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HURIWA Tells DSS To Allow Kanu Access To His Lawyer



My Brother, Secretary Not Behind My Ordeal - Nnamdi Kanu

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the State Security Services (SSS) also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) to be law-abiding and honour its obligations to the constitution by allowing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unfettered access to his lawyers.

“We urge the hierarchy of the Department of State Services (DSS) to stop operating like a lawless contraption and thereby painting Nigeria like a banana republic before rational members of the international community by denying accused persons such as the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the legally permitted access to his lawyers and doctors ,” the group said.

According to a media statement by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the National Coordinator and Miss. Zainab Yusuf the National Media Director, the continuous disrespect for the judicial powers of the federation domiciled in the courts of law by the constitution being flouted serially by the SSS/ DSS is a signal that the nation has become lawless and that anarchy has increasingly set in thereby undermining the essence of constitutional democracy.

“We urge the international community especially Great Britain to put pressure on President Buhari to be a respecter of the Nigerian legal systems and stop desecrating the supreme law of the country by allowing security agencies who take direct instruction from him from violating binding orders made by the courts of law which violate section 6 of the Grund Norm. It’s hypocritical for President Muhammadu Buhari to mouth his respect for the due process of the law as he mounted the global rostrum of a summit in London few hours back only for the Department of State Services which he teleguides to continuously rubbish the principle of the rule of law “.

Specifically, the section 6 of the Nigerian Constitution which is enforceable and binding on all persons and authorities provides as follows: “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.

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(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 also averred thus: “The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must be accorded all his rights as specified by the Constitution and by all the international human rights and humanitarian laws including allowing him to enjoy unfettered access to his lawyers and to his medical professionals of his choice. It’s beyond imagination that Prime Minister of Great Britain Mr. Boris Johnson keeps hosting President Muhammadu Buhari in Britain when it is notorious that the Nigerian President has long abandoned the respect for the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians as specified in international legal documents under the auspices of the United Nations with Great Britain as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations.

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What exactly is Great Britain telling the world? Is it that the British people back dictatorial regimes in Africa’s largest nation? This is reprehensible and odious. ”

To back its position, HURIWA cited section 36 (5) of the Nigerian Constitution which states thus: “Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved guilty; provided that nothing in this section shall invalidate any law by reason only that the law imposes upon any such person the burden of proving particular facts.”

HURIWA condemned the dead National Assembly for failing to activate mechanisms for providing oversight functions over DSS and other security forces which is the fundamention reason these agencies are now lawless.

“We are particularly worried that the president has successfully incapacitated the National Human Rights Commission and the Public Omplaints Commission to such a pitiable level that both organs have become toothless bulldogs just as the Tony Ojukwu- headed National Human Rights Commission has now become an agency for conducting beauty peageants and awarding frivolous awards to politicians.”

HURIWA recalled that IPOB on Wednesday, raised the alarm over the health of Kanu.

IPOB’s Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, alleged that the DSS has refused to allow Kanu’s physician access to him.
Kanu is currently remanded in custody of DSS, following an order by an Abuja Federal High Court.

The court order followed Kanu’s rearrest and repatriation to Nigeria.

Kanu, who is believed to have been captured in Kenya, had alleged that he was tortured and subjected to inhumane treatment for eight days before he was repatriated to Nigeria.

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But, the Nigerian government has remained silent over speculations surrounding the African country in which Kanu was rearrested.

However, Powerful in a statement, called on the Nigerian government to grant Kanu access to his physician.

Powerful claimed that the IPOB leader’s health was deteriorating due to the torture he suffered in Kenya.

The spokesman of the group warned that nothing must happen to Kanu while in DSS custody.


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Why Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccines Expired – Govt



Why Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccines Expired - Govt

The Federal Government has explained why some COVID-19 vaccines in the country have expired and they were not used.

The Federal Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that some of the vaccine doses which were given by donors had residual shelf lives.

The ministry made this clarification following a report published by Reuters, which stated that over one million doses of coronavirus vaccines were expired in the country last month.

However, the country’s health ministry in a statement by the minister in charge, Osagie Ehanire, explained that the vaccines which were received in form of donations through COVAX and AVATT facility had residual shelf lives leaving the country with a limited period to facilitate distribution and usage.

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The statement partly read : “The attention of the Federal Ministry of Health has been drawn to reports circulating in the media to the effect that some COVID-19 vaccines had expired in Nigeria.

“This press statement is to properly brief the public and set records right. Nigeria has, of late, enjoyed the generosity of several, mainly European countries, who have offered us doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of their stockpiles, free of charge, through COVAX or AVAT facility.

“These donations are always acknowledged and thankfully received. However, some of them had residual shelf lives of only a few months that left us a very short time – some just weeks – to use them, after deduction of time to transport, clear, distribute and deliver to users. If such vaccines arrive back-to-back or are many, logistic bottlenecks occasionally arise.

“We appreciate the kind gesture of donors, but also communicated the challenge of short shelf lives, whereupon some manufacturers offered to extend the vaccine shelf life after the fact, by three months; a practice that, though accepted by experts, is declined by the Federal Ministry of Health, because it is not accommodated in our standards.”

The ministry stated that the dilemma is not typical to Nigeria, but a situation in which many low- and medium-income countries find themselves.

It said: “Donors also recognise a need to give away unused vaccines, before they expire in their own stock, but they need to begin the process early enough and create a well-oiled pathway for prompt shipment and distribution through the COVAX and AVAT facilities, to reduce risk of expiration. With better coordination, vaccines need not expire in the stock of donors or recipients.

“Nigeria has utilized most of the over 10m short-shelf-life doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far supplied to us, in good time, and saved N16.4B or more than $40m in foreign exchange. The vaccines that expired had been withdrawn before then and will be destroyed accordingly by NAFDAC.

“The Ministry of Health shares its experience with partners regularly and now politely declines all vaccine donations with short shelf life or those that cannot be delivered in time.

“The long-term measure to prevent such incident is for Nigeria to produce its own vaccines so that vaccines produced to have at least 12 months to expiration. This is why the Federal Ministry of Health is collaborating with stakeholders to fast-track the establishment of indigenous vaccine manufacturing capacity. This is a goal we are pursuing with dedication.”


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Police Arrest Three Housemasters, Five Pupils Of Dowen College Over Dead Pupil



Police Arrest Three Housemasters, Five Pupils Of Dowen College Over Dead Pupil

The police have stepped up their efforts to find the killers of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. as they have arrested three
housemasters and five pupils of Dowen College, Lagos.

Three pupils of the school were earlier arrested on Tuesday by homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti Street, Yaba.

Sylvester Oromoni allegedly died as a result of the injuries he sustained when he was beaten up by some pupils of Dowen for refusing to join their secret cult gang.

Shedding light on the extent of the investigation carried out so far, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said that the five pupils mentioned by the late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. before he died as being responsible for bullying him and three housemasters of Dowen College Lekki were in his custody.

He said nobody was above the law, noting that the case would be thoroughly investigated with a view to getting to the root of the matter.

He said four of the pupils were mentioned by the parents of the victim to be directly involved in the crime while the fifth pupil is assisting the police in their investigation.

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The police added that: “The pupils whose names were mentioned are in police custody and investigation is on.

“Equally too, I have gotten in touch with my colleague in Delta State.

“Yesterday, I spoke with the mother of the deceased. I got them invited, so once they come now, we will be able to get the full facts of the case.

“The school has told us their own version of the case and the parents too, we will get their own version of the story.

“The four groups involved in the investigation now are the police, the bereaved family, the Dowen school authorities and the governments of Lagos and Delta State.

“So now, the four groups will come together to witness the post-mortem that will be conducted on Sylvester’s corpse in order to achieve an objective result. So, that is the latest situation.”


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Terrorists Burn To Death 30 Bus Passengers In Sokoto



Terrorists Burn To Death 30 Bus Passengers In Sokoto

Terrorists have burnt to death between 24 and 30 bus passengers in Sokoto State .

The terrorists, known locally as bandits, have in the past year carried out violent attacks targeting villagers and commuters travelling on highways and kidnapped hundreds of school children for ransom in the north of the country.

Sanusi Abubakar, spokesman for the Sokoto Police Command, said the bus was carrying 24 passengers when it was on Monday set alight by armed men and that seven people had escaped with injuries and were taken to hospital.

But two residents who reached the scene and helped retrieve bodies said that the bus was overloaded and the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

According to reports, the bandits first fired at the bus, before setting it ablaze.

They counted body parts of at least 30 people, including women and children.

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The residents said the villagers were ambushed on a road linking the Sabon Birni local government area and the village of Gidan Bawa.

The terrorists move around on motor-bikes and are known to hide in forests, where they often keep kidnapped victims while awaiting ransom payment.

One of the hospitalised survivors of the attack related his ordeal to Rundunar Adalci, a human rights group.

“I’m from Rumbukawa. We were attacked by bandits yesterday before we reached Bayin Gidan Bawa.

“They shot several people that tried to escape and burnt down the vehicle. I don’t know what happened to my co-passengers but two of us miraculously escaped death,” he said.

Basharu Guyawa, coordinator of Rundunar Adalci told newsmen that they took the passengers to the hospital.

“They were 24 people including men and women on the bus. There were several infants and children in the vehicle.

“For now, we have eight people with several degrees of injuries that have been taken to the General Hospital in Isa town. The chairman of Isa town has settled the medical bills,” he said.

Mr Guyawa said five of the passengers died in the hospital. He said they were three women, a girl and a man.


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