Colossal Impunity Must End In Nigeria -Falana

By Abdulmumin Giwa

The popular human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN Femi Falana says colossal Impunity must end in Nigeria.

He made the remark while addressing a mammoth gathering of Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria,IMN staging a rally at the premises of the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.

Falana called on the Nigerian government to end impunity as it violates the tenets of democracy and portrays the government in bad light.

He expressed gratitude to have found time to add his weight to the protest calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the IMN leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

Calling on the Nigerian government to respect the rule of law, the lawyer, who is also the counsel to Sheikh Zakzaky, called on the government to obey court order.

Falana expressed satisfaction with the way the Islamic Movement has remained peaceful in seeking redress despite all forms of intimidations saying, “you are not violent”.

He also shared his past experience when he was jailed by the Buhari Military regime that left him in jail when it was overthrown. He added that he still was part of the team that fought against the illegal detention of President Buhari by the Babangida military junta that overthrew him.

The activist stated that some legal practitioners stayed away from the struggle for the freedom of Buhari then because they said he too had illegally jailed other people.

While encouraging the IMN members, Falana

called on them never to relent until their leader is freed. He added that he is fully in support of the peaceful protests calling for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky.

REPORT: Newly Elected President of ICC, Osuji To Meet Malami Tomorrow Over Sheik Zakzaky

The newly elected President of the International Criminal Court, ICC, Nigerian-Born Chile Eboe-Osuji is scheduled to meet with Nigeria’s Attorney General/Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami Over Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria.
The president will be meeting with Nigerian Attorney-General over Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky who has been arbitrarily detained by the Nigerian Government for over 2 years against a valid court that says he should be released and rehabilitated.
You would recall that the Nigerian Army had on December 12th 2015 launched a coordinated attack against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, killing women and children.
The leader of IMN, Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky was arrested and whisked to the Nation’s capital Abuja.
A commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the matter and it was discovered that over 347 members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria were killed with some buried alive in mass graves.
Amnesty International had in a report, gave a detailed account of the Nigerian military massacre of Shiite Muslims in Zaria between December 12th and 14th, 2015.
The organization provided evidence not only that the military used excessive force against civilians, killing more than 350 people, but that Nigerian troops went to great lengths to cover up these crimes.
In its damning report, Amnesty International said, “the Nigerian Army has provided no evidence to substantiate its claim that IMN protesters attempted to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff or shot at his convoy, or that the protesters’ action warranted the degree of force used against them.”
Amnesty International went further to provide images depicting before and after photos of Shiite sites of worship destroyed under the order of the Nigerian military.
The organization also provided images of suspected mass graves where the military reportedly hid the bodies of the victims of their carnage.
Amnesty International disclosed that it “has identified the location of one possible mass grave in the Mando area near the city of Kaduna, where Amnesty International found a large area churned up by differs, with dried-up large vehicle tracks still visible at the time of the visit.”
Satellite images provided by Amnesty International show important Shiite religious sites or property belonging to the IMN leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, being demolished.
According to the report, “after the incident, the military meticulously destroyed most of the evidence at the scenes of the clashes.
Soldiers sealed the areas around Ibrahim al-Zakzaky’s compound and around the Hussainiya in the afternoon of 12 December 2015 and for several days afterward.”
Amnesty International investigators found “that Ibrahim al-Zakzaky’s compound had been razed to the ground and the rubble removed, bloodstains washed off, and bullets and spent cartridge removed from the streets…several other sites belonging to the IMN in Zaria, including the Hussainiya, a recently created cemetery, a shrine dedicated to Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky’s mother, a media/film production center, and a research center, were also completely or partially destroyed in the days following the incident.”
The Amnesty International report provided recommendations to various Nigerian institutions and authorities, including the Kaduna State government and the Federal Government. To the Kaduna State government, it is recommended that it “ensure that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria events…be impartial and thorough.”
It also urged the government to ensure that the “Commission has the necessary means to carry out its investigation unhindered and the necessary powers to summon and compel the relevant civil and military authorities to cooperate fully.”
Amnesty International recommended that the Federal Government “ensure that those suspected of being criminally responsible are held accountable through fair trials…and that families and dependents of the victims of extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings are entitled to obtain fair and adequate reparation from the state, including financial compensation.”
A pro-Democracy group, Concerned Nigerians have in the last 84 days holding a daily sit-out at the Unity Fountain, calling for the unconditional release of Sheik Zakzaky and his wife.

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Nigerians protest against Buhari in London

A group of Nigerians resident in the UK on Tuesday staged a protest against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The protest took place at the Abuja House official residence of the Nigerian president in London.

A source in the presidency said those affected by Mr. Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade were jolted by his decision to seek re-election, “forcing them to push panic buttons including renting a motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against the President on his arrival into the United Kingdom.”

The protest came 24 hours after Mr. Buhari declared his intention to contest for another term in office as president of Nigeria in 2019.

The presidency, however, said the protest was sponsored by supporters of alleged looters and corrupt elements within and outside the country.

The source said “extremely corrupt Nigerians who are custodians of slush funds stolen from Nigeria, and hiding in UK or are resident cronies of such elements, have colluded to form a league of protesters with a singular aim of distracting and disorganising the scheduled state visit of the president to England for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and other dignitaries.”

“Esteemed Nigerians home and abroad, friends and business investors in Nigeria, should please see through the veil of the motive behind the Abuja House, Kensington London demonstration.

“It was an orchestrated act of desperation and a ploy to blackmail and hoodwink the President from concentrating on his anti corruption campaign , which is fast gaining grounds locally and internationally,” the source said.

He said the protest may also be because of the Nigerian government’s decision to name and shame corrupt citizens and looters, as well as to collate database of Nigerians with homes in UK who are not paying the right taxes.

He said the move by the government to prosecute all financial defaulters through bilateral and multilateral means is another reason they are coming after Mr. Buhari.

The government recently released a list of persons, mostly members of the opposition PDP, who, they said looted the treasury while they were in power.

The list has been criticised by the PDP and civic groups.

Information Minister, Lai Mohammed on Monday said another “shocking” list of looters would be released soon.

The presidency source told PREMIUM TIMES that security sources had informed the government that the protesters are determined to embarrass Mr Buhari throughout his stay in the UK.

He said they have information that the protesters will take their demonstrations to the venue of the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM), holding on April 16-17 in Britain.

In reaction to the protest, Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the president “will not be distracted from his mission in the UK.”

Source: Premium Times

The Army Being Used in Religious Vendetta against IMN in Jos

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has called on the Nigerian army to stop attacking it based on false alarm raised by miscreants.

This is contained in a press statement made available to press and signed by the president of the Media Forum of the Movement.

The statement called for the immediate release of two of its members whisked away by soldiers while performing religious function in a property they own.

The following is the complete statement

PRESS STATEMENT

The Army Being Used in Religious Vendetta in Jos

On

31st March, 2018 a contingent of soldiers in five vehicles encircled the demolished Islamic centre of members of the Islamic Movement in Jos and arrested two persons, who were part of a Islamic studies learning session taking place in the centre. Unfortunately to date, the arrested persons have not been charged of any offence and have not been released to their families. Those arrested are: Idris Muhammad and Awwal Husain.

The fact that members of the Islamic Movement were just conducting a religious obligation in a centre they legally own when they were pounced upon by the Army is enough a pointer to the Army’s complicity in executing a religious vendetta by some unscrupulous people. We condemn this disheartening attitude of the Army in the strongest terms.

That was how they were used in 2016 when the centre was burnt and vandalized in collaboration with some vagabonds belonging to a religious organization.

We will like to remind the authorities of the military special task force in Jos that the Nigerian Army is supposedly non-partisan when it comes to religious affairs, it has no business whatsoever in handling any religious dispute, if at all there is any. And in this particular case it is not even a dispute, but a case of some Nigerians discharging their religious duty peacefully at their legally owned center when soldiers were sent to intimidate and harass them.

The Islamic Movement, hereby call on the relevant authorities for the immediate release of the duo, so that they can be reunited with their families because they have wronged nobody. It is equally important to suggest that to avert a reoccurrence of such misinformed blunder, whenever some disgruntled elements of the public gave them a false alarm against the Islamic Movement, they should first investigate and report the matter to the police, since it is a civil matter. Their presence in our gatherings is unwanted, uncalled for and utterly shameful to their status.

SIGNED BY

IBRAHIM MUSA

PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM OF ISLAMIC MOVEMENT

Skype: Ibrahim.musa43

10/04/18

The Other Side Of Buhari’s Declaration For A Second Term

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Although not much of a celebration was seen among the said supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari after he declared to contest for a second term, he certainly needs to continue as president to be safe.

This is because, in his bid to be accepted by the global hegemony and imperialism, he chose the wrong political dynamics by choosing to fight the influence of Iran in Africa on behalf of America, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This pushed Buhari to implement extra-judicial acts seen by international laws as crimes against humanity.

Buhari killed over 1000 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN in Zaria in December 2015.

He used the Army in the attack which was more of an act of state terrorism. Men, women and children were mercilessly butchered by the army in the killing spree. Some were burned alive, some buried alive and others tortured to death by the soldiers under Buhari’ s orders.

The leader of the IMN Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife were kept in detention with the secret police, DSS, despite injuries inflicted on them by the soldiers during the brutal attack. The leader lost an eye and the mechanical function of a limb during the attack and has been refused treatment by Buhari despite persistent pressure from his followers and other concerned groups.

Despite all efforts by the Chief of the Army to hide the state perpetrated mass murder, where he claimed in an interview with the press that he killed only six people, it was made public during the sitting of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, JCI, set up by the Kaduna state government, that 347 IMN members were buried in a mass grave in Mando village near Kaduna.

The IMN in a newspaper advertorial also revealed the names and profiles of over 800 members of the Movement missing since the pogrom in Zaria.

Also, a competent court of jurisdiction, the Federal High Court, has ordered the unconditional release of the IMN leader, compensation, provision of residence and personal security but the Nigerian government acted in contempt of court and is keeping him under continued illegal detention.

Several human rights organizations and governments have called on the Nigerian government to release the IMN leader but all in vain.

The IMN took its case before the International Criminal Court, ICC in the Hague which has since concluded the stages of preliminary investigations into the pogrom and is approaching the stage of indictment.

Nigerian laws provide immunity for the executive in power and that might serve as a protection for the president in his crimes against humanity.

Some of the stubborn accomplices of Buhari in the crime, especially the Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai have earlier challenged the integrity of the ICC suggesting Nigeria to seize being a signatory.

For Buhari to be out of power with the coming indictment for crimes against humanity, he rather remains in power to protect his personal interest and those of his accomplices in the crimes.

They want to use the next four years to enjoy immunity and change Nigeria’s status with the ICC to save their necks.

The indictment by the ICC might soon be announced and possibly before the up coming 2019 general elections. This will reveal the real reason why they need a second term by all means.

King Salman Counters Son’s Remark On Israel

Saudi Arabia’s ruler King Salman has counter his son’s remarks this week that Israel had a “right” to its land.
In an interview with a US magazine published on Monday, heir apparent Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appeared to put the rival land claims of Palestinians and Israel on

an equal footing.
“I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation,” the prince told the Atlantic.
“I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land,” he added.
In response, the king on Tuesday reaffirmed “the kingdom’s steadfast position toward the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital”, state news agency SPA reported.
He also emphasised the need to advance the peace process in a phone call with US President Donald Trump on Monday night.
The remarks from Prince Mohammad, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, were published just three days after Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinians in one day during a peaceful demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border. The number rose to 17 on Tuesday.
Prince Mohammad’s blunt acknowledgment that Israel can exist alongside Palestine was a rare statement from an Arab leader.
Saudi Arabia and Israel have no formal diplomatic relations, but in the past two years, a series of statements and reports of covert meetings between Israeli and Saudi officials gives an impression of a rapprochement between the two states.
Both countries see Iran as their biggest outside threat and the United States as their key ally.
Most recently Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to flights bound for Israel.
The Saudi Arabian public and media have previously been heavily critical of Israeli treatment of Palestinians. Recently a number of media outlets have begun painting Israel in a reasonable light while demonising Iran. With an intense crackdown on freedom of expression in the country, it is difficult to gauge how well this turn has been taken in by citizens of the country.
Any open alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel would signal Riyadh’s abandonment of the Palestinian cause, observers have said, despite the lack of an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty, long seen as a prerequisite for relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world.
In November, a document leaked by Lebanese newspaper close to Hizballah allegedly from the Saudi foreign ministry detailed concessions to Israel including Saudi encouragement of the Palestinians to cede the right of return of their refugees, in return for closer cooperation with Tel Aviv against Iran and Hizballah.

Femi Adesina Calls Those Who Asked Buhari Not To Run For Second Term ‘Voodoo Priests’, other contenders ‘rats’

Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, has described those who asked President Mihammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office as “voodoo priests”.
It would be recalled that prominent Nigerians, including ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military President Ibrahim Babangida, had asked Buhari to step down in 2019 and give the younger generation a go at the presidency.
But on Monday, Buhari announced his intention for a second term, while meeting with the national executive committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Commenting on the announcement, Adesina said those against Buhari staying in office beyond 2019 were acting like “they had become emergency referees” that want to stop Buhari from becoming the greatest leader in the country’s history.
“And then, some voodoo priests came: don’t run for a second term. Give way to younger people. Take a well-deserved rest. Blah blah blah. As if they were the beginning and end of democracy,” Adesina said.
“The motive was simple: we must dissuade this man from running so that he wouldn’t become the greatest ever Nigerian leader. He must not become the authentic national hero.
“All types of cards were being flashed, yellow, green, red, purple, as if they had become emergency referees. But President Buhari kept his peace. No abuse for abuse, no railing for railing. When you are in the marketplace, you concentrate on the person you are transacting a deal with, and ignore the noise of the market.”
He asked other contenders interested in the presidential race to “run away”, saying “the cat has returned from a journey, let the rats scamper for safety.”
On the 2019 elections Adesina stated,

“Nigerians will decide early next year. The greater the challenge, the sweeter the victory.”

BREAKING: Buhari declares intention to seek re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally announced he will seek re-election in 2019 as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria.

Mr. Buhari made the announcement on Monday at a meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress leadership.

The National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting of the party is holding in Abuja.

While the president has long indicated he will seek a second term of four years, this is his first public announcement.

[BREAKING] FG Will Soon Release Another Looters’ List –Lai Mohammed.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday said that the Federal Government would ‘ very soon ’ release another list of looters .
He stated that no intimidation from any quarter would debar the FG from releasing the list .
Mohammed spoke with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital .
He said, “We are not going to ask anybody not to go to court , but what we are telling them is that they should re -examine themselves , because when the government came out with its list , it was confident of the evidence its has .
“No government worth its salt would be challenged and would not come out to prove that what it ’ s saying is correct .
“When it comes to evidence , it ’ s for the courts to decide ; but we want to make it clear that no amount of intimidation from any side would prevent government from releasing the next batch of looters’ list and what you have seen so far is a tip of the iceberg when the list comes out.”
He added , “You will see many people that Nigerians did not suspect partook in the national looting .
“Interestingly , we have people saying that they are going to court . You see , courts are for the accused and the accuser , courts are for the rich and the poor, courts are for the government and the governed.
“So , anybody that says that he’ s going to court , that shouldn’ t frighten anybody. ”

Sowore, Shittu Trade ‘Verbal Blows’ On Live Radio Program

Omoyele Sowore, 2019 presidential hopeful, locked horns with Adebayo Shittu, minister of communication, when they both appeared on a radio programme on Saturday.
Both men were guests on a socio-political programme on Fresh FM, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Sowore said he is the giant that would kick President Muhammadu Buhari’s government out of power in 2019 while Shittu mocked the Sahara Reporters publisher’s credentials, asking him to aspire for councillorship.
“Your government has failed us,” Sowore said. “I am a giant that is going to kick you out of power in 2019.”
Firing back, Shittu called Sowore a dreamer. He said: “You are just dreaming. You are a daydreamer. You are inconsequential.”
Responding, Sowore said: “I am consequential because you came to power on my back, on our back… on the back of young people who invested a lot of hope.”