Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital is the grip of cult-driven violence, rising consumption of illicit drugs and armed robbery. Osa Okhomina examines the issues and fears within and outside the state’s security apparatus. When the commissioner of police, Asuquo Mba submitted in one of his monthly briefings that the dominant crimes in Bayelsa State is cultism-related killings and attacks, many took the report lightly believing the security agencies are equal to the crimes which are associated with youths . But five months after, the fear of cultists is now the beginning of wisdom in the state due to the increase cases of violent attacks and unhindered killings of residents who stand on their way in the state. Cult-related violence is now a frequent occurrence in the state despite the efforts of the Nigeria Police under commissioner Mba to arrest it. Twice in the last two weeks, cultists struck in Yenagoa and send...
By Hussaini Hammangabdo, Yola The 36 State Houses of Assembly have unanimously endorsed local government autonomy for grassroots development in the country. This was part of the resolutions adopted yesterday at the conference of Speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria in Yola, with all the 36 states Speakers in attendance. The chairman of the conference, Hon. Ismail Abdulmumini Kamba, who is also Speaker of Kebbi State House Assembly, said public hearing on the autonomy will be conducted across the country for more inputs from Nigerians. Kamba explained that far reaching decisions and inputs aimed at positioning the country is expected at the end of the public hearing. He urged the National Assembly to hasten the transmission of the approved Bill on devolution of power to state assemblies for consideration, validation and adoption He reiterated the commitment of states assemblies in pushing forward the idea of devolution of power for sustainable growth and development. “The State Houses...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah  An Abuja-based legal practitioner and international management consultant has demanded that regulation should be the exclusive preserve of lawyers and that all regulatory agencies should be led by qualified lawyers, at the very least. Kachi Okezie, who is a Principal Consultant at United Kingdom-based training and consulting firm, CTP International, made the call today  at a seminar organised by his firm in collaboration with the Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, to review the legal framework for regulating Free Zones in the country. In a statement he said, “Two fundamental misconceptions are to blame for the present tussle for territory between two the two government agencies charged with oversight and control of free zones in Nigeria. First, we seem to see free zones strictly as a physical place rather as an abstract concept where the needs of the rapidly growing knowledge economy are serviced through the use of...
ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja An Abuja High Court has ordered a developer, White Diamond Property Development Company, ‎to remove 7 units of five-bedroom duplex ‎worth N350 million each from a piece of land in Abuja ‎The court also awarded the sum of N10million as damages against the developer of the property, as penalty for encroaching on a piece of land belonging to Trade Wheels Limited. Justice Peter Kekemeke ordered the developer  to remove all structures or building erected on the land, as well as building materials, sands and gravels at its expense. In a 22-page judgment delivered on the 15th June 2017, Justice  Kekemeke held that Trade Wheels has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant encroached on its land. “It is my view that the plaintiff has proved that the defendant trespasses in its land, and I so hold,” he said. The court consequently issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining White Diamonds and its agent from further encroaching...
In this report, CHIDI NWACHUKWU looks at the succession crisis in the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, the accusation and counter-accusation from members. Few hours to the election for the post of Chairman and Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja branch, the crisis rocking the professional body has continued unabated. Some aggrieved members of the body in Abuja, known as the Unity Bar have accused the leadership of the national body of the association of not living up to their responsibilities in putting an end to the crisis. The splinter group restrained by an Order of FCT High Court of the 9th day of March 2017, seems determined to continue to flout the Order of the Court which specifically restrains their action of going ahead with the purported election slated for June, 30 2017, according to their released guidelines for election and campaign timetable. According to the aggrived members...
BY KUNLE OLASANMI .....the Judiciary in the last two years under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, with respect to assessments by legal minds on the observance of the rule of law In the last two years, just like other sectors in the Nigerian economy, the debate over how the judiciary has fared remains intense. From high profile corruption cases to controversial political cases, the judiciary has transcended series of intriguing moments in the last two years and to a large extent, defining the trajectory of the government. As a matter of fact, a renowned lawyer and senior advocate, Malam Yusuf Ali, described the judiciary as the whipping boy among the three arms of government. Nigerians and stakeholders in the judiciary have expressed different views about the performance in the last two years of democracy under this government. While some believed this government has done well, others are of the views that the...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel,Abuja The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, ad hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, Yusuf Lasun has stated that the National Assembly will ensure that Local Governments in the country get financial autonomy in the ongoing constitution review. Lasun, who said this at a retreat of the special ad hoc committee yesterday, said regardless of the "dicey" nature of granting the local governments autonomy, they are essential to democracy as well as the development in any country, hence the need for their financial independence. He said: "it's very dicey because it will involve you to amend so many sections of the constitution. But what I will assure you is we're going to push for financial autonomy. "We are concerned because if you go all over the country today, local governments are no longer in existence, and that is not good for democracy, it's not...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given reason why the Supreme Court cannot hear an appeal on the party’s crisis by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction. The case marked SC/133/2017 was brought before the apex court by the sacked Makarfi’s National Caretaker Committee. The PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) led by Ali Modu Sheriff and Prof. Wale Oladipo, the secretary, said the Makarfi Committee, having been declared illegal by the February 17, 2017  judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, lacked the powers to take decisions for the party, including  initiating court proceedings in its name. The party stated this in a written argument in support of an application it filed on March 21, 2017, seeking the striking out of the appeal filed on February 27, 2017 by the Makarfi Committee against the February 17 Appeal Court’s judgment. The written submission was filed...
By Tarkaa David, Abuja Following the recent rejection by the House of Representatives for a ministerial slot for the Federal Capital Territory natives, the coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations and all other concern FCT Natives staged a protest blocking major roads in the city. Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the leader of the group Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, said that the move is capable of causing violence thereby exposing Abuja residents to security threat. Yusuf explained that the problem of Nigeria has always been marginalisation and  “we resist any further attempt to redicule the natives. “If the senate has agreed to a constitutional amendment for an FCT minister and the House of Representatives has refused to accept it then we want to make it categorically clear that the refusal is exposing FCT residents to danger. “The perceived marginalisation has bred a kind of agitation that will soon result to security threat,” he said He added...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The federal government has accused the National Judicial Council, NJC,of misrepresenting facts on the recall of the judges earlier suspended over allegation of corruption. A statement from the office of the Special Assistant to the President on Public Prosecution,signed by Okoi Obono-Obla, debunked some of the assertions contained in the statement issued by Soji Oye, Director of Information at the NJC. According to Obla, one of such false assertions by Soji Oye is the claim “that the Office of Attorney General of the Federation had on two occasions April 18, 2017 and April 21, 2017 shunned invitations by the Federal Capital Territory High Court for settlement of records of appeal which, if it had done would have elevated the notices of appeal to proper appeal’’. He said undoubtedly, the statement of Soji Oye is a deliberate misrepresentation of the law and facts. a“It goes without saying that the assertion of...