Ben Ezeamalu

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Biafra [Photo Credit: May30.org]

Nigerian military’s declaration of IPOB as terrorist group ‘likely prelude to violent crackdown’

A judicial advocacy group, Access to Justice, has frowned at the Nigerian military's characterisation of the Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist organisation, saying the army had usurped the powers and responsibility of political branches of government. In a statement in Lagos, Monday, the group said the Nigerian military…

Crude oil extraction [Photo credit: Bloomberg]

NRGI’s Summer School Beams Searchlight on Africa’s Extractive Industries

The Natural Resource Governance Institute, NRGI, has organised a summer school aimed at allowing participants have a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges in the extractive industry within the African region. "We hope they use the insights to improve upon the existing frameworks in the sub-region," said Emmanuel Kuyole,…

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Groups blame Nigerian govt for illegal importation of GM food

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation has attributed the illegal shipment of 25,750 metric tons of genetically modified maize worth an estimated $3.7 million into Nigeria to the attitude of the federal government towards genetically modified foods. Nnimmo Bassey, the group's director, said in a statement on Thursday that the discovery is an…

Nigerian Police

Police officers dismissed for alleged corruption petition IGP, demand reinstatement

Three of the four police officers who were dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force last July have petitioned the Inspector General of Police over their "illegal and unlawful dismissal." Mufutau Ilaosun, an inspector, with Force Number: 122800; Adesoye Ayokunlehi, a corporal, with Force Number 455554; and Temitope Adebayo, a sergeant,…

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With guilty plea, billionaire kidnapper, Evans, faces life imprisonment

There was a graveyard silence in the crowded courtroom after suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, pleaded guilty to the first of the two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping brought against him. The Lagos State government Wednesday arraigned Evans alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka…

Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike (Evans) speaking to journalists when he was paraded by the Nigerian Police

Alleged billionaire kidnapper Evans pleads guilty in court

The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and kidnapping before a judge of the Ikeja High Court. Evans and five others were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping. The judge ordered that all the male defendants be remanded at…

Kidnap kingpin, Evans, paraded by security operatives [Photo: Punch Newspapers]

Suspected kidnapper Evans to be arraigned today

The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), will be arraigned before an Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court on Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.   A police source, who did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter,…

Kidnap kingpin, Evans, paraded by security operatives [Photo: Punch Newspapers]

UPDATED: Judgment on alleged kidnapper Evans ‎stalled

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday fixed September 5 to hear arguments from counsel on why he should not deliver judgment on the fundamental rights application filed by Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans. Justice Abdulaziz Anka, who had earlier fixed today for judgment, said he would not go ahead…

Owerri market demolition [Photo: Naij.com]

Activists criticise Imo govt over demolition of Owerri market

Some civil society groups have lashed out at Governor Rochas Okorocha over his "inhumane" decision to demolish the largest market in Owerri metropolis when the people are battling to exit an economic recession. The groups called on the National Human Rights Commission to launch an independent investigation into the deaths…

AUN President, Dawn Dekle

INTERVIEW: Why AUN is Nigeria’s best-kept secret – President Dekle

The new President of American University of Nigeria, Yola, Dawn Dekle, began the 2017/2018 academic year on Tuesday by going around lecture classes with baskets of apples and having photo shoots with the lecturers and students. In this interview with journalists after the exercise, she spoke about its significance, her style of…

Prof. Ben Nwabueze

Nwabueze, Anyaoku, Akinrinade, others explain how to restructure Nigeria

The Group of Southern Leaders of Thought, an association of elder statesmen, have said a negotiated restructuring, implemented through a new Constitution, is the best assurance for the realisation of one Nigeria.    At a press conference in Lagos, Thursday, the group, led by Professor of Law, Ben Nwabueze, said…

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AUN Inducts Over 200 New Students

The American University of Nigeria, Yola, on Monday inducted more than 200 students for its 2017/2018 academic year. Speaking at the ceremony, Dawn Dekle, the AUN President, urged the students to make use of the opportunities offered by the institution to achieve great things. "Today's Fall Convocation and Pledge Ceremony…

Bilkisu Labaran

BBC’s Pidgin Service Targets Africa’s Teeming Youth, Women

As President Muhammadu Buhari's aircraft taxied along the runway of the Abuja International Airport on Saturday, a presenter at one of Nigeria's popular Pidgin radio stations announced to his listeners: "The president don show." This Pidgin expression translates to "The president is back," an explanation that Nigeria's president has returned…

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

There’s no ‘hate speech’ under Nigerian law — Lawyer

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has said the Nigerian government's classification of hate speech as a form of terrorism is a plot to gag the citizens. Mr. Adegboruwa said in a statement Saturday that any law capable of hindering the freedom of expression granted under Section 39 of…

L-R: Permanent Secretary, State House Abuja, Mr. Jalal Arabi; Secretary to the State Government, Lagos State, Mr. Tunji Bello and Commissioner for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo during the official hand-over of the Presidential Lodge, Marina to the Lagos State Government, on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Nigerian govt hands over presidential lodge to Lagos State

Nine months after President Muhammed Buhari approved the handing over of the Presidential Lodge in Marina to the Lagos State Government, the state has officially taken ownership of the edifice. In a ceremony in Lagos Thursday, the Federal and Lagos State Governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally transferring ownership.…

Billionaire kidnapper, Evans, reveals multi-million properties; victims' location

How suspected kidnapper Evans floored Nigeria Police in court

The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), on Wednesday secured a rare victory against the police after a federal judge dismissed applications to stall his fundamental rights suit. Judge Abdulaziz Anka also berated the police counsel, Emmanuel Eze, for "drinking Panadol for another man's headache" after the…

Arrested kidnapper Evans

Court to deliver judgment on Evans fundamental rights suit August 29

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has fixed August 29 to deliver judgment on the fundamental rights suit filed by alleged kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, (popularly known as Evans). The judge, Abdulaziz Anka, had earlier ruled in favour of Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer representing Evans, after he disclosed that…

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Banire Snubs Lagos APC Disciplinary Committee

The National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muiz Banire, on Monday shunned the invitation of a disciplinary committee set up by his ward's leadership of the party. The Ward C of the APC in Mushin Local Government Area had set up the committee to look into allegations of anti-party…

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Lagos APC launches new battle against party’s legal adviser, Muiz Banire

Despite the national body of the All Progressives Congress quashing the suspension of the party's legal adviser, Muiz Banire, the party's state chapter has remained undaunted in its move to unseat the lawyer. In its latest move, party executives in Ward C of Mushin Local Government Area summoned Mr. Banire…

Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode [Photo: Today.ng]

Lagos govt. denies partnering with ‘failed foreign firms’ on water sector

The Lagos State Government on Friday described reports that the foreign firms it is partnering in the water sector failed in other countries as "a blatant falsehood." Muminu Badmus, the managing director of the Lagos Water Corporation, said in a statement that shortlisted firms for the Adiyan II Project are…

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni

Nigeria Police speak on Jungle Justice incidents in Lagos

The Police in Lagos have warned residents of the state against subjecting suspected criminals to jungle justice. Fatai Owoseni, the state police commissioner, in a statement on Friday warned that those found involved in the "unlawful and barbaric act" would be prosecuted. "There is no justification for jungle justice on…

British American Tobacco Nigeria [Photo: PM News Nigeria]

Loss of N30 trillion: British American Tobacco denies wrongdoing

The British American Tobacco Nigeria has denied any wrongdoing in the National Assembly's investigation of 30 companies over alleged complicity in the loss of N30 trillion federal revenue in the import and export value chain between 2006 and 2017. The Senate, last week, ordered the arrest of the chief executive…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit: dailypost.ng]

Kenya Election: Obasanjo calls for peace, dialogue

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Kenyan citizens to embrace peace and dialogue after the August 8 presidential election. In a statement issued Thursday, Mr. Obasanjo congratulated Kenyans for the relative peace that had attended the campaign and preparation for the elections. "The world is waiting for the final declaration…

Femi Falana
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Inland Waterways: Falana backs Lagos govt in dispute with FG

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has thrown his weight behind the Lagos State government over the lingering dispute with the federal government on the control of inland waterways. Mr. Falana said in a statement on Tuesday that the July 18 decision of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal…

Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode [Photo: Today.ng]

Lagos govt partnering ‘failed’ foreign firms on water sector, group says

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has accused the Lagos State government of partnership with 'failed' multinationals in the water sector. Akinbode Oluwafemi, a Deputy Director at ERA/FoEN, told journalists during a press conference in Lagos Monday that the government was deliberately walking into a trap that would…