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Nnamdi Kanu: You’ll pay heavily – HURIWA slams Igbo leaders over IPOB leader



Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has slammed Igbo leaders, saying they will pay a heavy price for abandoning the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

HURIWA claims it is in the interests of Igbo political elites, the political movers and shakers and those who control the levers of political and economic powers on behalf of the Igbo nation that nothing evil happens to Nnamdi Kanu.

HURIWA made the claims against the backdrops of frightening revelations by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome and Counsel to the detained Indigenous People of Biafra Activist, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor about the rapidly deteriorating health conditions of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu their client.

“We are urging the political elites to have a change of heart and galvanise support for the clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the vicious circles of persecution and dehumanising episodes that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is subjected to as a PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who has not treated other regional charismatic defenders from the North such as Sheikh Gumi the way the administration has maltreated Nnamdi Kanu and his followers in the South East,” HURIWA said in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko

The Rights group alleged that the political elite of the South East has not sufficiently spoken out to convince President Muhammadu Buhari to end the persistent violation of the constitutionally guaranteed human Rights of Nnamdi Kanu and thousands of his followers jailed, chastised, dehumanised and killed extrajudicially by government-controlled armed security forces.

HURIWA said it has for the umpteenth time, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to authorise the Nigerian Medical Association (NBA) to send a medical delegation to see what can be done to deliver immediate medical relief in detention for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The rights group wonders why President Buhari has refused to listen to wise counsel to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu based on medical grounds.

HURIWA commended the lawyers to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for their passionate interest to see that the security situation in the South East does not deteriorate to uncontrollable limits by quickly alerting the world about the disconcerting and shocking deterioration of the health of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The group called on Igbo elites who abandoned Nnamdi Kanu to chase after national honours from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to abandon their cowardly hypocrisy and self-centredness for the good of the good people of Igboland.

“It is said that those elites who have more to lose should any crisis arise in South East if anything negative should happen to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are simply not doing anything to put pressures on President Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu at least based on health grounds.

These elites will invariably lose out of political power because if the South East becomes ungovernable, where else will they exercise authority as political leaders of South East.?”

HURIWA recalled that Chief Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Monday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of his client.

Kanu has been in DSS custody for over 14 months since his arrest and extradition from Kenya to Nigeria. He is on trial for a treasonable felony.

In July, the United Nation Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, in a 16-page report, indicted both Nigerian and Kenyan governments for the arrest, torture and continued detention of the IPOB leader.

In a letter on Monday, Ozekhome called on Buhari to order Kanu’s immediate release through a more productive “political solution”.

Ozekhome said Buhari can order Kanu’s release in line with section 174, which gives the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) powers to “discontinue at any stage before judgment is delivered any such criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by him or any other authority or person”.

” You can do this by instructing the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation to wield his powers under section 174 of the 1999 Constitution to enter a “nolle prosequi”.

This will immediately halt the present restlessness and sits-at-home mantra currently ravaging the South East and paralysing business and normal life,” Ozekhome said.

HURIWA applauded Chief Ozekhome and called for the immediate freedom of Nnamdi Kanu and his followers jailed for the last 7 years only for publicly canvassing self-determination which is backed by the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.


Bush burning responsible for fire incident at FRCN, Kaduna — Official



The Kaduna State Fire Service has said bush burning was responsible for the fire incident at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Kaduna.

Assistant Commandant of the service, Ayuba Yohanna, made the confirmation on Sunday in a phone conversation in Kaduna.

According to him, the fire started from bush burning at the back of the procurement office. He said the officers on duty rushed to the scene after receiving the distress call at around 1:45 pm.

Yohanna said two offices at the procurement department were affected with no lives lost or injuries.

Recall that Mohammed Malagi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, visited the station on Friday where he promised to carry out reforms at both the radio station and  NTA.

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Doctors appeal to LASG on improved welfare, as 15 die within six months



The Medical Guild has appealed to the Lagos State Government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers, saying 15 doctors died within six months in the state.

The Chairman of Guild, Dr Sa’eid Ahmad, made the disclosure during a news conference ahead of the guild’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference, on Sunday, in Lagos.

The Medical Guild is the association of medical doctors under the employment of the Lagos state government.

Ahmad noted that the past year has been particularly challenging for the guild due to ongoing co-morbidities exacerbated by manpower bleed and the attendant severe overwork among members at service points and a number of members’ deaths.

“The intensity of the attendant sense of loss was probably brought to its peak with the tragic event of collapsed elevator in the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, which claimed the life of our young colleague, Late Dr Vwaere Diaso.

“This was to be followed by end-on-end demises of some additional colleagues, sometimes, multiple over a few days,” he said.

Ahmad stressed that the sad events serve as an inescapable wake-up call to intensify vigilance towards self-care, and deepen the level of engagement with the government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers in the state.

“These, afterall, are the people in whose hands the health and lives of the people are entrusted,” he said.

To address the situation, Ahmad said that the guild, through a series of emergency General Assemblies and consultations, developed a comprehensive position paper.

He said the paper drew the attention of the state government to urgently take actions to salvage the spiraling health of the health workers.

Ahmad said that the document identified the roots of the welfare problems culminating in massive exodus, and proffered practical and workable solutions.

 ”We had demanded short, medium and long-term solution categories to these problems, including the basic need for healthcare workers to be able to obtain much needed care themselves within the system in which they work.

 ”This document has indeed formed the cornerstone of highest level policy discussions with the Government of Lagos state on behalf of our members.

“It is our hope that these discussions produce policy pronouncements and actionable directives at any moment,” he said.

He disclosed that the guild, through its Office of Social Welfare, spent N21.5 million in responding promptly to some of its sick members and support for families of bereaved members in times of loss.

The Chairman said the guild had embarked on housing mortgage and automobile facilities in a bid to provide members decent accommodation and mobility to ease their commuting to work.

Ahmad commended the government for resolving all issues of stagnation and demotion of In-service trained specialists and financial implementation of same since August 2023.

Speaking on the forthcoming AGM and Scientific Conference, Ahmad said that week-long activities, which began on Sunday, would feature medical outreach, cancer awareness campaign, lecture series, among others.

Ahmad noted that tapping into these intellectual reservoirs by health policy makers and other stakeholders would yield benefits.

 He said it would greatly enhance appropriate policy formulation and implementation strategies for the overall benefit of saving lives and improving wellbeing of the people.

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I will embark on constant raiding of black spots in Osun — CP Isyaku Mohammed



By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

The New Commissioner Of Police, CP Isyaku Mohammed has said the State Command will embark on constant raiding of the black spots and criminals hideouts across the state.

The new CP disclosed this at the Police headquarters, Osogbo, State capital on Friday, said he has directed all formations to draw up action plans to actualise missions that will instantly arrest prevalent crimes in their areas to the barest minimum.

Mohammed stated that during his stay in the state as chief law enforcer he will provide credible leadership that is professional and accountable to the people through intelligence-led, community-oriented.

He noted that he is open to constructive criticisms and welcomes all manners of suggestions that will aid his administration in providing better police services to the good people of Osun State.

He urged the residents of the State to join forces with the State Command to make the State a peace-haven for all.

He said, “This occasion offers me an opportunity to meet with you, the Fourth Estate of the Realm, and invite you to share in my mission of making Osun state a safe haven and home of peace for all who live and carry-on legitimate businesses therein. Together we shall all chart a good course in policing the State; and I therefore, solicit for your generous cooperation in sustaining the already existing strong synergy and good working relationship between you and the officers of the Command.

“I want to clearly state that as the chief law enforcer of the state, my mission is to bring to reality the vision of the Inspector-General of Police of zero tolerance to corruption, a secured environment for citizens to thrive, policing with International best practices, upholding the Rule of Law, and Respect for fundamental Human Rights of all citizens.

“All these I shall strive hard to achieve, especially with the support of team-spirited Officers and men I met in the Command, together with the cooperation of other security agencies in the state and stakeholders such as the traditional rulers, religious leaders, public spirited associations, students and youth leaders etc; as security is a collective responsibility. I have no doubt that, together we shall fight all criminal elements in the State to a standstill and Osun State will not be a safe haven for criminals to breed.

“In arrival, I received briefings on the security state of the Command, especially with respect to pockets of prevalent crimes such as: Cultism, Rape/ Defilement, Land Grabbing, Communal clashes etc.

“This will be immediately followed by a tour of the formations for on the ground/spot assessment of every locality within the state to ascertain their peculiarities, as I lead this mission of keeping the state safe, from the front,” the CP added.

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