THE DUST IS NOT SETTLED: ANALYSIS OF THE BURDEN OF PROOF ON DEFENDANTS IN CRIMINAL CASES

It is the humble opinion of this author, supported by judicial authority, that the burden of proof on the defendant is discharged on the reasonable probability of the existence of the fact to be proved and is established where there is sufficient evidence to show reasonable doubt in the case of the prosecution.

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NIGERIA’S BEST KEPT LEGAL SECRETS SERIES – SECRET ONE

“Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there’s a secret” – Jean Ferris

Is the legal profession really for everyone? This is what everything I have on my mind to share with you crystallized into. Today, we see countless in the profession jump from one end of the metropolis and nation to the other, with very little to show for it. Meanwhile, there is only a handful basking in the euphoria of legal practice. It is simply the Pareto’s principle at play again.

However, I observed the successful legal practitioners and realized something profound – secrets to their success. I would be sharing these secrets with you in a series over the next 6 weeks. I call them Nigeria’s Best Kept Legal Secrets. It will completely transform your practice.

NIGERIAN POLICE! OBTAINING CONFESSIONAL STATEMENTS FROM A SUSPECT DOES NOT OBVIATE THE NEED FOR PROPER INVESTIGATION

BABATUNDE AFOLABI v. THE STATE (2021) LPELR-53501(CA) JUDGMENT DATE: 30TH MARCH, 2021 JUSTICES:  JIMI OLUKAYODE BADA, JCA     UGOCHUKWU ANTHONY OGAKWU, JCA     FOLASADE AYODEJI OJO, JCA COURT DIVISION: IBADAN PRACTICE AREA: Criminal Law and Procedure – Offence of Armed Robbery  FACTS The Appellant was charged before the High Court of Ogun State on an Information for…

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THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW OF DEFAMATION

ERHIEKEVWE v. URHOBO TIMES PRESS LTD & ORS (2021) LPELR-53337(CA) JUDGMENT DATE: 17TH MARCH, 2021 PRACTICE AREA: TORT LEAD JUDGMENT: MOHAMMED AMBI-USI DANJUMA, J.C.A. SUMMARY OF JUDGMENT: INTRODUCTION This appeal borders on the Tort of Libel. FACTS This an Appeal against the decision of the High Court of Justice, Delta State per Kwame O. Okpu, J.,…

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EFFECT OF FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 19(2) OF THE TRADITIONAL RULERS AND CHIEFS EDICT 1979 OF BENDEL STATE TO SET ASIDE THE SELECTION OF A TRADITIONAL RULER BEFORE RESORTING TO THE COURT

CASE TITLE: OMOMZUAWO & ANOR v. UGBODAGA & ORS 2021) LPELR-53434(CA) JUDGMENT DATE: 25th MARCH, 2021 PRACTICE AREA: CHIEFTAINCY MATTERS. LEAD JUDGMENT: BIOBELE ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL, J.C.A. SUMMARY OF JUDGMENT: INTRODUCTION This appeal borders on Chieftaincy Matters. FACTS This is an appeal against the Ruling of the High Court of Edo State, Fugar Judicial Division, Coram: Efe Ikponmwonba J,…

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CAN AN INVESTIGATION PANEL SET UP BY THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION EXERCISE JUDICIAL POWERS AS REGARDS ALLEGATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND AWARD DAMAGES IN SUCH RESPECT?

CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATION PANEL OF THE NHRC ON OIL SPILLS & ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION & ORS v. TOTAL E & P (NIG) LTD CITATION: (2021) LPELR-53151(CA) In the Court of Appeal In the Calabar Judicial Division Holden at Calabar ON FRIDAY, 5TH MARCH, 2021 Suit No: CA/C/400/2017 Before Their Lordships: MOJEED ADEKUNLE…

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LEGAL EFFECT OF AN UNREGISTERED DOCUMENT AFFECTING LAND

ONWUSOR v. MAINA & ORS (2021) LPELR-53368(CA)  JUDGMENT DATE: 17TH MARCH, 2021  PRACTICE AREA: LAND LAW  LEAD JUDGMENT: JUMMAI HANNATU SANKEY, J.C.A.  SUMMARY OF JUDGMENT:  INTRODUCTION  This appeal borders on Land Law.  FACTS  This Appeal is against the Judgment of the High Court of Justice, Borno State in  Suit No. BOHC/MG/CV/10/2019, delivered on January 13,…

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REFLECTIONS, Volume 3, March 22nd – 25th 2021

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF LEGAL & TECH EVENTS GLOBALLY | Volume 4, March 22nd – 25th 2021 THIS IS REFLECTIONS, our weekly roundup of events in the legal and technology sector, covering various topics and interesting learning points for today’s professional. If you couldn’t make an event, don’t worry, we probably made it and have…

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REFLECTIONS, Volume 2, March 12th – 18th 2021

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF LEGAL & TECH EVENTS GLOBALLY | Volume 3, March 12th – 18th 2021 THIS IS REFLECTIONS, our weekly roundup of events in the legal and technology sector, covering various topics and interesting learning points for today’s professional. If you couldn’t make an event, don’t worry, we probably made it and have…

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REFLECTIONS, Volume 1, February 26th – 4th March, 2021

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF LEGAL & TECH EVENTS GLOBALLY | Volume 1, February 26th – 4th March, 2021 Welcome to REFLECTIONS our weekly roundup of events in the legal and technology sector, covering various topics and interesting learning points for today’s professional. If you couldn’t make an event, don’t worry, we probably made it and…

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