Donald Trump Is Weak and Afraid. The Mueller Report Proves It by David French

We now know for sure what kind of man Donald Trump is. Beyond the tweets, the rallies, the interviews, the debates, the press conferences, the scandals, the best-selling yet unclearly sourced insider books and the unrelenting braggadocio and aggrandizement, a comprehensive read of the Mueller report brings to life the portrait of the man Donald …

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Edo State Lawmaker’s Daughter Sacked For Working With Forged Certificates

Deborah Ighiwiyisi Agbonayinma, the daughter of Ehionzuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, a federal lawmaker and Pension Ad Hoc Committee Chairman, has been working with the National Pension Commission (PenCom) with fake foreign and local university degree certificates, The Nation reports. Hon Agbonayinma is representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha of Edo State in the House of Representatives. Deborah was sacked about …

Police delivered N2.5m ransom to my kidnappers – Canadian by Tunji Bosun

A 52-year-old Canadian, Kyliuk Morris, on Tuesday said policemen in Ogun State assisted him to deliver the N2.5m ransom paid to his kidnappers to regain his freedom. Morris, in a chat with PUNCH Metro in Abeokuta, said his ordeal started when he was abducted by the hoodlums at Fidiwo, in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area …

Tory leadership race (to the bottom) by Paul Dallison

Boris Johnson? Michael Gove? Dominic Raab? Be afraid, be very afraid. Theresa May's press statements are like reboots of the "Star Wars" franchise. There's a brief flash of excitement ("Is she going to call a general election?" "Is she going to say 'f**k the lot of you, I'm off for a gin?'") followed by crushing …

An annotated guide to the redacted Mueller report

 Robert Mueller's redacted report comes after the special counsel spent more than two years investigating President Donald Trump and his associates' possible ties to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Mueller Report An annotated guide to the redacted Mueller report Here’s POLITICO’s rolling analysis of the hotly anticipated …

Breaking: CCT convicts Onnoghen, sacks him as CJN after declaring him guilty of false assets declaration and bans him from holding public office for 10 years

Nigeria constitution 292. (1) A judicial officer shall not be removed from his office or appointment before his age of retirement except in the following circumstances - (a) in the case of - (i) Chief Justice of Nigeria, President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Chief Judge of the …

I’m a Divorce Lawyer. This Was the Wildest Divorce I Ever Encountered By Jeremy Brown

A divorce lawyer explains the wildest case she ever had to oversee — and what it can teach everyone about family law. Divorce doesn’t always have to be messy. But it often is. And amidst the intense emotions that surround the dissolution of a marriage, things can sometimes go wildly off the rails. Regina A. …

My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader

My parents’ home, in Umujieze, Nigeria, stands on a hilly plot that has been in our family for more than a hundred years. Traditionally, the Igbo people bury their dead among the living, and the ideal resting place for a man and his wives is on the premises of their home. My grandfather Erasmus, the …

Don’t rely on Mueller and Russia: there is no magic wand to rid us of Trump – or Brexit by Nesrine Malik

Almost a year ago, the US public radio network, NPR, interviewed Robert Mueller’s biographer, Garrett Graff. The book was a classic American hagiography. The “wealthy” Mueller went to Princeton University, where he played lacrosse, then followed his teammate David Hackett to Vietnam after Hackett had been killed trying to rescue an ambushed platoon. His biographer …

Government plans to ban no-fault evictions in England by BBC

Editorial The historical reason for S21 was because the government claimed it will increase the supply of housing in the private sector. This was because it wanted to reduce the social housing sector. Now the government wants the private sector to provide tenure security for tenants while the government whistles.Private landlords will no longer be …

How Blackface Feeds White Supremacy By Brent Staples

A racist caricature from 19th-century minstrel theater still haunts America. An image from "Blackface," the photographer David Levinthal's series depicting racist memorabilia. Credit: David Levinthal Nineteenth-century minstrel entertainers spawned a racist caricature that endures to this day when they darkened their faces to portray black people as grinning, dancing simpletons. The white men who donned …

Brexit’s Stickiest Point: The Irish Backstop by Andrew Chatzky

The Irish backstop is an attempt to avoid renewed instability in Northern Ireland, but opponents say it could keep the United Kingdom trapped in the European Union’s customs union forever. The dispute could determine the future of Brexit. What’s happening? As the March 29 deadline to leave the European Union approaches, the UK Parliament has …

Why the British Chose Brexit by ANAND MENON

Behind the Scenes of the Referendum The United Kingdom’s vote last year to leave the European Union was a seismic event. The British people ignored the advice of the leaders of all their major political parties and of virtually all experts. George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, told voters that leaving would wreck the …

Sudan’s army removes President Bashir of Sudan after 30 years in power by Jason Burke

Editorial: Sudan has now breached a cardinal principle of the AU. No change of government by force of arms. Sudan will now be excluded from the AU until it reverts to democratic rule. President arrested after months of protests that escalated with mass sit-in on Saturday Sudan’s army has removed President Omar al-Bashir from power …

Hanke’s Annual Misery Index 2018: The World’s Saddest (And Happiest) Countries Steve Hanke

Nigeria ranked sixth most miserable country in the world The human condition inhabits a vast continuum between “miserable” and “happy.” In the sphere of economics, misery tends to flow from high inflation, steep borrowing costs and unemployment. The most surefire way to mitigate that misery is economic growth. All else equal, happiness tends to blossom …

Only Growth Can Defuse Nigeria’s Poverty Time Bomb by Bloomberg Opinion’s editorials

In his first term, President Muhammadu Buhari left too much undone. In his second, he needs to be bold. One of humanity’s most hopeful developments in recent decades has been the dramatic drop in extreme poverty. In 2000, some 1.4 billion people lived at or below the global poverty line of $1.90 a day. Today, the …

This Is Very Good.’ How Trump Beat the Mueller Investigation by Alana Abramson, Molly Ball and Tessa Berenson/Washington and Charlotte Alter/New York for Time Magazine

President Donald Trump had finished a round of Sunday golf and repaired to his private quarters at his Palm Beach, Fla., club when the news arrived. After 22 months, the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation were in. Moments before, around 3 p.m. on March 24, Trump’s White House lawyer Emmet Flood received a …

Why Nigeria’s Elections Won’t Change Anything By Elnathan John

There is little difference between the country’s ruling party and the opposition. A campaign poster for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is running for re-election. Nigeria has come a long way from 1999 when the army handed over power to a democratically elected government, but the bar must rise from simply conducting marginally free and fair …

How WhatsApp influenced Nigeria’s recent election — and what it taught us about ‘fake news.’ By Jamie Hitchen, Jonathan Fisher, Nic Cheeseman, Idayat Hassan

Supporters of Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, of the People’s Democratic Party, attend an election campaign rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square, in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday, before Saturday’s elections. (Sunday Alamba/AP) WhatsApp’s use as a tool for political campaigns and sharing fake news across the global south has become increasingly apparent in the past …

Nigerian Minister Audu Ogheh Mocked On American TV Show Over ‘Pizza From Britain’ Comment

Making his face into a mini-frown, tainted with a dash of mockery, he said: "You're telling me Nigerians are flying past Italy to get British pizza? While you're at it, why not fly past Amsterdam to get weed in Romania? Like what are you doing? This is so extra. Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture, …

DO NOT WRITE TO THE COURT WITHOUT COPYING IN THE OTHER SIDE: NOW ITS IN THE RULES – AND THERE ARE SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE by Gordon Exall

In Applications, Civil Procedure, Rule Changes The writer has looked several times at judicial warnings against one party writing to the court without copying in the other party.  Those warnings have now been inserted into the Rules. The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2019 introduce a new CPR 39.8 which comes into force on the 6th …

This new law allows tenants to sue their landlords for cold and mouldy homes

If repair and maintenance work is not carried out by the owner, the occupant will be able to take them to court Tenants are going to be given the power to sue their landlords over damp and mould in their homes when a new law comes into force. From March 20, the Homes (Fitness for …

The High Court Rules that Right to Rent breaches Human Rights law

As you are no doubt aware, under the ‘Right to Rent’ rules, landlords are responsible for checking the immigration status of potential tenants and face fierce penalties if they rent to someone who does not have the ‘right to rent’ in the UK.  Which can include a prison sentence. Many have complained that this is in …

CUPP: Agents of Buhari are among judges listed to hear Atiku’s petition

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that some of the judges on the panel to hear the petition of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are working for President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement by Ikenga Ugochinyere, its spokesman, the coalition said it had seen the names of …

The Moron renews Zimbabwe sanctions

Existing US sanctions on Zimbabwe in place since 2003 have been extended for a further 12 months. President Donald Trump says the southern African nation poses an "unusual and extraordinary" threat to US foreign policy. He blamed President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government for failing to implement the "political and economic overhaul required to rebuild its reputation". …

Nigeria 2019: Notes from the field by Reuben Abati

Whoever came up with the wise saying that Nigerian politics is dirty deserves an award for perspicacity. I have just returned from that dirtied, muddled up, confused, uncertain, unpredictable zone of Nigerian life and society with truck loads of stories in my head and enough impressions in my mind to last me another life-time. As …

‘They can’t believe he is gone’: Beloved Nigerian cultural critic among dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash By Max Bearak

Pius Adesanmi was one of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash March 10. (Josh Hotz/AP) NAIROBI — At a workshop in 2013, the Nigerian writer Chuma Nwokolo came up with a thought-provoking exercise: He asked the more than 40 assembled African thinkers to inscribe their own epitaph. “Here lies Pius Adesanmi,” one wrote, “who …

Naija no dey carry last by Pius Adesanmi

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CUXLFXU/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_tai_uN4NCbXB4YCWM Naija no dey carry last, please buy this funny take on our country by a late but insightful author of several books and articles on the sad snail journey of Africa’s most populous country. Your purchase will contribute to his family purse and make you laugh out loud.

Amoral and venal: Britain’s governing class has lost all sense of duty by Aditya Chakrabortty

Even as doodlebugs smashed into the surrounding streets, George Orwell consoled himself with this thought: “One thing that has always shown that the English ruling class are morally fairly sound, is that in time of war they are ready enough to get themselves killed.” Present those who governed us with an existential crisis, he argued …

The humbling of Britain By Martin Fletcher

The “enemies of the people” are not those opposing Brexit, but the reckless politicians who have brought us to this act of self-harm. We are reduced to this. A humiliated, supplicant British prime minister sitting alone in a Brussels side room for six hours while the rest of the European Union discusses our fate. A government …

The Problem With Nostalgia by Michael Musto

Michael Musto argues that wearing rose-colored glasses always leads to an unfair distortion — looking back on the best of the past while comparing it to the worst of the present. Sascha Kilmer/ Getty, Unsplash, Illustration by Katie Kosma Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be was the hilarious title of Oscar winning actress Simone …

Republicans need to condemn Trump’s brazen bigotry By Michael Gerson

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Capitol Hill in June 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) What happens when immense bigotry gets lodged in a small mind? Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is what happens. During a recent interview with the New York Times, King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” …

Can we rebrand Nigeria without conquering mediocrity? By Martins Oloja

Late Professor Pius Adesanmi In our country, the more we try to conclude complicated and inconclusive democratic matters including elections, the more inconclusive they seem. As we tried to conclude inconclusive gubernatorial matters at the weekend, the more complicated the inconclusive elections became everywhere. It came to pass at the weekend that the Osun state …

Landmark ruling declares “Right To Rent” scheme unlawful

In a landmark decision the High Court has declared a key plank of the Government’s “hostile environment” policy discriminatory and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In a judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Martin Spencer ruled that the “Right to Rent” scheme - which prohibits landlords from renting properties to people …

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 …

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 …

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 …