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Sowore's Rearrest, Mockery Of Justice –SERAP

sam, 2019-12-07 01:21


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has condemned the rearrest of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, by operatives of Department of Security Service on Friday.

SERAP frowned against the harassment and intimidation of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by armed DSS operatives, who stormed the courtroom in a bid to rearrest the activist and forced her close proceedings abruptly. 

In a statement on Friday, the group said the action of the DSS was shameful.

The statement said, “The violent rearrest of Sowore right inside the courtroom, is a textbook case of a mockery of justice and abuse of judicial process. 

“It drives home the failure of the Nigerian Government to fulfill its constitutional and international human rights obligations to respect citizens’ human rights and observe the rule of law.”

SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, added that the invasion of the courtroom and the ill-treatment of Sowore was a blatant attack on the rule of law and the sanctity and integrity of Nigeria’s justice system.

The organisation called United Nations Human Rights Council, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and members of the international community to prevail on the Nigerian authorities to end violations and abuses of human rights and threats to the rule of law.

The statement added, “An independent judiciary free from intimidation and harassment is a basic precondition to a functioning democracy under the rule of law.

“If Nigerian authorities are serious about human rights and the rule of law, they should hold those responsible to account. 

“Only then will Nigerians have full confidence in this government’s ability to protect their human rights, obey the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.”

 

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BREAKING: Bishop Oyedepo Tackles Buhari Again Over Citizens' Poor Welfare

sam, 2019-12-07 00:07


Founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith Church Worldwide popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has again condemned the Nigerian Government under President Muhammadu Buhari for its failure to make the country better for the people.

Oyedepo, who was preaching at the ongoing Shiloh 2019 programme, also asked the government to focus on curbing hate act in the country rather than hate speech.

He said that the reason the people had continued to complain and condemn the administration of President Buhari was because he was not doing well.

The popular preacher said, “If government was doing well, the people would not complain.” 

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Invasion Of Court By DSS Confirms Nigeria Sliding Into Dictatorship –PDP

sam, 2019-12-07 00:03


The Peoples Democratic Party has said that the invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the Department of State Services on Friday, further confirms that Nigeria, under the President Muhammadu Buhari regime, was finally sliding into a frightening dictatorship.

The party said that the invasion of the court is a vindication of its earlier stand that the nation was no longer governed by democratic principles of rule of law and dictates of the constitution.

PDP, in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, “Today, the world watched with shock as operatives of the Presidency-controlled DSS in a most horrific manner, swooped on the court, held the judiciary to ransom, disrupted proceedings, scared away the judge, chased away lawyers and journalists, attacked and rearrested persons standing trial within the precincts of the court in a manner that can only be obtainable in Idi Amin’s Uganda.

“The invasion is in a forceful suspension of our constitutional order and a further battering of the judiciary, which points to an emerging lawlessness that can only find space in a military regime.

“Without prejudice to the charge against Mr Omoyele Sowore, the PDP holds that in a normal democracy, it is the duty of the court to determine the fate of an accused, according to the laws and not a resort to brute force by the government to silence persons with dissenting voices.”

The PDP said that the violation witnessed in the Abuja court on Friday, was a direct invitation to anarchy and a huge threat to the unity, peace, stability and corporate existence of the nation and the safety of citizens.

The party added, “Indeed, this is not the Nigeria our citizens yearn for and it is imperative to restate that Nigeria, under the Buhari Presidency, is fast sliding into a dark country where laws are suspended, the judiciary is assaulted and citizens are stripped of their fundamental rights.

“The international community must have more than a passing glance at the situation in Nigeria as any crisis in our country, God forbid, given our population is capable of having a negative effect across the African continent and other parts of the world.”

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US Senator, Menendez, Condemns Sowore's Rearrest, Promises High Level Intervention

ven, 2019-12-06 23:59


Senator Bob Menendez, a ranking member of the United States Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has condemned the rearrest of rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, on Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Sowore, who was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by operatives of the Department of State Services for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations but only released on Thursday evening despite two court orders directing his freedom much earlier, was rearrested on Friday by the DSS.

In a statement on Friday, Menendez, who had been involved in attempts to pressure the Nigerian Government, promised US intervention in the matter over Sowore's case.

He said, “I am outraged by the blatant harassment of Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression.

“In a concerted effort to secure his release on behalf of the Sowore family living in New Jersey, my office has been working closely with the State Department as Mr Sowore’s case languished following his arbitrary arrest back in August. 

“While we continue to seek immediate answers about Sowore’s treatment and conditions in jail, I will be further engaging directly with US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, in Abuja to raise this case at the highest levels of the Nigerian Government so that the Buhari administration gets the message that we are committed to defending Sowore’s rights and securing his release.

“This blatant miscarriage of justice is symptomatic of closing political and media space in Nigeria.”

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Renewed Fears Over Sowore’s Safety As Strange Man Hits Journalist In Neck With Unknown Substance In Courtroom

ven, 2019-12-06 22:36




There is growing fear among supporters and family members over the state of health of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, after the 48-year-old activist was struck by an unidentified man in court in Abuja on Friday morning.
 
Sowore had arrived early to stand trial in the case brought against him by the Nigerian Government accusing him of insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and planning to bring down his regime. 
 
Midway through at the Federal High Court, heavily-armed operatives of the Department of State Services abruptly disrupted the proceedings, forcing presiding judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, to run for safety. 
 
Sowore was attacked and flung to the ground, where the yet-to-be-identified man, dressed in a lawyer’s robes but suspected to be a DSS agent, reached down and hit him in the neck with something.
 
Upon noticing that he had been hit with something strange in the neck, the videos show Sowore turning around swiftly to query why the strange man was hitting him. 
 
“Why did you hit me? What did you hit me with?” Sowore asked, before adding, “Who is this guy?”
 
In various video footages of the chaos in the courtroom analysed by SaharaReporters, the tall man is seen holding and trying to pull Sowore to the ground from the chair he was seated. 

FLASH: There is growing fear among supporters and family members over the state of health of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, after the 48-year-old activist was struck by an unidentified man in court in Abuja on Friday morning. #FreeSowore #FreeSoworeNow pic.twitter.com/lZV4Sa9zHj

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While other supporters in the courtroom successfully pulled the journalist away from his attacker after several minutes of being rough-handled, the strange man was seen attempting to hurriedly walk away from the scene.
 
He was held back by Sowore’s supporters and other lawyers in court, who questioned him on his true identity and mission. 
 
The strange man, acting suspiciously, made several attempts to wriggle his way through the angry witnesses but was held back and asked to explain why he had hit Sowore with an unknown substance on the neck in an apparent attempt to harm him.
 
The people accused him of trying to kill Sowore through an already laid out plan by ‘forces in high places’.
 
When SaharaReporters checked with several lawyers and court officials around, it was revealed that the strange man in question was not a legal practitioner and had not been previously seen around the court despite dressing as one.
 
With Friday’s strange development, it is to be recalled that Sowore has expressed concern that the Nigerian Government is planning to kill him.
 
He said, “When they (a delegation from President Buhari) visited me in detention offering me all kinds and I refused, they promised that I will not walk out of their detention alive and that is what they came here to implement today.”
 
Following Friday’s development, there is renewed worry among family members, supporters and associates of the journalist that his life may no longer be safe especially after he was rearrested by the DSS less than 24 hours after he was released from detention.
 
While his trial was ongoing on Friday morning, the security agency went ahead to file fresh charges against him without the knowledge of his lawyers led by Femi Falana (SAN).
 
Falana while confirming that they had not been served details of the fresh charges by the DSS, condemned the attack and forceful re-arrest of his client, describing the entire situation as a slap on the rule of law. 
Sowore was first arrested on August 3, 2019 for calling on Nigerians to pour into the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Buhari. 
 
But angered by his effrontery to speak truth to power, the 48-year-old is being held after being accused of insulting Buhari and planning to bring down his government. 
 
The journalist was granted bail twice and ordered to be released by the DSS after meeting stringent conditions, but the agency refused to obey those directives.

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JUST IN: Nnamdi Kanu Loses Father

ven, 2019-12-06 19:34


 

Eze Israel Kanu, father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has died, a report by PUNCH said.

This comes four months after his mother, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, passed away.

Eze Kanu was the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu Umuahia community till his death.

The traditional council of his community led by Edward Ibeabuchi confirmed his demise.

Eze Kanu had not been seen in the public since September 2017, after a detachment of soldiers raided his palace.

One of his sons, Emmanuel, also confirmed the demise of his father.

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PDP To File Appeal In Melaye’s Election Loss On Monday

ven, 2019-12-06 17:22


 

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it will be heading to the election tribunal on Monday to challenge the victory of Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress declared winner of the rerun of Kogi West Senatorial poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Adeyemi winner of the exercise following a court order that nullified the previous election.

Dino Melaye of the PDP was declared winner of the first election conducted in the district.

However, the court said the election was marred with electoral malpractices and ordered a fresh exercise.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, told PUNCH that they will challenge the victory of Adeyemi at the tribunal.

He said, “We are going to the tribunal. We are going to file our application at the tribunal. We won the election.

“We will file the appeal hopefully on Monday. The party and the candidate are going to court together.

“It is not about Dino Melaye. It’s about Nigeria and our electoral system.”

 

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Over 993 Libya Returnees In Need Of Psychological Help, Says NEMA

ven, 2019-12-06 17:05


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The National Emergency Management Agency has disclosed that at least 993 Nigerian returnees from Libya have psychological needs.

Acting Coordinator, NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, said this at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos while receiving a new set of returnees.

He said, ”Nigerian returnees from the Niger Republic stood at 1,043 males and 556 females; Morocco male 42, female 37; Liberia male eight and female four.

“Burkina Faso male six, female 18, France male three, female one, while Ireland had only one female, but countries like Poland, Austria, Gambia, Mauritania, Ethiopia had one male each assisted back.

“Chad had one male, two females and Cote D’ivoire had only two females brought back within the period.

“Approximately, adult males are 54 per cent, 37 per cent are for female, while male and female minors stood at four per cent each.

“In the same vein, the distressed migrants brought back per state of origin shows that Edo State topped the list with 40.6 per cent.”

Farinloye added that this had brought the total number of returnees from Libya since April 2017 to date to 8,096 males and 5,788 females.

 

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APC’s Dariye, Orji Kalu Jailed For Fraud, But Is Buhari’s Corruption War Still Against Opposition? By Fredrick Nwabufo

ven, 2019-12-06 17:03


Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo

 

On June 12, 2018, Joshua Dariye, former Plateau State governor and senator, huddled in the dock awaiting the verdict of fate for pilfering N1.6bn public funds at a high court of the Federal Capital Territory.

Dariye was lachrymal, wiping hot tears from his eyes.

Before the senator was handed a 14-year jail sentence by Adebukola Banjoko, the presiding judge, he begged for mercy – a luxury he did not accord to the people of Plateau who endured his troubled administration.

He was found guilty of 14 counts out of the 23 preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Before the judge passed her judgment, Paul Eroko, counsel to Dariye, pleaded for a light sentence.

“Appeals to your judgement do not succeed; we will fall on your mercy. The prisons are congested,” Eroko said.

“They misled the governor, it is the bank; they said he didn’t have to present anything.”

But Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to the EFCC, said Dariye did not deserve a light sentence because he “did not show remorse”.

At this point, weeping Dariye said he wanted to speak.

“Have mercy, you are a Christian, your name is Jacob,” he said.

On Thursday, Orji Uzor Kalu, another former governor and senator, received the retribution of kismet.

Reality jarred Kalu out of the fantasy that he was going home to his bed after his conviction for money laundering by a federal high court in Lagos.

After Mohammad Idris, the presiding judge, pronounced a 12-year jail sentence and warders moved towards him with handcuffs, the Senate Chief Whip resorted to diplomacy.

“Where are you taking us to now? Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you,” he said.

Kalu’s fall is louder than the crash of Jericho – being a trenchant mouthpiece of President Muhammadu Buhari in the South-East.

But is his conviction a “pass mark” for Buhari’s much vaunted war against corruption? I do not think so.

First, the case is 12 years old. It was not actuated by this administration. And investigations were already concluded before this regime.

Second, corruption cases recently initiated against certain individuals have not received oomph owing to the fact that they are in the “Buhari fraternity”.

 

For example, the case of Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is sputtering in court this despite his indictment by the government he served.

Also, there is a petition against Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the APC, for alleged money laundering at the EFCC. Tinubu admitted transporting cash in bullion vans on the eve of the 2019 election to his house. But the anti-graft agency has not moved a muscle to investigate the allegation.

When Ibrahim Magu, acting EFCC chairman, was asked about the petition against Jagaban by a journalist, he snubbed the inquiry, and said ‘’next question, please?’’

As a matter of fact, there are other members of the APC and those in the Buhari fraternity who have corruption allegations hanging on their necks, but the EFCC is yet to crack up a case against them.

I will not mention more names.

So, on what grounds should Buhari’s anti-corruption war be toasted? If the regime is applauded for the jailing of Dariye and Orji Kalu, how about other cases it has failed to take up or conclude?

The fact is, Buhari’s anti-corruption war is still selective. And as Abubakar Tsav, former Lagos police commissioner, said, “It has no impact on Nigerians.”

However, I will commend the judiciary for not bending despite influences to have some cases of corruption compromised. The termination of Kalu’s 12-year-old bout at the trial court is a big point for the institution. The hero here is this arm of government.

But beyond this feat, we must look into another tragic offence against Nigerians. Why is a senator convicted of fraud still receiving allowances and salaries as a member of the Senate?

As of December 2018, Dariye was paid N85.5m in prison, and as of May 2019 his allowances had risen to N171m. Obviously, the same immoral privilege will be accorded to Orji Kalu. Is this not troubling?

What it means is that tax-payers will continue to fund the lifestyles of individuals who have been convicted of stealing from them. 

Justice is not final when people, who have been declared vandals of the public purse, are still maintained by public money.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist… @FredrickNwabufo

 

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Rearrest Of Sowore: Prove To Us You Don’t Have Hand In This, Odumakin Tells Buhari

ven, 2019-12-06 16:47


 

President of Women Arise, Joe Okei-Odumakin, has condemned the rearrest of pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, challenging President Muhammadu Buhari to prove to the world that he indeed does not have a hand in the matter.

Sowore was rearrested in court on Friday morning by DSS operatives while standing trial in the case brought against him by the Nigerian Government.

This came barely 24 hours after he was released on bail by the secret police.

However, on Friday morning, heavily-armed DSS operatives stormed the courtroom where his trial was taking place, chased away the judge and disrupted the entire proceedings.

The activist was physically assaulted by personnel of the agency, who in the process of trying to forcefully take him away tried to strangle him.

Reacting to the development, Okei-Odumakin in a statement, described the invasion of the courtroom by armed security personnel as “barbaric”.

She went on to condemn the agency’s disregard for rule of law and the constitution of Nigeria.

She said, “The gangsteric conduct of the men said to be DSS operatives which led to the chasing away of the presiding judge, harassment of lawyers and journalists and manhandling of Sowore, was a crude assault on the hallowed seat of justice and further desecration of our judiciary.

“The only way the government can attempt to prove it does not sanction this bestial conduct is to fish out those responsible for this barbaric conduct and ensure that the rule of law is followed in the case of Sowore.”

 

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BREAKING: Sowore’s Co-defendant, Bakare, Declared Missing

ven, 2019-12-06 15:40


Activist, Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate, who is standing trial with pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, in a case brought against them by the Nigerian Government, has been declared missing.

Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men.

After facing resistance from other activists inside the courtroom however, the DSS operatives retreated outside to lay ambush.

The situation led to tension within the court premises for several minutes.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and lawyer to the two men, Femi Falana, was said to had ferried the defendants in his car to the DSS headquarters where they were said to have been detained.

However, it has now emerged that only Sowore, who was in Falana’s vehicle as they left the court, was submitted back to the DSS.

Operatives of the agency are currently searching for Bakare in different parts of Abuja.

The armed security personnel in their search for the young activist, stormed Falana’s chamber in Abuja this afternoon hoping to find him there.

A lawyer at the chamber confirmed to SaharaReporters that armed DSS operatives visited the place minutes ago looking for Bakare after claiming that he was not in their facility. 

The lawyer, who asked not to be named, said, “DSS operatives just stormed our chamber now looking for Olawale Bakare.

“They claimed it was discovered he was not with them by the time they arrived their office.

“They are currently searching everywhere for him. We are hoping that he is safe wherever he is.”

After releasing Sowore and Bakare on Thursday evening, the DSS on Friday filed fresh charges against them, rearresting and detaining Sowore in the process. 

The uncertainty surrounding Bakare’s whereabouts at the moment has indeed added a new twist to the matter. 

He was arrested in Osogbo, Osun State, on August 5, 2019 for participating in a nationwide peaceful demonstration aimed at demanding a better country from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Together with Sowore, Bakare was ordered to be released twice by the Federal High Court in Abuja after meeting stringent bail conditions.

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BREAKING: DSS Rearrests, Detains Sowore, Bakare After Filing Fresh Charges

ven, 2019-12-06 14:07


The Department of State Service has rearrested and detained activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate.

The two men were rearrested by operatives of the secret police on Friday hours after they were released on bail on Thursday evening.

They were standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday in a case earlier brought against them by the Nigerian Government when DSS operatives stormed the place and disrupted proceedings, leaving to hours of standoff and tension around the place.

Lawyer to the activists, Femi Falana (SAN), confirmed the development to SaharaReporters, saying that they had not been furnished with the new charges the DSS had brought against Sowore and Bakare.

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BREAKING: Heavily-armed DSS Operatives Chase Falana As He Drives Sowore, Bakare Out Of Court Premises

ven, 2019-12-06 13:32


 

Scores of heavily-armed operatives of the Department of State Services are currently chasing the vehicle of Senior Advocate of Nigeria and lawyer to activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, after he drove them out of the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The move follows the disruption of court proceedings by DSS operatives during the commencement of trial in a case brought against the activists by the Nigerian Government on Friday morning at the Federal High Court.

The secret police had made fruitless attempts to rearrest Sowore and Bakare inside the courtroom having only released them on bail on Thursday night.

The incident led to rancour and commotion inside and around the court premises with the armed operatives preventing Sowore and team from leaving the place.

However, after several minutes of tension, Falana drove the two men in his car out of the court premises with DSS operatives in several vehicles giving them a hot chase behind.

Earlier, Falana met with Justice Ojukwu and DSS’ lawyer, Hassan Liman, in a bid to resolve the matter.

The judge adjourned the case to 11, 12 and 13 of February 2020 for further hearing.

Sowore sustained bruises all over his body in the course of being rough-handled by DSS operatives inside the court.

More to come…

 

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BREAKING: DSS Attempts To Rearrest Sowore, Mandate In Court

ven, 2019-12-06 12:04


Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday morning disrupted the ongoing trial of activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, attempting to rearrest the two men, who were only released from its detention on Thursday evening.

The DSS operatives also chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while also brutalising a journalist with a popular television station. 

There is currently an ongoing standoff inside the court premises as the DSS operatives are refusing to allow Sowore and his lawyers come out of the place. 

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BREAKING: DSS Attempts To Rearrest Sowore, Mandate In Court

ven, 2019-12-06 11:56



 

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LIVE: Sowore Vs DSS: Trial Of Pro-democracy Activist Continues

ven, 2019-12-06 11:48

The trial of Omoyele Sowore continues today after his release from the custody of the DSS, 125 days after arrest.

 

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BREAKING: Hired Thugs Invade Court As Sowore's Trial Resumes

ven, 2019-12-06 11:41


A group of rented thugs on Friday morning stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja ahead of the trial of pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of SahareReporters, Omoyele Sowore, condemning his release by the Department of State Services. 

Sowore, arrested on August 3, 2019 by the DSS for calling on Nigerians to demand a better country from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari through peaceful demonstrations, was on Thursday released by the secret police after 125 days in detention despite two court orders directing his release after meeting stringent bail conditions in that period. 

The hired thugs, who stormed the Abuja court on Friday morning held placards bearing different inscriptions. 

According to them, the DSS shouldn't had released Sowore because he had to pay for what they described as 'sins'.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: DSS Releases Sowore After 125 Days Of Illegal Detention 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

The hired thugs also tried to intimidate Sowore's supporters, who were also in court to show solidarity with the popular activist. 

At time of this report, anti-riot policemen had asked the two groups to move away from the court premises. 

The trial of the 48-year-old has since commenced at the court.
 

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Over 1000 Christians Killed By Armed Militia Since January -Report

ven, 2019-12-06 11:16


A report by Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust has revealed that at least 1000 Christians have been killed by the Boko Haram insurgents since the beginning of 2019. 

The report was presented at the International Organisation for Peace and Social Justice crisis conference in London, according to ChurchTimes, a Christian based website. 

Baroness Cox, Founder of HART, explained that herdsmen were largely responsible for the new wave of violence. 

Cox urged the United Kingdom Government to make its annual £300m donation to Nigeria conditional on the Nigerian Government’s taking determined action to stop the killings.

She said, “While the underlying causes of violence are complex, the asymmetry and escalation of attacks by well-armed Fulani militia upon predominantly Christian communities is stark, and must be acknowledged.

“It is too simplistic to label these atrocities as driven by desertification, climate change, or competition for resources.

"Unless the UK and Nigerian governments are willing to address the massacre’s ideological roots, they will never be able to help the innocent victims being slaughtered on the killing fields of Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and parts of Bauchi.

“To the extent that the Nigerian leadership abdicates its fundamental duty to look after its most vulnerable citizens, we suggest making UK foreign aid to Nigeria conditional on the successful protection of Christian communities.”

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Indian Commission Approaches Nigerian Government Over Kidnapped Nationals

ven, 2019-12-06 10:31


The Indian Mission in Nigeria has reached out to the Nigerian Government to rescue the 18 Indians taken hostage on board a Hong Kong-flagged vessel near the Nigerian coast.

According to New Delhi Television, a local media house based in India, the commission was also in talks with security agencies in Nigeria.

Eighteen Indians on board the Hong Kong-flagged vessel were seized by pirates near the Nigerian coast, said a global agency tracking maritime development in the region.

"Our Mission in Nigeria has taken up the matter related to the kidnapping of Indian crew members of the ship MT Nave Constellation off Bonny, Nigeria, with Nigerian Government and security agencies," NDTV reported, quoting an official source. 

ARX Maritime said on its website that the ship was taken over by pirates on Tuesday and 19 people on board the vessel were kidnapped out of which 18 were Indians.

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Sowore’s Release, Triumph Of Law Over Lack Of Logic By DSS -Monday Ubani

ven, 2019-12-06 10:13


Former Vice President of Nigeria Bar Association, Monday Ubani, has commended Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, for taking a strong stand to ensure the Department of State Services released pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was released on Thursday after 125 days in the detention of the DSS. 

The activist was arrested on August 3, 2019 in Lagos for calling on Nigerians to demand a better country from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was kept on in detention despite two court orders sanctioning his release on bail. 

However, on Thursday, Justice Ojukwu gave the DSS 24 hours to release Sowore and also pay a fine of N100, 000 for flouting the court's directive.

Reacting to the development, Ubani said events of the last 24 hours had indeed signaled the triumph of the law. 

He said, “This is clearly a triumph of law against the lack of logic that was being displayed.

"It was wrong for the DSS to have insisted it would verify the sureties of Sowore even after the judge had ordered his bail." 

The activist is being accused of insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and attempting to bring down his regime – charges experts and observers around the world have described as baseless and laughable. 

Sowore begins his defense in the case brought against him by the government today at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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