Saturday October 25th, 2014
Saturday October 25th, 2014
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Court order must be obeyed to sustain our democracy — Gov Orji

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:23 am   /   Comments

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Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, in his over seven years tenure, went through 12 election petition tribunals. A situation which better describes the popular saying that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. However, what is unique is that in each case he came out clean. In this interview, the governor spoke on a 576 page book titled ‘Abia Governorship Law Reports’ edited by former Attorney General of Imo State, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), the allegations, against him on the Okija shrine, the impact of the compendium on jurisprudence, the rule of law, the inclusion of the opponents in the running of his administration and other related issues

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Good Governance: Legal and regulatory framework for capacity building

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Humankind has been experiencing unprecedented change at a frenetic pace in recent times. Whether we are contemplating societal structure or organization, management, science and technology, the arts or even sports, everything seems to point to the fact that we are living in an era of unprecedented transition where old ideas, assumptions and perspectives are yielding to change which we all have to grapple with if we are not to be left behind or become disoriented and diffident in the face of new, unfamiliar scenarios.

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Is anarchy an alternative?

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Some buses burnt by thugs in Ekiti

Recent events in the polity have not only left a sour taste in the mouth of right thinking and law abiding citizens but have left rather innocent Nigerians wondering whether a slide into anarchy is a distinct possibility. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) the late English philosopher, in his rather famous Leviathan (pt.11,ch.19) parodied the idea of anarchy when he noted that ‘they that are discontented under monarchy, call it tyranny; and they that are displeased with aristocracy, call it oligarchy; so also, they which find themselves grieved under a democracy, called it anarchy, which signifies the want of government; and yet I think no man believes, that want of government, is any kind of government”.

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How not to implement National Lottery Act

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Cross-Section of members of House of  the Reps debating removal of fuel subsidy during Special Session in Abuja.

LOTTERY, like other ideas borrowed from other jurisdictions, is a creation of statute. In England, a statute of 1698 provided that lotteries were by default illegal unless specifically authorized by statute. A 1934 Act was further liberalized in 1956 and in 1976 small lotteries were legalized.

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Release Okey Wali unconditionally now — SANs

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:29 am   /   Comments

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SENIOR Advocates of Nigeria and other lawyers have unanimously condemned the abduction of the immediate past president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr Okey Wali SAN.

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Corruption, Impunity threaten human rights — Oyebode

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Prof. Oyebode

Professor of International Law at the University of Lagos, Prof Akin Oyebode, has warned that massive corruption and impunity constitute grave threats to individual freedom and human rights in Nigeria.

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Former Ogun AG urges FG to set up outfit for disbursement of security funds

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Former Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi SAN, has called on the federal government to enhance security system in the country through setting up an outfit managed by competent and tested Nigerian for disbursement of security funds as at when needed.

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Nigeria @54: Delay in dispensation of justice worrisome — CJN

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:21 am   /   Comments

Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar

As Nigeria marks its 54th year of existence as a corporate entity, stakeholders in the justice sector have emphasized the need for a holistic reform that would make justice affordable and accessible to the common man.

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Projects continuity bill will stop abandoned projects — Ugbo

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Law and economics go hand in hand, law and development go hand in hand. If you create an enabling environment what it means is that your legal systems in place are perfect, you can encourage investors to come in and invest because the legal environment is conducive for them to operate and when that happens, it brings development, so you see the nexus between law and economic development.

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Lawyer petitions AGF, others over unlawful detention

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Mohammed Adoke, Justice Minister

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, SAN has been petitioned by a Lagos based lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Achukwu over his detention by the Special Ant-Robbery Squad, Ikeja and subsequent criminal prosecution by the Police Special Fraud Unit allegedly at the instigation of a Belgian and his business partner.

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Why some visa applications fail

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VISA applicants are advised to be well prepared and understand that it is up to them to qualify for a visa during visa interviews by embassies’ consular officers.

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Appeal Court blends justice delivery with technology

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:26 pm   /   Comments

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As part of efforts to meet the challenges of the new legal year, President, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa and other Justices of the court, have stepped up efforts to make the appellate court information technology compliant.

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Nigeria: 54 years of what?

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:37 am   /   Comments

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Only yesterday, Nigeria as a country had a low key celebration to mark the 54th anniversary of its political independence from our colonial masters. Perhaps, the anniversary was celebrated without fanfare or pomp and pageantry in acknowledgment of the global and widespread economic crisis that is top on the agenda of most developed, developing and least developed nations.

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Internally displaced persons: Relief at last, courtesy of AUN

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NIGERIA, Maiduguri : Women and children gather into a car's trunk as villagers flee the village of Jakana, outside Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, on March 6, 2014.. AFP PHOTO

By Augustina Anyaegbu A MAJOR disturbing fallout of the on-going war against insurgents in the North East of Nigeria is the worsening crisis of internally displaced persons, IDPs. While troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces battle to contain the insurgents from over running communities and spreading terror and destruction, many have been forced to flee

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America not immune to human rights violations

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I Was among the 21 persons, working to promote the enjoyment of human rights across the world, that were invited by the United States Department of State to participate in a two-week International Visitors Leadership Programme, IVLP, titled US Foreign Policy and Human Rights.

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Council of Legal Education Statutory report to NBA

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Vice chairman, NBA Ikeja branch, Barr. Lateef Abdulsalam, members, Barr. Oludare Akande, Barr. Adekunle Ajasa, Mrs Maimuna Eseigne and Barr, Wahab Shitu, during NBA Ikeja branch session for Late Bamidele Aturu, held at NBA Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos. Photo Lamidi Bamidele

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, led by the President, has continued to provide the requisite robust synergy for the seamless discharge of Council’s mandate through its active representation on the Council by gentlemen and ladies whose contributions over the years remain invaluable.

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Cleric urges judges to seek God’s wisdom in their jobs

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NEW APPEAL COURT JUDGES: Cross section of the newly appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal, during their swearing-in ceremony by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, at the Supreme Court in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

RT Rev. Olusola Odedeji of the Cathedral Church of Christ, Arch Bishop Lagos West Dioceses, in Lagos, has urged judges to seek divine wisdom from God in the discharge of their duties. Odedeji gave the charge at a special service to mark the opening of the new legal year 2014/2015 in Lagos state. Activities marking the new legal year are slated to hold from September 22 to 25.

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Fashola, others bag ESQ

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Governor Babatune Fashola, SAN, of Lagos State has received an award for best Leadership and Governance in Africa, at the 2014 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards.

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Many participants at confab were there for the money— Agbakoba, SAN

  /   in Law & Human Rights 2:48 am   /   Comments

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DR. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, is a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA. In this interview, he speaks on his experience at the just concluded national conference, the politics in the country and the forth coming general elections.

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Members will benefit from NBA Insurance scheme — Okeke

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MR. Ogochukwu Okeke is the immediate past chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Nnewi branch. He was Chairman of the Security Committee of the Technical Committee on Conference Planning at the just concluded NBA annual general conference in Owerri, Imo State.
In this interview, he speaks on the challenges facing NBA branch chairmen, lawyers’ expectations from the new leadership of the national NBA among others.

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Council of Legal Education Statutory report to NBA

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, led by the President, has continued to provide the requisite robust synergy for the seamless discharge of Council’s mandate through its active representation on the Council by gentlemen and ladies whose contributions over the years remain invaluable.

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Valedictory court session for former Lagos CJ

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A VALEDICTORY court session to honour the immediate past Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Philips, holds on September 23 at the State High Court Foyer, Igbosere, Lagos.

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Defects in law not responsible for rise in terrorism — Raji, SAN

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:10 pm   /   Comments

Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, has said that the rise in acts of terrorism in Nigeria cannot be attributed to defects in the laws of the country.

In a paper he delivered at the just concluded annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Owerri, he said that the Terrorism Prevention Act, TPA, which according to him was Nigeria’s principal tool in prosecuting terrorism emphasizes respect for the fundamental rights of suspects or accused persons.

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Lawyers to new NBA President: Pursue transparency, electoral reform

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:38 am   /   Comments

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Mr. Austine Alegeh, SAN, has finally taken over the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA and this is time to put to work, all his electioneering promises for the bar, as lawyers in the country look up to him, to fulfill what he had promised, while seeking their votes

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Lawyers reject Wali’s constitution proposals

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Efforts by out gone President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr Okey Wali, SAN, to effect fundamental changes in the constitution of the association and alter its leadership and administrative structure was rejected by lawyers at the just concluded annual general conference of the association

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There must be transparency in judges’ appointment — Alegeh, SAN

  /   in Law & Human Rights 4:00 am   /   Comments

Mr Austine Alegeh, SAN, assumed office as the 27th President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, last week Friday, at the just concluded annual conference of the association, which took place in Owerri, Imo State.
Following his swearing in, he noted the challenges facing the Bar, but promised members to reform the association. He also outlined some areas his two years administration proposes to address, with the permission of the National Executive Committee, NEC and general members.

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Justice Aloma Mukhtar: Views from home and abroad

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Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar,

A highly respected British magazine, ‘’Newsweek” of April 8-15, 2013 edition named the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar as one of the ‘’125 women of impact” in the world.

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How to restore integrity, independence of the NBA

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The Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, held its annual general conference from August 24 to 29 in Owerri, Imo State. In my humble opinion, the greatest task before the NBA and the new leadership is the restoration of the integrity and independence of the Association. Many have posited that these are not the best of times for the NBA as was expressed by all the Presidential candidates in the last election.

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THE SAN’S PULPIT : Chief Chike Ofodile, SAN: The most handsome is gone (2)

  /   in Law & Human Rights 10:05 pm   /   Comments

Another ‘Biafran’ case with which the deceased was associated was Nwajekwu Emefisi & 3 others v. Michael Mbanugwu & 5 others, (1970-71) vol. 1 ECSLR, 69. More recent is the decision of the Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal in Igwe N.A. Achebe v. Chief A.C. Mbanefo & Anor (2007) 10 NWLR (pt. 1043) 490. In that case, the Court of Appeal warned that ‘where a Judge of the High Court is aware of an application in a higher court like the Court of Appeal in a case before him, but deliberately chooses to ignore it, it is an attitude which borders on judicial impertinence and is an affront to the authority of the Court of Appeal’.

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Lawyers in the Media elects new officers

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Lawyers in the Media, LIM, has elected new officers to run the affairs of the Forum.

The election which was keenly contested and held at the just concluded annual general conference in Owerri Imo State, produced Mr John Austin Unachukwu-Chairman, Mrs Vera Chinwuba-Vice chairman; Mr Adam Adedimeji-Secretary Mrs Wunmi Obabori-Assistant Secretary; Mr Jude Igbanoi-Treasurer; Mr Adelannwa Bamigboye-Financial Secretary. Theodora Kio-Lawson- Welfare Officer and Francis Famuroti-Publicity Secretary.

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Part-time legislators may not be committed — Ajibola, SAN

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:45 am   /   Comments

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Prince Segun Ajibola, SAN, is son of former Attorney- General of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN. In this interview, speaks on the conduct of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA election, insecurity in the country, some recommendations of the national conference among others

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SAN’s Pulpit: Chief Chike Ofodile, SAN: The most handsome is gone

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This column has hosted several tributes to many illustrious members of the legal profession- lawyers and judges alike. A few weeks ago, the column belonged to Hon. Justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa, retired Chief Judge of Imo State, and former Justice of the Supreme Court whose recent interment generated a sense of celebration and an inestimable momentum for those who work hard and live well. Only last week, this column celebrated the life and times of another titan, Honourable Justice Kalu O. Anyah, (rtd) OFR, who died recently at the ripe old age of 93 years.

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