SERAP petitions UN over violent attacks on Deji Adeyanju, other protesters

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations over violent attacks on activists, Deji Adeyanju and other protesters in Abuja.

SERAP wrote to the UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Clement Voule, expressing concerns urging him to “publicly express concerns about the growing human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria and call on the authorities to end violent attacks on peaceful protesters.

Judge hands off Sowore’s case amid allegations of bias

Justice Ahmed Muhammed has recused himself from hearing any suit concerning the convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

The judge made the declaration on Monday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, saying he took the decision as a result of two publications by online news platform, Sahara Reporters accusing him of bias.

He added that he would return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court on the grounds that justice is rooted in confidence.

How two groups clashed in Abuja over continued detention of Sowore

A clash occurred between two groups in Abuja on Monday over the continued detention of RevolutionNow Convener, Omoyele Sowore.

A civil rights group, The Enough Is Enough Movement, had given a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government to release Mr. Sowore or face nationwide protests.

On Monday, the group marched in front of the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja to submit a petition against the government.

Fulfil your campaign promises, Buhari tells APC governors

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to focus on fulfilling their campaign promises to the people of their states.

He gave the charge in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

The President congratulated the governors on their Supreme Court victories, after what he called “your patient legal battles to defend your mandates.”

Group accuses Fayemi of keeping mute on herdsmen take-over of Ekiti

.Says governor is nursing presidential ambition
By Valentine Amanze

Obi, Lawan, APC, senators, others mourn Imo Senator, Uwajumogu

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has joined other prominent Nigerians to express shock over the death of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu.
Obi, who recalled meeting Uwajumogu recently, offered his condolences to the family, his Senatorial District, the Governor of Imo State and the Senate of the Federal Republic and prayed to God to comfort all those affected by his death.

Rejection of six-year single tenure, missed opportunity — Atiku

FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed displeasure with the speed with which the six-year single term proposal for president and governors was rejected by the House of Representatives.

Abubakar expressed the displeasure in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, on Tuesday in Abuja, while reacting to the rejection of the bill by the House on Monday.

He said that he was disappointed by the fact that the lawmakers had thrown away the baby with the bath water at the expense of the larger interest of the country.

Breaking: Kalu begs Appeal Court for bail

Convicted Senator and former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, on Tuesday prayed a Federal High Court in Lagos to grant him bail from the Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending determination of an appeal against his conviction.
Justice Mohammed Idris had convicted Kalu and sentenced him to a concurrent jail term of 12 years for N7.2 billion fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuted Kalu together with a former Commissioner for Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogo, and Kalu’s company, Slok Nig. Limited.

Malami cannot wash his hands off Sowore’s detention, says Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has insisted that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN, cannot wash his hands off with respect to the illegal detention of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) contrary to an earlier position.

Mr. Malami In a statement on Monday said that the Federal Government is guided by extant laws and tradition of the law in handling legal matters and related litigations.

Restructuring: Financially weaker states should be helped, says Amaechi

The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says any restructuring plan for Nigeria must include provisions to help financially weaker states to survive and perform basic responsibilities.

According to him, that way, possible fears about the survival abilities of states will be eliminated.
“For me, I prefer to copy the kind of restructuring we saw in Germany, which provides the basic line,” the minister who was a guest on Channels Television’s Newsnight said.