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PUBLIC NOTICE ON VERIFICATION/VALIDATION OF MD METERING EXERCISE

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in line with its mandate of protecting the rights of customers has, on the 7th of June, 2017 issued a public notice on verification/validation of MD metering exercise. In the public notice, the Commission explained that this public notice is a sequel to its directive earlier issued to distribution…

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WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAMME BILL, 2017

INTRODUCTION The Senate at its plenary session on Thursday 8th June, 2017 passed the Witness Protection Programme Bill into an Act to provide for the establishment and operation or a program to enable certain persons to receive protection in relation to certain inquiries, investigations or prosecutions. The bill, sponsored by late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke was…

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THE PLACE OF STRATEGIC THINKING FOR NIGERIAN JUDICIARY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

“OUR VISION To Set High And Attainable Standards For An Energetic And Transparent Workforce To Support And Uphold An Independent Federal Judiciary In Nigeria OUR MISSION To Liaise With Relevant Stakeholders In Ensuring That Competent Judicial Officers And Support Staff Are Engaged In The Service Of The Federal Judiciary” VISION STATEMENT “The achievement of an…

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THE MOMENTOUS WEIGHT OF A CONFESSIONAL STATEMENT

      KARIMU SUNDAY V. THE STATE (2017) LPELR-42259(SC) PRACTICE AREA: CRIMINAL LAW INTRODUCTION On how significant the confession of an accused is, Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili. JSC while delivering the leading judgment in the case at hand, upheld that an accused can be convicted basically on his confessional statement. In her words, “In this…

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APPROPRIATE WAY TO REQUEST FOR FACILITIES FOR DEFENCE FROM THE OTHER PARTY

      NWEKE v. STATE (2017) LPELR-42103(SC) PRACTICE AREA: CRIMINAL LAW INTRODUCTION Generally, when a party wants to tender a document which is in the possession of the adverse party, a ‘notice to produce’ is served on the party in possession of the document requiring him to produce those documents or paper for the court’s…

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Medical Evidence: Instances Where Medical Evidence May Be Dispensed With 

ABBAS MUHAMMAD V. THE STATE (2017) LPELR-42098(SC) PRACTICE AREA: CRIMINAL LAW INTRODUCTION It is often the practice that in proving the death of a deceased person in homicide cases, prosecution adduce evidence as to the cause of death of the deceased by presenting medical evidence as to the cause of death and also call on…

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The Court Has No Business With Intra-party Issues!

UFOMBA v. INEC & ORS (2017) LPELR-42079(SC) PRACTICE AREA: ELECTION PETITION  INTRODUCTION In a recent judgment delivered on Friday, 7th April, 2017, Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, J.S.C. in the Leading Judgment described the matter at hand as “an intra-party affair.”- a concept that has been defined to mean “A dispute between members of the party inter…

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The Propriety of the Court of Appeal Sitting on Appeal Over its Own Judgment

ABDULRAHMAN ABUBAKAR & ANOR v. SENATOR AIDOKO ALI USMAN & ORS (2017) LPELR-41915(SC) FACTS: This appeal borders on Election Petition. On the 28th day of March, 2015, INEC conducted National Assembly Election for Kogi East Senatorial District and the 1st appellant herein contested as candidate of the 2nd appellant whilst the 1st respondent herein contested…

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Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food (Miscellaneous Provision) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015

INTRODUCTION: The Senate, on Thursday, November 3, 2016 passed into law Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 2004 LFN (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (S.B. 55) after it scaled through the third reading stage. The Bill was sponsored by Sen. Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South). According to its long title, the bill is…

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Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill, 2016

INTRODUCTION The Senate on Thursday 16TH of June, 2016 passed the Public Procurement Act 20‎07 (amendment) bill 2016 into law. The bill which is explained by its long title to be a bill for an Act to amend the Public Procurement Act to provide for and adopt Local Content Policy and timely completion of procurement…

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