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File photo of IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha. [Photo credit: NAN]

IPOB: Court orders release of protesting women, strikes out case

A Magistrate Court in Owere, Imo State, has ordered the release of over 100 women detained after a protest demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The women were arrested on August 18 and detained following allegations of alleged treason and unlawful assembly…

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Amnesty International demands release of detained IPOB women

Human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), has demanded the immediate release of over 100 women detained after a protest in Imo State, on August 18. The women were arrested by security operatives during the protest, while demanding the 'release' of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).…

IPOB women demand Kanu’s release. [Photo credit: NAN]

IPOB: Amnesty International investigates detention of over 100 female protesters

International rights group, Amnesty International, has begun investigation into the arrest and detention of over 100 women reportedly arrested in Imo State, after a protest on August 18. The women were arrested following a protest, while demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).…

Jones Abiri

Why SSS linked me to militants – Journalist Jones Abiri

A recently released journalist, Jones Abiri, has explained the circumstances that resulted in his arrest and detention for two years, without trial, by security operatives. Mr Abiri was arrested in July 2016 by operatives of the State Security Service, following allegations that he was linked to the Niger-Delta militants. Mr…

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FG replies South-east governors, says 69 federal projects executed in region

The Nigerian government has refuted claims by governors of the South-east region that their states were shortchanged in implementation of federal projects in the 2017 budget. Director-General of the Southeast Governors’ Forum, Simon Otuanya, had stated in a report on the forum’s assessment of federal projects implemented across Nigeria that…

Joan Chirwa at the IPI World Congress 2017 {Foto © Bernd Lammel - Telef.: +49 (172) 311 4885 - DEU / Hamburg / 2017}

INTERVIEW: Freedom of speech,  press under siege in Zambia — Editor

Young, talented and courageous, the Editor in Chief of The Mast, Zambia’s leading newspaper, Joan Chirwa, speaks in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Evelyn Okakwu on the struggle for press freedom in Zambia as well her journey into the media industry in a country where intimidation of the press is…

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

ANALYSIS: The shenanigans, shady actions of Nigeria’s Attorney General Malami

In a recent reaction to government’s disobedience of court orders for the release of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, some lawyers berated the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, demanding that he be de-robed. According to the lawyers, Mr Malami’s comments justifying government's disobedience of the…

A Catholic Church used to illustrate the story

Catholic group plans screening of presidential, governorship aspirants

A Catholic group, the Catholic Action-Nigeria, has indicated plans to examine aspirants vying for political positions in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. The group made this known at a press briefing at the Catholic television office in Abuja on Monday. Speaking on the various activities to be undertaken by the…

Paul Usoro

Paul Usoro emerges new NBA President

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Paul Usoro, has been elected President of the Nigeria Bar Association. Mr Usoro polled 4,509 votes to defeat his other contenders, Okafor Obi, and Ernest Ojuwkwu, who got 4, 423 as well as 3, 313 votes in the just concluded election. One of the candidates,…

Gunmen kill Nigerian Catholic Priest

A Catholic priest, Michael Akawu, was shot dead by suspected armed robbers on Saturday in Gwagwalada, a suburb of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. The 'robbers' killed Mr Akawu at a supermarket where he had gone to get some provisions for the parish rectory, the director of Catholic Communication, Patrick Alumuku, has…

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Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Denis Edozie, is dead

A Former justice of the Supreme Court, Denis Edozie, is dead. Mr Edozie died at his home town in Enugu State on August 18, at age 84. A statement from the special assistant on media to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen confirmed the death of Mr Edozie on…

Samuel Ogundipe

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Download charge police filed against Premium Times journalist

The Nigeria police have accused PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, of ‘criminal trespass, theft in dwelling house” and other offences. This is contained in the charge sheet filed at the Kubwa magistrate court by the police against Mr Ogundipe. The document obtained on Thursday by this newspaper shows Mr Ogundipe…

Samuel Ogundipe

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Why we’re detaining Premium Times journalist – Nigeria Police

The Nigeria Police on Thursday publicly admitted they were detaining PREMIUM TIMES' journalist, Samuel Ogundipe over documents he used for a published story. The police did not say the story or documents use for it was false, but said they were determined to know how Mr Ogundipe had access to…

Jones Abiri (Photo Credit: The Cable)

After two years, detained Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri freed

Jones Abiri, the Nigerian journalist detained for over two years has been released. The journalist was released on Wednesday evening after he met his bail conditions, his lawyer told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Abiri was detained by the State Security Service for two years without trial over allegations he was linked to armed militancy in…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Police secretly arraign PREMIUM TIMES journalist, deny him legal representation

The Nigerian police secretly commenced the trial of PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, on Wednesday, while denying him access to his lawyers. The police arraigned Mr Ogundipe at a Magistrate Court in Kubwa on Wednesday afternoon. He was charged with criminal trespass and theft of police document. Earlier on Wednesday,…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

Amnesty International, MRA, SPN, others demands release of Premium Times reporter

International rights group, Amnesty International, has demanded the immediate release of PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, who was detained by police on Tuesday. Mr Ogundipe was arrested and held by the police anti-robbery squad for refusing to disclose the source of a story published on PREMIUM TIMES. The story contained a report…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

NUJ, Falana, whistleblower coalition, others call for release of Premium Times journalist

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, who was detained on Tuesday by the Nigerian Police over a report. The police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), arrested and detained Mr Ogundipe asking him to disclose his source for a story. Apart from…

Appeal Court suspends order for arrest of INEC Chairman

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday suspended the bench warrant issued for the arrest of chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu. A Federal High Court judge in Abuja, Stephen Pam, had given the order on August 8, after Mr Yakubu failed to appear in…

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Analysis: Main features of Nigeria’s Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (2)

Part of the problems that resulted in the introduction of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) was the protracted nature of many cases in court. Following the core objective of the ACJA, therefore, section 306 of the Act was introduced to curtail the rate at which interlocutory applications led…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Offa Robbery: Court issues order stopping police from arresting, questioning Saraki

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has ordered the suspension of investigation into the alleged involvement of Senate President Bukola Saraki in the Offa Bank robbery, pending further hearing on the matter. Over 30 people were killed in the robbery of banks in Offa, Kwara State, earlier in the year.…

Walter-Onnoghen

Analysis: Main features of Nigeria’s Administration of Criminal Justice Act (Part 1)

Before the introduction of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), Nigeria’s formal compliance to human rights issues was low. The interests of accused persons not yet convicted was also poorly regarded while the previous laws had significant provisions that discriminated against the rights of women, among other defects in…

Jones Abiri (Photo Credit: The Cable)

Court reviews bail conditions for Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

A magistrate court in Abuja has varied bail conditions for the release of Jones Abiri, a journalist detained without trial for over two years by Nigeria’s security operatives. Mr Abiri was arrested by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) in July, 2016 and kept incommunicado without a valid case…

CAN condemns siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu’s residences

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to Tuesday's siege on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. In a statement, the association described the action of the security operatives as ''a siege against Nigeria's democracy''. The statement signed by the media assistant…

Security agents reportedly lay siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu's residences

Atiku, Balarabe Musa, Dankwambo speak on security siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu

More reactions have continued to trail Tuesday’s siege on the residences of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, by security operatives in Abuja. The security officers who were seen in multiple vehicles blocked the access routes to the residences of the Senate leaders in the early hours…

EFCC gives possible reason for siege on Ekweremadu’s house

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has invited Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for questioning. A July 24 letter to Mr Ekweremadu said he was under investigation for alleged conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering. Mr Ekweremadu had been under investigation by the EFCC for allegedly owning questionable properties…