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IPOB was legally declared a terror organisation, Court rules

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has refused an application by members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra seeking the nullification of the proscription order made against the group on September 20. Members of IPOB had approached the court after it made an order proscribing the group as…

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Southern Cameroon to Nigerian govt: Release our leaders, they’re like Awolowo, Azikiwe

Members of a group demanding the secession of the southwest of Cameroon, as Republic of Ambazonia, have demanded the release of their leaders detained by security operatives in Nigeria. They said the detained leaders can be compared to Nigeria’s late leaders who fought for independence including Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi…

Herdsmen

Killings: CAN rejects cattle colonies, wants Police IG sacked

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has demanded the immediate sack of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over his handling of 'core problems in the nation’s security'. The association was apparently referring to the spike in insecurity, communal attacks, particularly the killings of persons by suspected herdsmen in…

Nigerian Catholic Bishops reject cattle colonies, warn of ‘war’

The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria has asked the Federal Government to suggest better alternatives to the establishment of grazing colonies proposed by the presidency. In a press statement signed by the president of the CBCN, Ignatius Kaigama, on Tuesday, the conference said the government should rather encourage cattle owners…

I-G meets with Commissioners of Police in Abuja

Two years after allegedly compromising trial of rape suspect, police fail to act

Nearly two years after the controversial discharge of a rape suspect following the failure of the police to provide essential evidence, the police have refused to do the needful. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in May 2016 discharged a rape suspect, Victor Enejo. Mr.…

CAN President to Christians: Join political parties, participate in elections

Just like the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, has urged Christians to be actively involved in politics.   A statement from Mr. Ayokunle’s special assistant on media, Adebayo Oladeji, said the CAN President made the call at the 57th retreat…

Olisa Metuh’s corruption trial: Supreme Court berates SAN defending accused firm

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an application by Destra Investment Ltd, a company belonging to a former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, challenging the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in its trial. The Court also condemned the action of the lawyer representing Destra Investment, Tochukwu Onwubufor, for…

Anambra Central controversy: Court cancels judgement that affirmed PDP’s Obiora Okonkwo senator

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has set aside its December 12 judgement affirming a Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Obiora Okonkwo, as the authentic candidate to occupy the Anambra Central Senatorial seat. In a judgement on Friday, following an application by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the…

Two senior Nigerian lawyers punished, SAN title removed

The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, LPPC, on Thursday announced the withdrawal of the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria from two lawyers for misconduct. In a statement signed by its secretary, Hadiza Mustapha, the committee said the first affected lawyer, Oluwatoyin Bashorun, would not be allowed to re-apply for the…

Saraki, Kanu, Dasuki, other top court cases expected in 2018

The expected return of Senate President Bukola Saraki to the dock for alleged false asset declaration and the continuation of the trials of former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisah Metuh, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, are some of the major cases expected in 2018. Also,…

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Court to rule on Anambra Central election a day to scheduled date

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has reserved its ruling in the ongoing disputes surrounding the rightful occupant of the Anambara Central Senatorial seat. In a ruling after fielding arguments from counsel on the matter on Wednesday, the presiding judge, John Tsoho, said the court’s decision on the…

Nigeria’s Chief Justice threatens to punish media discussion of cases pending in court

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, has warned against the discussion in the media of matters pending before courts. In a New Year message to journalists on Wednesday signed by Mr. Onnoghen’s assistant on media, Awassam Bassey, the CJN cited judicial expressions forbidding the practice of discussing pending…

Saraki asks Supreme Court to stop corruption trial

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has asked the Supreme Court to quash the December 12 judgement of the Appeal Court which ordered his return to the Code of Conduct Tribunal for trial on alleged false asset declaration. Mr. Saraki's lawyer, Paul Usoro, confirmed the fresh appeal to PREMIUM TIMES in…

Abubakar Malami

AGF Malami loses bid to stop Senate probe of Maina’s return

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has declined an ex-parte application seeking to stop the Senate’s ongoing probe into the controversial recall of fugitive ex-pension task force chief, Abdulrasheed Maina. An ex-parte decision is one decided by a judge without requiring all of the parties to the controversy…

Falana condemns Nigeria’s detention of Cameroonian separatists

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has warned against Nigeria's continued detention of seven leaders of a Cameroonian separatist movement, by operatives of the State Security Service, the SSS. The SSS reportedly arrested leaders of the Movement for the State of Ambazonia: a separatist agitation led by English-speaking Cameroonians, during…

Nigeria’s SSS ‘arrest Cameroon’s separatist leaders’

Nigerian authorities have arrested leaders of a group leading a separatist movement in neighbouring Cameroon. At least seven leaders of the Movement for the independence of Southern Cameroonians were arrested by the State Security Service on Friday in Abuja, several sources told PREMIUM TIMES. The group leads a movement for…

I’m involved in politics, Nigerians should do same — Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Onaiyekan, has urged Nigerians including religious leaders to be actively involved in politics, saying he is involved. Speaking during the ordination of nine new priests of the Church on Saturday, Mr. Onaiyekan said every citizen has not only a right but a duty…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (Concluding Part)

November 2017 marked two years since most ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES, in 2016 reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. Two years down the line, this newspaper, again, in three earlier reports assessed the…

BBOG group reacts to release of Chibok girl, insists on protest marches

The Bring Back Our Girls group has reacted to the latest release of another abducted Chibok girl from the list of 276 schoolgirls abducted in April, 2014. The girl, Salomi Pogu, was identified by the Nigerian Army as the same person with the serial number 86 on the list of…

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EXCLUSIVE: Court documents show Nigerian senator lied, his seat was declared vacant

Contrary to claims by embattled Kogi East Senator, Attai Aidoko, that he remains the rightful occupant of the Kogi East senatorial seat, court documents indicate the seat was declared vacant. Shortly after the Abuja Division of the Appeal Court on Monday dismissed Mr. Adoko’s Appeal, requesting the determination of three…

Controversy trails Appeal Court judgement on Kogi East senatorial seat

Controversy has trailed Monday’s Appeal Court judgement reportedly declaring the Kogi East senatorial seat vacant. Journalists present at the courtroom and judicial officers said Justice Abdul Aboki who read the judgement declared the seat vacant, thus sacking the current occupier of the seat, Attai Aidoko. Mr. Aidoko however says no…

Maryam Sanda

Court denies bail to Maryam Sanda accused of killing ex-PDP chairman’s son

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has refused an application for bail by Maryam Sanda, daughter-in-law of former Peoples Democratic Party chairman. Mrs. Sanda is facing trial on allegations of culpable homicide for the allegedly killing her husband, Biliyanu Bello, in November. She is accused alongside her mother,…

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Alleged murder: Court to rule on Maryam Sanda, mother’s bail application

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has fixed 3: p.m on Wednesday to decide on a bail application by Maryam Sanda, who is facing trial over the murder of former PDP chairman’s son, Biliyaminu Halliru. Mr. Halliru was allegedly killed by Maryam, his wife of two years in November at…

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Maryam Sanda, mother, brother docked for allegedly murdering ex-PDP chairman’s son

The Nigerian Police Force on Thursday arraigned Maryam Sanda; her mother, Maimuna Aliyu; her brother, Aliyu Sanda; and a fourth defendant, Sadiya Aminu for alleged murder. Mrs. Sanda is the daughter-in-law of a former Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Mohammed Bello. She was accused of killing her husband, Biliyanu Bello, over…

Anambra Central Senatorial Seat: How PDP secured controversial court victory

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday ordered the return of a Peoples Democratic Party's candidate in Anambra State, Obiora Okonkwo, as the duly elected member of the state's Central Senatorial District in 2015. The court in a brief judgement, delivered by Justice John Tsoho, granted the…