Kaduna Government Insists Violence Is Not A Religious Conflict.

The Kaduna State government has described as untrue the attacks in the southern part of the state is an orchestrated plot against Christians.

The state government maintained that the attacks are being carried out by some armed bandits that have been terrorising some states in the northern region.


The government also cautioned religious and political leaders to desist from making inflammatory comments that are capable of worsening the crisis in the southern part of the state, where suspected armed bandits have been attacking communities in recent time.


The government warned that such statements coming from men of God are capable of plunging the state and the country into a religious war.


The Kaduna state deputy governor, Bala Bantex who gave the warning at the end of the State Security Council meeting, said that the law will descend on any religious leader found guilty of making provocative statements or inciting people into violence.


Mr Bantex while condemning statements by some religious leaders outside Kaduna state, asking Christians to take up arm and attack their Muslim counterparts whenever they come close to them, appealed to Religious leaders to preach peace and love to their members and also support government and security agencies towards restoring peace in Southern Kaduna.


The state government also directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute the masterminds of the attacks and any individual or group that incites the citizens to take laws into their hands.


He explained that government has demonstrated total commitment to the restoration of peace in Southern Kaduna, by ensuring that troops are deployed to the troubled areas and also ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons are brought back to their homes for them to start their normal life.


Source: Channels TV

WITNESS REPORT: How ‘One Million Boys’ are terrorizing Ibadan residents.

Unchallenged by elders in the community and without fear of law enforcement agents, they conduct their menacing activities in the open and residents are well-aware of their sophistication with dangerous objects. ?Sikiru Akinola writes about the deadly activities of young boys who are not up to 100 but are popularly called “one million boys”.

Kudeti, one of the most popular communities in Ibadan, Oyo state, houses the Cathedral Church of Saint David. Many successful Nigerians have lived in that community. The house of Adelabu Adegoke ‘Penkelemesi’, the late populist politician, is a stone’s throw from Adebipon Street, where ‘One Million Boys’, a notorious group, has recently turned to a ‘cathedral of violence’. Anytime they strike, the innocent residents and those who are unlucky to be at the right place at the wrong time always count their losses.

The crisis

Their base, which is opposite the Cathedral?, was always lively until tragedy struck, forcing many residents to leave their homes and abandon their shops for fear of being injured or killed.? The place is now like a graveyard.

On December 19, nobody had premonition that something bad was going to happen. At about 8 pm, while Muslims were almost ending the Ishai prayer, sounds of gunshots filled the air. Many could not wait till the end of their prayer.

A witness said the attackers arrived in a Micra car, one tricycle and more than five motorcycles. Some women later returned to pick their children. Innocent people were beaten and injured, shops and property were razed. While the operation lasted, the place became a no-go-area.

The casualties

A hairdresser, who had returned to get some things from her shop, got a bullet on her shoulder. She died before help came her way. A fragile old man, who could not escape, also sustained injuries and died the next day.

One Sikiru Muftau, leader of a rival gang, was unlucky as the lower part of one of his hands was chopped off. Muftau died before the severed part could be located.

?While families of those who lost their lives are still mourning, those who shops were razed have started appealing to government to help them.

Ayodele Opeyemi, who could not hold back tears, explained that she lost everything she laboured for, to the incident.

“From where I was hiding, something was thrown into my shop. They shot at the thing and it ignited fire,” she said.

“?One of them ordered them to set all other shops ablaze. Every shop close to the place was razed. It was after a part of where we hid caught fire that we decided to find another escape route.”

?She displayed the remnants of the burnt N90,000 that she kept in the shop before the incident.

?Ayinla Adededji, a barber who was in his shop when the incident happened, revealed that petrol-soaked bread was thrown into his shop. He said he was unsure whether the police were aware initially when ?the groups clashed three weeks earlier.

“In preparation for the festive season, I used my savings and loans to renovate my salon: tiled the floor, bought two new generators and four new clippers but everything is gone,” he lamented.

“I am grateful to God that I escaped their bullets, which were shot sporadically.”

How the fight started

Another resident said the fight broke out after a rival gang, led by one Indomie, 29,refused to lead his boys to join the group. However, another person gave a different account.

“There was a guy from the ‘Indomie’ camp who was caught with a stolen phone,” he said.

“Though A-bila was not around, his boys ‘disciplined’ the guy. The guy later went to inform ‘Indomie’ about the punishment meted out to him. Indomie’ led his boys to a reprisal, but he suffered severe injuries and was in the hospital for more than two weeks.

?”When they first clashed, the elders settled it for them. Both of them, ‘A-bila and Indomie were invited at the ‘State’ ( short word for the State headquarters of the Oyo State National Union of Road Transport Workers, Olomi) and they resolved it. They are not members of the NURTW but they just decided to invite them so that peace will reign in the community. ?We never knew they were going to clash again until that evening.”

Adekunle Ajisebutu, spokesman of Oyo police command, said nine suspects had been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Breakdown of the groups

?Before 2014, Abiola?, who leads the gang, was relatively unknown. It was learnt that the Soka issue — the ritual killer’s den of kidnappers that was discovered in Ibadan — brought him to limelight. ‘A-bila’, as he is fondly called, led others to search for his missing motorcyclist friend. And he immediately became the leader with the ‘victory’ recorded.

“There was a time a rival gang came to fight them. While others ran away, ‘A-bila?’, who was almost the youngest of the gang, led his boys and they overpowered the ‘enemies’. Since then, he has been accorded the right to lead and speak on behalf of the group,” a resident who knew Abiola from childhood said, asking not to be named.

“He should be around 28. His father is late but he has a mother, though I don’t know where she lives.? He was not that violent when he was in secondary school; he attended St. Lukes. Grammar School, Molete.

“It was after he returned from Lagos that his popularity as a thug began to soar. He is the darling of many politicians. In fact, the ‘Golf 3? car he uses was bought for him by a politician. He has contacts. His wife just packed in.”

?Most of the boys in his camp, it was learnt, are those who had nowhere to go after the demise of late garrison commander of Oyo politics, Lamidi Adedibu, whose Molete residence is a distance of less than 10 minutes to the area. ?They are all between the ages of 18 and 30, most of them in secondary schools, terrorising their teachers and colleagues.

The source continued: “Anytime they go to ‘war’, they come back with guns and other dangerous objects seized from rival gangs. And their arsenal increases, thereby threatening a peaceful future. Every day, they buy new clothes, okadas and are boyfriends to many beautiful girls, hence they see it as a gainful enterprise. Younger ones living in the community see their behaviour as one to be emulated.

?”The group formed by Abiola is populated by like minds he brought them together from one junction to the other. ‘One-million boys’ has more than one sub-group — from Beere, Born Photo, Mapo, Idi-Aro and Isale-Asaka, Kudeti, Idi-Arere, Eleta, Odinjo, Modina etc. They are more than these and that is why they are referred to as ‘one-million boys’. I cannot give the precise number of its member but they are up to 100. A-bila is the leader.

“‘Indomie’ does not belong to Abe-igi. Abe-igi Aanu, has been in existence for long. ‘Indomie’ is not the leader in the place because they don’t have caucus. What they do at the ‘base’ is to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. But since fight broke out, he has been made leader of the base.”

?An end in sight?

The State government, through Toye Arulogun, its commissioner for information, culture and tourism, has condemned the incident, threatening to use the full apparatus of government to deal with any individual who engages in any act that is inimical to the peace of the state.

But only time will tell if it’s just a threat or the police is indeed ready to incapacitate the ‘one million boys’

NEMA confirms 20 killed, 10,000 displaced in Taraba communal clash.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed that 20 persons lost their lives and about10,000 others were displaced in the recent communal clash in Dan-Anacha village in Gassol Local Government area of Taraba State.

Sa’ad Bello, the Agency’s Coordinator in charge of Adamawa and Taraba Operational Offices, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yola.

Mr. Bello said that the displaced persons, mostly children and women, were camped in four camps in the state.

“So far, 20 people were killed and about 10,000 internally displaced in the recent communal crisis between farmers and herdsmen in Dan-Anacha village in Gassol LGA of Taraba State,” Mr. Bello said.

He said that the number of injured persons had not been ascertained.

Mr. Bello commended the efforts of Taraba State Emergency Management Agency for reaching out to the affected areas.

He said that NEMA was contacting security operatives on the safety situation to enable its members reach all affected areas with additional humanitarian assistance.

Media houses reported the violence which commenced on Saturday through Sunday.

Sources from the area said the crisis started on Saturday when two corpses of Fulanis were found killed in a bush. This triggered their kingpins carrying out reprisal attacks on Tivs, mostly farmers.

” I counted about 20 corpses who were believed to have been killed early hours of today, Sunday,” a resident of the area told our reporter.

“Many people including women and children are nowhere to be found,” the source added.

We recorded 70 cases of electoral violence in Rivers – INEC

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission records over 70 cases of electoral violence during the legislative rerun election in Rivers State.

Yakubu disclosed this while addressing a world conference at the opening ceremony of a two-day Capacity Development for INEC Press Corps on Friday in Abuja.

Yakubu said the level of violence witnessed in the rerun was alarming.

He said, “Indeed, in many instances, we had to deploy directly from the local government areas to PUs, contrary to our plans.

“Amidst heavy shooting by political thugs, vehicles transporting materials and personnel to PUs were hijacked.

“Voter registers, ballot papers, result sheets and Smart Card Readers were brazenly snatched at gun point.”

He said INEC will take proper action on the violence recorded.

He said, “The INEC shall carefully scrutinise them and take appropriate action under the law and its guidelines and regulations.”

Yakubu further said INEC will work with security agencies to punish those who disrupted the distribution of election materials.

He said, “INEC will work with the security agencies to uncover and punish those who disrupted the distribution of election materials

“To uncover the hijacking of election materials in Andoni, Oyibo and Ogu-Bolu, the hostage taking in Akoku Toru, the physical attack and kidnapping of election personnel.”

He said INEC officials who tried to disrupt electoral processes will also be punished.

He said, “We also acknowledge that in Ahoada East and West, a Supervisory Presiding Officer unsuccessfully tried to abscond with ballot papers and result sheets.

“We are also investigating the allegation of bribery involving other staff, particularly those deployed to Etche and Ikwerre.

“We wish to assure all Nigerians that the Commission is instituting an administrative inquiry as part of a comprehensive review of the Rivers re-run elections.

“Needless to say that any INEC staff found to have disobeyed clear rules and regulations will be appropriately sanctioned.”

#RiversRerun: Watch how SARS, NSCDC men move Ballot Boxes out of Polling Unit [Video]

A video posted by a Twitter User has shown how men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in conjunction with men of the NSCDC allegedly moved ballot boxes from a polling unit in Gokana LGA in Rivers State after which they shot sporadically to scare away electorates who gave them a chase.


Remember that 2 deaths have initially been recorded at same LGA earlier this morning. Despite the widespread violence in Rivers State, electoral practices are still ongoing in some areas.


Watch Video Below:




Violence erupts between neighbouring communities in Ogun, Ondo

There have been clashes between neighbouring communities of Makun-Omi and Apijere located in Ogun and Ondo States respectively, leaving many people injured.

The violence was caused by both communities laying claims to the ownership of Limorisa , a border village between the two communities.

A witness told PREMIUM TIMES that local guns and other cudgels were freely used in the violence on Wednesday morning.

The witness said majority of the residents of Makun-Omi have deserted the community and some of them shot.

A High Chief and secretary to the traditional ruler of Makun-Omi, Biodun Odumade, while speaking from his hideout, said the community has been sacked by invaders, who he said were militants from the neighbouring community.

Mr. Odumade said the violence erupted when Makun-Omi residents resisted attempts by the invaders, who he said arrived in a boat to take over the controversial border community

“We are just 10 kilometres to Apijere community in Ondo State, with Limorisa a boundary community. We have been exercising ownership of the land since 1940,and we receive royalty, until recently when we were attacked,” the community leader said

“As I am talking to you now, some of our people have been shot. Even the youth corpers posted here had to escape alongside others through a bush path,” Mr. Odumade said.

He called on security operatives to come to the rescue of the community.

The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Adeoluwa Taiwo, could not be reached as his phone was not available as at the time of this report.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Taiwo and the state’s security chiefs were holding an emergency meeting on the crisis as at the time of this report.

Details later…

Kaduna killings prompt indefinite shutdown of College.

Following persistent attacks on villages bordering the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, by unknown gunmen, authorities of the institution have suspended academic activities indefinitely.


A statement issued on Tuesday by the Public Relations Officer of the college, Danlami Aduwu, said the suspension of academic activities was informed by the need to safeguard the lives and properties of staffers and students.


The statement directed staffers and students to vacate the campus.


It urged all staffers to report to the temporary site of the institution at Kafanchan.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all staffers and students of the college have since deserted the Gidan Waya campus for fear of losing their lives.


Villages surrounding the institution such as Godogodo, Pasakori, Mile One and Tudun Wada, have been serially attacked by unknown gunmen.

Lagos Government to embark on ‘arming’ children against abuse.

The Lagos state government says it will be embarking on a series of event to educate the public, including children, on sexual and gender based violence in the country.

The series of event will hold in commemoration of the 16 days of activism to end all forms of violence against women and children.

The implementer of the event, the Lagos state Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), will partner with Access Bank to hold a workshop and a symposium on preventing violence against women and children.

In a statement on Sunday, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, DSVRT coordinator, said the workshop is themed: ‘Safeguarding The Rights For A Child’, and the symposium tagged ‘It’s On You And I To End Violence Against Women  And Children’.

She said the workshop would “focus on children within the region of primary 3 and 6, saying this became imperative in view of the recent statistics which revealed that children within this age range were most vulnerable as regards falling prey to sex predators”.

“Over 1,500 children drawn from both public and private schools in the mainland, Eti- Osa and Apapa axis of the state would receive age appropriate sex education, tips on being sensitive about their body parts, and also a critical education on how to detect and avoid the process of grooming which is a process most predators adopt,” Vivour-Adeniyi said.

“It is our utmost desire that after the program, children would be better informed on their rights, red flags to look out for, and relevant self defence tips. They would also receive relevant materials and contact numbers to call to report any child abuse case.”

She said the symposium, tagged ‘It’s On You And I To End Violence Against Women  And Children’, would hold at Access Bank head office, Victoria Island, Lagos.

“We are confident that after these events, there would be an increased level of awareness on how to prevent the occurrence of these crimes, steps to take to report and renewed commitment from members of the society on their role in ridding this menace out of our society,” Vivour-Adeniyi said.

Iraqi children dump Islamic State’s books of violence.

The school walls have a fresh coat of paint and classrooms are crammed, but it will take longer to undo the damage done to thousands of Iraqi children who lived under Islamic State for more than two years.

Although the school term began officially in September, only this week have pupils in the northern town of Qayyara been re-issued with standard Iraqi textbooks, which the militants replaced with their own in an attempt to brainwash a generation.

Students attend classes after the city was recaptured from the Islamic State militants in Qayyara, Iraq, November 17, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Ari Jalal/File Photo)
Students attend classes after the city was recaptured from the Islamic State militants in Qayyara, Iraq, November 17, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Ari Jalal/File Photo)

Islamic State was driven from the town three months ago in the early stages of a campaign to recapture the city of Mosul, which lies about 60 km (40 miles) to north and is now under assault by Iraqi security forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition.

As Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate is eroded, a clearer picture is emerging of the group’s project and the enduring mark left on those who lived through it.

“We are happy to be back at school,” said eight-year-old Iman, who like most of her classmates stopped attending classes after Islamic State took control. “They wanted us to come but we didn’t want to because we don’t know how to study in their language, the language of violence.”

When the militants overran the area in the summer of 2014, they allowed schools to run as normal, local people said. But later they banned subjects they considered un-Islamic such as geography, history and civic education, and used boys’ schools as a recruiting ground.

The following school year, beginning in 2015, Islamic State imposed an entirely new curriculum to inculcate children with their ideology. Maths exercises were expressed in terms of weapons and ammunition: “one bullet plus two bullets equals how many bullets?”.

At that point, most parents stopped sending their children to school, and many pupils who were old enough to make up their minds left voluntarily.

As a result, most children have been set back by two grades, and since some teachers have been displaced by the violence, there is only one teacher for roughly every 80 pupils at the girls’ school in Qayyara.

“They have forgotten their lessons… Now we are reminding them,” said their teacher Maha Nadhem Kadhem, pacing around the classroom, in which four girls are squeezed onto each bench made for two. “We don’t want them to be illiterate and ignorant.”

The headmistress, who asked to remain unnamed, said Islamic State’s vice squad known as the Hisba had made regular visits to the school to ensure compliance with the group’s strict dress code for women and girls.

Others such as Farouq Mahjoub, the assistant headmaster of a secondary school for boys in Qayyara, said he had been threatened with death unless he turned up to work, even though no pupils came to class by the end.

“The biggest impact is on children,” said Mahjoub, whose school was hit by an airstrike several months ago. “Children are malleable; you can change their opinion and beliefs quickly.”

Mahjoub said children behaved more aggressively than before, and that the games they play now are violent, estimating it would take no less than five years to reverse the damage, even if a plan to rehabilitate them was put into effect.

Missing from the classroom in the girls’ school are dozens of pupils whose male relatives were associated with Islamic State and are no longer welcome in Qayyara. Mahjoub said around 10 of his own students had joined the militants.

Behind the school are the remains of a car bomb that has yet to be removed and the sky is dark with smoke from oil wells the militants set ablaze, making it hard to breathe and turning sheep black.

On a nearby street, a group of boys coughing from the smoke described what they had seen under Islamic State, including the bodies of its opponents strung up in public places as an example to others.

Dancing and singing the same Iraqi patriotic songs blaring from passing military convoys, 11-year-old Thamer paused to describe how a local Islamic State member called Abu Suleiman had been lynched after Iraqi forces recaptured the town.

The man’s brain and heart spilled out of his body, said Thamer in a high-pitched voice: “They took revenge on him,” he said. “It was right. We were happy.”

Ekiti State Government orders indefinite closure of Fayose’s market over violence

Ekiti State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of the popular Fayose market in Ado Ekiti.


The State Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Hon. Michael Ayodele who made this known, explained that the development followed an attempt by some unruly traders in the market to cause a breakdown of law and order.


Hon. Ayodele stressed that government can no longer tolerate any form of lawlessness, adding that all stakeholders must be ready to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of business in the market.


The Commissioner emphasized that the market would remain shut until the traders express readiness to stop obstructing access roads and work-ways with their goods.


He condemned the attack on officials and members of the task force responsible for maintaining law and order in the market.

Buhari Launches Campaign To End Violence Against Children By 2030

President Muhammadu Buhari, has launched a campaign to End Violence against Children by 2030.

Buhari who was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, at the launch of the campaign, which took place at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja on Tuesday, said, “We commit to protecting each and every one of you from violence.”

“I say to children in Nigeria – on this historic day, we make a pledge.”


Buhari Launches Campaign To End Violence Against Children By 2030


Millions of children suffer some form of physical, emotional or sexual violence every year in Nigeria. A survey carried out last year by the National Population Commission, with support from UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that approximately 6 out of 10 Nigerian children experience one of these forms of violence before they reach 18.

The 2030 End Violence Against Children Campaign, supported by UNICEF and USAID, builds and expands on the success of just-ended Year of Action to End Violence Against Children, launched by the President in September 2015.

During the Year of Action, Lagos, Cross River, Benue and Plateau States all heeded the President’s call to launch their own State campaigns; Bayelsa became the 23rd State in Nigeria to domesticate the Child’s Rights Act and nine States joined hands to develop a model child protection system to put the Child’s Rights Act into practice.

The Sustainable Development Goals, agreed last month by all members of the United Nations,  including Nigeria , include a call on every country in the world to end all forms of violence against children by 2030.

“The Year of Action has created a wonderful momentum to end violence against children. We have a clear moral, legal and economic imperative and a global obligation to take action to end the suffering of children who live under the shadow of violence.” the President added.

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to end violence against children, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development announced that it will convene representatives from key Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as Civil Society and Faith Based Organisations to develop a National Plan of Action.

“Ending violence against children is everybody’s business,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Regional Director. “With this campaign, Nigeria has shown it is determined to mobilize political will and resources to tackle all forms of violence against children wherever it happens”.

Government To Build Ranches, Grazing Reserves As Solution To Herdsmen Violence

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Engineer Babachir David Lawal on Thursday said that the government was going ahead with decision to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country as a solution to the incessant clashes between Fulani cattle rearers and local farmers.
He made the remark while receiving a delegation of Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, led by its Chairman Alhaji Abdul Bali, in Abuja.
Lawal, in a statement by the Director (Press) in the office of the SGF Bolaji Adebiyi, also noted that nomads from outside Nigeria have migrated into the country and have been the ones perpetuating most of the crimes on the farmlands.
He assured that government will do the needful to enlighten Fulani Herdsmen on how to make cattle rearing more profitable by utilizing the ranches and reap other social and political benefits that such settlements will offer.
The Foundation, he said, was set up to look into the problem of clashes between Fulani Cattle Rearers and Farmers.
“The foundation, in its submissions, is also convinced that the nomads from other lands are responsible for the senseless killings on the farms and urged the government to strengthen control at our land borders. The foundation is ready to partner with government to bring the situation under control.”

Edo Guber: INEC ignores DSS, Police advise to postpone poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it will go ahead with the Edo State governorship elections against the advise of Nigerian security agencies.


The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) had advised INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Edo state.


The two security agencies said the advise was based on credible intelligence at its disposal, which suggests that insurgents are planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets, with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between 12th and 13th September.


The agencies said Edo State is amongst the states being earmarked for these planned attacks.

In a joint statement, the agencies reminded the public that similar threats were issued during the May 1, Labour Day and Democracy Day, May 29, celebrations as well as the Eid-el-Fitr holidays in July, 2016.


The statement further adds that “the security agencies were able to decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan. In the same vein, while election is important, the security agencies cannot allow the peace of the country to be disrupted, and we will continue to remain vigilant and ensure consolidation of the successes gained in the current counter-insurgency fight.


It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State, in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats”, they said.

#Edo2016: APC alleges Plot by PDP to unleash mayhem, rig polls

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has raised alarm over what it called an alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unleash violence and cause confusion in the state during the governorship election.

The party, which is holding power in the state, claims that the plan would pave way for the opposition to rig the governorship election scheduled for September 10.

A statement by the party said “no less than 500 militants from Delta are being mobilised to critical areas of Edo State to carry out this evil plan using the waterways.

“The primary targets are Edo-North using the River Niger to access areas around Agenebode; Edo-South, via the Osse River; and Edo Central, via Ilushi River”.

Citing internal sources within the PDP, the APC also alleged that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members recruited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to participate in the conduct of the elections were being compromised by the PDP with the lure of huge financial rewards should they agree to act out their script to rig the elections.

“In their desperation to seize power at all cost, they have not only perfected plans to usurp the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) across the state but have already started acting it out as we have received reports that some PVCs meant for certain Local Government Areas have been hijacked by PDP thugs.

“We want to use this medium to call on the security agencies in the state, particularly the Nigerian Police Force, to investigate the matter expeditiously and immediately put in place measures to forestall their wicked plans, and maintain peace and order throughout this electioneering period.

“We also call on INEC to carry out due diligence on all its ad-hoc staff and monitor them closely so that those who have been compromised will not be allowed to carry out the PDP’s devious plans,” the statement read.

In his reaction to the alleged plot, the APC flagbearer, Godwin Obaseki, said: “We, in the APC, are not totally surprised by this distasteful development as the PDP is reputed for crude ‘do-or-die’ politics.

“We, however, want to state categorically that we will not be intimidated by their antics, and we will continue to push, through every legitimate means, our message of hope and prosperity.

“We are also confident that the good people of Edo State, having experienced unprecedented development and transformation of the state under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomole of the APC, will vehemently resist any attempt by the PDP to halt the remarkable progress we have made, and lead us back to the dark days when our people watched helplessly as a few thieving politicians pillaged our commonwealth and nearly destroyed our state”.

Amidst uncertainty on the September 10 exercise due to recommendations for postponement by security operatives, Obaseki urged his supporters to be vigilant, and continue to conduct themselves peacefully as law-abiding citizens of Edo State.

Meanwhile the PDP has described the call for postponement of the election as shocking and a bizarre.

The party responded to the advice by security agencies in a statement by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, on Wednesday.

After the advice was issued, the INEC said it had not received any official document advising it to shift the election and insisted that it would go ahead with the election as scheduled.

“No Place For Religious Violence Under My Watch”, Buhari Talks Tough

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that religious violence would not be tolerated by his administration.


The President said this on Tuesday, while condemning the killing of eight people in Zamfara State on Monday.


A mob had set the house of a man ablaze for rescuing an undergraduate, who was accused of blasphemy, resulting in their deaths and those of six others.


However, on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the violence.


I received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay. It is barbaric and unacceptable,” he said.


I assure Nigerians that the law will take its course. Under my watch, we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever.

PDP Leader, Emma Anyanwu Disowns Son Loyal To Amaechi

A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Etche Local government area, Chief Emma Anyanwu has disowned his first son, Charles Anyawu for allegedly leading a military raid on his home and community in Ulakwo.

Chief Anyanwu at a media briefing in his home town of Etche accused the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi for ‘misleading’ his son.

Charled Anyanwu has been estranged with his father. He was appointed a Special Adviser to former Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. After the founding of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Charles
abandoned his father in the PDP to join Amaechi in the APC.

Amaechi also appointed Charles as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Etche Local government area after which he was arrested along with 5 others for illegal possession of fire arms where they were arraigned at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.

However, The PDP Chieftain, Emma Anyanwu who is also a veteran journalist said, “I want to re-emphasize that Charles is no longer my son. He led the military into my house. But that is not even the case. He led the military to pull down the Ulakwo town hall which I owe my allegiance. He has been disowned for his behaviour. For destroying the town hall, he remains disowned. He doesn’t possess the qualities of the Anyanwu family. He has been stripped of all his rights,” he said.

Source: DailyPost.ng

Four Feared Dead At Mile 12 Violence

Violence Thursday morning erupted at Agiliti area, near popular Mile 12 market in Lagos. Although details were sketchy at press time, unconfirmed reports said atleast four persons were killed in the fracas between factions of okada riders in the area.

Eye witnesses also said that security operatives are battling to quell the violence, just as the Lagos State government has shut the market and vowed to deal with miscreants in the area.

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Shittes & Another Muslim Sect Clash In Jos

There has been a clash between Shitte members and rival Muslim youths in Jos. The clash has left one person dead.

According to reports, hundreds of Shitte women dressed in black had staged a protest in Jos today demanding the release of their leader El-Zakzaky, his wife and some other members who have being in detention since the 12th of December after being arrested by the army during a clash that left some members dead.

Aside requesting for the release of their leader they are also requesting for the release of the dead bodies of their members killed by the army for proper burial according to Islamic traditions.

The protest which started off as peaceful turned violent leading to a clash and the death of one person. Security personnel have since been deployed to strategic places in the state while worship places are being heavily guarded.

All forms of rallies, protests and processions have been banned in the state or must get the permission of the police before commencing.

Germany Shuts Down Mosque For Promoting Violence

Reinhold Gall, German’s Interior Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg State, said a mosque in southern Germany had been shut down for promoting violence.


He said in Stuttgart (Germany), on Thursday that the Islamic Educational and Cultural Centre’s (MSM) premises were raided after authorities found it had been promoting violence and raising money for terrorist organisations.


Gall said MSM attracted a number of known Salafists, an ultra-conservative reform movement within Sunni Islam.


He said no fewer than 10 Islamists who left Germany to join jihad organisations in Iraq and Syria, were known to have passed through it.


“We will not tolerate organisations that promote violence as a means of reaching religious goals and raise money for terrorist organisations.


Meanwhile, Interior Minister, Thomas de-Maiziere, has introduced a new police unit, saying that it would be better armed and trained to combat domestic terrorism.


He said 250 officers would be added to the national police force’s special arrests unit, known as BFE.


“The new unit will be stationed at five strategic locations across the country.


de-Maiziere said Sven Lau, one of Germany’s most prominent Islamist preachers has been arrested for recruiting fighters for a militant group in Syria, as well as buying and delivering military equipment to the region.


The minister has indicated that 670 people have left the country to join Islamic State and other terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq since 2012.




Stephanie Linus Named Ambassador On Campaign Against Women Violence In Election

The heavily pregnant gorgeous beauty and ace actress, Stephanie Linus, shares photos of herself and acting INEC Boss, Hajiya Amina Zakari, among others as she was named the ambassador of Stop-VAWIE (Stop Violence Against Women In Election).

She has fast began her responsibility by urging women to participate in the forth coming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa. See Instagram photos below:




Violence Against Women And Girls: Breaking The Culture Of Silence — Nnaemeka Oruh

Let us tell ourselves the truth,we are all witnesses,culprits,or victims of violence against women and girls.Be it a father abusing the daughter sexually,a husband physically or verbally abusing the wife,a son abusing his wife or girlfriend physically,psychologically,or sexually,or a brother abusing his girlfriend or wife,or even our own mothers or sisters suffering any form of abuse from our fathers or our sisters’ husbands,or even our friends or neighbours carrying out these abuses.One way or the other,we witness these abuses; we hear of them; we perpetrate them; and sometimes,we are even victims.All around us are these abuses.These abuses may be physical,psychological,verbal,sexual,or in the form of harmful widowhood practices or genital mutilation.So when you or anybody you know use(s) your tongue as a whip on a woman or girl,know that you are abusing the person and this may lead to a psychological breakdown.Or when that female child has her clitoris cut off in the name of circumcision,or a widow is denied her rights and made to suffer inhuman treatments,we should be aware that abuse is taking place.
Yet,few of these cases are reported.In fact,we seldom see these abuses as serious,or ,as something bad.But are abuses against women and girls evil?Do they affect societal balance?
Many people see violence against women and girls as a normal way of life.It is believed that it is normal to beat the woman a little.When daughters complain to their mothers about their husbands or boyfriends beating them,the mothers carefully explain to them that it is the normal way of life and buttress with the example that their own husbands did beat them too.In some cases,children who had witnessed such spousal abuses internalize them and see such acts as the norm.So the boys go ahead to carry on with that culture of impunity,while the girls receive such abuses with lamb-like piety.And thus the vicious cycle continues,resulting in death,maiming,etc.
There is another reason for such general acceptance and silence to violence against women and girls.It is the issue of stigmatization.The father,uncle,grandfather,or even a neighbour sexually abuses a woman or a girl,everybody ensures  the issue is not heard outside simply because of the social stigma society attaches to such abuses.Nobody wants to talk about it so that it does not become public knowledge which will lead to the stigmatization of the victim.So tomorrow,the perpetrator is emboldened and he continues to wreck havoc on more women and girls.As for the victim,the trauma stays.Never mind the unwanted pregnancy that could have been avoided if such a case was reported and the proper medical attention given.Never mind the venereal diseases that may follow such abuse.The victim thus becomes twice a victim and the culprit continues on his way,a roaring prey,inflicting more harm.On his trail will be a long line of psychologically traumatized women,unwanted babies,and sick women and girls.But you and I remain quiet.Until one day,we become secondary victims(and sometimes primary victims) of the vicious cycle.Never mind all that,let us continue to be quiet.We should not mind the fact that the person who sexually violates a little girl today,and goes unpunished,will tomorrow violate another,then another,and another.
One thing we may all know already is that the abused woman or girl can react in one of two ways; become psychologically damaged and imbalanced,or become disillusioned.If she becomes disillusioned,then there goes the person’s future and whatever contributions she may make to the society.If she becomes psychologically damaged or imbalanced,then,she becomes a ticking bomb that could go off any minute,with collateral damage to any one of us.But,forget it all,let us just keep quiet.I mean,it does not concern us.
You know,come to think of it,the abused woman or girl who got that venereal disease that was not treated because it was not reported may tomorrow become your son’s wife or girlfriend,or even your own wife or girlfriend(or your brother’s),and she will pass it on to him/you.Or let us say that the disease ate deep into her and she could not procreate,and she is your own daughter or even yourself.Well,don’t we all have God?God forbid,it will not be our portion.I have a feeling that God too will scream “you forbid!” when you witness such things and keep quiet.
We like to give excuses though.So we can actually disregard all talks about violence against women and girls by simply playing the culture card.Well,I wonder how many of us still walk around naked or walk to wherever we are going to without using cars.I mean,that was what our forefathers used to do right?If we must hold on to culture,let us hold on to all aspects of our culture.Culture as I know though is dynamic and cultures evolve in line with general good.And by the way,one can only play the culture card when talking about harmful widowhood practices and female genital mutilation as in no part of our cultures did our forefathers laud physical violence of any type against women and girls.But,let us play the culture card,while impunity reigns.
We live in a vicarious world.What humans have always done is to find better ways to make life better and easier for all.Violence Against Women and Girls is a criminal act that currently threatens our society badly.There is only one way to fight it: break the culture of silence and expose it for the evil that it is.The person who should be stigmatized is the perpetrator and not the victim.Nobody should be ashamed of being violated.The person who should be made to feel shame is the perpetrator.You should speak up about it,receive proper treatment and counseling when necessary,and have the culprit prosecuted.Thankfully,the federal government of Nigeria now has the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill as a law.This shows that even the federal government has criminalized all forms of violence.As citizens,our duty then is to take full advantage,safeguard our future and protect our loved ones by speaking up,and reporting such cases for action.
Whatever we do,we should bear in mind that we need to break this culture of silence for the sake of our mothers,sisters,cousins,nieces,and daughters.This is a sacred task that we must take seriously for the sake of our future.Or maybe,we can just continue to keep quiet.It is a choice.
P:S This essay is part of a sensitization programme by the Rivers State Observatory for Violence Against Women and Girls(A non-profit group).You can send in reports of cases of VAWGs to us through vawgs.riversstate@gmail.com for action. Be rest assured that it will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Dozens Feared Killed In Fresh Plateau Violence

Several persons were Sunday night killed in Bat Village of Barkin lad?i? Local Government Area in Plateau state.

A witness, Ngovou Dusu, who claimed all her younger brothers and her sister were killed in the attack, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that fighting was still ongoing as at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

According to Mrs. Ngovou, who escaped to Jos, several people were killed and properties destroyed.

“As I speak with you, the attackers are still killing people,” she said. “Three of my brothers and my kid sister were killed. My mother survived because she was awa?y?. Several of my neighbors were killed. Security operatives who came to intervene are compounding the situation. They are not allowing our people leave the villages. Even our neighboring villages that the incident has not affected, no one is allowed to leave.”

The spokesperson for the Plateau state Police Command, ?Emmanule ?Abuh , confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.

He, however, said he could not ascertain the casualty rate but security officials were deployed to rescue the situation.

Mr. Abuh also confirmed the killing of several people in Wase Local Government Area of southern Plateau state.

He said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, but could also not give casualty figure in the Wase attack.

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Killings: El-Rufai Appeals For Calm Among Supporters

Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has asked members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress in the state to remain steadfast and refused to be provoked by common enemies.

El-Rufai spoke at the funeral of his slained Campaign Coordinator, Markus Ishaya.

Ishaya was killed by gunmen at his Atuku Kasa area of Jema’am Local Government Area of the state last week.

He was a local coordinator of the governor-elect at the Atuku Ward during the campaign.

The Police had confirmed the incident, adding that investigation had commenced.

The Governor-elect, who was quoted by his spokesman, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, to have  spoken through his Deputy, Bala Barnabas, shortly after the funeral of the slain coordinator on Saturday.

El-Rufai noted that rather than seeking to revenge the killing of Ishaya, the relevant law enforcement agencies must be allowed to perform their statutory roles.

He cautioned his teeming supporters and the people of the state not to allow those he described as “evil doers” to rob them of the opportunity of living together in peace and harmony in the state.

According to the statement, El-Rufai appealed  for peace and calm among the people of the area in particular and the state in general.

The statement read in part, “We received the news of Markus’ murder with pain but we pray that the Almighty God will grant him eternal rest.

“Though he was cut in his prime, he exhibited courage, fearlessness and commitment in the struggle for a better Nigeria. He resisted injustice and stood firm even in the heat of the general elections.

“Markus did his best to uphold democratic principles. He lived a short life but wrote his name in gold and died upholding the common good.

“What happened is evil and a desecration of human life. We will not relent in demanding justice, not minding how long it will take.”

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Saturday Polls: 66 Violent Incidents Recorded Nationwide- INEC

Sixty-six reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, election officials, materials and voters were recorded nationwide in the state governorship and legislative elections on Saturday, INEC said in a statement.

The statement was issued by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of Independent National Election Commission (INEC), in Abuja on Sunday. It said a general assessment of the elections showed that the exercise went well across the country.

It stated that a preliminary reports on the polls showed that 88.9 per cent of polling units opened for accreditation between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. across the country. “Only 5.2 per cent were yet to open as of 1p.m. Also, 73 per cent of the polling units had commenced voting by 2.30 p.m. The process of accreditation with Smart Card Readers was also successful in a majority of the polling units,” it stated.

It, however, said that initial challenges were recorded in Edo and Abia states but the technical teams deployed to support the states were able to resolve the issues in a timely manner. Overall, many parts of the country remained relatively peaceful during the elections. Some states, however, recorded a significant number of violent incidents, the most affected being Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Ondo states.

“INEC’s records show that there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the commission’s officials, voters and election materials,” it said.

A breakdown of the incidents showed that 16 incidents were recorded in Rivers, eight in Ondo, six each from Cross River and Ebonyi as well as one each in Katsina, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Imo, Kano and Ogun.

It also stated that five violent incidents were recorded in Akwa Ibom, four in Bayelsa, three each in Lagos and Kaduna, as well as two each in Jigawa, Enugu, Ekiti and Osun states. “The commission is investigating these incidents and will do everything within its powers to bring culprits to justice.”

INEC, however, commended Nigerians for demonstrating their resolve and commitment to participate in the electoral process and by doing so, contributing to deepening democracy of Nigeria. The commission urged Nigerians to maintain the peace as the results of the Governorship and State Assembly elections were being processed, and to accept the official outcomes.

It emphasised that winners could only emerge after collation of the official results and on the basis of the requirements prescribed by the law.  “Any aggrieved persons or groups are encouraged to seek redress at the tribunals.  INEC would also like to remind all stakeholders that the process is not yet completed and urges restraint in their comments as we strive to bring this process to an orderly, peaceful and credible conclusion.”

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Guber/State Assembly Polls: INEC Investigates Electoral Violence In Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday commenced  investigation into incidents of violence that trailed last Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections, vowing to do everything within in its powers to bring culprits to justice.  ?

?The electoral commission also said according to its records there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the commission’s officials, voters and election materials.

?INEC also said the process of accreditation with Smart Card Readers was successful in a majority of the polling units.

Governorship elections were held in 29 States of the Federation, while State Assembly elections were held in 36 states. No election took place in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

However a statement by the commission delivered by the chief press secretary to INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, said “a general assessment shows that the elections went very well across the country. According to preliminary reports, 88.9 % of polling units opened for accreditation between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. across the country. Only 5.2 % were yet to open as of 1 pm. Also, 73 % of the polling units had commenced voting by 2.30 p.m.

“The process of accreditation with Smart Card Readers was also successful in a majority of the polling units. Initial challenges were recorded in Edo and Abia states, but the technical teams deployed to support the states were able to resolve the issues in a timely manner.

“Overall, many parts of the country remained relatively peaceful during the elections. Some states, however, recorded a significant number of violent incidents, the most affected being Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Ondo States. 

“INEC’s records show that there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the Commission’s officials, voters and election materials. 

“These were in Rivers State (16 incidents), Ondo (8), Cross River and Ebonyi (6 each), Akwa Ibom (5) Bayelsa (4), Lagos and Kaduna (3 each), Jigawa, Enugu, Ekiti and Osun (2 each), Katsina, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Imo, Kano and Ogun (1 each).  

“The Commission is investigating these incidents and will do everything within in its powers to bring culprits to justice.”  

INEC however commended electorates for once again demonstrating their resolve and commitment to participate in the electoral process and by doing so, contributing to deepening democracy in our country.

“The Commission calls on every citizen to maintain the peace as the results of the Governorship and State Assembly elections are being processed, and to accept the official outcomes. It would like to emphasize that winners can only emerge after collation of the official results and on the basis of the requirements prescribed by the legal framework. Any aggrieved persons or groups are encouraged to seek redress at the Tribunals.  

“INEC would also like to remind all stakeholders that the process is not yet completed and urges restraint in their comments, as we strive to bring this process to an orderly, peaceful and credible conclusion.”

PDP Member Killed As Violence Erupts in Osun

One person has been murdered in Ikirun, Ifelodun LGA in Osun State in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to a report, hoodlums invaded the area and killed Yomi Ademola, a PDP member, after gunfire broke out.

Residents in the area are said to have been awoken by the sound of gunshots at around 4:45 am. The victim is alleged to have recently defected to the PDP from the APC.

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#PAUSIBILITY: Is The ‘D’ In The D-Day For Doom? by Adebayo Coker

Kindly slam that song Natural Mystic by Bob Marley into your stereo and let it roll as you read this piece.

The Yorubas will say: ti a ba da ogun odun, ogun odun ape, ti a ba da ogbon osu, ogbon osu ako – the fraudulent twist of time cannot last eternal.

Tomorrow, March 28th, 2015, we will all go to the polls to assert our constitutional right and also perform our statutory duty as Nigerians. Some of us would have loved to put this behind us long before now, especially on the 14th of February when this election was earlier slated for before #Pausibility: That Cretinous Shift.

Over a year ago, the choice of 14th February, 2015 as an election date wasn’t really welcomed in good taste by everyone, especially people who had believed they should be hanging out with their paramour or boyfriends. But as Nigeria’s call must be obeyed, we all put the national interest above all other interests. Liittle did we know, either by a stoke of fate or man, that the day will never be witnessed as an election date.

If we are to call it a stroke of fate, then we will say God heard some people’s prayers and made the day sacrosanct for them to celebrate their love as they believe that it is only on 14th February that love is celebrated. But by a stroke of man, some evil forces in INEC and in the Presidency frustrated all Nigerians from witnessing any election that day. INEC wasn’t ready for the election regardless of what Prof. Jega was touting. Presidency wasn’t ready for the election realizing they will lose so badly, so they engineered the shift by arm twisting us with the security report on the Northeast. Willy-nilly, we all swallowed the bitter pill of a six- week shift.

The six- week window provided an opportunity for all of us to re-assess and reaffirm our choices but a greater advantage that the postponement provided for all of us is the choice to live or die.

Yes, to live or die. Don’t be scared.

The National Human Rights Commission Pre-Election Report and Advisory on election violence states that 58 deaths had resulted from 49 election-related violence across 22 states in the country. With 11 incidents resulting in 22 deaths, Lagos topped the list of states with the most devastating record of election-related violence within the period surveyed. Kaduna State, which is next, recorded three incidents resulting in nine deaths. Gombe State recorded three incidents resulting in five deaths; Taraba, one incident, four deaths; Ogun two incidents, four deaths; Bayelsa, one incident, three deaths; Akwa Ibom, two incidents, three deaths; and Kano, two incidents, two deaths. The report indicates that the South-West geo-political zone had recorded the highest number of 28 deaths resulting from election-related violence within the same period. It is followed by North-West, with 11 deaths; North-East, nine deaths; South-South, eight deaths; and South-East, two deaths. Thousands were injured across all the six geo-political zones within the period.

The above report was for the period between December 3, 2014 and January 31, 2015, so there is every likelihood that the figures have increased. No doubt this is unprecedented in this land.

Then I ask a question: is it that we are just being politically alert in the country?

I am a child of some decades gone by. Even though I couldn’t vote in the 1993 elections I witnessed the singing and dancing of HOPE ‘93 without fear that I would be maimed by anyone. My mother wouldn’t stop me from singing that theme song anywhere anytime, because no one would harass her or myself. I participated in the 1999 elections; even when it was coming after long years of military interregnum, it was peaceful. The 2003 and 2007 elections were relatively peaceful except in Kaduna.

I ask another question: what has changed?

What I found to have not changed is the interest of the political players. These politicians are ready to pull the heavens down just to ensure their devilish interest. Don’t mind who whimpers amongst them, they know how to settle whatever amongst themselves. You should not be surprised if some blind followers were ORDERED to cast their vote for a candidate that is not a member of their party . You should not be surprised if the likes of that vagabond governor and Kiss-and-tell FFK jump ship and come to Bourdillon with brooms in hand rolling on the floor paying obeisance to the power that be if APC finally wins the Presidential election. You shouldn’t be surprised they will be baptized and called holy. These politicians…

What I also see has not changed is my people. We are so gullible, foolish and subservient to these evil politicians’ whims and caprices. We allow a very minute fraction of us to control the rest of us. They daily plunder our commonwealth right before our eyes throwing all of us down the abyss of poverty, yet we will sheepishly shake before them, skittering to collect some two hundred naira or dollar notes (I heard PDP is doling out good chunks) to stake our future.

Don’t you know that if a politician gives you a DSTV/GoTV as his political memorabilia, its a pointer that you will only see him again on the dish and not anywhere near your constituency? If he offers you a Generating Set, isn’t that an indicator that you should not expect him to fix power? If he gives you bags of ‘rices’, then your hunger will continue once you done eating those bags? Jeunkoku – chop and quench.

My people, for how long are we going to be employed as tools of discord, used to cause commotion on our brothers and sisters? How long are we going to be fooled by the cold smile of a killer who will come before us to tell us his or her ambition is not worth the life of anybody yet he goes stockpiling arms to cause mayhem if he loses? How long are we going to fall for the stuttering speech of a drunk who will preach peace but will unleash mayhem on the rest of us through some ethnic militias?

Their daughters and sons, even their dogs have been ferried to the other side of the seas. If you don’t know.

There is no fence to sit on anymore as that has been pulled down by the continued bastardization of our nation state. You will only continue in delusion if you think the fence still exists.

Let me remind you, some nations, though they came out to deny it much later, have predicted that Nigeria will break in 2015. Some doomsayers have also capitalized on this, but I found their postulation funny because one doesn’t need the holy spirit or the devil to draw the conclusion that we may be doomed if we don’t act right.

Listen to the lyrics of that song again: Natural Mystic.

Before cancer will kill a bad politician I urge you to vote right and be peaceful. “To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done.”


God bless Nigeria!


Adebayo Coker is a wordsmith. Societal Fragments, A Man Like Me: Noteography Of A Father To His Son, and Wobbled Words are his published works. He just finished writing Quarantined Vanity and working on What Suzzie Wants (a compendium of women’s plights). debayocoker@gmail.com. Follow: adebay_c

Politicians May Use Almajiri To Foment Crisis In Kaduna – Yero

Ahead of the March 28 and April 11 polls, the director general, Media and Publicity of Kaduna State governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has raised the alarm that some selfish politicians in the state are planning to use the street beggars (almajiris) to perpetrate violence during the elections in the state.
He however said that the state government has already put in place measures that would ensure that no almajiri is allowed into the state from the neighbouring states before, during and after the elections.
Maiyaki stated this at the weekend when he briefed members of the correspondent chapel on the state of affairs of the state, including the achievements of the Governor Yero led administration.
He lamented that there was high influx of almajiri in Kaduna State because  the state  is bordered by about seven states, adding that majority of the street beggars would be sent packing by the state government to avoid them being used as tool to cause mayhem  during the elections in the state.
He pointed out the states that bordered Kaduna to include Kano, Niger, Zamfara, Plateau, Nassarawa, and Katsina, saying that these are the states that feed Kaduna with the almajiris.
He said, “Almajiris are agents of destruction in the hands of desperate politicians, and I agree that these people are ready tools for selfish politicians and individuals to use them during, either, politicking or otherwise to achieve their selfish interest.
“And as you may be aware, Kaduna is bordered by about seven states and government as you are aware has taken steps to address the issue of almajiri in Kaduna State.
“But the issue is, it is so sad and that is where I want to urge the media that we have a critical role to play because it is a major problem not only to us but to the entire nation because while they are making it look religious, there is nothing religious or Islamic about the almajiri. Infact, it is un-Islamic.
“It is a societal challenge because Kaduna is bordered by about seven states and while government is addressing the issue in Kaduna, you have people coming from other states to come and over-stretch the policy and intervention of government.
“So you have a lot of people trooping into Kaduna. So to address it, it must be joint effort, when you address it in Kaduna, you will address it Katsina and other surrounding states.
“The state government must work with these various states to address this challenge. Some of these peoples are not even Nigerians. And as we speak a lot of them are being deported back to their countries.
“Though not peculiar to Kaduna alone but the nation because majority of  these  people form part of the challenges we have as a people. So  the state government is working and not unmindful of addressing such issues.
“And government is also working with critical stakeholders such as civil society groups, Malams and even the media to avoid wasted effort and aimed at addressing the challenge that has become a major social menace to our society.

“We are all aware that the Federal government on its part has carried out issue of Almajiri schools and the state government is also addressing the issue on its own part. For the first time, a provision was made in the Ministry of Women Affairs to take care of the rehabilitation of these people.”

Give Nigerian Youths PVCs Not Guns – Anti-Cult Group

The National Coordinator of Peace in Campus Initiatives for Child Education against Cultism (PCI/ICEAC) in Nigeria, Comrade Oliver Cromwell, has blamed politicians for being the brain behind violence during elections.

Cromwell urged politicians to see youths as their children and to encourage them to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and not guns. He made this statement on Sunday at the Akwa Ibom state Polytechnic, Ikot Osura.

He explained that PCI/ICEAC is committed to maintaining peace in the Nigerian post-primary and tertiary institutions and to check cult activities and examination malpractices.

“Before our organization entered Akwa Poly in 2003, the institution was closed down because of incessant cult wars which resulted in numerous deaths of students but today there is relatively peace. We have also replicated this in other higher institutions in the state with positive results’’, he stated.

The Peace in Campus co-coordinator warned students against allowing themselves to be used as thugs before, during and after elections as no politician would allow his or her wards to do so.

Cornwell commended the former Governor of the state, Obong Victor Atta, for  adopting the initiative as a state government policy, Governor Akapabio for his support and the Rector of Akwapoly, Barr Israel Affia, for providing  the enabling environment for teaching and learning, making the polytechnic  currently one of the best in the country.

“I Hate Violence”, Patience Jonathan Says…

The wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Monday told the presidential campaign organisation of the All Progressives Congress that “she is a woman of peace that can never be identified with electoral violence.”

She said there was no way somebody like her who occupies the exalted office of the President of the African First Ladies Mission would be promoting violence under any guise.

Mrs. Jonathan who spoke with THE PUNCH through her media aide, Ayo Adewuyi, was reacting to the decision of the APC to report her to the International Criminal Court for allegedly asking supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party to stone anyone canvassing for change, the APC slogan, during a campaign rally in Calabar, Cross River State.

Adewuyi said, “The only thing we can say from here is that Dame Patience Jonathan is a woman of peace that can never in any way be identified with violence before, during and after elections.

“You do not expect somebody who is the President of African First Ladies to be promoting violence.”

When asked whether the President’s wife would be ready to answer any inquiry from the ICC on the matter, Adewuyi simply said, “They are just notifying. The case is not yet in ICC. They are entitled to their opinions and actions. We are not going to be dragged into any argument with them.”

How to Stop Political Violence, by Femi Falana

In the 1990s, the results of credible elections were annulled in Nigeria, Algeria and some other African countries by dictatorial regimes. The political violence generated by such criminal annulment led to the disruption of the democratic process in the continent. In 2008, the refusal of the electoral body in Kenya to announce the results of the presidential election led to the brutal killing of over a thousand people .

Owing to the weak criminal justice system in that country, Mr. Kofi Anan, a former Secretary-General of the United Nations was invited to conduct an inquiry into the political violence. The investigation report formed the basis of the trial of Messrs Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Notwithstanding the election of both suspects as President and Vice President of Kenya while the case was pending the charges were not discontinued.

Instead of strengthening the democratic institutions in their respective countries African leaders have threatened to withdraw the ratification of the Statute of Rome by their countries if the trial of their Kenyan colleague was not terminated by the Special Prosecutor of the ICC. Although the case has been struck out for want of diligent prosecution the African Union has decided to empower the African Court on Human Rights sitting in Arusha, Tanzania to deal with allegations of genocide and crimes against humanity involving African leaders. As no political leader wanted to be charged before the ICC the 2013 General Election in Kenya did not witness the orgy of violence that marred the previous election.

A fortnight ago, Mr. Kofi Anan and Chief Emeka Anyaoku, a former secretary-general of the Commonwealth, jointly presided over the signing of a Non-Violence Accord by the presidential candidates of the political parties that are taking part in the 2015 General Election scheduled to hold in Nigeria next month. At the well celebrated ceremony which held in Abuja the candidates of the two leading political parties embraced each other.

While the media and several people were excited with the development I expressed the view that the so called peace accord would not stem the tide of political violence in the country due to the violent nature of the electoral system coupled with official impunity.

In a number of decided cases, the courts have held that candidates sponsored by political parties cannot be held vicariously liable for politically motivated violence and electoral malpractice carried out on their behalf unless they can be directly linked with instigating or directing their supporters to engage in such criminality.

Condemnation of perpetrators

Indeed, political leaders usually dissociate themselves from acts of violence by condemning the perpetrators. However, if the suspects are charged to court the leaders turn round to engage the services of lawyers to defend them. In many cases, attorneys-general are directed to file nolle prosequi to stop the prosecution of suspects who belong to the ruling parties. Hence, the cases of the hundreds of suspects charged to court by the Police for electoral offences committed during the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections were abruptly terminated in all the states of the federation.

In the last few months, Nigerians have witnessed a reign of terror by armed thugs who have engaged in the bombing or burning of party secretariats, the destruction of vehicles belonging to political parties, the harassment of political opponents , the wearing of masks by “security personnel” at campaign rallies, the extrajudicial killing and brutal attacks of innocent people at party congresses and primary elections, the unprovoked assault on judges, the throwing of stones at leaders etc.

In spite of the warning by the electoral officials the illegal use of official vehicles by public officers for political campaigns has continued. Top political leaders have continued to make inciting statements. A governor published a death wish advert which could have provoked ethno-religious riots. Another governor attended a meeting where ex-militants threatened to declare a war on the Republic if the President is “dethroned” in the forthcoming general election.

It is hoped that those who are beating the drum of war will be called to order by President Jonathan. After all, they never took part in the streets protests held in Lagos and Abuja which compelled the National Assembly to recognise Dr. Jonathan as the Acting President in May 2010. Neither did they blackmail Nigerians from all parts of the country to vote for the President in 2011. With respect to the stoning of President Jonathan during a political rally in Bauchi, last week, Governor Isa Yaguda has pointed accusing fingers at some unnamed members of the ruling party.

This is a serious allegation which should be investigated by the Police with a view to bringing the culprits to book..
It is common knowledge that the bulk of the infractions of the Law highlighted above took place after the signing of the peace accord. The National Human Rights Commission has said that “signing a peace pact is easy, the more difficult part is to ensure that the political office seekers and their supporters work within the rules of engagement.” But office seekers and their supporters cannot operate within ‘the rules of engagement” if they are treated like sacred cows. It ought to be pointed out that executive immunity does not cover election petitions and electoral offences! In Turaki v. Dalhaltu(2003) 38 WRN 54 at 168 Oguntade JCA (as he then was) held that “If a Governor were to be considered immuned from court proceedings, that would create the position where a sitting Governor would be able to flout election laws and regulations to the detriment of other persons contesting with him. This will make a nonsense of the election process and be against the spirit of our national Constitution which in its tenor provides for a free and fair election.”

Crisis of impunity

Since ours is a country which claims to operate under the Rule of Law it is inexplicable that the suspects involved in sabotaging the electoral process have not been charged to any criminal court. The crisis of impunity in the land has been compounded by the partisan involvement of the authorities of the police, the armed forces and other security agencies in the political process. Although there are adequate and elaborate provisions in the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended and the penal statutes to deal with political violence and electoral malfeasance the managers of the neo-colonial state lack the political will to bring electoral offenders to book.

In 2007, President Umoru Yaradua admitted that the election which brought him to power was flawed. In a bid to sanitize the electoral system he set up the Mohammadu Uwais Electoral Committee . Among other recommendations the Committee called for the establishment of an Electoral Offences Tribunal.The Yaradua Administration rejected the recommendation without any justification. However, following the political violence which greeted the announcement of the results of the presidential election in some states in the North and Akwa Ibom in April 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan set up the Ahmed Lemu Panel to investigate the crisis. From the detailed report of the Panel, 943 people were killed while 838 others were injured. While the Federal Government has paid over N10 billion as reparation to the victims of the riots, the 626 suspects who were arrested in connection with arson, culpable homicide and other grave offences perpetrated during the civil disturbances have been left off the hook on account of official impunity that has become the order of the day under the current political dispensation.
Convinced that electoral offenders ought to be prosecuted in order to stop electoral violence the Panel equally made a strong case for the setting up of “an autonomous and constitutionally recognized electoral Offences Tribunal, but which may be an ad hoc body as it may not have much to do in between election periods.” In accepting the recommendation of the Federal Government undertook to take all necessary actions to establish the Tribunal.

Non violence accord

Although the recommendation was adopted in August 2012, the Tribunal is yet to be set up. Having signed the non-violence accord President Goodluck Jonathan should now proceed to institute the Electoral Offences Tribunal. It is time an end was put to the official endorsement of politically motivated violence in the country.

However, if the Federal Government is desirous to maintain the status quo it is pertinent to note that section 150 of the Electoral Act has empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deal with prosecute electoral offenders. But since the INEC lacks the capacity to discharge the onerous statutory duty the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) should take up the task of prosecuting electoral offenders throughout the country. To ensure the success of the proposal the NBA should be prepared to collaborate with the Body of Attorneys-General and the Nigeria Police Force. Unless electoral offenders are punished as envisaged by the Electoral Act and the Constitution the subversion of the democratic process will continue unabated.

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2015: UN Warns Against Violence- Vanguard

The United Nations (UN) has cautioned Nigerians and political parties’ supported to desist from act that is capable of causing violence in the forthcoming general elections.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, who made the remark in an interview with journalists during his courtesy visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb Aminu Wali, in Abuja, said the world cannot afford to see Nigeria slip into a political crisis.

“The UN Secretary General has, in fact, expressed his concern that the elections here be violent-free, inclusive and credible. We believe Nigeria has the capacity to deliver elections that are not marred by violence, that are transparent and that would allow for free expression of the will of the Nigerian people. It must maintain its unity and cohesion, and be able to carry forward and undertake its leadership role

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#DGtrends: The Gender Pre-Forum to the 2014 High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa

The Gender Pre-Forum to the 2014 High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa


“Silencing the Guns: Women in Democratization and Peace Building in Africa”

Kigali, 6 October 2014 – The inaugural Gender Pre-Forum to the Annual High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa under the theme “Silencing the Guns: Women in Democratization and Peace Building in Africa” has opened in Kigali, Rwanda. The forum was officially opened by Hon. Oda Gasinzigwa, Minister for Gender and Family Promotion of the Republic of Rwanda on 6th October and will close on 7th October, 2014.

In her welcome remarks, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi noted the imperative of a more sustainable and meaningful response to violence through improvement of inclusive democratic governance systems on the Continent.  She stated that the AU, through the Africa Governance Architecture is committed to working with the various AU organs, institutions, RECs and non state actors to strengthen platforms that allow women and young girls to play pivotal roles in strengthening democratic governance.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board, Prof. Shyaka Anastase in his own remarks stated that the partnership with the African Union Commission and other international development partners on the forum is intended to support various national, regional, continental and inter-continental efforts to empower women, such as Agenda 2063, African Common Position on Post 2015 Development Plan, Beijing Declaration, the Millennium Declaration, MDG three, and other UN resolutions.

The Special Guest of Honour, Hon. Oda Gasinzigwa, Minister for Gender and Family Promotion of the Republic of Rwanda while welcoming participants to Kigali argued that a continent at peace with itself requires more than absence of war but also a continent that embraces good governance values of respect for human rights, rule of law, transparency, effective, inclusive as well as accountable governance and citizen-centred development. She posited that with committed and visionary leadership as well as determined citizens, Rwanda has been able to rise from the ashes of the 1994 genocide to a beacon of reconciliation, hope and inclusive governance. She concluded that the issue of gender equality and women’s participation should be an integral part of our values as a continent and an obligation to empower men, women, girls and boys to a level they can play their rightful role in democratisation processes, peace building and development.

Participants at the Pre-Forum will be visiting Post Genocide Reconciliation Villages and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial as part of the experience sharing components of the pre-forum.

The gender pre-forum is convened under the auspices of the African Governance Architecture and Platform of the African Union. It is convened to provide a platform through which the vulnerabilities and challenges facing women in conflict situations can be examined and policy recommendations made on enhancing the roles of women in strengthening democratic governance and addressing violent conflicts in Africa.

The gender pre-forum is part of a series of participatory engagements with young people, women, civil society, Member States and indeed all stakeholders towards the Third High-Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. The theme of this year’s High Level Dialogue is “Silencing the Guns: Strengthening Democratic Governance to Prevent, Manage and Resolve Conflicts in Africa. It is scheduled for 30 – 31 October, 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. The High Level Dialogue and pre-consultations are convened by the African Union in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and GIZ.

For more information, please contact George Mukundi Wachira: + 250 781293981; wachiraG@africa-union.orgor visit the website http://pa.au.int/en/ ,www.dgtrends.org and also follow live updates on @AUC_DPA and the hashtag #DGTrends