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As an important election season rolls in across key African states, let’s uphold digital rights!

By Babatunde Okunoye & Tomiwa Ilori Digital rights concerns for Africa seem to be on the rise and so does the need to mount guard for its protection and respect across the region. Chief among these concerns is the wanton disregard for respect for human rights online by the state authorities. This has spurred many civil society actors to demand ...

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Countering the Narrative of Political Corruption as the Main Damaging Obstacle to Nigeria’s Economic Development

By Chambers Umezulike Political corruption amongst other factors was used to justify the Nigeria’s first military coup in 1966 by its plotters. Consequently, under General Yakubu Gowon, there were accusations of corruption against his cabinet ministers and Military Governors. This also provided justification for Gown’s dispose through the country’s third military coup. Amidst the early 80s fall in oil prices ...

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CSO Seeks Judicial Review of FG’s Refusal to Attend to FOI Request

Paradigm Initiative has filed for judicial review of the refusal of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to attend to a Freedom of Information request made to the Ministry several weeks ago. The action arose as a result of a Freedom of Information request made by the organization on May 3, 2017, to the ministry on the capabilities of ...

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Amnesty International: Army clears officers of war crimes

The Nigerian Army yesterday exonerated some retired senior army officers indicted by Amnesty International (AI) in its report on war crimes during internal security operations in the Northeast. The AI in its report had alleged cases of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, torture, forced disappearance and extrajudicial executions against some senior military officers. AI had demanded an extensive investigation by the ...

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CAN meets Osinbajo over Islamic studies, North threat, killings, lists demands [Full text]

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday met Acting President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The delegation was led on the courtesy visit by its President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle. At the meeting, CAN made five demands in a letter delivered to Osinbajo. The demands bothered on the following: “Change of obnoxious curriculum that ...

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The East African Community Youth Council Bill, Three others sailed through first reading

Four crucial Bills has sailed through the First Reading at the floor of the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania on 31 May 2017. The EAC Youth Council Bill, 2017, the EAC Mining Bill 2017, the EAC Appropriation Bill 2017 and the EAC Cross Border Trade in Professional Services Bill, 2017, were read for the first time yesterday and committed ...

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THE GENESIS OF LAUTECH CRISES: HAVE YOU EVER ASKED WHY?

By Diekola Adeleke To the average observer, the crisis currently besetting the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso began a few years ago under the control of the progressive governors of Oyo and Osun state, but anyone who is well informed and conversant with the historical antecedents regarding LAUTECH as an institution, will agree that the LAUTECH crisis emanated in ...

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A must Read! Emir Sanusi Bares his mind on Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba…The Problem of Nigeria!

The former Central Bank Governor, and Emir of Kano His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi the second , surprised guests present at the Muson Centre for the launching of the book of Sir Olaniwun Ajayi. Below is his unedited speech. “Let me start by saying that I am Fulani (laughter). My grandfather was an Emir also fulani my uncle and guardian ...

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Ministry of Justice and Paradigm Initiative Hosted Law Enforcement Agencies at a Digital Rights and Cybercrimes Workshop

Participants at a workshop on Digital Rights and Cybercrimes have called for increased capacity building for law enforcement agencies on handling issues related to cybercrimes in Nigeria. The workshop which was organized by Paradigm Initiative in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Justice on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 focused primarily on section 24 and 38 of the Nigeria’s Cybercrimes (Prohibition, ...

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The Quit Notice on the Igbos and Its Acceptance: Sectional, Unconstitutional and Parochial

The attention of the Nigerian Youth Parliament has been drawn to the recent publication of the youths from the Northern extraction under the aegis of the Northern Nigerian Youth Coalition on its purported issuance of the quit notice on indigenes of the South Eastern States of our dear Nation. More worrisome is the rash acceptance of this balkanizing position by ...

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