Introduction It is not uncommon to see either chamber of the National Assembly inviting different heads/personnel of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and companies to appear before one or more of their standing committees due to one or more issues for determination before them. We have severally witnessed farcical face-offs between either chamber ofRead More
Yesterday, being 6/8/2020, I filed a suit in the Enugu State High Court, Obollo-Afor Judicial Division challenging the mandatory membership of Nigerian Bar Association by all legal practitioners in Nigeria. I sought among other reliefs, a declaration that NBA being a purely private association owing its existence to no law, cannot compulsorily draft legal practitionersRead More
Introduction On July 28, 2020, there was cause to reflect on the Beijing money once again. The headlines from the papers further troubled the troubled minds of Nigerians battling with societal ills and the pandemic. Headlines like “GALAXY BACKBONE: REPS UNCOVER CLAUSES CONCEDING NIGERIA’S SOVEREIGNTY TO CHINA” left hands of puzzled Nigerians resting on chins;Read More
Reflections on Order 6 Rule 4 of the Court Of Appeal Rules, 2016; Making a Case for an Affidavit of Notification
The popular notion shared by many trial lawyers and authors remains that all appeals, by way of rehearing, shall be brought by way of notice of appeal and filed in the registry of the court below vide Order 7 Rule 2 of The Rules. Also, it is the practice that where an interlocutory decision asRead More
Senate Reintroduces Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Bill, 2019
2020 has been an intense year for many people. From the pandemic to loss of jobs, explosions at markets, to the re-occurring cases of rape and police brutality on the news. However, this year has seen women demanding for a society that protects them and this has not been met with an encouraging response fromRead More
Crisis has a way of bringing to light what has been hiding beneath the surface. The ongoing COVID – 19 pandemic, the worst global crisis in a century, has exposed the pre-existing fragilities in Nigeria and lay bare the age-long failure and inability to read the room. The ravages of the pandemic have been all-encompassing,Read More
Non-Compete Clauses in Contracts of Employment: Contractually Beneficial or a Challenge to Public Policy?
The regulation of the relationship between an employer and an employee derives from statute and the contract of employment. The express or implied terms of a contract of employment determine its duration. It is an ineluctable reality that employees would always leave their employers in the search for a greener pasture- either to set upRead More
Dear Mr. President (Elect),Now that the elections are over: Can the Nigerian Bar Association now take its members’ data protection seriously? I sincerely congratulate you on your unprecedented and epoch-making election as the 30th President of our great association. Interesting times are indeed ahead of us all. When we both shared a stage at theRead More
After what was a long, tasking and punishing campaigns, elections into the office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as well as other National Executives of the NBA came to a denouement on Thursday,30th July, 2020. As only one candidate could emerge from the process, it determined in favour of Mr. OlumideRead More
Legitimacy, Illegitimacy & Legitimation: An Obstruction or Promotion of S.42 (2) of the 1999 Constitution?
Introduction According to the Supreme Court case of Lalli v Lalli, an illegitimate child is termed “a bastard child”, “a child born out of wedlock” or “a non-marital child. Black Law’s dictionary defined a bastard as a child who was born out of wedlock and is otherwise known as an illegitimate child who is aRead More