Thursday October 2nd, 2014
Thursday October 2nd, 2014
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Nigeria: 54 years of what?

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

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Only yesterday, Nigeria as a country had a low key celebration to mark the 54th anniversary of its political independence from our colonial masters. Perhaps, the anniversary was celebrated without fanfare or pomp and pageantry in acknowledgment of the global and widespread economic crisis that is top on the agenda of most developed, developing and least developed nations.

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Internally displaced persons: Relief at last, courtesy of AUN

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NIGERIA, Maiduguri : Women and children gather into a car's trunk as villagers flee the village of Jakana, outside Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, on March 6, 2014.. AFP PHOTO

By Augustina Anyaegbu A MAJOR disturbing fallout of the on-going war against insurgents in the North East of Nigeria is the worsening crisis of internally displaced persons, IDPs. While troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces battle to contain the insurgents from over running communities and spreading terror and destruction, many have been forced to flee

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America not immune to human rights violations

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I Was among the 21 persons, working to promote the enjoyment of human rights across the world, that were invited by the United States Department of State to participate in a two-week International Visitors Leadership Programme, IVLP, titled US Foreign Policy and Human Rights.

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Council of Legal Education Statutory report to NBA

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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 Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, led by the President, has continued to provide the requisite robust synergy for the seamless discharge of Council’s mandate through its active representation on the Council by gentlemen and ladies whose contributions over the years remain invaluable.

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Cleric urges judges to seek God’s wisdom in their jobs

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NEW APPEAL COURT JUDGES: Cross section of the newly appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal, during their swearing-in ceremony by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, at the Supreme Court in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

RT Rev. Olusola Odedeji of the Cathedral Church of Christ, Arch Bishop Lagos West Dioceses, in Lagos, has urged judges to seek divine wisdom from God in the discharge of their duties. Odedeji gave the charge at a special service to mark the opening of the new legal year 2014/2015 in Lagos state. Activities marking the new legal year are slated to hold from September 22 to 25.

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Fashola, others bag ESQ

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Governor Babatune Fashola, SAN, of Lagos State has received an award for best Leadership and Governance in Africa, at the 2014 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards.

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Many participants at confab were there for the money— Agbakoba, SAN

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DR. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, is a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA. In this interview, he speaks on his experience at the just concluded national conference, the politics in the country and the forth coming general elections.

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Members will benefit from NBA Insurance scheme — Okeke

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MR. Ogochukwu Okeke is the immediate past chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Nnewi branch. He was Chairman of the Security Committee of the Technical Committee on Conference Planning at the just concluded NBA annual general conference in Owerri, Imo State.
In this interview, he speaks on the challenges facing NBA branch chairmen, lawyers’ expectations from the new leadership of the national NBA among others.

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Council of Legal Education Statutory report to NBA

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, led by the President, has continued to provide the requisite robust synergy for the seamless discharge of Council’s mandate through its active representation on the Council by gentlemen and ladies whose contributions over the years remain invaluable.

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Valedictory court session for former Lagos CJ

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A VALEDICTORY court session to honour the immediate past Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Philips, holds on September 23 at the State High Court Foyer, Igbosere, Lagos.

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Defects in law not responsible for rise in terrorism — Raji, SAN

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:10 pm   /   Comments

Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, has said that the rise in acts of terrorism in Nigeria cannot be attributed to defects in the laws of the country.

In a paper he delivered at the just concluded annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Owerri, he said that the Terrorism Prevention Act, TPA, which according to him was Nigeria’s principal tool in prosecuting terrorism emphasizes respect for the fundamental rights of suspects or accused persons.

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Lawyers to new NBA President: Pursue transparency, electoral reform

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Mr. Austine Alegeh, SAN, has finally taken over the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA and this is time to put to work, all his electioneering promises for the bar, as lawyers in the country look up to him, to fulfill what he had promised, while seeking their votes

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Lawyers reject Wali’s constitution proposals

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Efforts by out gone President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr Okey Wali, SAN, to effect fundamental changes in the constitution of the association and alter its leadership and administrative structure was rejected by lawyers at the just concluded annual general conference of the association

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There must be transparency in judges’ appointment — Alegeh, SAN

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Mr Austine Alegeh, SAN, assumed office as the 27th President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, last week Friday, at the just concluded annual conference of the association, which took place in Owerri, Imo State.
Following his swearing in, he noted the challenges facing the Bar, but promised members to reform the association. He also outlined some areas his two years administration proposes to address, with the permission of the National Executive Committee, NEC and general members.

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Justice Aloma Mukhtar: Views from home and abroad

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Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar,

A highly respected British magazine, ‘’Newsweek” of April 8-15, 2013 edition named the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar as one of the ‘’125 women of impact” in the world.

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How to restore integrity, independence of the NBA

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The Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, held its annual general conference from August 24 to 29 in Owerri, Imo State. In my humble opinion, the greatest task before the NBA and the new leadership is the restoration of the integrity and independence of the Association. Many have posited that these are not the best of times for the NBA as was expressed by all the Presidential candidates in the last election.

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THE SAN’S PULPIT : Chief Chike Ofodile, SAN: The most handsome is gone (2)

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Another ‘Biafran’ case with which the deceased was associated was Nwajekwu Emefisi & 3 others v. Michael Mbanugwu & 5 others, (1970-71) vol. 1 ECSLR, 69. More recent is the decision of the Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal in Igwe N.A. Achebe v. Chief A.C. Mbanefo & Anor (2007) 10 NWLR (pt. 1043) 490. In that case, the Court of Appeal warned that ‘where a Judge of the High Court is aware of an application in a higher court like the Court of Appeal in a case before him, but deliberately chooses to ignore it, it is an attitude which borders on judicial impertinence and is an affront to the authority of the Court of Appeal’.

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Lawyers in the Media elects new officers

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Lawyers in the Media, LIM, has elected new officers to run the affairs of the Forum.

The election which was keenly contested and held at the just concluded annual general conference in Owerri Imo State, produced Mr John Austin Unachukwu-Chairman, Mrs Vera Chinwuba-Vice chairman; Mr Adam Adedimeji-Secretary Mrs Wunmi Obabori-Assistant Secretary; Mr Jude Igbanoi-Treasurer; Mr Adelannwa Bamigboye-Financial Secretary. Theodora Kio-Lawson- Welfare Officer and Francis Famuroti-Publicity Secretary.

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Part-time legislators may not be committed — Ajibola, SAN

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Prince Segun Ajibola, SAN, is son of former Attorney- General of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN. In this interview, speaks on the conduct of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA election, insecurity in the country, some recommendations of the national conference among others

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SAN’s Pulpit: Chief Chike Ofodile, SAN: The most handsome is gone

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This column has hosted several tributes to many illustrious members of the legal profession- lawyers and judges alike. A few weeks ago, the column belonged to Hon. Justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa, retired Chief Judge of Imo State, and former Justice of the Supreme Court whose recent interment generated a sense of celebration and an inestimable momentum for those who work hard and live well. Only last week, this column celebrated the life and times of another titan, Honourable Justice Kalu O. Anyah, (rtd) OFR, who died recently at the ripe old age of 93 years.

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NBA Conference: Lawyers divided over Ebola

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THE Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has scheduled its annual general conference for August 24, 2014 in Owerri, Imo State.
The association’s conference, often has in attendance, over five thousand lawyers from across the country and outside the shores of the nation.But with the landing of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)in Nigeria, courtesy of the Liberian-American, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who died some few days afterwards and the four other reported deaths recorded so far, there are concerns over the propriety of the August event.The ebola virus is also ravaging some other West African countries, namely: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.It will be recalled that the World Health Organisation, WHO, had on August 8, declared the current outbreak of the EVD in West Africa, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, PHEIC. On the same day, Nigeria’s Federal Government proclaimed a nation-wide public health emergency for the same reasons. Among the control and prevention measures, both the WHO and the Federal Government discourage large gatherings during this emergency.

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Book Review: A coming of age story of the anti-corruption movement

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From Left;Mr Wale Adeoye Represent Governor Kayode Fayemi Of Ekiti State,Femi Falana SAN;Chairman Of the Occassion,Mr Kolawole Olaniyan The Author Of the Book;His Royal Majesty,Oba Rilwanu Akiolu,The Oba Of Lagos And Mrs Helen Olaniyan Wife Of the Author.At the Public Presentation Of Book Corruption And Human Rights Law in Africa held at Sheraton Hotel Ikeja Lagos.PHOTO;AKEEM SALAU.

It is a huge honour and privilege to be invited by Dr. Kolawole Olaniyan to review this timely contribution to the human rights conversation in Africa. This book represents a scholarship that responds to the urgent governance need in Africa; a provocative endeavour that casts a different light on the understanding of corruption and an ingenious exposé that elevates corruption to an existential threat to human rights in the continent. The ability of author to weave this compelling narrative is both profound and commendable.

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THE SAN’S PULPIT : Justice K.O. Anyah (Rtd): The last of the titans is late

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IN mythology, the Titan is thought to be one of the 12 children of Heaven and Earth, ancient gods of Greece, probably of the pre- Hellenic population according to the New Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, International Edition, In conventional usage, a Titan is someone or something of very great strength, size, intellect or importance, also named after the Titans in Greek mythology who belonged to a family of giants. I have no doubt that the late judge and jurist, Hon. Justice K. O. Anyah (Rtd), belonged to a family of giants, at least having regard to his pedigree and the company of legal and judicial brethren that he kept in his active years in the service of the law. I have referred to him as the last of the Titans because two of his contemporaries departed this sinful world a little earlier. His friends for a long time, Hon. Justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa who retired as a Justice of the Supreme Court and The Hon. Chike Ofodile SAN, one-time Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, were definitely in that family of giants. Go a little further back in time, several other names come to mind- Hon. Justice Mbanefo, erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Phil-Ebosie, Hon. Justice Aseme are some of his contemporaries, now deceased.

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Impeachment: Open letter to State Chief Judges (2)

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:26 pm   /   Comments

Those suspended were Justices Chika Okoli (Anambra), Ya’u Dakwang (Plateau), and both the Chief Judge of Ekiti state, Justice Kayode Bamisile and the former acting chief judge of the state, Justice Jide Aladejana”.

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CJN chairs book launch on corruption & human rights law

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:30 am   /   Comments

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar,

THE Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Mukhtar will on Monday August 18, 2014 preside over the launching of the book ‘Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa’, written? by Dr. Kolawole Olaniyan? of Amnesty International in London.

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Apapa gridlock: Traffic control has to be overhauled — Bello

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Hassan-Bello

MR Hassan Bello is the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC. In this interview, Bello, a lawyer of long standing shares his views on the powers of the council, the challenges of regulating the maritime sector, the challenge the Apapa gridlock poses on ports operations and sundry national issues.

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Impeachment: Open letter to State Chief Judges

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Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar

A country can still do well with bad laws but it cannot do well with bad judges. This is because if the judges are upright, they can mitigate the injustice, inhumanness created by people who made bad laws. But when judges are corrupt, even with good laws, development, justice cannot thrive” (Justice Akinola Aguda 1923-2004)
The impeachment of the former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako may become a lid to floodgate of impeachment of state governors and perhaps the President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Nigeria to come.

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Plea bargain has no legal backing —Prof Osunbor

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FOrmer governor of Edo State, Prof Oserheimen Osunbor, is the head of the Nigeria Law Reform Commission, NLRC. In this interview, he speaks on the activities of the commission and its challenges since he took over in January this year, bills proposed to reform the country’s criminal justice system, as well as related issues.

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The war against corruption: How has Nigeria fared?

  /   in Law & Human Rights 9:03 am   /   Comments

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Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, defines corruption as ‘the abuse of entrusted power for private gain’. For the words ‘entruusted power’ the World Bank uses the words ‘public office’. Its own definition therefore comes out as ‘the abuse of public office for private gain’.

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Politicians rob judiciary of best brains — Justice Phillips

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Justice Ayotunde Philips

JUstice Ayotunde Philips on July 26, retired as the Chief Judge of Lagos State, a position she held for two years. In this interview, she speaks on her life as a lawyer, on the bench and what her experiences were as Chief Judge.
She also bares her mind on the corruption in the judiciary and measures that can help curb corruption in the system.

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BRT Probe: Falana requests Fashola to remove Justice Adebajo as chairman

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A senior advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana yesterday urged the Lagos state governor, Mr BabatundeFashola, SAN, to reconstitute the judicial commission set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the army/civilian clash which occurred along Ikorodu Road, Lagos on July 4, 2014 on the ground that its chairman, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo (rtd.) does not fit for the post.

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Glowing tribute as Aturu goes home tomorrow

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IT was a day of glowing tributes for late human rights activist, Bamidele Francis Aturu as jurists, lawyers and rights activists came together at a colloquium in his honour in Lagos. It was indeed a gathering of who is who in the human rights community and the Bar.

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