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NHRC Lists Ex-INEC Chair, Iwu, Late Ocholi, Uduaghan, 63 Others As “Electoral Offenders”

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NHRC-IndicteesThe National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, yesterday fulfilled its promise to unveil the names of electoral officials, politicians, security personnel and others indicted for electoral offences during the 2007 and 2011 general elections in the country.

The commission, which released the names under its “Electoral Accountability Project/End Electoral Impunity Project”, indicted 66 individuals and organisations allegedly involved in electoral offences between the period under review.

They were said to have been involved in either criminal offences or administrative, judicial and professional misconduct.

Chief among those indicted are a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu; former governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Oserheimen Osunbor (Edo), Clarence Olafemi (Kogi), former Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Prof. C. E. Onukogu; Senator Hosea Ehinlanwo (Ondo), Senator Ayo Arise (Ekiti) and former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtari Shehu Shagari.

At the presentation of a 284-page report on the 2007 and 2011 elections in Abuja yesterday, the NHRC urged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector-General of Police, INEC and other relevant institutions to ‘punish’ those indicted.

The report also recommended prosecution and disciplinary measures for them.

There were 118 indictments, categorised as criminal indictments (20 cases), criminal/administrative (49), administrative (38), administrative/ judicial (4), professional (3) and judicial (7).

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Others indicted are the late Major Gen. Abubakar Tanko Ayuba, Aminu Sule Garo and Mr. Tarzoor Terhemen, former Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly; Patrick Ashagu Ebinny named in relation to Nasarawa West state constituency election in 2007; Abubakar L. Abdullahi, the returning officer, Isuikwuato/Umunneohi Federal Constituency in 2007 elections; Felix Osaigbovo (INEC Presiding Officer) in relation to the Ovia North East 1 constituency election in Edo State in 2007; Umar Abdullahi (1st respondent in the case between Umar Ahmed Sule & another vs. Umar Abdullahi & others in petition no: GMS/EPT/HR/2/2011 in relation to the Dukku/Nafada Federal Constituency election of 2011.

A police officer, ASP Christopher Oloyede and two lawyers – G. A. Adetola Kazeem (SAN), the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN) and Chief Adefemi Kila, were also named in the report.

Also indicted for under administrative and judicial misconduct was the Federal High Court, Abuja, which was accused of highhandedness in its handling of the case between Barrister (Mrs. Amanda Peters Pam & another v. Nasiru Mohammed & INEC reported as (2008) 16 NWLR (pt 1112) 1 SC in a judgment by Justice Goerge Oguntade of the Supreme Court.

Resident Electoral Officers in states like Ekiti, Kwara, Delta, Anambra and officials of INEC, who conducted elections in the states in 2007 and 20011, were listed in the report but were not identified by names.

The NHRC’s Executive Secretary, Professor Bem Angwe, while presenting the report, explained that the exercise, which was undertaken on the strength of Section 5 of the NHRC Act 2010, involved an independent review of evidence of gross violations of the rights to participate in government, to effective public service and to fair trial in the country.

He said the project was intended “to bring to account persons indicted by the election petition tribunals and appellate judicial bodies for infracting electoral and related laws during Nigeria’s recent election cycles”.

Angwe said a committee established by the commission for the project was mandated to “review available election petition cases, extract any evidence of criminal or administrative indictments, recommend immediate and long-term measures towards curbing impunity in our electoral process”.

Earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Professor Nsongurua Udombana, argued that electoral malpractices persist in the nation’s electoral process because the Judiciary, INEC, and other agencies have failed to discharge their responsibilities satisfactorily.

He noted that where infraction of electoral laws were reported to the AGF and INEC, they hardly act, a development that continued to embolden politicians who see elections as “a do or die affair”.

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Ezekwesili Reacts To Nigerian Govt’s Threat To Sanction CNN

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Ezekwesili Reacts To Nigerian Govt’s Threat To Sanction CNN

Former Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Dr. Obaigeli Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to a statement by the Nigerian government demanding that CNN be sanctioned.

On Thursday, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, expressed that CNN should be sanctioned for its investigations which he described as irresponsible journalism.

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The minister also insisted that there was no mass killing at Lekki toll-gate, adding that it was a ‘Massacre with no bodies’

Reacting to the development, Ezekwesili, mocked the government over its threats at CNN.

She queried the reason for Judicial panels on the #EndSARS crisis if the government has closed its minds to information based on evidence.

She wrote:

https://twitter.com/obyezeks/status/1329409799440769024

 

 

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Man shares chat with mother who is trying to hustle a girl for him to marry

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A Nigerian man identified as Opata Efungwu has shared his chat with his mother who is trying so hard to get a lady for him to marry.

From the chat with he shared, his mom sent a photo of a lady to him, and asked him to decide if he would want to see her when he comes home for Christmas.

“Check if you will like to see this girl in December when you come home for Christmas or not. If you will like to have her number or not. I still want to show you another person if you want me to”, his mom wrote.

Sharing the conversation on his Instagram page, he wrote;

“This life if someone told me when I was younger that a time will come when my mom will be hustling girls for me, I would never have believed it”.

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Strippers Spotted At Wedding Reception In Nigeria

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A video circulating on social media captures the moment some strippers were seen performing at a wedding reception in Nigeria.

Information Nigeria learnt that the brother of the groom thought it wise to entertain guests by hiring strippers to perform at the afterparty of the wedding.

The man decided to make the unusual move which has got people talking.

In the video, the strippers rocked skimpy outfits as they showed off their dance skills to the pleasure of the guests.

The web user, who made the video available tweeted;

“Lord wash my eyes.

A friends brother legit had strippers as entertainment at his wedding reception
Yo”

Read Also: Nigerian Professor Arrested For Spending $185k Research Money On Strippers

Watch the video below:

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