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We are giving the best representation to our constituencies, says Delta Speaker

Posted on May 31, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

We are giving the best representation to our constituencies, says Delta Speaker
….Praises Okowa

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Saturday called for more proactive measures by leaders in the country to sustain the trust of followers in the democratic dispensation.
He applauded the role of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in the political and economic development of the state.“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is pragmatic and truthful” he said.
Igbuya who spoke in Sapele said the social and economic conditions in the state gave great cause for cheers, citing progress in roads, public hospitals, agriculture, education and job creation as instances.
He not only expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Governor Okowa to move the state forward but praised him for his honesty in the management of the state and his inclusive strategy.
“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is responsible, transparent and accountable. He is managing the resources and ensuring efficient and effective functioning of all political and socio-economic infrastructures.  In one year, he has much to look back to with pride despite the bad economic situation. In his pursuit of integrity and dignity, he has never compromised and has tried never to humiliate his enemies. His
Excellency is doing quite well” he said.

Igbuya, who further extolled the rare virtues of the governor, said, “Deltans have reasons to be grateful to Okowa for his contributions to the growth and development of the state.

He said Governor Okowa would stick to his policy of prosperity for all Deltans, transparency, accountability, development of human and natural resources.
“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is open-minded. He is emotional, sensitive, dedicated and fearless. He is a fighter for good governance and transparency. He is a born leader of the masses. He has sound economic policies and will continue to promote an enduring environment for peace, progress and development. He will continue to provide meaningful, sustainable and dignified employment to the youth”

“In Delta State, we have this window of opportunity. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa wants this window to be transformed into a door, then into a corridor and then into a highway” he said.
Igbuya also spoke about the achievements of the Sixth Assembly. “In the first year of the Sixth Assembly, the House received 23 bills. The Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission Amendment
Bill, Delta State Contributory Health Commission Bill and Delta State 2016 Appropriation Bill were passed and assented to by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Those passed and awaiting Governor Okowa’s assent are Delta State Economic Planning Council (amendment) Bill 2015, Delta State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy Bill, 2016, Delta State Security Trust Fund (amendment) Bill 2016 and Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Bill, 2016. The Executive-Legislature harmony is worthy of emulations and commendations. The interest of the people has always been paramount” he said.

“Despite the tough economic challenges, we are committed to giving the best representation to our constituencies” he added.

Sent in By Ebireri Henry Ovie
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker
Delta State House of Assembly

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Boroh Spreads Message of Peace, Spends Democracy Day in Oproza

Posted on May 31, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

Written by Mene Lube

photo 2While Nigerians were celebrating their Democracy Day, the special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme was busy in the creeks finding a lasting solution to the recent attacks on the nation’s oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region.

After series of meetings in Warri, Delta State, Rtd General Boroh surprised many by paying an unscheduled visit to Oproza in Gbaramatu Kingdom.

Following a thorough inspection of the community, Gen Boroh paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler, HRH Pere Naira Williams Ogoba.

The Gbaramatu Monach who warmly welcomed the Amnesty boss, quickly expressed his displeasure on the way his community was treated.

He who  insisted that the people of Gbaramatu are peace loving and willing to help the Federal Government move the Nation forward, pleaded with the retired General to ask the soldiers on ground to be calm and gentile in the  way they carry out their duties.
In his response, General Boroh apologized for any wrong perception the people of Gbaramatu might have about the military operation.
He also expressed concern on the way vandals are freely carrying out mayhem by bombing oil and gas installations without the intervention of the community.
“It is saddening that the activities of these vandals, is having a direct effect on the economy of the nation” Gen Boroh said.
He promised to take the message of peace back to the President and pleaded with the King to send the same message of peace to his people

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PDP will return to power in 2019 – Esiso

Posted on May 31, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

……Restates 2nd term for Okowa

“The main opposition party in the country will in 2019 take back the reins of governance at the centre” says the chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta State Chapter, Barrister Kingsley Esiso.

“Come 2019, we not only intend to return our Miracle Working Governor to Government House, but by the grace of God and the goodwill of the Nigerians, we intend to produce a president of PDP extraction to Aso Rock, in order to change the change that is presently so negative, so deceitful and so unpopular” he said.

Esiso who spoke on Friday at the inauguration of the newly elected local government chairmen of the party, urged party leaders to be fair, just and equitable.

“You are coming on board at a very critical time in the history of our great party, a time when our party is in the opposition at the centre and therefore the need for us to be more proactive in terms of our
dealings with members of our party and the electorate,  a time when the economy is seriously nose-diving, and therefore, the sources of revenue to run the party cannot be as it used to be, so you must be
more creative in running the activities of the party” he said.

“A time when the people are becoming more aware and more politically sophisticated, therefore the need to increase our tempo of contact, reconciliation and mobilization with our members and the public, as we must always see ourselves as advocates of the programmes and policies of government, working to bring our people closer to the activities of government. This, we must do by continuously sensitizing and educating our members and non-members of our party in order to constantly keep
them informed of happenings in the political space”

He appealed to the chairmen to work together for the interest of the party. “There is the need for you to have regard and respect for various leaders that populate your different local government areas, but
please do not and I repeat, do not tie yourself to any particular leader as that will not be the direction of the party under my watch.”
“As local government chairmen, it is your duty and responsibility to call party meetings at your local government areas, this you are expected to do not less than twice a month. The need to hold regular
meetings cannot be overemphasized. I urge you to take this very seriously and pass this message to the ward chairmen”
“As party chairmen, you must take the social activities of our members seriously, whenever there is need to go and rejoice with any of our member or there is need to go and stay or stand with any of our
member, we should mobilize our party men and women to do so” he added.


Sent in By Ebireri Henry Ovie
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker
Delta State House of Assembly

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I am not a politician, I mean all I say – P.T Boroh

Posted on May 31, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

I am not a politician, I mean all I say – P.T Boroh

Written by Mene Lube

imageIn an effort to finding a lasting solution to the recent unrest in the Niger Delta region, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigedier General (Rtd) P.T. Boroh has engaged ex militant leaders from
around the region.

A meeting that was well attended by leaders of the Amnesty Programme beneficiaries, Phase 1, 2 and 3, held on Saturday 28 May in Benin City, Edo State.

The agenda of the meeting was to take a look at the journey so far in the   Niger Dalta Amnesty programme, share observations, reservations, discuss   recommendations as well as provide opportunity for the ex agitators to express their grievances, if any.

The meeting kicked off with the normal processes, and an opening speech by the Amnesty Boss, set the ball rolling for deliberations to commence.
In his opening remarks, Gen Boroh (Rtd) who reinstated his commitment to  a successful programme, insisted that at the end of the day, if a  converted militant is not disarmed, rehabilitated, reintegrated and well empowered to survive; the programme has failed.

The Ex Agitators who were given ample time to express themselves, and  although emotions occasionally sprung up, raised issues bordering on  delays in payments of monthly allowances, to the perception that the  region is being neglected, commended the current style and manner the
agency is being run.

In his response Gen. Boroh thanked the attendees for their support and cooperation and promised to look into all their complaints, and act on them.

“I am not a politician, so believe my words; all your complaints will be addressed”, Gen Boroh told the crowd.

He also outlined some new schemes he brought on board which include, a massive agricultural programme that will involve all State Govenments of  the region and a micro finance housing scheme, which will employ  thousands, and house all beneficiaries, was presented to the attendees.


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Stop Media Persecution of Amaechi – SNYA Tells Rivers State Government

Posted on May 19, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Stop Media Persecution of Amaechi – SNYA Tells Rivers State Government

Gov Chibuike  Rotimi Amaechi

Gov Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

The Southern Nigerian Youth Alliance (SNYA) has called on foreign media to always balance their news before publications.

In a press release jointly signed by Kelvin Adegbenga (the Coordinator) and   George Nwachukwu  (the Publicity Secretary ) of Southern Nigerian Youth Alliance in Abuja today, and made available to NF-Reports, the group said Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi remained innocent as nobody has brought up any allegations against him in the Law court, EFCC and the ICPC.

The group said the Rivers State Probe Commission set up by Governor Wike was totally a political commission even though the main white paper did not mention of Rotimi Amaechi in her final report.

Below is the full text of the press release:

Re: Is Nigerian Leader’s Pal ‘Fantastically Corrupt’? Friend Of African President Accused Of Stealing £500million.

The attention of Southern Nigerian Youth Alliance (SNYA) has been brought to a publication by one Paul Cahalan for The Mail On Sunday, UK.

Paul Cahalan said Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, remains in his post as Minister of Transportation despite being accused of misappropriating £338million by a commission investigating the sale of state assets. We wish to remind Paul Cahalan that the so called Commission NEVER indicted said Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi in the white paper available to the public.

Secondly, the Commission knows the right channel to take her report to if anybody is indicted in their report.

Cahalan claimed that in the Nigerian press, that Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has been dubbed ‘ATM’ – the American term for cash machine – because of his ability to produce vast sums of money at short notice, we want to know which of the Nigerian press he cited for this biased publications.

Cahalan also alleged that Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi misappropriated £338million according to commission investigating the sale of state assets, how much is the total allocations to Rivers State under his administration?

“Separately, Amaechi is accused of diverting £140million of state funds into Buhari’s presidential campaign, with reports he paid for media, consultants and private jets.” Can Cahalan please publish the receipt or evidences for the media, consultants and private jets done by Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for Buhari’s presidential campaign?

We want to remind Cahalan and his sponsors that if Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi stand indicted, President Buhari won’t nominate him neither sent his name for confirmation at the National Assembly for confirmation as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Even though Cahalan ended is article with “Mr Amaechi has denied the allegations against him”, we still find his article ridiculous as it is purely sponsored by political opponents of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the Buhari’s administration from Rivers State.

If any group or individual have anything allegations against Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, such group or individual should go through the right channels; Law court, EFCC and ICPC, instead of embarking on unnecessary media persecution.

Finally, we called on foreign media to always hear from both side for balance reportage before publications to avoid libel and also called on the Rivers State Government to go through the right channel if they have any allegations against Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi.

Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi remains the Hero of Democracy in Nigeria and we have no doubt about that.

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DG NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside to unveil growth plan for maritime

Posted on May 19, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

DG NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside to unveil growth plan for maritime

Dakuku 3The apex maritime regulator, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has announced a three-year Maritime Business Growth Plan (MBGP) for the development of the industry.

The agency in a statement made available to NF-Reports disclosed that it would embark on its core statutory mandate for the development of the maritime industry.

Director General of the agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside, dropped the hint at a maritime industry stakeholders meeting held in Lagos.

Peterside said that the agency was determined to reposition the maritime industry for greater heights.

He promised to change the agency’s work culture for greater productivity, adding that his management would identify the challenges facing the industry and proffer solutions to them.

The director general called on stakeholders to offer every kind of suggestions that would assist the agency to perform more than ever before in its statutory obligations.

Peterside stressed that the agency would look at the structure of NIMASA and improve on the work culture, vowing that under the present dispensation, everyone in NIMASA must be made to perform.

He said that the present administration would be measured by how much the agency had impacted on the industry in terms of growth.

The NIMASA boss appealed to the stakeholders for cooperation, noting that the strength of the agency was in the people it serves.

Peterside said that management was making moves to lift the maritime industry to greater heights in order to make Nigeria the hub of maritime trade in the West and Central African subregion. The director general noted that the transformation of the sector would attract more business to the country.

He said: “Our performance will be service-based and not metric based, the focal point of which will be to create the enabling environment to gainfully engage as many stakeholders as possible with a view to creating wealth and generating employment for the overall good of the maritime industry and the national economy.”

Former Director-General of the agency, Mr Temisan Omatseye, said that the original structure of NIMASA was yet to be implemented. Omotseye, who is also the President of African Shipowners Association, explained that the structure in place now was the old one inherited from the defunct National Maritime Authority (NMA).

He advised the director general to look out for the Nzewu report, to assist him in repositioning the industry. Omatseye said that there was nothing wrong with the Cabotage regime, but the enforcement.

He said that with Cabotage Act, no foreign ship was supposed to operate in the nation’s waters the way it is now. He called on the management of NIMASA to demand for the licence of the foreign vessels currently on the territorial waters, saying this would force many of the ships to flee.

Stakeholders at the summit also pointed out the issue of poor capacity in the area of certification and called on the management to embark on aggressive training for surveyors.

Engr. Greg Ogbuagu said that the issue with NIMASA certification was one of corruption and not incompetence. He called for more training for the surveyors.

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Poll bribery scam: ‘Wike ordered me to collect N700m from bank

Posted on May 19, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

Poll bribery scam: ‘Wike ordered me to collect N700m from bank

The detained Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Samuel Johnson Okpoko has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he collected N700million poll bribery cash from Fidelity Bank on the instruction of Governor Nyesom Wike.

But while Okpoko will soon be charged to court, the anti-graft agency might put the invitation of the governor on hold because of constitutional immunity.

The immunity however does not prevent the EFCC from investigating the allegation against the governor and keeping vital information for his trial after his tenure.

According to a source in EFCC, Okpoko admitted that he collected the cash in two tranches at Trans Amadi branch of Fidelity Bank Plc in Port Harcourt.

The source said: “Operatives of the EFCC, have grilled the Rivers State Secretary of  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Samuel Johnson Okpoko , for collecting N700million from the controversial $115milloon lodged with Fidelity Bank Plc, by the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison- Madueke

“Okpoko, who was the Rivers state’s PDP  campaign coordinator in the 2015 Presidential Election collected the sum of N700 million in two tranches of N600 million and N100 million respectively at the Trans Amadi branch of Fidelity Bank Plc, Port- Harcourt. Investigations by the EFCC revealed that Okpoko cashed N600 million on March  27 and N100 million on March 31,2015.

“Explaining how he became involved, Okpoko said he was instructed by the then PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike to go to the branch of Fidelity Bank to cash some money there.

The source quoted Okpoko as saying: “I was with my governor in his house sometime 27th day of March 2015, when he got a call and Chief Barrister Nyesom Wike after the phone call told me that the call was from Fidelity Bank and they have some money for him.”

But Special Assistant to Governor Wike on electronic media Mr Simeon Nwakaudu said: “We are not aware of what you talked about in your test message.”

He said Okpoko was already in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court soon.
Responding to a question, the source said: “Since the governor enjoys immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, we cannot invite Nyesom Wike now for interrogation on the allegation by Okpoko.

“This however does not prevent the EFCC from probing issues connected with the payment of the N700million and asking for refund from the beneficiaries.”

Section 308 of the constitution reads in part: “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this constitution but subject to sub-section 2 of this section- (a) no civil or criminal proceedings shall be instituted or continued against a person to whom this section applies during his period of office; (b) a person to whom this section applies shall not be arrested or imprisoned during that period either on pursuance of the process of any court or otherwise; and (c ) no process of any court requiring or compelling the appearance of a person to whom this section applies, shall be applied for or issued.

Source: Kennedy Friday

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L.G. Funds Diversion: Aregbesola is fantastically corrupt-CSCEOS

Posted on May 18, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

L.G. Funds Diversion: Aregbesola is fantastically corrupt – CSCEOS
…… lacks financial discipline

An Osun State based Civil Society Organization, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) on Tuesday, declared that the State governor, Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola was
fantastically –corrupt and lacked financial discipline in management of the public funds accrued to the State, especially, the Local Government  from Federation Account, commending the anti-graft agency,
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for commencing the credible and unbiased investigation into the alleged Local Government funds diversion of Mr. Aregbesola since November,2010  to March 2016.

Speaking with newsmen after appearing before the Zonal office of the EFCC in Ibadan on Tuesday for more clarifications on the subject matter, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi  Sulaiman urged the anti-graft
Commission to invite all the affected State and Local government officials listed including immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Finance and Economic Planning,
Mr. Kolapo Alimi and Mr. Wale Bolorunduro respectively, with their Permanent Secretary, the then Executive Secretaries and Head of Local Government Administrations(HLAs),Directors of Finance and  Directors of Works, in his written statement before the EFCC officials for period of November 2010 to March 2016,noting that no section of the amended 1999 Constitution gave leeway to any governor to divert the allocations accrued to the local government from federation account through joint account system.

He added that the anti-graft body must invite one Mr. S.A. Oyefade of the State Ministry of Local Government who signed for the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry in the letter dated June 24th, 2015 with the reference No: MLG/ACCT/LG/5  and captioned, “Re: Special Intervention Projects carried Out by the State Government of Osun on behalf of Local Government in the State”, State Accountant-General and Auditor-General, Auditor-General for Local Government, Messers Olukayode Aina & Co and Portfolio Advisers Limited for investigation on how they carried out special intervention projects for Aregbesola on behalf of 30 local governments ,including Ife East area office from 2010 to 2014.

Attending to the CSCEOS’s team led by Barrister Wole Adeosun, an official of the anti-graft body, Mr. Richard Adejumo maintained that the invitation to the group was neccessary to know the genuiness of
the Petition in the cause of their investigation on the issue. The team which arrived the Ibadan Zonal office of the anti-graft body around 12 noon and  endorsed all the contents in the Petition Letter
with its attachment, described Aregebsola’s action on the alleged diversion of the Local Government funds as illegal, undemocratic, ungodly, evil, unconstitutional, anti-masses, abomination and crime
against humanity and God.

In a statement issued by the CSCEOS’s Directorate, Media and Strategy which was made available to newsmen, it advised the former Osun State Deputy Governor, Otunba Christopher Iyiola Omisore and the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Wale Oladipupo to clear their names before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) over the alleged financial impropriety leveled against the duo in the media recently  over  the contract sums from the Office  of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, adding it was imperative for the duo of Ife born politicians to clear themselves publicly ,although the group  would not like to dabble into the issue because it has been the subject of litigation presently.

It maintained that it was unfair for any citizen of the country as stipulated in the section 25&26 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to disregard the invitation of any law
enforcement agency, especially Police Force and anti-graft agencies which properly recognized by the Section 214 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, Police Act &Regulations, Coroners Law, Robbery  &Fire Arms (Special Provision Act), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) 2004,The Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Act 2000,Terrorism Act 2011,Money Laundering  Act 2011 as amended, Criminal Code Law with questions and Answers for Police Colleges, Law Enforcement and Human  Rights Laws in Nigeria, Criminal Code cap ‘’C 38’’ of EFCC cases and Materials, Extras, ICPC, Money Laundering g Act 2010 and Laws of the Federation(2004).

Speaking further, Comrade Sulaiman alleged that Aregbesola contracted the payment of salaries of local government staff including Primary and Middle School teachers and Local government retirees alike to
private  firm, Charms Consultancy Ltd where it collected  the sum of N4million per month for each of the local government which total at N124 million per month since 2011 till date for service render, when
all the  Local Government in the State, had officials including, Director of Finance, Deputy Director of Finance, Accountant, Treasurer, Cashier and other officers  that could render the service of payment of salaries.


He noted that the invitation to the EFCC for further clarification on the subject matter  was as a result of his group petition to President Muhammadu Buhari which was copied to the anti-graft agency, insisting
that Aregbesola still owing the  local government staff to the tune of five months salaries when the local councils in the State had received their monthly allocations from the Federation Account till the month of April 2016,adding that  Osun State Local Government areas have collected the average of N2billion to N7billion since January 2011 till April 2016 from Federation Account. According to the CSCEOS’s Petition to Buhari, “As a result of this financial recklessness of Aregbesola’s administration in the Local
government areas of the state, the affected workers have been subjected to the untold economic and financial hardship which is tantamount to the violation of their economy and labour rights as
enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), as amended.

“Similarly, it is on record that since inception of Aregbesola’s administration in November 2010, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has been fraudulently siphoning the State Local Government (L.G.) funds through
his government policies such as O’ reap, O’clean, O’ road and host of others tagged “Special Intervention Projects carried out by the State Government on behalf of Local Government areas in Osun State” by
forcefully co-opted the then Thirty (30) Executive Secretaries, Head of Local Government Administration(HLA) and Directors of Finance(DF) from November 2010 to May 2015,through a Circular dated 24th June, 2015 and signed by one S.A. Oyefade for Permanent Secretary(PS),Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

“Sir, it will interest you to hear that most of the acclaimed projects embarked upon by  Mr. Rauf Aregbesola on behalf  of the Local Government of the State were not existing which was given
retrospective approval as a way to divert the funds of the Council areas of the State. To cap it all, the entire local government road projects embarked upon by Mr. Aregbesola was constructed without due
process of Public Procurement Act signed into law by the National Assembly in 2007”.

Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman
Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition For The Emancipation Of Osun State (CSCEOS)

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Dictatorship: Femi Fani-Kayode Still Being Detained Despite Meeting Bail Conditions

Posted on May 18, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

The dictatorial, vengeful, vindictive and scurrilous use of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the APC-led federal government to achieve sinister purposes against vocal individuals and members of the opposition has once again played itself out in the macabre continued detention of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, 5 days after fulfilling all his bail conditions.
We are appalled by this risible development but not surprised at all by it because that has been the hallmark of this current administration. Rather than work to improve on its reprehensible anti-democratic record, the Buhari-led administration has insisted on continuing in its self-engineered free nose-dive into the abyss of autocracy and the infamy of gross abuse of citizens’ rights.
This tactic of keeping key and vocal members of the opposition out of circulation without due regard to our laws and or harass them with charges that cannot stand the test of judicial requirements has got to stop. The sweet smelling savour of democracy will be polluted when the opposition is stifled.
The continued holding of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode in EFCC custody for this long despite meeting his bail conditions goes a long way to show that this fight is not about corruption after all but all about silencing the opposition.
We condemn in very strong terms these acts of intimidation and harassment and request that he be released forthwith even as we call on all well-meaning Nigerians to know who to hold responsible should anything untoward happen to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode!
This act of executive rascality, at a time when Nigerians are groaning more than ever before over the economic hardship inflicted on them by this administration, is needless. It will achieve nothing but will only lead to a puerile end.
Release FFK NOW!
Jude Ndukwe
SA Media to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode
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Court Order: CNPP Urges Nigerians, Civil Society to Resist Petrol Pump Price Hike

Posted on May 18, 2016. Filed under: Press Release |

Court Order: CNPP Urges Nigerians, Civil Society to Resist Petrol Pump
Price Hike

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has reiterated its call on Nigerians masses and civil to ignore the Labour unions and protest against the increment of pump price of petrol despite jugdment
of the Industrial Court stopping planned strike action by the unions.

The CNPP in a statement issued on Tuesday, which was jointly signed by its national Chairman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and the Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, also accused bothe the federal government and the labour unions of insincerity in the matter.

“We are taken aback that the federal government could hurridly obtain a judgment from the Industrial Court, with readiness to enforce same overnight while the government is yet to obey many other court orders against it.

“For instance, the PRP was deregistered as a political party by the Indepedent National Electoral commission (INEC) and a court of competent jurisdiction ordered its re-registration but the INEC is yet
to obey the order.

“Today, the federal government selects which court judgment to obey and the ones against it are discountenanced.

“We reiterate our call on all well meaning Nigerians and the civil society to ignore the Labour unions and protest against the unjustifiable pump price increment in their numbers.

“The CNPP suspects that the Industrial Court judgment was obtained the federal government in conivance with the labour unions to ambush the Nigerian masses and deny them their constitutional rights to hold opinion, freedom of expression and association.

“Recall that the CNPP had earlier warned Nigerian people to ignore the Labour unions because our findings showed that they have been compromised and would eventually betray Nigerians as they did in 2012.

“The orderof the Industrial Court stopping the unions’ planned strike puts a question mark on the sincerity of both the labour unions and the feral government.

“But the government and the unions must be made aware that the Nigerian people are unstoppable despite their glaring conspiracy against the wishes of the people”, the statement read.

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