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Nigerian ex-dictator's son absent from Swiss court

GENEVA - (APINTL) A Swiss lawyer says the son of Nigeria's former dictator Sani Abacha was unable to get a visa in time to attend a court hearing in Geneva. Abba Abacha planned to attend an appeals hearing Monday to oppose a 2009 verdict that found him guilty of belonging to a criminal ... ...

Technip To Pay $338 Million To Settle Foreign Bribery Charges

HOUSTON - A French engineering and construction company has agreed to pay $98 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and $240 million to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) related to $6 billion in construction contracts...

Nigeria: Media Mogul Sues Police Over Bomb Arrest

ABUJA, Nigeria - (AP) A Nigerian media mogul filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the nation's secret police, accusing investigators of smearing his name by arresting him over his alleged involvement in deadly car bombings that struck the capital. The lawsuit by Raymond Dokpesi, the owner of the Africa...

No Suit for You!: The Ninth Circuit in Bowoto v. Chevron Corp. Holds the Death on the High Seas Act Preempts Alien Tort Statute Survival Claims

By Michael Crain An Excerpt from No Suit for You!: The Ninth Circuit in Bowoto v. Chevron Corp. Holds the Death on the High Seas Act Preempts Alien Tort Statute Survival Claims, 35 Tul. Mar. L. J. 595 I. Overview This case arose after two Nigerians were killed, and many others injured,...

Suicide car bomber kills 3 outside Nigeria church

JOS Nigeria (AP) - A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives outside a major church Sunday, killing three people and wounding 38 in a restive central Nigerian city that has seen hundreds die in religious and ethnic violence. The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the...

CA9 on CAT, Nigeria, collateral estoppel: Oyeniran v. Holder

"Petitioner Daniel O. Oyeniran (“Oyeniran”), a citizen of Nigeria, seeks review of decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) to deny him protection under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) and to deny his motion to reopen the case to consider new...

Nigeria police want to interrogate rights leader

LAGOS Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's federal police want to interrogate the leader of the nation's human rights commission over comments he's made about so-called "extrajudicial" killings in the country. Lawyers for Chidi Anselm Odinkalu said Monday authorities in Nigeria's capital...

Nigeria island prison offers nation's dark history

ITA OKO ISLAND Nigeria (AP) - The prison, cut out of the dense jungle that engulfs this island outside Lagos, never officially existed in records, though critics of Nigeria's military rulers were locked up here decades ago in harsh conditions. Ita Oko Island, accessible only by boat and helicopter...

58 killed in central Nigeria raids and reprisals

JOS Nigeria (AP) - Raids and reprisal attacks have left 58 people dead in Christian villages near a Nigerian city where authorities have struggled to contain religious violence, officials said Sunday. Assailants launched "sophisticated attacks" on several villages near Full version (available...

Will Nigerian Slum Demolition Violate Human Rights?

The Nigerian government plans to demolish the Abuja slum of Mpape. The government contends that this high crime area operates as a base for the terrorist group Boko Haram . In addition, the slum predominantly consists of shanties built illegally. In other words, Mpape is both a public nuisance and...

Nigerian Sex Trafficking, Witchcraft, and the Rule of Law

Imagine you are a young woman living in Nigeria. Living in poverty without an education or vocational skills, your choices are limited. How will you survive? If you're a single mother, a popular option is to work as a prostitute. Don't expect child support from your kid's biological...