Reps’ repressive NGO regulatory bill

Reps’ repressive NGO regulatory bill

THE ongoing bid by the House of Representatives to regulate activities of Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society represents the latest in a series of efforts by overbearing lawmakers to muffle critical voices of opposition and cow the public into submission. The draft bill, which has already passed its Second Reading, depicts a parliament...
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FG’s search for oil in Sokoto, Benue basins

FG’s search for oil in Sokoto, Benue basins

THE Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, while playing host to the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal in Abuja, recently revealed that crude oil exploration had commenced in [...] The post FG’s ...
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Corruption: CJN’s directive on special courts

Corruption: CJN’s directive on special courts

THE Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has issued a directive to all the heads of various courts in the land to designate one or two courts in their jurisdictions as special courts [...] The post Corruption: CJN’s directive on special c...
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Our worsening poverty outlook

Our worsening poverty outlook

WHEN the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, announced that the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, grew by a mere 0.55 per cent in the Second Quarter (Q2) of this year, after declining by -0.91 per cent in the First Quarter (Q1), Nigeria’s official score-keeper re...
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Corruption cases: Special Courts at last

Corruption cases: Special Courts at last

Punch Editorial Board Fresh impetus has been introduced into the anti-graft drive with the raft of measures announced by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, last week. He has directed Heads of Courts to create Special Courts in their respective juri...
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Using the military for police duties

THE  military intervention in the southeastern part of the country which witnessed human rights abuses and the alarm raised by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, concerning the increasing deployment of military [...] The post Using th...
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Police: Misau’s bombshell deserves Buhari’s action

Police: Misau’s bombshell deserves Buhari’s action

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The military’s ‘show of force’ in South-East

The military’s ‘show of force’ in South-East

IN the wake of the separatist agitations by the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) which rose to a high decibel recently, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Yusuff Buratai, deployed a military contingent to the [...] The post The military’s ‘sho...
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Lessons from Catalonia

Lessons from Catalonia

THE  ongoing political clash of wills between the central government in Madrid, Spain and agitators for an independent Catalonia offers an instructive perspective on how modern multiethnic states contend with separatist movements. On September 6, [...] The po...
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Caution over hate speech law

Caution over hate speech law

OUR supreme law, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) guarantees every person freedom of speech. Section 39 (1) states: “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to recei...
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