Friday, July 19, 2019

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    Court adjourns El-Zakzaky’s application for medical trip abroad

Court adjourns El-Zakzaky’s application for medical trip abroad

Darius Khobo, presiding judge of the Kaduna state high court, on Thursday, adjourned hearing on the motion for an application by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky to seek medical attention in India.Khobo adjourned the hearing till July 29 following request by the prosecution counsel to be given time to study the defence counsel's response to the application.El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in [...]

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    Falana to governors: You can’t pay N30k minimum wage because of chartered flights

Falana to governors: You can’t pay N30k minimum wage because of chartered flights

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, says the money spent on chartered air by state governors will make it hard for them to afford to pay the N30,000 minimum wage. Falana made this known on Thursday while speaking at the opening of the triennial national delegates conference of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Abuja.According to him, all the state governors [...]

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    ‘FG not committed to anti-graft war’ — Falana reacts to CCB on Buhari’s assets

‘FG not committed to anti-graft war’ — Falana reacts to CCB on Buhari’s assets

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has condemned the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for refusing to disclose assets declaration submitted by presidents and governors as requested by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).SERAP had sent a freedom of information (FOI) request to the CCB, seeking disclosure of assets declaration submitted by successive presidents and governors from 1999 till date but the [...]

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    Falana: NBC lacks power to suspend licences of media organisations

Falana: NBC lacks power to suspend licences of media organisations

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) lacks the power to suspend licences of media organisation without an order from the court.In a statement on Sunday, the senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the regulator cannot also ban radio houses from playing records of artists or impose fines on alleged offenders without recourse to the court.On [...]

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    Falana: It’s unconstitutional to fine citizens who challenge illegal policies

Falana: It’s unconstitutional to fine citizens who challenge illegal policies

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says it is unconstitutional to impose fines on "angry citizens" who challenge illegal policies of government.In a statement on Sunday, Falana said no judge of the high court is empowered to fine litigants who have not been convicted for crimes.The lawyer described the award of costs as a "renewed attack" on public interest litigation by [...]

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    Falana: Navy flouting Buhari’s order to release 40 illegal detainees

Falana: Navy flouting Buhari’s order to release 40 illegal detainees

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has accused the Nigerian navy of flouting the order of President Muhammadu Buhari to release the 40 Nigerians "illegally detained" by the force.Falana had earlier urged the president to order the release of 40 Nigerians who have been in “illegal custody” of the navy.But in a letter written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) [...]

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    Falana: How Jammeh ordered execution of nine Nigerians heading to Europe through Gambia

Falana: How Jammeh ordered execution of nine Nigerians heading to Europe through Gambia

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says Yahya Jammeh, ousted Gambian president, ordered the execution of 50 persons, including nine Nigerians, in 2005.  In a statement on Friday, the human rights lawyer said his law firm had been able to identify Omozemoje Paul Enagameh as one of the Nigerians killed by the Jammeh regime.Following Jammeh’s removal, the Human Rights Watch [...]

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    Falana writes Buhari, seeks release of 40 Nigerians from ‘illegal custody’ of navy

Falana writes Buhari, seeks release of 40 Nigerians from ‘illegal custody’ of navy

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of 40 Nigerians who have been in “illegal custody” of the Nigerian navy.In a letter on Sunday, the senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the individuals had been arrested and imprisoned without being arraigned in court.TheCable had earlier reported how the detainees including Dada Labinjo, a navy [...]

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Falana: EFCC respects rights of influential criminal suspects

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of only respecting the rights of influential criminal suspects.Presenting a paper on Wednesday at the 2019 law week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Epe branch, Lagos state, Falana said Nigeria operates a double criminal justice system, one for the rich and the other for [...]

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    Falana writes AGF: Navy detaining 10 more Nigerians without trial

Falana writes AGF: Navy detaining 10 more Nigerians without trial

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has raised the alarm over the alleged unlawful detention of ten more Nigerians by the Nigerian navy.In a letter addressed to Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Falana said the citizens have been in detention since October, 2018.This comes amid the criticism trailing similar detention of 15 other Nigerians by the [...]

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    ‘When did they disappear?’– Falana tackles navy over 15 detainees

‘When did they disappear?’– Falana tackles navy over 15 detainees

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, is challenging the Nigerian navy over its claim that it does not know the whereabouts of 15 citizens who have been detained for seven months without trial.Suleman Dahun, navy’s director of information, on Monday had said that the detainees disappeared from custody.“We don’t know where they are,” PUNCH had quoted him to have said.The detainees, including [...]

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    Falana: APC’s claim against Atiku shows Cameroonians voted for Buhari

Falana: APC’s claim against Atiku shows Cameroonians voted for Buhari

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has faulted the argument of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Atiku Abubakar's eligibility to run for president.He said the party's stance that Abubakar is originally from Cameroon implies those who voted in his ward, including for President Muhammadu Buhari, are Cameroonians as well.Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are challenging Buhari's re-election [...]

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    Osoba: Clamour for restructuring has worsened Nigeria’s problems

Osoba: Clamour for restructuring has worsened Nigeria’s problems

Olusegun Osoba, a member of the 1976 constitution drafting committee, says the clamour for restructuring has compounded Nigeria's problems.Osoba said restructuring campaign has been used as a means to loot the nation's treasury.He asked the masses not to relent in their struggle for a better country, adding that Nigeria needs to adopt a constitution that is progressive and beneficial to [...]

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    Falana writes Kachikwu, demands explanation for ‘$60bn oil revenue loss’

Falana writes Kachikwu, demands explanation for ‘$60bn oil revenue loss’

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    Falana: Courts have legitimised vote buying

Falana: Courts have legitimised vote buying

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the courts have legitimised vote buying.Speaking on Wednesday at the ninth forum of the anti-corruption situation room in Abuja, Falana said since 1999, the purchase of votes has been the order of the day.He said measures should be put in place in a bid to reform the country's process "in a way that we [...]

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    Falana: Deployment of soldiers in Rivers elections illegal

Falana: Deployment of soldiers in Rivers elections illegal

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says the deployment of army personnel for elections in Rivers state is illegal.The Nigerian army had been indicted by a fact-finding committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the suspended electoral process in the state.In a statement on Wednesday, Falana argued that the Nigerian armed forces could only [...]

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