How to get justice, protection for victims of sexual violence, by Abdullahi Mubarak

Sexual violence is any attempt or act to obtain a sexual act by violence or without the consent of the second party. It comes in different contexts and forms, which include child marriages, sexual abuse of children, forced abortion, denial of the right to use contraception or to protect against sexually transmitted diseases, systematic rape during More...

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By Bar and Bench On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
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Why Nigeria is a hell-hole for Christians, by Femi Fani-Kayode

We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism and we will not allow it to take root in our country…….we will wipe it off the face of the earth”- President Donald J. Trump. Now that is a real President talking! More...

By Bar and Bench On Saturday, February 4th, 2017
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Integrity in Government: The Awoniyi, Buhari, Oni exemplars, by Sufuyan Ojeifo

As a journalist, politicians have, over the years, regaled me with narratives of superlative ideas about governance.  They always paint beautiful pictures of what they want to transform the society into if they More...

By Bar and Bench On Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
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DSS and the politics of arrest, by Paul Onomuakpokpo

After President Muhammadu Buhari came into office in 2015, one of the measures he took seemingly to restore the professional integrity of the Department of State Services (DSS) was to overhaul it. The worry then More...

By Bar and Bench On Sunday, January 29th, 2017
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Did we loot The Gambia for Yahya Jammeh?, by Sonala Olumhense

Finally, last weekend, Africa was saved another political and humanitarian mess when President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia agreed to surrender the leadership he lost in the December 2016 election.   First conceding More...

By Bar and Bench On Sunday, January 29th, 2017
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Run, Sule Lamido, run! by Sufuyan Ojeifo

Former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has served notice of his intention to throw his hat in the ring for the position of Nigeria’s president in 2019.  It is his right to do so.  He has the requisite More...

By Bar and Bench On Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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Buhari has no choice than to swear in Onnoghen as CJN—Olanipekun (SAN)

There is no gainsaying or debating the fact that Nigeria operates a constitutional democracy, which also recognises, in the main, three arms of government, that is, the executive, legislature and judiciary. The More...

By Bar and Bench On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Illegality of the offence of criminal libel, by Femi Falana, SAN

Last December, the Nigerian Army demanded a retraction of the what it described as the “unwarranted and serial provocative, unauthorised, libelous and defamatory publications against the person of Lt. Gen. T.Y. More...

By Bar and Bench On Friday, January 20th, 2017
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A memory of America, by Azu Ishiekwene

The unusual thing about the U.S. is that everything is unusual. If there was still a doubt, the election of Donald J. Trump, who takes office on Friday as the 45th president of the United States of America, settles More...

By Bar and Bench On Thursday, January 19th, 2017
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Belgore @ 80: His imprints on judicial landscape, by Gbolahan Gbadamosi

Providence made my path and that of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Salihu Modibbo Alfa Belgore(GCON) crossed each other 36 years ago during my Students’ Union days at the then University of Ife, More...