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Jungle justice: A disregard for the rule of law?

Mob lynch suspect

Recent events seem to suggest that a session of the Nigerian society no longer places value on human life. Apart from the senseless killings and gang wars across the country, the return of jungle justice is the latest disturbing trend, which should make any reasonable human being to ask questions. Lives of many people have been taken on the slightest provocation and it is becoming more alarming by the day.

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Exercise of the AGF Prosecutorial Powers

The constitutional power of the Attorney General of the Federation to discontinue criminal prosecution at any stage before judgement is delivered in any criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by him or any other authority or person is not in doubt. The only debate is as to the propriety or otherwise in the exercise of the awesome powers vested in the Attorney General in Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Okon Abang

Stakeholders call for proper training of judges on arbitral matters

By Onozure Dania Proper training for  judges in understanding the intricacies of arbitral matters to avoid errors in conflict resolution has been emphasised. The call became necessary at a time people are complaining about court congestions and they are yearning to embrace arbitration as an alternative means of resolving conflicts. Already several of the cases
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Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen taking the oath of office before the President  at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi ADESHIDA 10/11/2016

Acting CJN talks tough, warns Judges to shun corruption

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has threatened to wield the big stick against corrupt judicial officers across the federation.
“Let me seize this opportunity to remind us that as Ministers in the Temple of Justice, we must shun all corrupt practices in order to align ourselves with the anti-corruption strides of the current administration”, Justice Onnoghen stated at his first official function.

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...Justice Salami

Way out of the mess in the temple of justice – Justice Ayo Salami (retd)

This cannot be faulted. I cannot fathom the implication of 4(4)(1)(c). Does it mean that anyone who finds himself as a Chief Registrar, through merely working in the Registry, could be appointed a judge, and, in the case of Kadi of a Sharia Court, does it mean that a person who is solely proficient in Arabic and its grammar, without training in Sharia Law, can be considered and appointed a Kadi?

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Legal profession at crossroad

The recent invasion of some judges’ residence by the men of the Department of State Security (DSS) has indeed thrown the legal profession particularly the judiciary into a great turmoil. The incident has split the members of the profession into camps debating whether the action of the DSS against those judges was right or wrong. Regardless of which side of the divides any lawyer belongs to, the question that must be asked and answered is: Does two wrongs make a right?

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Justice Adebajo (retd)

Judges Arrest: Judiciary is not a corrupt institution – Justice Adebajo (retd)

There is no question of wiping out corruption in the judiciary. I am of the very strong view that the judiciary is not a corrupt institution. There are corrupting influences scouting around the judiciary. Yes! The judiciary itself is not a corrupt institution. Judges are hard working, self giving people. They have onerous duty to cope with, not to be faced with the kind of image that they are burdened with presently. I believe that it is the corrupt people scouting around, who are flying around the judges, that have corrupted one or two persons. The judiciary itself is not a corrupt institution.

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