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US group calls on Joe Biden to designate Buhari, el-Rufai, others as sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria

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Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE), a United States-based non-profit organisation, has petitioned the US government to designate President Muhammadu Buhari and several other officials as sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria.

The 26-page petition, signed by the group’s Principal Advocate, Robert Berry, was addressed to Anthony J. Blinken, the US Secretary of State.

The group urged the US government to designate the Nigerian government as sponsors of terrorism, alleging that “from all available indices, what is happening in Nigeria is state-sponsored terrorism.”

It alleged that the Nigerian government officials were sponsoring terrorism by carrying out terrorist activities including training, funding, financing, and recruitment of terrorists using their offices as a safe haven, transit and operational base for terrorists and terrorist activities.

GATE, in the petition, accused the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of kaduna State, former Chief of Army Staff and Current Nigerian Ambassador to Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai, and the Director General of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, of aiding terrorism in Nigeria.

Others accused of terrorism by GATE are; former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Ministers of Communications, Justice and Information, Isa Pantami, Abubakar Malami and Lai Mohammed respectively, amongst others.

It alleged that “the Nigerian government officials have deployed the instrumentality of power and are using the veil of sovereignty in knowingly consenting and with malicious intent allowing and promoting the use of Nigeria as a breeding ground and recruitment nursery for international terrorism activities contrary to foreign relations authorizations act fiscal years 1988 and 1989 (P.L.100 to 204:22 U.S.C 2656f), as amended.”

The group also gave a two-month notice to the United States Government, warning that “if at the expiration of the two months deadline, and the designation is not made, GATE will proceed to the Federal Court in United States to apply for a Writ of Mandamus to compel the United States Secretary of State to issue the designation in line with the provisions of Law.”

GATE argued that designating Nigerian officials as sponsors of terrorism by the US will have far reaching legal implications, including potentially arrest and criminal prosecution in a Federal US court if they visit the country.

Buttressing its point, the group cited an interview a former Deputy Director of Defense Intelligence Services of the Nigerian Military, Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi, granted Channels Television on August 24, 2021.

It said in spite of the revelations from the interview, the Nigerian government did nothing about the issues raised.

“That in spite of this knowledge, the Nigerian government has vehemently refused to take appropriate measures to protect her citizens and the global community from the nefarious activities of those state actors,” it said.

The group concluded: “The current Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is executing a Global Jihadist agenda that is comparable, if not more insidious than that of the Taliban’s of Afghanistan.

“It is even more dangerous because it is mixed with genocidal tendencies. It is in the best interest of the United States and all the Democratic countries of the world to identify this threat early and address it now.

“This is to prevent the further spread of the global jihadist agenda of the Buhari government and to arrest an imminent ethnic and religious genocide.”

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HURIWA berates Gov Umahi over alleged death of five engineers in Ebonyi

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Wednesday berated the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, over what it said, was the premature announcement of the deaths of five missing site engineers in Effium, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

It was reported, that a consultant engineering firm, Nelan Consultants, on November 3, 2021, deployed five engineers to a road project at Effium in Ebonyi.

The project was the rehabilitation of the Abakiliki Ring Road project but they went missing in the conflict-torn community.

Consequently, the HURIWA in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, urged the Governor and security agencies to ensure thorough investigations into the whereabouts of the missing engineers rather than declare their deaths before the fact.

The organisation also implored President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to use his office to order search and rescue of the victims.

HURIWA‘s statement titled, ‘Alleged killing of site engineers: HURIWA raises objection, demands their immediate release alive by Ebonyi governor’, partly read, “The release of the bruised and emotionally destabilising news about the alleged death of the five engineers by the Governor during a security summit organised by Christian Association of Nigeria, Abakiliki chapter has left their families, friends and associates emotionally confused.

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“The governor made this so-called revelation without reaching out to the families of the engineers just as the wives of the missing workers told HURIWA in Enugu that the governor did not notify them and till date, he has not demonstrated any believable steps to prove that indeed, their breadwinners are dead because the governor has neither produced the so-called killers nor the alleged burial sites.

“We were in expectation and are still in high expectation that it is the sole and primary responsibility of the government to throw their weight behind the plight of the families and friends of these victims so as to unravel the entire circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident and most importantly rescue them alive and unharmed.

“Perceiving a reasonable suspicion that the five missing engineers may have been forced to disappear by a yet to be ascertained individual owing to the fact that the governor only declared them dead and buried without consulting the families and yet failed to produce the burial sites, HURIWA demands the immediate release of the victims alive,” the group added.

The organisation also confirmed the identities of the engineers as: Nelson Onyemeh (Director and Partner of Nelan Consultants), Stanley Nwazulum, Ernest Edeani, IK Ejiofor and Samuel Aneke.

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I will not resign over prison breaks, says Aregbesola

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has declared that he won’t resign amid the incessant successful attacks on prison facilities in Nigeria.

Aregbesola disclosed this while addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday.

The minister noted that the attacks did not take place successfully for lack of preparation.

According to Aregbesola: “Imo was in April this year. Kabba was in September. Abologo was in October and Jos was in November. Those captured the attacks.

“When your our best does not suffice, it’s no longer a question of your inability to make preparation or failure for preparation or preparedness.

“It’s just that at that instance, you just couldn’t hold the defense and several factors are responsible.

“As to whether it calls for my resignation, I still don’t see any need for that because it’s not for lack of preparedness that the attacks were successful. No.”

Several Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) have been attacked by unknown gunmen in some states of the country.

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Senate to amend Standing Rules

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The Senate on Wednesday declared its intention to amend the Standing Rules adopted in 2015.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who disclosed this at the plenary, said the rules would be updated in line with the current realities.

He added that the amendment would allow the Senate to accommodate committees created by the 8th National Assembly and not captured in the standing rules.

Lawan said: “The copies of the proposals will be distributed today (Wednesday) and the idea is for all of us to study them between now and Monday, and on Tuesday we will look into them.

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“So, if any of us has any idea of an additional thing or suggestion on what has been introduced by Tuesday we should be able to have our positions.

“It is inevitable that the standing orders as they are today have to be amended for us to be up-to-date in everything that we do here.”

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