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Court re-orders police to produce Lekki robbery suspect

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Lekki Robbery

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has re-ordered the state’s Commissioner of Police and SP Abba Kyari of the State Anti-Robbery Squad to produce in court on August 20, 2015, a 20-year-old man, Ebi Tosan, arrested over alleged involvement in the robbery of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) at Admiralty Way, Lekki.

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Judge’s absence stalls trial of murder suspect

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Fadipe

Absence of trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, has stalled the trial of Seun Oladapo, a suspected killer of a Lagos-based human rights crusader, Kunle Fadipe.

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Benue election tribunal hears Tarzoor petition, Sept 7

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With the Benue State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, resuming sitting on September 7, 2015, it has becomes important to examine the critical issues and facts before the tribunal, which must be resolved before the people of Benue State know their authentic elected governor.

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20 things you don’t know about Don Jazzy

  /   in Entertainment, Law & Human Rights, LipStick, News 12:02 pm   /   Comments

*Don Jazzy

MAVINS Records big boss, Don Jazzy, born Michael Collins Ajereh is an enigma, whom very little is known about. He once boasted that he hates talking onstage and rarely ever grants press interviews.

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Judge’s absence stalls trial of murder suspect

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Fadipe

Absence of trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, has stalled the trial of Seun Oladapo, a suspected killer of a Lagos-based human rights crusader, Kunle Fadipe. Justice Ipaye, who has been sitting since inception of the long vacation for judges in the state, on Monday, joined her colleagues to observe her own holiday.

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Can civil servants expose corruption without fearing persecution?

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However, there is a need for legislative reform such that, among other things, the damages which a public institution has to pay to whistle blowers like Ibirogba should be borne personally, collectively and/or individually, by those who constitute the Management and/or Governing Council and who knowingly participated, aided, condoned or allowed the looting, dissipation, mismanagement and/or waste of public funds, rather than the monetary penalties being taken from public treasury.

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Rights Commission probes dumping of corpses in hospitals by Police

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Torture

The issue of extra judicial executions by the Nigerian police has, for quite some time, been on the front burner of national discourse and despite denials by the Police High Command the ugly trend has continued unabated with many public health institutions raising alarm over alleged harassment, intimidation, and highhandedness of police officers in their bid to off load the victims of their mass executions.

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Court re-orders police to produce Lekki robbery suspect

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Lekki-robbery-victim

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has re-ordered the state’s Commissioner of Police and SP Abba Kyari of the State Anti-Robbery Squad to produce in court on August 20, 2015, a 20-year-old man, Ebi Tosan, arrested over alleged involvement in the robbery of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) at Admiralty Way, Lekki.

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Court chides police over failure to prove charges

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An Ikorodu Magistrate court in Lagos has chided the Nigerian Police for not doing a proper investigation of the case of threat to life brought against a 38-year-old man, Johnson Emmanuel, saying that the charges of threat to life and breach of peace were all unproven. Emmanuel was charged for threatening the life of his neighbour, Taiwo Adigun, with a substance suspected to be acid.

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Rights Commission to probe dumping of corpses in hospitals by Police

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(Left) Prof. Bem Angwe, Execute Director, NHRC and Professor of Morbid Anatomy, who is in charge of the hospital’s morgue, Prof. Martins Nzegwu, conducting Prof Angwe and members of the commission round the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH Morgue.

The Nigeria Police Force has a history of extrajudicial killing, which is a sort of leftover from the military era in the country. In 2008, Amnesty International released a report titled, “Nigeria Police kill at will” which documented cases of torture and shooting of suspects in custody. The organisation said the Nigeria Police was responsible for hundreds of unlawful killings every year, stressing that the Police do not only kill people by shooting them but torture them to death, often while they are in detention.

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To win battle against corruption, deliver infrastructure – Adegboruwa

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Adegboruwa Ebun

Divide the Supreme Court according to the zones, at least 200 judges with 10 panels- sitting everyday to avoid conflict of decision. Those panels, one day the Chief Judge (CJ) would say “go to the South-East zone- sit in Port Harcourt and treat all appeals coming from Enugu, Calabar and other states. When you dispose of them, then return to Abuja.”

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Can civil servants expose corruption without fearing persecution?

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Femi Aborisade

“… by virtue of the provisions of section 15(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), section 38(2)(b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 and section 27(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, it is contrary to public policy for the defendant or any of its agents to punish the claimant by way of suspension from duty or otherwise subject him to any disciplinary measure for making known to third parties information about corrupt practices and mismanagement of the funds of the Federal Polytechnic, Yaba otherwise known as Yaba College of technology.”

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Will Lagos Judicial Commission be dissolved?

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Babatunde Raji Fashola

Will the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, LSJSC, be dissolved when the members’ tenure has not expired? This is the question on the lips of observers. It was learned that the tenure of the current members took effect from February 27 and will end on February 26, 2020 following their re-appointment by former Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN.

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We’ll make life absolute hell for pirates – DG, NCC

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Mr. Afam Ezekude, NCC, Director-General

To a very large extent, we have been able to fulfil our mandate. The primary mandate of the Commission is enforcement and prosecution of copyright offenders, and in those two key mandates we have done significantly well. We have had a very good working relationship with the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), which has led to the seizure of over 20 containers and this is unprecedented in the history of this Commission. The collaboration between the NCS and NCC has yielded very fruitful results in the last four years.

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Behold the new Senior Advocates of Nigeria

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Sans

THe rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) will swell with admission of 21 new silks to the Inner Bar. On September 21, the SANs will be sworn in as part of activities to mark the beginning of the new legal year. The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) received 124 applications this year and it was pruned down to 50, out of which 21 were selected.

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Will Lagos Judicial Commission be dissolved?

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Will the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, LSJSC, be dissolved when the members’ tenure has not expired? This is the question on the lips of observers. It was learned that the tenure of the current members took effect from February 27 and will end on February 26, 2020 following their re-appointment by former Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN.

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How Buhari can take the profit out of corruption (2)

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Buhari

Once the stolen funds are returned to the country there is also the important issue of how to monitor the use of the funds to make sure that they are not re-stolen or diverted, as it is alleged to be the case in the returned Abacha loot. Here Nigeria can learn from the experience of Kazakhstan where civil society groups were asked to supervise the use of illegally obtained funds for the benefit of needy children. This arrangement is permitted under article 57(5) of the UNCAC, which allows states to enter into mutually acceptable arrangements for the disposal of confiscated property.

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BAIL: Time for a rethink?

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Cell

The inevitable question at this juncture is whether there is any reason why a person tainted with an allegation of crime concerning or arising from corruption, financial crimes and allied offences, must first be incarcerated before being released on bail, often on unfriendly terms? If anyone should cast their minds back to the arrests that followed the recent reforms in the banking sector, it would become doubtful whether any bankeras allowed to go home without a remand soon after arraignment.

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Innoson in court, denies owing bank N2.4bn

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

Dangote, Uduaghan and Innoson

INNOSON Nigeria Limited, has described as untrue, recent media report that it was indebted to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc to the tune of N2.4billion. Innoson is insisting that from the various cases in court, some which had been ruled upon by the Court of Appeal in Enugu and Ibadan, which have now shifted to the Supreme Court, along others suits, it was clear that it was not indebted to the bank.

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The legality of Saraki’s election as Senate President

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Saraki

Following the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly on the 9th June 2015, the All Progressives Congress (APC) which won the presidential elections and majority seats in the Legislative house, witnessed what many termed a “legislative coup” in the election of the leaders of both chambers of the National Assembly.

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Subsidy: We are drinking away a quarter of our future – Ajogwu

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Dr Fabian Ajogwu

When we spend about N1.2 trillion out of the budget of above N4trilion, it means that we are drinking away a quarter of our future. And in any case, if we continue to do that, we will not have refineries built. There are over 32 or more refining licenses issued now for more than six years or more, no one has built. Nigerians should ask why a capitalist firms such as Shell, Mobil and others are not building refineries.

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Significance of Azinge appointment as member of Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal

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*Prof. Epiphany Azinge, SAN

Following the appointment of former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS, Prof. Epiphany Azinge, SAN, as a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal, CSAT, the head of the department of Commercial Law of the Institute, Prof. Paul Obo Idornigie examines the significance of the appointment, its jurisdiction and the procedures for the appointment of of the members of CSAT.

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Experts advocate e-waste laws in West Africa

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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

Absence of electronic wastes laws and regulatory frame work in West Africa have been attributed to the indiscriminate dumping 0f e-wastes in the subregion. This was the view of experts who spoke at a Round Table on E-waste Regulation in West Africa organised by the Nigerian Institute 0f Advanced Legal Studies NIALS, University of Lagos Campus.

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The International Criminal Court and Nigeria

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THE International Criminal Court (ICC),came as a result of calls and actions spanning over a century ago, with a proposal for a permanent court in response to the crimes of the Franco-Prussian War, which was followed by another call for an internationalised system of justice, to try the Kaiser and German war criminals of World War I, and following World War II, the Allies set up the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals to try Axis war criminals.

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Nigeria/US extradition treaty: What the law says

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

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Ongoing attempt by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to extradite Senator Kashamu Buruji to the United States of America over drug related offences has engendered legal fireworks between both parties. However, the treaty under which the NDLEA is seeking to extradite Senator Kashamu dates back to 1931 when Nigeria was still a colony of the United Kingdom.

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We’re poised to fight for independence of the judiciary —Yesufu

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President Buhari is on course, but we still expect a more proactive approach on the issue of terrorism, corruption, fuel problem among other issues. Nigerians are a bit impatient. I think this is understandable after the enthusiasm that followed his election. But we still need to be patient and hopeful. We at the League of Patriotic Lawyers will hold him accountable for every details in his manifesto.

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Lagos NBA to honour Fashola at law week

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*Fashola

Former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) will be among the eminent legal personalities to be honored by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch, during its Law Week which holds June 24-26 at the MUSON Centre. According to the Law Week Committee: “One of the reasons for honoring Fashola is because he has always been one of us. He is a member of this branch and he responds whenever we call on him. Now we are welcoming him back.”

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Workers’ sweat, entitlement used to fund electioneering campaigns – Aborisade

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

Aborisade

However, caution must be exercised in dealing with the issue of the few indolent judges. Otherwise, in the bid to earn more, quality hearing will be compromised. Where judges are paid according to the number of cases handled, the principle of fair hearing may be compromised. Cases tend to have their own individual uniqueness.

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AMAECHI? (Tribute to late Dr. Amaechi Nwaiwu, SAN)

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Late Dr. Amaechi Nwaiwu, SAN

Amaechi will best be remembered by his loving wife, Chief (Mrs) Blessing Nkechi Nwaiwu and the children on whom he doted all through his lifetime. He would be remembered because he loved listening to ‘music from Masters’ and vibrant Gospel Music. Amaechi will be remembered because the name ‘Amaechi’ will not let anyone forget that ‘tomorrow’ is not forgettable. It can bring with it anything. Amaechi, friend to many, foe to none, religious, faithful, core professional, and lover of humanity, Adieu!

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Agbakoba opens mediation, arbitration centre

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NBA-LAW

Olisa Agbakoba legal, OAL, a mediation and arbitration centre for the public has formally opened office in Nigeria. OAL, a full service law firm will be providing legal services to a broad spectrum of clients in the area of alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Banking and Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Maritime, Energy and Natural Resources to mention a few.

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NBA issues guidelines on Lawyers’ practice licence

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has said the issuance of the practice licences to Nigerian lawyers will now be based on their participation in the Continuing Professional Development Programmes, CPDP. Making the disclosure at the just concluded national executive council (NEC) meeting of the association in Sokoto, NBA President, Mr Augustine Alegeh, SAN, said though, the practising licence will be issued this year on the basis of payment of Bar Practising Fees, he added that future issuance will be different.

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Can Buhari ensure accountability on state/LG joint account?

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI

One of the issues President Muhammadu Buhari has promised Nigerians to tackle is endemic corruption in the polity. Before assuming office, he was passionate about his stance against corruption that he said it is either Nigerians kills corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria.

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