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From left: Mr. Francis Dan Kozah; Secretary, Mr. Garungabas; Chairman, and Bauchi State Governor, M. A. Abubakar, and Vice Chairman, Mr. Garba Pwul (SAN), all of Arewa, at the meeting.

NBA 2016 Presidency: Arewa Okeys Gadzama, Mahmoud protest

THE Arewa Lawyers Forum, ALF, sev en-man Screening Committee set up to screen candidates for the forthcoming Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, elections in July, in Kaduna, Kaduna State, recommended the former Chairman of the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law, SPIDEL, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, for adoption as the forum’s Presidential candidate in the election

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As S-Court decides on Saraki vs CCT on jurisdiction

AS the Supreme Court of Nigeria, tomorrow, decides the appeal filed by the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, over his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), three knotty issues are primed for adjudication. In recent days the apex court had sprang surprises, which invariably lead to anticipations from Nigerians as to what would be the outcome of the arguments canvassed by both parties on the legality or otherwise of the trial of the Senate president by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) .

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Shiite, Army clash: What NBA fact-finding revealed

Few weeks ago, the empty land stream with stones and broken blocks and pieces of flattened roofing sheet was the ‘sovereign’ territory of Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky, spiritual leader of the Shiite, also known as Islamic Movement of Nigeria. This is Huyssainyah, few minutes’ drive from the Depot, Nigerian Army, Zaria and a walking distance from the Police Area Command. Elsewhere in Gyaellsu, a nearby residential neighborhood, the expanse occupied by the sect leader and his followers had been leveled, leaving behind a wasteland, at least for now.

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Appeal Court judgment on Abia can’t be faulted – Lawyers

SENIOR lawyers have praised the courage of the Justices of the Court of Appeal on the judgment delivered on December 31, last year, which declared the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, governorship candidate, Dr Alex Otti as winner of the Abia State governorship election. The court, presided over by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, nullified the declaration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as winner of the election. Also on the panel were Justice Chinwe Iyizoba, Justice Samuel Oseji, Justice Tijani Abubakar and Justice Jamilu Tukur.

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*A cross section of Judges

Judiciary should ensure court orders are obeyed – Lawyers

I LOOK forward to a vibrant and fearless judiciary in 2016. The Courts should be ready and willing to perform their constitutional role of adjudication in disputes between individuals, governments and corporate entities. They have always carried out the duty of adjudication to the admiration of so many of us lawyers and we look forward to the courts continuing in the performance of this constitutional function without fear or favor.

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50 years after Jan 1966: Justice, order, rule of law

I was taken aback when in the course of a discussion with a colleague concerning the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, I was reminded that January 15th this year, will mark the golden jubilee anniversary (50 years!) of the first coup d’etat in Nigeria which took place on January 15th, 1966. It cannot be denied that that event completely altered the legal and political calculus as well as social and cultural relations in this country.

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Law Pavillion  MD, Mr Ope Olugasa

E-Law reporting enhances lawyers, judges efficiency – Law Pavillion boss

For those we have trained, we do not relent in carrying out follow up programs and plans are underway to do more of follow-up in the coming year. With regards to training outcomes, the trainings have benefitted participants immensely, touching all end-users the Judges, the Magistrates, Lawyers, Solicitors and Law students etc. A recurring feedback has been that LawPavilion has changed their lives and they really wonder how they were able to cope without our products. This is especially so for those who have LawPavilion products before or after the training. They have been able to derive maximum benefits from the use of our flagship LawPavilion Electronic Legal Research software.

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Babatunde Raji Fashola

Judiciary: Some events that shaped 2015

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on December 4 arraigned a former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, Executive Director, Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Amechee Juan, Blockz and Stonz Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistics Limited before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on twenty-two count charge of conspiracy, fraudulent conversion and money laundering.

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Tribunal: Dangote assures Ibeju Lekki communities of improved welfare

THE Group Head, Health, Safety, Environment and Community Affairs- Dangote Group, Alhaji Abdulraman Zubairu, has told the tribunal inquiring into the October 12 civil disturbances in the Lekki Free Trade Zone that the affected communities would get an improved welfare after his partners were able to assess their need by January 11, 2016.

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California judge tasks Nigeria on ADR

STAKEHOLDERS in the judiciary sector have been advised to make sure that law students are not only taught how to litigate but also how to resolve disputes through the Alternative Dispute Resolution ADR. A United States District Court, Northern District of California Judge, James Ware, said for Nigeria to make ADR part of societal norms that is embraced by all, it has to change its perspective.

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The Judiciary, the burden of justice in 2015

The year 2015 was quite an eventful one for the judiciary. Aside the determination of election disputes by different tribunals across the federation, the year under review also witnessed the prosecution of many politically exposed persons over alleged economic sabotage. Remarkably, the year kicked-off on a low-point, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other Justices of the Supreme Court were on January 5, locked out of their respective offices by protesting members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN.

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Former DG of NIMASA, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi (centre) being led out of court after his arraignment by EFCC in Lagos.

EFCC handling of graft cases – Lawyers react

After the May 29 take over of government by President Muhammadu Buhari, the country woke up to news of arrests of alleged corrupt former public office holders, some of whom were held over wide range of allegations. The need to tackle corruption cannot be over-emphasised in a country, where public and private institutions have performed abysmally, due to graft.

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Tribunal: Dangote assures Ibeju Lekki communities of improved welfare

The Group Head, Health, Safety, Environment and Community Affairs- Dangote Group, Alhaji Abdulraman Zubairu, has told the tribunal inquiring into the October 12 civil disturbances in the Lekki Free Trade Zone that the affected communities would get an improved welfare after his partners were able to assess their need by January 11, 2016.

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