Atiku 2019: Emeka Kalu deserve serious accolades – Women Group

A sociopolitical women organization, 1 Million Women Organization (1MWO) has commended Chief Emeka Kalu who is the Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019 for his untiring efforts at mobilizing support for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who is run for presidency.

President of 1MWO, Madam Grace Mgbo while speaking with our correspondent in Umuahia stressed that no other mobilizer has done the kind of work Kalu has done in raising awareness of Abubakar’s ambition, especially in the South East region.

The president, who used her political instrument to garner support for Chief Kalu in the Abia 2015 guber polls, said that his efforts have not gone unnoticed;

“Dr Kalu’s commitment to Alhaji Atiku’s presidential ambition is driven by passion. Look at the efforts he has been making, spending time, resources and energy for this project. There is hardly any week he does not sponsor publicity in the media to ensure that the name Atiku is ringing in our people’s minds. He has toured the states of the east, he has planted agents everywhere who as foot soldiers, have been going from city to city mobilizing Ndi Igbo for Atiku. His commitment is unprecedented.

“Chief Kalu is a man who, when he sets his mid on a project does not look back. This is the reason we women supported him in 2015 when he vied for governorship in Abia. It’s unfortunate he didn’t get the ticket then, but for the kind of person he is, I and my one million women of Abia State will follow Kalu and support Atiku, our next president. He is the kind of man that can never fail you in any project”, she affirmed.

Pro-Biafra Groups, Ambazonia (S Cameroon) leaders to form bilateral relationship

The Coalition of pro Biafra groups has reached bilateral agreement with the leadership of Ambazonia Republic from Southern Cameroon on modalities to work together.

This was disclosed by leaders of the Coalition who revealed that the two emerging nations leadership met in Enugu at the beginning of the week.

In a press release made available to journalists after the meeting, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu said the meeting was a fruitful one.

“The coalition entered into a handshake discourse with the representatives of the interim government of Southern Cameroon (Ambazonian Republic).

“We discussed on the processes of building a diplomatic and bilateral relationship that will enhance the interest of Biafra and Ambazonia (Southern Cameroon).

“The two emerging African States resolved to work together for a sustainable and effective diplomatic processes of achieving full sovereignty and total independence from Nigeria and Cameroon,” Madu stated.

He also disclosed that the prime minister of Biafra Government in Exile (BGIE) and some other Diaspora leaders of other pro-Biafra groups in Europe were in attendance where they resolved to work together as one family fighting for one course of Biafra restoration.

Jungle Journalist News Corporation learned that groups had also resolved to move under a collegiate leadership with the spirit of oneness and brotherhood.

Madu said the interactive meeting lasted from Tuesday night till early hours of Wednesday, with full of hope and confidence as the collegiate leadership of pro-Biafra coalitions groups at home and Diaspora deliberated extensively on the ideological approaches and differences on pursuit of Biafra restoration.

Madu said, “We later resolved to work together as comrades fighting for the same course”.

“The Diaspora leadership of pro Biafra coalitions groups and Biafra government in Exile (BGIE) hails the true reflection of unity, love and brotherhood exhibited by the members of coalition.

“They specifically commends the coalition on the successful Biafra day anniversary celebration.

“The Prime Minister noted that this coalition of pro Biafra is one of the best development in history of the current agitation for the restoration of Biafra.

“The details of other issues discussed which includes the conscious security of Biafra land, 2019 general election and international diplomatic contacts will not be exposed now”.

Abuja Council Boss, Thugs Beat Up Pregnant Woman, Journalist, Baby Feared Dead

Mba and wife at the hospital

An aide to Bwari area council of the FCT Abuja , Mr Shokolo who is a native of Ushafa and current supervisory councillor Bwari LDC, who is also a chieftain of the ruling APC in the area might be facing disciplinary action after allegedly beating up a journalist and member of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (OMPAN) Mr Chibuisi Mba and his pregnant wife Mrs Blessing, smashing her mobile phone. The incident occurred in Ushafa village, Bwari Area of FCT Abuja earlier today.

Face of the all alleged assaulter, Shokolo

According to Mba who narrated his ordeal in the social media, who shared the story online, the incident happened in the morning after he received a call from his former landlord, Mr Sokoloff, who ordered that he report to his (landlord’s) house.

According to the narrative, he sensing danger from the tone of his voice, asked Shokolo to give him a while to finish what he was doing.

Few minutes later, Mr Shokolo came to his house with thugs to beat him and his pregnant wife up claiming that Mba has been reporting him to the neighborhood because he is a politician and that he Mba is anti-APC.

He also alleged that the journalist being his former tenant, has been working against his chances in the area by reporting that Shokolo treated him badly when he waa his tenant.

The matter has been reported to Bwari Area Command of the Nigerian Police. The pregnant Mrs Mba has also been referred to Bwari General Hospital by the police officer in charge at the Area command.

Abuja High Court Grants ‘Stay of Action’ Regarding Racially & Religiously Prejudiced Persecution Of Benedict Peters

The National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom, The Crown Prosecution Service (UK) alongside other foreign-based defendants and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) have been dealt a huge blow in the case against Aiteo Boss, Billionaire Benedict Peters. A High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Monday June 25, 2018, ordered the parties to maintain the status quo until the hearing of the main issues in the case.

Benedict Peters demanded $5billion in compensation, for what he describes as a series of unlawful and fraudulent conspiracies allegedly organised by the EFCC, AGF, the National Crime Agency and Crown Prosecution Service (UK) and individuals, Helen Hughes, Stacey Boniface, and John Bavister, “to expropriate by intimidation, assets, properties, monies to which he is legitimately entitled.”

In suit number FCT/HC/CV0536/17, the court has heard that properties belonging exclusively to Benedict Peters were wrongfully included in a list of properties alleged to belong to Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria, and that despite abundant evidence showing that Peters owned the properties, the defendants maliciously and deliberately continued to suppress the information with the intent not only to permanently deprive him of the properties but to destroy him as well as his business interests. In the proceedings, which has been described as falling within the “fraud of Carousel Tort”, the plaintiff seeks judicial protection and compensation.

According to an Abuja based Constitutional and International law expert who doubles as the Coordinator of the group called Lawyers in Defense of Human Rights and Justice, Barr. Melchizedek Zaro: “This ‘Fraud of Carousel Tort’ case, being the first of its kind in this country, will open a new vista in the Nigerian, and indeed, African legal system that will set the tone in protecting citizens from racially-biased tribulations originating from neo-colonial vultures who are interested in pursuing certain agenda to satisfy their bigoted lusts. It is indeed, a welcome development in the history of Nigerian legal jurisprudence that will form a precedence for legal students and professionals alike going forward.”
At the hearing which came up in courts on Monday, June 25, 2018 and monitored by media outfits, Benedict Peters asked the court to restrain EFCC and the UK-based agencies from “interfering/continued interference with the properties…either by way of criminal indictment, charge, interdiction, extradition or in any other manner infringing in the quiet and peaceable enjoyment of the said properties.”

This was in response to what appears to be a continuation of racially induced, religiously prejudiced, discriminatory and executive persecution by the UK, especially to deprive the plaintiff on the basis of questionable and frivolous “evidences”. Peters who has been involved in a number of litigation with the Commission has become the subject of sustained investigations over the last few years despite the fact that he has consistently stated that there is no basis or evidence to support such continuing prejudicial interest in him. Curiously, many active persons such as John Bavister who originated this sham have prematurely ended their careers. Whether the long arm of the law will eventually catch up with them up is only a matter of time.

Mr A T Gazali, Counsel to the AGF, challenged the court’s jurisdiction, arguing that the defendants were entitled to the protection of sovereign immunity. He also told the court that Peters had instituted a number of other cases which covered the issues he was asking the court to decide upon. Globally renowned human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, who led a team of lawyers for Benedict Peters asked the court to reject the objection as being misconceived because it was based on the erroneous belief that the Benedict Peter was trying to set aside orders of the UK court.

Apart from the EFCC, the foreign agencies and individuals who are defendants in the case retained the services of the AGF as their Counsel in the matter. They were represented by a British Foreign Secretary, Alan David Pumplin.

The EFCC was neither present nor represented in the court. The Defendants were also not ready to proceed because their lawyers were not prepared. Chief Ozekhome complained to the judge, arguing that the purpose of the Benedict Peters’ application was to ask the court to protect him from the prejudice and hardship that EFCC’s continuing actions were causing him until the issues in the case were tried by the court.

After listening to the arguments of both counsel, the court made an order enjoining the parties to maintain the status quo. By this order, all the parties in the suit are now compelled to refrain from taking any further step or embarking on any activity or action that relates to the subject matter of the suit till preliminary objections are disposed.

The court’s ruling implies that EFCC and all parties concerned should henceforth restrain from further activities and let the court do its job of weighing all evidences and determining the facts of the case.
The judge consequently adjourned the case to a date to be communicated to the parties.

ADC sets July deadline for merger with other parties, list 8 conditions

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has said it will conclude all merger or alliance talks with interested political parties in July this year.

ADC national chairman, Chief Ralph Nwosu, who stated this at a press conference yesterday after the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, listed eight criteria that interested political party must fulfill for the merger to hold.

The criteria include, commitment to stay on the party’s ideology and vision, accountability to constituency and country, inclusivity and full involvement of youths and women, building bridges across borders, support a more prudent and responsive government framework, and anti-corruption and complete service orientation.

He accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of cluelessness and vengeful, adding that the party has taken propaganda, lies and cruelty too far.

“We are in very unusual time in Nigeria. As a result, we need the alignment of progressive and patriotic forces and political parties to deal with the APC monster.

“Our national and international coordinators, facilitators and mentors, and our technical and strategic committee nationwide are doing the strategic networking that will ensure that we rescue our fatherland,” he added.

The party chairman further bemoaned the state of affairs in the country, describing the administration as bizarre, parochial, dictatorial and mindless.

“We have always been committed to changing the ugly politics that seem to pollute our environment, and government,” the national chairman added.

He however warned against alleged moves by the administration to go against former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying, “Nigerians will react if moves are made to arrest him.”

He said the people who gave Buhari the mandate will demand its return if he does so.

BREAKING: Court sends Sen. Abaribe back to DSS custody, gives reasons

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered Abia Senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe to remain in detention of the Department of State Services, DSS.

The Justice Binta Nyako-led court gave the order while turning down Abaribe’s application for his release from DSS custody.

In her ruling, Justice Nyako said she could not order Abaribe’s release because she was not the judge who ordered his arrest.

The judge held that the circumstances that resulted in Abaribe’s recent arrest were not before her.

She expressed dissatisfaction with counsel on both sides about their manner of handling of the case, saying she will not mind prolonging the matter if they were not serious.

Abaribe was one of the sureties who signed the bail bond of the elusive leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Shortly after his release, Kanu has not been seen in public.

Seun Opejobi, DAILY POST

SOS: Woman Needs Just N2000 Each From 7,000 People For Urgent Liver Transplant

A young mother, Mrs Nnenna Egbebu who worked as a nurse with Federal University of Technology Clinic, Owerri is dying from total liver failure and may die if you do not help now. All she needs is N2, 000 from you for liver transplant to live.

According to Jane Chris Ezetah, who is leading a campaign to raiseo awareness for assistance, Mrs Egbebu developed her current condition shortly after she gave birth her last child.

Hear her: “My friend is dying.
On that fateful morning of 23rd December 2017, few months after the birth of her last baby, she felt a slight discomfort in her abdomen. Within 24hours, the abdomen became heavily swollen.

” Several trips to different hospitals in Nigeria, FMC Owerri, FMC Umuahia, UNTH, to mention a few, came to no avail.

“After so many months moving from one hospital to another, with no clear diagnosis, we managed to raise small money for her to go to India.

At Fortis Hospital in India, after three days, she was diagnosed with total liver failure from a syndrome called “Budd Chiari Syndrome”. The only option for her survival, is an urgent liver transplant & the total cost of surgery (both for the donor and herself) is 37000 USD (approx 14 million naira)”, she said.

She also provided videos and photos of the patient, including doctor’s report on her condition and the urgent need for the surgery to be carried out.

She also cried out that Mrs Egbebu’s condition is getting worse and needs urgent care; “She is in dire need of financial help. We are very desperate, because her condition is getting worse each passing day. Her abdomen is largely distended and swollen. Her eyes are sunken and yellowish due to jaundice, with episodes of intense pain, that makes her pass out for hours.

“Friends, have tried raising the fund, but we cant really do much. That’s why we have run to well meaning Nigerian to help us save her life. You all are our ONLY hope as it stands now. God bless you all”.

In another plea, she wrote: “N2000 from 7, 000 people will make up the N14million she needs for transplant. Please save Nnenna, my friend”.

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OMPAN urges Gov Obiano to extend deadline date for Okada ban in Anambra

Leaders and members of the trail blazing Association, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter has urged Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State to urgently revert the proposed date of July 1st given to commercial motorcyclists in some of the major cities (Awka and Onitsha) in the state to stop operating.

The Chairman of OMPAN Anambra State Chapter, Comrade Mike Nwachukuwu during the general meeting of the Association on Sunday 24th June, 2018 said it is in the best interest of Ndi Anambra both home and abroad that enough time be given to the okada people, as this is the source of livelihood for many them.

He equally stated that most of them could not afford the N100,000 which the state government slated for the leasing of the mini shuttle and requested they been given from now till December 31st in order to save up money especially now the country is experiencing economic downturn.

However, Comrade Nwachukwu led his team to an Okada park in GRA, Onitsha metropolis where the entire OMPAN team interacted with some of the motorcycle operators.
Speaking to OMPAN, Mr Innocent Amudu, a motorcyclist in Onitsha lamented on the July 1 deadline saying that the notice was too short for them as he is a family man with five children and the Okada business is the only source of his livelihood.

Another motorcyclist , Mr Onyekachi Eze noted that the N100,000 bus scheme by the state government is a good development but 90% of Okada people cannot even afford that amount and to get a civil servant worker to surety him has been a problem.

Mr Eze who said he worked as a polling agent officer during the November 18th general election urged Gov. Obiano to extend the time to December 31 to give them time to save up enough money.
Also speaking to OMPAN, the Chairman of the Okada Association GRA branch, Mr Chima John appreciated OMPAN for the visit while explaining that the decision of the government might not improve security.

According to him, most of the commercial cyclists are law abiding citizens who went into Okada business to support their various families.

He explained that he has used the business to train his children in school, help his aged mother and train his six (6) children.

He further requested the government to give them enough time to plan out new business model to venture in.

Meanwhile, OMPAN members took turns in interviewing them and some passerby who make use of motorcycle for their daily activities.
OMPAN Anambra State Chapter promise to keep the general public updated on event concerning the ban as we believe that the government will reconsider her decision.

Sen Ben Bruce, Kema Chikwe, Ikoku, others for Women Leadership Conference

The Women Leadership Institute, Abuja will be holding its inaugural conference on Thursday, 28th June 2018.

According to information from the Programme Manager, Amaka Chijioke, the theme for the Conference is ‘Transforming Africa Through Women Leadership’.

Speakers for the event include Ms Eugenia Abu, Ms Mary Ikoku, Ms Aisha Aliyu and Dr Akilu Sani Indabawa.

Others are Professor Chudi Uwazurike, Udo Maryann Okonjo, Crochelle Harris-Hussein and Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji,

The official launch and opening of the Institute will be performed by the Special Guest of Honour, Senator Ben Bruce and Mr Anthony Ubani, while the welcome address will be presented by its founder, Ambassador Kema Chikwe, a former Minister of Aviation.

A Video Documentary of the Institute will also be aired while Closing Remarks will be done by Ms. Somachi Kachikwu.

Conference sessions will be divided into three, with the following topics to be discussed: The Courage to Lead, Mobilizing the Power of Women to Lead, and Next Steps.

Venue for the conference is National Universities Commission, Abuja and time is 9am prompt.

BREAKING: 4Top Biafran Activists Finally Granted Bail In Abuja

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to four pro-Biafra activists- Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi- who hitherto faced treasonable felony charge alongside the ‘missing’ leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

Former Gubernatorial Candidate of the United Progressive Party in Anambra State and ex-Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Chief Osita Chidoka who was conspicuously present at the proceedings is believwd to have played a major role in the bail.

Trial Justice Binta Nyako granted the defendants bail to the tune of N10million each with two sureties in like sum.

Justice Nyako directed that the money should be deposited in cash to the Chief Registrar of the Court, even as she ordered the defendants to surrender all their travelling documents and not travel without leave of the court.

Aside asking all the surties to swear an affidavit of means, the court barred all the defendants from attending any form of rally, press conference or granting interviews.

Justice Nyako who had earlier denied the defendants bail, said she reviewed her previous ruling, the nature of the charge as well as the prescribed punishment for offence the defendants allegedly committed.

Observing that the offence attracts a maximum of seven years upon conviction, the trial Justice noted that the defendants have already spent better part of the years in prison custody.

Besides, Justice Nyako said she took into cognizance, various affidavits that urged the court to release the defendants on health ground, likewise a high court ruling that previously gave bail to the 1st defendant, Chimezie.

Neverthless, the court held that the 1st defendant must report to the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State every two weeks.

While the 2nd and 4th defendants were ordered to report to the CP in Enugu, the 3rd defendant was directed to report to the CP in Anambra State every two weeks.

“Go home and attend to your health”, Justice Nyako joking told the defendants who could not contain their joy.

The case was subsequently adjourned till November 14 for trial.

The quartet are answering to a three-count amended charge bordering on treasonable felony.

It will be recalled that trial Justice Binta Nyako had on February 20, okayed separate trial for the four defendants, following the inability of both the prosecution and the defence lawyers to produce the IPOB leader whose whereabouts has remained unknown since September last year.

The court had on the day it granted bail to the embattled IPOB leader, Kanu, held that the defendants should remain at Kuje prison owing to “seriousness” of charges against them.

In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, FG, alleged that the four defendants, alongside Kanu (now at large) and others at large, “on diverse dates in 2014 and 2015 in Nigeria and London, United Kingdom, did conspire amongst yourselves to broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, preparations being made by you and others at large, for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue States to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a view to constituting same into a Republic of Biafra and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

In count-two of the charge dated March 16, FG alleged that Chimezie and Kanu had between the months of March and April, 2015, imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubuluisiuzor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50L, which they concealed in a container that was declared as used household items, contrary to section 47(2) (a) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

FG alleged in count-three that Madubugwu had sometimes in the month of October 2015, had in his possession at his house in Ubuluisiuzor in Ihiala LGA of Anambra State, one Emerald Magnum Pump Action Gun with Serial Number TS 870-113-0046 and one Delta Magnum Pump Action Gun with Serial Number 501, as well as forty-one cartridges/ammunition without lawful authority or licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 27(b) (i) of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.