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Rights group backs Malami on political solution to Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho’s detention

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA on Thursday, backed the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami on the decision of the Federal Government to engage in political means of resolving the secession agitations across the country.

DAILY POST recalls that Malami, on Wednesday, said the FG is open to all kinds of considerations as part of efforts to resolve the crisis surrounding Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho.

Malami made this known on Wednesday, in a chat with select journalists in Abuja, but insisted that criminal conduct would never go unpunished.

He was responding to a question on whether the current administration was not disposed to a political solution to the cases of Kanu and Igboho, as being canvassed by some leaders and other stakeholders.

The AGF said the government has been using the amnesty policy to tackle some security challenges in the country and as such, the possibility of a political solution cannot be ruled out.

Malami spoke on other issues including the current controversy between the federal government and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), the international arbitration involving Nigeria and Process and Industrial Development (P& ID) company on one hand and Sunflower firm over the Mambila power projects on the other.

When asked whether the federal government is not disposed to a political solution to the cases of Kanu and Igboho, as being canvassed by some leaders and other stakeholders in the country, Malami noted that although such consideration is not yet on the table, but would not mind taking a shot at it once there is an approach on how to go about it.

“As far as the security situation is concerned and as far as governance and this administration is concerned, you cannot rule out all possibilities”, he said, adding that, “But then there has to be an approach for government to consider.”

He, however, explained that he cannot be preemptive at this stage by stating clearly and outrightly that reconciliation is being considered without an approach being made.

According to him, it is the approach if at all any was made that the government “will look into for the purpose of looking at its weight, the authenticity of it, the good faith associated with it and then bring about the considerable factors relating to the negotiations or otherwise.

“So it is not a conclusion that one can outrightly make without juxtaposing associated facts relating to the reconciliation. There has to be an approach and then a counter consideration.”

Malami added that no approach in that respect is on the table for consideration yet, but it is something the government may take a shot at when it gets to that stage.

“So no approach in that respect is on the table for consideration yet. So we’ll cross the bridge when eventually we get to that; when perhaps a type of request is made, we’ll consider,” he said.

Reacting to his position, HURIWA in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko Malamli’s said the proposed solution is practicable.

The statement reads, “The suggestion by the Hon Attorney General of the Federation Alhaji Abubakar Malami (SAN) that it is possible to reach a political solution with the IPOB and other agitators for self-determination is a welcome development.

“To begin with, it is not a crime for a citizen to agitate for self-determination because self-determination is captured under International law.

“The principle of self-determination is prominently embodied in Article I of the Charter of the United Nations. …All peoples have the right to self-determination.

“By virtue of that right, they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

“The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2200A (XXI) on 16 December 1966, and in force from 23 March 1976 in accordance with Article 49 of the covenant. Article 49 allowed that the covenant would enter into force three months after the date of the deposit of the thirty-fifth instrument of ratification or accession.

“The covenant commits its parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.[3] As of September 2019, the Covenant has 173 parties and six more signatories without ratification.[1] Notable holdouts are the People’s Republic of China and Cuba. North Korea tried to withdraw.

“Under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Part 1 (Article 1) recognizes the right of all peoples to self-determination, including the right to “freely determine their political status”,[11] pursue their economic, social and cultural goals, and manage and dispose of their own resources.

“It recognises a negative right of a people not to be deprived of its means of subsistence,[12] and imposes an obligation on those parties still responsible for non-self-governing and trust territories (colonies) to encourage and respect their self-determination.

“[13] From the above International Laws domesticated in Nigeria, it is obvious that the detention of Nnamdi Kanu is illegal. So in essence what the Nigerian minister of Justice has just stated is a practicable and pragmatic solution to the expanding frontiers of social upheavals in the South East of Nigeria.

“The killings in the South East have no reason to continue if the man is released because the reason for his arrest is illegal. HURIWA condemns all kinds of bloodshed by state and non-state actors.

“If a political solution is found through constructive negotiation and immediate freedom of Nnamdi Kanu and thousands of his members including pregnant women are freed, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA believes that this step will restore lasting peace.

“If they are released, Mr. President will not become not just a statesman but an international statesman.

“Because there is nothing wrong with any citizen saying that he/she does not want to be a citizen anymore. Under this current constitution, a Nigerian Citizen not below the universal adult age of 18 is afforded the constitutional right to renounce citizenship.

“Prospective applicants who desire to renounce their Nigerian citizenship should note that the power to approve renunciation/restoration of Nigerian citizenship is the sole prerogative of Mr. President, as enshrined in Chapter III, Article 29, sub. Section 1-2, of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Accordingly, the Nigerian Mission abroad only facilitates the application but does not hold the ultimate decision.

“While the federal government has been involved in a legal battle with Nnamdi Kanu in Nigeria, it is battling to extradite Igboho from the Benin Republic to face criminal charges.

“Both Kanu and Igboho have been in the forefront of agitations for a breakaway from Nigeria.

“The government in fresh charges filed against Kanu last month at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had linked him with the wanton destruction of lives and properties as well as attacks on security operatives and government infrastructure in the south-east of Nigeria.

“However, some leaders from the two geopolitical zones have been urging for a political solution to the crisis”.

The Rights group called on “Mr President to set up a national committee made up of tested and trusted Nigerians to coordinate the quick intervention to reach a political truce that would lead to the granting of freedom to all detained self-determination agitators.

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One dies as bushfire destroys over 90 farmlands in Yobe

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The Yobe State Government, through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has confirmed the death of one person in a bush fire that gutted farmlands in some communities in the Gulani Local Government Area of the state.

SEMA, via its verified Facebook page, gave the confirmation after its response team carried out an assessment visit to the affected communities.

It also noted that over 90 farmers, who were at the eve of harvest, lost their farmlands to the disaster.

“In the early hours of Tuesday the 30th and 1st of December, 2021; over 90 farmers in Gulani local government who are at the eve of harvest lost their farmlands due to bushfire with one farmer reported dead.

“SEMA response team along with the LGA Chair visited the scene to commiserate with the victims on behalf of the Government and to conduct on the spot assessment”, the agency posted.

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It disclosed that five communities, Bularafa town, Makera Village, Makera Fili, Juggolgam as well as Gulani town, were affected.

“While commiserating with the victims, the Executive Secretary of SEMA Dr. Mohammed Goje assured the victims of Governor Mai Mala Buni’s readiness to come to their plights and support them within available resources to cushion the hardship they might encounter after investing everything for this harvest”, it assured.

Recall that DAILY POST reported that Gulani is regarded as one of the food baskets of the state, hence many expressed concern that the bushfire which destroyed farmlands in the area may affect crop production this year in the state.

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Geodesists proffer solution to incessant building collapse in Lagos, others

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Geodesists under the auspices of the Nigeria Association of Geodesy (NAG) have said that lack of deformation surveys for monitoring of structures is the major factor responsible for frequent building collapse in Lagos State and other major cities in the country.

The association, which is a group of scientists and researchers specialised in scientific areas of surveying, said this in a communique issued at the end of their annual conference, theme “Geodetic Solutions to Multi-Disciplinary Problems”, held at Federal School of Surveying, Oyo.

DAILY POST recalls that a 21-story building collapsed on November 1st in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State. No fewer than 40 people lost their lives as a result of the incident.

Our correspondent recalls that another building on November 17th collapsed in the Badagry area of Lagos State.

NAG has however said that the absence of deformation surveys for monitoring of structures such as high-rise buildings, bridges, and dams is responsible for the frequent building collapse in Lagos and other cities.

The association, in the communique made available to DAILY POST through its President, Professor Timothy Oluwadare Idowu, insisted that the only solution to reduce incessant building collapse is to ensure speedy implementation and compliance to the Federal Government’s policy on deformation monitoring of infrastructures.

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NAG suggested that an acceptable format for the generation and presentation of deformation monitoring data should also be developed, in order to reduce incessant building collapse across the country.

The association explained that the alarming rate of retreating Lake Chad is a major international boundary issue that has consequential conflict potentials in the country.

It observed that the “Absence of deformation surveys for monitoring of structures such as high-rise buildings, bridges and dams is responsible for the frequent collapses of such structures in the country.

“Inadequate monitoring and poor understanding of subterraneous activities particularly in areas of intensive mining results in the poor estimation of the environmental impacts of these activities.

“Lack of accurate geoid model for the country is a major problem in the development of a common and unified reference system for the country. Insufficiency of gravity data in the country is a setback for geoid determination and modeling.

“The alarming rate of retreating Lake Chad is a major international boundary issue which has consequential conflict potentials for major socio-economic and national security concerns”.

NAG while speaking further suggested that there is a need to ensure speedy implementation and compliance to the Federal Government’s policy on deformation monitoring of infrastructures so as to reduce incessant cases of building collapse in the country.

“Speedy implementation and compliance to the Federal Government’s policy on deformation monitoring of infrastructures. An acceptable format for the generation and presentation of deformation monitoring data should also be developed. An acceptable format for the generation and presentation of deformation monitoring data should also be developed.

“Geodetic solutions to the spatial dynamics of Lake Chad retreating shorelines should be adopted for sustainable planning and management of the socio-economic activities and the mitigation of environmental impacts of the shoreline retreat, particularly as it relates to the Nigeria border sectors where significant variations are noticeable.

“Geodesy should be considered to stand alone as a full departmental programme in an appropriate faculty/school within university and polytechnic systems to deeply enrich researches in geodesy options like space geodesy, marine geodesy and geophysical exploration amongst others”.

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Idoma billionaire businessman, Ochacho, Sen Abah Moro meet Ortom on Benue development

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A billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Mohammed Adah, popularly known as Ochacho, on Wednesday, met with the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom to discuss ways of developing the state.

Ochacho and his entourage were led to the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, the state capital, by the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Comrade Patrick Abba Moro.

Governor Ortom, while addressing the press after meeting with Ochacho, acknowledged the infrastructural developmental strides of the Ochacho Foundation particularly in the construction of roads in Benue South.

He said although Ochacho is not into politics, he is a Benue son who is adding value to the development of the state and needs collaboration.

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Ochacho’s younger brother, Alex Enokela Ogbe, who is the CEO of the foundation, in a remark, expressed gratitude to God for making the Ochacho Foundation representative of good works.

He urged his supporters to remain calm as they will soon hear from him on the way forward.

Other members of the delegation included the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sir John Ngbede, members of the Benue State House of Assembly from Zone C, and Chairman of Ado local government council, Hon. James Oche.

Others are Prof. Agbo Madaki, Hon. Chris Aba, Hon Mrs. Abeje Egwa, PDP state Woman leader, Hon Egli Johnson Ahubi, former Deputy Speaker BNSHA, Hon Mike Audu, House of Assembly Member, Adoka/Ugboju among many others.

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