Sunday, November 18, 2012

5TH - 9TH NOVEMBER 2012

THE SQUIB DIARY
MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2012

Lagos State High Court Settlement Week begins. No court session all week long. Isn’t that interesting? But what will the judges be doing? Oh, don’t worry about that; they are off to a foreign land (some say Gabon, some say Canada) for “further education.” I hear you.

One Lagos State Judge did not go for the “educational trip” for he needed it not again. After all he’s just been elevated to the Court of Appeal and sworn in today as a judge. His name? Habeeb Olawale Abiru J.C.A. The Supreme Court just round the corner .

Tigers monthly meeting today. Lively and interesting as usual. A member who advertised drugs to prevent prostate enlargement and enhance sexual libido in men was asked whether her confident sale pitch was from point of experience.
TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2012
The high courts are shut. No judge around. Went to the Tigers lair in the noon. Spent useful time playing the arbitrator. No fees, sha O. Received a gift from Tiger Chief who just returned from the U.S. The gift? Just “Agege Bread.” Later went to chambers. To do chambers work.

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2012

High court, Lagos State, still shut down. The judges, abroad. “Settlement Week” in progress. The court rooms turned to “Settlement Rooms.” A graduate of the Nigerian Law School is said to be a “Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.” He is no way described as Mediator and Arbitrator of the Supreme Court. Something is seriously missing. There is a lot to question about the imposed nature of the MEDIATION PRACTICE in the Lagos state Judiciary.

In the afternoon, went to Ogun State. Over a land issue between a client and “omo onile.”
THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2012

Landed in the Tigers’ Lair quite early in the morning. Did much of gecko labour and a few Bar matters till late in the afternoon. The Squib professor of law brought to the lair his new car. Joined in a drive-about celebration.  
FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2012

Squib production in full throttle.

15TH - 19TH OCTOBER 2012


Squib Diary

MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2012

Was at the Igbosere Magistrate Court. For a matter. Did not go on. Absent prosecutor, the cause. Had to sail back to the mainland to settle down at ‘The Lair’ Ikeja High Court.

 

TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2012

At ‘The Lair’ today, after some hours in chambers.

 WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2012

Was at the High Court Ikeja. For a case before Oyewole J. (variously being speculated about as the next Chief Judge of Osun State, come November 2012). Matter could not proceed. Milord, absent. Very unusual of him. Later went to Ibadan with some other Tigers to attend the Layi Babatunde SAN Inter-Faculties of Law Annual quiz competition and lecture at the Faculty of Law of the Premier University.

Guest lecturer was Dayo Akinlaja SAN the Attorney general and Commissioner for Justice, Ekiti State. The quiz was fun despite a fumbling quiz master. The winner of the quiz was, your guess is as good as mine: LASU (greatest of the greatest)!

 
THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2012

Was in chambers, all morning till noon. As Acting 'Chair,' presided over Tiger Bar ‘Exco’ meeting. Smooth, snappy affair. Some officers barely met the closing prayer.

 FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2012

Early morning downpour. Yet had to go down to the island for two cases. One in the Magistrate Court. The other, High Court.

Criminal trial at the High Court went on. That of the magistrate court, stalled. Magistrate came very late. Reportedly went to sit for a promotional exam at Ikeja in the morning.

Ademola Adewale, Squib’s Professor of Law, the second longest running columnist of the Squib, held an open house at the Tiger Bar Centre; to mark his 26th years of the call to the Bar. Prof was called to the Bar on 18th October nineteen gbogboro yeepa!

The open house, geckos said was simple but sweet. Long live the Prof!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

27TH FEBRUARY - 2ND MARCH 2012

SQUIB DIARY

MONDAY 27TH FEB.
Had two matters on the Island. One at the Magistrate Court, Igbosere, the other at the High Court (TBS). Neither went on. And, to think of the “kirakita” to make the courts in good time. The High Court in question has now become very notorious for lateness and absenteeism .

TUESDAY 28TH FEB.
Was at the Federal High Court for a ruling. Ruling reserved till 1.00pm, later 1.30, later 2.00pm, later 2.30pm. finally delivered at 3.04pm.

Earlier in the day, witnessed the formal opening of the corporate headquarters of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD) at Ojuelegba Lagos.

WEDNESDAY 29TH FEB.
Came to the Court of Appeal Lagos, Panel 2. Saw an “action lady” in charge of the place. The court is no longer a “sleeping theatre of justice.”

THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
Again at the Court of Appeal. Heard about a laughable scene of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who wanted to eat his cake and have it. He was in Panel 1 and wanted to take a judgement in Panel 2. And yet wanted Panel 1 to recognize his presence in his absence via the proxy of his junior colleague in chambers.

What a wonderful extension of privilege. Bros, I doff my hat! Noticed that the cooling system in Court 2 works epileptically. This does no help to the nerves of the lawyers already under strain from the mock hectoring of the presiding judge.

When it was time to leave, got a shocker! One of the front tyres of my car had been taken out and off. The assailant left a note: “your tyre has been taken away because of your careless parking. Come to the Cricket office to collect it.”

To make the matter more interesting, the permanent “police patrol” there, just three or four paces away, claimed they did not know when the removal happened! Wonderful indeed.

FRIDAY 2ND MARCH
Was at the Ikeja High Court. For a judgement. Judgement not delivered. Went to the Tiger Bar Secretariat. The new and permanent one started in 2005 by the Adekunle Ojo administration. Just about three weeks ago, the Tigers moved out of their Temporary Lair at the Ikeja High Court, to make way for the emergency Open Registry of the Ikorodu High Court.

Despite the newly erected perimeter fence of the Secretariat, wafts of weed (marijuana) smoke floated into the Secretariat. Just imagine. ‘Wee-wee’ practice behind a Bar Centre and in the premises of the courts! Just imagine.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

MEETING GOVERNOR FASHOLA - WITH LETTER OF PROTEST



On 20th January 2012, NBA Ikeja branch members were received by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola S.A.N and the Lagos State Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye.



The branch chairman, Adebamigbe Omole on behalf of the branch first commiserated with Governor Fashola on the recent loss of his uncle and then stated its concerns: embarrassing developments in Lagos State - specifically the presence of soldiers on its streets which was a breach of the fundamental rights of the people and which was uncalled for, there being no state of emergency to warrant their (soldiers) presence and so something had to be done.


Branch Chairman Omole, a senior branch member - Mr. Femi Falana and the branch’s General Secretary, Adesina Ogunlana then presented the Letter of Protest to Governor Fashola. Thanking the Bar for coming, the Governor stated that he had written to the President on the matter. He said politicians must learn to tolerate criticism of their policies and that the story about the soldiers being members of Operation MESA (a team created and funded by the Lagos State Government) was untrue. “Operation MESA does not occupy streets and they go about their duties in their branded vehicles, “ he stated. Governor Fashola added that Lagos state was doing something about the situation and people should remain calm and peaceful that the people of Lagos had fought and won many battles and this would be no different.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TRUNCATED STRIKE

NBA IKEJA PRESS RELEASE AT:
http://www.nbaikejapressrelease.blogspot.com


Monday, 16th January, 2012 at about 11.30 a.m, NBA Ikeja branch members got to the Gani Fawehinmi Park at Ojota. There we discovered that a ring of police, navy and army officers had cordoned off the Park. We demanded access into the Park as it was our constitutional right to be able to assemble there and we were directed down the lines to their leaders until we got to one Lt. Col. A.A. Alabi. We read him Section 40 & 41 of the Constitution. We told him that their Commander-in-Chief had sworn an oath to obey the Constitution. He was polite but unyielding – they had been instructed not to allow people into the Park. We then went to the Labour House at Yaba. We were still there when we heard the announcement that the leadership of the NLC/TUC had called off the strike!



OUR POSITION: The NBA Ikeja intends to sue the Federal Government for preventing us from exercising our fundamental rights as well as seek the possibility of extending opposition to the N97 fuel price which is unacceptable.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

8th Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture +Fuel Hike Strike Update

Yesterday’s, ‘8TH CHIEF GANI FAWEHINMI ANNUAL LECTURE’ was very well attended with a packed hall. The people (from Lagos and Oshun states) who followed the Guest of Honour, Governor Rauf Aregbesola alone numbered over a hundred. All the invited Guests including Justice Pius Aderemi (Chairman) and Professor Omotoye Olorode (Guest Speaker) came in good time.



The programme started with an inter-law faculty quiz among 4 universities. This year’s Lecture was one of the best ever in terms of scholarly depth and analysis of the topic which was made from the socialist perspective of the Nigerian situation. The Guest Speaker (Prof. Olorode) concluded that revolution was inevitable in Nigeria ; rebellion against the status quo arrangement of the economy and politics. According to him, “Nigeria is being run by leaders brainwashed by western world perspective which is the perspective that can only lead to further exploitation of the Nigerian state.” The Lecture was received with a standing ovation. Governor of Osun State, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola on his own part warned against the hijack of the struggle by military forces which would only pull the nation back. At the programme’s end, a hundred people smiled home with 3 free books (including law reports) each.


THE STRIKE CONTINUES. HOWEVER WHETHER SIT-AT-HOME AND/OR RALLIES? NBA IKEJA MEETING AT THE BAR CENTRE BY 7 A.M TODAY 16TH JANUARY, 2012.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

FUEL PRICE HIKE PROTEST DIARY (DAY 5 OF STRIKE)

Morning of 13th January 2012, we went to Labour House – the Secretariat of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) at Yaba. From there, a Fuel Price Hike Protest Procession to Mushin on foot, was organized. Our numbers swelled to about 3000 as we proceeded. We stopped at various points along the way to address the people and the message was very well received. At Mushin, Labour leader and former ASUU President, Dr. Dipo Fashina once again addressed the crowd. Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch chairman, Adebamigbe Omole also spoke.
Thereafter, we joined a motorcade to Oshodi. There was nobody to address as the usually ever busy Oshodi was deserted (everyone was probably in Ojota). We disbanded to allow the muslims in the motorcade go for Jumat service.
We got to Ojota around 2p.m by which time the Save Nigeria Group had announced the suspension of the Protest until Monday but we still met about 3 million protesters who refused to go home - it had a carnival like atmosphere. Stayed about 40 minutes and returned to our Ikeja High Court base. SUBJECT TO OUTCOME OF TALKS GOING ON WITH THE GOVT., FUEL PRICE HIKE PROTEST RESUMES ON MONDAY 16TH JANUARY, 2012.