Mark Meadows and the Victim Card By Kashana Cauley

Accused of a racist act, the congressman threw a fit. Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, objected to a statement from a Democratic member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee during testimony from Michael Cohen on Wednesday. Representative Mark Meadows President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress with evidence …

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Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. Neil visits Nigeria to meet Nobel Laureate for Literature, Wole Soyinka; Yeni Kuti, dancer, singer and eldest child of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti; and Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano.

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Hizballah to be banned alongside other terrorist organisations by UK Home Office

Hizballah, Ansaroul Islam and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) are set to be banned following their proscription as terrorist organisations. A draft order, laid in Parliament today, will proscribe Hizballah in its entirety alongside Ansaroul Islam and JNIM who operate in the Sahel region in Africa. Subject to Parliament’s approval, from Friday when the order …

Michael Cohen’s hearing was explosive — but not for what was new by WP Editorial Board

FORMER TRUMP lawyer Michael Cohen’s Wednesday hearing before the House Oversight Committee was explosive not for what was new — but, depressingly, what was not new to anyone watching this administration with clear eyes. The takeaway: President Trump is a liar with a defective character — and, possibly, a criminal. Corroborating allegations previously revealed in …

Shamima Begum’s case shows us citizenship can never protect our rights by James Bridle

The rules for citizens can be rewritten at a whim, we should not let go of the centuries of legal protections that predate them Under ancient Roman law, those who were accused of the most heinous crimes were stripped of their status as citizens. They became known as “homo sacer”, or “sacred man” – sacred …

DEFAULT JUDGMENT SET ASIDE, RELIEF FROM SANCTIONS GRANTED: ACTION THEN STRUCK OUT: REMEMBERING THE BASIC OBLIGATION TO FILE A DEFENCE – ON TIME

In Applications, Avoiding negligence claims, Civil Procedure, Relief from sanctions, Setting aside judgment In Workman v Deansgate 123 LLP [2019] EWHC 360 (QB) Mr Justice William Davis allowed an application to set aside a default judgment and relief from sanctions.  The most surprising procedural aspect of this case is the defendant’s failure to file a defence …

Delta: Is it finished for Ogboru? By Emmanuel Aziken

Ogboru As the results of the Delta State governorship election trickled in yesterday showing the Peoples Democratic Party’s Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa cruising comfortably to another term, there were reports that his main challenger, Chief Great Ogboru had departed the state for Lagos.  Great Ogboru…insists he should have been governor of Delta State Ortom takes …

Central African Republic is now the ‘most dangerous place in the world for children’ By Christine Romo, Cynthia McFadden, Jake Whitman, Kenzi Abou-Sabe and Rich Schapiro

Beset by a raging civil war and the prospect of famine, the Central African Republic is in shambles. One and a half year old Vincent is held by his mother at the Bangui Paediatric Centre in Bangui, Central African Republic. Vincent's mother brought him to the country's only pediatric hospital because he was on the …

Edo APC House of Assembly candidate regains freedom 38 days after kidnap 1 week ago By Alemma Aliu

BENIN—the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Owan West Constituency, Mike Ohio-Ezomo, kidnapped in his country home near Uzebba was released Saturday night in Owo, Ondo State after 38 days in his kidnappers’ den. It was gathered that his family members, who had struggled to raise the ransom demanded in hard currency , were …

Obaseki leads Edo APC to record-breaking victory, clears 24 of 24 House of Assembly seats

…expresses gratitude to electorate for massive votes …party chieftains delighted at governor’s leadership style The growing popularity of the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, across households in the state has earned the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, an unprecedent political gain, shattering old records and winning all 24 seats in the Saturday …

Nigeria election 2019: Big winners and big losers By Naziru Mikailu BBC Africa, Abuja

Reuters Celebrations for President Buhari's supporters and plenty of surprises in the parliamentary vote The re-election of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria's president may not have come as much of a surprise to many Nigerians, but there have been some major upsets in the parliamentary polls. Most shocking has been the collapse of some powerful "godfathers", …

Prominent senators, governors who lost out in Senate race By Azeezat Adedigba

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Some prominent senators in the Eighth National Assembly will not be returning in the next assembly, having lost at the polls on Saturday. Millions of Nigerians on Saturday went to the polls to elect a president who will lead Africa’s most populous country for the next four years. The voters also …

BREAKING: Nigeria’s Pius Adesanmi Killed In Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash by SaharaReporters.com

Three different family members, plus a close friend of Adesanmi’s and a Canadian official, confirmed the sad development to SaharaReporters. Until his death, Adesanmi was a Professor of English at Carleton University. Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of …

What’s Driving the Crisis in Zimbabwe? By CFA

Its Rulers Care More About Power Plays Than Economic Reforms Over the course of his nearly 40 years in power, former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe demonstrated again and again how disconnected his rule was from the needs of his people. The violent pogroms he ordered in the 1980s against a largely imaginary enemy in the west of …

Can President Assad’s wife be deprived of her British citizenship on public good grounds? By Colin Yeo

The “Liberal” Democrats are apparently calling for President Assad’s wife to be deprived of her British citizenship. I am loathe to refer to anyone as “x person’s wife” but this seems to be exactly the basis for the deprivation of citizenship: that she is President Assad’s wife. The remainder of the justification seems very thin …

Nigerians vote in governor elections in 29 states

The governor race in the largest city of Lagos is among those highly contested Nigerians are heading to the polls to elect state and local representatives, two weeks after the presidential poll. Ballots are being cast in 29 of the country's 36 states. In oil-rich Nigeria, some state governors control budgets larger than those of …

What Is Extradition?

Introduction Building on a practice dating back to antiquity, states forge extradition treaties so they can pursue fugitives and other wanted individuals in faraway jurisdictions. Extradition has become ever more important given the spread of transnational criminal organizations, including those involved in terrorism, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, and cybercrime. The United States has extradition treaties with …

Right to Rent Scheme government statement Made by: Caroline Nokes (The Minister of State for Immigration)

HCWS1379 The Right to Rent Scheme was launched to prevent illegal migrants from accessing the private rental sector, and to tackle unscrupulous landlords who exploit vulnerable migrants, sometimes in very poor conditions. In 2016, a requirement was introduced for landlords and lettings agents in England to take reasonable steps to check that they are renting …

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia by Alastair Crooke

Editorial And by extension Boko Haram in Nigeria. Getty BEIRUT — The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence …

Middle East Time Bomb: The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as the New Emirs of Arabia by Alastair Crooke

ASSOCIATED PRESS This article is Part II of Alastair Crooke’s historical analysis of the roots of ISIS and its impact on the future of the Middle East. Read Part I here. BEIRUT — ISIS is indeed a veritable time bomb inserted into the heart of the Middle East. But its destructive power is not as …

Fitness for Human Habitation – four points on the new act by Tessa Shepperson

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 received the Royal Assent at the very end of last year and is due to come into force on 20 March.  You can read an excellent description on the Nearly Legal site. How is this act going to impact on landlords? My Landlord Law members had a …

Trump repeat post

Trump wants to do to America what he did and does to his companies. America cannot afford Trump and his cohorts. Trump uses other people's money to build his assets and walk away from his debts. He has been bankrupt twice. And he has just uprooted the financial guard of his Goldman Sachs creditors. He …

Five things about Nigeria: The superpower with no power

More than 84 million Nigerians are geared up to vote on 16 February, but what do you know about Africa's most-populous nation and largest economy? 1) Afrobeats - one of its greatest exports Nigerian musicians are touring the world and picking up awards at the forefront of the global craze for Afrobeats. This is not …

Hillingdon’s 10 year rule (Again) By Dave

As a socio-legal academic, I just love it when a court has to deal with “the empirical evidence” (and, as an occasional qualitative researcher, also love it when quals are regarded as superior to quants).  In R(TW)(No 2) v Hillingdon LBC [2019] EWHC 157 (Admin), the question for Rowena Collins-Rice, sitting as a Deputy High …

ELECTRONIC BUNDLES, WITNESSES AND THE TRIAL PROCESS: A WARNING FROM THE COURTS: SORT THIS OUT OR THE COURT WILL GO BACK TO PAPER BUNDLES by Gordon Exall, Barrister, Zenith Chambers, Leeds, & Hardwicke, London

There is a warning to anyone considering the use of electronic bundles at trial contained in the judgment of Mr Justice Birss in Invista Textiles (UK) Ltd & Anor v Botes & Ors [2019] EWHC 58 (Ch).THE CASE The judge was giving judgment in a case where witnesses had been cross-examined using electronic bundles.  The  bundles had …

CIVIL PROCEDURE BACK TO BASICS 28: EXHIBITS TO WITNESS STATEMENTS AND AFFIDAVITS

Civil evidence, Civil Procedure, Witness statements The “exhibiting” of documents  to witness statements and affidavits is common. It is surprising how common it is for the exhibit, and the witness statement, to fail to comply with the rules. Here we look at the rules relating to exhibits and useful guidance in relation to the use …

Fiona Onasanya MP released from prison this morning after serving a third of her three-month jail sentence for perverting the course of justice

Disgraced junior lawyer MP’s jail term not unduly lenient, Attorney General rules MP Fiona Onasanya A disgraced junior lawyer turned MP who was jailed for perverting the course of justice will not have her three-month sentence extended after the Attorney General decided against referring her case to the Court of Appeal. Commercial property law specialist …

Home Office held eight-month-old baby with British citizenship in detention by Jamie Grierson

Court documents show baby was locked with his Nigerian mother for 12 days An eight-month-old baby was locked up by the Home Office in immigration detention despite being a British citizen, it has emerged. The details of the case appear in court documents revealing that the Home Office successfully won an appeal against a ruling that the …

Why Nigeria is failing teachers and pupils BBC

AFP In our series of letters from African journalists, the editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper, Mannir Dan Ali, considers why Africa's most populous country is struggling to educate its children. Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Nigeria's Kaduna State, likes to make headlines. While receiving a visiting World Bank delegation recently, he revealed that a …

African-led churches are taking charge of the gospel in England By Yomi Kazeem

Reuters/Simon Dawson Spreading the gospel. African immigrant populations in Britain are bringing with them a rapidly growing wave of Christianity. Southwark, a borough in South London, stands as a testament to this growth as it is now home to the biggest concentration of African Christians outside the continent. As many as 20,000 congregants are estimated …

U.S. Postwar Immigration Policy 1952 – 2018 by the Council on Foreign Relations

Immigration has been an important element of U.S. economic and cultural vitality since the country's founding. This interactive timeline outlines the evolution of U.S. immigration policy after World War II. 1952 As the Cold War deepens, the U.S. government consolidates its immigration and naturalization laws into one comprehensive federal policy. The McCarran-Walter Act ends policies …

Nigeria’s new president is bound to fail – whoever wins the election by Chigozie Obioma

Every few years, a single resolute idea about the best way to solve the problems of Nigeria grips the nation. It begins from someone’s fanciful thoughts but gets shared so much that, before long, nearly everyone begins to parrot it. When the last dictator, General Sani Abacha, died in 1998, nearly everyone became persuaded that …

A lesson in estate planning: Why Is James Brown’s Estate Still Unsettled? Ask the Lawyers by Michael Holahan

A statue of James Brown in Augusta, Ga., where he grew up. Mr. Brown’s will had set aside money to distribute scholarships for children from the state. A statue of James Brown in Augusta, Ga., where he grew up. Mr. Brown’s will had set aside money to distribute scholarships for children from the state.Michael Holahan/Augusta …

Chairman of ASUU Ambrose Alli chapter sues the University for N200million over sex for marks allegation

The former Chairman of Ambrose Alli University branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Monday Igbafen who was suspended over allegations of sex for marks has threatened to institute legal action against the institution if it fails to retract its “defamatory materials” within 30 days. It will be recalled that AAU announced Igbafen’s suspension …

Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, says Bangladesh by Esther Addley

Minister of foreign affairs insists 19-year-old does not have dual citizenship Minister of foreign affairs insists 19-year-old does not have dual citizenship Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there is “no question” of her being allowed into Bangladesh, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs has insisted, despite Britain’s move to strip the teenager …

Shamima Begum: Can Home Secretary stop IS bride from returning home?

There are various criteria that have to be met if the teenager is to be prevented from returning to the UK. Shamima Begum could face justice if she returns to the UK The decision by Home Secretary Sajid Javid to try to strip Islamic State bride Shamima Begum of her UK citizenship may play well …

Nigeria: Ogoni widow testifies against Shell in The Hague

Esther Kiobel has waged a long campaign for justice The widow of a Nigerian activist suing oil giant Shell over the execution of her husband says his death left her "traumatised" and "poverty-stricken". Esther Kiobel is testifying in court in The Hague, demanding compensation from the Netherlands-based firm. She is among four women who accuse …

Cheating Zimbabwean Nurse ordered to repay her ex-boyfriend £116,000 over an alleged affair with another man in the UK by LIB

Editorial This case showcase the need for careful drafting of witness statements. The judge state as much A cheating Zimbabwean Nurse was ordered to repay ex-boyfriend £116,000 following an alleged affair with another man. 37-year-old Trish Garikayi who is based in the UK admitted that she was given a Porsche 911 and a £100,000 diamond bracelet by love-struck …

HOW THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NIGERIA AND THE CAMEROONS WAS FORMED

During the Second World War in 1944, the student boarders of King’s College, Lagos were moved from the college premises to ‘Bonanza House’ in Customs Street, to enable the Army to use the College buildings. The students went on strike when they felt they were badly treated in their new accommodation. Some of the student …

Ambrose Ali University ASUU chairman suspended over sex-for-marks scandal

The management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma in Edo state, has suspended the Chairman of ASUU branch of the University, Dr. Monday Igbafen over alleged gross misconduct bordering on sexual harassment and threats of sex for marks. Leadership reports that Igbafen's suspension order was contained in University’s News Bulletin, dated 13th February and signed by …

FLASHBACK: What Buhari said when INEC postponed 2015 election

President Muhammadu Buhari heavily criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) when it postponed the 2015 general elections. Then an aspirant under the APC merger, Mr Buhari also criticised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government of systematic rigging. On February 8, 2015, six days away, INEC postponed the February 14 presidential election by six weeks …

MPs have voted for a fantasy. It’s an indictment of our entire political class by Tom Clark

Politicians have lost the plot. But lawyers still grasp Brexit realities In times of crisis, politics usually tramples on the law. But this time a fractured Westminster can’t even agree on the facts Politics and law are entirely different ways of seeing the world, even though they bump up against each other all of the …

What to Watch for in Nigeria’s Election by John Campbell

Campaign billboards with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Nigeria's main opposition party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar with his running mate, Peter Obi, in Abuja, Nigeria, on February 5, 2019. Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters Nigerians will go to the polls to cast votes in national elections on Saturday, February 16. The country has a …

Can children and parents apply to remain after seven years residence? By Colin Yeo

From a child’s perspective, seven years of residence in the UK can be literally a lifetime. It may be the sum of all the child’s experience and the UK may be the only home they know in any meaningful sense. On top of that, children do not make their own decisions about moving homes and …

Nigeria election: ‘Mr Honesty’ tainted by failure to tackle corruption by Eromo Egbejule

Supporters Buhari hold up brooms at the Lagos rally. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation hindered by allegations about his allies Nigeria’s president, who came to power with a pledge to tackle corruption, has said he needs more time to sort out the problem but has begun no successful prosecutions and has appeared to condone …

Political season awards by Feyi Fawehinmi

APC leader, Adams Oshiomole Nigerian politicians are ridiculous. But during election campaigns aka political season, their ridiculousness rises to new levels. Thus, I am compelled by circumstances to present the inaugural Fawehinmi Political Season Awards. The PPP Award The Preposterous Political Personality (PPP) award goes to Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the outgoing governor of Ogun state. …

Nigeria’s Election Brings Dual Crises Back to the Polls: Corruption and Boko Haram By Dionne Searcey and Emmanuel Akinwotu

Supporters of President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigera at a rally in Kano last month. Mr. Buhari first took power after a military coup in 1983, and won election in 2015. Supporters of President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigera at a rally in Kano last month. Mr. Buhari first took power after a military coup in 1983, …

Has Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari honoured his promises?

Lagos, Nigeria - Four years ago, hundreds of thousands of people had thronged the streets of Nigeria to celebrate Muhammadu Buhari's historic win in the presidential election in 2015, hoping the country's problems would end soon. The former army general had defeated rival Goodluck Jonathan by more than two million votes on the strength of his grassroots …

Akwa Ibom assembly mayhem, threat to democracy

A few months to the 2019 general election, disorderly parliamentary conduct, a prelude to violence, is plaguing state legislative assemblies across the country. These ugly rehearsals executed by unruly lawmakers in a number of states gripped Akwa Ibom State last week. In an offensive aimed at entrenching anarchy in the oil-rich state, a group of …

Nigeria election 2019: How ‘godfathers’ influence politics BBC

Godswill Akpabio may determine who wins elections in the oil-rich state of Akwa Ibom "Godfathers" in Nigerian politics don't usually run for office themselves, but many believe they are the ones who decide the election winners and losers. With campaigning well under way for general elections on 16 February, these are the men - and …

Reminder: Garba Shehu: Only Julius Berger can tell when Buhari will resume office – Daily Nigerian

Editorial At first only the British doctor could determine when President Buhari would resume office and return to Nigeria. Then he returns to Nigeria. Now only German engineers can determine when he will work from his office. God bless us when the Polish have anything to tell us when President Buhari has to do something. …

Letter from Africa: Nigeria – a young country for old men BBC

AFP President Muhammudu Buhari (left), 75, will face his strongest challenge from Atiku Abubakar, 71 In our series of letters from African journalists, editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper Mannir Dan Ali looks at why a country where more than half the population is under 35 looks set to get another septuagenarian president after next …

Ex-military Governor for Mid Western Region, David Ejoor, dies at 87

A former governor of the Mid-Western State and one time Chief of Army Staff, Major General David Ejoor has died at the age of 87. General Ejoor, who was also a former administrator of the now defunct Mid-Western Region, died in a hospital in Lagos state on the 10 February 2019. General Ejoor who had been ill …

Nigerian elections: Is poverty getting worse? By BBC

Lagos - where rich and poor live side by side Nigeria is Africa's largest economy and the continent's biggest oil producer. But it is a country where more than half the population lives in poverty, and 60% of the urban population cannot afford the cheapest house. There are also some very rich Nigerians indeed and …

New fitness for human habitation bill means landlords can be taken to court if they don’t complete necessary home repairs by Victoria Whitlock

Landlords, if you haven’t inspected your rental properties for a while because you’ve entrusted them to a managing agent, I would give them a once-over if I were you before a new Act comes into force in a couple of months, otherwise you could end up in court. From March 20, tenants will be given …

Official guidance on the good character citizenship test By John Vassiliou

The latest version of the Home Office’s Good character requirement guidance published on 14 January 2019 incorporates long-awaited new sections on children and refugees. There are also new sections on absolute and conditional discharges, detention and training orders, extremism, deportation orders, NHS debt, and failing to pay litigation costs. The document now weighs in at …

Nigerian elections: Has Boko Haram been defeated? BBC

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been active in north-eastern Nigeria for well over a decade. President Buhari says its activities have been largely brought under control since he assumed office in 2015. His political opponents disagree and say the situation has recently deteriorated both in terms of the number of attacks and kidnappings …

Unlawful entrants can’t rely on domestic violence concession By Nicholas Webb

The domestic violence concession allows victims of domestic abuse access to public funds while they make an application for settlement. The High Court has now made clear that this concession only applies to those who are already on the route to settlement as a partner in the case of FA v Secretary of State for …

PART 36, SMALL CLAIMS, PORTALS AND FIXED COSTS by kerryunderwood

I look at some Part 36 issues insofar as they relate specifically to small claims, portals and fixed costs. Small Claims Part 36 has no application in small claims track matters. CPR 27.2(1) (g) reads:- “(1) The following Parts of these Rules do not apply to small claims – … (g) Part 36 (offers to …

‘Rogue’ private parking firms targeted as MPs back fairer parking campaign

The RAC has welcomed the support of the House of Commons for a fairer private parking system, which would make it easier to appeal unfair penalties. The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill would see the creation of a single, independent appeals service for drivers who have been hit by hefty private parking charges. The Bill …

An Open Letter to a Citizen Trapped in the Port Harcourt Rubble By Pius Adesanmi.

Dear Citizen X, It is tough to know which tense to use for you, present or past. The earthquake in Haiti and the Thai cave disaster are pointers to the fact that you may very well still be alive nearly ten days since Nigeria happened to you – she happens to us all except the …

They say Boko Haram is gone. One mother’s terror tells another story… by Ruth Maclean

Nigerian refugees are chased from homes as president stakes re-election bid on claims that Islamist group has been beaten When Boko Haram stormed into Baga in a hail of gunfire on Boxing Day, Zara Abubakar was lying in bed, waiting for her two-week-old triplets, Maryam, Muhafat and Mohammed, to go to sleep so she could …

Nigerian apathy by Aman Rizvi foreign correspondent, The Economist

A closely fought presidential election will fail to convince voters that anything much will change A closely fought presidential election will fail to convince voters that anything much will change WHEN MUHAMMADU BUHARI won Nigeria’s presidential election in 2015, his victory was greeted with euphoria. He unseated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which had ruled …

What Is the Irish Backstop, and Why Is It Holding Up Brexit? By Richard Pérez-Peña

An abandoned border control post at the entrance to Muff, in the Republic of Ireland. LONDON — The Irish backstop … convenient shorthand for a devilishly complex subject. It sounds almost like a fence, but the issue is about not having a fence at all — an apt paradox for a problem that may not …

What Is Brexit? A Simple Guide to Why It Matters and What Happens Next By BENJAMIN MUELLER

As the deadline for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, or Brexit, bears down, the government is paralyzed. Companies are jumping ship. Fears of medicine shortages are rising. And after Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for leaving the bloc was resoundingly rejected by lawmakers, Parliament is only now getting around to debating other ideas — …

Nigeria’s energy trilemma self-inflicted

MINISTER of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, articulated the obvious recently when he bemoaned Nigeria’s energy paradox. He highlighted the near-hopelessness of an economy that exports raw energy but imports the processed product, and is desperately short of power for commerce and social activities. But this is a self-inflicted trilemma that, though inherited, the …

Arrests made in Sicily over suspected sex trafficking of girls from Nigeria by Lorenzo Tondo

Authorities believe trafficking ring lured young women to Italy to force them into prostitution Sicilian authorities have made a series of arrests after a suspected sex trafficking ring was believed to have forced at least 15 Nigerian girls into prostitution in Italy. Among those arrested were two Nigerian women, Rita Ihama, 38, and Monica Onaigfohe, …

Banana by Feyi Fawehinmi

The Vice President was recently in Germany during which he spoke to investors about the potential for investing in the Nigerian market. When he got talking about agriculture, he made a comment that set alarm bells off in my head. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*E1p7dVUxNU6i22k0UJ1k1w.jpeg"> Take Banana till you go broke The full speech is here but …

Nigerian election thrown into chaos as Buhari suspends country’s top judge By Stephanie Busari and Rob Picheta, CNN

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has been faced criticism from opposition leaders and on social media. Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has come under intense scrutiny for suspending his country's Chief Justice just weeks before a general election, a move that critics have attacked as tyrannical and unconstitutional. Buhari defended his decision …

ANALYSIS: Suspension of CJN Onnoghen: An illegal executive coup against a recalcitrant chief judicial officer By Jiti Ogunye

Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) [Photo Credit: The Guardian] On Friday, January 25, 2019, the President of Nigeria , Muhammadu Buhari, suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkannu Samuel Onnoghen from office, and immediately administered the judicial oath of office to the most senior Supreme Court Justice …

Labour MP Fiona Onasanya jailed for lying to avoid speeding ticket

Three-month sentence at Old Bailey automatically triggers a recall petition in Peterborough seat Rajeev SyalTue 29 Jan 2019 13.20 GMT Three-month sentence at Old Bailey automatically triggers a recall petition in Peterborough seat An MP has been given a three-month jail sentence for lying to avoid a speeding ticket, automatically triggering a recall petition in her …

Yes, I’m a trustee of English Heritage. And I want the Benin bronzes returned by David Olusoga

Black Britons are still supposed to keep out of the debate on the country’s colonial past I think I was eight the first time I saw the Benin bronzes. I was taken to see them at the British Museum by my white, British mother, who felt it important that her half-Nigerian children learned about the …

UK / US statements on suspension of Nigerian Chief Justice

The British High Commission expresses serious concern over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The UK issued the following statement: The British High Commission expresses serious concern over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria. We have heard a wide range of credible and independent voices, including in the Nigerian legal profession …

NBA-NEC Meeting: Lawyers To Boycott All Courts For Two Days Over CJN’s Illegal Suspension by Unini Chioma

Paul Usoro, SAN The NBA-NEC Emergency meeting which was held today, the 28th of January 2019, ended with some resolutions. In the resolutions sighted by TheNigerialawyer (TNL), it was held that lawyers all over Nigeria boycott all courts in the land for two days starting from the 29th day of January, 2019. SUMMARY OF RESOLUTIONS …

Parking Charge Notices – what you need to know

Parking Charge Notices present a different type of fine to the standard local authority-issued Penalty Charge Notices - or parking tickets - you might be more used to receiving. These types of fines are the result of committing a parking offence while parking on private property and have their own rules and regulations to abide by. …

Linda Ikeji shares reason relationship with son’s father Jeremi Sholaye didn’t work

Linda Ikeji in her epistle shared the ups and downs in here relationship with Jeremi Sholaye which eventually ended after she got pregnant. In a long epistle, the media mogul revealed how she met Jeremi Sholaye back in 2015 at an exquisite restaurant and they both got along almost immediately because of the impression he …

Statement from the Nigerian Bar Association about the CJN saga and coup against a constitutional arm of government by General Buhari

1. The news media has been awash this evening with the news of the purported suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S C Onnoghen, GCON by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the swearing in of Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. We are told …

ADDRESS BY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, ON SUSPENSION OF HONOURABLE JUSTICE WALTER ONNOGHEN AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA AND SWEARING IN OF ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, 25TH JANUARY 2019

Editorial This is the action and ranting of man who fails to appreciate and understand the constitutional arrangements of the country he governs. The SCN is a panel of judges and the CJN has no casting vote nor sits along. To ascribe the decisions of the SCN to the CJN is being clever by half. …

How Nigerian elite avoid “bad education” by Sola Odunfa

In series of letters from African writers, journalist Sola Odunfa reflects on a controversial proposal to ban the children of government officials and top civil servants from completing their education abroad. Back in the 1980s, my daughter won a place at the Obafemi Awolowo University, one of the top state-funded institutions in Nigeria. She embarked …

CJN’s suspension: A dictator bares his fangs by Punch Editorial Board

President Muhammadu Buhari surrendered all pretence to the rule of law and constitutional democracy by sacking the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. Unilaterally and in flagrant violation of the Constitution, he also swore in Tanko Muhammad as the new acting CJN. By this act, the President has precipitated needless confusion in the polity. A …

Top 5 African countries to explore in 2019

As the year ends, many will hope to have more stamps on their passports in the new year resolution. We can't wait to explore these amazing destinations too! Take inspiration from our travel hotlist. These are the destinations we also can't wait to visit in 2019. 1. Namibia Namibia is an exotic paradise, mostly overlooked …

Nigeria election: Buhari battles body double rumours and economic woe by Eromo Egbejule

President seen as an agent of change in 2015, but an ineffective time in office has left him exposed to challenger. Returning to Nigeria after a long sick leave in London last year, President Muhammadu Buhari was greeted with a bizarre conspiracy theory. He had died and been replaced by “Jubril from Sudan”, a body double who …

Children among thousands ‘slaughtered’ in clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria, warns Amnesty

‘My wife was slaughtered, they opened her stomach and brought out the baby and slaughtered it,’ witness says Children have been “slaughtered” and people burnt to death in violent clashes between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers in Nigeria, according to Amnesty International. At least 3,641 people have died over the last three years and …

Nigerian Immigrants charged with hijacking ship heading to Tilbury

Four iron bar-wielding immigrants have been charged with attempted hijacking. The Nigerian stowaways smeared faeces on the windows of the bridge and threatened to kill the crew as they tried to take control of the 770-foot cargo ship, a court heard. It’s said violence flared after the men burst out of a make-shift boat and …

What the VP Debate Taught Us About the Alternatives To APC/PDP, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The vice-presidential debate has taught us that the alternate parties are not ready. YPP, ANN and ACPN are approximately one-man shows incapable of running a government. If elected, Ezekwesili, Moghalu and Durotoye would struggle to constitute a proper cabinet… None of Ezekwesili, Durotoye or Moghalu has an able deputy; that’s a sure sign of a …

Chief Justice of Nigeria saga by Emmanuel Jakpa, a legal practitioner wrote in from Warri, Nigeria

Word on the street is that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Walter Onnoghen admitted guilt to the Code of Conduct investigators and tried to excuse it by pleading mistake. The next line of argument is that ignorance of the law is not an excuse. I heard it from a layman like Fisayo Soyombo …

Don’t let the Jack Shepherd stories on legal aid distract you from the government’s cynical agenda by thesecretbarrister

Jack Shepherd is a coward. A pathetic, mewling quisling of a man. He is also a convicted killer, having been found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. He caused the death of 24 year-old Charlotte Brown by taking her out on the Thames in his defective speedboat – bought, he boasted, to “pull women” – and, …

Why do Nigerians give funny names to popular cars?

Nigerians love cars. Here is pop singer Mr 2 Kay with his Mercedes Benz. The German brand has seen a resurgence of late as more middle class Nigerians are opting to buy more of its models as a statement of status (Instagram/Mr 2 Kay) Nigerians name cars according to their striking features by using humour. …

UK: Witness Statements In A Foreign Language

A statement of truth contained within a witness statement must be signed by the witness (paragraph 3.2, PD 22). But what of a witness who does not understand English? The Civil Procedure Rules and case law provide some guidance, however there is currently no definitive answer. Insisting on a strict approach provides certainty in litigation …

WITNESS STATEMENTS AND TRANSLATION: WHY YOU CAN’T RELY ON PD 22 IN RELATION TO WITNESS STATEMENTS by gexall

This is the third post on this subject in one day.  Someone responded to the first post on the need to for witness statements to be in the language of the witness by asserting that Practice Direction 22 could relied upon.  Their view was that a statement in a foreign language was not required. The …

A radical idea for an ancient Nigerian conflict: talking to the enemy by Ruth Maclean

Herders and farmers have long fought over land. Now, a low-tech approach to stop the killing is bearing fruit in Nigeria John Dalyop Dangyang hid in the toilet while the gunmen set fire to his house. As it burned down around him, he soaked his underwear in the toilet water to bind around his face …

New immigration policy on DNA evidence By Colin Yeo

Good, clear new policy on DNA evidence in immigration cases from the Home Office following the scandal last year: The Home Office cannot require that DNA evidence is provided as part of an immigration application. This is reflected in the fact that the department has no specific statutory power to require DNA evidence. Officials can …

Home Office cannot make second deportation decision absent change of circumstances By Colin Yeo

In the case of Harverye v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2848, Lord Justice Irwin in the Court of Appeal held that where an appeal against deportation is allowed, the Home Office cannot make a second decision to deport unless there has been a change of circumstances. It is not …

Labour suspends MP found guilty of speeding lies by Rajeev SyalWed

Fiona Onasanya urged to resign after colluding with brother to avoid speeding points Fiona Onasanya urged to resign after colluding with brother to avoid speeding points A Labour MP has been suspended and urged to resign from parliament by her party after being found guilty of repeatedly lying to avoid a speeding ticket. Fiona Onasanya, …

The resignation letter of Defense Secretary Mattis

"My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security prosperity and values, and we …

UK Police arrest 4 Nigerian stowaways aboard a cargo ship

Four stowaways from Nigeria have been arrested in the United Kingdom after special forces stormed a cargo ship off the country’s coast. The stowaways, who are suspected migrants had reportedly threatened staff on-board.   Special Boat Service (SBS) operatives from Sabre Squadron fast-roped from helicopters on to the ship, which had been sailing in the …

More MPs should live in council housing. It’s not meant to be a poor ghetto by Owen Jones

Britain’s acute housing crisis has been allowed to get ever worse, in part because the wrong targets are persistently scapegoated for it. Migrants are a long-running target, of course; those deemed to be undeserving benefit claimants, such as teenagers mothers, are another traditional favourite. On one level, there is a perversely ingenious strategy at play. …

White and male UK judiciary ‘from another planet’, says Lady Hale by Owen Bowcott

Supreme court president wants to see more progress in diversity of senior benches The judiciary needs to be more diverse so that the public feel those on the bench are genuinely “our judges” rather than “beings from another planet”, the president of the supreme court has said. In an interview to mark the centenary of …

Guilty until proven innocent in Nigeria by Nigerian writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

This article ackles the culture of naming, shaming and public parading of suspects in Nigeria before taking them to court. A few years ago, the Nigerian police paraded a gang of male armed robbers headed by a woman in front of journalists, and photos of these seven alleged criminals who had terrorised a part of …

Badeh was killed by expert marksmen, associate insists by Unini Chioma

Editorial That’s silly talk. Badeh was dead man walking after his charge of crimes against the Nigerian state by privatising state funds earmarked for fight against insurgents. If he was found guilty, he would have wished he was killed instead. There is zero interest in his physical elimination. He was killed by fellow thieves who …

Go home’ to Ghana. Well, why not? Michaela Coel

What do you say when asked where you’re ‘from, from’? Acting in Black Earth Rising made me reconsider my ideas of identity and belonging ‘On second thoughts, I’m privileged enough to have seen a selfish silver lining in the ‘go home’ vans.’ Photograph: Home Office/PA In June I lost my ability to smell. I have …

Captain of Nigerian private jet ordered to leave country after flying to Bournemouth Airport

A Nigerian airline says it could pull its business out of the UK after one of its pilots was arrested by immigration officials on suspicion of being a stowaway and threatened with deportation. Max Air, which is based in Nigeria, condemned the move by border staff at Bournemouth International Airport as an example of the Home …

Life and times of late Shehu Shagari in photos Oluwatobi Bolashodunan

Former President Shehu Shagari, on Friday, December 28, died at the age of 93 at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a brief illness. He was the first and only president of Nigeria’s Second Republic after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government. The former president, who was in power between October 1, …

Christmas dinner: When turkey comes with Chinese noodles or jollof rice By Meabh Ritchie Newsbeat social media producer

Getty / Akin Wright Akin says his typical Christmas dinner would be chicken and jollof rice For Akin Wright, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a side of jollof rice. "I know in TV and films there's always turkey for Christmas dinner," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. "But my family only started having turkey a couple …

The ‘angel’ who secretly pays patients’ hospital bills By Linda Pressly BBC News, Lagos

In Nigeria, very few medical services are free of charge, and if you can't pay your hospital bill you may not be allowed to leave. Who will help? In this deeply religious society, many stranded patients hope for divine intervention. Zeal Akaraiwai does not have the wings of an angel - he has a sleek …

Great art should stay in museums, not be returned to where it was made by TIFFANY JENKINS

While on a walking tour of England in 1782, the German, Carl Philip Moritz, wandered through the British Museum and was astonished — by the exhibits but also the clientele. It was humming with people, “of all classes and both sexes, including some of the lowest classes; for, since the Museum is the property of …

Profile of General Yakubu “Jack” Dan-Yamma Gowon

General Yakubu “Jack” Dan-Yamma Gowon was born on October 19, 1934 in Lur, Kanke Local Government area of Plateau state, Nigeria. He was the fifth of eleven children and grew up in Zaria, Kaduna where he had his early life and education. His parents, Nde Yohanna and Matwork Kurnyang were early converts to Christianity and …

‘Why judges are referred in male gender in Nigeria’ by Unini Chioma

The Director of Information of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Soji Oye has explained why male and female judges are mentioned in the male gender. Females on the bench from Magistrates, judges of High Courts and justices in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are usually represented as males in nouns, adjectives and pronouns. …

The photographer taking the Twitter war to Trump

Former White House photographer Pete Souza has turned his portraits of Obama into spiky ripostes to the tweet-happy current president Pete Souza Inauguration Day 2017 was an emotional day. I had spent eight years visually documenting President Barack Obama’s time in office as his chief official White House photographer, and I was exhausted. I looked …

What Lord Peter Hain didn’t consider when he rushed to name Philip Green by Secret Barrister

There are conflicting interests and considerations of public policy, free speech, evidence and law which deserved a fair hearing The Telegraph reported that it had been prevented by a court injunction from naming a well-known businessman who was the subject of serious allegations of racial and sexual harassment by employees. The man in question and …

What Africa’s Richest Man Thinks Would Make Africa Rich by Tom Saater for TIME

With hundreds of multi-hued cranes and stacked shipping containers, the construction site rises from the swamps east of Lagos like a Technicolor hallucination. It is Nigeria’s latest hope for transforming its stagnant economy: a $10.5 billion oil refinery that will be Africa’s biggest, able to produce 650,000 barrels a day. When the pumps roar to …

Donald Trump’s growing list of failures by The Observer editorial

It has been a difficult week for Donald Trump. A series of reverses at home was followed in short order by one of the US president’s least favourite things – obligatory participation in an international summit, namely this weekend’s G20 gathering in Buenos Aires, where he is not the sole focus of attention. Personal interaction …

Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs by The Observer editorial

Donald Trump’s inadequate and self-referential response to last week’s spate of attempted pipe bomb attacks was, sadly, what we have come to expect from this most un-presidential of American presidents. As Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, told CNN, Trump has “never fully made the transition” from candidate to White House incumbent. It is …

Succession and discrimination – death or divorce By Giles Peaker

London Borough of Haringey v Simawi & Anor (2018) EWHC 2733 This was a challenge, arising from a possession claim, to the ‘one succession’ rule on secure tenancies. Mr S was the son of Mr and Mrs Simawi, who were the joint secure tenants of a Haringey property, beginning in 1994. The father died in …

SPECIAL REPORT: The men who embezzled Nigerian Airways to death By Nicholas Ibekwe for Premium Times

Nigeria_Airways On Tuesday, as the Nigerian government commenced payment of the pension of retired employees of the defunct Nigerian Airways, members of the House of Representatives passed a resolution to investigate those indicted for looting the resources of the fallen national carrier. After weeks of verification, the government eventually cleared about 6,000 former employees to …

We’ve elected uneducated leaders –Sanusi By OLALEYE ALUKO

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Saturday said Nigerians must ensure they elect into public offices, leaders who “are educated and know the value of education.” Sanusi said Nigerians had made mistakes in the past by electing leaders without education, who subsequently could not give quality education when they got into the government. …

Letter from Nigeria: Young country for old men by Mannir Dan Ali for the BBC

President Muhammudu Buhari, (left) 71 will face his strongest challenge from Atiku Abubakar, 75 Editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper Mannir Dan Ali looks at why a country where more than half the population is under 35 looks set to get another septuagenarian president after next year's election. On polling day, the two leading candidates …

Racist-In-Chief by Ryan Bort

The president continues to embrace white nationalism as Republican candidates struggle in the polls President Trump has provided America with yet another reminder to never underestimate how deep into the gutter he will crawl to win an election. On Wednesday afternoon, the president tweeted a new, deeply racist campaign ad in which he continued to …