Monday, 3 September 2012

Open Letter: Murder Too Many; Nigerian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command Have Murdered Again


Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,
The President, Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces,
Federal Republic Nigeria
ASO Villa,

2nd Sptember, 2012

Dear President,
Campaign For Democracy Demands Immediate Arrest And Prosecution Of Naval Officers Responsible For The Cold Blooded Murder Of Citizen Chukwudi Onukaji At Owerrinta, Isi-Ala Ngwa South L.G.A, Abia State.

The Campaign For Democracy(CD) South-East Region writes to your revered office over the above subject public matter.

Our heart bleed concerning the disheartening and reckless manner with which innocent members of the public are losing their lives in the hands of some cannibals, wearing the uniform of your Command especially Nigeria Navy, Eastern  Naval Command in recent times. It has been one unresolved murder too many to another with impunity.

It is on the premise of the foregoing that we wish to introduce to your office another sinister murder by the above mentioned Eastern Naval Command.

Late citizen Chukwudi Onukaji, a newspaper vendor at Onitsha, Anambra State, was cold bloodedly murdered on 20th July, 2012 by some detachment of Eastern Naval officers who mounted a road-block at Owerri-Nta, in Isi-Ala Ngwa South L.G.A, Abia State.

Citizen Onukaji was part of the group of citizens who were taken the corpse of one of their kinsmen Late Mr Emmanuel Achoma who died at G.R.A Onitsha Anambra State, to their village, Nnoyi Isi-Ala Ngwa South, Abia State.

We learnt that, when the members of the burial team reached Owerri Nta, they were faced with acute traffic, occasioned with illegal road-blocks mounted by the Naval team, they diverted to another shorter route to make haste because they will be returning back to Onitsha, Anambra State immediately after the burial of late Mr Emmanuel Achoma. The diversion apparently angered the said Naval Officers who pursued them until they were traced near the compound of the late Mr Emmanuel Achoma, and ordered all the burial team to return back to Owerri-Nta where they were ask to lie flat down in a water disoriented area. At this point, one of them raised his hand and attempted to explain to the Naval Officers their mission (burying of the Late Emman Achoma) but alas, one of the Naval Officer shot the man but the bullet hit Onukaji and he fell down. He was taken to the Naval base at Owerri-Nta and kept unattended before he was taken to Living. World Hospital Aba. He was latter confirmed dead as a result of gun shot.

The Corpse was later deposited at Allied Mortuary, Aba, Abia State by the Naval Officers.

Branding Citizen Chukwudi Onukaji An Armed Robber By The Naval Officers Was Inhuman And Criminal:

Consequently, the late citizen ONUKAJI has been branded and labeled an armed robber. The labeling of Onukaji as an armed robber by the Naval authority is to cover the truth and exonerate themselves from being prosecuted for murdering citizen ONUKAJI who was the bread winner of the family.

This organization learnt that the Police from Central Police Station (CPS) Onitsha was part of the burial team, yet the Naval Officers did not only kill the Newspaper Vendor but branded him a robber. before the left for Abia State on that faithful day.

Even some stake-holders, opinion leaders and members of Late citizen CHUKWUDI ONUKAJI community, his neighbors at Onitsha attest to his character. The police from Zone 9 Umuahia confirmed that they were not caring arms or any weapons of death, when the ugly incident happened.

The following questions are begging for answers from the Naval Officers:

Have Naval Officers produced or made public the purported arms and ammunition, the Officers alleged that the burial team were carrying from Anambra State to Abia State?

Who are the culprits in the alleged armed deal?

Our Demand:

We unreservedly demand as follows:
(1)    That your good Office shall, as a matter of uttermost immediacy, recommend for the arrest and prosecution of all the Officers who took part in the criminal murdering of citizen ONUKAJI. The Officers should be charged for murder.
(2)    That the Commanding Naval Officer at the time of this incident should demoted and dismissed.
(3)      That your revered Office shall extend your investigating network to the ongoing extortion against traders who load goods from Onitsha to Oron Via Owerri and sometime, Enugu Sector/unit who normally collect between N7000 and N10,000 per each convoy of loaded vehicles.
(4)    That further investigation shall be extended to the new Naval unit Iyiowa Odekpe, in Ogbaru L.G.A whose brutality has reached an apogee. Their sister Security agency had recently ordered their men out of the road block through-out  the nation but the Naval Officers has continue to intimidate innocent civilians through this illegal road blocks hence the present security challenges in Nigeria can only be addressed through intelligence networking, not through illegal road blocks as been carried out by Naval Officers in the South East Region.

That your office shall order an unconditional release of the remain of the citizen ONUKAJI Corpse to the family for a befitting burial without further delay.

That a public apology should be tendered to the family for labeling their son, ONUKAJI as an armed robber and that should be reversed   vide three national newspapers within 14 days.

That a Compensation to the tune of N500 million be provided and paid to the aged father of Onukaji.

CD is confidence that this cogent letter will bring this rising tide of social, criminal murderous and economic upheavals to an end. Including over hauling of Anambra State Security Services for his inaction over an upsurge of crime and kidnapping activities. The state director has been submerging by the criminal activities in the state.  

We maybe compelled to use every available resources within our disposal to effect the exposition of continued kills, intimidation, human rights violations and anti-peoples policies and crime against innocent citizens including massive protest alerting other stakeholders in Human Right Community to seek for justice if nothing is done within 14 days.

When this is done, it will definitely ruffle a few feathers and will be phantom nonsensical to listening or negotiate with any body. Legal redress is equally not ruled out, should other legal avenue yield no satisfactory result.

Yours faithfully,

For: The CD South East Region:

Dede Uzor A Uzor                                                               
South-East Region.

Dr. Jerry Chukwuokolo
General Secretary,
South-East Region

The Chief of Defense Staff Abuja
The Chief of Naval Staff Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, Abuja
The Director General SSS, Abuja
The National Human Rights commission, Abuja
The National Assembly House Committee on Human Right
The Eastern Naval Command
The Governor Imo State
The Governor Abia State
The Commissioner of Police, Abia State
The Commissioner of Police Imo State 
The Director SSS, Imo State
The director SSS Abia State
The Director SSS Anambra State
The Naval Commandant Unit Iyiowa Odekpe, Ogbaru L.G.A
The President, Campaign for Democracy. 
The Human Right Watch USA
The Amnesty International, London 

News Report: Shell Shuts Nigerian Oil Pipeline After Leak

Credit: Reuters

Royal Dutch Shell said it closed an oil pipeline leading to a flow station in Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer, after a leak was discovered.

Oil from the facility heads to the Bonny export terminal. Bonny is one of Nigeria's larger crude streams and is scheduled to ship around 140,000 barrels per day (bpd) in September.

"A leak was observed on a line from Well-39s flowing to Nembe Creek-2 flow station on 29th August," 

Shell said in an emailed statement. "The line was shut in, and booms were quickly deployed to stop spread of any spilled oil.

"The spilled oil is contained within the flowline right-of-way and there is no impact on the environment."

Shell said a joint investigation team was due to visit to determine the case of the leak. The company did not give any information as to whether production was affected.

Oil spills are common in Nigeria. Companies say the majority of spills are from oil thieves hacking into or blowing up pipelines to steal crude.

Communiqué: Communiqué Issued By Yoruba National Assembly After A Meeting Held At The Oyo State House of Assembly Complex, Ibadan, Oyo State On 30 August 2012

Rtd. Gen. Akinrinade; A Yoruba Leader

Representatives of various political parties, sub-ethnic groups of the Yoruba of Nigeria, professional and vocational groups, at a Pan-Yoruba Conference to which the following categories of eminent Yoruba personalities were invited: All former Heads of state of Yoruba stock, All former Vice Presidents of the military era, Chiefs of General Staff or Chiefs of Staff (Supreme Headquarters), All former and current state governors of South West states and Kwara, and Itsekiri who are Yoruba, All Yoruba former Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House of Representatives, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, (CJN) former Justices of the Supreme Court and other retired judges, all Yoruba former and serving members of the House of Representatives, all former and serving Speakers of the various Yoruba states Houses of Assembly. They also include leaders of all political parties from Yoruba land, Top Yoruba professionals, Chairmen and secretaries of all Self-determination Groups at the state levels in Yoruba land; Yoruba Trade Groups Chairmen and Secretaries at state levels, Chairmen and Secretaries of Diaspora Groups, Women and Youth Leaders of Yoruba land at state levels, Yoruba Academics, Religious Leaders and other Yoruba leaders from across the States of Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Kogi and out Itsekiri kith and kin of Delta state, met in Ibadan on the 30 August 2012 and discussed the general state of affairs of the so-called Nigerian federation.

At the end of robust deliberations on pertinent issues, the following decisions were adopted as resolutions:
1. Noted that Nigeria is, once again, at a critical crossroad. After more than 50 years of Independence and less than 2 years shot of 100 years after the 1914 amalgamation, deep structural issues and Nationality Questions, such as Federalism, Fair and Equitable Revenue Allocation, Security, Free and Fair Elections, State Police and inter-relationship amongst the different Nationalities remain unresolved! Indeed, the need for a National Dialogue to resolve the issues has never been more pressing. The general state of the Nigerian federation is disturbingly unhealthy. There is general insecurity in the land, there is growing decay of infrastructure, and there is increasing tension in the polity, exacerbated by mounting unemployment all over the country.
2. Observed further that the failure of the Nigerian Federation to meet the challenge of building a modern multi-ethnic democratic state can be traced to several factors that include: absence of a negotiated constitution by citizens, existence of a constitution that erodes the pre-military federal character of the Nigerian State, political and bureaucratic corruption that seems to arise from a sense of alienation from the state on the part of those expected to provide a sense of belonging and direction for the citizenry, and the menace of religious and cultural intolerance.
3. Noted in particular, the 1999 Constitution, on the basis of which the country is governed today, is seen as a source of tension between federating units. The constitution imposes a unitary model of government on a country with diverse cultural and religious orientations and values, thereby putting most of the powers and resources to develop the federation in the hands of the government at the center, the farthest government from the citizenry.
4. Noted that the growth of the Yoruba region, referred to as the Southwest in the 1999 Constitution, has been stalled by the imposition of a unitary form of government that denies states the right and benefit of fiscal federalism, a corner stone of federalism worldwide. In this respect, all aspects of modern life in the Southwest: education, health, transportation, and social welfare of citizens have declined so sharply that the quality of life of the average citizen in the region today is lower than what it was in 1970.
5. Expressed alarm towards the commencement of the cashless policy in Lagos state while living out equally vibrant commercial centers such as Kano, Onitsha and Port Harcourt. The Assembly recognizes that making Lagos a guinea pig of this policy amounts to a deliberate attempt to ruin the base of Yoruba economy
6. Viewed the menace of Boko Haram as a sign of religious and cultural intolerance that is capable of destroying the unity of the country and of endangering the life of citizens not only in the North but all over the country. We believe that central ideology of Boko Haram regarding modern or western education is not a matter to be settled by security forces, but one that needs to be discussed at a national conference that is designed to restructure the federation.
7. Observed that sustainable unity and development of the country cannot flow from over concentration of power and resources in the central government. For example, we note that lack of effective law enforcement and assurance of security and safety for citizens is traceable to the over concentration of powers in the central government: police, intelligence gathering, and crime prevention. This arrangement leaves states without the power to enforce laws made by their elected officials for ensuring public order.
8. Noted that on the basis of the evidence that the failure of governance in the country has grown with the transfer of powers from federating units to the central government, we affirm the urgency to restructure the polity at a national conference of federating units, at which representatives of federating units chosen by citizens strictly for such purpose will produce a new constitution to be ratified through a national referendum.
9. Agreed that the process of restructuring should start with federating units, which must in their own space first discuss and determine the type of relationship they want between their region and the central government and relationship between states and the region in which they are located. For we, the Yoruba, the country Nigeria, is a forced marriage of diverse ethno-national groups, struggling to find form and shape, and limiting promises and possibilities.
10. Re-affirmed the commitment of the Southwest to the territorial unity of the country and resolved to work for enhancement of the country’s unity by cooperating with other regions to resolve peacefully the conflict and tension thrown up by the current unitary constitution that limits the control of federating units over their affairs and development.
11. Recognized that the best way to sustain unity in a culturally diverse polity and society is to organize the politics and economy of such country on the basis of a federal system of governance. Most culturally diverse countries of the world that are able to sustain peace and development have been able to do so through a federal constitution. Nigeria’s cultural diversity is too pronounced for the political elite to pretend that a unitary constitution can be substituted for a federal constitution that is generally designed to respond to diversity and optimize the benefits of diversity for peace and development.
12. Resolved to set up the Southwest Constitutional Commission (SCC) for the purpose of coordinating memoranda from citizens and groups in the Southwest towards a federal constitution for the country and of producing a constitutional framework for the region as unit of the Nigerian federation.
13. A new Nigeria consisting of a federal government and six regional governments (based on the current six geo-political zones) operating federal and regional constitutions, respectively.
• A single legislative list which will be the Exclusive Legislative List consisting only those functions ceded to the Central Government.
• The adoption of the Westminster model of parliamentary government.
• A Regional and State Police force structure.
• The establishment of a Constitutional Court with jurisdiction over inter-governmental cases and petitions from elections to the national Assembly
• The Conference fully supports the on-going Regional integration in the South West.
• That all public officers who currently enjoy immunity be made amenable to court processes on charges bordering on commission of crimes.
• That an informal role for traditional rulers in the political structure be recognised.

The conference further decided as follows:
• The adoption of Open-Secret ballot system for voting at elections.
• Total condemnation of Boko Haram’s indiscriminate violence in killing people, including Yoruba in the North.
• The setting up by the South West States of vigilante groups to protect them against the re-insurgence of crimes and violence perpetrated by nomadic tendencies or motivated by faith or otherwise. In this respect, each State House of Assembly in the region should pass appropriate laws.
• That the Yoruba as an ethnic group should design and produce a common flag and anthem. This is without prejudice to the anthems and flags of each state.

14. Finally and in conclusion, the Conference thanks the Governor and people of Oyo State for hosting this most important and crucial meeting of a comprehensive cross-section of the Yoruba people.

Special Report: List Of Latest Nigerian Deportees From Spain For Various Criminal Offences

(1) Adam Garba

(2) Ames Emmanuel Ahmed

(3) Zim Atando

(4) Hassan Idriss

(5) Victor Iyaki Kamar

(6) Mosa Sidi

(7) Alloysius Chimez Chukwuanu

(8) Charity Agho Ekuase

(9) Julius Maikel

(10) Darlington Chinonso Asiuloka

(11) John Omoputa

(12) John Okpara.

 (13) Osatohamwen Uyigue

(14) Patrick Owiyi

(15) Eboigbe Courage

(16) Ani Obinna

(17) Peace Ugue

(18) Ugwa Okechukwu Ikanize

(19) Moses Salifu

(20) Loveth Emonvon

(21) Osas James Oduware

(22) Festus Enabulele

(23) Godspower Eigbedion

(24) Chuks Etumudor

(25) Oghogho Osawanye

(26) Anthony Umeh.

The deportees are currently on bail.