In defence of Buhari’s Executive Order 10

‘Autonomy’ll guarantee judiciary’s independence’     Lawyers at the weekend hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an Executive Order aimed at ceding financial autonomy to States’ Legislature and the Judiciary. This, they believe would free the two arms of government from the grip of state governors. AKEEM NAFIU reports       L awyers were unanimous President Muhammadu Buhari deserved an applause following the long overdue financial autonomy he granted to States’ legislature and the judiciary.   They said the President’s endorsement of an Executive Order in pursuant of attaining…

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‘Domestication of child’s right Act’ll fast track justice system’

Mirian Obioma Okoro attended Madonna University, Okija in Anambra State where she obtained her LL.B. She was called to Bar in 2015. Okoro shares her foray into the law profession with JOHN CHIKEZIE     Background     She is from Ebonyi State. Mirian Obioma Okoro attended Madonna University Okija in Anambra State where she obtained her LL.B in 2014. Okoro was called to the Bar in 2015 after a successful Bar exams at the Nigerian Law school, Yenagoa.     She said: “Currently, I am the National Coordinator of…

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Court upholds CBN’s power to freeze account

  J ustice Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos has upheld the power of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze any account being investigated for alleged fraudulent activity.     The judge’s decision followed striking out of a suit filed by a Professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Anthony Elujoba, against the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), challenging the directive of the apex bank to a new generation bank to freeze his account whilst under investigation for an alleged fraud.   In his…

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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

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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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