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Oct 31, 2014


Esq. Seminars on the 28th – 30th of October, 2014 hosted the Esq. Arbitration School 2014 at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos which was supported by the prestigious law firm of Aluko & Oyebode. It was a great time for the delegates and the resounding success for the organisers. The panel of facilitators was very impressive as it attracted some of the best arbitration practitioners from Nigeria and also from London.

Oct 27, 2014

Those terrible weeks in their camp by Human Rights Watch

Boko Haram, Nigeria’s homegrown Islamist insurgency, whose name in Hausa roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden,” has abducted at least 500 women and girls from northern Nigerian since 2009 and has perpetrated numerous human rights abuses against them in captivity. The April 14, 2014 abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, a rural town in Borno State, focused a much-needed spotlight on this increasing scourge.

Oct 24, 2014


Cross-section of Nigerian Governor Forum (From

This is the second post in a series of articles informing about the requirements for contesting elections in Nigeria. Last time, I wrote on the requirements for contesting presidential  elections in Nigeria, while this post will be treating the constitutional requirements for contesting Governorship elections in Nigeria. 

The position of a State of Governor is provided for by the Constitution in Section 176. It provides that – there shall be for each State of the Federation a Governor and the Governor shall be the Don Dada Chief Executive of that State. The only persons qualified to be Governors are- Citizens of Nigeria by birth; persons who have attained the age of 35 years; members of a political party & sponsored by that party; and such candidate that has been educated to at least School Certificate Level or its equivalent. 

Oct 23, 2014


Credit- Google 
 As I am prone to do with my opinion pieces, I state a disclaimer; these are simply ramblings of an overworked lawyer who gets her brain fried under the hot Lagos sun daily. Permit me to exercise my inherent right of freedom of expression.

Oct 21, 2014

Young Lawyer Shares What She Wished She Knew Before Law School by Victoria Pynchon

I started law school a decade ago. At the time, the post 9-11 economy was on a major decline and law schools across the country were seeing a huge surge in the number of applicants. Hundreds of thousands  of college grads were seeking a J.D. and I was one of them.

Oct 17, 2014


General elections in Nigeria are fast approaching, political parties, candidates, party thugs agents, INEC and the whole country is immensely interested in how events at the elections will play out. This post is a first in a series of articles informing about the constitutional requirements for contesting elections in Nigeria, here we shall be talking about the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 
The Constitution provides for the law regarding eligibility into the position of the President and other electoral positions such as the position of the Governor, Senators and members of the National and State Assemblies. Section 130 of the 1999 Constitution says that “there shall be for the Federation, a President” and such “President shall be the Head of State, the Chief Executive of the Federation and Commander- In –Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation”.

Oct 16, 2014


Chief Oluwole Oladapo Olanipekun, SAN was born on 18th November, 1951 at Ikere-Ekiti. He attended Amoye Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti, Ilesa Grammar School, Ilesa, the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.

Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, is the founder and principal partner of Wole Olanipekun & Co. He was conferred with the prestigious rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1991 in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the advancement of the Legal Profession in Nigeria, about 15 years after he was called to bar. Arguably one of Nigeria’s leading barristers he has been involved as counsel and amicus curiae in many of Nigeria’s landmark cases. He is also in top demand internationally as an expert in Nigerian law.

Oct 15, 2014

IS YOUR LAW FIRM “THE ONE”? by Barb McGivern

Are you doing all you can to make sure your law firm is irresistible to potential clients? Because when it comes to legal consumers, it seems that love at first sight really does exist.
FindLaw’s 2014 U.S. Consumer Legal Needs Surveyasked respondents how many attorneys they contacted or seriously considered before making a selection, and the answer was astonishing: 72% replied, “one.” Either legal consumers are extremely open to positive first impressions, or they’re doing an excellent job of finding legal representation that matches their needs. (To be honest, it’s probably a bit of both.)

Oct 14, 2014


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This is the 3rd article in a series of posts relating to offences under the Nigerian Armed Forces Act, the first was an article on the law on “Mutiny under the Armed Forces Act” while the second was about “Disorderly behaviour among Soldiers/Service men”.

If you have ever lived in a military barracks, attended a military school or know a thing or two about the military, you will know the rule that the chain of command is unbreakable and anyone who breaks it, gets broken, lol. The chain of command or respect to seniority is sacred and it’s a big deal. Now imagine if a service man strikes his superior officer, wow, make we just talk say him own don end  such soldier will definitely be disciplined. 

I attended a military high school, Nigerian navy to be precise and I remember a day I was beating for no reason by a senior student, I was so sure I didn’t deserve the treatment I got and angrily walked off to report the senior student to one of the military officers on deck. The military officer listened and asked me to go call the wicked senior, he berated the senior for beating me for no apparent reason and asked me to give the said senior 6 strokes from a horse whip. Oboy, did I gladly lash the senior’s buttocks. After acting out my vengeance, the military officer asked the senior to get up and said “this boy could come and report you to me because you did not beat him well enough, now take him away”. Immediately I heard those words, I knew it was time to draw up a will and last testament, I was definitely going to die, the senior student just looked and said “follow me” as he walked off to the senior dormitory. 


Lawyers need to squeeze every drop of personal fulfilment they can out of their working day, says Simon Harper of Lawyers on Demand.

This week I was in a roomful of lawyers when we were asked when was the last time we’d got lost in the moment.  When were we so absorbed in a task that we didn’t notice anything or anyone around us? Answers were fascinated and varied – playing football, sketching, building Lego and even contract drafting.  (By the way the occasion was not just a spontaneous group overshare but the LOD-hosted Life With Law, the latest in a series of talks on how to live a more fulfilling life whilst practising law. This time the topic was mindfulness and flow.) 

Oct 10, 2014


With the recent brouhaha following Linda Ikeji’s blog being temporarily shut down by Blogger, many writers/bloggers/online content marketers are frantically praying searching for information regarding copyright infringement in order to ensure the devil does not send a MrAyedee into their life they don’t run fowl of the law and also have their blogs shut down. While copyright laws regarding the internet are well established in foreign jurisdictions, in Nigeria we jus dey open eye, blogging just blew up in Nigeria a little over 5 years ago. But you can always catch our blog post on copyright laws.
People tend to get a little protective of their stuff because there are many unscrupulous people out there who take content and pass it off as their own. Having done all that hard work with none of the credit is totally not cool!

Oct 9, 2014


This blog post is the second of a series relating to crimes and punishment under the Armed Forces Act, Cap C20, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2004). Last time, I wrote a piece on the offence of Mutiny under the Armed Forces Act

Scenario 1

Oct 6, 2014


Its 4am at the military base in the northern part of Borno state, the camp commander has just received intelligence that heavily armed insurgents have been spotted advancing into a neighbouring town. The commander immediately rallies the troops and orders an immediate assault on the convoy of insurgents. However, several soldiers in the battalion refuse to engage the enemy because they believe the insurgents have superior fire power and refuse to obey the commander’s orders. Tempers flare, a brawl ensues among the troops and the commander is shot at by a junior officer spear heading the conflict. The military police have however calmed the situation and the officer who shot the pistol during the brawl has been arrested and will be facing a Court-Martial.


Oct 4, 2014


Happy Celebrations to our muslim brothers and sisters around the world from the Legalnaija family. 


Man hates (despises) the truth because it exposes him for what he is and it troubles what still remains of his conscience.”-Paul Washer.

Abiding by elements in the perceptual manifold, our country is in a bad-news default mode. In giving systematic judgements to daily events, each breaking of the sun brings us with yet another 'new' problem and issue to deal with, which sadly, we can't seem to confront, thus, compounding our woes.