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#Ogoni9: Exoneration Ken Saro-Wiwa, 8 Others, not Pardon - Civil Society Groups tell FG

#Ogoni9: Exoneration Ken Saro-Wiwa, 8 Others, not Pardon - Civil Society Groups tell FG

Ogoni’s have over the past 2 decades consistently demanded that an admission that the quasi-judicial process which resulted in the conviction of the Ogoni 9 was a mockery of justice orchestrated by the military government with the active collaboration of Shell to quell community demands for resource and ecological justice.




It is important to note that no civil society organization in Nigeria has asked for a presidential ‘pardon’ for Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine, who were unjustly murdered by the Sani Abacha dictatorship.


On the 22nd of October 2021, a select group of Ogoni leaders attended a parley at State House with President Muhammadu Buhari. Among other issues, the President stated that the ‘federal government will consider the request for the grant of pardon to finally close the Ogoni saga’. 


“The President made this commitment to ‘consider’ a pardon immediately after he declared that “the unfortunate incidents of the early 1990s leading to the loss of lives of distinguished sons of Ogoni land and the collateral judicial processes are indelible in our memories”

What we the civil society groups are demanding is the complete exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 8. It is also important to note that the President’s suggestion of granting a ‘pardon’ is tantamount to saying that the Ogoni  9 were guilty and rightly executed. We deem the proposal to ‘consider’ a pardon for Ken Saro-Wiwa and his comrades insensitive and offensive to their memory and that of other victims of environmental injustice. We also consider it a denial of the need to bring closure to the thousands of Ogonis who were victims of government-driven repression characterized by murders, rape, torture and forced exile. 

The President also used the opportunity of the parley to state that the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC), had been granted license to re-open and operate OML11. It is pertinent to recollect that in 1993, Shell was forced to abandon its OML 11 operations located in Ogoni and pull out of the area. This was the direct outcome of passionate but peaceful campaigns by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) led by Ken Saro-Wiwa. MOSOP had called the attention of the world to the poverty, neglect and environmental destruction which decades of oil exploitation had bequeathed on the Ogoni people.  MOSOP had also demanded fairer benefits to the Ogoni people from oil wealth, as well as remediation and compensation for the ecological damage caused by the reckless activities of oil companies.  These have still not been addressed. 

The report of UNEP indicated massive soil and water contamination in Ogoniland, which has significantly compromised sources of livelihood and was slowly poisoning the inhabitants. It was only about 3 years ago, that the government began actual clean-up with the agency called HYPREP. It is therefore shocking that while the clean-up is ongoing, the government is prioritizing restarting of oil extraction in the same area being cleaned up, with all its polluting impacts. 


Civil Society groups maintain that  is important to reiterate that proposing an unnecessary ‘pardon’ for the Ogoni nine, seemingly in exchange for support to reopen OML 11, is in bad faith and capable to breeding conflict. If the President is interested in reversing the injustice which the murder of the Ogoni 9 represents, the appropriate action is to exonerate the Ogoni martyrs and apologize to the Ogoni people. Apologize for the destruction of their environment, the killing of their people, the loss of their livelihoods, the destruction of their villages, the forced exile of their people and the murder of their leaders 

It is also pertinent to observe that the move to resume the extraction of oil in Ogoniland, happening against the backdrop of the contentious clean-up of polluted sites in Ogoni, raises fears and fuels cynicism. It is worrying that the government would think of resuming oil extraction in Ogoniland when the pollution of the last decades is yet to be cleaned, decrepit installations are yet to be decommissioned and the many recommendations of UNEP are yet to be fully complied with.

The ecological disaster in Ogoniland provides a cue for the government to take actions towards the clean-up of the entire Niger Delta .We advice the President to institute strategies for a region wide clean-up of decades of environmental pollution by setting aside $100 billion dollars as takeoff fund for clean-up.


Endorsed By:

1. Rivers state  Civil society Organizations

2. Take it Back Movement 

3. Ogoni Solidarity Forum

4. We the People 

5. Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

6. Health of Mother Earth Foundation

7. Media Awareness and Justice Initiative (MAJI)

8. Peace Point Development Foundation, Nigeria

9. Policy Alert, Nigeria

10. Kabetkache Women Resource Development Centre, Nigeria

11. People Advancement Centre, Nigeria

12. Lekeh  Development Foundation, Nigeria

13. SWAYA, Nigeria

14. Rights Advocacy and Development Center (RADEC)

15. Community Development Advocacy foundation (CODAF)

16. Oilwatch  Africa

Ogoni’s have over the past 2 decades consistently demanded that an admission that the quasi-judicial process which resulted in the conviction of the Ogoni 9 was a mockery of justice orchestrated by the military government with the active collaboration of Shell to quell community demands for resource and ecological justice.




It is important to note that no civil society organization in Nigeria has asked for a presidential ‘pardon’ for Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine, who were unjustly murdered by the Sani Abacha dictatorship.


On the 22nd of October 2021, a select group of Ogoni leaders attended a parley at State House with President Muhammadu Buhari. Among other issues, the President stated that the ‘federal government will consider the request for the grant of pardon to finally close the Ogoni saga’. 


“The President made this commitment to ‘consider’ a pardon immediately after he declared that “the unfortunate incidents of the early 1990s leading to the loss of lives of distinguished sons of Ogoni land and the collateral judicial processes are indelible in our memories”

What we the civil society groups are demanding is the complete exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 8. It is also important to note that the President’s suggestion of granting a ‘pardon’ is tantamount to saying that the Ogoni  9 were guilty and rightly executed. We deem the proposal to ‘consider’ a pardon for Ken Saro-Wiwa and his comrades insensitive and offensive to their memory and that of other victims of environmental injustice. We also consider it a denial of the need to bring closure to the thousands of Ogonis who were victims of government-driven repression characterized by murders, rape, torture and forced exile. 

The President also used the opportunity of the parley to state that the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC), had been granted license to re-open and operate OML11. It is pertinent to recollect that in 1993, Shell was forced to abandon its OML 11 operations located in Ogoni and pull out of the area. This was the direct outcome of passionate but peaceful campaigns by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) led by Ken Saro-Wiwa. MOSOP had called the attention of the world to the poverty, neglect and environmental destruction which decades of oil exploitation had bequeathed on the Ogoni people.  MOSOP had also demanded fairer benefits to the Ogoni people from oil wealth, as well as remediation and compensation for the ecological damage caused by the reckless activities of oil companies.  These have still not been addressed. 

The report of UNEP indicated massive soil and water contamination in Ogoniland, which has significantly compromised sources of livelihood and was slowly poisoning the inhabitants. It was only about 3 years ago, that the government began actual clean-up with the agency called HYPREP. It is therefore shocking that while the clean-up is ongoing, the government is prioritizing restarting of oil extraction in the same area being cleaned up, with all its polluting impacts. 


Civil Society groups maintain that  is important to reiterate that proposing an unnecessary ‘pardon’ for the Ogoni nine, seemingly in exchange for support to reopen OML 11, is in bad faith and capable to breeding conflict. If the President is interested in reversing the injustice which the murder of the Ogoni 9 represents, the appropriate action is to exonerate the Ogoni martyrs and apologize to the Ogoni people. Apologize for the destruction of their environment, the killing of their people, the loss of their livelihoods, the destruction of their villages, the forced exile of their people and the murder of their leaders 

It is also pertinent to observe that the move to resume the extraction of oil in Ogoniland, happening against the backdrop of the contentious clean-up of polluted sites in Ogoni, raises fears and fuels cynicism. It is worrying that the government would think of resuming oil extraction in Ogoniland when the pollution of the last decades is yet to be cleaned, decrepit installations are yet to be decommissioned and the many recommendations of UNEP are yet to be fully complied with.

The ecological disaster in Ogoniland provides a cue for the government to take actions towards the clean-up of the entire Niger Delta .We advice the President to institute strategies for a region wide clean-up of decades of environmental pollution by setting aside $100 billion dollars as takeoff fund for clean-up.


Endorsed By:

1. Rivers state  Civil society Organizations

2. Take it Back Movement 

3. Ogoni Solidarity Forum

4. We the People 

5. Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

6. Health of Mother Earth Foundation

7. Media Awareness and Justice Initiative (MAJI)

8. Peace Point Development Foundation, Nigeria

9. Policy Alert, Nigeria

10. Kabetkache Women Resource Development Centre, Nigeria

11. People Advancement Centre, Nigeria

12. Lekeh  Development Foundation, Nigeria

13. SWAYA, Nigeria

14. Rights Advocacy and Development Center (RADEC)

15. Community Development Advocacy foundation (CODAF)

16. Oilwatch  Africa

#ENDSARSMEMORIAL: We Will Win - A Poem by Ola Olawale

#ENDSARSMEMORIAL: We Will Win - A Poem by Ola Olawale

 Day 7 Tributes



We Will Win


Pain before gain

Gain after pain

Work before Rest

Rest after work

Battle before victory

Victoria after battle

We mustn't relent

We Will Win


History will absolve Us

Standing here could be odd

It is not a place for everyone

It is a place for the selfless

A place of love and humanity

Not of gold and greed

Enduring but rewarding

We will win


Wake up the wretched of the earth

Rise the people of the world

Sitting is harmful

Rise and take your birthplace

Freedom won't come cheap

It must and will be fought for

It is a war

And We will Win


Our victory is certain

If we fight

Our freedom is certain

If we dare to struggle

We must not be discouraged

We must remain undefeatable

History is on our side

We will Win


We will win

Let unite and fight

We will win

Let all say no to injustice

We will win

Let raise our voice against inequality

We will win

The People United can never be defeated




 Day 7 Tributes



We Will Win


Pain before gain

Gain after pain

Work before Rest

Rest after work

Battle before victory

Victoria after battle

We mustn't relent

We Will Win


History will absolve Us

Standing here could be odd

It is not a place for everyone

It is a place for the selfless

A place of love and humanity

Not of gold and greed

Enduring but rewarding

We will win


Wake up the wretched of the earth

Rise the people of the world

Sitting is harmful

Rise and take your birthplace

Freedom won't come cheap

It must and will be fought for

It is a war

And We will Win


Our victory is certain

If we fight

Our freedom is certain

If we dare to struggle

We must not be discouraged

We must remain undefeatable

History is on our side

We will Win


We will win

Let unite and fight

We will win

Let all say no to injustice

We will win

Let raise our voice against inequality

We will win

The People United can never be defeated




#ENDSARSMEMORIAL: Together - A Poem by Ola Olawale

#ENDSARSMEMORIAL: Together - A Poem by Ola Olawale

 Day 6 tributes


Together


This is our fight

And together we must

If you like stay on the fence

It is still your fight

If you like Japa(Seek Green Pasture)

It is still your fight

This fight is invisible


Our enemies are our brothers

Among them, we wine and dine

Clothed in our color of skin

but our interests differ

Unlike the era of Zik and the Pilot

The color was obvious

Just like the enemy


We the wretched of the earth

Must unite in our purpose

Fight hand in hand

And defeat our common enemies

We must defeat the division among us

And strengthen our commonplace

Humanity must be our drive


Among our enemies

There are no race or color

They are united beyond

The place of worship Or what we call God

Their goal is one "To Exploit"

In whatever form

And that is constant


We must unite

We must fight

We must defeat them

We must rise to power

Then we will rebuild and consolidate

This is not a child play

It is a war to win or keep agonizing


If we fight, we may win

If we stay on the fence

Then we have lost

History is on our side

Together we will win

Together we will sing

Song of victory

letter to the wretched of the earth





 Day 6 tributes


Together


This is our fight

And together we must

If you like stay on the fence

It is still your fight

If you like Japa(Seek Green Pasture)

It is still your fight

This fight is invisible


Our enemies are our brothers

Among them, we wine and dine

Clothed in our color of skin

but our interests differ

Unlike the era of Zik and the Pilot

The color was obvious

Just like the enemy


We the wretched of the earth

Must unite in our purpose

Fight hand in hand

And defeat our common enemies

We must defeat the division among us

And strengthen our commonplace

Humanity must be our drive


Among our enemies

There are no race or color

They are united beyond

The place of worship Or what we call God

Their goal is one "To Exploit"

In whatever form

And that is constant


We must unite

We must fight

We must defeat them

We must rise to power

Then we will rebuild and consolidate

This is not a child play

It is a war to win or keep agonizing


If we fight, we may win

If we stay on the fence

Then we have lost

History is on our side

Together we will win

Together we will sing

Song of victory

letter to the wretched of the earth





PRESS RELEASE: UBER DRIVER ASSAULTED DURING ENDSARS MEMORIAL PROTEST DEMANDS N500M COMPENSATION FOR VIOLATION OF HIS RIGHTS, SEIZURE AND DESTRUCTION OF HIS VEHICLE AND PROSECUTION OF CULPRITS

PRESS RELEASE: UBER DRIVER ASSAULTED DURING ENDSARS MEMORIAL PROTEST DEMANDS N500M COMPENSATION FOR VIOLATION OF HIS RIGHTS, SEIZURE AND DESTRUCTION OF HIS VEHICLE AND PROSECUTION OF CULPRITS

We have written to the Lagos State Government through the Attorney General of Lagos State to demand payment of


the sum of N500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as compensation to Mr. Adedotun Clement for the gross violation of his fundamental rights to dignity of the human person, personal liberty and property and for the deprivation of his source of livelihood and the destruction of his vehicle.


Adedotun Clement is the innocent Uber driver that was assaulted by some officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and Nigeria Police Force during the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.


In addition to payment of monetary compensation, we also demanded that disciplinary measures be taken against the culprits who assaulted Adedotun, and that they should be prosecuted in court in line with the Anti-Torture Act and the Criminal Law of Lagos State.


Also, we are equally demanding a written apology from the state government.


It should be noted that the vehicle of Mr. Adedotun has been returned but in a bad condition. The agents of the state government broke and damaged the front windscreen of his Toyota Corolla. The vehicle was in good condition before it was towed away on Wednesday, 20th October, 2021. But upon reaching where the vehicle was taken to on Friday, 22nd October, 2021, Adedotun saw the destruction done to his vehicle by agents of the state government.


The implication is that he cannot use the vehicle to earn a living until it is repaired.


My attention has been drawn to the public statement by the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA) wherein it is stated that two officers of the agency were subjected to orderly room trial, found guilty of assault and general unruly behaviour and suspended for two months.


While we commend the Lagos State Government for admitting that the conduct of its agents was criminal and unprofessional, we find the two months suspension meted on the two officers grossly insufficient and unacceptable. It is not a deterrence. The officers should be dismissed and diligently prosecuted in a court of law to serve as a deterrence to others.


Finally, we are expecting the Lagos State Government to respond to our modest demands within 48 hours or we will have no other option but to commence legal proceedings to seek redress for Adedotun.


INIBEHE EFFIONG, ESQ.

Principal Counsel.

We have written to the Lagos State Government through the Attorney General of Lagos State to demand payment of


the sum of N500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as compensation to Mr. Adedotun Clement for the gross violation of his fundamental rights to dignity of the human person, personal liberty and property and for the deprivation of his source of livelihood and the destruction of his vehicle.


Adedotun Clement is the innocent Uber driver that was assaulted by some officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and Nigeria Police Force during the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.


In addition to payment of monetary compensation, we also demanded that disciplinary measures be taken against the culprits who assaulted Adedotun, and that they should be prosecuted in court in line with the Anti-Torture Act and the Criminal Law of Lagos State.


Also, we are equally demanding a written apology from the state government.


It should be noted that the vehicle of Mr. Adedotun has been returned but in a bad condition. The agents of the state government broke and damaged the front windscreen of his Toyota Corolla. The vehicle was in good condition before it was towed away on Wednesday, 20th October, 2021. But upon reaching where the vehicle was taken to on Friday, 22nd October, 2021, Adedotun saw the destruction done to his vehicle by agents of the state government.


The implication is that he cannot use the vehicle to earn a living until it is repaired.


My attention has been drawn to the public statement by the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA) wherein it is stated that two officers of the agency were subjected to orderly room trial, found guilty of assault and general unruly behaviour and suspended for two months.


While we commend the Lagos State Government for admitting that the conduct of its agents was criminal and unprofessional, we find the two months suspension meted on the two officers grossly insufficient and unacceptable. It is not a deterrence. The officers should be dismissed and diligently prosecuted in a court of law to serve as a deterrence to others.


Finally, we are expecting the Lagos State Government to respond to our modest demands within 48 hours or we will have no other option but to commence legal proceedings to seek redress for Adedotun.


INIBEHE EFFIONG, ESQ.

Principal Counsel.

ENDSARSMEMORIAL: ILLEGAL ARREST BRUTALIZATION OF DAILY POST REPORTER; CLAMP-DOWN AND AND DISPERSION OF PEACEFUL PROTEST BY NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE-AN ABUSE OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TAKEN TOO FAR

ENDSARSMEMORIAL: ILLEGAL ARREST BRUTALIZATION OF DAILY POST REPORTER; CLAMP-DOWN AND AND DISPERSION OF PEACEFUL PROTEST BY NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE-AN ABUSE OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TAKEN TOO FAR

(Being a Press Statement of the TAKE IT BACK MOVEMENT, Osun State)


Yesterday, members of the Endsars movement, mainly youths took to the street in Osun state and across the world to commemorate one year anniversary of the biggest mass protest in the history of Nigeria. It was on record that these protesters were exercising their rights in accordance with the law. Members of the press were also present to cover the event within the dictates of their profession. 



The protests which started at about 11 am from Ita-olookan in Osogbo,was bid to end at Oke-fia. We want to put it on record that the men of the Nigerian police attacked protesters and reporters with the aim of arresting them and in the process arrested Daily post reporter in the state,Mr Sikiru Obarayese at about 100 meters away from Oke-fia where the protest is bid to be ended . He was arrested on the instruction of The DPO of Dugbe police station who quickly started a process of his arraignment until he was forced to stop after pressures from his colleagues through the commissioner of police. It is also on record that he was stripped naked brutalised and tortured by police men, about 12 of them at Dugbe police division.


Similarly, We want to put it on record that the police and DSSS men has been chasing organizers of the Endsarsmemorial since about 3 days before the protest. This is evident in the way the Commissioner of police has been calling and threatening to arrest one of our the organizers; Olushayo babawale ogunleye. 


Also, efforts were made by the police to stop the press parley that was bid to be held at NUJ correspondence and when the venue was changed,the police and DSSS made further attempts to stampede the press parley. If was further observed that protest organizers was been trailed by some unknown men on a motorcycle around Ogo-oluwa the new venue for the press parley. Worthy of Observation is also that Combined forces of Police and DSSS took charge of the convergence point of the protest, harrasing protesters on arrival.


Based on the foregoing, It is pertinent to state that Protest is a universally recognized fundamental right of citizens and it would never be given up to any security and government agents based on any threat. We hereby wants to equivocally state that the Nigerian police has become a puppet of the ruling class for too long and this should stop. We want to state that the primary function of the police is security of life and property, thus it is our expectation that the police should protect protesters at all time. Hence we demand that;


1 The DPO of Dupe police division and all the twelve officers involved should be investigated and prosecuted for the illegall arrest and torture of Mr Sikiru Obarayese, the Daily Post reporter.


2 The commissioner of police should unravel the unknown men who have been trailing Olushayo babawale ogunleye, One of the organizers of Endsarsmemorial. We maintain that if anything happens to him, the CP would be held responsible.


3 The Nigerian police force should investigate and made public the killers of ALIMI AHMED and MUTIU LAWAL FRESH murdered in cold blood during the univited and provocative visit of Governor Gboyega Oyetola to the barricades at the #EndSARS protests last year October.


4 The Nigerian police force should publicly apologize for attacking, arresting and dehumanizing Mr Sikiru Obarayese.


We want to state clearly that Protests, such as was held yesterday would never be stopped in a democracy, therefore police and other security agency should stop brutalisation of protesters and rather protect them at all time.


Samson Tola

Owolabi  Opeyemi


TIB Ag Coordinator and Secretary.

(Being a Press Statement of the TAKE IT BACK MOVEMENT, Osun State)


Yesterday, members of the Endsars movement, mainly youths took to the street in Osun state and across the world to commemorate one year anniversary of the biggest mass protest in the history of Nigeria. It was on record that these protesters were exercising their rights in accordance with the law. Members of the press were also present to cover the event within the dictates of their profession. 



The protests which started at about 11 am from Ita-olookan in Osogbo,was bid to end at Oke-fia. We want to put it on record that the men of the Nigerian police attacked protesters and reporters with the aim of arresting them and in the process arrested Daily post reporter in the state,Mr Sikiru Obarayese at about 100 meters away from Oke-fia where the protest is bid to be ended . He was arrested on the instruction of The DPO of Dugbe police station who quickly started a process of his arraignment until he was forced to stop after pressures from his colleagues through the commissioner of police. It is also on record that he was stripped naked brutalised and tortured by police men, about 12 of them at Dugbe police division.


Similarly, We want to put it on record that the police and DSSS men has been chasing organizers of the Endsarsmemorial since about 3 days before the protest. This is evident in the way the Commissioner of police has been calling and threatening to arrest one of our the organizers; Olushayo babawale ogunleye. 


Also, efforts were made by the police to stop the press parley that was bid to be held at NUJ correspondence and when the venue was changed,the police and DSSS made further attempts to stampede the press parley. If was further observed that protest organizers was been trailed by some unknown men on a motorcycle around Ogo-oluwa the new venue for the press parley. Worthy of Observation is also that Combined forces of Police and DSSS took charge of the convergence point of the protest, harrasing protesters on arrival.


Based on the foregoing, It is pertinent to state that Protest is a universally recognized fundamental right of citizens and it would never be given up to any security and government agents based on any threat. We hereby wants to equivocally state that the Nigerian police has become a puppet of the ruling class for too long and this should stop. We want to state that the primary function of the police is security of life and property, thus it is our expectation that the police should protect protesters at all time. Hence we demand that;


1 The DPO of Dupe police division and all the twelve officers involved should be investigated and prosecuted for the illegall arrest and torture of Mr Sikiru Obarayese, the Daily Post reporter.


2 The commissioner of police should unravel the unknown men who have been trailing Olushayo babawale ogunleye, One of the organizers of Endsarsmemorial. We maintain that if anything happens to him, the CP would be held responsible.


3 The Nigerian police force should investigate and made public the killers of ALIMI AHMED and MUTIU LAWAL FRESH murdered in cold blood during the univited and provocative visit of Governor Gboyega Oyetola to the barricades at the #EndSARS protests last year October.


4 The Nigerian police force should publicly apologize for attacking, arresting and dehumanizing Mr Sikiru Obarayese.


We want to state clearly that Protests, such as was held yesterday would never be stopped in a democracy, therefore police and other security agency should stop brutalisation of protesters and rather protect them at all time.


Samson Tola

Owolabi  Opeyemi


TIB Ag Coordinator and Secretary.

#ENDSARSMEMORIAL: Police distrupt peaceful protesters in Osogbo, numbers of those arrested yet to be confirmed

#ENDSARSMEMORIAL: Police distrupt peaceful protesters in Osogbo, numbers of those arrested yet to be confirmed

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The peaceful protesters matching in Commemoration of those killed last year in Osogbo and else where across the country where forcefully dispersed by the Osun State command of the Nigeria police.


The Osun State Police Command had on Tuesday issued a threatening and warning statement that it was not going to allowed any gathering in remembrance of those courageous youths that were killed by the state for demanding an end to police brutality and requesting for good governance.

 


A reporter of Daily Trust has been confirmed to have been arrested during the distruption of the protesters. DAILLY Post Reporter, Sikiru Obarayese was arrested in Osogbo on Wednesday as police dispersed protesters marking a year memorial anniversary of #EndSAR


 If any other, the number of person(s) arrested during the distruption of the remembrance procession in Osogbo, the Osun State capital has not been assertained.


Protest in Nigeria is a fundamental and constitutional right but curtailed and tyrannically abrogated under the lawless Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal regime.



Photos, prior the distruption by the men of the Nigeria police:










































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The peaceful protesters matching in Commemoration of those killed last year in Osogbo and else where across the country where forcefully dispersed by the Osun State command of the Nigeria police.


The Osun State Police Command had on Tuesday issued a threatening and warning statement that it was not going to allowed any gathering in remembrance of those courageous youths that were killed by the state for demanding an end to police brutality and requesting for good governance.

 


A reporter of Daily Trust has been confirmed to have been arrested during the distruption of the protesters. DAILLY Post Reporter, Sikiru Obarayese was arrested in Osogbo on Wednesday as police dispersed protesters marking a year memorial anniversary of #EndSAR


 If any other, the number of person(s) arrested during the distruption of the remembrance procession in Osogbo, the Osun State capital has not been assertained.


Protest in Nigeria is a fundamental and constitutional right but curtailed and tyrannically abrogated under the lawless Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal regime.



Photos, prior the distruption by the men of the Nigeria police:










































#EndSars Memorial: Nigeria needs people's police not government police - Oyo State TIB

#EndSars Memorial: Nigeria needs people's police not government police - Oyo State TIB

In response to the news on social media concerning the upcoming memorial of #EndSars victims and press released by Oyo state police command. 


TIB see that report as needles and a way of creating unnecessary fear in to a peaceful society. 


We did not  forget that it was police brutality precede before retaliation by angry youths named hoodlums during the 20-10-2020 protest. 


CP Ngozi Onadeko can testify that every protest in Oyo state was carried out peacefully before police themselves turned it to violence and start shooting at peaceful protesters around the state. 


We youths lost about Five protesters at Ogbomosho, some youths in Ibadan including men in Uniform and so many people still on the hospital beds

responding to treatment since last year, also nine innocent youths in relation with #Endears protest still in detention. All that happened due to the police incapability to observe the rule of engagement in a time like that. 


Moreover, the peaceful youths of Oyo state see the report as an intimidation, a way to clampdown our rights and to deny justice. Peaceful protest remain our constitutional rights and your job as police is to ensure safty, to save life and to prevent the hoodlums from hijacking the peaceful demonstration.


We have come to realization that Nigeria needs people's police not government police. 


We there for advice the CP Mrs Ngozi Onadeko as a mother to make sure her men in uniform carry out their operation with outmost respect for the people they meant to protect and in accordance with rule of law. 


As a movement we are clamoring for better society and fighting for the rights of the citizens by using the instrument of law. We remain law abiding citizens of Federal republic of Nigeria.


Secretary: Lekan Adisa


Take It Back. Action!

In response to the news on social media concerning the upcoming memorial of #EndSars victims and press released by Oyo state police command. 


TIB see that report as needles and a way of creating unnecessary fear in to a peaceful society. 


We did not  forget that it was police brutality precede before retaliation by angry youths named hoodlums during the 20-10-2020 protest. 


CP Ngozi Onadeko can testify that every protest in Oyo state was carried out peacefully before police themselves turned it to violence and start shooting at peaceful protesters around the state. 


We youths lost about Five protesters at Ogbomosho, some youths in Ibadan including men in Uniform and so many people still on the hospital beds

responding to treatment since last year, also nine innocent youths in relation with #Endears protest still in detention. All that happened due to the police incapability to observe the rule of engagement in a time like that. 


Moreover, the peaceful youths of Oyo state see the report as an intimidation, a way to clampdown our rights and to deny justice. Peaceful protest remain our constitutional rights and your job as police is to ensure safty, to save life and to prevent the hoodlums from hijacking the peaceful demonstration.


We have come to realization that Nigeria needs people's police not government police. 


We there for advice the CP Mrs Ngozi Onadeko as a mother to make sure her men in uniform carry out their operation with outmost respect for the people they meant to protect and in accordance with rule of law. 


As a movement we are clamoring for better society and fighting for the rights of the citizens by using the instrument of law. We remain law abiding citizens of Federal republic of Nigeria.


Secretary: Lekan Adisa


Take It Back. Action!

Endsars Memorial Programme: Praying for the Repose of the Souls of the Dead

Endsars Memorial Programme: Praying for the Repose of the Souls of the Dead








As part of programme line up for 1st Year Memorial of the historic #Endsars Protests during which hundreds were killed and even many more were maimed and unjustly imprisoned, there will be these religious services to pray for repose of the souls of the departed, peace and justice, in deference to the three faith traditions in Nigeria:


Friday October 15th 2021

Jumat Service at 

Jumaat Suadr Central Mosque, beside MRS filling Station by the Pedestrian bridge, Ojota Lagos


Saturday 16th, October

Traditional rites

Time: 12pm- 3pm

Venue: The new Afrika Shrine, No 2 NERDC RD, Agidingbi, Ikeja Lagos.


Sunday 17th October

Church Service at Logos Christian Center 

No 46 Ibijoke Street, off Kudirat Abiola way, Oluyole Bus stop, Oregun Lagos.








As part of programme line up for 1st Year Memorial of the historic #Endsars Protests during which hundreds were killed and even many more were maimed and unjustly imprisoned, there will be these religious services to pray for repose of the souls of the departed, peace and justice, in deference to the three faith traditions in Nigeria:


Friday October 15th 2021

Jumat Service at 

Jumaat Suadr Central Mosque, beside MRS filling Station by the Pedestrian bridge, Ojota Lagos


Saturday 16th, October

Traditional rites

Time: 12pm- 3pm

Venue: The new Afrika Shrine, No 2 NERDC RD, Agidingbi, Ikeja Lagos.


Sunday 17th October

Church Service at Logos Christian Center 

No 46 Ibijoke Street, off Kudirat Abiola way, Oluyole Bus stop, Oregun Lagos.

Remembering Teslim “Samore” Oyekanmi (17/11/69-2/10/11) - Brain Behind the Police’s Rank-and-File strike (2002)

Remembering Teslim “Samore” Oyekanmi (17/11/69-2/10/11) - Brain Behind the Police’s Rank-and-File strike (2002)

It’s now a decade since we lost Samore. He was a fearless revolutionary, versatile unionist, brilliant activist and unrepentant Mayost who lived life to the fullest.


But alas, sickness took him away from us at his prime. And this was barely two years after we lost his partner Zainab, a revolutionary Mayist in her own right.


Teslim was Secretary General of the LASU students union towards the end of the last century. Zainab would later serve as Vice President and then Ag. President of the same union in the following session.


I met Tes in the run up to the election where he emerged as SG of LASUSU. Whilst I’d started full time work in the trade union movement, I kept close in contact with the students movement, spending many an evening on campuses like LASU.


He was recruited into the May 31st Movement (M31M, the precursor of today’s SWL) when he was a LASU union leader. And he remained a lifelong member of the movement. He was quite critical of a number of things bearing on internal democracy. Some of these became clearer only after his death. We have however learnt our lessons from them.


On graduating with a BA in History and International Relations, he started working as a journalist with Alao Arisekola’s paper. I think it was called ‘The Monitor.’


He wrote an exposé on KWAM1, the popular pro-establishment fuji crooner. Not surprisingly, Wasiu (KWAM) had ties with Arisekola.


The paper’s publisher put pressure on Samore to retract the story and/or identify his source. He refused to do either of these. He stood by his story & dared KWAM to go to court. Tes was then summarily sacked.


Before this, he had taken his first steps into the trade union movement. He had been elected as Chair of the Lagos State Correspondents Association (LASCA) Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.


His open, generous and vibrant approach to life, work and politics had endeared him to many. It also incurred not a few enemies.


Anyway, he got to work as a correspondent with The Punch newspapers. This led to his making what might be one of the most important, but unsung steps in the country’s revolutionary history - organizing the short lived Nigeria Union of Police which led a police wo/men’s strike in February 2002.


The opening chapter of this historic development was written ar a bar in the ancient city of Benin. Whilst having a drink and inviting persons in the bar to join him, amidst his witty thrust of conversation he met with some junior ranks in the Edo State Police Command.


They complained of how they were suffering (while the top ranks were enjoying life). Most of them had not received promotions in years. Salaries were also irregular and they had to sew their uniforms at their own costs.


Samore told them that this was because they didn’t have a union. The police officers first laughed at his suggestion that they should be unionized. Police wo/men, they said, are law enforcement officers, so they could not be unionists.


Samore debunked this argument. He gave several examples of countries where police unions existed. Where he won them to his line of thinking was when he gave the example of POPCRU in South Africa.


This was not some distant, Western country. If there could be a union in another African country, why couldn’t there be one in the so-called giant of Africa?


Not all the officers were convinced though. And amongst those convinced morale initially went down after they discussed with other officers. Those ones pointed out that they were playing with fire which could cost them their lives.


Samore was however someone that would not let an idea die out once he had sowed it in people’s minds.


He informed and inspired them with histories of trade unions emerging as clandestine societies even in countries now considered the gold standard of (liberal) democracy.


Gradually but surely, he won over and established a core group. For the (to start as a clandestine) union envisaged to be national, they had to seek out like minds and build structures across the country.


It was at this point that he came to brief me at Akure where I was working as Ondo State Secretary of MHWUN. Four three days, we reflected for hours through the night with quite a few emptied bottles of squadron and cigarette butts in the background.


He knew that he was putting his life on the line. If things went wrong, the state would definitely act nasty. But he felt this was an opening that we were duty bound to seize.


Realizing the perilous path we were taking, we decided to restrict information on what was happening within the movement. This was to protect the effort, our organization and its cadre. For accountability only one other leading comrade was informed until much later.


Teslim assumed the nommé de guerre of “Monday Sule” becoming secretary of the underground NUP. He and a select few from the Edo State Police Command toured strategic centres in the country where they found support.


The faceless NUP issued demands to the IGP for improvement of rank and file welfare. This was dismissed as mere irritation by the top brass. Tes then convinced the NUP that they had to use the ultimate power of workers/unions: the mass strike.


In February 2002, after 9 months of building the NUP underground, the union called a strike. To say this was historic would be an understatement. President Obasanjo and the entire state machinery were thrown into a state of shock!


Indeed, the bourgeois could not comprehend how such a thing could happen. I remember going to the First Atlantic bank branch I used at Akure at the time.


The manager took pains to explain to customers that they had to shutdown from the following day when the strike would commence because they didn’t know how long it would last and they couldn’t guarantee security! I couldn’t hide my smirking.


Soldiers were drafted to take over policing functions and hundreds of rank-and-file police suspected of being members of NUP were silently rounded up.


All the police’s demands except for democratic involvement were implemented. But behind the curtains dozens were tortured, with many of these executed.


According to Samore, probably as many as 37 persons were killed. Several of them knew Monday Sule. But they defended this knowledge with their very lives.


NUP was snuffed out after this. Virtually all its leading lights in the force were amongst those executed.


In 2006 Samore applied to work with MHWUN as an organizing Secretary. He commenced work with the union a year and a half later. He served at different times as state secretary in Gombe and the FCT as well as in the National Secretariat.


The union leadership appreciated his skills as a writer, and organizer. His frankness, fearlessness and prioritizing rank-and-file’s roles in the union however saw to his having several head-on collisions with the state chairpersons in the councils he worked in.


This was one of the reasons why he was brought back to the national headquarters. Both Comrade Ayuba Wabba (National President) & Marcus Ighodalo Omokhuale (Secretary General) appreciated his talents as a unionist and mourned him on his death.


His move to the Hq came whilst I was studying in Germany & Brazil. On my return we had time to bond again, for a while. Little did I know it would be for less than 2years.


He lived with me briefly at that point in time. As I write, I remember those nights we would come home pissing drunk, to the consternation of my wife.


He always stood by me. When my family was to be thrown out by the landlord whilst I was away, he was one of the persons I turned to for a loan. And when I returned and tried to pay the debt, he refused to collect it.


I also could never deny him anything within my reach. So, when he asked me to help get Che Oyinatumba (also a leading member of our tendency at the time) a job at the Labour Party, I had to.


I walked up to Dan Nwuanyanwu, the party chair, the following day to push for this. He promptly said yes. It was the first and last favor I ever asked for from him in the twelve years we were on the LP national leadership together.


Things started to go downhill in Tes life from 2009. Nine months after delivering their daughter (Agustina Neto, her elder brother is named Cabral) on May Day 2008, his Zainab, an activist and lawyer who had been his soulmate from school died.


This hit Samore badly. I don’t think he ever recovered psychologically from that. The physiological blows came no much later. By the beginning of 2011 tuberculosis and diabetes had ravaged his body.


Unfortunately, he did not help mattes. He kept drinking even if not as much as before. We would quarrel over this several times when we met. Esther, whom he’d started dating in 2010 would also call me on many occasions to ask me to tell my brother and comrade to live the bottle.


Tes would promise to “try” each time we talked about it. But it would be the same story next time.


I remember the last time I saw him, which was a few months before his death. There was some drama to that meeting.


OSJ had informed me that Tes had been admitted at LUTH. I was in Lagos for a day’s assignment. But I sure as hell wasn’t going to leave without checking up on him.


So I called to let him know, but he wasn’t picking his calls. I then texted asking him to send details of his ward, which he did.


On getting to that men’s ward in LUTH, I couldn’t find him. I then called and he said he was there. Still confused I ask us to meet at the laundering section, got there and called. He said he was there too.


It was at that point I asked him “which hospital are you actually now?” And it turned out it was LASUTH and not LUTH.


I headed straight to LASUTH and we had a good laugh over that comedy of errors. I never knew that , that would be my last laughter with our Samore.


Rest in Power comrade. Like the rejuvenation of May, your name will be written with the spirit of spring, when our story is told.


*Baba Aye*

2/10/21

It’s now a decade since we lost Samore. He was a fearless revolutionary, versatile unionist, brilliant activist and unrepentant Mayost who lived life to the fullest.


But alas, sickness took him away from us at his prime. And this was barely two years after we lost his partner Zainab, a revolutionary Mayist in her own right.


Teslim was Secretary General of the LASU students union towards the end of the last century. Zainab would later serve as Vice President and then Ag. President of the same union in the following session.


I met Tes in the run up to the election where he emerged as SG of LASUSU. Whilst I’d started full time work in the trade union movement, I kept close in contact with the students movement, spending many an evening on campuses like LASU.


He was recruited into the May 31st Movement (M31M, the precursor of today’s SWL) when he was a LASU union leader. And he remained a lifelong member of the movement. He was quite critical of a number of things bearing on internal democracy. Some of these became clearer only after his death. We have however learnt our lessons from them.


On graduating with a BA in History and International Relations, he started working as a journalist with Alao Arisekola’s paper. I think it was called ‘The Monitor.’


He wrote an exposé on KWAM1, the popular pro-establishment fuji crooner. Not surprisingly, Wasiu (KWAM) had ties with Arisekola.


The paper’s publisher put pressure on Samore to retract the story and/or identify his source. He refused to do either of these. He stood by his story & dared KWAM to go to court. Tes was then summarily sacked.


Before this, he had taken his first steps into the trade union movement. He had been elected as Chair of the Lagos State Correspondents Association (LASCA) Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.


His open, generous and vibrant approach to life, work and politics had endeared him to many. It also incurred not a few enemies.


Anyway, he got to work as a correspondent with The Punch newspapers. This led to his making what might be one of the most important, but unsung steps in the country’s revolutionary history - organizing the short lived Nigeria Union of Police which led a police wo/men’s strike in February 2002.


The opening chapter of this historic development was written ar a bar in the ancient city of Benin. Whilst having a drink and inviting persons in the bar to join him, amidst his witty thrust of conversation he met with some junior ranks in the Edo State Police Command.


They complained of how they were suffering (while the top ranks were enjoying life). Most of them had not received promotions in years. Salaries were also irregular and they had to sew their uniforms at their own costs.


Samore told them that this was because they didn’t have a union. The police officers first laughed at his suggestion that they should be unionized. Police wo/men, they said, are law enforcement officers, so they could not be unionists.


Samore debunked this argument. He gave several examples of countries where police unions existed. Where he won them to his line of thinking was when he gave the example of POPCRU in South Africa.


This was not some distant, Western country. If there could be a union in another African country, why couldn’t there be one in the so-called giant of Africa?


Not all the officers were convinced though. And amongst those convinced morale initially went down after they discussed with other officers. Those ones pointed out that they were playing with fire which could cost them their lives.


Samore was however someone that would not let an idea die out once he had sowed it in people’s minds.


He informed and inspired them with histories of trade unions emerging as clandestine societies even in countries now considered the gold standard of (liberal) democracy.


Gradually but surely, he won over and established a core group. For the (to start as a clandestine) union envisaged to be national, they had to seek out like minds and build structures across the country.


It was at this point that he came to brief me at Akure where I was working as Ondo State Secretary of MHWUN. Four three days, we reflected for hours through the night with quite a few emptied bottles of squadron and cigarette butts in the background.


He knew that he was putting his life on the line. If things went wrong, the state would definitely act nasty. But he felt this was an opening that we were duty bound to seize.


Realizing the perilous path we were taking, we decided to restrict information on what was happening within the movement. This was to protect the effort, our organization and its cadre. For accountability only one other leading comrade was informed until much later.


Teslim assumed the nommé de guerre of “Monday Sule” becoming secretary of the underground NUP. He and a select few from the Edo State Police Command toured strategic centres in the country where they found support.


The faceless NUP issued demands to the IGP for improvement of rank and file welfare. This was dismissed as mere irritation by the top brass. Tes then convinced the NUP that they had to use the ultimate power of workers/unions: the mass strike.


In February 2002, after 9 months of building the NUP underground, the union called a strike. To say this was historic would be an understatement. President Obasanjo and the entire state machinery were thrown into a state of shock!


Indeed, the bourgeois could not comprehend how such a thing could happen. I remember going to the First Atlantic bank branch I used at Akure at the time.


The manager took pains to explain to customers that they had to shutdown from the following day when the strike would commence because they didn’t know how long it would last and they couldn’t guarantee security! I couldn’t hide my smirking.


Soldiers were drafted to take over policing functions and hundreds of rank-and-file police suspected of being members of NUP were silently rounded up.


All the police’s demands except for democratic involvement were implemented. But behind the curtains dozens were tortured, with many of these executed.


According to Samore, probably as many as 37 persons were killed. Several of them knew Monday Sule. But they defended this knowledge with their very lives.


NUP was snuffed out after this. Virtually all its leading lights in the force were amongst those executed.


In 2006 Samore applied to work with MHWUN as an organizing Secretary. He commenced work with the union a year and a half later. He served at different times as state secretary in Gombe and the FCT as well as in the National Secretariat.


The union leadership appreciated his skills as a writer, and organizer. His frankness, fearlessness and prioritizing rank-and-file’s roles in the union however saw to his having several head-on collisions with the state chairpersons in the councils he worked in.


This was one of the reasons why he was brought back to the national headquarters. Both Comrade Ayuba Wabba (National President) & Marcus Ighodalo Omokhuale (Secretary General) appreciated his talents as a unionist and mourned him on his death.


His move to the Hq came whilst I was studying in Germany & Brazil. On my return we had time to bond again, for a while. Little did I know it would be for less than 2years.


He lived with me briefly at that point in time. As I write, I remember those nights we would come home pissing drunk, to the consternation of my wife.


He always stood by me. When my family was to be thrown out by the landlord whilst I was away, he was one of the persons I turned to for a loan. And when I returned and tried to pay the debt, he refused to collect it.


I also could never deny him anything within my reach. So, when he asked me to help get Che Oyinatumba (also a leading member of our tendency at the time) a job at the Labour Party, I had to.


I walked up to Dan Nwuanyanwu, the party chair, the following day to push for this. He promptly said yes. It was the first and last favor I ever asked for from him in the twelve years we were on the LP national leadership together.


Things started to go downhill in Tes life from 2009. Nine months after delivering their daughter (Agustina Neto, her elder brother is named Cabral) on May Day 2008, his Zainab, an activist and lawyer who had been his soulmate from school died.


This hit Samore badly. I don’t think he ever recovered psychologically from that. The physiological blows came no much later. By the beginning of 2011 tuberculosis and diabetes had ravaged his body.


Unfortunately, he did not help mattes. He kept drinking even if not as much as before. We would quarrel over this several times when we met. Esther, whom he’d started dating in 2010 would also call me on many occasions to ask me to tell my brother and comrade to live the bottle.


Tes would promise to “try” each time we talked about it. But it would be the same story next time.


I remember the last time I saw him, which was a few months before his death. There was some drama to that meeting.


OSJ had informed me that Tes had been admitted at LUTH. I was in Lagos for a day’s assignment. But I sure as hell wasn’t going to leave without checking up on him.


So I called to let him know, but he wasn’t picking his calls. I then texted asking him to send details of his ward, which he did.


On getting to that men’s ward in LUTH, I couldn’t find him. I then called and he said he was there. Still confused I ask us to meet at the laundering section, got there and called. He said he was there too.


It was at that point I asked him “which hospital are you actually now?” And it turned out it was LASUTH and not LUTH.


I headed straight to LASUTH and we had a good laugh over that comedy of errors. I never knew that , that would be my last laughter with our Samore.


Rest in Power comrade. Like the rejuvenation of May, your name will be written with the spirit of spring, when our story is told.


*Baba Aye*

2/10/21

ACIS-M URGES ALL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATION OF NKRUMAH-NETO-CABRAL, et al

ACIS-M URGES ALL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATION OF NKRUMAH-NETO-CABRAL, et al

*ACIS-M URGES ALL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE VICTORIOUS SEPTEMBER EVENT HOLDING TODAY, SATURDAY SEPT 18 @ 11AM PROMPT NIGERIA TIME! LET'S JOIN THE PAN-AFRICAN WORLD TO CELEBRATE THE AFRICAN PANTHEONS IN THE AFRICAN LIBERATION STRUGGLE - NKRUMAH-NETO-CABRAL, et al*

*Please be Reminded*

https://bit.ly/VictoriousSeptember2021

https://www.facebook.com/groups/247824347344220/



*ACIS-M URGES ALL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE VICTORIOUS SEPTEMBER EVENT HOLDING TODAY, SATURDAY SEPT 18 @ 11AM PROMPT NIGERIA TIME! LET'S JOIN THE PAN-AFRICAN WORLD TO CELEBRATE THE AFRICAN PANTHEONS IN THE AFRICAN LIBERATION STRUGGLE - NKRUMAH-NETO-CABRAL, et al*

*Please be Reminded*

https://bit.ly/VictoriousSeptember2021

https://www.facebook.com/groups/247824347344220/



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