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[Nigeria] Police give details on HAN leader’s arrest.

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The Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of Mubarak Bala.

Spokesman to Kaduna State police Mohammed Jalige in a phone conversation with our correspondent said, “I can confirm to you that he has been arrested and he is in police custody.”

“I cannot tell you about where he is (whether Kaduna or Kano State custody) but he has been arrested.”

Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested by the police on Wednesday afternoon at his residence in Kaduna State, Jalige disclosed.

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Although Jalige did not speak about the reason of the arrest, it is not unconnected to Bala’s recent outburst against Islamic Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in a Facebook post.

On Monday, April 27, Mubarak compared popular Lagos pastor and president of Synagogue Church of Nations Prophet TB Joshua to Prophet Mohammed.

“There’s no difference between prophet TB Joshua (S.A.W) of Lagos and Muhammadu (A.S.) of Saudi Arabia, it is better for our Nigeria to be terrorism,” Bala said.

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In another post, Bala said, “Whoever believes religion has been duped – If you cant take blasphemy against Islam, criticizism of its doctrines, this page is not for you. I have not even started ooo.”

His post was greeted with threats of arrest for blasphemy in the comment section. Unrepentant of his stance against Islam, Bala said the threat was from ‘morons’ who should know better.

Days later, a group of lawyers petitioned the Kano State Police command to prosecute Bala for insulting Prophet Muhammad.

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Bala is not new to issues around blasphemy by government and private citizens. In June 2014, he was held at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital by government officials who claimed he was a psychiatric patient against his wish.

In a post on International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) website said he was detained at the hospital on the grounds of a “personality change” because he had become an atheist despite being raised in a Muslim family.


#Newsworthy…

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HAN Leader Arrested In Kaduna Over Alleged Blaspheme. [Nigeria]

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President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria (HAN) Mubarak Bala has been arrested.

He was picked up by security operatives in Kaduna on Tuesday.

Leo Igwe, Chairman, HAN Board of Trustees, raised the alarm in a statement.

Igwe confirmed that police officers, who were not in uniform, took him from his residence.

Bala is being detained at the Gbabasawa police station in Kaduna.

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His arrest has been linked to “blasphemy”.

A group of lawyers had petitioned the Kano State Police Command to prosecute Mubarak for insulting Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page.

One S. S. Umar signed the petition.

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However, there is also an online petition on change.org.

One Halima Sa’adiya Umar started the petition asking Facebook to close down the account of Mubarak Bala.

“All of us at the Humanist Association of Nigeria are deeply worried by the arrest and detention of our president, Mubarak Bala”, Igwe noted.

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“Mubarak Bala will likely be handed over to the Kano State Police Command, that will prosecute him for blasphemy, a crime that caries a death sentence under sharia law,” it said.

The Humanist association urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Kaduna Governor, Nasir Elrufai, to intervene and ensure his immediate release.


#Newsworthy…

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Will Nnamdi Kanu Appear on Live Broadcast to Clear Death Rumour?

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Pro-secessionist, Nnamdi Kanu has promised to appear in a live broadcast in order to dispel rumours of his death. Over the last few days, rumours of Kanu’s death have been trending on social media.

This started after self-acclaimed journalist, Kemi Omololu Olunloyo tweeted that the IPOB leader had died from COVID-19 and had been cremated in Italy.

In a statement he posted on his official Facebook page, Kanu stated that he will appear live on his official Facebook page during his usual radio broadcast, tomorrow being Wednesday 29, April 2020.

“I will be LIVE here on Facebook, on this page at 7 pm with no edited speech or digitally remastered video by the Chinese.”

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“No photoshopped background, no hyper-reality face mask, all questions answered, mother tongue spoken, Igbo in evidence, correct date mentioned and confirmed.”

“No hiding from the public. Raw painful truths delivered live and direct to the world with LIVE question and answer sessions,” he stated.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] 4 killers of Funke Olakunrin nabbed in Akure (Photos)


Ondo government Friday docked four men suspected to be the killers of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the national leader of Afenifere.

Among the accused were Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State and Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State.

Others are Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

The suspects were arraigned at a Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, the capital, a week after the police announced their arrest.

Funke was killed last year at Kajola, on the Ondo-Ore Road, by people said to be Fulani marauders.

But last week, police said they have recorded a breakthrough with the men’s arrest.

Police spokesman DCP Frank Mba said the police had established sufficient physical and forensic evidence against the suspects


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New ISIS leader after al-Baghdadi’s death


The new leader of the Islamic State has been confirmed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi.

He reportedly took over from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the terrorist leader killed himself in October. The extremist cleric blew himself up by detonating a suicide belt after running into a dead-end and dragging two of his children with him to their deaths.

Al-Salbi, was made leader just hours after al-Baghdadi died, according to officials from two intelligence services.

 New ISIS leader unmasked months after Baghdadi died in a US military raid in Syria

The Mosul-born leader is one of the group’s founding members who brought in brutal Sharia Law in Iraq and Syria. He is considered to be one of the most influential ideologues among the now depleted ranks of ISIS.

Al-Salbi, who is also known by the nom de guerre Haji Abdullah, and in some circles as Abdullah Qardash, was born into an Iraqi Turkmen family in the town of Tal Afar.

As a chief legislator, al-Salbi, who is one of the few non-Arabs among the leadership thay ordered homosexuals be thrown off roofs and women accused of adultery be stoned.

Before Baghdadi’s death, the US state department put a $5m bounty on Salbi’s head and on two other senior members of the group.


#Newsworthy…

IPOB leader, Kanu announces how to bury his late parents


Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has announced his plan to attend the burial of his parents scheduled for February 14, 2020.

Kanu who revealed this through IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, however, refused to disclose the security arrangements put in place for the burial in view of its sensitivity.


He said the burial would follow the normal burial preparation, according to the custom of the land.

“The burial of our leader’s parents burial will be 14th of February 2020.


“We are not going to disclose our security arrangements because they are much enemies who wish to destroy or destabilize every effort made for the successful burial of these father and mother of our leader.

“IPOB is on ground and nothing will change our resolve to protect the environment.

Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu


“We are peaceful and will maintain it to last point. But nobody should try IPOB,” Emma Powerful said.

The IPOB leader lost his father Eze Israel Kanu, four months after his mother, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, also died.


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25 ambassador discharged of duty.

…heads of missions sacked.


The Federal Government has confirmed the disengagement of 25 ambassadors and heads of missions, just after a notice was issued to the affected diplomats.

While the affected diplomats complained that the December 31 notice issued to them was “too sudden”, it was gathered that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama had written to them in November, directing that they return to Nigeria on or before December 31.


As some of the envoys pleaded for two to three months extension in order to complete some diplomatic formalities before their disengagement, they were reminded of the tenure extension given to them by President Buhari in 2018.

Ferdinand Nwonye, a spokesperson of the foreign affairs ministry who confirmed the disengagement of the envoys on Tuesday December 31, said in a previous statement that the call for an extension by the ambassadors and heads of missions was selfish.

He said;

“They should have been disengaged by now. When officers, including ambassadors are recalled, they have to leave. They can decide from there to go elsewhere. But they should surely disengage from the mission.

“They cannot remain. There is even another telegram that instructed that the most senior foreign service officer should take over from them.”


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Why IMN leader El-Zakzaky and wife are not released – Malami

…as far as the law is concerned


Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was not released along with journalist, Omoyele Sowore, and a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, because the Federal Government cannot interfere in a case already being prosecuted by a state government.

The AGF’s spokesperson, Dr Umar Gwandu, said his principal revealed this during interviews with the Hausa services of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America.


He said, “El-Zakzaky and his wife are being prosecuted by the Kaduna State Government on charges of murder.

“The only reasons for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki revolved around our commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders and compassionate grounds.

“It is important to understand the fact that as far as the law is concerned and in relation to the Nigerian justice system, one has multiple options after a court has ruled on a matter.”

Orders to free El-Zakzaky had been ignored by the Kaduna State Government.


#Newsworthy…

Barrack Obama says women makes better leadership.

Barack Obama has said women make better leaders than men.

The former US President, while speaking in Singapore, said women aren’t perfect, but are “indisputably better” than men. He added that if women ran every country in the world there would be a general improvement in living standards and outcomes.

He said most of the problems in the world came from old people, mostly men, holding onto positions of power. He also spoke about political polarisation and the use of social media to spread falsehoods.

Women make better leaders than men - Barack Obama says

Speaking at the private event on leadership, Mr Obama said while in office he had mused what a world run by women would look like.

He said:

Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us [men].

I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes.

When asked if he would ever consider going back into political leadership, he said he believed in leaders stepping aside when the time came.

He said:

If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way.

It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power.

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Edozie Njoku Tells Members To Stay Calm.

Chief Edozie Njoku has advised members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and its supporters to remain calm and exercise restraint following the party’s leadership tussle.

NobleReporters culled that hearing in the leadership tussle of the party before an FCT High Court, Jabi, was stalled on Friday due to the absence of the trial judge in the court.

The matter, which was slated for hearing before Justice Charles Agbaza, could not go on as the judge was away to attend to an emergency.

N.Rs reports that the case was instituted by Dr. Victor Oye as the plaintiff with APGA and Chief Edozie Njoku as defendants.

Njoku, who spoke with the media on the status of the case, said that he was optimistic to reclaim his seat as the Chairman of APGA.

“There’s a court order which somehow, an order behind our back was instituted.

“That is, an interlocutory injunction that has stopped me from parading myself as the National Chairman of the party.

“And also an order from someone, whose tenure has expired, went forward to bring an order stopping the party APGA from recognising me as the National Chairman.

“There’s a lot of misrepresentation in the APGA crises; people come up from one area or the other and say that they are acting National Chairman or they are this.

“It is clear that there’s supposed to have been two conventions that took place, one was an illegal convention in Awka, which has been made clear in the court; I can’t talk much about it.

“And the convention originally which was slated by APGA which was held in Owerri, where I emerged as National Chairman.

“I would have loved to have said more but there’s a court order on me that I should not parade myself as the National Chairman.

“But I know that by what we have in court, that in the next few months the coast will be clear and I will come back into my office as National Chairman of APGA,’’ he said.

N.Rs reports that the party which had two factions conducted parallel congresses on May 31, 2019, with Chief Edozie Njoku emerging as its national chairman in Owerri, Imo State and Victor Oye emerging as chairman in the Awka, Anambra State faction.

This development led to Oye dragging the defendants before the court, praying for some declarations, orders and reliefs.

According to the 2nd defendant, Chief Edozie Njoku, “though the case is meant to be for hearing, we have filed a motion for the court to squash the order of interlocutory injunction which was placed on me and the party because of lack of service or fraudulent service,” he said.

The court registrar, who informed the counsel in the matter about the judge’s absence, also assured them that they will send out hearing notice of a new date for hearing.

For his part, the National Legal Adviser of APGA, Hamman Ghide, also advised members of the party and all supporters present to be patient and to exercise restraint saying that, no matter how long it takes they will have their time in court.

“We were in court for this particular case, unfortunately the court could not seat, so I expect our members to exercise restraint and not be annoyed; it is one of the processes in hearing.

“So we just have to be patient, time will come whether we like it or not; for every beginning there must be an end,” he said.

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Ocholli: Why we burnt PDP women leader in Kogi state – Gang leader. (Full details of how Mrs. Salome’s death)

Edicha Ocholli, suspected to be the leader of political thugs that burnt to death, Mrs Salome Achejuigu, the PDP women leader, has confessed that they carried out the dastardly act because he had been nursing a grudge against the woman before the November 16 governorship election.

Ocholli, who spoke with newsmen shortly after being paraded yesterday, confessed that he was an All Progressives Congress (APC) thug who mobilized other thugs from Ejule in Ofu Local Government Area to set the house on fire and reigned mayhem shortly after the election.

Mrs Salome Abu, the women leader of Wada Aro Campaign Council, Ochadamu Ward, was said to have been burnt alive in her residence when she was resting after treatment from an injury on the election day.

While reacting to the act, the spokesman, Wada/Aro Campaign Council, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, had claimed that the thugs, shooting sporadically, arrived Abuh’s house at about 2pm on the fateful day and surrounded the house, blocking every exit and escape from outside.

“They then poured petrol on the building and set it ablaze as other terrorized villagers watched from hiding. She reportedly attempted to escape through a window but was prevented by the metal burglary proof and gunshots with bullets raining in her direction.

“The blood thirsty thugs waited, shooting and watching with relish while Mrs Abuh cried from inside the inferno until her voice died out. They reportedly left only when the entire house and Mrs Abuh had been burnt to ashes,” he was quoted to have said

But the police commissioner, Hakeem Busari, while parading the suspect with five others, said the whole crisis erupted when there was a misunderstanding between Gowon Simon and Awolu Zekeri, which led to the death of the latter.

He said the death of Zekeri led to the mobilization of some angry youths in the town, who moved to the house of Simon Abu, who is an uncle to the suspect where the 60-years-woman was burnt to death.

The CP, who said other suspects are on the run, however, added that as soon as investigation is completed, the suspects will be arraigned in court.

He gave the names of other suspects, who claimed they were only arrested differently as robbers and not killers of Abuh as Haruna, Egbunu, Alido, Attai and Eje.

Breaking – Suspected killers of PDP women leader, kogi paraded by police.

Suspected killers of Mrs. Salome Abu, the woman leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State have been paraded by the state’s police command.

The suspects arrested after an outcry were identified as Ocholi Edicha, Adamu Haruna, Onu Egbunu, Musa Alidu, Attai Haruna and Attah Ejeh.

However while the state’s police commissioner Hakeem Busari told newsmen that 30-year-old Edicha confessed to leading the gang that burnt the house of Elder Simon Abuh which led to the death of his wife Mrs. Salome Abuh, the prime murder suspect denied having a hand in the attack.

Busari said;

“The suspects further confessed that they were responsible for the series of armed robbery incidents in Ochadamu and its environs.”

Upon being interrogated by newsmen, Edicha denied burning the house and knowing those he was arrested with.

Edicha said;

” I don’t know these people they are parading”.

The other suspects who admitted being petty thieves known for robbing residents of the community of their belongings, also denied participating in the attack.

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