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10/16/14

*A Case Against Return Of Criminal Entities At New Bridgehead Car Park

By Intersociety

Ref.: INTERSOC/05/10/14/ANSG/NG

His Excellency
Chief Willie Obiano
Executive Governor of Anambra State
Governor’s Lodge, Awka

Sir,

A Case Against Return Of Criminal Entities At New Bridgehead Car Park & Need For Protection & Maintenance Of Key Public Infrastructures

(Good Governance & Security, Onitsha Nigeria, 16th October, 2014)- Your Excellency will recall that conversion of un-tarred portions of the Onitsha-Asaba Dual Carriage Way at Bridgehead into a car park and construction of same endeared Your Excellency to the heart of the people in the area particularly the traders of the Bridgehead Market. The major aim of the noble project was to clear and reclaim the area from the hands of some criminal entities that go with various names including Ukwu-aziza squad or Ogbaru Youth, among others. Another aim was to sanitize the area and make it environment friendly since it is a gateway into Anambra State and Southeast. Part of the aim also was to decongest the area by providing a befitting parking space for traders and others in the area to park their private cars. Before now, private cars litter the area causing congestion and other traffic jams as well as defacing the area, which is a major entrance into the State. The last aim was to reclaim lost government revenues hitherto in wrong hands by collecting tolls from each parked car as well as provision of public security in the area.

Sadly Your Excellency, these noble aims are in a verge of being reversed, if not reversed already. Few days ago, the traders at the Bridgehead Market received with shock the ‘leasing’ of parts of the completed car park to some militant transporters leading to the return of the dreaded Ukwu-aziza terror motor park brigade. Two portions were leased to “Benin and Asaba route transporters”. The two are in between the government public restroom or toilet before the Niger Bridge. The one before the public toilet is “leased” to “Agbor/Benin route transporters”, while the one after the public toilet is “given” to “Asaba route transporters”. Our last checks as at Wednesday, 15th October, 2014, indicated that the remaining portions where traders park their cars have already been negotiated for similar ”leases”. The one undergoing construction is penciled down for owners and drivers of “heavy trucks” including 911 and Trailer Lorries.

Already, tents and canopies have been erected in the leased portions and the Ukwu-aziza terror brigade also called “Benin Garage Agbaros”, are back. Smoking of marijuana or Indian hemp is now the order of the day. In recent past, the place was a den for armed robbers and other violent crimes. A number of affluent traders in Bridgehead Market, who were abducted but regained their freedoms after payment of ransom, have traced their ordeal to the activities of the dreaded criminal entities. Traders also suffered sundry extortions in their hands as well as loss of their wares and personal effects in the hands of the referenced criminal gangs.

These explain why the traders of the Market saw Your Excellency’s initial moves as efforts in the right direction culminating in cluster analysis and commendation of Your Excellency’s bold step. But since Monday, 13th of October, 2014 when the news was broken, clusters have rented the air in the Market and its environs, condemning and casting aspersions at Your Excellency over unpopular reversion of the noble efforts leading to restoration of criminal entities and criminal neighborhoods. In the traders’ view, “Akpokuedike has killed us, by bringing back criminals to haunt us and hunt for us and by denying us a space to park our cars for a price (payment of toll to government)”. What angered the traders most was that it was Your Excellency’s Commissioner for Transport (Barr Chuma Mbonu) that is fingered as being behind all this. Traders also feared that very soon the entire area will be converted to shops and other brick structures and made criminal hideouts. Before this unpopular policy reversal, the criminal entities under reference have relocated and adjusted giving traders in the area a sigh of relief.

Protection & Maintenance Of Key Public Infrastructures: It is recalled Your Excellency that our maiden recommendation to Your Excellency on the need to mandate all the 21 LGA chairmen to clear and open all gutters and drainages in their areas in the State prior to coming of the outgoing rainy season paid off leading to smooth movement of water and flood to adjoining rivers and other water bodies. This simply effort of Your Excellency saved a lot of human and material costs for the State. Your Excellency’s acting on our recommendation and effort proper is very commendable. Following from the above Your Excellency, as the rainy season goes on its annual and traditional holiday, the need to mitigate its hazards particularly in the area of failed portions of roads and blocked gutters and drainages has again become inevitable. It is our recommendation that Your Excellency should direct all the 21 LGA chairmen and their councilors to go round and compile the list of all failed portions of State roads as well as Federal and intercity roads for immediate mitigation or repair; for it is cheaper to maintain than to build.

Your Excellency’s attention is also drawn to the collapse of the right side of “Ulasi Okija Bridge” in Ihiala LGA as well as the erosion menace at Ihembosi/Okija communities in Ihiala LGA leading to cutting off of the right lane of the all-important Onitsha-Owerri Dual Carriage Way. Our reason of drawing Your Excellency’s attention is for Your Excellency to draw the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as finding a way of effecting palliative measures before substantive solution could be found and applied. It is also our observation that the Contracting firm that reconstructed the Road (CCC Limited) did not comply with the relevant environmental laws such as Environmental Impact Assessment Act of 1992 leading to collapse of that portion less than two years after its completion. Your Excellency should protest this to the Federal Government so as to get the Company back to rework the two failed areas (Okija Bridge and erosion site).

Your Excellency’s attention is also direly needed in Aguata LGA where three major federal roads linking it with its communities are in tatters. The three major roads are Nnobi-Awkaetiti-Igboukwu-Ekwulobia Road, Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Road and Agulu-Ekwulobia-Uga Road. The terrible state of these roads will create untold hardships for the people of the area particularly this coming Christmas period. It is our call on Your Excellency to draw the attention of relevant federal bodies including the Federal Ministry of Works and its Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency to the dire state of the said roads. FERMA body should be gotten to carry out thorough palliative works on the three roads pending when contracts for their proper reconstruction will be awarded.

Protection Of Key Public Infrastructures: There is steady need to protect key government or public infrastructures in the State. For instance, our recent investigation at Onitsha Upper Iweka indicates that a number of street light poles have had their lamps removed or vandalized. There are also similar acts of theft and vandalisation of key public infrastructures in other parts of the State. All the 21 LGA chairmen and their councilors should be tasked with the responsibility of monitoring all government infrastructures across the State. This should be done in collaboration with the officers and personnel of the Nigerian Security & Civil Defense Corps, who are constitutionally empowered to monitor, protect, arrest and prosecute vandals of government facilities.

Road Decongestion & Menace Of Militant Transporters/Street Traders: The incidence of loading and offloading of passengers and wares at center of the roads is on the increase particularly in Onitsha Upper Iweka, Owerri Road, Bridgehead and Nkpor. Heavy trucks also park indiscriminately at the unapproved portions of the roads particularly in Nkpor and Ogidi. Street or road side trading and defacing of environment is still on the increase in the State leading to indiscriminate dumping of refuse inside gutters and unapproved places. Efforts should be intensified to tame it.

Incidence Of Return Culture: Most, if not all the special security checkpoints mounted on Anambra Roads at the instance of Your Excellency particularly those in urban areas are engaged in collection of “returns” from transporters. From Niger Bridgehead to Uga Junction; Upper Iweka to Owerri Road; and Nkpor to Ogidi, etc, the story remains the same. This has hampered government efforts in road decongestion and other road safety and environmental activities as well as detection and control of other criminal activities. All the security personnel ranging from Police, Navy and Army are involved. Our field trips have seen at least five incidents. Civilians are contracted as agents to collect such returns from a taskforce working for the militant transporters. At times, as in Uga Junction, such returns are handed down directly to the Navy squad. In some cases, there are open tolls imposed on KEKE, Okada and commercial buses tagged “Police, Navy or Army Levies”.

Need to Monitor Government Appointees: Anambra State Government appointees have for decades earned notoriety in engaging in sundry criminal and subversive activities particularly in the area of creation and collection of parallel public revenues in Onitsha, Nnewi and their environs with intent to diverting and pocketing them. These have earned them sarcastic name “Hotel Commissioners”; meaning that the first aim of an average Anambra Government appointee is to build and own a hotel from criminal proceeds. Criminal and subversive activities of these public aides have become triggers of youth violence and militancy, touting and thuggery, extortion and criminalization of public revenue collection, etc. Efforts should be made to tame this. And such government efforts should include digitalization and consolidation of internal revenue generation as well as sacking and prosecution of any public appointee found involved.

Call & Commendation: Beautification works at the Niger Bridgehead and Zik’s Roundabout by Your Excellency are very commendable likewise work at the three pedestrian bridges at Nlkpor and Onitsha. The increase on the pace of work at Upper Iweka/Army Barracks portion of the Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriage Way is observed and commendable likewise drastic reduction in the incidence of violent crimes of armed robbery and abduction in the State. The IDC Construction Company Limited should be directed as a matter of urgency to repair the failed Uga Junction portion of the Asba-Onitsha Expressway Service Lane and open its blocked water channels for proper flow of water and longevity of the Expressway.

As for the criminalization and touting of the new car park under reference, it is our firm call that the anti people’s policy should be reversed. Your Excellency is called upon to pay an unscheduled visit to the area so as to see things for yourself. We further demand from Your Excellency immediate and thorough investigation of the said role of the Commissioner for Transport or any other government appointee in the said “leasing” and criminalization of the car park with a view to meting out appropriate sanctions if found culpable. The car park should be fully designated for traders to park their cars in exchange for payment of a token to the Government of Anambra State and it must be fully controlled and managed by the Government of Anambra State. If for any reason a portion is carved out for Asaba or Benin route transporters, it has to be properly barbed wired and be rid of any form of garage touting and brigandage so as to safeguard the traders’ parked cars and attract more patronage. That is to say it has to be fully and solely controlled by the Government.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman

Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Esq., Head, Campaign & Publicity Department

Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Esq., Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program

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09/15/14

*Sponsorshi​p Of Nigerian Insurgency Violence: Why Your Distinguis​hed Criminal Court Must Not Be Misled & Misinforme​d

By Intersociety

Ref.: Intersociety/04/09/014/NG/Insurgency/ICC/Int.

Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor
International Criminal Court (ICC)
Chief Prosecutorfs Office, Maanweg, 174
2516 AB The Hague, the Netherlands

Dear Chief Prosecutor,

Sponsorship Of Nigerian Insurgency Violence: Why Your Distinguished Criminal Court Must Not Be Misled & Misinformed

( Security & International Justice: Onitsha Nigeria, September 14, 2014)- Recall a letter addressed to us by your respected office, dated 2nd day of June 2014 in response to our two-part letter to Mr. President of Nigeria, dated 29th and 31st May, 2014, which we copied your respected office. The remaining parts three and four of the letter as well as related subsequent letters and publications updated up to July 2014 were also sent to your office, which it duly received and acknowledged. The correspondences between your office and ours were in respect to commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the State and non-State actors in Nigeriafs insurgency violence (Boko Haram terrorism) and a demand for your bodyfs intervention.

Our writing your respected office again is not only to remind your office that we are still waiting for the official announcement from your revered office of its commencement of its substantive criminal inquiry into the above named atrocity crimes with a view to apprehending and prosecuting their offenders; but also to alert your office of well coordinated attempts by those at the center of the Nigerian Insurgency sponsorship and their collaborators to politicize, misdirect and misinform your office and divert the international attention as per those bankrolling the heinous criminal activities of the leading terror groups operating in the country, which include Boko Haram and Fulani terror groups. We are also not ignorant of a number of credible challenges delaying your officefs prompt intervention. These include gmunicipal and international referralh procedures Articles 14 of the ICC and 7 of the UN Charter). We are aware that the challenge supposedly posed by the gprinciple of complementarityh is already overcome because Nigeria has grossly shown its ginabilityh and gunwillingnessh to municipally sanction the atrocity criminals under reference (Article 17).

Therefore, our writing your respected office is on the issue of the sponsorship of the Boko Haram terrorism in the country. We understand that a number of petitions from individuals and groups including latent groups said to represent the countryfs civil society community have been forwarded to your office particularly in the angle of the Boko Haram terror sponsorship. The issue under reference was recently brought to bear and made a public discourse in Nigeria. Reason being a recent development (July 2014) before the British House of Commons where a prominent member of the Parliament, Mr. Andrew Rosindell questioned the UK Foreign Secretary, Mr. William Hague, on the countryfs engagement with Nigeriafs leading opposition bodies and leaders over the Boko Haram menace and its sponsorship.

The Cable News online had broken the news on its site on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The Online news further reports: gThis came after a debate in the Parliament in which Labour MP Sandra Osborne sought to examine allegations of links between the bodies under reference and the insurgents. The increasing questioning of the UK government by MPs on the issue may force an enquiry into the allegations. Hon. Andrew Rosindell, a conservative who represents Romford and is a member of the influential foreign affairs committee, sent in his written questions „Ÿ called gnoticesh „Ÿ on Tuesday, July 8h.

gMr. John Hague (foreign secretary) is mandated to formally respond to Rosindellfs questions in the coming weeks on behalf of the British Government. The questions, listed under gnotices for written answerh, were published on the website of the UK Parliament. Rosindellfs queries relating to Boko Haram, as listed, are: 1. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will commission an inquiry into the international support network for Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon; and if he will make a statement (Notice no. 204402). 2. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with leading members of the Nigerian opposition party and its leaders; and if he will make a statement (204401)h.

Others are: 3. gTo ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the rise in Islamic terrorism in Nigeria (204387). 4. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department plans to offer to Nigeria in tackling the threat of Boko Haram (204388). 5. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of links between Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups in Africa (204389). 6. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his counterpart in Cameroon the need for constructive dialogue between that country and Nigeria in tackling Boko Haram; and if he will make a statement(204390)h.

This marked the beginning of a barrage of reactions particularly from the opposition bodies and leaders resulting in denials, accusations and counter-accusations. Fierce local and international propaganda machinery was commissioned. The machinery was drawn from sections of local and international media (including paper, audio, audio visual and ICT) as well as civil society community. The climax of the fierce and well coordinated propaganda under reference was the gDavies Stephen Strawmanshiph. Dr. Stephen Davies is a self acclaimed ginternational negotiatorh said to have been hired to negotiate the release of the held Chibok Girls. His strange and perceived roguish style of gnegotiation rolesh in which he utterly took side and made wild and spurious allegations against some persons gave us every reason to investigate him, which we did and found his roles and utterances to be quackery. We also saw him as a gstawmanh. In our public statement, issued on September 7, 2014 over the issue, his credibility and status were criminologically investigated and analyzed in the context of streamlined roles of a third party conflict negotiator particularly as its concerns gneutralityh, gimpartialityh, gconfidentialityh, hreliabilityh, gtrusth and gstatesmanshiph.

Following questions were asked in the course of our criminological investigation: Was Dr. Stephen Davies engaged to negotiate the release of abducted Chibok girls or to interview Boko Haram Commanders to ascertain their sponsors? Can a hostage or conflict peace negotiator validly break his or her oath of neutrality and confidentiality as Dr. Davies has recklessly done? Are there not terms of reference for Dr. Stephen Davies to operate? Can a third party negotiator be one sided? Who actually hired him? What benefits do the Boko Haram Commanders stand to gain by naming their sponsors? Did the Boko Haram Commanders actually name their sponsors in their so-called interactions with Dr. Stephen Davies?

Others are: Did Dr. Stephen Daviesf hostage negotiation deal for the release of Chibok girls fail on account of the sponsors and sponsorship of Boko Haram terror insurgency? Is Dr. Stephen Davies truly a third party hostage/conflict peace negotiator? What about his past success or failed stories in matters of hostage or conflict peace negotiation if any? Are his talkativeness and wild allegations in line with the international best practices in matters of conflict peace third party negotiation? Can it be said that Dr. Stephen Davies is a confirmed quack hired by Nigeriafs merchants of death for bloody enrichment and deadly political-and-ethno-religious goals?

The so called gDr. Stephen Davies of Australiah has been widely quoted in both local and international media as accusing some prominent Nigerian citizens including the immediate past Army chief and a former governor of Borno State in the Northeast of Nigeria of sponsoring Boko Haram terror group. He also raised issues that are clearly not connected with the ongoing insurgency violence in the country, thereby raising further credibility question of his true social identity. All these are carefully designed so as to divert the attentions of Nigerians, your office and the international community with respect to real sponsors and sponsorship of the Nigeriafs ethno-religious terror brigands including Boko Haram killer brigade. Your respected office should not be surprised to have received a barrage of petitions from groups believed to have been oiled to distract, mislead and misinform your office over the issue. Petitions sent to your office between August and first week of September 2014 most likely fall within this category. Eagle eye should be used while considering them.

Lastly, relevant provisions of the ICC including Article 28 empower your respected office to investigate and prosecute criminal State actors in Nigeria whose conducts in the course of prosecuting counter-insurgency violence are found to be outside the provisions of the ICC Statute and the Geneva War Conventions. But such State atrocity criminals including sponsors of the Insurgent terror group should not be tried by gordealh or on the basis of ghearsay pieces of evidenceh. They should be independently identified using your officefs competent criminal investigation human and material resources. Any call on your office either written or oral to see and treat anybody named by Dr. Stephen Davies and his perceived sponsors as war crimes, humanity and genocidal criminals or suspects should be out-rightly rejected and discarded. This is because whatever he has said in that respect is corrupted, contaminated, crude, unreliable, unsubstantiated, unscientific and unverifiable.

Your respected office should also be careful on news coming from the country in respect of the subject matter. Such news should be independently verified with further extensive investigation before attaching any substance to it. We have a duty not to allow your revered office to be misled, hijacked, politicized, distracted, misinformed and misdirected. Our position firmly remains that in the course of your officefs criminal investigation being awaited, searchlight should be beamed in the directions of both State and non-State actors. Your investigation at the end may most likely reveal that the insurgent terror groups and their sponsors are responsible for about 90% of war atrocities, while the belligerent State actors account for the remaining 10%.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
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emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk, info@intersociety-ng.org

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*Creation Of New Polling Units: Why Nigeria’s Roguish Electoral Demography Must Be Reviewed & Evenly Re-Distrib​uted

By Intersociety

Ref.: Intersociety/09/05/014/FGN/ABJ/NG/INEC

1. His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
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Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation
The SGF Office, Shehu Shagari Complex
Three Arms Zone, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

2. Senator David Mark, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Senate Chambers, National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zones, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

3. Honourable Aminu Tambuwal
Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The House of Reps Chambers, National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

4. Professor Attahiru Jega
Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission
The INEC Headquarters, Plot 436, Zambezi Crescent
Maitama District, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Sir,

Creation Of New Polling Units: Why Nigeria’s Roguish Electoral Demography Must Be Reviewed & Evenly Re-Distributed

( Democracy & Good Governance, Onitsha Nigeria, September 11, 2014)- It has come to the notice of the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded plans to embark on the creation of additional polling units of 30,029 for Nigerian electorates. Using the existing six geopolitical zonal arrangement, the Commission says it would allocate 21, 615 polling units to the north and 8, 414 to the south. The total figures were further broken down per geopolitical zone as follows: Northwest 7,909 polling units, North-central 6, 318 polling units, Northeast 5, 291 polling units, Southwest 4, 160 polling units, South/south 3,087 polling units and Southeast 1, 167 polling units. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is to be given 1, 120 polling units. The Commission has gone further to give reasons why the creation of the additional polling units is necessary as well as justification of its distribution formula.

Having carefully listened to the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and critically analyzed the contents of his Press Conference in response to wide criticisms trailing the proposed exercise, we write to your important public offices to reject in its entirety the said proposed exercise. Our rejection of the exercise under reference hugely has to do with its timing, modality and distribution formula. The electoral demographic need for such exercise in the country is hugely incontestable owing to a number of genuine factors including voting accessibility and convenience, population growth, poll transparency, credibility and popularity. But timing it less than sixty days to the official commencement of the all-important electioneering for the early 2015 general polls is highly suspicious. The planned exercise is more political than demographic. It is violence-prone and has the capacity of overheating the already charged political season in the country.

Apart from the fact that such important exercise is best suited during administrative and non-election seasons or times, there is important need to critically and evenly review the existing 120,000 polling units and 8,809 electoral wards in the country before thinking of creating additional ones. As revealed by the INEC Chairman, the existing polling units and electoral wards were created by the worst electoral regime in the history of Nigeria: called “National Electoral Commission of Nigeria” (NECON) under one “Chief Dagogo Jack”. They were also created during the worst military regime in the country under maximum dictator, late General Sani Abacha. The five existing political parties then were called “five fingers of a leprous hand” (apologies to late Chief Bola Ige). They were also grossly lopsided and prone to systematic poll rigging.

Today in Anambra State, for instance, the river-line areas of the State still have the highest concentration of polling units designed then for massive polling rigging. This is because the area’s road network then was horrible making the area prone for poll rigging and very difficult for credible poll stakeholders to access polling units and other electoral facilities in the area. Similar sharp practices also marred the National Register of Voters particularly between 1996 and 2010. Before then, over half of the names contained in the Register were non living objects given human names and demographic codes. The same patterns were adopted during the pre-2011 national voters’ registration and revalidation exercises, which were responsible for the roguish outcomes of 2003 and 2007 general polls.

Therefore, we are shocked that the INEC did not see anything wrong in the existing polling units and electoral wards especially their composition and demographic distribution patterns. The existing polling units and electoral wards under reference have also followed the age-long roguish pattern of population counting and distribution criminally and abominably designed to de-populate some parts of the country including the Southeast and over-populate others including the core-north. Pieces of evidence available to us also showed that the present INEC leadership appears to have adopted a more advanced and technical approach since the 2011 national voters’ registration and subsequent revalidation exercises with a view to maintaining the roguish electoral demographic status quo.

The widened gap between the number of registered voters and those who voted in the 2011 presidential poll is a clear case in point. During the said crucial poll, the level of voter apathy was only high in the Southwest particularly in Lagos State, where out of a total registered voting population of 6, 108, 069, only 1, 945, 044 voted in the presidential poll. This is because the zone felt it was not in the contest for the presidency of the country having not fielded any major candidate. But in the three sub-regions of the north (northwest, northeast and north-central and the FCT), the voter participation was huge because of their insistence on producing the next president then. In the Southeast and the South/south, the voter participation was also very high because of the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan, who hails from the area.

However, the failure of the so called “higher number of registered voters” in the north to fairly measure up their polling units voting capacities clearly raised a number of critical questions and cast a serious doubt on the credibility and genuineness of the figures allocated to them in the National Register of Voters. For instance, according to information on the official website of the Nigerian Elections Coalition with respect to the official results of the 2011 presidential poll, out of 9, 474,404 registered voters in the six States of the South/south zone, 6, 339,216 voted. Out of 19, 803, 699 registered voters in the seven States of the Northwest zone, only 10, 790,085 voted. In the North-central zone with six States, out of 10, 584, 017 registered voters, only 5, 149, 057 voted in the said crucial presidential poll.

Further, out of 10, 749,059 registered voters in the Northeast, which has six States, only 5, 826, 645 voted. In the Southeast zone with only five States, out of 7, 577, 212 registered voters, 5, 082, 321 voted. But in the Southwest zone with six States, which was technically out of the 2011 presidential contest, out of 14, 296, 163 registered voters, only 4,613,712 voted in the said crucial poll. In Lagos State alone, out of 6, 108, 069 registered voters, only 1, 945, 044 voted. This means that 4,163, 025 registered voters did not turn up in the State during the presidential poll of 2011. In its 2011 governorship poll, only 1, 863, 513 voted. Even in the FCT, out of 943, 474 registered voters, only 398,094 voted. In the entire north, out of 41, 136, 775 registered voters, only 21, 765, 797 voted in the crucial presidential poll in which they fielded Mr. Mohammed Buhari.

Following the foregoing, therefore, we regard the explanations offered by the Chairman of INEC during his Press Conference held in Abuja on September 10, 2014 as watery, unsatisfactory and grossly unsubstantiated. The Commission also messed up its ongoing continuous voters’ registration and revalidation exercises by its reliance on the 2011 post AFIS (automated finger print identification software) figure of 70, 383, 247 for its planned additional creation of the controversial polling units. It is a public knowledge that the Commission’s continuous voters registration and revalidation exercises are meant to capture more registered voting population including those that relocated from or fled the troubled zones and got settled in new areas either in their ancestral or host zones or communities. Part of this includes the voter’s card transfer exercise.

On the other hand, they are to capture those that have died naturally or unnaturally and get them deleted from the National Register of Voters. At the end of these exercises, the Commission is expected to announce to Nigerians the new total number of living registered voters including the deleted number of dead and fictitious voters. Part of the INEC’s expected announcement is the fate of the voting populations who are still in the troubled zones (areas affected by the ongoing insurgency violence) as in the eligibility of their areas in participating in the forthcoming general polls. Any creation of additional polling units and wards must come after these and certainly not periods close to the national polls. It is sad and shocking that instead of toeing these defined and noble paths, the Commission turned around to organize a phantom and pro-rigging exercise in the context of ethno-religious lopsidedness. This includes bogus allocation of 5,291 polling units to the violence prone Northeast zone, which populations are unsettled and scattered outside the zone.

Finally, our purpose of writing your important public offices is to bring this unpopular and widely condemned exercise to your attentions and demand its immediate cancellation. By this singular despicable act, INEC’s readiness to conduct free, fair and popular polls in 2015 is seriously in doubt and under threat. We foresee situations whereby results for troubled areas in Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe Kaduna and Plateau States will be written in places of public politics and worship in Yola, Maiduguri, Dutse, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna and Jos. Should the INEC Chairman go ahead with the controversial polling units creation against the outcries of Nigerians and grounded criticisms from respected Nigerians and bodies, the Presidency is called upon to direct him to resign.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
+2348174090052 (office only)
emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk, info@intersociety-ng.org

Barrister Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Head, Campaign & Publicity Department

Barrister Obianuju Igboeli, Head, Civil & Rule of Law Program

Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Esq., Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program

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09/12/14

*The Sermon of Bianca Ojukwu To Nigerians In Spain During Igbo Carnival

By Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain)

The Igbos in Valencia Spain recently organized a colorful cultural carnival on August 23, 2014 in the city of Valencia Spain. The festival which was organized by the Igbo Union in Valencia was used to display a variety of Igbo cultural dances. The event which was a delight to watch attracted many Igbo personalities in Spain, Europe and Nigeria.

The highlight of the occasion were the children presentation in Igbo language, the scintillating Abriba war dance of Abia state in Valencia which held the guests spell bound with their wonderful display. Other groups that performed in the occasion include, the Orlu Cultural Dance of Imo state, the Anambra State Cultural Troupe, Enugu State Cultural Troupe, and the Delta State Cultural Troupe all in Valencia. The ceremony was also used to present awards to those nominated by the Igbo union.

Part of the activities during the event were, Panel Presentation, Nigeria at 100, from Amalgamation to Unification, The Position of Ndigbo by His Royal Majesty HRM Eze (Dr) Cletus Illomuanya, who was represented by his son. Lectures from Dr.Joe Illoh and Amb. Kennedy Onyeke. In his welcome address, the president of Igbo Improvement Union Valencia, Hon. Kingsley Obi thanked the guests who came from far and wide to grace the occasion. He remarked that it was the first of its kind in the history of Nigerians in Spain where the Spanish Authorities granted a whole street to be closed to traffic for a cultural festival by foreigners.

Among the dignitaries that witnessed the occasion include; Her Excellency Amb. Bianca Ojukwu, Nigeria Ambassador Spain, who was the Special Guest of Honor. Eze Ndigbo Warri Delta State, Eze (Sir) Peter Chukwu who was Chairman of the occasion, HRM Eze (Dr) Cletus Illomuanya, represented by his son. Hon. Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Ohanaeze Youth Chairman (OYC) and Master web Special Correspondent. Others include, Nwanne Campo, African Diaspora Woman of the year, Chief Nnanta, Ambassador Ndigbo in Diaspora, and Jennifer Diorgu, the First Lady Aesthetician and Cosmetologist in Spain among others. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Amb. Bianca Ojukwu poses with others in a group photo at the carnival.
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In her speech which was like an epistle to Igbos and Nigerians in Spain, Amb. Bianca congratulated the Igbo union in Valencia saying that they have always been in the lead to unite Igbos in Spain. And to showcase the Igbo rich culture to the host, also of importance to teach the children in diaspora Igbo culture for them to know their root. Reminding them that when there is problem, the ultimate place to run to is Igbo land. The culture of a people distinguishes and makes them unique in the society. She said that the Embassy is aware they are faced with many challenges which revolves around the future which approaches faster than many are ready to accommodate.

20 years from now, what will be our future? What are the elements that distinguish us as a people she asked? Our family unit is threatened, and all over the world the family unit is threatened. Our strength is the family structure, and it is our duty to keep the family structure together. It is up to the women to preserve the family structure. To the men she said, if a man does what he is supposed to do as a man, a woman will respect him. What you are doing here is very important for the children. She further advised that they should keep their eyes at home and make sure that the money they send home is properly utilized. She mentioned the notion that Igbos doesn’t love themselves is caused by a few. And she asked the Igbo community in Spain to desist from unwarranted leadership tussles among them. And she urged Igbos in Spain to resist and stay away from crime.

She further highlighted on embassy duties, saying that embassy work is not just for passports. She asked Ndigbo and Nigerians in Spain to always inform the Embassy about Nigerians who are in trouble. She used the opportunity to inform Nigerians about the effort the Embassy is making to solve the problem of police report, stating that efforts has been made to obtain approval from the Spanish authorities to grant approval for the Embassy to issue Certificate of good conduct, as that would reduce the expenses involved and alleviate the problems Nigerians in Spain go through in that process. She informed that the Spanish police has endorsed that, but remaining he approval of other relevant ministries.

The Ambassador, spoke on the issue of Ebola, saying that it is a new trend in Nigeria, and seem to be stronger than Boko Haram. But the way it is reported by the European press is not the way it is in Nigeria. She expounded that Ebola did not originate from Nigeria, and Government has tried to inform Nigerian masses especially through the ministry of health about the true position and the efforts to combat it. She said that it lies on Nigerians in Spain to disseminate the correct information about the situation in Nigeria. She further stated that Europe is no longer what it used to be. And therefore urged Nigerians to tell the truth to people at home for them to know the true position.

Lastly she reiterated that the Embassy will continue to implement the mandate given to them to protect the human right of every Nigerian in Spain. And she used the opportunity to convey the President’s goodwill to all Nigerians in Spain.

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09/10/14

*Emeka Uduh's Anti Probity & Accountability Thuggery

By Masterweb News Desk

Ndigbo In Wisconsin, Inc. (NIWI) is a non-profit, cultural association of Nigerians of Igbo extraction residing in Wisconsin, USA. The association has been in existence for sixteen years without an audit of its account. Efforts to audit its account in the past amidst accusations of misappropriation/embezzlement of funds, unleashed the wrath of certain group and was never carried out. Members of the group would hound, shake-up and threaten anybody calling for audit. This is how serious it was. Chief Charles O. Okereke, Masterweb CEO/Founder and a member of the association was one of those that withstood the intimidation by the group opposed to an audit. He consistently demanded the exercise be carried out.

The present NIWI Executive, the most transparent administration, has added its voice to the debacle and is leaning towards an audit. The anti-accountability group is doing everything within its means to forestall the exercise. Chief Okereke on September 2, 2014 via email to NIWI members, added new voice on the audit issue as follows - He wrote: “Dear NIWI members; Hope all is well with you. As I had explained in one of our last meetings, the issue of auditing of NIWI account is not for deliberation and voting. Auditing of the account of an organization is a due process and mandatory for non-profit organizations. NIWI, a non-profit has not audited its account since inception - This is serious. I have put my attorney on notice of possible serving of legal papers to NIWI on this issue. Meanwhile I am in consultation with different NIWI groups on the matter. Regards. Charles O. Okereke” Shortly after Chief Okereke's email was dispatched, one of NIWI members responded in the affirmative; he wrote (copying all members): “Received. Proceed immediately with legal action!”

A pathetic delusional member, Emeka Uduh (aka Chukwuemeka Uduh) sent a poorly written (of the lowest elementary standard) insulting email to Chief Okereke which read: “It is quite unfortunate that person like you exist in this unique organization. Okereke or whatever you called yourself, i think it's time for you to go get your brain check properly. This organization has come to stay, and nothing hundreds of you can do to bring it down.” It is unsure if the email was copied to other members because it had Chief Okereke as recipient but might have also been sent to others if it was sent as newsletter, broadcast or other formats. Uduh wrote: “This organization has come to stay, and nothing hundreds of you can do to bring it down.” – This means according to him that many are in support of an audit with exception of his 'criminal' clique. The fact is that NIWI membership is not up to two hundred, this puts to question Uduh’s mental health and educational background in the understanding and analysis of issues. What else will be the case? Illiterate and lunatic Uduh was the only person that allowed himself to be used by his evil clique for the senseless attack. He does not deserve to wear tie because he belongs to Blue-collar (from his English) and is insane. Mad men do not put on tie. His picture here wearing tie is laughable and mockable. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: Emeka Uduh (aka Chukwuemeka Uduh)

Emeka Uduh instead of addressing the audit issue in Chief Okereke's email, resorted to name calling and insults because in his demented capacity (brain) lacked genuine argument to make. It is mind-boggling that one will oppose the auditing of an organization that has not been audited in sixteen years and worse so, doing it with unwarranted attack and insult. Anybody or group that opposes audit must have something bad they are hiding or protecting; for them it is business as usual – do whatever you want as a public officer (pilfer and embezzle) and they will protect you by standing in the way of an audit. This attitude is what destroys institutions and hence the nation, because it is the success of institutions (both public and private) that generates prosperity of the nation.

NIWI Executive, which Emeka Uduh is not a member, will ultimately make the final decision on the audit matter which is expected to be in the affirmative. When this is done, it will be clear to all why the clique opposing it was doing so.

We should be good ambassadors of our communities and countries and this entails our standing on good moral values that enable society to grow and flourish. Do not be afraid to stand on truth in the face of intimidation, threat and blackmail from anybody or group that opposes audit of the account of your organization. It is normal procedure for accounts of institutions to be audited periodically, even in the absence of suspicion of misappropriation of funds or fraud.

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09/01/14

*Masterweb Interviews Kingsley Ojugberu, Suspect of Acid Attack On Wife, Mabel Mark

By Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain)

It’s said that “it takes two to make a tango” and there is always two sides to a coin. In that respect efforts were made by the Nigerian Embassy Spain for our special correspondent in Spain to have an interview with Kingsley Ojugberu, the alleged suspect by Mabel Mark his wife for acid attack on her in Nigeria. Below is Kingsley’s side of the story in an exhaustive interview held at his base in Las Palmas Spain. [ Click to Read Mabel Mark’s Interview by Our Special Correspondent-Spain ]

Could you please tell me a little about yourself?

My name is Kingsley Ojugberu from Delta state, 38 years, School cert holder and a fashion designer by profession. I have a big fashion house named Kings Fashion with about 22 workers in Egbeda Lagos.

When and how did you know Mabel?

I knew Mabel in 2006 through her friend that came to my house in Lagos whom I helped to go back to Europe. When she saw how gentle and industrious I am, she told me about her best friend and said she would like me to know her. She gave my number to her and we started talking from 2006 till 2008 when she came to meet me in Lagos. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Mabel Mark After Acid Attack by Husband
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When did you come to Spain?

We got married in 2008 and I came to Spain in December 2010

Did you have traditional marriage?

No traditional marriage, only court wedding in Lagos. Both families witnessed the wedding and the mother signed the certificate. They never wanted her to get married. Before we got married, Mabel told me that the greatest problem she has is her family. There is nothing she does that pleases them. After our marriage, the two sisters, Blessing and Dorcas called me from Benin and asked why should I go and marry their family investment? When my wife heard that she called her mother and asked why they should be telling her husband such? I tried to settle the case before she travelled back to Spain. Everything I am telling you God is my witness.

What can you tell me about the acid attack incident on Mabel in Nigeria?

Ans. me and my wife we never have problem in our marriage, until Blessing and Dorcas that have been fighting us from Nigeria came. They were living with us in the same house and anything we do they used to tell their sister Florence in Benin. And that is when our problem started. Before I came my wife had an African shop. I am a businessman, an international man. The shop was small. My wife had in her account 350euros when I came to Spain. That is what she showed me she has in her account. I started booming the shop. I bought an industrial sowing machine; God was so good to us. The African shop grew. I sow clothes for Nigerians; we now made it a joint business. We have the same account. We didn’t hide anything from each other. When we make a certain amount of money, we take it to Nigeria to invest for the future. I and my wife we have a love contact.

You mean a love covenant?

Yes a secret between me and her that we will never hurt each other. We travelled to Nigeria in 2011 and bought a property at Ogun State.

Before you bought this property, has she any property before?

She bought two houses in Benin. The first 8 rooms flat were before I married her and the family never allowed her to see the building until I got married to her. I am the one that carried her to see the building. She was disappointed because is not what they told her. The second one, I am married to her.

We went back in 2013 that is when the problem started. Before then these two girls have been calling the sister in Benin telling her that I am the one controlling everything. Gloria works in the same place with Dorcas and she lives in the same house with us. and she told us that Dorcas said our marriage will not work and that she used to call her people in Nigeria telling them are they sleeping, that they should go out, that I am the one controlling everything. My wife got angry and asked Dorcas but she denied. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Mabel Mark Before Acid Attack by Husband

While in Nigeria, Florence called my wife to come to Benin. Her sisters finished our marriage. They were not happy with our marriage because they are not from the same parents with my wife. These girls are evil. But may God fight them… We didn’t know they have set us up with a Babalawo. (Voodoo man) I did not have anything in mind because I and my wife love each other. We have love covenant. We prayed for better for worse. This woman has been praying that even if she dies and come back again she will look for me as a husband. This woman used to tell me sweet words and I used to tell her sweet words. If I talk lie may I not see tomorrow, this woman is a good wife to me…

Florence said that we should come to Benin because Babalawo said my wife is Ogbanje. We went to Benin with another girl that came from Spain and Florence took us to the Babalawo house. This Babalawo name is Clement Okobu. He has two wives. When we were there, I don’t know what they did to me. The next thing my wife did was to sit on the lap of the Babalawo, I thought that was Europe style; the wife opened the curtain and saw them and went back. I don’t know who told the Babalawo that my wife is pregnant. And the Babalawo asked who is pregnant here? And I said that my wife is pregnant and what about it. He said that the pregnancy is a problem.

How long did you stay in the Babalawo’s house?

I won’t lie to you I stayed there for 2-3 days and during these period I never came close to my wife. He told me that he is seeing accident for me as I drive. And he put us in a hole like a grave and bath us with some concoctions. I never knew that it was for us to hate ourselves. He collected from us (N380, 000) cash to do the Ogbanje for my wife. And the other girl from Spain told me she paid almost ( N1,000 000). My wife stayed in the house of this Babalawo for 7 days. And he put her in a room and said that is only him that will be seeing my wife for these 7days for that is the procedure. If I talk lie thunder fire me… This Babalawo has tugs in his compound. Those who bring girls to Europe take the girls to swear juju before him. And he sends the tugs to disturb the parents of the girls if the girls refuse to pay in Europe. Please I want government to fish this man out. Dorcas told me that this man wanted to marry her before she came to Europe but she refused. I want thunder to start firing all of them…

I went back to Lagos without my wife. 3 days later my wife told me that she is coming to Lagos with the Babalawo and Florence. I said for what? She said that there is something that the man is coming to do in the land we bought in Ogun state. My wife paid flight ticket for the Babalawo to come to Lagos. By this time my wife is no longer my wife, she has changed totally. My wife lodged in a hotel with the babalawo and Florence in Lagos. The Babalawo said to me that my wife told him that she wants to die, that he should help her…She has given this woman different concoctions that I cannot understand.

After the Babalawo went back, I tried to make love to my wife and she said I should go for a harlot that there is something the Babalawo put in her that she should not make love to anybody. My wife was behaving like a mad person. I managed to come back to Spain with her. Back to Spain, my wife could not sleep at night. The Babalawo and Florence were calling her for her to come back to Nigeria and finish what she has to do.

I called the Babalawo and told him to stop disturbing my wife. And he told me that I should stop calling that woman my wife because she is not my wife. I collected the voodoo she gave my wife even the one she baths with, I pissed on them and flushed them in the toilet I contacted two pastors to help me and pray for my wife because she has totally changed. Two weeks after we came back, my wife bought ticket to go back to Nigeria. I tried to stop her by hiding her passport but she insisted and left leaving me with our daughter who is to have her birth day in 2 days’ time.

She called me from Lagos and said that I blocked account and she could not collect money. We have a joint account in First Bank and both of us must sign before money is withdrawn. I sent 3000euros from the shop through Dorcas to her. My wife is not a bad woman, we love each other, and it’s the family that finished us with the Babalawo. She sent a me a text message before the incident saying ,my husband I am sorry for everything I have done to you please forgive me I have seen all their plans towards me. I showed this message to a member of Nigerian association when I went to visit my wife at the hospital.

Two days after, Blessing called me from my working place and said that something has happened to my wife, that they poured her acid. Immediately, I called my wife’s number in Nigeria and somebody picked and the person said that she is the sister and that I cannot talk to her, I should call back in 30 minutes. I called after 30 minutes and the phone was switched off. I called the mother and she said I should not call her. Here in Spain, the two sisters were fighting me, saying that the Babalawo said I am the one that sent somebody to pour acid on Mabel. Two days after, my wife was flown back to Spain, she is the one who called me and said I should come to the hospital. Dorcas was there when I reached the hospital. I saw my wife and burst to tears, I could not recognize her. Her face was totally black. She was crying and I was crying too. Let this God that nobody can hide something from bear me witness. You can lie to man but you cannot lie to God…

Did anybody try to prevent you from seeing your wife in the hospital?

How can somebody stop me from seeing my wife that was sick at the hospital? Is the person crazy? I snapped her, it’s in my phone. It was in the presence of Dorcas, she said I should forgive her. Camera recorded it. She told me her family said she should say it’s me but she knows it can never be me.

When and why were you arrested and detained by the Spanish authorities?

On the 8/06/13, I was arrested at home by police. They said I was reported by Dorcas and one retired police officer that used to come to our shop. They showed me the picture of my wife that was poured acid and said I am the suspect.

How were you treated by the police during detention?

They assaulted me, calling me black pig, and all sorts of names, forcing me to write statement, no type of treatment they did not give me which is against their law here. I was taken to court and you know this a developed country. They investigated everything about me here and in Nigeria even my phone conversations and they saw I was innocent of this matter. I was taken to prison for maltreating a woman because my wife lied that I used to beat her.

How did the Nigerian Embassy come in?

I am the one that wrote, that I want to see officials of the Nigerian embassy . I have been put in prison before the Embassy came. And they asked me what they can do for me. I told them the only help they can do for me is to help my wife, because these two girls and the Babalawo are still controlling her.

What efforts have you made towards her treatment and recovery?

I just came out from prison, and by their law here, everything I have has been given to her both our bank account. I don’t have anything; I am just living on friends. And as I came out I learnt my wife has put in for divorce. Because they said she cannot get help here without divorce. That’s what I am facing now.

Have you been served the divorce paper?

They have served me. But for me to know what happened to this woman, I will never sign the divorce. I will give her time because she is not herself yet.

You have spoken at length, lastly what else do you want to say?

I know, you journalist need confirmation, please tell the police to investigate the phone conversion between Mabel and my brother Eddy who is now in Germany between December 23 – 30, 2013. My wife said that the family in Nigeria told her, that the two wives of the Babalawo confessed that it is not her husband that planned the acid attack on her but the first wife of the voodoo man who contacted another Babalawo who arranged with the boy that poured acid on my wife. That even the boys killed somebody in Benin and escaped. And I want the police to act fast and arrest this Babalawo, and Nigerians should help so that this people will not go free. Also please I want T. B. Joshua and Chris Oyakhilome to pray for my wife for deliverance. [ Click to Read Mabel Mark’s Interview by Our Special Correspondent-Spain ]

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08/31/14

*Obasanjo Holds The Key To Boko Haram Surrender says Obasanjo’s Twin Brother In Spain

By Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain)

Unknown to many Nigerians is that Uncle Shege, as he is popularly called by many Nigerians has a twin brother. More also even unknown to the ex-two times President of Nigeria (military and civilian) is the where-about of his twin brother whom he thought was always at home. But unknown to him, his brother has checked out to Europe like “Andrew” during his years of long service to the nation. But as fate would have it, they were to meet again in a foreign land far from home, just like Joseph met with his brothers in Egypt after they sold him to slavery and thought that he was dead.

On June 4, 2014 at Madrid Barajas International airport- Spain, OBJ, on his way to Malabo, met with his twin brother whom he thought was still at home, and a discussion ensued between them. According to the brother, I never knew we were that closely related, and bears the same resemblance until after the photo with Uncle Shege was published and people started commenting that we look like twins. It was by then it dawned on me like a grass-cutter that remembers to bite only when reminded, that I have a legendry twin brother in the person of Uncle Shege he equally claimed he has a twin brother.

While I am writing this piece is because I know and realize the antecedents and pedigree of my brother OBJ. Uncle Shege has always played crucial roles at critical moments of Nigerian history. This is a man who has worked through the valley of the shadow of death and emerged unscathed. In 1966, at the height of Nzeogwu’s coup, during endeavors for Nzeogwu to yield to the supreme military council, he was the only person that could move the tenacious Nzeogwu to hand over himself and lay down his arms to the Supreme Military Council of Aguiyi Ironsi. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: Honourable Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman/Media Coordinator (LEFT); Ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (RIGHT).
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In 1970, after the Nigeria – Biafra civil war that ensued, it was at his feet, General David Effiong and Col. Achuzie the top Biafra commanders laid down their arms on behalf of Biafra. He was a beneficiary of the Murtala Mohammed’s coup and also was called to salvage Nigeria after Murtala was overthrown and killed by Dimka. He led Nigeria through the storm and ushered in the short lived democracy during Shagari civilian era before the khaki boys took over again.

The Abacha moving train which only a mad man dared challenge, that claimed the lives of eminent citizens like Saro Wiwa, and others derailed and summersaulted before him and claimed the life of the power drunken driver. And in 1995, while in Golgotha the cup of death passed over Uncle Shege. Once again from the throes and shadows of death he emerged and led Nigeria out of the grip of a colossus and a draconian and gave the country a sigh of relief.

In 1999, he handled the massacre and military invasion of Odi-Bayelsa state, quenched and silenced the uprising between the oil community and the Nigerian security forces. He proffered the juju antidote to fight apartheid during the racist era in South Africa. Time and space will fail me if I continue to recount great things he had done.

In the recent Boko-Haram plague and war, to find the solution do not lie in American drones and all the European and Western trumped up support which have yielded no result since they arrived. Going by the antecedents of my twin brother OBJ, he holds the key to Mambisa forest. Let President Jonathan and Nigerians acknowledge his accomplishments and give him the onus to deliver Nigeria from the verge of collapse once-again. He has the magic wand and the key that could make Boko-Haram to bow and surrender to him. He has done it before and he can do it again.

But Uncle Shege, before you go to the battle of Mambisa, remember your word during our meeting and discussion on the state of Nigerians in Spain and abroad. You said that you have always told Nigerians abroad to come back home if abroad is not favorable to them. Many want to heed to that call, but when they remember the state of things at home, they feel scared to go. But no matter in what way home may be, home is home and there is no place like home. And who his brother is in paradise cannot go to hell. And home is, “the road we travelled.”

Uncle Shege, as your brother, I urge you to listen to my call and the voice of John Donne, that says, “any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee “.The cry of our girls in Mambisa forest and countless Nigerians that have been killed by the insurgents tolls for you. Please arise and salvage Nigeria as you have always done.

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08/27/14

*Intersociety Writes Jonathan on The Redeployment Of Senior Police Officers

By Intersociety

Ref.: Intersociety/08/04/014/FGN/ABJ/NG/NPF

1. His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
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Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation
The SGF Office, Shehu Shagari Complex
Three Arms Zone, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

2. Senator David Mark, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Senate Chambers, National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zones, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

3. Honourable Aminu Tambuwal
Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The House of Reps Chambers, National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

4. Prof. Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem
Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission
The FCC Headquarters, Plot 64, First Avenue
Off Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

5. IGP (rtd.) Mike Mbama Okiro
Chairman, Police Service Commission
The PSC Headquarters, Federal Secretariat Complex
Shehu Shagari Way, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Sir,

Redeployment Of Senior Police Officers: Why Acting IGP’s Confirmation Should Be Tied To His Handling Of Ethno-Religious Domination & Lopsided Operational Posting & Assignment Of Strategic Duties In The NPF

(Security & Rule of Law, Onitsha Nigeria, August 27th 2014)-General Information: In early February 2014, our organization (International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law) discovered existing ethno-religious domination in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The discovery was in respect of promotion of senior police officers carried out constitutionally by the Police Service Commission (PSC) and operational posting and assignment of duties, which are constitutionally performed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The discovery was also made in respect of the lopsided arrangement of names of serving senior police officers ranging from CSPs to DIGs.

In the same February 2014 (4th, 5th and 6th), we addressed a three-part letter of protest to your important public offices seeking redress. Few months later, the Police Service Commission publicly promised to investigate and address the lopsidedness complained of. On 4th June 2014, new promotions comprising two AIGs, seven CPs and a number of other senior officers, were announced by the PSC. AIG Dr. Grace Chita Okudo of the NPF Medicals from Ebonyi State, Southeast Nigeria, was one of the two new AIGs. With her promotion, the Southeast geopolitical zone was remembered and included in the AIG list many months after it was excluded from it with reckless abandon. With her promotion, the zone got one AIG out of 23 serving AIGs in the NPF then.

On July 31st 2014, AIG Suleiman Abba was promoted to Acting Inspector General of Police. His promotion marked the third in row of the IGP from Northwest zone between 2010 and 2014. On August 19th 2014, eight new DIGs were promoted with Northwest and South/south zones getting two each while North-central, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest zones got one each. On 20th of August 2014, nineteen new AIGs were promoted, bringing the total number of serving AIGs to thirty-one, out of which Northwest has nine, followed by North-central with seven, South/south five, Southeast four and Northeast and Southwest three respectively. On August 23rd 2014, the Acting IGP, Suleiman Abba exercised his first major constitutional duty of redeploying the affected and newly promoted senior police officers. In the context of operational portfolio or “juicy” and “tea-making” duty assignments, he spread out the 12 Zonal Commands among five geopolitical zones lopsidedly leaving out Southeast zone.

This he did by appointing eight Muslims to head eight strategic zonal commands leaving Christians with only four. He also allocated four zonal commands each to Northwest and North-central zones respectively. The South/south zone was given two zonal commands while Northeast and Southwest zones were given one each. Shockingly the Southeast zone was left without a single zonal command. No woman AIG was among those appointed heads of Zonal Commands. With this continued ethno-religious and gender discrimination by the Acting IGP, it is hugely feared that the redeployment of more senior police officers who are reportedly awaiting new promotion by the PSC including about twenty-eight coming CPs, will go the same way the redeployment of AIGs went. .

As it stands now, out of four new AIGs of Southeast origin, two (Godfrey E. Okeke) and (Felix Osita Uyanna) will retire on 16th September 2014 and 15th January 2015 respectively leaving the important zone with only two AIGs. Out of about 96 serving CPs, Southeast presently has three out of which one (Sylvester A. Umeh) will retire on 10th November 2014, leaving the zone with only two serving CPs out of 96 serving CPs in the NPF.

Why We Write: Our writing your important public offices followed our recent public statements over the issue including our public statements of 21st, 22nd and 24th of August 2014 in which the two exercises were graphically analyzed and pitfalls inherent in them extensively pointed with far reaching recommendations. Our extensive investigations clearly showed that the major bane of the Nigeria Police Force is ethno-religious domination, which has bred seeming incurable corruption and policing mediocrity. This has also entrenched a culture of favoritism and nepotism in the Force. The NPF is also far from being a pluralistic police force direly needed in a pluralistic country like Nigeria.

In the course of our extensive investigations under reference, we also discovered a Stone Age practice whereby police officers from the Southeast zone have their promotions delayed or stunted for years resulting in “retirement era promotions”. The assignment of less important and less strategic duties to the officers under reference is also very common and indiscriminate in the NPF. These have resulted and still result to deep “police-citizen” protection disparity between indigenes of other federating tribes and Igbo federating tribe particularly during ethno-religious crises.

Demands: It is recalled that in early 2012 when former IGP, Mohammed Abubakar was appointed, police roadblock extortions and indiscriminate killings associated with them were widespread and they became a national calamity leading to a series of outcries by Nigerians and issuance of reports by local and international rights groups. Among such reports and publications issued then were “Everyone’s on the Game” (How Corruption Fuels Human Rights Abuses by the NPF): Human Rights Watch (August 2010) and “Corruption As Human Rights Abuse: How Personnel of the NPF Raked in N53.48Billion from Police Roadblocks in Three Years (2009-2011)” & “Nigeria In A State Of War: How 54,000 Citizens Were Killed Outside The Law Since 1999”: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (December 2011). The foregoing advocacy actions then forced the Presidency to tie the confirmation of then Acting IGP (A-IGP), Mohammed Abubakar as substantive IGP on his management of the high incidence of police roadblock extortions and killings across the country. In a swift response so as to get substantively confirmed, then A-IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, dismantled most of the existing 3,500 police roadblocks across the country, which was prevalent and indiscriminate in the Southeast with over 1,500 of them. Thousands of potential victims of police roadblock killings and extortion ridden billions of naira were saved.

Today, crude ethno-religious domination policy in the NPF is as worse as, if not more menacing than police abuses and unlawful killings breading by roadblock extortions/corruption. While the Police Service Commission appears to have taken a bold step in addressing the Stone Age policy in its ongoing promotions, the A-IGP, Suleiman Abba appears hell bent in retaining the divisive and retrogressive policy in his ongoing operational duty assignments and postings. It gladdens our heart to inform your important public offices that Intersociety is not alone in the struggle to end this socially poisonous policy.

Just on Sunday, August 24th 2014, the Southeast zone of the federally ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) announced their total rejection of the new police posting under reference and called on the A-IGP and the PSC to look into it so as to address it and ensure geopolitical balance in the exercise. This complimentary and commendable demand was made in Umuahia, Abia State, Southeast Nigeria during the meeting attended by key public office holders of the Party from the geopolitical zone, which included a number of State Governors, Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker of the House of Reps, among others.

As your important public offices are aware, the gross lopsidedness under contention grossly violates Section 14(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as well as the Federal Character Act No 34 of 1996. The useless and crisis breading policy also attacks brutally the hallowed doctrines of equity, fairness, social integration and pluralism upon which the foundation of the country is laid.

In view of these, we firmly demand the following:

1. That the practice of ethno-religious domination and discrimination in the NPF in matters of promotions, operational duty postings and assignments should be publicly condemned and abolished by your important public offices.

2. That the Acting Inspector General of Police, A-IGP Suleiman Abba should be ordered to reverse the recent lopsided posting of AIGs particularly as it affects the headship of the Zonal Commands as well as exclusion of women AIGs from it. Equitable geopolitical representation and fair gender representation must be ensured.

3. That the confirmation of A-IGP Suleiman A. Abba as the country’s substantive IGP by the Presidency should be tied to his effective and unbiased handling and reversal of the despicable policy under contention. In other words, if he fails to address the despicable and condemnable issue under reference, then his confirmation should be swiftly reversed. He must show his secularist disposition and competence to lead the pluralistic NPF.

4. That henceforth, the issue of promotion and operational posting of senior police officers should strictly be tied to equitable zonal geopolitical representation and specifically, there shall be 12 DIG positions in the NPF out of which each zone should get two; 36 AIG positions out of which each zone should get six; and 90 CP positions out of which each zone should be given 15.

5. That out of existing 12 Zonal Commands in the country headed by AIGs, each zone should be given two; out of 36 State Police Commands in the country, each zone should be given six.

6. That all promotions made into the senior ranks of CSPs to DIGs as well as their operational postings and assignment of duties should be based on existing six geopolitical zonal spread.

7. That the policy of “promotion stagnancy or hanging” being used to maltreat the senior police officers of Southeast extraction should totally be abolished and prohibited; likewise promotion of the affected senior police officers in the twilight of their statutory retirement.

8. That once a senior police officer from a particular zone including the Southeast zone holding important police duty such as DIG, head of a zonal command or State Command CP retires, his or her position should be retained by another officer from the same zone. Same thing should apply in the case of promotion of senior officers particularly from CSP to DIG.

9. That the composition of current headships of important operational police departments such as State Commands, Special Protection Units, Anti Terrorism Squads, Police Border Patrols, Police Highway Patrols, Airport Police, Port Authority Police, Special Anti Robbery Squads, Police Mobile Force, Police Training Institutions, Area Commands and Divisional Police Commands, should be revisited with a view to ensuring that they are not dominated by officers of a particular geopolitical zone or ethno-religious section of the country.

10. That the plight of Police Traffic Warding (PTWs) should be revisited and redressed particularly in the area of existing obnoxious Decree 21 of 1975, which has made them perpetual slaves in the hands of the NPF and abominably pegged the highest ranking in the Service to “Assistant Superintendent of Traffic”, which is an equivalent of Police ASP.

The obnoxious Act should be abrogated to make room for absorption of the over 8,000 personnel of the PTWs into the NPF Motor Traffic Division and remove them from age-long discriminatory practice particularly in ranking, promotion and duty control and assignment.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Emeka Umeagbalasi (Criminologist & Graduate of Security Studies) Chairman of the Board

Barrister Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Head, Campaign & Publicity Department

Barrister Anita Onochie, Head, Security & Safety Program

Barrister Obianuju Igboeli, Head, Civil & Rule of Law Program

CC: A-IGP Suleiman Abba, Acting Inspector General of Police Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Emeka Umeagbalasi

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*Rogue Nigerian Naval Officer Batter Politician After Stealing Fuel from Gas Station - Help bring him to book

By GlobalvilleNews Reporter

In what appears to be a repeat of the Lady Uzoma Okere’s treatment by naval officers in Lagos, a prominent politician in Eket local government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Ekanem Willie was in the early hours of Sunday August 24, 2014, viciously battered and assaulted by a naval officer believed to be attached to the Navy Basic Training School, Onne, Port Harcourt Rivers State after he ran away with fuel worth of three thousand Naira.

The ugly and unnecessary display of smartness by the rogue naval officer who name is yet to be known happened at Stevegrad Filling Station along Liverpool Rood in Eket. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: The bully rogue Nigerian Naval Officer; to the left is the van he drove

Hon. Willie said while briefing newsmen in Eket over the incident said that the naval officer took off his batch to deliberately conceal his identity and avoid identification by anyone who was around the scene.

“The naval officer, whose service number and name was not displayed on his unofficial uniform, drove into a filling station and bought fuel worth #3,000 (about $32) only. He tricked the pump attendant to allow him to eat some parked food in the naval bus before making payment. He all of a sudden entered the dark blue navy bus with an inscription “NAVY BASIC TRAINING SCHOOL, ONNE” and with registration number NAVY NNO9-D09, and drove off quickly. The pump attendant stood helpless.

Since I was in the same filling station to buy fuel, I offered to assist the pump attendant by pursuing the naval officer whom I accosted along Onna-Ikot Abasi High Way. I asked him to pay for the fuel he bought. He (Naval Officer) denied buying fuel without making payment but later accepted.”

Hon. Willie, a former Vice Chairman of Eket Local Government Council said his only sin for the torture in the hands of the thievery naval officer was he bluntly told him in the face he was a disgrace to the Nigerian Navy. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: The bully rogue Nigerian Naval Officer; to the left is the van he drove - Photo 2

“My only sin was for me to tell him that he is an embarrassment to Nigeria and The Nigerian Navy.

This huge and tall Naval Officer slapped me and tore my dress to pieces.” Hon. Ekanem Willie, an Eket grassroots politician and community leader, who aspired for Eket LGA Chairmanship position in the last primaries under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called on well-meaning Nigerians to help him by bringing this Naval Officer to justice.

Reacting to the news, an Abuja based human right activist, Mr. John Peter said the action of the naval officer was not only criminal but a violation of Hon. Willie’s fundamental human right and abuse of his professional uniform. He called on the Nigerian Navy to take a disciplinary action against what he described as “barefaced thief in navy uniform’ to serve as a deterrent to others.

All efforts by our reporters to contact Director of Logistic and Administration Naval Basic Training School, Onne, Rivers State did yield dividends as calls and text messages directed to his mobile numbers were unresponsive as at the time of going to the press.

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