HURIWA Decries Killing Of Igbo By Troops Amid Pampering Of Armed Fulani
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has accused operatives of the Armed Forces of Nigeria under the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari of carrying out fake ‘killings’ of marauding Fulani herdsmen and armed Fulani bandits in North West and Benue State but the same armed troops are actually killing Igbo in the South East .
Besides, the rights group called for the investigation of the Imo State police commissioner to determine if the persons being paraded dead are actually the killers of the former aide to President Jonathan Mr. Ahmed Gulak who was killed on Saturday in Owerri by men described as hoodlums.
According to a statement by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said there was the need for thorough, transparent, evidence- led and open investigation to be launched on the assassination of Ahmed Gulak to determine the culpability or otherwise of those shown in the media by the police as the killers.
“This is because upon the unfortunate incident of the killing of Gulak there is no empirical evidence demonstrating that Nigerian Police Force deployed science- based, evidence-associated forensic probe of the crime scene but relied on what they said was the testimony of one of the survivors who was reportedly the cab driver who was driving the politician to the Sam Mbakwe International Airport before he met his unfortunate death.”
“We think the police in Imo State which are clearly being seen going from hostel to hostel in Owerri, arresting innocent students cannot be relied upon to give the world the exact story of what transpired before, during and after the targeted killing of the APC politician from Adamawa who reportedly visited Imo State.The Imo State police command can’t be trusted.
“First, the police in Imo State blamed the dead man for his unfortunate fate because in their irrational words, Ahmed Gulak left his hotel room for the airport without informing the police and so he had no police escorts. Now, the fact is that the acting inspector general of police had announced withdrawal of all police escorts attached to VIPS in South East and South South as previously reported in the media. So how is the commissioner of police in Imo State blaming the victim of an unfortunate assasination for the cruel fate that befell him when it was the IGP who announced withdrawal of police escorts? So, how can any sane person accept hook, line and sinker, any conclusion reached by the Imo State Police Command that has blamed the dead man if the same lazy police come up as they have with the latest tale by moonlight that the killers of Gulak have been killed based on hearsay evidence?”
“Once more, can we advocate the adoption of 21st century technology in fighting crimes to such an extent that the police be mandated to comply with global best practices in the steps they take to investigate crimes including the deployment of forensic investigative skills?
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“The police and soldiers are roaming about on the streets of Owerri and somewhere in Enugu and even interrupted a church service just to arrest the entire congregation for being members of indigenous peoples of Biafra. But armed Fulani herdsmen are having a fieldday in Niger State, Benue State and North West Region of Nigeria killing, maiming, kidnapping and destroying citizens and their property but these same soldiers and police who are actually killing suspected members of IPOB including innocent Igbo youths, have always carried out fake raids of Zamfara forests and Kaduna forests even as kidnapped Greenfield University students were compelled by the armed Fulani kidnappers to pay N 150 million before they were released after a month. Even when Sheikh Gumi visited these terrorists, the army still allowed them to continue terrorizing Nigerians but the same army and police are now carrying out ethnic genocide in the South East of Nigeria and the world keeps quite.
“We are calling on the world leaders to speak out before a mass revolt breaks out because this continued genocide may not be tolerated for too long because when you push some people to the wall, not all of them will break through the wall and run away. Some would be radicalised to be daring and to immediately stage a revenge. I think the central government wants to destroy the South East of Nigeria by deploying unruly soldiers and police to kill innocent youngsters only because of their ethnicity and religion.
“The Nigerian Army spokesman was quick to announce the killing of Ikonso of Eastern Security Network and his public relations jobber from Kano State syndicated the photo of the man but the same army allowed students including 200 Islamiyah students to be kidnapped by armed Fulani militia in Niger State and no action has been taken”.
HURIWA recalled that the mo State Police Command Sunday night claimed four persons who participated in the murder of Ahmed Gulak had been killed in a shootout at Aboh-Mbaise.
Gulak was killed on his way to the airport in Owerri, where he was going to catch a flight to Abuja.
Imo State Police Command spokesman Bala EIkana said the driver of the late Gulak identified the dead bodies as those of the men who assassinated the late politician.
“Eyewitnesses account, especially the account given by the driver of the vehicle that was conveying Ahmed Gulak to the airport before the attack, gave a vivid description of the assailants and the vehicles they used in carrying out the attack,” Elkana said.
“The assailants were said to have used a Toyota Camry 2005 model with silver colour; Toyota Sienna 1998 model with golden colour; Toyota Hilux with white colour; and a Lexus RX 330 with golden colour.”
HURIWA dismissed the police claims as tales by moonlight because they are lacking in standardised ingredients of investigative methodology of 21st century policing institutions globally which relies on 100 percent forensic evidence and not fabricated testimony of someone apparently under police threat or torture. This police claim should be re-examined to ensure that innocent persons were not roped in and and slaughtered just so the commissioner can appear to be gallant. We must stop distracting Nigeria please”.
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BREAKING:Lagos Govt Arraigns Chrisland School, Principal, Others Over Death Of Pupil Whitney Adeniran
The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal and two other employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran.
On Wednesday, the government of Lagos State had filed charges against Chrisland School and four others over the death of the 12-year-old pupil, Whitney Adeniran.
The school and its workers were accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts.
The workers who were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.
The school principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, broke down in tears while in the dock as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.
Whitney died during the school’s inter-house sports competition at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9.
Blessing Adeniran, her mother, had accused Chrisland of negligence over her daughter’s death.
The school’s management, however, dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death, saying she slumped in public.
Chrisland also argued that Whitney complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before she died.
However, an autopsy conducted at the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) confirmed that the deceased died from “asphyxia and electrocution”.
In the charges filed on behalf of the state government by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, who disclosed that their negligence killed Whitney because they failed to ensure her safety.
The charge also disclosed that they all acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.
The offences are contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015
If found guilty, the offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment and two-year jail terms respectively.
On Tuesday, the state government granted access to Chrisland High School, Opebi branch, to open for physical learning ahead of the school’s forthcoming examination after parents’ appeal.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that the school be shut down on March 3, 2023, following the investigation into Whitney’s death.
Sanwo-Olu through the state Ministry of Education said the closure of the school would pave the way for unhindered investigation and afford all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and friends of the deceased, time to grieve.
The reopening followed an appeal by the Parents of all Chrisland School Units who visited the Ministry of Education on Monday to seek the government’s understanding for “the sake of 500 plus students some of whom also have terminal examinations.”
The management of the school had tendered an apology over Whitney’s death.
BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.
Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola
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