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Judge threatens to strike out case against journalist Jones Abiri

The judge handling the trial of a journalist, Jones Abiri, has threatened to strike out the case. Mr Abiri was released on Wednesday after meeting his bail conditions. His release came after the court reviewed his bail conditions which were eventually met on Wednesday. The journalist was detained by the State Security Service, SSS, for two…

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu showing a specimen ballot paper for Ekiti governorship election during the INEC quarterly consultative meeting with political parties, in Abuja on Wednesday (4/6/18). 03573/4/6/2018/Hogan Bassey/NAN

Court insists on arrest of INEC Chairman

A judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Stephen Pam, has insisted that the police arrest the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu. A Court of Appeal presided by Justice Abdul Aboki had on Monday suspended the bench warrant issued for the arrest of Mr Yakubu…

Some evacuated Nigerians living in Libya arriving Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday (7/1/18).0104/7/1/18/Chidi Ohalete/TA/NAN

60,000 Nigerians stranded in Libya – EU

The Deputy Head of the European Union, Richard Young, on Tuesday said that about 60,000 Nigerians are being camped in Libya. According to the official, these Nigerians are stranded in Libya. “I think roughly, 80,000 people from Nigeria in the last two years have been affected, while 10,000 have died…

NAPTIP launches app to tackle human trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has launched a-one-in-all platform for the public called “NAPTIP ireport App." The application was launched during a press conference Monday in Abuja. According to the Director General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, the app is to "scale up the visibility…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (Photo Credit: DailyPost)

Lawyers berate Malami over statement on Dasuki

Some lawyers on Wednesday flayed the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for his statement justifying the flouting of a court order. An Abuja based lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, specifically asked Nigeria’s Body of Benchers to de-robe Mr Malami for allegedly ''scandalising the legal profession." Mr Jideobi’s petition followed a recent…

President Muhammadu Buhari at ICC

ICC: Group urges Nigeria to domesticate Rome Statute

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) has called on the Nigerian government to domesticate the provisions of the Rome Statute for the prosecution of crimes against humanity. The group made the call in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the…

Eze Madumere (Photo Credit: The Nation Newspaper)

Court ‘halts’ impeachment move against Imo deputy governor

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an application by the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, to halt the impeachment process against him by the state House of Assembly. The House on Tuesday set up a six-member committee headed by Kennedy Ibe, member representing Obowo Local Government…

Stephen Oronsaye, former Head of Service

Trial of former head of service, Oronsaye, stalled

Following the recent appointment of judges by President Muhammadu Buhari, an Abuja Division of Federal High Court has adjourned the case of a former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Stephen Oronsaye, to October 18. Mr Oronsaye's trial was until June 20, presided over by a judge, Gabriel Kolawole.…

Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe

IPOB: Judge refuses to order Senator Abaribe’s release

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has turned down a request for the release of Eyinnaya Abaribe who was arrested by security operatives on June 22. Mr Abaribe, a senator, is one of the sureties for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamidi Kanu, when…

Abandoned staff quarters at PHC Rizek

Irregular salaries, poor infrastructure, staffing mar primary healthcare delivery in Plateau

Grace Badung was lying on a mat, her baby close to her. The officer-in-charge of Kerke primary healthcare centre in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State was apparently bored - no other staff was with her on duty and no patient to care for. Since their salaries became…

Nigeria Human Rights

Nigeria’s former human rights chief inaugurates civic group to fight govt abuses

A former chairman of the board of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, has inaugurated a civic group to challenge the many cases of human rights abuse on country. Speaking at the inauguration of the group known as Civic Coalition for Democracy on Tuesday in Abuja, Mr Odinkalu said…

National Commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh

UPDATED: Court adjourns trial of Peace Corps commandant indefinitely

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday adjourned the trial of the Commandant of Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh, indefinitely. The judge, John Tsoho, said the decision was because the police refused to obey a previous ruling on the matter. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the court ruled that the Peace Corps headquarters…

Musa Asake

We oppose oppression of all Nigerians, not just Christians – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said its fight against oppression is not only limited to Christians but to all Nigerians. Speaking during a funeral programme organised in honour of the association's General Secretary, Musa Asake, who died on May 11, the CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, said the association…

Raymond Dokpesi

Alleged N2.1 billion fraud: EFCC closes case against Raymond Dokpesi

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, on Monday concluded its prosecution of Raymond Dokpesi after calling 14 witnesses. Mr Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communications, however, told the Federal High Court in Abuja that he would be making a no-case-submission to wrap up his trial. The owner of Nigeria's first private radio station…

Olisa Metuh

Court closes Olisa Metuh’s case in his absence

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has closed the case of a former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, in his absence. Mr Metuh is facing trial for alleged diversion of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. His is being tried…

Olisa Metuh

Absence of Olisa Metuh’s lawyer forces adjournment of trial

The Abuja Division of the Federal High on Thursday adjourned the trial of a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh following the defendant's absence. The court refused granting a long adjournment as requested by the defence after Mr Metuh's fall on May 21. Mr Metuh is…

Former Peoples Democratic Party, spokesperson, Olisa Metuh on the floor.

Olisa Metuh stage-managed own fall in court, Judge rules

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday said former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, stage-managed his fall in the court room on Monday to stall his trial. The court then ruled for continuation of the trial on Thursday. Mr Metuh is facing a seven-count…

Olisa Metuh

After fall in Court, Metuh wants prolonged adjournment

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court will on Wednesday decide on an application by former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, for a long adjournment of his trial. Mr Metuh is facing a seven-count charge before the court for alleged diversion of N400 million from…

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Killings: Catholic Church to protest in Abuja

The Catholic Church in Abuja is organising a peaceful protest against repeated attacks by suspected herdsmen across the country, the church announced Monday. The attacks, according to Amnesty International, claimed over 160 lives in January alone. In March, a Catholic Church was attacked in Benue state, with 19 people, including…

Former Peoples Democratic Party, spokesperson, Olisa Metuh on the floor.

Olisa Metuh falls in court

A former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, fell on Monday at the continuation of his trial for alleged fraud. Mr Metuh is facing trial on a seven-count charge for alleged diversion of N400 million. He received the money from the office of the former National Security Adviser,…

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West. [Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers]

Court adjourns Dino Melaye’s case indefinitely

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday adjourned the trial of Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye, indefinitely, on the basis of his medical condition. The police is prosecuting Mr Melaye in Abuja and in Lokoja. In Abuja, he is accused of attempted suicide and damaging government property,…