Friday March 27th, 2015
Friday March 27th, 2015
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Obi rallies South-East lawyers’ support for Jonathan

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As campaigns for Saturday’s presidential elections end today, Igbo lawyers have been urged to cast their ballots for re-election bid of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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Anambra NBA branches advocates credible, violence-free elections

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Less than two weeks to the March 28 Prsediential and national assembly elections, seven branches of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA in Anambra state, including Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Aguata, Ihiala, Idemili and Anaocha have advocated for a credible and violence-free elections.

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General elections: Should democracy involve much acrimony? By Awa Kalu

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President  Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

Perhaps, a few days after you have read this piece, the Independent National Electoral Commission would have conducted the general elections with regard to the Presidency and the National Assembly. For the avoidance of doubt, the office of the President as well as the Vice- President will become vacant by midnight on the 28 May,

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Unavailable PVC, ground to annul election — Uwazurike

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*Uwazurike

Chief Goddy Uwazurike is lawyer with many years of practicing experience. He was a member of the judiciary committee at the recently concluded national conference where he represented the South East zone.

In this interview, he spoke on the issue of unavailable PVC, deployment of soldiers during elections, judicial autonomy, court congestion and other related issues

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Law Professor scores Jonathan’s govt high on human rights protection

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jonathan-court

A university teacher, Professor Dakas Dakas, SAN, has scored the administration of President Goodluck high in the area of protection of fundamental human rights compared to his predecessors.

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President has right to determine operational use of armed forces — Emukpoeruo

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Emukpoeruo

Robert Emukpoeruo is aLagos based lawyer, called to the Bar over two decades ago. He is the principal partner of a thriving law firm. In this interview, he examined the law on the President’s power to deploy military for election purposes, the usage of PVCs as well as the law enabling principal officers of the National Assembly to earn pensions till end of time.

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Lagos Environmental Sanitation Law: What the constitution says

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Effurun market women sweeping during the sanitation

SINCE the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Law came into effect in year 2000, citizens are expected to clean their environment onlast Saturday of the month. For three hours, 7-10am that the exercise last, Human and vehicular movements are restricted except those on essential duties.

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Lawyers, judges bid farewell to an upright judge

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Lawyers1

Friday last week has come to stay as one of the memory days in the annals of our legal history, when lawyers, colleagues, relations, friends and well wishers from Edo, Delta States and beyond, converged at the Edo State High Court premises to pay their last respect in a valedictory Court Session to one of the greatest legal minds that have traversed the Nigerian legal terrain, late Justice Josiah Oki, former Chief Judge of the defunct Bendel State.

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Untainted retired judges should participate in election tribunals — Okulaja

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Okulaja

Yemi Okulaja is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He graduated from the University of Ife and he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1974. He was conferred with the prestigious rank of SAN in 1998 and he has been in practice for about 38 years now. In this interview, he spoke on the postponement of the general election, Rivers state judiciary, election petitions, criminal matters brought against political office holders and other sundry issues.

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How tribunal decided Osun governorship petition

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Aregbesola and Omisore

In other words, the Petitioners have failed to lead relevant, credible and or cogent evidence to sustain all the grounds upon which they questioned the declaration and return of the 1st Respondent as the duly elected Governor of Osun State with respect to the Governorship Election conducted in the State.

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Court delivers judgment on environmental sanitation suit March 16

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COURTnew

A FEDERAL High Court in Lagos has reserved March 16, 2015 to deliver judgment in a suit seeking cancellation of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state.

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Stakeholders seek overhaul of justice sector

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LAWYERS, judicial workers and other stakeholders in Plateau State have called for an overhaul of the states’ justice sector.

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The constitution and the deployment of our armed forces during elections

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

*Army

I HAVE watched with utter amazement as lawyers and non-lawyers have continued to misinterpret the scope of the President’s powers to deploy our Armed Forces, as provided for in Sections 217 and 218 of the Constitution.
Section 218 is not an independent section. It is qualified by Section 217, which clearly lays out the circumstances and conditions under which our Armed Forces can be deployed. These are:

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Is deployment of soldiers during elections constitutional?

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Military men on the streets of Kokori, Delta State, after Kelvin's arrest

In the light of the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria and the likelihood of the military being deployed to provide security during and perhaps after the elections, and given the opposition against this likely event, it is imperative that well meaning Nigerians weigh in with objective and legally sound opinions to help clear the maze and confusion caused by the proposition for, and opposition to, involving the military in the elections

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Jos NBA backs Simon Lalong

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AHEAD of the April 11 governorship election, lawyers and members of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Jos branch, Plateau State, have thrown their weight behind their member, Mr Simon Lalong, who is running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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NBA Inaugurates rules and practice committee

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NIGERIAN Bar Association President, Mr Augustine Alegeh (SAN) has affirmed NBA’s commitment to the nation’s administration of justice system which he said must ensure prompt and effective determination of matters of litigants , judges and lawyers.
He stated this while inaugurating the NBA’s Committee on Rules and practice.

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Why National Conference failed – Agbakoba

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FORMER president of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Dr.Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has said that the National Conference failed because it was hijacked by people with ethnic political philosophy that upholds liberty as its principal objective.

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Time limit for election petition resolution, a challenge – Yusuf

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WHY was PDP joined in the court case against General Buhari?
The case against Buhari, as you know, was filed by the concerned Nigerians acting under Section 31 of the Electoral act, which gives any Nigerian right to file an action, to challenge any declarations that are made by a candidate of a political party in the INEC forms, if they believe that those declarations are not correct. So PDP as a political party has not joined in the case. It is a case by concern Nigerians, who have the view that the candidate for APC had made statements in the INEC forms that were not true.

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President, govs should not appoint Attorneys-General —Muiz Banire

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Muiz-Banire

Dr Muiz Banire is a doctorate degree holder in law. A practicing lawyer and a university law lecturer,he is also the national legal adviser of the All Progressive Congress APC. A three-time commissioner in Lagos state,Banire whose name featured prominently as a likely governorship aspirants prior to APC’s primaries in Lagos state spoke on the constitution amendments,consequences of further polls shift,threats by APC to form a parallel government,the judiciary and other related issues

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Eligibility of President Jonathan for 2015 elections and the constitution

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Akpo-Mudiaga

The issue of the second term bid of Mr. President has generated a lot of furore in the polity and perhaps has even eclipsed the current security challenges of our dear nation.

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Justice Okocha moves to stop NJC, Rivers govt from appointing CJ

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Gate of the Rivers state Judiciary complex.

Justice Daisy Okocha of the Rivers State Judiciary, has asked a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to stop the National Judicial Council, NJC , Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and three others from appointing any other person as substantive Chief Judge for the state.

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Why Thabo Mbeki’s illicit financial flows report will do little to stem the problem

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:44 pm   /   Comments

Thabo Mbeki

The joint report by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on illicit financial flows from Africa has made good headlines. Some have described the report as “a turning-point”; others said its recommendations are “game changing,” and capable of addressing the problem both within Africa and globally.

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Polls Shift: Govt should not toy with Nigerians’ sensibilities — Bankole

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Prof Bankole 
Sodipo

Professor Bankole Sodipo is a lawyer of international repute and a don. He is a Dean, School of Law and Security Studies, Babcock University, BU, Nigeria. He was a member of the committee that drafted the Copyright Act of 1988.

In this interview, he spoke on the postponed February general elections, judiciary, legal education and other related issues.

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Accurate national register of voters panacea for free, fair polls

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Senate Questions Jega: INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega addressing pressmen shortly after interactive session with Senators at  Senate Chamber  at National Assembly Abuja.  Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

We have insisted that the Nigeria’s National Register of Voters; Nigeria’s ground foundation for its democratic elections, is grossly tainted and sectionalized under the midwifery of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC headed by Prof Attahiru Jega.

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Court invalidates estate surveyors expulsions

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Justice Evelyn Anyadike sitting in a Kaduna Federal High Court has declared as null and void the five-year-old expulsion of Emmanuel Osita Okoli and Daramola Olutoye from the Registered Trustees of the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, on ground that the institute did not followed due process.

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Lawyers seek further amendment of electoral laws

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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 Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Owerri Branch has called for further an amendment of electoral laws on election suits.

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Legal, political and security implications of postponing the 2015 polls

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:00 am   /   Comments

LG polls to be held in Lagos State today

FOR quite some time, the print, electronic, social and other Media have been flooded with heated discussions, debates and sometimes, recriminations, over the call by the National Security Adviser, on INEC to postpone the general elections due to security and logistical reasons. He was said to have concluded his observations by pointedly telling Professor Attairu Jega, “It costs you nothing, it’s still within the law,”.

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Mixed reactions trail polls’ postponement

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INEC Chairman, Prof  Jega

More reactions have continued to trail the postponement of the earlier scheduled for February 14 and 28 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Below are some of views expressed by lawyers, including the Nigerian Bar association, NBA, on the issue

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Lawyers urged to utilise labour laws

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Justice Benedict Kanyip of the National Industrial Court has lamented the low rate at which legal practitioners in the country utilise the Nigeria Labour Law Reports (NLLR) in court as references.

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Etomi calls for compliance with environmental laws

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Environmental pollution in the Niger Delta

Foremost commercial lawyer and pioneer chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Section on Business Law, SBL, Mr. George Etomi, has called on Nigerians to pay serious attention to environmental laws to improve the quality of life of Nigerians.

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Confessional statements obtained by torture common in Nigeria — LEDAP

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:49 am   /   Comments

From left:  Williams Owodo, Christopher Okolie and Sopuchi Obed, all death row inmates, whose freedom was secured by LEDAP, which got the appellate courts to quash their sentences.

THE prevalence of confessional statements obtained from torture, which are mostly relied upon during trial in cases involving capital punishment, underscores the need to reform the country’s criminal justice system, particularly, the way confessional statements are extracted from suspects.

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FG lawyers suspends warning strike

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protesting-lawyers

FEDERAL Ministry of Justice law officers have suspended their warning strike embarked upon to press home their demands for improved staff welfare.

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