-Raises alarm over renewed threat to his life

Mazi Chinonso Uba (Nonsonkwa), a Human Right Activist and the President, Protect The Weak International Foundation (PROWIF) has maintained that his release from unlawful arrest and detention by the Inspector General of Police at the instance of Governor Hope Uzodinma and his commissioner for Information and Strategy,Mr Declan Emelumba was done by the order of the Court and not by the governor or anybody’s intervention. 

He revealed this on Thursday 7th of September 2023 during a World Press Conference in Owerri,where he narrated  his unlawful arrest and detention which took place between Thursday July 27th to Tuesday August 29th 2023.

The Radio Broadcaster revealed that he was arrested on the early hours of Thursday July 27th 2023 and taken to the state police command where a petition written by Declan Emelumba, the Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy  was given to him to respond to. 

He stated that in the petition, Emelumba accused him of inciting violence and hatred through a facebook broadcast he made on June 24th, 2023 where he questioned the use of Asari Dokubo boys aka “Ebubeagu” as security vigilantes in Imo when Asari Dokubo in a  viral video he made in June 2023 said that Igbos are slaves to his forefathers, adding that if not for civilization, Igbos would have remained slaves to his people. According to Nonsonkwa, Emelumba twisted the story, accusing him of saying that Uzodimma and Asari Dokubo were killing Imo Youths, demanding that he should provide evidence.

Nonsonkwa said that after making his statement at the State Police Command, the IPO, CSP Usman Garba told him that his bail would be in Abuja.  He arrived Abuja and was detained at the Maitama Police  Station. His lawyer demanded for his bail having overstayed  in detention by the police but the CP Monitoring Unit stated that the IGP gave an order to keep him in detention for another one week even when there was no court order to that effect. He instructed his lawyer to file charges against the IGP immediately for unlawful detention; which he did with the assistance of other lawyers who volunteered to fight for his freedom, then the legal battle began. 

His words, “My legal team filed a suit against the IGP over my continued detention on the 8th of August 2023 before an FCT, Abuja High Court (vacation court) and the hearing was fixed for 18th of August  2023. 

“The IGP was duly served.

On the 18th however the court granted me bail and ordered the IGP to release me, he refused. What the police did was to hurriedly file a two count charge of cyber crime against me and refused to get a date for my arraignment. I know that game plan; they wanted to use it as a bait to continue detaining me. 

“I instructed my legal team to file a contempt of court charge against the IGP immediately and get the date for my arraignment as well. 

Meanwhile, the IGP sensing he would be in trouble if the contempt charges were followed up judiciously, gave me an administrative bail in the sum of 22million naira, with a Permanent Secretary who must be resident in Abuja and who would be willing to drop his or her international passport with the police till I am arraigned at a date yet unfixed. 

“I knew this was just a cosmetic approach and a game plan to delay my freedom. I further instructed my legal team to write to the police that I cannot meet the condition and seek a review. It was immediately carried out and the review approved by the CP IGP Monitoring Unit. 

“As expected, they came up with another funny plan,that the IGP would have to minute on the approved bail application but don’t know when he would do that”.

According to him, his release came as a shock to Imo State Government whose plan was to detain him till after  November,11 2023, as against the rumour making rounds in Imo that he apologized to the state governor begging that he made a mistake in the video he posted, which made  Governor Uzodinma to demand for his release.

The renowned Human Rights Activist assured those that have expressed worry that he may no longer be as vocal as he had been because of the incaceration, or he may be bought over to start supporting the government, that no amount of intimidation, arrest, detention will stop him from saying the truth, adding that he is a covenant child of God whose destiny is tied to the people. 

Nonsonkwa emphasized that he will NEVER forsake the people no matter the persecution, stressing that No one has the capacity to stop him from saying the truth and standing by and for the masses.

He also used the medium to notify the public that the next plan of the state governor from a reliable source is to kidnap and assassinate him since they failed to keep him in detention till November 2023, hence is calling upon the Amnesty International, National Human Rights Organizations, United Nations, Intersociety to hold Imo State government should responsible if any harm comes to him, his family or any of his relatives. 

 He announced the date for his arraignment on the two count charges leveled against him by the IGP, which he said is scheduled to come up on 11th of September 2023 at the Federal High Court Abuja.

Nonsonkwa once again, expressed his profound appreciation to those who sincerely prayed for him and offered him moral and financial support throughout his unlawful detention in Abuja. He also thanked his legal team for standing strong and discharging their duties professionally.

[07/09, 12:37 pm] Dorcas: *EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH ENDOWMENT TRUSTFUND*- *PrinceJoseph Care Initiative Launches Project, Seeks Collaboration, As Founder Marks 36th Birthday Anniversary.*

By Dorcas Samson Achi

In other to achieve educational empowerment and quality health care  for vulnerable and disadvantaged people, the PrinceJoseph Care Initiative (PJCI) has officially extended their hands of fellowship to work in synergy with organizations and individuals who are interested in the educational and health care needs of people from disadvantaged homes. 

PrinceJoseph Chinaemerem M. Nwosu-Okorie, a Cleric, Venture Capitalist and the Founder PrinceJoseph Care Initiative (PJCI) on 29th August, 2023 held a dinner to pre-luanch the Educational and Health Endowment Trustfund project of PJCI to commemorate his birthday anniversary.

The event which was well attended by men of like minds, was centered on creating a ripple effect of positive change which inspires individuals and communities to prioritize education and health, amongst others for those who need them most.

The PJCI Founder and Convener of the event, while making his remark at the occasion stated that the Initiative is geared towards creating a world where every child in need of education and health care shall receive the support that empowers them to lead fulfilling lives, adding that through the CARE programme Initiative, they are on the bid to provide quality and professional educational care services that are qualitative, accessible and productive. 

He revealed that their aim is to foster a culture of kindness and empathy, where inclusiveness of vulnerable children is paramount, especially in creating an enabling environment where children living with disabilities can access well-being opportunities.

His words, “We are on a mission to improving the quality of the educational life for school children who are indigent and less privileged, alongside the brilliant and intelligent children who are at risk of dropping out of school due to financial challenges, by providing full and some, part academic session scholarship (tuition) centered services that can enhance their physical, emotional, and social well-being. We choose to use the occasion of the Founder’s, 36 Years Birthday Celebration and his 15th year in Humanitarian Services to  launch an Educational And Health Endowment TrustFund Dinner, to enable us equip and enroll 100 “Out of School Children” back to School, and to also facilitate the surgery of a 13 year old boy, who happens to be a Spinal Cord injury patient amidst others.

 At the event, visions and objectives were shared on collaborating with individuals, organizations and groups to enable the success of the project which will have intelligent and gifted children from poor homes enjoy good and quality system of education, while also restoring and saving many children who are at the verge of dying from terrible sicknesses and health challenges. 

When interacting with media men, PrinceJoseph revealed that the foundation partners with good schools that are academically excellent in providing for the academic needs of these children at subsidized fees which the foundation takes care of.

The founder said that in order to have a memorable birthday anniversary, he resolved that nothing could be better than using the day to launch the Educational and Health Endowment Trustfund Project to help alleviate the educational and health challenges of many children. 

According to the Founder, the foundation cannot take care of the project independently, therefore is seeking for help from organizations, groups and well to do individuals in the society who can contribute financially to secure the life and future of these young ones for the good of the larger society.

However, a lot of people donated some money while some pledged to bring certain amount of money and other necessary provisions to assist in the educational empowerment and health care of the children.