Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has commended the African Union Human Rights Commission for their prompt acknowledgement of the petition submitted to them by IPOB team of lawyers.
In a statement signed by Emma Powerful for the separatist group, IPOB said that the petition became necessary as it is evident that have to explore other legal remedies outside Nigeria given that ‘due process of law is virtually non-existent in the country under the current Buhari administration’.
The statement read in part, “Against the backdrop of well documented incidents of human rights abuses by the Nigerian Government and her security operatives, it has become necessary to escalate the matter to the African Union level given that both ECOWAS and Nigerian courts are terrified to rule against the Buhari regime in any matter concerning Biafra.
“We hope and pray that the African Union Court on Human Rights will prove to be the opposite of ECOWAS and Nigerian courts where the presidency determines every legal outcome or which judgement to obey or ignore.”
IPOB allege that the Nigerian Government through the Attorney General of the Federation including those in the judiciary have been using delay tactics to frustrate every case involving IPOB since the invasion and alleged abduction of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at his compound in Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia Abia State.
In a letter of acknowledgement from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, signed by Dr. Mary Maboreke, the Secretary to the Commission and addressed to the lead counsel of IPOB, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, the Commission noted that it was in receipt of the petition by IPOB against the Federal Government of Nigeria dated 5th December, 2017 and received by the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on the 14th of December, 2017.
The letter noted that the complaint by IPOB is presently being processed for consideration by the Commission.
SIFAX buys N1bn trucks for haulage to improve cargo delivery
The SIFAX Haulage and Logistics Limited, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, has taken delivery of 20 new 420 horsepower European trucks for its haulage operations in Nigeria. The company said in Lagos that the new vehicles were acquired to complement the 55 trucks already in use.
The Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, Mr. John Jenkins explained that with the commissioning of the new trucks, the company now lives up to the standard it was known for worldwide. He added that the company’s business acumen was geared towards constantly meeting customer needs and adding value to all its businesses.
Jenkins stressed that the company was committed to constantly strengthening the logistics value chain of the maritime sector of which haulage is an important value. Also, its General Manager, Mr. Adewale Adetayo, during the inauguration of the vehicles explained that 10 of them were ‘6 by 4’ double axles, while the others 10 were triaxle flatbeds with 48 tonnage capacity.
He noted that the acquisition of the trucks was brought the company’s fleet size to 75. Adetayo stated that the company’s decision to expand its fleet was a statement of intent by SIFAX Group to deliver a better service to its clients and become an undisputed leader in the industry.
He said: “The acquisition of these new trucks is a clear demonstration of the unfettered commitment of the management of SIFAX Group to the strategic goal of repositioning the company for greater productivity.
“This commitment is part of the company-wide strategy of strengthening all the subsidiaries with the requisite capacity and capabilities to deliver on the corporate objective of delivering best value in all sectors we operate.” Adetayo stressed that the company’s haulage team were well prepared and equipped with various technical trainings to usher in the operations of these new trucks in addition to ones we have at hand.
Osifeso lauds Awori Diocese on socio-economic development
A fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS) and chairman of Macpotec Nigeria Limited, Dr. Segun Osifeso, has applauded Bishop of the Diocese of Awori (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Johnson Akin-Atere, on the contributions of the Diocese to the socio-economic development of Ota in and Ogun State since its inauguration 10 years ago.
Osifeso, who made this remark during the dedication of the Diocesan multimillion naira office complex at Ota recently, also praised the Diocese for its leadership role in laying a solid foundation for the growth and expansion of Christianity in Aworiland and Nigeria in general.
He noted with delight the impact that the completion of the office complex, boasting a secretariat, 12- lock–up shops, Diocesan cemetry, women centre as well as ownership of acres of land and other landed properties across the town are having on the socio-economic standing of the area.
While showering encomiums on Rt. Revd. Atere for his leadership qualities, sense of vision and innovation in piloting the affairs of the Diocese, the NIS fellow reminded members of the important role Ota played in the growth of Christianity in Nigeria and advised that all hands must be on deck to ensure the Diocese remained a force to reckon with.
Ambode’s wife presents quintuplets with cash gift, others
Wife of the governor of, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, has volunteered a monthly allowance of N500, 000 for the next twelve months, for the care of quintuplets born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Obiefuna of Orile Iganmu, a suburb of the state.
This is contained in a statement from the Assistant Director, Public Affairs at the Office of the Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Kadiri. Quintuplets are five babies born from one pregnancy.
Other welfare arrangements by Mrs Ambode for the newborns include the supply of diapers for one year and the supply of baby milk and other essentials for one year.
All these in addition to two bus-loads of baby essentials like beds, mattresses, diapers, boxes of clothes, socks, pants, caps, etc, that accompanied her on a visit to the infants at the Lagos Island Maternity.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode also gave an undisclosed sum of money, for the care of the babies; three boys and two girls, who weighed between 1.5kg and 2kg respectively.
Speaking at the maternity ward, the governor’s wife who was visibly elated and beemming with smiles, thanked God for the safe delivery of the infants and commended their mother, for regularly attending her ante-natal sessions in the government hospital.
She urged expectant mothers in the state to shun quacks and self-medication, but to register early and diligently attend ante-natal clinics in government hospitals, for standard medical care.
According to her, ‘”You can all see why it is good to register in a government hospital where standard medical care is guaranteed. This woman registered early and regularly attended her ante-natal clinics. The result is that all five babies were safely delivered to the glory of God.”
She commended the entire medical team, especially the consultant, Dr. Ogungbemile Babalola, for their professional service, stressing that the government would always prioritize health care service for expectant mothers, to eradicate maternal and infant mortality in the state.
Mrs. Ambode who later inspected the maternity ward, promised further donations to the hospital, to strengthen maternal and infant service delivery in the hospital.
Father of the babies, Mr. Augustine Obiefuna, copiously thanked the governor and his wife, for their rare benevolence and generosity, which according to him transcended ethnic and tribal considerations.
He said, ‘We are surprised that despite being non indigenes of the state, the governor and his wife could show us so much love and kindness. They are just wonderful. We never imagined that Her Excellency could personally come here to see our new babies. We cannot stop praying for them and their children, for God’s favour, protection and wisdom at all times. Babies Obiefunas are the first set of quintuplets delivered in Lagos State this year.
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