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Nigeria: Proposal for Constitutional Amendment to Reduce Presidential and Gubernatorial Tenure to Single Term

(Aug. 1, 2011) Reuters reported on July 26, 2011, that Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's President, who is currently serving his second and final term, is gearing up to propose a constitutional amendment that, if enacted, would change presidential as well as state gubernatorial tenures of office to long but single terms. (Felix Onuah, Nigeria's Jonathan Wants […]

Nigeria: Bauchi State Prosecuting Two on Witchcraft Charges

(July 28, 2011) It was reported on July 21, 2011 that two individuals were brought before Nigeria's Bauchi State Chief Magistrate's Court in the Warji Local Government Area on witchcraft charges. (Susan Edeh, 2 Docked in Bauchi over Alleged Witchcraft, VANGUARD (July 21, 2011).) Inspector Mato Albasu, the prosecutor in the case, alleges that the […]

Nigeria: Court Annuls Election Law Provision Banning Tribunals from Making Declaratory Judgment

(July 6, 2011) On June 30, 2011, the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered its judgment on a case in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a political party, challenged the legality of three provisions of the Electoral Act of 2010, namely, sections 87(8), 140(2), and 141. (Davidson Iriekpen, Election: Tribunal Can Declare Winner, […]

Nigeria: Freedom of Information Bill Passes Both Houses of Parliament

(May 31, 2011) News outlets are reporting that both houses of Nigeria's Parliament have adopted the harmonized version of the Freedom of Information Bill (hereinafter FOI). The House of Representatives initially adopted its version of the FOI on February 24, 2011, and a different version of the FOI was adopted by the Senate on March […]

Nigeria: House of Representatives Approves Sovereign Investment Authority Bill

(May 20, 2011) The Nigerian House of Representatives approved the Sovereign Investment Authority Bill (Nigerian House of Representatives website (last visited May 17, 2011), which the upper house had passed on May 11, 2011, bringing the legislation one step closer to taking effect. (Nigerian Parliament Passes Wealth Fund Bill, REUTERS (May 17, 2011).) The bill […]

Nigeria: Senate Approves Sovereign Investment Authority Bill

(May 13, 2011) On May 11, 2011, the 109-member Nigerian Senate approved the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority Bill, 2010, which seeks to establish a sovereign wealth fund to manage excess profits from the country’s sale of crude oil. (Nigerian Senate Passes Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill, REUTERS (May 11, 2011)). Before it can take effect, the […]

Nigeria: Court of Appeals Upholds High Court Ruling, No Gubernatorial Elections in Five States

(Apr. 18, 2011) On April 15, 2011, the Court of Appeals in Abuja, Nigeria, upheld a February 23, 2011, Federal High Court ruling barring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, an institution with a Constitutional mandate to conduct elections in Nigeria including gubernatorial elections) from holding gubernatorial elections in five of the 36 Nigerian states […]

Nigeria: INEC Appeals Court Ruling Exempting Five States from Upcoming Gubernatorial Elections

(Apr. 7, 2011) On April 4, 2011, the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to fast track its appeal against a decision of a Federal High Court (handed down on February 23, 2011) barring the INEC from including five states in the upcoming gubernatorial elections scheduled for April […]

Nigeria: Constitutionality of Provisions of Electoral Act 2010 Challenged in Court

(Apr. 5, 2011) It was reported on April 3, 2011, that Nigeria's Labour Party (LP) has instituted a lawsuit before the Abuja Federal High Court in which it is challenging the constitutionality of sections of the Electoral Act 2010 (specifically, §§140(2) and 141) that limit the power of courts or election tribunals in adjudicating election […]

Nigeria: House of Representatives Approves Freedom of Information Bill

(Mar. 1, 2011) On February 24, 2011, the 360-member lower house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Freedom of Information Bill which seeks to provide a right of access to records kept by public institutions and private institutions carrying out public functions. (Nigeria's Lower House Passes Right of Information Bill, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (Feb. 25, […]