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SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court

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SERAP Sues Buhari Over 'Failure To Publish Details Of N800bn Recovered Loot'

The federal government and Cross River State have been dragged to the ECOWAS court of justice in Abuja by the Socio-Economic and Accountability Project, SERAP, in a fundamental rights enforcement lawsuit for the continued detention of Agba Jalingo.

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Jalingo had reported in his publication, Cross River Watch, that governor Ben Ayade had allegedly diverted half a billion naira from state coffers to fund a micro-finance bank.

SERAP’s lawsuit, filed by its lawyer, Kolawole Oluwadare claims the Nigerian and cross River State governments wants to perpetually detain Jalingo to silence him for being critical of the government and for doing his legitimate job as a journalist.

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SERAP says Jalingo’s continued detention and prosecution violate his human rights as guaranteed under the international covenant on civil rights and political rights, and the African charter on human and peoples’ rights.no trial date has been fixed.

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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

It’s another Independence Day tomorrow when the country will celebrate sixty years of freedom from colonial rule.  To mark the occasion, the federal government is giving everyone a day off from work.

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Announcing the public holiday, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola said on Tuesday Nigeria is the world’s leading black nation.  He said Nigeria’s warmth, welcoming spirit and abundant wealth in human capital and richness of the land, makes the country Africa’s pride and beacon of hope.

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He assured the nation of the government’s commitment to socio-economic transformation.

Aregbesola says the country’s independence celebration this year will be low-key because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

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UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

United Nations human rights experts have called for the immediate release of the young Nigerian musician who was sentenced to death by a Kano sharia court for “blasphemy.”

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Twenty-two-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu got into trouble when he released on social media a song that was considered blasphemous.

The UN experts have called on Nigerian authorities to overturn the death sentence that was pronounced on Sharif-Aminu last month.

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In a joint statement, the experts said they are deeply concerned over what they call “serious lack of due process in the case.”

They want the federal government to guarantee his safety and due process rights while he appeals his conviction.

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36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts’ Funding

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36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts' Funding

All the states in the federation have hauled the federal government to court challenging the presidential executive order signed in May on the funding of the courts.

The states are asking the Supreme Court to declare president Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order as unconstitutional.  The executive order is placing the burden of funding capital and recurrent expenditures of the State High Courts, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal to state governments.

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The states attorneys general call the president’s executive order a clear violation of the constitution that places the responsibility for funding the courts on the federal government.

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The 36 states say they have been funding the capital projects in those court since 2009 and would like the Supreme Court to order the federal government to refund them.

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