Legal Opinion

Limits of Trial Publicity & Right to Free Speech: A Diagnostic Enquiry into the Recent Threat by Nigeria’s Court of Appeal to Penalise Public Discourse on Judicial Proceedings

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By Sylvester Udemezue “I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion.” ~ Hon. Justice Samuel Alito, United States’ Supreme Court Background A news report on May 08, 2019 came under the headline, “We Won’t Accept Public […]

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Buhari’s Certificate, Atiku’s Nigerianness and the Constitution

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by Misbau Alamu Lateef On their surfaces, the recurring issues around President Muhammadu Buhari’s school certificate and the latest buzz about the citizenship of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar truly appear very laughable and even ridiculous. I mean how can one say that President Muhammadu Buhari, a commissioned soldier, war-time hero, former minister, retired army general, former […]

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Can a Tribunal Cancel Some Votes Cast in an Election and Still Declare a Candidate Winner based on the Un-Cancelled Votes? A Brief Reflection on Section 140 & Related Sections of the Electoral Act, 2010, as Amended

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By Sylvester Udemezue I have seen and read the following statement on more than four different Social Media platforms within the last 24 hours: “Meanwhile, section 140 (2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) does not permit the Tribunal to deduct votes and declare a winner.” With due respect, I am unable to agree […]