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‘Judiciary still a puppet in Executive’s hands’

Muhammed-Kameel Audu is a native of Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State. Audu bagged an LL.B from Kogi State University, Anyigba and was called to Bar in 2015. He shares his experience at the Bar with JOHN CHIKEZIE

 

Background

 

My name is Muhammed- Kameel Obaje Audu, and I hailed from Ofu Local Government Area in Kogi State.

 

My primary education was at Babayade International School, Idah. I attended Federal Government College, Ugwolawo and St. Peter’s College, Idah, for my Secondary school education which I completed in 2008.

 

I studied law at the Kogi State University, Anyigba. I thereafter proceeded to the Kano Campus of the Nigerian Law School in Bagauda and was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 2015.

 

I was posted to Lagos for my National Youth Service Corp program, and served at Messrs.’ Fides and Fiducia, where I continued practicing as an Associate until March 2019. I consider myself as calm, easygoing and goal driven.

 

My hobbies include reading, watching movies, video games, writing, playing basketball, football and travelling.

Why Law?

As a child, I liked the wig and gown and I always found it fascinating. As I grew older, I considered it as a profession that puts me in a position to help innocent people who  cannot help themselves and I also liked the fact that lawyers command a lot of respect. Specialization When I began my career, the firm I worked with is a full service commercial law firm.

 

So, I got to do a little of everything but I majored primarily in Dispute Resolution. Over time, I developed other interests and I now specialize in Sports and Entertainment Law.

I believe this area of law is very largely underdeveloped in Nigeria and there is so much that needs to be done in this space. I’m currently a Partner at Tripodis Legal, which is a full service commercial firm where I head the Sports and Entertainment Law department.

 

Administration of criminal Justice in Nigeria When it comes to dispensation of justice, Nigerian Judiciary is alarmingly slow, compared to other advanced climes, and this has discouraged people from approaching courts and even practitioners from continued practice.

 

One example is the fact that judges in Nigeria are still required to record proceedings in long hand, and this is too much of a burden which takes a lot of time.

 

There is certainly no justification for the continuation of this trend, particularly in 2021, especially with the current extent of technological advancements.

 

Until there is full autonomy of the judiciary, it would always seem like a puppet in the hands of the executive. There have  been many cases where the executive has blatantly refused to abide by judgments of courts and this has lingered without consequence for a long time. Law abuse by enforcement agencies The problem of abuse by law enforcement agencies starts from the fact that there is corruption in every sector and the belief that people in certain positions can get away with anything illegal. For starters, just as it is being recently advocated, our security agencies need better welfare; when you give a hungry man a gun, the chances of him turning to armed robbery is really high. There is also a need for special courts that would address fundamental rights enforcements to ensure a speedy dispensation of justice. Legal challenges facing entertainment industry

 

The major problem is that the industry players are unaware of the rights that are available to them which makes it easy for them to be manipulated when it comes to contracts and the fact that there is no specific entertainment law.

 

Hence, the entertainment space is largely unregulated, save the basics that it is covered by general law of contract. Future ambition On my current path, if I work hard enough and fate permits, becoming a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is the most feasible ambition.

 

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