The cyclone of cupboard cleansing currently permeating the Nigerian Judiciary, recorded fresh victims last week, as the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, in a decisive move, handed life ban to four legal practitioners.
Tony Cross, a legal consultant with Justice for All, J4A, a non governmental organization, has said the treatment meted out on a suspect in police station mostly depend on the standard laid down by the Divisional Police Officer of the station.
Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaye, has condemned the use of backdated or forged receipts or documents to apply for Certificate of Occupancy, saying that the government would commence full implementation of the Land Use Law in the state from July 31, 2013.
The House of Representatives is at the verge of putting finishing touches to a bill that would change the face of the administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria.
The Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions, ASSBIFI, has threatened to drag Eco bank Limited to court following the bank’s recent sacking of its 147 staff members, saying that if the severance fee of the affected staff are not paid in two weeks the bank may also be picketed.
Last weekend (week ending 11th May, 2013) the nation woke up with rude shock-arising from the abduction by gunmen, of the wife, daughter and driver of an eminent judicial officer, a Justice of the Supreme Court. Most men and women of goodwill including Dame Carol Ajie, Festus Kayamo and Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the ‘Akpakpa VighiVighi’ of a famous kingdom and human rights crusader, issued a statement condemning in very strong terms, the brazen challenge to the security of Justice Rhodes-Vivour’s family. I too must lend my voice to the rising threat to the security of judicial officers. To mention but a few incidents, a well respected Judge of the Imo State Judiciary was kidnapped on his way to work a few years ago.
Tuesday declaration of State of Emergency by President Goodluck Jonathan in three northern states namely Bornu, Yoba and Adamawa, following escalating insurgency, has elicited mixed reactions from Senior Advocates of Nigeria. Below are some of the views expressed on the issue:
Like Soud Qbeilat, an artist, would say, “When there is no freedom, there is no creativity”. No doubt, press freedom in Nigeria has become increasingly worrisome as cases of journalists who were murdered remain unresolved and the list continues to grow.
A 25 year old scrap seller, Samuel Akindese, who was allegedly accused of stealing N3.2 million belonging to one Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate court.
Justice Samuel Candide-Johnson of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere has ordered the Assistant Manager of Wema Bank Plc, Mr Adekunle Onitiri, to appear in court following a criminal suit brought against the bank and three others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Kindly let me know what role a next of kin plays, especially in relation to the operation of the deceased bank accounts, who has a will?
The debate on whether the modern legal system should recognize exemplary damages at all has been on and all in all the case for dispensing with them has been made out. The central argument is that they are anomalous in the civil sphere confusing the civil and criminal functions of the law.
I cannot envisage any challenge for now. I am a strong advocate of the philosophy that you do not cross a bridge until you get to it. That is not to say that we shall have a smooth sail throughout. All I am saying is that we have the capacity to surmount any challenge or obstacle that may come our way in the course of attaining our set goals and objectives.
Please be kind enough to educate me on the power of ‘’A WILL’’ and ‘’NEXT OF KIN’’ with reference to the following posers:1- what happens where there is A WRITTEN ‘’Next of kin’’ (official) BUT ,NO WILL- (Intestate)? 2-where there is NEXT OF KIN,(officially mentioned), intestate, BUT the siblings from other wives went ahead to use the deceased property/(ies) as collateral for Bank loan and the end defaulted in repayment,- leading to the seizures of such property/(ies) 3-IF the above occurs in a State in Nigeria where THE WILL ACTS,1837 is still being used and practised, will the location of such property/(ies) determine the type of LAW that would/should apply and use? 4, Under intestate, can any other family member exercise any RIGHT WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE NEXT OF KIN? Bright-O.
The 3rd plaintiff gave uncontradicted evidence that both herself and her husband lived in the premises and had their (1st plaintiff company) office in the premises with the consent of the defendant, that her husband was a Director of the 1st plaintiff company.
Justice Babatunde Candide-Johnson of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere will tomorrow decide on who is the right person to represent a corporate body in a criminal matter.
Chief Francis Egele, is the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Bayelsa State. Egele who has been in legal profession for almost three decades was in private practice until his current appointment. In this interview he sheds light on why the Bayelsa state government had to take a bold step in enacting a law prohibiting kidnapping in the state. He explained that in spite of the criticisms that trail the state government’s decision on the law, the decision was the best for the state to contain orgy of kidnapping.
I was just going through Vanguard daily and I saw your column which I cherish. I am a civil servant I got married in 1992. My husband and I lived happily until one day when his elder brother died. After the burial, my husband told me that he is going to marry the widow because it was his right.
This article examines the Supreme Court’s approach to the award of exemplary damages in civil law. As will become evident, the Supreme Court appears to have sanctioned the award of exemplary damages in civil law in exceptional circumstances.
A senior advocate of Nigeria and member, Body of Benchers, BOB, Chief Emeka Ngige has tasked the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, on certain provisions of the association’s Constitution, saying the exercise has become “urgent” to restore the glory of the lawyers’ union.
Remember that the judiciary as an arm of government does not have a garrison of soldiers or police to compel compliance with its orders, ruling and judgments. Rather, the judiciary relies and survives only on public confidence. This public confidence will be eroded by your actions and in-actions.”
How can you claim that Alams has repented if he cowardly hides in Nigeria and takes no steps to clear his name in the UK? Never has a presidential pardon in history anywhere in the world to the knowledge of this writer been extended to an international fugitive who is properly so called.
Lagos lawyer, Mr.Femi Falana, SAN, has asked the National Judicial Council, NJC, to probe the circumstances behind the execution of a judgment bordering on the ownership of a parcel of land in Asokoro area of Abuja, the federal capital territory.
The Supreme Court had struck out two applications brought by Chief O.T.K.D. Amachree (Appellant/Applicant) filed against Chief Macdonald O. Abbi and Chief (Prof.) T.J.T. Princewill, asking the apex court to order a stay of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, nullifying the installation of the Amanaganabo, Prof. T.J.T. Princewill.
I have doubts whether a woman can commit rape; the reason is that a man has to be aroused sexually to be able to have sex with a woman. If a woman tells a man that he must have sex with her, it won’t work because the man will be so frightened and disorientated that he won’t really be able to do it. Under that circumstance, the man won’t be able to be in the proper physical mood to be able to have sex with the woman.
Some Human Rights Groups have petitioned the National Assembly to mount pressure on the presidency to wade into the cases of 14 Nigerians awaiting death by execution in different prisons across Indonesia and ensure that their liberty and lives are secured.
“The criminal code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity, that without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel.
The recent decision by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to recommend the retirement of two Judges is probably the strongest evidence yet that a new administrator is now in charge and that business will not, under her, be as usual.
Afterall, an African adage of ancient progeny enjoins that when you hit a child with your right hand, you use the left to draw him/her nearer for comfort. In addition, modern inclination is no longer towards a ‘tit for tat’ or the proverbial ‘eye for an eye’ in criminal justice administration for which reason, for instance, the death penalty is fading away in many jurisdictions.
Mr. Dele Oye, is a former Vice Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Abuja branch, where he served the body in several committees both at branch and national levels. Oye, graduate of the university of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, was between 2000 and 2004, president of the University of Ife Alumni Association and member of the University Governing Council, where he led the council to construct one of the largest halls of residence for the students of the university.
Mr. Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa is a human rights lawyer. He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and thereafter the Nigerian Law School in 1995. He had worked with late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s Chambers before he set-up a law firm, Adegboruwa & Company with corporate office in Lekki-Ajah.
A Briton, Michael Reynolds was recently elected new President of the International Bar Association(IBA). A former Vice- President, Secretary- General, Chair of the Legal Practice Division(LPD) and Chair, of the Anti-Trust and Trade Law Committee of the IBA, will be in office for two years..
I remember a football team called ‘Sahara Storms of Sokoto’. It was once a force in the local football scene in Nigeria. In those days, during the usual debate that accompanies a game of football, one of the spectators asked a thought provoking question: ‘why this team be Sahara storms?”