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Omoyele Sowore

Sowore: Court threatens imprisonment of SSS Director-General

The Federal High Court, Abuja Division, has issued a warning that it would order the imprisonment of the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), Yusuf Bichi The court gave the warning on Thursday in response to the failure of the SSS to release the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters,…

The Publisher of popular news website, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore

Sowore spends night in jail despite fulfiling bail conditions

The Nigerian government is yet to release the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, despite receiving an affidavit of compliance to the court order directing his release on Wednesday morning. Marshal Abubakar, a lawyer with the Chambers of Mr Sowore’s lead counsel, Femi Falana told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday…

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Another Nigerian journalist remanded in prison for alleged terrorism, treason

The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo, in prison after he was arraigned on Wednesday. Mr Jalingo is facing a four-count charge bordering on alleged terrorism and treasonable felony. He was accused of, among other allegations, staging a protest with the hashtag…

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

Sowore meets bail conditions

The Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has fulfilled the bail conditions given by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday for his release. In a document seen by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Sowore’s lawyers led by senior counsel Femi Falana deposed to an affidavit confirming compliance with the order,…

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P&ID Scandal: Court grants bail to former petroleum ministry director

The Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted bail to a former director of legal affairs at Nigeria's petroleum ministry, Grace Taiga, who was arraigned for alleged involvement in the controversial Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) contract with Nigeria. The court in a ruling on Wednesday said the prosecution failed…

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

Why Sowore has not been freed despite court order – Lawyer

A lawyer representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has given a reason why Mr Sowore is yet to be free, despite being granted bail by a court on Tuesday. Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Samuel Ogala, explained during a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Wednesday morning that Mr Sowore…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

UPDATED: APC files counter appeal against Atiku at Supreme Court

The All Progressives Congress has filed motions challenging sections of the September 11 presidential election tribunal judgement, and seeking the nullification of evidence proffered by the PDP and accepted by the tribunal. In a cross appeal filed in an apparent reaction to the PDP's earlier application before the Supreme Court…

In what is clearly a brutal assault on free speech, Omoyele Sowore was arrested.

Court orders immediate release of Sowore

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. The court made the order after saying on Tuesday that there was no extant order allowing Mr Sowore’s further detention by the State Security Service. The court said Mr Sowore…

Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Sowore]

Sowore’s alleged offence attracts capital punishment — Nigerian Govt

The Nigerian government has told the Federal High Court that the charges against the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, attract "capital punishment", in an argument against his release from custody. A government lawyer said the court should decide "in the interest of national security" whether Mr Sowore should…

The Publisher of popular news website, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore

Nigerian govt set to arraign Sowore; selects witnesses

The Nigerian government has selected five witnesses to testify against the detained publisher and activist, Omoyele Sowore, at his trial scheduled to begin on Tuesday. The witnesses include investigation officers and banking officials. They are to give statements on Mr Sowore’s alleged treasonable offences instigated through the #RevolutionNow protest which…

Justice Ngwuta returns to Supreme Court after corruption trial

A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on Monday performed what appeared to be his first public function since he resumed from suspension during his trial for alleged fraud. Mr Ngwuta joined other justices of the apex court at the swearing-in of 38 new senior advocates of Nigeria.…

In what is clearly a brutal assault on free speech, Omoyele Sowore was arrested.

UPDATED: Nigeria govt charges Sowore with treason

The Nigerian government has filed a seven-count charge of fraud and treasonable felony against the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. The charges were filed about 50 days after Mr Sowore was arrested and detained by security operatives on August 3. Officers of Nigeria's secret police, SSS, had arrested Mr…

Darius Ishaku

Court upholds Taraba Gov Ishaku’s election

The Taraba State election petition tribunal has nullified a petition brought by the All Progressives Congress challenging the election of Governor Darius Ishaku. The court on Friday said the APC's petition was not brought by competent applicants, since the first petitioner, Abubakar Danladi, had been disqualified by successive judgements from…

EFCC operatives

UPDATED: P&ID Scandal: Ex-director remanded in prison; late Minister Lukman named in charge

A former director for legal services at Nigeria's petroleum ministry was on Friday remanded in Suleja Prison after pleading not guilty to an eight-count charge of alleged financial impropriety in the controversial contract between Nigeria and the Irish firm, Process and Industrial Development Company (P&ID). The former director, Grace Taiga,…

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P&ID must forfeit all its assets to Nigeria, Court rules

The Federal High Court has convicted the suspects arraigned on allegations of fraudulent involvement in the 2010 contract between the Nigerian government and an Irish firm, the Process and Industrial Development (P&ID). The court also ordered the firm to forfeit all its assets to the Nigerian government. The court gave…

EFCC operatives

‘Officials’ of P&ID, which wants Nigeria’s $9 billion, plead guilty to fraud

The Nigerian government on Thursday arraigned persons it said were representatives of the Process and Industrial Development Company (P&ID) before a Federal High Court in Abuja on allegations of fraud. The government arraigned two suspects who pleaded guilty to 11 counts of fraudulent involvement in the contract. The suspects are…

Paul Usoro

Independence of judiciary under threat under Buhari — NBA President

The president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Paul Usoro, has accused the Buhari-led government of undermining the independence of the judiciary. Mr Usoro gave the remark at an event to mark the beginning of the 2019 judicial year in Abuja. He accused the executive arm of government and its agencies…

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

$9.6 billion P&ID Judgement: Malami accuses PDP of fraud

The Nigerian government has explained that at resumption of office in 2015 the only opinion it considered practicable regarding the controversial contract with the Projects and Industrial Development company (P&ID) was to negotiate. Speaking with journalists on Sunday, Justice Minister Abubakar Malami said the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party,…

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku’s turbulent journey from polls to presidential tribunal loss

The presidential election petition tribunal has given its verdict in the petition brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar challenging the February 23 election won by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Buhari was declared winner with 15,191,847 votes while Mr Abubakar came second with 11,262,978 votes. Mr Buhari…

Mr. Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: concisenews.global)

Atiku, PDP presented no evidence of non-compliance – Tribunal

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday said Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party did not present before it any evidence to show that the 2019 presidential election was not conducted in compliance to the Electoral Act. Justice Garba Mohammed, reading the decision, noted a number of allegations brought…

Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

Atiku loses as tribunal dismisses election petition against Buhari 

The presidential election tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The judgement by the five-member tribunal was read by Garba Mohammed. The tribunal ruled each of the five arguments by the PDP and Mr Abubakar against them. Mr Mohammed…

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INEC Server Controversy: Tribunal rules against PDP, Atiku

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal said the allegation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that INEC made use of a central server for the collation of election results in the 2019 election could not be proven The court in a decision on Wednesday said there is nothing in the law…

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Buhari eminently qualified to contest 2019 election –Tribunal

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari was qualified for the 2019 election. The tribunal said Mr Buhari's certificate from the Nigerian military is higher than the Secondary School certificate stated as a minimum academic requirement for the election in the constitution. "Mr Buhari is not…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

Tribunal backs PDP, says Buhari’s academic qualification not ‘pre-election matter’

The Presidential Election Tribunal on Wednesday dismissed the argument by INEC suggesting that the complaints by the PDP against President Muhammadu Buhari’s academic qualification for the 2019 election was a pre-election matter. The Independent National Electoral Commission said the PDP's demand should only be regarded as a pre-election matter. The…

Wole Olanikpekun and Alex Izinyon (SANs) discussing at the tribunal

Election: Tribunal dismisses PDP’s claim security operatives rigged for Buhari

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed parts of the PDP petition alleging that the ruling APC used security officers to manipulate the 2019 election. The court's decision followed an application by INEC seeking the nulification of various parts of the petition by the PDP. The PDP had in its…