A group of legal practitioners from Edo State under the aegis of Bini Lawyers Forum, has attacked the Edo State House of Assembly for approving N300million retirement homes for the immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, and his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu.
The House had in an amendment it effected on a bill for a law relating to Pension Rights of the Governor and Deputy Governor, approved the provision of residential buildings worth N200m and N100m for former governors […]
It was gathered that the Nigeria Bar Association on Thursday told former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the presence of a few bad eggs in the legal profession should not lead to total condemnation of all members of the profession.
It said it was aware that the profession currently parades some unscrupulous members and that everything was being done to fish them out and bring them to justice.
NBA’s reaction was to the lecture delivered on Wednesday by the former President during which […]
Two lawyers, Mr. Dapo Agbede and Mr. Morakinyo Ogele, have accused the Ondo State Chief Judge, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi, of bias over a land dispute involving members of one Olokunjuwon family before the court.
The duo stormed out of the courtroom during the court proceedings on Friday at a High Court in Akure, the Ondo State capital, after Justice Kumuyi, who presided over the case, did not allow Ogele, who is the counsel for the claimant, to have access to the […]
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Federal Government will, this week, arraign all the judges accused of corruption, an authoritative source who prefers anonymity said yesterday.
In a bid to kick-start the trial, the Federal Government has listed politicians, senior lawyers and some bank officials to testify against the judges.
The Department of State Service, DSS, had on October 8 and 9, raided the apartments and arrested seven judges over alleged corruption. The judges were consequently released on bail.
The seven judges affected include […]
No fewer than 10 gunmen stormed three courts in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Wednesday when they held a sitting judge hostage.
The gunmen, who shot into the air, caused panic in the capital city as residents fled in various directions, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The courts the gunmen invaded included Benue State High Court 9, Chief Magistrate’s Court and the Upper Area Court.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen stormed the premises of the three courts, which […]
President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, said on Monday that the judges and lawyers could no longer practise freely in the North-East because of insurgency in the area.
Mahmoud, who spoke while inaugurating the NBA’s North-East and Niger-Delta task forces in Abuja, said lawyers were endangered in the region.
He said with internally displaced persons in the North-East “estimated to be about 2.3 million which is the third largest in the world after Syria and Columbia”, insurgency in the […]
Thousands of lawyers have stormed the streets of Abuja, in protest of the alleged continued disobedience of court orders by the State Security Service, SSS.
The lawyers, supported by members of the civil society community, have stormed the Federal High Court Headquarters in Maitama, the Attorney General’s office, National Human Rights Commission.
They are currently heading to the Three Arms Zone, which hosts the Aso Rock presidential villa, Supreme Court and the National Assembly, a witness said.
The lawyers say judges must not […]
According to reports, the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has picked holes in the orders of the Federal High Court recognising Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s governorship candidate ahead of the November 26 election in Ondo State.
The Makarfi faction, in a counter-affidavit filed before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Saturday, also faulted the roles played by lawyers engaged by the rival leadership faction of the PDP led by Ali Modu Sheriff in […]
Lawyers, who spoke with newsmen on the issue, agree that the allegations levelled against the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, should be thoroughly investigated. But they are sharply divided on calls that both Amaechi and the judges should step down from their positions pending the outcome of investigations and trials.
Onyekachi Ubani, legal practitioner: If allegations have been made fingering Rotimi Amaechi or any other person, in the light and in the spirit of the fight against corruption, it is important […]
In its efforts to get to the bottom of the corruption in the judiciary, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday quizzed three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) for allegedly transferring huge sums of money to judges’ bank accounts.
Their invitation by the anti-graft body is sequel to the recent interrogation of two Federal High Court judges, Justice Agbadu James Fishim and Uwani Abba Aji and another judge of the Industrial Court.
A source close the EFCC disclosed that Paul […]
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Gbenga Awomolo, has called on the Bar and the Bench to humble themselves, confess their sins and seek forgiveness.
Awomolo, speaking on behalf of the body of the Senior Advocates of Nigeria at the 2016/2017 new legal year in Abuja on Tuesday, said it is not the time for blame games but a time for humble reflection.
“This is the time to humble ourselves and confess our sins and turn to the Lord for forgiveness,” he […]