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HURIWA Condemns  Abduction of Journalist, Says Nigerian Democracy  Under Threat



The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has strongly condemned the abduction of a journalist, stating that Nigeria’s military dictatorship has yet to end more than 21 years after the birth of democracy.
In response to the military’s kidnapping of FirstNews Editor Mr. Segun Olatunji, refusal to reveal his whereabouts, and subsequent release after about two weeks, HURIWA expressed concern that constitutional democracy is under serious threat.
In a statement issued on Thursday, March 28, 2024, and signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA stated “Some high-ranking officials in today’s military institution in the Country have yet to come to terms with the legal reality that the military is subordinate to constitutionally established civilian authority.”
“HURIWA has observed with unquantifiable shock the revelation that the Editor of FirstNews online newspaper, Mr. Segun Olatunji, was indeed in the custody of the Defence Intelligence Agency, just as we note with trepidation that this development implies that the vestiges of military dictatorship have yet to be completely exterminated even after over 21 years of democracy in Nigeria.
“HURIWA believes that what this entire thing shows is that aside from the mortal fear of media freedoms, the uneasiness of the top hierarchy of the Defence Headquarters to criticisms and the discharge of the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental duty of the press as encapsulated in section 22 of the 1999 constitution as amended, can very well be interpreted to mean that some high ranking officials in today’s military institutions in the country have yet to come to terms with
“The information narrated by the honourable minister of information and national orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idriss, that even the top hierarchy of the Nigerian Army refused to disclose the whereabouts of the senior journalist Segun Olatunji kidnapped forcefully over 14 days ago by uniform-wearing armed goons from the Army, shows that Nigeria needs to put in more efforts to compel top Generals to accept that Nigeria’s constitutional democracy has come to stay and that
The group described the situation as “highly despicable and reprehensible,” and urged “the National Assembly’s committees on Armed forces to wake up from their compromised slumber and begin their oversight function and responsibilities over the hierarchies of the military and security forces before it is too late.”
HURIWA stated that the tendencies manifested in the abduction of Segun Olatunji show that “even the leadership of the National Assembly can be abducted by security agencies and the matter will just be treated with indiscretion and tardiness.”
The statement continues: “To hide information about the arrest of a journalist in such a way that depicted the Army as abductors, is, to put it mildly highly despicable and reprehensible, and we are asking the National Assembly’s committees on Armed Forces to wake up from their compromised slumber and begin their oversight function and responsibilities over the hierarchies of the military and security forces before it is late because the tendencies manifested in the abduction
HURIWA, while lamenting that the spate of military abductions is not only a threat to freedom of expression but a reminder that Nigeria is “not far from the Abacha-era of hatred of media freedoms,” also called for an investigation into the “unfortunate act of lawlessness and impunity” and urged “President Tinubu to take steps to ensure that his military officers do not pose existential threats to constitutionalism.”
“The security guards were masked, and the number plates of their vehicles were covered. All of his release documents were signed inside a security vehicle surrounded by heavily armed operatives on Thursday morning, March 28, 2024.
HURIWA also urged European countries with embassies in Nigeria to investigate the situation and demand that the Nigerian government allow journalists to perform their duties without interference, threats, or abductions.
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UNICEF, Media Ink A Partnership Pact To Advance Children’s Rights Support



The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This partnership aims to leverage the media’s influential power to promote and protect children’s rights across the nation.

The collaboration will focus on advocacy and awareness campaigns, capacity building for journalists, shared research, recognition of impactful media contributions, and influencing policy to support children’s rights.

The MOU underscores a commitment from all parties to work collectively towards a society that upholds and advances the welfare of its youngest members.

“This partnership with the Nigerian Guild of Editors and DAME harnesses the media’s immense potential as an advocate for the welfare of children. Media not only informs public opinion but also influences those in power to enact changes that favour children’s rights.


“By joining forces, we are setting a course to transform how children’s rights are reported and addressed in the media, ensuring every child’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.” Said Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Eze Anaba, highlighted the role of media in societal change, saying, “Media has the profound capacity to shape perspectives and effect real change.

Through this MOU, we are pledging to uphold the integrity of journalism by focusing our collective expertise on sensitive and impactful reporting concerning children’s rights. We are committed to working together to build a robust framework that supports this cause.”


The Trustee of DAME, Lanre Idowu, emphasised the importance of excellence in journalism, “Recognition through awards plays a crucial role in elevating journalistic standards. By focusing on issues such as child rights, education, and health, we aim to spotlight and incentivise the media to cover stories that can lead to substantial social impact.”



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Nigerian Government Challenges Stakeholders On Strategies To Address Climate Change




The Federal Government has called on stakeholders in the nation’s environment sector to come up with adequate strategies to address hazards posed by climate change in the country.

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Mahmud Kambari made the call at a meeting of the technical committee on the review and update of the National Erosion and Flood Control Policy held in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the benefit of having the policy reviewed and updated for the nation is quite immense, he said it would assist in the reduction of loss and damages due to erosion and flooding.

He said: “The capacity of Government organs to respond to these concerns would be enhanced, I want to assure you that the Ministry reposes great confidence in this pool of experts to give the nation superlative results, it is, therefore, my pleasure to declare this Technical Committee meeting open and wish you fruitful deliberations.”

He revealed that: “The Federal Ministry of Environment in its bid to address the twin issues of erosion and flood developed the National Erosion and Flood Control Policy (NEFCOP) in 2005. The document was, approved by the Federal Executive Council and launched by President Olusegun Obasanjo.”


The Director Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management Department, Federal Ministry of Environment. Mr Etigbue Dilichukwu said the revisiting and mainstreaming relevant policies into Nigeria’s national adaptation plan is of utmost importance.

Dilichukwu noted that the potential benefits of having a comprehensive and up-to-date policy in this area are enormous, not only in reducing loss and damages but also in enhancing the country’s institutional framework and capacity to effectively respond to environmental concerns.

“On behalf of the Ministry, we extend our gratitude to our Partners and Collaborators for their unwavering support in tackling environmental challenges, with your continued collaboration as we strive to drive the implementation of a robust NEFCOP that will effectively address current and future challenges related to erosion and flooding.”

He however called for an open exchange of ideas and perspectives to work towards a stronger and more environmentally resilient Nigeria.

The National Project Coordinator ACreSAL, Mr Abdulhamid Umar said the project is working to permanently end the issues of flooding in Nigeria.
“Issues surrounding flood control and coastal challenges in this country are very, central to reasons why the World Bank hasn’t found it necessary, to intervene by making a very handsome amount delegated to the implementation of this project,” he said.
He further said that the Agencies of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project will support the implementation of all the policies that would be reached at the technical session.


Umar said the government must ensure compliance and penalties for people who illegally destroyed structures and infrastructures that are supposed to help in controlling flood hazards.

The National Erosion and Flood Control Policy and its associated documents (National Erosion and Flood Control Action Plan and the Technical Guidelines) were developed by the Ministry of Environment, approved and adopted by both FEC and NEC in 2005. It would address the widespread hazards of erosion and flood which had led to devastating loss of lives, properties, productive agricultural lands, pollution of water resources and sedimentation of rivers.

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Gov Uzodimma Says His Government Is Committed To Peace, Urges Youths To Pursue Dreams Relentlessly



Governor Hope Uzodimma has reiterated his government’s unwavering commitment to achieving peace, not just in Imo State but throughout Nigeria.

He stated that if our society is to progress, we must remain committed to peace and harmony.

The Governor met with the Ihube Peace Committee in his office on Tuesday to discuss restoring peace and harmony in Imo State and Nigeria.

Governor Uzodimma acknowledged Imo State’s setback as a result of insecurity in the Ihube area of Okigwe and promised ongoing collaboration with local leaders and stakeholders to achieve the desired peace and harmony.

He thanked the Ihube Peace Committee, led by the Emeritus Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Most Rev Dr Sunday Uche, for their visit and interest in the government’s efforts to achieve long-term peace and harmony in their area.


Earlier, Rev Uche told the Governor that they, along with other well-meaning members of the public, were committed to ensuring peace in all parts of Imo State and Nigeria in order for sustainable development to thrive.

He thanked the Governor for providing quality leadership in Imo State and urged him to do everything in his power, including working with leaders and stakeholders, to ensure peace in Imo State and beyond.

In a related development, Governor Uzodimma has advised Imo State’s youths, and by extension the entire country, to pursue their dreams relentlessly and passionately.

The Governor gave the advice Monday night in his office at Government House Owerri, where he was joined by Miss Angel Obinwanne, an Imo State native and first runner-up at the recent Teen Queen Nigeria 2024 Pageant held in Sapele, Delta State.

Governor Uzodimma congratulated Miss Angel, a Food Science Technology student at Imo State University in Owerri, for having the courage to pursue her passion, and used the occasion to encourage young people in general to pursue their dreams relentlessly.


Governor Uzodimma stated, “It brings me immense joy to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Miss Angel Obinwanne.”

on her remarkable achievement as the first Princess in the Teen Queen Nigeria 2024 Beauty Pageant. Your commitment and talent have truly shined through.

“My administration is still committed to developing the potential of every Imo citizen, and your victory is a testament to our collective efforts, with your triumph serving as an inspiration to fellow youths, reminding them to pursue their dreams relentlessly.

“I encourage you to keep blazing your path with passion and determination. Remember that with perseverance and resilience, you will undoubtedly reach greater heights. The State Government is fully behind you, ready to help you achieve excellence in all of your future endeavours.

“Congratulations once more.”


Miss Angel, who was accompanied by her mother and aunty, thanked Governor Uzodimma for supporting her dream when she expressed an interest in participating in the contest.

She stated that she was delighted to return to the Governor with her heart full of gratitude for his encouragement and to reassure him of her determination to make Imo State proud whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmos Iwu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, Commissioner-designate, Mbadiwe Emelumba, and others joined the Governor in receiving the beauty queen.

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