Ebonyi State and the Law Against Domestic Violence:
Generally, the few states with Laws Against Domestic Violence (LADV), like Ebonyi and Lagos states - have these laws as Civil laws (but still contain few criminal provisions) - where claimants/petitioners can possess reasonable control over the wheels of justice, unlike in criminal cases where they would be mere prosecutrixes, with little or no control over the turning of the [slow] wheels of justice.
Typically, these laws exist side by side with the Criminal Code Laws and the Violence Against Persons (VAPP) Laws - an array of laws designed to protect and…
TOWARDS ENDING ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST VULNERABLE GROUPS IN KANO STATE
Few of the notable deficiencies of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act of 2015 are its inability to criminalise spousal rape and provide adequate protection to persons living with disabilities - even though this was (sparsely) addressed by the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act of 2018. Sadly, both laws are inoperable at the subnational level without first being enacted by the Houses of Assembly of various states.
On the 2nd and 3rd of February, 2021, I was in Kano state in a project…
NIGERIA'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAR ON THE 5TH ESTATE: Review of the "Anti-Social Media" Bill
By Charles E. Uche Esq.
In Nigeria, leadership is arguably the greatest challenge inhibiting the country’s socio-economic and political progression. For a greater part of October 2020, Nigeria witnessed a revolution which emanated from social media. This revolution was embodied and catalyzed by the #EndSARS movement that campaigned for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an end to police brutality, justice for victims of police brutality and accountability of police officers found culpable.
The government, in its bid to evade accountability of her citizens’ demands…
Random Recollections 6
When the Jungle was a Jungle!
Just going through my files and came across these:
1. Letter of admission (result of exam and interview).
2. Fees breakdown and Prospectus
3. MBJ Code of Conduct.
I wrote my entrance exam at CKC Parish, Aba. I vividly recall the presence of Bro. Mark Omede (his name and phone numbers appears at the bottom of the Fees breakdown document).
The first time I heard the word "truant" was from the lips of Rev. Bro. …
Material Differences Between the Freedom of Information Act and the Ekiti State Freedom of Information Law:
The best laws - with the most altruistic intentions - can often be jeopardized and misanthropic in application.
After Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016, I wrote an article where I did an appraisal of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). Then, the legal and applicability conundrums that we currently face with the Act had not arisen. Presently, we have 2 conflicting decisions of the Court of Appeal on the applicability of the FOI Act to state governments (Alo V. Ondo…
On the Alleged Incorporation of Draconian NGO Regulatory Provisions into the New CAMA -
Here are my thoughts:
Firstly, I have to say that we don’t particularly have much to worry about. The very draconian provisions of the NGO Regulations Bill we dreaded few years back is not included in the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
Surely, there are concerns mostly because all this are new and many penalty fees are not stated by the CAMA but are to be "prescribed" by the Commission (CAC) through a regulation.
Possible "Issue" Concerns; 1. Section 839: empowers the CAC to…
A Friendly Chat Turned Interview - Blasphemy:
– Do you know someone who can actually confirm he (Sharif-Aminu) has been sentenced?
I will need a confirmation beyond what the media scene.
I have messaged a Muslim lawyer friend on this, I await feedback. Sometimes, copies of judgements can be accessed. But the Sharia court system is not as open as the conventional court.
Alternatively is to get in touch with his lawyers for more details/confirmation and this I do not know.
– When can it be appealed? And can you elaborate on the right to appeal? What is the status…
OF SAVING ABA LIBRARY AND RELATED MATTERS 2: International Youth Day!
Aba is a major commercial city and a former colonial, industrial stronghold located in Abia state, South-Eastern Nigeria. Hence, one may conclusively yet erroneously assume that Aba is built on the pillars of Industry and Commerce.
In fact, when you say Aba outside the city, the first thing(s) that would come to anyone's mind is "business", and in furtherance of that, filled with ingenious, resilient and industrious people, amongst other negative and positive things. …
Excerpts From My Webinar With @socialgoodlagos on Government Accountability
"We have to also realise that hunger, poverty, unemployment, inequality, climate change, corruption, poor educational and health systems are equally agelong pandemics, and attach similar severity and effort towards eradicating them by 2030 - leaving no one behind."
"On @ifollowthemoney's part, beyond our advocacy and accountability campaigns, we navigate and circumvent the seas of fake news to sieve, analyse, aggregate and publish live data timeously. Not just from Nigeria, but also from our branches domiciled in 6 other African nations most of whom face similar challenges. …
FOLLOWING POLITICAL/CAMPAIGN MONEY
By Charles E. Uche Esq.
Political finance(-ing) is a term used to describe funds raised and expended for political and/or election campaign reasons, either by a political party or an election candidate.
The overbearing and adverse effects of money in politics, election outcomes and democratic growth cannot be overstated. Indubitably, it has extensive consequences on a nation's socio-political and economic stability.
It has become trite that "Money Politics is the Winning Politics" and no one wants to be a loser - not after spending a mindboggling exorbitant sum on campaigns.
After all, without far-reaching campaigns (which tend…
Law and Development | Transitional Justice. Staff Attorney, Connected Development [CODE].