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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…

Court

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…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

NJC approves appointment of four Supreme Court Justices

The National Judicial Council has recommended the appointment of four new Supreme Court judges. Those approved are Adamu Jauro (North-East); Emmanuel A. Agim, (South-South); C. Oseji, (South-South); Helen M. Ogunwumiju, and (South-West). The recommendations were sent to President Muhammadu Buhari who has the powers to appoint the judges with the…

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

Lawyers react to Kogi deputy governor impeachment

Some lawyers have described the recent impeachment of Kogi Deputy governor, Simon Achuba, as illegal. The lawyers who spoke at various interviews with PREMIUM TIMES described the events that resulted in Mr Achuba's reported impeachment as a threat to Nigeria's democracy. Mr Achuba was impeached on October 18, by the…

CrossRiverWatch publisher and journalist, Agba Jalingo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Crossriverwatch.com]

Court grant’s prosecution’s request for masked witnesses in Agba Jalingo’s trial

A Calabar Division of the Federal High Court, Cross River State, has granted leave to the government to present masked witnesses in the trial of detained publisher of CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo. The court made the decision on Wednesday after refusing a request by the defence against the move. Mr Jalingo,…

A Nigerian activist, Chido Onumah. [PHOTO CREDIT: Sahara Reporters]

Activist Chido Onumah sues SSS, wants N150 million

A Nigerian activist, Chido Onumah, has filed an N150 million suit against the State Security Service over his arrest and detention on September 29. Mr Onumah is asking the court to compel the agency to issue a public apology to him for the arrest and prosecute the officers involved in…

Garba Buluma, an official of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)

National Health Dialogue: NPHCDA official seeks autonomy for healthcare facilities

The Director, Department of Planning Research and Statistics, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Garba Bulama, has urged the federal government to allow health facilities hire and fire ad-hoc staff. Mr Bulama said this on Wednesday at the annual National Health Dialogue going on in Abuja. The two-day event…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Presidential Election Petition: Supreme Court accuses opposition group of spreading “malicious rumour” against it

The Supreme Court on Monday accused an opposition group of waging a campaign of calumny against it to influence its decision on the presidential election petition before it. The court in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Festus Akande, accused the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) of spreading falsehood…

Agba Jalingo [Photo: TVC]

19 journalists attacked in Nigeria within nine months – Amnesty International

The Amnesty International has launched a report chronicling attacks on the press in Nigeria since 2015. The report, launched in Abuja on Monday, said at least 19 journalists and media practitioners have been attacked in Nigeria between January and September 2019, the highest since 2015. Six journalists, including bloggers, were…

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS Chairman

Court postpones judgement on suit seeking sack of FIRS chairman, Fowler

A Federal High Court in Kano has postponed its judgement earlier slated for Friday in an application seeking the sack of the Federal Inland Revenue Service chairman, Tunde Fowler. A lawyer representing the applicant in the matter, Johnmary Jideobi, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that the judgement could not be…

Court symbol used to illustrate the story.

Ochanya: Benue government re-arraigns lecturer accused of raping late minor

The Benue State government on Thursday re-arraigned the suspended lecturer of the state polytechnic, Andrew Ogbuja, accused of raping the late 13-year-old Ochanya Ogbanje at the state's high court. Mr Ogbuja was arraigned on four counts for alleged sexual abuses of the late Miss Ochanya during a period of over…

Governor Nasir El-Rufai

Again, court adjourns hearing of journalist ‘threatened’ by El-Rufai

Hearing of the case involving journalist, Stephen Kefason, who was allegedly threatened by Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai, was on Wednesday adjourned again at the instance of the court. Mr Kefason,who was arrested in late May, has been detained since over allegations of criminal defamation, injurious falsehood, and disturbance of peace…

Jones Abiri

Again, court to hear Jones Abiri’s bail application

A Federal High Court in Abuja has slated Monday for hearing of Nigerian journalist, Jones Abiri's application for the variation of his bail terms. The lawyer representing Mr Abiri, Emanuel Ogala, told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday that his application for the variation of Mr Abiri's bail was slated for hearing…

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

It’s not illegal to call for Revolution, even Buhari did so, Sowore’s lawyer tells court

The counsel to the Publisher of Sahara Reporters has defended his client's choice of the word "revolution" in the August 5 protest that held across the country. Mr Sowore's lawyer, Femi Falana, said even the Supreme Court does not regard a revolution as a lawful offence. Mr Falana cited previous authorities by…

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

UPDATED: Court grants Sowore N100 million bail

The Federal High Court on Friday adjourned the trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, to November 6 to 8, after granting bail to the defendant and his co-accused. The court said it allowed Mr Sowore’s application because the offense against him and the second defendant, Olawale Bakare, was…

Omoyele Sowore

Security agents threaten journalists over Sowore photos

Security agents on Friday stopped journalists from taking the photographs of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, as he returned to the court for his trial. Mr Sowore who was clad in a light peach shirt and an ash coloured trouser arrived the court through the rear entrance and…

Omoyele Sowore in court [Photo: Sunnewonline]

Nigeria is a lawless country — Sowore

The publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, on Monday described Nigeria as a lawless country and urged its citizens to fight for "a country of our own." Mr Sowore has been detained for nearly 60 days by the State Security Service (SSS) for planning the #RevolutionNow protest which held in…

Omoyele Sowore

Sowore arraigned; takes plea

The detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, treasonable felony and cyberstalking brought against him by the Nigerian government. Mr Sowore was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, nearly two months after he was arrested. He was charged…

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

SSS brings Sowore to court for arraignment

The detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has arrived the federal high court, venue of his ongoing trial for treasonable felony and money laundering. Mr Sowore was brought to the court at 9:15 a.m. on Monday just before the judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, entered the court room. He was arrested…

Omoyele Sowore

Sowore: SSS refuses to receive documents on bail compliance

The State Security Service (SSS) has refused to collect documents showing Omoyele Sowore has met his bail conditions, his lawyers have said. The Sahara Reporters publisher was granted bail on Tuesday, but has remained in custody at least two days after his lawyers fulfilled conditions given by the Federal High…

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

Sowore’s lawyers blocked from entering SSS office

The State Security Service (SSS) on Friday denied lawyers of the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, access to its office in Abuja. The lawyers, who are representing the activist in his trial at the Federal High Court on charges related to treason and money laundering, were at the…

Police rescue over 300 children, others from ‘torture house’ in Kaduna

Police in Kaduna have rescued over 300 people from a house where they had been chained and maltreated for at least three months. Police said the house, disguised an Islamic school and a rehabilitation camp, was operated by seven men, led by a 39-year-old identified as Ismaila Abubakar. The Kaduna…

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

Sowore: SSS lied about not receiving court order -Falana

The lawyer representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has reacted to a claim by the State Security Service (SSS) that it was not served with copies of the order directing the release of the publisher. In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday evening, Mr Sowore’s lead…