2021 Human Rights Award: Zulum, Wike, NPHCDS, WARDC make list

December 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The governors of Borno and Rivers states have among others emerged winners of the 2021 Human Rights Awards. The executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu Esq. stated this in Abuja as the commission prepares for the commemoration of the 2021 International Human Rights Day Celebrations. The commission had on the 12th of November announced the Read More

Implement NDDC forensic audit report, 22 CSOs urge Buhari

October 22, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

The Coalition of Niger Delta Civil Society Organisations (CNDCSOs) on Friday called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, implement the forensic audit report on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and prosecute defaulters. The group made up of 22 CSOs in a meeting in Asaba, Delta state, urged the president to authorise the publication of all Read More

At IDGC, Nigerian girls demand end to GBV, rights violations

October 12, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

To mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, Nigerian children Monday took over offices of the Ministers of Women Affairs and Education to demand for digital opportunities for girls and an end to Gender Based Violence (GBV). The children made their demands known while occupying the seats of the ministers for 30 minutes as part of activities to Read More

How Ajulo rescued teenager sentenced to death for stealing phone

October 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

An Abuja based lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has confirmed that a Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti Judicial Division has discharged and acquitted a teenager Adeolu Bamiteko, who was sentenced to death by a High Court for stealing phone. Bamiteko with one Ayobami Ojo were arraigned in Charge No. HAD/15C/2014 before the High Court presided over by Justice J.O Read More

Insurgency: As CDS thumbs up OPSH commander …

September 24, 2021 MUHAMAMD TANKO SHITTU 0

Recently, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky  Irabor, visited Plateau state, where he held discussions with critical stakeholders, on the quest to finding lasting peace that would end needless attacks and killing of people. MUHAMAMD TANKO SHITTU writes. The Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), hitherto Special Task Force (STF), came into fusion consequent upon the sectarian crises that rocked Jos and other Read More

African Peace Brand lists Obasanjo, Jonathan, Adesina among 33 peace ambassadors awardees

September 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The African Peace Brand at an elaborate event in Abuja slated for November 11, 2021 will hold this year edition of its Awards ceremony. For this event, 33 eminent personalities, among which are 21Nigerians  have been nominated for different categories of awards. Among those listed in the Special Award category include the President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo  Dankwa- Akufo Read More

I’m a man with more than 9 lives – Charly Boy

September 18, 2021 Editor 0

Nigeria’s weird musician and song writer, Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, aka charly boy whose latest efforts in the film and music industry is causing waves across the local and international scenes has said that he is a man of more than nine lives.  Charly Boy who is currently enjoying a post- COVID deserved holidays in London revealed  that he could count Read More

Kabba Jailbreak: Group urges Buhari to sack prison’s Comptroller General immediately

September 15, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Comptroller- General of the Nigerian correctional centre, Alhaji Haliru Nababa over the attack on a prison in Kogi state on Monday. Unknown gunmen attacked the federal correctional centre in Kabba, Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State on Monday morning, leading to the death Read More

Rights group launches public platform on police brutality

September 8, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

A non-governmental organisation, Behind Bar Human Rights Foundation, has commissioned a platform for public complaints to address issues of human rights abuses and other forms of violations by security operatives in Delta state. The platform is a talk show on a radio station where victims or families of victims of rights violations can share experiences with the overall objective of Read More

Mohammed Fawenhinmi a voice against injustice, oppression – Aremu

August 13, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The director-general/chief executive, Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Comrade Issa Aremu, has commiserated with the family of Mohammed Fawehinmi, describing him as “a strident voice against injustice, greed and repression.” Mohammed, the son of the late Gani Fawehinmi died recently, at the age of 52, but Comrade Aremu in his condolence message to the Fawehinmi family on Friday Read More

DRAC to improve media reportage with handbook on SRHR, SGBV

August 12, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has developed a handbook on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Sexual and Gender Based violence (SGBV). The handbook will help unpack concepts, definitions within disability inclusion and SRHR issues in order to improve media practitioners in the reporting. During the sensitization meeting recently held in Abuja, the Programme Officer, DRAC, Amaka Agwu Read More

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FG determined to curb gender-based violence – Osinbajo

August 5, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The federal government has restated its commitment to total eradication of Gender Based Violence (GBV), assuring also efforts in ensuring care and justice for survivors across the country. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this in Abuja while speaking at the official launch of USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (MCGL), a five-year project aimed at increasing access to services for Read More

Justice Barnett seeks ECOWAS support for AU job

August 2, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

A Sierra Leonean Judge, Justice Tonia Barnett has said war is a reaction to jeopardised rights, even as she stated that it is only those who have not witnessed war that call for it. Barnett was in Nigeria, weekend, to seek the support of ambassadors from the West African sub-region for a position at the African Commission on Human and Read More

Alleged forgery: Rights group demands FCC chair’s resignation

July 16, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

A human rights group, Youths and Leadership Initiative (LYGEL), has demanded the immediate resignation of the chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Muheeba Farida Dankanka, over alleged forgery of her academic certificates. The group alleged that she forged some of the academic certificates she presented to the Senate during her screening and, therefore, called on the National Assembly to re-scrutinise Read More

Maltreatment of widows by family members

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Despite the existence of laws to protect Nigerians against human rights abuse, harmful widowhood practices have continued to thrive in states across the country as widows experience maltreatment by in-laws and family members; PAUL OKAH reports. Regardless of the state or ethic group, the death of a married man in Nigeria is often followed with concerns over how the widow Read More

Kanu: Nigeria turning into a pariah state – Igbo group

July 10, 2021 Editor 0

The Igbo National Movement has alleged that the current leadership in Nigeria “is quickly turning the Federation into a pariah state, known only for lawlessness and corrupt purpose”.   In a statement jointly signed by the group’s Executive Director Anthony Olisa Okolo, Executive Secretary Onyemuche Mbachu, Director Media/Mobilisation, Chief Peter Agba Kalu, Legal Adviser Barr. Eze Eluchie and obtained by Read More

Labour, coalition want Nigeria to vote against blockade of Cuba

June 23, 2021 Moses John 0

The Nigeria Movement of Solidarity with Cuba has urge Nigeria Government to vote against continuing blockade of Cuba by the United States of America. The group in a protest letter against the economic blockade handed down to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, said such action is tantamount to genocide. Leader of the group, Comrade Biodun Aremu said Cuba Read More

Step mother starves children, punishes girl with fire in Bauchi

June 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

A divorcee, Habiba Sani Khalid of Bakin Kura area of the Bauchi metropolis, has cried out over alleged starvation and torture of her two children by their step mother. Habiba in an interview with journalists at Tashan Babiye Hospital Bauchi where her ‘maltreated children’ are receiving medical attention, alleged that one of the children, a three year old girl, Sumaiya Read More

Deploying military to quell secessionist agitations won’t work – Obasa

June 16, 2021 Temitope Musowo 0

Speaker of Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has called President Muhammadu Buhari to engage those agitating for secession, saying deploying military to silent them would not work. Obasa made this call on Tuesday plenary while following a motion moved by Hon. Setonji David, representing Badagry constituency on the 22 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria Read More

Movement tasks NPF to implement functional units to address GBV

June 8, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The #StateofEmergencyGBV Movement has called on the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to implement well-resourced functional Family Support Units and Force Gender Units of the Nigeria Police Force to address Gender Base Violence (GBV) cases in collaboration with and at the state level. According to the movement, there should also be public disciplinary measures against officers of the Nigeria Police Force Read More

PDP rejects suspension of Twitter tells Buhari not to push Nigerians to the wall

June 4, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vehemently rejected what it described as the “unwarranted suspension” of the social media platform, Twitter, by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, describing it as a “draconian action and a slide towards a fascist” regime in our country. PDP in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Saturday asserted that “the suspension of Read More

Fistula Day: 13,000 cases annually worrisome, unacceptable-Minister

May 24, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has expressed worry over the alarming statistics and rising burden of obstetrics fistula among Nigerian Women, decrying that there is a prevalence of 3.2 per 1000 birth with an estimated 13,000 new cases occurring annually. Tallen stated this at the weekend during the joint ministerial press briefing on the international day to Read More

War against terrorism responsibility of all Nigerians-NAT

May 19, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

A Civil Society Organization, Nigerians Against Terrorism (NAT), has criticized the executive-director of OSIWA, Aisha Osori for allegedly saying “it was not the duty of human rights groups to mount pressure on terrorists or force them to surrender.” She allegedly stated this at the opening ceremony of three-day training on ‘African Commission Guidelines on Human Rights in Counter-Terrorism Operations’ organised Read More

No foreign interference able to undermine rule of law in Hong Kong

May 14, 2021 Zhong Sheng 0

The rule of law is never to be played with, and those who go against the laws shall never escape punishment. The District Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) recently sentenced Joshua Wong Chi-fung, an instigator of the Hong Kong riots, as well as other three persons, four to ten months in jail for participating in an Read More