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THE DIARY OF A CORPER LAWYER

 

Corper Lawyer Ebere Nwaigbo Chimebere

The Corper Lawyer Ebere Nwaigbo Chimebere

My boss had dropped a criminal case file on my desk and instructed me to proceed to the High Court and pick a short date just like that.

The matter had been slated for mention but the senior lawyer who was in charge of the matter had left the office and probably with the file.Continue reading

Commentary

THE LEGAL METAMORPHOSIS PART 1

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         Photo credits www.deviantart.com

 

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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I MET GANI IN COURT!

Photo credits Gani Fawehinmi Library

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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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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Commentary Workshop

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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THE NAIJA LAWYERS’ HUSTLE

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photocredit: www.sgglit.com

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

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SURVIVING EBOLA; LESSONS FOR LAWYERS

The Gallant Survivor Dr. Ada Igonoh

The Gallant Survivor Dr. Ada Igonoh

Nigeria has been declared Ebola free but the mental scars the Ebola outbreak had left on our psyche is yet to be erased. It was therefore no surprise when the story of the medical doctor who had survived the dreaded disease was widely read on major newspapers and blogs in Nigeria and averaged the highest views in many news websites.
Dr. Ada Igonoh who contracted Ebola from Patrick sawyer, the Liberian-American (the index case) survived alongside eight others in what had been called a medical miracle as Ebola kills nearly 90% of those infected.Continue reading

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