REVISITING THE LAW ON ​PLEA BARGAINS: A TROJAN HORSE OR ANOTHER ROAD TO DAMASCUS?

An astonishingly robust number of dissertations have been written by lawyers and students alike, all of whom have exemplified their scholarships on the issue of plea bargain as it concerns the criminal jurisprudence in Nigeria. Amidst the flurry of dissertations, a remarkably extensive volume of literature has been devoted to the argument that plea bargain … Continue reading REVISITING THE LAW ON ​PLEA BARGAINS: A TROJAN HORSE OR ANOTHER ROAD TO DAMASCUS?

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Skye Bank’s Corporate Governance Failures; Bridge Bank Solutions

On the 21st of September, 2018 it was announced that the banking license of Skye Bank Plc has been revoked by the regulatory institution, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This action spurns from the long term indebtedness of Skye Bank, its permanent presence at the debt margin on the CBN index reports and the near … Continue reading Skye Bank’s Corporate Governance Failures; Bridge Bank Solutions

RECOVERY OF PREMISES: THE LAW AND A LANDLORD’S RIGHT TO SELF HELP

Recovery of premises is a delicate one, because the law is natured to protect the weakest party in its mandate to do justice. In an action for the  recovery of premises, the court is seen to weigh matters so as not to render a tenant suddenly homeless. The weaker party is prima facie the tenant. An act of self-help usually enrages the court, and the court is quick to frustrate the landlord in the event that such tenant is fully aware of his legal right and applies it at the slightest infraction.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION: A NECESSITY FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

• 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.

Corruption and The Judiciary: An analysis on the Constitutional Duties of the Executive Arm.

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.

THE BOWLEGGED LAWS OF INHERITANCE

I had to give time to enable me carefully address this issue. The unresolved issues of succession in Nigeria. It is one that is not palatable to me even as I feel it. Although, I may not be  directly affected, I am sitting on a wit end to prop up legal sentiments for victims undergoing the … Continue reading THE BOWLEGGED LAWS OF INHERITANCE

LAW REVIEW SERIES III: PROVOCATION AS A MITIGATING ELEMENT IN MURDER CASES IN NIGERIA.

PROVOCATION AS A MITIGATING ELEMENT IN MURDER CASES IN NIGERIA: SHANDE V. THE STATE [2005] 40 WRN 145; [2005] 12 NWLR (PT. 939) 301, RE-VISITED – by Collins Ogonnaya ARIKOR. INGREDIENTS OF PROVOCATION Flowing from the definitions given in sections 283 and 284 of the Criminal Code Act, the following conditions must be met for a plea of … Continue reading LAW REVIEW SERIES III: PROVOCATION AS A MITIGATING ELEMENT IN MURDER CASES IN NIGERIA.

LAW REVIEW SERIES II: PROVOCATION AS A MITIGATING ELEMENT IN MURDER CASES IN NIGERIA.

Provocation was explained in section 283 of the Criminal Code Act[2] to mean any act used with reference to an offence of which an assault is an element, and which includes any wrongful act or insult of such a nature as to be likely, when done to an ordinary person, or in the presence of an ordinary person to another person who is under his immediate care, or to whom he stands in conjugal, parental, filial, or fraternal relation, or in the relation of master or servant, to deprive him of the power of self-control, and to induce him to assault the person by whom the act or insult is done or offered, and when such act or insult is done or offered by one person to another, or in the presence of another person who is under his immediate care, or any person whom he stands in any such relationship as mentioned, then the former is said to give the latter provocation for an assault. Simply put, provocation implies that in the event that a person is insulted or assaulted, or such person sees a person he stands in a parental, marriage or other personal relationship with being insulted or assaulted, and he loses his power of reasoning, he is said to be provoked.

LAW REVIEW SERIES: PROVOCATION AS A MITIGATING ELEMENT IN MURDER CASES IN NIGERIA.

The law is very much settled that any defence to which an accused person is, on the evidence entitled to, should be considered for what it is worth however stupid or unreasonable it might appear to the court. In Bozin v. The State, the Supreme Court reiterated that it is an essential principle in all criminal trials that a defence however fanciful, stupid or doubtful it seems to the trial court is deserving and worthy of consideration.