Protesting youths and Mike Ozekhome, by Festus Ogun

There was a mild drama at the 14th Annual Chief Gani Fawehinmi Lecture in Ikeja, Lagos last Monday as some youths booed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who was one of the discussants. Ozekhome’s arrival was greeted with a loud chant of disapproval by the youths who felt the learned silk has been “shielding looters from justice.” The youths called More...

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By Bar and Bench On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
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Nnamdi Kanu and the Biafran zoo, by Chukwudi Iwuchukwu

Politics in Nigeria is largely transactional. Nigerians who want to hold political positions look for and invest millions of naira in purchasing the endorsements of godfathers and distributing rice, bread, and More...

By Bar and Bench On Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
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Why Buhari shouldn’t look for fuel supply saboteurs outside corridor of power, by Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa

President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) threatened to find out the so called saboteurs who caused the terrible fuel scarcity that disrupted the peace of most Nigerians over the Christmas/New year celebrations and to punish More...

By Bar and Bench On Sunday, January 7th, 2018
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Mr President, please, don’t re-contest, by Dele Momodu

My dear President, please, permit me to wish you and your family a very happy new year. Let me also offer my words of prayers, and intercession, on behalf of your very handsome son, and his friend, who, according More...

By Bar and Bench On Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
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Okorocha, the Imo’s comic emperor, by Dele Agekameh

The year 2017 brought out the good, the bad, and the ugly side of politics in Nigeria. One loquacious state governor particularly stood out in the vista. That fellow is Rochas Okorocha. Either for good or bad, More...

By Bar and Bench On Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
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What Buhari Must Do with $1bn Boko Haram Fund, by Yemi Adebowale

The $1 billion war chest approved for President Muhammadu Buhari from the Excess Crude Account is more than enough to put an end to the Boko Haram mess in Nigeria. Yes, the Senate is insisting on vetting the approval More...

By Bar and Bench On Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
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Christmas and fuel punishment for Nigerians, by Luke Onyekakeyah

The recurrent fuel scarcity that defines the Nigerian economy has resurfaced across the country in the past three weeks or so. Most petrol stations stopped selling fuel claiming scarcity of the product from the More...

By Bar and Bench On Monday, December 18th, 2017
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The queen, the king and I, by David Jowitt

When Queen Elizabeth came to Nigeria in 2003 and I, as a British expatriate, was presented to her at a reception in Abuja, I felt tongue-tied and said the blandest of things. Afterwards I regretted that I had not More...

By Bar and Bench On Saturday, December 16th, 2017
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That protest judgment of the Court of Appeal on judges, by Femi Falana

I am unable to persuade myself to share the views of some learned colleagues who have argued that the judgment delivered on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by the Lagos Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal in the More...

By Bar and Bench On Saturday, December 16th, 2017
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Rapid thoughts on Hijab-gate, by Pius Adesanmi

It appears I am the only one who missed Hijab-gate! I am coming to it late but I have a few random observations: One, the Nigerian Body of Benchers has extant rules which the lady willingly submitted to but decided More...