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Asaba Massacre 50th: ADF Wants Memorial For Victims |The Republican News

The Alaigbo Development Forum (ADF) has called that a befitting memorial me built in Asaba in memory of the slain Igbo civilians of Asaba massacred by Nigerian soldiers on October 7, 1967.

The leader of the ADF, Prof. Uzodinma Nwala made the call in the address of the group he presented at the 50thanniversary of the genocide led by Murtala Mohammed during the civil war.

In the message, ADF said: “We will like to be associated with the project of a befitting Memorial, possibly a War Museum in Asaba in Memory of the victims of the Asaba Genocide.

We can’t be done without paying glowing tribute to our father and historical icon, a man of immense global stature who has done a lot for the cause ofAlaigbo, whose Igbo-ness compelled him to take a wife from the other side of Alaigbo – what else could be a stronger show of Hand-Shake Across the Niger in warm embrace of Igbo sons and daughters. We mean none other than Chief (Dr.) Sonny IwedikeOdogwu, the Ide Ahaba.

We salute the memory of Chief Dennis Osadebay, the first civilian governor of the Midwest Region and Secretary of Igbo State Union. So we do salute the memory of Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, the former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Indeed, the gruesome cold-blooded killings of innocent civilians by troops of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, culminating in the “Dance of Death” at Ogbeosewah in Asaba on October 7, 1967, where hundreds of helpless civilians were mowed down and buried dead or alive in a mass grave, is the darkest chapter in our history which we must continue to recall for the benefit of our children including those yet unborn.

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) salutes the courage of those who have continued to provide us with the records of the event as well as the opportunity to honour the memory of our people who were victims of this sad and unforgettable event.

We salute the courage of the Asaba people and their noble spirit. We salute the courage of people like Professors Elizabeth Byrd and Frazier Ottonelly who have sustained the records for the sake of history. We also salute our brother Emma Okocha, author of the immortal work – The Blood on the Niger – a book that will perpetually challenge the conscience of men and women of good conscience throughout the ages.

“We salute the courage of our brother, Ifeanyi Uriah and other survivors of that genocide. Ify was with us at the International Colloquium on

the Igbo Question in Nigeria. The Asaba Massacre featured strongly at that event in our search for the roots of Igbo predicament in Nigeria.

His eye-witness account of that massacre presented on that occasion is captioned Ogbeosowah: The Rise from the Dead. An Eyewitness

Account. It is published in the two-volume publication that came out of that Colloquium with the title IGBO NATION: History and Challenges of  Rebirth and  Development.”   (The Sun)

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Operation Python Dance: Court Orders Speedy Hearing Of Case Against Buhari, Buratai By ADF

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President Buhari and COAS, Tukur Buratai

A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has ordered the accelerated hearing of the case instituted against President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai and the Nigerian Army by Ala Igbo Development Foundation(ADF).

Justice A.M Liman, who presided, in granting leave to the plaintiff to serve the defendants by substituted means, also ordered the accelerated hearing of the case.
It is expected that when the plaintiff has complied with the order of the court for substituted service, the court will then fix a definite date for the hearing.

Recall that the ADF had on September 14, 2017, sued the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian army, and the chief of army staff.

Related: BREAKING: Python Dance: ADF Sues Buhari, Buratai, Army, Seeks Withdrawal Of Soldiers

In the originating summons, the ADF, through its team of lawyers, were basically asking the court to determine four questions and to grant four reliefs.

They asked the court to, first of all, determine if it was not illegal for the first defendant (the president) to call out, operationally engage, use and or deploy the Armed Forces of the Federation in circumstances not envisaged in the constitution. The ADF made reference to the provisions of Sections 217 and 218 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 199 as amended, wondering if it is not illegal and unconstitutional to engage the army in such circumstances.

In its second plea, it also asked the court to determine the clear and unambiguous meaning of the provisions above, for the 2nd defendant, which is the Armed Forces to engage in a military operation it termed ‘Operation Egwu Eke'(Python Dance) in the five states of the South East, including Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and the Imo States.

The suit also wanted the court to determine “if the first defendant can unilaterally make a proclamation calling out, operationally engaging, using and or deploying the armed forces of the Federation to the southeastern part of the country without recourse to the National Assembly as envisaged under Section 217 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended”.

Related: Operation Python Dance: Forceful Military Occupation Of Igbo Land – ADF |RN

The fourth prayer was to determine whether “there is a situation of external aggression, threat to territorial integrity or violation of the borders of Nigeria and or insurrection in the southeastern part of the country, as contemplated under section 217 of the constitution, to warrant the deployment of armed forces in the military operation, Egwu Eke”.

In seeking relief, the plaintiff requested that the court declare that the action of the defendants, especially the first(the president of Nigeria), in engaging the army in the south-east is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

It also sought an order of the court to restrain the defendants especially the 1st defendant from deploying and or further engaging the army against the southeastern Nigeria with its ‘Operation Python Dance or Egwu Eke.

It equally asked for an order compelling the defendants to “recall forthwith all soldiers, men and officers of the armed forces already deployed to the south-east in furtherance of operation Egwu Eke.

Related: Biafra: Igbo Delegation Visits UN, US Congress |The Republican News

In the proceedings today, the plaintiff obtained a leave of court to serve the defendants by substituted means, by publishing the summons in a nationally circulating newspaper.

The ADF was represented at the court yesterday by Barristers Max Ozoaka, and Chinedu Okeke.

Others who represented ADF President, Prof T.U. Nwala included its financial secretary, Dr Jerry Chukwuokolo, and Dr Arinze Nwosu, Council member of the organization.

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