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Supreme Court refuses PDP’s request to inspect server

The Supreme Court has refused an application seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the Peoples Democratic Party to inspect its central server. The court said the matter was still pending before the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the PDP's decision…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Presidential Election Tribunal: Parties set for final addresses. Here are the issues

Petitioners and respondents at the ongoing hearing of the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party at the presidential election petition tribunal are expected to make their final addresses on Tuesday. The tribunal presided by Justice Garba Mohammed adjourned to that date after the respondents, the Independent National Electoral Commission,…

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,.

Sowore appeals court order keeping him in detention

Detained activist and founder of SaharaReporters online newspaper, Omoyele Sowore, has challenged Thursday's court order which allowed the Nigerian government to detain him for 45 days. In a motion filed by Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, the activist is asking the Court of Appeal to direct a vacation of the…

Mr and Mrs Ogbanje, Ochanya's parents

Ochanya’s family alleges threats to life by family of suspected rapist, Ogbuja

The family of late Ochanya Ogbanje who died after years of sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by suspended Benue State lecturer, Andrew Ogbuja and his son, Victor, have accused the suspects of threatening their lives. The allegation was made Wednesday at a press conference organised by members of the late victim's…

#RevolutionIsNow: 56 protesters arrested across Nigeria – Lawyer

At least 56 protesters have so far been arrested in the #RevolutionisNow protest across the country, a lawyer and activist, Inibehe Effiong, said. Mr Effiong, a counsel to Omoyele Sowore, the lead organiser of the protest, said this in a broadcast on Facebook at midnight on Monday. He said the…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: © AFP]

Presidential election tribunal reserves judgement in HDP’s petition

The presidential election petition tribunal has said it will decide on the petition brought by the Hope Democratic Party on a date to be communicated to those involved. The tribunal made the decision on Monday after entertaining final arguments from parties in the petition. The Hope Democratic Party had asked…

Shiite stormed the main entrance of the legislative complex on Wednesday afternoon

Shiite group IMN denies suspending protests

The Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria has denied media reports that it has suspended protest marches over the detention of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The group said in a statement on Friday that a statement signed by the president of its media forum, Ibrahim Musa, that gave that indication was…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari to inaugurate ministers after August 16, plans retreat for them

The Nigerian government has said it will organise a retreat for the newly appointed ministers before their inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari. The retreat is scheduled to hold in Abuja on August 15 and 16. A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

Buhari, APC close cases at presidential election tribunal

President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have closed their case at the hearing of the petition brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging Mr Buhari's election. The president and his party made this known at the continuation of the presidential election petition tribunal on Thursday. The…

President Muhammadu Buhari

UPDATED: Presidential Election Tribunal: WAEC official testifies for Buhari, says president obtained five credits

A Deputy Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Henry Adewunmi, on Wednesday, said President Muhammadu Buhari obtained a Cambridge University West African examination certificate with five credits, contrary to claims by the opposition. Mr Adewumi made this known while testifying before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Supreme Court sacks APC Rep, declares PDP winner

The Supreme Court on Tuesday nullified the election of a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulkadir Modibbo. The election of Mr Modibbo, a member of the All Progressives Congress, was earlier affirmed by the Court of Appeal in Yola. But the Supreme Court quashed it, and upheld an earlier…

PDP Headquarters

Election Tribunal: PDP moves to Supreme Court, seeks more time to file documents

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Supreme Court for permission to file additional documents before the presidential election petition tribunal outside the allowed time. The PDP made the request on Tuesday through its lawyer, Paul Erokoro. Mr Erokoro noted that the application was dated Tuesday, July 30. The PDP…

Oluwale Ilesanmi

Nigerian preacher gets £2,500 for “wrongful arrest in London”

The police in London have awarded £2,500 to a Christian street preacher, Oluwale Ilesanmi, after confiscating his bible and detaining him on allegations of anti-Islamic comments. In a publication by a London Based newspaper, the Mail, the award was to compensate Mr Illasanmi for his wrongful arrest by the police…

Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari

INEC declines to call witnesses in PDP’s petition challenging Buhari’s electoral victory

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told the presidential election petition tribunal that it does not need to open its defence in the petition brought against it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The commission's lawyer, Yunus Usman, said this at the tribunal on…

Shiite stormed the main entrance of the legislative complex on Wednesday afternoon

Proscription of Shiite IMN meaningless – Official

A member of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has reacted to the recent prescription order granted against the group. The Shiite, Abdullahi Musa, said despite the order, the group will not relent in its activities which he described as religious in nature. Mr Musa, who noted that he…

Senator Ademola Adeleke [Photo: TheCable]

Supreme Court rules on Adeleke’s application

The Supreme Court has validated the judgement of the Court of Appeal which earlier struck out a motion challenging the educational qualifications of Osun State politician, Ademola Adeleke. The court in a decision on Thursday agreed with an earlier ruling of the appeal court that the application was brought 'outside…

Shiite stormed the main entrance of the legislative complex on Wednesday afternoon

Nigeria govt secures court order to proscribe Shiite IMN

The Nigerian government has secured a court order to proscribe the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported plans by the federal government to proscribe the group after a security meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with security chiefs. The court order for the proscription of the Shiite…

Precious Owolabi

CPJ demands investigation into Precious Owolabi’s murder

The Committee to Protect Journalists has demanded an investigation into the shooting that resulted in the death of Precious Owolabi, a reporter working with the Channels Television, on Monday. Mr Owolabi, who was serving with the private-owned television as part of his National Youth Service Corp programme, was killed while…

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PDM withdraws petition seeking cancellation of presidential election

The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has withdrawn its petition before the presidential election petition tribunal. The PDM presidential candidate, Haminchi Habu, on Wednesday, through his lawyer, Ibrahim Lemu, told the court of he and his party's resolve to withdraw the petition. His request was not objected by the respondents and…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

Zamfara: APC vows third return to Supreme Court

Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, has vowed to return to the Supreme Court to contest the disqualification of the party from contesting in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections. The APC said this through its lawyer, Robert Clerk, after the Supreme Court refused the party’s request regarding its participation in…

One of the outpost belonging to NEMA set ablaze by Shiite members

Protesting Shiites burn two ambulances – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday accused members of the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria, of burning down two ambulances at the Agency’s Emergency Response and Ambulance Bays (ERABs) in Abuja. Head of Media and Public Relations of NEMA, Sani Datti, made this known in a statement in…

Elisha Abbo at the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Zuba

Trial of Nigerian senator caught assaulting a woman adjourned

The trial of a Nigerian senator, Elisha Abbo, caught on camera assaulting a woman in Abuja has been adjourned till August 20. The magistrate court where Mr Abbo is facing trial on Monday postponed its hearing to that date, after asking the prosecution to provide evidence against the accused. Mr…

Shiites protesters being arrested by the Nigeria Police (Photo Credit: @uche_ezeonye on Twitter)

Again, Shiites protest turns violent in Abuja

A protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) turned violent on Monday in Abuja. The protesters reportedly clashed with security agencies close to the Federal Secretariat in the Nigerian capital. Monday's incident comes about two weeks after two Shiites were killed and two police officers injured after…

Election petition tribunal

Party seeking nullification of Buhari’s re-election closes case at tribunal

One of the parties calling for the nullification of President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election on Monday closed its case after presenting a single witness. The HDP  is asking the tribunal to nullify the election of President Muhammadu Buhari on the grounds that the government allegedly postponed the election "illegally". The party…

Election petition tribunal

PDP presents final witness at presidential election tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party has just informed the presidential election petition tribunal that it has presented its last witness and was closing its case. The party made the announcement after presenting Osita Chidoka, a former aviation minister and national collation agent during the last poll. With the appearance of Mr…