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Full List Of Defecting PDP Senators Released.


By Saharareporters, New York

Saharareporters has obtained the full list of 11 Senators that submitted a letter to Senate President David Mark today asking to defect to the opposition   All progressives Congress (APC) party.

The defecting senators are  as follows :
1. Senator Bukola Saraki-Kwara Central
2. Senator Umaru Dahiru-Sokoto South
3. Senator Magnus Ngei Abe -Rivers South-East
4. Senator Wilson Asinobi Ake-Rivers  West
5. Sen. Bindawa Muhammed Jibrilla-Adamawa North
6. Sen. Mohammed Danjuma Goje-Gombe central
7. Sen. Aisha Jummai Alhassan-Taraba North
8. Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume-Borno South
9. Senator Mohammed Shaba Lafiaji-Kwara North
10. Sen. Abdulahi Adamu-Nasarawa West
11. Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir-Sokoto East

Arrest Senator Ali Modu Sheriff aka SAS Now.


Ali Modu Sheriff
By Dr. Peregrino Brimah

The people of Borno have stood up to combat insane terror. Nigeria’s military is engaged, fighting and dying to restore sanity to one of the prior most peaceful parts of Nigeria. As they all make the ultimate sacrifice, fighting and dying to protect the sanctity and sanity of life, not just in the north east, but the entire nation, it is an insult and vituperation to the nation and gravid misconduct of the authorities of Nigeria, that the sponsors and inventors of terror remain lose and above the law, while our youth and army who we portray as dispensable and disposable, die to clear up the mess.

Sponsors of terror can no longer walk free. Top level suspects must be brought in. Dots must be connected and serious investigations run on all those who have sided and abetted and sponsored, directly or indirectly, the menace that plagues Nigeria and its neighbors.

Those whose duty it was to protect the people, but were negligent and even went ahead to arm bandits who later became full blown terrorists, must be held to account for their misdeeds, not just to clear up this particular mess, but in responsibility and as a responsibility of the government, to prevent this from recurring and recurring in a political reckless republic.

Ali Modu Sheriff, aka, SAS is chief suspect. The people have passed their judgment. After the bombing in Maiduguri today, our brave youth could take it no more and once again, went after SAS. Ali Modu Sheriff was the bloody-rich governor of Borno, under whose watch Boko Haram successfully evolved. Do you know the hurt, the pain and the insult as he comes back, free and fat, to involve himself in politics in the state?

It is public knowledge that the politicians of Borno invented ECOMOG, an armed civilian hooligan force, which was used for political intimidation during Ali Modu Sheriffs battle to edge out Governor Mala Kachallah from the Government House. Alhaji Mala  Atuman, who was declared wanted by the Civilian JTF June 27th last year and whose house was later attacked by Borno youth, leading up to his arrest—which SAS reproached—and others who filled in the vacuum when SAS and his team abandoned Boko Haram-Ecomog, must all be arrested and thoroughly interrogated.

There must be top level culprits. Nigerians are not monkeys and our lives are not more worthless than grass. Enough is enough. The National Security Advisers of Nigeria, under whose tenures and whose responsibilities it was to check and arrest the development of terror networks in the country must be brought to book for dereliction of the duty for which Nigeria paid them.

In our jobs, we all do our duty. If we fail, we are fired and/or sued. Nigeria’s ministers, governors, security advisers and presidents who failed to protect the society, which paid them heavily to do so, must be brought to account for their carelessness and direct or indirect facilitation of the menaces of deadly terror, north and south. There must be fiscal responsibility and retribution, for us to be a nation or nations more than a mere collection of barbarians. Things cannot get better if administrative criminals are not held to account.

Failure of the current administration to deal with terror from the top, as our army and brave youth sacrifice and die to curb it from the bottom, will clearly define this government as a supporter of, and accessory to death and terror.

In May of 2012, the President of Nigeria stated that he knew the sponsors of terror and will bring them to Justice. It is 2 years later now. We will not wait any longer. Bring the sponsors of terror to justice or you, the Federal government is a sponsor of terror, and the Nigerian nation is under siege of its government. And while you are at it, please get PDP chairman, Bamanga Tukur who said, “Boko Haram is fighting for justice, Boko haram is another name for justice,” out of our faces. Stop being so wicked. Respect us and our lives a little.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah [Every Nigerian Do Something]
Email: Twitter: @EveryNigerian


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

Release of 165 B’Haram Terrorist members while Charles Okah remained incarcerated, an injustice Jonathan must address.


In recent years, the Nigerian government has been accused of indiscriminate arrests, harassment, and prosecution in its fight against crimes and terrorism. There are allegations that many innocent citizens had been killed; while others had been starved, poisoned, brutalised and dehumanised in prisons.
On Friday, January 10, 2014, however, The PUNCH reported that President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the release of 165 terror suspects. A similar directive was given in May 2013, when scores of women and children were released. According to the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, these and similar moves are “meant to enhance peace efforts in the country.”But beyond the peace efforts, such moves are necessary because a democratic government must not be seen or thought of to be engaged in extraligalities. The innocent must not be falsely accused, prosecuted and or jailed. And those whom the government thinks warrant prosecution must be speedily tried. Keeping the accused, as is the case with Charles Oyintombra Okah, locked up for years and under inhumane condition is not only indecent and cruel, it is against what justice, humanity and democracy call for.
It will be recalled that Okah has been in detention ever since he was suspected, amongst other crimes, of being the elusive Jomo Gbomo of the famed Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. He is also accused of being an accessory to the 2010 Independence Day bombings at the Eagle Square, Abuja.  If these allegations are true, where is the supportive evidence? If indeed he is what the Nigerian government alleges, where is the incontrovertible evidence? Mere allegations are not evidence of guilt; and unfounded suspicion should not be the basis for a lengthy confinement.
It is disturbing that without an iota of evidence, the Nigerian government locks up a suspect in jail and where, gradually, physical and mental illness are creeping up on him. All efforts at reaching President Jonathan to intervene in the matter have failed. All efforts at a speedy and impartial trial have also failed. What’s more, entreaties to the Judiciary and the Catholic Church – the Church to which Charles Okah belongs — have also failed.
Okah should never have been arrested in the first place. This is so because there is no evidence linking him to any crime or terrorism. None! In the second place, the civil society – especially those engaged in human and civil rights campaign – should have come to his defence. Third, the President himself knew, and even said so in a televised comment he made shortly after the unfortunate incident that neither MEND nor the Okah brothers were responsible for the 2010 Independence Day bombings.  And fourth, the presiding judge should have, at the very least, dismissed the case. But he didn’t! What is he afraid of?
And even Anthony Olubunmi Okogie –formerly Catholic Archbishop of Lagos who is known for truth, justice and human rights and for his defence of the defenceless – has been mute on this matter. He and the Roman Catholic Church have basically abandoned a life-long member of the Catholic faith to rot alone and in silence. Fourteen months after a Save-My-Soul letter to the leadership of the Church, there has been no response.
With nowhere to turn and with no succour in sight, the family of Okah has decided to bring the matter to the public’s notice by releasing a press statement. The entire Okah family expressed concern over the “continued inhuman incarceration and deteriorating man-induced mental health of their son.” Frankly, Okah’s mental condition is so bad that in early December 2013, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court ordered him to undergo a battery of psychiatric tests.
Other than the long periods of solitary confinement, the Okah family alleged that: “The drug, known as Epilim 200 (sodium valproate or ESV), was prescribed by Prof. Bwala, a consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital Abuja, to treat the damage to Okah’s neurological system caused by exposure to high levels of fumigant chemicals, when he and his cell mates were locked up inside the cell that was being fumigated which led to the subsequent death of Francis Osuwo.”
The family went on to say, “Our research however revealed that sodium valproate, which was administered in 200mg dosage thrice daily to him, is a medication primarily for epilepsy. Charles Okah is not epileptic. A fellow inmate in a single cell block where Charles Okah has been languishing in solitary confinement for three years, confirmed that he had complained to one Dr. Ajayi of the Kuje Prison clinic several times concerning the serious side effects the drug was having on him; listing some of them as hallucinations, memory loss, severe headaches, confusion and bed wetting.”
What we have here – insofar as the treatment of Charles Okah within the confines of the Kuje Prison is concerned — is nothing but gross medical malpractice. A man, who is being abused by the political and judicial systems, is also being abused by the medical profession – a profession whose members took the Hippocratic oath — prescribe medicine for the good of any patient and never do harm to anyone – and the Declaration of Geneva: maintain the utmost respect for human life; not use knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat.
Just because the government says a man is guilty does not mean he is truly guilty. We ought to have the courage and the commonsense to ask: “Where is the evidence?” Here and now, however, Nigerians should be concerned about three things and three things only: First, the truth: Who planned and executed the Independence Day bombings? Second, the need for a speedy, impartial and untainted judge to unearth the truth. And third, if there is no iron-clad evidence, then, Okah should be set free, allowed to rejoin his family and go about his life and private matters.
For the immediate period, however, Charles Okah should be allowed bail and to proceed on medical treatment at home or abroad. We need not forget or be blind to the fact that Justice Gabriel Kolawole granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume (an alleged Boko Haram sponsor and sympathiser). Presidential magnanimity should be brought to bear on this matter, too. Justice shouldn’t be this complicated and expensive.
By Sabella Abidde

National Conference Committee begins consultations in zones.


The National Dialogue Advisory Committee set up by the Presidency to put in place the modalities for convening a national conference has begun work, consulting with Nigerians on the basis of their geo-political zones.

Nigerians in each of the zones would have the opportunity to interact with the committee on two occasions as the committee has drawn up its scheduled to allow for town hall meetings in two states in each of the six geo-political zones

The interface which began in Akure, Ondo State, yesterday is expected to end on November 11 with a parley with residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Meanwhile the federal government has said the committee has not been overfunded, but that its financial needs had only been met.

Special Assistant on Media to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sam Nwaobasi , made this statement against the speculation that the committee might have been set up to enrich certain persons.

Although Nwaobasi did not provide details regarding the budget of the committee, he said the committee only had few days to execute its mandate and that its members were rendering a service to the nation. “This is not the main conference committee. This one only has a few days to draw up modalities regarding the national conference”, he said.

He explained that the report of the committee would determine the budget of the proposed national conference. President Goodluck Jonathan had in his October 1 independence anniversary nationwide address announced the setting up of the 13 member committee led by Dr. Femi Okurounmu.

The committee is mandated to establish modalities for a national conference. Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on MDGs and Senator representing Southern Borno, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, has said there is no need for a national conference, as it is a diversion from the real issues affecting Nigerians. Senator Ndume who made this assertion during an interactive session with journalists in his Maiduguri residence, said that what Nigerians needed now is the provision of basic social amenities such as good roads, hospitals, schools and potable water.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Nigeria-tude, And The Republic Of Ombatse By Prince Charles Dickson.

Last week my office literally turned into a small battle-field, the issue was basically, on the proliferation of arms, the fact that something is inherently wrong, whether by default or not.

Somewhere in the battle, the term Négritude was used by my humble self to draw an analogy; ‘Negritude‘ is a literary and ideological movement, developed by francophone black intellectuals, writers, and politicians in France in the 1930s. Its founders included the former Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor, Martinican poet Aimé Césaire, and the Guianan Léon Damas. Negritude literally means Negro-ness. It takes pride in “blackness” and traditional African values and culture, black surrealism, power and revolution, mixed with an undercurrent of Marxist ideals.

Before we get lost my admonition this week, simply ask us, why are we this way–are we so docile, yet violent, why are we mute, and allow majors become minors…what is our pride in “Nigeria-ness” and traditional values and culture.

Two months and still counting, our Nigerian-ness has been only made visible by our continuous inaction to happenings around us. We are even more concerned Tahir square, Egypt and Morsi, while the Republic of Ombatse grows with impunity.

Northern governors I gathered have donated N100million to families of policemen killed. I have read the inside story of the militia group, we have been told they have been banned. The Nassarawa Governor has as usual inaugurated a Commission of Inquiry, despite his ‘alleged’ complicity. PDP has denied involvement, not that they have ever accepted any charge before. Weeks back police claimed to have arrested ‘notorious’ ombatse’ member.

To cap it, the DSS boss says the group has been forgiven, while its chief priest says he has not been invited by anyone. Less I forget to add, the stories of how the officers/men of security agencies were killed by ‘gods’ and ‘ghosts’. The ‘god’ of ‘ombatse’ is one of our many Nigeria-tude.

In our republic, Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson stated over the week while with one of the naval chiefs “militants where vandalizing oil pipelines, stealing crude oil for the purpose of procuring arms, and recruiting new members.

He described oil theft as “a threat to national security, also decried the proliferation of arms in the region, saying oil theft could be linked to the procurement of such arms”.

…“It is from there they have easy funds to recruit followers; it is from these activities of crude oil theft and illegal refining that people are able to sustain such large numbers of youths and put them into various cult groups. What is going on has a direct effect on the proliferation of small and light weapons because they need an army of youths to protect their territories, to be able to withstand the onslaught of legitimate security personnel.”

Gunmen attacked Government Secondary School, Mamudo in Yobe, 42 students were killed, and then the Zamfara episode where some 60 were butchered or the scores at the Langtang, Plateau axis. The Mubi Killings, the recent massacre of traders from Oyo at the Borno axis, the corpse found in that River in the East, and skulls discovered only last week in Aba, all soon become forgotten stories. In our Nigeria-tude we move ahead and along. Apart from the 24hour outrage and in local parlance we do the ‘Eyaaah’ and say may their souls rest in peace.

Zamfara is talking, and this is the talk–providing arms for the state’s vigilante groups. The state said there was no going back, that the arms have already been purchased and is currently at the state police headquarters.

“Special Adviser to the governor on media and information technology, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Tsafe, said that “the issue is with the police and the state government will not say anything again until the process of acquiring the permit is accomplished”.

A source in Zamfara says once permit is given “distribution to some ‘trusted’ members of the vigilance groups across the state” will take place.

“…other states were doing it secretly. This has been the practice in some parts of this country, particularly when one looks at the situation in the Niger Delta. Who arms the militants in that area who are also civilians?”

Some states legislatures are currently deliberating on the issue with a view to making a law backing similar projects. The Nigeria ‘Grooving’ Governors’ Forum (NGF) is currently working on how to come up with a common decision on the issue…interesting they are at least ‘working’ on ‘something’.

The Senate discussed the matter via a motion and rejected it, urging President Goodluck Jonathan to stop Zamfara state saying doing so could jeopardize the security situation in the state.

Senate argued that the move could provide access to arms by groups that are neither trained nor authorized to bear arms. But isn’t it the case in the republic…

Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa (ANPP, Zamfara), said that he has spoken with Governor Yari who told him that he did not purchase arms for the vigilante. Who is lying?

Senator Magnus Abe (PDP, Rivers), said it would be wrong for the Senate to condemn the action based on mere newspaper publication. How did it get to the newspapers?

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (PDP, Borno), said there was nothing wrong for Nigerians to own guns so long as they obtain it legally. Is he the same Ndume, very innocent until proven otherwise, I agree with him.

Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, said the security situation in Zamfara state as “very worrisome” as he alleged that bandits were taking advantage of the weakness of the security agencies to perpetrate evil. The republic is sadly growing…

Senator Sha’aba Lafiagi, the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Intelligence and National Security, noted that Yari had purchased the arms before seeking the Inspector General of Police’s permission. Who do we believe, in Nigeria-tude, it’s simply a case of, your faith, ethnicity, political camp, the rest is inconsequential.

He said, “The truth is that the governor has acquired the arms and ammunition; he now approached the IG to grant him permission. Why is it so easy for anybody to acquire arms without hindrance? We have to do all we can to put a stop to illegal acquisition of arms.”

Senator Ali Ndume said that “armed criminals easily assailed Nigerians because they did not have guns. One wonders, what argument, but again speaks volumes about democracy and free speech, a pot pourri of ‘magana banza’, ‘otito oro’ and ‘akuko onye ara’. He added that, “with arms, curtailing the activities of criminals can be easier”.

His comment also that some senators had guns had to be withdrawn, after the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, noted that the allegation was sweeping and unfounded. Withdrawn or not, it had already been made, that is the Nigeria-tude, what makes the republic of ombatse.

The issue of state police was touched, but I will take Senator Victor Lar‘s comments “…all these are as a result of the frustration in the polity as many governors were wishing to have state police, noting that they were more concerned about regime security and not national security.

“We should resist the temptation of arming local militias in the face of the insecurity problems…” He concluded.

These men represent Nigerians whether we elected them, or they selected themselves, this one topic shows us how divided we are, it paints the picture that is in front of us. Reading in between the lines tells it all.

Nigerians are dying, others are arming, preparing–while we discuss, Rotimi Amaechi and his palm wine quarrels with NGF, Mrs. Jonathan and his family the PDP. The local shenanigans called APC or opposition are crying over everything from their name and doing nothing, than a dangerous building a conglomeration of ex-this and that.

Whether the arms are being bought secretly or openly, they are being bought anyway, sadly even Senators are not left out in the ‘buying thing’. The fact is if the snake doesn’t show its character, its snake-ness, it will be used as a waist belt by a child. We are simply in a Republic of Ombatse…where it leads us to–only time will tell.


Nigeria military: Sect member at senator’s home.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria‘s military arrested a member of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram at the home of a prominent senator, an official said late Friday, adding weight to claims that the violent group has political sponsorship.

Shuaibu Muhammed Bama had been found “in a serving senator’s home” in Maiduguri on Thursday night, military spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said. Musa described Bama as a commander who organized attacks in Bama, a town just southeast of Maiduguri in Borno state.

Those living in Nigeria’s Muslim north often take the name of their town or village as a surname. He also is not the first to join Boko Haram from that town. Authorities blamed a Christmas Day car bombing of a Catholic church outside Nigeria’s capital that killed at least 44 people on Habibu Bama, a former soldier from the town. Security forces killed Habibu Bama in June, the sect has said.

Musa did not name the senator in his statement. However, the only senator who has a home in the area where Bama was arrested in is Sen. Ahmed Zanna, a member of the governing People’s Democratic Party in Nigeria’s National Assembly. Zanna and officials in his office could not be immediately reached for comment Saturday morning.

Rumors have always circled that Boko Haram received backing from some political sponsors in Nigeria, a country where politicians often arm militants to rig elections. In January, President Goodluck Jonathan himself said that the sect had infiltrated all levels of government, including the armed forces and security agencies.

This is not the first time a serving senator has been accused of being in league with Boko Haram. Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume was arrested in November and faces charges that he was involved with the group.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north, is blamed for killing more than 690 people this year alone, according to an AP count. The sect wants Nigeria’s government to release its imprisoned members and to implement strict Shariah law across this multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people. The sect’s attacks have raised religious tensions across Nigeria, which is largely split between its predominantly Christian south and Muslim north.

Meanwhile, violence blamed on the sect continues unstopped despite a large military presence in northeast Nigeria. On Friday, officials and witnesses said gunmen killed a Chinese construction worker in Maiduguri, while an overnight raid in the nearby city of Potiskum left five others dead and several schools razed. The violence continued Saturday, as witnesses said gunmen raided the Potiskum home of a former Nigeria Customs Service official and killed him and his son.


By HARUNA UMAR | Associated Press

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