DPO, officers harass chief magistrate, beat up lawyers during court session

A Chief Magistrate was harassed for discharging three armed robbery suspects while two defense lawyers were beating for defending the suspects. Punch reports that the unbelievable incident occurred in the Umuneke Ngor Magistrate’s Court in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. According to the report, the Chief …

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Trump unpatriotic lapdog for Purtin plus Video

Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic Facts are piling up, and it’s getting harder to deny what’s staring us in the face. Politico illustration/Getty and iStock When I wrote, back in February, that I was skeptical that President Donald Trump would ever be proved to have secretly colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 …

Interview: Gabriella Bettiga on exceptional circumstances applications By Conor James McKinney

The Immigration Rules provide that somebody who wishes to stay in the UK on the basis of their family ties but does not otherwise meet the requirements of Appendix FM can argue that there are “exceptional circumstances”. Paragraph GEN.3.2.(2) says that: …the decision-maker must consider, on the basis of the information provided by the applicant, whether …

Zimbabwe is signing up for China’s surveillance state, but its citizens will pay the price. By Amy Hawkins

(Xuanyu Han/Getty Images/iStock photo/Foreign Policy illustration) Daily life in China is gated by security technology, from the body scanners and X-ray machines at every urban metro station to the demand for ID numbers on social media platforms so that dangerous speech can be traced and punished. Technologies once seen as potentially empowering the public have …

How Nigerian-American Uzo Asonye tackled Paul Manafort by Ladi Olorunyomi

Tuesday July 31, on the ninth floor of the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, Uzo Asonye delivered the prosecution’s opening statement to a packed room. It was the first day in the trial of Paul Manafort, renowned lobbyist, election consultant and former chairman of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mr Manafort’s trial is the first …

Dasuki’s bail and the political attorney-general By Reuben Abati

It is more than two weeks now since His Lordship Justice Ijeoma L. Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, gave clear, positive and unambiguous orders in the matter between Col Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) as applicant and three persons – the Director General, State Security Services, the State Security Services and the Attorney General …

What’s going on with UK visit visas? By Iain Halliday

In short: the Home Office are frequently refusing them. This may not come as a surprise to immigration lawyers, who are all too familiar with the Home Office’s culture of disbelief, but it has come as a nasty shock to many artists, authors, and performers refused entry to the UK recently. The Radio Times reported last …

Heroes and villains of Nigeria’s parliament siege by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani:

Reuters In our series of letters from Africa, Nigerian writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani says scenes reassembling a coup in her country have left many scratching their heads. Nigerians still can't say for sure why armed, masked men held our country's parliament under siege last week. But the alarming incident had a most joyous …

Legal aid: cuts have caused chaos and must be reversed by The Guardian Editorial

The growing number of people in court in England and Wales without a lawyer is a travesty of justice Lawyers protesting against cuts to legal aid fees in 2014. Photograph: London News Pictures/REX/Shutterstock Barristers and solicitors protesting about cuts don’t attract the same level of public support as doctors and nurses. What goes on in …