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Lawyers react as Nigeria police classify pepper spray as offensive weapon

Last Tuesday, a Twitter user, Dolapo Pizzu, alerted Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit, that she had been arrested and taken to a police station at Igando, Lagos, for being in possession of a pepper spray. Mr. Shogunle responded: "What…

Groups attack government’s privatisation policies, offer alternatives

Civil society and labour groups have kicked against the privatisation policies of federal and state governments saying privatising key public sectors violates the Nigerian constitution. At the end of a two-day workshop on 'public-private partnership versus public sector solutions' organised by the Public Services International in Lagos, the groups said…

Lagos lawyers hold protest despite police warning

Despite a police order to shelve the protest, lawyers of the Ikeja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association on Thursday marched in Lagos against the new land use charge introduced by the state government. The protest held less than 24 hours after a police siege at the lawyers' secretariat in…

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Lagos chief judge inaugurates judicial reform committee

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Opeyemi Oke, on Wednesday inaugurated a criminal justice sector committee to promote greater cooperation among major stakeholders towards a speedy delivery of Criminal Justice in the state. The committee comprising stakeholders in the judiciary, Nigerian Police Force, Ministry of Justice, law enforcement agencies, and…

Sagay calls for adoption of Jury system in Nigeria

The Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, has called on Nigeria to adopt the jury system in its criminal justice administration, because some judges cannot be relied upon to uphold the integrity of the judicial system. Mr. Sagay, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, spoke Tuesday at a…

World Water Day: Groups protest Lagos govt’s planned water privatisation

Several environmental and rights advocacy groups on Thursday marched to the Lagos House of Assembly to protest the planned privatisation of the state government-owned water corporation. The Nigeria Labour Congress and some of its affiliate organisations including the Amalgamated Union of Public Services; Joint Action Front; as well other groups…

Ikeja NBA urges Lagosians not to pay new Land Use Charge

The Ikeja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association on Wednesday called on Lagos residents to reject the reduction in the Land Use Charge rates announced by the state government. Adesina Ogunlana, the chairman of the lawyers' body, described the government's move as "a calculated ploy to hoodwink the good people of…

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How I escaped from Evan’s captivity — Kidnap victim

One of the victims of the alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), on Friday narrated before an Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court how he escaped from captivity hours before he was to be killed. Donatus Dunu, the last victim before the alleged kidnappers were…

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Evans gave me 50% discount on ransom – Kidnap Victim

One of the victims of alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), on Friday told a Lagos judge how his family received 50 per cent discount on ransom from his abductors last year. Donatus Dunu, the last victim before the alleged kidnappers were arrested, while giving evidence before…

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Activists, lawyers criticise Lagos govt’s Land Use Charge reduction

Some lawyers and activists have criticised the decision of the Lagos State Government to reduce the payable sums in the controversial Land Use Charge Law. Following a public outcry and criticism that trailed the charges, the state government announced on Thursday that it had reviewed the law. According to Akinyemi…

Olusosun dumpsite ‘has been a source of concern – Lagos govt, resident

Several residents at the Olusosun area in Lagos on Thursday expressed worries over yesterday's fire incident at the dumpsite. Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, residents told PREMIUM TIMES it has been a frequent occurrence. "But the…

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Fresh trial of alleged billionaire kidnapper, Evans, begins

A fresh trial of alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, began on Wednesday before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offence Court in Lagos. Mr. Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, and Victor Aduba, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms. The prosecution's first…

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Fraud charge: Innoson absent again as judge seeks time to respond to petition

A judge of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court, Mojisola Dada, on Wednesday said she would no longer entertain further proceedings in the suit involving the chairman of Innoson Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma, until she had responded to petitions against her before the National Judicial Council (NJC).…

Lawyers, activists march against ‘obnoxious’ Lagos taxes

Dozens of lawyers and civil society activists marched in Lagos, Tuesday, in protest of some new tax regimes introduced by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode government. The protesters said the taxes are "anti-people." "The tax increments by Ambode would cause hyperinflation, insecurity, encourage crime and hunger," said Adesina Ogunlana, the chairman…

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13-year old narrates how she was ‘raped’ by three men

A 13-year-old girl on Wednesday narrated before a Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, how a brick-layer and two other men raped her on several occasions. The Basic 2 pupil of a primary school in Ibeju Lekki was 12 years old when the incident happened. Three suspects, Obinna Iziejen, Raimi…

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EFCC amends corruption charges against Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday amended the 30-count charge against Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a federal judge, by adding an additional count. Rotimi Oyedepo, the EFCC counsel, said the amendment became imperative due to new evidence uncovered during investigations. At the last court sitting, Abdullahi Lawal, an EFCC investigator,…

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Judge angry as father moves to stop trial of man accused of raping daughter

The father of a 14-year-old victim of alleged rape on Thursday sought to withdraw criminal charges filed against the suspect, Richard Mathew, on the grounds that the victim has relocated and married in the Republic of Benin. The victim's father told Justice Sybil Nwaka of the Sexual Offences Court in…

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New Lagos court jails man 60 years for raping 12-year-old

The Lagos Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja has sentenced its first convict, 58-year-old Obinna Iziejen, to 60 years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl. Mr. Iziejen, who was arraigned alongside two others, had pleaded guilty to a defilement charge at the last court sitting on February 15 and was…

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How I was robbed, raped by guys who posed as female on social media – Student

A student (name withheld ) on Thursday recounted before a Sexual Offences Court in Lagos how she was lured to a location by a supposed female friend she met on social media who claimed to be a fashion entrepreneur and just returned from the United Kingdom to set up a…

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Lagos sexual offences court records first conviction

A 58-year-old man, Obinna Iziejen, has pleaded guilty to three counts of defilement before a sexual offences court headed by Justice Sybil Nwaka of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court. Mr. Iziejen and two others, Raimi Jimoh and Kazeem Arowolo, were arraigned on February 12 for raping…

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Witness gives graphic details of how man allegedly raped two-year-old

A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Adegboyega Adenekan, a supervisor at Chrisland Schools, on Monday gave graphic details of how the suspect allegedly raped a two-year-11-month old pupil of the school. Olive Ogedengbe, a clinical psychologist with Friedlich Consulting, narrated the outcome of her psychological evaluation sessions with…

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Two-year-old rape victim draws object believed to be alleged abuser’s reproductive organ

The trial of a 47-year-old man accused of raping a two-year-old pupil of Chrisland School continued on Monday with the prosecution playing a video in court showing the victim attempting to explain the incident. Adegboyega Adenekan, a supervisor at Chrisland School, was arraigned on January 29 before Sybil Nwaka of…

App connecting doctors, plumbers, hairdressers, mechanics, to potential customers launches in Lagos

A service networking company, Workclick, has launched an app that connects artisans and other skilled workers to their potential customers in Lagos. At the official unveiling of the product on Saturday, Samuel Ajiboyede, the company's co-founder, said over 5,000 workers have signed up with the platform. He said the initiative…

How Lagos struggles to stay afloat ‘ocean of refuse’

Businesses have almost ground to a halt at a shoe market along the Okokomaiko corridor of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway and the traders blame it on the overpowering stench emanating from a nearby refuse heap. "The refuse is very disturbing, definitely, because for about two weeks, the LAWMA (Lagos State Waste…

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Customs officer paid N12 million into Ajumogobia’s account – Witness

A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a federal judge, and Godwin Obla, a senior advocate of Nigeria, on Friday told an Ikeja Divison of the Lagos State High Court how an officer of the Nigerian Customs Service paid N12 million into Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia's bank account. Lawal…