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Rights Group Demands Justice After Its members Were ‘Stripped Naked’ By Police

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A human rights group, Behind Bars Rights Foundation, known for advocating for justice for victims of police brutality, extortion, bribery, unlawful arrest and detention and all form of human rights abuses as well as the promotion of human rights advancement, has accused the Delta State Police Command of assault, death threats and unlawful detention of its members. Last week, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, had alleged that the founder and Director General of Behind Bars Rights Foundation, Harrison Gwamnishu, and his group invaded the C Division Police Station, Asaba, to free suspected cultists, and in the process beat up the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Eyoh Anietie, the DCO and other officers as well as damaged valuables and properties in the DPO's offi...

Nigerian Army Defends Shooting Of Shi’ites With Trump’s ‘Firearm’ Video

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The Nigerian Army has defended its shooting of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) by sharing a video of United States President Donald Trump issuing a warning to migrants. The Nigerian Army had opened fire on Shi'a protesters during their annual religious trek, which led to the death of more than 40 members of the sect. See Also Breaking News VIDEO: How Policemen, Soldiers Opened Fire On Defenceless Shi'ites 0 Comments 4 Days Ago In the video, which was originally aired on November 1, 2018, Trump was recorded issuing a warning to migrants who attempt to forcefully gain entry into the country. According to Trump, the United States would not tolerate the treatment meted out to Mexican security operatives who were pelted with stones by migran...

Abaribe, Fani-Kayode Helped Nnamdi Kanu Disappear From Nigeria, Lawyer Tells Court

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to hold Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode and others responsible for the "disappearance" of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from the country. The court was also asked to order their arrest and prosecution after proper investigation into how the IPOB leader fled the country. According to the plaintiff in the matter, Isaiah Agidi Ayugu, a lawyer, said Abaribe and Fani-Kayode aided Kanu's escape. Joined in the suit dated October 31, 2018 as respondents are the Director-General, the State Security Service, the Inspector-General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force. SaharaReporters obtained the court documents on Thursday, which was marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1254/18. In the suit, the plaint...

Retired Stripper Blac Chyna Gets N10m Deal For Abuja Pool Party

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An American model, Angela Renèe, popularly known as Blac Chyna, is set to visit Nigeria for a pool party in November. In a post on her Instagram page on Wednesday, the mother of one who was formerly married to Rob Kardashian, a brother to reality TV star, Kim Kardashian described Nigeria as “motherland". Alongside a flyer of the event, she wrote ““Hello Nigeria, I am visiting the motherland finally to party with the playnetworkafr in Abuja. Shout out to Charlesofplay and hit him up for invites". Confirming her visit, Arafat Balogun, the manager of Play Network Africa revealed that the deal cost $30,000 aside travel plans and accommodation.  Speaking with NAN, she said the model would be in Abuja for the party.  She said: “A deal in the excess of N10 million has been

OPEN LETTER: Buhari Government Added $10bn To Our Public Debt By Ettu Mohammed

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Prof. yemi Osinbajo   Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Professor Osinbajo (GCON) Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria Abuja, Nigeria Your Excellency Sir, Re: Buhari Government Added $10bn To Our public Debt Sir, this is not factual sir, President Buhari led Federal Government has added a total of $29.8bn to our Public debt in three years going by the books of Debt Management office. Sir, Public Debts are held in USD in Nigeria and many countries of the world. But one thing that is sacrosanct is that all Nations Domestic debts are held in their local currency and Nigeria is not excluded. Sir, as at June 30, 2015, according to the Debt Management Office. The following debt profile was listed against our country. Nigeria domestic debt which is inclusive of FG and State was N10.09 t...

The Shiites And The Army Of Butchers By Charles Ogbu

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"Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers"~~St Augustine  The reaction of Nigerians to Saturday's shooting of yet to be ascertained number of members of Shiite Islamic sect at Zuba bridge, Abuja, by the Nigerian army has conclusively exposed the fact that reasonable number of Nigerians have very low sense of Civic consciousness in addition to knowing absolutely nothing on how security forces ought to operate and relate with civilians in a civilized society. Of course, I blame them not, considering that we live in Nigeria, a country where the President and Commander-In-Chief and all his security Chiefs take turn justifying and explaining away the routine massacre of hundreds of tax paying citizens by Fulani militia  operating under the umbr...

The Girl Osinbajo ‘Fell In Love With’ And All That Went Down At Ake Festival 2018

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On Sunday, October 28, the Ake Festival came to an end.  The four-day event, which holds annually in Nigeria, is the brain-child of author Lola Shoneyin, whose debut novel 'The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives' was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010.  The event was declared open on Friday by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who acknowledged the importance of the creative industry, while also paying tribute to great Nigerian poets such as Niyi Osundare, Molara Wood and Tanure Ojaide.  Delivering his welcome address, he cited the consequences of discouraging participation in the arts with a fictional childhood experience he had with a girl he "fell in love with". “Does the artist have a responsibility to society beyond that of the ordinary citizen?

Despite Losing Five Members To Army, Shi’ites Flood Abuja For El-Zakzaky Protest

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The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has waded through barricades mounted by security agents, and marched through Abuja in protest. The protesters, who came from different states, arrived Abuja through Kubwa expressway, wielding portraits of their spiritual leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, as well as flags with Arabic inscriptions. Efforts by a combined detachment of armed policemen and soldiers to prevent the group from proceeding with the protest proved futile, as they waded through the security barricades. The protesters, who converged on Abuja from different states across the nation, defied a heavy downpour as they chanted: 'Free Zakzaky'; 'Free Our Leader'. The group later ended the protest at Citec bus stop, near Gwarinpa, a few meters away from Abuja. They, however, vowe...

President Without A Certificate By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa

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Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Major-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Retd) is eminently qualified to contest the presidential election in 2019. The controversy over the qualification of Gen Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election is needless. By section 131, of the 1999 Constitution, a person is qualified for election to the office of President if: A. He is a citizen of Nigeria B. He has attained the age of forty years. C. He is a member of a political party and he is sponsored by that political party; and D. He has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent. In my humble view, Gen Buhari has met all the above requirements. Under and by virtue of section 318 (1) of the Constitution: “School Certificate or its equivalent” means- a. a Secondar