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  •  The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Thursday struck out a suit filed by Kayode Ojo of the APC challenging the nomination of the governor elect Biodun Oyebanji by the party in the June 18 governorship election Ojo in a suit marked 5152022 earlier filled in Abuja division of the court which was later transferred to the Ado Ekiti division is asking the court to declare him as the valid candidate of the APC in the January 27 2020 governorship primary of the party or nullify the entire shadow exercise Other defendants in the suit are the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission INEC Ayo Adegbete Stephen Aribasoye Vincent Bewaji Goke Olajide Lateef Akanle and Richaed Apolola Others are Kayode Fasakin Adu Joseph Teju Okunyiga Olumide Fadipe Dele Oloje Victor Adebiyi Folorunso Olabode Deji Ajayi Sunkanmi Onipede Kemi Olaleye and Secretary and members of Ekiti Gov ship Primary Election Committee Delivering judgment Justice Babs Kuewumi upheld the preliminary objections by the APC in striking out the suit He held that since the maker of the signature on the writ of summons and plaintiff s statement of claims can not be ascertained the irregularities made the process defective The presiding Judge held that something can not be built on nothing saying since the preliminary objection had been upheld any process on the suit will amount to academics exercise I am in agreement that the statement of claims by the plaintiff is incurably bad as argued by the first defence counsel I uphold the preliminary objection of the first defendant and I strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction Justice Kuewumi ordered The first defendant s counsel Mrs Titilayo Soje in preliminary objections argued that the plaintiff s statement of claims was signed by an unverified counsel Soje argued that non of the four counsel whose names appeared on the writ of summon and plaintiff s statement of claims was neither listed for case nor the signature append on the process linked directly to any of the counsel The first defendant counsel whose brief was held by Mr A I Idris when judgment was delivered urged the court to strike out the suit for being defective incompetence and lacking in merit Counsel to the plaintiff Dr Alex Iziyon SAN objected to the prayers of the first defendant arguing that the summon and plaintiff s statement of claims carried the Nigeria Bar Association NBA stamp and counsel zeal Iziyon whose brief was held by Mr Taiwo Ogunmoroti on Thursday had earlier urged that the court dismiss the preliminary objection of the first defendant Reacting to the judgment shortly after it was delivered Counsel to the second defendant Biodun Oyebanji Mr Kabir Akingbolu lauded the judgment Akingbolu said since the court struck out the writ of summons every other processes in the suit becomes futile He said you can not place something on nothing and expect it to stay because it is expressed in law that when you are filing a case there must be a foundation if the foundation is weak the edifice will crumble that is exactly what happened in the judgment An attempt to get reaction from the plaintiff s team of counsel after the judgment led by Ogunmoroti failed as one of the lawyers in the team only muttered we are not commenting Mrs Tamunotonye Ekundayo counsel to the 8th to 13th defendants as well as holding briefs of Counsel to the 4th to 7th defendants Mr S O Adanlawo Mrs Mimi Ayua represented the 14th to 16th defendants Mr Adedayo Adewumi represented the 17th to 19th defendants and Mr Ekene Nbam represented the 20th defendant NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekiti Governorship primary: Court strikes out suit for lack of jurisdiction
     The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Thursday struck out a suit filed by Kayode Ojo of the APC challenging the nomination of the governor elect Biodun Oyebanji by the party in the June 18 governorship election Ojo in a suit marked 5152022 earlier filled in Abuja division of the court which was later transferred to the Ado Ekiti division is asking the court to declare him as the valid candidate of the APC in the January 27 2020 governorship primary of the party or nullify the entire shadow exercise Other defendants in the suit are the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission INEC Ayo Adegbete Stephen Aribasoye Vincent Bewaji Goke Olajide Lateef Akanle and Richaed Apolola Others are Kayode Fasakin Adu Joseph Teju Okunyiga Olumide Fadipe Dele Oloje Victor Adebiyi Folorunso Olabode Deji Ajayi Sunkanmi Onipede Kemi Olaleye and Secretary and members of Ekiti Gov ship Primary Election Committee Delivering judgment Justice Babs Kuewumi upheld the preliminary objections by the APC in striking out the suit He held that since the maker of the signature on the writ of summons and plaintiff s statement of claims can not be ascertained the irregularities made the process defective The presiding Judge held that something can not be built on nothing saying since the preliminary objection had been upheld any process on the suit will amount to academics exercise I am in agreement that the statement of claims by the plaintiff is incurably bad as argued by the first defence counsel I uphold the preliminary objection of the first defendant and I strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction Justice Kuewumi ordered The first defendant s counsel Mrs Titilayo Soje in preliminary objections argued that the plaintiff s statement of claims was signed by an unverified counsel Soje argued that non of the four counsel whose names appeared on the writ of summon and plaintiff s statement of claims was neither listed for case nor the signature append on the process linked directly to any of the counsel The first defendant counsel whose brief was held by Mr A I Idris when judgment was delivered urged the court to strike out the suit for being defective incompetence and lacking in merit Counsel to the plaintiff Dr Alex Iziyon SAN objected to the prayers of the first defendant arguing that the summon and plaintiff s statement of claims carried the Nigeria Bar Association NBA stamp and counsel zeal Iziyon whose brief was held by Mr Taiwo Ogunmoroti on Thursday had earlier urged that the court dismiss the preliminary objection of the first defendant Reacting to the judgment shortly after it was delivered Counsel to the second defendant Biodun Oyebanji Mr Kabir Akingbolu lauded the judgment Akingbolu said since the court struck out the writ of summons every other processes in the suit becomes futile He said you can not place something on nothing and expect it to stay because it is expressed in law that when you are filing a case there must be a foundation if the foundation is weak the edifice will crumble that is exactly what happened in the judgment An attempt to get reaction from the plaintiff s team of counsel after the judgment led by Ogunmoroti failed as one of the lawyers in the team only muttered we are not commenting Mrs Tamunotonye Ekundayo counsel to the 8th to 13th defendants as well as holding briefs of Counsel to the 4th to 7th defendants Mr S O Adanlawo Mrs Mimi Ayua represented the 14th to 16th defendants Mr Adedayo Adewumi represented the 17th to 19th defendants and Mr Ekene Nbam represented the 20th defendant NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekiti Governorship primary: Court strikes out suit for lack of jurisdiction
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    Ekiti Governorship primary: Court strikes out suit for lack of jurisdiction

    The Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday struck out a suit filed by Kayode Ojo of the APC challenging the nomination of the governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji by the party in the June 18 governorship election.

    Ojo, in a suit marked 5152022 earlier filled in Abuja division of the court which was later transferred to the Ado-Ekiti division is asking the court to declare him as the valid candidate of the APC in the January 27, 2020 governorship primary of the party or nullify the entire shadow exercise.

    Other defendants in the suit are the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission, (INEC), Ayo Adegbete, Stephen Aribasoye, Vincent Bewaji, Goke Olajide, Lateef Akanle and Richaed Apolola.

    Others are Kayode Fasakin, Adu Joseph Teju Okunyiga, Olumide Fadipe, Dele Oloje, Victor Adebiyi, Folorunso Olabode, Deji Ajayi Sunkanmi Onipede, Kemi Olaleye and Secretary and members of Ekiti Gov’ship Primary Election Committee.

    Delivering judgment, Justice Babs Kuewumi, upheld the preliminary objections by the APC in striking out the suit.

    He held that since the maker of the signature on the writ of summons and plaintiff’s statement of claims can not be ascertained, the irregularities made the process defective.

    The presiding Judge held that something can not be built on nothing, saying since the preliminary objection had been upheld any process on the suit will amount to academics exercise.

    ” I am in agreement that the statement of claims by the plaintiff is incurably bad, as argued by the first defence counsel.

    “I uphold the preliminary objection of the first defendant and I strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction,” Justice Kuewumi ordered.

    The first defendant’s counsel, Mrs Titilayo Soje, in preliminary objections argued that the  plaintiff’s statement of claims was signed by an unverified counsel.

    Soje argued that non of the four counsel, whose names appeared on the writ of summon and plaintiff’s statement of claims, was neither listed for case nor the signature append on the process linked directly to any of the counsel.

    The first defendant counsel, whose brief was held by Mr A I.

    Idris, when judgment was delivered urged the court to strike out the suit for being defective, incompetence and lacking in merit. 

    Counsel to the plaintiff, Dr Alex Iziyon SAN, objected to the prayers of the first defendant, arguing that the summon and plaintiff’s statement of claims carried the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) stamp and counsel zeal.

    Iziyon, whose brief was held by Mr Taiwo Ogunmoroti on Thursday had earlier urged that the court dismiss the preliminary objection of the first defendant.

    Reacting to the judgment, shortly after it was delivered, Counsel to the second defendant,(Biodun Oyebanji), Mr Kabir Akingbolu lauded the judgment.

    Akingbolu said since the court struck out the writ of summons, every other processes in the suit becomes futile.

    He said, “you can not place something on nothing and expect it to stay, because it is expressed in law that when you are filing a case there must be a foundation, if the foundation is weak, the edifice will crumble, that is exactly what happened in the judgment.

    ”An attempt to get reaction from the plaintiff’s team of counsel after the judgment led by Ogunmoroti, failed as one of the lawyers in the team only muttered, “we are not commenting.

    ”Mrs Tamunotonye Ekundayo, counsel to the 8th to 13th defendants, as well as holding briefs of Counsel to the 4th to 7th defendants, Mr S O.

    Adanlawo.

    Mrs Mimi Ayua represented the 14th to 16th defendants, Mr Adedayo Adewumi, represented the 17th to 19th defendants and Mr Ekene Nbam, represented the 20th defendant. 

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Lawyers and rights activists have continued to call for improved justice administration as Nigeria attains 60 years of independence They assessed the performance of the judiciary in the past 60 years saying that the justice system had not been impressive in recent times The Nigerians told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the country would need to adopt measures including deployment of necessary technologies to improve justice administration Rights activist and lawyer Mr Kabir Akingbolu said that the judicial arm had not responded adequately to the demands of technology The inability to align with the revolution is not helpful he said Akingbolu remarked that Nigeria s justice system was one of the most overworked systems In fairness to our judges they have been overworked and unnecessarily subjected to tortious proceedings They still write in long hands and sit in unconducive environments he said He also called for independence of the judiciary for greater efficiency The lawyer added that financial autonomy for the judiciary would enable it to bring about turnarounds to align with world standards The facilities are too poor Imagine our courts still talking of paper and documentary evidence being in hard copies leading to filing mountain of papers and exhibits In our courts today litigants are still required to file volumes of documents especially at appellate level and this has made litigation very expensive he said Akingbolu urged that the judiciary should start to explore paperless litigation which he said was gaining grounds across countries Another lawyer Mr Olakunle Fapohunda said The Constitution provides that remuneration of judicial officers should come from the Consolidated Revenue Fund This will improve efficiency He called on judical officers to avoid corruption and any other thing that could tamper with the integrity of courts Chief Malcolm Omirhobo a Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist urged the judiciary to do more to improve justice delivery He said that bribery corruption nepotism favouritism and mediocrity should be avoided because they would destroy the integrity of the judiciary He said Administration of justice cannot be discussed without evaluating the state of the Nigerian judiciary Nigerian Judiciary till date is not financially independent from the executive arm The National Judicial Council and the Federal judicial Service Commision should discharge their duties better Going forward collective efforts of sincere and qualified individuals will definitely make a difference he said Mr Adeyemi Abijo Lead Partner LegalHub Partnership Ikeja told NAN that years of military rule was a challenge to the nation s judiciary Justice administration cannot be an isolated area other things affecting human existence have to be put in context to achieve justice A lot people do not have access to court when they eventually do they spend a lot of time it jeopardises the ultimate aim he told NAN He noted that justice delayed would be justice denied To make headway judicial matters should be discussed and given continual review Also the citizens need to be better informed about their rights and access to justice he added Edited By Ijeoma Popoola Source NAN
    Nigeria at 60: Lawyers, rights activists task judiciary on justice delivery 
     Lawyers and rights activists have continued to call for improved justice administration as Nigeria attains 60 years of independence They assessed the performance of the judiciary in the past 60 years saying that the justice system had not been impressive in recent times The Nigerians told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the country would need to adopt measures including deployment of necessary technologies to improve justice administration Rights activist and lawyer Mr Kabir Akingbolu said that the judicial arm had not responded adequately to the demands of technology The inability to align with the revolution is not helpful he said Akingbolu remarked that Nigeria s justice system was one of the most overworked systems In fairness to our judges they have been overworked and unnecessarily subjected to tortious proceedings They still write in long hands and sit in unconducive environments he said He also called for independence of the judiciary for greater efficiency The lawyer added that financial autonomy for the judiciary would enable it to bring about turnarounds to align with world standards The facilities are too poor Imagine our courts still talking of paper and documentary evidence being in hard copies leading to filing mountain of papers and exhibits In our courts today litigants are still required to file volumes of documents especially at appellate level and this has made litigation very expensive he said Akingbolu urged that the judiciary should start to explore paperless litigation which he said was gaining grounds across countries Another lawyer Mr Olakunle Fapohunda said The Constitution provides that remuneration of judicial officers should come from the Consolidated Revenue Fund This will improve efficiency He called on judical officers to avoid corruption and any other thing that could tamper with the integrity of courts Chief Malcolm Omirhobo a Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist urged the judiciary to do more to improve justice delivery He said that bribery corruption nepotism favouritism and mediocrity should be avoided because they would destroy the integrity of the judiciary He said Administration of justice cannot be discussed without evaluating the state of the Nigerian judiciary Nigerian Judiciary till date is not financially independent from the executive arm The National Judicial Council and the Federal judicial Service Commision should discharge their duties better Going forward collective efforts of sincere and qualified individuals will definitely make a difference he said Mr Adeyemi Abijo Lead Partner LegalHub Partnership Ikeja told NAN that years of military rule was a challenge to the nation s judiciary Justice administration cannot be an isolated area other things affecting human existence have to be put in context to achieve justice A lot people do not have access to court when they eventually do they spend a lot of time it jeopardises the ultimate aim he told NAN He noted that justice delayed would be justice denied To make headway judicial matters should be discussed and given continual review Also the citizens need to be better informed about their rights and access to justice he added Edited By Ijeoma Popoola Source NAN
    Nigeria at 60: Lawyers, rights activists task judiciary on justice delivery 
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Nigeria at 60: Lawyers, rights activists task judiciary on justice delivery 

    Lawyers and rights activists  have continued to call for improved justice administration as Nigeria attains 60 years of independence.

     

    They assessed the performance of the judiciary in the past 60 years, saying that the justice system had not been impressive in recent times.

    The Nigerians told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the country would need to adopt measures including deployment of necessary technologies  to improve justice administration. 

    Rights activist and lawyer,  Mr Kabir Akingbolu,  said that the judicial arm had not responded adequately to the demands of technology.

     

    “The inability to align with the revolution is not helpful,” he said.

     

     Akingbolu remarked that Nigeria’s justice system was one of the most overworked systems.

     

    “In fairness to our judges, they have been overworked and unnecessarily subjected to tortious proceedings.

     

    ” They still write in long hands and sit in unconducive environments,” he said.

     

    He also called for independence of the judiciary for greater efficiency.

     

    The lawyer added that financial  autonomy for the judiciary  would enable  it to bring about turnarounds to align with world standards.

    “The facilities are too poor.

    “Imagine our courts still talking of paper and documentary evidence being in hard copies, leading to filing mountain of papers and exhibits.

     

    “In our courts today, litigants are still required to file volumes of documents, especially at appellate level, and this has made litigation very expensive,” he said.

     

     Akingbolu urged that the judiciary should start to explore paperless litigation which, he said,  was gaining grounds across countries.

    Another lawyer, Mr Olakunle Fapohunda said:  “The Constitution provides that remuneration of judicial officers should come from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

    “This will improve  efficiency.”

     

    He called on judical officers to avoid  corruption and any other thing that could tamper with the integrity of courts.

     

    Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, a  Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, urged the judiciary to do more to  improve justice delivery.

    He said that bribery, corruption, nepotism, favouritism and mediocrity should be avoided because they would destroy the integrity of the judiciary.

    He said: “Administration of justice cannot be discussed without evaluating the state of the Nigerian judiciary.

    “Nigerian Judiciary till date is not financially independent from the executive arm.

    “The National Judicial Council and the Federal judicial Service Commision should  discharge their duties better. 

    “Going forward, collective efforts of sincere and qualified individuals will definitely make a difference,” he said.

    Mr Adeyemi Abijo, Lead Partner,  LegalHub Partnership, Ikeja, told NAN that years of military rule was a challenge to the nation’s  judiciary 

     

    “Justice administration cannot be an isolated area; other things affecting human existence have to be put in context to achieve justice.

     

    “A lot people do not have access to court; when they eventually do, they spend a lot of time; it jeopardises the ultimate aim,” he told NAN.

    He noted that justice delayed would be  justice denied. 

    “To make headway, judicial matters should  be discussed and given continual review.

    “Also, the citizens need to be better informed about their rights and access to justice,” he added.


    Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola
    Source: NAN 

     

  •  Nigerians have continued to hail President Muhammadu Buhari on the Federal Government s welfare package for health workers as Nigeria continues to fight COVID 19 Some lawyers in Lagos on Wednesday described the decision as encouraging urging citizens cooperation in the fight They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos NAN reports that Buhari had in an address to the nation on Monday night said that the government had signed a memorandum of understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations We have also procured insurance cover for 5 000 frontline health workers the president told Nigerians A human rights campaigner Mr Kabir Akingbolu told NAN that the decision was commendable One must commend the president for the innovation in the welfare of health workers especially the insurance scheme he said He said that the scheme would give health workers the hope that in the event of any hazard in the line of duty their families or themselves would have something to fall back on Nigerians will be glad if this promise is kept The president surely has lofty ideas and programmes to help the country out of the coronavirus pandemic It is hoped that no saboteurs will be given chance to smear government name in this regard Akingbolu said He also hailed Federal Government s continued restriction of interstate movement This will go a long way to curb the pandemic It is also noteworthy that the president s speech recognised the danger inherent in social and religious gatherings Also Buhari s resolve to take necessary steps to address Kano s issue is a welcome idea His recognition of state government s rights to adapt or give necessary directives to ensure that the virus is properly tackled is praiseworthy he added Mr Olakunle Fapohunda also a lawyer said that Nigerians should be patient and exercise more caution to curb the pandemic Let us be reminded that the virus is still actively lying out there Ideally a total and longer lockdown should have been recommended and ordered if the government can meet with people s daily needs especially those that depend on daily income to survive he said Fapohunda applauded the president for efforts made for financial stimulus packages for small and medium scale enterprises Nigerians earnestly await the manifestation of his directive and we hope it will be transparent as he has said There is a ray of hope for business activities in the commercial hubs of the nation now that the lockdown imposed on Lagos Ogun and FCT would be eased by May 4 he said NAN reports that Buhari had in the address also said that distribution of palliatives was still ongoing and in a transparent manner I urge all potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we continue to fine tune distribution processes the president said Edited By Chinyere Bassey Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    COVID-19: More Nigerians hail FG’s insurance scheme for health workers
     Nigerians have continued to hail President Muhammadu Buhari on the Federal Government s welfare package for health workers as Nigeria continues to fight COVID 19 Some lawyers in Lagos on Wednesday described the decision as encouraging urging citizens cooperation in the fight They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos NAN reports that Buhari had in an address to the nation on Monday night said that the government had signed a memorandum of understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations We have also procured insurance cover for 5 000 frontline health workers the president told Nigerians A human rights campaigner Mr Kabir Akingbolu told NAN that the decision was commendable One must commend the president for the innovation in the welfare of health workers especially the insurance scheme he said He said that the scheme would give health workers the hope that in the event of any hazard in the line of duty their families or themselves would have something to fall back on Nigerians will be glad if this promise is kept The president surely has lofty ideas and programmes to help the country out of the coronavirus pandemic It is hoped that no saboteurs will be given chance to smear government name in this regard Akingbolu said He also hailed Federal Government s continued restriction of interstate movement This will go a long way to curb the pandemic It is also noteworthy that the president s speech recognised the danger inherent in social and religious gatherings Also Buhari s resolve to take necessary steps to address Kano s issue is a welcome idea His recognition of state government s rights to adapt or give necessary directives to ensure that the virus is properly tackled is praiseworthy he added Mr Olakunle Fapohunda also a lawyer said that Nigerians should be patient and exercise more caution to curb the pandemic Let us be reminded that the virus is still actively lying out there Ideally a total and longer lockdown should have been recommended and ordered if the government can meet with people s daily needs especially those that depend on daily income to survive he said Fapohunda applauded the president for efforts made for financial stimulus packages for small and medium scale enterprises Nigerians earnestly await the manifestation of his directive and we hope it will be transparent as he has said There is a ray of hope for business activities in the commercial hubs of the nation now that the lockdown imposed on Lagos Ogun and FCT would be eased by May 4 he said NAN reports that Buhari had in the address also said that distribution of palliatives was still ongoing and in a transparent manner I urge all potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we continue to fine tune distribution processes the president said Edited By Chinyere Bassey Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    COVID-19: More Nigerians hail FG’s insurance scheme for health workers
    General news2 years ago

    COVID-19: More Nigerians hail FG’s insurance scheme for health workers

    Nigerians have continued to hail President Muhammadu Buhari on the Federal Government’s welfare package  for health workers as Nigeria continues to fight COVID-19.

    Some  lawyers in Lagos on Wednesday described the decision as encouraging, urging citizens’ cooperation in the fight.

    They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

    NAN reports that Buhari had, in an address to the nation on Monday night, said that the government had  signed a memorandum of understanding  on the provision of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations.

    ” We have also procured insurance cover for 5,000 frontline health workers,” the president told Nigerians.

    A human rights campaigner, Mr Kabir Akingbolu,  told NAN that the decision was commendable.

    “One must commend the president for the innovation in the welfare of health workers, especially the insurance scheme,” he said.

    He said that the scheme would give health workers the hope that in the event of any hazard in the line of duty, their families  or themselves would have something to fall back on.

    “Nigerians will be glad if this promise is kept.

    “The president surely has lofty ideas and programmes to help the country out of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “It is hoped that no saboteurs will be given chance to smear government name in this regard,” Akingbolu said.

    He also hailed Federal Government’s continued restriction of  interstate movement.

    ” This will go a long way to curb the pandemic.

    “It is also noteworthy that the president’s speech recognised the danger inherent in social and religious gatherings.

    “Also, Buhari’s resolve to take necessary steps to address Kano’s issue is a welcome idea.

    “His recognition of state government’s rights to adapt or give necessary directives to ensure that the virus is properly tackled is praiseworthy” he added.

    Mr Olakunle Fapohunda, also a lawyer,  said that Nigerians should be patient and exercise  more caution to curb the pandemic.

    “Let us be reminded that the virus is still actively lying out there.

    “Ideally, a total and longer lockdown should have been recommended and ordered, if the government can meet with people’s daily needs especially those that depend on daily income to survive,” he said.

    Fapohunda applauded the president for efforts made for financial stimulus packages for small and medium scale enterprises.

    ” Nigerians earnestly await the manifestation of his directive, and we hope it will be transparent as he has said.

    “There is a ray of hope for business activities in the commercial hubs of the nation now that the lockdown imposed on Lagos, Ogun and FCT would be eased by May 4,” he said.

    NAN reports that Buhari had in the address  also said that distribution of palliatives was still ongoing and in a transparent manner.

    “I urge all potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we continue to fine-tune distribution processes,” the president  said.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

  •  Some lawyers in Lagos on Wednesday described Chief Richard Akinjide s passing as a big blow to the legal profession The lawyers told the News Agency of Nigeria that Akinjide s name would continue to remain relevant till the end Mr Kabir Akingbolu a human rights lawyer described Akinjide as one of the foremost lawyers in Nigeria who helped to grow a modern legal practice in the country He was a veritable Senior Advocate of Nigeria whose advocacy the young ones admire As an old advocate he had serious passion for upholding professional conduct at the Bar You will always love his sense of logical reasoning and perception of legal issues he said Akingbolu also described Akinjide as a role model to many lawyers and a man who meant many things to many people As young law students we used to memorise his name like a nursery rhyme because of the concept of two third majority he propounded expounded and expanded in the landmark case of Awolowo vs Shagari The Supreme Court agreed with his postulation that two third of 19 states in Nigeria then was 12 and not the mathematical calculation of 13 The decision till date is a watershed in our legal history he said Another lawyer Mr Olakunle Fapohunda said It was under his watch as the Minister of Justice that Nigeria temporarily reversed executions of armed robbers He was lead prosecutor in the treason trial of Bukar Zanna Mandara His history will not be complete without highlighting his contribution to the Nigerian jurisprudence in the landmark case of Awolowo vs Shagari which eventually became known as the 12 States 2 3 Majority Case he said Fapohunda said that the late Akinjide was involved in the eviction of many illegal foreign nationals from Nigeria which contributed to mild violence against some foreigners in the country The event also exposed some weaknesses within the West African Economic Community He was also involved in the abolition of a decree barring exiles from returning to the country may his soul rest in peace Fapohunda said NAN reports that Akinjide SAN was a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association A former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Akinjide died in the early hours of Tuesday April 21 at the age of 89 years He was called to the English Bar in 1955 and later in Nigeria He was a former Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the First Republic He was appointed Minister for Justice in the administration of President Shehu Shagari in the Second Republic 1979 1983 Edited By Abiodun Esan Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Akinjide’s passing, big blow to legal profession, lawyers say
     Some lawyers in Lagos on Wednesday described Chief Richard Akinjide s passing as a big blow to the legal profession The lawyers told the News Agency of Nigeria that Akinjide s name would continue to remain relevant till the end Mr Kabir Akingbolu a human rights lawyer described Akinjide as one of the foremost lawyers in Nigeria who helped to grow a modern legal practice in the country He was a veritable Senior Advocate of Nigeria whose advocacy the young ones admire As an old advocate he had serious passion for upholding professional conduct at the Bar You will always love his sense of logical reasoning and perception of legal issues he said Akingbolu also described Akinjide as a role model to many lawyers and a man who meant many things to many people As young law students we used to memorise his name like a nursery rhyme because of the concept of two third majority he propounded expounded and expanded in the landmark case of Awolowo vs Shagari The Supreme Court agreed with his postulation that two third of 19 states in Nigeria then was 12 and not the mathematical calculation of 13 The decision till date is a watershed in our legal history he said Another lawyer Mr Olakunle Fapohunda said It was under his watch as the Minister of Justice that Nigeria temporarily reversed executions of armed robbers He was lead prosecutor in the treason trial of Bukar Zanna Mandara His history will not be complete without highlighting his contribution to the Nigerian jurisprudence in the landmark case of Awolowo vs Shagari which eventually became known as the 12 States 2 3 Majority Case he said Fapohunda said that the late Akinjide was involved in the eviction of many illegal foreign nationals from Nigeria which contributed to mild violence against some foreigners in the country The event also exposed some weaknesses within the West African Economic Community He was also involved in the abolition of a decree barring exiles from returning to the country may his soul rest in peace Fapohunda said NAN reports that Akinjide SAN was a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association A former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Akinjide died in the early hours of Tuesday April 21 at the age of 89 years He was called to the English Bar in 1955 and later in Nigeria He was a former Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the First Republic He was appointed Minister for Justice in the administration of President Shehu Shagari in the Second Republic 1979 1983 Edited By Abiodun Esan Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Akinjide’s passing, big blow to legal profession, lawyers say
    General news2 years ago

    Akinjide’s passing, big blow to legal profession, lawyers say

    Some lawyers in Lagos, on Wednesday described Chief Richard Akinjide’s passing as a big blow to the legal profession.

    The lawyers told the News Agency of Nigeria that Akinjide’s name would continue to remain relevant “till the end”.

    Mr Kabir Akingbolu, a human rights lawyer, described Akinjide as one of the foremost lawyers in Nigeria, who helped to grow a modern legal practice in the country.

    “He was a veritable Senior Advocate of Nigeria whose advocacy the young ones admire.

    “As an old advocate, he had serious passion for upholding professional conduct at the Bar.

    “You will always love his sense of logical reasoning and perception of legal issues,” he said.

    Akingbolu also described Akinjide as a role model to many lawyers and a man who meant many things to many people.

    “As young law students, we used to memorise his name like a nursery rhyme because of the concept of two-third majority he propounded, expounded, and expanded in the landmark case of Awolowo vs Shagari.

    “The Supreme Court agreed with his postulation that two-third of 19 states in Nigeria then, was 12 and not the mathematical calculation of 13.

    “The decision till date is a watershed in our legal history,” he said.

    Another lawyer, Mr Olakunle Fapohunda said: “It was under his watch as the Minister of Justice that Nigeria temporarily reversed executions of armed robbers.

    “He was lead prosecutor in the treason trial of Bukar Zanna Mandara.

    “His history will not be complete without highlighting his contribution to the Nigerian jurisprudence in the landmark case of Awolowo vs Shagari which eventually became known as the 12 States -2/3 Majority Case,” he said.

    Fapohunda said that the late Akinjide was involved in the eviction of many illegal foreign nationals from Nigeria, “which contributed to mild violence against some foreigners in the country”.

    “The event also exposed some weaknesses within the West African Economic Community.

    “He was also involved in the abolition of a decree barring exiles from returning to the country, may his soul rest in peace,” Fapohunda said.

    NAN reports that Akinjide (SAN) was a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association.

    A former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Akinjide died in the early hours of Tuesday, April 21 at the age of 89 years.

    He was called to the English Bar in 1955 and later in Nigeria.

    He was a former Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the First Republic.

    He was appointed Minister for Justice in the administration of President Shehu Shagari in the Second Republic (1979 – 1983).


    Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN) 

  •  Two lawyers have described the extension of lockdown in Lagos Ogun and Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari as harsh but necessary The lawyers who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria said that the extension was well intended but costly for residents of the affected states NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had in a national broadcast on Monday night announced extension of lockdown of Abuja Lagos and Ogun states for another 14 days in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus The president had earlier ordered lockdown of the states for an initial 14 days that started on March 30 The extention began from 11 59p m on Monday April 13 A Lagos based lawyer Mr Kabir Akingbolu described the extension as biting but expected The lockdown is actually proper and expected due to the increasing cases of coronavirus he said He urged the Federal Government to increase the number of poor people it targeted to give palliatives He said that there were millions of poor Nigerians that would suffer from the extension if not assisted He applauded the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC for efforts to tackle the pandemic and urged it to improve its testing capacity The agency has tried but it needs to do more because the ability to only test 1 500 patients daily is low and needs to be improved he said On the Quarantine Order signed by the president Akingbolu said that states would need to domesticate it for effectiveness Mr Kunle Bamidele also a Lagos based lawyer told NAN that the extension was painful He however also noted that it was a necessary step It is necessary if we must survive as a nation in the face of the ravaging effect of COVID 19 The flipside of this point is that many people are suffering hunger since the majority is dependent on daily income earned from their businesses he told NAN The lawyer called for transparency in the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable The palliatives provided by the government leave much to be desired due to lack of transparency in distribution If government will work on this the effect of lockdown will be cushioned for the masses he said Bamidele also urged that states locked down by the Federal Government shoud be given priority attention in the distribution of the palliatives By and large Nigeria will come out of the woods soon if governments and people jointly fight this pandemic he said Edited By Janefrances Oraka Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Lockdown: Extension necesary evil, say lawyers
     Two lawyers have described the extension of lockdown in Lagos Ogun and Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari as harsh but necessary The lawyers who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria said that the extension was well intended but costly for residents of the affected states NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had in a national broadcast on Monday night announced extension of lockdown of Abuja Lagos and Ogun states for another 14 days in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus The president had earlier ordered lockdown of the states for an initial 14 days that started on March 30 The extention began from 11 59p m on Monday April 13 A Lagos based lawyer Mr Kabir Akingbolu described the extension as biting but expected The lockdown is actually proper and expected due to the increasing cases of coronavirus he said He urged the Federal Government to increase the number of poor people it targeted to give palliatives He said that there were millions of poor Nigerians that would suffer from the extension if not assisted He applauded the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC for efforts to tackle the pandemic and urged it to improve its testing capacity The agency has tried but it needs to do more because the ability to only test 1 500 patients daily is low and needs to be improved he said On the Quarantine Order signed by the president Akingbolu said that states would need to domesticate it for effectiveness Mr Kunle Bamidele also a Lagos based lawyer told NAN that the extension was painful He however also noted that it was a necessary step It is necessary if we must survive as a nation in the face of the ravaging effect of COVID 19 The flipside of this point is that many people are suffering hunger since the majority is dependent on daily income earned from their businesses he told NAN The lawyer called for transparency in the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable The palliatives provided by the government leave much to be desired due to lack of transparency in distribution If government will work on this the effect of lockdown will be cushioned for the masses he said Bamidele also urged that states locked down by the Federal Government shoud be given priority attention in the distribution of the palliatives By and large Nigeria will come out of the woods soon if governments and people jointly fight this pandemic he said Edited By Janefrances Oraka Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Lockdown: Extension necesary evil, say lawyers
    General news2 years ago

    Lockdown: Extension necesary evil, say lawyers

    Two lawyers   have described the extension of lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by  President Muhammadu  Buhari as harsh but necessary.

    The lawyers, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , said that the extension was well-intended, but costly for residents of the affected states.

    NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had in a national broadcast on Monday night announced extension of lockdown of Abuja,  Lagos and Ogun states for another 14 days in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    The president had earlier ordered lockdown of the states for an initial 14 days that started on March 30.

    The extention began from 11.59p.m on Monday  (April 13).

    A  Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Kabir Akingbolu, described the extension as biting  but expected.

    “The lockdown is actually proper and expected due to the increasing  cases of coronavirus, ” he said.

    He urged the Federal Government to increase the number of poor people  it targeted  to give palliatives.

    He said that there were millions of poor Nigerians that would suffer from the extension, if not assisted.

    He applauded the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for efforts to tackle the pandemic, and urged it to improve its testing capacity.

    “The agency has tried but it needs to do more because the ability to only test 1,500 patients daily is low and needs to be improved,” he said.

    On the Quarantine Order signed by the president, Akingbolu said that states would need to domesticate it for effectiveness.

    Mr Kunle Bamidele, also a Lagos-based lawyer, told NAN that the extension was painful.

    He, however,  also noted that it was a necessary step.

    ”It is necessary if we must survive as a nation in the face of the ravaging effect of COVID-19.

    ” The flipside of this point is that many people are suffering  hunger since the majority is dependent on daily income earned from their  businesses,” he told NAN.

    The lawyer called for transparency in the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable.

    “The palliatives provided by the government leave much to be desired due to lack of transparency in distribution.

    “If government will work on this, the effect of lockdown will be cushioned for the masses,” he said.

    Bamidele also urged that states locked down by the Federal Government shoud be given priority attention in the distribution of the  palliatives.

    “By and large, Nigeria will come out of the woods soon, if governments and people jointly fight this pandemic,” he said.


    Edited By: Janefrances Oraka/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

  •  Some lawyers on Monday urged the federal Lagos and Ogun state governments to ensure adequate palliatives for the citizens to cushion the effects of the stay at home order The lawyers told the News Agency Nigeria on telephone that the governments should also control the prices of the goods and commodities Mr Kabir Akingbolu a constitutional lawyer and Member of Ekiti State Judicial Service Commission told NAN that palliative measures would encourage the citizens to comply with the government directive Akingbolu regretted that prices of food stuff had gone up in some states and would inflict more suffering on the citizens if not checked It will be difficult for the poor to feed he said Akingbolu applauded President Muhammadu Buhari s order restricting movement in Lagos and Ogun and Abuja to check the spread of COVID 19 It is a right step in the right direction The directive finds support in Section 45 of the 1999 Constitution although the sudden announcement will bring hardship he said Mr Kunle Bamidele also a lawyer said that the president s directive was in order considering the nature of coronavirus Although Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution as amended gives powers to the president to restrict movement during a war or civil unrest he can make a proclamation to restrict movement if such is accepted and sanctioned by the National Assembly within 10 days he said The pandemic is putting the existence of our nation at risk Like they say a dangerous time requires a dangerous measure I will say that the president directive is in order considering the nature of the pandemic and what is happening all over the world he said Bamidele also urged the governments to ensure adequate food supply during this period Mr Ebun olu Adegboruwa SAN said that he would support every lawful measure taken by the government to contain COVID 19 I support every measure taken by the government to contain the coronavirus pandemic but such must be in accordance with the law Also there must be measures in place to address the financial consequences of the shutdown especially for small scale businesses Those who depend on daily earnings the needy and vulnerable members of the society will be affected he said Edited By Edith Bolokor Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Lockdown – Lawyers task government on palliatives
     Some lawyers on Monday urged the federal Lagos and Ogun state governments to ensure adequate palliatives for the citizens to cushion the effects of the stay at home order The lawyers told the News Agency Nigeria on telephone that the governments should also control the prices of the goods and commodities Mr Kabir Akingbolu a constitutional lawyer and Member of Ekiti State Judicial Service Commission told NAN that palliative measures would encourage the citizens to comply with the government directive Akingbolu regretted that prices of food stuff had gone up in some states and would inflict more suffering on the citizens if not checked It will be difficult for the poor to feed he said Akingbolu applauded President Muhammadu Buhari s order restricting movement in Lagos and Ogun and Abuja to check the spread of COVID 19 It is a right step in the right direction The directive finds support in Section 45 of the 1999 Constitution although the sudden announcement will bring hardship he said Mr Kunle Bamidele also a lawyer said that the president s directive was in order considering the nature of coronavirus Although Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution as amended gives powers to the president to restrict movement during a war or civil unrest he can make a proclamation to restrict movement if such is accepted and sanctioned by the National Assembly within 10 days he said The pandemic is putting the existence of our nation at risk Like they say a dangerous time requires a dangerous measure I will say that the president directive is in order considering the nature of the pandemic and what is happening all over the world he said Bamidele also urged the governments to ensure adequate food supply during this period Mr Ebun olu Adegboruwa SAN said that he would support every lawful measure taken by the government to contain COVID 19 I support every measure taken by the government to contain the coronavirus pandemic but such must be in accordance with the law Also there must be measures in place to address the financial consequences of the shutdown especially for small scale businesses Those who depend on daily earnings the needy and vulnerable members of the society will be affected he said Edited By Edith Bolokor Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Lockdown – Lawyers task government on palliatives
    General news2 years ago

    Lockdown – Lawyers task government on palliatives

    Some lawyers on Monday urged the federal,  Lagos and Ogun  state governments to ensure adequate palliatives for the citizens to cushion the effects of the stay-at-home order.

    The lawyers told the News Agency Nigeria   on telephone that the governments  should also  control the prices of the goods and commodities.

    Mr Kabir Akingbolu, a constitutional  lawyer and Member of Ekiti State Judicial Service Commission, told NAN that palliative measures would encourage the citizens to comply with the government directive.

    Akingbolu regretted that prices of food stuff had gone up in some  states and would inflict more suffering on the citizens, if not checked.

    “It will be difficult for the poor to feed,” he said.

    Akingbolu applauded President Muhammadu  Buhari’s order restricting  movement in Lagos and Ogun and Abuja  to check the spread of COVID-19.

    “It is a right step in the right direction.

    “The directive finds support in Section 45 of the 1999 Constitution although the sudden announcement  will bring hardship,” he said.

    Mr Kunle Bamidele, also a lawyer,  said that the president’s directive was in order considering the nature of coronavirus.

    “Although Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) gives powers to the president to restrict movement during a war or civil unrest, he can make a proclamation to restrict movement if such is accepted and sanctioned by the National Assembly within 10 days,” he said .

    “The pandemic is putting the existence of our nation at risk. Like they say, a dangerous time requires a dangerous measure.

    “I will say that the president directive is in order considering the nature of the pandemic and what is happening all over the world,” he said.

    Bamidele also urged the governments to ensure adequate food supply during this period.

    Mr Ebun-olu Adegboruwa (SAN) said that  he would support every lawful measure taken by the government to contain COVID-19.

    “I support every measure taken by the government to contain the coronavirus pandemic, but such must be in accordance with the law.

    “Also there must be measures in place to address the financial consequences of the shutdown, especially for small scale businesses.

    “Those who depend on daily earnings , the needy and vulnerable members of the society will be affected,” he said.


    Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ijeoma Popoola
    (NAN)