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Judge Withdraws From NIMASA Ex-Boss Suit

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A Federal High Court judge, sitting in  Lagos, Justice Ofili Ajumogobia, has withdrawn from the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed before the court by Mrs Beauty Akpobolokemi, wife of the embattled former Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Patrick Akpolobokemi against Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. When the case came up, Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia ...

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If Judgments Are For Sale, Who Are The Buyers?

Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed

By Ahuraka Isah Michael Daly Hawkins was a former senior judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While reacting to harsh public criticism of some Justices of the Supreme Court, among other notable judges in the United States of America in his book, titled ‘Dining with the Dogs: Reflections on the Criticism of Judges,’ he ...

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What Good Does Arbitration Do In Business Transactions?

Arbitration, no doubt, is the most used alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) mechanism both domestically and internationally. The process of arbitration is used between parties to resolve disputes arising out of commercial/contractual agreements, without the formalities of litigation and regular court procedures. The enhancement of relationship between conflicting parties gave rise to the growth and development of arbitration as an alternative ...

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Saraki’s Trial: Is Code Of Conduct Tribunal Inferior To The High Court?

As assets declaration trial of Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President continues before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, ADAM ADEDIMEJI examines the jurisdiction and scope of powers of CCT. He also spoke to lawyers on the controversy of superiority between CCT and High Courts. The ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal ...

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Lawyer Led 91 Year Old Widow To Protest Withheld School

Citing Education Private Secondary Institution (Special Provisions (Repeal) Law 2001, a Lagos attorney last Monday led a 91 year old widow, Mrs. Roseline Ololo on protest to Ministry of Education, Lagos over refusal of the State Government to handover, her school, Metropolitan College and Isolo Secondary School to her. The nonagenarian was on wheel chair during the protest. The school ...

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Templars Sweeps Nigeria Legal Award

Stories by Our Reporter A Nigerian leading law firm, Templars, has emerged the best law firm in Nigeria in a legal award organised by Esquire at the weekend in Lagos. Templars also garnered three additional awards in Capital Market Team of the year, Corporate Restructuring Team of the year as well as Project Finance Team of the year. Other winners ...

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Obey Court Orders, A2J Urges NPA

Access to Justice has called on President Muhammed Buhari to request agencies and parastatals of government to adhere to the rule of law and respect court orders. They also want him to hold accountable any agency or institutions that come short in this respect. This call was made against the backdrop of alleged persistent flouting of the order of a ...

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Road Maintenance: FG’s N522b Debts To States

In this special report, fourth of five parts, anchored by our reporters: Sylvester Enoghase, Oladunjoye Phillip, Emmanuel  Okwuke, Abel Orukpe, Olamide Bakare and Judith Eshemitan, take a critical look at why it has been difficult for successive governments in Nigeria to refine enough petroleum products for local consumption and possibly for export. Politics Of State And Federal Roads The issue ...

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What Is Whistle blowing?

We live in a complex world. Every day, decisions are made that can affect our health, safety, economic and human rights. Some of these decisions are made for the worst of reasons. They are made by the corrupt or the incompetent or the lazy. Accidents happen or corruption flourishes because employees who know about wrongdoing are afraid to say anything ...

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Just Before Buhari Names His Attorney General

As President Buhari sets to release the list of his cabinet officials in few days to come, many Nigerians are more concerned in who fits the bill to serve as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. ADAM ADEDIMEJI in this piece looks into the conditions the would-be AGF is expected to meet and the task ahead In view of ...

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The Law And The Noise Over Assets Declaration

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Following the public declarations of their assets exactly 48 hours to their 100th day in office last Thursday, both President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo made good their promise of making their assets public within 100 days of their administration. But lawyers are divided over compliance or violation of the law governing assets declaration. ADAM ADEDIMEJI examines the ...

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Remembering Gani Fawehinmi Six Years After

By Olukayode Ajulo I intend to examine the personality of the one who sojourned in our world for 71 years after he came visiting on 22nd day of April, 1938 and was translated to the great beyond on the 5th of September, 2009. As I give tribute once again to this legend I implore us all to draw lessons from ...

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What Do You Know About The Nigerian Export Promotion Council?

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (the “Council”) was established by the Nigerian Export Promotion Decree No. 26 of 1976, which was later further amended by the Nigerian Export Promotion Decree No. 64 of 1992, as an Act of the National Assembly (the “Act”). The Council is governed by a Board which consists of the (1) Chairman; (2) an individual from ...

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What Do You Know About Standard Organisation Of Nigeria?

Standard Organisation of Nigeria (“SON”) was established by an Enabling Act Number 56 of December 1971, which was re-enacted as the Standard Organisation of Nigeria Act Cap. S9 of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004 (the “Act”). SON’s governing body is known as the Nigerian Standards Council. This is the policy-making body with the responsibility of supervising ...

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NBA Tasks ‘Lawyers In Public Service’ On Accountability

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) rose from its 55th Annual General Conference in Abuja last week with a pledge to continuously pursue systemic reform of the legal system in Nigeria in order to enhance national development. The association also tasked lawyers, who find themselves in public service that they must offer quality leadership. The lawyers’ body further promised to make ...

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Multiple Taxation Harmful To Advertising Business – Lawyers

The Lawyers in the Media (LIM) has called on state governments to harmonise the taxes paid by the Outdoor advertising Agencies. It made the call during the 55th Annual General Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja last week. LIM Chairman, John Austin Unachukwu, said multiple taxation was harmful to the business of advertising. He praised LIM’s partners, ...

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Sectoral Group Moves To Enhance Capacity Of Lawyers

Stories by Adam Adedimeji, Abuja The chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), Mr. Asue Ighodalo has pledged to strengthened and build lawyers’ capacity. Ighodalo further promised to make the section more inclusive for all lawyers. Ighodalo who made the pledge at the section’s AGM held during the General Conference of the NBA in Abuja also ...

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Law Has A Pivotal Role To Play In Social Transformation, Says NBA

For eight days last week, Nigerian lawyers, judges and jurists gathered in Abuja to brainstorm on ways law could be effectively used for national development. It was at the Nigerian Bar Association’s 55th Annual General Conference attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and many dignitaries. ADAM ADEDIMEJI who was a participant reports  The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) rose from its 55th ...

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Silk: To Be Or Not?

Over the years, there has been persistent call for the abolition of the award of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). The call was recently further strengthened by the news of the abolition of the rank in Ghana. Back home, the recent announcement of this year’s successful awardees is creating misgiving in the legal circle with many questioning some names on ...

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NBA Assures Lawyers Of Speedy Collection Of Stamp & Seal

• As Senior Lawyers decry Project By Adam Adedimeji,  LAGOS   The Nigerian Bar Association has assured Senior Advocates of Nigeria and all lawyers that the Association is committed to ensuring that all Nigerian lawyers get their stamps and seals within 48 hours of paying for them. In a letter to the NBA President, Mr. Augustine Alegeh SAN, Chairman of ...

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What Do You Know About Securities And Exchange Commission?

By Gloria Ishaleku, Lagos  –   Lagos   Demand in the equities market on Wednesday surged thereby sustaining the bullish run seen in the past two trading days to propel the two major market indicators, the All-Share Index and Market Capitalisation, to a 3.1 per cent rise. The All Share Index appreciated by 944.89 basis points or 3.10 percent to close trading ...

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Appointment Of INEC Acting Chairman, The Legal Angle

Amina Bala Zakari

As the legality or otherwise of appointment of Hajia Amina Zakari as acting Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continues to generate debate, Wahab Shittu, of Faculty of Law, University of Lagos writes that President Buhari clearly has powers to appoint an Acting Chairman of INEC by virtue of the provisions of Interpretation Act Lately, there has been controversy as ...

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N.4m Deposit For Election Petition Is Absurd, Outrageous – Akingbolu

Kabir Akingbolu is a constitutional lawyer, human rights activist and election petition expert. He attended the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was called to bar in 2003. In this interview with TUNDE OPESEITAN, Akingbolu offered better ways to handle election petitions so as to bring about justice and fairness. He also spoke on other issues affecting the polity including ...

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What Do You Know About Securities And Exchange Commission?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) is regulated by the Investment and Securities Act (the “Act”). SEC is the principal regulatory authority for the Nigerian capital market, protection of investors and ensures fair, transparent, and efficient capital market operation. Under the Act, SEC is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue ...

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‘Lawyers In The Media’ Congratulates Odusile

Lawyers in the Media Forum (LIM) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday in Lagos congratulated Abdulwaheed Odusile on his election as the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) In a statement signed by the Chairman of LIM, John Austin Unachukwu, the forum urged Mr. Odusile to use his wealth of experience to improve the welfare of Nigerian ...

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