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News Today; Buhari’s Nomination of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors Draws Lawyers’ Wrath, Suspected IPOB Members Fingered In Ebonyi Police Division Burning

Buhari’s Nomination of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors Draws Lawyers’ Wrath

Buhari’s Nominates Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors

President Buhari isn’t one to shirk from controversies, in fact, he basks in them. But his latest ambassadorial nomination of the immediate ex-service chiefs is presently seen as the biggest stunt of them all.

Miffed men and women of the wig and gown profession (aka lawyers) are alleging the shock nomination of the immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors on Thursday, was done to protect them from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Why would Buhari want to shield his ex-service chiefs, you’d wonder? The back story has it that it’s because of cases of the Nigerian military abusing the rights of many Nigerians under the ex-service chiefs abound.

Cases of extrajudicial killings under the ex-service chiefs, particularly the former Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, include but aren’t limited to;

  • The murder of hundreds of Shiite members in Zaria
  • The shooting of innocent civilians protesting at the Lekki Toll Gate Plaza last October 2020.
  • The extrajudicial killing of citizens of Oyigbo in Rivers State last November 2020.

Reports has it that ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had the court had received enough information to investigate General Buratai and his colleagues for alleged war crimes committed during the country’s battle against insurgency in the North-East under President Buhari.

The cause of the uproar over the ex-service chief’s ambassadorial nominations isn’t unconnected with the provisions of Article 29 of the Vienna Convention. That’s the crux of the matter.

Article 29 of the convention states:
“Diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. They are immune from civil or criminal prosecution, though the sending country may waive this right under Article 32.”

Long and short, Article 29 protects diplomats from arrest and grants them immunity against civil and criminal prosecution.

What the ex-service chiefs have to hide remain to be exposed but one thing is certain, the nominations indeed is very fishy.

What do you think about waiving Article 29 so powerful people can have no hiding place from the law?

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Suspected IPOB Members Fingered In Ebonyi Police Division Burning, 4 Vehicles Torched

Thugs Suspected In Arson Of Police Division

Youths of Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State might have to tread softly in the course of their normal business today. Why? Because suspected thugs have borrowed trouble for them by setting parts of the Police Division on fire.

Thugs suspected to be members of the controversial Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) have been labelled the suspects of the early Thursday morning arson of the the Onicha Divisional Headquarters in Isu.

The left wing of the division was damaged during the wee hours (reportedly 3.25am) attack on the unsuspecting police officers and four patrol vehicles in the process.

The manner with which armed ethnic groups have been emboldened in recent times isn’t unconnected to the security agencies sleeping on the job. The boldness is becoming crass and alarming.

According to preliminary investigations, the suspected IPOB members are alleging a police cover-up and protection of killer Fulani herders in the area, whom they alleged murdered one of their members, a certain Nwite Njoku.

Confirmed reports from the police has it that one police officer was inflicted with multiple machete cuts during the attack but he’s fortunately responding to treatment.

Recall the proscribed IPOB group has been behind recent efforts to drive out cattle herders of Fulani extraction from the Southeast region of the country. Trouble seems to follow these herders everywhere these days because youths and farmers from the usually calm Southwest want them out too.

IPOB’s mission has arguably earned cheers and jeers in equal measure because of the violent methods they’ve deployed to get the job done.

It’s bad enough there isn’t enough resources to police the state, now security won’t be getting any better in the area with this ugly development.

If you’re a stakeholder in the Southeast region’s security apparatchik, would you support the suspected IPOB members for attacking Police assets or you’d give them up to the police in a heartbeat?

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Lagos High Court Affirms Government’s Ban On Commercial Motorcycles And Tricycles On Major Roads

Okada And Marwa Ban On Major Roads Still In Force

Hopes of folks who are clamouring for the return of commercial motorcycles and tricycles, popularly known as Okada and Keke Marwa, to major roads (like 3rd Mainland Bridge and Ikorodu Road) in Lagos State, have been dimmed by a Lagos High Court.

Justice Mohammed Liman has stated and affirmed the state government’s contentious restriction of Okadas and Keke Marwas on major roads is in line with the Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018.

Lagos State government’s executive order authorising the restrictions was challenged in court by a fundamental rights lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje.

Reports of Okada and Keke Marwa operators fighting the State’s taskforce on the enforcement of restrictions are far too many to be quantified. Hundreds of bikes have been seized and many operators still get milked dry to retrieve their bikes and tricycles by men of the taskforce.

Justice Liman while dumping the case said Ogungbeje’s case lacked merit, that the restriction of operations within 6 local governments and 9 LCDAs is not an infringement of the fundamental human rights.

People who depend on Okadas and Keke Marwas as last-mile operators and the solution to the state’s many traffic headaches won’t like this ruling one bit. But it is what it is.

On the other hand, staff of the Emergency Room at the hospitals won’t be found complaining because Okada related casualties have dropped since the restrictions took place. One man’s meat being another’s poison.

Do you miss cutting through Lagos traffic on Okada? What do you think of Justice Liman’s ruling on the contentious ban on Okada and Marwa?

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Normalcy Returns To Oyo Farming Communities Reclaimed After Eviction Of Fulani Man Wakil

Farmers Planting Their Crops

The recent agitations by farmers for the reclamation of their communities from the controversial Fulani herdsmen in Oyo State is beginning to yield good fruits.

Reports from the office of the deputy Chairman of Oyo State Council of Obas, Oba Francis Alao, the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, has it that peace has returned to Kajola and other villages after the eviction of the belligerent Fulani named Iskiku Wakil.

The troublesome Wakil with his armed kinsmen had reportedly purged Cocoa and Cashew farmers from their farmlands, and destroyed their crops in a resettlement bid.

Though Wakil was still sighted within the vicinity of the farming communities, he hasn’t made attempts to foment trouble with locals who had reclaimed their farmlands and started replanting their crops.

Assistant Commissioner of Police in Oyo State in charge of Operations, confirmed the return of peace and normalcy to the various farming communities.

What months of dialogue couldn’t do, brute force seems to have achieved within a fortnight. Though dialogue is always the first option, doesn’t it look like it’s better to speak with a soft voice but wield a big club in certain negotiations?

In retrospect, could it be said the hardline methods adopted by self-appointed warriors like Sunday Igboho against the recalcitrant herders of Oyo State, has been worth it? Should further negotiation methods go the forceful way of evicting the stubborn herders or another one should be adopted?

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Moves Closer To Heading WTO As South Korean Challenger Drops Out Of Race

Last Woman Standing For WTO Job – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Another hurdle before former two-time Finance Minister of Nigeria, Madam Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s bid to become World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General, has been cleared.

Madam Okonjo-Iweala’s sole challenger, South Korea’s current Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, dropped out of the race for the top job on Friday following months of uncertainty over the office.

Barring other considerations, Okonjo-Iweala will be the first WTO leader (male or female) from Africa. Her appointment, however, will still require the approval of the US.

While she already has the backing of majority of the 164-member WTO, including the European Union, China, Japan and Australia, the Donald Trump-led United States of America stood in her path to rising to the WTO head office in Geneva.

In the statement Yoo Myung-hee gave about her pulling out of the race, she said her decision had been reached closely consulting with the United States.

Congratulations are in order to Mrs Okonjo-Iweala. Here’s hoping for more Africans to follow her footsteps on the global scene.

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American Missionary Bags 15 Years In Jail For Sexually Abusing Underage Girls In Kenya Orphanage

Convicted Sex Offender Gregory Dow

It is said you can only run from the long arm of the law but you can’t hide. That’s the case of bad Samaritan and American missionary, Gregory Dow, who got nailed for abusing underaged girls back in Kenya.

The Mother Theresa wannabe has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for his dirty deeds which saw his fleeing from the East African country in 2017. The dirty preacher’s sentence came after he pleaded guilty in the US to four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.

The dirty missionary started the orphanage with his wife in 2008 and part of the funding came from churches in Lancaster county of Philadelphia. What the people of Kenya didn’t know was Dow’s already a sex offender back in the US, and it didn’t take too long before the demons rose again in him.

Even more crazy is that fact that Dow’s wife took the poor girls to a medical clinic to put birth control devices into their arms so they can’t get pregnant. Talk about a couple from hell!

Gregory Dow thought he’d escaped when he fled Kenya after stories of his wickedness broke after two girls, aged 12 and 14, escaped the orphanage and shared their stories. He packed his bags and hightailed back home to the USA.

His luck, however, ran out when a Kenyan woman who lives in the US, returned home to care for her mother near the orphanage. She heard the horrible stories, and on her return to the US, did some snooping of her own and tipped the FBI off about the dirty Dow.

There’s no such thing as free lunch, as the popular saying goes. Africans need to be more aware and perceptive wolves in sheep clothing like Gregory Dow.

It is hoped African governments will do more to protect her people from abusers, who exploit people with the Bible. Hope the lessons have been learnt.

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Cameroon Goalkeeper Andre Onana Hit With Shock 12-Month Ban For Failing Drug Test

Ajax and Cameroon’s Onana Banned For Failing Drug Test

This isn’t a particularly great day for Africans in the sporting community as one of the continent’s brightest stars, Ajax of Armsterdam goalkeeper, Andre Onana has been hit with a shock 12-month ban for failing a drug test.

It is reported the agile Cameroon international who had kept nine clean sheets in 20 Eredivisie matches this season, took an out-of-competition test on October 30, 2020 and banned substance furosemide was found in his urine. The ban applies to all club and international football competitions.

His club, Ajax, said Onana had mistakenly taken a drug prescribed for his wife while feeling sick one morning. He said had mistaken the medicine for aspirin because the packaging was almost identical. The Ivory Coast’s Kolo Toure suffered the same ordeal some season ago, by the way. What’s up with footballers mistaking their wives’ medication for theirs in critical moments?

Ajax said they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the suspension imposed by UEFA because they believe Onana didn’t intentionally cheat. Onana is a hero and inspiration to a lot of upcoming young Africans who watch him play for Ajax in the European Champion’s league. It is hoped he will be cleared soon.

The question here is, do you think his explanation for mistakenly taking the drug checks out or he’s only hoping to exploit a loophole somewhere?

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