The National Grazing Reserve Bill: “An ill wind that will blow no good”

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By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

In recent times, the nation has been awash with news of a certain grazing bill pending before the National Assembly for consideration. Up till now, no one is sure as to the exact purpose for the said Bill, save that it was said to be meant to address the incessant Fulani attacks, especially on farms and local settlements. This Bill has been rejected by all concerned, especially because of its manifestly dangerous consequences on us as a nation.

The grazing bill

Perhaps the best way to start is to examine the details of the said Bill, as it affects everyone. The proposed Grazing Bill is for the establishment of national grazing routes and reserves for the Fulani herdsmen.

The essence of this Bill is to establish National Grazing Routes and Reserves Commission, which shall acquire lands in all the 36 states of the Federation for the purpose of grazing and ranching.

It is targeted to curb incessant conflicts between nomadic herdsmen and livestock farmers and settlers in Nigeria. The central objective is to foster national cohesion and eliminate intra-state conflicts. The bill, when enacted into law, will be known as the National Grazing Route and Reserve Commission. Its functions: When enacted into law, the commission is expected to establish cattle routes, farm camp and grazing reserves in different parts of the country. Continue reading “The National Grazing Reserve Bill: “An ill wind that will blow no good””

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Quote of the Day

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“An effective criminal justice system is fundamental to the maintenance of law and order. Criminal justice, because it addresses behavioral issues, must be dynamic and proactive. … Consequently, many of the provisions are outdated and in some cases anachronistic. Besides, the loopholes in the laws and procedure have become so obvious that lawyers especially defense lawyers have become masters in dilatory tactics. It has thus, become increasingly difficult to reach closure of any kind in many criminal cases. Convictions or acquittals have become exceedingly rare”.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN [Former Attorney General of Lagos State] addressing the charges of the criminal justice system in Nigeria

Legal Headline News 19/04/2016

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Your daily list of law headlines:

The Guardian: Mr. Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal has barred Senators from Saraki’s trial. He declared that the Senate was not on trial before the CCT, therefore the lawmakers had no reason being in court daily. Umar consequently asked them to stay back at the Senate and conduct their constitutional duties.

NAN News: Chinese Authorities have declared that the death penalty may be given where there is an extreme case of corruption by government officials. Officials liable for embezzlement or found collecting bribes in the sum of 3 million Yuan ($460,000) or more may face possible death sentence.

Vanguard: National coordinator of Ijaws in Oil and Gas, IOG, Mr Ebipams Johnny, has urged lawmakers from the Niger Delta region in the National Assembly to oppose the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, currently before the House. Describing the bill as pathetic, the group explained that Ijaws under the IOG frown at the removal of the host communities’ development fund and the weakening of local content in the proposed PIB.

BBC: The Russian and Ukrainian leaders have had a telephone conversation over the fate of jailed high-profile prisoners, raising the possibility of a swap. The call came after Ukraine jailed two alleged Russian special forces soldiers for several crimes including terrorism. Continue reading “Legal Headline News 19/04/2016”

Question Of The Week

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

In 2016 we saw the highest court in South Africa hold that the President, Jacob Zuma, had failed to uphold, defend and respect their Constitution when he ignored a State order to repay some of the government funds used in an £11m upgrade to his private residence, including a swimming pool and amphitheatre. The court ordered he personally pay back the cost of those improvements to his residence…OUCH!

We have also seen in Brazil, the play out of President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment… that is if she is eventually impeached. The people had a role to play in this, they were fed up with corruption and crony capitalism and they took to the streets to protest. Continue reading “Question Of The Week”

A prosecutor’s vision for a better justice system | Adam Foss

“When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time.”

This is an amazing and thought provoking video! Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people’s lives for the better instead of ruining them.

As I was watching this video, I had to of course think about the Nigerian criminal justice system, which we all know is in dire need of reform. Continue reading “A prosecutor’s vision for a better justice system | Adam Foss”

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Taxation

 

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I was having a conversation with a close friend; for the purpose of this write-up I will call her Patra. Patra and I have been friends for over 5 years. We met while I was in my second year in University. She was one friend that did everything better than me, from being a star student to being the best club hopper and now as a business woman she was very successful. She is that friend that challenges me.

The other day while we discussed on the state of Nigeria, since that is all there is to talk about these days; from fuel scarcity, potential increase in VAT, Ben Murray-Bruce’s ‘Common Sense’ epistles to Governor Fayose’s outbursts about the APC government and its officials, I casually asked her if she paid her taxes.

Continue reading “What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Taxation”