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Journalist and AIT Presenter Ohimai Amaize Flees Nigeria Over Threats of Arrest

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 23:35


Ohimai Amazie

Ohimai Amazie

Journalist and presenter of the popular @KakaakiSocial on African Independent Television (AIT), Ohimai Amaize, has fled Nigeria on exile. 

SaharaReporters gathered that Amaize, popularly called MrFixNigeria, left Nigeria over threats and concerns he was going to be arrested and framed for treason and incitement by the Muhammadu Buhari regime. It will be recalled that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had threatened to revoke DAAR Communications license over tweets from Nigerians shown on @kakaakisocial which was anchored by Amaize. The NBC had on June 6 suspended the license of Daar Communications Plc., owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power.
Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, said the action was taken for failure of the TV and radio stations to abide by the broadcasting code. In a letter entitled, “Lack of Responsibility in use of content from social media,” which was addressed to the Group Managing Director of Daar Communications Group, the NBC described the Kakaaki social edition of May 22, 2019, as “treasonable rhetoric.”

Before his stint at AIT, Amaize was Special Advisor on Media Strategy to Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, while he was the Minister of State for Defence. He also served as Research Assistant to a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu and later a campaign aide spokesperson to the presidential campaign of Dele Momodu, the publisher of Ovation Magazine between 2010-2011.

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Court Gives Buhari 5 Days To Respond To Alleged Certificate Fraud

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 22:02


The Court of Appeal Abuja division on Monday ordered President Muhammadu Buhari to respond within five days to the appeal filed against his qualification for the 2019 presidential election.

The court also ordered the All Progressives  Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to within five respond to all issues raised on the educational qualification of the president in the election.

Justice Datti Yayaya who issued the order also directed that Buhari’s counsel, Mr. Abdullahi Abubakar, to within the period file necessary processes in relation to the appeal.

The appeal was filed by  Agu Kalu, Labaran Ismail, and Hassy El-Kuris.

The decision of the appellate court was sequel to a motion on notice filed by counsel to the appellants, Mr. Uchenna Ndubuisi.

Ndubuisi prayed the Court of Appeal in the motion to abridge within which Buhari, APC, and INEC will join issues with the appellants on the certificate suit.

Abubakar and Mr. Temitayo Lasaki counsel for APC had urged the appellate court in their response to the motion to give them five days to enable them to file their respondents’ brief of argument along with other processes so as to set the stage for the hearing of the substantive appeal.

Kalu, Ismail, and El-Kuris had approached the appellate court to nullify and set aside the Judgment of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court.

The lower court had declined to hear their suit instituted to challenge the educational qualification of President Buhari before the conduct of the 2019 general election.

The appellants in their appeal are asking the appellate court to reverse the judgment of Justice Ahmed Mohammed on the grounds that the processes filed by Buhari and used to strike out their suit were not competent.

While faulting the Judgment of the High Court, which was predicated on the grounds that the suit was statute barred, the appellants claimed that the Federal High Court erred in law and in its decision.

This they said was because they did not challenge the primary election that produced Buhari as the candidate of the APC.

They, therefore, urged the Court of Appeal to assume jurisdiction over the suit and grant all the reliefs sought at the Federal High Court but which were refused.

Among the reliefs were a declaration that Buhari submitted false information regarding his qualification and certificate to INEC for the purpose of contesting election into the office of the President of Nigeria and that he should be disqualified.

They also prayed for an order of the court directing INEC to remove Buhari’s name as a candidate of APC.

Also, an order restraining Buhari from parading himself as a candidate in the 2019 presidential election and also APC from recognizing Buhari as a candidate.

The Federal High Court had on May 2 declined to grant the request of the appellants on the grounds that the suit was not filed within the time allowed by law and therefore sustained the preliminary objection raised by Buhari at the hearing.

But not satisfied, the appellants are now asking the Court of Appeal to grant their reliefs because they are not challenging the primary election of APC as erroneously held by the lower court.

They said they are challenging the qualification of Buhari to stand for the presidential election without demonstrating his educational certificates as required by law.

July 8 was fixed for hearing of the appeal, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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Muslim Cleric, 43, Rapes 5-year-old Girl Inside Mosque In Nigeria

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 21:56


An Islamic Cleric, Abdulsalam Salaudeen, was on Monday remanded by an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl in a mosque.

Justice Abiola Soladoye, who obliged the prosecutor’s request for the remand, adjourned the case until October 14 for trial.

Mr. Salaudeen, 43, is being tried for allegedly defiling the child, who was under his tutelage.

The prosecutor, T. Olanrewaju-Dawodu, told the court that Mr. Salaudeen committed the offence on December 22, 2018, at the premises of Olorunbabe Mosque at No. 15, Palace Road, Igando, Lagos.

Ms. Olanrewaju-Dawodu said that Mr. Salaudeen, popularly called Alfa, was caught raping the child via the footage of a hidden camera which was installed within the premises of the mosque by suspicious individuals.

The defendant, residing at No. 16, Awoyemi St., Ikotun, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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Court Remands Pastor Who Faked Own Kidnap In Prison Custody

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 21:55


An Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court has remanded a Methodist priest, Peter Adewuyi, in prison custody for allegedly masterminding his own kidnap to obtain a ransom.

The magistrate, Omolola Akosile, also remanded a suspected accomplice in the crime, Oluwadare Ajewole, pending their next appearance in court, Premium Times reports.

The police arrested Messrs Adewuyi (30) and Ajewole (25) on June 11 and charged them with aiding, arranging and abetting kidnapping.

Mr. Adewuyi had falsely reported his kidnap between Ijebu Jesa and Aramoko while on a journey.

He had reportedly hidden in a hotel in Ado Ekiti on the pretence that he had been kidnapped, claiming that his captors had demanded N3 million ransom.

He had sought his church and other members of the public’s assistance to raise the ransom for his release.

Luck, however, ran out on him as he was discovered and arrested.

At the court sitting on Monday, police prosecutor, Monica Ikebuilo, an Inspector, said the alleged offences are contrary to, and punishable under Sections 5 and 7 of Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Law 2015.

The prosecutor explained that the act was committed within the Ado Ekiti Magisterial District on June 11.

Mrs. Akosile ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending the issuance of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

She subsequently adjourned the case until July 24.

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Ajumogobia Money Laundering Case: Court To Deliver Judgment On Preliminary Objection

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 21:52


A Federal High Court Lagos on Monday, fixed June 28, to deliver a ruling on a preliminary objection challenging the trial of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia facing Money Laundering charges.

The court fixed the date for ruling after counsel for the defence and prosecution had both adopted their various arguments before the court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, with 18 counts bordering on Conspiracy, Unlawful Enrichment, retention of Crime Proceeds and Money Laundering.

The defendants are standing trial before Justice Rilwan Aikawa.

They pleaded not guilty to all counts of the charge and were granted bails in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in like sum.

The defendants were first charged before an Ikeja division of the High Court which had struck out the charge on grounds of jurisdiction.

Consequent upon striking out of the charge, EFCC preferred same charges against the defendants before the Federal High Court.

At the last adjourned date on May 18, first defence counsel, Robert Clarke (SAN), informed the court of a preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

In the same vein, second defence counsel, Ferdinard Orbih (SAN), had also drawn the court’s attention to pending motions before the court seeking to separate the charges in favour of the second defendant.

They were alleged to have conspired to retain in the same account, the sum of N500 million, which they both reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of unlawful acts of unlawful enrichment.

For instance, Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia was alleged to have on different dates in 2014, retained sums of monies like N5 million, $150,000, $20,000, $30,000, $50,000, and $55,000 in the Diamond bank account of Nigel and Colive.

The EFCC also accused Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia of indirectly concealing the sum of N12 million in the same account, and making a false statement to the EFCC that the money was payment for the sale of a landed property.

The alleged offences contravened the provisions of Sections 15 (2) (a) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.


 

When the case was called on Monday, Mr. Clarke adopted his arguments on the preliminary objection, arguing that Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia was still a serving judge of the Federal High Court and had not been dismissed.

He argued that the prosecution had not tendered anything to show that there was a gazette in which the dismissal of the judge was communicated.

According to Mr. Clarke, what is before the court is exhibit EFCC 2, which is a document showing that effect has been given to the recommendation for dismissal and not a gazette.

He noted that the said exhibit was addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and not to the Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission, adding that it was also marked restricted.

Citing the case of Governor of Ekiti State vs Ojo, as well as the provision of section 103 of the Evidence Act, he submitted that the document was a private one and not a gazette.

He urged the court to so hold.

On his part, the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, also adopted his processes before the court, urging it to discountenance the arguments of defence.

In a similar manner, second defence counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) also adopted his arguments on behalf of the second defendant, seeking to quash the charge.

He also sought an order striking out counts one, two and three, for being an abuse of court process or in the alternative, an order, separating the charge against the defendants so that the second defendant could be tried separately.

After listening to respective arguments, Mr. Aikawa adjourned the case until June 28 for a ruling.

EFCC alleged that the defendants conspired on May 21, 2014, to indirectly conceal different sums of money, in the Diamond Bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd, a company alleged to be operated by Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia.

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Insecurity In Northern Nigeria: Arewa Group To Hold Conference

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 21:09


Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) has called for more proactive measures in addressing the security situation in some parts of northern Nigeria.

The Convener of the group, Usman Bugaje stated this at a press conference in Kaduna.

”For one decade, Boko Haram insurgency has sapped the human and material resources of the Federal and State governments and has yet remained protracted,” he said.

“The ethno-religious crises and the farmer-herder crises are not abating,” he said and was also concerned about the efforts of security agencies in the insurgency in the northeast.

To provide solutions to these challenges, Bugaje announced that the group would be organizing a conference on northern security which is scheduled to hold July 1 and 2, at the Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation conference in Kaduna.

The group called on security agencies to redouble their efforts through robust and coordinated community support, noting that it called the conference on insecurity in the north to do a thorough analysis of the various security challenges.

It will also get experts to provide solutions, particularly on the coordination and regulation of community responses.

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Appointments By Buhari: APC Stakeholders Protest In Abuja

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 21:03


Some aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday protested in Abuja demanding inclusion in governance and appointments into offices.

The stakeholders under the aegis of APC concerned national stakeholders forum defied the rain and gathered at the Defence headquarters. They displayed placards with various inscriptions to make their demands known, ChannelsTV reports.

Part of their demands is that President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that he appoints people who worked for him in various capacity during the 2019 general elections as he forms his cabinet.

The stakeholders also said President Buhari should not appoint people who have stayed in government for over 40 years.

They stressed that the nation is in dire need of fresh ideas.

“By now, we expect that a real cabinet and primary appointment independently formed by the President based on merit and constitutional criteria would have been made public.

“This is the time for compensation but now it has gone back to the old ways where a few people take the compensation to themselves and their cronies,” Symeon Chilagorom, who led the protesters said.

The group also decried the delay in President Buhari’s appointment of his new cabinet, alleging that the delay could give some political influencers to handpick their allies for the appointment, leaving behind those who risked their necks to ensure President Buhari’s victory at the 2019 elections.

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Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment 7 Times

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 20:55


A self-confessed serial killer, on Monday, received seven life sentences, after he pleaded guilty to killing five foreign women and two children in a murder spree that went undetected for three years.

Nicos Metaxas, a 35-year old captain of the Cypriot National Guard, pleaded guilty to a total of 12 of charge relating to the premeditated murder and abduction of the seven victims.

The victims came from Romania, Philippines, Nepal and were murdered between September 2016 and July 2018.

The case was the worst ever peacetime atrocity in Cypriot living memory and caused abhorrence and horror to the Islanders.

It led to the resignation of the justice minister and the chief of police after it was found out that some of the victims had been reported as missing persons and the police failed to effectively investigate their disappearance.

Metaxas was taken under heavy security on Monday to a courthouse in the capital Nicosia wearing a bullet-proof vest.

He broke down in tears as the chief investigator into the case read out the charge and detailed his murders before the three-member Assize Court, Cyprus’s highest criminal court.

He appeared without a lawyer and when he was asked by the court what he had to say before sentence was passed on him, he told the judges he repented for the killings and for the distress he caused to the families of the victims.

“I have committed abhorrent crimes…I ask for forgiveness from the Cypriot society who are wondering why I have reached this point…I myself don’t know the answer,” Metaxas, a divorced man, said.

He also apologized to his two children, his family, and relatives. He said he decided to plead guilty to spare the state more trouble and a long court process.

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A Tale of Two Drones By Koye-Ladele Mofehintoluwa

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 20:53


In the country which used to be Persia, known to us now as Iran, there is a controversy brewing. People who follow world politics and international news would be aware of this controversy. Iranians have already reacted with fright of war outbreak and the United States President Donald Trump has given his opinion on the issue.

This ‘issue’ is none other than a drone belonging to the United States shot down by the Iranians. Trump says he believes the Iranians made a mistake and that there would have been a lot of difference if not that it was an unmanned device.

Away from that theatre unfolding faraway, Nigeria is also discussing its own drone. In a nation that has never been directly involved in an external war and has very little reason to do an arms upgrade except for terrorists and insurgents in a part of the country, what would concern Nigeria with a drone?

What concerns Nigeria with a drone in this season of drones governing the global discussion is corruption. Sheer unbridled corruption. Doused on the top with a lack of knowledge on the modern advances in military hardware.

The army recently announced the acquisition in two states of two single units of commonly marketed devices in foreign and even local stores unveiling it as some type of High Tech device which the military intends to combat kidnappers in the country.

This announcement did not include the cost at which it was purchased. A vacuum which checks at online sites have revealed they are relatively cheap with some versions at $1,000 (N365,000). The device appears to be a DJI drone. Commercially mass produced and cheaply sold for even children use as toy.

The two devices would have been purchased at an handsome cost of taxpayers money judging from the antecedents of corrupting in various sectors of Nigeria. 

The military in the release says “the device is the latest in the market, we decided to go for it with the support of my GOC. It can go on it own and it can avoid all obstacle”.

With the way they have praised this commercial device, the military seem to believe the value is high and it is almost certain a lot was spent on it much more than the cost.

The release goes further to say “with its launching in this Osi community, we have been able to map out the vast forests and studied it, so our men can move in. I can tell you that bandits days are over in this state."

Much condemnation has trailed this on social media in Nigeria with pictures flying around of how cheap the device may be and even comparing it to the ones owned by other countries.

Is the device the latest in the market or even advanced enough as a drone? The latest in drone technology uses very small and tiny devices that can be as small as insects while using them to gather surveillance. The Nigerian unveiling is a rather common gadget.

While the chief of army staff has said Nigerian soldiers are unwilling to fight Boko Haram and has given it as a reason for the delay in defeating the sect, it is necessary to consider too the issue of poor training and lack of touch with modern global practices in warfare asides the issue of motivation limiting Nigeria’s conquest of Boko Haram terrorists.

The drone which the army displayed is not even some distant technology to Nigeria as backward as the country may be technologically. Even journalists and photographers in Nigeria have begun to employ the use of the type of drone to take pictures and record events.

Occurrences like this expose why Nigeria is having a hard time combatting security challenges. This instant drone issue combines possible corruption, inadequate military training, insufficient technology amidst other issues. It is a panorama into the deeper challenges of our security.

Nigeria has budgeted or spent 6.098 trillion Naira on security with the item taking the most of our budget over the past years. The display of such drone device as high technology for our national security puts us in a place where we have to question the efficient usage of resources allocated to defense and also the proper training of Nigerian officers beyond the physical aspect of soldiering to be in touch with modern trends.

Koye-Ladele Mofehintoluwa writes from Obafemi Awolowo University. Nigeria. He is a frequent opinion writer for different reputable media in Nigeria.

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Soldier Beats Motorcycle Rider, Shaves His Hair Over Fare Disagreement

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 20:53


David Obebadol, a commercial motorcycle rider, has been beaten to a pulp by a soldier over a disagreement that ensued when he asked a soldier to pay his fare.

The soldier also shaved the hair of Obebadol.

According to Morris Alagoa, an ex-offico of Civil Liberty Organization, Bayelsa state chapter, trouble started after the Okada rider completed a 'marathon service' for the soldier.

He said, “The story l heard is very pathetic. He is a bike rider and a fellow Nigerian hired him to convey him from Otuasega community to the Shell base not far from the community. On getting to the Shell camp, the man said the bike guy should take him to Yenagoa again, which he objected to because there is an existing law which prohibits commercial bikes in the state capital. 

"Then, the man, who was in mufti introduced himself as a military personnel. He said the young man shouldn't be afraid, he will protect him. This young man then agreed to take him to Yenagoa. On getting to Yenagoa, the military guy allegedly asked the bike man to take him to several places, including across the bridge at Swali.

“Finally, after they returned safely to the Shell base, whether there was disagreement as per the service charge, the military man resorted to beating the guy who had rendered service to him."

When contacted on the matter, the State Police Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, said he is not aware of the development.

The victim is reportedly receiving medical treatment in Yenagoa.

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'Hell' Is Coming, Record Temperatures To Spread Heat Waves Across Europe, Meteorologists Warn

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 20:44


Meteorological agencies are forecasting temperatures of up to 40 degrees across continental Europe this week, the highest since 1947 in parts of France and Germany. Hospitals across the continent are preparing for a busy time, as army doctors are expected to fill up an anticipated shortage of medical personnel in Italy.

The last intense heat wave to hit France in 2003, killed 15,000 mainly elderly men and women, with hospital staff getting overwhelmed. 

In Frankfurt Germany, about 100 hours of sunshine is expected with the temperature expected to climax at 40 degrees. 

From Spain up to Switzerland, the weather is expected to average out at 40 degrees. Meteorological experts said high humidity could boost the 40 degrees to 47.

“El Infierno (hell) is coming,” is the tweet put out by Silvia Laplana, a Spanish TV meteorologist. 

The AEMET weather service forecast temperatures of 42C by Thursday in the Ebro, Tagus, Guadiana, and Guadalquivir valleys and warned of an “extreme risk” of forest fires in Spain, according to Guardian UK.

“I’m worried about people who are downplaying this, who are continuing to exercise as usual or stay out in the sun,” Agnès Buzyn, France’s health minister said.

“This affects all of us, nobody is a superman when it comes to dealing with the extreme heat we’re going to see on Thursday and Friday,” she informed a press conference, downplaying the powers of the comic superhero. In Paris, the French capital ‘cool rooms’ have been installed in municipal buildings, pools have been opened for late-night swimming as well as placing extra drinking fountains with temperatures in the capital reaching 34 degrees on Monday. 

The forecast said the weather would soar further later in the week. 

School exams have been put off till next week and charities distributed water to homeless people. 

Italian officials have also warned of the hazard posed by waste-strewn streets in the capital city, Rome.

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Court Adjourns Oando Case Against Securities Regulator Until July 22

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 20:12


A federal court sitting in Lagos on Monday has adjourned a case brought by oil firm Oando Plc to stop Nigeria's financial watchdog from replacing its chief executive and making other management changes until July 22.

The Security and Exchange Commission's action followed an investigation in which it allegedly found evidence of financial infractions by the company.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun had through a motion filed and argued by Mr. Tayo Oyetobo (SAN) on June 3 restrained the SEC from replacing Oando's chief executive and taking other action against the oil firm, pending further hearings on the case.

SEC through its counsel, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), filed a motion to discharge the order as well as preliminary objections challenging that some material facts were concealed in the process of obtaining the order.

Justice Ayokunle Faji adjourned the case until July 22 for the hearing of all pending applications. 

Oando has dismissed SEC's charges as unsubstantiated and called for the commission to release the full audit on which it is basing its charges.

The Lagos-listed Oando, which also has a dual listing in Johannesburg, has evolved from a fuel retailer into a major indigenous oil producer that competes with multinationals such as Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil in Nigeria.

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Firestorm Of Insecurity And Impunity In Nigeria By Emmanuel Onwubiko

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 19:51


Malcolm N. Shaw, Queens Counsel, is a senator fellow at the Lautorpacht Centre for international law, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

In the preambles to his scholarly work on international law, he had stated as follows: “law is that element which binds the members of the community together in their adherence to recognized values and standards. It is both permissive in allowing individuals to establish their own legal relations with rights and duties, as in the creation of contracts and coerave as it punishes those who infringe its regulations. Law consists of a series of rules regulating behavior, and reflecting, to some extent, the ideas and preoccupations of the society within which it functions”.

Throughout all of the different presentations on the essence of nationhood, the essential place of law and order is not in doubt because as we have seen above, it is a law that defines the building up of all societies.

Aristotle (384-322 BCE) who is considered one of the fathers of philosophy was of the considered opinion that “law is order, and good law is good order”. Aristotle said that what distinguishes man from the other animals are his innate powers of reason and the faculty of speech, which give him a unique ability to form social groups and set up communities and partnerships.

The great thinker proceeded further to define the role of law when applied holistically in a human community and concluded by affirming that stability and security of lives and property of the citizenry is the resultant consequence of the enforcement of the rule of law.

Hear him: “Within the community of a polis (city-state), the citizens develop an organization that ensures the security, economic stability and justice of the state, not by imposing any form of social contract but because it is in their nature to do so. He rationalized that how well the citizens succeed in achieving the goal of the enforcement of the law is totally reliant on the form of government, they put in place.

Having said all these aforementioned, we will begin by asserting that as we set out to reflect on the apparent unworkability and dysfunctionality of the mechanisms for law enforcement in Nigeria represented by the near anarchy that defines our current socio-political status, it is pivotal to assert that from the benefit of hindsight, the causative agent of the swirling instability and insecurity is the decision of those who wield political power to embrace impunity.

No doubt, Nigeria operates a constitutional democracy with all the inherent statutory provisions which sum up the fundamental opinion that there is a legal system in place. There are institutions set up for the purposes of driving the process of rule of law so the wheel of societal progress is not unwittingly undermined.

Also, the grand norm in operation which is the 1999 constitution obliges government officials to abide by the laws even as there are legal sanctions for the violations of these provisions of the law. In the earliest part of the constitution, section 1(1) states that: “This constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The significant import of the above-stated provision of the Nigerian constitution is that lawbreakers ought to face institutional sanctions and these sets of legal punishments will serve as an effective deterrent against reoffending. However, what we have continued to witness in the past few years is that the persons charged with the legal functions of enforcing the sets of laws in Nigeria may either have been compromised, are grossly inefficient and/or deliberately ineffective. Government functionaries more often than not violate and disrespect binding decisions of the courts of law. 

Conversely, there is this methodology of 'vigilante justice' that those at the helms of affairs have embraced in place of wielding the big stick against offenders who have made life miserable for millions of peace-loving citizens. 

The police, as well as other security forces, are more interested in the drama of law enforcement than in the practical application of the mechanisms of effective law enforcement which must of necessity terminate in the successful prosecution of suspected offenders and not just to dwell so much in what at best can be considered mere media trials of persons who ought to face the full weight of the law.

The immediate consequences of neglecting speed, decisiveness and thoroughness in the enforcement of the relevant laws against violent offenders is the gradual violations of all the fundamental rights that the citizens are entitled to which are grouped as first, second and third generation rights.

Reading through a manual for human rights training of police by Commonwealth Secretariat, one learns that the first groups of rights – the so-called blue rights – are civil and political rights. These rights are sometimes seen as constituting the core of human rights. Civil rights are the rights that are enjoyed by individuals. There is a negative obligation on states not to infringe upon these rights. People have the right to liberty, freedom, and security. They also have the right to be treated equally. Some examples of these rights would be the right not to be tortured or treated in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way. People should also be equal before the law and have equal protection of the law. People should have the right to life and right to a fair trial. Political rights are the rights that people need to have to participate meaningfully and freely, politically, in the way their country is run. Some examples of these rights are the right to vote and the right to form and join political parties, trade unions or other organizations.

This is closely followed by the second groups of rights or so-called red rights which are social and economic rights. These rights deal with how people live and work together, and the right to basic necessities such as food and water.  

The last but not the least groups of rights are the so-called green lights, and include environmental and developmental rights. These two sets of rights are often in conflict with each other: those who wish to preserve the environment might be opposed to further development. On the one hand, it includes the right to a clean and healthy environment, while on the other is the right to development. Further rights that fall into this category of rights are the rights to cultural and political advancement. These rights have less application in policing situations. 

It must be stated that much of what is crude oil-rich Niger Delta region is in turmoil and environmentally damaged because the government isn't responsible enough to ensure respect for the environmental rights of the citizens. A few days back a deadly gas explosion led to the killings of more than 50 people in Rivers State. 

This deliberate employment of impunity by functionaries of government has now led Nigeria to a firestorm of insecurity and instability to an extent that world leaders have noticed. The government of Theresa May of Great Britain believes that over half of Nigeria is not safe enough for their citizens to visit.

This month, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom warned British nationals against travelling to about 21 states in Nigeria over security concerns.

The travel warning posted on its website and updated thereafter reportedly stemmed from the worsening security situation occasioned by the Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks in the North East, armed banditry in the North-West and militancy in the South-South.

Specifically, the FCO advised against all travels to Borno; Yobe; Adamawa; Gombe; and the riverine areas of Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.

The British government also cautioned against trips to within 20km of the border with Niger and Zamfara states.

The FCO further advised against all but essential travel to Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi and within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi states including the non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Abia States.

Apart from stating that the British travel ban has come at a time of grave economic challenges for a lot of the citizenry, it is also helpful to stress that government’s failure to effectively prosecute the suspects arrested for all kinds of violent crimes is the main reason for the spiraling situation of violence all across the country.

Let us closely examine some of the flashpoints of these violent crimes. In the North Western state of Kaduna, armed Fulani herdsmen have consistently raided Christian dominated Southern Kaduna state and have slaughtered hundreds of farmers including the destruction of farmlands. On March 16, 2019, the Kaduna state government confirmed attacks and killings of nine villagers in a place known as Nandu in Sanga local government area council.

The statement read: “The Kaduna State Government has been briefed by the security agencies on the killing of nine persons by criminal elements, who attacked Nandu village in Sanga LGA, in the early hours..."

Early this month, the governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State attended the funeral of 25 persons killed by bandits in a fresh attack which occurred in three communities in Rabah local government area of the state.

 

From the North East comes the story that Hundreds displaced in Adamawa as Fulani herdsmen attacks two communities published on 19th June 2019. The rampaging Fulani herdsmen attacked and razed down two densely populated settlements – Suwa and Burukutu – in Lamurde local government area of Adamawa State.

 

Not fewer than 51 persons have been feared killed in the latest clash between the herders and farmers in Taraba State, a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Kamai, said on June 1, 2019.

 

The 51 farmers were reportedly killed in 11 villages of Ardo-Kola Local Government Area and suburbs of the state capital, Jalingo.

Rev. Fr. Kamai, a native of Kona in Jalingo who delivered a sermon at the Remembrance Mass for the 51 deceased held at the Church of Assumption in Kona village, said the 51 dead have been buried.

 

From the North Central, gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Agatu community in Benue State and killed 16 people while many others were injured this year. 

 

Recall that suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked some communities in Agatu Local Government Area of the state in 2016 and hundreds of people were killed.

 

In the renewed attack in the early hours, 16 persons were murdered in their sleep by the suspected Fulani herders.

 

According to a community source, the herdsmen attacked Ebete community under Usha ward of the Agatu Local Government Area of the state in the night.

From the South East came the report that some herdsmen reportedly killed a woman at Amofia, Affa in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, Wednesday.

 

The woman’s name was given as Mrs. Paulina Agadife.

 

On May 2, 2019, four persons from Ngno community in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state were killed in resumed hostilities with neighboring Agila in Ardo local government area of Benue State.

 

From the South-South is a report that no fewer than five persons have been killed following a cult related clash between two rival groups in Ughelli Community, Delta State, in the early hours around December 2018.

 

It was gathered that the two rival groups, Vikings and Eiye confraternities, engaged in supremacy battle in Ekiugbo Community, Ughelli North local government area of the state.

 

The South-west is a hotbed of armed Fulani herdsmen instigated kidnappings and the zone is boiling too with the story in April this year that suspected herdsmen attacked Eda, one of the communities in Iyemero town, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

 

Invading the town in the wee hours, they killed two people and inflicted various degrees of injury on three others.

 

Residents identified one of the dead as Danjuma Ali, a Muslim farmer, while the identity of the second person whose body had been deposited in the morgue of the General hospital, Ikole Ekiti was still unknown as of the time of filing this report.

 

Still on the emerging story of lawlessness, at least seven people were reportedly killed in the robbery attack carried out by an eleven-man gang when robbers hit a branch of First Bank in Idoani, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State on April 9, 2019. The robbers were reported to have stormed the town in the afternoon shooting sporadically.

 

They broke the bank’s security doors with an explosive device. The bank is the only commercial bank in Idoani, serving the other neighboring towns as well.

From East to North, North, and South, a common denominator is the emerging scenarios of festivals of deaths and violence even as the government appears unwilling to confront and tackle these armed killers. This growing impunity may precipitate a wider scale of anarchy and doom if the citizens do not stand up and defend their rights. The government must be held accountable. 

*Emmanuel Onwubiko heads Human Rights WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) and blogs@www.emmanuelonwubiko.com,www.huriwa.blogspot.com,www.thenigerianinsidermews.com. 

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South-East Governors Reject Miyetti’s Vigilance Groups Plan

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 19:23


Miyetti Allah group

Miyetti Allah group

The South-East Governors Forum has reacted to lingering controversies surrounding the alleged proposal by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to organize local vigilance groups in the South-East.

According to MACBAN, the proposal is to assist leaders in the zone curtail the menace of crime and criminal activities in the area.

But the South-East East Governors Forum has kicked against such a move.

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and Chairman of the forum in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Uzor on Monday in Abakaliki described the allegation of the governors allowing MACBAN to form vigilance group as strange.

The statement read: “I find it extremely strange for anybody to think that none locals in any part of the country including South-East can be allowed to form vigilance outfit. The Miyetti Allah group may have made that suggestion which I believe will never mean to form a vigilante in South East whichever is the meaning, no governor will allow that.

“South-East governors have their local vigilance groups working with security agencies; any such demand by Miyetti group is a joke and not acceptable. Governors of the zone are doing their best and we have no problems receiving insults from our people, it is the price of leadership.

“The important thing to us is the safety and well-being of our people; the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and other pressure groups may not have found it fashionable to insult their leaders even when their leaders may not be saints.”

Umahi further disclosed that his task was to develop Ebonyi, contribute to rebuilding South-East and Nigeria.

“My calling is not to insult others for me to do these. Have we been fairly treated? No. Can we solve the problem by hate speeches? For me, the answer is no.

“Nobody, no matter the level of pretence can change my style of peaceful leadership. Ebonyi, in particular, has suffered so much even in the context of South-East. We believe that we do not need hate speeches as a strategy to solve our problems,” the governor said.

He maintained that South-East would not allow any Miyetti vigilante in any part of the zone, neither would it allow cattle ranch nor cattle colony.

However, Umahi insisted that people of the zone must live peacefully with herdsmen that did not destroy farmlands especially those that were born here and had lived peacefully with the people.

“Finally, we insist there will be no Miyetti vigilante, no cattle ranch or colony; but we must live peacefully with herdsmen that do not destroy our farmlands especially those that were born here and have lived peacefully with us. All South-East governors are together on this position,” the document said.

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Oshiomhole Is Autocratic, Emboldened Because EFCC Refused To Investigate Corruption Petition Against Him –HURIWA

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 18:50


A pro-democracy and civil rights advocacy organization, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), described the national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, as totalitarian and undemocratic regarding his meddling in the affairs of Bauchi and Edo states.

The group said it was not in the place of Oshiomhole to dish out orders to either the state governor of Bauchi, Alhaji Bala Mohammed or the state legislature on how to carry on the duties of the legislative arm of the government.

HURIWA in a statement on Monday, therefore, described as an act of political rascality and grandstanding the purported ‘directive’ by Oshiomhole on the Inspector General of police, Alhaji Adamu Mohammed, to seal off the legislative complexes of Bauchi and Edo houses of assembly following disagreements amongst the lawmakers.

HURIWA said: “This was the same unsavory and undemocratic role played by this same overbearing autocrat and chairman of the ruling party Mr. Adams Oshiomhole just before the close of the last session of National Assembly which culminated in the widely reprehensible and criminal invasion of the National Assembly in a bid to impeach then-Senate President Bukola Saraki by 100 hooded armed operatives of the department of state services (DSS) under the direct instructions of the APC’s hierarchy to the disgraced Director General of DSS Malam Lawal Daura. This action of the DSS which followed persistent pressures by Adams Oshiomhole amounted to a coup attempt which offends section 1(2) of the 1999 constitution which states that the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.

“As a civil rights body, we hereby call on all Nigerians to mount pressure on the national chairman of All Progressives Congress to compel him to stop overheating the polity with his brand of cantankerous and totalitarian politics which he has now taken to his home state of Edo... he now goes about attacking and trying to dictate to the chief executive and governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki.

“We think that the reason Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is emboldened to constitute a high political nuisance to his successor and to lots of other political gladiators all across Nigeria including the newly inaugurated governor of Bauchi state is because the anti-graft commission refused to act on a petition alleging widespread corruption against the national chairman of APC when he was governor of Edo state. It is this policy of impunity at the highest levels that has motivated the likes of Oshiomhole to continue to dabble into the domestic political affairs of some states behaving like an emperor who can’t be called to order or tamed.”

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A Love Letter To My Late Father And Lessons For Ndigbo By Churchill Okonkwo

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 18:44


Ten years ago, on Father's Day, June 21st, 2009, you, my dad, Honorable J.C. Okonkwo, Onye Nkuzi, moved on to eternal glory. In the past ten years, each time I make a quick reflection on those good old days I had with you, I remember the finishing touches you put to my life painting, the love you shared with all and the words of wisdom you used to decorate my heart.

As a community leader, you not only served with your time and resources, you served in truth. It was you that first taught me that truth is not a democracy. As an elder, you were always quick to remind everyone around you that you are a teacher. As such, you vowed to keep teaching the truth irrespective of whether the students are listening or not.

As a politician, you not only understood that everyone is free to choose his or her political alignment but that we should do so without any element of fear. As a philosopher, you warn that whoever goes on site-seeing, must absorb, alone, any consequence(s), good or bad, from the adventure. That is, it is the head that disturbs the hornet's nest that will be stung.

As my teacher, you understood that the best education is not given to students but drawn out of them. Everything about me you helped to create. You assisted me in self-discovery. With your help as my father and my teacher, I attained laudable goals with inadequate tools.

As I listened to the BBC and the Voice of America with you from the age of 3, you awakened the joy in creative expression and knowledge in me. As a young potential student, you, my teacher and my father met the untapped potential in me and liberated me as a free thinker that I am today.

Ten years on, I've lots of good news to share with you J.C. One of the good news is that Buhari chased away the corruption masters in the PDP that was bent of crippling Nigeria with their looting. I can still recollect your New Year greeting to me on 1st January 1984. On that fateful morning, you greeted me with shouts of “Happy New Nigeria” following the overthrow of Shagari’s administration by the military junta led by Buhari and Idiagbon.

Now, I understand why I routed for Buhari until he became President in 2015. I inherited your disgust for corruption and corrupt politicians. I am, thou, worried that Buhari’s administration is attracting and retaining so many corrupt elements. As a teacher, I know you would have been disappointed in Buhari’s failure to makeaccountability an integral part of a public service ethos.

I also have some bad news to report: the Igbo nation is in disarray after being eliminated as a constant in the Nigerian fluid political equation. I know you would have agreed with me that it is a political anomaly to eliminate an important constant in a complex, non-linear political equation. Yet, Igbos were alienated, politically. Doom and gloom is currently hanging over the Igbo Nation

Were you alive, I trust that you would have sized this golden moment to teach Ndigbo how to overcome. I know that you would have seen this moment as a teachable moment to encourage Igbos to shepherd ourselves forward with the confidence that we will get through this.

And it is on this subject of seeing every anomaly in the community as a teachable moment that reminds me of my role as a commentator on Nigerian political affairs. Even though I don’t wear a clericalcollar, I believe, sincerely, that I was ordained and sent by God, you and the rest of my forefathers to be the Igbo voice of wisdom.

So, here is the key lesson from you, my father, in this installment of Igbo unpopular opinion: politics of fear, doom, and gloom has its drawback. Politics of fear may motivate some people, yet, it turns off many others. Fear has its limitations and it is hard to live in a world of wounds.

The lesson from my father is that it is difficult to hold these sorrows so many Igbos feel in being left in Nigerian political wilderness for a long time. Such sorrows breed pessimism, and despair which in turn increases a sense of despondency and depression. 

The lessons from you, my father, to Ndigbo is that we should stop walking around angry at other citizens for the way they are absorbing the difficult economic and security challenges facing every Nigerian as if we were isolated and being punished for being Igbos.

You, my father, have just asked me to remind the Igbo of what Criss Jami, Killosophy said: the higher you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb, the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

J.C., you must have heard that Igbos failed in 2015 while carrying our “hero” Goodluck Jonathan. You must have also seen that, with a heavy heart, we carried Atiku and all his baggage in 2019 and that the fall was even heavier.  

The lesson from you, to Igbos, as a teacher, is that to get to the higher pedestal, we need to stop digging and start climbing. Your lesson to Igbos is that we should let our greatest trials be the launching pad into our destiny. If only we can stop looking down and start looking up. 

Leaving the troubles of Ndigbo aside, J.C., I want to say a big thank you on this anniversary of your ascension to eternal glory. I thank you for the love that you shared with all. I thank you for the army you left behind; your contributions to your community; the hearts that you touched; the people that believed in you. I thank you for the special privilege you gave us to address you as J.C.

I thank you for turning on the light when it was too dark; for showing me the way when the road was closed; for lending me a hand when the climb was too tough; for pointing out the way when the going was directionless. I thank you for accommodating me in your shrine when I was homeless. I thank you for allowing me to fly back under your wings when I was exhausted and wounded.

Thanks, J.C., for being there for me.

From Obinna, with Love.

You can email Churchill at Churchill.okonkwo@gmail.comor follow him on Twitter @churchillnnobi

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Airtel Africa Receives Pre-IPO Interest Worth $200 Million

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 18:36


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Airtel

One of the bookrunners handling Airtel Africa Ltd.’s planned initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange said on Monday it had received indications of interest worth about $200 million from pre-IPO investors.

Airtel Africa, a unit of India’s Bharti Airtel Ltd., last week set a price range of 80 to 100 pence per share for its IPO.

The firm is expected to raise 595 million pounds from the issuance of 595.2 million to 744 million new shares.

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Aiteo, Host Communities Face-off: Court Refuses To Stop Renewal Of OML 29 Lease

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 18:04


The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa on Monday declined an application to halt the renewal of oil mining lease (OML) 29 pending the determination of a suit by Nembe communities in Bayelsa.

The communities are seeking an environmental audit of the impact of the oil field on the host communities and the implementation of the social obligations of the host communities by the operator of the oil block amongst others.

The lease will expire on June 30, while the operator of the oilfields had commenced renewal formalities with the payment of $82 million to the Department of Petroleum Resources.

Justice Awogboro Abimbola, in a ruling in response to an application by lead counsel to the Plaintiffs, Iniruo Wills, that the renewal of the lease be halted decline to grant the application and adjourned the case until September 27 to hear applications of parties seeking to join the suit.

Abimbola regretted that she was unable to take the applications for joinder to the case as slated because she has 10 pending judgments to deliver before the court goes on vacation on July 3.

Some 40 chiefs from Nembecommunities seeking to join the suit besieged the court premises as early as 8 am.

The plaintiffs are Ikaonaworio Eferebo-Igoma, Iyerite Chiefson Awululu-Atubu, Ayebaesin Edoghotu-Omoh, Markson Amaegbe-Orutari, B.C. Benwari-Yousuo and Doibo Evans representing OML 29 host communities.

The defendants are Attorney-General of the Federation, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Environment and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.

Others are Aiteo Exploration and Production Ltd, Attorney-General of Bayelsa State and the Deeds Registrar, Bayelsa State Ministry of Lands.

Members of Ogbolomabiri in Nembe and adjourning communities had earlier filed applications for joinder in the matter.

Shell Petroleum Development Company in 2015, divested its equity in OML 29 and transferred its interest in the oil block, including NCTL for $1.7 billion to Aiteo.

However, the host community said the divestment was done “without resolving the untold negative impact of their operations on the people”.  

Speaking after the court session, lead counsel to the plaintiffs, Wills noted that the interest of other Nembe communities was an indication that almost all the host communities to OML 29 were unanimous in the quest for welfare for the oil communities.

He assured that the communities would remain law-abiding and await the decision of the courts on the pending case and hoped that the dependants would not jeopardize the ongoing court process.

"We will expect all the parties to act in good faith and await the outcome of the court, and on the part of the defendants, we expect them to await the decisions of the court, so we don't expect them to be mischievous and sabotage the court process," Wills said.

On the earlier moves for an out-of-court settlement, Wills said the communities were eager and willing to find an amicable resolution of the issues on the negotiating table but regretted that the oil firm did not approach the talks in good faith, adding that they were merely adopting delay tactics to waste time while their operation goes on.

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Police Nab Alleged Land-grabber

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 17:55


The Lagos State Police Command has nabbed an alleged notorious land-grabber, Ojo Adesola, who terrorized residents of Lagos and Ogun states.

Bala Elkana, the Public Relations Officer of the command, sad this in a press statement obtained by SaharaReporters on Monday.

He said the police surveillance patrol team from Alagbado police station arrested Adesola and confiscated arms from him.

According to the spokesperson, four locally-made rifles and 38 rounds of live cartridges were recovered from the white bus in which Adesola was found.

He said Adesola's gang acted as warlords, waiting to be hired by anyone who could pay for their services to take over lands by force.

It stated further that the group engaged in a series of killings and maiming of landowners.

The suspect in his confessional statement, accordingly to the police, said they were hired by someone to dislodge landowners at Epe and that he was on his way to pick the other members of the gang for the operation before he was arrested.

Police said they were on the trail of five other members of his gang who are at large.

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Falz Blasts Governor Ganduje For Jailing Kano Musician Who Joked About Him In A Song

Sahara Reporters - lun, 2019-06-24 17:46


Popular Nigerian musician, Folarin Falana better known as Falz the Bahd Guy has condemned the Kano State government for jailing musician Mohammed Yusuf for singing songs which made jokes about the Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state.

Posting a screenshot of a BBC pidgin on his Instagram handle @falzthedahdguy, Falz said, "HATE to see stuff like this! This is 2019. 

Any individual who feels defamed by any statement made by another person can sue for libel or slander under the law of defamation. 

"It is shameful to see public officers using the machinery of the state to harass citizens and attempting to hinder our inalienable freedom of expression. 

"Anyone who knows the musician Mohammed Yusuf personally should please get in touch with me. We NEED to contend this unjust sentence," Falz said.

 

       
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HATE to see stuff like this! This is 2019. Any individual who feels defamed by any statement made by another person can sue for libel or slander under the law of defamation. It is shameful to see public officers using the machinery of the state to harass citizens and attempting to hinder our inalienable freedom of expression. Anyone who knows the musician Mohammed Yusuf personally should please get in touch with me. We NEED to contend this unjust sentence. #JusticeForMohammed

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