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We won't be wrong if we say that, the value of unionism is not only losing its shape and purpose but also at the stage of stagnation where there is no good transition of leadership quality, competency, respect and above all sincerity of purpose.

When we talk about change, the youth feel they are the agents and the limelight of these transformation but reverse is the case were this same youths are used by politicians to disrupt the smooth running of democratic processes.

Even in our tertiary institutions that is suppose to be a learning ground, our attitudes towards comradeship is unacceptable, unsustainable and disastrous.

When you ask a student why comradeship?
They reasons given for aspiring to become a Comrade is nothing but for just mere recognition with possible social advantages that comes with it.

Genuine Comradeship is a ground for leadership  experimentation and modelling that will reflect in the generation unborn.

I am of the opinion that the class of comrades that emerge on our campuses should be re-oriented and mentored on the task and responsibilities of leadership so has to bridge the gap on the missing core values needed in our struggle for revival and bringing back glory to our fatherland.

The misconception that, everybody, anywhere is a comrade has long as you print out posters, serve in 
electoral committees or indicate interest in any political process should be corrected because comradeship is earned true esteemed representation and not bought like we have been made to believe.

I say no to Comradeship by political baptism.

I say no to Comradeship of God-fatherism.

Comradeship should be earned.

Jatau writes in from NSUK



Gunmen kidnap assistant commissioner of Police, Mr. Isa Rambo in Kaduna

Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped the Area Commander, Suleja Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr Isa Rambo, around Kaduna, the PUNCH has reported, quoting a high ranking police source.

Vanguard recalls that the Kaduna high way has been reported for all forms of vices from kidnappings, to banditry and herdsmen menace forcing travellers to opt for alternative means of transportation to avoid the Kaduna Highway.
The Police are yet to confirm the report. Vanguard has tried to speak with the spokesperson of the Kaduna Police Command but he is yet to respond to vanguard’s enquiry on the report.
Recall that similar event had happened in Delta state when a divisional police officer was kidnapped and a three million naira ransom was reportedly paid but the Police denied any ransom was paid.



ECWA Theme For The Year 2020 – English & Hausa

Here BestXplorer brings you 2020 ECWA Theme for the year in both English & Hausa languages. 
ENGLISH Theme: Not By Might Nor By Power, But By My Spirit ”
Which is from the Book Of ”ZECHARIAH Chapter 4:6 ” So he said to me, “this is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit says, ‘ says the LORD Almighty.
HAUSA Theme: Ba fa karfa, ko iko ba, amma da Ruhuna”
Daga Litafi “ZAKARIYA 4:6 ” Sa’an nan ya ce, ” Wannan ita ce maganar Ubangiji zuwa ga Zarubabel cewa, ‘ Ba da karfi, ko iko ba, amma da Ruhuna,’ in just Ubangiji Mai Runduna.



Kaduna State Government To Relocate State University (KASU) TO ZARIA RIGACHIKUN HIGHWAY

Kaduna State Government said preparation is on to relocate the only state University in the state to the permanent site along Zaria- Rigachikun Highway. The Commissioner for Education Malam Shehu Mohammed Makarfi made the disclosed at a town hall meeting on 2020 draft Budget ‎town hall meeting in the state.

He said the relocation will provide more access to people of the states to be admitted into the institution.

” Kaduna State University ( KASU) will soon move to its permanent site along Zaria -Rigachikun area. A plot of land has been set aside and construction will soon commence. The university will be moved from its current place to a more vital and better environment. ” This means increasing access to more people to be admitted into that University. The samething with additional courses in Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, College of Education Gidan Waya, College of Nurses Pambeguwa and Kaduna all is to increase access to people to go into these institutions, ” he said. ‎He further appealed to residents of the state to apply to any institute of their choice without considering its location,particularly College of Education Gidan Waya located in Southern part of the state. The commissioner further added that the state government is doing everything possible to build more teachers staff quarters within school premises so that they can be closed to their students.





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Panic in Anambra as another tanker laden
with fuel explodes in Onitsha.

Barely 24 hours after a tanker laden with petroleum products fell into a ditch and spilled its contents in Onitsha, Anambra, which led to an explosion, another tanker laden with fuel has collapsed in the state, causing panic.

The new tanker tragedy occurred in the early hours of Friday, October 18, 2019, in Amagba Phase 2, Onitsha area of the state.

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At the time of this report, casualty figures cannot be confirmed nor can the cause of the incident be ascertained. But video circulating on the internet shows onlookers on the site of the exploded tanker.

As reported on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 tanker explosion incident, claimed the lives of five persons, including a woman and her child.

More so, more than 100 shops were reportedly razed and goods such as clothing and electronic appliances were affected by the fire.

BREAKING: Tanker explodes in Onitsha, burnt down shops

 Business premises in the area on Upper Iweka are also affected. Photo by Titus Eleweke.
A tanker, carrying Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol), has exploded in Onitsha, Anambra State after falling down on the road. At the time of filing this report, no death had been recorded.

Our correspondent, who reported that the incident happened Wednesday afternoon at the Upper Iweka axis of the town, said the fire had extended to business premises around the area.
Pall of smoke hangs over affected premises in the wake of a petrol tanker explosion in Onitsha. Photo by Titus Eleweke. 
An eyes witness said the fire was already extending to Ochanja market and other parts of the city. According to the eye witness, fire fighters were yet to arrive the scene at the time of filing this report, with the inferno ravaging the city in a frightening manner. According to sources, some Petrol stations located around the areas are affected.
Confirming the incident, the Anambra state police spokesman, SP Harunna Muhammed, said the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, was on his way to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.


BREAKING: Buhari, ex-President Jonathan meet in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former president arrived the State House at about 3.00p.m, and went straight to the President’s office.

NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting between President Buhari and Jonathan was unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report.

NAN observed that the former president, who is visiting the Presidential Villa for the fifth time since the swearing-in of the Buhari administration, was last seen in the State House in 2016.




Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA And Jornalists Demand For Kefas Steven Immediate Release

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on the National Judicial Council, NJC, to investigate why a Kaduna-born journalist and social activist, Mr. Steven Kefas would be detained for 139 days in prison without bail.
HURIWA said Kefas was clamped into Kaduna Prison without bail for criticizing Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai of Kaduna state over devastations of Southern Kaduna communities and mindless murders of peaceful citizens by rampaging herdsmen, among others.

National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, while addressing newsmen said the NJC must probe how a Nigerian citizen could face such indefinite prison detention over a spurious allegation that attracts simpler bail conditions.

He also called on all people of conscience should join in calling Justice Mairo Mohammed to grant Kefas bail to allow for a dispassionate dispensation of justice.

Onwubiko recalled that “On the 8th May 2019, Kefas was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, in a mafioso-style operation by a combined team of policemen from Kaduna.

“He was initially detained in Minikoro Police Area Command in Port Harcourt, from where he was driven to Kaduna and detained by the Kaduna State Investigation Bureau (KSIB).

“On the 13th of May, 2019, Kefas was arraigned before Magistrate Court 11 where he was told that his arraignment were based on two petitions.

“One of the petitions emanated from the Office of the Special Adviser to Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Legal Matters, Aisha Dikko (now the current Commissioner of Justice), dated 21st March.

“In the petition, Kefas had on his twitter handle, @realKefason, made disparaging remarks against Governor el-Rufai which the Kaduna State Government deemed were capable of inciting public disturbance in the state.

“The second petition was from Cafra Caino, dated 24th April 2019, in which he accused Kefas of disparaging his name to the extent that he had become a subject of public odium in his LGA.

When the charges were read to him, Kefas pleaded not guilty. Despite argument against his bail by the prosecution team, led by Barr. Bayero, the Magistrate granted Kefas bail with two sureties.

“He was subsequently set free and the Magistrate warned the police not to arrest him on the same issues again. But in flagrant disregard to the ruling of the court, the sureties of Kefas were put under pressure by the police to turn in the activist to the SIB Kaduna.

“On the 21st May 2019, Kefas turned himself in. The police seized his phones as exhibits to be tendered during prosecution. He was detained by the KSIB for two weeks, despite an earlier bail ruling by a Magistrate Court. On the 3rd of June, he was re-arraigned before another Magistrate Court.

“This time around, the charge was premised on Cafra’s petition. The new Magistrate refused to grant bail to Kefas and upheld the argument by the state counsels that, while Kefas was under the two week’s detention of the police, he was engaged in social media activism.

“No evidence whatsoever was tendered to prove the frivolous allegation. How Kefas could be engaged in social media postings, using a phone that had been seized by the police, still remains a mystery.

“With bail denied by the Magistrate, Kefas was remanded in Kaduna Prison. On the 20th of June 2019, his case was transferred to Kaduna High Court 2 before Justice Mairo Mohammed. After studying arguments for and against bail, she adjourned judgment to 27th June, 2019.

“Justice Mairo on that day claimed that Kefas was still accessing social media platforms while under police detention. Ever since Kefas has so far spent 139 days in Kaduna Prison over a bailable offence.

“In the first place, it is impossible for Kefas to have had access to social media platforms since his phones were seized by the police who had kept him under tight custody.

“Again, there was no court that had ruled that it was an offence on the part of Kefas to use social media while undergoing prosecution.”

According to Onwubiko, “Let Nigeria and the world know that Kaduna State has become a center of intimidation, harassment and human rights violations unleashed by agents of Kaduna State who are clearly in bed and in a conspiracy with judicial officials to foist an atmosphere of fear, panic and lack of observance of constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of citizens.



Army reconstructs ATBU Bauchi collapsed bridge that killed 4 students

Army engineers working at the site of the bridge 
Nigeria Army is reconstructing the collapse bridge that led to the death of four students at the Gubi permanent campus of Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, (ATBU) in Bauchi state Army Engineers and some civilians were seen reconstructing the bridge when our correspondent visited the site. The bridge is used by students from their hostels to the academic areas.

The bridge is used by students from their hostels to the academic areas.
The officers met at the site declined to comment on the development but it is believed that the project is directly funded by the Nigerian Army. When contacted Director of Public Relations of the institution, Dr. Andee Iheme, said,” the Nigerian Army is fulfilling its promise of building a standard bridge across the stream’’. He thanked the Nigerian Army authorities for keeping to their promise. “Thank you our able and gallant soldiers for being true to your promise. You have indeed demonstrated that you are true Nigerians who are ready to give all in order to keep Nigeria moving forward.” Four students died while many sustained injuries on August 6 when the bridge collapsed following a heavy rainfall.


Osinbajo told us some cabals are behind corruption allegations against him – Bishop Wale Oke

Bishop Wale Oke who is the founder and Presiding Bishop of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, has debunked claims of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo being corrupt. 

Commenting on the alleged N90bn illegal funding the Vice President received for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential campaign while receiving the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists led by Jadesola Ajibola at his church in the Agodi area of Ibadan, Bishop Wale Oke stated that Osinabjo is loyal to a fault and he has informed Christian leaders that some cabals were behind the allegation. 

He said, “The VP did not only deny involving himself in any sleaze, but used the opportunity to  inform us that some cabals were behind the allegations.
“The VP is always reaching out to Christian leaders on the need to support Buhari. Osinbajo is loyal to a fault.
“So, those plotting his downfall through orchestrated campaigns should fear God. This man is not corrupt. He has been a friend for many years,” he added.

GTB, UBA, Standard Chartered Bank, First Bank, Citibank, 7 Others Forfeit N499 Billion To CBN Over Loan Ratio Default

The Central Bank of Nigeria has deducted a total of N499,175,535,097 from the accounts of 12 banks under its supervision, over their failure to meet the September 30, 2019 deadline it had stipulated for them to maintain 60 percent loan-to-deposit (LDR) ratio.

The banks are Citibank, FirstBank of Nigeria, FBNQuest Merchant, First City Monument Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Jaiz Bank, Keystone Bank, and Rand Merchant Bank.

Others are Standard Chartered Bank, Suntrust, United Bank for Africa and Zenith Bank.

THISDAY reports that the respective accounts of the affected banks at the central bank have already been debited.

A breakdown of the sum showed that while Zenith Bank was debited N135.629 billion; Citibank was debited a total of N100.743 billion; United Bank for Africa – N99.676 billion; FirstBank –N74.669 billion; Standard Chartered Bank – N30.027 billion and GTBank – N25.148 billion and FBNQuest – N2.697 billion.

Similarly, while FCMB’s account with the central bank was debited N14.371 billion; Jaiz Bank – N7.525; Keystone Bank – N4.163 billion; Rand – N2.823 billion, and Suntrust – N1.703 billion.

The central bank had on Tuesday raised the minimum LDR to 65 percent.

It had in the circular on the directive in July, stated that, “Failure to meet the above minimum LDR by the specified date shall result in a levy of additional Cash Reserve Requirement equal to 50 percent of the lending shortfall of the target LDR.

“The CBN shall continue to review development in the market with a view to facilitating greater investment in the real sector of the Nigerian economy.”




Zeb Jatau, have you ever heard of the term Stockholm Syndrome? I strongly believe that is the fever affecting most rational people like you over El-Rufai's ruse about increment. Let me break it thus - people become grateful for little kindness shown to them by their captors. This gratitude is premised on this same philosophy that you are selling here - the captors could easily kill or mistreat them with no resultant consequences, but no, the captors chose to be kind, thus a thing worthy of gratitude. For me, I don't blame people suffering from Stockholm Syndrome because it's easy to catch that fever. But certainly, I blame the captors for taking the people hostage in the first light, thereby subjecting the people to such misplaced gratitude. If the people were not captured, they may have no need of such kindness, for they could cater for themselves.

El-Rufai was rejected by these people, but he criminally forced his way back down the throats of all using the powers the people gave him in 2015. He used the people's power against the people and strip the people of their power. Now, the people no longer determine their political leaders - El-Rufai does. And come 2023, politicians in Kaduna will have no use for the people. Once you are in El-Rufai's good books, your political future is guaranteed as El-Rufai will force you down the people's throats using state forces and resources just like he did with the senators and local government chairmen. Even Danjuma Laah of Southern Kaduna was only allowed to return by El-Rufai. Come 2023, if Danjuma Laah refuses to recognize the power of El-Rufai to make or mar him - it's his political harakiri. And to show you Danjuma Laah understands that perfectly, he dares not bless what El-Rufai has condemned like in the case of Steven Kefas. Danjuma Laah dares not identify with Steven Kefas. You see, El-Rufai is one very devastating force to democracy. APC did not mobilize their campaign machinery in 2019 like PDP, because they had no need of them anymore. By 2023, even PDP may have no need of the people because power no longer rest with the people as power has been forcefully confiscated from the people using state tools. Those claiming they have roots and bragging that George Makeri have no roots, have been uprooted by the same El-Rufai they so love and so praise.

PDP may have to plead with APC for a bite in 2023. And if things continue this way, we may end up with a one party state where no matter how terrible APC becomes, we must learn to live with them like that. These APC guys are the most unscrupulous criminals in our history. They will tell you that the PDP rig elections too. Yes, the PDP rig elections, but power was still in the hands of the people and politicians fear the people back then during PDP, but not anymore with APC. I recall how Nenadi Usman was shown the way out by the people. John Danfulani was firing at different PDP governments from all cylinders and getting away with it, because PDP fear the people and the backlash should they take on John. But the moment El-Rufai steps in, he didn't hesitate to lock John up, because power no longer rest with the people and he had no fear of people's disapproval. The late senator Isaiah Balat was so conscious of what the people think of him because power was with the people that he had to call Chancellor Vincent Bodam and others to a parley to understand grievances. APC, and of course El-Rufai don't give a fuck about the people, because they have confiscated the power from the people. And any critic who dares question their impunity, is locked indefinitely. I nearly got killed in October last year. Steven Kefas has been detained since May 8 this year by the same El-Rufai. Sowore, even with a court granting him bail, is still in DSS detention. Do you now see what I mean? The whole country is held hostage by these criminals in power. And I tell you my dear brother Zeb - these criminals in power are zombifying us all. They want us all to become their alleluia boys like aladura. Well, as for me and my sweetheart Keturah Abba Kassai, we won't worship duplicity in the guise of gratitude.



Parents of tortured kids in Kaduna Islamic school criticise police for freeing their children

The parents said they wonder why the police raided the Islamic centre because there is nothing wrong with the school.
Some parents of over 300 boys and men rescued from an Islamic School, where they were allegedly tortured and sexually harassed have protested against the raid of the school by the police.
On Thursday, September 26, 2019, police operatives in Kaduna raided an Islamic school known as “Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal Centre for Islamic studies” in the Rigasa area of the state.
Police recently freed 300 boys and men from an Islamic School, where they were allegedly tortured and sexually harassed. (Punch)
Police recently freed 300 boys and men from an Islamic School, where they were allegedly tortured and sexually harassed. (Punch)
In the school, police found over 300 children and men, some of whom were in chains, while others were reportedly hung upside down from the ceiling. 
According to the police, some of the children rescued from the centre said the authorities of the school starved and sexually abused them.
Police also alleged that the children were forced to recite the Qur’an everyday with torture.
However, some parents of the boys have protested against the raid of the Islamic school, saying the allegation by the police that the school management sexually abused the boys was not true.
The parents, mostly mothers declared their support for the school and its alleged harsh treatment of their children. They wonder why the police raided the school, arguing that nothing was wrong with it. 
One of the mothers, Maryam Fatika, whose four children attend the school said there was nothing wrong with the Islamic centre. She added that none of her children had ever complained of any form of maltreatment.
The hostages were chained and prevented from leaving the centre in Kaduna [TVC]
The hostages were chained and prevented from leaving the centre in Kaduna [TVC]
She said, “We are aware that they (children) are being punished whenever they do wrong because they are dangerous and stubborn children.
“There is nothing wrong with the school because we took our children there by ourselves. So, we don’t know why the police raided the place.”
Another mother, Mama Jibril, who spoke to Punch said they don’t know why the police raided the Islamic school because they didn’t see anything wrong with the school. 
Jibril added that she enrolled her son in the school because he was becoming a threat to the family. 
She said, “We took him to the Islamiyya school for rehabilitation and to God be the glory, he has changed.
“I visited him and I have never seen anything wrong going on in the school.
“We don’t even know where they (police) took our children. We are appealing to the government and police to return our children to us and we are also okay with the way the children are being handled by the Islamiyya authorities.”
Shafa’atu Zakari, another mother, who has six children in the school also supported the claim that nothing is wrong with the Quranic centre, saying she took her children to the school for rehabilitation because they were drug addicts.
She said, “We took the children to the school because we didn’t know what to do with them. Presently, four of my children are among the students taken away by the police.
“We demand their release because the founder of the school, Mallam Ismail, is doing everything possible within Islamic teachings to rehabilitate them for us.”
Ahmed Balarabe, a man, who has a son in the centre and also lives around the school denied the claim that the children were being sexually abused.

“I share a fence with the school and my two sons attended the school and they never told me anything about being sexually abused.
“Being a neighbour that always enters the school, if such thing was happening, I should have known,” he said.
However, while raiding the school on Thursday, police arrested seven teachers of the Islamic centre, including its proprietor, Mallam Ismaila Abubakar.
Abubakar said all the allegations of torture, dehumanisation and homosexuality against the authorities of the school are false, saying “We do nothing here other than teaching people Islam.”


BREAKING: Police Rescue over 300 People chained in A House In Kaduna.

They teach us Koran and abuse us homosexually.

A house containing over three hundred people chained in their arms and legs has been discovered by police in Kaduna State.

The police has unbundled the house, that is located in Rigasa community, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A house with over three hundred people in Rigasa community, Igabi local Government Area of Kaduna State has been unbundled by personnel of the Nigeria Police.

Some of them according to the force are said to be from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.

Among the inhabitants were children who confess to be abused homosexually, while elderly say they subjected to daily recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers with torture.

With chains on their legs and scars of injuries from torture, they disclose that Thursday evening’s unbundling of the place is liberation from slavery.

Bello Hamza 42 years old another inmate said, he was tricked to the centre by his family who are interested in taking over my shared of our inheritance.

In his words: “I have spent three months here with chains on my legs. Am supposed to be pursuing my Masters in University Pretoria South Africa. I got admission to study Applied Mathematics, but here I am chained.

“They claim to be teaching us Quran and Islam, but they do a lot of things here. They subject the younger ones to homosexuality.

“This is supposed to be an Islamic centre, but trying to run away from here attracts severe punishment; they tie people and hang them to the ceiling for that, but engaging in homosexuality attracts no punishment.

“Within my short stay here, somebody had died as a result of torture. Others have died before my coming due to poor health and torture. They give us very poor food and we only eat twice a day; 11:00am and 10:00pm.

“They have denied me alot of things here. I am a family man, I have responsibilities, but I am chained here not knowing what is happening to my family members.

CP Ali Aji Janga while briefing newsmen at the site said, “we received an information that something is going on in this rehabilitation centre or Islamic center. So, I sent my DPO here to check what was going on. On getting here, we discovered that, this is neither a rehabilitation centre or Islamic school.

“You can see it yourself that, small children, some of whom are brought from neighbouring African countrieslike Burkina Faso, Mali and others and from across Nigeria. Most of them are even chained.

“These people are being used, dehumanized. You can see it yourself.

“The man who is operating this home claimed that, parents brought their children here for rehabilitation. But, from the look on things this is not a rehabilitation centre. No reasonable parent will bring his children to this place.

“So, we are going to investigate them and get to the root of the matter. We will find out the real motive behind this centre, and if they are found wanting they will be charged to court.

“But first, we are evacuating all the people from this place to our station and we will make announcement for parents to come and recover their children.” He said.

Meanwhile, the Proprietor of the centre simply identified as Malam said, all they do in the centre is teach people Islam.

According to him, “All those allegations of torture, degumanization and homosexuality are false and mere allegations. We do nothing here other than teaching people Islam.

“They don’t do anything other than, recitation of Qur’an, pray and worship God. Those chained are the stubborn ones who attempt running away. Those who don’t attempt running away are not chained. Some were chained before and after settling down, they were freed.

“Most of them were brought by their parents from across the country and others from outside the country.” He said.

Meanwhile, at the end of the raid, the inmates were evacuated from the premises in about 15 Danfo buses to the Police headquarters. (Tribune)



Mad Melon of the 'Danfo Driver' is dead after a brief illness

There are reports that Mad Melon of the 'Danfo Driver' fame has died after a battle with an undisclosed illness.[Instagram/MadMelonDanfoDrivers]

Mad Melon and his partner Mountain Black released three albums together and enjoyed massive success between 2003 and 2005.
Mad Melon of the 'Danfo Driver' fame died in a Lagos hospital on Wednesday, September 25 after a battle with illness.
Mad Melon real name Omeofa Oghene hit fame with his partner Mountain Black with the 2003 hit song 'Danfo Driver'. They released three albums together.
Music icon icon, Daddy Showkey confirmed news of Mad Melon's passing on his Instagram on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
"What kind of sad news is this, what kind of sad news is this, what kind of sad news is this," a visibly shaken Showkey says in the video.
"Oh my God, we just lost somebody, I just heard it just now. I'm not happy at all, I'm not happy. When dem go dey tell people make dem dey hear, make dem dey hear."

Mad Melon and his partner Mountain Black became very popular in 2003 after the release of their debut album Danfo Driver. Due to the success of the single titled after the album, the duo became known as Danfo Driver.

Until his death, Mad Melon was part of the popular group 'Danfo Drivers' which also had Mountain Black as a member. They became popular in the early 2000s for their unique music style which till date has remained admired by Nigerians.[Instagram/MadMelonDanfoDriver]

Their fame waned over the years but they made the news again in 2018 when they got into a content theft fight with Tekno over the sampling of their popular song, 'Kpolongo'
No permission

Back in 2018, Tekno was called out by the legendary duo of Mountain Black and Mad Melon, for not getting permission for sampling their classic record, Kpolongo. [Instagram/TeknoOfficial]

Back in 2018, Tekno was called out by the legendary duo of Mountain Black and Mad Melon, for not getting permission for sampling their classic record, Kpolongo. [Instagram/TeknoOfficial]

The duo called out Tekno for sampling their classic record without getting permission.
The duo also surprised fans with an appearance at Headies 2018 and evoked nostalgic feelings with the performance of their hit records.



Xenophobia: ECOWAS citizens seek access to African Court

Following reports that the Nigerian government plans to sue South Africa at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) over the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, some citizens of West African countries have begun move to compel their countries to take the necessary steps to allow enhanced access to the continental court, ERIC IKHILAE writes.

Smarting from the impact of the latest wave of violent xenophobic attacks on foreigners by South Africans, a group of West African citizens have gone before the Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Court), seeking, among other things, to compel member states to take the necessary steps to allow citizens and non-government organisations (NGOs) access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court).

They frowned at the current state of affair where only states in the sub-region could initiate cases before the court, to the exclusion of their citizens and NGOs. The development, they argued, constituted not only a violation of the rights enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and related instruments, but a negation of motive behind the establishment of the African Court.

Listed as plaintiffs in the suit marked ECW/CCJ/APP/26/19 are 25 individuals drawn from 15 ECOWAS member states and a group-the Campaign for Social Justice and Constitutional Democracy in Africa (CSJCDA).

In court documents filed by their lawyer, Festus Ogwuche, the plaintiffs noted that while only Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mali have submitted the requisite declarations pursuant to Section 36 of the Protocol establishing the court, thereby paving the way for their citizens and NGOs resident in such countries to sue before the court, other ECOWAS member states have declined to so act.

They argued that the refusal of the majority of West African states to make the requisite declaration was not only wasteful (in that they contribute resources to funding the court’s operations), it was selfish-in that by recognising the competence of the African Court and allowing access to their citizens and NGOs, decisions of the countries’ Supreme Court in relation to human rights cases, will become opened to scrutiny and review by the continental court.

The plaintiffs, led by Obinna Umeh, are contending, among others, that the failure of most countries in the sub-region to make the requisite declaration has not only dampened the enthusiasm generated among the citizens by the creation of the African Court, which they thought would complement the ECOWAS Court, it negates essence of the African Charter.

They are, therefore, praying the court for the following reliefs, among others:

* A declaration that the act of the defendants in withholding the declaration pursuant to Article 34 (6) of the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, as to enable their citizens have access and seek redress in the African Court for violation of their fundamental rights, is an infringement of the fundamental rights under the African Charter.

* A declaration that, by virtue of the provisions of the African Charter, the defendants have a duty, albeit a compelling responsibility to ensure that their citizens are not restricted or curtailed in any manner, in the enforcement of their fundamental rights, but rather do all things necessary to ensure the protection and preservation of those rights set out therein, against their infringement both against their citizens and other member states of the African Union against their citizens.

* An order compelling the defendants to make the declaration subject to Article 34 (6) of the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court to meet the requirements of the Protocol 05 to enable the plaintiffs and, indeed, all of their respective citizens, have access to the African Court for the protection, preservation and enforcement of their fundamental rights.

* An order compelling the defendants to encourage and provide the necessary ennoblement for human rights litigation and enforcement against infringement and provide adequate measures that will allow their citizens unimpeded access to national and international mediums for the ventilation of their grievances and seek redress for infringements of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Umeh and others stated that the court’s jurisdiction, under Article 3 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of the ACHPR, shall extend to all cases and disputes submitted to it concerning the interpretation and application of the charter, the protocol and any other human rights instrument ratified by the states concerned.

They noted that while the Protocol, in its Article 5, provides direct access to state parties, African International Organisations and the Commission; access to the court by individuals and NGOs, whose fundamental rights are violated, is provided under Section 5 (3), but made subject to Section 34 (6) of the Protocol.

The plaintiffs stated that: “The said Article 34 (6) requires that for individuals within a particular state to institute cases in the Court for violation of their fundamental rights, their states shall make a declaration accepting the competence of the court, for the court to receive cases under Section 5 (3) of the Protocol.

“The absence of such declaration by a particular state disentitles the particular state citizens from accessing the court to enforce their fundamental rights before the court.

“The defendant states expended substantial amounts of money in contribution to the setting up of the Court, including the development of the infrastructure and facilities, but till date declined to perform the relevant protocol pursuant to the charter creating the court to allow their citizens access to the court.

“Some of the countries that are yet to make the requisite Declaration are enjoying the privileges provided by the court, and still foreclose their citizens from accessing the court and thereby depriving them of all of the known human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined and guaranteed under the African Charter.

“A country such as Nigeria has produced a Vice-President of the Court in the person of Judge Elsie Thompson, and participates in all the activities of the court but still denies its people the gains of the court in terms of the preservation and enforcement of the rights enshrined and guaranteed under the African Charter.

“By global records, Africa holds the highest number of human rights violations and the bulk of the infringements are the direct acts of the states and their actors, of which the existence of the court would provide the veritable forum to hold such state violators to account.

“In more recent times, Africans are subjected to all manner of inhuman treatments and indignities, even by their co-Africans, in such places such as Libya, Mauritania and Algeria, among others, where thousands are held in slavery and servitude, being treated like chattels and in most inhuman conditions worse than the days of the Trans-Atlantic slavery, the African Court of Human Rights holds the only beacon of hope for the redressing of these violations.

“Africans are subjected to all manner of inhuman and degrading treatments in the hands of their co-African natives of South Africa, at the instigation of the South African state and with state institutions looking on while their fellow Africans are being slaughtered, dehumanised and inhumanly treated, with virtually no forum citizens of the defendant countries to ventilate their grievances. This is because the defendant states decline from performing the necessary and requisite functions to allow their citizens access to the African Court of Human Rights.

“The refusal of the Defendant countries from making the necessary Declarations that would give their citizens access to the said court diminishes their enjoyment of the rights provided under the African Charter and it is a violation of their fundamental right.

“By the status of the African Charter as the foremost human rights instrument within the continent, the act of constricting or limiting its scope, application and enforcement mechanism through the refusal of the Defendants to make the requisite Declarations in satisfaction of the Protocol establishment, is a direct infringement on the fundamental rights of the Plaintiff’s.

“The Defendants having been convinced firmly that the attainment of the objectives of the African Charter requires the establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights as they so declared and affirmed in the Protocol to the establishment of the court, cannot refuse their citizens access to the said court, as such refusal is tantamount to a denial of their rights to the enjoyment of those rights and a violation of the said rights. ”