Opinion

Curing the Doubts Over the Presidential Election Tribunal, By Law Mefor

...given the Onnogben and Usoro treatments, the apprehension of Nigerians in the presidential petition tribunal is not altogether misplaced and the eminent jurists need to know that so much depends on the quality of the judgment they deliver in the coming days. The general counsel remains: It must not be…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Judges: Getting Set To Cast the Final Votes Of the 2019 Elections, By Chidi Odinkalu

Democracy may be about choices and decisions by citizens in theory. As practised in Nigeria, however, what is clear from these three seasons is that there is very little room in it for the average citizen. If they is anything, citizens are mostly spectators. Every election cycle in Nigeria has…
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Opinion

The Three-Pronged Wahala of Baba Onnoghen, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Baba Onnoghen is only a metaphor for what we have become as individuals, a people and the nation. His is a multi-layered, multi-pronged tragedy that has everyone disingenuously roped in. Not even the reported indictment of the CJN by the National Judicial Council (NJC) will change the minds of those…
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Opinion

Why The Nigerian Constitution Shields Judicial Officers (1), By Eric Teniola

Although the protection is more glaring in the 1999 constitution, yet the process started in 1976. The reason may not be farfetched. The two Constitutions that we have operated in Nigeria since 1966 - those of 1979 and 1999 - were produced by judges. In the wake of the case…
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Opinion

Ministering Justice: Undoing the Locusts, Clogs and Fetters, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Nigeria’s laws, institutions and processes are, for the most part and with some exception, defined by two inherent flaws. One is the flaw of the time warp and the other is the flaw of institutional cross-dressing. Let’s begin with the time warp. Many of the essential norms and institutions that…
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Columns

CJN: Who’s “Gate”?, By Dele Agekameh

Onnoghen's seeming crisis of honour and lack of self-respect has led to the degeneration of this matter into a full blown constitutional crisis. Other not-too-palatable decisions have been made by the executive arm of government, but an honourable self-recusal by Onnoghen could have tempered the storm and minimised the backlash.…
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Columns

Prosecuting Onnoghen: An Issue Best Settled After the General Polls, By Rafiq Raji

Clearly, it is hard to justify any benefit to the polity from attempting to remove the most senior judicial officer in the land, who would be a key adjudicator in election disputes, just a month to the polls. In fact, the action has the potential of heightening regional tensions. In…
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Columns

CJN Walter Onnoghen and the Reputation of the Judiciary, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The chief justice of Nigeria must respond to the present crisis around his person and the judiciary in a way that would save the institution. He must explain to Nigerians the sources and legitimacy of the huge amounts of money in his accounts and his properties. Sometimes, only poets can…
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Opinion

The Nigerian Judiciary: An Institution In Distress, By Eric Teniola

The judiciary must rise above board if it is to earn the honour and dignity that it deserves. A judicial officer must be the last to break the law under any excuse of ignorance. A corrupt judiciary will lead to a corrupt society. The Nigerian judiciary must purge itself of…
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