The executive director of the Resource Center for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED), Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, has described the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as part of a conspiracy by Nigeria’s political elite.
In a statement issued earlier today, Mr. Zikirullahi said the senator’s acquittal was a “retrogressive judicial outcome,” adding that it was “abundantly clear that the anti-corruption crusade has been mortgaged by the band of thieving elite bent on cornering the resources of the nation, and holding down the country’s development agenda.” He demanded the immediate resignation of Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The human rights activist asserted that Nigeria’s anti-graft war had been compromised “through a grand conspiracy involving corrupt actors, who cut across all the three arms of government.”
CHRICED added that the Nigerian judiciary as well as “all the pretenders in the so-called temple of justice” had failed the Nigerian people. According to Mr. Zikirullahi, the operators of Nigeria’s current judicial system were “looking the other way and allowing looters go scot-free through technicalities orchestrated by the same thieving elites,” adding that the country’s judiciary “has emptied itself of the last shred of credibility.”
The activist argued that nobody would be surprised if “if Nigerians wake to hear that the recently arrested kidnap kingpin (Evans), if brought before the courts, is asked to go home, in spite of his heinous crimes. This is the extent to which the Nigeria judiciary has sunk in aiding and abetting criminals, who in sane societies would be behind bars.”
Mr. Zikirullahi reserved scathing words for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that the party had neither the strategy nor the commitment to deal “a decisive blow to the monster of corruption.”
He added: “In fact, the party has become so accommodating to the corruption that it is no longer different from the hopelessly corrupt PDP, which it replaced in 2015.
“This means the Nigerian people must begin the search for a viable alternative to the current APC contraption.”
On account of what he described as a “rape of justice,” the CHRICED spokesman demanded the immediate resignation of Mr. Malami as Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. He accused the minister of incompetence, adding, “For leading the justice machine of the entire country to such an embarrassing situation, where clearly indicted felons are now routinely winning ‘victories’ over the government and by extension the people of Nigeria, it is time for Mr. Abubakar Malami to quit or get the boot.”
His statement concluded: “For the supporters of corruption, who have been busy clinking glasses and engaging in vulgar celebration of the abnormal since this rigged verdict, there is the need to make it clear that those who make justice impossible through the courts, are inviting the justice of the streets. Let it be on record that when the short-changed and serially abused people of this country eventually decide to administer justice on their own terms, those who arrogantly
think they are winning now will have no palatable stories to tell. The thieving class must know that there is also the ultimate judgment of the Almighty God, which unlike the corrupted political judgments, cannot be compromised by the likes of Saraki.”
Man kills mother after impregnating his cousin.
A 25-year-old man who has been identified as Agaezichi Ogbonna from Akpaa Mbato village in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State has reportedly killed his 52-year-old mother after allegedly impregnating his cousin.
According to Southern City News , it was learnt on Tuesday that following the development, angry youths in Akpaa Mbato village descended on Ogbonna, but for the timely intervention of the soldiers attached to a nearby checkpoint, the suspect would have been lynched.
An anonymous source disclosed that Ogbonna, who is said to be the last son of his mother, was allegedly accused of having sexual affairs with sisters of the same parents at his maternal home.
He was said to have impregnated one of them in the process, an act which the villagers, said was a taboo in their community and Igbo land in general.
It was learnt that defiant Ogbonna was said to have ignored the warning of the community to continue sleeping with one of the sisters whose name was simply identified as Ugochi, which did not go down well with his sick mother.
The source said,
“Ogbonna’s mother who was managing her high blood pressure condition angered by the son’s action and the negative effect his abominable act would bring to the family, decided to raise the alarm after she noticed that her son was sleeping with Ugochi.
“In the heat of an argument with the mother, Ogbonna kicked her on her ribs which aggravated her health condition. She was said to have collapsed and died shortly afterwards when some members of the family who came to her rescue tried to stabilise her.”
A member of the community, who also pleaded anonymity, said that on seeing that the mother had died, Ogbonna tried to run away, but was prevented.
The source said when the news filtered into the community; the youths stormed their compound and took Ogbonna to unknown destination.
The family source said the youths after beating Ogbonna to a pulp was on the verge of setting him ablaze when soldiers, who were alerted, rescued him from the villagers who had already hung tyre on his neck and about to pour fuel on him.
A soldier at the Akpaa Mbato Army checkpoint said they mobilised to the scene to save the suspect from jungle justice when they were alerted to the action the youths of the community were about to take.
Video game addiction now a mental disorder, says WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified compulsive gaming as a mental health condition.
The condition tagged ‘gaming disorder’ will be added to the 11th edition of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
It will describe the disorder as “impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences”.
A WHO representative estimated two to three percent of video game players meet the criteria for gaming disorder.
“For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” WHO said.
Several mental health professionals have been fighting this classification, worried that it’s more grounded in moral concerns than science.
“There was a fairly widespread concern that this is a diagnosis that doesn’t really have a very solid research foundation,” said Christopher Ferguson, a psychologist and media researcher at Stetson University in DeLand.
The American Psychiatric Association also said that there was not “sufficient evidence” to consider gaming addiction as a “unique mental disorder”.
WHO had said in December 2017 that it will recognise the effects of obsessive video gaming as a mental health disorder.
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