Ben Ezeamalu

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Chidi Odinkalu, Chair, National Human Rights Commission

19 people killed monthly in Rivers election violence

A monthly average of 19 killings occurred in Rivers State between November 2014 and April 2015, a Rivers Commission of Inquiry has said. At the presentation of the final draft of the report to the Rivers State government, Thursday, the Commission noted that out of the 97 allegations of killings…

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Group takes fight against Lagos water privatization to U​.S​.​ Congress

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has ramped up its fight against water privatization in Lagos State by taking its campaign to the United States Congress. In a statement Tuesday, the group said it was part of their effort to build international support against the planned initiative by…

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Court clerks, Prison warders helped ​197 convicted drug traffickers evade ​​​jail​ — NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has uncovered a cartel that aids convicted drug traffickers to escape jail terms. Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA Chairman, said the agency uncovered the plot when a drug convict who ought to be in prison was re-arrested while attempting to smuggle drugs at the…

Rivers' Commission probing killings, destruction during 2015 elections

Tales of murder, assault at Rivers Commission of Inquiry

Horrific tales of killings as partisan politics pitched brothers against one another were narrated at the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry on violence during the elections which adjourned on Saturday indefinitely. Andrew Onyegbule, a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from Ipo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area, told…

Rivers Inquiry into violence during 2015 elections

Rivers’ 2015 Election Violence Probe (Day 6) – Live Updates

The River State Commission of Inquiry probing politically-motivated killings in the state sitting in Port Harcourt enters its final day today. The Commission, instituted by Rotimi Amaechi, the Rivers State governor, is also investigating damage to properties and grievous bodily harms to persons ahead and during the presidential and gubernatorial…

Rivers Inquiry into violence during 2015 elections

How political thugs killed our husbands during 2015 elections — Rivers Women

The widow lowered her face and wept. Her eleven month old baby pressed tightly to her chest, the microphone on her left hand echoed her sobs across the vast, almost empty hall. Ijeoma Mbamalu's four year sojourn in Oprikom in Rivers State came to an abrupt end the night armed…

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Not less than 10 girls raped daily in Rivers State

The Rivers State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Joe Poroma, has said that "not less than 10" girls are raped everyday in the state. Mr. Poroma disclosed this while testifying before the ongoing Rivers State Commission of Inquiry into politically-motivated killings and destruction of properties before and during the…

Rivers Inquiry into violence during 2015 elections

Rivers’ 2015 Election Violence Probe (Day 5) – Live Updates #RiversInquiry

The River State Commission of Inquiry probing politically-motivated killings in the state continues its sitting, Friday, with testimonies from The Commission, instituted by Rotimi Amaechi, the Rivers State governor, is also investigating damage to properties and grievous bodily harms to persons ahead and during the presidential and gubernatorial elections in…

Chidi Odinkalu, Chair, National Human Rights Commission

How demanding for election result sheets left me with one eye – Witness

A witness testifying at the ongoing Rivers State Commission of Inquiry into election violence, Thursday, narrated how his insistence to see the result sheets on an election day triggered a scuffle that left him half-blind. Thankgod Igwe, a resident of Agbo-Nchia in Eleme local government, said one of the people that…

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I swallowed 70 wraps of Cocaine in 7 hours, suspect tells NDLEA

A suspected drug trafficker has told officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency how he ended up attempting to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria from Brazil. Celestine Okonkwo, who was returning from Sao Paulo, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after he tested positive to cocaine ingestion.…

Chidi Odinkalu, Chair, National Human Rights Commission

Rivers Inquiry: ​How demanding election result sheets left me ​half-blind​ — Witness

A witness testifying at the ongoing Rivers State Commission of Inquiry into election violence, Thursday, narrated how his insistence ​on see​ing​ the result sheets on an election day triggered a scuffle that left him half-blind. Thankgod Igwe, a resident of Agbo-Nchia in Eleme local government, said one of the people…

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Woman narrates how gunmen murdered her husband for being APC member, despite her pleas

A woman, who had been thrown into widowhood by the violence in Rivers State, Wednesday, pleaded for assistance from the Rivers State government for the upkeep of her four children. Akoghe Caleb-Ahmed, an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, said her husband was fatally shot by…

Rivers Inquiry into violence during 2015 elections

Rivers’ 2015 Election Violence Probe (Day 4) – Live Updates #RiversInquiry

The River State Commission of Inquiry probing politically-motivated killings in the state moves its sitting, Thursday, to the Eleme local government secretariat. The Commission, instituted by Chibuike Amaechi, the Rivers State governor, is also investigating damage to properties and grievous bodily harms to persons ahead and during the presidential and…

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Rivers’ 2015 Election Violence Probe (Day 3) – Live Updates #RiversInquiry

On Wednesday, the Commission will resume its sitting with the hearing of the objection to the panel of inquiry by the PDP lawyer. The River State Commission of Inquiry probing politically-motivated killings in the state before and during the 2015 general elections continues its sitting today. The Commission, instituted by…

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Brother of man billed to testify at Rivers Inquiry kidnapped

Some unknown men have kidnapped the brother of Israel Okirie who is billed to appear before the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry probing politically-motivated killings and destruction of properties before and during the 2015 general elections. Mr. Okirie had petitioned the Commission on April 24 concerning killings in Omoku, ONELGA…

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How a defaced campaign poster triggered death, violence in Rivers’ community

On his way to a campaign rally in his community on March 14, Emmanuel Asuquo stopped at a road junction at Obono village and tore off a campaign poster of a local politician in the area pasted on a wall. A handful of youth accosted him and a scuffle ensued…

Rivers' Commission probing killings, destruction during 2015 elections

PDP moves to halt probe of killings, destruction during 2015 elections in Rivers

The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State on Monday, boycotted a Commission of Inquiry probing alleged politically-motivated killings in the state after the panel rejected the party's move to enforce a court order restraining the sitting. Emmanuel Aguma, a counsel to the PDP, said the party would not be a…

Rivers' Commission probing killings, destruction during 2015 elections

Rivers’ Commission probing killings, destruction during 2015 elections — LIVE UPDATES

After a one-day session last week, the Commission of Inquiry to investigate politically-motivated killings before and during the 2015 general elections in Rivers State will continue its sitting today. The Commission, instituted by Chibuike Amaechi, the Rivers State governor, is investigating damage to properties and grievous bodily harms to persons…

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Rivers Commission continues probe of 2015 elections politically-motivated killings

A Commission of Inquiry to investigate politically-motivated killings before and during the 2015 general elections in Rivers State will continue its sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday (today). The Commission, instituted by Chibuike Amaechi, the Rivers State governor, is also investigating damage to properties and grievous bodily harms to persons…

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Judge rejects National Assembly Clerk’s moves to drag Obasanjo into Buruji Kashamu’s suit

A federal judge Friday dismissed a move by the Clerk of the National Assembly to drag former President Olusegun Obasanjo into a court suit filed by Buruji Kashamu, a Senator-elect from Ogun State. Mr. Kashamu, who is wanted in the U.S for drug related offences, had filed a fundamental rights…

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Why we published Ayo Fayose’s ‘death’ advert on Buhari – The Sun

On January 19, Nigerians woke up to a shocking newspaper advert. Splashed across the front pages of two national dailies, The Sun and The Punch, were texts and images suggesting that Muhammadu Buhari, then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress will die in office if elected president. Although Mr.…

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Another pastor arrested with drugs at Enugu airport

A pastor with the Gospel Faith International Mission, Lagos, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for smuggling 1.978 kilogrammes of heroin concealed in a false bottom of his luggage. Daniel Akintola, 43, was caught at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, on an…

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Group seeks information on ‘questionable judges’ appointed to election tribunals

A citizens' centred campaign to support and strengthen the integrity of the judiciary by ensuring that only credible judges participate in the Election Petition Tribunals has been launched. According to the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, the project seeks to support the judiciary to rise up to its assignment. "We…

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Soyinka denies making disparaging statement against Igbos

An angry Wole Soyinka, Wednesday, lashed out at news outlets which credited to him with a disparaging statement against the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria. In a terse statement, Mr. Soyinka attributed the report to the handiwork of "cowards" who fasten their "imbecilic pronouncements" on others. "I have just read…

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U​.​S​.​ hail​s​ Nigerian media’s 2015 election coverage

The United States has commended the Nigerian media's coverage of the just concluded general elections saying they played a constructive role in ensuring successful and largely peaceful process. The US Consul-General, Jeffrey Hawkins, on Tuesday said that Nigeria's electoral success was reminiscent of the remarkable result it produced to halt…