Police have arrested six Nigerian and two Togolese pirates over a foiled attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Guinea, Togo’s security minister said Monday.
“Pirates aboard a dugout canoe boarded the GDona1 tanker flying a Togolese flag and tried to divert it from its destination,” Security Minister Yark Damehame said in a statement.
“Happily, the Togolese navy foiled this attack,” the statement said.
The Gulf of Guinea is a hotbed of sea piracy. From the start of the year through April, more than 38 incidents have been reported, including 10 kidnappings.
Most of the incidents have been blamed on armed Nigerian groups off the Niger Delta.
“Recent attacks in Togo waters have been rare in 2019,” Dirk Steffan of the consultancy Risk Intelligence told reporters.
He described Sunday’s foiled attack as “only one notable incident,” adding: “We believe that it was involved in fuel smuggling and that the incident was related to illicit activity, rather than an outright piracy attack.”
Falz The Bahd Guy’s Open Letter To President Buhari
Award-winning Nigerian rapper, actor and singer Folarin Falana professionally known as Falz has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the letter titled: “REQUEST FOR RECONSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION FOR THE DISCHARGE OF ITS FUNCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA,” he demands for a reconstitution of the governing council of the National Human Rights Commission
“It has been brought to my knowledge via a statement by your Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, that the Federal Government has accepted the 5-point request of the ENDSARS protests presented by well-meaning Nigerian youths. This statement went on to state that there will be an independent investigation panel to look into the violations of Human Rights by the defunct SARS and other segments of the Nigeria Police.
Quoting Mr Adeshina’s statement: “the Forum agrees to the setting up of this independent panel by the National Human Rights Commission within the next one week’.
“As it stands now, the National Human Rights Commission has remained without the Governing Council since 2015 and still remains without it The unfortunate circumstance has led to the aggravation of human rights abuse,”
It is pertinent to note that Section 5 of the National Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Act 2010 empowers the National Human Rights Commission itself to receive complaints and investigate all alleged cases of human rights violation in Nigeria and mak appropriate recommendations to the president.
The detailed and concise provisions of this section adequately empower the Human Rights Commission to look into these cases by itself. The commission need not set up another panel for the exercise of its functions.
More importantly, the National Human Rights Commission ought to have a Governing council under Section 2 of the National Human Rights Commision (Amendment) Act consisting of the following people:
(a) a chairman who shall be a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria or the Court of Appeal or a retired judge of th High Court of a State;
(b) a representative each of the following Federal Ministries-
(i) Justice; (ii) Foreign Affairs; (iii) Internal Affairs;
(c) three representatives of registered human rights organisations in Nigeria;
(d) two legal practitioners who shall not have less than ten years post qualification experience;
(e) three representatives of the media, at least two of whom shall be from the private seector.
(f) three other persons to represent a variety of interests; and
(g) the executive secretary of the commission.
According to section 7(3) of the National Human Right Commission Act, the Executive Secretary of the Commission does not have the power to act without a Governing Council.
In the light of the foegoing, I hereby call on Your Excellency to immediately reconstitute the Governing Council of the National Human RIghts Commission and to do so publicly as well as transparently in order to restore the confidence of young Nigerians in your proposed police reform process.
“Failure to do this would force young Nigerians to believe that the continuous refusal to re-constitute the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission is a deliberate attempt to mislead us into thinking genuine efforts are being made at reforming the Nigeria Police, when in truth the opposite is the case.”
I am confident that Your Excellency will grant my humble request in order to guarantee the protection of the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians”
“ I’m an actor, not a criminal” – Nse Ikpe-Etim Reveals
The protest demanding for the eradication of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, has been going on for 10 days now. While some are protesting on the streets, others have taken to social media to continue raising awareness as to why SARS needs to be disbanded.
Nigerian actress, Nse Ikpe Etim reveals she is not a criminal, and should not be treated as such. She disclosed this while telling Nigerian youth to copy the tweet, and tell the Nigerian Government who exactly they are.
“My name is Nse Ikpe-Etim. I’m an actor, not a criminal. Copy this tweet and edit with your name and profession. Let’s show these people who we are.”
The award winning actress expresses how displeased she is about the Nigerians being killed during the peaceful protest. In her words, “I’m sick to my stomach. Innocent and unarmed people are getting killed for demanding a better life from the people that should be protecting them. Oh wow. I have no words”
Nse Ikpe-Etim did not leave those complaining about traffic and the older generation out of her slam, “We are fighting to keep a generation alive, you are complaining about traffic. You may as well turn off your engine… To the people whose daily activities were disrupted due to protest blockades. Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the country. It will benefit you too.
Shocked that the Nigerian Government is not saying much about the ongoing protest, Nse Ikpe-Etim says she expects to hear from President Muhammadu Buhari, and by now the Government ought to have declared a state of emergency. “We’re not settling. We have a Commander-in-Chief and that’s who we expect to hear from in a situation of this magnitude.
Speak up sir @MBuhari.
There is an unrest in the country. Nigerians are on the streets begging for their lives and the @NGRPresident is not declaring a state of emergency? Wow.
Talking about unconventional career paths, the uber talented actress says Nigerian police must learn to live with it, and that all professions matter. “We must normalize unconventional career paths. Not everyone is a doctor and engineer. All professions matter. Bloggers, web developers, influencer, models, digital marketers etc. These jobs come with unconventional lifestyles that the Nigerian Police must live with. #EndSarsNow”
She also urged the Nigerian Youth to brace themselves, because the fight is for everyone that has lost their lives for these cause. She also celebrated the resilient spirit of the Nigerian youths. These were her exact words; “We cannot lose this fight. If not for anything, for Jimoh Isiaq and every other person whose lives have been prematurely taken by the rogues called policemen.
We are not here to play. Enough is enough! Kudos to everyone showing up and showing out. Resilience is the word. #EndSarsNow IS THE MESSAGE. Up and back at it. Whoever thinks we will be tired should get ready for a big disappointment. Criminal policemen MUST be off the streets completely.
#ENDSARS Protests With BBNaija Stars
More celebrities are lending their voices to the ongoing #ENDSARS #EndSWAT movement – , and reality TV stars have not been left behind. Asides being on the streets protesting, here are some of the ways the Big Brother celebrities have lent their voices.
“I’m a proud youth of Nigeria.
I’m part of the generation that changed everything.
I’m proud of everyone.
God bless everyone.
“Take everything, you have us. But who is going to let you take everything from us?? We are the power, we are the generation that makes the difference. 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬
#RECONSTRUCTNIGERIA #RestructureNigeriaNow #EndSARS”
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