Monthly Archives: May 2012
Photo: Chief Justice of Nigeria, Dahiru Musdapher
Dear Sir Honorable Chief Justice of Nigeria,
Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization is a human rights Organization created to be the watchlion of the society on behalf of the everyday people to be a voice where the people are unable to speak, to be the sight when the people are blinded, to be the strength when the people are weakened, to be the hope when all hope is lost, and to reach out for the suffering ones and give them reason for living.
We are not for some people but we are for all our people, the pDeople of Nigeria. We are here in America and also in Nigeria. Whatever happens this 31st of May, 2012, regarding the cries of justice not only from the people in Akwa Ibom but from the entire nation of Nigeria, will determine the tide of the future. If justice is denied it will only prepare grounds for the people of the nation of Nigeria to stand up in a very short amount of time just like what has happened in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire, and so many other countries that the wind of change is blowing across now. There is no weapon stronger than the power of the people. If everything fails the people would have to take their stand and make those who have put them through hardship and misery pay. That day is the day that people will know who the most powerful ones are. The ones with the most power are those whom God stands beside.
With all the evidence the world has seen about Godswill Akpabio’s corrupt ways and the atrocities he commits everyday against innocent people in the State of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio is still boasting of how he rigged the election and openly claiming that the Judiciary of Nigeria is in his pocket, as you can hear in the video which we sent to you (http://youtu.be/U1gu0UTAH1E), while he has no repercussions and he still retains his illegally stolen mandate of Governorship while the man whom the people gave the mandate to, Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe, is standing trial for what he is innocent of. Justice For Akwa Ibom has even posted evidence and sent it to you including this new Video and its accompanying script of Godswill’s ambush terror attack and the framing of Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe which proves Governor Akpabio’s guilt along with the other evidence we have posted and sent to you. Even so, we still have more astounding evidence in which we will continue to publish and shock the world in hopes of freeing the people of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and preventing Godswill Akpabio from planting an evil tree that will root so deep the State will never recover and even when he leaves its evil will taint the soil of the state. Governor Godswill Akpabio is just like James Ibori who committed crimes and walked as an innocent and free man in Nigeria, but now Akpabio must pay as James Ibori also has as Ibori has been found guilty and is in jail in the United Kingdom for the same crimes in which the Judiciary of Nigeria could not find him guilty. It is shameful.
That means our society punishes the innocent while the guilty go free. Remember that there is no one individual more powerful than anyone else but all the people united are more powerful than the few who abuse their position and use it against those whom they are supposed to serve and protect. Sir, I remind you today, hopefully you will be able to read this before you preside over the case that is before you that what goes around certainly comes around. The mercy you show the people today and the justice that you give to them is the same that the people shall return to you and your family on the judgment day which is around the corner. It is said that to whom much is given, much is also expected. Our nation has given you much and you are now in a position to help free the people and turn things around. Do not allow this opportunity to pass you by. Do right by the people and God will do right by you. Thank you and God bless Nigeria and the people on behalf of Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization.
The link to the video on YouTube is: http://youtu.be/NWBAbxVmhfs.
The blog can be found at http://www.justiceforakwaibom.wordpress.com.
Also the issue can be seen on Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization’s page on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/JusticeForAkwaIbomOrganization/.
Governor Godswill Akpabio’s Ambush Terror Attack in Ikot Ekpene And Unjust Incarceration of Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe (Part 2, Volumes 1 & 2)
There is an abundance of footage and the length so long that we cannot contain all of it in this series, but at the same time we do not want to give too little because it is necessary to bring you the issues just as they have happened. Though some of the real life footage, which Justice For Akwa Ibom’s people risked their lives to obtain during the attacks, was seized and destroyed by the government forces sent to the scene by Governor Akpabio. This footage has been edited for time but with thoughts on bringing quality and the entire story.
A mammoth crowd, the first of its kind in the history of Akwa Ibom Political Campaigns, welcomes their choice for Governor Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe, the man they have seen as their only hope to turn things around for them through positive change.
Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization is a human rights organization created to be the watchlion of the society on behalf of the everyday people to be a voice where the people are unable to speak, to be the sight when the people are blinded, to be the strength when the people are weakened, to be the hope when all hope is lost, and to reach out for the suffering ones and give them reason for living.
It is time we all come together to fight the violations of human rights, injustice, oppression, and corruption by the government and even the non-governmental groups against the everyday people. We must remove the cause of the problem and secure the rights of the people from being violated. Let us face the truth to help change the outcome in the end. We can all stand together or wait to go down one day. The choice is simply ours. One Love.
On March 22, 2011 there was an ambush terror attack in Ikot Ekpene, Governor Godswill Akpabio’s hometown, after the Governor had warned that no other political opponent from a tribe not his own should come to his hometown to campaign. This is what happened after the Governor’s threat. The Governor reigned terror on innocent law-abiding citizens who went with Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe of opposition party ACN to campaign in Ikot Ekpene, which is also the hometown of the wife of Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe.
Some of the Wounded…
A citizen affected by the Ambush Terror Attack was injured in the leg and he slept in the bushes in Ikot Ekpene until that morning that he was able to return to Uyo after it was safe to do so.
An injured man wounded in the leg by PDP (People’s Democratic Party) thugs and cultists of Governor Godswill Akpabio. The man cannot walk since the attack.
A man beaten, stabbed, and wounded in the Ambush Terror Attack in Ikot Ekpene, Godswill Akpabio’s hometown. This man was beaten, stabbed, and wounded not by the people of Ikot Ekpene but by the PDP thugs and cultists of Governor Godswill Akpabio.
Another man affected by the same attack. He was stabbed in the head.
These pictures show men stabbed and wounded. The first one shows a man stabbed in the head, and a woman next to him stabbed in the arm. The second one is where Governor Godswill Akpabio’s thugs and PDP cultists attempted to remove the man’s hand. The third picture shows the injury on a man’s hand and an injury on the other man’s head.
This woman was stabbed in the arm.
This man was stabbed in the eye.
This man’s ankle was stabbed and his toes were run over with a vehicle.
This man was shot on his arm.
This cripple rode on a bike with another person to attend the rally in Ikot Ekpene and was thrown off the bike where the bike exhaust burnt his inner thigh and then his outer leg was stabbed with a sharp object.
This man was shot and wounded in the hand but he escaped with his life. He said three others that were with him were killed.
This man went to the Ikot Ekpene campaign with his brother. During the Ambush Terror Attack his brother was killed and his dead body along with so many others that died in the attack have not been found to this day.
Some of the Damages…
Damages to vehicles from the Ambush Terror Attack.
A car was shot at, the windshield broken, and one person inside was injured and the man in the video took the person to the hospital.
This man was using his car as an ambulance, because there were no ambulances available. He had his car demolished with hammers, axes, and rocks. He drove over the barricade with all five people who were in the car, some of them injured, and that is the only reason why they escaped with their lives.
A car was badly damaged by the attacker’s of Godswill Akpabio. The people in the car were injured. Notice how badly Akpabio’s thugs must have hit the door to damage it so severely.
More damaged cars destroyed by Governor Godswill Akpabio, his thugs, his cultist gang, and the PDP.
Vehicles damaged and some with blood inside from the innocent victims. Two people died within this car and the driver was seriously wounded from the attack orchestrated by Governor Godswill Akpabio and the PDP.
These pictures are of Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe’s bulletproof car and his wife’s bulletproof car after they were shot at and hit in Ikot Ekpene during the Ambush Terror Attack with the powerful weapon supplied to the attackers by Governor Akpabio.
The Press Conference after the shock of the Ambush Terror Attack on the citizens, the Senator, his deputy, and his wife in Ikot Ekpene. As you can hear from the press briefing, there Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe had ordered for the campaigning to be stopped since it was becoming too dangerous and he could not stand to see so many lives continuously lost. The end of campaigning was actually Governor Godswill Akpabio and his ruling PDP party’s aim. This man addressing the press, Aniekan Akpan the former state chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), betrayed the people. He also escaped death in the Ambush Terror Attack in Ikot Ekpene, then turned around and collected millions of naira, abandoned the cause, and joined Akpabio on his corruption spree.
Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe with the government forces all around him as he is being returned back to prison from court. Hear the lamentations of the people because their Governor was not yet freed and they want justice because he has been incarcerated unlawfully. Notice the Senator’s black Suburban leaving. They had expected the Senator to be released and because he was not released they are driving his car to where he is being taken next. You can hear the masses asking that the Federal Government should declare a state of emergency in Akwa Ibom State. The angry masses are saying in their dialect, “Where are they taking him? What kind of nonsense is this?”
The people have made their way to the second court which is the high court of justice, presided over by Chief Justice of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Idongesit Ntem Isua, as the attorneys are still trying to obtain bail for Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe’s release. In this court hearing where they are to decide on Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe’s release, notice that the people are standing up as they are beginning to get tense and scared that they could deny the Senator’s release after he has been freed from Abuja where Governor Godswill Akpabio bribed the officials to whisk the Senator away by chartered helicopter in an attempt to frame Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe for treason and place him in a fumigated room so the Senator could die of a heart attack. The Chief Justice of the state who is known for her strict discipline and zero tolerance of judicial insubordination, who is also not in support of the situation and the behavior of the Governor, granted the Senator bail against the will of the Governor Akpabio and his ruling PDP party, and that is why this case was successful and ended the way it did. The attorneys of Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe successfully argued the case and obtained the release of the Senator. As you can see, the entire court cheers and this tells you how much the people are yearning for somebody who could free them from the hands of Godswill Akpabio and his ruling PDP party. Hear with your own ears the citizens express their joy alongside the lawyers that justice was done, and according to the Akwa Ibomite representing the Diaspora “my Governor”, Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe is released. The Senator did not ask anybody to speak good on his behalf. These individuals spoke good on his behalf because he is a decent man, a just man, a compassionate man, whom God has touched and given the grace. For the Senator to have everything that he has and still want to suffer for the people it is the grace that God has bestowed on him, and so his people also responded as you can see, and hear, and also by the votes that proclaimed him the winner of the Gubernatorial Election of Akwa Ibom State. Godswill Akpabio does not and will never enjoy such good will and affection, neither will he be spoken good of by the majority of the people except the sycophant and those that benefit from his looting of the treasury.
People are waiting outside the prison for Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe to be released. Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe has seen the deplorable living conditions of the prisoners he met in the prison. He has donated so many things to improve their living condition including the generator and the electrical wiring so the prisoners can have light since they were all living in darkness. That is why these men are carrying materials into the prison as you can see.
Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe is finally being released from his unjust incarceration. The people are overjoyed and are singing praises unto God that He has given them victory, and dancing in the streets to express their elation on this day. They are singing in their dialect, “Most High God in His Kingdom deserves thanks and praises. The tribe that Jehovah has fought their battle for them, bring them, let they rejoice.” They also say, “praise the Lord.”
Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe, after returning from prison, to avoid Governor Akpabio from causing trouble and framing him again, and killing innocent citizens, the Senator had to do rallies in his compound. Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe says in his dialect, “this particular election the widows, widowers, poors, needies, and the unemployed, all their prayers are in this election. So it is not good for anybody to mess with it and make their hopes to be in vain. So from today go home and do house-to-house campaign.” Then the crowd sings neighbors to neighbors. Then Senator goes on to say, “to all the cyclists, I beg you, don’t cause any trouble, so that you may not be arrested and put in jail. Let me tell you what I have gone to see in the prisons. I met a man called Ikenga. He was a thug who was shooting guns during the election on behalf of one politician called Cyril during the era of the political party called NPN. He was arrested and prosecuted and sentenced to life imprisonment. I met him. He is there now while the politician he was being a thug for is a free man and enjoying life. Number two, I met youths like you who were thugs shooting guns during the election for house members who are serving right now in the house. They gave them ten year jail sentences while those politicians are free men and are still serving in the state house of assembly and have forgotten about those who were shooting guns to rig the election for them who are now in jail. Number three, I have seen youths like you there. I asked them why you are here. They told me that they were dealing drugs because of unemployment and got caught. That is why they are in jail. I also met some young girls. I asked them why are you here. They told me because they committed crimes. That is why I do not want you to go to jail because of me. What I want is votes. Do you understand what I am saying? What do I say I want? Vote!” The above is the advice that the Senator gave to all the teeming youths before the election.
Closing Thoughts by Victor Essiet (The Mandators): The election has come and gone and the people of Akwa Ibom State have exercised their right and made their choice and Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe also played by the book, but their mandate was stolen by Godswill Akpabio and the ruling PDP party. It is painful that so many people have died and many have been deeply and irrevocably injured due to the ambition of one man and his group who are so oppressive, unjust, corrupt, wicked, and without remorse. The man voted for has gone to the court to seek justice on behalf of the masses to have the people’s mandate returned to its rightful owner. The world has seen how this justice was denied. The Chief Justice failed to live out the true meaning of Chief Justice of the People and the Nation of Nigeria and soon this food he has cooked for us, he, along with the entire Judiciary System, and all the people who have joined to oppress the suffering people of Nigeria, will partake of it. To the people, love is the drug, love is the cure, come as one and our nation will become strong. One love and keep the faith. On behalf of Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization.
Thanks to all the artists for the soundtracks.
Beginning soundtrack “Ambush In The Night” by Bob Marley.
Second soundtrack “One Love” by Bob Marley.
Third soundtrack “Rat Race” by Victor Essiet and the Mandators.
Fourth soundtrack “Justice” by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
Fifth soundtrack “Nation and the People” by Victor Essiet and the Mandators.
Added in Volume 2: “Stand Up” by Victor Essiet and the Mandators.
Thanks to the members of Justice For Akwa Ibom and others who risked their lives to make sure that the people’s voice are heard. Thanks also to those who helped in making the production of this video possible.
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Nigeria may get a first female Chief Justice when the current Chief Justice, Dahiru Musdapher, retires on July 14, 2012, The Punch has learnt.
Musdapher has already written the National Judicial Council to give the required three months notice of his impending retirement as a judicial officer on July 14, when he will clock the mandatory retirement age of 70.
It was learnt that in the letter he sent to the NJC on April 11, 2012, Musdapher nominated a female justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mariam Mukhtar Aloma, as his successor-in-waiting.
Aloma is the most senior justice of the Supreme Court, after Musdapher.
There were reports that Aloma was recently nominated as the Chief Justice of The Gambia, an appointment she rejected.
Meanwhile, Musdapher, on Thursday, refuted reports that he had resigned his appointment.
A national daily (not THE PUNCH) had published a report on its website, saying the CJN resigned his appointment on Wednesday.
Reacting to the development, Musdapher, in a statement by his Media Advisor, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, said he had not resigned.
In the statement titled, ‘The CJN has not resigned,’ Adamu explained that, rather than resigning his appointment, Musdapher only followed service procedure by giving the NJC three months notice of his impending retirement as a judicial officer.
The statement reads, “The Honorable, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, contrary to speculations, has not resigned his appointment.
“The CJN had, on 11th April, 2012, written to the National Judicial Council, to give three months notice of his retirement from service as a Judicial Officer.
“This, as the CJN indicated, is so ‘that the necessary processes will be commenced early enough to enable the swearing of a new Chief Justice’ by the 16th of July 2012.
“It is public knowledge that by the provisions of Section 291(1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the CJN shall cease to be a Judicial Officer come 14th July, 2012 when he would be 70 years.”
Culled from Punch News
By Ihuoma Chiedozie
The US government delivers a damning verdict on the Goodluck Jonathan administration in a report submitted to the US congress
The extremist Boko Haram sect, and government forces are Nigeria’s “most serious” human rights offenders, United States’ annual Human Rights report for 2011has said.
The report, released by the State Department on Thursday, found that killings and bombings by Boko Haram, and extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary detention by the military, police and the State Security Service presented the greatest threat to the rights of the Nigerian population.
The report particularly noted the increased violence perpetrated by the radical sect, and the high-handed response from the Joint Task Force (JTF) and Security Task Force (STF) in Borno and Plateau states respectively.
“The most serious human rights problems during the year were the abuses committed by the militant sect known as Boko Haram, which was responsible for killings, bombings, and other attacks throughout the country; abuses committed by the security services with impunity, including killings, beatings, arbitrary detention, and destruction of property; and societal violence, including ethnic, regional, and religious violence,” the report presented by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to the U.S. Congress said.
The document found government forces, mostly the police, wanting on almost all indicators of rights protection, and highlights the notorious police checkpoint extortion and brutalization, corruption and extrajudicial killings.
“The JTF and STF committed numerous killings during the year but conducted no investigations,” it said.
On Boko Haram, it listed all the attacks claimed by the group in 2011 including the UN bombing and the Christmas Day attacks.
“Boko Haram committed drive-by shootings and bombings; targeted killings of security personnel, religious leaders, and political figures; coordinated attacks on police stations and banks; and conducted suicide bombings during the year, which resulted in the death of hundreds of persons,” it wrote.
The report did not pay a special attention on Nigeria, although it is believed its position might play a role in the U.S. authorities’ ongoing consideration on whether or not to designate the Boko Haram sect a foreign terrorist group.
Detailed records for other countries have also been released by the department, each covering arbitrary deprivation, disappearances, torture and other inhuman treatment, prison and detention conditions, arrest and trial procedures, freedom of speech and other indices.
The Nigerian Voice Published Justice For Akwa Ibom’s Article: Injustice on Display: How clean is the Chief Justice of Nigeria—Musdapher?
|Opinion | 15 May 2012 Last updated at 08:57 CET
Injustice on Display: How clean is the Chief Justice of Nigeria—Musdapher?
By Justice4 Akwa Ibom Organization
About a month ago, a source from the Supreme Court hinted the staffs of Justice4 Akwa Ibom Organization that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (Justice Musdapher) has compromised with the Presidency over the case of Senator Udoedehe versus Godswill Akpabio, which is pending in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
According to our very highly reliable source, President Goodluck Jonathan sent a secret message to Justice Musdapher asking him to find a way and make sure that the pending Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Hearing should not be allowed to see the light of day. When the staffs of Justice4 Akwa Ibom expressed doubts over what was told them by the source, the source advised our staffs to wait and see what will happen on the day the case will be summoned for a hearing.
Today, May 14, 2012, when the matter was heard by the Supreme Court, presided over by Justice Musdapher, what our source told us would happen actually unfolded. The following exchanges occurred between the ACN lawyers and Chief Justice Musdapher;
CJ Musdapher: “What do you want? Do you want me to validate the constitution? Haven’t we decided on this case already? We cannot hear this case.”
Counsel for the Plaintiff: “Your Honor, we are not asking you to validate the constitution. We are asking you to hear the case, that section 285 subsection 6 of the 1999 constitution seek to alter section 36 – subsection on the right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time, which is a fundamental right provision. Secondly, section 285 subsections 6 also seek to alter section 6a of the constitution which provides for power of court, independent of court, and separation of power between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. This is the basic and foundational feature of the constitution which cannot be altered. Any purported alteration would be null and void. These are what we want the Supreme Court to do so we can go back and hear this case, which has not been heard in the first place, because 180 days provided by section 285 subsections 6 is not applicable. Section 4 subsections 8 of the 1999 constitution do not give power to the legislature to limit the jurisdiction of the court in Nigeria.”
CJ Musdapher: “We cannot write judgment in 14 days. We are all old people.”
Then he adjourned the case to May 31, 2012. These are the issues that the Supreme Court and the chief justice want to dodge so that Godswill Akpabio can continue to rule on behalf of the PDP. It is worth mentioning that as far as this matter is concerned, the Nigerian Constitution allows 60 days for the hearing of Appeal. The 60-day limitation will expire on June 2, 2012.
If the Supreme Court judges cannot write judgment in 14 days, even though the constitution allows them to hear the case the same day and can give the judgment the same day, then the case would be thrown out. If the hearing is on May 31, 2012, and the expiration day for the appeal process is on June 2, 2012, then how are the judges going to be able to write judgment in 2 days? Justice Musdapher said in court that they are old and tired; therefore, they cannot write judgment in 14 days. Then how are these same old men going to be able to write judgment in 2 days, because on June 2nd, 2012, the case would be out of statute as the time allotted will run out?
This seems to go the way our source from the Supreme Court informed us one month ago when he tipped-off our staffs that the Judges want to play into time for the case to fall out of the allotted time and then they would use that as an excuse not to hear the case.
It could be recalled that this approach was also done to Steve Ibanga in his case against the PDP and the incumbent Governor, Godswill Akpabio. As everyone might have seen on the Godswill Akpabio 2011 Nigerian Election Corruption and Bribery Undercover-Video posted by the Justice4 Akwa Ibom Organization on YouTube, Godswill Akpabio has said that the system would back him to continuously oppress the people and that the people will never get justice and that there is no justice in the Judiciary System of Nigeria and that the Governor will capitalize on that to achieve his aim on behalf of his party and the Presidency.
So, if Chief Justice Musdapher is truly a Chief Justice of repute, with clean hands and good intentions for his countrymen and women, we are about to witness, and the world is about to see, if this is the same man who lamented on the 14th of November 2011, that the “world is watching Nigeria” and that it was “too early for him to begin to lose his mind” and that cases should be “heard on its merit for the sake of justice” but not on technical grounds.
On that date, Justice Musdapher also said that all cases that were not heard should be returned for hearing. Then he went ahead to say De Novo, meaning in Latin afresh. We demand that the people of Akwa Ibom State and all other people affected in whatever unjust justice in Nigeria must get justice now.
A nation without justice, equal rights, fairness, and human rights, can never and will never survive. When there is only injustice in everywhere and every day then there is no hope for the weak and the poor ones in Nigerian society. Those who mitigate and support injustice should bear in mind that what goes around will definitely come around.
Our country’s Chief Justice says they are all old; we appreciate and understand their condition, which is inevitable. In fact we rejoice their old age with them, we also thank God for keeping them alive to this day. But because they old, do they have to destroy the country and leave it in ruins before they die?
Certainly, we must not allow these people to deal with us as if we are fools. We must stand up to them. We must give a voice to Akwa Ibom and Nigeria so that justice can prevail without regards to class, party, tribes, or status. Justice now: that is what the people need and that is what the people want. Injustice against one is injustice against all. One Love, on behalf of Justice4 Akwa Ibom Organization.
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The Justice for Akwa Ibom Organization has watched with dismay the calamities and pains inflicted on the people of Akwa Ibom State Nigeria since the beginning of Governor Godswill Akpabio’s administration. While several attempts have been made by many to rescue the people, Governor Akpabio, the Peoples Democratic Party-the PDP, and the Presidency have thwarted such efforts, because they think that there is no person in Akwa Ibom State who can stand up to challenge them.
Justice for Akwa Ibom demands for a fair hearing in the election case of Governor Godswill Akpabio and Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe. The State has permanently become a tyrannical police state with a very high rate of unemployment among the youths and the adults. Often, those who are lucky to find employment with the government hardly get paid on time and even when they are paid, it is done sporadically. Despite being the richest State in Nigeria, Akwa Ibom is increasingly becoming a State of joblessness where hunger abounds.
The people have died and are still dying in astronomical numbers. Despite denials and a clamp-down on the media, crimes of kidnapping, rape, and arbitrary detention of those perceived as political opponents are still going on in Akwa Ibom State. The rate of poverty and squalor has climbed to an astounding record. There is so much insecurity. In Akwa Ibom State, everyone is living in fear and the Governor continues to loot all the State’s treasury, while hiding under the umbrella of the Immunity Clause in our Constitution. These are some of the reasons the people in Akwa Ibom State are yearning for positive change. It is also the reason they are determined to embrace the change that was brought by the opposition party, CAN (Action Congress of Nigeria), with Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe as their party governorship flag bearer.
From the beginning, our people (Justice For Akwa Ibom Org) have been on the ground in Akwa Ibom to follow and to independently keep records of all the activities of the candidates involved in the just concluded 2011 Nigerian Election. During the process of collecting information, our people witnessed the murders of many people who were not supporters of Godswill Akpabio. The families of the victims are aggrieved and are waiting for justice.
During the 2011 Election, we also witnessed members of the State Security Service being stripped naked and given lashes upon lashes, beaten and injured in so many different ways. Mobile police officers were brutally beaten by the soldiers of Godswill Akpabio in Ikot Ekpene. We took note of police officers who were brutalized but have now nursed their wounds because their superior officers would not dare say anything since all of them are in the pocket of Godswill Akpabio. These individuals are alive. We intend to use them as evidence to show the extent to which Governor Godswill Akpabio has become so reckless and corrupt. To Akpabio, anything money cannot do, more money can do; which explains why he is running Akwa Ibom State as a country within a country, with a strong believe that the Presidency and the Judiciary are in his pocket.
The whole world has seen this in the undercover video, which was provided by Justice for Akwa Ibom Organization to the entire world to view. In that video, the Governor was caught distributing millions of Naira while bragging about how he rigged the election and stole the mandate which the people of Akwa Ibom State gave to Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe.
Before the 2011 Governorship Election, Governor Akpabio issued a warning that no other political party should hold a political rally in Ikot Ekpene, his hometown. While Governor Godswill Akpabio was campaigning in all crannies and nooks of the State, he instructed his foot-soldiers to block the ACN flag bearer, Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe, from campaigning at all. Every place that both candidates campaigned, we had our members monitor the proceedings. We found that there were no problems or troubles in areas that Godswill Akpabio campaigned.
However, in the areas that Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe did his campaign, Akpabio used government operatives to haunt his opponent, thereby stopping him from using particular preferred venues. On one occasion during the usage of Uyo Township Stadium, after President Goodluck Jonathan went to Uyo to support Godswill Akpabio’s campaign which had very few people – the natural and common features of his rallies – two days after the President left the State, Godswill Akpabio sent all his operatives to lock up the stadium, to prevent Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe from flagging off his own campaign from there.
Some of our men who happened to infiltrate Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe’s security heard the Senator begging the director of the State Security Service to please help and let him at least use the stadium. It was not up to 10 minutes when the SSS Director called back and told him he was free to use the stadium. When the Senator told the people to go to the stadium to set up that night for the next day’s rally, they met with the forces of Godswill Akpabio, which threatened to shoot and kill them. Some of Udoedehe’s people escaped and contacted the Senator. The Senator, again, made a telephone call to the Director of the State Security Service and begged him to help and call Godswill Akpabio to tell his forces not to kill his men. Luckily, in less than five minutes after the call from the State Security Service, that was achieved.
Despite all these, John James Akpan Udoedehe displayed a great patriotic character and adhered to the rules and regulations of the electoral laws. When the train arrived in Ikot Ekpene on the 22nd of March, 2011, where our members were on hand observing and recording the gathering, Godswill Akpabio’s private army descended on the innocent and law abiding Akwa Ibom citizens. So many died. The families of those killed are still in distress and waiting for justice. John James Akpan Udoedehe, his wife Justina John James Akpan Udoedehe, and his deputy Imeh Sampson Umana from the Annang extraction (who is now being framed up by Godswill Akpabio for threatening his life and the case of which the court had recently thrown out a confessional statement credited to Mr. Umana for having been obtained under duress), and the members of the Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization were all attacked.
Several people died and the only reason why John James Akpan Udoedehe, his wife, and his deputy are still alive today is because they were in bullet-proof vehicles. By the time they got to Uyo, the capital of the Akwa Ibom State that night, the State Governor had organized his thugs to burn government property and even the so-called President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign office, which was guarded by groups of armed men, riot police, and vigilante groups of Annang extraction (Annang is the language group of Godswill Akpabio). It is only the Governor who could have given the order for those guarding the place to stand down and let his thugs burn down the place and that is what Akpabio did. By the time John James Akpan Udoedehe, with all the distress and agony, got to the State capital where he resides, in the wee hours of the following day, Governor Akpabio, the Police Force Headquarters, and the Presidency had ganged up, framed and proceeded to arrest him for treason. The Senator was tortured, beaten, humiliated, framed, and persecuted without just cause. Governor Akpabio’s thugs attempted to persuade Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe to denounce his candidacy and step down to gain his freedom and allow the incumbent Governor Godswill Akpabio to go unopposed.
However, Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe refused, knowing that Akwa Ibom people needed emancipation from the evil Government of Godswill Akpabio and his PDP. Seeing all the power that came together to try to kill John James Akpan Udoedehe, without anyone in Akwa Ibom State lifting a finger we (Justice For Akwa Ibom), reached out to the international human rights and amnesty organizations to come to our aid. We were happy that they responded and sent people to attend the court proceedings in Abuja. The authorities were trying to hold John James Akpan Udoedehe in captivity until the election was over, but when they saw the international presence, they opted to save face and pretend that there was rule of law in Nigeria. Their option was to let John James Akpan Udoedehe go a few days prior to the election and they took it.
The record of Godswill Akpabio’s unlawful deeds resides with us as we speak. If we are challenged, we will provide so much proof that will astound the world. John James Akpan Udoedehe contested the election, and the record we have shows John James Akpan Udoedehe as the winner of the 2011 Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election in Nigeria. The record also shows Godswill Akpabio as the person who rigged the election and undermined the electoral process because President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP led federal government is bent on turning Nigeria into a one party State so that they can pocket and torture Nigerians without any challenge.
They are also conniving to interfere with the judicial system to make sure that the rights of the people are taken away. As Godswill Akpabio has stolen the mandate of the people given to John James Akpan Udoedehe, the Presidency, the Judiciary, both National Houses, the PDP – the ruling party in Nigeria for twelve years now – all want to gang up and force Godswill Akpabio on the people of Akwa Ibom State. The masses of Akwa Ibom State are helpless just like the rest of the masses of the whole country. John James Akpan Udoedehe has done what he could as an individual. Judging by the recent events in the Supreme Court on May 14, 2012, the Supreme Court has joined the fray. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Musdapher, thought to be the remaining hope of helpless Nigerians denied of justice, just suddenly transformed into somebody else, a different personality, from what he portrayed to the world November 14, 2011, when against the ways of Nigeria, he cried out for a fair hearing in all election disputes. It is so ironic that on May 14, 2012, he became a chameleon and would rather join the Nigerian nation, as always to deny those not in government, the right to justice. He betrayed the worth of his soul and literally ruled that the case of the people of Akwa Ibom State of Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe versus Godswill Obot Akpabio in the Gubernatorial election of 2011 was dead and this without a hearing. He thereafter adjourned the case to May 31, 2012 for burial.
We, the members of Justice for Akwa Ibom Organization, judging from all the events, now demand justice. We ask for our fundamental right to a fair hearing. We understand the political game which the Supreme Court is trying to play in order to help the PDP and Godswill Akpabio’s illegal government to remain in power against the will of our people. The game is to try to play into time so that by June 2nd when the case would constitutionally expire, the Supreme Court would give an excuse and declare a force majeure, and state that the case was out of statute for time, and therefore could not be heard any more. Then Godswill Akpabio, the PDP, and the Presidency, will bring to an end the entire struggle and the hope of the people of Akwa Ibom State of being free from the evil, demonic, corrupt, and tyrannical government in place in the State now.
Therefore, we ask the Supreme Court to refrain from corruption and oppressive attempts, stop ignoring the voice of the people and save them from being kept permanently in bondage. If they have nothing to hide, the case of Akwa Ibom State between Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe versus Governor Godswill Akpabio should be heard because that is the fundamental right of all Nigerians. We have shown evidence of mega rigging in our video and we have a lot more of mind boggling proofs to show. We ask that justice be done and we, the Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization, will never back down until we obtain justice for the people of Akwa Ibom.
There is so much injustice, corruption, and insecurity in Nigeria right now because the PDP-led government will not allow the people to have a say in what is affecting them and the government keeps taking away the people’s rights, keeping them in permanent bondage. The world does not really know the true situation of the country called Nigeria. Justice for Akwa Ibom also stands for justice for Benue State and justice for all other people that are oppressed currently by the government of Nigeria under the leadership of PDP.
We, the Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization, implore all our fellow country men and women to stand up, to confront head-on the administration that is determined to break Nigeria apart. We would go to any length to make sure that justice is done for Akwa Ibom State. We have the world behind us right now. Maybe God wants to use this to expose this administration and its entire wrong doings. A nation without justice, equal rights, human rights, fairness, and equality cannot survive. So, come May 31st, 2012, we want the Supreme Court to understand that we have called on all corners to pay attention to the Nigerian Judiciary. The Supreme Court must prove on that day that they are not an appendage of the Presidency or Godswill Akpabio and the money of Akwa Ibom State he is frittering away. Hear and rule on the case fairly as he, the Chief Justice of the Country Musdapher, had ordered on November 14, 2011 that all the cases which were thrown out on technical grounds should be returned and be heard on their merits. The Supreme Court has the power to do so and give reasons later. The Supreme Court should not take away the right of the people, by not doing what is right and fair, and force them to resort to self help. If they are going to kill all the people in Akwa Ibom, that day, the people will take their destiny in their own hands. At least we will call the international press and media to televise it and maybe this will help to set the remaining people in Nigeria free. Justice for Akwa Ibom is justice for Nigeria. God bless the suffering people of Nigeria and Nigeria as a nation.
JUSTICE FOR AKWA IBOM ORGANIZATION (INTERNATIONAL)
By Nnamdi Ojiego
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condemned the statement made by the Attorney-General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke, that Justice Ayo Salami’s reinstatement as recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) will be ‘subjudice’, saying that it is the clearest indication that Jonathan’s administration lacks honorable character.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the statement has also confirmed the widely-held belief that the Presidency orchestrated Salami’s suspension in the first instance, as part of a wider plan to cow the judiciary and silence upright judges.
In the end, this is all about the PDP losing Ekiti and Osun states, which the party appropriated to itself through a most shameful and egregious electoral heist, rather than the consequences of the disagreement between the nation’s two top judicial officers over the Sokoto election.
“AGF Adoke’s shocking statement has also exposed the reason behind the temerity of Segun Oni and Olagunsoye Oyinlola to continue to assault the judiciary and anyone who had anything to do with the cases in Ekiti and Osun states. After all, they know they have the backing of the Attorney-General and the presidency,” it said.
ACN said the Jonathan Administration’s moral deficiency has been exposed by the fact that a President who gleefully and speedily approved the suspension of Justice Salami as President of the Court of Appeal is now stonewalling and pussyfooting when called upon to reverse that decision by the same body that recommended the suspension.
The party noted that it is now clear that the morally-challenged administration of President Jonathan is actually the unseen hand behind such frivolous lawsuits, which have now been latched on to by the same presidency as the reason why Justice Salami cannot be reinstated.
By his statement, the AGF has also confirmed that the Executive is the one fomenting the crisis in the Judiciary simply to serve political ends, a very dangerous game in an emerging democracy. As the AGF plays the Ostrich, he forgets that Nigerians cannot be hoodwinked by such untenable explanation of the reason for the presidency’s refusal to reinstate Justice Salami.
“He also forgets that Justice Salami had already instituted a lawsuit against the NJC before he was suspended. He forgets that the NJC, which is a defendant in the case, knew what it was doing when it recommended the reinstatement. And he forgets that part of the overall resolution of the crisis is the request by the NJC that all cases pertaining to it should be withdrawn”, ACN said.
Culled from Vanguard
Photos: Godswill Akpabio (left) Engineer Frank Okon (right)
Regarding the forgery case of Governor Godswill Akpabio versus engineer Frank Okon: Governor Akpabio in his usual wicked and corrupt ways filed that the court did not have the jurisdiction to hear his case and that the case should be thrown out. Simply put, Akpabio is attempting to say his case is purported to have occurred in his state Akwa Ibom, where he is the Governor and Akpabio once again is attempting to bring the case to where he would have total control to kill the case, intimidate and probably murder the plaintiff. However, the court disagreed with Akpabio and threw out his objection during today’s hearing on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Instead the court heard the case and listened to both parties’ arguments and we, Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization, applaud the court’s choice to hear the case as it is unusual for a court to go against Governor Godswill Akpabio. Afterward the court adjourned the case until July 12, 2012 for final judgment. The question remains why is the court adjourning this case for two months? What is the court trying to maneuver? What is it that they do not know about this case which has been before them for more than one year? Is the court trying to make sure that Godswill Akpabio kills everybody in the state except Akpabio himself, his friends, and his family and Akpabio’s kills are so numerous that the blood can be seen all over his own hands and clothes before the court actually finds the truth and judges Akpabio as guilty and delivers justice? It is said that justice delayed is justice denied. Maybe the court wants Akpabio to bring more money, more billions, to purchase the judgment thereby denying the truth and denying the people justice.
If Akpabio will be found guilty in this case where it is so obvious that he committed forgery, it is left to be seen. What Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization has seen over time so far regarding Governor Godswill Akpabio’s cases in the court is that whenever the final judgment is to be given, if Akpabio has purchased the judgment and bribed the court, then usually you will notice the heavy presence of soldiers, mobile police, and all his foot soldiers and cultists in every nook and cranny of the state. This usually signifies that he knows the case will be in his favor as Akpabio bribed the court and the court told him the judgment would be in his favor. The presence of these people in the state is usually to intimidate and detour the masses from reacting to the injustice. Come July 12, 2012 the supposed judgment day, should the aforementioned happen the masses should not be afraid. The masses should react and everybody should do a peaceful public disobedience. We, Justice For Akwa Ibom Organization, are also trying to notify many quarters to pay attention and focus on this day in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria besides Justice For Akwa Ibom to insure that in case things go the way of the system (Governor Akpabio’s way), and the people want to exercise their right but instead are murdered in multitudes as usual by the Governor and his murderous gang, that this can be caught live and reported so that the world will see what these Nigerian politicians are made of.
Please support the oppressed masses of Akwa Ibom State and the oppressed masses of Nigeria. Let us rescue them from the ruling PDP party, the President, and also Governor Godswill Akpabio. May God save the suffering people of Akwa Ibom and Nigeria the nation as there is no justice, no equal rights, no human rights, no security of life and property, massive unemployment of the youths and the people, and no democracy but a tyranny in disguise.
Governor Akpabio 2011 Nigeria Election Corruption and Bribery Undercover Video (Part 1)
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1gu0UTAH1E
How Akpabio bribed the National Independent Electoral Observers to rig the Akwa Ibom State 2011 Election. The 2011 Nigerian Election was not free and was unfair, and Godswill Akpabio stole the mandate given by the Akwa Ibom people to Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe. Please do note that the date on the camera is incorrect as the camera’s date stamp was not properly set. The actual date of the undercover footage was April 28, 2011, 2 days after the election. The footage of Victor Essiet was made on May 9, 2012. The notes were made by Victor Essiet, the Mandators, on behalf of Justice 4 Akwa Ibom Organization.