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Aso Radio and Television Services Plc comes into being

The Corporate Affairs commission (CAC) issued Certificate of Incorporation in favour of Aso Radio and Television Services Plc. The company was conceived by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to among other things, carry on business as a radio and television broadcasting organization.

Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co prepared all the incorporation documents and presented them for filing

Federal High Court faulted African Properties Limited’s bid to acquire Federal Government’s 51% Equity in Nirmsco Properties Limited.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja delivered a ruling sustaining the Bureau of Public Enterprises and two others Preliminary Objection and struck out the Suit filed by African Properties Limited against them on ground that the suit was an abuse of court process. The plaintiff, African Properties Limited had, on the strength of a Contract Agreement between it and the Bureau of Public Enterprises (1st Defendant) and the National Council of Privatization (2nd Defendant) dated 30th August, 2002 on the sale of 5% equity shareholding of the Nirmsco Properties Limited (3rd Defendant) sued to enforce the said agreement. On sustaining the defendant’s Preliminary objection, the Court dismissed the Plaintiff’s suit.

The firm of Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co. represented the defendants in the suit (Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/290/2003)

Resource Control Issues laid to rest by Apex Court in Nigeria

The Supreme Court in Nigeria delivered a judgment in a case brought by the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against the Attorney General of the States of the Federation for the determination of various questions chief among which was; what is the Southern Seaward boundary of each of the eight littoral states of Aiwa ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Rivers for the purpose of calculating the amount of the Revenue accruing to the Federation Account directly from any natural resources derived from that State pursuant to the proviso to Section 162(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

By the said proviso to Section 162(2) of the Constitution not less than thirteen percent of the revenue accruing to the Federation Account directly from any natural resources shall be payable to a state of the Federation from which such natural resources are derived.

The importance of the case therefore was that for a State to qualify for this allocation of funds from the Federation Account, the natural resources must have come from within the boundaries of the state. That is the resource must be located within that state.

In resolving the dispute, the Supreme Court held inter alia, that the Seaward boundary of a littoral State in Nigeria for the purpose of calculating the amount of revenue accruing to the Federation Account directly from any natural resource derived from that State is the low water mark of the land surface thereof on the seaward limits of inland waters within the State. In other words, the Seaward boundary of such a State does not extend to cover natural resources found off-shore.

Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co. acted as one of the firms that represented the Plaintiff i.e. Attorney General of the Federation. The case is reported in Nigeria 65 (2002) 6 NWLR (Pt. 764) 542 (SC) the entire Law Report from Pages 542 – 905 was dedicated to the case.

Legally trained Police Officers can prosecute criminal cases in the Federal High Court

The Supreme Court on the 17th of February 2006 allowed the appeal filed by the Nigerian Police against the Judgment of the Court of Appeal Lagos Division. The Supreme Court held that a Police officer who is a lawyer can prosecute criminal cases before any court in Nigeria by virtue of Section 23 Police Act, Section 56 (1) Federal High Court Act and Section 174(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co. represented the Appellant i.e the Police in the Appeal before the Supreme Court.

Mrs Olabisi Soyebo becomes a Senior Advocate of Nigeria

Our Mrs Olabisi Soyebo our Managing partner based in Abuja was admitted to the Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) (equivalent of a QC in England) in 2008 making her one of the very few women in Nigeria so honoured. She is also the first female Senior Advocate from the Northern region of Nigeria. This brings to three (3) the number of resident Senior Advocates in the Firm.

Solicitor to Intercity Bank offer/Scheme of Merger

AI&CO Acted as Solicitors to Intercity Bank Plc’s (now a member of Unity Bank) offer for subscription and subsequently its Solicitors to the scheme of merger with First Interstate Bank Limited, Tropical Commercial Bank Limited, Pacific Bank Limited, Societie Bankaire Nageria Limited, Centre-Point Bank Plc, New Nigeria Bank Plc, New Africa Bank Plc, and Bank of the North Limited to meet up with the recapitalization directives of the Central Bank of Nigeria. These banks now make up Unity Bank Plc.

Oshiomole declared governor

Court of Appeal Declares Oshiomole winner of the 2007 Edo State Governorship Election 3 years after long and bitter court battles.

Mrs Olabisi Soyebo presented with the trailblazers’ award by the NBA

Mrs Olabisi Soyebo our Managing partner based in Abuja was admitted to the Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) (equivalent of a QC in England) in 2008 making her one of the very few women in Nigeria so honoured. She is also the first female Senior Advocate from the Northern region of Nigeria.

She was also recognized and presented with the trailblazers’ award by the Nigerian Bar Association Women forum in August 2009 at the NBA National Conference, Lagos.

Nigerians start voters registration

Nigerians start voters registration across the Nation in preparation for the 2011 elections