Saturday April 19th, 2014
Saturday April 19th, 2014
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Lagos creates special fund for free legal services

  /   in Law & Human Rights 10:50 am   /   Comments

*Mr Ade Ipaye

Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, has said that the state government will set up a special fund to assist young lawyers to give free legal services to the poor.

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Confab should correct the imbalance in Nigeria — Okulaja, SAN

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Confab-cartoon

I will like them to advocate more on true federalism. If you look at Kano State, it has almost 50 local governments, but the people in Kano are not up to the people in Lagos. Today, if you want to pass any Act in the National Assembly and you did not get the support of the North, it will not pass through.

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Governors can’t appoint, remove CJ without NJC recommendation — Supreme Court (2)

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Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar

In this respect, the learned trial judge, after considering the claims of the plaintiff against the provisions of the Constitution in support of the claims and the defendants” opposition of the same, came to the Conclusion that the plaintiff was entitled to all the reliefs claimed and proceeded to grant them.

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National Confab: A waste of time, resources —Daudu, SAN

  /   in Confab Debate, Law & Human Rights 1:28 am   /   Comments

NBA President Joseph Daudu

The on- going conference is in my view and with respect to its organisers and attendees a farce, it will end up as an appalling fiasco. The conference was conceptualized initially as a Sovereign Conference then as a National Conference and finally as just ‘Conference’. These terminologies have different constitutional and political connotations.

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Attempted Jailbreak at DSS Office: The truth needs be told

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DSS-Abuja

On Sunday March 30, 2014, about 21 persons suspected of belonging to the Boko Haram sect were killed and many others wounded during the a reported jailbreak at the Asokoro headquarters of the Department of State Security in Abuja.

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Governors can’t appoint, remove CJ without NJC recommendation — Supreme Court

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

“Whether by the combined interpretation of section 153( 1 )(I) Paragraph 21 (a) of the 3rd Schedule and section 271 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1 999. The 3rd defendant had the power to initiate or carry out any exercise of disciplinary control and or proceedings on the plaintiff in the exercise of powers, duties and obligation as occupier of the office of the Chief Judge of Kwara State.

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Adekoya Advocates Hall of Fame for Lawyers

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*Funke Adekoya

Following the death of foremost lawyers Chief G. O. K. Ajayi, SAN and Chief Theodore Ezeobi, SAN, Mrs. Funke Adekoya, SAN, has called for the setting up of a Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Hall of Fame to immortalise eminent lawyers widely acknowledged to have contributed to the development of the legal profession in Nigeria.

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Unending Rivers’ CJ appointment crisis

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:40 am   /   Comments

*Justice Peter Agumagu and Governor Amaechi

THE Rivers state judiciary has been enmeshed in crisis within the last one year. Just when most people in the state thought the problem had come to an end with the appointment of Justice Peter Nwoke Chukwuma Agumagu as Chief Judge of the state judiciary by governor Chibuike Amaechi, last week another chapter of the crisis opened this time with the suspension of Justice Agumagu by the National Judicial Council, NJC. The NJC also issued him a query to explain why he should not be sanctioned.

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NJC V Rivers: The Legality Of Agumagu’s Suspension

  /   in Law & Human Rights   /   Comments

FOLLOWING the swearing in of Justice Peter Agumagu as a substantive chief judge of Rivers state by Governor Rotimi Amaechi on March 18, 2014, the National Judicial Council (NJC) had on March 25, 2014 placed him on suspension.

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The Oscar Pistorius Trial (2)

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IN the last instalment we promised that an attempt will be made to point out the similarities between the proceedings in Oscar’s trial and what would have been, ‘had he been arraigned in a Nigerian Court’. An arraignment, according to Black’s Law Dictionary, is ‘the initial step in a criminal prosecution whereby the defendant is brought before the court to hear the charges and to enter a plea’.

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National Conference can’t give us people’s constitution unless… Oditah

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:41 am   /   Comments

Oditah

Assuming the National Conference was to come up with a new constitution, I would have thought that it was unnecessary to submit such a new constitution to the people. The National Conference is capable of giving us a new constitution. But since we did not participate in the selection of any of the candidates, why should we think that they represent us? Why should we think that they will give us a constitution which binds us?

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The Oscar Pistorius Trial

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*Awa Kalu, SAN

MANY lawyers and non lawyers alike are presently glued to their TVs on a daily basis, watching the celebrity trial of Oscar Pistorius unfold. Of course, Oscar Pistorius is a sports Icon, an Olympian better known as the Blade runner. He is a double amputee known all over the world for the extraordinary efforts he has made to live in comfort with an uncomfortable disability.

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Adesina advocates Appeal, Supreme Courts for states

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Dele Adesina, has advocated establishment of Court of Appeal and Supreme Court for states to ease congestion of cases at higher courts across the country, saying this is one of his expectation at the ongoing National Conference.

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Recruitment tragedy: ‘NIS is liable’

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:58 am   /   Comments

NIGERIA, Abuja : Job-seekers applying for work at the Nigerian immigration department scramble as their exam papers fly in the air, on the pitch of Abuja National Stadium, on March 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO

THERE is no doubt that the immigration officials responsible for the national tragedy of March 15 2014 that resulted in the death of 16 young Nigerians could be liable for the offence of manslaughter. There is ample evidence to prove all elements of the offence.

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Wills are not promoting family cohesion —Utuama

  /   in Law & Human Rights   /   Comments

Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama, SAN, has said that Wills as legal documents have not ensured family cohesion, noting that it is a subject of litigations as a result of complaints and rejection.
He also called for proper up-bringing of children as the best way of ensuring family cohesion rather than depending on writing of Wills

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SCUML: NBA to know fate May 16

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment till May 16, 2014 in a suit filed by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), challenging the legality of the directive by Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) that lawyers report to it certain transactions relating to their clients.

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Why we will enforce Delta Ground Rent Law — Nwugo

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Nwugo

TO drive the novel policy of Delta Beyond Oil with remarkable success,the Delta State Government is enlarging its revenue mobilization coast for improved financial base. Among the latest of these internal revenue generation initiatives is the compulsory Ground Rent being activated by the State’s Revenue Board

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Court strikes out Awujale’s name from family suit

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JUSTICE S. A. Olugbemi of an Ogun State High Court sitting in Ijebu-Ode has removed the name of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona from a suit filed by the Fusengbuwa Ruling House of Ijebu-Ode against Otunba Subomi Balogun, Otunba Olu Adebanjo and Alhaji A.O. Sote

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National Conference: The last bus stop?

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:04 am   /   Comments

confab-delegates

Our President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, recently approved a list comprising eminent and illustrious Nigerians who will sit down (or stand up even in fisticuff) to determine the future of our very great country.

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Court strikes out Awujale’s name from family suit

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JUSTICE S. A. Olugbemi of an Ogun State High Court sitting in Ijebu-Ode has removed the name of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona from a suit filed by the Fusengbuwa Ruling House of Ijebu-Ode against Otunba Subomi Balogun, Otunba Olu Adebanjo and Alhaji A.O. Sote.

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FIDA restates commitment to women’s rights

  /   in Law & Human Rights   /   Comments

AS part of ceremonies marking this year International Women’s Day, (IWD), a non governmental organization- International Federation of Women Lawyers Nigeria, (FIDA Nigeria) has expressed its commitment to continuously work to assist the advancement of women irrespective of their sector, operation and location.

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Adherence to rule of law essential in economic development – Awah

  /   in Law & Human Rights   /   Comments

Failure to adhere to the rule of law and its principles have been attributed to the disconnect between the banking system and economic development in Nigeria.

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Judicial cleansing: Mass sack of Judges looms

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:00 am   /   Comments

*Aloma-Mariam-Mukhtar, CJN: Promises reformation

DETERMINED to purge itself and evolve into an arm of government to emulate in the ongoing war against graft and corruption in the country, the Judiciary, has once again, put machinery in place to enable it ferret and terminate the appointment of some questionable characters that found their way into the Bench

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Sack of Justices Olotu, and Justice Inyang a healthy revival for the judiciary —Prof Sagay SAN

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Itse Sagay

A constitutional lawyer and activist, Professor Itse Sagay SAN, has described the sack of Justice Gladys Olotu of the Abuja Federal High Court and Justice U. A. Inyang of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, as a healthy revival for the judiciary

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Wrong legal framework, bane of oil industry – Experts

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A refinery

WRONG legal framework and policies have been identified as the major problem militating against the oil sector in the country. This was the position of a professor of petroleum law and one time company secretary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Professor Yinka Omoregbe

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The Goose that laid the Golden Egg

  /   in Law & Human Rights   /   Comments

MOST readers would of course be aware of Aesop’s Fables in which is embedded the cruel Irony or crass foolishness, if you may, in the fable of the Goose that laid the golden egg.

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South East lawyers honour jurists

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THE umbrella body of lawyers of Igbo extraction, Otu Oka-Iwu Lagos had bestowed awards on two Justices of the Supreme Court and 12 other jurists for distinguishing themselves in their chosen careers.

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Wife Murder: Evidence that sent Arowolo to hangman’s noose

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:24 am   /   Comments

Arowolow in court

EVERY June 24 will always ring a bell in the mind of Akolade Arowolo, a 31 year old self acclaimed youth pastor, who was last Friday convicted for killing his banker wife, Titilayo Omozoje at their residence, 8, Akindeinde Street, Isolo, Lagos

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NBA Presidency, South-West lawyers forum crisis deepens

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*Deacon Dele Adesina, SAN

THINGS are definitely not at ease with the members of Egbe Amofin, an umbrella body of lawyers in the South West, over nomination of a presidential candidate for the 2014 election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) which comes up in July.

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Akingbola: Court rejects plea to register £654 million judgment

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Erastus Akingbola

EFFORTS by the Access Bank Plc, to enforce the London Court’s judgment against former managing director of Intercontinental Bank, Dr. Erastus Akingbola suffered a set back recently as a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere held it lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter

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The NBA’s festering democratic deficits

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Wali

On the fears of avoiding a repeat of the Port-Harcourt debacle and in consequence, uncritically sticking to the current undemocratic Delegates’ system, Professor Odinkalu argued very courageously that; “the benefits of the present “Jamboree” are neither clear nor demonstrated beyond its historical links to an admittedly painful historical episode in Port Harcourt 20 years ago. But the world has moved on from 20 years ago

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Our laws are not responding to contemporary issues —Delta AG

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:01 am   /   Comments

Delta-AG-11

You know as sitting Judges of the court, they don’t have the opportunity to respond to these petitions except they are required to do so officially, and the protection he seeks is that judges should be allowed to do their work and to dispense justice without interference.

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