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ICC to investigate Nigeria’s security agencies over ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a preliminary determination to investigate Nigerian security forces over allegations of “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes”.

The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, today, Dec 11, released a statement on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria.

The statement begins: “Today, I announce the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria.”

This is coming on the heels of allegations of human rights abuses by the country’s security forces in the north-east and other parts of Nigeria.

Fatou Bensouda continued: “As I stated last year at the annual Assembly of States Parties, before I end my term as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’ or the ‘Court’), I intend to reach determinations on all files that have been under preliminary examination under my tenure, as far as I am able.

“In that statement, I also indicated the high likelihood that several preliminary examinations would progress to the investigative stage. Following a thorough process, I can announce today that the statutory criteria for opening an investigation into the situation in Nigeria have been met.”

She added that the ICC “found a reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigerian Security Forces (‘NSF’) have committed the following acts constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes: murder, rape, torture, and cruel treatment; enforced disappearance; forcible transfer of population; outrages upon personal dignity; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such and against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities; unlawful imprisonment; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of fifteen years into armed forces and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and political grounds; and other inhumane acts.”

Read the full statement here.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu seeks re-election, picks governorship nomination forms

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu declared his intention to seek re-election as he picked up his Gubernatorial Nomination and Expression of Interest forms for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the primaries for the 2023 elections.

The Governor signed up for the forms at the APC’s national secretariat in Abuja on Friday.

He said that the work towards a Greater Lagos never stops, adding that the actualization of the state’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda is a collective responsibility which can only be achieved through trust and accountability.

What the governor is saying

He said, “A big thank you to our dear party, APC, especially the leadership for their vote of confidence, and the good people of Lagos state for their trust, and for always holding us accountable.

“Governance is a huge responsibility, and all hands will continue to be on deck as we work tirelessly towards achieving our goals for a Greater Lagos.

What you should know

  • Under Sanwo-Olu’s term, Lagos State generated a sum of N267.23 billion as internal revenue for H1 2021, growing by 30.7% from N204.51 billion recorded in the previous year and 30.3% increase compared to N205.16 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2019.
  •  its IGR per population increased by 26.6% from N14,337 recorded in H1 2020 to N18,144 in the review period. It is also worth noting that when compared with N14,850 generated in the same period of 2019, it increased by 22.2%.
  • The commercial centre of the country continues to contribute the giant share in terms of state internally generated revenue. Notably, Lagos State accounted for 31.5% of the total internal revenue generated by the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
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2023: Peter Obi says PDP has final say on zoning of presidential ticket

Says he would not impose himself on delegates.

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Peter Obi, a presidential aspirant for the 2023 presidential election has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the final say on zoning of presidential ticket.

Obi declared this on Friday in a press briefing, after the screening by the PDP Presidential Screening Committee, chaired by former Senate President, David Mark

He was joined by another aspirant, current Governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel who also stated that party’s decision on zoning is supreme.

What Obi is saying

Obi stated that his chances would be determined by the delegates, adding that he will not impose himself on them.

  • He said, “The party has the final say. I can’t have a thought; I’m a member of a party. If the party members say this is where they want the party to go, if you’re a member of an organisation, you respect that organisation.
  • “That is why I said, whatever we do, the most critical thing is what we must do to pull Nigerians out of poverty and create a future for teeming unemployed youths of Nigeria.” 
  • He also added that the party must change its polity and change to what other nations are doing and that is building a better nation for their people.
  • “We cannot go on around things that are yesterday. Let’s think about tomorrow. How come a great nation such as Nigeria is not doing well? Simple: Changing from consumption to production.
  • “My chance is just for the delegates to decide. I’m not going to impose myself on them.
  • “My chance is for the delegates to reflect on the nation and decide what we should do to guarantee a future for our young ones,” he added.

Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel, while also speaking on zoning said, “Party is supreme, if the party has spoken we will all abide by what the party says,”

He added that the party having so many aspirants wanting to run for Presidency is a good thing, saying that “If there were not many aspirants, I would have been worried. Honestly, that is where it would have been boring.
You see this as a new spirit, a new wave of PDP, where everybody is allowed to express himself or herself.”

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Lagos announce partial closure of Murtala Muhammed/Yaba road, reveal diversion routes

To extend the capacity of the Muritala Mohammed Way from one lane to two lanes.

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The Lagos State Government has announced the partial closure and diversion of traffic on Muritala Mohammed Way, Yaba, for a period of 8 days.

The traffic diversion which is with effect from Monday March 7, 2022, to Tuesday March 15, 2022, is in preparation for the First Phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project (Oyingbo to Agbado).

This disclosure is contained in a press statement signed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who explained that a lane will be barred from vehicular movement for extension of the capacity of the Muritala Mohammed Way from one lane to two lanes.

Oladeinde said that motorists from Western Avenue, inbound Yaba, will be diverted to Empire Road to access Muritala Mohammed Way, while those coming from Muritala Mohammed Way inbound Yaba will also be diverted through Empire Road to connect Western Avenue onto their desired destinations.

The commissioner noted that the construction will be barricaded from motorists to ensure safety of the citizenry.

He said that emergency vehicles will be made available to tow faulty vehicles along the axis, stressing that signage will also be placed on the access roads to assist LASTMA Officers in managing traffic flow and minimising inconvenience to road users.

Oladeinde also revealed plans for the extension of the Ojuelegba/Tejuosho slip road, which is also scheduled to commence on Monday, March 7, 2022, for a period of 6 months.

He commended motorists for their patience and cooperation and reiterated the State Government’s commitment to the development of transport infrastructure within the metropolis, maintaining that it is vital for the multi-modal transport systems of the present administration.

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