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Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released satellite images [AI asset bank] Thursday that allegedly show the destruction of more than 3,700 buildings in the Nigerian towns of Baga and Doron Baga. The Nigerian government [official website] claims the death toll from these attacks, carried out by Islamic militant group … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Damian Ugwu, Executive Director of the Social Justice & Advocacy Initiative, says that the recent bill prohibiting same-sex marriage in Nigeria has ominous implications for a broad range of individual rights in the country...On November 29, 2011, the Nigerian Senate unanimously passed a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) [official website] arrested three former governors of Nigerian states on Thursday for allegedly embezzling 101 billion naira (USD $615M). Officials arrested [Nigerian Observer report] former Ogun state governor Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and former Nasarawa state governor … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Corruption in the Nigerian government has become endemic [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [materials] Thursday, criticizing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) [official website] particularly and the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] generally. Although the agency has arraigned 45 … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Nigeria Ebonyi State Commissioner of Justice and the Attorney General, Ben Igwenyi, called Monday for the establishment of a special court to hear corruption cases. He argues that corruption cases in the regular courts take too long to process [Vanguard report] causing people to forget about them, perpetuating … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] on Friday upheld the results of the country's disputed 2007 presidential election [JURIST report] which was won by President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile]. The court dismissed the appeal [Guardian report] brought by former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [JURIST news archive] and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] said Thursday it has reserved judgment indefinitely on a challenge to the country's disputed 2007 presidential election [JURIST report] which was won by President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile]. The challenge was brought by former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile] told AFP Sunday that he would resign if the Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] invalidated his victory in the disputed 2007 presidential election [JURIST report]. In March, Nigerian opposition leader and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari [campaign website] asked the Supreme Court to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
19 Mar 2008

Samuel Abiodun Adebowale [coordinator, Concerned Nigerians Worldwide, Spain chapter; journalist, African News in Switzerland]: "In Chicago (USA), a U.S. District Court admitted a claim to investigate the responsibility of a former Nigerian head of state, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami, for gross violation of human rights in Nigeria between November 1993 and … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Nigerian opposition leader and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari [campaign website] has asked the Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] to review last week's decision by the country's election tribunal to uphold the results of last year's disputed presidential elections [JURIST reports], according to Monday statements by Buhari's lawyer. Buhari … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Nigeria's Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Tuesday upheld the results of last year's disputed presidential elections [JURIST report], saying that opposition groups failed to present sufficient evidence to support their fraud allegations [JURIST report]. European Union and NGO observers questioned the results of last April's poll, and fraud allegations … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Nigerian union leaders Thursday called for a two-day national strike to protest the May 29 inauguration of president-elect Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile], who they say was elected fraudulently. The strike, which will involve both blue-collar and white-collar unions, is expected to begin with rallies on May 28 to protest … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Nigeria's Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal ruled Monday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) [official website] must provide "certified true copies" of ballots from Nigeria's contested April 21 presidential elections to embattled candidate and current Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website; JURIST news archive]. The ruling, which stems … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The head of Nigeria's electoral commission [official website] announced Monday that ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) [BBC backgrounder] candidate Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile] won the country's weekend presidential election by a landslide - taking 24.6 million votes as against 6.6 million for former army general Muhammadu Buhari [campaign website] … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The two major opposition parties in Nigeria [JURIST news archive] and an election watch group on Sunday challenged the legitimacy of the country's Saturday presidential elections, reporting voting delays and potential ballot-rigging in favor of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) [BBC backgrounder], party of outgoing Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Nigerian electoral commission said Tuesday that Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website] would be included on the ballots for this coming Saturday's presidential elections, after the Nigerian Supreme Court [official website] overturned his disqualification [JURIST report] as a candidate. A spokesman for the Independent National Electoral Commission … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] ruled unanimously Monday that Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website; JURIST news archive] should not have been barred from running in the country's April 21 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) [official website]. Specifically, the court held that … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Nigerian Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) [official website] has the right to disqualify presidential candidates for fraud, thus barring Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website; JURIST news archive] from running in the April 21 election. INEC removed Abubakar's name from … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] A Nigerian senate committee indicted President Olusegun Obasanjo [official profile] and Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday on corruption charges for diverting public money to private interests. In February, a senate panel indicted Abubakar on corruption charges [JURIST report] for the alleged diversion of $145 … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official profile, JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Friday against the Nigerian electoral commission [official website] after it issued a ruling Thursday prohibiting him from running in the upcoming April presidential. The commission cited the Nigerian constitution [text], which bars presidential candidates indicted for … [read more]

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