Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has declared its support for any approach to a constructive resolution of the crises in the South East.
ThE group maintained that the crisis rocking the region is instigated by the actions or inaction of certain forces embedded in the current Federal Administration in Abuja.
Therefore, it says that any political solution to the crisis is a welcomed decision and is in no way an interference with the Judiciary because the President through his Attorney General of the Federation instituted the persecution of Nnamdi Kanu.
“First and foremost, the crisis started when the President refused to accord the Igbo nation the constitutionally mandated and required equity and equality of citizenship of Nigeria by not considering anybody in the South East to head any security under his watch.
“Nobody from the South East is holding any command or leadership positions of a security institution under this current dispensation.
“The over 60 million Igbo citizens of Nigeria were practically pushed out of Nigeria by Mr. President when he did not trust any Igbo person for appointment of or into any strategic dimensions as one of the security chiefs under his government.
“So Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB are just mere manifestation of the deep seated collective angst of the Igbo nation instigated by marginalisation and apartheid policy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s exclusionist policies targeted against Igbos.
“So, it is Mr. President that caused the problem in the first place so he should resolve it by releasing Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally and ending the systematic persecution in the High Court of Nnamdi Kanu.
“Nnamdi Kanu’s alleged offences which is broadcasting through his IPOB radio station in a remote part of London is not up to 50% of what Nassir El-Rufai or Sheikh Gumi have done and said against Christians and Southern Nigeria but they are free but Nnamdi Kanu is detained because he is Igbo.
“Nnamdi Kanu has not done or said half of what Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has done or said in the media yet he is a free man moving around with security whereas the other one is still in detention because he is an Igbo man and his life is still threatened.
“Gumi mingles with terrorists but he is free. Nnamdi Kanu set up an agitation organisation called IPOB to campaign peacefully for Self-determination but he is in detention and his life is under severe threats due to the grave conditions under which he is being detained.
“The statement by Mr. President that releasing Nnamdi Kanu will violate or amount to interference with the Judiciary is not correct, that is not the correct position of the law.
“This is because what is going on between Nnamdi Kanu, the government of Muhammadu Buhari and DSS is not prosecution but persecution.
“Mr. President said if he released Nnamdi Kanu it would amount to interference of the Judiciary?
“Which Judiciary? Is it the Judiciary the DSS has taken over or seized the control of who goes in or comes out that the federal government’s executive arm controls the premises and determines who comes in or out that the President is talking about? DSS has already hijacked the federal High court. So the executive arm of government under President Muhammadu Buhari has already hijacked the judiciary.
“Lastly under the constitution the attorney general of the federation who begins an action can terminate it at any time based on public interest, So they should release Nnamdi Kanu immediately because of public interest, equity, justice, fairness and equality of citizenship.
“If Gumi and El-Rufai who admitted paying armed Fulani militia to stop killing Christians and Gumi who defend terrorists are free, why detain Nnamdi Kanu?” HURIWA said in a statement signed by Emmanuel Onwubiko, its National Coordinator and made available to DAILY POST on Friday.”
Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison
Chiemeka Arinze, one of the co-defendants in the alleged kidnap of trial of Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has died in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Recall that Arinze was charged alongside, Evans, Joseph Emeka, and Udeme Upong with the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors.
They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.
They were also charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.
According to his death certificate obtained by NAN on Monday, Arinze passed away at 9.08 pm on Nov. 26 as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest.
The death certificate which was issued by Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, signed by Dr. B.E Salisu indicated that the deceased, who died at the age of 45, was also suffering from complicated Advanced HIV.
According to officials of the correctional facilities who spoke under anonymity, Arinze, who was battling ill health, was rushed from the hospital of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center to a General Hospital on Friday where he passed away, NAN reports.
As at the time of the filing of this report, the counsel to Arinze, Mr Ogedi Ogu is in court for the hearing of the kidnapping case which is slated for hearing.
He disclosed to NAN that he intends to inform the court of Arinze’s demise and apply to withdraw from the case
Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison
Reduce cost of governance instead of planned oil subsidy removal – Muslim journalists tell FG
Muslim journalists on the platform of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance instead of the planned subsidy removal.
DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Government had a few days ago announced its plan to remove subsidy on petroleum products.
But, MMPN in its reaction has advised the government to shelve the idea of oil subsidy removal.
The Oyo State chapter of the association, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held in Ibadan on Sunday, insisted that the government should reduce the cost of governance in order to save money to embark on developmental projects.
In the communique made available to DAILY POST on Monday through its Chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, MMPN enjoined the government not to remove oil subsidy because such a move will lead to an increase in prices of fuel and other essential commodities.
The association revealed that the removal of subsidy at this time will inflict more suffering on the majority of the Nigerian masses.
It appealed to the committee set up by the Federal Government on fuel subsidy to advise the government to look for other options such as reduction in the cost of governance at all levels by 70 percent.
“The reduction in the cost of governance will help to save more money as the Association believes that the cost of governance in the country is too high compared to the developed world,” it said.
The association while reviewing recent happenings in the journalism profession in the state, advised media professionals to uphold the responsibility of being the watchdog of the society by avoiding practices that could lead to derailment from its journalistic ethos.
It condemned the crisis that characterised the October Correspondents’ chapel election and the recently held NAWOJ election in the state.
“The charade that led to the NUJ National election, the brouhaha that characterized NUJ, Oyo State Correspondent Chapel election and the recent State NAWOJ election where two factions are claiming leadership of the union is a show of shame which have soiled the watchdog responsibility of the media as well as its role model functions.
“MMPN warns civil and public servants against being overzealous in implementing government circulars or taking steps that could lead to denial or infringement on Muslims fundamental human rights,” it added.
EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League so far [Top 20]
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah remains the top scorer in the Premier League after Week 13 games.
The Egyptian international is ahead of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy on the goal chart.
Salah has so far scored eleven Premier League goals for Liverpool this season.
The former Chelsea and AS Roma star has two goals ahead of Vardy.
Premier League top scorers after match-day thirteen:
11 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
9 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
7 goals: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and Diogo Jota (Liverpool).
6 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham)
5 goals: Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Joshua King (Watford), Maxwel Cornet (Burnley), Raphinha (Leeds United) and Ismaila Sarr (Watford).
4 goals: Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Meanwhile, the Premier League match-fourteen will commence on November 30.
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