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M. D. Abubakar intensifies anti-Igbo agenda, wipes out Igbo senior officers from Nigeria Police.


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Alarm bells are ringing in connection with what is considered as a deliberate policy of the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force headed by the Inspector General of the Police, Alhaji Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, to ensure that no police officer of Igbo extraction heads the force in about the next 10 years.

Alarmed by the shocking development, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) today sent a petition to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Senate President David Mark, House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, and Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission, Prof. Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem to seek their urgent intervention into the matter.

The petition is copied to the Inspector General of Police himself; Chairman, Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro; and Chairman of Southeast Governors’ Forum, Governor of Anambra State.

The petition, a copy of which is in the possession of News Express, was jointly signed by Intersociety’s Board Chairman Umeagbalasi and Head, Publicity Desk,

Justus Ijeoma. It is entitled Unmasking “Dogari/Dansanda” Policy In The Nigeria Police Force & A Case Against Sectional Domination In Promotions & Postings Of Key Officers In The Force. Part One of the petition dated February 3, 2014 and sent from Intersociety’s head office in Onitsha, Anambra State, reads as follows:

‘In our last letter (Averting Chaos & Bloodletting In 2015 General Polls) to the Presidency and the leaderships of the National Assembly, dated 13th day of January, 2014, one of our demands was the presidential intervention in the lopsided promotions and postings characterizing the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force, headed by the Inspector General of the Police, Mr. Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar. Sadly, the wicked policy has not only continued, but also risen to an apogee, to the extent that one of Nigeria’s leading federating partners: Southeast geopolitical zone is in a verge of being erased in the high command hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force, through the policies of “promotion dormancy and tea-making duty assignments/postings”.

‘Except drastic constitutional measures, such as immediate intervention of the President, in his capacity as “Chairman of the Nigeria Police Council” and “Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces”, are taken urgently; otherwise, no senior police officer of Southeast extraction will occupy the rank of AIG in the immediate time and DIG in the next ten years or more, not to talk of becoming an IGP. Already, except timely presidential intervention, Southeast zone has lost the possibility of producing the next Inspector General of Police when the present IGP, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar retires on 30th July, 2014, having lost the headship of the Army in recent shake up in the Service Chiefs.

‘This is because no senior police officer from the zone presently serves as AIG, out of the country’s 21 serving AIGs and the only serving DIG from the zone (Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji) will retire on 9th of September, 2014. The Southeast case is made worse by the fact that out of eight (8) serving CPs from the zone, three will retire this year (2014), three next year (2015) and two next two years (2016). The present IGP (M.D. Abubakar), who will retire in next six months (30th July), was appointed IGP on 25th of January, 2012. By the end of his tenure, he would have served two years and six months as IGP.

‘It is recalled that the leadership of this organization – International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety, had in May 2013 made two representations to the President & Commander-in-Chief over lopsided promotions and postings in the Nigeria Police Force high command(esp. ACPs to IGP), which gravely violates the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 including her Section 14 (3). The letters were predicated on promotions carried on 3rd of April, 2013 by the Police Service Commission, which said it acted based on “IGP’s recommendations”. The seeming inaction of the President & Commander-in-Chief, emboldened the prompters and promoters of this “dogari policy”, to the extent that it has become a wicked norm in the present leadership of the NPF.

‘Since then, three sets of promotions, “on the recommendations of the IGP”, have been carried out with patently lopsidedness and gross breach of the federal character principle. In the September 27, 2013 promotions, four (4) CPs (Ballah Mogaji Nasarawa – Kebi State, Northwest), Mohammed J. Gana (Niger State, North-central), Sabo Ringim (Jigawa State, Northwest) and Edgar Tam Nanakumo (Bayelsa State, South-south) were elevated to the rank of AIG. Shockingly, no senior police officer from Southeast zone was among those promoted. The promotion exercise also involved elevation of eight (8) DCPs to CPs, seven (7) ACPs to DCPs and twenty (20) CSPs to ACPs. In the December 19, 2013 promotions, made public by the IGP on 20th of January, 2014, AIGs Michael E. Zuokumor (Bayelsa State, South-south) and Jonathan Johnson ( Taraba State, Northeast) were made DIGs, while CPs Fana Abdullahi Salihu (Kebbi State, Northwest), Musa Abdulsalam Daura (Katsina State, Northwest) and Kakwe Christopher Katso (Taraba State, Northeast) were elevated to the rank of AIG. Out of these promotions, no senior police officer from Southeast was among. This is in spite of the fact that Southeast has two serving CPs, who have remained in the rank of CP since 2006 and 2007 respectively.

‘In the last promotions that took place on 21st of January, 2014, six (6) DCPs were made Commissioners of Police. They are Aminchi Samaila Baraya (Taraba State, Northeast), Hurdi D. Abubakar Mohammed, (Kebbi State, Northwest), Usman Alkali Baba (Yobe State, Northeast), Tijani Baba (Yobe State, Northeast), Mohammed K. Mohammed (Katsina State, Northwest) and Victor O.E. Onofiok (Akwa Ibom State, South-south). In the above promotions, none of them came from Southeast zone. This is despite the fact that the zone has twenty (20) serving DCPs including three (3) that will retire this year (2014). Also, nine (9) ACPs were promoted to DCPs in the exercise. They are Olukolu Shina Tairu (Lagos State, Southwest), Omololu Shamsiden Bishi (Lagos State, Southwest), Isaac Akinmoyede Olutayo (Lagos State, Southwest), Tijani Babatunde Olasupo (Kwara State, North-central) and Okon Ene Etim (Cross River State, South-south).

‘ Others are Aminu Pai Saleh (FCT/North-central), Makama Usman Hamisu (Plateau State, North-central), Aminu Koji Kwabe (Adamawa State, Northeast) and Chris Mbazor (Ebonyi State, Southeast) who will retire on 26/11/2014, having been born on 03/09/56 and enlisted on 26/11/79. Eight (8) CSPs were elevated to the rank of ACP and they are Alonge Adebowale (Lagos State, Southwest), Augustina Nwuka Ogbodo (Enugu State, Southeast), Polycap Chilaka Dibia (Enugu State, Southeast), Bello Tajudeen Olanrewaju (Kwara State, North-central), David Dangiwa Dantata (Kaduna State, Northwest), Anthony Okon (Akwa Ibom State, South-south) and Babangida Adam Zannah (Borno State, Northeast).

‘Further Authoritative Findings: Our further authoritative findings from high quarters of the Nigeria Police Force have continued to show shocking lopsidedness and sectional promotions and postings of senior officers in the Force. The lopsided and despicable policy appears worst under the present IGP, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, who became IGP on 25th January, 2012. According to an authoritative NPF document seen by our field team of investigators led by Emeka Umeagbalasi; a criminologist and security expert; in addition to an investigation carried out on the last promotions’ exercise of 21st of January, 2014, there are one(1) serving Inspector General of Police (IGP), seven(7) Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs), twenty-one (21) serving Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) including one specialist, eighty-eight (88) serving Commissioners of Police(CPs) including four specialists, one hundred & seventy-two (172) Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) including fifteen specialists, three hundred & ninety-eight (398) Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) including fifteen specialists and nine hundred and six (906) Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) including thirty-five specialists. The list of “IGP-CSPs” under reference was updated to 23rd day of January, 2014. According to the list thoroughly investigated by our team, there are a total of one thousand, five hundred & eighty-six (1,586) serving senior police officers in the Nigeria Police Force occupying the ranks of IGP to CSPs as at 31st day of January, 2014. This is in addition to last promotions under reference (21/01/2014) per PSC (Police Service Commission) website.

‘Serving IGP & DIGs: Out of seven serving DIGs in the Force, the Northwest geopolitical zone, which produces the present IGP, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, also produces two DIGs in the persons of Suleiman Dauda Fakai from Kebbi State and Atiku Yusuf Kafur from Katsina State. The remaining five geopolitical zones have one DIG each and they are Abdurahaman Akano from Osun State (Southwest), Peter Yisa Gana from Niger State (North-central), Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji from Abia State (Southeast), Michael E. Zuokumor from Bayelsa State (South-south) and Jonathan Johnson from Taraba State (Northeast). The birth, enlistment and retirement dates of the IGP and the seven DIGs and their educational qualifications are as follows: 1. Mohammed D. Abubakar (IGP), birth: 05/05/58, enlistment: 30/07/79, retirement: 30/07/2014, educational qualification: Dip., Public Administration & Criminal Justice. He was promoted IGP on 25/01/2012. 2. Suleiman Dauda Fakai (DIG), birth: 01/11/59, enlistment: 01/01/84, retirement: 01/01/2019, educational qualification: B.Sc., PGD, Geography, Policy & Administration. He was promoted DIG on 22/02/2012. 3. Atiku Yusuf Kafur (DIG), birth: 07/07/57, enlistment: 08/12/82, retirement: 07/07/2017, educational qualification: B.A., Education/History. He was promoted DIG on 22/02/2012.

‘Others are: 4. Peter Yisa Gana (DIG), birth: 15/11/59, enlistment: 31/12/84, retirement: 15/11/2019, educational qualification: B.Sc., M.Sc., Policing & Public Order. He was promoted on 22/02/2012. 5. Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji (DIG), birth: 09/09/54, enlistment: 15/07/80, retirement: 09/09/2014, educational qualification: B.Sc., LLB, Sociology & Law. He was promoted DIG on 22/02/2012. 6. Abdurahaman Akano (DIG), birth: 22/06/54, enlistment: 31/12/84, retirement: 22/06/2014, educational qualification: B.A., LLB, English & Law. He was promoted DIG on 22/01/2012. 7. Michael E. Zuokumor (DIG), birth: 14/04/56, enlistment: 01/08/80, retirement: 01/08/2015, educational qualification: B.A., LLB, M.Sc., Law &History. He was promoted DIG on 15/01/2014. 8. Jonathan Johnson (DIG), birth: 23/09/55, enlistment: 03/07/79, retirement: 03/07/2014, education: Teachers’ College (Grade 11). He was promoted DIG on 15/01/2014. A careful look at the foregoing clearly shows that apart from damaging geopolitical lopsidedness, there are also no women among the seven serving DIGs in the NPF. The geopolitical representation of the seven DIGs is utterly lopsided as it is totally wrong to allow the Northwest zone that produces the present IGP to also produce two DIGs.

‘Sirs, please see part two and three of this important letter for continuation and conclusion. It is our hope that the letter in its completeness will be expeditiously looked into and issues of extreme importance raised therein addressed frontally.’

Source: Radio Biafra.

Dollar-bribe Demanding Nigerian Policeman Arrested, Faces Disciplinary Action.


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By SaharaReporters, New York

The policeman earlier caught on camera demanding a “dollar bribe,” has been arrested and currently in Police custody according to the Nigerian police headquarters.

The police officer, Corporal Aniyem Chiyem with police number F/No 374171, is attached to the Isheri Division, Lagos State.

SaharaReporters has learned that the police authorities have commenced disciplinary action against him.

Mr. Chiyem was videotaped while demanding bribe in dollars from a US-based Nigerian traveling  in Lagos.

NPF Press Release :

POLICEMAN ON VIDEO ALLEGEDLY DEMANDING DOLLAR BRIBE ARRESTED, NOW IN POLICE CUSTODY

A hitherto unidentified policeman caught in a hidden camera allegedly demanding “dollar bribe” from a citizen has been identified and arrested. He is F/No. 374171 Cpl Aniyem Chiyem attached to Isheri Division, Lagos State Police Command. His arrest was sequel to a matching order issued by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, CFR, NPM, mni, psc to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Umar Abubakar Manko to ensure prompt arrest and investigation of the matter. Following his arrest, the suspect who is now in police custody, is undergoing Orderly Room trials and if found guilty will face appropriate disciplinary actions.

Meanwhile, the IGP has commended the unknown whistleblower in this case for his painstaking efforts in exposing what would have been a hidden crime.  He equally enjoins other members of the public to emulate this noble and patriotic action which will certainly go a long way in checkmating crime in our society.

 

CSP FRANK E. MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FORCE HEADQUARTERS,

ABUJA.

South-East marginalised in composition of Nigeria’s security leadership.


 

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The Abia State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka, has expressed concern over the composition of the top echelon of the nation’s security agencies, saying the arrangement excluded the South- East zone.

He said that the composition of the top leadership of the security agencies tilted more to a particular section of the country and, therefore, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to look critically into the situation and redress it.

In a statement issued in Umuahia, the state capital, Nwaka said that it was not unlikely that the vacant position of the Minister of Defence would go to the North,

adding that “the offices of the Inspector- General of Police (IGP), National Security Adviser (NSA), Chief of Defence Staff, Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NDCDC) are occupied by people from one section of the country.”

He said: “It is important that the President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces of Nigeria redress the anomaly at his earliest convenience because of the multi-ethnic diversity of our nation and the crisis of confidence and thrust among the ethnic groups.”

Nwaka, however, condemned the persistent killing of innocent people and burning of their houses in some parts of the Northern states by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

He said he was baffled that Northern elders had not found the situation grave enough to compel the Fulani herdsmen to stop their mindless clashes with their host communities across the country. Nwaka noted that the clashes had led and will continue to lead to avoidable loss of lives and property, if no drastic step is taken to stop the killings.

The PDP chairman said aside the Boko Haram insurgency, the next major security challenge the nation may face would arise from the mindless killings by the Fulani herdsmen unless the Federal Government and stakeholders took urgent steps to arrest the situation.

He allayed the fear by some people that the disengagement of Lt- Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika as the Chief of Army staff (COAS) would threaten the peace and security being enjoyed in Abia State. Nwaka said that there was no need for such fear as what was required for permanent security in the state had been put in place.

He said: “I want to assure our people that there is no cause for alarm. The Nigeria Army under the new COAS, Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, and other security agencies will continue to partner the administration of Governor Theodore Orji to ensure that the robust security situation in our state will not be threatened.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Police Permit Not Required For Rallies In Nigeria-Femi Falana.


Femi Falana (SAN)
By Femi Falana

In January 2012, the mass protests against the so-called removal of fuel subsidy were violently disrupted by the police and the army personnel. During its recent industrial action the Academic Staff Union of Universities had cause to direct its members to embark on protests to draw public attention to the underfunding of public universities in Nigeria. The police dispersed the protesting academics with tear gas. A fortnight ago, a political rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was brutally suppressed by the police. In justifying the violent attack, Mr. Joseph Mbu, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police claimed that the rally was unauthorized, as the conveners did not obtain police permit. Since the disruption of public meetings and rallies is an infringement of the fundamental right of Nigerians to freedom of association, assembly and expression it is pertinent to draw the attention of the authorities to the state of the law on public meetings.

Under the Public Order Act (Cap P42) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 the power to regulate public meetings, processions and rallies in any part of Nigeria was exclusively vested in the governors of the respective states of the Federation. Thus, by virtue of section 1 of the Act the Commissioner of Police or any other police officer could not issue a licence or permit for any meeting or rally without the authority of the governor. In other words, no police officer was competent to issue a permit for holding any public meeting or rallies or cancel any such public meeting or rally without the authority of the governor of a state.

In the case of All Nigeria Peoples Party  & Ors. v. Inspector General of Police (2006) CHR 181the Plaintiffs being registered political parties requested the Defendant, the Inspector-General by a letter dated 21st May, 2004 to issue Police Permits to their members to hold unity rallies throughout the country to protest the rigging of the 2003 elections. The request was refused. There was a violent disruption of the rally organized in Kano on the 22nd of September 2003 on the ground that no police permit was obtained.

In a suit filed at the Federal High Court against the Inspector-General of Police the Plaintiffs challenged the constitutional validity of police permit under the Public Order Act and the violent disruption of the rally. In defending the action the Defendant contended that the conveners of the rally did not obtain a police permit. In dismissing the contention of the Police the trial judge, the Honourable Justice Chinyere stated inter alia:

“The gist of the provision in section 1 of the Act is that the Governor of each State is empowered to direct the conduct of all assemblies, meetings and processions on public roads or places of public resort in the state and prescribe the route by which and times at which the procession may pass. Persons desirous of convening or collecting any assembly or meeting or of forming a procession in any public resort must apply and obtain the license of the Governor. The Governor can delegate his powers to the Commissioner of Police of the State or to other police officers. Persons aggrieved by the decision of the Commissioner of Police may appeal to the Governor and the decision of the Governor shall be final and no further appeal shall lie therefrom.”

On the inconsistency of police permit with sections 39 and 40 of the Constitution and Article 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Act (Cap A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 the learned trial judge said:

“In my view, the provision in section 40 of the Constitution is clear, direct and unambiguous. It is formulated and designed to confer on every person the right to assemble freely and associate with other persons. I am therefore persuaded by the argument of Mr. Falana that by the combined effect of sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution as well as Article 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the right to assemble freely cannot be violated without violating the fundamental right to peaceful assembly and association. I agree with Mr. Falana that violation can only be done by the procedure permitted by law, under section 45 of the Constitution, in which case there must be a state of emergency properly declared before theses rights can be violated.

I also agree with Mr. Falana that the criminal law is there to take care if protesters resort to violence in the course of demonstration and that once the rights are exercised peacefully, they cannot be taken away.

The Public Order Act so far as it affects the right of citizens to assemble freely and associate with others, the sum of which is the right to hold rallies or processions or demonstration is an aberration to a democratic society. It is inconsistent with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution. In particular, sections 1(2),(3),(4),(5) and (6), 2, 3 and 4 are inconsistent with the fundamental rights provisions in the 1999 Constitution and to the extent of their inconsistency, they are void. I hereby so declare.”

After declaring the provisions of the Public Order Act which require police permit for public meetings and rallies illegal and unconstitutional the Federal High Court proceeded to grant the following reliefs:

“1.    A DECLARATION that the requirement of police permit or other authority for the holding of rallies or processions in Nigeria is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates section 40 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (Cap 10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

2.     A DECLARATION that the provisions of the Public Order Act (Cap 382) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 which require police permit or any other authority for the holding of rallies or processions in any part of Nigeria is illegal and unconstitutional as they contravene section 40 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (Cap 10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

3.     A DECLARATION that the Defendant is not competent under the Public Order Act (Cap 382) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 or under any law whatever to issue or grant permit for the holding of rallies or processions in any part of Nigeria.

4.     AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL INJUNCTION restraining the Defendant (the Inspector-General of Police) whether by himself, his agents, privies and servants from further preventing the Plaintiffs and other aggrieved citizens of Nigeria from organizing or convening peaceful assemblies, meetings and rallies against unpopular government measures and policies.”

Completely dissatisfied with the judgment of the Federal High Court on the issuance of police permit the Inspector-General of Police appealed to the Court of Appeal. Upon hearing the case the Justices of the Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court. With respect to the powers of governors to authorize the issuance of permit for holding public meetings and rallies in their states Olufunmilayo Adekeye JCA (as she then was) had this to say:

“On a proper perusal of the provisions particularly section 1 subsection 1-6, and sections 2-4 there is no where the name of the Inspector General is mentioned in connection with the issuance of permit for the purpose of conducting peaceful public assemblies. Such application is to be forwarded to the Governor within forty-eight hours of holding such. The Governor may delegate his powers under the Act to the Commissioner of Police of the State or any superior police officer of a rank not below that of a Chief Superintendent of Police as applicable to this case in hand.”

On the fundamental right of Nigerian citizens to assemble freely and protest without licence or permit Adekeye JCA proceeded to hold as follows:

The power given to the Governor of a State to issue permit under Public Order Act cannot be used to attain unconstitutional result of deprivation or right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

The right to demonstrate and the right to protest on matters of public concern are rights which are in the public interest and that which individuals must possess and which they should exercise without impediment as long as no wrongful act is done…

Public Order Act should be promulgated to compliment sections 39 and 40 of the Constitution in context and not to stifle or cripple it. A rally or placard carrying demonstration has become a form of expression of views on current issues affecting government and the governed in a sovereign state. It is a tread recognized and deeply entrenched in the system of governance in civilized countries – it will not only be primitive but also retrogressive if Nigeria continues to require a pass to hold a rally. We must borrow a leaf from those who have trekked the rugged path of democracy and are now reaping the dividend of their experience.” (See Inspector-General of Police v. All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (2008) WRN 65).

In his contribution to the judgment of the Court of Appeal Muhammad JCA confirmed that police permit is alien to a democratic society when he reiterated that:

“In present day Nigeria, clearly police permit has outlived its usefulness. Certainly in a democracy, it is the right of citizens to conduct peaceful processions, rallies or demonstrations without seeking and obtaining permission from anybody. It is a right guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution and any law that attempts to curtail such right is null and void and of no consequence.”

In consigning police permit to the dustbin of history the Court of Appeal relied on the case of New Patriotic Party v. Inspector-General of Police, Accra (1992-1995) GBR 585 where the Supreme Court of Ghana observed that:

“Statutes requiring such permits for peaceful demonstrations, processions and rallies are things of the past. Police permit is the brain child of the colonial era and ought not to remain in our statute books.”

In line with the rule of law the current Inspector-General of Police, Mr. M.D. Abubakar has directed all police officers to comply with the verdicts of both the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal by recognizing the fundamental right of Nigerians to assemble freely and protest without harassment. Hence, in the Nigeria Police Code of Conduct launched at Abuja on January 10, 2013 it is stated that police officers shall “maintain a neutral position with regard to the merits of any labour dispute, political protest, or other public demonstration while acting in an official capacity; not make endorsement of political candidates, while on duty, or in official uniform.”

In view of the aforesaid judicial pronouncements on the fundamental right of Nigeria to protest peacefully without police permit which has been recognized by the Inspector-General of Police as espoused in the Nigeria Police Code of Conduct we urge the Rivers State Commissioner of Police and other Police Commissioners to desist from cancelling or disrupting political meetings and rallies convened by Nigerians in exercise of their freedom of association and assembly. Incidentally, the Honourable Justice Adekeye J.S.C. (Rtd) who delivered the historic judgment of the Court of Appeal, which confirmed the illegality of police permit, is now a member of the Nigeria Police Service Commission. We have no doubt that the respected Justice will rightly advise the Nigeria Police Force to stop the illegal and contemptuous practice of insisting on the issuance of police permit for political meetings and rallies in Nigeria.

Notwithstanding that the provisions of the Public Order Act relating to the issuance of permit for holding public meetings and processions have been struck down the Constitution has empowered governors to issued directives to commissioners of police with respect to public order and security in their respective states. This was confirmed by the Supreme Court in the case of Attorney General of Anambra State v. Attorney General of the Federation. (2005) 9 NWLR (PT 931) 572 at 616 where Uwais CJN (as he then was) held that:

“The Constitution in section 215 subsection (1) clearly gives the Governor of Anambra State the power to issue lawful direction to the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, in connection with securing public safety and order in the State.

Following the aforesaid judgment of the Federal High Court the Olusegun Obasanjo Administration ensured that the protests organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress in 2005 against incessant hike in the prices of petroleum products were not disallowed by the police. In the same vein, the Acting President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan ensured that the rallies convened by the Save Nigeria Group in Lagos and Abuja in 2010 to protest the coup of the cabal that seized power when the Late President Umaru Yaradua was in a state of coma in a foreign hospital  were not attacked by the Police. Since democracy admits of freedom of expression the holding of dissent, protests, marches, rallies and demonstrations the right of Nigerians to freedom of expression should not be enjoyed on the basis of the whims and caprices of the ruling class.

In the light of the foregoing, it is submitted, without any fear of contradiction that the power to issue licence or permit for holding public meetings, assemblies and processions was never vested in Inspector-General of Police and Police Commissioners but in the State Governors. Police permit which is a relic of colonialism has been annulled on the ground of its inconsistency with the provisions of the Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on freedom of assembly, association and expression. To that extent, the disruption of public meetings and rallies by the police and other security agencies ought to be resisted by Nigerians, as it is illegal and contemptuous.

-Femi Falana, SAN.

Ejigbo Pepper Sodomy And Murder Case : Lagos Gov’t Moves Rest Of Victims And Family Into “Witness Protection”, Rewards Whistleblowers.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Lagos State Assembly handed over the family of Mr. Freeman Agomah to the Office of the Public Defender today in the latest development in the Ejigbo pepper sodomy, torture and murder case.

The Lagos State Assembly told the family they would no longer live at their residence but live far away from the area to help them overcome the trauma. Mr. Agomah and his wife were given N500,000.

Mr. Agomah’s wife and two daughters were tortured and sodomized by a gang of men in Ejigbo, allegedly last February.  One of the daughter’s Juliana died as a result of her injuries two months later.

A video of the horrific incident went viral on the internet leading to public outrage and a demand for a full investigation.  The Lagos State Assembly held a public hearing this month.  A criminal gang has since been arrested accused of the torture, extorting money from Mr. Agomah, and banishing the family from their residence in Ejigbo. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar had earlier directed federal detectives in Lagos to take over the case from the Lagos command.

At the Assembly public hearing a reward of N1.25million  was offered for any information leading to an arrest of the perpetrators, and information about the family.  A woman who contacted Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of Women Arise through her Facebook page told her of the whereabouts of the family, was rewarded N500, 000. An elderly Ejigbo man whom gave information that led to the arrest of the gang was rewarded with N250,000.

Mr. Agomah’s daughter, a teenager also sodomized by the vigilante gang gave testimony today.   She was 12 years old when the incident happened.   The family had moved her to Ilorin, Kwara State to help her forget the incident, and continue her schooling.

During her testimony, she said she was sodomized with pepper after the gang had finished with her stepsister, Juliana.  She gave names of the gang members saying she knew them all, and that one of them had asked her out before but she had turned him down.

She said he made mockery and fun of her exposed parts during the torture, quoting him saying, “You rejected my love advances and now I hope you can see that I have it by other chance.”

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of Women Arise told Saharareproters, only now could she relax since seeing the horrible video, “I could not sleep, I could not feed well and I did not actually feel we were in a festive period because I was totally devastated looking at how a fellow woman was being dehumanized.”

“But now that the perpetrators have been apprehended and the family rehabilitated, although it’s sad that one of them is dead, if someone greets me my own Christmas and New Year greeting, I will answer. I could not answer it at the time when I saw the clip,” she said.

She called on the government to enact a law that criminalizes jungle justice. She added that fellow citizens could relate similar injustices to her through her Facebook page, facebook.com/jokeiodumakin so that collective actions could be taken on issues of human dignity and violation of rights.

Islamisation Agenda In Nigeria: Our Concern – CAN.


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President of Christian Welfare Initiative (CWI), who doubles as the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-west Zone, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, had recently urged Christians to join in the 31-day fasting and prayers programme for the persecuted Church in Nigeria which started on January 14, noting that denominations/ministries which had begun fasting and prayers programme in this season should add the prayers for the persecuted Church to their prayer schedules in addition to praying against any Islamic agenda.Atilade maintained that Christians should use the period to draw attention of the entire country, as well as other nations of the world, to the growing security threats to Christians in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.“We affirm that Nigeria is a secular society in which all the citizens have free right to live, work, and express their faith according to their individual convictions. If the secularity of Nigeria has in any way been reviewed or modified, we are not aware,” he stated, adding that the Nigerian Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of movement, and the right to worship God according to individual conviction,” Atilade stated.“We are however disturbed, and very alarmed, at the rate and consistency with which Christians are being slaughtered in northern Nigeria, in a manner similar to the genocide in Rwanda. The brutality, cruelty and inhuman manner in which Nigerian Christians are being systematically and consistently slaughtered by individuals claiming to be adherents of the Islamic faith has reached an alarming proportion that we are compelled to speak out. THIS IS INHUMAN!“In the northern parts of the country, these individuals and groups of individuals have been operating for years with impunity and without regard for law and order, or respect for the right of other Nigerians to live and express their faith in God according to their choice.”According to Atilade, the Fulani herdsmen are fast becoming notorious as a harbinger of destruction wherever they lead their cattle to, in the Middle Belt, South-west and in the South-east. He also outlined several instances since March 2010 when the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram, had caused mayhem all over the North killing Christians and destroying properties.“It is quite amazing that these Fulani herdsmen are yet to be convicted of mass murder. It is equally disheartening that even moderate Muslims that do not seem to support these agents of death and destruction are also targeted and killed by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group. It is very unfortunate that innocent students are also massacred by these terrorists,” the CAN leader stated.“While attacks have been reported against moderate Muslims that do not support these insurgents, it is clear to the whole world that the main target of these terrorist attacks by both Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen are Christians in Nigeria.“While some mischievous

elements in the media have attempted portraying these killings as ethnic or socio-economic related clashes, the pattern of the attacks confirm that it is a religious war, patterned after the Islamic Jihad. According to the World Watch List, The majority of the incidents of conflicts that have been reported in the international media as ‘clashes’ between Muslims and Christians in actual fact have been one-sided violence against Christians.”Continuing, he said as a result of these crises, thousands of Christian men, women and children have been murdered, thousands of children have become orphans, thousands of women are widowed, while innumerable Christian men and women have been maimed and mutilated.“It is unbelievable that in this age and period, human beings could descend to such level of inhuman barbarity and cruelty while claiming divine mandate. Nigerian citizens have been hacked to death with machete, their throats have been slit with knives like rams, their heads have been severed from their necks with the saw carpenters use on wood, the barrel of AK 47 has been placed on their nose before being fired, the stomach of pregnant women were ripped open with knives, they have been burnt alive, and all manners of unprintable atrocities have been committed by some Nigerian citizens against other Nigerian citizens all in the name of expanding a religion,” he stated.“In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Plateau, Benue, Bauchi, Kogi, Niger, Nassarawa, Taraba, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe states as well as the Federal Capital Territory, individuals and groups of individuals, claiming Islamic injunction, have been routinely killing, bombing, maiming and mutilating Christians. Properties of Christians are being destroyed and their places of worship as well as business locations are routinely burnt and destroyed.“The situation reached a crescendo that the Federal Government was compelled to impose a state of emergency in the states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa on May 14, 2013.“Despite the emergency rule, the Islamic terrorists did not relent in their attacks.”.Atilade maintained that the 2013 World Watch List report showed that 66% of Christians killed, globally, were Nigerian Christians.Wondering why there is a conspiracy of silence over the emerging religious war in Nigeria, the archbishop attempted to give reasons why the situation persists, noting that what is more distressing is the valid information that the incessant bloodshed is a culmination of a carefully planned agenda to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state and Africa as an Islamic continent.Members of the Boko Haram, he argued, have clearly announced that their objective is to Islamize Nigeria. “We are aware that a meeting was held many years ago to strategize on Islamizing Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. We are also aware that eradication of Christian groups resistant to Islamic conversion was advocated in a conference held in Abuja in 1989. That Islamic agenda is unfolding before our eyes today,” the archbishop said.“We wish to use this medium to alert Christians in Nigeria, particularly in the South-west, that there is an Islamic agenda that has been launched against Nigeria, and the trend of events seems to point in the direction of the South-west as the next battle ground. There seems to be a gradual plot to make Islam the dominant religion in the region.“We cannot understand why the political party that is currently ruling in the South-west fielded mostly Muslims as its governorship candidates. 80 per cent of the governors of this political party in the South-west are Muslims. It is a gross imbalance that must be redressed without delay.“To add to our apprehension, Osun State Gov. Rauf Aregbesola has commenced taking decisions and introducing policies that are clearly anti-Christian.“Osun State under Gov. Aregbesola is not hiding its intolerance and disdain for the Christian faith. Recently, as a direct result of his policies, a Christian secondary school in Osun was invaded by Muslims and the principal was nearly beaten into a state of coma. It is by a stroke of divine intervention that he did not die.
To date, we are yet to witness the prosecution of the Muslims who perpetrated that dastardly act.“Christians in Nigeria should be warned not to underestimate the unfolding Islamic agenda in the country. Historically, nations like Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and so on, were Christian nations before they were overran by Islam. Not only were they overrun by Islam, their culture and governance were taken over by Arabs. If a nation like Turkey could be Islamized, Christians in Nigeria should not assume that the Islamization agenda is an idle threat.”He therefore advised Christians in the South-west, who have concluded that the region is immune to such attacks, to study carefully what is unfolding in Osun, noting that “developments in Osun State clearly confirm that there is cause for concern.”“We wish to state clearly that those of us who are Christians in Nigeria shall not renounce Christianity, and neither shall we convert to Islam. We are Christians by choice, and we choose to remain Christians. We are persuaded that no human being needs to be forced or coerced to accept a gift. A gift that comes with a sword as an alternative is a questionable gift. It is a suspicious gift. Every gift speaks for itself and forceful persuasion becomes unnecessary,” the CAN leader stated.On politics of religion, Atilade observed that it is worrisome that religion is gradually becoming the defining factor in politics in the country.“We are also disturbed by the consistent intensity with which Muslim politicians seek to destabilize the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. We clearly remember that before his election, certain Muslim politicians threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable for him should he exercise his constitutional right of seeking election as the president of Nigeria. Events that have unfolded after his election, starting with the post-election violence in 2011, proved that it was not an idle threat,” he stressed.“We appeal to our fellow Muslim citizens that are determined to cause problem in the nation, that Nigeria belongs to both Christians and Muslims. Every Nigerian has the constitutional right to seek elective office and no one should be harassed or intimidated for doing so. In addition, we are observing the emergence of political gatherings with conflicting signals about its religious intent.“As Christians, we welcome an all-inclusive political party that will protect the interests of all Nigerian citizens, irrespective of tribe, religion, or social status.“The unfortunate religious persecution in the northern parts of Nigeria is an eye-opener and calls for caution in establishing political associations. The current imbalance in the religious structure in the North of Nigeria that is gradually being replicated in the South West demands serious attention by all leaders of the church in Nigeria.”“Undoubtedly,” he continued, “the unbalanced control of the political machinery by a religion in the northern parts of Nigeria is at the bedrock of the current religious intolerance that is plaguing the region. To have such structure replicated at any other zone in the country should be of grave concern to every Nigerian.“Therefore, at the Christian Welfare Initiative (CWI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), South-west, we recommend as follows: Christians all over Nigeria and in the South West in particular, should embark on prayer and fasting from January 14 – February 14, 2014 for the Church in Nigeria and for the nation. Prayers should be mobilized that every conspiracy that has been conceived against Christians in Nigeria shall fail.“We call on Nigeria’s president, the Inspector General of Police and the governors of the states where mass murder is being committed to come up with effective and proactive policing strategies to ensure that no Nigerian citizen or village becomes a soft target for the harbingers of terror.“The use of technology (drones and CCTV) for surveillance and rapid response purposes by security agents should be employed. We wish to inform our Muslim relatives in the South-west that any Islamic violence in Yoruba land portends grave danger, not only to Christians, but also to Muslims. Sometime in 2013, when the terrorists from the North attempted to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, they did not make plans to evacuate Muslims from the impending disaster. If they had succeeded, they would have killed both Christians and Muslims. As we see in the North, Boko Haram is killing both Christians and Muslims.“Therefore, Muslims in the South-west should join the clarion call that the secularity of the region must be maintained. No Yoruba man or woman will profit from any Islamization agenda in the South-west. For our sake and for the sake of our descendants, we must maintain the delicate balance of our society so that Yorubaland does not become the next Syria, Iraq, or Somalia.“It is a common saying with our people that ‘we shall not adopt insanity with religion’. What is going on in the North of Nigeria must be prevented from taking place in the South-west.“Christians in the South West must raise their voices and demand that the next governor of Lagos State in 2015 must be a genuine Christian. After 16 years of Muslim governors, it is only fair that the next governor should be a Christian.“This is in keeping with the secular nature of the nation and maintains the delicate balance in our society.“We are equally concerned about the gradual Islamization of the civil service structure in states where the governor is a Muslim. There is a visible lopsided appointment of directors, permanent secretaries, and heads of parastatals in favor of Muslims.“This is the scenario in the 12 Sharia states in northern Nigeria and it is disturbing that it is being replicated in the South-west. It must be reversed immediately, in the best interest of our people,” Atilade said. [Vanguard]

Insurgency: An Xmas Festival Without Bloodshed By Fatima Goni.


By Fatima Goni

About a month to the Christmas festival we wake up to learn about attacks at air force base by Boko Haram fighters in Maiduguri. Few weeks later, precisely a week to the Xmas D-Day another bombshell was dropped when another group of insurgents attacked another military base in Borno.

 

The bad news was indeed scary. Scary on what might happen on Xmas Day itself when we recall past incidences where suicide bombers detonated explosives at religious centres during festivities.

 

While anticipating more deadly attacks from the suspected terrorists, the good tidings was broken at the eve of the Xmas Day by the Director Defence Information, Major General Olukolade that the terrorists had suffered loses as the military tracked and killed the insurgents who attacked the army barracks.

 

The military spokesperson was emphatic that the military operations to track insurgents who had carried out the pre-dawn attacks on Mohammed Kur Barracks, Bama, had led to the destruction of over 20 vehicles conveying escaping terrorists.  The vehicles were the ones used during the attack on the barracks and were sited through air surveillance  as the terrorists were making efforts to cross the borders back to their haven in Cameroun.

 

Although a good number of the insurgents escaped with bullet wounds while some had been arrested while over 50 of them died in the course of exchange of fire with ground troops in the ongoing operations to apprehend fleeing terrorists.

 

While there were media reports over alleged abductions of wives of military personnel by Boko Haram, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on a visit to Abuja told the media that that the affected women kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect in Bama, Borno State, had escaped from their captives.

 

He said: “Three women were kidnapped and luckily they escaped. So Boko Haram is not holding onto the women and kids as at the moment.”

 

While developments were unfolding, just before the Xmas day, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar reassured Nigerians that the Police had set in motion comprehensive operational strategies to boost security effectively during this year’s Christmas season and beyond.

 

In a statement issued by the Police spokesperson Frank Mba, it disclosed that all the strike forces and specialized units of the Force, including the Police Mobile Force (Mopol), Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Protection Unit, Federal Highway Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department have been adequately mobilized to join forces with the conventional Police Force in providing water-tight security.

 

The statement further disclosed “that covert operations, round-the-clock surveillance, and robust vehicular patrols are being intensified, while particular attention is now constantly paid to strategic public places, including places of worship, recreation centres, shopping malls, business plazas, motor parks, strategic highways, government installations and other important locations so as to forestall any possible criminal activity and guarantee the safety of the citizenry.”

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also mobilised other stakeholders and state governments in a bid to efficiently manage disasters in the event of any emergency in Nigeria during the Yuletide.

 

While the assurances were being made, the skeptics continued to doubt the sincerity of security agencies to tackle likely security breaches during the religious festival.

 

It was therefore positive development that on Christmas Day there was never a report of insurgent attacks or suicide bombing or explosions during the festivity.  Surprisingly to the amazement of most of us, our security men have indeed proved cynics wrong that they can actually put trouble-shooters in check.

 

Gladly, the story became entirely different and heart-warming as no single case of a security breach was reported in any part of the country during the Xmas celebration. This is indeed a welcome development. If not for the efforts of the hardworking security personnel the State House Abuja could have been overrun considering the daring exploit of the Boko Haram in the past attacks in various states in Nigeria including Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Kogi, Niger, Sokoto and Abuja. The attacks on United Nation House, the Police Force Headquarters, religious centres, and recreational centres among others are gory tales of the past as the activities of Boko Haram have now been confined to bordering towns of Cameroon.

 

The media and the public should continue to encourage and support our security in their war on terror by promoting peace, national security and political stability. While terrorism and insurgency remain a global challenge and a source of continuing concern in some countries, Nigeria has done comparatively better with remarkable progress in reducing the incidence of terrorist attacks within its borders to a reasonable level. The military have done so much to reverse the tide of terrorism

 

Security agencies should also continue to build on the successes they have achieved so far against terrorists and their sponsors.

 

With the recent security success recorded during the recent Christmas Celebration, indications are that our security have not only lived up to expectations, but have displayed their readiness to secure the lives of the people using everything at their disposal.

 

While calling on government to continue to match its words with actions, to see to the end of insurgency in the country, Nigerians equally have vital roles to play in this regards. It is on this note that I wish to enjoin Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religion, political or ideological persuasion to support genuine efforts aimed at making Nigeria a peaceful place for everyone, including foreigners. The task of building the Nigeria of our collective dreams and aspirations is for all Nigerians and solely that of those in authority.

 

Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone

 

Fatima Goni

Kofar Dukawuya

Kano City

Fatimagoni1@yahoo.com

 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

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