Hours After Killing Of Peaceful Protesters Across Nigeria, President Buhari, Osinbajo Yet To Address Country  5/5 (1)

More than 20 hours after thugs and security operatives massacred peaceful protesters across Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, are yet to address the country.

Buhari has only spoken in a short clip on Twitter since the nationwide protest began more than one week ago while Osinbajo made a series of tweets apologizing to Nigerians for failing to curb the excesses of the police.

There is currently tension in many parts of the country at the moment.

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NGO Launches Justice Lab To Address Justice And Human Right IssuesNo ratings yet.

Popular human rights and justice reform NGO, Citizens Gavel is launching a monthly meet up, Justice Lab, to address justice and human rights issues in its Ibadan office.

Team Lead, Citizens Gavel Nelson Olanipekun believes that “if banking, telecoms, and even motorcycle hailing services can redesign, automate and provide user-friendly service delivery, the justice sector is late to the game and justice lab can change that”

Nelson explains that Justice Lab will address salient issues like “How do we increase the speed of justice delivery in Nigeria? How do we move the justice sector from the sickening and inefficient predominant manual system to automation? How well do citizens fair without a user-friendly justice delivery system currently in practice and how do we solve the challenges attached to that?

“What is the right course of action to take when faced with legal issues etc? These questions and more would be adequately discussed such that solutions are proffered most especially by budding issues in the justice space.”

The Justice Lab will “create an avenue for citizens, legal and tech experts’ interaction on issues bordering on legal related areas to inform and enlighten public members on legal issues as well as demystify confusions about their fundamental human rights as well as creating solutions to problems. Justice Lab is an offshoot initiative of Citizens Gavel; a think tank developed to partner with willing stakeholders to design and experiment with new products, actively reanalyze, experiment, redesign current practices that are outdated and develop new solutions to meet the justice needs. It also seeks to discuss the forward movement of the justice sector.” He added

“Although, Gavel has been known for utilizing the power of social media to open doors to help Nigerians seek redress for human rights abuses and other legal issues, Justice Lab, aims to use discourse, justice tech solutions and direct engagement with stakeholders to impact positively in the space.” He emphasized

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Citizens Gavel Commends Fisayo Soyombo, Ask Buhari To Celebrate HimNo ratings yet.

Citizens Gavel, a civic tech organization accelerating the pace of justice delivery through tech, data, free legal aid and legal empowerment has commended the investigation done by Fisayo Soyombo which exposed the corrupt practices in the judicial system.


In a press release signed by Taiwo Makanjuola, Communications Associate, Citizens’ Gavel, the investigation was described as a courageous act capable of improving the impact of justice delivery in Nigeria.


The Tech Organization therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to celebrate distinguished individuals who have worked hard in helping in the anti-corruption fight especially the likes of Fisayo Soyombo whose life was at risk while exposing corruption.


She said, “this gives Nigerians and whistleblowers the encouragement to own the anti-corruption fight and ensure that they do not receive backlash from individuals or entities who have been indicted.


“We wish to state categorically that our organization stands with Fisayo Soyombo and will provide all necessary legal resources to protect him. It should be noted that the public perception of uniform officers in Nigeria is negative already and this must not be made worse”, she added.

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NICArb Meets Ugwanyi, Commend Him On Adopting Alternative Dispute ResolutionNo ratings yet.

The Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb) meets with the Governor, Enugu State, H.E. Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
NICArb’s representatives led by one of its Vice President, and Governing Council member, Dr. Michael Ajogwu SAN, in company of the Registrar, and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Shola Oshodi-John FCArb, and an executive delegation from NICArb, Enugu Branch had a meeting with the Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi recently.
The delegation who met with the governor discussed the development of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR as a sustainable medium for Dispute Resolution in Enugu State and across the Eastern region.
The Registrar addressed the Governor’s commitment to promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and peaceful co-existence in the State. The Governor supported the establishment of the Multi-Door Court House in Enugu State, and has been instrumental in ensuring the resolution of age-long disputes, including the Oruku and Umuode crises, which came to a halt with the intervention of the Governor. The Governor is reputed for being the chief promoter of peace in the State and across Nigeria.
The Governor, who hosted the NICArb delegation, spoke about the fatherly role Dr. Michael Ajogwu, SAN, plays in Enugu state, and further explained his further commitment to dispute resolution and peaceful co-existence and governance in the state.
The Governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Simon Ortuanya and Honorable (Barr.) Chima Obieze, Chairman, House Committee on Works, Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
The delegation led by the Registrar, Mrs. Shola Oshodi-John FCArb, under the direction of Dr. Michael Ajogwu SAN, had the following delegations on the side of NICArb: Mrs. Ifeoma E. Nwafor, FCArb, Principal Partner, IEN LEGAL ASSOCIATES/Lecturer, Faculty of Law Godfrey Okoye University; Dr. Emmanuel Okey Udaya, CNA, ACArb, Clerk of the House and Permanent Secretary, Enugu State House of Assembly; Barrister S. A. Okolo, Principal Partner, S. A. Okolo & Associates (Legal Practitioners); Barrister Mrs. Chinwe Nestor-Ezeme, Head Legal Services, Enugu State Internal Revenue Service; Barrister Timi Olagunju, Research and Programs, NICArb; Dr. Mrs. Obioma Chike-Okenyi, Legal Officer Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Secretary NICArb Enugu State; and Professor Mrs. Florence Orabueze, Head of Department, African Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka; and Barrister Mrs. Nkechi Eneh, Executive Secretary Enugu, Enugu State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

The Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb) has its branches across the states in Nigeria, and it is worthy of note that the Enugu state branch pioneered by the able leadership of Dr. Michael Ajogwu, has existed for over 20 years of NICArb’s 40 years.
As part of NICArb’s 40th Anniversary, it will be hosting its Annual Conference and Investiture on November 14 and 15, 2019. Details are available on www.events.nicarb.org.

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NICArb Urged Citizens To Embrace Alternative DisputeNo ratings yet.

We are alerting the public and governments about our activities and to adopt Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in settling conflicts before proceeding to court.

The Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb) has called on government at all levels, Citizens and proffessional bodies to adopt Alternative Dispute Resolution for the advancement of West Africa subregion.

Registrar/CEO of NICArb, Shola Oshodi-John made the call while addressing journalists ahead of the 40th Anniversary and 4th Annual Conference of the Institute.

The anniversary and conference scheduled for November 14th and 15th in Eko Hotel and Suites will feature professionals within and outside the country to address key issues arbitration practice in West Africa is faced with; providing possible solutions as well as processes in adopting ADR in West Africa sub-region.

Shola stressed the need to adopt ADR in Nigeria saying it would avail persons having long time unsettled cases in court especially in internal revenue sectors.

She noted that the Conference will initiate National Arbitration Policy in Nigeria to govern its act and practice. This policy will serve as guide in addressing International dispute by protecting National interest and Rights of citizens.

Shola furthered said International Arbitration contracts will be revisited and adjusted in line with innovation on current trends, this act will expand the scope of Arbitration in Nigeria.

To mark the 40th anniversary and 4th annual conference, the institute will launch a Building project to commemorate the celebration. Induction of over 550 members will also be conducted.

It was affirmed that arbitrators are proffessional bodies across all sectors; one-third are said to be lawyers while others are from different disciplines.

The institute in the past one year has been able to train over 900 people who will be inducted on the 15th of November. More so undergraduate and professionals from different disciplines were tutored. Not Lawyers only, but also to professionals from different backgrounds.

Present at the Press briefing are Funmi Obisan; CEO, Kajole Integrated Investment PLC also the Co-Chairperson 40th Anniversary and 4th Conference planning committe, Clara Umeanu; Company Secretary Governing Council Member, and Chinyere Onuorah; Deputy Registrar NICArb.

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Justice Sector Reform Should Top The Agenda In OYONo ratings yet.

Team Lead, Citizens Gavel, Nelson Olanipekun has advised that the Justice sector should top the agenda for Seyi Makinde who just celebrated 100 days in government.


Nelson, Lead for Citizens Gavel, a Civic Tech and justice sector reform advocacy organization, believes that “Justice Reform that can increase the pace of justice delivery in the state” should top agenda for Makinde’s government.


“Oyo state has one of the highest numbers of awaiting trial detainees which stands at 86 percent based on our April data survey, this is higher than the National average which stands at 69 percent” Nelson stated.


In a report published by Citizens Gavel 1 of 5 people arrested by Police in Oyo state are being brutalized, from data collected from 16 LGAs in Oyo State, over 20 percent of citizens arrested by the Nigerian police are been brutalized during and before arrest.

According to the report, it was also gathered that over 80 percent of inmates were not treated fairly by prison wardens and this is against the conditions of detention in police custody and pre-trial detention stated in the LUANDA Guidelines Section 24.


Prison Cells in Oyo State are overcrowded. Some very small cells have over 100 detainees.

It was also reported there is very poor hygiene of arrested and detained persons at police stations in Oyo State and this can lead to serious health conditions of inmates. Less than 2 percent have had their baths once in a week.

It was also highlighted in the report that over 90 percent of the respondent said they have had very bad experiences in Oyo state Prisons and stations.

Even though 17 billion naira was the budget allocated for feeding of awaiting trials and convicts in the Nigeria Prisons less than 4 percent of OYO state prisons inmates were feed twice daily in detention cells.

Despite the N366.1 billion naira police budget for 2019 less than 7 percent of arrested and detained citizens were given food once daily in Oyo State.


The Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) provision of session 34 says that Magistrates are supposed to be visiting Police stations but due to lack of proper framework to implement the provisions less than 1 percent of the inmates have been visited.


Arrested and detained persons have, according Section 8(1) of ACJL of Oyo State, rights to be informed of reasons their arrest and charges against them but less than 2 percent are notified of the reason for their arrest during or before the arrest.

It was also reported that almost 60 percent of people arrested and inmates in OYO states are youths.
According to LUANDA guidelines it is the duty of court to ensure that every detainee is represented by a lawyer but 100 percent of respondents say that they were not assigned by a lawyer by the court.

And only 2 out of 100 respondents wrote their statements in front of a lawyer.


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