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Only states can legislate on hotel business regulation

By an originating summons taken by the Federal Government as Plaintiff against Lagos State, as the Defendant, the Plaintiff challenged the validity of enactment of the following laws: The Hotel Licensing Law Cap H.6, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003; The Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Law No. 30, Vol. 42, Lagos State of Nigeria official Gazette 2009 and The Hotel Licensing (Amendment) Law No. 23, Vol. 43, Lagos State of Nigeria official Gazette, July 2010.

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Did ex-Abia Chief Judge commit perjury?

LAST week, Abia indigenes received with a wave of shock the news that the National Judicial Council [NJC] had ordered the immediate and compulsory retirement of the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Shedrack Nwanosike, who according to the apex judicial disciplinary body falsified his age which Council said “invariably affected his retirement age”.

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What’s age got to do with it?

Our print, electronic and social media have in the past couple of days been heavily inundated with disputation concerning recent proceedings at the National Assembly. What can immediately be said without equivocation is that the Senate did not vote to vary the age of marriage nor did it legitimize child marriage. Rather, what appears to have angered many Nigerians arose from a consideration by Senate, of the ‘age for renunciation of citizenship’, having regard to the provisions of section 29 of the constitution of the Federation of Nigeria, 1999 (hereafter, ‘the Constitution’).

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Phantom ‘Child Marriage Bill’: Much ado about a false alarm

For about two weeks now, the nation has been caught in another hysteria. At the centre of it is a phantom “Child Marriage Bill” supposedly passed by the Senate. Like most matters at the heart of many national frenzies and umbrages in the past, this one too turned out to be another bout of ignorance, mischief, hypocrisy, and professional ineptitude in defence of a false alarm.

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Required proof for criminal allegations in election petition (2)

Like we argued earlier, the strict rule was developed to ensure “only guilty persons are convicted by the State”. Therefore, it is the end goal of a proceeding that should ordinarily determine the standard of proof to be applied. The ‘strict rule’ ought only to apply where the end goal of a proceeding seeks conviction of a citizen by the State and not where the end goal is a pursuit of compensatory damages, injunctive/restorative reliefs, declarations, restitutive orders etc; such as are often sought in civil and election petition proceedings respectively.

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