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As part of the programme for its 2009 Annual General Conference holding in Lagos from the 16th to 21st August, 2009, Law ft Allied Resourcery collaborated with the Nigerian Bar Association to organize the golf event chatted “The NBA/Law Masters’ Open Golf Tournament”, which held on Wednesday, 19th August 2009. This tournament was the inaugural event of an annual golf competition exclusively for Lawyers at which funds raised would go towards an NBA initiative. It attracted the best and brightest Lawyers and influential personalities of the Nigerian judiciary as they trooped in their droves to the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 for the tournament. The NBA/Law Masters Golf Cup is a symbol of Winning through Skills and Precision, Professional Excellence, Personal and Corporate Health, Leadership, and above all, Service to Humanity through the Practice of Law. The winner of the prestigious NBA/Law Masters Cup will proudly keep the trophy until the next tournament. It was a highly competitive tournament as 30 seasoned golfers of high handicap ratings competed for the cup. The NBA Golf Captain, Chief J-K Gadzama, chaired the tournament. Tee-off commenced promptly at 7.OOam and closed at 12.3Opm. The prize Presentation, would commenced at 4.3Opm, was attended by the best and the brightest amongst the community of Lawyers, the event was chaired by the indefatigable section on Public Interest and Development (SPIDEL) and was well coordinated by the Master of Ceremonies, the very creative publisher of TAKAI1 magazine, Mr Efere Ozako. Also in attendance were the Editor of ThisDay’s Lawyer, Miss Funke Aboyade and her deputy, Mr. Jude Igbanoi .and the Chairman, Section on Business Law (SBL), Mr. George Etomi, who was also a generous sponsor of the event. The Net Winner with 75 Points, was Mr Soji Awogbade, a partner in the pacesetting Law firm, Aelex, his runner-up was Mr Nwazu E. who was closely followed with a single digit point difference by Mr. Obi Anozie, who took 3rd place The Gross Winner was Mr. R.A Sanni who won with 89 Points, on his trail as a close Runner-Up was Mr. M. Osadebe. For the Ladies Best Net, Mrs. Peace Anurai took the trophy home. The organizers of the tournament, Mr. Yahaya Maikori, Principal Partner of LawAllianz and Mr. Ayo Ayeni of Law & Allied Resourcery, have promised that the golf event will only grow from grace to grace wherever and whenever the NBA Annual General Conference is holding. The esteemed sponsors of the event were Law Allianz, AeLex, George Etomi and Partners, Banwo &Ighodato, DTaLkShop, J-K Gadzama & Partners, ThisDay Lawyer and Law and Allied Resourcery.
by Law Allianz
Every so often, a story breaks that so unbelievably stupid that it makes one shudder with disbelief at the lack of judgment by Nigerian government officials. We should collectively ask whether the people we designate to manage our affairs, including the President of the Federal Republic have ever been tested for common sense. The answer would be obvious. The latest example of this disreputable policy would be almost laughable if it weren't so tragically flawed as it involves a Nigerian diplomat who was assassinated in the line of duty in the Czech Republic. Picture this. The year is 2005. A Czech citizen allegedly loses over one million Euros in a 419 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) investment scam said to have been masterminded by some Nigerian con men. Unable to recover his money, the Czech citizen storms the Nigerian embassy in Prague, Czech Republic where he opened fire, killing a Nigerian Diplomat inside his office in cold blood. The Federal Government through the Nigerian Embassy in Poland with concurrent accreditation to the Czech Republic retains a group of Nigerian lawyers to represent the Nigerian Government and the family of the deceased; in the substantive matter of MUDr. Jiri Pasovsky, Case No. 45 T 21/2004 at the Municipal Court in Prague, as well as before appellate jurisdictions in the murder trial. The case goes to trial and the suspect charged with the killing of Mr. Michael Lekare WAYI is sentenced to eight (8) years imprisonment. Outraged by the paltry sentence, the lawyers inform the FGN of their intention to appeal within the statutory 8-days deadline. The FGN says wait for instructions from Abuja; the lawyers also ask to file a civil suit against the culprit and the Czech government for damages to the deceased's family. They were again advised to wait until the statutory three-year limitation has run out. To crown it all, the FGN has not honored its obligations towards the Counsel they retained and after four years of trying to navigate the bloated Nigerian bureaucracy, the Presidency informed the lawyers that the FGN was not aware that one of its Diplomats had been killed in the Czech Republic, let alone being familiar with the retention of the legal services in question. This is 2009 and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is Umaru Musa Yar'adua; the Foreign Minister is Ojo Maduekwe and the Justice Minister is Michael Aondoakaa. Together with officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Poland and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these cast of clowns who are actors in the unfolding tragic-comedy of errors. Nigerians are not in doubt that the people pretending to be managing the affairs of the nation are irresponsible. Our people know for a fact that Yar'adua's PDP government are doing far more than disservice to the people, far more selfish than the nation has ever known and far more unreliable and undependable to put in anything for the good of the nation; They do not care about anything; they just steal, steal and steal. The facts of the five-year long saga remain intriguing and reveal a government that has absconded its responsibilities towards its citizens as well as immobilism and lack of coordination amongst various government departments – from the Presidency to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to the Nigerian Embassy in Poland. The Federal Government is now facing a payment order lawsuit to the tune of 150,913.21 Euros being unpaid legal fees for professional legal services rendered by Law Allianz firm retained to represent the Federal Government of Nigeria and the family of the deceased; Mr. Michael Lekare WAYI in the substantive matter of MUDr. Jiri Pasovsky, Case No. 45 T 21/2004 at the Municipal Court in Prague, Spalena as well as before appellate jurisdictions in the murder that took place inside the Nigerian Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic. Documents obtained exclusively by Huhuonline.com indicate that on February 10, 2005, the Nigerian Ambassador to Poland, Nuhu N Bajoga Audu duly contracted the Law Allianz firm by signing a certificate of authority authorizing the attorneys to hold brief for the government and the deceased in the case. The task was executed as mandated and the lawyers have been engaged in a frustrating exercise to get payment for their services. In another petition addressed to President Yar'adua's office, the lawyers explained that after four years of futile efforts to get the Nigerian government pay their bills, they were left with no other option than to file the payment order lawsuit before the statute of limitation runs out. The petition, signed by Edward Asu Esq, lead counsel, enjoined President Yar'adua to use is high office to seek an amicable solution to the matter. Said the petition: “We filed the first demand for payment through the Nigerian Embassy in July 2005 and received a response Ref. No. ENP/PER/44/Vol 1 (Exhibit G). We replied timely. After this reply, we heard nothing from the NE Poland. When the NE Poland ceased to communicate with us, we filled the same demand for payment a second time directly to HMFA, Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, the Nigerian Embassy, the Director, NIA and the HMJ, Chief Akinlolu Olukinmi and your honourable office, the Presidency. About a Month or later we received a single and only correspondence from your honourable office, Ref. No. SH/COS/09/A/154 dated 12th July 2005 and signed by Ado Ma'aji, for the Chief of Staff to the Presidency. (Exhibit H). We were basically called names as the author claimed that your esteemed office did not know about such a case and neither was your office familiar with the retention of our professional services. This response begs the question, how come the highest office in the land does not know about the assassination of one of its senior diplomats inside her territory? Assuming the office of the Presidency is not aware of this incident as the writer claims, then, it introduces an even more vexatious question, why were the Permanent Secretary of MFA and deputy director of NIA in attendance at the trial? Is it feasible that the MFA and NIA did not advise the office of the Presidency about these events? We think not. There seem to be more questions than there are answers. Our opinion is that our demand for payment was intercepted and returned the MFA to prevent embarrassment; but like every light lamp that cannot be hidden under a bowl but placed on a lamp stand, this correspondence shall return to hunt them… Under Czech rules, the statute of limitations for filling suit is three (3) years, thus, based upon counsel's advice we were forced to file a payment order suit prior to this date. We advised NE Poland in writing prior to filing this payment order suit. We cannot and refuse to be at the mercy of the FGN for services that we already rendered and expenses paid out of our own pockets. It is noteworthy to state that at trial, the facts and evidence manifestly showed that the late WAYI may have been murdered because the FGN allegedly did not fulfillment (alleged) legal financial obligations – repayment of the investment - to the culprit, MUDr. Pasovsky. Do you see a connection there? In the words of the statesman Benjamin Franklin, "to try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss of what might have been." Apparently, irrespective of whatever anyone might think, there seem to be a nexus and pattern of behaviour here. Having being forced to file suit we have nothing to loose as it stands but we continue to hope that the FGN resolves this matter amicably and out of court by settling our invoices. In this light, our position remains unchanged. And as the late Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) would say, "Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone". Unfailingly, we shall continue in this regard.” “We reiterate that it is not our intention to humiliate or tarnish the image of Nigeria but as already explained herein, we have run out of all other options and had to institute legal proceedings due to the statute bar provisions, even though we tried our utmost best to refrain from brining legal action. Given the circumstances we rather choose to exhaust all avenues for consultations and amicable resolution of the matter which have proved unsuccessful till date because all our demands have not been dignified with an acknowledgement or response including our second demand for intervention to your esteemed office. “ Source: http://huhuonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=622:murder-in-praguefg-feign-ignorancesnubs-attorneys-fees-over-slain-diplomat&catid=103:more-news&Itemid=333
Law Allianz have launched a new website with a new look and feel but with a reflection of our solid commitment to delivering top notch legal services. The new website retains a lot of the information from the previous design, and features our brand more strongly. Enjoy your experience on the website.
by Law Allianz
Yahaya Maikori has been selected to speak on “IP consulting for the strategic use of IP assets in business “NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE USE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMPETITIVENESS BY SMEs. 19th – 23th April 2010. The workshop is organized and sponsored by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)/Korean Intellectual Property Office(KIPO) in collaboration with the Registry for Trademarks & Patents of Nigeria (RTPN)
The African Lawyer has inaugurated a new editorial board; individuals were selected for their passion for research, their knowledge of trends in law and practice, their skill in communication and commitment to the development of law and practice in Africa.
Yahaya Maikori is scheduled to speak on “What you need to know in 2011 about entertainment Law – Nigeria” at MIDEM, Cannes France 23rd June 2011.
Law Allianz has partnered with Nigeria Bar Association /JK Gadzama & Co/Law and Allied Resourcery to host the first Nigeria Bar Association’s “Law Masters Golf Tournament”. The one day event was held on Wednesday 28th of August 2009 @ Ikoyi Club 1938 – Lagos.
Mr. Yahaya Maikori delivered the paper “The Legal Framework of Pension, Functions and Operations of Administrators & Custodians”
by Law Allianz
Mr. Yahaya Maikori delivered the paper“The Legal Framework of Pension, Functions and Operations of Administrators & Custodians “ at the just concluded Association Pension Funds in Nigeria (AFPN)2 day workshop (23th -24th) “ The Fundamentals of Pensions/ Pension Fund Assets Managing Techniques and Investments”