The attention of the under listed civil society organisations has been drawn to the needless rift between the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which further deteriorated with the recent ill-advised statement by Salihu Othman Isah, media aide to the AGF, pointing to the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, as the one undermining the war against corruption of the current administration.
In their Press Statement of June 27th, the Arewa Youths had given the Igbos ultimatum to leave Northern Nigeria latest by October 1, 2017. Many people regarded their action as treasonable and a threat of genocide. The Governor of Kaduna State and the Inspector-General of Police declared that they should be arrested. They were not arrested. Rather what we heard were series of statements from some Arewa leaders supporting their action. One such leader is Prof, Ango Abdulahi, a former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Consequently, the Arewa Youths continued in their belligerent threats and mocked the arrest orders.
The law firm of Fein & DelValle PLLC travelled to Enugu, Nigeria—the heart of Igboland—from August 19-August 24, 2017. Our visit was to meet with our plaintiffs-clients, to gather facts and to conduct research to advance the Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) lawsuit we have filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of ten (10) anonymous plaintiffs against sixteen (16) individual defendants for extrajudicial killings and torture perpetrated under color of Nigerian law motived by the Igbo ethnicity, Christian faith, and political viewpoints of the victims. The case is styled John Doe, et al v. Turkur Yusuf Buratai, et al, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-0133.
THE SECRETARY GENERAL
United Nations Headquarters
Manhattan, New York.
Your Excellency Sir,
50 YEARS AFTER BIAFRA ANOTHER GENOCIDE LOOMS
We, the members of the ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF), a registered non-governmental organization comprising eminent scholars, elders, public figures, clergy, professionals, youth and women, both at home and in the Igbo diaspora, who are committed to the Rebuilding and Development of Alaigbo in Eastern Nigeria and the Rebirth and Advancement of the Spirit of her Culture and Civilization, write to draw the attention of your good-self, the United Nations and the entire World, to the dangers and threat of another genocide and extermination confronting the Igbo people in Nigeria.
Amalgamated Network of Civil Society Organization in Nigeria (ANOSCOIN), is a fusion of 20 outfits committed to the safety of lives and property Nigerians. We have diligently observed and monitored the progress of NEMA since the change of leadership in April 21, 2017. In recent times, NEMA by our assessment has become more proactive and responsive in its operation.
The barrage of attacks and condemnations trailing the constitution and inauguration of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s Military Rights Abuse probe panel, which Mr. Acting President called “Independent Judicial Commission of Enquiry”; are not surprising to the leadership of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.
The Nigerian corrupt cabal is exploiting the current Biafran agitation with increasing stridency. The venerable Merriam-Webster, mark you, defines corruption as a “dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers)” or “something that has been changed from its original form from what is pure or correct.” The confluence of these definitions perfectly rhymes with the pattern where successive Nigerian governments not only breed corruption by way of looting of public treasury but also through gross injustice as well as distortion of national history.
We, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Directorate of State (DOS) wish to dissociate ourselves from the news and stories of the existence of a so-called Biafra Secret Service (BSS). For those who do not know, beginning from the 20th of March, 2017, the IPOB to whom the undersigned are the spokespersons have been organized and administered through a Leadership Team called the Directorate of State (DOS). The Head of the DOS is Mazi Uchenna Asiegbu and the conducts and decisions of the DOS are made through consensus after robust debates among members.
The shooting leading to instant death of a policeman and an Okada civilian along Oguta Road and its adjoining Tasia Road in Onitsha today has nothing to do with inside church killing or killing of worshippers attending church service in the Assemblies of God Church; as was the case last Sunday (6th August 2017) in Ozubulu Community, Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra State.
Sinister motives and contradictions abound in the 4th August 2017 summary constitution by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo of a Seven-Person Judicial Commission of Enquiry into gross rights abuses by the Nigerian Army and the 9th August 2017 open confession of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State over the 29th and 30thMay 2016 massacre in Nkpor, Onitsha and Asaba of 140 unarmed and defenseless pro Biafran Campaigners by the Anambra State Joint Security Taskforce. Most of the killings were carried out by the Nigerian Army operationally led by then Major (now Lt Col) C.O. Ibrahim of the Nigerian Military Police. Lt Col Ibrahim is the present commander of the Military Police Unit of the Onitsha 302 Artillery Regiment/Military Cantonment.
In a major innovation in Africa’s capital markets, supranational trade finance bank African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), an investment grade rated multilateral financial institution, is opening its shareholding to the investing public through the issuance of Depositary Receipts.
Loveth Gift narrated "We all were in the church during the 6am morning mass today, we saw two cars that drove into the church; because it was a Church premises we over looked it and we considered them to be people that came for morning mass(service). But to the surprise of everyone, the car halted at the center of the gate, meaning you cannot close the gate, since it is open already. "The driver came out of the car pretending he was fixing a problem; so everyone still ignored the drama happening outside the premises. "Suddenly, some men came out from the car, fully armed, all in Army uniform. I was lucky because I was sitting at the back, just beside the door, but I was clearly seeing what was happening.
One of the constitutional amendments that Nigerians have been clamoring for is the separation of the office of attorney-general from the position of minister of justice. For many citizens, the continuous lumping together of the portfolio of attorney general with the minister of justice, a politician, will never improve the administration of justice in the land, strip it of all political encumbrances and in the end and make justice delivery truly blind.