Dear New Wig,
Welcome to the Nigerian Bar. You have the license to practice law, the prized crown for your 6 or more years (for ASUU strike victims) struggles. You learnt and read because the legal profession ought to be a learned one. You have learnt little and will learn more. Don’t be surprised that you were not told the simplest things.
Ever wondered why there are very few briefs coming to lawyers? There are so many threats to our jobs and incomes. They include but are not limited to the following:
TELECOMS LAW: Lawyers are expected to wait for the clients but these days, the Telecoms companies are taking law to the clients. Ever got the SMS offering legal tips for as low as N50 per SMS? Say messages like “get legal tips by sending legal to 222, SMS cost N50 per sms”. You would say how much is that but for Telecoms companies with millions of subscribers, it’s a lot of money. Majority of Nigerians also Continue reading
Despite the courts declaring the ridiculous offence of wandering as being inconsistent with the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement, the Nigerian Police never stopped its sweeping arrest of people for “wandering and loitering” for extortion of “bail money”.
So it was an incredible story when goats not humans became the arrested “wanderers”. It was a media storm. Then a colleague had argued with me that it was impossible till he saw the news (seeing is believing).Continue reading
My steps were confident as I stepped out of the gate for the day’s lawyer’s hustle. Dressed in black suit over my lawyer’s collarless white shirt and in my two hands were my work bag containing my case file, books and stationeries and in the other bag my wig and gown. It had rained all night so I had to navigate through muddy stagnant puddles that dotted the road that led out to the junction where I entered a Keke Marwa to Orile Bus Stop, a famous Lagos suburb from where I could get a bus to Lagos Island.Continue reading
It was not a scene from one of the comic Nollywood flicks. The report which was first published in the Vanguard newspaper of Friday, January 23, 2009 captioned “Police Parade Goat as Robbery Suspect”, with a picture of the goat, had caused a sensation around the world.
The Nigerian Police Force, legendary for inefficiency, corruption and brutality added another epithet; banality. From the report in the Vanguard, written by Demola Akinyemi, the Kwara State Police Command had on Thursday, Janauary 22, 2009 shocked journalists when it paraded a goat as a robbery suspect.Continue reading