Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday called for a technology-driven legal system in Nigeria to enable it to remain relevant in the dynamic world.
Osinbajo made the call while opening the 2021 Law Week of the Lagos Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Law Week had the theme: “Disruption, Innovation and the Bar”.
In an address he delivered virtually, Osinbajo said that technological changes had become a major threat to the survival of even the legal profession.
He urged that the profession must keep in tune with changes.
According to him, as in some other sectors that have deployed technology tools, there is now a tilt toward replacement of human legal services with artificial intelligence.
He said that it then meant that the survival of the legal profession was being threatened.
He added that the practice of lumping law students in classrooms for purpose of teaching is fast becoming archaic with technological changes.
“The theme of this year’s law week – Disruption, Innovation and the Bar – is of tremendous importance today,” he said.
According to him, the theme provides the basic idea which legal services will now have to grapple with.
“According to a 2019 Report, 31,000 jobs in the American industry were lost due to automation, and by 2036 that number will grow to over a hundred thousand legal jobs.
“With a continued progression in technology, It is only a matter of time before the times also catch up with us in Nigeria,” he said.
Osinbajo noted that artificial intelligence had become a business model being developed and adopted to solve day-to-day problems.
He said: “For example, Ross is a technology system that can research and offer legal opinion.
“Questions are put to it and it provides answers even touching on case and statute law.
“These phenomenon raises pertinent questions for the legal profession as to how it will deal with these competitive process.”
According to him, it is important for the legal profession to change with the changing circumstaces.
“It is interesting to see that during the recent JUSUN strike, the Supreme Court delivered some judgments by Zoom,” he said.
Osinbajo said that the changes were happening taking place fast.
He, consequently, urged the NBA to rise up to the challenge, take charge and pay attention to the rules of engagement of legal services.
NAN reports that other dignitaries who participated in the event include the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN); President of the NBA represent by General Secretary of the Bar, Mrs Joyce Oduah; Mr Femi Falana (SAN), a former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili. (NAN)
Senate Mandates Bamidele led Committee to wade into Faceoff between CJN and Justices of Supreme Court
Nigerian Senate on Wednesday waded into faceoff between the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed and Supreme Court Justices Mandating It’s Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters led by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele to Investigate the matter with the aim of resolving the issue.
It would be recalled In an unprecedented petition, 14 Justices of the apex court had jointly accused the Chief Justice of Nigeria of corruption, maladministration and incompetence.
The main issues put forward by the Justices in their letter through a welfare committee were; non-replacement of poor vehicles; accommodation problem; lack of drugs at the Supreme Court clinic; epileptic electricity supply to the Supreme Court; increase in electricity tariff; no increase in the allowances for diesel; lack of internet services to residences and chambers.
However, the Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko
Mohammed had denied allegations raised against him by the 14 Supreme Court Justices.
As a resultof this development, the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan said that lawmakers must be interested in what is happening in the Judiciary with view finding solution to the issue.
Lawan therefore asked the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele to wade to the issue and find out what is the real issue.
He said, ” We must have interest in what is happening in the Judicial Arm of government with a view of bringing solution to the issue .
” Our Standing Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters should get involve and find out what the real issue is so.that the National Assembly can help out.”
Court Sentences Danish Man Peter Nielsen To Death For Killing Wife, Daughter
A Lagos High Court Sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square of Lagos Island on Friday sentenced to death by hanging, a Danish man, Peter Nielsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife Zainab and his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
The judgment which lasted about five hours was delivered by Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile.
The Lagos State Government had arraigned the defendant, Peter Nielsen, before the court on a two-count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.
The state submitted that the defendant aged 53 allegedly killed his Nigerian musician wife, Zainab also known as Alizee and his daughter on April 5, 2018, at about 3.45 am at their Banana Island residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.
Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Supreme Court Joins Rivers In Buhari’s Suit Against Section 84 (12) Of Electoral Act
The Supreme Court has granted Rivers State’s request to join in President Muhammadu Buhari’s suit against Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act.
Hearing in the suit has been fixed for May 26.
The Supreme Court fixed the date after joining Rivers State as an interested party.
Justice Muhammad Dattijo adjourned the matter following the concession by Buhari’s lawyer Lateef Fagbemi that the speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly and Attorney General, Rivers State, be joined as parties.
Section 84 (12)
President Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, had filed a suit at the Supreme Court, seeking an interpretation of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2022.
In the suit filed on April 29, the President and AGF, who are the plaintiffs, listed the National Assembly as the sole defendant.
They are seeking an order of the apex court to strike out the section of the Electoral Act, saying it is inconsistent with the nation’s Constitution.
According to the court document, the plaintiffs contend that Section 84 (12) of the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2022 is inconsistent with the provisions of Sections 42, 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, 192 and 196 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended), as well as Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and People and Peoples Rights.
President Buhari and Malami also contended that the Constitution already provides qualification and disqualification for the offices of the President and Vice President, Governor and Deputy Governor, Senate and House of Representatives, House of Assembly, Ministers, Commissioners, and Special Advisers.
They urged the court to make: “A declaration that the joint and combined reading of Sections 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, 192 and 196 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended); the provision of Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, 2022, which also ignores Section 84(3) of the same Act, is an additional qualifying and/or disqualifying factors for the National Assembly, House of Assembly, Gubernatorial and Presidential elections as enshrined in the said constitution, hence unconstitutional, unlawful, null and void.”
In the same vein, the National Assembly has asked the Supreme Court to strike out the suit instituted by President Buhari.
The National Assembly, in its counter-affidavit, filed by its lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, said the Supreme Court cannot be invoked to amend the provision of any law validity made by lawmakers in the exercise of their legislative powers as granted by the Constitution.
They argued that the 1999 Constitution, as amended gave the National Assembly the power to make laws for good governance in Nigeria.
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