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THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AND AFRICA

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In July 2011, I was set to defend my project for the award of an LLB in law at the Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. I had written my long essay on the topic “Promoting international Criminal Justice and the Role of the International Criminal Court (ICC)”.

I had barely taken my seat when the first member of the defence panel fired what has become the African question “Why is the ICC obsessed with Africa and African leaders?” Before I could answer the question, the only female member of the panel asked “Why is it that only African leaders (referring to Charles Taylor and Laurent Gbagbo) are hurled before international tribunals for war crimes trials?”

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I MET GANI IN COURT!

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Photo credits Gani Fawehinmi Library

Yea! You heard right! He was right there. The irrepressible, consistent, passionate and trail blazing Chief Abdul-Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi, the Senior Advocate of the Masses and passionate fighter for social justice.

I couldn’t believe it. I remember at his death in September 2009, my best pal and classmate had sent me a text lamenting;

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PLAGIARISM; AN ETHICAL WRONG OR CIVIL WRONG/CRIME?

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Photocredit www.savannahstate.libguides.com

On Thursday 4th June 2015, I had stumbled on a long thread of heated debates and arguments on a Facebook group. The whole hullabaloo was caused by an accusation that Buhari’s historic quote in his inauguration speech “I belong to everybody, but I belong to Nobody” was plagiarised from the lines of a particular lyrics titled “perfectly lonely” by John Mayer. Buhari’s words were said to have been plagiarised from the words and he could be sued for plagiarism. For ease of comprehension, the said words are reproduced below.

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“STARS ON THEIR SHOULDERS, BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS”; DOWNLOAD AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT

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Photo credits Amnesty International

The Nigerian Army has gotten yet another strong kick from the global human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) in its latest report released on 3rd June 2015, titled “Stars on their Shoulders, Blood on their Hands”.

The report accuses serving and retired top military officers of complicity in war crimes, extra judicial murders, torture and starvation etc in the prosecution of their military campaigns against the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group from 2009.Continue reading

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BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE EVERY LAWYER SHOULD KNOW

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Photo credit nigeriacamera.net

Following the passage and signing into law of two major legislations before the end of former President Jonathan’s tenure. Besides the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and the Cybercrime Act 2015 which have been hailed as expected game changers in the criminal justice system, the legal system would again benefit from so many bills out of the 46 bills which were hurriedly passed by the senate on the eve of the tenure of the outgoing National Assembly.

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NBA INTRODUCES UNIFIED MULTIPURPOSE IDENTIFICATION (UMID) CARD

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photo credits www.nigerianbar.org.ng

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is set to commence the issuance of a Unified Multipurpose Identification (UMID) Card to the members of the NBA. This was made known in a statement issued by the NBA General Secretary Mazi Afam Osigwe dated 2nd June 2015.Continue reading

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HUNTER BECOMING THE HUNTED (EPISODE 1; THE LAGOS BOY)

Ever imagined a lion the supposed king of the jungle, running for its dear life with a herd of buffalo in hot pursuit? Well even the lawless jungles where only the strongest and the fittest survive have rules of survival. The strongest or the fittest who breach it rarely live to tell the story.

The title of this piece is derived from a programme on National Geographic Channel depicting scenes in the wild where a predator is running from a prey as pictured above.

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COURTROOM ADVOCACY HINTS FROM THEIR LORDSHIPS

Judges are bound by the rules of impartiality and can neither descend into the arena of conflict nor should be seen leaning either by words or conducts in favour of any party during court proceedings. The court can only give courtroom advocacy hints and it is for the smart alecs to understand what the court is hinting at. Below are some hints and subtle insults and their meanings.

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ANIMAL LAW: DOGS STAR AS PROSECUTION WITNESSES IN MURDER TRIALS

While many Nigerians put dogs to no other use than their pots for dog meat pepper soups (404), The French legal system puts them to a better use besides preventing crimes or solving crimes. In what we the “saner people” of these climes will term oyinbo madness, France made legal history with the appearance of a dog as a prosecution witness in a murder case in 2008. Yeah! No be Joke oh! A French Judge Thomas Cassuto, in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, presiding over a preliminary hearing to determine if there was sufficient evidence to order the launching of a full scale investigation, had allowed the dog’s “testimony” to be taken.

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WARNING TO ROOKIES; NAIJA POLICE BAIL IS NOT FREE (PART 2)

Where do I begin! Been off for a whole two months! Many things have come and gone yet the defeaning silence from my end. My sincere apologies. I am set to get things rolling! Please enjoy the concluding part of the last article we put up before the long hiatus. Shalom!

By 6 pm, I was already at the Police Station with my entourage. The Orile Police Station is located at the famous but chaotic Orile Bus Stop I had described in an earlier piece “The Naija Lawyers’ Hustle”. The building housing the station was rebuilt a few years ago by the Fashola administration. It looked neat but the offices were cramped and overcrowded.

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