Rivers judiciary: Lawyers laud Wike’s midas touch

EMMANUEL MASHA writes that the judiciary in Rivers state is indeed undergoing a rebirth with its attendant impact on major stakeholders in the state’s justice delivery system after years of lull under the immediate past administration     At a glance, it is somewhat difficult to realize that the Rivers State judiciary is undergoing a kind of revival. In a state where courts were repeatedly ‘bombed’ by those who did not want the third arm of government to live up to its constitutional duties especially to fasttrack quick dispensation of…

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Buhari: So far, not too good

FOLUSO OGUNMODEDE writes that as President Muhammadu Buhari clocks two years in office on May 29, it was time for lawyers to appraise his administration, vis-a-vis the judiciary and the war against corruption   “It’s a bit difficult to say whether or not things have changed in the country in the last two years, but, for us we might not notice it as such. These are like micro changes and not macro. I can say authoritatively that the consciousness of the consequences of corruption has crept in. To a large…

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Breach of contract: UBA, ex-staff know fate June 6

Eleven years after it allegedly suspended one of its members of staff, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) has been sued. In a suit initiated at the National Industrial Court (NIC), Abuja by the aggrieved staff, Eche Ebute, the workers’ court was asked to invalidate an indefinite suspension placed on the staff. Also sued is XL Logistics Limited. Ebute, who was allegedly relieved of his job on September 13, 2006 in a “verbal indefinite suspension”, is challenging the UBA’s power to suspend him without recourse to due process. Ebute, who…

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Discordant tunes over plea bargain for looters

Whistle-blowing policy of the federal government is already yielding result in view of millions of naira including dollars being recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Is there also the need for a wider application of plea bargain in the recovery of looted funds? AKEEM NAFIU asks     Ted. C Eze, a lecturer from the Faculty of Law, Anambra State University, Igbariam and Eze Amaka G. of the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka’s Faculty of Law, who are both holders of Ph.D while x-raying the concept of plea…

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2019: Lawyers okay independent candidacy

Prominent Senior Advocates of Nigeria yesterday at the weeken thumbed-up the recommendation of independent candidacy into the nation’s electoral process by the Senator Ken Nnamani-led Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee. The 24-man committee was set up by the federal government in November last year while presenting its reports recommended among others, the introduction of independent candidacy during election. By independent candidacy, it means a candidate contesting for an election will not be a card carrying member of any party and that the issue of nominating candidates for election will no…

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Alegeh lauds Buhari’s graft war

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Augustine Alegeh, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has said only strict adherence to the rule of law remains the sure way to sustain the nation’s democracy. He said democracy without the rule of law would inevitably result in anarchy. The former NBA president, who spoke as a guest lecturer at an event organised by the Law Students’ Association of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu said in regardless of socio-political and religious affiliations, the country’s nascent democracy would not progress…

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Ojo: Nnamani’s electoral committee’s recommendations not credible

Adekunle Ojo is a former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). In this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, he speaks on President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the Senate, NLC’s demand for wage increment, FG’s extension of whistle-blowing policy to proliferation of arms and sundry issues     What do you make of the controversy being generated by the letter transmitted to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari, which referred to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as Coordinator of Nation’s Affairs? I think the bulk which to me still stops at the…

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