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Nigeria: State Governments Take Federal Government to Court

(June 2, 2008) It has been reported that seven state governments, of Abia, Bauchi, Benue, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, and Osun States, recently filed a suit against the Federal government before the Nigerian Supreme Court for violation of section 163 of the Nigerian Constitution, by failure to pay “Federal Account entitlements” between 2004 and 2007. The […]

Nigeria: Cross-Dressers Face Charges

(Mar. 2, 2008) Eighteen cross-dressers face criminal charges before a Sharia court one year after their arrest in Bauchi, a city in northern Nigeria. Although the men were at first charged with sodomy, a crime punishable by death under Sharia law, the charge has now been reduced to indecent dressing and vagrancy. Yusuf Adamu, the […]

Nigeria: New Anti-Corruption Body Planned

(Feb. 2, 2008) President Umaru Yar'Adua stated on January 15, 2008, that Nigeria would establish a new government unit aimed at monitoring suspicious financial transactions, modeled on similar bodies in the United States and China, in order to strengthen anti- corruption efforts in the public sector. Since Yar'Adua took office in May 2007, seven state […]

Nigeria: Drug Company Officials Face Contempt of Court Charges

(Jan. 2, 2008) It was reported on December 25, 2007, that a judge in the Nigerian state of Kano ordered the arrest of high executives of the subsidiary in Nigeria of the United States drug company, Pfizer Inc., for failing to make a court appearance. The court ordered the arrest of the head of Pfizer […]

Nigeria: Vice-President Calls for Review of Constitution

(Dec. 2, 2007) Nigeria's Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan, on November 20, 2007, said that the country's Constitution is inadequate and in need of amendment. Speaking at the International Conference on Federalism being held in New Delhi, he argued that the 1999 document does not accommodate current developments. Jonathan further said that most Nigerians see the current […]

Cameroon; Nigeria: Bakkassi Peninsula

(Dec. 2, 2007) The fate of the Bakkassi, a peninsula said to hold ten percent of the world's oil and gas reserves, is once again up in the air after the Nigerian Senate approved a motion on November 22, 2007, making its handover of the region to Cameroon illegal. The handover was part of the […]

Nigeria: Publisher Charged with Sedition

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 10, 2007, in southern Nigeria, the publisher of a private newspaper was arrested by officers reported by some to be agents of the State Security Service, even though the local authorities denied they were involved. On October 16, Jerome Imeime, publisher of a newspaper in the State of Akwa Ibom, […]