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Nigeria: 29-year-old Female Lawyer Killed By Terrorists In Abuja-Kaduna Train Bombing


During the attack, many passengers were feared kidnapped, others shot dead and unascertained number of the passengers also sustained various degrees of injury.

A 29-year-old lawyer identified as Farida Sule Mohammed was killed during the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday.

The deceased was the daughter of the National Organising Secretary of the Peoples Redemption Party, Mallam Sule Mohammed.

SaharaReporters had reported how terrorists bombed the Abuja-Kaduna train en route Rigasa destination with hundreds of passengers on-board.

During the attack, many passengers were feared kidnapped, others shot dead and unascertained number of the passengers also sustained various degrees of injury.

Confirming Farida’s death, Babatunde Alli, PRP National Secretary said, “We have tragically and unfortunately lost Farida Sule Mohammed, a 29 years old (almost 30 actually) daughter of our amiable National Organising Secretary, Mallam Sule Mohammed, in the banditry attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train yesterday.

“Our Chairman, Mallam Falalu Bello OFR, and the father of this slain heroine are currently at the hospital to collect the corpse. This indeed is a sober moment for the entire PRP family.






Nigeria: Family Demands Justice For Lawyer Found Dead In Uyo


The family and schoolmates of late Barrister Godwin Akpan Ikoiwak who was found dead in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State have demanded an investigation into his death.

Ikoiwak, 41, also known as Bugzy, who worked with the Ministry of Justice in Akwa Ibom State, was recently found dead in Uyo, under mysterious circumstances.

The sister of the deceased, Miss Nne Akpan Ikoiwak, made the call yesterday at a news briefing in Abuja.

Ikoiwak, while calling on the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, to help in unravelling the perpetrators of the murder, also appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to bring justice in the case.

She said: “Since the autopsy was released, there seems to be an upside to the process of bringing these perpetrators to answer how the young man was cut down in his prime.

“All the persons who were last seen with the deceased still walk freely, enjoying God’s free air while they believe they have the right to freely take the life of another so brutally.”


Nigeria: Insecurity: Warri, Benin lawyers worried over abduction of three colleagues, driver



The Nigerian Bar Association, Warri and Benin branches have raised security concerns as kidnappers abduct three of their members, alongside a driver, on their way to the court.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the trio of Fred Aburu, Esq., Isreal Unurierume, Esq., Eda Gbejule, Esq., and Kome Esike, the driver of their vehicle, all from Warri, were kidnapped on Wednesday, along Benin -Auchi road, in Edo State.

The Chairman, NBA Warri Branch, Chief Emmanuel Uti, in a statement made available to journalists lamented that the development “is disturbing”.

“The incident awakens the sad reality of what has bedeviled our society, which the Government has found difficult to contain, in order to reassure its citizens of their safety,” the NBA chairman said.

He added that this act of kidnapping has called “for a revisit of the Branch resolution that, our Branch members should not appear for any accused charged with kidnapping”.

Also, the NBA, Benin Branch, in a similar statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Ogaga Emoghwanre, expressed concern that the kidnapping of lawyers along the Benin/Auchi Road “has become a recurring decimal”.

The statement read, “The Branch ‘is alarmed over the incessant and unending kidnap of lawyers and citizens plying Benin/Auchi Road by dare-devil kidnappers and has for the umpteenth time made vociferous calls on the security operatives in the state to put an end to the ugly trend.

“In what has become a recurring decimal, the kidnappers struck again in the early hours of today, 2/2/2022 shooting sporadically. While at it, they kidnapped three lawyers and their driver to wit: Mr. Fred Aburu, Mr. Israel Unurierume, Mr. Eda Gbejule and Mr. Kome Esike, the driver.

“It was revealed that the affected lawyers who are members of the Warri branch of the NBA, (“The Radioactive Bar”) were on their way from Warri to Sabo-gidda Ora High Court when they were attacked at the Ehor axis of the expressway.




Nigeria/Benin: Edo lawyer threatens to sue police for assault, threat to life



A Benin-based lawyer, Douglas Ogbakwa, has threatened to sue the police for assault and threat to his life at Azia Junction checkpoint along the Onitsha-Owerri on Thursday.

Narrating his ordeal to journalists in Benin on Friday, Ogbankwa said trouble started when the public vehicle he boarded got to the said Junction and he saw how passengers were being molested and their cell phones seized by the police for no reason.

According to the lawyer, the vehicle he was in was stopped by the policemen and they were about to molest a passenger, as he came down from the vehicle, he introduced himself as a lawyer. He said the Second in Command of the team got angry and assaulted him, threatening that they would kill him and nothing would happen.

He said, “I was coming from Owerri in public transport and our vehicle and others were stopped by the rude policemen at Azia Junction. The policemen led by a man who introduced himself as Second in Command in charge of Orlu Area Command held me down at about 09:38 hours for over one hour on the excuse that I took a photograph of their Armoured Personnel Carriers which was a ploy to seize my phone. People who regularly ply the road told me this is the way they seize people’s phones and later sell them.

“The so-called Second in Command even told me categorically that he was going to seize my phone and sell it at Awka market. The funniest thing is, the rank and file were even more courteous as they behaved like officers while the officer behaved like the rank and file.

“As the argument continued, some passengers approached the scene to plead on my behalf, but he cocked his gun and was about shooting, which made them flee. Some people said that is how they kill innocent persons, and that if it were to be in the night the incident occurred, they (the policemen) would have shot me.



Nigeria: Lawyer who sued Davido & other celebrities for supporting EndSARS killed in Anambra


Lawyer who sued Davido & other celebrities for supporting EndSARS has been killed in Anambra

Human rights activist and lawyer, Kenechukwu Okeke has reportedly been murdered in Anambra state.

His family made the disclosure to Daily Post on Thursday, stating that Okeke was allegedly macheted by his attackers numbering seven in his compound and a keg of fuel poured on him before he was lit up and left to burn to death.

The controversial activist had filed criminal complaints before a magistrate court in Abuja against 50 persons over their alleged involvement in #EndSARS protests last year.

Some of the persons listed in the suit include Nigerian football star, Kanu Nwankwo, musicians’ Folarin Falana, better known as Falz, Innocent Idibia aka Tubaba, and David Adeleke better known as Davido.

According to Daily Post, Okeke was killed in Nkpor, near Onitsha, Anambra State, in the presence of his wife, Mrs Blessing Odinakachi Okeke and his little daughter.



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Nigeria: Lawyers boycott court sessions over colleague’s killing in Imo



Lawyers practising in Imo State have begun a three-day boycott of court sessions in the state over the murder of their colleague, Darlington Odume.

Our correspondent who monitored the development in Owerri observed that the state high court and Owerri Magistrate’s court in Owerri were not in operations on Monday.

It is also the same situation in all the courts across the lengths and breaths of the state.

Odume was last week murdered in front of a supermarket in Orlu town in Orlu Local Government Area of the state.

Many lawyers who spoke to our correspondent said that all the five branches of the Nigerian Bar Association in the state agreed that the lawyers will boycott court sessions for three days to express their sorrow over the killing of Odume who was called to bar about six years ago.

Apart from the killing of Odume, a former chairman of the Owerri branch of NBA, Ndionyenma Nwankwo, was on February 7, found dead in his office in Owerri, the state capital.

A lawyer, Ephraim Anthony, told our correspondent that the lawyers were saddened by the killing of their colleagues.

He regretted that six months after Nwankwo was murdered in his office, the security operatives had yet to uncover the mystery behind the dastardly act.





Nigeria: Lawyer Drags Buhari To Court, Demands Licence To Bear AK-47 Rifle To Defend Self Against Bandit Attacks



A human rights lawyer, Malcolm Emokiniovo Omirhobo has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to licence and grant him and other Nigerians permission to bear AK-47 assault rifles to defend themselves against any attack by Fulani terrorists and bandits.

In the suit with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1078/2021 filed on Friday, September 17, 2021, before the Federal High Court in Abuja and obtained by SaharaReporters, the lawyer is seeking an order of the court compelling the President and other relevant licensing authorities to grant him and all Nigerians permission and licences to bear arms for self-defence against attacks by bandits.

He said AK-47 rifles should not only be restricted to members of the Armed Forces. 

According to him, Nigerian citizens should also be allowed to bear the weapon for proportionality of force.

The plaintiff contended that the Firearms Act violated the fundamental rights of Nigerians to life, to own properties, to movement, and right to family and personal life.

He stated, “That the Nigerian Constitution gives every Nigerian the right to defend their fundamental rights listed above from unlawful violence.

“That in collaboration with the Nigerian Constitution, both the Criminal Code Act and Penal Code Act give every Nigerian citizen the right to self-defence by applying  the use of

such force as they believe on reasonable grounds to be necessary in order to prevent their fundamental rights to life, dignity of the human person, personal liberty, private and family life, peaceful assembly and association, freedom of movement, and right to own moveable and immoveable property from unlawful violence. 

“That for the past 12 years, Nigeria has been faced with violent crimes ranging from killings, bloodletting, kidnapping, arson, rape, armed robbery/banditry, cultism, highway robbery, hijacking, abductions, suicide bombing, ethnic cleansing, communal clashes, ritual murders, human trafficking, terrorism and wanton malicious damage of property.

“That the insecurity in Nigeria is heightened with well-armed criminal elements who are on a daily basis invading Nigeria from other African countries, more particularly West African countries such as Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cameroon. 




Nigeria: State-Sponsored Groups Killed Imo-based Lawyer, Odume


The lawyer was murdered on Thursday by unknown gunmen in Umudara, Amaifeke in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has distanced the group from the gruesome murder of a legal practitioner, Barrister Darlington Odume.

The lawyer was murdered on Thursday by unknown gunmen in Umudara, Amaifeke in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state.

It was learnt that the deceased was trailed from his chamber in the Orlu town by his assailants and was shot severally around Amaifeke, where he was buying some edible items.

IPOB in a statement signed and made available to SaharaReporters by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said Odume was murdered by the state-sponsored group known as unknown gunmen.

Powerful urged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) not to be deceived by false media propaganda of the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Service, stressing that IPOB could not hurt lawyers and journalists, assuming they were to be violent.

The statement read, “We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, distance ourselves from the gruesome murder of a legal paractioner Barr. Darlington Chume Odume popular known as Omekagu who was murdered in Amaifeke Orlu Imo State by the state sponsored group known as unknown gunmen.

“Contrary to allegations by those bent on demonising IPOB, IPOB has no hand in the cruel and unconscionable killing of Barrister Darlington Chume Odume. Those perpetrating these murderous activities in Imo State and other parts of Biafra land are doing so just to implicate IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, ESN. 






Nigeria: UNILORIN student’s murder: Judge orders lawyer’s arrest for attacking court


Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court on Wednesday issued a bench warrant on Mr Sikiru Solagberu, the counsel for one of the eight accused persons facing trial in the murder of Blessing Olajide, a student of the University of Ilorin.

Olajide was raped and murdered in the Tanke area of Ilorin on June 2, 2021.

The eight accused persons being prosecuted on 11 counts are Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Oluwatimileyin (aka Jacklord), Oyeyemi Omogbolahan, Abdulkarim Shuaib (aka Easy), Kareem Rasheed (Rashworld), Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Adebayo (aka Bashman), and Akande Taiye Oladoja.

The case, however, took a dramatic turn when the presiding judge ordered the police to arrest Adebayo’s lawyer, Solagberu, for making uncomplimentary remarks about the Tuesday proceedings on television and social media.

The counsel also allegedly withdrew his services from the case without informing his client.

Solagberu, who filed a motion for the bail of his client on Tuesday, which was dismissed by the court, was alleged to have criticised the decision of the court.





Nigeria: ‘Pray for me, you may not hear from me again ‘ – Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor cries out as he alleges the DSS and Army invaded his home



Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Lead counsel to Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has made an SOS call on his Twitter handle, alleging that operatives of the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services invaded his home and have been shooting sporadically.

According to Ejiofor, who posted the disturbing tweets early Sunday morning, June 6, he did nothing wrong and that it could be the last time he is heard from.

He wrote; “Alert .Joint team of the police and Army are presently in my house shooting sporadically on sight, to arrest me. As a lawyer i hve committed no offence known to law. My life is unde serious threat . People are being killed and i don’t know what will happen to me next.”

In a follow up tweet, he wrote;

“Pray for me and my entire household.You may not hear from me again till further notice.”