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Housewife Remanded for calling Neighbour Prostitute

A Sharia Court ll sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Tuesday, ordered that a housewife, Karima Hama, be remanded in prison for allegedly calling her neighbour a “prostitute.”

The complainant, Ms. Jamila Sa’idu, 26, dragged Hama to court for allegedly calling her derogatory names. The judge, Musa Sa’ad-Goma, gave the order, pending when the defendant’s husband would appear in court to perfect her bail conditions. Sa’ad-Goma adjourned the case until May 21 for further hearing. Earlier, Sa’idu, who lives in Hayin Banki, Kaduna, told the court that Hama insulted her over a little misunderstanding.

“Every time we have a disagreement, she calls me pig, a prostitute. I am tired of the insults from her.” “I reported the matter to our caretaker, but Hama continued to call me pig and prostitute whenever we have misunderstanding,” she told the court. The defendant, Hama, 25, admitted the charge leveled against her. “She also calls me stupid and irresponsible woman whenever we quarrel,” Hama said. 

Kenya to host three-day Great Lakes Region justice meeting


Kenya will be host to eight ministers of justice and attorneys general from the Great Lakes Region attending a three-day conference on justice and good governance.

The three day high-level regional conference will be reviewing progress, challenges and take steps concerning the fight against impunity and the administration of justice within the region.
The conference themed “Combating Impunity and Upholding Human Rights as Key Contributions to Peace and Security” will be officiated by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

A statement from State Law Office said the outcome of the conference will be a declaration on how to strengthen the capacity of the countries of the region to fight impunity and reinforce the rule of law.

Kenya’s Attorney General Kihara Kariuki will give a keynote address on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The meeting is organised by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) with the support of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region (O/SESGGL) as well as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The ICGLR is an inter-governmental organisation of countries in the African Great Lakes Region whose objective is to promote sustainable peace and development.
The member states include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

“ICGLR recognises that combating impunity and upholding human rights remain integral for peace and security in the Great Lakes Region. ICGLR believes that concrete action endorsed at the highest political level, is required to advance the fight against impunity and promote human rights and justice,” a statement from the AG’s office said.

Daily Nation

Limits of Trial Publicity & Right to Free Speech: A Diagnostic Enquiry into the Recent Threat by Nigeria’s Court of Appeal to Penalize Public Discourse on Judicial Proceedings

(By Sylvester Udemezue)


“I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion.”

~ Hon. Justice Samuel Alito, United States’ Supreme Court

Background

A news report on May 08, 2019 came under the headline, “We Won’t Accept Public Analysis of Our Proceedings, Presidential Tribunal Warns.” (see https://www.thecable.ng/we-wont-accept-public-analysis-of-our-proceedings-presidential-tribunal-warns accessed May 10 2019. An online news medium, TheCable reported that the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (2019 PEPT) had warned against public analysis of its proceedings. Handing down the warning in Abuja during the inaugural sitting of the Tribunal, President of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal and Chairman of the 2019 PEPT, His Lordship, the Hon Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, lamented “the practice of analyzing court proceedings on social media,” threatening that offenders would be punished. While urging parties to the case, lawyers, public commentators and journalists to refrain from public discourse of the proceedings until the 2019 PEPT pronounced its judgment, His Lordship continued thus, as reported by TheCable:

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EFCC seizes Saraki’s houses, marks others in Lagos

THE ECONOMIC and Financial Crimes Commission has seized some houses belonging to Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The houses, which are located at 15a, 15b and 17 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, are said to belong to Saraki.

However, the EFCC was said to be unsure of which of the properties that actually belong to the Senate President and decided to place inscriptions and stickers on all of them.
While 15a and 15b were declared by Saraki in his asset declaration form, it is believed that some other houses on the street were bought by the Senate President from the Presidential Implementation Committee for the Sales of Government Property through shell companies.

His relative, who did not want to be named, told our correspondent that the houses were seized on Friday.
He said, “The EFCC had been making inquiries into the finances and assets of Saraki for quite some time. They came to inscribe ‘EFCC, Under Investigation’ in red on the walls and the fences. The irony is that even houses that don’t belong to Saraki were marked.

“From what we were told, they are keeping him under strict surveillance ahead of May 29, 2019 when they may invite him.”
The EFCC had, while presenting evidence against Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2016, alleged that he owned houses on MacDonald Road but there were discrepancies in the addresses.

The EFCC witness, Michael Wetkas, had said investigation revealed that House No. 15 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and Block 15 Flat 1 to 4 on the same street belonged to Saraki.
According to him, the Senate President bought the properties from the Presidential Committee on Sale of Federal Government Landed Properties in Lagos through his companies.

He added that the defendant made a bank draft in the name of TYNITY Company Limited, which he declared in the asset declaration form.
Wetkas noted that when the EFCC investigation team wrote to the presidential committee seeking clarification, the committee said from their records, the only property sold to the company was No. 15 Macdonald Street, Ikoyi.
Wetkas said 75 per cent, which amounted to N123.7m was paid for House No. 15 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, through a bank draft from the account of one of Saraki’s company called Skyview Properties Limited in Access Bank.
He also said investigation revealed that Saraki made a bank draft through his company TYNITY and paid for House No. 17 MacDonald Road in Ikoyi, Lagos, in the sum of N256.3m.

The witness had said, “My lord, there was a draft of N12.8m and another draft of N20m from Zenith Bank as well as a draft of N4m from GTBank as part of payment for the purchase of House No. 17 MacDonald Street.
“The N20m draft came from Carlys properties and Investment Limited and a draft of 136.1m was made on January 13, 2007 for the purchase of same property.

“Another draft of N180.6m was made through Saraki’s personal bank account in GTB.’’

The EFCC last week announced a probe into the activities of the Senate President dating back to 2003 when he became the governor of Kwara State.
The commission had written a letter to the Kwara State Government House, asking for the details of all of Saraki’s earnings including salaries, allowances and estacode during his eight years as governor.

Meanwhile, Saraki’s case is said to be a tricky one because apart from owning a Nigerian passport, he also holds a British passport, which means he can travel out of the country easily.
A relation of the Senate President added, “The EFCC is building its case from the CCT trial which Saraki won in 2017. Even though he doesn’t have immunity now, they don’t want to detain him because of his position. They are waiting for his tenure to end before pouncing on him.

“They know that when he is no longer a senator, his colleagues in the upper chamber will not be able to come to his defence and accompany him to the EFCC or to the court.”
But the former governor said he had been tried, discharged and acquitted.

He said the properties were the subject of his arraignment before the CCT by the Federal Government.
He said, “If you look and check at the addresses of the properties they have marked, they are the same properties that formed the basis of his arraignment before the Code of Conduct Tribunal and the case dragged on to the Supreme Court.

“So, if the highest court in the land had adjudicated and made a pronouncement on an issue, can it be reopened?

Punch.

EFCC to arraign Naira Marley, Zlatan and others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that it will arraign musician, Afeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, anytime from now.

The singer was arrested last Friday by the EFCC in connection with alleged Internet fraud and money laundering.

The EFCC’s acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, confirmed that the commission had received the order to detain Naira Marley.

The EFCC had arrested the singer based on “intelligence report” along with another artiste, Temidayo Omoniyi (aka Zlatan), and three other suspects, Tiamiu Abdulrahman, Adewunmi Adeyanju and Musa Abubakar, following an early morning raid at 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.

A date is yet to be given for the arraignment.

Culled from the Punch.

Rights commission summons AEPB boss over nightclubs raids

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned the Chairman of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to appear before it today over raids on some nightclubs and relaxation centres in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


A statement by a senior official of the NHRC, Mr. Oparah Lambert, Saturday in Abuja, said the invitation of the AEPB chair followed a petition the commission received from a coalition of civil society organizations who protested at the commission’s office in Abuja on Friday.

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‘Disappointed’ donors who raised £17m to build Trump’s wall demand answers

A December fundraising campaign brought in more than $22m (£16.9m) over the course of a few weeks, its thousands of donors united by a common goal: the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border, often promised by Donald Trump.

Some four months later, a contingent of those supporters is ready to see what their money has built.
The border wall GoFundMe page was conceived by Brian Kolfage, who wrote at the time he was upset by “too many illegals … taking advantage of the United States taxpayers” and the “political games from both parties” when it came to border security.
The veteran, a triple amputee, pressed on despite falling short of his $1bn goal – launching a nonprofit to build portions of the wall on private land for a “fraction of what it costs the government”.

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Washington State Narrows Exemptions For Measles Vaccine Requirement


Parents in Washington state will soon no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for not having their children get the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Friday signed a bill into law that will limit such exemptions as the nation grapples with one of the largest measles outbreaks since officials in 2000 declared the virus eliminated.
“In Washington state, we believe in our doctors. We believe in our nurses. We believe in our educators. We believe in science and we love our children,” Inslee said before signing the bill. “And that is why in Washington state, we are against measles.”
Large measles outbreaks in Washington state, New York state and New York City have been blamed for causing the number of cases nationwide to skyrocket this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of last week, there have been at least 764 cases reported in 23 states, the CDC reported.

“The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States,” the CDC has warned.

Washington is one of 17 states that have allowed exemptions for “personal, moral or other beliefs.” It will still allow religious exemptions ― most states do, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures ― once the law takes effect at the end of July.
Washington will be the first state in four years to remove personal exemptions amid a rise in anti-vaccine views. California and Vermont removed personal exemptions in 2015, The Washington Post previously reported.

Oregon is also considering outlawing personal as well as religious exemptions for vaccines. The state House last week passed a bill that would that; the legislation is now pending in the state Senate.

Source: Huffpost.

Gunmen attack abducted Nasarawa magistrate for failing to pay N5m ransom

Some gunmen have attacked a senior magistrate, Mr Adamu Kuvo, who was abducted in his house in the Agwada, Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, on May 6.

The men slashed their victim’s face with a knife, stabbed him in the eyes and also cut off part of his lips for paying N400,000 out of the N5m ransom they demanded.
Investigation by Northern City News revealed that the judicial officer was found on a farm along Agwada Road on Saturday by farmers.

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