GADZAMA VISITS UNIMAID VC, URGES YOUNG LAWYERS TO SPECIALIZE

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, University of Maiduguri Alumni Association, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and Executives of the association have visited the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba.

During the visit, Gadzama praised Prof. Shugaba for his quality leadership at the institution and reiterated that the alumni association will continuously support the university.

The National Secretary of the Association, Mrs. Afiniki Hananiyah thanked the Vice-Chancellor and the entire management for restoring the glory of the university especially as it relates to the empowerment of the female gender.

The Association presented an award of service to the Vice-Chancellor in recognition of his meritorious service to the University. The delegation also made a stop-over at the Faculty of Law of the university among others, and were by the Dean of Law, Prof. B. A. Bukar.

Gadzama and Hananiya who are both graduates of the faculty pledged to galvanize all law alumni as well as their friends and well-wishers to contribute towards repositioning the Faculty for greater performance and sustenance of its pride of place in the academic community.

Meanwhile, Gadzama has urged lawyers to specialize and do what is best for their careers.

Speaking at the recent Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja Branch, the leading lawyer who is also the Chairman of the Mentoring Committee of the Body of Benchers, advised young lawyers to decide what they want to do early on in their careers.

Gadzama who was Chairman of the Young Lawyers’ Session of the Law Week said it was imperative for a lawyer in the new age to specialise in a particular area and pursue whatever goals the practitioner has set out in life notwithstanding the obstacles that may present itself.

Held at the Abuja International Conference Centre, the session’s topic was “The making of a successful legal practitioner.” The panelists included Kehinde Ogunwumiju SAN, Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi SAN, Dr. Agada Elachi, Prince Chukwudi Oli and Dr. Sunny Kayode.

The panelists made crucial interventions which anchored on the need for young lawyers to be industrious and imbibe the culture of hard work, passion and continual self-development. Oli, in his remarks, emphasized the need for mentorship, adding that Gadzama provided the much required mentorship which he needed in his career to succeed when he worked in his law firm.

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‘NNAMDI KANU WEPT OVER MY TREATMENT BY DSS,’ SAYS LAWYER

A lawyer to the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has told CITY LAWYER that Kanu broke down in tears over his alleged humiliation by the Department of State Services (DSS) during his visit to his client at DSS Headquarters, Abuja.

Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the secret service agency, Mr. Maxwell Opara told CITY LAWYER that he was almost stripped naked while attempting to have an audience with the self-determination activist.

According to Opara, “When MNK (Kanu) saw me (his lawyer) looking like awaiting trial inmate he felt so bad and started shedding tears, ‘that his lawyer is subjected to such degrading treatment simply because he came to visit him.’”

The fiery lawyer said that he had to console Kanu, adding: “I calmed him down and told him that I will personally narrate this to the whole world and as well address court on this issue in next court sitting. This is a country that claimed to practice democracy.”

The full text of the experience as sent to CITY LAWYER is below.

“It’s good I narrate this ugly incident to everyone to hear and circulate.

“Yesterday being 30th August, 2021, at about 3 to 4pm Nigerian time, I Maxwell Opara Esq went to DSS Headquarters Abuja to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in line with the order of court that gave directives to some members of his legal team and family members to be visiting him every Monday and Thursday.

“Though I have been going there but yesterday after the normal screening, I was taking to another office where I was forced to remove my suit jacket, shoes & stockings, belt, medicated eyeglass, wedding ring, pen and plain sheet of paper which I wanted to use to record some of information MNK will give in preparation of his defense and applications we may be filing in court.

“I asked the officers who issued this order that lawyers should be subjected to this level, he said that the order is from above. I told them that I will never subject myself to that, they said then I am not ready to see MNK. Then due to the necessary need for me to see MNK, I had no option than to comply. I was given an ordinary slippers with my hands holding my trousers because my belt has been taken away from me.

“When MNK saw me (his lawyer) looking like awaiting trial inmate he felt so bad and started shedding tears, ‘that his lawyer is subjected to such degrading treatment simply because he came to visit him.’

“I calmed him down and told him that I will personally narrate this to the whole world and as well address court on this issue in next court sitting. This is a country that claimed to practice democracy.

“We shall continue to fight against injustice. I believe order lawyers in the legal team will narrate the same experience. Ahead ahead unstoppable!!! God is in control and in him we trust.”

The DSS is yet to respond to the lawyer’s claims.

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GADZAMA VISITS SOLANKE, UNVEILS FIRM’S Q3 NEWSLETTER

Pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) has paid a courtesy visit to foremost lawyer and first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Olufolake Solanke (CON) at her residence in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Gadzama stated that it was “a rare privilege to have visited the matriarch and tapped from her enriching experiences and insights,” describing Solanke as “an icon even among learned silks – one who inspires many within and without the legal practice.”

According to Gadzama, “her infallible strides in politics and law are beyond excellence and her growth trajectory is perfect proof that it is possible to grow through the echelons in career, politics and social status even as an African woman.”

He stated that Solanke “should no longer be referred to as the Matriarch of the Bar but ‘Grand Matriarch’ of the Bar,” while appreciating the eminent and vocal senior lawyer for honouring the invitation to be the Guest Lecturer at the 10th J-K Gadzama LLP Public Lecture Series in 2017 “where she did justice to the topic, ‘Whistle Blowing Policy: People’s Power and Corruption in Nigeria.’ ”

Thanking Gadzama for the visit, Solanke presented him with a copy of her autobiography, “Reaching for the Stars.”

Meanwhile, J-K Gadzama LLP has released the 3rd Quarter Newsletter for the year 2021. According to the leading law firm, “This edition captures the erudite lecture delivered by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, GCON at the 13th J-K Gadzama LLP Lecture Series on the crucial and all-important theme of Redefining Democracy: Yearnings of the Minority in a Democratic Setting.”

Also featured in this edition is a lecture delivered by Gadzama at the NBA Kaduna Branch Law Week “on the vital and high-priority topic of ‘Mentorship and Ethics: What Lawyers Need to Know.’

“Readers will be entertained with sights from several events the firm was involved in during the months covered. The contents of this edition are informative, entertaining and insightful.”

To access the publication, please click on https://j-kgadzamallp.com/publications/newsletters/45-vol-32-jul-sep-2021.

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