Like Nigerian Bobrisky, Like South African Mapodile, Can Nigerian Prisoners Claim Reasonable Expectation of (Bodily) Privacy? | Olumide Babalola

Like Nigerian Bobrisky, Like South African Mapodile, Can Nigerian Prisoners Claim Reasonable Expectation of (Bodily) Privacy? | Olumide Babalola

Like Nigerian Bobrisky, Like South African Mapodile, Can Nigerian Prisoners Claim Reasonable Expectation of (Bodily) Privacy?

Olumide Babalola

Introduction
When sometime in 2022, I read the South African decision in Tumelo Mapodile v The Minister of Correctional Services (2016) ZAGPJHC 174, it dawned on me that, sooner than later, the Nigerian Correctional facilities would have a similar issue on their hands. That day has come!

It is no longer news that on the 12th day of April 2024, the Nigerian cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye (Bobrisky) was sentenced to 6-months imprisonment for abusing the Nigerian currency. His sentence has been discussed from many perspectives but the part that caught my attention was the news report attributed to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) that they will hold Bobrisky in a male correctional facility and “protect him from sexual predators”. In other words, the NCS has undertaken to protect Bobrisky’s privacy (bodily integrity) while in their custody. I will come back to this.

Facts of Mapodile’s case

Tumelo, a gay South African, was convicted and imprisoned in a male correctional centre. His fellow inmates considered him a female and repeatedly harassed him sexually. When he consequently wrote a letter to the prison authorities to put him in a solitary cell or together with people of similar sexual orientation, but his request was not acceded to, he approached the court for redress. In granting his application, the South African High Court (Gauteng division) per Mabesele, J held that:

“Gays who are in custody are part of the community of prisoners which include categories of prisoners mentioned in regulations (2) (f, h and i) and whose right to dignity, to privacy and to health care are protected due to their peculiar status. It is beyond debate that gays, too, have their own peculiar status. Therefore they are entitled to the same protection which is afforded to the categories of prisoners mentioned above. Such protection should not be limited to dignity and privacy but should include equality. The prison authorities are obliged to protect these rights and must not create an impression to the prison community and to gay people in particular, as in the present case, that elevating gays to the same level with the categories of prisoners mentioned in regulation (2) and accommodating them in separate cells is a favour. For these reasons, I granted order dated 06 April 2016.”

The decision above must however be understood, distinguished or (un)appreciated in the light of South Africa’s pro-homosexuality laws and jurisprudence. For context, in other decisions, the South African courts have peculiarly recognised gay rights and decriminalised homosexuality in deference to the right to privacy. (See National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (1999) ZACC 17; National Coalition for Gay Lesbians Equality v Minister of Justice (1998) ZACC 15; Muri v Mutual and Federal Pension Fund (2002) 9 BPLR 3864; Satchwell v President of Republic of South Africa and Another [2002] ZACC 18; Du Toit and Another v The Minister of Welfare and Population Development [2002] ZACC 20; J and B v Home Affairs [2003] ZACC 3.)

Bobrisky’s case and the privacy angle

In Nigeria’s case, homosexuality remains a crime the last time I checked but that is not the crux of my intervention especially since Bobrisky was reported to have confirmed to the court that, he is male. Perhaps, the court and NCS were concerned for his sexual safety, hence the confirmation that he would be protected from sexual predators while in custody.

First, it is beyond doubt that a convicted person or a prisoner does not automatically lose his/her entitlement to the enjoyment of other fundamental rights apart from personal liberty, freedom of movement etc. As far as a prisoner’s privacy is concerned, even though it is extremely curtailed, it is not entirely eroded. Even though it is superficially contradictory for a prisoner to claim privacy, it is only when one views the right to privacy from a narrow prism that one concludes that prisoners lose the entirety of their privacy upon detention. For context, despite the terse jurisprudence on privacy in Nigeria, the Supreme Court has defined the right to privacy to imply “a right to protect … one’s body from unauthorised invasion”. (see M.D.P.D.T. v. Okonkwo (2001) 7 NWLR (Pt. 711) 206).

During his six-month’s term, Bobrisky still retains the right to protect his body from unauthorised sexual invasion which may await him from some sex-starved male prisoners if he is not protected by the authorities given his contradictory antecedents on social media depicting himself as a woman. While the State can validly intrude on prisoners’ privacy, the latter should enjoy a reasonable measure of bodily privacy from their fellow inmates, and they ought to be able to control how they are perceived by others – this is an interest protected by the right to privacy. Sebastian Hon, SAN notes that private life includes “The physical integrity of a person” and “the right to establish one’s details of identity as an individual human being” (see page 536-537 of S.T. Hon’s Constitutional and Migration Law in Nigeria published in 2016). Bobrisky has openly identified as a man in court, for the sanctity of his bodily privacy, the NCS’s decision to protect him from sexual predators is commendable and aligns with the constitutional provision that guarantees the privacy of citizens.

Conclusion
Imprisonment does not entirely extinguish all forms of the right to privacy. The Court of Appeal in Nwali v EBSIEC (2014) LPELR–23682(CA) interpreted ‘privacy of citizens’ to include: “citizens’ body… (including his plans and choices)… health…activities etc”. Hence, since Bobrisky is a Nigerian citizen, the respect for his privacy guaranteed under section 37 of the Constitution includes the protection of his body from sexual predators especially since he is more vulnerable as a result of his choices on social media and in life.

Implementing the Oronsaye Report: The most ground breaking reform of how PPP’s and Infrastructure Projects are procured in Nigeria | KS Legal

Implementing the Oronsaye Report: The most ground breaking reform of how PPP’s and Infrastructure Projects are procured in Nigeria | KS Legal

This article is the first part of the KS Legal Infrastructure & PPP series which will examine the levers of procuring and closing of PPP projects and programmes in Nigeria

In February 2024, the Federal Executive Council, under the directive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, approved the implementation of the recommendations in the Oronsaye Report .

Among these recommendations is the proposed merger of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) with the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), which will consolidate the oversight of the procurement of PPPs, concessions, and privatizations under the National Council for Privatization (NCP), chaired by the Vice President .

This reform, if fully implemented, with the necessary legislative action, promises to be the most significant overhaul of Nigeria’s framework for the procurement of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and infrastructure concessions at the federal level in the last twenty years.

Institutional and Regulatory Framework for PPPs at the Federal Level

The Ministries Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government are generally responsible for project identification, prioritisation, development, and implementation within their respective sectors, working in tandem with regulatory agencies to facilitate successful PPP outcomes.

However, there are broadly two ways set out in the laws for federal PPP projects to be delivered i.e. taken from project identification through to commercial and financial close, wherein the contracts are signed between the government and the private sector party, financing is approved and disbursed by the lenders. These are the ‘BPE route’ and the ‘ICRC route’.

The current regulatory landscape is chiefly governed by two laws, the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act of 1999 and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission Act of 2005.

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission Act 2005 (ICRC Act) is the law enabling and governing the participation of the private sector in the financing, construction, development, operation, or maintenance of infrastructure or development projects of the Federal Government Ministry, Agency, Corporation or body through concession or contractual arrangements entered into by the relevant Sector, Ministry or Agency .

The ICRC Act establishes the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), tasked with overseeing concession agreements and ensuring compliance.

Conversely, the Public Enterprise (Privatization and Commercialization) Act 1999 (PEPC Act) governs the partial or full privatization and commercialization of public enterprises in Nigeria. The PEPC Act established the National Council on Privatization (NCP) under the chairmanship of the Vice President with the power to approve public enterprises to be privatised and commercialized . The PEPC Act also created the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) with the mandate to implement and execute the NCP’s policy on privatization and commercialization.

Apart from the two main laws discussed above, the Public Procurement Act of 2007 which establishes the Bureau of Public procurement is also quite critical. This is the law and the body that oversees all public procurement processes including PPP project procurement, and ensures that all procurement methods, whether through the ICRC or the NCP, complies with legal and procedural requirements that safeguard public funds and promotes competition among bidders.

 

Regulatory Agency Dichotomy and Ambiguity

The NCP, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it pursuant to Sections 2 and 3 of the PEPC Act approved the commercialization of some public enterprises by way of concession under the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Order 2012. Consequently empowering the BPE to use concessions for the commercialization of government-owned enterprises.

The authorization of the BPE to engage in concessionary activities has crystalized into the existing dichotomy between the ICRC and BPE, by presenting a maze of overlapping regulatory responsibilities. This ambiguity has confounded investors and stakeholders involved in PPPs in deciding the route to embark on in originating, bidding and closing PPP projects in Nigeria.

Although the ICRC route grants significant autonomy to Ministers and the heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to shape the entire process, and even to expedite it. However, concerns linger over bid quality and project sustainability. For instance, is there a sufficient minimum mandatory scrutiny to ensure competitiveness and as a result ensuring the success of the best possible technical and financial bids with the most value for money under the ICRC bidding process?

Conversely, the NCP/BPE route is a rather slow process due to the multiple committee approvals projects must receive at the level of the BPE and the NCP from the various internal technical committees and from the Ministers and stakeholders in Council.

Recent directives such as the Presidential Directive of September 2020 have attempted to clarify responsibilities, The ICRC is to serve as the regulatory Agency for PPP transactions, with powers to inspect, supervise as well as monitor projects and process, on order to ensure compliance with relevant laws, policies and regulations while the BPE shall be responsible for the concession of already listed in the First and Second Schedules of the Public Enterprise (Privatization and Commercialization) Act 1999 and to act as the counterparty on behalf of the Federal Government alone or in conjunction with relevant MDAs on all infrastructure projects being developed on a public private partnership basis.

Despite the Federal Government’s efforts in streamlining the functions of the ICRC and BPE, operational disputes still persist.

 

Conclusion

The potential merger of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) with the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) represents a significant step towards enhancing the clarity and efficiency of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) procurement in Nigeria, particularly at the federal level. For investors, both domestic and foreign, this merger holds the promise of streamlining regulatory processes, reducing ambiguity, and fostering a more conducive environment for infrastructure investment.

By consolidating regulatory oversight under a single entity and aligning institutional frameworks, the merger aims to provide investors with greater certainty, transparency, and consistency throughout the PPP project lifecycle. Moreover, the synergy between the ICRC and BPE, under the umbrella of the National Council for Privatization, chaired by the Vice President, is poised to facilitate stronger policy coordination and strategic direction, bolstering investor confidence and attracting much-needed capital for critical infrastructure development. In the next part of this series we will examine the framework for executing PPP projects at the state or sub-national level, and the complexity of delivering projects across a diverse regulatory jurisdictions laws and insitutions.

 

References

–  https://punchng.com/breaking-tinubu-orders-full-implementation-of-oronsanye-report%E2%81%A3-%E2%81%A3/ > accessed 18th March 2024.

– President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan set up the Stephen Oronsaye led committee to suggest reforms to streamline government agencies, reduce redundancy, and enhance operational efficiency in the executive branch of the Federal Government.

–  https://von.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Steve-Oronsaye-Report.pdf > accessed 18th March 2024.

–  Section 1(1) ICRC Act

–  Section 2(3) ICRC Act

–  Section 6 of the PEPC Act defines public enterprises as any corporation, board, company or parastatal established under any enactment which the Government, a Ministry or agency has ownership, equity interests, partnership or any other form of business arrangement

– Section 9 PEPC Act 1999

– Section 11 PEPC Act 1999

–  Section 12 PEPC Act 1999

–  Circular Ref No SGF.50/S.37/II/749 dated 14th September 2020

 

 

#CharlesAjiboye@40: Adedunmade Onibokun Celebrates An Exemplary Achiever

Dear Charles,

As the sun marks the start of another day, we celebrate the milestone of your 40th birthday. It’s not just a measure of time, but a testament to the journey of a man who has lived with purpose and passion.

Your role as the NBA Assistant Publicity Secretary has been marked by dedication and a commitment to excellence. Your voice has been one of reason, your actions a reflection of integrity, and your presence a source of inspiration.

As we prepare to celebrate you on April, 12 (more…)

NBA-SBL Announces Lawyers Got Talent (LGT) 2.0

NBA-SBL Announces Lawyers Got Talent (LGT) 2.0

NBA-SBL Announces Lawyers Got Talent (LGT) 2.0

Lagos, Nigeria — Lawyers are often seen as people with formidable minds. However, beyond the courtroom facade lies an array of talents and untapped potential waiting to be unveiled.

 

In a world where the perception of lawyers as formal and workaholics prevails, The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) is on a mission to challenge this narrative, providing a platform for lawyers to showcase their talents outside the confines of traditional legal practice.

 

Therefore, building on the success of its inaugural edition, The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) – Section on Business Law (SBL) proudly announces Lawyers Got Talent (LGT) 2.0, an extraordinary showcase of the multifaceted skills and passions of legal practitioners.

 

Reflecting on the upcoming event, Ose Okpeku, Chairman of the 2024 NBA-SBL Conference Planning Committee, expressed enthusiasm for the diverse talents that Lawyers Got Talent will showcase. “Our legal community is brimming with creativity and passion, and Lawyers Got Talent provides a platform to celebrate and honor these talents,” Ose Okpeku remarked. “We look forward to an unforgettable evening filled with inspiration and entertainment.”

 

According to the NBA, this year’s Lawyers Got Talent (LGT) is expected to deliver a heightened level of excitement and thrill. Attendees can expect an evening filled with pleasant surprises, entertainment, excitement, and mirth.

 

To qualify for the talent showcase, interested participants are invited to submit a 1-minute video showcasing their talent in one of the following categories: music (voice and instruments), poetry (Spoken words), or comedy.

 

Submissions should be sent to nbasblconference@gmail.com no later than May 2nd 2024. To be eligible for the talent show, participants must also register for the conference, adding an exciting incentive to secure their spots.

 

Prizes await the most outstanding performers, with cash rewards totaling over 2 Million Naira, for the top three winners. Beyond the allure of monetary prizes, Lawyers Got Talent offers participants a chance to connect with fellow legal professionals in a spirit of camaraderie and celebration.

 

Registration for the conference is ongoing. The link to the registration portal is www.nbasbl.org. For more information, please visit the NBA-SBL website at www.nbasbl.org or contact the Conference Secretariat at info@nbasbl.org.

 

For more information, please visit NBA-SBL on Instagram – @nbasbl and Twitter – @nbasblofficial or call the following Contact numbers: Johnson – 08032543244,

Harry – 08068000517 and Temitope – 08138492338.

 

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About the NBA SBL: The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law Is committed to advancing the practice of business law within the legal community. Through conferences, publications, and educational initiatives, NBA SBL provides a platform for legal professionals to stay informed and connected.

 

Unlearn Old Skill: JAALS Foundation charges Bailiffs of the Federal High Court

Unlearn Old Skill: JAALS Foundation charges Bailiffs of the Federal High Court

Unlearn Old Skill: JAALS Foundation charges Bailiffs of the Federal High Court

In an effort to elevate the proficiency and professionalism of Bailiffs at the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, the JAALS Foundation, in partnership with SHAN Consulting, orchestrated a comprehensive two-day training program on April 2 and 3, 2024.

Under the endorsement of Hon. Justice John Tsoho, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, the event drew the participation of esteemed legal luminaries, including Hon. Justice Faji, Administrative Judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, and Mr. Bisi Makanjuola, Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, among others.

Mr. Tolu Aderemi, Director of the JAALS Foundation and Partner at Perchstone & Graeys, LP, initiated the training by emphasizing the crucial role of Bailiffs as agents of justice. Aderemi urged Bailiffs to update their knowledge of relevant laws, think innovatively, and proactively execute their duties. The workshop’s primary goal was to equip Bailiffs with new and innovative service delivery methods in alignment with the Nigerian Sheriff and Civil Processes Act, ultimately enhancing prompt justice administration.

Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN, delivered the keynote address, underscoring the importance of Bailiffs in expediting justice delivery. He advocated for the integration of technology and emphasized the need for law reform to fully implement expected changes. Dr. Ajibade commended the JAALS Foundation for their initiative and encouraged ongoing collaboration to enhance the justice system.

On the second day, Mr. Bidemi Amusa, Managing Director/CEO of Carrilon Properties, stressed the significance of acknowledging excellence among Bailiffs and proposed enhanced welfare packages and recognition for outstanding performance. The NBA’s Lagos branch Chairman, Bisi Makanjuola, reassured Bailiffs of continuous support and announced collaborative efforts to address maltreatment issues.

Ms. Busola Ajala, Director of Strictly Law Business, urged Bailiffs to approach their duties impartially and with dedication, providing practical problem-solving strategies. Interactive sessions led by legal experts focused on service procedures and record-keeping best practices, with Hon. Justice Kalah offering insights on acceptable proof of service and discretion usage.

Goodwill messages from legal luminaries emphasized the importance of excellence in advocating for justice reform. Hon. Justice Ayokunle Faji, representing the Chief Judge, assured that proposed reforms and recommendations would be considered for implementation, emphasizing the need for potential legal amendments.

The training, led by Chief Consultant Mrs. Sylvia Nzekwu, incorporated unique styles and techniques to enhance participant engagement.

A significant highlight was the commitment from the JAALS Foundation and Carrilon Properties Limited to refurbish the Bailiff Section of the Federal High Court, enhancing working conditions as requested by the Head Bailiff.

Hon. Justice Ayokunle Faji expressed gratitude to the JAALS Foundation and partners for their commendable initiative, assuring participants of the Chief Judge’s support for proposed reforms. The event concluded on April 3, 2024, with certificates awarded to all attendees, signifying a crucial step towards empowering Bailiffs and improving justice administration at the Federal High Court.

New Books On Electricity And Oil And Gas Law

New Books On Electricity And Oil And Gas Law

We are excited to announce the addition of 2 amazing books on Electricity and Oil and Gas Law to our Lawyers online bookstore. Both books are authored by industry expert, Dr. Ayodele Oni.

See descriptions below;

The Natural Gas Market, Petroleum Transactions, and the Petroleum Industry

Feature/Key points

  • Practical issues in the natural gas market.
  • The why, what and how to, of acquisitions and due diligence. exercises and reports.
  • Solving the challenges across the petroleum values chain in Nigeria.
  • The fuel subsidy substitution programme.
  • Upstream, Midstream and downstream Transactions & Issues.
  • Thorough Analysis of the PIA, Fiscals and Flaws .
  • PIA Transportation Network Code and GGTAS.

Available here: https://legalnaija.com/product/natural-gas-market-petroleum-transactions-and-the-petroleum-industry/

Renewables, Electric Power Transaction, & The Electricity Act 2023

Feature/Key points

 Solving problems in the power sector using the ‘Olu Omo’ Concept.

 Power Sector Transactions, Negotiation strategy and contracting.

 Investment opportunities renewables and energy transition

 Thorough Analysis of the Electricity Act.

 The whether and how of state electricity markets

 Consumer protection & electricity theft

Available here: https://legalnaija.com/product/renewables-electric-power-transaction-and-the-electricity-act-2023/

 

 

NBA Women Forum Annual Conference Ends On A High Note

NBA Women Forum Annual Conference Ends On A High Note

The Annual General Conference held on the 21st and 22nd in Lagos, Nigeria. The conference opened with a pre-conference cocktail night where delegates had the opportunity to network and interact with other female lawyers on the first day of the conference.

Day 2 of the conference  was the day of the main event and was opened with the recitation of the national anthem followed by opening remarks of the Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum, Mrs. Chinyere Okorocha after which Mrs. Folashade Alli SAN, the chairperson of the planning committee of the 4th annual general conference gave a welcome speech.

After the welcome addresses, some dignitaries present were invited to give their good will messages. The Attorney General of Lagos, Honourable Lawal Pedro, Mrs Amina ably represented by Mrs. Funke Oduwole and the representative of the first lady of Ogun state amongst others gave their good will messages.

The conference kicked off in full with the keynote speech presented by the ever vibrant and change maker Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters who spoke to the theme of the conference “Beyond the Balance Sheet, Redefining Success for Women in Law” she urged Nigerian female lawyers to define what success means to them, to follow their passion and not allow other people or society define what happiness should mean to them. She suggested that the body in charge of conferring Senior advocate ranking look beyond court advocacy and that they should consider lawyers who work in-house and non-litigation lawyers generally. She opined that senior lawyers embrace the culture of mentoring young lawyers as the younger lawyers would be the one to take over the baton in few years to come. She left the audience with the words that a female lawyer also needs to balance her sheets as the goal is to be successful while also making the money.

After the speech, a question and answer section was anchored by the Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum, Mrs. Chinyere Okorocha where she asked the keynote speakers questions regarding challenges she must have faced during the cause of her career in the creative industry which used to be men dominated before the emergence of women who dared to change the narrative. At the conclusion of this segment, the first panel session commenced. This section delved into how a professional ecosystem can be created for the female lawyer, the panelists narrated personal experiences and also encourage law firms and employers to put structures that will make the workplace enabling for women to thrive.

The second session which had seasoned lawyers like Mr. George Etomi, SAN,  Mrs Kofo Dosekun speak about how a business of law is formed and managed. Mr. George Etomi, SAN from his wealth of experience gave three key insights which include employing or partnering with lawyers who can get the work in, ensuring that all jobs gotten are done to the best and lastly getting money into the firm to continue to finance the law firm business. Third section was on technology, the panelist gave examples of how women in law can leverage on technology. One of the panelists noted that gone are the days where female lawyers especially married women struggle with staying back at the office to finish a research work, a woman can now within the confines of her house do researches and access cases using platforms like the Law Pavilion.

The fourth session had panelists like Mrs. Funmi Roberts who spoke about how women in law should dress and compose themselves. Women in law are advised to remain authentic, dress appropriately, network and always speak in rooms where they find themselves. The fifth session had a mental health specialist Dr. Yusuf Kadiri, Mrs. Fatima Ibrahim-Ali, Professor Fabian Ajogwu, SAN and was moderated by Professor Foluke Dada. The panelists narrated personal experiences and advised young lawyers to ay attention to ow their body works. Women lawyers are advised to engage in activities that will help the stay healthy both physically and mentally.

The last session had women and very senior lawyers who have journeyed both the legal career and raising families. Professor Yemi Bamgbose, SAN, Mrs. Folashade Alli, SAN  and Honourable Justice Ipaye shared their wealth of experience, challenges they have faced and triumphed while casing their career, the key takeaway from this session to a young female lawyer is that you can n have it all, the thriving career, successful life and an happy family life. The formal session of the conference was rounded off by the 6th session. Delegates and guests were excused to go and dress elegantly for the dinner which will mark the closing of the annual general conference.

The dinner held at the same venue, a keynote speech was given by the representative of the Dr. Olusin the CEO of Bank of Industry. Series of entertainment activities were done, awards were presented. The conference came to an end with the conclusion of the dinner. The conference was a resounding success and all participants were excited to have been of such an epoch making event.

 

 

NBA, SBL Announces 2024 Conference Date, Unveils Conference Planning Sub-Committees

NBA, SBL Announces 2024 Conference Date, Unveils Conference Planning Sub-Committees

The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) has announced the dates for this year’s edition of its annual international business law conference. Themed “Survive and Thrive”, the 2024 edition of the International Business Law Conference will hold from Wednesday June 26, to Friday, June 28 at the Abuja Continental, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

This year’s edition, which marks the 18th in the annals of the Annual International Business Law Conference, aims to stimulate discussions on innovative strategies for navigating the challenges posed by a dynamic business environment. Attendees will also glean insights from experts in law and business on how to scale the obstacles of an ever-evolving business and legal landscape.

According to Ose Okpeku, Chair of the 2024 Annual International Business Law Conference, “The theme for this year’s edition – Survive and THRIVE – was carefully chosen because of the multi-faceted challenges confronting the Nigerian economy which span beyond the business and legal landscapes.

The NBA-SBL has also unveiled the executive committee and sub-committees that will steer the affairs of this year’s International Business Law Conference. The executive committee is chaired by Ose Okpeku with Isaiah Bozimo (SAN) and Frances Eneh serving as Vice Chair and Secretary respectively. Chinemerem Ezenwa will serve as Assistant Secretary.

The Fundraising Sub Committee will be led by Dr. Fatima Kere Ahmed who will serve as the Chair, Oludare Senbore who is the Co-Chair and Aderonke Alex-Adedipe who is the Vice Chair. The Program and Content Sub Committee is co- chaired by Solape Peters and Yeside Asolo, with Omoruyi Edoigiawerie as Co-chair and Ugonna Ogbuagu as Secretary.

Moses Faya and Seun Timi will serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the Technology Sub Committee respectively, while Temi Olowu will co-chair the Sponsorship Benefits Sub Committee.

While Dayo Adu has been saddled with the responsibility of chairing the Media and Publicity Sub Committee, he will be assisted by Oyinye Ukeagbu as Vice Chair and Rosemond Phil Othihiwa as Secretary.

The Logistics and Entertainment Sub Committee will be headed by Johnson Amaechi as Chair, while Rita Nwokocha will serve as Secretary with Temitope Arowosegbe as a member. The Regulatory clinic will be coordinated by Marx Ikongbe, Mana B. Phar and Adeola Fayose.

Speaking on the introduction of the conference sub- committees, Ose Okpeku said: “We are pleased to unveil capable and exceptional individuals in the various sub-committees and we are confident that they will deliver on what promises to be an exceptional conference as we celebrate our 20th year anniversary.

Registration for the conference is ongoing. The link to the registration portal is www.nbasbl.org. For more information, please visit the NBA-SBL website at www.nbasbl.org or contact the Conference Secretariat at info@nbasbl.org

 

The National Inter Faculty Law Competition

The National Inter Faculty Law Competition

INTRODUCTION

The National Inter-Faculty Competition is an initiative of the Academic Arm of the Redeemer’s University Law Students Society. It is currently being organized and planned by the National Inter-Faculty Competition (NIFC) Planning Committee, a subordinate committee created under the Redeemer’s University Law Students Society for the effective planning and administration of the National Inter-Faculty Competition (NIFC). The National Inter-Faculty Competition is named in honour of its patron Davidson Oturu.

In light of the recent and prevalent trends regarding technological advancement and the very concept of emerging technology globally The National Inter-Faculty Competition has been themed: The Legal and Ethical Implication of Emerging Technology.

The National Inter-Faculty Competition has been set to be divided into four stages:

– The Essay Stage: All registered faculties of law in Nigeria would be required to submit an essay centered on the topic From Pixels to Policy: Unraveling the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Nigeria’s Emerging Digital Economy in accordance with the modalities provided in the NIFC rules of procedure. The faculties with the best essays as determined by impartial external judges will qualify and move on to the second stage of the competition.

– The Asynchronous Debate stage: This is the second stage of the competition where the qualifying faculties will be expected to record a video speaking in support or opposing the topic provided to them in compliance with the modalities contained in the rules of procedure. This stage adopts the traditional debate style where two teams will face off and speak either for and against a provided topic, the topic varies from team to team but are all centered on the central theme of the competition. The qualifiers of this round will progress to the third stage.

– Memorial Writing Stage: This stage commences the moot segment of the competition. Here, the qualifying faculties will be expected to draft a memorial in preparation for the mooting session on particular facts formulated by the National Inter-Faculty Competition Planning Committee.

– Mooting Stage: The four faculties with the best memorials will qualify to participate in the moot competition which is the final round. This round will hold physically in Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state from May 1st to May 3rd, 2024. The final round is set to hold in conjunction with National Inter-Faculty Competition Conference centered on the same theme: The Legal and Ethical Implication of Emerging Technology. The winners of the competition will emerge from this stage and be crowned the best faculty of law in Nigeria and be awarded with prizes.

OBJECTIVES

The central purpose of the National Inter-Faculty Competition is to ultimately foster the spirit of sportsmanship, cooperation and oneness among all faculties of law in Nigeria. The National Inter-Faculty Competition was also organized with these objectives in mind:

– The National Inter-Faculty Competition intends to test the intellectual capabilities of the participating faculties of law and awaken them to an area of law they have not been adequately expose to.

– This competition being organized and hosted by a private university is aimed at balancing the scales between public and private universities in Nigeria, in a bid to eliminate segregation.

– This competition intends to create a space for networking, it will give students the opportunity to connect with other law students and established legal practitioners.

– This competition also intends to create an avenue for students to showcase their talents and skills; it also aims to assist in developing problem solving skills, creativity, and communication skills.

– The National Inter-Faculty Competition was also organized with the intention of providing Redeemer’s University, specifically the Redeemer’s University Law Students Society, the visibility it desires.

The National Inter-Faculty Competition promises to be an insightful experience and it holds immense potential for growth and development.

 

 

PrivCon Privacy Awards: Final Nominees Unveiled

PrivCon Privacy Awards: Final Nominees Unveiled

The Organizing Committee is thrilled to announce the final list of nominees for the prestigious PrivCon Privacy Awards. These awards aim to honor and celebrate outstanding achievements in the field of privacy and data protection within Nigeria. The winners will be revealed during the much-anticipated PrivCon Privacy Awards on the 3rd day of April 2024 at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

The PrivCon Privacy Awards serve as a testament to the innovative efforts and significant contributions made by individuals and organizations towards safeguarding privacy rights and fostering a culture of data protection in Nigeria.

After a rigorous selection process, the following final nominees have been shortlisted across various categories:

 

Privacy Icon of the Year

* Mr Babatunde Irukera

(Former CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

 

Privacy Leading Light (Legal)

* Thelma O. Okorie (Banwo & Ighodalo)

* Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Jackson, Etti & Edu)

* Adaobi Olaye (DataPro Consulting)

* Ridwan Oloyede (Tech Hive Advisory)

* Solomon Okedara (Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative)

* Austin Mbadugha (Ernst & Young)

* Moses Faya (Tech Policy Advisory)

* Tomisin Titilope Olumuyiwa (LG Electronics)

 

Privacy Leading Light (Tech)

* Emmanuel Umoru (Accuvice Consulting)

* Shalom Tolu Bamigboye (Taxaide)

* Toulu Akerele (Paystack)

* Jennifer Enemuo

 

Privacy Leading Light (Academics)

* Dr Akinola Akintayo (University of Lagos)

* Prof. Simisola Akintola (University of Ibadan)

 

Privacy Leading Light (Research)

* Dorcas Tsebee (Tech Hive Advisory)

* Peter-Cole Onele (Chris Ogunbanjo & Co)

* Ridwan Oloyede (Tech Hive Advisory)

 

 

Privacy Leading Light (Women category)

* Thelma Oshone Okorie (Banwo & Ighodalo)

* Tomisin Titilope Olumuyiwa (LG Electronics)

* Abisola Epoyun (Flutterwave)

* Ibiwunmi Adeyeri (Denton ACAS)

* Sandra Eke (SPA Ajibade & Co)

* Chiderah Ike-Okonkwo (Nigeria Data Protection Commission)

* Victoria Oloni (Templars)

* Adaobi Olaye (Data Pro Consult)

* Toulu Akerele (Paystack)

* Celestina Nwabueze (Olaniwun Ajayi LP)

* Jennifer Enemuo

* Amirah Rufai (University of Lagos)

 

Privacy Team of the Year (Private sector)

* Eko Disco

* Paystack

* Flutterwave

* AirTel

 

Privacy Team of the Year (Public sector)

·      University of Lagos

 

Best Privacy Culture Development

* Paystack

* Flutterwave

* Paradigm Initiative

* Airtel

 

Best Privacy Product/Programme

* UNILAG Data Protection Project

* Smartcomply

* CyberSec Policy Girls Initiative

* Cybersafe Foundation

 

DPO of the Year (private sector)

* Hannah Adeyemi (G4S Shared Services Nigeria Ltd)

* Oyindolapo Olusesi (Kora Pay)

* Moyosore Jide-Taiwo (Airtel Nigeria)

* Tomisin Titilope Olumuyiwa (LG Electronics)

* Olamilekan Bakre (Eat n Go Ltd)

 

DPCO of the Year

* Andersen

* Tech Hive Advisory

 

Rising Star (Legal)

* Ifeoluwa Ebiseni (Aelex)

* Uwem Atakpo (Taxaide Tech Ltd)

* Martha Apeh (CCHub)

* Temiloluwa Dosunmu( Famsville Solicitors)

* Dorcas Tsebee (Tech Hive Advisory)

* Vannessa Obi (Banwo & Ighodalo)

* Joel Adefidipe (Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie)

* Esther Nkechinyere Odunze (Olisa Agbakoba Legal)

* Olajide Akibu (AO2 Law)

* Samuel Ngwu (Duale Ovia and Alex Adedipe)

* Victoria Oloni (Templars)

* Ridwan Badmus (Oguntoye & Oguntoye)

* Omesi Mamedu (Folasade Alli & Associates)

* Sandra Eke (SPA Ajibade & Co)

* Olatorera Oladeji (Taxaide Tech Ltd)

 

Rising Star (Tech)

* Shalom Tolu Bamigboye

Rising Star (students)

* Maimuna Usman (Afe Babalola University)

* Raheemah Olawuyi (University of Ilorin)

* Tom Utum (Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy)

* Afolabi Alawode (Olabisi Onabanjo University)

* Christopher Ewulum (University of Nigeria)

* Yetunde Olashore (Nigerian Law School)

* David C. Giwa (Lagos State University)

* Ajayi Philip Muyiwa (Ekiti State University)

* Chidera Stephanie Igweonu (Oyenusi University of Science and Technology)

Privacy Leading Light (advocacy)

* Paradigm Initiative

* ISH-61 Human Rights & Social Justice Initiative.

The Awards winners will be announced during the PrivCon’s closing ceremony and awards night, scheduled to take place at the Civic Centre, Lagos on the 3rd day of April 2024 at 6pm. The event promises to be a momentous occasion, bringing together leading experts, advocates, and stakeholders in the Nigerian privacy and data protection community.

To attend the event, please visit www.privconnigeria.org