Sunday, 30 May 2021

Videonews: "Unknown Gun Men" Unleash Mayhem In Mbaise Imo State


News Release: "The Government Of Imo State Must Give An Account Of Those Who Killed Gulak"-Northern Youth Council

Isah Abubakar

It’s so pathetic and saddening the continuous killing and lawlessness going on in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. The government of Imo State must give an account of those who killed Gulak. The continuous killing of Northern and destruction of security facilities in Imo State will no longer be tolerated.

Let us state categorically that northern youths will do everything within their powers to force the government of Imo State to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. 

The Imo State Governor and other South East Governors should take note that we shall not accept the continued killing of Northerners and Northern elites in their region as we shall take revenge henceforth.

Isah Abubakar


Northern Youth Council

News Report: Nigeria's Ruling Party Chieftain Shot Dead In Owerri


Ahmed Gulak

Imo State Police Command have confirmed the assassination of Ahmed Gulak, Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan and currently a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by yet to be identified assasins.

Gulak was reported to have been gunned down on his way to the Owerri airport to catch a flight to Abuja.

Gulak would be remembered as the Chair of the APC Committee that gave the 2019 gubernatorial ticket to Hope Uzodimma, who eventually became governor via a Supreme Court judgement.

Gulak's body

Photonews: Owerri, Capital Of Imo State Nigeria On "Sit At Home"


Saturday, 29 May 2021

Thursday, 27 May 2021

News Release: Soldiers, Police, Others Abducted 2000 Persons, Disappeared 500 & Extra-Judicially Killed 140 Since Jan 2021 From Eastern Nigeria"-Intersociety

It is the new finding by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a leading research and investigative rights group that no fewer than 2000 law abiding citizens of Eastern Nigeria have since January 2021 been abducted by soldiers of the Nigerian Army and operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Navy, Department of the State Security Service and others; and out of this number, at least, 500 have disappeared or feared killed in secret custody of the Army or made victims of unlawful executions who will never return alive. The abduction involved the victims being secretly arrested at ungodly hours, falsely and criminally labeled without conclusive investigations; held secretly amidst torture and other degrading treatments or punishments; and treated ‘extra jus’ detention without  fair court trial and access to the victims by their families, physicians and lawyers. It is also our finding that out of no fewer than 140 killed in the two regions by the named security operatives especially soldiers and police since January 2021, at least 120 are independently found to be combatively uninvolved or victims of extra-judicial killings. The military and police killings involved not less than 40 killed in Imo, 30 in Akwa Ibom, 20 in Abia, 15 in Rivers, 13 in Anambra, 10 in Ebonyi, 8 in Cross River, 5 in Enugu and none in Delta. All the States mentioned are collectively the victims of the military abductions and disappearances.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Photonews: Some Youths In Bayelsa State Burnt Vehicle, Destroyed Property In King Diette-Spiff's Palace


Videonews: A Yet To Be Identified Nigerian Police Facility Up In Flame


Photonews: Ijaw Youths Protest Abduction Of Ijaw Youths Council President, Shuts Down Oil Production In Olodiama Clan


Article: Recurrent Issues In The Review Of The 1999 Constitution Of Nigeria

By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D


Historically, all over the world, there has been concern about what system of government will be good for people. Various systems have been experimented including autocracy, monarchy and democracy. But from experience, it has been recognized that democracy is the best form of government. Autocracy characterized by one individual making all important decisions and oligarchy which puts the government in the hands of an elite are less desirable when compared to democracy. Democracy is so important in the world today that it has become the driving force of development making many scholars to draw a nexus between democracy and development. Although different people put emphasis on different issues which they consider to be crucial to democracy, majority of people agree that liberal democracy contains some basic principles which include citizen participation; equality; political tolerance; accountability; transparency; regular, free and fair elections, economic freedom; control of the abuse of power; bill of rights; accepting the result of elections; human rights; multi-party system and the rule of law.  The idea of democracy is that majority of citizens take the decisions on who governs and the policies, programmes and projects to be implemented for the benefit of the people. But the challenge especially for the working people is that it has been recognized that liberal democracy is facing a crisis of legitimacy and declining confidence in political leaders and institutions necessitating the need for democratic renewal through increasing citizen participation.  The bedrock of any democracy is the constitution. Constitution has been defined in various ways. A Constitution has been defined as the embodiment of all the political, economic, social, cultural, religious and even historical forces conditioning the perception of a people at any given time and powerful enough to be isolated and accepted as a guide for future action. The constitution is a collection of norms and standards according to which a country is governed. A Constitution has also been defined as the totality of the rules and regulations, both legal and non-legal, which ordain, order, regulate and sustain the government of a given country. Others define a constitution as a set of principles, fundamental rules and practices of government, written and unwritten, which establishes the major organs of government, allocates to them their powers, defines the rights of the citizens and the relations between them and the state. Another popular definition is that which defines a constitution as the basic or fundamental law of the land, which contains the rules, conventions, and other practices by which a society governs itself. According to Justice Albie Sachs of South Africa, a constitution is the autobiography of a nation. A constitution has also been described as a contract, which describes the conditions under which the peoples of a nation co-exist. From the above definitions, it is clear that a constitution may contain rules about how those who govern are to be selected or changed, how they are to behave in office and the relationship between the organs of government.  It also shows the relationship between the government and the citizens and even amongst the citizens. The importance of constitution in a country cannot be overemphasized. As one scholar once noted, the good or bad fortune of a nation depends on three factors: Its constitution, the way the constitution is made to work and the respect it inspires.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Photonews: Law Enforcement Personnel Battle Gun Men In Owerri, Police Facility Burnt


News Release: "‘Genocide Enabler’ IGP Usman Baba & Ors Must Not Be Allowed To Turn Eastern Nigeria Into Society Of Beasts & Barbarians"

(… Coalition of 44 Eastern Rights CSOs & Intellectuals)

Turning The East Into Society Of Beasts & Barbarians:

The Coalition of 44 Eastern Nigerian Rights CSOs and Intellectuals has observed with deep shock, sadness and dismay the frightening moves by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the authorities of the Nigerian Army and other branches of the Armed Forces to turn Eastern Nigeria (Southeast and South-south Regions) into society of beasts and barbarians. The recent public utterances of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, are also clear and additional indication that the present Government of Nigeria has designated the two regions as “hatefully and religiously a must crush”. In other words, it appears to us that the two regions are hated and targeted on religious ground and marked for violent conquest and subjugation. The Coalition therefore makes bold to say that it will not allow the Acting IGP and the country’s Armed Forces to turn Eastern Nigeria into society of beasts and barbarians.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Videonews: "Eye Witness" Account Raises Question Over Cause Of Plane Crash That Killed Nigeria's Army Chief And Others


Photonews: Funeral Of Nigeria's Army Chief And Others In Abuja


News Release: "Death Of Gen Attahiru (COAS) Likely Going The Same Way Of Suspicious Death Of Patrick Yakowa, DIG John Haruna And Ors"-Intersociety

Late General Attahiru

The sudden and suspicious demise of Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, the recently appointed Chief of the Muslim dominated and controlled Nigerian Army is likely going to end the same way the suspicious death of Gov Patrick Yakowa, DIG John Haruna and others ended without any form of comprehensive, conclusive and satisfactory investigation and its outcomes. With the Nigerian Army headed Defense Headquarters’ latest hasty and uninvestigated conclusion, blaming the crash on “bad weather”; barely a day after, the COAS’s suspicious death, ‘investigatively’, is sealed, carpeted and added to the long list of unresolved others. This is to the extent that no senior military official has been held directly or vicariously culpable and no credible enquiries launched and concluded so as to prevent future occurrence or fish out the perpetrators if found conspiratorially or culpably involved. Nigeria has in barely four months or since Feb 2021 lost no fewer than 20 military personnel mostly commissioned officers and till date, no single sanction has been meted or any form of detailed investigations carried out. 

Friday, 21 May 2021

Photonews: Scene Of The Plane Crash In Which Nigeria's Army Chief Reportedly Died


News Report: Nigeria's Army Chief Reportedly Killed In Air Crash

Ibrahim Attahiru

Nigerian military circles are abuzz on reported killing of the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash in Kaduna.

Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru was a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and Nigerian Army School of Infantry. 

He was commissioned into the Nigerian army as a Second Lieutenant in December 1986. 

He was an Infantry Officer. 

We have not been able to independently confirm this information at the time of writing this report.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Special Report: World Bank Support For Country Access To COVID-19 Vaccines

Courtesy: World Bank Publications

World Bank Board approved operations to support vaccine rollout in 22 countries amounting to $2.4 billion.

More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

We expect to reach 50 countries amounting to $4 billion by mid-year.

Special Report: Documentation Of Human Rights Violation In Igbo Land/Eastern Nigeria

On behalf of the Eastern Rights CSOs and Intelligentsia Coalition (a coalition of 40 Rights CSOs and Intelligentsia bodies), Intersociety hereby appeals and invites members of the public in the East including town union, human rights and Christian faith activists or leaders particularly in Igbo Land part of Benue, Kogi and Edo and Eastern Nigerian States of Delta, Anambra, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi to report to us any human rights violation in their areas by the following: Army, Navy, Air Force (i.e. killing of unarmed and defenseless citizens through air bombings), SSS, Police and its various operational squads. Others are joint military and police special squads, jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and their ‘Banditry’ counterparts, etc. This appeal is authorized by Emeka Umeagbalasi and Barr Chidimma Udegbunam, Board Chair and Publicity Head of Intersociety.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

News Release: Afreximbank Begins Construction of Africa Quality Assurance Centre In Nigeria

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced the commencement of construction of the Africa Quality Assurance Centre (AQAC) in Ogun State, Nigeria. The Centre will be a state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to offer testing, certification, inspection, and training services covering agricultural products. It is the first in a series of Quality Assurance Centres that Afreximbank intends to establish across Africa to support industrialisation across the continent by ensuring that African products are manufactured to international standards and enabling them to participate in intra-African and global trade. First class quality infrastructure is considered critical in facilitating trade under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Photonews: Container Of Tramadol Seized At Nigeria's Onne Seaport


Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Monday, 17 May 2021

News Release: 40 Rights CSOs & Intelligentsia Mobilized Against Operations Of Muslim Controlled Security Forces In Eastern Nigeria

(…as 50 unarmed Igbo Christians killed extra- judicially and 500 abducted to unknown locations since January 2021)

No fewer than 40 Rights CSOs and Intelligentsias (groups of intellectuals/highly educated persons) from Eastern Nigeria, operating in the Region and overseas have successfully been appealed to and mobilized to beam their advocacy and intellectual searchlights on the continued hateful and unlawfully murderous operations by the country’s Muslim dominated and controlled security forces especially the Nigerian Army. The 40 Rights CSOs and Intelligentsia’s advocacy activities including their searchlights will focus more on Imo, Abia, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Ebonyi States as well as Anambra, Enugu and Delta States.  Apart from safety, security and liberties of the indigenous Christians in the above named States, safety of public and private properties including employment generating assets and investments will also be monitored for protection. The planned joint advocacy activities have also been designed to have local and international contents including documentation and careful study and evaluation of international criminal and civil justice and diplomatic remedies and safeguards for purpose of blackening the perpetrators internationally and bringing them to criminal and civil justice including making them pay for all the atrocities perpetrated under the color and seal of the “Nigerian security forces”. The 40 mobilized Rights CSOs and Intelligentsias shall be speaking out very soon.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Photonews: President Buhari Receives Interim President Of Republic Of Chad, Lt. Gen. Mahamat Idris Deby Itno At The State House In Abuja


Article: Looking Back: Forty-five Years Ago



By Edwin Madunagu

Forty-five years ago, as I turned 30, I left Lagos for Ibadan. From Ibadan, together with a comrade of the same age, I left for a rural community somewhere between Gbongan and Ile-Ife in present-day Osun State. There we joined others, similarly inspired like us, about ten in number, male and female, excluding two kids whom we took turns to baby-sit in order to free the mother to participate fully in revolutionary duties. 

We assembled to inaugurate an underground Marxist revolutionary vanguard embedded in the peasantry. While some members were fully in residence, others were semi-resident, but continually in touch with the Headquarters. I was not only fully in residence, but disappeared to the outside world for between 9 and 12 months.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Article: For Edwin Madunagu, A Revolutionary Icon At 75


By Chido Onumah  

Edwin Ikechukwu Madunagu who turns 75 on May 15, 2021, has been a consistent voice for the radical transformation of Nigeria in the last five decades. For this reason, comrades, friends, associates, and students, will organize a conference on the theme: “Progressive Politics as the Answer to the National Question: Problems and Prospects,” to celebrate this revolutionary icon, Marxist, mathematician, journalist and public intellectual.     

This tribute is a reflection on what Edwin Madunagu, popularly called Eddie by friends and comrades, means to me, to Nigeria and the international socialist movement. Eddie has been described by one of his contemporaries and closest comrades, Biodun Jeyifo, Emeritus Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, as “the greatest materialist historian and archivist of socialism and the Left in Nigeria’s political history.”  

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

U-Report: On Ibori Loot, Oghara Town Union Tells AGF, British Government, "Bank Documents Shouldn't Take 12 Years"



Report by Tony Eluemunor

The Oghara Development Union (ODU), Lagos branch has asked the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to tell Nigerians the truth about the delay in repatriating the proceeds of assets confiscated from the three ladies in the Ibori trials.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

News Release: Open Budget Cluster Applauds Rivers State Government On Proactive Disclosure Of Budget Document

The open budget cluster commends the efforts of the proactive disclosure of the States budgets documents in their website. It’s the first time this administration will make its annual budget public. It shows the state is ready to allow citizens engagement with the state government. This is the first step in embracing the culture of openness and transparent governance. Open Budget cluster uses this opportunity to commend the Government for heading to the various advocacy, engagements, calls for transparency in running the state budgetary processes. This is a step in the right direction.