Wike sets up parallel judicial commission of inquiry to investigate election violence

Barely 24 hours after the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the panel constituted by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim, to investigate the violence that marred the December 10 legislative rerun in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday set up a parallel judicial commission of inquiry to undertake same task.


A communication issued by the secretary to the state government (SSG), Kenneth Kobani, said the panel would be inaugurated today in Port Harcourt.


It named Justice Chinwendu Nwogu as chairman while Mrs. Grace Akpughunum-Okwulehie, Prof. Okene O.V., Anthony Uzoma Ozurumba, Rev. Canon Hossanna Nnaewi and Ekeh C.B. are members. The chief state counsel, Alphonso Sibi, is to serve as secretary.


Meanwhile, the All Progress Congress (APC) in the state has urged the governor and his party to submit to the probe by the federal authority, stating that the constitution was very clear on the way out when a state law conflicts with federal’s.

15 Arrested Over Election Violence

The Police Command in Kogi on Thursday said it arrested 15 persons for various offences during the April 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Shola Adebayo, in a statement in Lokoja said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

He said that two of the suspects were arrested in Ofu Local Government with ballot boxes and ballot papers and one suspect at Ankpa for unlawful possession of firearms.

According to Adebayo, 12 of the suspects were arrested at Gegu-Beki community in Kogi Local Government for post-election violence.

“There is a case of someone arrested with eight stolen explosive detonators by the police on the eve of the election.

“This is a situation that would have spelt doom for the state but salvaged by the police,” he said.

The police spokesman assured that all issues related to security breaches during the polls would be thoroughly investigated.

He described the election as generally peaceful, attributing it to the proactive measures put in place by the police and other security agencies.

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Violence, Electoral Malpractices Mar Elections In Imo

The governorship and House of Assembly election in Imo State was Saturday marred by violence, shortage and late arrival of electoral materials, among other electoral malpractices in most of the Local Government Areas.

There were heavy shootings in most of the Polling Units in Owerri North, Aboh Mbaise, Onuimo, Oguta, Oru East and Ohaji-Egbema Council Areas, as well as  ballot box snatching.

At Okwele, in Onuimo Council Area, no fewer than three persons suspected to be hired thugs were feared dead in a car accident, while trying to escape with ballot boxes and sensitive electoral materials.

In another place in Aboh Mbaise Council Area, hoodlums dressed in fake Army uniforms and armed with AK47 Riffles, were arrested by Soldiers, while attempting to snatch electoral materials.

Imo State Governor and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rochas Okorocha, condemned the violence that marred the elections, stating that a Panel of Inquiry will be set up to investigate the involvement of some of the politicians.

The governor, who briefed newsmen at his Polling Unit in Ogboko, shortly after casting his vote, blamed the growing violence in some parts of the state, especially Oguta, Ohaji-Egbema, Aboh Mbaise Council Areas, among others on the desperation of some of the politicians.

He however noted that there was significant improvement in the operations of the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to him, “there is a remarkable improvement in the conduct of the security operatives. For instance in this election, there is no Armoured Tank in the front of my house. But the indiscriminate arrest of APC supporters including my Media aide is worrisome.

“Even though the Card Reader rejected me four times, I will say that there is great improvement in accreditations generally”.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise, especially the performance of the Card Readers.

According to him, “the turnout is impressive and peaceful. You can see the people waiting to be accredited”.

Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, shortly after voting in his Polling Unit at Isiebu in Isiala Mbaise Council Area, noted that there was remarkable improvement in INEC preparations in the governorship election compared to the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Ensure Peaceful Elections, IBB, Abubakar Tell Nigerians #NigeriaDecides2015

Former military President Ibrahim Babangida on Saturday called on Nigerians to ensure peaceful and fair elections. He made the call when he went for his accreditation at the Uphill Water Tank polling unit in Minna.

Babangida said that the election was a test for the sustenance of democratic tenet in the country. Also, the former Head of States, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, enjoined Nigerians to cast their votes peacefully.

He said the politicians should be assisted in their quest to make the country a better place in the comity of Nations. “Nigerians should help the politicians to work for them. If this is achieved there will be cohesion and development in the country,’’ he said. Reports that Banbangida did his accreditation at about 11:45a.m. while Abubakar did few second after him.

Nigerians Running Away From Home Just Because of Election #Photo

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This is what you get when you live in a country where anyone who wins election becomes rich. The quest to serve the people thus become a do-or-die affair with politicians arming youths for election. How sad!. More sights from travellers by road are been reported from Abuja with bus parks getting full with the amount of passengers flooding the motor parks for the fear of election violence. God help Nigeria

Mbu Denies Ordering Policemen To Kill Civilians During Elections

Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 2 comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Mbu Joseph Mbu, has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that he never ordered his men to kill 20 civilians in place of a policeman that may be killed during the forthcoming elections.

Mbu described the allegation as “complete falsehood, exaggerated, twisted and totally quoted out of context” in a counter-affidavit he filed in a suit instituted by a Lagos lawyer, Tope Alabi, urging the court to order the removal of Mbu over alleged abuse of power.

The AIG also maintained that what he told policemen under his command was that any policeman shot by any person could shoot back in self defence.

In the counter-affidavit deposed to on his behalf by a policeman, Olugbemiga Adeoye, the deponent averred that he was at the briefing where Mbu allegedly made the statement.

He claimed that contrary to the allegation: “The true position is that the first defendant (Mbu), during his official tours and briefing of police officers at Lagos and Ogun State Commands, directed every police officer to be law abiding, hardworking and wake up to their constitutional/statutory duties and respect for every citizen’s legal rights.”

in the course of performance of their duties, and that any policeman shot by any person could shoot back in self defence.”

At the resumed hearing of the matter before Justice Ibrahim Buba on Wednesday, counsel to the applicant, Femi Falana (SAN) moved the originating summons and urged the court to grant the prayers sought.

While the Legal Officer in charge of Zone 2 police command, Chukwu Agu, who represented Mbu prayed the court to dismiss the suit with substantial cost.

Agu further urged the court not to rely on newspaper publications tendered as exhibit to the suit because they contained unverifiable facts, and were not certified.

After listening to submission from two counsels, Justice Buba fixed March 27 for judgment.

Alabi (plaintiff) had based the suit on an alleged statement made by Mbu, threatening to kill 20 civilians for every policeman that is killed during the forthcoming general elections.

The plaintiff is seeking a declaration that the first defendant (Mbu) “is unfit to be a police officer in Nigeria.”

The plaintiff is praying the court to direct Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, the Police Service Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke, (who are the second to fourth defendants), to declare Mbu’s office vacant and replace him without further delay.

Alabi said Mbu, as a senior police officer, swore to uphold the rule of law and abide by the constitution, but has allegedly been behaving as if he was above the law.

It Is An Election And Not War By Naufal Ahmad

A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it. Election is central to any democratic system, it allows ordinary citizens to choose who leads or represents them in governing their state, it also serves as a check on political leaders in the sense that they have to periodically seek the mandate of the people to either continue in office if the people are satisfied with them, or be voted out of office when the people are dissatisfied with their performances. It is through elections that they exercise their sovereign power, election is the yardstick for measuring the maturity of a democracy. A major cancer threatening our democracy is election violence. International Foundation For Electoral System (IFES) defined Electoral violence as “any act of threat of physical or psychological harm to a person or damage to property directly involved in an electoral process.” Political violence is one variant in the struggle for power in our democracy, since the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999,the conduct of elections has been characterized by violence and wanton destruction of lives and properties,indeed electoral violence has caused division and stalemate in our developmental processes as a nation. _ If an election is characterized by violence it has the tendency of ushering a democracy into recession or eventual collapse, on the other hand a peaceful election enhances a democracy and consolidates a Nation.  Democracy in Nigeria is being threatened by violence along ethnoreligious lines, politicians desperate to stay  in power  stoke  the ethno-religious tension in Nigeria for political gains ahead of the 2015 elections. which poses a threat to Nigeria’s existence as a nation. Nigeria is one of the must ethnically and religious diverse places on earth with more than 300 tribes it’s therefore vulnerable to electoral and all other types of violence, we must therefore as politicians, as stakeholders, as citizens uphold the highest of virtues in our daily manifestation in order to maintain a peaceful atmosphere at this fragile stage of our democracy,we must learn from history,the case of South Sudan,the Hutu-Tutsi massacre, the Arab spring uprising, all these people are not half as diverse as Nigeria is if violence were to break it would bring double the damage it inflicted on those places aforementioned._ It has become clear that some politicians either due to sentiment of ignorance are trying so hard to force this country into violence either by action or by making dangerous statements around ethno-religios  lines,one governor was recorded referring to the opposition as “cockroaches”the word used by the Hutu against their Tutsi counterpart an incident that caused one of the worse massacres in human history claiming 800,000 lives, mostly innocent women and children._ One can’t help but notice the provocative actions taken by the incumbent PDP government to deliberately coerce Nigeria into violence  to achieve their political gains,the scandalous comments made by the vice president about the APC being an Islamic party would have caused mayhem in this country,desperation has caused them to use these emotive sentiments to mobilize votes the only time this “sentiments” become serious issues is when they want to stay in power it seizes to count as soon as the electoral process ends. Another fundamental issue that would have caused chaos was the unprecedented polls shift,an action seen by many as provocative,a deliberate attempt to coerce the country into violence in order to earn whatever legitimacy the government needed to declare a state of emergency that will permit them to stay in power, a plan that didn’t see the dawn of the day. In our present vigorous struggle for change, nothing  strikes so much fear into the heart of these cabals and their agents than that of the masses responding to the call to apply our final form of resistance, but we most do it positively and peacefully, we must weigh the pros and cons, taking in the end an informed decision that will liberate us safely. Nigeria has lost enough lives to insecurity, our valiant men and women of the military who died honorably defending us, and the over 13,000 innocent people mostly women and children whose lives were consumed by these bloodthirsty madmen called BokoHaram. As a country that went through a civil war, we all know the consequences of violence and what it inflicts to both the physical and mental state of a society. Beyond deaths and injuries, violence have serious lifelong scars physically and emotionally to the nation.  Nigeria cannot revert to violent struggle,we must exercise patience and stay vigilant of all the daily manifestations of our democracy, we must organize ourselves in preparation of the inevitable future of our beloved country. We all have roles to play in this  great quest of salvaging this great Nation,as individuals,as public office holders,as NGOs,CBOs,FBOs and community leaders as political parties.we must ensure an unconditional respect for the rule of law,ensure respect for the principle of transparency in the electoral processes by the electoral umpire,this impending election must be free and fair. engage in anti-violence campaigns aimed at educating the masses on the inevitable damage of violent activities in this fragile nation, sensitization of security agents involved in the electoral process too must be embarked upon. The future of this country depends solely on a peaceful and credible elections, injustice and peace cannot cohabit the same atmosphere, peace is in everyone’s best interest without peace there will be no country called Nigeria, without Nigeria there will be no country to call our own. Let peace reign

Naufal Ahmad


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PDP Demands Arrest of APC Leaders For Rivers State Violence

The Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the arrest of the All Progressives Congress’ gubernatorial and senate election candidates following the alleged assault of the ruling party’s governorship contender and senior members.

PDP Rivers State Chairman, Felix Obuah, blamed the attack on the governorship rally in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area of the State on members of the APC and called for the arrest and interrogation of Dakuku Peterside, and Otelema Dan Amachree, respectively.

“They must tell the police what they know about the ugly and shameful attack on the PDP governorship candidate Nyesom Wike, his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, Sports Minister, Dr Tammy Danagogo and members of the PDP Campaign Council,” said Obuah.

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AIG Mbu Insists His Men Will Kill To Defend Themselves

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Lagos, Joseph Mbu, has again defied popular opinion by insisting that there is nothing untoward in the number of people that can be killed by policemen under his command in self-defence.

Mbu, who made this assertion while chatting with some journalists on the sideline of the inauguration of the Olorunsogo II Power Station by President Goodluck Jonathan in Olorunsogo, Ogun State, said since policemen were also humans, they should be ready to take revenge on any violent group(s) that might attack them or other innocent citizens.

The AIG told the newsmen, who had approached him to clarify a controversial statement credited to him that 20 civilians would be shut for every policeman killed, that he would stand his ground.

According to him, “I still stand by what I said. And what I said is very clear: that if any violent group attacks my policemen, my policemen should attack them violently.

“If any violent group attacks a law-abiding citizen in a bid to cause injury or cause harm, the police should repel and save that law-abiding citizen because we have the powers to do so.

“If hoodlums or touts decide to be lawless; carrying knives, carrying illegal firearms and shooting at my policemen, if they shoot at my policemen and they are a hundred or 200, my policemen will not be looking at them. They will reply back in self-defence.

“The number I kill is immaterial because a policeman is also a human being.

The 2015 Elections: There May Be Another Country By Nnaemeka Oruh

The tension is palpable. Naked fear walks through the land unchallenged, waylaying people at every turn. While a deadly group of religious bigots has laid siege on our land and seem not to be letting go of its asphyxiating hold on us, it was not the major reason for the fear that now roams through the streets of our land. After all, the deadly group has for now confined its activities to a particular part of our land. This fear is a fear born out of something else. Something that defies geographical boundaries. Something that is omnipresent. It reaches out to all of us, through mobile phones, word of mouth, television stations, radio stations, and even the print media. This fear was born out of the gospel of hatred.
At one side, some chant change. At the other, the chant of transformation rents the air. But they do not stop at that. The campaign of calumny increases daily. This camp calls out the other camp. The other retaliates. Lies are spread, minds are poisoned and when you step back and watch, you realise that if a truce is not called, mortal enemies are being created. Families have been split right through the middle with poisonous hatred shrouding each half. There is no longer any common ground. You place a finger on the pulse of the nation and you can feel the sickness engulfing her.
Take a trip to the social media and see the insults hurled; the threats meted out, and you suddenly realise that if we survive the elections, a lot of time will be spent trying to heal this nation. It does not seem like any camp is willing to accept defeat. Pointers only show that whoever wins, the other camp(with or without the support of its leader) will revolt and blood may flow.
Ironically, the elders who should help mitigate this crackling hate fans its embers. Words that even young people like me dare not say, come out from the mouths of elders. Words that incite more hatred and threaten to tear us apart. The only thing is, when the uprising starts, the elders will not be on the streets to fight. Those voices(activists all) from London, tightly gripping the social media and inciting hate will be in London or the USA, acting as our mouthpiece, ‘agitating’ for international support under the cosy atmosphere of foreign peace.  The victims? You know who the victims will be.
The victims will be you and I, who have no access to visas that will enable us escape once the fight starts. We will be stuck here, one poor man killing the other poor man. Our children? They will suffer the most. The children of the others will be in faraway countries, still eating bacon and coffee for breakfast. My children and yours will be happy if their mothers find enough cassava leaves to prepare saltless soup.
This is not a fight for change or transformation. It is a power struggle between people who feel they are losing control of power and relevance and those who are fighting back to maintain their relevance. It is a power struggle blown out of proportion by feeding the media(especially social media) with lies, half-truths and promises bordering on utopia. Disciples have been made and encouraged to help spread the hate. And the gullible disciples, unthinking of the overall future of the nation are fanatically at work, most of them for free. The idea of doing it for free gives them a certain moral justification that they are fighting for something noble. Yet whoever claims to be fighting for the good of our nation would always stop and ask; “Will the current trend help my nation grow, or will it harm her more?”. In implementing plans, it is always pertinent to see how your proximal goals will affect your distal goals. If the good of the nation is your distal goal, take a pause and ask how your current spread of hatred will benefit Nigeria in the long run.
Fear is the lord of our land now. Many have decided that staying clear of anything that concerns the elections is the only guaranty of safety. Mother has called me too and warned me to stay clear. I rush through social media these days without paying attention to political posts. The spread of hatred is sickening.
This morning, I re-visited Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra. There are glaring similarities between the state of things now and the ones that led to the civil war. Only this time, the actors have changed. Then I fall on my knees and say this short prayer: ” Please God, don’t let there be another country”.

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