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Mr Sabastin Hon, SAN

Nigerians are impatient with delayed criminal trials – Hon

These calls have been resonating for a very long time now, but I think gradually, things have started taking shape. We have had strict timelines in the determination of election petitions, leading to expeditious determination of such matters. We also have the Criminal Justice and Administration Act, which has also had great impact on the length of time of criminal trials. I will, however, quickly add that the major players in the system – the lawyers, the judges and the litigants must be ready to accept that this is a new dawn in Nigeria, where dilatory tactics are no more condoned by Nigerians. I have been watching the trend on social media, and I can confirm that most Nigerians are impatient with delayed criminal trials.

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Why court cannot remove Ikpeazu as Governor of Abia State

ON Monday, June 27, 2016, the country was again thrown into some shock with the news of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, sacking the Governor of Abia State, Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu. From the reports, it was said that Governor Ikpeazu does not possess the requisite qualification to contest the election as governor, in that he did not furnish credible evidence of payment of tax, to the Abia State Government. Accordingly, the court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Mr. John Ogah, the candidate who came second in the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s governorship primary.

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Osinbajo resumes in office

Arbitration, key to foreign investments- Osinbajo

VICE President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, SAN, has urged businessmen in Nigeria to embrace commercial arbitration for the desired speed in dispute resolution to attract international investors. Professor Osinbajo, said that with the robust dispute resolution mechanism like Arbitration in place, the country will actualise her vision of becoming the next major destination for foreign investment.

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.Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama

Arewa Lawyers Forum writes NBA over Gadzama’s adoption

THE Arewa Lawyers Forum, ALF, has explained the circumstances in which Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, presidential candidate Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, was adopted. In a letter to NBA president, Mr Augustine Alegeh, SAN, which was copied the regional fora, ALF denied a letter purportedly written by its Secretary, Sani Garun-Gabas, dissociating the forum from adopting Gadzama. The forum, in the June 27 letter copied the Coordinator, Southwest Bar Forum, the Eastern Bar Forum, said that the letter purportedly written by Garun-Gabas on June 14 was on a letter headed paper that did not have the names of ALF’s exco members.

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Asue Ighodalo

SBL working with NASS in law making process- Ighodalo

First of all, I would like to say that it has been a great privilege to serve as the Chairman of Council of the SBL and pilot the affairs of the Section for two years. I have had the opportunity to interact with my colleagues and to lead a section of the NBA that is very dynamic, comprises hard working and innovative practitioners. I am grateful for the opportunity given me by the President and the National Executive Committee of the NBA, the Council and the members of the SBL to serve first as the Vice-Chairman for two years and then as the chairman for another term of two years. It has really been a wonderful, but humbling experience heading an organisation of colleagues and peers.

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FOI Act: Much expectations, less impact

The long title to the FoI Act states that : “it is an Act to make public records and information more freely available, provide for public access to public records and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and established procedures for the achievement of those purposes and for related matters.”

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Obasanjo’s inappropriate criticism of Justice Idris

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo recently launched a stinging attack on the authority of the Federal High Court and the competence of Justice Mohammed Baba Idris after the judge ruled that details on the spending of recovered stolen public funds under Obasanjo’s government between May 1999 and May 2007 should be widely published including on a dedicated website.

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Mr Charles Odenigbo presenting  an award to the special guest of honour,  Justice Isaq Bello, Chief Judge of Abuja High Court while the Chairman of the event,  Mr. Washed Odusile (r) applaud during the Law,  Media and Social Justice Development  round-table on Reporting Court Proceedings by the Media held in Abuja.

Group honours FTC CJ, Bello, Gadzama, others

A NON-governmental organisation, Law, Media and Social Justice Development Initiative, LMSJI, has honoured the Chief Judge of Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Bello as an eminent Jurist, therefore conferring him with the Eminent Jurist Award. Also honoured was Chief Joseph-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, who was presented with Patron of Media Lawyers in Nigeria Award, while Prof. Paul Oboh Idornigie, SAN, was presented with Patron of Social Justice in Nigeria Award.

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Nigeria: When lawyers vote

Nigerians are interesting. Lawyers under the auspices of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, are on the stump, canvassing for votes among their colleagues and there is a semblance of grave-yard silence from Nigerians! Few give a hoot about the outcome; fewer even care about how the outcome could affect them. As usual, the refrain in local parlance, is: I no be lawyer. Wetin come concern me for lawyer dem matter?

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President Buhari

Buhari and the law: one year, so far, so?

A better way to answer the question of whether this administration is following the rule of law is to begin by examining what law itself is. Law is a collection of rules, guidelines and directives adopted to regulate human conduct. We adopted law in order to abolish anarchy, confusion and chaos, as properly captured by Thomas Hobbes. With law therefore it becomes easy to predict human conduct and not to be governed whimsically, arbitrarily, capriciously or according to the dictates of whosoever is in authority for the time being.

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*A cross section of Judges

Judiciary under Buhari: So far, so busy

UNDOUBTEDLY, PresidentMuhammadu Buhari’s 365 days in office has been an eventful one for the judiciary. For most trial Judges, it was quite a very busy and tiring period. The reinvigorated Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, initiated proceedings against some high-profile politically exposed persons, while the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, ordered day-to-day trial of such corruption cases.

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