Monday, 29 February 2016

Article: Naira Devalued And Dollar As Gold Reserve



By AFRIPOL financial writer

Before the pundits, economists and interest groups settled on the perspective that naira has already been devalued even without the consent of the policy makers in the country, Afripol was the first to put forward the analysis that despite Nigeria’s refusal to heed to the call of IMF to devalue naira, that Nigeria’s naira has already been devalued by the forces of the market grounded in the law of supply and demand.

News Release: News Conference By Members Of The Islamic Movement In Nigeria

 Zakzaky: Islamic Movement Leader


Good day ladies and gentlemen of the press,

We are constrained to address this press conference in the light of developments arising from the premeditated attack on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the attack on the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the destruction of its properties by the Nigerian Military and the Kaduna State Government.  We also address this press conference against the background of the unlawful detention of hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria at the Kaduna Central Prison and several other undisclosed detention centres. Those that are being detained are mostly students and civil servants.  Majority of them are carrying injuries sustained during attacks by the Nigerian military at the Hussainiyya Headquarters of the Movement and in the house of the leader of the Movement. 

News Release: Tribute To Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali


The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is deeply concerned over the utter alacrity with which the world of our time is losing to cosmic world in an uncontrollable speed, our few and irreplaceable thinkers who are endowed with great potentials to steadily make our world a pride place for earthly living; particularly in the area of coherence, convergence and intercourse between living things (humans, plants, animals and other living species) and environment. The humans in living world generally are composed of thinkers and tinkerers. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

News Release: African Deal Making Reaches Turning Point, Major Obstacles Remain



After several years of steadily increasing M&A activity, African deal making has made the final step to firmly entrench itself into the global marketplace. Despite political turmoil in many countries, a prolonged downturn in the commodities cycle and related currency risk, Africa’s top economies have maintained investor interest with strong momentum in M&A across the majority of sectors. This is one of the key findings of the fourth edition of “Deal Drivers Africa”, published by Mergermarket in collaboration with Control Risks, the leading business risk consultancy.

News Release: EiE Hosts Conversations on Citizens, Technology & Government at Social Media Week



For the 4th year, EiE Nigeria will provide a space for citizens to learn and share how technology helps facilitate engagement with government during Social Media Week Lagos. EiE will also host its 3rd annual evening of music & spoken word to celebrate the space that social media provides for freedom of expression.

Article: Nigeria’s FRSC And Her N58m Media Budget



By Phrank Shaibu

In Nigeria, road safety is still a very complicated, highly misunderstood and an under addressed issue. The reasons are very many but they all hang on a long chain of non appreciation of the magnitude of the problem as a major disaster which claims many lives unnecessarily. Besides the traditional beliefs cum fatalism attached to road crashes by many under informed individuals and the circle of ever emerging religious groups that deliberately associate such incidents to blood sucking demons on the roads, the inaptitude of both the government and the governed count most for retarding the growth of road safety.

Monday, 22 February 2016

News Release: Centurion Mentorship Program Offers Support For African Start-Ups



Centurion Law Group is continuing its commitment to training and development with the introduction of the Centurion Business Mentorship Program. This Pro Bono initiative will provide complimentary legal services to start-up companies and small and medium-sized enterprises. The program is designed to support young and innovative entrepreneurs with legal and business advice, including corporate structuring, labor and employment, and tax and customs issues. The pilot program will first be made available to businesses in Cameroon, with plans to expand it to other Centurion markets across Africa.

News Release: Afreximbank Intervenes Towards African Export Diversification

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (left), flanked by Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General of COMESA, speaking during the Africa Forum 2016 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.



The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has begun providing export diversification financing facilities to its member countries to help address challenges resulting from Africa’s over-dependence on commodity exports, Bank President Dr. Benedict Oramah has said.

U-Report: Magistrate Attacked By Irate Mob In Imo State



Reported By A Citizen Reporter

The presiding Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court 3 Mgbidi in Imo State was recently attacked by an irate mob for refusing to grant bail to one David Ndulo in a charge of Attempt to Murder a kinsman contrary to section 320 (2) of the Criminal Code.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

News Release: Lawyers Denied Access To Sheikh Zakzaky

Sheikh Zakzaky


Following the invitation for memorandum to be submitted to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry established by the Kaduna state government as contained in a letter received by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on the 2nd of February 2016, it is pertinent to note that all efforts towards meeting to the request might be jeopardized by the refusal to allow access to the revered leader of the Movement, his Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

News Release: The Chief Magistrate 1, Ibrahim Taiwo Road Magistrate Court Kaduna Must Be Investigated



We deem it necessary and expedient to once again address the issue of our members that are presently detained in the Kaduna convict Prison and awaiting trial. We decided to address the issue a second time based on the illegalities that have attended their detention and the unconstitutional and procedural breaches that have attended the cognizance by the Chief Magistrate 1, Ibrahim Taiwo Road Magistrate Court Kaduna, Awaal Umar.

Article: A Word For President Buhari

Buhari


By Abiodun Komolafe

For those who care to know, I am a passionate supporter of the Muhammadu Buhari cause and that position is not about to change! As a matter of fact, my preference in the March 28, 2015 Presidential Election through which Buhari eventually became Nigeria's first opposition candidate ever to defeat an incumbent president, was a product of my convictions and until I have sufficient reasons to change course, my preference remains on course. Be that as it may, surprise will be the appropriate word should I fail to make the list of the 'Cult of Wailing Wailers' as a result of this piece which I believe is in the overall interest of my country.

Friday, 19 February 2016

News Release: Afreximbank Agrees To $500 Million Facility To Help Egypt Finance Strategic Imports

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (right) exchanges documents with Tarek Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, following the signing of the facility agreement in Cairo.


The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) today in Cairo signed an agreement for a $500-million facility to help Egyptian importers alleviate temporary foreign currency availability constraints to the importation of strategic and key industrial products.

Photonews: Photos Of How Nigerian Military Massacred Unarmed IPOB Members & Dumped Them In Borrow Pits In Aba (Viewers Discretion Advised)


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Open Letter: Ceaseless Killing Of Unarmed Citizens In Nigeria



Ref: InterSoc/002/02/016/Security/Chiefs/ABJ/NG

(a)Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzzau, PhD
Honourable Minister of Interior, Federal Ministry of Interior
Old Secretariat, Area 1, Garki, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

(b)Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin
Chief of Defense Staff, the Defense Headquarters
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Sirs,
Ceaseless Killing Of Unarmed Citizens In Nigeria: Why Security Chiefs Must Desist From Provoking More Insurgencies Capable Of Plunging Nigeria Into Syrian Styled Violence (Part One)

The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) writes your two important public offices concerning the above named subject. This letter is also adopted and supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs); comprising: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group).

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

News Release: Mobile Devices Become A New Target For Spam And Malware Attacks


According to the latest Kaspersky Lab Security Bulletin , the volume of spam emails in 2015 decreased to 55.28% of overall email traffic – a fall of 11.48% on the previous year. The significant slump in spam emails can be attributed to the increasing popularity of legal advertising platforms on social networks, coupon clipping service and etc.

Article: The Blind Bartimaeus Government In Nigeria



By Kenneth Uwadi

Mark 10:46-52 in the Bible tells of a blind man named Bartimaeus (literally "Son of Timaeus") being present as Jesus left Jericho. Matthew 20:29-34 is a similar account of two blind men being healed outside of Jericho, but gives no names. Imagine when a nation is led by a Bartimaeus, a blind man. Imagine when a blind man is driving a bus filled with passengers. We have a Bartimaeus in the driver’s seat of the affairs of Nigeria. Our Bartimaeus is a man who forgot the name of his running-mate . He called his vice-presidential running-mate Yemi Osunbade instead of Yemi Osinbajo. He called the name of his political party the All Progressives Confidence instead of All Progressives Congress. He told Al Jazeera that INEC means Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission instead of Independent National Electoral Commission.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

News Release: 2016 Bamako Forum To Take Place In Mali From 18th To 20th February 2016


Known as one of the key milestones in February since 16 years, the Bamako Forum will take place this year from February 18 the 20th under the patronage of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali. "Africa, between chaos and emergence" is the theme chosen for the 2016 edition. The Bamako Forum offers decision makers, researchers, business leaders and media the opportunity to look into the situation of the continent and determine - through a lucid diagnosis balanced with cautious optimism - which conditions will make Africa an emerging region. Migration, security issues, religious radicalism, unemployment issues, especially for young people, development of youth entrepreneurship, quality of public services and relations between states and citizens, progress in regional integration: all these themes will be further discussed during this week’s debates. Once again, all the challenges and opportunities that Africa is confronted with have inspired the agenda of the Bamako Forum.

Article: The Money Laundering Law In Nigeria



By Chido Onumah

Late last month, President Muhammadu Buhari sent two executive bills to the National Assembly that border on the government’s commitment to strengthen the fight against corruption. The two bills are the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill (2016) and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill (2016).

Monday, 15 February 2016

News Release: No To Secret Trial Of Nnamdi Kanu

Kanu


Our attention has been drawn to the trending news that the Radio Biafra Director and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and  two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi facing charges of alleged treason, maintaining unlawful society, possession of firearms, among others, are to be tried secretly or in camera. A report in Premium Times also revealed that the Nigerian government has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to carry out a secret trial of Nnamdi Kanu and  his colleagues. The matter was adjourned to February 19 for ruling on the application for secret trial! These are activists campaigning for the self determination of their indigenous people of Biafra, which is lawful and as enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights,(Ratification and Enforcement Act)Article 20 to which Nigerian State is a signatory. Secret trial under any guise is totally unacceptable; we condemn it in strongest term and unequivocally any attempt to try Nnamdi Kanu and co or any other Nigerian for that matter in camera or in secrecy! What is the APC regime of President Buhari trying to hide from the members of the public? The truth is that since Buhari became president, Nigerians feels like a country under a military junta once again!

News Release: Trumped Up Charges Against Brothers Of The Islamic Movement In Nigeria

Islamic Movement Procession


Yesterday a Magistrate Court that sat in Kaduna Central Prison read out some charges against the 191 brothers of the Islamic Movement that were languishing in jail for the past two months. Among the charges were illegal assembly, causing bodily harm, public disturbances and possession of firearms. The Islamic Movement objects to the way and manner the court had its first sitting in prison. The court ought to have offered the general public its reason for the unusual sitting in prison, but it did not. For the court to hide under the guise of ‘security reasons’ for it’s sitting in prison is a travesty of justice, since justice as they say, should not only be done, but seen to be done.

News Release: Avoid Repetition Of Auta Justice & Hands Off Kanu’s Case Or Be Dragged To NJC & International Arena

Kanu


It has come to the  notice of the leaderships of  Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group) that the widely condemned way in which  Hon Justice John Tsoho of the Court 3 Division of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has handled the case of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu (POC-Prisoner-Of-Conscience)) and ors so far may most likely be connected with ambition as per who becomes the next Chief Judge of the Federal High Court when the current CJ, Hon Justice Ibrahim Auta leaves office in 2017.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Article: Appraising The Recommendation On Compulsory Training Of Drivers On First Aid By The Nigerian Health Ministry



By David Oba, Ph.D

In Nigeria’s present situation of increasing road risks and dangers, the statistics on road fatalities and injuries are scary. Going by the World Health Organisation (WHO) records  on global Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs), Nigeria is rated second on the top of the ladder. This was confirmed in 2012 by the then Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu when he declared that Nigeria has the second highest road traffic accident fatalities among the 193 countries in the world.  In 2009, Dr. John Akanya, the then Director-General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria affirmed that  Nigeria records 34,000 deaths annually on the highways as a result of burst tyres and in 2003, the then Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe stated that  80 people die  daily on Nigerian federal roads. As much as these records may not match the official data on RTIs from the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Nigeria’s regulating agency on road safety, the fact remains that most road crashes are unreported and one preventable road death is highly unnecessary.

News Release: Afreximbank President Says Increased African Participation In Extractive Sector Key To Economic Transformation

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah addressing guests at the reception organized by Orion Group during the International Petroleum Week in London



Africans must increase their participation in the continent’s natural resource sectors in order to boost the amount of rent accruing to the continent from its abundant resources, create employment and heighten the developmental impact on national economies, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), said in London yesterday.

Article: Cadets From Hell




By Chido Onumah

It’s been over a week now since the gut-wrenching video of a group of cadets from the Nigerian military’s elite training school, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), brutalizing fellow citizens of the federal republic was made public. Since then, curious Nigerians have been waiting to see how the military will respond to that national show of shame. Unfortunately, there has been nothing but deafening silence.

U-Report: James Ibori’s Conviction May Be Reversed

Ibori


Reported By A Citizen Reporter

Chief James Onanaefe Ibori’s  defence lawyers shocked the Southwark Court, London on Wednesday 10th February 2016, when they adduced evidence before Judge Tomlinson of a conspiracy between Nigeria and Britain to railroad Ibori and his associates into jail.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

News Release: Afreximbank, NEXIM Announce Intervention Programme To Revive Nigeria’s Cocoa Sector

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (left) exchanges documents with Roberts Orya, Managing Director of NEXIM, following the signing of the communique at the end of the two-day Afreximbank/NEXIM Strategy Meeting in Cairo.



The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) are to implement an intervention programme in the Nigerian cocoa sector to revive and help it reemerge as the country’s top non-oil export foreign exchange earner, the two institutions have announced in Cairo.

News Release: NAL Council Analyzes Insecurity In Nigeria & West Africa



On February 9, 2016, the NAL Council participated in the Africa Policy Breakfast at the US Congress.  The Council delivered expert opinions and recommendations, for a renewed US engagement, in the Nigerian and West African theater; where Boko Haram is still wreaking havoc, even in the midst of relentless onslaught by Nigerian and multinational troops, and where other ethnic strife is starting to ravage Nigeria.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

News Release: International Forum On Islamic Finance (IFIF) Gathers Powerhouses From Across Global Islamic Finance Industry


Islamic banking leaders and dignitaries from across Africa and the Middle East gathered yesterday at the 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016) . Held under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning – and in strategic partnership with the Bank of Khartoum - IFIF 2016 hosted 200 dignitaries, central bank representatives, Ministers, C-level bankers, thought leaders and experts who gathered at the Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum to deliberate on strategies to enable Islamic finance gain prominence and spur economic growth across Africa. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

U-Report: Article: Nigeria Under Fire For Zaria Massacre



Report By Stephen Lawan

Authorities in Nigeria have come under fire for not providing the  results of an inquiry that was supposed to be conducted into a military massacre of hundreds of Muslims in the northern city of Zaria
in December last year.

Open Letter: Re: Over $2trillion Loot Recovered By EFCC In Twelve (12) Years



Our Ref: Int/Soc/002/02/016/FMJ/ABJ/NG

Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN
Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice
AGF’s Office, Federal Ministry of Justice
Plot 71B, Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Sir,

(1) Re: Over $2trillion Loot Recovered By EFCC In Twelve (12) Years: How, Where, When & From Whom Was It Recovered?

(2)Our Records: Nigeria Spent N124.8trillion ($624billion) In 14 Years (2003-2016); Borrowed $50billion (N10trillion) In 10Yrs (2007-2016), $11.5billion (N2.3trillion) In 18 Months (By Buhari) And Over N400billion ($2billion) In 2016 (By 36 States)
The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law writes to demand concrete answers from your public office concerning the above underlined questions. Recall sir, that your very self had on 2nd February 2016 in a keynote address presented at the ‘First Annual Conference on Financial Fraud, Cyber-Crime & Other Cross-border Crimes’, in Abuja disclosed publicly, among others that “available reports showed that in the past 12 years, since the establishment of EFCC, more than $2 trillion has been confiscated and recovered”. Full details of the report published in the front page of the Vanguard Newspaper of 3rd February 2016; and filed by Ikechukwu Nnochiri is below: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/02/money-laundering-efcc-recovers-looted-2trn-in-12-years/.Our findings from the management of the Vanguard Newspaper also indicate that you were not misquoted and that the controversial disclosure was contained in your written keynote speech under reference. Besides, your public office has remained mute on the issue till date.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Article: Nigeria's Supreme Court Of Injustice



By Godwin Onyeacholem

President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the sympathy of the multitude of Nigerians and foreign friends who want him to succeed, the multitude yearning for the change he earnestly promised, that change the country can’t wait to see and which his administration has consistently insisted would be faithfully delivered.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

News Release: Role Of Factoring In Competitiveness Of African Businesses Highlighted

The participants in the factoring promotion conference in Dar es Salaam


African businesses should capitalize on the advantages offered by factoring as an alternative trade finance instrument in order to trade more competitively, participants heard yesterday as a factoring promotion conference co-organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the International Factors Group (IFG) and Factors Chain International (FCI), opened in Dar es Salaam.

Article: PDP’s Charge Against Buhari Is Of Non Compos Mentis



By SKC Ogbonnia

Since assuming power, President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC) has been able to unmask mind-boggling cases of corruption under the immediate past regime of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Such heartless looting of our commonwealth has resulted to loss of several thousands of human lives as well as serious economic crisis and ought to be condemned by all, regardless of the political or tribal shade. Yet, typically expected at this juncture—from the PDP apologists—is the mundane mumbling of vendetta, selective justice or what have you. What eventually woke me up is the latest salvo from the PDP spiritual leader, Governor Ayodele Fayose, equating the plan to reform Nigeria ’s Judiciary in the course of the war against corruption to another form of witch-hunt. But this piece is set to compel the idle narratives to finally rest in peace.

News Release: $2trillion (N400trillion) Recovered Funds By EFCC In 12 Yrs: Fighting Corruption With Propaganda & Falsehood



The advocacy attention of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has, again, been drawn concerning a public sensitive report credited to the Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, to the effect that “the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in the past 12 years since its creation, recovered over $2trillion or N400trillion from Nigeria’s criminal groups and public office holders”. The perfidiously false report was published in the front page of the Vanguard Newspaper of today, being 3rd of February 2016.

Monday, 1 February 2016

News Release: BCHROs Names Nnamdi Kanu-A Prisoner-Of-Conscience

 
Kanu
The Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), coordinated by Intersociety, and comprising the following ten rights organizations: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group), have firmly resolved to name Citizen Nnamdi Kanu as a prisoner-of-conscience (POC).