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Feb 27, 2017

Desertion: When A Spouse Abandons Marriage After The Wedding| Hightower Lawyers

This is not legal advice. This piece only seeks to educate and promote a healthy conversation.

In Nigeria, there is only one ground for divorce. This is when a marriage has broken down irretrievably. Instances that lead to this include cruelty, adultery, and desertion for at least one year.

Feb 23, 2017

Medical Negligence In Nigeria: Addressing The Public On Its Scope And The Resultant Legal Implications


It is not uncommon to see this quote on a hospital building “We Care, God Heals”.

While the accuracy or otherwise of that statement is not in contention, it is pertinent to ponder on how much “care” medical practitioners owe their patients before the healing is left in the hands of the most Supreme Being. Are Medical Doctors mere tools in the hands of the creator? So much so that regardless of the magnanimity of their efforts, high hopes should be kept at bay?

Feb 14, 2017

Doing Business In Nigeria: Dealing With Incidents Of Fraud | Hightower Lawyers

In business, there’s always a risk of being swindled, even when dealing with supposed ‘partners’, agents, distributors, vendors or contractors.
Some protection is afforded entrepreneurs, businesses, and businessmen within our laws. Several law enforcement agencies in Nigeria also do a fine job of administering these laws.

Land Ratification/Regularization Policy of Lagos State- Would the Supreme Court’s Decision Have Been Different Had It Considered the Land Use Act?

Lagos State, the former capital of Nigeria, otherwise known as the 'Centre of Excellence' prides itself on being a megacity. In order to maintain this lofty position, it generates a major part of its own income and as a result, seeks to raise funds in whichever way possible, sometimes to the chagrin of its citizens and just recently, the Federal Government.

Are Documents Made by Interested Persons to an Action Admissible in Court? | Adebanke Ajayi

Generally, a document made by a person interested in an action either in anticipation of the suit or during its pendency is inadmissible. See Section 83 (3) of the Evidence Act 2011 as amended.

Military attire, civilian camouflage, and their legality in Nigeria | Gbenga Odugbemi

In Nigeria, it is notorious that majority of the civilians do not know their rights, and for a population where the majority do not know their rights, legal understanding is consequently a sophisticated endeavor. Although, this a discussion for another time, the reason why law seems sophisticated in Nigeria is still very confusing. For a country having three major languages – Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa – one would expect that laws would be written in these languages, or if not, that laws would be written in the more common and uniting language – the ‘Nigeria Pidgin English’. A forced understanding of the law written in English language in a country where the majority of the adults – 56.9% – are illiterates is ludicrous[1]

Feb 10, 2017

Life of Lagos Lawyer -Episode 7

As a lawyer, receiving phone calls about a client in police custody is not the sort of welcoming news I like to hear, in fact its bad market. What happened to the Fortune 500 companies, Oil & Gas Firms and Multi-Nationals? Why don’t those Clients call my phone! Now, I am getting calls that Baba Fine-face has been arrested by the Police for staging a protest against the government. Na me send am? However, after listening to the way the poor man was man-handled by security agents, his clothes torn, phones seized and his left eye partially closed from a swollen face, who am I not to come to my brother’s aid.  

Effect of the International Convention for Control and Management of Ships'​ Ballast Water and Sediments

Since the advent and use of steel-hulled vessels, water has been used as ballast to stabilize vessels at sea. Industry practice over years reveals that Ballast water is pumped into vessels to maintain safe operating conditions throughout a voyage. This reduces stress on the hull, provides stability, improves propulsion and maneuverability, compensates for weight changes in various cargo load levels which would have ordinarily arisen due to fuel and water consumption.

Feb 6, 2017

Legal Strategies for Addressing Climate Change: A Comparative Analysis of Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Tax | Magnus Amudi

1.     Introduction
Today, major/global climate change conversations are no longer centered on the validity or otherwise of global warming as a major threat and challenge to the earth’s existence. The doubts that once welcomed this subject “are fading, appropriately, as rapidly as some ice sheets and glaciers are melting.”[1] 

Essentials Of A Contract Of Sale | Hightower Lawyers

A Contract of Sale is an agreement for the exchange of goods, services, or property, between the seller and the buyer, for a promised or paid value, usually money.

The Shareholders Agreement | Eberechi Okoh

“They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.” Calvin Coolidge

Feb 3, 2017

How To Conduct A Sale Of Family Property | HightowerLawyers

Unlike real assets owned by individuals, family property (land and houses) is for the use and enjoyment of the members of a family as one unit. Thus, one member cannot single-handedly sell such property.

Feb 1, 2017

DRONE IN A TOY SHOP: The Battle Between Technology Development & National Security In Nigeria

While window shopping in the mall one day, I saw something unusual through the window of one of the stalls. It was something I had always thought it would be cool to have, if only I knew what to do with it. It was a drone. A DRONE? A DRONE in a toy store??? I know you must think I’m old and archaic but really what is a drone doing in a toy store.