• JUST IN: Confusion hits Aso Rock, Buhari panics, as UN sets to hear Nnamdi Kanu's case

    19/Sep/2016 // 117005 Viewers

     

    PARIS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016: (DGW) Nnamdi Kanu may soon breath in  fresh air of freedom as his continued detention has finally drawn the attention of the international community.

    An international body, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law aka Inter-Society has finally waded in in an open letter to the United Nations demanding the immediate release of the detained IPOB leader.

    Below is the copy of the open letter sent to our newsroom in the French capital of Paris:


    *The Secretary-General of the United Nations 
    *The President of the United Nations General Assembly
    *The President of the United Nations Security Council
    *The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    *The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on:
    *Truth, Justice & Reparation
    *Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions
    *Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatments or Punishments
    *The Honourable British Prime Minister & Distinguished British Parliamentarians
    *Distinguished European Union Leaders
    *The President of the United States & Distinguished US Congressmen & Women

    (9) Distinguished Canadian Leaders & Parliamentarians

    (10) Other Internationally Distinguished Personalities:

    (a) Human Rights Activists & Groups

    (b) Former Heads of UN Bodies

    (c) Former World Leaders

    (d) Independent Experts on Justice, Peace, Security and Human Rights


    Distinguished Sirs/Madams,

    Our name is: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law; abbreviated as INTERSOCIETY. We are registered (Reg. No. 27239) rights based Civil Society Organization under the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. Our advocacy voice or thematic areas are: civil liberties and rule of law, democracy and good governance, and public security and safety. We are based in Onitsha, Anambra State, Southeast of Nigeria. For easy of reference, we can be electronically visited or accessed via www.intersociety-ng.org.

    The purpose of this Open Letter to your highly respected personalities is to seek for freedom of detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, by name Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and other victims of regime atrocities in Nigeria. This we respectfully seek through your informed voices, wise counselling and unbiased diplomatic interventions, to be appropriately and timely directed to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by name: Mr. Muhammadu Buhari. Means through which Mr. Muhammadu Buhari can be reached or communicated are available at the diplomatic missions of your respective countries in Nigeria or the Nigerian Permanent Mission at the United Nations (i.e. New York, USA).

    This international justice appeal particularly comes on the heels of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, comprising of 193 Member-States, at which President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has been slated; likewise other world leaders, to address the UN General Assembly on 21st of September 2016, in line with the General Assembly’s 2016 session theme: Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World; which seeks a strong link between sustainable development, peace, security and human rights.

    It is our informed observation that 70%, if not more of international travels undertaken by President Muhammadu Buhari since he became the President of Nigeria on 29th of May 2015 took place in the countries of your highly respected personalities or at the UN headquarters in New York, USA and a number of its other meetings and conferences elsewhere. Just recently, too, the US Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry visited the President and extended his visit to a number of places designated for him to visit by his host President.

    We are technically aware of the modern workings of international relations. We are further aware that modern international relations are extensively driven by Democracy and ICT-powered Globalization. We also know as a fact that modern democracy is driven by the rule of law; just as the justice aspect of the rule of law is chiefly driven by the two Latin doctrines of nemo judex in sua causa and audi alteram partem; which simply mean that someone should not be a judge in his or her own matter and must hear the other side before drawing a conclusion; otherwise called fair hearing.

    It is our knowledge that the modern UN System is strongly built on the principles of democracy, equality, rule of law and human rights; which in turn, lays a strong foundation for advancement ofinternational peace and security. As your highly respected personalities are aware, these are fully embedded in the Principles and Purposes of the United Nations. We are aware too that your highly respected personalities are the guidance and custodians of democratic traditions in your respected countries and have further worked hard at ensuring the sustenance of the hallowed principles at the UN System and global level.


     

    Your highly respected personalities are aware too that unless these hallowed principles are guided jealously at all times, otherwise their opposites will set in and consume the world, leading to eruption of municipal, regional and international insecurity and violence; otherwise called complex humanitarian emergencies. That is to say that sustainable development can never find its root under complex humanitarian emergencies powered by regime atrocities and gross human rights violationsperpetrated by errant and violent Member-States. The crisis in Syria, for instance, has since gone beyond domestic and regional problems. It has long become a global headache with most territories under the watch of your highly respected personalities and the UN System bearing major brunt including incurring emergency expenditures of billions of dollars to cushion the effects of influx of Syrian refugees with associated public security threats.

    We have always paused to ask ourselves and other international watchers how the world including your highly respected personalities’ countries and the UN System will look if Nigeria with estimated population of 174million people goes the Syrian way or erupt into complex humanitarian emergencies. That is to say that if Syria with less than 25million population could have approximately half of its population displaced, leading to generation of 3.9million refugees and 6.3million internally displaced persons just in five years; what then will happen if Nigeria is to explode in a like manner going by ongoing intensification of triggers of widespread violence; occasioned by current policies of militarism and militarization of the Government of Mr. Muhammadu Buhari?

    We have carefully studied the ongoing diplomatic interactions and relations between your highly respected personalities and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and found them commendable. But in spite of their commendable outlook, we still find such interactions and relations lacking in one key area: regime atrocities and abuse of office. That is to say that your highly respected personalities have in the course of the diplomatic interactions and relations under reference; turned blind eyes to ongoing regime atrocities in Nigeria under the Presidency of Mr. Muhammadu Buhari. Many Nigerians see this lukewarm attitude as aiding and abetting of regime atrocities in Nigeria.

    Regime Atrocities under democracy are taken to mean State-actor promotion and enforcement of gross rights abuses including widespread State killings outside the law, disrespect to judicial pronouncements, criminal stigmatization and trumped up charges. Others are executive interference in judicial affairs and castration of the independence of the judiciary; political domination, exclusion and segregation; nepotism and favouritism; ethno-religious cleansing and adoption of State religion; widespread insecurity, morality corruption and abuse of office as well as general governance failure. These are State-triggered structural violence culminating into deep societal divisions which can snowball into complex humanitarian emergencies. In quick consequences of these, both negative peace (absence of physical violence) and positive peace (absence of structural violence) have grossly eluded Nigeria.

    Therefore, our writing your highly respected personalities is generally predicated on the above with particular attention centred on the ongoing persecution of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and other victims of regime atrocities by the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari. It is shocking to inform your highly respected personalities that till date, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is not standing trial in any known court in Nigeria.

    For the avoidance of doubt, the Black’s Law Dictionary, 9th Edition (2009), defines a criminal trial as a formal judicial examination of evidence and determination of legal claims in an adversary proceeding. In other words, a criminal trial is a proceeding preceding issuance of a judicial notice about intended legal claims and accompanying evidence (charge) before a judge by the accusing authority (i.e. AGF, Police or DSS) against an accused citizen in which the veracity of legal claims and accompanying evidence is determined through formal judicial examination. It is extremely important to inform your highly respected personalities that none of the foregoing has taken place in Nnamdi Kanu’s Matter till date.

    He has been detained without trial for a period of eleven (11) months or since 14th of October 2015. The circumstances under which he is held are unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional and an aberration to modern international human rights and justice norms. Your highly respected personalities may recall that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of a UK registered Radio Station by name Radio Biafra London (RBL). The IPOB is registered at the United Nations as a body advocating for the indigenous rights of indigenous people located in the Southeast and the South-south parts of Nigeria. Both IPOB and RBL earned their recognition and registration on account of their nonviolence methods in accordance with the UN mandate or principles.

    As your highly respected personalities are aware, under the UN System, Rights to Self Determination, Development and Identities are recognized and enshrined provided their proponents do not use or advocate for violence. Where violence is resorted to by their proponents leading to widespread violent conflict between their proponents and the host political territory, the conduct of such is strictly governed by the Laws of War or Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Protocols. The enshrinement of these rights is internationally done by way of Treaty Laws or International Conventions; which are legally binding on Member-States that are parties to them.

    Regionally and globally, the Federal Republic of Nigeria has willingly acceded to these treaty laws and accepted to be bound by their provisions and obligations. Till date, Nigeria is a party to the UN’s Covenants on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR) and Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ICESCR). As a matter of fact, Nigeria ratified them in 1993. Nigeria is also a party to the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights (ACHPR), which it ratified and domesticated in 1981. Several decided cases by Nigeria’s courts of competent records or jurisdictions have also upheld their admissibility and enforceability in the Nigerian Legal and Justice System.

    In these three important treaty laws cited, rights to self determination, development and identities are fully enshrined. Nigeria’s assent to them is intact till date. Under the International Law and the UN system, Nigeria is also under inexcusable obligation to be bound by these treaty laws as well as the Principles and Purposes of the United Nations particularly in the areas of respect for human rights and its obligation in the maintenance of international peace and security. Perpetration of regime atrocities particularly gross human rights abuses and reckless disregard to rule of law is the greatest threat to international peace and security as well as sustainable development.

    Nigeria is further bound by the ten basic standards of the International Law including tolerance and peaceful management of nonviolent and peaceful assemblies; fair trial of citizens held under whatever guise; prohibition of solitary confinement or long detention without trial of detained citizens; prohibition of torture and custodial killings as well as bringing errant law enforcement personnel involved in gross violation of human rights to account for their conduct atrocities.

    Under the UN’s Customary International Law with its principles of substantial uniformity of practice by a substantial number of States and Opinio Juris(i.e. a general principle that holds that a non-treaty rule is legally binding on all member-States of the UN); Nigeria as a member-State of UN is inexcusably bound by fundamental rules of the United Nations and International Law. Where the ruling Government in Nigeria or President Muhammadu Buhari pretends not to be in the know of all these, then the moral and diplomatic responsibility turns to your highly respected personalities to do so. The authorities of the UK Government, which colonized Nigeria and co-inhabits Mr. Nnamdi Kanu as one of its legal citizens, are morally and diplomatically obligated, exceptionally speaking, to do so; likewise the top leaders of the UN.

    Allowing a gross abuser of human rights to be dinning and winning with your highly respected personalities without calling him to order morally and diplomatically is nothing but aiding and abetting.It is also an international conspiracy and encouragement of citizens’ militancy and violent resistance. It is like an abomination in human rights community whereby a human parts dealer is asked to join an organization that is defending human rights. This position of ours follows our informed observation that your highly respected personalities are steadily failing in your moral and diplomatic obligations to the good people of Nigeria particularly as they concern their liberties, lives and collective security.

    We respectfully inform your highly respected personalities further that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu who is has been detained for eleven months having been arrested on 14th of October 2015 by Nigeria’s Secret Police by name DSS (Department of State Security) is treated sub-humanly by the Presidency of Mr. Muhammadu Buhari. Apart from the fact that offences slammed on him are trumped up, the conduct under which he was arrested and detained is also criminally stigmatized. There is nowhere in the civilized world or law that voice conduct without force of arms or physical violence of any form constitute criminal offence not to talk of offences carrying capital punishment.

    President Muhammadu Buhari was in opposition politics for over a decade and was noted for mobilizing several assemblies against successive administrations. In his several public speeches then, he was noted as a violent political campaigner, periodically threatening the authorities and rest of Nigeria, yet he was never arrested for one day. This was on account of relatively culture of political tolerance of the referenced past administrations, but months after he became President, he criminalized peaceful assemblies and ordered his security forces to shoot and kill any group of people gathered to exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of association and peaceful assemblies. On account of this, as much as 250 Pro Biafra activists were gunned down and mass-murdered in about eight different locations by Nigerian security forces between 30th of August 2015 and 30th of May 2016. Till date, the perpetrators are still on the prowl.

    As if these were not enough, President Muhammadu Buhari made a public speech on 30th of December 2015 during which he vowed to ensure that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and ors spend the rest of their lives in prison custody. This signalled the beginning of persecution of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. On account of Mr. President’s open bias and threats, the Judiciary became frightened and terrified. A search for an amenable, conformist and pro establishment judge to actualize President Buhari’s open threat commenced and seemed successful, leading to the choice of one Honourable Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division. The Judge as expected became bias and hostile; threatening and undermining the rule of law and its hallowed principles of nemo judex in sua causa and audi alteram partem; which simply mean that someone should not be a judge in his or her own matter and must hear the other side before drawing a conclusion; otherwise referred to as fair hearing.

    Apart from holding Citizen Nnamdi Kanu for eleven months now without trial, four orders of the courts of constitutional records given for his bail and discharge were all flouted. This is attestation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s meddlesomeness and castration of the independence of the Judiciary. Citizen Nnamdi Kanu was kept in detention for months while the Buhari Presidency was busy searching for a conformist Judge to jail him at all costs. Since then, it has been one pre-trial arraignment and gimmickry to another.

    As we speak, the scripted trumped up judgment against Mr. Nnamdi Kanu may most likely have been written long ago; waiting for a makeshift trial using masked witnesses; an infamous request from the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari which Justice John Tsoho initially turned down but later upturned following a circumstantially obvious directive and pressure from the Presidency. Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s Case (still at pre-trial stage) is scheduled to resume on 26th of September 2016 and despite calls by well meaning Nigerians and other informed observers on Hon Justice John Tsoho to hands off the case for obvious bias and hostility, he has refused to disqualify himself and is bent on doing President Muhammadu Buhari’s bidding. Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers, too, have spoken out and written several protest letters.

    As advocates of rule of law and human rights, we are not in opposition to judicial processes, provided they are credible, open and transparent. What we oppose at all times is the State efforts to use judiciary to pervert the course of justice and perpetrate gross abuse of the fundamental human rights of the citizens and undermine democracy and constitutionalism. Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended in 2011; likewise the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the Ten Basic Standards of the International Law and the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights contain express provisions entitling citizens to fully enjoy their rights to personal liberty and fair hearing.

    These sacred provisions include unhindered access of the accused citizens to their lawyers, adequate time for accused citizens to prepare their own defence, timely availability of records of proceedings for perusal and other lawful uses by the accused citizens, custodial detention within the period legally allowed, trial of the accused citizens in the open court, accused citizens’ right of appeal and their presumption of innocence until they are pronounced guilty by courts of competent records.

    Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky; leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) is another major victim of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime atrocities. Sheik Zakzaky had been detained incommunicado for over nine months or 270 days after he was shot severally, battered and blinded by soldiers, during which as much as 809 of his followers were also massacred. The massacre took place on 12th and 14th of December 2015 while they were peacefully and nonviolently marking their annual religious event in Zaria, Kaduna State of Northwest Nigeria. The Government of Kaduna State had publicly admitted burring in mass graves of 347 bodies of the massacred IMN followers alone. Till date, the blinded Sheik has neither been produced publicly nor put on trial in any court in Nigeria; a period of over 270 days and none of errant soldiers that perpetrated the heinous crime has been arrested and put on trial.

    We hereby call on your highly respected personalities to:

    At all times, manually and electronically, advice and task President Muhammadu Buhari on modern workings of democracy, human rights and rule of law.
    Investigate and condemn all forms of human rights abuse particularly unprovoked attacks and killing of unarmed citizens, criminalization and stigmatization of rights to freedom of association, peaceful assemblies and freedom of expression; and reckless use of State violence in public governance approaches.
    Task him to preserve and protect at all times the sanctity and independence of the Judiciary and the National Assembly as well
    Task President Buhari to publicly renounce his abominable pronouncement made on 30th of December 2015 during his maiden Presidential Chat; upon which the Judiciary has been frightened and become terrified to the extent of conducting its proceedings (i.e. Hon Justice John Tsoho in Nnamdi Kanu’s Case) according to the dictates or whims and caprices of the President

    Urge President Muhammadu Buhari to steer clear of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s ongoing Court Case and allow a level ground for the accused and his accusers (Buhari’s Presidency) to proof their cases.

    Allow constitutionalism to be strictly followed in Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s Case including the need for the proceedings or proposed trial to be conducted in the open court in accordance with Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended in 2011, as well as the ICCPR and the ACHPR Treaty Laws.

    Urge President Muhammadu Buhari to end his obvious meddlesomeness in Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s Case and the Judiciary and direct his Attorney General to proof the Federal Government’s allegation that Citizen Nnamdi Kanu is a treasonable felon or an insurrectionist; or withdraw the bogus charges against him for want of evidence.

    Urge President Muhammadu Buhari to produce publicly dead or alive the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky, who was shot and battered and detained incommunicado since December 14th 2015; a period of nine months or 270 days.

    Urge President Muhammadu Buhari to refrain from making further mockery of the rule of law and citizens’ constitutional liberties by arresting and clamping citizens into detention for over three months without trial; contrary to Section 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended in 2011.

    Urge Mr. President to end his clamp down, indiscriminate arrest and long detention without trial of Pro Biafra activists across Nigeria or any part thereof, particularly members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and release all their members languishing in various DSS cells across the country without trial.

    Urge President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reverse himself concerning his violence prone style of governance particularly his anti human rights stance, divisive and sectional governance as well as his policies of militarization and militarism.

    Yours in the Service to Humanity:

    Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc., Criminology & Security Studies; M.Sc. (c), Peace & Conflict Studies

    Board Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-INTERSOCIETY

    Mobile Line: +2348174090052

    Email: info@intersociety-ng.org

    Website: www.intersociety-ng.org

    Obianuju Igboeli, Esq., LLB, BL; LLM (c)
    Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program

    Chinwe Umeche, Esq., LLB, BL
    Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program

     


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  • INTERVIEW-Nigeria hopes to reach rice mill deal with China by year-end

    20/Nov/2015 // 217 Viewers

    Nov 20 Nigeria hopes to reach a deal with China within weeks to set up 40 rice mills, its new agriculture minister said, as part of plans to eliminate the need for any imports of the grain within two years.

    Audu Ogbeh said in his first interview since taking office last week that Africa's top oil exporter wants to boost production of tomatoes, soy beans, nuts and plant two million cocoa trees to reduce an annual food import bill of $20 billion and create jobs for its impoverished youth.

    President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in May on a campaign to usher in a new era for a country hit by corruption and mismanagement, wants to boost the agricultural sector and end reliance on oil exports after a plunge in crude prices.

    That will be an uphill challenge as pot-holed roads hamper the transport of goods. Nigeria has tens of millions of farmers but the vast majority of them work on a subsistence basis and live on less than $2 a day.

    As a first step, the new government hopes to reach by year end a deal with China to import equipment to build rice mills, Ogbeh said late on Thursday.

    "The federal government plans 40 mills with the Chinese spread across the country, each capable of milling 100 tonnes per day," Ogbeh said.

    He declined to give more details on the talks, which began under the previous administration led by President Jonathan. Chinese state media and a Nigerian government document obtained by Reuters have said the oil producer was talking to China's state Import and Export Bank.

    CHALLENGES

    Ogbeh said Nigeria wanted to be self-sufficient in wheat in three years, confirming a Reuters report earlier this month citing a confidential government paper.

    He said Africa's biggest economy had a similar goal for cashew and cocoa, while the government also wanted to ramp up farming of soy beans, groundnuts, bananas and tomatoes within the next three years.

    Nigeria produced 3 million tonnes of rice last year, along with 64,000 tonnes of wheat, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures show.

    But it still needed to import 2.3 million tonnes of rice in 2012 -- a record high, according to the latest U.N. statistics which also show some 4.1 million tonnes of wheat was brought into Nigeria in the same year - nearly double the amount imported in 2000.

    Ogbeh said he also had plans to improve Nigeria's position as the world's fourth largest cocoa producer by planting at least two million cocoa trees - in 27 of the country's 36 states - annually for the next three years. The minister said the same number of cashew trees will be planted over that period.

    To attract more young people into farming, the new government plans to retain a policy it inherited, through which farmers could receive central bank loans at a rate of 9 percent, as opposed to borrowing from commercial banks at around 18 per cent.

    The prospect of little financial reward has led to the average age of a Nigerian farmer rising to around 65, said Ogbeh, since many young people find the work unappealing.

    He also said he was in talks with the minister of education to allocate at least an acre of land to each of some 12,000 students at the country's three agriculture universities during their studies to gain farming experience. (Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Ulf Laessing and William Hardy)

     

    Source:  REUTERSThomson Reuters


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  • All In One Week: Adultery legalized in South Africa; Japanese court rules Adultery is OK!

    21/Apr/2016 // 1412 Viewers

    By Aigbor Saturday

    Adultery is legalized in South Africa by the Constitutional Court

    • Gay Marriage is legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    • As if that is not enough, Germany’s National Ethics Council has called for an end to the criminalisation of incest between siblings after examining the case of a man who had four children with his sister.

    •Lastly, Japanese court rules"Adultery is Ok if it is for business purpose"
    All in one week!

    It's obvious Satan's agents are working round the clock to win more souls for their master. The battle line has been drawn. Fellow Christians, let's fight back to win the crown of glory for Jesus.

    Share this so that everyone will rise up, and preach the gospel of Jesus now! 

    The islamist group (ISIS) just took over Quaragosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq. There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded. The people are asking for prayers to be made on their behalf concerning the ongoing atrocity in their country. Please take one minute to pray for them. Pass the message across to all your contacts so that the prayer chain will not be broken.

    They asked for this special prayer. Please, ensure you pass across the prayer request to the body of Christ for fervent prayers offered on behalf of the brothers, sisters and children in Iraq. This is an urgent SOS message please. Thank you for your concern. May the Lord bless you and your family and always send help your way. Amen.

     


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  • #Zaria_Massacre : We are not terrorists, we are the destroyers & nemesis of terrorism.

    21/Mar/2016 // 443 Viewers

    *Zaria massacre, Nigeria.

    A Canadian Blogger and Activist recently saw a disturbing poll that said
    "one in every five Nigerian Muslim supports #ISIS". A 2015 poll by the Pew
    Research Center found that about one Nigerian Muslim in five is favorably
    inclined toward the so-called Islamic State. The Canadian Blogger contacted
    me for confirmation & I told her that the poll is correct.
    
    The Saudi-sponsored #Wahhabism in #Nigeria started making headway in
    Nigeria in the mid-70s with Saudi petro-dollars flooding Nigeria to promote
    the deviant, terrorism - enabled and extremely intolerant Wahhabi sect.
    With the prevalence of Wahhabism especially in Northern Nigeria, it was
    just a matter of time for the emergence of a Wahhabi - inspired murderous
    terrorism in the name of #Islam and that came with the #BokoHaram
    insurgency.
    
    The present Nigerian government is today infiltrated and dominated by these
    Wahhabi elements who have more allegiance to the Saudi Wahhabi regime than
    to the Nigerian nation. The Nigerian President Buhari appointed die-hard
    Wahhabi/Salafis to key positions in his government especially in the
    military and security sections and the brutal #Zaria_Massacre of
    defenseless & unarmed #Shia_Muslims in Zaria that killed 1000+ Nigerians
    was a product of this Wahhabi ascendancy in Nigeria. And the dragging of
    Nigeria into the anti-Shia Saudi-led coalition by Nigerian President Buhari
    with no due consultations with relevant stakeholders is another product of
    the Wahhabi ascendancy in Nigeria.
    
    After the brutal and inhuman Zaria massacre the Nigerian government burnt
    and buried the dead bodies of their victims in mass graves to bury the
    evidences. This is what ISIS & AlQaeda are doing in #Syria & #Iraq, and
    that was the same thing that the Saudi - controlled Nigerian Army did after
    the Zaria massacre. The Nigerian President Buhari then sent his Army Chief
    to lie to the world that "only 7 Shia Muslims" were killed in the Zaria
    massacre. This is despite the fact that one mother lost her 7 loved ones in
    the Zaria massacre. The Nigerian leaders behave like common thugs of ISIS &
    AlQaeda by burying the Nigerian women, #children and the aged that they
    killed in the Zaria massacre in mass graves to bury the evidences.
    
    Then came the smear campaigns of calumny and demonization of the peaceful
    Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN ) under the leadership of His Eminence
    Sheikh Ibraheem #Zakzaky. After brutally killing 1000+ of its members
    whereby the Nigerian Army was chanting derogatory anti-Shia slogans, the
    Nigerian government then want to demonize IMN as a "terrorist organization"
    to partly justify the brutal slaughter of defenseless Nigerians in Zaria
    and the unjust incarceration of hundreds of IMN members that included its
    leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife.
    
    The first Nigerian personality that unmasked the BokoHaram insurgency in
    the West African sub-region was Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. He said the
    BokoHaram insurgency is a foreign sponsored agenda by the arrogant and
    greedy bloodsucking imperialists to re-colonize #Africa. He said that both
    Nigerian Christians and Muslims must unite to defeat this murderous
    terrorism that has killed 30,000+ innocent Nigerians and displaced more
    than 2 million from their homes.
    
    To practically illustrate what Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and #IMN symbolized
    against murderous terrorism, I will present this practical example for more
    clarification:
    
    When three Muslims are walking past a Church packed-full with Christian
    worshippers and just of a sudden they saw a suicide bomber approaching the
    #Church to kill the innocent. Some #Muslims will run away from the scene so
    as not to be affected by the impending tragedy, the Wahhabis will encourage
    the suicide bomber to go and kill #Christian "Kafirs" and afterwards
    celebrate the brutal slaughter of "Kafirs". But for Shia Muslims what is
    most important is to stop the suicide bomber at all cost not to reach that
    Church. They must give preference to the lives of those innocent
    worshippers that included women, #children and the aged and prevent that
    suicide bomber from reaching that Church to kill the innocent.
    
    Then how can people with the above doctrine which is the true Islamic
    teachings of defending and protecting lives of the innocent be tagged as
    "terrorists"? Sheikh Zakzaky has on countless occasions in his lectures
    said that "we save lives and not destroy them".
    
    Finally, what happened in the Zaria massacre was undoubtedly a war crime
    and those present Nigerian oppressors who think that they can bury this war
    crime by burying the victims are grossly naive. One day justice will be
    served to those who brutally slaughtered 1000+ defenseless & unarmed
    Nigerians in less than 48 hours and the divine vengeance from God is not
    far off.
    
    #FreeZakzaky
    #GodProtectZakzaky
    Harun Elbinawi
    elbinawi@yahoo.com
    Elbinawi.wordpress.com


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  • PMB, APC And A Hounded Senate President By Olukayode Thomas

    21/Sep/2015 // 199 Viewers

    The actions and body language of President Muhammudu Buhari since he assumed office on May 29, 2015, seems to confirm former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s postulation about him shortly after he was sworn in. Atiku told reporters then that Buhari is a good leader but ‘he may not be a politician’.

    While being a good leader is good, combining good leadership with good political skills make a better leader. Buhari, no doubt, is high on integrity, but he has shown in the last few weeks that he needs aides who are well versed in the art and science of political wisdom which is needed to govern a diverse nation like Nigeria to succeed.

    Buhari’s lack of political skills have resulted in the mismanagement of many sensitive national issues, unguarded statements which have led to avoidable criticisms, and the heating up of the polity on an issue he could easily have resolved through a phone call.

    In the last few days, those with ears to the political ground, especially in Abuja, are aware of the news making the rounds that senators from the PDP states are planning to block the clearance of ministerial nominees from their states when the president submits his list at the end of the month.

    At least two senators, out of three from a particular state, must back a ministerial nominee before his appointment can be confirmed.

    If two or three Senators from a particular state reject a nominee, the Senate will have to turn him or her down, and only the President of the Senate can overrule them, like it happened in the case of Musiliu Obanikoro. When the Senators from Lagos rejected Obanikoro‘s nomination, the then Senate President, David Mark, used his veto power to overrule them.

    There were also insinuations that Saraki, because a majority of PDP Senators voted for him to become the Senate President may likely not use his veto power to overrule the senators from PDP states, should they decline to support the president’s ministerial nominees.

    Whether this is true or is just a rumour being spread by rabble-rousers to widen the gulf between Buhari and Saraki is still unclear.

    But in a situation like the above, a politically suave president and leaders of the APC would call Saraki and brief him on the importance of getting the president’s nominees approved without embarrassment to either the president or the party; and I doubt if he will do otherwise.

    But beneficiaries of the current crisis within the party, especially those with the view that Saraki’s presidency of the Senate is a threat to their ambition to rule the country in 2019, in case Buhari does not seek a second term and 2023, and if he does, believe getting Saraki arrested and locked up is the best solution.

    They drag him before the Code of Conduct Bureau for failing to declare some assets he acquired while in office as governor and operating foreign accounts.

    Saraki who faced about five or six similar charges since he became the Senate President, including one against his wife dismissed the charges as “false and frivolous”.

    He maintained that he has consistently declared his assets as required by law at every point before resuming any political office and that of 2015 is not an exception.

    While the prosecution of the number three man in the land on any charge at all is good for the society, as it will send a clear signal that the government of the day will not tolerate corruption and the culture of impunity which is killing the country, yet the way he is being hounded and persecuted is sending a wrong signal that this government has no respect for the rule of law. Let facts speak. The Code of Conduct Bureau edict stipulates that once assets are declared, they must be investigated, verified and ascertained immediately.

    Saraki, as Governor of Kwara State, declared his assets in 2003, CCB did not raise an objection then; he repeated the exercise in 2007 when he was re-elected and 2011 as well, there was no complaint; and recently when he was re-elected Senator, he also declared his assets. The CCB has not even queried his latest declaration, so why go way back to 2003, many years after it was supposed to have queried it?

    Why was Saraki not notified of the inconsistencies in his assets declaration forms before charging him to court as stipulated by law?

    The CCB Act stipulates that prosecution must be authorised by the Attorney General of the Federation, so why not wait for an Attorney General to be appointed before commencing the prosecution? Why the haste? Then add the fact that the tenure of the Umar-led CCB board expired since April 2015, one cannot but conclude that mischief makers are at work.

    When a Federal High Court ordered that all parties involved in the case should appear before it, one would expect the CCB that waited for twelve years before opening Saraki’s case file to at least wait a few more days, but instead of obeying the court order, the Tribunal chose to disregard the order of the presiding judge. Danladi Umar argued that the absence of the AGF does not stop the filing of a criminal charge and that the Federal High Court has the same jurisdiction with it, and hence, it is not bound by its ruling.

    But those who know better have dismissed Umar’s claim. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), former NBA President, has faulted his claim that his court is at par with the Federal High Court.

    According to him, “The Code of Conduct Bureau is not a superior court; it is an inferior court and because it is an inferior court, it is amenable to the judicial review jurisdiction of a superior court of record like the Federal High Court”. Another legal giant, Ebun Adegboruwa, described Umar’s action as an assault on the rule of law.

    He said, “It will amount to total anarchy for the parties affected by an order to decide whether or not to obey the order. So, to that extent, the bench warrant issued against the Senate President is ultra vires, it has no place in law and cannot be enforced, because if the order of the High Court to the tribunal was not enforced, also the bench warrant of the tribunal to the Senate President cannot be enforced. You cannot use wrong to achieve a right”.

    More embarrassing to Saraki persecutors is Umar’s antecedents; a government whose cardinal programme is war against corruption is putting it credibility on the line by allowing a judge tainted with allegations of corruption to be associated with its anti-corruption war. It is on record that Umar snubbed EFCC invitations on several occasions when invited to answer questions on allegations of corruption which included but was not limited to demanding the sum of N10 million from one Taiwo Rasheed, a retired comptroller of customs, who was being prosecuted at the time by the CCT for failing to declare his assets while in office. Saraki’s prosecution, which many believe is hounding and persecution, is an embarrassment to President Buhari and APC in so many ways.

    A few months ago, APC leaders were defending Saraki against these allegations that they are using to hound him today when former President Goodluck Jonathan levied the same allegations against him. By trying Saraki for allegations they defended a few months ago, they are telling us they are not credible and should not be believed.

    Saraki’s supporters claim that he is being hounded and persecuted is further given credence by the fact that only Saraki has been singled out for prosecution on about five different occasions since Buhari became President.

    Although Sanusi Lamido Sanusi provided evidence that about $20 billion was stolen and he named names, those he named have not been invited for questioning by EFCC, much less charged to court. We have heard about the list of thieves, those who abused the import waivers for rice and other agricultural products, the huge fraud in NNPC, NIMASA, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Ministry of Defence and several government agencies, but nobody has been charged to court.

    There have been countless revelations about a South-West Governor and a South-South Governor which probably truncated their chances of being appointed minsters, yet they have not even been invited for questioning.

    The party flag bearer and would be flag bearer in the upcoming governorship election in two states have cases in court that border on corruption, yet they got the party ticket to be flag bearers.

    While one is not advocating against prosecution of corrupt officials, but the way the government is prosecuting Saraki without following due process gives credence to insinuations that he is being hounded and persecuted because he dared contest and become the Senate President against the wish of an APC leader in the South West who has now vowed to use the state machinery to hound him out of office.

    Buhari must not pretend that he is unaware of these shenanigans. He must put his foot down and urge all parties to obey the rule of law. Anything short will mean his endorsement of Saraki’s persecution by some APC leaders for becoming Senate President when he said it repeatedly that he will not interfere in who became the Senate President.

    As an honourable man, Buhari’s word should be his bond.


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  • TESTIMONY: Ivie, a living wonder to the medical community in France

    27/Feb/2016 // 2310 Viewers

     

     By Emike Osumah

    In March 2014, Ivie basked in the joy of reaffirmed motherhood as she held yet another lovely baby girl in her arms, her second child.
    Three months later on a day like any other, Ivie was startled as she thought she noticed a hard lump or was she imagining things? She felt it
    again and there it was, not her imagination but a really hard lump in the abdomen.
    Immediately she headed for the hospital. Being all the way in France, far away from home and family, she put a call through to her mom and her sister to let them know what she had observed. Surprisingly her mom was opposed to the idea of her rushing off to the hospital and insisted that her first response should be to tackle it with God's Word and on her knees. In her mother's words, "Don't go under the knife. Let's pray about this. It is an attack. Ivie didn't quite buy that as she felt it was just a lump and there was no harm in going to hospital for a check-up

    Ivie & hubby prior to her ordeal

    Ivie arrived at the hospital and waited for her turn, tense and not sure what lay ahead. After what seemed like forever, it was finally her turn.

    The doctor's door swung open, the patient before her came out and Ivie walked in, finally glad to be attended to and get it over with.
    She explained what she had observed, was promptly examined, and tests carried out. Relief surged through her as the doctor told her there was
    absolutely nothing to worry about. The hard lump was attributed to a torn muscle that might have resulted from her birth three months before. She was scheduled for a surgery to get things fixed and just as the doctor had made it sound, it was a minor surgery and soon it was done.

    During her ordeal

    It was an alarmed Ivie that woke up to discover her tummy was still the same. Living in France and not being very fluent in French, she

    couldn't quite understand why her stomach remained that way after returning from the theater after the surgery.
    Her alarm increased in leaps and bounds as her abdomen kept growing larger and larger with every passing day. Two months after the first surgery, she went back to her doctor only to find out that the hospital she had been referred to for the surgery did not actually do it. They had discovered after they made the incision that the growth wasn't actually what they thought it was so the incision had been stitched without the growth removed. That was the beginning of countless trips to doctors and hospitals for Ivie as she was referred to a plastic surgeon who scheduled her for surgery but cancelled it two days to the appointment and referred her to another specialist who handled such tumoConvalescing

    Effect of chemotherapy
    The doctor she was referred to prescribed for her, drugs that were used in the treatment of cancer. Ivie dutifully took the drugs expecting to see
    some improvement but was she wrong! Her abdomen didn't show any signs of reducing as she actually began to look like she was five months pregnant. She went back to the doctor and on her request for a more effective drug, chemotherapy was advised and she promptly commenced it.


    Convalescing after the surgery
    Day after day, strength ebbed out of her with the chemotherapy. Her two young children were suddenly thrown into an unexplained world without
    mummy's happy smiles, hugs and cuddles as Ivie was forced to hand them over to social services. Keeping up with looking after them became impossible especially since her husband was away in Nigeria at the time.

    Rejuvenated

    Desperation got the better of her as it began to dawn on her that her life was actually slipping away. With the help of a friend, she was linked to
    another doctor who did some tests and diagnosed her with Sarcoma, tumor of the soft tissue. She asked for an MRI scan. Ivie became hopeful now that a name could be placed on it, at least that pointed to a possible solution. Her little ray of hope was snuffed out after the MRI scan result. It showed that the tumour had grown really large and had pushed her organs and intestines to one side of her body. The doctor concluded that a surgery at that point would not be advisable, coupled with the fact that she had grown very weak. Her dosage of chemotherapy was increased with still no changes of course except for the loss of her hair and heightened weakness and weight loss. At this time she could pass for a woman in her 9th month of pregnancy, that was how large her abdomen had become.

    With death now staring her in the face, she remembered her mom's words about praying about the growth when she just noticed it. Now she understood why. Given two months to live and at the end of all options medically, with the strength she could muster, she decided to fight for her life. Her little daughters needed their mum around and not a replacement. There were yet dreams ahead of her she needed to actualize. To drive it home, her elder sister called from Nigeria and told her to quit looking at any other option but God. God always showed up when we burnt our bridges and made him our only option.
    Friends and family rallied around her praying tirelessly for a miracle. Nine years before they had lost a sibling and here they were faced with yet another on the brink of death. Determined that history would not repeat itself, they fell on their faces before God and interceded for Ivie. Prayer requests with her pictures attached were sent to several ministers of the gospel in Nigeria and the United States. Holy communion was sent to her and Christian materials on healing. Their every hope was hinged on the fact that where chemotherapy had failed, Jehova Rapha was more than able. The one who called the things that be not as though they were, eventually became their anchor.
    In that bleak, dark and trying moment suddenly came a flicker of hope. To the doctor's amazement, the mass suddenly reduced in size. Other scans and tests were done and it was decided that the surgery could now be safely carried out.
    On the appointed day, a team of 12 doctors carried out a 10-hour surgery on Ivie ridding her of a 7-kg tumor. Just like things turn out when God steps in, the surgery was a success! Ivie came out of the theatre alive and well. She spent five days in intensive care unit and every day that dawned marked a glaring improvement in her health. Her hair began to grow, gradually, she regained weight. She had been given 2 months to live with a protruding abdomen but 6months later she is alive, well and back home with her kids! God has given her loved ones a song instead of sorrow, Thanksgiving instead of grief!

    Reunited with her family
    Ivie is a living wonder to the medical community in France. Her message today to someone out there faced with a seemingly hopeless situation
    is to never give up on God, never make him a second option. Just by touching the hem of Jesus' garment a hemorrhage of 12 years ceased! That

    same power was manifested in Yvonne's case and is available too for you. Trust totally in Him. He answered prayers yesterday today and He always will. What He does for one, He will do for another.
    Emike Osumah wrote from Lagos, Nigeria.


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  • BLOOD MONEY: How Kidnap Gang Made N2 Billion In 4 Years

    27/Sep/2015 // 722 Viewers

    ■ Kidnap gang extort N2bn in 4 years, abducts 400 persons
    ■ 2 monarchs, perm sec still missing in South-east, after paying ransom
    ■ Former deputy governor, over 30 others killed
    The situation is horrify­ing, even as some of the cases are frightening. From the Niger Delta region where the monster seems to have emerged and the South East where it is now a thriving in­dustry, to the West and Northern parts of the country, Kidnapping for ransom has spread across the length and breadth of Nigeria, like a maddening fire and threaten­ing to consume the soul of the country.
    No day passes without stories of kidnapped Nigerians stirring the airwaves. No one is spared: children, young adults, aged, monarchs and even the clergy. Sunday Sun investigation has revealed that in the past four years, over 400 Nigerians have been kidnapped for ransom purposes in different parts of the country and about N2 billion paid out. Most frightening is the situation where kidnappers after collecting hefty ransom, still went ahead to kill their innocent victims.
    Only last week, the former Sec­retary to the Federal Government , Chief Olu Falae was kidnapped in his farm in Ondo State and the kidnappers demanded the payment of N100 million ransom. A week before last, the wife of the Deputy Managing Director of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mrs Toyin Nwosu was abducted from her home in Lagos. Both Chief Falae and Mrs Nwosu were lucky to be re­leased by their abductors unharmed, but the former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chudi Nwike was not so lucky as his abductors killed him for not disclosing in full his entire worth. Even the man that brought the ransom was also killed.
    Sunday Sun investigations reveal chilling accounts of activities of kidnappers around the country.
    Anambra used to be kid­nappers honey pot
    From Aloysius Attah, Geofrey Anyanwu and Jeff Amechi Agbodo
    Anambra State with about 177 communities used to be the unoffi­cial headquarters of kidnappers in the South East. With a large number of political heavyweights and promi­nent businessmen, the state arguably parades the highest number of people with private security guards as escorts.
    From the abduction of a sitting governor for political reasons years back, what started as mere accusa­tion of witch hunt and business ri­valry between an indigene of Nnewi and another Nnewi-based business­man from Akwaeze who was earlier kidnapped, later led to the kidnap of a Chinese working in an auto plant in the largely business town.
    The skeleton of the Chinese was later found in a thick forest in Ebonyi State after the leader of the kidnap gang, Innocent Orji was apprehended in Onitsha by the police. The gang was alleged to have collected N5 million ransom but the Chinese took ill and died in the forest before they could receive the money.
    Kidnapping was to later assume a booming business in Anambra that for many years, the dare devil kidnappers held residents of the state by the jugular to the extent that on weekends, people who own SUVs dare not stay on the road past 6pm for the fear of running into the hands of the abductors.
    Between January 2008 and August 2012, according to a civil society group, Campaign for De­mocracy, CD, kidnapped persons paid ransoms said to be valued at about N1.2 billion during the period in the south east.
    The victims according to the report paid money ranging from N5 million to N30 million per individual. During the said period, Anambra State reportedly recorded the kidnapping of 273 persons, the highest in the zone. It was reported also that between late 2012 to 2014, kidnappers in Anambra might have fleeced about N1billion from their victims.
    Often times, relations of the rich are the target, apparently to extort a fortune. Among those that had had the misfortune of falling into the trap of kidnappers are the traditional ruler of Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Robert Eze, who is the younger brother of the billionaire oil magnate and businessman, Prince Arthur Eze.
    Igwe Eze was kidnapped by a four –man gang who drove in a green SUV into his palace in Ukpo as he returned from a service at nearby St. Mary’s Anglican Church about 12 noon.
    The royal father’s kidnappers demanded N100million, but no member of the family was willing to say how much ransom was eventually paid before the monarch regained his freedom.
    Igwe Eze was the fourth tradition­al ruler in Anambra State to fall into the hands of kidnappers. The first was the traditional ruler of Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area, Igwe Patrick Okeke, who was ab­ducted and taken to Uzo Uwani area of Enugu State from where he was rescued, while the traditional ruler of Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha Local Government Area, Igwe Lawrence Oragwu, and that of Ihembosi in Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Igwe Jerome Udechukwu, who were kidnapped for over one year now, and have not been seen till today. It is feared that they might have been killed. Just like Igwe Eze, Oragwu was kidnapped as he was going for early morning church service.
    It was not only tragic but terrify­ing when a former Commissioner for Science and Technology in Anambra State, Mr. Chike Okoli, was abducted and killed despite the alleged payment of N16 million ransom by his family as demanded by the kidnappers.
    The ex-commissioner was abducted in Agulu town in Anaocha Local Government Area by the gunmen who intercepted him on his way to his Nanka country home, in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.
    Okoli was taken to and kept in a bush in Ugwuoba, which is a border town between Enugu and Anambra states, from where the kidnappers contacted members of his family through telephone calls and demanded for ransoms. The final result was the collection of his lifeless body by the family after the ransom was paid.
    There was also the case of the late Dr. Chudi Nwike, the former Anambra State deputy governor under the Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife administration, who was killed by his kidnappers because he allegedly did not tell them the truth about his financial standing while he was in their den. The family of Nwike, who was abducted in Anambra State and taken to a bush in Delta State, had allegedly raised N5 million for the kidnappers and sent somebody to deliver the money at an agreed spot, only for the kidnappers to kill the former deputy governor and the per­son that brought the N5 million on the reason that an alert of N30 mil­lion came into Nwike’s telephone as he was about to be released and the kidnappers felt that his family was not sincere.
    Other high profile kidnap victims included the Anambra State chair­man of the Peoples Democratic Par­ty, PDP, Prince Kenneth Emeakayi, who was abducted at Nri Junction along Awka –Agulu Road as he was returning to Awka; the chairman of Nnewi Auto Parts dealers, simply known as Iroko; a former chairman, Nnewi North Local Government Area, Mr. Ernest Obiora; a manager of Access Bank and a cashier of the bank; a manager of Julius Berger Plc, who was kidnapped while on holiday; a member of the state House of Assembly, Dr Emeka Aniebonam; a manager of CCC Construction Company and the chairman of Emeka Offor Founda­tion, Sir Tony Obi.
    There were also kidnap victims that allegedly paid handsomely be­fore being released. They include an expatriate whose company was said to have paid N165 million ransom; a sister to the managing director of Orange Drugs, Chief Ekenna, whose family reportedly paid N50 million; a younger brother of Chief G.U.O. Okeke, chairman of GUO Group, whose family allegedly paid N35 million and another unnamed top businessman whose family was said to have paid N45 million.
    Knowing the consequences of the scourge of kidnapping on the image, security and economy of the state, the former governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi then took a drastic measure of demolishing properties used for kidnapping and seizure of the proceeds from the perpetrators when caught. After fortifying the arsenal of the law enforcement agents by the provision of logistics and equipments, Obi faced the kidnappers with anger though time was ticking on his second tenure.
    During the same period, a notorious armed robber and kidnap kingpin, Olisa Ifedike a.k.a Ofeak­wu, was arrested. In the course of a house search, a cache of arms and ammunition were discovered. They included 27 AK47 rifles, one K2 rifle, two 06 rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one Rocket launcher, six Pump Action rifles, three dane guns, one Beretta pistol and 15 grenades. Also recovered were 12,800 rounds of AK47 live ammunition, 530 rounds of LAR ammunition, 95 rounds of GPMG live ammunition, 1000 rounds of K2 live ammunition and 143 magazines totaling 14,425 rounds. Obi ordered the demoli­tion of Ofeakwu’s house and other properties he acquired with the blood money.
    When Obi finally bowed out on March 17, 2013, Obiano came in and upped the ante by setting up a combined /joint task force code­name Operation Kpochapu.
    The task force immediately swung into action forcing hoodlums in Onitsha to relocate to neighbour­ing towns of Obosi, Nkpor, Oba, while others fled to Asaba in Delta State.
    The governor’s next action was to rid the state of kidnappers and the first port of call was his home town, Aguleri, where three build­ings allegedly built by suspected kidnappers were destroyed. More demolitions were to take place at Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area, Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area and Ojoto in Idemili South Local Government Area, Okija in Ihiala Local Gov­ernment Area and Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Government Area and Nando in Anambra East Local Government Area.
    So far, more than 140 suspected criminals have been paraded by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area, while about 25 houses have been demolished by the Obiano administration. But as efforts are made to curb the incidence of kidnapping and other crimes, especially in the light of the kidnappers’ houses demolition measure, more youths engage in it, thereby posing more challenges to government and security operatives.
    In one of the demolition exercise monitored by the reporter in Nando community, three houses were de­molished in one day in an operation led by the Commissioner of Police, Hosea Karma.
    One of the houses demolished at Isioye village was a six-bedroom bungalow painted in golden co­lour belonging to one Emeka Eze, alias Emeka Nando, a notorious kidnapper, who was implicated in several kidnap and other criminal activities. lour belonging to one Emeka Eze,
    CP Karma said Emeka was ap­prehended initially, charged to court and was granted bail before he ran to Lagos from where he continued in his evil ways until he died during a shootout with the police. He said his criminal gang was behind the abduction of the popular transport mogul, Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke, Chairman, G.U.O Transport Company.
    CP Karma also disclosed that the house had been used, as a safe haven for keeping kidnap suspects since 2009 while items recovered from the building included five 50-litre gallons filled with ammunitions, a general multipurpose gun (GMG) and three AK-47 rifles.
    He said it was in line with the state government’s directive that any property used for kidnapping or built with proceeds from kidnapping would be demolished or confiscated that the demolition squad visited the building.
    The next port of call was Aka­manato village also at Nando. This time it was a two-storey building. CP Karma said the house belonged to a certain Nnamdi Nwabia, another notorious kidnapper who belonged to the same gang with Emeka Nando. He said Nwabia too was shot dead while government was demolishing the property to prove to the people that crime does not pay.
    At Abube Ndiuno village, Nando, it was another storey building belonging to late Ofamaiji, whose son, Osinwa reportedly converted to a hideout for kidnap victims. The police boss in the state while giving further clarification named three kidnap victims in the past who were kept inside the lonely building. He said the principal suspect, Osinwa was still on the run while the police have spread its dragnet to catch him.
    Gov. Obiano, while appraising the demolition exercise so far, said there was no going back on the determi­nation of the government to rid the state of all criminal activities.
    He declared that Anambra State was now safe for investors because of government efforts to check­mate crime in the state and assured residents that even the yuletide season would be crime free in the state because of an enduring peace presently in place. He disclosed that a retired commissioner of police had been engaged by the government to coordinate the activities of vigilante groups which had ensured that secu­rity was in place at the grass roots.
    In Abia, there is nothing to show for the millions collected as ransom, reports OKEY SAMPSON in Aba
    Kidnapping which began in the Aba axis of Abia State in 2008 had by 2010 nearly brought the entire state on its knees. By this time, a man known as Obioma Nwankwo a.k.a (Osisikankwu) from Ugwuati in Ukwa West Local Government Area of the state and who operated the most dreaded gang of kidnap­pers, had seized the state by the jug­ular as he terrorized the state from border to border and even beyond.
    Osisikankwu, an expelled mem­ber of Movement for the Actual­ization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), originally operated from Ebonyi State, but after his expulsion, he joined the Niger Delta militants from where he moved down into Abia State.
    At the height of his exploits, Osisikankwu masterminded the kidnap of 15 pupils of a private school in Aba which necessitated the drafting of soldiers by the federal government to checkmate kidnap­ping activities in the area.
    Second in notoriety to Osisikank­wu was a young man called Susu who like the former held the state to ransom with his dreaded acts. Susu’s operational base was said to be at Umuezi in Obingwa Local Government Area.
    Although the two held sway between 2008 and 2010 before they were dislodged by soldiers, but in recent times, there have been groups particularly around the Aba axis who have taken kidnapping as a lucrative business and that informs why no week passes in the area without any reported case of kidnapping.
    These kidnappings have gone with them millions of naira paid as ransom but the most pathetic aspect was that some of the victims were killed after family members had paid various sums as ransom.
    On August 10, 2012 a suspected five-man gang abducted 78 year old woman; Mrs. Martha Oyediya Kalu of Ndi Okocha Ogbu, Amaogudu, Abiriba in Ohafia local government of Abia state.
    The grandma was kidnapped at her son’s (Kalu Gabriel Eke) house at Agba Ogbu, Amaogudu, Abiriba. Despite the fact that ransom money was paid on August 24, as demand­ed by the kidnappers who promised to release her after the payment, the Septuagenarian as it was gathered was later killed.
    Just some months back, a gang of kidnappers operating within Ukwa East area killed a woman they had earlier abducted. The lady’s name was given as Mrs. Chioma Chukwura
    It was gathered that the late Chukwura who resided in Aba with her family members had travelled to Calabar, Cross River State with her driver, one Ike Chikodi. She was killed after N2m ransom was reportedly paid to her abductors and they dumped her body under a shrub inside the bush.
    Cases like that abound and with the heavy ransom paid by relations of kidnapped victims, that hitherto abominable crime has become a lu­crative business which many youths have taken to.
    In the history of kidnapping in Abia, one man-Osisikankwu re­mained the king. He made money in millions from his unholy trade, but surprisingly, he had nothing to show from the blood money he made. By the time he was killed, Osisikank­wu had no known house of his at Ugwuati or elsewhere. Reports also had it that no account was traced to his name in any bank. His according to people, was a case of ‘generate and consume’.
    As it was with the kidnap king­pin, Osisikankwu, so it is with others who are involved in this ‘business’, most of them do not have anything to show for the millions they have collected as ransom from captors’ relations. When Sunday Sun visited the home town of a known kidnap kingpin in the state, it was difficult to believe that the man was not able to put up a decent house in his village despite millions of naira he collected as a leader of a notori­ous band of kidnappers.
    In Delta, kidnappers held sway reports PAUL OSUYI, Asaba
    Bolaji, a pint-size but deadly gang leader took Asaba and its environs by storm for more than five years during which he led a beastly kid­napping squad. Bolaji ate, breathed and dreamt kidnapping as he made stupendous wealth from various es­capades until he was gunned down by security operatives.
    For the unsuspecting public, the diminutive and unassuming ringleader was a property developer as he built houses in town from which he collects rents from tenants. But the houses were all proceeds of hefty ransom collected from relatives of kidnapped victims. In his days, high profile kidnappings were rampant particularly between 2012 and 2013 in Asaba area.
    Relatives of politicians in high offices, business moguls and seasoned technocrats were the victims of his daring escapades. And from each of these society men and women, Bolaji and his gang milked hefty sums of money as ransom to free their kidnapped relatives. In some cases, the victims were never released alive.
    He was believed to have spare-headed the kidnap of former Commissioner for High Education in the state, Prof. Hope Eghagha in a deadly operation which saw the commissioner’s police orderly lifeless as gunshots were sprayed on the vehicle that bright Sunday afternoon around Owa-Oyibu area. The commissioner was returning to Asaba after the weekend.
    Prof. Eghagha breathed the sweet air of freedom after about two weeks in captivity following the alleged payment of a princely sum as ransom.
    Before the kidnap of Eghagha, the gang had also swoop on Tobe­chukwu Ochei, younger brother of the then Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Engr. Victor Ochei. The younger Ochei was on his honeymoon when the hoodlums struck, depriving his wife of the full benefit of their honeymoon. He also regained freedom after a handsome price was paid.
    Then, Markson Macaulay, son of the then Secretary to the State Government, Comrade Ovuzuorie Macaulay was the next victim of the vicious gang. He was seized in his village, Owholigbo in Isoko North council area where he had gone to spend some time with his grandmother. Again, an undisclosed amount was said to have been paid to secure his release.
    Bolaji was believed to have spread his tentacles outside Delta State as he was credited to have planned and executed the operation of the kidnap of a former deputy governor of Anambra State, Chudi Nwike whose corpse was found in Agbor area of Delta State with a note, blaming the family for delay­ing ransom payment.
    Besides, Bolaji’s squad killed a business mogul and Managing Director of a petrol station who was popularly known as Obilink after squeezing out N20 million from his distraught family. He was shot on the leg and subsequently abducted from one of his filling stations along the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha highway and taken into the forest from where negotiation for ransom was made.
    After settling for N20 million and collecting the princely sum, the hoodlums dumped his decomposing corpse near a tree located within the Achalla-Ibusa forest and directed the unsuspecting family to the place.
    But the game was up for him when he led his gang to desecrate royal tradition by invading the palace of the Obi of Ogwuashi-Uku Kingdom and brazenly took away the Queen Mother, Prof. (Mrs.) Kaneme Okonjo in a celebrated kidnap case.
    That incident of December, 2012 jolted the entire nation as the victim’s daughter, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the powerful Minister of Finance and Coordi­nating Minister of the Economy under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
    The Queen Mother’s hostage tak­ers held her in captivity for five solid days, daring security high com­mands who had temporary relocated to Delta State. From one kidnappers’ den to the other, the hoodlums were said to have made negotiations for ransom with the victim’s family who reportedly coughed out N10 million to secure freedom of the aging queen.
    Unknown to him, security opera­tives were closing in on them while he was making ransom calls with his boys who held on to the victim. And as he attempted an escape, he was shot, and later gave up the ghost before his gang members were rounded up.
    Elsewhere in the oil-rich city of Warri and its twin commercial town of Effurun, one Kelvin Oniarah led a murderous kidnapping squad, making stupendous wealth from his escapades.
    Several times, his boys were arrested, and several times he stalled the suspects’ prosecution by spearheading attack on the prison van taking the suspects to court, killing security operatives at will and setting his boys free from the claws of justice.
    But Oniarah was a celebrated philanthropist in his hometown of Kokori in Ethiope East council where he disguised as a freedom fighter before his loving kinsmen who he showered affluence upon by empowering women and youths.
    Besides, he was said to have demolished mud house and rebuilt them with bricks for his people after milking hefty ransom from relatives of kidnapped victims. As a result, the community aided his escape each time security storm the town searching for him. And when he was finally arrested, the community mobilized over 20 lawyers to defend him at an Abuja court.
    Both Kelvin and Bolaji were a handful for the then Commission­er of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba, now retired, as they were striking simultaneously in Warri and Asaba respectively. But to his credit, Bolaji fell and Kelvin was arrested.
    Moreover, Aduba led various operations to suspected kidnappers’ den across the state, demolishing houses used for hostage taking. Kel­vin’s abode in Kokori was brought down by security operatives. A five-star hotel in the university town of Abraka where victims are kept was also leveled with the owner still counting his loss.
    The reign of Bolaji and Kelvin also prompted the state House of Assembly to pass a law proposing death penalty for kidnappers and their cohorts but the then governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan refused to sign the bill which the House later vetoed to override the governor.
    In Edo, Kidnappers are blood thirsty, writes Tony Osauzo
    In Edo State, the first bloody kidnap incident took place over ten years ago when the founder and Managing director of Big Joe Motors, Mr. Monday Osayande was abducted in Benin. Despite several millions of naira that was reportedly paid as ransom, his abductors did not spare his life. He was later found dead.
    Yet in 2009 another transport magnate and founder of God is Good Motors, Mr. Edwin Ajaere was also kidnapped in Benin. Like Osayande, Ajaere was found dead after his family paid the sum of N3,000.000 demanded by his abductors.
    From there on, the kidnap “busi­ness” grew to alarming proportion with no fewer than five cases of abduction recorded on a daily basis in the state.
    Among the big-wigs that fell vic­tim of kidnapping was Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) whose kidnap two years ago along the Benin-Au­chi Road was bloody, resulting in the death of four policemen.
    Others were Uyi Oloton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uyi Technical and Chief Dan Odiete, an Estate Valuer and CEO of Dan Odiete and Co. In both cases, one policeman lost his live.
    As usual, several millions of naira were paid out as ransom to buy their freedom but as is always the case, victims of kidnap even after they have parted with money, hardly agree to paying ransom. This is because the security agents often advice them not to give out informa­tion about how much ransom they paid.
    The reason for this, it was learnt, is to discourage others who may want to see kidnapping as a lucrative business.
    Following the rampant incidents of kidnapping, Edo State House of Assembly passed a law prescribing death penalty for anyone involved in the crime while all property of such persons are to be confiscated or demolished by the state government.
    So far, no one has yet been con­victed of the crime and executed, as many of the cases are still pending in court.
    Kidnappers rake in mil­lions in Bayelsa
    From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
    In 2012, when Governor Henry Seriake Dickson assumed office, one of the bills he sent to the House of Assembly was the bill on anti-kidnapping which was designed to curb the spate of kidnappings in the state then.
    Investigations revealed that the bill which is now a law and in oper­ation in the state with death penalty as the punishment was only able to halt temporarily the activities of kidnappers , who have now become more emboldened and have since turned abduction of aged parents of politically exposed persons; monarchs and government officials into a cash cow.
    From January 2015 till date, about 100 cases of abduction and attempted kidnappings have been handled by the Bayelsa State Police Command and the Department of State Security with victims paying through their nose several millions of naira to kidnappers to regain their freedom.
    Checks indicated that kidnappers exploiting the emotions of rela­tives of kidnapped victims usually warned them not to get security agencies involved in negotiation so as not to risk the lives of their loved ones. This strategy has often worked for the kidnappers as several victims especially in coastal communities pay ransom for victims to regain freedom.
    The latest kidnap case in Bayelsa was that of the Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Political Affairs, Chief Fyneman Wilson who regained his freedom few days ago after millions of naira had exchanged hands.
    Before him, Mrs Nestor Binabo, wife of the former acting –governor in the state and the clan head of Tombia Kingdom, King Christian Otobotekere were kidnapped and only released after ransom had been paid.
    While the Police and the DSS continue to discourage families of kidnapped victims from paying ransom and insist no money was paid whenever a victim regains freedom, findings showed that victims often instruct their families to commence negotiation and source for the money.
    A vivid example was the kidnapped Chairman of Ogbia Local Government Area, Mr Eniye Sasime Abah who was kidnapped and regained his freedom few days later. The Police after his release maintained that no ransom was paid, however recent revelations point to the fact that about N10 million was removed from the treasury to facilitate his release.
    An uncle of former governor Timipre Sylva, Chief Benson Eseni- Adigo who was aged 87 was kidnapped from his country home in Okpoama and a ransom of N5 mil­lion was paid for his release. Days after his release, the family heard nothing again from the kidnappers until his dead body was discovered in a shallow grave after the kidnap­pers were eventually arrested.
    In Bayelsa, there is a strong nexus between kidnapping and sea-pirates as the same gangs specialise in the two crimes which has continued to thrive in coastal communities forcing King Ebitimi Banigo to compare it to Boko Haram insurgen­cy ravaging the North East,
    It is believed that the inability to test the anti-kidnapping law in the law courts in Bayelsa has continued to make the fight against kidnap­ping difficult. A top security source confided in Sunday Sun that until some kidnappers have been given the maximum punishment of death, the fight against kidnapping would continue to be flip flops.
    Kidnapping in Ebonyi is not lucrative
    From Emmanuel Uzor
    In Ebonyi State, the story of kidnapping is not far from what is obtainable in every other place. Though kidnapping in this part of the country is still at its infant stage, the men of the underworld still make their ways into various towns across the state to kidnap their victims and demand ransom from the relatives of victims before they regain freedom.
    Kidnapping in Ebonyi is merely witnessed in few communities especially Afikpo and Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
    The new police commissioner in the state, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah seems to have clamped down on the kidnappers and made a break­through in Afikpo.
    From the recent statistics released by the police in the state, kidnap­pers in the state demand from N50 million and settle for as low as N300,000 as ransom. The recent kidnap of the Afikpo zonal Manager of the Nigeria Breweries where the suspects settled for N300, 000 has further confirmed the police report.
    It was gathered that while kid­nappers in various states smile to the banks, building palatial homes and riding exotic cars after successful kidnapping, their Ebonyi state counterparts are still wallowing in poverty and penury as they demand very little as ransom.
    Many people believe that owing to the poverty level in the state as only very few individuals in govern­ment call the shots, kidnapping in the state is not as profitable as it is in other states and as such, kidnappers are not buoyant in this part of the country.
    Kidnapping is an endemic sore in Imo State
    From GEORGE ONYEJIU­WA, Owerri
    Imo is one of the states in the south east where kidnapping is not only endemic but has become a menace, a situation which has forced most well to do citizens of the state to move about with armed police escort at any time of the day. The situation has become so alarming that people are kidnapped for as low as N300,000.
    However, in other to tackle this evil industry in the state, governor Rochas Okorocha had decreed that any building where kidnapped vic­tims are kept would be demolished and confiscated by the state govern­ment and to underline his serious intention, the building belonging to a controversial monarch in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area was pulled down when it was dis­covered that kidnapped victims had been kept there. In the same vein, another duplex in Orlu belonging to a Lagos based businessman suffered the same fate when it was discov­ered that the abducted elder brother of a business mogul, Chief Comsas Maduka who was kidnapped in La­gos was kept there by his abductors while negotiating for ransom.
    Again, an underground building in Ikeduru where kidnapped victims were kept was also demolished and confiscated by the state government. But the menace has continued unabated.
    In the last five months, there has been reported cases of kidnapping in the state. Chief Raymond Irechuk­wu, a retired civil servant was ab­ducted from his house in Umuofo­cha Nekede in Owerri West Council Area of the state with his kidnappers demanding for N10 million ransom before he could regain his freedom. Also, family members of the bu­reau head of News Agency of Ni­geria in Owerri, who was abducted on her way home from work had to pay an undisclosed amount to her abductors before she could breathe the fresh air of freedom after three days in captivity.
    Similarly, in August, the family of Chidiebere Nwokocha from Umuayachu Ubulu in Oru West Council of the state reportedly paid the sum of N3 million to secure his release.
    Just last Sunday, Mrs. Esther Uzoma, wife of Protus Nathan Uzoma, a columnist with The Sun Publishing Limited was abducted from their home in Owerri, appar­ently for ransom purposes.
    It would be recalled that in late December of 2013, Miss Nkiru Sylvanus, an aide to Governor Oko­rocha was kidnapped by gunmen in Owerri while she was shooting a documentary for the state govern­ment and the government allegedly paid the sum of N20 million to secure her release after spending a week in the custody of her abduc­tors.
    However, one of the most pathet­ic cases of kidnapping in Imo State was the abduction of Mr Emenike Okechukwu Ihekwaba, a Permanent Secretary and Principal Secretary in the office of the deputy governor of the state while on his way to his village in Nkwerre in 2012, but in spite of the ransom of N10million that was paid to his abductors, he was still not found till today.
    Kidnappers make a lot of money in Ondo
    From Bamigbola Gbola­gunte, Akure
    The rate of kidnapping in Ondo State has become alarming as millions of naira reportedly exchange hands before the victims are realised.
    Many of those who had their relatives and friends abducted are forced to pay ransom ranging from N10 million to N20million before the release of the abducted persons.
    From all indications, many of the abductors who are young men and women share the proceeds from the unholy work among themselves, as evident in the confession of one of the suspected abductors of Princess Toyin Omosowon, the Regent of Akungba Akoko, a community in Akoko South West Local Govern­ment Area of the state who was abducted in June this year.
    The suspect who said he had involved in the abduction of not less than three persons, disclosed that huge sums of money are often re­ceived at the end of each operation.
    The abduction of Mrs Omogbene Adeborile, the mother in law of the Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan in August this year showed that the kidnappers were heavily paid.
    It was gathered that the abductors of Mrs Adeborile were paid over N10 million before they released the octogenarian.
    The woman who stayed for a week in the den of her captors, it was gathered, appealed to her people to pay the abductors the money as they threatened to kill her if the money was not paid.
    The abductors, after a series of negotiations and pleas reportedly agreed to receive the N10 million as they initially insisted on taking N50 million.
    In the case of Mrs Omosowon, the family and the entire Akungba Akoko community were planning to pay N15 million ransom before she was miraculously rescued by sol­diers and officers of the Department of State Security (DSS).
    If not for the miraculously rescue of the Akungba Akoko Regent, the ransom would have been paid as she had spent close to two weeks in the hands of her captors.
    Also, it was gathered that a huge sum of money was paid before the former chairman, Ondo State Mus­lim Pilgrims Welfare Board; Alhaji Ibrahim Jimoh was released after his abduction.
    Jimoh who was abducted in Akure in July, this year spent five days with his abductors before the ransom was paid.
    In Ogun State, kidnappers collect over N5 million
    SEGUN OLATUNJI in Abeokuta reports that in the Ijebu area of Ogun State, the menace of kidnapping has become rampant, with the perpetrators abducting one prominent and rich personality or the other as well as their relations at regular intervals.
    Only last November, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Ogun State Police Command arrested five members of a kidnap syndicate alleged to have been terrorising the residents of the Ijebu axis of the state.
    An ex-soldier who was the kingpin of the syndicate, Akinyele Jaiyesinmi was arrested along with Adeyinka Olusoji, Gbadamosi Dada, Taiwo Ayoola and Sulaiman Kalejaiye.
    While parading the suspects, the then state commissioner of police, Ikemefuna Okoye described the arrest of the syndicate as a break­through for the command and a setback for the suspects who he said had been responsible for the series of kidnappings in the Ijebu axis.
    From the confessions of the suspects, they were responsible for kidnapping, Rachael, the mother of a member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr. Remmy Hassan at Omu Ijebu, and they collected N1m ransom before she regained her freedom.
    The kingpin of the kidnap gang who said he was dismissed from the Army in 2004, in his confession, said, “We kidnapped a woman at Omu Ijebu and we collected N1mil­lion ransom. We kidnapped another man at Epe garage and collected N500,000, while we also collected N1m from the relations of a man kidnapped at Ikangba Ijebu.
    “We kidnapped a woman at Imodi Imosan and another man at Idowa Ijebu; we collected N1million and N2million, respectively, from their relations.”
    Also, the deputy vice-chancellor of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof. Olukoga Olusan­ya, was kidnapped last October at Odogbolu.
    The illicit business of kidnapping had become so attractive that even a serving councillor of the All Pro­gressives Congress in the state was arrested along with four others last March in Ijebu Igbo for the crime.
    The 45-year-old counsellor was nabbed along with others and a herbalist for the crime. The arrested councillor said it was only his vehi­cle that was used for the operations by the members of the kidnap gang.
    But the other members of the gang admitted that they had already collected ransom ranging from N900,000 to N1.4 million from the families of their victims.
    They also confessed to receiving a minimum of N300, 000 per person within a month as their own share of the ransom collected from the families of kidnap victims.
    Last June, 11-year-old Aminat Lasisi died in the hands of her ab­ductors following the inability of her parents to pay the N2million ransom demanded by her kidnappers.
    Aminat’s dead body was later dumped near the Divisional Police station in Ogbere in Ibadan.
    The little girl was allegedly kid­napped by her father’s former em­ployee, Babatunde Aderonmu, 21 at his bakery from where he moved her to Ogbere area of Ibadan, Oyo State, where she later died while still in captivity due to the alleged injection of an unknown substance into her system.
    Aderonmu as well as Sina Damilare, 40 and Taofeek Kola, 50, were all arrested in connection with the alleged kidnap and murder of the 11- year- old Aminat by officers of Ogun State Anti-Robbery Squad.
    The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi said, the suspects contacted the parents of the girl and demanded N2million ransom before they could release her but finally they agreed on N300,000 with the intervention of the police. The suspect gave out the account number of a prophetess whom they claimed had prayed for them before to the parents.”
    Barely 11 days after this tragic incident, a Lagos commercial bus driver, Emeka Obi and his accom­plice simply identified as “Prince” abducted a 97-year-old grandfather, Pa Amos Samaiye from his house in Ijebu-Ode and demanded a N1mil­lion ransom from his family.
    The kidnap gang members took the nonagenarian into a forest where they held him captive for four days before he was rescued by the police.
    Obi who was the only member of the kidnap gang arrested however confessed that his runaway friend and accomplice lured him into the nefarious business of kidnapping.
    The commercial bus driver also claimed that his friend and accom­plice was the mastermind of the abduction of the nonagenarian.
    He added that “Prince” with whom he had successfully carried out two previous kidnap operations which fetched them a total ransom of N3million, also trained him in the crime.
    “Prince is my friend. I knew him four years ago. He was the one who introduced me to this business. He told me we could make quick mon­ey from it. He taught me how to do it. The first one we did, we collected N2million as ransom but the second one, we got only N1million. This one, we were yet to get the ransom for baba before the police got us,” Obi said.
    Kidnapping in Rivers State, a booming business writes TONY JOHN in Port Harcourt
    Kidnapping in Rivers State appears to be a booming business judging by cases of the incident always recorded. For instance, between July and August, 2015, 22 suspected kidnappers were arrested and 11 victims rescued by security agencies in the state.
    In recent times, some prominent Rivers people had fallen victims of abduction. Among them were the Archbishop of Diocese of Niger Delta North (Anglican Commu­nion), Bishop Ignatius Kattey and his wife, Beatrice, former President of Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and the Vanguard Newspa­pers columnist, Donu Kogbara.
    Kattey and his wife were abduct­ed in Eleme, his local government area; Wali was kidnapped in his community, Rumualogu, in Obio/ Apkor Local Government Area, while Kogbara was whisked away from her residence in Nkpogu, in Obio/Akpor LGA.
    But, kidnap victims, who later re­gained freedom, had always decline they paid ransom. They also stated that their abductors usually warned them not to mention anything ran­som to members of the public.
    Recently, a kidnap suspect, Musa Azubuike Umez, who was paraded alongside other kidnappers, by the state Police Command, in Port Harcourt, told Sunday Sun that he decided to go into kidnapping because of hardship. They abducted one Promise Elemah in Rumuigbo on February 23, this year.
    They killed the victim and dumped his body in a soak-away pit at Egbelu, Ogbogoro in Obio/Akpor LGA and went ahead to collect a ransom of N570,000 from the wife.
    On July 5, 2015, one Friday Ozo­go was kidnapped around Elekahia by a gang of three armed men. For inexplicable reasons, according to the state Police Command, the kidnappers killed their victim and hastily buried him in a shallow grave around Choba waterfront.
    Unfortunately, despite their callous actions, the kidnappers continued to harass the victim’s family for ransom, and collected over N500,000. They pestered on the family for more money until Police tracked them down. The trio of Kelvin Ogbulon (22), Chinwendu Akani (20) and Nelson Kacaranmoh (23) were arrested. They confessed to the crime.
    Similarly, on August 19 , this year, there was the reported case of one Temple Achinike Worlu, who was arrested by the Anti-Kidnap Unit (AKU). He was a part of the syndicate that abducted and mur­dered one Friday Ozogo in Alakahia village, Port Harcourt.
    Also, on July 23, this year, one Monday Asuquo was arrested in Eleme, for trying to collect a ransom for the release of one Barrister Daniel. He confessed that he was contracted to abduct the victim for the sum of N1 million.
    There was another kidnap incident that took place outside Port Harcourt metropolis. After abduct­ing the victim, it was alleged that an undisclosed ransom was paid. The suspects collected the ransom mon­ey and still, killed the victim. Four days after, the bandits dumped the corpse in a cassava farm in Borokiri, in the state capital.
    However, not much has been heard as punishment meted out to the suspected kidnappers after their arrest. Recently, the Eighth Assembly of the state House of Assembly amended the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) Law, No. 3 of 2009. Governor Nyesom Wike, on assumption of office, had sent a bill to the House of Assembly to amend the former law. In the new anti-kid­nap law, any assets accrued from kidnap would be confiscated by the state government and the suspect(s) prosecuted.
    Mikel Obi’s father also kidnapped in Plateau
    Mariam Aleshinloye Agboola in Jos writes that one celebrated case of kidnap was that of Pa. Michael Obi, father of Chelsea Football Club of England midfielder, Mikel Obi. He was kidnapped on his way to work on August 10, 2011 and was taken away in a vehicle painted in army colours but was rescued in Kano 12 days later and the kidnappers ar­rested. The kidnappers were said to have demanded N10m ransom but it was not certain if anything was paid before he was rescued by the police at Kabuga Quarters of Kano.
    The said kidnappers were paraded by the police in Kano and their names were given as Ifeanyi Esseit, Ndubisi Friday Brasil Chukwurah and a woman Nkechi Ossai and a Nigerien national, Sule Ibrahim. They were dressed in army uniforms at the time of kidnap. In July 2013, the Special Task Force arrested a three-man squad which had abducted eight victims and kept them in one Chiwarna Hotel in Zinariya area of Jos. They had been contacting the victims relations on what would be paid on each of them when the Special Task Force pounced on them and released the victims. No ransom was reported paid.
    Three foreigners working with a construction company were also kidnapped between Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State and Bauchi and later released after ransom was paid. But the details were not made known.
    There was also a kidnap case of three children of the former chairman of Muslim Pilgrim Board, Alhaji Dankurma whose driver, Sani Mohammad connived with some people to hide the three kids in Yandoya area of Jos instead of dropping them at school in 2010. The kidnappers demanded N20m and later reduced it to N5m. Security men swooped on them, rescued the children from the hideout. No ransom was reportedly paid.
    Kidnapping on the in­crease in Kwara
    LAYI OLANREWAJU in Ilorin reports that the recent increase in rate of kidnapping in the country has caused a lot of concern to well meaning Nigerians and Kwara State is not an exemption.
    The first celebrated kidnap case in Kwara was in 2011 when the son of a prominent politician was abducted at his father’s petrol station along Asa Dam Road closely followed by abduction of an Igbo businessman resident in Ilorin the Kwara State capital.
    In all these, an undisclosed ran­som was alleged to have been paid as the victims kept sealed lips on the amount that was paid but what was certain was that some money ranging from N5 to N20 million was paid before they were released.
    To residents of the state, the war on kidnapping was about being celebrated when on September 12, 2015, two groups of kidnappers were arrested by men of the state po­lice command as they were about picking their ransom.
    The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Esosa Amadasun said the first group involved two brothers who connived with others to dupe their younger brother when he claimed to be pleading with the kidnappers whom he begged to reduce the ransom from one million naira to two hundred thousand and eventually to one hundred thousand . It was this ransom he was about to pick when policemen arrested him.
    Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Sun, one of the kidnap­pers, Usman Mohammed said he needed the money to celebrate the Sallah festival as he had been look­ing for money to travel to his village in Sokoto so that he could enjoy the loot with his friends.
    According to him, his friends will respect him and he will be treated like a king. Mohammed who said he is a Fulani said they do not joke with the Sallah festival, hence he had to look for money at all cost.
    He said kidnapping became the best option as it is not as difficult as armed robbery and other vices.
    While speaking on probable ways kidnappers spend their loot, Kwara Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ajayi Okasanmi said they spend their loot on prostitutes, alcohol and clothes.
    In Bauchi, kidnapping started 6 years ago
    FROM PAUL ORUDE BAUCHI
    Kidnapping seemed to thrive in Bauchi State in the last five or six years.
    In November 2010, daughter of a former Registrar General of the Cor­porate Affairs Commission (CAC), Mustafa Ahmed in Bauchi became one of the first known victims.
    Four armed men stormed Ahmed’s house and abducted his eleven year old, Jamila on her way to school with her mother around 7: 40 am.
    The kidnappers came on motor­cycle and a car to abduct the girl, taking her on a motor cycle to a car waiting for them in another place.
    Earlier that same year, Mahmud, 11 year-old son of Garba Dahiru, a former Commissioner for Finance in the state, was kidnapped.
    Dahiru was aspiring for the seat of the House of Representatives for Bauchi federal constituency.
    The abductors, who stormed the house, told him that his political opponents sent them to kill him but that they would know what to tell them for their inability to kill him.
    Dahiru who said it was when he failed to give them additional money as demanded that they took his child.
    He said the abductors had asked for a ransom, but refused to disclose the amount.
    Jamila and Mahmud were re­leased to their parents eventually but nothing was mentioned about the ransom. Millions were said to have been exchanged for their freedom.
    Seven foreign workers were also abducted in Bauchi State in Febru­ary 16, 2013, and a security guard was shot dead by gunmen who attacked the construction company in Jammare.
    The kidnapping of the foreigners was later attributed to Boko Haram insurgents.
    But a glimpse into cases of kidnapping in the state showed it has become a money spinning venture.
    What kidnappers do with their money
    Saliu Abdullahi Salman, 19, disclosed that he connived to kidnap his three years old step brother in order to raise money to buy a car.
    Salman, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, and his gang demanded for N10 million as ransom.
    Unfortunately for him, they were arrested by the police.
    He said: “My father is rich but if I demanded such money from him he will refused because he will tell me he has three wives and will have to cater for other children, so I planned with my friends to kidnap my step brother so that my friends can call him and demand for ransom so that when he pays the ransom, I can collect my own share and use it to buy a car.”
    One of his friends, Abdullahi Mohammed said: “We demand­ed for N10million but the father said he would pay N3 million and we insisted it was too small. We finally agreed that he would pay N5 million”
    If the kidnapping of 72 old former Accountant General in Bauchi State, Alhaji Baffa Tilde, was shocking, his brutal killing was almost unfor­givable.
    Tilde was killed by his abductors after negotiation for an amount of ransom given fell short of what was expected.
    His abductors brought him close to Eid praying ground, Bauchi, on a Motorcycle and shot him three times on his head and abandoned his corpse. to Eid praying ground, Bauchi, on
    The shooting caused fear and pandemonium among residents in the area as many fled for safety.
    Also, a family member of 72 years old Tilde said the abductors demanded for ransom adding that they were still negotiating before they killed him.
    Kidnapping is a harrowing experience, says a former Bauchi State lawmaker, Yusuf Nuhu who survived it.
    Nuhu who was kidnapped by gunmen in Toro Local Government Area of the state on March 3, 2014, was rescued after a gun battle be­tween the gunmen and the police, a situation that led to the death of a 10 year-old-girl, Hauwau Auwaly hit by a stray bullet.
    The suspects abandoned their Golf 3 vehicle with Reg no MKT 553 AA and escaped in a bus with bullet wounds, while Nuhu also escaped and hid in the bush where he was later rescued.
    He said: “It was a terrible expe­rience. I was with them for 10 days in a bush. I was given some kinds of food but I only ate biscuits in order not to have stomach upset.
    “My face was covered throughout the 10 days I spent with them and I was not able to communicate with my family members. They don’t discuss anything in my presence, they always move far away from me while communicating with themselves.
    When asked if ransom was paid to the kidnappers, Hon Nuhu said” there was nothing like that.”
    Besides the above cases, many other high profiling kidnappings of associates of prominent politicians and business moguls in the state have been carried out with ransom running into millions of naira usual­ly undisclosed passing hands
    Kidnapping booms in Cross River
    From JUDEX OKORO, Calabar
    Kidnapping is booming in Cross River State as the metropolis has witnessed high profile cases of ab­duction in the last couple of months.
    Investigations by Sunday Sun revealed that the State Police command had recorded some good number of kidnap cases with victims ranging from politicians to businessmen.
    Besides, there have been reported cases of child abduction by an alleged child kidnappers’ gang especially at the outskirts of the metropolis perhaps for rituals.
    Checks revealed that there have been incessant cases of child snatch­ing within some parts of Calabar South, Ekorinim, Ikot Ansa Ikot Omin and 8-Miles axis of Calabar Municipal.
    Some of the high profile kidnap cases recorded so far in the state in the last one year include the abduc­tion of the former Deputy Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly and Labour Party, LP, candidate, for the Calabar South/Akapbuyo/ Bakassi federal constituency seat in the 2015 general election, Hon. Dominic Aqua Edem, in March, 2015; Pastor Seyi Adekunle of the Winners Church, along IBB Way Calabar on June 13, 2015; one Mr Oddy Well and the elder brother of former Director-General of Depart­ment of State Security Services, DSS, Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong Ekpe.
    Others said to have been discreet­ly kidnapped and released after pay­ing ransom are some businessmen including some officials of IPMAN Calabar branch whose names could not be ascertained as at press time.
    Investigations revealed that fam­ilies of these victims paid ransom ranging from N10m to N22m to secure their release.
    Child kidnapping has also become a recurring decimal in the past few months especially in Ikot Omin and its environs on the 8miles axis with not less than five families reporting their children either ab­ducted or missing. 20 children were kidnapped in nine months in Cross River, says a rights group.
    According to report by the group, Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) Coalition, it disclosed that Cross River has disclosed that about 20 children have been allegedly kidnapped in the state in the last nine months.
    Investigations by Sunday Sun revealed that no case of victims’ families paying ransom and still get killed in the process, neither are there recorded cases of demolition of houses said to be belong to any suspected kidnappers.
    But it was learnt that most of the alleged kidnappers operate from outside the state and within the creeks, thereby making it difficult to checkmate their activities.
    Speaking with our correspondent, the state police commissioner, Mr. Henry Fadairo, said they have made some breakthroughs by arresting some of the alleged kidnap kingpins including 10 others from Aba currently facing trial in a Magistrate court. Fadairo said that with the enactment of death sentence law for those caught in kidnapping, the command has not recorded any case in that regard.
    The Police commissioner said, “There will be no hiding place this time because the state is up in arms against kidnapping especially with the passage of anti-kidnapping law. I can tell you we would crack down on the hoodlums this time to avoid further ugly occurrence.”
    Victims deny paying ran­som in Osun
    CLEMENT ADEYI in OSOG­BO reports that DSP Adekunle Omoyele, former Officer in Charge of Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Osun State Police Com­mand, Osogbo, who spoke with Sunday Sun said that among the cases he had handled so far, no vic­tim admitted to paying any ransom.
    He, however, said that he could not rule out the possibility of some victims paying ransom to buy their freedom without the police know­ing about it.
    “What I mean is that there are some cases where victims pay ran­som, but are not willing to let police know about it. But when we get to know, we try our best to get the kingpins arrested for prosecution.
    DSP Omoyele who is now the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Dada Estate, Osogbo, also told Sunday Sun that he had had cases where kidnappers, after they had been arrested by the police, confessed that they collected ransom from their victims, but when the po­lice make further investigation, the victims and their family members would deny paying any ransom to the kidnappers.
    Worse still, even if the victim’s family is negotiating with the abductors, they would not disclose it to the police. He said such was not helpful to the police as it encourages the criminals to indulge in the illicit ‘business.’
    “That act by the victims and their families is akin to shielding the kingpins. It is a way of protecting their interest or aiding and abating kidnapping in the country,” he lamented.
    Omoyele also expressed worries that victims’ relations or families are never willing to give the police the necessary information when they are in trouble with abductors. This, he added, frustrates police’s efforts in cracking down on them.
    While also speaking on what the abductors use their loots for, DSP Omoyele said that in 2011, a ringleader of a kidnapping syndicate arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State, by his squad had confessed that he used part of his own share of the N5 mil­lion ransom to buy a Toyota Camry.
    According to him, the police au­thorities confiscated the car and used it as an exhibit for prosecution.
    He also recalled that another kid­napper that was arrested in 2013 in Ibadan, said he used part of his own share of the N10 million ransom to set up a very big boutique which was also confiscated by the police authorities and used as an exhibit for prosecution.
    On whether any victim paid a ransom and still got killed, Omoyele said the only case he handled that was close to such scenario was in 2013 in Ilesa, Osun State, when a victim died while negotiations were still going on by the family members.
    He lamented that the family members refused to disclose to the police that they were negotiating with the abductors until the victim died and the criminals were later arrested by the police.
    Kidnappers held Akwa Ibom captive for 4 years
    FROM JOE EFFIONG, UYO
    Kidnapping in Akwa Ibom had a four-year tenure; from 2008 to 2011 or thereabout; after that it seemed either the kidnappers suddenly lost interest or there was nobody again to kidnap.
    When they held the state captive, nobody was safe, mothers, fathers, wives and children, all were vic­tims. Among those who fell victim was Gen. Edet Akpan, who was the director of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) when Gen Muhamadu Buhari was military head of state. He was kidnapped in a church in his village in 2011 and in the process, two women were killed.
    Other high profile victims were the wife of the former military administrator of Ogun and Rivers states, Capt Sam Ewang, Comfort. Ij the case of Mrs Ewang, some other family members were kidnapped at the point of collecting the ransom. Ewang was then the ANPP guberna­torial candidate; the then chairman of Onna Local government Area, Mrs Owodighe Ekpotai, now in the House of Representatives, Chief Edward Ekong, the father of the former governor Akpabio’s personal assistant on security matters, Cpt. Iniobong Ekong was kidnapped in the church but he managed to escape from his abductors after three days. There were some other kidnappings which ended in fatalities. Notable among them were the paramount ruler of Nsit Ubium, HRM Edidem Robert Obot, who tried to resist being kidnapped in his palace and was consequently assassinated; the former PDP national publicity secretary, Mr Paul Inyang who was killed in the church by kidnappers after he and the hoodlums exchange gun shots at St Ebenezer African Church, Mbierebe Akapawat in Ibe­sikpo Asutan LGA, and Mrs Philo­mena Udonwa, the mother of a PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Mr Inyang Udonwa, who was kidnapped and ransom paid but the kidnappers only released the corpse of the woman.
    The only known case of dem­olition of property as a result of kidnapping was that of Nturuk­pum, a sleepy community in Uruan Local Government Area where a kidnapped expatriate woman but married to a Nigerian, was said to have been harboured. When the security agents stormed the area and freed the woman in 2009, the state government sent in bulldozers to level the community, its village head was equally demoted.
    Since after the 2011 election, the only known case of kidnapping in the state was that of the paramount ruler of Esit Eket LGA, HRM Ubong Peter Assam, kidnapped two years ago by some youths said to have had links with Niger Delta militants, because of some disagreement over payment of oil spill compensation by Mobil Producing. More than N12 million was allegedly paid to secure his re­lease. Since then, kidnap business died in Akwa Ibom State
    There has not been any high pro­file conviction of kidnap suspects in the state. A former commission­er in the state accused of being involved in the kidnap of expa­triates in Ikot Ekpene was only detained for more than a year and subsequently released. As such, there is no known kidnapper who seems to have made it big through the “profession.”
    In Enugu, kidnapping is on the decline but…
    From PETRUS OBI, Enugu
    Although kidnapping is on the decline in Enugu State now, few cases are still being reported here and there with the abduction of the Chief Imam of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN Central mosque being the latest incident.
    A top Islamic leader in Nigeria, Adam Abullah Idoko was abducted in his village of Ogrute Enugu-Ezike in Nsukka, Enugu state.
    Five days after his abduction, a ransom of N20million was demand­ed which the Muslim community at Nsukka said they didn’t have.
    He was later released but as it’s always the case with kidnapping, nobody disclosed what was paid but experience has shown that no victim has been released without a ransom.
    Kidnapping became a money making machine in the state to the extent that individuals who have rich parents or relations started arranging for their own kidnap.
    The police in Enugu State arrested one Samuel Ani after he allegedly “kidnapped himself” and demanded N2 million ransom from his brothers.
    Samuel, saw his own kidnap as the quickest way of getting financial assistance from his brothers, who he labeled “stingy fellows”.
    Immediate past Vice Chancel­lor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Professor Cyprian Onyeji, was abducted while he was still a VC but regained freedom, after spending eight days with his kidnappers.
    An initial ransom of N200m was demanded but unconfirmed sources believe about N100m was paid before his release.
    Among the victims of the kid­nappers in Enugu were Professor James Adichie, the father of award winning writer, Chimamanda Adi­chie and former Enugu State Head of Service, Nze Dennis Eze.
    Business had however gone bad in some cases where even after the ransom had been paid, the victims were still killed.
    The Ohajianya family of Obollo Village in Isialla Mbano, Imo State were not lucky as the body of Lolo Florence Ohajianya was recovered from a bush near Okigwe, 17 days after she was abducted.
    In a related incident, 50-year-old widow, Mrs. Josephine Ogbuanu was killed by her abductors seven days after she was abducted and kept in a forest where she was fed with yoghourt and bread.
    A seven-man kidnap gang that abducted the 50-year-old widow, and a 14-year-old boy Chinedu Ekwealor were arrested and con­fessed that the woman had to die because she recognized them. They disclosed that she wasn’t the target but there was no way they would have returned her. An undisclosed amount was paid as ransom, yet she was killed.
    Source: The Sun


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  • An open letter to President Buhari & Vice President Osibanjo

    28/Jan/2016 // 283 Viewers

     

    By Abitunde Taiwo
     
    Please ask Nigerians worldwide for the financial sacrifice needed to provide the funds needed for the infrastructure investments required for the socio-economic development of the nation.
     
     
    You can get these funds by instituting an infrastructure development tax of between 1% and 5% of the incomes of Nigerians worldwide. Since 50 million enterprising Nigerians at home and abroad earn the equivalent of over $500 billion US dollars annually, you can raise between $5 billion US dollars and $25 billion US dollars, or between N1 trillion naira and N10 trillion naira approximately through this.
     
    An infrastructure development tax will provide Nigerians an opportunity to redefine Nigeria to the world in a better light and encourage international investors to take the country more seriously. Citizens of other nations pay for the socio-economic development of their nations. So should Nigerians.
     
    The corruption of some people is not an excuse for an indifference of other Nigerians to the amelioration of the sufferings of millions of their fellow citizens that the sacrificial provisioning of funds for investment in infrastructures will bring.
     
    Infrastructure projects for preventive surveillance security, social security, education, health care, roads bridges, dams, agriculture, works, housing, power, road and rail networks, waterways, telecommunications, ports, etc, cost so much money.
     
    Rather than borrow money at high interest rates and plunge Nigeria into a deeper debilitating debt, or worse, into bankruptcy, if the prevailing trend of plunging oil price persists, or burden the next generation with astronomical debt, why not "borrow" this money for free from Nigerians worldwide through this infrastructure development tax?
     
    Also, in the process of investment in Nigeria via this infrastructure tax, if adopted, Nigerians will become more involved in nation building and develop a greater sense of patriotism and unity, and especially so, if the infrastructure projects are spread nationwide.
     
    The infrastructure tax that Nigerians at home and abroad pay will supplement the funds for infrastructures provisioned in the 2016 budget and ensure a robust funding level for infrastructure projects nationwide needed for the socio-economic development of the country and the uplifting of millions of Nigerians from abject poverty and deprivation.
     
    If you accept my proposal, please set up an Infrastructure Oversight Committee of competent and hardworking people of unassailable character and integrity who reflect the diversity of the country. This committee should be headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
     
    If constituted, the Infrastructure Oversight Committee can create a comprehensive web portal that show projects nationwide being funded to promote visibility, transparency, and to encourage mass participation, and the website should allow for a secure and flexible online payment of the infrastructure tax on a weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or yearly basis.
     
    Thank you very much, your Excellencies, for your kind consideration of my proposal and your leadership in these challenging times.
     
    Sincerely,
    Abitunde Taiwo


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  • Shocking! Retired Army Officers: 90% are S/Easterners as regional & ethnic cleansing begin [See full list]

    28/Jun/2016 // 1259 Viewers

     

    Muhammadu Buhari. They Are 90% Southerners. The Ethnic and Regional cleansing Continue:

    Maj. Gen TC Ude (SE)
    Maj. Gen LC Ilo (SE)
    Maj. Gen IN Ijoma (SE)
    Maj. Gen O Ejimai (SE)
    Maj. Gen PAT Akem (SS)
    Maj. Gen ED Atewe (SS)
    Maj. Gen Letam Wiwa -Younger brother of murdered Environmental Rights activist and author, Ken Saro-Wiwa (SS)
    Maj. Gen FO Alli (SS)
    Maj. Gen Mobolaji Koleoso (SW)
    Maj. Gen SD Aliyu (MB)
    Maj. Gen MY Ibrahim

    Brig. Gen GO Agachi (SE)
    Brig. Gen Okonkwo (SE)
    Brig. Gen Ogidi (SS)
    Brig. Gen Koko Essien (SS)
    Brig. Gen PE Ekpeyong (SS)
    Brig. Gen Bright Fiboinumama (SS)
    Brig. Gen. M. Onoyiveta (SS)
    Brig. Gen IMD Lawson (SS)
    Brig. Gen Oyefesobi (SW)
    Brig. Gen AI Onibasa (SW)
    Brig. Gen Bashir Mormo (SS)
    Brig. Gen AH Sa’ad (SS)-Former ADC to late President Musa Yar'adua
    Brig. Gen MG Ali
    Brig. Gen LN Bello
    Brig. Gen D Abdusalam

    Col. CK Ukoha (SE)
    Col. OU Nwankwo (SE)
    Col. Nicholas Achinze -Dasuki’s ADC (SE)
    Col. Tonye F Minimah –Younger brother of former Chief of Army Staff, LT. General Kenneth Minimah (SS)
    Col. FD Kayode (SW)
    Col. Ojogbane Adegbe –ADC to former President Goodluck Jonathan (MB)
    Col. Audu (MB)
    Col. DR Hassan
    Col. MA Suleiman

    Lt. Col GC Nyekwu (SS)
    Lt. Col C Enechukwu (SE)
    Lt. Col CO Amadi (SE)
    Lt. Col Adimoha (SS)
    Lt. Col OC Egemode (SS)
    Lt. Col TE Arigbe (SW)
    Lt. Col TO Oladuntoye (SW)
    Lt. Col Baba Ochankpa (MB)
    Lt. Col DB Dazang (MB)
    Lt. Col A Mohammed
    Lt. Col AS Mohammed

    TODAY'S NIGERIA AND THE YORUBA'S ARE QUIET?

    DANGEROUS ....... EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

    Now President Buhari has serially, deceitfully and masterfully completed the configuration of the entire National Security structure/architecture firmly in the hands of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani alone to the exclusion of all other ethnic blocs in Nigeria .... this is very, very dangerous for the South and for Northern Christians.

    Chief of Army Staff ....... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani
    Police IG ........... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    Minister for Defense ..... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    Minister for Internal Affairs ...... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    National Security Adviser (NSA) ......... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    DG, Department of State Services (DSS) ..... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    Chief of Staff ...... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    ADC to President ....... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    CSO to President ..... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    Protocol to President ..... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    Private Secretary to President ....... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani
    DG Customs .......... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    DG, EFCC ....... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    DG, Nigeria Prisons ..... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    DG, Immigration ...... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    Minister for Petroleum ...... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    Minister for FCT ........ Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    ADD TO THESE:

    1. Head of National Assembly/Senate President ...... Northern Muslim 
    2. Head of Judiciary/Chief Justice of Nigeria ..... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani 
    3. Head, Federal Courts of Appeal ...... Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani

    Can this be true? Yes its true.

    Yet some people will not see anything bad with this arrangement and development. The intention of Mr President towards Nigerians is really manifesting in the lopsidedness of the appointments, the hegemonistic and mediaeval chauvinistic colonization and Fulanization of Nigeria.
    Pray and watch. Military is getting ready for Jihad and Islamazation. Buhari is playing a script. God is on the Throne watching. Will He keep quite?
    Please Fellow Nigerians, this is no longer time for rhetorics. BUHARI MEANS EVIL FOR NIGERIA. SOON A SECURITY MEETING WILL BE CONVENED TO ATTACK A SECTION OF THIS COUNTRY. No southerner will attend that meeting. CHURCH! IT IS WARFARE TIME. IF YOU DON'T PRAY NOW, YOU MAY BE HISTORY TOMORROW. THIS SENNACHERIB'S LIST SHOULD BE LAID AT EVERY ALTAR OF OUR GOD. HE WILL ARISE FOR US. SOMETHING MUST HAPPEN VERY SOON.


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  • American lawyer writes an open letter to President Buhari

    28/Mar/2016 // 404 Viewers

     

    President Muhammadu Buhari
    Aso Rock, Abuja
    Nigeria
    Dear President Buhari,


    PARIS, MARCH 28, 2016: (DGW) - When you visited the United States Institute of Peace last July, you pledged that you would be “fair, just and scrupulously follow due process and the rule of law, as enshrined in [the Nigerian] constitution” in prosecuting corruption. Such loftiness is laudable. As the Bible instructs in Amos 5:24: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

    But to be just, the law must be evenhanded. It cannot, in the manner of Russian President Vladimir Putin, be something that is given to punish your enemies and
    withheld to favor your friends. If so, the law becomes an instrument of injustice bearing earmarks of the wicked rather than the good. In the United States, you declared a policy of “zero tolerance” against corruption. You solicited weapons and other assistance from the United States government based on that avowal. But were you sincere?

    During your election campaign, you promised widespread amnesty, not zero tolerance. You elaborated: “Whoever that is indicted for corruption between 1999 to the time of swearing-in would be pardoned. I am going to draw a line, anybody who involved himself in corruption after I assume office, will face the music.”

    After you were inaugurated, however, you disowned your statement and declared you would prosecute past ministers or other officials for corruption or fraud. And
    then again you immediately hedged. You were reminded of your dubious past by former Major General and President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who succeeded
    your military dictatorship. He released this statement:

    “On General Buhari, it is not in IBB’s tradition to take up issues with his colleague former President. But for the purpose of record, we are conversant with General
    Buhari’s so-called holier-than-thou attitude. He is a one-time Minister of Petroleum and we have good records of his tenure as minister. Secondly, he presided over the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, which records we also have.
    "We challenge him to come out with clean hands in thosetwo portfolios he headed. Or we will help him to expose his records of performance during those periods. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.General Buhari should be properly guided.”

    You then swiftly backed off your zero tolerance policy because you would have been its first casualty. You opportunistically announced that zero tolerance would be narrowed to the predecessor administration of Goodluck Jonathan because to probe further would be “a waste of time.” That conclusion seems preposterous.

    In 2012, the World Bank’s ex-vice president for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, estimated that a stupendous $400 billion in Nigerian oil revenues had been stolen or misspent
    since independence in 1960. The lion’s share of that corruption spans far beyond the Jonathan administration.

    Your zero tolerance policy seems to come with a squint to avoid seeing culpability in your political friends. A few examples are but the tip of the iceberg.
    A Rivers State judicial commission of inquiry found that N53 billion disappeared from the Rivers State Reserve Fund under former governor Rotimi Amaechi.

    Former Lagos governor and head of your campaign finance team Babatunde Fashola was accused of squandering N78 million of government money to upgrade his personal website. The EFCC has ignored these corruption allegations, and you have given both promotions: the Ministry of Transport to Mr. Amaechi, and the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing to Mr. Fashola.

    In contrast, you have played judge, jury, and prosecutor in the newspapers to convict former PDP Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke of corruption.
    Is this evenhanded justice?

    United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson taught: “There is no more effective practical guaranty against arbitrary and unreasonable government than to
    require that the principles of law which officials would impose upon a minority must be imposed generally.

    Conversely, nothing opens the door to arbitrary action so effectively as to allow those officials to pick and choose only a few to whom they will apply legislation and thus to escape the political retribution that might be visited upon them if larger numbers were affected.”
    To investigate or prosecute based on political affiliation or opinion also violates Articles 2 and 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is unworthy of a great nation like Nigeria.

    Make the hallmark of your administration justice, not retribution, and you may live for the ages. I am a United States citizen and lawyer. I have no political standing in Nigeria. Some might argue that my speaking about the administration of justice in Nigeria bespeaks impertinence. But you chose to visit the United States to solicit
    weapons and other assistance from my government – a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

    The United States government represents me. What the United States government does reflect on me. I thus have an interest in addressing the actions of foreign
    governments that receive United States government aid. Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.


    Sincerely,
    Bruce Fein
    Fein & DelValle PLLC
    300 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Suite 900
    Washington, D.C. 20001


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