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Reintegrating Boko Haram Terrorists Is High Treason – HURIWA

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The recent public announcement by the Defence Headquarters that it plans to reintegrate some surrendered Boko haram terrorists has been described as an unmitigated illegality, a treasonable felony and treacherous disobedience of the Nigerian grund norm which must be halted.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) which made the observations in a media statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf,  said it was insensitive,  irresponsible and heart-rending especially to the wives and families of fallen heroes of the war on terror that the Defence Headquarters was at the forefront of the campaign to reintegrate the same terrorists that inflicted heavy wounds onthe Nigerian military.

Besides, the leading civil society organization has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to personally investigate why the Police Trust Fund he recently instituted can’t stand on its own financially let alone provide logistical support for the near- moribund Nigeria Police Force.

HURIWA recalled that the Army  Spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu had stated thus: “While the Nigerian Army (NA) does not want to be distracted from its main focus of dealing decisively with the threats against peace loving Nigerians, it has become necessary to put issues in their right perspectives.

“It is a known fact that in the recent past, over 1,000 members of Boko Haram and their families have surrendered to the troops due to the intense pressure from troops’ sustained offensive actions.

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“Among those were key leaders of the terrorists group who have renounced their membership and have turned themselves in.

“The NA being a professional military organisation will continue to act in accordance with the dictates of the Nigerian Constitution, as well as international best practices.

“It must be known that the NA will never encourage any act of lawlessness or extra- judicial killings.

“Accordingly, all surrendered terrorists will be received, processed and passed on to the relevant agencies of Government for further assessment in line with extant provisions.

“The ongoing Operation Safe Corridor is an outfit established by the Federal Government and not the NA. As such, it is absolutely wrong to say that the NA will free repentant terrorists.

“The NA therefore appeals to the public to disregard the deliberate distortion of facts by these online mediums and continue to support the NA in order to rid the country of terrorism and other forms of insecurity.”

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HURIWA has however restated her call for a law-based war on terror and promotion of national security In which case terrorists must never be pampered,  reintegrated or rehabilitated without following the due process of the law which implies that anyone who participates in terror campaign that has led to the killingbof nearly 40,000 civilians must be prosecuted in the competent courts of law in line with section 6 of the Constitution.

It said further: “In the same vein the government must engage in a law-based war by enforcing anti-terrorism laws. Section 1A (4) of the TPA (as amended) empowers ‘the law enforcement agencies’ to ‘enforce all laws and regulations on counter–terrorism in Nigeria.’ Prior to the TPA, Section 46 of the EFCC Act 2004 defines ‘terrorism’ to mean a violation of the Criminal Code or the Penal Code and with likelihood of endangering life, integrity or freedom, or causing serious injury or death with the intent to force the person(s) or body or government to do or not to do certain things or disrupt and includes financing or aiding terrorism. The punishment for the crime by Section 15 of the EFCC Act is imprisonment for life.’

“Section 1(3) of the TPA (as amended) defines an ‘act of terrorism’ as that deliberately done with malice aforethought and which may seriously harm or damage a country or an international organization. Any act also amounts to terrorism when it is done deliberately with malice aforethought and intended to unduly compel a government or international organization to perform or abstain from performing any act. A terrorist act is committed when done with the requisite intent; it seriously destabilizes or destroys the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social structure of a country or international organization by intimidation or coercion. It also amounts to a terrorist act where it involves an attack upon a person’s life that possibly results in serious bodily harm or death. Intimidating or coercing a government or international organization is a terrorist act where it involves or causes: the kidnapping of a person, or destruction of a government public facility, or private property etc.

This is particularly so where the act is likely to endanger human life or result in major economic loss. By section 2 (b) (I), which defines terrorism as acts done to unduly compel a government or international organization to perform or abstain from performing any act the definition of terrorism is confined to non-state actors thereby excluding state terrorism from the ambit of its definition. There is an omnibus provision which criminalizes and treats as terrorist act ‘any act or omission’ in or outside Nigeria which constitutes an offence within the scope of a counter-terrorism protocols and conventions duly ratified by Nigeria.”

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“It is difficult to dismiss the general notion that the Nigerian State has not shown political will and commitment to the war on terror. It seems that not only have the real brains behind it not been prosecuted but are also being shielded. An ideology-based crime does not end with the incarceration of the ‘foot soldiers.’ Unfortunately, the usual extra-judicial killing of high-profile suspects suggests a pattern of cover-up. Both Mohammed Yusuf and Alhaji Buji Foi, Boko Haram leader and the financier respectively, suffered the same fate while in police custody.

“Closely related is the manner of enforcement of the law on the subject; enforcement must be within the arm bit of general sense of legality. This implies that government should be conducted within the framework of recognized rules and principles which restrict discretionary power as opposed to the uncertain and crooked cord of discretion as held by the court in the cases of Miscellaneous Offences Tribunals v. Okoroafor (2001) 10 NWLR (Pt. 745) P. 310 and All Nigerian Peoples Party v. Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (2006) 11 NWLR (Pt. 992) p. 597.

“In the English case of Arthur Yates & Co. Pty. Ltd. v. Vegetable Seeds Committee9, Herring C.J held thus in this regard: ‘It is not the English view of the law that whatever is officially done is law … On the contrary, the principle of English law is that what is done officially must be done in accordance with the law.’ ”

HURIWA also spoke about the moribund nature of the newly inaugurated Police Trust Fund which was actually established by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to provide funding and logistical support for the near-moribund Nigeria Police even as the rights group regretted that it had been reported that the same Police Trust Fund was being sponsored by the Nigerian Police Force which it was statutorily set up to assist.

“We are asking President Muhammadu Buhari to personally investigate why the Police Trust Fund can’t stand on its own many months after being inaugurated”, just as the rights group said it was either that the central and state governments jointly received.

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HURIWA said that the Police Trust Fund or the agency should be folded to avoid frittereing scarce public fund only paying salaries to employees who aren’t actually working in line with the statutory mandate of the Police Trust Fund.

 

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South West NUJ Commends  Abiodun’s Appointment Of Journalist As Head Of Service

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Kehinde Onasanya

The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) South West Zone has commended the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on the appointment of Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, as the Head of Service.

It would be recalled that Onasanya, a leading journalist in the service of Ogun State Government, was recently appointed by the governor as the 20th Head of Service.

In a communique issued at the end of the zonal meeting of the union held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Friday, Abiodun was lauded for appointing Onasanya as the first journalist to become Head of Service in the State.

The NUJ also praised the governor for his unflinching support for the Ogun State Council of the Union since his assumption of office in 2019, calling on other State Governors to emulate Abiodun’s exemplary gesture.

“The leadership of the NUJ Zone B specifically appreciated the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, for appointing a journalist, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, as the first NUJ member to be the Head of Service of the state.

“The Union appealed to other state governors to magnanimously elevate qualified journalists/information officers to the position of permanent secretary, Head of Service and other key public offices,” the communique reads in part.

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Ogun State Launches Initiative To Sell 100 Truckloads Of Rice At Affordable Prices

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L-R: Representative of the Awujale of Ijebuland and Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo, Oba Lawrence Adebajo; the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Adedotun Gbadebo with the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun during a stakeholders' engagement on palliatives distribution at the June 12 Cultural Center, Kuto, Abeokuta

The Poor,Elderly, Vulnerable To Get Free Allocation

Ogun State has purchased 100 truckloads  of rice to be sold at cheap rates to residents of the state to cushion the effect of the rise in the prices of goods in the country.

The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this on Wednesday while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Prince Abiodun disclosed that the rice would be subsidized and made available at the rate it was before the recent astronomical rise in the prices of the commodities.

He, however, said the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable would enjoy free allocation.

“We have decided to give our people foodstuffs like rice, garri, beans. I have ordered almost 100 trailers of rice, they will start offloading them tomorrow (today).

“We have decided that the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable will be given the rice free of charge, while others will have to buy the rice at the price we formally bought it before the dollar rose very high so that it won’t be a one-off and we can continue till the issue of the dollar is settled,” he said.

Governor Abiodun assured the people of Ogun State that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge and knows what he is doing.

According to him, the President is on top of the situation, adding that Nigerians will soon start seeing the manifestation of the several policies put in place to curtail the rising inflation

He added that the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Yemi Cardoso, at a meeting he had with him, has assured that the dollar would soon fall.

“Everything we are experiencing at the moment is very transient, it will soon pass away. Let me assure you, the meeting we had yesterday (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday) after I left that meeting this evening, I am convinced that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge. He knows what he is doing.

“With the plan that he has begun to implement, you will soon begin to see the change. We must remain very hopeful.

“The last meeting I had was with the CBN Governor. He said I should quote him and tell you that, very soon, the dollar will crash,” he said.

Abiodun noted that his administration in realization of the present hardship facing the country took some steps to cushion the effect, even as he recalled that an intervention worth more than N5 billion was announced by his administration last week.

Tertiary students of Ogun State origin across the country will receive N50,000 each, the governor said.

The secondary and primary school category with about 800,000 students, Prince Abiodun noted, will be done in phases, with the first phase, comprising 100,000 students getting N10,000 each.

Those not captured now would get five exercise books while waiting for the next phase.

The governor said women and the elderly would benefit from free medical care with insurance cards worth N18,000.

Abiodun further noted that his administration would set aside about N500 million monthly to offset the payment of deductions for civil servants in the state public service.

Governor Abiodun urged Nigerians, especially the youths not to allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous elements to disrupt the peace of the country.

“It is now so bad that they have planned to use our youths, give them money to disrupt the peace of the country by staging protests.

“What we  are going through isn’t what other countries around the world haven’t also experienced. But they were very patriotic, calm because they know the solution is on the way,” he said.

 

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Eghagha Urges Peace, Understanding Over Relocation Of Delta University Faculty

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Prof. Hope Eghagha

A Delta State Education Consultant, Prof. Hope Eghagha, on Thursday called for peace and understanding over the relocation of the Faculty of Management Sciences of the Delta State University, Ozoro.

In a statement, Eghagha said as part of the Delta State government’s determination to spread campuses of tertiary institutions to all parts of the state, the Governing Council of Delta State University Ozoro recently announced that the Faculty of Management Sciences will be moved to Orerokpe.

He described this as a welcome development which the people of Orerokpe have received with expectation and happiness.

But according to Eghagha, while some people received the information with joy and appreciation of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s broad vision, a few persons from Ozoro took to the streets to protest  against the decision.

He said: “This is a call for understanding. Multiple campuses as a way of achieving balance is not a new phenomenon in Delta State and indeed in Nigeria. It was because of this culture that the Delta State government sited the Faculties of Law and Engineering in Oleh, while Agriculture and Management Sciences were sited in Anwai, Asaba. All other stakeholders showed understanding and the rest as they say has become history. Put explicitly, the good people of Abraka did not go up in arms. On this score, we commend the leadership of the Isoko apex body Isoko Development Union (IDU) led by Professor Chris Akpotu on their recent congratulatory visit to the governor.

“The decision to move one out of six faculties ought not to generate the kind of tension which was seen in the last three odd days. Apart from having a full-fledged university, it should be noted that three other faculties – Faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, & Health Sciences- which are yet to take off have been approved by the NUC for Ozoro. Delta State government is committed to fully developing the university at Ozoro. The movement of Management Sciences Faculty to Orerokpe should be seen as a way of bringing development to the ancient town of Orerokpe, a town which serves as the ancestral home of the Okpe people. All stakeholders should also remember the ancestral link between the people of Orerokpe and the Isoko nation.

“We therefore call for understanding, peace, and patience on the part of all stakeholders. In no distant time the picture will be clearer and both the people of Ozoro and Orerokpe will appreciate the development strides of the Oborevwori administration.”

 

 

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