FROM FRED ITUA, ABUJA
DISTURBED by the recent announcement of President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigeria had joined a coalition of Islamic countries combating terrorism, an organ of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), National Christian Elders Forum, has revealed that it has on good authority, plans by the Federal Government to impose Sharia Law on every state of the federation. The Christian Forum further revealed that there were some Islamist elements already in the country with the sole aim of Islamising the country.
Chairman of the forum, Mr. Solomon Asemota, SAN, supported by Christian leaders like the Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese of Catholic Church, Joseph Bagobiri, among others, the elders told journalists at a press conference that the Islamic elements in the country were already working towards achieving the goal of making Nigeria a Sharia state. “We are aware that there are Islamists in government preparing to execute the Islamisation agenda. Any nation in which Islamists believe that they are sufficiently strong to exercise influence rarely experience peaceful cohabitation among the divergent groups within it.
“This is the current situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the Sudan. Islamism thrives on injustice, inequality and unfairness. We urge Nigerians to remain circumspect so that the Islamists do not drag the nation down the path of destruction.
“In the build up to the 2015 elections, majority of Nigerians expressed great hope that there would be change in the nation. However, ten months after the new government was sworn into office, credible apprehension can be expressed given the policy direction of the new administration. We hope that the buildup to these policies do not result in full blown Sharia which President Muhammadu Buhari had promised Muslims in Nigeria,” Asemota noted on behalf of other elders.
Speaking further on President Buhari’s recent actions which suggest that the motion was already in place to entrench Sharia law, the elders said: “The inclusion of Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia Military Coalition of “Muslim/Arab” nations would appear that the Foreign Policy thrust of the this administration is to make Nigeria a satellite state of Saudi Arabia. The strengthening of the nation’s democracy and security for all should remain the greatest priority of government.
“This we see to have been negated by the President’s fiat/ unilateral decision to enlist Nigeria in the 34 nations Muslim/ Arab coalition. Given the emotive and sensitive nature of this unilateral Executive decision, it should have been handled by Mr. President in line with our democratic culture through popular discussion and participation by the citizenry, or at the very least, through the National Assembly.”
Fulani Terrorists Continues Their Genocidal Massacre In Ebonyi
Again, Fulani Terror herdsmen sponsored, armed, and guarded by Nigeria Fulani-led federal government has continued their genocidal massacre of Biafrans in Ebonyi.
According to a viral video online, a reporter can be heard saying that the Fulani Terrorists are not relenting in the quest to kill everyone in Ebonyi state.
This is about the 4th time in the last 6 months that Fulani terrorists have gone on the large-scale slaughter of Ebonyi people.
He called on Eastern Security Network(ESN) to come to the aid of the Ebonyi people. ESN was formed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to safeguard Biafrans against marauding Fulani terrorists.
This is the reason why we need #ESN.
Anybody on Uniform in Biafraland is a terrorist. pic.twitter.com/P9l7mfD9Ec
— IPOB FINEST 20K HANDS (@20kIpob) June 7, 2021
However, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has been against the formation of ESN and has been working assiduously to eliminate ESN personnel from Ebonyi instead of supporting them.
This led to the creation of the Ebubeagu Security Network to fight the ESN in Ebonyi and other Eastern states. Ebubeagu has never and does not have the capacity to confront Fulani Terror Herdsmen wielding automatic assault rifles given to them by the Nigerian government.
Egypt – Central Sinai, Anti Terror Military Raid, 7 Killed, 3 Arrested
The Egyptian military has carried anti-terrorist operations in Sinai on Monday.
The military spokesperson said that the military killed seven terrorists including two “leading members of terrorist groups,” in North Sinai in a statement published on social media.
He also said in a separate statement that three terrorist suspects were arrested in central Sinai.
In both operations together, the spokesperson said it destroyed vehicles and motorcycles, a tunnel, and cannabis farms, in addition to dozens of “terrorist dens” where they found computers and material used to manufacture explosives.
Several photos of the operations were published. They included one photo of the three arrested suspects and a photo of the tunnel. The tunnel was reported to have been discovered in the border zone, among other tunnels reported to have been destroyed every month.
In 2014, the military began working on a buffer zone in Rafah by removing residents’ houses with the aim of securing the borders with Gaza and putting an end to terror.
Biafra – Another Accused In The Ozubulu Church Terrorist Attack, Kingsley Ekeoma, A.K.A Escoba Clears The Air On Identity Mix-up, Sues Ait & Sun (Photos)
Ozubulu Church Massacre: Kingsley Ekeoma ‘Escobar’ Not Connected To Incident, Demands Apology From Sun
The Ozubulu church massacre has opened a new discourse about poor journalism in Nigeria. And the rush to publish unfounded and unsubstantiated stories in the media by big and small media houses and even in blogs by bloggers, who most of the time copy from websites of big media outlets, hoping that they have verified their stories thoroughly before publishing.
When the incident happened at St Philip church in Ozubulu in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra state, every media and the social media users jumped on it like every other news. But sooner than expected the truer picture is beginning to emerge that the two businessmen the media rushed to involve in the incident are not part of it.
In one of them, another man whose name and the video was wrongly and defame-ably connected to the incident has threatened to sue The Sun Newspaper unless he gets a unreserved apology from the said newspaper firm or else he would proceed to the law court.
The issue is that The Sun newspaper published a video of Mr Kingsley Ekeoma as the man who was sought after by the killers, who carried out the unspeakable massacre in the house of God on Sunday in Ozubulu.
The problem here is that these stories were never verified before these media outlets went to the air to publish barrages of unsubstantiated information. The stories in so many cases were incoherent and names were badly mangled and got even unsuspecting readers confused as who is the real person and where he is actually from.
The man, Kingsley Ekeoma, popularly known as Escobar who was alleged by the Nigerian media (Sun newspaper) and the Nigeria Police as the one purportedly involved in the drug dealers cartel which the gunmen that killed worshippers on Sunday were looking for, has come out to deny his involvement in the act.
Escobar has threatened to institute a lawsuit against The Sun newspaper and the police for defamation of character.
According to him, he is neither from Ozubulu nor has he ever visited South Africa in his lifetime.
Hear him: “Am neither the so called Bishop nor from Ozubulu in Anambra State. I have never been to South Africa nor Ozubulu before.
I hail from Umuahia Abia State but base in Turkey. I am a legitimate businessman (Verified Real Estate Developer in Abuja).
I hereby call on the office of the Inspector General of police, DSS and other security related departments to do proper investigations into the massacre in Ozubulu. As for AIT and Sun Newspaper wait for me.
I know some stupid fools want to tarnish my reputations but I will follow up this case with my team of lawyers till the end.
My sympathy to the bereaved families and the truth must prevail. Please, my beloved friends, Help me and share this report around and viral. God bless you all.”
IPOB Call For Referendum Is NOT War – Nigeria Never Stopped The War Against Biafra
Boko Haram Slaughter Dozens Of Nigerian Soldiers And Oil Explorers
The prospects of oil exploration in the Lake Chad Basin of Nigeria in Borno state has suffered a major setback as Boko Haram have on Wednesday reportedly ambushed and attack a team of workers between Magumeri and Gubio on their way back to Maiduguri, security sources have revealed.
The source informed that the workers were ambushed around Borno Yeso area of Magumeri, adding that “security personal providing protection and security to the workers including geologists from the University of Maiduguri were also badly affected in the ambushed.
Another source speculated that out of the ten vehicles that conveyed the oil workers including security, only one ten seater bus returned to Maiduguri with five wounded people hospitalized at the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri.
The source added that many have been feared dead or taken alive as no contact has so far been made by some of the members of the team during the attack
There is no official statement from the military command in Borno State and the State Police Command on the attack.
A credible military source also informed our correspondent that some students of the Geology Department of the University, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and other security personnel were victims of the attack
The Military source regretted that a conspiracy by head of the securities in trying to shield the information from the public.
His words: “As at 9:00 today Wednesday, no rescue plan has been put in place as far as I am aware from either the Nigeria Airforce component from the Theatre.
“Between Wednesday and today, only ten of the victims can be confirmed to be alive. The five oil workers that escaped the attack Wednesday were hospitalized at the Borno State Specialist Hospital
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“Also this morning around 5:00 precisely five others who escaped also called and told us their location.
“The five victims at the state specialist told us that out of the ten vehicles conveying the team from magumeri, only their vehicle escaped the attack with bullets shots, flat tyres and smashed wind screen.
“They said the insurgents had chased them for more than ten kilometers adding that most of the vehicle and the persons involved did not make it out of Magumeri,” the source disclosed.
The Nation recalls that President Buhari last year issued directives to the NNPC to resume the exploration of oil in the Lake Chad Basin and River Kolnami.
In compliance with the Presidential Directives, the GMD of NNPC sent a delegation to Borno State in May this year who paid courtesies on Gov. Kashim Shettima and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi with the assurance that the exploration will begin in six weeks’ time as peace was gradually returning to the state.
The latest attack has however cast a dark shadow on the prospect of the continuation of the exploration with renewed Boko Haram attacks and the increasing insecurity in the Lake Chad.
Chad – Fight Against Boko Haram, The Joint Multinational Force Gets A New Commander
Several times commander in the military operations against Boko Haram, Major General Leo Irabor is a man full of experiences in the fight against terrorism
Nigeria’s Leo Irabor has replaced his compatriot Lo Adeosun as head of the Mixed Multinational Force (FMM) command. The official change of command ceremony was chaired by the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), FMM Head of Mission Sanusi Imran Abdullahi, on Saturday, 08 July 2017, at the Headquarters of the Force in N’Djamena.
Several times commander in the military operations against Boko Haram in Nigeria and in the border countries, Major General Leo Irabor is a man full of experiences in the fight against terrorism. His appointment comes within the framework of the strategies adopted by the Nigerian army in the fight against Boko Haram where several officers were appointed and assigned to military operations nationally and internationally. Major General Leo Irabo is the fourth commander of the FMM since his installation in Chad.
Founded in 2015, the FMM has genuinely entered into action only from February 2016 when the first major operations were carried out to fight Boko Haram. At least four of them can be mentioned: that of 11 to 14 February 2016 in the Nigerian city of Ngoshe; The 24 February attack in the town of Kumshe in Nigeria near the Cameroon border considered as a rear base of Boko Haram; That of 16 March 2016 in the Cameroonian and Nigerian communities of Djibril and Zamga; And from 10 to 16 March 2016 in the Madawya Forest in Nigeria. Through its presence and actions, the FMM has contributed to a relative improvement in the security situation in the localities around Lake Chad.
Biafra Restoration Gets A Boost As PSquare’s Peter Okoye Joins The Struggle
Owerri – Peter Okoye of Africa’s most popular Hip hop Band, PSquare berates Nigeria government, talks of dumping his Nigerian nationality and announced that he will have a new nationality soon, which is Biafra.
One of the identical twins and R&B Nigerian singers P-square, Peter Okoye, has announced that he is set to dump Nigeria and become a citizen of another country, adding that he is sometimes ashamed to be called a Nigerian over government’s failure “since 1960.”
The singer took to his Twitter page on Sunday to voice his anger.
He wrote: “And our Government been failing us since 1960
“Dear FG, for your information! All the Shame way una dey bring for dis our country na we dey entertainers dey cover una Nash! Ndi ala
“Sometimes am ashamed to be called a Nigerian because this people???? Tufia kwa???????? Another Nationality Loading.”
Sometimes am ashamed to be called a Nigerian because this people???? Tufia kwa???????? Another Nationality Loading…… ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #shame
Dear FG, for your information! All the Shame way una dey bring for dis our country na we dey entertainers dey cover una Nash! Ndi ala #SMH
— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) July 16, 2017
And our Government been failing us since 1960 #SMH
— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) July 16, 2017
Yoruba Women Cry Out, Protest Beheadings And Rape By Fulani Herdsmen
A crowd of women from Yoruba ethnic nationality in Nigeria has cried out to the government to come to their rescue from the hands of Fulani Herdsmen who incessantly behead and rape them in their farms. The women were carrying placards with inscriptions like “Fulani must go” etc.
Meanwhile, accusing fingers has been pointed on the Nigerian federal government led by Mohammadu Buhari who is Fulani also. There has been a lot allegation that the Nigerian government has been delivering weapons via helicopter to Fulani herdsmen in remote bushes.
These herdsmen has killed more than 10,000 people in Nigeria since Buhari took over power in 2015. However not even a single of these herdsmen has been arrested.
Contrarily, there has been cases where youths mobilize themselves to go after these herdsmen only to be arrested and dumped in prison without prosecution by Nigerian Army. Example is what happen in Awgu Enugwu last year where about 70 youths who pursued after Fulani Herdsmen who wrecked havoc in their community were arrested by Nigeria army and were kept in prison in Umuahia for more two months without trial. Similar incident also took place in a community in Delta state this year.
This underscores the point that Fulani Herdsmen are sponsored by Nigeria government to instill fear into Christian population by so doing Islamize them.
South Cameroon Freedom Fighters Merge And Becomes A Formidable Force
Recently, southern Cameroon Freedom fighters who has been pressuring the Cameroonian Government and the United Nation to grant them the independent state of Ambazonia, merged together. Ever since this merger took place, the freedom fighters has recorded tremendous breakthroughs in their quest for freedom.
One of these milestone breakthroughs is the peaceful protest they had recently in Heusten Texas and United Nations Head Quarters in New York. They were also invited by the British Parliament relently to voice their grievances.
Secret Trial – IPOB Warns Binta Nyako To Desist From Any Form Of Sharia Law & Secret Trial
The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB has warned the Judge handling the case of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to desist from any form of secret trial or Sharia law as both are unacceptable. See press release below.
IPOB PRESS STATEMENT
NNAMDI KANU’S PROPOSED SECRET TRIAL: JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO SHOULD NOT ALLOW UNCONSTITUTIONAL SECRET TRIAL
With Justice Binta Nyako’s determination on the mode of trial for the leader of IPOB Mazi Nnamdi Kanu coming up on the 6th of April 2017 at the Federal High Court 4 in Abuja, we the members of IPOB would like to place the judicial establishment of Nigeria on notice that the integrity of its entire legal machinery hinges on the outcome of this ruling.
It is therefore prudent to remind Justice Nyako and the entire Nigerian public and the world at large that there are existing legal interpretations of the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria regarding the mode of criminal trials in civil courts which cannot be departed from and we quote:
“The provision dealing with fair hearing under section 36 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria is for the protection of all the parties to a case the plaintiffs and the defendants alike. It will be oppressive to interpret the provision as conferring a protection on just one of the parties to a case.”
Per Oguntade, J.S.C. in Banna v. Telepower Nigeria Ltd. (2006) 7 SCNJ 182 2283
It is no longer news that on the 13th day of December, 2016, the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja Division, presided over by the Honourable Justice Binta Nyako, delivered a ruling in an application brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria pursuant to section 232 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and section 34 of Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013.
The Prosecutor’s application, in the main, sought for the “protection” of the prosecutor’s witnesses who are said to be security operatives. The security operatives (witnesses) are seeking this protection to enable them testify in secret against no less a person than the Worldwide Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants who were at the time facing various criminal charges verging essentially on treasonable felony, conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and only one person, the second defendant, answering to a minor terrorism charge. It is sufficient to quickly state that at no time during the course of this trial has Mazi Nnamdi Kanu ever been charged with terrorism. Needless to say that the prosecutor’s application was quickly and unconstitutionally granted by Justice Nyako.
WE ASK, WAS JUSTICE NYAKO RIGHT?
There has never been any contention or dispute as to the sanctity of the imperishable right of an accused person to be tried in an open court with the public in attendance under Nigeria’s criminal jurisprudence. This uncontested right of a defendant in a criminal trial is indeed inviolate and immutable and admits of no derogation.
There is no arguing the point that the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the fountain and foundation of Nigeria’s criminal justice administration. By its section 36, public /open trial of persons accused of criminal charges is irrefragably ordained. Indeed, it is the bedrock of the criminal justice system in Nigeria that all persons are equal before the law and are therefore peremptorily entitled to the equal protection of the law. The practice of Justice Binta Nyako eagerly seeking to defend the stance of the prosecution especially regarding the masking of witnesses, runs contrary to spirit and letter of the law.
True indeed, the Terrorism (prevention) (amendment) Act, 2013, by its section 34, provides for the protection of the witnesses in trials of terrorism-related offences. Equally true is the fact that the second defendant only had terrorism count in his charge sheet not Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the other two accused persons. This provided the springboard for the prosecution to successfully apply for the Court to protect its witnesses. No doubt, the ruling of Justice Binta Nyako granting the prosecutor’s application was equally impelled by the terrorism charge preferred against Chidiebere Onwudiwe and not the IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and two other co-defendants. It is instructive to note that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi never had any element of terrorism in their charge sheets. The question becomes, why would Justice Binta Nyako seek to impose a mode of trial reserved for terrorism cases on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is NOT answering to any terrorism charge?
Interestingly, it is most sufficient to note that the IPOB Leader, through his lead Counsel, robustly challenged the validity of the charges preferred by the prosecutor against the Defendants. It is noteworthy that on the 1st day of March, 2017, Hon. Justice Nyako saw reasons in the forceful contention of the IPOB Leader and consequently quashed six out of the eleven count charges against the IPOB Leader and others, affirming that there is no prima facie evidence to sustain the spurious charges against the defendants. Chief among the charges quashed by the court is that same terrorism charge against the 2nd defendant Chidiebere Onwudiwe. Based on the prevailing circumstances, the prosecutor amended the charge to reflect the severance of the spurious counts rightly quashed by the court. Consequently, the defendants were re-arraigned on the amended charge.
It therefore stands to reason that the same court which ruled in favour of protecting the prosecutor’s witnesses based on the terrorism charge brought against Chidiebere Onwudiwe only, would now make haste to vacate the said ruling since the terrorism charge which impelled the prosecutor to table the application before the court is now no more. Not vacating that earlier ruling would definitely give the court away as a Kangaroo tribunal reminiscent of the darkest days of military dictatorships.
We hasten to reiterate that the constitutional right of an accused person to be tried in public is unquestionably unassailable and must never, under any circumstances, be abridged or asphyxiated by Justice Binta Nyako’s court. We make bold to say that secret trial in whatever form or guise, under the Nigerian criminal jurisprudence, has no constitutional foundation. It is an anathema in every democracy worth its name. What Justice Nyako is attempting to do is to cloth justice in darkness thereby turning her court into a Kangaroo court. The Nigerian Supreme Court has severally warned against this bizarre method.
Justice Nyako should be advised by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to heed this:
“The moment a court ceases to do justice in accordance with the law and procedure laid down for it, it ceases to be a regular court to become a kangaroo court.
The reason for all this is that in the end where procedure is ignored justice is usually at a loss; judiciary, in its image, is worsted in the encounter; and the general public for whom the entire drama was meant to serve ends up with a low opinion of the Judiciary. Experience and the test of time have shown that justice has never profited from eccentric or bizarre methods and that painstaking procedural mode have always satisfied the more, the yearning desires of a just society.”
See: BAKARE v. APENA & ORS (1986) NWLR (PT.33) 1
In fact, the Supreme Court was more emphatic when it handed down this warning which we hereby commend to Justice Nyako:
“A Judge will not adopt a method of adjudication, alien to procedural rules of justice upon a plea that he is actuated by the noblest and an impassioned zeal for justice, which propels him into bizarre methods of arriving at that justice, holding as it were, as a justifying Machiavellian principle, that the end justifies the means.”
See equally: Alhaji Raimi Edun v. Odan Community (1980) 8-11 S.C. 103
Justice Nyako must draw very hard lessons from history to avoid the pitfalls of the past especially that of prejudice and sentiments in the handling of this extremely sensitive matter before her which has all the potency of making or marring her judicial career.
In signing off this press release, we deem it exigent to graciously put at the disposal of Justice Nyako the immortal and timely dictum of OGUNTADE, J.S.C. in INAKOJU V. ADELEKE (2007) 4 NWLR (pt. 1025) 423 where the erudite justice of the Supreme Court lucidly stated that;
“A Court…must not convey the impression that its judgment is being directed by a desire to heed private or public sentiments. In Onyiah v. Onyia (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.99) 514 at 532, this Court per Obaseki J.S.C. said that sentiments have no place in the adjudication system. It is in my view that the most unrewarding assignment a Judge could undertake if it tried to give judgment as would please a section of the public. It is like a house built on sand which soon disappears with the approach of the rain. It is argued that even if a judgment is wrong, it is acceptable for as long as it is to public good. That clearly is a fallacy. Public good lies in giving a judgment in accordance with the Constitution of Nigeria and other relevant laws. Public good is an ever- changing phenomenon.”
As 6th April, 2017 draws near for Justice Nyako to rule on the application brought by the IPOB Leader for the court to vacate its earlier ruling on the protection of witnesses, it is hoped that Justice Binta Nyako would not “convey the impression that her ruling is being directed by a desire to heed private or public sentiments”. That, surely, will not promote public good. On the contrary, rather, it would promote anarchy. Public good lies in giving a judgment in accordance with the Constitution of Nigeria which Justice Nyako is under judicial oath to promote and defend without fear or favour, affection or ill will.
Dr. Ikenna Chinaka
Mrs Grace Ukpai