In spite of the crass flout of the rule of the law in Nigeria, the rule of law is one such that ought to be followed ideally in a sane society and its meaning would be best appreciated in present day governance in our everyday living each time we recall what had happened when there was no rule of law. But, that does not seem to be as one can hardly rack ones brain to recall upon a time the rule of law ever existed in this country. When a child can no longer or her hands too short to scratch the very centre part of her back where it itches her the most, she will unknowingly draw the attention of people to her rescue, one will by then realize that what has been covered with clothing has unknowingly been exposed to the public.
“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” — … Continue reading THE BITTER TRUTHS; A WALK INTO FIRDAUS’ CONTROVERSY
• INTRODUCTION. For the government of any society to grow, it must as a matter of superlative necessity concentrate and build on its information structure in order to improve and increase its public confidence. If such confidence is lost then the government becomes a pillar of salt good for nothing but to be trodden under … Continue reading ACCESS TO INFORMATION: A NECESSITY FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
What could be more pedestrian than that life is sacrosanct? No measure truly can be given it. It is naturally expected that man will not play ducks and drakes with his life as he shouldn't another's. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. It is for this reason that mobs are … Continue reading ‘END MY MISERY AND LET ME DIE’; LAWS REACT.
The directive issued by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen) to all Chief Judges of the various states that they designate special court (s) in their jurisdiction for the sole purpose of handling corruption cases, seemed not to have conveniently drained down the throat of some lawyers. The said directive … Continue reading DESIGNATED SPECIAL COURTS ARE SUPERIOR COURTS OF RECORD IN NIGERIA
When the Department of State Services swooped down on many suspected corrupt judges last year in a Gestapo style raid, many Nigerians were quick to condemn the actions of the DSS as “unconstitutional” and “illegal”. It was not until the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA 2015) was dissected at the trial of Federal Republic of Nigeria v Justice Ademola that it was discovered that the DSS acted within the parameters of the law. It is indeed an insult on the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria for unenlightened Nigerians to be quick to brandish certain actions as “illegal” and “unconstitutional” when host of well-trained lawyers work in the advisory departments of such government agencies that carry out such purported unconstitutional acts.
In what has been considered by many as a judgment long overdue, the Federal High Court sitting at Abuja finally held that basic education be litigious and enforceable in courts of Nigeria. Previously, the right to free basic education was non-justiciable i.e it couldnt be enforced in court. For ease of understanding, an adumbrated explanation … Continue reading THE RIGHT TO FREE BASIC EDUCATION NOW ENFORCEABLE IN NIGERIA; AN ANALYSIS OF THE NUANCES OF THE COURT’S DECISION IN LEDAP V MIN OF EDUCATION
I have resisted the urge to write on the contentious saga of Judges' arrest and investigation but my guards were broken by the protracted misfires on issues of law by esteemed men in the legal business. I waited earnestly for a reply to the mail I sent the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, M. … Continue reading JUDGES’ ARREST; THE INCONGRUITIES AND THE LAW – THE NEED TO PUT THE NBA IN THE KNOW!
I could not have allowed sleeping dogs lie just like that, not even would I have let go of this issue however it laid doggo, that one would not have heard its slithering escape. It came along rushing advances that many a people could not have suffered pains of allowing it go by without giving … Continue reading THE DSS ARREST OF JUDGES- HAD THEY NOT STRUCK IS PAST HISTORY, THEY STRUCK IS HISTORY PASSED
It was 1 a.m when it happened; A singular event which by any standard struck a clear cord sharp enough to reach the ears of God. An historical affront on the judiciary was recorded; most definitely the first of its kind since the end of the military rule in the year 1999. Nigeria had yet … Continue reading Corruption and The Judiciary: An analysis on the Constitutional Duties of the Executive Arm.