Nwankwo T. Nwaezeigwe, PhD, DD

Odogwu of Ibusa

President, International Coalition against Christian Genocide in Nigeria (ICAC-GEN)

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The indomitable Apostle to the Gentiles Saint Paul of Tarsus, in his second letter to the Corinthian Church Chapter 11, verses 23 to 28 not only inspired my perseverance at every point of extreme danger and tribulation but made me to understand that my travails are neither the evidence of God’s abandonment nor strange to all those who selflessly fought often at the risks of their lives for the common good of their people. In all, what I can say is that it has been a process that insured my life in the hands of God where no human has authority to decide or dictate. As he soberly narrated:

“Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman—I am a better one: with far greater labours, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and often near death. Five times I have received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from bandits, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers and sisters; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, hungry and thirsty, often without food, cold and naked.  And, besides other things, I am under daily pressure because of my anxiety for all the churches.”

Elder Solomon Adun Asemota, SAN
Mr. Kelechi Nnadi
  1. The DSS Officer’s Visit that Propelled Me into Legal Action against President Muhammadu Buhari


Early morning, on March 7, 2016, that was a little over nine months after Muhammadu Buhari took over the reins of power from President Goodluck Jonathan, a middle-aged man entered my office at the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and introduced himself as my former student at the Humanities Department of the School of General Studies. That was a long time ago and I could not recollect knowing him.

In his further introduction, he informed me that he was one of the two students from the Directorate of State Security (DSS) then known as State Security Service (SSS) in one of group classes. Even though I could not still recollect him, nevertheless, I welcomed him with my full arms. I knew it was not possible to recollect the over three thousand students from different Faculties in the University that passed through me during my stint at the School of General Studies, but I could recollect that quite a number of them were members of the security agencies ranging from army through Police and DSS, to Customs and Prison.

Among these men however, I could only recollect three; mainly because of their roles in my life during inauspicious times. The first was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Igboeze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, whose name I could not recollect. But the last time I saw him, he informed me that he had been posted to head the Police Detective College at Enugu. My first encounter with him was as embarrassing to him as it turned out to be morally instructive. That moral instruction is that standing on one’s principle might be tortuous but it often reaps bountiful dividends.

I was in my office one fateful afternoon when a man who introduced himself as a Senior Consultant at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, entered with his young daughter, then studying Zoology. The man came to plead with me to release her daughter’s result in time to enable him undertake her change of course from zoology to medicine. I was attending to him when another man entered the officer with another young man whom I mistakenly thought to be his son. Then entered the Class Rep. Because of the detailed nature of the Consultant’s request I decided to quickly handle the other visitors’ issues.

First was the young man who told me that he wanted to know why he failed my course. I knew it was impossible for anyone who attended my classes up to fifty percent and did the continuous assessment to fail my courses. At least I would compensate such a person with the least grade which is “C”.  So I pulled out my result sheet and then the class attendance list and discovered that the young man attended my classes for the entire semester only three times. I showed it to him with the specific dates of his attendance and ordered him to leave my office.

Thereafter, the middle-aged man introduced himself as my student and Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Igboeze South Local Government Area. He told me that he discovered that he scored fifty-six percent on the published result yet I gave him “F” (failure). I told him first that I did not recognize him as my student because I had never seen him in my class, and that explained why he scored zero in attendance. The university regulations says that attendance to classes is mandatory and not optional, and that alone disqualified him from passing my course. The same applies to assignments which form part of the continuous assessment.

I told him there were other serving security officers in my classes who combined their jobs with studies and had had the courtesy to request my special permission to give then concessions on class attendance, which I readily obliged. He asked if there was any way I could remedy the situation, I told him the only remedy was to re-register the course next semester and then formally inform me of his job commitments to enable me grant him concession on attendance. He then marched out of my office.

All the while the elderly Consultant was watching the episodes with keen interest. After they had all left, he turned to me and said, my son, even with your age you could do this? He pulled out one thousand naira note and gave him, but I rejected since it was not my culture to collect money for an official assignment. He insisted that he was not giving me the money as bribe but to appreciate my principled stand on my job. I eventually collected the money. That was indeed a big sum at a time when my monthly salary as Assistant Lecturer was twelve thousand naira.

But the most instructive result of the encounter was that from that moment, the DPO developed a resounding respect for me. During our many months of strike without salary, he would often pop into my office to ask how I was feeling and dropped some cash. Even after he had retaken the exam and passed, on three different occasions he saw me trekking down to my Ibagwa Road residence, he would order his driver with all the Police men in the van and come out personally to greet me, often squeezing some cash into my palm.

The second person was Matthew Agene from Benue State who was a Police Officer while at the same time studying at History. He later studied law after graduating from the Department of History, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. At the peak of General Sani Abacha’s dictatorship during which Prof G. D. Gomwalk was appointed Sole Administrator of University of Nigeria, Nsukka following the unceremonious exit of Prof Oleka Udeala, as the factional Branch Secretary of University of Nigeria Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), opposed to both General Sani Abacha and Prof G. D. Gomwalk, I was a frequent guest to both the DSS and Nigeria Police Nsukka. Whenever I was locked up in the Police Cell, Mr. Matthew Agene, who was then a corporal, was in hand to ensure my safety by warning the inmates not to touch me. Indeed, within that period I was arrested five times, put in Police custody, charged to court five times, suspended from the university each time I was charged to court, and acquitted in all the five times.

Finally, Chris Morka who eventually rose to become the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Delta State Command became another student from the Nigeria Police Force to make himself available to me in trying circumstances. With the frequent legal battles that heralded my Odogwu traditional chieftaincy title, I was again always a guest to Nigeria Police from Asaba to Benin City, and then to Alagbon Close, Lagos. Thus whenever I was arrested and brought to State Police Headquarters, Asaba, or for other purposes, Chris Morka was always there to provide me the covering fire before his colleagues as his former lecturer. It was indeed with this favorable mindset that I received the DSS officer in my office.

Having finished formal introduction, he calmly sat down and told me that he arrived Nsukka the previous night from Abuja for the purpose of meeting me and that he would be going back to Abuja immediately since he had night duty the same day. He told me that of all the activists and lecturers he knew, I was the only person he could trust to give classified security information and expect immediate response.

He informed me that since after the Presidential election that saw President Goodluck defeated by Muhammadu Buhari, they had been engaged with finding solution to the thousands of armed men imported by the Northern Muslim elites for the purpose of confronting any attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to reject the result of the Presidential election which had already been declared in favor of Muhammadu Buhari before the actual election.

He informed me that just few days ago President Buhari had ordered the Director General of DSS to hands off the problem of the armed Fulani mercenaries who were mainly those expelled from Central African Republic by Christian Anti-Balaka Militants, including some from Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea and Senegal. According to him, President Buhari stated that the problem was political and should be settled politically by finding means of accommodating them within the Nigerian system. He thus instructed that members of the armed forces, the DSS, Police and other security agencies should not either harass or arrest such people with arms and ammunition.

He concluded by telling me that by the security interpretation of such order from the President, it means the creation of a rival armed forces in the country, which would sooner or later explode into serious armed conflict and insecurity within the country. He said he was relaying the secret to me in order for me to make the necessary contacts urgently and subsequently initiate counter-measures.

I request for his contact telephone number in case there was need for follow-up information but he refused. Throughout the period of our interactions I even forgot to ask for his name. Again, when I demanded for his name he refused, abruptly informing me that he was leaving, and off he left my office.

Mindful of the dare consequences of the already emerging trend of islamization policies of President Muhammadu Buhari to the overall unity and stability of the Nigerian Federation, and given the   already existing state of grave insecurity generated by the heinous activities of Boko Haram insurgency and the murderous Fulani Herdsmen, I decided to take the bull by the horns. This situation was further exacerbated by the moral bankruptcy and ideological debility of the Nigerian Christian leadership, both as represented by the Churches and Christian politicians. Thus it became highly imperative that something must be done immediately from somewhere to arrest the emerging spiraling state of insecurity.

At first I was confused and did not know where to start or who to contact. This was not something one could relay by phone, but required face-to-face discussion in confidence. There were three personalities I could easily have access to anytime and any day without restrictions, so long as they were in their homes or offices. These were Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife—former Governor of Anambra State and Okwadike Igbo-Ukwu who resided at Abuja; Dr. Frederick Faseun—the Leader of the dreaded Yoruba Militant organization, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC); and Rear Admiral Godwin Ndubusi Kanu—Former Military Governor of Imo and Lagos States, and Leader of NADECO and Igbo Community in Lagos State. I decided to choose Admiral Kanu mainly because of his military background, which would make it easier for him to understand the security importance of the narration and subsequently proffer urgent solution. The following day I moved to Lagos from Nsukka to brief him.

After briefing him, he asked me, “Tony, what do you think is the best urgent approach to this problem?” After ruminating for about thirty seconds, I said:

“Sir, I think the best and quickest action should be a legal action against President Muhammadu Buhari, which I think will not only embarrass him into rethinking the policy, but will bring the information to members of the public for necessary coordinated action.”

The next problem was who would spearhead the legal action; and in that respect I said I was willing to take the bull by the horns in the name of my research organization—Nigerian Civil War and Genocide Research Network. The question again arose if such action against the Federal Government would not affect my job as a lecturer with a Federal University, but my response was that I was not a Civil Servant and thus was not barred from taking any action against the Federal Government.

Having convinced him of my tenacity in taking up the battle, he immediately drafted a note to one Engineer F.G.N Okoye—the Chairman of Southeast Economic Council instructing him to link up with some notable Igbo leaders to mobilize fund for the legal action. I immediately proceeded to Enugu and subsequently met Engineer Okoye in his palatial home, which he inherited from his father—the famous Chief F.G.N. Okoye of Enugwu-Ukwu in Anambra State. That was my first time of meeting him; even though I had had brief contact with his wife who was a Professor in University of Nigeria.

Our meeting was as brief as it was uneventful.  After introducing myself with the rider that I was specifically sent by Rear Admiral Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu, he gladly ushered me into the inner sitting room. After briefing him my mission, he simply dismissed it rhetorically with a wave of the hand, saying, “This matter should be directed to Church leaders.” I was perplexed for a while; but within few seconds, I involuntarily told him I was then going to meet Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Province who incidentally hails from my State and was personally known to me.

That was indeed my first mistake, for before I arrived at Archbishop Chukwuma’s office Engineer Okoye had also informed the noble clergyman of mission. Thus when I arrived, it took Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma to dismiss me with the demurred incanting words, “I am not interested and will not involve anyone either.” Utterly stripped of the once burning enthusiasm, I left his office, trekking miserably out of the large compound like an unfortunate vulture beaten by a heavy downpour.

Going back to my Nsukka base, I spent the whole night ruminating over the next strategy. I knew that both Rear Admiral Kanu and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife had no such money to sponsor the legal project. Even bringing it to the notice of Dr. Frederick Faseun would automatically elicit press conference rather than the strategic legal approach. I eventually decided to take a chance with a popular Yoruba-born Pastor of Delta State origin whose passion for the struggles against Fulani jihad and islamization in Nigeria far outwitted mine. This eventually paid off.

Having booked appointment for an important matter with this indomitable noble man of God, a General in cassock and Lion of Judah proximally personified, I proceeded to his aboard on the appointed day.  After briefing him, his simple question was, “Tony, are you sure you can take up the challenge?” My answer was swift and brief. “Yes Papa.” Having known me as a man of undaunted principle, he had no doubt that I meant what I said. He then asked if I had a lawyer, and I said yes. He then instructed his Secretary to get lunch, while he sent his Personal Assistant on an undisclosed errand. Not long after I finished the food, he invited me into his office and handed a thick large envelope to me, saying, “Tony, this’s three million naira. Take it and proceed with the case and let’s see how far it goes.” Speechless at a moment while involuntarily flexing my frame in appreciation, I thanked him and left his office to start the legal battle.

On getting to Asaba, I briefed my once trusted Asaba-based lawyer Mr. Kelechi Nnadi from Imo State. I once had absolute trust in him, not just as a friend but a kinsman of the same Isu subculture group of Igboland; unfortunately, subsequent events proved otherwise. After providing him the needed background information and materials for the legal action, he advised that it would go by way of Declaratory Relief at the Federal High Court Asaba.

For his legal fee, he gave me a bill of three million naira. I agreed without bargaining because of the sensitive nature of the case, especially when I had expected something higher. Consequently I gave him a down-payment of the sum of one million naira as part of his legal fee, and eight hundred thousand naira as filing fee which included bulky documentary attachments.

Within one week of the consultation, precisely on 6th April, 216, I formally instituted a legal action at the Federal High Court, Asaba against the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Senate President, the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, and the National Assembly, challenging their emerging Islamization policy against the background of secular constitutionality of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The following Originating Summons explicitly explains the crux of the legal action, and why the DSS found it imperative to hunt me for elimination rather than engaging legally with my action. Indeed for the DSS, it was not so much a question of legal action, but who gave me that audacity to challenge the Federal Government.





SUIT NO.: FHC / ASB / CS / 11 / 2016



Suing for himself and on behalf of members of

Nigeria   War & Genocide Research Network













Let all the Defendants named above, within 30 days of the service of the Originating Summons on them, inclusive of the day of such service, cause an appearance to be entered for them and file any other process in response to this Summons, which is issued upon the application of the Plaintiff who resides in Ibusa, Delta State of Nigeria and seeks the Honourable Court’s determination of the following questions:



Whether Nigeria’s continuous membership of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is not a violation of provisions of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

Whether Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Against Terrorism does not derogate from the provisions of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which proclaims Nigeria as a secular State.


Whether Nigeria’s continuous membership of Development ‘8’ otherwise called (Eight Developing Islamic Countries) is not a clear violation of the provisions of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) Nigeria being a secular State.

Whether Nigeria’s continuous membership of Islamic Development Bank is not a clear violation of the provisions of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) Nigeria being a secular State.

Whether Islamic bond otherwise known as SUKUK or funds from Islamic Development Bank can validly be used to fund the 2016 budget deficit by the Federal Government of Nigeria having regards to the secularity of the Nigerian State.



If the answers to questions 1 – 5 above are answered in the affirmative, then the Plaintiff seeks the following reliefs:

An Order nullifying or declaring the cessation of Nigeria’s membership of:

Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)

Islamic Military Alliance to Fight against Terrorism

Development 8 or Developing Islamic Countries

Islamic Development Bank





An Order compelling the 1st & 2nd Defendants to forthwith withdraw Nigeria’s membership of:

Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)

Islamic Military Alliance to Fight against Terrorism

Development 8 or Developing Islamic Countries

Islamic Development Bank

An Order of injunction restraining the 1st & 2nd Defendants from entering into any agreement, treaty,  character, in violation of the provision of Section 10  of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

An Order of injunction restraining the 3rd & 4th Defendants from authorizing the 1st & 2nd Defendants to issue or obtain any Islamic bond otherwise known as ‘SUKUK’ for the purpose of financing any aspect of the 2016 appropriation Act and/or budget deficit.

An Order of injunction restraining the Defendants particularly the 1st & 2nd Defendants from further enlisting Nigeria into membership of any Organization meant solely for Islamic countries or any Organization bearing any religious connotation.




The Defendants may appear hereto by entering appearance personally or by a Legal Practitioner either by handing in the appropriate form duly completed at the Federal High Court Registry or by sending them to that Office by Post.

If the Defendants do not enter appearance within the time and at the place above mentioned such Orders will be made and proceedings may be taken as the Judge may think just and expedient.

Dated at Asaba this 6th day of April, 2016



For service on:


State House



Hon. Attorney General’s Chambers

Federal Ministry of Justice



National Assembly Complex



National Assembly Complex



National Assembly Complex






SUIT NO.:  FHC / ASB / CS / 11 / 2016



Suing for himself and on behalf of members of

Nigeria Civil War & Genocide Research Network











I, Dr. Nwanko Tony Nwaezeigwe, Male, Christian, Public Servant, Researcher, Citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria resident at Ibusa, Delta State do hereby make oath and state as follows:

That I am the Plaintiff in this case by virtue of which I am very conversant with the facts to which I make this deposition;

That I bring this action for myself and on behalf of members of Nigerian Civil War & Genocide Research Network, which I am its Research Director.

That the facts I deposed to hereunder are facts within my personal knowledge, facts I obtained in the course of my research and books, journals, newspapers, etc. which I have read.

That I know as a fact that the 1st Defendant is the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while the 2nd Defendant is the Chief Law Officer of the Federation and by virtue of his Office, is a Party to all proceedings affecting the interest of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

That the 3rd & 4th Defendants are the Heads of the two (2) Chambers of the National Assembly created under Section 50 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and who preside over its legislative activities.

That the 5th Defendant is the National Assembly which is the law making body or the legislative arm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

That sometime in the year 1986, the 1st Defendant secretly enlisted Nigeria into the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), [now Organization of Islamic Cooperation] without the concurrence of Nigerian people.

That sometime on or about the month of March, 2016, the 1st Defendant enlisted Nigeria into membership of Islamic Coalition against Terrorism otherwise known as Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) and the 1st Defendant admitted doing so in an interview he granted to Al-Jazeera Cable News which was published in Daily Trust Newspaper of Wednesday, March 9, 2016 among other national daily newspapers circulating in Nigeria. – Attached hereto as Exhibit ‘SKN 1’ is a copy of the Daily Trust Newspaper of Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

That sometime in 1997, Nigeria was also enlisted into the membership of Group of Eight Developing Islamic Countries otherwise known as ‘D8’ whose members are drawn from members of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (formerly known as Organization of Islamic Conference) which includes: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

That on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, I read in Vanguard Newspaper of same date that the Federal Government of Nigeria will be resorting to Islamic bond (otherwise known as SUKUK) to fund the 2016 budget. – Attached hereto as Exhibit ‘SKN 2’ is a copy of the said Vanguard Newspaper of Wednesday, 24th February, 2016.

That I know as a fact that Nigeria is a pluralistic State with different religious adherents such as Christianity (to which I and members of Nigerian Civil War & Genocide Research Institute belong), Muslims, Animistics, Atheists, African Traditional Religion and others.

That Nigeria’s membership of Islamic Organizations such as:

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (formerly Organization of Islamic Conference);

Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT);

Development 8 (Eight Developing Islamic Countries);

Islamic Development Bank;

which are Organizations meant solely for Islamic countries are clearly acts tending towards Islamisation of Nigeria.

That I know as a fact also that the Articles of Agreement of Islamic Development Bank makes it very clear that its objectives is to foster the well-being of Muslims in accordance with the principles of sharia. – Attached hereto as Exhibit ‘SKN 3’ is a copy of the Articles of Agreement of Islamic Development Bank.

That I verily believe that every Nigerian enjoys and ought to enjoy freedom of worship and religion as prescribed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

That I know that Nigeria’s membership of these organizations meant for Islamic countries is causing interreligious strife in Nigeria particularly between the Muslims and the Christians with so many deaths and sectarian crisis in Nigeria, particularly in the northern Nigeria.

That the aims and objectives of these Islamic Organizations are to promote the propagation of Islam and the welfare of its Muslim members.

That the funding of Nigeria’s membership of these Islamic Organizations stated in paragraph 12 above as well as funding of their activities are done from the treasury of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which belongs to Muslims and non-Muslim citizens of Nigeria.

That the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which I have read, especially Section 10 thereof, prohibits Nigeria’s membership of religious organizations or adoption of a particular religion as Nigerian State religion.

That in spite of the prohibition of State religion by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the 1st & 2nd Defendants have continued to sustain and maintain the Nigeria’s membership of these Islamic Organizations meant for Islamic countries.

That I verily believe that Nigeria’s membership of these Islamic Organizations has religious connotation with grave implication to peace and security of other religious adherents in Nigeria particularly the Plaintiffs who are known Christian adherents and researchers on issues relating to Nigerian civil war and genocide in Nigeria.

That I know as a fact that the principles and practices of these Islamic organizations are tailored towards addressing the exclusive interest of Muslim or Islamic religious adherents.

That these Islamic organizations are sowing seeds of discord between Christian religious adherents and their Islamic counterparts in Nigeria.

That I know as a fact that Nigeria’s memberships of these Organizations confer exclusive advantage on the Islamic members to the detriment of the other religious adherents and has driven away investors from non-Muslim countries who now see Nigeria as an Islamic nation.

That membership of these Organizations will further expose Nigerians to dire sectarian crisis having regards to Nigerian plural composition.

That I know as a fact that the principles and objectives of the Organization of Islamic Conference (now Organization of Islamic Cooperation) is solely for the advancement of exclusive interest of Muslims. – Attached hereto as Exhibit ‘SKN 4’ is a copy of the Charter of Organization of Islamic Conference.

That Nigeria’s membership of these Islamic Organizations has eroded the pluralistic character of Nigerian State and is rapidly destroying the principles of freedom, equality and justice which are deeply entrenched in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

That I verily believe that Nigeria’s membership of these Islamic Organizations have given impetus to the growth of Islamic terrorist organizations which see Nigeria as one of its own, which must ultimately be declared an Islamic State.

That the struggle to Islamize Nigeria by Boko Haram, an arm of ISIS, which is an Islamic terror Organization, has led to the death of more than 20,000 Nigerians including some relatives of the Plaintiff besides the destruction of the Nigerian economy estimated at over $5 Billion.

That I verily believe that Nigeria’s membership of these religious Organizations makes Nigeria a strong fertile ground for breeding religious conflicts, inter-ethnic animosity, hatred, violence, war and genocide.

That I verily believe that the proposal of the 1st & 2nd Defendants to fund the 2016 budget deficit through Islamic Bond (otherwise known as SUKUK) or through any loan obtained from Islamic Organizations will give more impetus to the determined plot of the 1st & 2nd Defendants to Islamize Nigeria.

That I know that the principles and practices of SUKUK are based on joint ownership of an investment between the lender and the borrower and it’s exclusively meant for Moslem or Islamic nations.

That in the case of SUKUK, funds are sourced from Islamic Organizations and the borrower must comply with the terms stipulated in the Agreement and the borrower must be sharia compliant.

That I verily believe that the proposal of the 1st & 2nd Defendants to fund the budget deficit through loans or bond secured from Islamic Organizations with its attendant sharia conditions and contents will not be in the interest of peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians including the Plaintiff, who is a known Christian and researcher on issues of war and genocide in Nigeria.

That I know as a fact that it is the primary responsibility of the 3rd – 5th Defendants to approve the budget or Appropriation Act as well as to authorize any loan to be taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

That as at today, the 3rd – 5th Defendants have not approved or authorized the 1st Defendant to take or obtain any loan from any source to fund the 2016 budget deficit or any part thereof.

That I verily believe that Nigeria is a secular and pluralistic nation and not a Moslem or Islamic country.

That I verily believe that it is in the interest of Justice, peaceful and harmonious co-existence of all the peoples of Nigeria that the reliefs contained in this Suit be granted.

That I, Dr. Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe, depose to this Affidavit solemnly and conscientiously believing the content to be true and correct and in accordance with the Oath Act.



Sworn to in the Federal High Court of Nigeria Registry, Asaba

This day of 6th April, 2016





As soon as some Nigerian national news media began to disseminate the information about the court case against the Federal Government functionaries, there were palpable apprehensions within the circles of my close academic colleagues and, even some of my Graduate students who had already been fully informed about the planned islamization of Nigeria in the course of my lectures, particularly my two Roman Catholic Priest-Graduate Students—Rev. Father Matthew Eze and Rev. Father Benjamin Eze.

But I did not take them serious since as I erroneously believed it was a civil legal process that does not entail any security challenge on the part of the Government, since the Judiciary is under their armpits. But I was only being deceived by my wild imagination of a functional normal democratic society. Thus, it wasn’t long after the realities began to emerge.

I had just handed over to my successor as the pioneer Director of the Centre for Igbo Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Not long after, a young man who was my former student under the first degree program, who indeed hailed from Nsukka, came to my office one early Monday morning and asked me “Sir, did you have any case in court with Buhari?” I responded in the affirmative and further demanded the reason for the question.

He told me that during their political meeting some twenty-four hours after then, that was on Sunday the previous day, at the residence of a senior stalwart of the ruling APC Party, Major General Eze (rtd.) from Nsukka, who later became Nigerian High Commissioner to India, my name was brought up for discussion and they were informed that I was one of those radical University lecturers in UNN challenging President Buhari and that those who knew about my movements should inform him. He however pretended that he never knew the person they were talking about

He said he had decided to come and warn me because I was good to him and that he knew I was fighting a genuine cause for the Igbo. He concluded by warning me to be careful about my movements and if possible I should leave Nsukka for the meantime. From that moment I began to restrict my presence in my office, staying most of the time incognito at my home, which was situated outside the University.



  1. Evading two DSS Abductions Inspired by my First Counsel— Mr. Kelechi Nnadi in Quick Succession

Gradually the situation began to degenerate until one day a female University Security officer who was close to me came to my office and asked if I had any issue with the University administration, and I said no. she then informed me that they have been informed to keep watch on my movements for further instructions. Even my Director, Prof. Emeka Nwabueze had at one point advised me to be very careful about my movements.

I therefore needed not to be informed further of the danger around me. My next action was to immediately relocate to my home-State of Delta where I stayed at the relatively underdeveloped Bonsaak suburb of Asaba—the State Capital. I could remember borrowing the sum of thirty thousand naira from my Director Prof Emeka Nwabueze for an important journey to Lagos the last time I stepped my foot in my office, which I am yet to pay back. It was indeed from Bonsaak suburb that I pursued the legal action with the unsuspecting guidance of my first Counsel Kelechi Nnadi, Esq.

However, my first Baptism of Fire came when I visited Abuja to consult with the former Executive Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board. He had directed me to wait for him at a Hotel in Asokoro District. As soon as he arrived, I boarded his SUV. As we drove out of the hotel he discreetly pointed at another parked black SUV not far from where he parked and informed me that the vehicle belonged to the DSS and that we were being monitored. By the ti//me he dropped me off to my Hotel at Garki 1 Suburb, I knew I was in a serious danger.

About 4:30 am, I saw in a dream a man and a woman with pistol coming after me, and as they attempted to get hold of me, I woke up immediately. Trembling, I began to arrange my things in preparation for check-out. I attempted to get a little bed-rest before leaving, and then I fell asleep, only to be shown in what looked like a clear life encounter with the same two people approaching the Hotel.

I quickly took my things and stepped out of the room. I woke up the receptionist sleeping on the exit and told her to open the door for me. She attempted to protest like someone under instruction to prevent me from leaving the hotel, but the menacing tone of my voice forced her to get up immediately and took the room key from me the same time he opened the door.

As I stepped out of the Hotel which was on a major street and crossed over to the other side to pick a cab, I saw the same woman and man I saw in my dreams walking towards the Hotel. As I boarded the cab, I saw them entering the Hotel. I moved straight to my Uncle’s residence—Mr. Patrick Enenmoh at Area One Garki, where I stayed for the rest of the day before racing back to Asaba.

After a while, Mr. Nnadi began to inform me that his life was in danger for being my counsel in the matter and surreptitiously began to advise me to discontinue the legal action. Even at a point, the presiding Judge Hon. Justice Alfred Faji advised me to withdraw the case and seek alternative means of addressing my grievances. Of course I soundly rejected their quisling advice, and as would be expected, the result was that I noticed Mr. Kelechi Nnadi subtly engaging in willful sabotage against the case, beginning by willfully absenting himself from court sittings.  Consequently, I began to shop for alternative legal support from some concerned Christian leaders.

In the midst of these saboteur challenges from Mr. Kelechi Nnadi, a group of Concerned Christian leaders in Port Harcourt, Rivers State led by Bishop (Prof) Mercy Funmi Adesaya-Davis invited me to address them on the progress of the legal action. From my interactions with these trusted men of God, some lawyers volunteered to join the legal team; prominent among them was an Aba-based legal practitioner Barrister Okey Obikeze.

Few days after my Port Harcourt visit, I received a call from an uncommon personality who humbly introduced himself as Solomon Asemota from Benin City. He clearly informed me that he had been informed of my on-going legal action and that he has decided to take up the case at his own cost. That was how I was subsequently availed with the services of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria—the Nigerian equivalent of the British Queen’s Counsel, Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, who incidentally was a member of the National Christian Elders Council of Nigeria, and currently founder and President of Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN). Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, was later joined by another very senior legal luminary, the now transitioned into eternal glory, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, as another volunteer.

But Mr. Kelechi Nnadi was not ready to accept the fact of the presence of the Senior Counsels; although he could do nothing to stop it given the hierarchical chain of professional discipline inherent in the legal profession. Instead he resolved to overtly sabotage me; first by refusing to hand over the case file to Elder Asemota, SAN, and second by out rightly colluding with the DSS to apprehend me.

My first suspicion was when I met one notorious cash n’ carry lawyer Barrister B. Okoji from my town in his office. As soon as I entered the office they abruptly changed the topic of their discussion. Indeed I learnt from a privileged source that Mr. Kelechi Nnadi was promised promotion to Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) if could stop the case by any means possible by the erstwhile Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Alhaji Abubakar Malami. Thus I saw my once trusted counsel, friend and Isu brother turning into a brutish foe against me.

The first attempt was at his office when on Saturday September 24, 2019 he invited me to collect the case file for onward transmission to Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, after long hesitation; while the second took place on Thursday September 29, 2016 at the Federal High Court, Asaba premises. After a long drawn argument on why I should invite a Senior Counsel to supersede him, he agreed to hand over the file to me and consequently invited me to his office to that effect. On the day of appointment which was on a Saturday, as luck would have it, my car developed an unusual problem, which led me to board a tricycle to his office situated on an isolated street off Okpanam Road, Asaba.

With the absence of my car—an American spec wine red-colored BMW E46 model, which was one of my major means of identification, I was momentarily saved from easy walkover arrest by the DSS, who were already stationed at Okpanam Road/Ogelue Chukwurah Street junction leading to Mr. Kelechi Nnadi’s office. Indeed, as I later learnt, the plan was for me to be picked up at the junction before getting to Mr. Nnadi’s office. In that case Mr. Kelechi NNadi would not be held accountable for my whereabouts.

I was also famed for putting on red fez traditional Igbo title cap and wrist coral beads as insignia of my traditional title of Odogwu of Ibusa. But since I became aware of the danger confronting me, I stopped putting them on. Thus on that day, as I boarded the tricycle to Mr. Nnadi’s office, just about a pole distance to the junction which led directly to his office, the tricycle rider protested that he had left Asaba and was now in Okpanam, which was not our agreed destination. I tried to plead with him but he insisted he was not going further. I then paid him the agreed fare and stepped out of his machine.

I was thereafter made to complete the rest of the journey on foot. As I moved and negotiated the bend towards the junction to his office, I noticed a blue Vaux Wagen Passat car parked neatly by the walk-way. I immediately felt some cold shudders and consequently became curious. My intuition told me to turn back, but my spirit told me to move ahead because that could easily make them curious of whom I am. As I strode past the vehicle, I discovered that two of the four occupants were Policemen in uniform with AK-47 rifles, while the driver and the passenger at the front seat were on mufti.  I quickly entered the street pretending to be mindless of the occupants of the car and moved towards Mr. Kelechi Nnadi’s office, albeit with great apprehension and caution.

By act of divine intervention, on approaching the gate to his office, the security guard instead of opening the gate for me, told me to leave the street immediately, pointing to the Passat Car I just saw at the junction and said to me in Pidgin English, “Oga, you see dat car, na u dem dey wait for.” I immediately responded with a wobbling thank you and moved along to the next street junction, negotiated left, and subsequently found my way to the main Okpanam-Asaba Road, from where I proceeded direct to my residence of refuge.

Surprisingly, few minutes after boarding a tricycle, Mr. Nnadi called and ask why it was taking me so long to come. I responded by asking him how he expected me to come to his office when he had a team of Policemen ready to abduct me. Strikingly, his response was not that of denial but that of demanding to know where he could bring the file to me. I then responded by telling him that I would come to his office at a convenient time to collect the file.

Indeed it was later that a friend of mine and fellow legal practitioner to Mr. Nnadi, Mr. Tony Sawyer, aka Odumodu Aka-Ikenga, informed me when I fled briefly to his house at Okpanam that Mr. Nnadi’s plan with the security agents was to abduct me and subsequently dispose of my person. According to Barrister Tony Sawyer, Mr. Kelechi Nnadi did the same to his elder brother Mr. Awele Sawyer from Okpanam in a land matter, in which he invited him to his office as his client, only to call the Nigeria Police SCIB to come and whisk him away from his office.

It was after this incident which took place few days to the adjourned date of the court sitting being September 29, 2016 and which I reported to Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, that the latter expressly instructed Mr. Kelechi Nnadi to bring the file to the court on the next adjournment date unfailingly. And it was on this very day which Mr. Nnadi clandestinely absented himself from the court proceedings without formal excuse and, without even informing Elder Solomon Asemota of his intended absence, that the big attempt was made to abduct me at the Federal High Court premises, Asaba.

Although it was not my wish to appear in court that day because of the obvious danger already confronting me, but Elder Solomon Asemota informed me that he would personally be present in court to retrieve the case file from Mr. Nnadi and assured me that nothing would happen to me on that day. I was not convinced, having not fully recovered from the shock of the previous two days. But I had to be there in court in order not to send a bad signal of an uncommitted fighter to the Senior Counsel, who was attending the court session for the first time that day. So what I did was to sneak into my home-town Ibusa which is some few kilometers away from Asaba and mobilized a bus-load of loyal youth to join me at the court premises in solidarity and subsequently act as guards.

On that day, I came to the court dressed undisguised without my usual traditional insignia of office as Odogwu of Ibusa and with a taxi cab. However, for reasons of caution I had to wait some distances away from the court premises for Elder Asemota who had to cover an approximate distance of 120 kilometers that morning from his base in Benin City to Asaba to arrive. I had also informed the accompanying youth to position themselves some distance away from the court premises to avoid any form of undue attraction or suspicion until they receive the signal from me through a phone call that I had entered the court premises.

Fortunately in disguise, the mini-bus conveying the youth had flat tyre, and for some time I was apprehensive whether they could be able to make it in time as scheduled. It was later I learnt that their presence within the vicinity of the court premises at the time of my arrival could have attracted undue attention the DSS hunters.

However, after waiting for some moments for the arrival of Elder Asemota, who was all the while informing me that he was on his way, and it was just few minutes to the 9am commencement time for the court session, I decided to take the risk of entering the court to enable me at least to inform the presiding Judge that my lead counsel was on his way to the court. I then instructed the youth to proceed to the court premises.

It is important to note that what transpired in the process of my getting into the court room, combined with my previous two day’s experience on my way to Mr. Nnadi’s office and thereafter, clearly point to evidence of protective Divine fingers on my head. In fact, when I look back at the many precarious situations that confronted me within the precipitous borderlands of death, I develop cold shivers, wondering how on earth I was able to scale through all those shadows of death. To state that I had died one hundred times and resurrected one hundred times might sound rhetorical, but in actual sense it paradoxically approximates what I passed through from 2016 before getting to the point I am today in the Philippines Capital City of Manila as a refugee.

Thus on that day, after giving signal to the youth to proceed to the court premises, I proceeded to the court in the company of my cab driver disguised in a simple attire of a pair of faded blue jeans trousers and a simple short-sleeve shirt to match. As we drove into the court premises, we saw three hefty men standing at the dual entrance of the main court building. At first, my cab driver who was fully briefed of my mission was so fear-stricken that he pleaded to stay in the car, but I insisted we should alight together and move into the court together.

This was because my leaving the car while the driver stays behind could definitely attract undue attention to the status of the man who was chauffeur-driven to the court, even though I sat at the front passenger’s seat. It was also possible that the driver could be reached quickly in my brief absence and promised mouth-watering sum if only he could reveal my true identity. Or even the driver could initiate the process himself in order to make quick money over my head. I was not ready to take chances. Even though I knew that in the absence of first-hand knowledge the security agents would be expecting to see a man with an extraordinary executive personal carriage, of which I bore none both in bodily appearance and outward social carriage.

I was not dressed in any attractive attire that could likely attract undue attention. I was on simple pair of jeans trousers and a sort of commoner-type short-sleeve shirt to march; coincidentally appearing in the same form of attire with the cab driver. Thus except for someone who had known me personally before then, it would have been difficult for any strange intruder to expect somebody of my appearance to have been the person they were looking for.  With the driver stepping out of the car with me at the same time, the suspicion of a chauffeur-driven personality was therefore knocked out of the thoughts of the three men.

As we approached the entrance door of the court where they were positioned ostensibly waiting for one big man called Dr. Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe, we noticed that they were not ordinary men, because not only was their stature relatively imposing with unusual muscular appearance and wide chested, they looked smartly well-fed in appearance with characteristically well-oiled fresh-looking skins that clearly revealed their exclusive high status of office, in contrast to the miserably sun-beaten dry-skinned ordinary Police officers on the streets of Asaba.

However, automatically generating some by-way discussions, we passed through them unsuspectingly and subsequently moved upstairs to the main court room, where the Court Clerk who was then at the court room seemingly looking dazed at me, asked, “did you meet some people downstairs,” and all most immediately I replied no. He then informed me that the Judge was not in court and that my case had been adjourned to 19 October, 2016, and that I should endeavor to inform my lawyer of the new date. I thanked him and with the cab driver we stepped out of the court room, moved downstairs where the three men were still standing at their positions, and jumped inside the cab and drove off the court premises.

Just as we were leaving the gate of the court premises, the bus conveying the youth from my village approached and was about to enter the court premises when the cab driver signaled the driver to stop, since the youth on their own part were not expecting me to appear in a cab. They then followed us to a safe distance where I paid the bus driver his bills and gave lunch handouts to the boys and thereafter informed them that the court session did not hold as planned.

However, as I was concluding with the boys and their bus driver, Elder Solomon Asemota, called to inform me that he was already at the court premises. I tried to explain to him what I passed through and why I should not come, but he insisted I should come, promising me that nothing would happen to me in his presence. I then returned to the court to meet him where, he personally wrote with red ink on the court record book of his presence in the court as the new counsel in-charge of my case. Thereafter, he commanded Mr. Kelechi Nnadi to bring the case file right there in the court, which he accordingly did through one of his subordinates with swift professional agility, having claimed he was out of town.

Strikingly enough, by the time I arrived at the court the second time to meet Elder Asemota, the three men had disappeared. The Court Clerk later narrated to me how the three men came later came after I had collected the adjournment date and asked if he was sure I would still come to court to collect the adjournment date since they were informed that my lawyer would not be coming to court. It was then he informed them that I had already come and gone. They stood still for some seconds speechless before leaving the courtroom without uttering any further words to the Court Clerk.

It was from that moment that I was advised by Elder Asemota to seek adequate means of protection. Following the obvious evidence of Mr. Nnadi’s sabotage, I was compelled to formally debrief him as my lawyer through a letter dated October 6, 2016 and copied to the presiding Judge and Elder Asemota. The letter reads:


“S. Kelechi Nnadi Esq., ACIS                                                                                    October 6, 2016

Solicitor & Notary Public


Intercessors Chambers

14 Ogelue Chukwurah Street

Off Okpanam Road,


+234 8037238009

Dear Mr. Kelechi Nnadi,


This is to formally inform you of my decision to de-brief you as my counsel in the SUIT NO. FHC/ASB/CS/11/2016 HOLDEN at the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State. The decision is not unconnected with my clear loss of confidence in your delivery of services as a professional lawyer to me as your client.

It should be recalled that right from the moment I informed you of my decision to invite Pa Solomon Asemota, SAN into the suit, I experienced attempts by the security agencies to have me arrested and by so doing make the suit a nullity through my absence in Court. So far your reactions as to your suspected involvement in the arrest plan have not been satisfactory.

The first action was the day you invited me to pick a copy of the Case File for onward transmission to the SAN during which I escaped by the act of Providence the ungodly abduction of security officials in a blue Passat VW car close to your office. You did not provide satisfactory response to the incident when I detailed you my experience. Since similar incident occurred between you and one Mr. Awele Sawyer from Okpanam in a land matter, in which you invited him to your office as your client only for the SCIB to come and whisk him away from there, I have come to the conclusion that you lack the moral integrity and patriotic wisdom to solicit and advocate for me in this Suit.

My next experience speaks of volume of your betrayal of your cherished client when on the Court day—September 29, 2016 you refused to either come in person as we agreed in order to collect your appearance fees or send any of your juniors to collect the date of next adjournment. I was left to be picked up by yet another set three Security men mounted at the entrance door of the Court building. How I escaped them might not be your concern here, but the fact that you did not provide satisfactory reason to support your absence or inability to send any of your juniors to pick the date for the next sitting remains a clear cause for concern on my own side.

Based on the foregoing which clearly impinges on the twin questions of confidence and trust, I have no other alternative than to inform you that your services are no longer required as my counsel in this or any other future case.


Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe, PhD


Cc: Registrar, Federal High Court, Asaba

Solomon Adun Asemota, SAN, Benin City

Precious Nwadimuya, Esq. Asaba.”


Following the obvious dangers facing me, I did not appear in court during the next sitting which was on 19 October, 20016, but was represented by Mr. Precious Nwadimuya, a volunteer lawyer from the Christian Association of Nigeria, who stood in for Elder Asemota. It was on that date that the presiding judge resolved that he was no longer ready to try the case and consequently transferred it to Abuja for the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to re-assign to another Judge. His reason was that since all the defendants were resident in Abuja, it would be palpable to have the case tried at Abuja.

To me however, the transfer of the case to Abuja was a calculated ploy to easily track me down. For this reason, Elder Asemota advised that being a civil matter my presence in court would not be required, unless I was invited to give my evidence. Consequently I went into full underground.

Following the failure of the DSS to track me down, in January 2017, my salary was stopped without due process on the orders of the Federal Government. There was and up till this moment of my writing no official communication by way of a letter ordering the stoppage of my salary by the University authority. I was later informed by my Director, Prof. Emeka Nwabueze that the only reason the officer in-charge of our emolument gave for the action was that I was required to come and clarify some facts with the Department.

To me this was a trap too cheap to pin down a Lion, since it was simply a layman’s strategy to track me down for arrest. Even Prof. Nwabueze was at a point cajoling me to just come and show my face and go into hiding again and nothing would happen to me. I simply told him that he would not have the will to protect me when the officials of Directorate of State Security come after me. It was at that point that two prominent Igbo leaders and politicians—a former Governor of Anambra State and Political Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and a former Minister under President Shehu Shagari and General Sani Abacha, Prof. I. C. Madubuike, intervened and confronted the Vice Chancellor of the University—Prof. Benjamin Ozumba over my matter.

The Vice Chancellor was quick to inform them that he was not aware of the withholding of my salary and that he would do something about it if it was within his powers. Of course that ended the story, since it was not within his powers to undo what was done by the security agents from Abuja, given the fact that our salaries are only prepared at the university and sent to Abuja for payment. From that moment I began to face serious financial difficulties, depending mainly on benevolent handouts from some concerned friends and members of my family for sustenance until I fled the country on May, 2018. But as I later found out, such lack of money indeed provided me with auspicious cover since it restricted both my movements and ostentatious lifestyle.



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