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06/14/14

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06/13/14

*Intersociety Thanks, Appreciates & Celebrates Its Key Allies In Online News Industry

By Intersociety

Dear Publishers/CEOs of:
· News Express
· Nigeria Masterweb
· Elomba.Com
· Chidi Oparareports
· Nigerian Voice
· The Neighborhood
· Global Reporters Vienna
· Odera Igbo
· The Headline News
· News 247.Com
· The Willnigeria
· Others

Sirs,

Appreciation

(Onitsha Nigeria, 10th day of June, 2014)-On behalf of the Board, staff, members and consultants of our organization-International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), we wish to appreciate and thank you for your enormous assistance to us with respect to publication of our advocacy news on your popular and celebrated sites. Most important of all these is the maximum publicity given by your popular and celebrated news sites to our four-part letter to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan over our campaign and insistence on ICC invitation to the country. A copy of the last part (part four) is hereby attached.

No matter how rich a publishing material is, it is worthless if it does not see the light of the day on media. Such blackened rich material also enriches the empty mental faculties of lazy intellectuals and armchair researchers and writers who easily and maliciously credit it to themselves and their works without deeming it fit to give due credit to its originators. This is one major advantage your enormous assistance to us does to our numerous publishing materials. On our own part, we realize the need and importance of not feeding your popular and celebrated sites with contagious, malicious, libelous, scandalous and facts lacking advocacy news items. This explains why we bring all our professional experiences to bear. Good a thing, our BOT Chairman is a Criminologist & Graduate of Security Studies. This gives us further advantage in purifying our advocacy news materials and making them libel, scandal, malice and virus free. Our legal and non legal consultancy is also very active.

We share a view that it is better to find writing pieces of 10 lawyers filled with libelous, scandalous and malicious contents than to find one written by a single criminologist. Such a criminologist is not only worthless but also deserves immediate intellectual and certificate disrobing. We also have a track record of faultlessness in most, if not all of our advocacy writings. This is because we are not “liars who use passive voices”, but “truth tellers who use active voices”. We say the truth and insist on it no matter how bitter or where the pendulum swells. We are like a high court that concentrates its business on “ratio decidendi” and discards “orbiter dictum/dicta”. We are sticklers of issue based social development discussions and have no time for frivolities. We have always been vindicated on all major issues we canvassed.

Again, we thank all of you. And we celebrate your huge successes in online media industry. Through your newest ICT voices, voices of the suppressed and oppressed have been re-awakened and heard. You have struck a balance between the Southeast/South-south and Southwest media dichotomy and facilitated a healthy competition between print, audio/audio visual and online news industries. History of invention of ICT media in Nigeria cannot be validly written without all of you. Nigerians celebrate all of you for creating another space for tens of millions of Nigerians especially after malicious and thieving politicians made an inroad into Nigeria’s leading print and electronic media and hijacked it.

Today, columns, editorials and top news on the country’s leading national dailies (print) are no longer what they used to be. Some popular private TV and radio stations especially in Lagos and Abuja have deviated and derailed because corruptly enriched politicians have corrupted and hijacked them. They are now pegged for the highest bidders, yet they have continued to preach accountability and transparency rested on morals.

We urge you not to relent a bit because Nigerians are proud of all of you. They celebrate you day in day out. As grassroots rights, democracy and security advocacy group, we are fully aware that vulcanizers, wheel barrow pushers, “mama put” providers, Keke and Okada riders and hawkers as well as traders now access and assess top news of the moment through their cell phones wherever they are, all thanks to all of you. They even share the news amongst themselves and make steady references to your popular and celebrated sites.

Our writing all of you is like giving you a feed back and letting you know how popular your news and your sites are among millions of Nigeria. We promise to continue to create news for your popular and celebrated sites. We will never let you and your celebrated sites down.

We also wish to use this medium to strongly condemn the ongoing attack by Nigerian military on the country’s print media. By attacking the country’s newspapers over their dutiful coverage and reports on Boko Haram terror campaign and counter-campaign, the Nigerian military has further exposed itself and brought its name to international ridicule. Rather than learning from its mistake of choosing to remain “a typewriter military organization” in ICT age and warfare, it has further exposed itself by not realizing that paper media has gone scientific.

If the soldiers of the Nigerian military seize hard copies of the country’s newspapers, what about their online copies? What about dozens of digital media outfits operating within and beyond the shores of the country? We see the military’s callous and illiterate attack on hard copies of the Nigerian newspapers as repetition of its gross mistake of “using type writer military hardware to combat ICT Boko Haram terror”. It is like a type writer police officer armed with AK-47 and asked to pursue an ICT Boko Haram bomb detonator. The attack under reference is totally condemned. The military has a serious case to answer over credible allegation of abdication of its sworn duties that led to a number of civilian massacres in the northeast States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

Thank You Very Much.

Emeka Umeagbalasi
Board Chairman
+2348100755939 (text 24/7, calls 9.30am -4.pm, Mon.-Fri., office hours)

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*Intersociety Writes Jonathan To Invite ICC To Nigeria Over Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings - Part 4

By Intersociety

Ref: INTERSOC/NG/005/06/14/FGN/ABJ

His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria
The State House, Three-Arms-Zone
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Sir,

Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings In Nigeria: Our Opposition To Immunity & Impunity For Atrocity Crimes & Criminals And Insistence On International Criminal Justice Intervention-Part 4

(Security & Rule of Law, Onitsha-Nigeria, 7th day of June, 2014)-This part concludes the referenced letter to Your Excellency by the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety. The parts one, two and three were dated 28th and 31st May and 6th June 2014 and can by read by clicking this link. The subject matter remains a call on Your Excellency for urgent invocation and application of international criminal justice sanctions against those involved in atrocity crimes in both war and peace times in Nigeria since July 2002 in accordance with the international criminal justice, human rights and humanitarian norms. Article 11 of the Rome Statute of the ICC remains our guide in this respect.

Jurisdiction Of The International Criminal Court: “The jurisdiction of the Court shall be limited to the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. The Court has jurisdiction in accordance with this Statute with respect to the following crimes: 1. The Crime of Genocide; 2. Crimes Against Humanity; 3. War Crimes; and 4. The Crime of Aggression” (not yet universally agreed on definition and modes).

Genocide: For the purpose of this Statute (in accordance with Article 6 of the Statute), "genocide" means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Crimes Against Humanity: 1. For the purpose of this Statute (in accordance with Article 7 of the Statute), "crime against humanity" means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack: (a) Murder; (b) Extermination; (c) Enslavement; (d) Deportation or forcible transfer of population; (e) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law; (f) Torture; (g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity; (h) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court; (i) Enforced disappearance of persons; (j)The crime of apartheid; (k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

2. For the purpose of paragraph 1: (a) "Attack directed against any civilian population" means a course of conduct involving the multiple commission of acts referred to in paragraph 1 against any civilian population, pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy to commit such attack; (b) "Extermination" includes the intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia the deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population; (c) "Enslavement" means the exercise of any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over a person and includes the exercise of such power in the course of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children; (d) "Deportation or forcible transfer of population" means forced displacement of the persons concerned by expulsion or other coercive acts from the area in which they are lawfully present, without grounds permitted under international law; (e) "Torture" means the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, upon a person in the custody or under the control of the accused; except that torture shall not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to, lawful sanctions;

(f) "Forced pregnancy" means the unlawful confinement of a woman forcibly made pregnant, with the intent of affecting the ethnic composition of any population or carrying out other grave violations of international law. This definition shall not in any way be interpreted as affecting national laws relating to pregnancy; (g) "Persecution" means the intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights contrary to international law by reason of the identity of the group or collectivity; (h) "The crime of apartheid" means inhumane acts of a character similar to those referred to in paragraph 1, committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime; (i) "Enforced disappearance of persons" means the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.

3. For the purpose of this Statute, it is understood that the term "gender" refers to the two sexes, male and female, within the context of society. The term "gender" does not indicate any meaning different from the above.

War Crimes (Article 8 of the ICC): The Court shall have jurisdiction in respect of war crimes in particular when committed as part of a plan or policy or as part of a large-scale commission of such crimes.

2. For the purpose of this Statute, "war crimes" means: (a) Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, namely, any of the following acts against persons or property protected under the provisions of the relevant Geneva Convention: (i) Willful killing; (ii) Torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments; (iii) Willfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health; (iv) Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly; (v) Compelling a prisoner of war or other protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power; (vi) Willfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial; (vii) Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement; (viii) Taking of hostages.

(b) Other serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict, within the established framework of international law, namely, any of the following acts: (i) Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities; (ii) Intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives; (iii) Intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance or peacekeeping mission in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, as long as they are entitled to the protection given to civilians or civilian objects under the international law of armed conflict;

Others are: (iv) Intentionally launching an attack in the knowledge that such attack will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects or widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct overall military advantage anticipated; (v) Attacking or bombarding, by whatever means, towns, villages, dwellings or buildings which are undefended and which are not military objectives; (vi) Killing or wounding a combatant who, having laid down his arms or having no longer means of defence, has surrendered at discretion; (vii) Making improper use of a flag of truce, of the flag or of the military insignia and uniform of the enemy or of the United Nations, as well as of the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions, resulting in death or serious personal injury; (viii) The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory; (ix) Intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not military objectives;

(x) Subjecting persons who are in the power of an adverse party to physical mutilation or to medical or scientific experiments of any kind which are neither justified by the medical, dental or hospital treatment of the person concerned nor carried out in his or her interest, and which cause death to or seriously endanger the health of such person or persons; (xi) Killing or wounding treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army; (xii) Declaring that no quarter will be given; (xiii) Destroying or seizing the enemy's property unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war; (xiv) Declaring abolished, suspended or inadmissible in a court of law the rights and actions of the nationals of the hostile party; (xv) Compelling the nationals of the hostile party to take part in the operations of war directed against their own country, even if they were in the belligerent's service before the commencement of the war; (xvi) Pillaging a town or place, even when taken by assault; (xvii) Employing poison or poisoned weapons; (xviii) Employing asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices; (xix) Employing bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core or is pierced with incisions;

(xx) Employing weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare which are of a nature to causesuperfluous injury or unnecessary suffering or which are inherently indiscriminate in violation of the international law of armed conflict, provided that such weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare are the subject of a comprehensive prohibition and are included in an annex to this Statute, by an amendment in accordance with the relevant provisions set forth in articles 121 and 123; (xxi) Committing outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment; (xxii) Committing rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, as defined in article 7, paragraph 2 (f), enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence also constituting a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions; (xxiii) Utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations; (xxiv) Intentionally directing attacks against buildings, material, medical units and transport, and personnel using the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions in conformity with international law; (xxv) Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including willfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva Conventions; (xxvi) Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of fifteen years into the national armed forces or using them to participate actively in hostilities( The ICC June 2014).

Powers Bestow On Your Excellency By The ICC: Having become a State party since 27th September 2001, the State of Nigeria has accepted the jurisdiction of the ICC and crimes under which its jurisdiction investigates, prosecutes and convicts or acquits. This is in accordance with Article 12 of the Statute. Also, Article 14 of the Statute empowers Your Excellency as the President & Commander-in-Chief of the Federation of Nigeria, which is a State-party to the ICC to invite the Chief Prosecutor to the country over the butcheries under reference. The Article 14 (1 & 2) provides: A State Party may refer to the Prosecutor a situation in which one or more crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court appear to have been committed requesting the Prosecutor to investigate the situation for the purpose of determining whether one or more specific persons should be charged with the commission of such crimes. 2. As far as possible, a referral shall specify the relevant circumstances and be accompanied by such supporting documentation as is available to the State referring the situation.

On account of apparent “unwillingness” and “inability” by governing authorities in the country to visit the atrocity criminals under reference with municipal criminal code sanctions, invocation of international criminal code sanctions becomes inevitable. This is in line with Article 17 of the Rome Statute. Those exempted by the Statute from being held criminally liable over the aforesaid heinous crimes are those genuinely and popularly tried and convicted or acquitted by municipal courts. This is in accordance with Article 20 of the Statute under reference. Within the context of the subject matter under discussion, it is correct to say that most of those responsible for the butcheries and destructions are still on the prowl with impunity. Article 28 talks about the criminal responsibility of barbarous and murderous security commanders in the conflict under reference.

Lastly Your Excellency, going by the provisions of the Rome Statute on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, we believe strongly that the three have been committed in the butcheries under reference since July 2002 when the ICC Statute came into force in accordance with Article 11 of the Statute. In our view, for instance, the Gwoza massacre of 2nd June, 2014 is considered a crime of genocide because it is a deliberate act to wipe out the entire Christian communities as well as all male populations in the areas. The abduction of over 200 Chibok girls on 14th April 2014 is a war crime because such act is totally forbidden in conflict situations by the ICC’s Rome Statute. The Boko Haram terror insurgency has also become a bloody conflict of international nature on account of recent UN Security Council pronouncement (22nd May, 2014).

As a member of the UN Security Council, Your Excellency should explore other international options including getting several UN backed or recognized bodies to peruse and act towards taming the dire security challenges in the country. A UN and ICC backed Special Criminal Court or Tribunal for Nigeria on Boko Haram Killings & related others should also be considered as an alternative or a complementary option to the ICC’s intervention. Nigeria and Nigerians are tired of “presidential condolence messages”. They are yearning for permanent solutions to butcheries and destructions that have pervaded and still pervade their hallowed landscape especially since July 2002.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk

CC:
1. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, USA
2. Ms Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor for International Criminal Court, Hague, The Netherlands
3. The United Nations Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
4. Secretary General of Amnesty International, London, UK
5. The Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, New York, USA

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06/09/14

*Nigeria's Intersociety Receives ICC's Letter & Replies It

By Intersociety

Our Reference: INTERSOC/NG/003/06/14/1CC

Ms Fatou Bensouda
Chief Prosecutor for International Criminal Court
Office of the Chief Prosecutor, Maanweg, 174
2516 AB The Hague, The Netherlands

Dear Chief Prosecutor,

Re-Information Received-Review Letter-OTP-CR-181/14

( Security & Rule of Law, Onitsha-Nigeria, 3rd of June, 2014)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety writes to acknowledge your letter to us under reference. Your letter is in response to copies of our two-part letter to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, dated 29thand 31st June 2014, which we copied to your respected office. The two-part letter is titled: “Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings: A Demand For Presidential Invitation Of The Chief Prosecutor For International Criminal Court For Investigation & Prosecution Of Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes & Related Others-Parts 1 & 2”. The part three of the letter under reference, which may most likely be the concluding part is in making and will be released within the ongoing week.

Your respected office had in your letter to our organization, dated 2nd June 2014, signed by M.P. Dillon, Head of Information & Evidence Unit of Office of The Prosecutor, said as follows: “Dear Sir, Madam. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges the receipt of your documents/letter. This communication has been dully entered into the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. As soon as a decision is reached, we will inform you, in writing, and provide you with reasons for this decision. Yours Sincerely, M.P. Dillon, Head of Information & Evidence Unit, Office of the Prosecutor”. Your letter in quote also contained the French version.

We thank your respected office for deeming it fit to acknowledge and appreciate the letter. Allowing “butchers of this modern man-machine environment” to have a field day in afflicting the global community with deafening “atrocity crimes” is the worst abdication of our collective and individual civic responsibilities; part of which is “to create peace times at all times” and “rebuild at all times whenever evil men destroy”. We must put an end to immunity and impunity enjoyed by group and individual atrocity criminals be they “Boko Haram butchers” or “barbarous Lord’s Resistance Army”. The Era of using “religion” to commit atrocities of the Yore must no longer be allowed a space in modern global community. A copy of the third part of letter of ours under reference will be sent to your respected office before this week goes by. CLICK FOR FOR COPY OF ICC LETTER TO INTERSOCIETY

Yours Comradely,

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety
41, Miss Elems Street, 2nd Floor
Fegge-Onitsha 430003, Anambra State
Southeast Nigeria
Phone: +2348100755939 (office hours, 9.30am -4.pm, Mon. –Friday)
Email: info@intersociety-ng.org, emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk
Website: intersociety-ng.org

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06/08/14

*Intersociety Writes Jonathan To Invite ICC To Nigeria Over Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings

By Intersociety

Ref: INTERSOC/NG/002/05/14/FGN/ABJ

His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria
The State House, Three-Arms-Zone
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Sir,

Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings: A Demand For Presidential Invitation Of The Chief Prosecutor For International Criminal Court For Investigation & Prosecution Of Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes & Related Others - Part 1

(Rule of Law & Security, Onitsha-Nigeria, 29th of May, 2014)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety writes Your Excellency concerning the above subject. This letter of ours is coming four months, two weeks and two days after our first letter of the year was addressed to Your Excellency. Your Excellency will recall that the first letter under reference was dated 13th day of January, 2014 (averting chaos & bloodletting imminent in 2015 general polls). Today, being 29th day of May, 2014 marks 15 years of return to civilian rule in Nigeria with over 65,000 citizens estimated to have been unlawfully killed within the periods under reference-May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2014.

Issues Warranting This Important Letter: As Your Excellency is aware, the state of security in Nigeria is under a serious threat. For us at Intersociety, the country operates a woefully failed security system. It is a clear case of a country using typewriting security measures to counter ICT security challenges. The Boko Haram terror and other unlawful killings have caused the country an irreparable damage. As we write, there is steady movement of people from northern parts of the country to southern parts. These mass movements are caused by insecurity and other unsafe conditions caused by Boko Haram terror and other ethno-religious violence.

Between June 2009 and May 2014, a period of five years, up to 8,000 innocent Nigerians or more have been killed by Boko Haram terror. In the first three months of 2014-January to March, according to Amnesty International account, over 1,500 Nigerians have been killed in Boko Haram associated killings in Northeast Nigeria with the violent sect responsible for over half of those killed and the Nigerian security forces responsible for the remainder. Between April and May 2014, according to Wikipedia and Intersociety accounts, at least, 681 Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram violent sect.

The recorded April and May 2014 Boko Haram killings are: 10th April, 60 killed in Kala Balge, same day, 8 killed in Dikwa, 14th April, 71 killed in Nyanya Park bombing, Abuja, 1st May, 19 killed in second Nyanya Park bombing, 5th May, over 300 killed at Gamboru Ngala in Borno, 18th May, 4 killed in Kano, 20th May, 118 killed in Jos, 21st May, 25 killed in Chikongudo (source: Wikipedia May 2014). Others are: 26th May, 20 killed in Kamuyya Village in Biu LGA, Borno State; 26th May, 21 killed in Waga Village in Madagali LGA, Adamawa State; 27th May, 14 soldiers, 11 policemen and 10 civilians killed in Buni Yadi in Gujba LGA, Yobe State and Chinene Village in Gwoza LGA, Borno State. The Boko Haram terror sect had in recent months gone by, massacred between 55 and 59 boy-students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Gujba LGA of Yobe State, who were asleep in their dormitories (sources: Intersociety, News Express & Vanguard May 2014).

On April 14, 2014, up to 276 girl-children domiciling at the Government Secondary School in Chibok town, which is also a LGA in Borno State were abducted by Boko Haram violent sect and reportedly taken refuge at Sambisa Forest; an expansive forest measuring 60,000 square kilometers or 23, 000 miles. Out of 180 names of the abducted Chibok girls publicly disclosed, 165 are Christians and 15 Muslims. The Boko Haram killings are targeted at three categories of Nigerians: Igbo-Nigerians, which constitute about 40% of the casualties; other Christian-Nigerians especially members of northern minority Christians, which constitute another 40%; and non-Christian-Nigerians and non-northern Christians, which take the remaining 20%.

There are three major types of malicious killing of human persons carried out by armed opposition groups and individuals in the country: ethno-religious killings such as Jos killings carried out by violent religious zealots; inter-communal killings such as Fulani-Jukun/Tiv killings carried out mostly by militant and armed Fulani herdsmen; and Boko Haram killings carried out by Boko Haram violent sect. It is on indisputable record Your Excellency that over 1000 people have lost their lives between January and May 2014 in the hands of violent Fulani herds militias. As recently as 26th of May 2014, 16 people were killed in Chenkai Village in Wukari LGA of Adamawa State when Fulani herds’ militias attacked Tiv/Jukun farmers.

In the case of Boko Haram violent attacks and killing of innocent Nigerians, Your Excellency, it actually dates back to 2004 in Borno State, where its earliest bloody confrontations with the Nigerian security forces were recorded over the group’s members’ refusal to wear crash helmets in Borno State. As Your Excellency is aware, the violent sect led by late Mohammed Yusuf and Fuji Foi, was formed in 2002 as a ragtag violent armed Islamic group, which claimed to oppose western education and culture.

In reality, the violent group not only uses “western culture” to prosecute its bloody attacks on innocent Nigerians and the State of Nigeria but also its key members received western education. It is on record Your Excellency that some of its earliest recruits were graduates of physicist and chemistry from a number of northern universities. Its two former leaders are western education university graduates. A discovery of packs of used and unused “western condoms” was made some time ago in one of its deserted camps in the northeast Nigeria. The violent sect has also received and still receives trainings from al-Qaeda Islamic network in Islamic Maghreb and al-Qaeda network in Arab Peninsula. Its associate in black Africa is Al-Shabab; a Somalia- based cell of the militant Islamist al-Qaeda group.

The Boko Haram violent sect also makes extensive use of modern war technologies including improvised explosive devices and other sophisticated illicit small arms, high-tech internet accessibility and mobile phone technology. It makes effective use of counter intelligence, advanced asymmetric war tactics and mental technology. Its members’ in-service and inter-service trainings are believed to be conducted in Sudan and Somalia using two most volatile transnational highways in the country: Trans Saharan or Lagos-Algiers Highway and Trans Saherian Highway in Kano as well as other volatile and porous border routes. A large number of illicit small arms in its hands reportedly come from Libya used in the country’s internal insurrection or uprising; en route Niger and Chad.

The Boko Haram violent sect operates amorphously with undisclosed hierarchy and its key leaders, most likely, move in bi-sex animated masks and disguise from time to time to evade easy detection. They operate “online” and “offline” and possibly have a team of malicious ICT experts providing them easy and undetected access to World Wide Web and ensure their access thereto is not easily detected. To post picture and video clips to internet Your Excellency, there must be high internet access and certainly this will not be “Sambisa Forest” areas. High internet cities like Abuja are most likely an option. It is possible Your Excellency that key Boko Haram kingpins share Abuja residency with Your Excellency. The late Osama Bin Laden was thought to be hiding in mountains, hills and caves in Afghanistan whereas he was for long enjoying city life in Pakistani cities. This is a clear case in point Your Excellency. From the World Igbo Congress account (WIC May 2014), the following butcheries targeted and substantially executed at innocent Igbo-Nigerians were carried out between 2001 and September 2013. “At the beginning of 2001, the Islamic Sharia law was implemented in Kaduna State and a particular incident in 2002 saw at least 1,000 Southerners killed in a particular riot and most of those killed were Igbos. Among those murdered were parents of Victor Moses (Austin and Josephine Moses), current member of Nigeria’s national soccer team that won the continental trophy in 2013. Between February 16 and December 26, 2002, thousands of Igbo were killed in northern Nigeria and the root cause of the killing and riot was the implementation of Sharia law in the northern States of Nigeria. Among those killed were three Igbo Christian pastors including George Orji who was killed by beheading.

In November 2002, hundreds of Igbo were massacred again following controversy around the hosting of Miss World beauty contest in Nigeria .The APO-SIX killings occurred in June, 2005 in which the Nigeria Police Force extra-judicially killed six young Igbos (Ekene Isaac Mgbe, Ifeanyi Ozor, Chinedu Meniru, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony and Augustina Arebu) in Apo-Abuja. Till this day none of the police officers accused of this shockingly evil crime has been brought to justice. On 18th of February 2006 in Maiduguri and in almost all the northern States of Nigeria, the Muslims protesting over the publication of the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper killed more than 100 Igbos. The Muslims attacked Christians and burned churches in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.

From March 2006 to July 2007, hundreds of Southerners were killed in almost all the northern States of Nigeria especially in Jos. The crisis was between Muslims and Christians. On October 8, 2007, another religious violence again broke out in Northern Nigeria in a row over the publication of the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper and over 100 of people were massacred, majority of them Igbos. Between March 11, 2010 and September 1, 2011 over 500 Christians were massacred outside Plateau State capital, Jos. This time the killings took place in a mainly Christian village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

On 24th April 2011, more than 1,000 were killed in post-election violence in Nigeria and among those killed were Obinna Okpokiri, who returned from London to serve his fatherland and was posted to Bauchi State, and Eucharia Remmy a graduate from the University of Nigeria in 2010, serving in Damaturu, Yobe State. Muslim youths launched protests in northern towns and cities after President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from old Biafra, was declared the winner of the 16 April election, defeating northern Muslim Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler.

On June 16, 2011, a Boko Haram suicide bomber drove a car bomb onto the premises of the Louis Edet House in Abuja, the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force with a possible intention to kill Inspector-General of Police Hafiz Ringim whose convoy he followed into the compound. He was however limited by the concentration of security personnel within the entrance. The bomber and one Igbo traffic policeman were killed, though authorities said up to six people may have been killed. On 26 August 2011, the Islamist group, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for an attack on the United Nations building in Abuja which left over 40 people dead most of them Igbo.

On September 25, 2011, five Igbo traders were shot dead at Madala Market, outskirts of Abuja on Thursday Night between 7-8pm. According to the report, the gunmen stormed the Madalla market and made straight to a shop believed to be that of some Igbo traders and ordered them to recite the Holy Quran which they could not do. The gunmen who were not satisfied with the development opened fire on the five people at close range leaving them dead immediately. The five casualties were later identified as John Kalu, Oliver Ezemah, Uche Nguweze, Sunday Emmanuel. The fifth casualty is yet to be identified.

On December 25, 2011 Boko Haram claimed responsibility for Christmas Day Bomb attacks at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Madalla - near the capital Abuja - which left more than 50 Igbos dead. Mr. Dike and his children were roasted alive. On January 5, 2012 more than 43 Igbos and other southerners were killed in Adamawa State north-eastern Nigeria. The first victims, 16 in all, were murdered on Friday night during a service at the Christ Apostolic Church, Yola, the State capital. Twenty-seven others described as mourners had been killed earlier on that day at Mubi by gunmen while they were meeting at the residence of another Igbo man who had been shot dead by Bokko Haram Islamist terrorist group a day earlier to plan for his burial.

On January 11, 2012 Boko Haram terrorists shot dead four Igbo men who were believed to be fleeing violence-torn Maiduguri, residents said." Their car had just pulled up at a filling station outside the town to refuel when suspected Boko Haram gunmen in another car also pulled up and opened fire on the Igbos, killing them on the spot. On Monday Jan 16, 2012 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group again shot dead five Southerners in their homes in Maiduguri. Three people among those shot dead have been confirmed as Igbos.

On 21st January 2012 at 2:55 GMT, more than 250 Southerners were killed in a series of bombings and attacks by Islamist zealots in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. The terrorist group, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the attacks. On 16 March 2012, Mr. John Nubrim was visibly traumatized after fleeing the north-eastern town of Maiduguri following attacks by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. According to him, "Only God knows how I escaped from that Maiduguri. They bomb over there." "They burned my shed. All my property, all my things is there," said the young electronics trader, before letting out a short scream. "My parents, my brother and one of my sons died there."

On February 3, 2012, men of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, struck early in the morning in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, killing four southerners. A police station and a first generation bank were burnt by the group. In another incident, at least six Igbo were killed in Maiduguri by the same Boko Haram same day. On August 8, 2012, Boko Haram terrorists attacked a church in Okene, Kogi State with guns killing so many Igbos. On the same day, an IED was discovered in another church in Lokoja, Kogi State which exploded and killed more than 20 Igbo.

On Monday 19th March 2013, the whole world woke up to the sad news about the explosion of five luxurious buses by Boko Haram at Sabo-Ngari area in Kano State Nigeria, killing over 250 southerners and maiming several others, mostly Igbos. On Friday May 24, 2013 at about 7:30pm, the Kano Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya confirmed to 247ureports.com that unknown gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorist group struck the Kurna Asabe area of Kano and shot dead two Igbo business men- a Vulcanizer and an Electronics dealer. Both victims hailed from Nsukka, Enugu State and were identified as Ibe Ugwuanyi, 30 (Vulcanizer) and Eke Osita Joseph, an Electronics dealer, 35.

A dark cloud of mourning enveloped the Ezihe-Umueze kindred in Uga Community, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, as the people awaited the return of their kinsman, Mr. Nnamdi Ezebuala whose three children were killed in the latest Boko Haram bombing incident that occurred on July 29, 2013 in Sabongari, Kano. This very man eventually died from wounds he sustained from the bombs which killed his three children. They were all buried the same day; four of them.

On September 2, 2013 gunmen on the rampage swept through three States of Borno, Kaduna and Plateau in Northern Nigeria killing more than 50 Igbos. On September 3, 2013 more than five Christians were forced from their vehicle in Jos and executed in a ditch in the latest attack by Boko Haram terrorist group. It was reported that these five individuals were executed by the terrorist group after declaring themselves followers of Jesus Christ. Abuja, Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:32pm EDT (Reuters) - At least seven southerners were killed by the terrorist group Boko Haram in the capital Abuja” (source: World Igbo Congress May 2014).

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk

CC:
1. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, USA
2. Ms Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor for International Criminal Court, Hague, The Netherlands
3. The United Nations Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
4. Secretary General of Amnesty International, London, UK
5. The Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, New York, USA

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Ref: INTERSOC/NG/002/05/14/FGN/ABJ

His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria
The State House, Three-Arms-Zone
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Sir,

Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings: A Demand For Presidential Invitation Of The Chief Prosecutor For International Criminal Court For Investigation & Prosecution Of Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes & Related Others - Part 2

(Rule of Law & Security, Onitsha-Nigeria, 31st of May, 2014)-In addition to the World Igbo Congressaccount Your Excellency, it is our (International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety)discovery that there is a systematic plan by Boko Haram violent sect to wipe out all Christian communities in the north. Though top public security managers and governing authorities in the country have tried to cover up the identities of those felled by Boko Haram bombs and bullets, but credible findings by leading socio-cultural groups and human rights organizations have glaringly disclosed that Igbo-Christians and other Christians from the north are the worse victims of the sect’s butchery. The OHANEZE Ndigbo in Jos recently disclosed that out of 118 killed on 20th May in Jos, 36 were Igbos. It is possible that the complete identities of Igbos who died in the blast were not captured. It may also be correct to say that out of 71 and 19 innocent people killed in first and second Nyanya bombings of 14th April and 1st May 2014, up to half of them are Igbos. The entire minority Christians of northern States of Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, Plateau, Kogi, Kaduna, etc are in a verge of being wiped out. Most of the areas attacked or being attacked by the sect in the north have been discovered to be areas populated by northern minority Christians and non-northern Christian dwellers. 716 Nigerians Killed By Boko Haram Terror Sect In April & May 2014: In addition to 681 citizens killed in April and May 2014, which we captured in the first part of this public important letter to Your Excellency, at least, 35 more citizens of the country were massacred by Boko Haram violent sect in late night and early morning attacks in Gamushi, Amuda and Arbokko villages in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. The three villages are close to Cameroonian border with Nigeria. In the murderous attacks that took place in Gamushi at about 6: am and Amuda and Arbokko at about 2: am on Thursday, May 28, 2014, 26 citizens were massacred in Gamushi, while 9 others were killed in Amuda and Arbokko villages. The media including AFP, residents and a local military sources said that the murderous Boko Haram sect stormed the areas in all-terrain trucks and motorcycles and attacked them with petrol bombs and guns and slain, at least, 36 of the villagers who were asleep. This latest bloody attack brings to 716 innocent Nigerians killed by Boko Haram in two months of April and May. One of the local residents that gave account of the killing is Mr. Tirda Takweshe, a minority northern Christian. This suggests that northern Christian communities in the areas are the target and victims of the callous attacks.

As Your Excellency is aware, there have been 1953 Kano anti Igbo riot, 1966 Igbo massacre in the north leading to 1967-70 bloody civil war, 1980-85 ethno religious riots, 2000/1 Kaduna riots, 2000 Abuja riots, 2001 Jos riots and 2002 Miss World riots. There were also Yelwa massacre of 2000s, 2008 Jos riots, July 2009 Boko Haram uprising, Bauchi Prison break, December 2010 Abuja bombing, May 2010 bombings, Suleija INEC bombing of April 2011, Police Headquarters bombing of June 2011, Abuja UN bombing of August 2011, November 2011 Damaturu attacks, December 2011 Damaturu bloody clashes, Christmas Day bombings of December 2011, Adamawa killings of January 2012, Easter Day bombings, June 2012 church bombings, Deeper Life Church shootings, January 2013 Ezu River mass killing, Nasarawa or Ombatse killings of 2013, July 2013 Yobe State school shooting, Izghe Attacks, Kawuri massacre, Federal Government College attack, April 2014 Abuja bombing, April 2014 Chibok abduction attacks, May 2014 Abuja bombing, May 2014 Gamboru Ngala attacks and May 2014 Jos bombings(sources: Wikipedia & Intersociety May 2014). The number of innocent lives lost and properties destroyed is chilling and shocking.

In all these, host and dwelling Christian communities in the affected areas were the main targets and worse hit. Most, if not all the killings under reference have remained criminally and judicially unresolved till date owing to “unwillingness” and “inability” of the past and present governments in Nigeria to apply municipal code sanctions and visit them against the group and individual culprits including government agents or agencies found involved. The said successive and present governments have also failed to protect civilian populations and other vulnerable classes of individuals including women and children from such systematic and consistent violent attacks. Identities of the casualty victims have been mangled by the said past and present political authorities, who also denied them right to compensation via their loved ones and eternal recognition as “fallen heroes and heroines”. The same malicious State treatments are visited against the physically and psychologically injured. It is possible Your Excellency that out of estimated 8,000 people or more felled by Boko Haram bullets and bombs since 2009, 40% or 3,200 are Igbo-Nigerians; another 40% or 3,200 are northern minority Christians; and the remaining 20% or 1, 600 non-northern Christians and Muslims/ members of other religions.

For the purpose of subject matter warranting this letter of ours Your Excellency, we are concerned ourselves with major terrorist and other unlawful killings that took place in Nigeria after June 2002; that is to say when theInternational Criminal Court and its Statute came into effect for purpose of its jurisdiction and investigative and adjudicative competence. As Your Excellency may know, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was enacted in 1998 and opened for signing and ratification months went by. It came into force on 1stJuly 2002 after its Statute was deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations. The Federation of Nigeria now under Your Excellency’s leadership signed the Statute on 1st June 2000 and ratified it on 27thSeptember, 2001. Presently, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has 122 State-Parties including the Federation of Nigeria, out of the present 193 member-States of the United Nations. The 122 member-States of the Rome Statute are called “Assemblies of the State-Parties”. Out of the 122 member-States of the Rome Statute, 34 are African States, 18 are Asian-Pacific States, 18 are Eastern European States, 27 are Latin American and Caribbean States and 25 are Western European and other States.

International Coalition Against Boko Haram Terror: Though grossly belated, but Your Excellency’s bold step in crying out for international advisory military assistance is a commendable one. It is a truism that Boko Haram terror has gone scientific and global. It is also a truism that Nigeria woefully lacks effective scientific counter measures to tame the insurgent’s devastating onslaughts against the citizens of Nigeria and the State of Nigeria. Nigeria woefully lacks mental technology, preventive policing technology and ICT securitization technology direly needed to dwarf the violent sect. In other words, Boko Haram terror requires effective surveillance, security intelligence, preventive policing powered by electronic policing techniques and justice system powered by world best standards including maximum respect for human rights and dignity of human person. When an untrained or moronic security officer is armed with a gun, all his or her field approaches revolve around his or her gun and his or her head becomes empty. Same thing applies to BBC-born before computer criminal investigation security officer, who uses torture and summary killing as his or her only crime investigation toolkit.

In view of the foregoing Your Excellency, we wish to use this medium to appreciate the offer of international military and security intelligence advisory assistance to Nigeria by the Governments and Peoples of the United States, the State of Israel, the United Kingdom, the Republic of France and the Peoples Republic of China. The latest decision by the US Government to vote $5Billion for global fight against terror is also very commendable. The aspect that gladdens our heart most is the recent decision by the entire 15-member United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions against the “al-Qaeda-linked” Boko Haram terror group. The sanction will help to close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to Boko Haram, and strengthen global unity against the sect’s savage actions. The inclusion of Boko Haram terror brigade in the global Al Qaeda sanctions list is a global bold step in clipping the wings of the butchers of the jet age. The list currently includes 62 entities and groups, and 213 individuals, globally classified as “world generators of terrorism”, who are also subject to travel bans and under the world’s anti terror watch.

Need for International Criminal Justice Intervention: The ongoing global sympathy, coalition and advisory military actions against Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria will not be complete without invocation ofinternational criminal justice code sanctions against those who sponsored and inflicted brutalities of shocking and deafening categories against innocent citizens of Nigeria. As we write Your Excellency, some known individuals and groups; some of them former top public office holders in the country, are reported to be holding clandestine meetings with Boko Haram leaders for reasons best known to them, but certainly not public oriented and beneficial. It is no longer news Your Excellency that reasons for Boko Haram insurgency are a mixture of politics, ethnicity and religion. There is a huge sympathy for the violent sect among leading Muslim northern politicians. In the lexicons of these leftist politicians, key leaders of the violent sect are known, but in the lexicons of the Federal Government and its security forces as well as Nigerian public, under Your Excellency’s political midwifery, its key leaders are unknown; though it is possible Your Excellency’s government knows its key backers and sponsors.

It is in a bid to end impunity and immunity enjoyed by those who perpetrate group crimes and other abominable atrocities against civilian populations in war and peace times that the International Criminal Court and its associated criminal courts were established. Today Your Excellency, Mr. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of the DRC rebel or armed opposition group-called “Union of Congolese Patriots” has been jailed by ICC for 14 years for war crimes committed by his group in DRC. He was sentenced on 14th April 2012. Mr. Charles Taylor; the butcher of Monrovia and Freetown, who went into exile in Nigeria in 2003, is serving his 50 years jail in the UK, having been convicted in April 2012 on 11-count charges including terrorism, murder and child soldiering by the Hague based Special Crimes Court for Sierra Leone.

Another DRC warlord and rebel leader-Mr. Germain Katanga is serving 12 years jailed for DRC war crimes. He was convicted in March 2014. The current President of Kenya, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy-Mr. William Ruto are standing criminal trials before the ICC for their reported ignoble roles in the 2007 post general elections’ violence in the country. The ex President of Ivory Coast, General Laurent Gbagbo, who was deposed in April 2011, is also facing trial before the ICC for criminal death of 3,000 citizens in his country. The President of Sudan, Omar Hassan al-Bashir has become an international fugitive since his indictment by the ICC in March 2009 over atrocities his regime committed in Darfur uprising and civil war.

The following leaders of the armed opposition groups and key government officials drawn from malicious formal and informal entities in Africa and elsewhere have been indicted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity.These ICC indicted malicious individuals are: Fidele Wandu-20/11/2013, Abdullah Senusi-27/6/2011, Joshua Sang-8/3/2011, William Ruto-March 2011, Vincent Otti-July 2005, Dominic Ongwen-July 2005,Okot Odhiambo-July 2005, Bosco Ntaganda-August 2006, Francis Muthaura-March 2011, Syvestre Mudacumura-July 2012, Ali Kushayb-April 2007, Joseph Kony-July 2005 (leader of butchery and cannibalistic Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda), Aime Kilolo Musamba-November 2013,Uhuru Kenyatta-March 2011, Jean-Jacques Kabongo-November 2013, Abdul Rahim Hussein-March 2012, Ahmed Haroun-April 2007, Simone Gbagbo-February 2012, Laurent Gbagbo-November 2011, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi-June 2011, Charles Ble Goude-March 2008, Jean-Pierre Bemba-March 2008, Omar al-Bashir-March 2009, Walter Barasa-August 2013, Abdallah Banda-August 2009 and Narcisse Arido- November 2013.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk

CC:
1. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, USA
2. Ms Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor for International Criminal Court, Hague, The Netherlands
3. The United Nations Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
4. Secretary General of Amnesty International, London, UK
5. The Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, New York, USA

________________________

Ref: INTERSOC/NG/002/05/14/FGN/ABJ

His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria
The State House, Three-Arms-Zone
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Sir,

Boko Haram Terror & Other Unlawful Killings: A Demand For Presidential Invitation Of The Chief Prosecutor For International Criminal Court For Investigation & Prosecution Of Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes & Related Others – Part 3

(Rule of Law & Security, Onitsha-Nigeria, 6th day of June, 2014)-This is the continuation of our letter to Your Excellency bordering on Boko Haram terror and other unlawful killings in Nigeria since July 2002 when theRome Statute of the International Criminal Court came into force. This is in accordance with Article 11 of the Rome Statute on jurisdictional competence of the Court.

Your Excellency will recall that our organization (International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety) had on 28th and 31st of May 2014, addressed parts one and two of this public important letter to Your Excellency. Our last correspondence with the courier firm we contracted to courier the letter under reference indicated that the two-part letter was successfully delivered to Your Excellency’s office at the State House, Abuja, FCT as at Monday, 2nd day of June 2014. It is also important to inform Your Excellency that the Office of the Chief Prosecutor for ICC has written us to acknowledge the receipt of its copies and their entry into its Information & Evidence Register for perusal and other expected actions. The ICC letter to Intersociety,referenced: OTP-CR-181/14 and signed by M.P. Dillon for Chief Prosecutor, was dated 2nd June, 2014. We have also replied the world respected body through ours dated 3rd of June 2014.

1,296 Nigerians Killed By Boko Haram In 66 Days: Between 1st April and June 5th 2014, a period of 66 days, at least, 1, 296 Nigerians including a first class Emir or Muslim traditional ruler have been killed by Boko Haram violent sect. The recorded 1st April and 5th June 2014 Boko Haram killings are: 10th April, 60 killed in Kala Balge, same day, 8 killed in Dikwa, 14th April, 71 killed in Nyanya Park bombing, Abuja, 1st May, 19 killed in second Nyanya Park bombing, 5th May, over 300 killed in Gamboru Ngala in Borno, 18th May, 4 killed in Kano, 20th May, 118 killed in Jos, 21st May, 25 killed in Chikongudo (source: Wikipedia May 2014).

Others are: 25th May, 54 killed in Yobe & Borno States (Wikipedia), 26th May, 20 killed in Kamuyya Village in Biu LGA, Borno State; 26th May, 21 killed in Waga Village in Madagali LGA, Adamawa State; 27th May, 14 soldiers, 11 policemen and 10 civilians killed in Buni Yadi in Gujba LGA, Yobe State and Chinene Village in Gwoza LGA, Borno State. The Boko Haram terror sect had in recent months gone by massacred between 55 and 59 boy-students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Gujba LGA of Yobe State, who were asleep in their dormitories.

On 28th May, 35 innocent citizens were killed in Gamushi, Amuda and Arbokko villages in Borno State, 31st May, 40 killed in Kala/Balge (Wikipedia), 31st May, the Emir of Gwoza, Idrissa Tinta killed, 31st May, 42 killed in Kanari, Wadarde and Gula villages in Gamboru Ngala LGA of Borno State, 1st June 2014, 13 killed at the Church of Brethren, in Attangarra Village near Gwoza LGA of Borno State, May 30th and 31st , 45 killed in Annari, Wodula and Warshele villages near Ngala town in Borno State with their food items and scores of livestock carted away by Boko Haram terror sect and on June 1st , 2014, 40 killed in a popular bar and brothel located near the Nigerian Army’s Special Operations Battalion in Kaban area of Mubi in Adamawa State.

On 2nd June, 2014, at least, 300 villagers were reported killed in three communities around Gwoza local government area of Borno State when gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram but fully kitted in military fatigue uniforms attacked them, eyewitnesses and security operatives said.A few villagers in Danjara, Agapalwa and Antagara who managed to escape the attack are currently taking refuge in the rocky Gwoza hills, while others mostly women and children who were spared by the attackers have found their way into Cameroonian territory. A State lawmaker representing the area in the Borno State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Biye, told the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that “they (Boko Haram) opened fire on villagers and burned houses and churches to the ground” and dozens of people were killed in each attack. Another indigene of the area from Attangara village, Mr. Andrew Tada, who lives in Maiduguri, the State capital, told the BBC that he lost two cousins in the attack, noting that residents had told him they were preparing to bury 45 people from that village alone.

Impeccable sources who saw it all told LEADERSHIP that the gunmen that attacked the villages pretended to be soldiers who had come to protect them from further attacks, but when the fake soldiers managed to gather all the villagers at the centre of the village in Attangara, they opened fire on them, killing hundreds and injuring several others. “They came in military Hilux vans, and we all thought they were the soldiers that we earlier reported to that the insurgents might attack us; when they came in over 10 Hilux vehicles we all felt relieved that, at last, the military had arrived. So we went to them and they told us that ‘we are soldiers and we are here to protect you all’. They then urged all of us to converge at a particular spot at the centre of the village; we all complied. But when they saw that a sizeable number of us had converged, they began to shout ‘Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar’ on top of their voices, then they began to fire at the people continuously for a very long time until all that gathered were dead,” said a community leader who would not say his name for fear of his safety. “I lost four of my blood brothers in the massacre. I was lucky to escape because I was not very close by when the gunmen started shooting at our people. I was going round to inform people that the soldiers had come and they wanted to address us. I managed to escape through villages in Adamawa State and later made it to Maiduguri”.

The source said while the gunmen were killing the villagers in the three villages, some others who were riding on motorcycles lay in ambush outside the villages and continued to pick on the fleeing villagers.“When some of the villagers managed to escape, they were unfortunately waylaid outside the villages by some gunmen on motorcycles who would catch and slaughter the men and young boys; they only allowed women and children to go,” said the source. The source added that Boko Haram gunmen had for over a month now hoisted flags in attacked villages like Ashigashiya and Chinene, but each time they ran to the military to report their plights, “the military personnel in Gwoza would say they have not been given order to go to that area; even when they are hearing the sounds of their guns, they really don’t care.

“But on Monday, when we went to tell the soldiers that we got information that the insurgents would be coming to attack us, they assured us to go back and that they would come to join us in the village. That was why we thought that those that came to attack us were soldiers, because they came in military Hilux and they were all dressed like soldiers. But it turned out that they came out to massacre us.” The source said: “Corpses still litter everywhere in the villages and in the bush; some women whose husbands were killed before their eyes had to return to dig shallow graves to bury their husbands so that their bodies would not be preyed upon by vultures or wild animals. I can confidently tell you that over 300 persons have been killed” (Sources: Intersociety, News Express, the Leadership, Wikipedia, local residents and other local media). The latest Gwoza massacre above is totally targeted and directed at Christian communities in Borno State. Also, on 5th June, 2014, at least, 45 people were killed in Bargari village in Konduga LGA of Borno State when Boko Haram murderous elements opened fire on innocent people after disguising as “preachers of Islamic teachings”.

Our Opposition To Immunity (amnesty) For Boko Haram Terror Sect: Granting immunity to Boko Haram butchers and encouraging a culture of impunity for atrocity crimes committed and being committed by the murderous Islamist sect is graver than passing through devastating and destructive natural disasters like earthquake and tsunami. It is shocking and reprehensible to observe some groups and individuals calling for canonization of atrocity criminals in the form of “amnesty” or immunity. At this juncture Your Excellency, we condemn strongly the reported calls or moves by the likes of Shehu Sani of Kaduna based CRC and other groups for amnesty or immunity from criminal responsibility to be given to Islamist violent sect called “Boko Haram” armed opposition group. Our opinion is that “immunity/amnesty for Boko Haram should be granted only in exchange for restoration of all innocent civilian lives and private and public properties lost and destroyed by Boko Haram sect”. We believe also that such calls are made out of ignorance and ulterior intents.

Why Amnesty or Immunity For Al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram Will Fail: It is important to inform Your Excellency that circumstances under which Boko Haram Islamist violent sect finds itself presently makes it near impossible for the violent sect to concede to the so called “amnesty” being rumored or championed. It is an elementary knowledge Sir that it is easier to join an organized drug criminal cartel but very difficult to opt out. Those championing immunity or amnesty for Boko Haram violent sect should first of all, study the Al-Qaeda and its global membership. This is without prejudice to any hostage negotiation for the freedom of over 200 Chibok girls taken hostage since 14th April, by the violent sect provided it is premised on international hostage negotiation norms, which must exclude immunity from criminal liability for leaders and members of the violent sect over atrocity crimes committed. Swapping five Taliban Islamic fighters for one US soldier must not be misconstrued or misinterpreted because under the four Geneva Conventions or War Conventions of 1949, exchange of war prisoners is allowed. Chibok girls are not war prisoners or POWs.

As Your Excellency may be aware, Al-Qaeda (meaning The Base) is a global militant Islamist and takfiriorganization formed around August 1988 and end of 1989 by a group of Islamic radicals led by Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri, Osama bin Laden, Wa’el Hamza Julaidan, Saeed al-Masri, Mamdouh Mamud Salim and Sayyed Imam Al-Sharif. The fiery and murderous group is traceable to Arab volunteers, who went to fight the defunct Soviet Union in Afghanistan to unseat its puppet regime in Kabul led by Dr. Mohammad Najibullah Ahmadzai (1987-1992) over its “un-Islamic” influences in the country. The Al-Qaeda forefathers are the “Mujahedeen” and the “Taliban” Islamic freedom fighters that fought “Jihadist” wars in Afghanistan and some former Eastern European countries including defunct Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The Taliban, which came from the Mujahedeen, is led by invisible and fiery Islamist, Sheik Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Today, there are over 33 “Al-Qaeda by nationality” operating in countries like Afghanistan, Algeria, USA, Bangladesh, Britain, Canada, Comoros, Egypt, UAE, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kurd, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Moldavia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Spain, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey and Yemen. It shares same traits with other radical Islamists, which operate in over 52 countries (Islamists by nationality). Al-Qaeda’s radical Islamic Conquest and World-wide Islamic Caliphate ideologies have roots in hitherto radical OIC formed to challenge the conservative Arab Leagueespecially the latter’s position over the State of Israel and people of Jewish origin. The two radical Islamic ideologies later led to successful Islamist revolutions and military takeovers in Pakistan (under Zia ul-Haq 1978-1988), Libya (under Muammar Gaddafi 1969-2011) Iran (under Ayatollah Khomeini 1979-1989), Sudan (under present Omar Hassan al-Bashir 1989 -present) and Afghanistan (under Mullah Mohammed Omar 1996-2001).

The Al-Qaeda operates a global network comprising both multinational, stateless army and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global Jihad and strict interpretation of shariah law as well as breaking up of all foreign influences in Muslim countries. The Base or Al-Qaeda has since been designated as a terrorist organization by UN Security Council, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Russia, USA, UK, the EU, India and host of other countries. Over 19 of its key leaders including Osama bin Laden (2011) have been assassinated globally. Its funding is strongly believed to have come from some Islamic countries like Iran and some radical oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Other radical Islamic organizations and Islamists in Europe and Americas are also believed to be funding the terrorist sect using some globally undetected malicious money laundering enterprises such as, some say “e-Gold” and other malicious sources.

Boko Haram Islamist Violent Sect: As Your Excellency may be aware, this violent group is actually called: “The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism & Jihad or Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad. It was founded in 2002 by late Mohammed Yusuf and Fuji Foi, former commissioners in Ali Modu Sherif civilian government in Borno State. The violent sect began as a ragtag armed group and resorted to bank and armed robberies and looting to survive. It operates in northeastern Nigeria, north Cameroon and Niger Republic and is fighting for pure Islamic State rule by shariah law and an end to “westernization”. Today, the violent sect has been internationally connected to Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the global Al-Qaeda, Al-Shaabab in East Africa and the Movement for Unity & Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). It is also associated with Mokhtar Belmo Khtar’s violent Islamist sect faction and other militant Islamist groups operating outside the country.

The violent Islamist sect was designated as a terrorist group by the USA on November 13, 2013 and on 22ndMay, 2014, the United Nations Security Council added it in the list of global Al-Qaeda entities placing it on funding, weapons and traveling sanctions. Its funding is divided into three: primary, secondary and tertiary. Its primary funding came from violent criminal activities like armed and bank robberies, looting and mandatory financial contributions from its members and voluntary and forced supporters. The primary funding held sway during its surviving years. Its secondary funding is believed to have come from its big local sponsors especially from northern elites. Its tertiary funding comes from overseas including from radical rich Islamists and Islamic bodies in oil rich countries and western world. It is also strongly suspected that the terror Boko Haram sect receives fat funding from Al-Muntada Trust Fund and the Islamic World Society (sources: Wikipedia & Intersociety Nigeria June 2014).

The import of the above analytical information Sir is to keep Your Excellency abreast of the international sophistry of the violent Islamic sect called “Boko Haram” and for Your Excellency to understand the near impossibility of getting it surrendered and disbanded under the so called “amnesty program” being rumored or championed. The local and international circumstances under which the violent Islamist sect is now, is a clear departure from that of MEND or NDVF in the Niger Delta. This is because the Boko Haram violent sect has been internationally indoctrinated, hardened and radicalized by virtue of its membership of Al-Qeada Islamist network and its exposure to a basket of big international malicious funding organizations and individuals. This is more so when it has never been heard or recorded that a member of Al-Qaeda or other global Islamist networks has been amnestied to the point of its surrendering and disbandment. This is why we hold a belief that those championing illusive amnesty for the violent sect are doing so out of ignorance.

Moreover, meeting all their conditions for amnesty or things like that expressly means making it to achieve its radical ideologies of Islamizing the country and establishing Islamic caliphate at Aso Rock as well as turning Nigeria into Afghanistan where it is a taboo under the Mullah Mohammed Omar’s Taliban rulership to access formal education and live a free life and enjoy civil liberties. Even if the presidency of the country is conceded to them, it will be seen and treated as “Boko Haram Terror won presidency”. If the people of Nigeria elect a Muslim northerner in February 2015 presidential poll, so be it, provided it is not gotten through the barrel of gun or an IED originated from the terror group’s barbarous and butchery uprising against Nigeria and Nigerians.

While dialogue remains a major tool in conflict management and transformation, the best options left in Your Excellency’s hand as Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief is to join and consolidate membership of the global coalition against terror, overhauling and digitalizing the internal and national security establishments and invocation of the global criminal justice sanctions against those responsible for the atrocity crimes under reference, be they those in the Boko Haram violent armed opposition group or those in the country’s security and political establishments. The souls of thousands of innocent citizens murdered in the ethno-religious cleansing under reference will eternally haunt the State of Nigeria if those responsible for butchering them are canonized and red-carpeted. There is also a compulsory need for the State of Nigeria to set aside a period for“National Sorry feast” so as to sooth the vengeance souls of those butchered and forgotten. Payment of reparation or compensation by the State of Nigeria to members of the immediate families of those butchered must also accompany the “National Sorry” mechanism under recommendation.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk

CC:
1. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, USA
2. Ms Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor for International Criminal Court, Hague, The Netherlands
3. The United Nations Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
4. Secretary General of Amnesty International, London, UK
5. The Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, New York, USA

Emeka Umeagbalasi

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*Ohanaeze Youth Organizes West Africa, Appoints Chief Okorie Mbah Ohanaeze Youth West Africa Coordinator

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Chief Charles O. Okereke, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) Ambassador-at-Large/Diaspora Coordinator on behalf of OYC and powers conferred to his office, on June 1, 2014 appointed Chief Okorie Mbah, a deserving well decorated Igbo son based in Mali, Ohanaeze Youth West Africa Coordinator. The appointment letter partly read: “I wish to inform you that after due consideration of your immense contributions and zeal towards the progress of Ndigbo, and with the power vested on me as the Ohanaeze Youth Ambassador-At-Large/Diaspora Coordinator and Media Coordinator, I am pleased to appoint you Ohanaeze Youth West Africa Coordinator. By this appointment, you are delegated to direct and coordinate activities that will promote the interest of Ohanaeze Youth Worldwide in the following West African countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. This will include the setting up Ohanaeze Youth Executive Boards in all the listed countries of either appointed or elected officers that will call for general elections in one year.” ( Continues below..... )

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Chief Mbah in a signed letter by email dated June 2nd accepted the appointment and was congratulated by phone next day by Chief Okereke, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro (OYC National/Worldwide President) and Comrade Chuks Ibegbu (Ohanaeze Chieftain & Ex-Acting Ohanaeze Youth Leader). OYC is the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and popularly kown as Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing.

Chief Mbah, a well respected Nigerian and Igbo patriot has been busy since the appointment, setting up the necessary structures in the launching of Ohanaeze Youth West Africa Chapters of OYC. Mbah is the CEO of Superior Cargo, a successful shipping and clearing company based in Mali.

*Chief Okorie Mbah, Ohanaeze Youth West Africa Coordinator can be reached at +223 76083633 [ From Nigeria it is dialed 00922376083633 ]. Please call to congratulate him.

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05/27/14

*30 May Biafra Independence And Bruce Mayrock Story

By Osita Ebiem

Biafra became independent of Nigeria on 30 May, 1967. The country Biafra seceded from the Nigerian union through the now internationally recognized principle of United Nations stipulated and universally accepted rights of nations to self-determination and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Biafra’s justifying reason for separating from Nigeria has been well documented by many experts and is easily accessible by all interested readers. But in a nutshell, it is freedom, Self-dignity, Self Determination, Self-preservation and Self-defense against the openly declared project of pogrom, genocide, ethnic/religious cleansing, and deliberate and systematic program by the rest of the Nigerian Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba and others to totally exterminate them from the face of the Earth that pushed Biafra out of Nigeria.

But interestingly, in the crucibles of the fierce fight that ensued heroes and villains of Biafra were created. In the end over three million Biafran heroes emerged as blazing, shining, deathless stars on the bejeweled Biafran firmament. It is these stars of matchless glory that we continue to celebrate with pride and reverence on the 30th of May, every year. The light of these transcendent stars blaze the path and serve as the beacon that shows Biafrans alive today that the only way that will lead them to their true home of peace and untainted freedom is outside the Nigerian union. By this light every willing Biafran alive today can see clearly, be guided and guarded as they walk this hallowed path. It is by the light of these heroes that we know that there is available to us only but one genuine option – a free and independent Biafran homeland which is apart from Nigeria. Almost 50 years ago the light of these heroes shined so bright and powerful that it successfully pushed back the threatening darkness of total eclipse by the intolerant and bigoted violent Islam, and its mad and inordinate desire to forcefully impose Islam on other people. The light of these heroes shines ever so bright as we continually celebrate them but today we remember especially one star among them that shines so remarkably bright – Bruce Mayrock of New York-Biafra. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

Photo Above: Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra

Many of us who may have heard of the other great heroes of Biafra like Christopher Okigbo, Chukwuma Nzeogwu, the heroic pilot Artur Alves Pereira, Joe Achuzia, the Count, Carl Gustaf von Rosen may not have heard of Bruce but his star in the Biafran crown shines especially bright. Bruce did not pull the trigger of Dick Tiger’s Madison or Ojukwu’s Catapult or the trigger-wire of any Ogbunigwe. He did not dodge into the fortified Ojukwu Bunker amidst the jungles of Umahia to escape the enemy’s bombings, shelling and strafing of civilian targets like hospitals, schools, churches, marketplaces and private homes. The Biafran hero Bruce Mayrock did not dive into the marshy trenches to spend the night in the company of poisonous snakes and stinging scorpions. He did not go through any of those things for him to feel the pain, the fire and starvation that Biafrans endured. But in the far away heart of New York City, in the middle of Manhattan’s glistering marbled sky high office buildings lining well-paved great avenues and boulevards and with carefully manicured and watered lawns Bruce was able to feel and endure the same pain and fire of ethnic and religious hatred from Nigerians that Biafrans went through and are still going through. Yes, though 5 thousand miles away, Mayrock became the Biafran hero par excellence.

Barely one month after the declaration of independence, on the 6th of July, 1967 the Nigerian state declared war on the new country and fired the first shot on that day at Gakem, a Northeastern part of the Biafran territory. So, by that first shot, Nigeria became the aggressor and Biafra the aggrieved. And from that fateful day till the 12th of January, 1970 the Biafrans who though knew the odds that were against them: they were from the onset outnumbered, outgunned and almost entirely unfriended but they were nevertheless determined to fight on to defend the Homeland. With the exception of those brave and heroic countries like Tanzania, Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Zambia, France, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Sao Tame and Principe, Ireland, Vatican, Biafrans had no friends. The enemy was so powerful because it had very powerful allies and so with an entire world’s might behind it, the enemy determined to annihilate the entire people of Biafra. We may need to emphasis here that the friendship and support of the countries on the Biafran side was more of emotional, moral and humanitarian relationship. But today and as then and for all time we highly value their very honorable friendship and help. Even though we acknowledge that a country like France could and should have done more than she did but nevertheless we remain eternally grateful for what they did. We recognize that without the help and support of these our friends in need Biafra’s story would have been written differently and perhaps with too many irreversible deficits. Yes, Biafra had and we believe still has friends in these countries and peoples and we will continue to cherish and depend on them. We say thank you great heroes.

Soon after Nigeria started the war – Biafra-Nigeria war, Christopher Okigbo would be among the very early harvests of the choice seeds that would fall into the ground and die to germinate into the mighty and marvelous iroko that Biafra would become. Yes because Chris the poet-soldier believed in the Biafran idea, he willingly became one of the early heroes of Biafra. At the foot of Okpatu Hills near the University of Nsukka in Biafra while defending the territorial integrity of his newly liberated and independent fatherland, Okigbo would fall into the ground to further enrich the fertile, creative and prosperous Biafraland. In his translation to glory the poet carved out an enviable niche for himself in the middle of the foundational stones of the towering solid superstructure that would become the independent Republic of Biafra.

Counting from the first wave of the pogrom and genocide that ranged effectively from May, 29, 1966 till the 12th of January, 1970 and beyond, 3.1 million Biafran heroes and heroines would be enlisted in that long and sobering list of children, women and men mindlessly murdered and buried in mass graves by Nigeria and its allies. Yes, Biafrans have many great heroes who died to purchase with their blood the liberty and security of their fatherland and they all shine so bright on the Biafran horizon but one of these stars shines especially so bright. This special star is that of the 20 year old Bruce Mayrock. He was from Old Westbury, New York born on the 6th of May, 1949. At the time in May 1969 when he took his own life protesting with this large and unmistakable sign, “YOU MUST STOP GENOCIDE! PLEASE SAVE NINE MILLION BIAFRANS” he was then a student at Columbia University. On that day in New York City at the premises of the United Nations Headquarters Mayrock set himself ablaze protesting the world’s conspiratorial genocide on the nation and people of Biafra.

Today as Biafrans remember all their heroes Mayrock occupies this special enviable place amidst our numerous heroes and heroines. Though the war raged so far away in Biafra on the other side of the Atlantic coast he recognized and demonstrated in the profoundest manner the true spirit of the brotherhood of man. Yes he knew that in the injustice of Biafra was an indicting display of human depravity and that in the face of such inhumanity to man every individual must absolve themselves and by their actions redeem the soul of our common humanity. Bruce Mayrock on that day, by his self-immolation redeemed the entire humanity. He proved that all hope was not lost and that we can still believe in our common humanity. By Bruce’s supreme sacrifice he performed the redemptive ritual and gave back the other special Biafran hero Steve Jobs his faith. ( Continues below….. )

Bruce Mayrock grave at Mount Ararat Cemetery, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA

Photo Above: Bruce Mayrock grave at Mount Ararat Cemetery, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA.

When Jobs saw the pictures and wondered how humanity could have callously inflicted so much pain and suffering on little children and their mothers as Biafrans were deliberately starved to death by Nigeria he lost his faith in God and humanity and stopped going to Church. But by the deliberate and consciously chosen action of self-sacrifice, Mayrock gave back to Jobs his faith. And, because Mayrock died, Jobs believed and this faith would eventually propel him into inventing the Apple Empire and several other things that transformed for the better our common human experience. Yes, Bruce Mayrock was the Biafran hero par excellence who changed the world.

Today as Biafrans scattered around the world are celebrating these heroes who gave their lives to preserve the sanctity of human dignity of freedom and human life, everyone must reflect on what they can give for the ultimate freedom of Biafra. Biafra is still not completely free. Boko Haram is still rampaging and threatening to run rough shored over Biafraland again. The vicious and bestial enemy is still at the gate growling. Political and radical Islam is still raving and prowling about the precincts of the Biafran territory. The enemy mercilessly is still out murdering, maiming, looting, and abducting again girls and forcefully converting them to Islam and selling them into domestic and sex slavery as they did in Biafra. With all these dangers and threats of being swallowed up completely by the utter and hopeless darkness of Islamic terrorism, we are asking again what will every Biafran alive today give in exchange for their freedom and that of their children.

You hear some Biafrans talk about some kind of events-orchestrated non-predetermined conscious plans and actions as their wishful hope at liberation and independence. But the deliberate and conscious sacrifices of the heroes like Mayrock, Jobs, Okigbo, Nzeogwu, Achuzia, Pereira, von Rosen and a host of the other 3.1 million children, women and men fault this lazy, non-committal and unrealistic lethargic stance. The acts and words of these heroes are speaking differently in a very certain language. By their actions they have thrown the gauntlet and challenge the spineless and pacifist Biafrans to wake up from their sleep, pick up the gauntlet and become proactive in saving themselves, children and homeland. Mayrock and other noble heroes of Biafra are challenging every true Biafran today to believe enough to accept that the next generation of their people is worth dying for. Can’t you hear, brothers and sisters the words and actions of Mayrock and others as they are saying that your freedom and the freedom of your children and your fatherland is worth more than the life you have right now. Give your life if Biafra’s freedom demands it. Okigbo did, Nzeogwu did, Mayrock did and 3.1 million others; children, women and men did and we must do.

Yes, let’s celebrate the sacrifices of these heroes without feeling guilty but let’s resolve to become heroes in our own right for the love and freedom of our fatherland – Biafraland. We must resolve to willingly give her everything we have got even if it means our very lives. But today, while we celebrate the memory of these heroes we must not spoil it by remembering or thinking about any of the Biafran villains, the saboteurs, and those who cannot work with their fellow brothers and sisters in a team without backstabbing and betraying and selling them for material gains to the enemy. The Biafran villains are those who erroneously misconstrue the Igbo noble concept of Igbo enweze. Such ones are deceived into believing that Igbo do not and should not have rallying figures. They believe in error that Igbo enweze translates to the Igbo should not have leaders or leadership or that Igbo should not have heroes. But today, on this 30thof May we now know that Igbo must submit themselves to each other and begin to create heroes from amongst them.

Today we have come to know that in any great society every new generation must create their own heroes while they still honor the ones of generations gone by. Fellow compatriots, the villains of Biafra that we know are those who do not refer to the works of past heroes and give them credit. Past heroes are not only those who have worked and died but even those who have done works in the past and are still doing things for Biafra. These heroes must be recognized and respectfully credited and continually honored. It is only in this way can Biafrans be a people that are progressive, standing on the shoulders of their fathers and mothers to reach greater heights.

True Biafrans do not abandon ship and they are those who take stock of the labors of the past generation, study them with reverence, learn all the lessons there are and continue building from where they stopped. Real Biafrans do not discard their past history nor destroy the bridge they have crossed. No, they reserve the best places in the shrines and museums of our collective Biafran memory to the works of fellow Biafrans other than themselves. True Biafrans showcase the works of fellow Biafrans and even prefer that their brothers’ and sisters’ lights outshine theirs. True Biafrans know that in raising high and causing to shine brighter the light of their brothers, they themselves will become even more visible. The true Biafran knows that he cannot stand alone as ofu osisi and expect to achieve the forest status. The real Biafran recognizes that it is only in teams can everyone and the Biafran state achieve true greatness.

So, here at this point we urge every Biafran who has read or listened to this message and are moved in their hearts: Don’t fold your hands, listen to your heart. Get out of your seat and go out there to do some heroic act for the sake of the freedom of Biafra. But in all you do you must honor and credit the works and persons of other heroes and always aim to accomplish all your goals and aspirations in the team – the Biafran Team. Our brother and fellow compatriot Bruce Mayrock and others have shown to us the example of how to love Biafra: With our very lives if need be. How much do you love Biafra?

Osita Ebiem ( Email: ositaebiem@yahoo.com ) reports.

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05/14/14

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*Revisiting The Issue Of Double Or Multiple Voter-Registration In Nigeria

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Legal Issues On Double Or Multiple Voter Registration & Voter’s Transfer( As Contained In Sections 12 & 13 Of The Electoral Act Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria 2010)

(Public Statement, Onitsha-Nigeria, 30th day of April, 2014)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law wishes to revisit and re-educate Nigerians and the rest of the global community over continuing misinterpretation by some malicious Nigerians of the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2010 as they concern who, in the eyes of the criminal law (misdemeanor), is a double or multiple voter registered voter. We had prior to the November 16 and 30, 2013 crucial governorship poll in Anambra State, released publicly circumstances under which a citizen can be tagged” a malicious double or multiple voter registered voter”. This followed accusations to the effect that one of the governorship candidates in the poll, Mr. Willie Obiano “is a double or multiple registered voter”, having been accused of registering doubly or multiply in one or more than one registration centers.

Our findings then showed that while Section 12 of the Electoral Act of 2010 frowns and criminalizes double or multiple registration, Section 13 provides for exemption only if the citizen involved undertakes the process of voter’s card and data transfer from his or her previous place of registration to his or present place of registration. This must be done in full compliance with the provisions of the Act under reference. Our revisiting the issue, therefore, is based on continuing misleading statements and misinterpretations of the affected provisions oiled by the camps of the malicious citizens.

Below are the full provisions of Sections 12 and 13 of the Said Electoral Act:

Section 12.-(1) A person shall be qualified to be registered as a voter if such a person:
(a) is a citizen of Nigeria;
(b) has attained the age of eighteen years;
(c) is ordinarily resident, works in, originates from the Local Government/Area Council or Ward covered by the registration centre;
(d) presents himself to the registration officers of the Commission for registration as a voter; and
(e) is not subject to any legal incapacity to vote under any law, rule or regulations in force in Nigeria.

(2) No person shall register in more than one registration centre or register more than once in the same registration centre.

(3) Any person who contravenes the provisions of subsection (2) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both.

Section 13.-(1) A person who before the election is resident in a constituency other than the one in which he was registered may apply to the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the State where he is currently resident for his name to be entered on the transferred voters List for the constituency.

(2) An application under subsection (1) of this section shall be accompanied by the applicant's voters' card and shall be made not less than 30 days before the date of an election in the constituency where the applicant is resident.

(3) The Resident Electoral Commissioner to whom an application is made under the provision of this Section shall cause to be entered the applicant's name in the Transferred Voters' List if he is satisfied that the applicant is resident in a polling area in the constituency and is registered in another constituency.

(4) Whenever an Electoral Officer on the direction of the Resident Electoral Commissioner enters the name of any person on the Transferred Voters' List for his constituency ,he shall-

(a) assign that person to a polling unit or a polling area in his Constituency and indicate in the list the Polling unit to which that person is assigned;
(b) issue the person with a new voters' card and retrieve his previous voter’s card; and(c) send a copy of the entry to the Electoral Officer of the constituency where the person whose name has been so entered was originally registered and upon receipt of this entry, that Electoral Officer shall delete the name from his voters' list.

Our Submissions:

Contrary to the position of Mr. Willie Obiano’s opponents, Section 12 of the Electoral Act of 2010 reproduced above, cannot be validly read or applied in absence of Section 13. Both must go together whenever an accusation of double or multiple registration and a defense of voter’s card and data transfer arise. Once it is proved documentarily that Mr. Obiano followed all the processes laid down above with respect to voter’s card and data transfer, he has no case to answer either in criminal law’s misdemeanor or in civil law. Where there is documentary evidence both in INEC and Obiano’s records showing transfer of his voter’s card from Lagos to Anambra, then, double or multiple registrations is extinguished.

Further, Mr. Willie Obiano can never be punished for perceived administrative lapses of the relevant INEC staffs, assuming they failed to delete his name in his previous area of registration (i.e. Lagos). Doing so amounts to transfer of criminal liability, unknown to Nigeria’s criminal laws. The responsibility of deleting a voter’s previous data in a voter’s card transfer squarely lies on INEC. Section 13 (4) of the Electoral Act of 2010 is very clear on this. It states: (4) Whenever an Electoral Officer on the direction of the Resident Electoral Commissioner enters the name of any person on the Transferred Voters' List for his constituency, he shall-(a) assign that person to a polling unit or a polling area in his Constituency and indicate in the list the Polling unit to which that person is assigned; (b) issue the person with a new voters' card and retrieve his previous Voter’s card; and(c) send a copy of the entry to the Electoral Officer of the constituency where the person whose name has been so entered was originally registered and upon receipt of this entry, that Electoral Officer shall delete the name from his voters' list.

Where Mr. Willie Obiano Will Be Guilty As Accused:

Mr. Willie Obiano will be guilty as accused only if he has no documented records known to INEC and law showing he undertook the process of transferring his voter’s card from Lagos to Anambra within a time allowed by the Electoral Act of 2010, and that he deliberately registered more than once in one or more than one registration centers. He is not to be held criminally or legally liable for multiplicity of his voter’s registration if such multiplicity is found to have been caused by INEC’s poor electronic data management. This is because no citizen is allowed to be punished over a crime or misconduct or negligent act of another under Nigeria’s criminal law, except where he or she is a partaker.

Signed:

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
Phone: +234(0)8033601078, 8180103912
Email: emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk, botchairman@intersociety-ng.org

Emeka Umeagbalasi

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05/12/14

*Ohanaeze Youth Set To Organize Spain, Appoints Hon. Onuoha Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman and Media Coordinator

By Masterweb News Desk

Chief Charles O. Okereke, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) Ambassador-at-Large/Diaspora Coordinator on behalf of OYC and powers conferred to his office, on April 28, 2014 appointed Honourable Uchendu Precious Onuoha, a deserving well decorated Igbo son based in Spain, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman and Media Coordinator. The appointment letter partly read: “I wish to inform you that after due consideration of your immense contributions and zeal towards the progress of Ndigbo, and with the power vested on me as the Ohanaeze Youth Ambassador-At-Large/ Diaspora Coordinator and Media Coordinator, I am pleased to appoint you Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman and Media Coordinator. By this appointment, you are delegated to direct and coordinate activities that will promote the interest of Ohanaeze Youth Worldwide in the kingdom of Spain. This will include the setting up an Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Executive Board of either appointed or elected officers that will call for general elections in one year.” ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Honourable Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman and Media Coordinator.

Hon. Onuoha in a signed letter by email dated May 1st accepted the appointment and was congratulated by phone the following day by Chief Okereke, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro (OYC National/Worldwide President) and Comrade Chuks Ibegbu (Ohanaeze Chieftain & Ex-Acting Ohanaeze Youth Leader). OYC is the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and popularly kown as Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing.

Hon. Onuoha, a well respected Nigerian and Igbo patriot has been busy since the appointment, setting up the necessary structures in the launching of Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chapter of OYC. Onuoha is a prolific writer, an acclaimed poet and author of “The Road We Traveled: A Memoir of Two Worlds”, a must-read literary masterpiece.

*Honourable Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman and Media Coordinator can be reached at +346 32971388 [ From Nigeria it is dialed 00934632971388 ]. Please call to congratulate him.

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05/11/14

*Ohanaeze Youth Makes Giant Stride Globally, Appoints Chief Okereke Ambassador-at-Large

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Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo also popularly kown as Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, under the able leadership of Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro has taken a giant stride in the mobilization of Ndigbo wherever they are in the world. Ohanaeze Youth last month made three extra ordinary appointments to Chief Charles O. Okereke, a deserving Igbo son based in the U.S. In a letter dated April 17, 2014 and signed by Okechukwu Isiguzoro (OYC National President) and Okwu Emmanuel (OYC National Secretary-General ), Chief Charles O. Okereke was appointed OYC Ambassador-at-Large, Diaspora Coordinator and Media Consultant. Chief Okereke accepted the appointment in a letter by email the following day with phone calls from Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Okwu Emmanuel and Comrade Chuks Ibegbu (Ohanaeze Chieftain & Ex-Acting Ohanaeze Youth Leader) congratulating him on his well deserved appointments.

One of the duties of Chief Okereke as Ambassador-at-Large/Diaspora Coordinator is to set up OYC chapters in all countries of the world. The chapters may in turn set up branches in the regions, zones or states of the country. In solidarity with Ohanaeze Youth initiative of reaching out and mobilizing Igbos all over the world for Igbo Unity and Progress, Chief Okereke and some Igbo organizations in the U.S. will be holding an Igbo Unity Rally in Chicago from July 11-13 this year. Details of the event will be released soon. Ohanaeze Youth-USA will be inaugurated during the rally which is expected to have in attendance Igbo governors and important dignitaries from both U.S. and Igboland.

Chief Okereke on April 28 made an appointment in Spain that will enable the setting up of Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chapter. Details of the appointment will be released tomorrow. Plans are underway for similar appointments in all the countries of the world. ( Continues below….. )

Charles O. Okereke and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

Photo Above: Chief (aka People's Servant) Charles O. Okereke( left ), Late Chief (General) Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Eze Igbo Gburugburu( right ) - Click For Enlarged Photo

Chief Okereke is CEO/Founder Nigeria Masterweb( www.nigeriamasterweb.com ), Africa Masterweb( www.africamasterweb.com ) and composer of God Bless Africa, an African Union award winning anthem amongst other patriotic songs/anthems. He is a prolific writer, an acclaimed poet, song writer and recipient of several international honors and awards. He is also popularly known as People's Servant (Ps.) Charles O. Okereke.

Some of Chief Okereke’s most popular quotes include:

(1) - "The cross of grief and pain from predators and oppressors in disguise as leaders or liberators ceases with age, but the people live from age to age through generations. Eventually, the nation reverts to the people. Time on your side."

(2) - "Peace and justice are of prosperity, human rights and freedom. These are the main elements of humanism, which is not of tribe, race, group or section, but of God’s love and human conscience. Music and media guided by His Grace are vehicles of everlasting peace and justice."

(3) - "Let the guns implode, the wooden barrels decompose to fertilize a vibrant agriculture, and the metallic barrels and structures melted for industrialization. Let the ensuing abundance fill up the greedy and the rest of society for the complete healing of Africa."

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Photo Above: Late Amb. Raph Uwechue -Left; Chief (aka People's Servant) Charles O. Okereke -Right

*Chief Charles O. Okereke, Ohanaeze Youth Ambassador at-Large, Diaspora Cordinator and Media Consultant can be reached at [ USA: +14148070329 ]; [ Nigeria: +234 07065170809 - SMS Text Only ]. Please call to congratulate him.

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