Sunday, 31 July 2016

News Release: Update On MEND’s Negotiation With The Nigerian Government




The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is the only militant group from the Niger Delta region who are presently engaged in a dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria - through oil companies and security agencies -with a view to resolving the current Niger Delta crisis.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

News Release: On The Appointment Of Interim Steering Committee For Section On Public Interest And Development Law (SPIDEL)


In  exercise  of  the  powers  of  Article IX (b) of the Uniform Bye- Laws of Sections, Institutes and Fora, of the Nigerian Bar Association , the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Augustine Alegeh SAN, has appointed a three (3) Man Interim Steering Committee for Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL).

Friday, 29 July 2016

News Release: Shaikh Zakzaky Needs Access To Doctors Now

Zakzaky


In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It is seven months now since the Nigerian Army launched a coordinated massacre on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the guardianship of his eminence Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky(H) between 12th and 14th of December 2015. Shaikh Zakzaky and his wife were fatally wounded while hundreds of innocent citizens were brutally killed, including women and children.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

News Release: MEND Warns Nigeria Army Chief To Watch Utterances



The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to a statement made in Port Harcourt on Monday July 25, 2016 by the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai to the effect that the Nigerian military authorities will resort to the use of force if dialogue to resolve the current Niger Delta crisis fails.

News Release: Born-Before-Computer (BBC) And Graft-Oriented Policies And Injustices Against NOUN And Other Public Institutions In Nigeria: Enough Is Enough! (Concluding Part)



Recall that the leadership of this organization, International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), had on Sunday, 17th of July 2016, issued  part one of the statement titled above.

Photonews; REDx And SME100Nigeria presents The "Starting with Zero Naira" Business Workshop


Monday, 25 July 2016

News Release: “NNPC Pipeline Hit At Nsit-Ibom”---Niger Delta Avengers



At 11:30pm on Sunday,(24/7/2016) the Niger Delta Avengers blew Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), gas pipeline at Nsit-Ibom L.G.A, in Akwa Ibom state. 

NNPC should check their pipeline if it is "system Anomaly".

Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo.
Spokesperson.

News Release: Afreximbank Announces 2015 Performance, Shows 25% Income Growth

Afreximbank AGM 2016 in Seychelles: Danny Faure, Vice President of Seychelles, addresses shareholders as Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (1st right) and Denys Denya, Afreximbank Executive Vice President, listen.



The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) achieved a record 25 per cent rise in its net income from 2014 to 2015, taking in $134 million in 2015 compared to $107 million in 2014, Bank President Dr. Benedict Oramah has announced in Mahe, Seychelles.

News Release: Afreximbank, Exim Bank Of China Sign $1 Billion Collaboration Agreement For Development Of Industrial Parks

Afreximbank AGM 2016 in Seychelles: Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (left) in handshake with Lui Liang, President, Export-Import Bank of China, following the signing of the cooperation agreement.


The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Export-Import Bank of China have signed a cooperation agreement to create a $1 billion China-Africa Investment and Industrialization Programme to facilitate the construction and creation of industrial parks and special economic zones on the continent.

Article: Nigeria Will Never Be The Same Again Until Nnamdi Kanu Is Released

Kanu




By Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya

When the dust settles over the numerous calls for separation and restructuring in  Nigeria, the world will know that it all started with the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu. Fortuitously, Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari's public approval rating was 80% in October 2015, the same month he illegally kidnapped Nnamdi Kanu. Ever since, Buhari’s personal political standing as well as Nigeria's economic well-being has nose-dived to 30% approval rating as at July 2016. As Prophet Nwoko had predicted, “Heaven will strike if Nnamdi Kanu is not released.”

News Release: Before Reprisal Radicalism Explodes & Turns Nigeria Into Widespread Bloodshed (Disturbing Image)



Borrowing from the investigative and statistical findings of Open Doors and its Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Pearce, Christians are facing State coordinated and State-abetted persecution in Nigeria. The persecution of Christians, according to the respected international anti Christian persecution watchdog, is carried out by three groups: Islamist Boko Haram terror group, Muslim Fulani herdsmen and the Muslim religious fanatics oiled by political elite as well as top politico-security appointees. In other words, while Christian killings are perpetrated by the trio of terrorist Fulani Janjaweed and Boko Haram groups and government security agents; the present Federal Government under Gen Muhammadu Buhari is deepening and consolidating its pursuit of radical and annihilative policy of State Jihadism; thereby encouraging reprisal radicalization and undermining the unity, Constitution and secularity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

News Release: MEND Confirms Talks With Nigerian Government



The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to confirm that indeed it has been in preliminary talks with the Federal Government through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies as revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

News Release: Africa Economy Staying The Course, Despite A Relative Economic Slow Down



Highlights:
  • Africa one of the only two regions in the world achieving growth in FDI project numbers over 2015
  • Seven percent rise in FDI projects for Africa
  • East Africa the biggest gainer, while other key economies recover ground
  • US remains the leading investor into Africa

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Article: Nnamdi Kanu Will Have The Last Laugh

Kanu


By Tony Kanu

A Prophet Patiently Waiting For His Last Laugh. Next time you see the cheerful man on the picture, simply call him a prophet; Call him the Nostradamus of our time. You know why?

Everything he said on Radio-Biafra, prior to Buhari's current dictatorship, Hausa/Fulani sectionalism, ethnic cleansing by the sponsored Northern incendiary against others, attempts at seizure of Southern lands & Nigeria's Islamisation, are what Nigeria is dealing with today. Ardent listeners of Radio-Biafra will attest to this.

News Release: Speakers At Afreximbank’s AGM Say Visa Regime Impeding African Trade

Afreximbank AGM 2016 in Seychelles (L-R) Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor, Bank of Zambia; Dr. Paul Fokam, CEO, Afriland First Bank Group; Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings; Dr. Benedict Oramah, President, Afreximbank; and Wale Tinubu, Group  Chief Executive, Oando Plc; following their session in Seychelles.


Speakers at activities marking the 23rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank’s) today in Mahe, Seychelles, said that the visa regime operating across Africa was one of the greatest impediments to the growth of intra-African trade.

U-Report: Imo State Judiciary Strike; Government Should Respect Agreement---NBA

Nwakaeti; Imo State NBA Chair


Reported By A Citizen Reporter

The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Owerri Branch Barr. Lawrence Nwakaeti, has decried the losses Imo State is incurring as a result of the continued industrial action by the Imo State Chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union (JUSUN) which closed down activities in Imo State Judiciary.

Friday, 22 July 2016

News Release: Obasanjo Urges Africa To Focus On Locally Available Commodities For Growth


Afreximbank AGM 2016 in Seychelles: Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (right) in discussion during his appearance in Seychelles.


Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo today in Mahe, Seychelles, said that African countries could achieve industrialisation by focusing their efforts on locally available commodities and by developing local entrepreneurs and industrialists.

News Release: Uselessness Of The Judicial Panel Of Enquiry Into Zaria Shiite Genocide



In line with our three core advocacy objectives of ensuring at all times that human rights are extensively made accessible to their holders/owners; protective for victims of their violations; and accountability of the State and non-State actors over the perpetration and commission of human rights abuses and other regime atrocities, irrespective of class, religion, tribe or sex; it is our (Intersociety) firm declaration that the Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up in January 2016 by the Government of Kaduna State to look into the so called “Army-Shiite Clash” (Shiite Genocide) of December 12-14, 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State; is nothing but an act of uselessness and effort in futility. Fundamental flaws inherent in the Panel’s constitution, composition, legal status, procedures, proceedings, outcomes and enforceability are also basket-loaded.

Article: Enough Is Enough



By Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky

There is a childhood memory that I have never been able to lose touch with, it is personal, intimately so, I do not like sharing it. But I feel that considering my current circumstances its best I share it, especially considering that in life I have lost almost all the things that constitute my reason for being. I have eventually lost, and it is very clear that I can lose anything else, all by the virtue of ending up as a Nigerian.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

U-Report: Magistrates Meet In Port Harcourt

Chief Magistrate Victoria Isiguzo


Reported By A Citizen Reporter

The 26th Biennial National Convention and Delegates Conference of all magistrates in Nigeria will be holding in Port Harcourt Rivers State from Sunday 24th to Friday 29th July this year at Obi Wali Center, Port Harcourt.

Rejoinder: Re-Group Accuse Shiites Of Planning A Coup In Kaduna



I was surfing the net for news items when the above captioned story captured my attention. In the story by Jerry wright Ukwu, it was reported that a group known as ‘Kaduna state citizens for peace’ has raised an alarm of accusing the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) of trying to install their own government in Kaduna state. Waggish as the garbage may be it is imperative to clear the erroneous message carried in it. In this era of joblessness it is not too arduous to hire brutes that have no moral values to take to the streets especially when someone has enough resources at his disposal. So, the hitherto non entities like Richard Augustine and Nathaniel Agada who were commissioned to act as the president and secretary of the unknown group ‘Kaduna state citizens for peace’ very well know that they are agents of scamp and false tale mongers.

News Release: “Don't Call Us Criminals”....Niger Delta Avengers



Contrary to local news that Nigeria Navy has arrested Niger Delta Avengers logistics supplier is the biggest joker of the 21st century. As it now any Tom, Dick and Harry is a suspect of Niger Delta avengers. Nigeria Navy has lost the sense of professionalism.

News Release: Afreximbank Supports African Trade With Over $15 Billion Of Annual Financing

Opening of Afreximbank AGM 2016 in Seychelles: (sitting L-R) Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor, Bank of Zambia; Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah; Nobel laureate Prof. Joseph Stiglitz;  Vice President Danny Faure of Seychelles; and Denys Denya, Afreximbank Executive Vice President; joined by members of the Afreximbank Board of Directors and other special guests after the opening ceremony.
With the more than $15 billion provided annually to African businesses, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is achieving its mandate of financing, promoting and expanding intra and extra-African trade, participants heard today in Mahe, Seychelles, at the opening of activities marking the 23rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the Bank.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

U-Report: Judicial Panel Indicts Nigerian Army General, Others For Zaria Massacre Of Shiites



Reported By Stephen Lawan 

The General Officer Commanding the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division, Adeniyi Oyebade, a major general, authorized last December’s military operation that massacred at least 347 members of the Shi’a Muslim group in Zaria, and should be prosecuted, a judicial commission of inquiry into the killings, has said in its final report.

Monday, 18 July 2016

News Release: Born-Before-Computer And Graft-Oriented Policies & Injustices Against NOUN And Other Public Institutions In Nigeria: Enough Is Enough! ( Part One)



The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) believes strongly that injustice and graft are the greatest threats facing the promotion, advancement, preservation, protection and enforcement of Human Rights in Nigeria or any part thereof. The effects of injustice and graft breed insecurity, which in turn, gives birth to general underdevelopment in Nigeria and one of the consequences of underdevelopment in Nigeria is the entrenched culture of born-before-computer among the country’s public policy makers and the managers of its educational management and regulatory institutions. 

Special Report: Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s Solicitor Writes Kaduna State’s Government



The Attorney-General
& Commissioner for Justice,
Ministry of Justice, Kaduna,
Kaduna State.


Dear Honourable Attorney-General,

Demand For The Immediate Prosecution Of The Military Officers And Armed Soldiers Who Engaged In The Brutal Massacre Of 347 Citizens In Zaria, Kaduna State From December 12-14, 2015

We are solicitors to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria headed by Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky  who has been detained without trial for about 8 months  by the State Security Service in Abuja.

News Release: NDDCG’s Proposal To Join MEND’s Negotiation Team With Nigeria Government Approved



The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was contacted on Friday, July 15, 2016 by Dr. Godknows Boladei Igali, the immediate past Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Power, a diplomat and former Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government.

News Release: MEND’s Memo To President Buhari



Your Excellency,

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) hereby submits the final list of members of the Aaron Team 2 dialogue, peace and development initiative inaugurated by MEND on June 12, 2016 to find sustainable solutions to the Niger Delta crisis.

Friday, 15 July 2016

News Release: MEND Invites Avengers To Join Negotiation Team With Nigerian Government



The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to an exclusive interview conducted by the South-South Regional Editor of the Vanguard newspaper with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and published on July 11, 2016.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

News Release: On Proposed Electricity Tariff Increase



The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is tasked with the responsibility of maximizing access to electricity services by promoting and facilitating consumer connections to distribution systems. The commission is also mandated to ensure that prices charged by licensees are fair to consumers and are sufficient to allow licensees to finance their activities and allow for reasonable earning for efficient operation.

News Release: A Courageous Judgment



The Federal High Court Ikoyi, in a landmark judgment has declared the 45 per cent tariff increase by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) as illegal and should be reversed immediately.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Lecture: How Insecurity Breeds Underdevelopment In Nigeria



(Being A Paper Presented by Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law at a Grassroots Lecture Organized by the JDPC for Parishioners of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria on July 12, 2016.­ Umeagbalasi can be reached via: +23474090052. Email: emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk.)

News Release: Malaria Experts And African Leaders Challenged To Maintain The Momentum And Win The Race For Malaria Elimination



Novartis convenes the 15th Annual National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) Best Practice Sharing Workshop today in Dakar, Senegal. Over the next two days, leading malaria experts and African leaders will discuss how to take on the challenge to win the race for malaria elimination.

Article: Buhari And His AGF’s Relentless Drive To Win Elections



By Phrank Shaibu

The choice of Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is already confronting President Buhari’s party’s ideology and promises of free and fair elections. Presently, there exist many petitions both local and International alleging that the Attorney General has crossed the line in many instances by corrupting the electoral process in the few elections that have been conducted by the Buhari’s administration. The common denominator of the complaints clearly suggests that the Attorney General is brazenly politicizing his office and abusing his power through impropriety in his dealings with election issues.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Article: Nigeria’s Unity Is Negotiable

By Chido Onumah
 

Since the public presentation of the book We Are All Biafrans and the intervention of a former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who chaired the event and delivered a speech titled “Restructuring for Nigeria’s national unity” – a speech I recommend to everyone interested in the unity and survival of Nigeria – the issue of restructuring Nigeria and negotiating its unity has once again taken the centre stage of national discourse.

Article: Buhari Hitting Saraki’s Senate With Kid Gloves

Saraki
By  SKC Ogbonnia
 
The scheme by the Nigerian Senate to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is as real as it is idiotic. The most annoying yet is the attitude of the senators in the ongoing trial of its principal officers for allegedly forging the Standing Rules used to usher them to power. Once the forgery case was referred to the courts, the Senate charged that prosecution of members of the legislature is a threat to democracy. The Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu, followed by peddling the bunkum all the way to the international community. The whole hoopla, of course, is a vicious scam to arm-twist Buhari to revert to the status quo prior to the current regime where Nigeria ’s lawmaking body was literally above the law.

Monday, 11 July 2016

News Release: Military Still Holding IMN Members Hostage



We are deeply concerned that the Military that waged a savage attack on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in Zaria December last year is holding hundreds of our members in various detention facilities across the nation. We are reliably informed of the sinister move of some personnel in the Army to keep them in indefinite detention without trial.

News Release: Spirits Of The Dead Victims Of State Killings In Igbo Land Invoked To Eternally Haunt Their Killers, Aiders & Abetters



The souls and spirits of as much as 140 unarmed, defenceless, nonviolent and innocent citizens of Nigeria of Southeast and South-south extractions, mostly composed of Igbo sons and a number of Igbo daughters between the ages of 20years and 35years, who were brutally massacred in a broad day light on 30th of May 2016 by the Buhari administration, aided by the Government of Willie Obiano in Anambra State have been invoked to eternally go after their killers and enemies of the Igbo Nation as well as those who aided and abetted the gruesome massacre until they pay for heinous crimes and atrocities committed. This is courtesy of the OGBAKO UMUOKPU IGBONINE (a global association of Igbo Women of age born and married in Igbo Land).

Rejoinder: “MEND Have Repeatedly Reiterated That The Niger Delta Struggle Was Beyond Attacks On Oil Installations”



The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to an article titled: "President Buhari Sharpens Focus On Niger Delta," written by Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity. We have carefully studied and analyzed the article. We wholeheartedly applaud and welcome President Buhari's sharpened focus on the Niger Delta even though, in our estimation, Mr. Shehu's article ironically did more to obtuse the focus.

Friday, 8 July 2016

U-Report: Saudi Arabia's Proposal To Destroy Prophet Mohammed’s Tomb And Move Remains To Anonymous Grave Risks New Muslim Division

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia


 Reported By Stephen Lawan

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world.

News Release: Brexit Impact On Africa



(African markets will suffer from market volatility. Long-term implications subject to global agenda)

The short-term implications of Brexit for African economies will be mainly noticeable through market volatility. However, according to Control Risks and NKC African Economics, the longer-term impacts on Africa from Brexit are speculative and depend as much on the attitude of future British governments as on the terms of exit. The longer term implications – both economic and geopolitical – hinge on what the terms of Britain leaving the EU are, and how this feeds through transmission mechanism to Africa through trade, aid and soft power and political influence.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

News Release: Buhari Has Resorted To Kidnappings, Abductions And Silent Murder Of Biafrans



Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari has now resorted to kidnappings, abductions, and  silent murder of Biafrans as a response to the United Nations-backed quest for self-determination being undertaken in a peaceful/non-violent manner by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. There have been several cases of abductions and kidnapping of Biafrans by the agents of Buhari called the Department of State Services (DSS) which started on October 14, 2015 with the kidnapping of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB. Following the abduction of the IPOB leader, hundreds of Biafrans have been kidnapped by the DSS and other agents of Buhari.

News Release: Abia Governorship Failed Coup & Related Others



The 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) wish to tell all Nigerians and members of the international community to hold Senior Advocates of Anarchy in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as well as the government of  Gen Muhammadu Buhari responsible in the event of total collapse of the country’s pluralistic democracy and constitutionalism including the rule of law and respect for and protection of constitutional liberties .

Article: Edwin Madunagu@ 70

Edwin Madunagu


By Chido Onumah

It is not very often that I find myself writing a tribute considering that ours is a country where heroes and heroines are in short supply. But I couldn’t allow this particular occasion to pass without reflecting on what Edwin Madunagu, popularly called Eddie by friends and comrades, means to me, to Nigeria and the international socialist movement. Eddie has been described by one of his contemporaries and closest comrades, BiodunJeyifo, Harvard University’s Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature, as “the greatest materialist historian and archivistof socialism and the Left in Nigeria’s political history”.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Article: Immediate Past Imo State House Speaker For Senate?

Uwajimogu


By Kenneth Uwadi
Benjamin Uwajumogu is a former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly who  contested the 2015 Senatorial election but failed woefully . He is currently warming up for the July 23 Imo Senate rerun election. He has worn out two pairs of Rockport shoes strolling door to door, tieless, speaking sweet talks  to people  of    Okigwe zone ,  including Ihitte Uboma his home town , hoping to be taken seriously. Many APC  supporters from the zone  said they would not back him “Asking me to vote for Uwajumogu is like asking a Christian to vote for Satan instead of Jesus,” an  APC supporter posted on Facebook .The stench of past scandals is haunting him  as allegations regarding  his activities as Speaker  fester.

News Release: Africa Needs Facilitating Infrastructure To Tap €200-Billion Factoring Growth



With Africa’s factoring volume expected to reach 200 billion Euros in 2020, the continent must put in place facilitating legal and regulatory infrastructure to enable it take advantage of the many opportunities associated with factoring, Kanayo Awani, Managing Director of the Intra-African Trade Initiative at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), told guests at a seminar in Abuja yesterday.