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INTERVIEW: What I saw of Sambo Dasuki in SSS detention — Jones Abiri

It is a heart touching story of scheming, incarceration and torture. Recently released journalist, Jones Abiri shares his experience in the hands of the dreaded State Security Service (SSS) in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES Evelyn Okakwu and Halimah Yahaya. Mr Abiri spent two years without trial at an SSS…

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AGF wades into suit to stop removal of Saraki as senate president

Nigeria’s Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, has questioned the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to entertain a suit seeking to stop the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s removal. Following Mr Saraki’s defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July, some senators…

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Jones Abiri wants trial transferred to Bayelsa

Recently released journalist, Jones Abiri, has asked a Magistrate court in Abuja to transfer his trial by the Nigerian government to Bayelsa State. Mr Abiri is being tried over allegations that he was linked to armed militancy in the Niger Delta. The federal government had arraigned him before a magistrate…

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Another Nigerian Catholic cleric kidnapped

A reverend father, Christopher Ogaga, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Delta State. Mr Ogaga is the parish priest of Emmanuel Catholic Church in Aragba, Okpe Local Government Area of the state. According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Mustapha, who confirmed the abduction on Channels Television…

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Hajj 2018: NAHCON sends condolence message on Nigerian fatalities

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has expressed sadness over the news of some of its pilgrims from Zamfara State who were involved in a tragic motor accident that resulted in three fatalities. This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, and made…

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Why we detained journalist for two years without trial – Nigerian govt

The Nigerian government has said it did nothing wrong by detaining a journalist, Jones Abiri, for two years without trial. Mr Abiri was recently released on bail by the court after he was charged following outcry by Nigerians and the international community. Before he was charged to court, the Nigerian…

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Trump threatens to withdraw US from WTO

President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), claiming it treats the country unfairly. Mr Trump said this in an interview with Bloomberg News that if the organization don't shape up, he would withdraw from it. “If they don’t shape up, I would…

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Buhari pushes for conducive political atmosphere for women

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on political parties to ensure conducive atmosphere for women aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections. Mr Buhari said this on Thursday while addressing Nigerian women at the Women Political Aspirants Advocacy Summit in Abuja. The summit was organised by the National Centre for Women…

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Court fixes date on suit challenging EFCC’s powers to probe Benue govt

The Abuja division of the federal high court will on October 8 decide on an application challenging the legality of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's investigation into allegations of fraud in Benue State. The court gave the date on Wednesday, after taking arguments from counsels. Following the freezing of…

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African leaders tasked on non-communicable diseases

African leaders have been tasked to prioritise the medical interventions in their respective countries in order to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases ravaging the continent. This advice was given by the World health Organisation (WHO) regional director for Africa, Rebecca Moeti, at the ongoing 68th session of the WHO/African…

Nigeria needs competent, not strong leader – Jega

Nigerians need competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong leaders, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has said. Mr Jega made this assertion on Monday, at the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association. Addressing the audience, Mr Jega said an…

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Nigerian lawyer drags Ugandan President to UN over alleged rights violations

A Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has appealed to the United Nations (UN) to investigate Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni over alleged grave human rights violations in Uganda. According to a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday, Mr Falana on Friday urged the UN to “urgently investigate the ongoing…

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Illegal detention: Court orders Nigerian Army to pay N11m to detainees

A judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Ijeoma Ojukwu has ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to pay N11 million to 11 Gombe State indigenes that were of illegally detained by the Army. Mrs Ojukwu, in her judgment, said the detention of the applicants since July 6…

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Nigerian wanted in Canada for alleged homicide

A 27 years old Nigerian, Philip Afolabi, has been declared wanted by the Calgary Police service in Canada. Mr Afolabi was accused of sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault with weapon among other offences. According to a report by Canada-based news medium, CBC News, the Calgary police said in a statement…

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Human trafficking, threat to good governance – NAPTIP

Human trafficking remains a major threat to good governance and rapid economic recovery of any nation, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has said. “Human traffickers should be treated as enemy and for that the phenomenon should be tackled the same way as the current…

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Court adjourns journalist Jones Abiri’s case to September

An Abuja Chief Magistrate court presided by Chukwuemeka Nweke has adjourned the trial of a journalist, Jones Abiri, to September 5. The adjournment Friday followed the absence of the prosecution counsel in court and after the court realised the prosecution counsel had not served the defence application. Mr Abiri, who…

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Court orders senator to appear over suit challenging defection

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered that a senator, Stella Oduah, appear before it and state her defence in the suit filed against her by JohnMary Jideobi, an Abuja-based lawyer. The judge, Ahmed Musa  made the order Tuesday following the petition filed to declare Mrs Oduah’s seat vacant after…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…