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Women protest alleged non-voting in Bayelsa

Some women from Ward 5 in Biogbolo community, Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, protested alleged non-voting in the ward. A video seen by PREMIUM TIMES indicated that the women who carried placards with various inscriptions were alleging that thugs employed by the All Progressives Congress “ensured that voting did not take…

Supreme Court of Nigeria (judge)

Supreme Court on Buhari’s Election: PDP should’ve called 250,000 witnesses

The Supreme court has said the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, should have presented 250, 000 witnesses before the 2019 election tribunal to prove its case. The court said this on Friday while explaining why it dismissed PDP's appeal against the September 11 decision of the…

Supreme Court of Nigeria (judge)

PDP shuns Supreme Court’s explanation on reasons for dismissing Atiku’s appeal

The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday shunned the Supreme Court's invitation to hear its reasons for dismissing the party's appeal against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Peoples Democratic Party failed to make any representation at the apex court on Friday after the court notified the public of its…

Timi Dakolo's wife

Alleged Rape: Court dismisses Dakolo’s case against Fatoyinbo

A Nigerian judge has dismissed rape allegations against Biodun Fatoyinbo, a famous Abuja-based preacher of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly. Oathman Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Bwari Division, dismissed the case filed by Busola Dakolo on Thursday afternoon, saying it was statute-barred because it happened decades…

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Court disqualifies APC deputy governorship candidate in Bayelsa

A Federal High Court, Abuja Division, has disqualified the APC deputy governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, from participating in the November 16 governorship election. The court in a decision on Tuesday said Mr Degi-Eremienyo provided conflicting information in his documents submitted to the electoral commission, INEC. The court…

Suleiman Abdulazees

Nigerians living with disabilities narrate how discrimination ended dreams (2)

In a 2008 publication by the United Nations' department of public information, the UN quoted an American star actor, Chris Sullivan, who was born with hearing impairment, as saying: "to achieve a change of attitude towards people with disabilities, you have to look at the person and not the disability."…

Omoyele Sowore in court [Photo: Sunnewonline]

SSS claim for not releasing Sowore, misleading – Lawyer

Femi Falana, the lawyer representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore has described as misleading the claim by the State Security Service that it failed to release Mr Sowore because no one had come to collect him. On Friday night, in an obvious attempt to defend its repeated…

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Why we’ve not released Sowore – SSS

Nigeria's State Security Service has denied claims by lawyers representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, that they were being prevented from taking Mr Sowore after meeting his bail conditions on Wednesday. The SSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, in a text message midnight Wednesday said the claims by Mr…

Simon Achuba, Kogi state Deputy Governor [Photo: Vanguard News]

Court adjourns impeached Kogi deputy governor’s suit to week before end of tenure

The National Industrial Court in Abuja on Thursday adjourned hearing in the application brought by Simon Achuba over his controversial impeachment as the deputy governor of Kogi State. The court adjourned the hearing to January 13 and 14 next year, a week to the end of Mr Achuba's tenure on…

Omoyele Sowore in court [Photo: Sunnewonline]

Again, despite Sowore meeting bail conditions, SSS fails to release him – Lawyer

Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS) has again refused to release the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters despite him meeting his bail conditions. On Wednesday, the SSS said it had closed for the day, and would not review a document presented by Mr Sowore's lawyers showing the bail conditions had been…

Omoyele Sowore

Sowore: Nigerian govt indicates plan to use secret witnesses

The Nigerian government on Wednesday indicated its intention to use secret witnesses in the prosecution of a rights activist, Omoyele Sowore. A government lawyer, after he was challenged by Mr Sowore's counsel, told the court that he was planning to seek the permission of the court to use secret witnesses.…

NFF Chairman and CAF VP, Amaju Pinnick

Pinnick’s Discharge: We’ve been vindicated – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation has explained Tuesday’s suspension of the trial involving its President, Amaju Pinnick, and four others by an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. In a statement on the court decision on Tuesday, the NFF said the Nigerian government withdrew the charges “because the proof of…

Amaju Pinnick in court (Photo Credit: Evelyn Okakwu)

Nigerian govt withdraws corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials

The Federal High Court, Abuja Division, on Tuesday, struck out the case of fraud brought against the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick. The court made the decision following an application by the federal government to withdraw its case against Mr Pinnick and others accused of mismanaging money…

Abubakar Malami

Judge recuses self in application seeking Malami’s removal as AGF

A judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, Evelyn Maha, on Friday recused herself from hearing a case against Nigeria's Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, following a request for her to do so by a lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi. Mr Jideobi had approached Ms Maya's court to demand the removal…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Jibrin criticises appeal court ruling, pledges to win rerun

A sacked lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has criticised Friday's decision of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna to relieve him of his position. Mr Jibrin who stated his reservations about the judgement said he would accept the decision in good faith, “as a faithful Muslim and true democrat." The All Progressives…

Femi Falana (SAN)

Operation Positive Identification: Falana sues Nigerian army

A lawyer, Femi Falana, has asked the Lagos division of the Federal High Court to stop the Nigerian army from continuing the “operation positive identification” exercise which was scheduled to commence across Nigeria Friday. Mr Falana is also asking the court to declare the exercise illegal. The exercise entails the…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Appeal Court sacks APC Reps member

The Court of Appeal in Kaduna has nullified the election of Kano State lawmaker, Jibrin Abdulmumin, the Daily Nigerian newspaper is reporting. The paper said the decision followed the nullification of elections in two local government areas of Kiru/Bebeji Constituency. The appeal court ordered fresh elections in the constituency. The…

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Despite new law, Nigerians living with disabilities lament discrimination

Forty-year-old Ann Ojugo lost her legs at the age of six after a wrong diagnosis and misapplied injection left her permanently crippled. When her parents enrolled her in a primary school, she said a teacher spoke about how the new pupil would soil herself and be a burden to her. It…

Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB: Court to hear Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal against revocation of bail

The Federal High Court, Abuja Division has adjourned the hearing of an application by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, till January 16. In the application, Mr Kanu is challenging the revocation of his bail after he stopped appearing in his trial by the Nigerian…

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SERAP wants special court to handle cases of free speech, other rights abuses

The Socio-Economic and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for the establishment of a special human rights court to be vested with the mandate of ensuring strict adherence to fundamental rights in Nigeria. The civil society organisation said the court would step in "when there is a breach of, or a…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Supreme Court announces date to hear Atiku’s petition against Buhari’s election

The Supreme Court has fixed October 30 to begin hearing in the petitions challenging the February 23 general elections currently before it. A lawyer representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the matter, Mike Ozekhome, told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview on Sunday that the court fixed the date…

Mohammed Adoke

Malabu Scandal: Court reverses arrest warrant on Adoke

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Friday dismissed an order it earlier made for the arrest of a former justice minister, Bello Adoke. The court in a ruling on Friday agreed with the arguments of Mr Adoke's lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, that the warrant of arrest earlier issued against Mr…

Jones Abiri

UPDATED: Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri released on bail

Detained Nigerian journalist, Jones Abiri, has been released. Mr Abiri, who was detained on May 22 after his arraignment at a Federal High court in Abuja, was released by prison authorities after meeting his bail conditions on Friday evening. He was first arrested in 2016 and released two years after…

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Court orders remand of Maina’s son

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the remand of Faisal Maina at the police special tactical squad in Asokoro after he pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of fraud against him. Mr Maina is the son to Abdurasheed Maina, the former director of the federal government…

Abdulrashid Maina

Alleged N100b Pension Fraud: Maina pleads not guilty, remanded in prison

A former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, on Friday pleaded not guilty to the 12-count charge of a N100 billion pension fraud brought against him. The presiding judge, Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, said Mr Maina should be remanded in prison…