Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Femi Owolabi

    Son of house of reps member shot dead in UK

Son of house of reps member shot dead in UK

Abraham Badru, son of Enitan Badru, a member of the house of representatives, has been shot dead in the UK.  Some of his neighbors who spoke with Evening Standard said Badru who had been to church earlier that Sunday was shot around 11pm when he was getting out of his car, near his family's residence in Hackney.“As soon as I [...]

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    Human Rights writers demands justice for passengers ‘killed by NSCDC operatives’ in Enugu

Human Rights writers demands justice for passengers ‘killed by NSCDC operatives’ in Enugu

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the government to ensure the prosecution of operatives of the Enugu state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who allegedly shot at a commercial bus, leading to the death of seven persons.In a statement released on Friday, Emmanuel Onwubiko, national coordinator of HURIWA, said the [...]

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    Land use charge: NBA threatens fresh protest, asks residents not to pay new rates

Land use charge: NBA threatens fresh protest, asks residents not to pay new rates

The Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has called on Lagos residents not to pay the new rates of the land use charge until the government "bows to the people’s will".Describing the reduction as a sham, the lawyers threatened to hit the streets again over the matter.“The reduction is a sham, a farce and a fraud because the rates prescribed now [...]

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    DSS visits Lagos NBA office over anti-land use charge protest

DSS visits Lagos NBA office over anti-land use charge protest

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday visited the secretariat of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Ikeja, Lagos, over the controversies surrounding the land use charge introduced by the government.The association had given the government a five-day ultimatum to cancel the law. When the Akinwunmi Ambode government refused to accede to its request, the lawyers hit the streets.Few days after the [...]

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    INTERVIEW: My cabinet understudying each sector ahead of 2019, says Sowore

INTERVIEW: My cabinet understudying each sector ahead of 2019, says Sowore

For three decades, Omoyele Sowore has consistently screamed at the ineptitude of government institutions and overly corrupt politicians in Nigeria. As a student activist while at the University of Lagos, Sowore — who was the students’ union president — led a series of protests and demonstrations against the then military government.  His agitations for a better Nigeria and utter hatred for [...]

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    Zuma to face trial for corruption

Zuma to face trial for corruption

Former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will be charged with 16 counts of corruption, Shaun Abrahams, South African chief prosecutor, announced on Friday.Zuma had allegedly received payments from a controversial multi-billion rand arms deal.The charges against Zuma include money laundering, fraud and racketeering."After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution [...]

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    Sowore bounces back as fundraising account is restored

Sowore bounces back as fundraising account is restored

A Gofundme account opened to raise fund for Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters and a 2019 presidential aspirant, has been restored after 48 hours of suspension. "A people determined can never be defeated!" Sowore wrote in an update announcing the development."A few hours ago, I wrote Gofundme to explain why they can't afford to let the politically exposed persons mess [...]

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    Soyinka: Obasanjo, Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters

Soyinka: Obasanjo, Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters

Wole Soyinka, foremost Nigerian playwright and political activist, says former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters when both men governed Nigeria.While addressing his audience on Thursday at a dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos, the Nobel laureate accused Obasanjo of neglecting the plight of victims of the Ikeja [...]

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    Peter Obi: People will stop shouting over allowance of senators if I reveal what govs earn

Peter Obi: People will stop shouting over allowance of senators if I reveal what govs earn

Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, says what governors earn in Nigeria is immoderate.Speaking as a panelist at the dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos on Thursday, Obi told the audience that if he revealed how much a Nigerian governor earns, the outrage would be hotter than what trailed the N13.5 million monthly pay [...]

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    Soyinka to Buhari: Stop shedding unjust tears! Deal with bloodthirsty terrorists

Soyinka to Buhari: Stop shedding unjust tears! Deal with bloodthirsty terrorists

Wole Soyinka, renowned playwright and Nobel laureate, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over his "inability to get justice" for victims of clashes between farmers and herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents.Delivering the keynote paper at a dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos on Thursday, Soyinka said what we need now is justice and not sympathy.He [...]

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    ‘We’ll retaliate’ —  Russia threatens Britain over expulsion of diplomats

‘We’ll retaliate’ — Russia threatens Britain over expulsion of diplomats

Russian government, through its foreign ministry, has accused the British government of using one-sided and non-transparent methods to investigate the attempted murder of Sergei Skipal, a former Russian spy and has threatened to retaliate.Britain had earlier expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the UK."Naturally, our countermeasures won’t keep you waiting,” Russia announced in a statement.“Instead of completing its own investigation, using existing international [...]

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    UK scholar, nuclear weapon expert… things to know about Dokubo, new amnesty coordinator

UK scholar, nuclear weapon expert… things to know about Dokubo, new amnesty coordinator

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Charles Dokubo as coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme for former Niger Delta militants. He is replacing Paul Boroh who was sacked after spending three years on the job.Dokubo, a seasoned diplomat was, until his appointment, director of research and studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).HE WANTS WOMEN TO BE INVOLVED [...]

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    ‘Many aspects of the law are murderous’ — Lagos lawyers reject land use charge

‘Many aspects of the law are murderous’ — Lagos lawyers reject land use charge

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, has rejected the upward review of the land use charge by the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos.The law wants a property solely occupied by the owner for a residential purpose to be charged at a rate of 0.076 percent per annum.Also, a property occupied by the owner and tenant(s) or third [...]

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    PHOTOS: Lagos lawyers hit the streets over land use charge

PHOTOS: Lagos lawyers hit the streets over land use charge

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, on Tuesday protested against the land use charge that was signed into law by Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos.The lawyers, who were joined by other civil society groups, assembled at the Bar Centre inside the Lagos high court, Ikeja on Tuesday morning, from where they marched through Ikeja to the state house of assembly [...]

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    ‘Rookie’ on politics: You are out of the race if you can’t pay delegates during primary election

‘Rookie’ on politics: You are out of the race if you can’t pay delegates during primary election

Bisi Ogunwale, the young banker who made attempt to represent his people at the Kwara state house of assembly, has highlighted the role of money in getting the votes of delegates.In his recently launched book, "Stepping Out", Ogunwale gave an account of his experience when he decided to walk the path of partisan politics.The banker who stepped out to occupy [...]

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    How about a Nigeria governed by President Omoyele Sowore?

How about a Nigeria governed by President Omoyele Sowore?

“Sho Baba!” That is Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, being hailed by his friends and fans.He is “my presido” to those who attended the University of Lagos at the time he was the president of the student union government (SUG).Easily identified with his signature looks that shows a pan-Africanist, Sowore, who shares his time between New York and Lagos, [...]

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