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Transititonal Justice and the Insurgency In the North-East, By Jibrin Ibrahim

- Justice Chukwudifu Oputa It is difficult to talk about transitional justice without deep pedagogy that the spirit of mass punishment might result in a prolongation of the insurgency, thereby leading to more, rather than less, suffering. At the same time, many communities would be right to pose the question…
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Opinion

Prohibition of Hate Speech As An Acceptable Restriction of Freedom of Expression?, By Nonso Robert Attoh

Even though the hate speeches aired on Radio Biafra and the hate song released by Northern elements and many other manifestations of hate speech in our national space cannot be caught by any new legislation criminalising hate speech because of the principle of non-retroactivity of criminal legislation (section 4(9) and…
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Opinion

The Death Penalty: A Wrong Solution to Kidnapping In Nigeria, By Oluwatosin Popoola

Executing kidnappers is not the solution to ending the scourge of kidnapping in Nigeria. Rather it is a knee-jerk reaction by a government that wants to appear tough on crime. Instead of being a form of toughness, recourse to the death penalty is in reality a symptom of failure in…
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Opinion

Frivolous Petitions Bill and Restrictions On Freedom of Expression and Opinion in Nigeria, By Nonso Robert Attoh

A bill was recently sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah in the Nigerian Senate titled the Frivolous Petitions (Prohibition, etc.) Bill 2015. The bill immediately provoked the ire of the Nigerian public who considered it as an attempt by the legislators to tamper with the freedom of expression of Nigerians…
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Opinion

Biafran Self-Determination and Radio Biafra: Legal Issues Arising (2), By Nonso Robert Attoh

...the greatest argument against the current Biafran agitation is that the agitation is not coming from the constitutional governors of the Igbo state, who have rather taken a stand to condemn the movement. Thus, there are no grounds to ascertain that the Igbo people no longer wish to stay in…
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