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Judges, lawyers encourage impunity – Justice Oyewole

  /   in Law & Human Rights, News 7:37 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in Law & Human Rights, News 12:04 am   /   Comments

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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

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:17 am   /   Comments

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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Nials boosts lawyers capacity in brief writing, advocacy skills

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In fulfilment of one of its statutory functions of providing continuous legal education for lawyers and judicial officers, the Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies, Nials, has organised a training programme for lawyers in Lagos.

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Threat to override president’s veto, assault on constitution – Daudu

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Amid threat by the National Assembly to override the president’s veto despite Supreme Court ruling that status quo be maintained, former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president, Mr Joseph Daudu SAN, has described the lawmakers’ decision as an assault on the Constitution.

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UN appoints Nigerian human rights chief in Uganda

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United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed an international human rights lawyer and diplomat, Dr. Uchenna Emelonye, as the Country Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda.

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Legal500 ranks üLEX top in four areas of legal practice

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Global leaders in legal research, ratings and rankings, Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa has identified Nigeria’s commercial law firm, ülex as a top-tier firm in four key practice areas, out of five areas featured in the 2015 edition of its ranking for Nigeria and Africa.

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Timeliness of NJC guidelines on judicial appointments

  /   in Law & Human Rights, News 2:46 am   /   Comments

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Under those guidelines, judicial appointments were undertaken through processes that were undemocratic, cloistered, elitist, and that lacked openness or transparency. This effectively led to the exclusion of otherwise eligible people from consideration for judicial office. The former guidelines could not ensure that those appointed to judicial office represented the strongest stock of talent that the legal profession could offer.

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Partner appeals judgement in suit against firms

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Mr. Oghoro Bishop Ese, a former management partner with an oil services company, Taleveras Group of Companies Limited (TGCL),has appealed the March 24, 2015 judgment delivered by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja in a suit by the company and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Igho Sanomi. In his notice of appeal before the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal, the appellant alleged that the trial court denied him fair hearing, while querying the procedure adopted by it.

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Govs shouldn’t be afraid of signing death warrants — Justice Adebajo (retd)

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Before the date of my retirement, I had wound down mentally from the work. My frame of mind was that the work was coming to an end. But, as of today, I do miss the camaraderie with my colleagues. When I joined the bench, I think judges in Lagos State at that time were somewhat stiff to one another. But along the line we started going on retreats. We were spending between a week to 10 days out of the country, in another location, going through some legal matters and also having a laugh with ourselves. It has engendered a comradeship within the Judiciary and I think it has been good for the Judiciary. So, on that note I have missed my colleagues.

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8 more Nigerians face execution in Indonesia – Diaspora Group

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AGROUP, United Nigerians In Diaspora, UNID, has called on the Federal Government to prevail on the Indonesian government to stay action on its plans to execute eight more Nigerian citizens for drug related offences.

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Diaspora Nigerians lament brutality and killings

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THE search for greener pastures and perhaps, sound education, has seen many Nigerians travelling abroad even at their peril. It is sad to know that many Nigerians in the diaspora are being brutally murdered and maltreated and at the same time deprived of their earnings as was the case in the South African xenophobic attacks, where a good number of Nigerians’ shops were looted.

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2015 elections: Implications for Nigeria’s democracy

  /   in Law & Human Rights 1:16 am   /   Comments

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The 2015 general elections have come and gone, but the aftermath continues to generate controversies in some quarters despite the ruling party conceding defeat to the opposition. This piece examines some of the issues that shaped the exercise, the outcome and the way forward for the nation’s young democracy

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Court rules on property suit May 21

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JUSTICE Abisoye Bashua of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Epe has fixed May 21 for ruling in a N100 million suit instituted by the Homeowners at Pearl Garden Estate, Sangotedo Village in Eti-Osa, against a property developer, Oyetubo Jokotade Estate Resource Limited, over alleged incessant harassment and imposition of arbitrary charges.

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I was not ridiculed out of police —Ehindero

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•Former IGP Ehindero

FORMER Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero, has stated that he was not ridiculed out of the police force even as he denied any financial impropriety against him during his tenure.

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Constitution amendments: What options left for National Assembly?

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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to assent to the bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution has exposed the underbelly of a frosty relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government.

Coming at the twilight of current administration’s tenure and on the heels of the general elections in which the ruling party was roundly routed by the opposition, many, including members of the National Assembly were taken aback by the President’s action.

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Why ex-minister, Kuforiji-Olubi is in court with foreign partners

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THE ruling expected to be delivered by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Lagos on the arguments canvassed by parties last week on whether to stay further proceedings in the on-going case initiated by PhoenixTide Offshore Nigeria Limited against Tidewater Marine International Incorporated, its local agent, Tidex Nigeria Limited, Total E & P Nigeria Limited and two others will form a pivot of the next step to be taken by parties presently before the law court. Others as defendants in the case are Total Upstream Nig Ltd, and Total E&P Nig Deepwater Ltd.

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Book on corruption & human rights law in Africa

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KOLAWOLE Olaniyan’s Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa is a unique departure in many senses from typical books on corruption.

Some recent writings want us to believe that corruption is only a recently developed deviation in public morality. It is not. Corruption has been with us from the creation of humankind.

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There are no enough judges for election tribunals — Justice Adejumo

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:57 am   /   Comments

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.

Justice Babatunde Adejumo is the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN). He became President of NICN on April 2003 and has worked relentlessly to improve the lots of the court. He has created several divisions of the court across the six geo-political zones of the country as well as enhanced the laws establishing the court. In this interview, he spoke on the election petition tribunal as well as how to de-congest the Apex court of the country among other issues

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Supreme Court rights on Fayose — Agbaje

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A Lagos based lawyer, Mr Fred Agbaje has said the judgement of the Supreme Court on the eligibility of the Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose to contest for the governorship office was the best that can happened.

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Buhari, like Abraham Lincoln, Abdoulaye Wade

  /   in Law & Human Rights 5:25 am   /   Comments

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Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) victory at the March 28 presidential poll has added a novel chapter to the study individual’s dogged determination an unyielding strength of character.

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Lawyers are responsible for cases delay in courts — Dabiri

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Chief Abiodun Dabiri

Chief Abiodun Dabiri was called to the Nigerian Bar over three decades ago. A former Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos branch, he was also a member of the National Disciplinary Committee of NBA, in this interview, he spoke on expectations, from the in coming president, possible fresh constitution amendments, mode of appointing judges and other related issues

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Non appreciation of democratic principles, Nigeria’s biggest problem

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Former President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Joseph Daudu, SAN, has blamed the underdevelopment of Nigeria on the inability of both the leadership and followership to comprehend democratic principles such as due process, rule of law, good governance accountability and others beyond mere rhetoric and semantics.

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Presidential election: The winners, the losers

  /   in Law & Human Rights 8:47 pm   /   Comments

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The Presidential election has come and gone. I write the morning after; I see peace, tranquillity, joy and democracy at work. Contrary to doomsday prophets, soothsayers and seers of fortune who predicted crisis of monumental proportion. God has shown that He is indeed a Nigerian. Rather than blood, pains and pangs, there is merriment, friendship, back slapping and hugging.

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African Bar sets 8-point agenda for Buhari

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President-elect Muhammadu Buhari reviews a document in Abuja on April 1, 2015. Nigeria's new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation as "historic" hours after he secured a decisive victory. AFP PHOTO

THE African Bar Association, ABA, has identified eight critical areas that the new government under the leadership of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari must address when he takes the rein of power in Nigeria.

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Firm sues bank over alleged bad debt

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:55 am   /   Comments

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Omais Investment Nigeria Limited, a building and civil engineering contractor, has dragged Ecobank Nigeria Limited before a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos for allegedly listing its name as having bad credit and making unfair report about its accounts to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).n Joined in a writ of summons filed by its lawyer, Ehizogie Esezobor, was the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Lawyers should not delay election tribunals with interlocutory injunctions

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I expect that the Election Tribunals will be up to their oath of office in accordance to Honourable Justice Mahmoud Mohammed’s address during their swearing in, sometime in January on the does and don’ts and these are men of proven integrity. Surely we will get the best from them without rancour. And my only advice is that political gladiators should leave them alone to do their job and whatever judgement they deliver, should be accepted in good faith and anyone who is not satisfy can also appeal there is a forum for that up to the Supreme Court.

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Beyond failure of card reader

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THE three fundamental problems bedeviling the policies and actions of the Nigerian pubic office holders including academics in contemporary times are pride, inferiority complex and shamelessness on the part of their formulators and executors. These have gravely crept into the headship of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under Prof Attahiru Jega. They also exhibit the antics of being more catholic than the pope.

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SAN calls for judicial autonomy to reduce corruption

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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

Chief Ladi William, SAN, has called for the autonomy of the Judiciary from other arms of government as this will reduce corruption, promote efficiency, hard work at the Bar and Bench which will ultimately lead to the enhancement of the legal profession. Speaking on “Enhancing the legal profession, the role of the Bench and Bar” at the 4th Annual Chief Judge’s Dinner and maiden Awards Night organized by the Anambra State Judiciary, Williams highlighted the urgent need to cure judicial corruption and inefficiency to enhance the legal profession.

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Court adjourns fundamental enforcement suit against club

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LAGOS— A Lagos High Court, sitting at Igbosere has adjourned a fundamental right enforcement suit filed by an ex-Entertainment Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938, Mr. Gbenga Gbadesire, against the Registered Trustees of the club, till April 29, for further hearing. Gbadesire had dragged the trustees of the club to court, claiming N100m for damages, over alleged unwarranted or unprocedural expulsion from the club.

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Obi rallies South-East lawyers’ support for Jonathan

  /   in Law & Human Rights 12:10 am   /   Comments

As campaigns for Saturday’s presidential elections end today, Igbo lawyers have been urged to cast their ballots for re-election bid of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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Anambra NBA branches advocates credible, violence-free elections

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Less than two weeks to the March 28 Prsediential and national assembly elections, seven branches of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA in Anambra state, including Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Aguata, Ihiala, Idemili and Anaocha have advocated for a credible and violence-free elections.

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