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Arbitrators Appeal To President Buhari To Assent Arbitration Act



The Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb) has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to sign into law the Arbitration Act already passed by the Senate.

Mrs Shola Oshodi-John, the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the institute made the remarks at a press briefing to kick-start the institute’s 2022 Annual Conference.

The theme of the NICArb 2022 conference is: The Future of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Africa: Developments and Sustainability.

Oshodi-John said that the Arbitration Act, if assented to, would put Nigeria in the global map as a dispute resolution friendly country, thereby, attracting investments.

“Without the new Arbitration Act in place, then all that we do in terms of trying to put Nigeria out there as a friendly dispute resolution country, would be more of a rhetoric than a reality.

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“The truth of the matter is, if we say that Nigeria is doing so well when it comes to arbitration, and mediation and order forms of ADR, and we’re still using a bill that is over two decades old, then we are playing, actually just scratching the surface.

“So, if we want Nigeria to be taken seriously internationally, we must ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari agrees to the new arbitration and mediation act before he leaves office, so that we do not go through the same cycle all over again when a new government takes office,” she said.

According to Oshodi-John also said that if the Act is not urgently assented to, all the efforts put in by the arbitration committee, drafters and policymakers in ensuring that Nigeria is up to speed, will be futile.

Speaking on the conference scheduled to hold between Nov. 24 and 25, the Chairman, Organising Committee on the conference, Bar Uche Obi, SAN, said that the theme would speak to quite a number of novel issues around arbitration and ADR.

Obi harped on the need for an effective conflict resolution to drive economic growth and a hub for arbitration and how arbitration can reduce dockets in the judicial system.

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“The beautiful thing about this is that when a country has an efficient dispute resolution mechanism, such as arbitration, this will attract investment into the country.

“Among other topics for discussions at the conference are issues about digital tools, other things that can make an impression, environmentally friendly, all that is called Green arbitration.

“Yes, arbitration is an alternative to litigation. But it is not everything that is arbitrable. There are certain things that are not a arbitrable.

“For instance, some of our oil and gas laws have provisions that you have to resort to arbitration before doing certain things and some of our labour laws also have such provisions.

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“So apart from those specific legislations that makes arbitral proceedings mandatory in some circumstances, typically it is consensual. So the parties will have to agree at the time they are entering the agreement, how their disputes will be resolved through arbitration,” he said.

Obi added that the quest to make arbitration more popular was part of the reason for the conference to deepen the process of arbitration and the usage of it in Nigeria and Africa in general.

He also revealed that 1,000 Arbitrators would be inducted during the conference while highlighting some of the speakers as; Hon. Justice Centus Nweze, Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Amina Augie, Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; Kazeem Alogba, Chief Judge of Lagos State; Severin Quenum, Minister of Justice and Legislation of the Benin Republic among others.

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IVD Gets Trial Date over Wife’s Death




The trial of a popular auto dealer, Ikechukwu Ogbonna, alias IVD, the husband of late Abimbola Ogbonna, who died at Lekki, in a fire incidence has been fixed for March 30, before a Lagos State High Court, in Ikeja.

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay adjourned to this date for commencement of trial after the defendant was arraigned on Monday.

At his arraignment, the defendant pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of involuntary manslaughter, brought against him by the Lagos State Government.

The defendant was aledged to have committed an offence contrary to Section 229 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

Addressing the court, State Counsel, Adeshola Bello, informed the court that the defendant is for arraignment.

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The court registrar read the charge to the defendant, which he pleaded not guilty.

The State Counsel, Adeshola also informed the judge, that there is a mix up in the date of which the aledged offence was committed. We have on record 10th October but the date was 12th October.”

She urged for the indulgence of the court to make an amendment, which the court granted her permission.

The defence counsel, Mr.Victor Ogunde, SAN, sought bail for the defendant.

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While seeking bail for the defendant, the judge asked why he was bringing a bail application despite the fact that the defendant was on bail since March 1.

The defence counsel replied that the suit against his client was with a different number.

Justice Nicole-Clay thereafter adjourned till March 30, May 24 and 25, 2023.

Recall that the media went agog with the news of late Mrs. Abimbola Ogbonna said to have died as a result of the fire incident that occurred in the couple’s home on the 12th day of October 2022, since then the internet has been publishing different versions of the stories leading to Abimbola’s death mostly as painted by the husband Mr. Ikechukwu Ogbonna.

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Murder Trial of Hilton Hotel Owner, Dr Adedoyin Suffers Set Back




The trial of Hilton Hotel owner, Dr Rahman Adedoyin, and his six workers being prosecuted over the alleged murder of Obafemi Awolowo University student, Timothy Adegoke, has suffered set back as their defence counsel failed to file final written address on time.

Justice Oyebola Ojo, had adjourned till March 16 for adoption of final address by parties.

It was learnt that the counsel to the defendant failed to file their final written addresses on time, which also prevented the prosecution counsel from filing a response to enable the court proceed.

A source told journalists that the court could not seat because prosecution counsel could not respond to the addresses filed by defendants in the matter.

“The court could not sit because the defence counsel could not file their written addresses on time, hence prosecution counsel could not respond. So there are no addresses before the court to warrant it to seat for parties to adopt,” the source said.

Prosecution counsel, Fatima Adesina, who had always represented Femi Falana, SAN, in court, said the parties had agreed to meet and address the court on April 27.

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Law Catch Up With International Prostitution Ringleader, Extradited to Italy




The law has caught up with an intercontinental wanted Nigerian lady, Joy Jeff on the list for her role as a ringleader of an international prostitution syndicate, as she was arrested and extradited back to Rome, by Italian authorities in Abuja

Joy, has been on the run since 2010, when she was found guilty of criminal conspiracy, enslavement, human trafficking, and living off the earnings of prostitution by Italy court.

She bolted in 2010 after she was convicted in absentia and handed a 13-year prison term.

The police added in a statement that the fugitive was a prominent member of the Nigerian mafia and one of the few women on Italy’s most-wanted list.

A 2020 agreement between Italy and Nigeria made her extradition easier. On June 4, 2022, she was detained in Nigeria under an international warrant.

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Italian investigators in the eastern city of Ancona said Jeff played a leading role in trafficking women to Italy, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands, where they were forced into prostitution by violence and threats. She has been convicted in her absence.

Video released by the Italian police showed the woman being flown from the Nigerian capital Abuja to Ciampino Airport in Rome where she was taken away in a wheelchair by police.

“The criminal is one of the few women included in the list of 100 dangerous fugitives drawn up by the integrated joint group for the search for fugitives of the Central Directorate of the Criminal Police,” the Italian police stated.

This extradition represents the first provision under the extradition treaty between Italy and Nigeria, signed in 2020, and was possible thanks to the joint work of the Nigerian judiciary, the Italian ambassador in Nigeria and the Italian Ministry of Justice.

“Following an investigation by officials of the International Police Cooperation Service (SCIP) in the African country and the issuance of a red notice in 2010, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian intelligence service, managed to track down and arrest the woman on June 4, 2022, thanks also to the collaboration between the Italian immigration expert in Nigeria and the local police forces.”


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