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Nigerian court orders striking lecturers to return to work

Nigerian court orders striking lecturers to return to work

A Nigerian court ordered lecturers at public universities to call off a strike over pay that has lasted seven months and disrupted classes. The lecturers are demanding higher pay and several negotiations with the government have broken down, which forced President Buhari's administration to approach the National Industrial Court. Strikes over working conditions by public university lecturers are common in Nigeria and often go on for months. The latest action started in February. In an interim ruling, judge Polycarp Hamman said the lecturers should go back to work until the case brought by the government was finalised. On Monday, hundreds…
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Nigeria’s sharia blasphemy law not unconstitutional, court rules

Nigeria’s sharia blasphemy law not unconstitutional, court rules

A Nigerian court ruled that Islamic religious law does not violate the constitution, dismissing a test-case challenge from a singer who was sentenced to death two years ago on the charge of blasphemy. But in a majority decision, the court in northern Kano state also upheld a lower court's call for a retrial. Yahaya Aminu Sharif was convicted of having shared a blasphemous message on WhatsApp and was sentenced to death in August 2020 by a sharia court. The high court in Kano threw out the conviction and ordered a retrial but Sharif appealed, challenging the constitutionality of the religious…
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Court challenge tests authority of Islamic religious law in Nigeria

Court challenge tests authority of Islamic religious law in Nigeria

HAMZA IBRAHIM A Nigerian court reserved judgment on a challenge against sharia law in the mostly Muslim northern state of Kano in a case that will test the authority of Islamic religious law in Africa's most populous country. Nigeria's constitution is neutral on religion. The country is divided between the largely Christian south and mostly Muslim north. Kano is one of the foremost states that enforce sharia law, including the death penalty against blasphemy. In 2020, a 22-year-old singer, Yahaya Aminu Sharif, was sentenced to death while a teenager was jailed for 10 years by Kano Sharia Court over accusations…
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Shell stopped from selling Nigerian assets until $2 bln appeal decided

Shell stopped from selling Nigerian assets until $2 bln appeal decided

CAMILLUS EBOH A Nigerian court has stopped Shell Plc from selling any assets in Nigeria until a decision is reached on the company's appeal of a nearly $2 billion penalty for an alleged oil spill. A copy of the court ruling, which was seen by Reuters on Monday, was issued on March 11 and also ordered Shell to deposit the money in an account controlled by the court within two working days. A spokesperson for Shell's Nigeria unit said the company would immediately appeal the decision. A panel of three judges said Shell, acting through its agents or subsidiaries was restrained…
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Nigerian Shi’ite leader acquitted, freed

Nigerian Shi’ite leader acquitted, freed

GARBA MUHAMMAD A Nigerian court has acquitted Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), a banned Shi'ite group, of all eight criminal charges against him, defence and prosecution lawyers said. Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, had been in detention since 2015 when he was arrested after a clash in which the army killed an estimated 350 people at an IMN compound and a nearby mosque and burial ground in northern Kaduna state. The couple had been facing a range of charges filed by the state government in 2018, including aiding and abetting homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption…
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Nigerian court hears blasphemy conviction appeals in northern city Kano

Nigerian court hears blasphemy conviction appeals in northern city Kano

HAMZA IBRAHIM TWO judges in northern Nigeria have heard the first appeals against Islamic law blasphemy convictions that caused global outrage when a man was sentenced to death over a WhatsApp message and a 13-year-old received a 10-year jail term. The judges, at the appeals section of the secular high court in the city of Kano, said verdicts would be delivered at a later date. In August, a Kano sharia court sentenced Yahaya Aminu Sharif to death for allegedly sharing a blasphemous message on WhatsApp and Omar Farouq, accused of making blasphemous comments in an argument, received a prison sentence.…
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Nigerian judge throws out case against 47 men facing homosexuality charge

Nigerian judge throws out case against 47 men facing homosexuality charge

ALEXIS AKWAGYIRAM A judge in a Nigerian court on Tuesday threw out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of same-sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country's laws banning homosexual relationships. The Nigerian law banning gay marriage, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, and same-sex "amorous relationships", prompted an international outcry when it came into force under former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014. The men were arrested in a police raid on a Lagos hotel in the city's Egbeda district in 2018. Police said the men…
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