Saturday January 31st, 2015
Saturday January 31st, 2015
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Supreme Court needs people of diverse intellectual background — Oyetibo

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•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)

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*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

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*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)

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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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Egina FPSO field contract: Court order parties to maintain status quo

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The court noted that it was better to hear the defendants before taking any decision on the issues raised by the plaintiff in the ex-parte application.

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Nigeria’s future depends on electoral choice — Odinkalu

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Prof Odinkalu

CHAIRMAN, Nigerian Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Professor Chidi Odinkalu has said the corporate existence of Nigeria depends on the choice make by Nigerians, especially on the general election.

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Jailbreaks: Lawyers call for rehabilitation, reformation of prisons

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Koton Karfi jailbreak

EMINENT lawyers in the country have urged the Federal Government to take proactive steps in the rehabilitation and reformation of the prison system in Nigeria, so as to forestall incidences of jail breaks in the country and also ensure the decongestion of the prisons.

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Judiciary and the strain of justice in 2014

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EARLY January, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, issued a 30-day to the Security Adviser, NSA, and the Inspector General of Police, IG, to unmask those behind an explosion that rocked premises of a Rivers State High Court at Ahoada on January 5.

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Our criminal justice system is at breaking point — Aboyade

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Funke Aboyade

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mrs Funke Aboyade, has called on the National Assembly to fast track the passage of the justice sector reform bills, stressing that the criminal justice system was at breaking point.

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Judiciary in 2014: The ups and downs

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:33 am   /   Comments

File photo: Supreme-Court-Abuja

AS the year 2014 creeps to an end, there are many events that have shaped the polity in the last 12 months, and it is a combination of the good, the bad and the ugly. The nation’s judiciary, like other the arms of government, recorded its ups and downs in the fading year. In our tradition, Vanguard Law & Human Rights, reviews these major events, some of which may still ripple in the coming year.

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Crash in crude oil price, a blessing in disguise —Agbakoba

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Agbakoba

FOrmer President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has said that drop in price of crude oil in the international market was a blessing in disguise for Nigeria, as it will enable the country tap into other sectors what will make her self sufficient and reliance.

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The thrills and frills of Christmas (3)

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In the previous installments of this piece we have seen that very often, a simple journey by bus or indeed any other means of transportation may lead to a result that carries varied legal consequences

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How corrupt is Nigeria?

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CORRUPTION-cartoon

HOW corrupt is the government of President Goodluck Jonathan? The answer may vary depending on who is interpreting the latest global corruption index from Transparency International.

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Landlord reclaims property from tenant after four-year legal battle

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Justice O. Femi-Adeniyi of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has entered judgment in favour of Dr. Osita Aduba, landlord and owner of 4A Ojora (formerly Hawksworth) Road, Ikoyi, after a four-year legal battle to repossess the said property from Mr. Sonnie Ayere, a Director of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and the Founder and CEO of Dunn Loren Merrifield Investment Ltd.

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Saving the Nigeria Traffic Warden Service

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female-police

Under the leadership of former Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, age-long discriminatory practices were discovered in the Nigeria Police Force by our leadership in the course of our advocacy activities. The discriminatory practices were administrative and structural in nature. They have existed since 1975 with a structural code name: the Nigeria Traffic Warden Service (TWS) Decree (Act) of 1975. This was also incorporated into Sections 59 to 69 of the Nigeria Police Force Act of 2004 (NPF Ordinance of 1930).

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Democracy can’t be sustained without rule of law — Utuama

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UTUAMA

Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, has opined that the nation’s democracy cannot be sustained without the rule of law taking a very deep root in governance.

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World Human Rights Day: Persons with Disabilities cry for LSSP Law

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PWD-1

As Nigeria joins other continents in celebration of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day, many observers have described 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations in the country, saying terrorism is the major source of abuses around the NorthEast and the world.

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LEDAP, Intersociety task FG on citizens’ rights

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CHILD-ABUSE-2

As Nigeria join the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s Human Rights Day, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, and International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Intersociety, have tasked the Nigerian Government, to ensure that it and its agencies, respect the rights of Nigerians.

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Agbakoba’s law firm re-launches Police Dialogue Series

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Police IG Sulaiman Abba

The law firm of former Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, President, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has re-launched its Police Dialogue Series, which it noted was in keeping with new trends and best practices in the world legal practice.

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Extent of application, realities of section 38 of 1999 constitution

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constitution

In this piece, I have endeavoured to chart the legal and spatial perimeters of the fundamental rights entrenched in Section 38 of the Constitution( hereinafter referred to as “the Constitution”). The ‘extent’ element of the topic is addressed first. I have also addressed the ‘veracity’ of application of the right. The latter is with a view to ascertaining whether indeed that right truly enjoys recognition in our legal jurisprudence; and lastly if it does, how is it applied in real life by relevant state actors?

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Fifa World Cup 2018-2022 bribery report shows the ugly side of the beautiful game

  /   in Law & Human Rights 8:39 am   /   Comments

Aspire Dome is seen in Doha in this aerial view. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

Selecting hosts for the Fifa World Cup is an important and competitive process as the tournament can have a significant impact on nations and the pride that comes with international success is difficult to match. But intense and sometimes unfair competition for hosting rights has continued to provide opportunities for corruption in the bidding process and the operations of the once revered organization.

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Some judges have surrendered their independence to politicians — Oditah

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* Fidelis Oditah

PROF.Fidelis Oditah was educated at the Universities of Lagos and Oxford. He qualified as a Nigerian lawyer in 1985 and as an English lawyer in 1993. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and was conferred with the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), in 2004 the Nigerian equivalent of an English QC. In this interview, he spoke on the misuse of preliminary objection, invasion of the National Assembly by Police and judges inability to assert their independence

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Law firm appreciates clients, friends for support

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STERLING Partnership, one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firm in Lagos, has organised an end of year networking reception and interaction for its clients and friends.
The event was jointly hosted by the acting British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Mike Purves at the British residence in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The main thrust of the event which commenced at 6.30 p.m., was appreciation to Sterling Partnership’s clients and friends of the firm for their business and support through 2014.
The private sector, government, diplomats and members of their diplomatic missions attended the event.

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Democracy can’t be sustained without rule of law — Utuama

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Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, has opined that the nation’s democracy cannot be sustained without the rule of law taking a very deep root in governance.

Prof. Utuama, made the assertion while playing host to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Ndah Auta (OFR), during a courtesy call at his residence, Asaba, Delta State.

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‘We must tackle sexual violence head-on’

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:37 am   /   Comments

*Right activists, civil society groups during a walk against rape in Lagos organised by Partnership for Justice.

IS it possible to end sexual violence against women? This week, the world asks this question to our people and governments as we start the 21 days of activism on violence against women.

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Agbakoba advocates law to make mortgage accessible to indigents

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* Olisa Agbakoba

Former President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has called for a law that will enable people at the grassroots have access to mortgage facility.

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