PRESS RELEASE: I have not withdrawn my case against Dogara and others” – Jibrin

It has come to our attention the circulating misrepresentation of facts that our client, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin has withdrawn his suit filed vide FHC/ABJ/CS/595/16 against The Speaker, House of Representatives and 14 others wherein we sought for injunctive reliefs restraining the the Defendants from suspending the Plaintiff, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin.

This is not the true position of things and the said untrue information is calculated to misinform and in fact disappoint the teeming generality of Nigerians who seek for justice to be done in this matter.

As you all are aware, despite the pendency of the above suit and the Defendants representation in same, they went ahead and suspended Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin with the aim of foisting a state of helplessness on the court. We shall resist this callous misbehaviour by men who are constitutionally  saddled with law making responsibilities..

For the avoidance of doubt, We have also filed a fresh suit by way of an Originating summons in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/ 812/16 in Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin vs. The Speaker, House of Represebtatives & 2 ORS which is  currently pending before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court 3 Abuja seeking for the following prayers to wit:

1.            A DECLARATION that the suspension of the Plaintiff from the floor of the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days commencing from the 28th day of September 2016 is a violation of the Plaintiff’s fundamental right to freedom of expression guaranteed by Section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (cap. A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

2.            A DECLARATION that the resolution passed by the Defendants on the floor of the 2nd Defendant on the 28th day of September 2016 suspending the Plaintiff from the floor of the 2nd Defendant for 180 legislative days is in breach of the provisions of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic (as amended) and Section 21 and 24 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act 2004 and Order 10 rule 6 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

3.            A DECLARATION that by virtue of the provisions of Chapter VII, paragraph 7.5 of the “Code of Conduct for Honourable Members”, the Plaintiff or any member of the 2nd Defendant has a duty to expose corrupt practices in the 2nd Defendant.

4.            AND ORDER of this Honourable Court setting aside the purported suspension of the Plaintiff from the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days forthwith.

5.            AN ORDER OF INJUNCTION restraining the Defendants from preventing the Plaintiff from participating in the Committees of the 2nd Defendant or accessing his legislative chambers or compelling the Plaintiff to tender an apology to the Defendants or any member of the 2nd Defendant before he is allowed into the Chambers of the 2nd Defendant to perform his legislative duties.

6.            AN ORDER directing the Defendants to pay the Plaintiff his outstanding salaries, accrued allowances and all other entitlements due to him from the date of his suspension from the floor of the House of Representatives until the judgment of this Honourable Court is executed.

7.            THE sum of N1, 000,000, 000.00 (One Billion Naira) being general damages for the suspension of the Plaintiff for 180 legislative days from the floor of the 2nd Defendant.

Be informed that the Honourable Court has slated the above suit for hearing on the 22nd day of November 2016.

Our client’s resolve in this matter cannot be broken.

Yours Faithfully,

Chukwuma Nwachukwu Esq.

Plaintiff’s Counsel.

Chukwuma Nwachukwu Esq.
Law Bond Solicitors
9 Vanern Crescent off  Euphrates Street off Aguiyi Ironsi Street

Withdraw Military From Niger Delta Region Now– Delta Monarch

Paramount ruler of Siembiri Kingdom in Delta State, HRM Pere Charles Ayemi-Botu, has appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, withdraw the heavy military presence in the Niger Delta region.

According to him, attacking the region with military might at this moment when the militants have announced ceasefire will be counter- productive.

The Pere of Siembiri kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State likened the action of the Federal Government to “shooting oneself in the foot or throwing away the baby with the bath water.”

He said, “Sequel to the acceptance of ceasefire, courtesy of monarchs and the leaders of the Niger Delta ten days ago by the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups, one would have expected President Buhari to announce his dialogue team as he did in early June, 2016, when he declared two weeks’ ceasefire preceding his medical trip to the UK.”

The Ijaw monarch wondered why President Buhari, instead of announcing his dialogue team, ordered the mobilisation of troops to the Niger Delta region under the pretext of military exercise, code-named ”Operation Crocodile Smile.”

He stressed that by this action, he is thus sending negative signals to all Nigerians, the international community and the whole world that the stage is now set to crush the militants at a time they have accepted ceasefire.

“We have been making frantic and passionate appeals in conjunction with the United States Consul General, Mr. John Braye, calling on both the Federal Government and the militants to sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue in order to proffer lasting solutions to the Niger Delta quagmire,” he said.

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African Leaders To Withdraw Membership From ICC

African leaders have backed a Kenyan proposal pushing for a pullout from the International Criminal Court, leaders said Sunday, repeating claims it unfairly targets the continent. Chad’s President Idriss Deby, elected African Union chairman at the two-day summit, criticized the court for focusing its efforts on African leaders. “Elsewhere in the world, many things happen — many flagrant violations of human rights — but nobody cares,” Deby said at the close of the summit late Sunday, which had an official theme of protecting human rights.

No legally binding decision was made, and the decision to leave the ICC’s founding Rome Statute is up to an individual nation. The decision is a “proposal…for the AU to develop a road map for the withdrawal of African nations”, a Kenyan presidential statement read. The war crimes trial of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo began last week, rekindling a bitter row across Africa over the international justice system.

Set up in 2002 as the last resort to try war criminals and perpetrators of genocide never tried at home, the ICC has opened probes involving eight nations, all of them African: Kenya, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda and Mali. The AU, led in particular by Kenya, has accused the court of unfairly targeting Africans for prosecution as the majority of its cases come from the continent.

This included a failed case to try Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and a faltering case against his deputy William Ruto, for allegedly masterminding deadly post-election violence in the east African country in 2007-2008 in which some 1,200 people died. “We refuse to be carried along in a vehicle that has strayed off course to the detriment of our sovereignty, security and dignity as Africans,” Kenyatta said in a statement.

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Muslim Groups Call For Ben Carson To Withdraw Presidential Bid

U.S. Republican candidate Ben Carson has been slammed by rival politicians and the country’s largest Muslim advocacy group after saying that a Muslim should never be elected as president of the United States.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson, who is a Christian, told CBS’s Meet the Press programme on Sunday.

The U.S.-based Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations has now called for Carson to leave the Republican race. “It’s beyond the pale and he should withdraw,” Ibrahim Hooper, the group’s spokesperson, told Al Jazeera.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, also criticized Carson’s remarks. “You know, this is the year 2015,” he said. “You judge candidates for president not on their religion, not on the color of their skin, but on their ideas, on what they stand for.”

Sanders went on to tweet that it took the U.S. “too long to overcome the prejudice against electing a Catholic or an African-American president.”

The country’s first-ever Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, also criticized the comments as “fear mongering” in an attempt to win more voters, saying they are “out of touch with who we are as a people.”

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