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Lawyer seeks Court Injunction over Military interference in EndSars protest

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A Lagos based rights campaigner, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo has asked a Federal High Corut in Lagos for an order stopping the interference and involvement of the Nigerian Army in the restoration of order in the Nation after the EndSars protest.

Joined as first to 10th respondents are: The Lagos State Government, Lagos State Governor, Attorney General of Lagos State, The Federal Government of Nigeria, The President, The Attorney General of the Federation, The National Assembly, The Inspector General of Police, The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, and The Nigerian Army.

Omirhibo in his new suit numbered FHC/L/C’s/1813/2020 is seeking among other declaratory reliefs, a Declaration that it is improper, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for the Officers of the Nigerian Army to declare their allegiance to the 5th Defendant instead of to their Country Nigeria and the constitution of their country.

He seeeks a declaration that it is improper, unprofessional, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for the Army to solicit to civil authorities, that is the 1st, 2nd , 3rd , 4th, 5th and 6th Defendants of her intention and readiness to aid them to restore order by suppressing members of the Nigerian public exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with other persons and right to freedom of movement.

He seeeks a declaration that it is the statutory duties and responsibilities of the Nigerian Police Force to go after looters and hoodlums raiding ware houses and vandalizing properties across Nigeria and to carry out cyber warfare exercise designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in social media across the Nigerian cyber space and the positive identification of Nigerians and not that of the 10th Defendant.

He seeeks a declaration that it is improper, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for the 10th Defendant to usurp the statutory duty and responsibility of the Nigerian Police Force.

Omirhibo wants the court to decide Whether by the combined interpretation and/or construction of the provisions of Sections 1(1), 217 (1)(2)(a)(b)(c)(d) and 218(1)(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), it is proper, legal, lawful and constitutional for the Officers of the Nigerian Army to declare their allegiance to the President instead of to their Country, Nigeria and the Constitution of their country.

He wants the court to decide Whether by the combined interpretation and construction of the provisions of Sections 1 (1)(3), 39(1), 40, 41(1), 45(1)(a)(b), 214(1)(2)(a)(b)(c), 217(1) (2)(a)(b)(c)(d), 218(1)(3) and 305 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), Sections 3 and 4 of the Nigerian Police Act 2020, it is proper, professional, legal, lawful and constitutional for the 10th Defendant to solicit to civil authorities , that is the 1st, 2nd , 3rd , 4th, 5th and 6th Defendants of her intention and readiness to aid them to restore order by suppressing the Plaintiff and members of the Nigerian public exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with other persons and right to freedom of movement

The activist therefore, wants a Court order restraining the 10th Defendant her servants, agents and/or privies from using life bullets on peaceful unarmed protesters to disperse them from exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with other persons and right to freedom of movement .

He seeeks an order restraining the 10th Defendant her servants, agents and/or privies from violating the fundamental rights of the Plaintiff and Nigerian Citizens to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and movement.

Plantiff consequently, seeke an order of pepertual Injunction, restraining the 10th Defendant, her servants, agents and/or privies from its own motion to undertake and or partake in the workings of the fabric and architecture of the internal security of Nigeria without first being called upon by the 5th Defendant in writing to do so and subject to conditions prescribed by an Act of the 7th Defendant.

He wants an order compelling and/or directing the 4th and 5th Defendants to rejig, equip and reform the Nigerian Police Force to carry out her constitutional duties and responsibilities.

Omirhobo seeks n order compelling and/or directing the 8th and 9th Defendants to take charge of their statutory duties and responsibilities of going after looters and hoodlums raiding ware house and vandalizing property across Nigeria tackling cyber crime, identifying and tracking counter negative propaganda in social media across the Nigerian cyber space and the positive identification of Nigerian citizens throughout Nigeria.

In the Alternative, plantiff wants an order directing and/or compelling the 5th Defendant to formerly call upon the 10th Defendant in writing to aid civil authorities to restore order and for the 7th Defendant to prescribe the conditions by an Act for the 10th Defendant’s involvement in the workings of the fabric and architecture of the internal security of Nigeria.

The new suit is filed on Monday is yet to be assigned a date for hearing

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NURTW calls off proposed protests

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),Lagos chapter has called off the proposed protest slated for today.

In a phone conversation with our correspondence, the Chairman Lagos chapter of the association said the protest slated for today has been postponed. He made the decision after the intervention of the commissioner of police and the director of DSS Lagos State office.

It will be recalled that the association has forwarded a letter to the state Governor on a proposed peaceful protest as they want the state governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to prevail on the suspended chairman of the union Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, to vacate the union’s office to avert another looming protest worse than End Sars.

Speaking with newsmen, Akeweje asked the Governor to instruct the embattled Lagos park management chairman popularly called MC Oluomo to vacate the office in accordance with the national body’s directives.

The peaceful protest is slated to pick up from the Governor’s office in Alausa Ikeja, Lagos down to the NURTW state office at Agege, Lagos.

Akeweje told our correspondent that the embattled chairman of the union Alhaji Musliu Akinsanya aka Mc Oluomo has been told to vacate the office since April 2nd this year but has remained in the office in defiance to the instruction of the national leadership of the association.

Akeweje calls on the governor to prevail on him to avoid possible breakdown of law and order that will endanger serious security breach.

According to Akeweje, “NURTW is the authentic body for transport business in Lagos state, we are all experienced members of the union from different branches and unit in Lagos state, we are also card carrying members of the All Progressive congress (APC) under the leadership of our father Asiwaju BOLA AHMED TINUBU.

Commenting on the protest, NURTW National Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa confirmed the proposed protest by its Lagos branch urging them to remain peaceful even in the face of provocation.

Akeweje notes that, they agreed to suspend the protest after the state commissioner of police and the director of DSS pleaded with them to give the government two weeks to proffer solutions to the problem.

Alhaji Akeweje said if the government failed to fulfill it’s own side of the agreement, they will be forced to go on with their planned protest by the end of two weeks.

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Group demands justice for Deborah

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CCGI, Civic Consciousness Global Initiative, a non governmental organization in a media parley on Wednesday in Lagos stressed the need for the people to participate in the running of government. The group lamented over the deteriorating state of the nation, calling on government to end the incessant killings in the land and proffer solution to the widespread insecurity facing the country at large.

 

CCGI specially demanded for accelerated justice for the killers of Deborah Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education stoned to death last week, for alleged blasphemy.

“Religion crises, killings and violent protest may come to an end if there’s strong political will to uphold the constitution and bring perpetrators to book without bias”. Professor Idowu Sobowale, Chairman of the Civic Consciousness Global Initiative, CCGI.

 

During the meeting which was supported by Rev Dr. Julius Odofin, Rev Solomon Adegboragun, Bishop Funsho Awe and the famous Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi of PVC-Naija, Professor Shobowale expresses sadness that impunity reigns supreme in Nigeria to an extent that people take the lives of others and go scot free.

Below is the full text of CCGI Press Statement as read by Professor Shobowale…

“the state of our nation has been very worrisome in the past few years

 

Insecurity has reached its highest level in our history as a nation, the event leading to the Nigeria civil war seems a child play when compared with the present happenings!

 

We need not remind you of the gory details, but for the records :

The smuggling of the Islamic Sharia laws into our Constitution ab-initio has been the bane of divisions among all loving Nigerians. Those who smuggled it in had a hidden intention and those who saw the evil or danger inherent in it, out of fear of losing out kept quiet. The same attitude goes on today and unless the fraud is arrested boldly and firmly, the recurring stone age jungle justice will continue in our beloved Nation Nigeria. Few cases will suffice for the press as guide to our Rulers.

 

The case of Tafawa Balewa University students on whom the sentence of FATWA (an Islamic death sentence) was pronounced in 2004 by a 31 year old FULANI man who is still walking around as a free man today!

 

One of the sentenced persons in this School had been beheaded before CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) intervened to rescue the rest to Lagos!

 

We also have the RCCG woman who was on her Daily Morning Evangelism (Morning Cry) in Abuja that was brutally killed!

 

We cannot forget the case of AKALUKA who was beheaded somewhere in Kano and his head was hoisted on a stick and carried about in jubilation like a flag.

 

The Head of State then, General Sanni Abacha ordered the death of eight (08) of the nine (09) culprits fingered in the case.

 

The ninth person, though, incarcerated for two (02) years then, is today walking about now, a free man!

 

There is also the very annoying case of a government teacher who was transfered to a school in Gombe state, Northern Nigeria and while invigilating in an internal examination, she tried to prevent a student from cheating by seizing the student’s bag and throwing it where other students’ bags were kept. The cheating student instantly raised a false alarm that the teacher had desecrated her copy of the holy Quran!

 

The teacher was lynched and beaten to death!

 

Sad enough that arms of equal military sizes are in the hands of non state actors, enemies of our sovereignty, for whom a more strategic decisive action is still being expected from the highest security authorities in the land.

 

Our President, SIR, in the hope of a better and greater country, you have the assurances of our prayers for your person and office, trusting the Lord will grant you a happy ending of your tenure in 2023.

 

Of concern is the deteriorating value for human life; the sokoto killing unlike many others before the advent of technology didn’t save us from a video sighting of an evil of psychosocial trauma.

 

We are indeed traumatized!

 

The killing of Deborah Samuel a 200 level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, speaks volume for our constitution, rule of law and administration of justice. We stand in shame with you before the global community! We therefore, condemn the killing of Deborah Samuel. We also need to call the attention of the global community to the protest for the release of certain persons who were arrested in connection with the crime. That religion is the reason is a fallacy, well meaning Muslims have come out to condemn the killing; notable among them sre His Excellency, Aminu Tambunwa, the Executive Governor of Sokoto state and the Supreme leader of Islam in Nigeria to whom all Muslims must defer in all matter of their religion. It is sad to note the the person and office to interpret the appearance of the moon is judged to be in error over is condemnation. Little wonder Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was rumoured to have withdrew his condemnation of the killing.

 

The practice of Islam in Nigeria is more political than religious.

 

The mob in the video and those who came out to protest against the civility of The Governor of Sokoto state and the throne of Sultan are intellectually incapable of electoral decision. We should therefore as a matter of urgency, given the embarrassing level of our illiteracy review the conditions of eligibility of voters in Nigeria. If persons to be voted into offices requires a level of educational qualification, it is needful that those to decide that fate must have an aligning level of knowledge.

Back to Justice for Deborah

 

Diverse as the many faces in the video are, are reasons for which the blue murder was committed.

 

The question it raises however is for the constitution to answer and for your as the President and Commander In Chief Of The Armed Forces to defend. Our sympathy will be with your office if the 1999 constitution as amended has no answer! This will further strengthen the need for restructuring of our federation and raise the immediate need of a new constitution.

 

The question on very many lips is when will the next one happen? This lack of hope in us as a nation, we must rise to disappoint those who have the urge to continue to kill senselessly.

 

We therefore want to make the following recommendations in the immediate:

 

The arrested initiators in her class and their army of collaborators who took the law into their hands to kill Deborah must be brought to book.

 

Long term recommendation, we can’t feign ignorance of separation that Islam expected between male and female, nor are we ready to be pretentious about the right of every Christian, may we therefore recommend that Christian students be given exclusively their faith educational facility where the hope of ignorantly annoying the faith of Muslims would not exist

 

Give Nigerian ONE mutually agreed CONSTITUTION where peace and justice truly reigns he concluded.

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Oniseri of Isheri Kingdom laid to rest

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The remains of His Royal Majesty Oba Wahab Ayinde Balogun, the Onisheri of Isheri Olofin Kingdom who joined his ancestors on Tuesday 8th of February was interred in his palace at Isheri on Wednesday.

Council Chiefs, politicians and many prominent individuals who thronged the internment programme, were full of eulogies for deceased King.

Many took out time to commiserate with the popular son of the late monarch, Crown Prince Idris Oluomo of Isheri Kingdom.

The Lagos state house of assembly member hon Kehinde Joseph described the late Monarch as a man of integrity and hardworking,

Also, hon Babatunde Aboyade, APC Apex Leader and vice chairman Lagos west senatorial district described the Oba as father for All, ”

he united the people of Idimu, Isheri and Alimosho for a peaceful environment”

Oba Ayinde Balogun joined his ancestors at a very ripe and eventful age of 97

Prince Idris Balogun fondly called Oluomo Kafata is an House Representatives hopeful in Alimosho Federal constituency come 2023.

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