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    Requiem for James Ocholi, SAN

    EACH time I have had the opportunity to dedicate a tribute to a deceased colleague and friend, I always draw inspiration from a hymn. In the light of the very young children left behind by the demise of late James Ocholi, SAN and his wife Blessing, I believe that the words of hymn 176 (A&M) are, quite instructive. Penned by William Cowper, it is to the following effect

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    Can a CJ sign another judge’s judgement order?

    The media have been awash of recent with petitions by one Mr. Peter Eze, a lawyer against the Chief Judge of Enugu State, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Innocent Umezulike, to the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission, wherein he levelled allegations of forgery and misconducts.

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    Majority of Nigerian judges are honest, good, learned — Justice Abdullahi

    Justice Umaru Abdullahi, is former President of the Court of Appeal and member of the National Judicial Council, NJC. He is also Chairman, Board of Trustees, Citizens for Better Justice Initiative (CBJI). In this interview, he spoke on the challenges facing judges and efforts being made to improve their performance through the bar and the bench collaborating with the initiative of CBJI and other issues affecting the judiciary. Excerpts.

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    13% derivation, falling crude oil price and the constitution

      Introduction The principle of derivation as encapsulated under the proviso to Section 162 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, is geared towards providing a recompense to the producers of any natural resources for the expropriation and sequestration of their rights to control and manage same, by the Nigerian State. Instructively, however, and in
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    CAC: Attaining excellence in leadership and governance training

    ON assumption of office May 29, 2015, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to encourage accountability, transparency and good governance and wage a war against corruption in every Ministry, Department or Agency of Federal Government. As an agency of Government the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in discharge of its statutory obligations under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 and in response to the call for the fight against corruption organised a training for all its executive officers (assistant and deputy directors) themed “Attaining Excellence in Leadership and Governance” at the Sheraton Lagos, Hotel.

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    We must strengthen EFCC, ICPC to win war on corruption – Horn, SAN

    THE Nigerian constitution is currently undergoing amendments in the National Assembly. Which core areas do you think they must amend? We must first of all remember that the National Assembly, in conjunction with the various state Houses of Assembly, has power to amend the Nigerian constitution. This power is donated by the Constitution itself and cannot therefore, be wished away.

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    There is need to institutionalise judiciary reform – Adedeji

    To be honest with you, in my opinion, judicial reform needs to be institutionalised. As part of political reform of the country’s judiciary, it must constantly be reviewed or reformed to reflect the constant dynamics of the society. It should not be treated like one off project and be left in a state for a century. Efficient justice delivery is central to the nation’s economic growth and development. The administration of justice in Nigeria craves for serious reform to meet with the exigencies of growth; hence delay of cases in courts and in some cases failure to deliver justice.

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    CAC: Attaining excellence in leadership and governance training

    ON assumption of office May 29, 2015, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to encourage accountability, transparency and good governance and wage a war against corruption in every Ministry, Department or Agency of Federal Government. As an agency of Government the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in discharge of its statutory obligations under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 and in response to the call for the fight against corruption organised a training for all its executive officers (assistant and deputy directors) themed “Attaining Excellence in Leadership and Governance” at the Sheraton Lagos, Hotel.

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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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