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Apr 29, 2018

When Lawyers Bury the Wig and Gown 1: Big Brother and the LPA | Lotanna Attoh

Two weeks ago, the Big Brother Nigeria reality TV show ended, and one youth (who may or may not be lazy, depending on how you look at it) has emerged N25 million naira richer. Also newsworthy, but maybe not as much as the Big Brother finale: the 113 plus Chibok girls still in captivity along with Leah Sharibu; the Benue people still being killed; Lai Mohammed still being Lai Mohammed; Senator Dino Melaye doing Jackie Chan-like stunts; thugs casually visiting the National Assembly; and oh yes, Buhari still remains our president.

Sensitizing People About Their Rights – Whose Responsibility Is It? | Judy-Vallery Imasuen

A sight that is so common among Nigerians is that of not knowing what their rights are. The idea of “fundamental rights” has been so romanticized by the populace that it is common to hear citizens vaguely bring almost any matter under it. Therefore it is possible to hear a person who has been denied their salary or is facing an eviction say that “their fundamental right has been or is being breached.”

Apr 28, 2018

NBA Ikot Ekpene Branch honours Paul Usoro SAN


Apr 25, 2018

Accessing the Investors’ Protection Fund of the Nigerian Stock Exchange | Adejorin D. Abiona

The Investors’ Protection Fund of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (IPF) is a scheme set up by virtue of the provisions of the Investments and Securities Act due to the activities of capital market operators which sometimes endanger the interests of investors[i]. The primary aim of the Investors’ Protection Fund is to compensate investors who suffer pecuniary losses resulting from some circumstances stated in ISA. This article examines the Investors’ Protection Fund as it relates to investors accessing the said fund.

IP ABC: Patenting Your App/Software | Infusion Lawyers

Question of the Week (1) 
We are a tech company in Nigeria. We have just finished building an appfirst of its kind in Africa. Because we have big plans for this app, we need to protect it. Since the app has an innovative and intuitive technology, we want patent protection. How do we go about getting a patent in Nigeria?

Apr 23, 2018

The Place of Pupillage and Mentorship in the Future of Legal Practice in Nigeria | Paul Usoro SAN

"The topic " The Place of Pupillage and Mentorship in the Future of Legal Practice in Nigeria" is very hot because the standard appears to be falling and most people equates pupillage  with housemanship.

Apr 21, 2018

2018 Career Training For Lawyers - 3 Days To Go

The Creative Industry in Nigeria is one of our greatest exports to the world. The Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Sector contributed 2.3% (NGN239biliion) to Nigeria's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016.

According to ‘PWC’, the North American sports industry is expected to reach $73.5 billion by 2019 and the Nigerian Sports Industry also has enormous potential as well.

Sexual Assault by Penetration

Section 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, provides that;

“Any person who penetrates sexually the anus, vagina, mouth or any other opening in the body of another person with a part of his body or anything else, without the consent of the person is guilty of a felony and liable to imprisonment for life.”

Dissolution Of Marriage Contracted Under Islamic Law | Zeniath Abiri

There are two major ways through which a marriage contracted in line with Sharia or Islamic principles, can be dissolved, which are;

1.     Talaq and

2.     Khul’u.

7 Times Mfon Usoro Lawyers Female Table Tennis Champion Shares Her Experience, Says Paul Usoro Is A Pathfinder NBA Needs

I have heard people speak about Paul Usoro SAN as regards his passion to develop the legal profession through sponsorship of different capacity programmes, some of which challenge the legal mind, and others are sporting activities which not only challenge the mind and body, but create relaxation and promote friendship amongst lawyers. I am well positioned to speak on his involvement in the area of sports, having won the females’ gold medal and trophy at the MFOM USORO LAWYERS’ TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP (An annual lawyers table tennis competition sponsored by Paul Usoro SAN since 2009) for seven consecutive times.

Paul Usoro, SAN: A Commitment to the Welfare and Empowerment of Young Lawyers

Everyone that works is deemed worthy of his pay. This is pretty much an accepted fact in various circles; religious; professional and even in the most informal of settings. This much is apparent to young lawyers who seek to make a name for themselves in the legal profession. This is an issue close to the heart of Paul Usoro, SAN.

As a matter of practice and personal conviction, Paul believes in and is committed to youth empowerment, diversity and inclusion. A few life examples:



At the Annual General Meeting of the Young Lawyers’ Forum summoned by the Wada Ahmed Wada led governing council of the Young Lawyers’ Forum slated for 3pm the members of the Young Lawyers’ Forum gathered at the venue and waited for about 2hours. There was no communication from the Executives or any of the members of the Governing Council as to the position of the AGM.

Apr 20, 2018

Advertisements: An Offer Or An Invitation To Treat? | Eseoghene Palmer

“A communication by which a party is invited to make an offer is commonly called an invitation to treat. It is distinguishable from an offer, primarily on the ground that it is not made with the intention that it shall become binding as soon as the person to whom it is addressed simply communicates (his or her) assent to its terms. A statement is clearly not an offer if it expressly provided that the person who makes it is not to be bound merely by the other party’s notification of assent but only when he himself has signed the document in which the document is contained”- per Oduyemi JCA[1] (emphasis mine)

Apr 18, 2018

Paul Usoro sends goodwill message to Young Lawyers Forum (YLF)

We must embrace IT and the innovations it engenders in the practice- Paul Usoro sends goodwill message to Young Lawyers Forum (YLF)

The learned silk who has pledged his commitment to the young lawyers’ forum today has sent out his well wishes to the forum and it has been captured below:

Apr 17, 2018

40 young lawyers shortlisted for 2018 Babalola’s Law Dictionary Quiz competition

In a bid to further deepen the culture of reading and mastery of legal terminologies, about 40 young lawyers practicing nationwide have been shortlisted for this year’s edition of the Babalola’s Law Quiz Competition for young lawyers between 0 and 7 years’ post call. The competition which would hold at the Onikan Youth Centre, Lagos on Friday, the 1st day of June 2018 promises to be keenly contested as the shortlisted young lawyers are drawn from all the states of the federation including the FCT.

If You Ever Get To See Paul Usoro SAN In Court, Do Not Forget To Say Hi

Paul Usoro SAN was at the Federal High Court Lokoja yesterday, 16 April 2018, in respect of a Suit scheduled for the hearing of highly contentious applications principal of which was one aimed at setting aside injunctive orders earlier made by the Court.

Apr 13, 2018

Register for Career Training For Lawyers

Dear Lawyer, 
 The modules for the Career Training are engineered to equip you with relevant skills & knowledge necessary for servicing clients in the following emerging and lucrative areas of law & practice;

NBA - SLP Conference: Quality Work Determines Earning | Paul Usoro SAN

Good afternoon learned Silks, Seniors and colleagues, as a guest speaker at the NBA section on the Legal Practice conference live in Port Harcourt, here are a few of my thoughts which I believe will go a long way in giving an uplift to your practice.

Apr 11, 2018

Paul Usoro Challenge: A Bold Initiative at Advancing the Pro Bono Culture

Paul Usoro Challenge: A Bold Initiative at Advancing the Pro Bono Culture Though life was not perfect for 24-year old Jimi Oladapo, at least he managed to get by. A graduate of Accounting from the University of Benin, Oladapo eked out a living working as a machine operator in a plastic production factory. After three fruitless years of job hunting, he was forced to swallow his pride, put away his impressive university degree and take up his present job. While the job was hardly his preferred option, it was, at least, a stop-gap measure that guaranteed him daily bread.

Apr 10, 2018

IP – How to protect your domain name in Nigeria (2) | Davidson Oturu

Registration of a domain name

The technical management of the domain name system is handled by ICANN. However, the registration of the TLDs are managed by ICANN accredited Internet registrars. A company can also confirm the availability of a domain name by searching a registrar's site or by using a 'WHOIS' search. WHOIS is an internet database that contains information on domain names, the domain registrars, registrants and the domain's Administrative and Technical contacts. By performing a WHOIS search, one can also confirm who registered a domain name and its expiration date.

IP – How to protect your domain name in Nigeria | Davidson Oturu

What is a domain name?

Simply put, a domain name can be considered as the name that a person or business chooses for his/its website. It is used to identify a registered Internet Protocol (IP) address which online visitors can use to access a website. Examples of some domain names are “”, “” and “”.


Apr 7, 2018

Sources of Nigerian Law | Tobi Olatunbi

The essence of this article is to assist the law student and lawyer to identify how and where to locate information on which law applies or what the position of the law is in relation to any legal problem that may confront him. The expression "sources of Nigerian law " refers to the materials through which a legal practitioner or a court or judge would find reliable authorities for a particular legal question.

What to Know Before Signing A Guaranty or Surety Agreement | Zaniath Abiri

A guarantee can be defined in legal parlance, as an undertaking to answer for the payment or performance of another person's debt or obligation in the event of a default by the person primarily responsible for it. It most commonly designates a private transaction by means of which one person, to obtain some trust, confidence or credit for another, engages to be answerable for him. Put in another way, a guarantee is a contract to answer for the payment of some debt, or the performance of some duty by a third person who is primarily liable for that payment or performance.

“Beyond the NBA race, let's build a relationship”- Paul Usoro

Legal powerhouse, Paul Usoro SAN, FCIArb was present at the Egbe Amofin Oodua meeting in Ile-Ife at the Obafemi Awolowo University earlier on today with more than 100 bar leaders, NBA Chairmen and Secretaries from the North, West and East.

Gender Equality In The Nigerian Police? | Zeniath Abiri

Gender discrimination is prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s gender in circumstances where the gender difference is irrelevant to a person’s rights, abilities or performance. Though it may affect any gender, women and girls are the most commonly affected. The right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, etc, is protected by Section 42 of the Nigerian Constitution as well as by many international instruments, which Nigeria has ratified and enacted into law.

OPINION - NIgerians And The 419 Of "Development" | by Ayo Sogunro

Sometime in January this year I was in my hometown Abeokuta. I was interested in seeing how governance had fared and a close friend had driven me around the town, showing me the modernisations. New flyovers decked major intersections, revamped roads gleamed under the sunlight, and pedestrian bridges brimmed everywhere. It was an impressive makeover.

I asked my host if Abeokuta residents were satisfied with these improvements. He replied no. He explained that the state’s health sector was dilapidated. Government paid little attention to equipping the state hospitals and improving the primary healthcare system. Healthcare projects still relied heavily on donor funding. Similarly, the public school system was not exactly a joy to behold. Human capacity in the civil service remained underdeveloped. Small and medium scale enterprises creaked under aggressive fees, levies, and taxes.

I had just completed a research stint in Mauritius, also spending time at their human rights commission studying the country’s socioeconomic welfare system. Mauritius provides free universal healthcare and education, free public transportation for students and senior citizens, unemployment and welfare benefits, and even ‘social aid’ for families of detainees. Yet, the country’s infrastructural investment has only just started increasing to improve investment opportunities and tourism. Still, Mauritius is reasonably more developed than Nigeria.

It is frustrating that, whether deliberately or ignorantly, Nigerian politicians conflate infrastructural investments with development. Lagos State, for example, carried out the mass displacement of Otodo-Gbame residents to literally pave way for an estate. But international law, binding on Nigeria under the African Charter and the core human rights treaties, defines the principles of development. For instance, in the Endorois Case against Kenya, the African Commission noted that the right to development requires the state to ensure that its policies and projects are equitable, non-discriminatory, participatory, accountable, and transparent, ‘with equity and choice as important, over-arching themes’. Development has to be focused on nurturing the people, not just fashioning the state.

Unfortunately, Nigerian citizens are often misled by the simulated notion of development. Our governments copy and paste infrastructure, mirroring developed countries, but ignore the systemic socioeconomic empowerment of the people. We have roads and bridges without comfortable mass transportation systems, hospitals and schools without quality equipment and staff, and inaccessible government-funded estates while majority live under horrible conditions. Ultimately, these investment in ‘things’ put us in debt, transfer our resources to external investors and contractors, displace communities, are abandoned by new administrations, lack long-term maintenance and deteriorate, or simply have their funds looted.

And the majority of Nigerians remain disempowered.

Investing in human capacity and welfare before building cities should be intuitive logic for all of us. It is worrisome that it took a Bill Gates to make this a national conversation (and we have already switched to our favourite hobby: arguing over contestants in politics, sports and reality television). But while Gates may have spoken specifically on Buhari’s economic policies, the message cuts across all of Nigeria’s political history and applies at all levels of government. Nigeria has to adopt a human rights approach to public expenditure and investment if it is to cease being a dysfunctional country. This requires that the allocation of economic resources should answer the question: how does this expenditure protect, promote and fulfil the rights of the citizens? In other words, public money should be used only in ways that enhance human dignity and human rights for all members of society.

For example, we should buy arms only to demonstrably protect the right to life of the citizens and not merely to enhance state power or prestige. Similarly, roads and bridges are not important in themselves, but only to the extent that they fulfil the right to development of the people. A construction project that displaces people or creates more hardship in the construction process violates the right to development.

The Nigerian Constitution, problematic as it is, also recognises socioeconomic welfare as the basis of development. It does not mandate the government to build megacities. Instead, it directs government to provide ‘adequate medical and health facilities for all persons’, ‘equal pay for equal work without discrimination’, ‘public assistance in deserving cases or other conditions of need’, ‘eradicate illiteracy’ and similar objectives. 

True, unlike Mauritius where many of these objectives have been realised, Nigeria has a very large population and geography. However, this point only takes us again to the issue of restructuring. Human development is best attained within relatively small political units. We cannot continue with Nigeria’s highly unwieldy centralised structure. We will need to devolve governance and return land – and the control and use of its resources – to organic communities under an evolved local system of government if we are to truly develop our people.

But these reforms will disempower our current political class.

For now, our politicians are more interested in encouraging photographable projects with high contractual value, scamming us with ersatz development. As a friend tweeted a few days ago:

‘When our senators speak at the NASS, they speak from a place of sentiments and hysterics, quote the Bible, Qur’an and stray far away empirical facts. They do not care about the citizens and they’ll never care. We the citizens are out of cards to play.’

She is very right.

 Originally published here in my new monthly column for The Guardian.

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Apr 4, 2018

Women must have a place in a more inclusive NBA

NBA Presidential candidate Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, FCIArb is meeting with Lawyers in Ibadan. While speaking at the meeting; he stated his desire for a more complete NBA where women have more active roles.

Apr 3, 2018

Querying The Constitutionality Of Section 300 (3) Of The ACJL Of Delta State | Oliver Omoredia

The Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) was signed into law by former president Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and has since its enactment revolutionized the administration of criminal justice in the country. The provisions of the Act have been largely re-enacted in the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Delta State 2017.  This write-up considers the provision of Section 300 (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Delta State and argues its sustainability in the light of constitutional provisions on the state’s legislative competence to enact same.

Looters List And The Subjudice Rule: The Need To Caution Comments | Oliver Omoredia

The President Muhammadu Buhari (APC)-led Federal Government on Friday published the names of persons who under the Goodluck Jonathan (PDP)-led administration had allegedly looted the treasury of the country. The list which contained six names of high-profile members of the Peoples Democractic Party (PDP) was published in response to the taunting the Federal Government by the PDP that it makes true allegations of “looting” by publishing the names of persons it claims have looted.

Gender Parity: The Paul Usoro Example

In the black continent, where the intellectual prowess of women is yet to be fully acknowledged and accepted as a tool for societal development, only a few members of the male gender openly encourage and support females in the face of hostilities associated with gender imbalance in the society. Paul Usoro, SAN, a distinguished gentleman and one of Nigeria’s finest Lawyers, is one of such supportive males.