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Court dismisses former SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar’s case against FG

The National Industrial Court on Monday dismissed a request by a former spokesperson of Nigeria’s State Security Service, Marilyn Ogar, for the reversal of her sack by the secret police. Ms Ogar was sacked in 2015, following allegations of alleged fraud and engaging in partisan politics. Ms Ogar, whose involvement…

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Police confirm officers involved in killing of another Nigerian woman in Abuja

The Nigerian Police have confirmed that their officers were involved in the killing of Anita Akapson, a resident of the Federal Capital Territory, on October 13. Following reports of Ms Akapson's murder at her residence in the Katampe area of Abuja, Nigerians on social media condemned the trigger-happy police officers…

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INTERVIEW: What Nigerian govt must do to end farmers/herders conflict, election violence – Peace Committee

Months before the 2019 election, a pro-peace group; members of the National Working Group on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, shared their views about Nigeria’s democracy, security crisis and consequences of hate speech in this interview with Evelyn Okakwu. The interview was conducted with the following members of the group:…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram: Red Cross sends urgent message to Nigerian govt over kidnapped health workers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has raised an alarm over the 24 hours deadline given by Boko Haram to eliminate another female staff held captive by the insurgents. Mamadou Sow, Head of ICRC’s Operations in the Lake Chad Basin, in a statement on Sunday made an appeal…

Frederick Adetiba, Lead Pastor, The Finishing Church

INTERVIEW: ‘The church should not collect donations from corrupt politicians’ – Pastor

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES Evelyn Okakwu, the young and inspiring Frederick Adetiba, lead pastor of 'The Finishing Church,' shares his vision of inspiring Nigerian youth towards accomplishing their goals in life and his one year experience of being a cleric. He tells this newspaper about his first year as leader…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

CJN Onnoghen warns lawyers against delays, says Supreme Court full with cases till 2021

Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, has warned lawyers not to engage in actions that cause delay in cases at the Supreme Court. The warning is aimed at ensuring the speedy resolution of cases at the Supreme Court, the official said. According to the directive, lawyers and others involved in the…

National Judicial Council

NJC recommends sack of two ‘corrupt’ Nigerian judges

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to dismiss two judges accused of corruption by the anti-graft agency, EFCC. The affected judges are Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court and James Agbadu-Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES reported the corruption allegations against…

Group demands release of Leah Sharibu before October 15

A group, Catalyst for Global Peace and Justice (CPJ), has asked the Nigerian government to ensure the release of abducted Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, before October 15. The request was made on Tuesday during a press briefing organised by the group, in collaboration with the Christian Association of Nigeria,…

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

IGP Idris should have honoured Senate invitation, Court rules

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has thrown out an application by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for an order that the Nigerian Senate cannot compel him to personally appear before it. The court presided over by a judge, John Tsoho, dismissed the application for lacking in merit. Mr…

pic 2. DSS HANDS OVER 82 CHIBOK SCHOOLGIRLS TO MINISTER OF WOMEN AFFAIRS IN ABUJA

#BBOG co-convener drags Nigerian govt to court over missing Chibok schoolgirls

Four years after the abduction of over 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, a former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, has gone to court to demand government’s action for their immediate release. Mrs Ezekwesili wants the court to compel the Nigerian government to provide monthly reports of…

Walter-Onnoghen

Lawyers caught forging court judgement for SAN award — CJN Onnoghen

Police are investigating some Nigerian lawyers after a committee that approves the country's legal profession's highest award found they forged court judgement to earn high marks, the chief justice of the federation, Walter Onnoghen, said Monday. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria rank is considered a mark of excellence and is…

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Months after de-robing lawyer, legal practitioners’ committee restores SAN rank

Eight months after stripping Adekunle Ogunba of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has restored the rank to the lawyer. The SAN rank is considered a mark of excellence awarded by the LLPC to lawyers the committee considers to have contributed significantly…

#OsunDecides2018: APC, PDP, SDP others battle for Osun governorship

#OsunDecides2018: INEC results from local govts

As collation of results for the 2018 Osun governorship elections draws to a close in various wards, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development brings you the outcomes of the elections in various local government areas. The winner of #OsunDecide2018 is…

8:19am, PU 005, Ward 02, Ipetu-Ile, Baptist Primary School, Obokun LG, voters on the queue to vote.

Governorship election commences peacefully in Osun

The governorship election in Osun State has commenced with many potential voters trooping out to their various polling units for accreditation. At the various polling units visited across the state by PREMIUM TIMES reporters, people were seen checking their names on the voters register get accredited. Accreditation process has started…

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Legal practitioners committee strips lawyer of SAN award

The Legal Practitioner’s Privileges Committee (LPPC) has withdrawn the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, recently conferred on a lawyer, Ikhide Ehighelua, following allegations he instigated contradictory judgements from sister courts. The LPPC announced the withdrawal in a statement issued at the end of its emergency meeting…

Leah Sharibu

Boko Haram Threat: CAN demands urgent release of Leah Sharibu, Chibok girls

Days after the terror group, Boko Haram, released a video showing the killing of an aide worker, and threatening to harm the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, the Christian Association of Nigeria has demanded her immediate release. The association also called on government to ensure the safe release of over…

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More than half of Nigeria’s awaiting-trial-prisoners under age 30 — Group

More than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s awaiting trial inmates are under the age of 30, a group, the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions, has said. In Nigeria, awaiting trial inmates constitute over 70 per cent of total prison inmates, the group said. Nigeria currently has 75, 589 prisoners…

Abubakar Malami

EXCLUSIVE: AGF Malami hires American firms to plant pro-Buhari op-ed in U.S. papers

Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, has hired two American lobbying and public relations firms to plant opinion article favourable to the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration in American newspapers, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Mr. Malami's action came to light more than five years after this newspaper exposed the Goodluck Jonathan government…

Sambo Dasuki

Trial of Dasuki, Kanu, El-Zakzaky, others to continue in new legal year

As the Nigerian judiciary enters a new legal year, 2018/2019, attention will be on major political cases. The 2018/2019 legal year commenced following two months’ vacation by the courts. Some of the notable cases expected to attract attention in the new legal year are those involving Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist…

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2019: Nigerian judges get new directive that could alter political cases

As the Nigerian judiciary enters a new legal year, a new directive to help ensure justice in the build up to the 2019 elections has been issued. The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Adamu Kafarati, on Monday directed judges to put a stop to the use of ex-parte…

Leah Sharibu

Catholic Bishops demand release of Leah Sharibu

Seven months after her abduction, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria has reiterated calls for the release of Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu. Ms Sharibu was kidnapped along with other school mates in February and left behind after the federal government negotiated the release of the abducted children a month later.…

Bukola Saraki

Senator wants motion seeking Saraki’s imprisonment served through media

Despite the order for a substituted service of contempt proceedings on Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over the suspension of a senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator has approached the court with another application. Mr Omo-Agege wants the court to allow him serve Mr Saraki and the National Assembly with Form 49…

Nigerian Senate

Saraki loyalists lose as Court dismisses application seeking continued suspension of senate sitting

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed an application seeking to stop the senate from compulsorily convening before September 25. The upper chambers of the national assembly, led by Bukola Saraki, suspended plenary in July, shortly after Mr Saraki defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to…

Jones Abiri

Court awards N10 million damages against Nigeria for illegal detention of journalist Jones Abiri

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has described the two years detention of journalist Jones Abiri as outright conviction and ordered government to pay N10 million in damages to Mr Abiri. Mr Abiri was arrested in August 2016 and detained for two years till his lawyers, led by…

Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal Justice Danladi Umar

Tribunal postpones trial of Bauchi commissioner, others

The Code of Conduct Tribunal says it will continue the trial of some workers of the Bauchi State Government accused of false asset declaration in Abuja on September 18 and 19. The suspects whose trial began in a High Court in Bauchi State, were brought to Abuja, following the failure…