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Unshackling the interpretation of the 1999 constitution

The events of the past couple of weeks, arising from the absence of the President (who is also the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces) on grounds of ill-health, has provoked a flurry of activities, and in its wake has generated multiple reverberations, which have threatened to impose a crack on our ill-managed and papered attempt at constitutionalism.

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N/A resolution and the poisoned chalice called doctrine of necessity

Again, for the umpteenth time, Nigeria emerged from its ashes of constitutional conflagration that sort of defied the natural order of combustion: much like the Mosaic experience of the bush consuming the fire rather than the other way round. So it was with the recent constitutional crisis triggered off by the eerie power vacuum in the wake of the long absence of President Yar’Adua from the country on medical trip.

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Report says attacks on journalists on the rise

A new global survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, has said that attacks on journalists are getting worse, with more attempts by repressive governments to censor the media. “Freelancers and online journalists are more vulnerable than ever before”, the survey which was launched at the UN headquarters in New York during the week said. The UN new edition of the CPJ finding entitled, “Attacks on the Press” in 2009, analyses threats in more than 100 countries.

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Good neigbourliness in times of crisis: The NVRI example

Except perhaps for those who had prior knowledge of the recent crisis in the Plateau State capital
and environs, it was an incident that caught many unawares. Many residents of Jos have become crisis-weary and probably felt it was the same for others. Little wonder that quite a number did not believe when initial reports of the outbreak of another crisis came. But it turned out to be true. Neighbours and friends once again became enemies, attacking one another and destroying property.

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Step down now, Nigerians tell Yar’Adua

Barring any last minute change, the Chief Judge of the Federal high court, Justice Dan Abutu is scheduled to deliver, today, a judgment on yet another constitutional suit demanding President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to step down on medical ground.The judgment, when handed down, will be the third, in the last 17 days, from the same judge on similar issue.President Yar’Adua was flown out of Aso Rock, the power seat, in the wee hours of November 23, 2009 to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia for medical attention over an ailment diagnosed as acute pericarditis.

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SERAP drags Yar’Adua to court, want information on recovered stolen public funds

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has dragged President Umaru Yar’Adua before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, over alleged failure to provide information on the spending of recovered stolen public funds. Also joined as defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Accountant-General of the Federation and the Auditor-General of the Federation.

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The SAN’s Pulpit: The long distance runner braces the tape…

Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, formerly Judge of the High Court of Niger State, and of the Court of Appeal and until December 31, 2009, the Chief Justice of Nigeria – the foremost Judge in our nation – has braced the tape in the typical tradition of long distance runners; successful but not tired. Justice Kutigi’s story unfolded at a valedictory session held in his honour by the Supreme Court of Nigeria on January 20, 2010.

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