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OPS Rejects The Newly Passed Lagos Land Use Charge Law

THE Organised Private Sector, OPS, yesterday rejected the newly passed Land Use Charge Law of Lagos State, 2018, vowing to fight the law with every legal means at its disposal. While describing the law which repealed the Land Use Charge Law 2001 as insensitive to business and land owners, OPS speaking through the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, argued  that  the new law would expect property owners in Lagos State to pay an increase of over 200 per cent in Land Use Charge even when the income of the property owner had not experienced significant increase to justify the charge. Lagos State Government also extended the period for the payment of all annual Land Use Charge Demand Notices for 2018 to Saturday, 14th April, 2018. The extension is to enable property owners and af...

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) Warned Of Religious Crisis

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC​) has raised alarm that the six Nigerian Law School campuses across the nation may not allow female Muslim students due for Bar Part II to wear their hijabs during the 2017/2018 First Term Law Dinner, ​from Wednesday, 13th February​ to Thursday, 15th February, 2018. ​Its Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, warned of religious crisis if the hijab controversy is not properly managed. The don insisted that any attempt to bar female Muslim law students who wish to use hijab from doing so is an infringement on Allah-given fundamental rights of those students as entrenched in Section 38 (i) & (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ​He disclosed that MURIC has received reports of a number of female Muslim law students at t...

Federal High Court Restrains Reps From Conducting Public Hearing

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has restrained the House of Representatives from conducting the planned public hearing on the Hijab wearing controversy between the Nigerian Law School and Firdraus Abdulsalam. Justice Anwuli Chikere gave the order on Wednesday in her ruling on an application filed by a coalition of legal practitioners, seeking to stop the public hearing. The judge ordered that the public hearing be put on hold, pending the determination of the substantive suit. Ms. Chikere, in her ruling, said that the plaintiffs, who are legal practitioners, had a right to bring the action since the decision of the House of Representatives would affect them. She adjourned the matter until April 24 for hearing of the substantive suit. It will be recalled that Ms. Abdulsalam, a law graduate, ...

Uncertainty as Justice Onnoghen’s Tenure Lapses, All Eyes on Osinbajo

Following President Muhammadu Buhari decision to extend his medical vacation indefinitely in the United Kingdom an air of uncertainty has fallen over the judiciary and the country at large over the fate of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, whose tenure in an acting capacity will expire on Friday.   Despite the recommendation of the National Judicial Commission (NJC) to the president that he be appointed the substantive CJN after Justice Mahmoud Mohammed’s retirement in last November, his position as the most senior justice of the Supreme Court and by convention next in line, Buhari ignored the recommendation and appointed Justice Onnoghen as the acting CJN for a tenure of three months.   Should the president fail to send his name to the Senate fo...

NBA Moves To Review Rules Against Professional Misconduct

THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is set to review the rules guiding the conduct of its members in the discharge of their professional duties. Its General Secretary, Mr. Isiaka Olagunju, who said this in a statement in Ibadan, added that the move was to reposition the legal practice, improve its acceptability and sustain its leading position among professional bodies. He said the main focus of the review is to curb professional misconduct among members and nudge them to higher moral and ethical standards. Olagunju said the body was disturbed and often embarrassed by the deluge of petitions against some members on allegations of misconduct. He added that the NBA was making moves to re-invigorate the disciplinary processes and improve on ethics development. Olagunju said the first step woul...

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