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Dec 27, 2017

Paul Usoro responds to Chidi Odinkalu

Re: “The Nigerian Bar Association: Leadership, Values and the Future”

In his recent article with the above title, Chidi Odinkalu, in continuation of his campaign against me founded ostensibly on the cash gifts that I gave to Honourable Justice James Agbadu-Fishim of the National Industrial Court (“NIC”), accuses me of professional misconduct, in the terms of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners, 2007 (“RPC”). His earlier allegations of bribery against me, having been effectively debunked by the factual rebuttal that was issued by my colleagues in Paul Usoro & Co (“PUC”), Odinkalu now purports to anchor his campaign against me on Rule 34 of the RPC which stipulates that “a lawyer shall notdo anything or conduct himself in such a way, as to give theimpression, or allow the impression to be created, that his act or conduct is calculated to gain, or has the appearance of gaining special personal consideration or favor from a Judge” and claims that my gifts to Agbadu-Fishim J offend theseRules.

Dec 20, 2017

Hijab & Call to Bar - What the Law really says | Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem

There have been many opinions on the refusal of the Body of Benchers to call Firdaus Amasa to the Bar because of her hijab. I however noticed that most of the opinions were more of emotional outbursts rather than exposition of the provisions of the law on the subject matter. This piece will be x-raying the position of the law on the right of the female Muslims to wear the hijab on the call to bar.

Dec 16, 2017

Rainmaking for Associates | Yimika Adesola

Rainmaking for Associates – winning clients for your law office"

Wikipedia defines rainmaking as (in business)bringing in new business and winning new accounts almost by magic, since it is often not readily apparent how this new business activity is caused. Investopedia further defines it as bringing clients, money, or respect to one’s organization solely by one’s associationEssentially, a rainmaker “makes it rain” in the colloquial sense.

Dec 11, 2017

Senator Ashafa urges the Minister of Transportation to deliver on rail


Senator Gbenga Ashafa, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport has urged the Federal Ministry of Transport to ensure delivery of standard gauge rail lines and other vital rail infrastructure to Nigerians before 2019.

Dec 8, 2017

Paul Usoro SAN's Goodwill Message to Bwari Branch of the NBA

It is with immense delight that I felicitate with the executive Committee and the entire members of the Nigerian Bar Association, Bwari Branch, on the auspicious occasion of the Branch’s 2017 Law Week, which commenced on the 7th of December 2017, and accords with the long established legal tradition witnessed every year.

How to Compensate for Mental Stress at Our Workplaces| Michael Dugeri

Work-related mental stress has been described as the adverse reaction experienced by workers when workplace demands and responsibilities are greater than the worker can reasonably manage or are beyond the workers’ capabilities. Therefore, it has been advocated that employers need to balance both demands and resources in the workplace in order to manage work-related mental stress.  This is because high levels of job demand and low levels of job resources could easily result in mental stress for the workers.

10 Things Some Sars Officers Don’t Want You To Know

1.     Bail is free

2.     Upon arrest, you are liable to remain silent; Section 6 of the ACJA Act 2015; Section 35(2) 1999 Constitution

3.     When been questioned, you must have your lawyer present. Section 6(2)(a) Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015)

10 tips for participating in the World Human Rights Day protest #EndSars

1. Know the law - no Nigerian law requires a police permit before one can participate in a protest.

2. Dress appropriately- wear comfortable shoes & clothes to cover your skin.

3. Charge your phones - for communication & recording incidents of police brutality against protesters.

4. Make bold and legible signs on cardboard indicating your protest message.

5. Tell a friend whose not going of your location and have them check in on you at intervals.

6. Write an emergency contact number on your person.

7. Don't allow thugs hijack your protest, it’s the only excuse given by Nigerian police when breaking up a protest.

8. Don’t act unruly or attack police officers.

9. Share your experience via a hashtag, social media or blog post.

10. Plan your exit in case violence erupts.

Dec 2, 2017

Appeal Court holds Sentaor Akpan as winner Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District

Yesterday, the 30th of November 2017, marked the date of the long-awaited judgement in the dispute regarding the PDP Primaries for the North-East Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State. 

After the Judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, the Appellant, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, sought to rectify the several manifest inconsistencies in the judgement by appealing through his Counsel Mr Paul Usoro SAN, to the Court of Appeal.