By Abdulmumin Giwa
In reaction to a recent statement by the coalition of civil societies in Abuja, who called on the Nigerian government to label the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as a terrorist organization, the Movement declared that those accusing it of acts of terror are the real terrorists.
The statement signed by the president of the Media Forum of the Movement Ibrahim Musa goes as follows.
Reports from the media indicated that participants at a one day seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and other critical stakeholders held in Abuja have recommended prosecution of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Leaders and members for terrorism. A communique issued at the end of the seminar and signed by Jonathan Audu, Abubakar Wakil Mohammad and Osita Egbuniwehe said the activities of IMN members if not urgently checked may constitute another insurgent war. The event doubled as the launch of a book, “Terror in the Caliphate: An Exposition of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (Shiites)” by Sunday Attah.
The organisers of this conference are the latest entry in the race to get the federal government to join Kaduna state in proscribing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and prosecuting its leaders and by no means will they be the last, because their sponsors are the same criminals that masterminded and executed the brutal massacre of unarmed civilians in Zaria, December, 2015.
We have said it times without numbers that the Islamic Movement do not hold any opinion that borders on extremism, let alone unleash terror on the populace. An extremist Muslim group will never invite Christians to all its programs and activities, let alone to protect them during sectarian clashes. An extremist Shiite group will never invite Sunnis to its programs and activities, let alone offer assistance to the community. Therefore the public cannot be deceived into believing that we are terrorists or about to be, as our antagonist will want them to believe.
Hence those canvassing for the designation of the Islamic Movement as a terror group are the real terrorist, judging by the fact that they are supporting those that killed 1000+ civilians in Zaria and many more in Kano, Kaduna and Abuja and they are on their payroll. Such civil rights groups will never be heard talking on the impunity to court orders that this administration is notorious for and the various predicaments citizens are forced to live with by this government ranging from hunger, insecurity and economic improvisation. They are only heard and noticed if it has to do with rubbishing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria unjustly.
The organisers of this ill-fated conference couldn’t even hide their identity of being Wahabi fronts, who are known for their penchant in branding other Muslims as unbelievers. Instead of addressing our Leader as Sheikh, they shamelessly addressed him as Mister in their communiqué, something which is alien to our norms of addressing religious leaders. They have exposed themselves and their paymasters; hence they cannot deceive the public by adopting Christian names. They used mostly Christians that included a Pastor in the conference to cover their tracks and even launched a book against the Islamic Movement in their act of desperation. However they should get it in their blocked heads that Christians are our brothers in humanity.
Our protests against impunity by the federal government against a valid federal high court order releasing our Leader, Sheikh Zakzaky from detention and seeking justice to the victims of Zaria massacre of December, 2015 will continue to be peaceful no matter the sacrifice needed, for justice cannot be denied, it can only be delayed.
Detained activist Deji Adeyanju may be facing a ten- year jail term for his alleged rabid criticism of the Federal Government and top functionaries, it has been learnt.
Top sources within the security and intelligence system confided Adeyanju is likely to be arrested and taken before a Federal High Court for allegedly contravening aspects of The Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015.
Last Wednesday police spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood in a statement titled “Dispersal Of unlawful Assembly and unruly protesters” alleged Deji Adeyanju, along with Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were arrested for “ Criminal conspiracy, joint act, defamation of character, public nuisance, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, disturbance of public peace, inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituted authority and breach of law and order.”
The police further accused Adeyanju and his two associates of “ criminal defamatory comments and utterances capable of inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituent authority and breach of law and order pasted by Deji Adeyanju on his Facebook page.”
The police spokesman, in another statement same day, stated the trio others have been remanded in a prison outside Abuja, the Federal Capital.
“The Nigeria Police Force today arraigned Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams at Karshi Magistrate Court, Federal Capital Territory for criminal offences of Joint Act, criminal defamation, disturbance of public peace, threat to public security and safety and inciting public disturbance under the Penal Code Law.
“The lawyers to the suspects were equally in court. Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were remanded to Prison custody in Keffi, Nasarawa State after they failed to meet the bail conditions.
“The matter was adjourned to 21st January, 2019 for hearing,” Jimoh Moshood stated.
Our correspondent reliably gathered a process may have commenced towards getting the police and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation involved in arraigning Adeyanju on fresh charges under the Cybercrime Act before a Federal High court as his current issues are before a Magistrate court.
Detailed exhibits gathered for use in prosecuting Deji Adeyanju include several postings on his Whatsapp and Facebook accounts with allegedly unproven allegations against President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo and Army Chief Buratai.
A competent source said the police have already publicised some of the online postings that may be cited under contravention of the Cybercrimes Act.
Penalties under the Cybercrimes Act range from ten years to life imprisonment though it remains to be seen how prosecution intends to interpret how Adeyanju infringed the law.
Part Three Section 5 (2) and (3) of the Act states that:
“Where the offence committed under subsection ( 1 ) of this section results in grievous bodily harm to any person, he offender shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than 15 years without option of fine.
“Where the offence committed under subsection ( 1 ) of this section results in the death of person(s), the offender shall be liable on conviction to life imprisonment”.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday debunked raging rumors that he had died and a certain Jubril from Sudan used as his cloned double.
The rumours of his being cloned after his purported death following a prolonged ill-health and treatment in a London hospital last year, had gained momentum recently in Nigeria.
He however used the opportunity a townhall meeting in Krakow, Poland with Nigerians resident in that country, to declare that he was very much the real Buhari even though many wanted him dead.
“A lot of people had hoped that l died during my ill health. I will soon celebrate my 76th. l am strong”, he told his audience in response to a question from a Nigerian who wanted to know if he was the real Buhari or the much talked about Jubril of Sudan.
The meeting provided him an opportunity to interact with Nigerians living in Poland, which was the President’s first official engagement, ahead of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), holding from December 2-4, 2018.
The Federal Government has suspended its directive to Vice Chancellors of universities to enforce the no-work-no-pay rule on striking lecturers.
It would be recalled that the directive to enforce the no-work-no-pay rule on striking lecturers was communicated to universities in a memo dated Thursday, November 29, 2018, sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, to University Vice Chancellors across the country.
However, a Vice Chancellor who does not want to be named in Kano told newsmen on Saturday that the directive to stop striking lecturers salary has been suspended.
He said the reversal directive was sent to Vice Chancellors on Friday in a circular dated 30 November by the National Universities Commission, NUC instructing them to ignore earlier circular directing them to enforce the no-work-no-pay rule on striking lecturers.
Asked if the Federal Government has continued with the ongoing negotiation with ASUU to end the strike, the VC said that is an issue with ASUU and the Federal Government.
Also, a lecturer with one of the universities in Kano confirmed the reversal to newsmen, noting that it was posted on the ASUU WhatsApp platform of the institution.
The Nigerian army has replaced Texas Chukwu as its spokesman, TheCable can report.
A military source told TheCable that Chukwu’s removal followed outcry from different quarters on his “inability” to manage information on the counter-insurgency campaign.
“Chukwu was not attuned with media management and did not sustain the efforts already in place,” the source said.
“A good public relations officer always responds to critical national issues on time and provides solutions. His inefficiency did not only affect the army’s efforts but made the military a subject of embarrassment in the eyes of the world.”
The source added that Sani Usman had been reinstated as spokesman of the army.
Chukwu took over the position in February when Usman enrolled for a senior executive course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Jos.
A senior military officer listed Chukwu’s alleged poor management of several incidents of Boko Haram as some of his flaws.
“Chukwu’s handling of the recent Boko Haram incidents did not help in managing the situation, thereby embarrassing the chief of army staff and the commander-in-chief,” he said.
When contacted, Chukwu confirmed that he had been replaced but said it was because of a course he ought to attend at the NIPSS.
“There must be progress. I’m going to NIPSS for study. You know there are some courses you would take before getting promoted to major-general. It’s true. I’m no more the army spokesman. SK Usman would take over. He just returned from course, too,” he told TheCable.
Usman also confirmed to TheCable that he had returned to his former position since Monday.
He appealed for support and thanked all those who supported him during his time at NIPSS.
“I wish to on behalf of my family thank all those that called or sent congratulatory messages as I graduated from NIPSS, Kuru, bagged the highly respected Membership of the National Institute (mni) and inducted into the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) since Saturday 24th November 2018,” he said in a message sent to TheCable.
“I also like to inform you that I have also been reappointed as Director Army Public Relations with effect from Monday 26th November 2018. I look forward to your continued support and cooperation. May God continue to bless and protect you and your family.”
Deji Adeyanju, the convener of a civil society group known as Concerned Nigerians, has said he took staged a protest rally at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force to express his concerns over the perceived politicization of the Nigeria Police Force ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He gave this explanation on Wednesday in a statement he co-signed with the conveners of five other civil society organisations in Abuja.
The other signatories are Adebayo Raphael (Mumu Don Do Movement), Ariyo Dare Atoye, (Coalition in Defence Of Nigerian Democracy), Nwazuruahu Henry Shield (Leadership & Accountability Initiative) and Moses Paul (Mad Connect).
Adeyanju, who was arrested shortly after the protest began, said the concerns he and other activists sought to express were based on the current state of affairs in the country where the Nigerian Police Force is increasingly seen as becoming a tool to be used against real and perceived political enemies of the ruling party were worsening.
The statement reads: “We gathered to express our concerns about the current state of affairs in the country where the Nigerian Police Force is increasingly becoming a tool to be used against real and perceived political enemies of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). These concerns have worsened as we have watched the institution of the Police become more and more desecrated as time passes by.
“The most recent example of this desecration is the use of officers of the Police Force to provide security cover for 5 members of the 26 member Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to cause chaos and confusion in their illegal attempt to impeach the Speaker of the House.
“Before this, we had seen the Police Force provide security cover for a few members of the Benue State House of Assembly to attempt to impeach the Speaker of the House as well.
“These events are closely allied to the deaths of Micahel Adikwu, the major suspect in the Offa robbery and Nuhu Salisu, the major suspect in the allegations against Senator Dino Melaye for gun running in Police custody. In both cases, both men have been announced dead by the police in suspicious circumstances thereby ensuring that the cases are more difficult to resolve.
“It is important to note that these deaths come at a time when Nigerians clamor for a conclusion to their trials. It is also important to note that statements made by both men absolve the major opposition figures against whom the allegations were made of any wrongdoing.
“The deaths of these men raise several questions about ability of the police to provide justice to victims of violent crimes. What are the causes of death? Did the Police conduct an autopsy? Where are the autopsy reports? At what point did the suspects die?”
“Having reviewed the above, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the Police Force as constituted under the current Inspect General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has become a threat to our democracy. IGP Idris’ penchant for bias and willingness to be used as a tool against real or perceived enemies of the ruling APC is very clear and apparent.
“It is in this light that we called on President Muhammadu Buhari to remove IGP Idris from office, institute an investigation into the invasion of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly by the Police, to determine the officer(s) who gave the orders for this illegal action and to bring such officers to book, and also institute a transparent investigation into the deaths of the two prime suspects in police custody and make the findings public.
“It is important for the President to note that the continued retention of the IGP in office is likely to lead to anarchy as he constantly seeks to bend and break the very laws he swore to protect in the first place.
“President Buhari should be reminded that when the former DG of SSS directed his men to invade the National Assembly in an attempt to change the leadership, the then Acting President -Professor Yemi Osinbajo sacked Daura. We expect same treatment for the IGP in this case of invasion of the Akwa State House of Assembly.
“Nigerians must note that the tenure of the IGP has expired and if President Muhammadu Buhari insists on keeping IGP Idris in office, both men will be held responsible for any calamity that befalls the nation,” the statement concluded.
By Abdulmumin Giwa
The Senator representing Kano central Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso says President Muhammadu Buhari is misinformed to have said that he diverted state funds for his presidential campaign and that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje completed the good projects he abandoned saying is not true.
“The president was misinformed, he has no idea about what is going on in Kano.
“There is no project left behind by me that was completed by Ganduje. What he completed are the former Governor Shekarau’s uncompleted projects not mine.
“I instructed my supporters not to react to that as there was no need because those informing the president lied to him” he said.
Senator Kwankwaso spoke in a two hour live program on Aminchi FM radio in Kano on Monday where he reacted to a lot of issues he kept mute about.
He explained that he is one of those who have regards for President Buhari and does not think it is proper for those around him to be concocting lies to him especially in an international arena in France.
He further explained that the projects being referred to as abandoned were in the health sector initiated and left behind by former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau who has now joined the ruling All Progressive Congress APC.
Concerning the video clips showing the Kano state governor allegedly collecting bribe from contractors, Sen Kwankwaso said he was aware of the clips before they were released to the public and pleaded for them not to be released, but they didn’t listen to his plea.
He said he is not happy that such video clips were made public because it is an embarrassment to the state and its people including himself.
He reiterated his reason for anointing Abba Kabiru Yusuf to contest under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Kano insisting that he is the most qualified.
Kwankwaso explained that Abba was part of the initiators and executors of all the major infrastructural development projects in Kano state executed under him as the governor while he was the works commissioner.