Esther Hatsiwa Emmanuel (Mrs)
LLB, BL, LLM, Research Fellow NIALS Lagos
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Insurgency is growing and fast spreading all over the world. This is partly due to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, and the spread of radical Islamic teachings. Where this is coupled with government’s lack of will to perform its constitutional duty of protecting lives and properties, these insurgent groups metamorphose into violent terrorist groups, with local and international implications. This is typical of the Boko Haram insurgency in North Eastern Nigeria. Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group based in North-Eastern Nigeria, which calls for the use of violence to ensure a return to the true practice of Islam with the ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic State. Fundamentally, this group views that western education/civilization is sinful, sacrilegious or ungodly and should be forbidden. The group thus calls for an outright rejection of western education, culture and modern science. It advocates the propagation of strict adherence to Islamic tenets in its purest form.

By Kemi Omojola
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Human trafficking or Trafficking in Persons is a crime that thrives on the deprivation of the very essence of humanity-human rights.

By Chukwuemeka Castro Nwabuzor,

Research Fellow, NIALS

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The Court of Appeal (CA) has once again settled the recurrent issue regarding the application of civil forfeiture in Nigeria. In the case of Dame Patience Jonathan v FRN (2018) LPELR- 43505 (CA), an appeal was brought against the decision of the Federal High Court to grant an interim forfeiture order based on an ex parte application by the respondent for the forfeiture of monetary property in two Nigerian commercial banks in the name of a company La Wari Furniture and Baths Limited which were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity. The motion for interim forfeiture was brought under section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences Act, 2006 (AFFA), section 44(2)(k)of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 (as amended) and under the inherent jurisdiction of the Court.

By Chukwuemeka Castro Nwabuzor,

Research Fellow, NIALS

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As a general rule, persons  in the Armed Forces enjoy the same constitutional rights as civilian, except for those protections and rights which the history and text of the Constitution specifically deny them. A serviceman becomes subject to military law, but he also remains bound by the ordinary civil and criminal law. This is simply what is termed in military parlance as the doctrine of compact of “compact” or burden associated with the military. While some may say that the serviceman, by this doctrine, is governed by two system of law, this is hardly correct as military law is part of the ordinary law of the land.

Fighting corruption has more than ever before, become a global concern. Corruption is a serious crime that undermines economic development; political stability; the rule of law; social development; disrupts social order and destroys public trust in the governance system. [See National Anti-corruption Strategy (2017-2021)