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IGP must be a policeman


I READ with disbelief the title and the recommendation of Owei Lakemfa in the Vanguard, Monday, July 11, 2016 at page 33 that the ‘IGP need not be a policeman’. He recommended that as alternative to sacking police officers senior to newly appointed IGP, a retired judge or a conscientious Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) be appointed IGP and that the post of DIG be made the terminal point for serving police officers.

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Alegeh, SAN

NBA elections: I don’t have anointed candidates- Alegeh, SAN

NIGERIAN Bar Association, NBA, is on the March again. On July 30, and 31, financial members of the umbrella body of lawyers across the country will elect new national officers to run its affairs for the next two years. The new national officers are to be inaugurated at the Annual general Conference, AGC, slated for Port Harcourt between August 19-26. This will draw the curtain on Augustine Alegeh, SAN, led executive which assumed office August 2014.

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Uche Ogah

Abia governorship logjam: Judiciary to the rescue?

TO many pundits, the current governorship crisis rocking Abia State has placed the Nigerian judiciary on trial. A situation that could reinforce opinion of those that believe we are still practicing ‘democracy by court order’. Basically, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja had in a judgment he delivered on June 27, sacked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu from office over alleged tax fraud. Justice Abang further directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue a fresh Certificate of Return to Mr. Uchechukwu Ogah who came second in the governorship primary election the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held on December 8, 2014.

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Dafe Akpedeye SAN

Supreme Court cannot set aside own judgment- Akpedeye, SAN

This is a welcome development which is long overdue. Nigerians have been clamouring for the amendment of the Electoral Act. Even Nigerians in the diaspora have added their voice to the cry. Their inclusion in the process would be a positive development for many reasons. First of all it will represent true democracy and full inclusion of all Nigerian citizens stricto sensu. However, the amendments should not only be focused on party primaries. There should be a holistic amendment of the Act.

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Uche Nwokedi

Petroleum Act is doing what PIB will do- Nwokedi

AMID lingering controversy over the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, which is currently before the National Assembly, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Uche Nwokedi, has stated that there was nothing PIB would do for the country that the Petroleum Act was not doing at the moment. The senior lawyer who socialises in the Oil and Gas Law spoke at a media interactive session in Lagos. According to him, “What is it suppose to do that is not being done at present by the petroleum act?”

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Law Pavilion honours Supreme Court Justices

As part of efforts to ensure that the judiciary plays a vital role in institutionalising Rule of Law in the country, Law Pavilion, a leading IT partner to the legal services industry is set to organise the first Judicial Awards Titled “Words in Gold”. The award is to recognise, celebrate and immortalise present and past Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 1960 till date who through their pronouncements have contributed immensely to the development of law and jurisprudence.

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Alegeh, SAN

NBA election: Doubts, misgivings trail proposed use of e- voting

With less than 30 days to the election of new national officers to run the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, lawyers have pleaded with the President of NBA, Mr. Augustine Alegeh, SAN, to exercise caution and not throw the association into crisis reminiscent of the 1992 debacle of the NBA. They urged the President of the Bar to play according to the rules of the game, observe international best practices and provide a level playing field for all contestants in the elections irrespective of where his loyalty lies.

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Mr Sabastin Hon, SAN

Nigerians are impatient with delayed criminal trials – Hon

These calls have been resonating for a very long time now, but I think gradually, things have started taking shape. We have had strict timelines in the determination of election petitions, leading to expeditious determination of such matters. We also have the Criminal Justice and Administration Act, which has also had great impact on the length of time of criminal trials. I will, however, quickly add that the major players in the system – the lawyers, the judges and the litigants must be ready to accept that this is a new dawn in Nigeria, where dilatory tactics are no more condoned by Nigerians. I have been watching the trend on social media, and I can confirm that most Nigerians are impatient with delayed criminal trials.

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Why court cannot remove Ikpeazu as Governor of Abia State

ON Monday, June 27, 2016, the country was again thrown into some shock with the news of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, sacking the Governor of Abia State, Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu. From the reports, it was said that Governor Ikpeazu does not possess the requisite qualification to contest the election as governor, in that he did not furnish credible evidence of payment of tax, to the Abia State Government. Accordingly, the court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Mr. John Ogah, the candidate who came second in the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s governorship primary.

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Osinbajo resumes in office

Arbitration, key to foreign investments- Osinbajo

VICE President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, SAN, has urged businessmen in Nigeria to embrace commercial arbitration for the desired speed in dispute resolution to attract international investors. Professor Osinbajo, said that with the robust dispute resolution mechanism like Arbitration in place, the country will actualise her vision of becoming the next major destination for foreign investment.

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.Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama

Arewa Lawyers Forum writes NBA over Gadzama’s adoption

THE Arewa Lawyers Forum, ALF, has explained the circumstances in which Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, presidential candidate Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, was adopted. In a letter to NBA president, Mr Augustine Alegeh, SAN, which was copied the regional fora, ALF denied a letter purportedly written by its Secretary, Sani Garun-Gabas, dissociating the forum from adopting Gadzama. The forum, in the June 27 letter copied the Coordinator, Southwest Bar Forum, the Eastern Bar Forum, said that the letter purportedly written by Garun-Gabas on June 14 was on a letter headed paper that did not have the names of ALF’s exco members.

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Asue Ighodalo

SBL working with NASS in law making process- Ighodalo

First of all, I would like to say that it has been a great privilege to serve as the Chairman of Council of the SBL and pilot the affairs of the Section for two years. I have had the opportunity to interact with my colleagues and to lead a section of the NBA that is very dynamic, comprises hard working and innovative practitioners. I am grateful for the opportunity given me by the President and the National Executive Committee of the NBA, the Council and the members of the SBL to serve first as the Vice-Chairman for two years and then as the chairman for another term of two years. It has really been a wonderful, but humbling experience heading an organisation of colleagues and peers.

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FOI Act: Much expectations, less impact

The long title to the FoI Act states that : “it is an Act to make public records and information more freely available, provide for public access to public records and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and established procedures for the achievement of those purposes and for related matters.”

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