This edition of Law Weekly focuses on the spate of impeachments blowing across the country.
From Adamawa, to Nasarawa, Ebonyi and Enugu, it seems we are in a season of impeachments. And if you’ve been following the trend of events, the politics in Nasarawa state in Nigeria’ North West region is particularly a hot topic right now.
To help us make some sense of it, we will speak with a legal practitioner, Mr Wahab Shittu on the process, the twists and the legal implications of the whole impeachment scenario.
Mr Shittu, a public affairs commentator, has written several columns in some of Nigeria dailies. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos. He shed more light on the legality or otherwise of the impeachment process.
Also find some of the highlights of the valedictory session in honour of late legal practitioner, Bamidele Aturu.
This episode of Law Weekly featured the manifesto night, voting and official announcement of Nigerian Bar Association’s new President- elect, in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Mr Austine Alegeh emerged the President elect. This edition highlighted some exclusive pictures and interesting sound bites from the elections and the process.
The manifesto night was one of the major highlights of the election process. It gave the candidates for the elections an opportunity to again sell themselves and their programmes especially to the accredited delegates who were gathered.
Delegates consisted of national officers, past presidents, past general secretaries, senior advocates, benchers; delegates nominated from the 109 branches of the association across the country and then co-opted NEC members; all nominated at the discretion of the President.
On this edition of the programme, Law Weekly, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba made compelling submissions on several issues concerning the Nigerian State, including the security challenge and the need or not for decentralisation.
Devolution of powers, revenue sharing, the Nigerian Bar Association on zoning are some of the other issues we discussed.
Also, we report some reactions to the rumoured extension of the National Conference for 6 weeks, which the secretariat denied. However, many people think that’s it’s only a matter of time before there is an extension based on reports that the conference will take a week off for the World Economic Forum.
One of the committees that may require an extension is that on devolution of power. They had an interesting session last week and it’s all captured in this next report.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, a delegate at the conference belongs to the committee on law, judiciary, human rights and legal reform. He shared his views on devolution of power and revenue sharing.
The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has commended the Nigerian media for being fearless and robust in the promotion of the nation’s democracy.
At the institute’s award for media excellence, the Director General of the institute, Professor Epiphany Azinge, said the institute was rewarding the efforts of the media at nation-building.
Eight time winner of the Nigeria Media Merit Award for best television station in Nigeria, Channels Television, was among the nine recipients of awards in different categories.
Channels Television received the award for the Friendliest Media House while Channels Television Judiciary Correspondent, Sola Soyele, received an award as an outstanding media friend of the institute.
The institute expressed hopes that the award would encourage the media to contribute to national development.