By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has called on lawyers in the country to respect order  of seniority at the bar. The president of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmud, at the inauguration of nine committees of the association also advised them not to express their grievances against the leadership of the Nigerian judiciary on social media but rather, go through the appropriate channel. Balarabe, while inaugurating the committee said the establishment of Committees is fundamental to ensuring a more active Bar as it is not possible for the national officers or the Secretariat to deal with all activities and functions of a Bar. According to him, “the use of Committees allows lawyers who have interest and expertise in a particular area to focus on specific issues. “In view of the foregoing, this administration has constituted some committees with a view to achieving our set objective.” One of the committees inaugurated is the welfare,...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah  An Abuja-based legal practitioner and international management consultant has demanded that regulation should be the exclusive preserve of lawyers and that all regulatory agencies should be led by qualified lawyers, at the very least. Kachi Okezie, who is a Principal Consultant at United Kingdom-based training and consulting firm, CTP International, made the call today  at a seminar organised by his firm in collaboration with the Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, to review the legal framework for regulating Free Zones in the country. In a statement he said, “Two fundamental misconceptions are to blame for the present tussle for territory between two the two government agencies charged with oversight and control of free zones in Nigeria. First, we seem to see free zones strictly as a physical place rather as an abstract concept where the needs of the rapidly growing knowledge economy are serviced through the use of...
ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja An Abuja High Court has ordered a developer, White Diamond Property Development Company, ‎to remove 7 units of five-bedroom duplex ‎worth N350 million each from a piece of land in Abuja ‎The court also awarded the sum of N10million as damages against the developer of the property, as penalty for encroaching on a piece of land belonging to Trade Wheels Limited. Justice Peter Kekemeke ordered the developer  to remove all structures or building erected on the land, as well as building materials, sands and gravels at its expense. In a 22-page judgment delivered on the 15th June 2017, Justice  Kekemeke held that Trade Wheels has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant encroached on its land. “It is my view that the plaintiff has proved that the defendant trespasses in its land, and I so hold,” he said. The court consequently issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining White Diamonds and its agent from further encroaching...
By OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos Justice Rilawan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N449,597,000, found in possession of one Mohammed Tauheed at the Legico Shopping Plaza by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to the Federal Government of Nigeria. Justice Rilawan Aikawa ordered the money discovered in an abandoned Bureau de Change shop be forfeited to the Federal Government after hearing and granting an application to that effect brought by the EFCC. The judge ordered that the funds should be forfeited to the Federal Government as no one came forward to claim it. It will be recalled that the judge had on April 19 this year ordered the temporary forfeiture of the money and fixed Friday for Mohammed Tauheed, who was joined as respondent in the suit, and any other interested party to appear before him to give reasons why the money should...
In this report, CHIDI NWACHUKWU looks at the succession crisis in the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, the accusation and counter-accusation from members. Few hours to the election for the post of Chairman and Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja branch, the crisis rocking the professional body has continued unabated. Some aggrieved members of the body in Abuja, known as the Unity Bar have accused the leadership of the national body of the association of not living up to their responsibilities in putting an end to the crisis. The splinter group restrained by an Order of FCT High Court of the 9th day of March 2017, seems determined to continue to flout the Order of the Court which specifically restrains their action of going ahead with the purported election slated for June, 30 2017, according to their released guidelines for election and campaign timetable. According to the aggrived members...
---Enact 5 years Imprisonment For False Disclosure BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The Senate has passed into law the Bill for an Act to protect persons making disclosures for the public interest and others from reprisal. Yesterday at plenary, the report on the Bill was presented for passage by the chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and legal matters, Senator David Umaru (Niger East). It is tagged "An Act to Protect Persons Making Disclosures for the Public Interest and Others from Reprisals, to Provide for the Matters Disclosed to be Properly Investigated and Dealt with and for other Purposes Related Therewith.” With the passage of this Bill, the Senate has concluded work on three anti-corruption Bills. In May 2017, it passed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, while in June 2017, it passed the Witness Protection Bill respectively. Otherwise known as 'whistleblowers protection Bill' it seeks to encourage and facilitate...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel,Abuja The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, ad hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, Yusuf Lasun has stated that the National Assembly will ensure that Local Governments in the country get financial autonomy in the ongoing constitution review. Lasun, who said this at a retreat of the special ad hoc committee yesterday, said regardless of the "dicey" nature of granting the local governments autonomy, they are essential to democracy as well as the development in any country, hence the need for their financial independence. He said: "it's very dicey because it will involve you to amend so many sections of the constitution. But what I will assure you is we're going to push for financial autonomy. "We are concerned because if you go all over the country today, local governments are no longer in existence, and that is not good for democracy, it's not...
BY KUNLE OLASANMI .....the Judiciary in the last two years under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, with respect to assessments by legal minds on the observance of the rule of law In the last two years, just like other sectors in the Nigerian economy, the debate over how the judiciary has fared remains intense. From high profile corruption cases to controversial political cases, the judiciary has transcended series of intriguing moments in the last two years and to a large extent, defining the trajectory of the government. As a matter of fact, a renowned lawyer and senior advocate, Malam Yusuf Ali, described the judiciary as the whipping boy among the three arms of government. Nigerians and stakeholders in the judiciary have expressed different views about the performance in the last two years of democracy under this government. While some believed this government has done well, others are of the views that the...
By Tarkaa David, Abuja Following the recent rejection by the House of Representatives for a ministerial slot for the Federal Capital Territory natives, the coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations and all other concern FCT Natives staged a protest blocking major roads in the city. Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the leader of the group Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, said that the move is capable of causing violence thereby exposing Abuja residents to security threat. Yusuf explained that the problem of Nigeria has always been marginalisation and  “we resist any further attempt to redicule the natives. “If the senate has agreed to a constitutional amendment for an FCT minister and the House of Representatives has refused to accept it then we want to make it categorically clear that the refusal is exposing FCT residents to danger. “The perceived marginalisation has bred a kind of agitation that will soon result to security threat,” he said He added...
A divorce-seeking man on Wednesday pleaded with an Ilorin Area Court in Kwara to dissolve his marriage because his wife was threatening to cut off his penis. Fatahi Sakariyau told the court that his wife Ganiyat was in the habit of wanting to cut off his penis each time they had altercation and he wanted separation before it was too late. He also told court that the woman at one point poisoned his meal. “My lord, I want an end to this marriage because my wife used to fight me at the slightest provocation, threatening to cut off my penis each time. “She also fights with our neighbours every time. I cannot continue to be with a woman who is so troublesome and lacks good manners. “I am so scared of my wife because I caught her putting poison into my food and she likes visiting herbalists all the time,’’ Sakariyau stated. However, Ganiyat pleaded...