Wadume: A mockery of justice

August 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

The seven-year jail sentence handed down to the convicted kidnap kingpin in Taraba state, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, by the Federal High Court in Abuja was not only shocking but also embarrassing. That a notorious criminal, who has terrorised hapless citizens and killing many in the process, could walk away gleefully with a slap on the wrist is Read More

Commission boss hails Gov Bello on justice sector reforms

July 29, 2022 Oyibo Salihu Lokoja 0

The director-general, Public Defender and Citizens Rights Commission (PDCRC), Barrister Abdullahi Zakari, has commended the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, for prioritising justice sector reforms to enable indigent and vulnerable citizens to have access to justice free-of-charge. Zakari made the commendation at a two-day capacity building workshop organised for PDCRC stakeholders in Lokoja Friday. He said the workshop organised by Read More

Bizzare! Judge murders wife, burns her face with acid

July 2, 2022 Agency Report 0

An Egyptian judge identified as Ayman Hajaj has allegedly murdered his wife, a 42-year-old television presenter, and burned her face using nitric acid, according to local media reports. Earlier in June, Hajaj, vice president of the state council, had reported that his wife, Shaymaa Jamal, had gone missing and that she was last seen in front of a mall, in Read More

Aregbesola advocates 12-month timeline for dispensation of Justice on criminal cases

June 28, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on the judicial arm of government to support the ongoing reform in the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) through timely conclusion of criminal cases.  Aregbesola specifically advocated a 12-month timeline for dispensation of justice on criminal cases brought to the court.  The Minister spoke on Tuesday at a two-day Controller General of Read More

Supreme Court Justices deserve more

Recently, in an unprecedented manner in the 58 years annals of the Supreme Court of Nigeria Nigeria, all the 14 serving Justices of the Supreme Court protested their horrific welfare and deplorable conditions of service to the Chief Justice of Nigeria ( CJN ). In a world that has since become a global village, the memo leaked. Who did this Read More

ActionAid harps on gender justice in emergency response

November 19, 2021 Temitope Musowo 0

The Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi, has harped on the essence of gender justice by all organisations involved in providing humanitarian assistance to victims of disasters. Obi, who was represented by the manager, Government Programme of ActionAid, Celestine Okwudili Odo, said this in her remarks at a three-day National Retreat on the National Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus framework Read More

Itunu Babalola: Justice must be served, NIDCOM boss vows

November 18, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon AbikeDabiri-Erewa, has demanded full autopsy of a Nigerian girl, Itunu Babalola, 23, who died in Cote D’ivoire to determine the circumstances surrounding the death. Blueprint reports that Itunu’s house in Abidjan Cote D’ivoire had been burgled and she reported the case to the police for investigation, however, she used Miss Becky Paul Read More

UNILORIN: 400-level student attacks, inflicts injury on female lecturer

November 14, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

A 400-level male student of the department of microbiology, faculty of life sciences, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), has allegedly attacked his female lecturer, Mrs Rahmat Zakariyyah, inflicting bodily injury on her.  Blueprint gathered that the incident occurred on Thursday at the institution.However, the affected lecturer according to the university authority, is now said to be in stable condition and recuperating.The student, Read More

Odili, others: Nigeria under seige – Afenifere

November 4, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Pan Yoruba socio-political rganization, Afenifere, Wednesday declared that the last week invasion of the Abuja residence of Hon Justice Mary Peter Odili, the attack on Ado Ekiti home of Professor Banji Akintoye, the abduction of Kwali Chief Imam and his children among others are indications that Nigeria is clearly under siege by evil minded people. Afenifere stated this in a Read More

Presidential c’ttee releases 122 inmates in Kwara

November 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Presidential Committee on Correctional Reform and Decongestion has released 122 children from the Borstal Training Institute in Ilorin, Kwara state. The committee led by its chairperson, Ishaq Bello, the immediate-past and Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, facilitated the release of the children during their visit to the borstal institution Weekend. The Federal Ministry of Read More

CUPP condemns invasion of Justice Odili’s Abuja residence

October 31, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has condemned the Friday invasion of the Abuja residence of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili, by armed security agents. The CUPP, which expressed shock over the development, further condemned, what it described as ungodly and illegal invasion. The CUPP, in a statement by its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere said Read More

Breaking: PDP National Convention to go on as party floors Secondus at Appeal Court

October 29, 2021 Editor 0

It has now been confirmed that the scheduled National convention by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will go ahead after the country’s main opposition party defeated it’s suspended national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus in court. Specifically, the court asked the party to carry on with its national convention unhindered. Secondus had approached the Court of Appeal, sitting in Port-Harcourt, the Read More

Buratai’s purported comments on insecurity false – CSO

October 23, 2021 Editor 0

A rights group, Civil Society for Peace, Justice and Development has described the statement in some section of the media credited to Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic and former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, as “a desperation of enemies of Nigeria to create friction between the nation’s leaders in their efforts to end insecurity. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Rtd) Read More

3 arrested in Ogun for beating man to death over iPhone 6

October 21, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Men of Ogun state police command have arrested three men, Felix Sunday, Shomuye Musa and Oluwatobi Michael for beating one Tunji George to death over an allegation of stealing an iPhone 6. The arrest was contained in a press statement made available to Blueprint Thursday by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in Abeokuta. The suspects, according Read More

40m membership: We ‘ll win Anambra, victorious in 2023 general elections – APC

October 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling  All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed confidence that it will win the forthcoming Anambra governorship election and later win the 2023 general elections with its membership strength of over 40 million. The ruling party has boasted that governorship  elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be in their favour. Secretary of the party’s Caretaker Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee Read More

Ochanya’s death: CSOs call for special court for rape cases

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Two frontline Civil Society Organisations fighting against rape in Nigeria have demanded for a special court to handle cases of rape in the country. The groups under the aegis of Men Against Rape Foundation (MARF) and its parent organisation, Make A Difference Initiative (MAD) made the demand to mark the third year memorial of Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje, who died three Read More

N400 million fraud: Metuh’s re-arraignment suffers set back over Judge’s absence

October 14, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

  The re-arraignment of former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, was stalled on Thursday due to the absence of Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Metuh, a former PDP Spokesman is facing a N400 million over the allegation that without contract approval or execution, he received the sum of N400 million from Read More

Chieftaincy: Osun court jails 6 for impersonation

October 13, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

An Osun atate high court aitting in Osogbo, Wednesday sentenced six persons to nine months imprisonment for impersonating kingmakers. The convicts were said to have paraded themselves as kingmakers and members of Ataoja in council to install one Chief Oladunjoye Abdullahi as Baale of Irepodun Community, Osogbo. The convicts are: Akande Suleiman, Chief Oladunjoye Abdullahi, Isiaka Balogun, Prince Lateef Jayeola, Basiru Read More

Domesticating ACJA challenging, work in progress – Ota-Okojie

October 10, 2021 Editorial IV 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

Pardon my foolish question

October 7, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

These are confused and confusing times for our nation. Nothing seems to add up. Our political leaders are torn between what would swell their swollen bank accounts and what would make for a united, peaceful nation in which everyone enjoys the basic human and legal rights guaranteed them by the Nigerian constitution and cynically abused by the same leaders. At Read More