SERAP Sues Buhari For Failing To Protect, Rescue Kaduna Train Attack Victims
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over “the failure to protect the rights to life, security, and dignity of the victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, and the failure to secure the safe release of those held captive by the terrorists.” The suit followed reports that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) failed to approve funds for surveillance equipment that could have helped to prevent the train attack.
SERAP is also seeking “an order directing the Buhari government to protect, promote, and fulfil the human rights of Nigerians, including travellers across the country, by ensuring adequate security and taking measures to prevent attacks.” SERAP is seeking “an order directing the Buhari government to urgently find and identify all the passengers, victims and their families, and to pay adequate monetary compensation of N50 million to each of the passengers and victims and their families.”
In the suit filed together with an application for expedited hearing, SERAP is arguing that, “The Buhari government has a legal duty to protect individuals from real and immediate risks to their lives and security caused by actions of third parties such as terrorists.” According to SERAP, “the Buhari government has failed to protect the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed rights of the victims of the train attack to life, dignity and security, and their right to an effective remedy.” The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, read in part: “the Buhari government is under a legal obligation to protect the life of every citizen in the country.”
Go back to negotiation table – Atiku tells ASUU, FG
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has asked the federal government to return to the negotiation table with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and other striking labour unions to end the lingering strike action. Atiku said this in a statement on Sunday in commemoration of International workers day, adding that he feels the pains of Nigerian workers over hunger, inflation and insecurity in the country.
Part of the statement read, “Dear Nigerian workers, I’ll like you to know that I feel your unbearable pains and pang of hunger, hyperinflation, mass unemployment and insecurity challenges you encounter in your daily lives. “But I want to assure you that there is hope from this socio-economic slope if we remain committed to the process to enthrone One People with One Future and One Country for the good of all.”
Atiku warned that the educational system in the country is dying gradually due to lingering strike action by labour union.
Regine: Singer, actress and self-proclaimed discotheque inventor dies
French singer, actress and self-proclaimed inventor of the discotheque Regine has died aged 92. The star died peacefully at 1100 local time (0900 GMT) on Sunday, her granddaughter Daphne Rotcajg told AFP.
“The queen of the night has left,” Regine’s friend, the comic Pierre Palmade, said in a statement on behalf of Regine’s family. Regine’s claim she invented the disco originates from the first nightclub she opened in Paris in the 1950s.
The venue in the city’s Latin Quarter, which featured turntables and DJs, differed from dance venues with a jukebox, which were commonplace at the time. This style of nightclub caught on, and later became a multimillion dollar empire for the singer. It comprised 22 venues at its height, with clubs in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Kuala Lumpur.