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THROUGH THE EYES OF A FEMALE LAWYER PART 1

My very good friend and mentee takes the floor to share her experience as a young female lawyer. So it’s Nelo on the beat! Enjoy!Nelo Akorah

As I strolled out of the Police Headquarters, feeling very tired and done for the day, I realized that things were not the same anymore in my life, everything has changed. From the first day I put on my wig and gown and stood before a Judge of Federal Republic of Nigeria, my life changed.Continue reading

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THE LEGAL METAMORPHOSIS PART 1

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Now you are a lawyer and not a student of law. The earlier you make that distinction the easier the travels through the rough road of early post call practice becomes.

You just found out that legal practice isn’t a ball or the Eldorado you read in John Grisham’s novel? Welcome to the world! Nothing is always as it seems or was painted. The practice of law is a totally different picture from what was painted in law classes.Continue reading

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NAIJA POLICE; A LAWYER’S FRIEND OR FIEND!

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“There should be no relationship between a Science Student and an Arts Student, the only thing that holds you together is just two subjects, English Language and Mathematics. You should not associate with them or have anything to do with them. Don’t ever go to their class …”

The above statement is credited to my Chemistry Teacher in secondary School. My Chemistry Teacher, let us call him Uncle P (we called our teachers uncles and aunties), was a young man pushed into the very difficult task of teaching by the country’s number one killer of dreams; unemployment (teaching is not an easy task for those who it’s not their passion).

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

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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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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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