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You Conceal Names Of Boko Haram Terrorists Sponsors Bacause They Are Northerners – HURIWA Tells Malami

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria ( HURIWA) has said that the Minister of Justice and Federal Attorney General Alhaji Abubakar Malami(SAN) does not want to mention the identities of sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria because they are from his northern part of the country.

The rights group said: “Assuming without conceding that the so- called investigations aren’t concluded, how can the naming of sponsors of terrorism that have threatened public safety and national security destroy the investigative process? This doesn’t just make sense.”

HURIWA similarly carpeted the chief judge of the Federal High Court for not allowing accredited journalists to have unfettered access to the records of the indicted persons because once a matter is filed in court it becomes a public document that can be accessed using official procedure for filing application and request for the information.

The rights group said the current minister of justice is working against the spirit and the principle of the Expression And Freedom of Information Act that are found both in the constitution and the legislative piece of law known as the Freedom of Information Act of 2015.

“By the way, naming and shaming suspects already taken to court is both morally and legally permissible”.

READ ALSO: Sponsors Of Boko Haram Terrorists Identified, Arrested, Detained – Malami

HURIWA recalled that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, had stated that the administration would not name sponsors of terrorism to avoid jeopardising investigations.

The AGF stated this while speaking to journalists in New York, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Wednesday.

Responding to the position of Malami, HURIWA also told him that millions of Nigerians have seen through the government’s unimaginative and poor logic because the same government recently disclosed that 400 sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists have already been taken to the Federal High Court Abuja division and indeed the Chief judge of the Federal High Court has already assigned both the judge and the date for the commencement of the suit.

HURIWA then wonders “why the Federal Attorney General is being clever by half by dishing out jaundiced, highly toxic and outright despicable tales by moonlight in which he thinks he can deceive even the youngest infant with such an illogical and infantile excuse he has offered for not releasing the names of the sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists. The truth is that 99 percent of those doing the bureau de change business in Kano where the bulk of the suspects were allegedly caught are Moslem North and so it is clear that most of the decisions of this government including granting amnesty to Boko Haram terrorists that have killed over 33, 000 citizens, are highly irresponsible and are just northern settlement for terrorists and nothing more.

“It is unreasonable that a government is much more interested in protecting terrorists and their sponsors than the victims and indeed against the collective interests of the Nigerian public. This is absurd and comical”.

HURIWA has therefore told the Federal High Court to publicise the names of suspected sponsors because the court has the judicial powers of the federation in line with Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution which states thus: “6(1) The judicial powers of the Federation shall be vested in the courts to which this section relates, being courts established for the Federation.

(2)  The judicial powers of a State shall be vested in the courts to which this section relates, being courts established, subject as provided by this Constitution, for a State.

(3)  The courts to which this section relates, established by this Constitution for the Federation and for the States, specified in subsection (5) (a) to (1) of this section, shall be the only superior courts of record in Nigeria; and save as otherwise prescribed by the National Assembly or by the House of Assembly of a State, each court shall have all the powers of a superior court of record.

READ ALSO: Presidency Set To Expose Sponsors Of Boko Haram, Terrorism, Kidnapping

(4)  Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this section shall be construed as precluding:- (a) the National Assembly or any House of Assembly from establishing courts, other than those to which this section relates, with subordinate jurisdiction to that of a High Court; (b) the National Assembly or any House of Assembly, which does not require it, from abolishing any court which it has power to establish or which it has brought into being.

(5)  This section relates to:- (a)  the Supreme Court of Nigeria; (b)  the Court of Appeal; (c)   the Federal High Court; (d)  the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; (e)   a High Court of a State(f)   the Sharia Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja;(g)   a Sharia Court of Appeal of a State; (h)  the Customary Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; (i)    a Customary Court of Appeal of a State;(j)    such other courts as may be authorised by law to exercise jurisdiction on matters with respect to which the National Assembly may make laws; and (k)  such other court as may be authorised by law to exercise jurisdiction at first instance or on appeal on matters with respect to which a House of Assembly may make laws.

(6) The judicial powers vested in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this section – (a)  shall extend, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this constitution, to all inherent powers and sanctions of a court of law (b) shall extend, to all matters between persons, or between government or authority and to any persons in Nigeria, and to all actions and proceedings relating thereto, for the determination of any question as to the civil rights and obligations of that person; (c) shall not except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, extend to any issue or question as to whether any act of omission by any authority or person or as to whether any law or any judicial decision is in conformity with the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy set out in Chapter II of this Constitution; (d) shall not, as from the date when this section comes into force, extend to any action or proceedings relating to any existing law made on or after 15th January, 1966 for determining any issue or question as to the competence of any authority or person to make any such law.”

HURIWA recalled that the Federal High Court Abuja division had fixed September 17th for the arraignment of the 400 suspected sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists for their roles in funding terrorists in the last ten years that has killed over 33, 000 Nigerians.

HURIWA recalled that the Presidency had in March announced the arrest of the suspects, mainly bureau de change operators for allegedly facilitating the transfer of money to Boko Haram terrorists.

Some Nigerians were said to be transferring the funds to the sect from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in conjunction with the BDC operators.

READ ALSO: Mailafia May Have Been Killed Extralegally – HURIWA

Malami (SAN) had announced that arrangements had been concluded to arraign the suspects who were arrested and interrogated by the State Security Service (SSS).

There have been public concerns over the delay in the commencement of the trial with human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), writing to the AGF seeking fiat to the attorneys general of states for the prosecutions.

Falana expressed concerns that sponsors of terrorism arrested for taking part in the kidnapping, armed robbery and extrajudicial killing of unarmed citizens had not been prosecuted by the attorneys-general of their respective states.

“It is such official impunity that has accentuated the violent attacks on innocent people by the so-called bandits and unknown gunmen. In many instances, the suspects were arrested and paraded by the police and other law enforcement agencies but released to continue their criminal activities,” he said.

 

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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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BRACED Tourism Promotion And Development Initiative Gets Interim Executive Council Members

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Mrs. Ifiokobong Anthony Akan

The Board of Trustees of BRACED Tourism Promotion and Development Initiative (BTPDI) has approved the constitution of an interim Executive Council to run the affairs of the body for the next one year, following a recent virtual board meeting presided over by the Chairman of the BOT, Dr Kiyaramo Piriye. Piriye  is  the immediate past Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Tourism to Bayelsa State Governor, Duoy Diri.

BRACED is a forum dedicated to the development and promotion of tourism in the South South region of Nigeria. Its members are tourism operators and experts across board in the private and public sectors who are committed to working in partnership with the state governments and different stakeholders in the region to make the region a foremost tourist destination in the country.

Members of the body cut across the six South South states of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo, and Delta (BRACED). It is a voluntary organsiation that is open to people of the region who are committed to the economic prosperity of the region with a view to harnessing its tourism potential.

In a statement, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of BRACED Tourism Promotion and Development Initiative (BTPDI), Ambassador Usen Udoh, noted : ‘‘In a virtual Board of Trustees meeting held on Saturday, February 17, 2024, the board made the following appointments from among those who had earlier indicated interest to serve in various executive positions as volunteers.’’

According to him, Mrs. Ifiokobong Anthony Akan of Akwa Ibom State, emerged as the pioneer Director General and Chief Executive Officer while Leo Ruth Fabian Nkoteto of Akwa Ibom State clinched the position of Secretary General.

Other officers include; Walter Aberepikima of Rivers State – Deputy Director General; Bridget Oroupau Sapre-Obi of Bayelsa State – Director of Corporate Services; Barrister Kesther Akanimo Inyang of Akwa Ibom State – Director of Legal Services; Dr. Akong Blessing Mbala of Cross River State – Director of Research and Planning; Sophy Zainab of Rivers State – Director of Intergovernmental Affairs; Lady Fiona Ejomofor of Rivers State – Director of Finance; Eno Itemobong of Akwa Ibom State – Director of Programmes; Dr Tarela Kia of Bayelsa State – Director of Contact and Mobilisation; Andrew Iro Okungbowa of Edo State – Director of Media and Publicity; Hon. Dr. Fidelia Salami of Delta State – Director of International Relations and Mr. Fortune Oyadongha also from Delta State – Auditor.

The inauguration of the Executive Council is slated to take place in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State in the coming days.

It is hopeful that the emergence of the organisation and subsequent inauguration of the pioneer Executive Council will live to its vision that will catapult the South Southern Region as the new tourist destination in the Gulf of Guinea.

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