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ON THE LOOTERS’ LIST

ON THE LOOTERS’ LIST

ON THE LOOTERS LIST On Sunday, April 1, 2018, when Christians all over the world were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who was said to have taken away the sins of the world, the Punch Newspaper reported that the Federal Government of Nigeria released to the world an updated list of those it alleges have committed the sin of looting. According to the Federal Government, the bearers of the names on the list have looted the country and are…

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THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION (3)

THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION (3)

SEQUEL TO PART ONE AND TWO. 5. Right to Defend Himself Personally or by Legal Practitioner of Choice Most persons do not even know that they have a constitutional right to defend themselves personally, in any civil or criminal matter. Section 36(6)(c) of the Constitution entitles an accused person to defend himself in person or by legal practitioners of his own choice. This means that the defendant could elect to be his own lawyer throughout the trial. In more developed…

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THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION (2)

THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION (2)

Continued From the previous post.

2. Right to be Presumed Innocent

Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution provides clearly that an accused person is at all times presumed innocent until he is proven guilty. This means that there is no duty on the accused or defendant to prove his innocence as the law already presumes him to be guiltless unless and until he is proven otherwise. The prosecution therefore has a duty of proving the guilt of the accused or defendant beyond reasonable doubt.

THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION (1)

THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION (1)

In very simple words, an accused is any person who has been charged with a criminal offence either by the Attorney General of the Federation or State; the Inspector General of Police; Commissioner of Police; the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; National Drug Law Enforcement Agency or any other law enforcement agency. The Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (hereinafter called “the ACJA”) refers to an accused person as a Defendant. Thus, using the word Accused or Defendant refers to one and the same thing.

BAIL IS FREE!

BAIL IS FREE!

the officer In charge of a police station shall release the suspect on bail on his entering into a recognizance with or without sureties for a reasonable amount of money to appear before the court or at the police station at the time and place named in the recognizance.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WRONGFUL ARREST

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WRONGFUL ARREST

How many of you watch Nollywood movies? Whether you are one who intentionally sits through the beautiful movies churned out by the country’s Film industry or you are one who stumbles upon a scene or more, one thing is glaring. It is that the mode of arrest usually being portrayed is very wrong! Come to think of it though? I am yet to see a movie scene where the Police got the arrest of a person or persons right. That…

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Taxify Driver’s Alleged Assault on Female Passenger: The Case of Two Offenders

Taxify Driver’s Alleged Assault on Female Passenger: The Case of Two Offenders

It was very early on a Sunday morning. I was riding to church in company of my friend, Olaitan Yisa while we listened attentively to the day’s Newspaper Headlines. At some point, Olaitan asked me whether I heard the story of the Taxify driver that sexually assaulted a female passenger who claimed to be a lesbian. I was plain enough to disclose to him I heard nothing of such. Being enthusiastic about the news, I thereafter proceeded to the website…

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