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Abuja Court declares Bandits as a Terrorist Group

Abuja Court declares Bandits as a Terrorist Group

 An Abuja High Court on Thursday declares Bandits as terrorists group.


According to a judgement delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the court outlawed the activities of some groups linked to banditry and declared their activities as acts of terrorism.

The  court ruling followed an ex-parte motion filed by Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.

He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.


He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

In a supporting affidavit to the ex-parte motion, Aminu Kayode Alilu, from the Federal Ministry of Justice, who argued the motion ex-parte, explained why the Federal Government chose to approach the court for the order.


He argued that security reports have confirmed that bandit groups were responsible for killings, abductions, rapes, kidnappings, and other criminal acts in the Northeast, Northcentral, and other parts of the country.


The Government blamed the groups for an increase in “banditry, incessant kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, and other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters, and wanton destruction of lives and proper property.”


It specifically argued that Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, were responsible for the deaths of soldiers, police officers, and other security agents across the country.


“The activities of the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, constitute acts of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of public order and safety, as well as a threat to Nigeria’s national security and corporate existence”, the motion claimedAfter listening to the argument on the application on Thursday,  the court ruled and specifically declared the activities of the “Yan Bindiga Group” and the “Yan Ta’adda Group” and other similar groups in any part of the country, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, as “acts of terrorism and illegality”.


It equally proscribed the Yan Bindiga  and the Yan Ta’adda Groups as well as other similar groups in any part of Nigeria, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, “either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are calle



The court restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever, in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Group under any other name or platform however called or described


It  ordered the Federal Government to publish the prosecution order in the Official Gazette and two national dailie


Justice Taiwo said he was convinced that such orders were necessary in view of the nefarious activities of bandits and their effects on the people and the nation’s econom


The judge also proscribed all other groups in the country, irrespective of their names, but whose activities and objectives are similar to those of Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Grou


The court  listed terror activities to “include, but not limited to banditry, kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters and wanton destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria.”


 An Abuja High Court on Thursday declares Bandits as terrorists group.


According to a judgement delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the court outlawed the activities of some groups linked to banditry and declared their activities as acts of terrorism.

The  court ruling followed an ex-parte motion filed by Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.

He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.


He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

In a supporting affidavit to the ex-parte motion, Aminu Kayode Alilu, from the Federal Ministry of Justice, who argued the motion ex-parte, explained why the Federal Government chose to approach the court for the order.


He argued that security reports have confirmed that bandit groups were responsible for killings, abductions, rapes, kidnappings, and other criminal acts in the Northeast, Northcentral, and other parts of the country.


The Government blamed the groups for an increase in “banditry, incessant kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, and other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters, and wanton destruction of lives and proper property.”


It specifically argued that Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, were responsible for the deaths of soldiers, police officers, and other security agents across the country.


“The activities of the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, constitute acts of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of public order and safety, as well as a threat to Nigeria’s national security and corporate existence”, the motion claimedAfter listening to the argument on the application on Thursday,  the court ruled and specifically declared the activities of the “Yan Bindiga Group” and the “Yan Ta’adda Group” and other similar groups in any part of the country, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, as “acts of terrorism and illegality”.


It equally proscribed the Yan Bindiga  and the Yan Ta’adda Groups as well as other similar groups in any part of Nigeria, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, “either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are calle



The court restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever, in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Group under any other name or platform however called or described


It  ordered the Federal Government to publish the prosecution order in the Official Gazette and two national dailie


Justice Taiwo said he was convinced that such orders were necessary in view of the nefarious activities of bandits and their effects on the people and the nation’s econom


The judge also proscribed all other groups in the country, irrespective of their names, but whose activities and objectives are similar to those of Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Grou


The court  listed terror activities to “include, but not limited to banditry, kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters and wanton destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria.”


PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

 KACCL/PS/OB/45                                                                   19th November, 2021

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

We act as solicitors to the family of the deceased; our Client, whose illustrious son, Mr. Timothy Oludare, was murdered in a cold-blooded manner in his hotel room at Ile-Ife, Osun State and it is on their unequivocal instructions that we issue this statement.

 

For contextual expediency, it is needful to state that the late Timothy Oludare, a 37-year-old husband and father of three had travelled from Abuja to Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 5th of November, 2021 in furtherance of his Masters of Business Administration studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He subsequently checked in at the Hilton and Resorts Hotel owned by Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University on the same ill-fated day. He went ‘missing’ for the next two days only for his dead and mutilated body to be found buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 

We welcome with keen interest, the news of the arrest of six suspects linked to the gruesome murder of Mr. Timothy Oludare by men of the Osun State Police Command on the 15th November 2020. Indeed, the preliminary investigation, arrests and findings have nullified the initial apprehension that the deceased must have fallen into the hands of killer herdsmen which if true, could have exacerbated ethnic tensions in Osun State and beyond. While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for these painstaking efforts, we however strongly want to emphasize that it will serve the overriding interest of justice to bring all those involved in this dastardly murder to book.

 

It is worrisome and sad that Mr. Timothy Oludare can be cut down in his prime for motives best known to his killers which of course, must be extracted and investigated by the Police without delay. It portends serious danger that a place meant to serve the temporary accommodation needs of Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike could in actual fact be a place where cold-blooded murders are orchestrated and carried out in the most desperate and daring manner. Again, we note the temerity and the audacity in which the murder of the late Timothy Oludare was carried out as contained in the preliminary findings made by the Osun State Police Command. According to the findings, our Client’s son was strangled to death in his hotel room, his body was subsequently mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket/bedsheet belonging to the hotel and finally buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 


The law is clear that an offender(s) who causes the death of a person is guilty of murder under 316 of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 34, Laws of Osun State and same is punishable by death under Section 319 of the same law and it is our legally considered view that the confessional statements as obtained from some of the suspects are cogent enough to establish the varying degrees of guilt of all the suspects.

 

As things stand, the hotel and its vicinity are a crime scene and should be treated as such, nothing must be on the way of a thorough and wider investigation of this highly reprehensible murder because nobody irrespective of their status or influence is bigger than the extant laws of the land.

 

We therefore urge utmost professionalism by the Police in this matter; no stone must be left unturned to get to the root of this matter. On our part, we are ready to partner with the Police to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. While we trust that this matter will reach its expected legal conclusion, we want to reiterate that we will not hesitate for a second to do everything within legally permissible limits to fight anyone who attempts to frustrate the expected end of justice.

 

Late Timothy

As it is historically believed that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the human race, it is important that the ancient city and by extension, other parts of the nation must not be allowed to become safe havens for murderers and other criminals alike. It shreds our collective humanity into pieces when the blood of any innocent Nigerian can be spilled without consequences.

 

Conclusively, as a firm committed to the promotion of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of all law abiding citizens which include among others, the right to life, we are emphatically restating that the killers of Timothy Oludare must face the full weight of the law.

 

Thank you.

 KACCL/PS/OB/45                                                                   19th November, 2021

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

We act as solicitors to the family of the deceased; our Client, whose illustrious son, Mr. Timothy Oludare, was murdered in a cold-blooded manner in his hotel room at Ile-Ife, Osun State and it is on their unequivocal instructions that we issue this statement.

 

For contextual expediency, it is needful to state that the late Timothy Oludare, a 37-year-old husband and father of three had travelled from Abuja to Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 5th of November, 2021 in furtherance of his Masters of Business Administration studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He subsequently checked in at the Hilton and Resorts Hotel owned by Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University on the same ill-fated day. He went ‘missing’ for the next two days only for his dead and mutilated body to be found buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 

We welcome with keen interest, the news of the arrest of six suspects linked to the gruesome murder of Mr. Timothy Oludare by men of the Osun State Police Command on the 15th November 2020. Indeed, the preliminary investigation, arrests and findings have nullified the initial apprehension that the deceased must have fallen into the hands of killer herdsmen which if true, could have exacerbated ethnic tensions in Osun State and beyond. While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for these painstaking efforts, we however strongly want to emphasize that it will serve the overriding interest of justice to bring all those involved in this dastardly murder to book.

 

It is worrisome and sad that Mr. Timothy Oludare can be cut down in his prime for motives best known to his killers which of course, must be extracted and investigated by the Police without delay. It portends serious danger that a place meant to serve the temporary accommodation needs of Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike could in actual fact be a place where cold-blooded murders are orchestrated and carried out in the most desperate and daring manner. Again, we note the temerity and the audacity in which the murder of the late Timothy Oludare was carried out as contained in the preliminary findings made by the Osun State Police Command. According to the findings, our Client’s son was strangled to death in his hotel room, his body was subsequently mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket/bedsheet belonging to the hotel and finally buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 


The law is clear that an offender(s) who causes the death of a person is guilty of murder under 316 of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 34, Laws of Osun State and same is punishable by death under Section 319 of the same law and it is our legally considered view that the confessional statements as obtained from some of the suspects are cogent enough to establish the varying degrees of guilt of all the suspects.

 

As things stand, the hotel and its vicinity are a crime scene and should be treated as such, nothing must be on the way of a thorough and wider investigation of this highly reprehensible murder because nobody irrespective of their status or influence is bigger than the extant laws of the land.

 

We therefore urge utmost professionalism by the Police in this matter; no stone must be left unturned to get to the root of this matter. On our part, we are ready to partner with the Police to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. While we trust that this matter will reach its expected legal conclusion, we want to reiterate that we will not hesitate for a second to do everything within legally permissible limits to fight anyone who attempts to frustrate the expected end of justice.

 

Late Timothy

As it is historically believed that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the human race, it is important that the ancient city and by extension, other parts of the nation must not be allowed to become safe havens for murderers and other criminals alike. It shreds our collective humanity into pieces when the blood of any innocent Nigerian can be spilled without consequences.

 

Conclusively, as a firm committed to the promotion of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of all law abiding citizens which include among others, the right to life, we are emphatically restating that the killers of Timothy Oludare must face the full weight of the law.

 

Thank you.

Lagos #EndSARS panel report says "LEKKI TOLL GATE MASSACRE HAPPENED "

Lagos #EndSARS panel report says "LEKKI TOLL GATE MASSACRE HAPPENED "

SUMMARY: 

● The panel has confirmed without ambiguity that Lekki Toll Gate massacre happened.

● The Army & Police indicted of carrying out the Massacre

● The panel has named all victims and proposed compensations.

● proposed punishments for all the security personnel involved in the killings.

● The panel has proposed naming the Lekki Toll gate “EndSARS Toll Gate”

● The Lekki Concession company(LCC) owners of the Toll gate attempted a cover up of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nigerian Army and Police.


 LEKKI SHOOTING: THAT WAS A MASSACRE! 


Can Jide Sanwoolu, Lai Mohammed, Garba Shehu, Raji Fashola and others asking “where are the bodies?” honourably bury their heads in shame now that the submitted #EndSars Panel report has shown that there was indeed a massacre? 


Everyone knows there was a massacre; it is a living truth that is incontrovertible. The authorities are equally aware that the tragedy that occurred at Lekki Tollgate October 2020 was a mindless massacre. They masterminded the evil just to break the undying resolve of protesting youths yearning for a country that respects human rights and social justice.


Now that the youths have been vindicated, will the authorities truly implement the recommendations of the Panel? Will the APC government ever apologize to young people and admit that its dirty hands are full of blood and the spirit of the slain innocent is crying bitterly in heaven for vengeance?


Given that the #EndSars struggle was a major reason why Twitter was banned, would the Buhari regime truly apologize and lift the thoughtless ban with immediate effect? Would the Buhari regime place itself in the witness box and answer questions over the fatal murder of courageous Nigerians exercising their fundamental rights to protest and freedom of expression and association?


For there be true peace in Nigeria, those massacred must get justice. Now that the truth has been corroborated, consequences must be meted out against those found wanting. And that will start from President Muhammadu Buhari, the very Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces. No justice, no peace.


We will never forget. 


Festus Ogun, ESQ



Names of the victims:

This is the documented VICTIMS' list of #LekkiMassacre as released by the Lagos panel .


With this, it shows that LAI MOHAMMED is an unrepentant old LIAR. The fact remains that the #Buhari regime murdered Nigerian Youths on October 20, 2020.









SUMMARY: 

● The panel has confirmed without ambiguity that Lekki Toll Gate massacre happened.

● The Army & Police indicted of carrying out the Massacre

● The panel has named all victims and proposed compensations.

● proposed punishments for all the security personnel involved in the killings.

● The panel has proposed naming the Lekki Toll gate “EndSARS Toll Gate”

● The Lekki Concession company(LCC) owners of the Toll gate attempted a cover up of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nigerian Army and Police.


 LEKKI SHOOTING: THAT WAS A MASSACRE! 


Can Jide Sanwoolu, Lai Mohammed, Garba Shehu, Raji Fashola and others asking “where are the bodies?” honourably bury their heads in shame now that the submitted #EndSars Panel report has shown that there was indeed a massacre? 


Everyone knows there was a massacre; it is a living truth that is incontrovertible. The authorities are equally aware that the tragedy that occurred at Lekki Tollgate October 2020 was a mindless massacre. They masterminded the evil just to break the undying resolve of protesting youths yearning for a country that respects human rights and social justice.


Now that the youths have been vindicated, will the authorities truly implement the recommendations of the Panel? Will the APC government ever apologize to young people and admit that its dirty hands are full of blood and the spirit of the slain innocent is crying bitterly in heaven for vengeance?


Given that the #EndSars struggle was a major reason why Twitter was banned, would the Buhari regime truly apologize and lift the thoughtless ban with immediate effect? Would the Buhari regime place itself in the witness box and answer questions over the fatal murder of courageous Nigerians exercising their fundamental rights to protest and freedom of expression and association?


For there be true peace in Nigeria, those massacred must get justice. Now that the truth has been corroborated, consequences must be meted out against those found wanting. And that will start from President Muhammadu Buhari, the very Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces. No justice, no peace.


We will never forget. 


Festus Ogun, ESQ



Names of the victims:

This is the documented VICTIMS' list of #LekkiMassacre as released by the Lagos panel .


With this, it shows that LAI MOHAMMED is an unrepentant old LIAR. The fact remains that the #Buhari regime murdered Nigerian Youths on October 20, 2020.









Missing OAU MBA Student Timothy Adegoke Found Dead, Six Arrested - Osun Police Command

Missing OAU MBA Student Timothy Adegoke Found Dead, Six Arrested - Osun Police Command

 The missing MBA student at Obafemii Awololowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Timothy Adegoke is dead, a statement by the state police Command confirmed it.


Adegoke was declared missing on November 7 2021.

According to a statement signed and made available to the press by Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin who is the spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, the police said it was working to unravel the circumstances surrounding Adegoke’s death.

It reads in part: “The Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, psc, wishes to assure the general public, especially the family of the deceased, students and management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, that the police command is working assiduously to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Timothy Adegoke, a master’s degree student of OAU who came from Abuja to sit for his examination at the OAU distance learning centre, Moro, Osun State.

“It would be recalled that, a case of missing person was reported on 7th November, 2021 at about 1630hrs, at Edun Abon police station and later transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for discreet investigation on 9th November, 2021. Immediately the case was received, detectives from SCID of the command swung into action and have arrested six (6) suspects in connection with the case while investigation is ongoing.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police is using this medium to appeal to the family, the sympathizers, students and management of the university to remain calm and be rest assured that, the police will do all within its constitutional responsibility to unravel the mystery behind his death.”

The police however did not state how he died or where his body was found.

Adegoke, was an Abuja-based student who travelled to Ife on November 5 to sit for an examination at the school’s distance learning centre in Moro, Osun State.

He was declared missing two days later when friends and family members could neither reach his phone line nor find him at the exam venue.

 The missing MBA student at Obafemii Awololowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Timothy Adegoke is dead, a statement by the state police Command confirmed it.


Adegoke was declared missing on November 7 2021.

According to a statement signed and made available to the press by Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin who is the spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, the police said it was working to unravel the circumstances surrounding Adegoke’s death.

It reads in part: “The Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, psc, wishes to assure the general public, especially the family of the deceased, students and management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, that the police command is working assiduously to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Timothy Adegoke, a master’s degree student of OAU who came from Abuja to sit for his examination at the OAU distance learning centre, Moro, Osun State.

“It would be recalled that, a case of missing person was reported on 7th November, 2021 at about 1630hrs, at Edun Abon police station and later transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for discreet investigation on 9th November, 2021. Immediately the case was received, detectives from SCID of the command swung into action and have arrested six (6) suspects in connection with the case while investigation is ongoing.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police is using this medium to appeal to the family, the sympathizers, students and management of the university to remain calm and be rest assured that, the police will do all within its constitutional responsibility to unravel the mystery behind his death.”

The police however did not state how he died or where his body was found.

Adegoke, was an Abuja-based student who travelled to Ife on November 5 to sit for an examination at the school’s distance learning centre in Moro, Osun State.

He was declared missing two days later when friends and family members could neither reach his phone line nor find him at the exam venue.

How Nigerian Air Force pays terrorists/bandits N20 million to avoid shooting down Buhari’s plane

How Nigerian Air Force pays terrorists/bandits N20 million to avoid shooting down Buhari’s plane








The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded.

The Nigerian Air Force coordinated ransom payments to armed bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army, The Wall Street Journal said, in a desperate deal that was brokered as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina.

The U.S. outlet said N20 million was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over. 

The rugged, lawless jungle that covers parts of Kaduna, Zamfara and the president’s home state of Katsina has served as a vast haven for bandits terrorising Nigeria’s northwestern communities. A large portion of kidnapping plots emanates or terminates in or around the forest, security agencies have previously warned. 

“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja: a black zip-up bag he said was full of 20 million Nigerian naira,” the paper reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”

The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded. 

The Journal did not specify when the deal was brokered or the presidential trip that was planned. The president has been in his hometown at least twice this year that his office disclosed to the public. The first trip was in late January and another in July. 

Although the Nigerian government claimed combat victories against armed bandits, several military bases have been sacked by the violent criminals dreaded largely for their abduction of schoolchildren and prominent personalities, including politicians and emirs. 

Last month, a forward operating base crucial to the military campaign against banditry was raided in Zamfara, leaving at least 12 officers killed. The bandits also seized military equipment when they captured the base in Dansadau, about 80 kilometres south of the capital Gusau, in the September 11 operation.

Less than two weeks later on September 24, bandits again struck a joint base of security forces in the neighbouring Sokoto State, killing several soldiers, Civil Defence officers and civilians. 

The Nigerian Air Force also confirmed on July 19 that bandits had shot down one of its fighter jets, but the pilot was able to eject without and there were no casualties. The incident came as Mr Buhari was visiting his hometown for this year’s Sallah. 

It was not immediately clear why service chiefs opted for a ransom payment in the operation described by The Journal. Military weapons that fell into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits were usually destroyed by airstrikes. 

Whereas Mr Buhari has promised to be tough on the bandits and publicly railed against governors negotiating with them, his government has been known to pay ransom to terrorists and other violent criminals.

The government paid millions of dollars to free some of the Chibok girls seized in 2014 under President Goodluck Jonathan. It also facilitated hundreds of millions of naira in ransom to bandits who seized schoolchildren in Niger State earlier this year.

The Gazette has yet to hear back from the Nigerian Air Force about the reported N20 million ransom to bandits.



Source: SM







The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded.

The Nigerian Air Force coordinated ransom payments to armed bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army, The Wall Street Journal said, in a desperate deal that was brokered as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina.

The U.S. outlet said N20 million was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over. 

The rugged, lawless jungle that covers parts of Kaduna, Zamfara and the president’s home state of Katsina has served as a vast haven for bandits terrorising Nigeria’s northwestern communities. A large portion of kidnapping plots emanates or terminates in or around the forest, security agencies have previously warned. 

“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja: a black zip-up bag he said was full of 20 million Nigerian naira,” the paper reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”

The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded. 

The Journal did not specify when the deal was brokered or the presidential trip that was planned. The president has been in his hometown at least twice this year that his office disclosed to the public. The first trip was in late January and another in July. 

Although the Nigerian government claimed combat victories against armed bandits, several military bases have been sacked by the violent criminals dreaded largely for their abduction of schoolchildren and prominent personalities, including politicians and emirs. 

Last month, a forward operating base crucial to the military campaign against banditry was raided in Zamfara, leaving at least 12 officers killed. The bandits also seized military equipment when they captured the base in Dansadau, about 80 kilometres south of the capital Gusau, in the September 11 operation.

Less than two weeks later on September 24, bandits again struck a joint base of security forces in the neighbouring Sokoto State, killing several soldiers, Civil Defence officers and civilians. 

The Nigerian Air Force also confirmed on July 19 that bandits had shot down one of its fighter jets, but the pilot was able to eject without and there were no casualties. The incident came as Mr Buhari was visiting his hometown for this year’s Sallah. 

It was not immediately clear why service chiefs opted for a ransom payment in the operation described by The Journal. Military weapons that fell into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits were usually destroyed by airstrikes. 

Whereas Mr Buhari has promised to be tough on the bandits and publicly railed against governors negotiating with them, his government has been known to pay ransom to terrorists and other violent criminals.

The government paid millions of dollars to free some of the Chibok girls seized in 2014 under President Goodluck Jonathan. It also facilitated hundreds of millions of naira in ransom to bandits who seized schoolchildren in Niger State earlier this year.

The Gazette has yet to hear back from the Nigerian Air Force about the reported N20 million ransom to bandits.



Source: SM

#ENDSARS Memorial: Osinbajo's NEC-in-Council advises against planned protests,, they ordered the killings!!!

#ENDSARS Memorial: Osinbajo's NEC-in-Council advises against planned protests,, they ordered the killings!!!











Protesting Youths demanding for an end to police and security Brutality and asking for good governance were brutally massacre, arrested, maltreated, tortured and illegally detained last year in many places across the country. Many are still in detentions illegally without been charged to court. 

For many that were arraigned in court, the Nigeria police has not been able to provide convincing evidence as to the cookup allegations leveled against them.


October 20 2020 was the real black day when the security operatives comprises of the police, the Nigerian Army and others on their cohort evil agenda opened fires on the peaceful protesters holding the Nigerian flags at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.


With series of denial, panel of enquires were set up in 28 states and revelations were already in the public that Nigerian government through the security apparatus of the State killed her abled body youths for demanding for good governance and leadership from the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal lawless regime.


As Memorial programs were lined up by the concerned Nigerian youths to mark the one year of the killing, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's led  National Economic Council has confirmed the administration's failure again that the country is unsafe under this regime to guarantee the constitutional right to protest and therefore can't protect the protesters, if they choose to protest to mark the one year anniversary of those innocents killed last year by this incumbent regime.


To dose the tensions the Osinbajo led NEC have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


However, let them scale through this month, you will hardly hear anything about the NEC resolutions again unless their is another crisis threatening their authorities. 


 The Boko Haram/ISWAP and other terrorists who killed, raped and abducted citizens and even security officers are already been pardoned and reintegrated back to the society by the pro-terrorists Buhari led Government.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?



I am 'Dele Abiola

[email protected]


READ THEIR FULL PRESS STATEMENT BELOW:

𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 


𝗡𝗘𝗖: 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗦, 𝗙𝗚 𝗧𝗢 𝗣𝗔𝗬 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗢 𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗦 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗦 & 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗨𝗧𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗦𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗘𝗗


*Council also strongly advises against planned protests considering security situation 


*Urges organisers to consider other options 


In receipt of reports from judicial panels regarding EndSARS protests set up in 28 States across the country and in the FCT, the National Economic Council have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


"Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020." 


Also rising from today's NEC meeting, members strongly advised those planning protests to mark the anniversary of the ENDSARS to reconsider the option in view of "current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues."


Below are the NEC resolutions on the panels and an advisory on the planned protests: 


NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS ON “ENDSARS” PANELS’ REPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY - 15TH OCTOBER 2021


At its meeting today, 15th October 2021, the National Economic Council (NEC/Council) received an update on the Reports of Judicial Panels of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations against Members of Nigeria Police Force and other Security Agencies. 


2. It may be recalled that following the October 2020 #EndSARS protests, which later transformed into violent demonstrations, in furtherance of resolution of NEC, twenty-eight (28) States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) (under the auspices of the National Human Rights Commission) had set up Judicial Panels/Commissions of Inquiry (Panels) to investigate allegations of violations of human rights levied against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, especially members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). 


3. The 28 States that set up these Panels were Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba. 


4. Out of the 28 States, 11 States (Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers) have submitted their final reports to Council; with Lagos, set to finalise its sittings on 19th October 2021, submitting an interim report. Governors of other States including Delta and Ebonyi at today’s meeting also indicated that their reports would be submitted soon. 


5. Following deliberations on the recommendations of the panels, NEC agreed/resolved as follows, (and this applies to all the States and FCT that set up the panels): 


PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS

6. Each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, shall establish modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the Panels. Already, as resolved by NEC, a number of States have set up Victims Compensation Funds, from which several victims have already received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels. 


PROSECUTION OF INDICTED PERSONS (SECURITY PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS)

7. Council directed State Governors to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


8. Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020.


IMPROVED EFFICIENCY OF NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES' ARCHITECTURE

9. NEC called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that –

a. Persons recruited into arms-bearing security agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before enlistment and periodically after enlistment to ensure that the personnel are psychologically fit to carry live weapons and to identify behavioural tendencies that may require psycho-social interventions. 


b. Personnel of the agencies dutifully observes Rules of Engagement in the discharge of their functions/duties around and within the civilian populace. 


c. While acknowledging the various initiatives introduced by the Federal Government to: 


*strengthen police accountability through the Police Service Commission,

*sustain improved funding and budgetary allocation to the Nigeria Police Force and other securities agencies,

*and the lifting of the ban on recruitment of police officers, 


Council urged the Federal Government to give priority to the general welfare of police officers and personnel of other security agencies. 


In particular, it advocated the review of pension and gratuity of retired police officers and attainment of parity of remuneration by police officers with sister security agencies. 


d. Undertake a comprehensive assessment of all police stations across the country with a view to ensuring that they are fit for purpose. 


e. Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies should deploy cutting-edge technology in the fight against crimes. 


f. Nigeria Police Force to, in line with the mandatory training provisions of the Police Act 2020, prioritize training of Police Officers on procedures for the entrenchment of Human Rights Provisions guaranteed by the Constitution and on the professional handling of weapons. 


g. All those detained by the Police as a result of the EndSars protests are expeditiously processed with due regard to the principles of fair hearing. 


h. The system established within the Nigeria Police Force for receipt and handling of complaints or petitions is strengthened, and all police officers on duty should be in police-approved uniform with their full names and force numbers boldly written for easy identification. 


i. The States should, as resolved by NEC: 


i)Properly utilize and support the community policing programme of the Federal Government, with active collaborative efforts and participation of traditional rulers, elders, youths, vigilante groups, etc.; 


ii)Establish standing committees under States Ministries of Justice to address human rights violations on a continuous basis; and 


iii)Take measures aimed at flushing out miscreants squatting in uncompleted buildings, and other blackout spots that serve as hideouts for criminals.


THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL ALSO ISSUED AN ADVISORY ON PUBLIC PROTESTS AT THIS TIME AS FOLLOWS: 


While appreciating the role of lawful peaceful protests in the advancement of public discourse under democratic governance, the National Economic Council (NEC) strongly advises those planning public protests across the country to mark the anniversary of the #EndSARS, to consider other lawful alternative means of engagement. 


This is because of the current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues. Council, therefore, urges the organizers to reconsider their plan. 


NEC would also like to point out the various actions already taken by Federal and State Governments to address the grievances that led to the 2020 protests, including: 


* the disbandment of SARS;

*broad police reforms;

*establishment of judicial panels of inquiries to investigate allegations of human rights violations by members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies;

* recommendations of which panels are already at various stages of implementation including the setup of Victims Compensation Funds from which several victims have received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels; 

*and prosecution of police personnel indicted by the panels. 


These are commendable actions that ought to be taken to a logical conclusion in a peaceful atmosphere. 


Organizers of the planned protests should explore the various channels of communication with governments at various levels to advance their positions and avert the breakdown of law and order that may result from such public protests. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OTHER ISSUES AT TODAY’S NEC MEETING 


A.

PRESENTATION ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (2021-2025) 


Council received a presentation and memo from the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning on the draft of a National Development Plan 2021-2025, which is a successor plan to the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020. 


Among other highlights, the presentation and memo were to acquaint Council with the need for linkage between Annual Budget and Plans. 


The plan also targets an average of 5% GDP growth, the creation of 21million jobs, and lifting 35million people out of poverty within the duration of the Plan. 


What is new in this plan? 


·   A mechanism to engage, empower and employ our teaming energetic youths 


·    Inclusiveness - Opportunities for young people, women, vulnerable people, etc., via mainstreaming. 


·        A financing plan to increase revenue to 15 percent of GDP by 2025 and to decrease the budget deficit 


Policy Action: 


·   Prioritization and implementation of critical and strategic infrastructure projects that will directly boost production and productivity 


·   Institutional reforms in public sector, law enforcement, judiciary, and secure property rights, including intellectual property. 


·  Measures to diversify revenue and increase tax to GDP ratio by improving tax administration, including the informal sector, and widening the tax base.


B.

PRESENTATION ON THE GRAZING RESERVE AUDIT COMMITTEE & SYNERGY WITH THE NLTP


NEC received a presentation from the Governor of Kebbi on behalf of the Grazing Reserve Audit Committee. The summary of the presentation was to brief NEC on the essence of the audit which is to document available land in order to aid the implementation of the 10year National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by NEC in 2019. The presentation clarified that the audit committee is not mandated to recover grazing reserves. 


C.

PRESENTATION ON THE PROGRESS REPORT OF THE NEC AD-HOC COMMITTEE INTERFACING WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE (PTF) ON COVID-19 TO EASE THE LOCKDOWN OF THE ECONOMY


·     Council received a progress report from the Chairman of the Committee, Delta State Governor on the above. 


The Federal Ministry of Health is establishing oxygen plants across the 36 States in the country, but currently, 6 States have been provided with oxygen cylinders so far. 


·        The FG has paid for 40 million doses of Covid -19 vaccines coming in batches and therefore a considerable amount of the vaccines will come into the country between now and January 2022 


·      Nigeria is now classified among the 50 countries in the green zones

D.

STATE PERFORMANCE REPORT ON COVID -19 BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL 

 

Council was informed as follows:

No of Cases                                =208,404 


No of Cases tested                   =3,142,971 


Active Cases                              =9,520, 


Discharged Cases                     =196,123 


Number of Deaths                     = 2,76


·        Council was also informed on the global situation of Covid-19: over 237million confirmed cases and over 4.8million deaths due to Covid -19. There are now over 6.3billion vaccine doses administered 


·        Nigeria is still in the first wave of vaccination and vaccination tools will improve as the country receives additional vaccines 


·        Covid-19 cases have declined by 7.5% over the last week



·        States are urged to continue to push testing activities in other to detect new cases before the situation worsens 


·       An update on travel restrictions on certain countries expected to be announced soon by the FG. 


Council was also updated on the situation regarding the Cholera outbreak 


Current Cholera situation in the country; 


Suspected No of Cases            =88,704 


No. of States                              = 31t FCT 


Number of Deaths                   = 3,208 


·        Multi-sectoral emergency operation centers activated at level 2 continues to coordinate the national response. 


Challenges 


·        Difficulty in accessing some communities due to insecurity 


·        Open defecation 


·        Lack of portable drinking water 


·        Lack of basic health primary health care infrastructure 


·        Inadequate health facility and cholera commodities for case management.


Resolution 


·        Council commended the insightful presentations and congratulated the outgoing DG NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu on his new appointment at the W.H.O and also welcomed the incoming DG, Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa.


E.

FINANCIAL UPDATES 


The Honorable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning gave Council an update on the under listed accounts as follows: 


1.       EXCESS CRUDE ACCOUNT (ECA) 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER 2021 STANDS AT $60, 857,773.43


2.      STABILIZATION ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N 25,009,892,511.55 



3.      DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N56,144,024,000.71


𝗟𝗮𝗼𝗹𝘂 𝗔𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲,

𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂 & 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚,

𝑶𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑽𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕. 

15th October, 2021











Protesting Youths demanding for an end to police and security Brutality and asking for good governance were brutally massacre, arrested, maltreated, tortured and illegally detained last year in many places across the country. Many are still in detentions illegally without been charged to court. 

For many that were arraigned in court, the Nigeria police has not been able to provide convincing evidence as to the cookup allegations leveled against them.


October 20 2020 was the real black day when the security operatives comprises of the police, the Nigerian Army and others on their cohort evil agenda opened fires on the peaceful protesters holding the Nigerian flags at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.


With series of denial, panel of enquires were set up in 28 states and revelations were already in the public that Nigerian government through the security apparatus of the State killed her abled body youths for demanding for good governance and leadership from the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal lawless regime.


As Memorial programs were lined up by the concerned Nigerian youths to mark the one year of the killing, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's led  National Economic Council has confirmed the administration's failure again that the country is unsafe under this regime to guarantee the constitutional right to protest and therefore can't protect the protesters, if they choose to protest to mark the one year anniversary of those innocents killed last year by this incumbent regime.


To dose the tensions the Osinbajo led NEC have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


However, let them scale through this month, you will hardly hear anything about the NEC resolutions again unless their is another crisis threatening their authorities. 


 The Boko Haram/ISWAP and other terrorists who killed, raped and abducted citizens and even security officers are already been pardoned and reintegrated back to the society by the pro-terrorists Buhari led Government.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?



I am 'Dele Abiola

[email protected]


READ THEIR FULL PRESS STATEMENT BELOW:

𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 


𝗡𝗘𝗖: 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗦, 𝗙𝗚 𝗧𝗢 𝗣𝗔𝗬 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗢 𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗦 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗦 & 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗨𝗧𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗦𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗘𝗗


*Council also strongly advises against planned protests considering security situation 


*Urges organisers to consider other options 


In receipt of reports from judicial panels regarding EndSARS protests set up in 28 States across the country and in the FCT, the National Economic Council have resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. 


Equally, NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, also unanimously resolved today to ensure the prosecution of persons indicted by the panels. The Council specifically directed States "to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


"Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020." 


Also rising from today's NEC meeting, members strongly advised those planning protests to mark the anniversary of the ENDSARS to reconsider the option in view of "current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues."


Below are the NEC resolutions on the panels and an advisory on the planned protests: 


NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS ON “ENDSARS” PANELS’ REPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY - 15TH OCTOBER 2021


At its meeting today, 15th October 2021, the National Economic Council (NEC/Council) received an update on the Reports of Judicial Panels of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations against Members of Nigeria Police Force and other Security Agencies. 


2. It may be recalled that following the October 2020 #EndSARS protests, which later transformed into violent demonstrations, in furtherance of resolution of NEC, twenty-eight (28) States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) (under the auspices of the National Human Rights Commission) had set up Judicial Panels/Commissions of Inquiry (Panels) to investigate allegations of violations of human rights levied against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, especially members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). 


3. The 28 States that set up these Panels were Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba. 


4. Out of the 28 States, 11 States (Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers) have submitted their final reports to Council; with Lagos, set to finalise its sittings on 19th October 2021, submitting an interim report. Governors of other States including Delta and Ebonyi at today’s meeting also indicated that their reports would be submitted soon. 


5. Following deliberations on the recommendations of the panels, NEC agreed/resolved as follows, (and this applies to all the States and FCT that set up the panels): 


PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS

6. Each State, in collaboration with the Federal Government, shall establish modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the Panels. Already, as resolved by NEC, a number of States have set up Victims Compensation Funds, from which several victims have already received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels. 


PROSECUTION OF INDICTED PERSONS (SECURITY PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS)

7. Council directed State Governors to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons. 


8. Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020.


IMPROVED EFFICIENCY OF NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES' ARCHITECTURE

9. NEC called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that –

a. Persons recruited into arms-bearing security agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before enlistment and periodically after enlistment to ensure that the personnel are psychologically fit to carry live weapons and to identify behavioural tendencies that may require psycho-social interventions. 


b. Personnel of the agencies dutifully observes Rules of Engagement in the discharge of their functions/duties around and within the civilian populace. 


c. While acknowledging the various initiatives introduced by the Federal Government to: 


*strengthen police accountability through the Police Service Commission,

*sustain improved funding and budgetary allocation to the Nigeria Police Force and other securities agencies,

*and the lifting of the ban on recruitment of police officers, 


Council urged the Federal Government to give priority to the general welfare of police officers and personnel of other security agencies. 


In particular, it advocated the review of pension and gratuity of retired police officers and attainment of parity of remuneration by police officers with sister security agencies. 


d. Undertake a comprehensive assessment of all police stations across the country with a view to ensuring that they are fit for purpose. 


e. Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies should deploy cutting-edge technology in the fight against crimes. 


f. Nigeria Police Force to, in line with the mandatory training provisions of the Police Act 2020, prioritize training of Police Officers on procedures for the entrenchment of Human Rights Provisions guaranteed by the Constitution and on the professional handling of weapons. 


g. All those detained by the Police as a result of the EndSars protests are expeditiously processed with due regard to the principles of fair hearing. 


h. The system established within the Nigeria Police Force for receipt and handling of complaints or petitions is strengthened, and all police officers on duty should be in police-approved uniform with their full names and force numbers boldly written for easy identification. 


i. The States should, as resolved by NEC: 


i)Properly utilize and support the community policing programme of the Federal Government, with active collaborative efforts and participation of traditional rulers, elders, youths, vigilante groups, etc.; 


ii)Establish standing committees under States Ministries of Justice to address human rights violations on a continuous basis; and 


iii)Take measures aimed at flushing out miscreants squatting in uncompleted buildings, and other blackout spots that serve as hideouts for criminals.


THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL ALSO ISSUED AN ADVISORY ON PUBLIC PROTESTS AT THIS TIME AS FOLLOWS: 


While appreciating the role of lawful peaceful protests in the advancement of public discourse under democratic governance, the National Economic Council (NEC) strongly advises those planning public protests across the country to mark the anniversary of the #EndSARS, to consider other lawful alternative means of engagement. 


This is because of the current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues. Council, therefore, urges the organizers to reconsider their plan. 


NEC would also like to point out the various actions already taken by Federal and State Governments to address the grievances that led to the 2020 protests, including: 


* the disbandment of SARS;

*broad police reforms;

*establishment of judicial panels of inquiries to investigate allegations of human rights violations by members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies;

* recommendations of which panels are already at various stages of implementation including the setup of Victims Compensation Funds from which several victims have received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels; 

*and prosecution of police personnel indicted by the panels. 


These are commendable actions that ought to be taken to a logical conclusion in a peaceful atmosphere. 


Organizers of the planned protests should explore the various channels of communication with governments at various levels to advance their positions and avert the breakdown of law and order that may result from such public protests. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OTHER ISSUES AT TODAY’S NEC MEETING 


A.

PRESENTATION ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (2021-2025) 


Council received a presentation and memo from the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning on the draft of a National Development Plan 2021-2025, which is a successor plan to the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020. 


Among other highlights, the presentation and memo were to acquaint Council with the need for linkage between Annual Budget and Plans. 


The plan also targets an average of 5% GDP growth, the creation of 21million jobs, and lifting 35million people out of poverty within the duration of the Plan. 


What is new in this plan? 


·   A mechanism to engage, empower and employ our teaming energetic youths 


·    Inclusiveness - Opportunities for young people, women, vulnerable people, etc., via mainstreaming. 


·        A financing plan to increase revenue to 15 percent of GDP by 2025 and to decrease the budget deficit 


Policy Action: 


·   Prioritization and implementation of critical and strategic infrastructure projects that will directly boost production and productivity 


·   Institutional reforms in public sector, law enforcement, judiciary, and secure property rights, including intellectual property. 


·  Measures to diversify revenue and increase tax to GDP ratio by improving tax administration, including the informal sector, and widening the tax base.


B.

PRESENTATION ON THE GRAZING RESERVE AUDIT COMMITTEE & SYNERGY WITH THE NLTP


NEC received a presentation from the Governor of Kebbi on behalf of the Grazing Reserve Audit Committee. The summary of the presentation was to brief NEC on the essence of the audit which is to document available land in order to aid the implementation of the 10year National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by NEC in 2019. The presentation clarified that the audit committee is not mandated to recover grazing reserves. 


C.

PRESENTATION ON THE PROGRESS REPORT OF THE NEC AD-HOC COMMITTEE INTERFACING WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE (PTF) ON COVID-19 TO EASE THE LOCKDOWN OF THE ECONOMY


·     Council received a progress report from the Chairman of the Committee, Delta State Governor on the above. 


The Federal Ministry of Health is establishing oxygen plants across the 36 States in the country, but currently, 6 States have been provided with oxygen cylinders so far. 


·        The FG has paid for 40 million doses of Covid -19 vaccines coming in batches and therefore a considerable amount of the vaccines will come into the country between now and January 2022 


·      Nigeria is now classified among the 50 countries in the green zones

D.

STATE PERFORMANCE REPORT ON COVID -19 BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL 

 

Council was informed as follows:

No of Cases                                =208,404 


No of Cases tested                   =3,142,971 


Active Cases                              =9,520, 


Discharged Cases                     =196,123 


Number of Deaths                     = 2,76


·        Council was also informed on the global situation of Covid-19: over 237million confirmed cases and over 4.8million deaths due to Covid -19. There are now over 6.3billion vaccine doses administered 


·        Nigeria is still in the first wave of vaccination and vaccination tools will improve as the country receives additional vaccines 


·        Covid-19 cases have declined by 7.5% over the last week



·        States are urged to continue to push testing activities in other to detect new cases before the situation worsens 


·       An update on travel restrictions on certain countries expected to be announced soon by the FG. 


Council was also updated on the situation regarding the Cholera outbreak 


Current Cholera situation in the country; 


Suspected No of Cases            =88,704 


No. of States                              = 31t FCT 


Number of Deaths                   = 3,208 


·        Multi-sectoral emergency operation centers activated at level 2 continues to coordinate the national response. 


Challenges 


·        Difficulty in accessing some communities due to insecurity 


·        Open defecation 


·        Lack of portable drinking water 


·        Lack of basic health primary health care infrastructure 


·        Inadequate health facility and cholera commodities for case management.


Resolution 


·        Council commended the insightful presentations and congratulated the outgoing DG NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu on his new appointment at the W.H.O and also welcomed the incoming DG, Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa.


E.

FINANCIAL UPDATES 


The Honorable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning gave Council an update on the under listed accounts as follows: 


1.       EXCESS CRUDE ACCOUNT (ECA) 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER 2021 STANDS AT $60, 857,773.43


2.      STABILIZATION ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N 25,009,892,511.55 



3.      DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ACCOUNT 


BALANCE AS AT 13TH OCTOBER, 2021 STANDS AT N56,144,024,000.71


𝗟𝗮𝗼𝗹𝘂 𝗔𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲,

𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂 & 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚,

𝑶𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑽𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕. 

15th October, 2021

#[email protected]: Unity of Nigeria is negotiable in the faces of disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of highest order - AAC

#[email protected]: Unity of Nigeria is negotiable in the faces of disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of highest order - AAC

 BEING THE PRESS TEXT OF THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS, IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 61ST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, ON OCTOBER 4, 2021 AT 13A, ISAAC JOHN STREET, IKEJA LAGOS


Good day ladies and gentlemen of the Press. 

It is our pleasure at the African Action Congress (AAC) to welcome you to this auspicious Press conference that is being organized to espouse some of the issues bedevilling our country, Nigeria, to assess the state of the country, the socio-political conditions of the mass of our people, to criticize as necessary and to proffer solutions as a fore-sighted political party armed with revolutionary ideas.


We are gathered here today, not as accidents of history but as conscious elements positioned by past and current realities that are due to the ubiquitous failure of government, which has led the Nigerian state to a total collapse. 

But as nature abhors vacuum, the burden to right the wrongs in our socio-political and economic sphere have rested on us. This burden, we have carried with pride for the last 3 years as a political party.







There are no milder words to put the state of the nation, other than disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of the highest order and backwardness. Since flag independence in 1960, the everyday Nigerian whose interests we protect and aspirations we push, at the African Action Congress have been shut out of governance. Despite the 22 years of uninterrupted civil rule, the average Nigerian cannot boast of any dividends of the much-touted democracy. He has been left to cater for himself in all forms of human survival. Recent of all the darts thrown at him, is the sermon that he should find a way to defend himself against violent attacks by different types of terrorists the government has found comfortable names for- ‘’bandits’’, ‘’killer herdsmen’’ and ‘’unknown gunmen’’.

To score the Buhari regime on its failure to fulfil any of its promises to the mass of our people would be a waste of productive time. We shall require another measurement scale for it. In 2015 and again in 2019, the APC campaigned on three pillars – security, anti-corruption, and economy; the Buhari regime has failed woefully on all three.


SECURITY


Insecurity has been “democratized” and become so pervasive that there is no greater testimony of the large-scale insecurity in the land than the robbery of the Chief of Staff to the President within the Aso Villa presidential precincts and the recent invasion, killing of two officers and abduction of another officer inside the nation’s premier military training institution, the Nigerian Defence Academy. The Buhari regime is a god with clay feet which is incapable of protecting itself and its officials from the insecurity it has wrought on the nation. If it is so incompetent in protecting its high-ranking officials, how can it protect the ordinary citizens? Can one give what he doesn’t have!

It is so unfortunate that there has not been any progressive realization of the safe and conducive space for all. Rather, Nigeria has retrogressed under the Buhari regime and it is now the 3rd most terrorized country in the world.


Placing the Nigerian space on a map today, the Buhari regime cannot boast of 10 percent where it has total control of and can assert sovereignty. We now have a horrible situation whereby terrorists now do humanitarian works like international NGOs, impose taxes on citizens and even declare a Governor for the people.  


ANTI-CORRUPTION


The Buhari regime came in 2015 huffing and puffing about fighting corruption and mouthing slogans such as “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”. Rather than kill corruption, it has pampered the corrupt. The regime continues to deodorize its officials engaged in corruption and abuse of office. The APC membership card is now effectively a “get-out-of-jail-card” for corrupt officials. People standing trial for corruption, simply move into the party and their sins are forgiven as stated by its former chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. There is no better example of this than the current Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva who had all his property earlier seized via court order, some of which he deposed in an affidavit were not his, returned to him by the EFCC when he became the arrowhead of the party’s rigging machine in Bayelsa state. The regime has bungled every corruption case instituted and has failed to achieve a conviction in the rash of corruption trials it instituted on coming to power in 2015.


ECONOMY


There is no sector where the regime’s abysmal failure and incompetence is most glaring than the economy. To pose the question which the current Minister of Works posed to the other pair of the two left legs we call “major” political parties in Nigeria, the PDP during the 2015 elections “are your lives better today than they were 5 year ago?” the resounding answer is a loud NO!

Unlike Midas, everything Buhari and his regime touches simply turns to dust. The first economic recession Nigeria witnessed was in 1984 during his short-lived brutal regime. In his second coming to power, Nigeria has suffered two other economic recessions, one in 2016 and another in 2020. He has the uncanny ability to turn success to failure and prosperity to poverty.


The economy under Buhari has been characterized by widespread poverty, galloping inflation and unsustainable debt overhang.


In 2020, an additional seven million Nigerians were plunged into what the World Bank described as multi-dimensional poverty by the Buhari regime bringing the number of Nigerians who wallow in multidimensional poverty to 98 million people or almost 50% of our total population. The multidimensional poverty index measures not just poverty by income, but also by access to health, education and living conditions such as sanitation, portable water, electricity, and housing.


The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its figures show that 40% or 83 million Nigerians live in poverty in 2020. Even if we take the NBS figures, the number of Nigerians living in poverty exceed the total populations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius and Eswatini (Swaziland) put together.

The Buhari regime has made a song and dance about cash transfers to tackle poverty but what Nigerians need is not hand out to party cronies. What is required is an enabling environment and sound policy directives which allow Nigerians to unleash their creative abilities to create wealth. As the bible teaches, what we need are fishers not handing over fishes to us.

The extreme poverty in the country has been exacerbated by galloping inflation and chronic unemployment.

Inflation in Nigeria continues to rise at an alarming rate. As at Q2 2021, it stands at over 17% fueled by rising food prices and considering that about 50% of Nigerians’ disposable income is spent on food (compared to less than 10% in UK, US and Canada), this is a double whammy for Nigerians.  Insecurity has ensured that farmers in both the north and south cannot go to their farms due to threat of banditry, kidnapping or clashes with itinerant herders. The hare-brained policy of shutting land borders for over a year ostensibly to curb small arms trafficking only succeeded in pushing up prices of goods and encouraging smuggling and corruption at the borders. To make matters worse, the president came out to admit that the policy had not succeeded in curbing the inflow of arms as more arms had come in during the border closure than previously. All these coupled with the free fall of the naira due to a monetary policy based on cronyism and patronage has brought untold hardship on Nigerians. How does one define incompetence if not this!

In Q2, 2015 when the Buhari regime came into power, unemployment was less than 10%, by the end of 2020, Buhari had worsened it to over 33% and rising. Youth unemployment is about 50% thus providing a ready army for terrorists and other criminal enterprises.

In our 2019 campaign policy document, we proposed an ambitious programme to boost disposable income, engage the youths in productive activities and embark on massive public works to ameliorate our infrastructure deficit as well as provide employment. Some said our plan to raise the minimum wage to N100,000.00 will cause inflation; now with a paltry N30,000.00 minimum wage we still have rising inflation occasioned by Buhari’s incompetence.


Nowhere is Buhari’s mismanagement of the economy more obvious and disturbing than in the unsustainable debt into which he continues to plunge the country. The regime met a debt profile of $10.72 billion in 2015 and has ballooned this $33.35 billion! Today, 97% of our revenue is used to service debt (that is, pay interest), no nation develops this way.


DEMOCRATIC SPACE and HUMAN RIGHTS


It is the position of the African Action Congress that the democratic space in the last 22 years and most especially under the Buhari Regime has suffered major setbacks and the civic platforms that should breathe life to people’s participation in governance have continue to shrink. To mention a few is the deregistration of political parties that, according the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), failed to meet the conditions to remain registered. Despite a previous court order to the contrary, the INEC continue in its undemocratic defiance to people’s participation.

We maintain that this is inimical to what the likes of the Late Gani Fawehinmi fought for, i.e- the multi-party system. Nigerians will not succumb to the binary choice pressure from the two sides of an evil coin- APC and PDP. Political parties and the participation in them must be based on ideology and they must not be reduced to ‘’special purpose vehicles’’ for ‘’winning’’ elections.

Furthermore, as glaring as an albino in daylight are the abuse of power, gross attacks on human rights, viz a viz, rights to freedom of expression, of association, to hold thoughts, beliefs and conscience, flagrant disobedience to court orders, laced with irritating impunity.

The human rights record of the Buhari regime is such that should worry any rational human being. If anything, the regime has always topped rankings when it concerns poor performance of institutions that should protect rights of citizens. The Police is atop in this aspect.


There is no gainsaying that the unpopular regime is afraid of any gathering of the people. From trying to attack social media, to the ban of Twitter, the draconian broadcasting codes, asking Civil Society organizations and NGOs to pay tax, the regime keeps sinking the country and it is preventing any engagement whatsoever and wherever that is geared towards saving what’s left of the country. But for the conscious efforts, laced with sweat and blood of the young people of this country sometime in October 2020, during the global protests tagged #EndSARS, we may by now be queuing at Aso Villa to receive permits to sneeze. 


NATIONAL QUESTION


One of the biggest debates today in the country is the question of nationhood, whether to break into bits, maintain the status quo, however unfortunate or to restructure.

We maintain that these agitations, especially from the rank and file have more economic inclinations than political. We are clear on the fact that asides the nepotistic stature of President Buhari, what have continued to fuel the agitation for secession from different quarters are crippling poverty, economic backwardness, perennial social turmoil in the midst of vast human and material resources. Anyone who is not analyzing this issue within these contexts would be doing a half work.


The common man would not mind the height, stature, religion, body language or mother tongue of the occupier (intended meaning) of Aso Villa, if there was fair access to the dividends of our commonwealth- quality and affordable education, proper healthcare, good infrastructure, a thriving business environment and adequate security in all forms. If the Yoruba farmer could go to farm and be assured of the safety of himself and the works of his hands, the Igbo trader to his business with the assurance of prosperity and the Hausa with other ethnic nationalities within the space could be afforded a thriving and safe environment that welcomes development, no one would admire the call for the break-up of such union. What is unfortunate is that the reverse is the case as of today. And rather than address the underlying issues, the unpopular Buhari regime has resorted to violent harassment of the protesters who are exercising, of all rights, their rights to freedom of expression.  


Our position in the African Action Congress is that self-determination is a right. Even the Christian Bible posits that ‘’Can two walk together except they agree?’’, let alone 200 tribes. The people in the Nigerian space must come together to discuss how they want to live and be governed. The AAC believes that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable and must be negotiated within the ambits of the law that affords equity, fairness and social justice. We are of the belief that you do not command peace into the air by some declaration in Abuja. Where there is no justice, peace is definitely going to be missing.


THE WAY FORWARD AS A PEOPLE


The AAC posits that its manifesto forms the instrument with which it shall mobilize all Nigerians in the struggle for political power towards peace and prosperity. The Manifesto code-named SPICERHEAT is detailed on the way out of this quagmire we have found ourselves as a people.


However, we are making the following immediate demands. 

- Immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners- Omoyele Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho), and all #EndSARS protesters who are still unjustly languishing in detention centres across the country. We hope the regime will toe the path of civility, reason and logic to release these persons before the 20th of October, 2021 which marks the anniversary of the killing of peaceful protesters which is now known as the Lekki Massacre.


- An immediate stop to the executive harassment of striking doctors. Their demands should rather be met.


- Immediate halt to borrowing, until a serious and independent audit of the earlier received loans is done.


- The trashing of the accidented Electoral Act 2021 (amended) that gives allowance for fraud and hijack of the electoral space by money-bags. For an Act that allows full electronic transmission of results. 


- That President Muhammadu Buhari should resign with immediate effect as he has shown gross incompetence and cluelessness as it concerns piloting the affairs of the country. For the creation of an interim national government to midwife a brand new constitution that will usher in credible elections. 


Also, a call for a national conference of Nigerians drawn from all ethnic nationalities, religious and cultural orientations, gender classifications and age differentiation, towards establishing a progressive, socially just, economically equitable, and ecologically sustainable society, is imminent at this time. We shall continue to be part of such discussions and shall provide leadership at all times.


We call on members of the public, home and abroad to join the African Action Congressonly ideologically clear formidable opposition party in the country.


Thank you.

Solidarity.


Signed:


Femi Adeyeye

National Publicity Secretary

 BEING THE PRESS TEXT OF THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS, IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 61ST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, ON OCTOBER 4, 2021 AT 13A, ISAAC JOHN STREET, IKEJA LAGOS


Good day ladies and gentlemen of the Press. 

It is our pleasure at the African Action Congress (AAC) to welcome you to this auspicious Press conference that is being organized to espouse some of the issues bedevilling our country, Nigeria, to assess the state of the country, the socio-political conditions of the mass of our people, to criticize as necessary and to proffer solutions as a fore-sighted political party armed with revolutionary ideas.


We are gathered here today, not as accidents of history but as conscious elements positioned by past and current realities that are due to the ubiquitous failure of government, which has led the Nigerian state to a total collapse. 

But as nature abhors vacuum, the burden to right the wrongs in our socio-political and economic sphere have rested on us. This burden, we have carried with pride for the last 3 years as a political party.







There are no milder words to put the state of the nation, other than disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of the highest order and backwardness. Since flag independence in 1960, the everyday Nigerian whose interests we protect and aspirations we push, at the African Action Congress have been shut out of governance. Despite the 22 years of uninterrupted civil rule, the average Nigerian cannot boast of any dividends of the much-touted democracy. He has been left to cater for himself in all forms of human survival. Recent of all the darts thrown at him, is the sermon that he should find a way to defend himself against violent attacks by different types of terrorists the government has found comfortable names for- ‘’bandits’’, ‘’killer herdsmen’’ and ‘’unknown gunmen’’.

To score the Buhari regime on its failure to fulfil any of its promises to the mass of our people would be a waste of productive time. We shall require another measurement scale for it. In 2015 and again in 2019, the APC campaigned on three pillars – security, anti-corruption, and economy; the Buhari regime has failed woefully on all three.


SECURITY


Insecurity has been “democratized” and become so pervasive that there is no greater testimony of the large-scale insecurity in the land than the robbery of the Chief of Staff to the President within the Aso Villa presidential precincts and the recent invasion, killing of two officers and abduction of another officer inside the nation’s premier military training institution, the Nigerian Defence Academy. The Buhari regime is a god with clay feet which is incapable of protecting itself and its officials from the insecurity it has wrought on the nation. If it is so incompetent in protecting its high-ranking officials, how can it protect the ordinary citizens? Can one give what he doesn’t have!

It is so unfortunate that there has not been any progressive realization of the safe and conducive space for all. Rather, Nigeria has retrogressed under the Buhari regime and it is now the 3rd most terrorized country in the world.


Placing the Nigerian space on a map today, the Buhari regime cannot boast of 10 percent where it has total control of and can assert sovereignty. We now have a horrible situation whereby terrorists now do humanitarian works like international NGOs, impose taxes on citizens and even declare a Governor for the people.  


ANTI-CORRUPTION


The Buhari regime came in 2015 huffing and puffing about fighting corruption and mouthing slogans such as “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”. Rather than kill corruption, it has pampered the corrupt. The regime continues to deodorize its officials engaged in corruption and abuse of office. The APC membership card is now effectively a “get-out-of-jail-card” for corrupt officials. People standing trial for corruption, simply move into the party and their sins are forgiven as stated by its former chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. There is no better example of this than the current Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva who had all his property earlier seized via court order, some of which he deposed in an affidavit were not his, returned to him by the EFCC when he became the arrowhead of the party’s rigging machine in Bayelsa state. The regime has bungled every corruption case instituted and has failed to achieve a conviction in the rash of corruption trials it instituted on coming to power in 2015.


ECONOMY


There is no sector where the regime’s abysmal failure and incompetence is most glaring than the economy. To pose the question which the current Minister of Works posed to the other pair of the two left legs we call “major” political parties in Nigeria, the PDP during the 2015 elections “are your lives better today than they were 5 year ago?” the resounding answer is a loud NO!

Unlike Midas, everything Buhari and his regime touches simply turns to dust. The first economic recession Nigeria witnessed was in 1984 during his short-lived brutal regime. In his second coming to power, Nigeria has suffered two other economic recessions, one in 2016 and another in 2020. He has the uncanny ability to turn success to failure and prosperity to poverty.


The economy under Buhari has been characterized by widespread poverty, galloping inflation and unsustainable debt overhang.


In 2020, an additional seven million Nigerians were plunged into what the World Bank described as multi-dimensional poverty by the Buhari regime bringing the number of Nigerians who wallow in multidimensional poverty to 98 million people or almost 50% of our total population. The multidimensional poverty index measures not just poverty by income, but also by access to health, education and living conditions such as sanitation, portable water, electricity, and housing.


The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its figures show that 40% or 83 million Nigerians live in poverty in 2020. Even if we take the NBS figures, the number of Nigerians living in poverty exceed the total populations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius and Eswatini (Swaziland) put together.

The Buhari regime has made a song and dance about cash transfers to tackle poverty but what Nigerians need is not hand out to party cronies. What is required is an enabling environment and sound policy directives which allow Nigerians to unleash their creative abilities to create wealth. As the bible teaches, what we need are fishers not handing over fishes to us.

The extreme poverty in the country has been exacerbated by galloping inflation and chronic unemployment.

Inflation in Nigeria continues to rise at an alarming rate. As at Q2 2021, it stands at over 17% fueled by rising food prices and considering that about 50% of Nigerians’ disposable income is spent on food (compared to less than 10% in UK, US and Canada), this is a double whammy for Nigerians.  Insecurity has ensured that farmers in both the north and south cannot go to their farms due to threat of banditry, kidnapping or clashes with itinerant herders. The hare-brained policy of shutting land borders for over a year ostensibly to curb small arms trafficking only succeeded in pushing up prices of goods and encouraging smuggling and corruption at the borders. To make matters worse, the president came out to admit that the policy had not succeeded in curbing the inflow of arms as more arms had come in during the border closure than previously. All these coupled with the free fall of the naira due to a monetary policy based on cronyism and patronage has brought untold hardship on Nigerians. How does one define incompetence if not this!

In Q2, 2015 when the Buhari regime came into power, unemployment was less than 10%, by the end of 2020, Buhari had worsened it to over 33% and rising. Youth unemployment is about 50% thus providing a ready army for terrorists and other criminal enterprises.

In our 2019 campaign policy document, we proposed an ambitious programme to boost disposable income, engage the youths in productive activities and embark on massive public works to ameliorate our infrastructure deficit as well as provide employment. Some said our plan to raise the minimum wage to N100,000.00 will cause inflation; now with a paltry N30,000.00 minimum wage we still have rising inflation occasioned by Buhari’s incompetence.


Nowhere is Buhari’s mismanagement of the economy more obvious and disturbing than in the unsustainable debt into which he continues to plunge the country. The regime met a debt profile of $10.72 billion in 2015 and has ballooned this $33.35 billion! Today, 97% of our revenue is used to service debt (that is, pay interest), no nation develops this way.


DEMOCRATIC SPACE and HUMAN RIGHTS


It is the position of the African Action Congress that the democratic space in the last 22 years and most especially under the Buhari Regime has suffered major setbacks and the civic platforms that should breathe life to people’s participation in governance have continue to shrink. To mention a few is the deregistration of political parties that, according the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), failed to meet the conditions to remain registered. Despite a previous court order to the contrary, the INEC continue in its undemocratic defiance to people’s participation.

We maintain that this is inimical to what the likes of the Late Gani Fawehinmi fought for, i.e- the multi-party system. Nigerians will not succumb to the binary choice pressure from the two sides of an evil coin- APC and PDP. Political parties and the participation in them must be based on ideology and they must not be reduced to ‘’special purpose vehicles’’ for ‘’winning’’ elections.

Furthermore, as glaring as an albino in daylight are the abuse of power, gross attacks on human rights, viz a viz, rights to freedom of expression, of association, to hold thoughts, beliefs and conscience, flagrant disobedience to court orders, laced with irritating impunity.

The human rights record of the Buhari regime is such that should worry any rational human being. If anything, the regime has always topped rankings when it concerns poor performance of institutions that should protect rights of citizens. The Police is atop in this aspect.


There is no gainsaying that the unpopular regime is afraid of any gathering of the people. From trying to attack social media, to the ban of Twitter, the draconian broadcasting codes, asking Civil Society organizations and NGOs to pay tax, the regime keeps sinking the country and it is preventing any engagement whatsoever and wherever that is geared towards saving what’s left of the country. But for the conscious efforts, laced with sweat and blood of the young people of this country sometime in October 2020, during the global protests tagged #EndSARS, we may by now be queuing at Aso Villa to receive permits to sneeze. 


NATIONAL QUESTION


One of the biggest debates today in the country is the question of nationhood, whether to break into bits, maintain the status quo, however unfortunate or to restructure.

We maintain that these agitations, especially from the rank and file have more economic inclinations than political. We are clear on the fact that asides the nepotistic stature of President Buhari, what have continued to fuel the agitation for secession from different quarters are crippling poverty, economic backwardness, perennial social turmoil in the midst of vast human and material resources. Anyone who is not analyzing this issue within these contexts would be doing a half work.


The common man would not mind the height, stature, religion, body language or mother tongue of the occupier (intended meaning) of Aso Villa, if there was fair access to the dividends of our commonwealth- quality and affordable education, proper healthcare, good infrastructure, a thriving business environment and adequate security in all forms. If the Yoruba farmer could go to farm and be assured of the safety of himself and the works of his hands, the Igbo trader to his business with the assurance of prosperity and the Hausa with other ethnic nationalities within the space could be afforded a thriving and safe environment that welcomes development, no one would admire the call for the break-up of such union. What is unfortunate is that the reverse is the case as of today. And rather than address the underlying issues, the unpopular Buhari regime has resorted to violent harassment of the protesters who are exercising, of all rights, their rights to freedom of expression.  


Our position in the African Action Congress is that self-determination is a right. Even the Christian Bible posits that ‘’Can two walk together except they agree?’’, let alone 200 tribes. The people in the Nigerian space must come together to discuss how they want to live and be governed. The AAC believes that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable and must be negotiated within the ambits of the law that affords equity, fairness and social justice. We are of the belief that you do not command peace into the air by some declaration in Abuja. Where there is no justice, peace is definitely going to be missing.


THE WAY FORWARD AS A PEOPLE


The AAC posits that its manifesto forms the instrument with which it shall mobilize all Nigerians in the struggle for political power towards peace and prosperity. The Manifesto code-named SPICERHEAT is detailed on the way out of this quagmire we have found ourselves as a people.


However, we are making the following immediate demands. 

- Immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners- Omoyele Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho), and all #EndSARS protesters who are still unjustly languishing in detention centres across the country. We hope the regime will toe the path of civility, reason and logic to release these persons before the 20th of October, 2021 which marks the anniversary of the killing of peaceful protesters which is now known as the Lekki Massacre.


- An immediate stop to the executive harassment of striking doctors. Their demands should rather be met.


- Immediate halt to borrowing, until a serious and independent audit of the earlier received loans is done.


- The trashing of the accidented Electoral Act 2021 (amended) that gives allowance for fraud and hijack of the electoral space by money-bags. For an Act that allows full electronic transmission of results. 


- That President Muhammadu Buhari should resign with immediate effect as he has shown gross incompetence and cluelessness as it concerns piloting the affairs of the country. For the creation of an interim national government to midwife a brand new constitution that will usher in credible elections. 


Also, a call for a national conference of Nigerians drawn from all ethnic nationalities, religious and cultural orientations, gender classifications and age differentiation, towards establishing a progressive, socially just, economically equitable, and ecologically sustainable society, is imminent at this time. We shall continue to be part of such discussions and shall provide leadership at all times.


We call on members of the public, home and abroad to join the African Action Congressonly ideologically clear formidable opposition party in the country.


Thank you.

Solidarity.


Signed:


Femi Adeyeye

National Publicity Secretary

Insecurity: Nigeria's Army Chief Flags Off Army Exercise to Tackle Criminality

Insecurity: Nigeria's Army Chief Flags Off Army Exercise to Tackle Criminality






Nigeria has been a country immersed in insurgency and Insecurities posted by Boko Haram, ISWAP, Fulani Herdsmen, banditry, kidnapping for Ransoms among all shorts of criminalities bedeviling the so called the most populous Black Nation on earth and the giant of Africa.


The Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021 to further combat the Insecurities.


According to a statement signed by Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



Read the Full. Statement: 

 COAS FLAGS OFF ARMY EXERCISES TO CURB INSECURITY


... Calls For Synergy among stakeholders


In a concerted and relentless effort to support civil authorities in tackling diverse security challenges bedeviling the country, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021.The flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



In his remark during the ceremony, Lt Gen Yahaya identified the exercises as Exercise STILL WATER, ENDURING PEACE and Exercise GOLDEN DAWN, which he pointed out, will be conducted simultaneously in South South, South East, South West and North Central Nigeria respectively. These exercises, he added would seek to confront the multifaceted and contemporary security challenges prevalent in different parts of the country. He noted that the exercises aim to restore law and order in the affected regions, as well as create enabling environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.


The COAS further charged officers and soldiers to remain professional, steadfast and diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities in consonance with the objectives of the exercises. He urged the troops to ensure respect and protection of the Fundamental Human Rights of the populace in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as they discharge their responsibilities. He however enjoined the citizenry to be law abiding and cooperate with security agencies in order to restore of law and order in the country. He stated that the exercises, which would later metamorphose into real operations would witness collaboration with other security agencies in exchange of ideas and sharing of intelligence.



“It will be conducted in collaboration with sister security agencies, including the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, Air Force, Immigration, NDLEA, NSCDC, FRSC, Federal Fire Service, as well as other stakeholders who will provide necessary support for the exercise,” he added.


Speaking also during the flag off, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, in a welcome address, assured the COAS of the readiness of the Division in conjunction with sister security agencies to combat all security threats and crimes within the region to ensure law and order. He warned all criminal elements to desist from their attrocious activities or face the wrath of the law.









In furtherance of the fulfilment of his pledge to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors ( RSMs) of the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff presented a Toyota Hilux vehicle to the 82 Division RSM. "This empowerment scheme", he noted, "will enable the RSMs to effectively carry out their duties as custodians of traditions and regimentation of the NA".

The flag off was witnessed by Commanders, heads and representatives of sister security agencies domiciled in Enugu state.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

4 Oct 21






Nigeria has been a country immersed in insurgency and Insecurities posted by Boko Haram, ISWAP, Fulani Herdsmen, banditry, kidnapping for Ransoms among all shorts of criminalities bedeviling the so called the most populous Black Nation on earth and the giant of Africa.


The Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021 to further combat the Insecurities.


According to a statement signed by Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



Read the Full. Statement: 

 COAS FLAGS OFF ARMY EXERCISES TO CURB INSECURITY


... Calls For Synergy among stakeholders


In a concerted and relentless effort to support civil authorities in tackling diverse security challenges bedeviling the country, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has flagged off three Nigerian Army Field Training Exercises in Emene, Enugu state, on Monday 4 October 2021.The flag off, symbolically activated the exercises in four geopolitical zones of the country.



In his remark during the ceremony, Lt Gen Yahaya identified the exercises as Exercise STILL WATER, ENDURING PEACE and Exercise GOLDEN DAWN, which he pointed out, will be conducted simultaneously in South South, South East, South West and North Central Nigeria respectively. These exercises, he added would seek to confront the multifaceted and contemporary security challenges prevalent in different parts of the country. He noted that the exercises aim to restore law and order in the affected regions, as well as create enabling environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.


The COAS further charged officers and soldiers to remain professional, steadfast and diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities in consonance with the objectives of the exercises. He urged the troops to ensure respect and protection of the Fundamental Human Rights of the populace in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as they discharge their responsibilities. He however enjoined the citizenry to be law abiding and cooperate with security agencies in order to restore of law and order in the country. He stated that the exercises, which would later metamorphose into real operations would witness collaboration with other security agencies in exchange of ideas and sharing of intelligence.



“It will be conducted in collaboration with sister security agencies, including the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, Air Force, Immigration, NDLEA, NSCDC, FRSC, Federal Fire Service, as well as other stakeholders who will provide necessary support for the exercise,” he added.


Speaking also during the flag off, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, in a welcome address, assured the COAS of the readiness of the Division in conjunction with sister security agencies to combat all security threats and crimes within the region to ensure law and order. He warned all criminal elements to desist from their attrocious activities or face the wrath of the law.









In furtherance of the fulfilment of his pledge to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors ( RSMs) of the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff presented a Toyota Hilux vehicle to the 82 Division RSM. "This empowerment scheme", he noted, "will enable the RSMs to effectively carry out their duties as custodians of traditions and regimentation of the NA".

The flag off was witnessed by Commanders, heads and representatives of sister security agencies domiciled in Enugu state.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

4 Oct 21

Chike Akunyili: Blood Keeps Flowing

Chike Akunyili: Blood Keeps Flowing















The nation is again struck with another mind-blowing, hair-splitting case of murder in the seemingly unending litany of criminality.

Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband of late Prof Dora Akunyili was killed in the most gruesome manner in the South-East, as we have learnt, in the early hours of Wednesday.

Akunyili, the wife, was an Amazon. Her era as the boss of the National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) remains unsurpassed years after her death.

This killing brings back sad memory of how Dora herself escaped by the whiskers on December 26, 2003 when gunmen struck at her when she visited home town, Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

I do no know what fate has befallen two main suspects, Olisa Igbokwe and Christopher Mba, who were arrested as masterminds of the attempt on Dora’s life.

My Yoruba people say “Iku to ba si ni ni fila, ki a ma dupe” (the death that misses our head by simply removing our cap deserves our endless thanksgiving).

Dora’s husband was not so lucky in the early hours of today. He has been sent to his maker untimely and the rest of us are left to sulk as usual in our endless groping with the evils that have surrounded us.

But what could have been his crime? May be we will find out later. And may be, we will not. Nigeria may be one country perhaps with the highest number of unresolved murders in the world. Till date, the death of Chief James Ajibola Ige, a serving Minister of Justice, remains shrouded in misery even if “the killers are in our midst” in Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s voice. 

Those who plot killings end up in our national democratic institutions and hold fine political positions and even pontificate about law and order, security and economy. They are targets for awards and honours here and there. Those widowed, orphaned and deprived as impacts of their nefarious acts are left in the lurch by the system. It’s a bad circle of evil.

Once again, Nigeria’s rising insecurity is exposed as we all strive to grapple with the implications of the fears that pervade the sky and the tragedy that hangs perilously in the air.

Chike is gone and the police will vow to find the killers. The Governor of his state will pay condolence visits and assure the family of support. Mr. President will mourn and direct the security agencies to find the killers. At his funeral, the clerics will charge the government to end insecurity. But the promises and fire-spitting will

fizzle out with every passing day after the burial.

And life goes on. Rest on, Dr. Chike Akunyili, another victim of the needless deaths that have become part of our national existence.















The nation is again struck with another mind-blowing, hair-splitting case of murder in the seemingly unending litany of criminality.

Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband of late Prof Dora Akunyili was killed in the most gruesome manner in the South-East, as we have learnt, in the early hours of Wednesday.

Akunyili, the wife, was an Amazon. Her era as the boss of the National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) remains unsurpassed years after her death.

This killing brings back sad memory of how Dora herself escaped by the whiskers on December 26, 2003 when gunmen struck at her when she visited home town, Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

I do no know what fate has befallen two main suspects, Olisa Igbokwe and Christopher Mba, who were arrested as masterminds of the attempt on Dora’s life.

My Yoruba people say “Iku to ba si ni ni fila, ki a ma dupe” (the death that misses our head by simply removing our cap deserves our endless thanksgiving).

Dora’s husband was not so lucky in the early hours of today. He has been sent to his maker untimely and the rest of us are left to sulk as usual in our endless groping with the evils that have surrounded us.

But what could have been his crime? May be we will find out later. And may be, we will not. Nigeria may be one country perhaps with the highest number of unresolved murders in the world. Till date, the death of Chief James Ajibola Ige, a serving Minister of Justice, remains shrouded in misery even if “the killers are in our midst” in Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s voice. 

Those who plot killings end up in our national democratic institutions and hold fine political positions and even pontificate about law and order, security and economy. They are targets for awards and honours here and there. Those widowed, orphaned and deprived as impacts of their nefarious acts are left in the lurch by the system. It’s a bad circle of evil.

Once again, Nigeria’s rising insecurity is exposed as we all strive to grapple with the implications of the fears that pervade the sky and the tragedy that hangs perilously in the air.

Chike is gone and the police will vow to find the killers. The Governor of his state will pay condolence visits and assure the family of support. Mr. President will mourn and direct the security agencies to find the killers. At his funeral, the clerics will charge the government to end insecurity. But the promises and fire-spitting will

fizzle out with every passing day after the burial.

And life goes on. Rest on, Dr. Chike Akunyili, another victim of the needless deaths that have become part of our national existence.

VIDEO: Buhari Regime killed at least 6 Shiite members in Abuja

VIDEO: Buhari Regime killed at least 6 Shiite members in Abuja

 


The murderous Muhammadu Buhari regime today opened fire on peace loving  Shiites as they engaged in an annual trek in Abuja,  security agents from the Nigeria Police Force  and HQ Nigerian Army reportedly killed six of them in cold blood. These murderous agencies waste lives of Nigerians daily at the slightest opportunity and this can no longer continue. Buhari must be stopped at all cost!

#RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo #October1stProtest

 


The murderous Muhammadu Buhari regime today opened fire on peace loving  Shiites as they engaged in an annual trek in Abuja,  security agents from the Nigeria Police Force  and HQ Nigerian Army reportedly killed six of them in cold blood. These murderous agencies waste lives of Nigerians daily at the slightest opportunity and this can no longer continue. Buhari must be stopped at all cost!

#RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo #October1stProtest

NIGERIA: RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND CHIEFS

NIGERIA: RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND CHIEFS

 RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND 

CHIEFS HELD ON MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2021


The Northern States Governors’ Forum, in its continuous efforts to address the challenges bedeviling the Northern States convened an Emergency Meeting today Monday 27th September, 2021 at the Council Chamber Sir, Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.  The meeting was also attended by Chairmen of Northern States Traditional Council led by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto.



2. The Forum discussed issues of Peace, Progress, Development and well-being of the Northern States.  The Forum took stock of progress made in handling challenges of Banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and insurgency.


After extensive deliberations, the following resolutions were arrived at:-

1. The Forum reviewed security updates from the Region and observed the need for a sustained synergy and coordinated efforts between the Federal and Northern States Governments while noting success of recent measures.  The meeting also noted with concern the constraint of the security services and urged the Armed Forces to embark on simultaneous operations and resolved to share the plans of the Frontline States come up with common with other Region; and assured of its readiness to work in synergy with the Federal Government of Nigeria in finding lasting solution to the current security challenges. 






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2. The Forum appreciated the ongoing onslaught against banditry, kidnapping and Boko Haram especially in the North East and parts of North West and North Central States and encouraged the Armed forces and other security agencies to sustain the tempo to enable the security challenges be permanently addressed in the shortest time.


3. The Forum received updates on the Renewable / Solar Energy Project and NOTED that request for land for the project had been submitted and are being processed by the Northern States.  The Committee had commenced negotiations in a public private arrangement and sovereign guarantees to ensure bankability of the project by multilateral financial organizations.  The Forum called on States yet to process the request for allocation of land for the project to expedite action. 


4. The meeting received updates on activities of some Committees constituted by the Northern States Governors’ Forum and NOTED that recommendations contained therein are being considered with a view to coming up with implementation strategies.


5. The Forum observed that some Northern States Governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three Geo-Political Zone in the South with a view to promoting unity and peace in the Nation.  Notwithstanding their comments, the Forum unanimously condemn the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the Presidency must go to the South. The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended that the elected President shall:-







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score the majority votes;


score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 States of the Federation.


In the case of run-up simple majority win the election.


6. The Northern State Governors Forum considered the on-going National debate on the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). As responsible leaders while we are constraint by the fact that the matter is sub judice we however for the purposes of educating the public make the following observations: 

(a) the judgement of the Federal high Court calls to question the constitutionality of VAT, withholding tax, education tax, Niger Delta Development Commission, National Information Technology Development Agency, 13% derivation, National Economic Development Council and many other currently levied and collected by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Federal Inlands Revenue Service.  


(b) Rivers and Lagos State Government had enacted their own VAT laws and the Southern Governors Forum have expressed support for this course of action;


(c) VAT is being confused by these State Government as a sales tax. If every State enacted its own VAT Law, multiple taxation will result in increases of prices of goods and services and collapsed in interstate trade. VAT is not a production tax like excise, but terminal tax which is paid by the ultimate consumer;








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(d) Another confusion is ignoring observation above and its “overall effect”.  The reason Lagos account for our 50% Vat collection is because most of the telecommunication companies, Banks, manufacturing and other trading activities have their headquarters in Lagos with the resultant and wrongful attribution of VAT


(e) Until and unless the Supreme Court pronounces judgement on the substantive matter between Rivers State and Federal Government, the matter is sub judice and Northern States Governors Forum would respect this. 


7. The Traditional Rulers Councils appreciated the efforts made so far by the NSGF in addressing the key areas of challenges facing the Northern States, they expressed their willingness, solidarity and collaboration with the Governors’ in addressing these challenges particularly the issue of security.  It was equally resolved that perpetrators of crimes should be dealt with irrespective of their status in the society. 


8. The Forum decried the high level of conspiracies being perpetrated by some Judicial Officers in releasing / granting bail to arrested criminals.  This attitude sabotages the fight against criminality, therefore, there the need to develop good and robust intelligence mechanism amongst States was identified as a panacea. 










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9. The Forum calls on Agencies to leave up to their responsibility, Traditional rulers are to equally mobilize their various communities in checkmating the ugly trend of criminality in their domains.


10. The Forum NOTED the ugly trend in the spread of drugs and consumption amongst the teeming youth and therefore, calls on all levels of Governments and communities to raise to the occasion by stemming the tide.


11. The Forum also call the Federal Government to expedite action on the well establish National Livestock Transformation Programme as a spring board in transiting from the open grazing system as widely practice in the North



His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong KSGG,

Chairman, Northern States Governors' Forum.

 RESOLUTIONS OF THE NORTHERN STATES GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATES EMIRS AND 

CHIEFS HELD ON MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2021


The Northern States Governors’ Forum, in its continuous efforts to address the challenges bedeviling the Northern States convened an Emergency Meeting today Monday 27th September, 2021 at the Council Chamber Sir, Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.  The meeting was also attended by Chairmen of Northern States Traditional Council led by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto.



2. The Forum discussed issues of Peace, Progress, Development and well-being of the Northern States.  The Forum took stock of progress made in handling challenges of Banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and insurgency.


After extensive deliberations, the following resolutions were arrived at:-

1. The Forum reviewed security updates from the Region and observed the need for a sustained synergy and coordinated efforts between the Federal and Northern States Governments while noting success of recent measures.  The meeting also noted with concern the constraint of the security services and urged the Armed Forces to embark on simultaneous operations and resolved to share the plans of the Frontline States come up with common with other Region; and assured of its readiness to work in synergy with the Federal Government of Nigeria in finding lasting solution to the current security challenges. 






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2. The Forum appreciated the ongoing onslaught against banditry, kidnapping and Boko Haram especially in the North East and parts of North West and North Central States and encouraged the Armed forces and other security agencies to sustain the tempo to enable the security challenges be permanently addressed in the shortest time.


3. The Forum received updates on the Renewable / Solar Energy Project and NOTED that request for land for the project had been submitted and are being processed by the Northern States.  The Committee had commenced negotiations in a public private arrangement and sovereign guarantees to ensure bankability of the project by multilateral financial organizations.  The Forum called on States yet to process the request for allocation of land for the project to expedite action. 


4. The meeting received updates on activities of some Committees constituted by the Northern States Governors’ Forum and NOTED that recommendations contained therein are being considered with a view to coming up with implementation strategies.


5. The Forum observed that some Northern States Governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three Geo-Political Zone in the South with a view to promoting unity and peace in the Nation.  Notwithstanding their comments, the Forum unanimously condemn the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the Presidency must go to the South. The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended that the elected President shall:-







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score the majority votes;


score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 States of the Federation.


In the case of run-up simple majority win the election.


6. The Northern State Governors Forum considered the on-going National debate on the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). As responsible leaders while we are constraint by the fact that the matter is sub judice we however for the purposes of educating the public make the following observations: 

(a) the judgement of the Federal high Court calls to question the constitutionality of VAT, withholding tax, education tax, Niger Delta Development Commission, National Information Technology Development Agency, 13% derivation, National Economic Development Council and many other currently levied and collected by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Federal Inlands Revenue Service.  


(b) Rivers and Lagos State Government had enacted their own VAT laws and the Southern Governors Forum have expressed support for this course of action;


(c) VAT is being confused by these State Government as a sales tax. If every State enacted its own VAT Law, multiple taxation will result in increases of prices of goods and services and collapsed in interstate trade. VAT is not a production tax like excise, but terminal tax which is paid by the ultimate consumer;








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(d) Another confusion is ignoring observation above and its “overall effect”.  The reason Lagos account for our 50% Vat collection is because most of the telecommunication companies, Banks, manufacturing and other trading activities have their headquarters in Lagos with the resultant and wrongful attribution of VAT


(e) Until and unless the Supreme Court pronounces judgement on the substantive matter between Rivers State and Federal Government, the matter is sub judice and Northern States Governors Forum would respect this. 


7. The Traditional Rulers Councils appreciated the efforts made so far by the NSGF in addressing the key areas of challenges facing the Northern States, they expressed their willingness, solidarity and collaboration with the Governors’ in addressing these challenges particularly the issue of security.  It was equally resolved that perpetrators of crimes should be dealt with irrespective of their status in the society. 


8. The Forum decried the high level of conspiracies being perpetrated by some Judicial Officers in releasing / granting bail to arrested criminals.  This attitude sabotages the fight against criminality, therefore, there the need to develop good and robust intelligence mechanism amongst States was identified as a panacea. 










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9. The Forum calls on Agencies to leave up to their responsibility, Traditional rulers are to equally mobilize their various communities in checkmating the ugly trend of criminality in their domains.


10. The Forum NOTED the ugly trend in the spread of drugs and consumption amongst the teeming youth and therefore, calls on all levels of Governments and communities to raise to the occasion by stemming the tide.


11. The Forum also call the Federal Government to expedite action on the well establish National Livestock Transformation Programme as a spring board in transiting from the open grazing system as widely practice in the North



His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong KSGG,

Chairman, Northern States Governors' Forum.

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