NBA Honours Agomoh, Veteran Prison Activist

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has bestowed an award on veteran prison reform activist and Founder/Executive Director of Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Dr. Uju Agomoh.
The award was conferred on her at the recent criminal justice summit hosted by the NBA Criminal Justice Reform Committee (NBA-CJRC) at Asaba, Delta State “for outstanding contribution to criminal justice reforms in Nigeria. “

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‘NBA Will Promote Electoral Integrity,’ Says Mahmoud

Nigerian B a r Association (NBA) President A b u b a k a r Mahmoud (SAN) has restated the association’s commitment to a transparent electoral process in the country.
He spoke at this year’s Founders Day lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) held at the Nigerian Judicial Institute, Abuja.
According to NBA, Mahmoud, represented by the First-Vice President Mr. Caleb Dajan, said NBA had been working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to promote electoral integrity in the country.
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Underage Voting: INEC Says Kano SIEC didn’t Use its Register

The Independent National Electoral Commission says the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission which organised the controversial local government poll in February didn’t completely use INEC’s voters’ register.
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Lawmakers change position, kick against reframed election sequence bill

Lawmakers at the Senate plenary yesterday kicked against the newly reframed election sequence bill to pass second reading.
Unlike the first election sequence bill rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, this new bill seeks to reorder the election with Governorship/State Houses of Assembly elections coming first, followed by the National Assembly election with Presidential election coming last.
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Fuel tanker explosion on Otedola bridge, Lagos-Ibadan expressway

At least nine people have been confirmed dead after a fuel tanker exploded on Otedola Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed that at least four others suffered from varying degrees of burns as at least 54 vehicles were also lost to the terrible explosion.

According to LASEMA, the accident occured when a Mack tanker truck loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) fell and spilled its content on the road resulting into a fire outbreak. The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) disclosed that the accident was due to a brake failure.

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ABIOLA: Buhari Orders Gazetting of Presidential Directive

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN to immediately give legal effect to his presidential order.
The statement from The Presidency reads:

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Internet Fraudster Bags One Year Jail Term

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Oluwatobiloba Badejo, before Justice O.A. Williams of the State High court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The convict was arraigned on May 25, 2018 on a two- count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents to the tune of N124, 937.53( One Hundred and Twenty- four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven Naira, Fifty-three Kobo).

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The Paul Usoro That I Know

By Onigegewura
The Paul Usoro that I know is not a greenhorn as far as leadership position is concerned. As an undergraduate in then University of Ife, Paul displayed exemplary leadership qualities as the President of the Law Students Society.
When there was allegation of examination leakages in the famous institution, it was Paul Usoro’s petition as the leader of law students that led to the setting up of Adegbola Commission. And of course, Paul was the first witness to testify. If you have not, please go and read the case of Akintemi v. Onwumechile (1985) 1 NWLR [Pt. 1] for the full facts of the incident. By the way, that’s the first volume of Gani Fawehinmi’s Nigeria Weekly Law Report.
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ICC Concludes Shiites Massacre Investigation, Probes IPOB Killings

The International Criminal Court is moving gradually towards prosecution of Nigerian officials involved in the December 2015 massacre of members of Islamic Movements of Nigeria.

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Telephone Banking Fraud: London Court Jails 5 Nigerians

An Inner London Crown Court has sentenced five Nigerians to various jail terms over the theft of £610,000 from business bank accounts.
Desmond Abifade, Victor Oke, Moses Kuye, Melinda Mensah-Oke, Arinola Kuye, were caught after being spotted by fraud investigators at HSBC, who passed the case to the dedicated card and payment crime unit (DCPCU) to investigate.
According to reports, Victor Oke, 39, of Galleons Drive, Barking, used stolen data provided by Desmond Uyiosa Abifade, 25, of Henniker Road, Stratford, to falsely impersonate company directors via telephone banking.
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Prison Conditions and Poor Legal Representation

By Joseph Onyekwere
Many of the awaiting trial persons (ATPs) do not have legal or active legal representation and some who have legal representation are unsatisfied with the quality of service being rendered to them by their lawyers, Prison survey report reveals.
According to the report, which is anchored on a research on pre trial detention in Nigeria conducted by the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) in conjunction with Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), with support from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), United Kingdom, also indicated that many of the prisoners do not have confidence in the criminal justice system with the police having the worst rating from the prisoners.
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Benue Attacks: Court Remands 6 Herdsmen in Prison

A Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Mr. Isaac Ajim, has denied bail to six herdsmen arrested over the New Year day attacks on Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State.

The suspects were first arraigned on January 5 before Mr. Ajim, who ordered that the accused remanded in Makurdi Medium Prison till yesterday.
The accused persons – Ibrahim Saleh, Jibrin Adamu, Magaji Yau, Ibrahim Abubakar, Useni Bala and Sabin Yau – were charged for culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy, mischief by fire, grievous hurt and violation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017.
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