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Owo massacre: Forensics, investigation, prosecution, adjudication: Wither Nigerian Administration of Criminal Justice System

Former Attorney General of Lagos, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, SAN. LEGAL OPINION.  By Adeniji Kazeem, SAN ….. Editor’s commentary: On Friday this week, the Catholic Diocese in Ondo will go ahead and conduct mass burial for over 40 victims of the Owo massacre that took place at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo on June 5, 2022. Our heavy hearts grieve for these departed souls who were escorted prematurely to the Great Beyond by yet to be identified heartless gunmen. Though…

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Electoral Act ’22: Time to acknowledge novel political possibility foisted on Nigeria

President Buhari displaying a copy of the Electoral Act, 2022 after signing it into law. LEGAL OPINION. By Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN. The emergence of the Third Force as enabled by the new Electoral Act, 2022 may upset the political statusquo of the old hegemony that hold on to power in perpetuity due to unprecedented deep pocket that has characterised that style of politics. A surprise awaits this old tradition in 2023 general elections as the author predicts in this…

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NASS CANNOT AMEND CONSTITUTION THROUGH BACK DOOR

Mike Ozekhome. LEGAL OPINION. BY CHIEF MIKE A. A. OZEKHOME, SAN, OFR, FCIArb, LL.M, Ph.D, LL.D. INTRODUCTION IN these trying times that assail our beleaguered Nation, the National Assembly (NASS) should be seen to concentrate more on how creatively make laws that engender peace, order and good government of Nigeria; laws that promote prosperity, good governance, social justice and egalitarianism. The recent amendment to the Electoral Act has caused too much needless national hoopla and ruckus. It ought not…

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Harry who?

Late Chief Akande. TRIBUTE. By Abiodun Owonikoko.Chief Harry Ayoade Akande has achieved immortality. We give God all the glory for his most eventful life. March 3rd, 1943 – December 5, 2020. I have confirmed this sad news of the death of one of our law firm’s most valuable clients from the son, Lou (Olumide) Akande May Chief’s ebullient and gentle soul receive peaceful heavenly repose. One of the domestic staff brought in covid last week and got nearly everybody…

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Social media: Regulation through deregulation

Adegboruwa, SAN. OPINION.By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.In the course of the last two weeks or so, the Honourable Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated what most Nigerians don’t want to hear, namely that the government was determined to regulate the social media. This issue of regulation of social media has become a refrain with the Ministry of Information, since the assumption of office by this administration in 2015. This continued till October 29, 2019 for instance, when the Honourable Minister…

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Imagining Lagos without the Igbo

Professor Soyinka. OPINION. By Professor Wole Soyinka. But I always find it utterly ludicrous when some scoundrel issues an ultimatum on the Igbo to vacate Yorubaland. And by Yorubaland, they mean Lagos. It is laughable because only a fool who hates the Yoruba will commit such knavery. Not that it will ever happen, but the day the Igbo leave Lagos is the day Lagos moves from being Africa’s most thriving commercial hub to one of the poorest states, not…

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‘Ministerial blackmail: Lai’s lie against South East’

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. OPINION. By Citizens United Against Political Injustice.Ordinarily I’m not the type that pay attention to noise makers, talk more of airing my opinion to their lousy tones.However as a patriotic Nigerian with a high sense of justice, fairness and equity, I can’t fold my arms while others try to tear apart the fabric of our unity in the name of politics or whatever ill notion they harbour in their minds, thereby threatening…

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Buhari and consolidation of democratic dictatorship

Arthur Nwankwo. OPINION. By Arthur Nwankwo Emperor Nero’s emergence as Roman Emperor in AD 54 was greeted with wild jubilation and expectation especially among the plebeians, aristocrats and subalterns. Interestingly, he came on the scene at a point the Roman Empire was burdened by gross internal decay and corruption. Regrettably, rather than address the obvious challenges confronting the Roman Empire, Nero pandered to the absurd by trying to hunt down and silence every perceived opposition against his administration. His…

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Back to the gutters: DSS invasion of the sacred precints of a law court

Chief Ozekhome, (SAN). OPINION By Mike Ozekhome Today, 6th November, 2019, the DSS, the nation’s secret Service in the mould of FBI or CIA, danced naked in the streets, when it invaded a court of Law in an attempt  to arrest Omoyele Sowore, accused of treasonable felony over his “Revolution Now” mantra. Recall that the DSS had finally bowed to a 24 hour ultimatum issued by Justice  Ijeoma Ojukwu, to release Sowore and pay him N100,000 damages. It was…

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Why Buhari must swear in new board of NDDC now

President Buhari. OPINION By Ndimele Ajuri The Senate resolution on the leadership crisis bedeviling the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) offers the country hope of a new beginning for the beleaguered agency. At its sittings last week Senate President Ahmed Lawan, while directing the committee on NDDC to scrutinize the commission’s budget, insisted that the budget must not be defended by the interim management committee (IMC) set up by the Niger Delta Affairs minister, Godswill Akpabio. In his words:…

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