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 …

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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 …

Meet Dr Dayo Olukoshi, Nigerian Principal Who Heads East London School With Best 2018 A’level Result

A Nigerian principal identified as Dr. Dayo Olukoshi currently heads Brampton Manor Academy, a state school located in East London, United Kingdom, that  produced the best A’level results this year. This is an amazing feat and we celebrate our own. Over 100 of the sixth form students obtained straight A* to A and gained admissions …

Boston Firm Admits ‘Massive Failure’ in Plan to Aid South Africa Tax Agency

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, center, has promised to tackle endemic corruption in the government.Gulshan Khan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images CAPE TOWN — The Boston consulting firm Bain and Company, which usually gets top dollar for its meticulously researched advice, charged $11 million on a contract in 2015 to advise South Africa’s tax agency …

UK aid to stop modern slavery in Nigeria

UK aid will protect thousands of vulnerable men, women and children in Nigeria from modern slavery and unsafe migration through innovative prevention work UK aid will help tackle the root causes of dangerous migration and modern slavery in Edo state, the epicentre of Nigeria’s human trafficking business. World-class British expertise will reduce vulnerabilities to trafficking …

Herders’ terrorism: Buhari at it again Abdulfatai Ayobami Ibrahim

Punch Editorial Board President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated his cluelessness afresh on Sunday when he blamed herders’ act of horrific violence on the shrinking Lake Chad and alleged biased media reports. His narrow narrative seeks vainly to explain away the campaign of terror and mayhem by bandits on the displacement of herdsmen from the lake area …

Trump Can’t Help Obstructing Justice. Who Will Stop Him? By Renato Mariotti a former federal prosecutor.

The president abuses his office and views the Justice Department as a tool to punish his political enemies and give his allies a free pass. President Trump (right) criticized Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, on Twitter this week.Tom Brenner for The New York Times, and Doug Mills/The New York Times On Monday, President Trump publicly …

Six-year-old British-born boy left stranded and ‘stateless’ after Home Office revokes his passport

A six-year-old boy born in Britain to a British father may be left stateless after immigration officials declared his passport and citizenship of this country a mistake. Leeds-born Mohamed Bangoura, who is due back at school in Sheffield next week, is stranded in Belgium after the Home Office denied him permission to board a flight …

Section 21 after 1 October 2018 by Anthony Gold Solicitors

As all landlords and agents should be aware the Deregulation Act 2015 made substantial changes to the operation of section 21 notices in Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) in England. These changes first came into effect on 1 October 2015 but only for tenancies which started or were renewed for new fixed terms after that date …

Keeping up with the “How to Rent” guide: a guide by Anthony Gold Solicitors

With moderate fanfare the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (“MHCLG”) issued a new set of documents on 26 June, the housing ‘how to’ guides. In addition to “How to Rent”, which was launched in October 2015, there are now three additional guides: • How to rent a safe home – a guide for …

How to apply for a UK spouse or partner visa By Gabriella Bettiga

Credit: Oziel Gómez on Unsplash Spouses and partners of British citizens or people settled in the UK can apply for a visa to join or remain with their loved ones. These applications are dealt with by the Home Office under the Immigration Rules. Specifically, the part of the Rules that applicants need to navigate are …

What happens if you mistakenly apply for British citizenship instead of indefinite leave to remain? By John Vassiliou

Credit: Mitch Lensink on Unsplash What happens when an American graduate, about to become eligible for indefinite leave to remain having lived lawfully in the UK for almost a decade, incorrectly thinks that he is eligible to apply for British citizenship and applies for that instead? You might think that, for example, the Home Office …

Visit visa refusals: appeal or judicial review? By Colin Yeo

The removal of full rights of appeal for family visit visas in 2013 has led to a legal dilemma for those considering a challenge to a refusal: should they give up, re-apply, attempt a human rights appeal or launch an application for judicial review? The problem seems all the more acute with many reports of …

Tight visa controls encourage illegal immigration, say researchers Study finds restrictions on migration can push people towards unauthorised channels by Rod Austin

The use of visa restrictions to control global migration is “counterproductive and ineffective”, pushing people who want to stay within the law towards illegal channels, research has suggested. The study by academics from University College London (UCL),University of Birmingham, and Royal Holloway, University of London, found that increased visa restrictions on migrants creates a greater …

Trump Angers South Africa With Missive on Land Redistribution by Robbie Gramer

The president’s tweet followed a misleading segment on Fox News. Vincent Smith, the chair of South Africa's parliamentary committee on proposed constitutional amendments regulating land expropriation, speaks at a hearing in Cape Town on Aug. 4. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images) President Donald Trump barreled into one of South Africa’s most racially charged political debates with a …

Why Buhari Supporters Should Blame Him For The 2016 Recession by Feyi Fawehinmi

First thing to clarify — this post is addressed to Buhari Supporters and not Buharideens. The distinction is important as they are different types of people. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines a Buharideen as someone who loves Buhari more than he loves Nigeria. That is, such a person cannot be convinced of anything and is to …

Sharing a one-night stand with Crohn’s Disease

Life with a disability can sometimes give rise to unspoken questions and sensitivities, but amid the awkwardness there can be humour. The following is an edited version of a sketch by Philip Henry, who has Crohn's Disease, delivered for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Sarah Dousse There's nothing sexy about diarrhoea. And since …

Informal trade is ubiquitous in Africa, but too often ignored by The Economist

BUSIA How border towns—and national economies—are shaped by small retailers slipping between countries BUSIA How border towns—and national economies—are shaped by small retailers slipping between countries “THE border is like a river,” says Ronald Sembatya, “where somebody can come to get fish.” He is resting beside his wheelchair in the muddy no-man’s land between Uganda …

Ireland used as backdoor into UK via reunified family ploy – The Times

Abu Dhabi, where the Irish embassy noticed an exponential increase in applications for the family reunification scheme ALAMY The immigration services and the gardai have opened an inquiry into the abuse of an EU directive that allows foreign nationals to sponsor their families to live in Ireland under a reunification scheme. The immigration authorities are …

A memorial rebuttal to Trump by Meghan McCain’s full eulogy to her father – USA TODAY

Meghan McCain eulogizes her father John McCain at the National Cathedral, Saturday, during his memorial service. Sen. McCain died on Aug. 25, 2018 of brain cancer. Meghan McCain gave a fiery speech at her father's memorial service in Washington DC on Saturday. The full text of that speech was provided by Sen. John McCain's office. …

The life and times of Oba Eweka II of Benin by Tunde Ososanya

The Benin Kingdom has had 40 Obas, including the current one, Oba Ewuare II. Take a walk down memory lane to dig into the life and times of the 37th Oba of Benin, Oba Eweka II. Oba Aiguobasinwin Ovonramwen, Eweka II, was the Oba of Benin from July 24, 1914 to February 1933. He was …

PM’s ‘great’ Nigeria partnership sidesteps practising rights issue – Law Gazette

A government plan to drive partnerships between legal professionals in the UK and Nigeria has been announced today – but it does not mention practising rights in the West African economic giant. The initiative is the latest stage of the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) ‘Legal Services are GREAT’ campaign, which aims to promote the strength …

Black Americans are over-represented in media portrayals of poverty

And that underpins some toxic beliefs And that underpins some toxic beliefs NBC reported recently that at a meeting last year with the Congressional Black Caucus a member told President Donald Trump that his planned welfare cuts would hurt her constituents, “not all of whom were black”. Mr Trump is reported to have replied: "Really? …

Mike Pence, Holy Terror by New York Times

Are you sure you want to get rid of Donald Trump? Illustration by Ben Wiseman; Photograph by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings. That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also …

City lawyers to create UK-Nigeria partnership, May announces

Editorial The NBA have had this ball in their court for a very long while but kept kicking it down the lane for all these times. Hopefully the legal market in Nigeria will prepare itself for such partnerships for the benefit of Nigeria.Theresa May was welcomed to Nigeria by President Buhari City lawyers will be …

OBAFEMI AWOLOWO’S LETTER FROM PRISON

CONFIDENTIAL 28th March, 1966 The Supreme Commander and Head of the Federal Military Government, Lagos. Thro: The Director of Prisons, Prisons Headquarters Office, Private Mail Bag 12522, Lagos. Sir: PREROGATIVE OF MERCY: SECTION 101 (1) (a) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERATION ACT 1963 1. I am writing this petition for FREE PARDON under Section …

Brexiters fear ‘biggest loss of sovereignty’ since 1973 Retaining benefits of single market will mean concessions on common rules By FT

Prime minister Edward Heath, centre, Geoffrey Rippon, left, and Alec Douglas-Home with the European Community accession treaty in 1972 © Getty Is Brexit Britain “truly headed for the status of colony”? Boris Johnson’s incendiary claim in his resignation letter voiced the anguish of Brexiters who fear leaving the EU may erode Westminster’s decision-making power rather than …

Trump, Treasonous Traitor

The president fails to protect the country from an ongoing attack. Put aside whatever suspicions you may have about whether Donald Trump will be directly implicated in the Russia investigation. Trump is right now, before our eyes and those of the world, committing an unbelievable and unforgivable crime against this country. It is his failure …

Obaseki places N10m bounty on killers of four Edo cops by Zovoe Jonathan 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has announced a reward of N10 million for persons with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the killers of four policemen in the Owan West Local Government Area of the state. Obaseki disclosed this after an emergency security meeting in Benin, the state capital on Monday. The …

I Gave Nasir El-Rufai N160m During Election –Tunde Bakare by MICHAEL AKINOLA

Editorial This is corruption in motion and a confessional disguised as something else. Tunde's only business is the church and an unregistered loan facilitator. This is high crimes against both his country and his church. The firebrand preacher and founder of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has disclosed that he gave a whopping …

Edo Assembly calls for panel of inquiry on four murdered policemen by Agency Report

Edo House of Assembly on Tuesday urged the Nigeria Police to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the gruesome murder of four policemen in Owan West Local government area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that four policemen attached to the Sabongida-Ora Division were on Saturday ambushed and murdered between …

Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail by the Economist

The former prime minister’s incarceration will not eradicate his family’s political influence SITTING stony-faced at the back of a business-class cabin on an Etihad flight from London to the Pakistani city of Lahore, Nawaz Sharif waited patiently for his arrest on the evening of July 13th. His only sign of stress was a balled-up napkin …

Buhari says rule of law must be subject to national interest by Olalekan Adetayo

Editorial Benjamin Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." The rule of law is the sole custodian of our liberty and it's woolly headed of this new comer to democracy to believe that rule of law and our liberty be subject …

IFEANYI ODOGWU SHORTLISTED FOR LEGAL AID LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018

Another cheer for one of us done good. Garden Court has announced that  Ifeanyi Odogwu have been shortlisted in the Newcomer category of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALYs). The LALYs are organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and the award ceremony takes place on Tuesday 17 July 2018 in London. The winners will be …

Curbing insecurity in the North by Abdulfatai Ayobami Ibrahim

For many families in Northern Nigeria, a disturbing outbreak of violent crimes has become the stark reality of life. From Adamawa to Benue, Yobe to Taraba, Plateau to Sokoto and Zamfara to Kaduna, the North, once a haven of peaceful coexistence, has transformed rapidly to a region of bloodletting. In the first 10 weeks of …

Dasuki’s continuous detention, assault on rule of law, say lawyers by the Nigerian Guardian

Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) Worried over the continuous detention of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), despite being granted bail by the court, some Nigerian lawyers have decried the situation, saying it is flagrant assault on rule of law. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had on July 2, …

Why Nigerian government can’t release Dasuki — Attorney General Malami explains

Editorial The Federal Government has given reasons why it believes the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), should not be granted bail. The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said Mr Dasuki’s personal right can be violated for the larger public good. Malami in a new interview with the Voice of …

This conservative would take Obama back in a nanosecond by Max Boot

After Trump-Putin summit, Obama warns against ‘strongman’ politics How I miss Barack Obama. And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout …

The entire Republican Party is becoming a Russian asset by Paul Waldman

Opinion | If Putin wanted a U.S. president to do his bidding, it would look exactly like this President Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was a disastrous capitulation, says Democracy Post editor Christian Caryl. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post) In the past few days, President Trump has given at least some Republicans reason …

Stop depending on social media for news, Minister tells Nigerians in Diaspora Agency Report 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has admonished Nigerians in Diaspora to stop depending on Social Media for news about the country. The minister gave the admonition in Washington at a meeting with the Nigeria Ambassador to USA, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor and the Embassy’s members of staff. The News Agency of Nigeria …

”80% of what you read on social media is fake” Lai tells Nigerians in diaspora

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has warned Nigerians living abroad to be careful of the news they read about Nigeria online as 80% of them are fake.  Lai said this when he met with the Nigerian ambassador to the US, Sylvanus Nsofor, in Washington over the weekend. “Fake news and misinformation when mixed with …

Our father was a victim of evil politics, not an Armed Robber—Dr. Babafunmilayo Oredein

In this exclusive interview with Asabeafrika, scion of the famous Oredein family of Ogere land in Ogun State (South West Nigeria) Dr. Babafunmilayo Oredeinreacted to the vicious rivulet of views that his late father, Chief Samuel Taiwo Oredein was a grand master of the underworld in his life time. In the last two weeks, a history …

SARAKI MADE ME DIG THIS OUT. WE HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE AFTER ALL… HISTORY DON’T FORGET. By Olanrewaju Onigegewura

The Untold Story of ST Oredein, a Political Godfather Who Became a Robbery Kingpin There was no one in Western Nigeria who did not know S. T. Oredein. If there was such a person, he must have just arrived from Planet Jupiter. Chief Samuel Taiwo Oredein was not just a politician. He was politics personified. …

Full list, profiles of Nigeria’s IG of police since Independence Nurudeen Lawal

The Nigerian Police is the principal law enforcement agency in Nigeria. It is a large security organisation consisting of 36 state commands grouped into 12 zones and 7 administrative organs. The agency is currently headed by IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris. Nigeria has had 19 inspectors-general of police, including the current one, since 1964 when the …

Family court proceedings and immigration decisions By Conor James McKinney

In two recently decided cases, the High Court looked at the relationship between immigration matters and proceedings in the family court. That is about as far as it goes in terms of a unifying theme, if I’m honest: the uncontroversial proposition in each one is that the immigration and family jurisdictions are really very different. …

Funding of banditry by politicians by Taiwo Ojoye

ONE of the priceless elements of successful security operations lies in identifying the motives and sponsors of crime. With the government searching for solutions to the escalating violence in the country, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, has attempted to do so by linking the blistering banditry in Zamfara State to politicians. He contends …

Travel Guide: Here’s how to be a tourist in Lagos by Cable lifesyle

With the traffic and a seemingly never-ending bustle, Lagos can be overwhelming. Hence, people who reside in the state won’t mind getting away for a few days. If you fall into that category, and you can’t afford to take a vacation, there might be a way out. Have you ever thought that #VacationLagos could be …

Kenyan lawyer: Nigeria must improve its healthcare so Buhari doesn’t go abroad for medical vacation

Patrick Lumumba, director of Kenya School of Laws, says Nigeria must improve its healthcare system to discourage President Muhammadu Buhari from going abroad on medical vacation. Lumumba said this on Wednesday while speaking at Summit Of The Alternatives (SOTA) in Abuja. The professor spoke to the audience via Skype. Buhari is currently on a 10-day …

My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Illustration by Angelica Alzona 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. …

Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80, his foundation confirmed Saturday.

Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff. He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since it was founded in …

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

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

Trump unpatriotic lapdog for Purtin plus Video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English Court recognises an Islamic marriage that took place in England for the first time in a landmark ruling by Sarah Jane Lenihan

A ruling that has the potential to change the way Islamic marriage (plus other faiths) and divorce works in England and Wales. Today, Sarah Jane joins us on the blog to discuss the case in further detail and recap on her London Live interview. “This ruling certainly has the potential to set precedent for faith …

The Constitution and Executive Order No.6 by Unini Chioma

Eze Onyekpere The provisions of the Presidential Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 on the Preservation of Suspicious Assets Connected with Corruption and Other Relevant Offences, recently issued by President MuhammaduBuhari raises serious issues of constitutionalism, legality and due process of law.Nobody doubts the fact that corruption is a very serious threat to Nigeria’s development …

Leave to remain application date: how to calculate it and why it is important By Nath Gbikpio

You’ve left extending your visa until the last minute and are now in danger of missing the deadline. Does this matter and is there anything you can do about it?The answer to the first question is a resounding yes. Fortunately, in some cases, the answer to the second question can also be yes — there …

Dangerous isolation – Trump mirrors Brexit; by London Evening Standard

Our Foreign Secretary says he is “increasingly admiring” of Donald Trump’s style of diplomacy. Meanwhile, the leader of the Brexiteer backbenchers says it is “our national good fortune” to have Mr Trump in the White House.What is it that Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg so admire?Well, there is Mr Trump’s cavalier disregard for the multilateral …

#EndSARS: Police IG bans SARS from conducting stop and search operations

Police

Editorial IGP Idris must have made this current order with his fingers crossed behind his back. He seems to have developed the social media police tactics. Remember he announced with much fanfare that all roadblocks on Nigerian roads were to cease immediately on his announcement. The roadblocks remain to date. Remember when he announced that …

Satisfying the Immigration Rules enough for Article 8 success By Paul Erdunast

The test for an Article 8 claim to stay in the UK within the Immigration Rules is whether there are “insurmountable obstacles” to continuing family life outside the UK. But even if an applicant does pass this test, there is a further hurdle: whether removal is disproportionate. An important question here is what weight the …

New UK Supreme Court Judgment: Pimlico Plumbers Ltd & Anor v Smith [2018] UKSC 29: who is a worker

This appeal considered whether the respondent was a ‘worker’ within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Working Time Regulations 1998, reg 2.Between Aug 2005 and Apr 2011 the respondent, who is by trade a plumbing and heating engineer, did work for Pimlico Plumbers Ltd.In Aug 2011 the respondent issued proceedings against …

Home Office admits it unlawfully separated a father from his daughter

Editorial The Americans have just been outrageously vocal about their policy on separating immigrants families. The British have been quietly doing same for years. My own client's daughter was put up for adoption due in part to his precarious immigration status. When it happened I thought, surely this is England we don't do stuff like …

The world needs to shift from an aid-based narrative on Africa to one of investment by Hendrik du Toit – co-CEO of Investec Group

Global investors should follow China’s lead in AfricaA mine worker hammers the rough surface of a gold bar during processing at the Kibali gold mine, which is operated by Randgold Resources in the DRC © BloombergI remember a time, over 20 years ago, when virtually no professionally-managed capital moved across borders in Africa. It was …

Buhari’s Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 Is An Unlawful Power-Grab By Chidi Odinkalu

When he ran to be Nigeria’s president for the fourth time in 2014, Muhammadu Buhari pleaded that he was a converted democrat. Since Nigerians granted him his wish in 2015, he appears to have found it difficult either to show off the new livery of a converted democrat or to shake off his old habits …

Rising debt is entrenching poverty by Taiwo Ojoye

STATISTICS on Nigeria’s rising debt profile raise fresh concerns over the direction of the economy on President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch. With the total national debt stock at N23.7tn by March 31 this year and new borrowings underway, the mismatch between infrastructure, productivity and employment on one hand and debt on the other hand, is frightening. …

Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician

Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musicianBut it wasn’t all singing and dancing But it wasn’t all singing and dancingTHE old Afrika Shrine, a music venue in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, was burned down by soldiers in 1977. Its founder, the late Fela Kuti, a musical megastar, had called them …

For those who fight sex-trafficking, dark rituals compound the problem Nigerians forced into prostitution abroad need practical and spiritual help S. D’I. AND ERASMUS

Nigerians forced into prostitution abroad need practical and spiritual helpPEOPLE who campaign against the ghastly phenomenon of human trafficking and sex slavery soon become aware that they are contending not only with flesh-and-blood wrongdoers but also with invisible forces which, if nothing else, are very much alive inside people’s heads.One of the most notorious North-South …

Letter from Africa: Why is no-one talking about the Zamfara conflict?

AFPZamfara has been suffering from bad governance for decadesIn our series of letters from African journalists, Kadaria Ahmed looks at the brewing crisis in Nigeria's Zamfara State, which analysts say has the potential to become as deadly as the Boko Haram conflict.Growing up nearly 50 years ago in Nigeria's north-western Zamfara State, I could never …

No more sip tests? ID card pilot to help jump the court queue by Law Gazette

Barristers and solicitors will be given electronic ID cards to allow them to bypass onerous security measures in place at courts around the country.Both the Law Society and Bar Council have confirmed a pilot scheme is ‘very likely’ to take place next month at a select group of courts. If successful it could be rolled …

Letter from Africa: Turning Nigerian herders into ranchers by Mannir Dan Ali

Cows are Fulani's prized possession, they walk for hundreds of miles to find pasture for themIn our series of letters from African journalists, the editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper, Mannir Dan Ali, considers whether ranches could solve the deadly conflicts between herders and farmers.No issue is generating more heat in Nigeria at the moment …

Lawyer blames visitor visa refusals on ‘deep underlying racism’ by Amelia Hill

Home Office accused of regularly refusing visitor visas for trivial reasons, and deploying scare tactics when complaints are raisedVisitor visas refused: Nigerian family blocked from attending weddingThe Home Office has been accused of regularly refusing visitor visas to those wishing to come to the UK for a short period for trivial and inaccurate reasons, with …

Visitor visas refused: Nigerian family blocked from attending wedding by Amelia Hill

Chinwe Azubuike was left devastated when the Home Office made ‘spurious and plainly wrong’ decisionChinwe Azubuike had not seen her Nigerian family for 14 years when she invited them to her marriage in London to Ed Cook, the art-dealer father of her two British-born children.As a member of the Igbo tribe, it was particularly important …

Odega Shawa in an open letter to Gumsu Abacha

Last week, Gumsu took to her Facebook page to insult Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, who at the democracy day investiture on June 12th, questioned President Buhari's loyalty to her late father, military dictator, Sani Abacha. Soyinka said Buhari cannot be applauding Abiola and in the same vein be speaking good of Abacha who brought so much hardship on …

“Your hate for my father shall kill you” – Gumsu Abacha slams Wole Soyinka

Gumsu Fatima Abacha has slammed Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka over the comments he made about her father, late military dictator, Sani bacha. "Wole soyinka oya na!!! Over to you!! Wicked old hawk .... your hate for my father shall kill you. Olori buruku mad cow" she wrote on Facebook. Recall that the acclaimed playwright …

Boris Becker: Central African Republic has bigger problems

AFP Violence has forced about 27% of the population to flee their homes The Central African Republic (CAR) has been put back in the spotlight after former tennis champion Boris Becker claimed diplomatic immunity. He says that his 2018 appointment as a CAR's sport and culture attache to the EU affords him protection from any …

Nigeria is a fragile state, international studies prove it by Dr Olu Fasan

It is a long march from poverty to prosperity, but according to Olu Fasan’s assessment, Nigeria has not quite made the transition yet. Last year, I took an online course titled “From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development”, taught by the famous Oxford University don, Professor Sir Paul Collier. Despite having a master’s with Distinction …

How Lagos became the home to a new world of leather by Ayodeji Rotinwa

You may not know it but many Louis Vuitton and Burberry bags are made from Nigerian goat skin. Ayodeji Rotinwa reports from Lagos on a burgeoning trade Zainab Ashadu is putting Nigerian leather on the map. Literally. When we meet in her atelier in Lagos, Ashadu has just taken delivery of goat skins imprinted with a …

The Question: Has Africa woken up to the full potential of its diaspora?

Yes: Kwesi Awuah Ababio, Director  of diaspora relations, Office of the President, Ghana The African diaspora’s footprints are found in the nation-building and private sector projects of almost all the continent’s 54 countries. As such, the diaspora’s potential in African countries can hardly be a matter of debate […]. Recognition of diaspora’s potential is seen primarily …

Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world by Yomi Kazeem

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to end extreme poverty by 2030 is unlikely to be met—no thanks, in large part, to Nigeria. A new report by The World Poverty Clock shows Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world. India has a population seven times …

Nigeria to launch major security operation after wave of violence between Muslim herders and Christian farmers

Nigeria is to launch a major security operation after a wave of retaliatory violence between Christians and Muslims claimed as many as 169 lives in the centre of the country. A curfew was declared in Plateau State in an attempt to end one of the deadliest episodes of an increasingly bloody conflict between Muslim cattle …

Malaysia’s $6.5 Billion Scandal Almost Sank Its Democracy by Alex Helan

The cover-up of the 1MDB affair was taking the country toward autocracy — until the people won the day. Indonesian officials boarded the luxury yacht 'Equanimity', reportedly worth some $250 million and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018. On …

Failed state BY: Naazneen H. Barma

Failed state, a state that is unable to perform the two fundamental functions of the sovereign nation-state in the modern world system: it cannot project authority over its territory and peoples, and it cannot protect its national boundaries. The governing capacity of a failed state is attenuated such that it is unable to fulfill the …

Life-saving optimism: what the west can learn from Africa by Chigozie Obioma Chigozie Obioma

Nigeria, like most African nations, has been taught and dictated to since its independence, largely seen by the rest of the world as a receptacle for ideas rather than a generator of them. But is there something the world could learn from us? During the past few weeks in Nigeria, I’ve interviewed some 40 strangers …

Lords of the parks: Lavish lifestyle of Lagos ‘big boys’ transporters By Afeez Hanafi

Upon the entrance of the 15th passenger into his drab yellow commercial bus, he jumped onto the steering, beaming with vigour characteristic of a lad on a mission to complete a herculean task in a hurry. All is set for Dele, as he preferred to be identified, to embark on his first trip to Yaba, …

An Unworkable Solution to Deadly Tankers and Trailers in Nigeria by Feyi Fawehinmi

I remember the first time I got caught by a camera for speeding in the UK. I was lucky that I had been caught doing 40mph in a 30mph zone i.e only 10mph above the limit. This qualified me for a fine and attending a speed awareness course. The alternative was of course to get …

The deconstruction of the truth and of Edo state

At the commencement of the 2016 state governorship election for Edo state the pictures below flooded the media for consumption by people of the state and to assist them decide their vote. There were motions and lots of activities. The then current governor and then aspiring and now governor were undertaking lots of motions for …

British woman guilty of trafficking Nigerians to Germany for prostitution

Editorial Josephine Iyamu aka Madam Sandra, agency nurse was running for election into the Edo State House of Assembly under the umbrella of APC. She was running for election on a ticket for women's rights, same group of people whose human rights she violated and was violating. The ringleader of a network that trafficked young …

Lagos burning update by Mr. Bisi Kazeem PRO, FRSC

Time of crash :1730hrs Time of Response :1740hrs Report time :10minutes Route :LA/IB(Otedola,outward Lagos No. Killed 9 as the time of filling the report No of vehicles involved :54(1 tanker, 5 buses, 2 trucks, 1 tricycle, 45 cars No. Injured : 4 Reg no:not acertain as all the vehicles are burnt Nature :Multiple Type :Fatal …

Lagos burning including videos

A lesson that these knuckleheads in government will never learn. Your convoy of Range Rovers, Prados, & hundreds of police officers could have been on that road in Lagos today. I assume that the inferno would have respected your status as a big man and gone only for the poor? I've been reading testimonies from …