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Our attention has been drawn to the self contradictory press release of the SSS in which an unsuccessful attempt was made to absolve itself of  responsibility for the armed invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, in general, and the desecration of Court No 7 of Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in particular as well as the illegal rearrest of Omoyele Sowore.

First, pretending to forget that the abominable desecration of the Federal High Court was covered live by domestic and international media outfits and journlists, some of whom were also direct victims of the gangsterism, barbarism and brutalisation displayed by officers of the Service on the 6th day of December 2019, the Service has conducted “eye witness” accounts of what transpired with the aim of showing that officers of the Service were not involved in the rearrest of Sowore.

Second, the Service argues on the one hand that the arrest of Sowore was “stage managed” by his supporters in order to give the Service a bad name whilst also admitting at the same time that officers of the Service arrested Sowore outside the Court. Having declared that the Service arrested Sowore “outside the court”, despite the “stage managing” argument, what the Nigerian people want to see happen is the immediate release of Sowore, pending his trial as ordered by the court.

 

INDUBITABLE FACTS CONFIRMING DESECRATION OF COURT AND RE-ARREST BY THE SERVICE

However, the following facts underscore our insistence that the Service was solely responsible for the desecration of the hallowed chambers of the court:

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The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) on Sunday declared the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (NAN) winners of all the 16 Chairmanship seats in the local government election conducted on Saturday .

Results of the 177 Councillorship seats were, however, still being awaited as at the time of filing this report.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chairman of the commission ,Justice Jide Aladejana, had declared the results in Ado Ekiti.

Aladejana said contrary to reports, no death was recorded at any polling booth on Saturday.

” Nobody was killed at Ward 7 Unit 006 in Ikere on Saturday . Nobody was shot, though we heard that someone came violently and made away with unused ballot papers

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In a special 2019 Human Rights Summit Awards, of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state was specially recognized with an Award of Excellence in the area of human rights promotion and protection, good administration of justice, among others.

Themed “Adopting Rights-Based Approach in the Public Sector Sustainable Development Agenda,” was held at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton, Abuja, Sunday, and the Commission praised him for taking care of the rights of vulnerable, by way of creating avenues for the children to have…

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A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, Sunday, described the invasion of the Federal High Court Abuja, by agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) to re-arrest the #RevolutionNow Convener, Omoyele Sowore, as the implementation of General Muhammadu Buhari’s #NextLevel of dictatorship and impunity.

Frank who strongly condemned the gestapo attack and flagrant desecration of the nation’s Temple of Justice, urged Nigerians to be alarmed over the total disregard for the rule of law and fundamental…

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Kano state Commissioner of Police, Habu A. Sani has paraded over 133 suspects nabbed as kidnapers, criminals, hoodlums , armed robbers, car thieves and drug traffickers, with various items of exhibits recovered from them.

According to CP Habu who briefed journalists at the Bompai Police Headquarters, “it could be recalled that when I assumed duty on the 20th November 2019, I had an enlarged Media interaction stating my Action Plan to fight all forms of crimes and criminality in the State.

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DEFENCE

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in partnership with the Office of Security Cooperation of the United States Department of Defence (OSC US DOD) has trained personnel on Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC).

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that the partnership was part of a 4-Phased Aerial Patient Movement Programme, to reduce casualty mortality rate at the point of injury and increase patient survivability during transport.

Daramola said the rigorous training now in its third phase, was conducted at the 063 NAF Hospital, NAF Base Abuja.

He said the training was aimed at further enhancing the capacity of NAF personnel, to provide effective aeromedical evacuation and advanced life support services within Operation LAFIYA DOLE and other Theatres of Operation across the country.

Daramola quoted the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as saying that the training was also aimed at developing the NAF’s capacity in Flight Medicine and Aerial Movement.

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Enyimba however, defeated the Cote D’Ivoire side with a lone goal after struggling very had to stave off the visitors’ pressures from scoring them.

Enyimba’s winning goal came through Martins Usule (9) in the 64th minute after the striker replaced Sampson Obi (7) who had an unrewarding day…

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In an open letter to congress, more than 600 academics from law schools including Yale, Rutgers and Harvard said it would be constitutional to remove the president.

“There is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress,” they wrote.

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Prior to becoming the Governor of River State, Governor Wike was the Federal Minister of State for Education under the Jonathan administration.

On June 2019, Gov Wike declared free education for all state owned primary and secondary schools.

He said “From today henceforth, no child either in primary and secondary schools should pay fees and levies in any school across the state. The monies you collect from these children are just used for your personal purposes. If I hear that any school head collects any fees or levies, be they examination, NECO or WAEC fees, that school head would be sanctioned. We shall not only dismiss the school head who collects fees or levies, we will prosecute the person involved. Government will work out grants that will be sent to the schools for their regular management and operations.’’

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Ebeku was formerly Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria; Head of the Department of Law at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria. He is a practicing barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

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Recently a heated debate over sharing of Nigeria resources and the necessity for diversification of revenue earning avenues was raising hell amongst the bloggers of a yahoogroup. The heat was sparked by the remark that “the northerners have managed to out-maneuver the southerners in Nigerian national affairs repeatedly”. A blogger in response questioned how one can say that just because somebody suggested setting up agricultural development commission in the North? and another blogger chimed in to state that northerners aren’t as smart as the southerners. He continued to explain that the reason for his assertion is that southerners are numerous in the movies and in Medical/Health and Computer related businesses, doctors, nurse, X-ray technicians, Physical Therapy business, Home Health Care etc. He referred to them as the creative class.

The fact is the northerners have outperformed the southerners time and time again -politically and otherwise as a group. The assertion is not based on a suggestion either but on the reality on the grounds. Northerners have had an edge over the southerners ever since the early 1900s and not just due to the perils of the recent war but long before the war. The south has always taken a backseat in the arena of national affairs. In fact since the inception of Nigeria, southerners have stayed second class citizens while the northerners stayed first. The question is, why this imbalance? Is it possible to really understand that southerners may have in fact played the biggest role in creating this imbalance on herself? Could it possibly be that southerners got out maneuvered as alleged? If so, are southerners too ashamed to attest to…