​African commission on human and peoples rights confirmation of gross violation on IPOB : what next

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The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, which reports to the African Union (AU) is a quasi-judicial body tasked with promoting and protecting human rights and collective peoples rights throughout the African continent as well as interpreting the African Charter on Human and Peoples rights and adjudication of individual complaints brought before the Commission against member States.

On March 8, 2018, the Commission issued a caution letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in a landmark ruling indicting the Federal Government and its Armed forces of grossly violating the right of the Indigenous People of Biafra {IPOB}and her supreme leader, Citizen Nnamdi Kanu. The Nigerian government was warned to desist from taking any further action against Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights complaint placed three main issues for the consideration of the commission, to wit: Nnamdi Kanu’s trial, Operation Python Dance and its aftermaths in the Southeast of Nigeria including the military invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s family home in Umuahia, and declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization.

Following the wake of unabated genocidal clampdown orchestrated by the Federal Government of Nigeria to the non-violent Biafran populace, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) led by Citizen Nnamdi Kanu, who are lawfully exercising their inclinable right for self-determination as in the United Nations charter for the right of every indigenous people of which Nigeria is a signatory.

Intervention of Africa Commission for Human and Peoples rights in this case is a welcome development and also a way of redeeming African image though, they ought to have come to the matter long before now, having investigated and discovered on how brutal the Nigerian Government had been since the illegal arrest and incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, since 14th October, 2015.

Ever since then, there are lots of questions from different angles, asking if there would be any positive change to stop and compel Nigerian Government to apply some diplomacy in resolving the rising tension caused by the use of military might after all. Many right groups such as Amnesty International, Inter Society for Civil Liberty, political analysts and International Community had earlier testified and condemned the action of Muhammadu Buhari and his Armed Forces in totality but nothing seems to have changed other than continuous massacre and maiming of Biafrans in different parts of Nigeria.

While we commend ACHPR’s effort so far, we therefore call on them to do the needful, by guiding\teaching the President of Nigeria on what self-determination is all about. Just like he always agitates for other countries like Western Sahara and Palestinian State, during the United Nation summit annually, he should as well lead by example by first of all releasing the entire Biafran activists in different Nigerian Prisons and detention facilities. Followed by initiating a democratic process of referendum as demanded by the people without further hesitation. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander!

Finally, Africa Commission for Human and Peoples Rights, should also petition International bodies if the Nigerian Government fails to provide the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whose whereabout is yet to be ascertained, since the Nigerian Army invaded his home and massacred not less than 28 armless persons and made away unascertained number of his kingsmen on 14th of September, 2017. They should as a matter of urgency, free Benjamin Mmadubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and hundreds of others from different Prison custody.

Self determination is the right of every indigenous people and not an act of overthrowing a government, while referendum is the best way of knowing how confident our people are in the unity of an expired concocted British fraudulent entity called Nigeria via referendum.

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​Biafra: Court updates tuesday 20th March 2018

The zoo(Prosecutor) file another amended charges against the defendants (Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe)
The new filed amended charges should have been filed at least two weeks before the court sitting(today).

To these charges, the defendants (Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe) took a plea of not guilty to the charges.
Hence the defending council(Bar. Ejiofor) requested two days to understudy the amended charges. 
The lawyer of Bright Chimezie Ishinwa requested for his client to be transferred from DSS custody to Kuje prison. The judge, Binta Nyako granted that request, hence this evening Bright Chimezie Ishinwa will be taken to prison to be with the rest of his brothers.

Finally, the sitting was adjourned till Thursday, 22nd March, 2018 for the defending council (Bar. Ejiofor and team) to understudy the amended charges.

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​China ready to fight `bloody battle’ to remain one

President Xi Jinping, has a duty to defend China
President Xi Jinping of China has warned that the country was ready to fight “the bloody battle” to regain its rightful place in the world as and to remain one.

 In a blistering nationalist speech on Tuesday, he warned against any attempts to split China.

Xi’s address capped an annual session of the National People’s Congress that paved the way for him to rule for life, as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong pushes through his vision of guiding the country through a “new era” of unrivalled global military and economic supremacy.

Days after President Donald Trump signed new rules allowing top-level US officials to travel to Taiwan, Xi warned that Beijing would defend its “one China principle”, which sees the self-ruling island as its territory awaiting reunification.

“All acts and tricks to separate the country are doomed to fail and will be condemned by the people and punished by history,” Xi said.

But he also sought to address concerns about ambitious Chinese development projects abroad, saying they “will not pose a threat to any country.”

“Only those who are accustomed to threatening others will see everyone as a threat,” he added.

Xi used the speech to espouse his vision of realising the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” — the “greatest dream” of the world’s second-largest economy.

“The Chinese people have been indomitable and persistent, we have the spirit of fighting the bloody battle against our enemies to the bitter end,” he said.

But his speech was also a reminder that the Communist Party, more than ever, reigns over the country’s affairs.

“History has already proven and will continue to prove that only socialism can save China,” he said.

“The Communist Party is the supreme political leadership of the country and the fundamental guarantee to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”

The two-week session of the National People’s Congress handed Xi, 64, a second term and endorsed the Communist Party’s decision to lift presidential term limits, clearing the way for him to remain in power indefinitely after his second term ends in 2023.

His eponymous political philosophy, which was enshrined in the party charter last year, was added to the national constitution and senior government officials had to swear an oath to the document for the first time.

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​World Water Day: Water Corporation carries out free water tests in Lagos

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The Lagos Water Corporation on Tuesday said the Corporation would carry out three-Day water tests in its eight operational regions in Lagos State, to mark the 2018 World Water Day.

Mrs Monsurat Banire, the Lagos Water Corporation’s Head of Quality Assurance, said this in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Rasaq Anifowoshe, in Lagos.

Newsmen report that the theme for the 2018 World Water Day is entitled: ‘Nature for Water’.

The theme explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

According to Banire, its team from the Quality Assurance and Sales & Commercial Departments will take samples of water used in the locations covered, whether from LWC or boreholes, among others.

“The essence is to show the general public the quality of water the corporation is serving them.

“The corporation’s water is clean, safe and good for human consumption.

“Borehole water could be contaminated.

“After the exercise, we expect those using boreholes to migrate and connect to the corporation’s water supply once water pipes pass through their locations.

“The LWC water conforms to the World Health Organisation’s standard,” she said.

Banire said that as worthy ambassadors of the corporation, the staff were expected to be polite in answering questions and friendly to all consumers.

She said that the exercise would cover the corporation’s eight operational zones, which have been mapped into four areas for easy accessibility.

Newsmen report that among the four areas are: Lagos Island, Surulere and Ikeja.

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​Residents flee as two Bayelsa communities clash over Shell trust

YENAGOA —RESIDENTS of Amatu II community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State yesterday fled the community following the clash which marred the election of members of the Community Trust of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.
The leadership tussle which reportedly turned violent is between Amatu II and Iduwini communities.

It was gathered that trouble started when some armed thugs allegedly imported by one of the contending communities invaded the venue of the election and started inflicting machete cuts on the community people who had assembled for the exercise, forcing the residents to run for safety with some fleeing into the forest for refuge.

It was learned that the armed thugs began the attack on the community indigenes when it became obvious that the handpicked candidate of one of the contending communities were going to lose the election.

The community has now been deserted as residents particularly women and children have fled the community to seek refuge in the forest.

A community leader, Chief Paul Oweipade, who confirmed the incident, said: “It is unfortunate that what was supposed to be a peaceful election turned bloody because certain highly placed people in government from the community wanted to impose their candidates on the people by intimidating them with armed thugs who unleashed mayhem on our people.

“As we speak, our women, children and youths have fled the community and are hiding in the forest because of the violence perpetrated by the thugs. We are therefore, calling on the Bayelsa State Government to come to our aid and intervene before the situation degenerates into full blown communal crisis.”

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​Breach of Contract: record label slams Runtown N70m lawsuit

FOR the second time in two years, Eric Many, the record label that signed Nigerian pop star, Douglas Jack Agu, a.k.a Runtown, has filed an injunction at a Federal High court sitting in Lagos, against the singer for breach of contract.

The entertainment company served the rising pop singer a writ of summons a few days back with the Suit No: FHC/L/CS/267/2018. It also released a statement that partly reads, ‘Runtown has been deliberately breaching his contract with us (Eric Many) for a while and despite our many appeals to him he has refused to bulge. He went for a show in Las Vegas since January 13, 2018 and has since decided to withdraw all obligations of his contract. He has steadily been recording an album without the consent and approval of his record label.”

According to the statement of claim filed at the Federal High Court by Eric Many, “a Recording Agreement was made between the Plaintiff and the Defendant dated 22nd June 2016, the copyright and other intellectual property and cognate rights and legal positions and protections applicable to all works done by the Defendant during an initial period of two years covered by the Agreement, is vested in the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff will rely on a copy of the said Recording Agreement at trial. 7. Under the Agreement, parties recognize and acknowledge the sum of N114,456,670.00 (One Hundred and Fourteen Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy Naira) as “Prior Investment”, representing the sum invested by the Plaintiff into the development of the Defendant’s musical works and records under the defunct ‘Artiste Agreement’, precursor to the ‘Recording Agreement”.

In a press statement issued yesterday, the label also states that, “he’s recording with artistes like Del B without the written approval of the label and without an Eric Many appointee at the point of recording as agreed in our contract. Runtown has also been appearing in venues and collecting appearance fees without the approval of the label and also performing in private shows without the label’s consent which contravenes clause 4.4.1 of his record deal which states that ‘the Defendant (Runtown) can only engage in recording, collaborating or performing with other artistes for third parties or other record companies upon proper notification in advance to the Plaintiff.

Upon this notification, the Plaintiff would then enter into an agreement with the collaborating artiste or his record company to ensure that the Plaintiff and the Defendant receive proper credit, legal/copyright protection and compensation for the collaborative work”.

Though Runtown’s record deal with Eric Many is due to expire at some time this year, the label says he still owes the company a lot of money including, ‘Hundreds of millions of Naira from the Lamborghini Gallardo super-fast car which he still has to pay back to the label and also, an album that must be released through the right channels. He has been doing numerous collaborations with several artistes without getting the written approval of the label and as a result, no royalties have come back to the label from any of these collaborations. He has been warned severally about this on numerous occasions but he refused to listen, so we as the label had to go to court to stop him from these dubious actions’.

The label also confirms sacking his current manager, Ifeanyi Nwunne saying, ‘Eric Many has also fired Ifeanyi Nwunne as Runtown’s manager. He is more of a drug addict that smokes marijuana round the clock. A new manager will be appointed soonest’.

Eric Many, however, is seeking the sum of “N65 million being general damages against the Defendant (Runtown) in favour of the Plaintiff for infringement of the Plaintiff’s copyright to the collaborative musical works “Call Me” and “Weekend” both of which featured the Defendant as well as N5 million as costs of this action”.

“Eric Many has chosen to hold back on anything pertaining to Runtown,till further investigations. This means that anyone who engages Runtown without a written approval from Eric Many, signed by the chairman, will be sued heavily. This will be the second time in two years that Runtown has had to face off with his label. In May 2016, he was sued in the Federal High Court by Eric Many on allegations that he signs up, concludes and attends musical shows without the knowledge of the label. Back then, Eric Many also secured a court injunction stopping Runtown from performing as an artiste anywhere in the world. He later went back to the label to apologize and the case was settled out of court.

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