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Maryam Sanda: Hanged For Love? By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

Last weekend love was generously in the air! Every 14th of February ‘lovers’ (real and unreal) around the world celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, an amorous event originating from the ancient Roman empire and dating back centuries. Annually, therefore, mundane love is on display, shared mutually among the descendants of Adam and Eve. Although the truth behind the Saint Valentine legend is murky the love feast is as popular as the abuse of same and as widespread as the scandals trailing the human sexual relationships between and among Homo-Sapiens of this…

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Degi Whatchamacallit, David Lyon And Fall Of APC In Bayelsa By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Quite a lot of political neutrals have been sympathetic to David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State. Lyon had completed the rehearsal for his Valentine’s Day swearing-in as governor when the Supreme Court invalidated his participation in the election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to swear in the candidate with the highest number of votes, who, logically, was Diri Duoye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. From standing on the cusp of realising his long-time governorship ambition, Lyon…

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Buhari, You Have Not Sentenced A Single Terrorist To Death By Perry Brimah

Before the Nigerian Government starts blaming communities for terror that abounds, they need to take responsibility as do all other countries in the world. Rather than sentencing terrorists to death as ordained by Nigeria’s Anti Terror laws, the Buhari government cosies with all sorts of terrorists, signs agreements with them and releases them back into societies illegally without passing them through proper and serious courts to be given capital punishment due. This is the reason why recalcitrant terror abounds in Nigeria.  Nigeria’s leaders are a joke. We have a crop…

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Nigerians Have Right To Protest Against Insecurity By Femi Falana

The Presidency has warned Nigerians to stop protesting against the rising wave of insecurity in the country. According to presidential spokesperson, Mr. Shehu Garba, “The Presidency wishes to caution a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions. This has become necessary in view of received reports that about 2, 000 men and women have been hired to demonstrate against Nigeria’s service chiefs on Monday.” The authorities of the Nigeria Police Force are urged not to harrass aggrieved Nigerians for…

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Echoes From Supreme Court Judgment On Bayelsa State Governorship Election By Stanley Imhanruor Esq.

The All Progressives Congress should accept the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Bayelsa State governorship seat in good faith. In fairness to the Supreme Court justices, they interpreted the law strictly the way it is. Meanwhile, law lords like Oputa JSC and Lord Denning, would have by judicial creativity and activism saved Mr David Lyon from being disqualified along with his running mate in this kind of situation. One can argue that the Supreme Court ought to have looked beyond the dry letters of the law in disqualifying…

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An Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari By Femi Fani-Kayode

Mr. President, many believe that you cannot read and those that believe that you can claim that you cannot go beyond three lines. They say outside of that you can only comprehend cartoons.  I do not share either view. I know you well enough to concede that when you consider a literary submission of sufficient importance you have the prescence of mind, discipline, health, intelligence and ability to read through it very slowly and very carefully weighing up every word.  And that is precisely as it should be.  The first…

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Bayelsa’s Identity Theft, Douye Diri And Our Gene Of Fraud By Festus Adedayo

The Bayelsa governorship election voided by the Nigerian Supreme Court on Thursday last week has provoked a conversation on the metastasis of the cancer of identity theft in Nigeria and the country’s place in this malaise in the world. The most instructive of the several historical narratives of identity theft was one that happened in the 1540s. It was the story of one Martin Guerre, a 16th-century French Basque peasant, who lived in the village of Artigat in the French Pyrenees. Born in a village called Hendaye in 1525, Guerre…

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Bayelsa Governorship Conundrum: Reflections On Supreme Court Judgment By Inibehe Effiong

Introduction: I have perused the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria delivered on Thursday, the 13th day of February, 2020 in the case between Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) & 2 Ors. V. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo & 3 Ors. The Supreme Court in its 24 pages lead judgment delivered by His Lordship, Ejembi Eko, JSC, made a consequential order directing the 4th Respondent, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr.…

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LASU Dystopia: Travails Of A.O. Affluence, A 500 Level LASU Law Student By Arotiba Olawale Affluence Zayd

In the words of Scotty Aluta: “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.” So, if after reading this article, you refuse to lift a finger of solidarity, may it not all end up like the analogical case of ‘Rat Vs Farmers Trap’ on the farmers farmstead and the pathetic fate that befell ‘Chicken, ‘Goat’, ‘Pig’ and ‘Cow’ simply because they refused to lend helping hands. My name is Arotiba Olawale Affluence Zayd. I am a 500 level Law student of Lagos State University, who has just…

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Oluwo And Katakata Of Royal Rumbles By Kunle Wizeman Ajayi

It’s the second time I am hearing that the WWE Royal Rumble is actually a reality in Nigeria. The first I could not confirm as it was told by one of the richest Kings from a “marginalized” history today. That the most notable royal pugilist wanted to land the late Ooni of Ife an uppercut during a “peace” meeting. But this one is undeniable and quite evidently! It is not only Anthony Joshua that is very good at boxing or dangerous wrestling like Israel Adesanya. Common! Oba Oluwo sabi throw…

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