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24/05/2020

DEMOLITION & ALLEGED RIGHTS ABUSES - SERAP SUES WIKE, NIGERIAN GOVT AT ECOWAS COURT
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has launched legal action against Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over the "brutal crackdown, repression, and grave violations and abuses of the human rights of the people of Rivers State."
SERAP said in suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/20/20 filed last Friday: "Governor Wike is using COVID-19 as a pretext to step up repression and systematic abuses against the people of Rivers state, including by carrying out mass arbitrary detention, mistreatment, forced evictions, and imposing pervasive controls on daily life."
According to SERAP: "Governor Wike is using executive orders 1 and 6, 2020 as instruments to violate and abuse the rights to liberty and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, to a fair trial, and to property, contrary to Nigeria's international human rights obligations, including under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."
SERAP said: "This suit is primarily against Governor Wike and the Rivers state government for failing to respect, protect and ensure the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed human rights of the people of his state. The governor has used executive orders 1 and 6 to run roughshod over the human rights of Nigerians."
"Ultimately, the Federal Government, being the signatory to ECOWAS treaties and protocols, cannot escape its responsibility to ensure that the human rights guaranteed under human rights treaties to which Nigeria is a state party, are fully and effectively realized throughout Nigeria, including in Rivers state."
"Suing the Federal Government alongside Governor Wike is entirely consistent with article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which provides that a state may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure to perform a treaty."
SERAP is asking the court for an order of injunction to "restrain and stop Governor Wike from further using, applying and enforcing executive orders 1 and 6 or any other executive orders to harass, arbitrarily arrest, detain and demolish property of the people of Rivers state."
SERAP is also seeking an order directing "Governor Wike and the other defendants to pay adequate monetary compensation to the victims of human rights violations and abuses, and to provide other forms of reparation, which may take the form of restitution, satisfaction or guarantees of non-repetition, and other forms of reparation that the Honourable Court may deem fit to grant."
The suit filed on SERAP's behalf by its solicitors Kolawole Oluwadare, Atinuke Adejuyigbe and Opeyemi Owolabi, read in part: "SERAP contends that several people were arbitrarily arrested and detained in various police stations and isolation centres in Rivers State and without any regard for due process of law."
"Governor Wike and his agents used, applied and enforced executive orders 1 and 6 to suppress and repress the human rights of the people and business operators, including harassing, arbitrarily arresting, detaining, and torturing anyone found exercising their rights within Rivers State, all in the guise of enforcing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state."
"The wanton destruction of people's property, harassment, arrest, and detention of persons exercising their rights to personal liberty and other human rights amount to an affront to the Nigerian constitution of 1999 (as amended) and the country's international human rights obligations."
"The executive orders, including executive order 6, by Governor Wike are invalid, illegal and unconstitutional, having not complied with the requirements of due process of law. The order by Governor Wike to demolish any hotel or guest house found operating in Rivers state is ultra vires the penalty stipulated in executive order number 6."
"Demolition of hotels and guest houses is illegal and unconstitutional, as it runs afoul of the penalty stipulated in the Quarantine Act, which provides only a fine of N200 or imprisonment for a term of six months or both. The demolition is a blatant violation of article 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights."
"Governor Wike, demolition workers and security agents without due process of law demolished Prudent Hotel, Alode in Eleme, and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne on Saturday, May 9, 2020, and flagrantly breached the rights of the owners, employees and occupiers. The demolitions were supervised by Governor Wike in the company of security agents of the Federal Government."
"SERAP contends that Governor Wike with the complicity or support of the Federal Government of Nigeria carried out these demolitions without giving adequate notice, compensation, alternative hotel or affording the victims legal remedies. Many people have now been deprived of their means of livelihood, employment and shelter, and exposed to other serious human rights violations and abuses."
SERAP is therefore seeking the following reliefs:
A DECLARATION that the actions of the Defendants and their agents in enforcing executive orders 1 and 6 to harass, arbitrarily arrest, detain and demolish property of the people of Rivers state violate the human rights guaranteed under Articles 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14 and 15 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Right, and relevant provisions of other human rights to which Nigeria is a state party;
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A DECLARATION that the provisions of executive orders 1 and 6 are inconsistent and incompatible with the rights to personal liberty, fair trials, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, employment and to property, guaranteed by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Right and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right to which Nigeria is a state party;
AN ORDER of injunction stopping and restraining the Defendants and their agents from further implementing and using the provisions of the executive order 1 and 6 or any other executive orders whatsoever to violate and abuse the rights of the people of Rivers state guaranteed under international human rights treaties to which Nigeria is a state party; AN ORDER directing the Defendants to immediately repeal and/or amend the executive orders 1 and 6 and any other executive orders in line with Nigeria's obligations under international human rights treaties to which the country is a state party;
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AN ORDER directing the Defendants and their agents individually and/or collectively to respect, protect, promote, and ensure the human rights of the people of Rivers state during and after the COVID-19 pandemic;
AN ORDER directing the Defendants and/or their agents individually and/or collectively to pay adequate monetary compensation to the victims of human rights violations and abuses by the Defendants, and to provide other forms of reparation, which may take the form of restitution, satisfaction or guarantees of non-repetition, and other forms of reparation that the Honourable Court may deem fit to grant;
SUCH FURTHER orders the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

22/05/2020

*President Buhari Signs Executive Order on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature, Judiciary*

President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has on
Friday signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State
Judiciary Order, 2020.

This is contained in a statement issued by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and made available to newsmen in
Abuja on Friday 22nd May, 2020.

The statement noted that a Presidential Implementation Committee was constituted to fashion out strategies and modalities for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State Legislature and State Judiciary in compliance with section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended); taking into
considerations all other applicable laws, instruments, conventions and regulations, which provides for financial autonomy at the State tier
of Government.

According to the statement the implementation of financial autonomy of
the State Legislature and State Judiciary will strengthen the institutions at the State tier of Government and make them more independent and accountable in line with the tenets of democracy as
enshrined by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999
(as Amended).

The President signed the Executive Order number 10 into law based on the power vested in him as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria 1999 (as Amended), which extends to the execution and maintenance of the Constitution, laws made by the National Assembly (including but not limited to Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution
(as Amended), which guarantee financial autonomy of the State
Legislature and State Judiciary.

The Order Provides that “The Accountant-General of the Federation shall by this Order and such any other Orders, Regulations or
Guidelines as may be issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, authorise the deduction from source in the course of Federation Accounts Allocation from the money allocated to
any State of the Federation that fails to release allocation meant for
the State Legislature and State Judiciary in line with the financial autonomy guaranteed by Section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended)”.

Based on the Executive Order at the commencement of this Order for implementation of financial autonomy for State Legislature and State
Judiciary in line with section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended), all States of the Federation shall include the allocations of the two Arms of Government in their
Appropriation Laws.

Article 6 (1) provides that “notwithstanding the provisions of this
Executive Order, in the first three years of its implementation, there
shall be special extraordinary capital allocations for the Judiciary
to undertake capital development of State Judiciary Complexes, High
Court Complexes, Sharia Court of Appeal, Customary Court of Appeal and
Court Complexes of other Courts befitting the status of a Courts.

*Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu*
(Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice)
Friday 22nd May, 2020.

22/05/2020

ARE THE LEADERS OF ELEME TRULY INNOCENT OF THE PLIGHT OF THEIR PEOPLE?

READ AND COMMENT

The collapse of Eleme stems from the absence of native and customary laws (Oloi Eleme) that enhances checks and balances and the administration of justice.

lawlessness is not the breaking of laws but a society without a law; and a society without a law accepts the infiltration of extraneous characters that are non native to a people and thus propels the proliferation of unconventional behavioural patterns. ~ Michael Osaro

Lawlessness is the express invitation to disunity and chaos in a society.

The big questions now are:

1) DO WE HAVE CUSTOMARY LAWS THAT CLEARLY SPELL OUT SANCTIONS FOR DEFAULTERS AS A PEOPLE WHICH IS RECOGNIZED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA?

2) HOW WERE OUR FATHERS IN THE 30s AND 50s ABLE TO ADMINISTER JUSTICE AND MAINTAIN PEACE AND UNITY OF ELEME?

3) WHAT WERE THE ROLES OF OUR YOUTHS IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF NATIVE AND CUSTOMARY LAWS?

4) WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD IN VIEW OF THE STATEMENTS ABOVE?

NB: Responses should be based on factuality and unbiased opinions.

20/05/2020

A STATE-WIDE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, NYESOM EZENWO WIKE, GOVERNOR OF RIVERS STATEON WEDNESDAY MAY 20 2020.

My Dear Good People of Rivers State,

2. We reinstated the total lockdown on Obio/Akporand Port Harcourt Local Government Areas as part of our measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19pandemic in our State.

3. We also indicated our readiness to review the lockdown from time to time as occasion demands with the interest of our people as the central basis.

4. Although we are only three days into the ongoinglockdown, it has become necessary, once again, to relax the restrictions.

5. Accordingly, the State’s Security Council has decided to suspend the total lockdown on Obio/Akporand Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for 6 (six) days, with effect from Thursday, 21st May 2020.

6. Residents and visitors of these local government areas can therefore go out of their homes for their lawful businesses from tomorrow morning, that is,Thursday May 21 until 8.00 p.m, Tuesday 26th of May 2020, when the lockdown will be restored and maintained until further notice.

7. It is important to emphasized that the relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.

8. All land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers State shall remain closed.

9. Similarly, all open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers’ shops must remain shut.

10. Religious gatherings of more than 50 persons remain prohibited.

11. All public weddings, burials and other social gathering also remain prohibited.

12. Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles must continue to limit the number of passengers to two persons only.

12. The wearing of face masks or coverings in public spaces, including commercial and private vehicles remains compulsory as contraveners would be arrested and summarily dealt with as the law demands.

13. All residents must continue to maintain a social distancing in every space, including a vehicles, bank premises and shopping places as required by the subsisting regulations.

14. Those who refuse to comply with these duly established orders and restrictions will be arrested and prosecuted, as usual, for deliberately endangering themselves and the lives of others in the face of this deadly virus.

15. I wish to reassure you all that we are doing our best and determined more than ever to do everything in our powers to Dght against the spread of this covid-19 pandemic in Rivers State.

16. We therefore urge residents not to panic even withthe increasing number of positive cases, which is only indicative of the expanded testing now taking place inthe State.

17. Before long, we will flatten the curve, gradually lift the restrictions, restore normalcy and open up the State fully for business.

18. But until then, we will continue to ask for your patience, cooperation and religious compliance with the established measures to curb the spread of this virus.

19. The time is immediate for each and every one of us to take personal responsibility in this struggle to kickout covid-19 out of Rivers State.

20. And so, for those, who have nothing to do outside their homes, please stay at home and stay safe. Let us also try to ensure that we keep and protect the most vulnerable persons among us, especially the aged and those with serious underlying health conditions from this virus.

21. Finally, let me once again express our appreciation to all those who are in the frontlines supporting the effort of the State Government in several ways to mitigate the spread of this virus in our State.
May God continue to reward and keep you safe.

22. Thank you and God bless you all.

The Board and management of Eleme Newsroom heartily commiserate with our board chairman, Hon. Michael Osaro on the demis...
19/05/2020

The Board and management of Eleme Newsroom heartily commiserate with our board chairman, Hon. Michael Osaro on the demise of his father in-law Chief Deac Victor Ejor Okpabi after a brief illness.

Sir, the death of your father in-law came so shocking as he is known for his peaceful disposition in handling the affairs of his students before he retired, community and the general public at large.

He was a peace maker, always settling disputes in families and the larger community which earned him the recognition as justice of peace by the Rivers state Government.

Be consoled in the legacies he left behind and we pray God gives you and the entire family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Kidly accept our deepest condolences

Israel George
For Eleme Newsroom

17/05/2020

338 new cases of # COVID19 ;
177-Lagos
64-Kano
21-FCT
16-Rivers
14-Plateau
11-Oyo
9-Katsina
4-Jigawa
4-Kaduna
3-Abia
3-Bauchi
3-Borno
2-Gombe
2-Akwa Ibom
2-Delta
1-Ondo
1-Kebbi
1-Sokoto
5959 cases of # COVID19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 1594
Deaths: 182

Hotel demolitions: Eleme chiefs back WikeTraditional rulers and elders of Eleme community where the Governor of Rivers S...
17/05/2020

Hotel demolitions: Eleme chiefs back Wike

Traditional rulers and elders of Eleme community where the Governor of Rivers State demolished two hotels for flouting his directives on closure of hotels and pubs during the period of Covid-19 have risen to support the action of the governor.

Rising from a meeting on Friday at the palace of the Oneh-Eh Eleme (King of Eleme) at Aleto, the chiefs and elders declared their support for all positive actions so far taken by the governor in the implementation of his efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

In the statement issued at the end of the meeting and personally signed by the Oneh-Eh Eleme XI, Emere Philip Obele, the chiefs and elders “expressed our support to all actions taken by the governor” in the fight against Covid-19.

The governor had on Sunday demolished Prodest Hotel, Alode and Edemete Hotel, Onne for staying open for business after the governor had ordered all hotels and drinking parlours in the state closed. The governor also declared wanted the Peoples Democratic Party youth leader in Eleme Local Government Area, Princewill Osaroejiji for allegedly attacking members of the Covid-19 task force that had tried to close down one of the hotels.

Osaroejiji had on Friday in telephone calls to radio stations in Port Harcourt denied the charges leveled against him by the governor and said he was would surrender himself if the right atmosphere was created for him to do so.

The demolitions drew an outrage across the country as many critics said the action of the governor was not only unlawful as he made himself the accuser and the judge in the matter but also that the action was far too extreme and draconian.

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