The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has threatened to drag the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to court over alleged unlawful arrest, torture and detention of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and other agitators in Nigeria.
The leadership of MASSOB petitioned the United Nations, African Union, United States of America, G8 nations and international human right organizations to save IPOB from political annihilation.
MASSOB made this known through a statement signed by the National Director of Information, Comrade Edeson Samuel, and forwarded to newsmen, yesterday.
The group called on the international community to sanction the Nigerian government led by Buhari for allegedly abusing human rights and annihilation of IPOB in Nigeria.
The statement reads in part, “We call on the United Nations, African Union, United States of America, G8 Nations and International Human Rights Organizations to sanction Nigeria state for her anti human rights abuses and terrorist activities of the Fulani tribe backed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
“This atrocious act of Nigeria government has led to the killings, unlawful arrest, abductions, tortured and detentions of innocent Biafra agitators.
“We wish to inform the people of Biafra that MASSOB has finalized plans through our legal team to sue Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigerian government to the international criminal court of Justice, Hague.
“MASSOB warned that nothing harmful will ever happen to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho and other Biafra/Oduduwa freedom agitators that have been held, tortured, starved and denied medical attention.
“MASSOB condemned the insensitivities of Nigeria combined security agents on swooping on non violence members of Oduduwa Republic agitators in their rally at Lagos.
“Nigeria security brutalities and clampdowns on both Biafra and Oduduwa Republics agitators will never deter us from pursuing our independence goals.
“Muhammadu Buhari is known as a religious fanatic and a tyrannous element who always grabs power forcefully. In 1983 as a military president when he took over power through military coup, he kidnapped Alhaji Umaru Dikko in a foreign country, he tried to smuggle him back to Nigeria in a box before the country’s security personnel intercepted him. Today, it’s Nnamdi Kanu who knows his next victim.”
The group however chided Buhari for re-arresting Kanu and declaring him a terrorist while keeping silent on the activities of murderous and terrorist Fulani herdsmen armed with AK47 rifles. They kill people at will; they are being pampered as the president’s kinsmen.
“MASSOB will continue to keep the world on notice that Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State are the real instigators and sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria.
“The only solution to Nigerian political and ethnic crises is to conduct a referendum to allow the indigenous people to decide if they still want to remain in Nigerian or not,” the group stressed.
FG Sets Up To Recover Illegally Refined Crude Oil
In a bid to block revenue leakages, the Federal Government, yesterday, inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial Committee to tackle illegal refining of crude oil in the Niger Delta region of the country.
Members of the committee, who took their oath at the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, were drawn from the Ministry of Defence, the Nigerian Army, the Navy, Defence Headquarters, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as from the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Environment, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA).
The Solicitor-General of the Federation (SGF), and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Umar Mohammed, who represented the AGF at the event, said the major mandate of the committee, was “the recovery of illegally refined petroleum products (crude oil) in the dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
According to the SGF, “In line with the policy of the current administration on security and economy, as well as the preservation of the environment from negative hazards.
“The office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in collaboration with all stakeholders, have put in place a mechanism for effective and efficient management of illegally refined products recovered from dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta.
“This mechanism was agreed by the relevant stakeholders and submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, who considered and approved the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the purpose of implementing the Mechanism known as Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) For the Recovery of Illegally Refined Petroleum Products (Crude Oil) in the Dug-Up Pit found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
The SGF said the Federal Ministry of Justice would coordinate the process and the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
“The responsibility of the Inter-Ministerial Committee is to detect, report, evacuate, assess and ensure transparent disposal of the product with due consideration to the environment.
“The Inter-Ministerial Committee shall be guided by the SOP, developed for the project.
“The content of the SOP is drawn from the provision of the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations 2019.
“It is my hope that the proceeds from this exercise will be a source of additional revenue for the country”, the SGF added.
FRSC Threatens Sanction Against Fleet Operators Over Speed Limit
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will sanction any fleet operator found sabotaging the implementation of the Speed Limit Device.
Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the 2021 annual safety managers retreat yesterday in Abuja.
The retreat aimed at sensitising safety managers on the implementation of the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme to attain best practices in fleet operations.
The theme of the retreat is: “Assessment of Speed Limit Device Implementation in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”.
Oyeyemi, represented by Deputy Corps Marshal, Motor Vehicle operations, Mr Hyginus Foumsuk, said that the corps would also sanction Speed Limit Device vendors identified for complicity.
The corps marshal expressed concern on the spate of road accidents and needless loss of lives, especially involving fleet operators.
“These, according to many experts investigations, could have been avoided if the concerned safety managers had been responsive in their duties,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that recent findings by the corps have also revealed a low level of compliance on the installation of Speed Limit Device and associated sharp practices among some fleet operators.
He noted that these practices included tampering with Speed Limit Device and connivance with vendors to deceive enforcement operatives.
This, he said, was with compliance certificates without actual installation of the device, calibration above the approved speed limits and others.
According to him, these shall no longer be tolerated as the corps will not hesitate to sanction violators henceforth.
Oyeyemi urged relevant stakeholders to address the decline on the proper vehicle maintenance as well as implementation of the passenger manifest by fleet operators and the drivers’ recruitment policy.
“We all know the essence of the passenger manifest and the significance of its proper implementation. You are therefore urged to take these issues seriously in the interest of safety.
“Passenger manifest is considered pivotal, thus its enforcement should continue along other traffic offences to compel the needed compliance. It is therefore pertinent that strict adherence to the existing policies be sustained,” he said.
“There is need for fleet operators to introduce improved practices to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers in compliance with traffic regulations.
The Director-General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Mr Babatunde Irukera, commended the efforts of the corps on road safety.
Irukera noted that injury and fatality on the road were caused by speed, describing speed as a catalyst, aggravator and mitigator.
He urged motorists to take cognisance look into installing Speed Limit Device to avoid road traffic crashes and save lives and property.
He, however, assured FRSC of the commission’s support to punish violators, saying that excessive speed attracts a penalty.
Sokoto Assembly Approves 2021 Virement Request Of N155m
The Sokoto State House of Assembly yesterday approved Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s request of N155 million virement warrant on some capital projects in 2021 approved budget.
This approval followed the consideration of a letter by the state governor presented at the plenary by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida.
Alhaji Bello Ambarura, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in the assembly, had moved a motion asking the lawmakers to consider the request at its plenary session.
Ambarura said that the request was necessitated by the present administration’s commitment to addressing a number of developmental projects.
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