Friday, 30 April 2021

Article: The Usman Alkali Baba’s 12-Point Agenda And The Missing 13th Point

Usman Alkali Baba

By Emeka Oraetoka 

When the news broke out on the 6th of April 2021, that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment DIG Usman Alkali Baba as the Acting Inspector General of Police, many Nigerians heave a sigh of relive. They believe that at least, the fight against insecurity will henceforth be focused, from the Police angle. The removal of the former IG, Mohammed Adamu, one month to the expiration of the three months extension given to him by the President, didn’t come to Nigerians as a surprise because the under-par performance of the Police under Adamu, particularly, when viewed from the angle of the deadly attacks on Police formation and Correctional facility in Imo state, for which the former IG and the Governor of Imo state blamed IPOB for the dastardly act.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Special Report: Seven Hundred Communal Locations In Igbo Land Facing Jihadist Fulani Attacks, Occupation Or Threats Of Same

The number of Igbo communal locations in ten States of Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Benue and Kogi presently threatened or permanently occupied by armed and Government backed Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen has now risen to 700. This is according to new findings made by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, contained in a statement issued today by its principal officers: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chair, Barr Chinwe Umeche, Head of Democracy and Good Governance, Barr Chidimma Evangeline Udegbunam, Head of Campaign and Publicity and Comrade Samuel Kamanyaoku, Head of Field Data Collection and Documentation.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Thursday, 22 April 2021

News Release: 19 African First Ladies To Participate In The Merck Foundation Annual Online Conference On 27th April 2021

(Merck Foundation will conduct their annual conference, the 8th Edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” from 27th April to 29th April 2021)

The 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary will be co-chaired by H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, First Lady of the Republic of Zambia and Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation; The President of the Republic of Zambia, H.E. Mr. EDGAR LUNGU and Chairman of Merck KG executive board, Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp will officially inaugurate the “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” Online; 19 African First Ladies will be the Guests of Honor and Ministers of Health, Gender, Information, Education and Science & Technology from 25 African countries to participate; More than 2000 healthcare providers, policymakers and media from over 70 countries will benefit from the Luminary.

Special Report: Minutes Of Alleged Meeting Which Plotted Death Of A Former Governor Chaired By Embattled Nigerian Minister Said To Have Sympathy For Terrorists


Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Special Report: Sixteen (16) Critical Solutions To Southeast Nigeria Insecurity

Emeka Umeagbalasi of Intersociety

From Thursday to Sat, 15th to 17th April 2021, lettered stakeholders from ‘host’ and ‘guest’ residents of the Southeast were assembled at Owerri, Imo State to brainstorm over state actor aided deteriorating insecurity in the Region and among the resource persons who took their time and turn to x-ray and examine the rising insecurity in the Region and proffer critical solutions was Emeka Umeagbalasi, a grassroots rights and democracy campaigner since 1995. He is also a Criminologist and Graduate of Security Studies and Master of Science Degree holder in Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Photonews: Nigeria Secret Service Acknowledges Receipt Of Actvist's Letter Against Pro-Terror Minister


Monday, 19 April 2021

Article: We Have Lost Our Innocent

Innocent Chukwuma

By Chido Onumah

Two weeks ago, I lost a comrade, brother, and friend, Innocent Chukwuma. Innoma, as I called him, was 55, and until a few months ago when he retired, the regional director (West Africa) of Ford Foundation. Every waking moment in the last two weeks has left me thinking about life and Innocent Chukwuma’s death. 

I had a busy day on Saturday, April 3. Earlier that day, my spouse had informed me of the news of the death of the political activist, Yinka Odumakin, national publicity secretary of Afenifere, the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group. At 2:22p.m. Pacific Standard Time, I was about to put my phone on flight mode for a nap when I received a message from Dr. Chidi Odinkalu. The first message read: “Good evening sir. How are you doing?” It was followed by two questions; all three messages in a space of one minute: “Family?” “Have you heard about Innocent…? I replied immediately, “Good. Thanks. Innocent?” I became apprehensive when I didn’t get an immediate reply. My apprehension soon turned into distress. I couldn’t take my eyes off the phone. A minute later, I sent another message: “Are you there?” I asked. No response. My anxiety increased. I was about to dial his number when Dr Odinkalu called with the devastating news. “We may have lost Innocent,” he intoned. My stomach tightened. I didn’t know how to process the news. All I could ask was, “When, how, what happened?” He went on to explain how Innocent had taken ill and had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) two days earlier and was about to start chemotherapy the day he died. 

Photonews: Images From The Attack On The Zone 13 Police Headquarters In Awka Anambra State


Sunday, 18 April 2021

News Release: Katsina Islamic Leaders Must Be Sanctioned For Abducting & Forcefully Converting Hausa Christian Girls To Islam

The Nigerian Government must sanction the Katsina Islamic leaders for indiscriminate abduction and forceful conversion of scores of Hausa Christians especially girls of underage to Islam. The chief culprits in the dastardly act are the Emir of Katsina and the Islamic District Head of Kafur in Kafur Local Government Area of the State. This is according a statement issued on 15th April 2021 by the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO).  According to the group, there has been indiscriminate abduction of scores of Hausa Christian girls and their forceful conversion to Islam. The abducted Hausa Christian girls, who are under the school age of 16, are also forced into early marriage, done outside the consent of their parents. The statement also disclosed that the indigenous Hausa Christians and their communities in Katsina State are made to go through hell by Islamic authorities and supposedly secular security agencies in the State just because they are Christians. The affected Hausa Christian areas in Katsina State include a mixed Christian-Muslim Community of Rafin Iyaka Sabuwar Kasa in Kafur Local Government Area and Christian Community of Gidan Dandadada Rafin Iyaka, etc. 

Monday, 12 April 2021

News Release: "Why The South-East Governors’ New Security Outfit (“Ebubeagu”) Is Suspicious And Inoperable"-Intersociety

South-East Nigeria Governors

The Outfit Is Suspicious:

Intersociety is strongly suspicious of the panicky and hurried announcement of the new security outfit by the Southeast Governors Forum. Coming when all hopes have been lost from state actor angles, forcing most citizens of the Region to place their hopes, expectations and solutions on the table of non state actors; we are very surprised to hear the sudden announcement. Intersociety also doubts the sincerity and genuineness of the promoters of the new security outfit. It is doubtful, too, whether critical indigenous stakeholders and other interest groups were duly consulted and carried along. The new outfit is most likely a baptism name given to the 2019 illegitimate and unpopular “Community Policing” arrangement by the same Southeast Governors during which all the security chiefs that attended the meeting where the decision to use “Community Policing” to checkmate menaces of Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in the Southeast Region were made up of officers of Fulani-Hausa Muslim background.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

News Release: U.S. Africa Energy Forum 2021 Launches, Promotes U.S. Role As Primary Investor In African Energy

(The multi-day forum unites U.S. and African policymakers, energy executives and industry leaders to create new linkages and foster discussions)

The U.S. Africa Energy Forum 2021 – organized by Africa Oil & Power, in partnership with the African Energy Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Committee – will foster alignment between U.S. and African governments’ energy policies and highlight African oil, gas, power and renewable projects across the energy value chain for U.S. investors; the multi-day forum unites U.S. and African policymakers, energy executives and industry leaders to create new linkages and foster discussions that drive long-term policy formation and project execution; the in-person, two-day summit and gala dinner will be hosted in Houston, Texas (October 4-5, 2021) and an online seminar and in-person networking event will be held in Washington D.C. (July 12).

News Release: Plight Of Niger Delta Communities: A Call For Justice For Rumuekpe

All is not well in many Niger Delta communities as they increasingly suffer environmental degradation and its attending consequences. Citizens have been stripped of their means of livelihood due to incessant pollution resulting from crude extraction activities.

For decades, the Niger Delta region of Nigeria has experienced depleting living conditions. The people, who mainly rely on fishing and farming for livelihood support can no longer do so. Oil spillage has contaminated the waters and made the lands unproductive as well as destroyed their socio-economic life.  Communities continue to bear significant brunt of oil extraction activities, including serious health hazards and complication.

Monday, 5 April 2021

Photonews: Images From The Owerri Attacks