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

State titles: A ruder of principle or avalanche of misnomer

July 14, 2021 Eze Jude O. 0

At the return to democracy in 1999, the federal government under former President Obasanjo was bent on redefining our global image, reorientating our psychosocial spirality, and re-engineering our national order. Having been under junta regime for 33 out of our then 39 years of nationhood, the government felt we should begin our democratic experiment by walking our consciousness back into Read More

Restore Nigeria’s sovereignty, veteran war correspondent charges

July 5, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

A veteran war correspondent based in Kogi state, Alhaji Ahmed Adoke, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to take a bold step towards restoring the dignity and sovereignty of Nigeria. Adoke gave the charge in Lokoja Monday while speaking on the recent re-arrest of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. He said the unity of the country Read More

Implement laws against torture, groups urge FG

June 29, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The federal government has been called upon to ensure effective implementation of the laws on torture focusing on prevention, protection, accountability and access to justice and rehabilitation services to victims of torture. The call was contained in a statement signed Tuesday in Abuja by the Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) in collaboration with 16 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Forum Read More

Antonio Guterres gets second term appointment as UN Secretary-General

June 19, 2021 Reuters 0

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appointed for a second-five year-term on Friday by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly. “I will give it my all to ensure the blossoming of trust between and among nations large and small, to build bridges, and to engage relentlessly in confidence building,” Guterres told the General Assembly after taking the oath of office. The Read More

Lawyer sues Lai, AGF over Twitter suspension

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the federal government have been sued for suspending social media platform, Twitter. In an originating motion marked FHC/L/CS/542/2021, a human rights lawyer, National Legal Adviser of the African Action Congress cum Co-Convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, Inibehe Effiong is seeking nine Read More

Mohammed Daggash, Joseph Mbu: Where are they now?

June 11, 2021 Blueprint 0

At different times, they served Nigeria meritoriously in various capacities, but many years after their exit from the public scene, nothing has been heard about them again. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes in this piece asks where they could be at the moment. Mohammed Daggash He was twice a lawmaker who was very prominent in the Senate between 1999 and 2007. Senator Read More

Skin color decides the destiny of Americans

June 5, 2021 Zhong Sheng 0

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Although 245 years have passed since these sentences were incorporated in the preamble of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the “self-evident truths” are still not Read More

PMB’s knack for merit and the Faruk Yahaya challenge

May 30, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

The appointment of the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya on May 27, 2021, has generally elicited loud endorsements from Nigerians. His appointment followed the sudden demise of his predecessor, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash, along with 10 other Army personnel in Kaduna a week ago. (May their souls rest in Read More

High tariff on sanitary products danger to MHM – Tallen

May 26, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has raised alarm over the proposed National Diaper and Sanitary Pads Policy meant to increase the import tariff on Diapers and Sanitary pads from 20% to 55%, saying this poses great danger to Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Tallen disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja at a joint ministerial media briefing ahead of this Read More

The unjust justice: A hard look at Ahmad Isah’s ordeal

May 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

The sarcasm of Will Rogers is proving true in Nigeria lately. According to the veteran American film actor and social commentator: “People are getting smarter nowadays they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.” A crop of such people are currently at work in Abuja trying to defame and derail the popular host of Berekete Human Rights Read More

PID tasks Africa on racism

May 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

A Community-Based Organisation (CBO) – the People’s Initiative Development (PID) has called on Africa to take a greater and stronger stance against racism in the world. The group made the call during a courtesy visit to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at its headquarters. The visit was part of the activities to commemorate the 2021 Africa Liberation Day. Africa Read More

Of democracy and rights abuse

May 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Democracy is a system of government of the people by the people and for the people while, human rights are the basic rights and freedoms enjoyed by every citizen. These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence. These values are defined and protected by law. But this seems not to be the case Read More

Multi-party system and Nigeria’s development

May 20, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari had, in faraway Paris, France, this week, held a meeting with some Nigerians resident there and told them that his administration is committed to free, fair and credible elections. He, rightly so, told the gathering that the bedrock of democracy is the sustenance of multi-party structure, with trust from citizens. Rightly, too, the president said that results Read More

National Security office, ActionAid Nigeria collaborate to strengthen PCVE implementation

May 20, 2021 Editorial III 0

The coordinator, Counter Terrorism Center of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral Yem Musa has assured Nigerians that the office is collaborating with ActionAid Nigeria to promote synergy and strengthen Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) implementation in Nigeria.  Rear Admiral Musa, who disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at the Stakeholders Consultative Forum on PCVE implementation in Nigeria, noted Read More

Rights activist asks INEC not to use NIN as data base for elections

May 20, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

…Alleges compromise A human Rights Activist and a legal practitioner, Malcolm Omirhobo has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC not to use the National Identification Number NIN as the data base for election in Nigeria on the grounds that it has been highly compromised. Omirhobo who stormed the INEC headquarters in Abuja with letters also observed that the NIN Read More

Breaking: Brekete family radio host, Ahmed Isah, apologises for ‘assaulting’ woman

May 19, 2021 Editor 0

Founder and host of popular radio programme Brekete family, Ahmed Isah, has just apologised after slapping a woman simply identified as Susan inside his studio. Susan had been accused of burning a young girl’s head who suffered severe injuries. Shortly after Isah’s spontaneous action, the video clip circulated by BBC online went viral with divergent opinion. However, Isah who is Read More

Take action to improve country’s repression of media, Journalists, ActionAid tells FG, stakeholders

May 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

ActionAid Nigeria, has called on the government and other stakeholders in Nigeria to use the opportunity of the World Press Freedom Day to take action to improve on the country’s appalling record of repression of the media and journalists. The Country Director, Ene Obi also called on the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to review some of the stringent terms and Read More

NYSC, women ministry train gender officers on equality

May 3, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs has commenced training of gender desk officers of the scheme on promoting gender equality. Addressing delegates at the opening ceremony of the training on Friday at the FCT NYSC permanent orientation camp Kubwa, the Director General Brigadier Shuaib Ibrahim said the training was in furtherance of Read More

Girl-child: EU-UN preaches against violence, exploitation

April 27, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha, 0

The European Union and the United Nations organization weekend warned parents against seeing the girl child as object of amassing wealth. This they identified as the major reason for violence against women and girls. The international organizations disclosed this during an advocacy dialogue with the executives of women Faith based organization for the elimination of violence against women, girls and children Read More

Don’t overflog call for Pantami’s resignation, activist warns

April 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

A Kogi state-based human rights activist, Alhaji Ahmed Adoke, has urged advocates of “Pantami must resign” over an alleged past ideas over alleged comments on religious issues to desist. He said the issue has been over-flogged by his critics.Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is the current minster of Communication and Digital Economy.Expressing his view on “Pantami must resign” advocates in Read More

We have lost our Innocent

April 21, 2021 Chido Onumah 0

Two weeks ago, I lost a comrade, brother, and friend, Innocent Chukwuma. Innoma, as I called him, was 55, and until a few months ago when he retired, the regional director (West Africa) of Ford Foundation. Every waking moment in the last two weeks has left me thinking about life and Innocent Chukwuma’s death. I had a busy day on Read More