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Set Them Free! The Judge Who Liberates Nigerians Forgotten…

Ishaq Usman Bello is shaking the conscience of the courts – and nearly 4,000 wrongly detained prisoners are grateful for it. In a crowded prison courtyard in Suleja, Nigeria, a judge flipped through a battered folder detailing the case against a young woman who stood quietly before him in a faded pink dress. She was charged with “issuing a dud cheque”, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. But she’d already spent three years in prison awaiting the outcome of her trial. readmore

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Several Killed in Ambush In Northeastern Nigeria

A security convoy carrying displaced persons back to their home was ambushed by suspected terrorists in Borno State, Northeastern Nigeria on September 25th, 2020. At least 18 people were killed, including four civilians and 10 police officers. The Islamist militant group ‘Islamic State in the West African Province’ (ISWAP) claimed responsibility of the attack, declaring on its Amaq website that 30 police officers and soldiers were killed in the ambush. The ambush happened on a road leading to the strategic fishing town of Baga, only a day after the Nigerian military had claimed to have killed several top commanders of Boko Haram in “massive clearance operations”. readmore

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SERAP Urges Commonwealth to Sanction Nigeria over Attacks on…

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland, urging her to use her leadership position to apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold Nigerian authorities accountable for widespread and persistent attacks on peaceful protesters, human rights violations and abuses, corruption, impunity, as well as disregard for the rule of law. In the urgent appeal dated October 10, 2020 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said such action by the Commonwealth will be commensurate with the gravity of the human rights abuses in the country.  readmore

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SERAP Urges Commonwealth to Sanction Nigeria over Attacks on…

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland, urging her to use her leadership position to apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold Nigerian authorities accountable for widespread and persistent attacks on peaceful protesters, human rights violations and abuses, corruption, impunity, as well as disregard for the rule of law. In the urgent appeal dated October 10, 2020 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said such action by the Commonwealth will be commensurate with the gravity of the human rights abuses in the country. readmore

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Nigerian Youth Want to #EndSARS

Nigerian youth are staging protests against serious human rights violations committed by one of the country’s police force units. #EndSARS, a top trending hashtag on Twitter in the past week — both in Nigeria and worldwide. It was created by aggrieved Nigerian youth who are calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad — a unit of the Nigerian Police Force accused of serious human rights violations. With over 1.5 million tweets shared in one weekend, Thursday saw the movement take to the streets. readmore

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SERAP Urges Commonwealth to Sanction Nigeria over Attacks on…

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland, urging her to use her leadership position to apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold Nigerian authorities accountable for widespread and persistent attacks on peaceful protesters, human rights violations and abuses, corruption, impunity, as well as disregard for the rule of law. readmore

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“Tell Me True Situations on Secondary Schools in Borno”,…

Maiduguri—Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, has pleaded with 84 principals of public secondary schools in the state, to honestly tell him the true situations or challenges confronting secondary schools in the state , rather than covering-up for fear of victimization. The governor spoke when he hosted 84 principals of all public secondary schools in the state at the multipurpose hall of the Government House in Maiduguri. readmore

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ECOWAS Court Fixes 18th November 2020 for Judgment in…

In the consolidated cases with suit no: ECW/CCJ/APP/45/18 and ECW/CCJ/APP/42/18, the first and second plaintiffs, now 88 and 48 years respectively, who were sentenced to death by hanging, submitted that they have exhausted all the opportunities for appeal and that they were recommended for amnesty by the Federal Board and Committee on Prison Visit, recently due to their chronic medical condition and ill health. The plaintiffs are seeking an order of the Court affirming that they have suffered extreme mental torture, inhuman and degrading condition having been kept on death row for more than 15 years and without access to adequate medical treatment and that the first and second applicants should be released, and by virtue of their age and medical condition they are entitled to be released forthwith from detention. readmore

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Nigeria: The Fury in Katsina State

Youths from Dutsinma Local Government of Katsina State were also recently on the street, to protest unending killings by “bandits” in the state. The frustrated youths from Turare, Marke and Dogon Ruwa villages blocked the Dutsinma – Kankara highway for hours, lamenting endless butcheries in their communities. One of the youths who pleaded for anonymity said: “We are tired of the activities of bandits in our communities. We blocked the highway to show our displeasure over insecurity here. We want the authorities to be aware of our plight and come to our rescue.” readmore

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Ishaq Usman Bello, Chief Judge of the Federal Capital…

President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Bello as Nigeria’s candidate in June 2020. However, in a report of the advisory committee on the nomination of judges, the ICC said Bello lacked knowledge of the workings of the court. Although the FCT CJ has a master’s degree in international criminal law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, “where his dissertation was on the topic of individual criminal responsibility under the Rome Statute”, the ICC noted that “the candidate appeared notably to have a very limited knowledge of the Rome Statute, the practices and procedures of the court and its jurisprudence”. readmore