Enfranchising Internally-Displaced Persons in North Eastern Nigeria During the 2015 General Elections

The Senate Bill seeking to grant voting opportunity to internally displaced persons (IDP’s) in the North Eastern States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in their respective camps nationwide is due for second reading at the Senate. The Bill passed first reading,on Tuesday, 18th November 2014. The bill, cited as the Electoral Act, 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2014 will establish polling units for eligible voters, who have been…

Invasion of the National Assembly: National Police or Partisan Police?

Mixed reactions trail the recent invasion and lockout of lawmakers, staff and members of the public in the National Assembly precinct by the Nigeria Police and operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). The incident, which occurred on Thursday, 20 November 2014, witnessed some members of the House of Representatives scaling the fence and being tear-gassed in their attempt to gain entrance into the National…

Extension of State of Emergency In the Limbo?

The Senate adjournment to 16th of December, 2014 to enable legislators participate in their party primaries has left the President’s request for an extension on the state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States uncertain. While the House has out-rightly rejected the request in a special session convened to deliberate on the issue, advising the President to utilize section 8 of the Armed Forces…