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Mailafia May Have Been Killed Extralegally – HURIWA

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Obadiah Mailafia: The Grip Of Grief

… Calls For Autopsy, Independent Probe

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has alleged that former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor and presidential candidate Dr.Obadiah Mailafia may have been killed extralegally.

In a statement on Sunday, HURIWA recalled: “Exactly one year ago on September 11th 2020 at the height of the incessant  harassment by the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force, the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a critic of the current administration Dr Obadiah Mailafia raised the alarm of death threat as follows: ‘Please, pray for me. I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking the truth. For speaking on behalf of the Holy Martyrs — of thousands of innocent children, women, elderly and youths that have been killed in our beloved country.’

“There are very unassailable reasons to believe that the alarm he raised which was never investigated may be the harbinger of his sudden demise in Abuja on Sunday September 19th 2021.”

The human rights group which called for an independent probe into his death urged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)  and the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) to jointly hire top notch forensic investigation teams to independently probe the immediate and remote circumstances of his death “so as to ascertain the exact cause of the death of a man who since the past few years became the voice of truth against the powers- that -be and the champion of the principle of the rule of law in Nigeria.”

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In the statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf,  HURIWA regretted that Nigeria “seems to have become the killer of her best citizens” adding that “indeed persons who speak truth to power in the past six and half years have come under persistent attacks and pressure from forces embedded within the Nigerian Security Forces and the political class in charge of government at all levels to an extent that even the central ruling party – All Progressives Congress has gone all out to try to sponsor many toxic, obnoxious and unconstitutional bills all aimed at curtailing the enjoyment of the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights recognised in chapter 4 of the Nigerian constitution.”

HURIWA said that its “officials have similarly been threatened by forces working for the federal government and the officials of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that are being protected by officials working in the office of the President.”

HURIWA continued :”We call on the president to immediately fish out the blood-thirsty officials working in Aso-Rock who are issuing personal threats to human rights campaigners.”

The rights group said it got “many calls from the presidency in the past few months warming its officials to stop causing distractions. Of truth, there are individuals in this government who do not wish their principal President Muhammadu Buhari to quit on a high note but they are working to stain the image of the president and it looks like the president does not read opinions of critical stakeholders who are clearly interested in guiding the government to the path of legality and lawfulness .”

HURIWA expressed disappointment that months after the erstwhile deputy governor of the CBN raised the alarm that government agents were after him, “there was never any effort made in the direction of unraveling the forces who wanted him dead and he was overlooked and allowed to be wasted in such a callous manner and we are only being told that he died after a brief illness.”

According to HURIWA, “there have been several of such suspicious deaths that have been covered up such as the death of the Executive Secretary of National Examination Council in Minna Professor Obioma from Abia State whose suspected murder has been hidden from the public scrutiny.”

It said that “the persistent attacks of political rivals by the current federal government are the reason a lot of robust brains are migrating legally to the United States of America,  Canada and other Western Societies to pick up specialised jobs as university professors just as the rights group condemned the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary General of the United Nations for abandoning Nigerians in the hands of tyrants and a brutal dictatorship that does not tolerate plurality of opinions and the security agents are adopting extralegal means including suspected  gas poisoning.

“The death of Obadiah Mailafia is highly suspicious and must be investigated, ” the group said.

READ ALSO: Ex-CBN Deputy Governor Mailafia Dies

The rights group noted that even the detained leader of the self determination group – the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu “has just told the court of law that he was physically tortured and his faeces used to smear his face but unfortunately the United Nations has done nothing about the fact that a citizen faced illegal rendition and abduction from Kenya to Abuja against natural and international laws.”

HURIWA said: “It is so unfortunate that the National Human Rights Commission is dead and buried and the security forces are simply playing football with the human rights of citizens. It is unfortunate that the National Assembly does not provide adequate oversight functions and has not sufficiently exercised its oversight responsibility over the different security forces which is why the Department of State Services keeps invading houses of citizens,  killing, maiming and destroying lives and property at will. The court of law has just justifiably slammed well desrved N20 billion damages against the DSS for invading the Ibadan home of the leader of the Yoruba Nation self- determination group Mr. Sunday Igboho in which his associate were murdered in cold blood.

“In Owerri and other South East of Nigeria States, Amnesty International found out that there are credible evidence of over 1, 000 cases of extralegal killings by security operatives but the Federal government which has a policy of permitting extrajudicial killings by security operatives has done nothing to investigate these atrocities. Too many citizens are getting killed by state-sponsored assassination and executions. Nigeria has become officially a killer of good citizens.  This must not be allowed to continue. ”

 

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Full List Of 52 Stations Shut By NBC

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Full List Of 52 Stations Shut By NBC

By John Michael Ojo
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), on Friday, took a drastic measure towards 52 broadcast stations across the country over an incurred debt of about N2.6 billion.

Among the broadcast outfits which were asked to shut down their operations are: the African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television and the broadcasting corporations of various state governments.

While briefing journalists on the development, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the  Director-General of NBC, Balarabe Ilelah, said all the television and radio stations affected must halt operations in the next 24 hours.

READ ALSO: NBC Shuts Down AIT, Silverbird, Others

See full list:

1. Silverbird TV (Silverbird Communications Co. Ltd)
2. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
3 Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Lagos
4. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Yenagoa
5. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Port-Harcourt
6. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Jos
7. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd) Benin
8. AIT/Ray Power FM (DAAR Communication Itd) Network
9. Greetings FM (Greetings Media Ltd) FM Network
10. Tao FM (Ovidi Communications Ltd) FM Okene
11. Zuma FM (Zuma FM Ltd) FM Suleja
12. Crowther FM (Crowther Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
13. We FM (Kings Broadcasting Ltd) FM Benin
14. Linksman International Itd Keffi
15. Bomay Broadcasting Services Itd Abuja
16. MTV (Murhi International Group Ltd) Ibadan
17. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Port-Harcourt
18. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
19. Classic TV (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
20. Beat FM (Megalectrics LTD) Lagos
21. Cooper Communications Itd Lagos
22. Splash FM (West Midlands Ltd) Ibadan
23. Rock City FM (Boot Communications Ita) Abeokuta
24. Family FM (Kalaks Investments Nig. Ltd) Ilugun
25.Space FM (Creazioni Nig. Ltd) Ibadan
26. Radio Jeremi (Radio Jeremi Itd) Effurun

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27. Breeze FM (Bays Water Itd) Akure
28. Vibes FM (Vibes Communication Itd) Benin
29.Family Love FM (Multimesh Broadcasting Co. Ltd) Port-Harcourt
30. Wave FM (South Atlantic Media Itd) Port-Harcourt
31. Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation
32. State Broadcasting Corporation
33. Niger State Broadcasting Corporation
34. Gombe State Broadcasting Corporation
35. Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation
36. Lagos DSB
37. Osun State Broadcasting Corporation
38. Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation
39. Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation
40. Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation
41. Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation
42. Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation
43. Imo State Broadcasting Corporation
44. Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation
45. Borno State Broadcasting Corporation
46. Yobe State Broadcasting Corporation
47. Sokoto State Broadcasting Corporation
48. Zamfara State Broadcasting Corporation
49. Kebbi State Broadcasting Corporation
50. Jigawa State Broadcasting Corporation
51. Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation
52. Katsina State Broadcasting Corporation

 

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NBC Shuts Down AIT, Silverbird, Others

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shut down the African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television and broadcasting corporations run by various state governments.

The NBC which ordered that these stations should stop their operations within the next 24 hours disclosed that they are owing debts amounting to at least N2.6 billion.

The Director-General of the NBC, Balarabe Ilelah, disclosed this to journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

According to the NBC, all the television and radio stations affected must halt operations in the next 24 hours.

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He noted that the stations owe a total of N2.6 billion; adding that some of the stations affected have not renewed their licences since 2015.

“This is the first batch, there are those who have not renewed their licences since 2015, 2016 and 2017. We are asking them to come and pay their licence fees,” he said.

He warned that all stations that have not renewed their licences should do so in 30 days to avoid sanctions.

 

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After EFCC Hunt For Tompolo, Buhari Awards Him N4b Monthly Pipeline Surveillance Contract

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After EFCC Hunt For Tompolo, Buhari Awards Him N4b Monthly Pipeline Surveillance Contract

After the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo wanted some years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari has awarded him a pipeline surveillance contract.

The former militant leader was the Commander of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).

The deal is described as a renewal as Tompolo got a similar deal during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited agreed to engage Tompolo to end illegal bunkering, illegal refining and oil theft in Niger-Delta communities.

It is a reversal of the initial stance which saw the cancellation of the contract months after President Buhari assumed office.

According to a source close to Tompolo, the current deal is worth over N4billion monthly.

“Before the cancellation of his contract, the arrangements he put in place tackled illegal bunkering and increased production quota to over two million barrels per day.

“But the new government cancelled the contract, declared him wanted and he was later exonerated of all wrongdoings.

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“They have realised the need to bring him back because currently, the country is losing over 500,000 barrels per day to illegal bunkering”, he said.

The new deal was brokered by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and top NNPC top officials, including the Group Executive Director, Upstream, Adokiye Tombomelye.

After the signing, Tompolo presided over a meeting in his Oporoza home in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, on Wednesday.

In attendance were ex-presidents of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Chris Ekiyor, Udengs Eradiri and Eric Omare

Others were priests of Egbesu, Ijaw religious organisation, led by Apostle Bodmas Kemepadei; leaders of Niger Delta youth groups, heads of cult groups.

The rest were former MEND commanders – Eris Paul, aka General Oguboss; Pius Wareyal, aka General Pius; Joshua Macaiver, Pastor Reuben Wilson, Young Shall Grow – and second phase “generals”.

In 2016, the EFCC declared Tompolo, wanted.

The anti-graft agency in an advertorial signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said it declared Tompolo wanted following two bench warrants issued against him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he had been charged with N45.9bn fraud.

In the said advertorial which carried a photograph of Tompolo, the EFCC described him as a 47-year-old, dark-complexioned man from Okerenkoko, Gbaramotu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area.

 

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