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Dec 23, 2014

Various penalties for crimes & offences under Nigerian law



I attended a military secondary school in the heart of Abeokuta and trust me, aside from the regular koboko (horse whips), we had a fine array of punishments that students were subject to when it came to discipline. They included: manual labour, plant-your-pot, crawling on gravel with your bare knees, frog jumps and a host of many others. Anyone who attended a military school must have a fair idea of what I am talking about.

PENALTY FOR BRIBERY DURING ELECTIONS


 Editor’s Note: - This is the 3rd blog informing the Nigerian public on electoral offences in the Electoral Act; here is the first post on Punishment and buying Voter’s cards  and the second on penalty for improper use of voter’s cards

I guess you must have heard the term “stomach infrastructure”, if you have not, it simply describes an act peculiar to Nigerian politicians, where they supply and share food items to the electorate in a bid to sway their voting decision in the politician’s favour. An example is the Ekiti elections which were held earlier this year which had persons vying for the seat of the Governor sharing bags of rice to people in the state. 

Dec 17, 2014

PROFILE - PROF. YEMI OSIBAJO SAN



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Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is the senior partner at SimmonsCooper Partners. Yemi is a professor of law and a former attorney-general of Lagos state and commissioner for justice. He is also a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Yemi was educated at the University of Lagos, Nigeria (LLB, 1978) and the London School of Economics (LLM, 1980). He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1979. Yemi has 31 years of litigation experience including significant trial and appellate work. He has also authored several books on civil procedure in Nigerian superior courts, rules of evidence and justice reform.

Dec 16, 2014

PENALTY FOR IMPERSONATION


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Scenarios.
  • Mr. Alex was apprehended by the Police last Tuesday for impersonating an officer, he was seen extorting money from commercial motor cycle riders and when asked to identify himself, it was revealed that he was actually a  fraud.
  • Mr. Segun Chinedu Ibrahim has fraudulently put himself out as a lawyer and was fraudulently representing clients in court, upon suspicion and investigation, he was arrested and charged with impersonation.
The law

Dec 12, 2014

PENALTY FOR IMPROPER USE OF VOTER'S CARDS


Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series informing the public on Electoral offences, you can find the first post here – Punishment for buying and selling voter’s cards

The recent Presidential primaries of the APC and PDP caused some excitement over the last couple of days. Elections are coming closer by the day and political parties are ensuring they present their best candidate before the electorate in 2015. Many Nigerians are also gearing up for the elections as most conversations now centre on the coming elections or the roles being played by any of the many protagonists and antagonists in the political movies playing in Nigeria now. As we all get closer to 2015, its quite important that we all protect out votes and ensure that we report any electoral criminality that we may observe or suspect. 

Dec 10, 2014

CREATING AN INVESTMENT CULTURE: NO RIGHT TIME TO INVEST By Ahmed O Banu




“A stitch in time saves nine” said a tailor down the road.

I am very sure a lot of us would have wondered “How does a stitch save nine? Why nine?”.For people like me who didn’t grow up loving English (weird), the phrase wouldn’t have been given a lot of thought. However, I actually gave it a thought today and thanks to “Google”our reliable companion, I can authoritatively tell what it means. Simply put, it means “why don’t you do what you have to do now and stop procrastinating”. Okay, English teachers, review my script and tell me how close I got.

How does this relate to investing? Hmmmmm...Wait for it.

Dec 9, 2014

THE DUTIES YOU OWE YOUR EMPLOYER


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I know how good it feels to get that bank alert or collect that cheque that contains the sum of your monthly salary and/or other entitlements such as bonuses etc. Do you also remember the feeling when it was delayed for about a day or two, must have been horrible especially if you had bills to pay waiting at your front door. An employer owes a duty to pay the wages of his employees and provide a good environment for them to work but what duties are owed to your Boss as an employer, here is the list –

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Dec 8, 2014

OFFENCES & PENALTY ON PUBLIC HEALTH IN NIGERIA


The public health of a society or community is very important to the general welfare of everyone in that society or community. A good example that depicts the importance was the recent Ebola outbreak in certain African countries, if you followed the news and updates from neighboring countries who were worst hit by the virus, you must have observed their respective governments instituting policies and measures to control the breakout such as issuing directives that certain areas be quarantined and placing curfews to prevent movement and spread of the virus. Such instances show how important governments work hard to ensure the health of its citizenry is protected and you will always find an abundance of laws which aim to punish and prevent exposing the public to health hazards, for instance the Nigerian Criminal Code Act. 

Dec 5, 2014

PENALTY FOR BUYING AND SELLING VOTERS' CARDS


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General elections are fast approaching and political parties are concluding their primaries to elect those who would be their flag bearers in the coming 2015 National elections. As we enter into the last lap of selecting our government representatives, it is important that we do not sell our votes, rather it is imperative that we choose the best man or woman for the job. Also of utmost importance is that we all observe proper discipline in election matters. This post is a first in a series informing you about electoral offences as provided for in the Electoral Act (2010), particularly the offences of buying or selling of voter’s cards.

Dec 4, 2014

PHOTOS FROM THE 3RD NBA IKEJA ANNUAL YOUNG LAWYERS FORUM 2014




THE CHALLENGES CONFRONTING WOMEN IN LEGAL PRACTICE



(Being the Paper Delivered by Mrs. FunmiFalana at the Young Lawyers’ Forum, NBA (IKEJA CHAPTER) Annual General Seminar on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

It is my pleasure to be invited to discuss this topic as it has become amatter of great concern to some of us in active legal practice. I will therefore want to start by looking at how Nigerian women have fared in the legal profession. We will look at where we are coming from, where we are today and of course, where we should be.

Gender discrimination is commonly observed in various profession and has also remained the barrier that prevent a large number of women from taking up prestigious and high ranking jobs in the work force, and the legal profession is not an exception. Women are marginalized in political appointments and various decision making department of the society because of the customs and traditional practices which have continued to put Nigerian women at disadvantaged positions and the belief that women are generally not suitable for the high post.