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 …

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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 …

George H.W. Bush White House Once Ordered Drug Buy From Teen For Presidential TV Stunt by Sara Boboltz

A black high schooler was sentenced to 10 years in prison over the incident that has recirculated after the president's death. The late President George H.W. Bush launched an anti-drug initiative from the Oval Office in 1989. The Friday night death of former President George H.W. Bush has opened a wellspring of tributes from famous …

George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad will always be the reference point for dog whistle racism by Rachel Withers

How “Willie Horton” went from shorthand for black depravity to shorthand for political racism. George H.W. Bush, the one-term president who died on Friday at age 94, is often overlooked by history, despite having presided over the last truly bipartisan “grand bargain” and the end of the Cold War. But if there’s one context in …

WhatsApp faces misinformation problem in Nigeria, reports say by Oscar Gutiérrez/CNET

Fake news on the platform comes ahead of general elections early next year. Fake news is being spread on WhatsApp in some of Africa's most populous countries, according to two new reports, raising concerns over coming elections in Nigeria. Photoshopped images and false claims about politicians have been circulating on the Facebook-owned messaging service in …

“The spirit of error” in Nigerian politics by Reuben Abati

About this period, four years ago to be precise I had gone to visit a notable politician and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Politics was very much in the air then as is the case now, and my host was neck-deep in it all. He was a major grassroots politician and a man …

Why Rent Repayment Orders can pose a significant financial risk for private landlords By Richard Tacagni

It is over 12 years since Rent Repayment Orders were first introduced under the Housing Act 2004. The legislation enables local authorities and/or tenants to recover up to 12 months rent if a landlord operates a licensable property without applying for a licence or a temporary exemption from licensing. In the early years, tenant applications …

26-Year-Old Nigerian Becomes Highest-Paid Robotics Engineer

Silas Adekunle, 26, created MekaMon, the first gaming robot in 2016, according to CPAfrica. During the launch of the new technology, the CEO of Reach Robotics sold 500 robots and earned $7.5 million. Adekunle secured a deal with London Venture Partners for $10 million in 2017. His company also partnered with Apple for exclusive sales …

Italy judge set to give first ruling in Nigeria oil graft case by Reuters

Oil majors Shell and Eni will be carefully monitoring a first ruling this week by a Milan judge in one of the energy industry’s biggest corruption scandals for clues to what might be round the corner for them. The two companies are embroiled in a long-running graft case revolving around the purchase in 2011 of …

Prohibitive party nomination fees by Taiwo Ojoye 

ACTIVITIES leading to the 2019 general election have risen a notch since political parties blew the whistle for aspirants to various elective positions to begin the purchase of expression-of-interest and nomination forms. The high fees attached to the documents by the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have attracted reproach from political …

Children as young as 10 denied UK citizenship for failing ‘good character’ test by Aamna Mohdin

As many as 400 vulnerable children refused under controversial Home Office rules Hundreds of vulnerable children as young as 10, who have spent most of their lives in the UK, are having their applications for British citizenship denied for failing to pass the government’s controversial “good character” test. Figures published by the Home Office after …

Why CBN revoked Skye Bank licence By Babajide Komolafe

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Friday revoked the licence of Skye Bank, and transferred its assets and liabilities to a newly licensed bridge bank called Polaris Bank. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has sold Polaris Bank to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) with the mandate to stabilise the bank as …

Saudi Arabia, USA and sunset

The reasonable action of the US to support the illegal action of the British empire during the Swiss crisis, set the motion of sunset on the British empire. The reasonable action of the rest of the world on the non support of Trumpian America will set in motion its sunset due to its illegal support …

First Black Woman Professor At King’s College Delivers Inaugural Lecture

Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, 53, has become the first black woman to deliver an Inaugural Lecture in the almost 190-year history of King's College London, the fourth oldest university in England. 'Not before now has a black woman grown and risen through the ranks at King's to become a professor and to give an Inaugural Lecture …

Not His Father’s Saudi Arabia The Khashoggi Affair Reveals the Recklessness of MBS By Daniel Benjamin

Since the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a rapt global audience has followed in real time a spectacle usually reserved for the most senior levels of government: the fashioning of an exculpatory fig leaf for an atrocity. That work is almost done. Saudi Arabia appears on the verge of getting its story straight, …

Down memory lane – Bata’s Tilbury influence

Editorial The name of Bata is now part of the Yoruba language as Bata is the word for shoe This week’s trip Down Memory Lane takes a look at Batas and its long history in the area. In 1930 Thomas Bata completed the purchase of farm land just north of the old village of East …

Nigerian Edirin Okoloko was sworn in as a Judge in the state of Washington. (Video)

A United state governor, Jay Inslee governor of Washington state, has appointed a Nigerian man Edirin Okoloko, as judge as the Snohomish County Superior Court. “Edirin has a clear dedication to the legal profession and a successful history of bringing justice to some of our state’s most vulnerable crime victims,” Inslee said. “He will be …

‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team Michael Lewis

Chris Christie noticed a piece in the New York Times – that’s how it all started. The New Jersey governor had dropped out of the presidential race in February 2016 and thrown what support he had behind Donald Trump. In late April, he saw the article. It described meetings between representatives of the remaining candidates …

BREAKING: How 5 DSS operatives helped Nnamdi Kanu to escape to Ghana through Bayelsa

Sources have confirmed to LeadersNG that the exiled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, which advocates a sovereign state for the Igbo speaking people of Nigeria as well as those from the south-south region of Nigeria, Nnamdi Kanu was helped to escape Nigeria about 13 months ago by 5 operatives of Nigeria’s secret Police …

You should not do any of these while visiting the Oba’s palace in Benin

The Oba's palace in Benin is one of the most popular attractions in Africa. The Royal Palace of the Oba of Benin is the most prestigious sites in Benin and one of the top things to see when in Benin City, Edo state. It is one of the most famous Royal Houses in the whole …

N15,000 bribe delays release of defendant weeks after magistrate’s approval by Afeez Hanafi

About four weeks after his bail was approved by a magistrate’s court sitting in Agbara, Ogun State, 38-year-old Ayodeji Muhammed, is languishing in Ilaro prison because his wife could not raise N15,000 bribe allegedly demanded by the court orderly, a policeman. The money, our correspondent learnt, was reportedly meant for transport fare and other “logistics” …

Naturalising as a British citizen: the lawful residence requirement By Colin Yeo

Credit: Jim Larrison on Flickr An adult who is not a British citizen can apply to become one. This process is known as naturalisation. People will normally be eligible to apply for naturalisation under section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981 if they meet certain requirements. These include residence requirements. The basic residence requirement is that …

Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB leader resurfaces in Jerusalem after 1 year

Editorial Kanu was on bail when he disappeared. He has resurfaced in Israel. This is a matter for INTERPOL and the British law enforcement agencies as Kanu travels on a British passport and in breach of bail conditions from a legitimate source, the Nigerian government. The discussions should also centre on the abject shortcoming of …

Why is it so hard for Africans to visit other African countries? By Larry Madowo BBC Africa Business Editor

Getty Images Many African travellers say visas and transport on the continent are too complex and expensive Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has said he needs 38 visas to travel within the continent on his Nigerian passport. Many European nationals, meanwhile, waltz into most Africans countries visa-free. African nations were supposed to scrap visa requirements …

Name checks to begin on bank payments by Angelene Bungay

Angelene Bungay lost £13,000 after transferring it to someone she thought was her builder The name of someone receiving a payment will be as important as their banking details for the first time from next summer, in an attempt to combat fraud. At present, anyone wanting to transfer money enters the intended recipient's name, account …

How the 36 states can be viable by Punch Newspapers Editorial

A new report on the fiscal health of the country’s 36 states released by BudgIT, a civic advocacy group, reveals anew how governors failed to harness resources to drive development and reduce poverty. Depressingly, the NGO’s Fiscal Sustainability Index 2018 revealed a continuation of a pattern of high consumption, debts and mismatch between revenue and …

15th September 2018 – AAU Alumni Association Inaugural Global Awards & Fundraising Event (Muson Centre, Lagos, Nigeria).

I was a pioneer student of Ambrose Alli University having gained admission as one of the first set of students in 1981. I am therefore pleased be part of alumnus to receive its inaugural global award. I was unable to be in Lagos to receive my award but mine presented by the newly minted University …

Aisha Buhari’s missing N2.5bn by Sonala Olumhense

As Aisha Buhari left for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly two weeks ago, she was seething with rage.  Aisha is the spouse of Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari, who came to office on an anti-corruption horse. Entering New York with her husband, Aisha was reported to be angry with her aide-de-camp (ADC), Chief Superintendent of …

Obaseki approves new governing council for Ambrose Alli University

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has approved the constitution of a new governing council for the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, to be chaired by Mr. Lawson Omokhodion. In a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., the state government said the constitution of the council is in line with …

Buhari’s travel ban vs Nigeria’s constitutional order by Eze Onyekpere

Laws, policies, rules and guidelines are made for specific purposes and to take care of certain challenges facing a society. They are made to suppress a mischief existing before their enactment – to suppress the mischief and advance a remedy either to the society as a whole or to segments of it that have suffered …

Allow The Courts To Impose Travel Ban On Suspected Looters – Femi Falana

Editorial The action through executive order is merely political posturing rather than an additional legal tool to enhance the legal fight against corruption. The timing, the impotence, the actions exposes the actions of the FGN for its political intent and action. Femi Falana Last week, the Federal High Court upheld the constitutional validity of the …

How to apply for leave to remain as a bereaved partner By Nicholas Webb

Credit: Taylor Hernandez on Unsplash This post is about what happens to a migrant who is in the UK on a partner visa if their sponsor passes away. If their partner dies before the migrant becomes settled, the last thing on their mind will be their immigration status. However, as status as a partner is …

Kano Governor Ganduje caught on video receiving dollars from suspected contractors by PT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwvb3HbsMvk&feature=share Kano Governor Ganduje caught on video receiving dollars from suspected contractors. [PHOTO CREDIT: Screen shot of the video obtained from Daily Nigerian] The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appeared in a video receiving money in dollars alleged to be bribe amounting to about $5million. The money was given by persons believed to …

Late Chief Judge, Innocent Umezulike who was buried last month is among the 50 Nigerians President Buhari banned from travelling by LIB

Editorial The incompetence is outstanding. PMB appoints dead people to government bodies, he lists dead people on no fly list, he includes Dusuki who is in his custody in a NFL. This is the hallmark of the leadership provided by PMB Professor Innocent Umezulike, the former Enugu State Chief Judge, who was buried last month, …

China Is Buying African Media’s Silence by Azad Essa

I wrote about Chinese oppression in a South African paper. Hours later, they cancelled my column. "The managing editor of China Central Television Africa, Pang Xinhua, shows a local journalist in Nairobi how the organization has expanded in different parts of Africa on June 12, 2012. (Simon Maina/AFP/GettyImages) The managing editor of China Central Television …

Governance Is Not For Dancers’ — Oshiomhole Taunts Adeleke (Video of Oshiomole dancing)

Editorial: Barefaced hypocrisy Adams Oshiomhole Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Osun state does not need a governor who would turn the government house to a disco place. Oshiomhole said this during the APC governorship rally in Osogbo, the state capital, on Tuesday. Ademola Adeleke, senator representing Osun west and …

Why the I.C.C. Should Rejoice When America Attacks It By Thierry Cruvellier

Mr. Cruvellier, a journalist and author, has covered international criminal justice for more than 20 years. John Bolton speaking at the Federalist Society on September 10.Al Drago for The New York Times In 2002, John R. Bolton, then an under secretary of state, went after the International Criminal Court. The tribunal had recently been created …

Gang injunctions, human rights and standards of proof

The Court of Appeal recently rejected a legal challenge brought on human rights grounds over a gang injunction obtained by Birmingham City Council. Jonathan Manning and Ayesha Omar explain why. Summary The Court of Appeal has held that proceedings for a gang injunction under Part 4, Policing and Crime Act 2009 (the “2009 Act”) and …

Zimbabwe’s new finance minister considering scrapping bond notes, what you need to know…

Zimbabwe introduced bond notes in November 2016 in a bid to ease acute shortages of cash. Photo: Shutterstock. HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s new Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube may scrap the quasi currency bond note and liberalise exchange controls as part of reforms he plans to implement by end of this year, a state-owned weekly newspaper …

No Books, No Desks, No Pay: Nigeria’s Education System Is Failing by Tope Alake

When Babalola Foluke enters her classroom at Ibadan Municipal Government primary school in southwestern Nigeria each morning she faces a demoralizing scene: shortages of books, chalk and desks for her 41 students. Often, she hasn’t been paid for several months. Foluke, 44, is one of tens of thousands of teachers struggling to train the next …

Full Text: Kemi Adeosun’s resignation letter to Buhari

14th September, 2018 His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria State House Aso Villa Abuja Dear Excellency, Let me commence by thanking you profusely for the honour and privilege of serving under your inspirational leadership. It has been a truly rewarding experience to learn from you and to observe at close quarters your …