Tuesday 30 October 2012


Nigeria: Mystery Behind the Kidnap of 80-Year-Old Woman

By David Chyddy Eleke
At 80, nothing excites Madam Roselyn Ughanze, more than her firm belief in God. A devout Christian, she diligently attends morning mass every day. Her faith in God and His ability to protect her from the machinations of her enemies is incontestable.Indeed, when her second son, Uche, a Lagos-based business man bought a Honda CRV car for her, she insisted that the car should carry a customized registration number of the Biblical - 'Psalm 37' which in its first two verses read thus: "I do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong, for they are like the grass...They will soon wither away like green plant; they will soon die. Full story...
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012


Police Arrest Man who Defiled 10-year-old Stepdaughter •Man Remanded for Raping 9-year-Old Girl

By Olayinka Olukoya
THE Ogun State police command has arrested the 62-year-old man, Alabi Ibraheem, who was accussed of defiling his 10-year-old stepdaughter in Abeokuta.The accused, who was reported to have evaded arrest, was eventually arrested by policemen attached to the Oluwo police station, Abeokuta.He was immediately transferred to Ilupeju police station on Ayetoro road and was subsequently transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour for further interrogation. Full story...
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012


$15m Ibori’s Bribe: EFCC Raises Alarm over Clark’s Call for Lamorde’s Removal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has expressed reservation over comment made by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, calling for the removal of its Executive Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde over the Commission’s handling of the Ibori bribe saga.Clark had on September 25, 2012 addressed a press conference in Abuja where he called for the removal of the EFCC boss on the grounds that he lied in the sworn affidavit he deposed to as Director of Operations regarding the Ibori bribe. Full story...
Source: http://www.osundefender.org
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012


Don’t Execute Death Row Inmates, Amnesty Begs Edo

Amnesty International has appealed to the Edo State Government to rescind its decision to carry out the death sentence on two prisoners on death row in the state.It argued that since Nigeria’s justice system was not able to provide a fair trial for many of the death row inmates, it would not be proper to still kill those who did not receive a fair trial and had been on death row for many years.The Director-General, Amnesty International, Mr. Salil Shetty, made the appeal while speaking with journalists when he visited the office of the Human Rights Social Development and Environment Foundation, HURSDEF, in Port Harcourt. Full story...
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012

National Security

National Security Challenges: The Panacea in Youth Empowerment

By Oluwatoba Oguntuase
AT no time in the history of the Nigerian nation is the issue of unemployment and its attendant consequence of insecurity more of concern than today. About 22 months after the British Council published its Demographic Report on Nigeria (Next Generation Nigeria, September 30, 2010) and three years to the deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), socio-economic outlook in the world’s most populous black nation has remained notoriously gloomy. Full story...
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012


Nigeria: Dollarisation of the Nigerian Economy - Who Is to Blame?

By Gabriel Omoh
Two weeks ago while in Tokyo at the conclusion of the 2012 IMF/World Bank Group Annual meetings, the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, decried the dollarisation of the Nigerian economy. He said the President, the CBN and everybody is worried about the development.In Economic parlance, dollarisation of an economy occurs when the inhabitants of a country use foreign currency in parallel to or instead of the domestic currency as a store of value, unit of account, and/or medium of exchange within the domestic economy. Full story...
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012

Tax Law

Halliburton vs. FIRS: Judgment Review

By Olalekan Sowande
LAGOS Zone of the Tax Appeal Tribunal (the tribunal) on Friday, September 14, 2012, in what could be considered a watershed in the development of Nigeria’s jurisprudence on taxation, delivered its judgment in the case of Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited (Appellant) vs. Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The judgment of the tribunal has, undoubtedly, reinforced the time-honored fundamental principle of tax law that what could be collected as tax by the state must be clearly enacted by the Legislature. The foundation of this principle was established in Article 4 of the English Bill of Rights (1689) where it was stated “that levying money for, or to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative, without consent of Parliament is illegal….”Full story...
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012

Legal Practitioners

Nigeria: Falana Urges National Assembly to Grant Total Autonomy to Anti-Corruption Agencies

A human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), on Monday called on the National Assembly to urgently enact a legislation granting total autonomy to anti-corruption agencies in the country.Falana made the call in Lagos while speaking at a media-round table on "Promoting Ethics and Integrity within the Courts System - The Role of Lawyers".The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the forum was organised by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in collaboration with The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Abuja. Full story...Source:http://allafrica.com/stories/201210300297.htmlPosted by Amaka, 30 October 2012

Babatunde: A Man Law Breeds

By Joseph Onyekwere
 HE hardly speaks but when he does, everybody listens. This is because Olayiwola Moronmubo Babatunde, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), speaks only when it is extremely important and in his own area of legal expertise.As a legal authority who combines law practice with publishing, he still would not like to comment on issues outside his scope of practice, thereby entrenching himself as an archetype of professional integrity. Full story...Source:http://www.ngrguardiannews.com
Posted by Amaka, 30 October 2012

Monday 29 October 2012


Security Agencies Foil Jailbreak Attempt

Rivers - The police in Rivers have beefed up security at Federal Prison, Ahoada, in Ahoada East Local Government Area following a jailbreak attempt on Saturday.The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ben Ugwuegbulam, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Sunday that the police and other security agencies foiled an attempt by inmates to escape from the prison.NAN learnt that the inmates protested against over-crowding and the inability of the state chief judge to come to the prison for jail delivery. Full story...
Source: http://nigeria.news24.com
Posted by Amaka, 29 October 2012


Blast Kills Five in Nigerian Church

By Garba Mohammed
A SUICIDE bomber in a car detonated his explosives on Sunday at a Catholic church holding mass in northern Nigeria, killing five and wounding nearly 100 worshippers, officials said.The attack triggered reprisals during which two more people were killed, reports said.The bomber drove a jeep right inside the packed St Rita’s church, in the Malali area of Kaduna, a volatile ethnically and religiously mixed city, in the morning.A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) in Kaduna said five people had been confirmed killed, while 98 people were receiving treatment for wounds at two local hospitals. Full story...
Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za
Posted by Amaka, 29 October 2012