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Reviewed confab reports can produce peoples constitution — Obayuwana

Mr. Osagie Obayuwana is an activist and former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State. He was also a former National Chairman of the National Conscience Party, NCP. In this interview, he spoke on the need to review past conference reports to produce a peoples constitution, decentralisation of the police command, among other national issues.

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Shi’ites, Shiite, proscription

Knocks for FG over proscription of Shi’ites

In search of a legal solution to the perceived danger posed by members of Shi’ites Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, the Federal Government last week secured an exparte order from a Federal High Court in Abuja proscribing the group. Before then, government had unsuccessfully used various means to curtail the activities of the group which main demand is the release of their detained leader, Ibrahim ElZakzaky and his wife. Since Federal Government secured the order declaring the group an illegal organisation, there has however, been an unusual consensus in the legal community that the order is legal and a nullity.

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Drilling rig as a vessel: Distinguishing Transocean case vis-à-vis Seadrill case

The Court of Appeal in the recent Judgment of Transocean Support Services Nigeria Limited & 3 Ors v Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency & 1 Or: Appeal No:CA/L/ 503/2016, held that drilling rigs cannot be deemed to be vessels for the purpose of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, 2003 and liable to the 2 per cent surcharge as stipulated in the Cabotage Act. In arriving at its decision, the Court of Appeal gave consideration to the provisions of the Cabotage Act and held that either both or one of two conditions had to be met in order for a drilling rig to be classified as a vessel under the Cabotage Act.

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Distraught Bakassi people

11 years after: Bakassi IDPs decry neglect

Eleven years after Bakassi Peninsula was formally ceded by the Nigerian Government to Cameroun, the displaced indigenes of Bakassi have continued to lament the hardship, neglect and anguish which the unfortunate incident foisted on them. Many have lost any sense of belonging as neither the Nigerian Government nor the Camerounian Government identifies with their plight.

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*Justice Elizabeth Karatu

Justice Karatu’s treatment, example of assault on independence of judiciary

On June 14, 2019, Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu removed Justice Elizabeth Karatu, from office as acting Chief Judge of the State and appointed Justice Sulaiman Ambursa to act in that capacity, following the Kebbi State House of Assembly’s refusal to confirm Justice Karatu as substantive Chief Judge of the state. Before this time, Justice Karatu had petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, alleging, among other things, that she was being victimised by state authorities on grounds of her Christian faith and that Justice Ambursa had played a part in efforts to frustrate her confirmation as Chief Judge of the state.

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