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Freedom Rally Group Welcome The Release Of Sowore And Dasuki

The organisers of the Freedom Rally which took place on the 23rd of December 2019 at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) offices in Lagos and Abuja in response to the 14 days ultimatum given to the Federal Government of Nigeria welcome the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki on the 24th of December 2019.

Release Of Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.) And Omoyele Sowore

The Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore. Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of […]

Nigeria in a New Decade: A Troubling State of Affairs

Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Dear Sir, Two weeks ago, over 200 civil society organisations, representing a cross-section of Nigerians that have played various roles in Nigeria’s journey to civil rule, gave the Buhari administration 14 days to honor five demands. The demands were against the backdrop of the crackdown on […]

Criminalizing The Poor To Extort Them

There is a sense in which we cannot successfully fight mega unless we make sense of petty corruption such as extortion. On Friday, I travelled from Yola, Adamawa State to Azare in Bauchi State. About five kilometres after Numan from Yola, there was a military checkpoint set up as part of the Operation Positive Identification, […]

On Lionheart’s Oscar ban: Is Nigerian English a Foreign Language?

“US universities treat Nigerian English as a foreign language. The Oscars say it is not foreign enough”. As a linguist and former teacher of English, I have always wondered why Nigerian English has never been deemed official by law and recognised, in its uniquely identifiable variant, as different from British and American English. Its phonology […]

How Buhari Military Regime Released Detainees Based On Court Orders – Femi Falana

(Being the paper presented at the 2019 Human Rights Day symposium organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (Ikeja Branch) on December 10, 2019). Introduction At the 30th anniversary ceremony of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights which held in Lagos in May this year, I was compelled to express regret over the proclivity […]

#OfficeOfTheCitizen Discussions for December 2nd to December 6th

City/Station Date/Time Summary Akure  Breeze 91.9fm   Tuesday 10:00- 11:00am Constituency Projects, ICPC report and President declaration Alo Martins Abeokuta   Sweet 107.1FM   Tuesdays @11am The Role of Social Media in Promoting Good Governance. Ayobamigbe Y. Faloye; CEO, The Youth Quake Hub, Nigeria Ebonyi Unity 101.5FM   Tuesdays @ 1pm Nil Bayelsa   Glory […]

Assault on the Rule of Law

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, December 5th, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, within 24 hours and also awarded a N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine against the DSS over its delay to serve the defence counsel with requested documents in the ongoing trial of Sowore and Olawale Bakare. Sowore and […]

Nigerians #SayNoToSocialMediaBill

This is very important. We already have enough laws covering falsehood in speech – slander, defamation, libel – and a Cybercrime Act that is heavy-handed as it is. Disingenuous to speak of developed countries; they, in addition to existing laws, hold platform owners accountable. The same govt that didn’t pass the Data Rights + Privacy […]