Monday, 18 June 2018


Campus Journalists drawn from universities across the country under the auspices of “Free Campus Press Movement” have condemned the suspension of Kunle Adebajo, an award-winning campus journalist and  Law student of University of Ibadan who’s expected to proceed to law school this year.

In a statement, the group faulted the two-semester suspension of Adebajo, by the University management under the Leadership of Professor Idowu Olayinka.

Full text of the press statement reads: “While we are not contesting the powers of the University to discipline Students, we are very much concerned that the institution management found it very convenient to suspend Kunle Adebajo for his investigative feature titled “UI: The Irony of Fashionable Rooftops and Awful Interiors” published on Guardian newspapers in 2016.”

“Not only do we find this strange in the current dispensation of modern terms and in the post-colonial era, we also find it strange that the University failed to observe that this intellectual work did not in anyway abuse or defame any personality nor institution but rather aimed to improve the standard of the University.

“We are deeply disappointed that a University of prestige and calibre like University of Ibadan will fail to observe that ethics of Journalism requires objectivity, we feel the objectivity of Kunle Adebajo was seen as subjectivity by the University management which is appalling”

While stressing the importance of freedom of the press, the release noted that, “in the current age where Press Freedom is being preached, we find it very disheartening that University of Ibadan decided to be the premier varsity in suspending campus Journalists”.

“We would not fold our arms, we call on all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the University management to rescind the suspension of Mr Adebajo,” it added.


Sunday, 17 June 2018


Paul Iyoghojie

A 42-year old businessman, John Evwiekpamare, alias Governor, has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of N10 million from his partner, Samuel Udoh under false pretence.

A Police source alleged that the Assistant Inspector General of police, AIG in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, Mr Haruna Ibrahim directed a team led by Inspector Idowu Kolawole to arrest the accused following a petition by Udoh.

Governor was charged before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a three-count charge of felony to wit, obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.

Police counsel, S. Molo informed the court in charge No L/40/2018 that the accused committed the alleged crime on 17 January, 2016 at 22, Oremeta Street,Oregun, Lagos.

Molo told the court that the complainant reported to the police that the accused, his business partner collected the sum of N10 million from him to invest in a business with a promise to refund the money to him at an agreed time, but that he was shocked the accused converted the money to his use and failed to refund the money till date.

According to Molo, the complainant decided to report the matter to the police when all his efforts to recover the money from the accused proved futile.

He added that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 314, (1)(a)(2)(3), 287 and 321(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Governor, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence and Magistrate M.O Okpe Agbe granted him bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum.

Okpe Agbe adjourned the case till 27 June, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos till he fulfilled the bail conditions.

Paul Iyoghojie

The management of Wema Bank headquarters, Marina, Lagos Island, Lagos has dragged a 35-year old man, Joseph Olugbenga who claimed to be a staff of the bank before a Lagos Magistrate Court for alleged impersonation.

Trouble started for the accused when he went to the Ilaje -Ajah branch of Wema Bank to introduce himself to the Staff that he was a staff of the bank at the headquarters and that he was deployed from the headquarters to the branch to audit the tellers department.

Police alleged that when the staff of the branch asked him to produce his identity card to buttress his claim, he could not produce any and the head of security at the bank, Mr Olamiji Kazeem sent a distress call to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Lion Building Division about the incident and he deployed a team led by Sgt. Gboyega Oyeniyi to the bank to arrest the accused.

During investigation, according to a police source, the accused allegedly confessed that he was not a staff of Wema Bank, adding that he allegedly impersonated the bank to put fear in the mind of the staff of the bank if they would bribe him not to audit the teller department, saying he never expected that the staff would ask for his Identity card.

The accused was charged before the Igbosere Magistrate Court on a one count charge of felony to wit, impersonation.

Police Counsel, Reuben Solomon told the court in charge No M/16/2018 that the offence the accused committed was punishable under section 78(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime.and was granted bail by Magistrate Davies in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Davies adjourned the case till 3 July, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi Prison till he perfected the bail conditions.

Friday, 15 June 2018

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It is trite law that jurisdiction is fundamental to adjudication on any matter before the Court. Where the Court lacks jurisdiction, the proceedings and the judgment of the Court no matter how well conducted and brilliant it may be is a nullity.  Section 251 (1)(G) of 1999 Constitution (as amended) has clothed  the Federal High Court with exclusive jurisdiction in matters relating to admiralty. Further to this, section 1 (1) (a) – (j) of Admiralty Jurisdiction Act exemplify the jurisdictional power of federal high court in admiralty matters to the exclusion of any other court. This paper is guided by a litmus question; despite the above provisions of law, can there be a situation in which there will be departure from the exclusive jurisdiction of Federal High Court?  This paper attempts to answer this question in favor of National Industrial Court. It is our submission that National Industrial Court as well can determine some matters related to admiralty jurisdiction. We further submit that it is high time the provisions of Admiralty Jurisdiction Act be amended.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

With the tenure of the incumbent administration of NBA-YLF Ikeja Branch Executives coming to an end, a five man Electoral Committee was inaugurated on the 10th of May, 2018 and date for the NBA-YLF 2018 Election was set for 7th June, 2018. The Electoral Committee was basically saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a free and fair election.  The Electoral committee promptly swung into action, held several meetings where guidelines were promulgated, and list of eligible voters were compiled and passed across to members.  In as much as there was limited time for the five man electoral committee to make preparations for the election, they proved to be up to the task.
On the 7th of June, 2018, the day of the long awaited election, the contestants were screened by the Electoral Committee in preparation for the election. Out of the 56 declared eligible voters, 43 voters were marked present to vote while a few others who were not eligible to vote observed the voting exercise.
Contestants gave a few minutes explanation of their manifestos to the members present after which the electoral committee commenced the election.  The Post of the Chairman was contested between Tunji Akinyemi,Esq.  and Ezekiel Bodunde,Esq. while the post of the Vice President was contested between Olubukola Adebiyi,Esq. and Adejoke Adeosun. The other posts were unopposed and votes were casted for each of the posts.
The outcome of the election on the 7th of June,2018 was quite remarkable as the post of Chairman ended up as a tie with 21 votes apiece and a void vote. This geared up an interesting momentum as the electoral committee quickly deliberated amongst themselves and decided Monday, 11th June, 2018 as the run off date. Interestingly, it is remarkable of note that Tunji Akinyemi,Esq. had declared his intention ofcontesting for the post of NBA-YLF Chairman long before the election while Ezekiel Bodunde,Esq. only declared his intention barely a week before the election.  On the other hand, Olubukola Adebiyi,Esq. emerged the winner for the post Vice-Chairman.
On the 11th of June, 2018, the run off for the post of Chairman was conducted by the able Electoral Committee. While Tunji Akinyemi,Esq. had 19 votes, Bodunde Ezekiel,Esq. managed to garner 23 votes, hence becoming the NBA- YLF Ikeja Chairman Elect. For Bodunde, it must have been a sweet and bitter experience for him because while he basked in the beam of victory, he is also making plans to bury his father this Friday 15th June, 2018 at Ilupeju- Ekiti State.   
The incumbent administration led by Charles Ajiboye,Esq. has slated today 14th June, 2018 for the hand over and dinner tagged “Appreciation Night” at Banquet Hall, Presken Hotel, 17, Alade Avenue, Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, (Opposite Airport Hotel), by Allen Avenue, Ikeja. At the dinner, there would be a dinner speech titled @The Young Lawyer… A Crave for Novelty. Guest of Honour is Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke (Chief Judge of Lagos State.). Chief host is Adesina Ogunlana,Esq. (Chairman, NBA, Ikeja Branch) . Host is Charles Ajiboye,Esq. (Chairman, NBA- YLF Ikeja Branch). 

The full list of the new NBA-YLF, Ikeja Branch Excos-elect are as follows: 

Bodunde Ezekiel,Esq.                      Chairman
Olubukola Adebiyi,Esq.                   Vice-Chairman
Mordecai Adejo,Esq.                         Secretary
Femi Dodo,Esq.                               Assistant Secretary
Kayode Agbedejobi,Esq.                   Publicity Secretary
Muniretu Maiza,Esq.                        Treasurer
Aisha Sadiq                                       Financial Secretary           

Thursday, 7 June 2018

 Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Arthur Obi Okafor, has said legal practice  needs to be transformed.

According to him, an effective legal system would rub off on the economy.

Okafor spoke on the sidelines of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) summit at the Nigerian Law School in Lagos. Its theme was: Transforming legal practice for young lawyers: the option of information and communication technology.

He said: “When you’re talking about transforming legal practice for young lawyers, it is a little bit circumscribed and does not really portray where we’re going. We need to transform legal practice not just for young lawyers, but for all lawyers in Nigeria.”

The senior lawyer urged young lawyers to develop their knowledge of the law, learn new skills and make good use of technology.

He said: “It is today’s lawyers that will lead the legal profession tomorrow. Whatever knowledge they have today will shape the development of legal industry in Nigeria.

“The theme of the conference is just a pointer that legal practice in Nigeria needs to be transformed. When legal practice is transformed, it will impact positively on all aspects of our economic, social and political life.”

According to Okafor, ICT would be key in the transformation, adding that lawyers must be ready to operate in line with international standards to compete globally.

“To transform legal practice, we’re looking at the option of ICT. The world is a global village and we have continued to develop. We cannot rely on obsolete ways of life.

“We must move forward to meet the best international standards. Communication and technology drive the economy. This is a digital age,” Okafor said.

He praised the Bar association for its efforts to equip lawyers, saying: “The NBA is doing everything to bring lawyers to that desired status, to be able to compete globally.”

Other dignitaries at the event were Justice Raliat Adebiyi, who represented the Chief Judge of Lagos; NBA President Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) and Mrs Amina Oyagbola, who gave the keynote speech.

Mahmoud said while ICT has its advantages, it could also have “disastrous consequences” such as when social media is used to promote hate speech.

He urged young lawyers to get familiar with the new NBA constitution and attend this year’s NBA annual general conference in Abuja.

Justice Adebiyi said lawyers have limitless employment opportunities as long as they acquire the relevant skills and knowledge.

“As lawyers, you can work anywhere. You can decide to work for an organisation, a bank or practice in court,” she said, adding that there was no shortcut to hardwork.

Mrs Oyegbola urged the young lawyers to acquire ICT skills and keep learning about new developments.

She said: “As lawyers, you must be aware of the ICT tools because it is a prerequisite for today’s legal practice.”

According to her, ICT enhances easy storage of materials, simplifies law firm management, enables lawyers to work smartly, eases legal research, boosts global networking, and speeds up adjudication.

Mrs Oyegbola said merely having access to ICT and being knowledgeable in it was not enough, as more was needed.

“ICT cannot make you a successful legal practitioners as it is just a tool, but honesty, integrity, hardwork, creativity and innovativeness, being an active listener, being curious and helpful will make you successful. Also, be open to opportunities and ideas,” she said.

Other topics discussed were: Building a 21st Century law firm: challenges and opportunities for the millennial lawyers and opportunities for young lawyers in Fintech.

YLF Chairman Mr Wada Ahmed Wada said the forum was organised to help young lawyers “improve on ICT, be e-friendly and know how to respond to clients when faced with challenges inherent in the legal profession”.

“There is need for us to reflect on the ongoing reforms in the communication sector of the economy,” he said.

Also at the event were Lagos Court of Arbitration President Mr Yemi Candide-Johnson (SAN), Mr Wokemi Esan (partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP), Hamid Abdulkareem (Partner, Aluko & Oyebode) Desmond Ogba (Partner, Templars) and Abiodun Oyeledun (Partner, Details Solicitors), among others.

Credit: The Nation


Justice C. A. Balogun of the Lagos High Court has declared Lagos-based nonagenarian lawyer, Pa Tunji Gomez, as a full beneficiary of the Estate of Chief T.A. Doherty.

In a separate, but related matter, Justice Wasiu Animahun of the same court also entered judgment in Gomez’s favour in a N5.3million lawsuit.

Justice Animahun, in a March 19 judgment, ordered the defendants in the suit marked LD/1923/2011, to pay Gomez N5.3million at 15 per cent interest from October 26, 2011 until the final liquidation of the sum.

The defendants in the suit are Mrs. Lanre Emmanuel and the estate of Chief T.A. Doherty.

Gomez, 90, had prayed the court to hold that he is a beneficiary of the estate of the late Chief T.A. Doherty pursuant to the “Will and codicil of the deceased, dated 25/05/1964 and 17/06/1974”.

He claimed that for over 30 years, the four executors of the deceased’s estate, including Emmanuel, had been paying him and his sister along with other beneficiaries until 2004 “when the defendants disbursed N300,000 to each of the beneficiaries but refused to give the claimant his entitlement.”

Gomez claimed that he was also excluded in 2016 when the estate executors disbursed N5million to each of the beneficiaries.

In her statement of defence, Emmanuel admitted the existence of the Will and codicil “but denied the claimant as a child or residuary beneficiary or legatee under the Will”.

But Justice Animahun held that the deceased did not discriminate or make any distinction between his children and Gomez.

The judge held: “Consequent on the above, I hold that the claims succeed.”

Justice Animahun ordered the defendants to pay Gomez N5.3million with interest, “within three days”.

In an earlier suit before Justice Balogun, marked LD/197LMW/2015, Gomez sued the same defendants following a dispute over the execution of the will.

Justice Balogun resolved the clause, “… the children of my sister Deshiyan, that is Tunji Gomez and his sister Bopo should be considered as my children in the context of this will…,” in Gomez’s favour.

He held: “It “qualifies the claimant and his sister Bopo as children/beneficiaries of the said will of Chief T. A. Doherty with the same rights and privileges and benefits to which all the children/beneficiaries are entitled.”

Credit: The Nation

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