Protest In Lagos Over ‘Obasanjo’s Plans To Install Interim Government’

A pro-democracy group has staged a rally in Lagos State against an alleged plot by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to install an interim government.

The protest was led by the Coalition for Defence of Democracy in Nigeria (CDDN).

The group claimed it had credible intelligence that Obasanjo’s political allies were hell-bent on making the country ungovernable.

CDDN, therefore, called on the Nigerian Government to “drop its tolerant attitude and put pressure on Obasanjo to immediately call off all the attacks planned against the interests of Nigeria”.

Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Rachel Okpara, the Executive Director of CDDN, appealed to the international community to call Obasanjo, Atiku and other incendiary members of the opposition to order “before they sink the nation”.

She said: “We are telling the world that there is credible intelligence that a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is the one that hatched the plan to destroy the country in conjunction with his political allies. It was for this reason that Obasanjo released his so called ‘Points for Concern and Action’, a document that has now been confirmed as intended to incite Nigerians as a precursor to the orgy of violence that his co-planners will unleash on the country.

“We are also asserting that more than the emergence of an interim government that the Federal Government refers to, Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, and other opposition elements have their sight on an outright coup to overthrow Nigeria’s democracy. It is for this reason that Obasanjo returned to his vomit after vowing that God will never forgive him if he ever supported Atiku.

“CDDN is not going to adopt the tolerant indifference that the Federal Government is showing to a threat of this magnitude, which with all certainty will throw the nation into chaos. The Federal Government might be worried about being described as clamping down on dissent and the opposition, but we have no such political tight-rope balancing to do. We see things from the perspective of the immediate and long-term impact on citizens. The safety of Nigerians is superior to whatever offices could be won or lost by officials of the Federal Government.

“He has links to Boko Haram, Terwase Akwaza (Gana), the miscreants in Kano and the Nigerien mercenaries; he should be persuaded to reel them in so that Nigeria is not plunged into crisis. The Federal Government omitted to mention them, but we are aware that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a designated terror organisation, and militants in the Niger Delta have been contacted by a particular running mate to a presidential candidate to carry out the destabilisation in the South-East and South-South.

“CDDN hereby puts the groups that have been contracted to carry out these attacks on notice. The will of Nigerians towers above their capacity for evil and the supremacy of the Nigerian state and its capacity to respond to the threat they pose is not in doubt. They have the obvious option of backing down and calling their assigned mission off now before it is too late, because Nigerians will support the government to unleash the full strength of the state against these threats, even if it means embarking on emergency conscription to defeat evil.

“We appeal to the international community to call Obasanjo, Atiku and other incendiary members of the opposition to order. They should be held responsible since they are the ones that have been propping up the groups and individuals named in the planned attacks. The international community must make it clear to these elements that any contraption that emerges from truncation of Nigeria’s democracy will not be accepted. They should prevail on Obasanjo and his ilk to desist from the plot to throw Nigeria into chaos.”

Breaking News : Buhari Suspends Onnoghen, Swears In Tanko Mohammed As Acting CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeira (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The President announced the suspension at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday. 

He said the action followed the order of the CCT directing him to suspend Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial.

The President consequently swore in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. 

Mohammed who hails from Bauchi state is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court.

EXCLUSIVE: How Onnoghen Postponed NJC Meeting Indefinitely For Fear Of Being Suspended

fears he could be suspended by the council.

The NJC held its 87th meeting on October 3 and October under the chairmanship of Onnoghen. At the end of the meeting, it recommended the appointment one Supreme Court Justice, three chief judges, three other judges of state high courts and a judge each for the Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal. The 88th meeting was to hold on Tuesday January 15, 2019.

But days earlier, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had slammed fraudulent asset declaration charges against the CJN at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Afraid that the NJC could suspend him because of this, Onnoghen — despite knowing that NJC members were already in Abuja for that purpose — postponed the meeting.

Notice of the postponement, served by Soji Oye, NJC’s Director of Information, read: “Sir/Ma, I am directed by The Honorable, The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Hon. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON to inform you that the 88th Meeting of the Council slated for Tuesday 15th, January, 2019 has been postponed to a later date to be communicated to you. 

“Any inconvenience this might cause you is highly regretted. Please, accept the assurances of the high regards of His Lordship, Hon. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON.”

A source familiar with the development told SaharaReporters that Onnoghen took the step after advice from his lawyers, knowing the antecedent of the council.

“On June 15, 2018, the members of the National Judicial Council had assembled in Abuja to attend the statutory meeting if the body. To the surprise of the members the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen decided to postpone the meeting indefinitely,” he said.

“Even though no reason was adduced for the postponement of the meeting, Justice Onnoghen was not sure that the body would not suspend him until the conclusion of the case of false declaration of assets pending against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The fear of Justice Onnoghen is not unfounded as the National Judicial Council has placed all judges who are on trial on suspension pending the conclusion of criminal cases filed against them as a result of the 2016 arrest of judges for corruption. 

“Justice John Okoro of the Supreme Court was recalled from suspension because he was not charged with any offence while Justice Ugwuta has not been recalled from suspension. As Justice Onnoghen would have been interdicted if the National Judicial Council had met he was advised by his lawyers and close confidants in the judiciary to shift the meeting till a later date when the coast would become clear. The Chief Justice followed the advice and directed that the meeting be postponed.”

Onnoghen has shunned the two sittings of the CCT so far, the tribunal setting aside subsisting orders of a Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining it from proceeding with the case.

At the last sitting on Tuesday, Justice Danladi Umar, Chairman of the CCT, ruled that the order issued by the two courts directing the tribunal to discontinue the case are not binding on the tribunal.

He declared the orders null and void, holding that the tribunal was established by the constitution and could not be stopped by orders of the two courts.

He therefore ruled that the tribunal would proceed with the case, and he directed the defendant to move his preliminary application challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Fake Assistant Commissioner Of Police, 213 Others Arrested In Akwa Ibom

Authorities of the Akwa Ibom Police Command have paraded one Kingsley Udoyen, for impersonating an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

He was paraded alongside 213 other suspects on Thursday. The suspects have been charged with various offenses ranging from murder to kidnapping, child stealing, defilement and armed robbery. The offences took place in January 2019.

Briefing newsmen on the arrests made so for, Musa Kimo, the state Commissioner of Police, said the impersonator used the position to defraud and  threaten unsuspecting members of the public.

According to Kimo, Kingsley Udoyen of 3, Stadium Road, Abak, was arrested on January 2, 2019 for impersonating a Senior Police Officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), a position he has used to defraud and threaten unsuspecting members of the public.

“A search in his house led to the recovery of one English pistol without magazine and ammunition, portraits of the Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), three pairs of uniforms, Police belt, fake Police ID card, and other documents from the suspect,” Kimo added.

Also, a total of 213 suspects were arrested during the period under review; 111 were charged to court. While some are undergoing investigation, those not culpable were released. The command secured 18 convictions. The suspects arrested committed offences ranging from murder, kidnapping, child stealing, defilement, stealing, armed robbery.

The command also arrested some men for defiling minors. Joseph Effiong (aged 29) from Ikono Local Government Area and a security man at Royal City Central Chapel Church, Uyo, was accused of luring lured a four-year-old to an uncompleted building and defiling her on January 13, 2019. Joseph Sunday Essien of Ifa Ikot Obong was accused of defiling his 13-year-old step-daughter. Similarly, on January 13, 2019, one Edet Inyang Edem was arrested for defiling a 10-year-old and abandoning the victim at Use Offot Market Squad in Uyo.

Martins Okon Asuquo and Iboro Edet Etim, a self-confessed cultist of Red Skin Confraternity, was accused of robbing one Josephine Nkweke of Ekpene Ukim village in Uran LGA in her provision store on January 14, 2019, while Odudu Emem Hanson was arrested for robbing one Bright Uffi Okpoyo of No.1 Ebet Aya Street and collecting cash, phones, and other valuables on January 20, 2019.

Eight cultists, namely: Ukeme Etim Udosen, Victor Isaiah Joshua, Kingsley Aniedi Sampson, Ndifreke Bassey Isaac, Samuel Friday Nnana, Idongesit Effiong Asuquo, David Nicodemus Effiong, Daniel Aniedi Nnana, all male, were arrested as suspected members of the Iceland Marine Patrol (IMP). The arrest was made at Udemy plaza, Ekom Iman Junction on January 9, 2019, who attacked and almost murdered one Uduak Willie Bob of Ikot Oku Ikono village in Uyo LGA, among others.

JUST IN: 34 Political Parties Adopt Atiku As Presidential Candidate.

Thirty-four political parties in Ogun State under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have adopted former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as their candidate for the February 16 presidential election.

Rising from an enlarged meeting held on Thursday at the Sagamu residence of Gbenga Daniel, a former Governor of Ogun State and Deputy Chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (South), the leadership of the political parties and their candidates at all levels unanimously agreed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had failed in its electoral promises to the people.

They, thereafter, endorsed Atiku.

Addressing the gathering, which also had the representatives of Afenifere, the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, the Igbo, Hausa and South-South communities, as well as the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Razak Eyiowuawi, the National Chairman of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) and Assistant Secretary of the Steering Committee of CUPP, said the main aim of the body is to “save Nigeria from insecurity, violence and hardship which has become the order of the day and the only way out of the impending danger is to vote out the ruling party by coming together as one united front to usher in a new administration”.

Speaking on behalf of the Labour Party in Ogun, its former Chairman and House of Representatives candidate, Niyi Osoba, said it would be “shameful if APC returns to power under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari who has constantly exhibited lack of capacity to govern”.

In his remarks, Chief Tayo Onayemi, a former local government Chairman and a chieftain of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), stated that the “incompetence of the Buhari administration is very conspicuous as a government, which has been operating as a failure since inception which calls for a change”.

Other leaders of respective political parties took turns to speak at the occasion and charged their members to vote for Atiku.

In his remarks, Gbenga Daniel thanked the leadership of the coalition group for their support.

According to him, the current situation in the country calls for a radical departure from the status quo and this could only be achieved through collective efforts and engagement of all well-meaning Nigerians, irrespective of their political inclinations.

His words: “The coming election will be very close, hence everybody’s vote matters. What you have done today has further driven home the decision by 47 political parties throughout the federation which had earlier pledged their support for Atiku Abubakar at the national level.

“It will be recalled that the current government based its campaign on three major issues of provision of security, fighting corruption and improvement of the economy none of which they executed as we speak. Instead, they revised the fortunes of the country from one of the largest economies in the third world during former President Jonathan’s era to the poverty capital of the world according to global statistics.

“It has come to a stage where we have to rescue the country and this cannot be successfully done by one political party but a joint effort of all. It, therefore, becomes expedient to present a formidable united front to wrest power form the incumbent party, APC.

“The choice of Atiku as the  preferred candidate is germane because everybody will have a sense of belonging in the government of inclusiveness of the PDP under the watch of the former Vice President Atiku who has promised to restructure the country on assumption of office.”

Also present at the meeting were Chief Kunle Majekodunmi, the Chairman of Afenifere in Ogun State; Chief Ibukun Ojosipe, Ogun PDP Deputy Chairman and Gboyega Okenla, a lawyer.