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Magu Went Rogue and Harassed Abdulsalami, Danjuma –  Olusegun Adeniyi Reveals
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Magu Went Rogue and Harassed Abdulsalami, Danjuma – Olusegun Adeniyi Reveals

Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman of THISDAY editorial board has narrated how the harassment of two allies of President Muhammadu Buhari without his knowledge, led to the suspension and detention of Ibrahim Magu as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The former spokesman to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua said Buhari learnt about Magu’s actions, only after they had been carried out. Adeniyi also disclosed that Former Defence Minister, Lt General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) recent visit to the villa was borne out of rage as Magu had blocked his purchase of an aircraft. Adeniyi says he also gathered that the suspended acting chairman of the anti-graft agency also ordered the raid of the residence of Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state. H...
Family of Man Who Died in Detention Demand Answers from the Nigerian Police
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Family of Man Who Died in Detention Demand Answers from the Nigerian Police

The family of a man named Godwin Chukwudi Julius Akano, 48, who died while in police detention, are asking for answers from the police. The late Julius, an importer of goods from Europe, was arrested on May 22 for alleged complicity in a case of fraud with one Obinali Osunwoke. He was arrested alongside his wife, Ogochukwu, but she was later released in the evening of the same day. Julius died in police custody on Saturday June 6. His family are now asking for an explanation from the State Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department, SCIID, Panti. The spokesman for the family, Mr Nnamdi Akano, said the late Julius, despite obvious signs of serious illness and complaints, was denied medical help until it was too late. Akano said: “He ought to have been given or allowed...
Governor Akeredolu Reacts To Detention Of His Deputy, Agboola Ajayi By The State Police
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Governor Akeredolu Reacts To Detention Of His Deputy, Agboola Ajayi By The State Police

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has reacted to a report making the rounds that he ordered the police to detain his deputy, Agboola Ajayi over his plan to decamp to another political party. The Governor who expressed his reaction via his twitter account, described the report as total Misrepresentation of facts. He said he wishes his deputy well if he decides to go anywhere he likes. In his tweets "Total Misrepresentation of facts. I did not tell the government house security to hold him back at any point. Why would I? Agbo can go anywhere he likes. I wish him well."
I Introduced Buhari to Politics – Hajiya Nàja’atu Mohammed
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I Introduced Buhari to Politics – Hajiya Nàja’atu Mohammed

The first Kano State female politician to become a senator, Hajiya Nàja’atu Mohammed has hinted that she introduced President Muhammadu Buhari to politics. She made the statement while reacting to the recent attacks by bandits attacked in Dansadau community of Zamfara state this weekend, where no less than 15 persons were killed. A BBC Hausa service report monitored on Sunday by Vanguard reported the police in Gusau had confirmed the latest attack on the Zamfara community, in which lives were lost. The outspoken Kano politician, however, told the RFI Hausa service in an interview, that she introduced Buhari to politics and had told the world that the President was a democrat. Nàja’atu Mohammed expressed her discontent with the recent happenings in the polity and condemned the d...
Rotimi Jolayemi, The Broadcaster Who Criticised Lai Mohammed Released After 45 Days In Detention
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Rotimi Jolayemi, The Broadcaster Who Criticised Lai Mohammed Released After 45 Days In Detention

The Nigeria Police Force has released Rotimi Jolayemi, the broadcaster who insulted the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a song that went viral on social media. His wife, Dorcas, told The PUNCH that he was released on Friday evening after spending 45 days in police custody. She said, “I am very thankful to The PUNCH for putting the authorities under pressure to release my husband who was illegally detained. He was finally released this afternoon by the police. He was, however, asked to return on Monday to sign some papers.” Rights group, Amnesty International, had called on the police to release Jolayemi, who had spent more than five weeks in custody before he was finally arraigned in court on June 11, 2020 Jolayemi, who anchors a Yoruba radio pr...
President Buhari Fires his Security Details Over Aso Villa Crisis
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President Buhari Fires his Security Details Over Aso Villa Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari has fired his security details and other persons in Aso Villa for their role in the crisis between his wife, Aisha, and his assistant Sabiu "Tunde" Yusuf. Those fired by Buhari on Wednesday, June 17, included his Chief Personal Security Officer, Chief Detail to President, ADC to the First Lady, Escort Commander, ADC National Defence Council, and 37 others in Aso Villa. According to Sahara Reporters, President Buhari decided to take the step after Mamman Daura, his nephew and one of his closest confidants, was seen weeping as he made his way to his office. Daura was said to have informed Buhari that his security aides were not only after Yusuf’s life but his own as well. Consequently, Buhari gave the nod for all persons involved in the alleged threat ...
Police Arrest man who Led a Peaceful Protest in Katsina
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Police Arrest man who Led a Peaceful Protest in Katsina

The Nigerian police has arrested the man who led a protest on Tuesday, June 16, in Katsina. Nastura Sharif was arrested on Wednesday, June 17. The group’s Director of Operations, Aminu Adams made this known in a statement. Adams explained that they were invited after the protest by the state commissioner of police, Sanusi Buba for interrogation and Sharif was detained. His said, “After the protest ended peacefully, the Katsina state police commissioner, Mr. Sanusi Buba, invited us to his office for an interaction during which he told us that the Inspector General of Police wanted to see Sharif. “The commissioner handed us to a team of policemen, headed by the OC (officer in charge), federal operations bureau (FOB), who led us to Abuja. “We drove from Katsina to Abuja wit...
Police High Command Keep Mute Over Detention Of Aisha Buhari’s Aides
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Police High Command Keep Mute Over Detention Of Aisha Buhari’s Aides

The Police High Command on Friday night kept mute over the alleged detention of aides of the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari in Abuja The wife of the President had Twitted about the reality of the deadly coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe and called on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr President and ensured that no one was found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials. She then called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to release her assigned Staff who were still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody. According t...
Alleged Rapist Arrests Victim’s Mother, Uncle and Neighbour for Reporting and Getting him Arrested for Rape in Rivers state
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Alleged Rapist Arrests Victim’s Mother, Uncle and Neighbour for Reporting and Getting him Arrested for Rape in Rivers state

A suspected rapist has reportedly got his victim's mother, uncle and neighbour arrested for reporting the incident to authorities and getting him arrested earlier. The suspect  accused of sexually molesting a 3-year old child, was released after spending 11 days in police detention. Human Rights Activist, Gwamnishu Emefiena Harrison said he was released after the victim's mother failed to pay the N65,000 the IPO told her to pay to enable her charge the suspect to court. It was also alleged that police officers from Oyigbo Area Command, Rivers State took an undisclosed amount to effect the arrest of victim's family. Gwamnishu wrote; A paedophile was arrested for sexual abuse against a child. He was released after 11days in police custody. He then proceeded to arrest victim's...
PMB’s Assistant, Tunde Yusuf Orders Detention Of Aisha’s ADC,  Usman Shugaba After Disregarding COVID-19 Guideline
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PMB’s Assistant, Tunde Yusuf Orders Detention Of Aisha’s ADC, Usman Shugaba After Disregarding COVID-19 Guideline

President Buhari’s Personal Assistant Orders Detention Of Aisha’s ADC After Disregarding COVID-19 Guideline At Aso Villa Upon Return From Private Trip To Lagos There is currently tension in Aso Villa, Nigeria’s seat of power in Abuja, the country’s capital, as a fresh power tussle between President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant and Private Secretary, Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf, and his wife, Aisha, the First Lady, gathers dust. According to findings by SaharaReporters, trouble started on Monday when Yusuf returned from a private trip to Lagos where he had journeyed to alongside five women from Daura, Kano and Abuja to spend the weekend. Upon his return to the Villa, he was asked by President Buhari’s Aide De Camp, Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, Chief Personal Security Officer, Abdulkar...
Businessman Drags Police Officer to Court for Torturing him
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Businessman Drags Police Officer to Court for Torturing him

A businessman has dragged a police officer who allegedly slept with his wife to court. Clement Asuquo Etim initially narrated how he was allegedly tortured and framed up by a senior policeman, CSP Celestine Umeh after he caught him in bed with his wife Lawrentia Asuquo Etim . Mr Etim has now filed N200m fundamental rights enforcement lawsuit against the Nigeria Police Force for arresting, torturing, and framing him and two eyewitnesses on trumped-up charges, according to Sahara Reporters. The aggrieved husband joined in the suit the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, the Officer-in-Charge of General Investigation at the State CID, SP Ekene Nwosu, and a Chief Superintendent of Police, Umeh. In a 46-page court document seen by SaharaReporters, Etim stated that Umeh vi...
There’s an Evil Power Controlling me – Pastor Who Defiled 5 Kids in Edo
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There’s an Evil Power Controlling me – Pastor Who Defiled 5 Kids in Edo

A pastor in Edo state who was arrested by the Police for defiling 5 kids, has opened up on a perceived evil power controlling his actions. The 48-year-old pastor from Akwa Ibom State is married with five children and two of them were preparing to secure admission into the university. His first child who is 18 years old would rather keep mum over her father’s travail, The Punch reports. At their house on Ekenwa Road, Benin city, Mrs Elizabeth Otobong, who sells pap, appeared worried as our correspondent called at their abode. It’s expected because in the last two months of Emerson’s travail following his subsequent arrest and detention by the police, no one has come to visit the family. Elizabeth said, “Nobody visits us except the church woman leader who called me on the ...
Nigerian Man Sentenced to Death for Brutal Rape and Murder of Eight-year-old Girl in 2017
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Nigerian Man Sentenced to Death for Brutal Rape and Murder of Eight-year-old Girl in 2017

21-year-old Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike, has been sentenced to death by hanging for the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in the year 2017. In the year 2017, Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike, raped 8-year-old Chikamso at Messiah Close, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, killed her, and then removed her tongue, breasts, vagina, and eyes. While on his way to dispose her dismembered body, he was apprehended by men of the vigilante group in the area. After his arrest, Dike was able to escape from detention with the help of an officer identified as Sgt Johnbosco Okoroeze – who has since been dismissed from service. He was again caught in Plateau state, and trial resumed. A Rivers State High Court has now sentenced Dike and his accomplice, Ugochukwu Onwuamiro, to de...
Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for crimes committed by minors after ‘effectively’ abolishing flogging
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Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for crimes committed by minors after ‘effectively’ abolishing flogging

Saudi Arabia is ending the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, the kingdom’s Human Rights Commission has announced. In a statement published on Sunday, president of the state-backed commission Awwad Alawwad said: “The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code.” “Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,” the statement said. The decree is expected to spare the lives of at least six men from the minority Shia community who are on death row. The six men were accused of taking part in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring uprisings while they were under the age of 18. “This is an important day for Saudi Arabia,” said Awwad Alawwad. “The decree helps us in establishing a more m...
Lawyers petition Kaduna government over El-Zakzakys’ health
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Lawyers petition Kaduna government over El-Zakzakys’ health

Counsel to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, led by Femi Falana (SAN) have urged the Kaduna State Government to release them for immediate medical treatment following deteriorating health condition in custody. According to Falana, recent medical tests carried out on El-Zakzaky showed that bullets lodged in his skull and body during the December 2015 clash with soldiers were threatening his life. In a petition to the Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Aisha Dikko, the Shiites’ lead counsel said that “series of tests and scans were carried out on our clients, which revealed that there are still bullet particles lodged in several parts of our clients’ bodies (including a shrapnel still lodged in ...
Shiites Members, Police Clash in Abuja
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Shiites Members, Police Clash in Abuja

Members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria aka Shiites clashed with men of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja today March 23rd. Trouble started when the Shiites members who were protesting the continued detention of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenahi, met with police officers along the Aguiyi Ironsi road near National Human Rights Commotion in Maitama, Abuja. The faceoff reportedly led to the police opening fire to disperse the protesting Shiites members. See more photos below
IGP Bars Detention For Minor Offences Over Coronavirus
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IGP Bars Detention For Minor Offences Over Coronavirus

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), has barred police officers from detaining suspects for minor offences over the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement on Sunday, Frank Mba, police spokesman, quoted the IGP as saying detention should be reduced to the barest minimum, and only for “serious offences”. Police stations across the country are known to be filled beyond their capacity. Mba said: “The IGP, while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned. “He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bai...
‘Take Action’ — Deji Adeyanju Challenges Buhari Over Outbreak Of Coronavirus
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‘Take Action’ — Deji Adeyanju Challenges Buhari Over Outbreak Of Coronavirus

Popular human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju took to social media to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to take action on the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria. There have been increased call for the President to address Nigerians to give hope over the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria. With the detection of four new cases in Lagos, taking the total cases in Nigeria to 12, Adeyanju has called on the President to offer message of reassurance to Nigerians in order to prevent public panic. See his tweet below: Dear Mr. President, All we need you to say to Nigerians is that you will make tests for Corona Virus available nationwide and how this will be achieved. Go to a hospital with Minister of Health & instruct them on modalities & steps. Take action sir. Show you car...
Ganduje’s Aide Rants Over Cartoonist’s Depiction of Governor, Sanusi
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Ganduje’s Aide Rants Over Cartoonist’s Depiction of Governor, Sanusi

Tanko Salihu Yakasai, Special Adviser on Media to Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has condemned the cartoon depicting the state as a cage. A cartoonist, Mustapha Bulama, on Saturday, posted an image which showed a character of of Ganduje in a cage while pointing at that of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Sanusi is seen walking away and saying to Ganduje: “You can stay there.” Yakasai described the drawing as a mockery and an insult to the people of Kano. He said that Kano is not a cage but a state with “a thousand year old history and has produced great leaders and scholars” was attacked. Yakasai tweeted: “I see this as a mockery and insult to the entire people of Kano. Kano is NOT a cage, its a state with a thousand year old history, that has en...
Dethroned Emir, Sanusi Lamido arrives Lagos
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Dethroned Emir, Sanusi Lamido arrives Lagos

The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido, has arrived in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub. Sanusi’s final destination and where he would be residing is unclear. WotzupNG gathered that his accommodation is located somewhere in a highbrow area on the island. It was also gathered that the choice of Lagos was to ensure he was safe and in a state where he would be able to attend events, interact freely with political and business leaders. “Basically, to resume his normal life and continue to speak on Nigeria’s problems and ways the country can be better”, the source said. Governor Umar Ganduje dethroned Sanusi on Monday. He announced Aminu Bayero, as the 15th Emir the same day. The court had ruled that Sanusi be freed from detention where he was banished to under...
Female Prisoners Beg for Sexual Intimacy in Kenya
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Female Prisoners Beg for Sexual Intimacy in Kenya

Some inmates of Mtangani GK Prison in Malindi, Kilifi County of Kenya have begged the country's government to institute new laws that will allow them enjoy sexual intimacy with their visiting spouses. Speaking on behalf of other inmates, Sofia Swaleh who is serving a life sentence said the time allocated to their visiting spouses and relatives is brief and does not allow for sexual intimacy. She said; “The Government, through the leadership of Kenyan prisons, should introduce a law that allows women serving lengthy jail terms enjoy sexual intimacy with their visiting husbands." Mtangani GK Prison senior administrator, Purity Nkatha Muthaura who also spoke to K24 Digital, said it would be impossible to allow the female inmates or even the male inmates enjoy conjugal rights e...
Katsina Police Confirms Arrest of Corps Member for Allegedly Raping Secondary School Girl
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Katsina Police Confirms Arrest of Corps Member for Allegedly Raping Secondary School Girl

A corps member is currently being detained by the Katsina State Police Command for reportedly raping a female junior secondary student at his Primary Place of Assignment in the state. Katsina state police spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah who confirmed the incident disclosed that they are still awaiting the medical reports to formally charge the corps member with the crime. Isah said; "Yes, the boy has been arrested and remains in detention but we are still awaiting the outcome of our investigation and the medical report to firmly establish the allegation.” The corps member was arrested after the JSS 1 student accused him of raping her at the residence the school he works with, provided for serving corps members. Reacting to the corps member's arrest, NYSC authorities in the s...
U.S allegedly exposes and opposes Buhari administration’s plan to Hand Over $100m Abacha Loot to APC Governor, Abubakar Bagudu
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U.S allegedly exposes and opposes Buhari administration’s plan to Hand Over $100m Abacha Loot to APC Governor, Abubakar Bagudu

Bloomberg reported that while the U.S. Department of Justice said Bagudu who spent six months in federal detention in Texas while awaiting extradition to the Island of Jersey was involved in corruption with Abacha, Buhari’s administration is insisting there is a 17-year-old agreement which entitles Bagudu to the recovered funds. Documents made available by the US Department of Justice revealed that the Kebbi State Governor who is a close ally of President Buhari was handed over to criminal trial in Jersey before he agreed to return $163m to Nigeria. He was subsequently released on bond to Nigeria where he was supposed to be prosecuted for money laundering, but that trial never took place. In the case involving Bagudu, the U.S. in 2013 initiated a forfeiture action against a host ...
Court Acquits 91 Shi’ites Detained in Prison Since 2015
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Court Acquits 91 Shi’ites Detained in Prison Since 2015

91 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, many of whom have been detained in prison since 2015 have been acquitted after being arraigned before Justice Hajaratu Gwada of Kaduna High Court. Justice Gwada who ruled on the case in which some of the IMN members were charged with  culpable homicide punishable with death, criminal conspiracy and disturbance of peace on Friday February 21, said the Kaduna State Government failed to failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt. Speaking to newsmen after the Kaduna High Court Judge granted a no- case submission, IMN's counsel, Barrister Maxwell Kyon stated that some of his clients lost their children, wives, admission in tertiary institution while in custody. He averred that the state government must...
Former K-Pop Star Seungri is Charged with Organising Prostitution after a String of Women Alleged they Were Served to Wealthy Men to Rape
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Former K-Pop Star Seungri is Charged with Organising Prostitution after a String of Women Alleged they Were Served to Wealthy Men to Rape

Former K-pop star, Seungri, has been indicted on charges including prostitution and habitual gambling, a year after several women alleged that they were drugged and served to wealthy men at clubs in South Korea. Lee Seung-hyun, 29, better known by his stage names Seungri and V.I, was indicted without detention at a hearing at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office on Thursday, January 30. When his crimes were made public, Seungri dramatically quit the entertainment industry in March 2019. "I just cannot bear causing any further damage to people around me, while being hated and criticized by the public and being treated as a nation's enemy during the investigation," he wrote in an Instagram post at the time. The indictment is the most recent event in the Burning Sun scandal....
Yung6ix Finally Sues American Jeweler for Assaulting and Racial Profiling him
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Yung6ix Finally Sues American Jeweler for Assaulting and Racial Profiling him

I Yung6ix has finally sued the management of Sterling Jewelers, months after he shared a video in which he recounted how he was racially profiled and assaulted at the store in California. Recall LIB reported that the Nigerian rapper who spent hours in detention, regained his freedom after being cleared by the policemen who were called in. Yung6ix who accused Sterling Jeweler of assault, libel and slander, filed a lawsuit against them on January 9 at the California Central District Court.
Three Injured after Police, Shiites Clash in Abuja
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Three Injured after Police, Shiites Clash in Abuja

Three members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria aka Shiites, have been injured following a clash with men of the Nigerian Police Force today January 14th. The Shiite members took to the street at the Berger area in Wuse to demand the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat who have been in detention since December 2015. In a bid to disperse them, the police fired teargas canisters and allegedly fired gunshots into the air.
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I’ve Been Framed but I won’t be Silenced — Shehu Sani reacts to Allegation of Extortion

  Former Senator, Shehu Sani has officially reacted to allegation of collecting money from Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors which he allegedly promised to pass on to the acting chairman of the EFCC Ibrahim Magu, to influence an investigation, and also allegedly asking for more money to bribe the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko and some other judges to influence the outcome of a court case. In a statement released on Friday after his two houses were searched by operatives of the anti-graft agency, Sani alleged that his arrest is politically motivated as he also denied trying to bribe the CJN. He also accused the Federal Government of trying to use the bribery story to shut him up after he became a critic of the Buhari-led administration. The statement read; ...
Shehu Sani Shuns lie Detector test in alleged $24,000 Extortion Scandal
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Shehu Sani Shuns lie Detector test in alleged $24,000 Extortion Scandal

Former Senator Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani on Monday January 6 refused to take a lie detector test over the alleged $24,000 he was accused of extorting from the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda. Though Sani opted to swear by the Holy Qur’an, it is however speculated that he might undergo the polygraph test with his wife today January 7 as he has already been moved out of his detention cell to the Polygraph Clinic in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) annex in Wuse 2, Abuja. The Nation reported he said; “I won’t take the test; I do not trust the machine. I am not sure whether or not the machine is working well. “Instead of polygraph, give me the Holy Qur’an to swear with.” A highly-placed source said...
Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention
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Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention

Former National Security Adviser to ex -President, Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki, returned to his Abuja home 9pm Tuesday night after a 4-year incarceration. Dasuki had been in the Department of State Services’ (DSS) detention since December 29, 2015. Once he arrived at his residence he observed some moment of privacy. “The first thing he did was to pray. He went into a private mode and was there for several minutes. After that, he embraced every one in the house”, our source said. Dasuki was surrounded by his wife, children, relatives and some close associates. The atmosphere was very emotional as many cried at the sight of the retired colonel. “Dasuki remains strong; you know how military men are. He was actually the one comforting others, telling them to stop crying”, the source ...
‘I Was Never Summoned By The Federal High Court Over Sowore’s Continued Detention’ – Minister Of Justice, Abubakar Malami
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‘I Was Never Summoned By The Federal High Court Over Sowore’s Continued Detention’ – Minister Of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said he was never summoned by the Federal High Court over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore. According to Malami in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, on Wednesday night,  “the issues that surrounded the subject matter borders on the application filed by Sowore’s lawyer on the 15th day of November 2019. “The Court adjourned the matter to the 23rd day of January, 2020 for the hearing of the substantive matter. “Surprisingly, on Tuesday the 17th day of December, 2019, the Applicant’s Counsel adopted an ex-parte application filed on the 15th day of November, 2019 before Hon. Justice I E. Ekwo. “However, the Court, being aware of the fact that ...
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Sowore and Bakare Regains Freedom After 126 Days In Detention

Politician and Activist, Omoyele Sowore has just regained his freedom. Sowore was arrested on the 3rd of August 2019 at about 1:20am. Mr. Omoyele, a one time presidential aspirant, entertainer, Idris Abdulkareem and others had planned to stage protests across the country to demand for good governance. Sowore was later arrested by the DSS. Earlier, a Federal high court issued an order to the Nigerian Authorities responsible for the detention of Sowore to release him and pay to him the sum 100,000 NGN.
Suspected Fraudster, Mompha Sues EFCC For N5 Million Over Unlawful Detention
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Suspected Fraudster, Mompha Sues EFCC For N5 Million Over Unlawful Detention

Social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, has filed a suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging unlawful detention and a violation of his rights. Mompha was arrested on October 19 at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on allegations of cybercrime and money laundering. The Instagram celebrity has now filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit at the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere through his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole. Mompha is demanding damages of N5 million for his unlawful detention without trial. He prayed the court to order the EFCC to either immediately charge him to court or release him if it was not ready to charge him to court. Mr Oyewole said his client, as a Nigerian, was entitled to the pro...
DSS Has Given 3 Contradictory Reasons For Not Releasing Sowore – Falana
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DSS Has Given 3 Contradictory Reasons For Not Releasing Sowore – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says in the last one week, the Department of State Services (DSS) has given three reasons not to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3 and later flown to Abuja where he has been in detention despite two court orders on his release. The DSS has come under intense pressure over the detention of Sowore and other notable Nigerians. On Friday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, said Sowore chose to remain in custody of the agency because he is being taken care of. He said the activist could have been remanded in prison but he appealed to the court to allow him stay in the DSS facility. But Falana described Afunanya’s statement as an embarrassment to the country. “Within a sp...
Self Acclaimed Youngest Billionaire, Tunde Biletiri Exposed Igodye, Others
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Self Acclaimed Youngest Billionaire, Tunde Biletiri Exposed Igodye, Others

Self acclaimed youngest billionaire has cried out from detention that he has been illegally detained for over twenty days now by the police under the instructions of Popular comedian, I Go Dye, Level 9 boss and Joseph Osawaru. Confirming his unlawful detention on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 Biletiri said: I was billed to organize a show for Joseph Osawaru and Level 9 boss. The agreement was N85m but they paid N36m as deposit for the show slated for December. I gave Ayodeji N10m advance for Wizkid and he told me he has paid him. I also Gave him N1m to go and meet Burna Boy in America. Sadly, they breached the contract by not paying me the remaining N51m. Aside that, Ayodeji didn't pay Wizkid, rather he bought camera and left it in America. He was arrested and released after dri...
How I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention — Sowore
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How I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention — Sowore

The co-convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, who has been in the detention of the Department of State Services since August 3, 2019, has accused the DSS of maltreating him. “I was abducted in the middle of the night. I was taken to one of your facilities in Lagos. I was beaten up, rough-handled on my way to the facility in the car. And my cousin, who was in the room with me, was also beaten and handcuffed, and my properties were forcefully seized. And when I got there, of course, the maltreatment continued, they threw me on a cold floor and locked the door. “I had no contact with even the guards for two nights; I was in that facility before I was flown here by your agents. So, I was seriously maltreated,” Sowore reportedly said during an interrogation session by DSS...
Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Detention, Seven-count Charges
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Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Detention, Seven-count Charges

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has insinuated that the federal government may only cage Sowore but not his idea. The Federal Government, on Friday, filed seven counts of treasonable felony and money laundering against Sowore. In a series of tweets on Saturday, Ezekwesili, a staunch critic of the present administration blamed President Muhammadu Buhari said that Sowore is unconstitutionally and unlawfully detained Her tweets reads; “We stand on with Sowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him. Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance - via RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed. Gratitude to his legal team. Democracy and Voice are Siamese Twins. The good kind of ...
Don Jazzy Speaks Tough On The Detention Of Sowore
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Don Jazzy Speaks Tough On The Detention Of Sowore

The thoughts of popular and successful Nigeria music producer, Don Jazzy on the detention of the Presidential Candidate for the AAC in the February, 2019 Election surfaced online and was captured by Igberetv. It reads: "This dangerous precedent of stifling opposition voices and dissenting opinions has survived enough. Let's not pretend our nascent democracy isn't being sabotaged when citizens shudder at the thought of people they elected into power. I plead for Sowore #FreeSowore" Recall that Omoyele Sowore was arrested by the DSS on 3rd August, 2019, after he planned a protest for the revolution of the Nigerian government.
I have presented Biafra’s case and Sowore’s detention to the United Nations – Nnamdi Kanu
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I have presented Biafra’s case and Sowore’s detention to the United Nations – Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said Biafra’s case can no longer be ignored by Nigeria, as he had lodged it with various arms of the United Nations following his meeting with UN officials in Geneva on Tuesday, September 17th. The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement said Kanu, with his deputy, Mazi Uche Mefor and Head of Directorate of State, Mazi Chika Edoziem held a series of meetings with various United Nations officials where he presented Biafra’s plight to the UN officials. According to him, Kanu’s emergence from the meeting was met with chants of eulogy by a congregation of Biafrans. Emma Powerful said Kanu demanded urgent action against the numerous rights abuses inflicted daily upon Biafrans and the need to sup...
FG Has No Grounds To Hold My Husband – Omoyele Sowore’s Wife
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FG Has No Grounds To Hold My Husband – Omoyele Sowore’s Wife

Omoyele Sowore's wife, Opeyemi has decried the continous detention of her husband by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) after his arrest. Recall that the DSS secured a court order to detain the former Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) for 45 days after accusing him of receiving millions of dollars from foreign collaborators to topple President Buhari's government. He was also accused of being in contact with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mobilize forces and holding series of meetings with foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai to violently overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. However speaking on Democracy Now which is a news programme in the United States, Opeyemi sa...
Court refuses to grant Sowore’s application challenging his detention
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Court refuses to grant Sowore’s application challenging his detention

The Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to grant the motion filed by Omoyele Sowore challenging his detention for 45 days by the Department of State Security.   Justice Nkeonye Maya, who declined all applications by Counsel to Sowore, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, sent the case back to Justice Taiwo for further hearing. Falana, who had asked the court to set aside the ex parte order granted by Justice Taiwo, also applied for oral bail when Justice Maha rejected the earlier application.   Sowore who is presently in detention had, on August 9, approached the court, seeking an order to vacate the ex parte order that gave the DSS the legal backing to detain him for 45 days.   Justice Taiwo Taiwo had, in a ruling on August 8 in an ex parte application, ordered Sowore...
EFCC arrests Kwara State TV GM, three others over land fraud
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EFCC arrests Kwara State TV GM, three others over land fraud

The General Manager, Kwara State Television Authority, Abdulfatai Adebowale has been arrested by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegations of Land fraud.   Adebowale was arrested alongside two personnel of the state television authority, located on Apata Yakuba Area of Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital and a senior official of the Kwara State Bureau of Land.   It will be recalled that the immediate past governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatai Ahmed had sometime in 2014 allocated 10 plots of land at the premises of the state's television outfit to some of its personnel. In a twist, however, 13 employees of the television station in a petition, dated May 8, 2019, alleged that its General Manager sold the 10 plots of lan...
‘I Lived Next To The Senate President & Never In Detention’ – El-Zakzaky
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‘I Lived Next To The Senate President & Never In Detention’ – El-Zakzaky

Here is supposedly a leaked video of El-Zakzaky narrating his ordeal with an Indian doctor few days ago as he traveled for medical treatment. In the video that has sparked outrage, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, said while he was in Nigeria, he was free and wasn't in any Police detention as reported. Infact he was living next to the Nigeria Senate President. Could this be a confirmation of Lai Mohammed's claims of the FG spending N3m every month on the Shi'ites leader? Watch the video after the cut.. EL-ZAKZAKY VIDEO: ‘I was free in #Nigeria, lived next to @NGRSenate president, never in @PoliceNG detention…’ #ElZakzaky pic.twitter.com/6ZPAMT0pyl — TheCable (@thecableng) August 17, 2019
El-Zakzaky: 186 Doctors From 7 Countries Write Buhari
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El-Zakzaky: 186 Doctors From 7 Countries Write Buhari

One hundred and eighty six doctors from Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari pointing to Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s physical conditions and asking the Nigerian government to transfer him to a well-equipped hospital as soon as possible. The letter was published today by Fars News, an Iranian news agency. The report did not indicate what date the letter was written by the doctors or whether it was written after a Kaduna High Court last week approved a leave for El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat, to seek medicare in India. The Department of State Services said after it was served with the court order that it would comply with it. Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015, following a clash between his Shiite adhere...
12 Corpses, 11 Injured Protesters Still In Police Net – Shiite Members Claim
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12 Corpses, 11 Injured Protesters Still In Police Net – Shiite Members Claim

According to The Nation, the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) on Wednesday raised an alarm that 12 corpses and 11 of their injured protesters are still in the police custody. The group also said that 63 of their members arrested during the recent series of protests are still in the police custody without taking them to court according to the law. Following the release of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, to go abroad for medical treatment, IMN said:“The time has come for those who mischievously claimed earlier that until the court decided the fate of Sheikh Zakzaky, they couldn’t do anything in spite of his deteriorating health and the incessant call for his release. Now that the court has acceded to the demand for treatment abroad, not only that we await prompt...
#RevolutionNow: Sowore ought to have been arraigned by now – Femi Falana
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#RevolutionNow: Sowore ought to have been arraigned by now – Femi Falana

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer has expressed disappointment that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, has not been arraigned almost three days after he was arrested.   Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, August 3rd by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos. The state agency said Sowore was arrested on account of the  #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.   In a chat with Punchng on Tuesday, August 6th, Falana said he expected Sowore to have been arraigned on Monday because, by law, a suspect should not be kept in detention without arraignment within 48 hours of arrest.   When asked what he would do on account of the extended detention of the human rights activist, Falana said, “I have sent ...
Nigerian army detains wife and children of soldier who absconded with N400m
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Nigerian army detains wife and children of soldier who absconded with N400m

The family of Ayo Oluwaniyi, the wife of one of the soldiers, who allegedly stole N400m they were escorting, has lamented the arrest and detention of the woman and her three children by the Nigerian Army in Ondo State.   According to reports, 37-year-old Ayo and her children were arrested after her husband, Gabriel, was identified as one of the five soldiers alleged to have stolen the money they were escorting from Sokoto to Kaduna.   A family member, who spoke to Punch on condition of anonymity, said Ayo and her children were being detained at the 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Barracks, Akure.  She stated that they had been denied access to family members, adding that the family was worried about Ayo and her children’s state of health.   Five soldiers were c...
15 migrants die of hunger after getting stranded in a boat – United Nations
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15 migrants die of hunger after getting stranded in a boat – United Nations

15 Ethiopian migrants have died after the boat trying to smuggle them into Yemen broke down and left them stranded at sea without food or water for a week, the U.N. migration agency said.   Survivors said some died from hunger and thirst and others drowned themselves, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. “A number reached Yemen but died before they could get medical help,’’ it added. “The migrants were travelling from Djibouti to Yemen when the smugglers’ boat broke down. Those on board reported that lives were lost due to hunger, thirst and intentional drowning, while some people died in Yemen, as they could not reach health facilities in time’’. The boat, which was originally carrying 90 Ethiopians, arrived in Yemen’s Southern port city of Aden on Monday ...
Swedish court extends A$AP Rocky’s detention
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Swedish court extends A$AP Rocky’s detention

A$AP Rocky’s detention over an alleged assault was extended for at least another week by a Swedish court, pending the outcome of investigation by prosecutors.   The American rapper has been detained since July 3, after being arrested on allegation of assault in the Swedish capital. Ruling on the case, a Stockholm District Court agreed to an extended detention of A$AP Rocky "because of the flight risk".   Prosecutor Daniel Suneson now has until 25 July to decide whether to charge him. "This gives us time to complete the investigation" Suneson said.  The rapper's lawyer Slobodan Jovicic, however called the court’s decision disproportionate.   According to him, it was unreasonable to assume A$AP Rocky was a “flight risk” since not returning for a potential tri...
El-zakzaky, Dasuki Must Not Die In Detention – HURIWA Warns Buhari
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El-zakzaky, Dasuki Must Not Die In Detention – HURIWA Warns Buhari

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Thursday cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against allowing former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to die in detention. This was as HURIWA pleaded with world leaders to prevail on Buhari to respect the courts by releasing Dasuki and El-Zakzaky who have “languished in underground jails for over three years extralegally.” HURIWA stated that the, “continuous detention and duplication of charges against the duo by President Muhammadu Buhari is an act of treason against the constitution,” adding that “it is necessary that they are not allowed to die in detention following reports of their deteriorating health conditions.” In a statement...