SERAP moves to halt FG’s plans to monitor Nigerians’ WhatsApp messages

October 17, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has requested a Federal high court sitting in Abuja to stop the Federal Government from going ahead with its plans to track, intercept and monitor WhatsApp messages, phone calls, and text messages of Nigerians and other people. The group, in a statement, said it approached the court for its pronouncement on the constitutionality Read More

Ebonyi indigenes demand release of detained Journalist over Facebook post

October 13, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has faulted the state government of Engr David Umahi, for implementing Cybercrime Prohibition Law in the state without a public hearing. The group however, demanded immediate release of a Radio presenter, Godfrey Chikwere, arrested and detained over a Facebook post on the order of the state government. In a statement Read More

Domesticating ACJA challenging, work in progress – Ota-Okojie

October 12, 2021 KEHINDE OSASONA 0

As part of the on-going justice sector reform across the six geo-political zone in the country, the train of the Presidential Committee christened Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee (FJSRCC) berthed in Yola, last week, in continuation of its workshop and interface with stakeholders saddled with the responsibility of implementing the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA 2015). In this 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

Kogi CJ urges lawyers to cooperate with the bench

October 8, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

The Chief Judge of Kogi state, Hon. Justice Richard Olorunfemi, has charged lawyers in the state to see themselves as critical stakeholders in the administration of justice. He urged them to cooperate with judges in the state in order to effectively dispense justice to the people.He gave the charge while presenting newly appointed judges for the High Court of Justice Read More

NHRC urges stronger security presence in schools

October 1, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the federal government to protect schools, students and teachers from all incessant attacks. Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu stated this during the multi-stakeholders’ forum on safe schools organised bythe commission in collaboration with PLAN International and other stakeholders on Tuesday in Abuja. The forum was to provide a Read More

Court orders Ugwuanyi to investigate killing of 22 unarmed youth in Emene

September 30, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

The Enugu state High Court has ordered Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state to constitute a judicial commission of inquiry into the gruesome murder of twenty-two unarmed youth by the Nigerian security agencies in Emene, Enugu state. On August 23, 2021, no fewer than 22 unarmed youth were extra-judicially killed by combined security operatives, made up of Nigerian Army, Nigerian Read More

DWAI seeks media support for inclusion

September 29, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

Deaf Women Aloud Initiative,(DWAI) a Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO) has sought the support from citizens especially the media in propagating inclusiveness for the deaf community across   the country. Its Executive Director Hellen Beyioku-Alase, made the appeal in Abuja during a one day workshop it organised for the media with support from Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (RoLAC) and MariesStopes Nigeria tagged Read More

Global Rights, CSOs lament Twitter ban, demand conducive environment for businesses to thrive

September 22, 2021 Paul Okah 0

An international organisation, Global Rights, has lamented the ban on microblogging site, Twitter, saying that the losses necessitated by the ban are unquantifiable and not restricted to finance alone as lack of information has also led to loss of lives and property. Addressing participants Wednesday in Abuja during a workshop on business, human rights and the shrinking civic space, the Read More

Gbajabiamila’s patriotic counsel

September 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, stirred the hornet’s nest when he said recently that the refusal of “miscreants and criminals masquerading as separationist activists” in the South-east and South-west to come forward for debate and accommodate dissenting views simply gives them away as Boko Haram and ISWAP elements. Although the speaker, who made the statement last week in his address Read More

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

September 17, 2021 Blueprint 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-19 deserved holiday in London revealed that he could count more than 13 Read More

ITUC-Africa lampoons UAE for brutalising, deporting migrant workers

September 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUCAfrica) has condemned the acts of dehumanization meted out by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against over 700 African migrants legally working in the UAE. A statement by the general secretary, Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, said using excessive force, including stun guns, beatings, and also sexually exploited and harassed women, by among Read More

Breaking – ‘Human rights violation’: Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer sues SSS DG

September 6, 2021 Editor 0

The Director General of the State Security Services (SSS) and the agency have been sued by an Abuja based lawyer, Maxwell Opara, over alleged violation of the fundamental human rights. Consequently, Opara, a lawyer to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, had in a suit filed on Monday, demanded compensation of N50million with an Read More

ASUU condemns attack on members by DSS operatives

September 4, 2021 Moh Bello Habib, 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), ABU Zaria chapter has described recent attack on its Kano zonal coordinator by personnel of Department of State Service (DSS) as an act of recklessness and lawlessness. The chairman of Union, Prof.Rabiu Nasiru, who stated this at a press briefing held at its secretariat, ABU Zaria, said the ASUU viewed the action as Read More

Gov. Diri tasks new CP on human rights, seeks special outfit for waterways security

August 13, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state Governor Douye Diri has urged the new Commissioner of Police in the state Echeng Eworo Echeng  to respect of the fundamental rights of residents while tackling crime.  Governor Diri gave the charge when he received CP Echeng in his office in Government House, Yenagoa, on Thursday.  A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor Read More

35 days after, court grants bail to 12 Sunday Igboho’s aides

August 5, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

After 35 days in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS), a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Wednesday granted bail to detained associates of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho. When the bail application was moved by counsel to the application, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, it was not objected by the DSS counsel. The activist’s aides Read More

Elzakzaky‘s acquittal: The Imperative of counter-narratives

August 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

The news of Elzakzaky’s acquittal by the Kaduna State High Court and his subsequent release greeted people in different ways. While IMN adherents and some other self-proclaimed human rights and justice advocates welcomed the news with felicity, others who are majorly former victims of Elzakzaky’s IMN’s terror and people in ground zero (Gyallesu community and Zaria at large) received the Read More

CISLAC wants FG to protect Nigerians against rights abuses 

July 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called for government’s action to protect Nigerians against human right abuses from companies operating in different parts of the country. The Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani during the ‘High Level Forum On Sustainable Business and Human Rights Principles’ in Abuja, explained that in a society like Nigeria where you have several Read More

Breaking: Baba Ijesha back in Court over ‘sexual assault’

July 27, 2021 Editor 0

The embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha is back in court in continuation of his trial over alleged abuse of a minor. On Monday, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the matter after the counsel for comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, also known as Princess, played primary evidence against the embattled actor. The actor, who is being tried over charges bordering on Read More

Breaking: Produce detained Sunday Igboho’s aides, Court tells DSS

July 23, 2021 Editor 0

In Abuja, the Department of States Services (DSS) has been ordered by the federal high court to produce the detained aides of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, on July 29, the next day of adjournment. The DSS had raided the residence of Igboho in Ibadan on July 1 and arrested 13 of his aides. Lawyer to the detainees O. Pelumi, on Read More

A reflection on 2021 Mandela Day

July 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Yesterday, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day. The theme of this year’s celebration is “One Hand Can Feed Another”. The theme prioritises action against hunger and continuing fight against poverty. The Nelson Mandela Foundation calls on all Nelson Mandela Day Global Network to help alleviate hunger Read More