Wednesday, 10 February 2016

News Release: International Forum On Islamic Finance (IFIF) Gathers Powerhouses From Across Global Islamic Finance Industry


Islamic banking leaders and dignitaries from across Africa and the Middle East gathered yesterday at the 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016) . Held under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning – and in strategic partnership with the Bank of Khartoum - IFIF 2016 hosted 200 dignitaries, central bank representatives, Ministers, C-level bankers, thought leaders and experts who gathered at the Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum to deliberate on strategies to enable Islamic finance gain prominence and spur economic growth across Africa. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

U-Report: Article: Nigeria Under Fire For Zaria Massacre



Report By Stephen Lawan

Authorities in Nigeria have come under fire for not providing the  results of an inquiry that was supposed to be conducted into a military massacre of hundreds of Muslims in the northern city of Zaria
in December last year.

Open Letter: Re: Over $2trillion Loot Recovered By EFCC In Twelve (12) Years



Our Ref: Int/Soc/002/02/016/FMJ/ABJ/NG

Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN
Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice
AGF’s Office, Federal Ministry of Justice
Plot 71B, Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Sir,

(1) Re: Over $2trillion Loot Recovered By EFCC In Twelve (12) Years: How, Where, When & From Whom Was It Recovered?

(2)Our Records: Nigeria Spent N124.8trillion ($624billion) In 14 Years (2003-2016); Borrowed $50billion (N10trillion) In 10Yrs (2007-2016), $11.5billion (N2.3trillion) In 18 Months (By Buhari) And Over N400billion ($2billion) In 2016 (By 36 States)
The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law writes to demand concrete answers from your public office concerning the above underlined questions. Recall sir, that your very self had on 2nd February 2016 in a keynote address presented at the ‘First Annual Conference on Financial Fraud, Cyber-Crime & Other Cross-border Crimes’, in Abuja disclosed publicly, among others that “available reports showed that in the past 12 years, since the establishment of EFCC, more than $2 trillion has been confiscated and recovered”. Full details of the report published in the front page of the Vanguard Newspaper of 3rd February 2016; and filed by Ikechukwu Nnochiri is below: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/02/money-laundering-efcc-recovers-looted-2trn-in-12-years/.Our findings from the management of the Vanguard Newspaper also indicate that you were not misquoted and that the controversial disclosure was contained in your written keynote speech under reference. Besides, your public office has remained mute on the issue till date.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Article: Nigeria's Supreme Court Of Injustice



By Godwin Onyeacholem

President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the sympathy of the multitude of Nigerians and foreign friends who want him to succeed, the multitude yearning for the change he earnestly promised, that change the country can’t wait to see and which his administration has consistently insisted would be faithfully delivered.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

News Release: Role Of Factoring In Competitiveness Of African Businesses Highlighted

The participants in the factoring promotion conference in Dar es Salaam


African businesses should capitalize on the advantages offered by factoring as an alternative trade finance instrument in order to trade more competitively, participants heard yesterday as a factoring promotion conference co-organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the International Factors Group (IFG) and Factors Chain International (FCI), opened in Dar es Salaam.

Article: PDP’s Charge Against Buhari Is Of Non Compos Mentis



By SKC Ogbonnia

Since assuming power, President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC) has been able to unmask mind-boggling cases of corruption under the immediate past regime of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Such heartless looting of our commonwealth has resulted to loss of several thousands of human lives as well as serious economic crisis and ought to be condemned by all, regardless of the political or tribal shade. Yet, typically expected at this juncture—from the PDP apologists—is the mundane mumbling of vendetta, selective justice or what have you. What eventually woke me up is the latest salvo from the PDP spiritual leader, Governor Ayodele Fayose, equating the plan to reform Nigeria ’s Judiciary in the course of the war against corruption to another form of witch-hunt. But this piece is set to compel the idle narratives to finally rest in peace.

News Release: $2trillion (N400trillion) Recovered Funds By EFCC In 12 Yrs: Fighting Corruption With Propaganda & Falsehood



The advocacy attention of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has, again, been drawn concerning a public sensitive report credited to the Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, to the effect that “the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in the past 12 years since its creation, recovered over $2trillion or N400trillion from Nigeria’s criminal groups and public office holders”. The perfidiously false report was published in the front page of the Vanguard Newspaper of today, being 3rd of February 2016.

Monday, 1 February 2016

News Release: BCHROs Names Nnamdi Kanu-A Prisoner-Of-Conscience

 
Kanu
The Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), coordinated by Intersociety, and comprising the following ten rights organizations: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group), have firmly resolved to name Citizen Nnamdi Kanu as a prisoner-of-conscience (POC).

Thursday, 28 January 2016

News Release: Supreme Court Verdict On Rivers State Governorship Matter & Related Issues



The heart of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) is filled with joy and encouragement concerning the latest grounded judgment of the Supreme Court with respect to Rivers State Governorship Election Petition. We also congratulate Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Akinkumni Ambode of Lagos State and people of the two States as well as others over their recent electoral victories at the Supreme Court; fundamentally anchored on the fact that “use of card-readers cannot validly be used to invalidate the results of an election as it is conspicuously not provided in the 2010 Electoral Act or the 1999 Constitution”.

Monday, 25 January 2016

News Release: BCEAO And ICD Sign Memorandum Of Understanding



Mr. Tiémoko Meyliet KONE, Governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) and Mr. Khaled Al-Aboodi, CEO & General Manager of the Islamic Corporation for the Development Private Sector (ICD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation.