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

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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 …

Woman’s obituary takes hellish turn: ‘World is a better place without her’ by Sean Rossman

The beginning of 80-year-old Kathleen Dehmlow's obituary is pretty standard. It states when she was born, who her parents were, the name of her husband, children, etc. But it is sentence four that takes a turn, an awkward, cringe-worthy turn. It reads: "She abandoned her children, Gina and Jay who were then raised by her parents in Clements, Mr. …

Government U-turn over anti-terror law used to deport migrants by Amelia Hill

Section of Immigration Act to be reviewed after misuse of clause saw highly skilled migrants forced from UK The government has agreed to stop deporting people under an immigration rule designed to tackle terrorism and those judged to be a threat to national security pending a review, after the Guardian highlighted numerous cases in which …

AN APPROACH THAT WAS UTTERLY FLAWED AND HOPELESSLY CARELESS: WHEN SOLICITORS LETTERS BECAME PART OF A PROCESS OF UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT by gexal

In Worthington & Anor v Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1125 the Court of Appeal upheld a decision that a housing association had unlawfully harassed its own tenants.  A major part of the problem came from the association’s highly defective system of inspection and fact-finding. The solicitors who wrote letters on the association’s behalf  …

Woman denied passport, then detained for failure to leave UK By Alexander Schymyck

R (Eroje) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 1010 (Admin) is a shocking story of Home Office incompetence which led to the unnecessary and unlawful detention of someone who had made repeated attempts to leave the UK voluntarily. Ms Eroje is a Nigerian national and spent a year working for a …

Case Preview: KO (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, & Other cases by Asad Khan

Reasonableness and the Seven Year Rule Seven years’ residence is seen as a magical milestone in immigration law. The revised Immigration Rules introduced in 2012 and subsequent statutory innovations in the Immigration Act 2014 revived a redundant non-statutory concessionary policy that the seven years’ benchmark should suffice for grant of leave to parents in cases involving children unless there …

Upper Tribunal time limits: clock starts to run when written decisions are *sent* By Conor James McKinney

Yet another procedural change to update you on. This one took effect on 14 May 2018 and is about the time limit for appeals to the Upper Tribunal. Basically the clock starts ticking on the date that written reasons are sent out — not the date on which they are received. This is the effect …

IGP Nigeria seeks court order to place him outside law

Editorial Idris must be accountable to the Nigerian people via their representatives. He is seeking protection no affordable to public servants. He should consider his position if he feels unable to account to the people of Nigeria. The president indulges this sad man at his own risk. The Inspector of General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has …

Trump and the erosion of Democratic norms in America by Tom McCarthy

For some, the president’s efforts to undermine the justice department and the Mueller investigation represent a threat to democracy Ask people with deep knowledge of the US justice department about the damage Donald Trump might be doing to the country, and the conversation quickly flips back to Watergate. Following Richard Nixon’s failed attempt to pull …

Meet DCP Yetunde Longe, The Policewoman Secretly Rebranding SCIID Panti By Omoniyi Osadare

This is the Deputy Commissioner of Police Yetunde Longe, the tough policewoman who is working hard to give the Lagos State Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, a new image. Since she was appointed four months ago as head of the department, she had ensured that suspects are no longer detained more than necessary …

Boko Haram crisis: Amnesty accuses Nigeria troops of rape – BBC

Troops have been fighting the militants for almost a decade Nigerian soldiers have raped women and girls who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said. Troops separated women from their husbands and raped them, sometimes in exchange for food, in refugee camps, the rights group added. Thousands of people …

JESUS WEPT – Televangelist says God told him he needs a $54 million jet, asks followers to pay for it by Catherine Garcia (Video)

A prosperity gospel televangelist who already owned three private planes said God told him he needs a Falcon 7X, and he's holding out for his supporters to give him the $54 million necessary to add a fourth jet to his fleet. Jesse Duplantis is based in Destrehen, Louisiana. In a video posted online last week, …

US returns $41,000 seized from Texas nurse who planned to open clinic

Anthonia Nwaorie will still sue after US customs seized money she was carrying en route to Nigeria to open a medical facility Tom DartLast modified on Wed 30 May 2018 00.09 BST A Texas nurse who had $41,000 seized by US customs last autumn as she tried to travel to Nigeria to start a medical clinic …

Police says 4 gang leaders accompanied Bukola Saraki to sympathise with Offa monarch two days after Offa robbery

Editorial The Nigerian Police is now elevating civil standards of proof into the criminal law. One hold no brief for the embittered Nigerian Senate President but his prosecution must be fair and in accordance with the law. The various incidents mentioned goes to background in a civil suit not a criminal case. The suspects mentioned …

Human Rights Issues Surrounding The Non-Return Of Assets To Countries Of Origin and delivered last week at the Second Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA).  By Femi Falana

“African governments and anti-corruption bodies should stop labelling Africa as a continent of corrupt people. London is the centre of global corruption. The banks of western countries receive and keep stolen wealth from Africa and other developing countries. Western governments conveniently hid behind the free movement of capital ideology to fold their arms and turn …

We need to ask ourselves, ‘what do we do with available funds in our coffers? – Emir Sanusi

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano Africa’s development agenda must focus on the socio-cultural and commercial interests of Africans and the upliftment of Africa’s trade and economic ecosystem, said Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano and a former Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, during his address at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the …

Evidence of the “do or die” environment of Nigerian politics

Editorial The robbery suspects on live interview with the press said these government personalities did not order the Offa rubbery. The Police press officer, at the same avenue, stated without hesitation and or evidence, that these personalities were linked to the Offa robberies.Offa robbery: Bukola Saraki reacts to his invitation by the police, says allegation …

Oshiomhole’s path clear to APC chairmanship as Oyegun drops APC re-election bid

APC Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, says he will not seek re-election in the June 23 National Convention of the party, “in the party’s interest”. He announced this on Friday night in Abuja while speaking with journalists. The chairman said that his decision was taken …

Where to go Nigeria Tax or Not

While this is a show, it is serious food for thought. The IGR (internally generated revenue) the income raising efforts of Nigeria states is addressed here. There is no market place for the states to complete for businesses to come to their state on the basis of ease of doing business. Trading and business is …

Dame Martha Osamor: unsung hero of Britain’s black struggle — Interview Written by Harmit Athwal & Jenny Bourne

Veteran campaigner Martha Osamor talks to IRR News about her experiences in political struggles. Martha Osamor Martha Osamor, now 75-years-old is one of the many unsung heroes of Britain’s black community, yet she has spent almost all her life fighting to better the position of people in Tottenham and beyond – in the community, through the …

Dr, Dr, Dep. Sup. Police

I would have said that this thing here is narcissism, but something else tells me this is another attempt to cover up for inferiority complex. If you're feeling small, you will just jack up your profile, with extras, and may be your personality, and then expect people to hold you in high esteem. People with …

Toxic skin bleaching creams still rife in local cosmetics market, UK councils warn

The illegal, cancer-linked creams – which contain banned ingredients such as mercury and bleaching agent hydroquinone – are flooding the market, putting unwitting mostly black and dark skinned consumers at risk of permanently ruining their looks and or damaging their health. The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has issued …

US deports Nigerian man and revokes his citizenship for lying on his application for naturalisation.

A Nigerian man was deported on Thursday after his U.S. citizenship was revoked in April following a review his application for naturalisation and his conviction for indecency with a 7-year-old girl, a felony offense which he committed before he was naturalised. In a press release by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Deportation officers with U.S. …

Government hikes fees to renounce British citizenship after Brexit foreign nationality surge by Jon Stone

Families must now pay more than £1,000 to Home Office The Home Office has hiked fees sharply for UK nationals to renounce their British nationality, following a Brexit surge in people adopting the citizenship of other European countries. Ministers were accused of “cashing in on Brexit” and giving Britons living on the continent a “last …

Inside America’s damning verdict on Murtala Muhammed, Obasanjo after 1975 coup by Ini Ekott

For nearly half a century after his stint as Nigeria’s military leader, Murtala Muhammed remained widely regarded as a dogged corruption fighter who took fearless steps against official graft. As head of state, the army general dismissed more than 10, 000 public officials, charged many to court for malpractices, and moved against fraudulent firms. Mr. …

Key dates in the Windrush debate by Donald Peter Herbert

Commonwealth citizens became subject to immigration control in 1962, but before 1 January 1973 (the date the Immigration Act 1971 came into force) they could not be deported once they’d been here for five years. This exemption from deportation was preserved by s 7(1)(b) Immigration Act 1971 and is still there - for those who …

Windrush cancer patient has UK residency status confirmed Man previously referred to as Albert Thompson receives written notice of right to remain by Amelia Gentleman

Man previously referred to as Albert Thompson receives written notice of right to remain Sylvester Marshall, the Windrush victim who was denied NHS cancer care, has been given permanent right to remain in the UK after a battle with the Home Office that has absorbed nine years of his life. Marshall – who the Guardian …

“The Power of Love”— Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Bishop Michael Curry In the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. From the Song of Solomon, in the Bible: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes …

From Windrush to Grenfell, the powerful only see tragedy when it suits them by Gary Younge Gary Younge

The pattern is clear. The privileged looks the other way until outrage about a specific injustice injects a sense of urgency When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving the dead floating in the street and the living stranded on highways and rooftops, a huge crowd of mostly black and poor people descended on the city’s …

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye Kanye West wants freedom—white freedom. By Ta-Nehisi Coates

I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and cable had not yet come to the city, and if it had, my father would not have believed in it. Yes, it had to have happened like this, like …

Haile Selassie’s Address to the UN, October 4, 1963

Last May, in Addis Ababa, I convened a meeting of Heads of African States and Governments. In three days, the thirty-two nations represented at that Conference demonstrated to the world that when the will and the determination exist, nations and peoples of diverse backgrounds can and will work together. in unity, to the achievement of …

Life is too precious to worry about death

Barbara Ehrenreich wants readers to ditch the “illusion of control” over their bodies Natural Causes. By Barbara Ehrenreich. Twelve; 210 pages; $27. Granta; £16.99. A FEW years ago Barbara Ehrenreich stopped going for check-ups. The decision to forgo cancer screenings and physical exams has set her apart from her friends, whose calendars are full of …

EFCC PHOTO Picture of Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, former PDP governorship candidate in Edo State and Chief Dan Orbih, PDP Chairman in Edo State who will be arraigned for fraud, tomorrow in Benin, Edo State by the EFCC.

EFCC PHOTO Picture of Pastor Osagie ize- Iyamu, former PDP governorship candidate in Edo State and chief Dan Orbih, PDP Chairman in Edo State who will be arraigned for fraud, tomorrow in Benin, Edo State by the EFCC. A Federal High Court sitting in Benin City has remanded Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chief Dan Orbih, a …

Jacob Rees-Mogg is right, the “hostile environment” is fundamentally un-British Windrush—though appalling—is just the tip of the iceberg by Colin Yeo

When I was first starting out as an immigration lawyer at the turn of the millennium, I was taught that here in our island nation of Great Britain we do immigration checks at our natural border. This contrasted with our continental neighbours, with their land borders, their Napoleonic Code and their state supervision of populations through …

Harry and Meghan’s wedding shows up racial division for the humbug it is. by June Sarpong

Meghan Markle (left) with her mother, Doria Ragland Credit: REUTERS Ordinarily, my hairdresser Verona doesn’t watch royal weddings; they’ve never captured her imagination. This time, it’s different. This time she has bought flags. This time, she’s hosting a party with her family, who will gather around the television in their west London home to watch …

Over 100 students of Idogbo Secondary School, Edo State trafficked to Libya in four months by LIB

The Edo State Government have uncovered a secondary school where human traffickers harvest teenagers. The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking Issues, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, who made the startling revelation on Sunday in Benin during the ongoing advocacy programme on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, said that over 100 students …

Cult group clash in Anambra State killing Nine persons by Nigerian PUNCH

No fewer than nine persons were killed on Sunday in Awka the Anambra State capital as rival cult groups clash. It was gathered that the fracas started brewing during the state’s annual cultural festival, known as ‘Imo Awka’ which was celebrated the penultimate week. According to a source, who pleaded anonymity, the cult groups had …

MALLAM AMINU NURUDEEN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED TO THE POLICE BY A TEAM OF LAWYERS/DOCTORS – Hassan Mohammed

Sickness, dyslexia, loss of concentration, fatigue, stress, African juju busy schedule/laziness that did not allow the man to read a prepared speech ahead of time, substance abuse or whatever it is as bandied about by many that may have happened to our IGP within in a period of under 20 minutes should be the problem …

SHOW THE “IDIOTS” THE ORIGINAL, PUT THEM TO SHAME OR… by Hassan Mohammed (videos)

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So, some people said you failed English and Mathematics at WASC level. They went one to present a result that shows '9' in these two subjects. You said that the result these people are presenting to the world is fake, that they altered the original copy of your result. You did not present your own …

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price appeals to ethnic groups to donate organs by Thurrock News

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price has appealed to different faiths and ethnicities to help increase the number of organ donors. Speaking at the National BAME Transplant Alliance, Jackie Doyle-Price told Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and other faith representatives that almost three in ten people currently in need of a transplant are an ethnic minority. “Organ …

Stakeholders differ on solutions to farmers, herdsmen clashes by The Nigerian Guardian

Lai Mohammed Stakeholders at a meeting organised by the Federal Government in Abuja have differed over solutions to killings by herdsmen in Benue and other states.While some insisted on return to grazing reserves, others urged herdsmen to ranch their cattle, to forestall clashes between them and farmers. In his remarks, Minister for Information and Culture, …

Carl Adebare Adekola becomes the first Nigerian to sing at the Royal wedding by Nigerian Daily Times

11-yr-old Carl Adebare Adekola, a student at St Thomas of Canterbury in Grays, became the the first Nigerin to to sing at the Royal wedding. Carl Adekola, is a Royal Chorister, singing at St George’s Chapel on a daily basis whilst attending St George’s Windsor Castle Prep. Music had a starring role at the Royal …

Donald Trump has ruined any chance of a two-state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict – and the American public knows it by Independent Editorial

Israeli troops fire teargas at Palestinian protesters during clashes in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday EPA Just before the ceremony to mark the move of the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Pastor John Hagee, a leading American evangelical, CEO of a “mega church” in San Antonio, Texas, and big time tele-preacher, predicted …

UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR IS A LINGUISTIC TRAP by Joshua Rozenberg

. Tini Owens and her husband Hugh were married in 1978. They separated in February 2015 and she launched divorce proceedings against him in May 2015. Her petition was dismissed by Judge Tolson QC in January 2016. An appeal against the judge’s decision was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in March 2017. She is …

Status of legal marriage in Nigeria

There are only two types of marriages recognised in Nigeria; 1.Marriage under the Act (Matrimonial Causes Act and Marriage Act), 2. Marriage not under the Act (Marriage under Islamic Law and Marriage Under Customary Law). The first is monogamous in nature while the latter is subject to its tradition and uncodified rules. For intending couples …

Royal Wedding CANCELLED after Meghan Markle deported by accident – Fakenews.com

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace has confirmed that Saturday’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been cancelled after Ms Markle was deported by accident. According to a statement, the Home Office have misplaced her landing card that she filled in shortly before her last arrival in the country It is believed that …

Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity’s property empire by Jon Swaine

Fox News host who said Trump’s fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson last year When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael …

Alleged Money Laundering Case Against Ize-Iyamu, Four Others Stalled. By Unini Chioma

Osagie Ize-Iyamu The alleged fraud case brought by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others has been stalled. The case was stalled due to the absence of the first and fourth defendants in court on Wednesday. The EFCC through …

*STUDENT OBTAINED 0% IN AN EXAM!*

I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM 100%! EACH ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT AND FUNNY TOO. THE TEACHER HAS NO SENSE OF HUMOR. *Q1: IN WHICH BATTLE DID NAPOLEON DIE?* ```HIS LAST BATTLE.``` *Q2: WHERE WAS THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE SIGNED?* ```AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.``` *Q3: RIVER RAVI FLOWS IN WHICH STATE?* ```LIQUID.``` *Q4: …

How Rwanda’s Capital Became an African Tech Leader by Lauren Razavi

In 1994, the African nation of Rwanda suffered one of the worst genocides in human history. Over the course of 100 days, its government slaughtered one-tenth of the country’s population and displaced more than 2 million people, turning them into refugees with little hope for the future. But even before the genocide, Rwanda was a …

Trump is manufacturing an immigration crisis. Here’s why that helps him. By Fareed Zakaria

President Trump has said that the group of migrants that recently made its way from Central America to the United States symbolizes out-of-control immigration, lawlessness and violence besetting the country. “Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming,” he tweeted last month . This week , he added : “The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border …