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NBA Rolls Out Plan For 62nd Annual General Conference

The Chairman of the NBA Technical Committee on Conference Planning, TCCP, 2022 Tobenna Erojikwe, said, there would be a total of six plenaries and five groups of breakout sessions over a three-day period spanning August 22 to 24, 2022.

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has released the schedule of its Annual General Conference to hold from August 19 to 26 in Lagos.

The 2022 conference, themed: “Bold Transitions”, will be held at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island, Lagos, with the renowned Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, as the keynote speaker.

The Chairman of the NBA Technical Committee on Conference Planning, TCCP, 2022 Tobenna Erojikwe, said, there would be a total of six plenaries and five groups of breakout sessions over a three-day period spanning August 22 to 24, 2022.

A further breakdown shows that the first breakout session on August 22, will feature the Technology Transitions session on the topic “Towards an Effective Privacy and Data Protection Regime: The Role of the Nigerian Lawyer.”

Other sub-themes in this group are, “AfCFTA: Nigerian Lawyers’ Capacity to Service a Globalised Economy”, which will analyse the changes to international trade in Africa since the signing of the AfCFTA and the expectations associated with operating in a globalised economy, highlight and explain the potential areas of strength and deficiencies for Nigerian lawyers, and proffer actionable plans for remedying the deficiencies.

The first plenary, which comes up on August 22, will have the key presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections speak on the topic, “Democratic Transitions in 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond.”

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Underscoring the importance of the Presidential Candidates’ plenary, the TCCP said it would present an opportunity to critically assess Nigeria’s democratic journey since 1999, identify key challenges, which have perennially bedeviled the polity, and evaluate sustainable solutions to these challenges.

“With the poor state of our economy, mounting insecurity, comatose education system, decaying infrastructure, persistent inter-ethnic crises and general high cost of living, the 2023 elections may be a watershed moment for Nigeria.

“This session will provide a platform for the key presidential candidates in the 2023 elections to give insights on their respective roadmaps for addressing Nigeria’s key challenges and leading Nigeria’s next democratic transition,” Erojikwe said.

The second plenary on “Energy Transitions, Revenue Challenges for the Nigerian Federation” will examine the options open to Nigeria in meeting its growing revenue demands, how state governments are dealing with the declining federal allocations and potential alternative options for generating revenue, the global push for energy transition, as well as Nigeria’s preparedness for a future without oil.

This is set against the background of Nigeria’s dwindling revenue amid declining global demand for oil, climate change concerns, perennial challenges of oil theft and vandalism, and a global move away from fossil fuels.

“NBA in Transition: Conversation with the NBA Presidents” will be the focus of the first plenary on August 23. The session will examine how the laudable initiatives of the current NBA administration, which will complete its two-year tenure in office at the conclusion of the 2022 conference, have built on the efforts of previous NBA administrations and the foundation it lays for future administrations.

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“It will also examine transition and sustainability of projects executed by successive NBA administrations and identify ways of keeping the NBA responsive to the needs of its members and the society at large,” Erojikwe explained.

The plenary on “Efficient Justice Delivery: A review of the outcomes of the Justice Sector Summit” will build on the outcome of the recent Justice Sector Summit, where solutions were proffered to diverse issues affecting the justice sector via a communiqué issued at the end of the summit.

The session will review the state of implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Sector Summit and identify practical solutions to any impediments to implementing the outcomes of the summit.

The second day, August 23, will have two groups of breakout sessions. The first will tackle topics that include “Building a Respectable Bar: Issues Arising on the Regulation of the Legal Profession in Nigeria”; “The Fit for Purpose Lawyer: Reflections on the State of Legal Education in Nigeria”; “Legal Ethics and Etiquettes: Restoring the Dignity of the Legal Profession in Nigeria”; and Lagos State Govt Showcase Session, while the second will feature “Lawyers’ Earning Capacity: A Discussion on the NBA Remuneration Committee Report”; “Technology and the Law: Creating a Digital NBA”; “Spotlight on Brutality, Abuse of Office and Harassment of Lawyers by Security Agencies”; and “Financing Your Practice as well as the NBA Access to Finance Scheme”.

On August 24, the first plenary, the MacArthur Foundation Session, will focus on “Impact of the ACJA on the Administration of Criminal Justice”.

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It will assess the impact of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in Nigeria since its enactment, undertake a comparative review of changes to the administration of criminal justice in states where the ACJA has been re-enacted and provide recommendations for optimising the provisions of the ACJA.

The plenary on “Health and Wellbeing” will provide tips on how lawyers can achieve a decent work-life balance notwithstanding busy schedules and the demands of their jobs, examine habits, which lawyers ought to inculcate and maintain to stay fit and healthy, while on and off work, and provide useful tips and advice on how lawyers may deal with, or seek help for, depression and mental health challenges.

On August 24, the first group of breakout sessions will involve the different sections of the NBA. The NBA Women Forum session will deal with “Altering the Narrative: The Role of Law and Policy in Positioning Women for Hegemonic Status”; Section on Business Law (SBL) will explore “Building Sustainable Regulatory Institutions”; Section on Legal Practice (SLP) will focus on “Exploring Practical Strategies for Tackling the Problem of Forum-Shopping and Conflicting Court Decisions in Nigeria” while Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL) will tackle the topic “Undermining the Judiciary: Implications on the Rule of Law and Justice Administration”.

The last breakout session will feature Young Lawyers’ Forum (Job Fair) and Human Rights Institute, as well as sessions on “Delays in the Administration of Justice: Are Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms the Answer?” and “Lawyers with Disability: Strategies for Achieving Inclusiveness and Equality.”

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Bamise Murder Trial: Court Orders BRT Driver To Get Lawyer

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The trial of the driver of Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, Andrew Nice Ominnikoron who allegedly raped and murdered a 22-year-old passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, suffers set back due to the absence of his lawyer.

At the resumed hearing of the case, at the Lagos State High Court, in Tafawa Balewa Square, the court was informed by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Dr Babajide Martins that the defendant’s counsel Abayomi Omotubora was not in court.

On the last adjourned date, on July 7, 2022, Justice Sherifat Sonaike had ordered the defendant to get himself another lawyer to represent him.

The Judge suggested that the defendant should avail himself of a lawyer on the next adjourned date and adjourned the case to September 28, for continuation of trial.

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The Judge noted that If the defendant is unable to avail himself a lawyer on the next adjourned date, she would direct that the Legal Aid Council should take up his case.

Omotubora has been absent from court for six consecutive times, but on June 30, the court ordered that the junior counsel from his chamber should conduct his defence.

Ominnikoron is facing a five-count charge bordering on rape, conspiracy, felony, sexual assault, and murder preferred against him by the Lagos state government.

The incident took place on February 26, 2022, at about 7 pm, at Lekki- Ajah Conservation centre Lekki Ajah expressway Lagos and Carter bridge.

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The prosecution said that the defendant had sexual intercourse with Oluwabamise Ayanwole, without her consent and murdered her.

According to the prosecution, the offences committed are contrary to and punishable under Sections 411,223,260 and 165 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

However, the 47-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.

The matter was further adjourned till tomorrow for continuation of trial.

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Court Orders Obi Supporters Not To Converge At Lekki Toll Gate

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Labour Party and its supporters not to converge at the Lekki toll gate for its #Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally billed to hold on the 1st of October, 2022.

The court also directed the Inspector General of Police and the Lagos State Police Commissioner to ensure compliance with the order.

Justice Daniel Osiagor made these orders while ruling on a motion for injunction brought by 10 plaintiffs, who are asking the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally.

The court also held that while the rally cannot stop at the Lekki toll gate, it can pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally plans to meet.

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A preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction could however not been entertained as all parties to the suit had not been served.

The court adjourned hearing of the substantive suit to November 4th.

In the substantive suit, the plaintiffs are arguing among other things that a repeat or celebration of the “infamous” EndSARS protest of 2020 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will cause a breakdown of peace and will result in post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.

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Governor Dapo Abiodun Aide Sentence To 5yrs Imprisonment for Wire Fraud

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Abidemi Rufai, the suspended aide of the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

A District Court in Western Tacoma, Washington, United States, gave the verdict yesterday.

A statement by the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, confirmed the development.

The statement said that Rufai, “A 45-year-old resident of Lekki, Nigeria, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to five years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for his attempt to steal nearly $2.4m from the United States government, including approximately $500,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown.”

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Until his arrest, Rufai was a Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor.

The statement, however, said he admitted a long history of using stolen identities to defraud U.S. disaster programs, including aid for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and file fraudulent U.S. tax returns.

At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge, Benjamin Settle, said the motivation was greed, unrestrained greed, and callousness towards those who have suffered.

According to U.S. Attorney Nick Brown, Mr. Rufai was relentless in his scheme to use the stolen identities of Americans for fraud.

“He orchestrated ‘mystery shopper’ scams, business email compromise attempts, and filed fake tax returns to financially harm individuals and businesses.

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“But when disaster struck, so did Mr. Rufai. Whether it was hurricane disaster relief, small business loans, or COVID unemployment benefits, he stole aid that should have gone to disaster victims in the United States,” Brown said.

The Associate Deputy Attorney-General, Kevin Chambers, the Justice Department‘s Director of COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement, said, ”Abdemi Rufai chose to exploit the pandemic for personal gain, using stolen identities of Americans to support his lavish lifestyle overseas.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and their law enforcement partners did exceptional work bringing this defendant to justice. The Department will continue to pursue fraudsters who abused these programs and seek to recover their ill-gotten gains, whether they are in the United States or overseas.”

According to records filed in the case, since 2017, Rufai stole the personal identifying information of more than 20,000 Americans to submit more than $2m in claims for federally funded disaster relief benefits and fraudulent tax returns.

“The various agencies involved paid out more than $600,000. The largest amount of fraud was committed against the Washington State Employment Security Department, which paid out $350,763 in fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims to accounts controlled by Rufai. Rufai also submitted fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims in at least 17 other states.

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“The Employment Security Department deeply appreciates the tireless efforts of the Department of Justice, federal agencies and law enforcement in this matter.

“We always stand ready to hold those accountable who steal public funds and we appreciate the partnership in catching and prosecuting this individual,” the Commissioner for the Employment Security Department, Cami Feek, said in the statement.

 

 

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