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Why the Judiciary should be autonomous, Sokoto JUSUN

The Sokoto State chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has observed that it is important for the judiciary in the state to be autonomous for it to be efficient and effective in the discharge of its constitutional mandate.

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SANs who may be Supreme Court Justices

IF they meet the criteria and are subsequently recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC), the body vested with the constitutional power to appoint and discipline judges, some of the nine Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) short listed by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) will be appointed Justices of the Supreme Court (JSC) subject to President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval.

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The legal right of Nigerians to protest against government (2) by Femi Falana

Incidentally, the Honourable Justice Adekeye J.S.C. (rtd) who delivered the historic judgment of the Court of Appeal which confirmed the illegality of police permit is a member of the Nigeria Police Service Commission. We have no doubt that the respected Justice will rightly advise the Nigeria Police Force to stop the illegal practice of insisting on the issuance of police permit for political meetings and rallies in Nigeria.

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Beware! ‘Precedent is falling down’

THE reader must be aware that Nigerian Law, just as the common law, thrives on judicial precedent. In a nutshell what the doctrine of judicial precedent presupposes is that there is a hierarchy of courts and that in the exercise of each court’s prerogative to hear and determine cases, what appears overriding is for each court to follow precedents either set by the court itself or the courts above it.

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Ogun govt dragged to court over alleged human rights violation

Determined to enforce the fundamental human rights of its members, Prince Taiwo Konigbagbe, Baba Oba Paramount Stool Yewa land and Mr Dele Ojugbele on behalf of Exodus Poverty Alleviation Welfare Programme, who owns and operates commercial motorcycle, commonly called Okada in Ogun State, have dragged the state government before the state High Court sitting in Ilaro.

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No ulterior motive over Onoghen’s acting as CJN – Adesokan, SAN

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wale Adesokan is one of the reverred lawyers in Nigeria today. He has been in active legal practice since he was called to the Nigeria Bar 30 years ago. In this interview he spoke on the acting capacity of the present Chief Justice of Nigeria as well as little efforts of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA to address alleged corruption in the judiciary among others.

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Illegality of the offence of criminal libel

Last December, the Nigerian Army demanded a retraction of the what it described as the “unwarranted and serial provocative, unauthorized, libelous and defamatory publications against the person of Lt. Gen. T.Y. Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff and Nigerian Army counter insurgency operations in the North East” from the publisher of the Premium Times, an online medium. Convinced that the publication could not be justified the Army threatened to sue for libel. In a detailed reply to the letter the counsel to the Premium Times, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, called off the bluff of the Army. Apart from rejecting the demand for a retraction he asked the Chief of Army Staff to apologise for threatening to violate the constitutional rights of his client’s staff to life and freedom of expression.

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