May Day: CISLAC backs NLC, TUC’s clamour for living wage

As Nigerian workers joined the rest of the world in celebrating this year’s May Day, the Civil Society Legislature Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) said it actively supports their fight for a minimum wage that reflects the rising cost of living and ensures their ability to support themselves and their families. The Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Ibrahim Rafsanjani, stated this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja on the occasion to mark International Workers’ Day. “Additionally, CISLAC prioritises improved workingconditions, particularly within the informal sector, where workers often face exploitation…

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NOA TASKS NIGERIANS ON PATRIOTISM, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Obiorah Anthony Ugwonwa The Anambra State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Awka, Mr.Edozie Ajaegbu, has advised Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of patriotism and social responsibility by being constant in payment of their taxes, rates and other government approved levies. Ajaegbu handed down the advise when he led some high raking officers of the Agency to a familiarization tour of Awka South Local Government Area under the Leadership of Chief Anagor who is the Chairman Transition Committee of the Council Area. The NOA State Director, stated that even though the…

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Court awards N300m fine against police over alleged killing of 3 Shiite’s members in Zaria

A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has ordered the police authorities to pay a cumulative sum of N300 million to the parents of three Shiite members allegedly killed by its officers while on Islamic procession in 2022 in Zaria. Justice Hawa Buhari, in a judgment, held that the “applicants’ rights as guaranteed under Sections 33, 38, 39, 40, 42 and 46 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended); Order 2, Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 11 and 12 of the Fundamental Right (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009; Article 4, 8, 10,…

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Senior lawyer sues NERC, AEDC over alleged unlawful hike in electricity tariff

Mr Joe Agi, SAN, has sued the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Abuja Electricity Distribution (AEDC) Plc at the Federal High Court, Abuja for allegedly increasing his electricity tariff by 230 per cent. Agi, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/474/ 2024, currently before Justice Inyang Ekwo, sought the enforcement of his fundamental rights. The senior lawyer prayed the court to hold that the new tariffs and the hours of supply are contrary to the Electricity Act, 2023 and Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution. The applicant had listed NERC, Minister…

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CSO threatens to sue NBC over alleged offensive contents on Netflix, tiktok, others

Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has threatened to drag National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to court if it fails to ban Netflix, Tiktok, and others over alleged broadcast of offensive same-sex contents on Nigeria’s airwaves. CSO, under the auspices of Open Justice Initiative (OJI), also urged the NBC to ban other social media platforms, including X, formerly known as Twitter, Facebook, etc with regards to the subject matter. A Lawyer and Programme Officer of OJI, Donald Ayibiowu, gave the warning in a letter addressed to Director-General of NBC, Mr Charles Ebuebu. The…

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Court to deliver ruling in Yahaya Bello’s application to vacate arrest warrant May 10

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, fixed May 10 for ruling on an application by former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, seeking an order of setting aside the April 17 arrest warrant issued against him. Justice Emeka Nwite fixed the date after counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, and the ex-governor’s lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, adopted their processes and presented their arguments in the motion. Justice Nwite had, April 17, issued an arrest warrant to EFCC for Bello’s arrest. The order was…

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INSECURITY: PEACE RETURNS IN IHIALA – ANAMBRA LAWMAKER

Obiorah Anthony Ugwonwa The Anambra State Government under the Leadership of Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has restored water tight security and absolute peace in the communities across Ihiala Local Government Area of the state. This was disclosed over the weekend during a ceremony at Umuona community in Aguata Local Government Area by Hon. Golden Ilo, the member representing Ihiala constituency II in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Awka. The Lawmaker, who spoke extensively on the two phases of insecurity in the society to include real and psychological phases, argued…

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ALGON BoT appeals judgment refusing to void Kolade Alabi’s leadership

The Incorporated Trustees of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has appealed the judgment of a Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja, which decline to nullify the Kolade Alabi-led leadership of the association. The BoT, in another motion, also sought a stay of execution of the judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo of a FHC on Friday. In the judgement, declined jurisdiction to determine whether the immediate-past President of ALGON, Alabi, was qualified to hold office. The association had last year dragged Alabi.and seven others to court on the…

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THE NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS (NSCDC) LACKS POWERS TO ARREST, DETAIN AND PROSECUTE SUSPECTS ON ALLEGATIONS OF BREACH OF PENAL LAW OF A STATE GOVERNMENT AND ALSO LACKS POWERS TO ARREST AND DETAIN CITIZENS OVER BREACH OF TRUST OR CIVIL CLAIMS IN NIGERIA

By: Hamza Nuhu Dantani Esq. There have been some issues arising from the powers of some officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who arrest, detain and prosecute suspects on allegations of breach of Penal Code Law of a State (especially, prevalent in some of the Northern-States of Nigeria) and some of these officers of the said Civil Defence Corps have many a time, been reported to have been found arresting and detaining citizens in those States for alleged offence of breach of trust or civil claims in…

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ANAMBRA STATE TRICYCLE OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (TOWAN)GETS NEW ACTING CHAIRMAN

Obiorah Anthony Ugwonwa The Deputy Chairman, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria(TOWAN), Anambra State Chapter, Comrade Michael Onyekwelu, has ascended to the seat of Acting Chairman of the association in Anambra State, following the official resignation of the immediate past chairman of the association, Barrister Sylvester Obiorah. This was made known yesterday at the first meeting organized by the leadership of the association in Anambra State for the branch chairmen of the association, held in the Awka South Local Government Area Secretariat, Amawbia, Anambra State. He said that the essence of…

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