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AAC: AGAINST THE DIVISIVE TENDENCIES OF SECCESSION AND THE DRUMS OF WAR, IT’S TIME FOR THE WORKERS TO UNIFY NIGERIANS UNDER THE BANNERS OF REVOLUTION

AAC: AGAINST THE DIVISIVE TENDENCIES OF SECCESSION AND THE DRUMS OF WAR, IT’S TIME FOR THE WORKERS TO UNIFY NIGERIANS UNDER THE BANNERS OF REVOLUTION

 MAY DAY 2021 PRESS STATEMENT


AGAINST THE DIVISIVE TENDENCIES OF SECCESSION AND THE DRUMS OF WAR, IT’S TIME FOR THE WORKERS TO UNIFY NIGERIANS UNDER THE BANNERS OF REVOLUTION. 



The African Action Congress seizes this medium to commiserate with the ever resilient Nigerian workers on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day. Historically, the Nigerian workers have proven to be the bastion of wealth generation and in public conscience, have helped amplify the overall yearnings of the Nigerian people in pursuit of good governance, peace and prosperity. This could be traced back to its age-long responsibility of fighting all that represents the system of greed and power. Its capacity to unite Nigerians despite diverse ethno-religious backgrounds has been confirmed in popular struggles such as the Anti-SAP, 2012 Occupy Nigeria and the over 8 general strikes against numerous anti-people policies of the Nigerian state. With deepening socio-economic crises that have polarized Nigerians along ethno-religious lines more than ever, there is no better time than now for the Trade Union to rise to the occasion of leading the Nigerian people in a coordinated fight-back against poverty, insecurity, and their resultant socio-economic effects.


Sadly, the Nigerian workers have been victims of worst human, social, political and economic abuse of embarrassing magnitude. Aside from astronomical increases in costs of living which include hiked electricity tariffs, fraudulent oil subsidy removal and maddening rate of inflation to mention but a few, the Nigerian workers have also been confronted with the most terrible form of human rights and labour rights violations. *In addition to the fact that the take-home wage can no longer take workers home, even the homes are no longer safe from banditry, neither are the streets free from terrorism.*


Never in history have Nigerians been this divided along ethnic lines neither have we been so torn apart along religious divides. While past governments have done so much to privatize public wealth, the Buhari regime has helped to deeply consolidate this socio-economic crime with merciless impunity.


Of note is the failure of respective state governments to respect the 30,000 Naira Minimum wage agreement they wilfully signed with workers. A number of Governors including the always-sobbing Ben Ayade, Emperor Yahaya Bello, despotic Nyesom Wike, mischievously-weeping Ortom and El Rufai whose mastery of mischief and violent anti-labour practices have descended the state into abject poverty and unprecedented insecurity. We condemn the plot by the Government to further subject Nigerian workers and the mass of our people to excruciating living conditions through plans to yet again increase the price of fuel. *We are not oblivious of the machination employed by the government through the “zero remittance to the FAAC by the NNPC” government magic, which would in turn translate to zero salary for workers, zero healthcare, zero education funding, zero security and the long term attempt to blackmail the Nigerian people into accepting further increases in fuel pump price under the guise of the infamous subsidy removal.* Nigerians refuse to be blackmailed by the prodigal ruling class. 


In today’s reality, the Nigerian masses are presented with options of whether to fight intra-class war with themselves using the weapons of secession or to organize politically in a revolution against their common exploiters. As we join workers to mark the 2021 May Day event, we reiterate our position which is that the Nigerian workers must rise to the historical task of leading the Nigerian people against this regime of anarchy and utter barbarism. The African Action Congress as a revolutionary party of the masses, workers and youths remains a willing vehicle to mobilize support and solidarity towards the cause of the Nigerian working people.

Solidarity!

 

Signed:


‘Femi Adeyeye

Publicity Secretary, African Action Congress

1/5/2021

 MAY DAY 2021 PRESS STATEMENT


AGAINST THE DIVISIVE TENDENCIES OF SECCESSION AND THE DRUMS OF WAR, IT’S TIME FOR THE WORKERS TO UNIFY NIGERIANS UNDER THE BANNERS OF REVOLUTION. 



The African Action Congress seizes this medium to commiserate with the ever resilient Nigerian workers on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day. Historically, the Nigerian workers have proven to be the bastion of wealth generation and in public conscience, have helped amplify the overall yearnings of the Nigerian people in pursuit of good governance, peace and prosperity. This could be traced back to its age-long responsibility of fighting all that represents the system of greed and power. Its capacity to unite Nigerians despite diverse ethno-religious backgrounds has been confirmed in popular struggles such as the Anti-SAP, 2012 Occupy Nigeria and the over 8 general strikes against numerous anti-people policies of the Nigerian state. With deepening socio-economic crises that have polarized Nigerians along ethno-religious lines more than ever, there is no better time than now for the Trade Union to rise to the occasion of leading the Nigerian people in a coordinated fight-back against poverty, insecurity, and their resultant socio-economic effects.


Sadly, the Nigerian workers have been victims of worst human, social, political and economic abuse of embarrassing magnitude. Aside from astronomical increases in costs of living which include hiked electricity tariffs, fraudulent oil subsidy removal and maddening rate of inflation to mention but a few, the Nigerian workers have also been confronted with the most terrible form of human rights and labour rights violations. *In addition to the fact that the take-home wage can no longer take workers home, even the homes are no longer safe from banditry, neither are the streets free from terrorism.*


Never in history have Nigerians been this divided along ethnic lines neither have we been so torn apart along religious divides. While past governments have done so much to privatize public wealth, the Buhari regime has helped to deeply consolidate this socio-economic crime with merciless impunity.


Of note is the failure of respective state governments to respect the 30,000 Naira Minimum wage agreement they wilfully signed with workers. A number of Governors including the always-sobbing Ben Ayade, Emperor Yahaya Bello, despotic Nyesom Wike, mischievously-weeping Ortom and El Rufai whose mastery of mischief and violent anti-labour practices have descended the state into abject poverty and unprecedented insecurity. We condemn the plot by the Government to further subject Nigerian workers and the mass of our people to excruciating living conditions through plans to yet again increase the price of fuel. *We are not oblivious of the machination employed by the government through the “zero remittance to the FAAC by the NNPC” government magic, which would in turn translate to zero salary for workers, zero healthcare, zero education funding, zero security and the long term attempt to blackmail the Nigerian people into accepting further increases in fuel pump price under the guise of the infamous subsidy removal.* Nigerians refuse to be blackmailed by the prodigal ruling class. 


In today’s reality, the Nigerian masses are presented with options of whether to fight intra-class war with themselves using the weapons of secession or to organize politically in a revolution against their common exploiters. As we join workers to mark the 2021 May Day event, we reiterate our position which is that the Nigerian workers must rise to the historical task of leading the Nigerian people against this regime of anarchy and utter barbarism. The African Action Congress as a revolutionary party of the masses, workers and youths remains a willing vehicle to mobilize support and solidarity towards the cause of the Nigerian working people.

Solidarity!

 

Signed:


‘Femi Adeyeye

Publicity Secretary, African Action Congress

1/5/2021

AAC Statement As Femi Adeyeye Emerges New Publicity Secretary of Party

AAC Statement As Femi Adeyeye Emerges New Publicity Secretary of Party

WE CAN WIN A NEW NIGERIA ONLY THROUGH SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL #REVOLUTIONNOW!


(Being the Press Statement issued by the African Action Congress (AAC) National Executive Committee (NEC) on the 28th, April, 2021)



Good day gentlemen of the Press. You are welcome to this world press conference organized by our great party; the strongest, broadest and most organized opposition to the shenanigans of this regime and system of oppression and exploitation- the African Action Congress (AAC). We have gathered here today at this critical period to address the state of the nation, reiterate our position on the way out of this quagmire viz a viz, massively organizing the oppressed people of our dear country and to warn anti-democratic elements in INEC against the shrinking of the electoral space.


Nigeria is living in the most troubled, tragic, and tumultuous time ever. This is beyond sad as the signals have been there for a long time. We have been resisting over and over from the great Anti-SAP struggles through the June 12 Revolts to the tens of general strikes peaking at the January 2012 Uprising Against Fuel Subsidy Removal, as well as massive students’ and youths’ demonstrations that recently culminated into the groundbreaking #EndSARS Revolts that not only shook Nigeria and Africa but also the entire globe.


But the ultimate measure in all of these is the need for a party that would unite all oppressed which the African Action Congress (AAC) is honoured to be building from 2018.


This NEC which is constituted by all members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and State Working Committees (SWC) of the thirty-six (36) states, having met under the backing of sections (112) of the party’s constitution, discussed numerous developments in the party and the country at large.


NEC-in-council particularly and rigorously discussed and took consequent decisions pertaining but not limited to criminal attempt by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to hijack our party and sell to the whims and caprices of the seemingly big and looting political parties.


The party’s NEC-in-Council also had extensive deliberations with far reaching resolutions bordering on the state of the country, which by the way seems to be heading in the direction of barbarism and complete anarchy.


 


The resolutions of the NEC are as follows:


INSECURITY AND THE FREE REIGNS OF TERRORS


The case of the Federal Government’s defence of the Terrorist Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami justifies our long held positions that the Buhari/APC government is a fascist behemoth that is a bandwagon of united multi-faces of violent crooks and packaged criminals whose embodiments of brazen stealing and acts of greed and impunity is second to none ever!


We are sure that Isa Pantami is just a point of contact to most others who are hiding under different clothes and ridiculous garbs. This is a government formed by tested and brutal criminals whose chief is a mannequin of insatiable thirst for massacres as can be seen recently in #Lekki, Obigbo, Owerri, Southern Kaduna, most of North-eastern villages and towns.


AAC NEC therefore calls on all Nigerians to be clear about breaking away from this hell of a government. Enough of lamentations, it's time to rise and call the bluff of this government by sending them packing once and for all through a revolution!


 


REVOLUTION OR SECESSION OR 2023: THE FIRST IS THE SAFEST!


There is a clamour for real and fundamental upturning for the better of the rot we live in today. But it comes in the shades of three; whether to do revolution, to secede, or to simply wait till 2023. In all of these three, the most basic, clinical, unifying, and massive is the revolution. Secession is lawful but too expensive, divisive, and doubtful. Only those who believe we can vote our oppressors out without a fight waits till 2023. But with the lessons from the January 2012 Uprising and the #EndSARS; the revolution is the first, best, and safest!


INEC’S IMPUNITY AGAINST PEOPLES’ DEMOCRACY


Collaborating in the most unprincipled and unprofessional way with an expelled secretary of the party, INEC plans to deprive the Nigerian people of the opportunity to freely elect for themselves, a revolutionary alternative as against the over two decades of miserable rule of the APC and PDP.  The NEC holds that at no point did it suspend or expel its national chair and the continuous recognition and dealings with party usurpers is in contravention to the constitution of the AAC and a shameless departure from the electoral act. It is to this end that we demand that:


1. Recognition of Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the African Action Congress and other National Officers who were elected along with Sowore at the Lagos Convention by the commission.


2. Stoppage of efforts to remove State Chairmen of the AAC across the country and a clear memo to this effect should be sent to all Resident Electoral Commissioners.


3. INEC must stop its unprincipled and unnecessary meddlesomeness in the party.


4. Deregistration of political parties- It is crystal clear that the Nigerian people have passed a vote of no confidence on the two sides of the evil coin that have destroyed the country and whatever could be regarded as nationhood- the APC and the PDP. We know for a fact that the deregistration of political parties, purported appeal records against victorious court judgments, amongst other malfeasances perpetrated by INEC have reduced the confidence of the voting public and also constricted the electoral space more than ever witnessed in the history of this country. We therefore call on INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to, in the interest of the mass of our people, respect the principles of constitutional and participatory democracy, by disembarking on the shameful journey to deny Nigerians their democratic rights to multiple political options. As a party established on solidarity and democratic tenets, we call for the expansion of the electoral space by INEC in order to provide a level play ground as an independent umpire would.


 


Long live the African Action Congress!


Signed:


‘Femi Adeyeye​​​​

National Publicity Secretary 


Ina Okopi Agu ​​​​

General Secretary 


Omoyele Sowore

National Chairman

WE CAN WIN A NEW NIGERIA ONLY THROUGH SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL #REVOLUTIONNOW!


(Being the Press Statement issued by the African Action Congress (AAC) National Executive Committee (NEC) on the 28th, April, 2021)



Good day gentlemen of the Press. You are welcome to this world press conference organized by our great party; the strongest, broadest and most organized opposition to the shenanigans of this regime and system of oppression and exploitation- the African Action Congress (AAC). We have gathered here today at this critical period to address the state of the nation, reiterate our position on the way out of this quagmire viz a viz, massively organizing the oppressed people of our dear country and to warn anti-democratic elements in INEC against the shrinking of the electoral space.


Nigeria is living in the most troubled, tragic, and tumultuous time ever. This is beyond sad as the signals have been there for a long time. We have been resisting over and over from the great Anti-SAP struggles through the June 12 Revolts to the tens of general strikes peaking at the January 2012 Uprising Against Fuel Subsidy Removal, as well as massive students’ and youths’ demonstrations that recently culminated into the groundbreaking #EndSARS Revolts that not only shook Nigeria and Africa but also the entire globe.


But the ultimate measure in all of these is the need for a party that would unite all oppressed which the African Action Congress (AAC) is honoured to be building from 2018.


This NEC which is constituted by all members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and State Working Committees (SWC) of the thirty-six (36) states, having met under the backing of sections (112) of the party’s constitution, discussed numerous developments in the party and the country at large.


NEC-in-council particularly and rigorously discussed and took consequent decisions pertaining but not limited to criminal attempt by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to hijack our party and sell to the whims and caprices of the seemingly big and looting political parties.


The party’s NEC-in-Council also had extensive deliberations with far reaching resolutions bordering on the state of the country, which by the way seems to be heading in the direction of barbarism and complete anarchy.


 


The resolutions of the NEC are as follows:


INSECURITY AND THE FREE REIGNS OF TERRORS


The case of the Federal Government’s defence of the Terrorist Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami justifies our long held positions that the Buhari/APC government is a fascist behemoth that is a bandwagon of united multi-faces of violent crooks and packaged criminals whose embodiments of brazen stealing and acts of greed and impunity is second to none ever!


We are sure that Isa Pantami is just a point of contact to most others who are hiding under different clothes and ridiculous garbs. This is a government formed by tested and brutal criminals whose chief is a mannequin of insatiable thirst for massacres as can be seen recently in #Lekki, Obigbo, Owerri, Southern Kaduna, most of North-eastern villages and towns.


AAC NEC therefore calls on all Nigerians to be clear about breaking away from this hell of a government. Enough of lamentations, it's time to rise and call the bluff of this government by sending them packing once and for all through a revolution!


 


REVOLUTION OR SECESSION OR 2023: THE FIRST IS THE SAFEST!


There is a clamour for real and fundamental upturning for the better of the rot we live in today. But it comes in the shades of three; whether to do revolution, to secede, or to simply wait till 2023. In all of these three, the most basic, clinical, unifying, and massive is the revolution. Secession is lawful but too expensive, divisive, and doubtful. Only those who believe we can vote our oppressors out without a fight waits till 2023. But with the lessons from the January 2012 Uprising and the #EndSARS; the revolution is the first, best, and safest!


INEC’S IMPUNITY AGAINST PEOPLES’ DEMOCRACY


Collaborating in the most unprincipled and unprofessional way with an expelled secretary of the party, INEC plans to deprive the Nigerian people of the opportunity to freely elect for themselves, a revolutionary alternative as against the over two decades of miserable rule of the APC and PDP.  The NEC holds that at no point did it suspend or expel its national chair and the continuous recognition and dealings with party usurpers is in contravention to the constitution of the AAC and a shameless departure from the electoral act. It is to this end that we demand that:


1. Recognition of Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the African Action Congress and other National Officers who were elected along with Sowore at the Lagos Convention by the commission.


2. Stoppage of efforts to remove State Chairmen of the AAC across the country and a clear memo to this effect should be sent to all Resident Electoral Commissioners.


3. INEC must stop its unprincipled and unnecessary meddlesomeness in the party.


4. Deregistration of political parties- It is crystal clear that the Nigerian people have passed a vote of no confidence on the two sides of the evil coin that have destroyed the country and whatever could be regarded as nationhood- the APC and the PDP. We know for a fact that the deregistration of political parties, purported appeal records against victorious court judgments, amongst other malfeasances perpetrated by INEC have reduced the confidence of the voting public and also constricted the electoral space more than ever witnessed in the history of this country. We therefore call on INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to, in the interest of the mass of our people, respect the principles of constitutional and participatory democracy, by disembarking on the shameful journey to deny Nigerians their democratic rights to multiple political options. As a party established on solidarity and democratic tenets, we call for the expansion of the electoral space by INEC in order to provide a level play ground as an independent umpire would.


 


Long live the African Action Congress!


Signed:


‘Femi Adeyeye​​​​

National Publicity Secretary 


Ina Okopi Agu ​​​​

General Secretary 


Omoyele Sowore

National Chairman

AAC NEC Revalidates Sowore @YeleSowore As National Chairman of the party

AAC NEC Revalidates Sowore @YeleSowore As National Chairman of the party

Sowore

An opposition Political Party in Nigeria, African Action Congress (AAC) has revalidated the position of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow, as its national chairman.


The unanimous decision was reached at the party's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.


Party chairmen and leaders from states across the federation and FCT attended the first NEC meeting of the year as many also joined via social media channels.


According to press statement signed by Sowore and the newly unanimously appointment publicity Secretary Femi Adeyeye, the NEC-in-council reaffirmed the recognition of Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the African Action Congress and other National Officers who were elected along with Sowore at the Lagos Convention in 2019.


The Party leadership also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to desist from its medlling in the party's affairs.



Sowore

An opposition Political Party in Nigeria, African Action Congress (AAC) has revalidated the position of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow, as its national chairman.


The unanimous decision was reached at the party's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.


Party chairmen and leaders from states across the federation and FCT attended the first NEC meeting of the year as many also joined via social media channels.


According to press statement signed by Sowore and the newly unanimously appointment publicity Secretary Femi Adeyeye, the NEC-in-council reaffirmed the recognition of Omoyele Sowore as the National Chairman of the African Action Congress and other National Officers who were elected along with Sowore at the Lagos Convention in 2019.


The Party leadership also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to desist from its medlling in the party's affairs.



Sowore vs FG: Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, Justice Rosemary Dugbo transferred to Calabar

Sowore vs FG: Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, Justice Rosemary Dugbo transferred to Calabar

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and Justice Rosemary Dugbo have been assigned Courts 1 and 2 respectively in the Calabar division of the Federal High Court, Cross river watch reported.


The details of what will happen and who will be assigned to handle the porported case between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the AAC Chairman Omoyele Sowore over RevolutionNow protest of August 5th 2019 which justice Ojukwu has been in charge in Abuja is yet to be made available to the public.

According to the report, the two Justices are to respectively replace Justice Sule Shuaibu and Justice Simon Amobeda who have been reassigned to the Benin and Maiduguri divisions of the Court respectively.

They are to resume sitting in Calabar on April 12, 2021, a document signed by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho and dated March 16, 2021 read.

Here is what we know about the Judges:

Justice Ojukwu
 JUSTICE IJEOMA OJUKWU


Born on December 14, 1966 in Kaduna State, Justice Ojukwu popular for her handling of the case of Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian Journalist and Convener of #RevolutionNow and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, presided over Court 5 in the Abuja division of the Court.

She hails from Isikwuaito in Abia State. She was called to the bar in 1990 and holds a Masters at Law (LLM) degree.

Her journey on the Bench began with her appointment as a Senior Magistrate Grade II in the A State Judiciary in June 1996 where she served through the ranks till in January 2006 when she was appointed Chief Magistrate Grade I.

Months later in November 2006, she was appointed the Deputy Chief Registrar,in charge of Magistrate/Special Duties at the High Court of Justice, Umuahia where she served until she was sworn in as a Judge of the Federal High Court on June 22, 2009.

She will sit as the administrative Judge in the Calabar division, replacing Justice Sule Shuaibu.

Justice Dugbo

JUSTICE ROSEMARY DUGBO


Born on new year’s day in Bom, Justice Dugbo is a native of Udu in Delta State and until her posting to the Calabar division, served at the Enugu division.

Called to the bar in 1986, she has two Master degrees. Business Law MA obtained in 1989 and a Masters in Commercial Law (LL.M) obtained in 2009.

She was in private practice with different forms until 2001 when she was employed as Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court. She was later elevated to the rank of Chief Registrar in 2012 and served in that capacity until she was sworn in as a Judge December 2, 2015.

She replaces Justice Amobeda who is famous for a leaked audio tape wherein he made assertions that were interpreted by many as a direct threat on the life of Agba Jalingo, a Nigerian Journalist facing trial for alleged acts of treason and terrorism, as well as ordering that the prosecution in the case, mask all of it’s witnesses.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and Justice Rosemary Dugbo have been assigned Courts 1 and 2 respectively in the Calabar division of the Federal High Court, Cross river watch reported.


The details of what will happen and who will be assigned to handle the porported case between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the AAC Chairman Omoyele Sowore over RevolutionNow protest of August 5th 2019 which justice Ojukwu has been in charge in Abuja is yet to be made available to the public.

According to the report, the two Justices are to respectively replace Justice Sule Shuaibu and Justice Simon Amobeda who have been reassigned to the Benin and Maiduguri divisions of the Court respectively.

They are to resume sitting in Calabar on April 12, 2021, a document signed by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho and dated March 16, 2021 read.

Here is what we know about the Judges:

Justice Ojukwu
 JUSTICE IJEOMA OJUKWU


Born on December 14, 1966 in Kaduna State, Justice Ojukwu popular for her handling of the case of Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian Journalist and Convener of #RevolutionNow and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, presided over Court 5 in the Abuja division of the Court.

She hails from Isikwuaito in Abia State. She was called to the bar in 1990 and holds a Masters at Law (LLM) degree.

Her journey on the Bench began with her appointment as a Senior Magistrate Grade II in the A State Judiciary in June 1996 where she served through the ranks till in January 2006 when she was appointed Chief Magistrate Grade I.

Months later in November 2006, she was appointed the Deputy Chief Registrar,in charge of Magistrate/Special Duties at the High Court of Justice, Umuahia where she served until she was sworn in as a Judge of the Federal High Court on June 22, 2009.

She will sit as the administrative Judge in the Calabar division, replacing Justice Sule Shuaibu.

Justice Dugbo

JUSTICE ROSEMARY DUGBO


Born on new year’s day in Bom, Justice Dugbo is a native of Udu in Delta State and until her posting to the Calabar division, served at the Enugu division.

Called to the bar in 1986, she has two Master degrees. Business Law MA obtained in 1989 and a Masters in Commercial Law (LL.M) obtained in 2009.

She was in private practice with different forms until 2001 when she was employed as Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court. She was later elevated to the rank of Chief Registrar in 2012 and served in that capacity until she was sworn in as a Judge December 2, 2015.

She replaces Justice Amobeda who is famous for a leaked audio tape wherein he made assertions that were interpreted by many as a direct threat on the life of Agba Jalingo, a Nigerian Journalist facing trial for alleged acts of treason and terrorism, as well as ordering that the prosecution in the case, mask all of it’s witnesses.

#OCCUPYINEC: @YELESOWOERE SENDS OUT LETTER OF APPRECIATION TO AAC MEMBERS

#OCCUPYINEC: @YELESOWOERE SENDS OUT LETTER OF APPRECIATION TO AAC MEMBERS

The National Chairman of the African Action Congress in Nigeria, Comrade Omoyele Sowore has personally commended the party faithfuls who troop out in their numbers on Monday 15th March 2021 and demanded that the National Electoral body halted it's neverious activity of aiding the hijack if the Revolutionary party by the agents if the ruling party in the country.

 

Sowore in a letter personally signed by him, appreciated national party leaders, and grass root movement leaders home and abroad and also  comitted party faithfuls all the world over. 


The Protestes tagged "OCCUPYINEC" saw AAC members paying protest visitations to the INEC offices in Abuja, Lagos, Yola, Port Harcourt, Abeokuta, Kano, Asaba, Benin City, Ibadan, Minna, Makurdi, Uyo, Ado Ekiti, Lokoja, Ilorin, Oshogbo, and many other States of thw federation.


The publisher of Sahara Reporters said : "Your steadfast and undying commitment to making Nigeria a better country and ensuring the AAC party we all made sacrifices to build is not stolen from us by individuals and agents of the Nigerian state who are opportunists with their colaborators is most commendable."


The letter read:


*LETTER OF APPRECIATION*

Comradely greetings to you all.

On behalf of the AAC family world wide, I write you state Chairmen, National party leaders, and grass root movement leaders home and abroad and also our ever comitted party faithfuls world over. Your steadfast and undying commitment to making Nigeria a better country and ensuring the AAC party we all made sacrifices to build is not stolen from us by individuals and agents of the Nigerian state who are opportunists with their colaborators is most commendable.


You demostrated your resolve in ensuring that your party would not be stolen by every bit of contributions in yesterday's "OccupyINEC" protest nationwide despite the heavy security presence to scare and intimidate you. Particularly in Lagos, Yola, Port Harcourt, Abeokuta, Kano, Asaba, Benin City, Abuja, Ibadan, Minna, Makurdi, Uyo, Ado Ekiti, Lokoja, Ilorin, Oshogbo, and several online activities across the worldwide web.


The message you sent was clear and has caused panic in the camps of usurpers.


We shall continue to engage until they all hands off our party which was built on the bedrock of Transparency, Social Justice and Accountability. 


Thank you all once more as we continue to strive in various ways to making Nigeria a country for all.


Yours in Service,


*Omoyele Sowore* 

_National Chairman,_ 

_African Action Congress_

The National Chairman of the African Action Congress in Nigeria, Comrade Omoyele Sowore has personally commended the party faithfuls who troop out in their numbers on Monday 15th March 2021 and demanded that the National Electoral body halted it's neverious activity of aiding the hijack if the Revolutionary party by the agents if the ruling party in the country.

 

Sowore in a letter personally signed by him, appreciated national party leaders, and grass root movement leaders home and abroad and also  comitted party faithfuls all the world over. 


The Protestes tagged "OCCUPYINEC" saw AAC members paying protest visitations to the INEC offices in Abuja, Lagos, Yola, Port Harcourt, Abeokuta, Kano, Asaba, Benin City, Ibadan, Minna, Makurdi, Uyo, Ado Ekiti, Lokoja, Ilorin, Oshogbo, and many other States of thw federation.


The publisher of Sahara Reporters said : "Your steadfast and undying commitment to making Nigeria a better country and ensuring the AAC party we all made sacrifices to build is not stolen from us by individuals and agents of the Nigerian state who are opportunists with their colaborators is most commendable."


The letter read:


*LETTER OF APPRECIATION*

Comradely greetings to you all.

On behalf of the AAC family world wide, I write you state Chairmen, National party leaders, and grass root movement leaders home and abroad and also our ever comitted party faithfuls world over. Your steadfast and undying commitment to making Nigeria a better country and ensuring the AAC party we all made sacrifices to build is not stolen from us by individuals and agents of the Nigerian state who are opportunists with their colaborators is most commendable.


You demostrated your resolve in ensuring that your party would not be stolen by every bit of contributions in yesterday's "OccupyINEC" protest nationwide despite the heavy security presence to scare and intimidate you. Particularly in Lagos, Yola, Port Harcourt, Abeokuta, Kano, Asaba, Benin City, Abuja, Ibadan, Minna, Makurdi, Uyo, Ado Ekiti, Lokoja, Ilorin, Oshogbo, and several online activities across the worldwide web.


The message you sent was clear and has caused panic in the camps of usurpers.


We shall continue to engage until they all hands off our party which was built on the bedrock of Transparency, Social Justice and Accountability. 


Thank you all once more as we continue to strive in various ways to making Nigeria a country for all.


Yours in Service,


*Omoyele Sowore* 

_National Chairman,_ 

_African Action Congress_

How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

Sowore

The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

Sowore

The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

Omoyele Sowore: INEC Completely Compromised, it can't hold a free and Fair elections

Omoyele Sowore: INEC Completely Compromised, it can't hold a free and Fair elections



As African Action Congress (AAC) under the leadership of its last presidential candidate for the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has scheldued it to hold a protest against INEC on what the party called working for the highest bidder.

The protest tagged #OCCUPYINEC is to be stagged on Monday 15th March 2021 in Abuja and 36 states' INEC offices across the federation.

The party has alledged that the collusion of INEC with APC/PDP sponsored Leonard Ezemwa to disorganise the Revolutionary Party with the Electoral Body been used to removing the duely elected EXCOS both at the centre and state levels have been uncovered and will not stand.

The publisher of Sahara Reporter said Nigeria's so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is completely compromised and that the body can't hold a free and free elections.

The Activist said INEC has become an appendage of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) depending on the highest bidder. He called on Nigerians and AAC part members to occupy the the offices of the electoral body nationwide.


@YeleSowore said @inecnigeria is completely compromised it can't hold a free and fair elections it has become an appendage of @OfficialAPCNg and @OfficialPDPNig depending on the highest bidder #occupyinec #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo

The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led regime has proved it times without numbers to be a lawless government without regards for rule of laws, fundamental rights of the citizens so also are the agencies of the government under his watch. Maladministration and illegality are normal with a government that order the killing of the peaceful protesters but freely negotiate with bandites and terrorists.


As African Action Congress (AAC) under the leadership of its last presidential candidate for the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has scheldued it to hold a protest against INEC on what the party called working for the highest bidder.

The protest tagged #OCCUPYINEC is to be stagged on Monday 15th March 2021 in Abuja and 36 states' INEC offices across the federation.

The party has alledged that the collusion of INEC with APC/PDP sponsored Leonard Ezemwa to disorganise the Revolutionary Party with the Electoral Body been used to removing the duely elected EXCOS both at the centre and state levels have been uncovered and will not stand.

The publisher of Sahara Reporter said Nigeria's so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is completely compromised and that the body can't hold a free and free elections.

The Activist said INEC has become an appendage of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) depending on the highest bidder. He called on Nigerians and AAC part members to occupy the the offices of the electoral body nationwide.


@YeleSowore said @inecnigeria is completely compromised it can't hold a free and fair elections it has become an appendage of @OfficialAPCNg and @OfficialPDPNig depending on the highest bidder #occupyinec #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo

The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led regime has proved it times without numbers to be a lawless government without regards for rule of laws, fundamental rights of the citizens so also are the agencies of the government under his watch. Maladministration and illegality are normal with a government that order the killing of the peaceful protesters but freely negotiate with bandites and terrorists.

Sowore, Others Say IBORI'S Loot Was Stolen From The Deltans And It Must Be Returned To The Deltans

Sowore, Others Say IBORI'S Loot Was Stolen From The Deltans And It Must Be Returned To The Deltans

Activist Omoyele Sowore has said that the JAMES IBORI'S LOOT WAS STOLEN from the Deltans and it must be Returned to the Deltans.

According to the publisher of the Sahara Reporters, the Fund is not meant for the Buhari's Government because they will re-loot it the same way they mismanaged Abacha's recovered loots. 

"Deltans should monitor their state Government while the money is being spent." He said.


The 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress AAC called on the Students of higher institutions in Delta to demand that the £4.2m Ibori loot being repatriated from the UK must be spent on schools in the state instead of accepting to pay exorbitant school fees like the N150k being charged at Delta state University currently. 


Sowore in his words: "JAMES IBORI'S LOOT WAS STOLEN from the Deltans and it must be Returned to the Deltans , the Fund is not meant for the Buhari's Government because they will re-loot it the same way they mismanaged Abacha's recovered loots. #Deltans should monitor their state Government while the money is being spent. #DeltaState"


"Students of higher institutions in Delta must demand that the £4.2m Ibori loot being repatriated from the UK must be spent on schools in the state instead of accepting to pay exorbitant school fees like the N150k being charged at Delta state Uni. It is your money, #TakeItBack"


The UK Government’s resolve to return to Nigeria £4.2million (about N2.2 billion) funds recovered from friends and family members of the former governor of Delta state has stirred up debate pitting the Federal Government against the Delta State government.


Just yesterday, the Buhar's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami disclosed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed that the £4.2million returned loot be deployed to complete the second Niger Bridge among other projects.


The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing, said this was the first tranche of such a planned refund. She noted that the Ibori case is complicated and the United Kingdom authorities were still working on the total and actual amount involved in the case.

Malami, who disclosed this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the British and Nigerian Governments, added that the money would also impact significantly on the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kano expressway projects.

His words: “In consonance with existing framework engaged in the management of previous recoveries, the Federal Executive Council has directed that the instant repatriated funds should be deployed towards the completion of the Second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway under the coordination of the Nigeria Social Investment Authority (NSIA).”


Malami recalled that the Nigerian government had all along provided the required mutual assistance and back up to the British authorities while the prosecution of James Ibori lasted in London.


“I am confident that both the Nigerian and British governments remain committed to all affirmative actions to combat corruption/illicit financial flows, ensure that looters do not find comfort or safe haven in our territories, and also to guarantee that the forfeited or recovered proceeds of corruption are deployed to the benefit of the masses,” he said.   


Similarly, the British High Commissioner said the agreement further demonstrated that money obtained through criminality or corruption is not welcome in the UK.

 

“The return of these assets to Nigeria has been subject to a number of hard-fought legal challenges by third parties, which were defeated in the UK courts. We will ensure the full weight of law enforcement to crack down on those who use, move, or hide their proceed of crime in the UK.


The High Commissioner added that all things being equal the £4.2 million would be made available to Nigeria “in the next couple of days”.


In February 2012, Ibori pleaded guilty in a UK court to money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, and forgery and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Some of his associates and family members also received sentences for similar offences.


Reacting, the Commissioner for Information in Delta State, Charles Aniagwu, described the plan by the Federal Government to appropriate the recovered fund as the height of wickedness. “Why should Delta State money be used in building Lagos-Ibadan Expressway or Abuja-Kano rail? Is the Federal Government saying it doesn’t know the origin of the money? The money belongs to Delta State. We would have understood if the Federal Government had said it wants to receive 20 per cent, but to take all the money is wrong.”


Also, Chief Press Secretary Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr. Olise Ifeajika, said the N2.2 billion to be refunded by UK government belongs to Delta State, and so it should be transferred to the state as soon as possible. “We want the money, it is for the state, Ibori was never a Federal Minister, but the governor of Delta State”.


Just as the 2012 conviction of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, by a court in the United Kingdom elicited mixed reactions, the British Government’s resolve yesterday to return to Nigeria £4.2million (about N2.2 billion) funds recovered from friends and family members of the former governor has stirred up debate pitting the Federal Government against the Delta State government.


The governor’s spokesman said the Federal Government has no business handling the money or spending it for any projects whatsoever without consulting the state, because the money is for the state. Even, the project they are talking about is not in Delta.


Also, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, reechoed the state government’s call. He told The Guardian yesterday: “The money is Delta State money and must be returned to Delta State. Federal Government cannot appropriate it for any reason whatsoever. Delta State should officially demand it, failing which the court can be activated for a judicial pronouncement in that regard.”


Ibori, who ruled Delta State from 1999 to 2007, was convicted by a UK court in 2012 and was sentenced to 13 years in jail after admitting fraud of nearly £50 million, even though prosecutors say the actual amount stolen was about £250 million. He was released in 2016 after serving a fraction of his term.


Meanwhile the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental advocacy body, has also said the return of the £4.2 million to the country, said “the funds should be utilized to compensate
victims of corruption in Delta State from whom it was stolen.

“By signing up to Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) as parts of efforts to fight corruption, the Federal Government committed to responsible asset return and citizens of Delta are clearly the victims here.”

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), noted that the recovered funds ought to be handed over to the people of Delta State.

Delta State-based lawyer, Chief Albert Akpomudje SAN, said: “It is unfair. Unless the source of funds has to do with the Federal Government they cannot do what they want with it. Therefore, the right thing to be done was to send the money to be used to develop the state. To now spread it like largesse for everybody as if it is federal money is not fair at all.


“I think that it is a matter that the Attorney General of the state can pursue in court. I don’t expect them to allow it to lie low. They should challenge it in court. You can only distribute funds that you can claim ownership of. Delta should own the money. It is as simple as that. They have already decided how to distribute the funds without considering the state from where the money was taken.”

 

Also, a constitutional lawyer and author, Chief Sebastine Hon (SAN), said: “The issue is that Nigeria practices federalism. The truth of the matter is that the money belongs to Delta State and should be given to them. The only responsibility of the government is to relate with the UK government in respect of the fund’s transfer because it was an intercontinental matter. Aside from that, the money belongs to Delta.


Ordinarily, it would have been a negotiation between Delta State Government and the UK government. There is no record or evidence that the Federal Government loaned money to Ibori and he (Ibori) was never a president. Therefore, it is illegal for the Federal Government to appropriate the funds recovered from a former governor of a federating state.”


HOWEVER, a Lagos-based lawyer, Emeka Okpoko (SAN), said: “This case presents a bit of a complex and complicated situation. A bit complex in the sense that Delta State denied that they were never looking for their money. It is an issue that if they go to court, they would confront from different angles.


“The fact is that they denied and the denial was done at the point of prosecution. But what is fundamental is the origin or the source of the money. Where did the money come from? Even if they denied it, can they not say that at that material time, they were not looking for their money, but on a further investigation and interrogation of their account they now discovered that their money is missing? Can somebody whom it can easily be established that the money never came from, suddenly become the owner of the money?

"Ibori has no connection with the Federal Government as at that time. So, that money couldn’t have come from the Federal Government source. So, if the court is convinced that the origin is from Delta, why would the money not go to Delta? And if the money belongs to Delta, the Federal Government has no reason and cannot competently appropriate it.”


Critics are also questioning why the fresh fund is being ploughed into the same projects that previous recovered funds had been allocated to. In May 2020, the Federal Government on receipt of $311 million Sani Abacha loots from the United States said the money would go to completing infrastructure projects in the country.


And according to the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan, and Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressways were listed alongside Mambilla Power Project as projects the recovered money would be spent on.


MEANWHILE, the Oghara Development Union, (ODU) Lagos branch, has called on the Federal Government to insist that every single penny that has been forfeited by Ibori’s associates in the London trial be returned to Nigeria. The union said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Sunday Agbofodoh.


“We call on Nigeria to insist that the full worth of the three buildings seized through a court order be repatriated to Nigeria. We followed the case diligently and know that the sum the women forfeited was £6.2 million and not £4.2 million. The entire sum should be returned to Nigeria. Nigeria should also demand the interest on the £6.2 million since 2012 because the money would not have sat idly in the bank without attracting interest.”


(Additional reporting with the Nigerian Guardian)

Activist Omoyele Sowore has said that the JAMES IBORI'S LOOT WAS STOLEN from the Deltans and it must be Returned to the Deltans.

According to the publisher of the Sahara Reporters, the Fund is not meant for the Buhari's Government because they will re-loot it the same way they mismanaged Abacha's recovered loots. 

"Deltans should monitor their state Government while the money is being spent." He said.


The 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress AAC called on the Students of higher institutions in Delta to demand that the £4.2m Ibori loot being repatriated from the UK must be spent on schools in the state instead of accepting to pay exorbitant school fees like the N150k being charged at Delta state University currently. 


Sowore in his words: "JAMES IBORI'S LOOT WAS STOLEN from the Deltans and it must be Returned to the Deltans , the Fund is not meant for the Buhari's Government because they will re-loot it the same way they mismanaged Abacha's recovered loots. #Deltans should monitor their state Government while the money is being spent. #DeltaState"


"Students of higher institutions in Delta must demand that the £4.2m Ibori loot being repatriated from the UK must be spent on schools in the state instead of accepting to pay exorbitant school fees like the N150k being charged at Delta state Uni. It is your money, #TakeItBack"


The UK Government’s resolve to return to Nigeria £4.2million (about N2.2 billion) funds recovered from friends and family members of the former governor of Delta state has stirred up debate pitting the Federal Government against the Delta State government.


Just yesterday, the Buhar's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami disclosed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed that the £4.2million returned loot be deployed to complete the second Niger Bridge among other projects.


The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing, said this was the first tranche of such a planned refund. She noted that the Ibori case is complicated and the United Kingdom authorities were still working on the total and actual amount involved in the case.

Malami, who disclosed this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the British and Nigerian Governments, added that the money would also impact significantly on the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kano expressway projects.

His words: “In consonance with existing framework engaged in the management of previous recoveries, the Federal Executive Council has directed that the instant repatriated funds should be deployed towards the completion of the Second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway under the coordination of the Nigeria Social Investment Authority (NSIA).”


Malami recalled that the Nigerian government had all along provided the required mutual assistance and back up to the British authorities while the prosecution of James Ibori lasted in London.


“I am confident that both the Nigerian and British governments remain committed to all affirmative actions to combat corruption/illicit financial flows, ensure that looters do not find comfort or safe haven in our territories, and also to guarantee that the forfeited or recovered proceeds of corruption are deployed to the benefit of the masses,” he said.   


Similarly, the British High Commissioner said the agreement further demonstrated that money obtained through criminality or corruption is not welcome in the UK.

 

“The return of these assets to Nigeria has been subject to a number of hard-fought legal challenges by third parties, which were defeated in the UK courts. We will ensure the full weight of law enforcement to crack down on those who use, move, or hide their proceed of crime in the UK.


The High Commissioner added that all things being equal the £4.2 million would be made available to Nigeria “in the next couple of days”.


In February 2012, Ibori pleaded guilty in a UK court to money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, and forgery and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Some of his associates and family members also received sentences for similar offences.


Reacting, the Commissioner for Information in Delta State, Charles Aniagwu, described the plan by the Federal Government to appropriate the recovered fund as the height of wickedness. “Why should Delta State money be used in building Lagos-Ibadan Expressway or Abuja-Kano rail? Is the Federal Government saying it doesn’t know the origin of the money? The money belongs to Delta State. We would have understood if the Federal Government had said it wants to receive 20 per cent, but to take all the money is wrong.”


Also, Chief Press Secretary Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr. Olise Ifeajika, said the N2.2 billion to be refunded by UK government belongs to Delta State, and so it should be transferred to the state as soon as possible. “We want the money, it is for the state, Ibori was never a Federal Minister, but the governor of Delta State”.


Just as the 2012 conviction of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, by a court in the United Kingdom elicited mixed reactions, the British Government’s resolve yesterday to return to Nigeria £4.2million (about N2.2 billion) funds recovered from friends and family members of the former governor has stirred up debate pitting the Federal Government against the Delta State government.


The governor’s spokesman said the Federal Government has no business handling the money or spending it for any projects whatsoever without consulting the state, because the money is for the state. Even, the project they are talking about is not in Delta.


Also, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, reechoed the state government’s call. He told The Guardian yesterday: “The money is Delta State money and must be returned to Delta State. Federal Government cannot appropriate it for any reason whatsoever. Delta State should officially demand it, failing which the court can be activated for a judicial pronouncement in that regard.”


Ibori, who ruled Delta State from 1999 to 2007, was convicted by a UK court in 2012 and was sentenced to 13 years in jail after admitting fraud of nearly £50 million, even though prosecutors say the actual amount stolen was about £250 million. He was released in 2016 after serving a fraction of his term.


Meanwhile the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental advocacy body, has also said the return of the £4.2 million to the country, said “the funds should be utilized to compensate
victims of corruption in Delta State from whom it was stolen.

“By signing up to Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) as parts of efforts to fight corruption, the Federal Government committed to responsible asset return and citizens of Delta are clearly the victims here.”

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), noted that the recovered funds ought to be handed over to the people of Delta State.

Delta State-based lawyer, Chief Albert Akpomudje SAN, said: “It is unfair. Unless the source of funds has to do with the Federal Government they cannot do what they want with it. Therefore, the right thing to be done was to send the money to be used to develop the state. To now spread it like largesse for everybody as if it is federal money is not fair at all.


“I think that it is a matter that the Attorney General of the state can pursue in court. I don’t expect them to allow it to lie low. They should challenge it in court. You can only distribute funds that you can claim ownership of. Delta should own the money. It is as simple as that. They have already decided how to distribute the funds without considering the state from where the money was taken.”

 

Also, a constitutional lawyer and author, Chief Sebastine Hon (SAN), said: “The issue is that Nigeria practices federalism. The truth of the matter is that the money belongs to Delta State and should be given to them. The only responsibility of the government is to relate with the UK government in respect of the fund’s transfer because it was an intercontinental matter. Aside from that, the money belongs to Delta.


Ordinarily, it would have been a negotiation between Delta State Government and the UK government. There is no record or evidence that the Federal Government loaned money to Ibori and he (Ibori) was never a president. Therefore, it is illegal for the Federal Government to appropriate the funds recovered from a former governor of a federating state.”


HOWEVER, a Lagos-based lawyer, Emeka Okpoko (SAN), said: “This case presents a bit of a complex and complicated situation. A bit complex in the sense that Delta State denied that they were never looking for their money. It is an issue that if they go to court, they would confront from different angles.


“The fact is that they denied and the denial was done at the point of prosecution. But what is fundamental is the origin or the source of the money. Where did the money come from? Even if they denied it, can they not say that at that material time, they were not looking for their money, but on a further investigation and interrogation of their account they now discovered that their money is missing? Can somebody whom it can easily be established that the money never came from, suddenly become the owner of the money?

"Ibori has no connection with the Federal Government as at that time. So, that money couldn’t have come from the Federal Government source. So, if the court is convinced that the origin is from Delta, why would the money not go to Delta? And if the money belongs to Delta, the Federal Government has no reason and cannot competently appropriate it.”


Critics are also questioning why the fresh fund is being ploughed into the same projects that previous recovered funds had been allocated to. In May 2020, the Federal Government on receipt of $311 million Sani Abacha loots from the United States said the money would go to completing infrastructure projects in the country.


And according to the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan, and Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressways were listed alongside Mambilla Power Project as projects the recovered money would be spent on.


MEANWHILE, the Oghara Development Union, (ODU) Lagos branch, has called on the Federal Government to insist that every single penny that has been forfeited by Ibori’s associates in the London trial be returned to Nigeria. The union said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Sunday Agbofodoh.


“We call on Nigeria to insist that the full worth of the three buildings seized through a court order be repatriated to Nigeria. We followed the case diligently and know that the sum the women forfeited was £6.2 million and not £4.2 million. The entire sum should be returned to Nigeria. Nigeria should also demand the interest on the £6.2 million since 2012 because the money would not have sat idly in the bank without attracting interest.”


(Additional reporting with the Nigerian Guardian)

Let APC register 10 million new members, they have failed the country - Dele Abiola

Let APC register 10 million new members, they have failed the country - Dele Abiola


As the registration of new members and revalidation of the old members are ongoing within the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC  across the country, comrade 'Dele Abiola has said, such exercise are of no relevant to the well being of the citizens.


Comrade Dele who contested for a house of representatives seat in Ogbomoso federal constituency II in the 2019 general election on the platform of African Action Congress (AAC) said, what the country needs is good Governance that ensure Creation of wealth, take the young people out of our streets and utilizes their energy productively.


Reaching him via email, in his response, " The party and it's leadership both in the governments and at the party levels are threats to the well being of all and sundry maybe with the exception of the privileged minority that are currently taking the country for a ride under them"

"Let APC have 10 million registered members or more, the fact remains that they have failed the country and compounded the woes of the citizens"


"We asked for security of lives and properties but they have added insecurity upon Insecurity, they have created, Banditary, Supported Herdsmen and encourage corruption like never before"

"The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC maladministration has succeeded in increasing the fuel pump price, electricity tariff and Vat without any additional values added to the concerned and critical sectors"


"The country has remained perpetually made unsecured under their watch, and the life more brutished at all levels of their governments."


"Instead for this failed regime to arrest insecurity, they have been the very backbone of the insecurity confronting the land, negotiating with killer terrorists but opened fire against the armless Protesters on our streets."


" Their failure have led us to reckless lost many lives in form killing, poverty, hunger, killings from security operatives, Kidnapping by the herdsmen, money laundering by the so called change advocates."


Their governors hidded away the Covid19 Palliative from the citizens they locked down in pandemic period. Nepotism and favoritism rule supremely in their who gets what, when and how."


"They lack instincts for good governance and they are generally wicked and anti people in their orientation. That is why instead of job creation to minimize poverty, they will always go for useless capital projects that will enable them recoup more money to buy voters and or votes in the next election. Nigeria needs more than party but those who will personately serve the land and not the set of Buhari led rogues that will be constructing Rail projects in Niger republic."


"It's not their membership registration and validation that will give them votes but their failure to live up to the expectations of Nigerians that will show them exit doors." 


"In Europe, Asia and America the governments go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy. But in Nigeria the government go out of their way to make sure everyone is sad and miserable.


"Under the current leadership, the Nigeria State and largely, Nigerian Society have been compromised and rampantly embrace the moral degeneracy which has demoralized many sensible and straightforward people as many are leaving the country to live abroad in Europe or North America." He concluded.




As the registration of new members and revalidation of the old members are ongoing within the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC  across the country, comrade 'Dele Abiola has said, such exercise are of no relevant to the well being of the citizens.


Comrade Dele who contested for a house of representatives seat in Ogbomoso federal constituency II in the 2019 general election on the platform of African Action Congress (AAC) said, what the country needs is good Governance that ensure Creation of wealth, take the young people out of our streets and utilizes their energy productively.


Reaching him via email, in his response, " The party and it's leadership both in the governments and at the party levels are threats to the well being of all and sundry maybe with the exception of the privileged minority that are currently taking the country for a ride under them"

"Let APC have 10 million registered members or more, the fact remains that they have failed the country and compounded the woes of the citizens"


"We asked for security of lives and properties but they have added insecurity upon Insecurity, they have created, Banditary, Supported Herdsmen and encourage corruption like never before"

"The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC maladministration has succeeded in increasing the fuel pump price, electricity tariff and Vat without any additional values added to the concerned and critical sectors"


"The country has remained perpetually made unsecured under their watch, and the life more brutished at all levels of their governments."


"Instead for this failed regime to arrest insecurity, they have been the very backbone of the insecurity confronting the land, negotiating with killer terrorists but opened fire against the armless Protesters on our streets."


" Their failure have led us to reckless lost many lives in form killing, poverty, hunger, killings from security operatives, Kidnapping by the herdsmen, money laundering by the so called change advocates."


Their governors hidded away the Covid19 Palliative from the citizens they locked down in pandemic period. Nepotism and favoritism rule supremely in their who gets what, when and how."


"They lack instincts for good governance and they are generally wicked and anti people in their orientation. That is why instead of job creation to minimize poverty, they will always go for useless capital projects that will enable them recoup more money to buy voters and or votes in the next election. Nigeria needs more than party but those who will personately serve the land and not the set of Buhari led rogues that will be constructing Rail projects in Niger republic."


"It's not their membership registration and validation that will give them votes but their failure to live up to the expectations of Nigerians that will show them exit doors." 


"In Europe, Asia and America the governments go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy. But in Nigeria the government go out of their way to make sure everyone is sad and miserable.


"Under the current leadership, the Nigeria State and largely, Nigerian Society have been compromised and rampantly embrace the moral degeneracy which has demoralized many sensible and straightforward people as many are leaving the country to live abroad in Europe or North America." He concluded.



@YeleSowore, Others granted ridiculous Bail in Abuja, conditions met

@YeleSowore, Others granted ridiculous Bail in Abuja, conditions met

@YeleSowore, Others Arrive Abuja 
Court For Ruling On Bail Application.
Photo by Sahara Reporters

A magistrate court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja on Monday granted bail to Omoyele Sowore in the sum of ₦20 million with other conditions attached.

Omoleye who was the convener of “Revolution Now” Movement and Publisher of Sahara Reporters was granted bail.

Others granted bail are Peter Williams, Sanyaolu Juwon, Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare Adenola, they were all arrested on New Year’s eve during a "cross over with protest" and procession organised and led by Sowore.

The police had arraigned the five persons last Monday on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and incitement.

Mabel Segun-Bello, the magistrate, had ordered that they be remanded at the Kuje correctional centre.

But last Tuesday, they were transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) after Sowore reported that they were denied access to their healthcare, food, and water.

It is also worthy to note that all bail conditions are met including that of Sowore.

Marshal Abubakar, counsel to the defendant, while moving the application for bail, asked the court to grant bail to his clients “on self recognisance or in the alternative, grant bail in the most liberal terms”.

The ruling which was scheduled for Friday was stalled due to the failure of the police to produce the defendants in court.

In Nigeria, protest is among the constitutional rights deem to be enjoying by the citizens but under the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led tyrannt regime, many have suffered even by paying ultimate prize for daring protest against the maladministration and cluelessness of the incumbent leadership.




FreeSoworeNow #FreeGudu5

@YeleSowore, Others Arrive Abuja 
Court For Ruling On Bail Application.
Photo by Sahara Reporters

A magistrate court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja on Monday granted bail to Omoyele Sowore in the sum of ₦20 million with other conditions attached.

Omoleye who was the convener of “Revolution Now” Movement and Publisher of Sahara Reporters was granted bail.

Others granted bail are Peter Williams, Sanyaolu Juwon, Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare Adenola, they were all arrested on New Year’s eve during a "cross over with protest" and procession organised and led by Sowore.

The police had arraigned the five persons last Monday on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and incitement.

Mabel Segun-Bello, the magistrate, had ordered that they be remanded at the Kuje correctional centre.

But last Tuesday, they were transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) after Sowore reported that they were denied access to their healthcare, food, and water.

It is also worthy to note that all bail conditions are met including that of Sowore.

Marshal Abubakar, counsel to the defendant, while moving the application for bail, asked the court to grant bail to his clients “on self recognisance or in the alternative, grant bail in the most liberal terms”.

The ruling which was scheduled for Friday was stalled due to the failure of the police to produce the defendants in court.

In Nigeria, protest is among the constitutional rights deem to be enjoying by the citizens but under the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led tyrannt regime, many have suffered even by paying ultimate prize for daring protest against the maladministration and cluelessness of the incumbent leadership.




FreeSoworeNow #FreeGudu5

Updated: Sowore, 4 others in court as the judge orders the prosecuting counsel to study the bail application

Updated: Sowore, 4 others in court as the judge orders the prosecuting counsel to study the bail application

 Sowore, others reminded at FCID Area 10, as case adjourned to Friday 8th January, 2021.


Just As it happens!!!

The Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections Mr. Omoyele Sowore and the other five activists arrested in Abuja have returned to the court.



After the arrival of the magistrate, thehe case is mentioned.

 Police prosecuting team was led by Adama Musa

The prosecution team is introducing his team

 Marshal is leading the team of lawyers for the defendants

 Marshal puts forth a motion for bail application

 We have a team of 5 lawyers today

The Magistrate says she will go on except if the Adama is not a seasoned lawyer

Adama objects to say they are not ready cox dey were not served

 We will be back to court by 2pm

The Adama keeps arguing dat they didnt have time to study the document served them this morning. 

The Magistrate stands down the matter for 2hrs for them to go study.


The magistrate resumes to the hearing ànd She says she has looked at our application. She is asking why did Marshal raise such issues in just a short time. That the 2hrs she gave was not enough for such application

 Marshal is up.....bringing the knowledge of the court on the motion he has brought beefore the court. He stands on the prayer for the Magistrate to admit all defendants to bail

 She is asking immediately she saw the exhibit on the Lagos judgment

He brings the knowledge of the Magistrate to the exhibit on the brutality on all defendants. The second is the Lagos judgment that condemn the police for violating the rights of Nigerians by stopping and arresting them

 The Magistrate is asking that why was such case brought to her and not the High court?

Adama is up for the prosecution......he says he is in opposition

He says they filed a counter and submit that all the affidavit and exhibit from the defendants legal team has nothing to do with bail. That they have failed woefully in compliance of sec. 160- A to F of the criminal justice act.
He went further to tell the Magistrate that is it appropriate in law for one application for bail involving more than one person?

He asked the Magistrate to jote done down wot he is saying and she told him No!
He cited a xase in 1975 and the Magistrate says she was not born then

She ask Marshal to respond to him

He says there are several cases to show
They even charged all suspect on same sheet


Marshal keep citing cases where joint charge requires joint bail application
The Magistrate wants Marshal to cite cases in Law
He says sec 66B of the Nigerian constitution as an anchore for which he builds in argument


Marshal is citing the Sambo Dasuki case. There were 6 defendants in that case and a single affidavit
 There is an argument on the floor of the court on the single application for the 5 defendants.
Marshal says even without the written application, the Magistrate has the powers to decide on it
 He emphasis again that all 5 were brought on same charge
He says besides there was no time to have all defendants on different bail applications
The Magistrate says it is late that she will not rule today
Sowore speaks...he says he has been badly treated and not even food nor medical care has been offered him
He says this is a ploy to keep dem in detention
 She now calls on the senior officer from the prison. She tells him Sowore and others be kept in bed and medical center. They must have the best of welfare
The officer says the time they came yesterday was late. The Magistrate says the medical staff should be called and be given strict instruction
You see why we should have bombarded the Magistrate. She is no different than the others. She's in the game. Imagine a whole day for bail application for someone who hasn't committed any criminal offence.

There is argument on where to take dem or not?
 Bail application for protesting is now goin to enter 3 days?
The Magistrate wants 3 options
1. Back to Kuje and be taking care of.
2. Abbatoir
3. Force CID Area 10
Sowore says anywhere within the City centre is fine but he will not go back to Kuje prison
The Magistrate has called Area 10 and they confirm to have space
Sowore's report on the bad treatment is been put down as regards, medical care, food, water, change of cloths and beddings
The Magistrate calls on the DSP Sanda who is the senior Prison warder and puts his account down too
 Marshal is up and saying based on Sowore's concern they should be remanded in a facility that can allow Sowore access to his doctor, lawyer, food and chamge of cloths. 
Preferable FCID Area 10

 Adama is up...he says he opposes taking Sowore to FCID or any other police facility cox of the allegation of torture which dey denied and that the police facility is not meant for the detention of persons awaiting trial

The Magistrate is writing her order
 She is asking for Friday or Monday?

Marshal is up and asking for a shorter day

She says datz d best she can offer
 So we will be back to court on the 8th day of January (Friday) by 10am

 The Magistrate reads...that they will be remanded in FCID till bail application is determined. The 3rd defendant Damilare who is a law student be allowed access to computer and internet be given him to enable him carry out his online clases as a law student. That all other defendants be allowed books, food, good water, cloths as they will be returning on the 8th


It was believed that a script is being acted upon at the Magistrate Court Wuse on Sowore and 4 others case and it is political. We will respond adequately with every democratic means. All our members and supporters should be on alert.

Ever since the Magistrate's ruling, Sowore's have refused that Sowore will not go in Black-Maria truck and in handcuffs. 
The supporters in solidarity tookover the court. The judge invited Sowore and Marshal to her chambers

Sowore and four others have been taken to FCID Area 10 without handcuffs and not in black-maria.
















 Sowore, others reminded at FCID Area 10, as case adjourned to Friday 8th January, 2021.


Just As it happens!!!

The Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections Mr. Omoyele Sowore and the other five activists arrested in Abuja have returned to the court.



After the arrival of the magistrate, thehe case is mentioned.

 Police prosecuting team was led by Adama Musa

The prosecution team is introducing his team

 Marshal is leading the team of lawyers for the defendants

 Marshal puts forth a motion for bail application

 We have a team of 5 lawyers today

The Magistrate says she will go on except if the Adama is not a seasoned lawyer

Adama objects to say they are not ready cox dey were not served

 We will be back to court by 2pm

The Adama keeps arguing dat they didnt have time to study the document served them this morning. 

The Magistrate stands down the matter for 2hrs for them to go study.


The magistrate resumes to the hearing ànd She says she has looked at our application. She is asking why did Marshal raise such issues in just a short time. That the 2hrs she gave was not enough for such application

 Marshal is up.....bringing the knowledge of the court on the motion he has brought beefore the court. He stands on the prayer for the Magistrate to admit all defendants to bail

 She is asking immediately she saw the exhibit on the Lagos judgment

He brings the knowledge of the Magistrate to the exhibit on the brutality on all defendants. The second is the Lagos judgment that condemn the police for violating the rights of Nigerians by stopping and arresting them

 The Magistrate is asking that why was such case brought to her and not the High court?

Adama is up for the prosecution......he says he is in opposition

He says they filed a counter and submit that all the affidavit and exhibit from the defendants legal team has nothing to do with bail. That they have failed woefully in compliance of sec. 160- A to F of the criminal justice act.
He went further to tell the Magistrate that is it appropriate in law for one application for bail involving more than one person?

He asked the Magistrate to jote done down wot he is saying and she told him No!
He cited a xase in 1975 and the Magistrate says she was not born then

She ask Marshal to respond to him

He says there are several cases to show
They even charged all suspect on same sheet


Marshal keep citing cases where joint charge requires joint bail application
The Magistrate wants Marshal to cite cases in Law
He says sec 66B of the Nigerian constitution as an anchore for which he builds in argument


Marshal is citing the Sambo Dasuki case. There were 6 defendants in that case and a single affidavit
 There is an argument on the floor of the court on the single application for the 5 defendants.
Marshal says even without the written application, the Magistrate has the powers to decide on it
 He emphasis again that all 5 were brought on same charge
He says besides there was no time to have all defendants on different bail applications
The Magistrate says it is late that she will not rule today
Sowore speaks...he says he has been badly treated and not even food nor medical care has been offered him
He says this is a ploy to keep dem in detention
 She now calls on the senior officer from the prison. She tells him Sowore and others be kept in bed and medical center. They must have the best of welfare
The officer says the time they came yesterday was late. The Magistrate says the medical staff should be called and be given strict instruction
You see why we should have bombarded the Magistrate. She is no different than the others. She's in the game. Imagine a whole day for bail application for someone who hasn't committed any criminal offence.

There is argument on where to take dem or not?
 Bail application for protesting is now goin to enter 3 days?
The Magistrate wants 3 options
1. Back to Kuje and be taking care of.
2. Abbatoir
3. Force CID Area 10
Sowore says anywhere within the City centre is fine but he will not go back to Kuje prison
The Magistrate has called Area 10 and they confirm to have space
Sowore's report on the bad treatment is been put down as regards, medical care, food, water, change of cloths and beddings
The Magistrate calls on the DSP Sanda who is the senior Prison warder and puts his account down too
 Marshal is up and saying based on Sowore's concern they should be remanded in a facility that can allow Sowore access to his doctor, lawyer, food and chamge of cloths. 
Preferable FCID Area 10

 Adama is up...he says he opposes taking Sowore to FCID or any other police facility cox of the allegation of torture which dey denied and that the police facility is not meant for the detention of persons awaiting trial

The Magistrate is writing her order
 She is asking for Friday or Monday?

Marshal is up and asking for a shorter day

She says datz d best she can offer
 So we will be back to court on the 8th day of January (Friday) by 10am

 The Magistrate reads...that they will be remanded in FCID till bail application is determined. The 3rd defendant Damilare who is a law student be allowed access to computer and internet be given him to enable him carry out his online clases as a law student. That all other defendants be allowed books, food, good water, cloths as they will be returning on the 8th


It was believed that a script is being acted upon at the Magistrate Court Wuse on Sowore and 4 others case and it is political. We will respond adequately with every democratic means. All our members and supporters should be on alert.

Ever since the Magistrate's ruling, Sowore's have refused that Sowore will not go in Black-Maria truck and in handcuffs. 
The supporters in solidarity tookover the court. The judge invited Sowore and Marshal to her chambers

Sowore and four others have been taken to FCID Area 10 without handcuffs and not in black-maria.
















Kalasuwe, the Paramount Ruler of Apoi & Ijaw Confederation calls for Sowore's unconditional release

Kalasuwe, the Paramount Ruler of Apoi & Ijaw Confederation calls for Sowore's unconditional release

His Imperial Majesty Oba Deacon Prof. Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan, Lawe II, Kalasuwe and the Paramount Ruler of Apoi & Ijaw Confederation has called on the Federal Government to ensure unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore without delay. 


According to a statement signed on Monday 4th of January, 2021 by the Bamofin of Apoi land, High Chief (Barr) Henry Ogbemerun, the imperial Majesty made the call in his palace, King City, Oboro, Ese- Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State. 

He called on the President Buhari-led Administration to stop targeting the human rights activist and focus on economy, insecurity, COVID-19 challenges and good governance.


Kalasuwe said Omoyele Sowore who hails from Kiribo-Apoi is not the Nigeria's problem.


"Let the Executive, Legislative and Judicial arms of the government embark on national transformational initiative synergy and let the Executive arm of the Federal Government take the needful political will and Executive Orders to address insecurity, economic recession, impending food scarcity, farmers' killings and kidnapping of people, terrorism, nepotism, favouritism, tribalism, financial and political corruptions, judicial manipulation, bad investment policies, youth unemployment and religion bias in Nigeria"


Kabiyesi further said that the government should focus on diversification of economy and stop excesses of political power and financial recklessness in the country.


 "The Federal Government should not hide under Covid- 19 to defend poor performance. Let's the government be proactive in tackling our common challenges and be well-focussed on our national integrity and economic growth rather than wictch-hunting the human rights activists thus causing unnecessary distractions."

" Nigeria belongs to all of us , and we must have a say to make us proud of our father land. Let's practise full scale principles of federalism. Sowore is the voice of the voiceless in Nigeria, and he should be set free unconditionally."

"If the principles of fundamental human rights and true federalism are practised, Nigeria will be great and command respect among the most powerful nations of the world." 


The monarch further said that "presently, self-identified religion and tribalism are preferred to detribalised agenda and technocratic consideration, the outcome will be political and economic crises. Let's put Nigeria first in the scheme of everything in Nigeria, and let's give our traditional rulers constitutional roles to return Nigeria to its part of glory, we must guide and provide the needed leadership model to move Nigeria forward" Kalasuwe concluded.

His Imperial Majesty Oba Deacon Prof. Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan, Lawe II, Kalasuwe and the Paramount Ruler of Apoi & Ijaw Confederation has called on the Federal Government to ensure unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore without delay. 


According to a statement signed on Monday 4th of January, 2021 by the Bamofin of Apoi land, High Chief (Barr) Henry Ogbemerun, the imperial Majesty made the call in his palace, King City, Oboro, Ese- Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State. 

He called on the President Buhari-led Administration to stop targeting the human rights activist and focus on economy, insecurity, COVID-19 challenges and good governance.


Kalasuwe said Omoyele Sowore who hails from Kiribo-Apoi is not the Nigeria's problem.


"Let the Executive, Legislative and Judicial arms of the government embark on national transformational initiative synergy and let the Executive arm of the Federal Government take the needful political will and Executive Orders to address insecurity, economic recession, impending food scarcity, farmers' killings and kidnapping of people, terrorism, nepotism, favouritism, tribalism, financial and political corruptions, judicial manipulation, bad investment policies, youth unemployment and religion bias in Nigeria"


Kabiyesi further said that the government should focus on diversification of economy and stop excesses of political power and financial recklessness in the country.


 "The Federal Government should not hide under Covid- 19 to defend poor performance. Let's the government be proactive in tackling our common challenges and be well-focussed on our national integrity and economic growth rather than wictch-hunting the human rights activists thus causing unnecessary distractions."

" Nigeria belongs to all of us , and we must have a say to make us proud of our father land. Let's practise full scale principles of federalism. Sowore is the voice of the voiceless in Nigeria, and he should be set free unconditionally."

"If the principles of fundamental human rights and true federalism are practised, Nigeria will be great and command respect among the most powerful nations of the world." 


The monarch further said that "presently, self-identified religion and tribalism are preferred to detribalised agenda and technocratic consideration, the outcome will be political and economic crises. Let's put Nigeria first in the scheme of everything in Nigeria, and let's give our traditional rulers constitutional roles to return Nigeria to its part of glory, we must guide and provide the needed leadership model to move Nigeria forward" Kalasuwe concluded.

Update: Kuje Prison has just rejects Sowore, others

Update: Kuje Prison has just rejects Sowore, others

 


Kuje Prison has just rejected @YeleSowore and the Gudu 5! 

#FreeSowore 

#RevolutionNow

 


Kuje Prison has just rejected @YeleSowore and the Gudu 5! 

#FreeSowore 

#RevolutionNow

Omoyele Sowore to Sue Police for Torture- Falana

Omoyele Sowore to Sue Police for Torture- Falana


Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), says he has received instructions from Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, to sue the Nigeria Police Force and its officers for torture.


The senior advocate said this in a message sent to our correspondent on Saturday.


Falana said his client was badly beaten and subjected to dehumanising conditions in contravention of the Anti-Torture Act.


“Since Mr. Sowore’s fundamental right to dignity has been recklessly violated by the police we have his instructions to press for charges against all the officers who subjected him to physical and mental torture in contravention of the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Anti Torture Act of 2017,” he said.


He said from indications, the Nigeria Police Force is waiting for “orders from above” before releasing Sowore.


“Order from above” is a common term used in Nigeria to refer to a superior authority.


He said the police were holding his client for alleged breach of COVID-19 protocols but had denied him bail for two consecutive days even though the law says such offences are bailable.


Falana further stated that his client had pointedly told the police that he had not breached COVID-19 protocols.


The activist said, “Mr. Sowore who was covering an event at the time of his arrest has maintained that he did not breach any of the COVID-19 regulations. He has been detained indefinitely on the basis of orders “from above.”


The lawyer said his client had been tortured and locked up in a detention facility along with armed robbery suspects.


Falana added, “The police officers who arrested Mr. Omoyele Sowore at Abuja on January 31, 2020, subjected him to severe beating and left him with bruises all over his body. As if that was not enough he has been locked up in the midst of armed robbery suspects at a notorious detention facility called abattoir maintained by the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad in Abuja.


“The physical torture to Mr. Sowore was prolonged by the refusal of the police to provide him with medical attention. Although Mr. Sowore’s injuries are being treated by his personal physician, the police authorities have refused the application of the detainee for bail even though the alleged offence of breaching COVID-19 regulations is ‘bailable’.


Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), says he has received instructions from Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, to sue the Nigeria Police Force and its officers for torture.


The senior advocate said this in a message sent to our correspondent on Saturday.


Falana said his client was badly beaten and subjected to dehumanising conditions in contravention of the Anti-Torture Act.


“Since Mr. Sowore’s fundamental right to dignity has been recklessly violated by the police we have his instructions to press for charges against all the officers who subjected him to physical and mental torture in contravention of the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Anti Torture Act of 2017,” he said.


He said from indications, the Nigeria Police Force is waiting for “orders from above” before releasing Sowore.


“Order from above” is a common term used in Nigeria to refer to a superior authority.


He said the police were holding his client for alleged breach of COVID-19 protocols but had denied him bail for two consecutive days even though the law says such offences are bailable.


Falana further stated that his client had pointedly told the police that he had not breached COVID-19 protocols.


The activist said, “Mr. Sowore who was covering an event at the time of his arrest has maintained that he did not breach any of the COVID-19 regulations. He has been detained indefinitely on the basis of orders “from above.”


The lawyer said his client had been tortured and locked up in a detention facility along with armed robbery suspects.


Falana added, “The police officers who arrested Mr. Omoyele Sowore at Abuja on January 31, 2020, subjected him to severe beating and left him with bruises all over his body. As if that was not enough he has been locked up in the midst of armed robbery suspects at a notorious detention facility called abattoir maintained by the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad in Abuja.


“The physical torture to Mr. Sowore was prolonged by the refusal of the police to provide him with medical attention. Although Mr. Sowore’s injuries are being treated by his personal physician, the police authorities have refused the application of the detainee for bail even though the alleged offence of breaching COVID-19 regulations is ‘bailable’.

SWL Calls for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Sowore, Juwon and Michael

SWL Calls for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Sowore, Juwon and Michael

 PRESS STATEMENT 


The Socialist Workers & Youth League calls for the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore, Juwon Sanyaolu, Michael Adenola, Peter, and Kimrere. The five activists of the African Action Congress were unjustly arrested at Gudu junction of Abuja during a peaceful cross-over demonstration. 
We want to make it abundantly clear to the Nigerian police and the ruling regime that protest is a fundamental democratic right. A violent attack on peaceful protesters is an attack on one of the most important tenets of democracy. It must also be pointed out that protests and mass uprising become inevitable with the continuing failure of the current regime and neoliberal capitalism. 

The arrest and brutalisation of Sowore, Juwon and Michael at the early hours of the new year by the Nigeria police Abattoir division Abuja, is a clear indication that the basic conditions for the #EndSARS revolt last year still persist. The Maj. Gen. Buhari (retd) led government continues in attacking poor people and violating fundamental rights. But also, the arrest demonstrate the weakness of the bosses’ state given the failure of their system to address the genuine agitation and demands of the Nigeria masses. Clearly, they don’t have the solution to the crises largely because they benefit hugely from the system and crises. 

It is we, the working-class people and youth that have the power and the will to change the oppressive system and win our total liberation through struggle. The #EndSARS revolt demonstrated to us the power to bring to birth social change from below and a Nigeria that works for all and not for the interest of some few. It is on this basis that we call on working-class people and students organisations to join in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of the arrested comrades. And also that we mobilise to fight for a real and total change, obviously the current regime and bosses generally have resolved to intensify attacks and place more burden on the people.

Signed

Lai Brown
National Secretary

 PRESS STATEMENT 


The Socialist Workers & Youth League calls for the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore, Juwon Sanyaolu, Michael Adenola, Peter, and Kimrere. The five activists of the African Action Congress were unjustly arrested at Gudu junction of Abuja during a peaceful cross-over demonstration. 
We want to make it abundantly clear to the Nigerian police and the ruling regime that protest is a fundamental democratic right. A violent attack on peaceful protesters is an attack on one of the most important tenets of democracy. It must also be pointed out that protests and mass uprising become inevitable with the continuing failure of the current regime and neoliberal capitalism. 

The arrest and brutalisation of Sowore, Juwon and Michael at the early hours of the new year by the Nigeria police Abattoir division Abuja, is a clear indication that the basic conditions for the #EndSARS revolt last year still persist. The Maj. Gen. Buhari (retd) led government continues in attacking poor people and violating fundamental rights. But also, the arrest demonstrate the weakness of the bosses’ state given the failure of their system to address the genuine agitation and demands of the Nigeria masses. Clearly, they don’t have the solution to the crises largely because they benefit hugely from the system and crises. 

It is we, the working-class people and youth that have the power and the will to change the oppressive system and win our total liberation through struggle. The #EndSARS revolt demonstrated to us the power to bring to birth social change from below and a Nigeria that works for all and not for the interest of some few. It is on this basis that we call on working-class people and students organisations to join in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of the arrested comrades. And also that we mobilise to fight for a real and total change, obviously the current regime and bosses generally have resolved to intensify attacks and place more burden on the people.

Signed

Lai Brown
National Secretary

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