The President of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Yerima Shettima has warmed that the North would go to war against the Southerners if the ongoing EndSars protest snowballed into President Muhammadu Buhari’s removal from office.
The northern Socio-cultural leader who became paranoid over the spontaneity of EndSARS protest by the Nigerian youths against police killings, police brutality, bad governance and other pressing issues told journalists in Minna, Niger State on Saturday.
Shettima believed that the protest was a ploy to shortchange the North by the South, saying that in the past, the Northerners have been cheated in similar circumstances, when Umar Musa Yaradua died and former President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn into office.
He insisted on the North going to war, if President Muhammadu Buhari is removed from office for the sake of bad governance as being pushed by the protesters.
His words: “Since 1999, the south has been cheating us as regards to the office of the president.
“When Obasanjo was the President, nobody disturbed him until after his complete eight years in office.
“Immediately our brother took over, they went against him until he died. Instead of using another Northerner to complete his tenure, they forced Jonathan on us.
“Now our brother Buhari is in power again, they are using everything against him forgetting that we still have 8 years after his tenure to equal that of Jonathan and Obasanjo.
“The point is that we the Northerners are not going to allow it. We will go to war if the protesters ever demand for Buhari to resign or an end of Nigeria like some of them are doing in Anambra State.”
CAPITAL POST reports that Nigerians have been protesting that government should end SARS for their brutality against the citizens.
However, the protest continued after the Inspector of Police, Mohammed Adamu scrapped SARS on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari with protesters lately demanding reforms of the country, while the protest is gaining global attention.
Ex-Niger Delta warlord, Alhaji Asari Dokubo in a fiery 8:57 minutes video on his Facebook page on Sunday, addressed Niger Deltans participating in the nationwide #ENDSARS protest which he described as a waste of time.
He said: “There is nothing to restructure or remodel about Nigeria. Instead of wasting our (Niger Deltans) time in cooperating with the Yorubas and Igbos in ENDSARS or restructuring protests, the only solution as Niger Delta people is to team together with the Ogonis and the Igbos and Efiks and reinvent Biafra because nobody can oppress the Ijaw man in Biafra.
“What we need to do is to seek ye first the political kingdom and every other thing will be added to you because you will control and hold your oil.
“Anything else is not going to work unless we stand up and fight for Biafra. Anybody talking about restructuring, Niger Delta republic or an Ibo Biafra is an enemy of our people because biafra most surely come whether you like it or not.
He also lamented the poor funding of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC compared to the North East Development Commission, NEDC stating that regard less of the debit owed the NDDC by multi-national oil companies for the development of the region, the Federal Government has failed to do anything in ensuring that the debts are paid to the agency.
Asari also cautioned former President Goodluck Jonathan not to fall for calls by emissaries beckoning on him to run for the 2023 presidential election.
Despite being a strong supporter of Dr Goodluck while in and out of office, Asari who expressed displeasure over his consistent visits to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, used unprintable words on the former president who he lampooned for consistently visiting the Presidential Villa.
He said: “Goodluck Jonathan is now fooling himself running around to Aso Rock thinking that they are going to give him the presidency come 2023.
”They are not going to give you (Jonathan) anything. They will disgrace you and take away that small respect that you have and throw you in the trash can. But we are watching, let them prove us wrong and let us see.”
As the Federal government continues with its measured response to the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protests, President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the National Assembly, on Sunday, assured protesting youths of speedy implementation of policies to halt Police brutality.
The meeting which is viewed as part of a desperate move to save his government had in attendance leadership of the National Assembly.
This is coming as the EndSARS protests took a new dimension on Sunday with Christians of the various denominations throwing away their differences to intercede for the souls of the victims of Police brutality across the country.
They also offered a minute of silence for the departed souls.
A leading Pastor of one of the new generation Churches who did not want his name in print, said “ the Church was mandated to observe a minute silence for the departed souls as their struggle was for the future benefits of humanity.
“ There is no revolution without the shedding of blood. Go and check history. What these people have will not go in vain. They are fighting for the safety of our future,” he said
The meeting which took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja was conveyed as part of plans to end the nationwide protests that have crippled economic activities across the country.
The Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, in Twit @Bashir Ahmad, said the meeting was attended by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Both Senate President, Lawan and the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaking after the meeting, appealed to Nigerian Youths to end protests across the country
They both noted that “ Government has heard and accepted their genuine demands and is working to address all of them” “ Since the issues raised by the protesters have been accepted by the government, the time has come for the protests to stop, the government needs to have time to implement the demands of the protesters”
An Abuja based constitutional lawyer, Mike Ileogben, while speaking of the government response and several meetings by the President, said “the government was shaken by the protests”
He advised President Buhari to carry out “more fundamental reforms “ to quickly regain his pre-2015 rating amongst Nigerians “
“Without sounding as if I am unappreciative of the President’s response so far, I think that my honest advice to him now is for him to carry out more fundamental reforms”
“These protests are deep-rooted and as the President of this country, I am sure that he must have been receiving briefings daily from his security officials.
“Why have they not been able to check and halt killings in communities, who gives out these arms, is the President saying that Nigeria is too big for the security agencies to cover?
He also urged the President to rejig his economic policies, because, according to him, “ Nigerians are hungry and there is a maxim that says, that a hungry man is an angry man”
Peace has finally returned to the rich Owaza community in Ukwa west local Government Area of Abia state after the killing of two soldiers in the area caused crisis which saw many residents flee their homes following military invasion of the community.
The peace efforts was brokered by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, the senator representing Abia south in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, his House of Representatives counterpart for Ukwa federal constituency, Uzoma Abonta and leaders of the Owaza community.
It should be recalled that members of the oil rich community have been on the run for over two weeks following the killing of two soldiers and snatching of their riffles in Okorhia-Uzuaku community, also in Ukwa West LGA same as Owaza.
The incident as gathered made soldiers attached to the 144 battalion of the Nigerian Army, Asa, Ukwa West LGA besiege the oil rich community, arresting people in search of the guns of their murdered colleagues.
The people lamented that the killing which never took place in Owaza has brought untold hardship on them, leading to the death of five persons who were running and trying to escape from the massive arrest by the army.
Speaking to Journalists, HRH Eze Obioma Nworgu, Eze-Oha-1 of Etitioha-Owaza, condemned the killing of the soldiers by unknown men, and specifically thanked Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai for hearing the cries of Owaza people.
Eze Nworgu also thanked the Senator representing Abia South Senatorial Zone, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Member Representing Ukwa-East and Ukwa-West Federal Constituency, Hon. Uzoma Abonta for the role they played in speaking with the military hierarchies in Abuja.
He said that his people have always lived peacefully with the military for many years and will never contemplate any act they will bring about breakdown of law and order not to talk of trying to kill the same committed soldiers that are protecting them.
Eze Nworgu also expressed his gratitude to Maj-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu and military authorities at the 14 Brigade Ohafia and the 144 Battalion, Asa for the free medical treatment and palliatives given to the people just after peace returned to the area.
He stated that the Owaza Community will continue to cooperate with the military in ensuring that the guns were recovered and also for better security in the entire Owaza Community and Ukwa West in general.
He said “We’re happy they came with the surprised package giving us palliatives and Medical treatments. This means that they are cooperating with us and we’ll continue to support them.
“I appreciate them for granting my request. We’ll work with them to ensure that the guns are recovered. We shall also look into ourselves and correct every mistake where necessary”.
“We can’t allow anything that can attract such things here again. I also thank the state for their own effort,” he said.
A community stakeholder, Comrade Onyemachi Dimgba said that his people are not happy over the whole incident, but are grateful to their king HRH Eze Obioma Nworgu for making a serious move that brought peace back to Owaza.
He lamented that aside the deaths already recorded, several other persons are still injured in the hospital while trying to escape for their dear lives.
He said; “In all, we say to God be the glory. He used our King (Eze Nworgu) who took a drastic step to Abuja to meet our representatives who responded adequately and pleaded with the military authorities to bring peace back to us.
“Our thanks go to both our King and our Federal Representatives. We’re grateful to our Senator and Federal Constituency Representative. The army gave him an award as a peaceful king.
“He’s a peacemaking king and the award he received is a testimony of that. We’re also happy with the state because we have no choice.
”This community is lacking a lot. The Army brought free Medical treatment here. They treated people and our people are back home.
“They also gave us palliatives. We’re grateful to them. We commend them and we shall continue to cooperate with our army because they’re helping us to make here safe.”
Not that I’m against protest,after all,those who know me can attest to the fact that I used to lead fiercest protests in time past. Now,I may develop some restraints in spearheading this because of age and family responsibilities, but in reality, I don’t hate the ‘game’.
As we are going on with these protests, the kind that is canvassing for on the poster below,let’s do it with civility, let’s be circumspect and wary of antics of bad elements amongst us.
The caption:UYO INDEFINITE PROTEST depicts something serious. There are those who would carry on with the seriousness of the matter within the ambit of the law,also,there are those, especially the street urchins,who WILL seize the window to unleash terror on unsuspecting members of the society.
Pls the organizers of this particular protest should keep measures and parameters on ground to check the excesses of these sons lucifer.
“Police Men Shot My Wife In The Head While Our Children Watched Her Die”-Man Narrated
A man who was has gone through a terrible situation with Police Men narrated his experience today with Pastor TB Joshua during their Sunday Service. This man was called out to speak with TB Joshua while the church members listened attentively. This man sat down with a visible bandage on his neck, he came to sit in front of the church members with his 4 children but his wife was missing. He came out with two girls and two boys who were his children, he was given a microphone to speak and he started to narrate his terrible experience with Police Officers.
This man said that on that terrible day, he was coming back from church with his wife and his four children. As they approached a junction, they sighted armed police men on the road. He was driving a tricycle which he is using for business and also for transporting his family to anywhere they need to go. These police officers stopped them on the road and after questioning him for minutes, they asked him to bring N2000 so that he can go. He told them that he isn’t a commercial driver and he is only managing the tricycle that he is driving to feed his own family. These police men looked at him for a while and asked him to enter his tricycle and go.
He entered the tricycle and asked his wife to enter also (they both came down to speak with these officers), this man narrated that immediately he entered his tricycle, he heard two loud gunshots and his head was ringing, he felt a sharp pain and quickly, his brain interpreted that pain and he knew he was shot. He was shot in the upper part of his left arm and the bullet also affected his jaw severely. He thought he was the only one that was shot, he heard his children shouting from the back that “mummy is dying”. He looked back to find out his wife was shot directly in the head by these Police Officers. The officers escaped the scene after they shot his wife in the head and shot him in the hand (which might be a miss) just because he didn’t pay them N2000.
This man made it known that his wife died on the spot after she was shot in the head, the painful part of his experience is that his children witnessed this horrible incident. His children watched their mother bled out and stopped breathing. They watched their mother and his eldest daughter hasn’t recover from the shock. This man said that his eldest daughter hasn’t been the same after she saw her mother die, she would have convulsions at time and can’t think straight due to the horror she saw on that day. He made it clear that the church of God should help him and assist him so that he can take Care of his family, he made it clear that his wife is still in the mortuary because he is still treating himself and has no money to bury her.
He also said that he wants Pastor TB Joshua to pray for his eldest daughter because she hasn’t been the same since that incident.
It’s really sad that these children would grow up with a fresh memory of their mother dying right in front of them, it’s really sad that they would remember that horrible scene anytime they see a good police officer.
This is the real reason why the Police need reform. What do you think?
ASCAB in a statement by its Chairman, Femi Falana, said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, or any of his men risk facing the International Criminal Court in the Hague if any of the protesters was killed.
A leading coalition of labour and civil society groups, the Alliance for the Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, has asked the Nigerian Government to withdraw plans to use soldiers to quell the #EndSARS protests rocking major cities across the country.
ASCAB in a statement by its Chairman, Femi Falana, said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, or any of his men risk facing the International Criminal Court in the Hague if any of the protesters was killed.
Femi Falana (SAN)
The group said protests have common features across the world as seen in Hong Kong, United States, France, South Africa, Belarus and even in Sudan, adding that in no instance had soldiers being deployed to suppress the protesters.
The statement reads, “Nigeria wants to set another ugly precedence in world history. The Federal Government should be reminded that Operation Crocodile Smile has been declared illegal by Nigeria court with competent jurisdiction following legal actions filed by Mr Femi Falana and efforts by the Chief of Army Staff to challenge the order by approaching the Court of Appeal met a brickwall.
“ASCAB recalled that the Federal High Court in July this year granted a perpetual injunction restraining the army from such an exercise in Femi Falana SAN v Chief of Army Staff (FHV/L/CS/1939/19.
“Every bullet that goes out from the barrel of the gun, is owned by the people of Nigeria adding that it is a crime under international law to release these bullets with the hope of taking human life.”
ASCAB said it was unfortunate that the Nigerian Government was sending a signal to the military that it had a role to play in a purely civil matter.
The group said it was already monitoring and compiling lists of all rights extra-judicial killings associated with the protests and that any Nigerian soldier involved in killings will be held personally responsible at the international court.
ASCAB said peaceful protests are the only way Nigerians are entitled under the constitution to register their grievances against a system that suffocates them.
The group said the protests were against symptoms of a system defect, institutional corruption and political exclusion, adding that the earlier the tiers of government addressed the problems the better.
“The plan to deploy soldiers is dangerous. It will push Nigeria into the red light district of global reckoning. Sending soldiers after school children and leaders of tomorrow shows what future we anticipate for the teeming population of young men and women who have taken to the streets to protest against a system that buries their dreams and shatter their potentials and aspirations.
“We urge President Mohammadu Buhari not to use soldiers to quell a peaceful, civil protest. The protesters have been lawful. The few cases of violence were associated with armed thugs disrupting the protests coupled with the shooting of protesters by security operatives.
“The political class is isolating Nigerians from governance. State resources are squandered by a few, corrupt people who over the years have failed to address institutional rot that continues to fuel anger and desperation of the toiling people,” it added.
”Back in 2013 my brother had a shop at mount olive plaza main market onitsha where he sells ladies wears imported from india….
He engaged one of his friends with his business activities and encouraged him to learn the trade from him and start up his own. His friend embraced the idea and joined him.
On his last trip to india, his friend told him he’ll like to come with him and do the shopping alongside . My brother agreed to that and asked him to inform his family he told us too and they set out weeks later.
His friend exhausted his money on the trip and asked for a loan from my brother, he informed my mom then told his friend that the he has dollars and he wants the loan paid back in dollars too. The friend assured him that there won’t be any problem, so he loaned him 10,000USD.
They arrived nigeria few days later and went about their daily business and two weeks later their cargo arrived. On the same day his friend told him his money is ready and that he should come for pick up, he informed my mom and sisters again then he set out to nnewi in the company of two friends.
He took his money, returned back to onitsha and went straight to emeka offor plaza to buy a phone for my dad and asked one of the boys with him to take the phone and 3,000 dollars home to dad.
He called my mom to give her situation report, he said
” i’m on my way to upper iweka now to pick up my goods and after that i’ll come home eat, shower, change and leave for lagos, i want to buy some made in Nigeria to sell too so i can have varieties, my phone is low but be rest assured i’m coming home tonight before i leave. I’m hungry please cook”.
He also informed her about the money and that he has the balance with him. My brother was such a mommy’s boy. When he got to upper iweka, he called again and emphasised on his low battery and still said he’s coming home. His phone battery died and that was the last we heard from him.
We waited the entire evening and night for him but we didn’t see any sign of him.
We called his phone but it was switched off.We waited the following morning but there was still no sign of him and at this point, we were scared. We called his phone but it was switched off.
My brother wouldn’t sleep outside even with a woman without informing any of us.
So my parents set out to search for him. They got to the park and asked about him but were told that some men dressed in mufti came to harass people, he was spotted and they found the money on him and tried intimidating him but he fought them back for his money
They told my parents that he was beaten till he became unconscious and they left with him and his other friend and if they were being honest those men came from SARS Awkwuzu.
My mother wept!
They left immediately for Awkuzu SARS but got there by 7:00pm, they weren’t let into the building on the account that it was past office time and that they should come back the following day. My parents came back home, gave us update and in clear terms told us that it was going to a very difficult time for everyone of us and they’re not sure what of will happen. They made calls to all their influential friends and even went to see one that night.
The following morning as early as 6:30am we had a knock, lo and behold it was my brothers other friend..
He was badly wounded, bleeding from all parts of his body, with a swollen p*nis and could barely even walk. We rushed out to him, took him in and we were all ears.
He told us everything we already know and confirmed they were taken to Awkuzu SARS…
We asked him how he got out and our brother’s state
He said he recognised an officer who knew him and asked him to stay put that he would smuggle him out the following morning but that my brother was unconscious and so he couldn’t leave with him.We asked if he was alive or dead he said alive.
My parents left to Awkuzu SARS in the company of my brother In law.
They left with a total sum of N15 million naira. They were made to pay 2 million to admit one of them into the compound. My father went in, while my mother remained outside the gate with so many others looking for their kids too..
He was taken straight to James Nwafor…
After rounds of denial that he wasn’t there, they got a call from Emeka Offor and then they agreed he was picked but this time they said he’s a criminal::
My father argued with him and told him that his son is not a criminal and that he’ll go to the press.After about 2hrs my dad was asked to leave and wait outside still without seeing my brother, meanwhile my mother was outside trying to penetrate their colleagues outside to ascertain the true situation of things.They spent the rest of the day outside and Went back the following day but this time we were asked to get some clothes for him, money for food and mattress too. My mother paid for these things.We were charged #250,000 for bed space alone.
On the third day, they told my parents that my brother is dead and that they should never come back.My father asked for his corpse but was told by James to get out of the premises. The following morning they came with a search warrant to our house and an arrest warrant for my father. But before the search ensued, my father informed them that he has a gun and papers for it….
They took him with the gun leaving his papers behind and left for Awkuzu:::
On getting there James told him that he supplies guns to the criminals and that he’ll be tortured till he confessed
My mother and my sister made another call to Emeka Offor who called James immediately and told him that if a single hair on my father is touched that he’ll end them all.
He was released immediately and my mom and sister took him straight to the hospital because at this point he was Very weak. My parents both had blood pressure up and father had stroke.
At this point all search for my brother stopped so we could concentrate on our parents. The following day again as early as 8:00 the SARS people from Awkuzu were at our gate. We let them in and they asked my aunt screaming to stop else they would kill her, they returned my dad’s guns and left.
My father was so shaken at the loss of his only son but he decided to stop all search.
Every corner of our house was cold and calm but it wasn’t peace, it was pain and fear. A Few months after this we got a call from Port harcourt SARS. They said my brother was transferred the following morning to their unit because of the noise his presence caused and that we should pay money for his release.My father informed us but told them he won’t come but he’ll speak with them and send someone.
They agreed to call him the following night by 9pm so that he could speak to my brother because my father wanted a confirmation.
They arranged someone to act as my brother and asked him to speak to my father. My father spoke to him, he asked him questions about us and he got them right but when my father hailed in the manner they greeted each other he failed in his response.
My father called a contact in PH and asked him to follow up and find out what was happening there. It turned out it wasn’t my brother and they never called again.
It’s been 6 years and 7 months. I can’t lie I’m hopeful. I’m Hoping he would come back one day. Or I’ll see him even if he’s mad roaming the streets and has lost memory. I’m really hoping…..
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said that the body and 302 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the leadership of the National Assembly over the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.
SERAP made this known in a tweet via its Twitter handle on Sunday.
The rights body said it wants the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price by the Federal Government as ‘illegal’.
“We’ve together with 302 Nigerians asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to declare illegal & unfair the hike in electricity tariff/fuel price because top level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries while asking poor Nigerians to make sacrifices,” SERAP tweeted.
“Joined in the suit as Defendants are President Buhari, the Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
“In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/330/2020 filed last week, we’re seeking: “an order directing & compelling the RMAFC to cut the salaries, allowances & other emoluments payable to the Defendants, in line with current economic realities & principles of justice, fairness & equality.
“The Constitution of Nigeria 1999 [as amended] makes it clear that the authorities should harness Nigeria’s resources to promote and ensure the maximum welfare, prosperity, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality.
“The country’s resources ought to be harnessed and distributed to serve the common good, and not to finance a life of luxury for politicians.
“Increasing electricity tariff and fuel price in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is antithetical to the public interest, the common good, and a fundamental breach of constitutional oath of office.
“Public money is spent as security votes without transparency, and to pay for lavish lifestyles for top public officers including lawmakers, who continue to buy expensive new cars at the expense of taxpayers, the poor and socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians.
“@nassnigeria is also set to spend N27bn to renovate the National Assembly Complex.
Public duty means showing leadership by example and commitment to the ideals of public service, including by reducing salaries and allowances of top public officers like the Defendants.
“The court, being the last hope of the common man, must come to the aid of poor Nigerians by granting the reliefs sought by SERAP & 302 concerned Nigerians. Unless the reliefs are granted, the Defendants will continue to breach the constitution at the expense of the poor,” it stated.