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El Zakzaky: The need for speedy trial

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By: Adetunji Morenike

longer is it news that the protest of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria(IMN), popularly known as the Shiites remains ceaseless in the streets of Kaduna and Abuja, over the bail denied their leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah.
When El Zakzaky was arrested over the deadly clash between members of the Shiites and the Nigerian army, little did people know that he would be behind bars almost three years after. In the incident that led to his apprehension, in which about 350 members of the group were reportedly killed by the Nigerian army, El Zakzaky and his wife were taken into State Security Service (SSS) custody without trial.
Subsequently, several efforts were made to get him and his wife released since their arrest in December 14, 2015, but all proved abortive. Months into his detention, El Zakzaky through his lawyer, Femi Falana, approached a Division of the Federal High Court in Abuja for his immediate release, saying that his continued detention without trial undermined his fundamental human rights. Although the court ordered the immediate release of El Zakzaky and his wife in 2016, they remain in SSS “protective custody”.
More chaos have sprung up over the years as members of the group protest on streets of Abuja, calling for the release of their leader. One recent scenario was when the group marched in their thousands and stormed Kubwa expressway in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It was reported that the Shiites blocked Dutse and Galadima ends of the expressway, causing traffic for hours as they chanted solidarity songs and displaying flags with El Zakzaky’s picture and that of another deceased member.
During this exercise, the group once again had a confrontation with the men of the Nigerian army, throwing stones and pebbles at the soldiers. The soldiers again retaliated, killing over 40 of the Shiites members, according to Amnesty international.
Members of the IMN claim that Shiites is a peaceful movement, however, many reports disagree. Recently, the police arrested some members of the movement in Zaria, Kaduna, for allegedly attacking police officers. Aside this, their processions have been said to be obstructing people from carrying out their daily activities and when police officers try to put them in check, they respond violently.
Many have faulted the military for firing shots at civilians, saying such action is inhumane. While we agree with this notion, we opine that managing protest, is not the responsibility of the military, but rather that of the police. The military are trained to use live ammunition, and this is not exactly a tool for putting a protest in check. The police however is supposed to be at the forefront of quelling the Shiites crisis, since the group is not tagged as a terrorist organisation.
On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, El Zakzaky and his wife were again denied bail. The judge, Justice Gideon Kurada in his ruling said that the accused persons did not provide substantial medical evidence to grant them bail. He however said that the matter would enjoy accelerated hearing from the next sitting, January 22, 2019.
Mean while, it is important to note that going forward, security operatives need to turn up their sleeves and ensure synergy with other relevant agencies to ensure proper handling of this sensitive matter during and after the trial, regardless the outcome.
Just as promised, the court should ensure rapid trial of the accused because of the security of the lives involved. The nation cannot afford to have another security threat resulting from this, the dangers of not quickly addressing the situation may be unbearable.
Already, Shiites affiliation in Iran, in one of their protests on the continued detention of the accused, have sternly warned the Nigerian government and threatened “In Sha Allah, by overthrowing the government of Nigeria, we will free Zakzaky and teach a good lesson to them.” This warning should not be disregarded as mere bluff, but should be taken seriously and met with proper strategy.

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Kano CP Apologises To NBA Over illegal Arrest

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The Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakili has on Thursday apologised to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over molestation and unlawful arrest of its members by policemen.

The apology came barely 24 hours to expiration of a 48-hour ultimatum by the Kano NBA to Wakili.

The Nation reports the NBA in a statement on Wednesday said armed policemen had molested and arrested its members working at an election petition secretariat.

The association also accused Wakili of being partisan in the discharge of his duty.

However, on receiving the information about the ultimatum, the commissioner appeared at the NBA secretariat on today to tender an unreserved apology.

Speaking to newsmen after the visit, Wakili said he decided to come by himself to say sorry after he investigated the incident that led to the arrest and detention of two lawyers.

“After receiving the complaint and even heard it through the media, I launched an investigation and found that they were unlawfully arrested.

“Therefore, I deemed it fit to go there myself and tender my apology. I am a Police man who discharges his duty within the concept of law,” he said.

The CP also urged the association and other people to challenge him whenever he goes contrary to law.

The state secretary of the association, Mujtaba Adamu-Ameen, commended the CP for the gesture, describing him as a professional and ethical cop.

“As you can see, the CP abided by our ultimatum. He came here and apologised. This show that he is a professional and disciplined Corp,” he said

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President Buhari Needs Four More Years to Finish his Task….Garba

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– Garba, Deputy Chairman, APC Progressives Network
 
Awwal Garba A. D. is a Nigerian and British trained Economist of a rare breed.  He attended the Bayero University Kano, Nigeria and the City University, London, United Kingdom, from which institutions he meritoriously obtained his first and second university degrees.
 
Awwal is a major player in the global oil and gas sector. With particular interest in Nigeria, he has developed a proclivity for discovering untapped resources within the sector and has over the years, successfully built his chain of business interests under the Magma Group, nationally and globally.
 
He is also the Deputy Chairman, APC Progressives Network and Chairman, Game Changers Media.
 
In this interview, while advising politicians to stop politics of money and vote –buying as 2019 elections approach, Awwal Garba also bares his mind on the APC Government, the political terrain, as well as other sundry issues.
 
Excerpts:
 
You are an economist into oil and gas operations, what informed your foray into the terrain?
 
Apart from the motive of making money, I have an affinity with the oil and gas sector of the economy; I look at there as where I belong, although I come from a family where the stock in trade was commodity. My father was an importer and exporter of commodity products.
I was motivated into the sector by the desire to make a change, especially in the upstream sector of the industry where it is believed that it is only the oyibos (foreigners) that hold sway therein.
Of course also in that direction would be the desire to contribute one’s quota to the national economy, in terms of creating jobs, which of course would help in giving the youths a sense of worth and direction.
 
Tell us about the APC Progressives Network, which you chair
 
The network has an endorsement from the All Progressives Congress to promote the president and contribute with ideas. Of course, you would agree that in campaigning you need ideas. Politics is all about people, followers; people who can bring in value. In the same vein, the network tries to reach the grassroots and places the party has not touched, bringing in more value.
 
What are your plans for 2019 elections?
 
It is to ensure that there are free and fair elections. We want to make sure about that because we know that if the elections are free and fair, President Buhari will continue in office. He’ll win the election.
 
Does he deserve a second term and why?
 
Yes, he deserves a second term. First of all, we need a leader who is clean because when the head is clean, the middle and bottom will also be because they would be put in a position where they are wary. But if the top is rotten, then it is corruption galore. We need a leader like Buhari whom money does not mean anything to. A president who is so humble, he can even stand with cows. He is simple, not extravagant, qualities he has officially demonstrated which can be widely attested to. I believe that with him coming back, God sparing his life, he will achieve a lot.
 
Do you have any political ambition?
No. I am more on the kingmaker’s side.
 
Why?
Because I enjoy what I do and I believe that political adventure would not allow me the concentration I need on my business operations. I would not be able to achieve set goals by not being on top of them. Besides, no other office really excites me. Being a president of Nigeria would not excite me. I am missing nothing in life.  I love the freedom I have. I can drive myself and travel when I want to, jump on a plane without the glare associated with a president’s office, without the entourage and all the protocol.
 
As Deputy Chairman of Game Changers Media, what is its unique selling point?
 
The Game Changer was established to highlight the differences and show that the Muhammadu Buhari administration continues to change the whole game; from Agriculture, Corruption to Healthcare and very importantly, to unite Nigerians and give them a sense of belonging, while stoking the embers of patriotism.
If you go to Ghana today, you will be shocked to realise the level of their patriotism. A taxi driver always has the Ghanaian flag in his cab as every household, like it was in America perhaps before the Trump era when American schools taught American history, the need to be patriotic and love for country. So patriotism is very important. Game Changer is here to bring awareness about patriotism.
 
Being such a busy person, do you find time to wind down?
 
When I was in my 20’s, I used to be a gym fanatic and could not do without the gym. I also played polo. The pressure of work increased with growth and time for things like that shrank. So whatever time I can squeeze out now for personal issues, I spend it with my wife and two children. We take the children to game parks when they are on holidays and try to have a feel of their minds by coming down to their level and appreciating them.
 
What is your advice to politicians as we await the 2019 elections?
We should stop the politics of money and vote-buying. We should allow Nigerians to vote for candidates of their choice without influencing them. It is a disgrace to buy one’s way into a public office. When that happens, you look at yourself as a businessman and begin to fashion out ways to recoup spent money. This is what has been happening for ages. Only a person voted in by merit would think of improving the lives of the people.
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2019 Election: Inspector General Police Redeploys AIGs, Commissioner

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Following the decoration of newly promoted Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police at the Force Headquarters, today, 6th February, 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the posting and redeployment of the following Senior Police Officers to Zones, Formations and Commands as follows:

i. AIG Wilson A. Inalegwu – AIG Zone 9, Umuahia ii. AIG Abdul Dahiru Danwawo – AIG Maritime iii. AIG Adeyemi O. Ogunjemilusi, mni – Directing Staff NIPPS iv. AIG Maurice A. Yusuf – AIG Research and Planning v. AIG Ibrahim Lamorde, mni – AIG Force Intelligence Bureau vi. AIG Murtala Mani, mni – AIG FORCE CID vii. AIG Tijani Baba – AIG Zone 7, Abuja viii. AIG Dibal Yakadi, mni – AIG Zone 5, Benin ix. AIG Haruna Huzi Mshelia, mni – AIG Zone 3, Yola x. AIG Mohammed Mustapha – AIG Zone 10, Sokoto xi. AIG Musa A. Kimo – AIG Zone 6, Calabar xii. AIG Adeleye Olusola Oyebade, mni – AIG Zone 11, Osogbo xiii. AIG Basen Dapiya Gwana – AIG Zone 12, Bauchi xiv. AIG Karma Hosea Hassan – AIG Staff College, Jos xv. AIG Folawiyo David, mni – AIG Training & Development xvi. AIG Zana Ibrahim, mni – Commandant POLAC, Kano xvii. AIG Chris Ezike – AIG Zone 4, Makurdi xviii. AIG Moses A. Jitiboh, mni – AIG Investment, FHQ xix. CP Mu’azu Zubairu – CP Lagos State Command xx. CP Ahmed Iliyasu – CP Ogun State Command xxi. CP Mohammed Wakili – CP Kano State Command xxii. CP Austin Iwero Agbonlahor – CP Cross River Command xxiii. CP Damian Chukwu – CP Borno Command xxiv. CP Sumonu Abdulmalik – CP Yobe Command xxv. CP Asuquo Amba – CP Ekiti Command xxvi. CP Abiodun Ige – CP Osun Command xxvii. CP Ibrahim Sabo – CP Niger Command xxviii. CP Alkasim Sanusi – CP Taraba State xxix. CP Garba M. Mukaddas – CP Adamawa Command xxx. CP Omololu Bishi – CP Benue Command xxxi. CP Bola Longe – CP Nasarawa Command xxxii. CP Isaac Akinmoyede – CP Plateau Command xxxiii. CP Aminu I. Saleh – CP Bayelsa Command xxxiv. CP Adeleke Yinka – CP Delta Command xxxv. CP Bashir Makama – CP Akwa-Ibom Command xxxvi. CP Awosola Awotunde – CP Ebonyi Command xxxvii. CP Belel Usman – CP Rivers Command xxxviii.CP Bello Makwashi – CP Gombe Command xxxix. CP Abdulrahman Ahmed – CP Kaduna Command xl. CP Bala Ciroma – CP FCT Command xli. CP Akeem Busari – CP Kogi Command xlii. CP Galadinchi Dasuki – CP Imo Command xliii. CP Suleiman Balarabe – CP Enugu Command xliv. CP Dandaura Mustafa – CP Anambra Command xlv. CP Etim Ene Okon – CP Abia Command xlvi. CP Ibrahim Kaoje – CP Sokoto Command xlvii. CP Celestine Okoye – CP Zamfara Command xlviii. CP Garba Danjuma – CP Kebbi Command xlix. CP Undie Andie – CP Ondo Command l. CP Olukolu Sina – CP Oyo Command li. CP Ali Janga – CP Bauchi Command lii. CP Rabiu Ladodo – CP Jigawa Command liii. CP Buba Sanusi – CP Katsina Command liv. Ag. CP Egbetokun Kayode – CP Kwara Command lv. Ag. CP Odumosu Akeem – CP Edo CommandThe Inspector General of Police charges the AIGs and CPs to diligently and professionally discharge their duties according to the Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.The posting and the redeployment of the affected Senior Police Officers is with immediate effectACP FRANK MBA FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA

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