The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Saturday,has frowned at the way the government is taking the trail case of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu and others still in detention, accusing the Federal Government of deliberately delaying the case and playing politics with it.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said hearing on the matter slated for July 11 had been postponed.
According to it, the development is an affront to justice administration and fundamental rights.
The statement read in part, “The members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide have discovered that the Federal Government and the judicial commission/judiciary are playing politics with the case of our leader, Nnamdi Kanu and others in Kuje prison.
“The Federal Government and her security operatives, especially the DSS, are trying to abduct and torture those suspected to be IPOB members, to make incriminating statements against our leader and IPOB members in order to establish a case without proof.”
The group called on all men and women of good conscience around the world, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other relevant human rights organisations to prevail on the Federal Government to release its detained members.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council has vowed not to relent in its secession struggle despite opposition from Ijaw leaders, including the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Edwin Clark.
The group’s president, Mr. Eric Omare, stated this on Friday during the handover by the immediate past president, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, to the 7th National Executive Council of IYC in Warri, Delta State.
Omare also said Ijaw ethnic nationality would not be part of Biafra, adding that Ijaw had started demanding self-determination before the current clamour by some groups in the South-East.
He noted that in line with his administration’s vision, the Ijaw people would relentlessly pursue self-determination from where its former revolutionary leader, the late Major Isaac Adaka-Boro, stopped.
He said, “We do not want a situation, as it is now, where the Ijaw are balkanised in six different states. In Ondo State, the Ijaw people are the minority while in actual fact we are the mainstay of the state. In Edo State, the Ijaw are not just a minority group, they are treated as third-class citizens.
“In Delta State, especially in Warri, we are treated as local citizens. We can vote but we cannot be voted for. In Bayelsa State, even with the resources there, it is still the same thing. Similar problem exists in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states.”
Omare said his administration would engage ethnic nationalities across the country on the best solution to the current agitations in the country.
Source:( Punch Newspaper )
Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari
The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.
This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.
The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.
Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:
-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;
-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;
-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force
-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;
-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation
-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government
-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.
-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.
IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations
With the rising violence in the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF).
This is a move to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba.
Mba said the IGP also “ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.”
“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari
The Nigeria Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking most parts of the country.
The Senate gave the directive during its plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmakers also ordered the Nigerian police to protect all #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.
The Senate also urged #EndSARS protesters to halt their march to enable the federal government to meet their demands.
The Senate asked President Buhari to set up a judicial panel of inquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution.
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