Attempted Murder: CORHD Condemns Illegal Arrest And Oppressive Arraignment Of Eleven Citizens By The Police In Uyo

In the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2016 we received a report of a case of indiscriminate and mass arrest of eleven (11) persons, comprising of nine (9) males and two (2) females at No. 5 Udi Street in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State by officers of the Nigeria Police Force, A Division, Uyo.

The facts available to us indicate that a certain aged woman was found within the prescient of No. 5 Udi Street in Uyo at about 2 am on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by a private security man working at the apartment. According to reports, the said woman was a stranger and was not known to the security man before then. Upon being confronted, the strange woman reportedly explained to the security man that she came to visit her daughter who is a tenant at the apartment. Queried on what she was doing outside at such odd hour, the woman reportedly told the security man that she came outside to urinate. Dissatisfied with her explanation, the security man and about two others reportedly accused her of being a witch; they reportedly harassed and molested the woman. The woman is said to be recuperating at the hospital.

Upon returning to the apartment in the morning, the daughter of the woman who is an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDS) was briefed about the incident. She went to the police and reported the matter.

The following day on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at about 12 pm, a team of armed policemen stormed the apartment and arrested every person they could lay their hands on and took them to A Division, Uyo. In all, eleven (11) persons were arrested. Among the persons arrested are five (5) staff of Motion Studios, a private music/movie recording company situated at the apartment.

The names, gender and ages of the staff are as follows:

1. Kate Augustine (female, 17); 2. Armstrong James (male, 17); 3. Joseph Bassey (male, 23); 4. Elvis Johnson (male, 23) and 5. Ubong Ime (male, 19).

None of the above five (5) persons is living at No. 5 Udi Street, Uyo where the incident took place and none was present during the incident. Business at the Motion Studios where they all work closes at about 6 pm every day.

At the police station, the eleven (11) persons were kept for hours and asked by the Investigation Police Officer (IPO), one ‘Idoko’, to “cooperate” and pay money to secure their bail. We advised the staff of Motion Studios who contacted us over the matter not to “cooperate” as illegally demanded.

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP. Murtala Usman was contacted at about 7:20 pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016 and urged to intervene in the matter. The Commissioner upon being briefed over the matter directed that the five (5) staff of Motion Studios be released immediately. Accordingly, they were freed and asked by the IPO to return the following morning.

We understand that the IPO and his immediate bosses at the A Division in Uyo were visibly angry over the superior order from the Commissioner of Police and the decision of the staff of Motion Studios to reach out to a lawyer who is the Convener of Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD). The IPO pointedly declared in their presence that they may have won temporarily but that their release was not the end of the matter since they decided to involved a lawyer instead of “cooperating” with him.

Shockingly, when the staff of Motion Studios reported at the station in the morning of Friday, September 16, 2016 the IPO told them that they were going to be taken to court to be arraigned for “Conspiracy” and “Attempted Murder” of the aged woman.

All our efforts to reach out to the Commissioner of Police to stop the unwarranted arraignment proved abortive.

Thus, all the eleven (11) persons were hurriedly taken before a Chief Magistrate Court in Uyo on a holding charge of “Conspiracy” and “Attempted Murder”. They were all remanded in Prison Custody and denied bail by the court.

It should be noted that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has ruled that the practice of holding charge at the Magistrate Court is unconstitutional and has no place in our criminal jurisprudence. There is at present no statutory provision under the Criminal Procedure Law of Akwa Ibom State that empowers a Magistrate to remand accused persons in a charge like Attempted Murder which is outside its jurisdiction.

It should also be noted that the police had not conducted any sensible investigation into the alleged assault and molestation of the woman before they hurriedly arraigned the eleven (11) persons. No identification parade was conducted and no reasonable steps were taken to identify the real culprits who are said to be currently at large.

All that the Nigeria Police Force in the 21st century could do was to invade the crime scene in a commando style and effect a mass and indiscriminate arrest of every unlucky person that they could lay their hands on and charge them to court for refusing to “cooperate”.

To show the unprofessional and oppressive manner the police acted in this case, the police in a desperate effort to shield the woman’s daughter who is working with a sister agency, the NSCDC claimed that they received information about the incident through a radio message and that there is no complainant.

We call on the police to tell Nigerians who called them, the date and time they received the “radio message” and how they came to the conclusion that each of the eleven (11) persons they arrested, particularly the five (5) staff of Motion Studios were the persons who molested the aged woman?. The police should exaplain to the public how they came about the charge of “Conspiracy” and “Attempted Murder”? Who conspired with who and who attempted to murder who?

It is indeed an unprecedented record that our own Nigeria Police Force was able to conclude investigation into an alleged case of “attempted murder” within 48 hours of the alleged crime. Nobody is deceived by this despicable and condemnable show of force. Nigerians are too familiar with the police and their modus operandi to be cajoled.

It is a sad commentary that at a time the federal government is seeking ways to decongest our prisons, innocent and poor Nigerians have been sent to the Uyo Prisons over what they know nothing about simply because we have a police force that has no respect for human rights and a complacent judicial system.

We at COHRD condemn in the strongest terms the actions of the police against these innocent citizens. We urge the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police to withdraw the trump-up charge against the innocent citizens and go after those who allegedly assaulted the aged woman.

We call on the Inspector General of Police to look into this matter and bring any officer found to have acted criminally, illegally and or in an unprofessional manner to justice.

While we empathise with the aged woman and wish her a smooth recuperation, we totally reject the unjustifiable actions taken against those who from all indications are innocent of the crime. The police cannot use the court as a shield to cover their wrongful actions in this case. The police should not be seen to be using oppressive and illegal means to fight crime.

Injury to one, is injury to all.

Thank you.

Inibehe Effiong, Esq.

Convener, Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD).

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Governor Fayose Versus EFCC/FG: A Citizen’s Perspective, By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

On Monday 20th 2016, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose alerted the world that his personal bank account domicile at Zenith Bank Nigeria PLC has been frozen on the order of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The 55 years old politician accused President Muhamadu Buhari of using the instrumentalities of the law to fight him for daring to criticize his government.

The Governor however kicked against the action of the EFCC as he claimed that such move contravenes the provisions of section 308 of the Nigerian constitution which granted him an immunity against being tried for any civil or criminal offense.

This contentious issue has generated a lot of hues and cries in the media. The issue has divided Nigerians. Some opined that the action of the EFCC was legal while some argued that it was illegal. However, my personal view is stated as thus:

1. EFCC Act 2004.

Section 34 (1) of the EFCC Act with the heading: “Freezing order on banks or other other financial institutions”, provides as follows:

“Notwithstanding anything contained in any other enactment or law, the Chairman of the Commission or any officer authorised by him may, if satisfied that the money in the account of a person is made through the commission of an offence under this Act and or any of the enactments specified under section 7 (2) (a)-(f) of this Act, apply to the Court ex-parte for power to issue an order as specified in Form B of the Schedule to this Act, addressed to the manager of the bank or any person in control of the financial institution or designated non-financial institution where the account is or believed by him to be or the head office of the bank, other financial institution or designated non-financial institution to freeze the account.”


Going by the provisions of section 34 of the EFCC Act, EFCC acted ultravires. No record from Zenith Bank, the EFCC and the media that a court of law granted the EFCC an ex-parte order to freeze the personal bank account of Governor Ayo Fayose. Thus, the whole action of the EFCC, to me, contravenes the provisions of section 34 of the EFCC Act.

2. The Immunity Clause:

This is enshrined in Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and the provisions are reproduced verbatim below:

308. (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Constitution, but subject to subsection (2) of this section –

(a) no civil or criminal proceedings in court of law shall be instituted or continued against a person to whom this section applies during his period of office;

(b) a person to whom this section applies shall not be arrested or imprisoned during that period either in pursuance of the process of any court or otherwise; and

(c) no process of any court requiring or compelling the appearance of a person to whom this section applies, shall be applied for or issued:

Provided that in ascertaining whether any period of limitation has expired for the purposes of any proceedings against a person to whom this section applies, no account shall be taken of his period of office.

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to civil proceedings against a person to whom this section applies in his official capacity or to civil or criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party.

(3) This section applies to a person holding the office of President or Vice President, Governor or Deputy Governor; and the reference in this section to “period of office” is a reference to the period during which the person holding such office is required to perform the functions of the office.


i. Going by the provisions of section 308 of the constitution, Immunity does not stop a Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice-President and President from being investigated by law enforcement agencies.

ii. However, no civil or criminal proceedings can be instituted against the aforementioned persons.

iii. As opined by a Lagos based Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Ebun Olu Adegboruwa, it is also my believe that an ex-parte order on any civil or criminal case that involve the persons of the beneficiaries of the immunity clause in section 308 of the constitution is illegal.

iv.  It is my believe that the action of EFCC is illegal because any ex-parter order against the persons (Dep. Governor, Governor, V.P and President) that section 308 (1)a of the constitution exempted from personally being sued at any court of law for any civil or criminal matter. The law says: “No Civil or criminal proceedings in court of law shall be instituted or continued against a person to whom this section applies during his period of office”.

v. Since the case under investigation is criminally embedded and the ex-patre order (be it interim or what ever) from court would bear the name of (take for instance), Ayo Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti State, I want to say expressly that such action contravenes the provision of section 308 of the constitution.

vi. The frozen bank account at Zenith Bank belong to Ayo Fayose, Governor, Ekiti State. An ex-partre ( court) order against the personal bank account of Ayo Fayose is against Ayo Fayose and the section 308 (1)a of the constitution.

vii. It is my believe that EFCC did not seek for any court order to freeze Governor Ayo Fayose’s personal bank account because the organization apparently knew no court would grant such an order hence the resort to illegality.

viii. I want to state expressly that I am in support of the war against corruption of the Buhari led federal government but such war must be pursued within the ambit of the laws. Any crusade we want to undertake must be done with all due respect to the laws of Nigeria. The laws were created to guide our modicum of operations therefore they (the laws) must be sanctified and respected.

ix.  Lastly, I am appealing to the international community and human rights groups to rise up and protect the constitution of Nigeria from being trampled upon by institutions created under the law. Precedence that would boomerang in future must be avoided for the sake of the innocent generation yet unborn.

Adeleye writes from Magodo, Lagos.
Tel: 08184397228 (SMS ONLY).

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Gov. Ganduje Commissions Road Projects, Calls On Kano Citizens To Pay Taxes Duly

Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday (Thursday) commissioned the reconstructed Yusuf and Kwairanga roads in Nassarawa GRA, Kano metropolis with a call on citizens of the state to pay taxes duly to enable the government to execute more developmental projects.

A statement by Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Director General, Media and Communications to the Governor, said governor Ganduje especially called on wealthy individuals to pay ground rent for their mansions, as well as other taxes to the government promptly, pointing out that is no longer feasible for his administration to rely on the Federation Account.

The governor explained that a sizeable number the most of the projects being executive by his administration are funded with internally generated revenue, lamenting that since he assumed office last year, the state’s Federal allocation has dropped by 60 percent.

He stressed that the only option of the government is to source money by taxing the rich in order to serve the poor, adding that without alternative sources of funds, the state government can hardly pay its workers salaries punctually and execute viable projects.

On the Kwairanga road, Governor Ganduje announced that government spent N199 million of tax payer’s money to renovate the road and three others adjacent ones, expressing satisfaction that the contractor has done very qualitative work.

He pointed out that Yusuf road was neglected for about three years since the initial award of the contract, maintaining that his administration re-awarded it and completed the project within a short period of three months.

The governor also inspected ongoing renovation of Zaria road, which was awarded by immediate past government and continued by present administration at the cost of N5billion.

He also inspected the laying of asphalt along the sides of Ado Bayero flyover, along Zaria road, which was awarded not too long ago by the state government in order to ease traffic congestion in the area.

In related development, Governor Ganduje has commissioned two combined harvesters and Wheat cleaning, grading and sorting machines at Maganda store, purchased at the cost of N10 million and N20 million respectively, for the benefit of wheat farmers in the state.

The governor said that the facilities would assist farmers to minimize loss of produce, adding that the machines would equally add value to their farm output in local and international markets.

He noted that due to the support given to wheat farmers by his government, the market price of the commodity has appreciated, recalling that present N200 million was set aside by the state government to purchase excess wheat from the farmers in order to stabilize its price.

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Gunmen Fire Shots At Edo State Deputy Governor

Deputy Governor of Edo State Dr. Pius Odubu, yesterday escaped death by the whiskers when gunmen shot at him.

The incident happened at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Auchi as the deputy governor was receiving a delegation.

The attack took place a few minutes after Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Odubu left a party organised by Damian Lawani, representative of the Estako Central Constituency in the House of Assembly.

The gunmen reportedly invaded the secretariat and opened fire on the deputy governor and others at the meeting.

Five persons were said to have been critically injured, including the Guard Commander of the Deputy Governor’s Police team who covered his boss during the invasion.

Six delegates and three security details attached to Odubu are said to be in critical conditions.

They are receiving treatment at Faith Medical Centre in Auchi.

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How the House Plans to Use Media to Ensure Citizens’ Participation – @SpeakerDogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday received members of the UK Parliament in his office. The delegation, which was led by Stephen Twigg (MP), chairman of the Committee on International Development, visited on a mission to strengthen ties between the parliaments of both countries.


In a statement released by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker also spoke on the need to keep the people informed and make proceedings within the House transparent via media agencies – television and radio respectively – which would report exclusively on the National Assembly. This, the Speaker said, would be in line with the legislative agenda of the House and the commitment to ensure citizens’ participation. Dogara said such an initiative would enable Nigerians assess and access activities of their elected representatives as the stations when established will transmit proceedings live from both chambers.


The Speaker further disclosed that the House of Representatives had set up the Nigeria-British Parliamentary Friendship Group, which he said would soon visit Britain to strengthen the relationship between the two parliaments.


The Speaker also told the UK lawmakers that the House of Representatives had begun the process of amending over 130 laws of the country to meet contemporary realities, with the support of the Department for International Development (DFID).

Dogara, who expressed gratitude to Britain for supporting the 8th House of Representatives since its inauguration, also solicited its support in building the capacity of members.


Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, Stephen Twigg (MP), said they were in the National Assembly to understudy the parliament and areas of partnership in ensuring a robust legislature. He further said that they are committed to strengthening relations between the UK Parliament and Nigeria’s National Assembly.

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National Assembly and Citizens’ Participation In Budget Process By Sanni Onogu

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday February 10, 2016 took his pledge to make the 8th National Assembly open, inclusive, transparent and accountable a notch higher, when he opened the gates of the legislature to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the labour to ventilate their thoughts, make observations and voice their recommendations on how best to ensure that the 2016 budget truly reflects the will and aspiration of Nigerians.

Saraki had in his inaugural speech on his election as Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly on June 9, 2015, said the present National Assembly would do things differently. “It will no longer be business as usual,” he said. He promised to ensure that the change agenda of the present administration is reflected in every undertaking of the National Assembly.

Towards the realization of this objective,  the Senate and House of Representatives respectively prepared and adopted a people-centred legislative agenda as a guiding light to make the members stay true and focussed on their stated objectives. It was also meant to make the National Assembly a body that truly encapsulate the wishes and concerns of the ordinary Nigerian. As a way of making the process of law making, oversight and advocacy truly participatory, Saraki utilised every opportunity to engage Nigerians. One instance of such engagement os the use of Twitter and other new media platforms  on a daily basis to inform, educate, explain the rationale for certain actions of the National Assembly and above all. to respond in real time to the genuine concerns of the people. Beside, he had also ensured that the debates of the Senate at plenary are  streamed live to Nigerians, who equally take advantage of the social media to make their contributions, ask questions and voice their concerns.

However, last Wednesday, January 10, 2015, On hand to receive the representatives of the over 100 CSOs to the National Assembly were  Saraki,  Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and Civil Society Organizations, Senator Rose Okoh, Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ibn Na’Allah, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho; Senator Olamilekan Adeola; Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator John Owan, Chairman, House Committee on Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners, Hon. Peter Akpatason, who represented the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other other members of the House. Some of the CSOs that participated in the interactive session included: PLAC, CENCOJ, BudgIT, HOMEF, ActionAid, CODE, EiE Nigeria, FEPAR, BMGF, NNNGO, Oxfam, ONE Campaign, OSIWA, YIAGA, NDI, CSR in Action, among others.

The interactive session with CSOs which has been hailed both in Nigeria and in the international community as “historic and unprecedented”, according to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and Civil Society Organizations, Senator Okoh, was meant to ensure citizen’s participation in the decision making process in the legislature, especially on the 2016 Appropriation Bill now being considered by the federal legislature, Senator Okoh in her welcome address during the programme said: “Through your capacities of reach, advocacy and data collection, your contribution to this document (2016 budget) will not only enhance our mandate of appropriation for government, but also ensure that there is citizen participation in the decision making process of government at this crucial level.”

Saraki in his remarks at the event, noted that the country has come a long way since its return to democracy in 1999. Undoubtedly, according to him, the road had been full of challenges. Consequently, he said, the task of members of the 8th National Assembly, as representatives of the people in government “is to work towards the actualization of a more effective federal system of governance.” He lamented that a cursory look at the budgets of the past 16 years showed that “ineffective implementation and abandonment of projects have caused excessive wastages that have negatively buckled the Nigerian economy.” He told the CSOs that in response to the unacceptable trend, the 8th National Assembly has stepped up its oversight functions to ensure that funds duly appropriated are spent ‘how’, ‘where’ and on ‘what’ they were earmarked for.

He further hinted that since economic diversification is crucial to the success of the nation’s economy, the National Assembly is working to enact laws that will “boost internally generated revenues by plugging the loopholes that exist in our system, and encouraging the small and medium-scale business owners in our communities.” He commended the over CSOs that participated in the interactive session for making themselves available while acknowledging  that the National Assembly counts on the input of all Nigerians to move the country to the next level in her democratic journey. “We know that the work ahead of us is necessary. We also know that the road ahead of us will be lined with challenges. However, we also know that we cannot do this alone. We need all hands on deck for this one,” Saraki said. He added that the session was meant to aggregate the wishes of Nigerians concerning governance and to address the concerns of Nigerians who had often criticized the operations of the National Assembly as being opaque, which they contended often tends to various forms of corrupt activities. On the purpose of inviting the CSOs by the National Assembly, Saraki said it was in response to citizen’s concerns and public expectations. “The 8th National Assembly through this platform and the various others that we have set up online, will continue to be accessible to you. We will work tirelessly to address your concerns’ after all, we are only here because of you,” he said.

Furthermore, the Senate President said the maiden interactive session between the National Assembly and CSOs on the 2016 budget was convened to allow both members of parliament and the CSOs to “explore new angles, consider fresh opinions and weigh new suggestions on the reasonable changes that need to be made, and on the best way to forge ahead with the 2016 appropriation process. This is not only an opportunity for you to air your views, it is also a window that has presented itself that will allow all of us to work together to pass a budget that we can all be proud of. Therefore, I urge you all to feel free to point out your genuine concerns about the budget. Know that your relevant input is crucial towards ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the National Assembly to pass a document that we can all be proud of. When the civil society of a nation is strong, loud and empowered – we are all better off for it. When the civil society is a part of the process – with seats of their own at the decision-making table – governments become more responsive and accountable,” he said.

After the tone for the novel engagement had been set with the above remarks, it was time for the CSOs to bring to the table their observations aimed at making the 2016 budget a realistic and implementable document. During the session that lasted for about four hours, the 2016 budget was subjected to independent and intense scrutiny and analyses by the CSOs following which they made observations and recommendations to assist the National Assembly in their role of exposing corruption and ensuring that the funds appropriated were not only realistic but that the budget is faithfully implemented in totality in the interest of the people.

The Executive Director of Centre for Global Solutions and Sustainable Development, Adebowale Adeniyi, in the executive summary he wrote on behalf of the CSOs that partook in the event, noted that the exchange was “indeed a great session, first of its kind, and a great demonstration of inclusivity and participatory governance in Nigeria by the National Assembly.” He said the CSOs had discovered that from time immemorial, budgets in Nigeria have been an up-bottom approach which is against the democratic principle and practice world-wide. “We recommended that henceforth, budget in Nigeria should be a bottom-up approach, open, transparent, all inclusive and participatory, especially at the formation stage, even at implementation and evaluation stages. That is: everybody must have a voice in it.”

Adeniyi said that the need to establish an open, inclusive and participatory budget formation is not negotiable and cannot be over emphasized. “We applaud the effort by the National Assembly towards the determination to ensuring increased participation in the process that govern our activities especially the drive towards ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Senate to pass a document that we all can be proud of.” Globally, according to him, there is a growing government involvement of CSOs in budgeting “and in Nigeria, we have begun the process with this interaction with the Senate. We appreciate the partnership hands extended to us by the National Assembly towards formally institutionalizing the CSO-Legislative relationships. As CSO, we shall continue to engage the government in constructive and intellectual ways in ensuring that things are done in the right manner, especially in conformity with the international best practice,” he said.

He further declared that the CSOs who attended the event were satisfied that the National Assembly has taken it upon itself by doing the needful in ensuring that the remaining process of the budget is now open, inclusive and participatory. “We hereby applaud the opportunity given to us by the National Assembly in opening partnership channel with us the CSOs, recognizing us as important and critical elements or components to good governance and democracy at large. Also trusting our input and seeing us as voice to the voiceless and the intermediary between the government and the governed,” he said.

On his part, the Senate President pledged that the observations and inputs on the 2016 budget made by the CSOs at the session would form part of the report of the National Assembly Committees on Civil Society Organizations to the Committees on Appropriation for onward submission to Senate and House of Representatives in plenary. He called on the CSOs and Nigerians to continue to support the National Assembly, as it strives to “acquire and execute critical and suitable programs that are highly beneficial to every citizen of this nation. Everyone here will agree: we have come here today with the determination and resolve to ensure increased citizen participation in the processes that govern our activities here at the legislature. Today’s session on the 2016 Budget is the first of these series of engagements – but I assure you all – it will not be the last. As my colleagues and I have stated on multiple platforms, on previous occasions, and at various events: the National Assembly is actively working towards repositioning its efforts. These steps – though not as complete as some of you may want; and these endeavours – which may not be as perfect as all of us may wish for – are fully intended to ensure that this National Assembly works for and on behalf of every Nigerian, and for the present and future successes of our collective ‘Nigerian Project.’ These sessions might be baby steps to some, but know that little steps are the beginnings of greater outcomes that lead to the positive change that Nigerians voted for at the polls,” he said.


Onogu is the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President.

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Independence Day Message To President Buhari And Nigerian Citizens – Muslims Against Terror

In The Name of Allah (the God), The Most Merciful, The Most Forgiver.

Assalamualykum (we greet you in peace).

On this day, Nigeria’s 55th independence day, we, the Muslims against Terror organization, wish to commend Nigeria on its successful democratic transition. We send our best regards and hearty greetings to President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Attorney Yemi Osinbajo. We wish you God’s blessings and the wisdom to lead the nation to its true great destiny.

Our commitment as an organization of Nigerian Muslims against Terror is to the defeat and eradication of terror across Nigeria and the entire world.

We express our deep regrets to the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Citizens over the indiscriminate terrorist attacks of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Levant (ISIS OR ISIL) and affiliates to al-Qaeda Terrorists organizations committed against innocent people in North- East Nigeria, African and other parts of the world.

These groups; “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization have misused and abused Islam in order to fit their own radical and indeed “Anti-Islamic Agenda”, and their actions are criminal, they are truly misguided and act counter to the true teachings of Islam.

These Radical terrorists groups “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists organization are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, and around the world.

The “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda Terrorists organization poses danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishing its image as they shed innocent blood, attack Churches, Mosques, government properties and spread corruption in Nigeria, Chad, Syria, Iraq etc and other parts of the world.

The “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organization have directed and inspired attacks around the world. The groups’ declaration of a “Caliphate” “Islamic State”, Last June (2014) marked the launch of its global strategy which has resulted in attacks that killed scores of innocent civilians, horrified populations and raised thorny questions about the evolving nature of international terrorism and “what can be done to fight it”.

The activities of the above global terrorists attacks in more than a dozen countries include:

  • In Nigeria: The “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA), or (ISIS) attacks in Nigeria were one of three major terrorist attacks globally and the most deadly; about 2500 Muslims Community were killed in Baga on January of 2015, and other suicide bombings killing and injured many more innocents in North-Eastern Nigeria and across Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
  • Tunisia: “ISIS” drew an assault rifle at a beach and killed at least 38 people at the seaside resort on 26 July 2015.
  • Kuwait: An “ISIS” suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Mosque during communal prayers, killing at least 30 people; with over 200 Shiite worshippers injured on 26 July 2015.
  • Iraq: “ISIS” attacked more than 80 people killed in Eid Al-fitr bombing in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq on 17 July 2015. They have killed many more in different events in the country.
  • Syria: “ISIS” blew up part of the Temple of Bel in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and continue to conduct many more attacks.
  • Saudi Arabia: An “ISIS” Suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Mosque belonging to the state security force; 13 people died and 9 others were injured, on August 6, 2015; also on May 22, 2015, an “ISIS” suicide bomber detonated himself killing 21 people with many others injured at Imam Ali Mosque in the Persian Guif Area village of Qudayh, in one of Saudi Arabia’s few Shiite population centers.

The list goes on…

We Muslims are prominent victims of the terrorists group of “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and affiliate to al-Qaeda terrorists organization in the world.

A terrorist attack on one country is an attack on humanity as a whole. All nations of the world must work together to Identify the perpetrators and bring them to Justice.

One of the central tactics of Islamic extremists groups “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) in Nigeria in particular has been to stroke sectarian hatred between Muslims groups, Christians and Jews etc.

The brutal Acts of “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the name of Islam is why Islam is linked with terrorism in the mind of those who do not know Islam. We the Muslims Against Terror organization, other Muslim brothers, Christians, and Jews in Faith believe that most people in the world are educated enough to know “these monstrous group,” “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria  (ISIS), and affiliate to al-Qaeda terrorists Organization, know they don’t belong to Islam.

The activities of above terrorists groups are against Islamic Rules, Principles and Islam’s way of dealing with humanity.

Any Muslim who commits an act of terrorism would be guilty of violating the law of Islam. For God says in the Quran, “Believers fulfill your covenant” (Holy Quran 5:1) etc “do not commit murder”.

We the Muslims Against Terror organization totally condemn the killings, attacks of the Islamist extremists of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates and partners to al-Qaeda terrorists organization in the world. We totally condemn them and urge all Muslims to equally condemn these activities that are against all humanist and Islamic morals.

We condemn and oppose all aggression on human life, freedom, and dignity anywhere in the world. As Muslims, we condemn terrorism and all its forms and manifestations.

Ours is a religion of peace. We are sick and tired of Islamic Extremist of “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization dictating the “public face of Islam”

It is wrong to kill innocent people. It’s also wrong to praise those who kill innocent people!

The Holy Quran declares, whoever kills a human being … then it is as though he has killed all mankind, and whoever saves a human life, it is as though he had saved all mankind (Quran, Surah al Maidah (5) verse (32)).

As Muslims we must face up to our responsibility to clarify and advocate a faith- based, righteous and moral position with regard to this problem, especially when terrorist acts are perpetrated in the name of Islam.

We call upon our leaders in Nigeria and other part of the world to recognize that in order to rid the world of the ugliness of terrorism of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organizations, our nations must understand its root causes.

We hold out the hope that these root causes can be addressed through non-violent means, in a way that promotes peace and harmony between the nations of the world.

Through our collective efforts, we must ensure that all counter terrorism actions and policies are consistent with international human right and humanitarian laws.

The commitment that the Nigeria terror group “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic state of Iraq or Syria (ISIS) and affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organization will end in three months by the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is welcome by we Muslims Against terror, other Muslims brothers and Nigerian Citizens, but we the Muslims Against terror organization and other Muslims brother in the world wish to advise the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that the Islamic Insurgence of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organization cannot end in three months without the government of Nigeria establishing for the “war on terrorism” to know the root causes and sponsors of the Islamic extremist of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organization and its sponsors, in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger etc and other parts of the world.

Terrorists and their sponsors must be brought to Justice in an impartial court of law and (punished) appropriately. “As a Muslim” it is our responsibility to be very clear that these actions of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization do not have anything to do with Islam and deserve the full and impartial punishment of the law.

We, the Muslims Against Terror and other Muslim brothers therefore call on the Nigerian government and Nigerian citizens to rise up against all those who have confessed knowing the sponsors of the terror groups of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organizations that has diminished us, killing, abducting our men and women and made Nigeria to be one of the worst in recorded history, cases of terrorism in the world.

It is necessary for the President Muhamadu Buhari and the Security Agencies to apprehend the true perpetrators of these crimes, as well as those who aid and abet them through incitement, financing, or other support of “Boko Haram” or Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) or Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organization in North-Eastern Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, etc and the rest of the world.

It is a very serious situation and we have to close ranks as Muslims, Christians and Jews to identify them and report them to appropriate authorities. We have to close ranks as Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic or political differences, and not play politics with insecurity.

No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts of “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West African (ISWA) also known as Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

We the Muslims Against Terror and other Muslim brothers urge the Nigerian Government to Join with American, United Kingdom, Russia, Iran, France, Saudi Arabia and any truly committed nation in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

Islam is the Religion of Justice and guidance. For it is written in the Quran:

“O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor, for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts of your hearts), last ye swerve, and it ye distort (Justice) or decline to do Justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do. (Holy Quran 4:35).

Islam commands that justice be upheld, “O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witness to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just, that is next to piety, and fear Allah, for Allah is well acquainted with all that ye do (Quran 5:8).

We are hopeful with the initiative by Russia to enter Syria and combat ISIS head on. This is the duty of all peace loving people of the world today and an action we have continuously strongly urged. ISIS is not a threat only to Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Nigeria and other nations where its terror has been felt; ISIS is a terror to the entire world and future of humanity.

In response to the New Audio Message released by an impostor acting as “Abubakar Shekau”, released on Monday 21st Sept. 2015,

We wish to advise the social Media networks, and other online outlets both local and international networks fascinated with “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa, (ISWA) also known as Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to be weary of spreading propaganda Messages, releasing fake Audio Message on Youtube, etc. for late “Boko Haram” leader Imam Abubakar Shekau.

The Leader of “Boko Haram” Imam Abubakar Shekau is Dead! He died in 2013, and we the Muslims Against terror with international think-tanks, have released statements to this effect and advised all local and international media on the “Shekau”mimposters.

See Link: Warning, Fake Videos of Boko Haram Shekau are Evil propaganda.

These people spreading these fake stories are very wicked mischief –maker, you need to beware of the “Anti-war on terrorism”.

Allah (S) hates the mischief –makers on the land as Quran says, “…and seek by means of what Allah has given you the future abode, and do not neglect your portion of this word, and do good (to others) as Allah has done good to you, and do not seek to make mischief in the land, surely Allah does not love the mischief-makers.” (Quran 28:77)

We the Muslims Against Terror, Nigerian Citizens, and other Muslims brother are united against these Islamic Extremists of “Boko Haram” against terrorism, against all their atrocities, against destroyed Churches, Mosques, government properties, against pain, suffering of innocent people killed, against the kidnap of men and women, enslaving them and the forcing of women into unlawful marriages; and the abduction of the Chibok student girls by “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorist organization in North-Eastern Nigeria, Chad, Syria, Iraq, and the rest of the world.

We were saddened by the “military action of the last government led by president Goodluck Jonathan over some “military commanders” in the extra-judicial killing of innocent people in the North-Eastern Nigeria, as the fight by the military against “Boko Haram” and also incensed by the killing of 33 people, including the children of a Sheikh cleric Leader sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, during a peaceful Muslim in usual annual procession on Zaria last year 26 July, 2014.

Link: Muslims Condemn Government Forces Brutality, Arrests and Killing of Muslim Leaders in Nigeria – See more at:


We urge the President, Muhammadu Buhari and the new Army chief Buratai to conduct a full and honest investigation into the extra-judicial executions of some “Military commanders” in Nigeria. And the killing of 33 people, including the children of a Sheikh cleric Leader sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, during a peaceful Muslim in usual annual procession on Zaria last year 26th July, 2014.

We the Muslims Against Terror are committed to helping the Nigerian government at all levels to bring peace in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world. Whatever we can do, as long as it is not against Islam.

We the Muslims Against Terror and other Muslims brothers wish to advise those Nigerians, particularly some “Northern politicians” who are (“Boko Haram” /ISIS”) Sympathizers, begging Nigerian to forgive “Boko Haram” or Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after all their evil in Nigeria and west Africa, and negotiating for the Amnesty via freedom for the kidnappers, murders, killers, suicide bombers, Armed-robbers, cannibals, hat they are the enemy of Islam and humanity as a whole.

The actions of the Islamic extremists of “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization has been predicted in the Quran at the “End Time” by the messenger of Allah prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him).

All Muslims must abide by the “Sunnah” (teaching, practices) of the prophet, it is written in the Quran;

The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) said, if he was here in the “End time” when these people are doing these barbaric acts, the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) will be the first to kill them himself.

“A people will come out at the “End of Time”, Immature, foolish and corrupt, they will hold the discourse of the best of creation and recite the Quran, but it will not past their throats. They will pass through religion (of Islam) the way an arrow passes through quarray, if you find them, kill them, for verily whoever kills them will have his reward for Allah in the Day of Judgment”! (sunnah of the prophet).

These are the “End times”  for all Muslims to join in global Jihad “(struggle) and denounce these Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS “BOKO HARAM) and affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization.

May Allah give victory to those who stand truly for the way of the prophet (Blessing and peace be upon him). O Believers read this Book and take heed of its message. And all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Baygah said: we must declare war on war so the outcome will be peace upon peace.

They “Boko Haram,” “ISIS”, etc must be CRUSHED in Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Tunisia, etc and the rest of the world.

Enough is enough of “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA)…. You will soon meet your doom! We will defeat “Boko Haram” Insha Allah (By God’s mighty Grace) in North-Eastern Nigeria, Chad, etc and the rest of the world.

We the Muslims Against Terror respect the Chadian government for sentencing 10 members of Nigeria- based Islamist Militant group “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) to death on terrorism charges in August of 2015.

We thank the government and people of Cameroon, Chad, Niger etc for committing their armed forces to the Multinational joint task force (MUJTF) to fight “Boko Haram.”

We thank the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari for his total mandate to the Nigerian military and other security Agencies to fight and end “Boko Haram” or Islamic state of West Africa (ISWA) in Nigeria. We also thank him for “war on corruption” in Nigeria. For Allah (the God) declares in the Quran…. And seek not corruption in the Earth, lo, Allah loveth not corrupters” (Quran 28:77).

We appreciate the new Nigerian army chief Buratai in the operational code of the counter insurgency efforts from “Operation Zaman Lafiya” to operation Zaman lafiya   Dole”- which in Hausa means “The quest of peace becomes a must, also we thank the air force that has been carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State groups “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in “operation total wipe-out” of “Boko Haram, or ISIS” declared by the Muslims against terror.

We appreciate the international community like, US, France etc. for assisting Nigerian government in providing “Arms” and other logistic support in fighting the Islamic insurgence “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization, in the world.

We thank the ENDS organization and Dr. Peregrino Brimah for all his assistance to Muslims Against Terror in the global “Jihad” (Struggle) against terrorism and the assistance to the Muslims Against Terror, civilian-JTF in “Jihad” (struggle) against “Boko Haram” ISIS” in Sambisa forest in rescue mission of the abducted Chibok student girls by “Boko Haram”, (ISIS) in April 2014, and his supporting Nigerian civilian vigilante force, popularly known as the civilian-JTF, who have risked and lost their lives doing a wonderful Job assisting the national security services to protect the Northern extremes from the actions of the “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization in the world.

We thank the Coordinators of the “Bring Back Our Girls” Grouped by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and Mrs. Mariam Uwais for their ongoing Campaigning for the release of over 200 abducted Chibok School girls by “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but we were disappointed and frustrated by the security agencies, some “Military commanders” and bad government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan inability to rescue the Chibok School Girls last year April, 2014.

We thank all the volunteer youths, the civilian JTF, the Muslims Against Terror members, Hunters, Ibn Fadlallah force, and also the Iraq Armed forces, backed by volunteers and tribal fighters known as “popular mobilization force” for assisting their country in fighting the Islamic extremist of “Boko Haram” or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and all affiliates to al-Qaeda terrorists organization in the world.

I on behalf of Muslims Against Terror organization, condemn all attacks, suicide bombing, kidnapping, killing of innocent people in Nigeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia etc by the Islamic extremist of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and “Boko Haram” (ISIS BOKO HARAM) in Nigeria and the rest of the word.        

We offer our condolences to the families of all the victims killed by the terrorists, suicide bombers, (the Nigerian Civilian JTF, the Muslims against terror organization members, the Ibn Fadlallah Local Vigilante Force, the Hunters etc), the Nigerians soldiers, the innocent youths who volunteered to fight Boko Haram and were killed and massacred in North – East of Nigeria, the families of all Chibok Students Girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, also to the Iraqi people who were killed by the Sunni Islamic Extremist Takfiri group i.e. the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria  or Levants  (ISIS or ISIL), affiliates to Al Qaeda Terrorist Organization that operate in both Iraq and Syria that have captured several Iraqi cities and pushed the country into deadly and barbaric chaos.

We also express our condolences to, and sympathy with the people and government of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Syria, Tunisia, etc and the Families and to the government and people of Saudi Arabia, the families of the Victims Friday 11 Sept. 2015, crane collapse in Makkah that left about 106 persons dead and over 200 injured.

We pray that almighty Allah will receive the souls of those killed in incident and grant the injured speedily Recovery in the name of Allah our Lord we pray Ameen. We stand with them in solidarity during these difficult times.

We appreciate all your contributions to help us take care of the families of the victims of “Boko Haram” terror including Civilian JTF, Muslims Against Terror, the Youths who volunteered and were killed by Boko Haram in North-Eastern Nigeria and all direct and indirect victims of Boko Haram.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Give charity without delay for it stands in the way of calamity.” Please do your bit and we pray Allah keeps us all away from calamity.

We appreciate all who have contributed to restoring life and hope to victims of terror. May Allah (S) reward you for your generosity, in the name of Allah (the God) our Lord we pray, Ameen.

Thanks for all your assistance:

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We pray for Peace, Love, Freedom and Security to return to North-East Nigeria, Syria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisian, Iraq etc and to the rest of all Muslim Ummah and the world, this year in the name of Allah (swt) our Lord we pray (Amin). May Allah (God) guide them and protect them (Ameen).

Peace to Nigerians on Our Independence Day! Peace to Africa! And we pray for peace to the world!

We invite you to join us:
From Nigeria to the world!
We denounce Terror.
Salam (Peace)
Doctor Ahmad Amadi (JNR)
Muslims Against Terror.


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Sapele Leaders Scores Okowa, Igbuya High …Call For Unity Among Citizens

Support for the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa mounted on Saturday   as prominent Sapele political leaders lauded his leadership qualities, saying he is running a government based on honesty and fairness.

The leaders also praised the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Ovwigho Igbuya for his contributions to the development of Sapele.

“The contributions of Rt. Honourable Ovwigho Igbuya to the development of Sapele are impossible to estimate. He has the interests of all in mind” the leaders said.

Seeing Governor Okowa and Rt. Hon Igbuya in a positive light, the leaders in a statement issued by the spokesperson of Sapele Political Forum (SPF), Mr. Michael Ohwoworode said “the PDP government is providing basic infrastructure with a view to stimulating growth and development in the state, particularly Sapele”.

Calling the Rt. Hon Speaker a leader with character, courage and conviction, the leaders said “In Delta State, we have seen hopes maturing to reality. The government has put smiles on the faces of the people by executing programmes that have direct impact in the lives of the people”.

The leaders who described Okowa’s performance as encouraging commended him for creating opportunities for the people   and providing meaningful developmental projects across   the state as well as ensuring equity and fairness in appointment to political offices.

“Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa appointed Sapele people into key positions of his administration. He is renovating Sapele Technical College. He is desirous of completing the Sapele Market,  Sapele Township Stadium and Adeola Road. He is also eager  dualize the Sapele – Warri Road and Sapele-Benin Road. Okowa wants to make Delta State stable and prosperous. He is moving with great zeal and vigour to make the difference” they said.

“We have a governor with a listening ear. We have a governor that is committed to the development of the state. We have a governor that is providing responsible, accountable and transparent leadership to the people. He is providing the economic and political leadership that we need” the leaders said.

They further urged Deltans irrespective of tribe, religion or political difference to give full support to Okowa’s administration.

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Kwara Assembly Goes Digital …Urges Citizens To Send Open Complains

As part of effort to ensure effective legislation and adequate contribution from members of the public to achieve legislative excellence, Kwara State House of Assembly, under the leadership of Dr. Ali Ahmad has introduced an electronic channels where citizens can contribute to the legislative processes in the state.
The speaker, in an interview session on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Ilorin titled Guest of the Moment’ reiterated that the general public were important to achieve proper legislation for the 8th Assembly to achieve its agenda.
Dr. Ahmad stress the need to redefine Kwara State House of Assembly to be the House of the people which would have the interest of the people at heart and charged all Honourable Members to always respect the wishes of the masses irrespective of the personalities.
The speaker also encourage the people to participate in legislative activities and get involve in governance by engaging in constructive criticism rather than sitting at a corner and criticising the government destr?uctively.
Ahmad assured that  the general public that the 8th Kwara Assembly under his leadership would be an open House and operate an open legislation for transparency and accountability.
He urged  the people of the State to forward their Petitions, Mem?os and Complains to the House via  email ‘ ‘ and monitor the activities of the House on Media houses and social media.?
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Photo: South African Policemen Walks Away As Citizens Loot Shop

Amidst the condemnation of the xenophobic attacks by South African citizens against foreigners in their country which has led to some groups calling for the South African products, images showing South African police walking away while foreigner stores are looted have image.

The image below is one of the many were policemen were seen to either be walking away or watch as their citizens attack foreigners and their properties.

South AFrica police

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