Daily Archives: 25 July 2012

Jos Crisis: Lawyer Slams N1 Billion Suit Against FG


A group of lawyers in Jos have sued the federal government, demanding the sum of one billion naira as compensation for unlawful arrest, torture, and detention against residents of the north central city of Jos.

The applicants seeking to enforce their fundamental rights are asking the court for the following reliefs.

“An order against the respondents jointly and severally to pay the applicants the sum of one billion naira only as compensation for unlawful arrest, torture, detention, embarrassment, pains and inconveniences coursed to the applicants by the respondents” Continue reading


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Jonathan Approves Appointment Of NPA MD And NIMASA EDs


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Habibu Abdullahi as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). A statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, DR. Reuben Abati said.

Mr. Abdullahi replaces Engr. Omar Suleiman who has been relieved of his appointment.

The new Managing Director hails from Kano State and was the Acting Executive Director (Finance & Administration) of the NPA. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Masters Degree in Public Administration. Continue reading

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Dana Crash: DNA Results Ready Next Week -Pathologist


The Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State and a consultant forensic pathologist, Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa has informed the Coroner of Alimosho District in Lagos state, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, who is conducting the inquisition on the cause of the June 3, 2012 fatal plane crash that occurred at Iju-Ishaga area of the state that the result of the DNA tests on the bodies of some of the crash victims will be ready next week.

Prof Obafunwa gave this information while testifying at the ongoing inquest into the Dana airline crash.

According to him the chemical analysis of the samples and tissues taken from the bodies of the victims is almost concluded. Continue reading

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Sun Editor, Steve Nwosu Shot By Suspected Robbers

But for providence, Nigeria would have lost another of its brightest journalists when armed robbers on Wednesday shot at the Sun Editor, Steve Nwosu, at Maza maza, a suburb of Lagos.

An editor of the Sun publishing company who spoke with Daily Independent on condition of anonymity said that the robbers who trailed Nwosu from Zenith Bank where he had gone to withdraw an undisclosed sum of money made away with the money after they shot him on the head. Continue reading

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Is Divorce A Norm Or A Taboo?

The question of whether divorce is a norm or a taboo, which incidentally is the title of this piece, has now become an obsession in the minds of millions of Nigerians, especially now that some entertainment and ecumenical celebrities are seemingly persuading and convincing millions of Nigerians through their actions that it is the norm contrary to African tradition and scriptural injunctions. Some of the questions being asked by many that believe in the sacredness of marriage are: “Why the high incidence of divorce and infidelity in today’s marriage?”; “Why are highly revered pastors caught in the web of controversies that border on divorce?” and “Why are born-again Christians no longer seeing divorce as an act of disobedience to the word of God?” Like a bug, millions of Nigerians have literarily been bitten by the fairy insect called divorce. Continue reading

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The Petroleum Industry Bill 2012 (Part Two)


The Petroleum Industry Bill 2012 (Part Two)

The President may remove the Director-General or a Director from office if –

(a) he recommits an act of gross misconduct;

(b) he has demonstrated inability to effectively perform the duties of the office;

(c) if the President is satisfied that it is not in the interest of the Agency or the public

that the member Director General or Director should continue in office.

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Nigeria: The Petroleum Industry Bill 2012 (Part One)


The Petroleum Industry Bill 2012


ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as follows: Continue reading

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