At Least 30 People Hurt As Police, Lawyers Clash In India

In this photo taken on November 4, 2019, lawyers shout slogans during a protest against Delhi Police as they block a road outside the Tis Hazari Court in New Delhi. Several hundred Delhi police staged a rare and angry protest on November 5 following violent clashes with lawyers that saw at least 30 people injured and vehicles set on fire. PHOTO: STR / AFP

 

Hundreds of Indian police staged a rare and angry protest on Tuesday after a row with lawyers that initially started over a parking space degenerated into ugly clashes.

The two groups — who usually rub along in India’s vast court system — have been at loggerheads since the weekend.

Three advocates were shot, media reports said, as baton-wielding police charged gangs of learned men and women. In total at least 30 people were hurt.

The original dispute — over who had rights to a particular Delhi parking spot — escalated on Saturday with barristers setting fire to a police van and other vehicles as officers ransacked lawyers’ chambers.

Video footage later emerged showing a fully-robed advocate punching and slapping a policeman as he attempted to flee on a motorbike, prompting Tuesday’s protest.

“We want justice. We also have human rights, the guilty lawyers must be punished severely,” one of the protesting policemen told reporters.

Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik urged demonstrators to resume work and promised to address their concerns.

“The government and the people expect us to uphold the law, it is our big responsibility,” Patnaik said.

Lawyers, for their part, have also been protesting, with some threatening to go an indefinite strike.

Social media users mocked the showdown between those tasked with upholding the law.

“What times we are witness to! Agents of law and order — lawyers and police — are up against each other. This would go down in history,” tweeted a former radio presenter.

“I thought if police unnecessarily beat up someone, lawyers are there to demand justice. Now, lawyers are doing the beating up, and police are demanding justice,” tweeted Ramesh Srivats.

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Three Lawyers Arrested By EFCC For Property Theft

EFCC Goes After Ex-Officers ‘Extorting’ Nigerians
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The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested three lawyers for alleged illegal acquisition and sale of a property, belonging to Mr Adetunji Adedoyin, valued at about N20 million, (Twenty Million Naira).

The accused lawyers are: Salman Rafiu, Sulyman Abaya and Saka Hammed. Two others, namely: Olarewaju Aluko and Mr Na’ Allah Suyuti are currently at large.
Adedoyin alleged in a petition that the suspects fraudulently obtained a court judgment with which they claimed and sold his property without his knowledge and consent.

In getting the judgment, the suspects are said to have ensured that their victim, the petitioner did not get the summons, but went ahead and provided defence lawyers for him without his knowledge or consent and with whom he never had any discussion.

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According to him, “I was informed that I was served summons all through the court proceedings, whereas it was R.A Salman who put up his colleagues: Abaya Sulyman and Saka Hammed to stand for me and these lawyers forged my signature on some documents purporting my consent in court to the sale of my hostel.”

Adedoyin further stated that “The truth of the matter is that I never set my eyes on these people (lawyers) prior to or during the court proceedings, neither did I participate directly or indirectly in the proceedings. I also was not aware of the proceedings from from the beginning to the end.”

The petitioner further explained that he had to pay the sum of N4.2million to the buyer, Mr Na’ Allah in order to recover his stolen property, but that “The hostel was taken over again in March 2019 by Mr Na’ Allah through his lawyer, Aluko Olarewaju, on the grounds that I have not paid the outstanding balance.”

The suspects denied the allegations of forgery against them during their interrogation by the operatives of the EFCC, disowning the affidavit they fabricated, which they claimed in court, the petitioner signed.
Meanwhile, efforts are on-going to arrest the fleeing accomplices in the alleged crime.

Lawyers Protest Over Killing Of Nigerians In South Africa

 

Lawyers under the aegis of Anambra State Indigenous Lawyers Forum have staged a protest outside the premises of the South Africa High Commission, Victoria Island, Lagos over the spate of killings in South Africa.

Specifically, they were protesting over the recent killing of the Deputy Director-General, of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Mrs Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu.

Baring placards with different inscriptions, the lawyers took their protest through the streets of Sinari Daranijo, which houses the SA High Commission.

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After the protest, the President of the group, Joe Nwokedi, told journalists that the death Mrs Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu is one crime too many.

No one at the High Commission, however, came out to receive the lawyers.

Akpata, Adegboruwa, 36 Others Appointed As SANS [FULL LIST]

Solicitor-General of the Federation, Dayo Akpata, and Human Right Activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa have made the list of newly appointed Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANS).

The 38 lawyers were elevated by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee during its 138th session held during the new plenary session held on July 4.

Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court Hadizatu Mustapha made the announcement on Friday.

Mustapha said, out of the 117 lawyers that applied for the rank this year, 80 were shortlisted, out of which the final 38 emerged.

She said the 38 new SANs include two females, three from the academics and 35 advocates.

Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour who is the wife of Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour of the Supreme Court is one of the new female SANs.

The new Senior Advocates will be conferred with the honours at the resumption of the next legal year.

 

See full list of the new Senior Advocates below…

 

 

  • Adedoyin Oyinkan Rhodes-Vivour

  • Abdullahi Haruna

  • Manga Mohammed Nurudeen

  • Adedayo Toba Apata

  • John Onuegbulam Asoluka

  • Adedokun Matthew Makinde

  • Daniel Chwukwudi Enwelum

  • Emmanuel Adeyeye Oyebanji

  • Tuduru Uchendu Ede

  • Abdul Olajide Ajana

  • Ama Vemaark Etuwewe

  • Oladipo Adekorede Olasope

  • Leslie Arthur Olutayo Nylander

  • Olusegun Oyediran Fowowe

  • Andrew Essien Hutton

  • Olukayode Abayomi Enitan

  • Paul Harris Adkole Ogbole

  • Olaniyi Maruph Olopade

  • Samuel Ngozi Agweh

  • Olusegun Omoniyi Jolaawo

  • Professor Alphonsus Okoh Alubo

  • Ayo Asala

  • Abiodun Adediran Olatunji

  • Olumide Andrew Aju

  • Chimezie Victor Chikwem Ihekweazu

  • Professor Mamman Lawan

  • Professor Uchefula Ugonna Chuwumaeze

  • Usman Ogwu Sule

  • Safiya Umar Babamasi

  • Echezona Chukwudi Etiaba

  • Godwin Osemeahon Omoaka

  • Emeka Onyemaechi Ozoani

  • Alexander Chukwudi Ejesieme

  • Jephthah Chikodi Njikonye

  • Aikhunigbe Anthony Malik

  • Alhassan Akeje Umar

  • Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi

 

Lawyers Debate Over Performance Of 8th Assembly

Ilemona Onoja                                                                                                          Sunusa Musa

 

As the eight Assembly gradually winds down, two legal practitioners have argued over the performance of the legislative arm of government within the last four years.

While Sunusa Musa of the All Progressives Congress (APC) criticised lawmakers for their performance over what he described as poor performance, Ilemona Onoja being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) however defended them blaming the Federal Government for forwarding just 11 bills over the past four years.

Both appeared as guests on Channels Television’s Politics Today to debate on good governance between the two arms of government since 2015.

“The performance of the Eight Assembly should be me as a person and for ordinary Nigerians below expectation in the sense that we have had the leadership of the National Assembly that is determined to frustrate any effort of the Executive arm of government to giving good leadership of the country,” Musa said.

According to the APC member, the lawmakers’ frosty relationship with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration “really affected the law-making business of the legislators and the society in general.”

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He specifically criticised the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara for allegedly not cooperating with the Federal Government in the effective law-making process.

When asked to respond to the allegations, PDP’s Onoja defended the leadership of the outgoing Eight Assembly.

He, however, blamed the Executive for not making enough input by proposing more bills that will better the masses.

“In sheer performance terms, it’s impossible to reach a conclusion that the Eight Assembly was an obstacle in any way.

“The Executive has only submitted 11 bills to the Eight Assembly. Of these 11 bills that are apart from the routine Appropriation Act on budget proposals, two of those bills have been passed,” he stated.

Onoja also accused the Executive of undermining, intimidating and sponsoring some persons to invade the National Assembly.

Buhari Asks Lawyers To Improve Sanctity, Integrity Of The Judiciary

Buhari Asks Lawyers To Sustain, Improve Judicial Integrity

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on lawyers across the country to sustain the integrity of Nigeria’s judicial system.

The President made the call on Sunday while declaring open the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“In the context of opinions and narratives about our past and present political and socio-economic experience, you cannot afford to jettison rational and proper analysis of issues in a manner which builds, rather than destroys the nation,” he said.

“I also urge you to work to uphold and improve the sanctity and integrity of our judicial and electoral institutions which play a fundamental role in the sustenance and growth of our democracy.”

President Buhari urged the legal practitioners to ensure they work for the peaceful coexistence of the citizens, especially as the nation prepares for the 2019 general elections.

He also asked them to join forces with the government in tackling the security challenges facing the nation, stressing that those practicing the law can only enjoy doing so when the country is at peace.

The President said, “As we gradually move into another season of intense political activities preparatory to the 2019 general elections, I enjoin you to remember that by reason of your profession, you all have a responsibility to work for national cohesion and unity through your speeches and public positions and most importantly in your advocacy in court.”

“However, let me remind you all, my dear compatriots, that the law can only be optimally practiced in a Nigeria that is safe, secure and prosperous. As you go into this Annual Conference, let me assure you of the resolve of this administration to promote measures that will achieve a vibrant economy under which the practice of law will thrive,” he added.

President Buhari disclosed that the first challenge of his administration was to transform Nigeria speedily into a society where impunity in the management of national resources would be replaced with a culture of accountability and transparency.

According to him, the government had to deploy its resources to address the common needs of the people rather than the greed of a callous few.

In order to achieve this, the President said his administration had to disrupt the “age-old assumptions and unsettle ancient norms in the management of national patrimony.”

He congratulated the incoming NBA leadership led by Mr Paul Usoro (SAN) and wished them a successful tenure in the task of advancing legal practice in the country.

President Buhari also thanked the lawyers for the invitation to declare the conference open and congratulated them on the attendance of over 10,000 participants at the event, saying it represented one of the largest single gathering of lawyers anywhere in the world.

Lawyers Decline Trump’s Legal Team Invitation

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB / AFP

 

 

US President Donald Trump insisted Sunday there was no shortage of lawyers willing to help him fight a collusion investigation as two more attorneys decided against joining his defence team.

Days after the resignation of John Dowd as Trump’s lead attorney in the handling of allegations of collusion with Russia, US media reported that Joe diGenova and his wife and colleague Victoria Toensig had reversed a decision to come on board.

“The President is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining his Special Counsel legal team,” Jay Sekulow, another of Trump’s lawyers, was quoted as saying in a statement.

The White House had announced last week that DiGenova — who is a familiar figure on US news networks — had been hired to bolster the legal team tasked with responding to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into last the 2016 US election.

His hiring came amid reports that another high-profile attorney Theodore B. Olson — who served as solicitor general under former president George W. Bush — had turned down an invitation to sign up for the Trump team.

Writing on Twitter on Sunday, Trump denounced any suggestion that he was struggling to attract top legal talent as “fake news.”

“Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia case…don’t believe the Fake News narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on,” the president wrote.

“Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted.

“Problem is that a new lawyer or law firm will take months to get up to speed (if for no other reason than they can bill more), which is unfair to our great country — and I am very happy with my existing team.”

Dowd quit days after Trump directly attacked former FBI chief Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia investigation as a “witch hunt,” raising fresh questions about whether the president was interfering with the probe.

Mueller is expected to seek to interview the president over allegations that his campaign team colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election and that Trump himself may have obstructed the investigation.

Trump said on Thursday that he was still willing to be interviewed by Mueller.

The increasingly embattled Trump is also fighting off allegations that he had an affair with the porn star Stormy Daniels, with his defence by his long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

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Lawyers Seek Review Of Political Campaign Expenditure

Lawyers Seek Review Of Political Campaign Expenditure
Professor ABC Nwosu

Constitutional lawyers have called for a review and an enforcement of a ceiling on political campaign expenditure, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The legal practitioners made the call in Abuja at a colloquium convened by the former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Epiphany Azinge.

“It is in our books that political parties are not to spend large sums of money, it is even pegged. But it has never been observed,” said Professor ABC Nwosu, a former political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The Lead Director at the Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere, on his part decried the role of money in the nation’s politics.

“We should be in a position to promote popular participation where everybody should be encouraged to contribute to the finances of political parties, and also determine what happens in parties,” he noted.

Other lawyers at the meeting expressed displeasure over the deployment of money to win elections.

They also stressed the need for the establishment of an agency to monitor the campaign expenditure of political parties.

FIDA Expresses Worry Over Defilement Of Minors In Bayelsa

FIDA, Bayelsa, MinorsWomen lawyers in Bayelsa State have expressed worry over the rising cases of defilement of minors and violence against the girl child and women in some parts of the state.

The lawyers, under the aegis of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), led by their chairperson, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, said the available data on cases recorded in the last three weeks showed that four underage girls were defiled.

They added that two girls were also attacked with machete while a seven-year-old boy was beaten to death over alleged wizardry.

In a statement issued at the end of their monthly general meeting held in Yenagoa, the women said although FIDA stood up for the victims while arrests were made, they were shocked that some of the suspects were released by the Police and victims’ families advised to settle out of court.

“With the alarming rate of violence against children, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Bayelsa State chapter, has called on security agencies to redouble their efforts in the proper investigation and prosecution of alleged suspects.

“FIDA noted that in the last two weeks there are several reports of Violence Against Children (VAC). FIDA cites the case where two girls were given bodily injury with a machete to the point of death; they were admitted at the Okolobiri General Hospital.

“A case of defilement of a seven-year-old girl by a friendly uncle in Ayama-Ijaw in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. Another set of four minors were defiled.

“The case was reported at the Akenfa Police Station and the perpetrator was granted bail and the parties involved were advised to settle out of court.

“Similarly in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, a seven-year-old boy was brought in dead at the Federal Medical Center after several bodily injury.

“FIDA learnt the boy was accused of witchcraft. He was beaten to death by his father and step mother,” the statement read.

Ogbise-Erhisere noted that the incidents were painful and worrisome, despite the campaigns being staged by FIDA in Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria.

Corruption Is Not Necessarily A Crime Against Humanity – Giwa Victor

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Giwa Victor

A National Coordinator, and Advocate for People’s Justice, Giwa Victor, says corruption in general, is not necessarily a crime against humanity.

This is in response to the conference held by the Presidential Council against corruption at the National assembly on October 18, where the Vice President lamented the state of corruption in Nigeria, describing it generally as “a crime against humanity”.

With the issue of corruption still taking centre stage, and the recent raid on judges, arguments are still ongoing as to the legality or otherwise of the actions of the DSS and ways to tackle the corruption menace.

Mr Giwa while explaining further said corruption for corruption to be described as a crime against humanity, there has to be specifically identified crime.

“In some quarters, because of the effect on the entire system of certain nations, some people tend to elevate corruption as a crime against humanity.

However, when considering poor roads, poor health care systems as well as standards of living, he says those issues have direct effects on the people and in such cases, corruption can be seen as a crime against humanity.

A Former Director of the Kenyan Anti-corruption Commission, Professor P.L.O Lumumba, said many African countries would have realized much economic growth but such growth has been stunted as a result of corruption.

He said this while giving his key note address also at the conference and recommended sanctions to deter corrupt persons.

Looking at the raid on Judges, Mr Giwa said contrary to the idea that the DSS came to protect them, their actions came to him as a shock.

Not only was the arrest a shock to him, but “the manner in which it was done, shows that they contemplated a strong resistance,” he added.

Giving insight on the duties of the DSS he opposed popular opinion that the DSS has superior power to make arrests.

Taking a look at the National Security Agency Act, he says according to section 2, the DSS ought to be performing duties as an intelligence gathering agency rather than violently taking action.

Female Lawyers Promote Girl Child Rights In Nigeria

Girl Child, Lawyer, FIDAFemale lawyers across the country have come together to figure out ways to enhance the development of the female gender in all its activities.

They gathered at the quarterly National Executive Council meeting of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital in Nigeria’s oil-rich region.

The event, themed “The Girl-Child in Contemporary Nigerian Society: Challenges and Prospects”, was formally declared open by the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri.

Justice Abiri said that the essence of the meeting was to deliberate on the women course and the protection of children, not only in Nigeria but the world at large.

The keynote speaker, Professor Festus Emiri, emphasised the need for lawyers to begin to look at law from a contextual angle and perspective.

While another speaker, Barrister Koboeze, also stressed the importance of the passage of the Child Rights Law and its benefit, others opined that the Nigerian child needs more protection from the society.

The Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, John Jonah, was also present at the gathering. He said that the protection of children and women remains one of the achievements of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration.

Nigerian, South African Lawyers Discuss Needed Laws Reform

lawyers on needed laws reformsLawyers from Nigeria and South Africa are exploring ways of advancing global best practices to ensure easy access to justice.

Both nations’ lawyers held a meeting on Wednesday in South Africa.

Members of the Nigerian Bar Association are in South Africa on a legal services trade mission to share ideas and collaborate with their colleagues on practical areas of growth between the two countries.

At the meeting, participants observed that states with poorly functioning legal systems and poor crime control are generally considered to be unattractive to investors.

 

Nigerian business men and other individuals, who have practical experiences of some of the challenges, spoke out about issues of immigration, Labour & other laws, discrimination and even the xenophobic attacks.

A Representative of the South African Ministry of Trade, Wamkele Mene, was, however, quick to explain the investor protection laws available.

He also stressed that the move to reduce borders on the African continent was currently being implemented.

At the end of meeting, the participants agreed to inaugurate a Nigeria-South Africa Lawyers Forum to share expertise on addressing the issues.

 

The meeting largely focused on needed input by lawyers to enable their countries meet development targets for poverty reduction.

They were of the opinion that eradicating poverty from Africa required that African governments develop the capacity to ensure safety, security and access to justice for all.

According to them, the reform of law, order and justice systems is only possible if governments and the public at large accept that reform is key to achieving economic growth.

The Nigerian lawyers also believe that it should be at the forefront of leading discourse on this issues within countries, a situation that triggered the meeting between the two nations.

At the meeting were Nigerian lawyers led by the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Augustine Alegeh, South African lawyers, Facilitator, NBA Legal Services Trade Mission to SA, Wale Fapohunda and Acting Chief Director, Africa Bilateral Economic Relations, Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa, Lebogang Makoloi among others.

The Nigerian Lawyers also visited law firms and key justice institutions in South Africa with a view to identify best practices and share policy framework relevant to Nigeria.