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HURIWA Condemns Military Onslaught On ESN, Seeks Arrest Of Miyetti Leader



Your Warning Is Misdirected Aggression - HURIWA Tells PEIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the decision of the military high command and the Imo State governor Mr. Hope Uzodinma to deploy a massive number of armed soldiers to launch attacks against the Eastern Security Network set up to minimize the incursions of armed Fulani herdsmen into Igboland.

HURIWA is pained that whereas the soldiers have failed to stop the continuous violent attacks against farmlands in Anambra and the incessant armed kidnappings of travellers by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen, they are busy fighting the ESN.

“The idea of crushing an initiative set up by the youths to safeguard their homelands from violent attacks by strange looking armed Fulani herdsmen and also not deploying soldiers to go after the armed Fulani herdsmen attacking the South East of Nigeria goes to show that President Muhammadu Buhari is personally responsible and can be dragged to the International Criminal Court in The Hague Netherlands since he is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.  It makes no sense crushing a well intentioned vigilance initiative that is set up by the young people of South East to stop the incessant rapes of their mothers and sisters by armed Fulani herdsmen and the attendant  killings, maiming and destruction whereas in the North East there’s a similar initiative called CIVILIAN-JTF. This is pure apartheid .”

Relatedly, the rights group blamed Buhari for allowing Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to make good their threats to attack Anambra state in the wake of the unfortunate killing of some Fulanis by unknown gunmen.

The rights group said it clearly issued a media statement last week warning Buhari not to allow the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to carry through its threats against Igbo interest but as usual, the president who is suspected to be backing his kinsmen the herders, did nothing and now the attacks against the people of the South East of Nigeria as threatened by Miyetti Allah few weeks ago has happened.

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HURIWA has called for the arrest of the National spokesman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association who made the open threat to attack Anambra State just as the rights group said if the man was not arrested within 48 hours, it would compile a new petition to the International Criminal Court in The Hague Netherlands so that the global court could order the arrest and prosecution of Buhari for crimes against humanity.

” HURIWA is overwhelmed with angst that despite our warning urging President Muhammadu Buhari not to sit by in Abuja and allow the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association carry through its threat against Anambra and South East of Nigeria, President Buhari has allowed the reprisals to take place even when the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate murders two weeks ago of scores of Fulanis is uncertain.

“We have heard that no fewer than 10 communities in Anambra State have alleged that suspected herdsmen killed three persons and injured many in the Awka North Local Government Area of the state.

Addressing journalists few hours back,  the representatives of the 10 communities in the area lamented what they called the criminal activities of suspected herdsmen operating in their forests and farmlands.

They alleged that a number of their people had been kidnapped for ransom, while others have been killed,” the group said.
It said that one of the victims, Oke Jideofor, who hails from Amanuke community, alleged that he was shot by the suspected herdsmen on his way to a neighbouring Achalla community on Saturday.

HURIWA said: “Jideofor who had bandage and plaster on his heads, hands and legs, said, “The people shot me on my way to Achalla. They were about three in number.”

Another victim, a native of Isuaniocha, said he was attacked on the same Urum-Achalla Road in a vehicle with a certain woman from Mgbakwu community whom he called Ikemfuna’s wife.

He said: “That woman that was killed, I was with her in the same vehicle. My right hand is paralysed because of the injury I sustained.The woman was beaten to death. They dragged me into the bush. I was released when my wife paid N1million ransom..They killed a man from Achalla. His people raided the bush to avenge his death but the suspects ran away.”

HURIWA said it was weighing the options and may need to compile compelling evidence to link Buhari to these cocktails of coordinated violent attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen especially the incident that just took place in Anambra State and others that happened in other parts of the South-east especially after the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association made a public threat to revenge what they termed the killings of some of their people in Anambra state.

HURIWA urged governors of the South East of Nigeria to ask Buhari to stop the onslaught and massive military action against the ESN.

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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BREAKING: Ekweremadu, Wife Found Guilty Of Organ-trafficking In UK



Ekweremadu and his wife

A United Kingdom court has found former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr Obinna Obeta, 50,  guilty of an organ-trafficking plot, which saw them bring a 21-year-old man to the UK

They were convicted of conspiring to exploit the man from Lagos for his kidney, reports the BBC.

Prosecutors told the Old Bailey the organ was to be removed and given to the couple’s daughter, Sonia, aged 25.

She was cleared of the same charge.

The victim, a street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

They were later arrested at the airport while trying to leave the UK.

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NLC Orders Workers To Shut CBN Offices Nationwide Over Naira Scarcity



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Worried about the continued scarcity of naira, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has officially declared a nationwide . The national president of the union, Joe Ajaero, gave the directive during a media briefing in Abuja.

Ajaero also directed that affiliate unions constituting the NLC should be on standby for picketing exercises across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria nationwide.

The NLC earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to end the petrol and cash scarcity being experienced in the country.

Ajaero told journalists on Wednesday that the industrial action became the last resort of the NLC following the expiration of the ultimatum.

He said the decision to picket the CBN branches became necessary as the federal government and the CBN had failed to show any commitment to addressing the situation.

Ajaero lamented that despite the Supreme Court order that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the situation kept getting worse.

He said workers could not access cash to pay fares to work.

He also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector.

“Last week, we gave an ultimatum for the review of the cash crunch bedevilling the country, but we have discovered to our dismay that as at this moment not much effort has been made to ameliorate the situation. Government is still foot-dragging on these issues we raised,” Ajaero said.

“Based on this, we met again this morning to review our position and resolved that by Wednesday next week all CBN branches will be picketed. Workers are directed to stay at home too because people cannot eat, workers can no longer go to the office, we have been pushed to the wall.

“We have decided to take our destiny in our hands, we have mobilised our workers on this exercise.”

The NLC has no fewer than 43 affiliate unions which include, but not limited to, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

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