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August 14, 2018

SELF DEFENCE: The guiding principles of self- defence are “necessity and proportion.”

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  Criminal law is one of the most interesting branches of the law. The law that prohibits murder also creates the exceptions, when it is justified to kill. Thus it is quite legal to kill someone in carrying out a sentence of a competent court or perhaps in self defence. In subsequent edition of law and society we shall be looking at crimes, defences and punishment under our criminal legislations. But I must warn you that the door to what amounts to a crime is never closed. A government may wake up tomorrow and make the collection of rainwater a…

ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNALS AND THE 180 DAYS RULE

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The 2015 Elections would generally determine the future of Nigeria, the path and direction, the endangered Nation at war, shall take in the next decade to come, in the backdrop of the Boko Haram managed warfare which is directed primarily, to contain the development of Christianity in the North East and wrestle power out of a Christian Head of government in spite of the frivolous rationalizations of corruption and inept leadership under President Jonathan. Many are going to get killed and at the rate we are going, post election violence, is seemly inevitable. Available records show that while the 2007…

All eyes on Prof Jega … Many questions still unanswered

Is he leaving INEC or staying? Over and above all guesses, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega is now obviously the man to watch as far as the up-coming general elections are concerned. Since last week when Prof Jega announced the postponement of the elections, all eyes have been on him. How does he plan to fix things in six weeks to be able to hold a free, fair and credible election? President Jonathan has assured the nation in a media interview that there was no plan to move Prof Jega from INEC. But…

Now the Campaigns have begun…

In most democratic countries of the world, people look forward to general elections. Unlike here, there is no fear or trepidation and absolutely no bloodshed. General elections are literally judgment days for politicians with the people as judges. Politicians and their parties are punished or rewarded at the polls in relation to how they have served the people. So, if anyone should fear and tremble, it is politicians and not the people. But it is a different ball game here and this is because our politicians prefer to buy votes rather than earn them. They appear before the electorate with…

2015: Jonathan gives Jega marching order on PVCs

President Goodluck Jonathan has given Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, the marching order to ensures all registered Nigerians get their permanent voters cars to enable them vote their preferred candidates in the February elections. Criticisms, lamentations and anger have continued to train the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to Nigerians by INEC with many accusing the commission of deliberately planning to disenfranchise them from voting in the coming elections. The President gave the order when he swore in the new INEC Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Murtala Salau, National Commissioner representing Oyo State member of the commission….

APC calls DSS claims hogwash, disservice to Nigeria

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed as hogwash the so-called findings of the Department of State Services (DSS) following its Gestapo-like raid on the party’s offices in Lagos, saying the ‘findings’ presented to the media by the agency was a great disservice to Nigeria and an embarrassment to all intelligence-gathering organizations around the world. In a statement issued in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also described the timing of the release of the ‘findings’ as a plot orchestrated in collusion with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to distract the APC from its ongoing…

DSS exposes APC’s plan to rig 2015 elections – Attempt to hark into INEC’s database

The Department of State Services (DSS) said that it has evidence to confirm the truth about the orchestrated plan by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to hack into the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Addressing the media at its headquarters in Abuja, the Service’s Deputy Director, public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, said the service could confirm that APC registered foreigners, security personnel and under-age as its members in an attempt to inflate its membership data hack into INEC’s voter registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to march INEC’s voters register across the country….

The independence of the youth

Most governments have failed in their obligation to the youth.  A youth is a human being and should be catered for.  The youth is part of the society in which he finds himself, but he is alienated.  This is where the protagonists of communism see communism as having an edge over capitalism because it recognizes the fact that the youth is an integral part of the society and therefore a part and parcel of the economy, who eats, drinks and is clothed, therefore, should be employed in productive labour.  If he is unemployed, when he should have been employed, he…

Scramble for Imo Government House

In Nigeria, political power is the gateway to public money, security and respect. This is why many seek it and those who get it abuse it. The next election is around the corner. None of the 36 states is immune to the hustling and bustling going on now – all in an effort to get or retain power.  Imo State has over 20 candidates in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vying for Governor, at least four in the All Progressives Grand Alliance  (APGA) and may be one in the All Progressives  Congress (APC) for obvious reasons.  Governor Rochas Okorocha wants…

Politicking with Ebola, while Boko Haram ravages us

It is a thing of national pride that Nigeria, against all odds, was able to withstand the terrible storm of Ebola. Whoever contributed to this in anyway or capacity should not shout to attract glory. Nigerians know what happened and who did what and we remain grateful to these patriotic Nigerians. It was Nigeria as a country that won. We understand that everybody likes to win, especially in Nigeria where the winner truly takes all and holds it for as long as possible and even to the disadvantage of others. That is why the victory over Ebola and the on-going…

2015: INEC notifies parties on timetable

In line with the provision of the Electoral Act, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday formally gave a notification for the 2015 general elections to political parties, signaling its preparedness for the poll. The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said the commission is by the virtue of Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) expected to issue a notice for the elections not later than 90 days before the date of the election. He said the timetable for the election which had been released since the beginning of this year was…

THE LORD COMFORTS HIS PEOPLE! (ISAIAH 40:1)

Communique at the End of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Diocesan Conference Centre, Bishop’s Court, Effurun, Delta State, September 11-19, 2014. Preamble We, the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting for the Year 2014 at the Diocesan Conference Centre, Bishop’s Court, Effurun, Delta State. Having prayerfully reflected on issues affecting the Church and our country, we now present our communiqué.   Some Events in the Church We rejoice with Bishop Martin Olorunmolu of Lokoja Diocese and Bishop John Afareha of Warri Diocese and their…

2015: JEGA’S CALCULUS AND THE MATRIX OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION

In the words of Haile Selassie, “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who could have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” These words strikes a responsive chord in the backdrop of the recent creation of over 30000 polling units by the INEC chairman Attahiru  Jega, in a move seen by many as calculated to give unfair advantage to the North in the next presidential election and the seemly silence of the south east,…

Rochas Okorocha commences monthly donation of N1m to APC state chapters

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has commenced monthly donation of N1 million to every state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the country to give the party supporters a sense of belonging where the APC is in opposition. Speaking with newsmen in Katsina shortly after presenting N1 million to Katsina State chapter on Tuesday, Okorocha, represented by his Liaising Officer in Katsina and Zamfara States, Prince Bashir Uwakwue, promised to ensure they receive the donation regularly. “He (Okorocha) sent us to familiarise with them and discuss how best our party will move forward in 2015 election,” the governor’s…

Who takes over from Rochas?

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, politicians in Imo State who have an interest in one elective post or the other are jostling for the public’s attention.  The question of who becomes the next Governor of Imo State is primarily the focus of public attention. At present, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is in the saddle as the incumbent Governor of the State.  Should he decide to run for a second term in office, he invariably will have a lot of problems to contend with, against a rising tide of opposition. Holding the reins of office in an area with circumstances somewhat…

Free social service as campaign strategy

As the 2015 general elections draw near, politicians struggle to outdo one another in the introduction of one type of philanthropic “social service” programme or another  to the public. As the campaign and election drum is beating closer you see advertisement posters urging the people to come to designated centres to enjoy some form of free social services. Such services range from: free eye screening with medicated eye glasses or free malaria tests with free drugs for treatment to free blood sugar tests with free drugs for treatment or free blood pressure checks with free drugs. Before now, you hardly…

2015: Expect the worst – Balarabe Musa

Second Republic governor of old Kaduna State and leader of the nascent Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, Alhaji Balare Musa may be versed in the socio-political dynamics of Nigeria, but he is averse to the surging sentiments of rotational presidency that has recently raised hairs, pitting the North against the South in the rocky race towards 2015 elections. Swimming against the tide of deep Northern currents, he tells Sunday Sun characteristically in his modest Kaduna home that “Nigeria is at the end of the road,” following the deepening North and South polarisation. He fears that if indeed the 2015 elections becomes a reality,…

2015: You’re in ‘One-chance’ bus, PDP replies Atiku

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), National Working Committee (NWC), has declared that former vice-president Atiku Abubakar was keeping wrong company ahead of 2015 general elections.Atiku had on Sunday accused the PDP and the Presidency of creating division and animosity in the country by linking chieftains of All Progressives Congress (APC), with terrorism. The former vice-president noted that such accusations by the ruling party was meant to divert attention from its failure to deliver democracy dividends to Nigerians.But the national leadership of the PDP yesterday insisted that the APC has been using religion to foster narrow political ambition.A statement  by its…

2015 ELECTION TIME-TABLE

October 2 – December 11, 2014 Primary Elections of political parties   November 4 – 11, 2014 Collection of forms for all elections by political parties   November 16, 2014 Commencement of political campaigns for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.   November 30, 2014 Commencement of Political Campaigns for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.   December 18, 2014 Last day for submission of forms CFOO1 and CFOO2 at INEC Headquarters for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.   December 25, 2014 Last day for submission of Forms CFOO1 and CFOO2 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.  …

Ehime Mbano PDP women strategize for 2015

The women Wing of Ehime Mbano Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held a sensitilization rally on Saturday 5th April 2014. Dressed in a unique red on blue attire, the women mobilized an avalanche of high profile personalities and politicians who graced the event in their numbers. In an address at the occasion, Lady Agnes Onyema, the leader of the women postulates that the political rally is geared towards showcasing their ability to mobilize support for the party and also to launch their almanac so as to generate funds to procure a bus that will facilitate their activities. According to her, the…