Labourer Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail for Stealing N64,000 Phone and N15,000 Fine Option

A 35-year-old labourer in Abuja has been sentenced to 3 months imprisonment after he was convicted for stealing a phone worth N64,000

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Femi Falana SAN Petitions President Buhari Over Attack on Amnesty International Office

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has condemned the invasion of Amnesty International’s office in Abuja, alleging that the protesters calling for the exit of the anti-corruption watchdog were paid to do so.

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Lawyer Nominated By NBA As Court Of Appeal Judge Disbarred In the UK For Fraud – PT

On February 22, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, published the names of 12 lawyers it said had been shortlisted for appointment as Court of Appeal judges after an intensive two-day screening exercise that involved 187 lawyers.

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AGF Malami Writes to Senate, Says Customs Boss Will Not Appear in Uniform

The Customs boss Hameed Ali has repeatedly refused to heed the directive of the Nigerian Senate that he appear at the plenary of the senate in his uniform.

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Former NNPC Boss, Andrew Yakubu Granted Bail to the Tune of N300m

A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu has been granted bail to the tune of N300million. Mr Yakubu is facing trial on a 6-count charge bordering on false assets declaration, money laundering and fraud

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Justice Faji’s Absence Stalls Trial of Former JTF Commander Maj-Gen Atewe for N8.5bn Fraud

Maj-Gen Atewe, a former Commander of the Niger-Delta Military Joint Task Force known as “Operation Pulo Shield’’, is standing trial alongside Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency

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Legal Opinions And Articles

Babajide Damola: Merit and appointment of appellate justices

SIR: On its face, the Nigerian Constitution seems to grant serious discretionary powers to the executive over judicial appointments. For instance, section 238 (2) of the 1999 constitution simply provides, in respect of appointment of Justices of the Court of Appeal, that the “appointment of a person to the office of a Justice of the Court of Appeal shall be made by the President on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.” Subsection 3 of the same section 238 prescribes the qualification of a person seeking appointment as a Justice of the Court of Appeal as follows:

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On Unlawful Demand for ‘Appropriate Duties’ by Customs and Senate’s Illegal Directive on Uniform – Femi Falana SAN

The timely reaction of the Senate to the policy of the Nigeria Customs Service to compel all vehicle owners to pay appropriate duties has once again questioned the extent of the oversight powers of the National Assembly

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Directorate Of Public Prosecution And You

The DPP stands for Directorate Of Public Prosecution. It is manned by a Lawyer referred to as the Director Of Public Prosecution. This is the Directorate that spearheads criminal prosecution. Courtesy of our legal regime as ensconced in our Constitution of 1999 as amended, the Director Of Public Prosecutions inclusive of Law Officers(Law Officers are Lawyers in Public Service- Attorney General, Solicitor General, State Counsel of various grades, refer to the Law Officers Act, Laws Of The Federation Of Nigeria, 2004 for detailed provisions on this) who work with him are all under the Attorney General of the State or Federation.

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Falana Wrong On EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu – Abdul Mahmud

From the foregoing, it is crystal clear that the Chairman is not on the personal staff of the President. To suggest he is, is to inflict incalculable violence on the Constitution and to appropriate the EFCC as an extension of the Office of the President thereby eroding the independence of the EFCC.

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Beyond Boko Haram: Exploring the Crisis of Definition in Nigeria’s Counter-Terrorism Legislations by Anemuyem & Nsungwara

Though Boko Haram has been degraded, the threat of terrorism is ever present. Counter-terrorism efforts needed for eternal vigilance.

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Events And Judgements

CJN Swears in Acting Grand Kadi for FCT urges judges to uphold judicial integrity

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has advised judges in the country to always strive to uphold the integrity of the judiciary.

He urged them shun unethical conduct, including corruption, because the onus was on judges to continue to protect the sanctity of the Judiciary.

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Judge Withdraws From Fani-Kayode’s Trial

Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos has withdrawn himself from further presiding over the alleged N 4. 9bn fraud charge pressed against a former Minister of Aviation , Femi Fani- Kayode , by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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Desmond Ogba Appointed as member of a technical committee of experts for senate committee on Banking

Templars Managing Counsel, Desmond Ogba has been appointed by the Nigerian Senate to serve as a member of a technical committee of experts to support the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions on ongoing financial law reform.

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Court Orders NAFDAC To Compel NBC To Warn Consumers Of Dangers Of Drinking Fanta, Sprite

In the judgment given by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, the court awarded a cost of N2 million against NAFDAC

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Ambode Swears-in Idowu Alakija Two Other New Judges into The State Judiciary

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore in three new judges into the State Judiciary, with a charge on them to maintain a high standard of professional competence and integrity to be able to dispense justice to all manners of people without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

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