Temidayo Adewoye Wins 2018 Babalola’s Law Dictionary Quiz Competition For Young Lawyers

Temidayo Adewoye of Perchstone & Graeyshas emerged the overall winner in the maiden edition of the Babalola’s Law Dictionary Quiz Competition for young lawyers with a 250,000 prize money courtesy of the firm of Olumide Babalola LP and Law Pavilion electronic report.

The Babalola’s Law Dictionary Quiz Competition for young lawyers had 10 finalists, which held at the Onikan Youth Centre, Lagos.

In the words of the Editor of Babalola’s Law Dictionary, Mr. Olumide Babalola, the competition was organized to deepen the culture of reading amongst young lawyers especially as it pertains to legal/procedural words and terminologies.

Morisola Alaba emerged the 1st runner up with 150,000 and Omowunmi Akinmuleya came 2nd runner up with 100,000 courtesy of the firm of Esher and Makarios.

The competition judges were Faruq Abbass, (managing partner of Abdul Salam & Co.); Mofesomo Tayo-Oyetibo Of Tayo Oyetibo LP; Issa Adedokun, former Chairman NBA, Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) Ikeja; Mrs. Ope Odejayi, Legal officer at (CBN); Omolade Lawal from Lawpavilion; Adedunmade Onibokun, publisher of LegalNaija blawg; Busola Ajala, Legal officer at 9Mobile and Faith Obafemi, Blockchain and crypotcurrency lawyer.

The Babalola’s Law dictionary Quiz Competition for young lawyers, which is planned to be an annual affair, had all the contestants receiving FWLR Law reports and practice books donated by Mr. Bimbo Atilola of Hybrid Consult, Mr. Taiwo Kupolati of Renaissance publishers and Mr. Lere Fashola of Legal Blitz Ltd., publishers of Esq. Magazine.tion.

Chikwe Udensi Wins Best Interpol Systems Innovator Award [2018]

Chikwe Udensi receives a Gold medal award by the International Criminal Police Organisation as the best Interpol Systems Innovator in the world, topping the United States of America that won silver.

Chile Eboe-Osuji Elected President Of International Criminal Court (ICC)

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a plenary sitting have elected Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji, a Nigerian as the president of the court for a three-year term.

Judge Robert Fremr from the Czech Republic was elected First Vice-President with Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France as Second Vice-President.

Chile Eboe-Osuji, who became the first Nigerian to be elevated to the court in 2012, would serve as ICC president for the next three years.

Chile Eboe-Osuji

In the words of President Chile Eboe-Osuji:

“I am deeply honoured to have been elected by my peers as President of the International Criminal Court. As I take up my duties, I feel encouraged that I am able to rely on the wide experience of the two Vice-Presidents, Judge Robert Fremr and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, both of whom I have closely worked with previously. I look forward to working together with them as well as with all the judges, all the Officials and the staff of the Court in a spirit of collegiality.

I also look forward to collaborating with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the international community at large, acting together to strengthen and reinforce the Rome Statute system, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of which we celebrate this year.

I am also grateful to the previous President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and Vice-Presidents, Judges Joyce Aluoch and Kuniko Ozaki, for their work and leadership.”

The Role of the ICC Presidency

The ICC Presidency – consisting of the President and the two Vice-Presidents – plays a key role in providing strategic leadership to the ICC as a whole.

The Presidency coordinates with the other organs and seeks the concurrence of the Prosecutor on matters of mutual concern.

In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC’s governing treaty, the Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court, with the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The Presidency oversees the activities of the Registry and provides input into a broad range of administrative policies affecting the Court’s overall functioning.

Furthermore it conducts judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States and international organizations.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established on 17 July 1998, by a conference of 160 States which established the first treaty-based permanent international criminal court. The treaty adopted during that conference is known as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The court investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.

Profile of Chile Eboe-Osuji

  • The new president holds an LLB from the University of Calabar, Nigeria (1985), an LLM from McGill University, Canada (1991), and a PhD in international criminal law from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011).
  •  He was elected to ICC in December 16, 2011, thus making him the first judge of Nigerian descent in that Court. He won the office in the fifteenth ballot in the Assembly of States Parties with 102 votes.
  • He has taught international criminal law as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Canada, and has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications.
  • Judge Eboe-Osuji served as a legal expert to Nigeria’s delegation to the ICC-ASP Special Working Group on the Definition of the Crime of Aggression and practised law as a barrister, appearing in many criminal, civil and constitutional cases before national courts in Nigeria and Canada.
  • Prior to joining the ICC, Judge Eboe-Osuji was the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which time he led the writing of submissions to the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court.
  • He also served as the Principal Appeals Counsel for the Prosecution in the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2007-2008) and has held several posts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including Head of Chambers (2008-2010) and Lead Prosecution Trial Counsel (2000-2003).


Lagos State Government Inaugurates 4 Special Courts For Prosecuting Sexual Offences & Corruption Cases

Towards efficient dispensation of justice, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has inaugurated four special courts solely for the prosecution of sexual offences and corruption cases.

The two courts will adjudicate on special offences (economic and financial crimes), while the two others will try sexual offences.

The sexual offences court is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Oluranti Adebule, said Lagos was collaborating with the British Council under the Rule of Law Anti-Corruption Programme to provide technical support for the anti-corruption fight.

The Governor further stated:

“The state collaborates with such agencies charged with the investigation and prosecution of corruption offences by providing an enabling environment in terms of responding to inquiries and providing information to anti-graft agencies.

I am particularly glad about the designation of two courts to handle sexual related offences as it complements our fight against sexual abuse.

These sexual offences courts will have trained and experienced prosecutors to interact with survivors, provide support and ensure timely prosecution of the cases.

Between 2015 and now, the DSVRT and Mirabel Centre have handled over 400 cases of sexual offences while 376 cases are being prosecuted in the various courts.

With a dedicated court now in place to handle these cases, l am sure that these cases will get the attention they deserve.

We have awarded the contract for the expansion of the operations of the DNA and Forensic Centre and Chemistry Section.

This will automatically place Lagos as one of the leading centres for forensics in Africa.”

Funlola Odunlami, the Solicitor-General of Lagos, lauded the Lagos State Government for being the first state to implement the initiative of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

In her words:

“Lagos leads and other states follow, Governor Ambode is very passionate about issues relating to domestic and sexual violence; he led the walk `Say No to Domestic and Sexual Violence’ and he is passionate about the work of the DSVRT.

We have to make sure that in Lagos State perpetrators of sexual crimes no longer exists.

Members of the public can dial #6280*, text ABUSE to 6280 either on MTN or Airtel or call the DSVRT on 0813796004, individuals can dial 112 which is a toll free line.

Laboratories and Forensic Centers were created to audition victims of sexual violence.

In the Ministry of Justice, there is a particular department with lawyers which is set aside to handle sexual crimes and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Paga Attains PCIDSS Level One Certification [2017]

Payments and digital financial services company, Paga, has been certified by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council as (PCIDSS) level one compliant.

This implies that the Nigerian payments and digital financial services company’s platform has been put through series of rigorous tests and proven to meet global security standards as defined by the PCI security standard council, which consists of credit card providers such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB.

PCIDSS publishes and mandates security standards for parties, who handle credit card information, confidential bank account information with a focus on improving account security throughout the transaction processes.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the certified company Tayo Oviosu, said:

“We are very pleased with this certification. This is vital for the next evolution of Paga, as it shows our security credibility and further demonstrates our commitment to delivering digital financial services at world class security standards. Nigerians can feel very comfortable saving their confidential card and bank details on Paga.

Then rather than giving those details out on websites or to third party applications customers simply use their Paga account and choose how they want to fund the transaction.

The protection provided by Paga will help expand use and adoption of e-commerce and mobile applications. We have seen similar in other parts of the world with PayPal and AliPay. Now, Paga brings the same level of world class payments service and security to Nigeria.”