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Throwback: It was Imo State Not Obi who Planned ID Cards For Northerners by Nnemuka(f): 8:48am On Nov 11, 2018
An allegation by the Nigerian Senate that the government of the country’s southeast Imo State planned to register, and issue Identification Cards to citizens from northern Nigeria over fears of Boko Haram attacks, was false, PREMIUM TIMES can report today.

The Senate had in a resolution July 3 urged President Goodluck Jonathan, as Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief, to direct all security agencies to refuse cooperation with the Imo State government in the implementation of the “ID and registration policy”. The Senate also urged the Imo government to rescind the policy immediately.

The resolutions by the 109-member Senate, Nigeria’s highest law-making body, heightened tension in an already divided nation for weeks in a case the federal government warned could have disintegrated Nigeria.

An extensive review of the highly volatile case that started June, has shown the resolutions were unnecessary as they were based on false and unverified allegations. In passing them, PREMIUM TIMES found, the Senate violated its own rules by acting on what was effectively a rumour, without cross-checking it.

Widespread claims after attempted bomb

The resolution followed weeks of widespread reports that the Imo State government had initiated a policy to register and issue Identification Cards to all Nigerians from the north where Boko Haram is based, to check threats by the extremist group to strike in southern Nigeria.

The allegations started barely a week after police on June 15 found a massive bomb hidden in a large congregation of the Living Faith Church in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The Imo State government estimated that if detonated, the explosive material had the capacity to deliver a deadly impact at least half a kilometre radius.

Days after the foiled bomb attack, news emerged of a plan by the same state authorities to register northern citizens who would be issued ID cards. The allegation drew widespread condemnation, mainly from the leaders and officials from the North’s Hausa/Fulani ethnic group.

If implemented, the policy would have violated Section 41 of the Nigerian Constitution which guarantees every Nigerian rights to “move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof”.

It would have also contravened Section 42 of the same law which prohibits subjecting a Nigerian citizen of “a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion… to disabilities or restrictions” to which other Nigerians are not made subject.

The reports triggered swift reprisal moves by some northern states despite denials by the Imo State government.

On June 30, a senior member of the Federal House of Representatives, Suleiman Sumaila, from the North’s Kano State, accused the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, of originating and forging on with the registration plan. Mr. Sumaila did not substantiated.

In a statement July 1, the Imo State government denied the lawmaker’s charge.

“The Governor Okorocha government has not begun the registration of northerners in the state and does not have any plan to do that, especially where those behind the malicious claim could not mention the places or offices of the state government where the claimed registrations are taking place, since registration involving human beings could not be done in the vacuum,” a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, the media assistant to Governor Okorocha, said.

Other state officials also denied the reports.

Regardless of the rebuttals, on July 3 the Senate allowed a motion on the purported ID card and registration in Imo State, and against its tradition of referring such matters to a committee for verification before a decision, suspended key plenary rules and adopted a position same day.

The motion was sponsored by Abdul Ningi, a first-term member representing Bauchi State, in Nigeria’s northeast.

Mr. Ningi claimed in proposals later adopted by the entire Senate that the Imo State government had issued a “policy statement” directing all Northerners residing in the state to be issued an ID card. Checks by this paper showed there was no such policy statement.

In its deliberation, the Senate duly noted how such registration would breach Sections 41 and 42 of the Nigerian Constitution.


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/167546-exclusive-nigerian-senates-resolution-on-imo-based-on-rumour-no-evidence-state-planned-ids-for-northerners.html
Re: Throwback: It was Imo State Not Obi who Planned ID Cards For Northerners by solutionmi: 8:50am On Nov 11, 2018
Are we still one Nigeria
Re: Throwback: It was Imo State Not Obi who Planned ID Cards For Northerners by yerokunphilips: 8:51am On Nov 11, 2018
solutionmi:
Are we still one Nigeria
A
Re: Throwback: It was Imo State Not Obi who Planned ID Cards For Northerners by Nnemuka(f): 8:51am On Nov 11, 2018
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Re: Throwback: It was Imo State Not Obi who Planned ID Cards For Northerners by emmie14: 9:21am On Nov 11, 2018
solutionmi:
Are we still one Nigeria
You can ask that question again. There is also news that Lagos is deporting fellow citizens to northern part of one Nigeria because they are beggars. What an insane nation. How can Imo government even think of ID cards for northerners while the business in Kano is dominated by Igbos. Arewa last year gave mandate for igbos to leave northern states. They only thing that holds Nigeria together is crude oil.

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Re: Throwback: It was Imo State Not Obi who Planned ID Cards For Northerners by basilo101: 9:56am On Nov 11, 2018
Another misfire by obi's detractors. Thank God its okoroawusa who is loved by abokii and afonjas

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