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Police Ban On Protests Illegal and Unconstitutional – TUC

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The Trade Union Congress in Rivers State has declared the ban on protests by the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu as illegal and unconstitutional.

According to the TUC state Chairman, Mr. Chika Onuegbu, the police had no power under the law to deny the people of the state their right to peaceful assembly and protest.

The state has recorded more than 10 politically-related protests since the crisis rocking the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party began in April.

A High Court in Abuja had on April 15, 2013, ruled that the Mr. G.U. Ake-led executive of the state PDP be replaced by a new executive led by Mr. Felix Obuah.

But instead of putting an end to the crisis, the court judgment sparked a series of demonstrations, mostly at the Government House in Port Harcourt, as aggrieved members and supporters of the new party executive embarked on several protests.

The state police commissioner who was displeased with the development placed a ban on protests in the state and added that any group intending to go on a protest must get police clearance before doing so, and warned that protesters who flouted the directive would be arrested.

However, in a statement signed by its chairman, the TUC maintained that the right to peaceful assembly and protest was enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and Article 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

“The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State and indeed the Nigeria Police Force have no right under the law to deny Rivers people their inalienable right to peaceful assembly and protest. This is a universal human right enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” Onuegbu said.

He added that the Court of Appeal had once ruled in a case between the Inspector General of Police and the All Nigeria Peoples Party that the requirement of police permission for holding rallies or processions in Nigeria was illegal and unconstitutional.

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  1. cleaners painswick

    May 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    whoah this blog is great i really like reading your articles.

    Stay up the great work! You already know, lots of persons are looking round
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  2. donjeff

    May 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Chika Onuegbu we know you’re reading a script from your rascal governor,please you better allow sleeping dogs lie down if not we will be forced to mobilise Rivers state workers to rise up against your led TUC exco & Chris Oruge led NLC exco ,you can’t fool us this time you’ve been paid,who are you to talk about the federal Police like that,fool.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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