The refusal of the Department of State Services to release Omoyele Sowore , the publisher of SaharaReporters, an online news platform from its custody has brought to mind several other instances where the government ignored court orders. From unlawful imprisonment to outright refusal to obey court orders , below are some of the instance where the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has erred. Omoyele Sowore Omoyele Sowore , a former presidential candidate and publisher of SaharaReporters , an online news platform was on August 3 , 2019 arrested by the DSS in Lagos and transferred to Abuja. The DSS obtained an ex parte order to keep Sowore for 45 days . Barely 24 hours to the expiration of the 45 days detention order , the Attorney -General of the Federation’ s office filed
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will today be leading members of the pro-Biafra group to the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) holding in New York. It will be recalled that Kanu had led a delegation of IPOB to the United Nations in Geneva last week where he explained why the group is insisting on the Sovereign State of Biafra. A statement on Monday by its spokesman Emma Powerful diclosed this. The statement reads in part: “Regarding the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, we have both direct and indirect representations for the event in the US. Our people are on the ground. “If the right conditions, which we are waiting for are put in place, our leader will personally lead our people; otherwise it
The Nigerian Army has begun the trial of former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Sokoto, Major General Hakeem Otiki, over an alleged N400 million stolen by some soldiers under his command. Five soldiers of Operation Harbin Kunama III were confirmed to have absconded with the money while escorting it from Sokoko on July 11, 2019, en route Abuja. Army authorities had since July begun the interrogation of the former GOC over the missing N400 million. Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, inaugurated the General Court Martial for the trial on Tuesday in Abuja, stating that the trial was in line with the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 Laws of the Federation 2014. The General Court Martial would be presided over by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army Headquarters,...
A former lawmaker representing of Rivers Southeast Senatorial District in the 7th and 8th Senate, Magnus Abe, has cried out over what he described as “miseries, humiliations and attacks” he is alleged suffering in his party, the All Progressives Congress APC. Abe said that him and others put their lives on the line to birth the party in Rivers State. The former lawmaker and governorship aspirant, further stated that he was facing oppression in the hands of the friend. Abe made his claims in a statement he shared on Facebook on Tuesday, said: “I have chosen not to be bitter towards anyone and not to teach bitterness to anyone. I know that if I teach people that Mr. A is the source of every failure and poverty, I will absolve myself and those I teach of all responsibility for whatever
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has declared September 14th as “Saboteur” day in remembrance of those killed during the ‘Operation Python Dance II’ launched by the Nigerian Army. Kanu, via a statement on his twitter timeline and radio broadcast, eulogized the 28 people allegedly killed at his residence in Afara-ukwu, Umuahia, Abia state during “Operation Python Dance II” by Nigerian Soldiers. He wrote; “September 14 is #SaboteurDay We shall observe a minute silence at 12 noon Biafraland time to remember the #Gallant28 that fell at my residence in Afara-Ukwu and all Biafrans that were murdered through Operation Python Dance II. We will never forget nor forgive.” “At exactly 12 Noon Biafraland Time I honoured them with a minute silence followed by a praye
A former minister for women affairs, Jumai Alhassan popularly known as “Mama Taraba” has dumped the United Democratic Party, UDP for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Alhassan, at a meeting in her Jalingo Residence, explained that her defection to the PDP was based on an opinion poll carried out at a stakeholders’ meeting. She revealed that she had no other option than to follow the decision of the majority members of the party. It will be recalled that Alhassan contested for governorship on the platform of the UDP in the 2019 general elections and lost.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday raised the alarm over the delay by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to release the record of its judgment to enable the party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to promptly file an appeal to upturn the judgment at the Supreme Court. In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said, “Our party and millions of supporters across the country believe that the delay is a calculated attempt by some quarters to frustrate our appeal at the Supreme Court, where Nigerians have expressed confidence to get justice as well as restore the integrity of our judiciary, which has been eroded by the Tribunal.” The statement said that It was instructive to state that the Court of Appe
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured members of the party in Rivers state that it will provide a level playing ground for all to participate in the forth coming congresses to elect a new leadership for the party in the state. The party also asked all members and leaders of the party in the state to close rank and put behind them events that cost the party participation in the last general election in the state. Acting National Secretary of the APC, Hon. Victor Giadom who gave the assurance when a former factional chairman of the party in Rivers state, Prince Peter Odike visited him said the success of the party was more important than personal interest. He urged Odike to serve as a peace ambassador to the party by uniting aggrieved factions in the state in order t...
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State has dismissed the two separate petitions filed by Senator John Owan-Enoh, the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, laying claims to have been the candidate of the same party. The two petitions, suit number EPT/CAL/Gov/01/2019 and suit number EPT/CAL/Gov/02/2019 were against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as first respondent and Governor Ben Ayade of the People’s Democratic Party PDP as 2nd respondent. Chairman of the 3-man tribunal, Justice Josiah Majebi in the unanimous judgment read by him on behalf of the panel in the suit number EPT/CAL/Gov/01/2019, filed by Senator John Owan-Enoh stated: “We hold that the petition fails and i
While his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is planning to appeal the tribunal’s verdict, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the presidential election petition tribunal. The five-man panel of the tribunal had dismissed the petition by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23 election. At the ruling which lasted over eight hours, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammad Garba, dismissed all the petitions filed by the petitioners for failing to convince the tribunal in the reliefs they sought. Reacting, Wike congratulated Buhari in a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, his media aide. The governor urged Buhari to use his victory to work for all
Federal lawmakers from Rivers on Monday staged a peaceful protest to demonstrate their grievances over President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged total abandonment of the oil-rich state. The lawmakers including senators and House of Representatives members from the state staged the protest on Aleto/Akpajo Bridge, along the East-West road in State. According to them, the action was meant to draw the attention of the Nigerian government to the critical need of road and other infrastructure in the state. The protesters were led by Rivers South-East senator, Barinada Mpigi. The State Caucus in the national assembly who were part of the protest included Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Dekor, member representing Khana/Gokana federal constituency and Rep O. K. Chinda, member representing Obio/Akpor federal c
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the call, yesterday, at a press briefing in Abuja. Ologbondiyan faulted the minister’s speech as an appeal to sentiments, sensing that President Buhari has allegedly failed to defend himself before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. He said if Buhari is indeed seeking pardon from Nigerians, he should toe the path of honour and vacate the his office. “The PDP has reviewed the video of the media interview by the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and surmised that President Buhari should save the judiciary and the nation further troubles by immediately throwing in the towel and vacating the presidential seat following the official admission that he (Buhari) does not possess a WAE