Category Archives: Human Rights

Breaking News: One Love Foundation Sets up Legal Team to Compel Lawmakers Render Account on Constituency Projects

One Love Foundation, led by Chief Patrick Eholor also known as Ultimate Equal has set up yet another Legal Team to tackle Senators and Members of the House of Representatives on the Transparency and Execution of Constituency Projects.

In his avowed desire to ensure transparency in governmental processes in Nigeria, Chief Patrick has constituted a Special Legal Team to interrogate the process of the contracting and execution of Constituency Projects among Legislators in Nigeria.

Senator Matthew Urhogide

The Legal Team will work with the Freedom of Information Act to unravel the following:

Nature of constituency projects, location, sums budgeted with evidence of the appropriation act, evidence of monies released to the contractors, particulars of directors of companies that execute same, and state of completion of each of the constituency projects.

Senator Francis Alimikhena

Others include evidence of completion of the constituency projects, evidence of handing over of same, nature of the constituency projects in 2021 budget, location of same and particulars of directors for the purpose of monitoring, etc.

The Legal Team shall hit the ground running by Tuesday the 6th April, 2021, and will begin with lawmakers from Chief Eholor’s home state, Edo.

Senator Clifford Odia

These include:
1. Senator Clifford Odia,
Senator Representing Edo Central Senatorial District in the Senate ,
Constituency Office ,
Uromi;

2. Senator Francis Alimikhena,
Senator Representing Edo North in the Senate,
Constituency Office,
Auchi;

3. Senator Mathew Uroghide,
Senator Representing Edo South Senatorial District in the Senate ,
Constituency Office ,
Benin City.

Honourable Ogbeide Ihama

Others include the Edo State House of Representatives members, beginning with Honourable Ogbeide Ihama who represents Oredo/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.

ASSAULT: Suspend Danladi Umar now! One Love Foundation tells Buhari, CJN

Buhari, Mohammed, Umar, Eholor

Frontline human rights advocacy group, One Love Foundation(OLF) has issued a statement, asking President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Tanko Mohammed to suspend Mr Danladi Umar, over the physical assault of one Mr Clement Sagwak.

Sagwak, a security officer at Banex Plaza Abuja had been physically assaulted and injured by the Code of Conduct Bureau Chairman, for asking him to park his car properly at the Plaza.

OLF and Vanguard for the Independence of the Judiciary in a joint statement made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend Danladi Umar, over the assault.

The Statement jointly issued by the President of One Love Foundation -Chief Patrick Eholor and the President of the Vanguard for the Independence of the Judiciary-Douglas Ogbankwa Esq., partly reads:

“The Conduct of Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal is infra dig a judicial officer in Nigeria and runs at variance with the current Code of Conduct for judicial officers in Nigeria, which abhors such street-like conduct that has made the judiciary in Nigeria to be viewed with odium and opprobrium in the eyes of right thinking members of the public.

“Danladi Umar who is used to giving clandestine ex parte orders against high ranking statutorily appointed leaders of organs or agencies of the Federal Government sadly, has had his own ruling in the court of public opinion as the referenced viral video of Danladi Umar fighting in the car park of a mall is reminiscent of Wrestlamania 25. It does not seem any more, that the evil that men do live after them, but along with them as the despicable physical tirade of Danladi Umar at Banex Plaza, Abuja is a sufficient demonstration of the natural law of karma, that you reap what you sow.

“We call on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, through the appropriate organ, to wield the big stick and suspend Danladi Umar as his conduct as evidenced in the viral video is a disgrace to the Nigerian Judiciary. This is keeping with international best practices”, it stated.

Security Guard Assaulted By CCB Chairman Commends One Love Foundation Boss, Patrick Eholor

Sagwak, Eholor, Umar,

Mr Clement Sagwak, the security guard assaulted by Code of Conduct Bureau Chairman, Danladi Umar, today expressed appreciation to the Global President of One Love Foundation President, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, for his magnanimity and support by urgently coming to his rescue after he was brutally assaulted and detained by the CCB boss.

The CCB Chairman after violently assaulting the young man, had ordered for the arrest of the security officer on criminal charges.

An NGO, One Love Foundation, had moved swiftly to secure bail for Clement from the police and promised to file an assault case against Mr Umar.

Many Nigerians who were outraged by the violent action of the CCB chairman have been calling for his immediate sack by the president.

Below is the appreciation letter of Mr Sagwak:

‘I will want to specially thank Mr Patrick Eholor, @Ultimate Equal, our beloved president of One Love Foundation for actually representing what he preaches and when there exists more than 1million NGOs in FCT and Nigeria, who can be said to be docile, unlike One Love Foundation that is now a leading advocacy group in Nigeria. Moreso @One Love Foundation now takes the lead in human rights activity, advocacy and public interest cases in Nigeria.

‘The trending case of #clementsagwak and #umardanladi assault is a typical example of the swift advocacy our group is now renowned for, all this could not have been possible, if not for the funding, provision of logistics, and prompt instruction of our beloved @President of One Love Foundation, @Patrick Eholor.

‘Sir @clementsagwak,(the assaulted boy) FCT Civil Society, Banex Plaza Management and Samuel Ihensekhien Jr conveys their gratitude to you, it’s only God that can reward you.’

One Love Foundation, activists, celebrities to storm Abuja High Court for #EndSARS protesters vs Okeke case

One Love Foundation(OLF), a human rights organization will tomorrow, 30th March 2021 storm the Abuja High Court for the hearing of a case instituted by one Kenechukwu Okeke against #EndSARS protesters.

According to Chief Patrick Eholor, President of OLF, members of the organization will be at the court in solidarity with the protesters who were sued to court by Okeke.

Activists and celebrities expected at the hearing include
Deji Adeyanju, Omoyele Sowore, Falz, Davido, Yemi Alade and Yul Edochie.

The FCT High Court is to hear all applications and determine whether or not the suite in CR/49/2021, is to be quashed or not in this regard.

There have been insinuations that Minister of State for Labour, Barrister Festus Keyamo is the one sponsoring the lawsuit against the protesters.

However, this insinuation has not yet been confirmed as calls put across to him were neither answered nor returned.

Myanmar army gun down 114 in 44 cities as protests rage against military coup

Human rights officials are calling on the international community to do more to stop the bloodshed in Myanmar after more than 100 civilians were reportedly killed by the Myanmar military junta that overthrew the country’s elected government.

UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews said it is time for “robust, coordinated action,” as “words are not enough” to protect people’s lives.

“Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said. “The people of Myanmar need the world’s support.”

At least 114 people were killed Saturday during protests in 44 towns and cities across the country, according to a tally by the independent Myanmar Now news outlet — the bloodiest day of protests since a military coup last month.

Among those killed is reportedly a 13-year-old girl, who was shot in her house after the junta’s armed forces opened fire in residential areas of Meikhtila, in Mandalay region, according to Myanmar Now. She is among 20 minors killed since the start of the protests, Myanmar Now reported.

CNN has been unable to independently confirm the number of people killed.

The lethal crackdown came on the country’s Armed Forces Day. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade in the capital Naypyitaw to mark the event that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy, Reuters reported.

State television had said on Friday that protesters risked being shot “in the head and back.” Despite this, demonstrators against the February 1 coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns.

According to the latest tally by the nonprofit Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, at least 423 people have been killed in Myanmar since the military coup on February 1.

“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-junta group set up by deposed lawmakers, told an online forum.

Sasa called his country’s military leaders “murderers” and begged the international community to take “real action” against the military junta.

“They [military] should not have access to the international arms market, to financial institutions nor development assistance. Please, do all in your power to block all funding, business and access to financial markets in your jurisdiction,” he said.

“How many more of us need to die before you turn from your incremental response to real action?”

Abuja High Court adjourn case between One Love Foundation & FCT Minister/Police to March 29

The case between One Love Foundation and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello has been adjourned by the FCT Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting at Gudu, FCT Abuja.

One Love Foundation had in a Public Interest case against the Minister, and the Nigerian Police, challenged the legality of the Minister’s proscription of protests of any kind in the FCT by a Resolution/Public Order dated the 15th October 2020.

According to our correspondent who covered the court proceedings, Justice A Muhammed adjourned the case to the 29th March 2021, the case scheduled for today,4th March 2021, was stalled and adjourned due to the undiligence of the counsel for the Minister of the FCT, who actually filed his counter affidavit and written address on 2nd March 2021, and herein failed to serve same to the Nigerian Police Force.

Counsel to One Love Foundation, Ihensekhien Samuel Jnr (esq) with Omoleye Sowore in court today

In this regard, the information was brought to the attention of the presiding judge by counsel to the applicants, Ihensekhien Samuel Jnr (esq), and applied for cost against the 1st respondents and his counsel, which the court denied.

No legal representation was made for the Nigerian Police Force.

However renowed human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore made a guest appearance in the case, and represented One Love Foundation to monitor the proceedings.

Founder and President of One Love Foundation and human rights activist, Chief Patrick Eholor, had in October 2020 sued the minister and the police for banning all #EndSARS protests in Abuja.

According to his lawyer, Ihensekhien Samuel Jnr, the ban was an infringement on the constitutional rights of residents of the FCT and Nigeria as whole.

He said, “The suit was filed to challenge the ban on #EndSARS protest in Abuja by the Minister of FCT, Muhammed Bello, and the Nigeria Police Force.

“This ban is an infringement on the constitutional rights of residents of the FCT and Nigeria as whole who are on peaceful protest expressing their displeasure over atrocities committed by F-SARS over the years.

“My client, Comrade Patrick Eholor, filed the suit to restrain the FCT Minister and Nigeria Police Force for violating the rights of protesters in the #EndSARS and #EndSWAT debacle with a ban.”

He also added that his client further implored security agencies, “To respect the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly, association, and right to freedom of speech of all #EndSARS protesters in this regard.”

Comrade Patrick Eholor sues UBTH, SGF, Min of Health, Polaris Bank over illegal Covid-19 test charges

Frontline activist, Comrade Patrick Eholor has dragged the Management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital(UBTH) the chairman of presidential task force on Covid-19 Mr Boss Mustapha, who also double as Secretary General of the Federation, the Federal Minister of Health and Polaris Bank Plc, to the Federal High Court, Abuja, over alleged extortion and outright corruptive practices as regards Covid-19 testing procedure.

Comrade Patrick Eholor

Patriot Eholor who is also the Founder of One Love Foundation, in the writ of summons filed before abuse, Federal High Court, narrated his ordeal at the hands of management of UBTH, and avered that he was compelled to cough out thirty thousand Naira for the test and another illegal three hundred and seventy five Naira for what he said the hospital referred to as administrative costs.

Barr Samuel Ihensekhien

Further in what he filed before the Abuja Federal High Court, he narrated that in strict compliance with acquisition of Covid-19 certification before travelling abroad last year, he went to UBTH to undertake the compulsory test only to be asked to pay thirty thousand Naira as covid-19 test cost.

SGF Boss Mustapha

On getting to the cash registry of UBTH, he was told that there is a service charge for additional three hundred and seventy five Naira, and that in the circumstances above, he had no option than to instruct accordingly and vide the legal team of his foundation, One Love Foundation, to approach the Abuja Federal High Court to determine the legality for the outrageous payment for Covid-19 test and illegal extra excessive charges for same, which ought to be free in line with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines in this regard.

Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire

Speaking to newsmen last night, Head of Legal Team, Samuel Ihensekhien, (an activist and fiery human rights lawyer) stated that the case and all evidence attached to the writ of summons is water tight and this case will expose the fraud as regards illegal charges for Covid-19 testing all over Nigeria.

As at press time on 3rd March 2021, the case has yet to be assigned to any Federal High Court Judge in this regard.

Army Has No Powers To Arrest, Detain Or Investigate Crimes, Federal High Court Rules

*Says It Usurps Police Powers

It was relief and jubilation in Abuja today as Mr Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court put an end to the protracted Fundamental Rights Enforcement suit brought by Miss Grace Anita Paul against the Chief of Army Staff, the Nigeria Army, Inspector General of Police and the Nigerian Police Force.

Miss Paul alleged that officers of the Nigerian Army invaded her residence and abducted her to Mambilla Barracks in Abuja on October 24th 2019 where she was subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, and untold hardship. She was kept in a guardroom with other male inmates. She was later transferred to the SARS where she was kept for more than 2 months without charge or trial.

During the period of her incarceration, her small business collapsed as her customers disappeared. Miss Paul produces hand woven and plastic bags used by market women.

In the judgment delivered on the 17th day of February, 2021, Justice Taiwo held that the Nigerian Army lacks the power to arrest, investigate and hold in custody, anyone who is not subject to the Armed Forces Act or any other military law.

While dismissing the objections of A.A. Mohammed, SAN, who appeared for Nigeria Army, Justice Taiwo held that the Military should not usurp the powers of the Nigerian Police under Sections 4 and 84 of the Police Act which empowers the Police to detect and investigate crime.

Akpomiemie Akpomiemie of Abdul Oroh and Co, Counsel to the Applicant had argued that the Military lacks the power under S217 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to arrest, detain and investigate anyone not subject to Military law.

Akpomiemie also argued that the detention of the Applicant by the defunct SARS of the Nigeria Police is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

In his considered ruling, Justice Taiwo held that for democracy to thrive, all agencies of government should act within the law. He awarded damages of 5 Million Naira against the 1st and 2nd Respondents (the chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army) and 10 Million Naira against the Inspector General of Police and the Nigerian Police Force sued as 3rd and 4th Respondent. The police did not defend the petition.

Justice Taiwo also made an order or perpetual injunction restraining the Nigeria Army and the Nigeria Police from further violation of her rights. He also ordered the police to return all her seized items within 7 days.

Akpomiemie commended the court for the erudite judgment and for restating the true position of the law irrespective of the powers involved.

Miss Paul said she was relieved that justice has finally been served considering the humiliation and the indignity she went through. She said her family in Akwanga, Nasarawa State tried to prevail on her to withdraw the case because they were afraid of the army but “if I remember what they did to me, I felt it is better to die than to tolerate it.”

Her elder brother, Emmanuel said he now believed that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man and woman.

Nigerians Can Now Sue Shell In The UK For Oil Pollution

Nigerians can sue Shell in English courts for damage to communities caused by oil spills in the Niger Delta, the UK’s Supreme Court said on Friday, allowing the communities to bring their claims for compensation and clean-up in UK courts.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Ogale and Bille communities who have contended that Shell should be held liable for the oil spills under the supervision of its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC.

The UK Supreme Court overturned a split decision of the Court of Appeal and held that the two cases brought by the Ogale and Bille communities are arguable and can proceed in the English courts.

The Supreme Court ruling adds another precedent for oil companies who can be sued in their domicile for oil spills and other harm to communities in other countries.

Last month, The Hague Court of Appeal ordered Shell to compensate Nigerian farmers for two oil spills in the country 13 years ago, in the first lawsuit in which a company has been held liable in the Netherlands for its actions abroad.

Shell hasn’t argued that the oil spills did not happen, but has always said that the spills happened in communities with rampant oil theft and infrastructure sabotage.

“Regardless of the cause of a spill, SPDC cleans up and remediates. It also works hard to prevent these sabotage spills, by using technology, increasing surveillance and by promoting alternative livelihoods for those who might damage pipes and equipment. Unfortunately, such criminal acts remain the main sources of pollution across the Niger Delta today,” a spokesperson for Shell said, as carried by Sky News.

Persistent issues with theft and sabotage in the Niger Delta could prompt Shell to take a hard look at its operations onshore Nigeria, the supermajor’s chief executive Ben van Beurden said last week.

Daniel Leader, a partner with law firm Leigh Day representing the Nigerian communities, said, commenting on Friday’s ruling:

“This Supreme Court judgment gives real hope to the people of Ogale and Bille who have been asking Shell to clean up their oil for years. We hope that now, finally, Shell will act. But it also represents a watershed moment in the accountability of multinational companies.”

No Hiding Place for Shell Plc, says ERA/FoA, As Dutch Court of Appeal Slams Oil Company Over Niger Delta Spillages

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has expressed satisfaction over the recent judgement by the Netherlands Court of Appeal that held Shell liable for the oil spills it caused across Nigeria’s coastal communities of the Niger Delta in 2008.

Recall that in 2008, four Nigerian farmers from Ikot Ada Udo, Oruma and Goi in the Niger Delta supported by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria and sister organization, Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands, sued Shell because of oil pollution in the three Nigerian villages. This case was the first in which a Dutch company, together with its subsidiary, had been sued in a Dutch court for damage caused abroad.

Shell in the process argued that the actions committed in Nigeria cannot be tried in the Netherlands. It also denied it caused the spill and that criminals and third party interference were responsible for oil spills in 2008. On their part, the farmers demanded that Shell clean up the oil spills; pay compensation for thedamages caused; and improve the maintenance of its pipelines and installations to preventfuture spills. The court had ruled in December 2015 that Shell must provide the plaintiffs internal company documents essential to the case and this was the first of its kind in the Dutch legal history.

In a press statement, Barr Nosa Tokunbor, legal officer, Environmental Rights Action/Friends ofthe Earth Nigeria stated that the case had dragged on for over 13 years with a lot of legal somersaults occasioned by Shell, noting the appeal court in the Hague on January 29, 2021 ruled that Royal Dutch Shell was liable to pay compensation for the oil spills which polluted rivers, fishpond and farmlands that thousands of local farmers and fishermen.

Reacting to the court ruling, Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), described the outcome of the case as a landmark judgment which the organisation is very proud of.

He said the judgement showed that the days of oil companies in Nigeria, particularly Shell criminalizing local communities and framing them up for sabotage of crude oilpipelines are over. According to him, “Shell no longer has any hiding place, as this victory will open up a floodgate of court cases against Shell and the oil companies doing business in Nigeria and hiding under weak regulations, lack of enforcement of its extant rules, and taking advantage of the lack of political will of the Nigerian government tobring oil transnationals to account.”

“The significance of the landmark judgement is that it addresses the question of access to justice that is very much in question in Nigeria when it comes to holding the oil companies accountable for their human rights violations and environmental degradation. The judgment has further shown the environmental liability of parentcompanies for the conduct of their foreign subsidiaries,” Ojo stated.

Ojo further stated that “the judgement is urgent and strategic as the world transits away from fossil fuels there is the need to ensure that the devastation done to our environment by Shell is cleaned up and appropriate compensation is paid to communities that have suffered in many cases irreparable losses”.

“Notably, Shell has been selling its land based assets and along with it , its legacies of environmental devastation, social dislocation, violence and poverty to avoid accountability.

Therefore, “Our communities owe it to themselves and their generations unborn to ensure that Shell does not escape its responsibilities”.

Ojo, called on the Niger Delta communities and CSOs not to relent in their pursuit for justice, adding that over 13 years struggle in the court has paid off. He enjoined Shell to comply with the court proceedings while urging the judge to do the needful in awarding compensation and preventive costs.

“ERA/FoEN again calls on the Nigerian government to revamp its regulatory bodies in the oilindustry, ensure that criminal acts of oil transnationals are punished severely and that the country starts taking concrete steps to wean Nigeria of its dependence on revenues from oil and gas , build a new economy on the back of a clear renewable energy framework as quickly aspossible and ensure the gradual phasing out of oil and gas activities in Nigeria.