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August 19, 2018

Judiciary workers Vs Government imbroglio: Nigerians shriek in pain

·    I lost my father as I couldn’t access my bank account” – Civil Servant ·    My brother has been in police cell for 21 days” – Policeman ·    My impounded vehicle in police station since 2 weeks” – Driver ·    “I lost my life-time opportunity to travel overseas” – Artisan It is like “one week one trouble” for embattled common Nigerians whose woes are “too numerous to mention”. In a battle of the elephants, the grass and “small” trees suffer. Since the month of May 2016 when the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria resumed its earlier suspended strike over…

Could There Be Development Cum Corruption? (3)

(A Review of an African Situation) ‘Petty’ Corruption: This could be expressed in the inappropriate offering and acceptance of gifts, or favours; no matter what is the person’s position in the society – junior or higher level official or independent person or a ward, even down to the trader in the market and their aids including buyers and sellers and all levels of business men and women who might be presenting all forms of excuses for example, underpayment, insufficiency of government aid, unruly husband or wife, or simply because every other  person is living that way and hence presumably it…

The reforms of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice in Imo State (3)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

In a case, Okonkwo, the Diokpara lived to the ripe age of 70, a very wealthy man but predeceased his father after building a mansion in the Isiobi. The father died a year later. The Osoge Okpara, one Chief Francis, thereafter laid claim to the Isiobi and took over the mansion with his own family and banished Okonkwo’s wife and teenage children to the boys quarter built by their father. This case has never gone to court in spite of the great opportunities of success under the repugnancy rules and public policy. But where a court is faced by these…

Lawyers Challenge Govt …Judiciary deserves financial autonomy

  Nearly one month after lawyers and other staff of the Judiciary walked off their jobs in a strike, the Nigerian Bar Association,(NBA) Owerri Branch, has lashed out at Government, accusing it of impunity and insensitivity towards the plight of Imolites. A press statement from the NBA said Government had caused much hardship and suffering to Imo people as a result of the strike,  which it said resulted because of a breach in the terms of an agreement reached between Government and the Judiciary Staff Union, (JUSUN). The lawyers urged Government to obey the court’s judgment and grant the judiciary…

The reforms of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice In Imo State

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The integral Universal picture of Justice is one of a woman blindfolded and welding a menacing sword. This scary image has given rise in me genuine apprehensions about the appropriate uses of the sword in evolving situations. How does Justice guide itself blindfolded? In my view, justice would have been better served with eyes wide open. But I am told that being blindfolded means that Justice is fair and acts without fear and favour. In Imo State like elsewhere in the world, Justice is also blind; blind to the suffering and anguish of litigants pauperized by extensive judicial processes,…

THE BAR AND THE BENCH UNDER SCRUTINY (3)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  In accordance with the strictures of the constitution, the appointment of State High Court Chief Judges are in the hands of governors at the recommendation of the NJC subject to the confirmation by the State House of Assembly. The constitution provides generally that a person shall not be qualified to hold the office of head of the respective courts unless he is qualified to practice as a legal practitioner in Nigeria and has been so qualified for at least ten years for a high court In the NJC Guidelines and Procedural Rules for the Appointment Judicial Officers of All…

Corruption: The 37th State of Nigeria

There is a cloned hydra-headed monster on a tiny-lined white thread seen with the third-eye only making up the 37th State of Nigeria.  It is CORRUPTION.  On May 27, 2012, the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna celebrated a thanksgiving Mass for the State Government to mark its one year in office at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri.  In his homily, the Archbishop called for an alternative Nigeria. The alternative Nigeria, he explained would be “Nigeria that is just and fair, a Nigeria where there is rule of law and respect for justice and…