Discordant tunes over establishment of specialised anti-corruption courts
The need to establish a specialised court to try corruption cases is currently raising debate among lawyers and industry stakeholders. While some believe now is time for the specialised courts, others think it is not yet time and not really necessary. A Lagos-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Babatunde Fashanu is in support of the…
‘Merging Nigeria’s foreign missions will help eliminate waste’
Opinions about the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in his first 100 days in office and the propriety of his public declaration of assets are as divided as the argumentators. Views are mostly held based on one’s ethno-religious and political positions. The principal counsel, ESQ Legal Practice and convener of Nigerian Legal Awards, Lere Fashola,…
Proof in criminal trials is attained against the background of burden (2)
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA HOLDEN ATABUJA ON FRIDAY, THE 27TH DAY OF MARCH, 2015 BEFORE THEIR LORDSHIPS MOHAMMED S. MUNTAKA-COOMASSIE JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT BODE RHODES-VIVOUR JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT NWALI S. NGWUTA JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT KUMAI B. AKAAHS JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT CHIMA C. NWEZE JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT SC. 255/2012 BETWEEN: MOHAMMED IBRAHIM................................... APPELLANT AND…
Sustaining gains of 2015 general elections: Perspective of Nigerian Bar Association Election Working Group
IN every democracy, elections are important as they afford the citizens the opportunity and power to either express their satisfaction or display their displeasure with any incumbent leader or political party. Elections have been recognized as a means through which smooth leadership change can be effected. However, in most of the fledging world democracies of…
Local herb seller in court over alleged N180m fraud
A local herb seller, who allegedly obtained N180 million under the guise of casting out evil spell from his victim, was on Monday arraigned in Lagos.
Man jailed 14 years for raping a minor
An Ikeja Magistrates' Court on Friday sentenced a 25-year-old unemployed man, Ogboru Godspower, to 14 years imprisonment for defiling a 13-year-old daughter of his neighbour.
Free movement of legal practice within ECOWAS states (2)
The evolution of this new concept is spearheaded by the fact that, traditionally, lawyers practice law in the country where they completed their legal studies.
Wogu: A quintessential lawyer, public servant
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart”. Those are the words of the 19th century American inspirational author, Helen Keller in one of her celebrated books – “The Story of my life”.
Proof in criminal trials is attained against the background of burden
THE law does not impose a duty on the Accused person to purge himself of guilt. Rather, it imposes an obligation on the Prosecution to prove his (the Accused person’s) guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
Court directs National Assembly to respond to The Nation Editor’s suit
The Federal High Court, Lagos, has directed the National Assembly to respond to a suit filed by The Nation’s Editor, Gbenga Omotoso and a correspondent Imam Bello within 30 days. Justice Mohammed Yunusa said the respondents should be given time to “enter appearance” before the plaintiffs’ motion for interlocutory injunction is determined.
Prosecutor loses appeal against professional fee
A lead prosecution counsel, who tried three former senior naval officers over the missing oil-bunkering vessel, MT African Pride, Brig.-Gen. Donatus Idada Ikponmwen (rtd), has lost an appeal over a disagreement regarding due professional fees for other prosecutors.