THE ROLE OF TRADITIONAL RULERS – SANUSI THE GENIUS: A CASE STUDY (2) “The time-hallowed tradition was bastardized by the British Colonial Masters in order to weaken the authority of the monarch, abolish slave trade, extend British Protectorate, and promote Royal Niger Company commercial enterprise”. LAST week, I commenced a discussion on the concept of traditional…

RELEVANCE OF SEPARATION OF POWERS AND ITS APPLICATION TO NIGERIA (2) Under what circumstances can a Judge give judgment against the President, members of the National Assembly, the Police, the Army without fear or favour, bearing in mind the conditions under which they serve? It is my view that the conditions of service including salaries,…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE – ANOTHER LOOK AT THE ROLE OF LAWYERS AND JUDGES “There is a real link between a strong and independent judiciary and economic growth and prosperity. No investor will for example invest in a country in which it will take years to resolve the simplest of business disputes”. Last week,…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE – LAWYERS ALONE NOT TO BLAME (4)  “I have referred to all these examples to show the role played by clients themselves in contributing to the malaise affecting our justice delivery system. The win at all costs attitude encourages many to employ all manner of unscrupulous means to achieve their own…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE- SEPARATION OF INVESTIGATIVE AND PROSECUTORIAL FUNCTIONS (6) “Both the ICPC and the EFCC have powers not only to investigate but also to prosecute. …if the prosecutor becomes involved in the investigation of a case, then the prosecutor may become committed to a particular line of inquiry and loose objectivity in…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE-NEED TO REVIEW THE PROCESS OF APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES (8) “In the sixties when I began the practice of Law, appointment to the Bench was strictly on merit. At that time, appointments were by invitations… The advantages of this were obvious. Firstly as stated earlier, it ensured that only the brilliant…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE-NEED TO SEPARATE OF INVESTIGATIVE AND PROSECUTORIAL FUNCTIONS OF EFCC AND ICPC (7) “Where there is a separation of the duties of investigation and prosecution, there will be increased likelihood of fairness to an accused who will by this development be shielded from unfair persecution or even prosecution”. Over the course…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE- SEPARATION OF INVESTIGATIVE AND PROSECUTORIAL FUNCTIONS (6) “Both the ICPC and the EFCC have powers not only to investigate but also to prosecute. …if the prosecutor becomes involved in the investigation of a case, then the prosecutor may become committed to a particular line of inquiry and loose objectivity in…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE-LAWYERS ALONE NOT TO BLAME (5) “The poor remuneration paid to junior lawyers by senior lawyers have contributed to the problems encountered in the administration of justice”. A few days ago, President Buhari while on a visit to Kenya, again identified the judiciary as a major source of headache for him…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE – LAWYERS ALONE NOT TO BLAME (4)  “I have referred to all these examples to show the role played by clients themselves in contributing to the malaise affecting our justice delivery system. The win at all costs attitude encourages many to employ all manner of unscrupulous means to achieve their own…

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