A 2011 gubernatorial aspirant under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), in Bauchi State, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Usman, aka Dan China, has slammed a N1billion suit against the Federal Government, Attorney General of the Federation, (AGF) as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA) over illegal detention. In the suit filed before a Federal High Court, Bauchi by his Counsel, Barrister Gyang Zi, the former gubernatorial said his continued detention was against the law and an infringement of his fundamental human rights.
Herdsmen-farmers' crisis in Nigeria has left deep wounds in the heart of many. The effects of climate change have caught many countries off guard, posing major challenges to the socio-economic and political spheres. Unfortunately, it is unbelievable that the government's response has ignored climate change as the source of conflict exacerbating the herdsmen grazing crisis. This is characteristic of the nonchalant attitude of the African leaders to the present challenges of climate change.
It was for Aynalem and Genet who married each other in 1978 during the height of Ethiopia's brutal Red Terror. This didn't stop Aynalem and Genet from exchanging their wedding vows in Sendafa, a small city just outside the capital, Addis Ababa. A year later, the country's imperial government was overthrown by the Derg communist regime, paving the way for Mengistu's rule. Striking in his dark suit and white polo-neck, Aynalem led his groomsmen to the Chevrolet he and Genet had rented for their wedding.
The Edo Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed the arrest of a 'self-confessed' Boko Haram suspect. According to the Commandant of the NSCDC, Makinde Ayinla, the suspect, who gave his name as Sani, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday. During interrogation, Sani claimed to be a member of the Boko Haram group. Mr Ayinla also said that Sani confessed to being in a group that specializes in robbery, kidnapping, murder, and selling of human parts.
The Lagos Command of the Nigeria Police Force has given individuals with'pump action firearm' and other guns two weeks ultimatum to submit their arms, licenses for verification and re-validation. Chike Oti, spokesperson for the Command said this in a statement released on Friday. He added that the exercise became necessary because of security challenges in the country. The move is to enable the command update its data base with information about the owners, licences, and state of the firearms.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris Kpotum has ordered commissioners across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory to embark on immediate, mass mop up of prohibited firearms in the hands of individuals and groups. The Police IG listed 19 types of firearms that are not expected to be found in the hands of civilians in line with Chapter F28 of 2004 Fire Arms Act. Such weapons, he said must be targeted in the mop up campaign.
The Akwa Ibom State government has made it clear it will not release a white paper on its inquiry on the church collapse that killed 27 people and injured 37 in 2016. The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, who was a special guest at the ceremony, narrowly escaped unhurt. The statement took many people by surprise because of the expectation that the report was going to be made public soon.
Wydad Casablanca of Morocco have won the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Super Cup after beating TP Mazembe of DR Congo 1-nil. The Super Cup is a competition between the winners of the African Champions League and the second-tier Confederation Cup. Wydad Casablanca won the Caf Champions League in November, the same month that the national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in the summer.
The Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja on Friday sentenced the leader of a six-man land grabbing gang, Mohammed Sani Audu to death by hanging. He was alleged to have stabbed one Hussein Isa to death over a land dispute. The convict, according to the prosecution, led a six-man gang to a disputed land, between the families of the deceased and one of the convict's gang member, Momoh-Jimoh Abaniki.
The Nigerian Armed Forces has described the recent report by Amnesty International (AI) alleging human rights violations in the course of prosecution of the war against Boko Haram insurgent group as a gross disservice to the nation's high security command. The military therefore advised Nigerians to ignore the report while keeping faith and confidence in the Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN. The deliberate falsehood peddled by AI could cast the nation and its security apparatus in bad light.
The presiding Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Husaini said the sentence was without an option of fine. He added that appropriate punishments will be meted out to anyone found guilty of lawlessness on Nigerian roads. The Magistrate said: I have no option than to sentence you, Danladi Baba, to seven years' imprisonment without an option of fine. What is regrettable in this case is the serious abuse of the privilege of late by VIP convoys.
The 'political quarrel' between Governor Nasir El-Rufai and outspoken Senator and activist, Shehu Sani intensified on Friday with the Kaduna State chief executive filing a N2billion slander lawsuit against the lawmaker. Both men had been involved in battle to control the Kaduna chapter of the Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. El-Rufai on Friday stormed a high court in Kaduna to file a four- count defamation suit against the Senator representing the Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
President Muhammadu Buhari, has commended the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, for defending his administration robustly. The president commended Sagay on Friday when he received a delegation of Itshekiri people from Delta State led by Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, and other prominent Iteskiri sons in Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja. He said; Thanks for producing a man like Prof Itse Sagay, who is defending us robustly and stepping on many toes in the process.
Two car-bomb attacks have killed at least 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials say. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which has been trying to oust Somalia's government, says it was behind both. A gun battle followed the attack near the presidential palace in which five militants were killed, officials say. The group said five of its fighters, including the two drivers, had been martyred and 35 soldiers were killed in the attacks.
Some aggrieved residents of Dapchi, headquarters of Busari local government area of Yobe state, attacked Ibrahim Gaidam, governor of the state, on Thursday. Gaidam had gone to the community to inform the people that the students kidnapped from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, have not been rescued. The governor had to be ferried away by his security operatives but the mob went after the vehicles in his convoy.
Ezekwesili was co-founder of TI and served as one of the pioneers directors of the organisation. Ezekwesili and Obasanjo have been outspoken in their criticisms of the Buhari administration in the past few months. It was once unthinkable to touch or prosecute the "big men" for corruption in Nigeria but President Buhari has ended impunity for corruption, the presidency. Today, the Buhari administration has made accountability the bedrock of governance and corruption is no longer fashionable because it attracts consequences, the presidency noted.
A pastor in Afam, Rivers state, has been arrested in connection with the murder of three persons - two women and a nine-month-old girl, all members of his church. The police alleged that the pastor murdered the three persons on December 13, 2017. The pastor in a most bizarre manner gruesomely murdered three of his own flock, including an unborn child, Okoro said.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr Godwin Obla, for allegedly involving themselves in unlawful enrichment and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. They were re-arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court sitting at Ikeja the amendment to the charges preferred against them by the Commission.
For two weeks, the entire world's attention has been on South Korea, where the world's best athletes have been competing for glory in the Winter Olympics. The three women are part of the first Nigerian delegation to make it to the Winter Games and the first African team ever to compete in the bobsled competition. The only problem with that narrative is that not one of the three-woman strong team was born in Africa.