Equipping judiciary for post-COVID-19

Lawyers push for more reform in post-COVID-19     Lawyers are pushing for a dynamic reform of the judiciary to withstand post  COVID-19 justice system. AKEEM NAFIU and TUNDE OYESINA report     “COVID-19 should be a catalyst for dynamic reform of the judiciary. The reforms should be all-encompassing”, one of them said. Another one said: “Post COVID-19 should see our judges and lawyers putting in extra efforts to cover the lost ground. It is expected that they will have zero tolerance for frivolous adjournments.” The above quotes are some…

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Lawyers mourn late Justice Karibi-Whyte

Barely 72hours after his death, encomiums have begun to pour in for the late former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who died at the weekend in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Prominent among them were lawyers in Lagos, who paid glowing tribute to the late retired Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte. He was 88.     For instance, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said “Nigeria has lost a foremost jurist and a fearless adjudicator with a robust intellectual mind.”     Adegboruwa went on: “He…

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‘How SMEs, employees, others’ll suffer post-COVID-19’

  She made a First Class in Law at the Nigerian Law School in 2017. Abimbola Adekoya, an indigene of Ijebu-East Local Government Area of Ogun State obtained her LL.B from the Lagos State University and was called to Bar in 2017. She shares her law journey and the likely effects of COVID-19 on SMEs, employees with JOHN CHIKEZIE       Background My name is Abimbola Adekoya and I am from Ogun State, Ijebu-East Local Government Area. I had my elementary school at Tifedayo International School, Alagbado, Lagos. Also,…

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Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom call

  A judge in Singapore has sentenced a man to death via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, one of just two known cases where a capital punishment verdict has been delivered remotely. Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, was told on Friday he would be hanged for masterminding a 2011 heroin transaction, court documents showed, as the country was under lockdown to try and curb its coronavirus outbreak, reports Reuters. “For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan…

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Dust over Independent Candidacy Bill

  Ahead of the 2023 general election, the House of Representatives is pushing for the widening of political space to accommodate independent candidates.  Is Nigeria ripe for independent candidacy? Lawyers say yes, no. AKEEM NAFIU reports   O pinions were sharply divided at the weekend among lawyers over the propriety of a Bill before the House of Representatives for an Act to alter the Constitution to allow for independent candidacy for any elective office in Nigeria.     Sections 65 (2) (b), 106 (d); 131(C), 177 (C) and 221 of…

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Otteh: Public opinion not enough to sway NASS’ passage of Infectious Bill

Joseph Otteh is the Director of Access to Justice. Otteh in this interview with JOHN CHIKEZIE speaks on Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, justice system, rising extra-judicial killings, hotel demolition in Rivers State and sundry issues     How would you look at impact of public opinion in f a controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 which has passed first and second reading?   Public opinion has mostly a limited impact on the passage of legislation, and the much it can do is to influence the thoughts and…

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Kaduna inaugurates mobile court to prosecute lockdown violators in Kafanchan

Kaduna

K aduna State Government has inaugurated a mobile court in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area, to prosecute offenders of the ongoing lockdown aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.   Speaking at the inauguration of the court, the Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, Mr. Christopher Umar urged the mobile court to discharge its duties without fear or favour.   Umar urged residents to respect the lockdown order and other safety guidelines on COVID-19, noting that it was in the best interest of the public. He…

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Why COVID-19 cases are on the rise, by Akingbolu

Mr. Kabir Akingbolu is a rights activist. In this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, he speaks on COVID-19 pandemic, anti-graft war and sundry issues     Do you think there are enough measures in place by the Federal Government to contain the ravaging coronavirus in view of the rising figure of cases nationwide?     The last speech of the president on preventive measures to contain the pandemic is nothing more than a nursery rhyme to many Nigerians. This is because majority of Nigerians are not expecting any further lockdown or…

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Pushing against infectious Disease Bill

AKEEM NAFIU writes that lawyers have joined the fray of opposition against the Infectious Disease Bill at the House of Representatives, sought withdrawal of the obnoxious bill     These are not the best of times for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and his colleagues as their plans of ensuring legitimacy of the Infectious Disease Bill have continued to be met with stiff resistance.     The latest opposition to the Bill is coming from some senior lawyers who are demanding a halt of all…

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COVID-19: Beyond relaxing lockdown, curfew imposition

AKEEM NAFIU writes that beyond relaxing lockdown and imposition of curfew, lawyers are demanding a clear blueprint from President Muhammadu Buhari on how to take the country out of the woods amidst COVID-19 pandemic       L awyers were at the weekend unanimous in their demand from President Muhammadu Buhari for more actions on how to curtail the ravaging COVID-19 and rid the country of the virus with a view to freeing the country and its citizens of the pandemic burden.     The lawyers while speaking on the…

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