Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Special Report: Corruption Perception Index 2018

Since its inception in 1995, the Corruption Perceptions Index, Transparency International’s flagship research product, has become the leading global indicator of public sector corruption. The index offers an annual snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries and territories from all over the globe. In 2012, Transparency International revised the methodology used to construct the index to allow for comparison of scores from one year to the next. The 2018 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, giving each a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

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News Release: Resolutions Of Nigeria's National Judical Council Emergency Meeting

The National Judicial Council held an Emergency Meeting today and considered four (4) petitions filed at its Secretariat. The petitions are:

Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civil Education;

“Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative;

Monday, 28 January 2019

News Release: AFRICMIL Seeks Information On Asset Declaration Of New Ag Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a non-governmental organization focused on good governance and the promotion of accountability has applied to the Code of conduct Bureau (CCB) for the asset declaration of the new Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed JSC.

Open Letter: "Intersociety" Writes Nigeria's National Judicial Council

Our Ref: INTERSOC/001/01/019/NJC/ABJ/NG
The Deputy Chairman of the National Judicial Council (third most senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria)
Secretary Gen of NJC, Mr. Ahmed Gambo Saleh (agsaleh_hj@yahoo.com)
The NJC Headquarters, the Supreme Court Complex
Three Arms Zone, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
Dear Deputy Chairman (third most senior JSC),
Agenda Before The NJC: Executive Coup Against The Nigerian Judiciary & Unconstitutional Removal Of The CJN (Walter Onnoghen): NJC Must Meet & Take The Right Decision

Saturday, 26 January 2019

News Release: Coup Against The Nigerian Judiciary And Suspension Of The Nigerian Constitution

The news media has been awash this evening with the news of the purported suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S C Onnoghen, GCON by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the swearing in of Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. We are told that this was pursuant to an Ex-Parte Order that was issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

News Release: A Coupist's Removal Of Chief Justice Of Nigeria

President Buhari

To say that we totally condemn the coupist and impeachable ousting of the CJN, Hon Justice Walter Onoghen by the sitting coupist President is an under-statement. The CJN’s purported ousting is also nothing short of political witch-hunting, abuse of power and office; and ethno-religious persecution and intolerance. The coupists are so callously impatient that they could not wait for the substantive CJN to statutorily reach his age of retirement on 22nd December 2020 having been born on 22nd December 1950 or pursue his ousting through due, diligent and constitutional processes.
We have carefully followed the reactions and counter-reactions trailing the said impeachment of the Constitution by way of coupist removal of the CJN and unconstitutional appointment of a vulnerable and amenable element as “acting CJN”. We have specifically read and analyzed the scripted speech of Mr. President and reactions from the Nigerian Bar Association and the opposition political parties, etc.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

News Release: Experts Caution against Stagnation Of Immunization Coverage In Africa

Gobal immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.

The immunization experts also emphasized the importance of increased domestic investment in disease surveillance and the need for community engagement to drive vaccine deployment during outbreaks.

“The regional experts’ meeting presented a unique opportunity to assess current and future immunization needs in Africa,” said RITAG Chair, Professor Helen Rees. “We have mapped out what can and must be done to secure the future of millions of children on this continent.”

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Article: Points For Concern And Action On Nigeria's 2019 Presidential Election


By Olusegun Obasanjo

I am concerned as a democrat who believes that with faithful and diligent practice of democracy, we can get over most of our political problems and move steadfastly and surefootedly on the course of stability, unity of purpose, socio-economic growth and progress for all.

Democracy becomes a sham if elections are carried out by people who should be impartial and neutral umpires, but who show no integrity, acting with blatant partiality, duplicity and imbecility.  For all democrats and those carrying out the process of elections, there must be the redline that must not be crossed in tactics and practices of democracy.

I personally have serious doubt about the present INEC’s integrity, impartiality and competence to conduct a fair, free and credible election.  And if the INEC is willing, will the ruling party and government allow it?  From what we saw and knew about Osun State gubernatorial election, what was conclusive was declared inconclusive despite all advice to the contrary.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

U-Report: How Fire Gutted "Ibari Ogwa" Entertainment Centre In Owerri

By A Citizen Reporter

Last week, one of the biggest entertainment hangout centers in the Southeast, and Owerri in general, Ibari Ogwa Village located along Port Harcourt road, was gutted by fire.

The fire incident which was traced from a nearby bush that some smokers allegedly set ablaze with cigarette, escalated through wind that carried particles of the burnt weed to the rooftop of Ibari Ogwa’s local bar occurred last week.

Earlier before the official press release, the CEO, Mr. Chukwudi Ofoha who reacted through his social media handle recalled that, “While in a meeting where we were discussing on how the Valentine show would be, you know how it goes every February 14th at Ibari Ogwa, so I decided to take a quick nap before heading out for some business appointments. Later I came out and saw a bush on fire, like a few blocks away.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Special Report: Groundbreaking Study Highlights Responses To Sexual Violence Against Children

('‘Out of the Shadows Index'’ evaluates how countries are addressing child sexual abuse and exploitation)
Child sexual abuse and exploitation happen everywhere and are pressing concerns for both wealthy and developing countries alike, according to a first-of-its-kind research programme, Out of the Shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation. Developed by The Economist Intelligence unit(www.EIU.com) with support from the World Childhood Foundation and Oak Foundation and with additional support from the Carlson Family Foundation, the Out of the Shadows Index and report are unique tools that reveal how 40 countries at the national level are confronting child sexual abuse and exploitation. The policies, practices and standards presented in the index highlight how governments, the private sector and civil society can move toward achieving Target 16.2 in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for ending all forms of violence against children by 2030.

Friday, 11 January 2019

U-Report: Ongoing Construction Of Bodo-Bonny Road Exposes New Level Of Hydrocarbon Pollution In Ogoniland

By A Citizen Reporter

A new level of hydrocarbon pollution of Ogoni environment has been discovered as exposed by the ongoing construction of the N120.6billion Bodo-Bonny Road.  The 34-kilometer long road is being constructed by Julius Berger Plc through the swampy and muddy creeks of Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Area to Grand Bonny Kingdom in Bonny Local Government area of Rivers State.

A visit to the Bodo community axis of the project site on Thursday, January 10 by a team comprising of environmental justice campaigners, environment monitors, journalists and volunteers exposed a stretch of vast expanse of massively hydrocarbon pollution devastated areas covering miles and miles away.

News Release: "How The Retirement Age Of IGP Ibrahim K. Idris Was Tampered: Details, Others Coming Soon"---Intersociety


Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is back to the trenches! In the immortal words of Less Brown, “sometimes it is better to remain silent for the purpose of strategic observation and critical and informed analysis of topical social happenings; at other times, it is better to speak out and clear a doubt or controversy than to remain silent and thought to be a fool, won or defeated”.
Intersociety has spent past two weeks of the Xmas and New Year holiday; following, observing, assessing and analyzing topical events across the country. The two weeks break also involved consultations with and paying of homage to positive forces in the cosmic and physical worlds for their continuing guidance and blessings in furtherance of our resolve to selflessly and pricelessly contribute positively, formidably and meaningfully for betterment of the Nigerian society and beyond.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Article: Interrogating Nigerian Campaign Promises And Electoral Programs

By Jaye Gaskia

The long awaited 2019 general elections are just around the corner; and the Presidential and National Assemblies elections are just barely six [6] weeks ahead.

As the dates for the elections rapidly approach, election campaigning by the candidates and their parties, will expected become intensified and ramped up – at least by the more serious contending parties and candidates.

In this context and given that general elections are intrinsically potentially very impactful on the life and trajectory of the nation and her citizens; it is incumbent that we are in a position to make informed and enlightened choice.