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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.



Nigeria: Gunmen kill youth leader, lawyer in Akwa Ibom – Police

July 2, 2017


Unidentified gunmen have killed a youth leader, identified as Paragi and Mfon Etukudo, a lawyer, in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

Paragi, who hailed from Nkek Village, was said to have been shot dead on Saturday at about 6 p.m. at a barbing saloon at Nkek Urua Uko in Ukanafun.

Mr. Etukudo, from Idung Nneke Village in Ukanafun, was murdered by gunmen on Sunday.

The Akwa Ibom Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Chukwu Ikechukwu, confirmed the killings on Sunday in Uyo in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said that the Commissioner of Police, Donald Awunah, and Governor Udom Emmanuel are on their way to visit the scene of the incident.

He said that the remains of the deceased had been recovered and deposited in mortuary for autopsy.

“The Commissioner of Police and the state governor are on their way to the place right now.

“As soon as they are back, details will be made known.

“Right now, policemen are on ground; they are doing everything to restore calm in the area.

“Effort is on top gear to track the killers of the two men. We are not going to relent on our efforts to nab the assailants,” Mr. Okechukwu pledged.




Nigeria: CLO Seek Release of Legal Practitioner from Police Cell in A’Ibom

June 17, 2017

The civil liberty organization in Akwa Ibom has called on the state commissioner of Police Mr. Donald Awunah to obey the order of a Federal High Court sitting in Uyo and ensure the release of one Augustine Edet, a legal practitioner who was arrested by the Akwa Ibom Police Command on June 12.

The release order was issued by Justice Futun Riman on Friday after entertaining the case brought before him by Barr Clifford Thomas, Counsel to the detained lawyer.

Speaking to newsmen, Barr Clifford Thomas explained that the police had  on June 12 visited Edet’s chamber along Ikot Ekpene road in Uyo and handcuffed him without any warrant.

Thomas, who is also the Chairman, Civil Liberty Organization (CLO), Akwa Ibom State chapter said the police that came to the plaintiff’s chamber claimed they were acting on instructions humiliated him without explanation.

He said that Edet was forcefully taken away to Shelter Afrique Police Station in Uyo, where he was detained.

According to Mr Clifford Thomas, On Tuesday June 13, 2017, the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, approached the Federal High Court, Uyo; and obtained an Order directing the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone, Calabar, and the Inspector General of Police, who are parties in the suit pending before the Court, to release the Lawyer, immediately and unconditionally.