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…

JUSTICE: LOSS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE –LAWYERS ALONE NOT TO BLAME  “Lawyers have for far too long been unfairly isolated as the sole cause of the delay in the prosecution of cases, there is just so little a Judge or indeed a lawyer can do in certain circumstances”. The judiciary in Nigeria has come under immense…

  MATTERS ARISING “What the senate resorted to was to ask such nominees to react to allegations or petitions pending before other statutory bodies. Naturally the concerned nominees denied the allegation but in law, mere denial does not amount to full proof that the allegation is not true”. Upon the assumption of President Muhammadu Buhari…

Last week I began a discussion of the debate about the propriety of Nigeria’s retention of the death penalty. I concluded last week’s piece with an examination of the argument that the death penalty deters criminals. My view as s stated last week is that it does not even if the number of persons so…

“NELSON MANDELA would have been hanged in 1964 but for the discretionary power of the judge to substitute imprisonment”  The death penalty is as old as mankind itself. For thousands of years, it has been applied, as confirmed by the major religious texts, as the ultimate penalty or punishment for crimes as varied as adultery, stealing,…

(II) “NELSON MANDELA would have been hanged in 1964 but for the judge’s discretionary power to substitute imprisonment” Last week I began a

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