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Oct 28, 2016

Life of a Lagos Lawyer - End of the Month (Episode 2)

Everyone in the office is smiling, except me.  Their jubilation is expected, being the end of the month and salaries have been paid. I always had dreams of working in Big Law, in one of the top law firms on the Island. But I am not so sure anymore,  getting home from work at 10.30pm to leave at 6am the next morning; coupled with my insufficient salary of N90,000 per month, minus penalty fees at the office, I can’t even afford a social life. 

Sexual Harassment Law in Nigerian Universities

The Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prohibition Bill, 2016; otherwise known as the Sexual Harassment Act is a welcome development to the body of law in Nigeria. The Bill comes to rescue students in Nigerian educational institutions who are victims of sexual harassment from preying lecturers, teachers and educators who use their position to sexually exploit students. 

Oct 27, 2016

What to do when your employment is terminated unlawfully - Adedunmade Onibokun

There are many instances when employees have had their employments terminated unlawfully by their employers.  Some of these employees never see it coming and become infuriated at the company for a termination they deem unlawful. Others are confused and wondering what to do next and how to secure the next pay check in order to provide for their families and needs. Many however, do not realise that their termination is unlawful and they have a right to sue the employer for a breach of their contract of employment. 

Oct 25, 2016

Duties and Powers of The National Judicial Council (NJC)

The National Judicial Council is one of the Federal Executive Bodies created by virtue of Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In order to insulate the Judiciary from the whims and caprices of the Executive; hence guarantee the independence of this Arm of Government, which is a sine qua non for any democratic Government, the National Judicial Council was created and vested with enormous powers and functions.

Provisions of the proposed bill to establish a ranching commission in Nigeria

The National Assembly is currently examining a Bill sponsored by Senator Barnabas Gemade, seeking to establish the National Ranches Commission for the regulation, management, preservation and control of ranches throughout Nigeria. 

Oct 21, 2016

Life of a Lagos Lawyer - Bad mornings (Episode 1)

It was a very beautiful day and I woke up feeling great. Like an angel had visited my bed side during the night and whispered to me that I was waking to one of the best days of my life. Jeffery, my driver, had detailed the custom Mercedes Benz S-Class and as the smell of the rich and luxurious leather drifted in my comfortable back seat, I could not help but notice my face on the cover of the Forbes Africa magazine being displayed on the news stand with the caption “The Best Lawyer in The World” written under my name. 

Oct 20, 2016

Sun International's Pullout ,The Nigeria Gaming Industry And The Rest Of The Economy -

On the 25TH of August of 2106 we woke up to splashing headlines by several local papers announcing Sun International’s (SI) pullout from Nigeria. Some noted that it was the 4th South African company to pullout from the Nigerian market citing the hostile economic environment as the reason. As expected I was inundated with inquires from several quarters especially from those eying the Nigeria gaming market

Oct 19, 2016

Compensation for injury in the Workplace

The Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Edition at page 320, defines compensation as:
"1. Remuneration and other benefits received in return for services rendered.....
2. Payment of damages or any other act that a court orders to be done by a person who has caused injury to another."
(Emphasis mine)
It is common for workers to suffer injury or incur liabilities during the course of employment. This is more common with employees whose employment require them to work with delicate and complex medium and heavy duty machinery, such as workers on an oil rig, a manufacturing company, a laundry service or even a restaurant.

Oct 17, 2016

Inforgraph on the Lagos Property Protection Law

Oct 14, 2016

“THE CNN EFFECT” If it Bleeds it Leads. Does media coverage make violent conflict more likely?

The saturation of media in virtually all areas of contemporary life and its effects on society has been widely discussed by many academic scholars. At the same time, since the end of the Cold War in 1989, intra-state conflicts in which the Great Powers have been openly involved have also become significant. Connecting these developments, the media has been seen as not merely observers, but participants in these post-Cold Wars. 

Oct 13, 2016

BNLF social networking event on 28/10/16.

Interview: Chika Ugonwa, Immigration lawyer talks about law practice and finding her niche by Anne Mmeje

Anne Mmeje interviewed Chika Ugonwa, a young entrepreneurial Nigerian Lawyer who practices Immigration Law in Nigeria. Chika talks about her work, human trafficking in Nigeria, and the Gender Equality Bill that failed to pass at the National Assembly. Chika’s vision includes establishing a law firm that will serve as a one stop shop for everything Travelling/Immigration inquiry and assistance in Nigeria; having a bilateral relation with immigration firms all over the world, Embassies and High Commissions; and building a strong brand on the foundation of Trust and Integrity.

Oct 11, 2016

Ivie Omoregie: The Importance of Contracts;Especially When Dealing with Friends

The importance of contracts

Over the years, in my professional capacity, as well as in my personal life, I have seen extremely ugly disputes erupt amongst people who would have once referred to themselves as close friends or family; all because they attempted to do business or engage in a project together which subsequently went pear shaped. I often tell people ‘even if you are going into business with your mum, make sure you sign something setting out, in clear terms, exactly what is expected from each party’.

Oct 10, 2016

Powers of National Security Agencies in Nigeria

According to Wikipedia, National security is a concept that a government, along with its parliaments, should protect the state and its citizens against all kind of "national" crises through a variety of power projections, such as political power, diplomacy, economic power, military might, and so on.

Oct 8, 2016

Who will speak for the judiciary – Dunmade Onibokun

Who will speak for the judiciary – Dunmade Onibokun
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
by Martin Niemöller

Commendation to Nigerian Police on tattoos

I just stumbled on an article on the Linda Ikeji Blog about a lady who was assaulted by the Police for having a tattoo. It’s so amazing the work our Nigerian Policemen are doing. 

Oct 5, 2016

Opinion: On Sambo Dasuki and the ruling of the ECOWAS Court by Raymond Nkannebe

The considered ruling yesterday 4th October, of a three man panel of the Ecowas court led by Justice Friday Nwoke that terminated in an order of immediate release of the estranged former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki who has been in custody of the DSS since last year, and cost against the Nigerian state in the sum of 15 million naira is a welcome development. Nigerian security operatives on no reason should be allowed in any guise to overshot the runway of the law ostensibly to fortify the security of the nation.

Oct 4, 2016

Infograph on penalty for abuse of public office in Nigeria


Forward Recommendations On The National Automotive Policy - Senator Olugbenga Ashafa

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport

Senator Olugbenga Ashafa, the Senate Committee Chairman on Land Transport on Tuesday 4thOctober, 2016 at the 2 day National Workshop for Chief Executives of Mass Transit Organisations on the Nigeria Automotive Policy, urged the organisers to break away from the culture of hoarding communiqués generated from such forums.

One Step Closer to Creation of State Police

Sometime ago, I wrote about why we needed to establish State Police in Nigeria and empower local security agencies here. The advantages will be of course immense including employment for the teeming youths, safer neighbourhoods and superior policing infrastructure. My voice is definitely not the first and won’t be the last in support of this initiative and I am glad we are moving one step closer as a nation to achieving this goal.

Nigerian Senate Considers Report Of Ad-Hoc Committee On The State Of The Economy & Passes Five Motions

The Senate on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 commenced consideration of the Report of its Ad-hoc Committee on the State of the Economy. The Report presented before the Chamber for consideration has seventeen recommendations. The recommendations were extensively deliberated upon by  Senators and at the end most of them were adopted by the Chamber.