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The Ogun State Judges’ Conference 2016 took place on 27th and 28th September, 2016 at the Conference, Hall, High Court of Justice, Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Director-General, Professor Adedeji Adekunle was the Guest Lecturer at the Conference on Tuesday 27th September, 2016, where he delivered a lecture titled ‘Right to Privacy and Law Enforcement.’

The Director-General’s lecture provided an insight into the concept of privacy in view of innovations in communication technology, and the enforcement of laws to ensure public order and safety. The lecture focused on the right to privacy as encapsulated in sections 37 and the restriction clause in section 45 of the 1999 Constitution. It examined the approach of the Nigerian judiciary to right to privacy claims, and with regards to admissibility of illegally obtained evidence obtained by law enforcement officials. The lecture also expounded on privacy law and policy in Nigeria.

The lecture examined jurisprudence from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom relating particularly to electronic surveillance/wiretapping, data protection and admissibility of evidence obtained from such activities. The Guest Lecturer underscored the value of privacy as an important societal construct. He suggested the need for inclusion of privacy principles in future legislation, a review of the admissibility of illegally obtained evidence rule as a means to deter invasions of privacy by law enforcement officials, and the need for the Nigerian judiciary to address right to privacy claims from a balanced societal and individualistic standpoint, whilst also drawing lessons from the jurisdictions examined.

In attendance was Hon. Justice Deinde Soremi., Chairman of the occasion; Hon. Justice O. O. Olopade, CON, KJW, Hon, Chief Judge of Ogun State; Dr. Olumide Ayeni, Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ogun State; Mr. Oluwemimo Ogunde, SAN (1st Discussant); Mrs. Funke Aboyade, SAN (2nd Discussant); Hon. Justice Olanrewaju Onafowokan, Head of Conference Committee, Ogun State Judges’ Conference 2016; and Ambassador Folake Marcus-Bello, former Nigerian Ambassador to Zambia. The event was attended by various honourable judges and magistrates of the Ogun State judiciary.

The high point of the occasion was the presentation of a gift to the Guest Lecturer, Professor Adedeji Adekunle by Hon. Justice O. Mabekoje, in appreciation to the Director-General for a thought-provoking and articulate lecture.

To download a copy of the lecture please click here