Viral Video: SAN Asks NSCDC To Apologise To Judge

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Paul Ananaba, has asked the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to apologise to a former acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Elizabeth Karatu.

This followed a viral video showing an NSCDC official barring the judge from gaining entry into the court premises to deliver judgement.

Reacting during his appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Ananaba described the action of the security officer as unacceptable.

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He explained that Justice Karatu, by virtue of her position, was the head and wondered why she should be barred from the court premises.

“How can you lock a court premise? Is it a public holiday under the Public Holidays Act?” he asked.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Paul Ananaba.

The senior advocate added, “I thought that an agency like the Civil Defence should have come to apologise not just to the judge, much more to the judiciary and the legal profession.

“I think what has happened based on the response of the Civil Defence is not acceptable. The Chief Judge of any state or the Federation is the head of the court.”

In the video which went viral recently, the NSCDC official informed Justice Karatu and her security aide — a police officer — that he was instructed to bar her from gaining access to the courtroom.

The judge was said to be due to retire on July 5 and had gone to the court on July 4 to deliver her last judgement when the incident occurred.

She had reportedly written a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC), decrying her non-confirmation based on her religion.

But Ananaba said the issue should be taken far from the judge’s petition and the response she got.

He stressed the need for security operatives to show restraint when attempting to resolve civil issues.

“I think security agencies particularly the Civil Defence should know when to apologise when to get to where their limits are,” Ananaba said.

Constitution Amendment: You Cannot Achieve Peace Outside The Law – Dr Ananaba



A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Ananaba has said that Nigeria can only find peace within the ambit of the law.

Dr. Ananaba who is also the Chairman NBA section on public interest and development law, made this assertion while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He said the basic law of the land is the constitution and as such, Nigeria can only achieve peace based on the constitution.

“Without the constitution, there will be no peace,” Ananaba opined.

Reacting to a recent comment by Senator Olusola Adeye claiming that the constitution is a major problem hindering Nigeria from progress, Ananaba said he agrees with the lawmaker.

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He said, “I agree with Adeyeye to the point that if we do not get it right in our constitution, then we cannot get it right generally”.

Ananaba argued that there are constitutional requirements that need to be overhauled, adding that there is a need to look at the constitution and “do a lot more work on it”.

The legal practitioner, however, stressed that the constitution is fine but it is not the best that the nation needs in its experience.

Dr. Ananaba said what the nation needs, is to grow the constitution from the people.

He said the constitution should be given “enough time, thorough consideration” and “it will come up to life”.

Speaking on how to approach constitutional conferences, the Senior Advocate said if there be any move in this direction, then “each state, each geopolitical zone should sit and articulate what they think should be part of our constitution”.

He noted that what he is projecting is not an ‘amendment’, clarifying that in speaking of amendments the National Assembly is in place.

Ananaba argued that if the nation is to continue on the trajectory of the Federal system, then the constitution should be less bulky than it is now and every state should have a constitution of its own.

Legal committee confers SAN on Falana, 24 others

Human Rights activist and former president of the Nigeria Bar association (NBA), Femi Falana and 24 others were on Thursday conferred with the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The Legal Practitioners Privilege Committee (LPPC) on Thursday announced the names of successful candidates for the rank of SAN.

Over 125 people were said to have  applied, 25 persons were deemed successful out of 71 people short-listed.

Below are the names of the successful candidates.

(1). Femi Falana

(2). Prof Yemi Akinseye George

(3). Rotimi Jacobs

(4). Ahmed Raji

(5). Theophilus Oyesanya

(6). Oluseye Opasanya

(7). Ndukwe Nnawuchi

(8). Aliyu Umar

(9). Akinlaja Dayo Moses

(10). Prof Dakaahs Clemens

(11). Aduroja Thaddeus Olumuyiwa

(12). Illo Katune Sanusi

(13). Paul Ananaba

(14). Francis Chuka Agbu

(15). Luke Chukwudi Illogu

(16). Selekeowei Larry

(17). Abenny Mohammed

(18). Charles Nwanne Obishai

(19). Mahmud Abubakar Magaji

(20). Mrs Connie-Jean Aremu

(21). Ogwu James Onoja

(22). Garuba Usman Cetenji

(23). Henry Oghogho Ogbodu

(24). Joy Okungbowa Adesina

(25). Rotimi Oluseye Oguneso

Two professors on the list are from the academia.

The newly appointed Senior Advocates will be sworn–in when the court returns from its annual vacation in September 2012. The court will be commencing its annual leave on July 18.