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Senate Moves to Put an End to Detention in Prisons without Trial

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prison_3In what might turn out to be a form of great respite for a lot of inmates in prisons across the country, the Senate has insisted that there must be an end to detention without trial in the country.

This development is coming as a result of a bill seeking to mandate the Chief Justice of Nigeria and state chief judges to release prison inmates unlawfully detained or who had overstayed their prison terms. The bill has passed the second reading at Senate plenary. The bill for an Act to Amend the Criminal Justice (Release from Custody) (Special Provisions) Act Cap C40 Laws of The Federation of Nigeria 2004, also sought to decongest Nigerian prisons.

Senator Babajide Omoworare (Osun East), who sponsored the bill, said it was disheartening that Nigerian Prisons currently host almost 70 per cent of inmates awaiting trial. He recalled how the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, recently admitted that 30,000 or over 65 per cent of over 46,000 inmates of prisons across the country were awaiting trial.

He further said the bill sought to amend two sections of the Act which was enacted in 1977. He quoted Section 1 of the Act, which states that “in respect of any person detained in any prison in Nigeria, not being a person detained in execution of a sentence of a court or tribunal duly constituted by the law, the Chief Justice of Nigeria or chief judge of a state is satisfied that the detention of that person is manifestly unlawful…”

Senator Omoworare said detaining people beyond their prison terms or subjecting people to unlawful detention was an infringement on the fundamental rights of victims.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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