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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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Lawyers1

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

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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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2015 general elections and survival of democracy in Nigeria

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President Goodluck Jonathan presenting his hand over notes to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari during the official presentation of Handover notes to the President-Elect at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Finally by way of recommendation, Government needs to return to the drawing board and fully implement the Hon. Justice Uwais Report on Electoral Reforms which provides for an Electoral Offences Commission and a Tribunal to be its adjudicative arm. This step is imperative for the maintenance of law and order during elections and beyond.

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Agas, a lawyer, is Delta SSG

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Hon. Festus-Agas

His strength is in his character which is invisible. Thus, in searching for Hon. Festus Ovie Agas a lawyer, it is quite possible to look beyond him. Yet he is not hidden because he does not shy away from responsibilities and challenges. He will always be compelled by his sheer grasp of issues to listen to him.

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Buhari should ensure credible lawyers are appointed judges — Daramola

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Buhari

President Buhari must resist pressure to use political appointments to compensate those who worked for his success at the polls. He must appoint credible persons who can help him lift Nigeria to the first world. This is his chance and he must utilise it so that history can remember him for good. With the resources we have in this country, there is no basis for mass poverty and suffering. He must ensure that only those who want to serve are in Government and not the political merchants who have held the country down by their greed and callousness.

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2015 general elections and survival of democracy in Nigeria

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JB-Daudu

These statistics do not include those deaths that were unreported or those that were premeditated, politically motivated assassinations, arson and other mayhem unleashed on the populace by politicians and their thugs. These deaths do not also include the Boko Haram attacks in Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe States during the elections which claimed several lives.

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Institute of Advanced Legal Studies charts ways for pension scheme

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‘’pension problem and its excruciating plight of the retirees in the country for decades appear to have defiled all solution which the topic has become particularly more prominent since the rebirth of democracy in 1999’’. He noted that several committees were set up to by the federal government to provide lasting solution to the situation which latter came up with the pay as you go system that he said has woefully failed.

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Court fixes July 9 for hearing of N500,000 suit against lawyer

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ONITSHA – An Onitsha Magistrate Court in Anambra State has fixed July 9 for further hearing in a N500,000 suit filed by a businessman, Chief Ntomchukwu Atuchukwu, against a legal practitioner, Charles Ononye. The matter which was earlier scheduled to come up before Chief Magistrate Mike Okonkwo on May 28 could not hold because the defendant (Ononye) said he was served the hearing notice on May 27.

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SBL confab to raise issues affecting Nigeria’s business environment

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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 international convergence of business lawyers, policy makers, regulators, judges, the business community and academics, which takes place annually in Nigeria is set to open this Sunday in Lagos. The 9th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law, NBA-SBL, which begins on June 7, 2015 with an opening dinner, will be a Davos-style beehive of information aimed at broadening the perspectives of the business community and business lawyers on issues pertaining to the Nigerian economy, borrowing from China, the power sector and more and will last until June 9.

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What a time for change

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:17 am   /   Comments

*Awa Kalu, SAN

As is now very well known, Nigerians trooped to the polls on the March 28, 2015 for the purpose of electing their president as well as those who will represent them in the hallowed Chambers of the National Assembly. With regard to the office of President, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Africa’s largest political party fielded the incumbent President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, as its Candidate. The All Progressives Congress (APC), on the other hand, was the sponsor of General Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, (the title ‘General’ will cease on the May 29, 2015) who won the election and will on Democracy Day resume afresh as President having had experience in that office as a Military Head of State.

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Our expectations from Buhari on justice sector – SANs, lawyers

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As General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd, assumes the mantle of leadership of the country tomorrow, hopes of Nigerians, are no doubt high, considering the campaign promises of the incoming President. Vanguard Law and Human Rights spoke to lawyers of their expectations on justice sector.

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Appointment of judges shouldn’t be done in secret – Obla

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Obla

Chief Godwin Obla, SAN, is one of the foremost prosecutors in the country. He has prosecuted some cases for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. In this interview, he spoke of the expectation of Nigerians, particularly litigants and lawyers from the in-coming administration of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari in the area of justice sector reforms.
He also spoke on the need for the next National Assembly to consider and pass laws that will generally move the country forward and not be guided by personal considerations and gains which were the banes of previous Assemblies.

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Perchstone & Graeys annual business forum holds in India

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The 2015 edition of Perchstone & Graeys India Nigeria Business Forum (INBF) was designed to widen the space of commercial opportunities and deepen the exchange of best practices between Nigeria and India.

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2015 general elections and survival of democracy in Nigeria

  /   in Law & Human Rights 7:51 pm   /   Comments

*Mr.  Joseph Bodunrin Daudu, SAN,

The journey we undertook in the past 100 years saw us metamorphose from colonialism (1914-1960) to independence when we embraced Parliamentary Democracy of the West Minster Export Model and practised politics of bitterness, deceit, avarice and disunity for 6 years i.e. 1960-1966. The novelty of the excesses of the political class during this period referred to caused the awakening or emergence of an unknown political monster i.e. the Nigerian military (Armed Forces) and they seized power in the year 1966, suspended the Constitution and ruled by military fiat and Decree from 1966-1979. During this period, the military defragmented the entity known as Nigeria from 4 Regions to 12 States then 19 States by the time they handed over power to a civilian administration in 1979.

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Judges, lawyers encourage impunity – Justice Oyewole

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An Appeal Court judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole, has accused some judges and lawyers of encouraging impunity in the country.

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FRC suspends public hearing on corporate governance code

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The Financial Reporting Council has suspended the public hearing schedule for today on the draft National Code for Corporate Governance due to a court injunction obtained against the hearing by some shareholders. Meanwhile the Council has dismissed the allegation of division among its board members as well as misappropriation of funds for the take off of the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) Academy.

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Election Tribunals: All interlocutory be heard with substantive issues – Fashanu

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Mr. Babatunde Fashanu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was called to the  Bar 35 years ago after which he bagged a masters in Law, a year later. In this interview, he spoke on the muscle flexing between the National Assembly and the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan over the fourth alteration Act of  the 1999 Constitution.

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