Forgive, Be Your Brothers’ Keeper, Buhari tells Nigerians

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to use the occasion of the Easter season to forgive those who might have wronged them during the electioneering period and come together as brothers and sisters to rebuild Nigeria.

Chronicling, the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ to save mankind from sin and other man-made imperfections. Buhari said that Nigerians must emulate the virtues which continued to make Easter a significant part of the lives of many Nigerians.

A statement yesterday by Dele Alake, Director of communications,  APC campaign organisation quoted Buhari as saying that, “Nigeria needs all of us now to banish hunger, abolish poverty, demolish injustice and furnish our nation anew with uncommon patriotism and exemplary sacrifice.

“As we turn a new page in the history of our great nation, as we open a new chapter in the struggles of our people to create the social and economic conditions that will make possible equal opportunities for the children of the poor and rich; for the graduates from North, South, East and West, we need to bury the conflicts of the past so that we can cherish the harmony that our new democratic republic shall bring.”

President-elect Buhari then enjoined all lovers of democracy in general and voters in particular to help shape a better and greater Nigeria with the votes that they will cast in the April 11 polls.

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BOMBSHELL: Oba of Lagos Was Paid By The PDP To Make Annoy-Igbo Scenario – Aide

By NewsRescue

An aid of the Oba of Lagos has communicated to us that he has evidence that the ruling PDP party paid the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu to make recent scenario address covertly aimed at galvanizing Igbo support towards opposition candidate, Jimi Agbaje.

According to the source, the meeting with audio and video recording was an elaborately planned and staged setup to be propagated days to the election to try to erode support for the APC contestant and consolidate Igbos toward Agbaje so he can score the type of votes in Lagos Jonathan scored courtesy of divisive politics.

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Lagos Palace Makes Further Clarification on the Statement by the Oba of Lagos

My attention has been drawn to a publication in a national newspaper where HRM Oba Riliwanu Akinolu was alleged to have threatened Igbos in Lagos to make them vote for Ambode.

Last Sunday, all honorary Eze Ndigbos in Lagos paid a courtesy call to HRM Oba Akinolu. At the meeting the visitors praised the Oba for his fatherly support for and cooperation with Igbos in. Lagos. They assured him of their continued good neighborliness with other tribes in Lagos and support everything that’ll further strengthen that harmony.

Oba Akiolu on his part acknowledged the enviable performance of Governor Fashola and his contribution to the growth of investments in Lagos. He gave the assurance that he is not disturbed or angry with South-East and South- South votes for President Jonathan as perceived by the Eze Ndigbos. The Obas thereafter called on the Igbos chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos State by supporting his candidate Mr. Ambode for continuity of excellence as they have earlier promised.

He assured them of his continued support? and assistance where needed and the meeting ended with the traditional breaking of kolas, alligator pepper, and bitter kola and pouring of liberation on the ground. It was within this context that that the tradition of Lagos with regard to the lagoon came up. It was noted that whoever works against the throne and the interest and peaceful co-existence of Lagos would end up in the lagoon as per tradition.

Oba Akiolu stated further that the Igbo people have not betrayed the throne. Lagos has also not betrayed the Igbo people. Lagos has done so much to make the Igbos comfortable and to prosper. For this, we expect reciprocal respect and understanding. The Oba of Lagos prays that the Lagoon and the throne will continue to bless and protect all those who reside and visit Lagos.

Oba Akiolu is the father of all irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion. In Lagos, we have an old traditional proverb that relates to the Lagoon. The Lagoon is unique to Lagos. The proverb stresses the need for unity and understanding when you do business in an environment and in this case when you live and do business in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu prays for peace for the land of Lagos and prosperity for all its inhabitants.

Signed: Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa of Lagos

April 6, 2015

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Between Engr Mustafa Bello And Chief Servant Babangida Aliyu: The Untold Stories

By Engr. Mustafa Bello FNSE

My Dear and Great Citizens of Niger State,

I come back to you once again on the coming elections of Saturday, April 11th and the need for us to unite once again to ensure we totally defeat the out-going Governor and his annointed (Istiharah) product as well as ensure that the State has a responsible and united House of Assembly.

This time around, we should be in an even larger number than that of Saturday March 28th, 2015.

For your information the following were the good I did to Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu as against what I got in return from him;

  1. In 2007, when he was forcefully imposed on us as a candidate, my house, then staying at the NNPC Housing Estate, Area-11, Garki, Abuja was the second place he visited after that of Professor Jerry Gana, seeking support in campaign, finance and ideas. In the course of the entire campaigns of 2007 and 2011 I voluntarily sourced from friends and expended N74M on his campaign and election in 2007 and N58M in 2011.

 

 

  1. Upon “Winning” the election in 2007, he drove himself to my Minna house ( Which he later claims I had no house at all in Minna, but an “Abuja Politician”) to plead with me to give him the idea I shared with him on “Wards Development”, on which I later returned to Abuja and developed a thin, not too detailed, brief on and which his administration had attempted with extreme difficulty and abuse, to impliment and which remains the only “Joker” his government is boasting o despite it’s shortcomings! The governor has never publicly or privately acknowledged that the entire idea of “Wards Development” was from Mustafa Bello.

 

 

  1. When the late President Umaru Musa ‘Yar Adua (Rahimahul Lah!) became fully incapacitated and obvious that his ailment was hopeless and terminal, I was one of those previledged to be consulted on possible choices of a Vice President by Gen. TYD & Others and in my honest opinion I stated that beside his (Talba’s) “Mouth” that could embarrass the Government of Nigeria, he may be a good material if given that opportunity. I remember the General stating that, “If we take away that (meaning his mouth)” I said he had no other problem and being very honest. Then the General said “ask him to see me”! Immediately I left the venue I sent him a text and, unlike him that was traditionally hard to recieve a response of a text message from, immediately called me directly and he later went to see the General. AlhamdulilLah that did not materialize because Allah knew what was in his heart for me from him for my good towards him.

 

 

  1. When Prof. Gana and Kure teamed up to ensure that the State Party Executive was desolved like it happened in Adamawa and some few States, to give them individual advantages, I made sure I had audience with Mr. President, Mr. Vice President and then Party Chairman Alh. Bamanga Tukur to explain the true situation of things on ground in Niger State and through that I rescued the entire Party Exco from eminent dissolution. The same leadership of the Party and key figures of the Exco treated us the way the governor wanted!

 

 

  1. When the Governor nominated Maibasira as their replacement for the National Youth Leader, the same Maibasira, who later turned a traitor, came to me seeking for support and protection, seeing what was going on between the National Chairman and Governors. Right in front of the same Maibasira, who apparently did his National Youth Service in my then office, the NIPC, I placed calls to Sen. Abubakar Gada, an SA to the then National Chairman, and Barr. A. Gulak, an Adviser Political to Mr. President seeking they ensure, Maibasira made it as the National Youth Leader, no matter the situation. AlhamdulilLah, Maibasira made it against all odds but what I got in return from Maibasira, an agent of Talba was treachery acting on the instructions of his “Boss” by changing the entire list of Niger State Delegates for Party Primaries to reflect the wish of the governor as well as reporting every decision on the National Working Committee of the Party to his politically-finished “Mentor”! Glad in one of my subsequent interactions with A. Maibasira in his office, I told him that if the Party steered away from course of justice, “It would face hell”! Glad that Allah has vindicated me! They have indeed seen the “Hell”!

 

 

  1. In 2007 when the issue of a National Secretary of the Party came up as zoned to the North-Central. Everyone that was at the meeting had a coincidental convergence of mind on one person, “Mustafa Bello”! I started recieving phone calls from everywhere. To cut the story short, getting to even see my governor became an issue. By the end of the day every other governor, or his deputy in the Zone assured me of support, my State Governor turned away his face and that’s how Niger State lost an opportunity. Infact he had the guts to inform Alh. Sidi H. Ali, who challenged him, that I did not even mention to him. An incontrovertible lie!

 

 

  1. I need not to state how I was treated at the Party “Primaries” all in an effort to continue to tell Abuja the traditional lies that we are not on ground. Allah Has shown who are on ground!

 

 

  1. Throughout his tenure I can say without fear of contradiction that his administration had never approached me with even an appointment of a Counselor in appreciation of all that I have done, infact not even a word of appreciation. I did not ask and was not approached. My Patience has Paid as in “Suru-Lere” an addage of the Yoruba which means “Patience Pays”!

 

My dear citizens of our Great State, we have an opportunity to remove completely remnants of people who got high offices cheaply and never valued it let alone it’s people. The governor saw us as a set of people that must accept whatever gabbage.

AlhamdulilLah we have shown them in the first instance we are not consumers of gabbage but responsible citizens who remove irresponsible governments whenever it surfaces.

 

I thank you.

Engr. Mustafa Bello FNSE

 

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Jonathan Tells Fayose to Resign or Face Impeachment, Says Time of Impunity is Over

Outgoing President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has told the embattled Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state to resign now or face the inevitable option of impeachment by the 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jonathan was said to have told Fayose that the time of impunity in Nigeria is over and that he (Jonathan) is committed to the rule of law. “As you can see, I am already packing my personal belongings out of the Villa, back to my Village, I cannot influence any process, we must allow the law to run its full course, we cannot continue to disrupt due process, that is not good for the country.”

According to a source, Fayose (and the Ondo state Governor, Olusegun MImiko) were deliberately absent at the post election meeting held with Jonathan in Aso Rock because of the dismal performance of the PDP in the South West despite the last-minute huge investment and the promises that the zone will be delivered to the party.

The 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly have begun moves that may lead to impeachment proceedings against Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The factional Speaker of the Ekiti state House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin, had last week,forwarded a notice of gross misconduct to the governor, a copy of the notice was also sent to his deputy, Dr. Olusola Eleka.

But Fayose in his characteristic manner said the APC lawmakers should stop acting like “jesters”, describing the purported impeachment notice as the “joke of the century.”

According to him, the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed, will be allowed to test the will of the Ekiti people.

In the letter by the 19 lawmakers titled, “Re: Notice of Allegations of Gross Misconduct,” sent to Fayose, the APC lawmakers listed eight impeachable offences against the governor. These offences bordered on impunity, brigandage, stalking and other constitutional breaches.

These included alleged invasion of the House of Assembly with thugs and miscreants, instigating an unconstitutional takeover of the House by seven legislators to sit in contravention of Section 96(2) of the 1999 Constitution, and prevention of the 19 APC legislators from performing their duties with the use of security agents and armed thugs.

Other allegations listed in the notice are: sponsoring an unlawful impeachment process in the house, spending Ekiti State funds without the requisite constitutional approval in contravention of the constitution and running the government without legally constituted Executive Council in contravention of Section 192(2) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

They also accused the governor of operating an illegal 2014 budget as well as sponsoring and instigating illegal sitting of the House in contravention of Section 96(1) of the Constitution.

It was also learnt that moves by the embattled Governor Fayose, who published some death-wish adverts against the candidacy of the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to seek a truce with Buhari has hit brick walls.

Fayose was said to have sent some emissaries through some traditional rulers in Ekiti state to help him appeal to Buhari for forgiveness, saying that his attacks on him were not personal but part of politicking.

The Supreme Court has also reserved ruling till April 14 in the appeal find by the APC in Ekiti state challenging the emergence of Fayose as governor in the June 21, governorship polls, in which the PDP won in all the 16 local governments of the state.

Source: Osun Defender

 

 

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“I Think It Is Enough And I Am Happy, I’ve been In A Cage For 16 Years” –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday looked back at his 16 years in public service and concluded that he was “in a cage” during the period.

But he was quick to admit that he had yet to see anybody luckier than he had been.

Jonathan spoke while receiving residents of the Federal Capital Territory who were led by Vice President Namadi Sambo to pay him Easter homage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “For me as an individual, this Easter concides with the time I am leaving(office) but I always say that I am one of the luckiest Nigerians. I have yet to see somebody luckier than me.

“I have been in government for 16 years beginning from 1999. Not in government as a parliamentarian because if you are a Senator or House of Representatives member, you take care of yourself, you live in your own house.

“I was in a cage, being taken care of by government. From May 29, 1999 to date; 16 good years. I think it is enough and I am happy.

“Please help me to thank God for that. I will continue to thank Nigerians for giving me that privilege. I became a deputy governor because Bayelsans voted for me and my governor then (Diepreye Alamieyeseigha). I became a Vice-President because Nigerians voted for (Umaru)Yar’Adua and myself.

“I continued in 2011 because Nigerians voted for me and Namadi Sambo. I have to thank all Nigerians. Wherever I will be, I will remain grateful to this great country. Today is a glorious day for me.”

Jonathan said Nigerians should be ready to make sacrifices for the survival of the government   at every given time.

He said during his days as deputy governor, he kept telling people that what he needed was patriotism and not loyalty.

The President cited the examples of soldiers and policemen who, according to him, are dying daily in the fight against Boko Haram in order for others to live.

He added, “So as a people, as a government, what I   believe we should always ask is: ‘What sacrifice   are we making?

“Now, it is not about supporting Jonathan or his government. Now, Buhari is coming on board; it is not about supporting Buhari or his government but the sacrifice   we are willing to make for government and for the nation?

“If you are a businessman and you say you are supporting government but you don’t pay tax, how then do you expect that government to survive?

“While in Bayelsa State as a deputy governor, people used to come to me to say ‘I’m loyal;’ but I always tell them   to   say that   they are patriotic to the country.

“To me, whenever I travel out of the country and see things work, I tell myself that those things didn’t fall down like manna; people made sacrifices. Therefore,   people in Nigeria must also be ready to make   sacrifice.

“Whoever becomes President is immaterial so long as the citizens are happy: our children go to school, the sick   go to good hospital and of course, the economy is working. But for them to take place, people must make the required sacrifices.

“In the ECOWAS sub-region for example, Nigeria has the lowest rate of Value Added Tax which is five per cent. Other countries in the region pay up to 12 per cent.

“If for instance, Buhari decides to increase VAT from five to 10 per cent, will Nigerians support him? That is sacrifice and we must make sacrifice.

“Nation building depends on   sacrifice by individuals and patriotism.

“We are talking about Boko Haram or terror, soldiers are dying so that others can   live, policemen are dying while protecting us. These people are making sacrifices. As individuals we don’t need to die but there   roles we need to play and one of them is to make   sacrifice.”

Jonathan cited the case of China, saying when its economy was threatened, the citizens locked up themselves for a period of time.

He recalled that by the time they opened their doors, the country   became a threat to the biggest economies.

The President wondered if Nigerians were ready for that kind of sacrifice which, according to him, is one of the key lessons of Easter.

Sambo, in his remarks, thanked Jonathan for what he described as achievements.

The Vice President said   by accepting defeat in the last elections, Jonathan had saved the country and made it a pride of Africa and a global star.

“For your contributions and actions, your name will forever be in gold in the history of the world ,” Sambo said.

The Vice President said he was proud to remain the President’s deputy, friend and brother.

He said since the five years he spent with the President were enough to obtain first and second degrees in a university, he had obtained Ph.D under Jonathan’s tutelage.

“I will forever be loyal to you. We are members of one family. We are very proud of you. All Nigerians appreciate the strong foundation you have put in place,” he added.

A giant Easter greeting card was presented to the President during the event that was attended by the deputy governor of Sokoto State, Muktar Shagari; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan; and the Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh.

The Head of Service, Danladi Kifasi; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed; the Minister of State, FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide; and the Chief Imam of Abuja, Muhammed Musa were in the delegation.

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Why Jonathan lost to Buhari – Emir Sanusi

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the current Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, says President Goodluck Jonathan lost because of the mood of voters which was determined by the economic conditions and level of poverty across the country.

Sanusi, who is now known as Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, said this during an interview with our correspondent on Saturday.

He said the voting showed that areas which had a high rate of poverty felt neglected by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government over the years.

Sanusi said the presidential poll results showed that the figures of the PDP in presidential elections from 1999 had continued to dwindle significantly.

The monarch said the PDP got fewer votes in 2007, less in 2011 and then fewer votes in 2015 causing the ruling party to finally lose to the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress.

He said, “I think in 2011, it was very clear that Jonathan had lost many states in the North that had previously been won by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. And it was clear that there was a general sense by people of the Federal Government not investing in the areas where there is a high level of poverty.

“I believe more and more of those states began to feel that sense of not feeling the federal presence and not feeling the impact of democracy in their pockets and I think it is extremely important for people to connect with the government and when you have such conditions after 16 years of democracy, it was natural that people would want to have a change and I think this is basically what has happened.

“I don’t think it is something about an individual, I think it is something that has been going on for a number of years and you could see the states won by the PDP in 1999 and what they won in 2003, what they won in 2007, 2011 and you would begin to see the changes in the way Nigerians were responding so it was a matter of time.”

Sanusi, however, commended Jonathan, the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari; and the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct and atmosphere of the election.

He said change of leadership was good for democracy as it encouraged healthy competition. He said it was the trend in democracies across the world.

“I think it is good for the country that you have different parties winning and if the APC performs, they get another term and if they don’t, they get voted out after four years and it is extremely important that this happens so let us not see it in terms of somebody losing,” he said.

Sanusi also urged Buhari not to focus solely on corruption but on other areas that required urgent government attention such as education, decaying infrastructure, diversifying the economy and fixing power.

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Breaking: “Stealing Is Now Corruption,” President-Elect Buhari Declares [Satire]

A few minutes ago Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari declared that stealing is corruption. In a press statement the former General said he will make all necessary arrangements to update all state documents and educational textbooks to that effect.

Buhari said, “from now on let all be notified that stealing shall be corruption and likewise acts of corruption shall be regarded and dealt with as stealing. Let there be no ambiguity.”

The General further stated that this important new legislation will be applied retroactively due to the critial needs of the broke nation.

-Adapted by NewsRescue from Shafiu Haladu original. This piece is satire

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Nigerian Army Find Buhari’s School Certificate, APC Reacts

The Nigerian Army has finally found the missing certificate which has raised contention as to the eligibility of Gen Mohammadu Buhari to contest the presidential election.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released statement on its Facebook alleging that someone from the Peoples Democratic Party must have hid Buhari’s certificate in order to bar him from contesting the presidential poll.

The release by APC reads:

Matters Arising

This is part of the strategies the PDP deployed in their campaign of calumny.

All Change Agents who worked tirelessly to repel the Jonahideens should pop something wherever you are. We know it was foolhardy to say that Buhari had no certificate. But try as we did to convince them that this was a non issue, they refused to shift ground. It was even most disgraceful that the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign organisation was a Retired Colonel, in the person of Ahmadu Ali. He should have cautioned them about bringing the Military to disrepute. He did not.

This singular act as far as I am concerned did more damage than good to the PDP.

Beyond bringing out Buhari’s certificate, there is an urgent need to restore pride and sanity to the military. As it stands now, the Nigerian Army, is an Army of anything goes! There have to be a clean sweep and overhaul of the military from top to bottom! The entire top echelon at the Defence Headquarters should turn in their resignation and leave with President Goodluck Jonathan on the 29th of May, so that the process of rebuilding and restoration shall begin in earnest.

To God be all the Glory!

Via Sunday Akoji

The APC UK has also confirmed the news on its twitter handle, buttressing the party’s claim that Buhari’s certificate had been found by the Nigerian Army.

[BREAKING] Army Headquarters locates Buhari’s certificates that they previously declared missing | SORRY, WE FORGOT 2 CHECK BADEH’s DRAWER!

— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) April 2, 2015

Back in January, there was a clamor over the inability of Buhari to be produce his Secondary School leaving Certificate. The certificate issue became a saga after the Nigerian army which claimed it had the certificate later retracted its statement saying the certificate was not in its possession.

This led to Government College, formerly Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, releasing the secondary school certificate examination results of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

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VIDEO: Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, Leads Thugs To Attack, Sack Court In Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Monday led a gang of thugs to attack a Federal High court in Bayelsa, a video obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has shown

The video shows the governor, dressed in traditional Ijaw blazers, walking into the court premises, accompanied by his police guards and hangers on, before hooligans, including rifle wielding police officers, invaded and attacked the court.

The thugs were chanting “we no go gree, for this state, e no possible” as they walked into a court hearing. Loud gunshots could be heard shortly before the hooligans began breaking glasses and destroying properties inside the court.

At least 15 lawyers, including a pregnant woman and two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, were in the court during the attack.

The governor walked out of the court premises at the peak of the attack.

Most police officers seen within the court premises during the attack either aided the attacker or looked on, idly.

Only one police officer was seen, in the video, after the attack, trying to help the injured.

The thugs upturned chairs within the court room, scattered files all over and shattered glass windows as lawyers ducked under tables. A female lawyer covered herself with a chair.

Another could be heard saying her upper arm was hurting.

An elderly man, who was seemingly brought out of the court room by police officers, gasping for breath, said he was badly beaten by the thugs who came into the court room.

“The governor and his troops walked into the court room and I was beated (sic),” the victim said.

Why Dickson stormed the court

According to Heineken Lokpobiri, a serving senator, the court was in session to deliver a judgment on his case against the governor’s preferred senatorial candidate, Foster Ogola, over the validity of the later’s candidacy for Bayelsa West senatorial district.

Mr. Lopkobiri claimed his party, the Peoples Democratic Party illegally substituted his name with Mr. Foster’s, and had filled a suit accusing Mr. Foster of issuing false information to INEC.

Mr. Lokpobiri added that the attack on the court was the second, claiming that earlier, thugs had come to seal the court and stopped the Judge from entering the court, forcing an adjournment.

Mr. Lokpobiri told PREMIUMTIMES he was shocked and irritated by the governor’s action at the court.

Mr. Lokpobiri said the governor has the right to support his opponent, but has no right to bring thugs to attack the court.

“All these things happened in the presence of the commissioner of police and am surprised. If the governor did not lead the thugs, it would have been a different thing entirely,” he said.

The governor’s spokesman, Daneil Iworiso, told PREMIUM TIMES the incumbent governor did not lead any gang to the court.

But in the video, Governor Dickson was clearly seen storming, and at the end of the attack, leaving the court accompanied by thugs and police officers.

Mr. Iworiso however described the video as photoshopped.

“You know its election time and we need to ensure that no violence occurs in our state, as soon as we heard of the clash we went there with commissioner of police and armed men to try to cub the situation that was when we found out it was a case between the incumbent governor and aspiring governor,” he said.

He explained that the governor was not there when the clash started, stating that it was all propaganda.

“When I saw the video I was just laughing because it was all photo shoot, and I describe that as poor representation of what happened there and I was also there,” he said.

Mr. Iworiso accused Mr. Lokpobiri of also bringing thugs to the just-concluded PDP primaries, stating that he is known for carrying thugs around Bayelsa state.

Mr. Lokpobiri admitted he has a loud crowd and followership but that his followers and loyalists are peaceful.

“If he is accusing me of carrying thugs in the last primaries, did they destroy anything or harm anyone during the election,” Mr. Lokpobiri said.

Although several police officers were present when the attack occurred, the Bayelsa Police Command said no arrest has been made in relation to the incident.

Asinim Butswat, the state police spokesperson, said he had no information that the governor led the thugs to the court premises.

“What we know is that the governor visited the court and the thugs took advantage of his visit to force the gate open and invade the court,” Mr. Butswat said.

“The police officers on the court premises did not know the thugs came to cause havoc because they were not armed.

“After they attacked the court, they all fled before they could be arrested.”

Mr. Buswat denied the state police commissioner was present when the court was attacked, saying he only visited the court “shortly after the incident”.

PT

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Court Action Taken to Free Al Jazeera’s Nigerian Journalists

Legal action has been taken to declare the Nigerian military’s detention of two Al Jazeera journalists as “illegal and unconstitutional.”

The Motion on Notice filed today in Abuja’s high court seeks the enforcement of Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa’s “fundamental rights to personal liberty and human dignity” under the Nigerian constitution.

It also seeks a court order for their immediate release from the “illegal military custody” that began on 24 March 2015.

The move comes as concern for the pair grew after they were denied access to their phones and contact with the outside world. Al Jazeera said it was extremely concerned about the situation and was seeking guarantees regarding the safety and wellbeing of their journalists.

It is hoped that the legal action will help bring an end to the impasse where Idris and Mustafa have been held by military forces in Maiduguri for no apparent reason for the last ten days.

Salah Negm, director of news for Al Jazeera English, said, “We want the military to bring this situation to a close, and call on all parties involved in this capture of our journalists to end this now. Nobody appears to be taking responsibility for this grave action and we hope this legal action will help to cut through the haze.”

The detention has been condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists, the National Press Club, and the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of organisations working in support of credible and transparent elections.

Al Jazeera English is one of the most-watched news channels in Nigeria, with millions of viewers every day.

Idris is an experienced journalist who has over thirty years of broadcasting experience. He started working for the Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1983. In 2006 Idris joined the BBC in Abuja and in 2007 until 2010 he was the Bureau Editor. Since 2010 Idris has served as a producer/reporter for Al Jazeera. In 2014 he was the first international journalist to reach Chibok and interview families affected by the mass kidnap of schoolgirls by Boko Haram.

Mustafa has been a cameraman with Al Jazeera since 2011. He graduated from the National Film Institute, Jos, Plateau State in 2000 as an Independent Film Maker, majoring in scripting producing and directing.

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