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Nigeria: Senior lawyers accuse FG of ‘terrorising’ judiciary

October 14, 2019

Senior lawyers accuse FG of ‘terrorising’ judiciary

The body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) has accused the Federal government of carrying out attacks on the independence of the judiciary and of the legal profession in a contrived plan to intimidate Judges and cow lawyers particularly with a pseudo fight against so-called corruption.

The body further accused government of using the very court system originally designed for justice, to terrorise members of the legal profession by as ascribing and arraignment for phantom charges.

Speaking on Monday for the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), lamented that lawyers are now plying their trade under heavy cloud of fear.

The event was to mark the new legal year of the FCT High Court.

He noted the emerging and revealing phenomenon is that these erosions of the rule of law are occurring in countries with elected governments, not military regimes.

“In other words, merely enthroning a civilian government is not a guarantee for democracy and the rule of law.

The strategy is to “weaponise of the law”, that is, to use the law as a weapon, by using the very court system originally designed for justice, to terrorise members of the legal profession by ascribing and arraignment for phantom charges. To this is added the strategy of public vilification/media trials of lawyers and the judiciary.

“Now lawyers are plying their trade under a heavy cloud of fear, particularly those who have briefs to defend clients who may not be in good standing with the Government of the day. These attacks always represent the initial symptoms of descent to authoritarianism as the fabrics of democracy and freedom are gradually weakened and destroyed when the independence of the judiciary and the independence of the legal profession are attacked and eroded.”

The senior lawyer added that “since it is the Bar that will fight for the independence of the Judiciary, an emasculation of the Bar through attacks on the independence of the legal profession will result in the direct erosion of the independence of the Judiciary.

Senior lawyers accuse FG of ‘terrorising’ judiciary


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Nigeria/USA: Detained lawyer petitions NASS over murder charges

October 13, 2019

After 11 months detention in Kuje Prison over “false and fabricated murder and armed robbery charges,” a lawyer, Mr Emeka Ugwuonye, has petitioned the National Assembly for the role played by the police in his current ordeal.

In the petition written through Due Process Advocate International (DPA), dated October 9 and signed by Mr Kelvin Asekome, he said the police charged him with armed robbery and murder because he was at the verge of exposing a N5billion (annual revenue) of illegal prison racketeering and other illegal operations allegedly perpetrated by some police officers in Abuja.

DPA, founded by Ugwuonye, is an international human rights and humanitarian organisation registered under the law of State of Maryland, United States and Federal Republic of Nigeria

The petition reads in part: “On November 14, 2018, a police officer from the office of the Commissioner of Police, FCT Abuja Command, CP Bala Ciroma served on Barrister Emeka Ugwuonye (hereinafter “Emeka”) summons, charging him with armed robbery and murder, offences the police knew that Emeka could not have committed and absolutely did not commit.

He said: “The charges were purely an effort to use the prosecutorial power of the police to silence Emeka, who was in the process of exposing a 5 billion naira (annual revenue) of illegal prison racketeering and other illegal operations run by Mr Ciroma and some other police officers in Abuja alone.

“Upon serving Emeka with the summon, the police officer said to him: ‘You better go back to the US now’, Mr Ciroma expected Emeka to leave Nigeria upon being served with summons. Hence, he said they tried not to arrest Emeka for murder upon serving him with the court processes that charged him with murder and armed robbery. But as Emeka remained defiant and refused to leave Nigeria as expected by the police, he was arrested on November 26, 2018 on those charges.

Detained lawyer petitions NASS over murder charges



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Nigeria: Nigerian lawyer hospitalised after police assault, NBA demands justice

October 13, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Photo of Nigerian Lawyers used to illustrate the story

A lawyer, Jerry Obasi, who was assaulted by police officers is now in the hospital, an official has said.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has also condemned the assault which the police leadership has vowed to investigate.

The assault reportedly took place on Awka Road, Onitsha, Anambra State, near the lawyer’s firm.

The video of the assault, which was posted on social media, has since gone viral.

In the video, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, armed police officers could be seen beating the lawyer who tried to talk to them.

Two policemen in uniforms were seen repeatedly physically assaulting Mr Obasi.

It was the intervention of other police officers that saved the lawyer from the beatings.

NBA condemns assault

In a statement by the spokesman of NBA, Kunle Edun, the association described the attack as unprovoked, undignified and degrading.

“The Nigerian Bar Association, has been informed by the Chairman of the Onitsha branch of the NBA, Mr. Ozoemena Erinne, of the unprovoked, undignified, degrading, shameful, disgusting and unprofessional conduct of officers of the Nigerian Police Force over the grievous assault inflicted on its member *Ogbonnanya Jacob Obasi Esq.,* in the afternoon of Friday, October 11th, 2019,” Mr Edun said.

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Nigeria: Lawyer arraigned in court over Facebook post

August 17, 2019

A 59-year-old lawyer, Ogedengbe Oiseoruemi Ayodeji, has been arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court, for allegedly publishing false information on his Facebook account over Edo University, Iyamho.

The accused was arraigned on a four-count charge punishable under section 517,375, 517 and 59(1) of the Criminal Code, as applicable in Edo State.

The prosecuting counsel, Thomas Ojo, told the Court that on June 22, the accued and others now at large with the intent to injure the reputation of Edo University, Iyamho, unlawfully published a defamatory matter on his Facebook account name Ogedengbe Oisoruemi Ayodeji Uduanghe, titled ‘press statement Friday 21, June 2019, NUC revokes Edo University Iyamho, operating licences.’

“That you and others now at large did conspired among yourseles to publish fake news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public, thereby committing the offence punishable under section 517 of the Criminal Code,” he said.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges in Court, while his counsel led by Peter E. Uwadiae pleaded with the Court to grant him bail.

Uwadiae who led 27 other cousel in the defence of the accused, told the Court that the accused is a legal practitioner and would not jump bail if granted.

He urged the Court to grant the accused bail on self recognition and that the Benin Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association will ensure that he attends trial.

The presiding magistrate, I .U. Iyoha granted the accused bail on self recognition and adjourned the case to September 3, for continuation of hearing.

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Nigeria: Insecurity: We’re Under Threat Of Assassination, Kidnapping -Rivers Lawyers

August 16, 2019

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has expressed dismay over the spate of attacks on lawyers in Rivers State from kidnappers and assassins.
The Chairman of NBA, Port Harcourt Branch, Barrister Sylvester Adaka, after an emergency meeting with executives of all the NBA branches in Rivers State, yesterday, told newsmen that the security situation is taking a toll on the legal profession despite efforts by the state government.
Adaka, while recalling the assassination of some lawyers like: Ken Atswethe, Frank Igwe, Anthony Wakamma, and others, appealed to security operatives to utilise the equipment provided for them to step up their search for the kidnapped lawyers.
The NBA chief threatened that lawyers have resolved to withdraw their services from all kidnap cases in all the courts in Rivers State if their abducted members are not released.
According to him, “The NBA has observed with dismay the kidnapping of Lawyers and their family members in Rivers state. Particularly, the recent kidnap of Iyke Emelogu on the 4th of August, 2019 at Unity Estate, Eneka, Obio Akpor Local Government Area and also recently the kidnap of Sunday Wonmo and Monima Peters, all members of the NBA Rivers State and a couple of others that we have not listed here.

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Nigeria: Kidnapping: Our lives in danger, Delta lawyers cry out

August 6, 2019

Kidnapping: Our lives in danger, Delta lawyers cry out

Some members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Delta State have raised concerns over the rise in kidnapping of legal practitioners in the state.

NBA Vice chairman, Asaba branch, Enemhinye Ehigiator, told Daily Sun on behalf of his colleagues that lawyers in the state “have become an endangered species.”

He called on the state government to do more in protecting the lives of the citizens, including lawyers who, according to him, are “defenders of the defenceless in the society.”

“Just this week, Asaba Bar was inundated with the sad news of the kidnap of one of our own. We had barely recovered from the grief and shock of the kidnap and gruesome murder of the very affable KOA Nwashindi, Esq,” Ehigiator.

“This is a clear indication that lawyers in this jurisdiction have become an endangered species. It is quite disheartening to note that the defenders of the defenceless in our society have become defenceless and helpless in the face of unrestrained abductions/attack on members of the noble profession.

Kidnapping: Our lives in danger, Delta lawyers cry out


Nigeria: Court declares lawyer’s detention unlawful, orders NDLEA to pay N50m damages

July 28, 2019

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Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court has declared the arrest, abduction, dehumanisation and detention of a Lagos-based lawyer, Chiedu Nweke, by the officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Enugu State, as illegal, unlawful and null and void.

The court also ordered the agency to pay the sum of N 20 million  as general damages and N 30 million as exemplary damages in favour of the lawyer.

Justice  Buba gave the verdict while ruling on the Fundamental Rights Enforcement suit filed by Nweke against the NDLEA, its officer, Peter Udemgba, and the Attorney-General of the Federation to court over allegation of unlawful arrest, abduction, dehumanisation, detention, forcible extortion and robbery.

In the ruling, the court held  that the actions of NDLEA and its officers contravened Nweke’s right to freedom of movement, right to his dignity and his right to liberty.

Court declares lawyer’s detention unlawful, orders NDLEA to pay N50m damages



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Nigeria: Lawyer, wife abandon home over ‘threat to life’

July 23, 2019

Lawyer, wife abandon home over ‘threat to life’

Activist-lawyer Richard Adekanmi Komolafe, his wife, Susanna and children have alleged threat to their lives  by some hoodlums suspected to be land grabbers.

They have abandoned their Mushin, Lagos home and are now in hiding for fear of their lives.

They alleged incessant attacks by hoodlums.

Adenike, through her lawyer, Morenike Adeagbo, has approached the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIGP) to save them from the gun-toting hoodlums who have been tormenting them.

In a petition to the AIGP,  Zone II, Onikan. Lagos, titled “Threat to life of Mrs Komolafe, Adenike Sussanah and her children”, they urged the Police to investigate the matter and ensure that justice is done.

“Our client life is in danger of being killed by unknown gunmen who have been trailing her about from her office in Mushin to her house within the area and even outside her domain.

“Sussanah’s husband, Richard, who is a human right activist has been fighting some mafia land grabbers in Lagos State and its environs which at times always culminated in him instituting some of the matters in court.”

Lawyer, wife abandon home over ‘threat to life’

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Iran/The Philippines/China/Nigeria: LSO expresses concern over global human rights violations

July 16, 2019

Organization has issued statements condemning violations of legal professionals’ human rights

LSO expresses concern over global human rights violations

The Law Society of Ontario has expressed “grave concerns” regarding human rights violations against members of the legal profession across the globe.

“Lawyers should be able to exercise their legitimate duties without fear for their lives, for their liberty or for their security. The Law Society of Ontario urges all governments to comply with international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers,” the society said in a statement.

The law society’s Human Rights Monitoring Group have issued public statements regarding the following lawyers:

  • Jiang Tianyong in China, who is being subjected to surveillance and restrictions on freedom of movement after his release from prison for “incitement to subvert state power.”
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh in Iran, who was convicted on seven charges, and sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes. According to credible reports, the charges stem solely from her human rights work and for having spoken out against the death penalty in Iran.





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Nigeria: Certificate seizure: Court orders Police to pay N5m in damages to lawyer

July 4, 2019

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Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Police to pay N5 million in damages to Anthony Makolo, a Human Rights Campaigner, over the seizure of his Call to Bar Certificate.
Makolo had sought a court order to enforce his fundamental rights against the Police over unlawful detention and seizure of his Call to Bar Certificate.

Makolo said he was surprised when on November 12, 2018, the third and fourth respondents accosted him (applicant) at the Yaba Magistrates’ Court, handcuffed him, pushed him into a waiting Honda car and drove off to their office.
He said when it dawned on him the possible reason for his arrest, he immediately reminded them that he was not a surety for his client, but had only recommended their bails, adding that the surety is the proper person to be invited where they failed to show up.
According to him, the respondents replied that “they had no time for that”.
He said it took the intervention of his colleagues, who had seen him being whisked away from the Yaba Court’s premises, to seek his bail the following day, November 13, 2018.
He said he was admitted to bail with two sureties, while the original copy of his Call to Bar Certificate was seized by the respondent and same has not been released to him till date in spite of repeated demands.
The applicant, therefore, sought an order declaring the seizure of his Certificate as a flagrant abuse and violation of his right to legal practice, and urged the court to order the immediate release of same.
Besides, the applicant had claimed the sum of N50 million in damages against the respondents, jointly and severally, for breach of his fundamental rights.


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