Law & Human Rights

Winnie loses battle for Mandela’s rural home

A South African court on Friday struck down a long-running effort by late president Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to claim ownership of his former rural home. Winnie Mandela The Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed her appeal against a lower court’s ruling that she was not the rightful owner of the property in his childhood village. Mandela, the country’s first democratic president, spent much of his early years in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province after being born nearby. He regularly returned to the village after his retirement and was buried there in 2013. In his will, the anti-apartheid icon left the house to his family trust, but Madikizela-Mandela claimed it belonged to her under customary law because it was bought in 1989 while they were still ...

We stored Ex-NNPC boss, Yakubu’s N3bn loot in iron boxes, EFCC tells court

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, told the Federal High Court in Abuja that it stored over N3billion loot that was recovered from former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, in iron boxes. Yakubu The anti-graft agency which made the revelation at the resumed trial of the former NNPC boss on charges bordering on money laundering, said the boxes were also sealed with iron rods. Testifying as the third prosecution witness, PW-3, a lead investigative officer from the Kano zonal office of the commission, Mr. Ahmed Yahaya, said the iron boxes were kept at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for safe-keeping. Yakubu who was GMD of the NNPC between 2012 and 2014, was accused ...

Trump calls US court system ‘unfair’ after ‘Dreamers’ ruling

President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the US judicial system as “broken and unfair” after a judge blocked his decision to end a program that protects so-called “Dreamers” from deportation. Trump Earlier, the White House had called the ruling Tuesday by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco “outrageous,” coming the same day Trump met lawmakers from both camps on the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. “It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts,” Trump said in a tweet. The DACA program, instituted by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama in 2012, protects from dep...

Atiku threatens to sue Unongo, demands N200bn damages

..denies sponsoring Miyetti-Allah cattle breedersBy Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, threatened to drag a chieftain of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Mr. Paul Unongo to court for alleging that he is a financier of the association of cattle breeders, Miyetti-Allah. Unongo and Atiku The erstwhile Vice President, in a letter that was signed by his lawyer, Mr. Mahmud Magaji,SAN, asked Unongo to immediately retract the allegation which he said was ” blatant and malicious falsehood”, or face legal action within seven days. Atiku insisted that the said retraction must be published in all the national dailies in Nigeria. Specifically, the ex-VP who made particular reference to a publication he said was on page 3 of the Punch of Janua...

Disable lawyer, promises to be asset, not liability to nation

By Abdulwahab Abdulah A disable lawyer in the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Assosciation, NBA, Mr Abdusalam Idowu, has said in spite of his disability, he would not be detered from being an assest to the nation rather than a liability. •The disable lawyer, Abdusalam Idowu being presented with a wheel chair and car by the lawyers. Idowu, a cripple , who said he struggled so hard to become a lawyer made the disclosure while he was presented with a car and wheel chair to aid his legal practice by a group of Lawyers from Ikeja branch of the NBA recently. The Lawyers, who were coordinated by a former Chairman of the Branch and the second Vice President of the NBA, Mr. Monday Onyekachi Ubani, whose Foundation, Ubani’s Foundation kick started the process with the initial s...

Hijab and Call to Bar: What the law really says

By Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem THERE have been many opinions on the refusal of the Body of Benchers to call Firdaus Amasa to the Bar because of her hijab. I however noticed that most of the opinions were more of emotional outbursts rather than exposition of the provisions of the law on the subject matter. This piece will be x-raying the position of the law on the right of female Muslims to wear the hijab on the call to bar. Firdaus Amosa Which body is responsible for calling successful student to the Bar? 3(5) of the Legal Practitioners’ Act(LPA), Provides that, “There shall be a body of legal practitioners of the highest distinction in the legal profession in Nigeria to be known as “the Body of Benchers” which shall be responsible for the formal call to the Bar of persons se...

BAR AND BENCH in 2017: The cases, the controversies and the judgements

By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Ikechukwu Nnochiri Undoubtedly, 2017 was quite an eventful year for the judiciary. Aside plethora of criminal and civil cases the judiciary had to grapple with in the fading year, there were equally some landmark administrative decisions that were taken by the National Judicial Council, NJC, to ensure speedy determination of pending corruption cases. •Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, CJN and A B Mahmoud SAN, NBA President Also, there were steps taken by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, that shaped the Bar for advancement and promotion of justice. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen had within the year, directed all Heads of Courts in the country to compile and forward to the NJC, comprehensive lists of all corruption an...

CJN tasks Judges on use of ADR

By Onozure Dania CHIEF Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen has charged Judges to encourage parties to explore the option of Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, He gave the charge during the 21st peace award and conference on ADR with the theme: ‘’Promoting Peace and Justice in Africa,’’ organised by the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group International, NCMG, in Lagos. Onnoghen noted that in circumstances where arbitration clauses are contained expressly in contract agreements, judges must enforce such  clauses. He also added that though litigation has the advantage of finality and sanction, in most cases it destroys the business relationship between the parties,“litigation, however, should be regar...

N69bn fraud has nothing to do with Jonathan’s campaign finance – Olejeme

By Abdulwahab AbdulahThe former chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF,  Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has said her invitation and detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC over allegation of N69b fraud has nothing to do with former President Goodluck  Jonathan campaign finance committee.  Ngozi Olejeme In a reaction to her detention Dr. Olojeme stated that contrary to media reports that she was arrested, Olejeme noted she willingly submitted herself before the commission to clear  the wrong allegations made against her. In the statement on Tuesday by her Media Aide,  Stanley Imoko,  Olojeme disclosed that the allegations which led to her detention has nothing to do with former President Goodluck  Jonathan campaign finance committee as alleged, but about where sh...

Embezzlement: EFCC arrests Jonathan’s campaign chief, Olojeme

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, former Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF and 2015 Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation over the alleged embezzlement and diversion of the fund. Ngozi Olojeme Olojeme, who was declared wanted some months ago was said to have turned herself in and has made useful statement to the EFCC’s investigators. Probe report obtained indicated that some of the cash embezzled had been used for electioneering in the 2015 general election. A source at the EFCC speaking to our reporter said: Months after running, Mrs. Olojeme finally turned herself in. She is currently being detained and we have identified most of her properties. ‘We ...

Firdaos’ hijab saga: Islamic council threatens Nigerian Law School, protests

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has accused the Nigerian Law School of lawlessness and Islamophobia. Firdaus Amosa NSCIA which was reacting to the hijab report last week that the Council of Legal Education (CLE) refused a University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Law graduate, Miss Firdaus Amosa, call to bar for refusing to remove her hijab during the Call to Bar ceremony in a statement signed by its Deputy Secretary General, Professor Salisu Shehu threatened nationwide protest and a fierce legal action if the CLE refused to to rescind its decision not to call the affected graduate, Firdaus Amosa, to the bar. The group said that Firdaos Amosa did not violated any law rather on account of Firdaos Amosa’s faith the Nigerian Law School, the Body of Bencher...

Appeal court sacks Senator Aidoko, declares Kogi East seat vacant

By Ikechukwu Nnichiri ABUJA – The Court of Appeal in Abuja, Monday, voided the election of Senator Attai Aidoko, even as it declared Kogi East Senatorial seat vacant. Judicial symbol for justice A three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court led by Justice Abdu Aboki, invalidated the Certificate of Return the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, issued to the sacked lawmaker. The court held that Aidoko was not the validly nominated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Kogi East Senatorial poll. It ordered Aidoko to stop parading himself as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as his seat has been declared vacant. The appellate court further ordered the sacked lawmaker to pay N1million to Isaac Alfa, who it held was the lawfu...

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