ACF Backs Buhari Over Onnoghen’s Suspension

 

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has thrown its support to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria , Justice Walter Onnoghen from office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Justice Onnoghen’s suspension which followed a petition against him for not declaring his asset to the Code of Conduct Bureau has been generating mixed reactions among Nigerians .

However, The ACF in a communique signed by its Secretary- General, Anthony Sani, after a meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, condemns the conduct of Justice Onnoghen, particularly his refusal to step aside and allow due process of the law to take its course.

The Northern group said by his action, the former CJN has created the impression that his personal interests in the matter super-cedes that of the judiciary and the nation.

The forum further called on law enforcement agencies to carry out their professional duties against the CJN in a manner that will not give room to partisanship.

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The statement reads ” The ACF notes that the allegation against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, are that he failed to comply with the expressed provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act, to wit, failure to declare his assets on assumption of office as Justice of the Supreme Court and as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“That when he was made to declare his assets as demanded by law, he failed to declare all of them. That among the assets he failed to declare are bank accounts in local and foreign currencies whose values run in millions of Naira.

“He also failed to declare other assets, including many houses and other landed property. That subsequent investigations have continued to unearth other property belonging to Justice Onnoghen, not declared.

“That Hon. Justice Onnoghen was said to have told investigators that the reason for his not declaring those assets was forgetfulness.

” Following the discovery of these infractions, the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, swiftly referred the matter to the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. Which made an order for the temporary suspension of the CJN in the interest of natural justice. However, this action by the CCT has provoked intense controversy.

“And yet, from a reading of all the facts of the matter, ACF cannot defend the position taken by the Hon. Justice Onnoghen, especially his insistence that he should first be tried by the National Judicial Council, of which he is Chairman. To do so would have allowed him the seat in judgment over his own case.”

“On their part, law enforcement agencies must strive to always execute their tasks in neat and professional manner in order to avoid creating perceptions of partisanship,” it said, adding that “In the end, Nigeria cannot hope to develop and take its rightful place in the comity of nations unless and until we learn to respect our laws and enforce them fairly and consistently.”

Delta Arewa Community Condemns Alleged Attack By IPOB Members

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FILE: Members of IPOB during one of their protests.

The Arewa Community in Asaba, Delta State has condemned the recent attack on their members by the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), calling on the state government and security operatives to help ensure the security of lives and property of its people.

Briefing the press in Asaba, Chairman of Moslem Association of Nigeria (South South and South East Zone), Mr. Mohammed Nduka Elunor, said they were forced to speak out after the recent attack by IPOB members.

Mr. Elunor alleged that on Monday 30th May 2016, a group of IPOB members invaded and vandalised their mosque at Cable Point, killing two of their members in the process, even as security agents are yet to apprehend any of the suspects.

Mr. Elunor accused the state government of handling the Fulani herdsmen terrors with kid gloves, maintaining that “the state government has not really addressed the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, they have only addressed the issue on a surface, very wrong and it cannot work”.

The Chairman further called on the Delta State government and security operatives to urgently address the issue to avoid counter reaction, as they are now living in fear.

However, in a swift reaction, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command, Douglas Agbonleni, said the incident was not reported to the police and assured that the police will continue to ensure security of lives and property.

Speaking on the side of Government, the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said there should be no room for fear as the Ifeanyi Okowa-led government is fully determined and responsible for the protection of lives of all who reside and conduct business in Delta state.

Police Service Commission To Sanction Officers Culpable In Ese’s Abduction

PoliceThe Police Service Commission has vowed to prosecute any Police personnel found culpable in the abduction of Ese Oruru.

The Commission made the declaration in a statement on Thursday while reacting to the abduction saga of 14-year-old Ese who was said to have been abducted and forced into marriage in Kano State, northwest Nigeria.

“The Commission is waiting on the ongoing investigation of some Police officers on the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, and will ensure that any Police officer who is found to have compromised himself either by omission or commission in the saga will be flushed out,” the statement read.

The Commission also commended the Inspector General of Police for his swift action in rescuing the teenager and ensuring that she was immediately reunited with her family.

It added that it would work with the IGP to see that Nigerians, including the likes of Ese were guaranteed their freedom to life.

“The Police Service Commission is constitutionally mandated to exercise disciplinary action against members of the Police among other responsibilities and has the right to dismiss any officer found culpable in the ongoing abduction saga,” it maintained.

The ordeal of Ese started on August 12, 2015 in Yenagoa of Bayelsa State, when Yinusa a known customer of Ese’s mother, Mrs Rose Oruru, took her away from Bayelsa to Kano on the purported excuse that she had converted to Islam.

Yunusa was a Keke [tricycle] rider in Yenogoa, who sold all his belongings before he eloped with the girl.

Ese’s parents have travelled to Kano State on several occasions in the past six months with officers of the Nigeria Police Force to secure her release without positive result.

She had been released to the Nigeria Police Force subsequent to the directive of IGP Arase that Ese be reunited with her family.

Ese subsequently arrived Bayelsa State from Abuja, in company of her mother, Mrs Rose Oruru, and some Police officers on Wednesday.

Confirming the arrest of the alleged abductor of the teenager, Yunusa Dahiru, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, Shaibu Lawan, said that Yunusa would be prosecuted for taking away a minor from her parents.

Forced Marriage: Abducted Ese Oruru Released To Police

Ese-OruruA 14-year old girl, Ese Oruru, allegedly abducted in Bayelsa State and taken to Kano for marriage under Islamic rites has been released to the Nigeria Police Force.


It was gathered that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has instructed that Ese be reunited with her family on Tuesday.

The ordeal of Ese started on August 12, 2015 in Yenagoa of Bayelsa State, when Yinusa a known customer of Ese’s mother, Mrs Rose Oruru, took her away from Bayelsa to Kano on the purported excuse that she had converted to Islam.

Yunusa was a Keke [tricycle] rider in Yenogoa, who sold all his belongings before he eloped with the girl.

Ese’s parents have travelled to Kano State on several occasions in the past six months with officers of the Nigeria Police Force to secure her release without positive result.

Her alleged kidnap has caused quite an outrage, as earlier on Monday the President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, in Yenagoa issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Arewa Community in Bayelsa State to ensure that she is released and safely returned to the state.

A human rights activist, Ankio Briggs, had also called for her release.

In a tweet, a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, quoted the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as saying that Ese would be taken to Abuja on Tuesday and handed over to the Commissioner of Police in charge of Bayelsa to reunite her with her parents.

“She is crying and refusing to go home. She does not want to go back but I have insisted she must go,” she quoted the Emir as saying.