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Aug 31, 2019

MTN Nigeria Subsidiary YDFS Launches MoMo Agent Network

Following the successful award of a Super-Agent License, Y’ello Digital Financial Services, “YDFS,” a subsidiary of MTN Nigeria has opened its doors, announcing the launch of its super-agent network service named ‘MoMo Agent’ at an event in Abuja on August 29, 2019.

Aug 30, 2019

International Adoptions: Legality of Adoption By Non - Nigerians in Nigeria | Elvira Salleras

Over the last few years, I have received several enquiries from non-Nigerians living abroad, wishing to be advised on the correctness of the statement published by the US embassy in Nigeria on its official website: “Individuals who are not Nigerian citizens are not legally allowed to adopt in Nigeria.  When a married couple is adopting, both must be Nigerian citizens.  Only U.S. citizens who also have Nigerian citizenship are allowed to adopt children in Nigeria.  Nigerian adoption laws are complex and vary from state to state.”

Register For Dispute Resolution and Forensic Document Examination Training for Lawyers

For Lawyers advocacy means representing the interests of the client in the best manner possible, therefore an advocate must be equipped with a variety of skills. 

This training is designed to offer intensive legal advocacy and dispute resolution training to lawyers and equip participants with the necessary skills mandatory for every lawyer as they engage with the civil or criminal legal system vis-à-vis the innovation and competence required in today’s global business and legal world.

Please note the following details about the training –


Theme:  “The Art of Legal Advocacy


-          Litigation

-          Arbitration 

-          Mediation

-          Forensic Documents Examination

-          Legal Writing  

-          Law Firm Profitability

Date: 26th and 27th September, 2019

Time: 9am – 5pm daily

Duration of Class: 2hrs each

Venue: Neca House, Hakeem Balogun Street, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos 

Members of Faculty

·         Mr. OlabodeOlanipekun SAN, Partner, Wole Olanipekun  Co.,

·         Dr. AbiodunOsiyemi; President, Forensic Science Academy

·         Mr. FolaAlade ASCMA (UK); Principal Partner, Fotefa Partners 

·         Dr. Chinua Asuzu, Dean, The Write House; Senior Partner, Assizes Law Firm

·         Miss BusolaAjala , CEO, Strictly Law Business 

·        Mr. Tolu Aderemi LLM (Netherlands), Partner, Pearchstone  & Graeys       


Registration Details 

Fee per delegate     - N60,000    

Early Bird (Ends September, 5, 2019) - N40,000


We look forward to welcoming you as the session promises to be impactful and help put you well on the way to achieving your career goals.

For registration details, please call Lawlexis on +2348055424566; +2349095635314 or email or follow this link -

#NBAAGC2019 #nbaconference #facingthefuture #NBA2019AGC #NBA2019AGC #nigerianlawyers #AOCLegal 

Aug 29, 2019

Wages and Salaries In Nigeria: A Human Rights Issue? | Fifehan Ogunde

In April 2019, the Federal government signed into law the Miminum wage Repeal and Enactment Bill increasing the minimum wage across Nigeria from 18,000 Naira per month (US$50) to 30,000 Naira per month (US$83). Some have regarded this as good news for workers and labour unions in Nigeria are pushing earnestly for its implementation. 

Aug 24, 2019

Register For Early Bird At The Career Training For Lawyers

This training is designed to offer intensive legal advocacy and dispute resolution training to lawyers and equip participants with the necessary skills required in today’s global business and legal world.

Aug 22, 2019

IBA President to launch report on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession, at NBA AGC

At the invitation of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Paul Usoro, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Horacio Bernardes Neto, President of the International Bar Association (IBA), will give an address at the opening ceremony of the 59th Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference(AGC) on Monday 26 August 2019.

Aug 21, 2019

Sexual Harassment: The Role of The Law For The Vulnerable | Charles Ndubuisi Iroh

There are several cases of sexual harassment where dreams and aspirations has been shattered by randy employers, who feel entitled to every woman before them in order to offer them legitimate employment. This has become a norm in Nigeria. 

Aug 19, 2019

NBA President's Welcome Statement To The 59th Annual General Conference Delegates

1.            It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 59th Annual General Conference (“AGC”) of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) holding from Friday, 23 August 2019 to Thursday, 29 August 2019. With the theme, “Facing the Future”, this year’s Conference literally has something for everyone, lawyers and non-lawyers alike. A key novelty is the several specialized Committee Sessions – the outcome of collaborative work in content development for the Conference by the three Sections of the NBA – SBL, SLP and SPIDEL – coordinated by the Technical Committee for Conference Planning (TCCP). This Conference was designed as a test-run of such collaboration, notably in content-development, and it has been a huge success as is showcased by the diversity of the session topics and the number of sessions – 41 in all, a record number. I invite you to visit the Conference website ( for the complete array of bouquet on offer.

Aug 18, 2019

#NBAAGC2019 Innovation: Special Arrangements for Senior Delegates.

Some of the novel ideas seen in this #NBAAGC2019 has never happened before and one of such is the arrangements made for Senior members of the Bar by the TCCP.


As part of the build up towards hosting a successful Annual General Conference, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN yesterday,  August 8,, 2019 led a top delegation of the NBA and TCCP members on a visitation to the Governor of Rivers State, Bar man par excellence, Nyesom Wike. The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, O.C.J Okocha, SAN and Mr. Frank Owhor, a former Attorney General of River State, were on ground to receive the NBA leadership.

Aug 16, 2019

#NBAAGC2019 Session: The Crisis of Sexual and Gender based Violence in our Communities

Gender-Based Violence (GBV), sometimes also referred to as Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is any harmful act of sexual, physical, psychological, mental, and emotional abuse that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed (i.e. gender) differences between males and females.

The Incursion of Multi- Disciplinary Firms – Any Regulation

Many lawyers are quite unhappy at the high rate of multi-disciplinary firms encroaching into the legal space to offer services that used to be the exclusive purview of lawyers. For instance, some banks have begun to offer business registration services to their clients and also help their customers draft wills. All these while lawyers are still battling with foreign trained lawyers & foreign based law firms who also seek to encroach the Nigerian space.

Capacity Building in the Oil and Gas Industry – What are the essential drivers to take us there?

The Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria hit a big boom when Nigeria discovered oil. The history of oil exploration in Nigeria dates back to 1903 when Nigerian Bitumen Corporation conducted exploratory work in the country, at the onset of World War 1 the firm’s operation was stopped. 

A New Era Of No Boundaries – The IP Age Of Ideas & Solutions.

The world is a global village thanks very much to the development and advancement of technology and tech colutions all over the world.

Modern Trends In Evidence : Gathering And Presenting Evidence In The Digital Age.

There was a time in the Nigerian Legal system when the Evidence Act did not recognize the use of Electronic Evidence. At that time, parties who wanted to introduce electronic evidence were left at a statement.

The future of the Legal Profession and the regulation of legal practice and practitioners

The Legal Profession is one of the most respected and loved professions. Hence, its regulation is deemed necessary. The legal profession is guided by rules, principles of engagement as well as professional ethics. The code of ethics stipulates the standards of professional conducts expected of lawyers in their relationship with the legal profession, the legal system and the public.

Effective Implementation of the National Legal Aid Strategy (2017 -2022)

The incorporation of legal aid strategy to the Nigerian justice system is one of the greatest innovations of the Nigerian Legal System. The council was established as far back as 1976 by the Military Government and existed to provide legal aid, assistance and generally free access to justice to the society’s poor and indigent. The enabling Act now is the Legal Aid Act 2011. 

Operations by Security Agents: Rules of Engagement v. Human Rights of Citizens

Crime and security has always been a major problem in several nations. Nigeria is not an exception to this.  The protection of a nation depends on the strength of its security agencies. In Nigeria, several steps have been taking to curb crime in the federal, state and local government level. Security agency is a governmental organization which conducts intelligence activities

A Future Fit Legal & Regulatory Framework For Corporations In Nigeria

Corporate Governance is essential if we would like to see our industries and companies grow in Nigeria. The advantage of this is that it will promote public awareness of essential corporate values and ethical practices that will enhance the integrity of the business environment. Companies essentially must demonstrate a commitment to good governance practices by increasing transparency, trust and integrity. Also to creat an environment for sustainable business operations. 

Brexit and African Trade | An #NBAAGC2019 Session

With the exit of Britain from the European Union, now popularly called Brexit, there remains an uncertainty for the future of Britain especially as it relates to African Trade, most especially what are the consequences for Africa. 

Artificial Intelligence in ADR: The changing face of dispute resolution

Dispute resolution refers to the various ways in which parties resolve dispute between themselves. Some of these forms of dispute resolution techniques include Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation to mention a few.

Implementing SDG 5 (Gender Equality and Female Empowerment)

The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030 as its target date. The goals are expected to be achieved in a span of fifteen years.. The goals are broad and interdependent of each other, yet, they have different targets to achieve. These goals replaced the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). 

SDG 5 is on gender equality and female empowerment. Encouraging female empowerment and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. There need to be an end to all forms of discrimination against women and girls. Discrimination against women and girls can be seen in various settings of the country. For example, significant gaps between men and women in the labour market, discrimination in the political arena, lack of gender parity in education especially in the North, disproportionate burdens of domestic work.

The major reason for gender inequality stems from our cultural orientation that women/girls are the weaker sex. This is very prevalent in African countries especially Nigeria. Women are relegated to the role of house wives and is expected to settle for a career where “she would have sufficient time for the family” as opposed to actualizing her dreams. In most Nigerian homes, the female and male child are trained and brought up differently. The girl child is taught to serve and cater for the needs of her brother.

The manner in which SDG can be implemented is by ensuring that there is an end to all forms of discrimination against women, promoting economic empowerment and financing to the woman as opposed to the belief that the man is the breadwinner, ensuring participation and leadership in decision making, ensuring women’s autonomy over their health and body and so on.

The Nigerian government is to ensure that the sustainable development goal on gender equality and female empowerment is implemented by way of legislative intervention putting an end to all forms of discrimination and gender disparity. 

The questions that arises here is: What is the Nigerian government doing to ensure that SDG 5 is implemented? 

The various questions, issues and challenges of the implementation of SDG 5 and the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  11.00 – 12.30

Venue: Zinnia, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Panelists:  Herbert Wigwe

                    Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi

                    Hilary Ogbonna


Maximizing the synergy between the Bar and the Bench

To ensure proper administration of justice, there must co-exist a relationship between the Bar and the Bench. The kind of relationship in this regard is a professional relationship only to be seen in the courtroom.  The Bench and Bar are members or parts of the same body, the justice system. They perform different functions to ensure that justice is not just done but seen to be done. In the discharge of their various functions, whatever appears to be adverse to justice must be fought jointly by both the Bar and Bench. 

10 Things No One Knew At Law School – Learning To Practice Or Practicing To Learn.

You will agree the education of a lawyer should not be left only to the Nigerian Law school and continuous learning is a big part of every lawyers career.

Widening the Tax Bracket : Role of Lawyers.

It is no secret that the Nigerian government is seeking to utilize tax paid by citizens in advancing the country due to the fact that all citizens are liable to pay the tax.

Keeping Up In The Creatives: Opportunities In The Sports, Media And Entertainment Industry

It is no secret that Nigerian creatives are one of our biggest exports at this time as a country. Nollywood is doing an amazing job and so are our artists, our fashion designers and also our athletes. Moreso, the creative industry is directly responsible for quite a number of employment figures in the country today.

Rule Of Law Symposium #NBAAGC2019

The Rule of Law is a substantive legal principle. According to the Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th edition, Rule of Law is the doctrine that every person is subject to the ordinary law within the Jurisdiction. It is a doctrine that general constitutional principles are the result of judicial decisions determining the rights of private individuals in the courts or under the rule of Law.  There are a plethora of judicial decisions and the pronouncements which hold the view that the Rule of Law is sacrosanct and of utmost importance.

Law Firm Management: Financial Skills 101 #NBAAGC2019

Managing a law firm is an art and as many would agree this art was not taught in Law school. One more important point is that, great Law firm management can be what makes the difference between a great Law firm and a mediocre one.

Social Media: Culture, Liability & Professional Ethics #NBAAGC2019

One of the greatest inventions of the modern time is the internet whose impact on society has been hugely phenomenal. With the internet, came social networks such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram just to mention a few. All these collectively are referred to as social media.

Impact of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement on the Future of Air Travel in Africa

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is a trade agreement which was signed in Kigali, Rwanda by 27 African Union member state. As at July, 2019, 54 countries have signed the agreement. The signing of this treaty is to create the world’s largest single market. 

Family Law Dynamics in the Face of Current Realities of the 21st Century

Family law gives birth to several key issues like divorce, nullity, adoption, custody of children, cohabitation, spousal rights and so on. Family law in Nigeria is regulated by several laws which are the Matrimonial Causes Act 1970, now Cap. M7 LFN 2004 which regulates marriages, breakdown of marriages and the welfare of children, The Child Rights Act 2003 which has been adopted by several states and it covers matters related to adoption and welfare of children. 

Aug 13, 2019

Political Interference In Economic Policies Is Troubling | Tolu Aderemi

Tolu Aderemi, Partner in a top commercial firm in Nigeria,  has described President Muhammadu Buhari's directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria to stop foreign exchange to food importation, as troubling.

Aug 12, 2019

Examinations - A Law Student’s Nightmare | Fifehan Ogunde

People spending hours revising and probably praying not to fail. People trying to memorize statutes, cases, journal articles and other primary/secondary legal resources in order to get the best grades on an assessment. The question remains whether such a method is the most effective or relevant in determining a law student’s capabilities.

Aug 8, 2019

Expanding your legal practice offshore: An #NBAAGC2019 Session

It is now common for lawyers to migrate from their jurisdiction of practice to an entirely different jurisdiction. Those jurisdictions could be USA, UK, Canada, Australia and so on. The legal system in these jurisdiction are slightly, if not totally different from that of Nigeria depending on the type of legal system being practiced whether common law or civil law system. Since Law is territorial, it is required that such foreign trained lawyer undergo examinations and trainings to be able to practice law in that jurisdiction.

Aug 7, 2019

Family Law Dynamics in the Face of Current Realities of the 21st Century #NBAAGC2019

Family law gives birth to several key issues like divorce, nullity, adoption, custody of children, cohabitation, spousal rights and so on. Family law in Nigeria is regulated by several laws which are the Matrimonial Causes Act 1970, now Cap. M7 LFN 2004, which regulates marriages, breakdown of marriages and the welfare of children, The Child Rights Act 2003 which has been adopted by several states and it covers matters related to adoption and welfare of children.

Aug 6, 2019

Preparing the next generation of lawyers: Contents, Training and Practice

The Nigerian Legal System operates a common law system as opposed to civil law. It is similar to other Commonwealth countries like Australia, South Africa, Canada and so on. To become a lawyer in Nigeria, the individual must scale through different hurdles.

Register for the Career Training For Lawyers To Advance Your Legal Career

For Lawyers advocacy means representing the interests of the client in the best manner possible, therefore an advocate must be equipped with a variety of skills.

We believe this would be an opportunity for you to advance your career and acquire the skills and tools required for law firm effectiveness and profitability.

Aug 5, 2019

Mining Law: Emerging Issues #NBAAGC2019

Nigeria as a nation is deeply blessed with various mineral resources ranging from precious metals to various stones, for example, coal, tin, columbite, lead, gold and so on. Many of these mineral resources are yet to be exploited. Mining in Nigeria is regulated by the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act 2007, National Minerals and Metals Policy 2008 and Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulations 2011.

Judicial Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria created a bifurcation of human rights. On one hand is the Fundamental Human Rights of every citizen of Nigeria entrenched in Chapter four of the constitution. On the other hand, the Constitution also made provision for Economic, Social and Cultural rights (Ecosoc) entrenched in chapter two of the constitution.

Aug 4, 2019

Fighting Voter Apathy With Empathy: A Way To #ShapeTheFuture | Adedunmade Onibokun

Saturday evening was really cool. I had a good time at the Youth Party event tagged “The Future of Youth Involvement In Nigeria’s Politics” and as a young Nigerian who is interested in our politics and growth as a nation, it was nice to listen to the likes of Banky W, Gbadebo Rhodes Viviour, Mujaheed Salisu Ahmad, Kayode Adegbola and Rinsola Abiola talk about their experiences during the 2019 general elections. From their passion it was obvious these young Nigerians from different political platforms had put in their all to win the elections.

Reviewing Nigeria’s Constitutional Arrangement: A Few Considerations (1) | Fifehan Ogunde

Nigeria has a very unique constitutional arrangement. It incorporates several compromises designed to suit the multi-ethnic and multi-religious nigerian state. However, we need to reconsider the current constitution and assess its usefulness to the nigerian society.

Aug 2, 2019

Public-Private Partnerships – Panacea To Economic Development & Change

Public-private partnerships involve collaboration between a government agency and a private-sector company that can be used to finance, build, and operate projects, such as public transportation networks, parks, and convention centers. Popular PPPs in Nigeria include the Muritala Mohammed Airport (MM2) in Lagos, the Lekki – Epe Expressway and the Ikoyi – Lekki link bridge in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Trade In Legal Services Current Realities And Future Possibilities

Due to the advent of globalization, the world has shrunk and is now a global village. For instance, the combination of cheap and safe air travel and the internet have made places which seemed so far away half a century ago to be accessible to trans-national businesses

The Role of the Attorney-General and the Public Interest | The Justice Reform Project

The principal function of an Attorney-General is to preserve and promote the rule of law and to guide the government so that essential public confidence in the rule of law is maintained. This is a paramount public interest. 

Cybersecurity and Data Protection in Nigeria: Sustaining the existing momentum | Fifehan Ogunde

There is great excitement about recent developments in the private sector in Nigeria. E-commerce, mobile banking and more recently digital banking are just a few examples of such innovative developments. There is one common theme in all these developments: the collection, processing and use of personal data.