Monday December 22nd, 2014
Monday December 22nd, 2014
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How corrupt is Nigeria?

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HOW corrupt is the government of President Goodluck Jonathan? The answer may vary depending on who is interpreting the latest global corruption index from Transparency International.

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Landlord reclaims property from tenant after four-year legal battle

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Justice O. Femi-Adeniyi of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has entered judgment in favour of Dr. Osita Aduba, landlord and owner of 4A Ojora (formerly Hawksworth) Road, Ikoyi, after a four-year legal battle to repossess the said property from Mr. Sonnie Ayere, a Director of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and the Founder and CEO of Dunn Loren Merrifield Investment Ltd.

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Saving the Nigeria Traffic Warden Service

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Under the leadership of former Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, age-long discriminatory practices were discovered in the Nigeria Police Force by our leadership in the course of our advocacy activities. The discriminatory practices were administrative and structural in nature. They have existed since 1975 with a structural code name: the Nigeria Traffic Warden Service (TWS) Decree (Act) of 1975. This was also incorporated into Sections 59 to 69 of the Nigeria Police Force Act of 2004 (NPF Ordinance of 1930).

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Democracy can’t be sustained without rule of law — Utuama

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UTUAMA

Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, has opined that the nation’s democracy cannot be sustained without the rule of law taking a very deep root in governance.

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World Human Rights Day: Persons with Disabilities cry for LSSP Law

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As Nigeria joins other continents in celebration of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day, many observers have described 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations in the country, saying terrorism is the major source of abuses around the NorthEast and the world.

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LEDAP, Intersociety task FG on citizens’ rights

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As Nigeria join the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s Human Rights Day, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, and International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Intersociety, have tasked the Nigerian Government, to ensure that it and its agencies, respect the rights of Nigerians.

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Agbakoba’s law firm re-launches Police Dialogue Series

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Acting Police IG Sulaiman Abba

The law firm of former Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, President, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has re-launched its Police Dialogue Series, which it noted was in keeping with new trends and best practices in the world legal practice.

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Extent of application, realities of section 38 of 1999 constitution

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In this piece, I have endeavoured to chart the legal and spatial perimeters of the fundamental rights entrenched in Section 38 of the Constitution( hereinafter referred to as “the Constitution”). The ‘extent’ element of the topic is addressed first. I have also addressed the ‘veracity’ of application of the right. The latter is with a view to ascertaining whether indeed that right truly enjoys recognition in our legal jurisprudence; and lastly if it does, how is it applied in real life by relevant state actors?

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Fifa World Cup 2018-2022 bribery report shows the ugly side of the beautiful game

  /   in Law & Human Rights 8:39 am   /   Comments

Aspire Dome is seen in Doha in this aerial view. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

Selecting hosts for the Fifa World Cup is an important and competitive process as the tournament can have a significant impact on nations and the pride that comes with international success is difficult to match. But intense and sometimes unfair competition for hosting rights has continued to provide opportunities for corruption in the bidding process and the operations of the once revered organization.

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Some judges have surrendered their independence to politicians — Oditah

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* Fidelis Oditah

PROF.Fidelis Oditah was educated at the Universities of Lagos and Oxford. He qualified as a Nigerian lawyer in 1985 and as an English lawyer in 1993. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and was conferred with the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), in 2004 the Nigerian equivalent of an English QC. In this interview, he spoke on the misuse of preliminary objection, invasion of the National Assembly by Police and judges inability to assert their independence

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Law firm appreciates clients, friends for support

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STERLING Partnership, one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firm in Lagos, has organised an end of year networking reception and interaction for its clients and friends.
The event was jointly hosted by the acting British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Mike Purves at the British residence in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The main thrust of the event which commenced at 6.30 p.m., was appreciation to Sterling Partnership’s clients and friends of the firm for their business and support through 2014.
The private sector, government, diplomats and members of their diplomatic missions attended the event.

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Democracy can’t be sustained without rule of law — Utuama

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Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, has opined that the nation’s democracy cannot be sustained without the rule of law taking a very deep root in governance.

Prof. Utuama, made the assertion while playing host to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Ndah Auta (OFR), during a courtesy call at his residence, Asaba, Delta State.

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‘We must tackle sexual violence head-on’

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*Right activists, civil society groups during a walk against rape in Lagos organised by Partnership for Justice.

IS it possible to end sexual violence against women? This week, the world asks this question to our people and governments as we start the 21 days of activism on violence against women.

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Agbakoba advocates law to make mortgage accessible to indigents

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* Olisa Agbakoba

Former President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has called for a law that will enable people at the grassroots have access to mortgage facility.

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Enugu PDP: Can the lawyer wag the court?

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PDP Special National Convention: Delegates casting their votes at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

IN a national newspaper of November 16, 2014, Mr Charlie Agbo published a back page piece titled “Enugu PDP: Can the Tail Wag the Dog?”

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Much ado about Law School examination failures

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Olanrewaju Onadeko

Glanville Williams, the Late Rouse ball Professor of Law at the University of London, in his famous book, “Learning the Law” quoted C. C. Colton thus, “Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared; for the greatest fool may ask more questions than the wisest man can answer.”

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Former Lagos Solicitor General, Arthur-Worrey launches book

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From left: Dr. Wale Ahmed, Commissioner for Special Duties, Lagos State; Mrs.Esther Olafunke Arthur-Worrey, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, Professor Ade Elebute, Her Royal Highness, Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Erelu of Lagos State and Chief Adesoji Ajayi, the Obanikoro of Lagos State at the presentation of the book in Lagos.

It was a rare moment of outpouring of encomiums and accolades in Lagos, last week as the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF, Mr Fola Arthur-Worrey, marked his birthday with a new book on Lagos, titled, “Aerial Lagos – A Bird’s View of African’s Largest Metropolis.”

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NIS intensifies screening of visitors at entry points

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THE Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring that Ebola virus never finds its way into the country again, hence the intensified screening of visitors at all entry points in Nigeria.

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CJN: No regrets over my actions —Mukhtar

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*Aloma Mariam Mukhtar

She came, she saw- and to an extent, reinvigorated the fervour to stamp out the burden of corruption that has in no small measure weighed down the scale of justice in Nigeria.

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NBA wants Supreme Court Justices appointed from the bar

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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

Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has again advocated the appointment of Supreme Court Justices from the bar in order to bring practical experience to the apex court.

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Ekiti: It’s an assault on temple of justice — BOSAN

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Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, BOSAN, has described the Ekiti incident, in which a judge was allegedly molested, as an assault on the temple of justice.

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Judicial officers must be incorruptible —Mukhtar

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*Aloma-Mariam-Mukhtar, CJN: Promises reformation

The immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Mukhtar, has urged judicial officers to maintain high standard of integrity, incorruptibility, fairness and transparency in the discharge of their duties.

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Judges have failed to assert their independence — Akeredolu

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Rotimi-Akeredolu

CHIEF Rotimi Akeredolu IS the former Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, President (2008-2010). He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978 and appointed Ondo State Attorney General in 1997, a position he held until 1999. And in 1998, he was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Akeredolu was also Chairman of the Legal Aid Council (2005–2006).

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Hon Justice K.O. Anyah (rtd): The last of the titans begins the final journey

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Anyah

IN mythology, the Titan is thought to be one of the 12 children of Heaven and Earth, ancient gods of Greece, probably of the pre- Hellenic population according to the New Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, International Edition, In conventional usage, a Titan is someone or something of very great strength, size, intellect or importance, also named after the Titans in Greek mythology who belonged to a family of giants

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Defamation: MCSN’s chairman secures N25m damages against COSON’s boss

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An Ikeja High Court presided over by Justice O. Femi-Adeniyi has awarded a N25 million damages against the Chairman of Board of Directors of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji, in favour of Mr. Mayo Ayilaran of Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria Limited (MCSN) over a defamatory publication credited to COSON’s chairman.

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Ekiti: It’s an assault on temple of justice — BOSAN

  /   in Law & Human Rights 8:57 pm   /   Comments

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Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, BOSAN, has described the Ekiti incident, in which a judge was allegedly molested, as an assault on the temple of justice.

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What does corruption really mean?

  /   in Law & Human Rights 8:14 am   /   Comments

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WHAT does corruption look like? The short answer is: not what you think it does, at least according to President Goodluck Jonathan who while recently “rethinking corruption” said that: “Over 70% of what are called corruption [offences], even by the EFCC [Economic and Financial Crimes Commission] and other anti-corruption agencies, is not corruption, but common stealing.”

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Legal Aid Council encourages pro-bono services – Ayorinde

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By Onozure Dania CHIEF Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 after obtaining a  degree in law at the University College, Buckland, London.  He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2005. He was Pro-Chancellor, Chairman Governing Council, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State between

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We’re implementing recommendations of the Maritime Seminar for Judges – Bello

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*Hassan Bello

EXECUTIVE Secretary Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello, said that the Council has started implementing some of the recommendations reached at the Maritime Seminar for Judges held recently.

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Kirikiri prisons: It was a protest, not jailbreak – Inmate

  /   in Law & Human Rights 8:14 pm   /   Comments

Time for sports for the inmates

THE recent visit of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC team, led by its Executive Secretary, Professor Bem Angwe and his senior officials to the Kirikiri medium security prison, Lagos was yet another eye opener to what is happening within the walls of the prison yards.

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Judges’ discipline: Is out-going CJN high handed?

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

THE Nigerian judiciary by its very nature is the most reserved organ of the Federal government.

Most of its secrets and scandals are meticulously swept under the spacious carpets of history.

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Insurgency: FG should explain terms and condition of ceasefire – Alegeh

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Augustine Alegeh
SAN

Mr. Austine Alegeh, SAN, is the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA. In this interview, he spoke on the released abducted former NBA President, Mr Okey Wali, SAN, among other national issues, as well as those affecting the NBA

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