Tuesday, 29 June 2021

News Report: A Confidential Extradition Memo From Nigeria To Ethiopia Did Nnamdi Kanu In

 

Kanu

Our checks have revealed that the Nigerian government had an advance information that the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu would be in Ethiopia.

This prompted the Nigerian Minister of Justice and Attorney-general, Mr. Abubakar Malami to do a confidential memo to the Ethiopian government informing them that Kanu, a furgitive from the law would be in Ethiopia and requested the country to arrest and extradite him as soon as he steps into the country.

The Nigerian Justice Minister, we also learned, also informed the International Police Organization(Interpol) and also requested the organization to help in the Kanu extradition effort.

Kanu, surprisingly, was not aware of all these, sources close to him informed us.

On stepping into Ethiopia, we learned, Kanu was arrested by the Ethiopian security and handed over to the Interpol, who brought him back to Nigeria and handed him over to the Nigerian authorities.

Special Report: "Recent Steps Taken By The Federal Government Saw To The Interception Of The Fugitive Kanu On Sunday The 27th Day Of June, 2021"-Nigeria's Minister of Justice

Kanu in custody

Self-aclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been through  the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.

He has been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding 11 count charge against him.

Recent steps taken by the Federal Government saw to the interception of the fugitive Kanu on Sunday the 27th day of June, 2021.

Photonews: Arrested Nnamdi Kanu Likely Manhandled, Appear Weak, Cannot Stand, Sit Without Support

 



News Report: Biafra Sovereignty Agitator, Nnamdi Kanu Arrested, Brought Back To Nigeria

 

Kanu
Kanu in Nigeria Secret Police custody

The Nigerian administration through its Minister of Justice and Attorney-general, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has announced that Biafra sovereignty agitator, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested and brought back to Nigeria to face trial through a collaborative program with the International police(lnterpol)

Kanu's group, Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) was declared a terrorist organization and proscribed by the Nigerian government.

Kanu was standing trial in Nigeria, but was granted bail. A clash with Nigerian military saw him leaving Nigeria through unknown route.

Since then, Mr. Kanu have been conducting his Biafra sovereignty agitation from outside Nigeria.

Monday, 28 June 2021

News Release: US$1Million Al-Sumait Prize Nominations Period Extended To 15th August, 2021 Due To The Ongoing Impact Of Covid19


(Eligible candidates include organizations and research institutions whose initiatives and programs contributed significantly to solving health challenges in Africa)

Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development today announced an extension for nominations to be received for its 2021 award for health to the middle of August 2021.

Article: Amina J. Mohammed: Good News From Nigeria

Amina Mohammed

By Otive Igbuzor, Ph.D

Nigeria is often in the news for the wrong reasons - insecurity, insurgency, banditry, or even kidnapping of school children.  But for the past decade, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General to the United Nations, has been a consistent good news story from Nigeria on a global scale. 

Ms. Mohammed was born on 27th June 1961. She was educated in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She is the mother of 6 and grandmother of 2. 

Thursday, 24 June 2021

U-Report: Environmental Group Congratulates Ibeno Community Over Court Judgment Against NNPC, MOBIL And Award Of 82 Billion Naira To Them In Damages


Report by a Citizen Reporter

Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) congratulates Ibeno community in Akwa-Ibom State and its people over the Abuja Federal High Court judgement that awarded N82billion in general damages against Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited on June 21 over long-standing oil spills caused by the Joint Venture (JV) partners mining crude oil in and around the community. 

The environmental and human rights organization stated this in a statement released in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on June 22 and signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Dumnamene Fyneface. 

Saturday, 19 June 2021

U-Report: "PeacePro" Urges UN To Embrace Reforms, As Guterres Return For Second Term


Report by A Citizen Reporter

(Hail re-appointment of Amina Muhammed as Deputy)

A Nigerian based Non Governmental Organization and popular peacebuilding group, Foundation for Peace Professionals has congratulated United Nations Secretary General, Mr Anthonio Guterres for his re-election as UN secretary general and commended the UN boss  for the re-appointment of Amina Muhammed as Deputy Secretary General, noting that the first tenure of the duo witnessed complimentary team spirit.

News Release: National Vehicles Registration Sensitization Webinar For Relevant Stakeholders In The Customs Clearance Chain

I am directed to notify and encourage you to participate in the VREG sensitization webinar for Licensed Agents, Importers and other relevant stakeholders in the Trade Chain.

The webinar will serve as a practical session on the VREG application, including its efficient transmission and utilization.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Special Report: Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer (European Union)


From conflicts of interest in awarding government contracts to undue influence by business on politics, from bribes to the use of personal connections when accessing public services, corruption takes many forms across the European Union (EU).

Despite the region’s clean image, our latest Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – EU shows people are all too aware of corruption across the bloc: 62 per cent of over 40,000 survey participants believe that government corruption is a big problem in their country.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

News Report: Young Freight Forwarders Block Entrance To West Africa Container Terminal (WACT)Offices

 

Zafar: WACT MD

Angry young Freight Forwarders blocked the entrance to the offices of West Africa Container Terminal(WACT)at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) in Onne Seaport earlier today over alleged WACT's shabby attitude to Freight Forwarders.

Efforts made by ANLCA Onne Seaport Chapter Chairman, Mr. Mike Ebeatu and leaders of other freight forwarding associations to have the gate opened was rebuffed by the angry youthful Freight Forwarders.

A new Managing Director of WACT, Mr. Naved Zafar assumed office in the AP Moller container terminal at the beginning of this month.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Article: The Call Of History


By Jaye Gaskia

[PAPER PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT ORGANISED BY NATIONAL YOUTH DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION (NYDA) IN BENIN, MAY 29TH 2021]

SETTING THE CONTEXT:

First, let me make a clarification. This paper is an adaptation and update of an article that I wrote on the first of January 2017 on the subject of leadership. I consider it very apt for this occasion of the convening on a National Youth Summit, by one of the youngest Pan Nigerian youth formations in Nigeria of today – The National Youth Democratic Association [NYDA] – a youth association that has signified its intention to be a political force through seeking registration as a political party, and one that is further demonstrating the seriousness of its political commitment by becoming affiliated to the Alliance On Surviving COVID 19 And Beyond [ASCAB], participating in The Peoples Alternative Political Summit [TPAPS], and becoming one of the founding affiliates of the new, emergent, broader and wider left political coalition – The Peoples Alternative Political Movement [TPAP-M] established by the summit.

Monday, 14 June 2021

News Release: G7 Development Finance Institutions And Multilateral Partners To Invest Over $80 Billion Into African Businesses Over The Next Five Years


(The announcement is a welcome boost to support the long-term development objectives of African economies that have been negatively impacted by the crisis)

The G7 DFIs, the IFC, the private sector arm of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), EBRD and the European Investment Bank today announced that they were committed to investing $80 billion in the private sector over the next five years to support sustainable economic recovery and growth in Africa.

Article: Open Letter To The Most Senior Biafran In Buhari’s Government

Onyeama

By Rudolf Okonkwo and Chido Onumah

Dear Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Jideofor Onyeama,

We chose to write you instead of President Muhammadu Buhari because it is apparent from the presidents two most recent media outings that his cognitive impairment has greatly deteriorated, even though that is no justification for his murderous and genocidal rhetoric. From his utterances, the gap between things his innermost mind conjures and what his mouth utters has been completely erased. We also chose to write you because you are the most senior Biafran in Buhari’s government. We know that in your world, Biafra is the worst tag that anyone could put on you. Unfortunately, the people you work with, in and around Aso Rock, see you as a Biafran. You can keep running away from it, but in the deepest corners of their eyes, Biafra is like a shell on you. And like a snail, you cannot cast it off.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Photonews: Southeast Leaders Meet With Federal Government Delegation Over Insecurity And Biafra

 




Screenshot: Famous Nigeria Activist In A Tweet Alleges Police, Secret Police Attack During Protest In Abuja

 


Photonews: June 12 Protest In Lagos

 




Speech: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Speech On 2021 Democracy Day

 

President Buhari

Fellow Nigerians,

I join you all today to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.

2. As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation state to be reckoned with globally.

3. In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.

4. The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.

5. Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.

6. Once again, I want to render my sincere and heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.

7. I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our country men, women and children who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings and murders.

8. I also share the pains of families and direct victims of ransom-seeking, kidnaped victims who went through unimaginable trauma in the course of their forced imprisonment.

9. Let me assure my fellow citizens that every incident, however minor gives me great worry and concern and I immediately order security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

Fellow Nigerians,

Friday, 11 June 2021

Special Report: Genocide In Eastern Nigeria: 350 Killed In 160 Days, 600 Missing And 2500 Abducted Or Arrested By Soldiers, Police, Others


(…150 Igbo Christians killed by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in  past 160 days or since January 2021) 

Time For World Bodies To Take Action:

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law is drawing the urgent and ‘red signals’ attention  of Governments of the United States, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and the European Union; the Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, the United Nations Human Rights and Humanitarian bodies, international human rights and justice bodies, the International Criminal Court, internationally respected persons, international religious freedom bodies and other disciples and apostles of human rights, justice and democracy across the globe. This urgent international clarion call is sequel to ongoing genocidal attacks on defenseless civilians in Eastern Nigeria, done in total disregard to the country’s international obligations and laid down rules including respect for human rights and sanctity of human life as well as rules governing internal policing operations and armed conflict.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

News Release: UK-Africa Forum On Trade, Policy And Reform To Examine The Future Of Trade And Avenues For Policy Reform

 


(Leading African policy makers and business leaders from the UK and Africa will convene on the 15th of June for Invest Africa’s digital UK-Africa Forum on trade, policy, and reform)

A Pan-African business and investment platform, aims to build constructive dialogue between policy makers and business leaders from the UK and Africa during the Forum. James Duddridge MP, Minister for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith OBE, H.M. Trade Commissioner for Africa, and His Excellency Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Ghana will feature in the programme.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Article: Women Leaders In Political Parties: Stakeholders Or Pushovers?


By Bassey Bassey and Oluwafunbi Alao

It is a fact that women face serious constraints compared to their male counterpart with regards to political participation in politics, governance and leadership and one of the most outstanding being access to financial resources to compete with men on an equal basis. Other constraints are influence of patriarchy, lack of support by political parties, religious beliefs, security and other targeted forms of gender based violence.

The road to occupying a political and elective position in Nigeria is through the ballot (popular vote), but this is the last lap of the electioneering marathon.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Rejoinder: "Honourable Minister Did Not Give Any Conditions Regarding Lifting The Twitter Suspension"-Nigeria Foreign Affairs Ministry

Onyeama: Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to misleading reports by several media outlets published today, Monday, 7“ June 2021, in which the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama was misquoted as giving conditions for lifting the Twitter suspension.

The Honourable Minister after a meeting with some Heads of Diplomatic Missions resident in Nigeria was quoted to have said that “Twitter’s operations in Nigeria will be restored only if the platform can be used responsibly.

Article: ANLCA Crisis Seems Abating


By Joe Sani

Facts are sacred and conscience of truth: 

Justice R. M. Aikawa's court orders’ (in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/921/2020) continuing violations with unrestrained impunity is sickening, incomprehensible and devastating to those who seek justice through the law courts. The far reaching implications of that order are that NECOM officials are to stop parading themselves as national officers of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), or signing any documents on behalf of ANLCA and, above that, they should honorably vacate the national secretariat.

2 – Undeterred in their determination to wage a relentless war on Western Zone, the Tony Iju led gang concocted a petition to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Force, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos alleging that leaders of ANLCA in the West were kidnappers, bandits, terrorists, etc. Upon receipt of the petition and without establishing a prima facie case or necessary investigations, all leaders of ANLCA in Western Zone were arrested, detained for days with a fraudulently obtained Magistrate Court order, preparatory to long days and weeks and months in detention with intent to forcefully take over all the Chapters in the Zone.

Special Report: Full List Of Nigerian Army Generals Going on Retirement Effective From 1st June, 2021 Following The Appointment Of Farouk Yahaya As Chief Of Army Staff


1. J.B Olawumi

2. J.O Akomolafe

3. C.O Ude

4. G. Oyefesobi

5. M.O Uzoh

6. C.C Okonkwo

7. M.S.A Aliyu

8. U.M Mohammed

9. B.M Shafa

10. N.E Angbazo

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Article: The Worker, The Trade Union And National Development


By Jaye Gaskia

Let me start by thanking the Food, Beverage And Tobacco Senior Staff Association FOBTOB], an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress [TUC] of Nigeria, for inviting me to make this presentation, and in so doing, making the platform of their 14th National Delegates Conference [NDC] available to interrogate the issue of the role of the working class in national development in general, and more specifically, the role of the FBT industry in engendering sustainable economic growth and enabling quality job creation.

As you may have noticed from this introduction, I have slightly modified the theme of the 14th NDC to accommodate the wider working class, and the wider labour movement beyond the worker in the FBT industry, and beyond the workers organised by your union; and in doing this, I have also extended the discourse beyond the role of the FBT industry in ensuring sustainable economic growth.

News Report: Owerri Based Activist, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha Taken Away By Gun Wielding Men

 

Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Sources close to Owerri based activist, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha have informed us that the activist was some days ago taken away from his residence in Owerri, Imo State capital city by some gun wielding men.

Efforts by family and friends to trace his whereabout, we are told, have so far proved abortive.

No security agency have so far indicated that the activist is in their custody.

Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha is known to be a stunch supporter of Uche Nwosu, Governor Hope Uzodimma's opponent in the 2019 Imo State governorship election.

Owerri, Imo State capital city have lately been enmeshed in insecurity, resulting in the murder of some prominent Nigerians.

The activist recently did a petition detailing corrupt practices of a Hope Uzodimma aide.