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Buhari’s democratic govt worse than his military dictatorship says critics

Abuja – The critics of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari have said that his current administration is more brutal than when he was a military dictator in the early 80s.


Muhammadu Buhari – the president of Nigeria

Before assuming power in democratic elections in 2015, Buhari come to power through a coup in 1983 and ruled until 1985.

According to SABC, the criticism against Buhari  comes as three activists were languishing in jail on various charges.

Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Sambo Dasuki a former national security adviser, and head of Islamic Movement of Nigeria Ibrahim el Zakzaky are detained for alleged treason, corruption, and agitating for the overthrow of government respectively.

In recent months the trio have been granted bail, but they were still languishing in jail.

“Unfortunately, the Buhari administration does not seem to appreciate that we are operating a democratic dispensation, otherwise, once a court has ordered that somebody be released on bail as in the case of Colonel Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu, the government cannot dance around it,” a public affairs analyst, Haruna Elbinawi was quoted as saying.

Reports have indicated the government has refused to release Kanu on bail, despite court rulings from at least three judges, including a regional tribunal.

Fifty years ago a unilateral declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra led to a brutal civil war that left hundreds of thousands dead, mainly from starvation and disease.

The conflict ended in 1970.

Meanwhile, West Africa’s regional court last year ordered the immediate release of Dasuki, saying that his detention in 2015 was “unlawful” and “arbitrary”.

In its judgement, the three-member court held that his arrest and detention “without charge or judicial order after having been granted bail by three different domestic courts is unlawful, arbitrary and violates international laws.”

Dasuki allegedly oversaw a sprawling embezzlement scheme that saw “phantom contracts” awarded for personal gain, as under-equipped and demoralised troops fought better-armed militants.

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2 Turkish nationals kidnapped in Nigeria – police

Port Harcourt – Gunmen kidnapped two Turkish nationals from their hotel in southern Nigeria’s oil-rich Akwa Ibom state, police said on Tuesday in the latest unrest to hit the restive Niger Delta.

Man with a black hood over his head and his hands tied behind his back.

“Two Turkish nationals working for a construction company in the Onna local government area were abducted from their hotel rooms”, said state police spokesperson Chukwu Okechukwu.

He said the men, who work for BKS Construction Company which is based in Onna, were seized by gunmen from a hotel in Eket, an industrial city which is home to Mobil, the Nigerian subsidiary of US oil giant Exxon.

He said efforts were under way to free the pair

A Turkish teacher was abducted from a school just outside Lagos along with two other staff members and five students in January, police said, indicating that they were freed two weeks later.

Kidnapping for ransom was rife in the Niger delta until a 2009 government amnesty drastically reduced unrest in the region.

Most kidnap victims were released unhurt after ransom payments.

News24 reports.

Fire kills three at Nigeria camp for Boko Haram displaced

Maiduguri – Three people have died in northeast Nigeria after a fire broke out in a building housing people displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, emergency officials said on Thursday.

Huge flames coming from a factory on fire in an industrial area.

The National Emergency Management Agency said the blaze happened at the College of Business and Management Studies site in Konduga, which houses more than 6 200 internally displaced people (IDPs).

“The fire started at about 09:40 GMT from the cooking area leading to the death of three people and six others injured,” NEMA spokesperson Abdulkadir Ibrahim said in a statement.

Konduga is some 35km from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed at least 20 000 people and forced more than 2.6 million others from their homes since it began in 2009.

As the military opens up areas formerly in the hands of the jihadists, hundreds of thousands of people have fled to the safety of camps and host communities across Borno.

People in the camps live in makeshift tents, often made of woven dried grass draped over tree branches. Cooking is done outside over wood fires.

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