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September 2020

Muiz Banire > 2020 > September

Gana: Stop the extrajudicial killings

In not too distant a time, I wrote in my column about the story of a young suspect arrested by the police, who opted for the termination of his life rather than being sent to prison. In that story, the young man told the public the story of how he was sent to the Nigerian prison (Correctional home) for stealing a phone handset, from where he graduated upon release to a hardened criminal involved in armed robbery and rape. Upon his re-arrest, he had pleaded that his life be terminated instead of imprisoning him again, which he believed would further...

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Political leaders, social pact and the citizenry

In the last couple of years, there has been agitation around the emolument of the legislators in Nigeria. The accusation has been that it is shrouded in secrecy for the singular reason that it could not be justified, particularly in the face of the humongous rate of hunger and poverty in Nigeria, coupled with the battered state of the economy of the nation. The executive is equally not spared, particularly in terms of the various appropriated pension schemes, security vote, and, of recent, multiple compensations for those privileged to be ministers or legislators afterwards. It is the belief of the...

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Impact of illiteracy on public office

Although the literal meaning of the word ‘illiterate’ connotes someone who cannot read or right, on a pragmatic level, it could imply ignorance, notwithstanding the ability of the person involved to read or write. That is why, at times, you hear such descriptions as financial illiterate, political illiterate and medical illiterate, implying that, though the person can read and write, he is ignorant of that field of human endeavour. It is in this context that my analysis in this piece will go beyond mere ability to read and write. Ordinarily, a literate person is considered to be a knowledgeable person. Knowledge...

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Speedy justice: In defence of judges

I am sure that you are wondering what that is, ‘speedy justice.’ It is a term often wrongly used to denote efficient delivery of justice. Justice is justice and any delay in the dispensation of justice amounts to injustice. This is why the saying in legal parlance is “justice delayed, is justice denied.” Thus, it is either we have justice through speedy resolution of disputes or we do not have it, but that is a story for another day. However, what this means is speedy administration of justice. It implies the resolution of disputes within a reasonable time in a generous...

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