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May 31, 2017

The Niger-Delta Negotiations: A Paradigm Shift- Tolu Aderemi/Tolu Ogidi

During a survey of the effects of diamond mining in an aboriginal Canadian community, a survey participant described the benefits accrued to local communities as beads and trinkets when compared with the fortune made by the miner. This sentiment is often expressed as the social damage inherent in exploration and extraction of mineral deposits. The degradation that frequently results from such activity, depriving locals of their right to a decent living, is just one of the many negative impacts, environmental and otherwise, which the communities are left to contend with. Whilst mining and the related activities are also a feature of developed economies, the presence of responsible authorities/agencies is what makes the difference and sets those countries apart from their developing counterparts; when assessing benefits accruing to locals vis-à-vis the risks to which they are exposed. 

May 30, 2017

Proposed Solutions to accessible and sustainable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) – ‘A toddlers Approach’

 It is of paramount importance to understand the definition of ‘Sustainable energy’. According to Fortune Ganda in the Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, sustainable energy can be defined “as energy capable of providing affordable, easily accessible and reliable energy services that meets the general economic, social and environmental needs within the development context of a society for which these services are intended, whilst recognizing equitable distribution within the society. However, in practice ‘sustainable energy means different things to various individuals. Sustainable energy is sometimes associated with renewable energy or natural gas. Whatever approach used, sustainable energy will always cover resource endowment, energy infrastructure and development needs.

May 22, 2017

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The Need for Contract of Employment| by Kingsley Ugochukwu Ani Esq.

It is a good thing when you are offered that new job at that new company you applied to alongside several hundred other applicants. And that job, after three years of unemployment; now you cannot wait to start working right away and start earning  your pay. You are eager to start working, to start putting in the hours and doing the eight-to-five grind daily. You want to put in your own quota and be rewarded for the good work. That’s good.

Nnamdi Kanu Bail Conditions: onerous or constitutional? | Kingsley Ugochukwu Ani

Bail is simply a process or procedure whereby a person who has been denied of his constitutional right to freedom of movement (in other words, incarcerated due to the alleged commission of one crime or the other) is released upon security provided by him to the tune of the order of the court or any other body that has the authority to grant such bail application. The case of Nnamdi Kanu who has been granted bail on April 25th, 2017. The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has granted Nnamdi Kanu bail in his longtrial for charges bordering on treasonable felony. The justice, Justice Binta Nyako, while granting the bail application by the counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, on health grounds, ordered that he be released on bail on the following grounds:

The Role Of Civil Society In Decongesting Prisons And Reducing Crimes In Lagos State


It is not in doubt that Prisons in Lagos state are overcrowded and that the prison population increases on a daily, which presupposes that crimes are on the increase. As at March this year the number of inmates at the 1,700 capacity Kirikiri Medium prison was 3,051, as at 16th May of the same year, the number has increased to 3331. The female prison with a capacity of 211 had 273 inmates in March 2017 and as at 17th May of the same year, the number has increased to 325. If this trend continues, we are in for some serious problems.

May 18, 2017

The NICN Revolution – A Curse Or Blessing? | Busayo Adedeji

The Supreme Court is expected on June 30, 2017 to rule on the finality of the decisions of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (“NICN”).  The apex court will be making this decision in the cases of  Mainstreet Bank Ltd (now Skye Bank Limited) vs Victor Anaemen Iwu and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited vs Mrs. Titilayo Akinsanya which are currently before the court.

May 17, 2017

Constitutional Provision for vacancy in the Presidency| Adedunmade Onibokun

On the 5th of May, 2010, President Musa Yar’adua passed-on, thereby leaving the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria vacant. Shortly after, President Goodluck Jonathan, the Vice President at the time, was sworn in as the President of the Federal republic of Nigeria. This action was in line with the constitutional provision to that effect.

Senator Ashafa calls for Legislative Support on Rails

The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Gbenga Ashafa on Tuesday, 16th May 2017 vehemently urged his colleagues to ensure that the National Assembly passes the loan request from executive arm with which to fund the Lagos to Kano and Calabar to Lagos Standard Gauge Rail Projects.

May 16, 2017

Mini Grids; Does the new regulation depict a bright future for Nigeria | Okezi Okah-Avae

The Federal Government of Nigeria (“FG”) has long since declared its intention to solve the country’s perennial electricity problem. However, the conclusion of the first phase of the privatization of the power sector in November 2013 has not exactly led to the uninterrupted supply of power once promised to the populace. Between 50-55% of approximately 180 million Nigerians do not have access to grid electricity, while the 45-50% of Nigerians who are actually connected to the grid especially in urban locations, are largely in darkness. Furthermore, not only are these Nigerians enduring crazy, unrealistic bills but also have no choice other than to spend excessive amounts on electricity generation sets.

May 15, 2017

Lawyer Profile - Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN

Tunde Fagbohunlu SAN is a Partner and heads of Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Practice Group. Tunde joined the firm of Aluko & Oyebode (Barristers & Solicitors) in 1993. 

May 10, 2017

Provision of the Constitution on Acting President | Adedunmade Onibokun

Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 5th of May, 2017, transmitted a letter to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki informing the National Assembly of a Medical follow – up trip to the United Kingdom. In the said letter, the President further stated that the Vice – President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo will coordinate the affairs of government while His Excellency is away.

May 7, 2017

Event - NBA Young Lawyers Forum Legal Education Seminar

The Young Lawyer's forum of the Nigerian Bar Association, cordially invites all lawyers to the legal education seminar tagged "Becoming a better Lawyer".

Save the date amd see you there. 

May 5, 2017

Police Bail is free or so they say | Adedunmade Onibokun

It has been made known time and time again, that Police bail is free. The words “bail is free” have been recited by officers of the Nigerian Police on several occasions, so -  

May 4, 2017

Joint Operating Agreements | Onyeka Obidi

(10 years ago *gasp*, I wrote this essay - which may or may not be terrible - on JOAs back in Aberdeen. Back then, I was chomping at the bits to be done with my Masters and working in the oil field. Alas... anyway, I was trawling through essays written back then, way back then and I came across this one. I chuckled to myself as I read through it, and then I decided to put it up and see what the public might make of it. Without tweaking a word or editing - so forgive all typos and structural problems - here's my short essay on JOAs) J

NBA Section on Business Law Conference starts June 18

May 2, 2017

Critiquing the Provisions of the Lagos Anti-Land Grabbing Law - Prince Ikechukwu Nwafuru

This article aims to critique  the Lagos State Properties Protection Law, 2016 (“Anti-Land Grabbing Law” or “the Law”) for the purpose of  appraising the likely efficacy of the legislation in tackling the menace of land grabbing and identifying any potential shortfalls  that might hamper the effective implementation of the Law and the actualization of the goals set for the Law.