Friday, 17 August 2018

Following discoveries of malicious attempts and actions by faceless persons to create ill agitations in the camp of NBA Presidential aspirant Arthur Obi Okafor SAN, a public letter has been written by O.O.Olowokure Esq to these faceless persons to desist from such acts.

Read the letter below:

Dear Colleagues 

Our attention has been drawn to a series of publications whereby supporters of a rival political faction are distributing various false statements purporting to give endorsements to our Presidential candidate Arthur Obi Okafor SAN.

One of such statements purports to have been authored by Afam Mazi Osigwe while another claims that the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN endorsed Arthur Obi Okafor SAN for the  NBA Presidency. We suspect other such amateurishly concocted statements will continue to be published by faceless individuals in order to give the general public the impression that the statements originated from AOOSAN’s camp. It is also clear that the purpose of these false statements is to agitate the supposed authors , entice them into heated rebuttals and energize supporters of other Presidential candidates into engaging in a negative social media war.
This cheap and ignominious tactic will fail because AOOSAN is clearly already streets ahead in all opinion polls. 

AOOSAN’s camp challenges the faceless originators’ of these false and ridiculous statements of endorsement to show how such statements are linked with AOOSAN’s camp or forever hold their peace.

Be rest assured our Presidential candidate being a proven man of integrity,a gentleman and peace loving does not and need not leverage on falsehood in any shape, form or manner. Consequently AOOSAN will continue to run an issue based campaign .

Members of the NBA and the general public are advised to ignore the trend of formulated false statements of endorsement published with evil intent and designed by members of opposing camps to damage our candidate’s unassailable reputation.

Thank you.

O.O.Olowokure Esq
For #AllinclusiveBar

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Dare Akande A candidate for the 2nd vice-president NBA is a Quintessentisl bar man
He graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University in1990 and called to Bar in 1991. Between 1991 and 1992 He was the Legal Adviser to Fika Local Government in Yobe State.He worked with the Law Firm of Babatunde Oshilaja & Co between 1992 and 1993.   Between 1993 and 1997, He was with the Law Firm of Erasmus Bola Baderinwa & Co as Deputy Head of Chambers before setting up His own Law Office of Dare Akande & Co. in Ikeja.

In Ikeja he teamed up with other Progressive minded friends to effect a change of leadership  of the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian  Bar Association by   bringing in a people oriented executive that's how he earned the name leader because of the positive role he made to build up Ikeja branch to a foremost and amiable branch

  He severed at various times a member of the Welfare committee, the Human Rights Committee , the Continuous Legal Education Committee, and the Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture / Symposium Committee of the branch. He served at various times as the Secretary of the Human Rights Committee, Professional Ethics & Disciplinary Committee  and the Welfare Committee of the branch. 

He was the Chairman of the Pro Bono Committee, Judicial Ethics & Monitoring Committee,  Human Rights Committee and the Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture / Symposium Committee  of the Ikeja branch.         Served as member of the Local Organizing Committee of the NBA Annual conference held in Lagos. member of the Conference Planning Committee of the NBA annual conference held in Port Harcourt in 2006.  member of the NBA Committee on zoning of national offices.  He served as a member of the Constitutional Review and Law Reform Committee of the NBA.               

 At the executive level of the branch he served as the Publicity Secretary and the 1st Vice Chairman of the Ikeja branch. He was appointed a member of the Committee on the Review of the Lagos State Rent Edict in 2002 , and a member of the Public Complaints and Training Committee of the Lagos State Judiciary 2010-2012 and 2014-2017. In all the positions

He has been opportune to serve  ,  whether at the branch or the national level of the Nigerian Bar Association, or governmental level,  he his a performer creditably and used the opportunities  to garner experience for a day like this.
He would love to bring same experience  to the national NBA as 2nd vice-president.

Thursday, 19 July 2018


A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday admitted Clement Faboyede and Modupe Adetokunbo, chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to bail in the sum of N50 million each.

Faboyede, the Ondo State Chairman of the PDP, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged N500 million laundering charge.

The EFCC arraigned Faboyede on June 29 alongside Adetokunbo, the Director-General of the party’s Campaign Organisation in the state, during the 2015 general elections.

They are facing a three-count charge bordering on money laundering, and had each pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On July 10, both the defence counsel, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and prosecuting counsel, Mr Ekene Ihenacho, had respectively argued their application in favour and in opposition to the bails of the accused.

Justice Muslim Hassan had then reserved ruling on their submissions until Thursday.

Delivering his ruling on the resumed date, the court listed factors to be considered in deciding a bail application to include the nature of the charge, the severity of the punishment, and the likelihood of the accused committing further offences.

The court held that the sole issue for determination was whether or not, the accused were entitled to bail pending trial, bearing in mind that the essence of bail is to ensure their attendance for trial.

The judge then held that bail was deserving in the circumstances, and consequently, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50 million each, with one surety each in like sum.

The court held that the sureties must either be federal or state civil servants, not below grade level 15, or must be landed property owners within the court’s jurisdiction.

The sureties were directed to deposit the title documents of the property and two passport photographs each, at the court’s registry, which must be verified.

The accused were also ordered to deposit their international passport at the court’s registry, while the prosecution was given a week to authenticate the documents submitted by the sureties.

The court subsequently, adjourned the case until Sept. 17 for trial.

The accused were said to have committed the offences on March 27, 2015.

They were said to have conspired to accept cash payment of the sum of N500 million, which exceeded the amount allowed by law, without going through any financial institution.

The offences contravened Sections 16, 16 (2) and 18 of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No.1 of 2012).

Source: PM News

 Olayinka Oyeniyi Farounbi,Esq.

Olayinka Oyeniyi Farounbi, a candidate for the position of the Legal Adviser in the forthcoming elections of the NBA is a bar man per excellence. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B in 1992 from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State and had his Barrister at Laws, B.L from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1993 and he was subsequently called to the Bar the same year, 1993.  He had his Master of Laws, LL.M from the University of Lagos in 2006.

He did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with the Law firm of Fola Ajijola & Co in Ikeja, Lagos State between 1993/1994 service year. From 1995 to 1999, he worked as a Counsel in the Law firm of Olubunmi Oyewole & Co, now Justice of the Court of Appeal, Calabar Judicial Division. In the same 1999, he set up his own Law firm of 'Yinka Oyeniyi Farounbi & Co, 114, Ikorodu Road, Fadeyi, Lagos State.

He is a member of the Ikeja Branch of the NBA and had served the branch in various capacities at one time or the other as the Auditor, Assistant General Secretary, Financial Secretary, 1st Vice Chairman and Chairman between 2000 and 2016. In addition, he served in some important Committees of the branch as member, Secretary and Chairman. He was a member of the Human Rights Committee and the Chairman when he became the Ist Vice Chairman of the branch. He is the Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee in 2008 and 2009 AGC in Abuja and Lagos respectively. He was the Secretary of the Building Committee of the branch under the Chairmanship of Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN. He has been, among others, a member of the Law Week Committee, the Countinuous Legal Education Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Local Organising Committee of the 2017 AGC in Lagos. In fact, he was the Alternate Chairman of the Sport Committee which successfully organised a football competition among the branches where trophies and cash prices were won.

The candidate for the position of the Legal Adviser has been an attendee of the NBA NEC meetings and the AGC since 2000 either as participant or Delegate. . He was a co-opted member of NEC in 2012 - 2014, a statutory member, as the Chairman of the Ikeja Branch, in 2014 - 2016 and the NEC Representative of the branch between 2016 - 2018. At the national level, he was a member of the Legislative Drafting Committee, 2012 - 2014, the Building Committee, 2016 - 2018 and the Legislative Drafting Committee, 2016 - 2018. He was among the NBA Delegates on Legal Services Trade Mission to Netherlands in 2016.

In all the positions so far held, he has not been found wanting and the various experiences gained in those years of sourjourn prepared him adequately for a day like this, and as the Legal Adviser, he will serve our association creditably well and strive to avoid any embarrassment whatsoever to the association. A crushing judgment was recently gotten against the association which almost brought its existence to an end, and this could have been avoided with a competent, diligent, painstaking and meticulous Legal Adviser. Never will such repeat itself under my stewardship as your Legal Adviser.

Gentlemen, trust me with your votes as your Legal Adviser and I promise to serve you positively in a way never to be forgotten in the existence of our organisation. 

Long live NBA, long live Nigeria.

Olayinka Oyeniyi Farounbi 
Legal Adviser candidate.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose on Monday vowed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will reclaim the governorship mandate stolen by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Saturday’s election won by Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Fayose, in series of tweets on his twitter handle said “If APC truly won, why was it that there was no jubilation in Ekiti ? That victory of Kayode Fayemi is Pyrrhic, we will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.”

He accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being dictatorial and using his power to rig the election in favour of APC.

“On this Ekiti election, President Buhari demonstrated truly that he is not a democrat, but a dictator and fascist per excellence. It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes,” he said.

According to him, the President should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi “whom Ekiti people rejected.”

“What Buhari won as referendum from Ekiti people, Nigerians and international community is shame, big shame. As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last.

“The President should note what the Bible says, which applies to him: “He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.,” he added.

On Garba Shehu, Fayose said “that fellow is not to be accorded any attention. Being a fair weather friend, he would soon desert his current pay masters.

“Garba Shehu was in the Presidency, courtesy Atiku Abubakar for eight years and came back for this current dispensation still courtesy Abubakar. Now, he has abandoned the person who brought him to the limelight.”

Monday, 16 July 2018

The immediate past chairman of the Young Lawyers' Forum (Ikeja Branch) has written an open letter to the Governing Council President of the Young Lawyers' Forum.

Click Below to read the letter.

Supreme Court judges during a court session

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has dismissed all appeals filed by Ecobank Nigeria Plc in the ongoing dispute between the bank and Honeywell Group.

In a unanimous decision by the learned judges on Friday, the court ruled that Ecobank’s applications lacked merit.

Delivering judgment, the justices of the apex court reprimanded Ecobank’s lawyers for wasting the Court’s time by filing appeals which it described as frivolous, particularly in the light of the myriad of critical matters before the court.

The Supreme Court also warned Ecobank’s lawyers against filing such applications in future and awarded costs totaling N2,500,000 against Ecobank.

Before the Supreme Court ruling, Ecobank Nigeria Plc had previously suffered defeat in its dispute with Honeywell Group at the Court of Appeal when the appellate court also ruled against it.

In a unanimous decision delivered by the Court of Appeal on 30 March, 2016, the appellate court discharged the exparte injunctive/asset freezing orders obtained by Ecobank against Honeywell.

The Court of Appeal also affirmed the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Lagos to hear the suit filed by Honeywell against Ecobank whilst ordering accelerated hearing by the trial court.

It was these decisions by the Court of Appeal that Ecobank challenged at the Supreme Court.

But in its ruling on Friday, the Supreme Court held that Ecobank’s appeals were frivolous and they were dismissed.

Source: PM News

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