Ballot Snatching: President Buhari Sanctions Extrajudicial Killing |RN


Muhammadu Buhari

By Ike A. Offor, Editor



It has been a week of topsy-turvy political debates following the statement by President Buhari during his party, APC Caucus meeting after the election postponement by INEC.

The president trying to send a very strong statement to would-be political thugs whose intentions would be to snatch ballot boxes during the upcoming elections, gave out a very strong words that is creating euphoria in the polity. But it appears the statement is one perhaps too strong to have come from the president himself, who primary job is to protect lives and the constitution.

The president in the very statement that has created a lot of euphoria said that he has given order to the security agents to deal ruthlessly with anyone who snatches ballot box during the election.

In his own words:

“I really gave the military and police order to be ruthless. Anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturbs the voting system, will do so at the expense of his own life”.

A lot of nerves have clearly been bruised by the INEC action of not agreeing to staggered elections, a process the opposition considered a plan by the ruling party to rig itself back into power.

Though, this accusation of staggered election, where INEC reportedly would conduct the election in 26 states, which are mainly the considered strong states of APC, leaving states considered strongholds of the opposition.

So many, speculations have been flying around to buttress this purported plans of the ruling party, APC. But many still remain meer speculations or conspiracy theory.

So, this frustration may have given rise to statement by the president ordering the security agents to shoot at sight any ballot box snatchers, whose intention is to influence the outcome of the election in any polling booth. Though this statement did not single out any specific political party, many sees it as a pretence to tell the security forces to kill the opposition and frame them as ballot snatchers. Other said that there are electoral laws and they should be the guiding light for electoral offenses and not extrajudicial killing.

Another argument is the legality of such dictatorial or sanctioning of extrajudicial killing. And for the fact that this statement is coming from the president made many furious. Many lawyers, senior advocate of the Nigeria, SAN, and others have totally condemned the order by Buhari that has no regard for the constitution of the country.

But one of the senior advocates of Nigeria, who is also the Spokesman for the Buhari Campaign Organisation Mr Festus Keyamo, has said that Buhari is right and within the ambit of the constitution. But fell short to telling the public whether death sentence is passed by the president or by the honourable court after due process.

Mr Festus Keyamo said that “ballot box snatching is armed robbery and its penalty is death by firing squad”. This has angered many lawyers and lawmakers like Senator Dino Melaye, who was in the television studio debate “The Verdict” against Festus Keyamo.

It was a heated debate where the lawmaker accused Keyamo of supporting extrajudicial killing despite the fact that he is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Since making this statement there have been barrages of criticisms and a lot of arguments in support of the statement from Mr President. Some are supporting Buhari while many seem to go against it but obviousy the president is not withdrawing his words, which means that those found this may end up dead.

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12 Igbo Groups Endorse September 14 Sit-At-Home |The Republican News


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Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

Twelve Igbo groups, including the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA), rose from an emergency meeting, yesterday, in Enugu State and have endorsed the September 14 sit-at-home ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Others include Igbo Traders Association, Igbo Students Union, Coalition of Igbo Cultural Association, Ndigbo Elders Council, Igbo Youth League, Igbo Women Assembly and Igbo Youth Movement.

The meeting which held at the residence of its convener, Chief Maria Okwor, which was also attended by some traditional rulers, resolved to back in full, the sit-at-home order and enjoined all Igbo to observe it.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, Okwor lamented the humiliation meted out to Igbo women who were locked up in Owerri for expressing their opinion in a democracy.

Complaining bitterly over the alleged continuous ill treatment of Ndigbo as a conquered people, Okwor called on Ndigbo to sit at home on Friday, September 14, to “express our frustration with Nigeria.”

Okwor, who is also the leader of IWA, insisted that for Nigeria to survive, the country must return to the 1963 Constitution.

Also speaking, the Secretary of ECA and founder of IYM, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko described the constant invasion of Igboland with military hardware every September as provocative and insulting.

“Every September military equipment is moved menacingly into Igbo land just to remind us that we are a conquered people.

“Next, they will say some students threw stones at them and mayhem will be unleashed on our people. There’s no war going on here, there are no killings going on here. Igbo land is peaceful, why the Invasion?

“The soldiers should be drafted to Sambisa forest, Borno LGA ‘s where killings are going on everyday.”   (The Sun)

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US Says Impunity, Massive Corruption Still Rife In Nigeria Under Buhari|RN

                                   President Buhari

• Shiite, IPOB extrajudicial killings, Dasuki’s detention cited as rights abuses, violation of rule of law

Tobi Soniyi in Lagos

The United States Department of State has again issued a damning assessment of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in its 2017 Country Report on Human Rights released last Friday in Washington D.C.

In the 48-page report posted on the website of the State Department, the U.S. government said impunity remained widespread at all levels of government in Nigeria, further noting that the Buhari-led administration lacked transparency.

A copy of the report obtained by THISDAY added that government officials engaged in massive corruption.
Corruption, the report said, was not limited to government officials but very rampant among the security agencies.

The report stated: “Although the law provides criminal penalties for conviction of official corruption, the government did not implement the law effectively, and officials frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity.
“Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government and the security services.”

On the anti-corruption agencies, the report noted that although the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) efforts remained largely focused on low – and mid-level government officials, following the 2015 presidential election both organisations started investigations into and brought indictments against various active and former high-level government officials.

It, however, observed that the EFCC often did not observe all due process safeguards and refused to obey court orders granting bail to the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
“Many of these cases were pending in court. According to both ICPC and EFCC, the delays were the result of a lack of judges and the widespread practice of filing for and granting multiple adjournments.

“EFCC’s arrests and indictments of politicians continued throughout the year, implicating a significant number of opposition political figures and leading to allegations of partisan motivations on the part of the EFCC.

“In a case brought by the EFCC, in November a federal court convicted four firms allegedly used by a former aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan of laundering 1.67 billion naira ($$55.3 million) in stolen funds.

“In its pursuit of corruption, the EFCC often did not observe all pertinent due process safeguards. In November, the Economic Community of West African States Court of Justice declared unlawful the arrest and detention in 2015 of former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

“A court ordered him released on bail in a case brought by the EFCC for the alleged diversion of 13.6 billion naira ($$443.2 million) intended to purchase military material during the Jonathan administration. Despite the court order, he remained in detention,” said the report.

In support of the claim that impunity remains the order of the day in Nigeria, the report further noted that government did not often take steps to prosecute officials who perpetuated impunity whether in the security forces or elsewhere in government.
It, however, acknowledged that government did take steps to investigate such impunity but failed to bring to book those who violated the law.

The report cited various instances including the atrocities allegedly committed in the North-east by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and the refusal to bring to justice military men who killed members of the Shia group Islamic Movement of Nigeria in 2015 in circumstances adjudged to be extrajudicial.

“As of November, the government had not adequately investigated or held police or military personnel accountable for extrajudicial killings of supporters of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra,” the report added.

Excerpts from the report added: “Authorities generally did not hold police, military, or other security force personnel accountable for the use of excessive or deadly force or for the deaths of persons in custody.

“State and federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths generally did not make their findings public.
“In August, the acting president (Yemi Osinbajo) convened a civilian-led presidential investigative panel to review compliance of the armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement. As of November, the panel had not issued a report.”

The state department report stated that respect for human rights generally remained appalling in Nigeria.
The report identified the following as the most significant human rights abuses: extrajudicial and arbitrary killings; disappearances and arbitrary detentions; torture, particularly in detention facilities, including sexual exploitation and abuse; use of children by some security elements, looting, and destruction of property; civilian detentions in military facilities, often based on flimsy evidence; denial of fair public trial; executive influence on the judiciary; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and movement; official corruption; lack of accountability in cases involving violence against women and children, including female genital mutilation/cutting and sexual exploitation of children; trafficking in persons; early and forced marriages; criminalisation of status and same-sex sexual conduct based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and forced and bonded labour.

Speaking during the official release of the report, the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour of the US Department of State, Mr Michael Kozak, said the 2017 report marked the 42nd year that the U.S. has published the country-specific annual Human Rights Reports.

He said the law requires the U.S. executive to produce the report every year.
According to him, “This goes back to the 1970s when Congress said to the Executive Branch, ‘When we’re making decisions about foreign assistance and security assistance and trade agreements and all of that, we’d really like to know: what is the human rights situation in the countries that we’re dealing with’.”

He said the U.S. did not produce the report to pass judgment “on other countries or to name and shame”.
“It’s to fulfil a statutory responsibility to our Congress to try to produce the most accurate description of what we find is going on in other countries so that they can use that in making decisions,” he explained.
Efforts to get the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, to react to the report proved abortive as his phone was switched off.  (THISDAY)

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[Photo] Nigerian Man Who Seduced Wife Of Malaysian Man Got His Penis Chopped Off, Killed

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By Ike A. Offor

This is one of the stories that I always hesitate to write due to its sad end. A horrific story and picture coming out Malaysia paints a very ugly narrative of a Nigerian man who allegedly has been seducing the wife of a Malaysian man.

It is usually a very painful thing for any man to handle to see another man consistently trying to seduce his own wife. Many men would kill for their love for their wives and this Malaysian man is not different.

It is alleged that the Nigerian man has in many occasions tried his best to seduce this man’s wife and has been offering her lots of seductive material gifts to lure her to his bed.

Reportedly, the wife of the Malaysian man turned down the offers and asked to be left alone. But the randy man refused to heed to her pleas. These attempts to lay with her went on for a while and caught the attention of the husband of the Malaysian woman.

On the fateful day, the husband of the woman could no longer suck in all the anger of another man harassing his faithful wife, he came up with a plan on how to finally deal with his competitor in his love life.

The Malaysian husband asked his wife to invite her randy seducer to their home for a great love-making session. A luring invitation he took with all excitement but was unaware that it is a decoy meant to trap him and such that could cost him his dear life.

On the fateful day, he came with condoms in his pocket that could last for several rounds of randy sex with his would-be sex mate, who’s another man’s wife.

The most interesting thing here is the man’s audacity to come into another man’s house to have sex with his wife.

When the randy seducer came, he met his fate and death. The husband of the woman then had this Nigerian man’s penis cut off and he bled to death.

Few questions were raised by this story, how did they immobilise him before they had his penis excised? It would be hard to immobilise a full-grown and energetic man, who is faced with the possibility of violent death via cutting of his manhood. Under normal circumstances, he would fight for his life and possibly escape his killers.

Also, did his wife also participate in the act of killing her seducer?

Either way, the problem is that a crime has been committed and it appears his killer(s) went scot-free.

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Nnamdi Kanu Embarks On Condolence Visit To Familiies Of Slain IPOB Members

From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would embark on a condolence visit to the families of members of IPOB that were killed by Nigerian security operatives since 2014.
He would also visit sites where the killings of the IPOB members took place including Nkpor in Anambra State, National High School Aba in Abia State, Ugwuocha (Port Harcourt) in Rivers State, Mbiama in Baylesa State, and Okwei Primary School Asaba.  in Delta State.
According to a statement by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, Kanu who on Friday visited his parents at their Afaraukwu Ibeku country home in Abia state, following his recent release from Kuje prison, would pay the visits to the homes and communities of the slain members to commiserate with them and assured them that their children had not died in vain.
The statement said, “our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu plans to visit all the families of IPOB members killed by Nigerian security operatives during the IPOB peaceful rallies and protests in Biafra land.
“The supreme leader of IPOB, the director, Radio and Biafra Television, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with his entourage will embark on this visit to show solidarity and condolence to the families and communities of those who died on the cause of Biafra restoration since 2014.
More so, our leader will visit the parents and homes of those IPOB protesters who were killed for Biafra to be restored. Also, he will visit all the places where our people were killed to pray privately in order to appease the spirits of those who died for our people to live.”
The statement reminded the people of Biafra to remember the May 30, 2017 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Independent State of Biafra and to observe the sit-at-home order.
It said, “As 30th of May, 2017 is drawing nearer, we wish to remind Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of Biafra freedom to stay at home in honour and remembrance of those Biafran soldiers that died for us to live and Biafran children who were starved to death through the policy of British and Nigerian Governments during the genocidal war against the people of Biafra between 1967 and 1970.
“It will be a landmark achievement and remarkable event for Biafrans to honour and remember a 20-year-old Jewish American, Late Bruce Mayrock who set himself ablaze before the United Nations office, New York City in protest and condemnation of the killings and starvation of our people during the war of genocide between 1967 and 1970. A non Biafran set himself ablaze against the actions of Britain, Nigeria, USSR and Egypt for our people to live then, therefore, it is our duty to remember and honour them on 30th May, 2017 by staying at home, no business and movement, both human and vehicular on that particular day.”        (The Sun)

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FG Rejects Amnesty International Report On ‘Extreme’ Human Rights Violations

The Federal Government has formally rejected the 2015/2016 annual report of Amnesty International (AI) which accused the country’s security and military forces of “extreme” human rights violations and brutal response to security concerns, such as the Biafra agitation, Boko Haram insurgency and Shiites’ movement of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
Government sid this in a statement signed by Clement Aduku, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the weekend.
In the AI report, published in February, the global rights watchdog accused Nigeria’s military of unlawful killings, detention and inhumane treatment of pro-Biafra campaigners, civilians in the north-east and members of the IMN, including its leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, as well as a clampdown on freedom of speech.
But, the federal government, through the Foreign Affairs ministry, has questioned the credibility of the AI report and insisted both IMN and pro-Biafra activists were national security threats.
“The ministry wishes to point out that the case of El-Zakzaky, which Amnesty International pronounced on, is a high and national security issue.
“The activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the El-Zakzaky movement in particular are reminiscent of Boko Haram which has become a menace and security concern not only to the Nigeria, but also the Lake Chad Basin region and the entire world. Activities of the El-Zakzaky movement is one that cannot be tolerated by any progressive democratic government.”
The ministry noted that government has appealed the December 2016 court ruling that El-Zakzaky be released unconditionally.
The IMN leader and his wife have been in detention, without trial, since December 2015 after a deadly clash with the Nigerian Army on December 12 of that year, which killed hundreds of his followers, for denying Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, right of way in Zaria, Kaduna State.
While no soldier is being prosecuted for killing or ordering the killing of the hundreds of Shiites, Kaduna State Government has since proscribed IMN.
On the AI report on Biafran agitation, the foreign ministry said  “the agitation for a sovereign State of Biafra is unacceptable and detrimental to the peace, unity, stability and development of the Nigerian state. The scenario captured and the report itself lacked conformity to both local and international best standards on evidence gathering,” said the ministry.
In a clampdown on Biafran agitators, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has remained in detention and is being tried for treason by the federal government.
Nonetheless, government has expressed commitment to safeguarding citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and association, and that security personnel found to have flouted rules of engagement would be appropriately dealt with.   (The Sun)

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SHOCKING: Ghanaian Nanny Head Chopped Off By Saudi Host For Letting His Kid Fall From Stairs (Video)

By Ike A. Offor

It is like a scene that is very conversant with ISIS or Boko haram except that this one there was no scream of Allahu Akbar while the heinous crime was being committed.

A Saudi Arabian host of a  Ghanaian female nanny had her head chopped off with a long Arabian sword in the presence of Saudi police officers numbering over fifteen, who actually helped the man to hold the hands and head of the nanny down.

The nanny allegedly did not do her job very well because she allowed the child to fall from the staircase in their home, where she worked as a childminder.

A very interesting thing about this crime is that there was a police van stationed beside the scene and there were over fifteen police officers who worked as if their job was not about upholding the law but supervising the public execution of this innocent young girl. Her crime of allowing the child to fall allegedly caused the child no harm or incapacitation.



Picture of the young Ghanaian nanny executed by her Saudi host 


Scenes like this are why many view these countries like Saudi Arabia as a terrible place to live peacefully, where law and order or court of law do exist and take its due course.

The fact that she was executed before the eyes of several police officers and with them aiding in the execution raises several thoughts about how people of foreign descents are viewed in Saudi Arabia. This is not the first time such ugly news of such kind is heard.

This is not the first time such ugly news of extrajudicial killings by host families of these domestic workers. Much terrible of news  of these Saudi hosts, sexually preying on these very young domestic workers and killing them when they refuse to yield to their sexual advances have been consistent in the media

It is indeed a very disturbing tragedy that this very young and innocent girl, who has not been found guilty of any crime would be executed in such brutal manner by her host in a foreign land. Being an African, one wonders if her body would ever be returned home for a befitting burial.

May her soul rest in peace and may her killer and those who aided him know no peace until their end comes.

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