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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Nigerian Govt Deregisters Ohanaeze, Arewa And Others Over Security Clearance

The Nigerian Government has deregistered frontline socio-cultural groups in Nigeria as the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has withdrawn the registration certificate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) among others.

Disclosing this in Abuja, the Registrar General of CAC, Garba Abubakar, said the measure was part of the reforms the Commission was putting in place to subject such applications to thorough scrutiny following security threats that may arise from such registrations.

He said: “Yes, we have withdrawn the certificate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly because the certificate should not have been issued in the first instance.

“We have an established protocol that all organizations; ethnic, religious with political implication should be referred for security clearance before such organizations are registered.

“In 2017, a similar organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide applied to be registered and security agencies rejected it.

“It would have been a double standard to allow another organization to be registered. Up till now, Arewa Consultative Forum is not registered because they were not given security clearance, we have South-South Youth Forum, NorthEast Youth Forum and so many organizations that have not been allowed to register.

“What we have done after withdrawing the certificate (of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly), we now referred the application for security clearance, if at the end of the day we are advised that this object is consistent with what the law says, and the trustees are fit and proper, then we will go ahead, but till then, we have withdrawn the certificate and they have threatened to go to court, we are lawyers, we will meet them in court.”

This comes as the Department of State Services (DSS) has accused some social cultural organisations and certain individuals in Nigeria of plotting to create chaos across the country.

The Public Relations Officer of DSS, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Monday, said the Service “uncovered plans by some persons and groups desirous of taking advantage of latest developments in parts of the country to destabilize it.

“Some prominent personalities and socio-cultural groups have resorted to divisive acts through inciting statements aimed at pitting individuals, groups and ethnic nationalities against another. The Service is, without doubt, aware of these plans and their sponsors.”

To this end, Afunanya warned that Nigeria’s secret Police “will no longer tolerate the orchestrations by subversive and unscrupulous elements to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country”.

In this regard, he said, it is working assiduously with relevant authorities and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the sinister objective is not achieved.

He reitered the Service’s commitment to the internal security of Nigeria and will, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with planners of the mayhem.

Afunanya urged law abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses and disregard the antics of agents of destabilization.

He however, advised members of the public to avail the Service and related agencies with useful information about the activities of criminals and groups intent on instigating violence in the country.

from thewillNigeria.


  1. Na them sabi...They things are always left left

  2. This people what are they insinuating?

  3. You withdraw Ohaneze certificate to give Bokoharam one and rehabilitate Their Members into the porous security Body.
    You did well

  4. What about the constitutional right of freedom to associate?
    Oh well, let them go to court and slug it out.
    That is if the Judiciary is will be fair and just as well as the FG honouring court judgment in the event that the associations win. 🤔

  5. Fake news!!!The writer of this piece[thewillnigeria] is mischievous. Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly was a splinter group from Ohaneze Ndigbo. The splinter group was recently de-registered because the condition of the issuance of CAC certificate was not met. NO OTHER SOCIO-CULTURAL GROUP HAS BEEN DE-REGISTERED.
    A piece of advice:Always double check such news with the mainstream media. Wishing you the best.

  6. Ki lo sele gangan?

  7. The RG, Garba Abubakar, a very useless man who was sneaked in into that office due to this government tribalistic and religious sentiment. The former RG, Asuka Obigeli, who was working and has made lots of progress in the commission was alleged to have been involved in fraud and suspended pending her panel trial, in this same country of ours where the senators, Rep members, ministers, speaker and commissioners etc, still sit in official capacity even when there are petitions and evidence of their misgivings..
    Even in this covid Era when people are getting less resources and trying to make do with it, the best the new RG, Abubakar, could do is to come up with policies that aim to enrich them and make the masses suffer more.. typical of an unintelligent thief.. shameless dumbo


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