Thursday, May 23, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    Abacha Loot: CSOs ask Buhari to fire Malami over $15m ‘dubious’ lawyers fee

Abacha Loot: CSOs ask Buhari to fire Malami over $15m ‘dubious’ lawyers fee

Some civil society organisations have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to find a replacement for Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), over the payment of $15 million to lawyers he engaged for the repatriation of $321 million Abacha Loot.Enrich Monfrini, a Swiss lawyer hired by the federal government since 1999 for the recovery of the loot, had already [...]

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    Untold story of how Kolade Johnson didn’t get immediate help after he was shot

Untold story of how Kolade Johnson didn’t get immediate help after he was shot

Kolade Johnson, victim of the fatal shooting in the Onipetesi area of Lagos, might have survived the incident if help had come his way early enough. The deceased, who was watching an English premiership match between Hotspur and Tottenham, left a bar in the area when he heard the cry for help.It was around 5pm on Sunday, Johnson, like others [...]

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    Police: We are tracking the kidnappers in Jos

Police: We are tracking the kidnappers in Jos

The Plateau state police command says it is tracking kidnappers in Jos, the state capital.Ahmad Salkida, journalist versed in security matters, had on Wednesday said unlike Zamfara state where the abductions occur mostly in the rural communities, kids between ages two and 10 years are being taken away in the capital city.There are between three and four abduction cases in [...]

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    Tension as armed gangs ‘go after children’ in Jos

Tension as armed gangs ‘go after children’ in Jos

There have been new incidents of kidnapping in Jos, Plateau state capital, with the victims being children between the ages of two and 10 years.Ahmad Salkida, journalist versed in security matters, dislosed this on Wednesday.In a series of tweets, Salkida said unlike Zamfara state where the abductions occur mostly in the rural communities, kids are being taken away in the [...]

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    CDD: Our observers were stoned in Kano

CDD: Our observers were stoned in Kano

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) says observers deployed to monitor supplementary election in Kano were stoned and disallowed from performing their duty.Idayat Hassan, the CDD director, said on Saturday in a preliminary statement on the supplementary election was full of intimidation.“This electoral cycle has witnessed so much intimidation, harassment and attack on voters, journalists, observers and INEC officials,” [...]

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    Soldiers, policemen clash over control of Rivers’ collation center

Soldiers, policemen clash over control of Rivers’ collation center

Soldiers and policemen are currently engaged in a heated argument at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers state.The argument broke out over who should be in charge of security at the office which is the state collation center where result of the governorship election will be announced.The soldiers had ordered some policemen to leave [...]

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    TheCable partners Situation Room for reporting elections

TheCable partners Situation Room for reporting elections

TheCable, Nigeria’s independent online newspaper, has partnered with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, (PLAC), conveners of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation, for the coverage of the elections, starting on Saturday.In a statement on Thursday, Abiose Adams, programme office of Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), said the partnership is aimed at promoting the goals of free, fair and credible elections [...]

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    NBA says Onnoghen’s suspension is a slide into anarchy

NBA says Onnoghen’s suspension is a slide into anarchy

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) is a slide into anarchy.President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen on Friday, citing an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).In a statement issued after the suspension, Paul Usoro, president of the NBA, said Buhari's action cannot stand.“We are told that this [...]

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    Buhari: I missed presidential debate because of hectic schedule

Buhari: I missed presidential debate because of hectic schedule

President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed his absence at the ongoing presidential debate to his "hectic schedule".Of the five candidates who were supposed to partake in the exercise, Buhari was the only one who was absent at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, venue of the exercise, on Saturday.Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had withdrawn from the debate, [...]

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    Onnoghen’s trial: SANs call for due process, respect for constitution

Onnoghen’s trial: SANs call for due process, respect for constitution

The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) has commented on the trial of Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria.In a communique issued on Saturday, BOSAN called for respect of the constitution, rule of law, separation of powers due process and the proper administration of justice.“The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria deplores the situation that has arisen from the [...]

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    Opposition candidate wins DR Congo election — first time since independence

Opposition candidate wins DR Congo election — first time since independence

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDSP), has been announced winner of the presidential election in Democratic Republic of Congo.In the provisional results released by the country’s electoral commission, Tshisekedi defeated Martin Fayulu, his rival who had since rejected the outcome— describing it as having “nothing to do with the truth of the ballot box".If [...]

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    FG orders military to vacate Daily Trust offices

FG orders military to vacate Daily Trust offices

The federal government has issued a directive for soldiers to vacate the offices of Daily Trust newspaper.Soldiers on Sunday invaded the head office of the newspaper in Abuja and its regional offices in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, and Lagos.The reason for the invasion is yet to be known, but the armed soldiers arrested Uthman Abubakar, the newspaper’s regional editor, [...]

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    Editor, reporter arrested as soldiers invade Daily Trust offices in Lagos, Abuja, Borno (updated)

Editor, reporter arrested as soldiers invade Daily Trust offices in Lagos, Abuja, Borno (updated)

Soldiers on Sunday invaded the head office of Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja and its regional offices in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, and Lagos.The reason for the invasion is yet to be known, but the armed soldiers arrested Uthman Abubakar, the newspaper's regional editor, and Ibrahim Sawab, a reporter.The soldiers barricaded the gate of the Maiduguri office, after arresting the [...]

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    Sowore’s party sues NEDG, BON over exclusion from presidential debate

Sowore’s party sues NEDG, BON over exclusion from presidential debate

The African Action Congress (AAC) has filed a suit against the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) over the exclusion of Omoyele Sowore, the party’s presidential candidate, from presidential debate.NEDG and BON had excluded AAC, naming only five political parties to participate in 2019 vice-presidential and presidential debates.In a statement on Thursday by Malcolm [...]

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    CSOs ask Buratai for details of money spent on anti-Boko Haram war

CSOs ask Buratai for details of money spent on anti-Boko Haram war

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Enough is Enough (EiE), and BudgIT have written to Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff to provide details of money spent on its operations.This is coming two months after TheCable’s investigation on how soldiers beg enemies for food and wear slippers to the battlefield.In a a joint freedom of information (FoI) request sent [...]

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    Sowore’s party threatens legal action over exclusion from presidential debate

Sowore’s party threatens legal action over exclusion from presidential debate

The African Action Congress (AAC) has threatened to sue the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) if Omoyele Sowore, the party’s presidential candidate, is not included in the presidential debate.The Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and BON had excluded AAC, naming only five political parties to participate in 2019 vice-presidential and presidential debates.In a letter addressed to John Momoh, BON chairman, [...]

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