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Twitter Ban: PDP Calls On US, UK, Canada To Impose Visa Ban On Buhari, Malami Others

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Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the US, UK, Canada and other members of the International Communities to impose a visa ban on President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet.

The PDP made the call following the decision of the federal government to illegally suspend the operations of Twitter in Nigeria.

In a statement to newsmen on Wednesday signed by the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused the government of violating the UN International Charter on Human Rights.

According to the party, the banning of Twitter is a clear violation of Article 19 of the UN Charter as well as section 39 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guaranteed freedom of expression to all Nigerians.

The party also urges the world bodies to also sanction the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as well as certain leaders of the APC for their individual roles in the ban imposed on Twitter in addition to associated harassments and threats to Nigerians.

The statement reads in part:

The PDP urges the countries to bar President Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Abubakar Malami and their family members from entering their territories for any private purposes whatsoever.

For the avoidance of doubt, Article 19 of the UN Charter on Human Rights provides that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinion without interference and to seek, receive and impact information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”

In the same vein, section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that “every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”.

Our party holds that the trio of President Buhari, Lai Mohammed and Abubakar Malami and their agents cannot continue to enjoy diplomatic privileges and rights extended by virtue of their offices in Nigeria, while at the same time blatantly flouting the UN Charter, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as the 1999 Constitution (as amended) upon which provisions they hold office.

This is more so as the stifling of information flow as being witnessed in the ban on Twitter further creates an enabling environment for abuse of human rights and acts of terrorism in our country.

The PDP calls on the international community to hold the trio of President Buhari, Lai Mohammed and Malami responsible for the escalated abuse of human rights, constitutional violations as well as the situations that embolden terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and vandals in our country.

Furthermore, our party has commenced the compilation of a list of APC leaders, involved in infringing on the rights of Nigerians for onward transmission to the UN and other world bodies for sanctions.

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Sen Andy Uba In Trouble Over Heritage Bank Debt (Video)

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A leading APC governorship aspirant in the Anambra governorship election fixed for November 2021, Andy Uba, is currently swimming in trouble, JomogNews Nigeria reports.

He is said to be heavily indebted to Heritage Bank.

Though the exact amount Uba owes the bank has not been made available, a credible source stated that the debt is in billions.

His indebtedness, insider confirms, has become huge source of worry to the bank executives so much so that the bank mobilized early on Monday, June 21 and stormed his Abuja residence to compel him to pay.

In a video that has gone viral, a voice, ostensibly one of the bank’s executives, was heard saying

“We are staff of Heritage Bank in Abuja and we are here Senator Andy’s house house in Abuja.

“He has been owing the bank for a couple of years now.

“We are here for a peaceful meeting with him to pay his loans which are depositors money.

“If this debt is not paid, staff will lose their jobs. We are here to appeal to him,” the obviously frustrated banker said.

A known face in the Nigerian political space, Andy Uba had won the Anambra state Governorship election in 2007 in a landslide victory and was sworn on May 27, 2007.

But the people of Anambra were stunned when on June 14, 2007, barely two weeks and three days after his swearing-in, Senator Andy Uba was removed from office by a judgement of the Supreme Court.

It was a judgement that spurred uproar in many quarters across the nation because many legal minds argued that the apex court, at that time, had no jurisdiction over the case.

Senator Uba, at the end, however, accepted the sad development and congratulated his opponent, Peter Obi, who became the bonafide governor.

This was after the soft-spoken Senator from Ugah in Anambra South Senatorial District had served President Olusegun Obasanjo as a senior aide in charge of domestic affairs.

The Presidential Villa position energized his political influence across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

It also upgraded him into the club of billionaires in cash and assets.

Subsequently, after the governorship failure, he, in April 2011, won the Senatorial election to represent his District. He did two terms and was in charge of lucrative and grade A committees like INEC.

He is currently in the governorship race which comes up on November 6, 2021 but the debt crisis may be the spoiler.

Born on 14 December 1958 in Enugu, Uba who attended the Boys High School in Awkunanaw and Concordia University is not fresh to controversies.

In the 2011 Senate election under PDP, he won with 63,316 votes, ahead of Chukwmaeze Nzeribe of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with 43,798 and Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah of the Accord party with 24,724.

Uba’s election was challenged by Senator Obiora, the Accord candidate, who claimed that Uba had forged his West African School Certificate (WASC) and had not obtained any of the university degrees that he claimed.

The story of allegedly faked degrees dates back to a story written by two investigative reporters and published by The News in December 2006. Reporters claim that both Concordia and California State University said that although Uba enrolled, he did not graduate from either university.

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Army Rescues More Kidnapped Kebbi Students, Kill Bandit

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The Nigerian Army has confirmed the rescue of more students of the Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi State who were kidnapped by bandits on Thursday.

JomogNews Nigeria reports one teacher and three students have been freshly rescued by the military from the custody of the bandits.

This development was confirmed to Naija News in a statement on Sunday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu.

The statement noted that one teacher and three students were rescued by the military on Saturday while one of the bandits was killed and some items including motorcycles and handsets were recovered.

The Army statement reads: “Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation HADARIN DAJI supported by Nigerian Air Force component have rescued more abductees of the FGC Birnin Yawuri.

One teacher and three students were rescued yesterday at Makuku, in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

The troops also killed one bandit and recovered nine motorcycles and four handsets from the fleeing bandits.

Additional troops have also been deployed to dominate the forest and deny the bandits freedom of action.”

It will be recalled that two teachers and five students were earlier on Friday 18 June 2021 rescued by the gallant troops in a coordinated firefight with the kidnappers.

 

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14 Gunmen Killed As Security Officers Repel Attack On Police Station In Benue

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At least 14 gunmen were killed by the police in a foiled attack on Kastina-Ala police station, Kastina-Ala LGA of Benue state.

Catherine Anene, police spokesperson in Benue, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

She said the attackers numbering up to 50, invaded the police station in the early hours on Sunday to rescue some of their members arrested and detained on Saturday.

The police spokesperson said the officers on duty, however, repelled the attack, killing 14 of them.

“On 19th June 2021, five bandits were arrested and detained at Kastina-Ala Police Division for investigation and prosecution,” she said.

“On 20th June 2021 at about 0130 hrs more than 50 other gang members of the detainees mobilised and invaded the police station to rescue their counterparts.

“Officers at the division who were already at alert engaged them in a gun duel and were able to subdue the bandits.
“Fourteen of them were brought down during the exchange of fire, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries.

Anene said the command has launched a series of operations to rid of criminal elements in the LGA.

In recent times, communities in Benue have been targeted by gunmen.

Early this month, over 20 people were killed in Odugbeho community in Agatu LGA of the state.

In May, over 30 people were reportedly killed — including students of the College of Education — in Katsina Ala LGA of the state.

 

 

 

 

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