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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)

Photocredits Dave Woollacott/Carters News

Photocredits Dave Woollacott/Carters News

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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THEIR LORDSHIPS’ HINT BOOK

 

Shhh! Court in session!  Photo credits www.blacknaija.com

      Shhh! Court in session!                                             Photo credits www.blacknaija.com

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. The court can only give 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

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Photo credits www.wirthlawoffice.com

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)

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photo credits npf.gov.ng

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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THE NEW WIG AND HIS B.L CERTIFICATE

A cross section of new wigs

A cross section of new wigs

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.

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WARNING TO ROOKIES; NAIJA POLICE BAIL IS NOT FREE (PART 1)

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photo credits npf.gov.ng

The curtains were slowly falling on the 2nd year of my call to the bar when it dawned on me that I had never handled a police case. So when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands.
A neighbour had come on a Saturday afternoon to complain that his brother was being detained by the police (for guess what ridiculous offence? Nah! Ain’t telling ya! Read further down for the full gist) and needed a lawyer to get him out as the police was demanding for N15, 000. 00 ($84.01) for his bail. I had made my plans for the day and going to the police station was not part of it. I was about to apologise for my inability to help, when he told me he was directed by the lawyer in the next compound to meet me as the lawyer was out of Lagos on a business trip.

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“YOU MAY PUT ON YOUR WIGS”; 3, 436 CANDIDATES ADMITTED INTO THE NIGERIAN BAR

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Photocredits www.thenationonlineng.net

The 3, 436 successful candidates at the 2014 bar exams were on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, admitted as Barristers and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by the Body of Benchers at the International Conference Centre Abuja.

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