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Nigeria: OMG!! University Of Calabar Lecturer Attacked By Cultist Is Now In Pains (Photos)

September 5, 2017

Joseph Odok, a lawyer, a social crusader and a lecturer in the University of Calabar was attacked on Monday, September 4, 2017 by suspected cult boys in Calabar, Cross River state capital.

He was cut with machete and other weapons during the attack and was left seriously wounded by the hoodlums. He is being currently treated at an undisclosed hospital in Calabar.

Before the attack, his last post on Facebook reads, ‘People keep talking of Senator Gershom Bassey moving so many motions. I watch plenary and hardly see him talk, are Sen Gershom Bassey’s motions moved off camera? So much media can hide the truth. I challenge Sen Gershom Bassey’s aides to provide us with video clips of the much talked about Sen Gershom Bassey’s motions.

We are not giving up in engaging our leaders. We kept quite and we were deceived by media hype when so much rot bedeviled Cross River State water board and can’t repeat same mistakes again’.






Nigeria: Aba Based Lawyer, Emperor Gabriel Ogbonna Shot by Unknown Gunmen

August 29, 2017

A popular Aba Based Lawyer and Human Right Activist  Barr. Emperor Gabriel Ogbonnaya has been shot by yet to be identified gunmen in Aba.

According to PUO METRO, the Item Born Lawyer was shot in front of his House. Confirming the incident our source revealed that Emperor Gabriel Ogbonnaya is in a critical condition in an undisclosed hospital.

However, Mr. Onyebuchi Emenanka has released a press statement debunking the claim that Emperor is in critical condition. He further confirmed that contrary to views making round, the attach on Emperor was not politically motivated.

His statement below:

This is to inform the general public, especially members of the Nigeria Bar Association, Aba branch and friends of associates of my friend, Barrister Empero Gabriel Ogbonna that he is safe and stable. He is currently in good hands at a good medical facility.

Late last night when I got the information, I rushed to the medical facility where I met Emperor himself, his wife and other close relatives including his junior in Chambers.
I was delighted to see Emperor in high spirits. God intervened and the ultimate plans of the evil minds were unsuccessful.  Before I left the place just before midnight, we ensured that all necessary arrangements were put in place for unhindered treatment and access to proper Medicare. The medical personnel are on top of the situation.
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that Emperor will receive the best available treatment.






Nigeria: Suspected assassins kill Delta lawyer

July 29, 2017

Suspected assassins on rampage in Okpanam community, near Asaba, Delta state on Thursday night, killed a human rights lawyer, Barr. Patrick Ashiedu.

It was reliably gathered that the six-man armed gang started shooting sporadically into the air, causing people around the area to take to their heels.

The victim ran into them and he was brutally shot several times without being robbed, leading people to suspect they were not robbers but hired killers.

Sources said the assassins trailed him to the drinking spot after some inexplicable activities surrounding a woman.

Family members who did not want their names in print described the killing of their son as the work of assassins and not an unfortunate robbery, seeing as he was the only one killed and no one was robbed.

Unconfirmed sources say the late Ashiedu had issues in his marriage including some land issues, which might have been responsible for his killing. The Police PRO, Andrew Aniamaka confirmed the sad incidence and investigations are ongoing.




Nigeria: Malabu oil block: Adoke takes case to UN, alleges persecution, intimidation, harassment

July 22, 2017


Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about

A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has cried for help to the United Nations Human Rights Committee over his alleged persecution in the Malabu oil deal.
Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about.
In the letter titled: “Re: Complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on violation of the rights set forth in the international covenant on civil and political rights,” Oboro said Adoke is being persecuted by the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The letter, dated July 20, 2017, reads in full: “I have today 20th July 2017 filed a complaint on behalf of my client Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Federal Republic of Nigeria, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for unmitigated acts of persecution, intimidation, harassment, threat of deprivation right to life, unlawful interference with right to family life and livelihood.
“This complaint has become necessary in view of the constant harassment, intimidation and persecution that my client has endured in the hands of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies.





Nigeria: Gunmen abduct female lawyer in Kogi

July 16, 2017

Gunmen abduct female lawyer in Kogi

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a female legal practitioner, Barr. Rabi Ozavize Ovosi along the Lokoja-Okene highway in Kogi State.

Ovosi, who is a mother of two was reportedly kidnapped on Friday while on transit.

A family member of the victim, Abdulateef Ovosi said the abductors contacted the family on Sunday for the first time demanding for ransoms.

“As at this morning (Sunday) , I heard a ransom has been made, but I have not actually ascertain that now.  The family were holding a meeting when the kidnapers called. As we speak, their lines are no more reachable for us to know what amount they are demanding.

“We are all worried and we are praying asking everybody to join us in praying for her safe return,” he said.

When contacted, Kogi State Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, who confirmed the incident said over 100 security operatives have since been deployed to comb the bushes to secure her safe release.

The latest case of kidnapping is coming barely a day after some unknown gunmen abducted and murdered the Osun State Permanent Secretary Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole around Okene area of the state while on her way to Abuja.





Nigeria: Kiobel Writ: OGONI 9 SHOW TRIAL: ill-treatment of lawyers and family members

July 14, 2017

On 19 February 1995, when Esther again tried to visit her husband, she was locked up by Okuntimo and tied naked to a chair. Then she was beaten with a koboko and sexually harassed and assaulted by Okuntimo.

The numbered paragraphs below are extracted from the 138 page Esther Kiobel Writ served on multiple Royal Dutch Shell companies on 28 June 2017. More information is provided after the extracts. 


4.5 Ill-treatment of lawyers and family members

  1. Both lawyers and family members of the suspects were seriously intimidated, threatened and even ill-treated during the trial.138
  2. On several occasions the lawyers were denied access to the heavily protected court.139 For example, at the session of 21 February 1995 Fawehinmi related how that morning he was forced by Lt. Hassan, who worked directly under Okuntimo, under threat of violence, to board a police bus. Lawyer Falana was beaten in the same incident.140 These two lawyers were also unlawfully detained by the regime during (the run-up to) the trial.141
  3. Oso, Kiobel’s lawyer, related how he became the victim of serious intimidation. On arrival at the courthouse he was told to leave after which his driver was beaten up and his car destroyed.142 That same morning Saro-Wiwa’s 74-year-old mother was beaten up on the instructions of Lt. Hassan when she tried to enter the court.143
  4. When Kiobel was asked on 22 June 1995 whether he could arrange another lawyer since Oso had stopped his defence, he stated, to the annoyance of Judge Auta, how his family was being harassed by the army:


Nigeria: Update on human rights lawyer Franc Utoo

July 10, 2017

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Earlier today, I was arraigned before the Magistrate Court 2, Makurdi, Benue State, by the Commissioner of Police based on the petition filed against me by the Benue State APC Chairman, one Abba Yaro (who was absent in court) and represented by E. S. Irabor.

I was granted bail on SELF- RECOGNIZANCE and case adjourned to September 9 for trial.

I want to use this opportunity to appreciate hundreds of supporters who defiled the early morning rain in Makurdi and physically appeared in court to express solidarity and inspiration. I want to particularly thank one of Nigeria’s greatest lawyers, Jibril S Okutepa, who, pro bono, led a team of 18 other lawyers to defend me. They include, but not restricted to: my big brother and senior, Terhemen Oscar Aorabee; Dr. (Lolo) Ekpendu; ex Chairman of NBA Makurdi branch, Assoh MikeKelvin Iorzenda, Dan Sorkaa, etc.

I also wish to thank my political father and leader, Rt. Hon Avine Agbom(House of Assembly Member, Makurdi North) and Hon. Terseer Adzuu(House of Assembly Member for Guma), the Makurdi Hausa Forum APC leadership; former APC Chairman for Guma, Samue Ioraor Mtan etc.

I am infinitely grateful to all my friends like Modi Jonathan, Comrade Shighen, Isaiah Abah, Hon. Wuaga Isaac, Tarbunde Joshua, Comrade Bobby, Alex TyonongoJebu Solomon, etc for their encouragement. And to my last woman standing, Dr. Margaret Bai- Tachia (my dearest auntie), God bless you all and guide your paths.