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Akpata, Agbakoba, UN Rep, others for NBA Lagos human rights summit

By Editor.In light of the various human rights issues that have trailed the corona virus pandemic, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Human Rights Committee will hold a virtual conference titled: “Human Rights in the Epicentre of Nigeria’s post-COVID Recovery.”The “Human Rights Summit,” an annual event hosted by the branch, will hold on Thursday, December 10, 2020.It is aimed to commemorate this year’s “International Human Rights Day” which has its theme as, “Recover Better: Stand up for Human Rights,”  The…

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Nigerian leaders urged to listen to #ENDSARS protesters’ demands

Mr. Oyetibo, SAN. By Editor-in-Chief. It was Chinua Achebe in one of his books who said: “When you advise the ear to listen and it refuses, when you then cut the head, the ear follows”. So at a time like this, Achebe’s proverb lends credence to all who should be concerned about the critical situation Nigerians find themselves with the ongoing protests by Nigerian youths who are calling for a total reform of the nation’s governance system and a…

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NBA president, Akpata in Kano, meets with Grand Khadi, affirms constitutional right of Aminu to appeal death sentence

Mr. Akpata Esq. By Editor-in-chief. One of the earliest philosophers and Marxists in world history, Channing, once wrote: “The greatest man is he who chooses the right with invincible resolution; who resists the sorest temptations from within and without; who is calmest in storms, and whose reliance on truth, on virtue, on God, is the most unfaltering”. It is with this bold heart and step that the newly inaugurated president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olumide Akpata…

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Entire police unit resigns after two cops’ suspension

Buffalo Police Cops push down a protester, Gugino. Sourced by The Advocate News. An entire unit of the Buffalo Police Department resigned from their assignments Friday after two officers were suspended amid outcry over video showing officers shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, according to the Buffalo News and other media outlets. All 57 of the members of the department’s Emergency Response Team resigned from the unit, which responds to riots and other crowd control situations, according to the…

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HURILAWS, WCADP call for worldwide moratorium on death penalty over COVID-19 pandemic

By Editor. 6/6/2020. The Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) and the World Coalition Against Death Penalty (WCADP), in a joint statement signed by HURILAWS programmes coordinator, Collins Okeke and WCADP director, Aurelie Placais have called for a worldwide moratorium on death penalty particularly at this ravaging period of COVID-19 pandemic. The statement released today called on all countries that still use the death penalty to impose a moratorium on death sentences and executions on the ground that fair trials…

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COVID-19 kills 55 journalists in 23 countries, says Press Emblem

By Editor. 6/5/2020. An international non-governmental organisation, The Press Emblem Campaign, based in Geneva, Switzerland, said 55 journalists have died from the coronavirus disease in 23 countries across Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. This was contained in a report released by the organisation on Friday ahead of the World Press Freedom Day 2020 scheduled for Sunday, May 3. According to the body, the countries with fatalities were Algeria, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt,…

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LEDAP asks govt, agencies to display transparency, accountability in managing COVID-19 relief funds

Chairman, PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha. By Editor. 18/4/2020. Legal Defence and Assistance Project – LEDAP has  called on the Federal Government and its agencies especially  the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, the Ministry of Finance and the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 to display transparency and accountability in the disbursement of palliatives and conditional cash transfer to millions of poor Nigerians to  alleviate the…

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Consumer Protection Commission concludes public inquiry on patient’s death, reserves verdict

By Editor. The atmosphere in the hall filled to capacity was charged, emotions rose and expectations were high for favourable outcomes to the parties present who had been summoned or were there on their own: Observers and other stakeholders from the human rights community, women advocacy groups medical practitioners, lawyers and journalists. They were all there to hear the panel of inquiry which was trying to unravel the cause of death of one Miss Moradeun Balogun, a young lady…

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Bello Adoke’s detention is unnecessary, says Ozekhome

Former Federal Attorney General, (FAG), Adoke, SAN. By Mike Ozekhome, SAN. As the former minister of Justice and Federal Attorney General (FAG), Mohammed Adoke, SAN, begins a 14-day detention today at the facility of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Abuja, as ordered by an Abuja High Court, over his alleged involvement with the Malabu oil scam of over $1.1 billion, his lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Mike Ozekhome,…

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Court orders driver’s release from detention six years after, to get N10m as damages

A Federal High Court, Lagos, on Monday ordered the immediate release of a driver, Jones Ofori, also known as James Ofori, who has been in prison custody since 2013 without trial. The court also ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to pay the driver the sum of N10 million, as damages for his unlawful arrest and illegal detention.Justice Sule Hassan, who presided over the court, made the release order, while delivering judgment in an enforcement of fundamental rights suit…

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