Court Ruling In Pension Case Not Substantial – Lawyer

A Legal practitioner, Toyese Adenipekun on Thursday described the court ruling on the Police Pension theft case as unsubstantial.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Adenipekun confessed his surprise at the court’s decision, an echo of the general reaction to Justice Adamu Bello’s judgment.

“Given the facts of the case and how much involved, N32 billion you would have expected that the fine would be substantial enough to bring about the deterrence value of the criminal justice system,” he said.

In the light of the argument that Justice Bello’s ruling is what the law dictates, Mr Adenipekun agreed that plea bargaining can take place stating that “the whole essence is to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice.”

Asked if he suspects any conspiracy in the case, he said that it is hard to prove that there is any conspiracy involved in the controversial case but confirms public suspicions that “something wrong took place somewhere.”

“I wonder what the prosecution had to tell the court before the court was convinced to allow the initial charges to be reduced,” he said.

Attorney General is example of lawyer misleading clients – Jiti Ogunye

Against the background of the comments of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, who during the swearing in of 25 Senior Advocate of Nigeria accused lawyers of deliberately misleading their clients, Jiti Ogunye, a Lagos based  legal practitioner said the AGF is a worse example of what he is criticizing.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ogunye asked “So what has the Attorney General been doing to the Federal government on many issues including that of Justice Salami?”

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Lawyer lists factors responsible for delay in justice delivery

A Lagos based lawyer, Moyosore Onibanjo on Friday said several factors are responsible for the delay in the delivery of justice in Nigeria.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Onibanjo said “lawyers have their part of the blame; the court – Judiciary, have their share of the blame;  the prosecution have their share of the blame; the prison authorities have their share of the blame.”

He recommended that the entire system need to be rejigged.

“Judges need to be firm. They need to take charge of their court.