Columns

Transititonal Justice and the Insurgency In the North-East, By Jibrin Ibrahim

- Justice Chukwudifu Oputa It is difficult to talk about transitional justice without deep pedagogy that the spirit of mass punishment might result in a prolongation of the insurgency, thereby leading to more, rather than less, suffering. At the same time, many communities would be right to pose the question…
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Opinion

Falana and the Project of Rethinking the Hierarchies of Human Rights In Nigeria, By Kolawole Olaniyan

Falana performs a formidable service by providing such an insightful synthesis of the most important elements of the emerging jurisprudence - both national and international - on socio-economic rights, and highlighting the need for the application of constitutional and legal principles to achieve the full enjoyment of these human rights,…
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Opinion

Prohibition of Hate Speech As An Acceptable Restriction of Freedom of Expression?, By Nonso Robert Attoh

Even though the hate speeches aired on Radio Biafra and the hate song released by Northern elements and many other manifestations of hate speech in our national space cannot be caught by any new legislation criminalising hate speech because of the principle of non-retroactivity of criminal legislation (section 4(9) and…
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Opinion

Frivolous Petitions Bill and Restrictions On Freedom of Expression and Opinion in Nigeria, By Nonso Robert Attoh

A bill was recently sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah in the Nigerian Senate titled the Frivolous Petitions (Prohibition, etc.) Bill 2015. The bill immediately provoked the ire of the Nigerian public who considered it as an attempt by the legislators to tamper with the freedom of expression of Nigerians…
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Opinion

Biafra and Nigerian Unity: Is Justice a Moral, Not a Legal Value?, By Ikechukwu Odigbo

...while the unity of Nigeria is something that is in itself desirable and ought to be preserved if possible, Biafran agitations and other pockets of protests and all forms of regional uprising in Nigeria must be taken seriously because it points to a new order in which the common good…
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Opinion

Biafran Self-Determination and Radio Biafra: Legal Issues Arising (2), By Nonso Robert Attoh

...the greatest argument against the current Biafran agitation is that the agitation is not coming from the constitutional governors of the Igbo state, who have rather taken a stand to condemn the movement. Thus, there are no grounds to ascertain that the Igbo people no longer wish to stay in…
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Guest Columns

The Military Justice System and Human Rights, By Femi Falana

“After the organisation of troops, military discipline is the first matter that presents itself. It is the soul of armies. If it is not established with wisdom and maintained with unshakable resolution you will have no soldiers. Regiments and armies will only be contemptible, armed mobs, more dangerous to their…
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Guest Columns

Re: Sexual Offences Bill, 2015: Another Open Letter to Prof. Wole Soyinka, By Femi and Funmi Falana

Dear Professor Soyinka, We thank you for drawing the nation's attention to the odious provision of the Sexual Offences Bill, 2015 passed by the Senate which has criminalised the defilement of children under 11 years. Since it was among the 46 Bills hurriedly passed by the Senate of the Seventh…
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