Monday, October 30, 2017

FG agrees to pay N88bn compensation to victims of Biafra war.

.opts for out-of-court settlement of case before ECOWAS Court By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA – The Federal Government has agreed to release N88billion for the compensation of victims of the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, as well as for completion of demining and destruction of abandoned explosives within the South-East, South-South and North Central regions of the country. War-affected police officer cheer as they receive pension FG, in terms of agreement it endorsed before the ECOWAS Court in Abuja on Monday, said while it would pay N50billion compensation to “true victims” of the civil war that occurred between 1967 and 1970, it said a total sum of N38billion will be paid to contractors for total and complete demining and destruction of abandoned bombs and landmines within the regions.

According to the agreement document which the ECOWAS court adopted as its consent judgment, two firms, RSB Holdings Nigeria Limited and Deminers Concept Nigeria Limited, were said to have been contracted in 2009 to carry out demining exercise in the war affected areas. It said that after an exercise that was conducted by medical experts that were employed by the two contractors to screen and identify true victims of the war, “All the parties to this suit acknowledge that 685 persons were selected and classified as survivors while 493 of them were confirmed as victims of either landmines or other dangerous military ordnance including locally fabricated weapons, hence entitled to compensation including their families and communities”.

“Whereas the parties also acknowledged that a total of over 17, 000 bombs were recovered and destroyed by the 4th and 5th Respondents (the contractors), while a total of 1, 317 are still in the stockpile located at the Mine Action Center, Owerri, Imo State, large quantity of live bombs still litter the Applicant’s communities”. The decision followed a suit marked ECW/CCJ/APP/06/12, which was filed before the ECOWAS Court on May 2, 2012, by one Vincent Agu and 19 others against FG and five others. FG opted for an out-of-court- settlement of the matter after four years negotiation period. States listed to benefit from the deal are Anambra, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Ebonyi, Cross River, Abia, Enugu and Benue.

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Biafra: ECOWAS court orders Nigerian govt to pay N88bn to civil war victims

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Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Court of Justice, on Monday ordered the Nigerian Government to pay the sum of N88billion as compensation to nine victims of the Nigerian Civil war.

The regional court gave the ruling while ordering all
parties in the matter to abide by the terms of the settlement.

Part of the terms of the settlement stated that the Federal Government “undertakes to pay, without delay, compensation in the summer of N50 billion in full and final sum to the victims, their families and communities as contained in Schedule 4(1) to this terms of settlement”.

“That FG undetakes to the pay of undertakes to lay a total sum of N38 billion as contained in schedule 4(2) to this terms of settlement for the purposes of carrying out total demining and destruction, rebuilding of public buildings, mine centre activities, construction of class rooms, provision of prosthetics and all other activities enumerated thereunder.”

Some victims of the Nigerian Civil War had in 2012, dragged the federal government before the regional court praying for an order for the removal of remnants of war instruments in 11 states of the South East, South South and parts of the North Central.

The victims said the instruments include, life bombs, abandoned unexploded ordnances (AXO), unexploded ordnances (UXO) and the explosive remnant of war (ERW).

They also asked the court to compel the federal government to rehabilitate areas affected by the war and compensate them for the damages caused.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Breaking: Gov Okowa visits Ibori after Church Service .

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OGHARA- DELTA State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, is expected to visit a former governor of the state and his political mentor, Chief James Ibori, who returned to Nigeria, Saturday, six years after he fled the country.

 A confidant of the former governor told Vanguard on phone: “Governor Okowa will come between 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm after Church service today (Sunday).” Governor Okowa never hid the fact all the years that Ibori was away that the ex-governor is the head of the political family that runs the state, which he (Okowa) is privileged to be part of. 

Besides coming to welcome Ibori home, both men, according to our source, “will likely have a closed-door session to enable the governor keep him posted on certain happenings in the state.” Meanwhile, Ibori was said to be savoring his homecoming, as people are trooping from different parts of the state and country to rejoice with him.


State of the nation: Tuface insists protests’ll go on in Lagos, Abuja

*No ban on peaceful protests — Presidency 
*What the law says about public protest

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BARLEY 24 hours after the Lagos State Police Command vowed to stop the planned protests against bad governance being convened by Tuface Idibia, the famous Afro-Pop artiste has vowed to go on with the exercise. 

The event which was earlier scheduled to hold in Lagos only would also hold in Abuja on February 6, 2017. Tuface, who made his insistence known on his Instagram account, said the events being organised on the platform of the 2Face Foundation, would commence at 8: am in Lagos and 9: am in Abuja.

In a move indicative that the protests tagged: One Voice, One Nigeria were explicitly about Nigeria, interested participants were asked to put on green attires. 

Yesterday’s post to the effect that the protests would go on, was on the heels of a similar notice by a civil society organisation, Enough Is Enough, EiE. Tuface said the protests were meant to sensitise the Nigerian authorities over the increasing hardship in the country. The insistence by Tuface generated so many comments on his Instagram account from would-be protesters, who maintained that the grinding hardship in Nigeria made the protests inevitable.

 As of the time of filing this report, the social media was abuzz with comments against the plan to stop the protest. Instructively, those, who questioned the reasons adduced by the Police, insisted that it was the responsibility of the law enforcement agency to maintain law and order during the exercise. Even a few, who were less sympathetic to the protests, reminded the Police that the right to protest was inalienable. While dismissing the reasons given by the Police, others pointed at past protests which held in the country without being stopped by the law. The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai Owoseni had said that Tuface lacked the capacity to contain the kind of crowd the protests would attract. 

“We know that Tuface does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand,” he said last Wednesday. Instructively, Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution granted the freedom of expression, including the right to be heard and to disseminate information. Section 40 provides the freedom of association while Section 38 gave Nigerians the right to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly. Meanwhile, the Presidency, yesterday, said it was not against the right of Nigerians to stage peaceful protests.

 This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Mr. Laolu Akande. Disclosing this on his Twitter handle, he said:  “This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests, it is a fundamental right of the people.  No government has ever laid out the kind of Social Investment Programme the Buhari government is now running across the nation that will touch millions.”

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Nigeria Is The “Most Dangerous Place For Christians in the World” - US Congress.

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The United States House of Representatives says Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world. 

The Chairman of its Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organisation, Christopher Smith, stated this in a letter inviting former President Goodluck Jonathan to make a presentation to the Sub-Committee on the challenges faced by Christians in Nigeria and the Niger Delta issue.

Smith, in the letter made exclusively available to THISDAY, said: “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today. My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such as in Jos. Unfortunately, Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world and impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians seem to be widespread.

Although, the event held on the 1st and 2nd February, the actual content of the letter is only just revealed with its labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous country to be a Christian.

READ: Jonathan Reveals Solution to Ethnic, Religious Crisis in Nigeria

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Appstle Suleiman: IPOB calls for arrest of Sultan, Zahra Buhari

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“The DSS who unilaterally and illegally assumed the name “Department of State Services (DSS),“ has invited Apostle Suleiman because he advised members of his church to exercise their UN-approved and inalienable fundamental human right of self-defence if attacked by Islamic terrorists. It is worthy to note that this invitation by the SSS came after the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, called for the arrest of Apostle Suleiman.

Produce Fulani herdsmen you paid money - Apostle Suleman tells El-Rufai

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Southern Kaduna: Produce Fulani herdsmen you paid money - Apostle Suleman tells El-Rufai
General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman has asked the Federal Government to compel Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to produce Fulani herdsmen to whom money was paid so as to disabuse the minds of Nigerians that Christians are not the target of President Muhammadu's administration.

Thursday, January 26, 2017



Yossi Dina's got a plan to turn Donald Trump's famous 'do into big dough ... thanks mostly to all the POTUS haters.
We asked the "Beverly Hills Pawn" star if he'd ever consider appraising a lock or 2 of Trump's hair, and he jumped all over it! Matter of fact, it sounds like he's been considering this very possibility.
Yossi's smart ... his sales pitch caters to the left and the right.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rivers police arraign 45 Pro-Biafran agitators for treason

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By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT—The Rivers State Police Command yesterday arraigned 45 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, before two Chief Magistrate Courts sitting in Port Harcourt for treason over their alleged involvement in the  Friday  agitation in Rivers State. 

The members of the IPOB and the MASSOB had on Friday,   organised a solidarity rally to commemorate the swearing in of Mr Donald Trump as the new American president. But the security operatives in the state arrested over 65 of them and disrupted the rally, claiming that the Pro-Biafran agitators did not obtain permit before commencing the peaceful protest. 

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Francis Odesanya charged the arrested persons to court on two counts of conspiracy to felony and treasonable felony. The arraigned pro-Biafra protesters. Seven of them were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Obi Amadi-Nna and the remaining 38 brought before the Chief Magistrate, Sokari Andrew-Jaja. The Charge sheet No: PMC/112C/2017 read: “That you Baco Johnson, Cosmos Monday, Chinonso Kalu and 42 others on January 20, 2017 at Garrison Bus stop, Port Harcourt in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: treasonable felony and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516A (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol II Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

 “That you, Baco Johnson, Cosmos Monday, Chinonso Kalu and 42 others on the same date and time and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District did conduct yourselves in a manner likely to force or compel the president to change his measures, by displaying flags and other items of the Biafran Republic with such intention by an act to take over the government of Nigeria by force and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol II Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.”

When the court sat around 6:22 pm, the Chief Magistrate, Mr.  Sokari Andrew-Jaja, adjourned the matter till January 30 and asked the parties involved in the matter to appear on the adjourned date with their written addresses. Andrew-Jaja stated that the adjourned date would be for the adoption of written addresses, in order to determine whether the court has the jurisdiction to hear the matter and remanded the suspects in prison.

 However, the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Obi Amadi-Nna, who received seven of the suspects also remanded them in prison and adjourned till January 30 for adoption of written addresses on the same offences.


Northern Governors Seek Abolition of Indigene-Settler Dichotomy.

Northern Governors Seek Abolition of Indigene-Settler Dichotomy

The Governors of Nigeria’s 19 northern states are seeking the abolition of the indigenes-settler dichotomy which they have identified as one of the major causes of communal conflicts in the region.

This is part of the resolution reached at the end of their two-day meeting with traditional rulers in Kaduna state.

Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, addressed journalists at the end of the meeting.

He decried the increasing level of insecurity and wanton destruction of lives and property in the region describing it as a cause for concern.

He said that abolishing the indigene/settler agitation will not only eliminate crisis in all parts of the country, but will also foster national integration and development.

According to him, every Nigerian should have a sense of belonging wherever they are residing in as much as such citizens abide by the traditional norms and values of their host communities.

The governors also linked the killings and other acts of violence against fellow Nigerians in Southern Kaduna and other communities as politically motivated from both within and outside the region.

They called on those they describe as ‘Conflict Entrepreneurs’ to desist from instigating crisis or face prosecution.

The forum, while commiserating with victims of the Southern Kaduna attacks and that of the recent accidental bombing in Borno state, also commended the federal government for providing the necessary leadership to security forces to defeat Boko Haram insurgency and for the drive to rid the country of all forms of vices that confront the society.

The meeting ended with a resolution that all the states must work closely in order to deal with peculiar security challenges confronting the region as well as ensuring that peace is restored in all troubled areas.