Saturday August 23rd, 2014
Saturday August 23rd, 2014
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NBA Conference: Lawyers divided over Ebola

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THE Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has scheduled its annual general conference for August 24, 2014 in Owerri, Imo State.
The association’s conference, often has in attendance, over five thousand lawyers from across the country and outside the shores of the nation.But with the landing of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)in Nigeria, courtesy of the Liberian-American, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who died some few days afterwards and the four other reported deaths recorded so far, there are concerns over the propriety of the August event.The ebola virus is also ravaging some other West African countries, namely: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.It will be recalled that the World Health Organisation, WHO, had on August 8, declared the current outbreak of the EVD in West Africa, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, PHEIC. On the same day, Nigeria’s Federal Government proclaimed a nation-wide public health emergency for the same reasons. Among the control and prevention measures, both the WHO and the Federal Government discourage large gatherings during this emergency.

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Book Review: A coming of age story of the anti-corruption movement

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From Left;Mr Wale Adeoye Represent Governor Kayode Fayemi Of Ekiti State,Femi Falana SAN;Chairman Of the Occassion,Mr Kolawole Olaniyan The Author Of the Book;His Royal Majesty,Oba Rilwanu Akiolu,The Oba Of Lagos And Mrs Helen Olaniyan Wife Of the Author.At the Public Presentation Of Book Corruption And Human Rights Law in Africa held at Sheraton Hotel Ikeja Lagos.PHOTO;AKEEM SALAU.

It is a huge honour and privilege to be invited by Dr. Kolawole Olaniyan to review this timely contribution to the human rights conversation in Africa. This book represents a scholarship that responds to the urgent governance need in Africa; a provocative endeavour that casts a different light on the understanding of corruption and an ingenious exposé that elevates corruption to an existential threat to human rights in the continent. The ability of author to weave this compelling narrative is both profound and commendable.

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THE SAN’S PULPIT : Justice K.O. Anyah (Rtd): The last of the titans is late

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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. I have no doubt that the late judge and jurist, Hon. Justice K. O. Anyah (Rtd), belonged to a family of giants, at least having regard to his pedigree and the company of legal and judicial brethren that he kept in his active years in the service of the law. I have referred to him as the last of the Titans because two of his contemporaries departed this sinful world a little earlier. His friends for a long time, Hon. Justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa who retired as a Justice of the Supreme Court and The Hon. Chike Ofodile SAN, one-time Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, were definitely in that family of giants. Go a little further back in time, several other names come to mind- Hon. Justice Mbanefo, erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Phil-Ebosie, Hon. Justice Aseme are some of his contemporaries, now deceased.

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Impeachment: Open letter to State Chief Judges (2)

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Those suspended were Justices Chika Okoli (Anambra), Ya’u Dakwang (Plateau), and both the Chief Judge of Ekiti state, Justice Kayode Bamisile and the former acting chief judge of the state, Justice Jide Aladejana”.

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CJN chairs book launch on corruption & human rights law

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

THE Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Mukhtar will on Monday August 18, 2014 preside over the launching of the book ‘Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa’, written? by Dr. Kolawole Olaniyan? of Amnesty International in London.

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Apapa gridlock: Traffic control has to be overhauled — Bello

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Hassan-Bello

MR Hassan Bello is the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC. In this interview, Bello, a lawyer of long standing shares his views on the powers of the council, the challenges of regulating the maritime sector, the challenge the Apapa gridlock poses on ports operations and sundry national issues.

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Impeachment: Open letter to State Chief Judges

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Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar

A country can still do well with bad laws but it cannot do well with bad judges. This is because if the judges are upright, they can mitigate the injustice, inhumanness created by people who made bad laws. But when judges are corrupt, even with good laws, development, justice cannot thrive” (Justice Akinola Aguda 1923-2004)
The impeachment of the former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako may become a lid to floodgate of impeachment of state governors and perhaps the President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Nigeria to come.

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Plea bargain has no legal backing —Prof Osunbor

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Senator Osunbor

FOrmer governor of Edo State, Prof Oserheimen Osunbor, is the head of the Nigeria Law Reform Commission, NLRC. In this interview, he speaks on the activities of the commission and its challenges since he took over in January this year, bills proposed to reform the country’s criminal justice system, as well as related issues.

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The war against corruption: How has Nigeria fared?

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Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, defines corruption as ‘the abuse of entrusted power for private gain’. For the words ‘entruusted power’ the World Bank uses the words ‘public office’. Its own definition therefore comes out as ‘the abuse of public office for private gain’.

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Politicians rob judiciary of best brains — Justice Phillips

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Justice Ayotunde Philips

JUstice Ayotunde Philips on July 26, retired as the Chief Judge of Lagos State, a position she held for two years. In this interview, she speaks on her life as a lawyer, on the bench and what her experiences were as Chief Judge.
She also bares her mind on the corruption in the judiciary and measures that can help curb corruption in the system.

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BRT Probe: Falana requests Fashola to remove Justice Adebajo as chairman

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A senior advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana yesterday urged the Lagos state governor, Mr BabatundeFashola, SAN, to reconstitute the judicial commission set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the army/civilian clash which occurred along Ikorodu Road, Lagos on July 4, 2014 on the ground that its chairman, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo (rtd.) does not fit for the post.

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Glowing tribute as Aturu goes home tomorrow

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IT was a day of glowing tributes for late human rights activist, Bamidele Francis Aturu as jurists, lawyers and rights activists came together at a colloquium in his honour in Lagos. It was indeed a gathering of who is who in the human rights community and the Bar.

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Adekoya urges lawyers to demand probity, ethical conduct

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*Funke Adekoya

THE only female candidate in the just concluded Nigerian Bar Asssociation NBA, presidential election, Mrs Funke Adekoya, SAN has said lawyers should demand probity and ethical conduct that are in their best interest and hold elected officers accountable to the highest standard

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NBA Assistant Publicity Secretary advocates electoral reforms

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OUTGOING Assistant Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Mr John Austin Unachukwu, has called on the in-coming president of the NBA, Mr Augustine Alegeh SAN to carry out a holistic reform of the Association’s processes to make it seamless, less rigorous, transparent and credible.

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NBA election: A tale of the good, the bad and the ugly

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It was a sight to behold! Hearing their sonorous voices from the other side of the fence, one would have thought that a new Pentecostal church had relocated to the M&M Event Center which is adjacent to the Nicon Luxury hotel in Abuja.

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Fashola, CJ, others proffer solution to justice delay

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Stakeholders in the justice sector converged in Lagos in the penultimate week to develop an action plan aimed at bringing to an end issues of delay in justice administration.

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Late Esiso’s firm: Retired director alleges threat to life

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A retired director in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Eunice Oddiri nee Esiso and her siblings have alleged a threat to their lives, following battle with one of her elder brothers over ownership of their late father’s multi-billion Naira firm in Warri.

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Behold, the man Alegeh

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*Mr Augustine Alegeh (SAN) . Photo: Dayo Benson.

A six footer with a baritone voice, his imposing frame confers a commanding presence of a no-nonsense leader.
Bespectacled Alegeh comes across as one whose mission to lead the bar is backed by a clear vision and a sense of direction.

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Alegeh emerges NBA president

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*Mr Augustine Alegeh (SAN) . Photo: Dayo Benson.

Mr. Augusustine Alegeh (SAN) has been elected the President of the Nigerian Bar Association.

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Strike cripples Rivers Judicial arm of government

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:28 am   /   Comments

Gate of the Rivers state Judiciary complex.

It is one month now the Rivers State Judiciary complex has been under lock and key due to the strike embarked upon by the state chapter of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN.

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NBA Presidency: On whom will the lot fall?

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:22 am   /   Comments

*Funke Adekoya

With barely four days to the much awaited Nigerian Bar Association NBA election, candidates have been perfecting plans to win highest number of delegates’ votes

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Plea Bargain: Company asks court to set aside order over violation

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Sidochem Industries Nigeria Limited, a company owned by the defunct Oceanic bank, has asked the Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Lagos to set aside its previous order made on November 12, 2013 on the grounds that it violated the Plea Bargain Agreement entered into by Mrs Cecilia Ibru and the Federal Government

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Corrupt judges, SANs working together—CJN

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*Aloma-Mariam-Mukhtar, CJN: Promises reformation

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar, yesterday, accused some Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, of working in tandem with corrupt judges who are under probe before the National Judicial Council, NJC, for corruption and misconduct.

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NBA election: I’ll bridge gap between national office and branches – Abar

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:47 am   /   Comments

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One of the things you promised to do if elected NBA general secretary is to bridge the gap between the national office of the NBA and branches throughout the country, how do you intend to do this?

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Stringent bail conditions pitch lawyers against govt in Ondo

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A recent circular is sued by the Ondo state government, over precondition for approval/perfection of bail application for those standing sureties for any accused person, has set lawyers on a war path with the government.

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Oil theft: Fagbemi advocates stiffer sanctions

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The ninth edition of the Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson(SAN) annual public lecture organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikorodu Branch, has come and gone, however the topic chosen by the Ikorodu Bar this time addressed an issue that seems to be threatening the economic survival of the country.

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How insurgents frustrated my multimillion naira law library — Enikhomehin

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A former commissioner representing Ondo State on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Benson Enikhomehin, has lamented that his vision of building a multi-million naira law library in Abuja was frustrated by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the city.

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Funsho Williams: Court acquits defendants, dismisses charge

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Justice Ebenezer Adebajo of a Lagos High Court at Igbosere, has discharged and acquitted the six persons that were accused of killing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, bigwig in Lagos State, Funsho Williams. After eight years of trial, they walked away from court as free men.

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Insurgents’ activities: we must address welfare of affected lawyers —Alegeh

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:43 am   /   Comments

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MR. Augustine Alegeh SAN is one of the five candidates, including four senior advocates vying for the office of the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA. A candidate of the Midwest bar forum, Alegeh in this interview spoke on why he is offering himself for the top job, his visions and missions if elected as well as other related issues

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NBA Election: FIDA members rally support for Adekoya

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*Funke Adekoya

A senior advocate and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential aspirant, Mrs. Funke Adekoya has decried the abduction of the Chibok girls.

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Retired Supreme Court Justice cannot be entrusted with NJC — Azinge

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Professor Epiphany Azinge SAN, is the immediate past director-general of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). He recently pulled out of the institution after completing his five year tenure, but remains a Research Professor of law at the institute.In this interview, he spoke on his achievements and challenges at NIALS. He also spoke on the judiciary, legal education and ethical standard in the profession as well as other related issues.

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Confab’s mixed message on judiciary reform

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THE 2014 National Conference’s Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Right, and Legal Reforms alongside other committees had turned up its report for the conference plenary debates and adoption on May 15th, 2014.

The 25-member committee which includes retired Justices G.A.Oguntade, T.F.Tabai, HRH LawalHassam Gumi, Abdullahi Mustafpha, Peter Akere, Adamu Aliyu, Baba Alkali Ba’aba, Adamu Bello and Veronica Ngozi Umeh; i.e. nine in all.

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