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Nigerian govt rejects ISIS “hoax” about Boko Haram killings

The Federal Government has described as "a hoax" and "imaginary" figures the terrorist group, ISIS, claimed represent the number of people killed, or attacks carried out, by Boko Haram in the last two months. In a statement issued in Abuja, Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said…

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Zaria Massacre: Human rights commission inaugurates 5-man probe panel

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has inaugurated a five-man panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite Islamic sect in Zaria. The Executive Secretary of the commission, Bem Angwe, who inaugurated the panel in Abuja on Monday,…

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Appeal court defers judgement on Taraba governorship election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has deferred judgement on an appeal challenging the decision of the Taraba State Election Petition Tribunal on the April 11 gubernatorial election in the state. On November 7, the tribunal nullified the election of Darius Ishaku as governor of Taraba State on the…

Appeal Court sacks Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel; nullifies entire election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the Akwa Ibom State governorship election of April 11, removing the declared winner, Udom Emmanuel, from office. Mr. Emmanuel’s election was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Umana Umana. At the election tribunal, Mr. Emmanuel of the Peoples…

BIAFRA: Court orders SSS to immediately release Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the State Security Service to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on bail, unconditionally. Justice Adeniyi Ademola gave the order while ruling on a bail application filed by Mr. Kanu's counsel, Vincent Obeta. Mr. Obeta had…

Federal court grants Nnamdi Kanu unconditional release

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, bail, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. Ruling on his bail application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, said Mr. Kanu, who is the director of pirate station, Radio Biafra, should be released…

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Biafra: Arrested Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters to be docked Thursday

Thirteen supporters of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) have approached the Abuja Magistrate court demanding their release from Keffi prison. The men, led by a certain Agbo Moses, were arrested on December 2 by a detachment of police officers during a protest at the premises of the Magistrate Court…

Appeal court sacks Nyesom Wike, says Rivers Governor not validly elected

The Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of the Rivers Governorship Election Tribunal. The court said Wednesday that Nyesom Wike, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in this year's election, was not validly elected. The Rivers Tribunal had earlier on October 24 nullified Mr. Wike's election. The…

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Nnamdi Kanu sponsoring terrorism against Nigeria – SSS

A counsel to the State Security Service, SSS, Mosses Idakwo, on Monday told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the director of a pirate radio station, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was sponsoring terrorism against Nigeria. Mr. Idakwo asked the court to disregard a bail application by Mr. Kanu’s counsel,…

Biafra: Court sets date for decision on Nnamdi Kanu’s bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Thursday rule on a bail application for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention since October. Mr. Kanu, the director of the underground Radio Biafra, was arrested by the State Security Service. Calls for…

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Court grants Raymond Dokpesi bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Monday, granted bail to the founder of Daar Communication Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, in a money laundering suit brought against him by the Federal Government. Mr. Dokpesi is facing a six-count charge of alleged money laundering. He was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes…

Court sends Dokpesi back to detention, as EFCC opposes bail

The founder of Daar Communications PLC, Raymond Dokpesi, has been asked to return to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, pending the ruling on his application for bail on Monday. Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, said the adjournment would help him look critically…

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Dokpesi arraigned over alleged N2.1bn corruption

The founder of Daar Holdings Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, on Wednesday appeared before the Federal High Court in Abuja over allegations of fraud, by his company, during the 2015 general elections. Mr. Dokpesi is facing a six-count bordering on corruption and violation of the public procurement law, brought against him by…

Supreme Court adjourns Saraki’s alleged false asset case to February

The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned hearing on the trial of the senate president, Bukola Saraki, to February 2016. Mr. Saraki appealed to the highest court to quash his trial by the Code of Conduct Bureau, which accuses him of false asset declaration and fraud. He denies all 13 charges…

Nigerian Soldiers jubilating after a battle with Boko Haram

End Boko Haram by December, bomb victims task Nigerian military

Victims of bomb blast in Nigeria have called on the Nigerian military to consolidate its efforts towards meeting the December deadline for the elimination of terrorism in the country. In a statement signed by its chairman, Kayode Olatunji, on Wednesday, the Bomb Blast Victims Association of Nigeria charged the armed…

Biafra: Magistrate father’s death stalls Nnamdi Kanu’s trial

Hearing on the case against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by the State Security Service, SSS, stalled on Tuesday, following the death of the magistrate’s father. Mr. Kanu was brought before an Abuja magistrate court by the SSS on allegations of criminal conspiracy, engaging in…

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Nigeria to privatise postal services

The Nigerian government has indicated plans to privatise the country's postal services. The acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, stated this during an unscheduled visit to the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology on Tuesday. In a statement, the deputy director of Communications at the office…

Group wants parents punished for not enrolling children in schools

A group has urged the Nigerian government to criminalize the failure of parents to enrol their children in schools. The charge was given in Abuja by a nongovernmental organization, Paulash Initiative, during its programme to increase awareness of the impact of girl child education. The founder of the group, Folashade…

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

Nigeria seeks revocation of Dasuki’s bail, wants ex-NSA imprisoned

The federal government, on Monday, asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail granted the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on September 1, and also commit him to prison pending his trial. In a fresh motion on notice, the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation,…

Biafra: SSS seeks transfer of Nnamdi Kanu’s case to higher court

The State Security Service on Monday asked an Abuja magistrate court to discontinue its case against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. Mr. Kanu was arraigned for criminal conspiracy, engaging in unlawful society and criminal intimidation, which violate Section 97, 97B and 397 of the…

Information Minister blasts NTA, Radio Nigeria, NAN; orders fair treatment of opposition parties

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday lambasted government-owned media organizations in the country over what he described as lack of professionalism and credible reportage. The minister made this known during his maiden meeting with heads of parastatals under his ministry at the Radio House, Abuja. Mr.…

Nyanya Kuje bomb hearing: ​Police demand protection for witnesses

The Nigeria Police is demanding exclusive protection for its witnesses in the Nyanya​ and​ Kuje bombing case. In a motion on notice served at a Federal High court in Abuja, during the second hearing, the police made a six-point prayer before Justice Abdul Kafarati, detailing various requests to protect the…

Court insists AGF, Abubakar Malami, must appear to explain prolonged siege on Dasuki’s home

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday requested the presence of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to explain why its order regarding the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was not adhered to. Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Friday…

Nigerian laws must be amended for Buhari’s ministers to function – Group

The Centre for Social Justice has proposed areas that President Muhammadu Buhari needs to urgently review to enable the newly constituted Executive Council of the Federation function effectively. The Lead Director of the group, Eze Onyekpere, said the President needs to urgently amend key laws that would enable the newly…

Nigerian artist emerges first African winner of Korean award

A Nigerian fine artist, Otobong Nkanga, has emerged the first African to win the Yanghyun Foundation Artist Award in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Nkanga was selected for her outstanding creativity in media and motivational photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video. While selecting Ms. Nkanga’s work, the panel declared, “in Nkanga’s…