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The Birth of Jesus:
While Mary was still engaged to Joseph, she miraculously became pregnant through the Holy Spirit, as foretold to her by the angel. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, he had every right to feel disgraced. He knew the child was not his own, and Mary's apparent unfaithfulness carried a grave social stigma. Joseph not only had the right to divorce Mary, under Jewish law she could be put to death by stoning.
Although Joseph's initial reaction was to break the engagement, the appropriate thing for a righteous man to do, he treated Mary with extreme kindness. He did not want to cause her further shame, so he decided to act quietly. But God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to verify Mary's story and reassure him that his marriage to her was God's will. The angel explained that the child within Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that his name would be Jesus and that he was the Messiah, God with us.
When Joseph woke from his dream, he willingly obeyed God and took Mary home to be his wife, in spite of the public humiliation he would face. Perhaps this noble quality is one of the reasons God chose him to be the Messiah's earthly father.
Joseph too must have wondered in awe as he remembered the words found in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."
At that time, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census be taken, and every person in the entire Roman world had to go to his own town to register. Joseph, being of the line of David, was required to go to Bethlehem to register with Mary. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus. Probably due to the census, the inn was too crowded, and Mary gave birth in a crude stable. She wrapped the baby in cloths and placed him in a manger.
The Shepherd's Worship the Savior:
Out in the fields, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel announced that the Savior had been born in the town of David. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and began singing praises to God. As the angelic beings departed, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem and see the Christ-child.
There they found Mary, Joseph and the baby, in the stable. After their visit, they began to spread the word about this amazing child and everything the angel had said about him. They went on their way still praising and glorifying God. But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. It must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms—the tender child she had just borne—was the Savior of the world.
The Magi Bring Gifts:
After Jesus' birth, Herod was king of Judea. At this time wise men (Magi) from the east saw a star, they came in search, knowing the star signified the birth of the king of the Jews. The wise men came to the Jewish rulers in Jerusalem and asked where the Christ was to be born. The rulers explained, "In Bethlehem in Judea," referring to Micah 5:2. Herod secretly met with the Magi and asked them to report back after they had found the child. Herod told the Magi that he too wanted to go and worship the babe. But secretly Herod was plotting to kill the child.
So the wise men continued to follow the star in search of the new born king and found Jesus with his mother in Bethlehem. (Most likely Jesus was already two years of age by this time.) They bowed and worshipped him, offering treasures of gold, incense, and myrrh. When they left, they did not return to Herod. They had been warned in a dream of his plot to destroy the child.
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] The Return Of Police Siege In Anambra State: How Personnel Of The Nigeria Police Force Run Riot On Innocent Citizens - (An Open Letter To IGP Mohammed Abubakar, Onitsha Nigeria, 21st of December, 2013)-It is no longer the police teaming up with the law abiding members of the public to fight crimes and their committers, rather, it is now the police teaming up with criminals to fight and punish the law abiding members of the public for being law abiding and avoid being in conflict with the criminal law. This ugly scenario has risen to an apogee in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka zones of the State, with Onitsha zone being the hardest hit. In Onitsha zone, for instance, it is now a crime to be law abiding and saintly to be criminal.
In its 2013 World Human Rights’ Day report, issued in Onitsha on 8th of December, 2013, the Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization named Okpoko Police Station in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State as “the most corrupt policemen (station) in Anambra State”. The roguish police station is headed by SUPOL Emeka Ugwu. The “most money conscious officer” labeling went to SUPOL Tony Onyakhire, the unit commander of the Okpoko Unit’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The “officer with a compromised mindset” went to SUPOL Friday Onoja, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Awada Police Station in Idemmili North LGA of Anambra State. On the positive side, the Anambra CLO gave CSP Shehu Meikudi, the DPO of Fegge Police Station in Onitsha South LGA of Anambra State “a role model and a disciplinarian” award.
In addition to the foregoing, the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law agrees with the Anambra CLO that Okpoko Police Station is the doyen of corruption in the present Anambra State Police Command. It is also correct to say that its two pillars of corruption are predicated on roadblock and police station extortion and bail fees. Its main victims are traders conveying their wares from one
place to another. Also, among all the units of the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Anambra State Police Command, the Okpoko Unit is the most degrading, corrupt and commercialized, followed by the Onitsha Central Police Station’s Unit. The Awkuzu SARS Headquarters remains unrivalled in terms of homicidal atrocities. In other words, it remains the “Anambra Killing Field”, surpassing threefold the records of the Anambra State Criminal Investigations Department. The Awkuzu SARS also has the “most expensive police bail fees chart” in the entire Anambra State Police
Out of the three zones of Onitsha, Awka and Nnewi, police formations in Onitsha are the most corrupt and criminally minded; followed by Awka zone including Awkuzu SARS and Ogidi Police Station; and Nnewi zone. In the field observation and investigation carried out recently by the leadership of intersociety to ascertain the level of compliance concerning the January 2012 country-wide ban and dismantling of most of over 3,500 police roadblocks by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. M.D. Abubakar; it was found that the compliance level in Onitsha zone has fallen to 20% from its post January 2012 level of 60%. That of Nnewi zone fell to 40% from the referenced level of 70%; while that of Awka zone stood at 60% from the referenced level of 80%. This simply means that the IGP’s order is in a verge of collapsing in Onitsha zone; shaky in Nnewi zone; and under threat in Awka zone.
It is recalled that IGP Mohammed Abubakar had on 30th of January, 2012, ordered the instant dismantling of over 3,500 police roadblocks across the country owing to hardships and death of many innocent citizens arising from the criminal policy. As at that time, Southeast geopolitical zone had over 1,500 police roadblocks and constituted about 60% or N32. 2Billion of the total criminal proceeds of over N53Billion raked in through roadblock extortion in three years, between 2009 and 2011( Intersociety 2011). The dismantling was substantially sequel to the Intersociety’s twin report of December 2011 on police killings and corruption in Nigeria. The IGP later constituted and stationed a number of special police checkpoints mounted by the Federal Highway Police patrol teams, which were stationed in strategic road checkpoints with official tags and identity cards. He also
ordered for motorized patrols by the Zonal and the State Police Commands. The policy under reference was not only celebrated by many Nigerians, but it helped in a great deal in remedying the battered image of the Nigeria Police Force and endeared the present IGP to the hearts of many, if not most Nigerians particularly the road users. In spite of this noble image remedial approach by IGP Mohammed Abubakar, the directive is still observed in breach and has risen to an apogee in recent weeks especially in Anambra State. Our field checks few days ago (December) showed that the personnel of the State Police Command including general duties, SARS and anti-riot, have flooded Anambra roads again especially in Onitsha zone. Some of the areas they were sighted harassing, molesting and extorting people are Onitsha Niger Bridgehead(up and under), Niger Street, Creek Road Roundabout, Port Harcourt Road by Upper Iweka, Upper Iweka by Aba Park, Owerri Road by Obodoukwu Road, Obodoukwu Road by Ede Road, Oraifite Street and Ezeiweka Road( Awada), Upper Iweka Under Flyover and Upper Flyover, Modebe Avenue, Nsugbe/GRA Road, Owerri Road by Rojenny Stadium (joining federal highway police team), Atani Road by Odekpe Central School, all in Onitsha zone. Others are Nnewi-Okigwe Federal Road by Azia/Isekke Road junction, Nnobi/AwkaEtiti Road by Ichida town, Ekwulobia Roundabout, etc.
The foregoing illegal police roadblocks monitored, did not include those mounted by the Federal Highway Patrol teams in designated areas like Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriage Way by Nkwelle-Ezunaka junction, Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriage Way by Umunya, Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriage Way by Amansea, Onitsha-Owerri Dual Carriage Way by Nnewi Old Road junction, Onitsha-Owerri Dual Carriage Way by Okija Bridge and Isekke/Orsumoghu Road junction. The criminal routines of these illegal police roadblock squads are random demand for strange vehicular papers from their operators and receipts of wares being conveyed or carried from one place to another. Even when such vehicular operators and wares’ conveyors provide all
particulars known to Nigeria’s body of laws in matters of tort and crime laws, further flimsy demands are made so as to find ways to extort them or arrest and take them to police stations, where they are brutalized and cowed to pay illegal and astronomical bail fees or “buy back their wares” or both. In some cases, the criminal police officers label vehicles driven by their owners and wares being conveyed as “stolen or contraband” all with intent to extort.
The Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), on its part, engages in mass raids and arrests usually when people are retiring to their residences from works or businesses. Such criminal activities are also carried out in the evening time and in the streets during relaxing and retiring hours and early morning when people are rushing to their places of work. The victims are passersby, private and commercial motorcycle and motor vehicle operators and their passengers and wares. At times, the SARS operatives demand for strange papers and particulars from their victims and at the
other times, they arrest and brutalize their victims indiscriminately. Sometimes, victims of SARS are set or framed up and labeled “receivers of stolen goods or items looted from house breaking or burglary”. Those arrested are usually bruised before taking to Okpoko Police Station, where they are subjected to further torture and other inhuman or degrading treatments, after which they are held captive with a threat to transfer them to Awkuzu SARS Headquarters and label them “armed robbers” with possibility of being killed summarily without diligent criminal
procession including fair trial. Usually, to avoid being so labeled and executed, victims of SARS mass raids and arrests pay huge unlawful bail fees demanded of them by their captors (SARS). Though the criminal activities complained of are carried out by different SARS Units across Anambra State, but the Okpoko Unit is the worst perpetrator, followed by the Onitsha CPS Unit, then Awka CPS Unit, Nnewi CPS Unit, Ekwulobia and Ihiala Units.
Out of numerous recorded SARS mass raids and arrests particularly in Onitsha zone, that of 29th of October, 2013, is most callous and shocking, and therefore, worthy of mentioning. On the said date, between 7:00pm and 8:20pm, the Okpoko SARS Unit squad personally led by SUPOL Tony Onyahkire; its Unit Commander, invaded New Road/Abazuonu Street, Ihitenansa and Upper Acha Street all in Iyiowa Odekpe Layout in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State with three 18-seater hired buses and arrested forty (40) adult residents of the area including husbands and wives, nursing mothers and pregnant women. They were arrested in front of their residences and street sales stores. Names of those arrested are: Ebuka Uchendu (male), Ejike Chukwuka (male), Mmaduka Isabel Chinenye (female), Ekene Olegeme (male) and Chinazo Olegeme (female)(sibling), Sunday Ugochukwu (male), Onyeka Enemuo (male), Patrick Chukwu (male), Chigozie Amachu (male), Udeme Usara (male), Emeka Obi (male), Amara Offordum (female), Ime Ekarika (male), Gift Donald
(female), Izueke Ethelbert (male)(matcheted & wounded), Eric Ndukwe (male), Nonso Onumaegbu (male), Ebuka (male), Joseph Ugwueke (male), Sir Lawrence Chukwudebere (male), Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Okafor (husband & wife).
Others are Patricia (female & pregnant woman), Uchenna Okonkwo (male), Marcel Ogbuefi (male), Chiamaka Ekechi (female), Uchenna Nwaebo (male), Chigozie Eke (male), Johnson Chibueze (male), Monday Nwali (male), Uchenna Nwabueze (male), Victor Okeke (vigilante) (brutalized & bruised), Nnaemeka Ugwu (vigilante), Okafor Chigozie (male), Offordile Tobechukwu (male), Ozoude Chinonso (male), Uzochukwu Chibuzor (male) (brutalized & bruised),Emeka and John Nnakaelo (sibling) and Okoye Andrew (male). They were packed like sardines in the three 18-seater buses alongside others arrested on their way to Iyiowa and taken to Okpoko Police Station where they were crammed in a batcher and asked to pay N10,000 each or risk being
labeled “armed robbers” and transferred to Awkuzu SARS for possible summary execution or subjected under huge bail fees conditions. By the time, the Intersociety team led by Comrade Justus Ijeoma got to the Station, over seventy citizens were counted as total number of those arrested and detained by Okpoko SARS. They were dumped in two small batchers without gender separation and made to excrete in two plastic buckets for the two batchers. Our timely intervention not only cost the criminal SARS squad the sum of N700,000, which they would have raked in
illicitly on a swoop from their over seventy detainees on average of N10,000 for each detainee, but also the sum of N20,000 forcefully demanded and collected from Sir Lawrence Chukwudebere and Mr. Norbert Okafor was refunded to them by the leader of the SARS Unit, SUPOL Tony Onyahkire amidst apologies. All the arrested citizen residents were detained till about 9:30am 30th of October, 2013, when they were released unconditionally owing to our intervention and insistence. Till date, such criminal raids and arrests have not abated. They were repeated on 2nd and 9th of December, 2013, respectively, by the Okpoko SARS Unit between 5: pm and 6:30pm in areas like Atani Road by Orange Drugs Industries Limited in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State.
Following from the foregoing, therefore, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar is put on notice over the foregoing atrocious acts of his personnel in Anambra State. The State is now under siege. The most shocking thing is that criminal activities particularly road and street extortion and brutalization are again on the increase in the State. Criminal entities have taken over the State especially the city of Onitsha and its environs. Anambra Roads are now “Onitsha Main Market”, where for you to pass especially with your wares or personal belongings, you must part with police and innumerable militant extortionist youth groups. In one of our field observation tours, we encountered a leader of one of such innumerable militant extortionist groups ordering a police officer who also extorts to “mind his own business and let him mind his own as well, because we are in this business together with the same intent”. Such is the ugly scenario playing out in Anambra State, especially Onitsha and its environs. The IGP must address these criminal activities of his personnel as a matter of utmost immediacy and public importance.
The Onitsha Area Commander, Mr. B.C. Wordu and his DPOs of Onitsha CPS, Fegge, Inland Town, Okpoko and Atani as well as the Awada and Ogidi DPOs, who are under Awka Area Command, should be particularly queried and code-sanctioned for dragging the remedying image of the NPF and the IGP back to their inglorious epoch. The new CP of Anambra State Police Command, Mr. Usman Akila Gwary must be directed to put an immediate stop to these atrocious and illegal acts and make all roads in the State conducive so as to allow the citizens of the State to celebrate the 2013 Christmas as free born Nigerians and not as those under captivity.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
Comrade Justus Uche Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
*Photo Caption – Ademola Aderinto being manhandled and eventually shot dead Monday, January 9, 2012 by Nigeria Police officers at Ogba, Lagos State, Nigeria, during Occupy-Nigeria protest against fuel subsidy removal. *Occupy Nigeria is a socio-political protest movement that began in Nigeria on Monday, 2 January 2012 in response to the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government.
[ Masterweb Reports: Federal Ministry of Finance Press Release ] - In the past few weeks, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been the subject of high profile media attacks from several quarters.
The aim of these elements is to unduly politicise the management of the economy through a campaign of falsehoods and distortions.
The pronouncements of these political vested interests are based on false information and outright lies disguised as objective comments.
Fortunately Nigerians are wise to their antics and this campaign to damage the name of the Coordinating Minister, like previous ones, will fail.
We urge Nigerians to continue to be vigilant to the increasingly desperate actions of these elements. Where appropriate, we will continue to clarify the issues and point out the true situation in specific areas of the country’s economic management.
Paul C. Nwabuikwu
Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance.
*Photo Caption - Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister, Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria.
[ Masterweb Reports: Paul C. Nwabuikwu reports ] – It's unfortunate that Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State is persisting in his outrageous and totally illogical campaign of falsehood against the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
His statement that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is responsible for the delay of the African Development Bank water project is a complete fabrication.
As the Ministry had previously explained, the project is going through the processes and must get final approval from the board of the African Development Bank and the Federal Executive Council before the Minister can sign it. So the idea that Dr Okonjo-Iweala has refused to sign it is preposterous and totally inaccurate.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala is not responsible for managing the N257 billion that Rivers State has received from the Federation Account within the first ten months of 2013 so the suggestion that she is somehow responsible for the challenges confronting the state doesn't make sense. The governor is advised to look in the mirror if he wants to identify the source of his problems.
It is sad that a state governor can engage in this kind of undignified charade. The question that fair minded people must ask is: is Governor Amaechi the only governor the ministry deals with? Why is he the only one negatively obsessed with Okonjo-Iweala? The ministry has a good relationship with many governors and deals with issues concerning their states based on professionalism and equity.
In spite of this false and unfounded statement, the Ministry will continue to observe the highest standards of fairness and professionalism in handling any issues involving Rivers and every other state.
Nigeria's best interest will continue to be the beacon that guides the work of the Federal Ministry of Finance under Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Paul C. Nwabuikwu
*Photo Caption – Governor Rotimi Amaechi
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] – (Public Information,Onitsha Nigeria, 7th of November, 2013)-In modern warfare industry or convention, asymmetric guerrilla warfare can be summed up as “a situation where a group of militarily and militantly organized people, whether in urban or interior take up arms against a constituted authority, whether roguishly or saintly instituted; using all unconventional methods known to them including rape and other sexual violence, kidnapping, bombing and destruction of critical infrastructures, looting, torture and killing of civilians and the uniformed; with the aim of destabilizing or unseating the constituted authority or forcing on the polity its selfish ethno-religious dogma”. A typical example of “an asymmetric guerrilla warfare group” in present Nigeria is the Boko Haram insurgents in northern Nigeria. This method is applied in a situation where conventional means will be to the disadvantage of the antagonistic guerrilla group because of its small size and limited resources and space.
In civil politics, especially in opposition politics, the foregoing can be summed up as a group of highly intolerant people in a political party, using all unconventional methods known to them to propagate its quest to take over power. Deployment of these unconventional methods by such a group is usually propelled by desperation and dry thirst to occupy power “by fire by force” without following due processes or universal enfranchisement best practices including issue based and peaceful poll campaigns.
Such unconventional methods include militant and combative poll campaigns, manufacturing and spreading of dangerous rumors and falsehoods, destruction and defacing of its opponents’ bill boards and posters, hiring of paid agents for the purpose of promoting campaigns of calumny against dissent voices, general intolerance to dissenting voices, promotion of ethnocentrism using sectionalized media, planting of spies, booing and jeering crowds in its opponents’ camps, violent poll campaigns, resort to “perfect crimes” including killings from within oiled by outsider conspiracy with the sole aim of blaming them on its opponents and creating bad blood between its opponents and the poll voting and observing public, sponsorship of “media blackout” including “killing” the stories filed by local reporters that represent the views of its opponents or “balkanization and bastardization” of reporters’ stories or their bylines. A typical example of such political group with “asymmetric political guerrilla warfare tactics” in present Nigeria is the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Opposition politics in modern world has no business with “asymmetric political guerrilla warfare”. Rather, it is likened to “shadow cabinet or government” in other modern social climes such as the United Kingdom. Social loopholes and unpopular policies of the incumbents provide surest yardsticks for opposition parties to win popular elections by offering the public convincing theoretical solutions to such social problems to be practically implemented if popularly elected. In modern history, foreign policy blunders of both Democratic and Republican Parties in USA had cost them the loss of the White House seat of power during popular poll times.
The ill policies of the opponent of Mr. William Jefferson Clinton (Bill Clinton) in the State of Arkansas provided an opportunity for him to be ousted by Mr. Clinton as the governor in 1979. Mr. Clinton’s professorship in fixing such ill policies kept him in office through repeated popular polls till 1991.
A popular opposition political party in modern times is best described as “the best government in waiting better than the worst government in power”. This is because such a popular opposition political party researches and experiments on those infamous policies that makes the incumbent very unpopular needing it to be changed democratically. At the threshold of the ACN (APC) opposition political activism in Nigeria, it started well, winning the heart of millions of Nigerians. But few years later, just like the loss of corporate integrity of the Nigerian media soon after the anti military struggle that ended in 1999; the ACN (APC) derailed and decayed steeply and became an ethno-jingoist political opposition, from where it transformed into “an asymmetric guerrilla political warfare group” of present time.
It is important to say that any elective public office in Nigeria including the Anambra governorship seat can be won by the APC, but certainly not through “asymmetric political guerrilla warfare”. Instead of taking over the entire Nigerian polity through popular polls with intimidating and popular alternatives in matters of topical social governance problems afflicting the country or any part thereof, the APC embarks on “coupist” journey, seducing and inducing the occupants of some elective executive and legislative seat of power in the country including those the party say came through the windows at the point of their electoral emergence. Some of these convert governors are celebrated crooks and brigands, who used immunities to ward themselves of being guests of cocooned homes or prisons with permanent toga of social ostracism.
In Anambra State, the party went and canonized “the primus inter pares” of Nigeria’s “professors of election rigging”; that is to say one Dr. Chris Ngige and crowned him as “Anambra’s best governor in waiting” since 2007. After the party’s humiliation in the all popular Ondo State governorship poll of 2012, the APC became more deadly instead of being more politically professorial. This time around, it has become more mean by going for the jugulars of the modern world’s “living social saints and untouchables” (human rights activists) by massively deploying “crooked and conformist rights activists and media writers” to rest them in “pieces” or oust them out of social equation.
The common expectation of average reasonable person from the APC in Nigeria or any part thereof including Anambra State, is to tell and show them how and why the present government of Anambra State has failed in public governance indices or parameters, warranting its ousting through popular poll. Till date, the reverse is the case adding to growing evidence of “worst to come if elected or declared”. With the way things are going, assuming the APC wins or it is declared; its governorship candidate will take over Awka Government House without waiting to be sworn in or allowing the incumbent to exhaust his tenure by the mid day of March 17, 2013. And if the incumbent responds in the like manner, then the State will go up in flames.
Just the other day, we read on the online media a statement credited to the APC, Anambra State chapter with a caption: “Peter Obi Uses Intersociety Again To Cover Uke Adoration Stampede”. Before then, the same APC chapter had issued a statement with a title: “How Peter Obi Procured Intersociety To Cover Obiano’s Double Registration”. Days later, one of our trusted friends, Mr. Okechukwu Nwanguma, acting either within his self calculations or external inducement, announced to the world reading public his artistry in character assassination with our Board Chairman and Organization as his sole target. In all these, we acted maturely by concentrating on “putting the records straight” and refusing to be provoked or respond in a like manner including opening up on any of our attackers.
English Language professors usually say: “liars use passive voice and truth tellers use active voice”. Till date, none of our attackers including theLagos and Anambra APC chapters has laid before the teeming reading public any counter irrefutable facts to rubbish all our public positions, ranging from the Ezu River massacre to Obiano’s alleged double voter registration; and from the Uke stampede to other spurious accusations so leveled. In the Ezu River saga, the APC and its hirelings never saw anything wrong in the Senate Committee’s watery report that killed it and set free SARS murderers, but they saw something wrong in our in-depth and seminal report. Perhaps, Governor Peter Obi also “offered bribes” to Dr. Chris Ngige and his senatorial colleagues to be extricated in the spurious report.
In obiano’s case, the destructive falsehood, propelled by the APC was put to rest by our incontrovertible investigation grounded in the provisions of the Electoral Act of 2010 (section 13 (1) (2)( 3) (4)). A High Court sitting in Otuocha, Anambra State had few days ago affirmed our position by ruling that Obiano did not involve in double voter registration. Obiano’s failed accusers wanted to turn our laws upside down by punishing him solely on “actus rea”( alleged discovery of two data of his in Lagos and Anambra) without finding out further why the two data exist (mens reus). The doctrine of “hear the other side” was thrown into the wind by the APC and its sectionalized media. It becomes “normal practice” when they level spurious allegations and becomes “partisan” when investigated and exposed.
In the Uke Adoration Stampede tragedy, where a stampede orchestrated by politically motivated intervening forces killed about 28 innocent persons, the APC’s artistry in falsehood and dangerous rumors became negatively professorial when it magisterially inferred that “Peter Obi killed the victims”. Incontrovertible eyewitness accounts including that of the Chairman of the Anambra Branch of the CLO, Comrade Aloysius Emeka Attah, have since corroborated ours and that the Onitsha Catholic Archbishop. Anambra CLO and Intersociety have at least ten adoration devotees who attended the fatal session. Comrade Attah’s account is grounded in evidential law as “account of a reasonable person”. Professionally, he is a political scientist, a student of maters degree and a practicing journalist with the Sun Newspapers. He is also a devoted Catholic faithful who usually sits in front of holy altar before the beginning of every mass service. Totality of these makes his account nationally and universally acceptable and legally admissible.
Not even a public statement and lucid explanation offered by His Lordship; the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Archbishop Val Okeke could dissuade the APC and its propaganda managers including Mr. Joe Igbokwe of its Lagos chapter from drawing the wrath of God and his angel warriors by accusing the Presiding Priest of the Uke Adoration Prayer Ministry, Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma (Ebube Mmuo Nso) of “taking bribes from Governor Peter Obi to maintain silence”; and insisting that “Peter Obi killed the victims”. For the fact that the Catholic Church is highly ordered and is not a mushroom megaphone ministry without hierarchy, is not enough for the likes of Mr. Joe Igbokwe, who has chosen to lie against the Holy Spirit in the name of playing “politics”.
The APC, which recently drew a battle line against Igbo gods and goddesses, is yet to finish it, yet it has now entered into a more consuming one by challenging the Almighty God and His heavenly Angels and other Holy Spirits to a fight over the true state of event at the Uke Adoration Ground.
Finally, in the immortal words of His Royal Majesty, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe: “Onye Merua Ala, Ala Achubiya Oso” (he who chooses to desecrate the holy land, runs without ceasing or without anybody chasing him)! Our Armpits Are Still Not Hairy!!
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
*Photo Caption – Map of Anambra State
[ Masterweb Reports: Adebiyi Oluwasina Peters reports ] – I used to hear something like 'MTN . . . . . . . Everywhere you go', and I believed it. But alas, it's just flattery upon fallacy! A well roasted and sugar coated deceit which I discovered when I found myself in a place in Kwara state where MTN network is a myth. The more I struggle to affirm the above statement, the more mythical it gets. Then I realized, it's 'MTN . . . . . . Anywhere you find it'.
I requested for the extension of this telecommunication network to a district called Ejidongari in Moro LGA; but MTN Nigeria has been hiding under the pretense that they don't know the place, like it's not humans that lives there. Well I marveled and asked, where is your service to humanity when you can't help rural dwellers who need you the most, probably because you know they won't yield much profit.
Anyway you are right, they won't yield much but where is your sanity, your compassion for your fellow humans who are stucked in one uncommunicable God-knows-how-far place? You should know you can't reach every student with your scholarship, not all artiste will win project fame and how many million Nigerians have played your 'who wants to be a whatever' game, but you can reach and satisfy everybody with readily available and quality network services which in all intent isn't free. So I beseech thee O' compatriots in MTN telecommunications, remember this rural dwellers and help them hear and feel the world as fast as you can.
God bless Nigeria and I hope very soon everybody can say the same to you.
Adebiyi Oluwasina Peters
08060136133 (no network)
08089481788 (very limited network)
*Photo Caption – MTN logo
[ Masterweb Reports ] – The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Anambra State Branch has berated politicians in Anambra state for using the Uke adoration stampede incident as a tool for scoring cheap political points against opponents.
Reacting to the various verbal attacks fired against each other by various political camps engaged in campaign activities for the Anambra governorship election, the CLO said that nothing can be so callous than people playing politics with human blood.
In a statement signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Aloysius Attah and Secretary, Comrade Chibueze Nwajiaku, the organization expressed bitterness on the way the unfortunate incident has been turned into a campaign tool by desperate politicians.
The statement noted that the State Chairman of CLO was an eye witness account to what transpired at the adoration ground having attended the vigil with his wife also cautioned politicians against making unguarded and inflammatory comments that will not only over heat the polity but also attract the wrath of God.
The CLO stated that what happened was an accident caused by unprecedented number of worshippers and false alarm that had nothing to do with the arrival or exit of the state governor at the adoration ground.
The CLO aligned itself with the position of Intersociety and the South East Christian Association of Nigeria who banned politicians from campaigning in churches.
The organization also called for a holistic investigation on the incident with a view to ascertaining the motive and mission of those who were waving banners and posters of guber aspirants in a holy prayer ground.
While commiserating with the bereaved families on the grievous loss, the organization also called on the authorities at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministries, Uke to enlarge the adoration ground with more entrance and exit routes and also fashion out an effective crowd control mechanism with adequate security in the premises to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident.
*Photo Caption – As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports ] – (Public Information, 3rd of November, 2013)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law deeply offers condolences to the families of over a dozen innocent citizens that reportedly died in hospital as a result of the Friday night (01/11/2013) stampede at the exit gate of the Uke Adoration Ground of St Dominic Catholic Church, Uke in Idemmili North LGA of Anambra State. The Adoration Ministry Ground belongs to Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma, popularly called “Ebube Nmuonso” of the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese.
The Catholic Adoration Ministry at Uke became popular of late and started attracting very large crowd of devotees who go in search of spiritual and physical solutions to social challenges facing their lives. It is a replica of the popular Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry in Enugu run by Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka of the Enugu Catholic Archdiocese. Among devotees and visitors are politicians of various political parties who use such holy periods to canvass for support and votes. The governorship candidates of APC, Labour and APGA have visited the scene recently and made several promises including tarring the entrance road, tackling the gully menace near the Holy Ground and provision of vehicles to convey devotees from far distances during Adoration days and hours.
While Dr. Chris Ngige and his APC reportedly fulfilled their recent promise of grading the entrance road to the Adoration Ground, the camp of Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah and his Labour reportedly took charge of providing some vehicles to convey devotees from far distances to the Holy Ministry. The camp of Governor Peter Obi and his Party have reportedly promised to tar the entrance road and tackle the gully menace threatening the Adoration Ground before the end of the Governor’s tenure by first quarter of 2014. Cash donations and other material promises have also been reportedly offered or made to the Ministry by some politicians.
According to eyewitnesses including some of our members who usually attend the Adoration Prayer sessions and who particularly attended the stampeded session, the fatal stampede was caused by panicky retreat of a mass of devotees at the exit gate of the Ministry at about 5:05am in the morning of Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. A crowded movement off the gate resulted in the falling of a frying pan, belonging to a woman hawker, which emptied its hot oil into the fire. The flames resulted in people running and scampering for safety during which the stampede ensued.
The independent accounts further informed that up to one hundred devotees fainted and were brought back to the Adoration Ground for first aid treatment. Those in critical state were taken to three hospitals in Onitsha and environs for medical attention, from where over a dozen were reportedly confirmed dead. Governor Peter Obi and his encourage attended the Uke Prayer session at about 10:30pm on 1st of November, 2013 and left at about 3:30am 02/11/2013. The tragedy occurred at about 5:05am at the end of the prayers session.
It is our advice to the authorities of the Adoration Ministry led by Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma to ban the official attendance and recognition of politicians and their political parties. Such politicians may be allowed to attend in their private capacities. Ban should also be placed on their mass of supporters, who at times turn mischievous. Donation of vehicles by politicians to convey devotees to the Adoration Ground should also be banned. Politicians including those in charge of affairs in the Government of Anambra State may be invited officially in the day time to participate in the official activities of the Ministry including fundraising.
It is shocking and sad to note that some politicians have formed habits of sending and stationing their hatchet men on the Adoration Ground to disrupt their opponents’ successful participation in the Prayers’ session either by voice or physical disruptions. The authorities of the Adoration Ground should reorganize the entire security and exit and entry procedures in the premises of the Ministry. The mammoth crowd that graced the stampeded prayer session is dotted with suspicion of “menacing rented crowd” possibly imported by some politicians to create such homicidal atmosphere.
Though the fatal stampede has been linked to “frying oil flames”, but other intervening forces such as political sabotage may not be ruled out. The desperation of some criminal politicians to capture and loot Anambra State premised on the all-important November 16, 2013 governorship poll is evidently pronounced. We, again, offer condolences to the families of those that died as well as the authorities of the Uke Adoration Ministry led by fiery Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma and the entire Onitsha Archdiocese of the Catholic Church.
May the souls of the departed rest in vineyard of the Almighty God and May they hunt those who are bent on rigging Anambra governorship poll again.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
*Photo Caption - The Adoration Ground after the stampede.