Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Special Report: Public Service Delievery In Nigeria: A Customers' Perspective;


[Being text of a Presentation by Jaiye  Gaskia at the 1ST National Policy Dialogue on Strategies for improving service Delivery in Government Parastatles, Agencies and Commissions on Tuesday 28TH March 2017]

News Release: The Indictment Of Mrs Chris-Garuba Rita Ifeyinwa Enews And Related Matters


The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been drawn to a news report by Premium Times, Nigeria, an online news medium, on the short-listing of Mrs. Chris-Garuba Rita Ifeyinwa Enewa for appointment as a Justice of the Court of Appeal. The Premium Times news report stated amongst other things that “the shortlisted Nominee, Mrs. Rita Chris-Garuba, formerly Rita Kuku, in 2000, was indicted for a series of professional misconduct related issues, including putting clients’ funds to her own use, and a £250,000.00 mortgage fraud in the United Kingdom where she worked as a solicitor; and concluded that despite the indictments, Mrs. Chris-Garuba, and the 11 other nominees, await confirmation by the President of the Court of Appeal for their new positions as Justices of the Court of Appeal”.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

News Release: South Sudan Becomes Latest Afreximbank Participating State


South Sudan, Africa's youngest country, has become the latest country to join the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) as a participating state of the.

Article: Raging GMO Debate In Nigeria: At Last, Science Shall Prevail


By Ijeoma IJ

Once again, stakeholders appear to have brought to the fore, critical issues and concerns over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the Nigerian Biosafety Management Act 2015.  On February 13, 2017, there was a news report in Daily Trust that the National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) cautioned the Nigerian government with regard to permitting GMO foods into Nigeria.  NIREC in a report by its committee to investigate claims for and against GM foods said it was not advisable to go on with GMOs in Nigeria for now because the country was not ripe for it. The report entitled, “Final report on GMOs and Recommendation,” said the agency in charge of biotechnology industry in the country does not have facilities and expertise to regulate and control GM practice in the country.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Article: Re: Odds Aregbesola Must Surmount

Aregbesola

By abiodun KOMOLAFE and Kunle Owolabi

The season of politics and politicking is nigh, no doubt! This is particularly so of the State of Osun where the tenure of the incumbent Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, is gradually winding down. It is therefore natural that those who want to succeed the ebullient governor should be putting their acts and political wiles together. This is also a season that witnesses countless endorsements, anointment and preferences of one politician or candidate over the other. This is the season of rumour, believable and unbelievable. This is the season of harvest of falsehoods, blatant lies and utter untruth. And, most of the time, the incumbent is always at the receiving end of this political tricks and subtle blackmails from within and without his political enclave.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Article: Like Luke Chukwu, Like Emmanuel Orie

Orie 

By Kenneth Uwadi

The day was frigid. It was all windy, rainy and a bit dark. Hell was breaking loose. The Street was deserted. No taxi. I was really excited to see Johnson’s Toyota car come down the street so I could jump in and get the hell home from this meeting. However, Johnson (not his real name)didn't stop. He did slowed and almost came to a stop but instead, he kept going much to my dismay. I was not sure why he even bothered pretending like he was going to stop. All that he did was get my hopes up and eventually piss me off. With no taxi and Keke around, I did the trekking, soaking wet, musing on Tuface Idibia’s you are my African Queen.

Special Report: Nigeria's Secret Service Gives AGF Additional Information On Anti-corruption Agency Chair


The Attorney General of Federation,
Federal Ministry of Justice,
Plot 7B, Shehu Shagari Way,
Abuja – FCT.

Re: Request For Additional Documents /Information
Your letter with reference number .HAGF/ DSS/ 2016/ VOL.I/ 7 dated 19th December, 2016 on the above subject, refers.

Friday, 24 March 2017

News Release: African Hospitals Adopt SOPHiA Artificial Intelligence To Trigger Continent-Wide Healthcare Leapfrogging Movement


(Medical institutions from Morocco, Cameroon and South Africa choose SOPHiA artificial intelligence to advance clinical genomics across Africa)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

News Release: Burundi Joins Afreximbank As Participating State


Burundi has acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), making it a participating state of the continental trade finance bank.

Rejoinder: Chris Akor’s Fantastically Rumour-laden Article

Ibori 

By Tony Eluemunor

The fantastically rumour – besotted Chris Akor, in “The face of a fantastically corrupt country” (Business Day of Wednesday February 15, 2017) embraced rumour and nothing but his beloved rumour.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

News Release: Joint Statement By A Coalition Of Civil Society Organizations In Nigeria On The Siege On Amnesty International's Abuja Office


We, the undersigned leaders and representatives of various civil society organizations spread across Nigeria wish to express our collective dismay over the ignominious display by a group of rented crowd masquerading as members of a civil society organization under the name ‘Global Peace and Rescue Initiative (GOPRI)’. This hitherto unknown group has, since Monday March 20, 2017 besieged and occupied the Abuja offices of the Amnesty International (AI), accusing the global human rights advocacy group of trying to smear the reputation of Nigerian security forces. The group led by one unknown Melvin Ejeh, who describes himself as the Executive Director said it is ready to occupy Amnesty's offices interminably, should the organization refuse to leave the country within 24 hours.

News Release: Sponsored Attacks On Amnesty International: Another Dimension To Raging State Terror In Nigeria


The leaderships of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) and Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) are deeply shocked and dismayed concerning the ongoing sponsored attacks by the agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria against the Nigerian Section of Amnesty International, using hired street urchins and laptop based groups; claiming to be human rights groups.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Special Report: Break Down Of The Paris Club Refunds To The States And FCT

Adeosun: Nigeria's Finance Minister 

1. Abia - $151, 410, 816.39
2. Adamawa - $161, 968, 221.27
3. Akwa Ibom - $344, 122,584.90
4. Anambra - $162, 163, 091.98)
5. Bauchi - $182, 192, 756.59

Sunday, 19 March 2017

News Release: Ibori Appeals Against UK Court Conviction


Chief James Onanefe Ibori, has now filed a full appeal in the British Court of Appeal against his 2012 conviction.

A statement from Ibori’s Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, said Mr Ibori's counsel informed the Southwark London court on Friday March 17, 2017, that they have filed the appeal on Ibori’s behalf.As a result, the court then indefinitely adjourned the on-going proceedings concerning the second confiscation hearing. The original three- week confiscation hearing before Judge Pitts in September 2013 was unable to make any finding of theft from the Delta State

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Article: DSS, Saraki, Malaye And The Senate’s Dirty Slap On Buhari’s Face


By Godwin Onyeacholem

No thanks to the unholy machinations of an unscrupulous cabal in the presidency which formed a satanic partnership with a shamelessly crooked senate, Ibrahim Magu, nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari as substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), was for the second time denied confirmation for that post by the senate on the strength of the same ill-motivated Department of State Service (DSS) security report that informed the first purported rejection.

Friday, 17 March 2017

News Release: Group Calls For The Release Of Two Detained Nigerian Bloggers

Fejiro Oliver 
Kemi Olunloyo 

Nigerian government continues to send fear into the hearts of Nigerians.The government continue to wage vicious crackdown on free speech. The space for independent activism, critical journalism, and opposition political activity in Nigeria is extinguished .So many persons have been arrested in recent times to silence their voices using politically motivated criminal charges. Last week officers of the Nigerian Police stormed the  home of  a Journalist and blogger, Kemi Olunloyo  and whisked her away to the Oyo state Criminal Investigation Department office in Ibadan from where she was driven to Port Harcourt, charged to court  for cybercrime and remanded in prison for her post about Pastor David Ibiyeomie on social media.

News Report: "I’m In Port Harcourt Prison For My Post About Pastor Ibiyeomie" – Kemi Olunloyo

Olunloyo 

Credit: Punch Nigeria

Journalist and blogger, Kemi Olunloyo, says she has been charged with cybercrime for her post about Pastor David Ibiyeomie.

News Release: Radio Biafra International (RBi) Maiden Broadcast


On the 12th of January 2017, the leadership of IPOB in unison with the Leader, Deputy Leader and the Directorate of State (DOS), decided to expand the broadcasting services of the Biafran struggle through the creation of a new broadcasting service in the Americas. So, a live broadcast of Radio Biafra International (RBi) from the Americas has been imminent for a very long time now but was delayed due to logistic bottlenecks. However, we are proud to announce to you all today, that we are going live on air on Sunday, the 19th of March, 2017 with a maiden broadcast, starting from 10.00 am Biafra Time.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Special Report: Text Of The Secret Service Report Against Ibrahim Magu

Magu 

"Investigation on the chairmanship nominee, Magu Ibrahim Mustapha revealed that in August 2008, following a search at his residence during the tenure of Farida Waziri (AIG/rtd) as the commission’s chairman, some sensitive EFCC documents which were not supposed to be at his disposal were discovered.

Photonews: Publisher Of chidi opara reports, Comrade Chidi Anthony Opara Speaking At The Presentation Of Intersociety's Special Report On Human Rights In Nigeria At Aguata In Anambra State Nigeria

Comrade Opara 

Photonews: The Secret Report That Nailed The EFCC Boss


Monday, 13 March 2017

News Release: President Buhari Resumes Duties; Notifies National Assembly

President Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari today resumed duties after his vacation.

In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President has formally transmitted  letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, intimating the National Assembly "that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 13, 2017, after my vacation."

Femi Adeshina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Special Report: Executive Summary Of Intersociety's "Welcome To Bleeding Republic Of Nigeria: A Land Flowing With Blood And Tears"


Introduction: This Special Report (Welcome to Bleeding Republic of Nigeria: A Land Flowing with Blood  and Tears) is a compilation of widespread human rights abuses in Nigeria in the past 20 months of the  four-year tenure of the central Government of Retired Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari; covering 1st  June 2015 to 31st January 2017. The Report is majorly focused on Civil and Political Rights; which is one of the four internationally existing generations of human rights. These fundamental liberties include citizens’ constitutional and legal rights as well as regional and international rights provided in Sections 33-46 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution and several regional and international legal and rights instruments or treaties accepted and assented to by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Article: Buhari And And The Liers Within

Buhari 

By Prince Charles Dickson

Ronald Reagan once said, "Government is like a baby, an alimentary canalwith a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other end". And I add a big head that thinks it knows it all and then treat us all like the anus that brings nothing but, forgetting that a closed anus is recipe for disaster.

Photonews: Presentation Of Intersociety's Special Report On Human Rights Abuses In Nigeria


Friday, 10 March 2017

News Release: Ogbemudia Was A Trail-blazer, Superlative Governor, Inspired And Inspiring Leader – Ibori.

Late Ogbemudia

  

Chief James Onanefe Ibori has described the late Brigadier-General Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, who died Friday morning at age 84 as a nationally respected trail-blazer and superlative State Governor, and an inspired and inspiring leader.


Photonews: President Buhari Back From "Vacation"


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Article: 2018 Census in Nigeria: The Need For A Holistic Exercise


By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

 By failing to plan, one plans to fail. Until we get it right, we will not get the right output and result. Again, we cannot be doing the same thing over and again and expect to get a different result. To make good progress in life, there is always the need and willingness to change positively and advance technologically – and this comes with planning which census, a comprehensive census, can provide.

Photonews: Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits Buhari In London

Buhari with the visiting Archbishop

News Release: Igbo Ekunie Restates Call For The Release Of Nnamdi Kanu And Other Detained Activists

Kanu 

We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprised of individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; are constrained to once again unequivocally condemn the continuing extra-judicial detention of Mr Nnamdi Kanu and other Pro-Biafra activists in a supposed constitutional democracy. We hereby use this opportunity to again restate the call for the unconditional release of Mr Nnamdi Kanu and all other self-determination activists/prisoners of conscience.

News Release: Rejection Of Army’s Kangaroo Rights Abuses Investigation Panel And Request For Proper Criminal Investigation And Punitive Measures Against Buratai & Ors


The gross rights abuses in the past 21 months of the ailing Buhari’s Government of Nigeria can never be investigated by the same perpetrators of the heinous crimes (i.e. Nigerian Army and its COAS: Tukur Yusuf Buratai, etc). Any so called special investigation panel set up by the Nigerian Army is manifestly a kangaroo and totally rejected. As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Army should be barred from meddling into investigations associated with same; except its right to be heard. There shall be proper criminal investigation and punitive measures against Buratai and Company; followed by an unbiased and balanced Special Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by the Government of Nigeria, for the purpose of victims’ remedies or compensatory justice and serious administrative reprimands-Emeka Umeagbalasi-Criminologist & Graduate of Security Studies; and Board Chairman of Intersociety.

Article: The Succession Battle In Osun State



By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Let  me  start  by  declaring  that, no  matter  the  difficulties  encountered  on  Osun  State's  journey  to  greatness, I'm  of  the  tribe  of  Caleb;  a  harbinger  of  good  report  and  nothing  seems  capable  of  obliterating  this  perception  buttressed  by  what  is  on  the  ground.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Photonews: Yoruba Traditional Capital City Ile-Ife After Hausa-Yoruba Clash


News Release: "Adeyinka Adebayo; Great Leader, Remarkable Patriot" - Ibori.

Late Adeyinka Adebayo 


Chief James Onanefe Ibori has joined other Nigerians in mourning the passing of Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo at the age 89. He described the late Adebayo as a great patriot who sacrificed greatly so that Nigeria could remain one united nation, in its trying days after the counter-coup of July 1966.

U-Report: AFRICMIL Calls For Re-Instatement Of Suspended PSC Staff


Reported By A Citizen Reporter

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a civil society organisation currently engaged in a project to support the federal governments whistle-blower initiative, has condemned recent victimization of federal civil servants for blowing the whistle on internal fraud.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Photonews: Happy Women's Day!


Monday, 6 March 2017

News Release: Amnesty Int’l Report: Nigerian Government Is Culpably Sadistic, Murderous And Lawless


Nigeria’s Government chains of negative reaction to the recent Report of Amnesty International are internationally culpable, sadistic, murderous, remorseless, baseless and lawless. The referenced chains of negative reaction from the present Government of Nigeria headed by ailing President Muhammadu Buhari including threats, name calling, campaigns of calumny and false denials; are also grossly inadmissible and unscientific, going by the modern principles of social science research and findings.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

U-Report: NBA President Appoints Caretaker Committees For Abuja And Ikeja


Reported by a Citizen reporter

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) has constituted Caretaker Committees for the crisis-ridden Abuja and Ikeja Branches of the NBA. The constitution is sequel to the resolution of the NBA-NEC at its just concluded quarterly meeting held in Aba,Abia State on Thursday 2nd Day of March,2017.

Photonews: Nigerian Government Says That El-Zakzaky's Case Is A "Sensitive And High Security Issue"