Ad
Ad
Ad
Author

Editor

Browsing

62-year-old woman has reportedly loss her life while struggling for COVOD-19 palliative donated by the  Rivers state government and shared in Elele Kingdom, Ikwerre Local Government Area.
 
According to Vanguard, the deceased, Mrs. Florence Onuobodo arrived at the venue with others waiting to receive the palliatives. Astampede ensued and she was trampled upon by others who were also struggling to collect the food items. Four other women including a 91-year-old woman sustained varying degrees of injury during thestampede.
 
Commenting on the incident, a counsellor representing Elele, ward 4, at Ikwerre LGA Legislative Assembly, Emmanuel Amadi, denied the allegation that the process for sharing the palliatives was poorly managed.

Despite being rushed to the hospital, he said the woman unfortunately died.

Bakers in Lagos State, Nigetia have hinted that the price of bread might go up by 60%, if government doea not interven urgently to end the rising prices of baking materials attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the globe.

While appealing to both federal and state governments to quickly come in and arrest the situation for the benefit of all, the association maintained that “if we are suppose to follow the trend of increase in the prices of raw materials for our production, the prices of bread may increase by 60 per cent.”

In a statement jointly by the Chairmen, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Kosofe and Surulere local chapters, Comrade Taiwo Akintola and Comrade Ibitoye Oladapo, the high cost of baking materials is killing their businesses, as many bakers are finding it difficult to make profits due to the high cost of materials.

bag of flour that costs N9,000 before COVID-19, now goes for N13,000, while a bag of sugar now costs N24, 000 as against the former price of N13,000. Butter is now N12,000 against N7,500, while milk, which was N29,000, now goes for N52,000. And there is an increase in nread packaging cost which used to be N10,000 now N12 ,000,”the bakers said. They added that the prices of salt, yeast and other baking materials had also hit the rooftop.

The association also explained that the instability of foreign exchange, high cost of diesel and other baking materials were reasons given by flour millers for the hike in the prices of baking materials, stressing that the association have appealed to flour millers and others involved in the selling of baking materials to reduce their prices, but yet to yield favorable response.

“And that is why we are pleading with Federal Government to intervene in this matter by talking to flour millers and baking material sellers to bring the prices down.

“Master Bakers Association is one of the largest employer of labour in the country and most of the bakeries are folding up, with many Nigerians working in the bakery sector losing their jobs,” the bakers added.

Nigeria might be the next country to patronise the Madagascar made coronavirus “remedy”‌ as President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has reportedly ordered the importation of the acclaimed coronavirus remedy by Madagascar to Nigeria.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known during a briefing in Abuja on Monday.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said, “Madagascar has made allocations to various countries, and sent them to Guinea Bissau. We‘re supposed to make arrangements to freight Nigeria’s allocation from Guinea Bissau; it‘ll be subjected to the standard validation process for pharmaceuticals.

“Mr President has given instructions for the airlifting of Nigeria’s allocation of the Madagascar COVID-19 Syrup; also given clear instructions that it must be subjected to the standard validation process for pharmaceuticals; there will be no exceptions for this.”

He assured Nigerians that the task force was intensifying efforts to stop the spread of the virus in Nigeria.

“Nigeria has only one national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where there are differing strategies is in the implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions. But as far as the response is concerned, there is only one national response,” he added.

The SFG, however did not mention the day the products are likely to arrive Nigeria.

Coronavirus, otherwise called COVID-19 has pervaded, invaded, and discomforted over 3million lives and uncountable homes helpless.

However, the respiratory virus which was initially reported in the last quarter of 2019 in Wuhan China is now in over 180 countries. But these countries have no confirmed cases as at April 30. They are:

Kiribati
Lesotho
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nauru
North Korea
Palau
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

Few countries that have witnessed no lost of life to the pandemic include;

Falkland Islands
The Falkland island had 13 confirmed and they are all recovered.

Greenland
Greelnad had 11 cases and they are all recovered. Greenland is the world’s largest island, located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Greenland had 11 cases of COVID-19 however all have recovered. For weeks, there have been no new cases of coronavirus found in Greenland. On the 4th of May, the ban on departure from Greenland was lifted, the government stated on its tourism platform.

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, PNG, had 8 cases and they are all recovered. The country is in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands.

On 20 March, the first case of Covid-19 was detected in the country – a foreign mining worker – and two days later PNG announced a state of emergency, restricting movement and gatherings, and imposing some restrictions reports the Guardian.

Saint Barthélemy
Saint Barthélemy had 6 confirmed coronavirus cases and they are all recovered. The country, a French-speaking Caribbean island commonly known as St. Barts, is known for its white-sand beaches and designer shops.

The government had confirmed the first two coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the island of St. Barthelemy on Sunday, March 15. Both patients were placed under quarantine in their homes.

Anguilla
Anguilla had 3 confirmed coronavirus cases and they are all recovered. Anguilla, is a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, comprises a small main island and several offshore islets. It is in the North America continent.

In April the island removed all regulations restricting movement and gatherings, following a declaration that there are “no active or suspected cases” of COVID-19 in the destination.

The above countries have remained clean from the casualties of the virus to the conservation of the world.

(From Reuben Abati blog, edited by us)

Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr. Lai Mohammed has promised to liaise with Akwa Ibom state Government to enhance the freedom of a Sports broadcaster, Kufre Carter who is held in detention by security agents in Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking on Thursday 7th May, at the daily Press Briefing of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, held in Abuja, Lai Mohammed for the second time within 24hours spoke on the plight of the Akwa Ibom born journalist. He said that he is touched by the situation in Akwa Ibom state, pledging to contact officials of the state government to see to the release of the journalist as soon as possible.

In his words, “Concerning the situation of the detained journalist in Akwa Ibom State, as you know, the person has been charged to court already by the state government, meaning that there is little anyone can do. I am very touched by this situation and we will get across to Akwa Ibom State Government to see what we can do to fast track his freedom”.

The trustees and members of Akwa Ibom Elders Assembly, a frontline sociopolitical group comprising of current and former political office holders in Akwa Ibom state have showered encomiums on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio over the extension of tenure of the Interim Management Committee, IMC of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The body also appreciates the President over what they described as “President Buhari’s confidence in Senator Akpabio and his ability to deliver on the President’s agenda”.

Their resolution was contained in a press release dated May 5, 2020, signed by the political bigwigs and made available to RolanTimes.

The Press Statement reads:

Akwa Ibom Leaders Assembly

NDDC: We appreciate President Mohammadu Buhari; and stand by our Minister

We the undersigned, who represent a cross section of the elders and leaders in Akwa Ibom State, wish to make the following declarations:

  1. We wish to express our profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for extending the tenure of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) till December 31, 2020. We believe that this extension will enable the IMC to fully conclude the forensic audit ordered by the President into the affairs of the NDDC; and set the stage for the overhaul of the Commission.
  2. We have noted with dismay and anguish the barrage of Fake News, fabricated allegations and slanders that have been published in the social media and mainstream media against our brother, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, the NDDC and its Interim Management Committee (IMC) in the last few months.
  3. We understand that these publications are sponsored by various well-placed politicians in the Niger Delta region, some of whom because of their past nefarious involvements with the NDDC, are afraid of the forensic audit ordered by the President into the affairs of the agency. We also know that these false allegations are also sponsored by influential politicians in Abuja and some politicians and contractors in the Niger Delta Region, who would have preferred to hand-pick the IMC or Board members of the Commission themselves. We recall that in less than one month of its tenure, the IMC discovered that a former NDDC management team, led by an Acting Managing Director, awarded 1,921 emergency contracts worth N1.07 trillion in just seven moths against an annual budget of about N400 billion. This confirms allegations of high-level corruption, flagrant abuse of due process, abandoned projects, poor quality projects, among others. Such revelations also explain why the forensic audit is necessary.
  4. We do hereby wish to express our solidarity and support for the Hon. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, for his determined efforts in supporting the President to clean the mess in the NDDC and reposition the agency to its original vision.
  5. We believe that the published allegations against the minister and the NDDC are both false and fabricated and are meant to distract the President and compel him to remove the Minister from office without justifiable reasons.
  6. We request that the writers and sponsors of these false allegations, some of whom were/are public officials, and are well known to the security agencies, should allow Senator Godswill Akpabio to complete his work at the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Once again, we thank our dear President for his confidence in Senator Akpabio and his ability to deliver on the President’s agenda.

Thank you.

Signed

  1. Dr. Ita Udosen
    Medical Doctor, Former Member of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly & Elder statesman
  2. Hon. Enobong Umoetuk
    Former Commissioner
    Akwa Ibom state
  3. Hon. Ubong Etiebet
    Former Member, House of Representatives; Member, National Universities Commission
  4. Engr. Akanimo Edet
    Civil engineer, Politician & Community Leader and Former Member, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly
  5. Obonganwan (Mrs) Geraldine Ita Bassey Etuk
    Woman Leader & National Treasurer, National Council of Women Societies
  6. Hon. Victor Antai
    Former Commissioner & Grassroot Politician
  7. Otuekong Iniobong John
    Youth Leader & Politician

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house forsomuch as he also is a son of  Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:9)

Senior Pastor of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, Apostle John Okoriko has said that people and families that do not enjoy what he described as “House Salvation” will always find it more difficult to spend long hours at home.

Okoriko who featured as guest alongside his wife, Evang Eka Okoriko and his Secretary, Pastor Linus Ukoenang in a live radio programme of Comfort 95.1FM in Uyo, made his reference from the above scripture in Luke 19:9-10.

The clergy who is known for his tough stance against idolatry said that salvation was meant for people’s body which according to him must dwell in houses, asserting that salvation was not meant to be contacted only inside the church or other religious crowd.

In his exhortation, he encouraged religious leaders, especially churches to obey the government’s lockdown orders and ban on church gatherings, and emphasised that from references in the scriptures, God had at different time called people away from crowds and took them to their homes where he blessed them. He mentioned the case of Zacheus as recorded in the book of Luke 19: 1-10, whom Jesus took away from the crowd to his home and pronounced blessings on him while at his house.

Apostle Okoriko in his 15minutes homily on radio listed issues that makes peoples homes uncomfortable to reside to include quarrels, idolatry, fighting and ungodliness.

In his words “There is what I call House Salvation. Salvation was not only meant to be experienced in church, it was meant for our bodies which must reside in a house. God at different occasions would even take people away from the crowds to their homes where he would bless them. He did so for Zacheus who was a tax collector, he took him away from crowd or church to his house. He also visited Abraham in his house and blessed him. House Salvation means taking God’s presence to your own home, you eat with him, he sees your bedroom, sees how you relate with your wife, children and neighbours, and he establishes his all round power, security, provision and peace in your house”.

On why many may be uncomfortable and unhappy at home, he said “Some homes are war theatres, some houses have idols under the bed and in some rooms. Such houses the dwellers will be uncomfortable to stay inside because of fear. This is why many have left their houses to live for too long in other cities, because their houses down here are not saved”.

He proffered the way out by saying that “People will have to confess their sins like Zacheus, who told Jesus that he was an unclean man who took peoples belongings by force. People need to take Jesus to their homes while we need to de-emphasis church auditoriums as only places of salvation. I teach people that God can come to their house and eat and dwell with them. That is Salvation in its totality. Until people get to that level, they are merely doing religion”.

(Aniedi UKOENANG)

Wife of the founder of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, Evang. Eka John Okoriko has said that the lockdown period occassioned by COVID-19 pandemic has presented opportunities for religious leaders to reciprocate the support and love they receive from God to their members.

Mrs. Okoriko said this during a live radio interview with Comfort 95.1FM in Uyo, as she, and Pastor Linus Ukoenang were part of the entourage of Apostle John Okoriko, who was guest on a Sunday morning programme of the station.

Responding to a question on how the church and her members are faring under the lockdown and its attendant hardship, she opined that the COVID-19 season and the inadequacies occasioned by the lockdown presents opportunity for church leaders to show love to their members by reaching out to them to strengthen their faith in God, give them hope for a better tomorrow and share in their welfare.

In her words “We know that it is not easy for people, so this is when our members need us most. A lot people call in to say there is hunger and so on, thank God for technology, it has enabled us to reach out to them using the available tech platforms.

“This is the period to reciprocate God’s love for us on our members and the less privileged people around us”. She concluded

On the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 and lockdown period, Evang Eka said that she believes that the lockdown has been a season of healing for families, as, according to her, husbands, wives and children will spend more time together, relating with each other. She also said that the season presents an atmosphere for rest and improved consciousness to hygiene.

“Even after CORONAVIRUS, a lot of people will be more conscious of their hygiene, this season families are spending more time together so they will heal. We also have some more time to rest. All these would not be possible without a lockdown”. She asserts.

By Samuel J. Asamudo

It is no longer news that our friend and brother, Mr Udom Inoyo, Executive Vice Chairman of ExxonMobil Affiliates in Nigeria which include Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd (EEPNL), has retired from the company he worked for in the last 30 years plus. As one of those who interacted with him from the first day I got to MPN offices until I left the company, I would like to use the occasion of his retirement to say a few words about my relationship and interaction with him during my career in the company.

First, I must congratulate Udom on his successful career in the company. It is not easy to build a career at such a high level in a complex and competitive company such as MPN while navigating through the company’s rules, procedures, policies, standards of business conduct and its politics.

Those who retire without blemish must give gratitude to the Almighty for it is not through their hard work, interpersonal skills and connections alone but also the grace of the Almighty that saw them through the challenges of ExxonMobil career. One could work very hard and observe all company policies and procedures, only to have a very junior operator (regular or contract) at a remote location under one’s area of responsibility make a serious mistake or commit an infringement of key company rules and regulations for which one could be held accountable.

Rather sadly, it is only people who do not even know Udom or those who claim Udom didn’t help them that always come out to publicize their opinion. On the other hand, many persons whom Udom assisted in one way or the other don’t feel the need to speak out. As a result, negativity takes centre stage. Also, the policy of the company makes company personnel very careful about speaking out for fear of running foul of company’s guidelines on the protection of sensitive information.

Perhaps, now that Udom has retired, people will be more willing to share their stories on how Udom positively impacted their careers. This is where I come in because, at certain critical moments, Udom positively impacted my work in the company.

I met Udom for the first time when I arrived at the company’s offices in Bookshop House, Lagos, for an employment interview. At that time, the only person I knew in Bookshop House was a friend who was an NYSC member serving in the company’s Public Affairs department. As soon as I arrived in Bookshop House my friend took me to see Udom who was the Senior Human Resources Coordinator in charge of Recruiting. Udom received me very warmly and gave me some reading materials to occupy myself with while I was waiting for the interview to start. In view of the general impression that not many Akwa Ibom indigenes had been employed at MPN headquarters at that time, I was impressed and over-joyed that one of us had made it in the company. But how did I get to be invited for MPN employment interview in the first place?

After graduation, a friend who worked in QIT gave me the company’s employment form to complete. He later took me to see one of the Mobil “big men” in his official residence in the company’s Management Housing Estate (MHE) in Eket who was very impressed with my resume and promised to forward my application form to his boss in Lagos. He was optimistic that I would be invited for an interview when a vacancy became available. I have no doubt that he forwarded my application to Lagos but I never heard from the company. My resume must have fallen into the crack. However, as my friend was serving in Bookshop House, I took the additional precaution of giving him a copy of my credentials to hold, just in case anything came up.

Seemingly by chance, my friend met an alumnus of my university as he was completing an MPN employment application form in Bookshop House. My friend confirmed from the gentleman that an interview for recruitment of accounting personnel was coming up the following week. My friend who was aware that I had already submitted my application through an MPN senior employee in QIT was surprised that I had not been invited to the interview as promised.

He immediately set to work to have my name shortlisted for the interview. Unfortunately, he found out that shortlisting of candidates by the Controller’s department had been finalised but as the saying goes: “When there is a will, there is always a way”. My friend received help and I was invited to the interview.

Although Udom had never met me before, he was very welcoming and encouraging. However, he could only “help” within company guidelines and procedures. This is the point that many people miss. As I got to know during my career with the company, MPN personnel work in an environment of tight internal controls involving policies, procedures and standards of business conduct. Running foul of any of these control measures could result in disciplinary action, up to termination of employment.

Unfortunately, friends and relations who approach company personnel (regular employees or contract staff) for “help” rarely know of these constraints, and even if they do, they expect the employees to find ways to sidestep these controls. If the company official is not ready to comply with their wishes, such company official is labeled “not helpful”. In this way, MPN employees from Akwa Ibom State lose the goodwill of a lot of their friends and family members because they could not “help”. Udom is one of the MPN personnel who have had to contend with this accusation, especially because of his top management position.

In any case, within company procedures, Udom ensured that I participated in the interview. After my success in the first interview, he also ensured that I was invited for the second interview. Another friend of mine came for his own employment interview a few days after me and he told me afterwards that during his interview, one of the panelists praised the HR Coordinator for presenting good candidates from his state for the interviews. My friend and I were employed – my friend in QIT Maintenance and I in Controllers Department, Lagos. That was in 1991.

If one were to take the statistics of indigenes of Akwa Ibom State who were employed by MPN around that time, one will notice a spike in the period between 1991 and 1993 when Udom was the HR Coordinator in charge of recruiting and one will agree with me that someone somewhere was quietly doing an excellent job of helping! But beyond this period, a network was put in place which enabled some of us to scout for qualified candidates from Akwa Ibom State, and this network included the Forum of Akwa Ibom Professionals, universities, colleges, social organizations, churches, local governments, etc.

Nineteen years on, I was posted to QIT to assume a managerial position.
Within three months of assumption, I was faced with a serious community crisis arising from a reorganization which led to the separation of a few contract personnel in my unit. The list of those to be released had already been approved months before I resumed in the unit. Although I was not made aware of this list, I was going to take the backlash for it. That was why when the separation took place, I was completely taken by surprise. The pressure came from my immediate community as well as from the wider community. Udom knew how destabilizing this could be for someone who had just assumed headship of the unit. He travelled down to Eket and took me to meet a community leader who assisted me to resolve the problem. Udom didn’t do this in his official capacity since it wasn’t his direct responsibility, but as a friend and brother who wanted me to succeed on my job.

Three years later, when former staff of some service contractors in QIT, in spite of the intervention of the police and other security agencies, held MPN to ransom to press for redundancy payments, Udom again stepped in to help resolve the dispute. At this time, he was the In-country HR Manager/Executive Director and, contrary to some reports on social media, he had no direct responsibility for resolving this particular problem. As a senior management staff from Akwa Ibom state he did not want the community disturbance to disrupt MPN operations as this would not only have affected the company but would also have impacted on the state negatively.

Therefore, he used his government contacts to get the government involved in mediation efforts which yielded ex gratia benefits for the former service contractors’ personnel.

While it is true that senior company officials are required to use their external contacts to help the company address problems with its external stakeholders, Udom was not obligated to offer his services on this matter as no one had requested for his assistance. He intervened out of his own volition and ensured that our people got some ex gratia benefits.

There were some issues Udom couldn’t help me with just as there must have been issues he couldn’t help a few others with because, just every other human being, no one has all the answers and solutions to everybody’s problems and it would therefore be unreasonable for anyone to expect that one person will be able to address all our problems.

However, that fact should not over-shadow or undo all the other good things the person must have done in the past. I am a fervent believer in the Efik adage: “Okuk ikpuikpu, ofong ikpuikpu, owo edi inyene”, i.e – “Money and other properties are nothing in comparison to having people who can give support.” Thus, there were many instances when our people were able to navigate their way out of problems because we had people in the right places at the right time.

For the benefit of those who might not know, Udom was one of those who worked to get our people together under the banner of Ufok which literarily means “the house”. He wasn’t the most senior in rank nor the oldest company employee from our Akwa Ibom State at that time but he had the vision that, as a minority group, we should come together for our common good. “Ufok” is still functional and is doing a lot of good for our people.

In conclusion, I would like to advise that our people should avoid bitterness and petty jealousies and learn to celebrate our people. When other people celebrate their heroes and heroines it is not because those people were able to solve all their problems, but because they made some contributions to the lives of their people.

Most of the time, these contributions are not recognized in the heat of the moment until long after the champions have left the sage. In the 1970’s to 1980’s only few could have foreseen the emergence of an Executive Vice-Chairman of Mobil from Akwa Ibom/Cross River states. If we do not appreciate and celebrate our people how do we expect others to appreciate and celebrate them? Must we continue to propagate the saying: “Nnyin imaha idem nnyin” (we do not love ourselves).

I pray that our state will continue to be blessed with people who can achieve success on the national or international stage. My worry, however, is that in recent years, we have not done as much as I would have liked to see in terms of getting our people recruited into the company work force because, not only has the employment market become more competitive, Nigerians with foreign qualifications now have a great advantage over locally trained ones. This is the result of the falling standard of education in the country.

In the good old days, Udom went beyond the call of duty to search for and identify the best from our state to compete for positions in MPN and this contributed significantly to the spike in our numbers that I referred to earlier.

Thank you, Udom, for all your support, assistance and guidance during my time in the company. May the Almighty continue to bless you and reward you abundantly.

To borrow the words of William Shakespeare, you came, you saw and you conquered, and I join other friends, family and well wishers to wish you and your beautiful family happy retirement and to pray for your good health and success in your future endeavours.

Samuel Asamudo is an indigene of Ikot Udoma, Eket, ex management staff of MPN & currently based in Canada.

Two members of the United States House of Representatives, Steve Chabot and Chris Smith, have expressed concern over alleged human rights violations under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in light of plans to return $320m stolen by the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha.

A United States-based political organisation, American Principles Project, in a letter to the US Attorney General, William Barr, dated April 22, 2020, stated that the congressmen had relayed their fears to Barr.

The letter, signed by APP Executive Director, Terry Schilling, said, “Concern with Nigeria’s behaviour under the Buhari Administration is growing.

“Recently, US Senator (Chuck) Grassley has written to the DOJ noting that, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Nigerians face violations undermining freedom of religion, freedom of speech, due process, and the rule of law.

“The persecution of Christians is especially alarming, as attacks have increased rapidly.’ Similar concerns were also shared with you by Representatives Steve Chabot and Chris Smith.”

The APP expressed its objection to the decision by the US Department of Justice to repatriate the $320m Abacha loot to Nigeria, saying the funds should not be returned until human rights, religious liberties, and due process had significantly improved.

It added, “Recently, the United States Government concluded that under the direction of President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration, Nigeria has become a ‘severe violator of religious freedom.’ The evidence to support this conclusion is overwhelming.

“Amnesty International, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, the International Committee on Nigeria, and the International Organisation for Peace Building and Social Justice have documented that since President Buhari came into power in 2015, more than 12,000 Nigerians have been murdered, of which more than half have been singled out because of their Christian faith.”

The group said, apart from the “deeply troubling” persecution of Christians, the 2019 Human Rights report by the US State Department had alleged systematic human rights and due process violations at the hands of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Attorney General Abubakar Malami, and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

According to the APP, the report found them and their organisations responsible for “[s]ignificant human rights issues includ[ing] unlawful and arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, torture, and arbitrary detention, all the above by both government and nonstate actors,’ harsh and life-threatening prison conditions….”

It added that the US Government must use all the tools and enforcement mechanisms at its disposal to ensure corrupt perpetrators of crimes against freedom of religion and against humanity were held to account.

“On behalf of APP, it would be helpful if you could share with us: Whether the DOJ has repatriated these monies to Nigeria, and if not, when does it plan to do so? Whether DOJ intends to address the questions raised by the Members of Congress?

“Attorney General Barr — APP would also strongly encourage the DOJ to undertake an investigation on whether or not the EFCC’s role in detaining individuals who have spoken against the Buhari administration warrants the consideration of sanctions against EFCC Chairman Magu and Attorney General Malami under the Global Magnitsky Act or the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act,” it said.

(From PUNCH)