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August 16, 2018

Delta Court awards N500,000 against landlady, police over assault on tenant

  A Delta State High Court sitting in Otor-Udu in Udu Local Government Area of the State on Tuesday awarded the sum of N500,000 against a landlady, Mrs. Gloria Oriako and the Nigeria Police Force. DAILY POST reports that this was over unlawful arrest and detention of a tenant, Mr. Francis Doye for his failure to pay his rent. The Court presided over by Hon. Justice F.N. Azinge in his ruling also granted an order for perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further arrest and detention of the tenant. Immediately after the judgement, Barr. Omemiroro Ogedegbe in a statement claimed…

Why it is wrongful and a misconduct to address a Lawyer by the honorific title of a Barrister

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The Nigerian legal Profession has a rich history embedded in the British Colonial Legacy enshrined in our Statutes as received laws and Statutes of General application. However, the restrictive trade practice Act which restricts a legal practitioner from practicing both as a Barrister and a Solicitor in that jurisdiction does not apply In Nigeria. Over the years much efforts has been made to indigenize  our laws and make it receptive to our Customary jurisprudence subject to the conditions of  rules of natural justice , equity and good conscience under the repugnancy doctrine. It is trite that our customs to…

Court Declares Imo Task Force Illegal …Awards N5m to victim

If you have been bruised and insulted by the excesses of some young, over-zealous and under-employed men, ambushing motorists on “One Way” streets with nails and planks, deflating tyres, removing plate numbers, extorting money, bullying and harassing motorists and impounding vehicles, you may now dry your tears. This is because the Imo State High Court has declared the task force illegal and awarded N5 million to one of their victims. Hon. Justice Eze Francis Njemanze turned the table, when he delivered judgment in favour of Mr. Jude Ogamba on March 21, 2017. He declared as illegal, the Task Force Committee…

INTRODUCTION TO THE IMO STATE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

LAW OF 2012 WITH ANNOTATIONS PART III: COMPOSITION OF AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY GOVERNING COUNCIL AND ELECTION.   5.Every Autonomous Community Council shall consist of- (a) the chairman (Eze of the Autonomous Community): (b) the Secretary (Head of Town Union): (b) the Woman Leader (d) the youth Leader; and (e) the Community Liaison Officer (CLO)   COMMENT:   S.5. Deals with the composition of the Autonomous Community Government Council which provides for the Chairman, the secretary, the woman leader, the youth leader and the Community liaison officer as members of the Community Council. The composition of the council is seemly fixed. This…

About job cuts and employment scams

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

Our anger matches our Judgment. There is no doubt that there is a deepening despair in the land over the seemly lull in governance, and execution of government  projects  leading to liquidity squeeze in the backdrop of the electoral promises of Job! Job!! Job!! Factory!!Factory!!!Employment! Employment!! Employment!!! These familiar sound bites now sound increasingly like a cracked record and very annoying to some people especially those persons in need of jobs. There are no indicators months after reelection of the governor that the government would lift employment embargo but relatives and in-laws of government officials are smiling behind new desks….

The Freedom Of Expression, Internet Content Restrictions, Jurisdiction, Law And Politics (1)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

You are welcome to an argument in which perhaps your views are likely to be ignored or irrelevant unless it agrees with what I h ave to say; that the freedom of expression is an inalienable constitutional right that no law can take away without adverse consequences to society. In recent times, the local media was on fire with the news of a law in the pipeline by the National Assembly to restrict internet content and punishing offenders for purported infringements. No doubt we are fast approaching an era of criminal libel to protect the best wishes of elected and…

Why The Imo State Government Must Reform The Igbo Customary Law As Applicable In Imo State

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The need to reform the Igbo customary law has become obligatory by assent of our people who are crying out for the abolition of some archaic and pagan practices in Igbo land. It is however heart warming that some of our widowhood practices are dying out but the discrimination against the girl child in respect of inheritance rights in the absence of a male issue remains in practice all over Igbo land. Thus where a man has three girls as children without any male issue, it is often the practice to ignore their existence as if they amount to…

SECURITY CHALLENGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN ORLU

Society is always in a mercurial state of flux. Hopefully change should be for the better and not for the worse. Every community has to rise to the challenges of modernism and concretize its legitimate aspirations or betray them. For Orlu, the greatest challenges remain the problems created by insecurity, poor law enforcement and a high level of unemployment.   THE SECURITY CHALLENGES The broad spectrums of security challenges are very remarkable in Orlu which has driven away potential investors from the historical town which perhaps is an emerging commercial centre. Daily reports of Kidnapping and armed robberies are of…

REMOVE ANTI-LIFE SECTIONS IN THE LAW

A Declaration of the Catholic Bishops of Imo State on the IMO STATE OF NIGERIA 2012, Law no. 12 and IMO STATE OF NIGERIA 2007 Law no. 7 which habour liberalist-abortion provisions. 1.         As Catholic Bishops in Imo State we have a divinely guaranteed obligation to society at large to promote its spiritual, moral and civic welfare. That is why we pray, preach, speak and work in favour of those virtues and values which elevate and protect the quality and dignity of personal, family and public life.   2.         The Right to life and to Human Dignity belongs to human…

Rochas Reverses position on Abortion law as Catholic Church remains cautious

“my political enemies are lying in wait” – Rochas In what looked like a frenzied fire brigade approach, the Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has reversed his position on the controversial abortion law. During an-extra ordinary session of the Imo House of Assembly, the governor presented an executive bill in which he said he has asked the House to look into the bill again and expunge what ever section that has apparently infuriated the public. Addressing the House and some representatives from various church denominations and  traditional rulers, at the Ikemba Ojukwu Convention Centre, where the House held the…

Abortion in any form is murder: It is anti-Christ

That Imo people have been betrayed by their own government following the signing into law of the bill which for all intent and purposes legalizes Abortion is no longer news.  Today, Imolites keep wondering what better reason is on the table of the present administration justifying its signing of the bill into law which previous administrations hadn’t the privileged of accessing. For once, one wonders whether both the sponsors of the bill on the floor of Imo State House of Assembly, the members of Imo State House of Assembly and the Governor (the apostle of rescue mission who cannot rescue…

When a Christian may be convicted for marrying more than one wife

We live in a country where both the rich and the poor marry more than one wife and no one raises an eyelid It is important to understand that the Christian marriage is based on monogamy. Adam had one wife, Eve, to the exclusion of any other woman. God also made for Adam, a wife, rather than wives. Thus polygamy is man made and influenced by a zealous desire to multiply and dominate the Earth in the agrarian era, when we depended on subsistence farming. A marriage celebrated under the Act is therefore monogamous. It follows therefore that a person…

Judicial commission of inquiry into Autonomous communities in Imo state 2013

The Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha has directed his attention to the itchy situation of Autonomous Communities in the state by setting up a judicial panel with the term of reference as follows: A. Ascertain whether all the Autonomous communities in the state where Ab initio qualified to be given Autonomous status in accordance with the law that was in force when each community was created. B. Identify Autonomous Communities that were not qualified in accordance with the law at the time they were created to be accorded autonomous status. C. Identify all traditional rulers who have…

Egyptians awake to uncertainty as Adly Mansour is sworn in as New Interim President

Egyptians awoke up on Thursday to an uncertain new political order, a day after the military deposed and reportedly detained the country’s first democratically elected president, put a top judge in his place and suspended the constitution. The coup that toppled Mohamed Morsy as president on Wednesday prompted hundreds of thousands of people in the streets across Egypt to both applaud and assail the generals’ decision to step into the country’s political fray for the second time in a little over two years. It also left a series of significant questions unanswered. What will happen to Morsy, who insists he…

Italy’s First Black Cabinet Minister, Faces Death Threats

But Cecile Kyenge says she’s not afraid and challenged Italians to respond to such intimidation themselves to prove that Italy isn’t racist. Kyenge, a Congolese-born doctor who has lived in Italy since 1983, has been the target of racist diatribes ever since she was named integration minister in April. She has been called “Congolese monkey,” and a member of a “bonga bonga government.” Last week, a local politician from the xenophobic Northern League party was expelled from the party after she suggested on Facebook: “Why doesn’t someone rape her (Kyenge), so she can understand what victims of atrocious crimes feel?”…

International Pro-Life Conference ends in Owerri

– What the Resource Persons said A two-day Pro-Life International Conference organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri ended with a rally along the streets of Owerri, Imo State capital, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Delivering the homily at the Eucharistic celebration which heralded the event, Most Rev. Dr. A.J.V. Obinna noted that the conference has coincided with the memorial feast of Charles Lwanga and his companions – African martyrs who were executed by a king in their insistence never to betray their faith.  “The blood of the martyrs is the seed  the church.  Hence, Charles Lwanga and his companions, the…

Manila Prelate Believes Same-Sex “Marriage” Law in Phillippine is Unlikely

Says Church Will Continue to Fight to Defend Life, Marriage and the Family The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) believes that divorce and gay “marriage” are so hard to pass in the country. Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, the CBCP President said that not unlike the recently passed Reproductive Health (RH) law, the issue of divorce and same-sex unions is not simple. “While after many years the RH bill was passed, I don’t believe that the other bills would come easy,” Palma said.The CBCP head also claimed that the Church continues to gain ground in…

Sunday Reading: ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (16/6/2013)

Sunday readings

ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (16/6/2013) OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, our hope and our strength, without you we falter. Help us to follow Christ and to live according to your will.   FIRST READING A reading from the second book of Samuel 12:7 – 10. 13 Theme: The Lord forgives your sin; you are not to die. Nathan said to David, “The Lord the God of Israel says this, ‘I anointed you king over Isreal; I delivered you from the hands of Saul; I gave your master’s house to you, his wives into your arms;  I gave you the…

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…

Editorial: Maintaining our Pro-Life Stand

The news that the House of Representatives, after 18 months of foot-dragging has finally toed the step of the Upper Legislative Chamber in proposing laws banning the practice of gay marriage, homosexuality, lesbianism and other sexual aberrations in the country, has gladdened many hearts. Henceforth, Churches and Mosques are forbidden from conducting same sex marriages while gay and lesbian couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps such couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Anyone taking part in a group advocating for gay rights or caught in…