Wednesday, 24 August 2016

News Release: News Release: Presidential Emergency Powers Legitimization Request Is Another Time-Bomb

The attention of the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) is again drawn to a recent presidential request for legitimization of emergency powers which it magisterially and tyrannically arrogated to itself since September 2015. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has since September 2015 castrated the 1999 Constitution and illegally arrogated sweeping extra constitutional powers to itself in the governance of the country; upon which it now seeks for legislative legitimization through retroactive legislation or legislative cementation by way of executive sponsored bill. Our advocacy attention to latest executive lawlessness was drawn by the authorities of the Trent Online News. Since the inception of Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on 29th May 2015, time-bombs abound and the instant case is one of them.

News Release: Only IPOB Members Were Massacred On May 30th 2016

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) want to put the records straight by affirming that only IPOB members were massacred by armed security team led Col Isa M. Abdullahi, the Commanding Officer of 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha which is under 82 Division of the Nigerian Army. We are making this clarification because of the falsehood reported by Terhemba Daka of the Guardian Newspaper. According to Terhemba’s erroneous report of 23rd August 2016, “The House of Representatives Committee on Army has started collating information on the alleged killing of members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by security agencies in Anambra State on May 30, 2016.“ Terhemba further stated that “Biafran agitators clashed with security agencies, during the 50th anniversary of their fallen heroes near St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Nkpor, off Nkpor -Umuoji road, in Idemili North Local Government Council.“ This is the height of irresponsible and unprofessional conduct in journalism and a crass display of the notorious “brown envelope“ journalism.

News Release: “Don’t Dialogue With Criminals”---MEND To Nigerian Govt.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) welcomes the recent decision by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to ceasefire and dialogue with the Federal Government. It is a move we have repeatedly canvassed since April, 2016; given our stance that, criminal attacks on oil installations as a strategy to force concessions from Government was no longer fashionable. Given also, the fact that MEND have since May 30, 2014 ceased all forms of hostility against Nigeria's economic and strategic assets.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Article: Is This The Change Nigerians Voted For?

By Godwin Onyeacholem

In the light of almost two decades of horrendous governance under the PDP administration, the call for change by a large section of Nigerians was expectedly overwhelmingly loud. Thus, this piece is a response to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who indeed holds the copyright to the first leg of the title of this piecewhich I have slightly modified – as can be seen in his latest defence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC administration.

News Release: The Chief Edwin Clark And Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Communiqué

The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to a meeting of the Niger Delta Coastal States held in Warri, Delta State on Friday, August 19, 2016. The meeting was jointly convened by elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

News Release: James Ibori Pays Tribute To Late Justice James Omo-Agege

Late Justice James Omo-Agege

Chief James Onanefe Ibori has extoled late Justice James Omo-Agege, who died Thursday at age 83, as “one of the leading lights of Delta state, especially, in those first trying years after it was carved out from Bendel  state.”Ibori, a former Governor of Delta State, said that Omo-Agege was visibly involved in the task of seeing that the then emerging Delta state unified and developed very fast.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

News Release: Nigeria’s Power, Finance And Energy Investors To Meet With Government In Abuja This October

(Leading development finance institutions and heads of Nigeria’s most accomplished energy companies will meet with national government at EnergyNet’s Powering Africa: Nigeria Investment Summit, taking place in Abuja from 12-14 October 2016)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

News Release: Roles Played By Print And Visual Media In Nnamdi Kanu’s 300 Days Of Detention Without Trial


It is the information of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Civil Liberties Organization, Southeast Zone, Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Organization of Nigeria, Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group)  that Citizen Nnamdi Kanu; the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and SBCHROs’ named Prisoner-of-Conscience (POC), has been detained by the authorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria headed by Gen Muhammadu Buhari for over 300 days or 10 months without trial. We also wish to inform that the battered and lacerated leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria or Shiite Muslim, Sheik Ibrahim Zaky El-Zaky has been detained dead or alive by President Muhammadu Buhari for over 240 days or 8 months without trial and public appearance.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Article: Genetically Engineered (Ge) Crops’ Risk To Health And The Biodiversity: Real Or Imaginary

Scientist Parminder Virk of the International Rice Research Institute scientist holding sample of GMO Golden Rice

By Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

Biologists have used genetic engineering since the 1980s in crop plants to alter characteristics such as; higher vitamin content, longer shelf life and resistance to diseases. The only characteristics that have been introduced through genetic engineering into commercial use are those that confer insect resistance and herbicide resistance which were available in fewer than 10 crop species by 2015 (see reports from the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources authoring committee).