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2015 general elections and survival of democracy in Nigeria

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President Goodluck Jonathan presenting his hand over notes to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari during the official presentation of Handover notes to the President-Elect at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

Finally by way of recommendation, Government needs to return to the drawing board and fully implement the Hon. Justice Uwais Report on Electoral Reforms which provides for an Electoral Offences Commission and a Tribunal to be its adjudicative arm. This step is imperative for the maintenance of law and order during elections and beyond.

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Agas, a lawyer, is Delta SSG

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Hon. Festus-Agas

His strength is in his character which is invisible. Thus, in searching for Hon. Festus Ovie Agas a lawyer, it is quite possible to look beyond him. Yet he is not hidden because he does not shy away from responsibilities and challenges. He will always be compelled by his sheer grasp of issues to listen to him.

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Buhari should ensure credible lawyers are appointed judges — Daramola

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Buhari

President Buhari must resist pressure to use political appointments to compensate those who worked for his success at the polls. He must appoint credible persons who can help him lift Nigeria to the first world. This is his chance and he must utilise it so that history can remember him for good. With the resources we have in this country, there is no basis for mass poverty and suffering. He must ensure that only those who want to serve are in Government and not the political merchants who have held the country down by their greed and callousness.

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2015 general elections and survival of democracy in Nigeria

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JB-Daudu

These statistics do not include those deaths that were unreported or those that were premeditated, politically motivated assassinations, arson and other mayhem unleashed on the populace by politicians and their thugs. These deaths do not also include the Boko Haram attacks in Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe States during the elections which claimed several lives.

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Institute of Advanced Legal Studies charts ways for pension scheme

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‘’pension problem and its excruciating plight of the retirees in the country for decades appear to have defiled all solution which the topic has become particularly more prominent since the rebirth of democracy in 1999’’. He noted that several committees were set up to by the federal government to provide lasting solution to the situation which latter came up with the pay as you go system that he said has woefully failed.

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Court fixes July 9 for hearing of N500,000 suit against lawyer

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ONITSHA – An Onitsha Magistrate Court in Anambra State has fixed July 9 for further hearing in a N500,000 suit filed by a businessman, Chief Ntomchukwu Atuchukwu, against a legal practitioner, Charles Ononye. The matter which was earlier scheduled to come up before Chief Magistrate Mike Okonkwo on May 28 could not hold because the defendant (Ononye) said he was served the hearing notice on May 27.

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SBL confab to raise issues affecting Nigeria’s business environment

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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 international convergence of business lawyers, policy makers, regulators, judges, the business community and academics, which takes place annually in Nigeria is set to open this Sunday in Lagos. The 9th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law, NBA-SBL, which begins on June 7, 2015 with an opening dinner, will be a Davos-style beehive of information aimed at broadening the perspectives of the business community and business lawyers on issues pertaining to the Nigerian economy, borrowing from China, the power sector and more and will last until June 9.

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What a time for change

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*Awa Kalu, SAN

As is now very well known, Nigerians trooped to the polls on the March 28, 2015 for the purpose of electing their president as well as those who will represent them in the hallowed Chambers of the National Assembly. With regard to the office of President, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Africa’s largest political party fielded the incumbent President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, as its Candidate. The All Progressives Congress (APC), on the other hand, was the sponsor of General Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, (the title ‘General’ will cease on the May 29, 2015) who won the election and will on Democracy Day resume afresh as President having had experience in that office as a Military Head of State.

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Our expectations from Buhari on justice sector – SANs, lawyers

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As General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd, assumes the mantle of leadership of the country tomorrow, hopes of Nigerians, are no doubt high, considering the campaign promises of the incoming President. Vanguard Law and Human Rights spoke to lawyers of their expectations on justice sector.

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Appointment of judges shouldn’t be done in secret – Obla

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Obla

Chief Godwin Obla, SAN, is one of the foremost prosecutors in the country. He has prosecuted some cases for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. In this interview, he spoke of the expectation of Nigerians, particularly litigants and lawyers from the in-coming administration of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari in the area of justice sector reforms.
He also spoke on the need for the next National Assembly to consider and pass laws that will generally move the country forward and not be guided by personal considerations and gains which were the banes of previous Assemblies.

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Perchstone & Graeys annual business forum holds in India

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The 2015 edition of Perchstone & Graeys India Nigeria Business Forum (INBF) was designed to widen the space of commercial opportunities and deepen the exchange of best practices between Nigeria and India.

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2015 general elections and survival of democracy in Nigeria

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*Mr.  Joseph Bodunrin Daudu, SAN,

The journey we undertook in the past 100 years saw us metamorphose from colonialism (1914-1960) to independence when we embraced Parliamentary Democracy of the West Minster Export Model and practised politics of bitterness, deceit, avarice and disunity for 6 years i.e. 1960-1966. The novelty of the excesses of the political class during this period referred to caused the awakening or emergence of an unknown political monster i.e. the Nigerian military (Armed Forces) and they seized power in the year 1966, suspended the Constitution and ruled by military fiat and Decree from 1966-1979. During this period, the military defragmented the entity known as Nigeria from 4 Regions to 12 States then 19 States by the time they handed over power to a civilian administration in 1979.

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Judges, lawyers encourage impunity – Justice Oyewole

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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

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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

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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

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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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Justice-Zainab-Bulkachuwa

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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Adebajo

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

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INEC official displays an empty ballot box

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

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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.

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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Ayo Fayose

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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