Thursday March 5th, 2015
Thursday March 5th, 2015
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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

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:26 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:22 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:40 am   /   Comments

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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Feb polls: Anambra and Electoral Act compliance(2)

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Voters exercising their franchise in Ejigbo area of Lagos

It is instructive that the INEC has not treated the rest of the 35 state chapters of the PDP as it treated the Oguebego and Chris Uba led state chapter in Anambra, if the Commission had done that, it would have ended up dealing with 37 political parties in PDP alone. What if it had applied the same yard stick to every political party, the result would have been unimaginable.

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HRAN condemns calls to postpone elections

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:02 pm   /   Comments

gober-polls

The Human Rights Agenda Network, HRAN, condemned recent calls for postponement of the February 14 and 28 general elections and urges the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to go ahead with its preparation for the elections.

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Supreme Court needs people of diverse intellectual background — Oyetibo

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

•Oyetibo... The solution cannot lie with the Union.

Tayo Oyetibo was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2003, which is a rank reserved for legal practitioners who have attained distinction in the practice of law in the country. He is a consummate advocate, reputed for his integrity and professional skills in the area of dispute resolution, particularly litigation and arbitration. In this interview, he spoke on the usage of enforcing judgement of the court, appointment of Supreme Court justices from the Bar and lawyers failure to report to the Chief Judge any judge who fails to sit or who sits late

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2015 polls and INEC’s shoddy preparations: Chaos looming

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Lagosians checking their names on the INEC list of permanent voters cards (PVC) around 3 pm. at Sunday Adigun  polling Unit, Alausa, Ikeja yesterday.

Owing to several scholarly studies in recent times in various parts of the world including Nigeria, triggers/causes of election and post election human and material violence have substantially been linked to the electoral commissions or bodies that organized such polls.

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Chieftaincy tussle: Appeal court upturns high court judgment

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COURTnew

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Lagos has upturned the judgment of a Lagos High Court which recognised Alhaji Jimoh Ajose as the Baale of Kuje Amuwo in Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos State.

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Credibility, security challenges facing Feb polls (3)

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:52 am   /   Comments

*Voting in progress at Obosi road polling booth in Nkpor Ward II in Idemili North LGA. Photo: Tony Edike

Section 10(6) mandates the Commission to include and incorporate the Supplementary Voters List (derived from continuous voters’ registration exercises) in the National Register of Voters and certify same after resolving complaints and objections raised by registered voters within the stipulated time for its use in general elections. Section 13 (1) (2) (3) provides for right of a registered voter to transfer his or her voter’s card to his or her new abode.

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Conflicting decisions from Appeal Court divisions legitimate —Sowemimo

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Sowemimo

SEnior advocate of Nigeria, Seyi Sowemimo, is one of the children of the late Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Sodehinde Sowemimo. He was called to the Bar in 1978 after he obtained his law degree at the University of Lagos. He latter proceeded to England for his Masters degree at the University of London and had since being in active legal practice. In this interview he spoke on the forthcoming general election, conflicting judgments emanating from courts, alternative dispute resolution and delay in administration of justice as well as other related issues

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Feb polls: Anambra and Electoral Act compliance

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LG polls to be held in Lagos State today

CHIEF Chris Uba’s roles in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, his romance with Independent National electoral Commission, INEC and the judiciary to achieve his political objectives is a matter of concern to all.

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ASF secures release of 3 torture victims

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:24 pm   /   Comments

*Nigerian prison

As part of its efforts in eradicating torture in Nigeria, Avocats Sans Frontières France, ASF, has successfully enforced the fundamental human rights of three victims of torture in Kaduna State.

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Credibility, security challenges facing Feb polls (2)

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

VOTERS

According to the timetable for 2015 general elections released by INEC on 1st October 2014, out of a total of 1, 695 State and Federal elective seats, elections will take place in 1, 681 excluding governorship/deputy governorship elections in Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Kogi…

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Media outfit files N100m suit against NIIA, boss

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Judge-kidnap

A MEDIA outfit, Delphi Media Consulting Nigeria Limited, DMCN, has filed a N100million suit against Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, NIIA and its Director General, Prof Bola Akinferinwa, over alleged…

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Consumer rights abuse prevalent in Nigeria —CPC D-G, Atoki

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Mr. Dupe Atoki, a lawyer is the Director-General, Consumer Protection Council, CPC.

“But in all sincerity, I think that the level of consumer abuse in Nigeria is so huge that anybody coming into it and promise within a year that he is going to surmount it is just unrealistic and that’s why I have made no promises.”— Dupe Atoki

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