Law and Justice

It is the popular opinion that the bail conditions given to Nnamdi Kalu were an overkill in the sense that the conditions represented an attempt to catch a tiny fish with a massive net. Nigeria failed to look beyond a myopic, tunnel vision to see a larger picture that could have been exploited to unite the nation and pull us out of a conundrum. A conundrum refers to a riddle whose answer is a pun or a paradox, or to any problem whose answer is uncertain. Some conclusions to be drawn from an analysis of the bail conditions can be…
Monday, 04 July 2016 00:54

Bello: Architect of Extreme Hatred

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There was a Nigerian who attempted to destroy the moral fiber of my country, whose words and acts had a profound influence upon this writer, and who would go down in history as author of the darkest and briefest mark as the architect of hatred, bigotry, and disunity. The purpose of this essay is to trace the beginning of Nigeria's downward slide into infamy to one man. He was named Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto,Premier of Northern Nigeria, leader of the Northern People's Congress, and champion of the iniquitous Northernization Policy. What an impressive, jaw-breaking title to be accorded…
Nigerians are a fascinating people. We agree. That Nigerians are a lawless bunch is not an exaggeration. To deny Nigeria's lawlessness as most of our corrupt politicians and I-don't- care fellow citizens do or to defiantly ask "what about other countries like US and UK" is to dream that, in the flush of dawn, Nigerian sky glowed with empyreal beauty. In Nigeria, although the law is in the books, it is bent so much that it appears either to be neglected or to not exist at all. In the United States, the law reigns supreme; no one is above the…
Sunday, 07 February 2016 11:26

Supreme Court of injustice

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President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the sympathy of the multitude of Nigerians and foreign friends who want him to succeed, the multitude yearning for the change he earnestly promised, that change the country can’t wait to see and which his administration has consistently insisted would be faithfully delivered. And he alone, no one else, would determine the destiny of this grand promise. But given his well-known passion for rectitude, and the inherent honesty in his desire to right the wrongs of decades of terrible governance (the worst being 1999-2015), Buhari leaves the perception of a genuine leader who would not want…
They say that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. To that I add: power makes one stupid and absolute power makes one absolutely stupid. Every black American knows that if a white police officer stops him in traffic that he had better be very careful or else he is shot dead. If he as much as tries to put his hands into his pocket to get out his driver's license to show the white police officer the officer is likely to shoot him to death and tell folks that he saw the man reach into his pocket for a…
The development of public interest litigation as an integral part of democracy and the functioning of a municipal legal system is perhaps one of the fundamental gains of democratization process that swept through Africa in the beginning of the twentieth century. There is marked increase in judicial activism and a corresponding rise in public interest litigation as issues of social justice and public accountability continue to engage the Courts. Human rights lawyers, particularly, those who tackled the collapsed military dictatorships and non-governmental organizations frequently seek judicial review of executive actions and wrongs committed by public officials or government agencies with…
I have two sides to my personality, the idealistic and the realistic. I can be idealistic and sentimental in my perception of people. During such sentimental moods I indulge in metaphysical thinking. On the other hand, I am as realistic as any political realists (such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Metternich, Otto von Bismarck, von Clausewitz, Pareto, Herbert Spencer, Joseph Schumpeter, Edward Carr, Henry Kissinger and Samuel Huntington) can be. I am currently in my realistic mode. This essay is an exercise in political realism. It says it as it is: the leaders of men are every bit as criminal as the…
A Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria recently dismissed the corruption charges filed by country’s anti-graft Agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank, Erastus Akingbola for lack of diligent prosecution and discharged the accused on all the charges before his Court. In the same vein, the trial judge, Justice Charles Archibong sanctioned the prosecuting attorneys led by five Senior Advocates including the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, to disband them accordingly while describing them as a…
Abstract However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused, that thesis remains to be proved. The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on general security. It also means that someone going from Lagos to Kano will not fear to start at 8pm in order to drive on free…
Abstract However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused, that thesis remains to be proved. The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on general security. It also means that someone going from Lagos to Kano will not fear to start at 8pm in order to drive on free…
Monday, 07 May 2012 21:16

Insecurity in Nigeria - How did we get here?

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This is a part of my contribution to a Nigerians United Aganst Corruption debate for May 2012. The full discussion can be accessed at http://www.facebook.com/groups/nigeriansunitedac/doc/388422067863063/ Abstract However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused, that thesis remains to be proved. The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on…
The Judiciary is construed as the hallmark and pantheon of constitutional democracy and the bulwark of the people against repressive governments and infractions or deprivations of their rights and privileges. It is clear that when matters become knotty and inexplicable in society, it is the judiciary that is resorted to for the interpretation of laws and for resolution of conflicts. It is follows that to be able to interpret the law and resolve conflicts, the Courts must be very clear, consistent and certain in its judgments or decisions. The Court must refrain from giving conflicting decisions or rulings on cases…
There is no doubt that the conduct of the April 2007, general election was a complete and unmitigated disaster. The elections were marred by substantial irregularities of unimaginable proportion never seen or experienced in the chequered history of the conduct of elections in the country. This led to the nullification of Governorship elections in Cross River, Kogi, Edo, Ondo, Adamawa, Enugu, and Bayelsa State, to mention but a few. In the case of Cross River, Sokoto, Kogi and Adamawa States, the Governors were booted out of office after the Courts declared that the elections that brought them into office were…
Sunday, 01 January 2012 08:27

The Àrélù Phenomenon or Why Evil Thrives

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Àrélù ruled the airwaves in Ibadan in the late 1980s. It cleared the streets on Thursday evenings when it hit NTA (or was it BCOS?). If you were visiting friends, you quickly terminated the felicitations at 5pm so you could be home by 6pm to watch the show or you stayed where you were to watch. Even NEPA was cooperative so we had electricity on Thursdays. I vividly recall the theme song: “Wárápá ni, wèrè ni, Dìgbòlugi ni, Ẹ yà’gò fun.” (roughly translated “he’s a stark, raving, rabid S.O.B., better get out of his way) You guessed it, the series…
Saturday, 24 December 2011 02:44

Biafra Genocide And Why We Must Live By Persuasion

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The life that can be considered as truly fulfilled whether private or public, is only that which has been lived according to what it believed in. It does not matter how much material acquisition or the number of trophies and laurels that have been accumulated, in the end true life's successes are only measured by whether we believed in something or not, have we lived according to our persuasion. A truly successful life is that which believes in something enough to live or die for that thing. As individuals and as a people of Igbo/Biafra you must stand for something…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 02:09

Biafra, Steve Jobs And A World In Moral Crisis

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In the recently released Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs it was revealed that Jobs became an agnostic and stopped going to church, felt disappointed in Christians after seeing what happened in Biafra and how the so-called Christian nations handled the sordid Nigerian Genocide in Biafra. For some people Jobs' reaction comes out as extreme to even a most abhorrent and horrifying incident such as the Biafran Genocide. But it could not have been otherwise. All decent and reasonable human beings since history have always come to the same conclusion; that extreme cases can only be met with corresponding extreme…
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)LAWYERS IN THE MEDIA (LIM) FORUM5th Annual LectureNBA Port-Harcourt Law Center, August 24th, 2011 The contemporary torts of libel and slander, collectively known as defamation laws which are common features in the legal system of several Commonwealth countries today including the United States of America originated primarily from the English defamation law which permits an aggrieved party to initiate an action for libel for any printed, broadcast or published false statements that harm reputation, diminish respect, defame character, or cause a reasonable person to have a low esteem of that individual or entity. However, Governmental entities cannot…