime change in Nigeria noted that it is the inalienable right of all citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to do, however, there is a difference between peaceful call to protest and incitement for a revolution.

According to Garba Shehu, the organisation that championed the planned action was not fronted by any serious public faces. We call on the sponsors and organisers to have the decency to come forward and make their identity known – out of respect to all Nigerians – so that Nigerians can be fully aware in whose name this “revolution” is being proposed and who the beneficiaries may be.

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Continuing, Mr. Garba noted that less than six months ago, Nigeria held simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections. Both contests were won resoundingly by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All-Progressives Congress party. The campaign was observed, and results were confirmed by international election monitoring groups and observers. The result was even contested by the losing presidential candidate and his party in Court.

He further opined that the ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government and a president in Nigeria, adding that the days of coups and revolutions are over.

“Those making the “revolution” call hide behind the veil of social media modernity. But without revealing the identity of their sponsors this shadowy campaign is no better, and no more democratic, than the days of old.

“Therefore, the President calls on all those who seek to use and hide behind everyday citizens to attain power through undemocratic and violent means, which has been alluded, to come out clearly and be identified. They should lead their march in person. Only then will they begin to have the right to call themselves leaders before the people of Nigeria”, Mr. Garba Shehu concluded.

 


NIGERIA MUST RISE ABOVE ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES TO TACKLE INSECURITY- KUKAH.

Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto; Bishop Matthew Kukah has said that Nigerians must rise above ethnic and religious differences to tackle insecurity challenges bedeviling the country.

Kukah made the call on Friday while delivering a homily at the funeral mass of Chief Michael Onyema, father of the Chairman/CEO of Air Peace; Mr Allen Onyema at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mbosi in Anambra State.

The cleric noted that Nigeria is presently going through turbulent times characterized by banditry, kidnapping and herders/farmers’ clashes.

He, however, expressed optimism that the country would overcome these problems if it was able to properly harness and maximize its diversity. .

According to him, `U.S is the most diversified country in the world. “Americans had been able to harness its diversity by giving inclusion to all groups; Nigeria should adopt a similar approach”, he added.

Continuing, Kukah remarked that it is unfortunate that herdsmen are now being accused of any criminal acts across the country, stressing that it was wrong to classify all herdsmen as criminals.

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On the other hand, he eulogized the deceased for living an exemplary Christian life and bringing up his children to be detribalized, which had made his first son; Allen to have married from Kogi State.  “The Air Peace boss has followed the footsteps of his father by giving employment to Nigerians without tribal or religious considerations”, he concluded

Also speaking, The CEO of Air Peace; Mr. Allen Onyema urged Nigerians to continue to live in love and unity, adding that other criminal elements are taking advantage of the division in the country to carry out their nefarious actions.

He described his late father as a man who lived a life of piety and made tremendous impact on his community.

Speaking on behalf of the governors; Willy Obiano of Anambra described the event as a celebration of life because the late Onyema lived a fruitful life.

The service was graced by eminent personalities including Governors Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.

Others were former Governor of Anambra State; Dr Peter Obi, and Mr Timi Alaibe; former Chairman, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) among others.

 


 

ABUJA PROTEST: Nigeria’s President Mourns Reporter, Deputy Commissioner Of Police

 

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has commiserated with the families of Precious Owolabi, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member with Channels Television, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, who died during the violent protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja on Monday.

The President also condoled with the management and staff of the television station and the police leadership over the loss, urging them to remain steadfast and committed to their professional callings.

Describing Owolabi and Umar as “law-abiding, hardworking and vibrant Nigerians with a promising future,” President Buhari stated that their untimely fate was sad, regrettable and worrisome.

As a follow up to his directive to the leadership of security and law enforcement agencies to safeguard the nation against such mindless attacks, the Nigerian President reassured residents of Abuja in particular and the country in general to go about their lawful activities without fear.

In addition, President Buhari remarked that the perpetrators of the mayhem will not go unpunished, stressing that no government can tolerate unceasing affront to constituted authority.

According to the President, “Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of majority of our citizens.” Conclusively, he prayed God Almighty to grant rest to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.

 


 

Nigeria is Winning the War Against Terror – President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Nigerian Armed Forces and their allies are winning the war against terror.

The Nigerian President who made this declaration during the Graduation Ceremony of Senior Course 41 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji, Kaduna State, commended the collaboration with neighbouring countries in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, noting that the effort was crucial in decimating the enemy.

According to the statement released by Garba Shehu; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, President Buhari averred that many of the security threats faced by Nigeria are trans-border in nature. “That is why the West African sub-region and indeed the African continent must step up the level of military cooperation that currently exists among us”, he added.

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President Buahri and Governor El’Rufai of Kaduna State with the Graduating Officers and other dignatries

Continuing, the President recalled the collaboration of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Republic of Cameron, Niger, Benin and Chad in a multinational operation to decimate Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and other regions.

”The effort is laudable and has continued to yield positive results, as the war on terror is being won on all sides. I want to assure you that Nigeria, in partnership with our allies, will not relent until terrorists are completely decimated,” he said.

The President further assured that the Federal Government will continue to give priority to the training and welfare of officers and men of the Armed Forces, including the eminent institution, established to train tactical and operational level officers on the tenets of staff work and command.

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President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the Graduation Ceremony

More so, the Nigerian leader used the occasion to appreciate the Armed Forces for prompt responses to the numerous security challenges facing the county. ”Your response to Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as activities of separatists and armed militias among others have been very commendable. The Nigerian Armed Forces have also committed huge resources towards stability of the West African sub-region and world peace in general,” he stated.

Addressing the 207 Senior Course 41 graduates, Mr. President reminded them that the nation expects the best from them in terms of commitment to duties, loyalty and service to the fatherland given the time and investments expended on their training.

He expressed delight that the prestigious college had 13 international officers from 11 African countries and the Republic of Korea, who successfully completed Course 41, an improvement on Senior Course 40, which had 11 international students.

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President Buhari being welcomed to Kaduna by the Governor; Nasir El-Rufai

Conclusively, he commended the management for introducing media awareness packages in its training in order to sensitize officers on the importance and methodologies of utilizing information and media actions in support of military operations, while welcoming the modernization drive in the military institution, evident in the establishment of an e- examination centre and rejuvenated library facilities.

In his remarks, the Commandant AFCSC, Air Vice Marshal L.S. Alao said a total number of 207 students successfully passed through the programme, which spanned 48 weeks.

He recounted how the graduating set began their programme on August 8, 2018 comprising of 87 Army officers, 58 Navy, 40 Air force personnel and nine non-military staff and 13 international officers drawn from South Korea, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Liberia, South Africa, Niger Republic and Gambia among others.

 

 

 


 

FG APPROVES THE PROMOTION OF OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY

The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has continued to demonstrate total and unflinching support to the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the bid to effectively contain the security situation in the country especially activities of terrorists in the North East.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

As an expression of the will of Government to recognizing excellence, dedication and commitment on the part of personnel of the Nigerian Army, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the accelerated promotion of two senior officers and a subaltern of the Nigerian Army.

The officers were granted promotion for their extra-ordinary feats, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of the country.

According to a statement by Acting Director, Army Public Relations; Colonel Sagir Musa, the two Senior Officers are Major General LO Adeosun; the Chief of Training and Operations at the Army Headquarters who is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, and Brigadier General AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maiduguri, promoted to the rank of Major General. Also, promoted to the rank of Captain is Lieutenant AJ Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion Bauchi.

The President, Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari  who in his personal congratulatory message to the promoted officers charged them to continue to be shining examples to their colleagues.

AdvertisementOn his own, the Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, while conveying his felicitations on behalf of Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army extended his best wishes to them in all their future endeavours.

 

 


 

Senator Abbo in new scandal as Journalist locked up during Electioneering surfaces.

Adamawa-North lawmaker; Senator Elisha Abbo, has been drawn into a fresh scandal as a Photo-Journalist, Olumuyiwa Owolabi, has accused him of assault and breach of agreement.

Owolabi told newsmen that Abbo not only assaulted him but got the police to lock him up in Adamawa.

He said he first met Abbo in 2014 during the run-up to the June 2014 Ekiti State governorship election which Ayodele Fayose won.

Owolabi, who was the official photographer of Fayose during the election, said he met Abbo in Ekiti State and Abbo told him that he would like him to do some jobs for him.

He said, “The viral video of Senator Elisha Abbo assaulting a young lady isn’t new to me as I was one of his victims of assault years back.

“I met him during the campaign of former Governor Ayodele Fayose while I was the official photojournalist assigned to Fayose during the electioneering campaign and later head of photojournalists to his deputy after the election.”

The photojournalist said Abbo, who was contesting for Senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress at the time, entered into a contract with him to cover his political activities at the cost of N2.8m.

He said on August 13, 2014, he travelled with Abbo to Yola, Adamawa State, from Abuja by air and they lodged at Lelewa hotel for weeks while campaigning for the primaries which was eventually won by Senator Binta Garba.

The photojournalist said he travelled along with the Senator from Adamawa to Mubi, Vintim Muchala to Mubi and later back to Yola after he lost the senatorial primary.

Owolabi said, “On approaching Senator Abbo to enforce the contract agreement we had, he refused to pay. He ignored several pleas for him to just give me part of my money.

“On the fateful day we wanted to travel together to Mubi for the last campaign, Boko Haram invaded the place prior to the day we ought to have travelled. Due to the attack by Boko Haram, I began to plead with him that I needed to leave the state.

“After several text messages and calls put through to him were ignored, I had no choice but to sit in front of his room where he was lodged at Dansoho Hotel, Yola. This was around 5pm.”

The photojournalist alleged that when Abbo saw him, he got so angry that he began to beat him, slapping him repeatedly.

Owolabi said Abbo quickly called a policeman and told the cop that he was a Boko Haram suspect and should be arrested immediately.

The photojournalist further stated, “As soon as he came out, I began to plead with him that I had to go. The next thing he said was that I was embarrassing him. He started beating and slapping me. He told his orderly to put me inside the pickup truck. He told them to point their guns at me and that he would kill me and tell people I was a member of Boko Haram.

“When I heard that statement, I was shocked because I didn’t know anybody there and I couldn’t speak their language fluently. No one could come to my rescue when he brutalized me, causing me to sprain my ankle.

“I began begging him to just leave me and let me go that I would leave the money for him because of his action.”

He alleged that Abbo’s police escort took him to Kaliwa Police Division around 2am with the instruction that he should be shot dead if he failed to comport himself.

Owolabi said Abbo had broken his phone at the time and so he was locked up in the police station without any means of contacting anyone.

The photojournalist added, “He had damaged my phone I couldn’t contact anybody; he tore my clothes and I was virtually naked.

“That very night, on getting to Kaliwa police station, I begged the Investigating Police Officer to please let me use his phone to talk to one of my relatives. That was how I called one of my brothers that pleaded with the IPO to assist me out of the situation.

“The DPO came the following morning and begged him (Abbo) to give me transport fare to go back to meet my family. Till date, he hasn’t paid me the money.”

The photojournalist, who pleaded with Nigerians to help him, also shared photos of private chats he purportedly had with the senator.

Attempts to speak with the senator proved abortive as calls put through to his telephone indicated that it was switched off while a text message was not responded to as of 7am on Thursday.

 


Annul Ruga settlements; Prosecute slapping Senator: – says HURIWA

A prominent civil Rights Advocacy group – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has categorically challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to invest substantially on human capital development and to nullify any plan to set up Ruga Fulani settlements all across Nigeria because the selfish policy is unconstitutional and illegal going by a plethora of provisions of the Land Use Act of 1978; Section 42(1) of the Constitution prohibiting discriminatory policies and the Constitutional Oath of Office administered on President Muhammadu Buhari which makes him the President of all of Nigeria and not only of his Ethno-religious community.

Section 42(1) states as follows: ” A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person:- (a) be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions are not made subject; or (b) be accorded either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in

Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions. “

HURIWA affirmed that the insistence by the President to deploy public fund to establish Ruga settlements amounts to a direct affront to the oaths of allegiance as enshrined in the seventh schedule of the Nigerian constitution of 1999 (as amended) and are as follows: “I, (Muhammadu Buhari) do solemnly swear/affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions; that I will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will abide by the Code of Conduct contained in the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will; that I will not directly or indirectly communication or reveal to any person any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as President; and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of Nigeria. So help me God.”

On the corollary, the Rights group has called for the arrest and prosecution for alleged battery and assault, the serving senator representing Adamawa North Mr. Elisha Abbo following the attacks he unleashed on a nursing mother and shop attendant at an undisclosed sex toy shop in Abuja.

The Rights group has also applauded his political party – People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for condemning the alleged misconduct of a senator elected under its platform just as the Rights group has asked the mass media to be professional in their reportage so as not to indulge in the disclosure of the private health status of the said senator in compliance with the ethical issues on non-disclosure of private health status that could lead to stigmatization and discrimination which the violence against Person’s Act of 2015 frowns against.

In a media statement endorsed by the National coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA applauded the decision of the hierarchy of the senate, the inspector General of police Mohammed Adamu and the National leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for swiftly embarking on the immediate investigation of the remote and immediate circumstances that resulted in the alleged physical violence unleashed by the senator  on the woman’s shop attendant without provocation.

HURIWA said the thorough, transparent and open investigation, prosecution of the Senator before the competent court of law in line with section 6 of the Nigerian Constitution would convey the direct message that nobody is above the law just as the Rights group believes that the victim of his unprovoked attacks must be adequately protected and granted legal remedies for those violations.

HURIWA recalled with satisfaction that the PDP has immediately invoked her powers to deploy internal mechanisms to deal with the matter as stated the media statement in which the National Publicity Secretary of PDP Mr. Kola Olagbodiyan disclosed that In the light of this, the NWC has commenced investigation into the matter and summons Senator Elisha Abbo in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP and code of conduct of our members. In the same vein, the party has taken note of the immediate action taken by the Senate.

The PDP, at all levels of engagement, is reputed for her utmost respect and commitment towards the rights, safety and wellbeing of our citizens, particularly our women and cannot tolerate any callous assault on any Nigerian.

HURIWA is hereby appealing to the media to leave out the health status of the Senator out of their reports to avoid ethical issues that may arise from the unwarranted intrusions into his private medical records.

 

        • Source: thenigerianinsidernews.com

 

 


 

 

NANS GHANA CHAPTER HOLDS CONGRESS; HONOURS DISTINGUISHED YOUTHS

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NANS Ghana Chapter Congress, honours receipients
Amb. Graham Elendu, receiving an Award From Comr. Collins Albert, the outgoing President

The National Association of Nigerian Students ( NANS), Ghana  has concluded it’s congress and election.

The event which held recently at Nurses Hostel Banquet Hall, Accra Ghana puts an end to the tenure of Comr. Collins Albert led Excos and ushers in the leadership of Comr. Adebayo,

In his opening address at the inauguration dinner, the outgoing President; Comrade Collins Albet stated that he had been able to achieve among other things, a non factional NANS in his time. While recounting his challenges, he thanked his team and followers for the support he enjoyed even in trying times.

Also speaking, Amb Graham Elendu; the Publicity Secretary of African Youth Union Commission and Member of Democracy Africa Youth Parliament who was one of the award recipients admonished the Association to sustain the peace and unity that had been achieved. He further expressed delight with their activities and charged the new Excos to do all it can to sustain the non factional NANS that the previous Excos handed over in Ghana.

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Amb. Graham Elendu delivering his Goodwill Message

On his own, the new President; Comr Adebayo Samuel Ogunkoya noted the readiness of his team to not just talk-the –talk but also to work-the-work to be able to fit into the giant shoe left by his predecessor.

Other award receipients were Comr. Gambo Abubakar Mohammed (Senate president), Comr. Olamide j. Odumosu (Emeritus Vice President Nans), Comr. Caleb Jerry, Comr kayode Abubakar, Comr. Comforter Dickson-Aliodi, and Comr. Apostle Newton.

The event was a cool evening to dine and unwind and take stock of the one year stewardship of the Comr. Collins led team.


 

By Amaechi Agbo

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja recently issued a bench warrant of arrest against five Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) top officials over corruption and misappropriation of funds belonging to the Federation.

Students Fashon week advertJustice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued the arrest when the case of financial embezzlement leveled against the top NFF officials by the Special Presidential Investigative Panel (SPIP) on assets recovery came up for hearing in the court.

But like before, the five accused persons (Amaju Pinnick; NFF president, Seyi Akinwumi; 1st Vice President,  Mallam Shehu Dikko;  2nd Vice President,  Dr Sanusi Mohammed;  Secretary-General and Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’; Head of Technical) were absent from court.

Justice Ojukwu who frowned at the continued absence of the accused queried the Defence Counsel led by Barrister Mohammed Katu to explain to the Court why they were not in court.

Responding, Barr. Katu said that the accused persons were not in court because they were members of Federal Government (F)’s delegation to Egypt for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations holding in that country.

But the Prosecuting Counsel; Dr. Celetus Ukpong countered him and told the court that the accused are not members of the FG’s delegates to Egypt. Consequently, he read out the names of the members of the delegates and pleaded with the judge to grant the panel the warrant of arrest to compel the accused to appear in court or be arrested.

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Three of the accused persons (From left) Shehu Dikko, Amaju Pinnick and Seyi Akinwumi

In his word; “In the circumstances in which they are absent, my lord, we humbly apply for bench warrant of arrest against them. Whenever they decide to come back, we will bring them before this honourable Court for arraignment.”

But reacting to the request by the Prosecuting Counsel; Bari. Katu further explained that the accused persons are in Egypt because “they are members of CAF Organising Committee.”

After further debates, the Justice granted the SPIP request and issued a bench warrant of arrest against the accused.

“A bench warrant is hereby issued on the defendants on notice and they shall be produced before the court on the execution of the bench warrant. Let the Defense Counsel produce evidence that the accused are members of the delegates to the said AFCON match in Egypt. The Bench Warrant should exist till the production of the delegates’ list to the prosecuting authority. The matter is hereby adjourned to 26 day of September 2019 for arraignment and trial,” Justice Ojukwu read.

 


 

 

AN INJURY TO THE BENCH IS A SERIOUS WOUND TO THE BAR – Barr. Clement

By Kennedy Onyegbado

 

The new Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Bwari Branch (Capital Bar); Clement Chukwuemeka Ugo Esq. has said that an injury to the Bench, is a wound to the Bar. Barr. Clement who emerged Chairman in the recently held election of the Branch, made this statement on Thursday in Abuja during the swearing in of the elected executives for the year 2019-2021 at the Branch Secretariat.

While delivering his inaugural speech, Clement, the SERVANT ONE as he wishes to be referred to, explained; “We must as branches of NBA lend our voices against the consistent harassment and intimidation being meted out to the Judiciary, the Bench in particular by the Executive arm. The bench equally should appreciate the enormous powers and wisdom deposited in them by God almighty for the application of Justice which ought to be exercised without any intimidation, fear or favor to anybody but according to the led down rules and fear of  God that will judge mankind after our sojourn on earth.”

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Clement Chukwuemeka Ugo Esq. Receiving Certificate of Return as the Chairman of Capital Bar (Photo: E.photos_studios)

Continuing, Mr. Clement in reference to his projected plan of action titled United Capital Bar Manifesto towards making the Capital Bar an envy of all other branches noted that with efforts of all members, a one year strategic Road Map to take the branch to a BETTER LEVEL, shall be unveiled after due consultation with the Excos. The said one year Road Map, according to him shall be synchronized into a Seven (7) – Point manifesto wherein he was examined, scrutinized and thereafter elected.

swearing in ceremony, capital bar
The New Chairman, with Dignatries after the Swearing in (Photo: E.photos_studio)

“Feasible visibility of the branch shall be a priority to all concerned, we shall create a committee known as State of the Nation. We intend to be viable and relevant to our host community(s) in areas of their Legal rights and contribute meaningfully to issues of national discuss / importance as it affects the Bar and the Bench with full support to the NBA President’s speech delivered on the 20th June, 2019 during the NEC meeting held in Abuja”, he added.

On his own part, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Bello kawu, who represented the Supervisory Judge, Bwari Division; Hon. Justice O. A. Musa congratulated the new Excos and urged them to anchor their vision and programs on the provision of excellent services to members and humanity in general while acknowledging that contesting for any position in NBA ought to be purely for services and not for any monetary gain.

Other dignitaries were the representative of the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, representative of the Area Commander, Nigerian Police Force, Founding Chairman of the Branch, members of the Capital Bar and members of the Press among others.


One of the key determinants of growth in any economy is the level of direct investments that it receives from abroad. The willingness of such investors to inject capital into any section of an economy is also an indication of the confidence they feel that government can provide an enabling environment for wealth creation.
Avutu Poultry Farm visit
It is in this light that the new Government of Imo State has opened the doors of the state to investors willing to harness its abundant potentials. As a consequence of this, Senior Management of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority has led a high-powered team of foreign investors comprised of the senior management of Zalar Holdings of Morocco, and UFF of the Netherlands on inspection visit to the moribund Avutu Poultry Farm in Obowo Local Government Area. Due to protracted neglect, Avutu Farm has been in abeyance over several years.
Zalar Holdings of Morocco and Government of Imo State
The team has expressed its determination to transform the farm into a modern poultry business, hence was visiting to conduct a first-hand assessment of the industry. The team’s visit to Imo State is no doubt a welcome development and most importantly, a bold indication of things to come under the leadership of His Excellency, Emeka Ihedioha, CON. 
The Governor has expressed his unwavering determination to attract investments in Imo State to guarantee employment of the indigenes of the State and restore its true potentials. This visit further demonstrates the Governor’s readiness and commitment to revive the agricultural sector and create wealth for the people.
The Team was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agric Development, Mr Uche Odozor.
  • Source: Olu Owerri

NIGERIAN WHO ASKED SOYINKA OUT OF HIS SEAT BREAKS SILENCE
PMNews reports
Prof. Wole Soyinka

The young Nigerian  who ordered Prof. Wole Soyinka out of his seat on a flight has broken his silence  on why he took the action.

The young man’s name is Tosin Odunfa. His comment was posted  on the Instagram page of Daddy Freeze and on Twitter. He said the matter was blown out of proportion by Tonye Cole.
Tonye Cole had narrated an incident on a flight in which a young Nigerian man ordered Soyinka out of his seat and that the professor had to quietly vacate the seat.
Many Nigerians had taken a swipe at the young man for not being respectful despite it was his seat Soyinka sat on.
Nigerian, Wole Soyinka Tosin Odunfa
Tosin Odunfa

According to Odunfa, he was on the Autism spectrum and needed the view from the window to keep him from getting sick on the plane, hence his insisting on taking the window seat.

“I am the young guy! Yes, the one in question with a baseball cap and t-shirt, I am unashamed to be at the prime of my youth, in fact, I blushed a little bit after reading your description of my chest and muscles. Is thank to strong discipline that I live a fit life and I am able to go to the gym o my tight schedule.
“Prof. didn’t mind getting up and in fact, he confided in me as we chatted later on the flight that he would have done the same and that he was more embarrassed by the undue attention. Prof and I actually have few things in common, we are both in academia, I have a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and teach Nano Electromagnetic Theory at the University of Mannittawiw.
“He said to me that he thinks that Nigerian youths need to stand up more for themselves than we do and he spoke to me about the ideals they tried to promote when he co-founded a secret society in his youth. I have read up on him now and know for sure that Wole Soyinka is a great man but I sadly was not taught about him in school. We exchanged contact information and I will certainly stay in touch.
“Please, note that I am on the Autism spectrum and need the view from the window to keep me from getting sick on the plane, hence my insisting on taking the window seat. Finally, Brother Tonye, the words on your lap are very inspiring, “everything you want is on the other side of not giving up,” he explained
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