The Young Lawyers’ Forum of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Maiduguri Branch last Thursday held its Summit with the theme, “Legal Profession: Reckoning with the Past for a Better Future.”

Aside from the rich repertoire of sub-themes x-rayed by leading jurists, the two-day event climaxed with a dinner in honour of Mr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Life Bencher and former Borno State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

The Special Guest of Honour and NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN was represented by former NBA General Secretary, Mazi Afam Osigwe SAN.

The 1st Session discussed the topic, ‘Transformation of Land Administration’ and was chaired by Justice Waziri Alhaji Bukar of the High Court of Justice, Borno State. The lead paper was presented by Mr. Mustapha Ali Ibrahim, Legal Adviser to the Borno Geographic Information Service (BOGIS).

Discussants included Professor Kamal Alhaji Daud, Faculty of Law, UNIMAID (‘Application of Customary and Statutory Land Administration’); Mr. Muhammad Umaru (‘Hitches in Land Administration’); Mr. Jabani Jasini Mamza of NRC (‘International based guidelines in HLP Administration’) and Mr. Babagana Malam Mustapha (‘Don’ts in Land Administration’).

The 2nd Session was sub-themed “E-filing of Cases: Simplification of Judicial Process.” The lead paper was delivered by Mr. Mahmud Adamu of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Abuja.

Among the discussants were Mr. Baba Kura Alhaji of the UNIMAID Faculty of Law (‘Global Trends towards E-filing of Cases’); Mr. Sadiq Muhammad Kachallah also of the UNIMAID Faculty of Law (‘Regulations on E-filing of Cases’), and Mr. Zakariya Muhammad Umar of Jibrin Gunda & Co. (‘Goodwill towards E-filing of Cases’).

The session was aimed to signpost the position of Borno State in spearheading digitalization of administration of justice by Nigeria’s Judiciary.

Day Two of the Summit witnessed an elaborate dinner in honour of Mr. Kaka Shehu Lawan. Aside from standing in for Maikyau to hand over the award to Kaka, Osigwe also delivered a Dinner Speech, to the admiration of the guests at the well-attended dinner.

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