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The Nation: The Senate yesterday resolved to enact a legislation prescribing the death penalty for kidnappers. The resolution followed the submission and consideration of the report of the Joint Committee on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence on the “unfortunate recurrence of kidnapping and hostage-taking in Nigeria.”
BBC: Two men who say Kenyan police forced them to undergo anal examinations to prove they had had gay sex have launched a court case, calling for the tests to be declared unconstitutional. In a statement, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW), which has called for a global ban on the practice, said: “Under international law, forced anal examinations are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.”
Vanguard: The Benue State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday, lodged a complaint at the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, over alleged killings and wanton destruction of property in the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The Nation: Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, Thursday said that the controversial National Grazing Reserve Bill should be considered dead on arrival. The Land Use Act, she said, is unequivocal that all land is vested in the hands of governors to hold in entrust for the people. She insisted that any such law, promoted for compulsory acquisition or confiscation of land, will undoubtedly be unconstitutional and therefore void.
Nigerian Eye: A bill for a law prescribing five-year jail term for lecturers who engage in sexual relationship with students passed first reading at the senate on Wednesday. The bill, sponsored by Ovie Omo-Agege (Labour-Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 46 other senators, seeks to completely prohibit any form of sexual relationship between lecturers and their students. Briefing reporters after plenary, Omo-Agege said the nation’s institutions of higher learning must be sanitised to rid them of lecturers who see female students as “prize”. He said that when the bill is passed and signed into law, any lecturer found guilty will be liable to a jail term of up to five years but not less than two years with no option of fine.
Vanguard: The Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN) and other stakeholders have urged the National Assembly to reform the copyright laws to ensure it meets all the necessary needs in the creative industries. The call was made during the association’s annual general meeting and pre AGM lecture with the Theme: “Intellectual Property Rights and National Development,”
The Nation: The Federal Government has asked Justice Mojisola Olatoregun-Ishola of the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a suit by a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo). Tompolo is seeking an order “nullifying, voiding, striking down and expunging sections 221 and 306 from the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 to the extent of their inconsistency with the 1999 Constitution.”
BBC: Brazil’s top court has suspended Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha from his mandate, following a request by the country’s attorney general, officials say. He has been accused of trying to obstruct corruption investigations against him and intimidate congressmen.
Vanguard: A real estate firm, Afriland Properties Plc has filed a N13billion suit against Lagos state government before a Lagos state Multi Door Court House, over the termination of a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) in the redevelopment of Falomo Shopping Complex, Ikoyi between the firm and Lagos State Development and Property Corporation. The firm, which instituted the suit through its lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN claimed that Lagos state government terminated the contract which was awarded few years ago without following the due process.
The Nation: The government of Lagos State yesterday signed an agreement for the establishment of a DNA Forensic Centre. Speaking at the official signing of the agreement between the government and ITSI Bioscience LCC in Alausa, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said the Lagos State DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC) is aimed at achieving the growing DNA needs of criminal investigation.
Vanguard: Justice Centus Nweze of the Supreme Court, has called for the review of training curriculum used in training Nigerian lawyers to enable the country produce young lawyers that will have audience in international courts and foreign jurisdictions.
The Nation: Deputy Whip of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon. Omotayo Oduntan has said the death sentence for kidnappers should also be extended to public office holders who embezzled money to serve as a deterrent to others. According to her, if capital punishment is introduced for public officers who dip their fingers in the national till it will reduce embezzlement.
Nigerian Eye: The Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have dragged the Federal Government to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja over “failure to prevent, account for and investigate killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property across the country by herdsmen, the military and police.”
Aljazeera: A final appeal by the leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party against a death penalty for involvement in a 1971 liberation war has been rejected, his lawyers said, clearing the way for his hanging. The Supreme Court today passed the order against Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami party, which opposed the war for independence from Pakistan.
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