BIRATAI COMMISSIONS OFFICE TO CURTAIL SOLDIERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. – Gen. Tukur Buratai (4th left), after commissioning the Human Rights Office at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri yesterday. Photo: Omirin Olatunji The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Butatai yesterday commissioned human rights offices and residential quarters for soldiers in Borno State. Buratai said while commissioning the projects at Maimalari Cantonment, the Headquarters of 7 Division of Nigeria Army in Maiduguri that the establishment of the human rights office would checkmate human rights violations by the troops and against troops. “I am happy…

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LASG ASKS CP TO PRODUCE COBBLER DETAINED FOR OVER TWO YEARS

Afeez Hanafi The Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, has asked the state High Court to prevail on the state police command to produce a cobbler, Shakoor Zaid. Zaid has been in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command in Ikeja for over two years without being allowed access to his mother and relatives or charged to court. The OPD, in a suit filed before the Lagos State High Court on behalf of Shakoor sought an order compelling the Commissioner of Police, Edgal…

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PANEL BEGINS MILITARY OFFICERS’ PROBE FOR RIGHT ABUSES

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Presidential Investigative Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement begins sitting in Abuja today (Monday). The panel, led by a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Biobele Georgewill, was inaugurated by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as the Acting President on August 11 to, among others, investigate allegations of human rights abuses levelled against the military by Amnesty International. Our correspondent, on Sunday, sighted an invitation sent by the panel to an author of a…

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LADY TORTURED OVER TATTOO IDENTIFIES CULPRIT POLICEMEN, PETITIONS IGP

Samson Folarin A 25-year-old undergraduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State, Chioma Pius, who was allegedly tortured by some policemen attached to the Rivers State Police Command, has identified the patrol team behind the attack. The victim, who spoke with our correspondent on Wednesday, said the matter had also been taken to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja. Our correspondent had reported Pius’ post on Facebook on Wednesday, where she briefly recounted her experience with a four-man patrol team on the Elebrada Junction,…

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POLICEMEN BEAT LADY PULP IN RIVERS FOR TATTOOING HER BODY, SEE PIX

Samson Folarin A woman, Chioma Pius, has accused men of the Rivers State Police Command of assaulting her for having tattoos on her body. Pius, who claimed to be travelling in a cab from Bayelsa to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday, said she was stopped by the policemen at Elebrada Junction, Emohua, Rivers State. She alleged that after introducing herself to the policemen, the head of the patrol team accused her of being rude. She claimed that the officers subsequently pounced on her and pummelled her. “I experienced the…

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IN FACEBOOK POSTS, GOODLUCK JONATHAN REMIBDS NIGERIANS THE FREEDOM THEY ENJOYED UNDER HIM

Olusola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday took a swipe at the move by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to curb hate speech. The ex-leader shared a picture of a quote he made on Facebook in 2014. The post read in part, “I am the most abused and insulted President in the world but when I leave office, you will all remember me for the total ‘freedom’ you enjoyed under me.” Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had said last week that thenceforth, the Federal Government would treat…

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SHIITES TO BOYCOTT NIGERIAN GOVT PANEL PROBING RIGHTS ABUSES BY MILITARY; READ WHY

Despite losing over 300 of its members after a massive clampdown by the Nigerian Army, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, has said it will not appear before a government panel established to review such rights abuses. The hundreds of members of the Shiite group were killed in December 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State, when the army clamped down on the IMN members after it accused them of blocking a road and plotting to kill the Chief of Army Staff. The leader of the IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was also arrested…

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EVANS TO KNOW FATE ON AUGUST 29

A Lagos Federal High Court will on August 29 deliver judgment in a N300million suit filed by suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, against the police. Evans in praying the court to declare his detention illegal. Justice Abdulazeez Anka fixed the date yesterday after taking arguments from Evans’ counsel Olukoya Ogungbeje and lawyers for the police. The judge dismissed the police claim that the suit was not ripe for hearing. He also rejected the N300,000 “punitive costs” sought against Ogungbeje for alleged wrongful service. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Commissioner…

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EL RUFAI’S AIDE JUSTIFIES ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS, SENATORS IN KADUNA

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai An aide to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has justified a recent violent attack on federal lawmakers and journalists, who were targeted at the premises of the secretariat of Nigerian Union of Journalists in Kaduna. The aide, Uba Sani, who is the political adviser to Mr. El-Ruafai, spoke during an interview in Hausa language on Nagarta Radio in Kaduna on Friday. “The attack was appropriate,” said Mr. Sani. “It’s part of politics.” Last Sunday, hoodlums disrupted a press conference held by two senators, Shehu Sani…

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