Saturday, 28 December 2019

Photonews: Abuja Failed Bank Robbery

Friday, 27 December 2019

News Release: Freedom Rally Group Welcome The Release Of Sowore And Dasuki

Dasuki(left) and Sowore

The organisers of the Freedom Rally which took place on the 23rd of December 2019 at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) offices in Lagos and Abuja in response to the 14 days ultimatum given to the Federal Government of Nigeria welcome the release of  Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki on the 24th of December 2019. 

The group, however, call for the release of Agba Jalingo, El Zakzaky and hundreds of others being held illegally by the current government across the country. 

News Release: "Lopsided Promotions & Postings In The Nigeria Police Force Are Deepening & Getting Messier"---Intersociety

It is not only that nothing has changed concerning the gross lopsidedness in the promotions and postings in the Nigeria Police Force statutorily carried out by the Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police, but it also saddens our heart that such public office gross misconduct or abuse  is deepening and getting messier, the Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law said today in a statement signed by Lawyer Chidimma Udegbunam, Lawyer Obianuju Joy Igboeli; and Emeka Umeagbalasi, a Criminologist; all principal officers of the Organization.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Special Report: "chidi opara reports" (A Publication Of

Year by year, we publish, with personal resources, human rights violations against ordinary Nigerians, who, we don't even know and who have nothing to give us, except "thank you" in very few occasions.

We publish and share the links widely on  social media.

Whenever,  we have interactions with officials of the Nigerian government,  they remind us that we are "enemies of government".

We are already 12 years(2007-2019) on the scene and will, by the grace of God, continue to do what we are doing.

Best compliments of the season from us;

Management of

Monday, 23 December 2019

Speech: "The Anti-Politics Of Buhari Administration"

President Buhari

(Being keynote address delivered by Professor Sylvester Odion Akhaine  at the Nigeria Pro-Democracy Conference, 2019 under the theme: “Reviving Popular Action for Democracy and Freedom in Nigeria”, held at Airport Hotel, 111 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, on December 17, 2019)

Photonews: Nigeria Civil Society Activist Attacked At Abuja Peaceful Protest

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Special Report: "By Proceeding With Your Invalid Impeachment, You Are Violating Your Oaths Of Office......"---President Trump


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives.  This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.

The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence.  They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever.  You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!

By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy.  You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme—yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America’s founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build.  Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying “I pray for the President,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense.  It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!

Photonews: Images From President Buhari's 77th Birthday Anniversary Celebration

Article: Poetry Evolution In Nigeria


By Chidi Anthony Opara

Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa, is a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual nation. It is made up of ethnic nationalities like: Hausa / Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Ijaw, Efik, Ibibio, Bini, Nupe, Igala, Urhobo, Itsekiri, to mention a few, each with its distinct language. The country's multi-ethnic and multi-lingual nature engenders an equally multi-cultural setting. Nigeria's cultural diversity find expressions in the literary and artistic endeavors of her peoples, namely: poetry, prose, painting, music, sculpture, drama, dance, etc.

Monday, 16 December 2019

News Report: Nigeria Army Approves Posting And Redeployment Of Senior Officers

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has approved the redeployment and posting of the recently promoted senior officers to different positions.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the redeployment was to reinvigorate the system for professional efficiency.

The new postings, according to Musa, include the redeployment of Maj.-Gen. E.O Ogunkale from Command Army Records, Lokoja to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Standards and Evaluation.

Special Report: Walter Rodney


By Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D

Walter Rodney has demonstrated through thought and action that it is not inevitable for intellectuals to join the systems of oppression and use their knowledge and skills to perpetuate exploitation. They have the option of committing “class suicide.” Rodney called on the intelligentsia to use their knowledge and skills to challenge and undermine oppression.

“In evaluating Walter Rodney one characteristic stands out. He was a scholar who recognised no distinction between academic concerns and service to society, between science and social commitment. He was concerned about people as well as archives, about the workplace as well as the classroom. He found time to be both a historian and a sensitive social reformer.” [1]  -International Scientific Committee, UNESCO General History of Africa

Dr. Walter Rodney was a revolutionary intellectual, socialist, Pan-Africanist and organizer who made a significant contribution to the Caribbean Radical Tradition [2] that seeks to create just, liberated and egalitarian societies in the Caribbean region. October 2016 marks the 48th anniversaries of the expulsion of Rodney from Jamaica and the subsequent Rodney Rebellion that took place as a reaction to his banning and the general exploitation of the African-Jamaican masses by the neocolonial regime.

Article: Ban On Free Expression And The Rise Of Fascism

By Chido Onumah

At a time Nigeria requires a robust conversation about its politics, economy, ethnic relations, unity, and indeed, future, the country’s over-indulged lawmakers, egged on by a president who is anything but a democrat, are placing a deathly ban on free speech. This proposed ban must be opposed and defeated by any means necessary!

Sunday, 15 December 2019

News Release: "IBB Is Very Much Alive And Bubbling"---Spokesman


It has become consistent fake news for quite some time now wishing our own IBB, the one we easily refer to as “the last don” of Nigeria politics, dead.
The “fake news bill” would be a suitable response to this category of fake news carrier.
IBB is very much alive and bubbling. He just started attending to friends and associates who came to see him today, Sunday, 15th December, 2019 right here at his Minna Hilltop mansion. He is full of life and in his characteristic bubbling mood.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Photonews: Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Agency Seals "Sun Newspaper" Office

News Release: "Our Stand On The EFCC Invasion Of The Sun Newspaper Office With Armed Policemen"---Management

Three officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with four heavily armed policemen  on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at about 10.00 am arrived the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for staff and the general public to keep off the premises. The EFCC officials, who   came in a white Toyota bus with registration number,  ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun's fence, "EFCC, keep off."  They also advised our staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Article: How Has Nigeria’s Ruling Class Been Able To Periodically Renew Itself........?

By Edwin Madunagu

My most recent published article, “Recalling Tai Solarin’s prediction”, which appeared in the first week of this month, ended with a series of questions. I reproduce four of them that are most relevant to this sequel: “Why is it that despite the Nigerian Left’s insistence, at least since 1979, on the inevitability and irreducibility of a Revolutionary Party, the party has not emerged? Why should we find ourselves repeating the same theses and propositions after every bloody and farcical display called “election”? How has Nigeria’s ruling class been able to periodically renew itself, assume new organizational forms and continue its rule? Put differently, why has it not been possible to overthrow Nigeria’s ruling capitalist class, as a class, or dislodge it as the dominant political force?”.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

News Release: "Punch And Its Sinister Motive For Attack On President Buhari"---Presidency

The reported new editorial policy of the Punch Newspapers to address President Muhammadu Buhari as Major General in his official title and refer to his government as a regime instead of administration, comes to us as totally curious and utterly incredible.

The paper claimed that it is changing President Buhari's official title to General because of his government's alleged disregard for the rule of law.

Special Report: Civil Liberties Organization(CLO) On World Human Rights Day

(Being Text Of The 2019 Universal Declaration Of Human Rights (UDHR) Report  Of The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), South East Zone, Nigeria, This Day 10th December, 2019).

It’s another December 10, the global World Human  Rights Day made possible through the United Nations (UN) Document  known as The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) ratified on this day in 1948.

Monday, 9 December 2019

News Release: "I Think It Would Be Insensitive And Inappropriate To Attend The Ceremony"--VP Osinbanjo


"I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me.

The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

News Release: "Sowore: Between Facts And Fiction"---Presidency

The Presidency notes some of the insinuations in the media about the arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS) of the agitator, Omoyele Sowore.

The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

News Release: DSS And The 6th December, 2019 Federal High Court, Abuja Incident

It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident that occurred on 6th December, 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja. It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi FALANA (SAN), called the attention of the Judge to a suspicion that the Service was planning to re-arrest Omoyele SOWORE immediately after the court session. The Court discountenanced his alarm and asserted that the Service was law abiding and would not engage in such and subsequently adjourned to February, 2020.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Article: Recalling Tai Solarin’s Prediction

  • Solarin

By Edwin Madunagu

Nigeria’s 2019 elections, particularly the recent governorship contests in Kogi and Bayelsa states, have forcefully brought back a prediction which the late Tai Solarin made about 40 years ago in the aftermath of the 1979 elections. Of course, recalling this prediction is also recalling my response to it at the time. I was then 33.

It is appropriate to begin any story I might wish to tell here by introducing Tai Solarin to young Nigerians who were not born when the prediction was made. This set of Nigerians now constitutes the majority of the Nigerian population. Tai Solarin was a prominent Nigerian male from Southwestern Nigeria who was a secular humanist and educationist, but whose humanism was exceptional because it was all-round (that is, in thought as well as in action), consistent, courageous and well-informed.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Photonews: Alleged Police Instigated Mayhem At The Country Home Of IPOB Leader's Lawyer

News Release: Detailed Background & Twenty-Four Unresolved Questions That Arose From Police Account Of Incident At Country Home Of IPOB Leader's Lawyer

IPOB Leader's Lawyer's Burnt House

The leadership of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law-INTERSOCIETY has in the past 48hrs been bombarded with calls, text messages and emails by well meaning and deeply concerned citizens of Nigeria and nationals of other countries. The call bombardment was to ascertain the true situation of things concerning the Monday afternoon, early and late evening mayhem in the ancestral home of Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor (Onowu) in Umunakwa, Ifite-Orafite, Ekwusigo Local Council of Anambra State in old Eastern Nigeria.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

News Release: Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) Denounces MEND, Defends Allen Onyema


Last week, Gbomo Jomo, Spokesman of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) applauded the indictment of the Chairman of Air Peace by the United States of America.

Between 2005 and 2007, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta was a filial unit of the Joint Revolutionary Council. That relationship continued even after that unit of MEND and their South African based backer was expelled by the Tompolo led MEND.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Article: "Ahiajoku Lecture": The Intellectual Feast Of Ndi Igbo

By  Prof. Anthony Oha

In 1979, Ahiajoku Lecture series began with fantastic candour. It was designed to capture the intellectual space of Ndiigbo in all spheres of scholarship and research about the Igbo way of life. Prof. MJC Echeruo began this feast with the lecture entitled, "Ahamefula: A Matter of Identity".

His paper projected Ahiajoku Lecture series to be an unusual intellectual feast aimed at projecting and exploring the identity of the Igbos vis-a-vis Igbo culture, Igbo history, Igbo identity, Igbo milieus, Igbo sociology, Igbo anthropology, Igbo political life, Igbo in Nigeria, Igbos in Africa and world space, Igbo in diaspora, Igbo invention in science and arts, Igbo belief system, Igbos and their neighbours, Igbo intellectualism, Igbo economic blueprints, Igbo medicine and herbalism, Igbo perception of truth, ideals and ordeals, Igbo philosophy of life, Igbo computation, Igbo ideas of business and marketing, etc.

News Release: Governors Fayemi, Tambuwal To Speak At Oxford University On 20 Years Of Democracy In Nigeria

The Governor of Ekiti State and the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and the Governor of Sokoto State and the Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal, will both speak at an International Conference on 20 Years of Democracy in Nigeria: 1999-2019 at Oxford University, United Kingdom on Friday, 6th December 2019.

The one-day Conference is hosted by the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Governors Fayemi and Tambuwal, who will be the special guests at the conference, are expected to reflect on Nigerias Fourth Republic in their addresses to the international audience.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

News Release: NOSDRA’s Hasty Criminalization Of Communities On Spill Reports; A Disappointment To Environmental Stakeholders

The haste with which the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), criminalizes host communities while struggling to exonerate the IOCs on incidences of oil spills even when a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) has not been conducted, is quite worrisome.

Recall that NOSDRA blamed Komkom community on the Pipeline explosion in the community few months back. It criminalized Ubeta community for the pipeline explosion that occurred recently in the community and the Agency has now also hastily blamed the fire incident around a Shell pipeline right of way around B-Dere/Bolo community road in Ogoni on the community/sabotage.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Speech: "Rebuild Imo-Budget One"

(Being an address by the Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC, on Imo State Government 2020 budget presentation to the Imo State House of Assembly, in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, on Wednesday, November 27th 2019).

Today marks a very significant step in our Rebuild Imo Project. I am therefore, honoured to appear in this hallowed chambers and before this Honourable House to present the maiden Budget of this administration. The Budget has been appropriately tagged “Rebuild Imo – Budget One.”

News Release: "Allen Onyema And The Niger Delta Amnesty Fraud"--MEND

The Niger Delta amnesty program which MEND vehemently opposed from day one, was built on a fraudulent foundation from inception, starting with the grossly exaggerated figure of militants put at thirty thousand (30,000), a figure that was a key element in perpetuating the fraud which has continued up until this very day. 

This was followed by over-invoicing of inflated overseas training programs as a way of transferring excess money through legitimate bank transactions. In fact, ninety-nine percent of the beneficiaries from the padded training programs had nothing to do with militancy.

The administration of Goodluck Jonathan, aware of the fraud, were more interested in giving the semblance of peace in the Niger Delta rather than addressing the root issues for which we took up arms. Issues in the mutilated constitution and the need for dialogue before disarmament were completely ignored. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Special Report: Documents Reveal China's Mass Surveillance System, Isolation And Control

Documents reveal key details of a mass surveillance system that Chinese authorities use to control even routine behavior, curb internal communication and isolate Xinjiang from the rest of the world.........

Click here to view documents

Photonews: Conference On Witchcraft Ongoing At University Of Nigeria Nsukka

Saturday, 16 November 2019

News Release: INEC On Bayelsa And Kogi States Governorship Elections

Article: Is It Now Cool To Kill?


By Wole Soyinka

My dear Honourables, I hope you will excuse me for distracting you from your onerous duties, but I am a cur-rent sufferer – and I am not alone  - from a persistent nightmare. That affliction has been induced by your most recent approach to addressing an acknowledged problem that affects, not only Nigerians, but the entire global community. The nightmare consists of the fear of waking up one morning to discover that one’s name has been cited among those helpless victims on behalf of whom a repellent legislation is about to be enacted.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Article: Clearing The Path For Good Journalism

By Godwin Onyeacholem

Time and again, there are desperate calls not just by veterans but also by younger and discriminating practitioners about the compelling need to rescue journalism practice in Nigeria from obvious dereliction, continuous degenerative state of violation and steady slide into disrepute.

If these calls are being heeded and efforts are indeed being made by stakeholders to arrest this worrying drift, nothing so far of significance by way of practice vindicates this claim. Sloppy journalism is still largely being served in the print and electronic media across the country. Worse of all, ethics, the soul of the profession, seems to have been thrown overboard with the way it is being treated as purely an incidental rather than an integral part of the trade.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Article: The Imperative Of “People’s Manifesto”

By Edwin Madunagu

In the 20 months since I wrote “Drafting a people’s manifesto” and “Further notes on the people’s manifesto” (February/March, 2018), a sufficient number of significant things have happened and are happening in our country, Nigeria, in the Nigerian Left, to the Nigerian Left and in the world to raise the level of the urgency of the broad suggestion I alternately called “draft” and “notes”. The use of these terms to describe my attempt was a cautious way of indicating that I was not, and could not be, publishing a manifesto on behalf of the Nigerian Left. I could only suggest, propose and urge—not as a detached outsider, but as an active insider.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

News Release: Coalition Seeks Ways To End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists And Civic Activists In Nigeria

A coalition of media and civil society group will on Thursday, November 7, hold a colloquium to address the shrinking media and civic space in Nigeria and attack on journalists, media organizations and civic activists. The event holds at NECA House, Ikeja, Lagos, at 4:00p.m. Coming barely a week after the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the colloquium will draw attention to  the sustained attacks against journalists and free speech in Nigeria.

“Still two months to the end of the year, 2019 has turned out to be the year when the muzzling of journalists and independent voices and constriction of the civic space in Nigeria has been at its worst point in recent memory,” the coalition said in a statement signed by Dr Chido Onumah, Coordinator of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

News Release: Obi, Adegboruwa, Maidugu To Headline 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture

Former Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 polls, Mr. Peter Obi, will headline the 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture, the organisers said in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos.

News Release: Late Professor Pius Adesanmi's Extended Family Kicks Against His Burial In Canada

Late Professor Pius Adesanmi

"Saturday November 2, 2019 made it exactly one week since we read on social media about the purported burial of our son, the late Prof. Pius Adebola Adesanmi. This burial reportedly took place in Ottawa on October 26, 2019. Since the so-called burial, we have waited for confirmation and used established channels to find out what really happened.

It is now evident, that our late son’s remains were interred in Ottawa without family consent and contrary to the wish of the deceased to be buried in his place of birth, Isanlu. To our shock and chagrin, this internment was carried out without the knowledge or consent of Prof. Adesanmi’s aged mother and his eldest daughter.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

News Release: The Kidnap Of Honorable Justice Chioma Iheme-Nwosu Ph.D, JCA

1. The utterly reprehensible kidnap of Honorable Justice Chioma Iheme-Nwosu PhD. Justice of the Court of Appeal, and the gruesome murder of His Lordship’s orderly should not only unnerve and agitate all of us but must also jolt our collective conscience. Iheme-Nwosu JCA’s car was intercepted and disabled, Rambo-style, by dare-devil criminals who executed her orderly with the proficiency of marksmen right in the heart of Benin City and then abducted His Lordship, all in broad daylight at about 11.30am. As we write, His Lordship’s whereabout and safety remain unknown and of grave concern to all well-meaning persons.

Special Report: "Can The Supreme Court Function As Regards The Hearing Of The Appeal Before The Seven-Man Panel To Hear The Appeal Was Appointed"

By Ben Nwabueze

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, was reported in the Vanguard newspaper of October 31st 2019 to have said as follows: “We have examined all the briefs of argument and the exhibits for over two weeks and we have all agreed that there is no merit in this appeal. The appeal is hereby dismissed. Reasons to be given on a date to be announced.”

The important point to emphasise about the above-quoted statement by the CJN is that the decision dismissing the appeal as lacking merits was not taken at the sitting of the Supreme Court on 30 October, 2019; the decision had been taken during an examination of “all the briefs of argument and exhibits for over two weeks” before the sitting on 30th October, 2019.

The question arising is as to whom the word “WE” in the CJN’s statement refers. Can the “We” be a reference to the Supreme Court? Can the Supreme Court function as regards the hearing of the appeal before the seven man panel to hear the appeal was appointed and the names of the members announced to the public? When exactly was the appointment of members made?

Friday, 1 November 2019

News Release: Operation Positive Identification: Experimentation Of Martial Music & Imposition Of State Of Emergency By Other Means" ---SBCHROs

The bent by the Army led Nigerian Military on caring out its lives, liberties and democracy endangering country-wide operation positive identification, despite its widest rejection by Nigerians from all walks of life is nothing short of experimentation of a martial music and imposition of a military state of emergency across the country by other means. Constitutionally speaking, the Army and rest of the country’s military have usurped the powers of Mr. President as “Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces” under democratic setting and brutally undermined Section 1 (2) of the 1999 Constitution. That is to say that the widely rejected Army operation is likened to Nigeria being taken control of by group of ranking khaki boys outside the provisions of the 1999 Constitution

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Monday, 28 October 2019

Article: MIL And The Challenge Of New Media Technologies

By Chido Onumah & Olunifesi Suraj

Information rules the world today. More often than not, the type of information we receive affects our choices, our relationship with others, the quality of life we live, the kind of influence we have on others, the extent to which others influence us, the kinds of activities we undertake and the roles we decide to play in society as citizens and participants in the democratic process.

While Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights talks about everyone’s “right to freedom of opinion and expression,” it is important, according to UNESCO, to equip citizens with competencies needed to seek and enjoy the full benefits of this fundamental human right. Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a field of engagement provides citizens with the requisite competencies for the realization of their rights.

Photonews: Watching The Decapitation Of ISIS