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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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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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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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Illegal detention: School proprietor slams N5m suit against IG, others

THE proprietor and director of D Glory Top Private Schools, Legasa Phase 11, Lakowe, Lagos , Pastor Ochuko Osusu, has instituted a N5million fundamental rights enforcement suit before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos against the Inspector General of Police over his alleged illegal detention by the Police at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti.

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Why death penalty’s not solution to problem of kidnapping in Nigeria

EARLIER this month, the Senate approved a proposal to introduce a bill that will make kidnapping punishable by death. Many commentators have welcomed the decision arguing that the death penalty will deter the increasing number of kidnappings in the country. They are wrong. Kidnapping has reached epidemic levels in Nigeria and whilst the need for the Federal Government to fight this crime effectively has never been more urgent, the death penalty is not the solution. The reason for this is that there is no credible evidence that the death penalty deters kidnapping – or any other crime for that matter.

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Employee sues communication firm for N350 million

A N350 million suit has been instituted against Tecno Telecoms Limited and three others over alleged wrongful inducement and misrepresentation of facts, that led the claimant accepting a job from defendant’s company. Respondents in the suit by Mr Festus Irenonse before the Lagos division of the National Industrial Court, NIC, are Mr Rat Fang, Mr. Adebayo Adegboye and Total Data Limited.

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.Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama

Don’t blame Judiciary for Nigeria’s woes- Gadzama, SAN

To attack the judiciary or to even blame it for the woes of the society are the misguided and regrettable acts of overzealous elements who are ignorant of the principles of separation of power and have no respect for the concept of the rule of law. Hierarchically speaking, I think the judiciary is by virtue of its role to the society the only ‘big brother’ with the capacity to determine disputes between the other arms of government, the different tiers of government, government and individuals and between individuals – themselves. How then, can the big brother be the cause of the problem?

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