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Constitutional law in Nigeria by Kehinde M Mowoe Publisher: Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria : Malthouse Press, 2003.

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A Constitutional History of Nigeria, Nwabueze, Ben, London: C. Hurst & Co Publishers, 1982.

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Constitutional law by Geoffrey R Stone; Louis Michael Seidman; Cass R Sunstein; Mark V Tushnet; Pamela S Karlan

Constitutional law by David C Price Publisher: Chatswood, N.S.W. : LexisNexis Butterworths, 2010. Also,

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Family lawyers in Nigeria : Myth or reality

Having attorneys retained by families as ‘family lawyers’ may be viewed as a means of attaining the divinely ordained equal justice for all. But delays in the justice system, poverty, and low awareness are among the factors that could hamper the use of family lawyers in Nigeria.

Professor C.J. Amasike, chairman of the International Dispute Resolution Institute (IDRI) said disputes are inevitable in human relations, explaining that this raises the need for adjudication, which he said are better handled by persons with skills of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms.

“Disputes and conflicts are part of human nature. Even in heaven there was a fight between Lucifer and his supporters and Angels,” he said.

Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN) said lawyers are not just meant for families’ cases but also those in big businesses.

“For instance, if it is a family that have a lot of lands, property, business, like those big families in Lagos and Ondo states, you have lawyers that help them deal with them,” he said.

“Having family lawyers is very important,” according to Barr Ezenwa Anumnu, a factional chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja Branch. “You find out that you might always have issues that need a lawyer. In Abuja the law practice is still like trading, but in Lagos you have family lawyers for writing of wills, agreements, estates, conveyancing etc.”

On the form of fees for such lawyers retained by families, Anumnu said there are no hard and fast rules around the payment of legal fees for such lawyers.

“It depends on what you agree with the person. The lawyer may discount some fees and may not charge on commercial rate depending on some other services or provisions provided for them.

“Everybody must have a doctor and a lawyer. You might always have issues to deal with lawyer and doctor. For instance, everybody should make a will, it’s not as if they are going to die,” he added.

For his part, Barr Francis Mgboh said it is ‘very essential’ for every family to retain a lawyer, some of which could be family members or friends, who could always render legal advice to avoid mistakes.

“It is more essential than having a doctor. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse to commit an offense. Your lawyer is a guide to live in a better society,” he said.

However, many believe as necessary as the need could be, the financial implication could prove too much for many families.

Human Rights lawyer Perspective

A human rights lawyer, Hamid Ajibola Jimoh said just as corporate bodies engage law firms as counsel, it is necessary to have family lawyers in order to avoid troubles, citing medical practice where doctors are engaged.

He however identified financial incapacity as major hinderance to the idea of retention of lawyers by families unlike the case in medical practice, where he said “health is regarded as wealth, which is unavoidable.”

The General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)’s View

In the same vein, the General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Isiaka Olagunju said though there is need for every family to have a lawyer in Nigeria, it is not realistic because of the level of poverty in the country.

He agreed that services of lawyers may not be paid for where the professional rules for pro bono services by lawyers are put into consideration.

Olagunju pointed out that there are about 106,000 lawyer on the roll call of practicing lawyers in Nigeria and the Bar is looking at reducing the numbers for better quality service. But for a country with 198 million people, many would view this figure as insufficient to go round.

Jimoh said the tendency is for everybody to avoid legal issues and troubles. The delay in the disposal of cases in Nigeria affects the confidence of the people in the judicial system.

The Supreme Court still presides over cases, which are inherited by different generations in a family.

Despite all its challenges, the justice system is preferable rather than to self-help. The authorities must therefore do all they can to enhance access to justice and speedy adjudication in the society.

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Title: International and EU aviation Law: Selected Issues

Author:Elmar Giemulla

Author:Ludwig Weber

Item Weight 2.9 pounds

Hardcover 816 pages

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From the 1784 French police directive requiring prior authorization for balloon flights to the complex international system of standards and recommended practices, certification and licensing that we have today under the Chicago Convention of 1944 and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), aviation law has progressed rapidly in line with advances of technology. Nevertheless, the basic principle of airspace sovereignty – by which each state has exclusive jurisdiction over the airspace above its territory – has remained the underlying foundation of national aviation legislation and international aviation agreements.


This book offers an extraordinary wealth of information, from the ground up, of the law governing and regulating air transport today, with a strong emphasis on international aviation. A team of distinguished authors in the field of aviation law provide a cogent synthesis from which sound legal opinions and strategies of legal action may be confidently built. Among the many topics here in depth are the following:



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Evil as a Crime Against Humanity

Confronting Mass Atrocities in a Plural World

Series: International Political Theory


Royer, Christof



Combatting Illicit Trade on the EU Border

Combatting Illicit Trade on the EU Border

A Comparative Perspective

Nowak, Celina (Ed.)



Licensing Laws and Animal Welfare

Licensing Laws and Animal Welfare

The Legal Protection of Wild Animals

Series: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series


Tyson, Elizabeth




The Tragedy of a Pivotal State

Abhyankar, Rajendra M.



Careers in Law: A Guide for Students, Graduates and Professionals


Careers in Law: A Guide for Students, Graduates and Professionals

Raz, Manda, Loh, Erwin, Devereux, John (Eds.)




Judgement-Proof Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Judgement-Proof Robots and Artificial Intelligence

A Comparative Law and Economics Approach

Kovac, Mitja



Cosmopolitanism, Migration and Universal Human Rights

Cosmopolitanism, Migration and Universal Human Rights

Chrom Jacobsen, Mogens, Berhanu Gebre, Emnet, Župarić-Iljić, Drago (Eds.)



Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices [Casebook Connect] (Aspen Casebook) by Professor Joseph William Singer,

Bethany R Berger and Nestor M Davidson

Aspen Publishers; 7th Edition (March 10, 2017)


Rules of Contract Law (Supplements)

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Charles L Knapp Knapp, Nathan M Crystal and Harry G Prince


International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary

Textbook by Olivier De Schutter

Cambridge University Press; 2nd Edition (August 7, 2014)



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Fake Lawyer nabbed in Lagos Court. Detectives in Lagos have exposed a fake lawyer who had been operating at Ojo Magistrate’s Court for three years. Police spokesman, Chike Oti, identified the suspected fake lawyer as Mr. Uche Julian Nwajiakwu.

According to him, the arrest of Nwajiakwu by officers at Ojo Division, on May 25, marks the second time a fake lawyer would be arrested at Ojo Magistrate Court. The first was the arrest of one Chris Elisha. He was arrested on February 6, 2018. It was on record that Nwajiakwu had been practicing illegally since 2015.


The suspect allegedly told the police that he fell in love with law practice. Especially, when his friend commissioned him to act as a lawyer in order to serve his tenant a quit notice. The handsome reward of that act served as an encouragement for him. Hi arrest on May 25 while he was arguing on a bail application for his client. His exposure was when intelligent lawyers at the court became suspicious. The lawyers submissions are as follows. ”His quackery was too obvious to be ignored.”


Oti told newsmen: “The police investigation into the case, revealed that the suspect did not study law in any of the Nigerian universities. Not even in any institution anywhere else in the world. Therefore, he is already facing the music at Ojo Magistrate Court for the offence of impersonation.

“The Commissioner of Police, reiterated his warning to professional bodies to properly scrutinise people professing to be members of their body. According to the CP, this is one incident too many and must be checked. The CP noted that the Command had in the recent months, arrested fake medical doctors. And, also other spurious health workers, including fake journalists.”

Other Conviction

Miss Inaku Victoria Oko will be serving a jail terms of two years. This is due to involvement in possession of fake medical reports from a Maitama, Abuja district hospital. The conviction and the sentencing was in the court of Justice Olukayode A. Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Miss Oko was brought before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and accused of procuring a fake medical report in the name of one Aniukwu Richard Chinonso, which was intended to enable him to travel to India for medical treatment.

The commission, in a four-count charge, said that the convict also procured a fake chemical pathology laboratory report form. However, this form was in the name of the same Chinonso. His intention was to support a visa application that would enable to him travel abroad. Subsequently, her conviction and sentencing was six months in jail. However, this was without an option of fine on each of the four counts. The sentences will run concurrently.

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Section 363 of the Penal Code CAP, 532 Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja 2006 and punishable under section 364 of the same law. Obviously, her offences violate the laws of the land. Also, part of the counts reads:. “That you Oko Victoria Inaku (f), on the 29th of October, 2014 or thereabouts, at the Maitama District Hospital, Abuja, made a false document to wit:. Medical Report in the name of one Aniukwu Richard Chinonso, allegedly signed by a doctor in the hospital, knowing same to be forged. And, intending that the same shall be dishonestly used as genuine to support a visa application to enable Aniukwu Richard Chinonso (now at large) to travel to India for medical treatment and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 363 and punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code CAP, 532 Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja 2006.”

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About the Council- National Judicial Council

The National Judicial Council is one of the Federal Executive Bodies created by virtue of Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In order to insulate the Judiciary from the whims and caprices of the Executive; hence guarantee the independence of this Arm of Government, which is a sine qua non for any democratic Government, the National Judicial Council was created and vested with enormous powers and functions:


Advice the President or Governor on any matter referred to them by such parties, pertaining to the judiciary;

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O. C. J. OKOCHA, MFR, SAN – Member.





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In the Nigerian federal court system, the intermediate appellate courts are referred to as court of appeal.  The court hears and decides appeals from the judgments of.

  1. Federal High Court
  2. The High Court of State
  3. The High Court of Federal Capital
  4. The Sharia Court of Appeal
  5. The Customary Court of Appeal-CCOA
  6. Abuja
  7. States
  8. The Court of Conduct Tribunals
  9. The Election Tribunal (Particularly, the National Assembly Election Tribunals)

COA has original jurisdiction as Court of First Instance (COFI) in the President Election Petitions.

16 Divisions of COA

  1. Lagos(Since 1976)
  2. Kaduna(Since 1976)
  3. Enugu(Since 1976)
  4. Ibadan(Since 1977)
  5. Benin(Since 1977)
  6. Jos(Since 1983)
  7. Port Harcourt(Since 1989)
  8. Abuja(Since 1995)
  9. Calabar(Since 1999)
  10. Ilorin(Since 1999)
  11. Owerri(Since 2009)
  12. Sokoto(Since 2009)
  13. Yola(Since 2009)
  14. Ekiti(Since 2009)
  15. Akure(Since 2009)
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Brief History of Supreme Court of Nigeria

The coinage Supreme Court was first used in 1863 by the colonial administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance No. II which established it as a colony with civil and criminal jurisdiction.

In 1963, following the proclamation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the constitution which came into operation on October 1, 1963, Section III of this constitution gave legal instrument that gave birth to Supreme Court following the abolition of section 120 which abrogated the appellate jurisdiction of the judicial committee of the Privy Council which was Nigeria’s apex Court.

Also, this Act also gave it the status of the highest Court in the judicial hierarchy while the Independence Constitution of 1960 vested in it the jurisdiction of the Federal Supreme Court.

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The 1979 Constitution in its Section 210 (1) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution clearly gave it the name Supreme Court of Nigeria. The Court operates as the apex Court on matters involving both Federal and State Laws.

The Supreme Court is composed of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and not more than twenty others appointed by the President after being recommended by the National Judicial Council subject to the Senate’s confirmation. They are required to retire after a mandatory service age of 70.

Past Chief Justices

  1. Justice Adetokunbo Ademola, KBE, GCON 1958-1972
  2. Justice Taslim Olawale, CFR, GCON 1972-1975
  3. Justice Darnley Arthur Alexander, CBE, KCMG, CFR, GCON 1975-1979
  4. Justice Fatai Atanda Williams, CON, GCON 1979-1983
  5. Justice George Sodeinde Sowemimo, CON, GCON 1983-1985
  6. Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe, OFR, CON, GCON 1985-1987. Also,
  7. Justice Mohammed Bello, CON, GCON 1987-1995
  8. Justice Muhammawu Lawal Uwais, CON, GCON 1995-2006
  9. Justice S.M.A Belgore, CON, GCON 2006-2007
  10. Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, CON, GCON 2007-2009
  11. Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina- Alu, CON, GCON 1st January 2010-28th August 2011
  12. Hon Justice Dahiru Musdapher 2010 – 2012

Past Justices of Supreme Court(1956 – 2013)

  1. Justice Stafford Foster Sutton (Past CJF),
  2. Justice Olumuyiwa Jibowu,
  3. Justice Nageon Delestang,
  4. Justice John Abbott
  5. Justice John Verity,
  6. Justice Percival Cyril Hubbard
  7. Justice Adetokunbo Ademola (Past CJN)
  8. Justice Lionel Brett
  9. Justice Lious Nwachukwu Mbanefo,
  10. Justice James Henley Coussey,
  11. Justice Robert Yorke Hedges,
  12. Justice George Frederick Dove-Edwin
  13. Justice Thomas Algernon Brown,
  14. Justice Samuel Okai Qyashie-Idun
  15. Justice Wilfred Hugh Hurley,
  16. Justice Alfred John Ainley,
  17. Justice Alexander William Bellamy
  18. Justice William Algernon Holwell Duffus
  19. Justice Edgar Ignatus Godfrey Unsworth
  20. Justice John Idowu Conrad Taylor
  21. Justice Vahe Robert Bairmian
  22. Justice Charles Dadi Onyeama
  23. Justice Eugene Olufemi Adeyinka Morgan
  24. Justice Micheal Oguejiojo Adegbo
  25. Justice George Baptist Ayodola Coker
  26. Justice chukweike Idigbe
  27. Justice Ian Lewis
  28. Justice Charles Olusoji Madarikan
  29. Justice Sir Udo Udoma
  30. Justice Atanda Fatayi – Williams (Past CJN)
  31. Justice Geoge Sodeinde Sowemimo (Past CJN)
  32. Justice Talim Olawale Elias (Past CJN)
  33. Justice Dan Ibekwe
  34. Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe (Past CJN)Others
  35. Justice Darnley Arthur Raymond Alexander (Past CJN)
  36. Justice Muhammed Bello (Past CJN)
  37. Justice Mamman Nasir
  38. Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki
  39. Justice Kayode Eso
  40. Justice Anthony Nnemezie Aniagolu
  41. Justice Buba Ardo
  42. Justice Augustine Nnamani,
  43. Justice Boonyamin Oladiran Kazeem
  44. Justice Dahunsi Olugbemi Coker
  45. Justice A.G. Karibi – Whyte,
  46. Justice Saidu Kawu,
  47. Justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa
  48. Justice Abdul Ganiyu Olatunji Agbaje
  49. Justice Philip Nnaemeka – Agu,
  50. Justice Abubakar Bahir Wali,
  51. Justice Ebenezer Babasanya Craig
  52. Justice Olajide Olatawura,
  53. Justice Ephraim Ibukun Akpata
  54. Justice Uche Omo,
  55. Justice Bolarinwa Oyegoke Babalakin
  56. Justice Paul kemdilim Nwokedi,
  57. Justice Micheal Ekundayo Ogundare,
  58. Justice Emmanuel Obioma Ogwuegbu
  59. Justice Shehu Usman Muhammed,
  60. Justice Yekini Olayiwola Adio,
  61. Justice Okay Achike,
  62. Justice Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola
  63. Justice Ignatius Chukwudi Pats – Acholonu
  64. Justice Anthony Ikechukwu Iguh
  65. Justice Uthman Mohammed,
  66. Justice Dennis Onyejife Edozie,
  67. Justice Samson Odemwingie Acholonu
  68. Justice U.A. Kalgo,
  69. Justice Akintola Olufemi Ejiwunmi
  70. Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais (Past CJN)
  71. Justice S. M. A Belgore (Past CJN)
  72. Justice Sunday Akintola Akintan
  73. Justice P. O. Aderemi
  74. Justice I. L. Kutigi (Past CJN)
  75. Justice G.A. Oguntade
  76. Justice J. O. Ogebe
  77. Justice Niki Tobi
  78. Justice I. F. Ogbuagu
  79. Justice A. I. katsina – Alu (Past CJN)
  80. Justice Dahiru Musdapher (Past CJN)
  81. Justice F. F. Tabai
  82. Justice Olufunlola O. Adekeye

Present Justices of the Supreme Court

The Hon. Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, (CON)  CJN.

The Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, (CON).

The Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, (CON).

The Hon. Justice Francis Fedode Tabai, (CON).

The Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, (CON).

The Hon. Justice Christopher Mitchell Chukwuma-Eneh, (CON).

The Hon. Justice Muhammed Saifullah Muntaka-Coomassie, (CON).

The Hon. Justice John Afolabi Fabiyi, (CON).

The Hon. Justice Olufunola Oyelola Adekeye, (CON).

Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima, (OFR).

Hon. Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour.

Hon. Justice Mary Peter-Odili.

Hon. Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.

Mr. Sunday Olorundahunsi Esq.  CHIEF REGISTRAR

Supreme Court of Nigeria


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Why do Nigerian Lawyers wear Wigs and black Gowns? | Wig and Gown Dealer

Why do Nigerian Lawyers wear Wigs and black Gowns? | Wig and Gown Dealer

Ever wondered why do Nigerian lawyers wear wigs and  black gowns /robes when they appear in court? Well wonder no more, this blog is going to explain the strange history behind the practice.

After the British colonized Nigeria, we adopted the same legal system. And, by extension all the paraphernalia that came with it. One of which was the costume of the British barrister.

The Wig

The culture of lawyers wearing wigs in court actually has its roots in, believe it or not, fashion! Charles II returned to England from France and brought with him the trend of the ‘periwig‘ from Louis XIV’s court. English society adopted the trend, as did barristers, it became the ‘in-thing’ for people, especially wealthy people, to wear wigs. The practice of wearing wigs fell into 2 camps:

  • Those who wore wigs in order to hide the fact that they were getting bald
  • Those who wore wigs because they had shaved their hair in order to prevent infestations (lice infestations was a big worry back then).

So, it was fashionable to see everyday people (obviously only the wealthy people could afford it) wearing wigs. That is how the wearing of wigs got into the courts. However, over the years, the wearing of wigs began to get less and less fashionable and eventually people stopped wearing them, however by this time, lawyers and judges felt it sufficiently differentiated them from others and so they kept on the practice…and now more than 300 years down the line, that is why you would go to Igbosere (or any of our many courts round the country) and find a room full of Nigerian men and women all wearing wigs.

The Black Robe or Gown 

Like the wearing of wigs, the culture of gowns was borrowed from the prevailing practice of the time. However, in the case of gowns, it had a little twist.

People wore gowns back in the 17th century, it was part of the attire, however they wore very colourful gowns. The black gown was worn as a mourning gown after the death of Charles II in 1685. After the mourning period, the lawyers decided to keep wearing it, as it begun to symbolise the sombre nature of the profession and neutrality.

The black robe worn by lawyers also has a weird piece of triangular cloth attached to the left shoulder. This is often described as ‘violin-shaped’, which is cut in two lengthways. The origin of this is a bit more uncertain; there are two theories on it:

  • That, this was once a money sack for payment of lawyer brief fees. According to some, it is divided in half to create two segments, one for gold coins, and the other for silver. The idea being that since lawyers were initially not openly paid for their work, clients placed ex-gratia payment into the pocket, literally behind their back, to preserve their dignity. Therefore, because they could not see how much they were being paid, the quality of their advocacy in court could not be compromised. (we like this theory, but it’s an unlikely one)
  • The second theory is that the triangular cloth is a derivative of the mourning hood introduced following the death of Charles II, in keeping with traditional mourning dress of the time.
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And there you have it, the above is why Nigerian Lawyers in one of the warmest climates in the world, wear wigs and black robes/gowns. You can read more about the history of the court dress in this research carried out by Ede & Ravenscroft who are the most famous and successful traders in court and ceremonial dresses.

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