On Wednesday, the 23rd of September 2020, the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), met with a delegation from the Association of Lawyers with Disabilities in Nigeria (ALDIN) led by its President, Daniel Onwe to discuss issues affecting members of ALDIN.
Olumide Akpata has emerged winner of the Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) national elections, after defeating two other contestants who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs). This victorious win makes him the NBA’s first non-SAN President in years.
Akpata won the election with a total of 9,891 votes of the total 18,256 ballots cast, while his closest rival, Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) polled 4,328 votes and Dele Adesina (SAN) polled 3,982 votes.
The election commenced at exactly 11 am on Wednesday, July 29, and ended at 11 pm on Thursday, July 30. It was a virtual voting process where registered members of the association logged into the National Officers Election webpage with their Supreme court numbers and cast their votes.
Right from Wednesday night when the elections started, Akpata maintained the lead with more than 50% of the votes at every quarter-hourly update, and he maintained the lead up to the close of the election at 11pm on Thursday.
About 29,636 eligible voters were registered, and the election committee sent the voting link to the registered members via emails and sms.
This result represents a sudden change in the order, as Akpata is now the first non-SAN to lead the Nigerian Bar Association in years. Feedback from members of the NBA indicates that there has been a long-standing hunger for a paradigm shift. And now it appears many of the association’s members have a good reason to be excited.
Born on October 7, 1972, Akpata had his early education in Warri, Delta state. He attended Kings College, Lagos, for his secondary education and later got admitted into the University of Benin. He was called to the bar on December 15, 1993. He is a founding member of the NBA Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), which comprises 22 committees, which focus on various areas of commercial law dating back to as far as 2006.
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In an alleged rape case, Nigerian entertainer, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly know as D’banj, on Friday sued one Miss Seyitan Babatayo for N1.5 billion for alleging that she was raped by Dapo Oyebanjo in a Lagos hotel in 2018.
The lawsuit was signed by D’banj and presented to the high court of the FCT by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, on Friday.
In the filing it was said that, D’banj requested the court to order Ms Babatayo to tender a letter of apology for the accusations directed at him, which he claimed has caused him “embarrassment, ridicule, derision, marital disharmony, mental agony, and psychological trauma.” (PREMIUM TIMES).
It was also reported that D’banj requested in the document that his accuser pays him N1 billion to cover for the general damages that her actions have caused him.
“An order directing the defendant to pay the claimant, the sum of #1, 000,000,000.00 (One Billion Naira) only, representing general damages over the untold embarrassment, derision, public ridicule, odium, obloquy, marital disharmony, mental agony and psychological trauma which the defendant’s tweets and publication have caused the claimant,” the document read in part.
The award-winning musician D’Banj also requested an additional N500 million, which he said represents the “aggravated, punitive, and exemplary damages” that he incurred.
All efforts to reach Ms Babatayo’s lawyers, Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners, were unsuccessful as telephone calls and text messages sent to them were unanswered.
Ayodeji Osowobi, the director of Stand To End Rape, a non-profit that has taken up Ms Babatayo’s case, has also declined to make any official statement about the suit.
She, however, explained that Ms Babatayo will soon be releasing a statement detailing her experience in the past week.
The Hullabaloo started early June 2020 when one Nigerian model scout, Benjamin Ese when on social media claiming that Dbanj raped his friend inside a hotel in Lagos in 2018.
Ms Sheyitan’s accusation began shortly after D’banj joined other celebrities to preach against rape when he said ‘No means No’.
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Opinion: Consumer protection Real or Illusion
In this survey our reporter asked Nigerians about views concerning the rights of consumers and obligations of service providers according to the consumer protection law if it truly is functional or not. Their response about this law is intriguing.
Mrs. Najite Okugbere a financial analyst is of the opinion that consumer rights awareness low in Nigeria so people do not know if the law exists or not. As such they proposed that unawareness may have affected utilization of consumer protection law she recommends that the enactment of consumer rights, the law enforcement agencies of consumer protection should see to it that consumers know their right. In her words “the enforcement agency should educate people to know that it is their right to ask questions about products they are not sure of and it is their rights to demand for quality products and services and get value for their money.”
In support of Mrs Okugbere, Mrs Margret Akpan utilization of consumer rights by
the Nigerian consumers remains an issue of concern because consumers are ignorant on where
to turn to in case they encounter an irresponsible producer or service provider. In her words “ When we are maltreated by companies we don’t know where to go to, we don’t know who to turn to especially with most of this foreign companies and they are using it against us because we don’t know the law, we don’t even know our rights.”
Ms. Bidemi Adesanya a hair stylist says she does not know if there is anything as consumer right law because she has never heard of it, hence she is not aware of the act
Mr. Ladipo Akinola says that the consumer protection law is an illusion and that the government is responsible. To him “Overall responsibility for creating safe markets for consumers lies with the authorities. This is because the process involves: setting
clear rules and guidance on how to develop safe products; and providing adequate tools and resources to market surveillance and enforcement agencies to enable them to assess risks and ensure compliance so that the consumer has nothing to worry about on any products and even if they do. They know where to go and what to do when they get there.
Mr. George Williams a Lagos state businessman has it that “any law that is made without the citizens being informed is no law but a mere statement” he further said that there is a serious need for the governments to step up and drive improvement within the law enforcement agencies and the media, then consumer consumers will defend their rights and ensuring that their voice is heard when substandard products and services is given to them in the development of policy, and the media will educate the masses
From our survey, it goes to show that the consumer protection law though it exist but limited awareness of consumer rights makes it look like a mirage, thus consumer suffer exploitation in the market place.
We at Princess Legal world hereby advocated for active involvement and participation (consumerism) by consumers from all quarters that is the Central and State Governments, the educational institutions, the NGOs, the print and electronic media to see that they do their best and ensure that consumers get their due
Title:The Role of the Judiciary in the Protection of Human Rights.
Author: Eugene Cotran
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This volume contains papers presented at the conference The Role of the Judiciary in the Protection of Human Rights, held in Cairo, December 1996 under the auspices of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt and the British Council. It incorporates the experiences and thinking of an international group of judges and legal practitioners as to the relationship between courts, judges and human rights. It provides diverse perspectives on the importance of the judiciary in the protection of universally recognized human rights, and highlights the mechanisms which make it possible for the judiciary to play a vital role, as well as the obstacles which can act to diminish it.
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Court News: My husband impregnated another woman in South Africa; woman cries.
A 29-year-old petty trader, Adegbite Aderayo, told an Ifako Ijaye Customary Court in Lagos that her mother-in-law had pressured her son, Tunde Gbenga, to send her out of their matrimonial home.
Aderayo, a resident of No. 7, Joseph Campbell St., Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos, said the move began when her husband impregnated his ex-girlfriend and brought her home to live with them.
In her words, “Sometimes in July 2014, my husband brought his ex-girlfriend to my mother-in-law’s house for child christening.
“I later discovered that the child was my husband’s baby after she moved into our house with the support of my mother-in-law.
“I had to move to my father-in-law’s house when life became unbearable for me after my husband travelled to South Africa in December 2014.”
Gbenga impregnated another woman while in South Africa
She told the court that Gbenga impregnated another woman while in South Africa with the full support of the mother who called to inform her of the “good news”.
Court News: My Husband is an irresponsible man; A woman cries.
The respondent described her husband as an irresponsible man.
She said, “He refused to grow as he still lives in his mother’s house even after marrying his wives.
“My husband is immature and is a puppet in his mother’s hands.; my husband beats me on the instruction of his mother and threatened to deal with me if l refuse to move out of my father-in-law’s house.”
The estranged wife broke down in tears, saying “I still love him in spite of all these humiliations; I will endure and bear all the pains.
There is no love between us again – Gbenga
“I am not ready for the dissolution of the marriage.”
Gbenga, 30, of Akute area of Ogun, who filed the suit to end his seven-year-old marriage, said he was fed up.
He said, “There is no love between us again. My wife is not truthful and she keeps fighting my mother.
“She is not submissive and does not respect my mother; she is promiscuous as different men call her on phone.”
He then urged the court to dissolve the union and also order the wife to move out of his father’s house since the man had died.
The court President, admonished the petitioner for being irresponsible and having three wives at his age.
The case has been adjourn to March 28.
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