LEGAL SKETCHES ON CRIMINAL DEFAMATION

An astute exposition.

THE VOICE

“The public is increasingly disgusted with a steady diet of defamation, and prepared to reward those who refrain from it.” – MITCH DANIELS

INTRODUCTION

The law of defamation is one thoroughly handled under civil law, particularly tort law. It is under tort law, defined as injury to the reputation of the person resulting from words written or spoken carrying false contents and published to the ears or eyes of a third person; the intent to mislead a third party is not of relevance but sufficient enough that upon the facts, a reasonable man was likely to be swayed by the defamatory statement prima facie thus a heightened likelihood of holding a negative view about the person defamed. This writer, however, is not unaware of the fact that the abusive words or insults uttered as prelude to a fight may be considered as words not to be taken seriously after considering…

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CRITICAL LEGAL REVIEWS ON THE ABDULRASHEED MAINA’S SCANDAL

At a time in the political history of this country this issue seemed to have been nipped. Perchance, by some instruments at the corridors of power mention of the alleged disappearance of a whooping N 17 billion of the N 24 billion the Federal Government set aside for payment of pension liabilities to its workers … Continue reading CRITICAL LEGAL REVIEWS ON THE ABDULRASHEED MAINA’S SCANDAL

CRITICAL LEGAL REVIEWS ON THE ABDULRASHEED MAINA’S SCANDAL

At a time in the political history of this country this issue seemed to have been nipped. Perchance, by some instruments at the corridors of power mention of the alleged disappearance of a whooping N 17 billion of the N 24 billion the Federal Government set aside for payment of pension liabilities to its workers … Continue reading CRITICAL LEGAL REVIEWS ON THE ABDULRASHEED MAINA’S SCANDAL

DESIGNATED SPECIAL COURTS ARE SUPERIOR COURTS OF RECORD IN NIGERIA

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RULE OF LAW IN NIGERIA; A ONCE UPON A TIME

"Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law."                                  — MARGARET THATCHER. Whether the rule of law has sufficiently had its dominance on our … Continue reading RULE OF LAW IN NIGERIA; A ONCE UPON A TIME

THE BLAME GAME

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PASTOR V PEELER; DISCREDITING THE WITNESS

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NNAMDI KANU’S TRIAL AT THE ECOWAS COURT: JUSTICE OR DOUBLE JEOPARDY?

The purpose of this piece is not to evaluate the depth of injustice that has been done to the famous Political activist and Radio Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu by the State Security Service (SSS) in the past years or even during the course of his hearing in Nigeria. The SSS continuously disobey a standing court … Continue reading NNAMDI KANU’S TRIAL AT THE ECOWAS COURT: JUSTICE OR DOUBLE JEOPARDY?

DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA: AN EPOCH OF TWO SAILORS?

Today, March 15, 2017, makes it the third day that our President receives papers and assumes his official duties as the number one citizen of our dear Nation. It is true that for over 52 days, our President has been away for matters that must have been health related. With warmness is he presumed welcome … Continue reading DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA: AN EPOCH OF TWO SAILORS?

​THE VICES WE NEED, THE VIRTUES WE CAN DO WITHOUT.

What most people fail to realise, what many an individual would not see fit concede as I have come to agree is that there are no certainties and no conclusive propositions in life. The truth is that, there are no perfectly functional mechanisms by which the world augurs. There are no totally encompasing truths that … Continue reading ​THE VICES WE NEED, THE VIRTUES WE CAN DO WITHOUT.