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Nigeria/Saudi Arabia: Chimamanda Adichie wins 2018 PEN Pinter prize for ‘outstanding’ literary work

October 11, 2018

Chimamanda Adichie has been endowed with the 2018 PEN Pinter prize for her outstanding work of literary merit that has defined the truth in human lives and societies.

The critically acclaimed author was given the coveted prize at an award-giving ceremony, which took place at the British Library in the United Kingdom, on Tuesday.

Adichie was selected by this year’s judges, Inua Ellams, Philippe Sands, Antonia Fraser and Chair of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.

She is the first African to have clinched the award which is focused on defending and promoting freedom of expression, while removing barriers to literature.

At the ceremony, Adichie named Waleed Abulkhair, a lawyer and human rights activist, as the 2018 International Writer of Courage, a title awarded by the PEN Pinter winner each year.

Congratulating the Saudi Arabian lawyer and activist, she said: I am proud to share this year’s PEN Pinter Prize with activist, lawyer and writer Waleed Abulkhair.

“Waleed has dedicated his life to holding the Saudi authorities accountable for human rights abuses. He has dedicated his life to speaking out, to supporting the victims of those abuses.

“Waleed, like Harold Pinter, has shown a lucid dedication to telling his truth. But rather than being lauded for this dedication, Waleed has paid a heavy price – 15 years behind bars.

“I am deeply proud to share this prize with Waleed and I hope that this small act of solidarity will bring him some comfort, and will remind him that his struggle has not been forgotten, nor will it be in vain.






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Nigeria/USA: Nigerian Embassy In U.S Allegedly Targets Human Rights Lawyer For Criticizing Buhari

September 26, 2018

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A US-based Nigerian human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, has alleged efforts by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC to have his passport withdrawn over his constant criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

According to Ogebe, documents filed in an Abuja court show that the government wants his passport withdrawn for allegedly “trash-talking Nigeria” on social media.

The lawyer, who is the special counsel, Justice for Jos Project, said in a press release that part of “the document was a letter from the embassy dated June 2, 2016, addressed to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria.

“In it [the court document] the embassy claimed that “Mr Ogebe derived pleasure from trash-talking Nigeria on social media in the chambers of the United States Congress and other public places across the United States.

“The embassy letter then stated further that, “Going forward, to prevent Mr Ogebe, who is a Nigerian citizen, from making further derogatory comments that are inimical to the image of Nigeria, Government May consider taking punitive action against him, including withdrawal of his privilege to carry a Nigerian passport.”

It was signed by the Charge D’affaires, Hakeem Balogun

Reacting, Ogebe said while he had long known and was fully aware of the alleged hostile activities of the Nigerian government through its embassy in the US to persecute him, it was still “shocking to see in writing the extremes to which they would go and the extent of their desperation.”



Nigeria: Court asks police to pay lawyer N10m for illegal detention

September 19, 2018

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A Port Harcourt High Court has asked the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police command,  to pay N10 million to a legal practitioner, Mr.  Olubisi Afolabi for detaining him illegally.
The ruling, which was given pursuant to  Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009, Section 46 of the 1999 Constitution was sequel to an suit filed by the lawyer alleging that he was illegally detained on the orders of a Divisional Police Officer, Eneka station, CSP Yahaya Bello, stating that his fundamental rights have been infringed upon
The court, in the ruling, delivered by Justice G.  O.  Omereji of High Court 13, Port Harcourt, a copy of which was   obtained by our correspondent in Owerri yesterday, also declared as illegal the continued detention of the applicants Toyota Dyna 100 vehicle because of the applicant’s refusal to write an apology letter and ordered same to be released to him.
A copy of the ruling was signed by the Director of Litigation,  Mina H. H. Jumbo .
The legal practitioner, through his counsel,  O.D. Abdulkarem with G. B. Sanusi, Dike Udenwa et al, had approached the court asking for the enforcement of fundamental human rights as he was detained against his wish by the defendants at the Eneka police station in a cell with hardened criminals and drug addicts following his demand for the release  of his vehicle  seized  by the police.
He had asked the court to award him N20 million as damages.



Nigeria: Why I was arrested by the police – Evans’ ex-lawyer

September 13, 2018

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A lawyer who was arrested and taken away by police officers outside the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday has said he was “abducted” to prevent him from appearing in a ₦100 million suit he filed against the police.

Olukoya Ogungbeje, known for representing the alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), was arrested as he was about to enter the court premises and whisked away.

The lawyer later told PREMIUM TIMES he was held for over four hours at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, in Yaba.

Mr Ogungbeje’s client, Ibrahim Kabiru, had also been arrested by the police at the court premises days ago while waiting to appear in a fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed against the police.

The police said Mr Ogungbeje was arrested on the grounds that he was not qualified to represent Mr Kabiru because the latter had transferred his brief to another lawyer, Wole Smith.

Mr Ogungbeje said he had secured a ₦200 million judgment sum against the police for the extra judicial killing of Mr Kabiru’s brother, Waheed.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that Waheed was arrested and detained by the police during a raid in the Ikorodu area in November 2015. He has not been seen ever since.






Nigeria: Policewoman arraigned in September for Assaulting Lawyer Chiamaka Caroline Nwangwu

July 29, 2018

Lawyer: Policemen called me prostitute, beat, detained me

Update on Mrs Jane Mbanefo – the DPO at 3-3 Police Station Onitsha Anambra State, who assaulted a female lawyer and locked her up in the cell:
Something positive has come up . You will recall that a Committee headed by Anienukwu SAN was set up by the NBA Onitsha branch to deal with the issue. Now, the committee has announced to the branch today 27/7/2018 that it has successfully obtained a Fiat from the Honourable Attorney General of Anambra State to prosecute the earring DPO in criminal charge. The Fiat was granted to the learnient silk and he has promptly filed an information at the High Court and date has been assigned for the the arraignment. The DPO shall be arriagned on 27/9/2018. All the High Courts and Magistrate Courts within the division will be enjoined not to sit on that date so that all the lawyers within can convage at the particular High Court in solidarity.






Nigeria: Magistrate, lawyers allegedly beaten up by policemen in Imo

July 21, 2018

Officers of the Imo State police command have allegedly beaten up a magistrate of the Umuneke-Ngor division of the state Magistrate Court, Ngozi Onyenemezu.

The incident took place yesterday after she discharged robbery suspects brought before the court by the policemen.

Emma Eke and Chukwuemeka Anyanwu, who are lawyers representing the suspects, were also allegedly beaten up by the police.

Chinedu Agu, Assistant Secretary of Owerri chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), recounted the story to newsmen.

He said the counsels had asked the court to strike the charge and discharge the accused persons, which the court did after hearing arguments from both sides.

Agu said: “In his ruling, the court upheld the arguments of the counsel and struck out the charge. Immediately the ruling was delivered and while the court was still sitting, the police went berserk.

“They shouted and rained vituperations on the magistrate and made to rearrest the accused persons. When the court wanted to call them to order, the policemen made for the magistrate like rabid dogs and the magistrate quickly took refuge in his chambers.





Nigeria: The assault on Port Harcourt High Court

May 30, 2018

We join other concerned Nigerians to condemn the recent unwarranted attack on a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by armed hoodlums. The attack which occurred on May 11 on the Port Harcourt High Court complex occurred as judges, magistrates, staff and lawyers were reporting for duty, is an affront on the judiciary.

While the attack was on, judicial and non-judicial workers were denied access to the complex as all gates were locked and surrounded by the hoodlums. The heavily armed thugs injured some judicial officers, other officials and destroyed some equipment. The invasion of the court has been condemned by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen who also called on Nigerians to condemn the act and preserve the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man. The attack was equally condemned by the Rivers State House of Assembly which resolved to write to the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth of Nations on the development.

That the court was allegedly attacked over a political matter involving factions of a political party in the state is an attempt to undermine the institution of the judiciary.

It is, indeed, senseless to at- tack the court, the sacred temple of justice a few months be- fore the 2019 general elections. It is also a sign of what to expect during the elections, when there is need for peace to reign in the land. But, if there must be peace, there must also be justice. Our judicial officers must always uphold justice in carrying out their functions without minding whose ox is gored.

Because the judiciary is the only institution that dispenses justice, any attack on the judiciary is the highest form of rebellion. The police must make frenetic effort to fish out those behind the attack as well as their sponsors.

They should be prosecuted and severe punishment meted to those found guilty of the of- fence. There could never be any good reason for the attack.

The court was invaded over an impending political matter in the court and we advise judicial officers not to be partisan in the discharge of their duties. They must be above board and maintain a position of absolute political neutrality on any matter before them.