Akinseye-George: Defective justice system hampering graft war

Yemi Akinseye-George is a Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria. In this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, he offers solutions to myriads of challenges impeding successful prosecution of high profile corruption cases. Besides, Akinseye-George speaks on recall process, Nigeria’s restructuring and sundry issues   There are concerns over abandoned and unresolved high profile cases of corruption in Nigeria. How do you think we can tackle the problem? The best way to rob a country is to buy its political system. There are several high profile corruption cases that are…

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Bank tackles DN Tyre in $14.6m land dispute

  Days after it was sued for allegedly taking over of an expanse of land belonging to DN Tyre Plc. A new generation bank at the weekend said the allegation was not only false but had determined to prove before the court that the tyre firm was on a ‘digging’ adventure. The bank specifically said it was ready to contend before a Lagos High Court that the alleged land was liquidated to it following DN Tyre’s alleged inability to repay facility granted to it by the bank. DN tyre is…

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NBA conference: 5,000 lawyers storm Lagos

FOLUSO OGUNMODEDE writes that no fewer than 5, 000 lawyers will this week arrive in Lagos for their 32nd annual conference where issues of nation building and “African business: Penetrating through institution building” would be discussed   Some 5, 000 members of the wig and gown will arrive in Lagos on Friday for the 32nd annual conference of the Africa’s largest group of lawyers under the umbrella of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). The conference is coming barely one week after lawyers from the continent of Africa gathered in Port…

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Stealing: Ondo chief knows fate October 25

An Akure High Court has fixed the trial of an 87-year-old High Chief, Rufus Oladele Oyeneyin, arraigned for alleged stealing, illegal possession of firearms, deliberate flouting of court order and obtaining registration under false pretense for October 25. The titled chief and two others were docked before Justice Yemi Adeyanju for the alleged offences. However, the 87-year-old Oyeneyin pleaded not guilty to an eight-count charge preferred against him by the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State. The two co-accused; Sylvester Ovwighotu and Odeyemi Olufemi had…

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Lawyers, judges honour Akiri at book launch

Ahead of the 2017biennial conference of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) beginning this week, major stakeholders will on Thursday throng the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos to honour their own and septuagenarian lawyer, Mr. Chris Akiri as two of his books, “Reminiscences: Autobiographical Notes” and “The Way It Is”, Volume 2, will be officially presented to the public. Also, a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emmanuel Oghene Egoh, who will chair the occasion, will lead other eminent Nigerians, including Mr. Dan Esiekpe;…

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Angst over law for recovered loot

The nation’s Justice Minister and Attorney-General, Malam Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, believes there is need for the National Assembly to amend some relevant laws before funds recovered from looters can be spent on development projects. Should laws be amended before the federal government can put to use recovered loot? Asked FOLUSO OGUNMODEDE     The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has no doubt recovered trillions of naira looted from the nation’s treasury by politicians and government officials including hundreds of dollars abandoned by unknown individuals in…

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Kirfi: Corruption, bane of development in CAC

Ibrahim Kirfi is a lawyer and Chairman of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees at the Corporate Affairs Commission. In this interview with TUNDE OYESINA, Kirfi speaks on corrupt practices running into billions of naira with its attendant consequences on poor welfare package of members of staff which triggered face-off with the Commission   What would say has caused the current industrial crisis at the Corporate Affairs Commission’s headquarters in Abuja? We have been on strike since July 17 and I believe any time…

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Group petitions UN, seeks intervention in justice system

  Foremost rights group, Access to Justice (AJ) has petitioned the United Nations over an alleged extra-judicial killing in the country especially the last year alleged killings of unarmed Biafra agitators, asking the international organization to intervene, raising the alarm that the rule of law was in danger. Its executive director, Mr. Joseph Otteh told the UN that the rule of law had suffered immensely since the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was inaugurated about two years ago. He, however, asked the international organization to place Nigeria on its radar with…

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Firm, others sensitise SMEs’ owners on financial, liability issues

  For businessmen on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), it is a dream come true as a law firm, Okhai Akhigbe & Co (OAC), at the weekend held a legal workshop that would open up their business to complexities of legal matters with a view to helping them learn the legal rope. The workshop which was entitled SME Legal Clinic focus on the essential ingredients SMEs need to grow healthy business legally. Experts from different field of business, banking, law, divulge business secret and goals of actualizing business opportunity. The…

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Detention: Businessman sues police for N6m

  A N6million fundamental rights enforcement suit has been slammed against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and eight others by Joseph Udemezue, Sunday Nduka and Peter Ezeka before Justice Chuka Obiozor of a Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged illegal detention. The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos; DSP Nwabuisi; Mr. Bright (IPO); Commissioner of Police, Ogun State; DPO Ogere Police Station, Ogun State; DCO Ogere Police Station, Mr. John Okon; Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Managing Director, CEJ Mart…

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