Entries on Justice
In the last edition of this discussion, I made mention that freedom is not free. Yes! Freedom is not free. You have to work hard for it. I remembered President Muhamadu Buhari being quoted to have called Nigerian Youth lazy, well while that is not good of a leader speaking of his followers and that I cannot vividly conclude on his context of saying that. I think he may be right when it comes to the youth asking for what belong to them. When it comes to the Nigeria youth asking for their right, we are so lazy.
December 2017, Amasa Fridaus AbdulSalam, a University of Ilorin law graduate wwas denied access into the hall for herCall to Bar Ceremony, which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, for refusing to remove her hijab; the case that generated lot of controversies within the Nigerian law profession and the general public.
A neighour share her experience with me last month about her son being arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for what he knows nothing about. The most sad part of the story was that after the boy was severely tortured unjustly without investigation and was found innocent, they demanded N200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) for bail and approximately N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira), an equivalent amount for two of the stolen goods he was accused of purchased even after the culprit (thief) has confessed his innocent.
The beacon of democracy is in fact a free and fair press. Respect for the freedom of expression and the right of the public to access and receive information are the yardsticks to evaluate the existence of the rule of law and ultimately, popular democracy. Independence of the press from the shackles of the State is nonetheless an essential factor in any democratic environment. Freedom of the press is accorded respected status because it is indeed the ultimate value of any democratic society. More so, the press is regarded as instructions of self-government by the people who are under this right informed and educated about the affairs of the government and thus enabling them to form or express opinions on such matters
Hitherto, there used to be a conflict between the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court in terms of their jurisdictions. However, the case was laid to rest though unfortunately resurrected after a military junta. This article seeks to analyse the constitutional framework for the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court (FHC) and also to highlight the expansion of the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court (NIC), especially, in trade dispute resolutions beyond the provisions of the Trade Disputes Act.